BLACK ICE BURNING (Oct ’16)
Claire lost it all
and in those ruins
she’ll find revenge.
ECHOES OF MEMORY (March ’17)
Chris hoped to save Kaira
but with gods in their veins
no future is safe.
American Gods meets The Secret History in this suspenseful start to a brand-new fantasy trilogy 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 until the very last page.
Book 2 — Coming March ’17
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.
Runebinder (book one — COMING DEC 2017)
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.
Please note: RUNEBINDER was initially released as THE HUNTED and will be re-released (and complete re-imagined [read: everything is different]) by HarlequinTeen!
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?
Commissioned works set within the entrancing realm of The Vampire Diaries, as part of Kindle Worlds.
A mysterious, handsome, altogether magical young man arrives in Mystic Falls, winning the attention of everyone … and, before long, the heart of Bonnie Bennett, the town’s most accomplished (and alluring) witch. But is his sudden appearance in Mystic Falls a coincidence, or is he after something more sinister? Bonnie knows how to look after herself and is ordinarily a shrewd judge of character. But she now finds herself oddly powerless and indecisive in the stranger’s presence. That’s what can happen when the heart keeps intercepting messages sent from the brain.
Stefan, the good vampire brother, returns home to Mystic Falls in a mesmerizing short story collection inspired by the best-selling young-adult series, The Vampire Diaries. Kinder and more tender-hearted than Damon, his malevolent older brother, well-intentioned Stefan returns home to help his true love, the series’ intrepid teenage heroine, Elena. Too soon, however, Stefan realizes he poses a threat to those he holds dear when he begins sleepwalking. Making matters more dangerous still, these nocturnal wanderings may include deadly midnight snacks. Bonnie is an apprentice witch who, in exploring her powers, is revisited by the ghosts of former lovers. Can the young sorceress learn how to properly employ the fire inside or will the spreading flames of Bonnie’s unkempt passion burn and destroy everyone she loves?
Elena’s no-nonsense best friend, Bonnie Bennett just wants to explore her powers – to learn more about being a nice, reasonable witch and making her grandmother proud. Bonnie’s intentions are noble, but her quest soon becomes more difficult and dangerous than she could have imagined when the angry ghosts of her family’s past come flooding back to haunt her. Bonnie, you see, comes from a long line of witches, not all of whom were as well intentioned as she. And it turns out the Bennett witches have made quite a history out of burning and betraying lovers and friends who dared enter their lives. Can Bonnie summon all that is good within and learn to handle the passionate, consuming fire inside? Or will her dark instincts rise boiling to the surface, scorching everyone who reaches out to love her?
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. 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.)
I landed my amazing agent Laurie McLean a week before leaving the country. A year later (yes, a year later. Publishing take time), we sold The Hunted. A month after that, we sold my graduate thesis project, The Immortal Circus. The rest is history in the making.
I’m strongly dedicated to positive queer representation in literature, especially for young adults (I’m gay, and found that area sorely lacking as a teen).
Currently, I’m playing nomad and traveling the world. Turns out there’s a lot out there, just beyond my laptop screen….
Email me : AlexRKahler @ gmail DOT com
For anything business-related, I am represented by the fabulous Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary.
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