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Ringing in the New Year with a New Version of An Airship Named Desire!

That’s right, folks.

An Airship Named Desire will be back on the shelves tomorrow, now labeled as book one of the Take to the Skies Chronicles. To celebrate, and to thank all of you lovely people who’ve taken the time to support that first book of mine, I’m running a free day tomorrow.

Add it on Goodreads, and don’t forget to check out Stolen Petals, which is book #1.5 of the Take to the Skies Chronicles, as well as A Tale of Two Airships, now listed on Goodreads:

Enjoy the gorgeous new cover, courtesy of Jillian Renee A!

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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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December 2015 Obsessions

Throughout December I unfortunately didn’t have much time to dwell on obsessions, which makes me a sad panda! On the flipside, my main obsession this month was An Airship Named Desire, and working on it ridiculously hard so that I could re-release it for all of you.

This was a story I felt deep in my bones and one that I connected with on so many levels despite the pulpy, fast-paced action of it all. The re-release features a brand new edit which polishes some previously rougher edges, and a gorgeous cover that showcases just how wonderful I believe this story to be.

All of this obsessive work led to this pre-order link: http://www.amazon.com/Airship-Named-Desire-Take-Skies-ebook/dp/B019L4308Y/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

And a return date of December 31st, 2015.

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