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Thursday, 15 March 2012

Author Override: Rachel Grace

 Author Override is the place where authors take the reins and take you on a journey into their world. Some may allow you into their private writing dens. Others may take you along with them on research trips or interviews. Whatever the case may be, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride because here you’ll get an in-depth look into an author’s musings.

Holla Maidens! Today we are pleased to welcome Rachel Grace!  She is an author of new steampunk fantasy romance series called Elemental Steam! The first book is called GEARED FOR PLEASURE. For more information on Rachel Grace, please visit her website here for more details. Now Maidens, please help us welcome Rachel Grace to Under the Covers!
Rachel Grace

GEARED FOR PLEASURE, Book One in the Elemental Steam series, started out as an homage to my group blog, The Smutketeers. The idea began to form over three years ago…although I have to admit, the original working title was Smutketeers in Space. 

It wasn’t until we got together to do a group blog, and dressed up for our first photo shoot, that I decided the story had to be steampunk. Or my version of steampunk, a sub-sub genre I call clockworky steampunkitude.

I realized soon enough that I had the characters, but no world for them to live in. That soon changed with a vengeance. Theorrey is a huge world, and it took over my imagination, my sanity, and all of my free time. I’d never actually read any modern steampunk, and I purposely refused to until I’d finished the book. What I knew I learned from research, Jules Verne, HG Wells, movies and my experience with the Smutketeers themselves. My imagination took over from there.

As my alter ego, RG Alexander, I have built paranormal worlds before. But this world? It was different. Grittier, more detailed. This world was dangerous to live in. And jammed full of rules that were made to be broken. It is the only world my characters could have lived in. Harsh and raw and ripe for a revolution.

Steampunk is, at its core, an alternate world set in the past. Think Jules Verne. Think HG Wells. Think League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Something is different, usually the technology, but the world still has remnants of what you expect to see from the Victorian age.

Clockworky steampunkitude on the other hand? Well, it’s a bit more altered than most.

~A day in the life of the Queen’s Chalice? Before the chaos, I would say Dare Senedal’s life was very comfortable. She lived in the Copper Palace on Queen’s Hill, untouched by the hardships below. The occasional sadness and anger she sensed from the queen were easily explained away. Life was training, games and distraction. The rules made sense. She knew who and what she was. She knew her place.

But that life was all illusion. And what starts in Earthly Desires and continues in the second story in Geared, Fiery Temptations, is Dare’s awakening. Her coming of age and the bursting of her comfortable bubble. Her story runs parallel to the queen, so it will not end in this book. None of their stories are entirely finished. They will keep growing…like the rest of us.

We’ll just have to wait and see where they end up.

I hope everyone enjoys it! And thank you so much for letting me stop by!

If you’d like to know more about the characters and my inspiration, visit me at http://www.rachelgraceromance.com/
If you want to know about my alter ego RG Alexander, visit her at
And if you want to see first hand the women who started it all, visit http://www.smutketeers.com/

Are you excited to give GEARED FOR PLEASURE a try?  We have a copy up for grabs!! This giveaway is US ONLY.
The world of Theorrey runs like a well-oiled machine. The elements are in balance, passion is tamed, and the young queen is the heartbeat of it all. But in these two all-new stories of elemental steam, nothing is ever as it seems.

Earthly Desires

Demeter “Dare” Senedal is the Queen’s Chalice-her protector and closest companion. So when the queen goes missing, Dare rushes to locate her, even though the search leads her straight into trouble.

A gentleman who trades in secrets and sin, Bodhan revels in carnal delights, but when a naked and bound woman appears on his shore, he finds his hunger to possess at odds with his need to protect. As Bodhan shares his knowledge of pleasure, Dare must decide if she can trust him, both with her mission and her heart.

Fiery Temptations

Seraphina always lands on her feet. After all, she is a Felidae-more feline than human-and an excellent thief. There has never been a job Phina wouldn’t take or a man who could tame her…until she meets Cyrus Arendal.

As the Queen’s Sword, Cyrus should have known better than to fall victim to a beautiful bandit. Now, to find and retrieve the moonfire dagger, he’ll need to convince Phina not to judge a man by his station, but rather by how completely he can satisfy her desires.
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DiDi said...

Thank you for the insight on the inspiration for GEARED FROM PLEASURE! I've heard great things about the book =)

Sue Sattler said...

I still need to get this book. I am a steampunk virgin and since I have been loving all RG/Rachel's work who better to start with!

Fedora said...

Can't wait to read this--love RG's writing, I can only imagine it applied to her clockworky steampunkitude!

erin said...

Thanks for the great post and giveaway!

I really like steampunk and I'm excited to learn about a new author. I've also been reading such great reviews and this one is definitely on my wishlist!

Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes said...

Congrats on your new release, and I can't wait to read the series as it gets released. I adore your stories. I love the emotional connection with the characters you create, and the look forward to another awesome adventure..*S*

pommawolf @hotmail.com

Eden Bradley-Eve Berlin said...

I realized after reading this post today that so much of my own inspiration in writing steampunk comes purely from the visuals-the costuming is #1 for me, but also all the gadgets I've been looking at online for the last few years. That and-as Rachel said-having read Jules Verne years ago, seeing movies like Wild, Wild West, Dark City, the animated Howl's Moving Castle-all of them have steampunk elements that inspire my own imagination.
Great post! And having read this book I can tell you it's an awesome read!

jeanette8042 said...

I'm excited by this new release because I love her works under RG Alexander.

June M. said...

Thanks so much for the wonderful insight on the story. I have only read one short story in Steampunk but I am a fan of R.G. so I am eager to read this one. Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy of her "clockworky steampunkitude" story!

Jen B. said...

I love Steampunk! In fact, my Halloween costume is an ever evolving Steampunk themed outfit! Thanks for the giveaway. I am so excited for the chance to learn more about your Steampunk world!

Susan W. said...

Wild, Wild, West and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen are two of my favorite movies! I've been a fan of steampunk movies for years and am starting to get into steampunk books. After reading RG Alexander's other books, I can't wait to read this one!

Barbara E. said...

Since I love steampunk, Geared for Pleasure has really caught my interest. I'm definitely looking forward to reading it.

pamerd said...


I have recently read my first steampunk and I enjoyed it so much. I am looking forward to reading Rachel's book. I have also just found out about RG/Rachel...I love twitter for "new to me" authors.

Thanks for the giveaway

ParanormalRomanceFan said...

Hello R.G./Rachel,

Congrats on the release of your new Book & Thank you for taking the time to spend with Us, sharing your Inspiration for your new alter ego & new Book, "GEARED FROM PLEASURE".
I love your writing R.G. & would like my first Steampunk read to be your new book, "GEARED FROM PLEASURE".
I also wanted to add that I Love you Ladies over at The Smutketeers Blog, I visit your site often.

Take care & Wishing YOu Much Success with Your Book,
PaParanormalFan (Renee’ S.)

Julianne said...

What a great post, thanks for sharing. Congrats on the release of Geared For Pleasure. I can't wait to get started reading this series.
luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

ELF said...

Somehow, it's going to take me awhile to imprint this name into my brain...I keep wondering who you are, lol. Good luck with the new release, I am sure that it will be a great read if it's anything like the wonderful works you have released as RG Alexander!

Rachel V said...

I haven't read any books by this author before but this sounds like one I need to read.

Kim D said...

New author for me. I love finding new authors. Thanks

Kim D said...

Opps forgot email


Patti said...

Sounds Great!!!!


Terri said...

This is a new author for me. The book sounds great!