I’m delighted to say that with over 300 preorders, A Gentleman of Means debuted at #9 on the Amazon steampunk bestseller list before it was even released! My grateful thanks to all those who leaped into the breach to get their copy, and to all of you who are planning to get yours today, release day! As I say in my note at the end of every book, you folks really are like the steam in Athena‘s boiler, keeping this whole enterprise in the air. Without you … well, without all of you, I’d still be at Hewlett Packard, and we probably wouldn’t be having this conversation!
Several have already asked me, “Is book eight the last in the series?” Which one might take a number of different ways… hm. Let me rephrase: “Surely this isn’t the last one, is it?” To which I may heartily reply, “Not if you don’t want it to be.”
I think Gloria Meriwether-Astor needs some life experiences to turn her into the woman I know she can be. All I’ve ever known about her future is that in my Glory Prep series of contemporary YA novels set in San Francisco, “Glory Prep” is student shorthand for the Gloria Stanford Fremont Preparatory Academy. Poor Gloria and her penchant for unwieldy surnames. On the bright side, her portrait hangs in the school entry hall and she is wearing a Worth gown. But, one must ask, how did she wind up in San Francisco founding a school? And acquiring that surname? And wearing such a dress?
I’m curious. And you know what happens when that happens …