KICKSTARTER – MAN AND MACHINE – FUNDED!


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eSpec Books is excited to announce that their newest Kickstarter project has funded less than three days into the campaign. With 38 days to go, there are a plenty of stretch goals to be achieved, including custom Tee Shirts, Challenge Coins, Mission Patches, and three additional books.

To check out the campaign visit http://tiny.cc/DTF7

eSPEC BOOKS WEEK IN REVIEWS


We have two lovely reviews to share with you this week. Please click the link for the full reviews.

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On The Weird Wild West

“This anthology offers twelve short stories with full on spectacular weird west. […] I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in trying the genre. It’s the perfect anthology to get your feet wet with.” 3 Stars, Hope Sloper, Amazon

Hope’s favorites in the collection were the stories by Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin, R. S. Belcher, Jonathan Maberry, Robert E. Waters, John G. Hartness, and Faith Hunter.

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On The Society for the Preservation of CJ Henderson

“CJ Henderson was a writer’s writer. He could fluidly move between genres. […] in ever story his talent shows even more.” 4 Stars, Renfield1969, Amazon

PRE-ORDER: GASLIGHT AND GRIMM


We are very pleased to announce that the Kindle edition of Gaslight & Grimm is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

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Once Upon a Time…

…ageless tales were told from one generation to the next, filled with both wonders and warnings. Tales of handsome princes and wicked queens, of good-hearted folk and evil stepmothers. Tales of danger and caution and magic… classics that still echo in our hearts and memories even to this day, told from old, cherished books or from memory at Grandma’s knee.

Oh yes, tales have been told…but never quite like these. Journey with us through the pages of Gaslight and Grimm to discover timeless truths through lenses polished in the age of steam.

With tales by

James Chambers ~ Christine Norris ~ Bernie Mojzes ~ Danny Birt ~ Jean Marie Ward ~ Jeff Young ~ Gail Z. and Larry N. Martin ~ Elaine Corvidae ~ David Lee Summers ~ Kelly A. Harmon ~ Jonah Knight ~ Diana Bastine ~ Jody Lynn Nye.

COVER REVEAL – GASLIGHT AND GRIMM


Excited to say we should be going to press on this book within a day. Hard to believe we are just over a month away from the launch!

 

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Gaslight & Grimm linocut art (c) Dustin Blottenberger Cover design and treatment, Sidhe na Daire Multimedia

 

Gaslight and Grimm: Steampunk Faerie Tales
edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Diana Bastine

Once Upon a Time…

…ageless tales were told from one generation to the next, filled with both wonders and warnings. Tales of handsome princes and wicked queens, of good-hearted folk and evil stepmothers. Tales of danger and caution and magic…classics that still echo in our hearts and memories even to this day, told from old, cherished books or from memory at Grandma’s knee.

Oh yes, tales have been told…but never quite like these. Journey with us through the pages of Gaslight and Grimm to discover timeless truths through lenses polished in the age of steam.

With tales by

James Chambers ~ Christine Norris ~ Bernie Mojzes ~ Danny Birt ~ Jean Marie Ward ~ Jeff Young ~ Gail Z. and Larry N. Martin ~ Elaine Corvidae ~ David Lee Summers ~ Kelly A. Harmon ~ Jonah Knight ~ Diana Bastine ~ Jody Lynn Nye.

PROJECT UPDATE – GASLIGHT AND GRIMM


Well, we are in the final week of the campaign (http://tiny.cc/GandG) and all we can say to our backers is Thank you! Their support has made this project possible and will allow us to pay those involved, include art, and so much more. 

So many people have gotten behind the project, that we wanted to recap exactly what the backers–current and future–are all getting for their pledge, in addition to the book Gaslight and Grimm: Steampunk Faerie Tales.

$1500 Pre-Funding Bonus Rewards – UNLOCKED!

  • James Chambers’ “A Cat’s Cry in Pluto’s Kitchen.”
  • James Daniel Ross’s “Not One Word”
  • Jeffrey Lyman’s “Lord of Fire, Lord of Wind”
  • Danielle Ackley-McPhail’s “Carbon Copy”

$2000 Pre-Funding Bonus Rewards – UNLOCKED!

  • Gail Z. Martin’s “Airship Down”
  • L Jagi Lamplighter’s “Feeding the Mouth That Bites You”
  • Jeff Young’s “A Talent Beyond My Talents”
  • Jean Marie Ward’s “The Wizard of Woodrow Park”

And our Funding Goal Prize Pack, which one lucky backer at the $20 or higher level has a chance to win once the campaign ends. The prize is now finalized. To celebrate the release of his new novel, contributor David Lee Summers has added autographed copies of all three books in the series to the prize pack. Here is the full list of prizes along with pictures. (NOTE: the hair stick shown is not an actual image of the set the winner will receive. Unfortunately we were not able to get a photo of the one that comes with the prize pack so this one is there just for representation. The actual pair that comes with the prize is darker and much nicer.)

Funding Goal Prize Pack – UNLOCKED!  

  • David Lee Summers’ Owl Dance, Lightning Wolves, and Brazen Shark
  • Season 1 of Grimm on DVD
  • Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (Unrated Cut) on BluRay and DVD
  • Snow White and the Huntsman on BluRay and DVD
  • a physical copy of Jonah Knight’s original album: Age of Steam
  • The Kassandra Leyden Go-Bag (consisting of the Steampunk Tarot, an “ectoplasm carrier, carved wooden “lightning bolt” hair sticks, and steampunk belt box – prize donated by contributor Jeff Young based on his upcoming collection “The Kassandra Leyden Adventures”)  

STRETCH GOAL REWARDS – UNLOCKED!

  • David Lee Summer’s “The Slayers”.
  • Danielle Ackley-McPhail’s steampunk story “On the Wings of an Angel”.
  • Jean Marie Ward’s “Four for More”.
  • Gail Z. Martin’s “Grave Voices”.
  • Kelly A. Harmon’s newest Charm City Darkness short story, for a limited time only available through this campaign.

STRETCH GOAL REWARDS – PENDING

We are just $190 away from unlocking the next goal:

$4200 – we will add an original story by Jody Lynn Nye, based on “The Red Shoes,” to the collection.

$4500 – Danielle Ackley-McPhail’s steampunk story, “Looking Back”.

$4800 – Jean Marie Ward’s “Dangerous Dames”.

$5100 – we will add an original story by Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin based on “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” to the collection.

$5400 – Jeff Young’s steampunk collection The Kassandra Leyden Adventures.

$5700 – Jean Marie Ward’s “Glass Transit”.

$6000 – Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn by Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Day Al-Mohamad.

$6500 – Danny Birt’s original album “Songs Of My People (Let Me Sing You Them)”.

$10,000 – we will produce a hardcover edition of Gaslight and Grimm

We’d really like to hit those bonus story goals. Were you thinking of backing? Now would be a great time to do so. We’ve already funded. And you can see all the amazing bonuses you get no matter when you pledged.

If you have a moment, and the inclination, could you help us spread the word? It really is the more the merrier: http://tiny.cc/GandG.

Best,

Danielle

TIMELY UPDATES


So, we have a number of deadlines approaching that you might want to know about.

Contest Updates

The Side of Good / The Side of Evil Good Reads Giveaway – This ends in less than two days. Don’t miss your chance to win one of three autographed copies of the book.

Author Spotlight Contest – Danielle Ackley-McPhail – 10 days left to get a free ebooks.

This is how it works:

  1. Between now and 12/25, take a look at my GoodReads profile
  2. Decide which book of mine you would most like to read
  3. In the comments at the bottom of the profile page tell me which book that is and why. There will be a special surprise for the person who leaves me the best or most creative reason why.

If I have the electronic files for that book in my possession and permission to circulate it, you get a free copy (formats may be limited).

If you leave a review of it when you are done, you can choose a second book under the same terms.

December Flash Fiction Contest – I Want to Believe… – Two weeks left to submit your entry into this month’s flash fiction contest.

In the popular TV series The X-Files, on December 22, 2012 the aliens invade Earth. In tribute to that monumental…if miscalled event…tell us your tales of alien invasion in 2012 words or less.

Submission Deadline: December 31. Entries should be mailed to especbooks@aol.com as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf attachment. Please include your name, story title, and contact information in your document. If we cannot identify your entry from the file you will be disqualified. Reprints (with proper citation) are acceptable if they meet the terms of the contest, but original fiction is preferred. Winning entry will be published on the eSpec Books blog and the winner will receive a free ebook copy of the eSpec Books title of their choice.

Visit http://www.especbooks.com for a list of titles.

 

Production Updates

The Weird Wild West – We are in the final stages of production. The artwork has been completed, the book is typeset, and the galley proofs have gone out to the authors. We expect to go to press by the end of the week. eBooks will distribute by the end of the month and we expect print books early in January. We thank you all for your patience.

NEW PROJECT ALERT – Gaslight and Grimm: Steampunk Faerie Tales – There isn’t much there yet, but we are preparing for our next Kickstarter campaign to fun a great new anthology of steampunk faerie tales. This is a resurrection of a project we were working on for another publisher some years ago but fell through so we are happy to say that nearly all the preliminary work is done on the stories and we anticipate the book will be out by March, once the project is funded. Authors on the project include: James Chambers, Jean Marie Ward, Jonah Knight, Elaine Corvidae, Bernie Mojzes, David Lee Summers, Jeff Young, Kelly A. Harmon, Christine Norris, Danny Birt, and Diana Bastine. The campaign will go live on January 5th. We hope you will use the link on the preview page to schedule a reminder.

PROJECT UPDATE – THE SIDE OF GOOD / THE SIDE OF EVIL


Good-EvileSpec Books is very pleased to announce that The Side of Good / The Side of Evil has come off the presses and is on it’s way to our hot little hands. We are excited about this project and hope you are as eager to see it as we are. The official release date is December 1, 2015.

If you just can’t wait, there are several things you can do.

First – you can join us at Philcon, a science fiction convention in Cherry Hill, New Jersey the weekend of November 20 – 22. We’ll be launching the book there and will have copies on hand for sale. Our party is scheduled for Saturday, November 21, in the Con Suite, from 7pm to 9pm. Not only will there be food, fun, and PRIZES, but editors Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Greg Schauer will be there, along with authors Gail Z. Martin, Keith R.A. DeCandido, James Chambers, Drew Bittner, Aaron Rosenberg and artists Jason Whitley and Mike McPhail, all of us ready to celebrate with you.

Second – Pre-order the print book on the eSpec Books Store: The Side of Good / The Side of Evil. All orders will be shipped out right after the launch.

Third – Pre-order the ebooks (there are two) on Amazon. They will deliver to your ereader as soon as the calendar flips over to December 1.

SoG6x9The Side of Good with stories by Robert Greenberger, Bryan J.L. Glass, Kathleen David, Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin, John L. French, Walt Ciechanowski, and James Chambers, (includes an SideofEviloriginal Furious! short story!)

The Side of Evil with stories by James M. Ward, Peter David, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Aaron Rosenberg, Janine Spendlove, Drew Bittner, and James Chambers (includes an original SCPD short story!)

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Everyone loves a hero…but sometimes we can’t help but root for the villain…

Indulge both impulses with this nostalgic flipbook anthology—The Side of Good / The Side of Evil. After all, everyone is the hero of their own story and sometimes a change in perspective can make a world of difference. 

Superheroes inspire us to be more than we can be, and on the flip side, Supervillains are reminders of the potential for darkness within us all. The Side of Good / The Side of Evil looks at the best and worst that über-mankind is capable of.

With stories by comic book and literary masters: James M. Ward, Bryan J.L. Glass, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Aaron Rosenberg, Robert Greenberger, Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin, Janine K. Spendlove, James Chambers, Walt Ciechanowski, Drew Bittner, John L. French, and Kathleen David this collection is guaranteed to be super…no matter which side you pledge your allegiance to.

Featuring a never-before-published Furious(TM) short story!