Curiosity Quills’ Gears of Brass Cover Reveal

Gear up
for GEARS OF BRASS! 
 
 
 
A
world like ours, but filled with gears of brass, where the beating heart is
fueled by steam and the simplest creation is a complex clockwork
device.  
 
Within
this tome, you’ll find steampunk fairy tale re-tellings, as well as original
stories that will send your gears turning.  
 
Welcome
to the steampunk realm, with eleven authors guiding your path. 
 
GEARS OF BRASS is a
steampunk anthology published through Curiosity Quills.  It will be available for purchase on November
10, 2014.  Within the pages, you’ll come
across clockwork inventions and steampunk-ified fairy tale retellings.  Eleven authors will guide you through worlds
filled with airships, top hats, and corsets.
 
Meet the authors:
Jordan Elizabeth writes young adult fantasy for
Curiosity Quills, including ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW which was published in
October and the upcoming TREASURE DARKLY; she’s represented by the Belcastro
Agency.
 
J. Million
is the author of Last of the Giants
and can always be found reading or writing.
 
Lorna
MacDonald Czarnota
is a professional storyteller and
author of several books including, Medieval Tales That Kids Can Read and Tell,
Breadline Blue, Legends Lore and Secrets of Western New York, Wicked Niagara,
Native American and Pioneer Sites of Upstate New York, and Dancing at the
Crossroads: Stories and Activities for At-Risk Youth Programming.
 
SA
Larsen
is represented by Paula Munier of Talcott Notch Literary
and is the author of published short stories, community-interest stories, and
magazine articles focused on children. 
 
Grant
Eagar
is an Engineer who would take the tales he told
his children at bed time, and transform them into fantasy stories. 
 
Clare
Weze
is the author of The House of Ash (forthcoming) and the
co-author and editor of Cloudscapes over the Lune.
 
Eliza
Tilton
: gamer, writer and lover of dark chocolate; author of the
YA Fantasy, BROKEN FOREST, published by Curiosity Quills Press.
 
Heather
Talty’s
stories have been featured in Enchanted Conversation, as well
as her own fractured fairy tale site, Mythopoetical (www.Beatrixcottonpants.com).
 
W.K.
Pomeroy
is a third generation writer who has published more than 70
short stories/articles/poems across many genres and styles, which now includes
Steampunk.
 
Christine
Baker
is the author of Lana’s
End
, The Guild of Dagda, and many
more. 
 
Natalia
Darcy
: a bookilicious reader, tea drinker and Zumba
aficionado who enjoys playing cards against humanity and washing her hair with
ice cold water. 
 
You can get your
steampunk fix before GEARS OF BRASS is released in November.  To enter for your chance to win a copy of
GEARS OF BRASS, you will need to share the cover.  This can be on your blog, Facebook, Twitter…
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to win.  The drawing for the winner will
be held on October 27th
 

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Author Interview with February Grace

I’m SO excited to host February Grace, author of GODSPEED, today. If you don’t have this book on your TBR list, do so now please and then read this post when you get back, because February answers questions about what inspires her and how she developed the characters of GODSPEED.

1) How did you get interested in writing?

 
I’ve been thinking up stories since before I could write, but it was really in fourth grade that I fell in love with writing.
 
I was an outcast then (bullied a lot) because my family didn’t celebrate holidays, and there was a lot of class time spent on holiday projects. So my wonderful teacher got me a library pass and permission to use the projectors and set me up with a project: watch short films of the beginning of fairy tales and rewrite the endings. I was in love- I was hooked, and that was it. I was a writer.
2) What inspired you to write GODSPEED?
 
I have always wanted to write a romance that wasn’t ‘dated’ so to speak, something that could stand up five, ten years after it was written without seeming stale. I grew up loving Jane Eyre and loved those dark and brooding leading men, so always wanted to write one of those, too.
 
Add to that my fascination with gears and clocks and machinery and I wanted to create a hybrid story, a romance that included all that.
 
But it was only because I was very, very ill and up late one night listening to the ticking of a three-faced clock that the idea for Godspeed actually happened. So yes, in the end I owe the novel to that clock and the desperation I felt at the time I really noticed for the first time how it sounded as all three faces ticked in unison.
3) How did you decide to go Indie?
 
It wasn’t a quick decision– I often doubted I’d publish at all, ever, in any way. I never really had the drive to publish until I went blind, then after I got some use of my sight back, I don’t know why, it suddenly became very important to me not just to write but to share that writing with other people.

Two years ago I decided to query two agents- knowing absolutely nothing about how you’re supposed to do it. Even so, one asked for a full on my first query ever (on my first manuscript, not this one) immediately. The other rejected me in seven minutes flat.

 
Eventually the first agent passed on the MS but invited me to send more work- but by the time I felt I was ready I had already learned how the industry works and was afraid, frankly, of getting chewed up in the machinery. I can’t grow a ‘thicker skin’ as it were- have never been able and I doubt it’ll happen at my age (I turn 41 this month). I also worried about giving up control over characters, plotline, cover art, all of that. Every aspect to me goes to the telling of the overall story, and so is very important to me.
 
I was convinced I was going to continue to practice what I referred to as the “Dickinson Method” in which I put everything I wrote into a trunk for my progeny to sort out after I was dead. But then a funny thing happened- through a series of events not to be believed- I subbed some of my poetry and prose and it was published! Then some more. By the time a few literary magazines had accepted my work, and I had Godspeed (my third novel MS) finished and my betas were encouraging me to go through with publishing it, I thought…what if?
 
It was a short hop from ‘what if’ to ‘OMG it’s on Amazon’. Of course I had help, with my health I couldn’t have done it alone. I hired a cover artist, an amazing copy editor, and a dear friend volunteered to do the formatting for me. And I am grateful. I know Indie is the right choice for me and I am so glad that I went through with it.
4) I loved your voice in this novel. So classic, lyrical, romantic–it evoked a feeling of nostalgia, of Victorian properness, and of gentility. How did you develop it?
 
Thank you very kindly for saying so.
 
I didn’t develop it, actually- I can’t develop voice. For me, creating characters is like meeting people. When you meet someone, you don’t assign them their traits or how they talk, they just are who they are. So are characters to me. I hear them, and I take down what they say. I just try my best to tell the world who they are, as I know them.  I hope I did the characters in this book justice, they all became very dear to me. The voice in this book, as I see it, is Abigail’s.
5) How did you develop the characters in GODSPEED?
 
The idea for Quinn came to me first, of course, and the rest just fell in line and introduced themselves, as it were, as I went along. One of the characters was very, very vaguely inspired by a person I met in real life, but I’m not going to tell you which one (sorry) LOL.
6) Is there going to be a GODSPEED II?
 
Actually…I am not planning a sequel to it. I feel like it’s a stand alone, and I think to continue the story from the ending would diminish the ending. You can never say never, of course, but I am afraid that I’d have to say the answer is, most likely, no. Will I write something else? Gosh, I hope so.
7) What’s your favorite genre to read?
 
I read a lot of non-fiction. Books about how the brain works, books about temperament theory and personality types. I love learning about what makes people tick. I’m an Idealist Counselor by temperament myself (INFJ) so that’s true to type.
 
I also love to read poetry, the old school stuff, Tennyson, Yeats, Keats. I read much more of that than I do genre fiction. WIth my limited use of my impaired eyesight a book really has to catch my attention for me to commit to what it takes for me to read it. I can’t read like I used to, like people with healthy eyes. So it takes me a very, very long time.
8) What’s your favorite book?
 
Ohhh, I can’t pick one, has to be one sci-fi and one classic. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. With The Scarlet Pimpernel thrown in for good measure there, too.
9) If you found a genie in a lamp, what three wishes would you wish for?
 
I’m going to guess you mean for myself, and not “world peace” or an end to hunger and poverty or prejudice because if that was possible I’d have wished those for sure already.
 
Two of the wishes, I really can’t say because they’re very dear to my heart and I’d cry. The dearest one, I will tell you, would involve my daughter. 
 
The last wish, though, I can tell you for sure.
 
I’d want to be healthy, even if only for one day. I’ve never been healthy in my life and my earliest childhood memories are of being in pain. Just one day I would love to wake up, be able to see, eat, walk, move, do the things normal people do every day, without feeling it. Yeah, one healthy, happy day…that would be amazing. If possible I’d like to spend that day somewhere really pretty.
10) What was the best present you’ve ever gotten?
 

I don’t know if you can call it a present per se, but I would have to answer, getting some use of my eyesight back. Being able to see colors again, the faces of the people you love, and the words you’re typing on the screen…there is no material gift I can think of that can measure up to that. I am very grateful…to all my doctors.

 
Thank you, Laura, so much for hosting me! These questions were amazing!
 
Thanks, Bru! It’s been a blast hosting you today. BEST OF LUCK with GODSPEED!!!!!!!