Spotlight: The Exile’s Violin by R.S. Hunter [steampunk]

It’s no real secret to those who know me that I’ve been easing my way into steampunk over the past few months as I work on a novel that’s something of a foray into the genre.

One book I recently enjoyed was The Exile’s Violin by R.S. Hunter.  As a gamer as well as fantasy author, I appreciate good worldbuilding.  I love stories where the author has put an intense amount of thought into how things work and what the cultures are like within their universe, as well as considered things like character and plot.  Exile is one of those novels where I read it and instantly thought “I really want to play in a game set on Tethys.”  While I wouldn’t want to live on the planet for sure, I think it’d be fun to escape there from time to time.

So a little about the book itself:

Why hire mercenaries to kill an innocent family just to obtain one little key? That question haunts Jacquie Renairre for six years as she hunts down the people responsible for murdering her parents.

Not even accepting an assignment to investigate a conspiracy that aims to start a war can keep her from searching for the key. Armed with her father’s guns and socialite Clay Baneport, she continues her quest for answers abroad.

With the world edging closer to disaster, Jacquie is running out of time to figure out how the war, the key, and ancient legend are intertwined. The fate of the world hinges on her ability to unravel both mysteries before it’s too late.

You can find it on Amazon in e-book format right now.

I myself am also going to pick it up in paperback when it’s out–that cover (not to mention the contents) is one I definitely want on my shelf.  (Though I’m undoubtedly prejudiced as the art is done by the ever-awesome Enggar Adirasa.  Does that name sound familiar?  🙂  )

Nightmare Magazine Launched Today!

While many of you may be aware of this new venture from John Joseph Adams and Creeping Hemlock Press, I wanted to share a little about the magazine for those who love horror and hasn’t yet heard about it.

From the official press release:

Nightmare is an online horror and dark fantasy magazine. In Nightmare’s pages, you will find all kinds of horror fiction, from zombie stories and haunted house tales, to visceral psychological horror.

Edited by bestselling anthologist John Joseph Adams, every month Nightmare will bring you a mix of originals and reprints, and featuring a variety of authors—from the bestsellers and award-winners you already know to the best new voices you haven’t heard of yet. When you read Nightmare, it is our hope that you’ll see where horror comes from, where it is now, and where it’s going.

Nightmare will also include nonfiction, fiction podcasts, and Q&As with our authors that go behind-the-scenes of their stories. The publication schedule each month will include two pieces of original fiction and two fiction reprints, along with a feature interview, an artist gallery showcasing our cover artist, and our monthly column about horror, “The H Word.” We will publish ebook issues on the first of every month, which will be available for sale in ePub format via our website and also available in other formats such as Kindle and Nook. We will also offer subscriptions to our ebook edition in a variety of formats. Each issue’s contents will be serialized on our website throughout the month, with new features publishing on the first four Wednesdays of every month.

To find out more:

Subscribe: www.nightmare-magazine.com/subscribe