ICEFALL Newsletter

I’d like to thank everyone

for making the last two days of ICEFALL exciting for us!
With your help, we made the top of the charts at Amazon!

That out of the way, let’s talk about newsletters.

We sent out Newsletter Number One this week, and in it was a link to the special we ran on ICEFALL.

We also included this handy “What’s this ICEFALL stuff about?” guide and if you’re new to the Clearsky Chronicles, this should help you catch on.


The Clearsky Chronicles – The story of how Reynal Królik fits into the plan kept secret for over 200 years. The plan that involves controlling Alice. The twenty something episodes will be lovingly shoehorned inside a fat trilogy of novels.

Alice – The asteroid on a collision course with Earth. Alice can only be controlled from a room inside Rhone.

Rhone – The hollow mountain, inside which the ark where the biomes of Earth remain presevered. Rhone is controlled by Cerebus.

Cerebus – The fomer consortium of mining and technology corporations who were tipped off to the end of the world and had the means to create a refuge for their people who would care for the ark. The Ruling Council is now controlled by Aldus Turing.

Aldus Turing – Insanely afraid that Alice will crash down on Rhone, destroying not only the best and the brightest of humanity, but the ark preserved biota of Earth as well.

Earth – Currently wrapped in a perpetual Ice Age brought on by the shroud of ice cloaking the planet and reflecting warmth giving sunlight.

Earthland – The only flat land not covered by thick glacial ice. The remnants of humanity clustered here after the Fall. Populated by starving farmers, kept starving by their Cerebus rulers. Visited twice a year by The Procession.

The Procession – The visit some 400 Cerebus technicians and scientists make across the Eastern Sea. The meager aid the Procession gives the Earthlanders is in exchange for the food taken from them.

Reynal, Darjeeling, and Navid – Delivery drivers, one of whom is destined to one day drive Alice.

Odessa, Winnipeg, Lisbon and Seville – Medical students in the Procession, all of whom are marked for death.

We hope to give away more stuff in the newsletter. All I have right now is a bunch of imagery of the flooded Earth and a few maps you haven’t seen — Oh, right…

Have I told you all the places in The Clearsky Chronicles are real places you could go to today??
The tunnel? Real.
Which mountains in the middle of the Amazon jungle that will become islands making up the Cerebus nation? They’re all real, right there, today.
Details to come.


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!

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.

Baby Driver trailer

There are places on the web to see trailers, so while I really like several good movie trailers recently
THIS one actually looks cool.

That’s why I posted it here.

No idea if the movie will be great or a bomb, but they do know how to make a trailer

If you don’t like the sound track, the movie is a fail.
I like the sound track.
opens somewhere June 28

Jupiter flyby video you have to see

This is gorgeous and mind blowing and worth every second and I am amazed.
Full screen this movie and hit play. Sound discouraged.
The creepy music was also used in a pivotal section of the movie 2001

Jupiter: Juno Perijove 06 from Sean Doran on Vimeo.