Welcome back to UTC, Bec! We are thrilled to have you. Since your last visit here you’ve written a new book called FORGED BY DESIRE. Can you tell us a bit about it?
Hi, and thanks for having me again! Hmm, Forged is my take on the friends-to-lovers trope (it also plays a little on the chick-in-pants trope). My blue blood hero, Garrett Reed, has known his partner Perry for years. As Nighthawks, they’ve worked cases together, hunting down miscreants and monsters through the darkened London streets, and bringing them to justice. She’s always had his back, and he’s delighted in teasing her over the years. And then, one day (in My Lady Quicksilver actually), they both had to go undercover at the opera for a case. And Garrett actually laughs, because the idea of Perry managing to pull off this scheme – her in a dress, can you believe it? – is incredulous to him. Well, that’s like waving a red flag at the bull, especially since Perry has been half in love with him for years.
It all starts with a red dress… And now both their lives are changed forever, because Garrett just can’t stop thinking about how beautiful she looked. Only, a few secrets from Perry’s past have returned to haunt her, because someone else recognized her at the opera – and now it’s no longer a laughing matter, but a question of life and death…
How would you describe Captain Garrett Reed in six words?
Charmer. Ladies-man. Protective. Honorable. Finding himself.
What can you tell us about the next book in the series, Of Silk and Steam?
It stars Leo Barrons – self-assured duke’s heir – and the so-called Ice Princess, Lady Aramina, who has been rebuffing him for years. It takes its inspiration from Romeo & Juliet – feuding Houses, dangerous duels, a hero and heroine who should be enemies but find themselves becoming so much more to each other. Except – spoiler – it’s a romance so neither of them dies. What to expect? Action, action, action… Some of it super-sexy, and some of it dangling-from-dirigibles-with-grappling-guns, chase-scenes-across-rookery-rooftops, and automatons punching automatons – kind of like Real Steel with Hugh Jackman, but on a much larger scale.
It is also – at the heart of it – a story about what happens when you lose everything you think you have, only to realize that what you’ve got now is the best thing that’s ever happened to you. It’s about taking chances and risks, and the relationships that are truly important – not just romantic ones, but familial ones as well. For avid readers of the series, yes, this means that there is definitely going to be more Blade and Honoria, Lena and Will, Charlie, Rip and Esme, Lynch, Garrett and their Nighthawk ladies. Everyone from the previous books comes back into the story as Leo is basically the lynchpin that ties them altogether – and you’ll finally realize what all those unanswered questions in the previous books have been leading up to.
What is your favorite thing about writing in the steampunk genre?
Everyone has an opinion on what steampunk is – and should be – but for me, I love the fact that the sky is the limit. Anything can be a possibility and the adventure can go anywhere within the broad limits of the genre.
What are some of your essential items you require in order to write?
Hmm, essential items include my water bottle/or tea cup, two cushions to support my back in the chair as I write, a sleeping bag which I wrap around my knees… I can write anywhere though – crowded trains, hotel rooms, in cars, wherever my laptop can travel. If I had a super-ability it would be the ability to completely block out the world around me, so I guess the only truly essential item is a computer/laptop.
What does your writing work space look like? Is it indoors? Is it clean and tidy or a complete mess? ( any visual would be nice!)
*Looks around guiltily at my study* Oh man, I’m not sure you want photo evidence. My study area is the black pit of a thousand papers, bills, items of swag, countless books, forsaken empty cups of tea that can no longer find their way out… And it’s kind of been cleaned recently, so it’s actually not as bad as it usually is. My neat-freak boyfriend stops at the edge of the doorway and just starts looking around and kind-of hyper-ventilating. We have a deal though. I don’t venture into his man-cave AKA ‘the shed’ and mess stuff up, so he just kind of tries to turn a blind eye to the study. And twitches a little.
What book have you reread the most?
It would have to be the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews – or maybe Pawn in Frankincense by Dorothy Dunnett. From hilarious Urban Fantasy to gripping historical fiction about the coolest anti-hero ever – yes, I have eclectic tastes.
You have the most amazing book covers! Do you have a favorite?
Its got to be Kiss of Steel, my debut book. I mean, come on, it features Paul Marron! Every romance writer in the world hopes for a Marron cover – although Of Silk And Steam is really edging up to it. As soon as I saw Mina on the cover of OSAS with that sword, and the sexy masks, I was sold! My most powerful aim in this series is to write kick-ass heroines – and Mina just looks so bad-ass, so I love it!
If Perry wrote a How to Catch A Handsome Hero Handbook, what would her first piece of advice be?
If Perry wrote something like that, it would most likely take these steps:
- Fetch harpoon.
- Bait trap with pie – or Victorian equivalent. If she were hunting Garrett, it would probably be cheroots, a lady’s lacy camisole and maybe a pint of blud-wein.
- Trap hero. Hog-tie hero – or cuff him. Drag him back to Nighthawk’s Guild.
She’s a Nighthawk, so she’s not really into the whole chasing-handsome-heroes thing. Plus, she’s really introverted and shy – the awkward, gawky teen who grows into a woman who hides her identity in masculine clothes and persona. I mean, she’s been crushing on Garrett for years – or harboring a secret tendre, if I were being historically accurate – and the last thing she wants is for him to actually guess her true feelings.
Thanks so much for visiting today and sharing with us!
Thanks for having me!
Captain Garret Reed of the Nighthawk guard has a deadly mission: capture a steel-jawed monster preying on women. He hates to put his partner, Perry, in jeopardy, but she’s the best bait he has. Little does he realize, he’s about to be caught in his own trap.
Perry has been half in love with Garrett for years, but this is not exactly the best time to start a relationship—especially when their investigation leads them directly into the clutches of the madman she thought she’d escaped…
FORGED BY DESIRE BY BEC MCMASTER –
IN STORES SEPTEMBER 2014
“You’re my breath when I feel like I can’t catch my own.”
Kiss of Steel: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Tarnished Knight: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Heart of Iron: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
My Lady Quicksilver: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
The Curious Case of the Clockwork Menace: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Forged by Desire: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Of Silk and Steam: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
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