Tuesday, July 22, 2014

#cvreadalong -- Chapter Sixteen

Welcome back. We're on to Chapter Sixteen! Come join in the convo at #cvreadalong

Chapter Sixteen

The Vixen's Revenge docks in San Francisco and Noli says goodbye to the little girls. She gives Rachel the redheaded doll that Jeff had won for her at the pier back in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Jeff is taking Noli with her on the "drop" as he goes to give the artifacts they've stolen to the buyer.

The dress Noli is wearing in this chapter (and she wears in other parts of the book) is based on this one.

They stopped selling it before CV released, which made me sad because I had wanted to buy it to wear for my launch party. 

Noli's bad-assery from the previous chapter stays with her. My favorite line in this chapter is "For your information, Jeffrey Cornelius Braddock, I don't 'have hysterics'. However, I do have a parasol and I know how to use it."   

When she realizes that Jeff and Vix are doing business with Brogan, V's nefarious uncle and current king of the earth court, she takes the artifacts and gives them to Kevighn and hits Jeff with the aforementioned parasol when he intervenes. Noli reveals what really happened when she went missing from Findlay House, complete with faeries and magic. 

Kevighn promises Noli that he'll dispose of the artifacts but he actually double crosses her and gives them to the dark king. Kevighn and Ciaran, the dark king, have a very long history. The dark king welcomes back the exiled Kevighn into the dark court, which he abandoned when he became huntsman after his sister's death. We also discover both the dark king and Brogan are separately trying to collect the pieces of the artifact, which is dangerous and powerful. 

Why do you think Noli still trusts Kevighn, after everything?  What about Noli's resolve to keep the artifacts out of Brogan's hands even if it means going against Vix's orders? 

See you tomorrow!

Monday, July 21, 2014

#cvreadalong -- Chapter Fifteen

It's time for Chapter Fifteen in the #cvreadalong. This is one of my favorites. What do you think? Tell me on twitter. #cvreadalong.

Chapter Fifteen

I love this chapter because Noli gets to have a bad-ass moment. With Hayden's Follies down the Vixen's Revenge is left to fend for itself when she's attacked by cannon ships. Noli and the sprite have to work together and use magic to deflect the cannon balls so they don't hit the ship. Since the sprite thinks it's boring, Noli makes it into a game, promising her points for blowing things up and describing it like Mintonette. 

For those of you wondering that Mintonette is, it was an early name for Volleyball. In the Otherworld it's played with no hands, only magic. 

Unfortunately, Vix sees magic in action. However, what we haven't known until now is that Vix and Jeff know about the Otherworld, and now they suspect Noli knows as well. 

Things also start to align regarding the artifacts the crew is stealing and who exactly they're working for. 

So....who do you think the artifacts are for? Ideas?   

See you tomorrow!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

#cvreadalong -- Chapter Fourteen

Welcome back to the Charmed Vengeance read-along. Don't forget to join us on twitter at #cvreadalong.

Chapter Fourteen

One think I like about the chapter is how V and James' story line and Noli's story line brush up against each other but don't quite intersect.

V and James are in pursuit of Rahel, Dr. Heinz's daughter so they can get their automaton. Meanwhile the ship they're chasing has been captured by the Vixen's Revenge and Rahel is with Noli.

When I created this world of airships and air pirates I wanted to make sure that there were women represented -- even though according to the laws of the mortal realm a woman can't fly any sort of conveyance alone. Vix skits this because Jeff is the pilot, and she's the captain. (Not that she probably cares, after all, she hoverboards, which is also illegal for women.) But what about women who just don't care? After all, being an air pirate is already illegal, why not break the law even more.

Enter Hittie and Hattie Hayden, proprietresses of Hayden's Follies. Hayden's Follies is a sparrow class schooner. A very small, very light ship that's really only good at one thing. Going fast. The sisters work closely with Vix, both in the women's equality movement and  the children's liberation front and in their primary occupation--flying decoy.

Decoys are bait. The decoys are hired to lure the air partly, or in this case the MoBatts, away so another ship can pass through safely. In this case The Vixen's Revenge needs to move those kids to San Fran fast, and that means flying the unfriendly skies of Deseret.

Hittie and Hattie take James and V aboard for the wild ride. I do love how the sisters deem V "useless", given he can't really do anything helpful aboard an airship. Things get worse when their ship is shot down in enemy territory. Not only can they not get caught (or they'll be taken prisoner) but James and V need to get Rahel before she's taken to the safe house and V and James have to use their magic to fix the ship, though they're attacked by more "helpers" for Queen Tianna.

Hittie and Hattie (also spelled Hitty and Hatty) were nicknames of the time, short for Henrietta and Harriet (though Hattie canbe used for both, Hittie can also be short for Esther or Mehitabel.)

One of my favorite lines in this chapter is "Good One, Captain Subtle," which James mutters when V uses a little too much magic.

What's your favorite Chapter 14 moment? Do you think James and V will meet up with Noli soon or do you think they'll be kept apart? 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

#cvreadalong -- Chapter 13

Happy Weekend! We're past the halfway point on the #cvreadalong. Make sure you join in the convo on twitter! Feel free to ask all your Aether Chronicles series questions.

Chapter 13

In this chapter two story lines finally collide (and they do collide.) Kevighn Silver arrives aboard the Vixen's Revenge only to discover that Noli's not in Los Angeles, but aboard the ship. This is an uncomfortable moment for both of them since a) Kevighn is afraid Jeff might hurt him if he knows the truth b) it's difficult to explain anything without mentioning the Otherworld. 

I love how protective Winky and the crew get of Noli -- and how Vix knows instinctively that Kevighn is trouble, probably more than he's worth. Asa's name was originally Cage, and wasn't changed until very late in the game. In fact, the ARCs of book 3 still have Asa as Cage. 

The Vixen's Revenge also takes off after the human traffickers and gets in a gun battle, conquers the ship, then takes all of their cargo, including the little girls, which they'll take to a safehouse in San Francisco which will try to reunite the little girls with their families. 

One of my favorite moments in this chapter is how the sprite takes over -- but this time it's not to paint and decorate, but to take care of the little girls. The sprite takes charge doing tasks Nol would do, but find tedious, giving us a hint that the sprite is capable in her own right when she wants to be.

Another favorite moment of mine is when Kevighn wakes up Noli only to discover the sprite is in control -- and of course sly Kevighn's reaction to discovering that V has broken the stone in Noli's necklace. I do love Kevighn's determination. 

What's your favorite Chapter 13 moment?

See you tomorrow!

Friday, July 18, 2014

#cvreadalong -- Chapter Twelve

Welcome back to the #cvreadalong. We're about halfway through CHARMED VENGEANCE now. Don't forget to chime in on twitter, hashtag #cvreadlong.

Chapter Twelve

Remember when I mentioned the three storylines and how they'd cross? Well...in Chapter Twelve we catch up with Kevighn Silver, who's looking for a job. The Vixen's Revenge is looking for a crew member...

Just wait until Kevighn and Noli meet, though you'll have to wait for another chapter for that.

Meanwhile, the sprite has taken over, and is busy decorating the engine room with ribbons and painted flowers...in the middle of Noli's diagnostics and repairs. (I'm not actually sure where the idea for that came from.)  But it is an indicator of the Sprite's growing strength and how much focus and energy Noli has to have to keep the Sprite in check. After all, there's basically another person in her head, one with thoughts. feelings, and magic of her own.  

Even though Vix is Jeff's girlfriend, and even though he's first mate on the ship, we see how hard Jeff tries to protect his sister, and hide her oddities from the others, even though he has no idea what is actually happening.

Noli isn't human anymore, and she's earth court now, well, sort of. She's also on an airship, up in the air. This is why she does things like ask Jeff to buy her a plant or take her to the park. It's her new nature that seeks a connection with the earth.

I love the interaction between Jeff and Noli as they sneak into the garden and have a picnic--and their banter as they visit the museum.

The human trafficking theme starts to pick up here. As I mentioned earlier, this stemmed from a conversation on twitter. In the Victorian Era there weren't enough "joy-girls" (as Kevighn might say) to fill the demand so girls were abducted and brought to America to work in brothels.In 1910 a law was actually passed banning interstate transport of women for "immoral purposes." Unfortunately, human tracking is still a problem world-wide over a hundred years later.

For the purpose of the story I have air pirates helping with the abduction of women and girls, from not just elsewhere, but the United States as well. Vix and some of her air pirate friends, and some of the "women's equality movement" actively work against these particular air-pirates, since the law looks the other way. Who better to catch an air pirate than another air pirate?

Why do you suppose Jeff took Noli to the museum? Why did the symbols look familiar to Noli? 

Have a good weekend, and I hope you'll join us tomorrow for the next chapter!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

#cvreadalong -- Chapter Eleven

We're on Chapter Eleven of the #cvreadlong. Don't forget to join us on twitter and add in your thoughts, feelings, and questions.

Chapter Eleven

One thing about Steampunk, is that there's a lot of tech. It's an integral part of Steampunk. While we don't see much tech in the Otherworld, we do see it in the mortal realm. Also, Noli's on an airship, working as an engineer, and she's fixing an engine.

This means I need to know, at least a little bit, how my airships work, what the problem with the engines might be, and how she might fix them.

Thank goodness for the Internet. I had to do not just Internet research, but I also exchanged a lot of in-depth hypothetical emails and twitter convos with engineers and people who know how engines work. I do admit, the Vixen's Revenge suffers from "probably wouldn't actually fly" syndrome, but I hope I got some of the things right. (All mistakes are mine. I have a degree in politics, not science.)

Writers joke about the odd things they research for their books and how we're all on NSA watch lists. For this chapter, I had to research knife throwing, since Thad teaches Noli how to throw knives.

We also rejoin V and James who are now trudging through the snow in search of an automaton. Yes, Dr. Heinz is an homage to Phineas and Ferb. (You know they have a steampunk episode? It's pretty fun.)

James and V find the perfect item for their quest, but they have no money, so they agree to help Dr. Heinz get his daughter back in exchange for the automaton.

“I can’t believe you promised him we’d find his little girl. ‘Nay, if our wits run the wild-goose chase, I am done,’” he quoted. That’s what this felt like: a wild-goose chase.
“Ease up,” James shot back from the seat next to him. “And stop quoting Chaucer.”
“It’s Shakespeare, you heathen,” Steven corrected.

It's Shakespeare, you heathen, is one of my favorite quotes in the book. I think I need it on a t-shirt.  Don't you?

Do you have any favorite quotes?

See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

#cvreadalong -- Chapter Ten

It's time once again for the #cvreadalong. Don't get discouraged if you fall behind, keep up the best you can. Also, don't forget to ask your Aether Chronicles questions, and add your chapter reactions on twitter with the hashtag #cvreadalong.

Chapter Ten

This is another chapter I love. It's a continuation of Chapter Nine as we follow V and James who have found themselves in NYC without any money or supplies. 

The idea of having to bring the fluffy kitten to the club as payment was a product of twitter-sourcing. I asked twitter what you'd bring a Fae owner of a burlesque hall as a gift when you needed him to do you a favor...and that was one of the answers. I liked the imagery of James waking down the street with a kitten in his coat. 

Writing the burlesque hall, Mathias' Place, was also fun. This idea came about in the same cab ride as stranding V and James naked, and those two writers helped me with a little of what the club might look like, pulling from history and what places like that might be lie at the time. I also asked twitter, but when I asked "what would a steampunk burlesque hall look like" all I really got were tweets like "I don't know, but I want to go to one." So, I used my imagination to create what I think a place like that, run by one of the fae, might look like. Classy, but a place where V would be uncomfortable. 

We do see a lot of V being V on this adventure. He really is a fussy old bodger sometimes, isn't he?

James shrugged, tucking the kitten back into the coat and taking a drink. "You know what your problem is? You worry too much."
James' problem was that he didn't often worry at all.

I always like this exchange between the brothers, which highlights some of their differences.

My question about steampunk burlesque halls may not have brought forth many helpful suggestions, but did spurn a really interesting conversation on what it might be for the girls working at such a place, in a historical context. I make a point of saying that Mathias' girls want to be there and are paid, because of the historical human trafficking issues of the era (not that there aren't human trafficking issues in this era, either.) But more on that theme later. 

We also meet Mathias, who's quite the interesting character. He's acquainted with Quinn, V and James' tutor and is quite willing to help of James and V. I can tell you, we haven't see the last of Mathias or his club. 

What do you think of Mathias' Place? Where do you think V and James' adventure will go from here?

See you tomorrow! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

#cvreadalong -- Chapter Nine

Welcome back to the #cvreadalong.

Chapter Nine

Yesterday I talked a little about character torture. Chapters nine and ten are among my favorite chapters because I get to torture James and V, and a little less subtly than what happened to Noli in Chapter 8.

The idea for leaving James and V stranded naked, on top a building in NYC, came about in a conversation I had when I was in a cab with two other writers. They both live in NYC so they were happy to suggest buildings and all sorts of other tidbits. The building James and V are in is based on the Flatiron building. Did anyone guess that?

Also, I wanted to do something that would delay the quest and be quite inconvenient but not actually hurt them (since that would break the rules of questing.) Couldn't you imagine what sort of pranks people could devise to delay or lead astray questers that didn't actually break the rules?

In addition to misadventures and sibling dynamics, we get a little hint as to James' adventures during INNOCENT DARKNESS when he disappears to find Jeff and Charlotte. (Yes, I know you want this story. I am hoping to make this a reality. I really am trying.)

So, what pranks would you play on questers? 

See you tomorrow!

Monday, July 14, 2014

#cvreadalong -- Chapter Eight

We're now in week two of our CHARMED VENGEANCE read-along. It's not to late to join in, we're doing a chapter-a-day. Also, don't forget to chime in on twitter with the #cvreadalong hashtag.

Chapter Eight 

One of the perks of being a writer is tormenting them. But you don't have to leave your characters naked on top of a building, you can torment them in much subtler ways. This chapter is full of Noli-torment. 

We've got:
  • Vix and Noli's continued clash over what exactly makes a strong women and Vix's obvious bias against Noli, mostly based on Noli's dress and manners
  • The Sprite. I do love the spite and how she takes over Noli's body at the more in-opportune times. I also love how the Sprite is very similar in personality to how society girls are expected to be in Noli's world--and how unabashed the Sprite is about loving girly things, fun, and happy moments. 
  • Noli trying to hid the truth about everything from Jeff, which isn't helpful when you have a magic suitcase and a sprite in your head
  • Poking at Noli's Victorian sensibilities in regards to sex. 
Let's talk about sex. We know Noli's more secure in her sexuality than the average well born girl. But I couldn't help but throw in a few thing just to see what happened. Like the box of things Winky brings her, things belonging to a "soiled dove" that used to live on the ship. In case you didn't figure it out, "soiled dove" is a term for prostitute. I used a term from the wild west because I thought it was better suited to what an air pirate might use than some of the other terms used throughout the series.

Noli knows what some things are in the box, but not all. (Hmmm, I wonder what dirty books were in there.) It was really fun to see Jeff's reaction when she asks him about one of the items, the "cylindrical object". After all, even though Jeff is now an air pirate, he was raised as a well born gentleman, and he's older than Noli, so he had even more of it. Noli tends to bring out those knee-jerk gentleman reflexes 

Also, I couldn't help but include that conversation between Noli and Vix about the possibility of Noli being "in a delicate condition" eg. pregnant. Many unmarried girls in Noli's time, especially society girls, didn't really know how you got pregnant or even what happened during sex. Noli does, but she's not most girls. Given Noli's flight, and how savvy Vix is (and Vix's past experiences) it's very natural to see Vix considering this. Not to mention fun to see both characters squirm, I can't just torment Noli, you know. 

Back in the opening chapter of the book, we saw Noli doing something with Charlotte's hair, then bringing it with her. Hair weaving was an actual Victorian pastime. It was not uncommon to make things out of hair-- from things like a watch chain to works of art. Ladies' magazines would post instructions of how to make things from hair, just like you might see a DIY project today. Girls might make little thing from their own hair and exchange them with their besties or give them to their sweethearts. Or one might make something as a remembrance from the hair of a departed loved one -- like Noli making a watch chain from Charlotte's hair to give to James so that he can keep a little bit of Charlotte with him always. I got the idea to include this from a post another author did on this subject over at the blog STEAMED

Would you weave something out of hair? What would you make? What was your favorite squirmy moment from this chapter? Share here or over on twitter -- #cvreadalong

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

#cvreadalong -- Chapter Seven

We're one week in to the #cvreadalon! How's everyone doing? Don't be discouraged if you fall behind, also, don't be afraid to read ahead, either. Don't forget to add your questions and comments to the #cvreadalong hashtag on twitter.

Chapter Seven

We're back with V and James on this quest and we get a glimpse to how spoiled and unprepared they are for this. Remember how everyone loves a quester? V and James run into some Otherworld folk and their quest takes a turn. After all, not everyone loves royalty or the earth court. Not to mention Tiana is encouraging people to "mess" with them, but not in so many words.

The second half of the chapter puts us with Kevighn, as his storyline and V and James' don't so much intersect as brush up against one another. Here we see that Kevighn still harbors feelings for Noli. He also isn't aware that she's left LA.

We also get mention of the dark court and the dark king. Bits of things are being dropped, things which will become important later (this chapter's a bit like an Easter egg hunt, can you find everything?)

This chapter was fun to write because a) I get to torture James and V a little, b) I start weaving together things as the plot thickens, pulling in this and that as the storylines start to brush up against each other or outright intertwine.

Noli and company are headed to Denver. Kevighn's headed to Denver. Hmmmm....

See you tomorrow!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

#cvreadlong -- Chapter Six

We're now on Chapter Six of the #cvreadalong. If you get behind, it's okay! Also, remember, you can ask any and all questions about CHARMED VENGEANCE or any of the Aether Chronicles books using the hashtag #cvreadalong. You're not limited to the questions or chapters of the day.

Now on to today's chapter.

Chapter Six

One thing I really like about this book is that there are three separate storylines:

  1. James & V's quest
  2. Noli on the airship
  3. Kevighn drinking his way across the US
Eventually these storylines intersect. 

In chapter six Kevighn is looking for work. (I'm sure you can see where this is headed.)

Noli is now aboard the Vixen's Revenge. In this chapter we start to get to know the rest of the crew. We also see Noli at work--her brother "broke" breakfast and comes to her to fix it. Noli-the-problem solver, of course, comes to a solution, as she merges her ability to fix things, will the more domestic aspect of her life, which we seldom see. Noli's early "training" to be a "household general" ie. "lady of the house" shines through in some of these airship chapters as she steps up to fill in some of the gaps on the ship that make life more comfortable (mending, cooking) while still being the engineer. 

Also, there is a difference between a "lady" and a "woman" which is brought up in this chapter and in others. The men on the ship tend to think of Noli as a lady and Vix as a women. This sort of echos the Victorian line of thinking of class and societal positioning. Noli, of course, hardly thinks of herself as a lady, but it's interesting to see how others beyond V and James see her. 

Who's your favorite character on the ship? What does Noli stepping in to "fix breakfast" tell us about her character? What do you think of Jeff and Vix's relationship?

Tell me here or on twitter using #cvreadalong. See you tomorrow! 

Friday, July 11, 2014

#cvreadlong -- Chapter Five

Welcome back to the #cvreadalong.

Chapter Five

In Chapter Five V and James go off on their fools errand, aka their "quest." The idea of a quest invokes imagery of grand adventures, dangerous deeds, and chivalry.

In the Otherworld it's not uncommon for young men and women to go on quests, both to prove their bravery and for other reasons. It's such a part of their culture that there are rules regarding them. Questers have the right to ask for help from other Citizens of the Otherworld (who don't necessarily have to assist them, but many will do what they're able.) Others enjoy toying with questers. They can't actually "impede" their quest, but they certainly can make things difficult.

V and James make the decision to try to make it as mortals, since they don't want to attack attention. Of course, they didn't bring money and didn't really think things out, so we'll see how it goes...

What do you think of V and James' quest? Tell me here or on twitter. Don't forget you can ask questions or leave any comments about CV using the hashtag #cvreadalong

Thursday, July 10, 2014

#cvreadalong -- Chapter Four

Welcome back for Chapter Four of the #cvreadalong.

Chapter Four

The cool night air kissed Noli’s face. The sight of the moored airships greeted them as they walked out onto the wooden pier, the ground far below. Noli’s eyes widened as she took everything in under the light from the dim gas lamps. It had been some time since she’d seen so many airships up close. Most of them were fairly small, raven or falcon-class and a few little sparrows, often looking like a cross between birds and pirate ships. Balloons filled with helium or hydrogen bobbed alongside the wood-and-metal bodies of the vessels. One or two of the airships looked like repurposed military ships, gunmetal gray rather than dark wood and gleaming brass, and containing only a tiny cabin and one large balloon.

Chapter Four features airships! It was really fun to create all the different types of airships we see in this book, especially the Vixen's Revenge. Both Vix and her ship did start out as a joke on twitter...(I told you.)

Chapter Four doesn't just introduce us to Vix and her crew, it introduces us to a little bit of Alternate History. One of the things I really enjoy about writing steampunk is the ability to play with history and explore the what ifs  and never wases.  Here, I introduce the MoBatts and the state of Deseret. Deseret was actually a state that never was, and in my alternate world I make it a legitimate territory, though much smaller than proposed.

In my world, the MoBatts are a private air-patrol over Deseret. They're really good and the bane of air pirates everywhere. Deseret is very conservative, and most everything air pirates seem to enjoy is illegal there. For more information on MoBatts, Deseret, and how my versions differentiate from reality, check out this blog post.  The idea of steampunking the Mormon Battalion didn't originate on twitter, but in a steampunk writing class I taught.

Vix quickly became one of my favorite characters to write (and you'll see more of her in Book Three.) She's tough and strong and in interesting foil to Noli. While Noli tends to do what she wants, she does it while wearing a dress and a corset and had never really thought of doing otherwise. Vix, on the other hand, wears men's clothes, has short hair, and  doesn't quite understand why Noli would want to wear a dress. Though they both have more in common than they want to admit, and it goes far beyond Jeff.

While Jeff, too, is fun to write, I really like Winky. If you have trouble picturing Winky, I always thought he looked a bit like Mr. Smee in the animated version of Peter Pan. 

Who's your favorite member of the Vixen's Revenge? How do you think Jeff and Vix met? What other questions or comments do you have about this chapter? Share it here or on twitter at #cvreadalong

See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

#cvreadalong -- Chapter Three

We're on to Chapter Three of CHARMED VENGEANCE today in the #cvreadalong!

Chapter Three

I love this chapter, which is aptly titled "Leaving Los Angeles."

This is a very pivotal chapter. Noli's grandfather arrives to take her and her mother back to Boston. However, while Mrs. Braddock is willing to do as her father (Noli's grandfather) wishes, Noli doesn't want to go.

Some have commented about how weak Mrs. Braddock is in this chapter. The mortal realm in this series is very rooted in Victorian sensibilities. A lot of the reactions and societal rules are based on reality (remember Findlay House, I didn't make any of those treatments or labels up, those things really happened to girls and women.)

Mrs. Braddock's acting very much in-line with the way women like her were expected to act. After all, even though the Braddocks are poor right now, they weren't always. Mrs. Braddock is a woman from a very high class family and was raised by those standards. She's used to listening to a man of authority -- a husband, a father, even a son. So, when her father tells her to leave, she does.

On the other hand, Mrs. Braddock wants to go, and listening to her father gives her an out. She moved to Los Angeles with her husband for his work. This isn't her home and her family isn't here. Her husband is gone, and after seven years she's starting to believe he's never coming back. Her son is grown and gone and her daughter is old enough to be married off.  Because of her decline in social standing, she doesn't have many friends in Los Angeles anymore, and the way people now see her is different. While she loves her dress shop (and the fact she did go into business for herself does demonstrate that there is a strength to her), obviously it's not doing well enough to support her and Noli. She's tried to make it on her own, failed, and finally ready to accept the help from her family she's declined all these years.

One thing that can be easy to forget,was that Noli, too, was raised as a high class society girl for a very good portion of her life. However, she had her father to temper it--encouraging her to learn, be inquisitive, and teaching her how to fix things. Still, even though Noli doesn't consider herself to be this way, some of these sensibilities are still part of Noli and inform some of her behaviors and choices. Not to mention the sprite thrives on the very sorts of things Noli dislikes -- parties, dancing, silliness.

Now, there's a brief mention of Missy Sassafras and her perfect scones. This started out as a joke on twitter (seriously, it's all Lauren DeStefano's fault.) Beware, if you post something on twitter it may end up in a story. Missy is someone Noli doesn't like and we'll see much more of her in Book Three. I do wonder what makes those scones so perfect...

The end of chapter three feels very final to me. In some ways I feel like it marks the end of Noli's childhood. No matter what happens, things will never be the same.

But at the same time, she's about to go work on an air pirate ship! As an engineer!

Let the adventures begin.

What did you think of Chapter Three? Of Noli's relationship with her mother and grandfather? Of Mrs. Braddock's relationship with her father? Would you have made the same choice as Noli? As Mrs. Braddock? How did the end of Chapter Three make you feel? Tell me here or on twitter #cvreadlong along with any other thoughts, reactions, and questions. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

One Month Until FRAGILE DESTINY! Time for a giveaway...

FRAGILE DESTINY, book 3 in my Aether Chronicles Series releases in ONE MONTH! (8-8-14). Eeep. Destiny is coming! That means it's time for a pre-order giveaway! 

If you've pre-ordered FRAGILE DESTINY (or pre-order it before August 8th) just e-mail in your proof of purchase to aetherchroniclescontest@gmail and you'll receive a PDF of four short stories related to the Aether Chronicles world. Three have been previously available and one is exclusive! 

Everyone who pre-orders is eligible. The pre-ordered copy can be paper or e-book and pre-ordered online or in a store. Feel free to black out sensitive info, I just need to know you ordered it. (You can still find it online for as low at $6...) 

If you want a SIGNED copy-- order it from Vroman's and tell them you want me to sign it when I have my launch there on August 15th. Make sure you tell them who to sign it to. 

Thanks for supporting the Aether Chronicles Series. If you love Noli, V, Kevighn, and James please consider pre-ordering since it lets the publisher know you  want more! (Of course if you're waiting for one of my signings, that's okay, too.)