Guest Posting Down Under

I’m jazzed to be able to guest post on the blog of awesome author and pal Australian Mark T. Barnes where I talk about why I chose the steampunk genre for my novel series, what the heck steampunk actually is and how the series got published. And other stuff too. Click on image to follow the link to Mark’s Blog.



Romulus Buckle Last Day Cheap Kindle Sale

Hi to anyone out there,

Well. I have been neglecting the blog for the past couple of months, more out of needing writing time than anything else, but the fall will be busy here. I wanted to remind any visitors that this is the last day (through August 20th) to get both of my Romulus Buckle books, City of the Founders and Engines of War, for $1.99 on the Amazon Select Sci-Fi & Fantasy Monthly Kindle Books Deal.

RomBuck Reader 2

RomBuck Reader 2

Australian Sale: “Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders”

As a part of my continuing attempted conquest of the Commonwealth, Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders is now part of the Kindle End of Year Fiscal Sale on Amazon Australia (06/24-06/30), running simultaneously the UK sale in the last week of June (see UK post below). Hullo, readers down under!

City of the Founders Cover

Melissa F. Olson’s “Boundary Crossed” Release Day & Giveaways!

Today is the Release Day for Melissa F. Olson’s Boundary Crossed (Boundary Magic Book 1) which is already selling like a hotcake in the supernatural castles on Amazon. I’ve read some of Melissa’s work and she is a spot-on-instinctive, witty writer and one heck of a gal to boot. Take the time to meet her briefly here below, learn about her book and enter her contests to win some exceptionally cool swag which includes Melissa’s book/stuff and also book/stuff from authors Amber Lynn Natusch and Denise Grover Swank.

Boundary-Crossed-Cover-200x300Melissa: Thank you so much to Richard for being part of this multi-webpage blog blast. If you’ve already heard of me and my books, you can scroll down to go straight to the contest entry. Otherwise, please let me introduce myself.

My name is Melissa F. Olson, and I mostly write urban fantasy novels, which are stories about the intersection of two worlds: the real one that we live in and a world that involves something supernatural: fairies, vampires, werewolves, mutant killer hedgehogs, or all of the above. My new novel Boundary Crossed is about a young woman, Lex, trying to protect her baby niece from bad guys who have discovered that the baby has serious value on the supernatural black market. Lex is determined to keep her safe, but unfortunately she dies at the end of the first chapter.

No, seriously. She dies. But then she gets better, because it turns out that there’s more to Lex than she ever knew. She needs to figure out why she’s still alive and what the bad guys want with her niece, and she’s going to need a lot of help to do it.

The book has been available all month as a Kindle First deal on Amazon, but it comes out in paperback and audiobook for the first time today. To celebrate this release, I’m giving away signed books, a $20 Amazon gift card, and some killer swag. (That’s a metaphor; the swag will not hurt you.) To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter button below, and enter up to four times for the four prizes. Thanks for reading!


Melissa SwagYou can also read the FIRST CHAPTER of Boundary Crossed.

Melissa Olson was born and raised in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and studied film and literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After graduation, and a brief stint bouncing around the Hollywood studio system, Melissa landed in Madison, WI, where she eventually acquired a master’s degree from UW-Milwaukee, a husband, a mortgage, a teaching gig, two kids, and two comically oversized dogs, not at all in that order. She loves Madison, but still dreams of the food in LA. Literally. There are dreams. Learn more about Melissa, her work, and her dog at

Some early raves for Boundary Crossed:

“A bold new heroine makes her action-packed debut in this exciting new paranormal series. A fun, fast, and furious read!”          
–Jack Horn, author of the Witching Savannah series

“Fun and interesting characters, a brilliant new heroine, and a plot that will have you gripped until the very end. The start of an excellent series.”  
–Steve McHugh, author of the Hellequin Chronicles