2012 Crow Award
Book 1: The Queen’s Martian Rifles
Does the secret to the origin of Mankind lie within the Great Pyramid of Mars? In this alternate steampunk adventure, the technical genius, Nicola Tesla, invented an anti-gravity coil that made steam-powered spaceships possible in the last decades of the 19th century. But the British empire, and the other western colonial powers have powerful extraterrestrial enemies no one suspects even exist.
“A completely original, eclectic story.”
“The writing was entrancing.”
“Highly imaginative and well written… It could be the basis for a fun summer blockbuster movie.”
Book 2: A Priestess of Mars
Lilith of Gomorra is a noble Martian priestess who sees love as nothing more than an exercise in naked carnality. But when she discovers a higher form of love, her faith in the ancient religion turns to doubt, and she must choose between her people and the man she loves. The fate of the Earth hangs on her choice.
“This sort of fun pulp fiction reminds me of Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, Dune, and even Avatar.“~Amazon reviewer
CIR: What gave you the idea for a steampunk series set on Mars?
BRINES: Actually an on-line game I run had this as a storyline and I adapted it as the book’s plot.
CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of the series?
BRINES: Just shake their heads and go “wow!”
CIR: What is the main character like?
BRINES: There are two: a clergyman turned military officer, and an agnostic Victorian feminist (what they used to call a Suffragette). It’s a romance between two very different people set during a weird genre mashup one reviewer compared to Bernard Cornwell (the Sharpe’s series) with Martians.
CIR: Are any of the characters like you or someone you know?
BRINES: Yeah, I based the female scientist after my own grown daughter. (Just don’t tell her)
CIR: What makes your book outstanding?
BRINES: It got a 5-star rating from Christian Fiction Online AND Gnostalgia, a Gnostic Christian website (they also gave it their 2012 Crow Award) That’s like having both Dan Brown and the Catholic Church endorse your book.
Learn more about M. E. Brines at www.MEBrines.com