Guest & Contest: Theresa Meyers

Scrumptious Reading – Why I write Steampunk
By Theresa Meyers

I adore tea. I’m not ashamed to admit it. In fact most weeks it’s tea with my non-writing mommy friends that keeps me sane and enables me to write. It’s probably one reason I enjoy writing steampunk. The other, well, that’s pure fantasy. And since I write steampunk (which is Victorian-era-like settings with fantastical inventions, science and for me, romance) tea is a very appropriate pastime. I also happen to collect teapots and spend far too much at the Market Spice store in Seattle’s Pike Place Market on things like their chocolate mint tea, apricot tea and world famous Market Spice tea (which is both spicy and sweet enough not to need anything extra). But I digress.

What makes scrumptious reading is more than just the flavor of a story, it’s also the tart tang of the dialogue or the spicy heat in the sensual moments between characters. We like the texture of the setting and the scent evoked by description. For me, writing steampunk blends the best of all the things I enjoy most about writing. Since I started out writing historical romance, the idea of setting a story in the late 1800s appealed to me from the beginning. What can I say? I like bustles and think corsets are fun. But in steampunk we get to go even further. Why wear a beautiful corset under your clothes? Wear it out the outside and show it off!

I also write paranormal romances. Because steampunk has its roots in science fiction, I could easily adapt my steampunk romances to include paranormal creatures of the night – Victorian monsters if you will–which was utterly appropriate because the Victorians were fans of the paranormal. They loved séances and tarot cards, crystal balls and mummies, exploring the ancient mysteries and uncovering new scientific discoveries that made our normal seemed out of this world (hey – Jules Verne did talk about flying to the moon).

Steampunk isn’t something you can easily explain. Believe me, I’ve tried. The best I’ve been able to manage when people ask me what I write is to tell them, “Did you ever watch Wild West with Will Smith? What about the television show Supernatural? Well if you mashed those two together, that’s what my books are like—only with more sexual tension.”

Afterall – I can’t earn the moniker of “putting the steam in steampunk” if it doesn’t have something steamier than a tea kettle or engine boiler, can I?

Well, in honor of the release of THE SLAYER, my second steampunk romance for Kensington, I’d like to share a favorite tea-time recipe with you. I hope you enjoy both it and reading whatever scrumptious stories you love most!

Teatime Cranberry Orange Scones

Makes 12

Ingredients

2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
4 tablespoons butter
¼ cup sugar
2 teaspoons freshly grated orange rind
1 cup dried cranberries (sweetened are best)
¾ cup milk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet. Sift together the flour and baking powder. Rub the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. (Alternatively put it in a food processer and whir it around a bit – does the same thing.)

Stir in the sugar, orange peel and cranberries.

Add enough milk to make a soft sticky dough. Pull the mixture together and then turn the dough onto a well-floured work surface.

Shape the dough into a circle and roll out to a 1-inch depth. Using a floured cutter, cut out scones.

Place on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the tops with a little milk and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden.

Alternative: once completely cooled, you can also ice the scones if you want. Use 1 cup powdered sugar with 1-2 teaspoons orange juice (from the orange you got the rind off of). Drizzle over scones.

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6 thoughts on “Guest & Contest: Theresa Meyers

  1. Jen @ RtB says:

    Here are comments from Blogger that didn’t copy over:

    From April: I absolutely LOVE this description: “it’s also the tart tang of the dialogue or the spicy heat in the sensual moments between characters. We like the texture of the setting and the scent evoked by description.” I love the cover of this and though I have not read hardly anything in the steampunk genre, your books sounds intriguing and like something that I would love to read! Thank you so much for the delightful guest post and the yummy recipe!! I will definitely be adding The Slayer to my wishlist!!

    From Jen B: I love Steampunk. I love the costumes, the mish mash of ideas and the endless possibilities. Interestingly, I don’t like Steampunk movies just books. I guess I like to use my imagination to create the crazy pictures! jepebATverizonDOTnet

    From Desere: I have only read one steampunk novel but I can honestly say I liked it and I would like to read more. Thank you for being a guest on RtB

    From Maureen: I have only read a couple of stories in Steampunk but it is such an interesting world. mce1011 AT aol DOT com

    From May: I like Steampunk. Love the clothing that the women wear especially. 🙂 Sounds like a terrific book! maybe31 at yahoo.com

  2. Jen @ RtB says:

    More Blogger comments:

    From Marissa: I’m not a tea drinker but your Teatime Cranberry Orange Scones sound absolutely delish! And the book sounds awesome as well!

    From Catherine: The scones sound yummy! I’m also a big tea drinker (I don’t drink coffee). I have orange pekoe in the morning (Red Rose) with lots of honey–some honey actually purchased at the Seattle Market last year!–and some different variety in the afternoon–Lemon Jasmine or Lady Grey are my current 2 faves. catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    From L.C.D: wow! first a great sounding steampunk and paranormal romance author, very yummy sounding recipe – you’ve now made me hungry for scones and i can’t bake worth a flip, AND a chance to win a book and some other goodies? sign me up! i’ve been reading all day and haven’t checked my email, so that’s why i haven’t checked in before now. i always describe steampunk as victorian england set in the 22nd century. a combo of old meets we haven’t got there yet. hope you have great success with the book.

    From kimba88: The scones sound wonderful and while i do enjoy a good cup of earl of grey..coffee is my passion. I love steampunk and supernatural is my fav show! Lovely guest post and thanks for the recipe:)

    From Crystal: I can’t wait to read your book. I love paranormal romances. I love to watch Supernatural and I loved the movie Wild West. Really wish they’d made another one. Glad you came and shared about yourself. crystalnewman51@gmail.com

    From Didi: Thank you for the recipe! I am just dipping my toes into steampunk and have enjoyed it so far. I will add this to my TBR =)

  3. Laci C says:

    When most people think about growing up in the Old South, the image of Savannah comes to mind, with people dressed in fancy dresses and beautiful hats, drinking tea and fanning themselves, while gently dabbing away the perspiration with a lace hanky. Well, not in part of the South. For me, tea is meant to be Lipton, cold, have ice cubes, be in a tall glass, and is served at every meal. But i have to say, whenever I read a victorian, regency, or whatever historical type novel, the tea you describe with scones is the image I get. I love steampunk. That is totally the era I would want to live in, could I choose. Plus, the clothes are so neat!

    Thanks for the recipe. Now, I have to find someone to bake them for me!

    pinkelmo3 AT gmail DOT com

  4. Becky Ward says:

    I love reading Steampunk stories. The Teatime Cranberry Orange Scones sound delicious. I will have to try this wonderful recipe and have some with my tea. Thanks for having Theresa as a guest. I enjoyed reading this post.

    beckyqward@gmail.com

  5. Jen @ RtB says:

    Our contest winner is Laci, who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to support Theresa!

    Jen

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