Monday, May 20, 2013

A Matter of Circumstance and Celludrones: The Blurb Blitz Tour

A Matter of Circumstance and Celludrones
Dark Matters – Book 1
by Claire Robyns



A Victorian Steampunk/Paranormal adventure with strong elements of romance...

Lady Lily d'Bulier is prim, proper, and prefers to think of herself as pragmatic rather than timid. And avoiding life-threatening situations at all costs is just plain practical. But everything changes when Lord Adair tracks her down in London; searching for answers he seems to think she has.

Greyston Adair is a blackguard and a smuggler, although British Customs will have to catch him red-handed to prove the latter. Fortunately, the dirigibles they float around in have never been able to get near his air dust.

Hell is rising, One Demon at a Time...

With Lady Ostrich hunting them, and the mystery of how their lives tie back to Cragloden Castle and the powerful McAllister clan, Lily has no option but to throw propriety to the wind and run off with Greyston to Scotland, away from the immediate danger and toward possible answers.


Excerpt Two:

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.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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.

Visit Claire at her website or on twitter @clairerobyns or on facebook

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Claire will be awarding a $50 Amazon gift card to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour.

 Follow the tour and comment; the more they comment, the better their chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:


Mary Preston said...

I've enjoyed the tour thank you Claire & look forward to a great read.


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today.

M_Nark said...

How does one research a steampunk novel? I mean ... you're using historical facts, and then tweaking them a bit. Does your science have to be accurate (re: steam machines, etc)?

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Claire Robyns said...

Thanks for having me here today :)

Claire Robyns said...

M Nark, in the steampunks I've read,.there are varying degrees of accuracy ie often no explanation of workings is given, so the steam driven gadgets could be powered my magic LOL

I try to give a base explanation that could be the foundation of a reasonably believable invention... But I think there's always the assumption that pinch of magic dust is the final ingredient required to power the invention :)

Karen H in NC said...

You mentioned previously that there are 5 books in this series and the same characters appear throughout the series. I take it then it would be wise to read the books in order. Is that correct?

Well, it's the last day of the tour and I want to say I've enjoyed following you around, learning more about you and your books. So, thanks for a good time!

kareninnc at gmail dot com

Maria D. said...

You gotta love a hero with a dry sense of humor! I think that's what I like best about reading books set with British characters - their sense of humor is so different from the usual US sense of humor.

Thanks for the great tour - I've gotten to check out some new (and very interesting) blogs.

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Catherine Lee said...

Prim, proper, and pragmatic rather than timid...Lily is my kind of heroine. You're a new-to-me author and I've enjoyed getting to know you along the tour.
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

MomJane said...

I love regency novels, and this one sounds awesome with it's added paranormal sections. What fun to see how you have changed it ever so little, or maybe a lot. I guess I will have to read it to find out.

Ingeborg said...

It's been a fun tour, I'm looking forward to reading the book.


Claire Robyns said...

Karen, I try to feed a little of the backstory into each successive book so a new reader jumping in midway isn't totally lost... But not too much so as to bore readers who have read the previous books. So for the best experience this series will work better if read in order :)

Shannon R said...

Thanks for the great tour, I look forward to seeing more from this author

fencingromein at hotmail dot com

Jbst said...

It been a fun tour and reading your comments on the books. It's a series that I will be putting down on my list.

strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

Chelsea B. said...

Okay, seriously, how utterly AWESOME does this novel sound??? I'm diggin' the steampunk feel of it all-- also the cover. Definitely diggin' the cover.
Loved the tour!


bn100 said...

That was nice

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morgan said...

Hi Claire,
Enjoyed the cover and excerpt, but I still don't know what a celludrone is?

morgankwyatt at juno dot com

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