Mysteries and mayhem in steampunk Melbourne – coming soon

While I query on Return to the Monolith, I’ve decided to keep anxiety at bay (see last week’s post) by putting my Evangeline novellas out into the world.

The Antics of Evangeline is a series of novellas involving mysteries and mayhem in steampunk Melbourne. In the 1880s, Melbourne was the second largest settlement in the British Empire after London and flush with post-gold rush cash.

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The first novella in The Antics of Evangeline is Evangeline and the Alchemist.

Evangeline and the Alchemist

Evangeline, a seventeen year old reformed urchin and acrobat, is settling into a new comfortable life with her long lost father, Professor Caldicott. Although learning to be a lady is awfully dull.

When the police come to the door, seeking the Professor’s expertise in catching an alchemist, is this Evangeline’s chance to test her new invention and save the day? With well-deserved rests for cream buns, of course.

A beta reader described Evangeline and the Alchemist as “The Talons of Weng Chiang meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

Here’s a sneak peek at the first page of Evangeline and the Alchemist (although a previous draft).

Evangeline will come into the world in mid-2016. I’ll post further updates on the launch date once all is confirmed. I’m currently in final beta reading, cover design and setting up copy-editing.

 

 

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Why it’s different this time

My name is Madeleine and I’m a closet writer.

I’ve been dabbling with novels for years now…and nothing has come of it. There was my yoga detective, my vampire chef and my crime phase (until I realised I hated writing the violent bits). I finished Nanowrimo three times. But this time, it’s different. This time, I’m going to do something with this.

Why is it different this time?

Maybe it’s me. Perhaps it’s a matter of life experience, perhaps I needed to wait for the right story to come along, the right mix of dedication and time. Getting older and finally realising what I wanted to be when I grow up.

And the world has changed…there are more options for getting your work out there. Self publishing is becoming mainstream, I don’t have to rely on being “chosen” by old school publishers, I can manage my own writing, my own product and do it my way.

So this time, it’s different.