Thursday, December 25, 2014


Do you like Steampunk? Have you wanted to read Steampunk but never quite got to it? Well, fans of Steampunk and prospective fans alike can rejoice. Chasing Christmas Past: An Airship Racing Chronicles Short Story, by Melanie Karsak is free through tomorrow!

This super story will introduce you to the great author that Melanie is. She happens to be one of my Women In Horror, so you know she is fantastic. Fall in love with her Steampunk symphony as it rolls out.

A Christmas gift from Melanie Karsak!

Blaze McRob

Book Description

December 20, 2014
***6,000 word short story prequel to The Airship Racing Chronicles***

Christmas Eve 1820.

At Rose’s Hopper, a popular London tavern frequented by airship jockeys, all is merry and bright—except Lily Stargazer. Lily and her crew are set to run the Christmas Day Yuletide Airship Race from London to Calais, but not before spending the night swimming in mulled wine and longing for absent lovers.

Even the prospect of a Yuletide win can't convince Lily that this Christmas will be better than any that came before. But Lily’s about to find out there really is a Father Christmas.

Editorial Reviews


Praise for Melanie Karsak's The Airship Racing Chronicles
I love fantasy, steampunk, history, and adventure, and this book delivered!
- Staci Hart, Author of The Hearts & Arrows Series
Mere words don't seem adequate to explain how truly brilliant this story is
My Book Addiction

The author paints a vivid portrait of Venice, with its palazzi, jewel-coloured waters, masks, and gondolas. Venice truly comes to life as well as the other destinations visited in the course of following the mystery around the kaleidoscope.
Torre de Babel 

One of my favorite things about this book is the world building. It is amazing. I could easily envision the airships, the airship towers, sky pirates, and the elaborate dress and contraptions. . .I absolutely loved it!
- Gin's Book Notes 

Chasing the Star Garden was a captivating tale from the complex characters to the breathtaking world-building. Karsak's writing has a flow and ease to it that allows the reader to slip into the worlds she creates
Kimba the Caffeinated Coffee Reviewer

Characters with such depth and personality that you easily fall in love with them.
- Elyse, Contagious Reads

About the Author

Melanie Karsak is the author of the Amazon best-selling steampunk series The Airship Racing Chronicles (Chasing the Star Garden and Chasing the Green Fairy), the award-winning horror/dark fantasy Harvesting Series, and The Saga of Lady Macbeth. She grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania and earned a Master's degree in English from Gannon University. A steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and zombie whisperer, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Steampunk Christmas Treat December 22, 2014
By Margo
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This story does exactly what a steampunk Christmas tale should do: engage the imagination and warm the heart! I love the Lily Stargazer series, and this is a perfect addition. In 1820, Lily's melancholy ruminations on her lonely past threaten to impinge not only on Christmas, but also on her chance at winning the Yuletide Airship Race . . . from the first drink at Rose's Hopper to the last moment with Father Christmas, this is a perfect steampunk Christmas treat! 
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a tease! ;) December 22, 2014
By ltg584
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm not usually one to read Christmas stories, but I made an exception for Melanie Karsak. This brief story made me both happy and sad at the same time. It was so great to go back and revisit my favorite characters, and to see them all from the beginning, but it also reminded me just how much I miss them. While I was hoping that it would serve to hold me over until Chasing the Fog, it only served to whet my appetite all the more!

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