Steampunk Week!

It's STEAMPUNK WEEK at the Literary Underworld!

Our featured title this week is the new addition THOMAS RILEY, a wild steampunk adventure by new LitUnd author Nick Valentino.

Amidst a twenty-year war, weapons designer Thomas Riley is thrust onto the front lines when a risky alchemic experiment goes wrong, embedding a foreign soul into his wily assistant Cynthia Basset. Thomas and Cynthia are forced to join with murderous sky pirates in a deadly race to capture the only man that can undo the botched alchemy: their sworn enemy.

Alexis Hart calls it "fast, furious and full of swashbuckling adventure." Reviews call it a "fantastic journey" and a great place for readers new to steampunk to explore the genre.

Steampunk Week is in honor of the first annual Steamposium convention, here in St. Louis this weekend. This is a nonprofit event, a steampunk gathering that will raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. As many of you may know, a dear friend of mine died last year while waiting for a lung transplant after struggling with cystic fibrosis all her life. Our loss, coupled with the growing interest in steampunk among fandom, inspired the magnificent Alesia Clardy to found the R.O.S.E. Society (Royal Order of Steampunk Enthusiasts) and create Steamposium as a CF fundraiser.

So in honor of our first Steamposium, all steampunk titles are being offered at 10 percent off the usual cover price.

In addition to THOMAS RILEY, Literary Underworld features:

• Sara M. Harvey's astounding CONVENT OF THE PURE, the story of a demon-fighter haunted by the ghost of the lover she failed to save.

• Also from Harvey: the new chapbook ALLEGIANCE TO A DEAD MAN featuring Emperor Norton.

• Angelia Sparrow's HOWL AT THE MISTLETOE, her collection of dark love stories including "Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch," a story of lesbian zombie fighters in a steampunk universe.

• Also from Sparrow: "Cherry Tart," included in the steamy ELLORA'S CAVEMEN: FLAVORS OF ECSTASY III. Follow a disgraced woman traveling to the moon Io in 1896 and falling hard for the outrider Ulysses.

In addition, the Literary Underworld's commission on all titles sold this week will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Please visit the Literary Underworld this week and take advantage of Steampunk Week! No coupon necessary. And know your money is going to a good cause.