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New edition of IT WAKES IN ME!

Coming September 6th!

“The historical detail and vivid descriptions make this a fascinating and compelling read.” –Romantic Times BookReviews

I’m excited to see the FIRST HARDCOVER ever of my book, IT WAKES IN ME, which will be released on September 6th. The new cover is stunning and really captures the dangerous, seductive element of the leading character’s personality.

I wrote the book because, as an anthropologist, the global dimensions of serial murder fascinate me. We can trace the phenomenon across continents and through time from Australia to England, Pakistan to Mexico, across Africa, Asia, and America. It’s an aberration in human behavior, but a profoundly pervasive one that transcends cultural boundaries. I have long pondered how ancient peoples in North America would have handled a serial murderer silently hunting victims through their small villages.

The question interests me because many native peoples believed that mental illness was soul-loss. The soul had fled the body because of unfulfilled desires. The job of the healer was to discover, and then fulfill those desires so that the soul would wish to return and the sick person would be healed. Recollect missionary, Father Gabriel Sagard, wrote in 1632, “…for they prefer to suffer and be in want of anything rather than to fail a sick person at need.”

The soul-curing ritual used in IT WAKES IN ME was real. At the time of European contact in the 16th century, the andacwander had spread from Iroquoian to Algonquian tribes, indicting the remarkable healing power it possessed.

When High Chieftess Sora is kidnapped, drugged, and transported to the greatest healer in the land, his first words to her are: “They tell me you are a murderer. Is it true?”

Her answer begins a darkly erotic tale of love and betrayal.

I hope you enjoy this journey to America’s spectacular past!

Best Wishes,

Kathleen O’Neal Gear




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We just received the latest BOOKLIST review for CRIES FROM THE LOST ISLAND, written by reviewer Cari Dubiel (February 1, 2020).

“Historian and prolific author Gear (Star Path, 2019) returns with a new standalone fantasy.  Sixteen-year-old Halloran Stevens has spent his young life immersed in ancient history, growing up in a small Colorado town with fellow outcast Roberto and the beautiful, tormented Cleo, the reincarnation of Queen Cleopatra herself.  Cleo’s greatest wish is to reunite with her love, Marcus Antonius.  But before she can do this–by finding her own grave and placing a ceremonial dagger there–Cleo is mysterious killed, and Hal becomes plagued by visions of her.  Cleo’s archaeologist uncle offers to take Hal and Roberto to Egypt, but will Hal be able to find Cleopatra’s grave and restore the dagger so Cleo can rest forever?  As Egyptian and Roman ghosts and demons haunt the narrative from the first page, readers will not be quite sure what is true and what the characters are imagining.  History-lovers will enjoy Hal’s incredible journey from outcast kid to artifact expert,” and “With a smart, funny teen protagonist, this story about being a hero while also not belonging to a popular crowd will appeal to YAs.”

In CRIES FROM THE LOST ISLAND, I got to present my own theory about the location of the lost graves of Antony and Cleopatra. And I had such fun with the teen protagonists!  I hope you enjoy reading the story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Best Wishes,


I’m especially delighted that BOOKLIST reviewed the book as a Young Adult (YA) novel, since that’s the audience I wrote it for.


Hi All, It’s a beautiful summer here, in the 70s, and we’ve had a lot of rain. The buffalo are so happy wading around in deep grass and wildflowers. Just wanted to let you know that the INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS were announced yesterday and Kathleen’s book, MAZE MASTER, won the award for best SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL. Interestingly, it was also a finalist in the best thriller category! We are especially grateful for all the hard work of the judges. They had over 2,000 entries in the competition. Hope you are all doing well. Michael and Kathleen

Still summer, but not for long…

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.

New Books coming…

Hi All!

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

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