I 'met' Gail through the rather convoulted method of chancing upon the cover for her new book - Souless- and thinking WOW!
Then I read the blurb! and thought DOUBLE WOW!
Soulless, book the first in the Parasol Protectorate Series, is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of vampires, dirigibles, and tea.
Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she is being rudely attacked by a vampire to whom she has not been properly introduced!
Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire, and the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible.
Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society?
Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing?
Who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?
It is either Jane Austen does paranormal, or PG Wodehouse does steampunk and will be released by Orbit US October 1, 2009.
See what I mean??!!?? This is a book I want to read!
And then she has links to 'Vampire Hunters' on her website courtesy of marc17 [check out his LJ for more!] TRIPLE WOW!
So please, click to 'follow me', and keep her company and make me feel less Souless and sad ;)
ETA: Yay! Not feeling quite so lonely now, a big thank you to my newest blogger friends :-)
Happy Book Birthday!!!!
The Adamantine Palace lies at the centre of an empire that grew out of ashes. Once dragons ruled the world and man was little more than prey. Then a way of subduing the dragons alchemicly was discovered and now the dragons are bred to be little more than mounts for knights and highly valued tokens in the diplomatic power-players that underpin the rule of the competing aristocratic houses.
The Empire has grown fat.
A man prepared to poison the king just as he has poisoned his own father.
A man prepared to murder his lover and bed her daughter.
A man fit to be king?
Woo Hoo and congratulations!!!!
She also asked me which actor I'd take with me on a desert island - check out the interview to find out my answer to that [go on, you know you want to LOL! ] and all the other questions.
And if you leave a comment telling her which actor/actress *you* would take to a desert island, then you could win a signed copy of The Sweet Scent of Blood.
Emerging from the edit cave to say that the latest round of tweaks and changes and copy-edits on The Cold Kiss of Death [Spellcrackers.com book 2] have been delivered back to my editor - here's hoping she likes them *crosses fingers*. And of course, after I'd pressed that *send* button I had this fantastic high, thinking that Yay! I'd passed another milestone for Cold Kiss. Then of course, five minutes later, I'm back in the usual panic zone ... But a walk in the sunshine - and a good talking to from my BFF who quite rightly tells me I'm much too close to the screen to actually see it objectively and I'm feeling more optimistic. I love this book, Genny has some great adventures, and a lot to deal with personally, as well as a murder to solve, and a good few surprises along the way. [some which surprised me while I was writing; always a fantastic moment when that happens ;-)]
Not only that, The Sweet Scent of Blood comes out on the 30th April in mass market paperback and Gollancz have given it a wonderful new cover! Yay! Not that I didn't love the original, but squeeee!