Friday, January 17, 2020

Clean Shirt, Clean Shoes

And I don't know where I am goin' to!

Stay tuned for some interesting news regarding the many and various projects coming out this year, and events that I’m going to be attending. 2020 is shaping up to be pretty spectacular.

Speaking of events, I’m super-duper excited by the purchase I just made from SteamEraProduction. Appropriately, they're located in the UK! I'll use this for steampunk/Victorian-themed conventions, readings, and whatnot (see picture). I’ve had my eye on this outfit for some time, and finally saved up to make the purchase. It’s on its way, and I’m pretty stoked. It fits right into THE CLOCKWORK DETECTIVE styling.

I’m still on the fence about a hat. Hats are part-and-parcel with the steampunk aesthetic. The problem is that I’ve never been a hat guy. Only in extreme camping cases, or when I have girlfriend/wife hair but have to run to the store will I even consider a hat.

Perhaps some round, wire-rim sunglasses will be acceptable?

What’s your favorite costume?
Past, present, or future?
Tell me on the comments below!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Not Today, Pal!

You can have my steampunk when you pry it from my cold dead hands!

Of course, once you’ve done that, you’re gonna wanna read it, and the next thing you know you’re buying your first pair of goggles to put on a bowler hat, and you’re wearing a pocketwatch/time machine.

So really, steampunk will never die.

That said, I did make this article, Year in Review: Steampunk in the News about the winnings and failings of the steampunk world:

The Clockwork Detective, the first book in the Constable of Aqualinne series by RA McCandless. The novel from Ellysian Press earned praise from pioneering steampunk author James P. Blaylock.

What Piece of Nostalgia Do You Keep Alive?
Tell Me in the Comments Below!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Aubrey Speaks Out!

It's pronounced "wrench" you cretin!

We've known each other for a while now and I think we both feel a deeper connection. I think we're ready to take this to the next level, and dive into how the metric system to works.

Or maybe I just update you on the latest and greatest for THE CLOCKWORK DETECTIVE:

Aubrey, and all her friends, frenemies, nemeses (plural of nemesis—I had to look it up), and flat out enemies will all soon have a voice. That voice comes in the form of the very talented and experienced Joanna Teljeur.

We’re still working out details, but as always, I’ll keep you updated on the what’s what and when’s when!

Welcome to the Roaring 2020s!

Whose voice do you hear when you read?
Tell me in the comments below!

Monday, January 6, 2020

Five Bucks!

Carefully numbered for your convenience!

Welcome to 2020, where all the technological advances Hollywood ever promised have finally been delivered.

You want a flying car?  We’ve got your flying car right here!

You want a wearable computer/phone that helps monitor your health? Tech on your wrist is ready to go!

You want to take a trip into space. Book your flights now!

In celebration of the Roaring 2020s, I’m cleaning out my stock of books to make room for more. Ok, ok. I’m not making room for more, I’m just trying to get what I have up off the floor and onto a shelf before my wife “cleans up”.

My loss is your gain!

On a first-come first-served basis, you can get one or two of my previous cover books for the low price of shipping alone! Five dollars gets you TEARS OF HEAVEN or HELL BECOMES HER or BOTH, signed with anything you want.

Shoot me an email here, let me know which covers you want (they've been numbered, but a description will work as well) and they'll be on their way!

My stocks are limited, and these are the last of their kind covers, so if you’ve been itching for a print version of the books, now is the time! Otherwise, you’ll be stuck with the awesome new covers that we released a few months ago!

Let me know which one, some of all of the covers you want, 
and we’ll make it happen!

Monday, December 30, 2019

Deborah J. Ross Review and Interview

Deborah J. Ross reviewed THE CLOCKWORK DETECTIVE and apparently liked it:

The last couple of years have brought a slew of wonderful steampunk adventures with resourceful, kick-ass heroines, and this one by McCandless is a worthy addition. Aubrey Hartmann is a veteran of recent war, having lost the lower part of one leg, and now works as a constable. Her prosthetic is a clockwork device that needs to be rewound regularly and isn’t a perfect fit but does keep her mobile, if in pain. As a result, she’s become addicted to laudanum (opium). Her current assignment involves investigating the murder of a druwyd (druid, local witch-doctor holy man) in a little town near the Fae-ruled Dark Wood. Here is where the world-building of The Clockwork Detective sharply deviates from the usual Victorian gears-and-whistles steampunk. Magic is not only real, it’s part of everyday life, and the human wars are overshadowed by the possibility of a terrible conflict with the Fae.

She then reached out to me for an interview:

Here I chat with the author about his inspiration, his future projects, and his advice for aspiring writers.

Deborah J. Ross: Tell us a little about yourself.  How did you come to be a writer?

R.A. McCandless: I came out writing, which was a weird delivery for the doctor. But really, I found myself telling stories early in grade school. We'd have assignments to write a complete sentence using a set of vocabulary words, and I'd get bored with that. Instead, I'd use the words to tell a short story. From there, it was only a short jaunt to writing my own stories.

Dragons are one of my chief inspirations. I've only included one once, in a short story. But any world where dragons can conceivably exist—please and thank you! That's almost any fantasy or science fiction story, which creates a broad palette for me to enjoy. From there, it's a hop, skip, and a wardrobe journey into another world that I'm fascinated to start exploring and sharing.

Thank you so much for the opportunity Deborah!


Friday, December 20, 2019

Ringing Out 2019

Did someone say "steampunk"?
Happy Holidays! Seasons Greetings! All that Jazz!

I received an early present from Chanticleer OZMA Book Awards that I wanted to share with everyone. It won’t spoil your festivities!

In the award category for Fantasy Fiction (there’s a sub category for steampunk) THE CLOCKWORK DETECTIVE has made the first cut. I'm out of the "slush pile" and in the running for a major award.

A MAJOR award!

It’s not winning, but after a couple of months of riding the author roller coaster, this was a really nice edification of the work I’ve done. THE CLOCKWORK DETECTIVE is a story that I’m very proud of, and I’m over-the-moon that it’s been recognized as worthwhile. Of course, I’d love to win the award, but just to have made the initial cut as a work that deserves more consideration is a very good feeling.

This might be my last blog for 2019, so here are my wishes for each and every one of you:

Whatever fills you with wonder and good cheer, whatever you find full of meaning and worth, whatever brings you happiness: May it be yours this holiday season and throughout the coming year.

Also, also—thank you for your support. Thank you for all your kind words, your thoughtful wishes, your likes and shares. Thank you for putting up with me begging and pimping my books. Thank you for helping me be a success.

I’d take you all out for teppanyaki if I had the time and money!

What award are you most proud of?
Tell me in the comments below!

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Happy Holidays 2019

Date Night.

Seasons greetings to all friends and family!

This was a particularly glorious year, what with all the new book covers, the new books, and the new opportunities. It feels like, for the first time, I might actually have a shot at this whole “author” thing.

Funny story—I tease my boys about everything. I especially highlight when they’re doing good things at school, music lessons, sports, etc. My middle son received some very high marks from his Spanish teacher on his language comprehension and vocabulary, and I started to tease him when he shut me down:

Me: You’re “learning”!?  Learning is NOT allowed in this house. Especially not language!
9yo: That’s not true at all, because you’re an author. You love language!

He may have sat in on one too many of my debate practices! Done in by my own son!

The year may be ending, but the opportunities never stop. This is a little preview for an offer we’ll be making at the start of next year. I have an uncounted (not uncountable, just currently uncounted) number of back issues of the first two Del books: TEARS OF HEAVEN and HELL BECOMES HER. The story is all the same, but the covers are different. I’d like to clean these out, so I’m only dealing with the current versions.

I'm not sure what the offer is going to be, but it should be pretty good.

All that is to say, STAY-TUNED for a unique offer for the new year. The best way to do so is to join my monthly newsletter, where we share this information first, but you can also roll the dice and hope that I remember to update my blog!

What exciting thing do you have coming up? Tell me in the comments below!