Verity Fitzroy and Her Adventures

by Ministry Admin on September 22, 2016

September 30th, the ebook of The Curse of the Silver Pharaoh will arrive, and with it the first novel of Verity Fitzroy and the Ministry Seven. Shortly after it will be in print and audiobook versions.

Right now, her previous adventures in short story form are free on Smashwords.

The Precarious Child

Merry Christmas, Verity Fitzroy

So if you haven’t read them, pop over now to get them.

For the moment, here is a sample of The Curse of the Silver Pharaoh, available now as a pre-order from Amazon.

If Verity Fitzroy were to die unceremoniously on the dark streets of London it would be riding high speed on the back of the latest scientific innovation.

She took comfort in that thought as she tightened her grip on the magnetic clamps attaching her to the ECC Mark 11. The East End whizzed past her at a dizzying forty miles an hour, the chilled rain pelting her face and biting the exposed fingertips sticking out from her gloves. Her hair was tied back, but ash blonde strands whipped at her eyes. Through all this, her grasp on the handles was becoming increasingly tenuous.

She dare not lift herself up to the flat surface of the Mark 11’s baggage compartment, lest the driver or his passenger become aware they picked up a London street urchin along the way—though she was perhaps a little old for that term to be precisely true. Still if she had been younger than sixteen, she would have had a far easier time of it in such an awkward position, huddled against the back of the electric motorcar.

Sure as eggs, if she let any part of her body show she would be caught. The passenger in the vehicle would undoubtedly turn around at just that moment and save her the bother of falling to her death by shooting her in the head. The thin black leather of the motorcar’s roof would not deflect bullets.

Carriages, buses, and motorcars flew past Verity as the motorcar burst onto the main thoroughfare of Cheapside. She tried to conjure the image of a limpet and put herself into that mind-set. If they could bear the sea, then she could bear the wind.

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COVER REVEAL – Countless Hues of Crimson

by Ministry Admin on September 8, 2016

So it has come to this point in the Ministry adventures.

The cover reveal for the story our journalists never expected to write. However, their Kickstarter backers pushed them up to the level where they said they would write it, so they’re going to have fun with it, by Jove.

If you remember from The Diamond Conspiracy, Countless Hues of Crimson was the novel which contained standing orders for the Ministry agents. By using a cardan grille they were able to retrieve their instructions while in the field.

Our Kickstarter backers will be getting the ebook containing the orders, but the unmarked version will be available out in the wild, just as Eliza and Wellington would have seen when they plucked it from the bookshelf.

Countless Hues of Crimson will be the story of a impoverished but aristocratic young woman  who falls into a dark relationship with a wealthy pineapple grower . It will be quite a different tone from normal Ministry Books, and marked erotic…but also humourous. We’ll have to see how it turns out in December- preorder available in the coming months.

So here is the delightful—if somewhat scandalous cover for Countless Hues of Crimson.

Models: Verena Vorsatz and Lauren Harris
Photography: Go ForWard Photography
Make-up Artist: Tamara Barnett of Tennille Makeup Artistry
Cover Design: Designed by Starla

Countless Hues of Crimson

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Motor City and the Ministry

by Ministry Admin on August 11, 2016

Back in 2013 Tee and Pip attended Up in the Aether, a steampunk convention in Detroit, Michigan. They fell so much in love with the city and the people, that Detroit ended up in their book, Dawn’s Early Light.

So when they were invited back in 2016, but this time to Motor City Steamcon, they jumped at the chance. The organizer, Salathiel Palland and her amazing created an amazing first time conventions. They even got a great sponsor in the form of Rusted Crow Spirits.

We’re going to try to encompass some of the brillant points of the convention, but rest assured there was so much more going on at all times.

The event started off with a bang. It is no exaggeration to say it was the most impressive opening ceremony our journalists have ever seen. Not only was there beautiful singing from Sal herself, but also a fantastic dance from Dance Centre studio, the Detroit Mass Choir, and then the Gabriel Brass Band. We’re not quite sure how anyone could top it!

Take a look at this video:

Motor City had an incredible line-up with many of the well-known names of steampunk in attendence. The Airship Ambassador. Alousious Fox. Lord Bobbins. Ashley Rogers. Diana Pho. Leanna Renee Hieber. R S Belcher. Frenchy and the Punk. As well as many amazing makers, carriers of teapots, and performers.

And the airship crews! At most conventions there is a chalkboard set up, where airship crews can write their names. At Motor City, the usual board was stretched to the limit. So many wonderful people!

The Writers Block was a fine idea, that we have not seen in other conventions. It was a place where writers could place their consignment books, and acted like a bookshop for the attendees. Right next to it was the reading room. Our journalists were very pleased when their reading had a standing room only attendence, and every single person there knew about the Ministry. No introductions necessary. Not bad for a covert organization!

Books at the Writers Block

Character creation was something we had never come across before, but it was lots of fun. Attendees were invited to appear before a group of writers. Then together the writers would come up with a back story based on what the attendee wore. It was very creative, and fun to see authors putting their skills to the test on the spot.

Our authors also attended a fantastic afternoon tea, with perfect cucumber sandwiches, biscuits, and man, many pots of the amber liquid. They had delightful conversation, seated with such fine folk as Lord Bobbins.

Afternoon tea

There was also this Facebook Live of our journalists reading the opening of The Curse of the Silver Pharaoh. From the looks and sounds of it, the selection was given a warm greeting…

All in all Motor City gathered in a large number of the neat events we have seen at other cons, and was well run by an enthusiastic crew.

Our journalists joined them in finishing off the whole event with a gathering at a local Indian restaurant. The food was wonderful the company amazing, and it was a perfect way to finish off a great event.

Our journalists can’t recommend this event highly enough, and if invited would definitely make the drive to attend again.

Thank you to Sal and her team for putting on such a great time for so many.

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COVER REVEAL- The Curse of the Silver Pharaoh

by Ministry Admin on August 4, 2016

So this is a new adventure for the Ministry, and now we have a new cover as well.

Designed by Starla has once again done a wonderful job for us, and we hope you’ll take a moment to pre-order The Curse of the Silver Pharaoh for delivery September 30th. It’s also a great chance to introduce the YA readers to the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. (May include some familiar adult characters as well)

Verity Fitzroy and the Ministry Seven have the run of London, and that is the way they like it. 
While she loses herself in machines and adventures, and the work they get from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, why her parents were killed remains a mystery she can’t leave alone. 

When an archaeologist from the British Museum is kidnapped, and the only clue leads to an academy for young engineers, the Ministry sends the Seven in to investigate. What they will find within the walls of the country house, will lead Verity and the Seven down a dangerous path.

The Curse of the Silver Pharaoh

 

It will also be available in print and audiobook editions!

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Ghostly Reviews

by Ministry Admin on July 13, 2016

Miss Eliza D Braun

The Ghost Rebellion is out there in all its formats, and we are starting to get reviews in.

From My Words…in words and pages.

I want to add, I love that we have a couple that still function and interact as individuals paired together. They are who they are and love each other for that reason. Eliza and Wellington still banter and make me smile as they go through their missions, but they are more to each other as well. I enjoy writing of couples in this way.

From Beauty in Ruins

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences is, far and away, my favorite saga of alternative history, sci-fi steampunk, and espionage adventure. Strong characters, creative world (and history) building, and some really inventive mash-ups of monsters and mechanicals have made each book more interesting than the last.

From the Qwillery Review

 I really enjoyed this novel and looking forward to the final instalment. I am really glad that Ballantine and Morris made the decision to self publish these final two books. This was well worth the pledge in Kickstarter campaign and I would gladly donate again. Another great book for this fantastic writing duo.

Remember you don’t have to be a book blogger to review—though we do love our book bloggers. Places like Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Goodreads.com are great places to drop a review even if you don’t have a blog. Not only will you be getting your opinion out there, but you will be helping the Ministry. The number of reviews a book gets actually helps its discoverability for new readers. The clankertons call them algorithms of somesuch.

Anyway, the more The Ghost Rebellion gets, the more chance there is of other readers and listeners finding it. So never think your review doesn’t matter…it matters a great deal.

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Those little scamps

by Ministry Admin July 7, 2016

So now the Ghost Rebellion is out in the wild, and we’re very excited to see how many people are enjoying it, but our journalists are not resting on their laurels. Right now they are hard at work on Operation: Endgame the final book for the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, and that may make you […]

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Events oncoming…

by Ministry Admin June 23, 2016

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 […]

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The Rebellion is here

by Ministry Admin June 17, 2016

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 […]

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Release date for Rebellion

by Ministry Admin June 9, 2016

So 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 […]

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The Ghost Rebellion arrives…nearly…

by Ministry Admin 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. Hundreds of books have descended on them, turning their house into—however briefly—a warehouse.  However we must investigate because it is […]

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New Fairytales from our journalists

by Ministry Admin May 12, 2016

As you may be aware our journalists have as a little aside, dabbled in steampunk novelette fairytales. Pip Ballantine produced Mechanical Wings based on Wild Swans, and The Little Clockwork Mermaid. Tee Morris produced Aladdin and His Wonderfully Infernal Device. Finally Mr Morris released the fourth and final of the quartet, Little Red Flying Hood. […]

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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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