Those of you that have followed me since the beginning know that I'm a big fan of the steampunk genre. So of course, I've always wanted to dive into a world of steam and corsets and dangerous parasols. Needless to say, I am beyond excited for this project. I'll be releasing it early summer 2017 (fingers crossed), and I think it's going to be a big mess of creepy fun. I bring you QUEEN VICTORIA'S MONSTERS!
Here's the rough synopsis (subject to change):
"Lightning storms always bring bad news. I learned of my dear husband's death during a lightning storm. So when I heard the bell chime above a clap of thunder that shook the windows and rattled my teeth, I knew whoever was ringing brought bad luck with them. When I opened the door I felt the force of the wind and the rain on my face, and it was none other than Queen Victoria herself who bore the bad news.
"Your husband was Charles Harkness," she said, without bothering with a greeting. "And I am here to tell you that he is far from dead."
Amelia Harkness is a young widow, too forward, too loud, and too smart for London society. But when she is awakened by Queen Victoria on a stormy night in April, Amelia's life is changed. The Queen claims to know her late husband, and says he is very much alive. But before Amelia learns the truth she must do one thing for the queen: Offer lodging to a group the queen affectionately calls her "Monsters."
The task seems easy enough, and Amelia accepts. However, it isn't British spies that show up on Amelia's doorstep, but a very strange group of people. A woman that dresses in men's suits and can disappear into shadows; a man who can see great distances and can find things that otherwise would be lost forever; a young boy who can jump great distances; and a woman older than Amelia who has been fitted with bionic parts, leaving her more machine than woman.
Amelia becomes more involved with the group when her life is threatened by a band of men with metal faces. And as the clues unravel, Amelia's new friends increasingly look to her for leadership as they track the dastardly criminals throughout London, fighting their way to the truth. But truth isn't always pleasant, and it becomes apparent that it isn't Queen Victoria's Monsters that the villains want, but Amelia herself.
If Amelia wants to survive, she's going to have to reveal hard truths about who the men are and why she is the target. But most of all, she's going to have to discover why the queen of England chose her, and it wasn't because of who her husband knew. Queen Victoria somehow knew what Amelia was capable of. And it had nothing to do with how to run a household.
It takes a Monster to know a Monster. But Amelia will be damned if she's going to let anyone determine her fate. Even if that person is the queen herself.
And here is the cover: