K. W. Keith

Award-winning author weaving a new, dramatic tale of erotic romance

Chapter One, Supernova, 12.21.14

Here it is, folks. 

Interestingly enough, while I sit here finishing this off, fat, pristine flakes are indeed flurrying to the ground on this cold Solstice afternoon.  I love it when Fate takes a moment out of her busy schedule to let me know I'm following the right path. :)

As you know, I always have songs in my head for the scenes I'm writing, and for the first page of this book (yes, while the opening credits of the movie are rolling), it's Gary Numan's "Love, Hurt, Bleed." 

Humbly submitted for your enjoyment, dear readers, I give you Chapter One of Supernova.

Buon Natale, amici.




Sneak Peek of Chapter One of Supernova 12.21.14!!

No one knows more than you readers that the Winter Solstice is coming and alas, no Supernova.  December 21st had been my anticipated release date for Book III, but the arrival of my first child in June stopped that project right in its half-finished tracks. The last novel is coming in 2015, that I promise, but as the 21st approaches, I know this is of little solace to the folks waiting with bated breath for the final installment of Solana and Raine's story.

Looking back on the last year and a half, I can't begin to express my gratitude to you, the fans of my tale. You, who ask me repeatedly "Where the @%#% is the third book!?" You, who tell me "I give your book to EVERYONE!" "I've reread it over and over!" and "Damn, girl, good job!" You are the ones I write for, and you are the ones I'm grateful for.  Thank you for your enthusiasm, and thank you - most heartily - for your patience.

As a token of my thanks, I hope you'll accept a small gift.  On December 21st, in honor of this special day, I will be releasing a sneak peek preview of the first chapter of Book III, Supernova, right here on my website. It may change a bit during the final editing process, but the blood and bones are sure there, and I look forward to your feedback on this small glimpse into the epic finale.  Buon Natale, amici.

Guest Blog Post by Ariele Sieling

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.

Grab a copy of The Wounded World here. You can also check out my website for signed copies and blogs about my writing, events, and books!

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:

Book Signing Events in November!

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

Happy Fall!


Solstice, Part 1: The Seduction

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!


Where the &%$& did the last three months go???

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.

Sometimes simultaneously.

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...


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.