Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Gear Up for Cindy Spencer Pape’s Two Steampunk Romances

Author Cindy Spencer Pape recently informed me about her two forthcoming 2011 steampunk fantasy romances, one of which will be a free download! Right now I’m prioritizing steampunk romances that fall closer to the SF side, but I do so enjoy steampunk-supernatural mixes (e.g., THE OSIRIS RITUAL by George Mann; THE NARROWS by Alexander Irvine), and have put her books on my TBR list. I also figured some of you might be interested in learning about these titles, so here are the shiny details:

March 7: STEAM AND SORCERY: Gaslight Chronicles Book 1

Steam and SorcerySir Merrick Hadrian hunts monsters, both human and supernatural. A Knight of the Order of the Round Table, his use of magick and the technologies of steam power have made him both respected and feared. But his considerable skills are useless in the face of his greatest challenge, guardianship of five unusual children. At a loss, Merrick enlists the aid of a governess.

Miss Caroline Bristol is reluctant to work for a bachelor but she needs a position, and these former street children touch her heart. While she tends to break any mechanical device she touches, it never occurs to her that she might be something more than human. All she knows is that Merrick is the most dangerously attractive man she’s ever met—and out of reach for a mere governess.

When conspiracy threatens to blur the distinction between humans and monsters, Caroline and Merrick must join forces, and the fate of humanity hinges upon their combined skills of steam and sorcery…

April: PHOTOGRAPHS & PHANTOMS: a Gaslight Chronicles novella (this will be a free download)

Photographs & PhantomsBrighton, 1855: As a member of the Order of the Round Table, Kendall Lake is overqualified to be investigating strange phenomena at a seaside photography studio. But since the photographer is related to the Order’s most powerful sorcerer, Kendall reluctantly boards a dirigible to Brighton.

Amy Deland is haunted by a shadow that appears in some of her recent portraits. In each case, the subject died within days of the sitting. Does she have her grandmother’s gift of foresight, or has she somehow caused the deaths?

As Kendall and Amy search for answers, their investigation draws them together in a most improper way. But it seems the evil presence in the studio is determined to keep them apart…


Both of Cindy Spencer Pape’s titles will be released by Carina Press. Learn more about the author by visiting her blog. You can also follow her on Twitter (CindySPape).

Joyfully yours,