For Immediate Release:
The Countdown to Steampunk D-day (that’s DUCK DAY!)
Coal City Stories proudly announces the launch date for its first publication Her Majesty’s Explorer: a Steampunk bedtime story on February 28th, 2012.
The countdown begins February 1st, 2012, for the launch of the world’s first Steampunk children’s picture book –Her Majesty’s Explorer: a Steampunk bedtime story. HME’s publisher – Coal City Stories – promises insights, giveaways, sneak peeks and videos each day at the book’s Facebook page, and encourages readers to mark their calendars! http://www.facebook.com/events/347525985265865/
Author Emilie P. Bush, says the race is on to get the word out that is gentle tale, geared to children aged 3-7, is chockablock full of activity for steam parents and their little adventurers. “The story of St.John Murphy Alexander, our hero, has many levels. Parents will enjoy reading it to their kids, and the kids will have a great time combing through William Kevin Petty’s detailed illustrations on their own, looking for the seek and find images.”
HME began as a long distance labor of love for Bush and Petty. “Kev contacted me from his duty station in Kuwait and showed me some images. I fell in love with his automatons, and the story of St.John Murphy Alexander was born,” Bush says. “Kevin started drawing in his free time, but suddenly found himself deployed to Iraq. Conditions were not great, but the drawings he sent back were delightful. It amazes me how he was able to pull such joy out of a miserable warzone. It’s a testament to his talent and focus.” Petty’s deployments helped to inspire many of the unusual animals in his fanciful drawings: Zebra-camels, long tailed rabbits, cave lizards and a clockwork frog.
The book, to be released on February 28th (exclusively through Amazon.com and at a deeply discounted price on the launch date), features an automaton explorer who loves his work, even though it makes him very tired and dirty. As a bonus, an additional bonus tale “Three Cheers for Steamduck” is included in the full color book.
“It’s something totally new,” Bush says. “In the vast body of Steampunk literature, picture books have been totally left out. Her Majesty’s Explorer not only fills that void, it overflows it with joy and wonder. Kevin and I are really pleased to have had the opportunity to work on this project.”
About the Author: Journalist and writer Emilie P. Bush has written two novels. Her first, Chenda and the Airship Brofman, was a “ripping good yarn!” and the tale was a 2010 Semi-finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The Gospel According to Verdu picks up the epic tale where Chenda left off – high in the skies. Emilie P. Bush lives, laughs and writes with her family in Atlanta.
About the Illustrator: William Kevin Petty is the founder of Allied Aethernautics, LTD., a Steampunk illustration company and specializes in exceptionally detailed pencil sketches and acrylic paintings. His work has appeared in Steampunk Magazine and across the web. Capt. Petty, when he is not deployed with the U.S. Army, lives and draws in central Louisiana.