Guest Post: Nick Valentino

We’re back with Nick Valentino today! He’s agreed to put together a little something for us!




Hello! My name is Nick Valentino and I’m the author of the Thomas Riley Steampunk series. First off, I want to say thank you so much to Ms. Janel for hosting me today! It’s amazing the people you meet through other friends and the internet. The generosity, kindness and support is often overwhelming. Such is the case with Ms. Janel. How great is it that we live in a time where personal space is shared in support of other like minded people?

My reason for being her today is my second steampunk novel, Thomas Riley and The Maelstrom was just released on ZOVA Books and I’m doing a blog tour in support of it. If you don’t know exactly what steampunk is, it’s basically Victorian Science Fiction much like Jules Verne. Think gadgets, goggles, airships and wacky inventions mostly based off steam power and clockwork. My books are lean toward the action/adventure side of things. The easy way to describe them is ‘Indiana Jones with Sky Pirates and lots of airships.’

While this book is has the same action and adventure of the first book , it also has much more depth. I wanted to explore the characters and give the reader a little more “meat on the bone” when it came to personalities and actions. The first book, simply called, Thomas Riley, was a sort of an introduction to the characters and their steampunk world while I feel like Thomas Riley and The Maelstrom immerses the reader more into the war between Thomas Riley’s country of West Caniva and Lemuria. There’s also the second element of a love story which provides twists that even I didn’t exepct when first sitting down to plot the book. So, I have to say, I’m quite excited to share this with fans and new readers alike.

Thomas Riley and Cynthia Basset are off on a new adventure. This time, the tale is a darker one that explores a steampunk world in more depth and detail. If you read Thomas Riley, I feel like you will really enjoy Thomas Riley and The Maelstrom and if you haven’t read the first book in the series, fear not, you can read each book without reading the one before it.

Want to know more? Here’s the teaser blurb from the back of the book:

Thomas Riley and Cynthia Basset’s adventures in their steampunk world have turned down a dark path. After an assassination attempt, the West Canvian heroes receive a message from a mysterious woman about the whereabouts of Cynthia’s missing suitor and famous sky pirate, Sam Burges.

Cynthia insists on pursuing the lead despite great risk, so the two of them take off with a rogue colonial sky pirate and his eclectic crew to find the man that she loves. On their journey, Thomas and Cynthia learn that Sam has joined with their enemies, the Lemurians, under the supervision of the mad man, Doctor Wolfgang Gerhard.

To make matters worse, Sam is in a commanding position on board the secret airship, The Maelstrom, that has the ability to control the weather in a most nefarious way.

Thomas and Cynthia’s loyalty to their country and to each other are laid on the line in this steampunk tale of love, loss and adventure.

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