Volume 1: A Matter of Temperance
I blanch and nearly falter at the sight. Bigger than a grand piano, is our uninvited guest. This creature is very different than the crustacean from evening last. Putting a few of his too many legs on the upstairs rail, the grotesque aberration looks down upon us. Several clusters of eyes, much like bunches of grapes, seem to spin with happy and dizzy thoughts of yummy consumption. Many pairs of slathering mandibles work and click in fevered expectation. What appears to be an enormous, slavering Black Widow spider props itself up on the rail of the landing. It looks down upon us with delight, for all the world like some horrific family pet. Despite the creature’s bloated size, it leaps to the ceiling of the grand entrance hall, scurries across the wide expanse, and drops its bloated weight upon us.
“Fans of adventure-filled love stories will enjoy this unique Steampunk twist!”
“Monstrously Amusing, Quirky, Charming & Just A Lot of Fun!”
“A very fun and fast paced story that never grows dull”
Like the last edge of a wave, as it plays itself out along a beach, it pushes a foamy froth before it, and then leaves a bubbly trail behind as it returns back into the ocean.
Only this wave does not subside back into the ocean. It continues to push and crush and pick up more rubbish to play with, substituting trees, rocks, boulders, and hundreds of monkey monsters for its foamy lather flotsam.
Soaring high into the air, the avalanches onrushing wall of continually exploding frozen chunks of ice and snow quickly gains upon and looms over us.
“Sorry to have gotten you into this, Mr. Cogito.”
“Charm, fun, adventure, love and action, all in one!”
“Our Author continues to have a way with wonderfully colorful characters.”
“Beautifully written in a way that you can relax into it.”
“Twas the hand of fate that brought Miss Plumtartt and me together, for in truth, we have been happenstance stricken and adventure prone ever since.”
“What I thought of was War of the Worlds comes to Alabama, which is funny to me but made for an intriguing angle.”
Volume 4: A Study in Temperance
The adventure prone Ichabod Temperance and his capable cohort Persephone Plumtartt are again hurtled into baffling mystery and hair raising intrigue. A dangerous mission exposes an unspeakable danger to the safety of the entire world. Assisting our brave protagonists is an amazing cast of extraordinary and charming individuals. Thrilling action in this humourous ride to once again save our imperiled planet from certain destruction carries Ichabod and Co. to uncharted waters of surprise and terror.
“Ichabod Temperance weaves a tale of many dangers, filled with tongue-in-cheek characters who will keep you either rolling your eyes or laughing out loud at his artistic talents. This time, our wordsmith adds sounds, lots of sounds, over and over sounds, which if read quickly out loud would make for great tongue twisters. His characters are again, over-the-top quirky, but endearing in an unusual way.”
Volume 6: The Measure of Temperance
Ichabod Temperance and Persephone Plumtartt are once again caught up in a whirlwind of excitement and danger! New friends and old join our plucky heroes as they struggle to protect planet Earth from unspeakable ruin in the form of an overwhelming zombie cataclysm!
What’s this? In the midst of their most trying ordeal, Icky and Persephone have a tiff? Certainly, this is a novel full of calamity!
CIR: What gave you the idea for a steampunk series?
TEMPERANCE: Doing stunt work on an independent film turned me onto the genre of steampunk. Steampunk in general encourages a person to develop a persona for himself. With a persona comes a backstory and thus a fire was ignited to start writing.
CIR: How did that translate into a writing process for you?
TEMPERANCE: I usually bounce ideas around with my muse, Miss Persephone Plumtartt, for a month or so, and then dive in. I do not eat or sleep or even come up for air until the process is done, which usually takes about a month.
CIR: You are one of the characters in the book, but what about the others? Are they based on people you know?
TEMPERANCE: I am the main character in the books. The love of my life, Miss Persephone Plumtartt, is my partner in the books. All of the many characters we come across are my real life pals.
CIR: What makes your series unique?
TEMPERANCE: My outlandishness and humour will set me apart from other writers, I think. Maybe it will be the charm of the characters, or my silly use of rhythms in the books. The many distinctive styles I have developed will be my signature.
CIR: Is there more coming?
TEMPERANCE: Yes! I have the fourth book written, I am just waiting on my graphics guy to release it. It will be my take on a famous Victorian era London detective; ‘A Study in Temperance’.