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A Beauty's Bargain: A Short Story

4.89  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  2 reviews
In the award-winning steampunk universe of Ashley R. Carlson's The Charismatics, the rich live in floating cities over the achingly poor, flaunting their wealth constantly. Merry Coyne is one such pauper in the frozen landscape of Shinery, caring for her elderly parents and toiling into the night as a seamstress, where the shop owner craves more than just her needlepoint s ...more
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Published November 7th 2015 by Utopia Publishing
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Liz Meldon
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, series
A Beauty's Bargain is the perfect companion piece to Carlson's The Charismatics. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it as a standalone, and I personally don't think it can be read before Charismatics. It really enriches the whole fictitious world, and I think serves as a great tasty treat while readers wait for the release of the second book in the series. I wish it was longer, but given it was written for the anthology I also wrote a 10K piece for, I absolutely understand why it isn't. That being ...more
Lilly Raines
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of receiving an advance copy of this story, and I am so thankful! I absolutely loved The Charismatics, and A Beauty's Bargain is an excellent companion piece. I loved being pulled back into this fascinating world and having the opportunity to get to know Merry in depth. I can't wait to see what other stories Carlson has in store for us!
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Ashley is an award-winning author, editor and ghostwriter living in Scottsdale, Arizona (or "the bowels of hell," as she affectionately refers to it during the summer months). She dreams of the greenery of the Pacific Northwest and plans to move there someday.
She provides editing, content creation, and ghostwriting through her company, Utopia Editing & Ghostwriting Services, LLC, and has worked wi

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