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New Steampunk Romance Contract!

Of Tinkers and Technomancers, my steampunk romance, is contracted with After Glows Publishing!

When technomancer Theo Whitfield’s sister goes missing, she’s forced to work alongside an arrogant prat she’s long despised, the tinker, Silas Kylock. Her sister nicked his clockwork doll, and she needs his help to track the stolen merchandise and by proxy, her sister. However, the more time they spend together, the more she sees Silas as the man she’d run through the streets of Islington with and not the insufferable gentleman he’s become. And Theo’s not the only one afflicted. Silas never forgot the loyal, stubborn woman whose temper he can’t help but spark. As their search grows more dire, her dedication to her family inspires him to make sacrifices of his own for the technomancer who’s captured his heart.

As the hunt brings them to a deadly confrontation with the gangs of Islington, both Theo and Silas find their lives and hearts on the line.

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Music Monday- A Tale of Two Airships

Today’s Music Monday is featuring A Tale of Two Airships, the long awaited sequel of An Airship Named Desire which releases this Wednesday! (Though is currently available for pre-order HERE!)

A Tale of Two Airships Cover

1. Outlaws- Delta Rae

This was a band I discovered while working on this book, and their music quickly became the top of my playlist, especially while editing. There’s a desperado/western feel to a couple of their songs that it with the themes and vibe of Take to the Skies so so well, and this song definitely nailed a couple scenes for me.

2. Hold the Line- The Clockwork Dolls

You can always count on The Clockwork Dolls for stirring, emotionally intense music. I had a really heartbreaking scene to write in this story, and this was the song I put on repeat to get through it. A lot of times when I’m writing a scene that’s taxing emotionally, I really need to immerse myself in the scene, which involves the right musical accompaniment.

3. Tarantella- This Way to the Egress

This is an Take to the Skies book, so of course there are bounty hunter bars on the seedy side of town and plenty of fighting. And with This Way to the Egress’s jaunty, vaudevillian music, it’s easy to envision the sort of bars Bea and the crew are sauntering into as they go to stir up trouble.

4. Delta Rae- Chasing Twisters

This song has such a stirring melody behind it that I can’t help but want to take to the skies. Or ride a horse into town to bust up a saloon. The western vibe is powerful, and the song itself is intense, like the building to a rising battle, which works perfectly for Bea and the crew, since the entire book builds to the final confrontation at the end.

5. First Aid Kid- Silver Lining

My husband found this song for me, and the first thing he said was that it reminded him of Airship. And I wholeheartedly agree. I can’t think of a song that emotionally captures Bea and the crew of the Desire better. They live a fast and furious life, free yet weighted by all the life lost, and all the tragedy they’ve dealt with. No matter what obstacle they face, they ‘keep on keeping on.’

Book three, The Airship Also Rises, will be on the agenda for 2017, though it may not release until the following year. As with this book, shout it loud enough and I may be persuaded to work a little faster–enthusiasm is infectious!

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Music Mondays- An Airship Named Desire

Well, we’ve got music to brighten up your Monday, and this time it’s of the steampunk variety! Let’s dip into my playlist for An Airship Named Desire and see what gems we uncover!

So what songs did I listen to?

Airship Pirate by Abney Park

Come on now, I’ll kick it off with the obvious. Anyone with half a brain could expect this one on the playlist. Even though it’s not shocking, the song’s worth a listen. I love the whirring in the beginning and the way it ramps up into the chorus. It’s got that trademark Abney Park sound, and epitomizes the steampunk movement for me–probably why my own contribution is of the airship pirate variety.

Iron Rose by Clockwork Dolls

The compositions this band did for their Dramatis Personae album are phenomenal and quite worth listening to. This song in particular gets a mention due to the frequency with which I played it during the writing of the final battle. What better to put you in the mood for the crescendo of your story than a song with such rises and swells as this one?

Captain Morgan’s Revenge by Alestorm

Of course I’m tackling regular pirate songs. It’s only proper. Alestorm, with their Scottish brogue that sounds all to reminiscent of piratey ‘arrghs’ fits the bill perfectly. I loved this song as it had a storytelling all on its own, and the fact that it was longer meant that I didn’t have to repeat quite as frequently.

She by Abney Park

I may have listened to a lot of Abney Park melodies while writing Airship, but this one strikes near and dear to me. It involved writing one of the most difficult scenes I’ve ever tackled, and I listened to it on repeat for most of a day to put myself in that dark of a place. The song has heartbreak, sadness, and longing, wrapped into one neat melody, and it really helped take me there.

Pirate Song by Alestorm

While this song is about the sea version of pirates, the spirit remains the same, and by gods what a spirit it is. If this song doesn’t make you want to take to the seas (or skies in my case), then the pirating spirit just might not be with you. It’s got the cadence of a shanty with a glorious refrain that you can just imagine sitting around a bar and caterwauling at the top of your lungs. (I may have.)

An Airship Named Desire

Airships, sky-pirates, smugglers, and soldiers…An Airship Named Desire will take you for a thrilling ride.

Ever since their last botched smuggling job, First Mate Bea and the crew of her airship can barely afford fuel, let alone a barrel of grog. So when a gentleman from Old Germany offers them a fortune to steal a locked box from a British merchant airship, they jump on the opportunity. However, their employer forgot to mention the box’s military escort and the Morlock mercenaries who would slit throats to get their hands on it. Oh, and if made public, the contents could engulf Europe in another devastating war.

Stealing the box was the easy part. Now, with a target on their back and some of the toughest characters in the skies after them, if the crew of the Desire doesn’t polish their pistols and prepare for a hell of a fight, they’ll end up worse than grounded. After all, everyone from the Brits to the Morlocks will kill for the contents of that box, and no one survives an airship crash.

As for new projects on the horizon, as promised, I’m writing the sequel to this book. A Tale of Two Airships is set to arrive next year, and it’ll be quite a riveting journey.