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Weekend Writing Warriors-Steampunk WIP Snippet 10

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m continuing to share from my current work in progress FPWL. It’s a companion novel to Dirigibles Are Forever and hopefully the beginning of a trilogy. This snippet is immediately after last week’s, which ended with Garrett commenting on her need to see everything with “I’m unsure if everything is quite appropriate.” We are still in Garrett’s point of view.

“Her smiled deepened and the spark inside her grey eyes raised his body heat. “You let me worry about what is appropriate.”

Garrett studied her for a moment and then offered her his arm. “As you wish.”

Clara muttered under her breath. He didn’t catch every word, but for a moment he thought he’d heard “You have no idea what I wish for.”

He grinned and led her along passenger corridor. “Let’s start with the basics and work ourselves up to the more advanced destinations.”

What works, what doesn’t?

Thank you for all the great suggestions last week:). I’ve started to work out on Sunday mornings, so I’ll be around a little later. I’m loving the fact that Toronto has had moments of weather above freezing. I’m still wearing my big coat, but I’m hoping it won’t be necessary soon. Happy first spring weekend!

Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Writing!

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Weekend Writing Warriors-Steampunk WIP Snippet 9

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m continuing to share from my current work in progress FPWL. It’s a companion novel to Dirigibles Are Forever and hopefully the beginning of a trilogy. This snippet follows a few sentences after last week’s, which ended with Garrett asking Clara to step into his web. She is non-committal and walks away from him, thereby initiating the tour of the dirigible she needs to gather the necessary intel. We are still in Garrett’s point of view.

“Garrett smiled as he followed Miss Riesenbeck, filled with intrigue and curiosity. He’d expected a calm and uneventful flight to London-it appeared that was about to change.

He appreciated the sway of her hips as she walked before him, accentuated by the short jacket. She stopped and turned to him once they’d stepped through the double doors of the parlour. “Where to first?”

“That depends on what you want to see.”

“Everything.”

“I’m unsure if everything is quite appropriate.”

What works, what doesn’t?

As always, thanks a lot for all your comments:). Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Writing!

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Weekend Writing Warriors-Steampunk WIP Snippet 8

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m continuing to share from my current work in progress FPWL. It’s a companion novel to Dirigibles Are Forever and hopefully the beginning of a trilogy. This snippet follows directly after last week’s, which ended with Clara asking Garrett if he knew how to handle her. We’re in his point of view and the punctuation is just a little creative because I wanted to give you the full exchange.

“He smiled and knew it carried an edge, “Would you like me to prove it?”

She studied him, leaving him hanging on the edge of the abyss.

“Give me the tour and I will let you know.”

Challenge curled through him-he gave her a light bow, but continued to hold her gaze captive. “Please step into my cargo hold.”

Her smile lit up her face-her beauty was not conventional, but in that moment it took away his breath. “Said the spider to the fly.”

Garrett smiled, “Will you step into my web?”

She turned around and threw him a glance over her shoulder, “I haven’t made up my mind yet.”

What works, what doesn’t? I’m not sure about the last two lines.

Garrett’s comment about the cargo hold links back to Clara’s request for a tour that covers the areas passengers don’t usually get to see, including the cargo hold.

Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Writing!

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Weekend Writing Warriors-Steampunk WIP Snippet 7

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m continuing to share from my current work in progress FPWL. It’s a companion novel to Dirigibles Are Forever and hopefully the beginning of a trilogy. This snippet follows directly after last week’s. Clara and Garrett had a more or less wordless exchange last week-maybe even faced off a little;). We’re in his point of view and the punctuation is just a little creative…

“Garrett turned to Jens. “I believe you have other passengers to look after; I’ll take care of Miss Riesenbeck and anything she may require.”

Relief flashed in the young man’s eyes. He bowed to both of them and practically ran away.

“I don’t know if I should be insulted at the speed of his departure or pat his cheek.”

Garrett laughed. “Neither-I just think you were too much woman for him. He didn’t know how to handle you.”

She raised her eyebrows at him. “And you do?”

What works, what doesn’t?

Toronto has been just a tad nippy this last month (we’ve been hovering around -30C (-22F)), so I’m very excited it’s the first day of March. Spring is-hopefully-not too far off, because this is how I’m feeling right now:

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Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Writing!

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Weekend Writing Warriors-Steampunk WIP Snippet 6

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m continuing to share from my current work in progress FPWL. It’s a companion novel to Dirigibles Are Forever and hopefully the beginning of a trilogy. This snippet comes a little after my last one. Clara approached Jens, the young stewart she made blush in the first snippet. Garrett, my hero overheard part of the conversation and stepped closer. After some back and forth where she plays a bit of a role for Jens she shows him a hint of her true self. We’re in his point of view.

“Intelligence filled her grey eyes. Her lips, up until now curved in a slight smile, firmed and straightened.

He raised his right eyebrow.

She narrowed her gaze, but didn’t say anything. Instead she studied him from the tips of his boots to the top of his head and every inch in between. Heat spread through his body, unexpected and not completely welcome.

Then she raised her brow and mirrored his stance.

He couldn’t help himself and smiled-it had been a very, very long time since a woman had intrigued him after just exchanging two sentences. “

What works, what doesn’t?

Last week I was in Germany visiting my mum so I had to miss you guys. I’m looking forward to catching up with your fabulous stories again. I’m playing with a couple of ideas for two new series, very different from anything I’ve done so far. One is contemporary and the other is paranormal romance. I’m very much in the beginning stages and need to see if either or both develop into more.

Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Writing!

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Victorian Valentine’s Day in Steampunk London

I love to write steampunk because it means I get to mix past, present and future together and make something new. “What If?” is one of my all time favourite questions;). How would a couple in my Victorian London celebrate Valentine’s Day?

  1. Today we’d exchange emails or text a partner, but in my Victorian London a couple in the beginning stages of courtship would send a flockwork message. A flockwork message is a mechanical bird that records the sender’s words and sings them at the recipient. It would be fun and flirty and something they can share.
  2. A romantic dinner is the usual fare for modern day couples, but in my London Afternoon Tea at Claridge’s would be the equivalent. Of course the tea will be served by sharply dressed automatons who can outstep any maître d’.
  3. If we want to do something special we’d visit the theatre and take in a show or catch a great movie at the cinema. My couples will head over to the Globe Theatre and watch Shakespeare’s “The Mechanic of Venice” or “A Midsummer Night’s Steam”.
  4. If you want to be a little bit naughty your text or email could include a picture or two. In my London a couple would send an image (or two) through the Aether. Throughout the day the Aether terminal will ping when yet another delicious picture arrives. Hopefully the evening will be spent together admiring the real version;).
  5. A weekend away is definitely a favourite to celebrate Valentine’s Day. My couples will jump on their dirigible and take a leisurely trip across the channel and end up in Paris to admire the city and savour its delicious treats.

What is your favourite way to celebrate Valentine’s Day?

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Weekend Writing Warriors-Steampunk WIP Snippet 5

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m continuing to share from my current work in progress FPWL. It’s a companion novel to Dirigibles Are Forever and hopefully the beginning of a trilogy. This snippet comes a little after last week’s. Clara explored some of the dirigible, but could not access all the areas she needed to explore. After chatting with the other passengers she approaches Jens, the young stewart she made blush in the first snippet. My hero overhears part of the conversation and steps closer. We’re in his point of view.

“Garrett Dewhurst studied the vision before him. She was tall and willowy, her streamlined figure on display in a sleek dress and short jacket that framed her breasts like a present. For a second her grey eyes flashed and then took on a more neutral look.

The hairs on the back his neck rose and his instincts tingled.

Their eyes locked.

Fierce intelligence filled her expression.

He crossed his arms over his chest. “Stuff in what?” he repeated his question.”

What works, what doesn’t? His question is in response to something Clara said a couple of paragraphs before.

Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Writing!

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Weekend Writing Warriors-Steampunk WIP Snippet 4

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m continuing to share from my current work in progress FPWL. It’s a companion novel to Dirigibles Are Forever and hopefully the beginning of a trilogy. This snippet comes a little after last week’s. Clara has explored some of the dirigible and joined the rest of the passengers in the lounge. Someone new just entered said lounge:

“Captain Nolan had arrived. He strode up to the first group of passengers sitting around a small table and introduced himself.

This was one of the most difficult parts of her role as an undercover agent for His Excellency, the Prime Minister. Part of her, a dark and ruthless part she had to keep under tight control, just wanted to kill the traitor. He was about to endanger hundreds if not thousands of innocent people.

But there was no guarantee that his death would be the end of it.

She followed him with her eyes as he worked his way around the room, being all captain-y and in charge.

And the smuggler and seller of bombs so small and sophisticated, yet so powerful they could not be allowed to change hands – hands that were probably unfriendly towards the Empire.”

What works, what doesn’t?

I was nearly ready to write “The End” and then I realized a couple of things which mean I’m now probably another 10-15k away from “The End”. Not quite sure how I feel about that…

Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Writing!

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Weekend Writing Warriors-Steampunk WIP Snippet 3

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m continuing to share from my current work in progress FPWL. The day job blew up all over me so I haven’t had the time to work on my revisions adding to my general levels of frustration. *exhales and finds her happy place* It’s a companion novel to Dirigibles Are Forever and hopefully the beginning of a trilogy. This snippet comes shortly after last week’s when Clara made the young steward blush.

“Clara took pity on him; she nodded her thanks and followed the Otto. The automaton was anchored into the floor on a track and rolled ahead of her. The anchor made sense as it meant the machine would remain stable during turbulences or altitude drops.

It also meant it could only follow predetermined routes.

Out of the corner of her eyes Clara catalogued the tracks, mapping them in her head against the intel she’d received before the mission.

Within a few minutes they stood outside a non-descript door. She had the expected corner cabin giving her only one neighbour-and that cabin would miraculously stay unoccupied.

It were the details that counted.”

What works, what doesn’t?

Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Writing!

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Weekend Writing Warriors-Steampunk WIP Snippet 2

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m continuing to share from my current work in progress FPWL. The first draft is mostly done, but I made some changes in the second half of the book, which means I now have to go back and ensure continuity. It’s a companion novel to Dirigibles Are Forever and hopefully the beginning of a trilogy. It’s still pretty raw, so please be gentle;). This snippet comes directly after last week’s and we are in Clara’s point of view.

“A human steward, his nametag identified him as Jens Althoff, greeted her at the top. He looked to be in that stage where he hadn’t quite finished growing nor had quite put on the muscle that made him a man. “Wilkommen, Fräulein Riesenbeck; wir sind so glücklich Sie an Bord zu begrüßen und wünschen Ihnen einen wunderbaren Flug.”

Clara replied in accent-free German as she handed him her ticket. “Thank you for your kind welcome. I am excited to be here and am looking forward to an enjoyable flight.” She batted her eyelashes a few times. “It’s the first time I’m riding a dirigible this big,” her breathy sigh at the end was timed perfectly.

Jens blushed.”

What works, what doesn’t?

Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Writing!

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