A while ago, I started a steampunk world. I've been meaning to write a post about that for... How long have I had this site?
The first story, that started the whole thing, was also my first decent sale as a writer, and it went to Less Than Three Press as We Will Make More Mischief Together in the If You're Reading This anthology. (I have a thing for rococo titles).
The second story I sold in that world went to the second volume in Nicole Gestalt's Valves & Vixens series, as Her Humble Servants. At the time, I was deliberately trying to make every romantic/erotic story I wrote have a different pairing, so that one was bisexual MMF, and very fun it was to write, too.
I wrote another story that is in this world but doesn't really count because it's not really steampunk, so I'll mention it elsewhere.
The third story has been written, sold, and is going through the editing stage, and I'm allowed to tell you about it.
I give you:
Ship With Me, in the upcoming anthology Valves & Vixens 3, still from Nicole Gestalt:
(Spoilers, sweetie, below)
It ties in strongly with We Will Make More Mischief Together, as in: It features characters and situations established in that story. It introduces two new central characters and a couple of ancillaries.
The focus is on an MF pair of lovers devoted to each other since they were shipped out to the colonies as orphans and promised to stand together.
The whole love, attraction, erotic drives thing happened much later, but that's the sort of thing that does happen when all you have is each other.
I loved writing this. It allowed me to expand upon my favourite aspects of the world, and to give a sort of postscript and development to Franc and Kat from We Will Make More Mischief Together.
It also made me cry when I went back to it after a couple of weeks of separation, so there's that. Damned characters and their emotional turmoil.
Of course, I put them through all that in the first place, creating a bastard of a situation just to see how they'd respond, and I'm proud of them. I really am.
I hope you all like them, too.