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#PITMAD and the Quest

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Today, September 8th, is pitch madness day over at Twitter. I’ll be pitching. After months of being in my writers cave, my story #TheGlassChamber is in the freelance-editor stage and almost ready to go.  If you’re a friend stop by. Don’t retweet or favorite my tweet, but do let me know what you think in a reply or dm. I’d love to have your feedback.

To learn more about #PitchMad
About #PitMad All about the rules and fairplay by Brenda Drake: http://www.brenda-drake.com/pitmad/
How to filter out Spam: http://dianaurban.com/how-to-filter-out-spammers-when-following-pitmad-tweets
And here’s a link to one author’s true tale of landing an agent on #pitmad: http://dianaurban.com/how-pitmad-helped-me-get-a-literary-agent-and-tips-for-the-next-one
A helpful guide on pitmad pitching http://writersinthestormblog.com/2014/09/the-ultimate-writers-guide-to-twitter-pitch-contests/

Here’s my three-line pitch for #TheGlassChamber:

(Update: Thanks to Mary Rowen for giving me feedback on my three-line pitch. Here is the much improved version)

Title: The Glass Chamber
Genre: YA Futuristic Romance (Solarpunk)
Length: 100,000 words
Author: Sheryl Kaleo
In a future where every affliction except death has a cure, and lives span centuries rather than decades, the dead and their burial chambers may be pre-sold as collectibles to the highest bidder. Astrid’s artist grandfather just wants a few more months to finish his homage to her grandmother. To save him from prematurely gathering dust on someone’s shelf, Astrid will solve a cold case murder and lose her heart to a cagey street performer who’s harboring secrets about his best friend’s death.

 

 

 

 

#Solarpunk Poll Update

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Last week I posed the question “#Solarpunk what would you do with www.solarpunk.COM and www.solarpunk.ORG? To vote/signup visit www.sherylkaleo.com/solarpunk/.

That poll is still ongoing. There is already a thriving community on http://solarpunks.tumblr.com where ideas, writings, and images are being shared. And the goal is to add to that community in a way that doesn’t supersede what has come before.

41 for solarpunk COMI suggested an ezine for solarpunk.COM in the hopes that such a format could grow to become a magazine that would then reach the hands of a larger audience. I envisioned a collection of informative, scientific, and artistic articles that would bring to its audience the goals and realities of positive futurism. I suggested a bulletin board for solarpunk.ORG with the idea that such a format could become a warehouse for scientific facts and innovations, a discussion board for strategies and goals, and a platform where we could share our creative endeavors.

41 for solarpunk ORGIn my mind, the ultimate goal would be for solarpunk.com to hold a contest each year showcasing and rewarding the best, the brightest, and most innovative of scientific endeavors and artistic realizations. And the ultimate goal for solarpunk.org would be for that site to become a resource for us so we can all make realistic changes in our lives and a resource for teachers and students that would encourage discussions and shape future science fairs to come.

30 volunteersBut these are just my thoughts. And solarpunk is above all about community. It’s for those of us who are fed up and for those of us who believe this is achievable now and in the future. So while I can voice my opinion here on this blog, I also have to honor yours in the comments. For example, Leo said he’d like to see solarpunk.COM become an interactive blog and solarpunk.ORG become “more of an information hub with real life situations and things we can do now to get closer to an optimistic future similar to solarpunk like petitions, DIY tech, informational articles related to topics in solarpunk.” Like Leo, I hope more of you will share you thoughts and ideas, as this poll continues. Ultimately, none of this is achievable without you. To vote, signup, and share your thoughts, visit www.sherylkaleo.com/solarpunk/.

Who am I?

I’ve been writing in the solarpunk genre since 2004. (To read about how I became a solarpunk writer read here.) At the time there didn’t seem to be much interest in it, but I kept writing anyway because I loved the worlds, and I figured sooner or later there had to be other people who loved it, too.

To read the working definition I use for my #solarpunk stories please read my interview by Alyssa Watson on @CarbonCultureR.

DONOR Book 1 perfect 8o5x12o306 150dpiIn 2013, I self-published my novel Donor on Kobo, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Amazon Author page, and All Romance eBooks.Donor is about a sixteen-year-old girl who discovers that everything she ever knew about her life is a lie. Donor chronicles Shreya’s journey from an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl living in upstate Louisiana to a fugitive on the run from the law, the unlawful, and those beyond any natural laws known to Humankind. For a peek at the series back cover click blurb.

Donor Part 3 is on sale!

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Part 3 of the serialized novel Donor

In Donor Part 3: A Silver-Lined Grave, When Mr. James and his Cyber Thugs find her in New York City, Shreya accepts the help of a boy to hide from them. Unfortunately, that means going deep down into New York’s subterranean tunnels where darkness is just a light switch away. Excerpt

Print length:  129, Word count: 40,000

 

DONOR is a  serialized SolarPunk fantasy romance that features a kick butt heroine who’s on the run from leechers, cyborg policemen, and human-trafficking thugs in a nonapocalyptic-yet-futuristic world. Parts 1 and 2 are currently available through her Amazon Author page.

The conclusion of the Donor serial Part 4: The Heart of the Enemy will be on sale in November 2013.

~ * ~

One drop of her blood

The moment when you realize sleeping without a nightlight did nothing to prepare you for the dark chasing you into daylight…?
Yeah. That.

Could start a war

Only when I face life on the run alone do I realize how well Mama trained me to protect myself. If only she’d had time to explain why her tears turned to crystals and what I’m destined to become.

And bring an end to Humankind

 Now I can trust no one, especially Enoch. This all started the day he showed up looking for me and he seems to be everywhere I go—before I get there. Is he one of the Undying? Or something Other? The answer may be my deliverance… or make me wish I were dead.

 ~ * ~

In Donor Part 1: A Bat Out of Hell, sixteen-year-old Shreya leaves her home and everything she loves to escape the Shadows and gets separated from her mother. Print length: 137 pages, Word count: 44,000,  Excerpt

In Donor Part 2: The Jeweled City , Shreya heads for New York to find answers about what she’s turning into and to hide from the Human traffickers chasing her. Print length:  132, Word count: 41,000, Excerpt

Shreya’s story continues in Donor Part 4:  The Heart of the Enemy (November  2013,  Word count: 48,000). Excerpt

For more books as they come available, visit Sheryl’s Amazon Author  page.

 

DONOR Part 2 is Out!

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Donor Part 2: The Jeweled City

 

DONOR is a  serialized SolarPunk fantasy romance that features a kick butt heroine who’s on the run from leechers, cyborg policemen, and human-trafficking thugs in a nonapocalyptic-yet-futuristic world. Parts 1 and 2 are currently available through Amazon Kindle Select. Parts 3 and 4 will be coming out this week and the beginning of November.

 

 

In Donor Part 2: The Jeweled City , Shreya heads for New York to find answers about what she’s turning into and to hide from the Human traffickers chasing her. Print length:  132, Word count: 41,000

 

~ * ~

One drop of her blood

The moment when you realize sleeping without a nightlight did nothing to prepare you for the dark chasing you into daylight…?
Yeah. That.

Could start a war

Only when I face life on the run alone do I realize how well Mama trained me to protect myself. If only she’d had time to explain why her tears turned to crystals when we parted, and what I’m destined to become.

And bring an end to Humankind

 Now I can trust no one, especially Enoch. This all started the day he showed up looking for me and he seems to be everywhere I go—before I get there. Is he one of the Undying? Or something Other? The answer may be my deliverance… or make me wish I were dead.

 ~ * ~

In Donor Part 1: A Bat Out of Hell, sixteen-year-old Shreya leaves her home and everything she loves to escape the Shadows and gets separated from her mother. Print length: 137 pages, Word count: 44,000

Shreya’s story continues Donor Part 3: A Silver Lined Grave (October  2013,  Excerpt.  Word count: 41,000), and Donor Part 4: The Heart of the Enemy (November  2013, Excerpt. Word count: 48,000).

For more books as they come available, visit Sheryl’s Amazon page.

 

DONOR PART 1: Available October 4th, 2013

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DONOR Serialized Novels

Available starting October 4th, 2013

DONOR, a serialized solarpunk fantasy novel, will be available for purchase through Amazon’s KDP Select and through Sheryl’s Amazon page. Parts one through four chronicle Shreya’s journey from an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl living in upstate Louisiana to a fugitive on the run from the law, the unlawful, and those beyond any natural laws known to Humankind. Here’s the back cover blurb:

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~One drop of her blood~

The moment when you realize sleeping without a nightlight
did nothing to prepare you
for the dark chasing you into daylight . . .?
Yeah. That.

~Could start a war~

Only when I face life on the run alone do I realize
how well Mama trained me to protect myself.
If only she’d had time to explain
why her tears turned to crystals when we parted,
and what I’m destined to become.

~And bring an end to Humankind~

Now I can trust no one, especially Enoch.
This all started the day he showed up looking for me
and he seems to be everywhere I go—before I get there.
Is he one of the Undying? Or something Other?
The answer may be my deliverance . . .
or make me wish I were dead.

~ * ~

To purchase this and other books by Sheryl Kaleo, please visit her Amazon page.