Perhaps you remember Lily Marin…

Dear reader,

Lily Marin Novel CoverYes, Lily Marin. After six short stories and a novel, there is news about this remarkable singer from the Victorian era we like to call Steampunk.

It’s been a while, but I have finally gathered enough ideas, material and courage to dedicate a new novel to Lily and her friends. We’ll encounter her original nemesis in this story, and Dr Calgori is there again of course. I have only just started the new book, the third chapter is currently being penned down, so it will take a while before this new work will be out in the world. However I thought this worthy of announcing.

If you have any questions about Lily Marin, I would advise you to read the short stories I wrote about her. These are free on Smashwords (all you need is an account there and that’s also free); Barnes & Noble (book 1, book 2, equally free) and on Apple Itunes (book 1, book 2, both free). Amazon unfortunately doesn’t allow me to make the books free, but you can find a Kindle version on Smashwords. Just locate the .mobi file. And if you get hooked and you want more, there’s always the first proper novel!

Book review – Terminal World, Alastair Reynolds.

Title: Terminal World
Author: Alastair Reynolds
Genre: Steampunk
Rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Terminal World is classified as a steampunk book. I agree with that but it has a large amount of future in it so it also is science fiction for me.

Terminal World was worth reading. We meet all kinds of fascinating people and not-people in the story, which starts in a very complicated, high structure called Spearpoint. As the story progresses, steampunk becomes more prominent (steam, airships etc). The pace of the story is good, I like how it flowed along, and also the way Mr Reynolds managed to express himself in descriptions is very nice. At some point in the story I feared that things would turn into a ‘Mad Max’ environment as the Skullboys made their appearance but that proved to be not so. Such a relief.
The end of this book was very good, amazing in some places even (I name Tulwar and Nimcha in particular). And I definitely liked the Mad Machines.

If you are in search of a great story to read, I can recommend Terminal World.

Book review – Glass books of the dream eaters

Title: Glass books of the dream eaters
Author: Gordon Dahlquist
Genre: Steampunk
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Yes, that’s quite a long title for a book but it’s worth it. In this book we meet a few people who, in normal circumstances, should never meet. A young lady from a distant island, the doctor of a Macklenburg prince, and a man whose life is spent on the lowest rungs on the social ladder. Still they come together, and all that because of the mysteries that envelope strange pieces of blue glass. What are these glass bits? Who made them, what do they plan with them, and – why can you see other people’s memories when you gaze into them?

These questions and many more are answered as you progress through the book which is written in a very interesting way, moving from one person’s view to another as new chapters reveal more and more about art, alchemy, dream and something called the Process

Indie Promo – Dawn of Steam

Dear reader,

It has been a while but here for a change is a new Indie Promotion. This is a book which plays in one of my favourite genres, Steampunk, so I feel the need to share this with you. :-)

Dawn of Steam

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By: Jeffrey Cook

Ebook Short DescriptionIn 1815, in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, two of England’s wealthiest lords place a high-stakes wager on whether a popular set of books, which claim that the author has traveled to many unknown corners of the globe, are truth or, more likely, wild fiction. First Light is an epistolary novel, told primarily through the eyes of former aide-de-camp Gregory Conan Watts, describing the journeys of the airship Dame Fortuna and its crew through journals and letters to his beloved fiancee. The first recruit is, necessarily, the airship’s owner: war hero, famed genius, and literal knight in steam-powered armor Sir James Coltrane. Persuading him to lend his talents and refitted airship to the venture requires bringing along his sister, his cousin, and the crew that flew with him during the Napoleonic Wars. Only with their aid can they track down a Scottish rifleman, a pair of shady carnies, and a guide with a strong personal investment in the stories. When they set out, the wild places of the world, including the far American West, the Australian interior, darkest Africa, and other destinations are thought to be hostile enough. No one expects the trip to involve a legendary storm – or the Year Without a Summer of 1815-1816. The voyage is further complicated by the human element. Some parties are not at all happy with the post-war political map. Most problematic of all, the crew hired by the other side of the wager seem willing to win by any means necessary. Dawn of Steam: First Light follows these adventurers, as they open up the world. In the process, their journey helps lay the foundations for an age of enlightenment and technology to come.

Where to find.
You can find the e-book at Amazon.com.

Lily Marin – The Novel is available!

Dear reader,

Lily Marin Novel CoverYes. It’s done. This book, the novel about Lily Marin is available as of now, and I present it to you with great pride.

You can find Lily Marin – The Novel at Smashwords.com, Barnes & Noble, Apple Itunes and Amazon, while more stores are coming as soon as possible.

In print the book is already available via Lulu.com.

If you like the book, I’d appreciate it if you were to write a review about it, and if you like it so much that you’d love to see a sequel to the book, please tell me about it!

R. Rayko, Rewrites and Romance #AtoZChallenge

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Dear reader,

Have you met Rayko? If you didn’t you haven’t read Bactine. But that’s no problem.

Rayko is the daughter of new boss of Daniel Zacharias, whom I’ve introduced earlier in this blogging challenge. Writing her character was a lot of fun as I planned and saw her change from someone who despises Daniel to someone who secretly starts helping him. Of course he doesn’t know that.

Coming up with the verbal battles between the two, and the thoughts that surround them provided me with a lot of entertainment and rewrites. There’s the second R in this post. As their relationship developed, I saw options to improve earlier parts so that would make the whole story even better.

Bactine was also the first story where I intentionally added a touch of romance. Only after reading a review where the romance part in the story was actually mentioned I felt that perhaps I can do this more often, another R that I can add to this letter in the A-Z blogging challenge!

Lily Marin – the novel. An update.

Dear reader,

You may already know Lily Marin, my steampunk heroine. Maybe you don’t. Either way, the novel is progressing fabulously. The novel is mostly through the editing process and I’m very pleased with the result.

Did you know that Marin originally is a Romanian name? I didn’t know that until someone told me this. You might be surprised to hear who told me. It was Lily Marin. No, not the lady in the book but a real, living Lily Marin who located and contacted me through this uncanny medium called the Interwebs.

Steampunk device to power the Interwebs

Even when there is no Internet in Lily Marin’s world (the Lily in the book, that is), it’s fun to know that “she” is out there. It will be even more fun when the book is out, which I know won’t be too long any more.  I’m aware there are fans already waiting for it since far too long. I’m terribly sorry about that. The good news: my editor let me know she’s all done with the checking and word-poking. I’ve already applied lots of her edits, so soon I can do the final checks and start building the actual ‘book’. I really hope it will be all done and ready in May.

For all those waiting: here’s a masked woman to help you pass the time.

5 star review of Bactine

Dear reader,

I discovered a very nice review for Bactine on the applelogo Apple Ibook store:

Wow, I just finished Bactine today, and was thoroughly engrossed throughout the entire book. I have never read a book where the environment of the main character was transformed so much while still successfully pulling off a solid and believable storyline.

There is nothing more drab than figuring out a storyline before actually reading it. Within Bactine, Paul Kater, introduces a few side plots that make it nearly impossible to accurately guess his storyline. In all, this leads to a much more entertaining story ending.

I know I like a book when immediately after finishing it I want to know what is the next book. I have read both Paul’s steam-punk and fantasy books and he has the flexibility for multiple genre. He has won me over as a lifetime reader.

I just had to post this here. Nothing wrong, I think, with being proud of this.

Book mention – Beneath gray skies

Title: Beneath gray skies
Author: Hugh Ashton
Genre: Steampunk

Beneath Gray Skies. I tried to read it. The book doesn’t click with me so I gave up on it, but still I thought I’d mention it as there are definitely people who will like it.

Beneath Gray Skies starts in an alternate world where the South and the North of the USA are divided by a border. They have established their own states, some southern states seceded and joined with Mexico. The world is in a strange state, and the president of the southern state engages in talks with a German envoy who tries to get some commerce going between Germany and the southern state, and there is talk about military cooperation as well.

The chapters I read were well written and the characters were well defined even then. I shan’t rate the book as I did not get far enough to form an opinion about it.