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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

GC Giveaway & An Excerpt from A Matter of Circumstance and Celludrones by Claire Robyns

I have another excerpt for you, this one from a Victorian Steampunk Paranormal. The author, Claire Robyns, lives in Berkshire, England, with her husband and twin boys. For so long as she has memories, she was either reading, dreaming about reading, or planning what she'd be reading next. Then one day she started dreaming about writing and that was the beginning of an amazing journey.

When Claire isn't thigh-deep in laundry, shopping, cooking and general crowd control, you'll find her head-and-heart-deep in the tangled lives of her characters.

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Evelyn was even more intrigued when she entered the drawing room. Not only was Lily’s mysterious gentleman the scrumptious Lord Adair from the previous night, but the two of them looked as if they’d been caught in flagrante. Lord Adair’s neck cloth looked as if it had been tied in unseemly haste—by a blind man. Lily’s skirts were scuffed and wrinkled and her bodice wasn’t sitting quite straight.

Lily left his side to meet Evelyn halfway across the room.

“If I’d known you were being ravished by Lord Dashing down here,” Evelyn declared in a whisper, “I would have stayed up there—” she raised her eyes to the ceiling “—another twenty minutes.”

“Don’t be absurd.” Lily’s hands flew to her hair.

“It’s your skirts that need patting down.” She linked her arm in Lily’s and strolled in the direction of Lord Adair, keeping her voice low. “What did he do? Drag you into the woods and toss you over a log?”

Lily went white in the face.

“By God.” Evelyn surged forward. “I’ll deal with the bloody Scotsman.”

“Evie, no, wait.” Lily dug her heels in. “Nothing happened. Must you always latch onto the most preposterous conclusions?”

Evelyn’s brows drew tight. Something felt wrong, but her friend made a valid point. She was rash and brash, a fact she’d never denied. She kept her sharp tongue on a leash and turned a smile on the man instead as they drew close. “How charming, Lord Adair, I was hoping we’d see more of you.”

“Lady Harchings.” He inclined his head in greeting.

Clearly not trusting her to keep the peace, Lily inserted breathlessly, “I was just telling Lady Harchings that we were riding in the park—”

“And your horses tossed both of you?” Evelyn couldn’t resist.

Lily rewarded her with a glare. “We were in Lord Adair’s carriage, but, um, yes, a rabbit or fox must have run across the path because one of the horses took fright—”

“You really should train them better,” Evelyn told him.

“The rabbits or the horses?” Lord Adair riposted dryly, his eyes never leaving Lily and a grin tugging at his mouth.


A Matter Of Circumstance and Celludrones by Claire Robyns
Publisher: Claire Robyns
Series: Dark Matters #1
Genre: Steampunk, romance
Formats: ebook, paperback
Length: 563 KB, 208 pages
Release Date: September 24, 2012
Buying Links: Barnes & Noble | Amazon

Claire will be awarding a $50 Amazon gift card to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour.  If you follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:



  1. I do love a quick wit & Lord Adair has it in spades.


  2. I love the humor in the excerpt, thank you.


  3. Don't you just hate it when someone interrupts Lily and Lord sounds as if things were just getting interesting between them:) Thanks for the excerpt and the giveaway

    junegirl63 at gmail dot com

  4. LOL...sounds like a pretty humorous and witty book:)

  5. I like that last line in the excerpt. I like a book with a bit of wit and humor.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  6. Thanks for having me here today :)

    And thanks for the lovely comments, everyone

  7. I like your author photo, how did you create the effect?

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  8. I love regency romances. This one sounds as though it has a lot of excitement in it also. I hope the rest of the book is as fun as this excerpt.

  9. Another question concerning this book etc - will the other books in the series be intertwined with this book or can they be read as stand alones?
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  10. I love the name Evelyn. I'm so glad it came back into fashion right around the time I'm having kids! lol

    andralynn7 AT gmail dot com

  11. With each excerpt I read, I just like "Lord Dashing" even more. He really is a sly rogue with a quick wit. He's got trouble written all over him.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  12. Just bought it for my Nook... have spent the entire tour waffling about it, but I can't stop thinking about it (and the gorgeous cover), so ... yeah... it's MINE. YAY!

    Mnark111 AT gmail DOT com

  13. Thank you, M_Nark, hope you enjoy :)


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