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Keiree Cover

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As I mentioned in the last post, the picture of the Martian Castle was a commercial project for the cover of a novella I've written set on Mars. This is the simple cover design I'm going with. Below is the current version of the blurb. 

Keiree is a 34,000 word novella set on Mars. It almost seems as if every writer of speculative fiction pens at least one Mars story. I suspect that one of the reasons Mars stories are so popular with authors is that to be even considered for membership in the Fraternal Order of the Aether, a writer must submit a Mars story to the committee. It’s in their bylaws. So… Keiree is my Mars story.


Keiree is the story of the brilliant and wealthy engineer, Keiree Tulla, her chauffeur and love, Gy Mons… (Ssh! I’m getting to you.) ...and the silka cat, Molly. Deciding to escape scandal and start a new life on the distant planet of Fara V, they sign on as expedition crew members. Keiree as the director of the initial construction section and Gy, along with Molly, as a pilot with the advanced survey team. Upon completing their training, they were put in stasis pods to “sleep” away the centuries long voyage to Fara V. and stored on Mars awaiting their scheduled time to be uploaded to the vast settlement ship in orbit.


The expedition never sailed. After they were put in their stasis pods, but before they were uploaded to the settlement ship, a deadly plague swept through the solar system, laying waste to its planets and moons. Mars was not spared. Gy and Molly’s storage facility was quickly abandoned and then forgotten for seven hundred Martian years. When it was finally rediscovered, and Gy and Molly revived, they find that Keiree’s section had been stored elsewhere on Mars. Gy and Molly set out to find her so they can face a familiar, and yet strange, Mars together.


The ebook is available for free on Smashwords, Apple, Kobo, Google Play, and B & N. It will be $.99US on Amazon unless I can convince them to price match their competitors. They haven't been doing that much, lately, but Kindle users can side load the Mobi version from Smashwords.

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Narked's avatar

Interesting plot old friend, glad to see you are still with us and keeping busy! Sorry i haven't called on you, these past few years have been trying for me and my family even before COVID! P.S. Like the cover art, looks more like the Old West!

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Hey Mac -- Thanks. I was thinking of Nebraska... Sadly, painting is a chore these days. Luckily I'm still enjoying writing. Hope you're putting the stressful times behind you. Good times follow bad. Take care & have fun!

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Neither particularly good nor bad, cruising along, See ya Chuck! ;)

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Good luck with your novella man!

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Thanks. I just write & self-publish for the fun of it, so all I have to worry about is if readers will enjoy the story.

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