Our journalists visit Seattle…with

by Philippa Ballantine on April 14, 2014

Seattle Geekly

 

Our journalists have always longed for distant Seattle…and now they get to go there…at least their voices do.

Shannon and Matt sit down to talk with Tee and Pip about steampunk and Dawn’s Early Light.

 

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Functional Nerds welcome our journalists

by Philippa Ballantine on April 10, 2014

Functional nerds

Functional Nerds is the new podcast from author/blogger Patrick Hester and musician/blogger John Anealio focusing on science fiction and fantasy media: television, film, comics, and new media such as fan films, audio dramas, online animated comics and more, technology, gadgets and all things Apple as well as music and the occasional video game.

Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio take on our journalists to talk about Dawn’s Early Light.

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Tales from the Archives, Volume III: Four

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. on April 8, 2014

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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:

Wooden Go to Waste— by Sandra Wickham
narrated by K.T. Bryski and featuring the voice talents of Spencer Haynes

1858
Ottawa, Canada

Agent Cora Thorton finds herself in the forests of Canada, land she knows well as it was where she grew up in before joining the Ministry. Paired up with a junior agent, Cora steps into a rivalry between two lumber barons and the mystery surrounding six men disappearing in the dense forests, never to be seen again. The deeper Cora digs into this mystery, the more blurred lines become between reality and the superstitions of the working class.

 

About the Author

vampevolveaviSandra Wickham is a veteran of fitness competitions for ten years, both as a competitor and trainer, coaching over 150 athletes to the stage. She offers programs designed for anyone looking to improve their level of health and fitness. While pursuing her black belt in martial arts, Sandra has turned to writing as her next pursuit. Her short stories have appeared in Evolve: Vampires of the New Undead, Evolve: Vampires of the Future Undead, Chronicles of the Order, Crossed Genres magazine, Locothology and The Urban Green Man. She blogs about writing with the Inkpunks, is the Fitness Nerd columnist for the Functional Nerds, and slush reads for Lightspeed Magazine. “Wooden Go to Waste” is her first foray into steampunk.

 

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

Order Dawn’s Early Light: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel from Amazon.com or your favourite bookstore, as well as Ministry Protocol: Thrilling Tales of the Ministry of Peculiar OccurrencesThe Janus Affair: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, and Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel.

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Our journalists get all mythy and witty

by Philippa Ballantine on April 7, 2014

The MythWits bring you the very best in geek pop culture. A weekly live video show, on-demand video channel, and audio podcast. Specializing in informative interviews and convention coverage all with a heavy dose of comedy.

And now they meet Pip and Tee, live from their hidden lair….

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Our journalists get all Geekily

by Philippa Ballantine on April 3, 2014

Our journalists ‘get their…achemmm…geek on’ with the lovely folks of Geek Radio Daily.

After consuming a proper meat pie they talk the geek news of the week (oh good grief see-through skulls!!) and what they have been watching.

We begin to suspect they need to be called into the office for watching aether shows that are not Ministry related.

 

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The Way of the Buffalo and our journalists

by Philippa Ballantine March 30, 2014

Our journalists journey into the north of the country, but not quite as far as Canada. They join Hugh O’Donnell and Pat Toner talking about steampunk, and what they plan to be up to in the coming weeks. (Hopefully not resting on their laurels) Unfortunately Mr Morris reveals a Ministry secret- the origin of The […]

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Tales from the Archives III: Three

by Philippa Ballantine March 25, 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: Why the […]

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The Break of Dawn’s Early Light

by Philippa Ballantine March 25, 2014

You’ve waited for it. We’ve waited for it. Now it is here. Dawn’s Early Light is now out in the wild. You can find it in all your brick and mortar stores, as well as on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Mysterious Galaxy. Here’s what the early reviews have said about it. Dawn’s Early Light […]

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Fan Appreciation – Portraits

by Eliza D Braun March 19, 2014

Catching up with all the lovely readers and listeners as we approach the release day for the third Ministry novel, Dawn’s Early Light, has been heartwarming. The number of people who have told us how excited they are to have new tales of Eliza and Wellington’s adventures inspires us here at the Ministry to keep […]

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Our Journalists Appear on Geekually Yoked

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. March 18, 2014

Our journalists continue their journey to blogs and podcasts far and wide in anticipation for NEXT WEEK’S release of our latest adventure, Dawn’s Early Light. Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine sit down with Rachel and Leeman of Geekually Yoked, billed as the World’s Best Married Christian Geek Podcast. (Quite a moniker, I say!) Hailing from the Canadian […]

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Fan appreciation – Hypersteam

by Philippa Ballantine March 17, 2014

Today we are posting an image made by G A Jack Hammerquist. Our journalists met Mr Hammerquist (Alan Smith) at Octopodicon, prompting us to initiate our search of the archives for this lovely line drawing of a hypersteam train he had sent us some time ago. We are happy to report we located it, and […]

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Win with the Ministry

by Philippa Ballantine March 13, 2014

As we tick away the hours and days towards the release of Dawn’s Early Light, the competition heats up… And that means winnings available to you! Both we here at the Ministry and our allies over at Ace Books, are giving away with reckless abandon. Head on over to Facebook to win with Penguin and […]

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The return of Mr Langton!

by Philippa Ballantine March 12, 2014

We can now confirm with great joy, that Dawn’s Early Light will be getting an audio release through Tantor Media, and that the amazing vocal talents of Mr James Langton will be bringing it to you. After the fine work he did with Phoenix Rising and the Janus Affair, we were holding our breath that […]

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Tales from the Archives, Volume III: Two

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. March 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: Under Oak […]

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Friday Frivolity: Wherein Our Journalists Get Geeky on Technorama

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. March 7, 2014

Continuing their journey across the global ætherweb, our fearless journalists join the fine chaps at Technorama, a Parsec-winning and long-running æthercast of the highest quality and caliber. Sadly, Chuck Tomasi was not present for the interview; but this did not mean Tales from the Archives‘ own Kreg Steppe could not handle the Herculean task of […]

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Our Journalists Appear on the MythWits

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. March 5, 2014

Moving along in their travels across the blogosphere and podosphere, our journalists stop by the MythWits podcast, an æthercast available both in audio and in video that delves into popular culture, convention appearances, and all things of a more “geeky” nature. Pip Balantine finds herself the only lady amongst the group, but in true New […]

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Our Journalists “Get Nutty” on the Nutty Bites Podcast!

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. March 3, 2014

Oh, I say! Should our journalists talk of such intimacies amongst the sexes? Well, who are we to judge here in the Archives? Our honourary agent and delightful hostess “Nutty” Nuchtchas, Tek the Clockwork Doctor, our journalists Tee Morris & Philippa Ballantine, and Heath Fowler, & Angela Fowler, come together to discuss on this æthercast the attractions of […]

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Editors Roundtable from John Mierau’s Serving Worlds

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. February 28, 2014

We are so pleased to introduce John Mierau’s Serving Worlds æthercast here on the Ministry website. Continuing in his series of roundtable discussions, Mister Mierau invited our journalist, Tee Morris, to join other editors of the finest caliber: Ann Vandermeer David Gatewood John Joseph Adams This collection of literary luminaries sat down with Mister Mierau to […]

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Æther Feature – The Artifact Hunters, finding inspiration

by Philippa Ballantine February 27, 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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First Review – Dawn’s Early Light

by Philippa Ballantine February 26, 2014

The waiting is always the hardest. It is now less than a month until the arrival of Book Three of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series. Dawn’s Early Light will be touching down on the 25th of March. We are all on pins and needles here at the Ministry, so when news of a review […]

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Tales from the Archives, Volume III: One

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. February 25, 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. Welcome to our third season […]

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Our Journalists Make New Friends from the North

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. February 19, 2014

How delightful! Our delightful intern, Katherine, has reached out her friends in the chilly wilds of Canada to sit down with our journalists and talk about the Ministry’s upcoming release of Dawn’s Early Light. Tee and Pip also talk about the challenges of writing steampunk a challenge, adventures on the road, and the games they […]

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Tales from the Archives, Volume Three — The Promo

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. February 17, 2014

More exciting stories of adventure, mystery, and derring-do are currently in production; but with a handful of podcasts ready and waiting, the Ministry will begin the third season of the award-winning steampunk anthology, Tales from the Archives, on 25 February 2014. To celebrate the occasion, we offer you this humble promo for your respective æthercasts. (Now […]

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Æther Feature – An Ode to Steampunk

by Philippa Ballantine February 7, 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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Win with Scott

by Philippa Ballantine February 4, 2014

Friend of the Ministry Scott Roche is running a wonderful contest over on his site. It is quite a magnificent bundle of Ministry novels leading up to the arrival of Dawn’s Early Light. We strongly suggest you take advantage of Scott’s magnificent generosity post haste- check out the post here or simply participate directly. a […]

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Aether Feature – AETHERANGELEGENHEITEN

by Philippa Ballantine January 23, 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: A 2013 Hanukkah Special

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. December 25, 2013

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. To launch our third season of […]

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Mistletoe Bloghop

by Philippa Ballantine December 13, 2013

It’s that time again. The time to begin hopping under the Mistletoe. We here at the Ministry have collaborated with some wonderful authors to bring our readers and listeners the chance to win some rather awesome prizes. Go to the main page to enter for the Grand Prize Then begin the hopping to see what […]

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Multi-cultural steampunk anthology Kickstarter

by Philippa Ballantine December 9, 2013

Our author, Pip Ballantine is very proud to be part of this new steampunk anthology being kickstarted. Steampunk World It is easy to find excellent stories of American and British citizens… but we rarely get to see steampunk from the point of view of the rest of the world. With your help, *Steampunk World* will […]

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Bewitching Book Tours Hot Holiday Giveaway

by Philippa Ballantine November 15, 2013

  It’s that time of the year…time to win! Ministry Protocol is one of the fine books you can win in this giveaway hosted by Bewitching Book Tours! Use the rafflecopter below to enter, and check out the books available. 1 Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch or equivalent value Amazon Gift Card 3 Bewitching Prize […]

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Æther Feature — Building an Anatomy of Steampunk—An Insider’s View

by Philippa Ballantine October 31, 2013

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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Octopodicon

by Philippa Ballantine October 30, 2013

So our journalists are soon heading to Oklahoma for the fun and frolics of Octopodicon. They will be signing and selling while there—including paper copies of the Ministry Protocol. Here’s where you can track them down. Friday 2:00pm    Tee & Pip Reading/Book Signing  5:00pm    Mechanics in Steampunk Diesel Machinery, especially steam machinery, is […]

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Ministry Protocol now available

by Philippa Ballantine October 28, 2013

So all the backers have had their books shipped, and so the Ministry can now open up sales of the paper copies to the general public. This is the anthology that was part of the 152% funded Kickstarter we ran, along with Galileo Games back in June and July. It contains stories from such wonderful […]

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Journalist appearance at James River Writers Conference

by Philippa Ballantine October 4, 2013

The James River Writers are a longstanding writers organisation, and also happen to be located in the hometown of our journalist, Tee Morris, Richmond, Virginia. So when the invitation came, both of our journalists were very excited. Richmond is a historic city, set on a lovely river, and the folks there have put together a […]

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The Protocol lands

by Philippa Ballantine September 27, 2013

After a really amazing, and successful Kickstarter campaign, one of the projects funded was the Ministry Protocol: Thrilling Tales from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. This anthology of short stories expand the world of the Ministry beyond the novels alone, and provide glimpses of the larger goings on. With the Kickstarter money we were able […]

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Æther Feature — The League of S.T.E.A.M.

by Philippa Ballantine September 26, 2013

These features as a way for the Ministry to highlight artists, musicians, 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 […]

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Happy Birthday and Happy Delivery Day

by Philippa Ballantine September 21, 2013

Today just happens to be the birthday of HG Wells, one of the grandfathers of steampunk….   and it also happens to be the day we have delivered the aether version of Ministry Protocol. What a wonderful coincidence.   So if you were one of the backers looking for a pdf, epub or mobi version […]

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The Protocol draws close

by Philippa Ballantine September 17, 2013

Things have been happening behind the scenes here at the Ministry. We’ve got the second round of edits of Dawn’s Early Light, and it is looking like another action packed adventure. The anthology Ministry Protocol e-book should be going out to backers, and there after to reviewers, and then to the general public. We can’t […]

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An Unexpected Victory

by Philippa Ballantine September 3, 2013

The Parsecs celebrate the best in speculative fiction podcasting each year, and are presented at DragonCon in Atlanta, GA. Last year our journalists attended the Parsec Awards, and Tales from the Archives won two wonderful trophies for best short story (large cast) and best short story (small cast). They have pride of place on our […]

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Ministry Protocol COVER REVEAL

by Philippa Ballantine August 8, 2013

After a whirlwind Kickstarter, we are finally ready to reveal what we’ve been hanging onto for over a month…the cover of the new anthology set in the world of the Ministry! Here’s the official Ministry release… The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels are a multi-award winning steampunk series, which tells the story of the government […]

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Signed from the Ministry

by Philippa Ballantine July 27, 2013

Our journalists travel far and wide to many conventions, booksignings, and even the odd railway event. Usually they are their own travelling shop, thanks to the aether magic that is the Square. However, the sad truth is that they cannot be in all places all the time, nor can those wanting a signed copy necessarily […]

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A Belated Note of Thanks

by Philippa Ballantine June 29, 2013

Our journalists wanted to pen this thank you two weeks ago, but the editing of Dawn’s Early Light became of prime importance. But fear not, the gears are still moving. So we made our goal in the Kickstarter…and then some. We not only reached our $20,000 mark, but several stretch goals as well. In addition […]

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Sekrit Agents Kittehs – Three

by Philippa Ballantine May 31, 2013

This week Sebastian practices questioning Viola. We’re not entirely sure Viola enjoys the experience. Check out the Kickstarter for the roleplaying game and the anthology here. We’re at 51% funded, and we’ve added new levels and announced our first stretch goal! So please share Sebastian’s progress and his spycraft to help spread the word! Cheers!

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Cover reveal— Dawn’s Early Light

by Philippa Ballantine May 29, 2013

Covers are curious creations. Writers write, and then send their stories into publishing companies. They are the ones that arrange the covers, and it is always a nerve wracking event. When they arrive, authors hold their breath. Ace Books has, as the Americans would say, knocked it out of the park. Eliza, the lighthouse, the […]

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Sekrit Agents Kittehs – Two

by Philippa Ballantine May 22, 2013

This week Viola helps the Ministry Initiative out. Check out the Kickstarter for the roleplaying game here. We’re at 32% funded, and we’ve added new levels so you can find the rewards you want. Coming in the next few days, announcements about stretch goals. We’re excited about this project, but we need your help to […]

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Ministry hopping

by Philippa Ballantine May 22, 2013

This is the week of the bloghop, organised by the delightful PJ Schnyder, in support of the Ministry Initiative. What is that you ask… Galileo Games and Imagine That! Studios have teamed up to bring you an ambitious steampunk project! The Ministry Initiative is a two-part creative endeavor that will not only premiere new fiction […]

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Sekrit Agent Kittehs— One

by Philippa Ballantine May 16, 2013

It’s all hands to the pump here at the Ministry. Everything we have is pouring into the Ministry Initiative, so we can bring some amazing new stories and a roleplaying game into the world. So, we’ve had to cut back on some things—like the budget for new recruits. You may not know this about the […]

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The Ministry Initiative

by Philippa Ballantine May 15, 2013

It has been a long time planning, but it is finally here. In conjunction with Galileo Games, and using the talents of some truly incredible professionals, our Ministry Kickstarter is off and running. In the next month we need to raise $20,000 so that we can launch a brand new anthology and a role-playing game. […]

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Licensed to Thrill— Agent 008 Delilah S Dawson

by Philippa Ballantine May 15, 2013

The Ministry Protocol bring you stories from all over the globe, by some of the finest voices in steampunk, science fiction, fantasy and romance. Delilah S. Dawson is a native of Roswell, Georgia and the author of the paranormal romance Blud series for Pocket, including WICKED AS THEY COME and WICKED AS SHE WANTS and two e-novellas, […]

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Licensed to Thrill— Agent 007 Alex White

by Philippa Ballantine May 14, 2013

May 15th is very near…the clock is ticking The Ministry Protocol bring you stories from all over the globe, by some of the finest voices in steampunk, science fiction, fantasy and romance. Files on the participating agents have now been declassified and we can finally reveal them in this series. Alex White lives in the […]

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