Okay folks, today I am featuring the final guest author for my Book Boyfriend Love Letter blog theme. For the past month I’ve invited authors to write love letters based on the characters in their novels to celebrate the release of Passing Notes, my new novella about a boy learning to write a love letter. Today, Rie Sheridan shares a fun love letter based on her characters from the Steampunk novel The Marvelous Mechanical Man. I adore how nerdy and awkward it is, and it makes me very curious to read the book to get to know these characters better.
If you enjoy this letter, scroll back and read the other letters authors have written, leave some comments, and come back on Saturday for the big finale!
Josephine Mann is down to her last two dollars when she bumps into Professor Alistair Conn. The professor is in need of a lab assistant, and Jo desperately needs a job. Obviously, it's the Hand of Fate.
Professor Conn has created a wonder--a 9-foot-tall automaton Jo dubs Phaeton. When an evil villain steals the marvelous mechanical man, Jo and Alistair track him down and get Phaeton back. Unfortunately, it's a given the evil Bessant won't give up without a fight, and Jo's longing for adventure suddenly becomes much too real...and deadly.
We have been colleagues for several months now. I must say, I am becoming quite used to having you around. When you first proposed our working arrangement, I had my doubts, but you have proven to be a most worthy assistant.
I did not expect to so quickly become fond of your…somewhat unorthodox methodologies. I still can’t find where you “organized” my 32 mm seventeen tooth cogs to be, but I am sure they will turn up at some point.
It has been…gratifying to have someone to share my thoughts with, and I believe your insights have actually led to some time reduction on some of Phaeton’s improvements. Don’t let that go to your head—I am still a bit miffed about your cavalier actions at the warehouse—but I do understand why you felt them necessary.
I didn’t intend to make this an employment recommendation, drat it…
I found our kiss quite pleasant.
That is what I truly wanted to say. I know that young ladies put great stock in such things, and I didn’t want you to think that I was unmoved by it—although I know it was for expediency’s sake at the time.
I wouldn’t mind repeating the experiment.
There, I have said it. I find myself quite attracted to you, and I would like to pursue a more structured relationship. If you are interested as well.
If not, forgive my boldness.
I have an errand to run on Monday. Please open the laboratory at the usual time. And do NOT try and complete the Halogen conductor before I get there…
You know what happened last time.
D. G. Driver
Author of Young Adult books Cry of the Sea and Passing Notes.