Welcome to our stop on the A Riveting Affair blog tour! A Riveting Affair is a 3-part novel written by authors Candace Havens, Patricia Eimer and Lily Lang, and today at The Bawdy Book Blog, we will be featuring an excerpt from Demon Express by Candace Havens! So…ALL ABOARD THE DEMON EXPRESS! (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves).
A Riveting Affair by Candace Havens, Patricia Eimer & Lily Lang
Genre: Steampunk/Romance Publish Date: March 2013
Beauty and the Clockwork Beast
Rose Verney wants to fulfill her father’s dying request: to complete construction of the teleportation device he designed. Knowing just who can help her succeed, she seeks out Sebastian Cavendish, her father’s brilliant former student.Sebastian hasn’t left his home since he returned from the Civil War. He’s a broken man, his prosthetics a reminder of the terrible destruction his inventions brought to the battlefield. He wants nothing to do with Rose and her father’s masterpiece, but when she barges into his abandoned lab and begins construction, it’s everything he can do to resist getting involved. Especially when she charms her way into his monstrous heart.
Professor Maisy Clark, professional demon hunter, is on the trail of an evil scientist responsible for the deaths of hundreds. Julian is worse than the monsters he creates, but he’s also obsessed with Maisy and willing to kill anyone who gets too close to her. Just when she thinks she has Julian cornered, the sexy marshall Jake Calloway insists the investigation is his, and everything goes to hell. Maisy came to Texas to corner the scientist whose macabre experiments have taken so many lives, and Calloway is just another distraction she doesn’t need. Julian is her responsibility, one she’s not about to share. Even if Calloway can help, Julian will know Maisy is falling for the marshall, and she’s not willing to risk his life.
The Clockwork Bride
When engineer Aida Mulvaney attends a masquerade ball at the home of a staunch Luddite earl with a personal vendetta against her father’s company, she doesn’t expect to end the night married to the earl’s son Julian Capshaw, a brilliant engineer in his own right. The marriage will allow both of them to pursue their love of science, without interfering parents and ridiculous social stigmas. Though they escape to the Continent to start new lives, Julian’s father will have none of his heir’s disobedience. Before long, a marriage begun for the sake of convenience becomes a union of passion, but will it survive the machinations of an earl determined to destroy everything they love?
If you like this excerpt, stop on by Kindle And Me for excerpts from the other two anthologies, Beauty & the Clockwork Beast and The Clockwork Bride!
Excerpt: Demon Express by Candace Havens
There was an earnestness about him she quite admired. This was a man of strength and character. He’d jumped into her fight with the creatures without a second thought to his own safety. It was not often she came across a man she admired.
That’s why she had to make certain he forgot about everything he had seen.
“Barnes?” She gave him a quick, pointed glance. He must have come to the same conclusion, as he already had a hypodermic needle hidden in his palm.
He jabbed it into Calloway’s neck, and then caught him as he slid to the ground, anger and confusion overriding all other emotions on his face, but even those relaxed as he slipped into unconsciousness.
She leaned over him, gasping when her ribs creaked. “Now you won’t remember anything about tonight, and you won’t have to worry about Julian or his monsters.” No one could know about her work with Julian’s demons. Anyone who came into contact with the creatures either died or became one of them.
Everyone except Barnes.
A chill shivered down Maisy’s spine as she realized those who were close to her usually died, too.
“Where should I dump him, lass?”
She shrugged wearily. “Take him to town.”
Barnes might have been old, but he had the strength of five men. He pulled the cowboy out the door.
She felt a slight tinge of regret as she heard Barnes’ horse gallop away with Jake’s horse in tow. Jake Calloway. Why should she care if she never saw him again?
Forcing herself off the table, she picked up the blood samples she had worked on before the interruption. There was no room in her life for a man, especially one who asked questions like Calloway.
No, her life had one purpose. To kill monsters and those who created them.
And she was damn good at her job.
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