Christmas with Sophia

by Eliza D Braun on January 8, 2015

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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 reason.

A Christmas to Die For

by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris.

Even an assassin must go home for Christmas.

Sophia del Morte, skilled spy-for-hire, now faces the most formidable of opponents: family. It is the closing of the year, after all; and the lethal Italian beauty returns to her home village for wine, food, and memories.

As this is the del Morte family, Sophia tries to brace herself for awkward talk at the dinner table, and perhaps a touch of intrigue.

Then look forward to Season Four of Tales from the Archives starting next month!

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A New Year’s Gift for our readers

by Eliza D Braun on 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 in chronological order.

Download the Reading Guide

We certainly were boggled that it is so long!

Eliza reads the guide

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Into the Future!

by Eliza D Braun on 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.

And we have 2015 ahead.

If you are planning your year, then here is where you can find them. And we look forward to getting the fourth book of the Ministry out to you in March.

Thank you for being part of this wonderful year, and we hope you will join us in 2015.

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Tales from the Archives: A 2014 Christmas Special

by Eliza D Braun on December 25, 2014

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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 quite undo their minds.

We began our third season with a special holiday story, and end the season with another, this one a classified dossier concerning one of the Ministry’s most cunning and deadliest of enemies…

In this episode:

A Christmas to Die for

Written by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris
Narrated by Pip Ballantine (featuring guest vocals from Tee Morris)

sophia_del_morteEven an assassin must go home for Christmas.

Sophia del Morte, skilled spy-for-hire, now faces the most formidable of opponents: family. It is the closing of the year, after all; and the lethal Italian beauty returns to her home village for wine, food, and memories.

As this is the del Morte family, Sophia tries to brace herself for awkward talk at the dinner table, and perhaps a touch of intrigue.

Anything to make her Nonna happy…

 

And coming in February 2015…

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New ebook short stories

by Eliza D Braun on 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 available direct from us, and in the next few days will be popping up on Amazon, Nook, Kobo, and Smashwords.

Clockwork Portal

When demon hunter, sorceress and samurai, Raisa falls into a strange, odd version of Victorian England, she finds herself in the domain of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. Just being built, and with a demon already amok in the archives, Raisa finds herself with odd allies indeed.

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Venture back to the beginnings of the Ministry, where a young man named Rowan Clayworth finds himself trapped between love and an eldritch danger. Director Culpepper Source may yet help him find reason in a world full of peculiar occurrences like the ones he is facing.

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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 Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. 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 Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. 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 Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. 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 Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. 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 Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. 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 Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. 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 Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. 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 Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. 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 Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. 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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Our journalists visit Seattle…with

by Eliza D Braun April 14, 2014

  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 Eliza D Braun April 10, 2014

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 […]

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Tales from the Archives, Volume III: Four

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. April 8, 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: Wooden Go to […]

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Our journalists get all mythy and witty

by Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 […]

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The Way of the Buffalo and our journalists

by Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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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