FRIDAY SF & FANTASY – Resistor

Resistor: An Eerden Novel
Ellinor Book 1
by C.E. Clayton
Genre: New Adult Cyberpunk Fantasy
Ellinor Rask has wanted one thing for the past eight years: vengeance.
But when Ellinor is captured, she finds herself dragged back into the world she walked
away from, entangled once more with friends she would rather forget.
As if that weren’t humiliating enough, Ellinor learns first hand that her magic can be
stripped away by a piece of bio-tech—and her ex-boss is happy to
leash her with the technology in order to get what he wants. If
Ellinor behaves, the device will be removed. All she has to do is
deliver a package. One containing a creature created from raw magical
energy and discarded technology. Simple, right?
But when her goals start getting people murdered, Ellinor has to decide if the year’s
planning, her honor, and even her own magic, are worth the lives it’s
costing. Dodging ruthless gangsters, she finds herself on the run
with a creature of immeasurable magical abilities alongside her
one-time friends. Now, Ellinor must relearn to trust the people she
once abandoned. She must put her faith in technology, and her life in
the hands of independent contractors, all while racing to deliver the
package before it gets taken by force, or worse, the creature decides
to make an appearance itself.
If you purchase either a physical copy, or pre-order the digital copy,
you will receive the three, custom character playing cards once you
show proof of purchase! It doesn’t matter what country you’re in
either, I will absolutely send you these beauties by the phenomenal
Golden Rose!
But if users purchase signed copies directly from me, they will get the
character art of Ellinor in chains by
Arz, a bookmark by Dominique Wesson,
in addition to the playing cards if purchased during the pre-order window.
Send proof of purchase to authorcontact@ceclayton.com

What can we expect from you in the future?

I’ve moved past my early YA fantasy beginnings and have crafted a whole new fantasy world that I’m really proud of. In terms of strictly world building, this is the most elaborate of my worlds, so I fully intend to stay in this world for a while. So while Ellinor’s books, starting with “Resistor” will be the main series, there will be a lot of standalone or new series with different characters completely separate from this original cast of characters, but staying within the same universe. Leigh Bardugo does this a bit with her Grishaverse books, as does Terry Pratchett with his Discworld series, and Anne McCaffery with her Dragonriders of Pern.

Coincidentally, Dragonriders of Pern is the series that really sparked my love for blending science fiction with stronger fantasy tropes, which had a heavy hand in my Eerden Novels. There aren’t any dragons, but my Eerden novels all combine futuristic technology alongside elemental magic with very defined rules in terms of how the magic works and who can use it, as well as some really amazing creatures that fit best in a fantasy setting. But because of this blend of future tech science fiction and magic based fantasy, I had to get very elaborate with my world building so it would all fit nicely.

So, in terms of what you can expect from me in the future, it’s going to be a lot of books centered in a world where smart technology and magic war for dominance, and where people who can combine the two are considered outlaws. I’m having a lot of fun with it, so I hope I can stay in this world for the foreseeable future.

Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?

I do! I’ve written 3 short stories about my main characters in The Monster of Selkirk (one for Tallis and her best friend Rosslyn, one for Tomas, and one for Donovan) that I send out free to all my newsletter subscribers. I do recommend people at least read the first book before reading the short stories, not for spoilers as the events in the short stories aren’t connected to the first book in anyway, but more of as a way to appreciate the world and the characters a bit more. But if people read them first, that’s totally fine, too! I am also working on a standalone novella for the villain in “Resistor” as a little freebie for everyone. The novella will basically show how this character got to be the person you meet in “Resistor”, so while it may be really fun to read afterwards so you get a better sense of this bad guy, it’s absolutely not necessary, either. I have to say, I really enjoyed writing a novella about a bad guy though, so I think out of all the short stories I’ve written, this is my favorite!

C. E. Clayton was born and raised in the greater Los Angeles area. After
going the traditional career route and becoming restless, she went
back to her first love–writing–and hasn’t stopped. She is the
author of young adult fantasy series, “The Monster of Selkirk”,
the creator of the cyberpunk Eerden Novels, and her horror short
stories have appeared in anthologies across the country. When she’s
not writing you can find her treating her fur-babies like humans,
constantly drinking tea, and trying to convince her husband to go to
more concerts. And reading. She does read quite a bit.
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