Some Inspirational Photos for Serafima’s Stone

I’m currently taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo, writing the first draft of Serafima’s Stone – Book 2 of the Gaslight Frontier Series! The draft is going swimmingly (well, mostly treading water and a little doggy paddling), so I thought I’d give you a little tease in the form of some of my reference images.

Compared to Grigory’s Gadget, the setting of Serafima’s Stone is much more varied! Grigory’s Gadget was pretty water-logged, taking place primarily on ships. In Serafima’s Stone, we’ll see what the landlubbers are up to.

We start here:


That is the Summer Palace of the Royal Family of the Empire of Starzapad. (Actually, it’s Peterhof Palace in Russia, and fun fact, I’ve totally been there! It’s just as cool in person) This is the home of the protagonist of Serafima’s Stone: the Princess Rozaliya.

We don’t stay in the Palace for very long…

(Artist Unkown)

(Artist: Vadim Voitekhovitch)

Well that’s a little different…

Then we do a little MORE traveling:

javier-charro-ss-mb-portada-manual-final-sn(Artist: Javier Charro)

Yeehaw! We’re going Wild West style!

Fun behind-the-scenes fact: I came up with “Starzapad” by combining the Russian words for “Old” (“stariy”) and “West” (“zapad”). Clever or lazy? I like to think both.

Want to learn more about Grigory’s Gadget? Check out Page One Books, N3rdbomber, and The Blonde Bookworm to read reviews of it, or check out the Goodreads page. Grigory’s Gadget is available in paperback at my eStore, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble, and as an eBook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, iTunes, and Kobo.


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