Discovering #Oregon: Fossil, Inspiration for Settler in The Rifters #UrbanFantasy

Settler is a fictional town, but it’s based on a real town, Fossil, Oregon. Oh, not the people or the rift, but the layout and the size. Why did I pick it as my model? I fell in love with the town. It’s an amazing place.

I borrowed its fossil digging site and Paleo Institute. Most of the fossil activity in Oregon is farther east than where I put the town (I moved Fossil to the Newberry Caldera and doubled its size).

It’s a beautiful place, Fossil without being moved or altered, and is near Clarno, one of the John Day Fossil sites here in Oregon.  My photo journal:

 

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Thank you, Oregon and Fossil for all the inspiration in my stories. They’d not be as exciting without the Oregon influence.

You can find more photos from our trip to Fossil HERE

 

 

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Perfectly Ernest

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A gripping story of striking out and winning big.

From a distance, Ernie’s life seems perfect—he’s a star college baseball player adored by the student body and coveted by professional teams. Up close, he is a disaster. Since the death of his mother, he’s been trapped by a promise he made and forced to live her dream instead of his own. He reaches his breaking point in the biggest game of his young career and sets off a chain of events that will either define or destroy the rest of his life. 

Ernie grudgingly joins a quirky campus counseling group that empowers him to heal himself and right his wrongs. By testing old friendships, forging unlikely new ones, and exploring an exciting romance, he begins to unravel the jumbled knot his tangled inner-psyche has become. But old rivals, mental illness, and the risk of a forbidden relationship soon threaten his progress. Will Ernie’s new direction and friends be his salvation, or confirmation that he is forever doomed by his imperfections?

 

Perfectly Ernest is a New Adult contemporary novel with romantic elements by author E.J. Wesley. Ernest offers a smart, funny, sweet, sexy, uplifting, and oftentimes poignant perspective of one person’s difficult transition into adulthood. It is a story about overcoming the demons of mental illness and struggling with the profound burden of expectations—both real and imagined. But it’s mostly a tale of friendship, hope, and love. 

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The Rifters are here! #UrbanFantasy The celebration begins with an #ebookdeal 2 books for $1!

It’s launch day!

The Rifters is my newest series, an urban fantasy with lots of twists, set in Settler, Oregon.

The town could be considered a character. It’s quirky. The people are quirky. 

I based it on some real places in Oregon, but took a few creative licenses to create the town I wanted in the location I wanted with the geological attributes I wanted. Much thanks to Fossil, Newberry Volcanic National Monument, Ashwood, Antelope, and Shaniko for the fodder and inspiration.

So devoted to my art am I, a few weeks ago the Husband Unit and I arose at 3:30 in the morning to go out to Paulina Peak at the Newberry Volcanic Monument to take photos at sunrise. That’s some serious dedication, huh?

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Special Deal!

For a limited time, The Rifters is a FREE download and book 2, The Initiate, is available on preorder for 99 cents. That’s two novels for a dollar. You can’t beat that bargain.

 

Giveaways!

If you write a story about your visit to Settler, Oregon, before October 31, 2014, and post it on your blog and/or FB, you’ll be put in a drawing for one of two $25 gift cards to either B&N or Amazon, or a signed paperback set of The Rifters and The Initiate with a steampunk bookmark. Plus, a commenter to your post will win an ebook set of The Rifters and The Initiate. More Info

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If you leave a review for The Rifters prior to October 31, 2014, you’ll be put in a drawing for a steampunk flash drive (handcrafted by the Husband Unit) and two sets of signed paperbacks with steampunk bookmarks. More info

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The Rifters Book 1

A junction between the worlds erupts.

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Graphic Artist Erin Dameron-Hill

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The Gold Rush trickles to a fool’s quest and a string of stagecoach heists. In 1888, Earl Blacke decides to make a new start and become a better man. He escapes into the mountains, heading north. In the wilds of Oregon, a rift inside an ancient volcano opens and sends him into the future, into the present day. It also shaves forty years off his age, forty years to live over again and atone for what he’s done.

Starting over is hard to do. In current day New York, Daelin Long’s dream job at a publishing house goes the way of the dinosaurs her sister chases. With no money and nowhere else to go, Daelin accepts the librarian position in her sister’s dinky town in the middle of Oregon. Nestled inside ancient volcanic peaks, the town of Settler holds onto many secrets. Residents roam the streets with weirdly fashioned devices, and odd lights pulse in the night skies. People whisper of a phantom outlaw and start dying, murdered and missing their heads. On top of it all, Daelin’s sister is missing, and Daelin doesn’t know who to trust.

Earl knows more than he’s saying. He shares a notorious history with the phantom, one he’ll see remains buried. Keeping Daelin’s sister’s secrets is his only chance at redemption, and the only way to keep this world safe.

 

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The Rifters Book 2

You’re never a hero until you are.

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A junction erupts between the worlds in Settler, Oregon, a rift from which horrors attack our world. The Rifters defend us.

 

To trust unquestioningly is the first lesson Daelin Long must learn as the newest Initiate of the Rifters.

Her first day is a disaster. She stands on a deserted street in a town smaller than a city district, courting killer rocks from another world with her ancestor from the Revolutionary War. Normal no longer exists.

While she struggles, Earl Blacke grapples with atoning for his past ill deeds, running far and fast from Settler, Oregon. The Shaman of the Desert promises him redemption, and an old mine puts the possibility of a gold strike in his grasp. His luck has changed for the better, but he can’t have both.

 

 

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Twisted Earths, Realms Faire, and The Rifters are Coming… #SpecFic #UrbanFantasy

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The 2014 Realms Faire and joust is coming. What? Yes, it’s time to think about polishing off your lances and your huzzahs. The faire is November 10-14 this year.

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Events so far:

The Joust, hosted by M. Pax

Soak-a-bloke and Drench-a-wench, hosted by Christine Rains

Stockade Brigade, hosted by Mary Waibel

Dueling Bards, hosted by Cas Web

Riddle Me This, hosted by Cherie Reich

Phasers, hosted by Untethered Realms

Interested in hosting an event? Would love to have you join us.  This will be the third online joust and the faire has been a blast for hosts and attendees. If you’d like to host an event and are looking for ideas, I have a few.  This is also the sign up for knights. The joust is limited to 10. And if you’d like to be a sponsor by providing a prize, you can use this same sign up. Want to know more before you sign up? You can email me at mpaxauthor@gmail.com

Hosts and sponsors are listed on the Realms Faire page on my site and on Untethered Realms’ site until next year’s faire is organized. I’ll be adding an Amazon scroll to my sidebar for hosts and sponsors’ books. Another will be added to the event pages on my site and Untethered Realms’ site. You’ll be publicly acknowledged as a sponsor by whichever event features your prize. The winning knight gets an Amazon scroll in my sidebar for one year, including other bounty. Huzzah!

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Twisted Earths: Tales From Untethered Realms

Nine twisted stories from nine twisted worlds.

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Patchworker 2.0 by M. Pax – Humanity is forced to live in domed centers as foul as the earth we destroyed. Artificial Intelligence holds the remains of society together, and a special team of Patchworkers keep the AI functioning at peak performance.

Patchworker Evalyn Shore leads the investigation of a homicidal Artificial Intelligence. The AI is taking over minds, leaving Patchworkers and AI managers as sacks of bio matter ready for the recycling bin. Can she create the patch to repair the AI? Or will it kill her first?

 

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IWSG and Update

Releasing a new series is hectic and stressful. Editing in a frenzy most of August was exhausting. Sure, I could have gotten away with less, but I can’t. I will put out the best book I possibly can, even if it adds on heaps of work and I don’t get to sleep and we live on frozen pizza for three weeks. I also forgot to do laundry. The cats didn’t let me forget them, however.

Somehow I ended up as a judge for my local writing organization’s annual writing contest. I honestly don’t know how it happened, but I’ll go with it. A friend is an organizer, so I’m assuming he’s desperate. It should be fun and the entries are short. If there are a ton of them, I’m going to scream and box his ears, though. lol

The market for us authors is getting tough out there. Have you noticed? More than one local friend of mine has become discouraged, and it’s discouraging to see them become discouraged. I get it. I feel it too. With my last book I should have been in a decent place on the way to earning a living. Instead, I’m where I was before things went hinky. So, I’m treading water instead of getting ahead. I’m not taking it personally. I know this is the case industry-wide. Still, it troubles me. What are your thoughts on the state of our business/industry?

 

 

Just days away from my new release. Whew! August was a hectic, hectic, crazy month. It’s done, though, shoved out into the world. Kisses, Rifters! I wish you well.

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 Private Internship by Kitsy Clare

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Coming soon!

Sugar’s not so sweet and secrets can be deadly … especially with matters of the heart

Sienna’s bestie, Harper warned her not to intern for famous bad boy artist, Casper Mason. After all, he just fired Harper who helped Sienna get the interview. But the moment Sienna sees Casper—or Caz—sweaty and practically shirtless and swinging from chains while he works on his sculpture, she’s hooked. He’s the richest, hottest artist in New York, and he lives in the fabulous Williamsburg Sugar Factory. But he’s also an incorrigible game-player, who seems to relish testing Sienna’s loyalty with a string of unsettling tests.

She knows she should get away fast. But by the time Sienna sneaks into his locked storage room and begins to unearth his dark and terrifying secret, she’s fallen way too hard for the handsome, charismatic Caz.

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Between Ashwood and Antelope. Discovering #Oregon plus Necromancer #Fantasy by Graeme Ing

In July I showed you the ghost town of Ashwood, Oregon.  Husband Unit and I enjoyed our visit, then followed the sign toward Antelope. We rounded the road past the house with the parking meter and the road turned to dirt. Twenty miles of it. Along it was supposed to be the ghost town of Horse Heaven. We must have drove right past it. Not that we were driving fast. You really can’t on a dirt road, not if you need to stop. Plus I stop every mile or so to take photos.

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The road snaked up, over, and around hills, giving spectacular views. We stopped to have lunch and take in the scenery. Good thing no one drove by the whole time or we would have eaten a healthy portion of dust. Dust… are you thinking AHA! that’s why Pardeep Station is dusty. Hmm. We know dust in Central Oregon.

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Wild roses punctuated the way with pops of bright pink. Then we came across this old fire station.

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There were many interesting things to stop and see along this dirt road in the middle of nowhere with absolutely zero other cars. That kind of silence is balm to the soul. Do you know it? We ran across a ranch with some art… (yup, gangstas too)

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One person’s trash is another’s art.

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I was amused by these two gangsta’s flanking this bushy tree perfectly like a mirror.

Then we came across another farm with some vintage photography opportunities. Gangstas too.

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Golden gangsta

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Looks like a flying saucer to me.

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Can you find the gangstas in these photos?

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Among all the treasures of farms past were bits of pure beauty.

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The dirt road met up with pavement taking us to Antelope, leaving us wondering where between here and there was Horse Heaven.

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More photos can be found in the gallery, Ashwood to Antelope. Next time on Discovering Oregon, I’ll take you to the living ghost town of Antelope.

 

Necromancer by Graeme Ing

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A primeval fiend is loose in the ancient metropolis of Malkandrah, intent on burning it to a wasteland. The city’s leaders stand idly by and the sorcerers that once protected the people are long gone.

Maldren, a young necromancer, is the only person brave enough to stand against the creature. Instead of help from the Masters of his Guild, he is given a new apprentice. Why now, and why a girl? As they unravel the clues to defeating the fiend, they discover a secret society holding the future of the city in its grip. After betrayals and attempts on his life, Maldren has reason to suspect everyone he thought a friend, even the girl.

His last hope lies in an alliance with a depraved and murderous ghost, but how can he trust it? Its sinister past is intertwined in the lives of everyone he holds dear.

Can only evil defeat evil?

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About Graeme:  Graeme Ing engineers original fantasy worlds, both YA and adult, but hang around, and you’ll likely read tales of romance, sci-fi, paranormal, cyberpunk, steampunk or any blend of the above. Born in England in 1965, Graeme moved to San Diego, California in 1996 and lives there still. His career as a software engineer and development manager spans 30 years, mostly in the computer games industry. He is also an armchair mountaineer, astronomer, mapmaker, pilot and general geek. He and his wife, Tamara, share their house with more cats than he can count. Learn more at his website

 

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Starry Nights at Pine Mountain Observatory #Astronomy

 

I went star guiding the last Saturday of July. Sadly, the gangstas are not on the mountain this year. This is as much gansta as I saw:

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The road up the mountain was as crappy as always. The paragliders were doing their thing.

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The ugly scars left behind by logging the last few years have started to grow over.

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I ran into Cranky Al as soon as I got out of the car. One of the first things he said, besides the fact everyone has missed me this year, was the gangstas aren’t up on the mountain this year. It amuses me everyone else at the observatory calls them gangstas too. 

I’ve had many dreams about the observatory and have missed it. For many reasons, I’m not able to volunteer as much this summer. So it was nice to set foot on the mountain and see we have some new volunteers. And some of them are women! Yay. I’m no longer the only one.

Tom had made these cool plaques leading up to the summit, giving visitors a visual and physical idea of the layout of our solar system.

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This one was all the way at the top.

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Not a cloud was in sight.

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The night clung to warmth. I never had to put on my winter coat or my mittens. The moon was nonexistent. It was the perfect night for star gazing. I taught new volunteers how to find more objects and had fun with the crowd. A lot of people came up to visit. 

Can’t wait to go back at the end of August. Sorry, my shots of Saturn came out as blobs. You wouldn’t know it was Saturn.

 

 

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And hey! I’m at Crystal’s awesome place today. Can you guess my lie? Visit Crystal and see. She has a new book coming out, Soulless. Check it out while you’re there.

 

 

 

 

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