smartworld

The Girl in the Clockwork Tower: A Steampunk Rapunzel Retelling

A tale of espionage, lavender hair, and pineapples.
Welcome to Daiwynn where magic is dangerous, but hope is more dangerous still.
For Persinette—a lavender-haired, 24-year-old seer dreaming of adventure and freedom-the steam-powered kingdom of Daiwynn is home. As an Enchanted asset for MOTHER, she aids in Collecting Enchanted and sending them to MOTHER’s labor camps.
But when her handler, Gothel, informs Persi that she will be going out into the field for a Collection, she decides it’s time to take a stand. Now she must fight her fears and find a way to hide her attempts to aid the Enchanted or risk being sent to the camps herself.
Manu Kelii, Captain of the airship The Defiant Duchess, is 26-years-old and hasn’t seen enough excitement-thank you very much. His charismatic smile and flamboyant sense of style earned him a place amongst the Uprising, but his fickle and irresponsible nature has seen to it that their leader doesn’t trust him.
Desperate to prove himself, Manu will stop at nothing to aid their mission to overthrow MOTHER and the queen of Daiwynn. So, when the Uprising Leader deposits a small unit of agents on his ship, and tasks him with working side by side with MOTHER asset Persinette to hinder the Collection effort, he finds himself in over his head.
The stakes are high for this unlikely duo. They have only two options; stop MOTHER or thousands more will die-including themselves.

From a Heart-Shaped Box

What do you collect in your heart-shaped box?
Fragments of memories. False promises. Shattered dreams. We are forged into ever-changing masterpieces by the gravity of the keepsakes we choose to collect.
The adhesive binding the fragile remnants of our souls? Love.
From the fractured soul of author Keira Lane, who helped bring The East Wind: A Horror & Weird Fiction Collection to life, featuring stories from Autumn Curtis and W.H. Ringer, comes a new anthology straight from the heart.

The Subsequent Sixteen Chapters: Draft Deux

Because it obviously makes more sense to talk about the status of his work instead of actually working on it, a humble author gives an update about the work undertaken on another nine chapters of what will certainly become the greatest novel ever written.

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About smartworld

smartworld (note the lack of caps because it’s kewl) is a dystopian future; a warning about where the world is headed. Cyberpunk, noir, speculative fiction, call it what you like – as long as it’s complementary.

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