Angela Quarles' steampunk romance STEAM ME UP, RAWLEY is now out and the author is celebrating with a "Release Day Blitz" and giveaway. In her announcement post, she blogged a bit about the path to publication for this book. This part will sound familiar to fans and authors of niche genres like science fiction romance:
…there was no sense putting Steam in the long queue for the inevitable rejection. This isn’t meant to be negative or sour grapes. On the contrary, I found it rather freeing, as it gave me options, which I love, and I think if one is to be successful, one has to look at one’s work in an objective, business-like matter. That’s what’s so great about indie publishing, as we’re able to fill a need for books of our flavors, but which aren’t in high enough demand to make it a viable business proposition for NY to take a chance on–NY can’t make a living catering to niches, whereas indies can.
I applaud authors who cater to the niche. For many of us, that's our bread and butter reading!
Here's the blurb:
Jack the Ripper might be in town. But is marriage more terrifying?
In an alternate Deep South in 1890, society reporter Adele de la Pointe wants to make her own way in the world, despite her family’s pressure to become a society wife. Hoping to ruin herself as a matrimonial prospect, she seizes the opportunity to cover the recent Jack the Ripper-style murders for the newspaper, but her father’s dashing new intern suggests a more terrifying headline—marriage.
Dr. Phillip Rawley’s most daring exploit has been arriving at his new home in America in a hot air balloon. A tolerable sacrifice, if it means he can secure the hand of his new employer’s daughter in a marriage of convenience. But Adele works, she’s spirited, and she has an armored pet monkey running her errands. Not only does she not match his notions of a proper lady, she stirs up feelings he’d rather keep in tight control.
With Adele hunting down a headline and Dr. Rawley trying to protect and pursue her, a serial killer is spreading panic throughout Mobile, Alabama. Can Adele and Rawley find the murderer, face their fears, and discover true love?
Watch the book trailer (scroll down).
To help celebrate the book's release, the author is doing a giveaway of her ebooks MUST LOVE BREECHES and STEAM ME UP, RAWLEY:
If you'd rather purchase STEAM ME UP, RAWLEY now, it's on sale for 99 cents until Monday. Visit the author's post for handy buy links.