Today I’m hosting Tina Christopher and her erotic Steampunk novel From Prussia With Love available from Loose Id. Tina is giving away an awesome prize package which includes a Steampunk jewelry set containing a necklace and a pair of earrings, as well as an 8 book collection of her works. So make sure to comment, follow the tour, and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!
Tina is also here today to talk about her love of Steampunk, a love I share as well. Take it away, Tina!
Why Does Steampunk Appeal To Me?
Hello there, how do you do? Thank you so much, Megan, for having me. Let me just pour us a nice cup of tea and we can start our chat.
I love writing steampunk stories because the possibilities are endless!
But I’m getting ahead of myself. First I want to share how I define steampunk. If you have a look around the internet you end up with five sites and eight definitions and let’s not get started on the purists. My favourite definition comes from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences:
Steampunk is modern technology—iPads, computers, robotics, air travel—powered by steam and set in the 1800’s.
I write Victorian steampunk, the majority of my stories based in London, a city I’ve lived in for years and love dearly. It’s so much fun using locations I’ve been to in my books.
The other thing I love about Steampunk is the opportunity to twist history. I’ve always enjoyed reading about history, the big events, the small ones, and how one decision can affect whole countries. Clara, the heroine in From Prussia With Love lives in a world where Her Majesty Queen Victoria passed an Equal Rights Act shortly after taking the throne, giving women equal rights to men. But just because the Act has been passed five decades ago doesn’t mean people have accepted it. No matter the official stance Clara has to deal with men who still believe women are nowhere near as good as men (sound familiar?).
And then there is the awesome opportunity to develop steampunk technology. I love imagining how a scientist or inventor in the 1800s would have developed technology we take for granted. I also have a lot of fun making up things that are still beyond us. In From Prussia With Love I have Clara using a hoverton. She contacts the local pub to order dinner and they send their hoverton—basically a floating tray—with her order. The hoverton will remain in a corner of the room until Clara returns the dishes and then floats back to the pub. I so want restaurants to have hovertons. Can you imagine how much faster you would receive your order?
Steampunk allows me to combine my love of history with my love of sci-fi, to have fun with my worldbuilding and my characters, and to add swashbuckling adventure to my stories. What else could I ask for?
Thank you so much for joining me. I’d love to hear from you what you enjoy about steampunk.
Clara Redbeck has one goal: to prove to the sods at work—and to herself—that the best man for the job can be a woman. To do that, she must prevent a traitor from blowing London to bits. If only the dashing first mate of the dirigible she’d been tasked to plunder didn’t set her aflame.
Garrett Dewhurst has one goal: to execute the coup of a lifetime. His plans do not include a spanking dalliance with the most intriguing woman he has ever met.
With each encounter, the fire between them burns hotter and their need grows stronger. Finally, the cramped cabin aboard the Bismarck becomes their intimate playground, where Garrett introduces Clara to the pleasure of submission and they explore their passion in every way possible.
Clara and Garrett want a future together, but each holds a secret that if revealed could cost them everything. When danger closes in, they have to choose between protecting themselves or the whole of London.
She didn’t respond. Instead she studied him from the tips of his boots to the top of his head and every inch in between. Heat spread through his body, unexpected and not completely welcome.
Then she mirrored his stance right down to the raised eyebrow.
Unable to help himself, he smiled.
It had been a very, very long time since a woman had intrigued him after exchanging just a few sentences. She took his breath away and made him want to laugh. Judging by her frown, this was not the response she’d expected.
Garrett turned to Jens. “I believe you have other passengers to look after. I’ll take care of Miss Riesenbeck and anything she may require.”
Jens nodded. He bowed to both of them and practically ran away.
“I don’t know if I should be insulted at the speed of his departure or pat his cheek.”
Garrett chuckled. “Neither. I just think you are too much woman for him. He wouldn’t know how to handle you.”
She widened her eyes. “And you do?”
He curved his lips and knew his smile carried an edge. “Would you like me to prove it?”
She scrutinized him, leaving him hanging on the lip of the abyss, waiting for her response.
“Give me the tour Jens had promised to escort me on, and I will let you know at the end.”
Challenge curled through him. He bowed lightly but continued to hold her gaze captive. “Please step into my cargo hold.”
Her smile lit up her face. Her beauty was not conventional, but in that moment, it grabbed him by the throat. “Said the spider to the fly.”
“Will you step into my web?”
She turned around and threw a glance over her shoulder. “That has yet to be determined.” She strode to the door, and Garrett fell into step behind her.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tina Christopher spent her early years flitting across the Channel between Germany and England. After touring the world extensively—from hanging out with elephants in South Africa to hiking through the wilderness in Alaska—she finally laid down roots in Toronto. Although Canada’s winters may be frigid, Tina’s characters are anything but!
Like most writers, Tina often hears voices in her head, but it took the encouragement of an editor friend to have her actually put fingers to keyboard. While those first stories will never see the light of day, she’s subsequently honed her craft and learned to build not just worlds, but entire galaxies. History has always been an area of interest for her, and she’s enjoys few things more than imagining what could happen when history and future meet.
When not imagining far-away worlds and scorching-hot encounters, Tina can be found on her sofa working through her never-ending TBR pile or venturing into the real world—whether to a nearby café or a passport-required destination. She’s a member of the Romance Writers of America Toronto chapter and looks forward to where her characters take her next!
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Paranormal and contemporary romance author.