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Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn


Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn

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Steampunk Journal - Highly Recommended

    Dark Quest, LLC    

    Dark Quest, LLC
    Steampunk Faerie Tale, Novel

    Co-Written with: Day Al-Mohamed

    Publication Date: September 2014

    Cover by: Autumn Frederickson

    Interior border by: Linda Saboe

      6 x 9, 240 pages
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    About the Authors

    Blog Posts


Back Cover Copy

Come, Best Beloved, and sit you by my feet.
I shall tell you a tale such as sister Scheherazade could have scarce imagined…

In the Nejd there is nothing at all…except secrets. A band of thieves wish such secrets to remain hidden.

In England, far from his desert home, Ali bin-Massoud serves as apprentice to the famed Charles Babbage. One night a mysterious box is delivered by a clockwork falcon and Ali’s world is never the same again. Heartache, danger, and thieves mark his journey as Ali is summoned home at the death of his father.

It will take faith, knowledge, and yes, love to realize his destiny, and more than a little skill with steam-driven technology. Can he unravel the mystery of the puzzle box and the clockwork djinn before it is too late? An ancient legacy and Ali's very life depend on his success.

Hear you the tale of Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.


About the Authors

Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. Currently, she is a project editor and promotions manager for Dark Quest Books.

Her published works include five urban fantasy novels, Yesterday's Dreams, Tomorrow's Memories, Today’s Promise, The Halfling’s Court: and The Redcaps’ Queen: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale, and a young adult Steampunk novel, Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn, written with Day Al-Mohamed. She is also the author of the solo science fiction collection, A Legacy of Stars, the non-fiction writers’ guide, The Literary Handyman, and is the senior editor of the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series, Dragon’s Lure, and In an Iron Cage. Her work is included in numerous other anthologies and collections.

She is a member of the Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers, the New Jersey Authors Network, and Broad Universe, a writer’s organization focusing on promoting the works of women authors in the speculative genres.

Danielle lives in New Jersey with husband and fellow writer, Mike McPhail, mother-in-law Teresa, and three extremely spoiled cats. She can be found on LiveJournal (damcphail, badassfaeries, darkquestbooks, lit_handyman), Facebook (Danielle Ackley-McPhail), and Twitter (DMcPhail). To learn more about her work, visit www.sidhenadaire.com, www.literaryhandyman.com, or www.badassfaeries.com. 


Day Al-Mohamed hosts the multi-author blog Unleaded: Fuel for Writers, and in addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts.

Her recent publications are available in “Daily Science Fiction,” Crossed Genres anthology "Oomph - A Little Super Goes a Long Way," and GrayHaven Comics' anti-bullying issue "You Are Not Alone." She is an active member of the Cat Vacuuming Society of Northern Virginia Writing Group, a member of Women in Film and Video, and a graduate of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop.

When not working on fiction, Day is Senior Policy Advisor with the U.S. Department of Labor.  She has also worked as a lobbyist and political analyst on issues relating to Health care, Education, Employment, and International Development. She loves action movies and drinks far too much tea.  She lives in Washington, DC with her wife, N.R. Brown, in a house with too many swords, comic books, and political treatises.

She can be found online at www.DayAlMohamed.com and @DayAlMohamed


Blog Posts

New Lamps From Old: Transforming a Faerie Tale

The Importance of Villainy

Why 1001 Nights Isn't Your Best Multicultural Steampunk Reference

Writing Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn - Part 1

Writing Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn - Part 2
Diversity and Writing the Neutral That Never Was


Day Al-Mohamed's Book Secrets

Open Sesame

Translations of 1001 Nights

Tahtib - Egyptian Stick Fighting

Coal vs. Oil in a #Steampunk World


“Rich with steampunk, magic, and an enchanting setting, this story casts a spell and won’t let go until the very last page!” —Maria V. Snyder, New York Times Bestselling Author

“Readers of steampunk and Middle Eastern-inspired fantasy alike will adore this lush foray into a world seldom explored by the genre. Buckle up for a wild ride across the deserts of your imagination!” —Tiffany Trent, award-winning author of The Unnaturalists

“A charming retelling of the famous classic [...] Whether you are a fan of Steampunk, of exotic fairytales, or just of good writing, this story should delight.” —L. Jagi Lamplighter, award-winning author

"I have read many versions of this story and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I felt an affinity to the characters and their story. The added steampunk aspect was well done and I would give it a good mark for originality."
4 Stars, Highly Recommended, Steampunk Journal

"It's always a delight to read a steampunk novel that is set in a culture other than that of Victorian England and we need more stories that handle the blending of influences this well. I highly recommend it."
SteamIngeninous Reviews

"This book would be worth reading for the exotic settings alone, but it is a must-read
because of the exciting nature of the adventures of Baba Ali."

4 Gears, Highly Recommended, PenniDreadful Reviews, GearHearts Magazine

"Beautifully evocative of the fairy tale tradition in parts that the modern, steampunk nature of the tale is completely encapsulated in a wonderful adventure.” —Luke's Reviews

"Steampunk machinery, magical beings plus a healthy helping of Arabian and Islamic culture make [Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn] a rich and beautiful story." —Angelya, Tea in the Treetops Reviews

"An old tale remastered with magics of clockworks and magic. One to relax and read."
My World In Words and Pages Review

"While I have had my doubts about the steampunk aesthetic in the past, the authors' use of it here has opened [the gears of] my mind to the [steam-powered] possibilities." Space Station Mir Reviews

"This book has taken the polar opposites of magic and machinery, thrown them together in a mix of wonder and intrigue, danger and thrills, adventure and of course, love – where would any faerie tale be without love!"
Crash My Book Party Reviews

"Ali is a resourceful, soul searching character, and he gives the story heart, making it a pleasing
Arabian Night’s entertainment."
Enchanted Conversation, A Fairy Tale Magazine

"A light-hearted adventure story that will entertain and enlighten you."  —Papercuttts Reviews

"The setting is wonderfully described and a sense of place is conveyed by the word choices [...] 
The novel is good, enjoyable if not great."
 —The Fish Place Reviews

"I can't recommend Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn highly enough. This marriage of steampunk with an Arabian Nights-inspired tale of intrigue, science and magic, is an irresistible, fabulous treat."
—Martin Berman-Corvine, The Martian Perspective

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