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Lost Things!

Today we've finalized the back cover blurb and the teaser for Lost Things. (You know, that front page when you open the book that has a few paragraphs from the story.) So I thought I would share them with you! As always, I'd love to hear what you think!

Imagine, if you will, a Bob Eggleton cover with an airship....

In 1929 archeologists began draining Lake Nemi in search of the mysterious ships that have been glimpsed beneath its waters since the reign of Claudius. What they awakened had been drowned for two thousand years. For a very good reason.

Veteran aviator Lewis Segura has been drifting since the Great War ended, fetched up at last at the small company run by fellow veterans and pilots Alma Gilchrist and Mitchell Sorley, assisted by their old friend Dr. Jerry Ballard, an archeologist who lost his career when he lost part of his leg. It’s a living, and if it’s not quite what any of them had dreamed of, it’s better than much that they’ve already survived. But Lewis has always dreamed true, and what he sees in his dreams will take them on a dangerous chase from Hollywood to New York to an airship over the Atlantic, and finally to the Groves of Diana Herself….

The world is full of lost treasures. Some of them are better off not found.

Mitch hauled on the rudder again, worked it back and forth in the hope that somehow that might free up whatever was jamming the controls. It wasn’t anything in the control car, he was pretty sure of that, guessed it was somewhere in the tail, maybe in the rudder gears themselves, but that didn’t matter unless he could actually fix it. They were still losing altitude: 450 feet now, and he could see the waves distinctly in the rising light, along with the first shadow of the coast. But that wasn’t the problem, or wasn’t the worst problem. The wind had been rising with the dawn, steady out of the southeast, and the airship wanted to turn with it, turn north and west and away from the land. He risked letting go of the elevator again, used both hands on the rudder, and thought it gave a little before the nose dropped too far and he had to grab the elevator wheel again.

“Jerry!” Mitch looked over his shoulder. “I need your help here.”

“OK.” Jerry stumbled toward him, bracing himself on the chart table and the back of the captain’s chair. He looked like hell, Mitch thought, gray-faced and unshaven and determined, and guessed he himself didn’t look any better.

“Take the elevator wheel,” Mitch said. “Hold it just like this.”

“OK,” Jerry said again, and braced his hip against the pilot’s chair. He took the wheel gingerly, blinked as he assessed the resistance, and then nodded. “OK, I — I think I’ve got it.”

“Keep the bubble in the center,” Mitch said. “See there? Just like a level.”

Jerry nodded, and Mitch slid out of the chair, took the rudder in both hands. He planted his feet, turned the wheel as hard as he could left and right and left again. It barely moved, maybe an inch or two of play, but he thought as he tried it again that it was moving just a little more. Yes, he was sure of it, it was moving further — if there was something in the gears, maybe this was chewing it up, giving him a little more control. There was a warning twinge in his groin, the old scars pulling, but he ignored it, tried a few short hard turns to the right. Pain blossomed, but he thought the wheel gave just a little more. Yes, this time he was sure it moved, and he turned it back and forth again. There was maybe a twenty-degree arc of movement, and he turned it hard again.

“Mitch, I’m losing it,” Jerry said.


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Mar. 11th, 2012 02:55 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like it! This particular airship is fictional, but it's of a real type and a real route, New York to Paris. And in this scene, unfortunately about to crash in the English Channel!
Mar. 9th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
Wonderful teaser! I love the whole Some of them are better off not found" which promises more problems even after the "treasure" is recovered.
Have a look at this drawn by my friend Leyna of the 1902 Atlantis Expedition and their Airship, Pegasus.
Just love that faux Victorian Steampunk!
Mar. 11th, 2012 03:12 pm (UTC)
I've seen that before! It's lovely. (I may have actually commented on it in my fannish identity....)

Oh yes -- there are definitely treasures it would be better not to find in this book! :)
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