As with paranormal, steampunk often incorporates a handful of genres, and I like variety, something you can tell by visiting my book list page on my website. When I first started writing Under Her Brass Corset, it wasn’t Steampunk. Rather, it was suppose to be a Victorian historical romance. But then my hero, Jasper Blackthorn emerged from the darkness of a alley, and he had to be different than anything my heroine, Abigail Thatch expected. Every step of the way, something had to be a little off kilter about this world. So instead of chance meeting with an old man, Abigail meets a troll. When the ship’s sails fold into kites, she sails upon the wind rather than the sea. Everything she never knew existed becomes a real magical fairytale.
In the story, Abigail tastes a chocolate confection from a hidden place on Jasper’s desk. While I could give you the recipe to that one, I think after you read the story, you will agree, this one is far more appealing.
CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BALLS
12 ounces creamy peanut butter
8 ounces unsalted butter
1 pound powdered sugar
12 ounces of melting chocolate
Mix first three ingredients thoroughly. Chill in refrigerator 4 hours. Form into 1 inch balls or desired shape. Freeze balls until very firm. Melt chocolate. Dip each ball and set on wax paper until chocolate has re-hardened. Store in refrigerator.
Since the loss of her father, Abigail Thatch’s life has been in turmoil. Her social status is in shambles, her finances depleted, and she’s on the verge of losing her beloved home. But everything changes when she meets the dashing flying machine captain Jasper Blackthorn. Not only does he introduce her to a world she thought only existed in myth and legend, he awakens sensual feelings deep within her…
Jasper may be immortal, but he hasn’t truly lived in years. Having secretly watched over Abigail as a favor to her notorious grandfather, he can’t resist arranging a “chance” meeting with the beauty. But he has an ulterior motive: to retrieve the mystical Crystal Compass hidden in her house before it falls into the wrong hands. He never imagines he’ll be tempted to love again…
When Abigail learns the truth, she and Jasper embark on a journey that will change both of their lives—and possibly the world… Read an Excerpt
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