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Umbrae Blog Tour: Character Interview

Welcome to Hell Bent

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((So, to help with this blog tour, I’d volunteered to host a character interview. However, I have a hard time asking questions, myself. So, I got one of my characters to do it. Also, due to my affinity for primates, the character I chose to go with was a chimp named Ian. So without further ado…))

Travis walked through the zoo, his tail flicking lightly behind him. He’d gotten a few weird looks from some of those visiting. It was like they’d never seen a half-monkey guy before. Granted, he took no measures to hide his opposable toes or prehensile tail. He wasn’t even walking on two legs, choosing a gait not unlike that of many primates. He’d stopped off to ask a few of those working there where he could find someone he’d been hoping to speak to. Word had gotten out about there being…

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Big Paperback Sale & SPECIAL OFFER

Big Paperback Sale & SPECIAL OFFER

Dawnrigger Publishing

SALE ALERT!

This Saturday and Sunday (26-27 November)  you can get paperback copies of  Flight PlanControlled Descent together for only $22.00 plus FREE SHIPPING from Amazon.com.

Thank the Amazon “Black Friday” book sale that goes on all weekend. Drop  $25 worth of books in your cart, enter HOLIDAYBOOK promotional code screen, get $10 off AND free shipping. Details here: Amazon Black Friday Book Sale

Real books. Made of paper. Books like Controlled Descent, Flight Plan and Weaving In the Ends. Lemmee do the math…eeniee, meenie…yup, that’s all three for only $32 plus tax.

Books make great Christmas gifts. Hint, hint. HINT.

AND THE SPECIAL OFFER!

  1. Email me a shelfie showing two or more of my paperbacks–or post it to my FB page.
  2.  I will send you official  Dawnrigger Publishing signed bookplates for each book.
  3. Bookplate offer ends Dec 31, 2016 or when I run out.
  4. You don’t have to show your face, just…

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The Astrolabe: Ancient Analog Computer with 1K Apps

Marcha's Two-Cents Worth

1280px-Planispherical_astrolabe_mg_7100 Figure 1. Planispherical astrolabe. Marocco, 16th century. Engraved brass. On display at Paris naval Museum.

Whether you’re an astronomer, astrologer or steampunk fan, you’re bound to fall in love with this ancient analog computer.  Even better, you can make one for yourself by downloading the directions from the Resources section below.

The astrolabe is an ingenius device used for nearly two thousands years, from the time of Hipparchus (c. 190 – 120 BCE) until the turn of the 17th century.  It’s typically a disc constructed from wood or brass, about 10 – 20 centimeters in diameter, and a few millimeters thick.  In 1391, medieval writer and poet, Geoffrey Chaucer, wrote a treatise on the subject for his son, describing how to build one as well as its use.  Astrolabes had over a thousand uses, including timekeeping, navigation, surveying, solving equations, and so forth.  Mastering them all required an entire university…

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Author Interview – K.M. Herkes

My Writer's Journey

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K. M. Herkes is mostly quiet with a thirty-percent chance of loud, and everything else about her is subject to change without warning. She lives in the Midwest and works in a library, where she gets paid to play with books.  When she isn’t lost in her own imagination or making book recommendations, she’s outside in the garden, up to her elbows in dirt or wielding power tools with enthusiasm.
Professional development has included classroom teaching, animal training, aquaculture, horticulture, retail management, inventory operations, and customer service. Personal development is ongoing. Cats are involved.

How would you describe your story in one sentence?

Two series, so two sentences.

Stories of the Restoration. My characters are fighting to stay alive in a dystopian future that doesn’t look much different from the world of today

Rough Passages. Each story follows someone dealing with superpower-related crises in the present day of an alternate…

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Detective, genius, girl with attitude: Ruby Redfort mysteries (1-3)

The Book Wars

If you haven’t read Lauren Child’s Clarice Bean novels,* here’s what you need to know about Ruby Redfort, Clarice Bean’s favourite fictional character.**

  • She is a thirteen-year-old detective and also a genius
  • She has a best friend named Clancy who is her partner in crime stopping crime, and loyal to the death
  • Her butler Hitch is her other partner is foiling baddies. Hitch is kind of the perfect secret service man. Plus he cleans AND he’s clean (unlike, say, James Bond, that loser) and, y’know, actually good and cool
  • She has Rules. For instance,

Rule 1: You can never be completely sure what might happen next.

The other thing about Ruby Redfort is that she exists as the protagonist of her own series because of the many, many letters written to Lauren Child by readers of the Clarice Bean books, begging for stories about Ruby Redfort. To date, there are…

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