Saturday, June 23, 2012

Affiliated to Seventh Star Press: New Young Adult Steampunk Series with the Addition of J.L. Mulvihill to its SSP Author Family

The Steampunk out there, huh? Ever growing and ever liked by book lovers. Seventh Star Press recently on their website revealed on June 8, 2012 that J.L. Mulvihill would be one of the authors to join the Seventh Star Press family.


Seventh Star Press had this to say:
Seventh Star Press proudly announces the addition of J.L. Mulvihill to its author family with Steel Roots, an exciting new young adult steampunk series set in an alternate history with a dash of folklore.  The first title, The Box Car Baby, is slated for release in the 2nd quarter of 2013, with new titles following at the beginning of 2014 and 2015. Readers can look forward to meeting a host of enthralling, distinctive characters within a richly-developed landscape woven by the imagination of J.L. Mulvihill.

The Box Car Baby by J.L. Mulvihill

 
(Steel Roots illustration by Rachael Ward)
The Box Car Baby introduces the character of AB'Gale Steel who was born in a boxcar on a train bound for Georgia, according to what her papa told her.  Bishop Steel, a mechanical engineer for the Southern Railroad, found his adopted daughter snuggled in a basket of cotton on an otherwise empty boxcar in the train yard.  When no one came around to claim the baby, Bishop Steel, rather than relinquish the child to the State only to end up at the Workhouse someday, smuggled her home to raise as his own. The name on the boxcar he found her in read, A B Gale Logs, and so he named the baby AB'Gale.


But if the mystery of who her real parents are isn’t enough for fifteen-year -old AB'Gale, Papa Bishop goes missing. Worried for her family and afraid of having to spend her life at the Workhouse, AB'Gale goes into town to see if anyone’s seen her papa, only to find a deeper mystery.  At the train station no one seems to know who her papa is even though he’s worked for the Southern Railroad for thirty years.


An encounter with a strange Hobo-man, who claims to know her father, results in the acquisition of a leather eye-glass tube that he says belongs to her papa. Before AB'Gale can question him further the man runs away.  When she gets home, she finds the Crushers taking her grandma off to the Oldies-home, so she hides until they are gone.

AB'Gale finds that the leather tube contains a map of the United States, with markers made by various towns across the country.  By each marker is a word or a name written in her papa’s handwriting.


Alone, and with only the clues of the map to go by, AB'Gale has no choice but to set out on her own to find her papa.  


J.L. Mulvihil had this to say:


"Seventh Star Press has a very vivacious group of people with an incredible amount of awesome novels and stories pouring out," J.L. commented on her addition to Seventh Star Press.  "I just thought that SSP might need a little more Teen-Steam, so I am very pleased they have asked me to come on board with my young adult steampunk series, Steel Roots."




Seventh Star Press
Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher located in Lexington, KY.  They specialize in speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, and horror).  The company  was established in October of 2008.
URL: www.seventhstarpress.com

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