Hot Halloween Heroes Blog Hop

Monday, October 28, 2013

 
I am very excited to participate in Felicity Heaton's Hot Halloween Heroes Giveaway Hop! For this Blog Hop, I thought I would take a minute to introduce you to the hot heroes of my upcoming work, Chasing the Star Garden.

One thing about Lily Stargazer, the protagonist of my new novel, is that she seems to like her men . . . older. Lily is in her early 20s. She is a pretty wild girl, an opium addict and something of a drunk. But she is a woman who is also very kind, very loving, and very talented. She cares deeply about those close to her and would give her life to protect them. But, like many women with a shattered past, she is a bit of a mess in her love life. While she has a history of lovers, she is currently bouncing between two men: the infamous Lord Byron who sponsors her airship racing team, and her tinker friend Salvatore Colonna, an Italian ex-pat living in London.
 

Meet Lord Byron:



While I was writing the novel, I used the images of the historical George Gordon Noel, Lord Byron to inspire me. Of course, the real Lord Byron never knew an airship racer named Lily Stargazer, but in my novel, Lily and Byron have been lovers for years. They are a no-strings-attached relationship, but they also value, trust, and love one another in their own unique way. They are well suited to one another in the bedroom, but not well-suited together for any kind of domestic life. I think this is why their relationship works so well. Byron is in his 30s during their romance. I often wonder who might play Byron if the book were ever turned into a film. The actor would need to be stunning, particularly the eyes, but also have a somewhat "mad" look behind his eyes. I have one guess, Johnathan Rhys Meyers of "The Tudors" fame:


Meet Salvatore Colonna:

Lily and Sal have been lovers for the last couple of years. Salvatore is a very gifted tinker and a bit of a recluse. Lily and Sal have always had a special relationship. She feels like there is something special about him, but she is not the kind of girl to commit to one man. Sal is more than twice her age, but he is willing to travel on her adventure in Chasing the Star Garden just to get closer to her. Sal is Italian, older, and has long silver and black hair. I could only find one great match for him, a mature Daniel Day Lewis:


Now that you have met Lily's men, it's time for a giveaway! Thanks to Felicity Heaton and Indie Romance Books for organizing the blog hop!

 

I have the following up for grabs:


A Steampunk Book Locket



An ARC of Chasing the Star Garden

An opium-addicted beauty.
An infamous poet living in self-imposed exile.
An ancient treasure about to fall into the wrong hands.

Melanie Karsak's Chasing the Star Garden takes readers on a thrilling adventure from the gritty opium dens of gaslamp London to the gem-colored waters of the ancient world. Lily Stargazer, a loveable but reckless airship racer with a famous lover and shattered past, reluctantly plunges into a centuries-old mystery in a romantic adventure best described as Dan Brown meets Mary Shelley.

It all begins on one of the worst days of Lily’s life. She just lost the London leg of the 1823 Airship Grand Prix. To top it off, a harlequin fleeing from constables shoved a kaleidoscope down her pants, told her to fly to Venice, then threw himself from her airship tower. What’s a girl to do? For Lily, the answer is easy: drink absinthe and smoke opium. 

Lily’s lover, Lord Byron, encourages her to make the trip to Venice. Lily soon finds herself at the heart of an ancient mystery which has her running from her past and chasing true love and the stars along the way. 

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Something Wicked Returns Blog Hop

Sunday, October 27, 2013



Just a few days left in the "Something Wicked Returns" Blog Hop. Don't forget to hop and win!

As part of my giveaway, I am giving away an ARC of Chasing the Star Garden, my new gaslamp romantic adventure releasing December 4th. I just released the cover this week!


An opium-addicted beauty.
An infamous poet living in self-imposed exile.
An ancient treasure about to fall into the wrong hands.

Melanie Karsak's Chasing the Star Garden takes readers on a thrilling adventure from the gritty opium dens of gaslamp London to the gem-colored waters of the ancient world. Lily Stargazer, a loveable but reckless airship racer with a famous lover and shattered past, reluctantly plunges into a centuries-old mystery in a romantic adventure best described as Dan Brown meets Mary Shelley.

It all begins on one of the worst days of Lily’s life. She just lost the London leg of the 1823 Airship Grand Prix. To top it off, a harlequin fleeing from constables shoved a kaleidoscope down her pants, told her to fly to Venice, then threw himself from her airship tower. What’s a girl to do? For Lily, the answer is easy: drink absinthe and smoke opium. 

Lily’s lover, Lord Byron, encourages her to make the trip to Venice. Lily soon finds herself at the heart of an ancient mystery which has her running from her past and chasing true love and the stars along the way.


What makes this novel wicked? Well, that is a great question. In Chasing the Star Garden you will find a woman on an opium and absinthe bender on her way down to rock-bottom. Along the way, she begins to have . . . visions? Hallucinations? She suddenly finds herself wondering if what she is seeing is drug-induced or if she has unwittingly entered the realm of the supernatural! Wicked, indeed!

Be sure to enter my giveaway for a copy of this new work and click here to keep hopping!

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SteamU: Slumpunk: Coal Dust and Consumption; or, The Storm Inside the Silver Lining

Friday, October 25, 2013

Dear Students,

I am pleased to welcome Chris White back to SteamU. SteamU Professor White will be discussing the grittier side of the period(s) often depicted in Steampunk. If you have ever read a Charles Dickens novel, you know that life in London none too pretty during this period. On the one hand, we had the splendor of the Victorian era. On the other hand, you had droves of children working in horrific conditions in positions that amounted to nothing more than slavery. I was thrilled when Professor White offered to consider the darker side of the era. My new work, Chasing the Star Garden, is set in 1823 and my protagonist would have been considered little better than the gutter snipes of the day. So today, we head to the dark side . . . enjoy!
 
 


Today’s Lecture by SteamU Professor: Chris White
 
 
 
Chris White is a freelance writer of many styles from pulp-noir to literary fiction and magic realism to science fiction. He lives in Brisbane, Australia. His work can be found printed on several dead trees, and scattered about the Internet.
 
Further Discourses Available:  http://chriswhitewrites.com
 
Office Hours:       Blog       Twitter       Facebook
 

 Slumpunk: Coal Dust and Consumption; or, The Storm Inside the Silver Lining


I don’t know about you, but when I think of steampunk I think of corsets, coat-tails and gadgetry. That’s the first thing off the cuff. I think of upper-class Victorian dandies. Toffs. And the image of Her Imperial Majesty, Vicky herself, springs to mind. The Victorian era seems to dwell in that part of history that is romanticised in our minds, an age of glorious empires and of scientific discovery, a “Golden Age,” like Rome, or Athens. Al Andalus.

"…broken windows seem to scowl dimly, like eyes that have been hurt in drunken forays. Many of these pigs live here. Do they ever wonder why their masters walk upright instead of going on all fours, and why they talk instead of grunting?" Charles Dickens, writing of slums in New York.

An age of tinkers and discoverers, of exploration.
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Chasing the Star Garden Cover Reveal Thank You

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A big thank you to all the bloggers and authors who helped participate in making my cover reveal day special! Thank you very much for all your support. Also, a thank you for Roxanne Rhoads at Bewitching Book Tours for helping me organize the event (and for answering panicked emails in the middle of the night). Thanks, Roxanne!

The novel description:
An opium-addicted beauty.
An infamous poet living in self-imposed exile.
An ancient treasure about to fall into the wrong hands.
Melanie Karsak's Chasing the Star Garden takes readers on a thrilling adventure from the gritty opium dens of gaslamp London to the gem-colored waters of the ancient world. Lily Stargazer, a loveable but reckless airship racer with a famous lover and shattered past, reluctantly plunges into a centuries-old mystery in a romantic adventure best described as Dan Brown meets Mary Shelley.
It all begins on one of the worst days of Lily’s life. She just lost the London leg of the 1823 Airship Grand Prix. To top it off, a harlequin fleeing from constables shoved a kaleidoscope down her pants, told her to fly to Venice, then threw himself from her airship tower. What’s a girl to do? For Lily, the answer is easy: drink absinthe and smoke opium. 
Lily’s lover, Lord Byron, encourages her to make the trip to Venice. Lily soon finds herself at the heart of an ancient mystery which has her running from her past and chasing true love and the stars along the way.

Click here for a sneak peek of Chapter 1

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Chasing the Star Garden Cover Reveal!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Dear Friends,
 
I am delighted to share the cover of my forthcoming gaslamp romantic adventure, Chasing the Star Garden, with you! This beautiful cover was created by Damonza. My thanks to Damon and his team for this extraordinary image of Venice, the stars, and Lily's beloved airship, the Stargazer.
 
 
 
The novel description:
An opium-addicted beauty.
An infamous poet living in self-imposed exile.
An ancient treasure about to fall into the wrong hands.
Melanie Karsak's Chasing the Star Garden takes readers on a thrilling adventure from the gritty opium dens of gaslamp London to the gem-colored waters of the ancient world. Lily Stargazer, a loveable but reckless airship racer with a famous lover and shattered past, reluctantly plunges into a centuries-old mystery in a romantic adventure best described as Dan Brown meets Mary Shelley.
It all begins on one of the worst days of Lily’s life. She just lost the London leg of the 1823 Airship Grand Prix. To top it off, a harlequin fleeing from constables shoved a kaleidoscope down her pants, told her to fly to Venice, then threw himself from her airship tower. What’s a girl to do? For Lily, the answer is easy: drink absinthe and smoke opium. 
Lily’s lover, Lord Byron, encourages her to make the trip to Venice. Lily soon finds herself at the heart of an ancient mystery which has her running from her past and chasing true love and the stars along the way.

Click here for a sneak peek of Chapter 1

Add Chasing the Star Garden on Goodreads
 
 
And now for a chance to win . . .

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Haunted Open House Blog Hop

 
What's your favorite scary book? How about your favorite scary movie? What TV show terrified you?
 
 
My head is a cluttered mess of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and other speculative fiction goodies. One of my earliest "scares" came from watching Alien. Science fiction horror is a special brand of horror. The strange, terrifying, and unexpected in space (where no one can hear you scream) evokes the mystery and fear of the unknown.
 

 
Fantasy blends its own kind of terror. As despair swept over Helm's Deep, fear froze the heart. But fantasy is really great about letting the good guys arrive just in time, as it did when Gandalf the White arrived to save the day.
 
 
When I was a kid, I would lay in bed and listen to the eerie music from Tales of the Dark Side. I would occasionally be permitted to stay awake long enough to watch an episode, but the music itself always struck a terrible fear into me. Rewatching these episodes, I can't get over how cheesy they were. But as a rather innocent 8 year old, they were simply terrifying!
 

 

What frightens you?

 
Let's celebrate our Haunted Open House Blog Hop with a giveaway!
 
How about $10 in Amazon cash AND an ebook of my dark fantasy/zombie novel, "The Harvesting!" There are three ways to enter:
 
1) Like me on facebook (let's be friends!)
2) Tweet about the giveaway (I entered to win a Haunted Open House gift from @MelanieKarsak #giveaway)
3) Be super sweet and like my Amazon author page (an enormous help, thank you!)
 
 
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There are a number of great giveaways on the hop! Please keep hoping to participate in all the fun! Thanks to Nancy Gideon for organizing the event!

Thanks for stopping by!
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SteamU; Saturday Night Movie, "Love, The Invention"

Saturday, October 19, 2013



Dear SteamU Students,

I am delighted to present you with a weekend edition of SteamU. This weekend, I am featuring an article by Michele Brennen who is the producer of a new Steampunk film, Love, The Invention. You can learn more about the film, currently in production, at the film webpage: Love, The Invention. Today, SteamU Professor Michele Brennen will discuss creating props for a Steampunk film. I am delighted to have Michele stop by and excited to share this post with you! Grab your popcorn!



Steampunk Props in Film

by Michelle Brennen
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Chasing the Star Garden Cover Puzzle Piece 5

Friday, October 18, 2013

 

With the cover reveal of Chasing the Star Garden coming (NEXT WEEK!) on October 23rd, here is another piece of the puzzle.


Here is the novel description:

An opium-addicted beauty.
An infamous poet living in self-imposed exile.
An ancient treasure about to fall into the wrong hands.
Melanie Karsak’s “Chasing the Star Garden” takes the reader on an exciting adventure from the gritty opium dens of gaslamp London to the gem colored waters of the ancient world, introducing us to Lily Stargazer, a loveable but reckless airship racer with a famous lover and a shattered past.
Lily Stargazer is having a bad day. She just lost the London leg of the 1823 Airship Grand Prix. To top it off, a harlequin fleeing from constables shoved a kaleidoscope down her pants, told her to fly to Venice, then threw himself from her airship tower. What’s a girl to do? For Lily, the answer is easy: drink absinthe and smoke opium. 
Lily’s lover, Lord Byron, encourages her to make the trip to Venice. Lily soon finds herself at the heart of an ancient mystery which has her running from her past and chasing true love and the stars along the way.

Win a copy here:

 

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How to Write Steampunk; Today at SteamU, SteamU Professor Nathan L. Yocum Presents: The Art of Anachronism—Research Tips for Authors & Steampunk Enthusiasts



Dr. Nathan L. Yocum Presents: The Art of Anachronism—Research Tips for Authors & Steampunk Enthusiasts

“Getting it right” is always an issue. Is your story true steampunk? Is your depiction of Victorian sensibilities accurate? Are genre fans (i.e. your clients and customers) happy with your level of steam engagement?
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"Chasing the Star Garden" Cover Puzzle Piece 4

Friday, October 11, 2013

This week on Facebook, I revealed the 4th piece of the cover of my upcoming steampunk novel, "Chasing the Star Garden." The novel can be best described as Dan Brown meets Mary Shelley with a does of Harlequin and a pinch of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," except the novel is set in 1823 London. Here is this week's peek at the cover:



Novel Description:

An opium-addicted beauty.
An infamous poet living in self-imposed exile.
An ancient treasure about to fall into the wrong hands.

Melanie Karsak’s “Chasing the Star Garden” takes the reader on an exciting adventure from the gritty opium dens of gaslamp London to the gem colored waters of the ancient world, introducing us to Lily Stargazer, a loveable but reckless airship racer with a famous lover and a shattered past.

 Lily Stargazer is having a bad day. She just lost the London leg of the 1823 Airship Grand Prix. To top it off, a harlequin fleeing from constables shoved a kaleidoscope down her pants, told her to fly to Venice, then threw himself from her airship tower. What’s a girl to do? For Lily, the answer is easy: drink absinthe and smoke opium. 
Lily’s lover, Lord Byron, encourages her to make the trip to Venice. Lily soon finds herself at the heart of an ancient mystery which has her running from her past and chasing true love and the stars along the way.

Win a copy as part of the Something Wicked Return Blog Hop!

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SteamU: Author Profile, Nathan Yocum


Welcome, students, to SteamU! This week at SteamU, we are featuring Nathan Yocum, author of Automatic Woman.

About SteamU Professor Yocum:



Nathan is an author, teacher, and entrepreneur living on the Big Island of Hawai'i. His first novel, The Zona, is available through Curiosity Quills.


 
He is also the editor-in-chief of SpecLit Masters Magazine. SpecLit Masters Magazine is a fantastic journal which focuses on master writers in speculative fiction. Steampunk fans will enjoy the second issue which honors Jules Verne and Victorian Science Fiction. Included in the edition are works paying homage to this canonical writer.

Connect with the author:

Nathan Yocum on Amazon

Nathan Yocum on Goodreads

Facebook

Curiosity Quills

Twitter

Google+


The Automatic Woman:

 


Novel Description:

Praise for Automatic Woman:"Steampunk done right. If you want your Sherlock Holmes ala Guy Richie, with the all the grit, cockney, and braggadocio of 19th century that never was, Automatic Woman is the one not to miss." - E. Golosovker

"There are no simple cases. But... there are plenty of simply great books. Automatic Woman happens to be one of them." - Krystal Wade, bestselling author.

About Automatic Woman:

There are no simple cases. Jacob “Jolly” Fellows knows this.

The London of 1888, the London of steam engines, Victorian intrigue, and horseless carriages is not a safe place nor simple place…but it’s his place. Jolly is a thief catcher, a door-crashing thug for the prestigious Bow Street Firm, assigned to track down a life sized automatic ballerina. But when theft turns to murder and murder turns to conspiracy, can Jolly keep his head above water? Can a thief catcher catch a killer?

Automatic Woman is the second novel from award winning screenwriter Nathan L. Yocum. A volatile mix of steampunk, noir, historical fiction, and two-fisted action, Automatic Woman takes us to a place that never was yet we all know so well… the London of Jules Verne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack the Ripper and Bram Stoker with a pneumatic twist


More Praise for Automatic Woman:

"Beautiful is a good word for Automatic Woman. So are incandescent and mesmerizing." - Vicki Keire, bestselling author.


Purchase here:

Amazon.com & Barnes and Noble



Special thanks to Nathan Yocum for allowing us to feature him at SteamU today! Automatic Woman is a fabulous steampunk read. Add it to your Goodreads shelf and pick up a copy at Amazon today!

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Bewitching Book Tours: Now scheduling a cover reveal for Chasing the Star Garden by Melanie Karsak

Friday, October 4, 2013



Just a quick note to author friends and bloggers, Bewitching Book Tours is now scheduling the cover reveal for Chasing the Star Garden! Please stop by and check it out! Thank you!
 

Bewitching Book Tours: Now scheduling a cover reveal for Chasing the Star Garden by Melanie Karsak
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SteamU; Because Steampunk is really all about my electricity bill by Emma Jane Holloway






Today's Lecture by SteamU Professor: Emma Jane Holloway


Author of: A Study in Silks (book one of The Baskerville Affair)


 A Study in Silks 


 September 2013


Evelina Cooper, the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, is poised to enjoy her first Season in London’s high society, but there’s a murderer to deal with—not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse . . .


In a Victorian era ruled by a Council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch, and sorcery the demon enemy of the Empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines—something Evelina has secretly mastered. But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty’s secret laboratories. What’s a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she’s never found out?


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"Chasing the Star Garden" Cover Puzzle Piece 3

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Time to reveal another piece of my amazing cover for "Chasing the Star Garden," my romantic adventure gaslamp novel releasing December 4th.


I am giving away an ARC of the novel as part of the "Something Wicked Returns" Blog Hop. See the giveaway link below or via my "Giveaways" tab at the top of the page! Check back next week for another puzzle piece, and stop by tomorrow of another great SteamU lecture!


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