Every Thursday, the Archives will feature artists, musicians, and makers of all variety, entered for your approval here in the Archives. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps we might endeavour to introduce to you a new name in our community of steam and cog, or perhaps remind you of one artisanâ€™s successful efforts to bring the past that never was to the here and now.
This week’s Ã†ther Feature from Karina Cooper for December 13th, 2012, is submitted for your pleasure:
Itâ€™s with great joy and lots of excitement that Pip and Tee are letting me come play in the Aether Feature today! As you may or may not have known, December 26th sees the return of Cherry St. Croix, Londonâ€™s only female collector.
And Cherry isnâ€™t the only familiar face to grace the streets of Londonâ€™s foggy drift. A murderer haunts the broadsheets, terrorizing the ladies of the night as the authorities scramble like blind mice in the dark. A rival has drifted into the shadows, following Cherryâ€™s every move.
And if that werenâ€™t bad enough, if the secret and dangerous streets of London below the drift werenâ€™t all she had to worry about, the gears of Londonâ€™s uppercrust Society are ever turningâ€”and this time, the well-to-do elite have the daughter of Mad St. Croix firmly in its sights.
Welcome back to a London re-imagined, to a mystery compounded by the secrets of those who will do anything to keep them… And with great presence of mind, I offer this warning: Them what know the streets well may live below the drift with some ease, yet a Society woman with no prospects must fight tooth and nail for her very survival.
Which world will claim Cherry first?
I had originally considered making my own trailer for the St. Croix Chronicles, but I have this problem: Iâ€™m a workaholic.
Itâ€™s a problem I think many authors suffer from. Or benefit from, depending on.
Not only am I workaholic, but I also tend to be easily distracted by shiny things. Mmmm, shiny things. A new idea, a new project, fresh plans, a glimmer of inspiration… diamonds. Gold. You know, the usual. And a book trailerâ€”the hours and hours of sorting through stock photos, making my own photo shoot, music choices, everything, to say nothing of stringing them all togetherâ€”would be the most epic shiny thing I can think of.
I mean, aside from the aforementioned diamonds.
So, like a very smart girl, I turned to the professionals. Book Candy Studios offered a special )which they often do) for three trailers. I was so happy with the first one they made me, that I was super excited to work on the second. I love the way they operateâ€”they listen, they ask questions, theyâ€™re hands-on to walk you through any technical help. And they really love the steampunk aesthetic.
If it werenâ€™t for Sandy rustling up the east coast, this trailer would have even been on time! But hey, thereâ€™s no accounting for Acts of Nature.
If you want book trailers and just canâ€™t summon the will, time, or energy to do it yourself, Book Candy Studios are your jam.
I hope you enjoy!
Gilded: the St. Croix Chronicles
In the gleaming heights of Victorian London, a world of deception awaits an unconventional Society lady whose taste for adventure makes her a most formidable adversary . . .
Though Society demands that I make a good marriage, I, Cherry St. Croix, have neither the time nor the interest. I am on the trail of a murder with no victim, a mystery with no motive, and the key to an alchemical formula that could be my family’s legacy.
Yet the world is not so kind as to let me pursue simple murder and uncomplicated bounties. Above the foggy drift, an earl insists on my attention, while my friends watch my increasingly desperate attempts to remain my own woman. From the silken demands of the Midnight Menagerieâ€”to whose dangerously seductive ringmaster I owe a debtâ€”to the rigorous pressures of the peerage, all are conspiring to place before me a choice that will forever change my life.
About the Author
After writing happily ever afters for all of her friends in school, Karina Cooper eventually grew up (sort of), went to work in the real world (kind of), where she decided that making stuff up was way more fun (true!). She is the author of dark and sexy paranormal romance, steampunk urban fantasy, and writes across multiple genres with mad glee. One part glamour, one part dork and all imagination, Karina is also a gamer, an airship captainâ€™s wife, and a steampunk fashionista. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with a husband, a menagerie, a severe coffee habit, and a passel of adopted gamer geeks. Visit her at www.karinacooper.com, because she says so.