Announcing a new serialized Twist story!

Have I mentioned that I can be a bit long-winded sometimes?  Well, as if I didn’t know that 12 adventure novels in the same series wasn’t enough, I’ve begun working on a new series, in the same universe as the Twist books.  And, it will premier next month!

Do you ever wonder what it would have been like to read the original Sherlock stories in The Strand?  You’d only get one case, and then have to wait a week for the next one.  There were no compilations of all of them, at first.  Well, I would have loved it.  I personally really enjoy having something live, be it TV, web shows, or the first singles of an upcoming album. to look forward to.  It makes me feel like I’m a part of something, when I’m there right at the beginning.

So, I’ve decided to do just that, with a side-story of my books.  I’ll be posting new chapters (about 1200 words each) weekly on a new blog that is just for this project, telling a single story at a time.  The first story only came out to 12 chapters, so it’s not a huge commitment.  And if you miss one, the posts will not be going anywhere.  Also, I will be publishing a permanently free eBook, and a cheap as possible paperback, once all of the chapters are posted.

Preliminary cover designAnd now, you ask, what will this serial be about?  If you haven’t read the second Twist book, Trick, then what I’m about to tell you really isn’t a spoiler.  If you have read Trick already, then you’ll remember Jeffery Simian, the gentlemanly baboon that Myra wished Idris to make out of a coffee pot.  As soon as I saw Jeffery, and saw the way that he and Idris got along, I realized that I had to send the two of them out solving mysteries.  And that, is exactly what I’ve written.

Jeffery is a baboon in a tweed suit, who has a sense of honor and good diction.  Idris is a powerful djinn who is easily bored and needs constant entertainment.  Together, there can’t be a single dull day.  The Journals of Jeffery Simian will follow Jeffery and Idris as they explore the world, try to find the most interesting ways for Idris to use his powerful magic, and solve mysteries while they’re at it.  This will be a very fun side adventure, and will be more in a gaslamp fantasy style than straight steampunk.  And best of all, it’s free!

Why is it all free?  Because I have met with nothing but love and support from all of my readers.  You guys are the best!  I wanted to give you something special, just for being awesome.  I also wanted to create something else that could lure people who haven’t ready my books in, to take a look at Twist.  And really, who says no to free?

I hope to continue writing these little stories of Jeffery and Idris, and releasing them between Twist novel releases.  If all goes well, I would be able to publish 4 books a year, without compromising quality.  Honestly, it only took me about 2 weeks to write this little side story, and I’m currently writing Clockwork Twist: Book Seven.  See?  Told you I was long-winded.

Anyway, keep an eye on my blogtwitter, facebook, tumblr, or whatever, to see when the first chapter of the The Journals of Jeffery Simian will appear.  This will be such a fun little ride!

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Clockwork Alchemy 2014 photos, Friday!

I have no idea if I’ll be doing this daily throughout the con, but here’s some photos from today!

Me and JaniceT playing with a tardis
Friday 6
Signatures inside the tardis. George Takei signed it too, cause he thought it was funny lol
Friday 5
Our super awesome table set up!
Friday 2
Happy customers is awesome costumes!
Friday 3
Friday 1

And now… I’m going to get some pizza.

Suggested Reading: Echoes 2!

eBook coverAfter the success of Echoes: Neo-Victorian Poetry, we have now been gifted with another wonderful collection of poetry by JaniceT!

Once again, the works you will find in this volume are all of a classical style.  There are no confusing prose, or ostentatious turns of phrase.  These are poems that echo the more refined and understandable rhymes and rhythms of Emily Dickinson and Poe, but with JaniceT’s own unique voice.

I find that much of modern poetry is aloof and self-important, as if the work itself were looking down its nose at me with judgmental eyes, assuming that I could never truly understand its so-called greatness.  Others are so rough and simplistic as to make me wonder why it’s called a poem at all, and not simply a very short essay.  Slam poets can reach me once in a while, but usually I’m off-put by their aggressive shouts and clear intent to offend.  Either way, I always end up going back to the more inviting, delightful, and damned understandable works of old, where I can enjoy a moment of truth and beautiful melancholy with Yeats, or dance happily through the clean air with Shelly and his skylarks.

Because of all of this, I’m very happy to announce that JaniceT’s work is something anyone can easily relate to and enjoy.  She took great care and attention to give these pieces rhyme and structures that are familiar and comforting, while bringing up many new and fascinating ideas.  She writes both about the modern condition with poems about organic foods and on-line trolls, as well as venturing farther into Steampunk than before with airships and a delightful look at Verne.  All the while, you will find graceful moments of relateable human experience and true emotion.

If you’re put-off by poetry in general, or feel that you just don’t get it, then do yourself a favor and give this one poet a try.  These poems will welcome you in with open arms, and show you that this art form really is one that you too can deeply enjoy.  You were simply reading the wrong poems, all along.

Get the paperback or eBook on Amazon or Smathwords.

Get a taste for JaniceT’s work on her blog, at http://janice-t.weebly.com

Janice T’s Facebook page.

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Bright Shiny Announcements that you missed!

Copyright © 2006 - 2007 Tiago Grácio

First of all, I’m terribly sorry that this blog has been silent for the last few weeks!  See?  Look how sad the clock is…  My nasty, broken, no-auto-posting blog is just as sad.  We had a talk.  Thing should be running smoothly again, with a weekly blog and an extra picture or two, as of now!  And if it doesn’t run smoothly, we’ll have another talk.  That’s right, I’m looking at you, blog!

Announcement 1!

I’ve quit my day job!  Pop those party popper, break out the music, and hand me a drink!  After trying to juggle a full-time job and a 12 part series, I finally dropped all the balls at my feet and thought “Gee, this is silly.”  I simply had to let something go.  So, bye bye full-time job!  I’m now only working part-time (more on that later) to help pay the bills, and spending most of my time writing and editing my books.  And honestly, as much as I liked my old job and my co-workers there, I finally feel like Twist and I are really getting somewhere!  Expect great things…

Announcement 2!

I got a part-time job with SteamyTech!  You know them, right?  Every good steampunk knows them.  They’re the people who make the wooden geared things that actually work.  Go check out their Esty.  SteamyTech is expanding and trying to get their lovely little toys and wooden bow-ties farther out into the world.  And that means that they need to cut loads of wooden bits on their fancy laser cutter…  That’s right, I now get to play with lasers.  I win!

Announcement 3!

In case you haven’t heard, Clockwork Twist: Waking has been nominated for Best Fiction by the Steampunk Chronicle!  I can hardly believe it, and I’m so honored.  Go check out what else has been nominated for the best of steampunk!  …and maybe, you know, scroll down to the literature section and … you know… (coy smile)  *Whispers* “It’s the ‘best fiction’ one.  Clockwork Twist…”

My mother, the awesome poet JaniceT has also been nominated for her book, Echoes: Neo-Victorian Poetry.  I’m ever so proud.  Voting will close on the 12th.  Just, you know, in case you wanted to know that… *wink, wink*

Announcement 4!

There’s still time to support Clockwork Twist and get sneak previews (and a free copy) of the 3rd book, Clockwork Twist: Dreamer, which will be out later this year!   Inkshares is a new crowdfunded publishing house, that is very excited to help propel the Clockwork Twist series into the world on a much wider distribution than it’s ever had before!
Get in while it’s still new and trendy!  Click here to see the Twist posting.

Wow!  That was a lot that my stupid blog didn’t post about.  Well, now you should be all caught up.  And if I missed anything, I’ll let you know about it all as soon as I remember!  I’m sorry about for the technical issues.  I hope you’ve all had a lovely few weeks as well!

Book Two: Trick, is out now!

This is it!  Today, Trick is officially available on Amazon.com, Createspace.com, and Smashwords.com.  Get you copy today!

Trick cover proof 4 front

Clockwork Twist : Trick is NOW available!!
Click the logos below to buy the paperback for $12.00 at

Buy the eBook for $2.99 at

  

As I mentioned earlier, the book will become available in the iBookstore, Barnes&Noble, and other retailers in the coming weeks.  Things take a little while to roll out.  While we’re waiting, check out the shiny new Goodreads page!

And thank you, once again, to everyone who has gone out of their way to offer support to this series.  You are the ones who make these stories matter.  Let’s get our lovely little Twist farther into the world, shall we?  Please remember to share, like, Tweet,Tumbl, review and lend!

Just 2 more days to go…

This is it, people.  The 2nd book in the Clockwork Twist series will be released in just 2 days.  Are you excited?  I’m excited.  I’ve been wanting to publish this book for most of a year.  And now, it’s finally ready!  For those who just can’t wait, here’s one more little taste of the adventure to come.  Enjoy the first 5 chapters of Trick, right now!

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5

We are so close to  Tuesday, January 14th.  The book will be available on Amazon.com, Createspace.com and Smashwords.com, right away, in both eBook and paperback.  And, if you buy the paperback on Amazon, you’ll get the eBook for free as well!  Trick will become available in the iBookstore, Barnes&Nobel, WHSmith, and other on-line stores in a week or two.  

Links to all of this will be coming in the launch post on Tuesday.  So, be sure to keep an eye on the old FacebookTwitterTumblr, or blog!  So close, so close, so close…  Is it wrong to fan-girl over my own book?  Don’t answer that…

But wait, there’s more!

It’s finally January.  With less than 2 weeks left to go, I’m feeling extra generous.  As a special treat, I’m going to post another free chapter!  Click the links below to read the first 4 chapters, now!

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
~oOo~

As always, I want to thank my lovely readers for all of their  support, and patience!  Thanks to you, our Twist is really starting to get some momentum.  Keep sharing and following.  Every Like helps, you know…

Keep and eye on the Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or blog to find out the moment the final free chapter is up!

The 3rd chapter is up! Read it here, first…

You get to read the first 3 chapters of the brand new, not even released yet adventure novel, Clockwork Twist: Trick!  Be the envy of all your friends!  And then, go tell them all about it with a smug sense of knowledgeable self-importance. *wink, wink*  Click the links below to read the first 3 chapters, now!


Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3

 

As always, remember that this book will hit on-line stores on Tuesday, January 14th.  And this time, 3 chapters isn’t all you’re going to get!

That’s right, I’m going to post the 4th and 5th chapters right here on this blog, one per week, up until the book’s release.  There might also be an opportunity for some very lucky, very lovely dears to get a *cough* free copy of the whole eBook a bit early…  So, be sure to keep an eye on the old FacebookTwitterTumblr, or blog to find out about all of the exciting developments!

Click here for a quick synopsis. (no spoilers, I promise.)

MORE Free previews of the 2nd installment of Clockwork Twist!

Oh boy, oh boy, it’s getting closer now. The release of the 2nd book in the Clockwork Twist series is swiftly approaching.  Mark you calendars because it will hit on-line stores on Tuesday, January 14th!  As I mentioned before, I’m going to post the first few chapters, one per week, right here on this blog.  Click the links below to read the first 2 chapters, now!


Chapter 1
Chapter 2
~oOo~

 

What new wonders and strange happenings will Twist encounter this time?  Will he be surrounded by pirates once again?  Will he even get back home to London?  Click here for a quick synopsis of coming events. (no spoilers, I promise.)

Keep and eye on the Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or blog to find out the moment the next chapter is up!  Oh, how fantastically exciting!

Free preview of the 2nd installment of Clockwork Twist!

Here we go…  The release of the 2nd book in the Clockwork Twist series is swiftly approaching.  Mark you calendars because it will hit on-line stores on Tuesday, January 14th!  In anticipation of this most exciting event, I’m going to post the first few chapters, one per week, right here on this blog.


Click here to start reading right now!
~oOo~

 

What new wonders and strange happenings will Twist encounter this time?  Will he be surrounded by pirates once again?  Will he even get back home to London?  Click here for a quick synopsis of coming events. (no spoilers, I promise.)

Keep and eye on the Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or blog to find out the moment the next chapter is up!  Oh, how fantastically exciting!