Thursday, May 16, 2013

Spotlight Excerpt & Giveaway—A Matter of Circumstance and Celludrones by Claire Robyns

A Matter of Circumstance and Celludrones
by Claire Robyns
Book #1 of Dark Matters series
Publication: September 24th 2012 by Claire Robyns
Genre: Adult Steampunk | Paranormal Romance

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A Victorian Steampunk/Paranormal adventure with strong elements of romance ...

Lady Lily d'Bulier is prim, proper, and prefers to think of herself as pragmatic rather than timid. And avoiding life-threatening situations at all costs is just plain practical. But everything changes when Lord Adair tracks her down in London; searching for answers he seems to think she has.

Greyston Adair is a blackguard and a smuggler, although British Customs will have to catch him red-handed to prove the latter. Fortunately, the dirigibles they float around in have never been able to get near his air dust.

Hell is rising, One Demon at a Time ...

With Lady Ostrich hunting them, and the mystery of how their lives tie back to Cragloden Castle and the powerful McAllister clan, Lily has no option but to throw propriety to the wind and run off with Greyston to Scotland, away from the immediate danger and toward possible answers.

A peek inside A Matter of Circumstance and Celludrones

Evelyn was even more intrigued when she entered the drawing room. Not only was Lily’s mysterious gentleman the scrumptious Lord Adair from the previous night, but the two of them looked as if they’d been caught in flagrante. Lord Adair’s neck cloth looked as if it had been tied in unseemly haste—by a blind man. Lily’s skirts were scuffed and wrinkled and her bodice wasn’t sitting quite straight.
Lily left his side to meet Evelyn halfway across the room.
“If I’d known you were being ravished by Lord Dashing down here,” Evelyn declared in a whisper, “I would have stayed up there—” she raised her eyes to the ceiling “—another twenty minutes.”
“Don’t be absurd.” Lily’s hands flew to her hair.
“It’s your skirts that need patting down.” She linked her arm in Lily’s and strolled in the direction of Lord Adair, keeping her voice low. “What did he do? Drag you into the woods and toss you over a log?”
Lily went white in the face.
“By God.” Evelyn surged forward. “I’ll deal with the bloody Scotsman.”
“Evie, no, wait.” Lily dug her heels in. “Nothing happened. Must you always latch onto the most preposterous conclusions?”
Evelyn’s brows drew tight. Something felt wrong, but her friend made a valid point. She was rash and brash, a fact she’d never denied. She kept her sharp tongue on a leash and turned a smile on the man instead as they drew close. “How charming, Lord Adair, I was hoping we’d see more of you.”
“Lady Harchings.” He inclined his head in greeting.
Clearly not trusting her to keep the peace, Lily inserted breathlessly, “I was just telling Lady Harchings that we were riding in the park—”
“And your horses tossed both of you?” Evelyn couldn’t resist.
Lily rewarded her with a glare. “We were in Lord Adair’s carriage, but, um, yes, a rabbit or fox must have run across the path because one of the horses took fright—”
“You really should train them better,” Evelyn told him.
“The rabbits or the horses?” Lord Adair riposted dryly, his eyes never leaving Lily and a grin tugging at his mouth.

Claire Robyns

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Claire Robyns lives in Berkshire, England, with her husband and twin boys. For so long as she has memories, she was either reading, dreaming about reading, or planning what she'd be reading next. Then one day she started dreaming about writing and that was the beginning of an amazing journey.

When Claire isn't thigh-deep in laundry, shopping, cooking and general crowd control, you'll find her head-and-heart-deep in the tangled lives of her characters.

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  1. Thanks for the excerpt. This book sounds really good.
    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  2. Sounds like a good read.


  3. I like your humor in the excerpt and blurb, e.g. "never been able to get near to his air dust".

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  4. KI love stories with humor and romance along with the plot. So much fun to read.

  5. Really like the feistly Evelyn in the excerpt and the intriguing Lord Adair! Love Victorian steampunk - one of my favorites is Gail carriger's Parasol Protectorate series!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    leannessf at gmail dot com

  6. Thanks for having me here today. And thanks all for the lovely comments :)

  7. This novel sounds SO amazingly good! I can't wait to read it!


  8. Love the cover Claire!!! How long have you been writing? Thank you for sharing!!!

  9. Clair your book sounds absolutely wonderful! I'm glad you made your dreams come true when it came to the writing!

  10. N ice premise

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  11. A British paranormal romance author? Awesome, we really need more of them!
    The book sounds great and is definitely different.
    How many books are you planning for this series?

  12. That's such a witty & fun excerpt. What a great read this is going to be.


  13. Hi Claire! Thanks for sharing your work with us! So what is it that makes a character fun and relateable? Do you have to like them right off or is it better to grow to love em?

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  14. Wow! I can't WAIT to read this! I love that cover, too ; )
    I'm definitely adding this to my TBR list immediately!
    I wonder what kind of events or people in the author's life inspired them to write this book!?
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

  15. Thanks for the giveaway!

    What's your favorite thing about being an author?

  16. Thank you for the chance to win! Can't wait to read this book!

    What is the hardest part of writing for you?