We have a wonderful guest author post today. MJ Scott has a great series – Half-Light City Series – and you are going to want to add these books to your TBR pile!
Book 1 – September 2011
On one side, the Night World, rules by the Blood Lords and the Beast Kind. On the other, the elusive Fae and the humans, protected by their steadfast mages…
Born a wraith, Lily is a shadow who slips between worlds. Brought up by a Blood Lord and raised to be his assassin, she is little more than a slave. But when Lily meets her match in target Simon DuCaine, the unlikely bond that develops between them threatens to disrupt an already stretched peace in a city on the verge of being torn apart…
Book 2 – June 2012
Imagine a city divided. A city where human and Fae magic rests uneasily next to the vampire Blood and the shapeshifting Beasts. A city where a fragile peace is brokered by a treaty that set the laws for all four races…a treaty that is faltering day by day.
I didn’t plan on becoming a thief and a spy. But options are limited for the half-breed daughter of a Fae lord. My father abandoned me but at least I inherited some of his magic, and my skills with charms and glamours mean that few are as good at uncovering secrets others wish to hide. Right now the city has many secrets. And those who seek them pay so well…
I never expected to stumble across a Templar Knight in my part of the city. Guy DuCaine is sworn to duty and honor and loyalty—all the things I’m not. I may have aroused more than his suspicion but he belongs to the Order and the human world. So when treachery and violence spill threaten both our worlds, learning to trust each other might be the only thing that saves us.
But even if a spy and a holy knight can work together, finding the key to peace is never going to be easy…
Book 3 – April 2013
Imagine a city divided. Fae and human mages on one side, vampire Blood Lords and shape-shifting Beast Kind on the other. Between these supernatural forces stands a peace treaty that threatens to shatter at the slightest provocation….
I was raised to do the right thing. But to my family that means staying safe behind the walls of human society. To be a respectable metalmage and never put myself at risk. But the treaty is faltering. And if it fails, nothing is safe. To help save the city and everyone I care about, I will use whatever means I can to ensure the negotiations to renew the treaty are successful—even if that means forging an alliance with a man who is the very opposite of the right thing….
Fen is trouble. Wild. He would rather bind himself in iron and drink himself into oblivion than learn to master the visions that come to him. Those visions might just hold the key to peace, and it seems that my power might hold the key to his control—if I can keep it around him….
Book 4 is in the works, so watch her website for more news.
Now for the interrogation (wiggle eyebrows)
Yay! Steampunk. Even though what I write is technically gaslight fantasy (no gadgets) but bonus magic and vampires and werewolves and knights, I do love steampunk.
What does Steampunk mean to you?
When I think of Steampunk, I think Victorian, gaslight, goggles, gadgets, derring do and great outfits.
What is your favorite thing about steampunk or writing about steampunk?
I like the idea of gadgets and being able to take some of the fun things about Victorian society and play off them. My world has that sort of level of tech because iron and silver are strictly controlled and it’s interesting to work out the impact that sort of problem (or the introduction of great steampunk inventions and differences) has on the world.
What is your favorite steampunk accessory?
I am a fan of goggles. Also cool boots with buckles or buttons. And clockwork jewelry. And of course, a great tight fitting pair of breeches on a hero never goes astray.
What turned you on to steampunk?
I always liked old school books like Jules Verne with weird machines and adventures. In terms of modern steampunk, I got back into it via Gail Carriger and through, around about that time and even earlier, seeing the rise of the steampunk culture and all the great outfits and costumes that people were coming up with via the internet.
Do you have any upcoming Steampunk stories you can tell us about?
My next book in my gaslight fantasy Half-Light City series is Iron Kin (out on 2 April). I’d like to write a full-on steampunk one day and have a glimmer of an idea.
Who is your favorite character of all from one of your Steampunk stories?
I’m quite fond of my blind vampire scientist, Atherton. And my spies and assassins. But asking an author to pick a favorite is unfair!
What’s the hardest thing about creating a Steampunk universe?
I think it’s the challenges of working out how the steampunk elements affect the world and the history of how they came about.
What’s the easiest thing about creating a Steampunk universe?
Having fun dressing my characters in gorgeous outfits! And, in terms of full on steampunk, dreaming up gadgets is awesome.
What does steampunk allow you to do as a writer that no other genres can?
I think you get to blend science, history and even fantasy with great adventures. You can create characters who appeal to readers who don’t have to be as true to a real Victorian or equivalent historical setting as straight history would be and you still have a level of familiarity so everything isn’t completely new to the reader.
What are the challenges and advantages to writing a steampunk story?
Making all of the above work and keeping the story and the emotional journeys of the character’s real and engaging.
How much research does it take and how much imagination.
For me, the balance is tilted towards imagination. I do the research I need to do and let it fly from there.
PRIZE ALERT: So that’s what I love about Steampunk and Gaslight fantasy…how about you? What draws you to these stories? I’m giving away a copy of Shadow Kin and a copy of Blood Kin for the best comments!