Monthly Archives: July 2013

Who is JC?

Every month we will spotlight one of the characters of Gatemaker and provide a little insight into who they are as the story opens. These descriptions are light on spoilers, but will hint at events to come, not just in Gatemaker but in the greater tapestry of the Spiralchain as well.

Joseph Christopher Stein is a sixteen year old boy born and raised on the world of Core, in the city of Des Moines, Iowa. The youngest son of a high school football coach and a home beauty product sales consultant, Joe is the black sheep in his family. Energetic but not athletic, Joe suffers from ADHD and is a stark contrast to his brothers, who were very much their father’s sons. A weak student, Joe has recently adopted the nickname of JC and is always on the lookout for new friends and new experiences. School exists as a place for JC to make bad jokes and hit on girls that are out of his league, and he does both with regularity.

Of all the young people swept into the conflict on Onus, Joe is the most unlikely hero. His passions run hot, but he is still very young and very lost about how to be the man he wants to be. Whether or not he has a destiny aside form comic relief is yet to be seen, but somehow everyone who meets him knows that JC Stein will do great things some day. The question remains… will they be the kind of things he wants to remember?

Joe’s tale most often revolves around ideas of fear and of belonging.

Joe’s story begins in Gatemaker, on sale now!

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Price Changes, Paperback Update, and Mindshaper News

Two small matters that might be of interest to Spiralchain fans out there…

1. The July 1 price drop came a bit slower than expected, but all digital editions of Gatemaker should be dropping to $4.99 USD over the course of the next few days. Amazon/Kindle usually drops first, with iBookstore and Nook store taking a bit longer. Hopefully the August price drop will be right on time!

2. Paperback cover is coming along nicely. By the end of the month, if all continues on pace, the paperback edition of Gatemaker will be available through Lulu.com and, within another month after that, other traditional retailers. Thank you so much for your support of Gatemaker in its digital and hardcover formats! UPDATE: Paperback now available!

3. Mindshaper is coming along slow and steady, with a January 1 release date still likely. Look for previews to start in earnest in September or October.


Who is Embrew?

Every month we will spotlight one of the characters of Gatemaker and provide a little insight into who they are as the story opens. These descriptions are light on spoilers, but will hint at events to come, not just in Gatemaker but in the greater tapestry of the Spiralchain as well.

Embrew Sorrigon is a broken man. Born nearly sixty years ago on the world of Onus, Embrew has spent the last third of his life in captivity in the single prison cell beneath Gar Nought. In his youth, Embrew left his home to study with the Order of Gar and was quickly promoted through the ranks of the Order at the peak of the Gars’ efforts to unite the many worlds of the Spiral. Embrew was a close friend of the leader of the Order, Corudain, and traveled often to the worlds of Arctos and Pithysia. Embrew carried a heavy burden when he was asked to accompany Corudain on a mission that  would come to be the greatest shame ever visited upon the Gars. Embrew’s life began to truly unravel, however, when the Wyr demanded that all travel between the worlds cease. Bereft of purpose, Embrew found himself involved in a dangerous and forbidden relationship–one that ultimately resulted in his exile from the Order of Gar and his imprisonment. Embrew has had nothing but time over the past nearly twenty years–time with which to regret his actions and pray to the Purpose for a chance at redemption.

Embrew is a Gatemaker of the highest rank and the originator of the Gatemaking technique of crafting Chaingates. His life nears its end, but before he take his final breath, he will set two powerful new legacies into motion. One might yet wash away the stains of his betrayal, but the other may yet be a darker crime than any other he has committed.

Embrew’s tale most often revolves around ideas of redemption and of desperation.

Embrew’s story begins in Gatemaker, on sale now!