The Brass Screw Confederacy is an online virtual streaming festival for 2020

The Ineluctable, Ultra-Telegraphic Virtual Brass Screw steampunk festival is streaming online to you Saturday June 13th from 10am to 11pm.

Bands, burlesque, presenters, fashion show, Bodgers Grande Exhibition, vendors, airship gaming and shenanigans galore! With special performances by Nathaniel Johnstone Band and a special message from Professor Elemental. Featuring the lovely Lacy Knickers and her virtual Burlesque show exuding vintage class and naughty sass.

And the best part…The Brass Screw Confederacy in Port Townsend, WA, is giving you the Virtual Screw online steampunk festival for FREE (burlesque show excluded).

Get the details at .

Published in: on May 24, 2020 at 3:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

New Book – Death of a Bounty Hunter by Jay Sherer and Nathan Scheck

Hey readers, this is kind of a cool offer this week while we are isolating at home.Set your reminders for Friday, 05/01/2020.

A small press—the publishers behind the Amazon Top Selling time travel novel, Timeslingers—is partnering with me to offer you a complimentary copy of their brand new supernatural steampunk western, Death of a Bounty Hunter.

All they’re asking for in exchange for a complimentary copy of the novel is an Amazon review. No obligation, but that’s what they’re hoping you would do after reading it.

I’ve included their description down below, and here’s the link to submit your email to receive a link to the book:


(NOTE: In order to get the Kindle edition for free, you’ll need to download it on Friday, 05/01/2020. Every other day it’ll be discounted heavily at $0.99. Just FYI.)



Death of a Bounty Hunter – A Supernatural Steampunk Western

“I’m in this story, but it’s not about me. It’s about a bounty hunter who comes face-to-face with something we all do: guilt and shame, and the desire to run from them. Not because we’re cowards, but because sometimes we just can’t stomach ourselves. The Gatling guns, the Occult, the paranormal, and even the demon spawn—all those things are just along for the ride.”

  • Mockingbird-Preacher-Witch (Like I said, I’m in the story. Just read it. It’s free.)


From the authors of the Amazon Top Selling time travel novel Timeslingers comes, Death of a Bounty Hunter. Blending paranormal, steampunk, and western genres, Death of a Bounty Hunter creates something altogether different.


From the Authors:

As Pinkerton Agent Geraldine Abernathy might say, “We live in strange times.” And due to the stay-at-home orders that most of us still face, Nathan and I felt like it was time to give you something to show that we’re all in this together.

That’s why we chose to release Death of a Bounty Hunter early and at a steep discount (and if you download it on 04/17/2020, free!).

We hope you love it. If you do, we would appreciate it if you’d consider doing the following (all optional—the choice is yours—but both are incredibly helpful to us):


That’s it! Stay at home, read Death of a Bounty Hunter, and hang in there! We’ll all get through this together!


Jay Sherer and Nathan Scheck

Published in: on April 26, 2020 at 2:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Press Release – Action-packed debut YA steampunk murder mystery re-imagines 1893 Toronto


“A nimble, inventive steampunk romp — complete with clockwork cats, daring escapes, beguiling romance and shadowy mysteries — that you’ll rip through in one sitting and beg for the next.”

-Matthew Bright, author of THE LIBRARY OF LOST THINGS


“I lost track of the boxes this novel checked for me. Alternate reality? Set at the turn of the 19th century? During a World’s Fair? With a murder mystery; clockwork monsters; a wonderfully genuine and familiar family dynamic; and romance? Pair all that with beautiful and evocative writing, and you’ve got a stunning debut.”

-KD Edwards, author of the THE LAST SUN and THE HANGED MAN.


TORONTO, ONTARIO, May 4 – An action-packed tale of wondrous technologies, homicidal automatons, airship chases and pistol-wielding women’s dress reformists, this debut by young Canadian science fiction author MJ Lyons, MURDER AT THE WORLD’S FAIR (Renaissance, June 8, 2019), is sure to capture the imaginations of a new generation of readers while reinventing the past.


The year is 1893 and airships cloud the skies over the bustling metropolis of Toronto, the Dominion of Canada’s crown jewel. The city is set to host the “New World Exhibition” thanks in no small part to the work of two fantastical inventors. On the day of the grand opening, young Norwood Quigley, scion of a world-famous airship magnate, stumbles onto the scene of a murder; the victim: a Prussian Ambassador; the perpetrator: a Chinese assassin, or so the powers-that-be say. Concerned by the would-be assassin’s claim of innocence and his assumed guilt by higher powers, Norwood is thrown into a grand intrigue that hinges on Toronto’s world fair.


MURDER AT THE WORLD’S FAIR soars into Canada’s summer reads just in time for the Pride season. Chock-full of LGBTQ characters and diverse themes this inventive debut examines Canada’s historical relationship to colonization and imperialism, all through the lens of a page-turning, steam-powered, clockwork contraption.


About the Author:

MJ LYONS is a writer, game maker and bookstore professional. He manages the bookstore side of Glad Day Bookshop, the world’s oldest surviving LGBTQ bookstore and lives in Toronto, Canada with his goblin of a cat. Murder at the World’s Fair is his debut novel.


Published in: on May 12, 2019 at 8:38 am  Comments (1)