Welcome to the official website of Deborah J. Natelson, fantasy writer, editor, and CEO of Thinklings Books, LLC.

Immeasurable imagination. Unmitigated magic. Spectacular style.

The clockwork man is crafted, to begin with—commissioned by that terrible tyrant Time to serve as her slave for all eternity. His brain boasts balance wheels and torsion springs; he can wind himself up with a key in his side; and, most importantly, his gyroscopic tourbillon heart glimmers with pure diamond.

     He is a living being and he is art, and he refuses to remain a slave forever. He therefore slips through Time’s fingers as the Sands of Time slip through the cracks of reality (at least, when the time cats aren’t using them as a litter box).

     Among astounding adventures, despite harrowing hardships, and in between escaping interfering enchanters, the clockwork man seeks his imagination, his purpose, and his name.

The Land of the Purple Ring - Chapter 1.
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Surviving in Horror

A serial novel available through Kindle Vella

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Romance coerces strangers into "love"; Mystery pops out armchair detectives; Humor prat falls on banana peels. And then there's Horror.

 

Agent Lawrence has survived in Horror for 12 years, partly by letting her partners die. Now, she's been assigned ex-Romance agent Daisy Allen, who pretends to be sweet while she manipulates people's thoughts. Who refuses to die.

 

This is going to be one epic partnership. . . .

Read the first three episodes FREE on Amazon.

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Available in paperback and e-book . . .

SURVIVAL ISN'T ENOUGH.

MERCEDES HAS TO WIN.

My plan was to keep my head down, do my job, bring endless rounds of coffee to my genius boss. But see, I have this thing about bullies. Doesn’t matter who they are—evil fairies, ravenous demons, powerful traitors, or my own family. The moment they try to enslave my brothers, murder my king, and fold up my boss like a literal hand towel, they’re my enemies.

I don’t have magic. I don’t have power. I don’t even have much money. But as long as I have a brain and a will, there’s nothing I won’t do to save the people and the country I love.

So bring it on.

Read Chapter 1

Want more?  Check out the first two chapters of book 2 HERE.

Why I Write

You know that feeling when you've just finished a really spectacularly good book?  That sigh of utter contentment?  That warm fulfillment?  That joy?

I do, and I love it.  I feel so blessed for having been given that feeling so many times through such wonderful books, and that is the first reason I write: to bring joy as I have been brought joy.

There are many other reasons, of course.  I write because I love stories.  I write because I've always written, even before I could put down the words myself and had to have my mother transcribe.  I write to teach, to share, and to work through my ideas.

But most of all, I write to bring you joy.  And so I say to you as you pick up one of my books: Enjoy.

Author's Note: the book's first few pages of Bargaining Power have been trimmed down and modified since recording this, although nothing essential has changed.  Still, this video may be of historical interest until (if ever) I get around to recording an update.  You can find the real first chapter on Amazon or HERE.

“I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand a word you say, but I shall still be your affectionate Godfather, C. S. Lewis.”

C.S. Lewis in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe