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The Grasp of Time: Pages 69 & 99

“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.

If you like it, you can find it available for print, Kindle, and Nook.

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Queer Representation

sunset-hands-love-woman.jpgAs 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:

  • two pansexuals
  • four bisexuals
  • one omnisexual
  • two demisexuals
  • one lesbian
  • 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.

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Thoughts on WildFeather

My attempt at coloring one of Emily’s pages … with crayon.

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.


Excerpt: Page 78 of The Grasp of Time
Posted in Book

The Grasp of Time Released!

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.


Posted in Soundtrack

Soundtrack to The Grasp of Time

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.

  1. Ordinary World by Duran Duran
  2. Slavery and Suffering by Red Army Choir
  3. Saturn, Bringer of Old Age by Gustav Holst
  4. The Ramblin’ Rover by Silly Wizard
  5. Nuages Gris by Liszt
  6. Young Offender by New Order
  7. Dissolved Girl by Massive Attack
  8. Skin by Madonna
  9. The Beast by Concrete Blonde
  10. Hotel by Tori Amos
  11. Life in Mono by Mono
  12. Vanilla by Gackt
  13. Enough by Gravity Kills
  14. Major Tom (in German)
  15. Frosti by Bjork
  16. Dream Set by The Wicked Tinkers
  17. Take Me On by a-ha
  18. Donald McGillavry by Silly Wizard
  19. Take the A Train by Duke Ellington
  20. Opium by Emilie Simon
  21. Charlene by Bjork
  22. Wrong by Depeche Mode
  23. Come Undone by Duran Duran
  24. Lacrimosa by Mozart
  25. I Remember by deadmau5 & Kaskade
  26. To Dream Away by Numantra
  27. Konaprivade by Vladimir Vysotsky
  28. Joga by Bjork
  29. Take On Me by a-ha
  30. Ever So Lonely / Eyes / Ocean by Sheila Chandra
  31. A Thousand Years by Sting
  32. Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens
  33. Ebla by E.S. Posthumus
  34. Home by Depeche Mode
  35. Bones by MsMr
  36. Roads by Portishead
  37. Time by David Bowie
  38. Prima Nocta by Serge and Francoise Goddeeris
  39. Into Dust by Mazzy Star
  40. 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.