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It’s here: WANDER, the next Rucksack Universe novel!

Wow oh wow oh wow. For years this idea was in my head. Now it’s here.

Follow the Black Road, yall.
WANDER is out now, worldwide, in e-book and trade paperback.

Here’s how to get your copy

Paperbacks also available from your favorite physical or online bookstore

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Thanks and enjoy a good WANDER!



The things we might write home about

Every choice leads to another decision. So does not choosing.

We all come from somewhere. Are going somewhere.

We all look back sometimes and marvel at how far away it all is.

Where we came from. Where we might go back again.

What will it be like? What will we be like?

Or maybe it’s just better to keep going. Way leading to way.

Write home instead, but always wonder what to talk about.

At least there’s saying where you’ve been.

Follow the Black Road.

WANDER available Friday

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The things not explained

Life is a chance. A decision and a destiny.

Every moment and pause, every inhale and exhale.

Yes or no.

We go where we go. We follow who we follow.

Sometimes we ask why. Sometimes we just go.

Always there are questions. Sometimes there are answers.

Mostly, there are things not explained.

Yet on we go.

Follow the Black Road.

WANDER available Friday

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The road none take

“There is a road that is flat, broad, and straight. It can take you all over Ireland, and it is a straight line to London. Yet it is a road that none dare travel. I tried once to set foot upon it. When I did, the sense of grief and sadness, the only vibrant thing amidst all the death there, made me resolve to never go near the Black Road again.” —Guru Deep, Ireland Through the Third Eye

There are roads we all follow.

There are crossroads we ponder.

And then there are the roads that none dare travel.

What if the road that no one will set foot on is the only road left to you?

Where will it take you? From those darkest shadows, will you find a light?

When you are so lost, will you find a way?

Follow the Black Road.

WANDER available Friday

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Wander paperbacks on the way

Proofing the Wander paperback

A week ago, I was knee-deep in online proofs for Wander. I set up my books for paperback with 2 companies. As I’m writing this on Sept. 21, physical proof copies of Wander are on their way to me in Oregon. By the time this gets to you, I’ll probably be flipping through a paperback of Wander, making sure everything looks correct in print.

P.S.: Remember, Wander is available Oct. 19 (and you can pre-order here). Select patrons can get Wander Oct. 5—become a patron today!




Get WANDER, the next Rucksack Universe adventure

Wander book cover - two black trees on a white background

Things are trucking along well for Wander. Over the past few weeks, I’ve set up ISBNs, done some other behind-the-scenes things, and am about to set up and start getting print copies (squee!). Are you ready for the next Rucksack Universe adventure?

Wander will be released in e-book and paperback on Oct. 19, 2018.

However… patrons can get Wander 2 weeks earlier, on Oct. 5. If you’d like to get Wander early and get other special access, stories, and more, head to my Patreon and become a patron today.

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The time and place of Wander

Wander book cover - two black trees on a white background

“Do you have a phone on you that I can use?” asked Wander. “Or maybe wifi?”

“Phones have cords and wires and are in buildings,” said Awen, “and I’m nobody’s wife.”

“Not wife. Wifi. Wireless. It’s for the internet.”

“Enter what net? Are you supposed to be fishing?”

“No… look, it’s 2018,” said Wander. “How could you not have seen a phone? I mean, yeah, mine is pretty antiquated, but it’s still a cell phone.”

“Two thousand eighteen?” said Awen. “That’s not the year. It’s AB 100.”

“One hundred? What the hell is A-B?”

– An excerpt from Wander

Part of the evolution of a story world is that you figure out a few things in advance, but mostly you learn as you go. Over the years as the world of the Rucksack Universe has expanded in my mind, I’ve figured out more of the past and the world’s status as we see it in the stories and off-screen.

A lot of the stories happen in what we would consider the past… but much of it isn’t our past. Wander is set in Ireland, but it’s not the Ireland we know. The Blast changed the course of the world. The Blast also happened in 1834. The other books you may have encountered so far take place in what for us would be the 1900s.

But here’s the thing. I knew that if I kept to the years we use, that would also bring in the history we know. If I set a book in, say, the 1930s, readers would likely automatically expect something about the Great Depression or World War II. The 1950s or 60s? Mad Men.

Meh.

Different world. Different history. Different stories.

So different years.

Just as we have different year counts for different eras (such as BC’s “Before Christ” or CE’s “Christian Era”), the world of the Rucksack Universe has AB—“After Blast.” 1835 in our world is year 0 AB in the world of my stories.

My hope in my stories is that we find new ways to look at the world and at each other. Tweaking time and place can help us get a new perspective. And in Wander, I’m doing that in ways beyond what I’ve done in any other Rucksack Universe story so far.

Wander comes out Oct. 19. You can become a patron and get it Oct. 5, reserve your signed and numbered paperback, or pre-order your e-book today.




It’s here! The cover of Wander + pre-orders now available +

Wander book cover - two black trees on a white background

Yall’ve been so patient with me. It’s been two years since The Lotus and the Barley came out—the last book, it turns out, that I would write with a small child in a carrier on my back.

And… I’m tearing up. Ahem.

I now have a first-grader boy and a self-described “fixer girl.” But here we are… with, at long last, the cover for the next Rucksack Universe book, Wander.

I’m fortunate to work with a wonderful cover designer. She always does stellar work… but this one… wow, this really got me right in the soul, the heart, the feels.

There’s some story behind this cover, of course. I’ll be going into more of that behind-the-scenes dish over at my Patreon.

In the meantime…

Get Wander before the rest of the world

Wander comes out Oct. 19… but patrons can get e-books and signed, numbered copies of Wander on Oct. 5.

Become a patron today

Pre-order Wander today, get it Oct. 19

E-book pre-orders

The e-book edition of Wander is available for pre-order now, US$4.99. You won’t be charged until release day. On Oct. 19, the e-book will instantly download to your app or device so you can start reading right away! Pre-order at…

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Paperback pre-orders

Reserve your limited edition signed and numbered trade paperback!

The first 100 copies of the trade paperback edition of Wander will be available signed and numbered, for $20 (includes the book and US shipping).

Closer to the release, I’ll confirm your reservation and we’ll make arrangements for payment and shipment. And remember, a signed and numbered edition of Wander is perfect for the holidays!

Reserve your copy now

(no upfront cost)

Need to catch up on the Rucksack Universe?

Don’t worry, Wander won’t spoiler any of the other four books, and none of them will spoiler Wander!

All titles available worldwide in e-book and trade paperback. Get caught up on the series now before Wander comes out Oct. 19:

The Martini of Destiny

Home Sweet Road

Forever the Road

The Lotus and the Barley




Rucksack Universe update: Wander cover coming soon

In further exciting news, my cover designer had sent me mock-ups of what the Wander cover might look like. Chief Reader and I extensively reviewed and discussed the designs… and then I sent my designer the go-ahead.

Stay tuned: Soon you’ll be among the first to see the cover for Wander, the next Rucksack Universe book!




Rucksack Universe update: Novel leads to short story

When your main character is ten thousand years old, sometimes one story can point you to another that you have to do up too.

While underway on drafting Wet, the seventh Rucksack Universe book, I had to veer onto a wee tangent for a bit. Wet deals with something from Rucksack’s past that comes to be a threat again, hundreds of years later. I loved thinking through the back story for all this, and as I was drafting the actual scenes, I kept thinking that the back story itself would make an interesting story.

So I decided to take some time to work up this story. It’s going to be called “The Forgotten City.” The draft is just about done, and soon I’ll be submitting it to short story markets. It’ll be a companion story for Wet as well.




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Anthony St. Clair - Travel Fantasy Author / Craft Beer Writer / Business Copywriter

Author and copywriter Anthony St. Clair has specialized in online content since 2000, blogged since 2004 and is the author of the Rucksack Universe travel fantasy series.

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