A Steampunk Halloween Treat by Emma Jane Holloway

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When you’re talking Victorian steampunk, London, and Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper is never far from the imagination. Fog, twisting alleyways, and one of the most compelling cases in crime history are inevitably bound together.

The second book of The Baskerville Affair trilogy—A Study in Darkness—sees the heroine, Evelina Cooper, go under cover in the worst parts of London only to encounter the famous murderer. She’s alone, trapped, and fighting to save those she loves with nothing but her wits and the scraps of magic at her command. Of course, her uncle Holmes is on the case, too, but neither of them begin to suspect the real identity of the villain—or that the Whitechapel murderer is hardly the most dangerous creature haunting London’s poorest streets—until their future hangs on the edge of the killer’s blade.

When I was writing Darkness, I went to London to see the Ripper’s hunting grounds near the Tower of London. Many of the sites are gone, but not all of them. The tavern where the ill-fated women drank is still there, as is Mitre Square—the scene of Catherine Eddowes’s death—and many of the old brick structures that stood back in 1888. At night, with the cool, damp autumn air nipping at fingers and nose, it’s not hard to imagine the past is a whisper away. And it was just not the story of the Ripper lurking in those shadows, but the thousands of other men and women—the match girls, anarchists, sailors, dock workers, and suffragettes that walked those alleyways. It was a dramatic age, filled with more stories than any author could ever hope to write.

But steampunk is more than history—it’s fantasy, too. As A Study in Darkness takes the action to the streets, it also sails into the clouds with the Red Jack and a crew of airship pirates. I’ll just say that the Indomitable Niccolo has found a whole new level of roguery, and you’d better hang on to your spyglass. He has another chance to win Evelina’s heart, and this time he has a ship and crew to his name. It’s a good day to be a pirate . . . until he lands in the midst of a rebel plot. There are nefarious villains, wicked devices, a sorcerer wielding death magic, and an automaton ballet. At last the players in the Baskerville Affair begin to step into the gaslight, and not all of them are human.

A Study in Darkness is packed with tricks and even more treats for the reader. I couldn’t be more excited about the release date for this book – October 29, just two days before Halloween!  Could it be any more fitting?

What makes you think of steampunk—or the Victorian age—and Halloween together? Dracula? Jekyll and Hyde?

 

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The Baskerville Affair trilogy

  • A Study in Silks (available now)
  • A Study in Darkness (available October 29)
  • A Study in Ashes (available December 31)

A Study in Silks

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Evelina Cooper, the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, is poised to enjoy her first Season in London’s high society, but there’s a murderer to deal with—not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse . . .

In a Victorian era ruled by a Council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch, and sorcery the demon enemy of the Empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines—something Evelina has secretly mastered. But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty’s secret laboratories. What’s a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she’s never found out?

But then there’s that murder. As Sherlock Holmes’s niece, Evelina should be able to find the answers, but she has a lot to learn. And the first decision she has to make is whether to trust the handsome, clever rake who makes her breath come faster, or the dashing trick rider who would dare anything for her if she would only just ask . . .

A Study in Darkness

October 2013

When a bomb goes off at 221B Baker Street, Evelina Cooper is thrown into her Uncle Sherlock’s world of mystery and murder. But just when she thought it was safe to return to the ballroom, old, new, and even dead enemies are clamoring for a place on her dance card.

Before Evelina’s even unpacked her gowns for a country house party, an indiscretion puts her in the power of the ruthless Gold King, who recruits her as his spy. He knows her disreputable past and exiles her to the rank alleyways of Whitechapel with orders to unmask his foe.

As danger mounts, Evelina struggles between hiding her illegal magic and succumbing to the darker aspects of her power. One path keeps her secure; the other keeps her alive. For rebellion is brewing, a sorcerer wants her soul, and no one can protect her in the hunting ground of Jack the Ripper.

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Emma Jane Holloway

Ever since childhood, Emma Jane Holloway refused to accept that history was nothing but facts prisoned behind the closed door of time. Why waste a perfectly good playground coloring within the timelines? Accordingly, her novels are filled with whimsical impossibilities and the occasional eye-blinking impertinence—but always in the service of grand adventure.

Struggling between the practical and the artistic—a family tradition, along with ghosts and a belief in the curative powers of shortbread—Emma Jane has a degree in literature and job in finance. She lives in the Pacific Northwest in a house crammed with books, musical instruments, and half-finished sewing projects. In the meantime, she’s published articles, essays, short stories, and enough novels to build a fort for her stuffed hedgehog.

 


  1. Chris Nicholson October 26, 2013

    I was lucky enough to get ARCs of your books and loved then! Thank you for such a great and original series!

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  2. miki October 26, 2013

    *___*books and owls? i WANT pretty pretty please!!!

    i don’t really have something that made think about steampunk and halloween….perhaps”jack l’evantreur” but i really need to think to make the link

    i do want to discover this series and teh release date for book2 is really fitting yes

    thank you so, so much for this giveaway and for opening it to interntional!

    happy halloween

    *finger crossed*

    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. Kimberly Mayberry October 26, 2013

    The “darkness” of the time period is what makes me think of Steampunk and Halloween together. I just LOVE Steampunk and I cannot wait for this book release! These earring are marvelous and very fitting for this book and giveaway! Thank you so much for bringing this book and author to my attention so I can add it to my must-buy-list and thank you for the giveaway!

    kbinmich@yahoo.com

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  4. Kai W. October 26, 2013

    For the Basketville Affairs series, I think of this era as Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper and Dracula. Even though Sherlock Holmes and Dracula are fictional characters that have survived to modern time and still well-known, every criminalogists and law enforcements are still trying to solve the crime and find the identity of Jack the Ripper. There are so many speculations. Throw Halloween into the mix, there is a story to be told however fact or fictional it becomes.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. Amber October 26, 2013

    Those are gorgeous earrings! I WANT!!! 🙂 and the book series sounds really good. I’d love a chance to read it! 🙂
    goodblinknpark(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  6. kate t October 26, 2013

    cute earrings!

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  7. ki pha October 26, 2013

    Oh I love the Steam Punk genre! What makes me think of steam punk is all the steam and mechanical stuff: tools, machines, gears, chains, goggles, masks, metals, clocks, etc!! For Victorian it’s all the lace and and net stockings, the puffed dresses. And Halloween, well, put them together and you have a costume! Add some blood and do I hear vampires? LOL But anything kind of dark and mysterious is what I think of steam punk and Halloween.

    The book sounds amazing! Will definitely look for it when it’s released!

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  8. Hywela Lyn October 26, 2013

    I really want to read these books! Sherlock Holmes and Victorian London not only make for a great Steampunk atmosphere, but are also eerie enough for Halloween. Another pair of beautiful earrings – I won the last pair, thank you so much, they are exquisite and especially appreciated since I live in the UK and so many contests are only open to US entries. Thanks again and congratulations on what looks like a wonderful series, I hope it’s a roaring success!

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  9. Monica V. October 26, 2013

    What a totally original storyline! I adore steampunk and I’m putting the series on my “must read” list. Halloween is the perfect time to read a steampunk novel.

    mcv111 at hotmail.com

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  10. jackie October 26, 2013

    I have not read your books
    yet but they sound very interesting

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  11. Catherine Lemanski October 26, 2013

    Your stories sound interesting and I will be putting them on my TBR list. Love the earrings.

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  12. Julie McDonough October 26, 2013

    This series sounds great, I can’t wait to read it. The earrings are so cute!

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  13. Diane Mason October 26, 2013

    Love the earrings. The series sounds intriguing, I’m going to have to give it a try. 🙂

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  14. Laurie P October 26, 2013

    I am slowly getting into the Steampunk genre and your book sounds wonderful.

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  15. Vickie B October 26, 2013

    I’m not sure I thought of it before, but you’re right, Jekyll and Hyde is very steampunk and definitely Halloween. I listened to the book last year for a Halloween challenge. I couldn’t believe I’d not read it before and thought it was time. I enjoyed listening to it, especially at night when I commuted for work.
    The first book in the series is on the Wanton Wantin’ Book List (WWBL) and I think it’s getting bumped up. Looking forward to this one now. Thanks for the cranium’s up.

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  16. DebraG October 26, 2013

    I think of the Victorian era when I think of Steampunk. Not quite sure why. Love the earrings. They are unique, but do not wear them in the shower.

    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  17. Karen H near Tampa October 26, 2013

    Jekyll and Hyde remind me of Steampunk and Halloween. There’s the actual monster and the Victorian setting and the darkness that is that book.

    Love the earrings, too.

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  18. Emma Jane October 26, 2013

    Just dropping by to say thank you so much for visiting, everyone! And on a busy pre-Halloween weekend, too! I just thought of another great Victorian horror story: A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. That one always creeped me out!

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  19. Jeanette Jackson October 26, 2013

    Dracula makes me think of the Victorian age the most. I can see him strolling down cobbled streets with the fog curling around dimly lit light poles.

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  20. Jenni October 26, 2013

    I love The mystery of Dracula in the Victorian setting as it seems like a great time for romance and seduction but also blood and fear in the Halloween sense… Your book sounds wonderful and I plan on down loading it. Thank you!

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  21. Denise Van Plew October 26, 2013

    Read the first one advanced copy it was and would love to read the second one.

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  22. Angie October 26, 2013

    I love these earrings! Very interesting book series too!

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  23. Raonaid Luckwell October 26, 2013

    I was fortunate to get an ARC of the first book which really surprised me. I’ll have to get the second one.

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  24. Nicole Zoltack October 26, 2013

    Love the earrings! Your books sound great. 🙂

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  25. Faye M. October 26, 2013

    The books looks interesting and the earrings are so cute! 🙂

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  26. Carolyn Valdez October 26, 2013

    I have never read Steampunk before, but this seems very interesting. It has two of my favorite subjects, Sherlock Homes and Jack the Ripper. I defiantly need to put this on my TBR list.

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    • Carolyn Valdez October 26, 2013

      I can not believe that I spelt Holmes and definitely wrong!! Guess I need to get some sleep.

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  27. tambra kendall October 26, 2013

    I want all those books! I love steampunk and Holmes, the Victorian era…
    I’m looking forward to buying your books and reading them!

    Cheers!
    Tambra Nicole

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  28. Kimberly Mayberry October 27, 2013

    I have been looking all over, even on the author’s website, for purchase links for her books at Amazon, and cannot find them! Can anyone help me? Thank you!

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  29. Kimberley Coover October 27, 2013

    I love the Victorian era and Sherlock Holmes…adding the twist of the the Steampunk makes it so much more fun and intriqueing. Thanks for the giveaway – I have added to more tbr list!

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  30. Brooke B. October 27, 2013

    This series sounds fascinating! I love the earrings, they are too adorable. Perfect for any booklover. 🙂

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  31. Tamara Burks October 27, 2013

    Both Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Jekyll and his odd friend Hyde make me think of Steampunk. Holmes because of his early use of scientific methods in crime solving and Jeckyll and Hyde because they went beyond what was considered normal for the sciences at that time.

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  32. Helen HOWE October 28, 2013

    This sounds like a fabulous series. I have been resisting steampunk because I don’t quite get it: I have actually been trying to decide what to start with to get me into the picture. Your books sound perfect – not to mention the earrings, which are an absolute delight! Wait for me Evelina, I’m about to dive into your world…

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  33. Pattie October 29, 2013

    I love the earrings! Too cute.

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  34. Artemis October 29, 2013

    Every time I am thinking Steampunk, I am thinking the Victorian era too. I think that Steampunk is a lifestyle that emulates the Victorian industrial age.
    Steampunk Costume is the best outfit for Halloween.

    Thank you for the giveaway!
    artgiote at gmail dot com

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  35. Vikki January 3, 2014

    Steampunk is extremely exciting. The fashion style can be quite daring, yet sophisticated and intriguing. I can’t wait to read the books. The more the better.

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  1. Laurie P October 26, 2013

    I am slowly getting into the Steampunk genre and your book sounds wonderful.

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  2. Faye M. October 26, 2013

    The books looks interesting and the earrings are so cute! 🙂

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  3. Carolyn Valdez October 26, 2013

    I have never read Steampunk before, but this seems very interesting. It has two of my favorite subjects, Sherlock Homes and Jack the Ripper. I defiantly need to put this on my TBR list.

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  4. tambra kendall October 26, 2013

    I want all those books! I love steampunk and Holmes, the Victorian era…
    I’m looking forward to buying your books and reading them!

    Cheers!
    Tambra Nicole

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  5. Carolyn Valdez October 26, 2013

    I can not believe that I spelt Holmes and definitely wrong!! Guess I need to get some sleep.

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  6. Vickie B October 26, 2013

    I’m not sure I thought of it before, but you’re right, Jekyll and Hyde is very steampunk and definitely Halloween. I listened to the book last year for a Halloween challenge. I couldn’t believe I’d not read it before and thought it was time. I enjoyed listening to it, especially at night when I commuted for work.
    The first book in the series is on the Wanton Wantin’ Book List (WWBL) and I think it’s getting bumped up. Looking forward to this one now. Thanks for the cranium’s up.

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  7. DebraG October 26, 2013

    I think of the Victorian era when I think of Steampunk. Not quite sure why. Love the earrings. They are unique, but do not wear them in the shower.

    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  8. Karen H near Tampa October 26, 2013

    Jekyll and Hyde remind me of Steampunk and Halloween. There’s the actual monster and the Victorian setting and the darkness that is that book.

    Love the earrings, too.

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  9. Emma Jane October 26, 2013

    Just dropping by to say thank you so much for visiting, everyone! And on a busy pre-Halloween weekend, too! I just thought of another great Victorian horror story: A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. That one always creeped me out!

    0 Likes

  10. Jeanette Jackson October 26, 2013

    Dracula makes me think of the Victorian age the most. I can see him strolling down cobbled streets with the fog curling around dimly lit light poles.

    0 Likes

  11. Jenni October 26, 2013

    I love The mystery of Dracula in the Victorian setting as it seems like a great time for romance and seduction but also blood and fear in the Halloween sense… Your book sounds wonderful and I plan on down loading it. Thank you!

    0 Likes

  12. Denise Van Plew October 26, 2013

    Read the first one advanced copy it was and would love to read the second one.

    0 Likes

  13. Angie October 26, 2013

    I love these earrings! Very interesting book series too!

    0 Likes

  14. Kimberly Mayberry October 27, 2013

    I have been looking all over, even on the author’s website, for purchase links for her books at Amazon, and cannot find them! Can anyone help me? Thank you!

    0 Likes

  15. Kimberley Coover October 27, 2013

    I love the Victorian era and Sherlock Holmes…adding the twist of the the Steampunk makes it so much more fun and intriqueing. Thanks for the giveaway – I have added to more tbr list!

    0 Likes

  16. Vikki January 3, 2014

    Steampunk is extremely exciting. The fashion style can be quite daring, yet sophisticated and intriguing. I can’t wait to read the books. The more the better.

    0 Likes

  17. Hywela Lyn October 26, 2013

    I really want to read these books! Sherlock Holmes and Victorian London not only make for a great Steampunk atmosphere, but are also eerie enough for Halloween. Another pair of beautiful earrings – I won the last pair, thank you so much, they are exquisite and especially appreciated since I live in the UK and so many contests are only open to US entries. Thanks again and congratulations on what looks like a wonderful series, I hope it’s a roaring success!

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  18. Monica V. October 26, 2013

    What a totally original storyline! I adore steampunk and I’m putting the series on my “must read” list. Halloween is the perfect time to read a steampunk novel.

    mcv111 at hotmail.com

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  19. jackie October 26, 2013

    I have not read your books
    yet but they sound very interesting

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  20. Catherine Lemanski October 26, 2013

    Your stories sound interesting and I will be putting them on my TBR list. Love the earrings.

    0 Likes

  21. Julie McDonough October 26, 2013

    This series sounds great, I can’t wait to read it. The earrings are so cute!

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  22. Diane Mason October 26, 2013

    Love the earrings. The series sounds intriguing, I’m going to have to give it a try. 🙂

    0 Likes

  23. Kimberly Mayberry October 26, 2013

    The “darkness” of the time period is what makes me think of Steampunk and Halloween together. I just LOVE Steampunk and I cannot wait for this book release! These earring are marvelous and very fitting for this book and giveaway! Thank you so much for bringing this book and author to my attention so I can add it to my must-buy-list and thank you for the giveaway!

    kbinmich@yahoo.com

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  24. Kai W. October 26, 2013

    For the Basketville Affairs series, I think of this era as Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper and Dracula. Even though Sherlock Holmes and Dracula are fictional characters that have survived to modern time and still well-known, every criminalogists and law enforcements are still trying to solve the crime and find the identity of Jack the Ripper. There are so many speculations. Throw Halloween into the mix, there is a story to be told however fact or fictional it becomes.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. Amber October 26, 2013

    Those are gorgeous earrings! I WANT!!! 🙂 and the book series sounds really good. I’d love a chance to read it! 🙂
    goodblinknpark(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  26. kate t October 26, 2013

    cute earrings!

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  27. ki pha October 26, 2013

    Oh I love the Steam Punk genre! What makes me think of steam punk is all the steam and mechanical stuff: tools, machines, gears, chains, goggles, masks, metals, clocks, etc!! For Victorian it’s all the lace and and net stockings, the puffed dresses. And Halloween, well, put them together and you have a costume! Add some blood and do I hear vampires? LOL But anything kind of dark and mysterious is what I think of steam punk and Halloween.

    The book sounds amazing! Will definitely look for it when it’s released!

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  28. miki October 26, 2013

    *___*books and owls? i WANT pretty pretty please!!!

    i don’t really have something that made think about steampunk and halloween….perhaps”jack l’evantreur” but i really need to think to make the link

    i do want to discover this series and teh release date for book2 is really fitting yes

    thank you so, so much for this giveaway and for opening it to interntional!

    happy halloween

    *finger crossed*

    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. Chris Nicholson October 26, 2013

    I was lucky enough to get ARCs of your books and loved then! Thank you for such a great and original series!

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  30. Raonaid Luckwell October 26, 2013

    I was fortunate to get an ARC of the first book which really surprised me. I’ll have to get the second one.

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  31. Nicole Zoltack October 26, 2013

    Love the earrings! Your books sound great. 🙂

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  32. Tamara Burks October 27, 2013

    Both Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Jekyll and his odd friend Hyde make me think of Steampunk. Holmes because of his early use of scientific methods in crime solving and Jeckyll and Hyde because they went beyond what was considered normal for the sciences at that time.

    0 Likes

  33. Brooke B. October 27, 2013

    This series sounds fascinating! I love the earrings, they are too adorable. Perfect for any booklover. 🙂

    0 Likes

  34. Pattie October 29, 2013

    I love the earrings! Too cute.

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  35. Artemis October 29, 2013

    Every time I am thinking Steampunk, I am thinking the Victorian era too. I think that Steampunk is a lifestyle that emulates the Victorian industrial age.
    Steampunk Costume is the best outfit for Halloween.

    Thank you for the giveaway!
    artgiote at gmail dot com

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  36. Helen HOWE October 28, 2013

    This sounds like a fabulous series. I have been resisting steampunk because I don’t quite get it: I have actually been trying to decide what to start with to get me into the picture. Your books sound perfect – not to mention the earrings, which are an absolute delight! Wait for me Evelina, I’m about to dive into your world…

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