Sunday, February 5, 2012

RTW Cupid Party: Heather Hiestand

Heather Hiestand, author
  It’s the season for Red and Hearts
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.

A little about the story:
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!

Abridged excerpt:
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.

Was she a ghost? Terrwyn Fenna herself looked to be manning the coal burner. He couldn’t mistake that wild, fae beauty for anyone else. She wasn’t pretty — no, she was the most beautiful girl Hastings had ever produced, a dark-eyed, sultry goddess. No man could be immune from lust when he saw her, but she had spent most of her time onboard her father’s airships, so she rarely took to the streets like an ordinary mortal. He’d thought her dead, hanged as an air pirate in London, just about the time the Blockaders came through the Stade and swept the streets clean of young men. Ian had been twenty-one then, a year older than Terrwyn.

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.

It's RTW Cupid Party Time!
One commenter on Heather's post will win a free copy of
and all this week's commenters will be entered in the
Cupid Party Grand Prize Drawing!
You could win Six Free Books
and a
New Kindle!

Comment each day for six chances to win the Kindle and all Six Books!
Daily winners and Grand Prize winner will all be announced February 12, 2012

Small print:
  • USA mailing only for the Kindle. 
  • Email address must be included in comment to qualify for the drawing.
We have a great line-up for you this week!
Monday: Heather Hiestand
Tuesday: Jacquie Rogers
Wedenesday: Beth Trissel
Thursday: Ginger Simpson
Friday: Karen M. Nutt
Saturday: Linda LaRoque
Sunday: Chicken Dinner, all winners announced!
Good Luck!


  1. Heather,

    Your book sounds like a fantastic read! I'm really into the steampunk genre right now. I'll have to add this one to my To Buy List! :)

  2. The old Valentine's are beautiful, Heather. Love your excerpt. I new to steampunk and this would be an excellent start for me.

  3. Thanks for stopping by, Karen and Linda!

  4. I've never read Steampunk before, but I have heard of the genre. It sounds really interesting, so I believe I'm gonna give it a try. It's like historical, but with a twist, so I'm all for it.

    The old valentine's are sooo pretty. They remind me of the fresco's in some of the Italian churches and on the ceilings in some of the Las Vegas hotels - well, what the travel channel has shown anyway. lol.

    Hope you're having a great day! Thanks for a chance to win a great book.

    Ella ( (forgot to change the name of my blog from reader's anonymous)

  5. Heather, great post. I love Valentine's Day as much now as when I was a kid.

    Jacquie and Heather, good luck with the Cupid party.

  6. Love this post, Heather. Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays. Good luck with the Cupid party!

  7. Thanks for entering the contest, Ella, Caroline and Calisa! I adore writing steampunk so I hope there are readers who love to read it!

  8. Sounds really intriguing!! I'd definitely love to read this one. Adding it to my TBR list!!

  9. Thanks for adding Captain Fenna to your TBR, Sarah!

    1. i don't know what steampunk is but the book sure sounds interesting.
      larriane @

  10. Your book looks so good!


  11. Captain Fenna's Dirigible Valentine sounds good, I like Steampunk romances. I hope there are more in the series. Thanks for the giveaway.

    junegirl63 at gmail dot com

  12. Your book sounds really good, very unique. I have some old Valentine's cards from the 19th century. They're very cool. Good luck with your book. Good luck with the cupid party

  13. I love a good sea going story!
    moriahhh at yahoo . com

  14. I have never read steampunk and I'm not sure about it but this book sounds like a good place to start. Enter me, please


  15. I just bought a copy of your book and look forward to reading it, but I wanted to jump in and say that the story sounds really unique, and the cover is gorgeous.

    melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com

  16. Ive never read a steampunk. Yours sounds great! Im missing out! ;) Ill definitely be picking me up a copy. Thanks!

  17. This looks like such a delightful story. I've just recently gotten into some steampunk and love this new genre. I wish you all the best.

  18. I admit, I was confused how this works and posted on Heather's actual blog instead of here on Feb 7. :-)


  19. Sounds like a good read. I haven't read any steampunk novels yet, but will have too.
    Thanks christina_92 at

  20. Thanks for sharing the excerpt. Looking forward to reading more.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  21. Loved the book cover - keep on keepin' on! Carol G


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