Sophronia Belle Lyon drinks tea, creates mechanicals, shoot when she can, travels widely, and writes Steam Pulp Literary Tributes. A certain mysterious man with fabulous shoulders is the genius who inspires her never say die heroes and eccentric inventors. She was a Cauldron Spirit in 4th Grade and has taken apart her share of clocks. Airships carried her to Italy by way of Iceland and Luxembourg. She was privileged to miss the Swiss Alps due to the misfortune of steaming through them at midnight in pitch darkness.
Characters made the leap from classic 1800s novels to band together against human trafficking and the rise of a slave empire. Implacable villains mean to turn the social order on its ear, creating a web of deceit, domination, and debauchery. These adventurers combine steam and gear technology with families, friendship, faith, and fortitude.
Note to Readers:
You asked, and Sophronia listened. Reviewers said they preferred a unified point of view instead of the "reports," and thought the heavy dialects and accents a bit much. She has consented to unify the structure of the books with an extensive new edit, placing Florizel squarely in the narrator's chair and letting no one take the reins of the adventure from him. She hopes readers can better understand the softened cockney, Russian, and western dialects, relying more on cant than contractions, and enjoy the adventure all the more!
A Dodge, a Twist, and a Tobacconist:
"Not only surprised but intrigued. I have never read much Steampunk it just didn't seem to reach me. I could not stop reading this little jewel. I cannot wait to see what Ms. Belle has in store for her readers next."
"I don't usually read Christian fiction, so I was a bit surprised. The steam-punk/Victorian lit. connection is super fun!"
"Very entertaining read that had me chuckling throughout. The illustrations were great too, & it added extra flare."
The Pinocchio Factor:
"There's good books and then there's great books, and I've had the pleasure of reading one of the great ones recently. For a Christian who loves Steampunk and the Classics this kept me going from beginning to end and then I wanted some more!"
"So entertaining and faith inspiring that I'm going on to get the first book."
"Loved it! Such fun...It's really wonderful. I know how hard it is to keep the pace and the sense of fun in a sequel. And you did! Perfectly!"
"So much to love about the characters and the story line. Being a Christian I love the way Sophronia wove our beliefs into the story.I need more ...Please! I see she has planned for more novels in the series and I can hardly wait!"
"Another great episode. I wasn't happy with the ending but like all good books it was entertaining even while I was sitting at my kindle screaming NOOOOO!. A great piece of steampunk fiction with a clear christian message. Loved it from page one to the end."
Goodreads reviews for the first book:
*** Goodreads for the Illustrated version
Cleverly written in Victorian era where characters lives cross paths and meet. And there the fun begins! Very entertaining read that had me chuckling throughout. The illustrations were great too, & it added extra flare.
***** Goodreads "Leaping Catfish! An adventurous tale that fills you with wonder and excitement Victorian era story. Flying coaches sinister plots around every corner. Favorite characters join in a mysterious hotel to fight for God's truth and justice basking in wonders and beauty. Visually overwhelmed. I admire that you have chosen to make them all Christians Christians can work together to fight for justice, truth and bring peace to others. "
***** Goodreads "I love this book. I even read it in the street My first venture into Steampunk brought to mind classics Wells, Verne, but entirely original. Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Kipling, woven them so seamlessly into a cohesive whole. Each character is three dimensional and entirely believable. They live and breathe. Don't miss it. This is a gem.
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