Orren Merton started writing fantasy and science fiction at an embarrassingly young age, mostly for his own amusement. In 2001 he began to write and edit music software related articles, manuals, and books for magazines, music software and instrument creators, and corporations. His music technology articles have appeared in magazines and online in Electronic Musician, Computer Music UK, Music Tech Magazine, MIX, Cubase.net and Gearwire.com. His music articles and reviews have been published nationally and internationally, online and off in Dark Angel, OC Weekly, and The Scene LA. His Industrial rock group, Ember After, released their debut album, Grasping At Straws, in 2008, and his first novel was published two years later. He lives in Southern California with his family, pets, collection of sci-fi/fantasy memorabilia, and curiously large stuffed animal collection.
The Cult of the Watchers has beaten Alex at every turn, leaving her bloody and broken, but everyone depends on Firebird Alex to be their champion. There's no amount of torment she won't endure to succeed. She won't fail her friends and those she's sworn to protect. She won’t waste her second chance.