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When transcending humanity is the prize,

winning the Game is all that matters.

 


Seventeen-year-old Elijah Brighton wants to become an ascender–a post-Singularity human/machine hybrid–after all, they’re smarter, more enlightened, more compassionate, and above all, achingly beautiful. But Eli is a legacy human, preserved and cherished for his unaltered genetic code, just like the rainforest he paints. When a fugue state possesses him and creates great art, Eli miraculously lands a sponsor for the creative Olympics. If he could just master the fugue, he could take the gold and win the right to ascend, bringing everything he’s yearned for within reach… including his beautiful ascender patron.

But once Eli arrives at the Games, he finds the ascenders are playing games of their own. Everything he knows about the ascenders and the legacies they keep starts to unravel… until he’s running for his life and wondering who he truly is.

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The Legacy Human is the first in Susan Kaye Quinn’s new young adult science fiction series that explores the intersection of mind, body, and soul in a post-Singularity world… and how technology will challenge us to remember what it means to be human.

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“…but you mustn’t rush it,” she says. “You have to have patience, Eli, not push beyond what you’re ready for.”

Eli. My name on her lips torments me. Her purple-blue eyes are close and concerned. Her face is so near, I could lean forward and kiss her right now. But her lips are drawn into a tight line of disapproval. And I can’t imagine Marcus would tolerate a kiss, even if I could steal one.

“You were the one rushing me five minutes ago.” I stay in her embrace even as I protest with my words.

“It wasn’t five minutes ago, Elijah.” She drops her hands from my face. The alarm is back in her eyes. “You painted for an hour.”

An hour. I forgot there’s always a time loss with the fugue. Only this time, she watched it happen. They both did, watching me paint in a trance for an hour then end up on the floor. She and Marcus both have to know something is seriously messed up with my process.

I have absolutely no idea how I can possibly master something that hits me like a freight train, but I have to try. It would bring everything into my reach. Including her. “I can do this, Lenora. Please. Let me do this. I’ll prove it to you.”

“No.” For a second, the gray pallor of her skin flickers, and a ribbon of darker gray trickles across it… then it’s gone. “I’m not going to let you attempt this when you’re not ready. I won’t sponsor you.” She gives me a stern look. “And you can’t go without my approval. I will terminate your patronage.”

Breath escapes me, but the hurt is still trapped inside. She means it: she would cut me off if I even tried to go. My mind can’t wrap around it. Does she have so little faith in me?

Or worse: maybe she’s afraid I’ll actually win.

© 2015 Susan Kaye Quinn


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In The Legacy Human, the main character, Elijah, is an artist who can only create great art when in a fugue state. He struggles to master the “beast” within.

Share a personal story about your own artistic struggles in the comments section below by March 12th, for a chance to WIN a signed copy of The Legacy Human and a digital copy of The Freak Within album!

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What difficulties do you encounter when creating and how do you overcome them?

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Signed copy of The Legacy Human – Djinnia

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Congrats to our winners & many thanks to everyone who shared their stories! Winners, please contact me with your mailing/email address to receive your prizes!


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Of Mist and Magic ebook

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Enter the world Of Mist And Magic, where fairy tales are reimagined under the influence of Really Slow Motion and Epic Music Vn’s inspiring music, in this enchanting anthology of short stories. Proceeds of the Amazon exclusive ebook will be donated to Elevate Life and Art studios, an amazing youth organization in Asheville, NC.

Of Mist and Magic Featured Authors

FIRE by Amy Willoughby-Burle
THE FOURTH WISH by Crystal Collier
THE WULFING by M. Pax
PIPER by Loni Townsend
AWAKENING by Shannon Kenoyer Lawrence
THE SNAKE PRINCE by C. Lee McKenzie
FAIRY GODMOTHERS WALK AMONG US by Vidya Sury
ROOTED by Ruth Long
THE ONE-LEGGED TIN SOLDIER by Michelle Wallace
BY THE LIGHT OF STARS by Lisa Shambrook
UNTOUCHABLE by SM Blooding
HOOD by Sarah Aisling
OF DREAMS AND DARING by Samantha Redstreake Geary

Of Mist and Magic Writing Contest Winners

CHILDREN OF WINTER AND SNOW by Hanah Goetz
THE RETURN by Djinnia

Featured Elevate Epic Writing Students

CINDERS & SMOKE by Jenni Camhi
MAGIC TOWER by Carter Lundgren
CELESTIAL GATE by Jeremiah Mimken
STARCHILD by Josiah Mimken
AEORIEN by James Mimken
COLLAPSING UNIVERSE by Caroline Sprenger


OF DREAMS AND DARING
by Samantha Redstreake Geary
Inspired by Of Mist and Magic’s To Neverland by Cesc Vilà

I am the silent weighted footsteps that shape your destiny. I am the hands that shift the landscape of your world from past to present to possibility. I measure the moments that defy and define you. Moments where your true character rises to the surface, taking a breath, however brief, of your worth.

It is a rare soul whose tether to this world escapes my grasp. Rarer still, when they discover the key to their fate is fastened to the fingers of courage. Heroes are not born, they are created within a single moment that separates those who can save, from those who need saving.

The boy before me stands on the brink of breaking. He is to save himself, before he can save another.

This is his moment.

I watch the fiery soul with the flaming hair and feral eyes scan the horizon for signs of the ship. The slippery sea swallowed its sails beneath the stars, the waves wiping clean its path, leaving only loss and loneliness in its wake.

A heartbeat away from the bluff’s edge, his emotions roil like the restless tide against the shore, threatening to pull him under. His pulse dares to race after her.

Hold fast, child, I breathe into the wind, do not leap.

Not yet.

A shade creeps up the cliff face, gathering itself into its proper place beside the boy. It is no ordinary shadow, for it belongs to no ordinary boy.

He looks towards his inky twin, eyes hopeful, questioning.

The shadow shakes its head.

The girl is gone.

The sea has stolen her, its currents carrying her clear across the world to Neverland, where he cannot follow.

Look, child, I steer his eyes, see beyond the boundaries that bind you.

A crushing sense of defeat grips the boy. She was everything to him that mattered. The connection they shared was beyond anything he could have hoped for. He was nothing more than a creature created from deception and destruction, born of the hell fires that burned in the minds of madmen.

Despite his origins, she believed in him. In her eyes, he was ever so much more than a corporate pawn. She spoke to his soul, just to prove he had one. And now, standing in this sacred place where they so often met, he cannot fathom his soul’s survival without her…

His shadow, unable to console him, paces uneasily across the jagged rocks. The specter could travel anywhere it liked outside of the boy, for the laws once governing its limitations no longer applied. It was a miraculous bit of engineering, a spy that could separate from the body to slip through the seams of sanctuaries and secrets, alike. Try as they may, the shadow was never again duplicated, no matter the manipulation of nanites, nor nefarious trials conducted.

Yet, for all of its astonishing abilities, it could not feel the sand beneath its feet, nor taste the salt of the sea, nor grasp the hand of a girl before she was lost, forever. For you see, even extraordinary shadows have limitations.

The boy’s fists clench at his sides, a fierce determination fueling his desire to break free, to escape the bars of his island cage and steal back what is rightfully his.

Yes, child, I whisper in his ear, you are a glorious thief.

He is a weapon wrapped in the unsuspecting shell of an innocent, playing a dangerous game of pirates and plagues.

You are more than a puppet, I urge him. You’ve only to sever the strings.

Danger drove the girl from the island in the dead of night. He could feel the frantic echoes of her fear. What is she to them? What secrets flow through her blood that Hook should be so eager to spill it?

Ah, yes, Hook. Captain of industry and benevolent benefactor of LOST Technologies. In the eyes of mortals, he is a savior and a saint.

History is lined with the deaths of ignorant men.

Hook is nothing but a sinner and a savage whose thread I long to shear. His time will come. The cutting blade of corruption always turns on its wielder.

Dawn drips from the sky, slashes of red igniting the silver lettering that brands the boy’s skin as lost.

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You are more than a number, I remind him, ever so much more.

His shadow, having seen something curious, pulls the boy’s attention from the rising surf. There, scrolled in swirling script in the sand near his feet, was a message.

This is not goodbye.

This is not leaving and forgetting.

This is me, waiting for you,

in the space between dreams

and daring.

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Purpose and passion are all the heart needs to soar.

Now, I call to him. Leap!

The boy writes his fate on the wind and does not fall.

Heroes are not born, they are created within a single moment that separates those who fall from those who fly.

© 2015 Samantha Redstreake Geary 


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Fairy tales…our childhood imaginations thrived on a steady diet of dragons and danger, legends and lore, myths and magic, perilous quests and forbidden love…We never outgrow our fondness for the fantastical. Our favorite tales evolve as our creative outlets expand. Alice and Wonderland fell down the futuristic rabbit hole of The Matrix, Pinocchio grew into the cybertronic shoes of Spielberg’s, A.I., and Shrek spun a pop culture phenomenon across the fairy tale realm. There have been countless classic retellings across generations–what are some of YOUR favorites?

Send us your twist on a classic tale, inspired by composer Phillip Lober’s enchanting ‘The Eternal Rest Of A Ronin’, by December 15th for a chance to join ReallySlowMotion Music & Sound Design, Epic Music Vn, a talented team of authors, and my aspiring young Elevate writers, in a cross-industry collaborative, international anthology, where stories OF MIST AND MAGIC come to life under the spell of composers, Ivan Torrent, Fran Soto, Phillip Lober, Vivien Chebbah, Cesc Vilà Aulina, Michael Maas, Christoph Allerstorfer, Valentin Boomes, and many more! Proceeds of the Amazon exclusive ebook will be donated to Elevate Life and Art studios, an amazing youth organization here in Asheville, NC. Enter HERE!



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I want to take this moment to encourage everyone out there to follow their dreams, their passions, their inner-voice that whispers wondrous tales of creative freedom! It’s never too late to find a more rewarding path, one that instills a sense of accomplishment beyond anything you’ve experienced. Be daring, be bold, be brave! Take chances, take a step forward, take on the world!

I’ve run the gamut of occupations, from bar tending during college *this fact will surprise no one*, to donning a lab coat in genetic engineering research and pharmaceutical development. I traded my white coat for a Special Agent training badge in forensics when recruited by the FBI–a dream job that would have swallowed my life whole, had I not come to my senses *I have a problem with authority, oh, and running*. So, I traded my badge for a suit, traveling near and far as a scientific consultant for big pharma–not the job for me *though the expense account and company car were nice perks, it wasn’t worth the daily aggravation*. Even as a marketing machine, pulling in a six-figure salary, I felt little satisfaction and zero reward.

My career went on hiatus whilst I raised two beautiful little girls. Though the joys of motherhood were beyond fulfilling, a part of me still yearned for something…more.

It wasn’t until 2013 that I FINALLY discovered the RIGHT path–one paved with words and music, creative adventures and endless imaginative possibilities *and coffee, lots of steamy, satisfying coffee*. So you see, it took me AWHILE before I found my calling, and now I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Anyone can do this, anyone can FIND that something that excites them, a passion that drives them. You just have to not let your dreams stay dreams…


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Into Oblivion

Our Realms Faire journey ‘Into Oblivion’ ends today with Chapter 5. Join us for a serial adventure inspired by the music of composer, Cody Still. Listen to the featured album selections and choose the correct track that sparked each chapter and you’re entered to WIN 2 digital albums by Sub Pub Music!

 BONUS challenge: Which classic fairy tale inspired ‘Into Oblivion’? Enter for the chance to WIN signed album art!

▶ Submit your track selection for each chapter in the comments section below! 5 chances to enter. One entry per person/per chapter. Open internationally.

▶ The commenting window for all chapters will remain open until Monday, Nov. 17th, midnight EST!

▶ Winners will be announced on November 18th. Three winners will be randomly selected to receive digital albums, Ununpentium and Involution.


Chapter 5
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The suspended image sunk back into the recesses of Cody’s contraption, snapping Leonardo from  his stargazing daze. “I wish to make my mark on the stars…having been in their midst, for but a moment, has shown me it is possible.”

“With knowledge, everything is possible,” Cody offered.

“We must bring this…this marvel of science before the Duke at once,” Leonardo commanded. Snatching the open notebook from his desk, Leonardo tossed it to Cody and urged him through the door.

Read the rest of the FINAL CHAPTER, listen to the music, and wager a guess, HERE!



Realms Faire BadgeWelcome to Realms Faire, an annual event hosted by Dimensions in Fiction author, M. Pax. The virtual festival kicks off November 10th, featuring several themed events where fans can play to win some amazing prizes, including books, albums, giftcards, and more! Visit the links below and help spread the word! #grogz

VelociRaffle ~ Joust ~ Drench-a-Wench/Soak-a-Bloke ~ Stockade Brigade ~ Dueling Bards ~ Phasers ~ Wisdom of the Creative Realms ~ Dragon Hunt ~ Riddle Me This

 

 

 

 


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Into Oblivion

Our Realms Faire journey ‘Into Oblivion’ continues with Chapter 4. Join us for a serial adventure inspired by the music of composer, Cody Still. Listen to the featured album selections and choose the correct track that sparked each chapter and you’re entered to WIN 2 digital albums by Sub Pub Music!

▶ Submit your track selection for each chapter in the comments section below! 5 chances to enter. One entry per person/per day. Open internationally.

 ▶ A bonus challenge will be unveiled November 14th, where you’ll have the chance to WIN signed album art!

▶ The commenting window for all chapters will remain open until Monday, Nov. 17th, midnight EST!

▶ Winners will be announced on November 18th. Three winners will be randomly selected to receive digital albums, Ununpentium and Involution.


Chapter 4
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by Samantha Redstreake Geary

Several days passed in a blur of smoke and mirrors, as Cody witnessed the innovative passion Leonardo demonstrated while pulled under the magnetic patronage of the Duke of Milan. Leonardo’s newly-appointed residence was a storm of sketches and scribbled revelations, barely penned to paper before new ideas took flight.

Leonardo burned countless candles bent over Cody’s arm, his curiosity an insatiable moth drawn to the blue-licked flames that pulsed between the gleaming metal bones of the New World invention.

Read the rest of CHAPTER 4, listen to the music, and wager a guess, HERE!



Realms Faire BadgeWelcome to Realms Faire, an annual event hosted by Dimensions in Fiction author, M. Pax. The virtual festival kicks off November 10th, featuring several themed events where fans can play to win some amazing prizes, including books, albums, giftcards, and more! Visit the links below and help spread the word! #grogz

VelociRaffle ~ Joust ~ Drench-a-Wench/Soak-a-Bloke ~ Stockade Brigade ~ Dueling Bards ~ Phasers ~ Wisdom of the Creative Realms ~ Dragon Hunt ~ Riddle Me This

 

 

 

 


Realms Faire_Cody Still: Into Oblivion CHAPTER 3

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Into Oblivion

Our Realms Faire journey ‘Into Oblivion’ continues with the release of CHAPTER 3, another clever installment by author Amy Willoughby-Burle! Join us for a serial adventure inspired by the music of composer, Cody Still. Listen to the featured album selections and choose the correct track that sparked each chapter and you’re entered to WIN 2 digital albums by Sub Pub Music!

▶ Submit your track selection for each chapter in the comments section below! 5 chances to enter. One entry per person/per day. Open internationally.

 ▶ A bonus challenge will be unveiled November 14th, where you’ll have the chance to WIN signed album art!

▶ The commenting window for all chapters will remain open until Monday, Nov. 17th, midnight EST!

▶ Winners will be announced on November 18th. Three winners will be randomly selected to receive digital albums, Ununpentium and Involution.


Chapter 3
Inspired by
by  Amy Willoughby-Burle

“CHEERS!” Came the rousing cry as they entered Leonardo’s house.

It sounded as if the party had long been in session. Sitting around a small table beside a warm fire were two men who appeared in high spirits.

“Ah, at it already, my comrades,” Leonardo said and turned to Cody to make introductions. “My friends this is Cody, a wayward stranger I have picked up along the way. Ever my habit, it seems. Cody, these are my housemates Mr. March and Mr. Topo. Friends, artists, and bad influences the both of them.”

Read the rest of CHAPTER 3, listen to the music, and wager a guess, HERE!



Realms Faire BadgeWelcome to Realms Faire, an annual event hosted by Dimensions in Fiction author, M. Pax. The virtual festival kicks off November 10th, featuring several themed events where fans can play to win some amazing prizes, including books, albums, giftcards, and more! Visit the links below and help spread the word! #grogz

VelociRaffle ~ Joust ~ Drench-a-Wench/Soak-a-Bloke ~ Stockade Brigade ~ Dueling Bards ~ Phasers ~ Wisdom of the Creative Realms ~ Dragon Hunt ~ Riddle Me This

 

 


Realms Faire_Cody Still: Into Oblivion CHAPTER 2

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Into Oblivion

Our Realms Faire journey ‘Into Oblivion’ continues with the release of CHAPTER 2, by my brilliant writing buddy, Amy Willoughby-Burle!. Join us for a serial adventure inspired by the music of composer, Cody Still. Listen to the featured album selections and choose the correct track that sparked each chapter and you’re entered to WIN 2 digital albums by Sub Pub Music!

▶ Submit your track selection for each chapter in the comments section below! 5 chances to enter. One entry per person/per day. Open internationally.

 ▶ A bonus challenge will be unveiled November 14th, where you’ll have the chance to WIN signed album art!

▶ The commenting window for all chapters will remain open until Monday, Nov. 17th, midnight EST!

▶ Winners will be announced on November 18th. Three winners will be randomly selected to receive digital albums, Ununpentium and Involution.


Chapter 2
Inspired by
by  Amy Willoughby-Burle

CODY looked at the flask and lamented not being a drinker. He had watched the parents of his charge enjoy a drink from time to time and the effect seemed pleasing. His charge, he remembered with sudden alarm. He couldn’t let himself get too distracted. She would need to be located. Perhaps this man had seen her.

“A pleasure to meet you,” Cody said, customarily extending his hand to the long haired, strangely dressed gentleman. “My name is Cody.”

The man smiled and took a swig from the flask.

“It is a blessing indeed to have never met a stranger,” he said. “I admire your informality, Cody. Call me Leonardo then. I think you and I are to get on just fine.”

As the fire spit and crackled against the dampness of the cave, Leonardo pocketed the flask and rubbed his hands over the heat. Cody did the same, watching the way the man moved and listening to him mutter to himself and chuckle at unheard humor.

“Now my friend,” Leonardo said to Cody, when the conversation lulled. “I know your name, but not from where you hail.”

“I’m from a new world, far away from this one,” Cody said.

Read the rest of CHAPTER 2, listen to the music, and wager a guess, HERE!



Realms Faire BadgeWelcome to Realms Faire, an annual event hosted by Dimensions in Fiction author, M. Pax. The virtual festival kicks off November 10th, featuring several themed events where fans can play to win some amazing prizes, including books, albums, giftcards, and more! Visit the links below and help spread the word! #grogz

VelociRaffle ~ Joust ~ Drench-a-Wench/Soak-a-Bloke ~ Stockade Brigade ~ Dueling Bards ~ Phasers ~ Wisdom of the Creative Realms ~ Dragon Hunt ~ Riddle Me This