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Saturday, July 30, 2011


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

When Captain Ruiz de Cortez approaches me, Beatrix Morgan, Duchess of Palisadoes, and requests my help to rescue his lover, Angelique, I have to agree, irrespective of the cost. Ruiz saved me from a life of poverty when he brought me forward as the sole legitimate claimant to the Morgan fortune and in return I promised him one favor. It is a debt of honor, and I cannot take the fact that Ruiz is the only man I’ve ever loved, or that Angelique also has claim to my heart, into consideration.
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.


Anonymous said...

I haven't read steampunk yet but I've been wanting to try the genre. Thanks for the excerpt. Your story sounds exciting.

User1123 AT comcast DOT net

Mara said...

I've only read one steampunk story and it was also erotica..I loved it and can't wait to read more!

marajbrandon AT earthlink DOT net

Leanne109 said...

I'm learning to read steampunk and love it... I enjoy the movies though :D


Na said...

Steampunk is a new genre for me and I am looking to try it out soon. I've seen many steampunk books released recently and they all seem interesting. A steampunk anthology like Steamlust sounds like a great way for me to try out the genre and I'll keep it in mind.

Robin said...

Great excerpt!

Robin D
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