June’s book release was “Bitter Cold,” my contribution to Once Upon a Clockwork Tale. Which I was thrilled to finally see in print, but which I’d actually written last year. So that was sort of cheating.
You will be forgiven, reader friends, if you were thinking I may have just run out of steam with this whole crazy goal of publishing a book every month for a year. I’ll be honest. I was beginning to wonder if I had run out of steam.
But in the end, I found enough steam to power through my latest steampunk fairy tale.
Mirrors and Magic was written over the last three months, under the working title Broken Mirror. It’s now available on Smashwords for free. I should have it available on Amazon in both eBook and paperback within the next day or two.
This is my first novel length work. At just over 40,000 words, it’s about twice as long as my previous longest piece, “Bitter Cold.” It’s also my first time self-publishing in paperback. I could have rushed things and gotten it out a couple days earlier, but I wanted to produce the most polished product I could. I’m glad I kept working on it till I was really happy with it.
Like most of my books, Mirrors and Magic is set in the Clockwork Republics, an alternate North America where the states never united. It’s a world of alchemical magic, clockwork mechanics, and steam-powered marvels.
It’s a retelling of Snow White, set in a traveling circus just after the turn of the century. There is a wicked Queen of the Air, a charming Prince of Blades, and a mysterious fortune-telling Mirror. There’s also a homicidal monkey, a steam-powered pennyfarthing and a spunky heroine determined to save the day.
Grab it for your Kindle, Nook, Kobo or other eReader while it’s free, all this month.
By the end of August, I hope to have the second episode in my Belle Starr serial ready for your reading pleasure.
Thanks for reading along!