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Friday, April 6, 2012

Guest Post and Contest with Zoe Archer!!

I’ve been spending a lot of time this week researching and looking at all kinds of awesome steampunk stuff.  While I was writing SKIES OF FIRE, my first steampunk romance in The Ether Chronicles series, I stayed away from surfing the net in search of steampunk, since I wanted to make certain that the vision I had for the series wasn’t influenced by other people’s ideas.  But now that the book is written and on (virtual) shelves, I’ve been having a great time Oohing and Ahhing over the incredible steampunk clothes, gadgets and images out there.

I started to think, as I did my investigation, what of all the steampunk stuff I found would the hero and heroine of SKIES OF FIRE like?  What might they find useful or be drawn to?

The heroine, Louisa Shaw, is an intelligence operative for the British Navy, so she’d want cool spy gadgets.

This spy ring, for example, would be perfect for her:

She might also like this spyglass necklace:

(BTW, my husband and fellow author Nico Rosso gave me this necklace when I finished writing SKIES OF FIRE.)

Though Louisa is often on dangerous assignments in the field, as she is in SKIES OF FIRE, she’d also want to look pretty for her former flame, Captain Christopher Redmond of Her Majesty’s Aerial Navy.  When dining at the captain’s table, Louisa might wear one of these dresses to catch his eye:

Pretty but tough, just like her.

Now, Christopher’s steampunk needs are different from Louisa’s.  For one thing, he’s a Man O’War, a hybrid between man and machine, which means he’s stronger and faster than an ordinary man, and has heightened senses.  He doesn’t need a spyglass when he can see over a mile away unaided.  He might, however, like this steampunk rifle (here modeled by a lovely young woman):

Perfect for using against enemy Hapsburg snipers in airship-to-airship combat.

In the world of The Ether Chronicles, they don’t have computers, but I’ll bet that Christopher would love to have this steampunk laptop on his airship Demeter.

Makes communicating with naval headquarters that much easier, especially if you’re stuck far behind enemy lines, like Christopher and Louisa are.

Proper outerwear is essential when you’re the captain of an airship.  A coat like this might suit Christopher (though he’d probably wear a longer version):

Even though Louisa broke Christopher’s heart years ago, the attraction between them is impossible to ignore.  Chances are, they’re going to need this:

So, my question to you is: what elements of steampunk style do you enjoy?  
Leave a comment, and I’ll pick a winner to receive a copy of SKIES OF FIRE! (Print copy for US/Canada, PDF for international.) Last day to enter is Sunday, April 8th, 2012!


Captain Christopher Redmond has just one weakness: the alluring spy who loved and left him years beforewhen he was still just a man. Now he's superhuman—a Man O' War, made as part of the British Navy's weapons program—and his responsibility is to protect the skies of Europe. If only he could forget Louisa Shaw.

A most inconvenient desire

Louisa, a British Naval Intelligence agent, has never left a job undone. But when her assignment is compromised, the one man who can help her complete her mission is also the only man ever to tempt her body and heart. As burning skies loom and passion ignites, Louisa and Christopher must slip behind enemy lines if they are to deliver a devastating strike against their foe . . . and still get out alive.

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Zoë Archer is an award-winning romance author who thinks there's nothing sexier than a man in tall boots and a waistcoat. As a child, she never dreamed about being the rescued princess, but wanted to kick butt right beside the hero. She now applies her master's degrees in Literature and Fiction to creating butt-kicking heroines and heroes in tall boots. She is the author of the acclaimed BLADES OF THE ROSE series and the paranormal historical romance series, THE HELLRAISERS. Zoë and her husband, fellow romance author Nico Rosso, live in Los Angeles. Nico’s story in the world of The Ether Chronicles will be available in July 2012. Please visit Zoë on the Web at http://www.zoearcherbooks.com/



Blogger Maureen said...

I think the clothes and machines are my favorite elements.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

April 6, 2012 at 6:25 AM  
Blogger Cheyanne said...

What an amazing bed! The gears and "metal"ness of steampunk is my favorite aspect.

SKIES OF FIRE sounds like a great read too! Thanks for the contest!

cheyelizabeth at gmail.com

April 6, 2012 at 7:26 AM  
Blogger mnleona said...

WOW! I never knew my favorite movies and books are Steampunk. I have been reading these books since Junior High (I was in JR HI and not middle school so I am dating myself in age.
I think I like the clothes.

Thanks for the opportunity to win.
mnleona at aol dot com

April 6, 2012 at 8:29 AM  
Blogger Maria D. said...

I really enjoy a lot of the different aspects of Steampunk but I would have to say the clothes, machines and occasional paranormal elements in the books are what I enjoy the most. Sometimes the weaponry too.

Skies of Fire sounds great!

Thanks for the giveaway

junegirl63 at gmail dot com

April 6, 2012 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Victoria said...

Honestly I never pay any attention to the genre. If I like it I like it and there is often no specific reason why. I do enjoy the gizmos.
Thank you.


April 6, 2012 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Lil said...

I am fascinated by the steampunk machines that are used by characters. Have to admit, though, the jewelry you show in the photos are pretty neat.

little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

April 6, 2012 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

Aside from the awesome clothes, I'll have to say that the thought of cyborgs intrigues me. Man and machine is a fascinating combination.

April 6, 2012 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I never read steampunk before but I love the clothing. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

April 6, 2012 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Pippa Jay said...

I follow a maker of steampunk jewellry on Facebook and love some of the designs, especially the ones that look like various bugs. I can just imagine them coming to life and becoming little mechanical spies, before disguising themselves as jewellry again. But I'm always a sucker for the military style jackets and have one myself. :)


April 6, 2012 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger meardaba said...

I have to be honest and say that the shoes are what I love best. But all the fiction is pretty awesome these days, too!

April 6, 2012 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger linett said...

I would have to say the clothing is the best along with the shoes, thanks

April 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oooh so many! I LOVE the fashion and the cool gadgets and I also love the rules and propriety of Victorian society :-D

ps. and that bed looks stunning! :-D

Thank you for the fantastic giveaway and congrats Zoe on the new release of Skies of Fire! :-D

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

April 6, 2012 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Barbara E. said...

I love the dresses with ruffles and corseting, but with comfort in mind, the great jackets and vests, the boots, the hats and goggles. All of the great gadgets, and the airships are favorites too.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

April 6, 2012 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Myra C said...

I like the clothes and machines.
Skies of Fire sounds great!

Thanks for the giveaway!

myra0502 at yahoo dot com

April 6, 2012 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger Mollie W said...

I just love the technology and the machines!!
Thanks for the giveaway!!!


April 6, 2012 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger lulilut said...

My favorite part is taking something that might be considered junk and with a few recycled improvements it can be revitalized and become a treasured gizmo, etc.
For instance: http://steampunkworkshop.com/visit-steampunked-home
Simply amazing.

Thanks for the giveaway - SKIES OF FIRE sounds wonderful.
d.septer (at) insight (dot) com

April 8, 2012 at 4:33 AM  
Blogger Tallulah A. Scribbles said...

The clothing definitely. The clothing makes me want to learn to sew. The gadets are a close second. Thanks for the giveaway!

April 8, 2012 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger Momo said...

Wow I really love these clothes!! Where did you find that button down jacket? This one: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-y49segopObE/T35UUcRkMRI/AAAAAAAAE_o/NNE47xgEiSg/s320/apparel,buttons,coat,inspiration,jacket,mens-bb99296bed345f7b859f55256c20fa55_h.jpg
Do you have a buy link?

December 2, 2012 at 6:16 PM  

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