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AUTHOR CHARLOTTE HENLEY BABB
Madame Elvira O’Sullivan runs the highest class brothel in the air on her ship The Elephant, a marvel of engineering such that people brag just to have seen it. She intends to extend her business interests and influence by hosting a secret meeting of North American colonial ambassadors as they discuss the recognition of the nation of Texas. Continental war hangs in the balance as her secret has leaked. She must protect her clients, her women, her crew, and the ambassadors from a rogue operative, his handlers, her allies, and an anarchist on the 20 hour run from New York City to Charles Town.
Steampunk, neo-Victorian science fiction ala Jules Verne, H. Rider Haggard, and H. G. Wells, is a perfect mix of fantasy, adventure and costuming that is a blast to write. First, an airship…steam powered…1850s—that's not the fiction part. Corsets. Bustles. Ionizing hand guns. Aetheric communications. The discovery of helium. Detectives. Con men. Courtesans.
Second, I'm building an alternate timeline where the American colonies did not quite pull off a revolution, so there are still Spanish and French colonies, as well as Mexico. While enslaved people have been set free for 20 years, many of them have joined with other people of color and Native Americans—Creek, Seminole, Lumbee—to form a nation along the coasts of the Carolinas and Georgia, except for the port of Charles Town. California has seceded from Mexico with the discovery of gold, and now so has Texas. It makes for an uneasy dance of power in the Americas
Third, Intrigue. Contrasts from the gritty Five Points of New York over populated with Irish immigrants to the luxurious tastes of the wealthiest patrons of the Madame, known for her diplomacy, her discretion, and her excellent sources of pertinent information. Anyone with that much clout has enemies, so much so that it's sometimes hard to know whom to trust.
Finally, it's just fun. This is a more ambitious project than I originally planned for, but it allows me to think in terms of series, of what characters to keep around, and which ones to kill off just for effect. The Victorian upper classes were just so darn optimistic, believing that they could solve all the problems in the world with technology, while they ignored the very problems that technology solved. It makes for good contrasts and thematic commentary.
Set to be released in late summer 2015, I hope you will enjoy this ride as much as I have.
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Charlotte Henley Babb began writing as soon as she could hold a piece of chalk and scribble her name. Growing up in the red mud and sweet tea Carolinas, she was a voracious reader with widely diverse interests ranging from the classic folk and fairy tales to sci-fi writers like Terry Pratchett and Robert Heinlein. She brings to any project a number of experiences, including work as a web designer, high school teacher, college instructor, technical writer, gasket inspector, cloth store associate, girl Friday, and telephone psychic.
Her first novel, Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil, won the 2014 Sharp Writ Book Award for Sci-fi/Fantasy and an honorable mention in the 2014 National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest for adult novels. Her second novel, a steampunk story of espionage and political intrigue set in an alternate 19th century U.S., is scheduled for release in late summer 2015.
Facebook author page: http://facebook.com/charlotte.henley.babb
Links for books. Use whatever you like, from the title and link to the whole blurb
· Maven Fairy Godmother: Through The Veil http://bit.ly/Maven2ed
A dead cellphone calls with a job offer and a promise of dragons.
Imagine if Terry Pratchett sat down with Kathy Bates to make up fractured fairy tales for Edward Everett Horton to read aloud: you'd get Maven Fairy Godmother: Through The Veil.
Down and out, Maven Morrigan is ready to give up what's left of her self-esteem for a cup of coffee when her last chance to redeem her life comes as a job offer to be a fairy godmother. But Faery is shrinking, the other fairy godmothers have disappeared, and nothing she does turns out right. How can she put together the happily ever after each of her clients wants with her boss standing in her way?
Maven Fairy Godmother: Through The Veil is fast, fun read that shows that none of us is ever old enough to know better as we try to wish for we think what will make us happy.
· Maven's Fractured Fairy Tales http://bit.ly/eMFFT
These three stories were written as I was putting the concept of Maven Fairy Godmother together. I originally planned to make a series of short stories, rather than a novel, but as happens to many authors, my characters took off in their own quests.
These stories happen in the future after the first novel, which turned out to be a prequel published first. Time does not flow in a linear direction in Faery, so the future often happens before the past at least from the perspective of some other space.
These stories are also available separately:
o Bubba and the beast http://bit.ly/BubbaBeast
Trolls need love too, but can Maven find Grizelda's true love without her wand and wings?
o MavenStiltskin http://bit.ly/MavenStilt
Maven takes a flying leap across the gender fence to see if the grass is greener, or the straw more golden, but there are some cats who just want to tangle his/her threads.
o Fairy Frogmother http://bit.ly/FrogMom
Maven's favorite spell backfires and turns her into a frog. How can she grant the wishes of the prince, his rogue fairy godmother mom, and frog princess Medori if she can't even hold her wand?
· Just a Smidgen of Magic http://bit.ly/Smidgen
Five short-short stories from the edge of the realm of magic--enchanted moments, realizations, answering the call and returning to the mundane.
o Artifacts: Pay attention to the Mothers' warning.
o The Croning: It's her time. Is she ready?
o Not Even One Wish: No only should you be careful what you wish for, but whom you wish to.
o Taffy's Tale: A high price to pay to be fed by the Fae?
o Zen of Cool: A full moon, a festival, a fool and a fiddler
· Walking Off Heaven’s Shore http://bit.ly/WalkShore
A ten-piece bucket of Southern-fried flash fiction
o Walking off Heaven’s Shore: Washed in the flood of knowing
o Intervention: Mothers and daughters–can it ever work?
o Turning Point: Friday morning, a cup of coffee, a decision
o Pachelbel’s Canyons: Mall Markswoman Maintains Muzak Manifested Mayhem
o Walk the Dog: Who’s holding which end of the leash?
o The Fire Inside: Can he stand the heat?
o Kitchen Witchery: The art of female bonding across generations
o Swamp of the Soul: You only see the snakes if you look for them.
o Storm Front: Revenge served cold is slippery when wet.
o The last time I Dated a Serial Killer: A literate man is hard to find.