#Moon #MPax #PhotooftheDay, The Rifters $25 Amazon #Giveaway, The Giant of Metropolis


The best laid plans and all that… I had planned to star guide August 29th, but I wasn’t quite done with getting The Initiate done, so delayed for a week. No worries, the sky was still there. Even now, it’s still there.

Only thing was, instead of no moon, I had to deal with a half moon, so I didn’t get to view very much. All was good, since I hadn’t shot any moon photos yet this summer.

Took Orson Bradbury (my telescope) up. Honestly, if I want a decent photo, I have to take my telescope. It slays the 10″ Dobs by leaps and bounds when it comes to stability. Steadiness is not overrated in photography. Nor focus. My telescope has better precision focus than the big telescope.

Saw comet Jacques in the big telescope, and some University of Oregon students were using the 15″, so I had my first peek through it. Helped them find Andromeda, so I got to use it too.

We had no customers, except for three dudes, who preferred hanging with the college gals instead of us. It’s all good. Made for an early night, which I didn’t mind, since my weekends are no longer on the weekends. Friday is middle of the week these days. Anyway… Moon photos:

Waxing Moon

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Saturn came out OK, but it’s not my best.




Dinner and a Bad Movie

Husband Unit and I watch these movies so you don’t have to. We attempted to watch Abraxas – Guardian of the Galaxy. We ended up watching The Giant of Metropolis.

Abraxas – Guardian of the Galaxy. It played less than three minutes. Husband Unit said no before I came out from the kitchen. I think it was Jesse Ventura in the credits that did it. We saw a sci-fi movie long ago with him in it, and, well, we’re not going to watch it again. It was painful enough the first time.

So we moved on to The Giant of Metropolis. Here’s the info from IMDB:




It started out quite promising, campy costumes, overacting, scantily clad star… The experiment room (hey, it’s sci-fi, of course there’s a crazy person experimenting on people) made me think of Han Solo in carbonite. If you watch, check out the interesting decor. You have to see what their powerful rays of light do. I had flashbacks to Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes (the penultimate scene of over the top – at the end – and my personal favorite).


Then there was this dance number that made me laugh so hard, I choked on my beer. It had to be choreographed by Saturday Night Live. It was ridiculous, out of place, and the way the dudes gyrated… well, there isn’t better at a Chippendale’s Club.


After the dance ended, the movie went down hill. So if you’re interested in watching this movie at all, you can turn it off after the dance number and be confident you saw all the best bits.

The rating… if it had ended at the dance number, I would have given it a half beer to no beer rating. But because of the rest, I had to go up to a 3.5 beer rating. Honestly, the dance is worth seeing.

Husband Unit’s rating: He said there isn’t enough beer on the planet.

So, it winds up with a 4.5 beer rating.

4 and a half


Kai Strand Awesome Sauce Giveaway

Hey everybody, my name is Kai Strand. I was unpacking books at a signing and came across a copy of King of Bad with a torn cover. Bummer. I can’t sell that! But my loss is your gain. Because I can hold a giveaway instead!

Along with a slightly damaged copy of King of Bad, I’m also giving away several sets of character trading cardsThese cards have been specially designed for book one in the series. There will be a separate set of cards designed for each book – so be among the first to own a set.

About the book:

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Jeff Mean would rather set fires than follow rules or observe curfew. He wears his bad boy image like a favorite old hoodie; that is until he learns he has superpowers and is recruited by Super Villain Academy – where you learn to be good at being bad. In a school where one kid can evaporate all the water from your body and the girl you hang around with can perform psychic sex in your head, bad takes on a whole new meaning. Jeff wonders if he’s bad enough for SVA.

He may never find out. Classmates vilify him when he develops good manners. Then he’s kidnapped by those closest to him and left to wonder who is good and who is bad. His rescue is the climactic episode that balances good and evil in the super world. The catalyst – the girl he’s crushing on. A girlfriend and balancing the Supers is good, right? Or is it…bad?


Available in print or electronic:

Whiskey Creek Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble 


Learn more about Kai and her books on her website, www.kaistrand.com. She bakes a mean zucchini/blueberry bread when she remembers to join us poor writer saps for lunch.

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The Rifters BookBlast and #Giveaway


Thursday, September 25th is a Bookblast for The Rifters!

You could win a $25 giftcard to Amazon or B&N. Visit these fine sites to enter:

1: Our Wolves Den
2: Bunny’s Review
3: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
4: 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, and Sissy, Too!
5: Sharing Links and Wisdom
6: SBM Book Obsession
7: Long and Short Reviews
8: A Book Addict’s Delight
9: The Book Review
10: Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock
11: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
12: Deal Sharing Aunt
13: The Talent Cave Reviews
14: MAD Hoydenish
15: Edgar’s Books
16: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
17: Long and Short Reviews
18: Bookgirl Knitting
19: A Cup Of Tea and A Big Book
20: thehellviscompendium
21: Musings of a Writer
22: Ashley’s Paranormal Book Blog
23: Ari Reads


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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:












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?



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.



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


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


Stay tuned for other giveaways and events!



The Rifters Book 1

A junction between the worlds erupts.



Graphic Artist Erin Dameron-Hill


Edited by: Kelly Schaub

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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 My summer trip to Settler… win ebooks! Untethered Realms

Unsettled in Settler… win ebooks! Shah Wharton

 River Fairchild’s Vacation to Settler… win ebooks!

Nicki Elson’s hilarious mistaken trip to Settler… win ebooks!

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

Realms Faire

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.


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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Preorder Twisted Earths and get your choice of an Untethered Realms’ authored book for free with proof of purchase. For proof of purchase, you can do a screenshot of where you ordered the book. Send this screenshot along with which book you’d like for free (click here for our book list) to untetheredrealms@gmail.com.

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Contributing authors:

Angela Brown

River Fairchild

Gwen Gardner

M. Gerrick

Graeme Ing

M. Pax

Christine Rains

Cherie Reich

Catherine Stine



Graphic Artist Erin Dameron-Hill



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


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.


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.



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



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)



One person’s trash is another’s art.


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.


Golden gangsta




Looks like a flying saucer to me.


Can you find the gangstas in these photos?


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



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




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


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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