Today is launch day for the steampunk fairy tale collection I'm part of and I'm very happy to announce that it's free on Smashwords and will soon be free on Amazon too. If, in the meantime, you wanted to buy one at Amazon it's 99c :)
Here's 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.
And starting tomorrow for Oz and on the 28th for the US, there's a launch event on Facebook where you can win prizes from each of the authors. Check it out and let us know what you think!
One of my future projects that I've been outlining on and off for a while is something where a scarecrow plays a pivotal role in a story.
At this stage it's called Fallow-Man and I'm planning to set it in the US, which means a lot of research but I'm excited. Once I actually get time to return to it, I'll be sharing some more details but for now I'll just leave some wiki-listed trivia I've found interesting :D
Just a quick note to say that Book 2 of my 'Never' series of novellas/novels is on track for a May release so stay tuned for chapter 1 appearing here soon and a cover reveal too :)
Proud to share some news about an project I'm part of and which is going live in about ten days, Steampunk Fairy Tales!
A group of ace writers I know at one of my writing groups (Scrib) have put together a fairy-tale-inspired collection of Steampunk short stories. We've each selected a fairy or folk tale and re-imagined it for a steampunk setting.
Mine is called The Yellow Butterfly but I don't want to give away which tale it incorporates, so all I'll say is that it's set in an alternative Edo-period Japan :)
Check out the awesome cover below (courtesy of Indigo Forest Designs, who also created my Crossings cover)
As soon as it's live at the various retailers I'll make another post - we're hoping to have the collection free at one point in the future, so I'll certainly mention that too!
In the meantime, you can check out the other writers below :)
Leslie & David T. Allen
Pretty thrilled to have The Lost Mask nominated for an award (and the first nomination I've had for any of my writing over the years :D)!
The Planetary Awards are for Science Fiction and Fantasy writing and have three categories for 2015, Best Novella/Short Story, Self-Subbed/Small Press Best Novel and Trad-Pubbed Best Novel.
Voting is by book bloggers and to vote, all you have to do is post in the comments and establish your blogging history by mentioning a few reviews you've done.
If you're able to vote for me, that would be brilliant! Otherwise, check out the other nominations right here.
Big thanks for Space and Sorcery for nominating me too!
Insanitek‘s book club are running a cool giveaway where you can win a print copy of both the City of Masks and my latest poetry collection, Old Stone & Between Giants !
All you have to do to enter is spread the word a little –
jump over here and take a look :)
You can also read an interview I did with Grace from Insanitek, which was one of the most enjoyable interviews I’ve done; we covered a lot of ground from Italy, tourism, poetry and fiction!
(I’m a bit behind in mentioning this – the comp has been open for a while but closes in 10 days!)
Lately I've been having a blast reading steampunk and while I'm not super-familiar with the genre; I'm enjoying it a lot and even have a piece of short fiction forthcoming in the style.
But today I wanted to share a book I recently read and loved - The Cogsmith's Daughter by Kate M Colby. I'd like to put a real review up soon but I'm flat out at the moment; so in short, great characters, great writing and a fascinating desert-like world (with a land-locked luxury cruise ship as a palace!). Ace tension throughout too, I was really pulled along as I read and am awfully keen to see what happens in book 2 :)
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Ashley Capes is an Australian writer of fiction, poetry and very occasional non-fiction.
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