Autumn M. Birt

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Autumn (also known as Weifarer and Autumn Raven) is a travel and fiction writer currently based in Maine where she lives in a small cottage lost in the woods, which she built with her husband and with the supervision (and approval) of two Cairn terriers.
With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University in Studio Arts and English, Autumn once considered a career in illustration. However, an ecology course at Virginia Tech led to a Master of Science degree in Ecology and Environmental Sciences from the University of Maine in Orono. After graduation with her M.S., Autumn has worked for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. This was a great job that not only let her help the environment and protect local agriculture, but also gave her a paycheck big enough to support her writing habit until finally … at long last she is now a full time writer and on-line educator!

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A Year in a Yurt: An Adventurous Memoir of Off-Grid Living Full of Practical Advice
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 49,300. Language: American English. Published: June 27, 2016 by Autumn M. Birt. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Sustainable living, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Green living
Many people have asked why we did this. Why would my husband and I sell our home, car, ATV, snowmobile, furniture, why donate over 90% of our belongings and move into a yurt, in Maine no less? You might be surprised, because the reasons were really not all that unique: debt, unhappiness, and lack of fulfillment with where we found ourselves in life. What was unique was our solution.
Danger Peligros!
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 22,980. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2012 by Autumn M. Birt. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Specialties & interests, Nonfiction » Travel » Cruises
Explore the best moments, mischief, and mayhem from the adventure travel website No Map Nomads. Whether by boot, by (motor)bike, by boat, or by whatever it takes, Raven and Weifarer will take you along to experience trips from sublime to nearly disastrous. With serendipity tucked into the saddlebags along with some capricious Peligros, every turn leads to the unexpected.


Gates of Fire & Earth: Elemental Magic & Epic Fantasy Adventure
Series: Games of Fire, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 132,140. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Success will destroy elemental magic. Failure condemns this world and the next. Named Guardian of the Elemental Spheres, Lavinia seeks the lost gates to the spirit realm and their ancient guardians. But some of the guardians have left their duties and those that have stayed may prove as dangerous as her enemy, whose wrath threatens the world.
Friends of my Enemy: Military Dystopian Thriller Four Book Bundle
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 352,720. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
On and off the battlefield, control for Europe is key to world dominance in this riveting series of intrigue and war, love and obsession. What would you sacrifice for freedom? What would you do to control the destiny of the world? Includes all 4 books in the series!
Rise of the Fifth Order: Elemental Magic & Epic Fantasy Bundle
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 354,710. Language: American English. Published: September 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
One Priestess stands against the Church of Four Orders (Fire, Earth, Air, Water) to protect Ria, starting an epic fantasy adventure that leads four unlikely friends across the breadth of their world to seek answers hidden in the buried archives of the Temple of Dust. Secrets from an ancient war and discoveries of hidden power lead to a fight for survival that threaten to tear apart their world.
Spark of Defiance: Elemental Magic & Epic Fantasy Adventure
Series: Games of Fire, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 110,270. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Wandering to avoid memories of lost friends and past actions, Zhao reluctantly returns home to fulfill a promise to his sister. And to proclaim to the elders of his people that their treatment of Air Elementals is wrong. Quickly caught in events greater than he can handle alone, Zhao struggles to prevent a personal conflict from erupting into a larger battle. Welcome BACK to the world of Myrrah!
The Fight for Peace: Military Dystopian Thriller
Series: Friends of my Enemy, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 110,510. Language: American English. Published: February 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Tired of defense, the Guard looks for allies against the two FLF cities, while striking a strategic blow against their adversary – one great enough to force the FLF to discuss peace. If that can be believed. Even if genuine, the FLF’s peace offer leaves Europe’s new Prime Minister on edge. But caution isn’t enough to halt a tragic end to the peace talks when the real motivation is revealed.
The Battle for Europe: Military Dystopian Thriller
Series: Friends of my Enemy, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,400. Language: American English. Published: February 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
By refusing to step aside as the unsanctioned leader of the Guard, Arinna widens the rift between Europe’s military and MOTHER, leaving the Guard scrambling to find enough soldiers to protect the border. Control of Europe hinges on internal plots, but Europe’s powerful are not hatching the only conspiracies. The battlefield is quiet but the fighting has not ceased.
After the War: Military Dystopian Thriller
Series: Friends of my Enemy, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,490. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Known as the Lady Grey, her leadership won the apocalyptic war that ravaged Europe. But now in 2068 and three years into official peace, the alliance she's maintained with the seven ministers who rule Europe falters under the lack of an external threat. They want back the power she claimed to protect the continent even if she safeguards the borders from a threat that is hiding more than dead.
Stories from the War: Military Dystopian Thriller
Series: Friends of my Enemy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 75,570. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Begin the military dystopian series Friends of my Enemy. Arinna and Michael Prescot are just two of the many former soldiers sent to embassies in the hopes of strengthening faltering US alliances in 2055. But as the US becomes embroiled with new internal terrorism, its agents in Europe are offered intimidation, lies, and deceit rather than explanations. And the price of seeking answers is steep.
Spirit of Life: Elemental Magic & Epic Fantasy Adventure
Series: The Rise of the Fifth Order, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 127,130. Language: American English. Published: May 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » General
Ria has mastered her forbidden gift of magic despite the Church's pursuit. But for those who have protected her, the price will be paid in blood. War threatens those who have given her refuge. As High Priest Sinika gathers the might of the Church, friends in the forest of the Kith prepare to fight, while a few join Ria to take on a greater challenge - a race to avert the coming war.
Rule of Fire: Elemental Magic & Epic Fantasy Adventure
Series: The Rise of the Fifth Order, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 111,120. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Six friends stand alone against the combined Orders of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth, protecting a girl whose forbidden abilities have condemn her to death. Now they are joined by a man who was once the Curse, the Church's most powerful weapon and Ria's greatest threat. Left with no name and no memory, the decision to aid this stranger will cost friendships and more.
Born of Water: Elemental Magic & Epic Fantasy Adventure
Series: The Rise of the Fifth Order, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 112,950. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
In the buried archives of the Temple of Dust may lie the secret to defeating the Curse, a creature which seeks to destroy 16 year old Ria for the forbidden gifts she possesses. But it is from among the ranks of those who control the Curse where Ria will find her best chance of success. Only the Priestess Niri can save Ria from the forces that hunt her, if Niri doesn’t betray the girl first.
Born of Water Novel Companion
Series: The Rise of the Fifth Order, Background Information. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,790. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The epic fantasy novel Born of Water races across the world and cultures of Myrrah. Learn more about these intriguing and unique places in this Novel Companion. Details on the various races, cities, elemental abilities - including the forbidden gift of magic - as well as "Day Before" stories for the main characters are contained within the Companion.

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  • Bladesong on Oct. 18, 2013

    Bladesong is book 2 of the Troubadour series, of which book 1, Song at Dawn with its mix of historical romance, intrigue, and adventure completely captured my heart and imagination. Dragonetz and Estela were characters I could not forget. Overtime, my appreciation for Song at Dawn actually deepened as I remembered the brilliant characters and settings that author Jean Gill had so masterfully created from the fabric of history. So of course, I was very excited to pick up book 2! Bladesong begins soon after the end of Song at Dawn. Dragonetz has begun his journey to the Holy Land, returning a sacred Torah in an effort to restore his wealth and reputation. But Dragonetz has already been ensnared by politics and factions seeking the book. In fact, the story begins with Dragonetz caught in a trap I felt had no solution. Estela also is facing repercussions from her love of Dragonetz and the feisty though slightly naive woman who graced Song at Dawn is absent in the first few chapters. I really was worried about there Ms. Gill was taking book 2. BUT, the plot quickly unfolds with many twists. The trouble plaguing Dragonetz that I was certain was unescapable twines through the book until the final resolution in the last chapter. Estela emerges again with her hopes and wits, naive enough to be a pawn but true enough to herself and love to find her way forward, perhaps not unscathed which only deepens her. The ending is everything the romantic in me wanted yet leaves me longing for a final resolution hopefully coming in book 3? I found this book more solid in following the main plot of the sacred book, Dragonetz, and Estela compared to book 1, which had a few subplots revolving around secondary characters, such as some political maneuvering that only vaguely touched on Dragonetz and Estela. The plot is trim and engrossing. Ms. Gil's writing is beautiful, crafting a historic setting with enough detail to give you a feel for the time without overwhelming the characters. Could my only complaint be Dragonetz is just a little too well known and wanted? But that fits a knight troubadour and though his fame is great, his character is human with fitting flaws. This is an excellent book with a great story. If you love historical romance and adventure, you must pick up this series!
  • The Bow of Destiny on Feb. 13, 2016

    First off, let me say this book has one of the most absolutely gorgeous covers out there! I was drawn to the story because of the cover for sure, which I can’t always say (or always use to judge). And the blurb is really good too. I’m drawn into the challenges Athson faces and emotionally invested around the time I read “tragically orphaned as a child.” P.H. Solomon gets points for both of those right off the bat. I loved the fact that the main character in Bow of Destiny is basically suffering from PTSD. I crave a fantasy novel that delves into the impacts of a violent world (like most fantasy stories)! This was another aspect that caught my eye in the blurb and got me to buy the book. And it works. I can’t think of many fantasy books I’ve read where the main character needs to take medicine daily, and often, realistically, forgets to between all the events occurring and the very human tendency to ignore problems when you feel fine – even if the problems you are ignoring makes you see things that aren’t there. Or are. Maybe… Other things I liked: The premise is a different twist from other fantasy stories I’ve read. Here the main character is a human adopted into elvin society. This gives the elves, who are often portrayed as elitists in most fantasy, a warmth and acceptance, which was great. The setting and journey are also quite good. Not every day is sunny. There are problems on the road and setbacks. The rangers work as a team. There is a lot here that harkens to traditional fantasy of trolls, ogres, and dragons without falling into a cliched trap of knights and castles. This is a journey story and the travelers race at a fast pace with light gear and supplies. I always love a fresh take on traditions and this book offers that. Things I think needed work: This is P.H. Solomon’s debut novel and I think it shows a lot of promise for him as an author, but there are a few flaws. There is a lot of description of expressed emotions: sighs, bunching brows, etc without telling why. And sometimes I just didn’t know, and wanted to, why the character was feeling … something. But I wasn’t sure what. There were also a few chapters I completely lost track of and forgot about a character who was on the journey with Atheson. I really wish these sections had been more developed and that the friend was included. Otherwise, why bring him along? And considering the book’s ending, he is important. That is, I think, the biggest failing and it is a small one: there are opportunities when I could have become a lot more involved in either characters or the setting, but most were missed. Which resulted in a lackadaisical reaction when a twist or solution suddenly presented itself. This could have been big things, like a character on the journey being virtually invisible at times, and small, like using a bat whistle common to the cave system they were traveling through for days, but never having seen or mentioned any bats making the whistle feel forced rather than a natural part of the world. It is really for this reason that I’m giving Bow of Destiny 4 stars. It was really a fun read and holds lots of promise with its fresh take on traditional fantasy!