Sophronia Belle Lyon grew up in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, reading HG Welles, Jules Verne and other classics. She dressed up and acted out scenes with friends much like Louisa May Alcott's beloved "Little Women," and got to be a cauldron spirit in Macbeth in fourth grade. She traveled to Italy by way of Iceland and Luxembourg. She's taken apart her share of clocks to study the gearworks and feels well-prepared to enter the Steampunk genre. Hundreds of cat friends informed her about Bagheera's attitudes and manners. Oliver Twist's oblivious, eccentric habits came from the Science-absorbed men in her life, and her love for weapons translated into the well-armed members of the Alexander Legacy Company. She travels widely, shoots when she can, collects swords and knives, but is so far too shy to be photographed.
Excerpt from A Dodge, a Twist, and a Tobacconist. Steampunk Literary Tribute. Phoebe-Moore Campbell has everything: Marriage, children, worldwide acclaim as a singer. Can she use her influence to gather a team of literary crimefighters to face a menace enslaving human souls? Oliver Twist and others join her quest but can they convince the Campbell clan to back the Legacy Company?
Oliver Twist takes up the tale of the company's adventures after "the Battle of the Bronze Cascade". Can he trust Spring-heeled Jack when so many strange things happen each time he comes around? Costume balls conceal more than the faces of the wealthy and powerful. Trevor Newsome disappears just days before the election but they can't search for him from the London Lockup.
Illustrated with full-page, full-color Victorian-era art, this Steampunk Literary Tribute merges characters from classic stories into a crimefighting team battling human trafficking. Characters from Alcott, Stevenson, Dickens and others. Prowl the Thames in a steam-powered Catfish. Soar over London in a stealth glider. Witness astonishing redemption and restoration.
A literary dream team of crime fighters including nods to Dickens, Stevenson, Alcott, Austen, Kipling, Doyle, with plenty of homages to great books sprinkled throughout. Prowl the foggy London streets on the track of a ruthless enslaver of souls. Travel the Thames in a Giant Catfish. Soar over London in a stealth glider, and witness true redemptions and restorations no one ever imagined.