Tuesday, May 29, 2012

It's a Stormy Giveaway!

Posted by: Christine Bell
Today is the release of The Bewitching Tale of Stormy Gale, and to celebrate, I'm giving away a copy of the first book in this series, The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale, as well as a $10 gift certificate to either Amazon or B&N so you can load up on some more steampunk! All you have to do to enter is comment on this post. The winner will be selected on May 30th at 8:00 p.m. EST and announced on this post. I will also email the winner if an address is made available in comments.

Check out a short excerpt from the book!

London, England, July 4th, 1841

As the sun crested the horizon beyond the Park Village row-homes of Albany Street, a turtle dove flew overhead. Shadows from the surrounding magnolia trees dappled the ivory exterior of the building in a dazzling display. From my hiding spot behind the hedgerow, I took a moment to soak in the lovely view, then another to enjoy the horrified, high-pitched scream that rent the cool morning air.

The sound warmed me right down to the cockles of my heart as I closed the now empty rat-trap with a satisfied snap. I was like the f*%$ing Marines, right? Getting more done before 7:00 a.m. than most people do all day. Oo-rah!

There was already some activity on the street so I stowed the trap in a large basket I'd brought along with me. Despite the pleasant temperature, I pulled the coarse brown cape tighter around my

shoulders, covering my telltale mass of black hair with its hood. Stripping off my leather gloves, I took a furtive glance around. All clear.

I shambled along the stucco building until its end then shifted onto the street. Buoyed by yet another successful mission, I magnanimously awarded a merit point to Ms. Blakeslee for her newfound bravery. Beyond that one initial scream, there had been no ruckus or fanfare this time. Apparently the little chit had learned that dealing privately with whatever came her way was preferable to running down the street in her unmentionables like a lunatic. Even with that, in my mind, the score was thirteen to one, with me in the lead. Not bad for a few weeks' work.

I covered a good distance, skirting the perimeter of Regent's Park, until the narrow cobbled streets gave way to wider avenues lined with rows of shops. Shielded by a large pickle barrel, I shucked my cloak, stuffing it into the basket along with my trap. The air grew warmer by the minute, and it was a relief to be free of the scratchy garment. Giving my hair a fluff, I stepped onto the now bustling city street, melding into the crowd. Mission accomplished.

I began my long walk home, the initial euphoria at a job well-done seemed to lessen with every step. Sooner or later, Dev would catch me sneaking in or out and ask me directly what I was up to. The thought of answering filled me with dread. He was going to be all, "You're better than that, love."

And I'd be all, "No, you're better than that. I'm exactly equivalent to that."

Then we'd argue, and he'd make me feel guilty. I didn't want to feel guilty. I wanted to feel righteous. Besides, no matter what he said, it wouldn't stop me. There was a job that needed doing and I was going to do it until it felt done.

My heroine, Stormy, is a real piece a work. An eye for an eye kind if gal who will protect those she loves by any means necessary. My question to you, readers, is how do you feel about a heroine who isn't sweet, or even all that nice? Do you like your protaganists to be obviously flawed or do you prefer to root for someone you can look up to and aspire to be like? Comment for a chancer to win a copy of the first book in the series and a $10 gift card!


  1. I am completely fine with a heroine who isn't sweet, as long as there are good reasons for it. I actually dislike characters who are too goody-goody in general. If I want role models, I'll find someone in the real world.

    emily.a.cale AT gmail DOT com

  2. I love heroine who isn't sweet as long she doing the right thing. The protagonists is some one i can look up and aspire to be like..

  3. Oh, I'm all for a heroine who's flawed and not all that nice. They're so much more fun, especially when they do what they feel needs to be done.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  4. Cannot wait to read this story! I really enjoyed The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale.

    I enjoy flawed heroines, they are more realistic and more like real people - just like us they have the good, the bad and the ugly....lol.....thanks for the giveaway!

    maria63303 at gmail dot com

  5. I'll go with flawed with the chance for growth and redemption. Sweet kind of leaves you with nowhere to go.

    Lisacordes at yah00 d0t c0m

  6. It really doesnt bother me as long as it fits the character and can be believable.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  7. And the winner is....barb! Thanks every one so much for your responses. I'm glad to know I'm not thoe only one who likes my heroines snarky!


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