Category Archives: Book Acquisitions

Sage & Savant Meet Thinking Ink Press in a Steampunk Extravaganza

We’re excited to announce that this April, Thinking Ink Press is the featured sponsor of Episode 11 of the continuing Steampunk podcast and blog of Dr. Petronella Sage and her friend Professor Erasmus Savant. Join us as we venture back to the Victorian Science-fiction world of Sage & Savant as they travel through space and time!

During the month of April, listen to Audio Adventures: Stories from Thinking Ink Press Steampunk Anthologies, featuring three stories:

  • A new story, “Three Men and a Vampire” by Harry Turtledove, from our forthcoming charity steampunk anthology Some Time Later, Fantastic Voyages Through Alternate Worlds, available at the steampunk convention Clockwork Alchemy 2017.
  • “The Fall of the Falcon” by Anthony Francis, from our charity steampunk anthology Thirty Days Later. “The Fall of the Falcon” is a prequel story to Anthony’s steampunk novel Jeremiah Willstone and the Clockwork Time Machine, new this year from Bell Bridge Books.
  • “The Honorable Eddy” by Kirsten Weiss from our charity steampunk anthology Thirty Days Later. Kirsten Weiss writes genre-blending cozy mystery, urban fantasy, and steampunk suspense, mixing her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem.

Starting in April, on the Savant & Sage website, you’ll also find interviews with Anthony Francis, Kirsten Weiss, Sharon E. Cathcart, not to mention steampunk anthology editors AJ Sikes, BJ Sikes, and Dover Whitecliff.

Please stop in for a visit at the Sage & Savant website and join us for fun and fabulous adventures. If you’re at Clockwork Alchemy 2017, look for Thinking Ink Press authors and editors!

Pictured: the Radio Broadcast Center at Universal Studios Florida (modified), from Wikimedia Commons under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License and Harajuku Fashion Walk (modified), from Flickr / Gaudencio Garcinuño under the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 License.

 

New Charity Steampunk Anthology, Some Time Later

We are excited to announce our next charity steampunk anthology, Some Time Later: Fantastic Voyages in Alternate Worlds, available soon through booksellers in print and ebook editions and at Clockwork Alchemy 2017.

Created by returning anthology editors AJ Sikes, BJ Sikes, and Dover Whitecliff, Some Time Later includes two new stories each from fifteen authors including Harry Turtledove, Kirsten Weiss, Anthony Francis, David L. Drake and Katherine L. Morse, Sharon E. Cathcart, T.E. MacArthur, and more. Fifty percent of the proceeds will be donated to public libraries.

Join us on a journey through time and genre:

  • Take a tour of Jolly Olde London, where madness may (or may not) prevail and things can get hairy after dark!
  • Take an airship to the ancient city of Atlantis!
  • Battle demons! Match wits with mystics! Try to resist the seductive power of chocolate or the magic of tiny mushrooms!
  • Maybe even steal a treasure from a dragon!

So put the kettle on, pour a strong cuppa, and curl up on the couch for a rollicking good read with Some Time Later.

To order a copy of Some Time Later that you can pick up at Clockwork Alchemy, contact anthony@ThinkingInkPress.com.

Rereleasing Twelve Hours Later: A Steampunk Charity Anthology

Back by popular demand, Thinking Ink Press is republishing the out-of-print steampunk charity anthology Twelve Hours Later: 24 Tales of Myth and Mystery. The brainchild of the Treehouse Writers, fifteen talented authors, artists, and poets, Twelve Hours Later was released at Clockwork Alchemy 2015 and features pairs of stories set within the same day.

Myth! Mystery! Intrigue! Dirigibles!

Support public libraries and explore the world of steampunk fiction. Twelve Hours Later, 24 Tales of Myth and Mystery will thrill you with round-the-world and round-the-clock adventure, weaving lore from ancient Egypt, Greece, Japan, and more into a steampunk tapestry!

  • A devoted nursemaid braves mythical Japanese spirits to save a child’s life
  • Daredevil adventurers tangle with a Chinese demon called the Lord of Death
  • A lady archaeologist battles thieves for possession of Egyptian hieroglyphs

Linked pairs of stories, set 12 hours apart, fill a 24-hour day with a whirlwind of steam, legends, spycraft, and the occasional forest demon!

Half the proceeds of the anthology will be donated to nonprofit organizations that support literacy, including the San Jose Library System. As you indulge your literary senses, you’re also helping to promote literacy!

Twelve Hours Later will be released on Friday, March 24th, and is available for preorder on Amazon. So get a copy and find out what happens … Twelve Hours Later!

The Authors of Twelve Hours Later

Sharon E. Cathcart

Lillian Csernica

Steve DeWinter

David L. Drake and Katherine L. Morse

Anthony Francis

T.E. MacArthur

Vicki Rorke

AJ Sikes and BJ Sikes

Janice Thompson

Elizabeth Watasin

Kirsten Weiss

Dover Whitecliff

 

Small Surprises, an Instant Book by Lita Kurth

drawing of a lizard bride looking at a brownie We’re happy to announce that we have published our newest Instant Book, Small Surprises by Flash Fiction Forum co-founder Lita Kurth. Small Surprises includes two flash fiction stories, “The Bride” and “Life Is a Mystery.”

Instant Books are limited edition miniature books with complete stories inside. Folded from a single sheet of paper, they fit in the palm of your hand, but they’re sturdy enough to read and share.

Thinking Ink Press member Anthony Francis created the cover art for Small Surprises, and Instant Book designer Keiko O’Leary created the book layout. She selected the typography and paper, and hand-folded each book.

Small Surprises will be available for sale at the next Flash Fiction Forum on March 8 at 7:00 p.m. at SJ/Works Gallery, 365 S. Market St. in San Jose, CA.

You can also buy copies by contacting keiko@thinkinginkpress.com.
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Hip, Hop, Hooray for Our First Picture Book!

We’re happy to announce our first picture book, Hip, Hop, Hooray for Brooklynn Bunny! by Jill Harold and Betsy Miller.

This upbeat story is about Brooklynn, a little bunny who loves to hop. Brooklynn wears a brace at night, but she is determined to learn how to hop rope in time for the Hippity Hop Games. Armed with hop rope rhymes and a can-do attitude, Brooklynn shows that persistence pays off and can be a lot of fun.

Hip, Hop, Hooray for Brooklynn Bunny! will be available in print, ebook, and audiobook editions in March 2017.

Debris Dreams, Young Adult Science Fiction, Coming Soon

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Thinking Ink Press is happy to announce that we will be publishing the young adult science fiction trilogy The Lunar Cycle by David Colby. We’re bringing Book 1, Debris Dreams, back into print and will subsequently publish Book 2, Shattered Sky , and Book 3, Luna’s Lament.

Debris Dreams begins in 2069 on a space station at the Earth-Sun Lagrange point L1.

Sixteen-year-old Drusilla Xao lives in the Hub, a space station used by the Chinese-American Alliance as a base to exploit the Moon’s resources. Desperate to break free of the Alliance, a separatist group from the Moon destroys Earth’s space elevator. In a flash, Dru’s parents are dead and she is cut off from her girlfriend Sarah on Earth.

The Alliance declares war against the Moon, conscripting Dru and all the youth of the Hub. Dru is forced to become a soldier fighting in the lethal vacuum of space. Can she survive deadly space debris and terrorist attacks to find her way home to Sarah?

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Thirty Days Later: A New Steampunk Anthology

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Do you like steampunk and cliffhangers? Adventure and intrigue? Dragons and Sasquatches? Then you’ll like the forthcoming anthology Thirty Days Later, Steaming Forward: 30 Adventures in Time, featuring pairs of stories by favorite steampunk authors who have appeared at the Clockwork Alchemy steampunk convention!

Thinking Ink Press is proud to announce we will publish Thirty Days Later in time for Clockwork Alchemy this Memorial Day. Edited by AJ Sikes, BJ Sikes, and Dover Whitecliff, Thirty Days Later is the sequel to the steampunk anthology Twelve Hours Later: 24 Tales of Myth and Mystery, a charity anthology to promote California literacy programs, and Thinking Ink Press is proud to donate half the royalties of Thirty Days Later to promote literacy.

“The creators of Twelve Hours Later continue to promote literacy one sensational story at a time by donating a portion of their proceeds to literary charities, but no boring works with fluffy kittens here. Not a one! Where else can you find spycraft and sea serpents, cloud cities and ghosts, romance, witty banter, and worlds of wonder in one place? These are stories to relish and read under the covers into the wee hours of the morning. They’ve done it again-Full marks!”
Penelope Dreadfulle, Literary Reviewer for the Blackfriars Courant.

As Memorial Day approaches, look for further announcements here about the release date and release party of Thirty Days Later at Clockwork Alchemy, or click the button below to sign up for our 30DL mailing list!

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New Resource for Families Coping with a Rare Disease

Thinking Ink Press is excited to announce that we will be publishing The Parents’ Guide to Perthes, the first book about Perthes disease for families. Perthes is a rare childhood disease that affects the hip joints of children age two to twelve years old and can limit the child’s mobility.

The Parents' Guide to Perthes

Written by Dr. Charles T. Price and Betsy Miller, The Parents’ Guide to Perthes provides accurate information and practical advice for families. Charles T. Price, MD is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. He has done research on Perthes and has shared his findings in research papers and medical books. Betsy Miller is the author of The Parents’ Guide to Hip Dysplasia and The Parents’ Guide to Clubfoot (available through booksellers).

People affected by rare diseases need resources as much as anyone else. But publishing books about rare diseases is challenging because the number of potential readers is small. The cost of publishing the book is more than the amount of income that book sales can generate. Thinking Ink Press is looking for ways to make it possible to publish The Parents’ Guide to Perthes and other similar books. To that end we’re running a pre-ordering and crowdfunding event on Pubslush from October 17, 2014 through November 16, 2014.

Please visit the project page on Pubslush, at http://perthes.pubslush.com, to learn more about the project and to download an excerpt.

Note that Pubslush only accepts US dollars or UK pounds. To pre-order or contribute to this project in any other currency, please use this web form instead: https://www.thinkinginkpress.com/perthes/