|Kimber’s Geared for Pleasure Review|
GEARED FOR PLEASURE, Book One of the Elemental Steam series, has two contiguous stories-Earthly Desires and Fiery Temptations. In each of those stories I could have kept going forever. The world was so big, their stories were so complex, that it was hard to rein myself in waiting for book two. 🙂
What initially started as my homage to The Smutketeers, my group blog and inspiration, became something far more complicated. An entire world.
It’s a fascinating place that I hope readers will want to visit, though I doubt anyone in their right mind would want to live there. Its hard and harsh landscapes, its rigid societal structure, none of those things are conducive to happiness and serenity. My characters seem to thrive there, but they are made of far tougher stuff than I.
The challenges of this world, the machinery and history, the caste system and the details of the civilization became an obsession. From the mechanical messengers of The Khepri (you’ll find out) to the dodge on the Deviant and the workings of the Siren (again, you’ll find out)—I was focused on every aspect, every gear and rivet of the world. So was my sci-fi loving husband, who definitely helped me make my flimsy ideas more substantial.
What wasn’t challenging were the strong heroines and their heroes. They guided me through Theorrey in ways I hadn’t expected, and told me more about the world than any of my research could. They scared me a little, broke my heart and made me root for them. (plus I’m a little in love with Bodhan…and Wulf…and Freeman….you definitely want to find out about them)
Steampunk by definition is “a sub-genre of science fiction, fantasy, altered history and speculative fiction.” Usually set in Victorian era or Wild West.
I called Geared the sub sub genre of steampunk “Clockworky steampunkitude” because…well, because I’m a little odd, and I like to dance to the beat of my own mechanized marching band.
The Elemental aspect of my series completely corresponds with Steampunk as well as Urban Fantasy. The elements are powerful in each genre. Magic and immortality. Harnessing life at its essence. Alchemy. Each of my main female characters represents an element; Earth, Fire, Air, Water. Their coming together is vital for so many reasons.
…you’ll find out. =)
Thank you so much for inviting me and letting me share. I hope everyone enjoys Dare and Phina’s stories!
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And if you want to see first hand the women who started it all, visit www.smutketeers.com
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