Ella and Alice are trying to forge a path with the men they love in a world reeling from the Great War and the influenza pandemic that left the countryside crawling with the undead.
Then Alice goes missing without a trace, until the new vermin queen sends an invitation--Ella is welcome to try and rescue her friend before Elizabeth lets her subjects tear the housemaid apart.
To save Alice, Ella must venture into a subterranean world ruled by her former step-mother. But does Elizabeth play to merely torment Ella, or is there a more sinister purpose? One tied to the endless wave of vermin spreading across Europe?
Someone is going to lose this game and forfeit their head, but will it be Ella or Elizabeth?
Elements of this novel are inspired by Alice in Wonderland. A fairytale retelling perfect for fans of Aya Ling, Marissa Meyer, Chanda Hahn and KM Shea.
Keywords: young adult, historical fantasy, fairytale, fairy-tale retelling, Edwardian, zombies, romance
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Loki pilots a long-range airship to the farthest reaches of the globe and touches down in an alternate Aotearoa under Maori rule. He is tasked with establishing a trade route with the new country but what he finds is a strange beast killing the settlers and tensions igniting between the English and Maori inhabitants. There's also a certain fierce Maori (or two) who make pangs spear through his torso and strange new emotions spring to life in his mind.
Before Loki can return to England he needs to secure access to valuable trade goods, defuse hostilities, and find a killer. He should also see a doctor about that ache in his chest... it just might kill him.
Keywords: steampunk, gaslamp, historical fantasy, victorian, paranormal romance, action and adventure, alternate history, new zealand, maori
Viscount Nathaniel Lyons is a man of numerous secrets, but there is one in particular that threatens his fledgling relationship with Cara. Stunned by Nate's revelation, and before she can absorb the ramifications of his actions, he is arrested, charged with treason and imprisoned in the grim Tower of London. He stole something the mad queen wants, and only has days to deliver, before his date with the executioner.
Although sorely tempted, Cara can't let him die on Tower Green, not when their connection means she would share his fate.
Only together can Cara and Nate figure out how to wrestle Hatshepsut's Collar from around the queen's neck, before she plunges Britain into a world war. The search for answers sends Cara to the opulent Winter Palace of St Petersburg and the frozen depths of Siberia, with every step shadowed by an enemy with his own dark plans.
A steampunk adventure perfect for fans of Gail Carriger, Shelley Adina, CJ Archer and Bec McMaster.
Keywords: steampunk, gaslamp, historical fantasy, victorian, paranormal romance, action and adventure, alternate history