Steal the Sky

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As a part of the Barnes & Noble 12 Days of Christmas event, I have a new piece of flash fiction up on their SF&F Blog titled, The Fight Before Christmas. It features elves off their meds, peppermint schnapps, and the Missus being particularly handy with her old .32 rifle. Ho, ho, ho.

In addition, the e-book version of Steal the Sky is on sale for $2.99 for both the Barnes & Noble Nook and the Amazon Kindle. Snatch it up while you can - I doubt it will be this cheap again anytime soon, as the book hasn't even been released yet!

 

Over on Pinterest, I've been keeping a pin board full of images that inspire and capture the spirit of the Scorched Continent series. With book one, Steal the Sky, coming out January 5th, I plan to explore some of these images here and explain what they mean to the world and the characters which inhabit it.

"Grains" - The Currency of the Scorched

Stainless Steel Shot sold by Rio Grande - an example of metal shaped with the Shot Tower method
Stainless Steel Shot sold by Rio Grande | An example of metal shaped with the Shot Tower method

As a frontier outpost in a hostile land, the Scorched Continent is a wild place. When Valathea established its first cities there, it needed a currency it could control the making of, something that by technology alone they could keep a stranglehold on, lest their new-found riches be undermined by counterfeits. Enter the Shot Tower method.

Precious and semi-precious metals are melted, then poured through sieves of varying thickness and "frozen" into perfectly round spheres by air and water temperatures. The process is difficult to refine, and the spheres are all tested on a carefully calibrated ramp to prove their smoothness. Any spheres, aka grains, that don't pass muster are re-melted and reformed.

Counting houses and finer establishments all have their own, Valathean-issued ramps designed specifically to test for counterfeits. Unlike a coin that's been stamped with a seal, which can be mimicked by simple carving or creating a mold, the shot tower method is complicated and requires specialized equipment, giving Valathea a monopoly on currency-making in the region.

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Over on Pinterest, I've been keeping a pin board full of images that inspire and capture the spirit of the Scorched Continent series. With book one, Steal the Sky, coming out January 5th, I plan to explore some of these images here and explain what they mean to the world and the characters which inhabit it.

Selium

"Imagination..." by Katrin Elizabeth | What selium might look like in its raw form.
"Imagination..." by Katrin Elizabeth | What selium might look like in its raw form.

A viscous, lighter than air gas, selium can be found all across the Scorched continent. It's embedded in the bedrock, and often forms pockets within the mouths of the continent's firemounts. The native Catari population used the gas for a myriad of purposes - art, performance, ritual. But the Valathean empire has put the substance to work in the belly of airships facilitating trade all across the world.

While selium (sometimes called only "sel") can be manipulated into a wide variety of colors and textures by adept sel-sensitives, the raw material is wispy and multi-hued. It is akin in color to fire opals, and can be stored within weighted leather bladders designed for the purpose.

Steal the Sky can be found on AmazonGoodreads, and Barnes & Noble

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