Today’s the day! If you don’t know what day that is, you need to drop and give me 50 with BA on your back in heels.

You KNOW what today is.

CHECKMATE is out NOW! If you preordered your copy, it’s probably already on your device and you’re probably already reading it and NOT seeing this email. If you ARE seeing this email, I’m assuming you didn’t take the day off or didn’t preorder and are opening this to get the link and start reading.

Please don’t tell me anything other than those reasons…I don’t think I could bear it.

The long-awaited finale is here though. I’ve seen many questions about it and the biggest one: “Why did this final book take so long to come together?” Well, Michael’s author note at the beginning of the book explains it all. Here it is in all its glory:

Author’s Note:
Checkmate is set all around the Kurtherian Gambit Universe and includes characters from many of the series’ that grew from the original story of Bethany Anne. You don’t need to have read all the books to enjoy this one. However, should you wish to discover the stories of the many characters you are about to meet or refresh your memories on some old favorites, this glossary is structured a little differently from the ones in previous Endgame books. You’ll find the character names with the series they appear in and (mostly) in timeline order.

The Kurtherian Gambit/Endgame—Michael Anderle
– Bethany Anne
– Michael Nacht
– Gödel
– Gabriel Nacht
– Alexis Nacht
– Stephen Nacht
– Izanami
– Gabrielle Nacht
– John Grimes
– Tabitha Nacht
– Trey
– K’aia
– Lance Reynolds
– Akio
– Xadia
– Farzai
– Tim Kinley
– Maxim Nikolayevich
– Peter Silvers
– Christina Lowell
– Anna Elizabeth Hauser
– BMW—Bobcat, Marcus, and William
– Rickie Escobar
– Frank and Barb Kurns
– Lerr’ek
– Barnabas Nacht
– Patricia Reynolds
– Achronyx
– Scott English
– Giselle Thomas
– Darryl Jackson
– Eric Escobar
– Shinigami
– Sabine
– Jean Dukes
– Cheryl Lynn Grimes
– Yelena
– Bodie
– Admiral Thomas
– Yuko
– Eve
– Natalia
– Franarth D’Tzaa
– General Opportunity in Chaos

Boris Chronicles—Paul C. Middleton, Michael Anderle
– Boris
– Lilith

Alpha Class – TS Paul, ND Roberts, Michael Anderle
– Tina Grimes
– Ron Diamantz
– Maxim Nikolayevich

The Empress’ Spy—SE Weir, Michael Anderle
– Phina Waters
– Link
– Sundancer
– Shade
– Stark
– Anna Elizabeth Hauser
– Will
– Maxim Nikolayevich

Terry Henry Walton Chronicles/Bad Company/Superdreadnought—Craig Martelle, Michael Anderle
– Terry Henry Walton
– Charumati
– Sarah Jennifer Walton
– Cory Walton
– Plato
– Jiya
– Doc
– Ankh
– The Singularity
– Timmons
– Ted
– Dokken
– Reynolds
– Tactical
– Helm
– XO
– Comms
– Navigation
– Kimber Walton
– Kaeden Walton
– Marcie Walton
– Kai Walton
– Ten
Akio Revelations—Charles Tilman, Michael Anderle
– Akio
– Horst
– Henry
– Abel
– Takumi
– Koda
– Kelly
– Dieter
– Tosha
– Gregov
– Sasha
The Ascension Myth/Deuces Wild—Elle Leigh Clarke, Michael Anderle
– Sean Royale
– Molly Bates
– Arlene
– Neechie
– Giles Kurns
– Bourne
– Oz
– Joel
– Maya
– Paige
– Nickie Grimes

Birth of Magic—ND Roberts, Michael Anderle

– Sarah Jennifer Walton
– Ezekiel
– Lilith
– Kain
– Brutus Timmons
– Linus
– Katia
– Dinny
– Reg
– Enora
– Jody Timmons
– Annie
– Magnus
– Galileo
– Olaf
– Mika
The Caitlin Chronicles—Daniel Willcocks, Michael Anderle
– Kain
The Kurtherian Endgame: Out of Time—ND Roberts, Michael Anderle
– Alexis Nacht
– Gabriel Nacht
– Trey
– K’aia
Rise of Magic—CM Raymond, LE Barbant, Michael Anderle
– Ezekiel
– Lilith
– Hannah
– Parker
– Sal
– Laughter-Brings-Meaning-to-Life (aka Laughter)
– Gregory
– Karl
– Laurel
– Julianne
– Irina Shutov
– Curtis
– Olaf
– Mika
Magic Below Paris—CM Simpson, Michael Anderle
– Marchant Leclerc
– Roeglin
– Henri
– Tok
– Aisha
A New Dawn—Amy Hopkins, Michael Anderle
– Julianne
– Hadley
Tales of the Feisty Druid—Candy Crum, Michael Anderle
– Arryn
Storms of Magic—PT Hylton, Michael Anderle
– Abbey
– Dustin
– Olaf
– Syd
– Benjamin

That is a whole shipload of characters.

Grab your copy, some snacks and some drinks. This is going to be a long read and I’m pretty sure some of you may even develop some feelings about it too.

Be sure to drop by the fan group (Kurtherian Gambit Group for Fans and Authors) to visit with fans and authors about this universe-shattering conclusion to the series! But do remember, no spoilers, or BA might come after you herself.

Checkmate e-book cover

The end is nigh for either humanity or the ascensionists. Who will be left to pick up the pieces?
Gödel has made her final move and the future of Irth hangs in the balance. How far is Bethany Anne willing to go to prevent Kurtherian victory?
If you don’t already know, then you haven’t been paying attention…
The Queen Bitch returns to the planet of her birth and gathers the heroes who rose up to defend Irth in her absence. Meanwhile, the Federation is under attack from all sides.
While Bethany Anne’s rage scorches the Irth, Lance gets to experience the unity he always dreamed of as the Federation factions unite. Long awaited family reunions must take place under the shadow of the final war.
Old faces and new come together to fight for what is theirs…
…and no one is immune from the consequences of war.