Sunday, September 11, 2011

Virdis

My good friend, Calista Taylor, has released her first novel! Virdis is a wonderful steampunk mystery laced with a hot and steamy (pun most definitely intended!) romance.


The main character, Phoebe, creates an herbal, Virdis, which entrances the elite of Victorian London because of the way it enhances the senses. Phoebe's a fabulous character - she's strong and intelligent and she refuses to be constrained by the strict Victorian rules. You're going to love her!

When one of the guests at Phoebe's club is murdered and her lover (who happens to be a very handsome charming tinkerer) returns from a mission to help the Cause, Phoebe's life is thrown into chaos. And the stakes get upped from there. Calista comes up with incredible twists and turns in the plot and she's not afraid to tackle any subject. Kind of reminds me of Phoebe... :)

Calista herself is incredibly creative. She created the fabulous cover herself. She's also currently working on a steampunk craft book - and she's making all the crafts herself. This book will be published by Fox Chapel Publishing - the tentative date is May 2012. I can't even sew on a button...

Virdis is currently available on Amazon for $0.99 and for FREE on Smashwords. Click on the links to take you there. The 2nd book in the Virdis series will be available soon, so you won't have long to wait! Enjoy!

52 comments:

  1. Woohoo! Go Cali! This sounds like such a fun story. I'm going to download it (when I don't have homework, so I can actually get work done! XD).

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  2. Riley - it is!! And, yeah, you'd better get the homework done first - you'll get sucked right into the story! :)

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  3. Lynda - Phoebe is a fabulous character! So strong and so passionate about helping others and being true to herself! :)

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  4. Sounds like an amazing book. I discovered Steampunk about a year ago and love it. Now I read it whenever I can. Going to head on over to Smashwords and check this one out!

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  5. Jemi, thanks so much for doing this post on Viridis! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!!

    Riley, and Lynda, I hope you'll enjoy it!

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  6. Trisha, I hope you like it! Thanks for the support!!

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  7. Trisha - it's an amazing book! Calista was the one who introduced me to steampunk - she creates an incredible sotry here! :)

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  8. Calista - you're so very welcome! It's my pleasure to share your book with the world ... or my small corner of it :)

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  9. Congratulations to Calista!

    It's so exciting when you see good things happening to your writing friends. :D

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  10. Congratulations to Calista on this release. I love the cover. I've never read steampunk so VIRIDIS will be my first. Jemi, thanks for the introduction to Calista and her work. Wishing her much success.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress
    Freelance Editing By Mason

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  11. Thank you, Sharon!!

    Mason, thanks for the well wishes! I do hope you'll like steampunk. There are some great books out there (Gail Carriger, Scott Westerfield, Cherie Priest). And so glad you like the cover!

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  12. Sharon - it really is exciting watching our friends succeed - so much fun!


    Mason - thank you! Steampunk is such a fun genre. Calista is the one who introduced me to it a few years ago - I'm so happy to see her book out and about!

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  13. Hot steamy steampunk!! Yay!!! Huge congratulations to Calista! Thanks for the intro and links, Jemi! Take care
    x

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  14. Congrats to the author of the book. It looks a winner,

    Yvonne.

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  15. Jemi - thanks for putting us on to a good read.

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  16. Thanks for the rec! I'm always on the lookout for a good read.

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  17. GREAT review, Jemi! You've certainly piqued my curiosity! :-)

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  18. Too awesome. I've been waiting forever to read this intriguing novel. From the first sentence you get sucked in and real life blurs to the peripheral.

    Good thing I have nothing pressing to do today!

    Thanks for highlighting this, Jemi.

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  19. Thank you to everyone for all the support and well wishes!!

    Cat, I'm so happy you're enjoying the book!

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  20. Awesome, I like the sound of it. Will def add it to my TBR pile.

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  21. Old Kitty - you're welcome! Hot & steamy is the right description - great writing :)

    Yvonne - I think it does too! Hope it soars!

    Alex - thanks for your support! :)

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  22. Linda - you're very welcome! I really enjoyed it :)

    Rebecca - you're so welcome. This one definitely qualifies as a good read!

    Shannon - thank you! Hope you enjoy a deeper look into it :)

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  23. Cat - I agree! It's an absorbing read - full of great characters and intriguing plot :)

    AJ - Yay! It's such a great story, I know you'll enjoy it!

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  24. I love those women who refused to conform.

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  25. Susan - me too! You're going to love Phoebe :)

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  26. This one sounds great, Jemi! Thanks! Plants AND steampunk... right up my alley. :o)

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  27. AJ, I hope you'll enjoy it!

    Susan, she's definitely not one to conform! Feisty, smart and opinionated. : )

    Jackee, I figured herbals and steampunk-- it had to be interesting based on that alone, right? lol.

    Again, thanks for all the support! You're all amazing-- especially you, Jemi!

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  28. ...an excellent accomplishment! Congrats Calista ;)

    El

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  29. Jackee - you're right - it sounds about perfect for you!! :)

    Elliot - it really is - as you well know! :)

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  30. This sounds great. It's my one of my usual genre, but it's sounds like a really good read. Thanks!

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  31. Buttercup - it's a really enjoyable read - I think you'll love it :)

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  32. It looks amazing. The story sounds imaginative and different!

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  33. How fun! And how nice of you to do this for your friend. :D

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  34. Thank you, Elliot. It feels great (and scary!) to have it out there.

    Buttercup, I hope you'll enjoy it. And it's free, so the risk is low, at least. : )

    Lydia, I'm so glad you think so! Thanks!

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  35. Lydia - it is! I think it lives up to all those expectations :)

    Lisa Gail - it is a fun read! I thoroughly enjoyed it :)

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  36. Great cover and description. I have my copy. :)

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  37. Medeia - yay! I love the cover too. Calista did a great job :)

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  38. Lisa, Jemi is truly a gem!

    Medeia, thanks so much for picking up a copy! I hope you'll like it!

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  39. Sounds great! Along with writing, Calista is a talented artist. And crafter it sounds like!

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  40. Wow, that sounds like such a great read! I find Victorian London so intriguing.

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  41. This sounds amazing! I'm going to buy it right now!

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  42. Calista - awww - you're a sweetie! :)

    Lynn - she really is a talented lady!

    Talli - me too! Victorian London has a special kind of pull, doesn't it?

    Hannah - yay!! I know you'll enjoy it - it's a great story :)

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  43. Don't have an e-reader, so I'm grateful it's available as a PDF. Thanks so much, it sounds intriguing!

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  44. Kathryn - I have an ereader, but I've also read a couple of books on my iPod Touch and I like it so much better than I thought I would! I know you'll enjoy this one :)

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  45. Thanks so much, Lynn!! *blush*

    Talli, I can never resist Victorian London, and the best part of steampunk is that it keeps it from feeling too "old" & historical.

    Hannah, thanks so much for the support! I hope you'll enjoy it!

    Kathryn, thanks for going to such lengths to read it! I hope you'll like it!

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  46. Jemi, you are quite right, there is something about Phoebe that is reminiscent of the multi-talented Calista!

    The story is a gooder. Fast-paced and at times laugh-out-loud and at others teared jerking. I wholeheartedly recommend it.

    :)

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  47. Aw thanks, Jean!! You're far too kind. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!!

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  48. Jean - me too!! It's awesome :)

    Cali - it's been such a fun couple of days. Thanks for letting me help you spread the word on your great book!

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  49. Jemi, I can't thank you and your readers enough!! It's been amazing! A huge thank you to you all!!

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