Lost in a barren alternative world, July Davish has two options: Confront his hellish past or be trapped there forever
Battling his past, July always persevered by looking forward. An unhappy childhood, a litany of failed relationships, and even losing his job—none of it could stop him. But then the foreclosure notice arrives, and July is facing losing the one thing that keeps him grounded—his home.
With pain in his past and now in his future, July gives up and starts down the same road of self-destruction that the rest of his family had followed. It is only when he awakens in a hospital after a violent car accident that things change.
He starts to experience blackouts, which leave him in an alternate reality of empty desert and strange residents. It is a nightmarish world that somehow makes the real world seem that much better. Then he meets a woman that becomes a beacon of light, and his life starts to turn around.
But the blackouts continue, sending him to the alternate reality more often and for longer periods of time. Realizing that he may never escape, July asks the question he'd always been afraid to ask: How can he finally free himself? The answer is one he's not sure he can face.
Due to a varied work background, Liz Colter can boast a modest degree of knowledge about harnessing, hitching, and working draft horses, canoe expeditioning, and medicine. She's also worked as a rollerskating waitress and knows more about concrete than you might suspect. Liz is a Writers of the Future winner and her short stories, which have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, span a wide range of SF/F sub-genres. Her novels - written under the name L. D. Colter - explore the dark/weird/magic realism that currently dominates her own reading (think Neil Gaiman, Tim Powers, China Mieville, and Jeff VanderMeer), or the epic fantasy she grew up reading and loving. Armed with a lifelong love of fantasy and science fiction, Liz set out some years ago to create her own speculative worlds. A complete list of her published works can be found at her website: http://www.lizcolter.com/