Monday, October 13, 2014

Ichabod Temperance Presents the Adventures of Ichabod Temperance Blitz & Giveaway

It all started with a Comet in the sky...
STEAMPUNK FANTASY & ADVENTURE as only 
ICHABOD TEMPERANCE can tell it!

Quirky with a touch of Southern Charm


A MATTER OF TEMPERANCE
Book 1

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.




A WORLD OF INTEMPERANCE
Book 2 

It is New Year's Eve, 1875. In this humorously told Steampunk tale, adventure-prone Ichabod Temperance and his lovely sweetheart, Miss Persephone Plumtartt, once again find themselves swept up into a whirlwind of misadventure and international catastrophe. The entire world totters on the brink of war, as various nations develop arsenals of dreadful power. It seems as though every nation on Earth lusts for Empire. A sinister plot boils to change the course of human history. Along with a remarkable cast of characters, including sapient animals and clockwork men, our heroes find themselves plunged into unimaginable peril!



FOR THE LOVE OF TEMPERANCE
Book 3

 The sovereignty of Planet Earth is under assault by interplanetary invaders. Ichabod Temperance and Persephone Plumtartt return in this thrilling Steampunk adventure. The duo fight bloodthirsty monsters bent on Earth's conquest. Featuring a cast of unforgettable characters, including the world's greatest actor and a telepathic dog, For the Love of Temperance will scare you and amuse you by turns.





 A STUDY IN TEMPERANCE
Book 4 

"'Twas the hand of fate that brought Miss Plumtartt and me together, for, in truth, we have been happenstance-stricken and adventure prone ever since." -Ichabod Temperance, For the Love of Temperance

Such is the case once again as Ichabod Temperance and his lady love, Miss Persephone Plumtartt, are hurled into adventure and mystery. This time, they return to Persephone's ancestral estate in England, where they hope to enjoy a much-needed vacation. However, fate has other plans for the young couple, as a series of murders close in upon the innocent pair. A notorious Victorian Era London detective assists the plucky protagonists through a tangled web of intrigue involving an incredible cast of suspicious characters
IN A LATITUDE OF TEMPERANCE
Book 5 

The adventure prone Ichabod Temperance and his capable cohort Persephone Plumtartt are again hurtled into baffling mystery and hair raising intrigue. A dangerous mission exposes an unspeakable danger to the safety of the entire world. Assisting our brave protagonists is an amazing cast of extraordinary and charming individuals. Thrilling action in this humourous ride to once again save our imperiled planet from certain destruction carries Ichabod and Co. to uncharted waters of surprise and terror.  


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Tome Tender was thrilled and a little giddy to be able to catch up with the delightful Ms. Plumtartt and the daring Mr. Temperance for a most interesting interview, for which I am most grateful!


1. I'm going to just jump right in and get this burning question out of the way: Open question anyone may reply:  Who would be the true brains of the dynamic duo of Miss Plumtartt and Mr. Temperance?

-Ichabod-
Hello Dianne! Before we answer, please allow me to say what an honour and thrill it is to be here on your lovely blog! You are so gracious to offer this wonderful opportunity of a Tome Tender interview and spotlight!

I gotta tell you right up front, Ma'am, it's Miss Plumtartt here that has all the smarts in our little adventures. Why, this pretty gal has enough brains stuffed in her adorable, little ol' skull to fill a an empty three door dirigible hangar. Our backgrounds are very different from one another, but this contrast normally works to complement each others strengths and weaknesses.

-Persephone-
Now, now, Mr. Temperance, your depth of modesty is charming but let us give credit where credit is due. In fact, it has been your uncanny genius for things mechanical that have saved our lives over and over again, and brought to life your best friend, Mr. Cogito.  I am merely the daughter of a linguist and a physicist.  My book knowledge becomes useful at times, but you are the true genius.

2. If the Revelatory Comet were to return, do you foresee any more changes among the populace of Earth? Could all of the previous effects be *gasp* undone?

-Ichabod-
Oh, yes Ma'am, Miss Dianne! I have no doubt that if that rascally comet came around again, we would be hip deep in a world of technological pooh. As for the previous changes of the Revelatory Comets passing being undone, I do not think they would come to pass. This is not a scenario of 'letting the cat out of the bag' or 'the genie from the lamp', this is more of a case of trying to regather the feathers of a pillow factory after it's been hit by an April tornado.

-Persephone-
I am assured by the world's finest astronomers that the comet's trajectory will make it impossible for it to return for the next 10,000 years.  It will be another generation's problem, if humankind manages not to kill each other in the intervening period.

3. I do believe I detect more than a working relationship growing here, particularly on Mr. Temperance's part. Forgive my curiosity, but, Miss Plumtartt, are these feelings reciprocated?

*Sigh*...these Victorian constraints on what President Clemens would call "good old plain speaking" are more binding than the corsets I favour.  However, let us just say that Mr. Temperance (I cannot get that man to call me Persephone!) is the most singular and adorable man I have ever met.  My upbringing precludes my being more direct. His physiognomy is pleasing to my aesthetic sense as well.

4. As an author, from Alabama in the good old U.S.A., how did you find yourself in London, amidst the Steampunk Era?  Are you really a soul from a long past era where surface impressions and manners are more prevalent? Have you always had a heart for larger than life adventure? (yep, that's three questions in one)

-Ichabod-
Dang, you're a sharp one, Miss Dianne, Ma'am! I reckon I find myself on the cusp a most perplexing temporal phenomenon. Complete understanding of the situation still eludes me, but I suspect that a rip in the fabric between this twenty-first century of a non-Revelatory Comet universe and the one I know in 1877 has created this connection. Probably I was messin' around with somethin' back then that I shoulda let alone. This monkey business has upset some sort of time-travel connection. The person I am in 1877 writes the stories. The person I am in this moment of time is compelled to put these adventures in print. If I can get a handle on all the pertinent aspects of this anomaly, I will write it into a story. Thanks for the idea, Dianne!

Yes, Ma'am, I really possess the soul of the character in the books. That is the most real projection of myself I can imagine. Many people have an image of Alabamans as uncouth, but most all the Southerners I know are raised to be courteous, polite, and respectful. We really do say 'sir' and 'ma'am' to one another.

As far as adventure goes, you got me. Yes, Ma'am, I have been a bit of a daredevil since I was a small child. Starting with bicycles, skateboards, and mini-bikes, I progressed into motorcycles and fast cars. I have had long stints as a drummer in a punk rock band, karate enthusiast, and professional wrestler. Due to now possessing zero cartilage in either knee and extensive damage in both, I have drifted towards writing, acting, and movie stunts.

5. You often change points of view, who is the more accurate story teller? 

-Ichabod-
Eep! My style of writing is still working itself out. I think I am what you might refer to as a 'pantser', as opposed to 'plotter'. The point of view in the stories is just something that has developed 'organically'. It really was not until the fourth book that I set out to deliberately play with the point of view, and stress the immediacy of the present tense. One example of this development is the ever-declining amount of description by thought or third person, and the ridiculous, over the top use of description by means of dialogue. This is especially brought out in my comical fight scenes!

-Persephone-
I tend toward exposition, so I largely keep my hands off of his journals. He has a most charming way of writing.

6.  Readers are always interested in their favorite characters and authors, so, from each of you, Ms. Plumtartt first of course, please divulge three things about you that are not easily found online.

-Persephone-
1. I prefer Mille Fleurs perfume.
2. I am fluent in 24 languages, mostly dead languages.
3. I sleep best in 10,000 count sheets with a thick coverlet.

-Ichabod-
Heck, I feel as if everything about me is already on display in my books. I have revealed much that I usually keep on the 'down low' about myself in this interview already! If I may, though, I would rather say something about the books, please.
1. All of the characters are based on real life friends. {Even the villains.}
2. Some people get re-branded as different, though secretly returning characters.
3. Somehow, my own character seems to become more inept with each passing novel...

Thank you so much for allowing us to be guests on your blog, Dianne!
You have a generous heart!
Happy Reading, everybody!
Cheers! *klink!*
Your pals,
Ichabod & Persephone.



Look What I found!  One of Ichabod's inventions, Green Beauties!


 



Ichabod Temperance is just a little fellow living in Irondale, Alabama, with his lovely muse, Miss Persephone Plumtartt, and their furry pack family.


Connect with Ichabod - (You'll be glad you did)
 https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7077425.Ichabod_Temperance  https://twitter.com/MtrofTemperance  https://www.facebook.com/ichabod.temperance  http://ichabodtemperance.com/wp/ 




 


 Ichabod and Persephone have graciously offered the 

TWO COMPLETE FIVE BOOK SETS
of
THE ADVENTURES OF ICHABOD TEMPERANCE

 One PRINT Set - U.S. Only

One eBook Set - International! 

That's TWO Lucky Winners!
  a Rafflecopter giveaway

57 comments:

  1. This looks like a wonderful, imaginative series. I am going to have to start reading steampunk!

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    1. Thank you for entering the contest, Mr. Black.
      Good luck, sir!
      ~Icky.

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  2. Wow!
    What a GORGEOUS spotlight display!
    Thank you, Tome Tender! {Dianne!}
    Cheers!
    Your pal,
    ~Icky.

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  3. Ichabooks, I love them ,Can't wait to read them with my daughter as part of home school!

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    1. Hey! It's my favourite librarian! Please tell your girl that Icky says 'Howdy!'

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  4. Looks like my perfect reading material :D. Can't wait to check it out.

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    1. Thank you Beth.
      By the way...
      That is a very sensual book cover you are wearing for your profile picture young lady!
      Zoinks!

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    2. Why thank you, Its the tome tender avi.

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    3. LOL! I thought MINE was the Tome Tender avi! :)

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  6. I can not wait to see others pick up things written by the absolutely delightful Ichabod! Good luck to all!

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    1. Yay! My Aurelia pal!
      You are so sweet!
      Good Luck, Kiddo!

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  7. It sounds like a great steampunk series. Definitely added to my to-read list.

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    1. Thank you, Ms. Stewart!
      Happy Reading, Ma'am!
      Your pal,
      ~Icky.

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  8. Would you like to be part of the Steampunk Era? I think it would be really cool to be part of the Steampunk Era. This series sounds really good and love finding authors that are new to me. Thank you for the chance.

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    1. Hi Bobbi!
      I LUV being a part of the steampunk era!
      Splendid Days, Ma'am!
      Your pal,
      ~Icky. :-)

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  9. I'm from the Scribblers' Den, hopeful for a win! =)

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    1. Yay!
      A pal from the 'Steampunk Empire'!
      Thank you for entering the contest!
      Good Luck, sir!

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  10. I've read the 1st book in Ichabod's adventures and loved it! Can't wait to read the others as well. This steampunk genre is new to me but thoroughly enjoyable:)

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    1. Yay! Barbara! You made it!
      Thanks!
      Good Luck, Ninja Biker Lady!

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  11. I'm in it to win it! And when I do I will hug Icky!!!!!!

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    1. Yay!
      A hug from a man that stands over seven feet tall {really!} is very intimidating, but Good Luck, Jerry! Thanks for entering!
      Cheers!

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  12. I LOVE steampunk! These books sound fab

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    1. Thanks, Bri!
      You came up out of a dangerous cave or off some snowy mountaintop to make that comment and I appreciate it!
      Cheers!
      Your pal,
      ~Icky.

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  13. An outstanding collection of adventures from a Master O' Steampunk fiction! A must have series for every bookself (be it actual or digital). Also rather wonderful reviews and competition... Well done chaps!

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    1. Thank you Mr. Oldman!
      This is turning out to be a real, international, event!
      Thank you for travelling all the way from Scotland to participate!
      Cheers!
      Your pal,
      ~Icky. :-)

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  14. As for steampunk, I wuld love to live in that era! Although I do love this genre I haven't read many steampunk novels and I really hope to soon! This may be the perfect place to start.

    Check out my review and giveaway: http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/2014/10/a-cry-from-deep-blog-tour-giveaway.html

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    1. Thank you, Olivia-Savannah.
      I am often described as an easy entry to the genre of 'Steampunk'.
      Good Luck!
      Both in this contest and your own!
      Cheers!
      Your pal,
      ~Icky.

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  15. I've been interested in this series ever since I first heard about it. Unfortunately there are not enough hours in the day to do everything. Love the cover graphics for all of these.

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    1. Thank you for making time to enter Mr. Basham!
      Thank you for your interest!
      Good Luck!
      Cheers, mate!
      Your pal,
      ~Icky.

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  16. I only read my first steampunk novel recently - I'm hooked!

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    1. Yay!
      Deborah Jay!
      I am honoured that you have entered this contest!
      Thank you!
      Good Luck!
      Your pal,
      ~Icky. :-)

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  17. Ohhh I really love steampunk! I bought a steampunk coloring book for my birthday LOL. Look forward to reading!

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    1. Thanks Brooke!
      Now I have TWO favourite librarians!
      Good Luck!
      Cheers!
      Your pal,
      ~Icky.
      P.S. - Did you mean you were looking forward to reading my books or the colouring book?... Doesn't matter! They're both fun! I'll meet you in the treehouse and we can colour together!

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  18. I love a good, rollicking steampunk adventure! I have been planning to check out these books for a while, now, as soon as my budget permits. Which, I hope, will be very soon! :-D

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    1. Yabba-Daba-Doo!
      Tammy Rizzo is here too!
      Thanks, Tammy!
      Good Luck!
      Your pal,
      ~Icky. :-)

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  19. Great interview, Ichabod! I love your whole style, your sense of fun, and your closeness to the books. They are a part of you, which is essential to being a truly great author. I'd love to win the collection, but I'll be reading your books either way! Can't wait! Go Icky! :)

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    1. Thank you, Christie!
      You are so sweet!
      Good Luck!
      Your pal,
      ~Icky.

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  20. This is so awesome
    Jennettelebeau(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Yes i would like to live in that era

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    1. Attagirl!
      Thanks, Jennette!
      And yes, you can live in that era! Just put on your corset, goggles, and adventure pants and away you go!
      Cheers!
      Good Luck!
      Your pal,
      ~Icky

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    1. Thank you, Echo Fox!
      Yes, fun is an important element in these books...
      You are very wise, young lady!
      Cheers!
      Good Luck!
      Happy Reading
      Your pal,
      ~Icky

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  22. Part and parcel of the Steampunk Era as Steampunk India, what larks old chap! Have fun with the contest, may your quill always be sharp and your inkwell always full!

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    1. Thank you for your kind, and considerate words, Suna Dasi!
      You bring an exotic, sensual, and international flair to our event!
      Thank you so much for stopping by!
      Good Luck!
      Cheers, Ma'am!
      Your pal,
      ~Icky

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  23. Congratulations, Ms Plumtartt and Ichabod! Just the burst of color and imagination from your covers are enough to brighten any space! Plus the awesome interview. All the best from Greece!

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    1. Woo, Hoo! Thank you, Maria!
      I am so happy to have you enter the contest and visit the article.
      Your tips on twitter behaviour helped me to hit it off with Dianne of this lovely blog. She has graciously allowed me this extraordinary opportunity. I want to thank both of you ladies!

      Look at how international we are!
      -Maria from Greece.
      -Pol from Scotland.
      -Suna Dasai of India.
      -Deborah Jay, also of Scotland.
      -Olivia of Holland.
      -Echo Fox of the U.K.

      Folks from all over my own U.S. of A. have come out in support. I am genuinely touched.
      Thanks again everybody!
      Cheers, Maria!
      Good Luck!
      Your pal,
      ~Icky. :-)

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  24. Thank you so much for the opportunity, and best wishes.

    -Jimmy

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    1. My blood runs cold as an icy hand clutches my faltering heart, filling the frozen organ with a nameless sense of dread...
      Eek!
      Oh! It's James! Our favourite horror author!
      Thanks for coming by and leaving the kind words, sir!
      Good Luck!
      Your Pal,
      ~Icky
      Good Luck!
      Your pal,
      ~Icky

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  25. I think it is a fun era to visit and perhaps time travel to, but to be honest I like certain modern conveniences that just were not available then LOL Thank you for the fun giveaway opportunity :)

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    1. Your time travel visits are always welcome Denise!
      Stay as long as you like, we'll make sure your trips are as comfortable as possible.
      You get used to the coal smoke and steam after a while, and spring driven devices are very handy once you get the hang of them!
      Thanks for entering!
      Good Luck!
      Cheers!
      Your pal,
      ~Icky. :-)

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  26. Sounds like a very nice series, love the covers too! Wish all the best and much success to the Mr Temperance! :)

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    1. Shazam!
      We have been visited by the mighty Isis!
      Thank you, Isis!
      Good Luck!
      Your pal,
      ~Icky.

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  27. Sure, I would want to be a part of the era. I always enjoy an adventure. I love the interview and enjoyed it very much. Have a super Sunday.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Sherry.
      The Steampunk Era would love to have you as a part of it!
      Adventure awaits!
      Miss Plumtartt and I are pleased that you enjoyed the interview and wish for many Splendid Days upon you in return!
      Cheers!
      Good Luck!
      Your pal,
      ~Icky.

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  28. Thank you, Tome Tender!
    This beautiful, author spotlight page is, without a doubt, my highest accolade as a writer to date.

    Thank you for reading my books, Dianne!
    Thank you for all the support you give to indie authors!
    Bless your heart, for the wonderful reviews that you have so thoughtfully written.

    I am excited to send out the prize books! I can't wait to find out who won! Good luck to everyone that entered!

    Thank you everybody that has stopped by!
    Happy Reading, my friends!
    Splendid Days!
    Cheers!
    Your pal,
    ~Icky.

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