The missing ICEFALL excerpt

The Kindle Nation Daily ad today is our second, but they included the excerpt from the first ad.

Here’s the excerpt for ICEFALL you want to read:


“He’s opening his eyes.” He being the boy who rescued us. The boy who risked life and limb to save us. The boy who has never seen any of us before today, yet put himself on the line to make sure we didn’t die at the bottom of a ravine.

I don’t even know his name.

“Good.” Seville is kneeling on his opposite side. She has a cut at her temple, and blood drips down her cheek, but she doesn’t seem to notice. Or if she does, she doesn’t seem to care. “Check his pupils.”

“Hello, you. Welcome back.” Winnie, who has the best bedside manner of any of us, almost coos as she cradles the boy’s head in a fur wrap she must’ve found in the coach. “Please don’t move your head just yet.”

Following Seville’s orders, Winnie shines the small beam light out of her sleeve cuff into his eyes. His pupils react as they should, and he blinks.

I blow out a breath of relief, and my chest relaxes. The thought of him suffering serious injury when he had no reason at all to do what he did, no investment in our health or well-being…

Who is this boy, and why had I expected less compassion, less benevolence, less… humanity from Earthlanders? Is he different from the others? Have we been taught wrong all this time?

“Ask him to wiggle his feet,” Lisbon says as she checks his pulse in his ankles. “Now hands, please.”

Before I say anything, he lifts both and waves his fingers. I reach for his wrist, wanting to feel the strength of his pulse for myself, though Lisbon is perfectly capable.

“What’s your name?” It’s suddenly vital that I know everything about him that I can.

“What?” he asks and blinks again, giving a small shake of his head against Winnie’s orders. When he looks at me, directly this time, I see how green his irises are. The green, perhaps, of conifers, though I need better light.

“What is your name?” I repeat the question before I start writing mental poetry. I’m strangely rattled. Or maybe it’s not so strange.

I banged my shoulder on a cabinet edge when the coach rolled. The camp stove clipped my elbow as it, too, tumbled. And when we finally came to a stop, the scream of the metal being sheared by the road echoing in my ears, my palms found dozens of bits of window glass when I pushed to stand.

“Oh, Rey,” the boy says, snapping me back to the present.

“Orey? Or, Rey?” asks Seville.

“Reynal. Rey.” He winces, but his mouth pulls into a bit of a smile at Seville’s wit. Then he levers up onto his elbows. His dark brows draw into a deep vee. “What happened? Where’s—”

“I said don’t move your head.” Winnie brushes back some of his hair, but he ducks away from her hand and ignores her chiding, hanging his wrists over his updrawn knees as he sits. Continue reading The missing ICEFALL excerpt

ICEFALL cover change

Back in the heady days of Summer 2016, when we were wrapping up some final edits to ICEFALL, we ran across a really cool artist who had done some fantastic work for other Sci-Fi projects and were given a chance to grab his work for the cover of ICEFALL.

When we got a copy of the artwork, we were simply floored. It was beautiful. Packed with detail, the cover image had all the things within the novel, all packed onto the cover. But, we learned, having a crowded cover is not always a great thing. Slowly, we learned that for e-books, having a cover with a simple style fit in more with the market.
ICEFALL stood out, but not in a good way. THE CLEARSKY CHRONICLES is a distinct departure from either young adult or science fiction in that it’s not pushing a tried and true narrative. We wanted the cover to reflect that departure. Those of you who’ve read the first six episodes know this.

Our response to feedback has caused us to make a change to the cover of ICEFALL.
Since the changeover in cover images takes longer to propagate than the e-book version, the print copy with the original cover is soon to be a collector’s item.

Get your copy today!
https://www.amazon.com/Icefall-Episodes-1-6-Clearsky-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B071RYVWX1/

Do you like the change? Do you hate it?
I’d love to know. Drop me a line here and tell me what you think.

Why didn’t the Russians land a man on the moon – answered

In doing research for THE CLEARSKY CHRONICLES trilogy, I keep running across space facts and history that I think are just neat. Most of the details of what happened to Russia’s quest to land a man on the moon came out after Glasnost, but by then not a whole lot of Americans cared.

The video below has a nice summary, but I’ll summarize that. The Russians had some personnel problems, but it was the rocket design that really did them in. Having multiple rockets can simply ruin your launch when one of the engines or fuel pumps shuts down.

The upshot given at the end about what happened to the Russian engines made my jaw drop a little, but it’s a geeky thing. I’m just weird that way about space.

Place names in The Clearsky Chronicles

A catastrophic event has taken place on Earth. In the mid-21st century, an immense water cloud passes through our solar system, leaving behind oceans of water, part of which still hangs in low Earth orbit as an impenetrable cloak.

The Clearsky Chronicles begins in the 23rd century, on a flooded Earth gripped by an Ice Age that stretches around the globe. It tells the story of the people who are part of the secret plan to eliminate this sunlight blocking cloak and Cerebus: The powerful company that rules Earth and resides in the fortress ark called Rhone.

Many of the characters in The Clearsky Chronicles are given city names. Early on, we meet MEDcadets Odessa, Winnipeg, Lisbon, and Seville. They are taught by their professor Shiraz and his assistant Tralee. For the parents of the freeborn of Rhone, along with the managers of the Human Embryo Development System (HEDS), giving the names of Earth’s drowned cities to infants serves to honor the dead, but also to help focus the learning processes when that child first enters a Gakshu unit.

Anyone experiencing the Gakshu must have a firm grip on who they are. A person who is uncentered is liable to have the information provided to them scattered. Thus, a pre-supplied background, such as details of the given Name City helps the student concentrate on retaining the information provided by the automated instructional unit.

ICEFALL is now part of #KindleUnlimited! Get the first six installments of THE CLEARSKY CHRONICLES at Amazon today!

ICEFALL episode listing

TLDR; This post will give a (mostly spoiler free) summary of what happens in each one of the first six episodes of THE CLEARSKY CHRONICLES

With ICEFALL (available in both ebook and print!) you’ll note the book is divided into six episodes.

As with most things having to do with ICEFALL, it didn’t start out this way. But as the book stretched out, we found that it divided up into episodes all by itself. (Yes, like the little elves who cobbled the shoes while the shoemaker slept, the paws of tiny cats danced across my keyboard and edited the thing into 20,000 word chunks.  I leave out cream for them every morning.)

And, much like an episode for a TV series, each episode is mostly self contained.  Continue reading ICEFALL episode listing

I’m giving away good stuff today

As you might see on the ad on main page, I’m giving away a coIcefall: KILL SHOTpy of Episode 1 of THE CLEARSKY CHRONICLES.
It’s called ICEFALL: KILL SHOT
You can get it for free from our publisher, Pronoun

What’s KILL SHOT about?

Probably better to ask what THE CLEARSKY CHRONICLES is about.

What are THE CLEARSKY CHRONICLES about?

Set on a frozen Earth a few hundred years from now, two people from different worlds are destined to meet and have their lives intertwined forever.  Odessa, a MEDcadet on her way to Earthland as part of the half-year procession, witnesses the murder of her surgical professor. Since all Cerubus citizens have location tracking chips embedded along their spines, it won’t be long before the murderers know she saw them. She can’t go to security – they’re the murderers!

Meanwhile, Reynal, a delivery dogsled driver on Earthland, longs to see Clearsky. For 200 years, the sky has been a cold, dark, gray shroud looming over everything he’s ever seen. While Rey has been taught about the Sun, the Moon and the stars, he’s never seen them. Clearsky would not only bring sunlight back, but the warmth the light brings with it. Enough warmth to melt the glaciers surrounding his home near the City.

Rey competes against a genetically modified competitor in the Ice Runner Games. The winner goes to the finals for a chance to win a trip to Rhone – the home of the fortress ark carved out of a mountain by Cerebus.  Later, Rey is sent to retrieve a special package. One that the crew of the Cerebus flagship zeppelin failed to find.

Impeccable world-building and a cast of compelling, heroic characters you will root for in a nail-biting mix of adventure, science, and survival. One of my favorite reads this year!
Jennifer Echols
Award-Winning Author

The entire collection of the first six episodes is called ICEFALL and is available in both ebook and in print.

What about an excerpt?

Here’s 24,000 words. Go read them

BONUS!

At the end of KILL SHOT, there is a link to get the second episode, BURNED! Also for free! Yes! More of our words!

OUR words?

Yes! My writing partner is the lovely and talented Mica Stone, and her website and works can be found by clicking this link: http://micastone.net