Please welcome author Viola Carr aka Erica Hayes! Her new novel The Devious Dr. Jekyll was released this week (October 27, 2015) from Harper Voyager. The Devious Dr. Jekyll is the second novel in the Electric Empire series. If you like steampunk, you’ll want to check out this series! If you would like to know our thoughts on the first novel in this series, The Diabolical Miss Hyde, click HERE to read the review.
We are also giving away a copy of The Diabolical Miss Hyde at the end of this post! A huge thank you to Viola/Erica for today’s giveaway! This contest is open internationally!
Viola Carr was born in a strange and distant land, but wandered into darkest London one foggy October evening and never found her way out. She now devours countless history books and dictates fantastical novels by gaslight, accompanied by classical music and the snoring of her slumbering cat.
Viola also writes urban fantasy adventure and dark paranormal romance under a pseudonym.
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Cool things about writing steampunk
What’s so cool about steampunk? Why would you want to read (or write!) this wacky historical fantasy thing, with weird sci-fi technology, witty Victorian tea-drinking banter, and the best costumes ever?
Well, that’s just it.
1) Wacky historical fantasy
I can take my historical time period – in the case of my Electric Empire books, it’s mid-Victorian London – and do whatever I want. If I want to kill off Prince Albert with poison, resurrect Napoleon as an evil zombie general, and create a luminous fairy underworld ruled by a psychotic drug-addled madman, no one can stop me. Bwa-ha-HAR.
(For the record, only two of those things happen in The Diabolical Miss Hyde. No zombie generals here. Though I do resurrect a notable historical figure or two.)
2) Weird sci-fi technology
Put the steam in steampunk. Or take it out. You can suit yourself. Clockwork automatons, steam-powered cars, grotesque Frankenstein-like homunculi, or airships that run on… well, air.
Never mind about those pesky laws of energy conservation! Move science forward at breakneck speed, or drag it back to a crawl. You can stuff in anachronisms galore. And no one can say you’re wrong.
3) Tea-drinking, duelling, and frightfully quaint witticisms, old thing
Who doesn’t love a comedy of manners? While I confess my books tend to the dark and dirty side of quasi-Victoriana, there’s still nothing better than polishing off your enemy with an oh-so-polite example of British rapier wit, while sipping tea with your pinky extended.
Then, of course, there’s tea duelling. You’ll never look at a soggy biscuit (NOT a cookie) the same way again.
4) Best costumes ever
If you’ve ever wanted to be a pirate, an intrepid explorer or a mad scientist? Steampunk has the clothes for you. Goggles, ruffled skirts and parasols, cool brass gadgets, sharp suits and lots and lots of leather. Preferably brown.
P.S. Corsets on the outside, people. Because that’s how we roll.
Those are just some of the things I love about this fabulous genre.
So what’s your favourite thing about steampunk? Or – if you’re not into it – why not?
This giveaway is provided by Viola Carr/Erica Hayes!
One lucky reader will win a copy of The Diabolical Miss Hyde
Available October 27, 2015 from Harper Voyager
About this Book:
Dr. Eliza Jekyll, heroine of the electrifying The Diabolical Miss Hyde—an edgy steampunk retelling of the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde—investigates a bizarre murder case in an alternate Victorian London while battling her treacherous secret half: Lizzie Hyde.
Solving the infamous Chopper case has helped crime scene physician Dr. Eliza Jekyll establish her fledgling career in the chauvinistic world of Victorian law enforcement. But the scrutiny that comes with her newfound fame is unwelcome for a woman with a diabolical secret. And there is the mercurial Royal Society agent and wolf man Remy Lafayette. Does he want to marry her, eat her, or burn her at the stake? Though Eliza is uncertain about Remy, her dark and jealous shadow self, Lizzie, wants to steal the magnetic and persistent agent, and usurp Eliza’s life.
It’s impossible to push Remy away when he tempts her with the one thing she can’t resist: a bizarre crime. The search for a bloodthirsty ritual torturer dubbed the Pentacle Killer draws them into a terrifying world of spies, art thieves, and evil alchemy, where the price of immortality is madness—or damnation—and only Lizzie’s dark ingenuity can help Eliza survive.
As Eliza and Remy race to thwart a foul conspiracy involving the sorcerous French, they must also overcome a sinister enemy who is all too close: the vengeful Lizzie, determined to dispose of Eliza for good.