Born to Steam by Lisabet Sarai

By Lisabet Sarai

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Welcome to my Revelry! Thanks for helping me to celebrate the release of my steampunk BDSM ménage erotic romance Rajasthani Moon, a slightly over-the-top tale of politics and espionage, with plenty of nifty gadgets, a kick-ass heroine, and two swoon-worthy heroes.

I’ve written a couple of steam punk short stories for anthologies, but this is my first full length book in the genre. Actually, that’s a bit surprising, since I’ve been in love with this strange meld of science fiction and Victoriana for as long as I can remember – long before steampunk even had a name. When I was in high school, I devoured H.G. Wells and H. Rider Haggard, and shared a Sherlock Holmes obsession with my dad. Later, I marveled at Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age and a couple of years ago, I discovered Gordon Dahlquist’s fantastic The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters. I’ve always felt an affinity for the Victorian period. I was wearing high-necked blouses with cameos, long flowing skirts, and lace-up boots in my teens, long before they were fashionable. (The corsets came later…!) With my long hair parted in the middle and pulled back into a bun, I could well have been one of my own heroines.

Imagination is the hallmark of steampunk. With Rajasthani Moon, I decided to let mine run free. The book is set in India. It features a bandit prince, a Rajah who’s an engineering genius, a vindictive Maharani, a werewolf curse and quite a lot of kinky sex.

Here’s the blurb:

Neither kink nor curse can stop a woman with a mission.

Cecily Harrowsmith, secret agent extraordinaire, is a woman on a mission. When the remote Indian kingdom of Rajasthan refused to remit its taxes to the Empire, Her Majesty imposed an embargo. Deprived of the energy-rich mineral viridium, essential for modern technology and development, Rajasthan was expected to quickly give in and resume its payments. Yet after three years, the rebellious principality still has not knuckled under. Cecily undertakes the difficult journey to that rugged, arid land in order to determine just how it has managed to survive, and if possible to convince the country to return to the Empire’s embrace. Instead, she’s taken captive by a brigand, who turns out to be the ruler’s half-brother Pratan, and delivered into the hands of the sexy but sadistic Rajah Amir, who expertly mingles torture and delight in his interrogation of the voluptuous interloper.

Cursed before birth by Amir’s jealous mother, Pratan changes to a ravening wolf whenever the moon is full. Cecily uncovers the counter-spell that can reverse the effects of the former queen’s hex and tries to trade that information for her freedom. Drawn to the fierce wolf-man and sympathising with his suffering, she volunteers to serve as the sacrifice required by the ritual—offering her body to the beast. In return, the Rajah reveal Rajasthan’s amazing secret source of energy. In the face of almost impossible odds, Cecily has accomplished the task entrusted to her by the Empire. But can she really bear to leave the virile half-brothers and their colourful land behind and return to the constraints of her life in England?

You can buy the book at your favorite online store:

Amazon

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(TEB can send books directly to your Kindle or Nook.)

Below you’ll find a PG excerpt from Rajasthani Moon. After you read it, be sure to play the Two Chops crossword puzzle that follows, then submit your score to Rafflecopter using the link provided. Every one who enters will receive a special ebook edition of my story Green Cheese, a romantic steampunk fantasy set in Thailand.

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One lucky individual will win a classic brushed brass steampunk bracelet and $10 gift certificate to the Coffee Time Romance Book Store. I’d love it if you left a comment, too!

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Excerpt

 

Your money and your jewels,” he growled in Hindi. “Quick now!”

Cecily lowered her gaze, feigning modesty. Meanwhile, she tightened her hand into a fist to release the knife. Nothing happened.

Her fall must have damaged the mechanism. Bloody machines…

And, in the interim, the bandit had produced his own much longer blade, which he now held to her throat. “Do you understand me, woman?” He switched to Rajasthani. When she still didn’t respond, he tried Gujarati. “Give me your valuables. Now!” Apparently losing patience, he plucked the gold hoop from her left earlobe with his other hand, while still pressing the cold steel against her skin.

Ow!” she protested as the wire tugged at her flesh before pulling free.

“Aha! You can speak after all!” He glanced around the plush interior, no doubt noting brocaded cushions, the silver tea service, the crystal goblets secured to the wall in their polished wood racks. “You look like you’re loaded, lady. Give me your purse before I get tired of waiting and slit your lovely throat.” Despite her Indian costume and the dusky complexion she’d inherited from her Ceylonese mother, the brigand addressed her in English this time, probably cued by the obvious provenance of the artefacts that surrounded her. The clarity of his pronunciation surprised her.

Sprawled on the floor, tangled in her clothing, Cecily glared up at him. A swathe of dark cloth wrapped around his head hid everything but his deep brown eyes. Sheltering under elegantly arched eyebrows, those eyes glittered with malice and craft. He had long, lush eyelashes that any woman would envy and a high forehead that bespoke considerable intelligence. A brute, no doubt, but scarcely dumb. She’d have to move with the utmost care.

If you will put somewhat more distance between your blade and my flesh,” she began, keeping her voice sweet and level, “I will be able to reach my money. It’s pinned into my waistband.”

The bandit’s eyes flicked to her bare midriff. She let her hand drift down towards the concealed pistol as though she were about to extricate a hidden pouch of coins.

Before she could reach her goal, he shot out his hand, catching her wrist in an iron grip. “Allow me.”He slipped his dagger into a sheath slung across his chest, then grabbed her other wrist and pinned it with the first. His hand was large enough to encircle both of hers.

Now, then…” He trailed his fingertips across the naked gap between her blouse and her skirt. Electricity sizzled up Cecily’s spine. The next thing she knew, he slid his hand under the fabric of her skirt, rooting around for items more solid than her soft, round belly.

He groped for a moment, while she held her breath. His calloused fingers struck sparks from her flesh. Of course, he discovered her weapon almost instantly. He drew it out, chuckling once more when he saw its size. Her skin mourned the loss of his touch.

What a surprise! A gun instead of the promised gold.” He tightened his hold on her wrists until she feared the bones would snap. “Who are you, my lady? Not, I think, a common traveller.”

“That’s none of your concern…sir.” Cecily decided that it might be wise to be polite.

“Oh, I think it is. Not many women travel on their own across the wastes of my country, especially in the most modern of conveyances. Those that do are wise to carry a weapon—but this one will not help you. Who sent you, madam? What is your business here?”

“I’ll not share my business with a common brigand.”

“And if I were someone else? Would you tell me then how and why you happen to cross my path?”

Cecily of course had a cover story. Her documents attested that she was the sister of a wealthy Bombay textile merchant, come to Rajasthan looking for business contacts. She was not, however, about to divulge anything to this rogue.

“I will tell you nothing.”

“Indeed? I think I may be able to change your mind.” After tucking the pistol into the folds of his garment, he drew out a length of what, aside from its strange silvery colour, looked like common rope. He dangled it near her trapped wrists. “Bind,” he said.

The rope came alive, coiling like a snake. Quick as a cobra strike, it looped itself around her forearms—once, twice, half a dozen times, pulling tighter with each cycle. Before she could devise a plan, Cecily found her crossed arms were laced together as firmly as the back of a corset.

“How dare you? Untie me at once!”

“So that you can stab me? Or shoot me? Who knows what other cunning devices you have hidden about your charming person? No, on the contrary, I think I’d be wise to bind your legs as well.”

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Thanks for reading! If you’re looking for more heat, you can find an explicit excerpt from the book at http://www.lisabetsarai.com/rajasthaniex.html. In any case, please do join in our revelry by trying to complete the Two Chops puzzle (it’s easy and fun) and then submitting your score to Rafflecopter.

Remember, everyone who enters gets a copy of the ebook Green Cheese!

By the way, if you want to know more about me, check out my website, Lisabet’s Fantasy Factory (http://www.lisabetsarai.com) or my blog Beyond Romance (http://lisabetsarai.blogspot.com).

Now let the fun begin!

For instructions on how to play the Two Chops Crossword game, go to http://www.screencast.com/t/RMknNWj6er

To play the game, click on the button below.

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  1. jennifer mathis June 8, 2013

    thats a fun little game 🙂
    meandi09@yahoo.com

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    • Lisabet Sarai June 8, 2013

      Hi, Jennifer,

      I don’t see the Rafflecopter either…!

      Thanks for dropping by and playing. Can you post your score here in a comment, in case we don’t manage to get the RC working?


  2. jennifer mathis June 8, 2013

    i dont see the rafflecopter however so im posting my score here 12120

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  3. LisaC June 8, 2013

    Darn, the game doesn’t work on my tablets. And I don’t see the rafflecopter. Fun excerpt, though.

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  4. bn100 June 8, 2013

    Don’t see a Rafflecopter
    got 8875

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  5. Heather June 8, 2013

    My score was 12120. Like the excerpt.

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    • Lisabet Sarai June 8, 2013

      Thanks, Heather!

      Please, everyone, leave your email (use [at] and [dot] ) in your comments so I can find you to send you your free story.


  6. Trix June 8, 2013

    No Rafflecopter for me either, but I got 9700…

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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  7. flchen1 June 8, 2013

    How very fun–and great excerpt, Lisabet! 11220 was the score 🙂

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    • Lisabet Sarai June 9, 2013

      Hi, Fedora! Glad you could come and play.

      Let me remind everyone – please leave your email address as part of your comment!


  8. Sally Lloyd June 9, 2013

    I love steampunk as a genre so I hope I am not too late to get a copy.

    I am useless at crosswords though!! It took me 4.20 and I got a useless score of 10080.

    My email addy is flubber2kool@gmail.com.

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    • Lisabet Sarai June 9, 2013

      HI, Sally,

      I think 10080 is pretty good! Anyway, it’s the fun that counts. Thanks for joining the Revelry.


  9. Mel K. June 9, 2013

    Hi Lisabet,
    I don’t have time to play the game now but I wanted to stop in and tell you CONGRATS!! I enjoyed the RM excerpt and look forward to reading it. I’m also looking forward to reading GC too.
    Thank you for inviting me over to your party and for the e-book. Have a fantastic day. I don’t see a Rafflecopter either. That bracelet would look soooooo good on me…… 😉

    Mel K.
    Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

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    • Lisabet Sarai June 9, 2013

      You don’t have to play the game, Mel. Everyone who comments is eligible to win! (And I’m delighted to see you here!)


  10. Mina Gerhart June 9, 2013

    Great excerpt 🙂
    My score was 10810.

    Mindy 🙂
    Birdsooong@comcast.net

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    • Lisabet Sarai June 9, 2013

      MIndy! I haven’t heard from you in ages!

      Thanks so much for coming by, and good luck in the drawing.


  11. Darcy "Pomma" June 9, 2013

    Congrats on your new release! I love the premise! I missed your contest.
    Oh I love the blurb & the excerpt! Added to my gotta have list. I love steampunk..LOL
    Could play either..:(
    Wishing you all the best, and continued success!

    Darcy
    pomma @akwolf.com

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  12. Emily W. June 11, 2013

    I tried to play the game, but haven’t been able to, which stinks. Can anyone help me out? Anyways, thanks for the excerpt Lisabet, can’t wait to read it!

    tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  13. Laura June 12, 2013

    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing the excerpt!

    Score: 11760

    lauradasnoit(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. Lisabet Sarai June 14, 2013

    Hello, everyone!

    Well, all good things have to come to an end, this Revelry, too, but I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have.

    I have drawn a grand prize winner – it’s Sally. I’ll be contacting her offlist to find out where to send the bracelet.

    Everyone who left an email address will also receive an email from me with my steampunk story “Green Cheese”.

    A few of you did not leave an email address. If you’d like your own copy of “Green Cheese”, please send me an email request to lisabet — at — lisabetsarai — dot — com.

    Thanks again for being my guests!

    And for more giveways, join in my ongoing blog tour. You will find the full schedule at

    http://lisabetsarai.blogspot.com/2013/06/sunday-snog-more-delights-from.html

    I’m giving away a $50 GC plus a book at each stop!


  1. Lisabet Sarai June 10, 2013

    Hey, Darcy,

    You didn’t miss the contest. It’s open all week!

    Good luck!

  2. Lisabet Sarai June 9, 2013

    HI, Sally,

    I think 10080 is pretty good! Anyway, it’s the fun that counts. Thanks for joining the Revelry.

  3. Lisabet Sarai June 9, 2013

    You don’t have to play the game, Mel. Everyone who comments is eligible to win! (And I’m delighted to see you here!)

  4. Lisabet Sarai June 9, 2013

    MIndy! I haven’t heard from you in ages!

    Thanks so much for coming by, and good luck in the drawing.

  5. Sally Lloyd June 9, 2013

    I love steampunk as a genre so I hope I am not too late to get a copy.

    I am useless at crosswords though!! It took me 4.20 and I got a useless score of 10080.

    My email addy is flubber2kool@gmail.com.

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  6. Mel K. June 9, 2013

    Hi Lisabet,
    I don’t have time to play the game now but I wanted to stop in and tell you CONGRATS!! I enjoyed the RM excerpt and look forward to reading it. I’m also looking forward to reading GC too.
    Thank you for inviting me over to your party and for the e-book. Have a fantastic day. I don’t see a Rafflecopter either. That bracelet would look soooooo good on me…… 😉

    Mel K.
    Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

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  7. Mina Gerhart June 9, 2013

    Great excerpt 🙂
    My score was 10810.

    Mindy 🙂
    Birdsooong@comcast.net

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  8. Darcy "Pomma" June 9, 2013

    Congrats on your new release! I love the premise! I missed your contest.
    Oh I love the blurb & the excerpt! Added to my gotta have list. I love steampunk..LOL
    Could play either..:(
    Wishing you all the best, and continued success!

    Darcy
    pomma @akwolf.com

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  9. Lisabet Sarai June 14, 2013

    Hi, Emily,

    Consider yourself entered, in any case! Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Lisabet Sarai June 14, 2013

    Greetings, Laura! Thanks for joining in the fun!

  11. Lisabet Sarai June 14, 2013

    Hello, everyone!

    Well, all good things have to come to an end, this Revelry, too, but I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have.

    I have drawn a grand prize winner – it’s Sally. I’ll be contacting her offlist to find out where to send the bracelet.

    Everyone who left an email address will also receive an email from me with my steampunk story “Green Cheese”.

    A few of you did not leave an email address. If you’d like your own copy of “Green Cheese”, please send me an email request to lisabet — at — lisabetsarai — dot — com.

    Thanks again for being my guests!

    And for more giveways, join in my ongoing blog tour. You will find the full schedule at

    http://lisabetsarai.blogspot.com/2013/06/sunday-snog-more-delights-from.html

    I’m giving away a $50 GC plus a book at each stop!

  12. flchen1 June 8, 2013

    How very fun–and great excerpt, Lisabet! 11220 was the score 🙂

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  13. Lisabet Sarai June 9, 2013

    Hi, Fedora! Glad you could come and play.

    Let me remind everyone – please leave your email address as part of your comment!

  14. Emily W. June 11, 2013

    I tried to play the game, but haven’t been able to, which stinks. Can anyone help me out? Anyways, thanks for the excerpt Lisabet, can’t wait to read it!

    tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

    0 Likes

  15. Laura June 12, 2013

    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing the excerpt!

    Score: 11760

    lauradasnoit(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. jennifer mathis June 8, 2013

    thats a fun little game 🙂
    meandi09@yahoo.com

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  17. jennifer mathis June 8, 2013

    i dont see the rafflecopter however so im posting my score here 12120

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  18. LisaC June 8, 2013

    Darn, the game doesn’t work on my tablets. And I don’t see the rafflecopter. Fun excerpt, though.

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  19. bn100 June 8, 2013

    Don’t see a Rafflecopter
    got 8875

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  20. Heather June 8, 2013

    My score was 12120. Like the excerpt.

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  21. Trix June 8, 2013

    No Rafflecopter for me either, but I got 9700…

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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  22. Lisabet Sarai June 8, 2013

    Hi, Jennifer,

    I don’t see the Rafflecopter either…!

    Thanks for dropping by and playing. Can you post your score here in a comment, in case we don’t manage to get the RC working?

  23. Lisabet Sarai June 8, 2013

    Oh, sorry! I didn’t read the next comment!

  24. Lisabet Sarai June 8, 2013

    Hi, Lisac,

    I’ll enter you anyway.

    Technical issues!

  25. Lisabet Sarai June 8, 2013

    Thanks, BN! You’ve been following me around lately – I love it!

  26. Lisabet Sarai June 8, 2013

    Thanks, Heather!

    Please, everyone, leave your email (use [at] and [dot] ) in your comments so I can find you to send you your free story.

  27. Lisabet Sarai June 8, 2013

    Thanks, Trix!

    Good luck in the drawing.

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