Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Steam and Sorcery--Welcome Cindy Spencer Pape!

Helpful Sorts

A novel isn’t written in a vacuum. Anny did a post about critique partners a while back, and everything she said about her critique partner is also true of mine. I wouldn’t get through without having someone to bounce things off of. I have one on-line, day-to-day critique partner and she’s invaluable. I also have another, local group, who keep me on my toes. Both are equally important.

One person I always thank is my husband. He puts up with my, “Don’t poke the writer in her cage,” days and picks up a lot of slack so I can write. In the case of this story and subsequent series, though, he played an active role.

I had the first few chapters written, but the organization the hero, Merrick worked for, was eluding me. I knew he worked for a secret organization, reporting to the crown, hunting down vampyres and other threats, both human and paranormal. I knew he was a baronet, so “Sir Merrick.”

It was my dh who said, “The Round Table, of course. What if they never disbanded, just went underground?” Suddenly the whole book came together. I even noticed little things—Merrick’s mentor was named MacKay—or son of Kay. His boss’s surname was Lake—du Lac, of course. The parts came together like a well-oiled automaton.

The excerpt below tells a little bit about the Order as it stands in my steampunk/fantasy Victorian era, and hasn’t appeared anywhere else. I hope you enjoy Steam & Sorcery, out now from Carina Press.

Thanks so much to Anny for having me here today! To celebrate the new release, I’m running a contest. Comment on any (or all) of the blogs I visit on my blog tour this week. One entry per person, per blog stop. You can visit my blog to find the other stops. After the final stops on Sunday, March 13, I’ll draw one winner for a free download of Steam & Sorcery, or their choice of my other available titles. Happy Reading!

Steam & Sorcery
Gaslight Chronicles #1
By Cindy Spencer Pape
Available from Carina Press

Sir Merrick Hadrian hunts monsters, both human and supernatural. A Knight of the Order of the Round Table, his use of magick and the technologies of steam power have made him both respected and feared. But his considerable skills are useless in the face of his greatest challenge, guardianship of five unusual children. At a loss, Merrick enlists the aid of a governess.


  1. Anny, thanks so much for having me here today!

  2. Congrats, Cindy! It's great to have such a supportive husband!

  3. Isn't amazing when outside observers make a comment and suddenly everything slides into place? Oh happy day:)

  4. I love that story, Cindy. Isn't it funny how some things come together when you begin to process your plot with someone else? Those suggestions can be invaluable!

    Congrats on all the great reviews, by the way. I just haven't had a second to comment, and wanted to say that.

  5. Congrats, Cindy! This sounds like a wonderful read!

  6. Congrats Cindy- thanks Anny- sounds like a good book. Its always great to see inside the writers head and how things came about.

  7. It's always fun to get a glimpse of how a writer comes up with their ideas, and isn't it great when a plot comes together?

  8. Ah, Jen, not only do you leave nice comments, but you're quoting one of my all-time favorite TV shows! YAY!

  9. I love the story - not just your hubby's brilliant suggestion, but how the character names and relationships already foreshadowed the link to the roundtable. That happens to us all the time (hubs and I write together) - something the character does or discovers turns out to be the lynchpin that holds everything together. It's an amazing process!

    Congrats on your Carina release!

  10. Thanks to Monty Python I cannot think of the Round Table anymore without hearing that song and seeing those tapdancing knights in armor, but it sounds like a book I'd like to read!

  11. thanks, Adriana. Isn't it great when something just works. And Fred, having seen the musical, I can totally see John Cleese and Eric Idle singing...

  12. I really like that your husband, your very own hero, inspired your use of the round table. Isn't that often what our own heroes do? Inspire us? To try to be/do our best? To be a better person. lisagk at yahoo dot com

  13. I like that the familiar legend of Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table have provided such a intriguing set up for a brand new story. Looking forward to reading this Steam powered tale.