Today I am excited to have two great books to review. I normally would not have done this but I was so thrilled with both of the choices and the last week of reading has been joyful. Shadows Over Somerset is a contemporary Gothic horror published by Seventh Star Press. My next review today is for Hands of Chaos. Believe it or not, Shadows Over Somerset is also set in Indiana, I so do not need to go there, right?
|Breakdown on my Rating
Steampunk’d part 2 of 4
In the first post I talked a little about every little about several various aspects of the different areas the steampunk trend has played a part in. The photography, the art, the music, the stories, the RPG’s, the unusual… As I mentioned in part one, steampunk is a trend with roots back to the 1800’s beginning with Jules Verne… Tentacles.. Giant Squids.. Stories where characters blend Victorian and Edwardian industry into new inventions… gadgets and and gizmos and adventures! Author J.L. Mulvihill is a well known southern indie author published by Seventh Star Press in a few things and with her first novel in her Steel Roots Series, The Boxcar Baby, in the summer of 2013.
The book also is a theme that brings up memories of Halloween days of the past. I have had a few costumes I was quite fond of. Pirates, gypsies and my mother reminded me my grandmother and I went as a hobo two years running. Mainly because I kept threatening to run away fourth and fifth grade when I wasn’t allowed to wear my Planet of the Ape mask to School.
Yes this is the exact one I had to wear. Ebay is a wonderful thing
So my grandmother showed me how to pack up all my worldly goods in a bandanna and my grandfather told me tales of the hobos. When I was putting together my post today I remember this tale, of course, this book is a steampunk tale of horror; dark and mysterious and full of terror.
Welcome to a Steampunk Author Interview with Cabin Goddess
The Boxcar Baby
Born in a boxcar on a train bound for Georgia. At least that is what Papa Steel always told AB’Gale. But now, fifteen years later, the man who adopted and raised her as his own is missing and it’s up to AB’Gale to find him. Aided only by a motley gang of friends, AB’Gale train hops her way across the United States in a desperate attempt to find her papa and put her life and family back the way it was. Her only guide is a map given to her by a mysterious hobo, with hand written clues she found hidden in her papa’s spyglass. Here is the Great American Adventure in an alternate steampunk dystopian world, where fifteen-year-old AB’Gale Steel learns that nothing is as it seems, but instead is shrouded in secrets and mysteries … and that monsters come in all shapes and forms. The Boxcar Baby is the first book of the Steel Roots series.
Jen! Welome to the Cabin! Care for a bacon, walnut, chocolate chip cookie? Just baked them today! Also have some fresh coffee! I know we have put off this interview for a while, but I am excited because this month I have a really exciting series of posts happening during my campaign with Steampunkgoggles.com! I thought, WOW! How can I not throw my interview I have with you up during it while not only getting my halloween post ready but also talking about all this steampunk goodness going, especially since you like goggles as much as me. Of course, I tend to have WAY to much fun with my goggles! Hey, take a peek at the page and pick a pair that you would like to wear at the next Con!
Jen – “Oh OK! Ohh Wow! Ok cool, I am so loving the vintage lace and pearl #steampunkgoggles Rock on!”
CG - Ya those rock a lot of my friends! Corinne loved those too! She just tweeted about those earlier tonight!
CG -As you can see I have way to much fun with mine. I am still working on my mini movie and preparing to scare some trick-or-treaters!
CG -Tweet the book: You are challenged to tweet a synopsis of the book to include your tweet handle, GO! (Has to fit in a tweet, I will be adding a custom tweet button at the top of post. You can and are encouraged to include #hashtags)
@JLMulvihill #yaNovel #BoxcarBaby #heartstopping #trainhopping #adventure of a young girl searching for her lost #Inventor papa
CG – Introduce yourself to the captive audience that you now have before you. (As in tell us something NOT in your bio, give us a dirty little secret not having or having to do with your writing)
Hi my name is Jen a/k/a J L Mulvihill, and I’m a Monsterholic. It all started when I met Stephen Zimmer and I was drinking a Redbull. He scoffed at the very idea and told me that real Rock Stars drink Monsters. I eventually tried one once I found out that they had low carb diet Monsters. Then I found the blue Monsters and the protein Monsters and now my children tell me that I have a problem.
But despite my Monster problem I have managed to turn out this novel, The Boxcar Baby, and it does indeed deal with all sorts of monsters as you will find when you read it.
CG – Is there a genre, other than the one you currently write in, that you wish you could break into? (If you want you can – I would love it if you did – a max flash fiction of no more that 500 with the prompt of “LIGHT” since summer is almost here (Yes this could work with romance, mystery, humour, textbooks on quantum physics.. own it, title it and GO!) This can even be a Haiku, just have fun!
I would like to write Horror, but not gore horror but psychological horror.
The light gradually dims until the darkness swallows it and Briana. She pulls her knees in close to her chest and hugs them tight listening to the silence buzzing in her ear. Suddenly she hears a sound faint but growing louder by the moment. What is it? She wonders. Her body trembles with fear; fear of the dark, fear of the strange and distant sound growing ever louder, ever closer. Fear of the unknown that waits there in the dark for her. Briana’s heart begins to pound, louder and harder than she has ever felt it beat before until it begins to hurt, and she knows this is the end. Whatever is out there coming for her will not be her demise because Briana’s heart has beaten it to her.
CG - When it comes to the genre you do write in, what are a few of the books or writers that have influenced you and your own writing (yes I can actually ask a serious question?)
In the steampunk genre the authors that inspire me most would have to be, H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, L. Frank Baum, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and of course let’s not forget the man whose novel coined the name steampunk, K. W. Jeter who wrote Morlock Night. (CG – And the man who coined the steampunk term!)
CG – If you could cast one of your works, who would you choose to play your main characters? (Some have a huge cast, so say no more than five, I am thinking many would be able to do at least one, you do have one character right? Include photos of choice or I Can find them also – include photo credits or links where they are found)
What in the world is that noise? Oh crap it’s my Fourth-Wall alarm, another author has been abducted into his world build… crap, where is my notebook and my clown nose! I need to get my pants on..wait! It is Friday, #nopantsfriday I wonder if I can get away with it on the moon… (looking up)
Southern Haunts – The Spirits that Walk Among Us
Edited by: Alexander S. Brown & J.L. Mulvihill
I present another amazing anthology from Seventh Star Press. Today since I am still reading this lovely thing, (boo) I am excited to have nine haunting teasers for your enjoyment! Sit back and read a few and at the end? You will be buying your copy before you know it! Till then… Let me TEASE you … TAUNT you… and HAUNT you!!!