Now For Something Different

One of the things about being an author is the blessing/curse of having an active imagination. In my years since I’ve been published I’ve written sci-fi romance, erotic romance, paranormal romance and now…steampunk!

Don’t get me wrong, I love writing contemporary erotic romance (I’m working on two right now), but sometimes I like to stretch my legs and try something different. I’ve had a soft spot in my heart for science fiction since I first saw Doctor Who when I was seven, and over the years have tried my hand at writing it. But my strengths and ultimate love creatively always comes back to romance.

In recent years, a relatively new sub-genre that’s emerged has been that of steampunk romance. Normally, the first question I get from people is “What the hell is steampunk?”, which is a good one.   Here is the basic definition as provided by Google.

steam·punk  (


a genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology.
I’ve also had it described as “if goths wore brown”. :)
So the more I read, the more I was drawn to the world building that’s inherent with steampunk. I decided that I wanted to try my hand at creating my own universe, but keeping with my love of romance. I was very lucky to have the first two books of my Shadow Guild series picked up by Forever Yours.
gilded heartsBook one is called Gilded Hearts and involves an alternative London and my own version of the Jack the Ripper murders.
FIRST LOVE IS NEVER FORGOTTENPiper Smith is an Archivist, one who extracts memories from the dead-and her first job is more difficult than she ever imagined. Not only is her subject the victim of murder, but the first man to arrive on the scene is the last man she ever expected to see again: handsome, tormented, and devilishly sexy Samuel Hawkins. Years ago, he fled the Archivists’ Guild unceremoniously, leaving behind both unanswered questions . . . and Piper’s aching heart.Sergeant Samuel Hawkins of the King’s Sentry can hardly believe the strong, beautiful woman before him is the same shy girl he once knew. His instincts scream to hold her, to kiss her, and to make amends for disappearing from the Archives-and her life. Yet when Piper’s extraction of the victim’s memories reveals something unsettling, the line between ally and enemy suddenly begins to blur. And the question becomes whether their fragile love will blossom or fade like a distant memory.
No, I won’t stop writing contemporary romance, but sometimes it’s fun to try something completely different.
If you’d like to check out Gilded Hearts, it’s available at Amazon B&N, and Kobo.


Now For Something Different — 3 Comments

  1. Thanks for giving us insight into the genre of steampunk, Christine. It’s great to be able to venture into other genres, and building completely different worlds must be fun. Do you use a story bible to keep all of the elements of the story straight as you work through the series?

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