Guest Blog & Giveaway:Beth Ciotta (HER SKY COWBOY)

November 9, 2012 Giveaways, Guests 46

We are glad to welcome Beth Ciotta today to talk about HER SKY COWBOY, the first book in The Glorious Victorious Darcys series (November 6th 2012 by Signet).  Like steampunk? Check out the giveaway below to win the book and an eclectic steampunk pendent from ‘The Pendent Emporium’.

Guest Blog

The Spectacularly Unintentional Mash-Up


Beth Ciotta

I don’t know how it happened exactly. It’s not like I was tossing around new story ideas and thought, “Hey, you know what would be really cool?” I didn’t envision a story that incorporated several different genres and sub-genres. Believe it or not, elements just kept trickling in naturally. I didn’t stop to think I might be taking some, er, liberties with what was supposed to be a straight ahead steampunk romance. Sure, I was coloring outside the lines, but HER SKY COWBOY was still a romance novel.

I should’ve suspected I’d created a bit of a Frankenstein when the marketing department first categorized HER SKY COWBOY as ‘Historical’ (It does indeed take place in Victorian times, albeit an alternate version of the period) and then switched it to ‘Paranormal’. That wasn’t wholly accurate either but there is no in-house ‘Steampunk’ line and even that is subjective if you’re a purist.

Then there were the questions I received for an interview with Publishers Weekly. This one in particular made me think about HER SKY COWBOY in a new way.

You’ve thrown a lot of disparate elements–time travel, steamy romance, alternative history, diabolical plots, even a flying horse–into this novel.  Where are you going from here?”

Wow. I did incorporate all those things.  And more.

Victorian England, American Wild West, 1969, Alternative History, Steampunk, Time Travel, Paranormal, Romance.  An altered race with supernatural powers, cowboys, pirates, Leonardo da Vinci and a flying horse…. Like I said. It just happened.

It all started when a title popped into my head. The Glorious Victorious Darcys. I liked the ring of it. It screamed Victorian England, a quirky, adventurous family, and a global treasure hunt. The term Steampunk whispered in the back of my brain, inspiring a few fun images and scenes. But then I wondered how it was that my altered world came to be? I researched the Victorian period and came stumbling on cultural and social aspects that mirrored certain circumstances in the mid-to-late 1960s.  Something clicked! What if a group of fanatical peace activists traveled back in time, hoping to alter history in order to avoid specific atrocities?  What if they mucked it up and certain aspects of the two centuries melded?

The Victorian Age meets the Age of Aquarius.

And thus my world was born and a monster of a mash-up blossomed. At the heart of all this is a romance. I swear, at its core, the story is a romance! Still, suddenly I wasn’t quite sure how to categorize the story most accurately. Until . . . I recently saw HER SKY COWBOY included in a list of recommended reads under the heading: Genre-Benders.

Ding, ding, ding!

Gadzooks! That’s it!

Hello, my name is Beth Ciotta. My latest novel—HER SKY COWBOY—is a Genre-Bender, incorporating Steampunk and Romance, just to name just two. I hope you enjoy this spectacularly unintentional mash-up!

Storytelling comes naturally to award-winning author Beth Ciotta. Limiting herself to one sub-genre does not. Dubbed “fun and sexy” by Publisher’s Weekly, Beth specializes in writing Romantic Comedy with a Twist of Suspense and is published in contemporary, historical, and paranormal romantic fiction. “I can’t think of anything more fulfilling than writing stories where everyone (except the villain, of course) gets a happy ending!”

Beth lives in New Jersey with her husband, two zany dogs, and one crazy cat. Although writing takes up most of her time, she still performs occasionally as a singer, character actress, emcee, and storyteller. To support literacy, Beth also works at her local library.



Giveaway provided by Signet
One copy of HER SKY COWBOY by Beth Ciotta & an eclectic steampunk pendent from ‘The Pendent Emporium’.

Her Sky Cowboy (The Glorious Victorious Darcys, #1)


Available on November 6, 2012 from Signet


Amelia Darcy has no interest in marrying well. Her heart belongs to the sky and the dirigibles of brass and steel that swoop over Victorian England. But when her father, an eccentric inventor, dies, the Darcy siblings are left with scrap metal—and not a penny to their names. Their only hope to save the family name and fortune is to embark on a contest to discover an invention of historical importance in honor of Queen Victoria. Armed with only her father’s stories of a forgotten da Vinci workshop, a mechanically enhanced falcon, and an Italian cook, Amelia takes flight for Florence, Italy. But her quest is altered when her kitecycle crashes into the air ship of ex–Air Marshal—and scandalous dime novel hero—Tucker Gentry. Challenged by political unrest, a devious sky pirate, and their own sizzling attraction, Amelia and Tuck are dragged into an international conspiracy that could change the course of history…again.

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46 Responses to “Guest Blog & Giveaway:Beth Ciotta (HER SKY COWBOY)”

  1. Sheryl

    The only Steampunk that I havae read has been the series by Gail Carriger and Phaeton Black. I have really come to like them, even though it’s something that I normally wouldn’t read.

  2. Karin Anderson

    I like the Iron series by Meljean Brook. The Iron Duke is my favorite!

  3. Booksie

    I have never read a steampunk novel! In all honesty, none have peaked my interest to read before now. After reading the author interview and the blurb about the book, it is the first time I’m interested in a steampunk novel! I assume this is a series since there are siblings? If so, how many are planned to be written? I love reading series!

  4. Karen

    I enjoy reading Steampunk. This one looks really, really good. Will be adding this one to my reading list.

  5. Maria

    This is a tough, tough question because I do like steampunk but I think I’m still in love with Dead Iron by Devon Monk – it introduced so many great characters – I have Tin Swift to read next on my tbr and can’t wait to get started. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Jennifer Demarais

    I haven’t read too many yet, but “Steamed: A Steampunk Romance” by Katie MacAlister was fun and “The Iron Duke” series by Meljean Brook is good too!. Steampunk is so visual that I have a hard time reading about it with no pictures. 🙂 I love this cover though and wanna read this one!

  7. Beth Ciotta

    So enjoying reading everyone’s thoughts and recs. You’ve named some of my favorite SP books as well! This is for BOOKSIE who asked if there would be subsequent books to HER SKY COWBOY featuring siblings. Yes! Coming in May 2013 is a e-novella featuring a secondary character from HSC, called: HIS BROKEN ANGEL. Then in June follows a full length novel featuring one of the Darcy brothers, called: HIS CLOCKWORK CANARY. Another Darcy brother will follow. Thank you for asking! –Beth

  8. C.L.

    I haven’t really read any steampunk, yet. But this book sounds so good, I just had to enter. Thank you for the opportunity.

  9. Myra C

    I have not read a steampunk book yet, I keep meaning too but just have not gotten around to it yet.

  10. Rebe

    I love The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook and Soulless by Gail Carriger. They’re my favorites!

  11. KmichelleC87

    im sad to say i havent read any yet


  12. kyla whitley

    I’ve read many steampunk novels over the years. A particular title doesn’t come to mind … authors were Johanna Lindsey and Kathleen Woodiwiss to name a couple. Thank you for this giveaway!

    jukyjoauka (at) aol (dot) com

  13. Readsalot81

    I really enjoy the Iron Seas novels by Meljean Brook. The Parasol Protectorate is fun,too.

  14. Becca

    Well, Boneshaker by Cherie Priest is the only one I’ve read so far but I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more.

  15. Breana M.

    I love steampunk novels, and I’ve read lots of them, but my all-time favorite steampunk novel is Phoenix Rising, Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #1 by Philippa Ballantine and Tee Morris. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  16. Starr K @ The Literati Press

    I’m actually kind of new to Steampunk, but so far my favorite would have to be Incarnation by Emma Cornwall or The Boneshaker by Cherie Priest. I do, however, look forward to reading more in this genre

  17. Kai W.

    My favorite is the Iron series by Meljean Brook. It is because it’s the only steampunk genre I have read so far.

  18. Bethie

    I really liked Souless. I haven’t read many other Steampunk novels.

  19. Susan S.

    I haven’t read a lot of steampunk yet (just Dead Iron and Soulless) but loved them both.

  20. Josephine

    My favorite would be the Alexia Tarabotti series by Gail Carriger.

  21. Barbara Elness

    I’ve read quite a number of great steampunk novels, but I think my favorites so far are Meljean Brook’s Iron Seas books – The Iron Duke, Heart of Steel and Riveted.

  22. Tammy Y

    Beth’s book will be my first Steam Punk novel. I did see the Castle episode with the Steam Punk plot and it did catch my interest.

  23. flchen1

    So far I’ve loved the series by Meljean Brook, and there are also stories I’ve enjoyed by Rachel Grace, Cindy Spencer Pape, PG Forte… I know there are authors I’m missing! 😉

  24. Nora-Adrienne

    My favorite Steampunk novel to date would have to be Dead Iron = The Age of Steam by Devon Monk. I love Devon’s writing. Hopefully I’ll be the lucky winner of your book and I’ll love it enough for it to become my new favorite.

  25. Neon612

    Haven’t really read anything steampunk yet, but if it has something to do with airship pirates its on the TBR list.

  26. Goldilox

    Right now I’d have to say my favorites are KISS OF STEEL and Karina Cooper’s series about Cherry St. Croix. 🙂

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  27. Bonnie Hilligoss

    I read one Steampunk novel about a year ago, but can’t remember the name of it. I do remember that I enjoyed it – just haven’t come across another one.

  28. Keslynn

    My favorite steampunk books are Riveted by Meljean Brook and the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. I am so glad to see the genre having a massive expansion!

  29. Kirstin

    Steampunk is a relatively new genre for me, but so far my favorite book is: Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel.

  30. Alina

    I haven’t got to read as many steampunk books as I’d like, their a new favorite. One fave is Soulless by Gail Carriger.

    Her Sky Cowboy sounds so awesome! Definitely something I’d love to read. Thanks for the chance!

  31. CatScott

    I’m a really big Beth Ciotta fan so her Steampunk will be my first foray into the genre! Can’t wait to see what she has in store for us!

  32. Texas Book Lover

    I haven’t read any steampunk yet but I so want to read this one! I already love me some hot cowboys and love this cover…perfect place to start expanding my genres yet again!