The Ghost Rebellion cover spread

by Ministry Admin on 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 even provided artwork for the audio edition.

The proof copy of the print is on its way to us here at headquarters, and next month they will begin winging their way to our Kickstarter backers. Then in June the public will be able to purchase.

Toddle over here to pre-order the ebook if you have not already. 

The Ghost Rebellion print

 

The Ghost Rebellion audiobook

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Steampunk and Vegas

by Ministry Admin on 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.

Is that the Eiffel Tower

 

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 us it was only the art of writing they were passing out.

Tee teaching

In addition they attended the Cirque de Punk, which was a celebration of all things punk: cyber, diesel and steam.

Piper J Drake, Starla Huchton, and Pip Ballantine Piper J Drake, Starla Huchton, and Pip Ballantine

 

 

Tee Morris at the Big Book Fair Tee Morris at the Big Book Fair

Then there was the Big Book Fair, where many readers chatted with them about the Ministry. They also converted a few steam curious and sold out of Phoenix Rising as a consequence.

The huge book fair The huge book fair

RT is one of the biggest romance conventions, and one of the most intense. Our poor journalists are now recovering at home, with their tiki mugs and happy memories. However, they are planning on attending next year, when it will be in Atlanta!

Tee in the window

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Verena and Eliza

by Ministry Admin on 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

Miss Eliza D Braun

The second…well let’s just say character and author have a difficult meeting.

Eliza and Tee

 

If you want to see more of Verena as Eliza, then check out her Facebook page. See more Eliza outfits and situations…even her double fisting beer.

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Author Spotlight – Phil Rossi

by Ministry Admin on 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 out their other work. This week, we bring you one of our first authors from our first season, Phil Rossi.

Phil RossiLike many of our first season authors, Phil is a friend from the podcasting sphere. Tee had an early podcast about craft beers back in 2008. He also shared a publishing house with Tee and Pip.

Phil is a very accomplished writer and musician. His books Eden, and Crescent combine horror with science fiction in such a mind-bending fashion. While Harvey will make you look at small town America in new and twisted ways.

In the Shadows of Calcutta, Phil took the Ministry on its very first trip to India, and brought us a dark, twisty tale.

Phil Rossi is a musician, producer, writer, and voice actor who finds peace only when he is juggling multiple projects across creative disciplines. He fronts the Washington, DC based industrial groove machine, Gravity Lens and also has enjoys a healthy solo artist career, playing acoustic at pubs and vineyards all over the DC metro area. In 2016, he is planning the full launch of After Life Productions offering music production, voice over, and other creative services. In recent years, he has focused on sound design and industrial/electronic music composition and performance techniques. He is planning the release of a Gravity Lens EP in 2016 along with healthy live performance schedule. He also has plans for performing solo acoustic throughout the region in 2016. Notably, in 2003 Phil was nominated by the Washington Area Music Association for Best New Artist.

He has been deeply involved with fiction writing, blogging, and social media since he released his first podcast in 2006. In 2007, Phil released his debut, Amazon best-selling novel Crescent in 2007. Phil has a passion for story-telling matched only by the pleasure he derives from keeping his fans awake at night. Since it’s initial release, Crescent has lured tens of thousands of readers and listeners into a dark, twisted world of nightmares and things that go bump in the night. Phil’s writing has been paralleled to Stephen King, Philip K. Dick, and HP Lovecraft. He has a flair for vivid and often chilling imagery that lends itself to engrossing narratives and an undertone of inescapable, creeping dread. Phil lives in outside of Washington, DC in Virginia. He believes the need for sleep is a myth.

You can find more about Phil at the Phil Ross Experience

 

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Author Spotlight – Starla Huchton

by Ministry Admin on 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 out their other work. This week, we bring you one of our first authors from our first season, who also now happens to design Ministry book covers, Starla Huchton.

Starla HuchtonWe first met Starla through the wonderful world of podcasting. She not only leant her voice to various podcasts we listened to, but also produced her own wonderful work The Dreamer’s Thread.

Over the years Starla has become a good friend to the Ministry, meeting at events and attending the Smoky Mountains Writing Retreat. So it was easy for us to give her the chance to show that one moment in Paris where Eliza D Braun might have fallen into the arms of her first London partner, Harrison Thorne. The result was From Paris with Regret, an adventure with just an edge of melancholy.

A prolific writer in her own right, Starla Huchton has been crafting stories in various genres since 2007. She is a three-time finalist for Parsec Awards for her podcast fiction work, and was the first place winner for Science Fiction & Fantasy in the Sandy competition in 2012. Her work spans science fiction, fantasy, New Adult Romance, Young Adult titles, Steampunk, Contemporary, and various other varieties of stories. She is greedy and likes all the genres!

When not writing, Starla trains three Minions, a black lab, and a military husband whilst designing book covers for independent authors and publishers such as the Ministry of Peculiar Occurences at Designed By Starla but you can find her written work here.

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Author Spotlight: Nathan Lowell

by Ministry Admin March 3, 2016

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

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Cover Reveal- The Ghost Rebellion

by Ministry Admin February 26, 2016

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

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Author Spotlight: K T Bryski

by Ministry Admin February 18, 2016

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

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Book Cover Shoot – an author report

by Ministry Admin February 11, 2016

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

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Steampunk Hands Around The World — My Favourite Thing

by Ministry Admin February 4, 2016

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

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The Ministry and the Pineapple

by Ministry Admin January 28, 2016

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

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Æther Feature — Phantasmagoria

by Ministry Admin January 21, 2016

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

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Tales from the Archives Season Four Ebooks

by Ministry Admin January 14, 2016

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

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Tally Ho! A New Year with the Ministry

by Ministry Admin January 7, 2016

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

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Tales from the Archives IV – Ten

by Ministry Admin December 31, 2015

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

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Tales from the Archives IV- Nine Part Two

by Ministry Admin December 2, 2015

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

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Æther Feature — Absinthe Heroes

by Ministry Admin November 19, 2015

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

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Final week of the Kickstarter and Award News

by Ministry Admin November 13, 2015

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

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Tales from the Archives IV- Nine Part One

by Ministry Admin November 12, 2015

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

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Æther Feature – 6 Inconvenient Realities of Victorian Dress

by Ministry Admin October 22, 2015

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

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Tales from the Archives IV – Eight

by Ministry Admin October 21, 2015

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

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The Ghost Rebellion Kicks off

by Ministry Admin October 17, 2015

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

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Book Five Kickstarter

by Ministry Admin October 14, 2015

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

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More Canadian Steampunk

by Ministry Admin October 1, 2015

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

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The Ministry’s Fifth Book

by Ministry Admin September 24, 2015

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

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Happy Birthday, Verena Vorstaz!

by Ministry Admin September 20, 2015

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

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Tales from the Archives Volume IV — Seven, Pt 2

by Ministry Admin September 16, 2015

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

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Tales from the Archives Volume IV — Seven, Pt 1

by Ministry Admin August 27, 2015

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

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4 Things GSN’s Steampunk’d Got Right

by Ministry Admin August 20, 2015

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

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Aether Feature – Splendid Tea Pot racing

by Ministry Admin July 30, 2015

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

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New Collections

by Ministry Admin July 16, 2015

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

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Tales from the Archives Volume IV — Six

by Ministry Admin July 15, 2015

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

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New ebook shorts

by Ministry Admin July 9, 2015

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

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Æther Feature – Olive

by Ministry Admin July 2, 2015

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

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Tales from the Archives Volume IV — Five

by Ministry Admin June 24, 2015

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

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Tales from the Archives, Volume IV — Four

by Ministry Admin June 10, 2015

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

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Two new ebook Short Stories

by Ministry Admin June 4, 2015

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

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Æther Feature – Steampunk in New Zealand, Part the Second

by Ministry Admin May 21, 2015

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

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Tales from the Archives, Volume IV — Three

by Ministry Admin May 13, 2015

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

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Æther Feature – Smog Riders

by Ministry Admin May 7, 2015

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

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Dawn’s Early Light Winners

by Ministry Admin May 5, 2015

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

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Æther Feature – Steampunk in New Zealand, Part the First

by Ministry Admin April 30, 2015

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

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Tales from the Archives, Volume IV — Two

by Ministry Admin April 29, 2015

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

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Spirit Sanctus – ebook

by Ministry Admin April 24, 2015

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

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Æther Feature – V’s Eliza cosplay

by Ministry Admin 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 […]

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Tales from the Archives, Volume IV — One

by Ministry Admin April 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: Spiritus Sanctus — […]

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Dawn’s Early Light Wins

by Ministry Admin 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?   We were such august company as fellow nominees Delilah […]

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The Diamond Conspiracy is HERE!

by Ministry Admin March 31, 2015

The fourth book (fourth, can you believe it!) is now available, in print, digital and audio. Your can now order from your local bookstore or Amazon – Barnes 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. […]

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Celebrate with the Ministry!

by Ministry Admin 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 Ministry Admin 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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