In my mailbox


disenchantedA pair of interesting books landed in my mailbox or should I say were plopped on my front porch, Lynn Viehl’s “Disenchanted & Co” and “The Clockwork Wolf.” Disenchanted & Co will be available January 28, 2014 from Pocket Books. As you can see from the picture, I have an Advanced Reader Copy that doesn’t give you a good look at the cover so I’ve added a better look at the cover art.

Disenchanted & a bindup of the first two parts of Disenchanted & Co series. “Her Ladyship’s Curse” and “His Lordship Possessed” that were published in ebook format in August and October this year.

Book description:

In the Provincial Union of Victoriana, a steampunk America that lost the Revolutionary War, Charmian “Kit” Kittredge makes her living investigating crimes of magic. While Kit tries to avoid the nobs of high society, she follows mysteries wherever they lead.

Unlike most folks, Kit doesn’t believe in magic, but she can’t refuse to help Lady Diana Walsh, who claims a curse is viciously wounding her while she sleeps. As Kit investigates the Walsh family, she becomes convinced that the attacks are part of a more ominous plot—one that may involve the lady’s obnoxious husband.

Sleuthing in the city of Rumsen is difficult enough, but soon Kit must also skirt the unwanted attentions of a nefarious deathmage and the unwelcome scrutiny of the police chief inspector. Unwilling to surrender to either man’s passion for her, Kit struggles to remain independent as she draws closer to the heart of the mystery. For the truth promises to ruin her life—and turn Rumsen into a supernatural battleground from which no one will escape alive.

The Clockwork Wolf (Disenchanted & Co.) will be available February 25, 2014 which seems a little near the knuckle time wise for readers unless they read Disenchanted & Co earlier in ebook format. I wonder why Pocket decided to release it so close (one month) to Disenchanted & Co ? I also wonder why Amazon has the digital ebook priced higher than the paperback? Hmmm? Maybe the price will change before the books become available?

As the proprietor of Disenchanted & Co. in a steampunk version of America, Charmian “Kit” Kittredge makes her living solving magical crimes. But when a snobbish lady begs for help, saving her reputation might very well cost Kit her life.

Doing a favor for deathmage Lucien Dredmore, Kit agrees to interview a newly widowed lady as a potential client. Upon meeting, however, she learns that the woman in question is none other than Lady Eugenia Bestly, president of the Rumsen Ladies Decency Society— someone who once led a vicious campaign to ruin Kit’s life. Ironically Lady Bestly now lives in fear herself, for the press is about to unmask her husband as the savage “Wolfman” who died while terrorizing the city.

As monstrous rampages continue to occur, Kit soon determines there is more than one Wolfman, and that they may themselves be victims of evil players. While avoiding both mechanized assassins and attempts by Dredmore and Chief Inspector Tom Doyle to take her under their protection, Kit follows a tangled path that leads from a prestigious gentlemen’s club fronting a hellish secret to a vengeful tribe and dangerous, ancient magics.

Author: Barry

A knight is sworn to valor.

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