Events oncoming…

by Ministry Admin on June 23, 2016

Eliza and gun

With the release of The Ghost Rebellion, our journalists are free to run amok…or at least get out a little bit.

First up tomorrow, is our Facebook party to celebrate the launch of the fifth novel. We will be having games, giveaways, and special guests. We’re going to be hosting, Nick and Stacia Kelly, Katie Bryski, PJ Schnyder, August Grappin, Gail Carriger, and Kady Cross

So pop on over on June 24th between 7-11pm EST.

Then our journalists will be attending Escape Velocity, the first convention held by the Museum of Science Fiction at the Gaylord National Resort in Maryland. They will be talking about steampunk in anime and film. Check out our event on Facebook for a discount code.

And then later in the month of July, the 22-24th to be precise, our journalists will be at Motor City Steamcon. They had a jolly old time last time they were in Detroit, so they are certainly looking forward to visiting once again.

Our journalists will have paper copies of the Ghost Rebellion with them at these events, so please find them if you would like to purchase a signed copy.

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The Rebellion is here

by Ministry Admin on June 17, 2016

The Ghost Rebellion Finally, the fifth book of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences is available.

The book that our readers and listeners helped us bring to life.

From authors Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris, the award winning steampunk series continues…

The chase is on! After rescuing Queen Victoria from the clutches of the Maestro, Agents Eliza D Braun and Wellington Books are in hot pursuit of Dr Henry Jekyll. While he continues his experiments on the aristocracy of Europe, he leaves a trail of chaos and despair in his wake. However when Eliza and Wellington run him to ground in India, they are forced to come face to face with ghosts from the past, and the realities of empire.

Meanwhile Ministry agents Brandon Hill and Bruce Campbell travel deep into Russia hunting down a rare ingredient to save Queen Victoria’s life. Amid the cold they uncover a threat from the revitalized House of Usher that comes directly from their new Chairman.

All in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences will find their allegiances in question, and their mettle tested as a new dastardly era of international intrigue dawns.

Print edition

Buy in print

Buy a signed copy direct from the authors

Ebook edition

Direct from the Ministry

Amazon

Kobo

Smashwords

Barnes and Noble

Audiobook

Now available on Audible and Amazon

 

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Release date for Rebellion

by Ministry Admin on June 9, 2016

The Ghost RebellionSo we have been fielding queries from people who missed the Ghost Rebellion Kickstarter, but still want to purchase book five.

Next Friday, June 17th is the release day for to the general public and we are very excited, so here are all the details we have available right now.

The ebook is available for pre-order right here, direct from us. This gives the Ministry the most pennies from the sale, as well as the mobi and epub versions for you.

It is also available for pre-order from Smashwords and Barnes and Noble

Amazon and Kobo links will be available on the 17th.

The print books will be online at Amazon, but on the 17th you will be able to buy signed copies direct from our store.

The audiobook should be available in a couple of weeks from the release date from Audible and Amazon.

The Ghost Rebellion audiobook

 

We’re very excited to get this book out to the public. It has been a delight to write, and we hope the readers and listeners enjoy it just as much as we have.

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The Ghost Rebellion arrives…nearly…

by Ministry Admin on May 26, 2016

So as of this Monday, our backers got the ebook edition of The Ghost Rebellion. The delivery of a new book is always nerve-wracking, but our journalists were too busy to contemplate it over much.

boxesonstoop

Hundreds of books have descended on them, turning their house into—however briefly—a warehouse.  However we must investigate because it is entirely possible that it is criminal for a book to look this lovely.

Boxes of TGR

Now all they have to do is warm up their signing hand, pack them up, and send them off. This is the largest part of the Kickstarter shipments, however there will be others. Shortly after this the add-on rewards will be sent out. Then in December that scandalous fiction, Countless Hues of Crimson will be delivered. Finally, next May, Operation: Endgame, the sixth book of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences.

However, fear not, in September—though not part of the Kickstarter—The Curse of the Silver Pharaoh, the first book of the Ministry Seven will be available. The cover art will be revealed once the dust settles from the Ghost Rebellion.

Now back to crack the whip on those journalists of ours.

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New Fairytales from our journalists

by Ministry Admin on May 12, 2016

The Little Clockwork Mermaid

As you may be aware our journalists have as a little aside, dabbled in steampunk novelette fairytales.

Mechanical Wings

Pip Ballantine produced Mechanical Wings based on Wild Swans, and The Little Clockwork Mermaid.

Aladdin and His Wonderfully Infernal Device

Tee Morris produced Aladdin and His Wonderfully Infernal Device.

Finally Mr Morris released the fourth and final of the quartet, Little Red Flying Hood.

Little Red Flying Hood

Prepare for a dogfight with the Big, Bad Wolf… 
In France a deadly battle is raging in the skies, but Scarlett Quinn has been shuffled off to reconnaissance duty in an ailing biplane that has seen better days. However, fate will put her in the cross-hairs of one of Germany’s greatest aces, behind enemy lines and way over her head. 

Completing her mission will be no easy task, and Scarlett must use her wits and skills if she wants to return safely back to earth.

Additionally, all four novelettes can be purchased as a bundle on Amazon, or read on Kindle Unlimited.

Magical Mechanications

 

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Author Spotlight – Dan Rabarts

by Ministry Admin May 5, 2016

As we prepare for the launching this year of the final season of Tales from the Archives, we thought it might be a grand idea to highlight the authors who have helped us along the way. These are writers who have created wonderful characters and adventures for the Ministry, and we highly recommend you check […]

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The Ghost Rebellion cover spread

by Ministry Admin April 28, 2016

A few months ago we revealed the beauty of the cover for The Ghost Rebellion by Starla Huchton, but really that is only half the story. Today we can share with you the full beauty of the cover art, which is revealed in the print edition. Once again, Starla Huchton has done wonderful work, and […]

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Steampunk and Vegas

by Ministry Admin April 21, 2016

Our journalists have just returned from the RT Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. They were the captains for the steampunk track, and had quite the marvelous time.   They also had the chance to teach at Linnea Sinclair’s Pre-Con Bootcamp. Filling eager minds with knowledge sounds like a House of Usher technique, but they assure […]

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Verena and Eliza

by Ministry Admin April 7, 2016

When Verena Vorsatz visited to pose for our covers, Michael Ward of Go ForWard Photography also took some candid shots. The first one is powerful, and really does capture the spirit of Eliza D Braun The second…well let’s just say character and author have a difficult meeting.   If you want to see more of […]

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Author Spotlight – Phil Rossi

by Ministry Admin March 17, 2016

As we prepare for the launching this year of the final season of Tales from the Archives, we thought it might be a grand idea to highlight the authors who have helped us along the way. These are writers who have created wonderful characters and adventures for the Ministry, and we highly recommend you check […]

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Author Spotlight – Starla Huchton

by Ministry Admin March 10, 2016

As we prepare for the launching this year of the final season of Tales from the Archives, we thought it might be a grand idea to highlight the authors who have helped us along the way. These are writers who have created wonderful characters and adventures for the Ministry, and we highly recommend you check […]

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Author Spotlight: Nathan Lowell

by Ministry Admin March 3, 2016

As we prepare for the launching this year of the final season of Tales from the Archives, we thought it might be a grand idea to highlight the authors who have helped us along the way. These are writers who have created wonderful characters and adventures for the Ministry, and we highly recommend you check […]

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Cover Reveal- The Ghost Rebellion

by Ministry Admin February 26, 2016

So here we are, with the first of the fruits of the Kickstarter we funded last year. Backers will be getting their copies in May, but the book will be available to the general public on June 8th. What’s more, you can pre-order the ebook now. We had a wonderful team that made this cover possible. Cover […]

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Author Spotlight: K T Bryski

by Ministry Admin February 18, 2016

As we prepare for the launching this year of the final season of Tales from the Archives, we thought it might be a grand idea to highlight the authors who have helped us along the way. These are writers who have created wonderful characters and adventures for the Ministry, and we highly recommend you check […]

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Book Cover Shoot – an author report

by Ministry Admin February 11, 2016

Our journalist, Pip Ballantine takes over the blog today, to share the experience of a book cover photoshoot made possible by our readers and listeners.  So after our hugely successful Kickstarter campaign to fund The Ghost Rebellion, we were excited to be ordering up our first book cover shoot in January. Working with New York […]

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Steampunk Hands Around The World — My Favourite Thing

by Ministry Admin February 4, 2016

This month is steampunk Hands Around the World. An event that I think shows just how global this movement has become. Talking about my favorite thing is so hard. I would be tempted to say people and run down a list of the generous, creative people I have had the pleasure of meeting; Thomas Willeford, […]

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The Ministry and the Pineapple

by Ministry Admin January 28, 2016

If you are not aware…pineapples play a big part in Countless Hues of Crimson (available for sale in December) Yes, Kickstarter backers helped fund the Victorian erotica mentioned in the beginning of The Diamond Conspiracy…and as a symbol for this our journalists in their wisdom chose the pineapple—quite frankly because they thought it was funny. […]

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Æther Feature — Phantasmagoria

by Ministry Admin January 21, 2016

These features as a way for the Ministry to highlight artists, musicians, writers, and makers of all variety. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps we might endeavour to introduce to you a new name in our community […]

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Tales from the Archives Season Four Ebooks

by Ministry Admin January 14, 2016

The podcast of Tales for the Archives Season Four, is complete. Now for those that prefer print, we have the stories available and 99 penny dreadfuls, or as a collection of four. And keep an ear and an eye out for Season Four, coming in July this year. Tales from the Archives: Collection 10  This […]

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Tally Ho! A New Year with the Ministry

by Ministry Admin January 7, 2016

Well last year was a gallop for us here at the Ministry. We launched book four from our journalists, Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine, The Diamond Conspiracy. We picked up best steampunk from the RT Convention in Dallas for Dawn’s Early Light. We started and completed (by a hairsbreadth) Season Four of Tales from the […]

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Tales from the Archives IV – Ten

by Ministry Admin December 31, 2015

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would quite undo their minds. In this episode: The Case of […]

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Tales from the Archives IV- Nine Part Two

by Ministry Admin December 2, 2015

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would quite undo their minds. In this episode: The Case of […]

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Æther Feature — Absinthe Heroes

by Ministry Admin November 19, 2015

These features as a way for the Ministry to highlight artists, musicians, writers, and makers of all variety. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps we might endeavour to introduce to you a new name in our community […]

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Final week of the Kickstarter and Award News

by Ministry Admin November 13, 2015

And so it draws to a close. At 9.30PM EST Sunday, November 15th the door closes on the Kickstarter campaign to fund books five and six of the Ministry. We have fully funded The Ghost Rebellion as well as Operation: Endgame. We have locked in both new covers, and we have launched some fabulous and […]

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Tales from the Archives IV- Nine Part One

by Ministry Admin November 12, 2015

Today’s Tales from the Archives is brought to you by the Ghost Rebellion Kickstarter which is going on now. We have funded both books, but we have one more stretch goal in sight, the writing and production of Countless Hues of Crimson, which you may recognize as being featured in The Diamond Conspiracy. So please […]

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Æther Feature – 6 Inconvenient Realities of Victorian Dress

by Ministry Admin October 22, 2015

These features as a way for the Ministry to highlight artists, musicians, writers, and makers of all variety. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps we might endeavour to introduce to you a new name in our community […]

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Tales from the Archives IV – Eight

by Ministry Admin October 21, 2015

Today’s Tales from the Archives is brought to you by the Ghost Rebellion Kickstarter which is going on now. Please help spread the word and consider supporting the campaign which will be bringing you a new Ministry novel in print, audio and ebook.   The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its […]

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The Ghost Rebellion Kicks off

by Ministry Admin October 17, 2015

So with excitement and a smidgen of trepidation, the Ministry Kickstarter for Book Five of the Ghost Rebellion is live. We are planning to get the Ghost Rebellion into print, audio, and ebook format—but the Ministry also has other plans. We’d love to fund the final book of the series Operation Endgame. We’d love to […]

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Book Five Kickstarter

by Ministry Admin October 14, 2015

This weekend, the Ministry Kickstarter begins. We are all nervous and excited here in the office. However, our latest episode of the Tales from the Archives will be arriving in conjunction with this momentous event, rather than today. We hope you will enjoy the story which we hear is one of Aroha Murphy’s, mentor to […]

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More Canadian Steampunk

by Ministry Admin October 1, 2015

When PC Haring and KT Bryski got together to write an epic story for Agent Brandon Hill, we knew it would be something special. You’ve listened to the podcast, now you can purchase the ebook. Taking pity on the plucky intern in the Archives of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences might not have been the […]

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The Ministry’s Fifth Book

by Ministry Admin September 24, 2015

We know since the arrival of book four, our readers and listeners have been anxious for news on the next. However, we have been reluctant to talk about it, since so much was up in the air. You see, we always considered the adventures of Eliza and Wellington to be a six book arc, and […]

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Happy Birthday, Verena Vorstaz!

by Ministry Admin September 20, 2015

Oh I say! Today, the Ministry celebrates a very special birthday! Verena Vorstaz (also known as V for Cosplay) surprised our journalists with a series of photographs and moving picture clips of an uncanny Eliza D Braun cosplay. Verena is a talented cosplayer, runway model, and quite the passionate supporter for The Ministry of Peculiar […]

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Tales from the Archives Volume IV — Seven, Pt 2

by Ministry Admin September 16, 2015

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would quite undo their minds. In this episode: Beneath Northumberland: Part […]

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Tales from the Archives Volume IV — Seven, Pt 1

by Ministry Admin August 27, 2015

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would quite undo their minds. In this episode: Beneath Northumberland — written by […]

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4 Things GSN’s Steampunk’d Got Right

by Ministry Admin August 20, 2015

Today is a very special ÆtherFeature as our journalist, Tee Morris, is taking the helm and sharing his thoughts on a new offering in steampunk. Enjoy this spoiler-free review of Steampunk’d, the competition pitting teams of creative steampunks against each other’s imaginations… This morning, my social networks were humming with after-thoughts on Steampunk’d, the Game […]

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Aether Feature – Splendid Tea Pot racing

by Ministry Admin July 30, 2015

These features as a way for the Ministry to highlight artists, musicians, writers, and makers of all variety. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps we might endeavour to introduce to you a new name in our community […]

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New Collections

by Ministry Admin July 16, 2015

Our journalists are finally catching up with their work, and putting out the Tales from the Archives in ebook form. And now here come the collections, since you, our dear readers seem to like them so much. Can you believe we are already up to collections eight and nine? So without further ado, here are […]

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Tales from the Archives Volume IV — Six

by Ministry Admin July 15, 2015

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would quite undo their minds. In this episode: To Hide in […]

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New ebook shorts

by Ministry Admin July 9, 2015

Our journalists are hard at work, and funds are somewhat limited (they have cut us back to only three kinds of tea!), so some things have slipped by, such as getting our 99 penny dreadfuls out. So now available from all your local sellers, and also our own little store (where we get the most […]

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Æther Feature – Olive

by Ministry Admin July 2, 2015

These features as a way for the Ministry to highlight artists, musicians, writers, and makers of all variety. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps we might endeavour to introduce to you a new name in our community […]

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Tales from the Archives Volume IV — Five

by Ministry Admin June 24, 2015

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would quite undo their minds. In this episode: Old Sinner’s Bones […]

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Tales from the Archives, Volume IV — Four

by Ministry Admin June 10, 2015

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would quite undo their minds. In this episode: Down by the […]

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Two new ebook Short Stories

by Ministry Admin June 4, 2015

We have two new ebooks available for you this month, from Katarina Bordet and Michael Ventrella. One takes in the grandeur of the Austrian Empire…the other let’s loose a Mummy in Barnsley! The Mummy of Barnsley by Michael Ventrella Northern England, 1894 Agent Ernest Throckmorton is called to Barnesley to investigate reports of a Mummy […]

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Æther Feature – Steampunk in New Zealand, Part the Second

by Ministry Admin May 21, 2015

From Rotorua, our intrepid journalists, Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris, traveled to the South Island of New Zealand. It is here just a few hours south of Christchurch, that steampunk has taken a hold of a town; and in turn, a town has embraced steampunk back. Oamaru is right on the coast, and has a […]

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Tales from the Archives, Volume IV — Three

by Ministry Admin May 13, 2015

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would quite undo their minds. In this episode: The Black Empress […]

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Æther Feature – Smog Riders

by Ministry Admin May 7, 2015

These features as a way for the Ministry to highlight artists, musicians, writers, and makers of all variety. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps we might endeavour to introduce to you a new name in our community […]

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Dawn’s Early Light Winners

by Ministry Admin May 5, 2015

Thanks to all those that entered the competition to celebrate the release of Dawn’s Early Light. We had over a thousand entries, and luckily the rafflecopter gadget chooses winners rather than our previous method involving guinea pigs, cheese and a roulette wheel. So without further ado, the winners are $150 Amazon voucher, Michael Spence. $50 […]

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Æther Feature – Steampunk in New Zealand, Part the First

by Ministry Admin April 30, 2015

Our journalists spent two weeks last month back in New Zealand, and the steampunk they found there was wonderful. So the next few Æther Features will be spotlighting the steampunk scene in New Zealand. Our journalists were, along with Gail Carriger, Guests of Honour at Reconnaissance: The 36th New Zealand National SFF&H Convention. This was […]

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Tales from the Archives, Volume IV — Two

by Ministry Admin April 29, 2015

  The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would quite undo their minds. In this episode: The Mummy […]

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Spirit Sanctus – ebook

by Ministry Admin April 24, 2015

The new season of Tales from the Archives is now on a roll, and fortnightly there will be new stories available for your ears. However, if you would like to read the stories, then we also have ebooks available for your eyeballs as well. Today we are pleased to release Alyson Grauer’s story Spiritus Sanctus. […]

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