The Next Big Thing — My Work in Progress and Five Blogs you want to visit

Title- The ‘Pprentices, the Puppets, and the Pirate

Here’s an early concept cover


Where did the idea come from? This is the sequel to A Dodge, a Twist, and a Tobacconist. It’s book Two in the Alexander Legacy Series. The original idea for this series came from watching The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie. I wanted my own cast of literary crimefighters who were more true to the original characters and who honored Christian character and principles.

Genre: Steampunk Literary Tribute

What actors would play your character in a movie version? I honestly don’t know many current young actors, but There’s an actor named Sebastian Stan who looks as if he might fit the role of Oliver Twist. I don’t know much about him. He’s have to be short, blond, and British.

Image of Sebastian Stan

Short Synopsis — Oliver Twist narrates this tale about the true meaning of rebirth and immortality. Jack Dawkins’ body has been stolen from Jessica Fagin’s mortuary. Strange implants are being used to control people and even sea monsters to attack and discredit the Alexander Legacy Company. Long John Silver’s daughter was killed in the Rooftop Battle at the Bronze Cascade Hotel and he’ll do a lot to get the means to revenge himself on Sluefoot Sue. Professor Moriarty may be the Puppet Master pulling the strings of both Pinocchio and the Blue Fairy, but the Demon of the Desert is also a force to be reckoned with. And Alec d’Uberville lives as a flawed god at the Absinthe Society’s Mansion, kept alive by Doctor Moreau.

Agency Representation — Indie all the way!

How long did it take to write the first draft? Ha! It’s not done yet! I’ve just started this one. I did 50,000 words on this to win the 2012 Nano competition but it’s a bit stalled while other projects go forward.

What other books in the genre compare? I don’t know a lot of specific books in the genre, sadly, but I know Sherlock Holmes and Edgar Allen Poe have both been given a steampunk turn. My emphasis is on the literary characters, but the gears and gadgets are there, to be certain.

Any other in this genre? This is my second foray into Steampunk Literary Tribute, and I love it and apparently so do the readers.

Who or what inspired this WIP? The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and unfinished business with my characters, plus the very contemporary issue of human trafficking and rising criminal activity and violence around the world.

Anything to add? Do drop by Sophronia Belle Lyon’s facebook page for Victorian art, jewelry, Steampunk stuff from other lovers of the genre, and samples from both books as the series goes forward.

And remember you can get A Dodge, a Twist, and a Tobacconist, plain and illustrated versions right now.


And, here are five great bloggers you need to visit!

Precarious Yates, author of the Revelation Special Ops Series


Cindy Koepp, author of Remnant in the Stars


Debby de Qullettes Alten, publisher with G8 Press


Brad Francis, author of The Book of the Harvest

and Ilil Arbel, author of The Lemon Tree


And thank you to Staci Stallings for getting me into this Next Big Thing Blog Madness!



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