Sunday, June 05, 2011

The Girl in the Steel Corset - Book Release Party

Yesterday, June 4th, I had the pleasure of attending the book release party for The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles 1) by Kady Cross.

The release party was held at the Borders in Meriden, CT. The Guest of Honor was Kady Cross and there was a Special Appearance by Dr. Grymm.  There was a printed schedule of events:


You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile


Steampunk Introduction
Dr. Grymm

Book Reading
Kady Cross

Main Event
Costume Contest

Alphabet Minute

I hadn't played Charades in years and it was great fun.  There was also tea and gorgeous cupcakes.

And of course I took photos of more than the food.

Dr. Grymm

Kady Cross

Kady's Parasol

Kady (c) and Emily (l) and Jess (r)

Kady and my daughter

Peggy (created by Dr. Grymm) reading The Girl in the Steel Corset

Dr. Grymm and Kady Cross

The Girl in the Steel Corset
Author: Kady Cross
Series: Steampunk Chronicles 1
Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Harlequin (May 24, 2011)
Price: $17.99
Language: English
Genre: YA - Steampunk
ISBN: 9780373210336

In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the "thing" inside her.

When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch….

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.

Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help—and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.

But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on—even if it seems no one believes her.

I also had the opportunity to view a book by Dr. Grymm that will be released next month, 1000 Steampunk Creations: Neo-Victorian Fashion, Gear, and Art. It looks fantastic, and I've pre-ordered a copy.

I picked up a couple of copies of The Girl in the Steel Corset, which Kady signed. One of those copies will be given away at The Qwillery in the not too distant future.


  1. Looks like such fun! Wish I had been there. Your daughter is so cute. :0)

  2. Awesome. Looks like it was so much fun!

  3. The daughter is mostly adorable! She's a teen so she has the Jekyll and Hyde thing going on.

    ChrisS - It's probably the most fun I ever had at a signing. I played Charades and the Alphabet Minute and enjoyed all things Steampunk!