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Dec 3
2014
Of Silk And Steam Giveaway

First chance to get your hands on an ARC of Of Silk And Steam!

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The giveaway is available at Goodreads, and there are five copies up for grabs from my publisher, Sourcebooks!

It’s open to US only, so if you are not in the US keep an eye on the blog here in the next month, as I’ll be sure to offer some international giveaways myself. Good luck!

 

Nov 29
2014
Kiss of Steel Deal

 

So What’s Going On In My World?

* Right now, I’m going hammer and tongs at a WIP trying to make my 50,000 words by the end of the month for NaNoWriMo. November is National Novel Writers Month, and the challenge has been set. I made the target last year, but I think I’m going to miss it by a bare couple of thousand words, as I lost 6k on Tuesday, which has set me behind. *weeps*

*In other news, I’m now googling backup systems like OneDrive and DropBox, so if you have any recommendations, throw ‘em at me.

*Also, I’ve been stalking several RSPCA’s, as we’re keen to get another dog or puppy, to give our staffie a friend. Not sure what to get, as we need something that’s going to match Kobe in personality, and also be happy to live with her – and vice versa. It breaks my heart every time we go in, because there are so many old dogs and cats, and I have this horrible feeling that they’re not going to be adopted. Would love to take them all, but if they clashed with Kobe, it would be devastating, so forcing ourselves to be patient.

Ebook deals:

Kiss of Steel is only $1.99 at the moment on Kobo. Amazon has price matched and iBooks has it at $2.99.

Awards:

Forged By Desire is up for Best Steampunk Romance 2014 at Under the Covers if you feel the urge to vote. There’s some tough competition in Meljean Brooks and Delilah Dawson.

Pre-Order Of Silk And Steam:

Of Silk And Steam is available for pre-order at Amazon and iBooks. Cheapest price I’ve seen is $4.61 for ebook, so get it while it’s hot!

Sep 25
2014
Giveaway Winners!

I’m glad so many of you had so much fun working out who your perfect match in the London Steampunk world would be! It feels a little like Blade might have rigged some of the quiz…

The winner of the $30 Amazon gift card is Jessica Ashbaugh – or comment number 64.

The winner of the second prize signed copies of Kiss of Steel and Heart of Iron is Stephanie Burgess – or number 14.*

Please contact me with your addresses by contact page. If I don’t receive any replies by 5th October, I’ll draw the prize again.

Thanks for playing!

*Both numbers chosen by random number generator.

Sep 3
2014
It’s finally here!

Forged By Desire is out in the world!

EDITED TO ADD:

There’s a couple of really good deals going at the moment. As we all know, The Curious Case of the Clockwork Menace is free on most ebook retailers, but Amazon has My Lady Quicksilver listed on kindle at $2.99, and Forged By Desire has dropped to $4.80 eBook and $5.05 for paperback. I really don’t know how long these two will last as I’m usually the last to know – so get it while it’s hot! – but TCCOCM is going to be free until the end of September if that helps.

Also, Book Depository has 30% off both Kiss of Steel and My Lady Quicksilver paperbacks at the moment – free shipping worldwide.

Here are a couple of reviews for Forged By Desire:

‘I cannot say enough praises for the London Steampunk series and specifically, Forged by Desire. The mystery and intrigue built into the superbly crafted plot kept me engrossed and excited throughout the entire book. Yet it is the love story of Garrett and Perry that provides immense satisfaction and emotional gratification. With its unusual mix of paranormal, steampunk, historical, and mystery elements, the author creates a unique setting and world with an honest to goodness romance at the core. You really should be reading this series!’ - Jen at That’s What I’m Talking About

‘Well, we know Garrett finally saw Perry as a desirable woman at the end of My Lady Quicksilver, and I was surprised to see that neither of them could act like it never happened.  Oh, they tried, but the non-stop sexual tension and banter between them was insanely sexy!!  This is one couple who isperfectly right for each other and I loved seeing the journey they took from partners to friends and that final step to lovers.’ – Heather C at The Blogger Girls

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Don’t forget to take the Who’s Your London Steampunk Perfect Match quiz (previous blog post) to work out who your ideal London Steampunk hero is – and enter the giveaway! It’s open until 22nd September 2014!

Aug 22
2014
WHO’S YOUR LONDON STEAMPUNK HERO?

With the release of Forged By Desire (2nd Sept 2014), I thought I’d post a fun little quiz. Want to know who your perfect-match London Steampunk hero is? At the end, let me know in the comments who your match is to go into the draw to win a $30 Gift Voucher from Amazon or Barnes & Noble (winner’s choice)…

 To score, simply jot down your answers to the following questions, and check out the score at the end! (No peeking! LOL)

1. What’s the sexiest thing a man can wear?

A: Black leather from head-to-toe

B: Nothing but skin

C: A tuxedo, with bow tie

D: Leather coat and red velvet waistcoat

E: A sexy smile…

 

2. What’s the sexiest thing he could whisper in your ear?

A: “You look beautiful. Though I prefer you in red. And wet…”

B: “You’re mine, mo cridhe…”

C: “Keep the mask…”

D: “I have no plans to hurt you… Unless I plan on stealing your heart. Then you should be on your guard.”

E: “Can’t ‘elp meself, you were made to be stared at…”

 

3. What would be your perfect date (Victorian-era style)?

A: A bottle of blud-wein, a roaring fire, and a night in, with a sumptuous bed nearby covered in silks and furs

B: A midnight waltz in the Venetian gardens, with perhaps a swim… sans clothing

C: A dance at a ball, followed by a stolen kiss in a darkened corner

D: Dinner at an exclusive restaurant, then tickets to a bawdy play, and a slow seduction

E: A battle of wits over chess, with the winner taking all…

4. What gift would you prefer from your hero? 

A: Fully modified pistol with firebolt bullets that explode on impact

B: Himself, tied up in a big, red, bow

C: A chess set 

D: Something sexy, lacy… and easy to remove…

E: A knife; perfectly balanced and made to slip between a pair of ribs

 

5. What traits do you admire most in your hero?

A: Leadership qualities, a sense of suave, and a mind that is always several moves ahead

B: Honour, intelligence and complete trustworthiness 

C: Protective, cunningly intelligent and a sense of humour  

D: Complete comfort in his own skin, humour and charm

E: Protective, honest and loyal

 

6. What flaws can you overlook in your hero?

A: A guarded heart and emotional detachment

B: Gruffness and the type of manners that would see you thrown out of Court

C: Glibness and a stubborn streak a mile wide

D: Appalling taste in clothing and a slightly manipulative tendency

E: The urge to control all situations

7. What catches your eyes first when a sexy hero walks into a pub?

A: Wicked eyes and a dangerous stride that reminds you of a predator wondering just how delicious you’d be…

B: The kind of face that makes you think of a fallen angel, and a mouth made for sin…

C: Thighs like tree-trunks and the type of build that indicates some serious heavy-lifting.

D: A sexy smile that could melt the coldest heart, and have a lady’s stockings hit the floor.

E: Shoulders that were made to be stared at and hands that look like they could play the pianoforte – or over your naked skin…

 

Scoring :

1. a—1, b—0, c—2, d—3, e—4

2. a—2, b—0, c—1, d—4, e—3

3. a—3, b—4, c—0, d—2, e—1

4. a—0, b—3, c—1, d—4, e—2

5. a—4, b—1, c—3, d—2, e—0

6. a—4, b—0, c—2, d—3, e—1

7. a—3, b—4, c—0, d—2, e—1

 

 WHO’S YOUR HERO?

22-28 Points

Congratulations! Dashing and daring, with the smooth charm of a duke, Leo Barrons is your man!

The urbane Leo Barrons guards a troubled heart – but if you let him, he’ll steal your own. An alpha to the core, he’s a dashing figure, smart and sophisticated, and quite content to guard his heroine’s back – and hold her reticule – if she needs to do her own manhandling. Dangerously seductive, he’ll require a fiery heroine with the smarts to match him on all levels…

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Fantasy casting…

Pre-order Of Silk And Steam (March 2015) if you want to seduce Leo.

 

15-21 Points

Congratulations! Blade, the darkly flirtatious Devil of Whitechapel is for you!

A dangerous man, the Devil of Whitechapel isn’t afraid to back down to anyone, and has, on occasion, dabbled in slightly illegal affairs, but if you have his heart, then you’ll never want for anything. Charming, seductive and fiercely protective of those he considers ‘family’, he’s a force to be reckoned with. Only a brave woman could expect to handle him… Or let him handle her.

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Fantasy casting…

Read Kiss of Steel to tempt the Devil.

 

11-14 Points

Congratulations! Reckless charmer, Garrett Reed, is your perfect hero!

The type of man who can gain a woman’s guilty confession with but a single devastating smile, Garrett Reed is a rake who’s just begging to be reformed. Loyal, protective and good fun to be with, Garrett would be perfect for a woman who doesn’t mind being pursued. Don’t think he’s a push-over however. This handsome beta has a stubborn streak a mile wide, and he knows women. Through-and through…

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Fantasy casting…

Read Forged By Desire to fall prey to Garrett’s charm.

 

5-10 Points

Congratulations! Your perfect match is the cool and clinical Nighthawk, Lynch, who just demands some ruffling!

The type of alpha male who is always in control, Jasper Lynch is powerful, intelligent and coolly rational – except when it comes to his one weakness, the woman he loves. He’ll expect you to be his match in all ways – but he’ll support you when you need it and isn’t afraid to let his guard down first…

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Fantasy casting…

Read My Lady Quicksilver to discover the force-of-nature that is Sir Jasper Lynch.

 

0-5 Points

Congratulations! Brutish Will Carver is yours for the taming!

Stubborn and protective, with a heart of gold, beta-hero Will Carver is a man who’ll never turn away from those he loves. While he might not be so trusting, and guards a heart he doesn’t understand, Will is the perfect match for a woman who wants to be cherished and supported in all ways.

41dce5e0b659c89f90f40f48bdff0bfbFantasy casting…

Read Heart of Iron to fall in love with Will.

 

GIVEAWAY

For a chance to win a $30 Amazon Gift Voucher, tell me who your perfect hero is.

Second prize is a signed copy of Kiss of Steel and Heart of Iron … Open internationally.

The prizes will be drawn on September 22nd, 2014, by Rafflecopter!

 

Aug 18
2014
The Curious Case of the Clockwork Menace is live!

The Curious Case of the Clockwork Menace is live on Amazon for $2.99.

PLEASE NOTE: that I am offering the book for FREE for a limited time, but I need it to go up at the other distributors (Nook, Ibooks, Kobo etc.) before Amazon will price match.

Want it now for FREE? Smashwords have it in MOBI versions, EPUB and .rtf. Or I expect it will be up at other retailers within the week. It’s not a HEA romance – after all that is coming in Forged By Desire – but expect to see come confrontations and a certain heroine coming to realise her feelings, at least. Enjoy!

EDITED TO ADD: It’s live at iTunes for free! Still waiting on Kobo and B&N.

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Friends, partners, and professionals. So just why is this case coming between them? 

In a Victorian London ruled by the blood-drinking elite, Perry Lowell is a logical and accomplished Nighthawk: a rogue blue blood who tracks murderers and thieves for the Guild. So when she and her charming-but-reckless partner, Garrett, are charged with finding a missing theatre starlet, it should be a simple solve.

But with an entire theatre of suspects, including a flirtatious understudy and whispers of a Clockwork Menace haunting the place, tension is brewing between the pair of them. Can they come together to solve the case – or will it be too late, when the murderer turns his gaze on Perry herself?

Warning: This is not a complete HEA. It’s a pre-romance novella featuring the couple who will find their HEA in Forged By Desire (available Sept 2014). Heads will butt, tempers will flare – and perhaps one of them might come to realise just what the other truly means to them?

 

Aug 12
2014
A shot of inspiration…

I’ve just returned home from the Romance Writers of Australia conference, which was held in Sydney over the weekend. Picture 350+ avid romance writers. It’s a little like a flock of seagulls; noisy and circling the food tables, going ‘MINE! MINE! MINE!!’ before they pounce on the pastries. The keynote speaker was Cherry Adair – who is my new lady crush, with her fabulous shoes – and Marie Force was an international guest, plus a VERY savvy business lady. I want to be Marie Force when I grow up. Or maybe I just want to have her daily word output.

Highlights of the conference:

* Cherry Adair. Seriously, this lady is hilarious and such a ball of energy. If you ever need a keynote speaker, send her an invitation! She was still going strong in the bar on Sunday night I hear, regaling everyone with either words of inspiration or possibly tall tales…

*Cocktail Party. The costume theme this year was Leather and Lace. Kudos to the lady who pulled off Cher.

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Yes, in that outfit. 

* Finally meeting Anne Gracie in person. She has been raving about my series online and spruiking it to everyone she meets, and is just such a lovely, gracious lady, as well as a top-notch writer. For a debut author (well, kind of debut), it’s kind of like being a newbie on the music scene, and having Beyonce rave about your work. I’m like, OMG, but you’re Anne Gracie!

* Getting to meet so many fabulous readers – and authors – at the Australian Romance Readers Association book signing.

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*Watching the waitressing staff try not to piss themselves laughing during Cherry Adair’s Literacy High Tea speech. I could just see the poor girl near me repeating, ‘You must be professional. Be professional, be professional…’, in her head as she poured my tea while Cherry described a sex scene on horseback during a chase scene, along with accompanying gestures. I’m guessing that’s been the craziest – and most entertaining – conference the waitress has ever worked at…

* The ‘blood-splash’ curtains in the hotel rooms. Whoever thought that would be a good idea in decorating?

* Meeting all my writing buddies again, and making many more new friends!

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Shenanigans were involved, as always, with my writing buddies (from left to right): Kylie Griffin (fantasy romance), Jennie Kew (erotic and contemporary), moi, and Dakota Harrison (contemporary). PS, this is the costume party, we don’t usually dress like that. 

* Turning up to the cocktail party and walking past my friend Kylie Griffin forty times, because I didn’t recognise her in her costume – and she doesn’t usually attend. (Also, I didn’t have my glasses on, so that’s my story and I’m sticking to it). I kept thinking, ‘Who is this woman that is grinning at me? Do I know her?’ Kudos to Dakota, who saw her name tag and demanded to know where she’d gotten Kylie Griffin’s name badge from, before the penny dropped!

*The amazing food! It’s been the best conference in terms of food – was devastated to get to the cocktail party after eating a burger, only to find heaps of delicious platters being circulated! Usually we are all starving and that one glass of champagne goes straight to your head! (Ha, ha, one glass…) We thought we’d be so wise this year and it totally backfired. Also, the awards dinner menu was superb! It’s alternating plates, and usually I always get the meal I don’t like, but everything on the menu was fantastic.

*Eating my body weight in passionfruit over the weekend. The fruit platters were OMG, Nom, nom….

In summing up, conference is always a shot of inspiration, and my mind is reeling with ideas I can’t wait to get to work on.

In other news, there was a Facebook Chat Party this morning (or yesterday’s evening if you’re American), and if you want to check out what went down, click here (in which we bribe you with pics of tattoos and hot, bearded men). Featuring Meljean Brook, Karina Cooper, Kristen Callihan and Delilah S. Dawson (and me), it was a blast.

Aug 5
2014
Facebook Chat with Meljean Brook on August 11th

Love steampunk? Parnormal romance? Giveaways? Getting to join some of your favourite authors for a fun Facebook chat?

Then clear the diary – on Monday 11th August, between 6:30 – 9:30pm (EDT), I’ll be joining Karina Cooper and Kristen Callihan over at Meljean Brook’s Facebook Page. Click here for more details!

 

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Jun 17
2014
Cover Reveals

A couple of new covers to reveal today!

First up is the Curious Case of the Clockwork Menace (London Steampunk 3.5), due for eBook release in August.

Friends, partners, and professionals… So just why is this case coming between them?

BecMcMaster-ClockworkMenaceDraft2-2In a Victorian London ruled by the blood-drinking elite, Perry Lowell is a logical and accomplished Nighthawk: a rogue blue blood who tracks murderers and thieves for the Guild. So when she and her charming-but-reckless partner, Garrett, are charged with finding a missing theatre starlet, it should be a simple solve.

But with an entire theatre of suspects, including a flirtatious understudy and whispers of a Clockwork Menace haunting the place, tension is brewing between the pair of them. Can they come together to solve the case – or will it be too late, when the murderer turns his gaze on Perry herself?

Warning: This is not a traditional HEA. Set three years before Forged By Desire (available Sept 2014), it’s a pre-romance novella featuring Perry and Garrett. Heads will butt, tempers will flare – and perhaps one of them might come to realise just what the other truly means to them?

 

Then we have Of Silk And Steam (London Steampunk 5), due out in March 2015.

Of Silk and Steam

When her father was assassinated, Lady Aramina swore revenge against the Duke of Caine. Leo Barrons, the Duke’s heir, has long been her nemesis, and when she discovers he’s illegitimate, she finally has leverage against the one man who troubles her heart and tempts her body.

Sentenced to death for his duplicity, Leo escapes by holding Aramina captive. A woman of mystery, she’s long driven him crazy with glimpses of a fiery passion that lurks beneath her icy veneer. He knows she’s hiding something; he doesn’t know it’s the key to saving his life.

Jun 17
2014
Goodreads Giveaway of Forged By Desire

There’s a giveaway of five (5) copies of Forged By Desire running over at Goodreads at the moment! The winners will be drawn on August 5th, 2014.

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Click here to enter (US Only).