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A joke-cracking nun and her reluctant protégé seek out a fledgling time travel technology in alternate-history, 1800s San Francisco.
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Book is already written, formatted, and is in the last stages of editing! 

I'm looking to raise money to help pay for editing and miscellaneous costs.

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“I would disassemble this body and cast it onto the coronal burn of the sun if it means I get answers.” Thus proclaims the determined Elisabeth Reese, journalist, professor, and joke-cracking nun working in alternate history San Francisco. She has one goal: to rebuild a failed time machine that caused a lethal explosion during its initial demonstration.

With her reluctant protege, a young budding scientist, she searches for the machine’s plans left behind by its exiled inventor. But her pursuit is disrupted, threatened by area conflict. A faction of the deadly Al Sayf al Ahmar–the Red Sword–has been rising to power. Lead by the hulking Crazed Herald, Maalik du Mahdi, the Red Sword heed a prophecy that will culminate in a battle between two “one-armed wild men.” Du Mahdi is believed to be the first of the pair, while his counterpart could be anyone…even a small, peculiar nun from across the bay.

All Elisabeth wants is to witness the impossibility of time travel, but first she must battle the odds and fulfill the present. Part steampunk and part mystery, Pale Blue Scratch explores the conflict between the senses and logic, and the lengths one may go to resolve it.

Visit issue #4 of Common Oddities for a sample chapter (the real title is "The Flights at Bridge Zero").

Visit the Pale Blue Scratch category on my blog to read more.

Song in video: "Meshuggahreich" by 1980.

About Reward #5

The story will be a unique story, authored by me, not published and will not be published. You will have the only printed copy of it. It will be printed on letter-sized, ivory cardstock paper, in the glorious Georgia font, and with justified alignment. I'll also sign and number it.

About Reward #6

Your WIP (work in progress) can be at any word count and at any stage of its creation. I can do any genre but I'm no good at romance or erotica. I can do the latest book of a series but it's probably not a good idea if I don't know what's been going on previously in the entire story arc. But maybe it is? Whatever shaves your goat.

Quote Images

Here are some images with quotes from the book. Enjoy responsibly!

Goodreads Giveaway

The Goodreads giveaway for my first book, Bored in the Breakroom. is now live. Go here!

Risks and challenges

I might die.

Amazon.com might go down permanently.

Paper could disappear.

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