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Rune Skelley has completed work on the trilogy formed by Miss Brandymoon's Device, Tenpenny Zen, and Elsewhere's Twin. Polished drafts for two additional novels are undergoing revision and critique.
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completed and revised manuscript: 110,000 words
Body piercing is popular in the northeastern college town of Webster, because no one getting pierced knows about the tiny transceivers implanted in their jewelry. Miss Brandymoon's Device plunges the reader into this conspiracy, exploring it through unconventional eyes.
Underemployed graphic artist and recreational chemist Fin Tanner takes a certain pride in the spectacle of his gradual self-destruction, until he meets seductively sarcastic body piercer Rook Brandymoon and she punctures both his eyebrow and his cocoon of isolation. Fin gets a good look at happily-ever-after, but the problem with a romance foretold by fate is that it comes with strings attached. As if Rook's overbearing ex-boyfriend and Fin's power-hungry half-twin brother weren't enough, the young couple must contend with a tangled web of other problems. The forgotten government intelligence project that spawned the surveillance technology hidden in their jewelry has drawn the attention of a guerrilla televangelist bent on using the transceivers to accomplish mass mind control. While Rook tackles the question of why the reverend's heretical prophecies seem to feature Fin and herself, Fin must find a way to halt an invasion by aliens who utilize the jewelry in their attempts to spread their nefarious beliefs. Ultimately, all Fin and Rook must do to save the world is stay together. Will they?
The gritty, darkly humorous narrative examines and affirms the notion that you can't be yourself without someone else. The speculative elements of this story are grounded in the familiar world, and tempered by the characters' human needs.
completed and revised manuscript: 105,000 words
Prequel to Miss Brandymoon's Device. Suspenseful, trippy narrative exploring the idea that if you want to be somebody's hero you have to be someone else's villain.
Willow Charm is on the run, hiding from military psi-ops testing in which she performed too well. Melissa Thomas just wants to be normal, but the uselessly accurate messages she perceives from her environment make that impossible. Brad Tanner becomes involved with both women, dampening their supernatural special effects and bringing them peace, at least metaphysically. Years pass as Brad is unable to hurt one by choosing the other, leaving no one satisfied. Children are born, spirits manifest, a dark adept gathers power, one of the women disappears. Is Brad ready to step into the role of Hero?
completed and revised manuscript: 127,000 words
Sequel to both Miss Brandymoon's Device and Tenpenny Zen, climax of the trilogy.
completed manuscript under revision: 157,000 words
An entirely new story with all new characters. And rock and roll!
completed manuscript in critique: 130,000 words
Another new story world. Harder-edged scifi than the previous novels.
Flaws — an otherwordly meditation on freewill
Baptism — mystical, surreal, and autobiographical
Rune Skelley lives in a northeastern college town, and works as a webmaster and small business owner. Two jobs, marriage, and raising two sons did not quite account for every waking moment, so Rune took up fiction writing several years ago to fill the hole where a social life should be.
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