I’ve signed a contract with Taliesin Publishing to publish my YA post-apocalyptic steampunk novel A Flight of Thieves, Book One of the Sky Ships series.
I’m especially excited about this sale because it’s the first in my new career direction as a dedicated YA author. My existing titles will still be available, but from now on I intend to write only for teens because it’s the best fun I’ve had in years and it’s put the zing back into my work.
Here’s my (unofficial and unedited) blurb for A Flight of Thieves:
In a world of isolated island communities, a thousand years after Earth’s apocalyptic flood, Princess Victoria and her robot mentor King Henry recruit a ragtag band of airship adventurers to help her fight the military traitors who intend to murder her family and enslave the kingdom.
Victoria has spent all her sixteen years in a secluded palace on Ben Nevis Island under the protection of King Henry, who is one of the three original robots programmed by the ancestors to rule the flooded planet Earth. She’s safe there, but her family and their intelligent clockwork servants treat her like the tomboy child she used to be—and sometimes still is. She yearns to fly away on one of the great iron airships, to see the world and become the person she’s meant to be.
But the world is a dangerous place. Air pirates prowl trade routes and slaver fleets cross the oceans to raid unprotected islands. The Royal Navy is building up to a war footing under its own steam and Henry’s old friend the Lord of Ireland is accused of giving safe harbour to pirates. Suspecting his advisors have deliberately isolated him, Henry asks Victoria to board the Royal Airship Elizabeth with him disguised as her robot footman and fly over the sea to meet the Lord of Ireland. Victoria jumps at the chance for an adventure and they take to the skies together.
Very happy David!