Had a blast with sci-fi authors Ariele Sieling (left) and R. T. Donlon (right) at Berwick Art Association's Red Saturday event yesterday! So much talent in one room - please take time this holiday season to support your local artisans at the many craft fairs and holiday bazaars happening right in your own neighborhoods.
I am pleased to feature a guest blog post from Ariele Sieling, a fellow self-published author with a passion for writing adventures in science fiction. Why not give an excellent read to the special sci-fi lover in your life while you're engrossed in Solstice and Equinox? Read on!
My Name is Ariele and I Write Books: A Penchant for Technology
Hello K. W. Keith’s fans! My name is Ariele, and I've written three science fiction novels - The The Clock Winked, The Lonely Whelk, and my newest release, The Wounded World. One of the things I love about writing science fiction is the ability to envision technology and invent my own science.
In The Wounded World, the main character, Quin, sets out to find his father who has disappeared in very mysterious circumstances, leaving behind a rather curious and suspicious piece of new technology - a very unusual Door. My books are set in a multi-planetary universe, in which wormholes (called Doors) between planets allow individuals to travel large distances in only a few seconds. The stories explore the social and political challenges of this type of technology, both on an individual and a cultural level.
In this blog, I will pick two of my favourite technologies, go into detail about some of my science, and explore how the lot of it works.
1. The Eco-Friendly House: My uncle is a contractor, and one day I asked him: "if you could build anything, but have it be the most efficient, eco-friendly house you could come up with, what would it be?" That turned out to be Quin's house.
The Rotating House (invented by Grise Black, Quin’s father in the Sagittan Chronicles), rotates based on the direction of the sun and the required temperature inside the house. One side of the house is has far more windows than the the other. When it is cold outside, the house turns its face (and windows) to the sun to absorb as much of the heat as possible. When it is hot, it turns the face of the house away from the sun to keep it as cool as possible. It has solar panels on other surfaces (besides the windows) that catch the rays of the sun and power the house.
“An hour later he reached the house, a modern construction which showed off the most recent advancements in technology. It sat on a rotating platform, which was programmed to turn different faces of the house depending on the position of the sun. It maximized heat efficiency during the cold months, and minimized heat buildup during the warm months. It also used solar power to fuel its many systems.”
To get in the house (because it's rotating), there is an entry pod that slides on a track. It is programmed to line up with the door, regardless of which direction the house is facing. This works like an elevator, except instead of moving vertically, it moves horizontally. This allows the entryway to be located in the same place, relative to the outside of the house, and saves people the trouble of walking in a circle around the the house to get in.
2. Doors: Doors may simply take you from place to another, but how do they really work? Why do they work? First, I imagine that the Doors provide a method of stabilization for a wormhole. If the wormhole is not properly stabilized, it simply will not be accessible. If the Door is not properly stabilized, it can explode or implode. Implosions are safer, but explosions happen on both sides of the Door and can cause severe damage.
The machine used to build a Door has calculations inputted that describe where the wormhole should open up in relation to a star or planet. It then sends information (in the form of photons which create a thin line) to each side of the Door, and opens up a wormhole between the two locations. Scientists use what they call Boomerang Photons, which return after reaching the location in order to confirm that the location is, in fact, the correct one. Then, the Door opens, stabilizing the wormhole, allowing people to pass through it.
The Polylocus Doors open up a multi-tiered wormhole, which has many strings. This type of Door was created by accident. Instead of one tunnel leading from one location to another, it opens up a spiderweb of tunnels, each leading to every other exit possible. These Doors require a lot more math, a lot more stability, and a lot more care. They are operated using a combination of cognitive mathematics and physics, so that when you step through, your thoughts guide where you end up. When stepping through, the individual is lifted out of time temporarily. This means that there is no chance of being ripped apart or running into someone else. If you become unconscious while in the Door, however, you could get stuck there. No one knows if "stuck" people die or are ghosts or are still alive (physically).
The other type of “Door” is not exactly a Door. It is called an Interdimensional Space. When you step into a Door that leads to an interdimensional space, you never exit the Door. These are essentially pocket universes that can be as large as a small planet or as small as a broom closet. They’re actually everywhere, it’s just that most of them are so small you can’t see them.
If you would like to learn more about my universe, the people in it, and see some fun memes, stay tuned for some information on planet-building, and check out the other blogs on my tour:
Once you're done munching all the wonderful things fall has to offer during Thanksgiving, grab your family and friends and head out to two great events where you can shop locally, score unique artisan crafts, and support folks in your own communities instead of the big box stores this holiday season.
1. "Plaid Friday" on the 28th in downtown Rochester, where shops will be abuzzing! You'll find me at Laurel Mae's Cottage from 1 - 4 doing my favorite thing - chatting with you and signing copies of Solstice and Equinox.
2. "Red Saturday" on the 29th in Berwick for the Berwick Art Association's annual winter arts fair. I'm excited to sit alongside so many talented artists who will be exhibiting their work for sale. I'll be at it again, chatting and signing, while ogling amazing one-of-a-kind art. My kind of day!
Check out my Events page for more details about both events, where you can meet talented people right here in your own neighborhood who have just the thing for the people on your lists. :D
I'm excited to announce the release of Solstice - Part I: The Seduction! The first seven suspenseful, smoldering chapters of Solstice in one juicy, bite-sized novella, now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Priced at $0.99 for the Kindle, it's perfect for spreading the Solstice word to curious readers who want a taste of a spicy new story. Enjoy!
"This book was full of juicy secrets and cliffhanger!!! Loved it! Now when is number three coming!!!!!????? A must read." - K. S.
I had no idea time could fly so fast.
Our sweet baby boy was born on June 26th, and life has been a blur ever since. I guess overwhelming happiness, broiling frustration, and explosive poop can do that to you. He is such a joy... I never knew I could love another being this much.
But I can tell you this.
Even though I've been unforgivably silent on this blog, even though writing is absolutely impossible for me to accomplish right now, my thoughts center around two things and two things only - caring for my lil man... and Book Three.
Like when I'm nursing him at 4:00 a.m., gazing out through the open windows of the nursery to the woods in predawn twilight.... the susurrus of the wind through the leaves of the trees sounding like the ocean... like a beach... a beach on St. John... Solana waking to find herself alone in Raine's bed after a night of passion...
Solana and Raine...
DAMN, I GOTTA GET WRITING!
The urge to write is there - oh that I can promise you.
But even as I write this, Sir Squawks A Lot calls. :)
Alas, this is all I can get down right now, but rest assured - your author's thoughts are ablaze.
...it's my blog and I'll post what I want to. :)
Writing a book is a lot like pregnancy and birth. You pour your heart and soul into its development, giving it everything you've got to make it the best it can be. Then, after months of intense prepping, heart-pounding anticipation, and painful labor, you deliver it to the world.
As I continue to celebrate the recent release of Equinox, I'm celebrating a different release at the same time. My husband and I are expecting our first child in June - on Friday the 13th - and I can't wait to deliver this very different, very special present to the world. It's been a long, difficult road to get here, we have no idea what we're about to experience - it's like an impending storm we've been told to prepare for but have no clue how or what to really expect. All I know is we're headed for one of life's great adventures, and I'm grateful and awed by the whole prospect.
Today is our baby shower, where we find out what we're having (snips and snails and puppy dog tails, or sugar and spice and everything nice?) with our dearest friends and family present, and I realize it's a new chapter in our lives - one I won't write, but one I will live.
Much love to you, world, on this Saturday morning.
(And don't worry - Supernova is still coming. Since it's half written and I'm about to have this amazing little bundle completely revolutionize my existence, I can't commit to a release date, but I promise you - it's coming.)
I'm excited to announce that Equinox, Book II of the Alessandra Legacy Trilogy, is now available on Kindle! I also have also enrolled the book in Kindle Match - if you purchase a paperback version, you can get the Kindle version at the super reduced price of $0.99. Solstice is enrolled, too! Get yours here!
Equinox, Book II of the Alessandra Legacy Trilogy, was released on March 26, 2014 in paperback and is currently ranked 12,869 in Books on Amazon.com! Get your copy today:
Stay tuned for the Kindle edition, coming by the end of the weekend!
The release of Book II is imminent, and yet again I find myself ajitter. (If that's not a word, I just made it one. I have decreed it.) You're all waiting with bated breath, and I'm very excited to hear your feedback on the second installment of my story. In the meantime, I have updated the soundtrack page of the site for Equinox - great feasting f you're starving for a sneak peek into the next chapter of Raine and Solana's story. Enjoy! More to come soon!
I'm excited to announce a new event that you don't want to miss!
On Friday, January 31st from 6 to 9 pm, Zorvino Vineyards in Sandown, NH is hosting a free event bringing together as many as 65 local authors to discuss, sell & sign their books for you. Zorvino's will also provide a cash bar upstairs plus downstairs, plus the winery will be open for tasting & sales for the entire evening. In addition, if you sign up online at Zorvino's events page, you will be entered into a drawing for a Wine Tasting & Tour of Zorvino Vineyards for up to 20 people ! You can sign up here for the evening....
I am one of over 30 authors and illustrators already signed up to attend this event; you can check out the ever-growing list on Zorvino's events page to see who's coming. If you don't want to sign up in advance, the event will be open for walk-ins until 9 pm.
See you there!
Your author's been a busy lady!
1. Getting Equinox ready for publication in March. (Let's start with the one y'all want most, right!?) The manuscript is with the beta readers as we speak - and one has her first round of edits back! - and book cover work will be underway soon.
2. Getting ourselves ready for parenthood in June. (This is the big one that's been snagging a lot of my attention lately!) Yep, we're expecting our first!!! The big ultrasound is tomorrow, and after walking a long, hard road to get here, we have our fingers crossed for good news.
3. Getting my sister and our future BIL ready for their wedding in July. Yes, the Williamson clan is growing in many ways this summer, and we couldn't be luckier to have MGB join the craziness!
4. Getting our house back to normal. Yeah, our boiler decided to bite the big one two days after Thanksgiving and we've been displaced ever since. Heat, hot water, hearth, and home are not something to ever take for granted, and not something I'll forget again, people. We should have our house back this week, just in time for.....
5. Getting ourselves on a plane to TX to visit the rents for belated Xmas. It's our first time there since they moved to Houston in 2012!
6. Getting ready for my first bookstore signing on January 29th at River Run! I'll see you and your friends there!
7. And lastly, getting pysched for an epic 2014! Happy New Year to you and yours!!
Laurel Mae's Cottage in Rochester is a new boutique gallery carrying great gifts - many made by local artisans and sellers. The official Grand Opening will be in February, but Laurel Mae's will be open for business 7 days a week as of Monday, December 16th, starting with her Sneak Peak Opening event at 6:00 pm. Conveniently located at 107 North Main Street in Rochester (formerly the Jenny Wren Gallery, come check it out. As the exclusive retailer of Solstice in Rochester, I will be there!
Okay Kindle Fans!
I'm excited to announce a special sale event for Solstice!
Starting at 5:00pm EST November 28th through 5:00am EST Tuesday December 3rd, Solstice will be available at for download on Kindle for $0.99!
Get it while it's hot - just in time for all of your holiday traveling!
My deepest thanks to the ladies of Kappa Delta at the University of New Hampshire for a truly memorable evening! Last night, the Alpha Sigma chapter of KD hosted "An Evening with K. W. Keith," where it was my distinct pleasure to share my self-publishing story with an enthusiastic, engaging crowd.
While I thoroughly enjoyed telling the story behind my story, I was blown away by the Q&A session afterward - which lasted longer than my talk itself, and I loved every minute of it. The sisters of KD and their guests asked question after pointed question, and it was my honor to answer such intelligent, thought-provoking queries.
Many thanks to Claire Murphy Murdough, the chapter's advisor, for facilitating the event. KD's mentor is a dedicated, talented woman, and I know how much joy she finds in helping these young women "go confidently."
Thanks, KD for inspiring me!
Ta Kala Diokomen,
"If you are looking for a book that draws you in and leaves you wanting more, look no further. You have found it in solstice. Keith's masterful portrayal of the characters, descriptive talents, and ability to turn up the steam to nearly scalding temperatures leaves the reader panting with desire, much like the characters! Needless to say, the reader is left begging the author for release... Of book 2!"
"Eloquently written, read this in three days, was unable to put the book down until I was done! Story was beautifully told and I cannot wait till the next two books come out."
Many thanks to Kimberly Bedard Fortin at Kreativ Strategies for her hard work getting my first press release out to the world. The numbers prove the interest in the Alessandra Legacy Trilogy, and I couldn't be happier with the results. The cherry on top? I'm excited and honored at the request from Midwest Book Review, who wants to write a review for Solstice!
More news to come; stay tuned!
Now, back to the SuperFan Quotes of the Day - your words, right from Amazon.com! Thanks again to everyone who's left feedback on Solstice!
"Not your typical romance novel or female character...strong, sexy, smart and real. I loved it and couldn't put it down, anxiously waiting for the next installment. Keith's attention to detail is amazing."