Well today I want to show you a book that I came across after a 1 am conversation with Kat -The Book Tart. She had just finished reading an ARC copy of Beth Ciotta's newest book Her Sky Cowboy - Steampunk, time travel, paranormal elements, and Cowboys! I mean come on how could you not want to know more. This is the first book in Beth's new series and I can't wait to get my hands on it...
Title: Her Sky Cowboy
Author: Beth Ciotta
Ebook & Paperback, 352 pages
Release Date: November 6th 2012
Genre: Steampunk Romance
Genre: Steampunk Romance
Publisher: Signet Eclipse / Fiction
Amelia Darcy has no interest in marrying well. Her heart belongs to the sky and the dirigibles of brass and steel that swoop over Victorian England. But when her father, an eccentric inventor, dies, the Darcy siblings are left with scrap metal—and not a penny to their names. Their only hope to save the family name and fortune is to embark on a contest to discover an invention of historical importance in honor of Queen Victoria.
Armed with only her father’s stories of a forgotten da Vinci workshop, a mechanically enhanced falcon, and an Italian cook, Amelia takes flight for Florence, Italy. But her quest is altered when her kitecycle crashes into the air ship of ex–Air Marshal—and scandalous dime novel hero—Tucker Gentry.
Challenged by political unrest, a devious sky pirate, and their own sizzling attraction, Amelia and Tuck are dragged into an international conspiracy that could change the course of history…again.
Exclusive Excerpt -- Tuck and Amelia Get Acquainted
“Is it true you outmaneuvered Frank and Jesse James in an aerial showdown?” Amelia asked.
“Read a lot of dreadfuls, do you?”
“I also enjoy daily newspapers, scientific periodicals, and materials related to past and future aeronautics.” She stiffened in offense and gave him her back. “I suppose you prefer
your women docile and ladylike. The delicate sort who read about fashion and etiquette.”
“I prefer my women spirited and curious.” She didn’t flinch, but he knew he’d shocked her.
“And yes, it’s true about the James brothers.”
“Astonishing,” she whispered.
He didn’t know whether she referred to his taste in women or his air skirmish with the James boys. Didn’t matter. What charmed him was her general sense of awe. Her fascination with aviation stimulated his sexual appetite like French champagne. He’d never known a woman pilot. Never encountered a woman so hungry for technological knowledge. Yes, she was beautiful, but it was Amelia’s sharp and inquisitive mind that made Tuck randy as hell.
Breathing deeply, he fought an almighty urge to free those corn silk curls, allowing them to flutter around her mesmerizing face. She looked fetching enough in the moonlight as it was. Also, he didn’t figure she’d appreciate the intimate gesture. For all her bluster and salty language, Miss Darcy struck him as an innocent. Or maybe she was frigid. He shouldn’t care. He didn’t care, except the better he knew their guest, the better he could anticipate how best to handle her presence on the Maverick. “Just in case you were worried, Eli dropped your friend safely at a reputable inn.”
“I wasn’t worried. Mr. Boone seems most respectable.”
“Many would argue that point.”
“I’m well aware of your crew’s reputation and your frequent brushes with danger.”
“Yet you’re not afraid to fly with us.”
“I can take care of myself.”
“With that peashooter you pulled on Axel earlier today?”
She squared her shoulders, but kept her gaze averted. “With whatever means available.”
Tuck crossed his arms, studied her slight form, and pondered all that sass. “Seein’ as you’re acquainted with my colorful history, I assume you know I’m a wanted man.” A fact that ate at his gut every day.
“Wanted in America. I know.”
“For theft and murder.”
“You’re not bothered by that?” He sure as hell was.
Beth has been so wonderful to offer up a print copy of her new book , Her Sky Cowboy to one lucky commenter.
Tell us if you have read any Steampunk and what it is you like about it. If you haven't read Steampunk tell us what intrigues you.
* Winner will be chosen from commenters on 11/14.