Saturday, September 10, 2022

The Claus Universe Continues... ToyWorld (Book 10)

  

Book 10 in the Claus Universe is wrapped and ready. ToyWorld: Home of the Christmas Thief will release November 1. Like all Claus Universe novels, this is a standalone story. Although there are Easter eggs. Preorder the ebook to have ready when the clock strikes midnight. Paperback, hardback and the audiobook will also be available for the holiday season.

PREORDER TOYMAKER

or 

bertauski.com/claus

The Claus Universe is a series of stand alone novels featured legendary holiday characters reimagined in scifi/fantasy adventure. I never planned to write a scifi/fantasy series until my nephew, 6 years old at the time, swore Santa's elves came to visit him on the down low. He was 100% serious. 

Here it is, 10 Claus books later. Elven live in the ice. Reindeer fly with helium bladders. My wife didn't get it. I mean, I was furious when I discovered the truth about Santa Claus and reindeer and elves and here I am writing stories that explain how Santa Claus and reindeer and elves are real. I couldn't explain it, at first. I was pissed when my mom kept insisting Santa was real. YOU LIED! was my response. 

We did it different. Is Santa real? our son said. 

What do you think? 

I don't think he's real. 

Here's the deal. Don't tell your sister.

At that point, it was a blast. Put out milk and cookies, throw the carrots on the sidewalk. And when they figured it out, they were in the club. It's how the Claus Universe evolved. A dash of science fiction, a teaspoon of fantasy and a bucket full of adventure.

Let's have some fun.

By the way, 10% of profits goes to various charities, depending on the Claus book. ToyWorld will donate to Imagination Foundation

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or 

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ToyWorld: Home of the Christmas Thief

Hiro’s parents rearrange the furniture every December.

They make space in the corner for something tall. They plug in string lights and leave them on the floor. Sometimes, they cut down a tree but don’t know what to do with it. It’s not just Hiro’s parents. Everyone does it. Come January, they all straighten up their living rooms and everything goes back to normal. They do this every year.

No one knows why.

Something’s missing and they all feel it, but they never wonder what it is. And every year that passes, the world becomes colder and grayer. Until Hiro has a dream.

It's a world of magic, where he can taste sounds and hear thoughts, see things that defy the laws of physics and biology. It’s a place where trees are decorated and stockings are hung above the fireplace. Every day is celebrated with gifts.

It's the last place where joy exists.

Someone has stolen the Christmas spirit from the universe and hidden it in the dream. Hiro doesn’t remember a jolly fat man or flying reindeer, or elves on the North Pole. No one in Hiro’s world remembers Christmas at all.

Hiro and others like him need to free the Christmas spirit. This is their one and only chance. If they fail, his world and all others like it will stay cold and gray without Christmas... unless they discover the thief's true identity.

It's closer than they think.

PREORDER TOYWORLD

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or 

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

The Claus Universe Continues... Toymaker

 


Book 9 in the Claus Universe is wrapped and ready. Toymaker: Return of the Lost Toys will release November 1. It's Christmas, but there are so many Easter eggs in this one. Preorder the ebook to have ready when the clock strikes midnight. Paperback, hardback and the audiobook will also be available for the holiday season.

ORDER TOYMAKER

https://amzn.to/3BWeebJ

or 

bertauski.com/claus

The Claus Universe is a series of stand alone novels featured legendary holiday characters reimagined in scifi/fantasy adventure. I never planned to write a scifi/fantasy series until my nephew, 6 years old at the time, swore Santa's elves came to visit him on the down low. He was 100% serious. 

Here it is, 9 Claus books later. Elven live in the ice. Reindeer fly with helium bladders. My wife didn't get it. I mean, I was furious when I discovered the truth about Santa Claus and reindeer and elves and here I am writing stories that explain how Santa Claus and reindeer and elves are real. I couldn't explain it, at first. I was pissed when my mom kept insisting Santa was real. YOU LIED! was my response. 

We did it different. Is Santa real? our son said. 

What do you think? 

I don't think he's real. 

Here's the deal. Don't tell your sister.

At that point, it was a blast. Put out milk and cookies, throw the carrots on the sidewalk. And when they figured it out, they were in the club. It's how the Claus Universe evolved. A dash of science fiction, a teaspoon of fantasy and a bucket full of adventure.

Let's have some fun.

By the way, 10% of profits goes to various charities, depending on the Claus book. Toymaker will donate to GiveWell.org

ORDER TOYMAKER

https://amzn.to/3BWeebJ

or 

bertauski.com/claus

Toymaker: Return of the Lost Toys

Toymaker: Return of the Lost Toys

It started with a present.

One Christmas morning, a mystery gift appeared under trees around the world. It was the exact same gift, inscribed with the maker’s initials in tiny letters: BT and Company. It was months before anyone knew exactly what the gift did.

Avery Tannenbaum’s brother was one of the lucky few to receive one. It was on her birthday when the mysterious gifts came to life. A contest was announced. It was also on that very same day Avery’s grandmother passed away.

An eccentric, wealthy woman, Nana Rai left detailed instructions on how to commemorate her passing, a celebration to be held on Christmas morning, which just so happened to be the same day the contest was set to end. Avery’s family travels to a cold and snowy land to honor her grandmother’s wishes. And it’s here she uncovers the true purpose of the mystery gift, and why the makers launched a global contest.

As Nana Rai’s celebration nears, Avery follows clues her grandmother left behind. BT and Company are searching for the Toymaker. And Avery knows what they’ll do when they find him. She becomes part of her grandmother’s plan to stop them. The real mystery isn’t where the Toymaker is hiding.

It’s why he’s hiding in the first place.

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or 

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

The Claus Universe Continues... Gingerman!

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The 8th standalone novel in the Claus Universe.

 

His real name is Christmas. It’s embarrassing. 

 

He’s been accepted into the Institute of Creative Mind, a prestigious institute for eccentrics, outliers, and gifted students. A school located in the middle of nowhere with two-hundred-year-old castles and a formidable stone wall. A school where Christmas is celebrated the entire year. 

 

Christmas trees, ornaments, and lights decorate the castles. Presents are given out every month, and students are pitted against each other in creative challenges. Chris soon finds out, however, the stakes are high.

 

The losers are expelled.

 

He spends sleepless nights keeping up with his homework to not disappoint his parents and to keep a cruel guidance counsellor off his back. But this place is more than a demanding school for gifted students. Chris finds a clue in a textbook his first night, written in code. 

 

Run, run as fast as you can. 

 

When he’s presented with an impossibility that defies all laws of physics and biology, anything becomes possible. Chris discovers students aren’t chosen for their artistic abilities but because of a DNA test. He doesn’t know what the school is really after. If he doesn’t stop them, Christmas will end forever. Everything depends on his courage.

 

And a strange little friend.


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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The Audiobooks are Seriously Free.

 


I have a bunch of random free audiobooks that need a home. You can take as many as you want until they last. It might take a minute to find one that hasn't been claimed, but find one and it's free. Like digging for gold.

Enjoy.

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

The Essence of Sunny Grimm, Book 3 in the Maze

It's been a long journey.

The conclusion of the Maze will launch May 13. The final book ties book 1 and 2 into a long story arc with a wild finish. I didn't see it coming till I got there.

As mentioned in previous posts, book 3 brings characters into the arc from Foreverland, Halfskin and Socket Greeny. For fans of those stories, you get a peek at Danny Boy, Cyn, Reed, Lucinda, Cali and Streeter in their later years.

Further down the road, I will bridge these trilogies into the Unreality Saga. But for now...


The Maze must end where there is no beginning.

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Fans of Neuromancer, Inception, and the Matrix... the mind-bending conclusion of the Maze.

A name was tattooed on his finger.

Marcus woke in a cell. No memory of how he got there or what his name was. Just a tattoo. There were others like him. They called this place unreality. They told him this was where someone was hiding him.

Clues lead him on a journey in search of who he is, who he was, and why someone did this to him. Each time he finds someone connected to a mysterious symbol, something inconceivable happens. Something even the people who live in unreality can't explain.

Micah and the investors built the Maze, a massive alternate reality that feeds on the players who enter. But now someone is pursuing them. One by one, the investors begin to vanish.

When clues are left behind, Micah suspects who it is that’s taking them. It’s someone from a game played long ago and a promise she made. He believes she wants to avenge all those responsible for what they did to her. And her son. But she wants something much more than to destroy the Maze. He must stop her before all hope is lost. He thought she was dead. But he was wrong.

She was only waiting.


REVIEWS FOR THE MAZE
  • “I’m going to have to read every other book and short story he has written.”
  • “Very well written and the characters are amazing. It will make question your reality.”
  • “…masterfully brings together at the end”
  • “This book is one craziness of a ride.”
  • “Best book ever!”
  • “Well worth reading, difficult to put down.”
  • “If you’ve not yet read any of Bertauski’s books, this is a superb one to start with!”
  • “This book is brilliant!”
  • “Bertauski has done it again!! I’m afraid to watch video games or use virtual reality now.”

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

The End of the Maze

Book 3 in the Maze trilogy is coming into focus.

Once I attempted to keep a journal on the path to a finished story. It's not a straight shot. Some stories are curvier than others. Book 3 of the Maze was like going to New Zealand to the Arctic by way of Ireland just to arrive at San Francisco.

I think I'm in Ireland.

I got 50,000 words into the rough draft. That's when it fell apart. Sort of. Other elements were popping up like bubbles in a thick stew. The kettle was getting hot. I put the story down for about a month and let it simmer.

Oh man.

I'd always envisioned all of my trilogies tying together someway. There's been plenty of crossover between Foreverland and Halfskin, elements that showed up in the Maze. This final book will finish the bow. It will bring together where those worlds started and how and why they link. Characters from the previous trilogies make an appearance.

The Maze will be the final chapter. (I think. Who knows. It's sort of like a band's final tour who end up on the road a year later.)

When I'm done, I'll be boxing Foreverland, Halfskin and Maze into a humungo arc called The Unreality Saga. There are Easter eggs from Socket Greeny, Drayton and, yes, even Claus.

The interesting thing about book 3 is that I didn't see it coming. In fact, after I finished book 2, The Hunt for Freddy Bills, I was a little concerned I was going too far in an unrelated direction. Yes, it had elements of the Maze, but it didn't feel cohesive. But book 3 is bringing it full circle.

Full circle. Hint.

Book 1 and 2 will be integral leading up to book 3. I'm still feeling my way through the Maze, but I feel the light. So here's a quick synopsis.

Micah and Dova return as main characters. Freddy Bills's duplicate, Marcus, too. (Remember Marcus in Halfskin?) The investors of Foreverland make a return. Harold Ballard, Danny, Cyn, Reed and Lucinda from Foreverland make guest appearances as does Nix, Raine, Paul and Cali from Halfskin. The inception of the Maze is resolved. Who are the investors? Why did they start the Maze? What were they hoping to get from Grey and Sunny Grimm?

More importantly, where is Sunny now? Her grand scheme is about to come full circle. Sometime this summer, the snake will eat its tail.




















Monday, November 4, 2019

The Claus Universe continues...

https://bertauski.com/claus

If you want to play, and stay out all day,
I know the place where we can do it.

 Toyland: The Legacy of Wallace Noel