Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Today on Novels On The Run it is a bit busy so I have the second blog tour for the day. I would like to welcome Australian kickass author, Bec McMaster to the blog. I am  doing a Q & A with her and I also have an International giveaway for 1 x copy of Kiss of Steel. This is book # 1 in the London Steampunk series.

Big thankyou to Sourcebooks sponsoring this giveaway.

My review for Kiss Of Steel & Tarnished Knight # 1.5



In Victorian London, if you’re not a blue blood of the Echelon then you’re nothing at all. The Great Houses rule the city with an iron fist, imposing their strict ‘blood taxes’ on the nation, and the Queen is merely a puppet on a string…

Lena Todd makes the perfect spy. Nobody suspects the flirtatious debutante could be a sympathizer for the humanist movement haunting London’s vicious blue blood elite. Not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can’t twist around her little finger, and the one man whose kiss she can’t forget…

Stricken with the loupe and considered little more than a slave-without-a-collar to the blue bloods, Will wants nothing to do with the Echelon or the dangerous beauty who drives him to the very edge of control. But when he finds a coded letter on Lena—a code that matches one he saw on a fire-bombing suspect—he realizes she’s in trouble. To protect her, he must seduce the truth from her.

With the humanists looking to start a war with the Echelon, Lena and Will must race against time—and an automaton army—to stop the humanist plot before it’s too late. But as they fight to save a city on the brink of revolution, the greatest danger might just be to their hearts…


Michelle:   What 5 words describe Bec McMaster the author?

BM: Hmm, I'll go with: creative, introverted, driven, optimistic, book-nerd.

Michelle:  I have a steampunk addiction. I am glad to see more and more steampunk stories being written. Do you have a genre addiction, or a particular author addiction?

BM: I'm so excited to see so many steampunk romances coming out in particular. It means I get to feed my own addiction and obviously I love anything weird and steampunky, but outside that genre it would be Urban Fantasy. The darker and grittier, the better. Hence my author addiction would be Stacia Kane.

OO Yes! I love Stacia Kane too. She writes Chess, one of my fave female leads so well.

Michelle:   Is there a song that you listened to, or you felt captured each of your books when writing? Please choose a song for each title:

BM:  I rarely listen to playlists or music when I write, but I'll give you a couple of songs I like:

Kiss of Steel:
Fighter by Christina Aguilera - this would be for Honoria


Tarnished Knight:
Hearts A Mess by Gotye

Heart of Iron:
Heavy in Your Arms by Florence and the Machine


My Lady Quicksilver (in stores October 2013):
Chop Suey from System of Down


Michelle:  I like to ask musical questions when I interview as it is different and sometimes challenging, or not, for the author, but I think the author’s response with the song they choose adds that bit more to a character. I like to put the YouTube lyrical clips up in the interview. Readers seem to like them. I find it interesting hearing what songs authors choose. I’ve had some great responses from some great authors.

What song best describe each of these individual characters:


Blade (hero in Kiss of Steel): 
Rock DJ by Robbie Williams - It's the swagger.


Rip (hero in Tarnished Knight):
Rolling in the Deep by Adele.

Will (hero in Heart of Iron): 
Bullet with Butterfly Wings by Smashing Pumpkins.


Jasper (hero in My Lady Quicksilver):
Stepping Stones by Duffy


Michelle:   What five words best describe each of these characters:


Blade: alpha, charmer, reckless, devilish, loyal.

Honoria: stubborn, proud, loyal, strong, clever.

Will: surly, protective, withdrawn, sexy, lone-wolf.

Lena: flirtatious, romantic, naive, optimist, crusader.

Jasper: dutiful, strict, clever, patient, honest.

Michelle:  Can you share a short excerpt from one of your favorite scenes in Heart of Iron?

BM: My favourite scene is a little too spoiler-ish, but I'll give you a quote from it instead. This is my hero, Will:

“I will give you the world,” he whispered, stroking the hair off her forehead. “I will protect you, I swear. I’ll never let you hurt again, I promise. Just come back, Lena. Come back and let me love you.”

I love this quote. I have it noted for my review as one of my faves when I was reading Heart of Iron.

Michelle:  Are there any other projects you are working on you could discuss? Will you always write in steampunk genre or is there another genre that interests you?

BM: Steampunk is one of my great loves, however I like anything of a spec-fic nature: dystopian, paranormal, fantasy, post-apoc, sci-fi etc. I tend not to define myself so much by genre - for me, the world is what's important and when it comes to me, it's often a mash-up of several different 'sub-genres'. The one thing I can guarantee? The romance.

As for things I'm working on... I have about six pieces in serious stages of progress, but we'll see how they go. I don't have a lot of time at the moment to write anything else, or even, you know, sleep. (:

Michelle:  I can see from the blurbs in this series that you are giving each of your guys a story and a woman. What will be the common theme that will link the books together, for those readers that haven’t started this series?

BM: Wow, I can't give too much away! The main arc is that we're building toward a confrontation, and that is all I will say on that. As for common themes in each book: family, finding your place in the world, and trust. They're my big three that seem to crop up in each book.

Michelle:  You write such rich story line and awesome characters! How much research did you need to do to get yourself off and running in the steampunk world.

BM: Thank you. I don't sit down and research before I start writing. I'll be honest, the main plot is my focus, and I research and add things in as I go along. The world just seems to pop up in my head, so I'm discovering it as much as my reader. That being said, with steampunk, I definitely need to know where history diverged in my series, as well as thinking of the possible ramifications of that. And of course, the gadgets. I love exploring what people have discovered over the years. It always amazes me what minds came up with centuries ago, but never seemed to get around to building - or didn't have the tech at the time to create it. So, for me steampunk is saying that those ideas were possible. In my world, they created it.

Michelle:   If you could invite 4 people/characters over for dinner, alive or fictional or dead, who would they be and why?

BM: I love this question. Let's see:

1. Meljean Brook, because I love her work.

2. Tom Hardy for the eye candy.

3. Wolverine.

4. Francis Crawford from the Dorothy Dunnett Lymond Chronicles.

Michelle:  The cover art for your series is just stunning. You must be very proud of the designer. Do you have poster sized images around your home framed, or do you do something else to capture your books at home, besides a copy sitting on a shelf?

BM: My mother-in-law framed Kiss of Steel for me for Christmas (I have the coolest M-I-L) but I'll admit I need to get my game on and create a wall somewhere.

Michelle:  Some authors get movie deals, TV series deals, get to meet somebody famous, what opportunities have opened up for you since becoming published, that you never dreamt were possible.

BM: I'm going to the Romance Writers of American National Conference this year, which I am beside myself for. For me, it's the idea of meeting so many of my favourite authors that thrills me. The main opportunity I'm looking at, however, is going full-time with my writing after I get back from America. It doesn't quite cover my wages yet, but I have the best boyfriend - he was the one who told me to do it. I'm giving myself two years to cover my wage, so fingers crossed I can keep doing what I love full-time.

Michelle: What has been a most memorable book signing you have been to and why, or meeting of another author you admired?

BM: I'd have to say my own book launch for Kiss of Steel. I've only ever been to one other book signing (Nalini Singh signed my book, yay!), but when KOS launched, heaps of local people showed up. There was 130 of us packed into the library, which was both amazing and terrifying, considering I like public speaking about as much as sticking my head in a tub full of eels.

Michelle:   If you could choose a chocolate or ice cream flavour that suited your life where you are now, what would it be?

BM: Maybe bubblegum? Full of surprises, but lots of fun.

Michelle: Thank you Bec for answering my questions, look forward to reading more in this exciting steampunk series :) 

BM: Thanks for having me!



In the mist-shrouded streets of London’s dreaded Whitechapel district, werewolves, vampires and a clockwork army are one step away from battle…


Lena Todd is the perfect spy. Nobody suspects the flirtatious debutante could be a rebel against London’s vicious elite—not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can’t twist around her little finger.

Will Carver, is more than man, he’s a verwulfen and he wants nothing to do with the dangerous beauty who drives him to the very edge of control. But when he finds Lena in possession of a coded letter, he realizes she’s in a world of trouble. To protect her, he’ll have to seduce the truth from her before it’s too late.

“Deftly blends elements of steampunk and vampire romance with brilliantly successful results…darkly atmospheric and delectably sexy.” –Booklist, starred review for KISS OF STEEL


Award-winning author Bec McMaster lives in a small town in Australia and grew up with her nose in a book. A member of RWA, she writes sexy, dark paranormals and steampunk romance. When not writing, reading, or poring over travel brochures, she loves spending time with her very own hero or daydreaming about new worlds. The third book in the London Steampunk series, My Lady Quicksilver will be in stores in October 2013. Read more about her at www.becmcmaster.com or follow her on Twitter @BecMcMaster


I meant to say Kiss Of Steel is the book giveaway, not Heart of Iron, I got confuzzed, sorry.


  1. I love urban fantasy/paranormal romance!

  2. I read anything as long as there´s a HEA and a great Hero. Steampunk, Historical, PNR, suspense, dystopian. And for the love of *!", if it´s a series of more than 8 books with one heroine, try and give her a HEA with someone who makes sense, don´t bait and switch. As a reader, I do get invested in the H/h.. *grumbl mumbl*
    Thanks for the giveaway, =) Sorry for the rant & Happy Tuesday!

  3. Love all your characters -- they really are a family you care about. Can't wait to read more about Jasper too.

  4. I love a lot of different genres, but steampunk is right up there, along with paranormal, historical and science fiction romance. I loved Kiss of Steel and I can't wait to read Heart of Iron, My Lady Quicksilver and any more books Bec McMaster writes. :D

  5. I would normally say anything Young Adult, but these days I read a wide variety and enjoy them all. New Adult is awesome and there are a lot of fantastic dystopian novels around as well. Thank you for the giveaway :)


  6. My favorite is urban fantasy romance.

  7. I love Historical anything & everything.

  8. My favorite genre was paranormal, urban fantasy and steampunk!!

  9. That's a hard question. I love anything paranormal/supernatural but I've been enjoying a lot of dystopian lately.

    Thanks for the giveaway Mich! I had no idea Bec was Aussie :) I need Aussie author to stalk--err. I mean follow ;)

    1. OO yes!! Aussie Aussie Aussie. Gotta read this series she is AWESOME!!! So is Rebekah Turner , also Aussie - Chaos Born!



    2. I just bought Kiss of Steel :) $6.50 from The Book Depo. Hello? Steal! Hope I like this series!!

    3. Rachel, we usually dig the same books, so I think you will love this series, it is really really good! Love it!!

      Mich :)

    4. I hope so too. I've been addicted to NA books lately and also making my way through Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark (I needed a new PNR series to read after reading the majority of the major ones) but I'm always on the lookout for the new series to start!

  10. Lately, it's been dystopian. But I read a mix of genres. Thanks.

  11. My favorite is paranormal, but I read and enjoy them all.

  12. Paranormal is my favorite.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. I am currently obsessed with Urban Fantasy, but I love anything paranormal.

  14. I have not read steampunk yet but I'm new fans of dysto :)


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