Our next featured author is the smart and talented Corrina Lawson. She has donated a copy of The Curse of the Brimstone Contract to the SFR Variety Bundle in our raffle, so be sure to enter!
The Curse of the Brimstone Contract, the Steampunk Detectives, Book 1
Magic existed at the fringes until Prince Albert discovered he was a mage. Now he and others like him are leading a revolution in steam technology that’s held tight in the grip of the upper classes.
A man of half-Indian heritage, rejected by his upper-crust, mage-gifted family, Gregor Sherringford lives in working-class London, investigating cases involving magic among the lower classes. But he’s never met a client quite like spirited, stubborn Joan Krieger.
Joan’s dream was to lead a fashion revolution designing women’s clothing suited to the new technology. But when her richest client mysteriously dies outside her shop, it deals a mortal blow to her dreams.
She hopes the handsome, enigmatic detective can prove the death a magical murder. She never expected a dark plot would be woven right into the fabric of her family. Or that cracking the case will mean merging gifts, minds—and hearts—with the one man who could be her partner in every way. If they survive the release of a soul-binding curse.
Corrina is a former newspaper reporter with a degree in journalism from Boston University. A mom of four, she now works from home writing romance novels with a geeky twist and as the Content Director and co-founder of GeekMom.com.
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Q. When did I realize SF Romance was a genre?
A. I was lamenting the lack of good science fiction romance in an article for Sequential Tart (www.sequentialtart.com) some years back and a bunch of readers replied to the article and recommended a bunch of books. That’s when I realized it was a cool and valid thing—I’d just needed somewhere to start.
Q. What SFR book had the most impact on your reading or writing?
A. Linnea Sinclair’s Gabriel’s Ghost. Oh, heck, everything by Linnea Sinclair, since after I read one, I snapped them all up. I love her characters, her world-building, and her break-neck pacing. They’re the best romantic adventure stories.
I need to mention, though, Cordelia’s Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold. One of my favorite books ever and, to me, it’s a SF romance as well, even if it’s shelved in SF.
Q. Do my books lean more SF or romance?
A. To me, they’re both and both elements are entwined but I suspect since I grew up reading SF, that to pure romance readers, they veer more towards SF. The heat levels vary from sweet (I couldn’t get those repressed Victorians into bed in my steampunk so there’s lot of sexual tension instead!) to explicit, with my damaged, dark hero in Phoenix Legacy. I would say Phoenix Inheritance might be the most purely romantic of my stories, as the world building is at the edges.
Corrina’s question for readers:
What do you love most about the books you love? I’m always curious about that. For me, it’s always characters. If I bond to a character, I’m happy.
Answer for an entry in our Blog Lovin’ Bundle drawing.