Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Welcome, everyone. Mother Nature has been wreaking havoc across her planet. Wherever you are, I hope you are safe and well.
I have multiple pots on the fire. This one won’t be mentioned very often. However, since the new serial platform, #KindleVella just became available to readers, I’m dedicating a post to it, Pride and Flowers, Prejudice and Dirigibles. With a decade of writing blog serials behind me, I felt obligated to give it a try. Hopefully I make some new friends too.
Re-Telling with Teagan-ization
You might call this story a re-telling, or a re-imagining, or just a take-off on Jane Austen’s classic, Pride and Prejudice. Naturally it has plenty of Teagan-ization! Even though it’s steampunk and on an imaginary planet, it has the look of the Regency Era. The story is peppered with slang from the 1800s. Plus, I always felt bad for Austen’s Mary character, so she gets a twist. And then there’s lavium, aka Mother’s Purple Helper.
Here’s the Blurb
A “country house” comedy of manners ― gone steampunk, with a swizzle of adventure. In the fantasy world Tellus, technology went terribly wrong. The planet’s surface was rendered uninhabitable. However, university botany experiments, housed in dirigibles high above were spared.
Generations later, the Tellurians live in floating cities. The gentry own airships, rather than land. There, Calytrix Bellefleur and her four sisters must come to terms with their fears about the future, gender inequality, reputation, and of course, love.
Here’s a Review!
I was thrilled with a comment from fellow author, Christine Robinson.
“Teagan, continually outdoes herself with fantasy episodes. This one is extraordinary. I’m laughing at the language, the humor and humanity of all of them. The flower family at their best. Such great characters and story. A great read!”
Adding to the Fun — Floriography
Along with the steampunk setting, I’ve given all the characters flower and plant names. So, “floriography,” the language of flowers, had to get in on the act, and I don’t mean the character names. In the Victorian Era, people used flowers and their meanings in many ways. In my story, the girls of House Bellefleur are fond of sending messages with them. That particularly applies to middle-sister, Marigold. Her older sisters, Calytrix and Jessamine are intrigued when they spot Marigold carrying a bouquet with both purple and red carnations.
“Purple carnations convey capriciousness. While red says my heart aches for you. Someone is confused about their emotions,” Calytrix ponderated.
Pride and Flowers, Prejudice and Dirigibles is only available through Amazon’s Kindle Vella serials. Here’s the link.
If any of you authors have a serial on Kindle Vella, leave a link in comments.
Wishing you an easy coast down the other side of this midweek hump. I love to hear from you, so friendly comments are encouraged. Hugs on the wing!
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