Thursday, April 28, 2011

Celebrating A New Steampunk Novel From Pauline Baird Jones

Today on our Cyber Launch Party Blog, we celebrate the digital and print release of Pauline Baird Jones' romantic steam punk sci fi action adventure, STEAMROLLED.

Pauline is the award-winning author of eight novels of action-adventure, suspense, romantic suspense and comedy-mystery. She's also written two non-fiction books, ADAPTING YOUR NOVEL FOR FILM and MADE-UP MAYHEM which released August 2008. Her seventh novel, OUT OF TIME, an action-adventure romance set in World War II, is a 2007 EPPIE winner in the single title/mainstream category. Her eighth novel, THE KEY, released from LL Dreamspell, is the Dream Realm Awards winner in its category and won a bronze medal in the Independent Publisher awards.

Originally from Wyoming , Pauline and her family moved from New Orleans to Texas before Katrina.


STEAMROLLED by Pauline Baird Jones

With all of time at risk, it's a bad time to fall in love...unless it's the only time...

Robert Clementyne is going on a transmogrification machine hunt. He fears finding the machine will be as difficult as pronouncing the name. How can the steam-powered device perform as advertised, and how useful can any information be, coming from a steampunk themed bowling alley/museum?

It's pretty crazy, but he's been there, done that, and thinks he can handle it. And then he meets the proprietor/curator...Emily Babcock.

Emily grew up in crazy, still lives in it - hey, it's her freaking zip code. So no worries when Robert and his team walk into her bowling alley. The first visitors ever to her museum.

But neither of them is prepared for what happens when they open the door to the past...and the future. With a side trip through Roswell...and a face-to-face meeting with an evil genius/wannabe - who is on his way to becoming evil overlord-of-everything...


WIN - Leave Pauline a question about her new book today at her Cyber Launch Party , and your name goes in the hat for a $20 Amazon Gift Card!! Please leave your email address so we can contact you if you are today's winner - Good Luck!

Readers - be sure to head to Pauline's website to check out her contest for the great steam punk prize package she has up for grabs!


  1. Hey Pauline!!! Super congrats on your new Steam Punk Novel - STEAMROLLED - it sounds fantastic!!

    And I'm loving Emily already - looks like the humor I love in your writing is put to good use here!

    Tell us about the new book and for those not familar with steam punk, can you tell them a little about this fun genre?

    Readers - be sure to head to Pauline's website to check out the great steam punk prize package she has up for grabs!

  2. Many thanks for the party, DeNita! I am glad you love Emily. I had such fun writing her!

    STEAMROLLED picks up a few months after TANGLED IN TIME. Robert, Doc's brother, is trying to track down the transmogrification machine (grin). He doesn't actually expect to find it, but that wouldn't be any fun, now would it? (grin)

    This book is what they call a "mash up." It's a mix of science fiction romance with steampunk elements. Steampunk is about mixing anachronistic technology with Victorian type steam engines and often includes automatons and airships. I give this a bit of a twist in STEAMROLLED. Or possibly a big twist. (grin)

    Anyway, it is a pretty wild ride, but I hope one that readers will enjoy. :-)
    Thanks for having me!

  3. Pauline, I love Emily too. And the zombies, of all things! They are way creepy, but the bug is great!! Congrats on the release!!!

  4. Many thanks, Sage Creek Woman! So glad people are liking my Emily! :-)

  5. I haven't read a Steampunk novel yet but I'm open to it. I like all types of books so I'm sure I can get into this type as well. Seems like it would be fun to read.

    Congratulations on the new release. What made you decide to write Steam Punk?

    miztik_rose At

  6. Congratulations on the new release.
    Love the cover, who ever does your covers does a great job.
    Haven't read much Steampunk, this one sounds like one I would like to read.

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  7. Thanks for coming by, Mary! What decided me to try steampunk? Well, I read a fun novel called Soulless by Gail Carriger and thought, that was fun. I needed to write a short story for an anthology and I thought it would be fun to write a steampunk character meeting one of my series characters. I started writing and the story got longer and longer until it was a novella and too long for the anthology. It's called TANGLED IN TIME and sort of precedes STEAMROLLED. It sets up the "meet" with the transmogrification machine. lol

    I pick the story up, with new lead characters and start mashing my steampunk into SFR right away. lol!

  8. thanks for coming by Jean and thanks for kind words on the cover art! My publisher has done some outstanding cover art, no question and it is fun, I think. It's a wild and crazy adventure, no question!

  9. I'm just making forays into the steampunk genre, but really loving it so far. The new book sounds very intriguing and I have to ask...Is it a stand-alone or could this stretch out into a series?

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  10. Congrats on the release. I still making my way into the steampunk genre and looking forward to reading this one.

  11. Hi Pauline :)
    Congrats on the release of "Steamrolled"
    I LOVED "Tangled In Time" and can't wait to read Robert and Emily's story.
    What made you decide to add zombies & bugs to the story? Are there going to be follow-ups (Where is that transmogrification machine going next )

    Mindy :)

  12. Hi, Pauline,

    This sounds like a fun book and I love the sexy cover art.


    Jacqueline Seewald

  13. @ Joder - many thanks for stopping by. STEAMROLLED is actually the fourth book in a connected series (i.e. the plots are connected, but different main characters in each). TANGLED IN TIME, the last book, is also a steampunk/sfr mashup, but the others are sfr. And yes, there will be another book and I think the transmog machine will make at least one more appearance. I mean, its just so fun! (grin)

  14. @ Danielle - many thanks for stopping by! the steampunk genre is really forming and reforming. Lots of different stuff. some very period and some, like mine, taking it and twisting it a big.

    @ MIndy - I'm so glad you enjoyed it! It was very fun to write Robert and Emily's story. I'm afraid the Zombies came because my son introduced me to Plants vs Zombies, so you have to blame him. I will say, my zombies are atypical. LOL!

    Funny story, ever since my hubby read THE KEY, he always asks me, did she kill her husband? So, for the hubby, I am stating that NO husbands were killed in the writing of STEAMROLLED. (grin)

  15. @ Jacqueline - thank you so much! I will admit, I am enjoying the cover. LOL! And it is totally my fault for putting Em in a corset. (grin)

  16. Congratulations on your new release Pauline!

    It sounds as if this book is tied to your other book "Out of Time" - were you planning to have the two books tied together or did it just turn out that way? Was this plotted or did you "pants" this?


  17. Ok, curious: What the heck is a transmogrification machine - I know, I know, read the book :)


  18. Hi, Maria, many thanks! Actually STEAMROLLED isn't tied to OUT OF TIME, though I have thought of bringing them into this story line, since it is about time travel. Let's just say, I haven't ruled them showing up in one of the books at some point.

  19. @ Sheri - LOLOL! I have a picture on my website, but it doesn't help much.

  20. Congratulations on your new release. What made you decide to write steam punk? Is it easier or harder to write than other genres?

  21. Congrats on the new release, Pauline. I'm still new to steampunk. I've only read one steampunk book, but look forward to reading "Steamrolled."

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  22. @ Sherry - Many thanks! As to your question, I think I just got curious, wondering if I could do it and link it to my current series. A lot of people told me that the mash up of genres might be a mess, but they all seem happy with it. I think my editor put it this way, "It's totally over the top, but you make it seem so reasonable." LOL!

    @! Jane - thanks! What steampunk book did you read? I've got several on my TBR, but needed to get mine done before diving in. :-)

  23. Congrats on your latest release, Pauline! Sounds like a great story :-) What are you working on now?

    smaccall @

  24. STEAMROLLED is already on my list. It looks & sounds likes an amazing read.

  25. Many thanks Sarah and MaryBelle! Sorry the chocolate is only virtual, but help your self. (grin)

    To answer your question, there is one plot line left a bit open from STEAMROLLED, so that is what I'm mulling at the moment. I also turned in a short story called STEAM TIME for my publishers steampunk anthology. It also resolves a mini character from the story and was a lot of fun to write. :-)

  26. P.S. marybelle - I hope you enjoy it! I had a great time writing it! :-)

  27. I am really getting interested in Steampunk. It is a bit unique. What triggered your interest?
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  28. If you think about it, Debby, steampunk has been around a long time. Jules Verne, HG Wells, we just call it something different now. What interested me? I think it is the sense of humor and whimsy possible. Others have taken it darker, but I wanted to go in the other direction. :-)

  29. Congrats, Pauline. Looks like another "hit" for you. Way to go.
    Love your humor.

  30. Many thanks, JD! :-D I hope you're right! (grin)

  31. I love Steampunk. And you combined it with time travel. I love that idea!! I don't have a question. I am so excited about this book. Thanks for the contest.