Category - Steampunk Sci-fi

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Building the World of Devera
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Lord Lynden and Lady Alexina: Parents with Purpose
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Bronwyn Traugott — Sweetheart of the Temple Elsbireth
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Kira and Algernon: Twins of Trouble
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Kira’s Nightmare
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Garrick Ravenwood — Warrior’s Soul
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Brenna Velez: Heroine Extradordinare
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Cover Revisions
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Secrets and Whispers (Book VII)
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The Inquest (Book VI)

Building the World of Devera

Mapping a World It all began with a drawing. I’d been working graveyard shift as a telephone operator after graduating from high school and I had a lot of time on my hands. As I drew the outline of the Deveran continent, filled in mountain ranges, rivers and cities, my imagination conjured ideas for the people who would occupy these lands I’d created. World building is a formidable task. It’s taken me many years to flesh out the nations I…

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Lord Lynden and Lady Alexina: Parents with Purpose

Introduction While they are secondary characters in the Deveran Conflict Series, the roles that Lord Lynden and Lady Alexina play are essential in grounding the story’s background, and providing a context into the way that Brenna – in particular – and, to a lesser degree, the Ravenwood siblings view functional family relationships. Their story as a couple begins long before the series starts, as Alexina is 70 in The Long Journey and Lynden is 68. Since longevity is characteristic of…

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Bronwyn Traugott — Sweetheart of the Temple Elsbireth

Early History As the only daughter of her parents, Bronwyn enjoyed a privileged position as a child. The wealth of her family wrought a degree of comfort that not many Tamarians enjoyed, enabling her to experience a carefree childhood. Since her three brothers were all much older, she spent most of her time as a young girl in adult company. Bronwyn developed neighborhood friends to replace sibling relationships, often choosing those who felt isolated and left out as companions. She…

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Kira and Algernon: Twins of Trouble

Kira and Algernon are exceptionally close, even for siblings. Overview Kira has a foul mouth and Algernon angers easily. Like her mother, Kira has a well-earned reputation for promiscuity that complicates her adult life. Like his father, Algernon is prone to violence. Their character flaws not only define them, but also render them with humility well-suited for spiritual service. At the time that Sylvia Ravenwood became pregnant with the twins, her relationship with Cyrus had soured. She blamed her husband…

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Garrick Ravenwood — Warrior’s Soul

Overview Being a first-born male carries a burden that younger siblings seldom appreciate. At the core of his personality, Garrick is responsible. He understands what needs to be done in order to sustain the ones he loves, and he devotes himself to making sure their needs are met. Garrick will deprive himself to make sure that his younger siblings, Kira and Algernon, have resources to thrive. Their confidence in him is rooted in many years of his consistently looking after…

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Brenna Velez: Heroine Extradordinare

Overview Some characters are easier to write than others. Brenna presents a challenge for me because she’s a woman, she comes from a culture that honors individualism to a far higher degree than is the case with my own, and her femininity has to shine through in spite of her fighting skill. While women can certainly be tough, depicting her as a man in a woman’s body detracts from the interest of accurately reflecting womanhood in a heroine. Therefore, a…

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Cover Revisions

I have been busy updating covers for my first three novels. After looking at what other sci-fi / fantasy cover artists have done, I thought, “I can do that, too!” It’s a lot of work to change covers, but have a look, and tell me what you think.

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Secrets and Whispers (Book VII)

Bronwyn faces a terrible choice. With her long-anticipated wedding only days away, she can defy her mother’s counsel and marry Algernon – a young priest with a questionable reputation – or call off the ceremony. Facing opposition from her loved ones and risking the alienation of friends who have long supported her, Bronwyn struggles to resolve conflicts and restore broken relationships. Yet beneath the veneer of her family’s strident disapproval lurks a hidden, sinister motive. Can Bronwyn and her friends…

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The Inquest (Book VI)

Haunted by distressing memories of his recent combat tour, Lieutenant Garrick Ravenwood returns home to his beloved wife and family. Against the backdrop of a Senate Inquest probing the conduct of the Expeditionary Force, Garrick is drawn into an ongoing conflict involving his little sister, Kira. Someone thinks she’s a threat. Someone wants her dead . . . Find free samples and purchase downloads at the links, below: Click here for E-book versions in multiple formats at Smashwords. Click here…

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