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?
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.
Cover by: EDHGRAPHICS
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.
Coming October 20, 2014
Available for preorder for a special price of 99 cents through October 20th from these fine etailers:
Cover by: EDHGRAPHICS
Edited by: Kelly Schaub
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.
Signups now open for the 2014 Realms Faire. Host an event, sponsor an event, or brave it as a knight in the joust. SIGNUP
For details click HERE
What’s my most embarrassing moment? Find out at Tara Tyler’s
My summer trip to Settler… win ebooks! Untethered Realms
Unsettled in Settler… win ebooks! Shah Wharton
Nicki Elson’s hilarious mistaken trip to Settler… win ebooks!
Loni Townsend’s trip to Settler… Somehow she makes a tragedy funny… win ebooks!
Something is afoot in Christine Rain’s trip to Settler… win ebooks!
See what Cherie Reich unearthed during her trip to Settler… win ebooks!
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
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 email@example.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!
Twisted Earths: Tales From Untethered Realms
Nine twisted stories from nine twisted worlds.
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?
Preorder Twisted Earths before October 14th!
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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.
There’s still time to join in the celebration. Sign up, details on giveaways and events HERE
Private Internship by Kitsy Clare
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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