A few weeks ago I posted my reviews for two YA steampunk stories. Both were in a fascinating series called Stoker and Holmes. The two protagonists are a pair of intelligent and resourceful seventeen-year-olds: Evaline Stoker is a vampire hunter who happens to be the younger sister of Bram Stoker, and Mina Holmes, niece of Sherlock Holmes. After reading The Clockwork Scarab, the first book in the series, I immediately went to my library’s website and signed out book two, The Spiritglass Charade. And then I contacted Colleen Gleason, a NYT Best-selling author who just happens to live an hour away from me, and asked if she would be my guest here on the blog to discuss the Stoker and Holmes series.
She responded that she would prefer to do a virtual visit, as she enjoys seeing people with whom she’s interacting. And so, with my local writers group’s help, she will visit with readers TOMORROW EVENING at 7 pm Eastern time on Zoom. In the meantime, I’ll share info about Colleen and the awesome series.
The stories are set in Victorian London, but as with all steampunk stories, there are slight alterations to the history we’ve learned. There are lots of mechanical devices, such as conveniences like book and newspaper page turners, weapons like steam-shooters, and robots (Miss Stoker uses Mr. Jackson’s Mechanized Mentor to practice her fighting skills). Since I’m not well-versed in steampunk settings, I was surprised to find that in the Stoker and Holmes world, electricity is outlawed, necessitating the use of steam for all the contraptions. Also, London is built on several levels, like the stories of a building only city-wide. The seedy areas are on the ground level, and the more affluent areas are at the top.
In addition to Miss Evaline Stoker and Miss Mina Holmes, the mysteries are solved with the help of an eclectic cast of minor characters. The young ladies answer to Miss Irene Adler, a curator at the British Museum. Dylan Eckhert is a young American who appears mysteriously in Book One, literally dropping in from the twentieth century, bringing all sorts of knowledge that comes in handy, and a magical device called a phone. Inspector Ambrose Grayling of Scotland Yard somehow always appears whenever the pair needs him, as well as a cunning pickpocket known as Pix.
As I’m writing this post, I’m reading Book Four, The Carnelian Crow. Book Five isn’t yet available at any of my library outlets, so I’ve ordered it online so that I can find out how the series ends. Although I’m not certain I’m going to seek out more in this genre, I’ve been thoroughly entertained by these stories, and I think any fan of mystery will enjoy them, too!
Colleen and I would LOVE to have you join us tomorrow evening! She’s going to tell us about herself and her writing, and then entertain questions from those present. If you would like to join in the virtual visit with Colleen, please CLICK HERE to visit the event page on Facebook, and indicate that you’re GOING, and we’ll get the Zoom link to you!
You can see all five books in the Stoker and Holmes series HERE. Psst… Book One is on sale right now for only 99 cents!
Bio: Colleen Gleason is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author who can’t seem to decide what type of book to write…so she writes a lot of different genres!
So far, Colleen has written everything from vampire hunters to dystopian romance, to steampunk, historical romance, and mysteries with a supernatural flair. One element, however, that appears in all of her stories, is that of partnership…whether it be professional, romantic, or both.
All of Colleen’s books feature strong heroines experiencing fast-paced adventures, danger, mystery, and of course, romance. But at the core of each story is the belief that every woman deserves a partner who accepts her for her strengths as well as her weaknesses—and vice versa.
Colleen lives in the midwest United States with her family and two dogs, and is always working on her next book.