The Machine by E.C. Jarvis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I am really picky about steampunk stories, and I was cautious going in with this one. Of course, one the best things about not expecting much is that I get to be happily surprised when the book turns out to be well-written, well-plotted, with engaging characters. The m/c goes on a believable journey from retail clerk to airship pirate captain.
If you enjoy the webcomic Girl Genius, you'll enjoy this book.
Also, author understands the difference between series and serial. This is the first book in a series and has a satisfactory conclusion while leaving enough loose ends that I'm looking forward to reading the next book.
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That came out sounding dry, but I'm so not used to writing positive reviews, haha! Enjoyed this book very much! Buy it! Read it! Review it!
Quicksilver Taxed is now available for pre-order! It officially goes on sale Monday, June 13. I'm excited to finally have the third novella out there! Now to figure out how to format them all for print…
Fortunately, www.DIYBookFormats.com has some great templates available for free. Yeah, I'm talking it up because Derek Murphy is my new internet crush. (Sorry, Piper Vaughn). He has tons of free resources for indie authors available. I less than three him! Or at least until I run into trouble using his templates, then the romance might be over.
Meanwhile, back at the bait shop, the unfolding story of Port Stephen continues (“a story of romance and fishing” or should it be “of fishing and romance”?). I just realized both my m/c's have the same initials—RW. Must be some subconscious thing going on…
Write on, my friends! Will try to post more regular updates!
Yes, it's time for a random blog entry. I already mentioned that two out of three of my March short story submissions were accepted, and Dreamspinner is moving along at quite the pace. They're aiming for a September release for their Starstruck anthology and I'm so excited to be a part of it!
I'm looking at structural edits now, and am rather pleased with myself, as it's mostly punctuation changes and a few instances of passive voice. Surprisingly few.
I'm arguing for the lack of question marks in certain dialogue—because I believe just because the words form what we know as a question doesn't mean the speaker is actually asking a question. In dialogue—and that's a key point—I feel a question mark indicates the speaker's tone of voice, that rising lilt we use to ask a question. Sometimes the character speaking isn't asking a question. In fact, in my opinion, a lack of question mark can tell a reader a lot about how the words are spoken. “Won't you please come in.” is a bored, spoken-for-the-sake-of-politeness phrase. “Won't you please come in?” Might also be only polite, but the speaker is making more of an effort to sound sincere.
I will let you know if I win!
On the May Two Four weekend (a Canadian holiday more formally known as the Victoria Day weekend) we moved house to Port Bruce for the summer. It's been exciting, but also a hassle, as we've never done something like this before, so a lot of running around for all the things we forgot or never thought about. Internet is good here, so long as I'm in the bait shop. (Hi, from the bait shop!)
I did buy one of those “turbo internet sticks” that supplies mobile internet (the internet your smart phone uses), but cell service in this particular area is also iffy and when I do ha