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Guest Post: Leonardo Ramirez

Steampunk: It’s not just for grown-ups anymore!

Visit Amazon anytime and look up Steampunk and you’ll most likely find books that are geared towards young adults. That’s exactly what I did when my nine-year old daughter came to me with an idea for the upcoming children’s book series, The Jupiter Chronicles. After finishing up Haven of Dante I wanted work on something for the younger crowd when my wife (who is a librarian) suggested I work on something that grades 1-3 would enjoy. After all, it’s at this age that their imagination really takes root right? I was shocked to find that there was no a whole lot to be found on Amazon so I quickly got to work.

Here’s what I came up with:

It is the year 1892 and Ian and Callie Castillo have had to suffer the hardships of a single parent family since their father went missing five years ago. Since then Ian has refused to use the last gift that his father left the wounded boy; a telescope that sits collecting dust in the attic. When Callie decides to peer through its murky lens it activates the device and sends the Castillos to the steam-powered floating cities of Jupiter to rescue their father and save the Jovians before the Martians launch their attack. What follows is the beginning of an era that will forever be known by its strange name…Steampunk.

I was able to address an issue that had affected me as a child of divorce and tell a tale that explains the origins of Steampunk. There’s plenty of action along the way to keep kiddos interested as well as some funny stuff as well like a robot character named Stinky Frank.

The Jupiter Chronicles: The Secret of the Great Red Spot by Leonardo Ramirez
Genre: urban fantasy, YA

About The Jupiter Chronicles: The Secret of the Great Red Spot:

A war has been fought and lost by the Jovians. Now the answer to their freedom lies within the Great Red Spot and it’s up to Ian and Callie to uncover its secret.

It is the year 1892 and Ian and Callie Castillo have had to suffer the hardships of a single parent family since their father went missing five years ago. Since then Ian has refused to use the last gift that his father left the wounded boy; a telescope that sits collecting dust in the attic. When Callie decides to peer through its murky lens it activates the device and sends the Castillo’s to the steam-powered floating cities of Jupiter to rescue their father and free the Jovians before the Martians launch their final attack.

What follows is the beginning of an era that will forever be known by its strange name…Steampunk. The Jupiter Chronicles series takes flight with the first book in the series….The Secret of the Great Red Spot.

Source: Info in the About The Jupiter Chronicles: The Secret of the Great Red Spot was from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15711784-the-jupiter-chronicles on 09/08/2012.
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About Leonardo Ramirez:

Sci-fi/Fantasy and Children’s Book Author, Leonardo Ramirez (http://leonardoverse.com, http://www.facebook.com/leonardoverse) has been writing for over twenty years. He is a writer whose greatest joy and inspiration comes first and foremost from being a father and husband to his family. He also enjoys meeting and mentoring students with a passion for reading and creativity, as well as training and teaching as a 2nd Degree Black Belt instructor at The American Karate Academy (http://www.americankarateacademy.com/).

Best known as the creator of the graphic novel, “Haven” (http://www.facebook.com/armyofhaven), and the upcoming kids’ steampunk adventure series, “The Jupiter Chronicles” (https://www.facebook.com/jupiterchronicles), his work has made the Gelati’s Scoop Top Ten Best New Releases for 2010 List, in addition to being featured by The Columbia Herald, Playstation Comics, and MegaComics Weekly. He has also appeared at GMX, Nashville Comic Con, Outer Limit Comics, Fairy Tales Bookstore, the Southern Festival of Books, and the Authors Circle at The Williamson County Library. Plus, “Haven” fans will be glad to hear that he is now working on the prose novel, “Haven of Dante” too! You can tweet with Lenny at http://twitter.com/leonardoverse, or network with him via http://www.linkedin.com/in/leonardoverse.com. Any promotional requests can also be sent to Leonardoverse’s Community Relations and Development Assistant, Stacey Aragon at Stacey@Leonardoverse.com, as well.

Leonardo’s Link(s):
leonardoverse
Lenny at LinkedIn
Lenny at Twitter
Lenny at Facebook
Haven at Facebook
The Jupiter Chronicles at Facebook

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23/08/2012 - Posted by | guest blogger, guest post, Leonardo Ramirez

3 Comments »

  1. Yes please to more steampunk

    Comment by Blodeuedd | 23/08/2012 | Reply

  2. Lenny, thank you for visiting CM! 🙂

    Comment by Cherry | 24/08/2012 | Reply

  3. Hmm, I didn't think of looking for YA steampunk. Maybe I can get the kid into reading some. 😀 Thank you!

    Comment by Melissa (My World...in words and pages) | 28/08/2012 | Reply


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