Curried Pteryform Salad

  Overhead, a dark shadow passed—a hungry pteryform soaring toward the Thames, ready to fish out a kraken or two for breakfast, their preference for the cephalopods the only reason the city council did not launch an armed force to terminate their presence in the...

Glasgow: Hop on, Hop off

We took the City Sightseeing Glasgow Open Top Bus Tour on our first full day in Scotland. It was cold and drizzling, as we'd expected, but that didn't keep us from climbing to the open top to view the city. Plug in your earphones to a handy jack, and the tour guide...

Cranial Nerves 101

In THE GOLDEN SPIDER, Lady Amanda Ravensburg invents a clockwork spider that can re-weave nerves. Well, almost. Because, as we learn, there are complications. Many of them. As to the nerves themselves, there is an important difference between cranial and peripheral...

Sacred Wells

Stories of ancient wells and springs have long captured my attention, so when a rogue frog on the loose in a small village of Wales became the focus of A Trace of Copper, I seized upon the opportunity to include one in my story. Where better for such a creature to...

An Interview with Bec McMaster

An impossible heist. A thief and a rogue. But will she steal his heart, instead? Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon AU, Amazon CA Apple Books, Barnes and Noble, Kobo Ever since I read an article about how Volvo is having difficulties developing their...

Rust and Steam Exclusive

    A train. A villain. A reconciliation of broken hearts.   Lady Alice Hemsworth wasn’t supposed to fall in love. It was her duty not to. Alas, she’d failed miserably. Mr. Benjamin Leighton—despite being turned away by her steam butler—can’t stop...

On Location!

Doune Castle lies northwest of Edinburgh in Stirlingshire just outside the small town of Doune. Famous for being a location in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, as you walk the grounds, you hear quotes from the movie called out. "Fetchez la vache!" And I witnessed a...

The Isle of Lewis, Scotland

This summer, I dragged my family to Scotland... to its outer edges. I so very badly wanted to see the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Skye was beautiful beyond compare. But... What about the Isle of Lewis? While writing THE IRON FIN, I'd spent SO much time on Google,...

A TRACE OF COPPER: An Interview with Rajendrani

During my time in graduate school, I was fortunate to be surrounded - and mentored - by numerous strong, female scientists. It's no wonder parts of who they are have snuck onto my pages. Piyali stepped into A Trace of Copper already strong-willed and determined. A...

Reviews

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The Dark Soul Martini

With everything turning up red, white and pink in February, some might prefer a darker tone. To that effect, I present The Dark Soul Martini, an alternative drink for the month. To ensure I provided you with the best possible cocktail, I turned to a close friend whose...

Unraveling Welsh

Why is A Trace of Copper set in Wales? Because it's one of the most beautiful countries I've ever visited. It's been years, and I still can't stop thinking about it.  We drove through Wales on our own (struggling to stay in the proper lane, our eyes...

Department of Cryptobiology

Join the Department of Cryptobiology   Are you a fan? The Golden Spider and The Silver Skull, both steampunk romances, are the first two books in The Elemental Web Chronicles. The third novel in the series will be: The Iron Fin. There is also a novella set in the...

Magical Wales

  It's no real surprise that I've set a story in Wales, one of the most magical places I've ever visited. Though I spent a mere three days in the country, I've never been able to forget it. Several years ago, my family flew to London and rented a car, heading...

Characters on the Couch

Character on the Couch: Anne Renwick’s Lady Olivia Read the entire interview with steampunk author Cecilia Dominic Here ~~~ 1) If your character were to go to a psychologist – willingly or unwillingly – what would bring them in? Yes, a court...

Interview at Coffee Time Romance

  Heather Massey: Steampunk Cafe at Coffee Time Romance! Read the full interview here.   Heather: Imagine I stop by your booth at a comic book convention (where there are also many excellent steampunk cosplayers, of course!). What are the first three things...

A Perfect Castle

Do any of you love travel as much as I do? One of my greatest weaknesses are castles. Ruined or restored, I adore them. One of my all-time favorites is Burg Eltz. Unlike many other castles, it’s been in the same family for over 850 years. 850 years! It was never...

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