Cage and Phoe’s Excellent Adventure: Mixing Victorian Romance With Sci-Fi

With: Alexandra Christian



It happened by accident.


When I was a young writer, all I wanted to do was write edgy, visceral paranormal romance. I wanted my heroes alpha, my damsels distressing, and the adventure to be full of bloody, brutal action. Examples of scenes from early Lexx work: vampire saves the woman in distress only to eat her himself, heroine is born from a demon by literally clawing her way out, and hero and heroine defeat the villain by turning into werewolves and tearing him apart.


So how did I end up writing a delightful Victorian mystery as the third book in my sci-fi romance series, Phoenix Rising? I blame Sherlock Holmes. I’ve always been a fan of The Great Detective and my grandmother force-fed us Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie from the time I was a toddler. I always fantasized about the dark, misty streets of London, the lavish parties, the etiquette and extreme structure to society that seemed both alien and ridiculous. Then, the more I read about Victorian England, the more I began to find out about the underlying scandalous nature of the time– Jack the Ripper, peculiar death customs, and of course the kinky AF sexuality. Women that were so repressed that they were literally squeezing the life out of themselves with corsets that seemed to be a metaphor for the time itself– rigid and unyielding. And with that kind of repression going on, is it any wonder that Victorian erotica is more perverse than 50 Shades could ever be?


The idea that the colonies were like DisneyWorlds for the rich was kind of a selfish motivation on my part as the writer. It would allow me to write this series across several different genres, including the cyberpunk world of Neo-Geisha (Phoenix Rising #2) and the Victorian paradise of In Absinthia (Phoenix Rising #3). When I envisioned Cage and Phoe’s world of Martian colonies in the Phoenix Rising series, I had always intended to have a space colony that was built to look like Victorian London. Mixing the historical elements of Victoriana with steampunk staples like airships and clockwork horses and then on top of that, adding the cyberpunk elements like cybernetic parts, biomechanical engineering, and androids was so much fun. And I think it will be exciting for my readers as well.








IN ABSINTHIA (PHOENIX RISING 3) by Alexandra Christian




Interplanetary master spies, Macijah “Cage” St. John and Phoebe Addison are forced to take vacation time, and she wants to go to Absinthia, an off-world all inclusive interactive vacay planet set up as Victorian London, but with all the future comforts. Cage doesn’t do down time, but their boss has other ideas, so begrudgingly, Cage agrees to go to Absinthia. Within a day of their arrival, they get embroiled in a Ripper copy cat series of murders, complete with séances, “altered” humans, kidnapping, and affairs of the heart – their hearts, which will always belong to each other.


Release Date: August 9, 2018





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Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. She’s committed to bringing exciting stories and sapiosexual love monkeys to intelligent readers everywhere. Lexx also likes to keep her fingers in lots of different pies having written everything from sci-fi and horror to Sherlock Holmes adventures as her alter-ego, A.C. Thompson.

A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexx is a native South Carolinian who lives with an epileptic wiener dog and her husband, author and ghost hunter, Tally Johnson. Her long-term aspirations are to one day be a best-selling authoress and part-time pinup girl. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America. Questions, comments and complaints are most welcome at her website: .







  1. Thanks so much for letting me be a guest today! It was a blast. 🙂

  2. I love how you explain how this story came to be. Can’t wait to read it.