Fans of the steampunk genre will want to check out Cindy Spencer Pape if they haven’t already. Her Gaslight Chronicles series is full of magic, mystery, and an exciting blend of history and fiction…and romance. Read on for a special note from Cindy about how reading and writing inspires the imagination, as well as information on the latest in the Gaslight Chronicles, Ashes & Alchemy.
“Letting your imagination out of the box”: A Note From Cindy Spender Pape:
I love to read, mainly because it gives me a chance to escape my own reality. In a book I can be anything, anywhere, anytime. Romance is my favorite genre, but I like it best when it’s mixed with something else—suspense, mystery, science fiction, or fantasy. It’s all about letting your imagination out of the box. In the same way, I find inspiration and ideas everywhere, particularly when something is a little incongruous. That one flower growing up through the concrete of a parking lot, or the one girl playing football with all the boys. A touch of lace mixed with a modern business suit or that one tough guy pushing a swing in the park with all the moms. Then I can imagine stuff like an old wooden wagon sitting on a spaceship.
I think that’s something every author should think about—what stands out to you and makes you notice something? Those little details can make a story come to life, and bring the reader right into your world.
The Latest from Cindy Spencer Pape…
A Gaslight Chronicles novella
Police inspector Sebastian Brown served Queen and country in India before returning to England to investigate supernatural crimes alongside the Order of the Round Table. If his wifeless, childless life feels a little empty sometimes, that’s not too great a price to pay in the name of duty.
Minerva Shaw is desperately seeking a doctor when she mistakenly lands on Sebastian’s doorstep. Her daughter Ivy has fallen gravely ill with a mysterious illness–the same illness, it seems, that’s responsible for taking the lives of many of Ivy’s classmates.
Seb sniffs a case, and taking in Minnie and Ivy seems the only way to protect them while he solves it. But as mother and daughter work their way into his heart and Seb uses every magickal and technological resource he can muster to uncover the source of the deadly plague, it’she who will need protecting–from emotions he’d thought buried long ago.
What Are Other Readers Saying About the Gaslight Chronicles?
“This book was a load of fun. A LOAD. The blending of steampunk, knights, magick, vampyres and other supernatural critters just flat out worked.” — Goodreads review for Steam & Sorcery
“I love this series. I think that my favorite thing about it is that the women are beautiful, but also smart and independent, and they aren’t afraid to take the lead in the relationships. No delicate flowers being seduced here!” — Amazon review for Kilts & Kraken
“This book is the perfect blend of Steampunk ingenuity, flights of fancy, and romantic notion.” — Goodreads review for Moonlight & Mechanicals