I love to write steampunk because it means I get to mix past, present and future together and make something new. Â â€œWhat If?â€ is one of my all time favourite questions;). How would a couple in my Victorian London celebrate Valentineâ€™s Day?
Today weâ€™d exchange emails or text a partner, but in my Victorian London a couple in the beginning stages of courtship would send a flockwork message. A flockwork message is a mechanical bird that records the senderâ€™s words and sings them at the recipient. It would be fun and flirty and something they can share.
A romantic dinner is the usual fare for modern day couples, but in my London, Afternoon Tea at Claridgeâ€™s would be the equivalent. Of course the tea will be served by sharply dressed automatons who can outstep any maÃ®tre dâ€™.Â
If we want to do something special weâ€™d visit the theatre and take in a show or catch a great movie at the cinema. My couples will head over to the Globe Theatre and watch Shakespeareâ€™s â€œThe Mechanic of Veniceâ€ or â€œA Midsummer Nightâ€™s Steamâ€.
If you want to be a little bit naughty your text or email could include a picture or two. In my London a couple would send an image (or two) through the Aether. Throughout the day the Aether terminal will ping when yet another delicious picture arrives. Hopefully the evening will be spent together admiring the real version;).
A weekend away is definitely a favourite to celebrate Valentineâ€™s Day. My couples will jump on their dirigible and take a leisurely trip across the channel and end up in Paris to admire the city and savour its delicious treats.
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Rescue by Ruin
Forced to marry a violent man, Beatrice knows only one way outâ€”ruin her reputation. She climbs aboard theÂ Venia, a dirigible of ill repute, for a masquerade. Bea doesnâ€™t expect to run into Vaughn Kemple, the third Duke of Missenden, who eight months ago left her without an explanation. Feeling secure behind her mask, she decides Vaughn will be the one to ruin her. She may not get to spend forever with this man she still loves, but at least she can have one night of pleasure.
But a mask is not enough to hide her identity. Vaughn recognizes Bea, shocked to find her aboard an airship where sexual freedom isnâ€™t just a thought, itâ€™s celebrated. But her actions are far from innocent. Captivated, heâ€™s determined to make her his.
The heat between them flares, but Vaughn is torn between desire and honor. Bea is afraid to risk her heart on a man she canâ€™t trust. And when her future husband arrives on the scene, more than their hearts are in danger.