Perils for Portents

Perils for Portents

by Diana Benedict


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Perils for Portents by Diana Benedict

America in the 1890s is a land of dreams for anyone brave enough-and strong enough-to make them come true.

After Francie Wolcott's parents die, leaving her and her genius younger brother, Rooney, penniless, she intends to tour the world with the fortunetelling automaton he built. But first she must bring Rooney to their uncle in San Francisco, where he will have a place to happily tinker and invent things.
With no traveling funds, Francie and Rooney join a traveling carnival heading west, using the automaton as an attraction to pay their way. All goes well at first-until a real ghost takes up residence in the automaton. As the fortunes become eerily more accurate, Francie believes real success is finally within her grasp, but the machine's prognostications also implicate the carnival manager, Big Jim, in a murder.
Intent on murdering Francie to keep his secret safe, Jim pursues them across the country to the boomtown of San Francisco. Francie must use her all her wits and skill to stop him if she has any hope of achieving her dream of independence and of protecting her and her brother from Big Jim's clutches.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781539129448
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/18/2016
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Diana Benedict's work includes "Pennies for Portents", which is the basis for Perils for Portents, an alternative history steampunk novel about a haunted fortunetelling machine. It first appeared in Fiction River's Alchemy & Steam anthology. "Laser Point" appeared in Fiction River's Sparks anthology, and she has upcoming stories in Fiction River's Editor's Cut and Tavern Tales anthologies.. You can find more information about other work on her website,

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