Spirit Sanctus – ebook

by Eliza D Braun on 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.

It can be bought via Gumroad (which is the Ministry’s preferred method) Amazon, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords.

Emily Cassidy Tuttle, on word from Doctor Sound, arrived in the shadow of the Vatican to receive a mysterious parcel from a local contact. What should be a simple pass between agent and mule spirals deeper and deeper into a wild madness that Emily is not prepared to face.Spiritus Sanctus

 

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Æther Feature – V’s Eliza cosplay

by Eliza D Braun on April 23, 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 of steam and cog, or perhaps remind you of one artisan’s successful efforts to bring the past that never was to the here and now.
 In this week’s Æther Feature we look at V’s Cosplay take on Eliza D Braun.

Hailing from Germany, V has been doing cosplay for thirteen years, and we here at the Ministry were delighted to see V turning her attention to Eliza D Braun. It is always fascinating how people imagine our agents, and we think you’ll agree these are excellent. V seems to have captured our favourite New Zealand agent, and her rather…explosive personality.

 

Photography by Wolfgang Kraus.

We hear that V is already hard at work on her next cosplay, and we are very excited to see what she comes up with.

If you want to keep track of V’s cosplay, or see more of these wonderful images, then you can follow her on her Facebook or Tumblr.

Now, we only need a Wellington Thornhill Books cosplayer…

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Tales from the Archives, Volume IV — One

by Eliza D Braun on April 15, 2015

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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:

Spiritus Sanctus — written by Alyson Grauer

Rome, Italy
1896

Emily Cassidy Tuttle, on word from Doctor Sound, arrived in the shadow of the Vatican to receive a mysterious parcel from a local contact. What should be a simple pass between agent and mule spirals deeper and deeper into a wild madness that Emily is not prepared to face.

 

About the Author: 

Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Alyson Grauer is a writer and actor currently living, writing and performing in Chicago, IL. Her writing can be found in Mechanized Masterpieces: A Steampunk Anthology and On the Isle of Sound and Wonder, both by Xchyler Publishing. She can be found acting in the web series, Space Happens, and musing online at her blog.

Theme music for the Ministry composed and created by Alex White.

Order your copy of The Diamond Conspiracy: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, now available from online and bricks and mortar stores everywhere.

 

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Dawn’s Early Light Wins

by Eliza D Braun on April 14, 2015

Yesterday it the winners of the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards were announced, and we here at the Ministry are delighted that the winner of the steampunk category is the third book in the Ministry series, Dawn’s Early Light.

You remember Dawn’s Early Light, don’t you?

Eliza the rocket

 

We were such august company as fellow nominees Delilah S Dawson, Lynn Viehl, Karina Cooper, and Meljean Brook and so it was a delightful surprise to win this category.

2014 RT AwardOur journalist Pip Ballantine will be at the RT convention in Dallas May 12-17 to accept the award on behalf of herself and Tee Morris. If you see Pip, please say hello, or come to her signing on Saturday.

 

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The Diamond Conspiracy is HERE!

by Eliza D Braun on March 31, 2015

The Diamond ConspiracyThe fourth book (fourth, can you believe it!) is now available, in print, digital and audio.

Your can now order from your local bookstore or AmazonBarnes and Noble - Kobo or get the audiobook from Tantor Audio

For years, the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has enjoyed the favor of Her Majesty the Queen. But even the oldest loyalties can turn in a moment…

Having narrowly escaped the electrifying machinations of Thomas Edison, Books and Braun are looking forward to a relaxing and possibly romantic voyage home. But when Braun’s emergency signal goes off, all thoughts of recreation vanish. Braun’s street-wise team of child informants, the Ministry Seven, is in grave peril, and Books and Braun must return to England immediately.

But when the intrepid agents finally arrive in London, the situation is even more dire than they imagined. The Ministry has been disavowed, and the Department of Imperial Inconveniences has been called in to decommission its agents in a most deadly fashion. The plan reeks of the Maestro’s dastardly scheming. Only, this time, he has a dangerous new ally—a duplicitous doctor whose pernicious poisons have infected the highest levels of society, reaching even the Queen herself…

And here is what the reviews so far have been…

…a fun, quick paced steampunk action story filled with quick wit, and dastardly bad guys who are simply no match for the brilliance of Books and Braun.
—All Things UF

In this latest installment we finally learn more about Welly’s and it’s quite the doozy. It’s great to finally see him drop down his guard and let the reader and Eliza in. I mean seriously, their romance is so adorkable, and I love when they get into heated conversations because both are so stubborn and awkward that it makes you laugh. Eliza continues to amuse me in every book, and she always gives the reader lines to chuckle over.
—Cheery Blossoms and Maple Syrup

All in all, I fully recommend The Diamond Conspiracy and the entire Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series for sure to lovers of rich historical steampunk worlds with one or two twists xD, of action & intrigue & suspense with a dash of romance – in short, to lovers of solid entertainment
—Butterfly-o-meters

 Please do let us know what you thought of the Diamond Conspiracy by leaving a review or telling your friends.

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Celebrate with the Ministry!

by Eliza D Braun March 24, 2015

We wanted to run a giveaway to celebrate the Diamond Conspiracy. We wanted it to be something useful. If the winner didn’t have enough pence for an ereader they could have it. If they wanted to buy books, they could have that. If they wanted to order an inordinate amount of tea, they could have […]

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Steampunk Book Trailer — The Diamond Conspiracy: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel

by Eliza D Braun March 24, 2015

After an extremely cold night in Virginia’s capital city and weeks of production, Imagine That! Studios and Ace Books present the official book trailer for The Diamond Conspiracy, the fourth volume in The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series from Ace Books, written by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris.

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Æther Feature – Gaslight Fantasy?

by Eliza D Braun March 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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The month of the Diamond Conspiracy

by Eliza D Braun March 10, 2015

Yes, it is finally here…or it will be at the end of the month. The Diamond Conspiracy is becoming available on the 31st of March. For years, the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has enjoyed the favor of Her Majesty the Queen. But even the oldest loyalties can turn in a moment… Having narrowly escaped the […]

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Aether Feature: Karen Memory

by Eliza D Braun February 5, 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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Christmas with Sophia

by Eliza D Braun January 8, 2015

Our authors had a lot of fun writing this story for Christmas…perhaps too much fun… But it is now available on all ebook platforms or you can buy directly from us. After all…who wouldn’t want to go home for a very del Morte Christmas? Just remember Nona does not like knives at the table—for good […]

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A New Year’s Gift for our readers

by Eliza D Braun January 1, 2015

Happy New Year! One of our fine readers asked, and we thought it was a fine idea—so here is our very own reading guide for all the fiction currently in the Ministry files. You will find all the Tales from the Archives, Ministry Protocol stories, the novels, and the occasional short that is other anthologies […]

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Into the Future!

by Eliza D Braun December 31, 2014

The end of the year is nigh, and we here at the Ministry have had a grand year. It was full of fun and achievement. Dawn’s Early Light was released into the wild in paperback, ebook and audiobook. Ministry Protocol, the Fate Core based roleplaying game was shipped to the supporters of our Kickstarter, and […]

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Tales from the Archives: A 2014 Christmas Special

by Eliza D Braun December 25, 2014

A Very Happy Christmas from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences 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 […]

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New ebook short stories

by Eliza D Braun December 18, 2014

Some people don’t like audio…strange but true. For the last few years we have been offering 99c Penny Dreadfuls on all the various e-platforms. As Season Three of Tales from the Archives draws to a close, we are happy to offer, Foothold by Paul Ellis, and the Clockwork Portal by Stacia D Kelly. They are […]

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A Victorian getaway

by Eliza D Braun December 11, 2014

Our journalists travel all over the world for conventions and book signings, but during this year they didn’t get much time for a holiday. So when they had a free weekend they escaped to scenic Delaware. Yes, Delaware. Mostly that was to do with Tee Morris’ interest obsession with Dogfish Head Brewery, which Pip decided […]

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Tales from the Archives III: Ten

by Eliza D Braun December 5, 2014

    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: Foothold […]

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Æther Feature: Ticker

by Eliza D Braun November 20, 2014

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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The 2014 RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards

by Eliza D Braun November 12, 2014

The Ministry is pleased as punch to be nominated in the 2014 RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards nominees. We’re nominated in the best steampunk category along with some other wonderful books and authors. Congratulations to Delilah D Dawson, Karina Cooper, Lynn Viehl and Meljean Brook as well. We are pleased to be in such fine company, […]

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Tales from the Archives III: Nine

by Eliza D Braun November 11, 2014

    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: Clockwork […]

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Remembering the Fallen, Welcoming Others Home

by Eliza D Braun November 11, 2014

Our brothers and sisters of investigating the strange and unusual, the Office of the Supernatural and Metaphysical, are celebrating Veteran’s Day today in the Americas, and we tip our bowlers and bonnets to them all. Today, across the Empire, we pay different honours. We remember those that we have lost. Today is Armistice Day. In […]

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Report on S4: Steampunk Saturday at Shaharazade’s in Shepherdstown

by Eliza D Braun October 28, 2014

Back on September 13th, the Ministry had the joy of hosting a steampunk tea at Shaharazade’s Restaurant & Tea Room in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Our journalists Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris were joined by Tiffany Trent, author of the Unnaturalists, and one of the authors in Ministry Protocol. They drank tea, ate some of Shaharazade’s […]

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Tales from the Archives III: Eight

by Eliza D Braun October 7, 2014

    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: What […]

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COVER REVEAL- The Diamond Conspiracy

by Eliza D Braun September 29, 2014

Apparently it has been leaked onto the Aetherwebs, and we here at the Ministry have admitted defeat…but in a good way. The cover for the Diamond Conspiracy is here for all to see! Miss Braun is once again wearing trouser and Mr Books is…what is he doing? Ah well…all will be revealed on the 31st […]

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Tales from the Archives III: Seven

by Eliza D Braun September 23, 2014

    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: Bitter […]

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Æther Feature: Writing Young Adult Steampunk

by Eliza D Braun September 18, 2014

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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Sixty-nine Shades of Darjeeling – The First

by Eliza D Braun September 16, 2014

It’s been a week of tea drinking…lots of darjeeling, but with some sidetrips to assam and points north. Look for a post on Thursday about our little adventure to Shaharazade’s Exotic Tea Room, where I took a break from darjeelings. During the week however, I managed to get in plenty of samples from my All the […]

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Sixty-nine Shades of Darjeeling – Intro

by Eliza D Braun September 8, 2014

Our journalist Pip Ballantine has ventured out into the world of tea exploration, and has sent back this report as she tries to learn more about  wonderful darjeelings. These posts will be appear on Mondays, and we hope they inform and entertain… Welcome! This all began when I decided to pick up the Teabox’s ‘All […]

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Ministry Protocol…now in your ears!

by Eliza D Braun September 3, 2014

After weeks of slaving over the audio equipment, our journalists have finally been able to release the audio version of Ministry Protocol. Dividing up the work between themselves, Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine have read all of the wonderful stories in the anthology, and it is now available at both Amazon and direct through Audible. […]

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Æther Feature: How Amelia Chain Brings the Punk

by Eliza D Braun August 21, 2014

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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Begging Your Forgiveness

by Eliza D Braun August 5, 2014

Unfortunately, we here at the Ministry are once again short-staffed. (Terrible thing, cut-backs don’t you know). While our journalists have their noses pressed to the grindstone getting the first round of edits out for the Diamond Conspiracy (due in March next year), they have rather fallen behind with the Tales from the Archives. This means […]

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S4: Steampunk Saturday at Shaharazade’s in Shepherdstown

by Eliza D Braun July 30, 2014

Our journalists are hosting a steampunk tea in charming Shepherdstown, WV, and they’d love you to attend! Tiffany Trent, author of the Unnaturalists, and a Ministry Initiative contributer will be joining Tee and Pip at Shaharazade’s Restaurant & Tea Room, 141 W German St, Shepherdstown, WV. Here are the details… The Teahouse: With over 60 […]

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Happy Birthday, David Warner!

by Eliza D Braun July 29, 2014

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences wishes David Warner the happiest of birthdays! This fine British actor is multi-faceted, to say the least. From crime dramas such as Midsommer Murders and Wallander, to science fiction classics like Tron, Time Bandits, Doctor Who, and various Star Trek properties, to astounding voiceover work including Batman’s Ra’s Al Gohl and […]

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Dispatches from the Ministry

by Eliza D Braun July 26, 2014

We here at the Ministry are always looking for ways to maintain contact with our agents. However recently, it was pointed out to us that we are missing a beat. Though we have a Ministry Facebook, Twitter, Google+, tumblr and pinterest account…we were missing out on an email list! We’re not entirely sure how we […]

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Happy Birthday, Nikola Tesla!

by Eliza D Braun July 10, 2014

Our favourite mad science consultant for the Ministry, Nikola Tesla, celebrates a birthday today. We came across this picture in the Archives, circa 1894-95, where we see Nikola on his travels across America, enjoying a relaxing afternoon on the beach.   Wait. Hold on a moment… Is that the Currituck Light in the Outer Banks […]

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The Secret of the Diamond Conspiracy is out: 31-3-2015

by Eliza D Braun July 8, 2014

We have managed to declassify information on the fourth Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences books. We have a publication date which is the 31st of March 2015…and we even have information on the contents of the book. Your support with pre-orders of said book makes a great deal of difference to the Ministry, so please help […]

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New Tale: Blessings of Baalsheim

by Eliza D Braun June 29, 2014

Something new from the Archives, a new story from Mr Reed. Once again available on all platforms, but buying direct gives the Ministry the best return (and keeps us in tea!) Blessings of Baalsheim by Nobilis Reed In the Spring of 1869 Mrs Isabel Burton begins a correspondence with the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Director, […]

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Tales from the Archives III: Six

by Eliza D Braun June 17, 2014

    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: Blessings […]

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New Ministry tales for your aether reader

by Eliza D Braun June 5, 2014

This week sees the arrival of three new offerings from the vaults of the Tales of the Archives, a story from Lisa-Anne Samuels, Suna Dasi, as well as Collection 7 of the Tales from the Archives. All of these are also available on all ebook platforms, but the Ministry gets the best when you buy […]

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Æther Feature: Still Think Steampunk is Dead? You Must Not Be Watching Penny Dreadful.

by Eliza D Braun June 5, 2014

Showtime, back in May, offered up a free preview—the first episode—of a new series featuring Josh Harnett, Eva Green, and Timothy Dalton. The show was advertised as gothic horror; but amidst the breathtaking fashions, the epic sets, and its beautiful design, steampunk makes its presence known. This is the new horror series, Penny Dreadful. Exactly what […]

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PNR Radio appearance + giveaway

by Eliza D Braun June 4, 2014

In partnership with ILoveVampireNovels.com, author Arial Burnz is the host of the podcast PNRradio.com, where she features entertainment that goes bump in the night. If you love paranormal and fantasy books, TV shows and movies, you’ll love PNR Radio! Guests include bestselling authors (e.g., Nalini Singh, Kami Garcia, Julie Kagawa) and celebrities (from TV shows […]

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Tales from the Archives, Volume III: Five (Part Two)

by Eliza D Braun June 3, 2014

    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: Those […]

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Something new…

by Eliza D Braun May 29, 2014

We here at the Ministry are all about choices and options. Our podcasts, our audio books, and our digital books are available in as many platforms as possible, and now we bring you the ability to buy from us directly. We are often asked which method yields the best return for our journalists, and we […]

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Tales from the Archives, Volume III: Five (Part One)

by Eliza D Braun May 13, 2014

  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: Those Dark […]

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Æther Feature – Eliza D Braun Cosplay

by Eliza D Braun May 8, 2014

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 III: The “Meet the Ministry” Panel from DemiCon 25

by Eliza D Braun May 6, 2014

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. Still working through the cases incoming […]

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Ministry Protocol Wins!

by Eliza D Braun May 6, 2014

Another piece of wonderful news from the Ministry, our anthology Ministry Protocol has won the Steampunk Chronicle Readers Choice, Best Fiction 2014. If you want to watch the award ceremony, then you absolutely can! Thanks to all our wonderful authors that helped make this project a rousing success, and thanks to you all for taking […]

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FREE ebook – Silver Linings

by Eliza D Braun May 1, 2014

We here at the Ministry are celebrating not only our win at the Steampunk Chronicle’s Readers Choice award, but first month of Dawn’s Early Light being out in the wilds of publishing. To that ends, we are giving away Silver Linings. This short story is set between Phoenix Rising and the Janus Affair. Please download, […]

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Tangi A Te Ruru/The Cry of the Morepork

by Eliza D Braun April 23, 2014

Last year, our journalist Pip Ballantine was lucky enough to be accepted into an anthology whose purpose was to explore the multicultural aspects of steampunk. Alliteration Press ran the very successful Steampunk World kickstarter, and raised over their goal. This enabled the wonderful artist James Ng to not only do an original cover for the […]

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Tales from the Archives, Volume III: A Special Preview of Dawn’s Early Light

by Eliza D Braun April 22, 2014

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: Dawn’s Early Light, […]

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