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I must admit, I’ve stowed away once or twice on the great ship Steamed! This last time though, your lovely Captain, Lolita Suzanne, said the ship was in need of some new crew members. Since she had the most adorable little pink and pearl gun pointed at my head, I didn’t bother to ask what happened to the others. Instead, I told her to point me to my new quarters.

Warrior women in a time of steam work, right?

After getting settled into a spot somewhat more comfortable than the back corner of the cargo hold, she informed me that one of my primary duties would be posting an update to our log once a fortnight. The topic, of course, needs to focus on all things steam.

“But what of vampires?” I asked.

“Are they clockwork?” she replied.

With no intimate knowledge of that sort on the vampires, I asked, “But what of gods and romance and warrior women and…”

She cut me off with a look that told me in no uncertain terms that her princess gun was close at hand. “Steam, Lolita Seleste. If it does not fit in the world of steam, it has no place here.”

To which I smiled, nodded, and wished desperately that the cat hadn’t stolen my knives. But, upon closer examination, I realized that with the exception of the vampires (who I’m fairly confident have no clockwork parts) I could indeed speak on the others if only I could work in the proper angle. As I’m bucking for the job of chief mechanic on this bird, I’m pretty good with angles…

To that end, it is with great pleasure that I announce that the story of the warrior women of the Badlands and the dirigible The Dark Hawk is not ending with Badlands. I have recently sold the sequel, (tentatively titled) Clockwork Mafia, to Carina Press. I do not have any information on release date yet. However, I can tell you a couple things. First, there are two more books planned in the series beyond this one. Clockwork Mafia focuses on Henrietta, book three will center on Mahala, and book four will wrap up the series by following Laurette.

And, as you may recall, the last time I stowed away (prior to the insanity of being caught…) I offered up a prize that included a digital copy of Badlands as well the opportunity to have a Badlands warrior in one of the future installments named after them (there is a SLIM chance this could still happen with Clockwork Mafia). This ingenious device known as Random.org drew from the twelve comments other than my own and came up with the number four. That devious Lolita Cindy obviously tampered with the machine. And as there is already a Spencer in all of the books, she and I are destined to have words over this. It took me a moment, but I repaired the machine, and the new winner is comment #5… CLOTHDRAGON! Congratulations! Please contact me at selestedelaney(at)gmail(dot)com to collect your prize!

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Steamed: A Steampunk Romance
By Katie MacAlister

Dr. Jack Fletcher, a nanoelectrical systems engineer and Steampunk fan, and his sister Hallie, are a spirited to a parallel universe during a lab accident. They end up on the airship Tesla under the command of Captain Octavia Pye. It’s still 2010 but it’s hardly the world as they knew it. In this world Airships are real, aether is an element, and women captain ships in corsets and long skirts. Jack and Octavia are dawn to each other immediately. Sparks fly as Jack and Hallie are thrust into the adventures of the Tesla and their madcap crew as they try to deliver their cargo during a time of unrest as the Mongolians are at war with the Prussian Empire and the resistance known as the Black Hand will stop at nothing to crush the Empire.

I thought this was a very, very funny book and was frequently laughing out loud. Steampunk doesn’t have to be grim or depressing and I found this to be a very quick, fun read. I wasn’t bothered at all by the alternating first person POVs—in fact I found it refreshing and thought it worked for this story–but I’ve read a lot of first person books.

Now, if you’re a hard core Steampunker, this may not be the book for you. It’s not dark or gritty and a lot of the Steampunk elements are conventional. It’s also a romance novel and reads like a romance novel (versus an Urban Fantay with romantic elements like Gail Carriger’s Soulless), which means the central focus of the story the relationship between Jack and Octavia instead of action and steampunkery.

I enjoyed Steamed immensely. (It also has a great title, don’t you think?) If you’re interested in a romance novel that’s a little different, want to dip your toes in the pool that is Steampunk, or are looking for a good beach read, this is an excellent book to pick up.

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