now available in paperback:

When Captain Alex Marcase’s estranged father dies, he hopes his inheritance will be enough to fund his next deep space expedition. When his inheritance turns out to be a genetically-altered slave named Evan, it’s just the beginning of the end of Alex’s normal, orderly life. Not only does Even have his own brand of morality, his special abilities are also coveted by his late owner’s enemies. As the pair head into deep space with their enemies in hot pursuit and Alex’s chief rival ahead of them, will they be able to learn to appreciate each other’s unique abilities in time? Or will their differences be too much to overcome?

Keeper is a novel I wrote years ago, and figured it would never amount to much, but I enjoyed it, and several friends enjoyed it. Then I wrote sequels, several of them. But one day, I got the notion Keeper could be so much more – so I completely reinvented the series. Shaving 30,000 words from the original and shifting the entire plot, then I remapped the sequels and turned them into totally new stories that continued the newly rewritten adventure.

Make no mistake – this novel has not been traditionally published. It is now a Trunk Novels Production, available as a free download, or free to read on the internet at and also available for purchase as a Trade Paperback.

Be sure to visit Trunk Novels for more high quality stories by serious-minded writers.

12 thoughts on “now available in paperback:

  1. Aw. Here I was all excited for you that you were published! Well, at first I was mad that you’d kept it a secret, but then I was happy for you.

    Then I read further and, oh. You’re still just one of us.

    Wait. Is Trunk Novels a project you’re creating?

  2. Ha! I’m *this* close to giving up completely on that particular pipe dream. Ether – a vastly superior novel than anything I’ve ever written previously – is already racking up the Form Rejections.

    In today’s market + recession, coupled with the unpublished writers who’s work I’ve been able to read = Stop The Madness.

    I was days away from checking out Lulu for my own peace of mind, you know, just to see some favorite novels in print, damn the sales. I have a day job, I really don’t need the stress and boughts of depression this twisted business dishes out. Then along came this idea from Lori, and I volunteered to be her first.

    Trunk Novels is Lori’s brainchild, and I’m just along for the ride and helping out where I can, plus offering myself up for the first sacrifice šŸ˜€

  3. I don’t have anything that I’ve given up on that I think is good enough even for that.

    Has she been working on it in secret? I have this image of her gleefully rubbing her hands together and saying, “Wait ’til they get a load of me now.”

  4. No, Ed. I haven’t been working on this in secret. Just not talking about it because it’s not ready to be released to the public quite yet. The idea was just born last week. It was a matter of looking at the economy, knowing people need stories but are unable to afford them, looking at all of the really amazing writers who have not been able to get published, watching as the publishing industry looks for ways to integrate new technology and new delivery mechanisms into its operating procedures, seeing how the music industry has adapted to similar changes in technology and delivery mechanisms and… something clicked and Trunk Novels was born.

    The original idea was just to release the stories for free and to split the proceeds from the “tip jar” (PayPal donations.) After speaking with Kristine and a couple of others, I decided to also offer the novels as trade paperbacks through Lulu.

    This isn’t about me. It’s not even about the other writers. It’s about the readers and trying to give back in some small way.

    I’ve been amazed at how quickly everything’s come together. Much faster than I anticipated. If I can get the website finished, Trunk Novels will go live on June 1st. In addition to Kristine’s Keeper, I also have a YA called The Bad Genie by Mary (Soccer Mom), and a reprint of Word Wars from Chris Stevenson. Another author is talking about submitting his short story collection to Trunk Novels.

    The current plan is to release one book-length work a month. If all goes well, that might increase to two books a year in 2009. I can’t see doing more than that.

  5. In secret I simply meant this was the first I heard of it.

    And since it only took a week (wow!), I guess that explains why no one talked about it.

    I’d submit something, but as I said, my trunk novel isn’t in a releasable state. And probably never will be.

  6. I think it’s a really neat idea. Why not share the stories that would probably never see the light of day anyway? Stuff that you’ve moved on from.

    It sounds like a lot of fun, and I wish I had something to contribute. Perhaps I should finish one of my novels. I have one that I know would always be a trunk novel, even if I liked the story I wrote.

  7. I’d love to receive a submission from you, Tori. In the meantime, we always need readers.

    I know it sounds like everything came together quickly, but it’s really going to take about a month to get everything finished and together — probably more, really. I also had the bonus of having spent several months researching and helping put Coyote Wild together and I had many gaps filled in by my recent stint as editor of The Alchemist Review.

  8. Hey Kristine

    Just wanted to say I read “Keeper” off Trunk Novels and thought it rocked. But *why* do you never tell us what the mysterious matter is? It’s no fair, because I can’t read the sequel.

    Great book. Good luck at getting published…it would be great to read more from you šŸ™‚

  9. Thank you – but if I told you what it was, then there wouldn’t BE a mystery, would there? šŸ˜€

    I doubt I’ll ever get published, not traditionally speaking, but I do have plans to put the rest of my work out in the public in one way or the other this year.

  10. Hmm…my bad?…I thought in a later post, you said something about shopping another book around. “E” something I thought?

    It’s cool either way.

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