Monday, January 20, 2014

Blog Tour: Ashes and Alchemy by Cindy Spencer Pape

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Welcome to The Wormhole and my stop on the tour.
It is with great pleasure that I feature Cindy Spencer Pape and Ashes and Alchemy - book 6 of the Gaslight Chronicles.

Ashes & Alchemy
The Gaslight Chronicles
Book 6
Cindy Spencer Pape

Genre: steampunk
Publisher: Carina Press
Date of Publication:  Jan 6, 2014

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Book Description:
London, 1860
Police inspector Sebastian Brown served Queen and country in India before returning to England to investigate supernatural crimes alongside the Order of the Round Table. If his wifeless, childless life feels a little empty sometimes, that's not too great a price to pay in the name of duty.

Minerva Shaw is desperately seeking a doctor when she mistakenly lands on Sebastian's doorstep. Her daughter Ivy has fallen gravely ill with a mysterious illness—the same illness, it seems, that's responsible for taking the lives of many of Ivy's classmates. 

Seb sniffs a case, and taking in Minnie and Ivy seems the only way to protect them while he solves it. But as mother and daughter work their way into his heart and Seb uses every magickal and technological resource he can muster to uncover the source of the deadly plague, it's he who will need protecting—from emotions he'd thought buried long ago.

About the Author:
Cindy Spencer Pape firmly believes in happily-ever-after and brings that to her writing. Award-winning author of 18 novels and more than 30 shorter works, Cindy lives in southeast Michigan with her husband, two sons and a houseful of pets. When not hard at work writing she can be found dressing up for steampunk parties and Renaissance fairs, or with her nose buried in a book.

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My thoughts:
I love a well written, fast-paced, one sitting story.  Sometimes it is just exactly what you need.  I was thrilled with Ashes and Alchemy.  The characters are fantastic.  Minnie and Seb are strong, determined, loving and honorable, so they make the perfect couple.  At around 100 pages, I was pleased to see how much depth Cindy Spencer Pape was able to put into a host of characters.  Not one was left wanting, every character - no matter how small a part they played in the story - gave the reader a sense of who they were and what kind of person they were.  Nicely paced, the story flowed easily as the pages seemed to disappear while the plot unfolded.  I enjoyed the book and would recommend it, the series, and this author to others.