Secrets

The Steamship Chronicles

Book 1
TTO Publishing

The Steamship Chronicles begins with Samantha Crill's attempt to reach the Continent where her ability to read the hearts and minds of machinery does not mean hiding from the law or a life sentence in an asylum. With the machines she encounters on the way crying out for transformations only she can perform, though, the careful plans quickly fall apart.

Nathaniel Bowden has his eyes set on captaining a steamship of his own, a distant horizon with the crew suspicious of his noble background and his position as cabin boy. He's willing and eager to win their approval through hard work while learning every aspect of the ship. Only the ship's engineer holds fast against his charms, denying him access to the mysterious chamber that holds their ailing steam engine.

When the engine draws Sam to it under the guise of a safe hiding spot, Nat's life becomes a lot more complicated while Sam must figure out how to survive without being seen or giving in to the engine's demands.

In an alternate Victorian Era where Naturals like Sam can harness the power of aether to transform conscious machinery, dangers surround the fugitive Natural and lowly cabin boy. Only honor and friendship can see them through.

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About the author

A storyteller for as long as she can remember, Margaret McGaffey Fisk explores the barriers between cultures, economic classes, and social standing regardless of genre. Her short works have been published in numerous science fiction and fantasy anthologies, and her published novels fall into the steampunk, science fiction, and romance genres.

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Publisher
TTO Publishing
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Published on
Jul 10, 2014
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Pages
244
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ISBN
9781631390043
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Science Fiction / Steampunk
Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / General
Juvenile Fiction / Science Fiction
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Content Protection
This content is DRM free.
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Available on Android devices
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Eligible for Family Library

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A Steampunk Alternate History set in the Victorian Era with sentient machines only a select few can hear, and for that they're considered monsters.

To protect his family, Henry will change the law itself.

The Natural laws declare anyone with the knack to transform machinery an inhuman criminal regardless of their actions. Henry has railed against this Act of Parliament in private, but finally he has the chance to fight back.

Lily’s health has suffered under the constant strain of sheltering a fugitive Natural, and an untimely word would have condemned every person on the estate. Henry had hoped sending his wife’s sister to safety on the Continent would bring relief from the threat that has been hanging over the manor and ease his wife’s suffering. Instead, disaster struck. Sam is missing with no word beyond vague rumors, and Lily grows ever worse.

If Henry can overturn the law that brands all Naturals as monsters and condemns those who help them, he’ll be able to search for Sam openly. He will bring her home and make their family whole again, drawing Lily out of her decline.

He has only to sway his peers in Parliament, a daunting task when his moral appeal fails. Nor does fate keep its hands out of the striving, choosing to send more complications the way of Lily and the manor in his absence.

His wife is dying and her sister is lost. Who better than Henry to take on all of England in their cause?


This is the fourth book in The Steamship Chronicles.

Suggestion: While the first and second volumes of The Steamship Chronicles can be read in either order, reading Book 1, Secrets, which is free in eBook, will allow you to see firsthand what drives both Henry and Lily.

Pick up your copy of Life and Law, and join Henry as he attempts to right a great wrong and win freedom for all Naturals in England.

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