|Heather Hiestand, author|
by Heather Hiestand
Copyright © 2012 Heather Hiestand
Have you noticed that the vintage images of Valentine’s Day are still with us? Men and women in Victorian costumes leaning toward each other, chubby cupids holding bows and arrows, tinted photographs or silhouettes of loving couples, hearts, hearts and more hearts. We’re still attracted to the same ideas of romance that were being celebrated more than a hundred years ago.
I took advantage of this Victorian love of holidays when I named the airships in my Steampunk Smugglers series. In the second story, Captain Fenna’s Dirigible Valentine, the ship is named Valentine because she has her maiden voyage on February 14th.
Smuggler Terrwyn Fenna just escaped from Newgate Prison and most of Queen Victoria’s British Air Force is after her. Instead of spending a quiet Valentine’s Day with her infant daughter, it’s time for them to jump an airship and flee Wales. Terrwyn thinks she’s out of harm's way—until the airship comes under siege.
Ian Cavill recognizes Terrwyn during the battle. An enslaved crewman serving aboard the government airship Defender, he wants to escape the clutches of the government as much as she does. Will joining forces help them rebuild their lives or lead them into more danger from all their enemies? Both have much to lose. They can die trying…or find a way to survive.
It’s not a romantic day for my heroine, because she’s running for her life, but the hero feels a bit differently. Here is Ian Cavill’s Valentine’s Day experience, a moment that will transform his life forever!
The first officer tossed a spyglass into the air. Ian snatched the equipment and put it to his eye. At first glance, he had the lens trained on the hull, not the deck. He almost dropped the spyglass when he saw the airship’s name. Valentine.
Surely it was a Fenna airship.
He felt a strange sensation on his face and realized his lips had drawn back in a smile. How long had it been since he’d done that? He moved the spyglass to the dock and froze in shock. No, it couldn’t be.
He should have known even the Blockaders couldn’t kill her. It would be like destroying precious art. He peered through the glass at her again. She wore a shapeless gown in some dull shade of blue, covered by a large canvas apron streaked with dirt. Her glorious hair was covered by a boy’s cap, though one long curl rested on her shoulder. That face was still unlined, perfection itself. Long, curved red lips, stubborn chin, molded cheekbones, and deep brown eyes very intent on her airship.
Captain Fenna’s Dirigible Valentine is a 27,000-word steampunk adventure novella, available at Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, ARe. It is the second release in the Steampunk Smugglers series, the first is Captain Andrew's Flying Christmas.
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