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Release day: Ruby Heart

22 December 2018

Today is the official release of Ruby Heart by Donna Maree Hanson (Cry Havoc, book 1) (ebook and paperback, self-published). Here’s the blurb:

Paranormal Victorian steampunk fantasy, with Gothic horror and romance.

A book of manners, magic and mayhem.

Jemima Hardcastle has a sad history. After her father was murdered by a secret society of magicians, her guardian and new heir to Willow Park, Edward Huntington, packed her off to boarding school. In the four years she was there, she never saw him again until she escaped from school to a house party and there he was. He did not recognise her and he even flirted with her.

A disastrous kiss, a murder and a stolen jewel herald dire happenings. Jemima is shipped off to Willow Park in the care of Fulton, Edward’s man, to be under the chaperonage of the odious Aunt Prudence and the meek cousin, Milly. While avoiding stitching in the evenings, she discovers Edward’s scientific genius and the artificial leg he made for Fulton. Her esteem for Edward rises and she is actually looking forward to seeing him again when he does not arrive as planned.

When they realise Edward is abducted, Jemima schemes to go in rescue. She has cunning and she has money and with these she plunges herself and her companions into the world of dark sorcery and London shopping.

In London, Jemima and Fulton lead a double life as they search for Edward in the slums, manufactureys and even a bawdy house. When she final discovers Edward, her life is on the line.

While a vicious and bloody fight for survival is going on around him, Edward has to choose between saving her life or unleashing the unholy, vampiric beast Geneck on an unsuspecting London.

Donna dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

I’m really excited to be finally releasing this book. For years, it was with my agent and it didn’t sell. Traditional publishing is a tough gig. I love Jemima Hardcastle and her antics, just in the way that I love reading Austen, Gaskell and Heyer. I hope you enjoy it too. Ruby Heart is discounted to $2.99 until Boxing Day or free if you have Kindle Unlimited.

You can find out more about this book at Donna’s website or buy it from Amazon.


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