Thursday, 9 August 2012

Guest post by Nico Rosso + Giveaway

Today I'm happy to welcome to Ex Libris Nico Rosso, who is not only a celebrated author on his own, but his wife is Zoe Archer! Nico is celebrating the release of his latest novel Night of Fire, the second novel in the Ether Chronicles (a series co-written with his wife!) published by Avon Books. Please give him a warm welcome and you could even win a copy of his book! Take it away Nico.

Thanks so much for having me on the blog today!

One of the early tests of a burgeoning romantic relationship is the road trip. Long hours in the car, just the two of you, getting hungry at different times and negotiating the best traveling music. It’s a great way of discovering compatibility. Early in our relationship, my wife, Zoë Archer, and I took some road trips and found we were a very nice fit.

Now, add ether and steampunk technology, and it’s a whole different kind of road trip. That’s what Zoë and I did when creating the Ether Chronicles together. We built a world, then went on fantastic journeys through it.

Each of the books of the series are written individually: I’m writing the steampunk Westerns and she’s writing the steampunk everywhere else, but it’s a highly collaborative process. And just like a long car ride—though this time about a thousand feet off the ground—we had to learn how we traveled best through this new world.

How much technology to use in the stories? Where to balance the action with the romance? Often when Zoë’s working on one of the stories, she’ll look up from the computer and ask how one of the steampunk devices work. And I’ll usually hit an impasse and consult her for the difference between a chemise and a camisole or how to unhook a Victorian woman’s shoes.

In the case of my first Ether Chronicles Western, NIGHT OF FIRE, the hero and heroine, Tom and Rosa, are essentially thrown into their own road trip. Not only does it test their relationship – three years ago he left her without a word, and now he’s back a changed man – but it tests their mettle, fighting against a rolling fifty foot mining machine intent on destroying their home town.

Going on this journey through the steampunk world with Zoë had the same result as any successful road trip: it’s been a ton of fun. It isn’t just about the destination, but all the adventures and discoveries while getting there.

So here’s my question for you: If you were to go on a steampunk road trip with someone (a good friend or a loved one), what is the one thing you’d have to bring along to make traveling better?

One lucky commenter will win a free copy of NIGHT OF FIRE. Good luck!

Find Nico at his website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads.

Night fo Fire by Nico Rosso

Book #2 in the Ether Chronicles series

"Night of fire, night of passion"

US Army Upland Ranger Tom Knox always knew going home wouldn't be easy. Three years ago, he skipped town, leaving behind the only woman who ever mattered; now that he's seen the front lines of war, he's ready to do what he must to win her back.

Rosa Campos is long past wasting tears on Tom Knox, and now that she's sheriff of Thornville, she has more than enough to do. Especially when a five-story rock-eating mining machine barrels toward the town she's sworn to protect.

Tom's the last person Rosa expects to see riding to her aid on his ether-borne mechanical horse. She may not be ready to forgive, but Rosa can't deny that having him at her side brings back blissful memories . . . even as it reignites a flame more dangerous than the enemy threatening to destroy them both.

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Nico has generously offered an eARC of Night of Fire to a lucky commenter!

All you need to do is leave a comment answering Nico's question: If you were to go on a steampunk road trip with someone (a good friend or a loved one), what is the one thing you’d have to bring along to make traveling better?

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 17 August 2012!

Good luck!

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