Nico Rosso was born and raised in a factory town. The major industry: Movies. Growing up with a creative family in Los Angeles, Nico was surrounded by the film business, and after college he returned home to work in that industry. From cleaning up gallons of milk after a special effect to pitching ideas to executives as a screenwriter, Nico was there.
But the movies had changed from the glowing pictures that once inspired him. He found there wasn’t as much space for his voice and turned to writing narrative fiction, and more specifically, romance (inspired by his wife, Zoë Archer). He created the sci-fi adventure world of the Limit War, taking readers into an intergalactic battle between planet-consuming aliens and the army that combats their spread. Turning his sights on home, Nico set off the apocalypse on the Burning Earth, where humans fight to survive against mutant Fire Eaters. In a joint effort with his wife, he is now working on a steampunk Western set in their shared world of the Ether Chronicles. And he’s finally bringing to life all the superheroes he doodled in high school with the Heroes Guild. Inspiration comes from travel, daydreams, research and random lightning bolts, so there’s no telling where the next adventure will start.
Hi, and thanks for having me on the blog today.
Let’s put the steam in steampunk. I don’t know how many of you are familiar with the genre (the readership is definitely growing) but it’s essentially Victorian sci-fi. Combining the materials of the late 19th Century with a modern sensibility, the technology can be anything from clockwork shoulder fired Gatling rifles to ether borne flying mechanical horses known as Sky Chargers.
My wife, Zoë Archer, and I came up with the Ether Chronicles series together, but are writing the books separately. Hers take place all over the globe. The first one, SKIES OF FIRE, is set in and above the Carpathian Mountains. My tales are steampunk Westerns. Both have plenty of steam, and I’m not just talking about technology.
So what makes steampunk so sexy? One of the first things that comes to mind is the clothes. Tall boots, utilitarian gear with belts and pouches. Goggles if the character is taking to the air. My heroine, Rosa Campos doesn’t wear a corset, but is still damn hot in her breeches and vest, complete with a sheriff’s star. The clothes speak to adventure, self confidence. And the vest complements her curves.
And the hero, Tom Knox, is a scout for the US Cavalry. But he doesn’t ride a horse, he flies a Sky Charger. His uniform is well fitted. Black cowboy hat. A stripe down the side of his leg. And a front placket on his shirt, complete with brass buttons along his chest. His broad shoulders are accentuated. Lean muscles in the trim uniform tell you he’s a man of action.
Another thing that makes steampunk so hot is that as the technology becomes more elaborate the stakes increase, giving the hero and heroine opportunities to prove themselves and prove their love for each other. Tom returns to town after a three year absence and things are pretty rocky between him and Rosa. To make matters worse, an evil mining company’s rolling fifty foot rock eating machine is headed toward town.
Facing odds like this really shows the mettle of the hero and heroine. Not just to the reader, but to each other. Seeing Tom go against the enemy, his four barreled pistol blazing, is bound to make Rosa’s old passion for him flare. And when he sees how tough and determined she is, not backing down even when the ether-charged bullets are flying, he knows he didn’t return to town for the home cooking.
I have one e-ARC of Night of Fire to give away.
To enter please answer the following questions: What aspect of steampunk do you find most sexy? And if you’re not a reader of the genre yet, what part of it piques your interest? Please leave your answer in the comment section of this blog post, then fill out the form below. (You must fill in the form otherwise you are NOT entered into the giveaway)
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