Captain Harlock!

As as child, I loved this anime series and never missed an episode. Captain Harlock was, and I am not ashamed to admit that he pretty much still is…, my hero! Thank you, Leiji Matsumoto, for your creativity. Although it seems, from the trailer, that Harlock is not fighting the Mazone this time, the plot seems interesting, and the animation looks exquisite, visually captivating and intriguing. Can’t wait for this movie to come out.

There are many trailers in You Tube, but this one I believe is the the best. In the meantime, I can only admire Medicom’s Harlock statue.


Priced over $400, which means that I won’t be able to own one in the near future, to proudly display on my book shelves at home. Unless something like a “Let’s help Marielba get her Captain Harlock Medicom statue” fund raising campaign exists, of course. So, come on people, let’s make this happen!

*hint* Click the button above, add $$ and make me happy.

Only joking, of course…

One can dream though…


A new steampunk novelette is out there…

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Philomena Sparks and The Curse of the Big Ben has been out there for some weeks actually, and it already has two five star reviews in Amazon. The ones who have read it told me they loved it, that they could picture themselves in the Victorian world described in the book. Also, they loved the illustrations, which enhance and capture the mysteriously dark atmosphere of the story.

The book is available in print (paperback) and in electronic format.

Here is a list of all the places where you can find it and download a preview if you like.

Amazon – available in print and for Kindle


Sony eBook Store



iTunes – for iPad, iPod, iPhone or your favorite iToy

CreateSpace – only in print

And, if you’d like a dedicated copy, I’d be more than happy to do so. Just send me an email:

About illustrating a book

Illustrating a book may seem as a rather easy task, but not really. The illustrator must have both knowledge and sensitivity to re-create, through drawings, the touch and feel, and the atmosphere that is being described in a particular story.

That’s why when I first gave Adriana Rosario, the rough draft of Philomena Sparks, for her to start reading, I told her that if she did not like or felt identified with the story in any way, that then I’d look for someone else to illustrate the book, but no, I did not have to. I believe Adriana made such an excellent job, and we’re all very proud of her. Here are some of her illustrations while they were still in the making.

I won’t say what they’re all about because then I’d be ruining the story for you. All I’ll say for now is that my favorite is the last one. Although sometimes I have trouble making up my mind, because all of them are so beautiful and carefully drawn. I have to say I am extremely happy and quite pleased with the way the book ended up looking. Now, I have to make it available in electronic format, and I hope the illustrations look as wonderful as they do in print.

Philomena Sparks

Well, yes finally! My new book is out there, and I am very happy about it. Thanks to Kickstarter, my dream of having this book illustrated came true and as you can see, Adriana Rosario, my illustrator, is extremely happy with the results.


It was only a few days ago that I could hand her own copy, and she loved it!

Now, you may wonder, what is this book all about? Well, it’s the story of Mr. Charles Dewhurst and his father, and the way he developed a machine destined to help out in their business. It is set in Victorian London and it has some Steampunk elements in it. The story is told through Mr. Higgings in the present day, when a peculiar object shows up at the British Museum, where he works as Curator of Artefacts. That’s all I will say about it because I don’t want to ruin it for those who might like to read it. The novel has a total of 9 chapters, and there are two illustrations per chapter. Adriana did an excellent job, and we will both be woking in the future again. That’s for sure. If you want to check out the book, here is the link:

Philomena Sparks and The Curse of The Big Ben

And here is the Kickstarter page where you can see some of the drawings that Adriana made for the book:

Kickstarter Project for Philomena Sparks

Click on the ‘Updates’ tab and go back to the very first ones. You will find some of her beautiful illustrations there.

And Merry Christmas to you all!


Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy and Beautiful Christmas. I’m very very happy and there is reason to celebrate. My project at Kickstarter has had an awesome reception and will be funded, thanks to all charitable souls who have helped out. However, the project is still going and will be running until January the 10th so if you still want a signed and dedicated copy of my new book, do click on this link:

The Amazing Story of Philomena Sparks

Do check out the updates and see the wonderful illustrations that I have posted so far. I can’t wait to put the book together and have it ready to print. Do spread the word too about this, please!

In the meantime, have a Merry Gothic Christmas! (You know how it is…)


The Amazing Story of Philomena Sparks

This will be the cover of my new book, which I hope to have out there by late December or January. It is a Victorian mystery novelette set in London between 1854 and 1856 with some Steampunk elements in it. Yes, I know the title is a bit long, but people have told me they like it. Right now I am in the process of proofreading and double/triple checking it. Also, a friend of mine, the very talented Adriana Rosario is illustrating the novel for me. I have always wanted to publish an illustrated book and her illustrations are turning out beautifully.

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However, we need some help. I have opened a project in Kickstarter, so please do check it out. Here is the link:

The Amazing Story of Philomena Sparks

There are some of her illustrations there for you to see. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Spread the word too, please! If you don’t see me ’round here much it’s because I am working like an automaton to get this done on time. Have a great and wonderful Christmas!

Ebook Impresario

Today, my novel was featured as ‘Book of the Day’ at Ebook Impresario. This is a good link for all writers out there who want to get their book known. Check out their ‘advertise’ tab.

This is their link:

Book of the day:

Here is a screen shot of what their website looked like today.

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