Wed 14 Aug 2013
Sun 11 Aug 2013
This is the book that began with the idea of Romans and Vikings in North America, a pagan fertility ritual, and a heroine named after Black Canary.
It starts 9:45 a.m. EST!
Sat 10 Aug 2013
No, not pitching myself. I have my talented agent, Eric Ruben, and no new stories to work into a pitch. But the CT RWA chapter is holding a pitch fest as part of their monthly meeting and that kind of workshop always helps me focus my stories.
Plus, it’s a chance to wear my new t-shirt with the logo: “ACT III: They All Die.”
Which isn’t quite appropriate for a romance writer but definitely fits my mood everytime I hit Act II and get stuck. That’s when I remember my favorite pin and keep going.
Wed 31 Jul 2013
In my excitement over selling The Curse of the Brimstone Contract yesterday, I neglected to mention there is a short prequel that’s going to be published first, a four-page comic tale in Greyhaven Comic’s all-steampunk issue.
Last night, I received character concept sketches from the artist on the story, Fabian Cobos, and he’s done a marvelous job. He even inked this portrait and sent it to me.
I will never get tired of seeing art of my characters.
Wed 31 Jul 2013
It seemed a good idea to give a sneak preview of the book. Yes, I end on a cliffhanger. Because..evil?
Joan Krieger had never liked going in the side door. It was necessary, of course. Certainly no mere seamstress would be greeted at the main entrance and receive the courtesies due a lord or lady.
“Chin up, be ready to charm the client, dear,” her mother said. “The happier we are about how the clothing looks on her, the happier she will be. You know how much rests on this.”
Her mother did not need to say it out loud. All rested on today’s efforts, both the future of their shop and her dreams of moving beyond their small business to a much higher level. (more…)
Tue 30 Jul 2013
I’m pleased to announce the sale of The Curse of the Brimstone Contract to Samhain Publishing.
This novel my first foray into steampunk romance and I’m thrilled to have the contract. It will be published sometime in the first half of 2014.
What drew me to writing steampunk? First, it was the idea of writing a Sherlock Holmes-inspired story. Holmes was one of my first literary crushes, and I have both annotated versions of the Canon, though my William S. Baring-Gould edition is much more well-worn than the recent one published by Barnes & Noble.
Aside from being able to write a detective inspired by Holmes for the first time, I also wanted to explore how technological advances affect people emotionally. And then there were the class and gender issues in Victorian society. It seemed a really ripe and complicated (i.e. fun for the writer) setting and storyverse. So complicated, in fact, that my attempt at making this only a novella failed. This story was novel-sized.
While the explorers and lords of the Victorian world are fun, I wanted to come at it from the point of view of the working people of London. Thus, my heroine became Joan Krieger, a Jewish seamstress with a long and honorable family history, who has visions of changing society’s fashions and perhaps change the role of women in society as well.
My hero is Gregor Sherringford, consulting detective.
If you’re an intense Sherlockian, you might recognize the origin of Gregor’s last name. But Gregor isn’t quite a Holmes-analogue. Rather, he’s more Holmes-inspired. He’s an inventor and investigator, but he’s also the youngest son of a powerful ducal family. He’s in semi-exile from that family because he’s the son of the previous Duke and a woman of no means from India who the late Duke rescued from the streets of Calcutta and raised to the heights of English society.
Why would a powerful Duke marry an woman from a different race and class?
In my storyverse, the steam revolution has been fueled by mage coal, a type of stone that is created when a mage wields their magic. Mage coal is far more precious than gold. It lasts much longer than regular coal, burns more evenly, and burns hotter.
Those who possess mage coal, possess enormous wealth. And those who possess the magical abilities to produce mage coal are highly prized, such as Gregor’s mother. The upper classes like to believe they are the only ones gifted with natural magical abilities. They want to hold onto power.
They’re about to learn that denying the existence of lower and middle-class mages will cost them dearly.
Especially since Joan, aside from being a ‘radical’ in the field of fashion, is a highly gifted but untrained mage, though she’s unaware of this at first. Gregor is willing to throw off the rules of his father’s class and train her. They find more in common than ever expected, though I have to admit, it took me an entire novel to get them to the point of, well, you know.
So I have a Jewish seamstress with the natural ability to take on the ruling class, a consulting detective who’s half-caste and somewhat estranged from his older brothers, and, together, they solve the mystery of magical murders committed by a foe of unknown but vast abilities.
Thus, The Curse of the Brimstone Contract, or as it says in the introduction, “the first of the adventures of Joan Krieger, radical seamstress and Lord Gregor Sherringford, consulting detective for special problems.”
Mon 3 Jun 2013
Heather Massey of the Galaxy Express site has an excellent overview of the different subgenres of Science Fiction Romance at The Serious Reader.
Take a look, as even I didn’t realize the sheer variety of stories for those of us who want the relationships as well done in our reading as the science fiction.
Wed 22 May 2013
Sat 20 Apr 2013
Romance Writers of America® – New England Chapter Present!
2013 Annual Book Fair for Literacy – Open to the Public 3:30‐5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013 Burlington Marriott, Burlington, MA
I’ll be signing copies of Phoenix Rising and (possibly) GeekMom! Please come by and say “hi,” and no purchase required! Love to meet some of you. The emblem below is not an official emblem of the book signing. I just thought it was appropriate. So maybe it’s my emblem for coming week.
This is a joint signing, with writers far more well-known than myself <g>, so come by and take a look!
Julia Quinn, Zoe Archer, Caroline Linden, Marie Force
Donna Alward, Amy Atwell, Liberty Blake, Terri Brisbin, Megan Caldwell, Jamie Cat Callan, Lisa Carlisle, Ashlyn Chase, Loretta Chase, Nina Clark, Colleen Connally, Kady Cross, Kate Cross, Anna DeStefano, Marissa Doyle, Ella Drake, Cara Elliott, Megan Frampton, Rozsa Gaston, Lena Goldfinch, Pepper Goodrich, Sammie Grace, Lisa Verge Higgins, Hannah Howell, Christina James, Corrina Lawson, Kate Locke, Sarah MacLean, Meg Maguire, Wendy S. Marcus, Lesley Mathews, Cara McKenna, KJ Montgomery, Laura Moore, Victoria Morgan, Miranda Neville, Cathryn Parry ,Judy Phillips, Stephanie Queen, Tiffany Reisz, Teresa Noelle Roberts, Jordan K. Rose, Nico Rosso, Karen Stivali, Frances Stockton, Barbara Wallace, Penny Watson, Samantha Wayland
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Thu 18 Apr 2013
My first experience with Superman! I can’t imagine where I ever got the idea being a reporter is cool…:)