I'm delighted to introduce the hero of Wanted: One Scoundrel, Jed
Reeve, to LSR.
Jed is a Californian inventor, newly
arrived in the Swan River Colony, Australia. Patents on a range of devices, from
an auto-valet that knots the perfect tie to a transportable, extendable bridge,
have made him independently wealthy. His dream is to build a bounding-vehicle
based on the motion of jumping kangaroos, using pedal power and a kinetic
energy capture system. Although adding an artificial 'roo tail to the design is
proving a problem.
Jed's determination to design a
bounding-vehicle comes from his fascination with Dayenne's mechanical models of
animals. Jed owns a Dayenne horse in which steel replaces bone, cogs and gears
replace muscle and the whole is driven by clockwork. The metal horse is a
tribute to the elegant efficiency of the natural world.
If Jed were to walk out of the pages of Wanted: One Scoundrel I know his first action would be to book a ticket
to France. The steampunk creatures of Nantes are triumphs of
imagination and engineering skill.
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All suffragette Esme Smith wants is a
man. A scoundrel to be precise. Someone who can be persuaded to represent her
political views at men-only clubs. As the daughter of the richest man in
Australia, Esme can afford to make it worth the right man’s while.
Fresh off the boat, American inventor
Jed Reeve is intrigued by Esme’s proposal, but even more interested in the
beauty herself. Amused that she takes him for a man who lives by his wits, he
accepts the job—made easier by the fact that he already shares her ideals.
Soon, he finds himself caught up in political intrigue, kidnapping and
blackmail, and trying to convince his employer he’s more than just a scoundrel…
We Wish You a Steampunk Christmas
Changed forever after tragedy, a woman
must draw strength from her husband's love. A man learns that love isn't always
what you expect. A thief steals the heart of a vengeful professor. And an
American inventor finds love Down Under. Enjoy Victorian Christmas with a
clockwork twist in these four steampunk novellas.
"Crime Wave in a Corset" by
"This Winter Heart" by PG
"Wanted: One Scoundrel" by
"Far From Broken" by JK Coi
Stories also available for purchase
Jenny Schwartz is a West Australian
author, born and bred. She studied Australian social history at university,
never dreaming she'd end up re-writing it with a Steampunk twist.