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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I could blog for a thousand years

Sunday catchup ahead, and since it’s almost time for holiday shopping to begin, I’ll remind you that ebooks make great gifts. Even mine. [grins] More after the cut! Continue reading

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modern love gets me to the blog on time

Helloooo Sunday Catchup! This exchange may just have been written for the upcoming Peavley Manor novelette, “The Missing Mallard (Or ‘Duck, Macalley! Duck!)”:

Macalley raised an eyebrow. “You’re not worried that you might actually have to find a space to display that duck, madame?”

“Not at all, Macalley. I never win these raffles,” I said with a grin as I started the motorcar.

Heh heh heh,

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watching some good friends blogging, “Let me out!”

Sunday catchup, and did you know that today is National Redhead Day? Here’s a quick story: In Copper Cove, I never specified Tabitha Miles’ hair color, but I always saw her as a blonde. However, when Shei Darksbane was preparing the book cover, she found a stock image with a ginger model and pleaded with me not to change the hair color. I gave in. More after the cut (and a reminder that Copper Cove is available now at Amazon)!

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scary bloggers and super creeps

It’s Sunday, and here’s a bit of overdue catchup: The first two Peavley Manor novelettes, “Book Fair Frenzy (Or, Macalley Turns The Page)” and “The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel)” are now available on iTunes, Kobo and Barnes & Noble (for your Nook) as well as Amazon! Search your store of choice for e-books by “Robert Dahlen”! You can still read “Book Fair Frenzy” for free here, and you can get your e-book of “Thorn Harbour Road Rally” for free by subscribing to my mailing list, but you can also show your support for what I do by buying one of my e-books or gifting one to a friend! More after the cut. Continue reading

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I never blogged anything out of the blue

Sunday catchup, and I’ll start with this reminder I post from time to time: If you’ve enjoyed Copper Cove, or any of my other stories, would you be so kind as to leave a review somewhere? Reviews do help people decide if a book is for them, and increase its visibility. They’re one easy way to support any author whose work you enjoy, not just me. So, head over to AmazonGoodreads, or your social media of choice and spread the word. Many thanks! More after the cut. Continue reading

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#WhyIWrite

Two years ago, I wrote this in response to the #WhyIWrite hashtag: “Because I love telling stories, and I love sharing them with everyone. Simple as that.”
 
I’ve thought it over today, now that the hashtag has reappeared, and I’ve come to realize it’s not that simple.
 
The world seems to be getting darker and crueler day by day. A lot of fantasy fiction that’s coming out nowadays reflects that – gloomy settings, hopeless causes, gray and gray morality. I won’t criticize anyone for writing or reading those books, and I’m sure some of them are very good.
 
That’s not what I want to read. Or write.
 
As silly as it might sound, especially at a time like this, I want books with hope. Characters that want to help others and make the world around them better. Stories that inspire, or at least make you smile and laugh and root for the heroes. Frodo and Sam in Mordor, Cimorene seeking to be free of the role forced on her, Rincewind or Tiffany Aching trying to do the right thing in absurd or tough conditions, Master Li and Number Ten Ox persevering for the sake of children who need help, Harry Potter facing down Voldemort.
 
The trend I mentioned earlier in fantasy is called “grimdark”. There’s been some debate about whether the opposite should be “noblebright” or “hopepunk”. I’d like to think that those are the stories I tell. Stories where the good guys win (but not always without a cost), where there is a difference between right and wrong, where people of every stripe are represented, where love is love and love beats hate. Where there’s hope that things will be better when all is said and done.
 
My stories may not make a difference in the world, but they’re what I want to read and share. And that’s why I write.

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Willow Wednesdays: She’s Baaaack!

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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closed his eyes and moved his lips – “It’s time we should be blogging”

Sunday catchup! I’m back from Gaslight Expo 2017, rested and revved up for further writing and steampunk adventures! (Sorry about missing last week. The tea dueling started at a rather early hour on Sunday.) There’ll be a quick wrap up, and other things, after the cut, but this announcement first for those who might have missed it on social media:

Coming later this fall – the new Peavley Manor novelette, “The Missing Mallard (Or Duck, Macalley! Duck!)” The feathers will fly when Alice and Macalley get mixed up in a crazy yet sinister scheme! Stay tuned for more! Continue reading

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and we blogged as though nothing could fall

Sunday catchup time, and there’s news to report: Copper Cove is now available at iTunesKoboBarnes & Noble, and more! Find buying links after the cut! Continue reading

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Copper Cove: Out now!

It’s here! Copper Cove, my new novella, is now available on Amazon! It’s time to meet Tabitha Miles! If you haven’t read the extended preview yet, click here!

(I should have posted this on Tuesday, I know. I was busy moving bookshelves and cleaning up so the windows in my apartment could be replaced. Real life. Time to escape that for a bit!)

There’s been a snag or two in getting Copper Cove up at other ebook sellers and in paperback, but we’re working hard on that. With any luck, we’ll have news on that soon.

If you’ve already read and enjoyed Copper Cove, might I ask that you leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads? Reviews do help influence people who might be on the fence about buying an ebook, especially in a crowded market, and getting a few for Copper Cove could go a long way towards bringing in new readers. Don’t feel obligated to do so, but I’d be grateful if you did. Either way, thank you for your support!

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