Thursday, January 28, 2010

The BONESHAKER buzz starts HERE..Boneshaker ARC contest

So I might be a little biased.

I have had the unbelievable pleasure and good fortune to know Kate Milford as both a friend, and critique-mate for almost three years. And, yep, I knew right away this lady was something special. Special NICE, special SMART, special creative..and a teensy-weensy bit of strange (just the right formula for me).


Her new book, the middle grade steam-punk fantasy, The Boneshaker is due out May 24 from Clarion. It's *drumroll* illustrated by Andrea Offermann, which for me, as an illustrator and designer, sends me swooning.

Kate is a Cuda (the online critique group I moderate), and like our beloved Lindsay Eland, one of two Cudas with book contracts. Stay tuned for an upcoming interview with Kate.

In the next few months I'll also be interviewing two more fabulous ladies from my other critique group—debut author Christine Johnson (YA paranormal Claire de Lune) AND the award-winning Heidi Ayarbe with her second book, Compromised.

So there's going to be a lot going on here as I jump up and down (possibly making a fool of myself, but what else is new?) and cheer-lead for my talented writer pals.

Anyway, back to Kate. You heard it hear FIRST. Kate is so original, she'll blast your socks off.

Have I led you wrong yet? Have I? (Anne Spollen, remember? Also..Neesha Meminger, Lindsay Eland and Becca Fitzpatrick)...I know..shameless, aren't I?

Kate is holding a contest on her Boneshaker Facebook group.

The more peeps you get to sign on to her group, the bigger your chances of winning a Boneshaker ARC. So if you DO join, remember to mention I sent you there!

So good luck, and remember. This blog is where you heard the name Kate Milford FIRST, and don't you forget it!


  1. Very cool cover. And steampunk? I'm all over that. If I can remember to come back here for the Facebook link after I get home...

  2. Wow so much happeneing. It feels like a party over here! Best wishes to them all!

  3. Very cool! Thanks for being the first to share the news! :-)

  4. Thanks Elana, Kerri and Shannon!

  5. The cover is so awesome! and steampunk? not sure what that is but sounds extremely cool.

  6. Here's the definition ,Girl. (we just love to exchange info on here!)

    Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction and speculative fiction, frequently featuring elements of fantasy, that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of "the path not taken" of such technology as dirigibles, analog computers, or digital mechanical computers (such as Charles Babbage's Analytical engine); these frequently are presented in an idealized light, or with a presumption of functionality.

  7. La Sigh. I don't do Facebook. But I'm linking back to you in hopes that my peeps will mention you.

  8. Love the cover! It looks vaguely Arthur Rackhamish. And thanks for explaining steampunk, I had no idea....

  9. I found out what steampunk was at the ALA in mid-January when someone said to me, "I'll bet you would write wicked steampunk."

    I agreed. I had no idea what I was agreeing to, but I liked the word. I thought it had something to do with music. Duh.

    Oh, and Lisa I tagged you on my blog.

    The kind people of Flux told me what it was, and I'm still not sure I get it. But it sounds like neat stuff. I'll have to read a few steampunk books before I fully grasp it.

  10. You've got to read this book. Great characters, cool setting, and just the right creepiness. Kate is awesomely talented (not to mention having a kickass crit group -hehe)

  11. Thanks, Bish.

    Hi Anne! You? Steampunk? Hmmm..I don't see it, but I guess whatever you write is pure magic, so who knows?

    What does it mean to be tagged on your blog? I'll come see.

    Thanks, Kat!

    Hey, one knows better than us just how awesome Miss Kate really is. I guess we've got to share her now.

  12. *Blushing* You guys rock.

    Um. Awkward self-promoting segue: For those who don't do Facebook, I have two other ARCs set aside for contests in March and April. At least one will be via Twitter (follow @katemilford) and one will be a joint production of the amazing Lisa, Lindsay Eland (if I can pressgang her into it), and myself through our websites here, at, and at my site:

    p.s. Lisa, dinner was awesome!

  13. Having met Kate last evening, I can affirm
    Lisa's opinion. She is awesome... and so are
    all the members of this critique group. I will
    join the Facebook contest later on today. I am excited about the book coming out and know it will be fantastic. I plan to buy it (several copies) for our school library ( I already pre-ordered one on Amazon) and will encourage our older children to read it.