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Serpent Queen – Free today and tomorrow

Happy New Year!

Today and tomorrow, Serpent Queen is free for kindle download at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Serpent-Queen-Sky-Yarns-ebook/dp/B00ALCSV8K/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1356816656&sr=8-1

Please tell everyone! Please Tweet, post on FB, share. If you’ve
downloaded it already, please download it again. If you haven’t
downlaoded it… please do so! I want to hit hundreds of downloads… spread
the word, share the love.

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Cover Reveal! Dragonthology

dragonthologyEnter the pages of the Dragonthology. No single story has ever been great enough to contain the mystical, wondrous creature known as the dragon. We assembled the greatest draconian tales and put them between the covers of a single tome to satisfy your hunger for everything dragon. Seven magnificent stories, ranging from science fiction to mystery, await you within.

Published by Untold Press Due out Early to Mid January 2013. Contributors and blurbs below.

The Case of the Bloodstone Dragon by G.L. Jackson

A washed up has been, Private Investigator Clark is down to his last
$100. That is, until the night a mysterious femme fatale walks through
his door weaving a tale of intrigue in hope of recovering an artifact
steeped in mystery and danger. What follows is a raucous ride through a
little known human and dragon history, played out on the streets of New
York City.

Unto the Breach by Jason Andrew

Jonathan Heller uncovers an unusual secret during one of the bloodiest
campaigns of World War One in the middle of horrific trench warfare. Can
he convince an ancient dragon that humanity is worthy of life during
their darkest hour?

The Dragon of Sullivan Hall by Marian Allen

A dormitory full of fun loving female students, an angry red dragon with
a litter full of hungry whelps, and a particular student of Irish
descent. This won’t end well for the dragon.

Egg Hunt by Jay Wilburn

A lonely smuggler must make decisions he never dreamt possible in the
darkness of space to elude capture and protect his precious cargo of
dragon eggs. When one of them hatches, it threatens to damage his ship.
Can a person change enough to save a ship, a dragon, and himself?

The Clan by Troy Lambert

Dragons return to the earth and humanity enslaves them with the last
remnants of technology of their dying race. Now the technology of old is
fading. Will the dragons be able to rise again? Will the humans declare
war, or will a peaceful solution be found? It all rests in the hands of
an ancient dragon, and a lowly shepherd and his clan.

Dragon Seeks a Wife by Sandra Graves

What happens when a dragon falls ill and is told he will die in a year
and a day unless he finds his one true love? The only thing a dragon can
do. He sets out on a quest to win the hand of the perfect mate for a
dragon–the daughter of the king. Aided by a Quetzal bird sorcerer, he
begins his quest. An old fashioned fairy tale with a Meso-American

Darkness Taken by J.A. Campbell

In a land where children are warriors and the only adults are mythical
creatures, all are called to fight the Darkness. Til and her dragon
partner, Heliodor, complete the perfect Welcome Ceremony, but their joy
is short lived. The Dark has slain a unicorn and taken her foal back to
the Darklands. Can Til and Heliodor venture where none go and rescue the
young unicorn?

Serpent Queen-New Release!

Serpent Queen – Sky Yarns #1 (This is my first steampunk novella, it’s not specifically young adult.)

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gas: lighter than air, and more valuable than gold. It gives the mighty
airships the ability to fly. Without it, the delicate balance between
magic, technology, and nations would crumble.

The pirate ship Serpent Queen doesn’t much care for the balance of
nations, except when it affects her profit. So when Captain Adair is
hired to smuggle a load of aether gas into Tribunal lands for a rebel
group, the crew is happy to do it-as long as they get paid.

It’s a bonus that most of them have been wronged by the Tribunal in the past and this may be a way to unbalance the tyrants.

“An amazing cast of characters…and airships. What more could you ask for? The Serpent Queen is a must read for steampunk lovers.” Jen Wylie author of Broken Aro

“It’s like Firefly but with vampires and steam engines!” S.N. Holl

Amazon UK

Amazon UK

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Wow, all sorts of new stuff. This one’s out early, would make a great stocking stuffer as it’s in print. I’ve only read my story so I’m not sure what age groups the other stories fall under, but mine is at the same level as the Doc stories.

The Saloon of Doom, in the Gunslingers and Ghost Stories anthology.
Amazon Print
Amazon Kindle
Amazon UK
Barnes And Noble

Brown is a Border Collie who hunts ghosts with her human, Elliott.

“You sure you fight ghosts? This ‘un is a mean ‘un,” someone in the crowd shouted.
“Of course, fine sir. Brown caught one herself just last week. It’s that Border Collie Eye….”
I didn’t remember that ghost, but I barked once in agreement anyway. That got a few more claps.
“If the individual who summoned me would step forward, I’d like to get to work right away. The sooner we dispatch the foul creature, the sooner you gentlefolks can get back to your lives.”
The Sheriff stepped forward and touched the brim of his hat. “That’d be me, Mr. Gyles.”
My human’s scent changed slightly to sour nervousness.
“Nice to meet you.” My human jumped down from the bench and held out his hand to the Sheriff.
“Luke Tolbert.” The sheriff smelled of horses, gun oil, and dog. A star shone from his vest, and unlike Elliott, he had a wide brimmed hat on his head. Elliott’s hat was round and didn’t have much of a brim. His hair was darker and shorter than Elliott’s. He had a kind smile when he looked at me.
“Let me grab my instruments and we’ll take a look.” Elliott grabbed his hunting bag.
I jumped off the seat and followed them down the street between rows of buildings. Unlike back home in the city, this street was quiet and mostly empty.
“Never seen a dog quite like yours. She really hunt ghosts?”
“Of course, Sheriff, and she works sheep. She’s a Border Collie from the old country.”

Don’t forget you can enter to win a copy of any Decadent/Bono ebook at these blog stop locations:


Book Release Day! Summer Break Blues

And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Well, some of us anyway. Summer Break Blues, the sequel to Senior Year Bites, is now available to the world! Well, the English reading world anyway.

You can get it in ebook at these places:
Bono Books
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble

And possibly other ebook retailers.

If you haven’t read Senior Year Bites yet you can find buy links and more information here: http://writerjacampbell.wordpress.com/senior-year-bites/ (But I have to ask, why haven’t you read it yet? It’s awesome, check it out!)

There are several other stops on this tour of course. You’ll have a chance to win books and learn more about my characters. You can check out the dates here – http://writerjacampbell.wordpress.com/book-tours/

Summer Break Blues
Clanless #2
Meg managed to survive her senior year of high school as a vampire, and now she’s looking forward to a relaxing summer with her friends before trying to tackle college. Unfortunately, some unfinished business from the previous year rears its ugly head and Meg is forced to deal with the Sidhe who are distinctly unhappy that she killed one of their kind last winter. Then Ann’s parents vanish while they are on their annual summer vacation in Maine and it’s up to Meg and the rest of the gang to come to the rescue. Though she is still trying to figure out who, and what she has become, Meg and her friends feel they are up to the challenge. That is until things really start to fall apart.

Even though Steph and Alexander could see almost as well as I could, I was the only thing that kept them from being swept away. The waves picked up halfway to the lighthouse. One about knee height rolled across the slick black rocks. I braced and tightened my grip on Steph and Alexander’s hands, desperately holding on. I sensed from Alexander that my grip ground bones together, but I was sure they’d rather have bruised hands than be swept out to sea.

The wave hit us and tried to take my feet out from under me, but my Vampire…something…allowed me to keep my balance and stand firm against the onslaught. Steph staggered but kept her feet and I heard Alexander swearing, but he didn’t fall. We pushed onward, slowly. Steph tried to hurry but the water came up faster than I expected. Well, I didn’t know that much about oceans, but it seemed like it came up quickly. Maybe it was the storm.

The next wave that crashed into us hit me mid-calf. I stood firm. Alexander stumbled into my back and Steph lost her footing, the water dragging her until I jerked her upright by her abused arm. I pulled her back toward me so we could hear each other.

“We should go back!” The pounding surf drowned out my words but Steph knew what I said and shook her head.

“We’re over halfway. The lighthouse will shelter us!”

I winced at her shout, able to hear her much better than she could hear me. Alexander pushed himself against my back, wrapping one arm around my stomach, which I thought was weird, but then the waves hit us again and I understood. He held on for dear life.

“Steph is right.” He practically shouted in my ear. “Let’s keep going.”

Even with the danger I was aware of how close he was. I pulled away, almost pushing Steph forward as I dragged him along.

We were battered by several more waves, and I tried to hurry, not wanting my friends to drown. I was strong, but I knew nature was stronger.

And now for the good part. Decadent Publishing and I are giving away several books on this tour. You could win your choice of any Decadent/Bono Books ebook including Summer Break Blues, or Senior Year Bites. All you have to do for a chance to win is leave an email address and what format you’d like your book in. (PDF, Kindle or Nook) I need this info so I can pass it on to my publisher so they can send you your book and to notify you that you won. Each giveaway will be open for about a week and there will be several blogs hosting giveaways. I’m not gonna tell you which ones ahead of time though, you’ll have to go read them to find out. This giveaway closes on the 21st at midnight. Random.org will chose a winner on Thursday. Make sure you Leave your email and format!

Book Review – The Lady Astronomer

First off, I have to say, even if I wasn’t interested in steampunk, the cover would have caught my eye, because… wow… What a cover. It really reflects the story too.

This is a Steampunked and fictionalized story based on the life of Caroline Herschel. Following quite is straight from the author.

“The Lady Astronomer is inspired by the life of Caroline Herschel (1750-1848). She suffered from both Smallpox and Typhus, was a milliner, soprano, her brother William’s Assistant – he discovered Uranus, then known as George’s Star for the King who funded the build of the ‘Great Forty-Foot’ telescope – and most importantly, perhaps, became the first woman in recorded history to discover a comet. Not to mention the first woman in the UK to receive a working wage, from the King if you don’t mind.”

Lucretia’s life as an astronomer is quickly turned on its head by her eldest brother when he is commanded by the king to build the grandest telescope in the land. Her nights spent on rooftops gazing at the stars are replaced by adventure as the family move to be nearer the king. In a race to build the Forty-foot telescope on time, misfortunes take their toll. The lady astronomer finds court life to be more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. Can she find the strength inside to overcome the obstacles threatening her destiny? Only the stars will tell.

My Thoughts:
The Lady Astronomer is a fast read that’s hard to put down, so you’ll want to make sure you have an afternoon or two to devote to it. The main character, Lucretia, is quirky and fun to relate too, and her animal friends add interesting depth to the story and her character. She is an astronomer who pays the bills by making outrageous hats for the “fashionable” ladies. She lives with her brothers, one of whom named a planet after the king. This naming sets off a string of events that changes their lives. The king is apparently quite taken with having a planet named after him and chooses to move the family, pets and all, closer to him so they can build the “forty footer” – the largest telescope created. Many mishaps delay construction, some of them humorous and some of them much more serious. Along the way Lucretia finds out who her friends really are, and a potential love, faces tragedy and comes through it all with her wit and humor intact.

I really enjoyed this story. I always enjoy reading about strong women in history and adding in the steampunk gadgets, balloon rides, excellent characterization, slightly over the top but believable situations, and good fun humor, and I was really turning the pages. I did think it a bit odd that the characters referred to other characters as Mr. W, Mrs. W, etc instead of using real last names, but there may have been a cultural context I missed. I highly recommend this if you enjoy fast paced steampunk stories.

WOLF Donation Made!

Thank you everyone who contributed either extra or by buying Doc’s stories :) You can see the break down here: http://writerjacampbell.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/wolf-sanctuary-fund-raiser/

I’d like to welcome Katy O’Dowd to my blog today. She’s celebrating the release of her book, The Lady Astronomer, a young adult steampunk novel. Would you check out that amazing cover (full sized version at the end of the post)? And the book… well, it’s just as amazing. I asked Katy to tell us what she loves about Steampunk.

Thank you for having me over to your blog Julie – and happy birthday! Am honoured to be appearing on your special day, hope you eat too much cake and get loads of lovely prezzies J

*grin* Thanks. Cake is good :)

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things

This isn’t going to be all about The Sound of Music, but it could be. Nah, only joking! Let’s change the title of the piece to ‘These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things About Steampunk’. Which will probably be more than a few. Oh dear. Never mind, let’s carry on, shall we?

The best thing about writing Steampunk is the chance to let your imagination run totally wild and to come up with some equally wild stuff. Go brain!

The time period generally associated with Steampunk means that the fashions are awesome! And since ladies were never seen out of ankle-length skirts or dresses you can make them into complete trouser-wearing-kick-ass heroines. Who after adventure and derring-do change back into a gown for afternoon tea. Naturally. Marvellous!

The inventions and experiments can be wondrous and in writing sense great plot fillers/spinners – damn! I’m 5k words short… I know! I shall invent an invention! Then the invention shall come to life and wreak havoc, bwah hahaha! Damn again! Am short an evil person who shall wreak said havoc by inventing invention! I know! Let’s make him a kind of robotic mash-up of a man! And on it goes, with one thing leading to another. Actually, I bagsie that idea, and am rushing off to write robotic mash-up diabolical man straight after my work is done here.

This list could go on forever, but I’m going to make this the last entry and I’ll tell you why. So, the title of this piece had the word ‘few’ in it. I am purposefully putting four things in to show my other favourite thing about Steampunk. Although it can be a very polite genre, in my opinion it is also fairly anti-establishment, which fills my rebellious soul with glee. Never mind that I am now a respectable mother of two….

Where to buy: Publisher:                                                                                                                                        The Lady Astronomer was published by Untold Press www.untoldpress.com on 26th September 2012. It is currently available as an eBook, and will be out as a paperback later on in the year.

You can purchase The Lady Astronomer on Amazon USA and Amazon UK. http://www.amazon.com/The-Lady-Astronomer-ebook/dp/B009HIIKS0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350384152&sr=8-1&keywords=the+lady+astronomer


The blurb:

Lucretia’s life as an astronomer is quickly turned on its head by her eldest brother when he is commanded by the king to build the grandest telescope in the land. Her nights spent on rooftops gazing at the stars are replaced by adventure as the family move to be nearer the king. In a race to build the Forty-foot telescope on time, misfortunes take their toll. The lady astronomer finds court life to be more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. Can she find the strength inside to overcome the obstacles threatening her destiny? Only the stars will tell.

Author bio:

Katy is an arts and entertainment journalist and has worked for Time Out, Associated Newspapers and Comic Relief and her articles have appeared in The Times (London), Metro (London) and many other arts and entertainment publications, paper and online.

She reviews for the Historical Novels Review and the British Fantasy Society, is a commissioning editor at Pendragon Press and is co-editor of the Nasty Snips II Project for that press.

Alongside writing with her Dad under the pen-name Derry O’Dowd, whose first book ‘The Scarlet Ribbon’ was chosen to launch the History Press Ireland’s fiction line, she writes under her own name.

‘The Lady Astronomer’, a YA Steampunk novel, is out with Untold Press now. She is currently writing a Steampunk adult series because writing for tweens and teens is damnably hard work.

Katy blogs at www.katyodowd.com                                                                                             
Twitter @katyod                                                                                                                 
Facebook www.facebook.com/katy.odowd

And as a bonus, since you’re awesome and read this far, you get to learn some fun facts about this story from Katy.

A few facts:

I wrote The Lady Astronomer for my eldest son – he was jealous that I had used my younger son’s name in something else I was writing.

I work with an Astronomer on books that require his expert knowledge – the idea for The Lady Astronomer came to me while reading another book that he recommended I read.

The Lady Astronomer is inspired by the life of Caroline Herschel (1750-1848). She suffered from both Smallpox and Typhus, was a milliner, soprano, her brother William’s Assistant – he discovered Uranus, then known as George’s Star for the King who funded the build of the ‘Great Forty-Foot’ telescope – and most importantly, perhaps, became the first woman in recorded history to discover a comet. Not to mention the first woman in the UK to receive a working wage, from the King if you don’t mind.

Katy loves comments but she's only expecting to look at my main blog. Please comment here if you feel so inclined.

WOLF sanctuary fund raiser.

Well, it’s over, and I promised a detailed report. We raised $40 though sales and a few extra donations. Thank you everyone, especially Cathy Campbell who donated an extra $3.00 on top of buying a few of my books, and Louise Frager who donated an extra $3.06.

The Fundraiser was from July 1 to October 31st and involves donating half of proceeds on all my Doc stories to the WOLF sanctuary to help rebuild after the fire.

Here’s the detailed report.
July – 2.69
CreateSpace Novellas – 2
Profit $2.88
WOLF Gets – $1.44

Amazon – Kindle Direct – 1
Profit $2.05
WOLF Gets – $1.25

August – 17.52
Inkwolf Press – 8
Profit $44.37 (six of these were to a book store, eating the percentage they took)
WOLF Gets – $13.76

Extra Donation
Louise Frager – $3.06

Amazon – Kindle Direct – Moths – 2
Profit – $1.40
WOLF Gets – $.70

September – $11.80
Inkwolf Press – 1
Profit – $3.44
WOLF Gets – $1.72

Inkwolf Press – Moths – 1
Profit – $1.99
WOLF Gets – $1.00

Amazon – Kindle Direct – Doc – 3
Profit – $6.15
WOLF Gets – $3.08

Amazon – Kindle Direct – Moths – 4
Profit – $2.80
WOFL Gets – $1.40

Amazon – Kindle Direct – Camping – 4
Profit – $1.40
Wolf Gets – $.70

Inkwolf Press – Camping Tails – 1
Profit. $.99
WOLF Gets – $.50

Barnes and Noble – The Moths of Miller Place – 1
Profit. $.80
WOLF Gets – $.40

Extra Donation
Mom – 3.00

October – $4.46
Inkwolf Press – Doc – 1
Profit $3.44
Wolf gets – $1.72

Barnes and Noble – Doc, Vampire – Hunting Dog – 1
Profit $1.94
Wolf gets – $.97

Creatspace – Doc – 1
Profit $1.44
Wolf Gets – $.72

Amazon – Kindle Direct – Moths – 2
Profit $1.40
Wolf gets – $.70

Amazon – Kindle Direct – Camping – 2
Profit $.70
Wolf gets $.35

Total is $36.47
Extra donation – Julie- $3.53
$40.00 total + a Doc book.

Thank you everyone who bought a book and helped me to donate to this good cause. I sent an email to the director of WOLF and am waiting back for some instructions, but I will post when I send the final donation. I will do it within the week.