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An Extra Hour! How about a #Steampunk Short & a chance for a Kindle #WeeklyShorts

I got a triple present for you today. How about a #WeeklyShorts, since you did gain an hour and you have time to read this! Plus it’s Steampunk, which if you had not noticed I am a wee bit obsessed right now due to me campaigning for and since we are on that for your second treat a couple of steampunk videos from Geoff and I for this campaign so you can laugh at us and also get an idea of what is to come in two weeks… Oh, and A KINDLE FIRE HDX GIVEAWAY (I had to throw that on, why? BECAUSE EVERYONE should have one of these, I love mine!). I know I am being obnoxious lately but man, I am just in a festive mood and I want to share!

For your extra hour… #WeeklyShorts No.20

I discovered  Pip Ballantine when I interviewed her for Bewitching Virtual Blog Tours on Blog Talk Radio. We had a lot of fun, as I usually do on the radio, and it opened me up to a whole new part of the steampunk genre from Pip and her husband Tee. This lovely fusion of fairytales and steampunk. Saturday I was sick so I curled up in bed and picked a fun steampunk short story, and this was a no-brainer. Pip and co-writer hubby Tee are wrapping up there post-Halloween weekend up at Octopodicon 2013!

Listen here –>>Interview – Philippa (Pip) Ballantine – Harbinger Cometh!!


The Little Clockwork Mermaid
(Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences short story)


From the imagination behind the award-winning Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series comes a steampunk novella inspired by Hans Christian Andersen.

The mermaid Lorelei is the youngest daughter of King Triton, but she has always been drawn to the Above world. Though she is revels in the joys of her tail and the underwater world, she has never felt she belongs there. The Sea Witch and her marvelous contraptions offer a way to pursue her dreams. What she will find there will change her fate forever

~ Amazon ~ Goodreads ~ Smashwords

$1.99, Short on your wallet and time!


PipBorn in Wellington, New Zealand, Philippa has always had her head in a book. For this she blames her father who thought Lord of the Rings was suitable bedtime reading for an eight year old. At the age of thirteen she began writing fantasy stories for herself.

She first earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Political Science and then a Bachelor of Applied Science in Library and Information Science. So soon enough she found herself working in the magical world of libraries where she stayed for over a decade.

Her first professional sale was in 1997, and since then she has gone on to produce mostly novel length fiction. In 2006 she became New Zealand’s first podcast novelist, and her podcasts have won both a Parsec Award and a Sir Julius Vogel award.

Philippa is the author of the Books of the Order series with Ace (GeistSpectyr, Wrayth and Harbinger),and the Shifted World series with Pyr Books (Hunter and Fox, and Kindred and Wings).

As a hybrid author, she has also independently published her novels, Chasing the BardDigital Magic, and her novel set in New Zealand, Weather Child.

She is also the co-author of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series with Tee Morris, (Phoenix Rising and The Janus Affair). Phoenix Rising won the Airship Award for best written steampunk, and was the number eight best Science Fiction book of 2011 according to The Janus Affair was the seventh most popular science fiction book of 2012 on, and won the Steampunk Chronicles Reader’s Choice Award for Best Fiction. The series continues with Dawn’s Early Light in 2014.

When not writing or podcasting, Philippa loves reading, gardening, and whenever possible traveling. With her husband Tee and her daughter, she is looked after by a mighty clowder of cats in Manassas, Virginia.

Website ~ Twitter Facebook ~ Street Team


For a good laughter (yes go ahead and laugh at the crazy Alaskans)

OK now for something to make you laugh your ass off, Geoff and I being silly for my current Steampunk’d campaign for I won’t throw any adverts here because this is strictly to make you giggle as you drink your Bloody Mary at brunch this morning and say another prayer tot he gods that Alaska does not touch any part of the proper US because obviously something makes the people here absolutely fut-nucking crazy!



And now to light your Fire!

Now, because I am a Reader not a Writer sent a note out and said, “Hey, wanna share this on your blog?” I went “Ohhhh of COURSE! Everyone should have this epic device!” So what the heck! I am getting nothing out of sharing this, btw. I did not sponsor it but figured, what the heck, a FIRE HDX! So, enjoy and HAVE A GREAT DAY! Oh and enjoy that extra hour!


This is a joint Author & Blogger Giveaway Event!


Bloggers & Authors have joined together and each chipped in a little money towards a Kindle Fire HDX 7″.


All New Kindle Fire HDX 7″ Giveaway


The winner will have the option of receiving a…

7″ Kindle Fire HDX (US Only – $229 Value)

An Extra Hour! How about a #Steampunk Short & a chance for a Kindle #WeeklyShorts

Or $229 Gift Card (International)

An Extra Hour! How about a #Steampunk Short & a chance for a Kindle #WeeklyShorts

Or $229 in Paypal Cash (International)

An Extra Hour! How about a #Steampunk Short & a chance for a Kindle #WeeklyShorts

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Giveaway Details

1 winner will receive their choice of an all new Kindle Fire 7″ HDX (US Only – $229 value), $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash (International).

There is a second separate giveaway for bloggers who post this giveaway on their blog. See details in the rafflecopter on how to enter to win the 2nd Kindle Fire HDX 7″.

Ends 11/30/13

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One Comment

  1. Loved this post and you did have me falling for the cold thing. Hahaha.

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