"Once upon a time" is a phrase that immediately conjures images of enchantment. Royal balls, magical creatures, love at first sight... We are taken to a fantasy world where anything is possible. The Queen of Clocks and Other Steampunk Tales brings together the magic of fairytale and the allure of cogs and gears. Within these pages, find dancing automatons, industrial age fairies, a mermaid with wind-up legs, heroes of the steam age, and more. Drawing from classic tales of the Brothers Grimm, Carlo Collodi, Charles Perrault, Hans Christian Andersen, and Homer, these original interpretations are sure to delight fans of steampunk and fairytales alike.
There are many types of monsters; Vi just hopes she isn’t one of them. Now that medium and con woman Viola Thorne has been flushed out of hiding, she must dodge old marks and protect new allies while grappling with her ever-growing psychic abilities. On her way south to root out the clandestine organization that murdered her partner, she and her traveling companions (both living and dead) are drawn into a mystery surrounding a burlesque troupe aboard an old flame’s steamship. To get close to the suspects, Vi joins the show and is thrust back into the spotlight. Solving this case might be her next step toward redemption, but both mundane and supernatural forces are working against her at every turn. All aboard for wily women, fractured friendships, and ghosts galore in this paranormal adventure down the mighty Mississippi.
Other people just think they’re “haunted by the past.” In Vi’s case, it’s true. Clairvoyant Viola Thorne wants to forget about her days of grifting and running errands for ghosts. The problem? Playing it safe is dull. So when a dead stranger begs for her help, Vi jumps at the chance to dust off her hustling skills. The unlikely companions are soon tangling with bandits, cheating at cards, and loving every minute. Then she finds out who referred him, and Vi has to face both a past and ex-partner that refuse to stay buried. Though she betrayed Peter, his spirit warns her of the plot that cost him his life. Vi’s guilty conscience won’t let her rest until she solves his murder. Though she’s spent her whole life fighting the pull of the paranormal, it holds the key to atoning for the only deception she’s ever regretted—breaking Peter’s heart.
In a world where sun and moon are myths, dawn is coming. No sun ever rose, no moon ever waxed or waned, no stars ever danced a rhythmic pattern across the night sky. Only faerie crystals brightening and dimming according to one man's will signaled dawn and dusk, month and season. Long ago, the faerie queen Morgan Unseelie cast a veil between heaven and earth, obscuring all heaven's lights, for the pleasure and power of a mortal man, who then fashioned himself the Rí Am, the Time King. From all other mortals, she took away knowledge of time and direction and skill of navigation. Man was dependent on the Rí Am's automaton navigators for travel and trade and thought the sun a myth and the faerie queen a benevolent goddess. Those few who kept the true faith-belief in the celestial lights and their Maker-called themselves Sky Keepers and refused to pay homage to the queen and her time king, often at great cost. But when airship captain Marianna Bowditch and Sky Keeper Bertram Orren stumble upon ancient books on navigation while trapped in an abandoned faerie court, everything starts to change. THE STAR CLOCK CHRONICLES is a collection of five tales of adventure and romance in steampunk world telling of the defeat of the Time King and the coming of dawn.