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: September 23, 2018

Time for a quick Sunday catchup! First: If you somehow missed the news, I had two releases earlier this month. The new edition of Skyblade’s Gambit is out, and is now available worldwide, on Amazon and elsewhere! (Search for the book title or my name at your favorite e-book retailer!) Take to the skies!

And the fourth Peavley Manor novelette, “The Rebellious Rooster (Or, Macalley Gets Cocky)”, is out! Alice’s plan to assist a friend backfires in hilarious ways! Get it on Amazon and other sites!

More after the cut…including a hint at what’s next! Continue reading

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Skyblade’s Gambit – new edition out today!

Time to take to the skies…again! The new edition of Skyblade’s Gambit is now available! Get it on Amazon! This version has been expanded and rewritten, and is the definitive edition. (Due to last-minute production issues, Skyblade’s Gambit will only be available immediately on Amazon. It should be up on other platforms, including Kobo and iTunes, by the end of the month.) (Also, Skyblade’s Gambit is not suitable for most younger readers.)

Captain Annabel Skyblade commands the Peregrine, the most feared pirate airship to sail the skies of Aldarre, plundering the rich and powerful. The rulers of the great sky realms have had enough of her, and Victorie Brassfeld, Cerindel’s top Navy intelligence agent, has a plan to capture the pirate, using a lure too strong to resist—a valuable, beautiful sapphire amulet. But the amulet hides a great secret, and when it is stolen by sinister forces, Annabel and Victorie must join together to retrieve it. And as they face danger and adventure, they also have to face their feelings for each other, feelings they have never had before, when they discover… Hearts can be stolen too.

You can read a sample of the new edition of Skyblade’s Gambit on Amazon, including an expanded scene with Annabel in action. After the cut, you can read an excerpt from a new scene, featuring Victorie on the job. Enjoy! Continue reading

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The Rebellious Rooster: Out Today!

It’s here! The new Peavley Manor novelette, “The Rebellious Rooster (Or, Macalley Gets Cocky)” is now available at Amazon and other ebook retailers! (Search “Rebellious Rooster” or my name to find it!)

When heiress Alice Peavley runs into her old friend Maia, the last thing she expects is the string of chaotic events that follows. There’s the loud and cranky chicken to contend with. And Reg, the playful but well-meaning pooka. Not to mention the impending moa race, and the characters it’s attracting. Can Alice, with the help of her trusty gnome valet Macalley, keep her wits and come out on top? Grab a scone, some snarkleberry jam, and a cup of tea, and find out!

And there’s an extended preview after the cut! Enjoy! Continue reading

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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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