Review and Interview: Lumière!

I’m absolutely thrilled to be featuring a review of Lumière and an interview with the author, Jacqueline Garlick, today!

 Lumière by Jacqueline Garlick

Lumière (The Illumination Paradox)

Publication date: December 12th 2013 (Originally published October 26th 2013)

Publisher: Amazemo Books

Number of pages: 335

Series: Illumination Paradox (1#)

Genre: YA Steampunk

Source: Copy provided by the author in exchange for review. This is my honest opinion.


 Goodreads synopsis:

One determined girl. One resourceful boy. One miracle machine that could destroy everything.

After an unexplained flash shatters her world, seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth sets out to find the Illuminator, her father’s prized invention. With it, she hopes to cure herself of her debilitating seizures before Professor Smrt—her father’s arch nemesis—discovers her secret and locks her away in an asylum.

Pursued by Smrt, Eyelet locates the Illuminator only to see it whisked away. She follows the thief into the world of the unknown, compelled not only by her quest but by the allure of the stranger—Urlick Babbit—who harbors secrets of his own.

Together, they endure deadly Vapours and criminal-infested woods in pursuit of the same prize, only to discover the miracle machine they hoped would solve their problems may in fact be their biggest problem of all.



First off, can I say I love the ending? Totally quotable. But unfortunately to those of you who haven’t read it, you would probably find it to be a spoiler.

This was a really good steampunk story. I haven’t read much steampunk and hope to get into it – and I think Lumiere is the right way to go!

I absolutely adore the cover. It’s so pretty. Did you know that the author made that herself?

I think there were some great ideas in there that were executed well. I liked the idea of The Great Illuminator and there were so many aspects that made it a good read.

Eyelet was a cool character with a cool name. She wasn’t afraid to fight for what she wanted (unlike some women of the era) and she was as cool as her name. The romance between her and Urlick was sweet as well. They weren’t the only great characters – who could forget Iris and Pan?

I would recommend this book to people who are into the steampunk genre. I think it’s a good example of a lot of books classified as steampunk and would help you get a good feel of the genre. Plus it was an enjoyable read!

 3.5/5 stars
Looks like the start of an apocalypse! Nearly there!

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 Goodreads author bio:

Jacqueline GarlickJacqueline was nicknamed “Little Erin” (as in Erin Brockovich) after she took on her school board over being placed in black toxic mould and, well…lost. BUT if she hadn’t lost, she’s still be teaching with no time for writing, which would be the real tragedy because more than anything else in the world Jacqueline loves to write.

These days, she is affectionately referred to as the Quentin Tarantino of YA, known for her edgy, rule-breaking, Tim Burton-esque style of writing. Jacqueline likes gritty stories with beating hearts, dislikes wimpy heroines and whiny sidekicks, and loves a good tale about an irresistible underdog.

Lumière—a steampunk-fantasy, romance adventure—is Book One in her young adult Illumination Paradox Series.

Jacqueline is a graduate of Ellen Hopkin’s Nevada Mentoring Program, and has also studied under James Scott Bell, Christopher Vogler and Don Maass, where she was the 2012 recipient of the Don Maass Break Out Novel Intensive Scholarship. She is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.

Jacqueline is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes pod casts, guest blogs, Skype interviews and speaking engagements, as well as comments and emails from her readers. Visit Jacqueline at Or follow her on social media on twitter @jackie_garlick, and like her on facebook at:… She’d really appreciate it!


 Interview with Jacqueline Garlick

Hi! Thanks for stopping by!

1. What inspired you to write Lumiere?

My father was a Tool and Die Maker, which means he owned a machine shop—the biggest independent Tool and Die shop in North America in the 1970’s. As a result, I grew up around machinery, often spending my Saturday’s with dad at his shop as he finished his work. I’ve always been fascinated with machinery because of this, and not just ordinary machines, but cool machinery I invented in my head or with my dad in his office in his spare time.

My father was an entrepreneur as I mentioned above, but he was also a dreamer (…that’s where I get it!). My father used to love to create new gadgets, or improving on ones that already existed. I grew up in a house where the shelves in the cupboards were designed to pull out (on rollers), so we could better access the dishes, and faux drawers opened up into wheeled trolley carts for serving guests (all my father’s creations). Luckily, I inherited my father’s imagination and his love for all things mechanical, so writing Steampunk seemed the perfect genre for me to dip my creative toe in.

I’ve always been fascinated with Victorian times, also. (In my teen years I was that strange kid that spent her babysitting money on antiques.) As well, I have a brother who struggled with epilepsy. Growing up, I witnessed first hand the failures of the medical world to help him. I used to wish there was a machine that could fix him. So, I decided it was high time I created one. (That’s the beauty of writing fiction anything is possible!)

2. How long would you say it took you to write Lumiere?

I was actually cleaning up the files on my computer the other day and I noticed that I started writing Lumiere in May of 2011. Gulp. It went through 4 title changes and 8 full drafts to get where it is today. Another Gulp.

3. What has been the best part about writing a book?

I love when you get lost in the world of your characters and the physical world around you falls away. It’s such a cool moment, when you’re transported from this world to another. When that happens, you really know you’ve hit your stride. A bomb could go off in my house and I wouldn’t notice! HA!

4. Any advice for aspiring authors?

I’m not going to say the cliché pat answers of “read in your genre, write, write, write and never give up,” instead I’m going to say…”don’t let anyone rock your boat.” There was a point where I allowed too many “cooks in my kitchen,” so to speak (gawd, and I said I wasn’t going to use clichés!) and the end result was disastrous. Yes, listen to feedback, but don’t let it debilitate you. Let the voice in your heart and head prevail and get your story down on the page the way you originally intend it…then seek feedback only to see if it is moving too slow or too fast, or in a generally unbelievable direction at points, also, ask about characters…does your reader care about them. Those are the essentials and work on those essentials. Don’t bend and twist your story dreams to fit in a saleable box, because chances are…they won’t sell that way…

5. The cover of Lumiere is absolutely beautiful! Did you create it yourself?

The cover was a labour of love! And a lot of lovely people came together to help me pull it off. I had a vision and I wanted to realize it, so I decided to do a private shoot rather than use a stock photo (not that a stock photo can work too.) For this project it had to be original to work in my mind. So I hired a model—the daughter of a writing friend, and a photographer—the friend of another writing friend, and ordered a dress from a lovely lady on etsy! (yes etsy!) then I vamped it up a bit (I love to sew), bought the necklace from another etsy artist, hired my son to do the special effects, then hired a cover artists to drop on the lettering, and volia! The cover! Smile.

 The shoot was SO much fun. (Everyone mentioned above was there.) And I’m so grateful to everyone involved.

6. Do you listen to music while you write?

Yes. I use it to set my mood, but then write in silence. For this book it was a lot of gothic, romantic music featuring electric violins. Some frantic pieces. Some slow and romantic. I found pieces on you tube that inspired me and worked them into a loop I’d play each day before writing, depending on the scene I had to tackle that day.

7. Who was your favourite character to write?

Hmmmm, this is really hard, cause I really love them all, but I’d have to say maybe, Iris, because she is a challenge to write, being non-verbal.

8. Are you a dog or a cat person? Or even a hamster person?

I’m completely a dog person, hands down. (Though horses play a close second!) I have at least two dogs in the house at all times, though we’re down a dog right now. Sadly, I lost my beloved Scottie, Fergus, last January to rare disease. He’s proven to be irreplaceable so far. I miss his smile everyday. I currently have an overweight sheltie that talks to me daily. He could use a pal.


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