Today, please join me in extending a warm welcome to fellow author, Angela Quarles. Angela is stopping by today to celebrate the release of her latest book, Steam Me Up, Rawley. Steam Me Up, Rawley was published on January 11 by Unsealed Room Press and is the first book in Angela’s The Mint Julep & Monocle Chronicles series.
Angela is a geek girl romance writer. What makes her romances geeky? Whether it’s fan girling over Ada Lovelace by having her as a secondary character in Must Love Breeches, or outright geek references with geek types in her romantic comedy with paranormal elements, Beer and Groping in Las Vegas, or going all Southern steampunk in Steam Me Up, Rawley, she likes to have fun with her romances and hopes her readers do too. Angela works at an independent bookstore and lives in a historic house in the beautiful and quirky town of Mobile, AL. When she’s not writing, she enjoys the usual stuff like gardening, reading, hanging out, eating, drinking, chasing squirrels out of the walls and creating the occasional knitted scarf. She’s had a varied career, including website programming and directing a small local history museum, and has discovered that writing allows her to explore all her interests. She’s an admitted geek and is proud to be among the few but mighty Browncoats who watched Firefly the first night it aired. She was introduced to the wonderful world of science fiction by her father, by way of watching reruns of the original Star Trek in her tweens and later giving her a copy of Walter M. Miller Jr’s A Canticle for Leibowitz as a teenager. She hasn’t looked back since. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and International Studies with a minor in German from Emory University, and a Masters in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University. She was an exchange student to Finland in high school and studied abroad in Vienna one summer in college. You can learn more about Angela by visiting her website, on Facebook and by following her on Twitter.
ABOUT STEAM ME UP, RAWLEY: Jack the Ripper might be in town. But is marriage more terrifying? In an alternate Deep South in 1890, society reporter Adele de la Pointe wants to make her own way in the world, despite her family’s pressure to become a society wife. Hoping to ruin herself as a matrimonial prospect, she seizes the opportunity to cover the recent Jack the Ripper-style murders for the newspaper, but her father’s dashing new intern suggests a more terrifying headline-marriage.Dr. Phillip Rawley’s most daring exploit has been arriving at his new home in America in a hot air balloon. A tolerable sacrifice, if it means he can secure the hand of his new employer’s daughter in a marriage of convenience. But Adele works, she’s spirited, and she has an armored pet monkey running her errands. Not only does she not match his notions of a proper lady, she stirs up feelings he’d rather keep in tight control. With Adele hunting down a headline and Dr. Rawley trying to protect and pursue her, a serial killer is spreading panic throughout Mobile, Alabama. Can Adele and Rawley find the murderer, face their fears, and discover true love?
And now, let’s hear from Angela….
With Angela Quarles
Give us the “elevator pitch” for your latest work?
Steam Me Up, Rawley – a New Adult steampunk romance
Jack the Ripper might be in town. But is marriage more terrifying?
In an alternate Deep South in 1890, society reporter Adele de la Pointe wants to make her own way in the world, despite her family’s pressure to become a society wife. Hoping to ruin herself as a matrimonial prospect, she seizes the opportunity to cover the recent Jack the Ripper-style murders for the newspaper, but her father’s dashing new intern suggests a more terrifying headline—marriage.
Dr. Phillip Rawley’s most daring exploit has been arriving at his new home in America in a hot air balloon. A tolerable sacrifice, if it means he can secure the hand of his new employer’s daughter in a marriage of convenience. But Adele works, she’s spirited, and she has an armored pet monkey running her errands. Not only does she not match his notions of a proper lady, she stirs up feelings he’d rather keep in tight control.
With Adele hunting down a headline and Dr. Rawley trying to protect and pursue her, a serial killer is spreading panic throughout Mobile, Alabama. Can Adele and Rawley find the murderer, face their fears, and discover true love?
Describe your favorite scene in the book? Why is it your favorite?
Oh, hmm, that’s a hard one. Well, if you had a gun to my head, I’d say maybe it was the first time they meet, because they have no idea how much their lives are about to be different and how much these two will mean to each other. Plus it was a fun way to highlight their personalities and differences. The hero is flying a semi-automatic hot air balloon, and he has no clue how to fly that thing. This is no Alpha hero swooping down all sure of himself. The heroine craves adventure, and here comes a hot air balloon landing in her backyard, with a handsome dashing man at the helm. She’s a bit distracted by him, not noticing his pleas for help and then dismissing them, and then by some stroke of luck, he nails the landing. She takes his protestations of bumbling as playing down his skills in order to seem more dashing when they were accomplished with finesse (I had in mind Star Trek’s Scotty a little here, in how he’d always overblow how long it’d take him—the pun in the title of the book is a nod to him and the show). She’s sees something in him that even he doesn’t realize.
Hardest scene you’ve ever written:
The hardest are always the ones where I have the heroine having to explain to an historical person that she’s traveled back in time. It’s so hard to portray without sounding hokey and somehow sound realistic about something that isn’t.
What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?
Eek. I read multiple books at a time. My nightstand has way too many books on it, so I’ll answer with what I’m reading at night right now—started Not Quite A Husband by Sherry Thomas and am totally loving it. On my kindle, which is my daytime reading, I’m in between books. Yesterday, I finished reading Taken by the Cowboy a time travel romance by Julianne MacLean, which I really enjoyed. So I downloaded a sample of The Clocks of London by Lyn Brittan and really enjoyed the sample, so bought it. I also last night added Bec McMaster’s Of Silk and Steam, which as of this writing released today, so am looking forward to that. At the bookstore, during down time, I’m allowed to read books we carry, and I just finished Jaye Wells’ Cursed Moon, and am now reading Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.
Favorite book when you were a child:
Arty the Smarty by Faith McNulty when I was itty bitty. Loved that book. Runner up was The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone which had Grover hilariously scared of this monster at the end of the book and keeps pleading with the reader not to turn another page, etc., and it ends up being him.
Jane Austen, Christopher Moore, early Ann Rice, Isaac Asimov, and Tessa Dare
Book you’ve faked reading (Moby Dick is the most frequently given answer!)
You know, I don’t think I’ve done that, honestly. Too afraid of being caught, I guess. I just admit straight up if I haven’t read something. Never read Moby Dick.
Book other than your own for which you’re an evangelist:
Hmm, this is hard, as I recommend books all day, and they can vary, depending on what the customer says they’re in the mood for. Maybe the all-time one is Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore.
Book that changed your life:
I don’t know that I had one that so totally changed the course of my life as far as how I think. I’ve read really profound books that have expanded my thinking and worldview, but not radically change it like from meat-eater to vegan or something like that. On a practical level, about the time I was binge-reading Christopher Moore (around 2008) and laughing out loud in restaurants at his humor (I read during lunch breaks and at dinner when I go out alone), I was also reading some engaging, but not complicated, mysteries, and it made me wonder if I could write, especially if I could write with humor. I’d wanted to for a long time, but thought I didn’t have the talent, and had made some half-hearted attempts in the past that ended up trunked. This time, things aligned, and I gave it another go…
Book you most want to read again for the first time:
Either Pride and Prejudice or Persuasion by Jane Austen.
Favorite book about books or writing:
Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell, and maybe it’s the one that changed my life, since I’m now writing. Not only did he give me a helpful roadmap to plotting my first book that I finished, but I remember vividly that he believed one could learn to write, which helped clear away that awful meme I had in my head that I wasn’t born with that talent.
I’m in the revision stages for Book 2 in my Must Love Time Travel series, Must Love Chainmail. The heroine is the type that has her day-planner attached to her hip, and she gets zapped back to 1294 Wales and finds herself in the middle of Madog’s rebellion. Here’s the blurb so far: When a soon-to-be bride becomes enchanted by a local Welsh folk hero, she accidentally wishes herself back to medieval Wales. Now she must get back in time for her wedding, or does she? For the medieval knight she meets makes her question all of her assumptions and returning to her fiancé could be the worst mistake of her life.
Thanks, Angela. Congrats on the release of Steam Me Up, Rawley.
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