Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Guest Authot Post: Rachel Grace: Putting the Steam...Punk in Romance

GEARED FOR PLEASURE, Book One of the Elemental Steam series, is my first steampunk fantasy romance as Rachel Grace. Well, its steampunky. It’s also swashbuckly, clockworky and several other words that shouldn’t have a y added to the end. *grin*

I’ve written erotic paranormal, contemporary and sci-fi romance since 2008 under my other author name R.G. Alexander, and I love romance genre hopping, but there is something about an epic steampunk adventure that really lends itself to romance. When I decided several years ago to write an homage to fellow author pals, The Smutketeers, it was the only genre that would do.

Steampunk is altered history/speculative science fiction…though it’s not the only punk around. There’s cyberpunk and oilpunk etc. The science fiction literary community, continuing in the footsteps of HG Wells and Jules Verne, have taken readers into exquisitely detailed worlds and on the grandest of adventures. Everything about the genre is romantic. Corsets and ray guns, tea times and airship battles.

What better setting for two quirky characters to find love?

You can think about it this way. If a contemporary romance is a normal room with two people falling in love inside it, steampunk romance is a room so full of beautiful and ornate furniture that, if you’re not careful, could become too crowded for the couple in question to move around in. Unless that furniture is an integral part of their story.

The world of Theorrey was my room. And wow, was it packed to the rafters! Luckily, Dare and Bodhan, as well as Seraphina and Cyrus, managed to navigate it well enough to find each other, and share their stories.

Synopsis: The world of Theorrey runs like a well-oiled machine. The elements are in balance, passion is tamed and the young queen is the heartbeat of it all. But in these two all-new stories of elemental steam, nothing is ever as it seems...

Earthly Desires

Demeter "Dare" Senedal is the Queen's Chalice-her protector and closest companion. So when the queen goes missing, Dare rushes to locate her, even though the search leads her straight into trouble.

A gentleman who trades in secrets and sin, Bodhan revels in carnal delights, but when a naked and bound woman appears on his shore, he finds his hunger to possess at odds with his need to protect. As Bodhan shares his knowledge of pleasure, Dare must decide if she can trust him, both with her mission and her heart.

Fiery Temptations

Seraphina always lands on her feet. After all, she is a Felidae- more feline than human-and an excellent thief. There has never been a job Phina wouldn't take or a man who could tame her...until she meets Cyrus Arendal.

As the Queen's Sword, Cyrus should have known better than to fall victim to a beautiful bandit. Now, to find and retrieve the moonfire dagger, he'll need to convince Phina not to judge a man by his station, but rather by how completely he can satisfy her desires.

I really hope your readers enjoy it, and I would love for them to visit me at
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Thank you for having me!


Blodeuedd said...

Geared for pleasure, aye, this one sounds interesting :D