The Reader’s Best of Chicago 2016 – RUNNER UP!



So the Chicago Reader has an annual issue where Chicagoans all over can vote (free!) on The Best of Chicago in categories like food, entertainment, sports, and more. It’s an awesome way to bring attention to the awesome things about Chicago, as proclaimed by Windy City citizens themselves.

Apparently, my novel On The Isle of Sound and Wonder was voted the runner up for Best New Novel by a Chicagoan.



First of all – WHAT.

Second of all – EXCUSE ME.

Third of all – I literally would not have known that this happened except my lovely friend Ami posted it on my wall. THANK YOU for the alert, Ami!




I am amazed and really excited about this. Thank you, mysterious benefactors voters. My love for you is ETERNAL.

Thank you!


Inspire and Admire: The Liebster Award!

What a surprise! The lovely, inspirational, astonishingly rad Deena Ebbert (aka Propellergirl) has given me the Liebster Award!

"It's a major award!"

“It’s a major award!”

According to my research *adjusts glasses* this is a friendly award passed around the blogging community as a way of promoting one another and introducing one another to folks and blogs we otherwise might not encounter. I’m tickled that Deena (who is an inspirational speaker, encourager of brave leaps, and a brilliant lady all around) thought of me for this thingy-doo and I’m happy to pass it on to others who I think are pretty swell.

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Steampunk Chronicle Awards – Vote for Grauer!

Ahoy friends!

Those of you in the know will find this post repetitive but for those of you who weren’t aware, the Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice Awards are open for voting from now until April 22, and my novel On The Isle of Sound and Wonder is up for Best Fiction!!!!

much fancy so award wow

much fancy so award wow

That’s right, you can help me win by voting! You’ll have to register on their website but it shouldn’t take long, and every vote helps. 🙂 Even if you haven’t read it yet… it’d be cool to see this win something. I am pretty stoked that it’s even on the ballot, to be honest!

Also make sure to vote for other Teslacon favorites like Dr. Proctocus for Steam-Hunk, Krieger for Best Character/Persona, Teslacon for best convention…… well, you get the picture. (Teslacon is my home turf convention, so I have a lot of pride for it and everyone involved.)

Go on then! Vote! Click on the image to check out the ballot and vote! Or click here. That works too.

Cheers and crumpets!