We hope everyone is healthy and happy as we close in on the end of the year! We hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas season and a joyous 2022!
We would also like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of our readers and guest authors for being a part of the newsletter this year. Our subscriber list has really grown over the course of 2021. We hope to continue providing news and other goodies you can use in the coming year.
Just a reminder, we will be demonstrating our crafty skills at the Funkey Munkey Market at Northgate Mall in Chattanooga, TN, this month. T. D. will be working on his leather products, and K. T. will weave some chain maille Christmas ornament covers! Come visit us and take a look at the great crafts created by local artisans!
Saturday, December 11 Sunday, December 19
We have updated our Events Calendar for next year. We'll be returning to NextChapter (October) and HallowCon (October) and will be adding Con Nooga in February. FarleyCon (August) is still up in the air for us right now. We may be adding a few more events over time.
K.T. has finished posting her Teen Titans fanfic series Dawn Child on Archive of Our Own. This is a repost of the series from fanfiction.net. She is also hard at work on her Loki fanfic, The House of Loki, in addition to her next novel in the Nemo Paradox series, The Invisible Woman.
Wishing you a joyous 2022
from all of us at Twin Cedars Ranch
K. T. & T. D.
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Division One: The Bounty Game by Stephanie Osborn & A. G. Thompson
Past Guest Author Stephanie Osborn (The Interstellar Woman of Mystery) has done it again, this time with fellow co-author A. G. Thompson! Take a look at the latest addition to her Division One series, Book 14: The Bounty Game. I have had the pleasure of running into Stephanie at several conventions over the years, so it was great to see her again at HallowCon 2021, where I also had the pleasure of meeting her co-author, A. G. Thompson.
In Agent Omega's worldview, certain things simply were not possible.
And the claim of this tall, imposing alien woman calling herself Myclestra, that she came from another universe, was impossible.
Worse yet, Myclestra claimed to be a bounty hunter tracking an evil shape-shifting perpetrator who wielded real, powerful, world-shattering...magic. Not simple cantrips, but wizardry that could destroy a world…or a galaxy.
But as terrible as her perp was, it was the gigantic sword slung over Myclestra's back that was the true threat to everything Echo and Omega strove to protect. A five-foot-long blade, forged from the heart of a neutron star, crowned with a hilt of fabulous gems and precious metals. A sword literally haunted by a spirit that could be the end of Galactic civilization in the entire Milky Way...and more.
Award-winning author Stephanie Osborn, the Interstellar Woman of Mystery, is a veteran of more than 20 years in civilian/military space programs, with graduate and undergraduate degrees in four sciences: astronomy, physics, chemistry and mathematics, and she is "fluent" in several more, including geology and anatomy. She has authored, co-authored, or contributed to some 50+ books, including the celebrated science-fiction mystery, Burnout: The mystery of Space Shuttle STS-281. She is the co-author of the Cresperian Saga book series, and has written the critically acclaimed Displaced Detective series, described as "Sherlock Holmes meets The X-Files," and the award-winning, exciting Sherlock Holmes: Gentleman Aegis series. Her latest venture: Division One, her take on the urban legend of the mysterious people who make evidence...disappear, as well as the ongoing story of Dominick Ashton and his legacy in Richard Weyand's popular EMPIRE series. In addition to her writing, the Interstellar Woman of Mystery now happily "pays it forward," teaching math and science through numerous media including ebooks, radio, podcasting and public speaking, as well as working with SIGMA, the science-fiction think tank.
Bio: A.G. Thompson
Reared on a West Texas ranch, A.G. Thompson is a veteran of the US Air Force, having served during the Cold War and earned the rank of Staff Sergeant. He has Bachelor of Arts degrees in both English Literature and History from the University of Louisville. Tony has been a competition shooter for around a decade, is an avid reader (as most authors are), and is extremely knowledgeable in military history, especially as regards World War II action; he has been known to use this knowledge in game-mastering exciting tabletop wargames. He is currently a 24-year employee of UPS, a devoted cat-person with several fourfoots in his household, and has been married for the last 27 years to his wonderful wife, Kae Thompson.
Over the past few months, you may have heard various news commentators mention various SubStack web sites and wondered what in the world they were talking about. So did I! So I poked around a bit, and this is what I found.
Substack is a Content Management System (CMS). A CMS delivers content such as newsletters to an audience of subscribers. Another example of a CMS is MailerLite, which is the platform we use to deliver this newsletter to you. Other examples include MailChimp, Constant Contact, and HubSpot. (If you are curious about newsletter marketing tools and CMS's, check out this article on Zapier.) If you regularly receive newsletters from authors (like ours) or from a commercial company (like SodaStream, Cricut, or Amazon), then you are receiving an email from a CMS.
SubStack stands out a bit from other CMS's. Most have both free and paid subscription newsletters, but SubStack also offers authors a blog space for non-subscribers to check out their newsletter content first. Several journalists have left their major media homes and founded their own independent newsletters via SubStack. I have found several that produce a blend of free content and subscriber content on the site.
SubStack newsletters cover a variety of topics, from culture to fiction to politics. It's easy to explore what is available from their home page. Just select one of the many topics (Podcasts, Food & Drink, Music, Crypto, and many more) on the page to check out the growing list of authors and subjects. Many newsletters are for paid subscribers only, but most will let you check out a few blog entries for free before subscribing. Some have a combination of free content and premium paid content.
Are you considering a newsletter of your own? Check out the Writers menu on the home page and see if they have an option that fits your needs.
Here is an article about Substack that lists some of the more popular newsletters.
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