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Steamlust: Steampunk Erotic Romance [Kindle Edition]

Kristina Wright , Meljean Brook
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Book Description

Steamlust is romantic erotica that reflects the excitement, fantasy and rebellion of steampunk. Not sure what steampunk is? Think Victorian elegance and aesthetics meets futuristic invention and exploration. The genre of steampunk itself has transcended the Victorian (or Edwardian) eras — in Kristina Wright's inventive anthology, it can be any time period, real or imagined, that blends elements of science, history, fantasy and technology. Until Steamlust, the genre had been missing romantic relationships and erotic encounters. Steampunk erotic romance is shiny brass and crushed velvet; mechanical inventions and romantic conventions; sexual fantasy and kinky fetish. It's steam powered sexy romance!

Editrix extraordinaire Kristina Wright creates a lush and fantastical world of women-centered stories and romantic scenarios, first for steampunk fiction. Fetishizing the wardrobe, language, fantasy and rituals of steampunk, Steamlust includes alternate histories, second worlds, time travel and contemporary settings.


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"Wright's anthology of sizzling steampunk romance is a sensual, passionate, and humorous collection of alternate histories, fantastical worlds, and time travel romps. The heroines are strong-willed, intelligent, technologically savvy, and elegant in their fashionable corsets." -- Publishers Weekly

"The stories in Steamlust are all well-written with characters you want to invest in, even if it is only for 20 pages. On a few I even found myself wishing it wasn’t over. If you’ve never read steampunk before, don’t skip the editor’s note. It’s a great explanation of steampunk and how it got its roots in literature."
—San Francisco Book Review

"One does not need to be a fan of steam punk in order to understand or enjoy this delightful book. I am eagerly anticipating the next book in the series."
—Night Owl Reviews

"I've read steampunk novels before but never an erotic one, so I thought I'd give it a shot. It paid off; I fully enjoyed reading this collection. The were fun and quick reads, perfect for someone always on the go."
—Sacramento Book Review

"Blending historical fiction and fantasy leads to plenty more fantasy. Steamlust: Steampunk Erotic Romance is a collection of short stories rom various authors, compiled by Kristina Wright, blending this unique setting into passionate romance. For those with a love of erotic fiction and a taste for steampunk, 'Steamlust' will prove an excellent and much recommended read."
—Midwest Book Review

"The collection blends elements of science fiction, history and fantasy in all time periods and throws in lashings of heady, hot, steamy sex - just the way we like it!"
—JADE Book Reviews

"Wright’s anthology of sizzling steampunk romance is a sensual, passionate, and humorous collection of alternate histories, fantastical worlds, and time travel romps. The heroines are strong-willed, intelligent, technologically savvy, and elegant in their fashionable corsets. Some are attracted to men who are half-machine, as in Sylvia Day’s “Iron Hard,” Christine d’Abo’s “The Undeciphered Heart,” and Nikki Magennis’s “Make Your Own Miracles.” Others are seduced by the wonders of flying airships and robots in Saskia Walker’s “Heart of the Daedalus” and Sacchi Green’s “Fog, Flight and Moonlight.” There are same-sex affairs aplenty; the best is Anya Richards’s powerful “Rescue My Heart.” Not content to titillate, these passionate vignettes will also satisfy steampunk fans intellectually with nuanced discussions of self-sufficient women and the roles that machines play in our lives. (Nov.)
—Publisher's Weekly, Starred Reviewed on: 09/12/2011

"With a foreword by Meljean Brook and an introduction by the editor, this erotic paean to steampunk captures many aspects of the genre. Expect the unexpected, whether it is the baron's mechanical arm in Sylvia Day's Regency, 'Iron Hard,' or Saskia Walker's walking insect-like creation in "Heart of the Daedalus,' set after the Crimean war. Each story has its fair share of sex in addition to the invention that is out of place and time." —Romantic Times

"What do dirigibles, steam engines, corsets, gears, romance, sex, and love have in common? You can find them all in the new anthology, Steamlust: Steampunk Erotic Romance. Kristina Wright, the editor, is also an author and steampunk fan. If you’re not sure what it “Steampunk” is, start with H.G. Welles and Jules Verne as a reference, with a retro-technological bent. Kristina Wright’s anthology adds romance and erotica to the mix, it is what makes this anthology different in a time when this genre is rising in popularity. Wright invited 14 fascinating women to write short stories centered on female characters who enjoy explorations, Victorian costumes, and romance. The protagonists range from human to automaton, and are as unique as their creators. Because these are short stories, the authors have made every word count and the details are vivid. Erotica fans are sure to find many arousing scenes in the collection. The erotica ranges from flirty to steamy. Adults are invited to visit steamlustanimation.blogspot.com to view a creative video that highlights these stories. Be prepared for a wild and romantic adventure."
—Elizabeth Franklin, Portland Book Review

"As always, all of the writing in this anthology is great. There were a couple stories that I wasn’t fond of, but a lot of the stories were really good. I found myself more attached to the relationship between the main character rather than the sexual aspect though; the relationships and romance of the characters seemed to be the focus (as the title would imply), and that’s where I found myself usually drawn into the story. Each story is longer than your average anthology story as well, so you really get the time to get to know the characters and fall in love with their plot."
—Fresh Fiction

"Overall, I really like Steamlust. I love the plot that it portrays, and I love the focus on the relationships between the characters. The stories really draw me in really well. I wouldn’t say that this is the most erotic collection of stories that I’ve read, but it certainly is a joy to read, and it’s well-written and contains a great variety of stories." Kayla at Pop My Cherry Review

"I don't think anyone will be disappointed by Steamlust. It's all that it claims to be. There are plenty of spinning gears, mechanical limbs, automatons, airships and parasols to delight the steampunk fan. There are erotic twosomes and threesomes steamy enough to satisfy the erotica reader." Erin O'Riordan, author

"... a joy to read, and it’s well-written and contains a great variety of stories."


"This is steampunk . . . written extra hot, for double the steam."
—Meljean Brooks

"With a foreword by Meljean Brook and an introduction by the editor, this erotic paean to steampunk captures many aspects of the genre. Expect the unexpected, whether it is the baron’s mechanical arm in Sylvia Day’s Regency, “Iron Hard,” or Saskia Walker’s walking insect-like creation in “Heart of the Daedalus,” set after the Crimean war. Each story has its fair share of sex in addition to the invention that is out of place and time."
—RT Reviews

"They don't come much more wicked than Kristina Wright." — Erotica Revealed

"Kristina is a phenomenal writer... she has the enviable ability to tell a story and simultaneously excite her readers." — Erotica Readers and Writers Association

"Kristina Wright knows how to spin a yarn that keeps the reader captivated." — Coffee Time Romance

"Kristina Wright is a gifted writer...[who] shows her talents to tell a powerful story with deft subtlety." — Erotica Readers and Writers Association

"A budding force to be reckoned with." — The Romance Reader

"She shows how sexy the simple exchange of words can be when in the hands of an accomplished author." — Erotica Readers and Writers Association

"Kristina Wright delivers taut, breakneck pacing with snappy dialogue." — Book Page

From the Back Cover

Victorian Elegance Meets Steamy Exploration

Steampunk erotic romance is shiny brass and crushed velvet, mechanical inventions and romantic conventions, sexual fantasy and kinky fetish. This unique collection includes tales of adventure and intrigue, enhanced by imaginative gadgets and clever automatons, populated by the passionate, free-spirited rebels and dreamers steampunk is known for. In Nikki Magennis's "Make Your Own Miracles," a lust-filled lady orders a machine to relieve the agony of her longing; while a brilliant inventor and a wanton engineer collaborate with ecstatic results in Saskia Walker's "Hearts of the Daedalus." In Lynn Townsend's "Golden Moment," an invention leads the heroine to exactly the right lover at precisely the right time. And the time bandits of Vida Bailey's "Undergrounded" indulge their desires, just one step ahead of the law. Tantalizing steam engine dreams and clockwork visions await!

"Turn the page with me and step into the new worlds...where airships rule the skies, where romance and intellect are valued over money and social status, where lovers boldly discover each other's bodies, minds and hearts." —from the foreword by Meljean Brook

Product Details

  • File Size: 366 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1573447218
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (October 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ZTJ53O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,185 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really didn't think I'd like this July 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
So first off I must say I have never read any sort of Erotica until this anthology. I stick pretty much to non-fiction, horror, and sci-fi genres and steer totally clear of anything that has any sort of romantic plot at the forefront of the story.

That being said, I loved that the characters in these stories were all strong-willed individuals. They knew what they wanted and weren't afraid to go after it. It just happens to be in these stories that the individuals that are involved mutually share a desire to perform the different acts in this collection. No twisted "partial consent" scenes and demoralizing acts. The characters in the stories truly want pleasure for each other and aren't just out for their own satisfaction. These stories were tasteful in their deliverance and definitely did their job in raising the temperature in the room.

Some stories definitely stood out more to me due to the author's ability to take a character and develop it within only a few pages and not leave you feeling like they were just using filler till they could get to the sex scenes. Lost Souls, Mr. Hartley's Infernal Device, A Demonstration of Affection and Rescue My Heart were some of my personal favorites, although there were many, many stories in this anthology that I would have no problem reading over again.

Lastly, Erotica put aside, I love Steampunk. The combination of fine fabrics and metal cogs and gears is beautiful. I've always loved the Victorian feel with the long skirts and corsets but I'm also a tom boy so when you add in a bunch a freakin' awesome machines, I'm sold. I read this book as my first leap into Erotica solely because of it's Steampunk setting. I couldn't read this kind of literature very often however. It was a great change and I thoroughly loved the read. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Steampunk and is trying to get into this genre for the first time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! January 10, 2012
Format:Paperback
So I have to be honest. I'm not a fan of steampunk. Rather, I should say I wasn't a fan of steampunk. Not that there was anything wrong with it. While I'd seen it portrayed in some TV shows and movies (and even had a supervisor who was a diehard fan), it just held no interest for me. Until, that is, I picked up this copy of steampunk erotica. From the very first story, I was hooked.

The thing that I like about this anthology is that it isn't just about the erotica. It's also about the people in the stories. It's about character development. It's about making an unreal world truly seem real. This is the mark of good writing: that I can, for a few minutes, be drawn into a story and swept along with it as I read. And swept along, I was.

As I said, I was not a fan of steampunk. Yet after reading this collection, I'm ready for more. I just hope that whatever I pick up next is as good as this anthology - but this one's going to be tough to beat.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Emerald
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Simply put, Steamlust is one of the most gorgeous anthologies I've encountered. From the first page, I was dazzled, mesmerized, and relegated to a state of breathless arousal by story after story in this extraordinary, exquisite collection. Since I'm not very familiar with steampunk, I'm not sure what expectations I had of this anthology, but any notion of them seemed exceeded such as to render them obsolete by the end of the first story--a story, incidentally, that was one of my very favorites and which set the bar for the remainder of the collection exceptionally high.

Astonishingly--and delightfully--it met it. Each story greeted me with evocative and brilliantly clever renderings of inventive ideas and mechanisms, solidly imbued with the spirit and imagination around which I have the impression steampunk is centered. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the additions of the steampunk elements of time, inventiveness, machinery, etc., amidst the blazing hot and beautifully rendered romantic encounters this book offers. It's made me think that perhaps this is a genre of which I should seek out more, and I offer sincere thanks to the editor and authors for providing such a luscious, scorching, spellbinding introduction to it.

For anyone with any appreciation for erotic romance and/or any inkling of interest in or curiosity about steampunk, mechanical engineering, fantasy, or even historical settings, I recommend this collection without reservation and with utmost enthusiasm--and I hope with all sincerity that every reader enjoys it as much as I did.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk Erotica With Something for Everyone December 20, 2011
Format:Paperback
4.5 Rating

"Steamlust" is a compilation of Steampunk centered erotic stories. Steampunk is a cross between science fiction and fantasy that is more than just mechanical inventions. It also encompasses a view of the 19th century that is imagined and articulated in unexpected and delightful ways. "Steamlust" offers a variety of tales to capture a readers imagination. There are swashbuckling exploits among the clouds with fantastical airships; deeds of sacrifice and courage where life and limbs are forever altered; and mechanical automatons - some human in appearance - while another's massive bulk traverses the land on spindly legs like the insects that inspired its creation. I'm in awe of the detail the authors within this anthology written into their stories and the characters they've imagined. There are rebels, thieves, captains of the sky, the prerequisite inventor or two and wonderfully, gutsy, heroines with the brains and courage to match any man.

All of the stories in this anthology are good, but for me, the best stories among them are those which intricately weave the mechanisms of steampunk with the romance and sexual expression of the characters. The cogs, gears and steam of the mechanical invention are not simply back drop to the story, but an integral part of the tale, whether it be a man's mechanical fingers caressing and probing the body of his lover or the fascination and awe of a strong willed maid at the sight of a manly torso forged of metal and gears as well as blood, skin, and sinew.

Iron Hard by Sylvia Day, The Heart of Daedalus by Saachi Green, Sparks by Anna Meadows and Make Your Own Miracles by Nikki Magennis still resonant with me days after I've read them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars No accurate description
Out of 14 Novellas only Sylvia Day's was even acceptable. I guess I'm not "victorian" enough to appreciate this so called eroticism.
Published 1 month ago by Mieze
4.0 out of 5 stars Hot & steamy
I've loved the steampunk aesthetic since I first learned what it was, so this collection was a real treat for me. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Danni Brigante
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read
I am sometimes leery when it comes to Anthology because I at times feel like I am missing something from the story or it doesn't end well. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Romancing the Book
5.0 out of 5 stars steampunkish erotica
Definitely a good read for those of us with weird & wonder-filled imaginations!

loving all of the gizmo's and characters :)
Published 19 months ago by HWP
5.0 out of 5 stars Quietly Storming Forward
Kristina Wright's Steamlust is such a fresh angle for erotica! This newer genre, this quietly storming forward society is lust and enchantment and intelligent women and handsome,... Read more
Published on January 10, 2012 by Penny Mykels
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction into Steampunk Erotica
*Disclosure: I received my copy of Steamlust from the editor at no cost. I was not otherwise compensated for this review, which represents my honest opinion. Read more
Published on December 28, 2011 by Kristi Swadley
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
I purchased this on the strength of Meljean Brook's name in the description, even though i could not find mention of a story by her in the book. It was not worth the $12. Read more
Published on December 5, 2011 by twinkie
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot and steamy (pun intended.)
This book is glorious, all the stories are well written and sexy. The steampunk aspect is not over looked at all, with airships, rocket cars and space wars, the only thing hotter... Read more
Published on December 4, 2011 by Brady Barnett
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