There seems to be a constant round of discussion on the topic, ‘what is steampunk?’ Some people say if it isn’t Victorian in tone and doesn’t involve steam-driven machines, it isn’t part of the genre, while others use the term a lot more loosely. I think the purists are probably fighting a losing battle. Yes, a lot of what is billed as steampunk would actually be better termed ‘altered history’ or fantasy, but the reality is publishers (and authors) prefer simplicity when it comes to themes and genres. And readers know themselves best—know what they like and what to look for to find what they like—so it’s safe to trust them to cull through the volumes and decide whether a book is for them or not.
And if you like some extra heat creating your steam, please do check out the upcoming Steamlust: Steampunk Erotic Romance, available for pre-order now! With a foreword by the awesome Meljean Brook and an amazing line-up of authors, it’s gonna be a lot more than steamy—it’ll be downright HOT!
Please enjoy the following blurb from my contribution to the anthology, Rescue my Heart.
Journeys Through Seduction
Yet, although Angelique is in my own floating city of Port Royal, freeing her from the man who claims her as his slave will not be an easy task. In the attempt to re-unite Ruiz and Angelique, I will be forced to face all my latent emotions, and take a risk that could lead to a devastating loss—or the sweetest of victories.