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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New Release: Working the Table

IndieGuideCoverIn Working the Table, two veteran conwarriors dish their advice and secrets for making book events successful. Lee and Jeff have spent the past few years working vendor tables at conventions, fairs, and festivals, and they’ve learned a thing or three along the way. This book lays out their advice on a variety of subjects relating to these experiences, intended to help you put your best foot forward without stepping into a hole.

Although the book is aimed at authors in the science fiction and fantasy genres, anyone interested in selling books at in-person events can benefit from the strategies and suggestions found within. Even those who’ve worked a few events will find helpful hints for scenarios they haven’t encountered yet, but inevitably will in the future.

This book will make its first event appearance at the Festival of Literature for Young Adults in Vancouver, WA on March 19-20, then its second at Norwescon in Seatac, March 24-27.

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New Release: Backyard Dragons

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Portland had a ghost problem. Now it has a dragon problem. Claire didn’t even know dragons existed until one falls into her lap. She has to figure out the dragon thing, the Spirit Knight thing, the adopted daughter thing, and the fighting thing all at the same time. Meanwhile, Justin has things to do, places to be, and problems to cause.

It’ll be fun. Except when it’s not.

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They faced an open archway into a small, dark, empty stone room.

Justin walked in and beckoned her to follow. “Have a seat.”

She stepped inside and sat where he pointed, her back against the wall. “I thought we’d be banging on metal with a hammer or something.”

“Nope. That would be too simple.” He grinned and waved a hand from the top of the arch to the floor. As he did, the stone filled in the arch, and the room went pitch black. “To start, see if you can make light for the room. Think about what light looks like and demand the Palace create it for you.”

“Um, sure. Palace, gimme some light.”

“In your mind, Claire. You can say it out loud, but the important stuff will all happen inside your head. Picture the color of light you want, then apply your demand as thoughts directed at the walls, the floor, the air, or whatever else works for you. When I first started, I felt stupid thinking at the wall. But it works.”

Claire could see how Justin felt stupid doing this. She felt stupid too.


Backyard Dragons, the sequel to Lee’s young adult urban fantasy Girls Can’t Be Knights, releases on March 11. It’s also available on Kobo, iTunes, and Barnes & Noble.

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New Release: Street Fair

streetFairStreet Fair, the second book of Jeffrey Cook’s Fair Folk Chronicles is currently available from Amazon in both paperback and kindle forms.

School is out for the summer, which will give Megan O’Reilly’s friends time to see that she really starts learning something useful. When music is magic and magic is sometimes medicine, it’s easy for a menehune BFF, a satyr rock star, and a disabled pixie with a service crow to give a girl information overload.

The weekend of the Fremont Solstice Fair is also the weekend of the Goblin Market. Megan’s adjusted enough to this Unseelie Princess thing to see some use in all this colorful shopping potential, both real-world and magical, even if she can get ahead of herself sometimes. But someone wants to use the Market for his own destructive purposes. And he knows a guy who’s great at ruining other people’s Midsummer nights.

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Cassia handed her a tan-and-green laminated slip of paper, bearing the words BACKSTAGE PASS. “These will get you through the gate, and over to the Market. Finn here will be keeping an eye on the passage a little.” As Megan got used to the big man’s presence and started to associate him with Faerie things like knowing where the gate was, the massive figure began to resemble the other trolls Megan had seen in Faerie.

“Finn?” Megan asked, extending a hand. “So, you’re the bouncer?”

The troll grinned, displaying questionable dentistry and some jagged teeth. “Nah, just filling in. Mostly a roadie for Cass and Nell. And a model.” He shifted the meat-ladened sticks held in his hand to the other to free a hand, wiped it on his jeans, and shook her hand carefully.

“A model?” Megan blinked, looking confused.

Cassia filled in. “Finn is very proud of having helped to inspire the sculpture under the Aurora Bridge.”

“Ah. That makes …sense.” Megan looked at Finn. “So you’re an under-the-bridge-type troll?”

“Once upon a time,” Finn said, smiling wryly. “Nowadays, I’ve got a great apartment. The upstairs neighbors are just as noisy, but I like the place.” He then glanced at his snack, shifting one of the sticks back and offering it to Megan. “Goat kebab?”

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Looking Ahead: Mythicworlds 2016 @faerieworlds

After a very boring, poorly attended RustyCon, we’re looking forward to Mythicworlds, also in Seatac. Knowing those folks, we can definitely count on at least being entertained. Jeff and Shannon will represent Clockwork Dragon at the region’s premier faerie festival.

Jeff will have copies of his latest new release, Street Fair–the highly anticipated sequel to Foul Is Fair. Stop by the vendor’s room to say hi!

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