Monday, July 26, 2010

Steampunk Weekly - 7.26.10

Burning Up
by Meljean Brook
Angela Knight
Nalini Singh
and Virginia Kantra

Description from author's site:

The Iron Seas
THE IRON SEAS series combines nanotech and pirates with a gritty, gaslit Victorian atmosphere to create swashbuckling steampunk romance…with an emphasis on the steam.

“Here There Be Monsters”

Meljean Brook launches a bold new steampunk series as a desperate woman strikes a provocative — and terrifying — bargain to gain overseas passage.

Two years ago, blacksmith Ivy, desperate to flee London, purchased her overseas passage by agreeing to spend the voyage in the bed of the pirate captain, Mad Machen.

Saved at the last minute by his rival, Ivy scraped out a new life in Fool’s Cove…until Mad Machen finds her, forces her to accept a job that will create a monster, and reminds her that she still owes him the price of a journey…

Excerpt snippet:
Chapter 1

By the time Ivy found Ratcatcher Row, yellow fog smothered the docklands. She inched along the unfamiliar street, holding her right hand out to her side and using the buildings facing the narrow wooden walk as a guide. Though only an arm’s length away, the thick mist dissolved Ivy’s gloved fingers into ghostly outlines. On her left, the clicking, segmented shadow of a spider-rickshaw scurried by on the cobblestones, and the hydraulic hiss of the driver’s thrusting feet seemed to whisper a single refrain.

Hurry, hurry, hurry.


The novella in Burning Up kicks off the Iron Seas series that will be released October 5, 2010 starting with...

The Iron Duke
by Meljean Brook

Description from author's site:
Seductive danger and steampunk adventure abound in the gritty world of the Iron Seas, where nanotech is fused with Victorian sensibilities—and steam.

After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power — and fear — of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from an airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession.

Mina can’t afford his interest, however. Horde blood runs through her veins, and despite the nanotech enhancing her body, she barely scratches out a living in London society. Becoming Rhys’s lover would destroy both her career and her family, yet the investigation prevents her from avoiding him…and the Iron Duke’s ruthless pursuit makes him difficult to resist.

But when Mina uncovers the victim’s identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England. To save them, Mina and Rhys must race across zombie-infested wastelands and treacherous oceans — and Mina discovers the danger is not only to her countrymen as she finds herself tempted to give up everything to the Iron Duke.

Who wants Burning Up?

Iron Seas Voyage Challenge:

The goal: to read and review the books in this series

The goodie: COMPLIMENTARY book, Burning Up
first 15 copies courtesy of author Meljean Brook

Extra goodies: opportunity to win each book in the series

The extras: fun events and prize tie-ins along the way

Open to all who are over age 18.

The challenge is actually made up of many parts
and lasts as long as the series does.

We're in for quite a voyage!

challenge part 1:
Offer ends August 3, 2010

Let me know in comments with your email to accept this challenge.

And, look alive as the book will be sent out to you soon after offer expire.

challenge part 2:
Offer ends September 31, 2010

If you send me a link to a book review post for Burning Up, you will be eligible to win the next part of the story, The Iron Duke, released October 5, 2010. A separate post will be created for the review links.

The review can be a blog post, on goodreads, on amazon, on twitter (super-mini one), an email to a friend (or me to post on this blog) etc. Basically, the idea is to spread the word about this book and series.

challenge part 3:
Offer ends November 30, 2010

If you send me a link to your book review post for The Iron Duke, you will be eligible to win the next part of the story, title not yet revealed, released in 2011 (my guess?)

and so on until the series ends

Not to fret. I'll send reminders along the way regarding the Iron Seas Voyage challenge and its many parts.

Participants for challenge part 1:

1. vvb

2. Giada

3. Sullivan McPig

4. Mary Ann

5. Carrie

6. Joie-Elise

7. Brianne

8. WolfAngel

9. Freda

10. Lexie

11. Throuthehaze

12. Ophelia

13. Celia

14. SiNn

15. Pearl

16. Trisha

17. Brizmus

18. Chas


Contest has ended - winners are those listed above!



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