Friday 19 September 2014

Author Interview and Giveaway: Bec McMaster

Welcome to Bec McMaster on my blog today :)

1. Tell me about yourself?

Hi, I'm an Australian romance author who writes steampunk/paranormal romances for Sourcebooks. Travel is my soul, and I would love to see the entire world, whether it's by reading about it, writing it, or travelling it. I live in a small town with my very own hero and a dog who likes to keep me company while I write.

2. Tell us in a few words what Forged By Desire is about?

Forged By Desire features Garrett and Perry, a pair of Nighthawks (kind of like vampiric detectives in an alternate Victorian London), who have been friends forever, but when Perry goes undercover in a dashing red dress, Garrett realizes that she's not only beautiful - but has a side of sensuality he's never seen. And when a case delivers them straight into the hands of a notorious evil from Perry's past, soon they're battling not only their ever-growing feelings, but a monster they just might not be able to vanquish. 

3. Can this book be read as a standalone? As I know many wonder about this

Absolutely. One of the things I work really hard at, is making sure that a new reader can understand the world, while a reader familiar to the story isn't going to be bored by the same information. Each book in the series has its own 'ending' or HEA, while there is a plotline running throughout the overall series - I really admire the way Nalini Singh does this in her psy/changeling series. Each book can be read as standalone, but the overall plot is going somewhere, so this is my attempt at emulating that. 

4. How did you come up with this world?

I've long had this idea of a vampiric version of the ton (in my world, it's called the Echelon), which rule over London with an iron fist, and consider humans little more than cattle, but it took a glimpse of the two characters from the first book, Kiss of Steel, to make me see where this world was going. It all sprang from there. I think one of the most powerful tools a writer owns, is their sub-conscious. Sometimes I think it's working on stories even when I'm not consciously aware of it!

5. What makes these two so perfect for each other?

I always like the idea that opposites attract. I think people often admire a strength that their partner/love interest has, because perhaps they know it's a weakness of their own. Perry has always been that shy, awkward girl who knew she never fit in - now that she's found the Nighthawks, she hides a lot of herself behind male attire and attitude, and I think part of her fascination with Garrett is that he's so at ease with himself. He's the charmer, the type of guy who is witty and popular and well-liked, and because she's always been his partner and never a love interest, she's felt comfortable being herself around him in a way she's never been with anyone else. For Garrett, though he's always liked the ladies, he's never met the One - he's been waiting for someone to knock him off his feet for a long time, and when he realizes that she's right beneath his nose... it's a little bit of a shock. He's always adored Perry - he'd give his life for her - and it would be easy to say that all it takes for him to realize there's an attraction between them is that red dress, but in all honesty, for the first time he sees something beneath the facade she presents. The opera reveals a woman who is flirtatious and sensual and daring - and Garrett kind of realizes that his best friend, the one woman he can trust, is the one he's been looking for all along...

6. What are you working on right now?

I've just finished edits on Of Silk And Steam, which will be book five in the London Steampunk series. I love diving back into this world, especially with two characters I've been leading up to for a few books. We're going from friends-to-lovers in Forged, to enemies-to-lovers in Silk. It's a lot of fun! Other than that, I have about five sekrit projects on the go. 


Forged by Desire

1. Open to US and Canada
2. Ends Sep 27
3. Just enter

PS. I Have said it before. If your email is not here, or in your profile, you are out. I wont spend hours hunting someone down.


“You're my breath when I feel like I can't catch my own."

Captain Garrett Reed of the Nighthawk guard has a deadly mission: capture a steel-jawed monster preying on women. He hates to put his partner, Perry, in jeopardy, but she’s the best bait he has. Little does he realize, he’s about to be caught in his own trap.

Perry has been half in love with Garrett for years, but this is not exactly the best time to start a relationship—especially when their investigation leads them directly into the clutches of the madman she thought she’d escaped...


Award-winning author Bec McMaster lives in a small town in Australia and grew up with her nose in a book. A member of RWA, she writes sexy, dark paranormals and steampunk romance. When not writing, reading, or poring over travel brochures, she loves spending time with her very own hero or daydreaming about new worlds. Read more about her at or follow her on Twitter, @BecMcMaster.

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  1. I definitely enjoyed this one! Perry and Garrett are da bomb.

    1. I have not read it yet, but the rest were fun :)

  2. Yes please I'd love to win this book. I love Bec's writing style and her stories.


  3. I'm thrilled to hear this can be read as a standalone! It's awesome that Bec works so hard to make sure her worldbuilding is comprehensible to newcomers - I love that! This sounds like a cool story, definitely excited to check it out.

  4. *headdesk* I have book one and so need to read this series, it sounds amazing as does the author.

  5. Enter me please. I have got to check out this series. There are so many things I love about it. The romance alone sounds fantastic. Thanks for the chance to win and happy weekend.

  6. Sounds great. Looking forward to reading it

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  7. I love series books that can be read as a standalone. I've been wanting to read this series for some time now. Great interview. Please enter me for the book!

  8. So excited for Silk and Steam!!!

    For some reason I always confuse her series with Callihan's.

  9. Never heard of this author but I am interested with her Forged by Desire. 2 vampiric detectives? That sounds awesome.

    And good luck to the giveaway participants. :D

  10. I love this series and have been eager to read this one. Each book just gets better and better and I absolutely love the covers.


  11. I absolutely love this series!! Finally reading Forged by Desire now and it is awesome :D Haven't even finished yet and I'm already waiting for the next book!

  12. Oh yes, I would love to see the world too, but will probably happen only in books because I hate to take the airplane. ».«

  13. I LOVE Steampunk. I'll have to get this one ASAP.

  14. love that cover :) Thanks so much for sharing such a fun post! Congrats to Bec on the new release!

  15. Great interview! I only read the first book in the series but I loved it. I need to read the others but well I really need more time and I'm anxious about the change of characters too. thanks for sharing!

  16. I've heard good things about this series. I just need to find the time to read it.
    Great interview.
    P.S. I think you have my email, if not, your know where to hunt me down. ;)

    1. Lol, I know.
      I have to get strict cos the last winner left no email, clicked on her profile..nothing. How on earth would I find her?

  17. Reeeally light. I even complained about it once, so in that way it would work for you

  18. This series has some of my favorite covers ever. And how neat. Had no idea she was from Australia!

  19. Yesss! Book five has edits done! Sweet words to this reader, who can't get enough Steampunk.

  20. Please count me in! I've just finished reading the first two books in the series and loved them. I will be going on to the third book.
    strive4bst(AT) yahoo(Dot) com

  21. would so enjoy reading this book!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

  22. Sounds like an interesting series. I'd love to give it a try.

  23. sorry forgot my email. scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  24. I really love this series, such a rich world and wonderful characters. I can't wait to read Forged by Desire.
    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  25. I need to try Steampunk! I think I'd like the alternative Victorian setting.

  26. It sounds like a wonderful book. I would love to read it. Thanks for having the giveaway.




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