It comes from the depths…

It's done. From the Depths is written, edited and passed muster with the beta readers. Formatting is almost finished, then it is off into the wild with it. And not before time.

The initial spark for this story was a documentary on the Loch Ness monster - almost eighteen months ago. An idea percolated in my subconscious, bubbling to the surface in a very different form than I had first envisaged.

When last we met Viola, in Eye of the Beholder, she had survived a harrowing experience. It would take some time for the after-effects to work out of her system. She needed a holiday. I did some research on medical therapies of the late 1800s. The story was set: an Autumn dip in the cold sea waters of the North Sea was just the thing Viola needed.

Cold water bathing was a common 19th century/Victorian therapy for melancholia and panic attack. . It was an ancient practice, used by the Greeks and ancient Egyptians and still practiced in parts of Europe  today.

So how does Viola fare on her sea-side adventure? Why don't you find out?

Viola Stewart returns for a third set of adventures. Viola needs a holiday. But even at the beach, there are things afoot. Seeing is believing… or is it?

(novelette length story)

Watch this space for more information for launch date in August.

Here's a preview of the book trailer:


For more about Viola's adventures, follow this link. Click HERE to view more book trailers

Need to catch up on Viola's adventures? You can find the first two books at: the Club Table at Nullus Anxietas this weekend,  or online - details HERE.

Some Sea Bathing References (web):

Photo Friday: Steampunk Festival and Book Launches

Pre-book Launch and Talk:

On 11th September I did a talk on Steampunk and Self-publishing in Australia for Adelaide's  Aus Sci Fi & Fantasy group. As a bonus, they got a preview of my new book, Eye of the Beholder & Other Tales, and the book trailer (you can view it on my post, Making a Book Trailer, or now on my YouTube channel). Thanks to Aus Sci Fi for asking me to attend.

talk-writers-2There was a steampunk costume competition. Veronica Gaunt won with her steampunk seamstress, complete with a sewing machine gun. groupcostumes_photo2016dcarlisle

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Official Book Launch at Steampunk Festival:

I spent my birthday immersed in steampunk - art, costumes, music and splendorous company. Saturday was the official book launch of Eye of the Beholder & Other Tales. Thank you to the National Railways Museum for hosting the event.

Fortunately, my laryngitis and bronchitis cleared up enough for me to read an excerpt for those who attended. Thanks to my Dearheart for filming the event and helping me over the weekend, and to Helena Young who attended the book launch in her Cleopatra costume in which she cameo-ed in the book trailer.

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Our view of Steampunk Alley:


Everyone who bought a book went into a raffle for a Men in Grey mug. Congrats to the winner, Ben. ben-winner-of-mug__copyright2016karencarlisle

imageEye of the Beholder & Other Tales is the second book in the Viola Stewart adventures. Paperback available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Book Depository. The ebooks - Three More Shorts and Eye of the Beholder - are available via Amazon and Smashwords For those who live in Adelaide, I will be selling copies at the Halloween Con (October) and at Adelaide Supanova (November). You can find more information on both events HERE. Copies are also available from my eBay store or you can contact me if you live in Australia.

There were some fantastic costumes and photographic opportunities at the Steampunk Festival. Here are just a few: group2_copyright2016karencarlisle

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Thanks to everyone who stopped by for a chat.  photo2016d-carisle

Video wrap up of the weekend:


Photo:©2016 Karen J Carlisle/ ©2016 D Carlisle/ © Robert Ralston (book launch reading). All Rights Reserved. If you wish to use any of my images, please contact me.

Book Launch Video

Hi everyone,

The video of the book launch for The Adventures of Viola Stewart Journal #1: Doctor Jack and Other Tales is now up on YouTube.

I was so nervous speaking, and reading, in front of so many people but made it. Phew!