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The Best Things To Drink While Reading Steampunk
When I was offered the chance to post a blog here at Reading Between the Wines about the new anthology that I’m a part of – Riveting Affairs—I started thinking about what I could talk about and then a friend of mine posted the following on Facebook.
In the Beginning, there was a husband and children
Then I found Wine and Books
And I’ve got no idea where the husband and the kids went
And I don’t really care.
I considered it divine guidance and decided to write about the best things to drink while reading steampunk, and as I was thinking about it, I realized that there’s a lot of booze in my books. Not like obsessively falling down drunk amounts of booze but none of my characters are going to quibble about a Guinness at the end of a long day (and they say authors don’t put themselves into their characters).
But for this particular post I thought I’d talk about the drinking habits of my two main characters and how wine (and whiskey) affects their future.
My heroine Aida Mulvaney is the head of Clockwork Engineering at her father’s firm, responsible for most of the newest, and greatest, clockwork automatons that have come from that shop for the past five years. She’s tough, she’s funny, and she’s smart enough not to let the men in the shop walk all over her but she’s not too above herself to refrain from having a beer with the other engineers at the end of the day.
My hero Julian is much more high society. A viscount he’s much more accustomed to champagne and brandy than pints of ale but that doesn’t mean he’s a snob. Julian is smart, a scientist in his own right, and he’s got a burning ambition to be something other than landed gentry and make his own way in the world.
So how does a beer girl and a champagne boy end up together? When during a masquerade ball she puts down a glass of wine and flees across the ballroom to get away from two annoying rogues and ends up falling into his arms.
But while wine may have brought about the introduction whiskey brought about the brilliant idea to get married on an airship floating over London on Christmas Eve during a masked ball where the Vicar is dressed as a werewolf. The rest of happily ever after? They’ll have to figure that out once the hangover wears off.
Either way, no worries for the readers that this is another tea sipping Steampunk. Feel free to pour yourself a glass of wine or a pint of beer or even a very large whiskey—just know that the authors aren’t responsible if you find yourself in front of a Vicar dressed as a werewolf getting married. You were warned about the side effects after all.
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