“Open the book to page ninety-nine and read, and the quality
of the whole will be revealed to you.”
–Ford Madox Ford
Whether you choose the Page 69 test, or the Page 99 test suggested by Ford above, you’re in luck! Not only is Chapter Zero available free, but here you’ll also be able to read Page 69 and Page 99 of The Grasp of Time.
As some readers may already know, Robin and I are queer. Both of us are pansexual, and I identify as genderfluid. Thus, our stories are filled with queer characters.
In The Grasp of Time, among our named characters, there are:
one gay man
and a celibate, aromantic psychopath no one should try to get close to
Many of our characters are gender non-conforming, yet still cisgender, however one character is genderfluid, another is non-binary. That’s six heterosexuals to twelve queer people. Because if we can’t put representation into our own stories, what’s the point?
In future books, there will be asexual characters, openly transgender characters, and people who don’t fit into neat categories in the least (Khraesch certainly doesn’t). As with everything, I have a spreadsheet for this.
When going through the final editorial pass before handing The Grasp of Time to our editor, I found myself brought to tears over WildFeather (a.k.a. Aeri). Not over some tragedy in her future, but of her in those early moments, when Eila meets her for the first time.
Since the whole series is mapped out to some extent (the first four books are in some stage of completion, and the last four have their basic structures in place), I know far more about her than I did when we first played out those introductory scenes. Seeing the whole situation from Aeri’s point of view in those moments broke my heart because her words carry so much more weight now than they did when we’d only begun to meet these characters ourselves.
She’s one of my favorites in this series. Always will be. And if you’ve read The Grasp of Time already and loved her, then I have good news. You’ll see her again in Seal Breaker, and several of the other books in the series.
On November 18th, the first chapter of Eila Corbin’s journey entered the world, resembling only the barest fragments of its original, oral tale shared between a wordsmith (Demers) and a tale spinner (Wood).
Eila Corbin, a modern-day university student, is pulled into a fantastical future where magic and technology are at odds, and mythical beings live among the mundane. While Eila avoids the deadly hands that brought her through time, she finds help from a dwarf, a dragon, and a love that cannot return with her.
The Grasp of Time is the first volume in the new-adult slipstream series, Amakai. This series is linked to coloring pages and invites readers to interact with the story.
The Grasp of Time is available for purchase in print on Amazon, and on Kindle and Nook. The book features eight coloring pages by Emily P. Fuller, cover illustration by Natasha Swan, and editing by Ellen Klowden.
If you enjoy a musical pairing with your reading, we’ve assembled a mix tape “soundtrack” to listen to while devouring The Grasp of Time.
Ordinary World by Duran Duran
Slavery and Suffering by Red Army Choir
Saturn, Bringer of Old Age by Gustav Holst
The Ramblin’ Rover by Silly Wizard
Nuages Gris by Liszt
Young Offender by New Order
Dissolved Girl by Massive Attack
Skin by Madonna
The Beast by Concrete Blonde
Hotel by Tori Amos
Life in Mono by Mono
Vanilla by Gackt
Enough by Gravity Kills
Major Tom (in German)
Frosti by Bjork
Dream Set by The Wicked Tinkers
Take Me On by a-ha
Donald McGillavry by Silly Wizard
Take the A Train by Duke Ellington
Opium by Emilie Simon
Charlene by Bjork
Wrong by Depeche Mode
Come Undone by Duran Duran
Lacrimosa by Mozart
I Remember by deadmau5 & Kaskade
To Dream Away by Numantra
Konaprivade by Vladimir Vysotsky
Joga by Bjork
Take On Me by a-ha
Ever So Lonely / Eyes / Ocean by Sheila Chandra
A Thousand Years by Sting
Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens
Ebla by E.S. Posthumus
Home by Depeche Mode
Bones by MsMr
Roads by Portishead
Time by David Bowie
Prima Nocta by Serge and Francoise Goddeeris
Into Dust by Mazzy Star
Thinking About Tomorrow by Beth Orton
Robin and Raven own none of the songs or their corresponding videos and encourage you to seek out the artists you enjoy to purchase their albums to help support their art, as you’ve helped support ours.
The cover art (by Natasha Swan) and coloring pages (by Emily P. Fuller) of The Grasp of Time are uploaded on the site, ready for viewing under “Multimedia” on the menu above. This includes a preview of all of the coloring pages, and a link to a free page ready to print and color.