Sunday, June 30, 2013

Follow Your Passions

I have a unique excuse for running a bit late this morning, as I write this from our local MacDonald’s to take advantage of their Wi Fi, since the library is closed on Sundays during the summer. We were held hostage this morning by a German Shepherd. There’s a house around the corner with a dog known to charge people—he’s running loose this morning. Stupid me thought it was our next door neighbor’s dog and went out in my jammies saying “Kaiser, get your butt back home. I’m trying to sleep.” My daughter stuck her head out the window and said, “Mom, get your butt back in here. That’s not Kaiser—that’s Psychodog.” The cops are hunting him down now—our city has zero tolerance for mean dogs and has ordered 12 dogs put down in the last 4months. We’re extremely careful with our Chow, Abby, because she’s dog-aggressive (and not too crazy about strange men) and we’re always vigilant. Not everyone is—as this morning proved.

And that got me thinking. I'm a Chow advocate--anyone who's friends with me on Facebook knows this. My daughter is a pit bull advocate. We both believe in responsible, knowledgeable pet ownership--and now I'm in a position to act on it. 

I officially have no day job – my last day was Friday. It was a wake-up call for everyone involved to reassess what they really wanted to do with the rest of their lives. One of my coworkers got a job with another insurance company’s call center and when he was asked if he was excited he shrugged and said, “It’s a job.” I turned to my best friend and said, “I never want to have to say those words again—EVER.”

You have to follow your passions. I decided, since I have to cash in my 401K to live now, retirement is a bad joke. And if I’m going to be working when I’m ninety, I darn well will be doing something that I LOVE this time around! And that means getting back into critters. I have a rusty vet tech degree. I just got a confirmation email yesterday from the Marathon County Humane Society that volunteer orientation is Thursday 7/18/13 from 5-7 PM. Yes, it’s unpaid—but it’s critter experience, a name on a resume and foot in the door. I’ll volunteer until my severance runs out, work part time (I’m aiming for PetsMart or Petco) and collect unemployment after that, and WRITE. Ultimately I’d like to be a receptionist at a vet clinic, but the market’s pretty glutted right now, with Globe University cranking out new graduates every six months. One vet tech I know is working at Lens Crafters!

Life is all about versatility and change—making choices and adapting. These are qualities you can channel in your writing. Have your characters roll with the punches, adapt to new situations, meet challenges head-on. “Close-a-door-and-open-a-window” philosophy. Don’t make them afraid to  ask for help, work as a team. There’s a lot of ourselves in our characters—they’re the brave, funny, sexy bits of US. People read our books to escape their own everyday lives—give them something to look forward to, maybe inspire them to make a leap of faith for themselves.


Friday, June 28, 2013

Exciting Award Finals and Lust Eternal Release--Win your copy!

June has been an exciting month for me! A new exciting release, and two award finals! Read on for more, and a chance to win a copy of my first erotic fantasy from Ellora’s Cave, Lust Eternal.

Passionate Books Deserve a Passionate Plume
I am excited to share that two of my books are finalists in the Passionate Ink’s Passionate Plume Contest. Both Adam’s Obsession (Erotic Contemporary Romance) and Folly (Erotic Regency Romance) were selected to compete.
Please take a moment and check them out! And thanks to Passionate Ink for providing an opportunity for erotic authors to strut their stuff.

Adam’s Obsession (Erotic Contemporary Romance) by Sabrina York
Hopelessly shy and utterly repressed, Katherine Hart indulges in her risqué sexual fantasies online. Her virtual lover, Savage, is willing to meet her every need, especially once he discovers her naughty little secret—that, more than anything, she craves a masterful man. Fortunately, Savage is just that. And then some.
When Adam Trillo (aka Savage) discovers that the incredibly erotic woman he’s been tangling with online is actually his adorably demure co-worker, he is determined to seduce her IRL—in real life. He longs to release the wild Kat he knows lurks just below the surface. Using a beguiling mix of domination and persuasive charm, he draws her, relentlessly into his web until she is helpless to deny their mutual passion. Most especially when she’s tied to the bed…

Folly (Erotic Regency Romance)  by Sabrina York
Widowed and threatened with penury by her heartless in-laws, Eleanor—Lady Ulster—hatches a plot to save herself. Determined to produce the Ulster “heir”, she seduces a stranger at a tawdry masquerade. Little does she know, this magnificent masked lover is none other than her husband’s greatest nemesis. And God knows Ulster had plenty.
Ethan Pennington is mortified to arrive at a house party and discover Lady Ulster in attendance. He has wanted her and hated wanting her—his enemy’s bride—for years. When he overhears Eleanor’s predicament and her plans to place a cuckoo in the Ulster nest, he is more than willing to oblige. The opportunity to finally claim her—while taking the revenge he craves—is more than he can resist. Ethan strikes a bargain with Eleanor, promising to provide her with the heir she so desperately needs…if she will meet his needs in return. Every decadent one of them.

A New Release: Lust Eternal

For thousands of years, Keeshan has waited. A curse put him in the lamp, damning him to an eternity of pleasing the women who find it. Each time, the women enter the lamp, ensnared in a web of lust and love. And each time, just as he grows to care, the women leave.
But Aimalee is different somehow. With her, Keeshan’s desire knows no bounds—he needs to be with her, inside her, every second she’s there, like an addict who just can’t get enough. Eventually she’ll leave just like the others but until then, Keeshan plans to indulge her every sinful urge. And maybe, just maybe, she’s the key to breaking the curse.
Inside Scoop: This paranormal romance features a plus-size heroine and a hero who worships her curves.
A Romantica® paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Comment below for a chance to win a copy!

An Excerpt From: LUST ETERNAL
Copyright © SABRINA YORK, 2013
All Rights Reserved, Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc.

By reading any further, you are stating that you are at least 18 years of age. If you are under the age of 18, please exit this site.

Aimalee picked up a clipboard and pretended to scan the sheet on top. “I have to get back to work. Did you want anything else?”

“There was one other thing. Carter asked if you could, you know, not come tonight.”

“Not come tonight?” Aimalee whirled around and gaped at Sorcha. She’d been working on this display for months, utterly devoted to this project for years. She’d been so looking forward to showing off her work, presenting her findings. She’d even bought a new dress for heaven’s sake.

That happened, maybe, once a decade or so.

“It’s going to be quite a crush. All the big benefactors will be there. And you are…” Sorcha made a scornful little flourish with slender fingers. Her expression said it all—mousy. Aimalee knew it to be true. She knew what she was. But having Sorcha point it out rankled.

“This is my display.”

“Sure. Do what you need to set it up but then make yourself scarce. Be out of there by seven. ’Kay?” Sorcha pinned on a dazzling smile. “I told him you’d understand.”

With that she spun on her Jimmy Choos and waltzed from the room, elegantly swinging between boxes and crates and piles of books, leaving Aimalee sitting at her worktable, reeling with shock and repressed rage.

Make yourself scarce.

The mandate of her entire existence.

The fuck she wasn't coming tonight. She’d worked far too long, far too hard on her dissertation, on this presentation, to simply fade into the background now when it was all coming to fruition. This was her baby. 
Oh, she’d be there. Come hell or high water.

Without thinking, without redonning her protective gloves—a monumental no-no in the museum world—Aimalee picked up the lamp and a cleaning cloth and began to polish her treasure. A deep sense of satisfaction and pleasure spiked through her, assuaging her annoyance.

Okay, so her love life was more than a little disappointing and frustrating. And yes, her professional prospects were limited but at least she loved her work. Really loved her work…

She renewed her invigorated scrubbing on that one smudge that just wouldn't wipe away.

Imagine the gall. Asking her to miss the night of her life so Sorcha could stand in the limelight at Carter’s side and reap the rewards.

Aimalee rubbed harder and faster, fury rising like a chained beast in her belly. A red tide descended, blurring her vision. Everything beyond the lamp faded. The world beyond her passion, her work, dissolved.

She’d had enough of this.

Enough hiding her relationship.

Enough elicit, hurried trysts.

Enough secrets.


Her movements slowed as a strange sensation crawled down her spine from her neck to her solar plexus. It pooled in her womb. Her fingers and toes began to tingle. Throb. Prickles of excitement and anticipation skittered over her skin. Her body warmed, softened, dampened.

Her hand flew to her nape where gentle tendrils caressed her—like a lover’s whisper. The tingling increased and contracted and wafted inward to settle just below her pounding heart. Her essence condensed, coalesced, as light as smoke, wafting and roiling. A strange sense of unreality, of disengagement, overcame her. She closed her eyes and the dizzy sensation increased. She tried to open them again but couldn’t. She twisted, curled, floated in the ether. A great whooshing sensation rocked her consciousness, sucking her into a smaller and smaller space. A dark place.

And then an eerie silence, a supreme stillness, descended.

* * * * *

Slowly, she came to herself. She glanced around in a befuddled daze and stilled. She was no longer in her familiar workroom but in a lavish boudoir, a seraglio swathed in gauzy, flowing drapes. Glowing braziers wreathed in aromatic smoke lit the room with a dim, somnambulant light. The velvet cushions she reclined upon teased her sensitive skin. With a start, she realized she was utterly naked. A shiver coursed through her. What on earth had happened? Where was she?

But before she could work it out, a billow of iridescent fog roiled before her. Aimalee stared, transfixed as the cloud slowly coalesced into human form. A man.

A very large man.

She tipped back her head and their gazes met, clashed. His eyes glowed with a scorching fervor. A bolt of electricity shot through her.

His features were stark, a savage beauty etched with a desperate hunger—high, striking cheekbones and wide, sensuous lips. Dark hair curled gently about his face and neck. A sudden desire to comb those silky skeins skittered through her.

Aimalee swallowed heavily. Her avaricious attention trailed down across brown shoulders and powerful arms. His chest was bare and broad and ridged. It rippled at the mere touch of her gaze.

He stood, legs slightly apart, bunching thighs taut as though he were about to spring forward but was holding himself back with great effort. Strength, power and passion rolled off him in waves.

But for metal cuffs about his wrists and neck, he was naked.

Oh. And he was aroused. Magnificently and tremendously aroused.

The sight of his jutting, throbbing member made her heart clench. A strange heat pooled in her womb when she noticed the pearlescent drop glistening at the tip of his cock.

He was, in a word, ready.

Then again, so was she.

And then he spoke—a deep, mellifluous voice that resonated straight through to her soul.

“I've been waiting for you, Aimalee,” he said. “I've been waiting for you a very long time.”

What’s Coming Up for Sabrina York?
After Rebound, the first book in the Tryst Island series hit #1 on Amazon’s erotic listing, I’ve been hard at work on books two and three. Dragonfly Kisses releases in June and (for those of you who have been eagerly awaiting Bella and Holt’s story) watch for Smoking Holt in July.

Lust Eternal, a scorching erotic fantasy of revenge and redemption (and of course true love) comes out at the end of June.

Saving Charlotte, my contribution to the Smokin Hot Firemen Anthology from Cleis press releases July 16th. Preorder your copy now: http://www.amazon.com/Smokin-Hot-Firemen-Romance-Stories/dp/1573449342/ref=la_B00856PDEO_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1369507612&sr=1-2

Other Sequels coming soon from Ellora’s Cave:
Making Over Maris is the sizzling follow up to Adam’s Obsession and Tristan’s Temptation. And for those of you who were wondering, yes, Jack does get “trained.”

For you Regency fans who loved Folly and Dark Fancy, watch for Dark Duke (Edward’s story) and Brigand (Violet’s story).

About Sabrina York
Sabrina York, Her Royal Hotness, writes naked erotic fiction for fans who like it hot, hard and balls-to-the-wall, and erotic romance and fantasy for readers who prefer a slow burn to passion. An award winning author in multiple genres, Sabrina loves writing hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy readers. Check out all her books on Amazon.

To sign up for Sabrina’s newsletter and enter to win her tiara (and other bling) send an email to Sabrina with Enter Me in the subject line. Read more:  Contest and Newsletter

Books by Sabrina York
Dark Duke (Erotic Regency, Ellora’s Cave) —Coming soon
Brigand (Erotic Regency, Ellora’s Cave) —Coming soon
Dragonfly Kisses: A Tryst Island Erotic Romance (Erotic Contemporary)—Coming soon
Making Over Maris (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave) —Coming soon

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Cerise's 5 Easy Steps to Writing a Series!

Historical Prequel #1 to my
Knights in Black Leather series!

Writing a series—especially one that spans the past AND the present—can be a huge challenge to a writer's and a reader's life!

Writing my current KNIGHTS IN BLACK LEATHER series, you know I have recently released a historical prequel...with another to come. So I am into this process like a crazy June bug!

Keeping the facts straight is one thing. But keeping the logic straight for the reader is even more important! You want them to stay with you for all the books and you want them informed, pleased and yearning for more!
How to do that without ticking off readers and keeping all your hair in your head?

First you buy a notebook at the local dime store OR your build a file— or maybe you do both—on your computer.

Then, you promise yourself that as you write you will take these 5 "Easy" Steps.

1. First step involves the names of characters. Keep them distinct.
    Always keep a record of your names, first, last and nickname. Excel spreadsheet works best because you can record last names and first in various ways.
    Always make certain that you have no repeats, like Jake or Jack or even Jackson. Merely the look of the first letter on the page triggers the reader's mind to record this as one or the other. You never want confusion in their mind or yours.
If you are really into this process, it is a good idea to also note their eye color, height, hair color, etc. just so you don't confuse one with another.
This also helps when you want to talk about any family characteristics they share!

Book #1, Contemporary in my
KNIBL series
2. Record any dates for actions in plot or dates of birth of characters.
    These are pesky issues that later on can cause you trouble because the facts are buried in the text. Write them down as you go—and be sure to change them if you change the text.
    Remember, too, that if your first book in the series debuted 2 years ago and you mark time in a different way in the fiction than chronologically, you need to tell the reader this. How? Either in the text itself, with such sentences like, "Jake and Susannah had been married for five months when Max came to town. He knew he had little chance of breaking them up. And to try would be so wrong."

3. Keep another record of family events or community events that recur.
Does the town have an annual Memorial Day Parade and is the Sheriff always the Grand Marshall of the event?
Did the local high school burn down in the last book in June?
Was the town founded by renegade outlaws after the Civil War?
You want to record any pertinent facts so you don't have to hunt them down every time you need a refresher.
If you want to also note where these references occurred in which book in the series and on what page, even better!
Most important, if any of these events are significant to this family, town or area for a particular reason, then you want to note how and why it is. Then, never vary only elaborate on that.

Book #2, Contemporary in my
KNIBL series
4. Jot down the major conflicts between your hero and heroine or others in the stories.
You do not want to write the same book twice in your series.
And if you can develop an over-arching challenge among all the characters then this enriches your series.
In KNIGHTS IN BLACK LEATHER, the big challenge in town is that there are fewer women than men. The men, therefore, have learned to "share." Menages and a quatre unions are plentiful!
This makes for a lot of continuity, but it also means I have a lot of potential for internal and couples' conflicts.

5. Draw a family tree or a relationship tree.

Often times in a series, a few of the characters are related by blood or incident.  If this is so in your books, as it is in my KNIBL series, then it is vital that you draw one of these.  Even if it never appears in any of your books, this tree is an easy visual that will keep you on the straight and narrow when it comes to facts about their relationships.

Your readers will love it when you keep them organized.
And they will continue to buy your series of books!
See how I do it by buying all at: https://www.ellorascave.com/index.php/authors/index/author/slug/cerise-deland/

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Multicultural Recognition Award Continues to Grow

Multicultural Recognition Award Continues to Grow...

Since I'm a newbie to this blog, you all probably don't know that I'm the co-chair and founder of the Swirl Awards. A couple of years ago I looked around in the publishing industry and realized there wasn't an award  that recognized the multicultural/interracial sub-genre where the romance featured heroes or heroines of different ethnic groups or more specifically interracial couples.

Personally, I found this disconcerting since the multicultural/interracial sub-genre has grown by leaps and bounds in the past ten years with an influx of both writers and readers who are hungry to read books that reflect their lives and experiences and yet share common ingredients -- sizzling sensuality, compelling characters and emotional intensity.

After months of kicking the idea around and wondering if we had the time, the Swirl Awards was launched in 2012.  To our surprise, the response was all positive and somewhat overwhelming.  From the very first day, authors nominations started pouring in and we had more judges than books.

This year the awards continued to grow with the addition of the Best IR/Multicultural publisher and Novella categories and almost double the entries. There were also more than 6,000 votes cast in out Readers' Choice polls!

(the award we give out to all of our category winners)

Wondering who are category winners were this year?  Here's the complete list:

Best IR/Multicultural Publisher
Crimson Romance

Best Contemporary
Short Soup by Coleen Kwan (Escape Publishing)

Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Bomber’s Moon/Dog Fighter’s by Alex Beercroft (Samhain Publishing)

Best Historical
Brown Sugar by Lena Matthews (Loose-Id)

Best Novella
My Sweet Succubus by Delilah Devlin (Ellora's Cave Publishing)

Best Paranormal
Already Freaking Mated by Eve Langlais

Best Romantic Suspense
Every Dog – H.M. Mann

To learn more about the Swirl Awards, visit www.swirlawards.com.

Koko Brown

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

What’s in a Name?

What character traits do you think of when you read or hear the name Iago? Devious? Tricky, sneaky, backstabbing? Two faced?

What about Janus? Some of us might think of the actor who played Pam Dawber’s father on Mork & Mindy. Some others might envision the Roman god with two faces, which is who/what I thought of while beginning to write my latest romantic suspense (Designed by Danger).

I admit I expected to find descriptions more sinister than Iago or at least as mischievous as the Hawaiian demi-god Maui. Instead I discovered Janus has two faces because he can look into both the past and the future. He is also considered a gatekeeper, capable of closing doors while opening others. Which makes him the perfect inciter for my heroine—looking to escape her dreary existence—and my hero—searching for a faceless would-be assassin.

Who knew?

Virtual Bride

Dee Brice, Author

It Takes a Thief

Dee Brice Erotic Fantasies Where Nothing is Forbidden
Available Now from Ellora's Cave: IT TAKES A THIEF
Available October 5, 2012 from Ellora's Cave: TEMPTRESS OF TIME
For all Dee's books go to: deebrice.com

Monday, June 24, 2013

Fun & Games & Cover Models at Romfest 2013

Greetings gang!

Thought I'd share some of the more, erm, photographic moments from my 2nd year of attendance at Romfest, which is a writer and reader conference sponsored by the Smoky Mountain Romance Writers Association each year. Next year it's in March and to be held in Knoxville instead of Gatlinburg. I highly recommend it to both authors and readers as it's a great way to get up close and personal with members of your opposite group.

Now, on with the slide show!

on an author panel with Hildie McQueen & Joey Hill ("don't put Liz and Joey together" was a popular mantra. We cause trouble).

with some reader fans at the costume ball

me=fan girl (Joey Hill)

Me and Joey (watch out for us)

High Tea Luncheon
cover model Scott Nova, yours truly and some girl he claims is his girlfriend.
last night, live music, awesome

Hildie in the best costume ever (look at the shirt)
Me running my mouth at the Very important and Scholarly writer workshop about craft beer (yes)
my and my new boyfriend....erm, favorite cover model Scott Nova

Scott is a good sport....

I told you he liked me 

photo bombing at the Books A Million signing!

Like I said, "Romfest" is a small sized conference in the Southern U.S. that is well worth your time! Check it out for next year!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Steampunk at Comicpalooza by Maeve Alpin

Steampunk made a big impact at Comicpalooza in Houston last month. Beginning Friday, May 24, due to my Steampunk/Erotica/Romance—Conquistadors In Outer Space, one of the panels I participated in was Sex In Space this isn’t your brother’s Sci-Fi, with Lynn Lorenz, Belinda McBride, Jacqueline Patrick and me. In our quest as writers to bring romance and happy endings to deep space, our panel spoke about space regencies, space operas, steampunk and humanoid aliens with all the right parts.. I love human/alien sex scenes that are humorous and hot at the same time.
I had a blast, discussing the fun subject of sex in space. As humans, both passion and love are two of the strongest, most important emotions we experience. It’s that way for all humans. Passion and love were vital emotions to humans in the past, they are just as important and thrilling in the present, and that will definitely be the case in humanity’s future as well. Passion and love are so fulfilling to us, we imagine if there is life on other planets, those creatures will hold those emotions in high esteem as well. So it’s only natural stories involving space or other planets include passion and love.

Comicpalooza proved the perfect setting, for this provocative and intriguing panel, with plenty of costumed space creatures and space characters at the con, some are pictured here.

My Saturday began with my panel on Steampunk Egyptology, discussing mummies and the Victorians. Like we, modern men and women, are mad for zombies, Victorians were crazy about mummies. The whole revenge of the mummy premise was theirs. No myth or tales exist in Egyptian history about mummies coming to life and staggering around in all their grave wrappings. Scary, revenge seeking mummies are pure Victoriana.
It all began in 1821, when a theater near Piccadilly Circus held a public mummy unwrapping. Inspired by this event, author Jane Webb Loudon wrote “The Mummy, A Tale of the 22nd Century” in 1827. This was the first mummy story, one of the first sci-fi stories and one of the first sci-fi stories written by a woman. From time to time, I like to remind people that female writers, such as Mary Shelley and Jane Loudon, wrote sci-fi from the beginning and helped develop the genre.

Those Victorians loved their mummies and they loved mummy stories. Mummies proved a popular theme in many Edwardian and Victorian books. With so many mummy books, I’m going to only name the stories written by author’s you’ll recognize. 

First we have a short story, “Some Words with a Mummy”, written in 1845 by Edgar Allen Poe.
Then in 1869 Louisa May Alcott, of Little Women fame, wrote a short story, “Lost in a Pyramid: The Mummy’s Curse’s”. 
Next, we have The Jewel of Seven Stars, a full length novel written in 1903 by Bram Stoker of Dracula fame.  The Jewel of Seven Stars has two endings. On the third print run, in 1912, the publisher demanded Stoker change the ending. At the time, critics called the original ending too gruesome. I was able to read the original ending at google books. The first ending isn’t gruesome by today’s standards though it is horribly sad. Still, the original ending is clearly the best. 

Saturday night was the Steampunk ball. Every aspect of Comicpalooza was a carnival of the

fantastic and the ball was no exception. The music was merry the hall was grand and one and all came with their dancing shoes on, in costumes both elegant and outrageous. Buxom damsels in bustles and corsets and dapper men in Victorian attire swung their feet, kicked up their heels, and bounced at the ball. The highlight of the ball was the performance of Abney Park 


Sunday morning began with my Steampunk Tips and Quips panel.Delphine Dryden, (author of the Steampunk Epic nominated novella The Lamplighter’s Love and the Steam and Seduction series from Berkley),  and I discussed the variety of the genre. Writers and readers, take a look at Seampunk. Readers, you may find your favorite book or writers, you may find this genre fits your writing voice.
My individual definition on Steampunk is: Historical/sci-fi based on the idea of the technological revolution and the Industrial revolution happening together.

Delphine’s definition is: Alternate history with a Victorian-era feel in which gas-powered technology never achieved primacy. Instead, steam power, clockwork, and other technologies involving various batteries and lesser-known devices like the Stirling engine, were further developed and refined to meet those same needs. 

It’s considered that the genre began with authors, James Blaylock, K.W. Jeter and Tim Powers. As students at Cal State Fullerton, they read Victorian and Edwardian literature. In the mid 1980’s,they all lived fifteen minutes from each other, and would meet in a bar called O’Hara’s in Orange California. They drank beer, critiqued each other’s work and shared ideas. The term Steampunk is attributed to K. W. Jeter from a letter he sent to The Science Fiction Magazine, Locus, which they printed in their April 1987 issue. 


Here’s a tidbit of that letter: “Personally, I think Victorian fantasies are going to be the next big thing, as long as we can come up with a fitting collective term for Powers, Blaylock and myself. Something based on the appropriate technology of the era; like "steampunks", perhaps...”

That was in the 1980’s. After the turn of the century, here in the 21st century, Steampunk blended into cross genres, such as Steampunk/Romance dear to my heart and Delphine’s. A cross genre that’s about four years old. So, even though Steampunk has been around since the 80’s these cross genres are brand new.
Steampunk Romance
Steampunk Erotica Romance – sometimes called Steamypunk
Young Adult Steampunk
Paranormal Steampunk
Fantasy Steampunk
Inspirational Steampunk
Steampunk Mystery
Steampunk Horror
Cowpunk – also called Westernpunk or Deadwood or Weird West 

The panel rooms are empty and the booths at Comicpalooza have been taken down and all the stars have gone. So we are left waiting for Comicpalooza 2014. Until then there are plenty of great steampunk romance books  to feed your steampunk fix.  

Maeve Alpin, who also writes under the pen name of Cornelia Amiri, is the author of 18 romance books. You can find her on her webpage also you can find more photos on comicpalooza at her pinterst board