SCAVENGER HUNT STOP #19
WINNERS OF MY BONUS PRIZES in the Fall Scavenger Hunt: The mittens went to Cathy Faist and a copy of A Simple Change went to Linda Campos. Winners in the main Scavenger Hunt: Mini IPAD: Julie Brown Johns; 25 books, Cyndi Lichlyter Wilson; 25 books-Angie Carroll.
FOLLOW THE CLUES TO WIN AN iPAD MINI, FREE BOOKS, AND OTHER EXCITING GIVEAWAYS!
A hearty WELCOME to the fun and exciting Fall Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt that begins at NOON MDT, OCTOBER 18 and ends at MIDNIGHT MDT on OCTOBER 20!!
You’ve likely already learned you need to collect the clues in red on each post, beginning from Lisa Tawn Bergren’s Stop #1 and finishing at Stop #25. Be sure to write them down as you move from stop to stop. Once you’ve collected the clues, fill out the Rafflecopter form on Lisa’s site at Stop #26.
Grand Prize: A new iPad Mini!
2nd and 3rd Prizes: A copy of every book on the hunt–25 books with a total value of over $300.
(Contest is open to international entrants. )
Romance With A Dash of Steampunk
When I was a kid, I fell in love with a television series (not the movie!) called The Wild, Wild West. Maybe you remember it. Lawmen with inventions? A smart hero with a gun and a gadget or two? Yes, please!
So, when I mention that my historical romantic suspense series, THE SECRET LIVES OF WILL TUCKER, includes a dash of steampunk (in the form of lawmen with gadgets!), I usually get one of two responses: a wide grin or a confused expression. For those of you who best identify with the confused expression crowd, let’s talk about what steampunk is.
Wikipedia calls steampunk “…a subgenre … that typically features steam powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized western civilization during the 19th century.” There are as many variations as there are inventions and elements to include. What unifies all steampunk tales is the fact that the characters have access to inventions that are ahead of their time.
Writing with an element of steampunk, giving a man the ability to create all sorts of interesting and practical inventions that aid him in reaching the goals set forth in the story, adds depth to the plot and brings a unique slant to his personality. In order to keep the inventions created and used by my nineteenth century Pinkerton agents in the realm of possibility, I combed the files of the United States Patent Office to determine which inventions were patented within a few years of my story taking place. In that way, I could allow for my heroes to have a variation on an idea that eventually becomes reality.
Another thing I love about adding steampunk to a story is how it adds a touch of whimsy to what would otherwise be a typical historical novel. In Millie’s Treasure, this whimsy appears first in the opening scene as Pinkerton Agent Kyle Russell meets bookish heiress Millie Cope on the roof of the Memphis Cotton Exchange Building. Kyle is testing a personal flying device that ends up being the means the pair must use for escaping the rooftop once they determine the door has locked behind them. In what other genre could an author write a first meeting that culminates in flying over the rooftops in the moonlight as celebrations rise up from below ushering in the new year of 1889? I used similar techniques in writing the plot for Flora’s Wish, the first book in the series, and Sadie’s Secrets, the tale of the female Pinkerton on the team which releases in February 2014.
Now that you understand the concept of steampunk a little better, are you ready to exchange your confused expression for a wide grin? I certainly hope so. Now what sort of invention should add to my next novel? If you were the lady Pinkerton heroine in my stories, what sort of gadget would you use to catch the bad guy?