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by Killarney Sheffield
Genre: Steampunk Historical Fiction
Release: June 29, 2012
Editor: Nancy Bell
Line Editor: Valerie Haley
Cover Designer: Marion Sipe
Alexandra Evans is a female inventor. Unusual, unconventional, assertive, and definitely not a lady. Lord Weston Grendal is your typical London gentleman. Dependable, stiff, stuffy and out of place in America. When they are thrown together to build a killing machine they must decide if the price of the innocent is worth their own freedom. Together they can re-invent love, but apart? Does love stand a chance?
He strolled by her and picked up another crate. “The name is Weston. I am a military strategist.”
“Really?” Alexandra observed him through new eyes.
“Really.” He headed for the door with his load and stacked it neatly on top of the first one.
“I never figured you for the intelligent type,” Alex smirked. He certainly didn't seem the type, though if truth be told he didn't seem any type, just plain, boring and unassuming.
He glanced at her and frowned, the look in his eyes frosty and guarded. “Strange, I never figured you for the intelligent type either.”
Maybe he wasn't as dull as she first thought. “That is typical of your gender I suppose. Men always underestimate a lady. Rest assured, my lord, we are not all swooning, confections of lace and ruffles, you know. Some of us actually have intellect.” She bit her lip, not meaning it to come across quite as sarcastic as it sounded.
With a shrug he crossed the room and picked up another crate. Alex finished sorting the pile then tossed the parts she wanted to take in another one. After nailing the lid in place she began to scoop the undesirable pieces into a pile. She glanced at Weston as he walked back and forth carrying the heavy wooden boxes. “Everyone calls me Alex.”
He paused, lifting an eyebrow. “Everyone?”
“My father.” She hated to admit she really didn't know anyone on a personal level.
“I see.” He continued with his job. “And your friends?”
“I don't have any...that is to say most people don't appreciate a woman who is confident and speaks her mind.”
“I see.” He grinned “In other words people see you as an oddball of sorts.”Arms akimbo she scowled at him. “You would work faster if you refrained from making ill-informed observations.” Again he grinned and headed for another box. The man is an arrogant rake. Imagine having the gall to...she sniffed...point out the obvious. She sighed and headed for the shelf of uncompleted and non-working inventions. Lovingly she touched each of her father's projects she had not the heart to toss out or try to get working on her own. Her fingers came away coated in dust and grime. She would crate them up and take them with her, rather than part with the reminder of him, she decided.
About the Author:
I’m the mother of five, married 15 yrs to a retired dairy farmer and currently reside in Alberta on a beef farm. When I am not writing I like showing my thoroughbred stallion (nicknamed Love Monkey), gardening, camping, listening to my ipod (favorite song- 1985) and even playing a little guitar hero with the kids (sadly I am still on easy level).An interesting fact about me…well there’s lots but the one that relates most to writing is the fact that my husband and I knew each other for five months before we got married. Perhaps this is why I love Historical Romance. Marriages often began with two virtual strangers.
Most memorable moments…auditioning for a spot on the Royal Lipizzaner Tour and getting to ride one of those gorgeous horses, and the acceptance email from Lea.
Pet peeves… ornery computers and people who pronounce my name wrong.
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