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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Guest Post: Landra Graf and Alternate Historical Romance. Or is it Teslapunk? / @cw1985 @LandraGraf

Please welcome new-to-me author Landra Graf, who's here to talk about something called Teslapunk.

*chuckles* Sounds like a genre of music. Trust me, it's not. But it's just as cool.


What the heck is Teslapunk?

First, let me say thank you to my host. It’s wonderful to be swinging by Written Love as one of my blog tour spots.

My new book Raven Pirate Assassin Spy, releasing August 21st, is technically listed as an Alternate History Romance. That’s only because Teslapunk isn’t a thing yet.

The definition of Teslapunk is fictional narratives, commonly employing alternate history, where electrical energy sources are the main source of power, with diesel and atomic not being replaced or in limited discovery. Time periods can be 18th, 19th, or early 20th century. I’ve set my story in the 1930s, 1936 to be exact, so I fall in the 20th century. In a world where Nikola Tesla wasn’t a pacifist, and he joined Germany’s side during World War One. Germany won the war and now Europe is a dictatorship, with the exception of Great Britain.

The other element of Teslapunk includes Art Deco styled ray guns, robots, and rocket ships. I’ll admit I fell short with robots and rocket ships, but coil guns are a real thing. Along with weapons like EMP blasters and pulses, electro wands (the electric, taser wands we have today), and electroknucks (think of these like brass knuckles with electricity running through them). Ships are powered by perpetual motion engines and Tesla coils, electrifying the air around them and propelling them above land; static electricity on steroids.

Overall, this creates a world filled with tons of options and the ability to explore the true force of electricity and what it can do. Let me know what you think about Teslapunk and are there electric ideas you may have.


And there you have it. Teslapunk. *grins* Totally not a genre of music. Totally a genre I'll be looking into.

If you want to know more, keep reading, and don't forget to let Ms. Graf know your thoughts about Teslapunk and what electric ideas you might have by leaving a comment.

Title: Raven Pirate Assassin Spy
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Release Date: August 21, 2015
Genre: Alternate Historical, Romance

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Once Upon A Time…
Sorella Corvino lost her brother to The Cursed years ago. Sorella is so determined to find him, she’ll make any deal, rescue the outcasts and those like him, and risk flying into any port to rescue him. When her latest pirate efforts partner her with a bounty hunter who’s too charming, sexy, and handsome for his own good, she knows she’s in trouble.

Ian Marshall no longer believes in fairy tales…
Disowned and a marked criminal in the United States, this merchant turned bounty hunter, is one bounty away from freedom; and freedom’s price is handing over one person to the most cutthroat gang in the world,The Cursed. Yet, he can’t get to them without Sorella’s help. Too bad she’s gorgeous, aggravating, and a little trigger happy.

As the attraction mounts, the danger grows and the pair find themselves invading a skin trader den, the ballrooms of dictator-ruled Germany, and fighting battles in the sky in the hopes of getting everything they want. Only thing they didn’t plan on… falling in love.


Landra Graf consumes at least one book a day, and has always been a sucker for stories where true love conquers all. She believes in the power of the written word, and the joy such words can bring. In between spending time with her family and having book adventures, she writes romance with the goal of giving everyone, fictional or not, their own happily ever after.


  1. Teslapunk is *so* cool. I have never heard of the electroknuckles thing, but now I kind of want a set.

  2. Though I'm savvy with steampunk, I'd only heard glimmers of Teslapunk. How awesome!

    1. Yes, I love Steampunk! This seemed the next logical step.

  3. It sounds really fascinating. :-)

  4. Ohhh this sounds so good ! I have only read a few Steampunk so far but I have loved them :)