Today we're pleased to welcome author Beth Cato to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Beth's Clockwork Dagger has just been released this week, and is a steampunk fantasy, incorporating airships, magic, a kick-ass heroine, and of course, romance. Beth's heroine, Octavia Leander, is a healer, but she's not just content to wait for those who need healing to come to her—she goes out and finds them, determined to do some good in the world during an ongoing war. Beth is here to talk about her favorite steamy steampunk couples—seven of them—and just why they make the list. Thanks, Beth!
Steampunk literature is rollicking fun with its fresh takes on Victorian and Edwardian-era adventure, plus a healthy dash of magic and/or clever steam-based technology. Then there's the clothing—men in tailored suits, suave hats, and those luscious knee-high boots, and women in corsets that defy gravity and bustles that give a whole new meaning to “Baby Got Back.” Laced-up stays look extraordinary, but it's oh-so-nice to have them loosened on a warm day, especially by another person's skilled hands.
Those are big reasons why I love reading steampunk—and writing it, too. My own novel, The Clockwork Dagger, is Edwardian-inspired steampunk with an action-packed romance between my two leads, Octavia and Alonzo. They ride an airship, dodge assassins, and still manage to work in a kiss or two. That's all in a day's work in a steampunk world, and well in the legacy of steamy genre authors like Gail Carriger and the six other authors listed below.
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