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by Kirsten Weiss
Sensibility Grey Book Two
Mechanicals, Mayhem, and Murder.
All Sensibility Grey wants is to tinker in her new laboratory in boomtown San Francisco. A stranger in a strange land, she is finally making a life for herself as a purveyor of mechanicals to eager miners.
But a pair of government agents have other things in mind.
Loves and loyalties fracture, and mysterious forces threaten to destroy Sensibility and her clockwork secrets. Tangling with occultists, aether gone wrong, and a local vigilante group, Sensibility must decide where her allegiances lie, and whom she can trust.
Book two in the Sensibility Grey series of pre-steampunk, paranormal suspense set in the wild west of the California gold rush.
Genre: Historical FantasyPurchase link(s): Amazon Kobo B&N
Content/Theme(s): Suspense, Fae, Magic, Steampunk, Paranormal, Supernatural
Release Date: April 17, 2015
Publisher: Misterio Press
Excerpt & More
“So where is it?” A rough voice asked.
She yelped and whirled, heart in her throat. “What?”
Two men stood before her, their faces darkened by the sun, hands broad and roughened by work. One was tall and lanky, the other squat and muscular. Both wore miner’s clothes – stained trousers and patched shirts and battered hats.
She reached down to smooth her apron skirt, discovered its absence, and curled her hands around her middle. The odor of unwashed bodies stung Sensibility’s nostrils. Eyes watering, she resisted the urge to bury her nose in the pillow clutched to her chest.
“Pardon me, sirs.” She smoothed back the lock of mahogany-colored hair that had worked its way free from her chignon. “I did not know you were there. How may I help you?”
“You can give us the mechanical you promised,” the short one said.
“I?” She bit her lip, certain she’d never laid eyes upon the two men in her life. While she frequently forgot names and faces, she never forgot a client. “Are you certain you are in the correct workshop?”
“You Sensibility Grey?”
“I am Miss Grey. I’m afraid you have the advantage of me, however, Mr…?”
“Pacalioglu,” the short one said.
The tall one stood silent, impassive.
“Er, quite right,” she said. “And you say you placed an order for a mechanical with me?”
Pacalioglu snorted. “With your agent. Now don’t you try to put one over on us. We paid good money, and we expect satisfaction.”
“I’m sorry, sir, but I have no agent.” She raked her hands through her hair, freeing more locks. “There must have been some mistake.”
Nostrils flaring, he planted his legs wide. “We paid for it, and you owe it to us.”
A delicate snore rose from behind the tables.
“What was that?” he asked.
Her stomach churned. Why had Jane picked now of all times to lose consciousness? And what would these men do if they found her friend, helpless? “My… pet pug. It’s terribly noisy. But that is neither here nor there. I have no agent, I have no order from you, I’ve never heard of you before, and I have no idea what type of mechanical you claim to have purchased.”
His face reddened, and he stepped closer.
Sensibility turned her head from the invisible cloud of garlic and tobacco and stale beer.
“Claim?” He roared. “There’s no claim about it. Now if you don’t give us what we want, we’ll take it.”
Sensibility’s hand fumbled on the closet latch behind her. It snicked open. “Perhaps if you return later and give me some time to better understand exactly what has happened?” She turned.
Something struck her in the head. A crack of red, blazing pain. A sense of movement, and then all went black.
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