Thursday, May 9, 2013

Blurb Blitz Tour ~ A Matter Of Circumstance And Celludrones by Claire Robyns With Giveaway

A Victorian Steampunk/Paranormal adventure with strong elements of romance...

Lady Lily d'Bulier is prim, proper, and prefers to think of herself as pragmatic rather than timid. And avoiding life-threatening situations at all costs is just plain practical. But everything changes when Lord Adair tracks her down in London; searching for answers he seems to think she has.

Greyston Adair is a blackguard and a smuggler, although British Customs will have to catch him red-handed to prove the latter. Fortunately, the dirigibles they float around in have never been able to get near his air dust.

Hell is rising, One Demon at a Time...

With Lady Ostrich hunting them, and the mystery of how their lives tie back to Cragloden Castle and the powerful McAllister clan, Lily has no option but to throw propriety to the wind and run off with Greyston to Scotland, away from the immediate danger and toward possible answers.

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Evelyn was even more intrigued when she entered the drawing room. Not only was Lily’s mysterious gentleman the scrumptious Lord Adair from the previous night, but the two of them looked as if they’d been caught in flagrante. Lord Adair’s neck cloth looked as if it had been tied in unseemly haste—by a blind man. Lily’s skirts were scuffed and wrinkled and her bodice wasn’t sitting quite straight.

Lily left his side to meet Evelyn halfway across the room.

“If I’d known you were being ravished by Lord Dashing down here,” Evelyn declared in a whisper, “I would have stayed up there—” she raised her eyes to the ceiling “—another twenty minutes.”

“Don’t be absurd.” Lily’s hands flew to her hair.

“It’s your skirts that need patting down.” She linked her arm in Lily’s and strolled in the direction of Lord Adair, keeping her voice low. “What did he do? Drag you into the woods and toss you over a log?”

Lily went white in the face.

“By God.” Evelyn surged forward. “I’ll deal with the bloody Scotsman.”

“Evie, no, wait.” Lily dug her heels in. “Nothing happened. Must you always latch onto the most preposterous conclusions?”

Evelyn’s brows drew tight. Something felt wrong, but her friend made a valid point. She was rash and brash, a fact she’d never denied. She kept her sharp tongue on a leash and turned a smile on the man instead as they drew close. “How charming, Lord Adair, I was hoping we’d see more of you.”

“Lady Harchings.” He inclined his head in greeting.

Clearly not trusting her to keep the peace, Lily inserted breathlessly, “I was just telling Lady Harchings that we were riding in the park—”

“And your horses tossed both of you?” Evelyn couldn’t resist.

Lily rewarded her with a glare. “We were in Lord Adair’s carriage, but, um, yes, a rabbit or fox must have run across the path because one of the horses took fright—”

“You really should train them better,” Evelyn told him.

“The rabbits or the horses?” Lord Adair riposted dryly, his eyes never leaving Lily and a grin tugging at his mouth.

Claire Robyns lives in Berkshire, England, with her husband and twin boys. For so long as she has memories, she was either reading, dreaming about reading, or planning what she'd be reading next. Then one day she started dreaming about writing and that was the beginning of an amazing journey.

When Claire isn't thigh-deep in laundry, shopping, cooking and general crowd control, you'll find her head-and-heart-deep in the tangled lives of her characters.

Visit Claire at her website www.clairerobyns.com or on twitter @clairerobyns or on facebook www.facebook.com/clairerobyns

********* GIVEAWAY *********

Claire will be awarding a $50 Amazon gift card to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour. For more chances to enter you can follow the tour HERE

14 comments:

Judy Croome | @judy_croome said...

This is a great steampunk read fast paced and good chemistry between Lily and Greyston looking forward to the rest of the series

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Maria D. said...

Thanks for the excerpt! I love reading steampunk and really love the names Claire has chosen for her characters - I especially like "Lady Ostrich" as the villain...Thanks for the giveaway

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Claire Robyns said...

Thanks for having me over today :)

Judy and Maria, thanks so much for the lovely comments

Ingeborg said...

Sounds like a great read, thank you.

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Shannon R said...

Thanks for sharing the excerpt, I have a feeling I will like these characters

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MomJane said...

This really sounds like a fun and exciting story. I loved the excerpt.

bn100 said...

Very nice excerpt

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Catherine Lee said...

I've not read any steampunk. What can I expect from it that will be different from a regular historical?
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Chelsea B. said...

Already rooting for this couple!

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Mary Preston said...

Calling a gentleman scrumptious just conjures us all sorts of yummy images.

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Karen H in NC said...

Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!
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Andra Lyn said...

I have to say that the cover is absolutely GORGEOUS!! I totally love it! Perfect for a steampunk gem! Super excited to start reading!

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Jbst said...

Looks like a good read. Enjoyed the excerpt.
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