YA Steampunk

New Chapters are Now FREE to Read on Wattpad!

Hello, dear followers! I’ve added new chapters to my Wattpad page, as of now I have 2 entire books free-to-read there, and working on getting a third there! This update is for my young-adult book: A Secret Named Sophie.

Today we have a DOUBLE update!

Click on the links to head straight to said chapters, or click on the image above to start reading from the beginning. The SECOND-TO-LAST UPDATE will be on July 1st. Can’t wait until then? In that case you can pick this book up! it’s currently on sale for 99 cents on Amazon (eBook) or on Gumroad as a DRM-FREE eBundle (Best deal!).

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Found in The Vault under TEEN F KRESS

Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician’s assistant. The three young women’s lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.

It’s up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves.

Interested? See if it’s available in The Vault right now. Not sure yet? Check out reviews on Goodreads.

This dark and thrilling adventure, with an unforgettable heroine, will captivate fans of steampunk, fantasy, and romance.
On her 18th birthday, Lena Mattacascar decides to search for her father, who disappeared into the northern wilderness of Scree when Lena was young. Scree is inhabited by Peculiars, people whose unusual characteristics make them unacceptable to modern society. Lena wonders if her father is the source of her own extraordinary characteristics and if she, too, is Peculiar. On the train she meets a young librarian, Jimson Quiggley, who is traveling to a town on the edge of Scree to work in the home and library of the inventor Mr. Beasley. The train is stopped by men being chased by the handsome young marshal Thomas Saltre. When Saltre learns who Lena’s father is, he convinces her to spy on Mr. Beasley and the strange folk who disappear into his home, Zephyr House. A daring escape in an aerocopter leads Lena into the wilds of Scree to confront her deepest fears.

I enjoyed this book way more than I’d expected to. The description on GoodReads sounds like a good book - but in my opinion it’s not this one. There are steampunk elements and inventions, but it is not the focus and could really be removed without impacting the world building. If you’re looking for the “thrilling adventure” you won’t find it here for the majority of the book. 

Instead, you’ll spend time with Lena, a girl with extraordinary fingers and toes - she has an extra joint in each - as she takes control of her life and destiny. There is definitely a “daring escape” but there’s also quite a bit of taking tea with various other characters; investigations with a charming young man; and a ride on a carousel. Really. I’m making it sound dull, but it somehow is more than the sum of its parts. I think it’s the big ideas behind it: the question of whether Peculiars are just humans with genetic deformations or instead a different kind of being altogether and Lena’s struggles with her personal identity and whether her headstrong ways are due to innate goblin-ness. Yes, we have goblins. Maybe that’s why I enjoyed it - I was so just happy to have a change from zombies and mermaids and vampires and werewolves!

Oh, and one final thing - this cover is attractive and all, but it’s garbage for this story. The wings (and attached character) are not a major part of the text!! I would’ve much rather seen Lena’s spidery fingers featured.

Click here to place your hold on The Peculiars at TBPL.

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LIMITED-TIME 99¢ SALE!

Hello dear followers~ In celebration of an awesome re-release, I’ve decided to run a sale! From now until JULY 12TH you will be able to purchase my YA book “A Secret Named Sophie” for only 99 cents~

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Earlier this week I read The Clockwork Scarab, book one in the Stoker & Holmes series by Colleen Gleason. I was very strongly reminded of The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress - both are steampunk stories wherein girls with different but complementary skills team up (whether reluctantly or by choice) to solve mysteries. However, of the two I’d recommend The Friday Society. I’ve praised this one before - it’s a lot of fun, and a great depiction of strong female friendships. They have slumber parties for heaven’s sake. It’s fabulous. Anyway, Stoker & Holmes don’t even like each other very much, and frankly neither did I. Sadly there is no sequel to the Friday Society, so I would still recommend Clockwork Scarab if you are looking for something more in the same vein. Maybe in book two, when the girls’ obviously projected friendship does develop, things will take a turn for the more enjoyable.

The Clockwork Scarab: Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you’re the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood. And when two society girls go missing, there’s no one more qualified to investigate.
Now fierce Evaline and logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, navigate the advances of not just one but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve murder with only one clue: a strange Egyptian scarab. The stakes are high. If Stoker and Holmes don’t unravel why the belles of London society are in such danger, they’ll become the next victims.

The Friday Society: An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns –and the heroines who use them all. Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician’s assistant. The three young women’s lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man. It’s up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves. Set in the past but with a modern irreverent flare, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.

For more steampunk girls solving mysteries, try Etiquette & Espionage (boarding school tale!) or Something Strange and Deadly (zombies!). All descriptions via GoodReads.com

Tord in the realm of Mianite because I wanted to crossover Mianite with something. Ye. He’s actually in the S2 universe of Mianite to be more precise. [If you don’t know what Mianite is please watch it~ Although, if you don’t like Minecraft then you might not like the series anyway… ._.]

I plan on drawing Edd next since I already have a somewhat solid design for him.

Stuff under the cut for more about this and all that and such. :P

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Cover Reveal for Iron Zulu, book II of the Iron Chronicles! 

To be released November 24, 2015! 

This weekend at Teen Fandom Con, I unveiled the cover for Iron Zulu, the sequel to my debut novel, Iron Horsemen! And now I bring the cover to the world! 

IRON ZULU 
Book II of the Iron Chronicles
by Brad R Cook 
(treehouse publishing group)

Alexander Armitage is back in the thrilling sequel to IRON HORSEMEN. It’s been almost a year since he saved London, and life has returned to the structured days at Eton College, a place he still doesn’t fit in. When a series of murders strike campus, they are blamed on the visiting Zulu delegation. But Alexander has his doubts. In his search for the truth, he finds himself embroiled in the baron’s daughter’s dark past as they are captured and taken by armored Milli-train to the hidden city of the sky pirates. The chase is on, from the cobbled streets of London, to the great deserts and savannahs of Africa.

In a steam-powered Victorian world where pirates prowl the sky and secret societies determine the future like a game of chess, Alexander learns the difference between what is savage or noble, while discovering the power within himself.


I can’t wait to share this novel with the world! 

To see more, check out my website - bradrcook.com

So get ready for IRON ZULU by reading or re-reading IRON HORSEMEN. Find it online in print or e-book. Better yet drop by your local bookstore and order it! 
IRON HORSEMEN by Brad R Cook, Book I of the Iron Chronicles

High Adventure in the Age of Steam and Steel! 

Japanese photographer, YAS, depicts different realities that all combine in our one world.  Under Sociality brings to life the day to day feelings we all have as a society.  Shut-ins, medicated patients, controlled by the media – whatever struggle you feel, we are all isolated but also connected by it.

Strange and Ever After Blog Tour: SS&D Review + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop of the Strange and Ever After Paperback Blog Tour hosted by the Deadly Truthwitch Clan. I decided to re-read book one in the series and write a review. Enjoy!

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard | 5/5 Stars

Release Date: July 24, 2012

Publisher: Harper Teen

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository | Chapters/Indigo.ca | B&N

When I first read Something Strange and Deadly, it acted as a re-introduction to the steampunk genre. Beforehand, I’d only read a few steampunk-themed books and it’d been a few years. I was not let down. The writing is entirely compelling, the majority of chapters ending on a cliffhanger (you can’t help but think, ‘one more chapter, just one more’) and our protagonist, Eleanor Fitt is brilliantly witty! In an alternate 1876 Philadelphia where the Dead have risen, deadly villains and strange heroes leave nothing but an entertaining debut novel.

Our main cast of characters are introduced in the first few chapters, though some are more of a foreshadowing (if you’re picking up on these breadcrumbs). We also get a very good look at the relationship between Eleanor and her mother, Abigail Fitt. SS&D is written in first POV, so the reader learns two sides of Eleanor. There’s the very outgoing side that couldn’t care less (or understand) about high society and the other which most people see, complying with her mother’s wishes. Eleanor’s mother on the other hand very much cares about fitting in and carrying on with the latest trends. She’s also set her mind on marrying Eleanor off to an eligible bachelor and in turn saving their family name and fortune. 

This high society is all about wearing a mask. Eleanor tries to act like a lady, but sometimes her real self comes out (more so around Daniel). Her mother also wears a mask by trying to hide the misfortune of the Philadelphia Fitts. When this mask comes off, the reader experiences the raw emotion these characters are hiding. For example, two of Eleanor’s ‘friends’ Mercy and Patience remove their mask after seeing Eleanor with Clarence Wilcox, a very rich and eligible bachelor. That moment is pretty scary for her.

Then Eleanor meets the Spirit Hunters, Joseph-Alexandre Boyer, Daniel Sheridan and Jie. She’s able to break out of her shell and really grow as a character. It’s great being inside Eleanor’s head because while she’s a very likeable and humour-filled character, she does have her imperfections. Eleanor realizes along this adventure she’ll need to make a choice about who she wants to be.

While on the search for her missing brother Elijah, the necromancer is leaving a trail of dead bodies and Eleanor fears her brother is his next victim. To add, her mother let out an evil spirit during a séance gone wrong. Like a good mystery, Dennard leaves hints for her brave heroine, but also like a good mystery these clues can point in an entirely different direction. 

Daniel Sheridan. Both attractive and infuriating, Eleanor and him can’t help arguing in their first encounter. As Eleanor allies with the Spirit Hunters, I found the two to make a great team (although they don’t realize it right away). Eleanor’s real self comes out around Daniel, and he himself reveals secrets of his own. It was also amusing watching Eleanor develop a crush on Daniel, but not necessarily be aware of it. She’d observe little details about him and then scold herself for such behaviour.

SS&D is full of plot twists! There’s a particular character who played their role very well, so well I didn’t see it coming. I won’t reveal their name as it might be a spoiler. What’s more, it was fascinating to read Dennard’s twist on other developments/events. For example, jingling bells are placed in a casket to warn the town against the risen Dead (pg 119). In the real world, measures like these were taken incase people were accidentally buried alive. I felt having little things like this really helped me connect with this alternate world and make it all the more real.

With murder and voodoo magic lining the pages, Something Strange and Deadly captivates readers through incredible characters and shocking revelations. Despite danger at every corner, I wouldn’t mind joining Eleanor and the Spirit Hunters! They have a lot of unimaginable adventures ahead of them.

Thanks for visiting and make sure to check out the blog tour schedule & giveaway below!

Blog Tour Schedule:

Sunday, June 21st:

Ellen @ YA Bookish News - Gushworthy Scenes with Daniel Sheridan & Eleanor Fitt

Blog link: http://www.yabookishnews.wordpress.com

Monday, June 22nd:

CJ @ Sarcasm and Lemons - Fancast/Playlist

Blog link: http://www.sarcasmandlemons.com

Tuesday, June 23rd:

Liran @ Hearts and Crowns - Fancast/Playlist

Blog link: http://www.heartscrowns.blogspot.ca

Wednesday, June 24th:

Samantha @ And Then Celaena Set The World On Fire - Playlist

Blog link: http://aelin-ashryver-queen-of-shadows.tumblr.com

Thursday, June 25th:

Zoey @ Uncreatively Zoey - Throwback Thursday

Blog link: http://www.uncreativelyzoey.blogspot.com

Friday, June 26th:

Cristina @ Between Bookends - Fancast

Blog link: http://www.betweenyabookends.blogspot.ca

Saturday, June 27th:

Kim @ Dreaming in Libraries - TBD

Blog link: http://www.dreaminginlibraries.blogspot.de/

Sunday, June 28th:

Adriyanna @ Adriyanna K. Zimmermann - SS&D review

Blog link: http://www.akzfineart.com

Monday, June 29th:

Laura @ Under a Mound of Books - ADS&L review

Blog link: http://www.underamoundofbooks.blogspot.co.uk/

Tuesday, June 30th:

Kelly @ Audeamus. Let us dare. - S&EA review

Blog link: http://www.seekellytse.tumblr.com

Giveaway:

Win a signed copy of one book in the Something Strange and Deadly series (U.S only) or an ebook of Something Strange and Deadly (INT)! The giveaway runs from June 21 to July 10, 2015. Enter here!

Klaus: Violet and I are attempting to stay quiet so Sunny can sleep, so while that is easy for me with my books, Violet’s inventions are considerably louder. As a result, we’re being forced to sit and play board games and that can get old very quickly.  

That being said, this is a wonderful time for your questions.