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A Matter of Temperance

“A Matter of Temperance” (The Adventures of Ichabod Temperance #1) by Ichabod Temperance

Published as… Steampunk Action-Adventure

A Chat with…Persephone Plumtartt

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Persephone: Good afternoon, my dear, and may I first say, I am so happy to be here with you today. The book in question is ‘A Matter of Temperance’. This is a frightful tale of outlandish fiends bent on turning our beloved planet Earth over to inter-dimensional, world-devouring horrors. Yes, quite so. Though many of the harrowing ordeals endured within are at times terrifically violent, and at others, of an unseemly sordid nature, I am happy to report that Mr. Temperance has refrained from describing such in a morbid, or graphic manner. No, rather, he tends to bring a comical tone to the affair. Might I add, the boy is a rather naïve sort of chap, and occasionally sprinkles a bit of mild, suggestive, innuendo throughout, though he is unaware of doing such.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Persephone: My name is Plumtartt, Miss Persephone Plumtart. The tragic accounts are instigated by my own father’s brilliant, though ill-fated research. The Plumtartt lineage carries with it a legendary burden. My father toiled to formulate a process of tapping into the power of the Sun itself, but alas, he succumbed to the temptation of using the very knowledge that he had forsworn to protect. Shortening his route to success with the help of unclean magic, this tampering has cost him his life. Alien forces now have a portal into this world and hideous terrors beset me!

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Persephone: Eh hem, yes, well I do confess, my first impression of the young man was not immediately favourable. He is a rather homely little chap, with an expression that puts me in my mind the image of a turtle that has just awoken, and is not quite sure of his surroundings. Nevertheless, he has shown himself to possess a raw-boned strength in his wiry frame, and a tenacious, loyalty that endears him to me.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Persephone: With full disclosure, I confess, I had thought myself a mature woman when this story begins, however, I find that I grow in many ways that I could not have foreseen.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Persephone: I do not feel as if ‘like’ is the correct adjective for my role. No, my dear, I think it is more of a responsibility. I owe it to my beloved planet Earth to do all I can to save her. Moreover, there is a sense of Destiny that I feel supersedes that of liking my part.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Persephone: Quite frankly, for there to be a future, Mr. Temperance and I must fulfil a near impossible task. The dire consequences of our mission cannot be overstated.

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Persephone: As mentioned earlier, Mr. Temperance has shown a dogged loyalty to me, and I in turn, find it difficult to resist his bashful charm. Some may see the two of us as an odd pairing, that is, my own British background of aristocracy and extensive schooling, to his rural Alabama upbringing, yet somehow, the two of us manage to complement each other rather nicely, I must say. Yes, I do, in fact, see us continuing with an adventurous agenda for some time. Eh hem, yes, quite so.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Persephone: Mr. Temperance has spoken of this medium of entertainment that you speak, these, movies. He describes them as a photographer rapidly taking one photograph after another and when shown in sequence as projected against a silvered sheet, the approximation of movement is produced. Were the unlikelihood of such an occurrence coming to be should come to pass, the actress selected to portray me must be youthful, vital, brilliant, attractive, appropriately shapely, hyper-intelligent, and of the highest breeding. I suggest Merle Oberon, at nineteen years of age and her hair dyed the correct Auburn colour. If she could be persuaded to be just a few inches shorter, that would be greatly appreciated.

Tata!

About the Book

In 1869, the Earth experiences the close pass of a new comet. In its wake, thousands of Terra’s inhabitants find themselves strangely changed. Among humanity, many find that any talent they may naturally possess has been elevated to an astounding degree. Likewise, a number of animals become self-aware and intelligent. A young “comet prodigy” from humble beginnings, Ichabod Temperance, has become one of the world’s foremost inventors in this age of prolific genius. Traveling to England to deliver his latest brilliant device to a famous explorer, the young tinker is unexpectedly struck by the fearsome hand of fate. Meanwhile, a lovely young aristocrat, Miss Persephone Plumtartt, survives an experimental accident only to find herself imbued with a power she can neither understand nor control, while dark forces and malevolent creatures pursue her, leaving a gruesome wake of death.

Yet, worse is to come. The naïve young inventor and the lovely intellectual find themselves fighting not only to save their own lives, while concurrently coming to terms with their own budding romance, but to prevent the destruction of all life on Earth in this humorously told and poignant steampunk adventure!

This is the first book in the series, ‘The Adventures of Ichabod Temperance’. There are six books. Though in a series, each book is a stand-alone adventure.

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About the Author

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Ichabod Temperance is a silly little fellow living in picturesque Irondale Alabama, USA, with his lovely, gracious and kind muse, Miss Persephone Plumtartt and their furry pack family.

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Review: “In a Latitude of Temperance” by Ichabod Temperance

“In a Latitude of Temperance” (The Adventures of Ichabod Temperance #5) by Ichabod Temperance

Available from: Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Released on: 14 August 2014
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

Description: The adventure prone Ichabod Temperance and his capable cohort Persephone Plumtartt are again hurtled into baffling mystery and hair raising intrigue. A dangerous mission exposes an unspeakable danger to the safety of the entire world. Assisting our brave protagonists is an amazing cast of extraordinary and charming individuals. Thrilling action in this humourous ride to once again save our imperiled planet from certain destruction carries Ichabod and Co. to uncharted waters of surprise and terror.

Review: Oh, Ichy… Ichy, Ichabod, Ichy…

This wasn’t really my favorite book of the series, I’m afraid. While it was still a fun and lunatic romp through the steampunk realm and full of inside jokes, as well as a lot of alliteration and crazy excitement, there was one big problem for me.

There wasn’t enough Ichabod.

I love the namesake character of the series. Ichabod Temperance is a fun character, adorable and endearing, and what made the first books so much fun. And while he was part of the adventure–he was there–I would estimate…80% maybe of the chapter narrators were everyone but Ichabod and Persephone. And even in those, it felt like we didn’t see as much of him. We saw more of Persephone through the eyes of others.

I want my Ichabod back! My unsophisticated, ‘bama boy jetting around England and elsewhere making funny inventions and swooning over Ms. Plumtartt. While all the rest is fun and funny, it’s just not a real Ichabod adventure without, you know, more Ichabod.

Otherwise, the accents of the exposition make the book kind of hard to read in parts, but more chapters from the perspectives of Ichabod and Persephone would fix that. I don’t have any complaints beyond that, and since I still like this series better than most, I still give it a 4 Fireballs. I do hope to see more Ichabod in the next book, though!

4 Fireballs

A. Star is Visiting! [Tour Stop]

Wish for Me

“Wish for Me” (The Djinn Order, Act One) by A. Star

To Be Published on… March 2015
Published as… New Adult Steampunk Fantasy

About the Book

Cover Design: Deranged Doctor Design

Three wishes. Two lovers. One destiny.

When the snarky Glory St. Pierre discovers the gold mechanical vase in her deceased grandmother’s basement, she has no idea that she has uncovered a priceless treasure: a genie lamp. With a real genie inside. A very sexy genie with a not-so-sexy grudge against the entire human race.

Irving Amir hates being called a genie. He’s a Djinn, and he is none too happy to be in the service of Glory, who is as intolerable, and beautiful, as humans come. Now he owes her his gratitude for freeing him and three wishes. Damn his luck.

But an arrow through the shoulder alerts Irving to the fact that he is being hunted, and after a truce dinner with Glory ends with them both almost being killed, hating each other goes right out the window. As feelings change and love starts to develop, they must dig through the secrets and lies to find the truth…a truth neither of them will ever see coming.

WARNING: Not suitable for ages 18 and under. A significant source of bad language, sexy times, and dirty jokes. If you suffer from a lack of a sense of humor, take with plenty of wine. If the symptom persists, see a doctor.

“Dream of Me” (The Djinn Order, Act Two) by A. Star

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About the Author

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A. Star is a fan of dirty passion. She likes to read it, and she damn sure likes to write it. Her first adult romance/fantasy novella is called Invasion, an alien romance about sacrifice. Lover, Divine is the first release from the Mythos: Gods and Lovers series. Future releases under A. Star include three more books in the Mythos: Gods & Lovers series, The Djinn Order novella series, and more.

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Boom Baby Review’s Best of 2014!

2014 was a really busy year for me, and I tried to amp up the reviewing. Although there were some books that weren’t quite my thing, I was really lucky to get some great books. As such, I want to give a shout out to my 4.5 and 5 Fireball reviews of 2014! Each one is linked to the review, so you can check out what I thought about it. And now, in no particularly order, they are…

Fantasy

Wizard of Ends, Book Two: Dark Creature by Vanessa Finaughty & Majra by J. Simon

Monster Lit

Waking the Merrow by Heather Rigney

Contemporary Poetry/Prose, Military

Starved for Bullets by Ryan Goodrich

Erotic Romance

The Brethren of the Coast by Barbara Devlin (Reviewed in 2014: My Lady, The Spy; The Most Unlikely Lady; One-Knight Stand)

Steampunk Action/Adventure

The Adventures of Ichabod Temperance by Ichabod Temperance (Reviewed in 2014: For the Love of Temperance; A Study in Temperance)

Superhero, Comedy

Scarlet Winters by J. Kwong

Contemporary Literary Fiction

The First Noble Truth by C. Lynn Murphy

Historical Fiction

Agnes Canon’s War by Deborah Lincoln

…and that was the best of 2014. Thank you to all the authors and readers who made this a great reading year. I’ve got the proverbial stack of books already to get 2015 kicked off with a bang, so watch this space for more books and more reviews and more everything!

Happy 2015!

Review: “A Study in Temperance” by Ichabod Temperance

 

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“A Study in Temperance” (Ichabod Temperance #4) by Ichabod Temperance

Available from: Amazon
Released on: 22 May 2014

Description: “‘Twas the hand of fate that brought Miss Plumtartt and me together, for, in truth, we have been happenstance-stricken and adventure prone ever since.” -Ichabod Temperance, For the Love of Temperance

Such is the case once again as Ichabod Temperance and his lady love, Miss Persephone Plumtartt, are hurled into adventure and mystery. This time, they return to Persephone’s ancestral estate in England, where they hope to enjoy a much-needed vacation. However, fate has other plans for the young couple, as a series of murders close in upon the innocent pair. A notorious Victorian Era London detective assists the plucky protagonists through a tangled web of intrigue involving an incredible cast of suspicious characters.

Review: Oh, my dear Mr. Temperance, what another frolicking romp you have taken me on!

This is the fourth book in the Temperance series, and it was a fun little scamper through steampunk action-adventure. Our author continues to amuse with funny little pop culture in-jokes (that you don’t need to get to like the story) and that “this isn’t really PC but it works” edge to many things. Ichabod and Persephone maintain their status as Adorable.

We also make a new friend in this one, quite the ‘great detective’ and it’s a fun addition, but I like how the name is never truly used.

My only real complaint about this one is that is seemed to employ a lot more phonetic accents–spelling out the accent instead of just saying the character had one. It was hard enough to follow in several pieces of dialog, but the exposition written in it could make it tough to follow on the over-all. Plus, a lot of names. (Though the priest was a nice touch.)

Even so, you could follow along and enjoy the story, but I personally would have liked to see a bit less of it. It did hamper my enjoyment a little and I worry I missed things, so this one gets a 4.5 this time around. But I just saw that there is already a fifth book and I’m looking forward to it!

4.5 Fireballs

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Review: “For the Love of Temperance” by Ichabod Temperance

“For the Love of Temperance” by Ichabod Temperance

Available from: Amazon
Released on: 4 December 2013

Description: The sovereignty of Planet Earth is under assault by interplanetary invaders. Ichabod Temperance and Persephone Plumtartt return in this thrilling Steampunk adventure. The duo fight bloodthirsty monsters bent on Earth’s conquest. Featuring a cast of unforgettable characters, including the world’s greatest actor and a telepathic dog, For the Love of Temperance will scare you and amuse you by turns.

Review: This is my third Temperance book, and it was again a very enjoyable ride.

What I thought of was War of the Worlds comes to Alabama, which is funny to me but made for an intriguing angle. The opening flowed well and I really like that Bolt was still with us and played a big part.

I ended up liking this one better than the second, because where the second felt really kind of out of control and kind of convoluted, this one felt like a much more coherent and organized plot and story. That made it more enjoyable for me to read. It was also more serious, I found, but I liked that too. It never lost its humor, though.

Although the dude with the CT accent? Really?! Come on! We don’t sound like that! Haha. I couldn’t let that go unmentioned.

Anyways!

Another interesting thing about this story is the way our author had to take modern things we all know, put them in his universe and let his characters figure out how to use and what to call them. The names were amusing.

It was also a fascinating concept for the creativity of the writer, the reader, and the character: what does a steampunk world do when one of its most common materials becomes a liability? (I don’t want to say more, lest I give too much away.)

There were less new characters joining their band of adventurers and the ones there were, were more cohesive and I really enjoyed them. I particularly loved the imagery of Clarabelle versus the cannon.

Ichabod and Persephone continue to be adorable. And I really appreciate our author’s affection for animals in his writing, as it reflects my own.

And the final solution? Brilliant.

So, this one regains the first book’s rating of 5 Fireballs. And I hope there’s a fourth incoming!

5 Fireballs

Review: “A World of InTemperance” by Ichabod Temperance

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“A World of InTemperance” by Ichabod Temperance

Available on: Amazon
Released on: 8 January 2014

Description: It is New Year’s Eve, 1875. In this humorously told Steampunk tale, adventure-prone Ichabod Temperance and his lovely sweetheart, Miss Persephone Plumtartt, once again find themselves swept up into a whirlwind of misadventure and international catastrophe. The entire world totters on the brink of war, as various nations develop arsenals of dreadful power. It seems as though every nation on Earth lusts for Empire. A sinister plot boils to change the course of human history. Along with a remarkable cast of characters, including sapient animals and clockwork men, our heroes find themselves plunged into unimaginable peril!

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And here’s my next sequel review!

I found that I didn’t enjoy this one QUITE as much as I did the first book in this series, but I did still enjoy it. I found that there was a charming quirkiness to the first one that I found lessened in this one, at least through most of the beginning, though I saw more of it as the book progressed and I enjoyed it more as I saw those things return.

This book did kind of make me think of what Patterson’s “Zoo” would have been like if it had been steampunk, and funnier, and, y’know, written better.

There were several new elements I really enjoyed: Bolt was awesome. I really liked Cogito as well. In both cases, I love when we see humanity via the inhuman. It’s a theme I really like, as anyone who has read my Adelheid series will know. Our Author continues to have a way with wonderfully color characters, which we see a lot more of in this book. Gauzot was a lot of fun, and I liked her fight scenes in particular. Piston was also very amusing.

I did find that the ending felt a little rushed, but still funky and fun. So, still a great read and one I’d definitely recommend. I even had to read a couple parts aloud to my husband that I found particularly funny. I’ll be reading the third book! A solid 4 Fireballs.

4 Fireballs

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Review: A Matter of Temperance (The Adventures of Ichabod Temperance) by Ichabod Temperance

“A Matter of Temperance” by Ichabod Temperance

Available on: Amazon
Released on: 17 April 2013

I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Description: In a past that never was…

The year is 1869. Earth experiences the close pass of a comet never before seen. In its wake, many of Terra’s inhabitants find themselves changed. Among men, prodigies rise in unprecedented numbers, while many ordinary adults suddenly find themselves possessed of preternatural genius. Likewise, non-hominid animals become self-aware and intelligent.

Fast forward to 1875. A young “comet prodigy” from humble beginnings, Ichabod Temperance, has become the world’s foremost inventor. He travels to England to deliver his latest brilliant invention to a famous explorer, until Fate intervenes. Meanwhile, a lovely young Bluestocking, Miss Persephone Plumtartt, survives an experimental accident only to find herself imbued with a power she can neither understand nor control, while dark forces and malevolent creatures pursue her, leaving a gruesome wake of death.

Yet, worse is to come. The naïve young inventor and the lovely intellectual find themselves fighting not only to save their own lives, but to prevent the destruction of all life on Earth.

Review: Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this in the first two chapters. Ichabod’s first chapter was kind of info-dumping, and I never approve of killing the animals. (Slaughter all the people you want, apparently…) I’m also always on the fence about whether First Person from multiple people works.

Yet, after a couple chapters, I decided that it did work here. The chapters are short and punchy, and written in Present Tense, which gives a very excited pacing. Ichabod’s enthusiasm was contagious, and there were little details to the writing that you think would annoy me but were very funny.

Like he would use (!) in sections to convey the narrator’s shock over something. Ichabod being an Alabama boy in England was also amusing, both from his accent mixing and the change of stereotypes in the racist Englishman (!) versus the appalled Southerner (!).

By 16% (thanks to my Kindle), I was really getting into it. Seeing various events from both Ichabod’s and Persephone’s perspectives made it very intriguing, as did using the comet to set up the steampunk world–even if the first description of it made me doubtful at the start.

Nonstop is a good word to describe the story. It gets a little too much so towards the middle, but it picks you back up. The humor was corny at points (magically delicious, really?) but it works and was actually cute. Not to mention, the Siberian tigers? A way to this reviewer’s heart, even if briefly.

Ultimately, I call this book monstrously amusing, quirky, charming, and just a hell of a lot fun. 5 Fireballs!

5 Fireballs

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