Saturday, April 13, 2019

The Heart Collector by Barbara Russell - Book Tour + Giveaway

The Heart Collector
Auckland Steampunk Book 1
by Barbara Russell

Steampunk, Romantic Suspense

Auckland, 1884

The Supernaturals are frightened. Despite being able to do extraordinary
things like teleporting or lighting a fire with a stare, a serial
killer, the Heart Collector, is slaughtering them. He rips their
chests open and removes their hearts.

While other aristocratic, nineteen-year-old girls spend time dancing,
Isabel trains hard to become an MI7 agent—Military Intelligence
Seventh Division, a crime squad run by Supernaturals. The Heart
Collector murdered her best friend, and enrolling at MI7 is the best
way to help catch the killer.

Isabel senses other people’s feelings as if they were her owns. But MI7’s
leader is too worried about Isabel’s safety to let her join the team.

Eager to prove that her power is valuable, Isabel volunteers to meet Murk,
a dangerous Supernatural man who can turn himself invisible. MI7
desperately tried to recruit him and failed.

She believes that her power is enough to convince Murk to become an MI7’s
agent and help apprehend the Heart Collector. If he wants to attack
her, his feelings will broadcast his intention, and she’ll be ready.

What Isabel isn’t ready for is to fall in love with the man who will
collect her heart.

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What the characters have to say:

Auckland, New Zealand 1884

Hullo. Name’s Trigger. I’m ten, or eleven. Not sure. I grew up in the rookery, never met me parents.
Dunno my real name. Sure I had a Christian name. But I ain’t remember mine no more. They call me friend Frog because the coal lasses near our home say he can French-kiss you senseless. But I ain’t sure what that means. Sounds painful. And they call me Trigger because they say me father was good with a gun, but some say it ain’t a real gun, if you know what it means.
I’m also a cat pursuer, no wait, it’s cut pusher . . . ? I’m a thief. Cutpurse, that’s the word. Lady Isabel took Murk, Frog, and I in, gave me a room all for I too. Told me she’ll teach me to read books. I hope she does. She said destruction in important to have a job. No, it ain’t destruction. Something else that ends in ‘struction.’
Anyway, if I get struction, I ain’t have to pursue cats no more.

I’m an entomologist and a soil biologist, which is a fancy way to say
that I dig in the dirt, looking for bugs. Nature and books have
always been my passion. I was a kid when I read The Lord Of The Ring
and fell in love with fantasy novels.
When I discovered cosy mystery and crime novel, I fell in love with
Hercules Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. Then I grew up and . . . Nah,
I’m joking. I didn’t grow up. Don’t grow up, folks! It’s a trap.
PS I hate gardening. There, I said it. Sorry fellow Kiwis.

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