Thursday, 15 July 2010

Maeve Alpin talks sexy steampunk fashion...yum, yum!!

I am thrilled to welcome Maeve to my blog today as I had a sneak preview of her post yesterday and I'm fascinated!! I adore the Victorian era anyway but this has opened my eyes to more and more wonderful things about the time. Read on and enjoy!!

Steampunk Fashion/AsTimeless As Stone
by Maeve Alpin
My steampunk/erotica/romance, As Timeless As Stone, takes place in 19th century Paris, a steamy setting for a fun filled hot fantasy. And it’s also full of fabulous 1830’s French fashion. The blurb will give you a taste of this erotica/steampunk/time-travel romance.
Though society stands in their way, can love transcend time with the aid of robotics and ritual?
In peril for her life, the Priestess Seshat turns herself to stone in ancient Egypt. Centuries later, Ricard, a dashing nineteenth century Frenchman, repairs a broken statue and reads its incantation--unprepared for the gorgeous flesh and blood woman who steps forth.
Seshat is drawn to the brass robots Ricard creates and the glamour of the Victorian age, and most of all to Ricard himself. But the society of his day cannot accept a woman like her.
How far will Ricard go to secure her happiness? Is their love strong enough to transcend time itself?
Elegant, over the top clothing is a big part of As Timeless As Stone and all steampunk romance. Steampunk has even become a fashion trend. For example, Flickr has a Steampunk Fashion post with several images of beautiful yet unique Steampunk costumes at
Though one of the most confining things for women in the steampunk era, the Victorian age, were the garments, layers of them from head to toe, including hats and gloves, one of the sexiest things women had going for them were the garments, all those lacy corsets.
Since my heroine in As Timeless As Stone, Seshat, is an ancient Egyptian priestess, I have a unique way of dealing with Victorian fashion. Seshat is not impressed with layers of confining clothing. As an Egyptian priestess it is a taboo for her to wear anything made from animals, such as wool, and this comes into play when the couturier is garbing her in the latest Paris fashions. Here is a short excerpt from the scene with Seshat and the Parisian dressmaker.
She imagined Ricard smiling at her, as she sat beside him in his horseless carriage, in her new gown. Her heart beat faster and a warm glow filled her. Seshat couldn’t help her strong attraction for this man she barely knew. Every time she thought of him, her heart turned over. She would do anything, even wear one of these awful garments, just to make him happy. In her mind, Ricard tossed the full blue skirt and white petticoat over her head then hoisted the chemise to uncover the secrets of her womanly center, hidden beneath layers of garments, waiting for his touch. Suddenly hot, she waved her fingers in front of her face.
After taking another deep breath, she pulled the dress on, cringing at the tight fit and the
clingy feel against her skin, but if she had to wear it, she could. “Why are the sleeves shaped so oddly? No one’s arms are like this. They look bigger than a falcon's wings.” She flapped her arms in front of the couturier.

Mademoiselle swept her hands dramatically through the air “Oui.” She pointed at the large sleeves then the tight waistline and flashed a broad smile

Seshat had never felt so frightened in her life. She’d rather face Hyksos warriors than this woman babbling in that foreign language with her never-ending garments. A voice inside her head screamed at her to escape while she still could. No, she promised Ricard she’d wear the dresses he bought her. Though she wanted to return to the temple and her life, she didn’t want to leave Ricard.

Seshat needed to look at and be with Ricard for now. As mademoiselle gestured to her to remove the gown, she slipped it off and laid it on the chest they called a dresser, on top of the pile of clothing there.

Seshat wished she stood bare before Ricard instead of the couturier, to have his shimmering gaze rake boldly over her body. She imagined he’d step up to her, cup her breasts, mold and squeeze them. Her body throbbed with need at just the thought of what the touch of his warm, firm hands would feel like.
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What a fantastic excerpt, Maeve. Definitely on my 'to buy' list and the cover is just beautiful! Who was the artist?? Maeve would love to hear from you!


  1. Rahcel thank you so much for having me. I love the cover as well, Valerie Tibbs is the cover artist, she's marvelous. I'll be checking in all day so readers, please post questions or coments.

  2. Great topic and I enjoyed the excerpt. Been putting together a Steampunk outfit for RWA Nationals, and I like your spin on the style!

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  4. Dear Louisa,
    Thank you for dropping by and for your kind words. It's great that you're putting together a steampunk outfit for RWA nationals. I went to ApolloCon in Houston last month and there were great Steampunk costumes. In fact I bought a fun, papier-mâché steampunk gun in the dealer room. My granddaughter wanted it but I wouldn't let her have it.

  5. I love your book cover. I've seen it on the yahoo groups--definitely eye catching.

    Thanks for sharing the excerpt, too. I've been curious about the Steampunk romances. They're becoming popular. I'm sure you'll have a hit with this one. You have me intrigued. :)

    I wish you the best with you new release.

  6. Dear Karen,

    Thank you. I agree the cover is fabulous, Valerie Tibbs is the cover artist and I couldn’t be happier with it. Thank you so much for the best wishes for As Timeless As Stone. I appreciate that so much.