By Calista Taylor

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In steampunk Victorian London, the place airships dot the sky and tinkerings abound, girl Phoebe Hughes develops an natural elixir, Viridis, in contrast to the other. London's elite flock to her membership to adventure the euphoria and heightened senses the drink brings, an orgasm as a result of a unmarried kiss. but if Lord Hawthorne is murdered after leaving her membership, Phoebe is stunned to discover that not just used to be he operating for the unique companies to infiltrate the reason, a circulate battling for the city's negative, he was once additionally in ownership of her mystery formula for Viridis.

Adding to her problems is the unforeseen go back of Mr. Seth Elliott, a super tinkerer who stole her middle and mind's eye, simply to desert her while she wanted him so much. not able to disregard all that's among them, Phoebe unearths herself falling for Seth once more, in simple terms to have a strong rival for her affections wrongly accuse Seth of tried homicide. As Phoebe struggles with the way to unfastened her love, revolution, conspiracy and homicide threaten to destroy it all.

*** Author's word: a few scenes are usually not appropriate for these lower than 18 years of age. ***


"Viridis is my first steampunk learn, and that i couldn't have selected a greater ebook. This used to be a truly emotional and heartfelt love tale jam-packed with motion, know-how, and adventure." -- studying Diva

"Puts the STEAM in steampunk. Phoebe, Seth, and Gavin will continue you entertained for the whole story." -- Karen Lawson

"The characters are wealthy and endearing, or villainous because the case can be. And the affection scenes are soft, erotic, and passionate. Ms. Taylor has created a cross-over vintage and it's only the 1st in a series." -- Maxwell Cynn

About the Author

Calista Taylor is an agented writer of steampunk/gaslight romance with a steampunk romance sequence presently on hand and a non-fiction, steampunk garments craft publication due out in could 2012. while now not working issues over with a stitching desktop or lacing herself right into a corset, Calista are available tapping away on her computer, tormenting her characters, and riddling the streets of Victorian London with useless our bodies and heaving bosoms. She's additionally an artistic prepare dinner who can't persist with recipes, a flexible crafter, and a cheerful geek.

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