Monday 4 July 2011

Excerpt from Victorian Scoundrel

I'm excited to announce that my latest release, a steampunk romance, "Victorian Scoundrel" book 1 of The Windsor Diaries is out today. It's avail as an ebook only for Amazon, Nook, Sony ereader, Kobo and in various formats.

Here's a link to the You Tube Video Trailer:
Here's a blurb:

It's 2010 and compressed natural gas has taken over form the coal producing steam machines of the Victorian Age. Alice Windsor, Princess of York, follows her mischief-making cousin, Prince Edmund of Wales back to the past and 1851 where Prince Albert is hosting Britain's Great Exhibition.

Alice soon discovers Edmund has struck up a friendship with their great-grandfather, Prince Albert, and his mischief making entails leaving a dinosaur-sized footprint in history. She also meets Grayson Kentfield, Earl Swinton, and the Prime Minister, Sir John Russell. The Prime Minster finds her odd, to say the least.

It's only when Alice falls for the handsome Earl Swinton does she realize the dangers of time travel. How can she give her heart to a man from the past while striving to stop Edmund from changing time with his forward thinking ideas?


Enjoy this excerpt:
Tired and thirsty, she finally made it to the courtyard. Edmund was nowhere to be found. She should have expected it, really. No doubt he was in the palace filling their great-grandfather's head with forward-thinking ideas. She crossed her arms, staring at the steps. Several carriages waited nearby. No one in their right mind would let her into the palace looking like she did -- like she had just stepped out of the gutter.

"Excuse me, who are you?"

Alice spun around to find herself face-to-face with two gentlemen who stood near one of the waiting carriages. One gentleman was older, Alice guessed in his fifties, one younger. The older gentleman stared at her like she truly was a guttersnipe, but the younger one -- he was tall, with chiseled cheeks and sensitive hazel eyes. His broad chest filled his suit well and he measured her with a cool, appraising look that hinted at... appreciation. An uncomfortable feeling washed over her. Never had a man's stare made her feel so... warm.

"Well?" asked the older gentleman.

Alice straightened her posture with her usual royal dignity and took off her glasses as she always did when she introduced herself. "I am Her Royal Highness, Princess Alice of York."

The men looked at each other, at her, then back at themselves. She wasn't sure if they were befuddled, confused, or wanted to laugh. Finally, the older gentleman spoke. "Princess Alice is seven years old."

Alice bit the inside of her lip, realizing she had totally forgotten where she was due to the younger gentleman's attention. She slid her glasses back on. "Simply call me Alice -- Alice Windsor."

"And you may call me Prime Minister."


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Lindsay Townsend said...

Intriguing excerpt, Steph! Love the ideas here! Congratulations on your latest release!

Barbara Ehrentreu said...

Steph, this looks like the kind of book I like! I will be putting it on my TBR list!!!

Sue Perkins said...

Another one for my reading list. Definitely my kind of book. Well done Steph - see you on Thursday on my blog.

Mona Risk said...
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Mona Risk said...

It's a delightful story I enjoyed reading and highly recommend.

Stephanie Burkhart said...

Lindsay, thanks so much and congrats on your latest release as well!

lionmother, Yay! Alice & Edmund are a bunch of fun!

Sue, I think you will really enjoy this book it's more lighthearted and filled with mischief!

Mona, I can't thank you enough for helping me with it.

Barbara Elsborg said...

I just love the cover!!! The book sounds great!

Stephanie Burkhart said...

Thanks Barbara it was a lot of fun!