Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Miss Bramble and the Leviathan

My good buddy, Kristen Painter has a new book out today. Which means I have some fun new reading to do (Got this delivered this morning on my Kindle!) I'm excited because Kristen can write a darn good story. And I'm doubly excited because I've never read steampunk before. If you've never heard of steampunk, let me tell you what it is.

Steampunk (according to Wikipedia) Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s.[1] Specifically, steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain—that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them; in other words, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology may include such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne or real technologies like the computer but developed earlier in an alternate history.

Okay, so maybe that's more than you wanted to know about steampunk. Here's what you need to know about the book:

The last thing she planned to steal was his heart

The Company. Military institution, protector of Praeton and the nation of Grand Isle. Dirty rotten thief.

When Pandora Bramble steps aboard the Company’s premiere airship Daedalus it’s not for the exclusive VIP tour. It’s to secure proof that the Company stole the regulator valve her father designed—even if it means tearing the engine apart. Foiled by the unexpected appearance of a handsome crew member, she despairs of ever getting another chance—until he kisses her.

Captain Theolonius Hatch, sentenced to engine room duty for refusing to take part in the Company’s fleet week activities, never dreamed a woman like Pandora existed. Her brains match her beauty, a combination that adds up to more trouble than he ever expected.

As Pandora allows Theolonius to sweep her into a whirlwind courtship, her wildest dreams come true. As do her greatest fears, leaving her to decide what matters most. Loyalty…or love.
The clock is ticking.

Warning: This book contains airships, mechanical owls, women who are good with tools, men in and out of uniform, steam generated by engines and people, and some hot carriage scenes.

I just love this warning label!

To purchase or get more information, you can go directly to Samhain or go to Amazon.


Kwana said...

Big Congrats to Kristen!

Marilyn Brant said...

Yay, Kristen!! This release sounds fabulous ;). And, Maria, THANK YOU for providing such a solid explanation for steampunk. I'd been hearing much about it and was wondering how all the elements came together...

Kristen Painter said...

Thanks for the pimpage, Maria!!

Rain Maiden said...

This does sound good!! I haven't read a Steampunk story yet. I will check this one out.

Maria Geraci said...

You're welcome, Kristen:)
Rain, even the name "steampunk" sounds so fun to me. I can't wait to dig into this one!


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