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September 24, 2012

Plunk Some Steampunk Onto Your TBR Pile

I have to say I’ve been fascinated by the Steampunk trend in romance over the past two years.

If you’d like to dip into some new authors who have mastered the erotic fetishes of the Victorian Age and wrapped it up in a futuristic bow, here are two anthologies that might appeal to you:

The first is Steamlust: Steampunk Erotic Romance.

This is a collection by some well known paranormal romance authors, including Meljean Brook who’s novel The Iron Duke rocked the romance world last year.  It’s erotic romance, it’s written by women and promises: “shiny brass and crushed velvet; mechanical inventions and romantic conventions; sexual fantasy and kinky fetish. It’s steam powered sexy romance!”

The second Steampunk anthology  is aimed more at the erotica crowd.  Carnal Machines: Steampunk Erotica focuses more on sex, and far less on romantic relationships.  Are we clear on that–NO ROMANCE HERE!

One thing that seems interesting in terms of tackling Steampunk is the aspect of sex and machines together.

I already feel myself backing away, one hand held up to my forehead, ready to faint away at such decadent thoughts of the forbidden.

But there are so many other aspects to Steampunk that lend themselves to dissolute thoughts.  Extravagant corsets.  Excessive tea & picnic paraphernalia.  Does ‘dirgible’ sound like a naughty word to anyone else?



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  • LizEverly

    It either works really well for me or I hate it. I really LOVE Zoe Archer’s steam punk stuff. And I liked Soulless by Gail Cariger. But I didn’t care too much for the Meljean Brook novels that everybody was gaga over. For me, there was just too much emphasis on the machinery. Fascinating sub-genre, though.

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  • elizabethshore

    I love the suggestions. I’ve heard about Steampunk for years but didn’t know where to start to explore the genre. Thanks Madeline!

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    • Post authormadelineiva

      I have not checked out Zoe Archer’s steam punk yet — good reminder, Liz. — Thanks Elizabeth as well for the shout out. 🙂

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