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Morning Cuppa: A Matter Of Temperance


Good morning ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Max and Collin,s marvellously moderate and audaciously ambient parlour located within the splendidly scenic city of Lancaster.

True, some have called it a gratuitously garish affair overflowing with an excruciating excess of extremities, but we consider that such faint hearted fops are not accustomed to folk with tentacles.

You find us this morning revelling in the joys of spring – one hardly minds a sack cloth roof or even pane-less windows when the clotted cream of early morning light is flooding into the parlour, making the dust bunnies dance with delight and warming the faded velvet cushions upon the lemonade crates..

Hm? No I am not trying to be poetic , Max, I am simply rebelling in the joys of spring.

Spring in the realm above waves is quite the event isn’t it? There are flowers and leaves peeking through the brown earth, the little street urchins are doing far more skipping than shivering, fewer of our neighbours are dropping dead of cold and starvation and the longer days and shorter nights mean less time battling the flesh eating Liver Birds.

Yes indeed, I feel this ‘coming of spring’ malarkey is certainly something to celebrate and what better to celebrate anything than with a cup of tea and a good book? And of course we have both..

Our tea this morning is Jasmine White Tea from Rosy Lea Teas and to accompany it we will be reading



This riotous Steampunk romp had us in stitches from start to finish. Ichabod Temperance  (an American Inventor who is really far too moral and forthright to ever find Victorian London a ‘welcoming place’ ) is plunged headlong into apocalyptic paranormal pandemonium as he attempts to rescue the alluring adventuress Miss Persephone Plumtartt from the demonic tentacles of both men and monsters (at times it is hard to tell which are which!)

This laugh-a-minute roller coaster is jam packed with action from haunted mansions to epic steamer chases, bare knuckle brawls  to daring hot air balloon escapes (not forgetting the champagne of course!) The fast paced plot had us pinned to our seats while the comedic interplay of the characters kept the tears of laughter flowing.

‘Icky’ is a delightfully innocent and upstanding character, always ready to defend Miss Plumtartt or put his incredibly inventive brain to the task of helping her to save the world, while Persephone is everything a steampunk heroine ought to be – intelligent, capable, and (thanks to an occult experiment gone wrong) able to fire energy rays from the palms of her hands. Together they make an adorable team and we really can’t wait to get our tentacles into the rest of the series.

Now then, it seems that our tea is brewed and we just have time to put our oracular pet into his cup and see what he has plucked from the aether for us this morning…

Ha! Jolly good fun all round. We wish you a perfectly pleasant morning, full of sunlit strolls and gentle breezes and we invite you back to join us tomorrow for elevenses so, until then please be always

Utterly Yourself

10 responses

  1. Just ordered the book – it sounds just what I need to while away a three hour coach journey at the weekend 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

    February 7, 2017 at 9:04 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Oh splendid Jan! I really think you’ll enjoy it, Ichabod and Miss Plumtartt will be helping in the soup kitchen soon as well so do stop by and say hello to them 🙂

      Liked by 3 people

      February 8, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    • ichabod2014ic

      Eek! Thank you so much!
      Happy Reading!
      Your pal,
      ~Icky. 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

      February 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      • I’m thoroughly enjoying it! Especially having just encountered Nikola Tesla – my all time hero.
        Just out of interest, do any of my little steampunk figures (upcycled dolls house dolls) remind you of any of your characters?

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        February 14, 2017 at 10:23 am

    • ichabod2014ic

      Howdy Miss Jan, Ma’am.
      I visited your website with the dolls. They are adorable! You are a talented and imaginative craftsperson! I think the ‘Henry’ and ‘Lady Delores’ characters were the most similar to Miss Plumtartt and myself.
      Happy reading!
      Best of luck with your wonderful dolls!
      Your pal,
      ~Icky. 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

      February 14, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      • Thank you Icky. I’m glad you chose those two. Miss Plumtartt reminded me of Delores as soon as I started reading your splendid book!

        Liked by 2 people

        February 14, 2017 at 8:39 pm

  2. therailbaron

    Excellent, for I loved this book and the author is a superb chap!

    Liked by 3 people

    February 8, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    • ichabod2014ic

      Oh my Goodness!
      Thank you!
      Your pal,
      ~Icky. 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

      February 13, 2017 at 5:52 pm

  3. Jack Tyler

    Founder of Icky’s writers’ group here, where we find him to be a delightful presence, and his work to take remarkably inventive steps off the beaten path. Any of you steampunk readers who might like to explore the Fringe need look no further. Good work by a good fellow!

    Liked by 3 people

    February 8, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    • ichabod2014ic

      Thank you, Jack!
      I am thrilled and honoured to be counted amongst such clever writers!
      Your pal,
      ~Icky. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      February 13, 2017 at 5:54 pm

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