German Longsword

Is Anne holding a sword? Yes, she is! I’ll bet some of you aren’t all that surprised, particularly those of you who’ve read In Pursuit of Dragons. It’s true, I’ve eyed the beautiful swords hanging on various walls for years now. On my honeymoon, the one...

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 thinking about her....

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...

Biology Behind the Book

  When I write, there are times I spend time digging deep into research papers, looking for details I can bring into my stories. In Pursuit of Dragons leans heavily on cutting edge research of our own era: stem cell therapy. There are many kinds of stem cells obtained...

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,...

Anne’s Steampunk Side Table

When I needed a small side table in my office to place beside my chair (to hold coffee/tea and cats), I decided to try making one of those awesome black steel steampunk tables that are everywhere on the internet. Dragging out measuring tape and doing some quick...

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...

That Log Does What?

This holiday season I broke with family tradition and... traveled. Where? To Barcelona. It's a beautiful old city with amazing architecture. But one of the things we found fascinating is an odd Christmas tradition they have. A pooping log. Yep. You read...

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 same...

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 into...

Sock Mitosis

  Sock Mitosis (Cell Division Part 1) This year, my teenager is taking AP Biology. Though he took Biology in 9th grade, he’s forgotten a lot of the details. Including the differences between mitosis and meiosis. Yes, I quizzed him. I’m evil that way. He bore my heavy...

Sock Meiosis

  On to MEIOSIS. This is where things start to get messy. Like a teenage boy showed up and threw a week’s worth of socks all over his room… but I digress. So in the case of meiosis, the body is interested in making eggs (and sperm) that are different from each other....

Steampunk Frederick

Frederickland presents a podcast Steampunk in Frederick: A series of brief interviews with attendees. Listen Here   One of my two favorite photos. Meeting KC and Kat (below) were highlights of the weekend! Tobias takes it upon himself to model the wares of multiple...

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...

How To Stick a Man To the Wall

In Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) one of the earlier topics covered is the skeletal system. When we examine the pelvis (comprised of two ilia, the sacrum and the coccyx), questions about differences between men and women always arise. Can you tell the difference...

Meet the Plotmonkeys!

    Meet the Plotmonkeys: Writers and friends who keep me sane, make me laugh until I cry and help me beat my plots into something intelligible. Once or twice a year, I get together with the four lifesavers on the right. We pass around copies of the plots to our...

What is Steampunk?

What is Steampunk?   Not just brass goggles, leather corsets and top hats covered with gears and gadgetry – though these certainly have their place. Steampunk is a way of taking today’s technology and re-imagining it through the eyes of the Victorians, a time defined...

A Model Double-Beam Engine

  "A Model Double-Beam Engine made by Benjamin Hick, Bolton, 1840 This model represents the ultimate development of Boulton and Watt's steam engine. By the time it was displayed at the 1851 Great Exhibition, Britain used half as much steam power again as the whole of...

Two Truths and a Lie

Two Truths and a Lie: Laboratory Edition * While working in a laboratory, Anne created a two-headed fish. Truth or Lie? Click here to find out. * Anne once used Windex to simulate urine. Truth or Lie? Click here to find out. * Anne taught medical students how to...

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 you tell...

Alcohol Dehydrogenase or Don’t Bet on the Woman

  Remember that awesome scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark where Marion Ravenwood drinks a man in her bar under the table while customers place bets all around her? Well, they were right to wager against her. Your average woman (and admittedly, Marion is not average)...

Penny-farthings

  There is only one high wheel bike race in the U.S.A. and it takes place in Fredrick, Maryland. This past weekend I attended the 2016 National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race where participants ride bikes also known as penny-farthings - both antique and modern...

Birth Control Pills Can Do What?

  Birth control pills solve a lot of problems for us, the most obvious being control over if and/or when we have children. They’re useful for a variety of other things too, but that’s not under discussion here today. What is? How they can alter a woman’s sense...

A Grammar Gripe: Affect vs. Effect

  The topic: grammar, spelling and nerves. Wait, did I read that correctly? Yes. Not only did I expect my students to be on top of their anatomy and physiology when they handed in written reports, I even went so far as to correct their spelling. Particularly after...

Don’t Poke Your Eye Out

  In this article we’re going to conduct a laboratory experiment. All you need is your finger and your eye. And when we’re done, you’ll have yet another fun anatomy and physiology fact filed away. Ready? First, a little background. Think back to that eighth grade...

Trust No One. Assume Nothing.

    In the fall of 2015, my family visited the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. The experience begins when they lock you in a room and you choose your cover identity. You have minutes to prepare. Memorize your name, your age, your hometown, where you’re...

Where the Bodies Are Buried

    Home renovations... so much fun. When we moved to Maryland, we bought a home that needed updates... When our contractor ripped up our old flooring, we found plywood underneath. No surprise that. What did strike me as odd, however, was that most of the plywood was...

Gretna Green

  When we took a family trip to Britain, one of the places I insisted upon visiting was Gretna Green. I wanted to see the famous marriage anvil, to step inside the old blacksmith’s shop I’d read about so many times in historical novels. I thought it would just be a...

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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