There’s nothing quite as thrilling for me as releasing a new book in the Magnificent Devices steampunk series. Fields of Air, the first of three books about Gloria Meriwether-Astor’s adventures in the Wild West, came out today! I hope you’ll enjoy it, because you’re the reason I do this (well, and because I like having company in my imaginary worlds).
Gloria has come a long way since her days as Lady Claire’s classmate at St. Cecelia’s, when the two of them—I must be frank—despised each other. Gloria’s eyes were opened about her own misjudgment of Claire, which also revealed to her that while she might be rich in material wealth, she was poor in friendship. Through the adventures of Books 7 and 8, she learned a thing or two about herself and about just how valuable friendships among women can be. Now she has even more to learn—and since she intends to stop the war her father started, it’s going to be quite the experience. I hope you’ll join her (and me) on the journey!
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Her father started a war. She intends to stop it.
Her father may have sacrificed his own life to save hers, but heiress Gloria Meriwether-Astor is finding it difficult to forgive him. After all, how many young ladies of her acquaintance will inherit wealth, beauty, and a legacy of arms dealing? Now the Royal Kingdom of Spain and the Californias is about to declare war on the Texican Territory and Gloria simply will not allow it.
In company with Alice Chalmers and the crew of Swan, along with a lost young Evan Douglas seeking reparation for his own sins, she takes to the air. Her intention—to stop the train carrying the final shipment of monstrous mechanicals into the Wild West. But they should have known that making a deal with air pirate Ned Mose in exchange for his help could never end well.
What is a lady of principle to do? For the lives of thousands may depend on her ability to stop the war … even if it means losing everything and everyone she has come to love …
Coming in late January/early February 2016!
“I liked Gloria Merriweather-Astor. It would have been so easy and so in keeping with so many tropes, to make this character a Mean Girl or a ditzy fool. She is neither—she is an intelligent, moral actor in her own right (though a sad and desperately lonely one) and it’s another element I love about these books; from Claire to Gloria to Alice to Lizzie and Maggie to Lady Dunsmuir, the women in this series generally like and respect each other. Other women are not required to be lesser—weaker, more cowardly, less intelligent—in order for Claire to be awesome. She is not an Exceptional woman, she is an awesome woman among awesome women.” —Fangs for the Fantasy
, on A Lady of Integrity
I have the most amazing art team–Claudia at PhatPuppyArt and Kalen O’Donnell. They unfailingly take my vague specifications (“It’s Weird West and there’s a blonde girl and she’s looking out an airship’s viewing port”) and give me far beyond what I could imagine. So without further ado, here is the cover for the first of three books about Gloria’s adventures, Fields of Air. I hope you love it as much as I do!
If you’re a subscriber to my once-in-awhile newsletter, then you know that in celebration of US Thanksgiving—and to show my gratitude for my readers—I offered two subscribers their choice of a box set of the audiobook CDs for either A Lady of Resources or A Lady of Spirit (which features a bonus track of JR Shanty Co. performing “Neptune’s Maid”). If you are not yet a subscriber, then I encourage you to become one here! Who knows what this might lead to?
After tossing the names in a veiled riding hat and vigorously stirring them about, here are the names that Pippa the chicken pulled out:
- D. Piccurelli
- Beau Johnson
I will contact you regarding your choice of audiobook and the code for your address’s pneumatic tube. And thank you!
You may remember earlier this year that my screenwriter partner and I did not make the finals in the Macgyver contest. However, we took first place in the “Best Television Concept” category of the New York Screenplay Contest! Here is the lovely certificate we received:
It’s wildly unlikely that the Lady will ever have her own TV series, but it’s fun to think that someone in NYC believes it could be possible!
This has been quite the exercise, and has taught me that no matter how rigorous one’s QA process might be, it can never be rigorous enough!
For Amazon Kindle readers, Amazon is going to send you all a note saying that the book has been updated, and to please download the fresh copy using your Kindle Manager.
For iBooks, Kobo, and Nook readers, I’ve uploaded the fresh file and expect that it will take a day or so to populate on the sites. Once you can “look inside the book” and see the invitation to the ball arriving at Hollys Park, you can re-download the fresh version.
I am so sorry about this. I think I’ll just go back to book 10 now, and lock myself in Ned Mose’s upstairs prison room in Resolution.
I have just been informed by a vigilant reader that in her copy of Devices Brightly Shining, chapter one is actually the first chapter of Fields of Air! The first chapter of the Christmas novella should open with Alice and Ian receiving their invitation to the Dunsmuirs’ ball in London, not with Gloria at a ball in the Fifteen Colonies. Gloria comes in the excerpt at the end of the novella.
After I recovered from this dreadful news (and thought things not lawful to be uttered about software and the corruption thereof), I swiftly re-uploaded the book to all the retailers and double-checked that indeed the invitation to the Dunsmuirs’ ball was in the opening pages.
Please, if somehow your copy does not have the correct opening chapter, I beg you to re-download it from your retailer of choice. If the gods smile on me, you will receive the corrected version with no further trouble.
Excuse me while I go hunt up the smelling salts. I am quite done in.