Guest Author: Theresa Meyers

Theresa MeyersI am excited to welcome author Theresa Meyers, who is getting ready to release the first novel in her new Legend Chronicles, The Hunter.

They’re the Chosen—Winchester, Remington and Colt—brothers trained to hunt down supernatural beings using the latest steam-powered gadgetry. It’s a hard legacy to shoulder, and it’s about to get a lot more dangerous…

Colt Jackson has gotten his name on many a wanted poster with success in the family business: hunting supernaturals across the frontier. Lately, though, there’s a sulfur stink in the wind and the Darkin population is exploding. A rift in the worlds is appearing. To close it, Colt will have to do the unthinkable and work with a demon to pass arcane boundaries no human alone can cross.

Except when he summons his demon, he doesn’t get some horned monstrosity: he gets a curvy redheaded succubus named Lilly, who’s willing to make a bargain to become human again. He also gets Lilly’s secret expertise on the machinations on the dark side of the rift. And her charm and cleverness help to get them out of what his silver-loaded pistol and mechanical horse can’t. Of course, when all hell breaks loose, he might have to sacrifice his soul. But what’s adventure without a little risk?

Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away three copies of The Hunter.
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Blending Steampunk and Paranormal Romance

There’s something inherently fascinating about bringing two distinctive things together to create something new. Take Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Chocolate, perfect in its own right and deserving of a food group all its own. Peanut butter, the staple of probably more than half of the school kid lunches in America on every given day. Both all on their own fantastic, but when put together, well, the angels sing.

That’s what blending steampunk and paranormal romance is for me as a writer, and it’s why I wove them both into The Hunter. I love both as their own thing, but when merged into one story, it’s simply irresistible. It also makes my steampunk world a little different bend than most. Yes, of course there are the wonders of science, the mad genius, the spirit of adventure, but there’s also a darkly mystical side to my world. My heroes in the Legend Chronicles, three brothers named after their father’s favorite guns, are supernatural hunters in the Wild Weird West.

Winchester, Remington and Colt have been trained to hunt down and destroy the Darkin that threaten humanity. So while regular people go about their daily lives, these guys don’t bat an eye-lash when it comes to fighting down demons, slay shape-shifters, battling hell-hounds or going up against ghosts. They just do it with some fantastical steampunk help, such as Colt’s clockwork horse, Tempus, Sting Shooters (that are steampunk, Tesla-coil-powered tasers) and the specially designed Darkin-killing bullets perfected by their inventor friend Marley Turlock. They know that while ordinary people might not see the ending of the world coming, they are the first, last and only defense in making sure humanity survives.

Part of what I love about steampunk is the essence that anything was possible if you were just curious, adventurous or determined enough to make it happen. It’s accepting that we can be more, do more, than we ever thought possible by reimagining the past as it could have happened. I love the clothing, the elegance and intricacy that was part of the Gilded Age. I’ve a bit of a Victoriana nut with a strong love of tea, and I’m a maker in my own right. I sew, design, paint, and can my own home-grown fruits, veggies, sauces and soups, when I’m not out tackling my herb garden. For me steampunk is like the peanut butter. It’s gritty, it’s brown, it’s got a specific flavor you won’t find anywhere else and you know it when you taste it.

With paranormal romance, I’m just as fascinated by the things we can’t see that still influence us. Most of my writing tends to take a paranormal path, likely because when I was little my mother did things like pretend we had elves in the tree stump in the back yard. They even talked under my window one night—which I later found out in my 20s was due to a tape-recorder. She made my brother and I believe in the magic all around us and I still have that rose-colored tint to how I look at the world today. But if there’s one thing about the paranormal I’ve learned, it’s that there’s balance. Dark must have light to survive and vice versa. And with paranormal romance, the ending is always sweetly satisfying. You know the good guys win and that love can conquer all. Paranormal romance is like chocolate. It’s dark, it’s varied, the subtle changes and flavors are nearly endless and when done right it can be an experience you can’t get enough of.

So when it comes to blending steampunk and paranormal romance, it’s not just about the fantastic inventions or goggles, nor is it about the balancing act between the dark and light forces of the paranormal world and the power of love. It’s a bit of both, blended together to create a flavor of fiction that’s something familiar but also completely different. That’s what I’ve tried to accomplish in my Legend Chronicles series, but you may have to taste it yourself to find out.

In the comments, tell me what your favorite elements of paranormal romance and steampunk are for a chance to win one of three copies of The Hunter, Book 1 in the Legend Chronicles.
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Meet Theresa Meyers!

The progeny of a slightly mad (NASA) scientist and a tea-drinking bibliophile who turned the family dining room into a library, Theresa Meyers learned early the value of a questioning mind, books and a good china teapot. A former journalist and public relations officer, she found far more enjoyment using her writing skills to pen paranormal novels in the turret office of her Victorian home. She’s spent nearly a quarter of a century with the boy who took her to the Prom, drinks tea with milk and sugar, is an adamant fan of the television show Supernatural, and has an indecent love of hats. You can find her dabbling online on twitter at www.twitter.com/Theresa_Meyers or at www.theresameyers.com

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Want to purchase Theresa’s novel?
TMeyers-HunterSons of Midnight

  1. The Truth about Vampires at Amazon | Book Depository
  2. The Vampire Who Loved Me at Amazon | Book Depository
  3. The Half-Breed Vampire at Amazon | Book Depository (Feb 21, 2012)

Legend Chronicles

  1. The Hunter at Amazon | Book Depository
  2. The Slayer at Amazon | Book Depository (April 1, 2012)

Shadowlander at Entangled Publishing
A Vampire’s Mistress at Amazon
Salvation of the Damned at Amazon | Book Depository
The Spellbound Bride at Amazon | Book Depository

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Contest Time!

Thank you Theresa for taking the time to stop by Literary Escapism!

Contest Time! Theresa is giving away three copies of The Hunter. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: What your favorite elements of paranormal romance and steampunk Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered.

Even though I’m not giving the additional entries any more, you can still help support the author by sharing their article, and this contest, on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere you can. After all, the more people who are aware of this fabulous author ensures we get more fabulous stories.

The winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.

The contest will stay open until October 27th at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from the snazzy new plug-in I have.

I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.

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17 Comments

  1. My favorite part of Steampunk is the blending of history, magic and technology. Gotta love all the wicked and weird things that can happen in the genre ;) (and of course, in PNR that these weird beings can interact with humans and be loved). It definitely fires ye ole imagination. Interesting interview, Ms. Meyers. Good luck with the series!

  2. My favorite elements of paranormal romance and steampunk are the characters. I like to read books where I get involved with the characters and want to keep reading to find out what happens to them.

  3. Thanks for a wonderful post and giveaway! I’ve heard such positive reviews about this book! Top of my wishlist and can’t wait to try :)

    I’d have to say that I love the blending of steampunk and PNR for all the reasons that Theresa wrote. Steampunk is such a fabulous world b/c everything has new rules/boundaries and the sky’s the limit. What we consider extraordinary is normal and it’s a fun blend of this and old world with Victorian style. I also love PNR b/c again, magic and magical creatures are normal and blow out the boundaries. Characters have new abilities and new worlds to explore. I love it all :)

    Thanks again!

  4. What I like by paranormal romance and steampunk is the interesting characters, and fascinating worlds.

  5. I’m still new to steampunk but what makes me intrigued is the unique blending of history and science, how they blend the old traditions of proriety with the new inventions and machines, a truly extraordinary concept! :-D

    Thank you for the chance!

  6. My favorite elements of paranormal romance are the supernatural elements, the action and the romance and steampunk is much the same except I really love the gadgets and extraordinary inventions that are part of the story. If all these elements are in one story, so much the better.

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  7. Romance with a twist; blending of history, science, technology, the sky’s the limit. Plus, women have so much more freedom in these books, when compared the the reality of that time period.

  8. This looks SO GOOD!!

    i love the alternate histories that the steampunk genres incorporate.. i like reading historicals, but the paranormal/fantasy type additions make it that much better!! and the crazy weapons.. i love gail carrigers umbrellas and hats.. lol

  9. Thanks for such a great post! I love books that blend steampunk and paranormal romance because you get a fantastic connection between characters and all of the gadgets and imagination that come with steampunk settings.

    Can’t wait to try this book!

  10. I’m new to steampunk books, but, probably what others have said; the combination of steampunk gadgetry and paranormal/supernatural characters sounds really cool.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. I like the unexpected aspects of them. The stories have to fall into a certain set of parameters to be considered steampunk, but then you can throw in vampires, zombies, magic, etc. to make them paranormal which opens up a whole new world of storylines.

  12. I like the blending of science, history, and magic. My favorite anime movie growing up that was steampunk was Treasure Planet: taking a well known classical story and giving it a new twist. Adding paranormal elements to these stories just opens up so many more possibilities and leaves readers sitting on the edge of their seats because all the rules have changed.

  13. I love the blend of history and fantasy, and that even the non-supernatural party can be on equal ground with use of weird inventions, etc. It’s a creepy, interesting world, and just slightly over the top.

  14. My favorite element of paranormal fantasy and steampunk is the mix between paranormal element and historical fact or culture. Then their technology, even its developed in the past and not too advanced like the present, its still fascinated me

  15. Thank you so much for the interview, ladies!

    Paranormal romance and Steampunk have such wonderful heroines! They are feisty and fierce, and always end up getting their man. ;-)

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