A Tale of Two Books

A two for one book review! Along with a discussion on what not to do in a paranormal romance.

 

On the update side, working on a new steampunk project and trying to still work out plot issues with VH. It’s always lovely when your villain can’t get his act together to bother the protagonists.

 

Anyway, struggles with writing leads to reading and I ended up with a few new books. I was initially going for Marshall Ryan Maresca’s new book The Holver Alley Gang, but the first bookstore I visited didn’t have it. But I ended up seeing this: God Save The Queen by Kate Locke. A long wait a few days later had me downloading Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews.

 

The last two basically became a study in opposites and are the focus of today’s review.

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Announcements, Announcements, Announcements

 

No, I couldn’t resist that video.

So, some big things going on.

 

First, the classical poetry magazine I read for, The Quarterday Review, recently released its latest issue for Lughnasadh. As usual, there’s a great selection of poetry to check out, so I hope you will. There’s also options to purchase copies of the magazine as well now!

 

Second, I was asked by Sarah Kedar of The Fable Online to help out more with that magazine in the capacity of Associate Editor, which I happily accepted. We just released Issue 18 today, and we’re also happy to introduce options for purchase as well if you enjoy.

 

Finally, the Steampunk Fairy Tales anthology has been doing so well that we’re about to release a second volume! We had a number of new authors join us, so we’re all looking forward to showing you some more great fairy tales to enjoy. I’ll be back with more information as we get closer to the release. If you haven’t checked out the first collection, now’s a great time to do so 🙂

 

And maybe I’ll actually post more often.

So….

I have mentioned that I’m horrid about blogging, right?

A lot of that is from never really knowing what to say. Ironic for a writer, yeah?

I do know what to say right now though. I’m back to work on the paranormal romance I thought I’d have to give up, thanks to help from Scribophile. So that’s going well. Also working on a new steampunk tale. We’ll see how that one turns out.

Think I’ll do a post soon that I planned to do a while ago about gaming. And I need to do some reviews of stories I’ve been reading or playing.

So plan for something fun on Friday!

Updates, updates, updates

Someday I’ll actually do this blog consistently. Lol.

So big thanks to everyone who’s downloaded Steampunk Fairy Tales! It’s been holding within the top ten of free books for the Anthology & Short Stories and Fairy Tales categories. It even broke into the top 500 for downloaded books at one point! So I hope you all have been enjoying the read.

And if you haven’t gotten it, please take a moment to! It’s free and has a wide variety of stories so there’s bound to be one right up your alley. And if you do get it and like, we’d love some more reviews.

Anyway, been trying to do some more writing. Current project hit a major stumbling block, so it’s being retired, unfortunately. All good things, right? So going to take a mental break before figuring out the next story. Maybe I’ll do some reviews I’ve been putting off in the meantime.

New Release: Steampunk Fairy Tales

We’re live with the anthology! I’ll let Angela Castillo, the project’s fearless leader, give you the info:

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Drum roll PLEASE!!! We are thrilled to announce you can now upload Steampunk Fairy Tales on Smashwords for any platform for free here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/625579,
and for 99 cents from Amazon Kindle, if you prefer that format: http://www.amazon.com/Steampunk-Fairy-Tales-L…/…/ref=sr_1_2…
Sorry about the price difference, we are still working on getting the Kindle book free but it may be a few weeks. But it’s worth 99 cents! We would absolutely love your opinion of our book, if you could please leave us an honest review it would be lovely. Hope you enjoy!

 

And the blurb:

A toyshop owner builds a set of magic clockwork dolls that delight a factory town. A three-inch tall samurai faces a giant iron ogre with only a sewing needle and a coin. A scientist seeks an antidote to his formula gone wrong, with the help of his partner’s beautiful daughter.

All of these stories and more are included in Steampunk Fairy Tales. Written by authors from three different continents, every enchanting tale combines the futuristic Victorian concept of steam and fashion with memorable stories, from the recognizable “Jack and the Beanstalk”, to other popular and unfamiliar works from Germany, France, Italy and Japan.

With steam driven gadgets such as mechanical goggles, hoverboards, and an orchestra of automatons. Steampunk Fairy Tales is a charming and unique collection of works for current lovers of the genre, and those just diving in. 

Saturday Music: The Doctor’s Wife

Today’s music selection is in celebration of the upcoming release of the Steampunk Fairy Tales anthology that I’m a part of! Please feel free to join us for Steampunk goodness and discussions as well as some giveaways by the authors involved.

 

For me, Steampunk is not just the trappings of the society (although I love the Victorian Era) but the idea of pushing science beyond human reckoning. This song definitely captures this idea and is definitely similar to one of the stories in our upcoming anthology!