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Monday, January 3, 2011

99 Cent Steampunk Ebooks for the Kindle

So, you like steampunk? And you like a good deal? Good! Today's post highlights several steampunk ebooks currently available for 99 cents in the kindle store. Some are full-fledged novels while others are novellas or anthologies.

The first one is mine, but the rest are from other indie e-publishers and small-presses or magazines putting together short story collections. Give them a try and support the little guy. (Though, sample first, especially since some of these don't have any reviews!)

Eighteen-year-old Kali McAlister enters her steam-powered "dogless sled" in a race, intending to win the thousand-dollar prize and escape remote Moose Hollow forever. The problem? Fortune seekers and airship pirates are after her for the secret to flash gold, her late father's alchemical masterpiece.

With her modified rifle and a pocketful of home-made smoke bombs, Kali wouldn't normally hide from a confrontation, but taking on a whole airship single-handedly is a daunting task. Unfortunately, the other racers won't assist her--they're too busy scheming ways to sabotage her unorthodox sled.

When a sword-slinging stranger shows up, wanting to hire on as her protector, she's sure he has ulterior motives, but he's the only one interested in helping her. The question is...why?

An 18,000-word (80 page) novella.

Breeze is an outcast, a half-breed orphan born into a world torn apart by a thousand years of war. Breeze never knew her elven mother, and when her human father is recalled to the war, he leaves her in the safest place he knows: in the care of a reclusive tinker.

The Tinkerman's inventions are frightening at first -noisy, smelly, dangerous machines with no practical use- but when the war comes home, Breeze sees an opportunity. If she can pull it off, she'll change the world forever. If she fails, she'll be considered a traitor by both lands and will be hunted to her death. 

Tales of the Brass Griffin. In a time that Might-Have-Been but Never Was, steam power and clockwork mechanisms commanded the might of science and harnessed nature. Fantastic creatures were common, myths were truth and airships crossed the skies. This is the story of one of those airships.

Red Lightning. On a routine fuel run to replenish their lightning batteries, Captain Anthony Hunter must face part of his past, save an innocent, and right a wrong before the skies turn too deadly to sail! 

Emulating the style of the pulp adventure magazines of the 1920s and '30s, Steampunk Tales delivers first-run, original fiction written by an A+ list of award-winning authors.

G. D. Falksen's "An Unfortunate Engagement" is a steampunk adventure tale filled with action, excitement, thrills, chills, and of course mad science, set against the backdrop of the Edwardian era. Join Alex, Bruno and Francis as they travel across Europe braving countless dangers and mishaps in search of advanced airship plans stolen by mysterious parties motivated by a terrible secret goal. Watch as they do battle with ruffians, spies, Bavarians, Russians and even the dastardly French in their quest to right a terrible wrong and make the world safe for Britain. You won't want to miss a moment of the action as each step draws them closer to the heart of a terrible malevolent conspiracy.

For the Countess of Caithmore, a life of wealth has led to misery. Abandoned by her husband and widely accused of being nothing more than a porcelain doll without passion or intelligence, she has ventured into dangerous territory and commissioned the help of the most famous inventor in New Europa for a scandalous project.

In the depths of his laboratory, she will submit herself to a custom-built machine that will determine the extent of her coldness once and for all. The answer she craves carries a hidden risk, however, and the man whose invention has proven her ability to feel passion may not accept the role of lover-by-proxy for long.

Liza Johnson is “ripe for marriage at the grand age of 20”, trapped in a society where gentlemen want to marry her and plunder her and her brother’s inheritance. When presented with the invention of an airship, she gathers together a crew and leaves her life behind, hoping to find adventure and a home. Instead, she finds a religion that doesn’t tolerate women or technology, a traitor and the secret to her civilization.

The British Empire bestrides the globe, while socialist Amerika has withered. Then the Morlocks appeared on Mars, evil half-humans from the far future. Now one man, an outcast from the Empire’s Psychic Battalions, stands against the Morlock invasion of Earth. While London dances and loves, can Mr. Kipling Rand find his way through a sinister web of intrigue, murder and seduction? 58,000 words.

Using the winners of a charity auction as characters, Eileen Gunn riffs on four formative steampunk books in this mini-collection comprised of "A Different Engine," "Day After the Cooters," "The Perdito Street Project," and "Internal Devices."

When war breaks out in the Russian Empire, airship captain Stig Rayner has little choice but to bring along the teenage girl he found hiding out in his hangar as he flees the opening skirmishes. He has every intention of just dropping her off in the next port, when he picks up his cargo.

Isabelle Feeney Hemsworth has different ideas. Rayner could be her ticket out of the Empire. If she could just get back to London, where her brother still lives, then maybe she can finally get off the streets.

Aboard the Unstoppable Aerostat Fenris follows Isabelle and Stig from the East as they set out to deliver mysterious—and possibly dangerous—cargo to Iceland, before returning her to England.

Book One of The Steam and Steel Chronicles, Aboard the Unstoppable Aerostat Fenris details the adventures of Miss Isabelle Feeney Hemsworth and Captain Stig Rayner in an alternate steampunk Edwardian age.

THE HOLLOW EARTH is an authentic, atmospheric throwback to the Victorian London of heavy fogs and Hansom Cabs, gasogenes and private Gentleman's Clubs; when Britannia ruled and gentleman's gentlemen were almost as common as gentlemen - the nostalgically revered London of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Professor Moriarty and Jack The Ripper.

"Savile makes sure to give these gentleman protectors of the natural world all they can handle with some choice villains; from the evil human Necromancer, Nathaniel Parker, to the demon, Meringias, that acts as a sort of Captain and advance scout for the huge mass of horrors currently imprisoned within the bowels of the Earth (hence the Chapbook's title), that Parker seeks to set free upon an unsuspecting and very unprepared humanity, to a truly unforgettable and horrid homunculus. There are no wasted words in this fast-moving story. Savile manages to successfully evoke a wonderful sense of atmosphere and place, while contemporaneously managing to constantly build the conflict and tension, and swiftly move the action forward to a satisfying conclusion. The book, as is the Greyfriar's Gentleman's Club, is a successful m?lange of a Victorian English version of X-Files and Torchwood, with perhaps just a soup?on of Arthur Machen for flavor." Fear Zone

This edition contains the stories The Hollow Earth, A Madness of Ravens, and The Mechanisms of Grief. 

Lady Dorn is anything but a lady, she’s a vampire. A former member of the imperial guard and ennobled for saving the emperor’s life, she gave up on life and retired to her airship home. Now, the person responsible for the attacks on the vampire population has resurfaced, and Lady Dorn may be the only one who can stop them. Or will her luck come to an end at the hands of her most treacherous ally? 

All right, there you go! Lots of 99-cent steampunk fantasy adventures (or collections of short stories) to check out. Authors can (and do) raise prices, so no promises that these will be 99 cents indefinitely. Catch them while you can!

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