Best of
Steampunk

2011

The Parasol Protectorate: Soulless, Blameless, and Changeless


Gail Carriger - 2011
    First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette. Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire -- and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?SOULLESS is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.Book 2: CHANGELESSAlexia Tarabotti, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears - leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. Even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can.She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.Book 3: BLAMELESSQuitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London's vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires -- and they're armed with pesto.

The Leviathan Trilogy


Scott Westerfeld - 2011
    All three books in Scott Westerfeld’s around-the-world, steampunk adventure trilogy, now collected together in one ebook bundle!LeviathanBehemothGoliath

Encrypted


Lindsay Buroker - 2011
    When enemy marines show up at her family’s plantation, she expects the worst. But they’re not there to kill her. They need her to decode mysterious runes, and they ask for help in the manner typical of a conquering empire: they kidnap her, threaten her family, and throw her in the brig of their fastest steamship. Her only ally is a fellow prisoner who charms her with a passion for academics as great as her own. Together, they must decipher mind-altering alchemical artifacts, deadly poison rockets, and malevolent technological constructs, all while dodging assassination attempts from a rival power determined the expedition should fail. As if the situation weren’t treacherous enough, this new “ally” may turn out to be the last person Tikaya should trust. Those runes cloak more than mysteries, however, and he’s the only one who can help her unravel them before their secrets destroy the world.

Ice Cracker II: And Other Stories


Lindsay Buroker - 2011
    He's the empire’s most notorious assassin. With bounties on their heads, they’re not likely candidates for heroics, but they're on a quest for redemption. Unfortunately, they'll have to pursue and conquer great threats to earn the emperor's recognition.Three short fantasy stories set in the author's "Emperor's Edge" universe.Ice Cracker II -- When wanted criminals Sicarius and Amaranthe unearth a plot against the military’s premier ice breaking ship, they may be the only ones who can thwart the saboteurs...if the soldiers don't kill them first.Through Fire Distilled -- An assignment to investigate a "haunted" distillery turns sour when mercenaries try to collect on Amaranthe's bounty.The Frozen Water Trade -- A mission to help an old friend results in a night trapped in a cabin with blizzards and underworld predators on the outside and vengeful relatives on the inside. Alas, it's bad form to kill the client's father.

Steampunk: Poe


Edgar Allan Poe - 2011
    Running Press Teens has selected some of the most popular, thrilling, and memorable stories and poems by the classic 19th century American writer whose literary talent continues to open the mind to countless interpretations.Every Poe story and poems is fully illustrated with steampunk-inspired art—from 1920s aviation gear to elaborate musical instruments—creating a fresh perspective on his work containing bizarre characters of madmen and mystery. Just in time for Halloween, Steampunk: Poe is the perfect classic horror choice with a haunting steampunk twist!

Empty Cradle: The Untimely Death of Corey Sanderson


Emmy Jackson - 2011
    A scavenger in a post-apocalyptic America where long-distance travel can be deadly to the few who attempt it, Ivy is a rare commodity--fertile woman untouched by the epidemic "Empty Cradle." When she's ambushed and nearly killed thanks to an offer of trust she shouldn't have extended, the villagers who save her demand a hefty price in return-a baby born of her womb. She may have tumbled out of the frying pan and into the fire. Corey Sanderson, a farmboy who's eager to escape his bleak rural existence at all costs, proves to be Ivy's salvation. She agrees to take him on a treacherous 2,300-mile trek through hostile terrain to deliver a mysterious piece of cargo. For the injured Ivy to complete this nearly impossible task, she's got to trust Corey, but his youthful enthusiasm makes him both an asset and a liability in a world of scarce supplies, determined bandits, equipment-stealing gleaners, and mutated, half-human "biters." The other passengers Ivy takes on-a traveling historian with a mysterious past, a cheerfully abrasive mercenary and her deer-shapeshifter companion-add their own unique complications. Though she's the driver and travel-master, Ivy quickly learns that getting her cargo to its destination isn't going to happen without their help.

Mistborn Adventure Game: Alloy of Law


Alex Flagg - 2011
    Alloy of Law also features a complete gazetteer to the lands introduced in the book, a rogue's gallery detailing the heroes and villains of the novel, advice for running Alloy of Law campaigns, and exclusive original fiction from Mistborn creator, Brandon Sanderson.

The Immersion Book of Steampunk


Gareth D. Jones - 2011
    You are cordially invited on a trip to reclaim those lost and forgotten steam driven futures. Join the Immersion Book of Steampunk for an expedition through a new age of glorious industry. Encounter suffragette air-pirates, the art deco terror of imperial skies, unwrap the bullet-proof magic of a cynical prince, or discover the dark ensorcelled secrets of evolutionary public engineering. Newton and Nostradamus shape these worlds together, and that insistent ticking of a double-escapement could signal the portal to a new life in Her Majesty's Off World Colonies or the countdown of an anarchist's time-travelling bomb.

The Art of Steampunk


Art Donovan - 2011
     A world in which steam power and technology intertwine to create machines that are not only functional and practical, but unique and striking.    Inside, you will find the fantastical and stunning artwork of Steampunk artists from around the world.  The 17 artists featured on these pages, among the frontrunners of the Steampunk genre, have had their work displayed at an exhibition at The Museum of History of Science at the University of Oxford, UK and have attracted the media attention of BoingBoing, one of the world’s largest blogs.  Their artwork consists of everything from clocks and watches to light fixtures and jewelry, but every piece demonstrates hours of painstaking work and devotion from its creator.  You will find that the artists themselves are just as unique and colorful as their masterpieces.  Fully embracing Steampunk ideology, many have adopted a Victorian alter ego—a mad scientist persona to match the complicated intricacies of their artwork.     The Art of Steampunk brings the vision of the Steampunk artist alive on the page, providing a unique insight into the captivating and dynamic world of a vastly underground genre.

Lady Mechanika Collected Edition


Joe Benítez - 2011
    Collected edition of issues #0 and #1 of the Lady Mechanika series,

Steampunk: The Art of Victorian Futurism


Jay Strongman - 2011
    Featured artists: Tom Banwell, Wayne Martin Belger, Greg Brotherton, Frank Buchwald, Chris Conte, Doktor A., Eric Freitas, Dr. Grordbort, Stéphane Halleux, Mike Libby, Pierre Matter, Kevin Mowrer, Kazuhiko Nakamura, James Ng, Sam Van Olffen, Nozomu Shibata, Haru Suekichi, Brian Poor, and Daniel Proulx.

By Any Other Name (The Sauder Diaries, #1)


Michel R. Vaillancourt - 2011
    Airships and clockwork mechanisms are the technology of the future, mad scientists and engine-driven dragons run rampant, and Russia stands tall as the supermenace overshadowing the world. Living amidst this vivid, turbulent clockwork world is Hans Sauder, a gentleman's son and German expat. While en route to University to study engineering, his airship is waylaid by the nefarious pirate ship The Bloody Rose. Confronted with a choice to either join the crew or be tossed overboard into the most volatile wilds of Europe, Hans reluctantly steps into the role of a pirate.As he is given the kind of education no university could have prepared him for, Hans finds himself at the center of a paradoxical world, where the Captain conducts piracy with a gentleman's keen business sense, the most lethal crew members are the women, and the dark underbelly of a "peaceful" Europe is exposed at every turn. As the story unfolds, Hans' new life is further complicated by the romantic advances of the leader of the ship's gunner-marines, a ruthless and no-nonsense woman with a chip on her shoulder. As well, Hans is perpetually dogged by a deep conflict between his sense of morals and duty to his family, and the challenges and adventure of this new life he has discovered.

The Hidden Institute


Brand Gamblin - 2011
    Cliffy is a child born on the streets of a Neo-Victorian world. Witnesses to a murder, he blackmails a nobleman, receiving a unique bribe. In exchange for his silence, the nobleman introduces him to the Malcolm Rutherford Holden Institute of Regentrification. There, Cliffy learns to walk, talk, and act like a nobleman, so that he may infiltrate high society. But that type of fraud is punishable by death, and when Cliffy uncovers a plot to assassinate a head of state, he's hunted by more than just the aristocracy. Royal intrigue, daring escapes, sub-dermal machines, and bear polo. A grand adventure in a not-so-distant world.

Traction City


Philip Reeve - 2011
    A rebellious young aviatrix and a scavenger boy are about to come face to face with a terrifying robotic Stalker. This double book for older readers was published for World Book Day 2011.

The Art of Epic Mickey


Austin Grossman - 2011
    It will be written by Epic Mickey co-writer Austin Grossman and will feature a forward by Game Director and New York Times contributor, Warren Spector. The book will journey through the beautifully dark and twisted world known as Cartoon Wasteland touching on the creative process behind developing this once-in-a-lifetime vision. It will include, sketches, concept art, final frames, and stills from the actual game, plus, never-before-used art with quotes from the team that envisioned this epic tale. The physical world of the game is born directly from Disneyland, and accordingly, the book will spotlight the artistic influence that Disneyland, with its iconic qualities and rides, had on the creators of Epic Mickey.

The Switch II: Clockwork


Valjeanne Jeffers - 2011
    Look for The Switch in the groundbreaking anthology: Steamfunk!"As she looked on, the target unzipped his jumpsuit and pushed it down. His blond companion sauntered over to his desk, and slipped off her pants. She straddled him, curling an arm about his neck. With her other hand she unzipped her tunic to bare her plump breasts. Moans of pleasure filled Z100’s apartment.Z100 watched them, arousal spreading down her pelvis. She cut the tape off, got up and poured herself another glass of wine. She’d planted the tiny cameras in the men’s offices. They were later retrieved by spies posing as under dweller janitors."York is a city of contradictions. Women are hard-pressed for lovers, because lovemaking can be dangerous. The upper city is powered by computers, the underground by steam. And the wealthy don't work for a living, underdwellers do it for them.But certain underdwellers have a big problem with this arrangement. And so does the time keeper.Welcome to the Revolution...Cover art and design by Quinton Veal

The Emperor of North America


John McNichol - 2011
    Since then, he has a new faith, a new job as a reporter for the London Times, and a new love a beautiful heiress named Frances. Life couldn t be better. But then things begin to go very wrong. Disturbing questions surface from Gilbert s murky past. His best friend Herb s sudden, unexplained wealth has made him distant and evasive. And the mysterious redheaded woman reappears, with trouble surely behind her. When Gilbert learns his life is in jeopardy, he leaves England and returns to his American homeland, where he thinks he ll be safe. There he meets a powerful man who calls himself the Emperor of North America. Why has he taken such a keen interest in Gilbert s career? Gilbert fights past dogged, airborne assassins and steam-powered cowboys, through the streets of New York and a floating city in the clouds. Along the way he learns that while his adversaries may change, America may not be any safer than England. For it is in America that both Gilbert and Herb will confront their most dangerous opponents yet...themselves. About the Book The Emperor of North America by John McNichol is the sequel to the bestselling novel The Tripods Attack! and the second volume in the Young Chesterton Chronicles a delightfully inventive fiction series for teens to adults that re-imagines the famous Catholic author as a young man living in an alternative Edwardian age of steam-driven wonders. The Tripods Attack is a page-turning adventure of Chestertonian proportions, a feast of the imagination for the young and for adults. It rendered this reader ready to read more Chesterton, as well as, this, McNichol s next volume! Kevin Vost, Psy.D., bestselling author of Tending the Temple and Memorize the Faith!

The Ereshkigal Working


Jonathan L. Howard - 2011
    Howard is the author of the novels Johannes Cabal the Necromancer and Johannes Cabal the Detective. His short fiction has appeared in Realms of Fantasy and H. P. Lovecraft’s Magazine of Horror. He has also worked in the computer games industry since the early ’90s as a game designer and scriptwriter. He lives in Bristol, England.If you were a necromancer, how would you feel if you found yourself in the middle of a zombie outbreak? One that threatened the future of the entire world? Well, if you’re Johannes Cabal, you’re not particularly worried—you’re just a little put out.Cabal has an unusual way of looking at the world, and it’s not just because of his profession, although working with corpses might have colored his outlook. As quick on his feet as James Bond and as selfish as the worst comic book villain, Cabal is an unlikely savior of the world, but when he’s confronted by a magician with more ability than brains, this wizard of the dead is our last and only hope. Unfortunately, all he’s got on his side is one bumbling constable, a bit of rope, and top-notch reconnaissance.This story fills the gap between the short story “Exeunt Demon King” and the first novel about Cabal, Johannes Cabal the Necromancer. Jonathan Howard says of this story’s inspiration: “I myself halted a zombie apocalypse a couple of years ago, and I remember thinking at the time, ’This would make a good story.’  ” We think he’s joking.

The Night Watchman Express


Alison DeLuca - 2011
    But they must find a way to trust each other, or they will end up on the sinister Night Watchman Express.Full of danger, suspense, betrayal, and a hint of romance, this steampunk adventure is for readers of all ages.

Cyrus Darian And The Technomicron


Raven Dane - 2011
    The Technomicron: ancient, deadly, powerful. In 1860s London every seeker of power - natural or supernatural - wants to wield it; and will stop at nothing to get it. Enter Cyrus Darian: hedonist, philanderer, alchemist and necromancer; hired by wealthy American Zachariah P. Dedman to find it.Dedman's life, the honour of his beautiful haughty daughter Athena and the future of the world; all depend on Cyrus Darian. What could possibly go wrong?

Windshifter


S.M. Johnson - 2011
    But when his curiosity damages the watch he finds himself propelled on a journey to discover his heritage, and is sucked into an adventure larger than he ever dreamed of. Join Windshifter in a world filled with clockwork, airships, fantastic creatures, and daring heroes on a quest to find out who he really is in this non-stop action adventure novel!

Articles on Novels by William Gibson, Including: Neuromancer, the Difference Engine, Pattern Recognition (Novel), Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Virtual Light, Idoru, Bridge Trilogy, All Tomorrow's Parties (Novel), Spook Country


Hephaestus Books - 2011
    Hephaestus Books represents a new publishing paradigm, allowing disparate content sources to be curated into cohesive, relevant, and informative books. To date, this content has been curated from Wikipedia articles and images under Creative Commons licensing, although as Hephaestus Books continues to increase in scope and dimension, more licensed and public domain content is being added. We believe books such as this represent a new and exciting lexicon in the sharing of human knowledge. This particular book is a collaboration focused on Novels by William Gibson.

The Dragon and the Lotus


Joseph Robert Lewis - 2011
    Years later in India, she uses her strange gift and her training as an herbalist to save people possessed by ghosts, poisoned by legendary beasts, and tortured by the cruel doctors of Ming. And to fight the occasional bear or tiger, of course.With the help of a beautiful blind nun and a sleepy little mongoose, Asha confronts both victims and predators, including the man who stole her childhood and killed her lover. But when she journeys into the west, Asha discovers that there are fates worse than death and there are human monsters that can only be defeated by a woman with the strength of a dragon.Series: The Dragon and the Lotus is a part of The Other Earth series. This story spans several years and ends shortly after the conclusion of the Halcyon Trilogy.Genre: historical fantasy | mystery | adventure | India | PersiaLength: 80,000 words | 320 pages

Witch-Born


A.J. Maguire - 2011
    Witch-Born is a Fantasy with steampunk tendencies revolving around the lives of Elsie Delgora and Saldorian Feverrette. Fate literally thrusts these two together when Saldorian stumbles over the seditious plot Elsie has been conducting for 23 years. As the two struggle to find an accord the House Lands of Delgora begin to crumble under the tyranny of Vicaress Reonne, whose hidden pet known as the Dellidus slowly eats at the Magic keeping the Wild away.

The Circus Infinitus Stories Volume 1


Ethan Somerville - 2011
    “Madam Zazuma” – penniless aristocrat Elizabeth Montrose turns to the Circus Infinitus for help to escape from a loveless arranged marriage. “I Want to Join the Circus” – a small boy decides to run away to join the Circus Infinitus. “The Monocle and the Morality Police” – Queen Victoria decides the Circus Infinitus is a corrupting influence on the people of London and charges Sir Hubert Fotherington and the IntelliGent with the task of shutting it down. “The Haunted Funhouse” – Take a tour through one of the Circus’s attractions. “Maxiumum Terror” – inside the Maze of Mirrors, don’t look too deeply or you might see the darkness inside your own soul. “A Week in the Life of Victoria-7” – Introducing the Lady with the Seven Faces. “Goril-Ho-Tep” – Amuna the Mummy leads an expedition into the British Museum to steal a mummified ape. “Fool’s Errand” – Cousins Reggie Jefferson and Bart Sabbath both desire the ancient artefacts of King Arthur’s Fool, stored within Professor Abbacus’s laboratory – for entirely different reasons. “A Week in the Life of Violet” – Victoria-7 tries out the Immortality Machine in an attempt to break her curse, and makes herself human once more. “Gremlins” – After arriving in the United States for the first time, the Ringmaster must seek help from the Zero Corps to save the Circus from an infestation of insectoid monsters from the Immaterium. Also Available: The Circus Infinitus – Rose and Thorn by Colin Forest The Circus Infinitus – Embers from a Fallen Star by Colin Forest The Circus Infinitus – The Spindle Cat by Colin Forest The Circus Infinitus – Broken Promise by Ethan Somerville The Circus Infinitus – The Bidgee Code by Ethan Somerville & Anthony Newton The Circus Infinitus – Victoria 7 by Ethan Somerville The Circus Intinitus - Genesis Infinitus by Ethan Somerville The Circus Infinitus - War of the Worlds by Ethan Somerville & Anthony Newton The Circus Infinitus Stories Volume 2 by Ethan Somerville

Dreams of Steam II: Brass and Bolts


Kimberly Richardson - 2011
    Steampunk teases your imagination with the fantastic and makes dreams a reality. These 25 incredible stories will take you to a time in history when crazy inventions and scandal were born.

The Strange Case of Mr. Salad Monday


G.D. Falksen - 2011
    Inspector Wilde is a rabid fan of tit-tat, the broadsheet arguments that get printed several times a day; the Chief Inspector thinks he's an idiot, but Wilde's strange reading habits may just crack this case wide open.

The Gearheart: Maiden Flight Of The Avenger


Alex White - 2011
    or so he believes. When Augustus is caught trying to steal a magic artifact from the ruthless mobster Charles Patrick, he is offered a choice: buy it outright, or forget about his mission. In order to win the money, the young mechanic decides to enter the Cliffside Aeroprix, the most dangerous air race in the world. Can Augustus win the race, or even survive it?“Maiden Flight of the Avenger is a rattling yarn, held together with steam, pistons and beauty.” — Philippa Ballantine, Author of "Geist""A gripping story that lays down the groundwork for the incredible universe of The Gearheart." — Tee Morris, Author of "Phoenix Rising"

The Erotofluidic Age


Vinnie Tesla - 2011
    The problem is, his Ontological Engine can only be powered by a human being in a state of extreme sexual excitement. And once you have one or two of those strapped down in your laboratory, people do start to talk.To make matters worse, the ontological forces are strange and unpredictable. The line between experimenter and experiment may blur quite unexpectedly.Hilarious, bizarre, and startlingly hot, The Erotofluidic Age is a pronographic book like nothing you've ever read before. Vinnie Tesla shows us a skewed steampunk world where lust, love, friendship, ego, and the frontiers of science collide with varied and surprising results.

Rebel’s Consort


K.H. LeMoyne - 2011
    Supported by the renegade network and augmented by her unique skills, Analena straddles the line between rebellion and anarchy. To save the children, she risks both. With an extraction too difficult to handle, Piper needs more than remote assistance. She needs the presence of the shadow entity at her back.CODE NAME: ONYX.Trace Boden, a former Regent surgeon, hides in the city ruins beneath the New Delphi Capital super structure. Providing medical advice, instruction and supplies via the Down Below renegade cyber network, he operates in anonymity, slowly paying back the debt for his part in the Regent’s atrocities. Yet, Piper’s call is one Trace can’t refuse. Exposed to save a child, he risks everything in a confrontation with Analena Maresco, the woman who can destroy his life forever.Nowhere to hide, will the secrets Analena and Trace share forge a bond to combat the Regents reign of terror or cripple them both?

Owl Dance


David Lee Summers - 2011
    The year is 1876. Sheriff Ramon Morales of Socorro, New Mexico, meets a beguiling woman named Fatemeh Karimi, who is looking to make a new start after escaping the oppression of her homeland. When an ancient life form called Legion comes to Earth, they are pulled into a series of events that will change the history of the world as we know it. In their journeys, Ramon and Fatemeh encounter mad inventors, dangerous outlaws and pirates. Their resources are Ramon's fast draw and Fatemeh's uncanny ability to communicate with owls. The question is, will that be enough to save them when airships from Czarist Russia invade the United States?

Hordes: Primal Mk II


Matt Wilson - 2011
    Within the bloody fog of war, their battle leaders seize this unbridled rage and from it forge momentous weapons to wield against their enemies, knowing only the strongest, fastest, and most cunning will survive. Take control of a powerful warlock and his horde of fierce warriors and monstrous warbeasts in this fast-paced and aggressive 30 mm tabletop miniatures battle game set in the foreboding wilds of western Immoren, home of the Iron Kingdoms. *HORDES: Primal Mk II thrusts you into this savage world with: *Complete core rules for the HORDES tabletop miniatures game *In-depth histories of the non-human nations of western Immoren and the conflicts that have shaped them. *Detailed profiles and rules for the powerful warbeasts and soldiers of the Trollbloods, Circle Orboros, Legion of Everblight, and Skorne. *An instructional painting and hobby guide that will show you how to bring your tabletop battlefield to life.Seize the unstoppable power of HORDES Mk II and unleash the fury within!

The Wizard That Wasn't


Ben Rovik - 2011
    Horace Lundin doesn’t believe in their magic. The Petronaut technician works with steel and steam in the workshop, maintaining the mechanical suits of armor his masters wear. There’s nothing magic can do that technology can’t do better.So he thinks, until he witnesses the power of wizardry first-hand.That fateful day gives Lundin and his Petronaut colleagues an idea. What if magic didn’t have to be chaotic and messy and unreliable, like the wizards who practice it? What if it could be as simple as throwing a switch? Putting their resources and their reputation on the line, the technicians cobble together a music-box magician, programmed to speak the arcane words punched out on its disks……and it works.But the Petronauts can't hide their discovery in the workshop for long. There’s danger brewing in the city of Delia. When Princess Naomi is laid low by dark magic, her only hope for survival may rest with Horace Lundin and:"The Wizard That Wasn’t."A novella-length adventure full of action, magic and humor.

The Clairvoyance Clock


Kale Lawrence - 2011
    Haunted by visions of his friends’ last memories as soldiers, Alex finds himself emotionally distant toward his Uncle Brody, Lancaster’s star general. Unexpectedly, the mention of a mad scientist’s strange artifact propels Alex on a risky journey, leading him to unravel a tangled mess of lies. But one inconceivable discovery surrounding the heart of the war catches Alex off guard–one that threatens his very existence.

The Alchemist's Perfect Instrument


A.L. Davroe - 2011
    While reading this story, keep in mind that things aren't always what they seem.This story is a "vignette" in a serialized collection.

A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences: Tales from the Archives, Collection 1


Philippa Ballantine - 2011
    They explore events mentioned in the novels, characters seen and unseen and may include novel teasers of things to come. This volume includes:The Evil that Befell Sampson by Philippa BallantineEliza D Braun is a young field agent in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences (South Pacific Branch) when she is asked by New Zealand's preeminent suffragist to investigate some strange goings within the organisation. She cannot possibly imagination that this little case will alter her entire life and thrust her into a world barely prepared for her.Dust on the Davenport by O.M. Grey Agent Simon R. Boswell, still considered the green agent of the Ministry, takes on his own a supposed haunting in Islington. Hauntings tend to be nothing too serious for agents specializing in the unexplained; but for Simon, this case supplies surprises of all kinds, around every corner… The Astonishing Amulet of Amenartas by Nathan LowellAgent Heathcliff Durham finds himself crisscrossing Africa, looking for an Amulet that could spell disaster for any who come near it. Battling blistering heat, starvation, wild animals, and despair, he is not comforted by the company of a rough and ready sort named Morrison. Soon Durham begins to suspect he may never return home—and to top it all off the tea has almost run out.A Ruby in Rain by Grant StoneFrom the farthest edge of the Empire, New Zealand agents Lachlan King and Barry Ferguson are called to interview a recent arrival to Auckland’s prisons. An infamous gambler, according to the constable’s account, has turned himself into their custody, not for the safety of society but for his own. The Ministry steps in to uncover a man’s story of impressive luck, and more incredible vision.

The Merman and the Moon Forgotten


Kevin McGill - 2011
    What’s fourteen-year-old Nick Lyons supposed to do? Travel through space and time to save a race of Merfolk on a fantastic moon of course. Sometime in the near future the Geneva virus has decimated the human population, forcing many to live in refugee camps, including Nick’s best friends. But his parents can’t be bothered with what happens across “the fence”, especially when their schedule’s are packed with skin-regeneration therapy sessions and globe-shopping trips. Nick has only one dream: To leave planet Earth and all of its chaos. His grandfather, Grand, offers a way to fulfill his dream by taking him to the moon, but there’s a catch. Grand’s moon is in the past, it’s teeming with magical creatures, and its beloved Merfolk believe Nick will save them from the thousand-eyed monsters that haunt their fortresses. Nick must decide which life he really wants to live: One of a teenage boy trying to survive a dystopian earth, or the guardian of a fantastic moon inhabited by blood thirsty gorgons, man-eating pirate ships, and fire-breathing winged lions. The Merman and The Moon Forgotten follows Nick’s boisterous and humorous journey from Earth to Moon as he searches for a simple life in a world that is anything but. _____________________________________________________ What kids and adults are saying about the Nikolas and Co series! Pure awesome in a cup. With some waffles. Which would make it a waffle load. - Austin 14 My boys 11 and 14 both really enjoyed the story and only complained that book 2 wasn't out yet so they couldn't keep reading. - Fred Chambers I have to admit, before I could snuggle up under my blankies with this fantastical book, my son beat me to it. He read it in a single day and raved. - Elizabeth Mueller Review from my 13-year old daughter: "This was an imaginative, well-written novel similar to the Hitchhiker's Guide books and was a pleasure to read. The author did a good job and hopefully has more in store." Sara Grace "Enticing and Amazing"... These are the opening reviews my 11 year old son. As a constant video/computer gamer, it is phenomenal to see him immersed in these books. He loves this series so much that he's been sharing his books with other boys in his class and asked the school librarian to carry it. Highly recommended by this family! - Gemmavive Nikolas and company is the best book I've ever read. It was full of surprises that kept me on the edge, it also full of awkward moments that made me laugh. - J-Man Kevin has created a fun, unique fantasy world full of magic and adventure. The story gets off to a fast start and sucks you in. - Micah Lewis great YA fantasy, funny, a very unique premise, very well written, great descriptions, and a great band of heroes. - Julie Johnson once I immersed myself in the stories characters and settings I couldn't put it down. Pam Torres It's great for anyone that loves fantasy, science fiction, it's clean with just the slightest hint of boys and girls taking a notice of each other. Heather I was thoroughly tickled to visit Kevin's fantasy world. His writing style is awesome too. He pulled me in and never let me go until I sadly finished the story. - Robyn Campbell What a fantastic book - and I use that word in the literal sense! Matt Keland I was caught up in the story and couldn't wait to read what happened next. Merrows, Scuccas, Jynn'us - It feels like this book only scratches the surface. - Rob Momary

Sea of Ghosts


Alan Campbell - 2011
    He becomes a jailer in Ethugra - a prison city of poison-flooded streets and gaols in which a million enemies of the empire are held captive. But when Granger takes possession of two new prisoners, he realises that he can't escape his past so readily. Ianthe is a young girl with an extraordinary psychic talent. A gift that makes her unique in a world held to ransom by the powerful Haurstaf - the sisterhood of telepaths who are all that stand between the Empire and the threat of the Unmer, the powerful civilization of entropic sorcerers and dragon-mounted warriors. In this war-torn land, she promises to make Granger an extremely wealthy man, if he can only keep her safe from harm. This is what Granger is best at. But when other factions learn about Ianthe's unique ability, even Granger's skills of warfare are tested to their limits. While, Ianthe struggles to control the powers that are growing in ways no-one thought were possible. Another threat is surfacing: out there, beyond the bitter seas, an old and familiar enemy is rising - one who, if not stopped, will drown the world and all of humanity with it...

Clockwork Girl


Athena Villaverde - 2011
    Athena Villaverde is a brave new voice in the world of offbeat young adult fiction. Like a combination of Francesca Lia Block, Charles de Lint, Kathe Koja, Tim Burton, and Hayao Miyazaki, her stories are cute, kinky, edgy, magical, provocative, and strange, full of poetic imagery and vicious sexuality. Clockwork Girl is a collection of three short bizarro novellas that make a perfect introduction to her unique style.CATERPILLAR GIRLCat Filigree is a caterpillar girl trapped in the ugly stages of metamorphosis, desperately waiting to be transformed into a butterfly. With her flaky skin and glazed eyes, she has become one of the least popular girls at her high school. Tormented daily by the popular lady bug girls and fig-beetle jocks, she hides away from the world, listening to Bauhaus records and reading Grant Morrison comics. She thinks she's doomed to be alone forever, until she meets Lilith- a beautiful, punk rock, corset-wearing spider girl whom Cat falls madly in love with. But there's a problem: because she's a spider girl, Lilith has the tendency to kill and eat her lovers. And butterflies happen to be her favorite food.CLOCKWORK GIRLPichi was once a normal human girl. But now her skin is made of brass, her organs have been replaced by cogs and gears, and her heart must be wound up every day in order to stay alive. She is a clockwork girl. Like most children of poor families, she was sold to a toymaker, surgically transformed into a mechanical living doll, and given as a Christmas present to a rich little girl who was no longer satisfied with ordinary porcelain dolls. She has no memory of her past or even her real name. All she knows is that she's in love with her new owner and wants to be with her forever. But what she doesn't know is that little girls always outgrow their toys, eventually.BEEHIVE GIRLHer skin is made of honeycomb. She smells of baked oranges and is dripping with amber- colored honey. Living bees swarm around her like miniature lovers and crawl through her hair as she dances. She is Maya, the queen of the tango; the sexiest, most powerful dancer in town. Every man in the tango community longs to dance with Maya, but very few dare to try. You see, Maya's skin is a living beehive. And if a man attempts to dance with her who lacks the proper amount of talent and grace, he will get stung . . . perhaps even stung to death.

Cassie Fogg and the Unwound Knight


David S. Goodwin - 2011
    Armed with Teapot, the unlikely machine she built in her father's shop, she sets out to follow her dreams. When she meets up with a real live knight of the Juvan Empire, it seems her hopes have been answered. Of course, nothing is ever that easy... Cassie Fogg and the Unwound Knight is the first in a series of steampunk stories following the adventures of a girl and her mech. It is a long-form short story of about 42 pages.

Crime Wave in a Corset


Stacy Gail - 2011
    After identifying her as the thief who stole a priceless Fabergé egg from his dying sister, he finds her and shackles a deadly timepiece to her arm. If she doesn't return the egg by Christmas morning, she will die.Normally seven days is more than enough time for Cornelia to carry out the perfect crime, but Roderick's intrusion into her life is beyond distracting. He challenges her mind, and ignites her body with desire she's never felt before. But worst of all, he threatens the independence she values above all else...As Roderick spends time with Cornelia, he realizes there's a lonely soul hidden beneath her beautiful but criminal veneer. Falling for a thief wasn't part of Roderick's plan, but plans can change and he has no intention of letting another priceless treasure get away from him.

Beyond Prudence


Anya Richards - 2011
    Needing William Foreman’s help, she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to gain it. Even putting aside her dislike of machines and volunteering to test the risqué apparatus he’s developing for the Acolytes of Concupiscence.Will’s expecting a lightskirt for a test subject and is horrified when he realizes the tempting woman he just debauched is very much a lady. But despite his best intentions, something keeps drawing him back to her, and it isn’t just the thought of discovering the inner workings of her uncle’s last invention. Unlocking their passion is turning out to be a far more pleasurable, if dangerous, job.Beset by desire, automatons, secrets, an unintelligible maid and the danger of utter ruin should their association become known, Will and Prudence haven’t a chance in hell of remaining unscathed.Fire up the boiler, open the sluices and take cover. Something’s about to explode…

Into the Ether


Vanessa Barger - 2011
    But when a powerful stranger requires their help, her family of street-wise thieves sends her to get the most important thing they’ve ever decided to liberate. It was supposed to be a simple overnight job. Instead, Genevieve is required to appear attached to her mark, the curator of the British Museum. For Genevieve it becomes more than an act, and her problems are far more significant than the possibility of her lies being discovered.When her family betrays her, she must make an important choice – turn to the man who has destroyed everything she holds dear, or strike out on her own.

Steam & Spurs


Johnny Stone - 2011
    Spacecraft prowl the stars, colonizing alien worlds while battling the barbaric pirates of Mars. It’s a world where the Confederate States of America won the civil war, and the Republic of Texas finally gained its independence to stand alone as a sovereign country. It’s a time of leather and calico lace, of Techno music and perpetual motion technology, giving birth to twisted sense of farfetched dreams commonly known as Steampunk.But there’s one man who lives life by his own terms, trapped in the past while thumbing his nose at modern society as he carves a place in history using nothing but a gun and his stubborn courage. He’s a war hero, an Indian fighter, a Texas Ranger and a bounty hunter; and his name is Johnny Stone.Johnny is an outwardly gruff, old-west personality with a subdued code of rustic honor in an age that continues to pass him by with leaps and bounds. Throughout his life, he’s always had a knack for showing up at the wrong place at the wrong time. He’s a man with a seemingly charmed life and a haunted past, walking on the razors edge of danger and tempting fate more often than not as certain death passes him by again and again.Rainia Morwin, Captain of the British luxury liner the Dreaming Star, is a Venutian Mistress with years of experience in dominating men. She’s a strong woman, with a mind as sharp as her tongue. But, she’s also a secretive switch, craving the wonderful bliss of a domineering male hand with the unwavering strength and persistence to take what is rightfully theirs from a woman, if they’re able. Her search for a new Master, a loving man that can fulfill the needs she so desperately craves again after so many years of dimming hope, is about to be found in an unlikely source.This sultry novel is brought to you by the author of The Devil’s Dance. Steam & Spurs has something for everyone; suspense & suspension, sex & fighting, guns & whips.