Title: The Rooftop Inventor
Series: The Steampunk Adventures of Theodocia Hews #1
Release Date: May 1, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Steampunk Fantasy Romance
It’s 1879 and seventeen-year-old Theodocia Hews is out of control. Her inventor father Orin Hews tried to raise her to be a proper lady, but Theo says and does whatever she wants. Since girls aren’t supposed to be inventors, she’s secretly building her own airship up on the roof of their house. When her father is attacked and his valuable invention is stolen, she sets out in her untested airship to get her father’s contraption back. She’d better hurry. Her father’s contract with his buyer expires in three days and without it they’re ruined.
The airship lifts off but things get complicated when Theo finds an unintended passenger aboard. Henry Caracticus Thorne—the thief she’d spotted that morning making off with things in the market—is an altogether unsuitable companion. But he’s unlike anyone she’s ever met before, he’s willing to help, and he’s drop-dead gorgeous. As they soar through the sky in the close quarters of Theo’s airship, it’s not just the steam engine heating up.
Theo has a hunch who took her father’s invention. Will she manage to catch the culprit before it’s too late? What did that strange lightning storm do to Theo and Henry? And will Theo give in to her heart and act on her growing feelings for Henry?
The Adventures of Theodocia Hews is a humorous YA steampunk adventure/romance series set in 1879 Cincinnati in an alternate universe where the evil institution of slavery was abolished shortly after the United States was founded, the Civil War never happened, crazy inventions are commonplace, and steam power rules!
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The Rooftop Inventor by Nooce Miller is the first novel in the Adventures of Theodocia Hews Series. This was the first novel I have read by this author and I have to say I don’t think it will be my last.
Theodocia “Theo” Hews is a seventeen year old young lady with a dream. She knows she has to be a proper lady, but secretly she wants to be an inventor, just like her father. So she’s building her own airship on the roof of her house in secret. She has been alone with her father for a long time and loves him to the moon and back. So when her father is attacked in their own home and his latest invention is stolen, she knows what to do. She takes her airship in the air and gives chase to get her father’s invention back.
Henry Thorne has lost his family at an early age and was raised by his grandmother. To keep food on the table in the winter, he steals from time to time. So when he is on the run for the police, he sees the only escape will be to hide in the airship on top of Theo’s roof. Sometime later he finds himself in the air with the lovely lady Theo. After hearing her story he wants to help her get the item back and help Theo to save their home. But Henry isn’t totally honest with Theo, when they are getting closer and closer, he has a secret he needs to tell her.
I have to say I really love this story, it’s an easy read and very enjoyable. I love the characters; Theo is smart, strong and very talented. Henry turns out to be exactly the young man I hoped he would be.
I’m looking forward to read the next book in this Adventure series.
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Nooce Miller writes fantasy, speculative fiction, and YA steampunk. Technical writer, lawyer, marketing communications editor, medical writer, she’s held a lot of jobs, but her current gig is the one she likes best—author. Her favorite music to write to is silence because the dialogue turns out better. She’s also fond of birdsong, thunder, and the sound of the wind in the trees. She sees herself as a visually creative person, though others might disagree once they’ve been exposed to the questionable quality of her drawings, paintings, and photography. She drinks a lot of hot Earl Grey tea, usually in the company of her dog Stinky—who never partakes.
She’s lived in six different states and one foreign country. Tiring of so much moving, she undertook to persuade her husband that they should settle down and enjoy the four glorious seasons of her beloved Midwest until their two sons were grown, and lo and behold, it worked.
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