Napoleon Bonaparte: History’s Greatest Super-Villain is Perfect for SFF

Napoleon could’ve been the proud owner of the very first submarine, or he could’ve commanded the first steam-powered warship. If Napoleon hadn’t literally missed those two boats, we might all be speaking French.

Woulda. Coulda. Shoulda.

Most people believe attacking Russia in the winter was Napoleon’s undoing. It was an undeniable failure, but I disagree. Sometimes it’s that one unthinking moment, that one terrible, horrible, no good, very bad decision that truly sinks us. Such is the case with Napoleon. Here’s what I believe led to the emperor’s ruin.

Napoleon itched to conquer the Brits. In his quest to take over Britain, he laid plans worthy of any evil genius.

While researching background for my novel, A School for Unusual Girls, I discovered that Napoleon had plans to dig a tunnel under the channel. If that didn’t work out, he considered launching an aerial attack using hydrogen powered air ...

Refuge for Masterminds

< p class="frontmatter">It’s 1814. Napoleon has escaped his imprisonment on Elba. Britain is at war on four fronts. And at Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, five young ladies are secretly being trained for a world of spies, diplomacy, and war…

Napoleon’s invasion of England is underway and someone at Stranje House is sneaking information to his spies. Lady Jane Moore is determined to find out who it is. If anyone can discover the traitor, it is Jane—for, according to headmistress Emma Stranje, Lady Jane is a mastermind.

Jane doesn’t consider herself a mastermind. It’s just that she tends to grasp the facts of a situation quickly, and by so doing, she’s able to devise and implement a sensible course of action. Is Jane enough of a mastermind to save the brash young American inventor Alexander Sinclair, her friends at Stranje House, and possibly England itself?

Refuge for Masterminds is the ...

Dragons of Tomorrow

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< p class="frontmatter">After the collapse of civilization Nora and her family live a quiet life in the Midwestern Plains until a great fiery god of the sky descends and makes her an irresistible offer—an offer that will take her away from those she loves forever. “Dragons of Tomorrow” is a standalone story by the author of the Stranje House series, available now from Tor Teen.   Earth, Midwestern Plains   The gods circle high above us in a never-ending ring of fire. Winged creatures that occasionally shimmer into view as if we mortals only deserve a fleeting glimpse of their majesty. Be they dragons, angels, or demons. No one knows. People have argued the question for more than a decade. My brother and I tiptoe through the grassy plains, hunting. “Nora!” He tugs on my cloak. I turn and see terror whitening his features. “Look.” He points to the sky. ...

Napoleon and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Mistake

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Napoleon could’ve been the proud owner of the very first submarine, or he could’ve commanded the first steam-powered warship. If Napoleon hadn’t literally missed those two boats, we might all be speaking French.

Woulda. Coulda. Shoulda.

Most people believe attacking Russia in the winter was Napoleon’s undoing. It was an undeniable failure, but I disagree. Sometimes it’s that one unthinking moment, that one terrible, horrible, no good, very bad decision that truly sinks us. Such is the case with Napoleon. Here’s what I believe led to the emperor’s ruin.

Napoleon itched to conquer the Brits. In his quest to take over Britain, he laid plans worthy of any evil genius.

While researching background for my novel, A School for Unusual Girls, I discovered that Napoleon had plans to dig a tunnel under the channel. If that didn’t work out, he considered launching an aerial attack using hydrogen powered air ...

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