Hello!

Welcome to the official website of Robert Dahlen, fantasy and steampunk author! If you’re looking for the latest blog entry, just scroll down past this post.

What do I write? First, there’s Monkey Queen, the stories of Michiko, a young hero, and her geek girl partner Beth. It’s fantasy with heroines, humor and heart!

Tabitha Miles, steampunk fantasy about a crafter who gets entangled in danger and consipracy. Adventure, romance, and tea!

Peavley Manor, about the trials and tribulations of heiress Alice Peavley and her faithful valet Macalley. Comedies of manners, mayhem and magic.

The Skyblade Saga, pirate fantasy inspired by the works of Alex Westmore.

Click the links above to read previews, short stories and more!

Thanks for coming by! I hope you find something here to enjoy!

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Sunday Catchup: July 15, 2018

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts. Let’s do this…after the cut! Continue reading

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Skyblade update

It’s been a while, but I wanted to bring everyone up to speed with what’s happening with the Skyblade Saga. It’s been confirmed that as of July 20, I will gain all rights to the stories and characters. The only condition, which I mentioned earlier, is that I need to remove all references to Alex Westmore’s stories, which will be done. My thanks to Sara-Jayne Slack with Inspired Quill Publishing for her help with this!

If you want to obtain the original versions, you still have about a week to get Skyblade’s Gambit and Skyblade’s Claim at Amazon’s US store. I have started work on the new edition of Skyblade’s Gambit, which will be coming out later this year. This version will be available worldwide, on Amazon and other platforms.

Did you want a peek at what’s being added to this new edition? Here’s an excerpt from one of the expanded scenes! (Note that this may not be the final text.)

“Skyblade.” The man in the black clothing and the outlandish tricorn hat holstered his pistolere and pulled his sword arm close to his chest. “Fancy meeting you here.”

“Montalvo,” Annabel hissed. “I thought you were taking a vacation in the dungeons of Kirtorf.”

“You’d be amazed at what a well-timed bribe can accomplish.” Montalvo smiled. “Alas, said bribe left my coffers in rather sad shape. The bounty for bringing you in should help replenish them.”

Stay tuned! Soon, Skyblade and her friends and foes will take to the skies…again!

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Kindle Worlds and The Skyblade Saga [ANNOUNCEMENT]

Popping out of my mostly-unintentional blogging hiatus with some news…about Captain Annabel Skyblade, Victorie Brassfeld, and the future of the Skyblade Saga. More after the cut. Continue reading

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Sunday Catchup: February 18, 2018

Starting this Sunday with a reminder: If you’ve enjoyed any of the stories I’ve written, please consider taking a moment to leave a review. They do help convince other readers to buy and read my stories! Amazon, Goodreads, your blog, Facebook, Twitter – any place where people can see them. Spread the word! Thanks! More after the cut. Continue reading

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Sunday Catchup: February 11, 2018

Sunday is here, and I hope you’ll forgive me for starting off with a blatant plug. I have set up a page on Ko-Fi, where you can buy creative people a coffee (or, in my case, a cup of tea…or two donuts) by making a small donation. If you want to support what I do between books, this is one way to do so. More after the cut! Continue reading

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Sunday Catchup: January 28, 2018

“‘Well, I’m back,’ he said.”

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? The holidays took a lot out of me, like they have been in recent years, and just when I was over that, the flu hit. If you’ve had it, my sympathies. If not, be careful; everything that’s been said about it being a monster is true. It took me nearly two weeks to get over it.

That’s when updating this blog ran headlong into my New Year’s goal. Although it may not seem like it when you look at my output in 2017, I felt I slipped a bit in terms of how much writing I was actually getting done. I want to change that, so I set a goal of writing every day, even if it’s just a few paragraphs. I’ve met that goal every day this year, but to do that, I had to allocate my time and energy, and this blog dropped by the wayside for a bit.

It’s back, but there will be a few changes. I don’t plan on updating on a schedule, but when there’s something I want to share. That means that I won’t commit to updating every Sunday (though I’ll try to have something every week), and I’m dropping the format of the post titles (with thanks to David Bowie for the 2017 inspiration). This way, I’ll post when I want to post, which I think will be better for the blog.

I appreciate your patience, and your support. Thank you.

And for reading this far, you get an announcement:

I showed up for work on that fateful Tuesday wearing my second-favorite outfit, a yellow ankle-length sundress with navy blue trim. Had I known it would be my last day of employment at the Thorn Harbour Book Shop, I might have chosen something different.

Coming later in 2018: Peavley Manor (Or, Introducing Macalley), the first Alice Peavley novel. Cheers!

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I pray my wish will come true, for my child and your child too

Sunday catchup! Sorry I missed last week’s. That’s what happens when you catch a cold ten days before Christmas and have to do your darndest to fight it off in time. I don’t recommend my solution – eating a package of raisin pastry and sleeping as much as I can – to everyone, but it worked for me.

Don’t forget that if you want to show your support for what I do, my Amazon wish list is up and running, and ebooks make great last-second gifts! More after the cut. Continue reading

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Willow Wednesdays: an update

Welcome to Willow Wednesdays! Featuring art by Willow, the cover artist for the Monkey Queen series, with her kind permission! Read on after the cut for more! Continue reading

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I’m afraid of the blog, I’m afraid I can’t help it

Sunday catchup, and here’s a reminder if you missed it: “The Missing Mallard (Or, ‘Duck, Macalley! Duck!’)”, the new Peavley Manor novelette, was released this past Tuesday! Click here to get buying links and read a preview, or head to Amazon!.

Another reminder: If you enjoyed “The Missing Mallard”, or anything else I’ve written, let people know! Reviews on Amazon and Goodreads help other readers make up their minds about buying a book, and social media shares can catch someone’s attention. Spread the word around. Thanks! (And don’t forget that e-books make great Christmas gifts!)

Keeping it short this week; I’m in wind-down mode after publishing one novella and four novelettes this year. (I broke 90,000 words for 2017, which was amazing.) But I did do a complete bit of dark silliness this past week, and here’s a link to the Twitter moment where it emerged. Enjoy “The Night Before the War on Christmas”!

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The Missing Mallard (Or, “Duck, Macalley! Duck!”) – out now!

The time is here to unravel the mystery, as the feathers fly and the villains gather! “The Missing Mallard (Or, ‘Duck, Macalley! Duck!’)”, the new Peavley Manor novelette, is now available at Amazon and other e-book stores! Just 99 cents US/CA/AU! Check for links below the cut, or search your favorite store for “Missing Mallard”!

One would think that an auction of duck paraphernalia would not create that much excitement. Unfortunately for Alice Peavley and her valet Macalley, one of the items in the auction, a golden duck figurine, is attracting far too much attention…especially from a number of villains and scoundrels. Food fights, pixie sorceresses, mad scientists, adorable yet destructive automatons – can Alice and Macalley prevail, or has doom come to Darbyfield?

Read on after the cut for buying links and a sneak preview of “The Missing Mallard”! Continue reading

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