Tour Stop {Guest Post/ Giveaway}: Nefertiti’s Heart by A. W. Exley

Nefertiti’s Heart by A. W. Exley
Genre: Steampunk
Published February 14, 2013 by Curiosity Quills
Cara Devon has always suffered curiosity and impetuousness, but tangling with a serial killer might cure that. Permanently. London, 1861. Impoverished noble Cara has a simple mission after the strange death of her father - sell off his damned collection of priceless artifacts. Her plan goes awry when aristocratic beauties start dying of broken hearts, an eight inch long brass key hammered through their chests. A killer hunts amongst the nobility, searching for a regal beauty and an ancient Egyptian relic rumored to hold the key to immortality. Her Majesty’s Enforcers are in pursuit of the murderer and they see a connection between the gruesome deaths and Cara. So does she, somewhere in London her father hid Nefertiti’s Heart, a fist sized diamond with strange mechanical workings. Adding further complication to her life, notorious crime lord, Viscount Nathaniel Lyons is relentless in his desire to lay his hands on Cara and the priceless artifact. If only she could figure out his motive. Self-preservation fuels Cara's search for the gem. In a society where everyone wears a mask to hide their true intent, she needs to figure out who to trust, before she makes a fatal mistake.

About the Author:

Books and writing have always been an enormous part of my life. I survived school by hiding out in the library, with several thousand fictional characters for company. At university, I overcame the boredom of studying accountancy by squeezing in Egyptology papers and learning to read hieroglyphics.
Today, I write steampunk novels with a sexy edge and an Egyptian twist. I live in rural New Zealand surrounded by an assortment of weird and wonderful equines, felines, canine and homicidal chickens. Website | Blog | Twitter: @AWExley | Facebook | Goodreads

Steampunk Fashion 101
Cara, my heroine, doesn't follow fashion, but wears what she likes and what is practical for her lifestyle. With such structured social classes as the Victorian era, displaying her personal style is one way Cara thumbs her nose at others, and shows she is not a part of society.

First off, let me say that contrary to rumours circulating, steampunk is NOT what happened when goths discovered brown! Lol

Steampunk fashion is about bringing to life the sort of clothing you might read about in a steampunk novel. There is only one basic rule - start off Victorian or Edwardian, and then add to it, or subtract in the case of hemlines… J

So let's get started. First, you want a cute skirt or pair of pants, whatever you are comfortable wearing. I bet you have something in your closet right now, you could grab. You don't have to rush out and custom order a bustle skirt. Simple skirt hitches will transform an ordinary long skirt.

Now find a pair of boots. If you can, pick something with a bit of extra detailing, maybe they lace up, have cut-outs or a funky heel. Another option is spats over high heels, which gives you a unique look. Or, if you are creative, decorate a pair of plain boots. Paint the heel a metallic colour and then let yourself loose on the rest of the boot. You could add small gears or chain if you wanted.

Next add a corset, but leave the tight lacing to those dedicated souls who wear a steel boned corset for 20 hours out of every 24. A corset should feel like that alpha male has his arms wrapped around you in a firm embrace. A good rule of thumb is if it hurts, or your lips are turning blue, your laces are too tight! The internet is littered with places to buy corsets these days, my personal favourites are Damsel in this Dress for fab front lacing corsets or Dracula Clothing for authentic leather and steel boning. Most important thing to remember for the novice corset wearer - boots then corset. Believe me, it doesn't work the other way around.

Don't forget a hat. No outfit is complete without some form of headwear, be it hat or fascinator, or maybe you will carry a parasol? Pick something that expresses your character, remember there are no rules. If the steampunk police try to write you a citation for not following "their rules", tell them to go stick a cog in it!

And lastly – accessorize! This is the bit where you get to go wild and maybe raid your grandparents' house for an old fob watch or pair of binoculars.

If you were a character in your own steampunk novel, who would you be? Would you be a society lady, a femme fatale, an airship pirate, mad scientist or an explorer?


  1. This book sounds exciting and thanks for the steampunk 101. The fashion is one of the things that made it catch my eye. That and the tech.

    1. Hey Sheena thanks for visiting. I think this is my favorite guest post of all time. Oh and I've been planning a Steampunk themed photo shoot for a while now, so I'm definitely taking note of all the wonderful pointers.

  2. Thanks so much for having me today, Katrina. I had a lot of fun putting together steampunk 101 :)


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