Secret oaths administered
Welcome. This site is under construction, but stay tuned. If you've ever wondered how a novel gets written then you're in for an intimate, behind-closed-doors view of how I, at least, build a novel from the inside out and back to front. Now I'm obviously not going to be giving away any of the book's secrets--OK, well maybe a few--but I am going to take you through my design process, posting snapshots of the project along the way. So visit often and watch Secret Combinations develop before your very eyes. And in the meantime, you're welcome to see what the finished product can look like Cryptid is my debut novel and available online and in stores. Claim yours today! -Eric Penz
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Uncover the secret evidence of Sasquatch within Lewis and Clark's lost journals in Eric Penz's Cryptid, a cryptofiction award-winning novel.
The line between history and legend can be deceptively thin--too thin perhaps to maintain the claim that one is exclusively fact and one fiction. Such may be the case with the history of Lewis and Clark. For the fact is that two hundred years after they were handpicked by Thomas Jefferson to lead an extraordinary expedition to the Pacific coast legends still persist regarding unexplained gaps in the explorers' field journals.
Call it legend, call it history, Cryptid tells the riveting story of conspiracy theorists who have new evidence of a centuries-old cover-up. When a cryptozoologist, a paleontologist, and a descendant of Jefferson begin connecting the dots, they threaten to do more than unveil the well-guarded scientific discovery that lies at the heart of the ancient secret; they threaten to rewrite American history. That is if they can survive a conspiracy that dates back to the Founding Fathers--the very same that haunted Lewis to his grave. It may be that one of our nation's first secrets is still being kept.
Cryptid illustrates how the human act of seeking the truth can be the very element that destroys it. Two centuries in the making, Cryptid is the final chapter of the Lewis and Clark story. As with any good tale, the best secrets have been kept until the end.
"What a gas! Penz is a first-rate story weaver."
"A rollicking romp of an adventure novel. Hard to characterize, impossible to put down!"
Named to Loren Coleman's Top Cryptofiction Books of 2005 on Cryptomundo.com
I would like to thank Angela Stave and her monthly book club for choosing my book, Cryptid, as a recent book club selection. As a show of gratitude, I took three trivia questions to the meeting and came home with three winners to be named as characters in my upcoming trilogy: Angela Grace Stave, Kammi Solberg, and Laura Denise Cetina. Thank you ladies for a wonderful evening.
Also, a copy of Cryptid was recently donated to a local preschool charity auction along with the opportunity for the highest bidder to be named in my next book, Secret Combinations. The proud winner of that copy and the privilege to be the name sake for a new character that I get to create is Natalia Bynum. Thank you for your support, Natalia.
12,276 ft atop Mt. Adams, WA. A walk in the park compared to Mt. Rainier, lurking behind me on the horizon.