Friday, 1 November 2013


After reading the blurb for Jay's book Dragonfly Warrior, I was hooked. It has all the elements that I love in a fantasy story and I can't wait to get my hands on it. And then I saw the cover and I squealed!


Check. This. Out:

Dragonfly Warrior the first book of The Mechanica Wars 
Debuts January 6, 2014.

The Mechanica Wars: Savage Machines Are Afoot . . .

At the age of twenty, Kanze Zenjiro's bloody footprints mark the bodies of those who stood in his way to protect the throne of Nihon. Now, the tyrannical Iberian Empire is bent on destroying his kingdom, and they send their steam-powered giants and iron spiders against him.

Zen embarks on a quest that takes him on the most dangerous journey of his life. To succeed, Zen must live up to his nickname, the Dragonfly Warrior, and kill all his enemies with only a sword and a pair of six-guns. He is called upon to somehow survive a test of faith and loyalty in a world so cruel and merciless, it borders on madness.

Dragonfly Warrior is a steampunk adventure like no other. It's a dynamic mix of Asian and European mythology, the Wild West, martial arts, traditional fantasy, and high powered steam action that will keep you turning the pages.

Author Bio:
After doing some freelance writing and editing for more than a dozen years, Jay decided to stop procrastinating and pursue his dream of being a novelist. He's been blogging for over eight years, and even had a comedy podcast syndicated all over the internet. All of that was fun, but all the steampunk-inspired stories in his head just wouldn't leave him alone. Jay spends his days working in medical sales, but he can be found toiling over his laptop late at night when all is quiet.

He draws inspiration from all over: H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Shakespeare, Ray Bradbury, Douglas Adams, and Isaac Asimov.

And Jay loves cookies.

Connect with Jay Noel and/or send him cookies at: 


  1. Agree - great cover and intriguing story description. :)

  2. The cover is really awesome, you squealed? hmmm hope no one heard it haha

  3. I've been reading the ARC too and it's really frickin' good.

  4. The story sounds great and the cover rocks the house. Definitely share in your excitement Elise.

  5. I didn't squeal, but the cover does look great.

  6. Alex: Amen!

    Melissa: I can't wait to read this. (:

    Pat: I don't think anyone heard but I did manage to break glass, which I guess is better than breaking wind. :P

    Diane: Totally agree. (:

    Holy Ghost: Yup. (:

    Michael: I'm not surprised. Can't wait to read this. (:

    Chris: CHIRS FRIES!! Yes, this does sound like a fun and exciting read.

    Sheena-kay: It just reeks awesome. :D

    Jo: You didn't squeal? i'm surprised because I can totally imagine it. (:

  7. Bon jour n'stuff, human, Elise,

    I saw the cover and I howled, oh how I howled. Jay certainly gets a wide range of inspiration. No mention of Dr. Seuss, I noticed. I shall wish him the best and send him cookies. I'm a good dog.

    Pawsitive wishes for a good weekend,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! :)

  8. I'm always willing to try any book that infuses Japanese lore into it. This sounds really cool! I must look into it. That cover is incredible, too. O.O

  9. I'm pretty sure I squealed when I got my first glimpse of the cover art the first time. And then I did a happy dance. The artist, Enggar Adirasa, and I went back and forth with exchanging ideas and stuff. I'm very happy it came out so well, and I look forward to getting it out there (finally).

  10. I'd buy it on the cover alone.....awesome looking stuff!

    Best of luck to you, Jay.

  11. Congratulations Jay, wish you all the best! The cover is awesome!

    Elise, congrats to you too. I understand you've won a copy of my book on Samatha's site. Send me an email yolandarenee(at)hotmail(dot)com with your address and I'll get a copy out to you!

  12. Penny: I hope I didn't hurt your ears when I squealed. (:

    Cathy: I'm with ya. Love how Jay's book incorporates Japanese lore and steampunk, and the insect reference with the dragonfly just rocks. (:

    Jay: LOL! I so want to hear you squeal. :) And hats off to Enggar Adirasa.

    Mark: me too. (:

    Yolanda: Awesome! I'm sending you an email right now. :D

  13. This sounds really cool! I love Japanese culture and I really love mixing!
    Congratulations and Best of Luck to Jay!

  14. Very awesome cover. Definitely stands out.


  15. The cover is awesome and the blurb is one of the best I've ever read. I'm so pleased to meet you and wishi you good luck in Jan with your release! :-)

  16. Big congrats to Papa Noel :)

  17. Haha, no, I didn't squeal, but that was mainly because I was trying to be quiet!! This looks great - congrats to Jay!!

  18. Krystal: I also like it when authors mix things up a bit. (:

    Mood: I agree. (:

    Lexa: Lots of awesome books coming out recently. (;

    Dezmond: (:

    Liz: I need to learn to squeal quietly. (;

    Jay: Zen is so hot. (;

  19. I've seen this one elsewhere on the internet circuit and it does look great.

  20. Yay for Jay! It's definitely a cool blurb and cover. Can't wait for the book that goes with both.


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