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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Book Pimpin': Her Ladyship's Curse

Over at Lynn Viehl's Paperback Writer blog, she's celebrating her 50th published novel.

50th.

Damn. That's more than mind-blowing to me. I mean, considering that I'm only working on my 4th unpublished novel (4.5 if you count that unfinished NaNo one), I seriously can't conceive of putting out 50 novels worth of time, energy, blood, sweat and oh-so many tears into the reading world, much less to have other people read them. She's livin' the dream.

Also, not jealous at all. Not. At. All. Also, not jealous because she wrote this as her NaNoWriMo book.

Ahem.

I'm also genuinely excited for the new book. Why? Because I keep sending my precious copies of her StarDoc novels to my reading besties, insisting that people read them because they kick so much science-fiction space opera ass. Like Van-Damme/Arnold Schwartzenegger/Chuck Norris ass kicking. That's why. Three of her books are on my all-time re-reading list (Blade Dancer, BioRescue, and Afterburn).

And now she's writing steampunk. With magic.

Cue the fangirl squee. It's almost as if she knew that two of my current favorite things are what? Yep. Steampunk and freakin' magic.

So here it is, my pretties, me pimpin' out the new book. (And not just because she's giving away signed copies of the aforementioned StarDoc books over on her blog. Okay, there is that, but I pimped out this book in a previous post a while back too).



In a steampunk version of America that lost the Revolutionary War, Charmian (Kit) Kittredge makes her living investigating magic crimes and exposing the frauds behind them. While Kit tries to avoid the nobs of high society, as the proprietor of Disenchanted & Co. she follows mysteries wherever they lead.

Lady Diana Walsh calls on Kit to investigate and dispel the curse she believes responsible for carving hateful words into her own flesh as she sleeps. While Kit doesn't believe in magic herself, she can’t refuse to help a woman subjected nightly to such vicious assaults. As Kit investigates the Walsh family, she becomes convinced that the attacks on Diana are part of a larger, more ominous plot—one that may involve the lady’s obnoxious husband.

Sleuthing in the city of Rumsen is difficult enough, but soon Kit must also skirt the unwanted attentions of nefarious deathmage Lucien Dredmore and the unwelcome scrutiny of police Chief Inspector Thomas Doyle. Unwilling to surrender to either man’s passion for her, Kit struggles to remain independent as she draws closer to the heart of the mystery. Yet as she learns the truth behind her ladyship’s curse, Kit also uncovers a massive conspiracy that promises to ruin her life—and turn Rumsen into a supernatural battleground from which no one will escape alive.

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