May 27, 2018

Writer Wednesday: Author M. Pax and THE BACKWORLDS Excerpt

Today I’d like to welcome fantasy and science fiction author M. Pax as one of the stops on her blog tour for her exciting new release, The Backworlds. Ms. Pax is someone I’ve gotten to know through Twitter and Triberr, and she’s just an awesome person! I hope you’ll help me out by making her feel welcome by showing some comment love.

First, let’s learn a little more about her:

About the author:

M. Pax’s inspiration comes from the wilds of Oregon, especially the high desert where she shares her home with two cats and a husband unit. Creative sparks also come from Pine Mountain Observatory where she spend her summers working as a star guide. She writes mostly science fiction and fantasy, but confesses to an obsession with Jane Austen. She blogs at her website, and at Wistful Nebuae. You’ll find links there to connect on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and other sites.


Intrigued? How about an amazing excerpt from her book? Ask and you shall receive! (Warning to my YA readers: some adult language ahead):

Excerpt from The Backworlds, Chapter 2:

Having no other choice, he set out toward the edge of the village. Hissing clubs and growling voices on his heels, he hurried past houses and shops constructed from ganya trees, lanterns glowing warmly in the windows. He stepped over tree limbs and through them, pushing vines out of his way. Youngsters swung on ganya strands above, chasing each other with shrieks of laughter. It was what Craze would be doing, were he not being run off.

The sway of the canopy roared softly in the breeze and summoned unbidden memories of Yerness in his arms so vivid he could taste her kiss. Hidden in a leafy nook, they’d basked in passion and lust, noses bumping, hands exploring, lost in the humid night panting and moaning, indulging in the feel of one another. She couldn’t have meant any of it, and it kicked at him until all his thoughts filled with her torment.

The bite of fire rocketed up his spine. He spun about. A prodder had touched his ass and took aim again. Craze yelped. His pace must have slowed as he reminisced over the sweet moments of his now-tragic love. The pain of the electric shock swept Yerness from his mind and heart. He lurched, running, sprinting, racing until he left the village and entered the swamps.

“Damn bitches of Bast,” he cursed the council between huffs. “Someday you’ll all be sorry.” He shook his fist and made several obscene gestures at the elders.

The thick bogs burped and splashed, covering Siegna’s earth under millennia of muck. The coziness of the forest ended. The trees became fewer, spreading out with vast distances between them, giving way to grasses and sludge. Fish buzzed and gnawers swarmed without mercy while Croakmen harmonized with wild ricklits. The ricklit song spurred an interval of self-pity.

“No tellin’ where I’ll end up,” Craze said. “Perhaps on a world without ricklits or anythin’ much.” The idea frightened him and he considered hiding out in the swamps. Who would know?

“Leecher,” bellowed over the croaks and burps and buzzes. Brilliant fingers of electricity lit up the swamp. The council wouldn’t let him hide.

Craze picked up the pace, following the trails through the wetlands. The elders persisted, wading through the muck, drawing nearer. Their electrified clubs whistled, sending out shocks in crackling arcs. Squishy things covered in hundreds of wiggly legs leapt screaming out of the bogs, their tentacles reaching to pass on their agony. Shit. Sting beasts.


The Backworlds After the war with Earth, bioengineered humans scatter across the Backworlds. Competition is fierce and pickings are scant. Scant enough that Craze’s father decides to hoard his fortune by destroying his son. Cut off from family and friends, with little money, and even less knowledge of the worlds beyond his own, Craze heads into an uncertain future. Boarding the transport to Elstwhere, he vows to make his father regret this day.

Available as an ebook from: Available from: Amazon / AmazonUK / Smashwords / Feedbooks

Free on Smashwords & Feedbooks. Will be free on Amazon in a few weeks.

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Thanks again for allowing me to be a part of your blog tour, M. Pax! Readers, if you’re curious about this wonderful author and/or her work, please leave a comment and she’ll be happy to get back to you.


  1. I’m reading this right now and really enjoying it!

  2. Mary says:

    Thanks for featuring The Backworlds today, Raine. It made its way onto iTunes and B&N for free. Links are on my sites.

    Glad you are, Alex.

  3. Loved reading this excerpt! :)

  4. Nicki Elson says:

    Whoa – way to plunge us right into the middle of a vivid otherworld PLUS some angst. I like the story already. :)

    Thanks for the excerpt, Raine & Mary.

  5. Mary says:

    Thanks, Eagle. :)

  6. Fantastic excerpt! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Mary says:

    Thank you, NIcki and Christine.