Last Day on the Job: A Novel of the Time Police, Chapter 1

Maurice Borge is working on his last day with the Time Police before a well-earned retirement. Unfortunately, because his job involves protecting space and time from evildoers, scum, criminals, and jaywalkers, the last day might last forever.

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I’m back.

I’m back, sort of. I haven’t posted on this blog for a couple of years now, mainly because of time constraints with my day job. Expect to see some new things soon. At the moment, I’m still in the process of cleaning things up.

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Iron Heart is out!

Solstice Publishing has just released my first novel, Iron Heart, as a PDF. It should be up on Kindle and other services before too long, as well. Take a look and if you like it, leave a review!

For more about the world Iron Heart is set in, check out my overview of Autumn. If all goes well, I should be continuing the Autumn Mondays series with more insight into the dieselpunk genre, world-building, and storytelling.

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A Visit From a Fellow Geek

Good Morning everyone! Happy Mother’s Day to anyone who is a mother of some sort (regardless of gender or birth/adoptive/surrogate/etc status)! I was greeted with breakfast in bed by my youngest, along with a hand crafted teacup and candle. The oldest has inferred that I’ll be going to bed tonight with all the dishes clean and not having had to wash any of them myself. Ah, bliss!

My daughters are great kids. And we tell them that quite often. They’re also just as geeky as me and my husband. At the age of 9, my youngest loved helping me run D&D. She’d roll the dice on the attack, and knew which mini I was talking about when I told her to go knock over the minotaur. We’ve often told our oldest that beautiful people may be in front of the camera, but the geeks behind the scenes make more money/rule the world.

I haven’t been writing long. June will be four years since I started. And here I am, with a book out (see links below). Am I so incredible of a writer that I can get a contract so quickly? Nope. I don’t think so. So, what’s the difference between me and someone whose been writing for decades? It’s actually pretty simple. I hit send. And I kept hitting that send button and submitting until I found a publisher would believed in my work as much as I did.

You’re going to get rejections. That’s a given. But don’t let a single rejection crush your dream. When you’re waiting to hear back from a publisher, start researching the next one. I have a file under my favorites that’s nothing but publishers I have not submitted to. Research them, visit Predators & Editors to see if they’re worth submitting to, and then send it off if the company you’ve sent it to already says no.

The research doesn’t take long, really. So, you’ll still have time to wait. Write new material, work on another project, polish up the one under consideration just in case they want a full manuscript to look at. And try your best to not develop what I call OEC (Obsessive Email Checking).

Now, I’ve had problems with OEC. Even now, I’ve got windows open to my email accounts. But I am getting better! Maybe. LOL

Just don’t give up. Find that part of you that believes you’ll get published, take a deep breath, and hit send.

KateMarie Collins

Book links:


Solstice – my book

Amazon – Kindle

Amazon – Paperback

B&N – Nook

Twitter: @DaughterHauk



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Test run

Chad’s invited me to guest blog later this week, so doing a test run! Intrigued yet?

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State of the World: Eldritch Engines Edition

Some (well, all three of you who visit the site) may have noticed that I’ve skipped a week or two in doing Autumn Mondays. This is, I assure you, deliberate and not because I got kidnapped by Oompa-Loompas and forced to slave away in Snooki’s makeup mines or any other dire fate. Instead, I thought I should hold off for a bit.

Iron Heart is still in the process of being edited. While I don’t have a definite release date, I will pass that along as soon as I know more and/or we get closer to being done with the editing process. For those who aren’t writers, you probably don’t realize how slow the publication process can be sometimes (for that matter, a discussion on the Solstice writers’ list pointed out that even getting a manuscript accepted is a slow process and some would-be authors can be whiny little bitches about that). I’m not saying this to complain about it, as everybody involved is working as hard as they can. I’m mentioning it to make sure you, the reader (all two of you – by now, chances are one of you has fallen asleep or lost interest), is kept in the loop.

As for me, at the moment I’m still plugging away at another novel, a pulp-ish tale of air pirates, theft, and a dose of dry Appalachian wit. By my best estimate, the first draft is about 45% done right now, and going slower than I’d like because I unfortunately have to live in a dreary meatspace reality instead of putting words into the computer all the time. Also, my brain is addled by ADHD and caffeine and is likely to go haring off like a cocaine-fueled ice weasel after whatever shiny thing it spots, so concentrating on novelizing (is that even a real word?) instead of, say, writing a randomly-inspired blog post about how I have trouble concentrating on writing, can be a bit of a task at times.

In other random news, sometime in the near future, I’m going to be taking down the chapters of Revolution I’ve posted so far in anticipation of possibly reworking it. This means you only have a limited time to tell me how much it sucks, so for Frank’s sake comment or something. I know you’re out there, because I’m stalking you. In fact, I may be right behind you at this very moment.

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Autumn Mondays, Part 2: The Spectrum of Retro-Futurism

Autumn Mondays continues, albeit belatedly, with a blog post about how with steampunk, dieselpunk, and even atomicpunk, all are one. May contain semi-coherent philosophical/literary rambling.

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War of the Mice

The last week or so, our house has accumulated a couple of unwanted guests of the big-eared fur-bearing variety. No, not hipsters – mice (although in the mice’s favor, while both hipsters and other rodents get into your food, the mice at least don’t smell like pot smoke). These aren’t any ordinary mice, either – these are the kind of mice that decide to go for a stroll across the living room while you’re sitting there watching TV, as if to say, “Ha, ha, you dumb apes – who’s the dominant species now? I fucking own this place, and there’s nothing you can do!” Meanwhile, the dogs bark and go crazy, but Mickey and his friends just dash under the furniture and  escape from the clumsy canine hit squad.

After two or three days of this, I came to a decision: I would make our house into a mousey hotel of death. I loaded up on traps, poison bait, and peanut butter, and hauled the near-useless sonic mouse/teenager repellers I’d put away because the damn things did nothing at all.

That was yesterday. By now, the mice are still running around. They have smartly avoided the live-capture trap (despite being seen running behind the furniture where it’s hidden), stolen all the bait from the killing traps, and didn’t even get a buzz from the sonic screwdrivers. The only hope is that they indulged themselves in the poison bait. With my luck the mice have been dosing themselves with a dash of iocaine powder on a daily basis, so that won’t work, either.

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Autumn Mondays, Part 1: An Outsider’s Perspective

As Iron Heart gets closer to being released, I’m putting together a series of blog posts that examine the world and its characters from different perspectives. Hopefully this will give you the reader some insight into the thought processes that went into creating the world, the people that inhabit it, and the stories that take place there. First up is a look at Autumn itself and a bit of its geography and recent history.

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Coming Soon: Iron Heart

Solstice has put the cover art for Iron Heart on their coming soon page! A dramatic rendering of Taryn and the titular armored train at the center of the novel.

Iron Heart - a dieselpunk novel.

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