Sunday, November 13, 2011

Devil on a Sparrow's Wing

Good news!!! Calista Taylor's 2nd book is out and about!



Devil on a Sparrow's Wing (book 2 in her Virdis series) follows more of Phoebe's adventures in Steampunk London. Independent, passionate Phoebe and brilliant tinkerer Seth are trying to help the poor of England, and rebellion is approaching. Gavin, Seth's Scottish pal, has a large part in this new book - he's a fabulous character. And that accent? You're going to love it!

Phoebe has developed another herbal - Sanctis - which enhances the senses in a way that will give the rebels a distinct advantage. I don't want to reveal any spoilers, but the story takes some twists that you will NOT see coming. You know you're in for adventure when, within the first few pages, Seth gives Phoebe a leather corset he's designed to withstand attacks by fuse guns, pistols and knives!

Calista isn't afraid to let the characters take the lead. You'll be cheering for Phoebe, Seth and Gavin and your heart will be pulled right into their story. It's an incredible tale!

Devil on a Sparrow's Wing is available on Amazon and Smashwords. It'll be up on B&N soon. Only $2.99!

The new book stands on its own, but if you want the full experience & you haven't picked up Virdis yet, it's still free at Amazon, Smashwords & Barnes & Noble.

Visit Calista at her blog: A Steampunk Reverie. Check out the first chapter there to get a glimpse into the book.

Calista also has a steampunk craft book coming out through Fox Chapel Publishing - the tentative date is May 2012. Not only did she design and create everything in the book, she took all the photographs and, of course, wrote up the instructions. She is one talented lady! She also created the gorgeous covers for both of her novels. She's got some tips over at From the Write Angle if you'd like to try it yourself.

So, if you're interested in a steamy, intriguing romance that's packed with adventure, check out the links. You won't regret it!

Have you tried designing your own cover - even just for fun?

41 comments:

  1. Good luck to Calista and her gorgeously scrummily designed book covers and books!! Lovely!!!

    Take care
    x

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  2. Old Kitty - I agree - her covers are gorgeous and the writing matches up with it! :)

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  3. Thanks, Old Kitty and Jemi!! You're both too kind.

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  4. Cali - you're very welcome! The book is fabulous & I hope you sell billions! :)

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  5. Oh, what a beautiful cover!

    All the best to Calista!

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  6. Romance R - it really is gorgeous! And the story pulls you right on it! :)

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  7. That is a stunning cover! And the story sounds totally intriguing!

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  8. The story sounds so interesting and intriguing! And the cover is fantastic!

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  9. Hello again Jemi,

    Congratulations! You won the Adrienne Giordano giveaway at Romance Book Paradise! Please check the comments section of Adrienne's post.

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  10. I'm in the middle of the first book and have been enjoying immensely.

    I've often fantasized about designing a cover for my book but even though I have a graphic design background, I don't think I could do it justice.

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  11. Congratulations to Calista! Thanks for featuring her book...sounds interesting.

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  12. Love the cover! Congrats to Calista. I've never tried to make an ebook cover but it would be fun to try!

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  13. Stephanie - it really is an intriguing story! Calista's created something fantastic!

    Nas - thank you! :) I'm off to work in a minute, but I'll pop over afterwards! I think you'll really enjoy this story!

    Lynda - Virdis is such a great story - and you'll enjoy the adventures in Devil of a Sparrow's Wing too! :)

    Elizabeth - it really is an interesting one!

    Laura - I'd like to try it too - I think in the summer I'll give it a shot! :)

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  14. Very cool! I've never read the first one, so I'll have to check these out! Thanks, Jemi~ <3

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  15. I've not read any of Calista's books but they sound fascinating. As for designing front covers, I was involved in producing and designing a book for a community project several years ago and it was far harder than I ever expected it to be.

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  16. Hmmm, I haven't seen these. Thanks for the heads-up, Jemi!! :-)

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  17. Wow, what a stunning cover! Sounds like a great premise, too. Best of luck to Calista!

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  18. No, I have never tried doing that. I don't think design is my forte, which is why! I admire people who are so multi-talented! :)

    Amy

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  19. A huge thanks to everyone for their kind and generous words!! I do hope you'll enjoy the stories. : )

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  20. Leigh - I think you'll really enjoy them! :)

    Rosalind - I haven't tried any of that before. It sounds fun - but certainly not easy!!! :)

    Shannon O - you're welcome! They're well worth a look! :)

    Shannon M - the covers are just beautiful - and the stories as well!

    Amy - me too! Multi-talented is the perfect word for Cali!

    Cali - you're welcome!! :)

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  21. I did do that once! But I'm not artistic in that sense. I can't communicate to paper what's in my head unless it's through words.

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  22. Lisa - I prefer words too. I can doodle pretty well, but that's about it! :)

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  23. This sounds great! I should definitely check out the first one. As for designing a cover, I've never done so intentionally, but along the way I've stumbled across some things that would actually work. If I tried to do it on purpose, though, I'm sure I couldn't. Haha.

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  24. Jenna - I think you'll really enjoy the books!!

    Isn't that the truth! Sometimes those accidental discoveries and creations are the very best of all! :)

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  25. I have tried designing my own cover. Better left to the professionals. I have my nephew do them. But its fun to do a few sketches and kick some ideas around.

    And good luck to Calista and Devil on a Sparrow's Wing!

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  26. Lovely cover, and the book sounds fantastic! Congrats to Calista!

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  27. Stephen - unless you have vision & talent, it really is probably best to get help! Cali's lucky she's got both. :)

    Talli - it really is a great book - as is Virdis! :)

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  28. I think I need a dose of Sanctis. That corset sounds like something else.
    Her cover is excellent. I'm not so artistically gifted. I have designed a cover or two for the fun of it but I've yet to write a book to go with the covers. And my designs weren't as attractive as Calista's.

    Lee
    Best selling author Lani Diane Rich visits
    Tossing It Out
    Wednesday November 16th.

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  29. Lee - Sanctis would be very helpful - but you have to be VERY careful if you plan on mixing it with Virdis! :)

    I agree - Cali's got some artistic talent to go along with her willingness to take risks. And they've sure paid off!

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  30. Thank you all for your kind words!! Trust me when I tell you, my first covers were horrible, complete with floating heads, Monty Python hands. I found studying covers I liked help a lot.

    And yes, do be careful when mixing Sanctis with Viridis! The results can be rather... titilating. lol.

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  31. Cali - I think that's where you willingness to try and take those risks really pays off! :)

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  32. I have not read steampunk, but every time I read a review like this, I want to. I'll have to remember this book when I get my ereader!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  33. Angela - you won't be disappointed! Calista writes great characters - strong willed, passionate & creative! :)

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  34. I've been looking for some good steampunk to add to my to-read pile. Thanks for these recommendations!

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  35. Nicole - you're very welcome! Steampunk is a fun genre - and Calista does it really well! :)

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  36. I wish Calista great success with her book. That's a beautiful cover!
    Ann Best, Memoir Author of In the Mirror & Imprisoned

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  37. Ann - I think it is too! :) I hope the book flies off the virtual shelves!

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  38. I love her covers. Calista is quite talented. This reminds me that I need to read book 1, which I have.

    Have a great weekend.

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  39. Medeia - I really love her covers - she is talented! Love her writing too :)

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  40. I must be under a rock, because I can't believe I haven't heard of her books before. They sound fascinating! I will add them to my To-Read list.

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  41. Shelley - yay! They really are fabulous books! Cali is a very, very talented lady!

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