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Nominated for
Urban Fantasy Land's
2008 Readers' Choice Awards


"From the first page of Seaborn, you are immersed. Chris Howard navigates a wild ride through a brilliantly edgy and richly atmospheric alter-world. Here is a fresh, formidable spin on sf/f and Howard is a talent to watch out for. Seaborn will leave you spellbound"--National Book Awards Finalist Adele Griffin

"Dark and atmospheric, Seaborn is an imaginative new entry in the world of paranormal fiction."--Liz Maverick, author of Wired

"Seaborn is no regular fantasy about mermaids. It is an epic, created with a linguist's, a sociologist's, and a poet's touch....Chris Howard has created a rich complicated world....We are obviously in the hands of a great writer..."-- Blogcritics


"Chris Howard is to be applauded for Seaborn's unique (or at least rare) in urban fantasy setting of the sea....So this will suit readers who've had enough of vampires, shifters, witches, psychics, fae and whatnot. Originality is the key selling point here, as is Mr Howard's startling array of talents" -- Tez Says


"This is a must-read, must-have and worshipped. This mythology junkie is more than satisfied and begs people to buy more than one copy as soon as possible. If I am correct, after several generations a first issue of this will be quite valuable."
-- Temple Library Reviews


"Chris Howard is someone I will be paying close attention to from this day forward. As a debut novel Seaborn succeeds where many others in the same class have not. It puts together a fascinating new world (within our own), drawing from Greek mythology and developing that into its own unique fantasy creation. -- Fantasy&SciFi Lovin' Review


"Seaborn is the first novel for Chris Howard, and what an amazing tale it is. From the underwater society to the surfacers on land, the detailed account of preparation and battle is vividly drawn....This is a book I'd recommend to fantasy readers, but horror fans should enjoy Aleximor and Corina's tale as well."
-- Darque Reviews


"Fascinating read." (four stars) -- RTimes Book Reviews


"As epic fantasy Seaborn is imaginative and flush with mythological detail. The ocean dwelling Seaborn culture is fascinating....a fresh and entertaining read..."-- SciFiGuy


SEABORN
Chris Howard
Juno Books
ISBN: 9780809572816
384 pages

We are all Seaborn.
All life began in the Ocean.
The tides, the salt, the rolling waves are in our souls,
and the sea will always have the power to call us home.


There is a world deep under the sea, a kingdom that has endured thousands of years without the modern world knowing it exists. Those who dwell there are Thalassogenêis: Seaborn


Kassandra is the Seaborn king's granddaughter--the one he wishes he'd killed when he'd had the chance. She comes from the sea, but she has spent her whole life in exile on the surface, learning to control strange and frightening powers she barely understands. But now she's ready to declare war on the murderous king.


Corina Lairsey is a scuba-diving Californian who has freed herself from a controlling relationship...andfinds herself in another. Only this time, Aleximor, an ancient Seaborn sorcerer, is literally inside her head and wearing her body. Corina must strive for control of her self, fighting against time as Aleximor trades pieces of her life away in exchange for power over the path between the worlds of the living and the dead.


Aleximor wants revenge for his 400-year imprisonment and his dangerous machinations threaten to destroy both young women and the world of the Seaborn.




"A new world is born in this fantasy work of art. The sea has alot on offer in this fresh and unique debut book by Chris Howard. With some darkness, a lot of depth and some fantastic characters this is a must read for any fantasy fans who like the sea aspect or who just want to try something a little different." (A PNR Reviewer Recommended Read) -- ParanormalRomance.org


"Seaborn takes the reader on a non-stop above and below the sea adventure. It follows many different story lines that come together at all the right times. The fast-paced chapters will have you up all night not wanting to miss what is going happen next...You won't want to put this book down." -- DCL


"In Seaborn, Chris Howard explores a new dimension of urban fantasy. Rather than keeping to the city as the genre would imply, Howard delves into an undersea world....[and takes] readers in a new direction. His passages are densely packed with detail and each chapter reads smoothly. His characters appeal to all readers, whether they are familiar with the genre or not....I would strongly suggest that fantasy lovers who are tired of vampire novels check this book out." -- Flamingnet


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Saltwater Witch

ISBN: 978-0977380732

Saltwater Witch takes place five years before the events in Seaborn (Juno Books).

Kassandra comes from the sea, but she has no memory of saltwater, seagulls, or an incoming tide. She's never seen an ocean, never heard the thunder of surf. She's an exile, betrayed by her own family, sent as far from the sea as they could arrange--somewhere in the middle of Nebraska. Everything changes on her birthday. A two-thousand year old king wakes inside her head and helps with her math lessons. She cries for the first time in her life, and learns that her tears are doorways for calling things from the sea. With clues from summoned sea-demons and the voices in her head, Kassandra sets out to find out what the hell is going on...and discovers she's a prisoner, trapped between a murderous grandfather who controls an army of the drowned dead, river witches who spy on her through the plumbing, and Ms. Matrothy, the Girl's Department Director, who's been trying to kill her since she was four.



Sea Throne

ISBN: 978-0977380770

Sea Throne is the sequel to Seaborn (Juno Books, 2008). Kassandra prepares for war against her grandfather, and is confronted on all sides. Nikasia, the daughter of the king's war-bard--who claims descendant from Circe--seeks revenge for the murder of her father. A group of immortals bands together to take everything away, and Kassandra must take them on while holding her family together.



Teller

ISBN: 978-0977380749

Andin Teller can change the world with a pencil and paint brush. Teller isn’t just his name. It’s what he is—someone who can manipulate memories, reality and even shift time with the right pencil line, paint stroke, or story. But it doesn’t come without a cost, and he isn't alone. When he discovers his mother is part of an otherworldly organized crime family in the middle of a secret war—and has been abducted by a rival family, Andin sets out to rescue her with his closest friends, Taryn, a mathematics and patterning genius, and down-to-earth, motorcycle-driving Itoshi. With their help, Andin navigates a world he doesn’t understand, taking on family betrayers, killers, and others like himself—others who have powers greater than his own.



Winterdim

ISBN: 978-0977380701

Theodora Viran has a way with forests, blossoms, creeping vines, composting, paranoia, and sudden death. She sees all action in the universe as moves in someone else's manipulative game, but when she makes a promise to save the life of a childhood friend, it becomes a promise she cannot break without breaking her view of the world.

Winterdim is a fantasy set in the near future after most of humanity has "Vanished"—gone virtual, leaving behind crumbling cities, failing infrastructure, and the Wild Children, what remains of earth's human population. With a nearly empty world open to them, the oppressed, the dangerous, and the opportunists from the Rootworld have fled to earth to start over, form new alliances, and carve out empires.



Nanowhere



Nanowhere... it's a love story with all the usual elements: rogue soldiers, computer hacking, tyranny, cryptography, hit-men with an affinity for rolled adhesives, rebellious skateboarders, and sentient billion-node self-organizing nanotech ghosts.


Here's a clip of Cory Doctorow's kind words on Boing Boing:


Chris Howard has released an...interesting and well-written...sf thriller called Nanowhere along with a bunch of supplementary materials that purports to be the lab notes and publications of one of the book's characters ...




The Wreath of Poseidon



Available soon!

The Wreath of Poseidon is basically Saltwater Witch remixed by my daughter Chloe and I. This version of the story is in 3rd person (Saltwater Witch is in 1st), and this version is a bit longer, contains more story, including some scenes cut from the original. We went back to the original 3rd person story I wrote in 2003 with some help from a nine-year-old Chloe (She's seventeen now).

"An amazing fantasy...Teen fantasy readers will
excitedly follow Kassandra's every step as she
discovers who she really is."
   -- Flamingnet Review

"A lively and smart fantasy"
   -- Dru Pagliassotti, author of Clockwork Heart




Always Becoming



A set of six short stories by Chris Howard, author of Seaborn, Saltwater Witch, and Sea Throne.

Always Becoming, Hammers and Snails, Captain's Mistake, The Gatherer, Diminisher of Peace, Superfun Sites

Published in January 2006 issue of The Harrow, "Always Becoming" is about what it means be a witch, that growth, as a state, is superior to completeness. A real witch lives for the journey, not its end. Making way for the next witch isn't always easy, but it's part of the job. You have to balance the gardening, baking and midwifery with curses, sin and things that come back from death.

"Hammers and Snails" is a first place Robert A. Heinlein Centennial Writing Contest winner.

Chris wrote "Captain's Mistake" for the very first science fiction and fantasy writing workshop Jeffrey A. Carver and Craig Shaw Gardner now hold every year in Boston.

"The Gatherer" was at one time chapter seventeen in Chris's first published novel Seaborn, taking the story back a couple hundred years to find out how that whole Aleximor thing started. It was edited out of the final Juno Books edition, but now you can see how the hell someone placed a bloody handprint on the wall of cave a hundred feet underwater.

"Diminisher of Peace" appeared in the September 2005 issue of The Harrow. If you can see into the future, gods will take notice of you. Aldred's brother is killed unjustly and Aldred's forbidden to bury or honor him. He defies the decree, and makes a pact with strangers, an old man who won't show his face and a giant who requires a final battle before he lights the pyre for his brother. Aldred returns to face his doom and discovers that an agreement he has made in life pursues him after death.

"Superfun Sites" is a flash fiction piece that appeared a long time ago in Another Realm.



The Complete Seaborn

ISBN: 978-0977380732

Praise for Seaborn:
"From the first page of Seaborn, you are immersed. Chris Howard navigates a wild ride through a brilliantly edgy and richly atmospheric alter-world. Here is a fresh, formidable spin on fantasy, and Howard is a talent to watch out for. Seaborn will leave you spellbound."
—Adele Griffin, author of where I want to be

"Dark and atmospheric, Seaborn is an imaginative new entry in the world of paranormal fiction."
—Liz Maverick, author of Wired, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2007

"...a fresh and entertaining read and I fully expect we will be hearing more from Chris Howard in the future."
—SciFiGuy

"Fascinating read..." —Romantic Times 4 star review

The Complete Seaborn is the omnibus edition of the three books in the Seaborn Trilogy, along with all new transitional material, new stories, family trees, and a complete characters list for all the books.

Saltwater Witch:
Kassandra comes from the sea, but she has no memory of saltwater, seagulls, or an incoming tide. She's never seen an ocean, never heard the thunder of surf. She's an exile, betrayed by her own family, sent as far from the sea as they could arrange--somewhere in the middle of Nebraska.

Everything changes the day she drowns in Red Bear Lake, and discovers she can't really drown. Not in the way everyone else can. Then a two-thousand year old king wakes inside her head and turns out to be a prodigy with mathematics. Kassandra cries for the first time in her life, and learns that her tears are doorways for calling things from the sea. With clues from summoned sea-demons and the voices in her head, Kassandra sets out to find out what the hell is going on...and discovers she's a prisoner, trapped between a murderous grandfather who controls an army of the drowned dead, river witches who spy on her through the plumbing, and Ms. Matrothy, the Girl's Department Director, who's been trying to kill her since she was four.

Seaborn:
Corina Lairsey has just clawed her way free from one controlling relationship when she finds herself in another-only this guy, Aleximor, has really gotten under her skin. Literally. A 400-year-old sorcerer who gathers the drowned dead off the ocean's floor for the King of the Seaborn, he's inside her head and is wearing her body like a wetsuit. Corina desperately schemes to regain control of her self, fighting against time as Aleximor trades pieces of her life away in exchange for power over the path between the worlds of the living and the dead . . . Kassandra is the King of the Seaborn's granddaughter. She comes from the sea, but has spent her whole life in exile on the surface, struggling to control frightening powers she barely understands. She declares war on her murderous grandfather and manipulates her family, friends, oceanic royalty, and the US Navy to aid her- but Aleximor intends to use Kass to carry out his revenge against the entire Seaborn royal line. And she's also fallen in love-one more struggle for an already troubled soul.

Sea Throne:
Kassandra prepares for war against her grandfather, and is confronted on all sides. Nikasia, the daughter of the king's war-bard--who claims descent from Circe--seeks revenge for the murder of her father. A group of immortals bands together to take everything away, and Kassandra must take them on while holding her family together.