The Emperor’s Aeronaut

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The Emperor’s Aeronaut

The Regent's Devices • Book 1

Napoleon is determined to conquer the world with his steam-powered weapons. Nothing in England can stop him—except two young lady inventors.

"Witty and whimsical." —Booklist

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Napoleon is determined to conquer the world with his steam-powered weapons. Nothing in England can stop him … except two young lady inventors.

In 1819, France is surrounded by armies. With Russia in the north, the Karlsruhe Confederacy in the east, and a pirate kingdom in the south, Napoleon cannot break out, nor can the English Navy seem to break in. Europe  teeters on the edge of a sword. Whichever side rules the air will win.

Celeste Blanchard, daughter of the Emperor’s disgraced Air Minister, is running out of time to develop an air ship that can carry his armies to England and restore her mother to glory. But on a daring and desperate test flight, she is blown off course … and washes up, half drowned, on the shores of Cornwall, in the heart of enemy territory.

Loveday Penhale, cosseted daughter of gentry, has her own inventions to build, even as pressure mounts to behave like a proper young lady and seek a husband instead of a design for a high-pressure steam engine. But when Arthur Trevelyan, heir to the neighboring estate, Gwynn Place, asks for her help in rescuing an unconscious young woman on the beach, Loveday discovers an aeronaut and an inventor as skilled as she is. Between them, a friendship blossoms, and Loveday wonders if they might even pull off the impossible and invent an air ship that will catch the eye of the Tinkering Prince Regent, who has offered a prize to anyone who can help England break the impasse. Celeste’s loyalties are torn in two. If she is caught working secretly for France, she will lose her friend, the love of an honorable man—and her life. But if Napoleon learns she has betrayed him, she will be executed on sight.

Can friendship prevail in the face of war? Or is there a third solution—one where everything hinges on the bravery and daring of a Cornish debutante and the Emperor’s aeronaut?

“Adina and Scott launch their Regent’s Devices series with a witty and whimsical flight of fancy in a subgenre they call Prinnypunk (Regency-era steampunk); it plays out as a delightfully fun mash-up of Jane Austen and Jules Verne, right down to the hint of sweet romance and the array of ingenious inventions.”
FIVE STARS! This is the first title in The Regent's Devices. It combines steampunk, historical fiction, and a tad of romance that will keep your interest from the first paragraph until the last. My family informed me that I grumbled at them every time they pulled me away from this engrossing story. (Yeah, I admit that I did grumble once or twice. But geez, I could almost hear the novel seducing me back. I wanted to know what would happen next.) Authors Shelley Adina and R.E. Scott have come together to create a series with smart women, heroic gentlemen, and a love of inventing. I do not know how they will top this first installment. There is a string or two left dangling for the next story and I can hardly wait for its release!
– Detra Fitch, Huntress Reviews
"I can’t express my total delight in this book without giving away too much, except to say… FABULOUS!"
Series: The Regent's Devices, Book 1
Genres: Regency Romance, Steampunk
Tag: Audiobooks
Publisher: Moonshell Books, Inc.
Publication Year: May 4, 2022
ISBN: 9781950854394
List Price: 14.99
eBook Price: 4.99
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