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Quintette of Questions: Karen J CarLisle

Today I’m asking five questions of:

Karen J Carlisle!

1. What’s the name of your latest book – and how did you choose the title?

My latest book is The Department of Curiosities. This is the first book in a new steampunk adventure series. It’s set in the same alternative history world as my first series, but has a lighter feel.

I always had a fascination for Victorian curiosity cabinets, especially the ‘scientific’ ones. Back in 2012, I wondered what would happen if new scientific inventions were locked away in a similar fashion, then the title popped into my head. And then I wondered ‘what if’ they were locked away ‘for the good of the Empire’? ‘The Department’ sounds like a clandestine Victorian agency.

2. If you could choose anyone from any time period, who would you cast as the leads in your latest book?

… 2 days later…

This is such a difficult question. There are so many factors. I decided to stick with actors:

Tillie is a newcomer, Sir Avery is handsome, cheeky and prefers to be known for his achievements, not his birthright. Harrow likes to hide in the shadows, and the General has presence…

My final decisions:

  • Tillie Meriwether: Eleanor Stankiewicz (young and upcoming Australian actor. Okay, so she’s also a friend… )
  • Sir Avery Allington: Henry Cavill
  • Harrow: A young Alan Cumming.
  • The General: Ian McKellen/ an older Lawrence Oliver

3. What five words best describe your story?

Steampunk. Adventure. Intrigue. Betrayal. Friendship.

4. Who is your favourite fictional couple or team?

The Doctor and Donna (Doctor Who):Theirs is a meeting of minds: education and street smarts. They complement each other, bring out the best in each other. There’s no sex involved. The relationship is like soul mates or close siblings/cousins. And there’s witty banter.

5. What song reflects a theme, character, relationship or scene in your book?

Well… um… (not meant to be a shameless plug, but…) The Gadgeteer was written specifically for my alternate steampunk world. Words: Karen J Carlisle/ Music: Richard Ryall. Performed by the Littmus Steampunk Band.

The Department of Curiosities series revolves around the acquisition (or lack thereof) of mechanicals (or gadgets). On one side there’s Queen Victoria who feels all mechanicals should be controlled, for the Good of the Empire. The Department of Curiosities is charged with collecting, archiving and preventing the illegal importation of mechanicals. Many feel mechanicals should be accessible by all, for the benefit of all. And the Gadgeteers are lobbying (by whatever means) to be able to freely sell mechanicals (for their own profit).

You can hear a sample here: https://karenjcarlisle.com/product/song-the-gadgeteer/

About The Department of Curiosities

The Department of Curiosities: a steampunk tale of adventure, a heroine, mad scientists, traitors and secrets. All for the good of the Empire.

Miss Matilda Meriwether has a secret. Actually, she has several. One of them has shaped her adult life. Another now controls it.

Her Majesty Queen Victoria has control of the Empire. She is the Empire, and creator of its secrets.

Sir Avery works for The Department of Curiosities – the keepers of secrets – especially if they are useful to the Empire.

When Tillie finds herself in the employment of The Department of Curiosities, she realises this is the perfect opportunity to uncover the truth she has been searching for.

But the Queen has other plans for her.

About Karen J Carlisle

Karen J Carlisle is a writer and illustrator of speculative fiction – steampunk, Victorian mystery and fantasy.

She graduated in 1986, from Queensland Institute of Technology, with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Optometry, and lives in Adelaide with her family and the ghost of her ancient Devon Rex cat.

Karen first fell in love with science fiction when she saw Doctor Who, as a four-year old. This was reinforced when, at the age of twelve, she saw her first Star Destroyer. She started various other long-term affairs with fantasy fiction, (tabletop) role-playing, gardening, historical re-creation and steampunk – in that order.

She has had articles published in Australian Realms Roleplaying Magazine and her short story, An Eye for Detail, was short-listed by the Australian Literature Review in their 2013 Murder/Mystery Short Story Competition. Her short stories have featured in the 2016 Adelaide Fringe exhibition, ‘A Trail of Tales’, and the ‘Where’s Holmes?’ and ‘Deadsteam’ anthologies.

She writes full-time and can often be found plotting fantastical, piratical or airship adventures, and co-writing the occasional musical ditty.

Karen has always loved dark chocolate and rarely refuses a cup of tea.

She is not keen on the South Australian summers.m

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Quintette of Questions: Elise Clarke

Answering five questions for me today is:

Elise Clarke

1. What’s the name of your latest book – and how did you choose the title?

My Lady Original. It’s in a series but luckily the editor picked it for me.

2. If you could choose anyone from any time period, who would you cast as the leads in your latest book?

Ooh: Santiago Cabrera for Jack (see him as Aramis) and someone like Isabella Bird, the Victorian explorer, for Hermione – she had to be slightly batty to manage what she did, very talented and with a mind of her own.  I love the anime book of her.

Hermione and Jack

3. What five words best describe your story?

Prince Charming fights fairy tales.

4. Who is your favourite fictional couple or team?

Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester; she’s so much stronger/worthier than he is, and he loves her for it.  He’s made some terrible mistakes in life but he gives her the chance to have a better life of her own, and he always has her back.  You can really see them loving each other forever.

5. What song should be the theme of your book?

Super Trouper by Abba – completely the wrong period but a brilliant, upbeat song about someone who seems to have everything (Jack) but needs someone slightly mad (Hermione) to bounce in so he’ll be “shining like the sun”.  It’s also pretty much guaranteed that Hermione would “be changing everything”!

About My Lady Original

Jack, Lord Darenth is London’s favourite paragon, staggeringly handsome, always fashionable, and unshakeably single. But when The Conqueror, a smash–hit novel casts him as a thinly veiled, lovelorn Prince Charming searching for the perfect match, all of society loses their collective heads – and their hearts – and pandemonium breaks all over Jack’s well–ordered life. 

Lady Hermione thinks Lord Darenth is handsome enough, when she bothers to think about him at all. For her, he is but the best friend of her own dear friend Sandy, the man she is considering for a husband. But when the sequel to The Conqueror is published featuring her as a drippy Cinderella heroine to Darenth’s hero, she is galvanised into action. Ignoring the book doesn’t work, so it’s best to proceed as if it doesn’t matter. Until life starts imitating art, and suddenly the possibility of a love story in truth becomes all too real…

About Elise Clarke

Elise Clarke is a history fanatic with a weakness for tall, handsome men, humour and the non-traditional.  She lives in England with her family.

Follow Elise at www.eliseclarke.com

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Quintette of Questions: Charlotte Marigold

Answering five questions for me today is:

Charlotte Marigold

1. What’s the name of your latest book – and how did you choose the title?

The name of my latest book is Only for Show (book 2 in my Only You series). My publisher came up with the title and it’s inspired by the story’s fake relationship that is ‘only for show’. The first book in the series is Only for Pretend (another fake relationship) so you can see a trend!

2. If you could choose anyone from any time period, who would you cast as the leads in your latest book?

Casting a celebrity as inspiration for the hero in my stories is one of the most fun parts of starting a new book (and essential research of course!). For Only for Show I imagined the delectable Gilles Marini in the role of bad boy billionaire, Roberto Conti. He’s seriously hot and captures the cool, self-assured demeanour of Roberto while hinting at an inner vulnerability for my empathetic heroine, Sofia, to explore. Google him, you won’t regret it!

And for my heroine, spirited Sofia Beaumont, I would love to cast a young Monica Belluci. Dark, beautiful, sophisticated and sensual. The perfect match for Gilles/Roberto!

3. What five words best describe your story?

Glamorous, sexy, emotional, funny, delicious (chocolate plays a big part in this story!)

4. Who is your favourite fictional couple or team?

Johnny and Baby (Dirty Dancing movie) immediately spring to mind. Classic bad boy romance!

But if you’re talking literature, I’d have to go with another classic – Elizabeth and Darcy from Pride and Prejudice.  A popular choice, but there’s a reason for that! Swoon, swoon, swoon….

5. What song reflects a scene in your book?

I wrote the opening scene in Only for Show with Elvis’ version of Fever playing in my head. I also reference the song in this scene (Sofia and Roberto have to pose together in a photo-shoot while the music plays). The smokiness of the vocals, the seductive rhythm and suggestive lyrics perfectly captures the chemistry between Sofia and Roberto who are struggling to resist their scorching attraction to each other. It also happens to be one of my favourite songs.

About Only For Show

Enemies to chocolate lovers.

Sofia Beaumont and Roberto Conti’s relationship is only for show – a twisted fairytale manufactured for the Italian tabloids. But when the reclusive chocolatier unites with her family’s CEO playboy nemesis their sizzling chemistry is blatantly real. To Sofia’s alarm, her faux boyfriend is a seductive wolf in smoking hot sheep’s clothing; in Roberto’s embrace she’s in danger of losing all her senses.

Neither Roberto nor Sofia are prepared for the intense sexual awakening and emotional roller coaster as family loyalty collides with personal desire. Bound by their messy past, love of chocolate and forbidden attraction, the lines between fantasy and reality blur. But as the power of sensory memory unlocks devastating secrets to the past, will their chance at love be forsaken?

About Charlotte Marigold

Charlotte Marigold writes sexy contemporary romance for Escape Publishing (Harlequin Australia). In her passionate stories hot romance and seduction always lead to love.

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Quintette of Questions: Jacqui Greaves

Today I ask five questions of  writer, Jacqui Greaves.

Jacqui Greaves

1. What’s the name of your latest book – and how did you choose the title?

Gods of Fire. It had a totally different title for the entire time I spent writing and editing it. In the end I wanted something dramatic that would also hint at the story within. I filled a sheet of A4 paper with handwritten lists of potential titles and Gods of Fire was the clear winner.

2. If you could choose anyone from any time period, who would you cast as the leads in your latest book?

Hands down, a young Sam Heughan (Jamie from Outlander) would be the main character. I had his picture pinned to the wall in front of me for the entire time.

3. What five words best describe your story?

Sexy, Dangerous, Fantasy, Historical, Aflame

4. Who is your favourite fictional couple or team?

At the moment (and bearing in mind I haven’t yet seen Avengers: Infinity War) my favourite team is the Guardians of the Galaxy. Thrown together in an uneasy alliance, this bunch of misfits become family.

5. What song reflects a theme, character, relationship or scene in your book?

It has to be “Light My Fire” by the Doors.

About Gods of Fire

Sentenced to death as an infant by his grandfather then abandoned by his mother, Guillaume grows up with no idea of who or what he is. All he understands is that he has a voracious sexual appetite and the power to render himself irresistible to any woman he desires.

His life is thrown into turmoil when his full powers are revealed in a violent display of fire and murder. Forced to leave the only home he has known, Guillaume sets forth to unravel the mystery of his heritage. His quest takes him through France and deep into Africa.

As his powers grow only his lifelong companion, Smoke, can help him control the depraved primal urges that threaten to overwhelm him. When Smoke loses her influence, it’s not only the lives of those close to him that are threatened. Can the world survive the ancient being that Guillaume becomes?

About Jacqui Greaves

Jacqui has lived an adventure-filled life, spanning a range of careers and countries. She’s wrangled kindergarten children, driven buses, researched humpback whales, spoken at the United Nations, visited Antarctica, farmed deer and, most recently, written strange and sexy fiction. When she’s not writing, reading, playing golf, or practicing Iaido, she can be found sampling her favourite wines or cocktails.

A New Zealander, currently living by the beach in Melbourne, Jacqui has two novella’s published in the PNRLust Anthologies and several short stories in online publications. Gods of Fire is her first full length novel.

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