Books-n-Kisses is please to let Nico Rosso take over the blog today.
Take it away Nico…..
We’ve seen it thousands of times in Western books, films, and television shows. The hero in the white hat thunders across the dusty prairie to save the damsel in distress. Born from American history, the cowboy and his lady have become lore. Gunfighters, sheriffs, homesteader women and saloon girls are legendary now.
I’ve always had an affinity for Westerns, a love that was passed down by my dad. Films like Shane and Hondo and the books that inspired them were always around his house. When my wife, Zoë Archer, was working on her first Ether Chronicle book, SKIES OF FIRE, and we were building the steampunk world and technology, it got me to thinking about what this fantastic genre could do to the classic Western story.
For me, it was a perfect match, and I’m really excited to be writing the Western side of the Ether Chronicles. Imagine the classic story of the evil mining company trying to buy the land away from the honest homesteaders. They try to fight back, but the company is just too strong. Until a lone gunman shows up to help the homesteaders. Of course there’s a woman who captures the heart of the gunman, too.
Now imagine this story pumped full of ether. That’s what I did for NIGHT OF FIRE, taking each aspect of these classic tales and finding the steampunk spin in it. Instead of a evil mining company trying to buy land, it’s now an evil mining company’s fifty foot rolling mining machine that’s threatening to eat through the very town of Thornville, California.
The hero, Tom Knox, doesn’t come riding in on his horse, he comes flying in on his ether borne mechanical Sky Charger. And the heroine isn’t just there to be saved. No, Rosa Campos has a gun in her hand and the sheriff’s tin star on her chest. She might be more dangerous than the giant mining machine when she sees Tom. They’d been lovers until he disappeared without a word three years ago.
Steampunk injected a very new life in these classic Western characters and scenarios and gave me a great opportunity for creating inventions and technology. So my question to you is: what part of the Western do you hold close to your heart and what other genre (steampunk, paranormal, etc.) would you like to see blended with it?
Thanks, and good luck.One lucky commenter will win a free copy of NIGHT OF FIRE.
Night of Fire
The Ether Chronicles #2
“Night of fire, night of passion”
US Army Upland Ranger Tom Knox always knew going home wouldn’t be easy. Three years ago, he skipped town, leaving behind the only woman who ever mattered; now that he’s seen the front lines of war, he’s ready to do what he must to win her back.
Rosa Campos is long past wasting tears on Tom Knox, and now that she’s sheriff of Thornville, she has more than enough to do. Especially when a five-story rock-eating mining machine barrels toward the town she’s sworn to protect.
Tom’s the last person Rosa expects to see riding to her aid on his ether-borne mechanical horse. She may not be ready to forgive, but Rosa can’t deny that having him at her side brings back blissful memories even as it reignites a flame more dangerous than the enemy threatening to destroy them both
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