Monday, 8 September 2014

The Stars Are Out For Untethered Realms

I'm really excited about today's post, because it's packed full of awesome news from my writer's group, Untethered Realms.

M. Pax has a stunning new science fiction/steampunk series and today is the official release day for book one, The Rifters. The great news is Rifters is free on selected sites for a limited time. So, don't wait around to get your copy. You can also order book two, The Initiate for 77p (99 cents).

Rifters Blurb

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.


Earl’s vigil ended. His girl came home. It had to be her. He stood, ready to run down into the clearing and embrace her, but the angle of the head gave him pause. Silhouetted by the blue energy, the arrival had a long beak. Yes, a beak. Definitely not Charming.

“No.” Earl slumped to the ground and scrambled behind a boulder. Once concealed from the visitor below, he raised his binoculars.

The figure came into focus illuminated by the moon and the rift. It wore a mask with goggles over its beak. Green mist poured out of it in a breathing rhythm, and it had the tail of an eel. The thing stood like a human with two arms and two legs in the usual places. It set down a gyroscope, a metal orb of rings, some full rings, some partial, before the gateway. The gyroscope spun, siphoning energy from the pillars, energy reaching for a crystal in its center. It spun faster, faster, faster until the crystal began to glow. A disturbing shade of green.

The beaked thing from the rift shrieked, which came out as a bubbly burp, an odd sound to go with an odd sight. It kept burping, stopping periodically to sniff at the wind. It continued with its strange behavior until the moon started to set, which deepened the shadows of night, stretching them to distorted patches.

The Rifters is available at an introductory price. The second book in the series, The Initiate, will be available October 20, 2014. It’s up for preorder for a special price at iTunes, Amazon, and B&N. Check HERE for links. Giveaways and events are ongoing through October 31, 2014. Check HERE for details.


M. Pax is author of the space adventure series The Backworlds, plus other novels and short stories. Fantasy, science fiction, and the weird beckons  to her, and she blames Oregon, a source of endless inspiration. She docents at Pine Mountain Observatory in the summers as a star guide, has a cat with a crush on Mr. Spock, and is slightly obsessed with Jane Austen. Learn more at

M. Pax has some exciting giveaways associated with her new series. Make sure you check them out here.

For fans of Indigo Eady, Gwen Gardner also has a new series starting - Afterlife. Last week she revealed the beautiful cover for the first novella, Second Death

Second Death:

The Sabrina Shore spirit community is in crisis.

Ghosties are mysteriously disappearing at an alarming rate.

They’re simply…gone. A second death.

The clues are limited, but it’s clear that the one common factor is Gertrude’s Garden, the nightclub social center of the spirit community which just happens to adjoin the Sabrina Shores cemetery: the one place Indigo makes a point of not going. Ever. She has her reasons.

Indigo Eady:

Much to her chagrin, Indigo Eady is a celebrity among spirits. She’s the girl who can see and speak with them. She has a proven track record in helping spirits find their murderers, so it’s no surprise when she’s drafted onto the Missing Paranormal Committee. Who better to help them than the experienced teenage ghost whisperer- investigator and her friends?

Second Death will be released on September 22nd.


Running, writing and reading are her favorite things. She’s also a dreamer.

Have you ever told yourself that “someday” I’m going to travel or write or whatever it is that you are passionate about but can’t do right now for whatever reason? You can go for years and years and keep telling yourself that “someday” you’ll do it. Too often “someday” never comes. But Gwen’s did. She’s a former Administrative Manager and Vice President of a successful swimming pool plastering company – until she woke up one day and realized that he “someday” had arrived. She quit her job, moved to the mountains and began to write. Crazy, she knows. But even crazier? Is when you get to the end of your life and realize that your “someday” is too late. Life is much too short for that! So the adventure has begun. Website 

Finally, coming this fall is the first of a series of exciting, speculative fiction anthologies from Untethered Realms.

Nine twisted stories from nine twisted worlds

Twisted Earths is a collection of tales from Untethered Realms, a group of speculative fiction authors. The stories are as varied and rich as the types of soil on this and other planets--sandy loam, clay, knotted with roots and vines, dreaded paths through unexplored planets, and in enchanted forests, lit by candlelight and two moons.

Contributing authors

Angela Brown
River Fairchild
Gwen Gardner
M. Gerrick
Graeme Ing
M. Pax
Christine Rains
Cherie Reich
Catherine Stine

Preorder Twisted Earths before October 14th

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 youd like for free (click here for our book list) to

Preorder from: Amazon / iTunes / B&N / Kobo

Wow. That was a lot of news. I apologise for the length of this post! So, what's the news in your part of the world?


  1. Oh these look so cool! Thank you so much for sharing, best of luck to everyone!

    Sarah Allen
    (From Sarah, With Joy)

  2. Congratulations to all!! Awesome cover, Gwen - when does the book come out?

    1. Book 2 and 3 are now out, Alex. Book 3 is out on October 20th.

  3. They all look awesome. Such stunning covers :)

  4. So much to catch up on and so little time. Great books.

    1. Yep. Too many fabulous books and so little time to read.

  5. Congrats M Pax, and Gwen! Both book covers are stellar. And of course, congrats to Untethered Realms for Twisted Earths.

  6. Wow! Untethered Realms is making lots of headway. Congrats, everyone! :)

  7. Congrats all around. The books cover for all of theses are fantastic.


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