Mayhem in the Air by Untethered Realms Authors – Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway

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From Amazon bestselling and popular science fiction and fantasy authors comes Mayhem in the Air, a supernatural anthology of ten thrilling tales. Meet hot robots, hungry winds and the goddess of chaos. Explore alien planets, purgatorial realms, and a shocking place where people bury the living with their dead. Mayhem in the Air is the second, long-awaited story collection from the dynamic and inventive Untethered Realms group.

Read an exclusive excerpt from “Saving Scrooge” by Gwen Gardner:

“It is I, Ebenezer, and I’ve come with a warning.” Marley rattled his chains and lockboxes. Everybody knew spirits shook chains. He wasn’t sure exactly why. But he thought it prudent to make the haunting realistic, so he brought them tucked inside his overcoat.

Ebenezer Scrooge stood behind his chair and stared. A frown scrunched his eyebrows together, and he squinted, to peer more closely. Then he said, “What’s that on your head?”

Marley reached up and felt his head, immediately realizing what Scrooge had noticed. Drat it all! He yanked the icepack off that he’d tied to his head earlier, as if Ebenezer might unsee it if he did it quickly enough. He mentally abused himself, calling himself all manner of epithetic names. Why hadn’t those numbskull helpers reminded him to remove it? His usual hangover remedies hadn’t worked, but the ice had alleviated his aching head a bit. Dash it all! He may have just ruined his whole plan.

He hid the item behind his back and improvised. “It’s awfully hot where I am, Ebenezer, which you will soon find.” And to change the subject, he added, “And what’s that on your head? A nightcap, Eb? That is so 1854.”

A flush crept up Ebeneezer’s neck. He reached up self-consciously and tugged the cap over his ears. “It keeps my head warm. And what do you mean, I’ll soon find out?”

“Come now,” said Marley, pacing and dragging his chains for effect. Clank, clank, clank accompanied each labored step. “This is me, remember? I know all your secrets. Aye, we share quite a few, don’t we?”

Heat rose up Scrooge’s cheeks in indignation. “I’ve done nothing illegal. All my business transactions are contracted and followed to the letter.”

“Technically, yes. Legally, yes. But morally?” Marley shook his head. Clank, step, clank, step.

About the Authors:

River Fairchild is somewhat odd, brandishes a dry sense of humor, owned by several cats. Lives in a fantasy world. A fabricator of magic. Makes stuff up and spins tales about it. Believes in Faerie crossings and never staying in one place for very long. Speculative Fiction wordsmith. The secret to her stories? Spread lies, blend in truths, add a pinch of snark and a dash of tears. Escape into her world. She left the porch light on so you can find your way down the rabbit hole. For more information, please visit her website at

Gwen Gardner is a native Californian living in sunny San Diego, where her love of reading and writing led to a BA in English literature. Life is now complete with her husband, two dogs and a daily call from her daughter. Since ghosts feature prominently in her young adult Indigo Eady Paranormal “Cozy” Mystery series, she has a secret desire to meet one face to face—but will run screaming for the hills if she ever does. Gwen adores travel and experiencing the cultures and foods of different countries. She is always up for an adventure and anything involving chocolate—not necessarily in that order. For more information, please visit her website at

Misha Gerrick lives in the scenic Western Cape, South Africa, where she’s currently working on some more books. Her Epic Fantasy Series, The War of Six Crowns, is out now. For more information on what she’s writing and reading, visit her website at

Graeme Ing engineers original fantasy worlds, both YA and adult, but hang around, and you’ll likely read tales of romance, sci-fi, paranormal, cyberpunk, steampunk or any blend of the above. Born in England in 1965, Graeme moved to San Diego, California in 1996 and lives there still. His career as a software engineer and development manager spans thirty years, mostly in the computer games industry. He is also an armchair mountaineer, astronomer, mapmaker, pilot and general geek. He and his wife, Tamara, share their house with more cats than he can count. Please visit his website at

Fantasy, science fiction, and the weird beckon to M. Pax, and she blames Oregon, a source of endless inspiration. She docents at Pine Mountain Observatory in the summers, and one of her cats has a crush on Mr. Spock. You can find out more by visiting her website

Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood but make her a great Jeopardy player. She has one novel and several novellas and short stories published. Her paranormal romance series, The 13th Floor, has been met with rave reviews. Her newest geeky romances were released by Ellora’s Cave early 2015. Please visit her website at

Cherie Reich has more books than she can ever read and more ideas than she can ever write, but that doesn’t stop this bookworm from trying, even if it means trying to curb her TV addiction. She is a speculative fiction writer and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her books include the paranormal horror collection Once upon a Nightmare and the fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles and The Fate Challenges. Reborn is her debut novel. She is a member of the Virginia Writers Club, Valley Writers, and Untethered Realms. For more information, please visit her website at

Catherine Stine’s fiction spans the range from contemporary to dark fantasy to sci-fi. Her futuristic companion thrillers Fireseed One and Ruby’s Fire are Amazon bestsellers and indie award-winners. Dorianna, her YA paranormal won Best Horror Novel in the Kindle Hub Awards. Her work is included in the boxed sets Future Tense and Secret Worlds as well as in the Untethered Realms anthologies Twisted Earths, Mayhem in the Air and Fantasy Uprising. In addition, Catherine writes new adult fiction as Kitsy Clare. She suspects her love of dark fantasy came from her father reading Edgar Allen Poe to her when she was a child. She teaches creative writing workshops and is a member of SFWA, RWA and SCBWI. Visit her at

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