Steampunk is the marriage of old world manners and customs with fanciful steam powered technology and scientific advancements, or sometimes magic. My books lean heavily to the science side of things. You can take a true story, like Marguerite’s, and spice it up with all kinds of fun contraptions and plot twists. It really adds a lot of creative freedom to the author.
Marguerite’s world is very unique. Most steampunk on the market these days is either old west, or set in Victorian London. Marguerite is a wealthy girl from 17th century France chasing pirates around the world in aerships during the Golden Age of Piracy. I was able to play with time, technology and relationships while still showcasing some of the amazing truths of the age. In short, it was a blast to write! I can’t wait to see more diverse steampunk stories. Punk isn’t just for London anymore, folks.
About The Perilous Journey Of The Much Too Spontaneous Girl
Lady Marguerite Vadnay and her trusty automaton, Outil, have settled into life in New France rather well. Marguerite is top of the class at flight school and her future as an aerpilot is nearly secure. She has everything she wants— except a commission on the pirate hunting dirigible The Renegade. Using every card in her aristocratic arsenal, Marguerite wiggles her way onto the finest warship France has to offer. But as usual, Marguerite’s plans endanger the lives of those she holds dear— only this time no one else is going to save them. As Marguerite and Outil set off on a rescue mission they may not return from, she finally realizes it’s time to reorder her cogs.
This steampunk adventure is littered with facts from The Golden Age of Piracy and follows (not too closely) some of the lives and adventures of the brave men and women who sailed the seas as privateers, pirates and soldiers.
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About Leigh Statham
Leigh Statham was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho, but found her heart in New York City. She worked as a waitress, maid, artist, math teacher, nurse, web designer, art director, thirty-foot inflatable pig and mule wrangler before she settled down in the semi-quiet role of wife, mother and writer. She resides in North Carolina with her husband, four children, five chickens and two suspected serial killer cats. If the air is cool and the sun is just coming up over the horizon, you can find her running the streets of her small town, plotting her next novel with the sort of intensity that will one day get her hit by a car.
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Giveaway Information: Contest ends October 7, 2016
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