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C.O.G.S. Steampunk Expo

October 16, 2020

Tomorrow at 10am MST I am reading for the C.O.G.S. Steampunk Expo

Watch live on Twitch

Check out the entire expo on FaceBook including an event schedule for the weekend

C.O.G.S. STEAMpunk Expo

Iron Spires Book Reading

September 22, 2020

The release of Iron Spires over the White City is off to a fast start. Thank you to everyone for all your support!!!

I recently did a reading and answered some question on Facebook Live. Follow me on Facebook to see events like this as they happen.

What is Steampunk?

August 18, 2020

I was recently asked in an interview What is Steampunk? I rambled on a bit and do not feel like I did the genre justice.

As we rapidly approach the August 20 release date of my first Steampunk novel I attempt to do a more thorough job of explaining what the genre is in a blog post.

Born a Villain

August 10, 2020

Just finished a fun writing prompt I thought I would share: You were born to be a villain, but you find yourself leaning more and more towards the good as you get older.

Adapting & Thriving:
A History of Success in Struggle

July 31, 2020

The article I wrote for Talking Glass Magazine came out today. It chronicles technological advancements during humanity's darkest hours over the last 700 years, from the birth of the perfume industry during the Bubonic Plague to the first portable x-ray machines built by Marie Curie during the First World War.

The full pdf issue is available here. My article starts on page 16. Talking Glass Magazine is published by SignalsAZ.

My Experiences with Police Brutality

July 12, 2020

Current events surrounding the Black Lives Matter have sent me down a rabbit hole, not because I have ever experienced any sort of discrimination in my life. I am a middle class white male living in the United States; I am a priveledged person in this world. Or as I perfer to frame it, I am lucky that the circumstances of my birth never put me at a disadvantage.

But when I was a teenager, I was a hoodlum and experienced brutality at the hands of the police. I quickly learned this is how the African-American community experiences the police in this country, regardless of whether they are crooks or not. Now as I watch thousands of white Americans join the BLM protests and be incarcerated and brutalized by the police in response, much more of the white community is experiencing what happens first hand.

Click here to read my short memoir of these events

Iron Spires over the White City:
Pre-Orders & Publication Date

April 29, 2020

You can pre-order your copy now, exclusively on the Black Rose Writing website

Publication date is August 20, 2020. After that, copies can be ordered through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Please share and spread the word. Thank you all for your kindness, support, patience, and patronage. I truly hope you enjoy reading my story as much as I loved writing it.

Use promo-code PREORDER2020 for a 15% discount

Iron Spires over the White City

The American Revolution never happened. Armies wage war with steam-powered tanks, zeppelins, and a host of mechanized beasts. The British Empire dominates the globe, planting colonies and controlling nations and resources. Now, in the time of Queen Victoria, England struggles with a growing global Resistance movement.

A British colonial family is caught in the crosshairs when one of their own, Anne Goulden, is kidnapped by South American Resistance forces. Her brother Edward, his wife, and her cousin travel to Cartagena to search for Anne and find out why the local magistrate closed the investigation and declared Anne dead.

Edward and his family follow their sister’s trail deep into the South American rainforest. There, an epic showdown awaits with a fleet of British battleships, a Resistance army, and a cast of imaginative characters.

Abbey Carpenter coming to Peregrine Books

March 6, 2020

Mark your calendars, Prescott. On March 21, fellow Black Rose Publishing author Abbey Carpenter will have a reading & book signing at Peregrine Book Store of her novel, The Tortilla Star.

Abbey Carpenter-Tortilla Star

Craig Johnson Comes to Prescott

February 11, 2020

This Friday, February 14th, at Yavapai College, Craig Johnson will read and answer questions. Craig is a New York Times bestselling author and the writer of the Longmire book series, adapted by Netflix into a hit show. Promises to be a memorable Valentines Day!

Yavapai College Literary Southwest, Spring 2020

Blast from the Past

January 26, 2020

I dug an oldie but goodie out of the vaults this week. The Strange Tale of Dr. Max Zoelegger is a rambling collection of short stories I have been working on for years. They are fun to read (and to write), and definitely a bit odd. Anyway, the last time I worked on these stories, I wrote several chapters from a first person point of view.

I added part of one story to this website. I will add a bit more as I dig then up and dust them off.

Remember to leave your thoughts and opinions for the author (but only if you liked it! JK).

A Surreal Story About Luchadores and Spiders

December 16, 2019

For National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this past November I decided to write a fresh, new draft of The Patron Saint of Luchadores. I had a lot of fun with this draft, breaking out the fountain pens and making a point of writing many magical realism short stories and tangents that fold into the main plotline.

I added one of these stories to this website. Hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed writing!

-Joseph Rollins

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