We’re half way through already, but I’d to give special mention to our four intrepid steampunk authors whose ebooks dominate the new release section at Carina Press this week. In fact, Carina has chosen this last week of April to celebrate the retro-fantastical genre by releasing ONLY steampunk titles (including one absolutely FREE = get over there sharpish!). They are:
Photographs and Phantoms by Cindy Spencer Pape
The Alchemy of Desire by Christi McHugh
The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale by Christine Bell
Journeyman’s Ride by Marie Harte
In addition, Harlequin recently fashioned the following spiffy-looking trailer for Carina’s current steampunk titles, including The Mysterious Lady Law by yours truly. It’s a work of art, if you ask me. Feast your goggled eyes on this:
What’s struck me most about the nine books released so far is the exceptional crossover potential of steampunk. My penchant for the Verne and Wells sci-fi aspects gave Lady Law’s London a fun, quasi-literary bent, but it was mainly a Conan-Doyle-esque mystery. Cindy Spencer Pape’s Gaslight Chronicles series is very much of the magic-and-fantasy steampunk variety, and it’s selling extremely well. Others include an intriguing male-male romance (Island of Icarus by Christine Danse), a mystery involving automaton workers (Like Clockwork by Bonnie Dee), and a time-travelling pirate adventure (The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale).
This is very much a genre still defining itself, and it’s a pleasure to see writers fashion their own imaginative visions of what steampunk means to them. There’s no one answer. I like to explore the cyber shelves for a specific kind of story I’d love to read, and if someone hasn’t already written it, I make that my next project.
The last time that happened, I got to write one of my dream stories. Carina liked it, too, and it’s scheduled for release in early 2012. Here’s a hint: think steampunk and…dinosaurs!
The title is Prehistoric Clock. :winds brass pocketwatch back several millions of years: