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Melissa Ann Conroy grew up in the wilds of Nebraska in a suburb surrounded by corn and feral turkeys. She promptly fled her hometown at eighteen for college and international travel when the realities of in-state tuition drew her back home. Presently she shares a house with her oldest brother and a fat Basset Hound named Erasmus. At various points of time, Melissa has wandered across Mexico, Honduras, Canada, Spain, Morocco, England, Scotland, Belgium, France and Gibraltar. She spent a month studying abroad at the University of Oxford (which mainly involved eating scones and punting down the Thames), was nearly kidnapped by a camel in Tangier, narrowly missed falling off a cliff in Tegucigalpa, and was held up by a thieving Barbary Macaque in Gibraltar. Melissa has held an odd collection of jobs over the years. She earned a B.A. and M.A. in medieval English literature and taught college-level composition courses for several years. She spend a year in front of the camera as an ESL instructor on a weekly English-learning TV show and worked as a producer for an international education organization. Currently, she is a medical helicopter dispatcher. When she isn't writing, Melissa is usually outside on her bike, putting together steampunk costumes, or spending time with friends and family. She holds a black belt in Japanese sword-fighting, likes to cosplay River Song from Doctor Who, and is a decent low soprano.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Aether Saga
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: SteamyGirl Publishing (May 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098950431X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989504317
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,146,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Melissa Ann Conroy grew up in the wilds of Nebraska in a suburb surrounded by corn and feral turkeys. She promptly fled her hometown at eighteen for college and international travel until the realities of in-state tuition eventually drew her back home.

At various points of time, Melissa has wandered across Mexico, Honduras, Canada, Spain, Morocco, England, Scotland, Belgium, France and Gibraltar. She spent a month studying abroad at the University of Oxford (which mainly involved eating scones and punting down the Thames), was nearly kidnapped by a camel in Tangier, narrowly missed falling off a cliff in Tegucigalpa, and was held up by a thieving Barbary Macaque in Gibraltar.

Melissa has held an odd collection of jobs over the years. She earned a B.A. and M.A. in medieval English literature and taught college-level composition courses for several years. She spend a year in front of the camera as an ESL instructor on a weekly English-learning TV show and worked as a producer for an international education organization. Currently, she is a medical helicopter dispatcher.

When she isn't writing, Melissa is usually outside on her bike, putting together steampunk costumes, or spending time with friends and family. She holds a black belt in Japanese sword-fighting, likes to cosplay River Song from Doctor Who, and is a decent low soprano.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By babstoy on June 19, 2013
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I couldn't wait until I finished reading this story to give it a well deserved automaton's thumbs up! The careful descriptions of the character's surroundings have come vivdly to life!
I'm currently into chapter 4 and have become compassionately curious to know about what will happen next to the captain and his airship adventures - Bravo Melissa!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barrett Dent on June 27, 2013
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The first chapter of this book - released to entice crowd-funding project backers - showed great promise. The completed book absolutely lived up to that promise!

I am thrilled to have been a project backer and look forward with great anticipation to reading the remaining novels in The Aether Saga. I can't wait to see what new challenges lay in store for the intrepid crew.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MJ59 on February 23, 2014
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The first novel in The Aether Saga is an excellent page-turner cut from the pot-boiler mode. The world of 1851 London is well done and presented in a gritty fashion that captures the dark sooty soul of the city. The only thing missing is the politics of the day. For example, we know the Corn Law was recently repealed but, no mention is the made of political price paid to repeal it. Even the vindictive Sir Smothers would have been affected by that event. Still, I'm eager to see what happens to the Horizon and her crew after they leave London for hopefully friendlier skies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brummbar7 on September 9, 2013
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This book delivers on a lot of points I like in my steampunk: Colorful characters from airship captains to half-crazed engineers to mailmen with wanderlust! Gadgetry and enough science to make it believable. And action. This last starts right at the beginning and grips you with the urgency of the dire straights, and the danger of flying what amounts to a giant bomb! This was a good read, and I look forward to seeing where the author goes from here!
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By Kevin Breen on November 13, 2013
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This book opens with a bang - literally! The fiery explosion of the Lucky Lady marks the beginning of a grand adventure for Captain Gavin Roberts. It leads to one of my favorite plot devices - the hero who does everything right but must take the blame for someone else's mistake. Unfortunately for Roberts, the incompetent captain whose bad decisions caused the crash was the son of the airship line's owner. As First Mate, Roberts did is left to bear the onus. Most writers would have their hero flee in disgrace and deal with his troubles - but Roberts does the unexpected. He confronts the owner before the man can take his revenge and issues him a challenge: sell me the ship.
From there the novel is a great read, as Roberts, a cantankerous inventor and a motley crew set out to rebuild the Lady as the Horizon, and set up their own business with the help of the inventor's refit that doubles her speed compared to other airships. There's adventure, suspense, pirates, and great characters that blends seamlessly with steampunk science, Victorian mores, history, economics and more in a solid read that carries you along without being boring.
This first flight of the Horizon and her crew makes you feel like you're with them, and the later race to get a cargo to Ireland is just as exciting. Highly recommended for fans of steampunk and new readers to the genre! Can't wait for books two and three!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Alford on August 10, 2013
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This was also my first steampunk novel. Lots of action and adventure the whole way through - I couldn't put it down! Definitely a good read.
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By Matthew Nordin on April 30, 2014
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If you like adventure and suspense, this book will keep you at the edge of your seat for the entire ride! Not only do you feel like you are part of the crew, you may find yourself quickly immersed into the world that Melissa created. It is like reading a story in a parallel universe. She does a marvelous job at making a steampunk world believable.
I do admit I stayed up too late reading this book and would recommend everyone to give yourself time to read through it (possibly a weekend as it is difficult to stop reading). Every chapter was gripping and engaging.

The only complaint I have is that I want to read more of her books right now! Bravo on a wonderful book and I look forward to reading more in the future.
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By CharlieE on December 19, 2013
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It was quickly apparent to me that Ms. Conroy had done her homework before writing this. True the concept of using steam as a lifting agent is decidedly uneconomical in reality, but she worked it into the story so well that the suspension of disbelief simply flows through the concept. The well insertion of historical facts and time lines is the reason for this.

For my steampunk friends, I highly recommend this book. If you are not into steampunk, I think you will still find Steam on the Horizon a good read.

I look forward to the release of the next novel by this author.
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