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My YA Steampunk Novel, Chains of Silver, is Published!

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My YA Steampunk Novel, Chains of Silver, is Published!

The Newest Addition to YA Steampunk Is Here!

It’s been four years in the making, but I’m now officially an indie author! My first indie book, a YA steampunk novel, Chains of Silver, is now available as an e-book. And don’t worry–my next book will not take four years. Or even four months. I’m hard at work on the second Alchemy Empire book, Claws of Brass. I can’t wait to introduce it to you later this summer.

YA Steampunk for Theater Nerds (And All Geeks–Because You’re Awesome)

All the Alchemy Empire books are set in a world of theater. My fondest memories from college were of being part of the theater group there. I’ve wanted for years to write a novel that combines my love of fantasy and my love of theater. And who could resist theater-themed steampunk?


If all the world’s a stage, then I am utterly screwn…

In the high-stakes world of the theater, stage fright can seriously crank your career, so apprentice Minx Mellor hides her phobia, studying as a technomancer to create fantastic, steam-powered devices.

But when the mysterious serial killer known as The Peacock targets one of their own, Minx can hide no longer. To save the life of the woman she loves like a mother, she teams up with her sworn enemy and a dashing young director whose powerful magic wakes the nightmares she’s kept secret for years.

When disaster strikes, Minx must face the horrors of her past and find the courage to do what she vowed she’d never do again.

Even if it means risking her life as bait to trap a murderer.

From the shadows of cobblestoned alleys and the glittering steampunk world of an aristocracy gone mad for theater comes the first book in a brand new young adult fantasy series about love, the power of creativity, and the resiliency of the human spirit.


Find out more about what YA Steampunk is and about the series and books. If you want to skip right to links to buy Chains of Silver, here you go:

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Tracy M. Joyce Interviewed Me!

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Tracy M. Joyce Interviewed Me!

Author Interviews Are Fun!

Hey everyone! One of the fun parts about being an author is getting to do interviews with bloggers, readers, and other authors. One of my Wattpad author friends, Tracy M. Joyce, has a terrific blog, and she was nice enough to ask me to do an interview for it. We’ve split it into two parts. This first one is on my books, and part two is the down-low on Wattpad.

So if you want to find out things like…

  • My current TV obsessions
  • The “underground” research I did for the book
  • And a hint about what I’m writing now

 

…check out the interview on Tracy’s blog!

Part 1 of interview with Meredith Rose author of Chains of Silver

Source: Views & Reviews: Author Interviews, Books, Film, TV….whatever!

Part 2 coming soon!!!

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I've Been Tagged in a Wattpad Meme!

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I've Been Tagged in a Wattpad Meme!

This morning, my friend and fellow writer, Mark Leslie (author of the upcoming novel I, Death, which he is serializing on Wattpad), tagged me for the following Wattpad meme, asking for me to talk about my book, Chains of Silver, which I am also serializing on Wattpad at the moment:

1) When and Where is the story set?

Chains of Silver is set in an alternate steampunk world, in the Mercian Empire. It has a lot of flavor of Victorian England, circa 1898 or so, but in many ways it has a very modern feel as well. Some people in this world have magic abilities that let them make extraordinary steam-powered gadgets and technology. Most of the story takes place in the Alchemy Empire Theater, one of the top theaters in the empire, and revolves around the apprentice program there. Some of the theater people have magical abilities that make the theatrical productions feel real to the audience, and that makes theater and other performances extremely popular and addictive forms of entertainment.

2) What can you say about the main characters?

Minx Mellor is the heroine. She’s almost 18 and in her final year as an apprentice. She’s been through some pretty traumatic stuff when she was younger. She has performance magic and technologic, but because of her past, she has a severe phobia of being on stage and being around guys. She’s broken in a lot of ways, but very brave and a brilliant inventor. She hides her weaknesses by being flirtatious and witty. Only very few people, like her best friends, Thea and Raymond, have any idea how much she is hurting. Her nemesis is Delphine Birdwell, who is also in her final apprentice year, and is a gifted acting apprentice. She’s also a bit of a diva and likes to bully other apprentices. Delphine hates Minx, but Minx isn’t sure all the reasons why. But when Delphine decides to try to get the new director of the apprentice company fired, Minx intervenes, making Delphine hate her even more. The new director is Dietrich Wolff. He is only 20 years old, but very talented and has powerful directing magic, which is the key ingredient to making performance magic work. He’s elegant, smart, and seems to see the hearts of everyone around him. Minx thinks he’s extremely sexy, but his magic reminds her of her terrifying past, and so she is scared of him. He’s very kind and gentle toward her, and is also attracted to her.

3) What is the Main Conflict?

There is a serial killer the press has dubbed “The Peacock” who is murdering theater celebrities across the city. When Delphine and Minx find out that their beloved mentor and the lead actress at the theater, Nadine Fairchild, is the Peacock’s next target, they have to set aside their own hatred of each other and work together to try to save Nadine. They end up bringing Dietrich Wolff into the scheme as well. This forces Minx to confront the terrors of her past and risk trust and even love in order to save the woman she loves like a mother.

The Infectious Phase:

Here are three other Wattpad writers with serialized novels that you really should check out: 1) Tracy M. Joyce, author of Altaica. 2) Denise Grover Swank, my friend and fellow YA author of Here 3) Josh Townley, author of The Scroll of Life Thanks, Mark, this was fun!

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Steampunk Fashion Trend: Is It Gearing Up for 2015?

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Steampunk Fashion Trend: Is It Gearing Up for 2015?

We’re not even into 2014 yet, but there are already predictions about the fashion trends for 2015–and the one that had everyone buzzing was about steampunk fashion. IBM predicted earlier this year that steampunk would be a major retail trend in 2015. They make these predictions apparently by monitoring discussions on social media sites, forums, and message boards. (Does this blog count? I’ll be happy to mention steampunk fashion more often!)

Oh my Dior | it girl fashion blog had an article about it, too, explaining that steampunk fashion won’t make it to the streets right away, but we’re already seeing more and more Baroque and Victorian elements in fashion lately.

If the steampunk fashion trend does take hold, some of us will be really excited. Other people will probably be disappointed. There’s a certain amount of pride, you could say, in the steampunk world–pride that steampunk fashion and steampunk lifestyle is a subculture or even counter-culture. Steampunk fashion is all about innovation, uniqueness, one-of-a-kind handmade, upcycling, Etsy-esque awesomeness.

So what happens to all that homemade goodness if steampunk fashion goes mainstream? That’s what some steampunkers are worried about. They don’t want to lose the heart of steampunk and have it turn into a mass-marketed, commercialized trend–it’s everything steampunk is not meant to be.

On the other hand, a steampunk fashion trend could be kind of fun. It probably won’t last long, so hard-core steampunk followers will have the playground to themselves again soon. But in the meantime, maybe if there’s a rise in interest in steampunk fashion, it could be an opportunity to get people thinking about what steampunk culture stands for: innovation, forward-thinking, optimism, creativity, respect, manners, and a spirit of adventure.

And it could be a great opportunity for people in the steampunk world to allow their world to grow a little larger and welcome a wider array of people. So it’s not necessarily a bad thing at all.

Besides, even if Charlotte Russe and Forever 21 end up sporting steampunk fashion in their stores, Etsy will always be the place to go for the REAL stuff.

What do you think? Is Steampunk Fashion going to be a thing? I guess we’ll see in about 14 months.

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A Word About Corsets

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A Word About Corsets

Steampunk, goth, historical, fairy tale, sexy–we love our corsets! There’s something oddly romantic about the satin-steel-lacing contraption that helps exaggerate all our best feminine curves.

And what about the fantasy of a totally hot someone unlacing it in candlelight…yeah, I’ll have some of that, please!

Some people believe corsets are a sexist invention men created to keep women literally tied up and physically weak. Others say that women drove the corset craze because it showed the difference between women who were upper-class and fashionable, or virtuous, and women who were poor or unstylish, or immoral.

These days, the corset is a symbol of subculture–especially goth, steampunk, or fetish. And the debate over whether it’s safe or healthy to tight-lace a corset is still going on. But that doesn’t stop fashion designers from using corsets in their designs. Even Burberry got in on corsets with their 2013 spring collection.

Most people don’t wear corsets every day, but if you think about it, our culture still has ways of trying to control women’s bodies and make them over into an idealized, fashionable shape. We just do it by exercise and dieting, now. And, sadly, it still creates a class difference because those in poverty struggle to afford healthy food and often don’t have the time or a space in which to exercise.

I think corsets are fascinating, and wearing one is an interesting experience. On one hand, a corset makes me feel regal and sexy. On the other hand, after awhile, it makes my back hurt, and I get tired of not being able to move or breathe freely. I’m glad I don’t have to wear one, especially every day. But once in awhile, it’s so fun!

The female characters in my Alchemy Empire series wear corsets a lot–it’s steampunk, after all. But some of the things they do while wearing corsets is probably not very realistic. However, some modern corset-wearers claim that they can run and jump and do just about anything in a corset–except maybe touch their toes.

If you want to try wearing a corset, check out this article and this one on how to choose a corset. And see this video for the proper way to lace a corset:

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