We’re less than a month out from the release of Demon in the Machine, my latest novel!! This is a f/f steampunk paranormal romance with a bit of a mystery.
I wrote it because I needed an authorial palate cleanser. Five Moons Rising (my previous novel, which is contemporary paranormal) was quite dark, and I decided to try my hand at something that was a lot lighter, at least for me.
The story takes place in late Victorian London, and features steampunk technology that is heavily augmented through the use of demonic magic. Most people can’t view the arcane runes and inscriptions that bend infernal magic into the shape practitioners want it to take. However, those with enough demon blood in their veins, they see a London where glowing characters scrawl across most of the great technological wonders of the day.
It’s against this backdrop that Briar, a half-demon archivist and Isabella Castel, the only daughter of Viscount Sherard, find themselves thrown together to figure out what powers the newest model of horseless carriage. Briar suspects something is very wrong with the new carriages. She doesn’t give Isabella much choice in helping her. Along the way, they discover that they enjoy working together, and they strike sparks of attraction off each other while getting pulled deeper and deeper into the intersections of technology and magic. Not all is as it seems, and they’ll take to the skies and head underground while trying to stem a magical reckoning no one saw coming.