When I received the release date for Heart of Iron, the second in my London Steampunk series, I was doubly excited. It was due out on May 7th, which, coincidentally, is also my birthday. My first thought was: two cakes? My second was - how did Sourcebooks know?
I don't think they did in the end, although a lot of people have asked me how I swung this, but either way I get to celebrate twice! It's the best birthday present ever!
As for Heart of Iron, I am so excited to unleash this on the world. Featuring Will Carver, the brusque verwulfen bodyguard to Blade from Kiss of Steel, and flirtatious Lena Todd, it is jam-packed with action, sexual tension, a heroine who might just be in over her head, a virgin hero and an epic plot against the Prince Consort - oh, and did I mention the mechanical kraken?
Want to see what the reviewers are saying about it?
McMaster's second London Steampunk book dazzles and seduces, diving deeper into this remarkable world. She crafts complicated, damaged and driven characters whose unlikely passion is unforgettably powerful. Details are slowly explained, and the complexities of all the relationships are gradually teased out, building a mounting tension that will leave readers breathless. Though new readers will be enthralled, devotees will find enormous rewards.
Top Pick from RT Book Reviews - 4 1/2 Stars HOT
Here's a little snippet from Heart of Iron:
“You can’t simply go around threatening blue bloods, Will. It might work here in the rookery, but you’ll be in their world and you must learn to play by their rules," Lena said.
“Tell me you didn’t enjoy it.” He put his empty plate aside and leaned back in his chair, sinking into the soft upholstery.
“That’s beside the point. Of course I enjoyed seeing him get his just desserts. The man’s a bully and a toady. He ambushes young women in secluded corners and forces himself on them. There’s no ruin to him or his reputation.” Her face darkened. “Only to us.”
Lena’s cheeks paled. “A poor choice of words. I meant the young women of the Echelon. He’s never made any overt threat against me before.”
“But if he does, you’ll tell me?”
Lena looked him directly in the eye. And lied. “Of course.”
“Lena,” he warned, finding his feet.
She fetched her teacup and nervously put it between them. “I’m not the one he’ll retaliate against. You made a fool of him last night, Will. He won’t forget that. Promise me you’ll be careful.”
Leaning down, he rested his hands on the armrest on either side of her. Lena’s lips firmed and she rested her teacup in her lap.
“You ain’t goin’ to distract me,” he said, reaching out and capturing her chin between thumb and forefinger.
A mistake. Lena’s skin was silky soft, and the slight parting of her lips as she looked up nearly undid him. Her eyes softened, the breath catching in her lungs. For all her devil-may-care attitude, in that moment her expression was oddly guileless. Hesitant. Uncertain of herself.
The hint of vulnerability nearly undid him.
Will jerked his hand back as if scalded and turned away, the breath in him coming hard. “If he threatens you, you’ll tell me?”
Lena’s gaze dropped to her lap. “Of course.”
What the devil was wrong with her now? “You ain’t afraid of him?”
“I can handle men like C-.” Putting the teacup aside, she muttered, “It’s certain other ones that give me a headache.”
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And because there can only be one winner, why don't I offer a little giveaway to everyone - for a sneak peek at the London Steampunk world, I'm offering an e-novella called Tarnished Knight (set after Kiss of Steel and before Heart of Iron) for free download for the month. See here for details.
HEART OF IRON BY BEC MCMASTER – IN STORES MAY 2013
In the mist-shrouded streets of London’s dreaded Whitechapel district, werewolves, vampires and a clockwork army are one step away from battle…
NO ONE TO TRUST
Lena Todd is the perfect spy. Nobody suspects the flirtatious debutante could be a rebel against London’s vicious elite—not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can’t twist around her little finger.
Will Carver, is more than man, he’s a verwulfen and he wants nothing to do with the dangerous beauty who drives him to the very edge of control. But when he finds Lena in possession of a coded letter, he realizes she’s in a world of trouble. To protect her, he’ll have to seduce the truth from her before it’s too late.
“Deftly blends elements of steampunk and vampire romance with brilliantly successful results…darkly atmospheric and delectably sexy.” –Booklist, starred review for KISS OF STEEL
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Award-winning author Bec McMaster lives in a small town in Australia and grew up with her nose in a book. A member of RWA, she writes sexy, dark paranormals and steampunk romance. When not writing, reading, or poring over travel brochures, she loves spending time with her very own hero or daydreaming about new worlds. The third book in the London Steampunk series, My Lady Quicksilver will be in stores in October 2013. Read more about her at www.becmcmaster.com or follow her on Twitter @BecMcMaster.
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