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Guest Blog by Bec McMaster - I need a hero…

Please welcome Bec McMaster to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Kiss of Steel (London Steampunk 1) will be published on September 4, 2012.


Guest Blog by Bec McMaster - I need a hero…



I need a hero…

Everybody has their favourite sort of hero. For some it’s a dashing duke or a dangerous rake, for others it’s a prince in disguise. But for me, it’s always been the diamond in the rough.

From Buffy’s Spike or Derek Craven from Lisa Kleypas’s Dreaming of You or even Disney’s Aladdin, I’ve always had a soft spot for the type of hero who’s had to fight the odds his entire life. He might not be educated. He might not even be literate, but he’s got the kind of street smarts and roguish charm that can win even the most hardened heart, and he’s more than prepared to do it.

When I wrote Kiss of Steel, my hero Blade came into my head fully formed, whispering in my ear with that delicious Cockney accent. Dressed in gaudy velvet waistcoats and defiantly himself, Blade doesn’t give a damn what others think of him. He knows who he is and he’s proud to be that way.

In my steam-fuelled Victorian world, Blade’s master of his own destiny, determined to defy the aristocratic blue blood Echelon who rules London and protect the little ‘family’ he’s managed to form. Alpha enough to rule the rookery of Whitechapel and just ruthless enough to keep it, he’s also hiding a heart of gold beneath that roughened exterior. He has his own dark secrets too. But what hero doesn’t?

Of course, every hero needs a heroine who’s his match, and who better than strait-laced Honoria Todd, on the run from a monster from Blade’s past? She could be his perfect revenge against the Duke of Vickers or his ultimate salvation.

When Honoria comes into his life, Blade’s not looking for love – but when he realises what he feels, he’s going to fight for it, tooth and nail. Not so easy when my heroine had other ideas of course, but that’s all part of the fun. I love a hero who has to work for what he wants.

So tell me… The upright hero just begging to have his hair mussed? The possessive alpha? Or even a self-made workaholic? What’s your favourite hero type – literary or otherwise - and why?



BLURB FOR KISS OF STEEL

He craves her like no other…

Honoria Todd has no choice. Only in the dreaded Whitechapel district can she escape the long reach of the Duke of Vickers. But seeking refuge there will put her straight into the hands of Blade, legendary master of the rookeries. No one would dare cross him, but what price would he demand to keep her safe?

Ever since Vickers infected him with the craving, Blade has been quicker, stronger, almost immortal—and terrified of losing control of the monster within. Honoria could be his perfect revenge against the duke…or the salvation he never dared to dream of.



EXCERPT FROM KISS OF STEEL

To give this a little context, the first time Honoria meets Blade he offers her protection from the dangers of the rookery… for a price. Honoria’s response is to draw her pistol to prove that she’s not without protection:
       There was a blur of movement and something grabbed her from behind. Honoria gasped, the knife a sharp warning against her throat as he drew her back against his hard body. Her chin tipped up and she swallowed hard, the blade hovering directly over her carotid. His arm was a steel band about her waist, hugging her close.

       Blade’s lips brushed her ear. “Still not impressed,” he whispered.

       The fire spat. Her wide eyes took in the room: the cheroot sitting in the ash tray and still smoking: the abandoned cat giving them a disgruntled look from the floor as it turned and sauntered away: and the long stretch of shadow that showed them locked together in a parody of an embrace.

       “Put it down, luv,” he said. “And don’t ever draw on me again unless you intend to use it.”

       Honoria lowered the pistol. “I was proving a point. I didn’t bother to cock it.”

       “Just as I were provin’ my point,” he replied in that husky whisper. His cool breath stirred the curls at her throat, pebbling her damp skin. “Who do you think won?”

       “I may have been... somewhat precipitous,” she admitted.

       His hand slid along hers, closing over her fingers. “Give it to me.”

       No. Honoria shut her eyes and took a deep breath. She forced her fingers to relax. To let him take the smooth weight of the pistol.

       He thumbed open the barrel and examined the shot inside with a soft grunt. “What the bleedin’ devil are you usin’ for rounds?”

       “Firebolts,” she replied. “My father designed them.” And then she shut her mouth. He didn’t need to know anything about her father. It was safer that way.

       Vickers still had a price on her head and who knew what this man would do for that much money?

       Blade snapped the pistol barrel back into place, then tucked it away somewhere on his person. The razor-edge against her throat kept her locked in place. The pressure was perfect. She couldn’t move an inch, but it hadn’t broken the skin either.

       Then suddenly it eased. Honoria took a deeper breath, her head spinning with the sudden rush of oxygen into starved lungs. With the knife gone, other impressions started leeching into her. The hard body imprinted against hers, separated only by the thickness of her bedraggled bustle. The press of his belt buckle, tugging at the fabric of her skirts. And the sound of his breathing, quickening just slightly.

       His arm slid around her waist again. “And now you’re disarmed. And at me mercy. Now what do you do, Miss Todd?”



Kiss of Steel

Kiss of Steel
London Steampunk 1
Sourcebooks, September 4, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

Guest Blog by Bec McMaster - I need a hero…
When Nowhere is Safe

Most people avoid the dreaded Whitecapel district. For Honoria Todd, it's the last safe haven. But at what price?

Blade is known as the master of the rookeries—no one dares cross him. It's been said he faced down the Echelon's army single–handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood–craving he's been quicker, stronger, and almost immortal.

When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She's so...innocent. He doesn't see her backbone of steel—or that she could be the very salvation he's been seeking.




About Bec

Guest Blog by Bec McMaster - I need a hero…
Bec McMaster writes romance novels featuring red-hot alpha males, kick-ass heroines and edge-of-your-seat adventures. When not writing, reading, or poring over travel brochures, she loves spending time with her very own hero or daydreaming about new worlds. Her debut steampunk romance, Kiss of Steel, is available Sept, 2012, from Sourcebooks. Read more about her at www.becmcmaster.com, or follow her on twitter @BecMcMaster.







The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Kiss of Steel (London Steampunk 1) from The Qwillery. Please note that the winner will not receive the novel until after it is released in September.

How:  Leave a comment answering Bec's question:

The upright hero just begging to have his hair mussed? The possessive alpha? Or even a self-made workaholic? What’s your favourite hero type – literary or otherwise - and why?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

There are a total of 3 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry) and Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry).  This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook or Twitter mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, August 28, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

The View From Monday - August 20, 2012

Happy Monday! Good things are happening. My parent who has been so ill is recovering well finally. I hope to get back on track with reading and reviews soon since I will have more free time and be less stressed/exhausted. I'm also thrilled that I've been chosen as a Blogger for Authors After Dark 2013 which will be held in Savannah, Georgia from August 15 - 18, 2013. Can't wait!


This week at The Qwillery (subject to change):

Monday - 2012 Debt Author Challenge Guest Blog by E. J. Swift. Osiris (The Osiris Project 1) was published on June 5, 2012.

Tuesday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog by Bec McMaster. Kiss of Steel (London Steampunk 1) will be published on September 1, 2012.

Wednesday - Interview with Leanna Ellis. Forbidden (Plain Fear 2) was published on August 1, 2012.

Thursday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Rob Reid. Year Zero was published on July 10, 2012.

Sunday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Michael Boccacino. Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling was published on July 24, 2012.


There are not too many books out this week.

August 20, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Guardian of Bastet (e)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Jacqueline M. Battisti PNR
Careful What You Kiss For (e)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Jane Lynne Daniels PNR
Dynama (e)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012

Ruth Diaz R/Superheroes - Superheroes Union 1
Shattered Magic (e)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012

Rebecca York FR - Chronicles of Arandal 2


August 21, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination (h2tp)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Margaret Atwood Literary Criticism
The Immortality Factor (ri)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Ben Bova SF/Th
The Memory Thief
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Emily Colin Ghost Story
Vacation
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Matthew J. Costello H
Widow's Web
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Jennifer Estep UF - Elemental Assassin 7
Fable: Edge of the World
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Christie Golden F - Xbox 360 Fable: The Journey prequel
In War Times (h2tp)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Kathleen Ann Goonan SF
Black Bottle
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Anthony Huso F
Genocidal Organ
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Project Itoh SF
The Unincorporated Future
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Dani Kollin
Eytan Kollin
SF - Unincorporated Man 4
Endurance (h2tp)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Jay Lake F - Green Universe 2
Shifter's Destiny
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Anna Leonard PNR
Ghost Key
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Trish J. MacGregor F/Ghost Story
Haunted Old West: Phantom Cowboys, Spirit-Filled Saloons, Mystical Mine Camps, and Spectral Indians
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Matthew P. Mayo Ghost Stories/Supernatural
Savage Redemption
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Alexis Morgan PNR
Fate of Worlds
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Larry Niven
Edward M. Lerner
SF - Ringworld 5
Haunted Greenwich Village: Bohemian Banshees, Spooky Sites, and Gonzo Ghost Walks
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Tom Ogden H
The Shadow Queen (ri)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Bertrice Small PHR - World of Hetar 5
Hidden Things (d)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Doyce Testerman F


August 24, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Guile of Dragons
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
James Enge F - Tournament of Shadows


d - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue or Reprint


F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
H - Horror
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 23, 2012

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 23, 2012



Announcing the three newest authors who will be featured in the Challenge - Linda Grimes, Richard E. Gropp and Bec McMaster. You can keep up to date with all the 2012 Debut Author Challenge information here.


Linda Grimes

In a Fix
Tom Doherty Associates / Tor Books, September 4, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 23, 2012
Snagging a marriage proposal for her client while on an all-expenses-paid vacation should be a simple job for Ciel Halligan, aura adaptor extraordinaire. A kind of human chameleon, she's able to take on her clients' appearances and slip seamlessly into their lives, solving any sticky problems they don't want to deal with themselves. No fuss, no muss. Big paycheck.

This particular assignment is pretty enjoyable... that is, until Ciel's island resort bungalow is blown to smithereens and her client's about-to-be-fiancé is snatched by modern-day Vikings. For some reason, Ciel begins to suspect that getting the ring is going to be a tad more difficult than originally anticipated.

Going from romance to rescue requires some serious gear-shifting, as well as a little backup. Her best friend, Billy, and Mark, the CIA agent she's been crushing on for years — both skilled adaptors — step in to help, but their priority is, annoyingly, keeping her safe. Before long, Ciel is dedicating more energy to escaping their watchful eyes than she is to saving her client's intended.

Suddenly, facing down a horde of Vikings feels like the least of her problems.



Richard E. Gropp

Bad Glass
Del Rey, September 25, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 23, 2012
One of the most hauntingly original dark fantasy debuts in years—perfect for fans of Lost and Mark Danielewski’s cult classic, House of Leaves.

Something has happened in Spokane. The military has evacuated the city and locked it down. Even so, disturbing rumors and images seep out, finding their way onto the Internet, spreading curiosity, skepticism, and panic. For what they show is—or should be—impossible: strange creatures that cannot exist, sudden disappearances that violate the laws of physics, human bodies fused with inanimate objects, trapped yet still half alive. . . .

Dean Walker, an aspiring photographer, sneaks into the quarantined city in search of fame. What he finds will change him in unimaginable ways. Hooking up with a group of outcasts led by a beautiful young woman named Taylor, Dean embarks on a journey into the heart of a mystery whose philosophical implications are as terrifying as its physical manifestations. Even as he falls in love with Taylor—a woman as damaged and seductive as the city itself—his already tenuous hold on reality starts to come loose. Or perhaps it is Spokane’s grip on the world that is coming undone.

Now, caught up in a web of interlacing secrets and betrayals, Dean, Taylor, and their friends must make their way through this ever-shifting maze of a city, a city that is actively hunting them down, herding them toward a shocking destiny.



Bec McMaster

Kiss of Steel
London Steampunk 1
Sourcebooks, September 4, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 23, 2012
Honoria Todd has no choice. Only in the dreaded Whitechapel district can she escape the long reach of the Duke of Vickers. But seeking refuge there will put her straight into the hands of Blade, legendary master of the rookeries. No one would dare cross him, but what price would he demand to keep her safe?

Ever since Vickers infected him with the craving, Blade has been quicker, stronger, almost immortal—and terrified of losing control of the monster within. Honoria could be his perfect revenge against the duke…or the salvation he never dared to dream of.
Guest Blog by Bec McMaster - I need a hero…The View From Monday - August 20, 20122012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 23, 2012

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