The Adventures of Jeremiah Willstone is Open for Business!

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Hail, fellow adventurers! Welcome to the Adventures of Jeremiah Willstone, the website chronicling the stories of a time-traveling female soldier from the world next door, Victoriana! Here you’ll find news about her adventures in print and in audio, kicking off with her first full-length adventure, Jeremiah Willstone and the Clockwork Time Machine, available February 23rd, 2017 on Amazon – or, ask for it wherever fine books are sold! Jeremiah also appears in more than half a dozen stories scattered across nearly that many anthologies, so please feel free to look around the site, find out more about her, and pick up something to read!

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Jeremiah’s adventures are brought to you by Anthony Francis, AKA the Centaur

The Sorting of the Secret Post

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Currently available only as a SnapBook, Jeremiah Willstone and the Sorting of the Secret Post is a direct prequel to Jeremiah Willstone and the Clockwork Time Machine! Here’s a sneak peek at what you’ll find within:

On the dark, misty streets of Providence, the night dispatcher of the Secret Post at first thought he’d found an obsolete computer—her worn crinoline dress frayed to the point of tatters, her ill-fitting corset losing its ribbing, her aging vacuum-tube crown cracked and battered.

But as she staggered closer, her disheveled hair, her addled gaze—and the basket of illicit coca puffs crooked in her elbow—told the night dispatcher he’d found the perfect thing to warm his cold watch on the dockyards: a tube junkie desperate for her next fix.

Her next words did not disappoint: “Sweet treats to keep ya on your feet,” she cried, hefting her basket demonstratively as she approached the loading dock, her gaze flickering over the dispatcher and his two guards, her shifty eyes hungry for returned interest. “Sweet treats—”

“Well, aren’t you a sweet treat yourself,” said the younger guard, leaning in to look.

“Shove off, tubie,” snapped the elder guard, barring her way. “What are you after—”

“Oh, help us get a spark, love,” she said. “A girl just wants an honest livin’—oi!”

Pushing between the guards, the dispatcher darted a hand into the basket and popped a puff in his mouth. The fizz on his tongue quickly spread through his body—but the puffs were weak. “Oi yourself. Shillin’ puffs? You’ll never scratch together a spark sellin’ this lot.”

“A girl does what she has to,” she said, leaning towards him—smelling of faded perfume, not grime. Her hair was greying, but a few gleaming copper threads still poked out of the thick mass, and the face beneath it, while dirty, was not too lined—pretty, for a worn street beggar.

“Does she? We’ll buy the lot,” he said, lifting her basket out of her arms. Not hearing him at first, her hands went after the basket, her eyes going wild—then her face turned crafty when he said, “And no worries, love, I’ll see you get a full charge. Search her.”

The computer laughed as the older guard took her arm, wobbling unsteadily on her feet as the younger swept a coil-wand over her. It zzowed as it swept over her corset and crown, but other than that, the most metal she had on her body were her copper bracelets.

“Well, now,” she said, looking at the wand. “That’d get a girl’s attention—”

“You’re a feisty tart,” the younger guard said, popping a puff. “She’s clean.”

“I wouldn’t say that,” the older guard said, looking disgusted—but also popping a puff.

“Just keep your eyes out for the Expeditionaries—we’ve paid off the watch,” the dispatcher snapped, taking the computer’s arm and steering her inside. “No excuse for falling asleep on the job, not with that fizz in you. You need more, come in and get some.”

The guards laughed. The laughter continued inside the Secret Post’s warehouse, even when the dispatcher gave the basket of fizzy stimulants to the men guarding the pyramid of wooden crates. “Stay sharp! The delivery gets loaded five minutes after the boat arrives!”

To read more, visit Anthony at conventions, or ask for it from Thinking Ink Press!

Doorways to Extra Time

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Wondering how the Clockwork Time Machine came to be? Get tantalizing clues in “The Doorway to Extra Time”, a Jeremiah Willstone universe story featuring Jeremiah’s more scientifically-minded cousin, Doctor Jackson Truthsayer!

Buy Doorways to Extra Time on Amazon or ask for it wherever fine books are sold!

“In our busy world of meetings and microwaves, car radios and cellphones, people always wish they could get an extra hour in the day. But what if they could? Doorways to Extra Time is an anthology that explores ways to get extra time (be it an hour, a day, or a decade) and the impact it would have–whether upon a single life, a family or an entire world.

Featuring stories by: Erica Cameron, Martin Feekins, Anthony Francis, L.M. Graham, R.E. Gofstein, Melina Gunnett, Walter H. Hunt, Betsy Miller, Susan Mittmann, Brenda Moguez, Jenny Moore, Ira Nayman, Errick A. Nunnally, Jody Lynn Nye, Kate Saturday, Gayle Schultz, Rich Storrs, Keshia Swaim, Aimee Weinstein and Trisha J. Wooldridge.”

UnCONventional

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Jeremiah Willstone’s very first published appearance was in “Steampunk Fairy Chick” in UnCONventional: Twenty-Two Tales of Paranormal Gatherings under the Guise of Conventions. There’s no other way to put this, folks: “Steampunk Fairy Chick” has MASSIVE spoilers for The Clockwork Time Machine, so be advised!

Buy UnCONventional on Amazon or ask for it wherever fine books are sold!

“The con’s not the real reason we’re here–that’s just the cover story. Alien ascensions in hotel ballrooms. Mermaids on cruise ships.Werewolves in dog shows. Steampunk fairy time travelers. A teenage superhero hitching a ride with a supervillain. Comic books that absorb their readers. Magical filk… and much more.

With stories by: LJ Berger, Vikki Ciaffone, Daniel Cohen, Gordon Dupuis, Anthony G. Francis, Jr., Justine Graykin, Randy O. Green, Melina Gunnett, Kate Kaynak, Danielle M. LeFevre, Kimberley Long-Ewing, Lauren Marrero, Will Morton, Linda Murphy, Ira Nayman, KT Pinto, Jennifer Allis Provost, Patricia Puckett, Keshia Swaim, Sherry Thompson, Pamela van Hylckama Vlieg, and Trisha Wooldridge.

This con’s about to get weird… okay, weirder.”

Thirty Days Later

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Liberation Academy Cadet Jeremiah Willstone returns in “The Fall of the Falcon” and “The Rise of the Dragonfly” in the second exciting anthology in the “Later” series, Thirty Days Later, Steaming Forward: Thirty Adventures in Time! As before, the second story has spoilers for The Clockwork Time Machine, so be warned if things get a little timey wimey Thirty Days Later!

Buy Thirty Days Later on Amazon or ask for it wherever fine books are sold!

Bringing you steam, noir, revolution, and a Sasquatch, the creators Twelve Hours Later are back with a vengeance, and a lot can happen in thirty days!

  • Revenge and greed threaten to tear apart lovers and families
  • Dragons wreak havoc and Sasquatches dabble in politics
  • Revolution is in the air, and in the streets
  • A cursed netsuke threatens to take the life of a young girl

Featuring Hugo Award winning author and master of alternative history, Harry Turtledove, Thirty Days Later will have you on the edge of your seat and ripping through pages, racing to find out what happens next.

“The creators of Twelve Hours Later continue to promote literacy one sensational story at a time by donating a portion of their proceeds to literary charities, but no boring works with fluffy kittens here. Not a one! Where else can you find spycraft and sea serpents, cloud cities and ghosts, romance, witty banter, and worlds of wonder in one place? These are stories to relish and read under the covers into the wee hours of the morning. They’ve done it again-Full marks!” Penelope Dreadfulle, Literary Reviewer for the Blackfriars Courant.

Do you dare open the cover and lose yourself in time? The Clock is Ticking…

Twelve Hours Later

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The very first chronological appearance of Jeremiah Willstone is as a Liberation Academy cadet in the “The Hour of the Wolf” in the exciting steampunk anthologyTwelve Hours Later: 24 Tales of Myth and Mystery! She also appears in a second story in the anthology, “The Time of Ghosts,” but be warned, it has spoilers for The Clockwork Time Machine, and as for whether it’s her second appearance … well, that would be telling.

Buy Twelve Hours Later on Amazon or ask wherever fine books are sold!

Containing intrigue, dirigibles, and the occasional forest demon, Twelve Hours Later spans one whole day, each story taking place in a single hour, and each hour a whirlwind of steam, legends, and spycraft. Twelve Hours Later will thrill you with round-the-clock and round-the-world action and adventure, weaving lore from ancient Egypt, Greece, Japan, and more into a whole new steampunk tapestry. All proceeds of the anthology go to the San Jose Library System, so as you indulge your literary senses, you’re also helping to promote literacy, one sensational story at a time. The Treehouse Writers, fifteen talented authors, artists and poets, have come together in this must read anthology of myths, legends, and lore – with a Steampunk flair.

The Clockwork Time Machine

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The first novel in the Jeremiah Willstone universe, Jeremiah Willstone and the Clockwork Time Machine is a sprawling tale of brass buttons, ray guns, and two-fisted adventure!

Buy Jeremiah Willstone and the Clockwork Time Machine here:

Or ask for it wherever fine books are sold!

In an alternate empire filled with mechanical men, women scientists and fantastic contraptions powered by steam, a high ranking officer in the Victoriana Defense League betrays his country when he steals an airship and awakens an alien weapon that will soon hatch into a walking factory of death.

Commander Jeremiah Willstone and her team must race through time in a desperate bid to stop the traitor’s plan to use the alien weapon to overthrow the world’s social order. With time running out, Jeremiah may have to sacrifice everything she is to save everyone she loves.

Cover Reveal: JEREMIAH WILLSTONE AND THE CLOCKWORK TIME MACHINE!

At long last, here it is: the cover of JEREMIAH WILLSTONE AND THE CLOCKWORK TIME MACHINE!

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We’ll be picking the actual release date in the next few days. For now, here’s a sneak peek at the back cover blurb:

From an Epic Award winning author comes a sprawling tale of brass buttons, ray guns, and two-fisted adventure!

In an alternate empire filled with mechanical men, women scientists and fantastic contraptions powered by steam, a high ranking officer in the Victoriana Defense League betrays his country when he steals an airship and awakens an alien weapon that will soon hatch into a walking factory of death.

Commander Jeremiah Willstone and her team must race through time in a desperate bid to stop the traitor’s plan to use the alien weapon to overthrow the world’s social order. With time running out, Jeremiah may have to sacrifice everything she is to save everyone she loves.

“Addictive, sassy, sexy, funny, intense, brilliant.” -Bitten By Books, on Frost Moon

Epic Award winner Anthony Francis writes the Dakota Frost, Skindancer series and Jeremiah Willstone series while working on robots for “the Search Engine Which Starts with a ‘G’.”

Prevail, Victoriana!

-the Centaur

Forthcoming Audio

Jeremiah’s not appeared in audio adventures to date, but stay tuned: her first story out of Academy, “A Choir of Demons”, is being adapted for audio in partnership with the creative minds behind the Harry Strange radio dramas and the Atlanta Radio Theater Company. We’re still working out the details, so stay tuned as news on this project develops!