Hot Halloween Heroes Blog Hop

Monday, October 28, 2013

 
I am very excited to participate in Felicity Heaton's Hot Halloween Heroes Giveaway Hop! For this Blog Hop, I thought I would take a minute to introduce you to the hot heroes of my upcoming work, Chasing the Star Garden.

One thing about Lily Stargazer, the protagonist of my new novel, is that she seems to like her men . . . older. Lily is in her early 20s. She is a pretty wild girl, an opium addict and something of a drunk. But she is a woman who is also very kind, very loving, and very talented. She cares deeply about those close to her and would give her life to protect them. But, like many women with a shattered past, she is a bit of a mess in her love life. While she has a history of lovers, she is currently bouncing between two men: the infamous Lord Byron who sponsors her airship racing team, and her tinker friend Salvatore Colonna, an Italian ex-pat living in London.
 

Meet Lord Byron:



While I was writing the novel, I used the images of the historical George Gordon Noel, Lord Byron to inspire me. Of course, the real Lord Byron never knew an airship racer named Lily Stargazer, but in my novel, Lily and Byron have been lovers for years. They are a no-strings-attached relationship, but they also value, trust, and love one another in their own unique way. They are well suited to one another in the bedroom, but not well-suited together for any kind of domestic life. I think this is why their relationship works so well. Byron is in his 30s during their romance. I often wonder who might play Byron if the book were ever turned into a film. The actor would need to be stunning, particularly the eyes, but also have a somewhat "mad" look behind his eyes. I have one guess, Johnathan Rhys Meyers of "The Tudors" fame:


Meet Salvatore Colonna:

Lily and Sal have been lovers for the last couple of years. Salvatore is a very gifted tinker and a bit of a recluse. Lily and Sal have always had a special relationship. She feels like there is something special about him, but she is not the kind of girl to commit to one man. Sal is more than twice her age, but he is willing to travel on her adventure in Chasing the Star Garden just to get closer to her. Sal is Italian, older, and has long silver and black hair. I could only find one great match for him, a mature Daniel Day Lewis:


Now that you have met Lily's men, it's time for a giveaway! Thanks to Felicity Heaton and Indie Romance Books for organizing the blog hop!

 

I have the following up for grabs:


A Steampunk Book Locket



An ARC of Chasing the Star Garden

An opium-addicted beauty.
An infamous poet living in self-imposed exile.
An ancient treasure about to fall into the wrong hands.

Melanie Karsak's Chasing the Star Garden takes readers on a thrilling adventure from the gritty opium dens of gaslamp London to the gem-colored waters of the ancient world. Lily Stargazer, a loveable but reckless airship racer with a famous lover and shattered past, reluctantly plunges into a centuries-old mystery in a romantic adventure best described as Dan Brown meets Mary Shelley.

It all begins on one of the worst days of Lily’s life. She just lost the London leg of the 1823 Airship Grand Prix. To top it off, a harlequin fleeing from constables shoved a kaleidoscope down her pants, told her to fly to Venice, then threw himself from her airship tower. What’s a girl to do? For Lily, the answer is easy: drink absinthe and smoke opium. 

Lily’s lover, Lord Byron, encourages her to make the trip to Venice. Lily soon finds herself at the heart of an ancient mystery which has her running from her past and chasing true love and the stars along the way. 

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36 comments:

  1. I have not but my fiance loves them.

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  2. No I haven't, but CHASING THE STAR GARDEN looks like a good one to start with

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    1. Wonderful, Jessica! Thanks for entering!

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  3. ni i havent but Chasing the Star Garden looks and sounds amazing thanks for a great giveaway

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  4. Yes I have read several and love them Chasing the Star Garden sounds awesome!

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    1. They are a lot of fun, aren't they! Thanks so much for entering!

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  5. I got introduced to steampunk through Gail Carriger's books. From there I started finding steampunk authors and building up a small collection of favorite novels. The rest is history...lol

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    1. I like Gail as well . . . I guess the rest is, well, alternative history! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  6. No, I haven't. But I can't wait to read this one!

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  7. :) Love Steampunk and can't wait to read CTSG!

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    1. Hey readers . . . "Armored Hearts" is another amazing steampunk work! And I hear the author is super nice (cough . . . smile) Thanks for stopping by, Pauline!

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  8. I have read a few Steampunk romances like Wicked As They Come.

    angelheart618@gmail.com

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  9. No, not yet, I am interested in trying one.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

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    1. Fantastic, Jean! it is a lot of fun to read alternative history! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  10. I have read one...I reviewed the author's first book and it was tremendous for me. I asked questions for those of us unused to the genre and he included diagrams in his book, as well as maps of the country he was describing. It was amazing! I look forward to reading this book as well. I love steampunk. It's a much better alternative than the outcome according to other dystopian authors. michelle_willms(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. There is something very life-affirming about many steampunk works. My novel is mainly set in London, so the setting with be recognizeable, but then I play with the technology of the day. :) That is really interesting about the maps, Michelle. Who was the author?

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  11. I can't say I have read one in this series, but they sound interesting and would love to read one. Thanks for the chance.

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    1. Thanks for entering, Julie! It's a new series, so you are just in time!

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  12. I haven't read any but I have some on my TBR list.
    THanks for the giveaway!

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  13. Yes :) I love a good Steampunk novel every now and again! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. Yep. The first one I read is The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook. I like the genre very much!

    Mims

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  15. I haven't read one yet. But I look forward to reading one soon! ;)

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    1. Great, Ann! Lots of fun reads out there! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  16. I have only read a few because I just started getting into the genre. I intend to read many more :)

    Krysta b.

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  17. I've only read one or two novels, but I'm a huge fan of the Girl Genius webcomic series!

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  18. I've only read one and I really enjoyed it. I've added more to my TBR pile.

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  19. I have, and enjoy steampunk immensely! The Vampire Empire trilogy straddles several genres (futuristic paranormal steampunk?), but it's one of my favorites.

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