BioMelanie Karsak is the author of The Airship Racing Chronicles, The Harvesting Series, and The Celtic Blood Series. A steampunk connoisseur, zombie whisperer, and heir to the iron throne, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.
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Chasing Christmas Past Melanie Karsak
Top Ten Finisher, Best Steampunk Short Story of 2014 Preditors & Editors Poll, Second place prize awarded to Chasing Christmas Past by Melanie Karsak ***6,000 word short story prequel to The Airship Racing Chronicles*** Christmas Eve 1820. At Rose's Hopper, a popular London tavern frequented by airship jockeys, all is merry and bright--except Lily Stargazer. Lily and her crew are set to run the Christmas Day Yuletide Airship Race from London to Calais, but not before spending the night swimming in mulled wine and longing for absent lovers. Even the prospect of a Yuletide win can't convince Lily that this Christmas will be better than any that came before. But Lily is about to find out that there really is a Father Christmas.