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Steampunk Unlimited 2016

As always, Steampunk Unlimited was a blast!

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Haven’t heard of the yearly steampunk event at the Strasburg Railroad? This was the fourth year and as always, a huge crowd came out!

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If you haven’t been and Lancaster County isn’t too much of a journey, I highly recommend the trek. While I was behind my vending booth the entire time, I could hear the panels going on in the room and the entertainment tent was hopping the entire time. What I love the most about these events though are the people. Everyone is so friendly and willing to chat! They’re from all different walks of life, all different ages, and it’s rare to find a community as wildly accepting as the steampunk one. Of course, I’d be remiss to not mention the amazing friends we’ve made there, ones who even seeing once a year still warm my soul.

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My heart is aglow from all the wonderful folks I chatted with, and I especially want to shout out to those who took a chance on my books for the first time, or for the wonderful individuals who stopped by to simply share how much they enjoyed An Airship Named Desire and A Tale of Two Airships. To an author, those kind words mean the world to me. I store them away in my cherished box of happy memories for those days when the rejections are heavy hitting, sales are low, and things look bleak.

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So all in all, I left Steampunk Unlimited feeling uplifted, and I have the wonderful community to thank for that!

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A Tale o Two Airships Release!

Fans of An Airship Named Desire have been waiting 4 whole years for this shit! TODAY AT LONG LAST, THE SEQUEL IS OUT! Book two of Take to the Skies, A Tale of Two Airships! Plus, if you want the whole picture, check out Stolen Petals, the inbetween steampunk romance!

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Bea and the crew of the Desire are back, and there’s one fierce storm brewing on the horizon. When Isabella’s old clan delivers a letter that sends their crewmate into a funk, Bea’s suspicious. However, when they’re intercepted by gypsies on the way to their meetup for the next smuggling job, her suspicions switch to pissed off. Yet none of that compares to the rage that ignites after Bea and their recon team return to the docks to find the Desire missing. Stolen. By those goddamn gypsies from Isabella’s old clan.

Which leaves Bea and her four crewmates stranded in Shantytown, home of redcoats who want them dead and Morlocks who want them deader. On top of that, she has no clue if her crew aboard the Desire is still alive. And once the Morlocks spot them in a bounty bar and put a price on their heads, if Bea doesn’t find a way to the skies and fast, they’re screwed six ways to sailing day with their home flying further and further out of reach.

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Updates in the Writing-Sphere

Here it is, folks, 2016. And like any year, I’ve got plans, grand plans. However, if you’re me, all of those plans get tangled up in your head way too fast, and then I write a thousand lists on a thousand scraps of paper. That doesn’t tell any of you jack though, so here’s what’s on the horizon for this year.

Audio Books:

Stolen Petals and An Airship Named Desire will be coming out in audio book format thanks to the talents of Sally Rouge! Both of these will be available for order before the end of the year!

Novels coming out:

Right now, the only guarantee is A Tale of Two Airships, the second book in the Take to the Skies series. It’s hella fun, and I can’t wait to share it with you all.

I’ll be trying my damndest on getting Scrying for Summer published, but of course that’ll all depend on how well Hunting for Spring does. If you want this sequel as badly as I do, please, please, please show your support for Hunting for Spring. Leave a review, buy a copy, tell your friends!

And then there’s the unfortunate news about Jupiter Gardens Press shutting down. On the sad side of things, it always sucks to see another press go. On the positive, I get my rights back on April 30th, and I’m hiring a cover artist to put a brand new cover on this thing for the re-release.

Currently Writing/Submitting:

Still trying to find a home for my dark fantasy novella, Reflections of Ice. To be fair, I’m also just still waiting on responses from submissions.

On the Iron Legacy front, I’m trying to find an agent, so cross your fingers and toes for me.

Apart from that, my plan is to finish writing Night Awakens and then launch into more Airship stuff. It might be another romance novella set in the same universe like Stolen Petals, or it might be the third book, that’ll depend on what I’m jiving with when the time comes. Either way, after that, of course I’ll begin working on the third book.

Questions, comments, suggestions? What’s everyone most excited for this year?

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Weekly Word Count #33

Getting ready to bunker down for “snowmaggedon” they’re calling it. At least for us East Coasters. Whether or not it actually happens is a coin toss, though I have to admit after all the hysteria I think it’d be rather hilarious to get a small smidge of snow. Either way, I’ll be spending that time writing!

Word Count: 5,891

What story I’m working on: Scrying for Summer, the sequel to Hunting for Spring. While I love Night Awakens, I’m taking a brief hiatus to pound out this sequel, because I’m just jiving with it right now.

What I’m editing/marketing: The Iron Legacy is in the final rounds of editing and the beginning of query writing. As for marketing, still riding the high of Hunting for Spring’s release last week!

Line of the week:

“If you’re grinning like that after catching a glimpse, there’s no way you could handle the whole she-bang, babe,” she sauntered past him, grabbing her pack and heading to the door.

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What’s on the Horizon for 2016?

As I slam the door in 2015’s face and offer a goodbye kiss, I’m already plotting for the new year.

Projects:

The Iron Legacy- this is the young adult project born out of 2015’s hardships. It’s got the Celt mythology that’s in my blood, and the passion and determination that beats in my heart. Also, a smokin’ hot thief.

Night Awakens- Snark City over here! Naz and Darren are a fiery couple just brimming with sexual tension. Plus, I get to explore new creature creation with the nightshades!

Take to the Skies #3- More of Bea and the crew? Well, 2015 convinced me to spend a little more time with them, and besides, they’re just too damn fun to quit.

Potential Projects:

Scrying for Summer- depending on how things go, I may do a follow-up to Hunting for Spring. More Philly fun with characters you’re already familiar with.

Take to the Skies Novella-similar to Stolen Petals, I’m tempted to do a novella with a certain captain of a certain ship from book two.

Releases:

Hunting for Spring- Kicking off the new year right with a big release for a story that I absolutely love! Plus, if this does well, I might just be inspired to do a sequel.

A Tale of Two Airships- currently in the hands of the most trusted of beta-readers, this will be edited and released by the end of the year.

TBA- I’m shopping a few projects right now, so who knows!

Events:

On the event front, I’m already booked in for quite a few. Folks can catch up with me at Wicked Faire, Steampunk World’s Fair, Fan Focus Events, Steampunk Unlimited, and perhaps a new steampunk event in Delaware come June!

I’ll be toting along the new copy of An Airship Named Desire, as well as Curiouser, but even cooler, I’ve figured a way to sell e-books directly at the event, so if there’s a book you’d like of mine, come chat! I promise I won’t sing too loud…

On an even cooler note, I’m going to be running Murder on the Airship Desire, a murder mystery tea party at Fan Focus!! Needless to say, I’m thrilled.

And on a more personal front, the theme of this year for me is ORGANIZE. I really want to get my life organized, and while this past year was a start with setting a writing schedule for myself, I’d like to expand that to different facets, and really maximize my writing time, while balancing social time, family, and health. Lofty task, sure, but I planted the seeds this year! Just need to help them flourish 😀

What are everyone else’s plans for the new year?

 

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Music Mondays- An Airship Named Desire

Well, we’ve got music to brighten up your Monday, and this time it’s of the steampunk variety! Let’s dip into my playlist for An Airship Named Desire and see what gems we uncover!

So what songs did I listen to?

Airship Pirate by Abney Park

Come on now, I’ll kick it off with the obvious. Anyone with half a brain could expect this one on the playlist. Even though it’s not shocking, the song’s worth a listen. I love the whirring in the beginning and the way it ramps up into the chorus. It’s got that trademark Abney Park sound, and epitomizes the steampunk movement for me–probably why my own contribution is of the airship pirate variety.

Iron Rose by Clockwork Dolls

The compositions this band did for their Dramatis Personae album are phenomenal and quite worth listening to. This song in particular gets a mention due to the frequency with which I played it during the writing of the final battle. What better to put you in the mood for the crescendo of your story than a song with such rises and swells as this one?

Captain Morgan’s Revenge by Alestorm

Of course I’m tackling regular pirate songs. It’s only proper. Alestorm, with their Scottish brogue that sounds all to reminiscent of piratey ‘arrghs’ fits the bill perfectly. I loved this song as it had a storytelling all on its own, and the fact that it was longer meant that I didn’t have to repeat quite as frequently.

She by Abney Park

I may have listened to a lot of Abney Park melodies while writing Airship, but this one strikes near and dear to me. It involved writing one of the most difficult scenes I’ve ever tackled, and I listened to it on repeat for most of a day to put myself in that dark of a place. The song has heartbreak, sadness, and longing, wrapped into one neat melody, and it really helped take me there.

Pirate Song by Alestorm

While this song is about the sea version of pirates, the spirit remains the same, and by gods what a spirit it is. If this song doesn’t make you want to take to the seas (or skies in my case), then the pirating spirit just might not be with you. It’s got the cadence of a shanty with a glorious refrain that you can just imagine sitting around a bar and caterwauling at the top of your lungs. (I may have.)

An Airship Named Desire

Airships, sky-pirates, smugglers, and soldiers…An Airship Named Desire will take you for a thrilling ride.

Ever since their last botched smuggling job, First Mate Bea and the crew of her airship can barely afford fuel, let alone a barrel of grog. So when a gentleman from Old Germany offers them a fortune to steal a locked box from a British merchant airship, they jump on the opportunity. However, their employer forgot to mention the box’s military escort and the Morlock mercenaries who would slit throats to get their hands on it. Oh, and if made public, the contents could engulf Europe in another devastating war.

Stealing the box was the easy part. Now, with a target on their back and some of the toughest characters in the skies after them, if the crew of the Desire doesn’t polish their pistols and prepare for a hell of a fight, they’ll end up worse than grounded. After all, everyone from the Brits to the Morlocks will kill for the contents of that box, and no one survives an airship crash.

As for new projects on the horizon, as promised, I’m writing the sequel to this book. A Tale of Two Airships is set to arrive next year, and it’ll be quite a riveting journey.

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Weekly Word Count #28

Merry merry! This month is always a whirlwind, but I’m attempting to do my best and still push out my words! I have to make sure there are new stories for you all!

Word Count: 0…yeah, that’s right. You heard me. But trust me, there’s good reason.

What story I’m working on: Well, when I’m done with the editing marketing spree this month has been, I’m back on Night Awakens. However, I’d made some promises to my readers, and so this story needs a temporary halt while I focus on the big stuff right now.

What I’m editing/marketing: An Airship Named Desire will re-release by the end of the year. It’s what I’ve been working diligently on all week. AND, Hunting for Spring marketing is plugging along full steam ahead. I’m so excited for this story.

Line of the week:

“Of course not. I’m leveling an aether bomb’s worth of fun. How do you feel about enemy pursuit? The captain mentioned the words port and fast so he sent me down to help. You point, I grunt, go push button.”

from An Airship Named Desire!

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Weekly Word Count #17

Made it through Pope-ageddon in Philly, but that didn’t deter me from writing anyway. (Though it did deter a lot of folks who work in the city) Onwards and upwards!

Word Count: 3, 012 (slow progress on A Tale of Two Airships because my Hunting for Spring edits came in! Deadlines, yo)

What story I’m working on: A Tale of Two Airships (that’s right, bitches. We have a title now!) Also working on my column for BTSemag, as I’m their YA columnist now!

What I’m editing/marketing: Editing the revamp of An Airship Named Desire, and, I got edits in for Hunting for Spring, so I plowed through them earlier in the week.