My latest novel, Red Wheels Turning, is now starting to take its final form. It's quite close to our timeline, though it falls into the same universe as my previous alternate history novel, Beneath Gray Skies.
It's a prequel in that it's in the same universe as Beneath Gray Skies, and uses the same characters, but it does have some rather fantastic steampunk elements in it, which actually come from real life. The first of these is the Netopyr, an amazing tank designed in Russia in 1915, with 9m (nearly 30ft for the metrically challenged) tall wheels!
This wonderful piece of machinery forms the steampunk centerpiece to Red Wheels Turning, along with the Zaamurets – a self-propelled armored train (another real-life piece of Imperial Russian steampunk).
Here's my proposed cover (2 of them, actually):
I'm not sure that I will be able to get permission to use the rendered image as it is (the artist is in Moscow, and the image was produced nearly 10 years ago, I have discovered), so I may have to use a derivative image.
Anyway, I have just printed out the 64,000 words of the novel for the second time, in order to proof and revise once again. After this, I am going to be searching for nice comments and reviews to add to the rear cover, Amazon pages and blurbs and the like.
I am therefore very happy to let any S.W.A.G. members have a copy of the manuscript (bearing in mind that it is a draft, and the book may change a little between this and the final version) as long as:
As I say, it's a prequel to another book, but you don't have to have read Beneath Gray Skies to enjoy this one. It also acts as a prequel to another longer book, which again will feature elements of steampunk and will delve much more into the alternative history side of things than Red Wheels Turning. This book has been planned and started.
So, please contact me via S.W.A.G. if you would like to read what I've written, and, if I like your comments, see your name in my book ("A wonderful read": Freda Jones, author of Steampunk Delights).