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Episode 11: A Little Bit of Mischief

The next episode of The Multiverse Chronicles is now available! 😀

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The Multiverse Chronicles

Season One: Episode Eleven

“A Little Bit of Mischief”

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Spots of sunlight danced between the trees as Alia and Alfons made their way through the thick undergrowth of the Deep. A cinnamon-colored rat scurried along the bramble, unhindered and well-ahead of the two humans.

“Let me get this straight,” Alfons said, ducking a thorny vine above his head. “You saw Alia walk into the princess’s room, but you knew it was not her because you could not smell her?” His pants caught on the prickly edge of a thistle. He cursed and untangled the fabric.

Yes, lad. How many times do I have to tell ya? Henry sent. My sense of smell is more than a wee bit heightened when I’m a rat. Believe me, your pirate friend was apparently hesitant to wash during this last week.

Alfons scowled. “You suggested…

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April 12, 2016 · 11:32 pm

Episode 10: A Friendly Game

The next episode of The Multiverse Chronicles is now up! (And this one includes Phalanx!) 😀

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The Multiverse Chronicles

Season One: Episode Ten

“A Friendly Game”

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Buford examined the black glass dragon tears sitting on the etched, wooden playing table before him. On either side of the table were two diamond-shaped slots, each covered by a silver coin. The diamond closest to him was his city-state. The coin was to buy the lady across from him a drink, while the glass dragon tears were to ensure he didn’t have to.

The general turned his attention to the cards in his hand. Each card had a path-symbol on its face, a series of black dots, dashes, and Xs. He placed one of the cards on the table, moved a dragon tear along the path of the symbol, and then replaced the card. He smirked. This game was going rather well. He already had four black dragon tears lined up in a row—a phalanx—the…

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Episode 9: Forbidden Realm

Episode 9 of The Multiverse Chronicles is now up! 😀

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The Multiverse Chronicles

Season One: Episode Nine

“Forbidden Realm”

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Alia, Alfons, and the cinnamon-colored rat stared at the glowing, approaching eyes. The closer the eyes came, the more visible the automatons grew. Their metal limbs clanked and whirred. Though their bodies were painted in alternating splotches of greens and browns—difficult to see through the foliage of the woods—they most certainly looked to be five mechanical men.

Alia and Alfons exchanged glances. Neither of them had seen any such creature before. Sure, the Prussian army was fond of their tactics generators with basic computing spirits and gigantic metal hulls, but these…

These were another being entirely.

The automatons had slender, mechanical arms and legs. Their eyes faintly glowed with enchanted gold. They wore dark green, metal helmets like any soldier might, and they carried rifles in their spiny hands.

But their faces were blank, with a…

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Episode 8: Friends, Acquaintances, and Nemeses

Episode 8 of The Multiverse Chronicles is now up! 😀

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The Multiverse Chronicles

Season One: Episode Eight

“Friends, Acquaintances, and Nemeses”

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A horse-drawn cart—loaded down with supplies and a sleeping pterosaur—ambled over a series of potholes in a well-worn road. A warm breeze ruffled the fields of barley on either side, the lazy sun painting the land vivid gold. The cart bumbled along, its two sorrel mares uninterested in the stiffness of their cart’s occupants.

Trish craned her head to the pale blue sky. Above her, mere silhouettes against the noonday sun, a team of pterosaurs and riders flew toward their new home. They coasted on the warm currents, occasionally flapping their wings to maintain formation.

She let out a breath as the pterosaur brigade flew onward. She was part of this now, even though she was not up there with the rest of them. The old, musty book in her lap—the one she was supposed

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Episode 7: Perplexing Conundrums

Episode 7 of The Multiverse Chronicles is now up! 😀

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The Multiverse Chronicles

Season One: Episode Seven

“Perplexing Conundrums”

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Captain John Bess rolled his letter into a thin tube and shoved it into a small green canister. He screwed the canister shut, strapped it onto a pigeon, and checked that the harness was tight. Then he opened the cage and sent the pigeon on its way.

Your Majesty,

 

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that your daughter, Princess Cassandra, has been murdered.

 

At this time, we are uncertain as to the identity of the perpetrator. However, we are working closely with Prussian security in this investigation, and they are fully cooperating with our efforts. Current evidence suggests that the rogue agent who killed our princess may have been a Prussian defector. We are unsure of the perpetrator’s motives, but I will keep you informed of any updates.

 

 Regrets,

Captain…

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Episode 6: A Royal Murder

Episode 6 of The Multiverse Chronicles is now up! 😀

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The Multiverse Chronicles

Season One: Episode Six

“A Royal Murder”

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Alia ambled along the iron fence of the courtyard of the Charlottenburg Imperial Palace, her slick black boots clicking against the diagonal brick. The night air echoed with raucous laughter, but all the guests were inside, celebrating with the prince and his family. Hours ago, applause had burst forth from the palace’s open doors, after the Kaiser formally announced Alia’s best friend’s engagement to Princess High-and-Mighty from Britannia.

Alia kicked a pebble, sending it across the bricks and clanging against the iron fence. One of the guards—Karl—an older man with more physical prowess than she could ever hope to achieve, gave her a knowing, sad smile before returning his attention to the passing motor carriages.

She sighed and sat on the edge of the fountain at the center of the courtyard. Water trickled behind her, courtesy…

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Battle Decks – Release Weekend!

Hello everybody… I know I’ve been silent on this blog for the past week. But there’s a special reason. Isaac and I have finally released Battle Decks: Trials of Blood and Steel!

We’re still working on the final touches for the online printout of the trial version, but the basic and deluxe editions are now online for sale! 😀

You can download a PDF of the rules, glossary, and printable tokens at our Infinitas Publishing web site.

There are two versions available.

The basic edition has only the cards and a two-page sheet of rules. (We suggest downloading the PDF of rules for larger text and pictures). The deluxe edition has the cards, a shiny rules booklet, two six-sided dice, counter tokens, and a mini poster (Technically, the basic edition also comes with the mini poster, at least for the time being).

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Buy Battle Decks: Trials of Blood and Steel – Basic Edition!

 Deluxe Edition

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Buy Battle Decks: Trials of Blood and Steel – Deluxe Edition!

Last week, Isaac and I have created an Infinitas Publishing Facebook page. Feel free to like the page to keep up-to-date with various announcements. 🙂

And lastly, episode four of The Multiverse Chronicles, where Trish confronts a rampaging pterosaur, is now up.

Next week, I plan to do a video blog post about our experiences at Stealth Con, and then I’ll get back to my usual schedule of doing a reading, a post about writing/gaming/publishing, and uploading one episode of Multiverse a week. 🙂

Enjoy, and if you know of anyone who might be interested in the game or blog series, please share! 😀

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Thoughts on Publishing – The First Episodes of the Multiverse Chronicles are now Available!

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Prodigy beastmaster, Trish Ivers, lands in trouble when her pride gets one of the Dragon Queen’s pterosaurs killed. However, she gets a second chance when a run-in with a rogue pterosaur forms a special familiar bond between them.

In the meantime, the engagement of Prince Alfons from the Industrial Union of Prussia to Princess Cassandra of Britannia promises to ally the rival nations. But a sinister plot is brewing that threatens to destroy the burgeoning peace and throw Trish in the middle of an all-out war between the beast-commanding armies of Britannia and the mechanically-inclined Prussians.

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The prologue and the first three episodes of The Multiverse Chronicles are now out!

Woot! *Throws confetti.* 😀

You can read them at their new home: https://mvchron.wordpress.com/

(Click here to start at the beginning.)

We’ve released the first three episodes today, and we’ll release the next three episodes next Friday, and once weekly after that.

So go have a look, tell your friends, and if you enjoy reading this, please, please let us know. We’d love to hear your feedback. 😀

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Cogling Blog Tour for Fellow Author – Jordan Elizabeth

Today I’m participating in a blog tour for a fellow author, Jordan Elizabeth!

I’ve been looking forward to this for a while, since I had the privileged of beta reading one of her earlier drafts of this book. I’ll soon be reading the new version, so I’m super excited to see how the book turned out. 😀

In the meantime…

COGLING

Young Adult Steampunk-Fantasy

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The beautiful cover is thanks to Mandie Manzano.

When fifteen-year-old Edna Mather tears an expensive and unfamiliar pocket watch off her little brother’s neck, he crumbles into a pile of cogs right before her eyes. Horrified, Edna flees for help, but encounters Ike, a thief who attempts to steal the watch before he realizes what it is: a device to power Coglings—clockwork changelings left in place of stolen children who have been forced to work in factories.

Desperate to rescue her brother, Edna sets off across the kingdom to the hags’ swamp, with Ike in tow. There, they learn Coglings are also replacing nobility so the hags can stage a rebellion and rule over humanity. Edna and Ike must stop the revolt, but the populace believes hags are helpful godmothers and healers. No one wants to believe a lowly servant and a thief, especially when Ike has secrets that label them both as traitors. 

Together, Edna and Ike must make the kingdom trust them or stop the hags themselves, even if Ike is forced to embrace his dark heritage and Edna must surrender her family.

 

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Excerpt:

Green smoke snaked up the side of the tenement and drifted over the sill of an open window. A breeze blew the vapor into a column before it solidified into the shape of a stout, young hag. She shook her crimson curls away from her face and straightened the hood of her cloak to keep her kohl-lined, silver eyes shadowed.

The scent of lavender clung to her robes, washing over the small room. Two brass-framed beds crowded the floor. Blankets covered sleeping children. A little boy wheezed against the head of his stuffed bear, drool dripping onto the wool.

The hag squinted to see the goldenrod dream cloud above his head—a dream about seeing his father again. She frowned at the other bed, where a sleeping teenager lay with a threadbare blanket tugged around her chin. Even squinting, the hag couldn’t make out a dream cloud. The girl was too old to be of any use.

The hag slithered to the boy’s bed and, from the folds of her cloak, drew out a rectangular box four inches long, with a circular indentation on one side. She set it on the floor to remove a vial and rag from her skirt pocket, the rough wool of the rag irritating her fingertips.

“Do it, Simone,” the hag muttered to herself as she willed her hands not to tremble. “Make the Dark Mother happy.” She couldn’t fail at her first mission.

Holding her breath, Simone dribbled three drops onto the rag, yanked the teddy bear away, and shoved the drugged cloth against the boy’s mouth. His eyes opened, his gasp muffled, and his body jerked. Simone stiffened.

The girl moaned. Her mattress rustled as she rolled over to face the wall, brown curls shifting over her pillow.

Simone’s heart thudded. By the seven Saints, she should’ve cast a sleeping spell over the girl. The Dark Mother preferred humans to think hags were harmless healers, not thieves who kidnapped children.

The boy writhed, squeaks emerging from behind the rag. Simone pressed harder. She needed his breath in the wool to disguise and fuel the machine.

The potion took hold and the boy collapsed. Simone’s thick lips curved over her broken teeth. She lifted a pocket watch from around her neck and positioned it into the crevice in the metal box. As the two pieces connected, a chime rang out. She set the box beside the limp little boy and draped the rag over it. Even though she should wait to make sure his breath stuck in the machine, she couldn’t risk waking the girl.

The metal stretched to become his replica as if it were made of putty. With a second chime, the metal shimmered and dulled into the pale peach of his flesh, becoming an exact duplicate of the child.

“Mine.” Simone hefted the little boy into her arms, leaving the duplication on the bed, and transformed to smoke before the chimes awoke the girl.

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About the Author

Author - Jordan Elizabeth

Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, writes down her nightmares in order to live her dreams. She is the author of ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW, TREASURE DARKLY, and BORN OF TREASURE. Check out her website, JordanElizabethMierek.com, for more information on her books, contests, and bonus short stories.

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Cover Reveal for a Fellow Author – Cogling!

Today I am super excited to be hosting a cover reveal for Cogling by Jordan Elizabeth. 😀

See, a while back I got the pleasure of beta-reading an earlier draft of this story, and I’ve been eagerly anticipating its release into the world. I’ve long wondered what the cover would look like (I did not create this cover). Now I finally get to see it, and so do you!

Are you ready?

I’m telling you, this cover is really pretty. 😀

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COGLING

 

A Steampunk Fairy Tale for Young Adults who love a little Romance in their Adventures

 

Jordan Elizabeth - Cogling Cover

 

When fifteen-year-old Edna Mather tears an expensive and unfamiliar pocket watch off her little brother’s neck, he crumbles into a pile of cogs right before her eyes. Horrified, Edna flees for help, but encounters Ike, a thief who attempts to steal the watch before he realizes what it is: a device to power Coglings—clockwork changelings left in place of stolen children who have been forced to work in factories.

Desperate to rescue her brother, Edna sets off across the kingdom to the hags’ swamp, with Ike in tow. There, they learn Coglings are also replacing nobility so the hags can stage a rebellion and rule over humanity. Edna and Ike must stop the revolt, but the populace believes hags are helpful godmothers and healers. No one wants to believe a lowly servant and a thief, especially when Ike has secrets that label them both as traitors.

Together, Edna and Ike must make the kingdom trust them or stop the hags themselves, even if Ike is forced to embrace his dark heritage and Edna must surrender her family.

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COGLING has already gained advanced praise from NY Times Bestselling author, Maria V. Snyder!

“This is a fun YA Steampunk novel. It’s very different than many other Steampunk stories I’ve read. Basic plot is Edna’s brother is kidnapped by hags and replaced with a “cogling” and she’s on a mission to find and rescue her brother. The world is a Victorian-era with a strict class system for the humans and for those with magic. The woman with magic are called hags and the men with magic are ogres and they’re not nice and are planning to change the system. I really enjoyed learning about the world and the characters are well drawn and engaging.”

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Meet the author
Jordan Elizabeth Mierek lives in a dream world.  Sometimes she comes out to do her day job, but most of the time she is writing about her favorite people – her characters!  COGLING is her fourth book.  Her previous steampunk series, the Treasure Chronicles, include TREASURE DARKLY and BORN OF TREASURE.  Her debut novel, ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW, is a young adult fantasy-horror.  You can find her short stories in numerous anthologies.  Check out her website, JordanElizabethMierek.com, for contests and bonus stories!

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