New Beginnings #8


Katherine Brown is a Texas girl, a weaver of words, and lover of books. Katherine has an amazing husband and stepdaughter, loves to read all things magical or historical fiction, and enjoys passing on that love of books to children.



Steampunk mystery with Mary Poppins vibes in the most delightful way. This series will have you putting the kettle on and settling in for adventure and intrigue.

Let’s Go Fly a Kite –is an exclusive free bonus prequel going back to the beginnings of Anna-Marie’s new life. The first book in the series, A Spoonful of Gunpowder, takes place five years later and is a steampunk mystery with Mary Poppins vibes.

A Spoonful of Gunpowder (book 1) Just a spoonful of gunpowder makes the buildings go down…
A reimagining of Mary Poppins meets steampunk Victorian London…in a most delightful way!

A Spoonful of Madness (book 2) What do you do when you steal a book from the queen and have it stolen from you? Grovel. At least, that is Ambrose’s solution.

Who is your protagonist?
Anna-Marie Pauper, orphan, tinkerer, and Mary-Poppins inspired no-nonsense woman of determination and heart.

Tell us what time frame your stories are in and what setting or world?
This particular steampunk cozy mystery series takes place in Victorian London (steampunk simply meaning fictional / advanced technologies and inventions are included and fashion is a bit more risqué)

Is your book part of a series? If so, tell us about the series.
I loved the idea of Mary Poppins mixed with steampunk, so I took that idea and ran with it to inspire my characters. While the series isn’t a storyline retelling, more a complete reimagining, you will find playful nods to Mary Poppins throughout that I thoroughly enjoyed writing.
Anna-Marie found herself out of a home and out of options when she was kicked out of the orphan house at the age of 17 (too old to be adopted and a burden on the owner). This bonus prequel tells us how she adapts and about a few characters she meets. The actual first book in the series, A Spoonful of Gunpowder, takes place five years later after she is established and desires to find out why so many orphans are missing off of the streets of London, as well as help the other orphan girls she left behind to make their way in the world.

What has happened to propel your character into a “new beginning”?
Being removed from the shelter of the orphan house was the first major shift as you see in the prequel.
For A Spoonful of Gunpowder, Anna-Marie is fed up with existing at the beck and call of others and sets out to take charge of her future.

Is your protagonist happy about this new beginning or resistant to it? 
Eager! There are bumps and snags, and possibly explosions, along the path but she is more than ready to face them head on.

Give the readers a hint of what’s to come for your character in future books.
Betrayal. Love. Housekeeping. You know – the usual suspects 😉

Honestly, I had no intention of writing a book 3 but readers seem to want more so I’m pondering a future secret society and to continue the story of how Anna-Marie helps and equips several of the orphan girls she rescued, bringing them into her new family.

I have to admit, I love the idea of a “steampunk Mary Poppins”! I have already downloaded the free bonus prequel.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about our guest authors and their books with new beginnings. Have you found a new series to explore?

My next blog series is one I’ve been just dying to do-it’s all about those furry sidekicks you find in books. And there is a great line up coming your way!

Victoria LK Williams


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