If all the world’s a stage, then I am utterly screwn…
In the high-stakes world of the theater, stage fright can seriously crank your career, so apprentice Minx Mellor hides her phobia, studying as a technomancer to create fantastic, steam-powered devices.
But when the mysterious serial killer known as The Peacock targets one of their own, Minx can hide no longer. To save the life of the actress she loves like a mother, she teams up with her sworn enemy and a dashing young director whose powerful magic wakes the nightmares she’s kept secret for years.
When disaster strikes, Minx must face the horrors of her past and find the courage to do what she vowed she’d never do again.
Even if it means risking her life as bait to trap a murderer.
From the shadows of cobblestoned alleys and the glittering world of an aristocracy gone mad for theater comes the first book in a young adult dark fantasy romance series about the power of creativity and the resiliency of the human spirit.
Victorian fantasy in an alternate universe…
Chains of Silver, book one in the Alchemy Empire series, is a young adult steampunk romance novel set in world where theater reins supreme. Expect lots of tea and excessive politeness—as well as humor, and some surprisingly modern touches—all in a boarding school for theater geeks.
Oh, and watch out for sewer alligators.
It’s not all steampunk devices and gadgets. Minx has powerful shapeshifter magic and has suffered the worst abuse for it, leaving her with stage fright, claustrophobia, and a deep fear of men. She masks her fears with a sassy attitude and her talent as a genius inventor. Few people know the extent of her true abilities.
Her best friends are apprentice stage manager Thea and playwright apprentice Raymond. Her nemesis is haughty apprentice actress Delphine. They are overseen by the young, brilliant director, Dietrich Wolff. He refuses to let Minx remain scared of him even though his peculiar kind of magic reminds her of the terrors of her past.
To fulfill their mission, they must set aside old hurts and work together, finding courage to make the sacrifices necessary to save the ones they love.
I smiled tightly. “You’re not going to let her push you out, are you?”
“Do you think she can?”
I gave a speculative little hum, like I was weighing the question. “The seventh-years have the odds at three to one in your favor.”
He chuckled. “Seriously? That’s flattering. The staff is only giving me a fifty-fifty chance.”
I giggled, and brought my hand to my mouth to stifle it. “So who do you think is right?”
His eyes took on an intensity that had my heart thudding again. “Anyone who bets against me is a cog-brained idiot.”
My breath caught. “I believe you,” I murmured.
If you like your dark fantasy romance with…
A smart heroine
A sexy hero
Real, yet magical, characters
Strong female friendships and male female friendships
Action, adventure, and coming of age
…the Alchemy Empire steampunk series awaits.
About 120,000 words.
About the Author
Meredith Rose has been a literary rebel since the age of nine when she began rewriting novel endings she didn’t like.
Childhood peers mocked her for using words longer than two syllables, and adults told her that she would never be able to make it as a writer–because it’s, like, not a real career.
Thoroughly undaunted, (well, maybe a little daunted at times, to be honest) over the next two decades she secretly pursued writing novels and finally sold her first book at age twenty-nine (under a different name). She went on to publish another three novels, in which the experience of rewriting stuff actually came in useful. Chains of Silver is her first young adult novel, and she wrote it for her two teenage daughters who are also talented rebels in their own ways.
When she’s not writing, Meredith goes on bookstore dates with her husband, studies Welsh, dabbles in graphic design and altered art, and reads Tumblr way too much. Bucket list items include becoming a yarn bomber, Argentine tango dancer, and an opera singer.
Meredith loves interacting with readers—well, all you normal, non-stalker type readers, anyway. She can be found mostly lurking, but occasionally stirring up trouble at the following locations:
Her website: meredithrosebooks.com
And for you old-fashioned types who like email: firstname.lastname@example.org
And for you even older-fashioned types, or you vintage-loving sentimental types, you can send her actual handwritten notes and letters on stationery here and she will enthusiastically respond in kind:
2885 Sanford Ave SW #17598
Grandville, MI 49418
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Add steampunk, theater apprentices, a murderer and magic you get a great start of a series. The blurb sounded interesting and once I started reading I was not disappointed. And since this is a YA story, there were good characters and a story line not dependent on sex to carry the story. Many scenes made me laugh, roll my eyes or groan "teenagers" - but in a good way. Add a bit of mystery and Minx trying to get over her stage fright and you end up with an amazing book. I liked it enough that I had to go get book 2 to see what happens next.