I’ve been sitting on this since I was out of town last week, because that’s just how these things go sometimes, but now it can finally be shared, so here I go, sharing it.
As most of you know, I spent the first half of last year working on a steampunk novel called BONESHAKER. I referred to it as my “west coast steampunk Victoriana book with zombies, air ships, toxic gas clouds, mad scientists, dead folk heroes, secret criminal societies, and Bonus! extended deleted scenes from the Civil War” book; and although it has only recently made the rounds in advance advance reader’s copy form* … the reception has been really phenomenal.
Due in part to this fact (and due in huge part to the persistence of my editor and agent), while I was on the road somewhere between Sacramento and Las Vegas I got the call that a formal offer had been made for a another novel set in the Clockwork Century.
So it is with great pleasure and pride that I warn you of DREADNOUGHT — which shall henceforth be known as the “battlefield adventure about a widowed nurse from a Confederate hospital aboard a west-bound train pulled by a Union war engine — now with military intrigue, murderous plots, the treachery of spies, bushwackers, bandits, sabotage, and epic scenes of mayhem.”
I’m so excited about this that I can scarcely keep from vibrating; and very shortly, I’ll begin work upon it. Expect to see progress updates here as per usual, and brace yourself for Major Squee…
[:: over and out for now ::]
* In order to drum up early-early word-of-mouth in-house and out, a special version was printed up in quasi-bound small form and distributed to a handful of readers. The proper ARCs will be on the way shortly.