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Sunday Bloggery: Lucky 7 presents The Key to Steam and Salvation

british-indian-army-uniforms-the-11th-bengal-native-infantry-regiment-1890-170507-p[ekm]101x130[ekm]I was tagged on Crackbook by a couple of authory pals, in something called the “Lucky 7”. Rules state that I am to go to page 7 of a work-in-progress and post two paragraphs and then tag 7 fellow authors to do the same. So here are my two paragraphs, I’ll do the tagging on FB. This is from the Keys to Steam and Salvation novella (maybe novel) to fit in with Bob Vardeman and Nathan Long’s EMPIRES OF STEAM & RUST series, which features some amazing stories by Master Vardeman, as well as David Lee Summers, Stephen D. Sullivan and Sarah Bartsch. These tales cover various times and spaces around the world in what starts as an alternate history 1915, full of sci-fi and steampunkery. Rick Overwater is also working on one full of deep-sea diving and military espionage. Mine own tale mixes the factual history of my own great-grandfather into the alternate universe version of Empirical India, WWI and a far-flung post-apocalypse. Here’s your first taste:

Arthur set the crate next to the man in the alley, noting that the doctor had obviously put his tools to work, a series of syringes lined up neatly next to the leather bag.

“Do we really have to do this here, Davey? Maybe it would be better to get him back to the clinic…”

“No. Thanks to the Sergeant, he may already be useless to me. Time is of the essence now. Prepare the box Arthur.”

Arthur opened the hinged lid of the small crate and carefully removed a strange glass box, of about three feet square, framed in a dull metal, and enclosing a smaller version of the same. Small coils of coppery wire ran in the corners between the inner box and the outer, and a small canister was attached to the outside with a pipe running through a rubber seal into the inner workings. Arthur set the contraption next to the man’s head.

“Quick and clean this time, Davey? Please?”

“It takes what it takes, Arthur. This is science.” David removed a roll of canvas and spread it out to reveal a series of gleaming metal instruments. He carefully extracted a large scalpel and turned the man’s head to one side, slicing neatly through the skin of his neck, a thin line of blood following the track of the blade. As fast as it appeared, the blood was washed away in rivers of pink and mixed into the flood at their damp knees.

“Jesus.” Arthur whispered, swiping at the tangle of wet hair hanging in his face and turning his eyes to the end of the alley where Robert had disappeared.

“He has no place here, Captain Lettington. Science is the true God.”

The hand that shot up and grasped Arthur’s shirttail was accompanied by an unearthly scream. Arthur jumped and fell away, landing with his back in a cold pool of watery mud.

“JESUS!”

© 2014 Axel Howerton

HOT SINATRA #80 on the NOIR list!

HELLS YEAH!

Hot on the heels of the #1 placement of LET IT SNOW…

My beautiful, boozy, battle-scarred baby, HOT SINATRA is ranking #80 in the PAID Kindle list for NOIR!!!!

If you haven’t picked it up yet, now is the perfect time. $3 on Kindle for a rip-roaring, rollicking badass tale of shamus-on-the-rocks, damsel-in-distress and punk-rockin’ precociousness all wrapped up in a Chandleresque bowtie.

“Scratches the same itch as Raymond Chandler.”
“A Sam Spade novel mixed with a Rat Pack movie.”
“If you dig the quirky characters and wild action of Elmore Leonard, pick up Hot Sinatra!”

Also, Now Dig This…

The Audiobook version will debut September 23, 2013!

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BIG DAMN CONTEST! HOT SINATRA PRIZEAPALOOZA!

That’s right, kids! A mega-contest to celebrate the relaunch of HOT SINATRA with its brand-spanking new cover.

Starting Saturday, July 6 and running to July 13, you can enter in a myriad of ways for a myriad of prizes including this Super Gigante Mega Gift Pack of Epic Legend:

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**FOUR** autographed Axel Howerton books, including the LAST original cover copy of Hot Sinatra, the only Officially Autographed copy of Clone, Fairies and Monsters in the Closet, my last copy of Dark Moon Digest #3 and the last copy of A Career Guide to Your Job in Hell signed by 8 out of ten authors.  Also includes my last shot glass with the original artwork, a custom beaded bookmark (may not be as shown) and assorted miscellany from the prize barrel.

2nd prize is the Axel Howerton Digital Library of Spectacular Excellence!: eBook copies (in the file type of your choosing) of Hot Sinatra, the super-secret, double-exclusive companion mini-collection Deconstructing Moss, my original mini-anthology Living Dead at Zigfreidt & Roy, and a couple more digital surprises!

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3rd prize is the Moss Cole Digital Kick-Ass Action Pack eBook set of Hot Sinatra and Deconstructing Moss!

4th, 5th and 6th prizes of an eBook copy of the book that Rocked the Casbah, Hot Sinatra!

Return here on Saturday morning for more details and the official cover reveal! And visit Evolved Publishing on Saturday to enter the contest and check out a special visit by the man himself, star of Hot Sinatra, Mossimo Cole!

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NOW AVAILABLE! Clones, Fairies & Monsters in the Closet

CLONES, FAIRIES & MONSTERS IN THE CLOSET Edited by Bill Olver

ClonesFairiesMonsterintheClosetCelebrate pride with gay warlocks, lesbian warriors, transgender femmes fatale, bi-curious neighbors, dyke drug addicts, super-queeroes, fag bashers, freedom fighters, bug chasers, boys in uniform, doctors, astronauts, murderers, prison bitches, survivors, drag queens and CLONES, FAIRIES, and MONSTERS IN THE CLOSET! Queer Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure, Science Fiction, Horror & Romance by: Sarah Abraham, Samantha Boyette, Orlando Cave, Beth Cato, Dawn D’Aries, J.W. Griebel, David Hagerty, John Hayes, Chris Hicks, Axel Howerton, Gary Ives, Jennifer Lee, Tim Lieder, D.C. McMillen, David Massengill, Andrew Miller, Molly Moss, Kenneth Pobo, Jason R. Richter, Selena Rosen, Jeremy Ryan, Shannon Schuren, Matthew Sideman, Richard Marx Weinraub, and Tyson West.
Features the “Manlove & Kickerdick” origin story 999 PROBLEMS by Axel Howerton