Thursday, February 10, 2022
Thursday Doors to Enchantment
Thursday Doors is a blog event hosted by Dan Antion. Since the motto of my adopted state is Land of Enchantment, and because I usually write about magical things, I call my “Doors” posts Doors to Enchantment.
Characters I’ve created for books written in years past are like old friends who hang around in the windmills of my mind. Since it’s close to Valentine’s Day, I’m featuring one from 2020.
My favorite color is green… or turquoise. That changes without notice. I love colors. I need colors. Without them I don’t even feel good. Although my steampunk heroine, Fiona Finch, has a penchant for pink that I never shared. In honor of Fiona Finch & the Pink Valentine, I’ve rounded up some pink doors for this post. Climb into this dark pink coach (maybe it’s faded red, but I’m sticking with pink), and we’ll have a tour of some doors in Fiona Finch’s home. All aboard!
Neither Fiona nor her adopted brother Steele stand on formality. So, we’ll go in at the garden gate.
Several scenes in the novella happen in the kitchen. The back door might look like this, continuing the roses from the garden.
Steele made all sorts of steampunkery gadgets for their Victorian home, particularly for use in the kitchen. Fiona’s cabinets have doors like these, which cover the pneumatic tubing system Steele made.
Fiona’s bedroom has lovely French doors leading to a balcony. Unfortunately, they are out of view in this image. They are covered by those sheer curtains behind the chaise lounge.
Here’s a door-related snippet
There was a bit of drizzle that might well become a harder rain. However, that wasn’t my reason for picking up the special umbrella Steele had created.
I opened my French doors and stepped out onto the balcony and looked down at the street forty feet below. The trolley was very near. I climbed over the railing. When I pressed the little catch, the umbrella opened. I shifted a lever near the top. Propellers lifted up from the fabric and started to spin. I jumped away from the balcony and the device took me gently to the ground.
I alighted behind a eucalyptus tree, then hiked up my skirts and ran to catch the trolley.
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Because we came in through the back, we’ll leave through the front door. Situated among the “Painted Lady” Victorian homes in San Francisco, there is no room for an expansive entrance. However, the unassuming entry gets character from Fiona’s favorite color.
Thanks for letting me take you on this little tour. Here’s more on Fiona’s novella. Hugs on the wing!
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Reviews for Fiona Finch & the Pink Valentine
Robbie Cheadle, “This delightfully whimsical Valentine novella is filled with the author’s trademark creativity, humour and sharp insight into human characters and relationships. Fiona is a fun-loving girl with a passion for pink.”
Chris Graham, “You’ll be quackers if you don’t read this light-hearted steampunk romance tale. Warning: contains numerous references to pink, and a duck!”
D. L. Finn, “A great uplifting steampunk love story that I highly recommend.“
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Dead of Winter
In other “news”… Okay, that’s not new, but I’m still working on the new ending for Dead of Winter. I hope to release Journey 13, The Harbor very soon. Of course, if you aren’t part of the “Journeys” of my Dead of Winter series, it’s never too late to begin.
Journey 12, Goddesses
All the Journeys and all my books, Kindle and paperback are available at my Amazon Author Page. The most recent novelette is Journey 12, Goddesses. I’m still working on Journey 13.
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