Thursday, October 13, 2011

Putting the Steam in Steampunk with SJ Davis

Steampunk is such a great sub-genre for the kind of book I’ve always wanted to write! The rules are nebulous and the lines confining your imagination are full of gaps. With steampunk - the books, art and role play/costuming - creativity is the only rule.

There are certain “ideals” when you think of steampunk. Goggles, gas lanterns, airships, corsets, steam locomotives, for example. Or adventuring Victorian woman running about containing dastardly villains with a click of their parasol’s poison dart, but mostly, everything is in flux. Steampunk tropes have recently found their way into alien stories and the Wild West. And this is all good and fun!

When I began my short novel, Invisible Sun, I wanted to begin with the perils of the Industrial Age and man’s obsession with alchemy. Through genetic engineering, man inadvertently creates a new race of vampires in Victorian London. But instead of these vampires being scavengers, or prowling the fringes of society, these creatures are highly evolved and respected organizers of law and guardians of science.

Unfortunately, one stray drop has spilled from the genetically perfected vein. A vampire turns rogue and attacks the women of London’s East End, upending the precarious peace between vampires and humans. Chaos reigns when a virus, stemming from the genetic experiments, is unleashed on the human community. But soon, a sexy vampire and a beautiful Victorian woman work together to stop the spread of disease…but, there could be a pay a high price for a hopeful ending.

With Invisible Sun, I felt free to create fantastic scenarios with steampunk vampires living in a gaslight and steam powered world. I blended them together with a dash of futuristic and dystopian genetic science then a hint of romance. I hope this keeps the reader turning pages! It’s sexy, scary, retro, with high stakes to add more steam to your traditional steampunk.

Follow the Vampires and Steampunk Tour

October 1 Promo Spot
Cocktails and Books

Oct 7 Guest Blog and review

Oct 10 Guest Blog and Review

Oct 13 Guest Blog
Lisa’s World of Books

Oct 13 Guest Blog
Fang-tastic Books

Oct 16 Guest Blog
Roxanne’s Realm

October 19 Guest Blog and Review
Back Of The Book Reviews

Oct 20 Guest Blog (review later)

Oct 22 Interview
Beverly @ The Wormhole

Oct 23 Guest Blog and Review

Oct 29 Interview
Laurie Thoughts & Reviews

Oct 30 Guest Blog and review
Romancing the Darkside

By SJ Davis
Genre: Vampire/Steampunk


In Victorian London, at the beginning of the Industrial Age and the height of man’s obsession with alchemy, scientists gave birth to the foundation of modern genetic science. As steampunk airships cut across the foggy city of Gravesend, vampires are brought to life.

But instead of scavengers prowling the fringe of society, these creatures have evolved to be the respected organizers of the Society, a universal religion, and the Guardians of Science.

One stray drop has spilled from the vein.
Draegan, heralded from birth as the genetically perfect vampire, has turned rogue, attacking the women of London’s East End. Only his brother, with the help of Lady Astrid West, can hunt him down before he is able to unleash his full insanity upon the helpless city. And only another birth, the birth of yet another perfect vampire, can stop his madness.

About the Author:

SJ Davis is the daughter of an ex-patriate British mother and a Southern Baptist ex-CIA father. As a child, she spoke in silly accents and recounted outlandish tales of fantasy over afternoon tea and to this day it remains her favorite activity. Born in Long Island, NY, she was raised in the suburbs of Washington DC and went to school for a very long time (University of Virginia and George Mason University), married an all-around wonderful man, had two kids (smart, funny, full of opinions), moved from Virginia to New Jersey to Philadelphia to Chicago, and began her writing career. She is a believer in fate, an avid tea drinker, a stiletto aficionado, Doc Marten worshipper, punk rock listener, and lover of flip flops and cardigans. She has a terrible sense of direction, loves gummy bears, and is a Johnny Depp fangirl. (fan page)!/SteampunkSarah (author page at Vamptasy)

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