Monday, March 18, 2013

Can we ever have enough steampunk cats? Guest Heather Massey debates! Plus...You could win a box of books! Spring Cleaning Hop!.

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There Can Never Be Enough Steampunk Cats

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Today I, Heather Massey, must issue a public apology to Rocco, esteemed Head Cat and Blogger. In fact, I should issue an apology to Rocco on behalf of all cats, everywhere, and also to those furry felines of the past, present, and future.

Why is an apology needed? Well, I’ll tell you.

Rocco, I must apologize for an egregious omission of mine. You see, I have a new ebook out from Lyrical Press called Iron Guns, Blazing Hearts. It’s a steampunk romance adventure set in the American Old West.

Here’s the least you need to know:

TRUE GRIT gets steampunk’d when Violet Whitcomb, an inventor’s daughter, joins forces with dangerous gun man Logan McCoy and an automaton gunslinger to rescue her father from the clutches of an evil overlord known as the Iron Scorpion.

I included many things in this story: a smart heroine whose most important accessory is her steam gun, a mysterious hero, and a quirky automaton gunslinger sidekick.

Additionally, Iron Guns, Blazing Hearts offers readers action-adventure, Weird West steampunk fun, and a romance with a “sweet” heat level. However, I came to realize that it lacks one very, very important element.

A cat.

I know—I know! How could I have overlooked such a supremely important detail? I can hardly bear to meet your gaze, Rocco, for the shame of my oversight.

It’s not like I didn’t include any animals in the story. There are horses and those of the canine variety (oh please don’t look at me like that, Rocco.). The heroine must contend with pesky flies while braving the raw plains of the Wyoming territory in 1875. The characters also encounter birds and bison during their journey.

But alas, no cats. Not a one.

So, my dear Rocco, please accept my humble apology. Can we still be paw pals?

About the author

Heather Massey is a lifelong fan of science fiction romance (and a cat lover!). She searches for sci-fi romance adventures aboard her blog, The Galaxy Express. She’s also an author in the subgenre (and will be sure to include at least one cat in a future story). To learn more about her published work, visit

The West just got a whole lot wilder.

A woman on a mission… Scientific achievement isn’t enough for Violet Whitcomb. Life working alongside her renowned scientist father is filled with intellectual challenges, but what she truly craves is love and adventure. She’s resigned to a fate of academic pursuits–until a fateful trip across the American frontier changes everything. A rogue inventor known as the Iron Scorpion kidnaps Violet’s father and she alone is left to plan his rescue.

A man with a secret… Logan McCoy knows firsthand going up against the Iron Scorpion is suicide, but he can’t let Violet waltz into the villain’s lair alone. She may be a stranger, but she’s also the most compelling woman he’s ever known.

A perilous quest… Their attraction is undeniable, but their alliance turns contentious when Violet insists on including a third partner on their mission: her father’s latest invention and the world’s most advanced automaton, Arthur. The reason for Logan’s resistance isn’t clear until Violet comes face-to-face with the Iron Scorpion’s diabolical devices, and by then, it’s far too late.

MEOW! Thanks for the guest post, Heather!  and the book sounds purr-fectly fantastic!

and now, as part of our "Spring Cleaning Hop", guess what!!!!!!

Hey, we're giving away two boxes of books as part of our participation in our Spring Cleaning Hop!  Each box contains 8 or more books, an assortment of paranormal, romance, anthology and mystery with lots of your favorite authors!  To enter, just leave a comment with your email address - two winners will be selected at random to receive Box 1 and Box 2.

Remember, each box contains a mix of mystery and romance books! All are in very good shape! You might find some old favorites or some new authors to try!  Each box contains books by authors such as: Carole Nelson Douglas, Jill Myles, Claire Donally, Delia Rosen, Lucy Finn, JD Robb, Judi McCoy, Lilian Jackson Braun. 

In addition, Heather Massey has generously consented to give another lucky reader a digital copy of IRON GUNS BLAZING HEARTS!  So we will have three winners!

What are you waiting for!!!?????

Next week...Author HP Mallory sits in my hotseat! Meow!



  1. I've been spring cleaning my books, too - 2 large bags taken to the local library last Friday! Now I'm ready for more mystery and romance.


  2. Rocco is probably used to the superior species being constantly overlooked in books... I know I am!


    1. I am indeed, Meankitty....that is why i provided the inspiration for the Human's new mystery series, where a tuxedo cat is the STAR (she'll say it's the human, Nora, but don't believe's all NICK the cat).

      We should get together and commisserate.....

    2. Oh yes, I probably owe you an apology as well, Meankitty. Your review of the book--

      --helped me see the error of my ways!

  3. I need to be spring cleaning too. There's just too many books I'm not willing to part with at the moment :)
    The new book sounds awesome. Thanks for the chance to win some more treasures.
    lorih824 at yahoo dot com

  4. Sounds like a winner. I am going to be doing some spring cleaning of my books also. I am going to be taking to work and the rest to the library. I live in a small town so the library will actually use on their shelves. I have several books that I have given that I see on the shelves.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    christinebails at yahoo dot com

  5. Not a problem, I'll gladly given them a home... I was planning on breaking the wall between my library and the neighbor's apartment anyway. That way I can add more book cases. LOL


  6. Thanks for the giveaway!

    brookea_2006 at yahoodotcom

  7. Thanks for the chance to win some mysteries and romances. I had moved and now I am trying to rebuild my own personal library. After reading my books the ones I don't want to keep I donate to my local library.
    beckyqward @ gmail . com

  8. I'm not sure that Rocco would really be interested in the hardships of traveling the Old West anyway! Rocco is more, "Mr.Comfort", in other words, "Normal" in cat-reference!
    Oh, sign me up!

    1. Quite true, Tonette...I am the original, "Mr. Comfort" when it comes to MOI! Live in the Wild, Wild, West?????? I think...not.

  9. Thanks for reading, everyone!

    I'm going to kick in a digital copy of IRON GUNS, BLAZING HEARTS (winner's choice ePub, PDF, or .mobi). Simply leave a comment to enter! (Those who have already commented are good to go.)

    1. Thanks Heather...and yes, we are still "paw Pals" The HUMAN would not have it any other way, meow.

  10. a box of books sounds great. thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!


  12. Thanks for the giveaway:)

  13. Great giveaway . I just did my shelf cleaning too and gave friends of mine a bunch of books I have read. I always pass books along to friends or the library. Keeps everyone reading
    amhengst at verizon dot net

  14. Thank you for the giveaway!

    volta2173 at sbcglobal dot net

  15. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  16. Thanks for the giveaway. (I like the name of your blog. I love both books and cats!)
    jentam777 at gmail dot com

    1. Thank you, meow! The Human also loves both books and cats!

  17. Thanks for the chance!
    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

  18. Awesome giveaway!

  19. I love cats also, got two and they make my day.. Lookign forward to reading your new book "Iron Guns blazing Heart" and really lookign forward to a box of mystery books surley I could find something new to read..

  20. Thank you for sharing in the spring cleaning! :)

    jukyjoauka at aol dot com

  21. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

  22. awesome giveaway!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  23. I think I should do some spring cleaning, too---but I'd rather be reading.

  24. Iron Guns, Blazing Hearts sounds like a very good book and it's a good thing that cats, although known at times to hold grudges, are also rather forgiving at times (and us humans find them too cute not to make it up to them when we need to :P.

    Thank you for the giveaway entry chance. It's a really amazing giveaway as there are few things I can think of that are more fun than a surprise box of books!

    Happy spring and I hope that it's a bit spring-like for everybody wherever you are (unlike here :P)!

    Shelly H.

  25. Well, I do love the mystery - can't wait to see what is in the box.
    Cheryl Rahkonen

  26. Spring is in the air and it's time for that spring cleaning. My house certainly needs a little extra spring cleaning this spring as I'm drowning in books! I do have to admit, however, that I'm looking forward to spring weather and longer days. I love flowers. I love hearing the birds chirp.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    mestith at gmail dot com

  27. Meow, thanks to everyone who is participating! Contest ends midnight, Monday, March 25....and don't forget there will be 3 winners!

  28. How could you leave out the cats? I may have to refuse to read it on principle... but then it sounds so good!


  29. thanks for the giveaway!
    alisonlantran at gmail dot com

  30. Casi usher

  31. Thanks for the giveaway!


  32. Thanks for the chance to win.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot ocm

  33. Thanks for the amazing giveaway! :)

  34. Thanks for participating! Great box of authors! katieamanda1(at)yahoo(dot)com

  35. Thanks for the giveaway :)
    My finished books(with some exceptions) get donated/given away as soon as I'm finished with them.

    I've always wanted to read JD Robb so if I win, I hope one of her books is in my box.


  36. I'm back to announce the winner of IRON GUNS, BLAZING HEARTS. I picked two winners:

    Kim R. and Shelly H. Congratulations! I'll be in touch shortly.

    Thanks for visiting and entering the giveaway, everyone!

  37. Thank you for picking two extra winners, Heather!

    The Pot Luck Book Box giveaway is still on until midnight tonight, so you can still enter to win a box of at least 8 mystery/romance books! Winners will be announced tomorrow!

  38. I love Blog Hops!! Thanks!


  39. I would love to win one of these boxes of books. I LOVE books! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    makeighleekyleigh at yahoo dot com

  40. Steampunk is the best :)


  41. I would love to win a box of books!

    sienkiel1821 at yahoo dot com