I’m pleased to host fellow science fiction romance author Pippa Jay’s cover reveal for Gethyon!
Abandoned. Hunted. Out of control.
Gethyon Rees had always felt at odds with the universe, and hoped for an escape among the stars. But discovering he has the ability to cross time and space with just a thought brings more problems than it solves: a deadly bounty hunter who can follow him anywhere, the unwelcome return of Tarquin Secker—the mother who abandoned him—and an ancient darkness that seeks him and all those with his talents.
When an unforgivable act sets him on the run, it’ll take more than his unearthly powers to save his skin and the lives of those he cares about. It’ll take a sacrifice he never expected to have to make.
A science fiction adventure novel previously published by BURST (Champagne Books), and part of the Travellers Universe. A 2014 SFR Galaxy Award Winner for Most Awesome Psychic Talent and a 2015 EPIC eBook Awards finalist in the Science Fiction category. Also now includes the SF short story The Bones of the Sea.
“With colorful worlds full of nuance and dimension, characters that walk off the page, and themes that anyone who has been either parent or child can relate to.” J.C. Cassels, author of The Black Wing Chronicles series
“This fast-paced, gripping ride zips through time and space, love and loss, rebellion and acceptance.” Anna McLain, SFR Galaxy Award judge
Print coming soon!
Gethyon stumbled and fell. Light burst across his vision, a violent assault of color, and he threw up an arm to defend himself. Something brushed against him, spun him, and then another bruising impact sent him backward.
“Watch where you’re going,” someone scolded.
Gethyon dropped his arm and squinted, fighting to keep his balance. People flowed around him, but the man who’d spoken was already moving away, a reproving frown on his face.
Soft sunlight gleamed from smooth marble, a blend of gray, green, and white beneath his feet. Humans bustled in different directions, each intent on their own concerns, with only the odd, inquisitive glance thrown his way as he stood, alone and bewildered, in their midst. He faced a distant horizon framed by the jagged spires of mountains. To either side of where he stood, the mountains ran in tooth-like bronze spines. The plaza seemed to be a main pedestrian thoroughfare in the middle of a wide valley. He stared. Where was he?
Gethyon dragged his head around toward the speaker, forcing his eyes to focus. Buildings in the same pastel marble filled the valley ahead. Cold shock drenched him at the sight of two uniformed men between him and the nearest edifice, one warden aiming a finger straight at him.
“Hey, no unauthorized teleportation in the plaza!”
Gethyon turned and ran. Shouts from behind told him pursuit followed. He dodged between the idling crowds, staggering as his legs quivered.
He’d done it again—sent himself elsewhere—but how? And why could he do it? What was he?
After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 22 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.
Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, and Broad Universe, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include YA and adult stories crossing a multitude of subgenres from scifi to the paranormal, often with romance, and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), the 2015 EPIC eBook awards, the 2015 RWA LERA Rebecca (2nd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).
Website – http://www.pippajay.co.uk
Adventures in Scifi – http://www.pippajay.blogspot.co.uk
Spacefreighters Lounge – http://www.spacefreighters.blogspot.com
Romancing the Genres – http://www.romancingthegenres.blogspot.co.uk/
SFR Brigade – http://www.sfrcontests.blogspot.co.uk/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/pippajaygreen
Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/pippajaygreen/
Wattpad – http://www.wattpad.com/user/PippaJay
Amazon page – http://author.to/PippaJay
We’ve had a wild honeybee hive living in our cabin’s fireplace for over ten years.
No, they don’t get inside, even before we installed a woodburing stove with a sealed stovepipe to meet the local clean air requirements.
They come and go. Last year they swarmed. After the flood, I planted wildflowers, as much for me as for them. I have a bee garden statue made by a local artist.
Can you tell where this is going? I’m rather upset about the deaths of millions of honeybees in South Carolina. That pesticide wasn’t mosquito-specific. How many other millions of insects also died–ones that help control the harmful bugs in nature?
Ok, enough of a rant. It’s time to do my small part to raise bee-awareness. I’m no expert, but others are, and have been working towards this goal for years. I don’t often talk about it, but I have a nature blog. The Squirrel Nutwork. It’s over there on the sidebar, too. –>
This week we’re sharing photos of bees and the plants they love–ones you can grow to help bees.
While researching website themes, I ran across an excellent set of pointers for authors from the coder at Nose Graze Limited: 5 Things I Like to See on an Author’s Website.
Please visit the site, and read the comments, too, which detail more must-haves for authors.
The item that wouldn’t leave my subconscious is under #5 Information & News:
News and explanations if a book is delayed (why, new ETA, etc.).
My 3rd book, The Binding is delayed, and here are the reasons. First, so many things changed in books one and two, that when I opened my year-old draft of three, it no longer fit. I pretty much had to start writing from scratch.
Second, I’ve had trouble with the ending. And if the ending isn’t right, then neither are some of the story threads.
I had to take a break from the manuscript to let my thoughts loosen from what I’d thought was going on in Annmar and Daeryn’s story. That took me through May and June, with some family events thrown in that were supposed to occur after the completed novel was to the copy editor.
Now, nearing the end of July, I just about have the ending revised. Next it goes to my critique partners, then I revise again, then off to the copy editor. I’ll start working with the cover artist, too. My best ETA is the beginning of October.
I suppose this is one of the benefits of indie publishing, I have the freedom to get it right. However, I also acknowledge it’s frustrating for the reader when a novel isn’t out when promised. I apologize. I want the story to be as good as it can be, and hope you’ll agree when you receive it.
Last year, after my first Luminated Threads novel came out, I was describing the setting of Derbyshire, England to my eighty-eight-year-old aunt. She knew immediately where I had placed my story: “The Midlands! David Winter as a collection set there.”
My aunt collected David Winter cottages through the 1980s and 90s. I’d always thought they were cute, especially how she decorated her mantle with the larger snow-covered houses, evergreen trees and white lights in the winter. But I had never realized how the craftsmen–David Winter and John Hine–had captured bits of history with the cottages. Each piece comes with a description. Now that I’ve delved into British farming–albeit mostly in my fantasy world–I’ve found these fascinating reading and have even picked up a few story ideas.
Long story short, my aunt is dissolving her collection and offered me The Midlands Collection, as well as a number of other British farm cottages. I’m delighted! I’ve been taking them home as carry-on during my flights, so have only taken possession of a few. The most recent is The Derbyshire Mill.
This lovely brick example of an Industrial Revolution mill is not the silk mill in Derby itself, but is based on the mill at Cromford, the world’s first water-powered cotton spinning mill built by Richard Arkwright in 1771. The village of Cromford lies on the River Derwent, north of Derby and just south of Mattock. If you read The Unraveling, Annmar takes the Derwent Valley train from Derby to Rowsley, and would have gone through Cromford.
I did a little reading up on Cromford, and was delighted to learn these mills are being preserved: “In December 2001 a 15-mile corridor from Masson Mill in Matlock Bath to the Silk Mill in Derby and including the mills in Cromford, Milford, Belper and Darley Abbey was declared the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.”
The River Derwent is featured prominently on the piece, including a loaded barge to transport the goods.
But my favorite feature is the large, arched windows with their many panes of glass, exactly what I imagined Shearing Enterprises looked like in my stories.
My aunt saved both the boxes and the paperwork that came with her cottages, so I have the original description that was included:
The Derbyshire Mill takes as its inspiration Richard Arkwright’s mill at Cromford, the world’s first water-powered cotton spinning mill.
Of humble background, Arkwright rose to become the first English cotton magnate. Although he was still having daily spelling lessons at the age of 50, he knew instinctively how to develop ideas and boost the productivity of his workforce.
The model depicts a four storey brick building with store (SIC) arches, and engine house and of course the tall brick chimney.
Hope you’ve found this little mill as fascinating as I have! If you’d like to read the opening pages of The Unraveling which describe Annmar’s walk into Derby’s industrial district and Shearing Enterprises brick factory, click here to go to books.
Did I mention my poppies are in the shade?
A week after I’ve arrived in Colorado, most still look like this. It’s taking them forever to bloom–but here is the first.
I love it! Meanwhile, my neighbor’s yard–in the sun–is bursting with poppies! First there was one.
Now she has twenty-some!
My lesson is, plant Oriental Poppies in the sun if you are impatient!
Yesterday I arrived in Colorado for a month. Most folks respond with a “Wow” when I say I’ll be doing this because they assume this is how I’ll spend my days:
Problem is, we own a family place, so my reality is this:
Weeding (yes, I put down weed barrier!), cutting brush for fire mitigation and ironically, planting other areas to restore a flood-damaged stream bank. On top of the usual chores for maintaining a log cabin, this year we’re scheduled to put water treatment on the porch.
Still, I am in the mountains (!) and it’s been years since I was out the particular weeks the poppies bloom.
I’m thrilled, especially because these poppies survived a recent flood and are ones my mom had planted along the creek in the 1960’s. (I’ll post blooms when they’re out!)
I have my hummingbird feeder up, and they found it in half a day.
And between my chores and family visiting, I will be carving out time to write!
How will you spend your summer?
Perhaps writers ought to announce their pending disappearances when they are about to do it, but frankly, we get our heads so deep into the story problems that we rarely come up for air. Until guilt takes over.
Guilt has arrived.
I did go to RavenCon2016! I had a good time. Because I’m a newbie, my talk on Finding Space: Line-by-Line Editing Tips for Wordiness was scheduled for 9 am, thus attracting only a few participants. But they were very enthusiastic participants! And I completed a writing talk with power point. It’s posted on this website, found under the link above, or ‘Fun Extras’ on my link bar.
I didn’t take many photos at RavenCon2016, even forgot to get some of myself. Here are the few I did take:
Sharon Lee, half of the Guest of Honor team of Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. (Yes, she had violet hair!)
A steampunk costume I loved.
Complete with face painting of gears, and a little gear man pin she made.
And a housekeeper’s… something! I can’t recall the name. Embarrassing, but I had never heard of this. It’s a very cool assortment of little things, keys, scissors and such that a housekeeper needed to have on hand. Of course this is the steampunk version. If you know the name, give me a shout!
Little did I know RavenCon’s masquerade is not just a parade of costumes, but each entrant performs a little skit. These fine folks put on a skit revolving a wizard summoning the four elements of water, air, earth, and fire and dealing with their attitudes. I loved the costumes.
And last of all the wizard summoned a spirit to bring them all into harmony–I think! I was laughing so hard I couldn’t hear.
Fuzzy photo, but I loved the costume, so must include it!
And in other news, besides real life happening, I am re-configuring the ending of my next book. (The Binding.) Sorry, this has delayed publishing, but this is huge, the end of a three-book epic fantasy. It wasn’t right and I had to dive into a re-do, which meant making alternative copy edit arrangements. That’s partially the good news. The book is long enough, I submitted 90K on time to my fabulous copy editor. But for the remaining 15k, I had to schedule another appointment. I’m hoping to publish in Late July.
Thanks for bearing with me.
Who knew seeing your cover in a new way could be just as exciting as seeing the real book? I printed these ‘chapter booklets’ of The Unraveling to give away at my author reading this weekend at RavenCon 2016. Into 12 text pages, we squeezed both chapter 1 & 3 to give readers a taste of both Annmar and Daeryn. The inside cover is a growing gear coloring page.
And by ‘we” I mean the generous J.T. Bock, author friend extraordinaire, who IRL is a graphic artist. She held my hand through the layout process–which if you visit her gorgeous website, you can see this was a normal hour at the office for her. J.T. is also the reason I’ll be at RavenCon (nice peer pressure, honestly). She’s a huge Whedon fan and will presenting “A Whedonite’s Guide to Characterization” Friday night from 10:00-11:00 pm, among other panel presentations.
Yes, with something like 400 hours of programming for 2016, RavenCon’s schedule begins at 4 on Friday (including my author reading!) and runs until midnight Friday and Saturday and through 3 pm Sunday.
I’ll be a guest author among a hundred other fantasy authors, artist, filkers, costumers, scientists, podcasters, editors, publishers at RavenCon 2016, a weekend celebrating the genres of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.
It’ll be my first time at the con, and since they strive to book new and interesting guests every year, they have given me a go!
The really featured authors are Sharon Lee and Steve Miller!
Friday, April 29th at 6 p.m. I’ll be doing a reading from The Unraveling, during which I’ll include a smattering of my series’ historical facts and fictions and a historic word quiz…and a paperback giveaway!
From 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, I’m conducting a self-editing workshop: Finding Space: Line-by-Line Editing Tips for Wordiness.
Later Saturday, at 3 p.m., I’m running an all ages “Make a Pouch for your Costume.”
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If you’re in the area, come for the day, or the weekend! The RavenCon 2016 site has all the details and the schedule should be up soon!
(Sorry, this is a screen shot and the links don’t work–click here go to the actual RavenCon 2016 website!)