Lace yourself up with a screwdriver!

Corsets and Cogs Book Cover Corsets and Cogs
Margo Bond Collins, Rebekah R. Ganiere, Erin Hayes, & 7 more
anthology, short stories, steampunk
Independently published
(11 April 2018)

Welcome to the world as it never was… Enter landscapes awash in steam-powered machinery, Victorian style, and mysterious magic shrouded in the fog of a city night. Join 25 New York Times, USA Today, and bestselling speculative fiction authors as they dive into alternate universes of tinkers, mad scientists, and space-faring soldiers, as well as leviathans, vampires, and demons—along with the cloaked lords and corseted ladies haunting pages of these alternative histories. This limited-time anthology features tales of whimsy and wonder rife with gaslamp masquerades, steam-driven dirigibles, clockwork landscapes, gadgets and gears, and more.

This is a set of short stories/prequels to series and other novels all set in the rather niche urban fantasy style with gothic overtones called Steampunk. Which somewhat unexpectedly I have found myself rather liking.

For me the best of these is the story called Heartless in New Orleans for the basic story idea; and Royal Ruse  for both the storytelling and the idea.

I am giving this compilation a 4 but this is more of an average, some were rather less and there are quire a number  of these short stories with a lot of typos. Once again I rail about he loss of editors to check plot holes, repetitions and basic poor spelling and lack of spell checking.

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SteamPunk rocks…

Corsets and Cogs Book Cover Corsets and Cogs
various
steampunk, fantasy. anthologies
Bathory Gate Press
(26 Mar. 2018)
Kindle

elcome to the world as it never was...

Enter landscapes awash in steam-powered machinery, Victorian style, and mysterious magic shrouded in the fog of a city night.

Join 25 New York Times, USA Today, and bestselling speculative fiction authors as they dive into alternate universes of tinkers, mad scientists, and space-faring soldiers, as well as leviathans, vampires, and demons--along with the cloaked lords and corseted ladies haunting pages of these alternative histories.

This limited-time anthology features tales of whimsy and wonder rife with gaslamp masquerades, steam-driven dirigibles, clockwork landscapes, gadgets and gears, and more.

What I like about SteamPunk stories is that clockwork rules.

The devices are semi-magical using this thing called aether which is harvested by air-ships. Aether was considered to be a Greek Deity but in most it is a source of magical power which is very dangerous to handle and to collect, and thus is very valuable – hence pirates.

The women in these stories – at least the ones I read and have been ‘directed’ towards are always daring, fighting ‘Victorian’ convention and feisty. All this despite wearing Victorian costumes and corsets! Not sure why the corsets except that is the convention.

So the women are not meek and mild but well educated and undertaking jobs that convention says are not their usual employment opportunities.

So there are 24 stories – short – and novella length – within this book and I have read the first 4: and the 1st three are definitely 4 star, not so sure about number 4 – maybe 3.5?

Of Love and Leviathans

Margo Bond Collins

The Lady Fugitive

Rebekah R Ganiere

Damn the Consequences

Erin Hayes

Frog Prince

Melanie Karsak

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Heroines and Hellions Box Set: some new reviews

Fairy Wings Book Cover Fairy Wings
Heroines and Hellions
Louisa Klein
urban fantasy
Carter & Bradley Publishing
(2 Jan. 2018)

NO DAMSELS ALLOWED!

22 Kickass Heroines.
22 Exclusive Urban Fantasy and Fantasy Novels.
0 Damsels in Distress.

Do you like your leading ladies to save the day...or raze it?

No matter which you prefer, this set is brimming with 20 magical stories (many BRAND NEW) told by some of the leading voices of urban fantasy and fantasy in the industry, including several New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors!

If you want strong female leads who strike back against the captivating worlds of vampires, elementals, fiends, and paranormal monsters, then you're ready to charge into the adventures of HEROINES & HELLIONS, a pure Urban Fantasy/Fantasy collection!

Grab your stake, silver bullets, and your limited edition copy of HEROINES & HELLIONS

Be aware before you start reading that a number of the authors claim that the book was published too early and that a: the story included was not the one promised; or b:it is not finished. the do offer the opportunity to sign up for ending or correct story.

  1. Chains of Iron and Silver

by Margo Bond Collins and Erin Hayes

2 of my favourite fantasy authors creat a story where 2 monster hunters, cursed by a demon (family history), meet up to rescue a Fairy Rince captured by werewolves. ow was he? and the werewolf hunter has a pet werewolf? really? clearly a story yet to be told. So there is lots of killing of werewolves by our hunters. fun anf feisty heroins. 4 stars.

see Mistletoe and Mischief and Sin and Silver for more about these 2 hellions. I’m going to read them…

2. On a Red Horse

Monica Corwin

The 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse – shock horror – are female! and living as humans…

  • and they are intimate with the Norse gods and the  Greek gods and…

– and guess what? they run a coffee shop Duh?

An interesting take on the topic and fun read.

3. Wolves and Daggers by Melanie Karsak

A steampunk novel. I rather like this concept where it is set in the Victorian era, but not, with all the usual paranormal characters/creatures – and a Secret Police wearing Red Capes (not so secret then..). there are several wolf packs living in London but they are not very civilised – only one pack has anyone who can read and write. And the female pack runs a brothel.

So the questions behind this story is why are the packs working together? and what are they doing with all the different scientists they keep kidnapping?

4. No-Body’s Here: Bec Mc Master

5. Demon’s are a Girl’s Best Friend: Heather Marie Adkins

Rather a fun idea – you accidentally are a demon and accidentally have a child and then hide by pretending to human with an obsession with cross-stitch? And don’t tell your daughter what is coming for her? The small fact that her dad was a King in the demon world and that she might have to take his place if he dies?

Oops if you are her daughter. Another nicely written story and I love the cross-stitching mother.

6. Xin: Jade Kerrion

7. Secrets of the King: Gina Watson

8. Frigid: Rene Folsom

9. Dark Crown: Melle Amande

10. Underground Magic: D.D.Meirs

Well this was different, our heroine fights dirty in cages – lots of martial arts here and nasty – very nasty creatures to be fought.

11. Elements: Michelle Hercules

I didn’t like this one quite as much as most of the others. Lots of gods and goddesses and Gaia involved.

12. The Guardians: Elise Marion

Another girl who is half-demon and destined to fight and save the world.

A familiar tale but nicely written and set in New Orleans one of the favourite places for these dark and steamy novels..

13. A Touch of Death: Carly Fall

14. Marked in Shadow’s Keep

15. Jace’s Destiny: Ashley C. Harris

16. Dead Certain: Kim Cleary

17. City Stalker: Maria Monroe

18. Djinn Rising: Christine Walker

19. Fairy wings: Louisa Klein

And London is not what you thought when there is a wizard in charge of hunting down artefacts for the British museum and statues come to life after closing time.

A new author for me, writing a prequel to a series I’ve not encountered. But a nice, somewhat clipped way of writing and a heroine unsure of her powers – but not in this story at least, destined as the world’s saviour for a change.

Love the Mary Poppins bag – just what I want when I travel, o hold luggage and as many pairs of shoes as I want, and all in a bag that weighs next to nothing.

20. Trick of Shadows: Alex Owens

21. Takin’ it Back: Ash krafton

22. Ink: SJ Davis

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