New Release: Ethereal Entanglements

SK3ECoverEthereal Entanglements is the third installment of Lee’s Spirit Knights young adult series. Now a full Knight, with her dagger and dragon, Claire plunges head-first into doing everything she thinks needs to be done while Justin scrambles to clean up the messes left behind in Backyard Dragons, and some new messes he didn’t expect.

Together with Drew, Claire’s possessed best friend, the trio faces lies and confusion, and steps into a millennia-old feud. The stakes are high with the fate of the world in the balance.

Excerpt:

Claire wanted to memorize every line, but not that angry mouth. The worst she’d ever done as a child had only made him sigh with disappointment. Once, he’d let his features flicker with true anger. That time, he left the house and went for a ride on his horse rather than shout or punish her and her little brother.

She swallowed past the lump in her throat. “It’s not him,” she whispered. But she wanted it to be him as much as she wanted it not to be him. For one more chance to hug him, she would sacrifice anything. Seeing him like this scraped at the scab she’d built inside since his death, letting the hollow, empty feeling bleed out again.

Her father relaxed his stance and lowered his blade. “You have to prove yourself, Pumpkin, or you’ll never really be a Knight.”

Claire squeezed her eyes shut. Everything else faded away and she was ten years old again, holding his hand. “I don’t know how, Daddy. Every time I try–” Hot tears burned her cheeks. “All the Knights say I’m not good enough. Nothing I do here will ever be good enough.”

“You’re not trying, Pumpkin. Never trying always fails.”

She swiped her sleeve across her face, smearing streaks of damp gray dirt across it. Opening her eyes, she stood before her father, ready to let him stab her through the heart. She saw the loose dirt beneath her feet and the green light. Behind her father, Enion moved in slow motion, taking his time to position himself for a stealthy charge from behind.

This thing was not her father. Claire hung her head, ashamed of herself for letting it torture her. She knew better and Caius still got to her. “The Palace is the worst place ever. It’s supposed to be a sanctuary.”


Ethereal Entanglements is now available as a pre-order on Amazon. It releases on June 21. The series begins with Girls Can’t Be Knights.

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Clockwork Dragon Welcomes Nikki McCormack

We’re pleased and proud to add award-winning author Nikki McCormack to Clockwork Dragon. Her enchanting books will travel across the country with us this summer to GenCon, MALCon, and WorldCon, and we couldn’t be happier about that. She writes epic fantasy and young adult steampunk of high quality.NMHeadshot

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New Release: Merely This and Nothing More

Merely-This-CoverClockwork Dragon is proud to support the third anthology from Writerpunk Press, Merely This and Nothing More: Poe Goes Punk. Like Sound & Fury and Once More Unto the Breach, this new volume features ‘punk adaptions of public domain works, this time all versions of Edgar Allen Poe’s stories and all donated to the Writerpunk Press project. Profits from the sales of these books all go to the PAWS no-kill animal shelter in Lynnwood, WA.

For this volume, four of our writers contributed to the anthology: Jeffrey (Masque of the Red Death), Lee (To Helen), Sechin (Fall of the House of Usher), and Lindsay (A Descent Into the Maelstrom). The book contains another seventeen stories on top of these. It’s now available in ebook and paperback.

Check out the Facebook release party scheduled for June 4th, featuring a ton of authors all chatting about Poe, ‘punking, and their other work. And please support the thunderclap for this release party!

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New Release: Superheroes In Denim

superheroes in denimSuperheroes In Denim is a compilation of Lee French’s Maze Beset superhero trilogy.

Bobby Mitchell has a dragon swarm sized problem. Framed for a murder he wanted to commit, his life takes a turn for the desperate–and weird. His biggest problems used sound like a country song. Now, he hangs around with a vampire, werewolf, ice queen, and more.

On the run for his life from mysterious men in black, Bobby faces his fears, his limits, and his worst enemy: himself.

Exclusive bonus content offers a peek inside the heads of other members of the team, including Violet, Albert, and Kaitlin.

Available only on Amazon.

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In Our Copious Free Time: CapitalIndieBookCon Thunderclap

This July 16, Clockwork Dragon is hosting our first book fair in Olympia, WA: CapitalIndieBookCon. Capital as in it’s the capital or our state, Indie as in indie authors, Book as in ink on paper, and Con as in convergence of genres.

We’ve lined up over 50 indie authors to come hang out with us for the day in the Longhouse at Evergreen State College. It’s a beautiful building with air conditioning–something worth mentioning in the middle of July. Admission is free, parking is free, and time chatting with the authors is priceless.

This morning, we launched a Thunderclap for the event. Even if you’re nowhere near Olympia and don’t plan to be, please add your support. Someone you know may be in the region or planning a trip!

We’ve got authors with titles in romance, fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, horror, and more, and something for every age category.

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Looking Ahead: Lilac City Comic Con

On May 14, Jeff and Lee will travel to eastern Washington to participate in Lilac City Comic Con‘s 10th anniversary.

We’re looking forward to the one-day show, and to seeing friends and fans in Spokane!

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@Norwescon Wrap-up

We had a great time at Norwescon and are looking forward to 2017 already. Our booth happened to be placed in an excellent location, both surrounded by other tables with “dragon” in their name and with these great walls our neighbors let us hang things on. Our booth was in the middle of the room, and across from DragonStorm, a custom weapon-maker with a sense of humor and an inability to avoid making way too much food. Yum.

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Jeff with a cosplayer portraying Sam Bowe from Dawn of Steam

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Deadpool with our hats in front of Tanya Huff’s cat, Austin. Watch for more hat pics from upcoming conventions.

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Poison Ivy + Groot = Awesome

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Our fabulous home for 4 days.

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