Excerpt & Guest Post: A Matter of Temperance by Ichabod Temperance

A Matter of Temperance

By: Ichabod Temperance
Published: April 17, 2013
Genre: Sci-Fi/ Steampunk

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In a past that never was…

The year is 1869. Earth experiences the close pass of a comet never before seen. In its wake, many of Terra’s inhabitants find themselves changed. Among men, prodigies rise in unprecedented numbers, while many ordinary adults suddenly find themselves possessed of preternatural genius. Likewise, non-hominid animals become self-aware and intelligent.

Fast forward to 1875. A young “comet prodigy” from humble beginnings, Ichabod Temperance, has become the world’s foremost inventor. He travels to England to deliver his latest brilliant invention to a famous explorer, until Fate intervenes. Meanwhile, a lovely young Bluestocking, Miss Persephone Plumtartt, survives an experimental accident only to find herself imbued with a power she can neither understand nor control, while dark forces and malevolent creatures pursue her, leaving a gruesome wake of death.

Yet, worse is to come. The naïve young inventor and the lovely intellectual find themselves fighting not only to save their own lives, but to prevent the destruction of all life on Earth.

Something heavy enters an upstairs hallway. Something big. I put on my “Beauties”. A rapid, and terribly stout tapping quickly reveals our antagonist.

I nearly falter at the sight. Bigger than a grand piano, is our uninvited guest. Putting a few of his legs on the upstairs rail, the grotesque aberration looks down upon us. Clusters of eyes, much like bunches of grapes, spin with dizzy thoughts of consumption. Many pairs of slathering mandibles work and click in fevered expectation. Despite the creature’s bloated weight, it leaps to the ceiling of the grand entrance hall, runs across the wide expanse, and drops upon us.
The Accidental Author

With many years of martial arts training, and participation in Professional Wrestling, I finagled my way into doing a bit of stunt work on an Independent film. “Engines of Destiny” is a no budget epic being brought together by painstaking effort and love. The charming cast introduced me to the concept of “Steampunk”. In my mind, that means to go back in time to reinvent Science Fiction in your own manner. I was directed to a website that encourages one to develop a S/P character. I read a blog entry adventure and was inspired to do one myself. I have never had an urge to write before. But a story poured out of me, and I discovered a talent I would never have dreamed of, had been lying dormant. I thought I wanted to write a Steampunk, Paranormal Adventure. About halfway through, I realized that I wanted it to be humorous. I also realized that I did not like having violence. Especially violence to animals. I also found that I liked animals having a positive role, and for my protagonist, me, to show a kind side to my persona.

This novel came about by accident. After the blog, I put it together as a novel and published it on Amazon. I have since written a loosely related sequel. It is far less violent, not that there is much, if any, in the first, and much more funny. I delve more deeply into the way I like to play with the POV. A good little doggie is also one of the main protagonists.

The author is really just a silly little fellow living in Irondale, Alabama with his furry pack family and the lovely, gracious, kind and patient Miss Persephone Plumtartt.

2 Thoughts on “Excerpt & Guest Post: A Matter of Temperance by Ichabod Temperance

  1. Great giveaway!
    I guess Persephone will be one of the main characters in the sequel as well 🙂

    Looks like a great read!

  2. Great Giveaway. Thank you very much!!

    I did not know this was a series. But if it is then I would guess Persephone would be one of the main protagonists.

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