Review: Ice Demon

Product description:

“Thee, of stars”

A ship of dead with iced men who shatter; The Terror sails into the Port of London during England’s worst winter, bringing insidious ice fog and a hidden killer. Secret Commission agents, Artifice, the artificial ghost, and Jim Dastard, the animated skull, track their murderer to the frozen Thames’ Frost Fair, only for Art to discover a deadlier danger—one involving the women she holds dear. F/F historical fantasy and Gothic mystery set in the steampunk world of the Dark Victorian series.


“Smart. Engaging. The fog creeps off the page.”
– Melanie Karsak, author of the Amazon best-selling steampunk series, The Airship Racing Chronicles

Experience paranormal detective mysteries with a Victorian female sleuth:
A historical fantasy in a mechanical and supernatural London, follow the adventures of an uncanny female sleuth and her senior skull partner set in the same alternate world as Elizabeth Watasin’s Victorian supernatural mystery series, The Elle Black Penny Dreads.

Learn more about this intriguing, steampunk lesbian series:
It is 1880; black arts sorcery had its time to grow in England and to battle the eldritch evils threatening, HRH Prince Albert’s Secret Commission is born. Executed criminals are brought back to life without memories and to fight as agents. Among those resurrected is Artifice, a six foot two tall strongwoman, Quaker, and artificial ghost, guided by her senior partner, Jim Dastard, the animated skull. And she soon discovers–from her encounters with a madwoman journalist, a mysterious woman in black, and a French prostitute–where her heart lies . . .

ICE DEMON is a penny dreadful from storyteller Elizabeth Watasin, who delights in bringing you shilling shockers immersed in Gothic Victorian mystery, women detectives, and the paranormal vestiges of an otherworldly London. Read more in Dark Victorian: Risen, Dark Victorian: Bones, Medusa: A Dark Victorian Penny Dread Vol 2, and Sundark: An Elle Black Penny Dread.

My thoughts:

I love Watasin’s stories! If you haven’t read Elizabeth’s earlier books, you can start with this one without any trouble. Having said that, I would recommend reading Risen and Bones, even-though Ice Demon stands on it’s own.

I love the dark Victorian milieu Elizabeth has created. The characters are richly developed and very unique. The story burns along at a very quick pace and it’s dark vibe oozes off the page. Dark, creepy, funny, this is the sort of book series that a reader can ( and will ) get addicted to …

This series is a must-read for the Gothic Victorian crowd. I enjoyed every little quirky morsel and give Ice Demon 5 stars out of 5.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook free from the Author Elizabeth Watasin. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo Kansas – A Monsanto Puppet

Originally posted on yankee pride:

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It’s Back. And It’s Worse.

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Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) didn’t like the fact that consumer groups renamed his bill to kill state GMO labeling laws the “Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act.” So, in order to appear to be on the side of consumers who want the right to know if their food contains GMOs, Pompeo has reintroduced the bill, [LINK TO COME] with a new plan.

The new-and-improved (but really much worse) DARK Act would still do what it set out to do—strip states of their century-old rights to pass food labeling laws. But the bill now also includes a scheme for a national, uniform standard for labeling products non-GMO—a new program that would be overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Really? Pompeo, a member of the Republican Party which purports to stand for states’ rights and is allegedly anti-big government, wants to create…

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A Natural Way To Clean Your Clothes, WITHOUT Detergents

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According to the University of Washington, your laundry detergent releases banned cancer-causing chemicals that may be affecting the health of you and your family.

On July 23rd, 2008, the University of Washington did a study on leading detergents. What they found is that 99% of laundry detergents released cancer-causing chemicals that are legally hazardous and toxic by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).
Most of them were NOT on the label. These chemicals are so toxic…
  • It is a major ingredient in pesticides. It’s used to kill insects.
  • It is extremely harmful to your body because it imitates the hormone ‘estrogen’
  • When these artificial hormone like chemicals get into your blood stream through your skin, they may start to cause serious damage to your body.
  • The Journal of Pesticide Reform shows strong evidence that these chemicals cause severe damage to heart and muscle function .
PLEASE STOP: Do not do another load of laundry until you watch our video below. If…

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In my mailbox: William Shakespeare’s The Phantom Menace


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Join us, good gentles, for a merry reimagining of Star Wars: Episode 1 as only Shakespeare could have written it. The entire saga starts here, with a thrilling tale featuring a disguised queen, a young hero, and two fearless knights facing a hidden, vengeful enemy.

’Tis a true Shakespearean drama, filled with sword fights, soliloquies, and doomed romance . . . all in glorious iambic pentameter and coupled with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations. Hold on to your midi-chlorians: The play’s the thing, wherein you’ll catch the rise of Anakin!

Book Trailer — The Diamond Conspiracy

Having narrowly escaped the electrifying machinations of Thomas Edison, Books and Braun are looking forward to a relaxing and possibly romantic voyage home. But when Braun’s emergency signal goes off, all thoughts of recreation vanish. Braun’s street-wise team of child informants, the Ministry Seven, is in grave peril, and Books and Braun must return to England immediately.

But when the intrepid agents finally arrive in London, the situation is even more dire than they imagined. The Ministry has been disavowed, and the Department of Imperial Inconveniences has been called in to decommission its agents in a most deadly fashion. The plan reeks of the Maestro’s dastardly scheming. Only, this time, he has a dangerous new ally—a duplicitous doctor whose pernicious poisons have infected the highest levels of society, reaching even the Queen herself…

Steampunk Book Review: Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864)

Originally posted on For Whom the Gear Turns:

It’s time to return again to our regularly scheduled Jules Verne programming. It doesn’t look like I will make my original writing goal for this weekend, but I will hopefully get to 10,000 words by the end of the month, so I will keep posting things after my tribute to Verne is over.

Journey to the Center of the EarthVoyage au centre de la Terre is the third Verne novel I have read, and so far it is my favorite. There are multiple translations and the names of the main characters are different depending on which one you read. I read the version where the narrator is called “Harry Lawson” rather than Axel Lidenbrock. According to Project Gutenberg, this 1871 translation is the one that is most widely circulated, but it is also not as true to the original text as the 1877 version. Apparently what I read was somewhat abridged, but was still about 470…

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