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Gaslights and Graves: Of Tinkers and Technomancers

With Gaslights and Graves coming out today, we’re featuring some of the novellas featured in the boxset!

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Title: Of Tinkers and Technomancers

Author: Katherine McIntyre

When technomancer Theo Whitfield’s sister goes missing, she’s forced to work alongside an arrogant prat she’s long despised, the tinker, Silas Kylock. Her sister nicked his clockwork doll, and she needs his help to track the stolen merchandise and by proxy, her sister. However, the more time they spend together, the more she sees Silas as the man she’d run through the streets of Islington with and not the insufferable gentleman he’s become.
Theo’s not the only one afflicted. Silas never forgot the loyal, stubborn woman whose temper he can’t help but spark, and as their search grows more dire, her dedication to her family inspires him to make sacrifices of his own. So when the hunt erupts into a deadly confrontation with the gangs of Islington, Theo and Silas aren’t just risking their hearts–their lives are on the line.
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Gaslights and Graves: Ensnared

With Gaslights and Graves coming out on May 8th, we’re featuring some of the novellas featured in the boxset!

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Title: Ensnared

Author: Katie Hayoz

Chicago is a muddy, monster-infested city, home to the both the penniless and the filthy rich. Levi Cannon is among the latter, but he doesn’t quite fit the mold of the upper class. His reputation says it all—from unsuitable women to unseemly weapons to an inappropriate attitude toward the family business. Worse, he secretly wants to hunt monsters, an occupation filled by lowlifes, outlaws, and bums. His brother, Amos, has always been the respectable one, and Levi’s father won’t let him forget it. It seems no matter what Levi does, he’ll never win his father’s favor.
When Amos is taken by sirens, Levi has reason to worry; these water-creatures devour men’s tongues to make their song sweet. Levi is suddenly thrust into the spotlight, giving him a chance to become the man his father wants him to be. The question is, will Levi do what is proper, or what is right?
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Gaslights and Graves Spotlight: Katherine McIntyre

“Because it took a stubborn technomancer willing to risk everything for those she cared about to remind me I was capable of a little daring too.”

My inclusion in the Gaslights and Graves boxset is Of Tinkers and Technomancers! This awesome collection of 8 different authors releases on May 8th, so I figured I’d share a little bit of what my steampunk romance is about!

When technomancer Theo Whitfield’s sister goes missing, she’s forced to work alongside an arrogant prat she’s long despised, the tinker, Silas Kylock. Her sister nicked his clockwork doll, and she needs his help to track the stolen merchandise and by proxy, her sister. However, the more time they spend together, the more she sees Silas as the man she’d run through the streets of Islington with and not the insufferable gentleman he’s become.

Theo’s not the only one afflicted. Silas never forgot the loyal, stubborn woman whose temper he can’t help but spark, and as their search grows more dire, her dedication to her family inspires him to make sacrifices of his own. So when the hunt erupts into a deadly confrontation with the gangs of Islington, Theo and Silas aren’t just risking their hearts–their lives are on the line.

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Weekly Word Count #138

Word Count: 17,234

What story I’m currently working on:

My god, what is this pace? I just hit 38k on the Wanderers story, which I’m projecting to be around 70k. I’ll probably flesh it out a little further in the edits, but for a YA urban fantasy, the fast pacing and rapidness of the story just works. I’ve been living and breathing this story the past couple weeks and it’s been the sort of experience that makes me fall in love with writing all over again.

However, I also started another story, because I decided to join in on the steampunk anthology, Corsets and Cogs, which is coming out in the spring! I hit 2k with it yesterday, which is the minimum amount for the set. The maximum is 10k, but I’m projecting it to fall around 5k, which I can finish over the next week. My hope is that by the end of the day today I’ll have hit 3k on this project and 40k on the Wanderers story.

What I’m editing/marketing: I think the beginning of February heralds a lot of the edits I’ve been waiting on, ones for Of Tinkers and Technomancers, as well as line edits for A Reflection of Ice. As for the multiple fulls and manuscripts I have out with agents and publishers, I’m living that waiting life. However, with two boxsets to promote (Corsets and Cogs, as well as Gaslight and Graves–both steampunk!) I’ll be super busy on the marketing front! I’m starting to get beta responses in on The Airship Also Rises, so that will be on my agenda soon 🙂

Teaser of the week:

_Each step forward offered a better view of the crystal walls ahead, the castle appearing like something out of a fairytale._(1)

Line of the week:

“Hey, Pops,” Bree called back down, offering a small wave. He might’ve been furious and disappointed with her the other day, but he wasn’t the sort to hold grudges. Not that she’d forgotten the dressing down. It was always the tiredness in his eyes when he reprimanded her that shredded her to pieces. That was her effect on everyone in the family. They’d all gotten tired of it over the years, her fury, her impulsiveness, her.

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Weekly Word Count #109

Word Count: 6500

What story I’m working on: Umm, I might be biting off more than I can chew, ha! So, with my secret Musketeers Pirate project, I hit 3k, Forged Decisions I slowed down to 15k, and I began my Steampunk with a Twist story, making it to 1500 words. I don’t normally balance three, but the Musketeers Pirate one is purely for fun, I’m a bit stalled on Forged Decisions until I find out the fate of the beginning of the series, and the Steampunk for a Twist one has a definite deadline, making it the easiest and clearest one to plunge into.

What I’m editing/marketing: Since Captivating Melody went through the rejection wringer, in the interim I re-read it and critiqued, so now I’m going through the edits and trying to prettify this old manuscript and inject some new life into it. I think there’s a lot of good I can do with it. Also, WAKING FOR WINTER is out!

Teaser of the week:

_Liv applied her cherry red lipstick in her rearview mirror with the precision of experience, her brand of war paint to give her confidence today._

Line of the week:

Droplets of salt water hit Fiona’s face as she propped herself up on the prow of the ship to catch the first glimpse of the land up ahead. Nine years had passed since she last set foot on this land—nine years since she’d been sold away and banished from this place. However, this time, she wasn’t a kid anymore. She’d trained, fought, and killed out on the seas, and this time, the entire country of Caer Donis better shake in their boots, because Fiona Blackwater had returned.