Debuts 11/27/18 (the day after my birthday!)
Available in store or the Scholastic Book Fair!
I’ll be at NYCC!
That’s right, I’ll be chatting away on a panel at New York Comic Con. More details soon!
Magic is Risen
When magic returned to the world, it could have saved humanity. But greed and thirst for power instead caused mankind’s downfall. Now, once-human monsters called Howls prowl abandoned streets, their hunger guided by corrupt necromancers and the all-powerful Kin. Only Hunters have the power to fight back in the unending war, using the same magic that ended civilization in the first place.
They are losing.
Tenn is a Hunter, resigned to fight even though hope is nearly lost. When he is singled out by a seductive Kin named Tomás and the enigmatic Hunter Jarrett, Tenn realizes he’s become a pawn in a bigger game. One that could turn the tides of war. But if his mutinous magic and wayward heart get in the way, his power might not be used in favor of mankind.
If Tenn fails to play his part, it could cost him his friends, his life…and the entire world.
A Short Runebinder Sequel
Tenn is restless after his victory against the Kin, and wants nothing more than to get back on the road and carry out his ongoing missive. But his comrades need to recover. Armies need to gather.
And, most importantly, Tenn’s birthday must be celebrated.
For those who wanted a little more queer romance, this digital extended ending of RUNEBINDER is for you.
Magic is sin
Aidan desires only one thing: to rule. Arrogant, headstrong and driven by the element of Fire, he will stop at nothing to bring the evil Howls that destroyed Scotland to their knees. But Fire is a treacherous element, and the very magic that brought him to power could burn his world to ash.
Especially with the blood of his fellow Hunters on his hands.
Driven by a bloodlust he can’t control and dark whispers that may not be entirely in his head, he and his magic-eschewing friend Kianna will do whatever it takes to liberate their broken world. Even at the risk of confronting the Church. Even at the risk of losing his humanity.
But power isn’t the only thing on Aidan’s mind. He’s falling for the intoxicating Tomas, an Incubus who offers everything Aidan desires. For a price.
And if that price burns the world down, well…Aidan is used to playing with Fire.
[Coming Nov 2018]
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American Gods meets The Secret History in this suspenseful start to a brand-new fantasy series about a girl named Kaira Winters, the murders that keep happening at her artsy boarding school, and the lengths she must go to in order to protect the people she loves.
Filled with murder, mystery, and a little bit of magic, this fresh genre-bending novel is a thrilling page-turner you won’t be able to put down.
After the unspeakable events that Chris has witnessed, his view of reality is forever broken. Kaira is sick from supernatural forces. The voices he forced away have grown louder, more violent. And when the god slowly taking over his mind promises a future of bloodshed–all at Chris’s hand–Chris knows he must do whatever it takes to keep his friends safe. Even at the cost of his own life.
But when the gods of the underworld are involved, even death is just the start of a different, darker adventure…
The exciting spinoff series to The Immortal Circus!
The Pale Queen Bk1
As royal assassin for the Faerie Queen, Claire is used to moving between the mortal world and the Winter Kingdom. When the queen commands her to kill, Claire does the job and doesn’t ask questions. Her deadly skills and loyalty are soon tested when Claire is sent to the Immortal Circus. It is one of the many places where “Dream” is harvested from the imaginings of mortals, and someone is causing it to mysteriously disappear. Claire’s job is to find the culprit before the Winter Kingdom’s supply of Dream is depleted enough to threaten the very survival of the Fey.
But when she meets Roxie, a beautiful mortal singer with a strange link to the Dream thieves, Claire quickly recognizes an odd and unexplained connection that may cloud her judgment. As each new clue unveils another secret, Claire finds herself confronting the riddle of her own buried past—and a dangerous illusion that, as part of the Immortal Circus, is just another act in the show.
The Pale Queen Bk 2
Though trained as a ruthless and efficient killer, Claire barely survived her last assignment. Still reeling from the summoning of the deadly Pale Queen and Roxie’s betrayal, she’s unprepared for Queen Mab’s next demand: to help uncover a new threat to the kingdom, Claire must hunt down the mortal mother she’s never known.
But Claire’s divided loyalties may be the least of her worries: her mother, the former star of the Immortal Circus, has other enemies—including the Summer King. To save the Winter Kingdom from the Pale Queen’s dark designs, Claire must attempt to awaken her mother’s hidden magic. But even if she succeeds, is there magic potent enough to protect her from the dangers lurking in the treacherous forests of the Wildness—or from the shadows in her own heart?
The Pale Queen Bk3
The Summer Kingdom has fallen to the Pale Queen, and it’s Claire’s fault. The Winter Kingdom faces destruction, and it’s her fault. Her mother is dead. Everything is her fault.
Once the designated assassin for Queen Mab, Claire is now nothing more than a humiliated mortal haunted by her own failures. Abandoned by her former allies and stripped of her magic, Claire is banished to the Immortal Circus.
In place of this once-vibrant show now stands an empty husk. Performers who should be tethered to it for eternity are leaving, negating Winter’s last hold on the Dream. Someone is targeting Winter’s power by weakening its contracts—even Claire’s own. And it’s not hard to guess who’s behind it.
Power or no power, contract or no contract, Claire has an obligation to uphold. And with the fate of the worlds hanging in the balance, she takes on the hit she knows will be her last: the Pale Queen.
Enter the provocative and deadly world of the Cirque des Immortels and discover why the series has become an international bestseller.
Under this big top, nothing and no one is as it seems. And in this show, you truly can run away forever.
If you live that long…
Cirque des Immortels Bk 1
Murdered contortionists aren’t exactly what Vivienne signed up for when she ran away to join the circus. But like most things under the big top, nothing is what it seems. With a past she can’t quite remember, Vivienne finds that running away forever might not be as appealing as it once sounded—especially not when she realizes the devilishly attractive ringleader Mab is the Faerie Queen of legend…and that she and the rest of the troupe are locked in an age-old rivalry between the otherworldly Courts.
Aided by her friends Kingston—a feisty stage magician whose magic is quickly stealing her heart—and his smart-ass assistant Melody, Vivienne finds herself racing against the clock to discover the culprit behind a series of deaths that should be impossible. However, the answer she seeks might reveal more about her own bloody past—and future—than she bargains for.
The show’s just beginning. Step right up….
Cirque des Immortels Bk 2
Vivienne is almost content with her new life in the Cirque des Immortels. She has moved up from selling cotton candy to telling fortunes, she has a gorgeous, magical boyfriend, Kingston…and no one has been murdered since the clash between the otherworldly Courts. Her life under the faerie big top would be perfect, in fact, if not for the nightmares and visions that compel her to seek and confront her half-remembered past. But for Viv, not knowing her past may well be a blessing. There’s a reason she ran away. But can she truly escape herself?
The second act of the fantastically evocative Cirque des Immortels series, The Immortal Circus: Act Two draws readers further into a world that’s at once wonderful, seductive…and deadly.
Cirque des Immortels Bk 3
The riveting final book in the seductively magical Cirque des Immortels trilogy!
Despite Vivienne’s broken heart and deadly truths, the show must go on at the Cirque des Immortels. But it takes more than glamour and sex appeal to keep the Big Top running; without the magic and support Viv came to rely on, the circus is in danger. Now the troupe verges on rebellion, the war between Mab and Oberon rages on, and a horrifying menace looms—with Vivienne stuck in the middle of it all.
When Mab’s manipulations put others at risk, Viv has to decide where her heart lies. Everything depends on her choices. How can she know her true desires? And will she have what it takes to fight the demons she must face?
New possibilities and old passions collide in this ravishing grand finale to the trilogy.
Scholastic, August 28, ’18 : Written as K.R. Alexander
Josie always liked visiting her grandmother’s house. But when she’s forced to move there, she starts to feel like something is a little . . . off. Her grandmother has some very strange rules:
1. Never leave your windows open after dark.
2. No dolls in the house.
3. Never, ever go by the house in the woods.
A little spooked, Josie is relieved to find that her school seems pretty normal. She even manages to make friends with a popular girl named Vanessa. When Vanessa invites Josie back to her house to hang out, Josie doesn’t question it. Not even when Vanessa takes her into the woods and down an old dirt road, toward the very house her grandmother had warned her about . . .
The house that has been calling for her.
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LOVE IS IN THE AIR
Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Hayes has always wanted to perform on the flying trapeze. To soar above the audience, to sparkle under the spotlights…nothing could be better. And when the very performers she idolizes announce they are going to be holding a week-long camp near her home town, her dreams are finally in reach.
When she arrives for her first day and gets a good look at the people attending, Jennifer realizes she is way out of her league. She’s never done ballet, gymnastics, or any kind of high-balance performance art before. Just as she thinks things can’t get any worse, Jennifer realizes she has a gigantic fear of heights. Not only is she scared of falling flat on her face, but after one glimpse of Branden—the best trapeze student at the camp—Jennifer’s worried that she’s falling for him…and she’s falling hard!
But she’s not the only one crushing on beautiful Branden. Soon Jennifer understands that she’s competing for both the trapeze and for Branden’s attention. Now, if she could only get over her fear of heights—and her fear of a broken heart.
In the middle of life, we are in death.
In the snow-torn city of Sovelka, oil is the last resource keeping its inhabitants alive. But the oil comes with a price, and the demons raised from drilling deeper have brought the world to its knees.
It is up to a mute exorcist to fend off the evil that bleeds her town.
If she can face the shadows of her own broken past.
“Psychopomps are born, not made.”
Eleven-year-old Edgar Wight was born into a formidable family of psychopomps—those who lead souls to the afterlife, or the “Other.” In a world wracked by a cureless plague, their skills help keep the balance between life and death. The only problem is, Edgar is the first in his line born without the ability—and his father has recently contracted the agonizing disease. With the day fast approaching when the rest of the family will escort Mr. Wight to the other side, Edgar fears he won’t be able to participate. Then the guardian of the Other appears and catapults Edgar into a mystical realm that is eerily familiar yet utterly unknown. There, Edgar is faced with a choice: Will he follow his family’s path or realize what he once considered a downfall is really a gift?
Since this is my personal site, I figure I should give a slightly more personal bio. For my ‘official’ (ish) bio, click HERE.
First off: my name. Because I realize it doesn’t sound at all like it’s spelled. Kahler rhymes with Taylor. And my first name is Alex. 😉
I was born in a tiny town on the eastern edge of Iowa on Nov 26, 1986 (I appreciate fine dark chocolates and whisky, in case it’s that time of year). No, I didn’t grow corn and no, you probably haven’t heard of the place. We didn’t even have a coffee shop (though apparently we now have Starbucks! Moving up!). I got out of there at age 16 by sending myself to boarding school. I know what you’re thinking, but this was artsy boarding school. Interlochen Arts Academy, to be exact. I majored in creative writing my junior and senior years of high school.
Because of my innate oh-look-shiny nature, I bounced around colleges after that, finally getting my degree from Bennington College in ’10. I didn’t study writing in college. Instead I did literature and visual arts and anthropology–because I think I just wanted to be unemployable forever. During this time I spent a little over a year living, working, and studying in Scotland. Namely Glasgow. I also did some work with various circus groups, specializing in aerial fabric. Because why not?
After graduating from Bennington I moved to a town in western Massachusetts and opened an art studio. It flopped. So I did what I always do: picked up and moved on. This time to get my Masters in Creative Writing from Glasgow University. (Again: I wanted to be unemployable.)
After, I moved to Seattle for the rain and the coffee. Although I’ve bounced around a bit between then and now, I once more call the PNW home.
As a gay man, I’m strongly dedicated to positive queer representation in literature, especially for young adults.
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