When you become a writer and make lots of friends who are also writers, you tend to have a lot of books that get you excited, so I figure I might as well celebrate them. The Diamond Conspiracy, the fourth book in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series, provides a perfect reason for this. For anyone who isn’t familiar with Steampunk, which often blends Victorian aesthetics with steam-powered tech, this series by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris provides a great introduction to the genre.
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…
I get an extra reason to celebrate The Diamond Conspiracy‘s release, because Tee drafted me to help with its book trailer. On one of the coldest nights of the year in Richmond (seriously, it got down about 19 degrees!), Tee dragged and directed me, P.J. Schnyder and Matt Ord in this fun video teasing the new book. P.J. and Matt did the heavy lifting where the acting was concerned. Me? I got to stand around and look evil… which probably wasn’t much of an acting stretch, but still a lot of fun.
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Last year, I was also lucky enough to add my own adventure to Pip and Tee’s Steampunk universe with my short story Bitter Pill. So after you get their new book, you can also check out my story that takes Steampunk to Hong Kong.
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