Christopher Ruz

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“Tension. Desperation. Guilt. Second chances.What Christopher Ruz has done with Century of Sand is genuinely brilliant.”

– Tom F, Amazon Reviewer
“It’s like if Michael Bay directed Pride and Prejudice. Agent 806 is a bulletproof Kevlar bodice ripper!”

– Fred, Amazon Reviewer
“In The Eighteen Revenges of Doctor Milan, Ruz utilizes his signature dark, excellent quality writing to deliver a sharp science fiction adventure.”

– Will Weisser, Metanautics

Christopher 'Ruz' Hayes-Kossmann

I’m Christopher Ruz, Australian author. I tell lies for money.

I’m a full-time author/publisher working under two pseudonyms. Christopher Ruz is where I publish my serious science fiction and fantasy work, such as my ongoing epic fantasy trilogy Century of Sand and my recent science fiction novella The Eighteen Revenges of Doctor Milan. Meanwhile, I publish pulp spy novellas under the name D. D. Marks, including my most popular omnibus, Agent 806.

  1. Snowblind: Olesia Anderson #6

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    Knife-fights and speedboat chases in Venice nearly killed her, but Olesia Anderson never stays out of the game for long. She’s got a clean bill of health and a ticket to Calgary, where Blackrock need her to pull an intimidation job. Deliver some papers, look threatening, and enjoy a white Canadian Christmas. Easy, right? If only. Olesia’s made a lot of enemies over the years, and if she’s not careful she’ll find herself caught in a situation beyond her control…...
  2. One year, three novels… almost?

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    It’s the 31st of December 2014, and I’ve sorta hit my goals. Earlier this year I aimed to self-publish three novels – Century of Sand 2, Rust 2, and Olesia Anderson #7. Now, with six hours left in the year, I managed to self-pub two of those books and complete a draft of the third (Olesia #7, for anyone wondering). I wish I could’ve gotten all three books totally done, but life got in the way. Beginning my Masters in...
  3. Sea Serpents and Gunslingers: chatting with S.A. Hunt.

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    A couple years back, S.A. Hunt returned from Afghanistan, hung up his uniform and set to writing a fantasy epic that drew upon all the fiction he’d known and loved since a child, salted it lightly with his own experiences while deployed, and wrapped it in a metaphysical, mind-bending bow. The first self-published novel in his series, Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree, has been described as “visceral,” “enthralling,” and “effortless and incredibly natural,” by reviewers, and “snappy, sarcastic, and blood-soaked”...
  4. Century of Sand 2 has hit stores!

    It’s been a long time coming. Too long by far. Century of Sand 2: The Ragged Lord sees Richard, Ana and the Kabbah returning in the next stage of their desperate flight from the Magician and his stitched-together monstrosity, the Culling. They’re still seeking help from the demon Eluah, but their travels have awoken forces far worse than Richard could’ve believed when he first fled the kingdoms… The Ragged Lord is available right now for $5.99 on Kindle or in...
  5. Approaching the finish line

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    At the start of the year I made lofty, grandiose, CRAZY-ARSE promises about writing three novels by Christmas. Now, halfway through November, I can see the finish line. Rust: Season Two has been available in ebook and paperback formats for months. Century of Sand 2: The Ragged Lord is going through the final, final proofing stage (ie, spelling and awkward sentence check). Olesia Anderson 7, projected to be a 2-part release of around 60,000 words total, just passed 51k today....
  6. Rust, Century of Sand, funding and free junk

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    So many updates, not enough time. ONE: The complete RUST: SEASON TWO is now available on Amazon! No need for episodes – just grab the novel and dive into some seriously messed up horror. TWO: Century of Sand 2 is almost done. The final draft has been transcribed from all my redline notes, and all that’s left are a few quick additions and a proof read. I’ll be self-pubbing through all major ebook retailers for $5.99, but you can preorder...
  7. Rust: Season Two is hitting Amazon!

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    What sort of butthead finishes a novel but forgets to post about it on his own blog? This butthead, obviously. Rust: Season Two is finished and, as with Season One, being released as a weekly serial via Amazon, iBooks, Barnes&Noble and Kobo. The Amazon releases are landing every Friday, and the rest of the retailers… well, they’re taking a little longer to process, but they’ll catch up eventually. Rust: Season Two starts where Season One left off – with Kimberly...
  8. Breakaway (novel opening)

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    We burned the evidence in a gravel pit two miles outside town. I shivered in my bra and underwear as my clothes turned to ash and nylon sludge. The paper masks we’d worn as disguises flared as flames lapped across their curves. The orange hi-vis vests and BB guns became plastic puddles. Dad shovelled pebbles and dirt across the whole mess before we left. The sun was setting above the ridges to the west as we dressed in fresh clothes....
  9. On Aussie Privilege, and Self-Made Men

    You are not a self-made man. Yes, I know you started that business solo. Yes, I know you worked your way up from the bottom of the ladder. Yes, I know you put a lot of hard hours into getting your business degree. You’re still not a self-made man. I know this because I know you. You’re not a self-made man because you were born on the top rung. You’re white and male, which are both automatic bonus points. You...
  10. Update! Rust: Season Two is prepping for launch.

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    Both my blog and my newsletter have been quiet recently because I’ve been really, really busy. Like, busy. Italicised busy. When I’m not doing my teaching placement (6am-6pm, five days a week – the mother of unpaid internships), I’m studying and writing essays. When I’m not writing essays, I’m repairing the house. When I’m not repairing the house, I’m cleaning it, or cooking bulk-loads of bolognaise sauce. And when I’m not doing that, I’m writing for you. Eighteen months to...