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Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on the book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare
First line of the book.
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Introduce the main character using only three words.
Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).
Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)
Your favourite line/scene.
The Dirigible King’s Daughter is the second novel published by Alys West.
First Line Harriet Hardy took her pistol from her reticule and flipped open the barrel.
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When Harriet Hardy moved to Whitby, newly famous from Mr Stoker’s sensational novel, she thought she’d left her past and her father’s disgrace behind her. But then an amorous Alderman and a mysterious Viscount turn her life upside down and she’s never been more grateful that she doesn’t leave home without her pistol.
But when defending her honour lands her with an attempted murder charge, Harriet’s only option is to turn to the mysterious Viscount for help. Fortunately, he turns out to be not so mysterious after all and, fortified by copious amounts of tea, she sets forth to clear her name.
As the court case looms Harriet fears she’ll forever be tarnished by her father’s scandalous reputation. Can she avoid conviction, and just possibly, find a happy ending? Or will she always be trapped by her past as the daughter of the notorious Dirigible King?
Introduce the main character –Harriet is smart, businesslike and brave
Audience appeal This book will appeal to a wide audience; those who appreciate historical romance, fans of steampunk and those who like a book about an independent woman.
Your favourite line/scene
“Here she comes!”
From behind the hills the dirigible appeared, coming nose first towards them. Its silver Duralinum hull several shades lighter than the grey clouds behind it. Alerted by Charlie’s words, the other passengers gathered around them,staring and pointing. the airship glided closer, slowly turning until its full size was revealed. It was huge and Charlie said this was small! How enormous would be the one which took them down to London?
As I have just finished reading the book, here is my review:-
Harriet Hardy is an independent woman who is not to be trifled with, but she lives in a steampunk, Edwardian environment where ladies are expected to be proper and to know their place. She has found herself to be the breadwinner and espousing the principles of the Suffragists has not won her many friends. Living in Whitby she has cut herself off from her happy youth in York but now her past is catching up with her, just when she finds herself in greater trouble than ever.
Charlie Davenport is a dashing Dirigible pilot with charm and influence but Harriet has no intention of allowing him to take over her life. She will continue to solve her problems as she always has, with a pistol in her reticule, a brave heart and intelligent wit.
This novel is a tale of romance and peril against the background of the thrilling flights of the dirigibles and escapades on steam-powered omnibuses. It is an easy read and you cannot help wishing Harriet success and happiness against all odds.
I started writing when I couldn’t find enough books to read that had all of the elements I loved; fantasy, romance and suspense, although my love of Buffy the Vampire Slayer may have had something to do with it too. Writing steampunk was a natural development from my obsession with tea. How could I not write in a genre where the characters shared my belief that 90% of the world’s wrongs can be solved with a nice cup of tea? It also gave me a great excuse to spend my time looking at Victorian fashions and call it research.
I’m doing a MA in Creative Writing at York St John University and also teach creative writing for Converge, an arts project for people with mental health issues.
When I’m not writing you can find me at folk gigs, doing yoga and attempting to crochet. I intermittently tweet at @alyswestyork and spend rather too much time on Facebook where you can find me at Alys West Writer.