Cover reveal. Steampunk adventures in Steven Smith’s “Chasing Shadows.”

I must admit that I’ve been waiting for this day, when I can finally reveal the cover of this upcoming book in all its glory.

But first, a few words about the story, including a few thoughts from my beta read.

What I love about Steampunk, is the way that, by choosing which of today’s technology to include, and how it might be used, you can create a world that is completely logical, yet like nowhere else.

Steven Smith is a book reviewer and blogger, who I first met when he reviewed one of my Andorra Pett mysteries.

Anyhow, Steven and I chatted on social media and found that we both shared a love of Steampunk. When he said that As well as some short stories, he was writing a Steampunk adventure, I had to get on the beta readers list.

And I’m very glad that I did. It means that I got to read this story before anyone else.

You can find more about him and the book by clicking on these links,

So what did I think?

This is a very good story. There are power blocs and dastardly villains. Some of what we have today is used, there are things we recognise, yet the world is a different place.

And then there is Edison Crow.

Edison is a complex character, he commands an airship with the help of his friend Selah and they have history. Character development is excellent, we can see why Crow became who he is and how everything in his world fits together and makes sense.

There is a tremendous amount of world-building and backstory, it’s done in such a way that it never feels laboured and sets up the story nicely.

Logically constructed machinery and technology, realistic descriptions of their uses abound. There’s the feeling of a world that has wonders but also a taste of the lives of those who live without them.

Without giving too much away, there’s trouble in the United Republic of the High Commission. Crow and his airship, wth a crew more used to a life of crime, set out to solve a mystery.  That’s the cue for some spectacular action and adventure.

And, here at last is the full cover,

I think you’ll agree, it’s pretty spectacular. All credit to Jen Parker of Fuzzy Flamingo for the design. The book will be out soon, watch this space for more news.

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