Author, Beth Cato, is joining us today with her new steampunk adventure that should be on everyone's to-read list!
Romance in The Clockwork Dagger
by Beth Cato
My debut novel is THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER. It's a blend of epic fantasy, steampunk, and mystery--think Downtown Abbey with airships and healing magic. There's also romance.
My twenty-two-year-old heroine, Octavia Leander, isn't on the prowl for a man. She's an independent woman, setting out to establish her own healing practice in a remote, needy village. She's spent much of the past decade working in medical wards on the front lines of a never-ending war. What she really wants is a home. A garden. To help people. To belong.
Instead, her airship trip takes a dark turn. Murder, poison, and espionage plague the passengers--and it's soon clear that Octavia is the target. Fortunately for her, airship steward Alonzo Garret is looking out for her.
Alonzo's dark skin and blue eyes set him apart from everyone else, as does his formal accent. Octavia recognizes his name, too--Alonzo's father accidentally caused the deaths of her parents and everyone else in her village. She doesn't want to trust him, but times are desperate. He seems forthright and Octavia needs all the help she can get.
It doesn't hurt that he's awfully pleasant on the eyes, either. Uniform pants do fit in a very nice way.
As a reader and a writer, I have some confessions to make: I'm not attracted to bad boys. I like my heroes to be flawed yet good at heart. I also don't favor love triangles.
My two heroes have plenty of other obstacles in the way of their burgeoning romance: Edwardian-style rules of etiquette, Octavia's rather frumpy roommate, and also an assassin or two in their pursuit.
Bullets, terrorists, and physical assaults tend to put a damper on things. Even so, Octavia and Alonzo do manage to squeeze in a kiss or two. Priorities.
Octavia may not get her picturesque village and garden, but for now, she has a new friend and comrade--and maybe more--and together they just might survive.