Thursday, July 28, 2016

UNDER A BRASS MOON ANTHOLOGY

UNDER A BRASS MOON
A Steampunk and Science Fiction Anthology

This anthology includes twenty-seven short stories intended to enchant.  Enjoy the works of Jordan ElizabethG. Miki HaydenBenjamin SperdutoD. J. ButlerChristine BakerLorna MacDonald CzarnotaJessica Gunn, Lorna Marie Larson, Quinn SouthwickJames WymoreTerri KarstenW. K. PomeroyAshley PascoJeremy MortisGrant EagarAmberle HusbandsNick Lofthouse, Perry McDaid, and S.A. Larsen.
Here are just a few of the amazing stories you'll find in UNDER A BRASS MOON:
Maiden in the Clock Tower by Jordan Elizabeth: A young woman is trapped in a clock tower to be used as a pawn in an evil merchant's scheme. Can she escape to her true love?  
The Queen of Cobwebs by Jeremy Mortis: Something is hunting people in the foggy streets, and the professor and his assistant are about to meet it. 
Vacant by Nick Lofthouse: Where does a dreamer fit into a world where ideas are a finite resource from any one person? Could free thought be our savior, or just a sweet distraction from the inevitable?
Hour of Darkness by Ashley Pasco: Carissa Upton is just your average Victorian street urchin - little does she know that her life is about to change forever. Not only is her entire life a lie, but her future is uncertain.
A Connecticut Yankee in Queen Victoria’s Court by G. Miki Hayden: Engineering professor Dr. Alice Alante doesn't believe in time travel. But when she's sent to Queen Victoria's Windsor castle in a strange machine, her only choice may be to help build a dirigible to defend the crown.
Lucky Escape for Goldilocks Girl by Perry McDaid: On a new world structured to reprise all the patriarchal and elitist notions of the Elizabethan era, a young girl promised to an old but influential suitor chooses to rebel by masquerading as a Knight of the Road … or Highwayman.
Calliope by Terri Karsten: Roscoe Gordon dreams of bringing back his dad’s Steam Calliope, but he’s hindered by a pair of prank-loving ghosts. With their help, will he lead the parade or blow the whole thing up?
The Balloon Thief by Jessica Gunn: Adeline has made a name for herself as Beltham’s Balloon Thief for stealing high-priced jewelry items and leaving only a balloon in their place, setting sail for finer lands on her steam-powered hot air balloon. Adeline has been told the stolen rings and gems open a door on the mysterious Leikei, the temple in the air where she thinks her friend Colin is stranded. On her last robbery attempt, she’s arrested and forced to place her trust in the museum owner’s daughter who has her own reasons for wanting to get to Leikei. If she can trust her, Adeline just might be able to rescue Colin. If not, it might be the end for them all.
Ethereal Coil by S.A. Larsen: A new sin eater's refusal to do her job of keeping balance between good and evil awakens Wrath, one of the Seven Deadly Sins, endangering those closest to her.
 Fritz Finkel and the Marvelous Mechanical Thing by Lorna MacDonald Czarnota: Every era has to begin sometime, and every inventor starts someplace. For Fritz, it is the opportunity to impress the "apple of his eye," the lovely, unobtainable Greta Spielmacher--the toymaker's daughter.  Fritz wants to be a toy designer, but he's the janitor. Will his special toy be the key to winning his lady love? 

Henry the Tailor by Grant Eagar: Henry is a tailor and inventor of flying machines. Sophie is an agent for the English secret service. Henry and Sophie live in the alternate, steam powered world of Victorian England. The country is at war with Count Von-Friedrich and his horde of mercenaries. The spies of the count are killing and kidnapping the English scientists and inventors. Sophie’s job is to root out the spies and she uses Henry’s inventions as an enticement. 

Talking Metal by W. K. Pomeroy: Five years after piloting a zeppelin to the other side of the world to find the spark, Saskia is on the verge of inventing greatness, but her old professor appears to have beaten her to the patent office, or has he?  

The Women of Lastonia by Lorna Marie Larson: Earth's best team must learn why a distant planet won't join the Interstellar Alliance. Diplomacy is key, but the closed steampunk society has some primeval ideas on how to treat the fairer sex.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

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Monday, July 11, 2016

REMEMBER YESTERDAY by PINTIP DUNN - COVER REVEAL

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Remember Yesterday -eBook

Book Title: Remember Yesterday (Forget Tomorrow, #2)

Author: Pintip Dunn

Release Date: October 4, 2016

Genre: YA Sci-Fi


Sixteen-year-old Jessa Stone is the most valuable citizen in Eden City. Her psychic abilities could lead to significant scientific discoveries, if only she’d let TechRA study her. But ten years ago, the scientists kidnapped and experimented on her, leading to severe ramifications for her sister, Callie. She’d much rather break into their labs and sabotage their research—starting with Tanner Callahan, budding scientist and the boy she loathes most at school.


The past isn’t what she assumed, though—and neither is Tanner. He’s not the arrogant jerk she thought he was. And his research opens the door to the possibility that Jessa can rectify a fatal mistake made ten years earlier. She’ll do anything to change the past and save her sister—even if it means teaming up with the enemy she swore to defeat.


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Forget Tomorrow (Forget Tomorrow, #1) 


Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.

It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.


In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes the hellish prison.

But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself.


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Pintip Dunn graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. She also published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,”



Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, Forget Tomorrow, is a finalist in the Best First Book category of RWA’s RITA® contest. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, YARWA, and The Golden Network.
She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com

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RUNNERS & RIDERS COVER REVEAL

Runners & Riders
Companion to the Treasure Chronicles
A young adult novel of gangs and love in a steampunk world.



Thank you, Eugene Teplitsky, for this radiant cover!
Juliet loved growing up at the seaside, although it meant lonely hours chasing after the other beach rats while her mother worked as a seamstress. Juliet never expected her seaman father to inherit a fortune and move the family to New Addison City. Suddenly her mother is a socialite and Juliet is best friends with a strong-willed girl who actually likes her. When Juliet’s new friend welcomes her to the Runners, a gang that has plagued the East Coast for years, Juliet sees it as the opportunity to fit in, learn tricks, and make eyes at one of the hottest members. What the gang does isn’t really wrong…right? She’s used to being a pawn for the Runners, but she starts to question what she sees as harmless fun when the gang uses her to attack a young officer.

Jonathan Montgomery vowed to end the Runners after they murdered his family. He joined the Riders, an elite police force dedicated to stopping the Runners’ crime spree. They have put him in New Addison City, but rookie mistakes follow Jonathan as he struggles to accomplish his goal, until a young woman feeds him inside information to bring down the Runners. 

Between murders and secrets, Juliet will need to find her strength to help Jonathan, before the founder of the Runners crawls up from the sewers amongst her inventions to burn down the city.

RUNNERS & RIDERS will be available August 22 on Amazon from Curiosity Quills Press.

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This story takes place after BORN OF TREASURE, featuring new characters in exciting new settings.  TREASURE DARKLY, book 1 of the Treasure Chronicles, is on sale for July 11th and 12th for 99 cents!  Grab your copy now from Amazon.



Author info:
Jordan Elizabeth became obsessed with steampunk while working at a Victorian Fair.  Since then, she’s read plenty of books and even organized a few steampunk outfits that she wears on a regular basis (unless that’s weird, in which case she only wears them within the sanctuary of her own home – not!). Jordan’s young adult novels include ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW, COGLING, TREASURE DARKLY, BORN OF TREASURE, GOAT CHILDREN, and VICTORIAN.  RUNNERS & RIDERS is her fifth novel with Curiosity Quills Press.  Check out her website for bonus scenes and contests. 


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Monday, July 4, 2016

AN OCCASIONALLY GRIM FAIRY TALE

Coming soon!




Thrilled to announce my beloved fairy tale will be available through Fantasy Works Publishing in early Fall 2016!

Click HERE for more info on the Desiderata series.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

MAGICAL RECIPES to celebrate A TASTE OF DEATH AND HONEY by SHARON BAYLISS


Ann here: WOW! These look AWESOME! I wish someone (hint, hint) would come over and make me some... and then wash out the blender afterwards--I hate that job (makes me sound lazy, I know, but does anyone enjoy that?)

To celebrate the recent release of A Taste of Death and Honey, I've asked some of my spring wizard friends to share some magical cocktail recipes, just in time for your Fourth of July party!

Most Mundanes assume that potions include a long list of obscure ingredients like frog eyeballs. However, that's a common misconception about potion making. Spring wizard potions generally involve only a handful of fresh ingredients, preferably from their home gardens or local farms. A plant grown in an unhappy environment can sometimes cause unpleasant results. So it's best to use plants you know. :) Also look for local, small-batch liquors for the most warm and fuzzy results.

Spring wizard potions are also always sweet, delicious, and inviting, and generally brewed to invoke desirable results, so feel free to dive in!

Our spring wizards have released some of their secret recipes for magic cocktails, just for Ann Noser!


Watermelon Margarita



Ingredients

1/4 of a seedless watermelon

4 limes

tequila



Instructions

This is one my favorite drinks! Scrape the watermelon into a blender and blend into a juice-like consistency. Pour the watermelon juice into ice trays and freeze overnight. Then, place the frozen cubes, the juice from 4 limes, and enough tequila to make for a smooth blend, into the blender. While blending, think about your best memory involving water.



Watermelon Mojito


Ingredients

1/4 of a seedless watermelon

fresh mint

sparkling water

rum



Instructions

Scrape the watermelon into a blender and blend into a juice-like consistency. Pour the watermelon juice into ice trays and freeze overnight. Muddle about 1/4 cup of mint leaves at the bottom of a tall glass and inhale deeply as you muddle. Think about the color green. Fill the glass to the top with watermelon ice cubes. Then pour on the desired amount of rum. Finish off the glass with sparkling water.



The Perfect Peach Daiquiri


Ingredients

24 oz frozen peaches

Deep Eddy Peach Vodka



Instructions

This one is so simple but SOOOO good. Perfect for a lazy summer afternoon when you want to make the easiest drink possible. Fill your blender with peaches then add enough vodka to make a smooth blend. While you blend, remember how it felt to be eight years old and jumping into a swimming pool with a big splash.



A Taste of Peach and Honey


Ingredients

1 cup white wine

1/2 cup Deep Eddy Peach Vodka

juice from 2 oranges

juice from 2 lemons

1 tbsp honey

12 oz frozen peaches



Instructions

You guessed it, I adapted this one from Snappy Gourmet just for A Taste of Death and Honey. Death doesn't make for a very delicious cocktail, so we'll do peach instead. :) Throw all the ingredients into the blender and think about your first kiss (your first good one) ;).


No, this post is not sponsored by Deep Eddy Vodka, I'm just a big fan. :) There aren't many good substitutions for this pure magical genius created by crafty summer wizards in Central Texas, but I don't know about all the wonderful local options in your area. If you can't find Deep Eddy, just follow your heart to the best choice near you.


Now that you've enjoyed some tasty spring magic, try A Taste of Death and Honey!








This book will grab you by the throat, challenge your mind, and turn your heart inside out. Sharon Bayliss delivers a powerful, emotional punch with her third book in the December People series. - Amy Bearce, author of  The World of Aluvia Series

When Samantha’s parents died, she lost everything. Her home. Her friends. Her hope. Then a life-loving spring witch at the children’s shelter fills her life with light and joy once again.

But like the springtime, Samantha’s happiness doesn’t last forever. Her friend dies violently in front of her, the victim of a mysterious killing spell. Furious and grief-stricken, Samantha resents her own weak spring magic. She doesn’t need life and renewal. She wants revenge…and death.

Homeless and alone, Samantha seeks shelter with her old friends, the Vandergraff family, and finds an unexpected ally in the powerful winter solstice witch, Evangeline. The girls’ anger and eagerness lead them to cast a killing spell before knowing the truth behind Samantha’s friend’s death or the identity of her killer. 

Once the spell is cast, they can’t take it back, and they must fight to stop their own curse before it takes away everyone they love.

Monday, June 27, 2016

THE DARKEST LIE by PINTIP DUNN

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Publisher: Kensington YA
Publication: June 28, 2016




“The mother I knew would never do those things.

But maybe I never knew her after all.”

Clothes, jokes, coded messages…Cecilia Brooks and her mom shared everything. At least, CeCe thought they did. Six months ago, her mom killed herself after accusations of having sex with a student, and CeCe’s been the subject of whispers and taunts ever since. Now, at the start of her high school senior year, between dealing with her grieving, distracted father, and the social nightmare that has become her life, CeCe just wants to fly under the radar. Instead, she’s volunteering at the school’s crisis hotline—the same place her mother worked.

As she counsels troubled strangers, CeCe’s lingering suspicions about her mom’s death surface. With the help of Sam, a new student and newspaper intern, she starts to piece together fragmented clues that point to a twisted secret at the heart of her community. Soon, finding the truth isn’t just a matter of restoring her mother’s reputation, it’s about saving lives—including CeCe’s own…


Excerpt from The Darkest Lie

“I’ve been researching the story of her suicide,” Sam says. “And I came across something in my research that nobody could explain.”

“What is it?” I say dully, even though I can probably guess. I mean, there’s lots that’s inexplicable about my mom’s behavior. Tons.

Like: How could a grown woman be sexually attracted to a boy? Or more importantly: Why would she act on it? And my personal favorite: Did she have any kind of moral fiber—even a few lost threads—at all?

But Sam bypasses all the obvious questions and picks up a lock of my hair. I feel the slight tug all the way to my roots.

“Her hair.” He rubs my strands between his fingers, and I suppress a shiver. “It was chopped off, jagged. One article said it looked like it was lopped off with a butcher knife.”

I shrug, but even that simple movement is infused with the awareness of his touch. Still, he doesn’t let go.

“They said she was crazy,” I say. “Out of her mind. Maybe she was disfiguring herself as a sign of her shame. Who knows what motivated her actions?”

But even as I repeat the explanation the detectives gave for just about everything, my dad’s words echo in my mind: I knew your mother. She wasn’t capable of those things. I don’t believe she did any of it.

All of a sudden, my excuses sound exactly like what they are—easy, surface-level assumptions designed to make it easier for the detectives to close the case.

Sam frowns. “I guess I could buy that if I hadn’t seen the interview with her hair stylist in one of the local papers.”

Oh. One of those. Every newspaper in a fifty-mile radius went berserk when my mom committed suicide. Every day, there was a new article, featuring interviews with her fellow teachers, former students, even our lawn guy, for god’s sake. If there was a story on her hair salon, I must’ve missed it.

“The stylist kept saying your mom’s haircut was inconceivable, and I couldn’t understand why. So when I was scooting past Cut & Dry the other day, I stopped to talk to her.”

“Did she confirm my mom was a natural redhead?” I raise my eyebrows. “Reveal the exact color of dye she used to cover her silver sparkles?”

“Not at all,” he says, and something about his tone stops me. The chill begins at the base of my spine and crawls its way up, one long spider leg at a time. “The stylist said she’s been cutting your mom’s hair for two decades. And in all that time, your mother never let her cut more than half an inch. In fact, she came into the salon two days before she died, and they had the exact same argument. The stylist tried to talk her into a bob, and your mom adamantly refused.”

Abruptly, he lets go of my hair, and the strands swing back over my shoulder, loose, unencumbered, and very, very cold.

Sam’s eyes pierce right into me. “So what I want to know is: What could’ve happened in two days that made her change her mind? Unless . . . she didn't.”


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Pintip Dunn graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. She also published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,”

Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, is a finalist in the Best First Book category of RWA’s RITA® contest. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, YARWA, and The Golden Network.

She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com.



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