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Copper Cove!

Sunday catchup is taking a week off, as I realized that is post #550 on the Monkey Queen Books blog (as counted on its original home on Blogger). I enjoy doing special things for anniversary posts, so I’m using this one to formally announce my next book, a steampunk fantasy.

Coming this fall: Copper Cove!

In Copper Cove, city of marvels powered by magic and steam, being a renegade crafter is no easy task. Working past midnight to make ends meet, difficult clients, tough conditions, guild enforcers…all in all, just another day for the talented, plucky Tabitha Miles.
Her latest commission seems like just another job at first…but then Tabitha meets newspaper reporter Sophie Haverford and falls into a web of conspiracy and murder. Can Tabitha unravel the mystery, prevent a disaster, and win Sophie’s heart in time for tea?
I can’t give an exact publication date, as writing is still in progress, but if all works out, it’ll be out on a familiar date. It’ll be available on all my usual platforms (not just Amazon), and there will be a paperback edition.
After the cut: Two brief excerpts!

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Skyblade’s Claim – out today!

It’s time to take to the skies again! Skyblade’s Claim, the second book in the Skyblade Saga series, is out today! Head to Amazon now to get your copy!

 (As a part of the Plundered Chronicles Kindle Worlds setting, Skyblade’s Claim (and Skyblade’s Gambit, the first book in the series) is only available at If you’re not able to get a copy there, let me know; there is a workaround to get one to you. Also, note that this book is not recommended for younger readers, due to language and (ahem) adult situations.)

After the cut: Read Chapter One in its entirety! (Spoilers ahoy for Skyblade’s Gambit!)

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Skyblade’s Claim – coming June 27!

Take to the skies again! Skyblade’s Claim, the second novella in the Skyblade Saga, is coming to June 27!

Annabel Skyblade, notorious pirate captain, has a mystery on her hands: an enchanted piece of parchment she acquired while raiding a Svendaran airship. Victorie Brassfield, the Cerindel Navy’s top intelligence officer, found another one just like it in the pocket of a Svendaran agent.

Annabel and Victorie have a history. After coming together over a common goal, their unlikely friendship blossomed into a budding romance. But it’s been hard to maintain a relationship when their hearts take them in different directions – and put them on opposite sides.

Now they share a common quest once more. Can Annabel and Victorie uncover the mystery before them, through wild beer festivals, stately balls, and far-off-tropical islands, without letting their passion get in the way? Will this bring them closer together…or lead them to their bloody doom?

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The Thorn Harbour Road Rally – out today!

Start your engines! Today is the day that “The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel)”, the new Peavley Manor novelette, makes its official debut!

Well…technically, that happened Sunday if you were subscribed to my mailing list. That’s when the newsletter went out with links to let you download “The Thorn Harbour Road Rally” in .mobi or PDF. If you’re a subscriber and didn’t see the newsletter on Sunday, check your spam or junk email folders.

If you’re not a subscriber, it’s not too late! Click here to sign up, and in your final confirmation email, you’ll get a link to download the ebook!

And if you don’t want to subscribe…or if you want to help support what I do…or if you want to give an ebook to a friend…“The Thorn Harbour Road Rally” is available on Amazon! Click here to buy your copy, or search your local Amazon store. It’s just 99 cents US!

Whichever way you choose to go, I hope you enjoy it. Thanks, as always, for your support!

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The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel) – coming May 16!

Start your engines! The second Peavley Manor novelette, “The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel)”, will be coming Tuesday, May 16! Read on to find out how you can get a copy…for free!

It’s Race Day in the town of Darbyfield, and after an accident, heiress Alice Peavley and her gnome valet Macalley jump into the race behind the wheel of a friend’s motorcar. They’ll have to go up against five other racers and confront dangerous roads, dirty tricks, and a hungry bear. It’ll take all of Macalley’s brainpower, and all of Alice’s wits and determination, for them to win the Thorn Harbour Road Rally!

There’ll be two ways to get your copy of this new story. You can buy it for 99 cents US on Amazon, as with “Book Fair Frenzy (Or, Macalley Turns The Page)”, and help to support what I do. It’ll be released on May 16, and you can preorder it now! (Outside the US? Just search your local Amazon store!)
However, if you’ve signed up for my mailing list, you will receive “The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel)” for free with a mailing that should go out Sunday – and this’ll be a file formatted for your Kindle! (I’ll also send a PDF just in case.) If you haven’t signed up, now will be a good time. I’ll be kicking the mailing list back into gear, with bi-monthly mailings filled with news, previews and more. And your email address will never be sold, given away, or used for anything except sending you that newsletter. Promise. (And if you’re reading this after the novelette has come out, you’ll get it for free when you sign up for the mailing list!)
Click here to sign up for the mailing list, make sure your goggles are properly strapped on, and I’ll talk to you on Sunday!

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she turns me on, don’t get me wrong, but I’m only blogging

Today’s Sunday catchup will be brief, due to a badly-timed power outage. But I do have an announcement, for those who missed it during Friday’s Tea Party: Work is underway on the second Peavley Manor story! It looks like it’ll be another novelette, and the title is… “The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel)”! Look for it sometime in May!

And If you missed Madame Askew’s Tea Party last Friday, you can watch it on Facebook. The delightful, vivacious Madame discussed tea, dances, Scotland, a naughty cat, more tea…and “Book Fair Frenzy”! I cannot thank Madame Askew enough for her time and her kind words. Don’t forget – the good Madame and/or other members of the Temporal Entourage host a Tea Party every Friday night, so do drop by!

More next Sunday as always, Assuming the lights stay on, that is.

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Book Fair Frenzy to be featured on Madame Askew’s FB Live on Friday!

If you’ve read “Book Fair Frenzy (Or, Macalley Turns The Page)”, you’ve seen the mention in the acknowledgements of Madame Askew (a.k.a. Jocelynne Simone), whose videos on tea dueling helped to inspire parts of that story. I’m pleased to announce that Madame Askew will be discussing “Book Fair Frenzy” during the weekly Facebook Live video on her Temporal Entourage’s page! It’ll be Friday, April 21 (tomorrow!), starting at 6:30 PM Pacific / 9:30 PM Eastern / 3:30 AM CET! If you can’t make it for the live webcast, it’ll be available for viewing shortly after the webcast wraps up; check my Twitter feed for the link, or check here on Sunday.

Oh, and since Madame Askew will be discussing a story I wrote, I will be taking part in the live chat. There may be questions. There may be behind the scenes insights. There may even be a surprise. But make no mistake…there will be tea and biscuits!

Click here to find out more about Madame Askew, her trusty sidekick The Grand Arbiter, the rest of the Temporal Entourage, and their many adventures, and also to be notified when the event goes live. Hope to see you there!

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Book Fair Frenzy (Or, Macalley Turns The Page): A Tale Of Peavley Manor

It’s here at last! Meet the irrepressible Alice Peavely, the imperturbable Macalley, and Alice’s friends and rivals in their debut novelette, Book Fair Frenzy (Or, Macalley Turns The Page)!

I’m going to do something a bit different here…

You can click “Continue Reading” and read this for free, after the cut…

Or you can help support my work and spread the word by buying a nicely formatted and ready for your tablet or phone copy on Amazon! Click here for the US link, or search your local Amazon store.

Do whichever you like, and do it without guilt. I’m fine either way. (And doing both wouldn’t hurt!) But please, please, spread the word. Review, retweet, share the Facebook post, blog, mention it to friends over a hot cup of tea, whatever works for you.

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Book Fair Frenzy: Cover reveal and blurb!

The story I’ve been mentioning for the last two weeks is done, except for the formatting. It may not be ready for a few more days…but I think at this point, I can tell you what’s going on. This is a novelette, which I think is a fancy term for “longish short story”. It’s the debut of a new series – Peavley Manor – with a new cast of characters and a new setting. (And unlike the Skyblade Saga, this has no connection with the Monkey Queen series.) It’s technically not the first story chronologically, just a taster for what’s to come.

Here’s a peek at…”Book Fair Frenzy (Or, Macalley Turns The Page)”!

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Take To The Skies…Again! (Post #500)

I promised an announcement for post #500 on this blog, and I’ll lead off with that. I’ve started writing the second book in the Skyblade Saga…Skyblade’s Claim! If everything lines up right, it’ll be coming out on June 1, along with other books in the next wave of Plundered Chronicles stories! If for some reason you missed the first book in this series, Skyblade’s Gambit, head over to Amazon’s US store to check it out.

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