I haven’t wanted to write this post, because it means the blog tour is over! But my second book is out in the world now, and that is the important part. It’s hard to let go of the finished books and move on to the ones that need finishing (or, um, writing in the first place). But I am excited about the projects, secret and not-so-secret, that I’m working on now, so let’s just enjoy this final Mechanica wallow, okay?
(There are about twelve hours left to enter the tour-wide giveaway, by the way, so get on it and win yourself a hardcover copy plus the beautiful watch necklace pictured here!)
Monday: Interview at Fiktshun
Nicolette is an inventor – what are some of her favorite or most interesting inventions?
There’s no fairy godmother in Mechanica (she’s absent from lots of older versions of the tale, too), so Nicolette does for herself: when she decides she wants to go to the royal Exhibition of Art and Science and its accompanying ball, she builds her own mechanical carriage, and even crafts working shoes from glass and interlocking gears, in order to get herself there in style.
Tuesday: Review at Bookish Lifestyle
Betsy takes the story of Cinderella and warps it into a steampunk feminist retelling where Cinderella is an inventor, there’s no fairy godmother (unless you count her mechanical horse, Jules, whom I adore), and instead of waiting for her prince to sweep her off her feet she saves herself.
Wednesday: Interview at Supernatural Snark:
What are three books we might find on the shelf in the secret cellar workshop Nicolette discovers?
Ooh, cool question! Nicolette’s a pretty omnivorous reader, so even though she lives in a fantasy world I would open a magic portal to slip her a collection of Christina Rosetti’s poetry (especially “Goblin Market,” which helped inspire the Night Market in Nicolette’s world), Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and Ada Lovelace’s work on the Analytical Engine. All of those brilliant women would be kindred spirits for Nicolette, and I know she’d fall in love with each of them.
Thursday: Review at Bookhounds YA:
I loved the fact that Nick doesn’t rely on a fairy godmother to make magic and did it all herself . . . Nick stole my heart with her wit and actions. Her perseverance is something that should inspire any teen and show that fairy tale endings sometimes are being at peace with yourself.
Friday: Guest post at Me, My Shelf, and I
5. The great retellings don’t stop at Disney. Ever After and Ella Enchanted are two of my very favorite Cinderellas, but as I researched Mechanica, I discovered a gorgeous opera, Cendrillon,composed by Jules Massenet. I love it so much that I named my favorite character in Mechanica after him! The version starring Joyce DiDonato and Alice Coote (yes, a woman sings Prince Charming!) is available on DVD and is completely breathtaking, especially the set design. Here’s a preview: