Release day: The Diabolical Miss Hyde
Today is the official release of The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr (Electric Empire series, book 1) (paperback and ebook, Harper Voyager). Here’s the blurb:
In an electric-powered Victorian London, Dr. Eliza Jekyll is a crime scene investigator, hunting killers with inventive new technological gadgets. Now, a new killer is splattering London in blood, drugging beautiful women and slicing off their limbs. Catching the Chopper could make Eliza’s career – or get her burned. Because Eliza has a dark secret. A seductive second self, set free by her father’s forbidden magical elixir: wild, impulsive Lizzie Hyde.
When the Royal Society sends their Enforcer, the mercurial Captain Lafayette, to prove she’s a sorcerer, Eliza must resist the elixir with all her power. But as the Chopper case draws her into London’s luminous magical underworld, Eliza will need all the help she can get. Even if it means getting close to Lafayette, who harbors an evil curse of his own.
Even if it means risking everything and setting vengeful Lizzie free …
Viola dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
The Diabolical Miss Hyde is the first in my new Electric Empire series, which is a steampunk fantasy based on The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. I love steampunk and gothic Victoriana—I adore the TV series Penny Dreadful and movies like Sweeney Todd—and I’ve always wanted to read a cracking steampunk mystery with lashings of romance and horror. So I wrote one! Heroines in romantic steampunk tend to use the wacky science—fly about in airships, stuff like that—but I wanted my heroine to be the creator. Eliza Jekyll is a tinkerer, edgy, with a dash of mad scientist, and she investigates gruesome crimes with wacky gadgets, illegal alchemy and her trademark Victorian wit … but she must be careful, or her unorthodox science (and her troublesome other half, Lizzie Hyde) will get her in trouble. Especially now she’s attracted the notice of the dashing and dangerous yet vexingly attractive Captain Remy Lafayette of the feared Royal Society. I loved writing the adventures of Eliza and Lizzie as they navigate their treacherous, dark and thrilling quasi-Victorian world. If you like Gail Carriger, Bec McMaster, Leisel Schwartz, Delilah S Dawson or any kind of steampunk adventure/romance, I hope you’ll enjoy The Diabolical Miss Hyde. There’s a sequel coming entitled Tenfold More Wicked, which follows the further adventures of Eliza, Lizzie and Remy. PS: I’ll be at ARRC2015 in Canberra next month—I’d love to meet you all there 🙂