Capes and Clockwork 2 – Releases on 7.26.16!

cc2xlgSuperheroes in the Age of Steam
Return again to a forgotten time when steam and clockwork powered the world, and heroes rose to battle against the sinister forces that threatened the world. Some former heroes return to the fight, while new ones rise up in this fusion of fantasy, beauty, and adventure. Tease your imagination with twenty stories of good versus evil, monster versus hero, steam versus muscle.

http://www.darkoakpress.com/cc2.html

The Tales:
Roger Dawkins and the Automaton Medusa by Adam Millard
Captain Amy and the Tower of Talon by D. Alan Lewis
Ecuadorian Adventure by Logan L. Masterson
Back Alley Battle Hymn by A. J. Johnson
County Fairy Tale by John G. Hartness
The Night Mississippi Declared War on the Moon by Brandon Black
Revenge of the Gorgons by John A. McColley
Wishing Well by Andrea Judy
Yellow Bird Mission by Christopher J. Valin
Breaking the Barrier by Herika R. Raymer
To Catch a Unicorn by M. D. Stewart
Destructible by Alexander S. Brown
JerryRigg – In Need of a Fix by Ray Dean
The Runaway City by Konstantine Paradias
Ten Thousand Several Doors by David J. Fielding
The Fluff and the Fury Five by Jeremy Hicks
The Lady Wore Black by Michael Krog
The Stowaway by M. B. Weston
Inertia by Robert J. Krog
Not So These City Beasts by Sean Taylor

New Release!!!

stonemaidenxlgThe Stone Maiden and Other Tales: from sorcerers to space captains, from common criminals to common housewives, this collection contains the stories of a variety of characters from a diversity of genres. Fans of adventure, suspense, humor, horror, fantasy, and science fiction will find tales to treasure. Every story invites the reader into a world where things are not always what they seem, where events do not always turn out as one expects.

http://www.darkoakpress.com/stonemaiden.html

*The Stone Maiden
“a creature protected beyond use.”
“I remember the days when I did things.”
*Gilbames the Unwise
“Came the Dark One, the Great Troll from the Northern Waste,”
*Acantha
“Why did you not take his foot like you took her arm?”
*The Hand of Darden
“Apprentice, heed my direction, walk carefully away from the light.”
*I Would Have My Bones in the Earth Facing North
“slain him, butchered him, and preserved him for later meals.”
*Nothing to Lose is Nearly Enough
“It takes ten days in the chamber to turn a physically fit man who is willing to give up the possibility of procreation into a steel-skinned warrior.”
*The Three Epiphanies of Seqeranc
“That is what the stones tell me. Be on your way.”
*A Fifty-Five Gallon Drum
“By the brilliant point of light coming from the tip of the welder, she saw a tiny, rotund form working away at some concave contraption.”
*Tell Me Your Dreams
“You murder me so gently.”
*The Fortunate Few
“You can’t escape the Dead King,” She clucked comfortingly to him as she dragged him into a dank, dark, stinking room.

Steam Rules!

gadgetsxlgSteampunk teases your imagination with the fantastic and makes dreams a reality. Bizarre characters abound in a world driven by gadgets. Steam power combines with clockwork cleverness to take the history we think we know so well and add a huge twist of what if. These 15 incredible stories will take you back in time to where style, crazy inventions, and scandal ruled the headlines.

http://darkoakpress.com/gadgets.html

Featuring:
Gift of Light by Stephen Zimmer
Steampunk Alchemy by Jodi Adamson
The Survivor by M. B. Weston
Heart of Steel by Len Berry
A Steam Bunny Adventure by Sean Taylor
Time and the Wrinkled Prostitute by Brandon Black
The Brass Peregrine by David R. Tabb
The Last Frontier by H. David Blalock
The Constance of Memory by Stacy Tabb
When Edgar Speaks by Alexander S. Brown
The Tower by Laura H. Smith
Steaming Cherry by Tyree Campbell
The Clockwork Gin by Eden Royce
The Great Steamship Race by Rob Cerio
The Soul of the Sky Queen by Patricia M. Rose

Welcome Intergalactic Travelers!!!

marexlgCome on in and enjoy the Mare Inebrium. We have a large facility and are sure we have something that will meet your needs and exceed your expectations. In the top floor of our building we have a very fancy restaurant with lovely views of the city spreading out into the far distance. The floors above the main bar contain various restaurants, shops, meeting rooms, and we even offer hotel rooms for the discriminating traveler.

Our main bar is quite large, with room for several hundred patrons at once. The walls are decorated with paintings and mirrors that can shift to show either reflections or discrete views inside one of our many themed bars. Our displays of alien artifacts are scattered about tastefully throughout while the full bar itself is up against the back wall of the main room. Our main bar features literally hundreds of varieties of beverages to meet any tastes no matter how exotic.

If open spaces and large crowds are not to your liking, then please patronize any of our wonderful themed areas. If you prefer with a bit more of an adventurous edge, please join the many Space Rangers and other militaries from around the galaxy in our Red Dog Saloon. If you desire a more private and civilized setting, please join our “gentleman’s club” at Piper’s and our small ballroom is the perfect place to take in a musical or theatrical performance. For you truly celestial types, deities, writers, artists, and other beings of enormous power, you will enjoy the Pantheon Room.

http://darkoakpress.com/mare.html

The Summer of Super Heroes!!!

Capes & ClockworkGet Serious About Your Super Heroes!!!

During a forgotten time when the world was powered by steam and clockwork, heroes arose to do battle against the forces of evil. Some were outfitted with the latest technology. Others were changed by the mysteries of science and magic, while a few came from the skies. Capes and Clockwork fuses the fantasy and beauty of steampunk with the action and adventure of the superhero genre. Tease your imagination with sixteen stories of good versus evil, monster versus hero, and steam versus muscle!
http://darkoakpress.com/capes.html

The Tales:
Roger Dawkins and the Steam Daemons by Adam Millard
Keely by D. Alan Lewis
Catching Steam by Andrea Judy
Clockwork Demons by Logan L. Masterson
At the Quiet Limit of the World by David J. Fielding
Indestructible by Alexander S. Brown
Ectoplasmic Eradicators Wanted: Professional Inquiries only – A Timothy Flood Adventure by Nikki Nelson-Hicks
Captain Amy and the Steam-Driven Kittens of Doom by Azrael Wolf
Thursday Morrow by Robert J. Krog
Lost Child’s Little Protector by Herika R. Raymer
The Gears Of Justice by Brent Nichols
Aeolus, Chiron, and Medusa by John A. McColley
Blastbucket by Christopher J. Valin
Beneath Familiar Suns by Konstantine Paradias
Deep Diving Death Defying Dwarves of the Deep: A Tale from the Cycle of Ages Saga by Jeremy Hicks
White Lightning by John G. Hartness

Author Interview: Natalie Silk

Dark Oak Press has just released science-fiction author Natalie Silk’s newest novel in the Stars’ Fire series: Part one of a Power Gathering. She was kind enough to give us an author interview about her own writing process and her books.

What genres do you enjoy writing? My favorite genre to write is, of course, science fiction. My focus right now is science fiction for girls; but I’m developing a short story that’s alternative history

Tell us about your latest book. My next book is the next in the Stars’ Fire series. Dahliea now must live like any other thirteen year old girl on Earth. She learns to enjoy shopping at the mall and a few secrets.

What inspired the story? Where did you get that first bit of “ah ha” inspiration? When I was twelve, I had a dream of five monks wearing a triangle-shaped pendant with a red stone in the center. One of the monks told me that, “You’re not ready,” and I woke. I had subsequent dreams of a girl with a pendant and I wrote them all down. Thirty seven years later, Dark Oak published Stars’ Fire.

What does your writing process look like? Are you a plotter or a pantser? I do a combination of things. Since I’m very ‘old-school,’ I write out a draft with paper and pen and then use my trusty lap top (I’m not that ‘old-school’). The first draft is all action punctuated with some dialogue and looks like ‘word hurl’. The second draft looks a little less as if I threw words onto paper to see what sticks.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? I think having to write on paper is a little strange compared to all the electronics available.

What are you working on at the minute? I just completed my second draft of my fourth book. I’m letting it cool a little bit so I can write an alternative history short story.

Natalie SilkHow important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend? I just love Asian and Latin names, such as: Sophia, Xavier, and Li.

Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy? I stay away from love and racy scenes since I write YA. I’m in no mood to be greeted by an angry PTA mob on my front porch.

When did you decide to become a writer? I wanted to be a writer since I was ten.

Why do you write? Writing is such a great hobby; and hopefully it’ll turn into a really great part-time career.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why? I was wanted to meet Ernest Hemingway (preferably when he was on an upswing).

 

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What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Don’t ever, ever (and I mean ever) give up.

How can readers discover more about you and you work? I invite readers to come and talk to me at conventions and on my Facebook page: Natalie Silk, Author.

Be sure to check out Natalie Silk’s first novel in the series, Star’s Fire!

Get your Summer Party on Intergalactic Style!!!

marexlg Come on in and enjoy the Mare Inebrium. We have a large facility and are sure we have something that will meet your needs and exceed your expectations. In the top floor of our building we have a very fancy restaurant with lovely views of the city spreading out into the far distance. The floors above the main bar contain various restaurants, shops, meeting rooms, and we even offer hotel rooms for the discriminating traveler.

Our main bar is quite large, with room for several hundred patrons at once. The walls are decorated with paintings and mirrors that can shift to show either reflections or discrete views inside one of our many themed bars. Our displays of alien artifacts are scattered about tastefully throughout while the full bar itself is up against the back wall of the main room. Our main bar features literally hundreds of varieties of beverages to meet any tastes no matter how exotic.

If open spaces and large crowds are not to your liking, then please patronize any of our wonderful themed areas. If you prefer with a bit more of an adventurous edge, please join the many Space Rangers and other militaries from around the galaxy in our Red Dog Saloon. If you desire a more private and civilized setting, please join our “gentleman’s club” at Piper’s and our small ballroom is the perfect place to take in a musical or theatrical performance. For you truly celestial types, deities, writers, artists, and other beings of enormous power, you will enjoy the Pantheon Room.

http://www.darkoakpress.com/mare.html