Monday, December 21, 2015

Art Reveal: Romulus Buckle, Max the Martian, and Lieutenant Sabrina Serafim from The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin

The Qwillery is thrilled to present the worldwide reveal for three character portraits by Italian artist Daniela Giubellini which are being released in conjunction with the publication of Romulus Buckle & the Luminiferous Aether. This is the 3rd novel in The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin, a steampunk adventure series, by Richard Ellis Preston, Jr.

Richard has this to say about Daniela:
"I wanted my three main steampunk characters in the Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin series, Romulus, Max and Sabrina, to come alive as images; I wanted them to be accurate, but I also wanted to find an artist with a great style and allow plenty of room for his/her interpretation of the characters as they were written on the page. Daniela Giubellini, with her wonderful talent, captured the spirit and look of the characters immediately, and I am thrilled with the color, sass, and adventurous aura of these three images and the characters they represent."

Jeff VanderMeer has this to say about the Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin:
“Preston’s Steampunk series is not just entertaining and fun but full of great characters who deepen and change over the course of the books. Expect amazing Steampunk scenes, yes, but also people you care about and a lovely mix of the comic and serious. Just pure storytelling at its best.”—Jeff VanderMeer, author of the Southern Reach novels

And now the art! [click to embiggen]

The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin

Romulus Buckle & the Luminiferous Aether
The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin 3
December 22, 2015
Kindle eBook, 283 pages

Earth is an icy wasteland, devastated by an alien invasion hundreds of years before. Left with only steam power, the human survivors have formed into steampunk clans. And now these clans are at war.

Reeling from a Founders clan invasion, Captain Romulus Buckle of the Pneumatic Zeppelin faces a desperate decision. Does he return home to bolster the Grand Alliance or attempt to rescue his sister, Elizabeth, who is prophesied to be the key to winning the war? With only an ancient automaton and the words of a madman to guide him, Buckle leads an expedition to the mysterious underwater city of Atlantis, where mythical monsters and human treachery make every move perilous.


Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders
The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin 1
47North, July 2, 2013
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 456 pages

In a post-apocalyptic world of endless snow, Captain Romulus Buckle and the stalwart crew of the Pneumatic Zeppelin must embark on a perilous mission to rescue their kidnapped leader, Balthazar Crankshaft, from the impenetrable City of the Founders. Steaming over a territory once known as Southern California – before it was devastated in the alien war – Buckle navigates his massive airship through skies infested with enemy war zeppelins and ravenous alien beasties in this swashbuckling and high-octane steampunk adventure. Life is desperate in the Snow World – and death is quick – Buckle and his ship’s company must brave poisoned wastelands of noxious mustard and do battle with forgewalkers, steampipers and armored locomotives as they plunge from the skies into the underground prison warrens of the fortress-city.

Captain Romulus Buckle must lead the Pneumatic Zeppelin and its crew of never-do-wells on a desperate mission where he must risk everything to save Balthazar and attempt to prevent a catastrophic war which could wipe out all that is left of civilization and the entire human race.

See Tracey/trinitytwo's review here.

Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War
The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin 2
47 North, November 19, 2013
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 486 pages

The frozen wasteland of Snow World—known as Southern California before an alien invasion decimated civilization—is home to warring steampunk clans. Crankshafts, Imperials, Tinskins, Brineboilers, and many more all battle one another for precious supplies, against ravenous mutant beasts for basic survival, and with the mysterious Founders for their very freedom.

Through this ruined world soars the Pneumatic Zeppelin, captained by the daring Romulus Buckle. In the wake of a nearly suicidal assault on the Founders’ prison city to rescue key military leaders, both the steam-powered airship and its crew are bruised and battered. Yet there’s little time for rest or repairs: Founders raids threaten to shatter the fragile alliance Buckle has risked everything to forge among the clans.

Even as he musters what seems a futile defense in the face of inevitable war, Buckle learns that the most mysterious clan of all is holding his long-lost sister in a secret base—and that she holds the ultimate key to victory over the Founders. But rescuing her means abandoning his allies and praying they survive long enough for there to be an alliance to return to.

See Tracey/trinitytwo's review here.

Both of the first Romulus Buckle novels (City of the Founders and Engines of War) are on sale for $2 on Amazon Kindle Special for the entire month of December -- in case you wanted the whole set of books!

About Richard

Richard Ellis Preston, Jr. (also R. E. Preston) is a science fiction writer who grew up in the United States and Canada but prefers to think of himself as British. He attended the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, where he earned an Honors B.A. in English with a Minor in Anthropology. He has lived on Prince Edward Island, excavated a 400 year old Huron Indian skeleton and attended a sperm whale autopsy. Richard currently resides in California.

Richard uses the pen name of R.E. Preston to write his new youth adventure "The League of the Sphinx" series. The first book is "The Purple Scarab" and is now available on Amazon.

Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter @RichardEPreston

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  1. Hello! I read book #2 but haven't yet gotten back to book #1. Now that I know they are on special at Amazon, I may have to go back and read #1 before I read this one. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Love the artwork! The first book was a freebie through Samsung deals on Amazon Kindle, couldn't help but buy the next and have been waiting anxiously for #3!