We took the dogs for a walk at 4:00 AM this morning, and the sky was stunning. Orion, The Hand constellation in the Southeastern Ceremonial tradition, was blazing just over the mountain. Now, we are off to work on PEOPLE OF THE CANYONS.
It’s been a busy August for us here in Wyoming. We turned in the final manuscript for STAR PATH, the latest book in the People of Cahokia series, and Kathleen also delivered the final manuscripts for the first books in her two new series: THE ICE LION, book 1 of the Rewinding Chronicles, and CRIES FROM THE LAST ISLAND, Book 1 of the Ancient Egypt Saga.
THE ICE LION is a science fiction novel set in a Pleistocene Ice Age future, and CRIES FROM THE LOST ISLAND is a fantasy novel set in modern America and Egypt about two teenage boys searching for the lost graves of Antony and Cleopatra.
It’s a real joy to be able to write very different kinds of archaeological stories. Keeps our creativity fresh and vibrant.
The bison are doing exceptionally well. We’ve had good rain this year, which means the grasses and wildflowers have been beautiful.
We hope you’ve all had a wonderful summer.
Michael and Kathleen
Hope your summer is wonderful! We have had a cool delightful July here in Wyoming.
“…who wouldn’t love some apocalyptic disease with a maze!”
MAZE MASTER was released yesterday! It’s wonderful to finally see a book in print, and it never gets old. Despite the number of books we’ve published, they aren’t real until we hold the actual book in our hands.
My article on the science behind MAZE MASTER was just published in THE HISTORY READER. You can find it at: http://www.thehistoryreader.com/ancient-history/the-history-behind-the-mystery-maze-master/
I hope everyone is having a beautiful summer. It’s been cool here. We woke to 55 degrees this morning, which is just perfect for our northern souls. And the buffalo love this cool weather. They are almost finished losing their shaggy winter coats.
Happy reading to all!
Kathy (and Mike)
Daedalus is famous for his clever inventions and as the architect of the Minotaur’s labyrinth on Crete. He was also the father of Icarus who flew too close to the sun. He played an interesting role in MAZE MASTER.
In the story, Dr. James Hakari, known to his genetics students as the Maze Master, has vanished. But all around the world he’s leaving clues to a maze that must be deciphered if the world is to survive. Here’s the question that both Daedalus and Hakari had to answer: How do you create a maze to hold the most terrifying beast in the world? Is it possible? Or will the beast always escape…
Read more about Daedalus to better understand Hakari’s desperation: http://bit.ly/2ynO3u7
To preorder MAZE MASTER:
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/MazeMasterBN
Apple iBooks: http://bit.ly/MazeMasterAPPLE
MAZE MASTER is getting some nice advance praise…
“MAZE MASTER is a masterpiece of a bio-thriller that seamlessly melds science and superstition into a tale as relentless as it is riveting. Kathleen Gear has lent credence and credibility to the end-of-the-world tale championed by the likes of WORLD WAR Z, I AM LEGEND, and Stephen King’s THE STAND. This is speculative storytelling at its level best, weaving cutting edge genetics into a puzzle that must be solved if mankind is to survive. A master of the historical novel, Gear proves herself equally adept at handling the future in this cure for the common thriller.”
Jon Land, USA TODAY bestselling author of the Caitlin Strong series and THE RISING
Very kind words from Tess Gerritsen,
“From the very first page, you’ll know you’re in the hands of a master storyteller. With plenty of “Da Vinci Code” twists and turns, MAZE MASTER is both thrilling and mind-bending.” Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of I KNOW A SECRET.
Happy Monday to All!
Only ten days left to the publication of OUTPOST, Mike’s frontier science fiction novel. BOOKLIST says, “Gear kicks off a new sf series by weaving a number of compelling characters into the narrative, including bold heroine Talina Perez and Donovan itself, a planet teeming with danger and delights in turn. The mix of stolen identities, rapacious greed, and treacherous landscape propels the reader forward, hurtling toward the possibility that nobody is destined to escape Donovan alive.”
Can’t wait to hold the actual book in our hands!
Mike and Kathy
We are delighted by the advance reviews for Mike’s upcoming science fiction novel, OUTPOST! Here are just a few…
“What a ride! Excitement, adventure, and intrigue, all told in W. Michael Gear’s vivid, compulsively readable prose. A terrific new science-fiction series; Gear hits a home run right out of the park and all the way to Capella.” —Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Quantum Night
“A marginal colony on a living world—where human life and human will are tested to the limits. An intriguing and inventive new work from Michael Gear, first of a trilogy. Recommended!”–C. J. Cherryh, Hugo Award-winning author of Downbelow Station
Nerd Much – 13 Best New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books: February 2018
While W. Michael Gear’s new novel Outpost is mainly sci-fi, there are enough monstrous creatures and terrifying moments in it that fans of Alien and the like should enjoy it, which is why we’re advising you to mark your calendars for February 20, 2018. That’s the book’s release date via publisher DAW (a Penguin Random House imprint).
A thrilling tale of high stakes survival on an alien planet, Outpost is the first installment in Gear’s new The Donovan series. The second book, Abandoned, is scheduled to arrive in November 2018, so if you like the first one, you won’t have to wait too long for a sequel.
On the distant planet Donovan, the realities of colonization meet the cold, hard demands of corporate overlords. In the years since Donovan was settled, many original colonists have died and several supply ships have completely vanished, leaving the planet nearly feral. Corporation Supervisor Kalico arrives to discover disarray, and demands answers from community leaders. Competing interests from Corporation employees create tension, as Donovan’s loose organization offers opportunity for deception and deceit. However, Kalico must first deal with one of the missing ships that reappears bearing horrific cargo and a seemingly impossible paradox. Gear (Moon Hunt, 2017, with Kathleen O’Neal Gear) kicks off a new sf series by weaving a number of compelling characters into the narrative, including bold heroine Talina Perez and Donovan itself, a planet teeming with danger and delights in turn. The mix of stolen identities, rapacious greed, and treacherous landscape propels the reader forward, hurtling toward the possibility that nobody is destined to escape Donovan alive. Fans of epic space opera, like Rachel Bach’s Fortune’s Pawn (2013), will happily lose themselves in Donovan’s orbit.
Along with Emmy award-winning screenwriter, Kirk Ellis, we will be part of a conversation about creativity, the lure of the West, fiction, and film. We’ll have book signings before and after the event. We’re there to entertain and to answer any questions you might have about writing (which could also be entertaining).
Just some background… Kirk Ellis has won the Emmy Award, Spur Award, and the Western Heritage Wrangler Award. His screen credits include, “Anne Frank,” “Into the West,” and “John Adams.” His work has been nominated for a total of 50 Emmy Awards.
And! Well, you know us.
Come! We’d love to see you there! It’ll be great fun: WWA PressRelease -April20
Mike and Kathy