So excited to see that Forged By Desire (bk 4 in London Steampunk) is up for pre-order. Here are the links, if anyone wants to be first to get their copy:
A FEAR SHE CAN’T ESCAPE
Ten years ago, Perry fled her thrall contract to find sanctuary among the Nighthawks. In that time, she’s become a respected woman of the Guard, and she’s wanted Garret Reed for as long as she can remember. But when a new case takes a chillingly familiar turn, Perry finds herself once again in the path of a madman…only this time, there’s nowhere left to run.
A DESIRE THAT CAN’T BE TEMPERED
Out of their depth and racing against time, Perry and Garrett must learn to trust the desire sparking between them…or risk losing themselves forever to the darkness stalking London’s streets.
Just to share my excitement, here’s a little excerpt from Forged to tide you all over:
A sudden reckless frustration swept through him. “Here,” Garrett said, stepping forward and offering her his arm to help her down.
“You’ve never helped me down before,” Perry said with a sudden scowl. “I know you’re struggling to reconcile the fact that I’m actually female, but that doesn’t suddenly make me useless. Just because I wore a dress, it doesn’t change anything.”
Swinging her legs off the driver’s seat, she slid down into the spare few inches between his body and the carriage. For a moment Garrett was tempted to step back, give her space.
Instead he stilled.
Perry realized only too late, freezing in place as she brushed her gloves off against her tight leather breeches. Slowly she lifted her head, gaslight catching the gleaming gray of her eyes. There was an inch between them at most. A single tantalizing inch that he was too aware of.
“It’s difficult to stop picturing you in that dress,” he replied, forcing his voice to stay soft. He could almost feel the heat of the hunger swimming through his eyes, threatening to drop him over the edge. “Considering how much of you it flaunted.”
“You can’t help yourself, can you? I never should have worn the dratted thing.”
Reaching up, his gloved fingers swept at the sooty rings her goggles had left on her cheeks. The motion soothed some part of him. Maybe this was what he needed. Something to ground him. “I said that you could never pass as a female and you wanted to throw my words back in my face. You succeeded. Admirably.”
Twirling at the bottom of the stairs, the red skirts sweeping around her and the thick, luscious curls of her wig trailing over her shoulder as she shot him such a direct look he could hardly breathe all of a sudden… “Well?” she’d challenged.
That moment. The moment it all changed. Like some enormous hand reached out and closed its fingers around his heart and lungs, squeezing, forcing the breath out of him…
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Barnes and Noble Nook are running a sale on Kiss of Steel and Heart of Iron.
Kiss of Steel (Book One in London Steampunk) is only $1.99 on Nook until April 4th, whilst Heart of Iron has been dropped to $3.99 until the 2nd May!
Also available at these other retailers, who have price matched:
Kiss of Steel
Heart of Iron
That’s not all (sorry, no steak knives), but I’ve decided to drop Tarnished Knight (the novella featuring Rip and Esme from Kiss of Steel) to .99 cents for the next week.
Tarnished Knight available at:
I’ve just finished the short story featuring the moment where Blade frees Will from the Penny Gaff shop and it’s ready to go out in tomorrow’s newsletter (26/3). It will be exclusive to the newsletter at this stage, so don’t miss out! Sign up to receive exclusive giveaway opportunities, contests and excerpts (top right hand corner).
So, Of Silk And Steam (Book Five – London Steampunk) has been handed into my editor. At the moment it has a release date of March 2015.
Leo Barrons finally gets his own book, and his heroine, the Duchess of Casavian, proves to be more than a match for him.
Here’s a little excerpt to tide you over:
Barrons’ body blocked Mina’s path, though she didn’t think it deliberate. “Was that everything?”
Barrons glanced through the glass, surveying the factory. Galloway’s group was further away now, examining the semi-rigid construction of the pleasure cruiser. Tension etched itself across his broad shoulders. “Perhaps I simply wished to get you alone.”
“To warn me about dangerous plots?” Her voice held a teasing lightness to it.
Faint humour stirred in his expression, his right brow twitching. “No, duchess. I was thinking something far more interesting than that. Perhaps it’s the presence of the dirigible. Reminds me of the other night. Of… debts owed. And paid.”
“So you lured me here under false pretences?” she replied, taking a step to the side when he took one toward her.
Barrons smiled; a lazy stretch of the mouth. “Would you have come if I’d told you I planned on kissing you?”
Yes. No. Her smile froze. “I’ve decided they’re bad for my health.”
“Precisely.” Another step that had her pressing back against the far wall.
“Besides, the other night was different. I owed you a kiss and a Duvall always pays their debts.”
“And last night?” The overwhelming presence of his body was palpable now. A wall of bay rum came off him, lingering in her nostrils. Making her mouth water, just a little.
“Barrons,” she warned.
“Last night,” he murmured. “You didn’t owe me anything.”
As always, this material is copyrighted to me. Also, this is pre-edits. It may – or may not – make it into the final novel.
The next newsletter is due on the 26th of March. I’m planning a little something special for my newsletter subscribers. There’s never enough book to add everything that I want to, and there are several scenes – or pieces of back story that I’d love to write, so I thought I’d share them with my newsletter subscribers.
First little scene I’m planning? Blade and Will’s first meeting, where Blade rescues Will from the penny gaff shop. If you want to join me for these little exclusive excerpts, sign up for my newsletter (top right-hand corner).
The Australian Romance Readers Awards are on in two weeks time in Sydney, and I’m so excited to be going! Heart of Iron and My Lady Quicksilver are up for five awards, but mostly I can’t wait to catch up with both old and new friends and meet some of the fantastic readers who love London Steampunk so much! Also, a three course dinner is never to be sneezed at.
Until then, I’m working on a few new special projects, plus dwelling on the next potential London Steampunk. There’s a certain someone who hasn’t had her story told who is calling to me, but I’m enjoying taking the chance to write in another world. It always keeps me from stagnating.
So… Life is changing a little at the moment.
Last Friday was my last official shift at work. I put on my big-girl panties, handed in my resignation earlier this year and now I’m going to be a full-time writer. It’s something I’ve dreamed of for so many years, but I’ll admit that I’m a little bit nervous.
Last year, I handed in my resignation, but my workplace came back with a counter-offer of one day a week. This suited me at the time, as it was a little bit of extra money (covers my groceries etc.) and I think in the back of my head, it was a safety blanket. I still had a job, if the whole writing shindig pulled the blanket out from under my feet. However, at the start of this year, my boyfriend suggested I should go full time with the writing. This may have something to do with why I love him so much.
Still, I’m a little nervous. And here’s why -
One of the common misconceptions I hear is ‘…oh, when you’re J.K. Rowling you’ll be able to do whatever you want…’ A lot of people tell me this. In fact, I’m going to start charging a dollar every time someone mentions Rowling to me – this will be my retirement fund *kidding*.
It would be nice to be as popular as Rowling, but the simple truth for many mid-list authors is that writing is kind of a contract-at-a-time thing. Getting paid is often months apart and of course, the bills don’t wait that long. When you get the call – that someone wants to publish you – it’s all excitement, yay, I’m published forever! Then you realise that if your books don’t sell, then you don’t get another contract. I’ve seen this happen to a few close friends of mine. It’s heart-breaking. And whilst London Steampunk is doing well (I think), there’s always that risk of uncertainty playing in the back of my mind.
So how can I afford to go full-time with this? Easy – my boyfriend. He has a good job and he’s more than willing to take a chance on me whilst I pursue this. I would never, ever be able to do this at this stage without him.
And also, my readers. I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart. I love sharing this world with you, and hope that I’ll be able to share so much more in the near future.
So today, I’m my own heroine, striking out into paths unknown and hoping for the best. I already have my hero, of course, but I’m very much looking forward to the adventures along the way.
And also, in lieu of life changing, I decided to chop off all of my hair this week. This was what I was aiming for.
The reality is a little shorter, but overall I love it. Long hair was fun, but when the best you do each day is knot it up on top of your head – it’s time for a change… I will post a picture when I have my hair down (coincidentally, it is up in a ponytail *grin* Oh, well).
Thanks to everyone who entered Emma Jane Holloway’s guest blog! The winner has been drawn, and a copy of A Study in Silks is winging its way to Comment number 17: Opheliac!
In other news, edits for Forged By Desire have arrived and I’m currently buried up to my eyebrows in them. Usually by this stage of the book I never want to see it again, and I don’t know why I don’t feel this way this time. Which can only be a good thing! I love Perry and Garrett’s story and diving back in is strangely pleasurable. Perhaps its the camaraderie. Or the friendship between them.
Really excited to announce that I’m going to be attending the ARRA Awards Dinner in Sydney on March 22nd. Between them, Heart of Iron and My Lady Quicksilver have been nominated for five awards. I love these events – there’s nothing better than talking about all of the things I love (romance, books, Chris Hemsworth without his shirt etc.) with other readers and writers!
One of my favourite books for 2013 was A Study In Silks by Emma Jane Holloway, so I’m delighted to have her here today with news about her Sherlockian trilogy and a giveaway! Holloway writes fantastic characters and I’ll admit that I fell in love with a certain rakish lad named Tobias, so without further ado, I present Emma Jane’s ode to complicated heroes:
The main character of The Baskerville Affair trilogy is Evelina Cooper, the niece of Sherlock Holmes. I use “main character” loosely. There really is an ensemble cast of all ages, with plenty of steampunk wonders, intrigue, politics, magic, mystery and, of course, a tiny bit of romance. Evelina has two male friends, both of whom would like to be love interests—but she has other ideas and I could never call this a classic love triangle. Nick is a childhood sweetheart, a penniless circus performer who shares her abilities with magic, but Evelina believes she’s moved on with her life. Tobias is the son of a viscount. He’s handsome, wealthy, talented, and rich, but reckless. Both young men have their own important character arcs and change a great deal over the course of the three books. The story might start in the upper-class drawing rooms of Victorian-era Mayfair, but by the end there’s almost nothing left of the world they knew.
Of all the characters, I think I became the most invested in Tobias Roth, so let me introduce you to him. I can’t call him a hero in the traditional sense. Nor is he exactly a villain or an antihero. He’s an interesting bundle of conflict that makes me love him and want to bonk him on the head at the same time. He changes the most from start to finish and along the way he makes drastic mistakes. In some ways, it’s not his fault. Unlike Nick or Evelina, he’s led a privileged life and doesn’t have the tools to navigate the world outside his social class. His disapproving father wants him to enter into a diplomatic career, but Tobias really wants to engage in the ungentlemanly pursuit of mechanics (this is a steampunk story, after all).
In Tobias’s mind, building something is a way he can add value to the world with his own two hands—it has nothing to do with blue blood or fortune. He’s an inventor and a dreamer, with no taste for the cut-throat dishonesty he associates with life in the political arena. So, he gets together with like-minded friends to build things in a secret warehouse, party too hard, and live down to his father’s expectations.
And then Evelina comes along. Evelina’s had a crush on Tobias for a long time, but now he finally notices she’s all grown up. They have far more in common than he does with any other woman—like a love for making things. He knows she sees the potential in him, and he begins to gather his courage to strike out on his own, away from his dominating father, and make his way in the world with Evelina at his side. She’s beneath him socially and there is every chance they will be poor, but he doesn’t care. He will be a better person with her, and for the first time in his life he has a coherent plan for the future. Did I mention that Tobias has a strong romantic streak?
But there’s a murder, and scandal, and suddenly he has to make some awful, hideous choices. When the chips are down, Tobias is not a coward. This is his greatest strength and flaw—he will save the people he loves at any cost to himself. Over the course of the trilogy, that courage to sacrifice and his insistence on dragging the truth into the open, no matter what, takes him from untried young man to hero status and then some. But it’s not pretty, and he doesn’t always behave gracefully, although he does his best to make amends. Like all the characters in the story, he has to face his darkest side before he knows who he truly is. Only then is Tobias really free from the confines of his upbringing and able to realize his full potential on his own terms.
In this little biography, I think I’ve given you a taste of what The Baskerville Affair is about: twisty plots, skullduggery, and complicated characters. A Study in Silks takes place in the charmed circle of London’s wealthy families. A Study in Darkness takes Evelina to the East End and the scene of the Ripper murders. A Study in Ashes is where the coming war between the makers and the wicked steam barons comes to a head—and Tobias is right in the middle of it, blowing open the darkest secret of them all. To be honest, he surprised even me.
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- A Study in Silks
- A Study in Darkness
- A Study in Ashes
A Study in Silks – Book One
Evelina Cooper, the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, is poised to enjoy her first Season in London’s high society, but there’s a murderer to deal with—not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse . . .
In a Victorian era ruled by a Council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch, and sorcery the demon enemy of the Empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines—something Evelina has secretly mastered. But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty’s secret laboratories. What’s a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she’s never found out?
But then there’s that murder. As Sherlock Holmes’s niece, Evelina should be able to find the answers, but she has a lot to learn. And the first decision she has to make is whether to trust the handsome, clever rake who makes her breath come faster, or the dashing trick rider who would dare anything for her if she would only just ask . . .
A Study in Darkness – Book Two
When a bomb goes off at 221B Baker Street, Evelina Cooper is thrown into her Uncle Sherlock’s world of mystery and murder. But just when she thought it was safe to return to the ballroom, old, new, and even dead enemies are clamoring for a place on her dance card.
Before Evelina’s even unpacked her gowns for a country house party, an indiscretion puts her in the power of the ruthless Gold King, who recruits her as his spy. He knows her disreputable past and exiles her to the rank alleyways of Whitechapel with orders to unmask his foe.
As danger mounts, Evelina struggles between hiding her illegal magic and succumbing to the darker aspects of her power. One path keeps her secure; the other keeps her alive. For rebellion is brewing, a sorcerer wants her soul, and no one can protect her in the hunting ground of Jack the Ripper.
A Study in Ashes – Book Three
As part of her devil’s bargain with the industrial steam barons, Evelina Cooper is finally enrolled in the Ladies’ College of London. However, she’s attending as the Gold King’s pet magician, in handcuffs and forbidden contact with even her closest relation, the detective Sherlock Holmes.
Not even Niccolo, the dashing pirate captain, and his sentient airship can save her. But Evelina’s problems are only part of a larger war. The Baskerville Affair is finally coming to light, and the rebels are making their move to wrest power from the barons and restore it to Queen Victoria. Missing heirs and nightmare hounds are the order of the day — or at least that’s what Dr. Watson is telling the press.
But their plans are doomed unless Evelina escapes to unite her magic with the rebels’ machines–and even then her powers aren’t what they used to be. A sorcerer has awakened a dark hunger in Evelina’s soul, and only he can keep her from endangering them all. The only problem is…he’s dead.
Emma Jane Holloway
Ever since childhood, Emma Jane Holloway refused to accept that history was nothing but facts prisoned behind the closed door of time. Why waste a perfectly good playground coloring within the timelines? Accordingly, her novels are filled with whimsical impossibilities and the occasional eye-blinking impertinence—but always in the service of grand adventure.
Struggling between the practical and the artistic—a family tradition, along with ghosts and a belief in the curative powers of shortbread—Emma Jane has a degree in literature and job in finance. She lives in the Pacific Northwest in a house crammed with books, musical instruments, and half-finished sewing projects. In the meantime, she’s published articles, essays, short stories, and enough novels to build a fort for her stuffed hedgehog.
The results for the ARRA (Australian Romance Readers Associations) awards just came in and I’m very excited to announce five nominations.
Heart of Iron is up for Favourite Sci-Fi, Futuristic or Fantasy Romance – along with my best buddy Kylie Griffin! – and Sexiest Hero. Will Carver, my poor misunderstood verwulfen hero is still winning reader hearts!
(Entirely gratuitous shot of my idea of Will)
The London Steampunk series is up for Best Continuing Series!
And the Heart of Iron and My Lady Quicksilver covers have both been nominated in Favourite Romance Cover for 2013! I can’t take much credit for these two – the artist Gene Mollica and Sourcebooks marketing team should both get the nods for these.
If you’re interested in seeing more of this great list of authors, check it out here.
Last year, there *may* have been a drinking game involved on the night – as my friends and I followed the twitter feed of the awards night. I do not recommend doing this if Anna Campbell is a nominee. She’s too good! Result – headache.
These are my favourite reads and discoveries in 2013 – though yes, some of them may be 2012 books. A fairly eclectic mix that perfectly represents the genres I love to read – and write. For me fascinating world-building is a must, and I love characters that are not quite so heroic – or have their own difficult paths to walk.
So without further ado, here’s my list (in no particular order):
Allegiance Sworn by Kylie Griffin
This is the third in Griffin’s fantasy romance series, featuring Arek, the Lightblade warrior who stole the pages for me the second he walked on scene in Alliance Forged, Book One. Arek is captured by the demonic Na’Reish warriors – his mortal enemies – and must come to terms with his own prejudices when he realises the Na’Reish leader, Imhara, may not be the evil demon he believes her to be. I love the world-building and the quiet push-pull between these two. Griffin doesn’t shy away from forcing her hero to make some tough decisions and work his way through his emotions. This is not just ‘I love you – I hate you’. Arek’s journey is a fascinating one.
Skin by Kylie Scott
Kylie Scott is definitely going to be a name to watch out for, with her Stage Dive series taking off, but my paranormal roots kind of prefer her Dystopian series. Skin features Nick and Roslyn, in basically a Walking Dead scenario. At the start of the novel, Nick ‘purchases’ Ros from the group she’s been hiding with, with a pick-up full of food. Needless to say, she’s not too thrilled with the idea. Highly erotic, but also clever in the way it delves into the depths of both hero and heroine’s characters in this captive romance. And Nick is gorgeous.
Beyond Control by Kit Rocha
Another dystopian erotic, which seems to be a genre I highly enjoy. This time we’re in the outskirts of Eden, a city where the sectors are ruled by gangs. Beyond Control deals with Lex and Dallas O’Kane, the ruler of one of these gangs. I love the world-building, and the ruthless things these people will do to survive, but I also loved the way the women are presented in this world; strong, with blooming friendships between them, who don’t take no sass from their men.
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living – one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying.
Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel – a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness.
This was not that world.
Where do I start with Laini Taylor? Reading her YA books feels like I’m reading poetry. This woman can write. But it’s not all lyrical sentences. In this world, Karou, has just discovered the truth about her past and the world she came from, including the fact that the angel she loves destroyed her entire people when he thought they killed her. It’s like a fantasy version of Romeo and Juliet, only Romeo slaughtered all of Juliet’s family when he woke up. And she was resurrected. I’m not entirely certain if this is a romance that’s going to have a HEA either, but even so, I’m all in for the ride. One of my absolute favourite books of 2013, and proof of how the second book in a series should be written.
Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
Kate and Curran are always going to make this list for me. They’re my favourite UF couple and I really enjoyed how emotional a journey this book was for Kate. She’s still bad-ass and running off her mouth, but now we’re starting to see the consequences of her past coming back to haunt her. People die (and I sobbed for them), children get saved – and a single act of kindness by Kate proves to be the way to victory.
A Study In Silks by Emma Jane Holloway
A late find, A Study of Silks was a glorious tale, with rich character driven plotlines and an intriguing steam-driven world featuring steam barons that rule Victorian England, a heroine who’s the niece of
Sherlock Holmes and two fascinating potential heroes. I think I’m rooting for the wrong hero, unfortunately, but its rare that you find a YA/NA that has a love triangle that works.
Shadowdance by Kristin Callihan
I loved Winterblaze this year too, but if I had to pick just one of Callihan’s books for the year, Jack Talent sold me on Shadowdance. A brooding, tortured shifter, Jack must work through a lot in his life to have a happy ending with Mary, the Ghost-in-the-Machine he has a love-hate relationship with. And I mean a lot. More steampunk touches this time around also might have won the round for Shadowdance.
Hearts of Shadow by Kira Brady
Set in futuristic Seattle, in an almost post-apocalyptic (hmm, I wonder why I like this?) world, Kira Brady delivers another clever UF style paranormal, with a drekar hero and a heroine who fights the wraith-type creatures that haunt Seattle. Grace was a marvelous heroine; tough, surly and broken, but trying her hardest to survive, and Leif was a beta hero forced into his brother’s footsteps as leader of the drekar. Great world-building, featuring a lot of Norse mythology, steampunk touches and Native American shape-shifting style shifters.
Cold Days by Jim Butcher
Butcher is one series I could re-read frequently and never grow bored. In fact, I did a re-read (starting at book four as the first three are not quite as good) of the whole series leading up to Cold Days’ arrival on my doorstep. Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard has come a long way since the early books and I love how he’s starting to face the darker side of his own nature, so to speak. The regular cast are all here and Harry has Fae Queens to outwit, plus new challenges to explore.
Bronze Gods by Ann Aguirre
A kind of steampunk noir detective story set in an intriguing world. I loved the two heroes, Mikani and Ritsuko. The romance is incredibly subtle between the two partners, but definitely going to grow and I can’t wait for book two.
Riveted by Meljean Brook
More steampunk goodness from Brook, with a lovely friends-to-lovers story set in the volcanic glacial landscapes of Iceland. I have always wanted to go to Iceland, so I loved every second of this book, and Brooks’ creativeness with her steampunk elements (trolls anyone?) is unsurpassed.
Caged Warrior by Lindsay Piper
My enjoyment of this book might have something to do with my love for the TV series Spartacus. Caged Warrior is set in an underground slave/gladiator style tournament, where the Dragon Kings (no dragons alas, just people with exceptional talents) fight to the death. When the heroine, Nynn, wakes up in the cages, she’s come straight from the laboratories of one of the most evil villains I’ve ever seen – and has no idea where her son is. Set to partner Leto, one of the cage warriors, she is desperate to escape – but Leto has other plans. All he lives for is the glory of the arena. A very harsh, somewhat brutal romance that might turn off a few readers with its ruthless hero, but I loved it.
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Second in the Grisha series, Siege and Storm is another second book in a trilogy done right. The Darkling is back; a man of incredible power, who needs the heroine Alina,
for her own Sun Summoning talents. Alina however, is on the run with Mal, her childhood friend. The pseudo Russian world is incredible and I love that Alina must face the challenge that her world and Mal’s are increasingly different. Another YA in which I’m not certain a HEA is going to be achieved.
Honourable Mention: Dragonfly by Erica Hayes
I have to give an honourable mention to Hayes’ Dragonfly, which I read on my travels through America. It’s a sci-fi romance, with a very clever, resourceful heroine named Carrie, who is on a mission to capture the elusive rebel, Dragonfly. Of course, everything is not what it seems and Dragonfly is far more intriguing than she imagined. The thing I enjoyed most about this book? The heroine kicked arse. And when she couldn’t fight her way out of danger, she used her wits to outsmart the villains.
So who earned a place on your list this year?
Do you know what I think my favourite part of Christmas is? It’s definitely family and friends and food, but apart from eating all of that deliciousness, I really enjoy the baking side of things. Mind you, my thighs might disagree, but my stomach certainly doesn’t!
Here’s a little something I whipped up over Christmas – very Australian in style. Recipe is at the link.
I took a bite, and promptly told everyone it was disgusting but they didn’t believe me. My Mother-in-law has decided she wants one of these every Christmas.
So how was everyone else’s Christmas?
Need to fill that new Christmas kindle? Or know someone who might?
Heart of Iron and Kiss of Steel are on sale (Boxing Day only) on kindle for only $1.99, though I suspect the other retailers might price match.
Kiss of Steel – Amazon
Heart of Iron - Amazon
All other retailers on the Books page, if anyone is interested.
Also, My Lady Quicksilver is still listed as $2.99 until the end of today!
My Lady Quicksilver – Amazon
Hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you all a happy holidays! Mine has been spent eating far too much food, lazing around in bed and catching up with all my family in friends – in other words, bliss!
See you in the New Year!