Book Blog Tour Stop#6: Interview by Stephanie Kato

Today  we're visiting the west coast of the States for an interview on writing and steampunk by Stephanie Kato - writer of steampunk and post-apocalyptic stories and sci-fi blogger.

Follow the link to read the interview on her BLOG:  Looking Toward the Future

Please feel free to comment at Stephanie's blog, Looking to the Futurehere or at the FB event page.

Competition #5:

Once you've read today's interview on Stephanie's blog (the answer's there), don't forget to come back and answer the quiz question in the comments below (the competition is running on my webpage and FB event page only). One winner will be randomly selected from entries with the correct answers and announced in tomorrow morning's intro post.

Today's question: What is the name of the protagonist in Karen's upcoming steampunk adventure series, The Department of Curiosities?

Today's prize: an eBook copy of From the Depths.

Competition terms and conditions:

You can enter once.  No purchase is required.

To enter, answer the day's question in the comments below on the corresponding post at

Begin your entry comment with ANSWER: (to make it clear you wish to enter).

One winner is chosen randomly from those with the correct answer posted in comments below before 8.00 am Sunday 1st October, 2017. (Australian Central Standard Time. ie. Adelaide time) and will be announced on the morning blog post at at or about 11 am on Sunday 1st October, 2017. (Australian Central Standard Time. ie. Adelaide time).

Prize is one eBook of From the Depths and cannot be redeemed for cash. Prize is redeemed

via Smashwords. The winner will be advised to email me to receive Voucher code and instructions on how to redeem your prize and must redeem prize by 15th October, 2017.

Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.

The information you provide will be used for this competition and will not be shared with any other party.

Friday: Sounds and Pictures.

In place of Photo Friday - this week I'm talking music. A few weeks back I was contacted by Townsville indie steampunk band, The Littmus Steampunk Band. They wanted to know if I was interested in listening to their work.  Why not, I said.  Richard said he'd send me a CD to check out. I found their youTube channel. I listened to a couple of songs, liked what I heard and awaited my pressie in the post. Not long after I got a very pleasant surprise. I was expecting one CD i the post. I received three! First thing I noticed was the band had female musicians through its various incarnations. This was lovely to see (though many steampunk bands appear to have female members - woot!) Next, was the cover artwork (well, I am an artist). My favrourite was the clock on Grand Hotel (#2). The third album, Watching You We Are, is striking, with a metallic-makeuped model. Richard sent a note with the CDs and recommended I listen to them in order (and was kind enough to number them); I recommend the same as there is a progressive story threaded through various songs on each album. (very clever). These are the 6th, 7th and 8th of their CDs with a steampunk style. I like music that is a little different - with an interesting voice, unusual key changes or a quirky chorus. Richard (The Red Gentleman)'s voice has a steampunky-folksy-cabaret feel, with an accent sliding from Australian to English, depending on the song. The music is fun and relaxing (and great writing music! I got two scenes completed listening to the CDs). I found myself tapping my toe and singing along on many of the songs. The band's Facebook page describes their music as Steampunk Pop/ Folk. I think I'd describe their style as steampunk folk cabaret music. One of my favourite songs is Say Goodbye to Steampunk. (The answer of course is 'I don't think so.')
Band members are:
Richard (The Red Gentleman - Guitar / Vocals) Keith (Mungo Stoker - Electric Guitar) Jemma (Commander J - Bass) Tony (Harbottle Grimstone) - Congas, Ukelele Sam (Countess Victoria Edison_Ives- Violin)
Record Label: Syrup Records
Where to find The Littmus Steampunk Band: Verdict: If you like The Cog is Dead (one of my favourite steampunk bands), I think you'll like The Littmus Steampunk Band.

Photos ©2017 Karen Carlisle/ ©Littmus Steampunk Band.

Cover Reveal – The Illusioneer & Other Tales: Journal #3

If you've been at the Steampunk Festival, you would have seen the cover for the third book (and the back cover, complete with blurb) in The Adventures of Viola Stewart series. Now here's the cover reveal for those who could not attend:


The first two ebooks were launched yesterday and the pre-launch announced for the paperback. Here's some pics from yesterday for those who couldn't attend:




Photos  ©2017 Karen Carlisle. All rights resolved.