Hi and welcome to my blog, Lily Lang. Please make yourself at home and grab a drink from my hunky cabana boys, Zeke and Jake.
Hi! Can Zeke and Jake bring me some whisky sours? That would be awesome, thanks.
To get us started can you tell us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
I’m a graduate student in New York City who moonlights as a romance writer. Neither of my professions pays very much, but writing is fun and graduate schools hold events with free food, so I survive.
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Taylor Swift music. And pie. Any kind of pie. I just made this kind of Amish molasses pie called shoofly pie and ate half of it in one sitting, and it was divine. In fact, I might go get a slice now.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and I’m still a California girl at heart. No winters. Earthquakes. Shark attacks. My kind of place. Of course, next year I’m moving to Minnesota, which is full of winter and has no sharks, but, we can’t always get what we want, can we?
How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
I buy my muse a bottle of wine to put her in a good mood. Romance her with some music (she likes Bach). Then I bribe her, generally with pie.
Is there something special you do to celebrate when one of your books is released?
Usually there is alcohol and chocolate involved. Sometimes together, because amaretto chocolate pudding is amazing. And amaretto chocolate pudding pie? Yes.
What can readers expect next from you?
I have a novella coming out in May called The Last Time We Met set in nineteenth century London about two childhood sweethearts who meet again as grownups in suboptimal conditions. It received a starred review from Library Journal, which is pretty cool. They also compared it to Downton Abbey, which is slightly inaccurate because Regency does not equal Edwardian, but such a compliment because I love Downton Abbey.
Thanks for coming. Is there anything else you want to add?
Thanks so much for having me. I’d just like to add that Beauty and the Clockwork Beast has a cat in it, and everyone knows that cats make everything better.
A Riveting Affair by Candace Havens, Patricia Elmer & Lily Lang
Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Lily Lang
Rose Verney wants to fulfill her father’s dying request: to complete construction of the teleportation device he designed. Knowing just who can help her succeed, she seeks out Sebastian Cavendish, her father’s brilliant former student. Sebastian hasn’t left his home since he returned from the Civil War. He’s a broken man, his prosthetics a reminder of the terrible destruction his inventions brought to the battlefield. He wants nothing to do with Rose and her father’s masterpiece, but when she barges into his abandoned lab and begins construction, it’s everything he can do to resist getting involved. Especially when she charms her way into his monstrous heart.
He had kissed her. She tried very hard not to think about it because the kiss hadn’t been intended for her, but she couldn’t help remembering the warmth of his lips, the gentleness of his hands, the feel of his hard body against hers.
Instead, as she lay in the darkness, shivering, sneezing, and distinctly confused by the events of the night, she tried to consider her next course of action. She ought, of course, to do exactly as Sebastian had told her to do; buy a ticket on the first train back to New Haven and forget this whole crazed scheme to complete her father’s last invention.
It had been an idiotic notion from the start. She was mad to have even considered it.
But she had wanted to work in a laboratory again, wanted to use her brain and her hands and her knowledge. She had hoped that if she brought her father’s blueprints to Sebastian and he helped her complete the device, she would be permitted to work as his assistant, as she had been her father’s.
Now, the thought of returning to New Haven to live out the rest of her life in unpaid drudgery under Louisa’s thumb—or worse, as poor George’s wife—made her spirits quail.
She didn’t want to go back. She didn’t want to return to the long, boring days filled with Louisa’s endless lectures on propriety and the Perils of Educating Females, and poor George’s longing glances, and her dismal little bedchamber with its bare floors and bare walls.
She couldn’t go back.
She wouldn’t go back.
Other stories in the anthology include…
Candace Havens’ Demon Express~ Professor Maisy Clark, professional demon hunter, is on the trail of an evil scientist responsible for the deaths of hundreds. Julian is worse than the monsters he creates, but he’s also obsessed with Maisy and willing to kill anyone who gets too close to her.
Just when she thinks she has Julian cornered, the sexy marshall Jake Calloway insists the investigation is his, and everything goes to hell. Maisy came to Texas to corner the scientist whose macabre experiments have taken so many lives, and Calloway is just another distraction she doesn’t need. Julian is her responsibility, one she’s not about to share. Even if Calloway can help, Julian will know Maisy is falling for the marshall, and she’s not willing to risk his life.
The Clockwork Bride by Patricia Elmer ~ When engineer Aida Mulvaney attends a masquerade ball at the home of a staunch Luddite earl with a personal vendetta against her father’s company, she doesn’t expect to end the night married to the earl’s son Julian Capshaw, a brilliant engineer in his own right. The marriage will allow both of them to pursue their love of science, without interfering parents and ridiculous social stigmas. Though they escape to the Continent to start new lives, Julian’s father will have none of his heir’s disobedience. Before long, a marriage begun for the sake of convenience becomes a union of passion, but will it survive the machinations of an earl determined to destroy everything they love?
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