Posts Tagged ‘steampunk’

Happy publication day, Emma Jane Holloway!

What would you do if the regency man you adored knocked on your door not with a bouquet of flowers, but a gun powered by coal? Or if the carriage to the ball floated above the roofs of London in a dirigible?

If you’re a steampunk fan, then Emma Jane Holloway‘s Baskerville Affair series will sweep you off your feet! And if you’re only just dipping your toes in the water, this is the perfect introduction! And how about exploring more into the world of steampunk? Let Emma be your guide in these brilliant web posts!

Over the Effing Rainbow

Bitten By Books

Keeping reading for more information on the first book, A Study in Silks, and click here for more on all three.

Evelina Cooper, the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, is poised to enjoy her first Season in London Society. But there’s a murderer to deal with – not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse.

In a Victorian era ruled by a council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch and sorcery the demon enemy of the Empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines – something Evelina has secretly mastered. But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty’s secret laboratories. What’s a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she’s never found out?

But then there’s that murder. As Sherlock Holmes’s niece, Evelina should be able to find the answers, but she has a lot to learn. And the first decision she has to make is whether to trust the handsome, clever rake who makes her breath come faster, or the dashing trick rider who would dare anything for her if she would only just ask.

 

 

Emma Jane Holloway and a Study in Steampunk

The wonderful Emma Jane Holloway has popped over to Entice and given us a little lesson in steampunk! She was also kind enough to introduce her series, The Baskerville Affair, to all her new readers in the UK!

‘These novels are mad science, romance and swaggering adventure wrapped up in silks and leather . . .’

Um, where do we sign up?!?!

Greetings and felicitations to all the fine readers at Entice! I’ve been asked to introduce my books and to say a little bit about the wonderful, crazy, spectacular steampunk genre . . .

My goodness, where to begin? These novels are mad science, romance and swaggering adventure wrapped up in silks and leather. They’re about inventors, air pirates and desperate rebellion. It’s a type of fantasy literature that has its roots in the classics of nineteenth-century literature such as Jules Verne and Mary Shelley, but in the hands of modern writers it has grown into one of the most exciting and individualistic fantasy genres around.

Every work of steampunk literature is unique, but most will include futuristic technology set in the past, such as airships, steam power or fabulous clockwork inventions. Although many of these books are set in the Victorian period, that’s not a hard and fast rule. In fact, rules seem to be few and far between, and the stories cross genres with cheerful abandon!

Keep in mind that steampunk isn’t just about books – there are musicians, performance artists, craftspeople, scholars, interior decorators and costumers who’ve taken the steampunk aesthetic off the page and made it into something far larger. If you love the stories, there’s plenty to explore.

My interpretation of steampunk is captured in the Baskerville Affair trilogy. The story begins in the fashionable ballrooms of Mayfair with my heroine, Evelina Cooper, an orphan on the brink of her first Season. Her family history has left her caught between social worlds. Her father’s people are circus performers and magic users and her mother was the sister of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes. Evelina has inherited the Cooper talent for magic – highly illegal and punishable by death – as well as an aptitude for science and mechanics – highly inappropriate for young ladies of quality. Fortunately, Evelina is smart enough to keep her cards close and her inventions closer.

From page one, events just get more and more complicated. Evil magic is afoot. Romantic suitors are underfoot. Almost at once there is a murder, and Evelina’s friends – present during the unfortunate event – are at great risk if Uncle Sherlock starts picking apart their family secrets. No heroine worth her salt is going to sit by and let others flounder, so Evelina dives in.

A Study in Silks tells the story of Evelina’s entry into the world of intrigue, politics and deception. Danger increases in A Study in Darkness, which takes her into the terrifying world of Jack the Ripper. Events finally come to a head in A Study in Ashes, which takes the characters into a conflict that threatens the Empire itself.

Do we see the Hound of the Baskervilles in these pages? Of course. We also have a prince, automatons, sorcerers, sundry pirates, talking mice, a large mechanical caterpillar, castles, ballrooms and untimely ends. This is a fantasy, with a big canvas and many colours. Evelina, her best friend and the two young men who begin the tale as her suitors all have their own stories to tell and their personal demons to slay. Each will be tested to their limits. Nothing – not even their humanity – is guaranteed.

I truly hope you’ll enjoy reading these stories as much as I loved writing them. Please drop me a line or find me on Facebook – I love hearing from readers!

The Baskerville Affair series is out on Entice August 7th 2014!

 

Digital Romance Festival!

It’s only two days until the world’s first all-singing, all-dancing, all-digital Romance Festival!! We’re delighted to be taking part and if you love to read or write romance, this is an event not to be missed.

How will it work? Saturday 7th of June will be the Professional development day, with tips from industry professionals, Google hangouts with global bestselling indie authors, and a chance to get your manuscripts read by expert editors. Sunday 8th June is all about the readers! That’s the day when your favourite authors will be available for one-off Q&A sessions, and you’ll hear behind-the-scenes info from some of the biggest names in romance.

We have a great selection of Piatkus authors involved!

Plus many more from Piatkus, such as Darynda Jones, Chelsea Fine, Laura Wright, Tim O’Rourke and Samantha Young!

Just to make this even more awesome, all of this is available absolutely FREE! Just sign up HERE to see the full schedule and go HERE to see the full author line up.

Join us, along with load of other publishers and authors, in this history-making event! Well, in our history books, at least . . . 🙂

Emma Jane Holloway: Welcome to Entice!

Message from Anna Boatman, Piatkus Fiction Senior Editor:

I am absolutely delighted to welcome the wonderful Emma Jane Holloway to Piatkus Entice! She is our very first Steampunk author on the list and her richly imagined world, beautifully written romance and compelling story lines grabbed our attention immediately. We’ll be sharing excerpts and exclusive messages from Emma over the next month, including some fab articles describing Steampunk for new UK readers. Watch this space!

A Study in Silks is the first in the series. Evelina Cooper, the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, is poised to enjoy her first Season in London Society. But there’s a murderer to deal with – not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer and a talking mouse . . .

In a Victorian era ruled by a council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch and sorcery the demon enemy of the Empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines – something Evelina has secretly mastered. But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty’s secret laboratories. What’s a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she’s never found out?

But then there’s that murder. As Sherlock Holmes’s niece, Evelina should be able to find the answers, but she has a lot to learn. And the first decision she has to make is whether to trust the handsome, clever rake who makes her breath come faster, or the dashing trick rider who would dare anything for her if she would only just ask.

Ever since childhood, Emma Jane Holloway refused to accept that history was nothing but facts prisoned behind the closed door of time. Why waste a perfectly good playground coloring within the timelines? Accordingly, her novels are filled with whimsical impossibilities and the occasional eye-blinking impertinence—but always in the service of grand adventure. Struggling between the practical and the artistic—a family tradition, along with ghosts and a belief in the curative powers of shortbread—Emma Jane has a degree in literature and job in finance. She lives in the Pacific Northwest in a house crammed with books, musical instruments, and half-finished sewing projects. In the meantime, she’s published articles, essays, short stories, and enough novels to build a fort for her stuffed hedgehog.

Emma Jane Holloway‘s The Baskerville Affair series comes out on August 7th 2014 with Entice!