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Release day: Courting Trouble

1 October 2012
Today is the official release of Courting Trouble by Jenny Schwartz (ebook, Carina Press). Here’s the blurb:

Swan River Colony, Australia, 1895

All suffragette Esme Smith wants is respect. Her beau, American inventor Jed Reeve, may be more enlightened than most men, but lately his need to protect her is at odds with her need for independence. Esme begins to wonder if a modern woman can share her life with a man without losing some of herself.
With his courtship of Esme stalled, the last thing Jed needs is the pressure of saving the Prince of Wales. But when blueprints for a sonic destroyer fall into his hands, he uncovers an anarchist plot that could have deadly consequences.
While investigating the threats, Jed is determined to keep Esme out of harm’s way, despite her protests. But when the terrorists capture Jed and demand a priceless emerald in exchange for his life, it’s Esme who must draw on all her strength to save the day.

Jenny dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

Courting Trouble is the second story in my Bustlepunk Chronicles. It’s set in Western Australia in the 1890s when the Gold Rush was in full swing. But I’ve fiddled a bit with history–that’s the fun of steampunk: I get to ‘correct’ history’s mistakes. In my version of early Perth, there’s a Bombaytown on the northern bank of the river, down near Fremantle. Smell the spices, walk the narrow streets, be swept away to a time that never was, but should have been.

You can find out more about Jenny’s work at her website.

All ARRA members who comment on this post will go in the draw to win a digital copy of Courting Trouble. Giveaway closes on 22 October. (The winner was Lynette)

  1. 7 October 2012 3:55 pm

    All the best with this Jenny, it sounds like a great read.

  2. Shiona permalink
    5 October 2012 5:45 pm

    “Bustlepunk” Love it! I do like steam punk and with the bonus of being an Aussie book, this one’s definitely going on my Wish List. Full steam ahead (yes, a pun) to sucess, Jenny.


  3. aimskye permalink
    2 October 2012 11:55 am

    Congratulations Jenny!


  4. lynette williams permalink
    2 October 2012 8:06 am

    always good to read how women of yesteryear started to get us to where we are today

    • 2 October 2012 10:06 am

      And how strong they were. Years and years ago I read some of the colonial women’s letters stored in the West Australian state library. Just wow. What they survived.

  5. 2 October 2012 7:28 am

    Congratulations, Jenny. Luuuuurve that cover. And love the idea of being able to correct history’s mistakes.

    Wishing you great success!

    • 2 October 2012 10:04 am

      Thanks, Cathryn … though I know there’s one bit of history you won’t be correcting: the Swans’ win on Saturday! Congratulations! 🙂

  6. 1 October 2012 8:42 pm

    this sounds another good book….have to try steampunk as I have not read any yet …. congratulations

    • 2 October 2012 10:02 am

      Barbara, I’m biased because I love steampunk (reading and writing it) but I really think it is growing in popularity, and there’s a big Hollywood steampunk movie (Boneshaker) being made. When that comes out, you’ll be one of the cool people who already knows all about steampunk!

      And thanks for the congratulations 🙂

  7. sally906 permalink
    1 October 2012 6:57 pm

    Have just discovered steam punk books. I LOVE the expression bustle punk 🙂 LOL!

    • 2 October 2012 10:01 am

      Sometimes made up words, like Bustlepunk, just shout “fun!” Hope you’re enjoying steampunk, Sally. Be careful…it’s addictive 😉

  8. 1 October 2012 10:57 am

    Another gorgeous cover. Best of luck with sales and happy readers.

  9. 1 October 2012 9:36 am

    Can’t wait to read it!

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