Friday, June 29, 2012

Guest Post & Giveaway: "The Seduction of Phaeton Black" by Jillian Stone

Today I have Jillian Stone, author of "The Seduction of Phaeton Black", here to do a guest post on her book tour. She is also hosting an awesome tour wide giveaway.


Welcome to the World of Phaeton Black, Occult Detective.

According to Wikipedia, if you combine the tropes of the detective story with those of supernatural horror fiction you begin to get close to defining the occult detective. Unlike the traditional detective the occult detective is employed in cases involving ghosts, curses, and other supernatural elements. He or she is often a doctor inclined to metaphysical speculation. In my case of The Seduction of Phaeton Black, the character of Doctor Exeter plays a consultant/sidekick (a Doctor Watson to Phaeton’s Sherlock).

When I first began thinking about The Seduction of Phaeton Black, I wasn’t necessarily thinking about a supernatural demon chasing detective. But then, when I began to seriously work on the plot, it became obvious that Phaeton Black was going to become if not an occult detective, a paranormal investigator. 

Here’s a brief blurb:

THE YEAR IS 1889 and Queen Victoria, exemplum of decency and sobriety, is in her fifty-second year of reign. Occult detective Phaeton Black, on the other hand, couldn’t be less interested in clean-living. He has recently taken up residence in the basement flat of London’s most notorious brothel. A dedicated libertine with an aptitude for absinthe, he wrestles with a variety of demons both real and self-inflicted.

Unfairly linked to Scotland Yard’s failure to solve the Whitechapel murders, Phaeton is offered a second chance to redeem himself. A mysterious fiend, or vampire is stalking the Strand. After a glass and a consult with the green fairy, he agrees to take on the case.

On his first surveillance, Phaeton pursues an elusive stranger and encounters several curious, horrifying beings. But the most intriguing creature of all is a Cajun beauty who captures him at knifepoint and threatens to spirit away his heart.


WARNING: Phaeton Black is a Byronic hero is every sense of the word. He starts out a brooding, debauched, libertine, and ends up risking both his life and his heart for the young woman he is falling in love with. I must also warn you that the love scenes are SCORCHING HOT. (According to RT BOOK REVIEW!)

As the storyteller of this tale, I knew Phaeton must grow as a character, but I also wanted to preserve and protect his irreverent, lust for life––the thing that makes Phaeton, Phaeton. When it came to America Jones, the heroine of The Seduction of Phaeton Black, I wanted to create the perfect foil for the bigger than life, misanthrope detective. Almost immediately America sees through his disagreeable personality and eventually brings out the softhearted side of Phaeton. Along the way, there are adventures galore: Phaeton is after a wicked female bloodsucker and America is after the pirates that stole her father’s shipping business. As their two plots interweave, Phaeton and America still find plenty of time to get to know one another! 

What's next? The Moonstone and Miss JoneS (release date September 28, 2012). Phaeton is shanghaied in Shanghai and America chases him all the way back to London, where they both become involved in a struggle to save the city from any number of beasts, terrors––and power grabbers.

I have a question for commenters: Do you have a favorite occult detective? Here are a few characters for you to consider: Hellboy, Agents Mulder and Scully from X-Files, Constantine, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Harry Angel in Angel Heart. 


 
The Seduction of Phaeton Black
Jillian Stone
Kensington Brava

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Blurb #1

THE YEAR IS 1889 and Queen Victoria, exemplum of decency and sobriety, is in her fifty-second year of reign. Paranormal Investigator, Phaeton Black, on the other hand, couldn’t be less interested in clean-living. He has recently taken up residence in the basement flat of London’s most notorious brothel. A dedicated libertine with an aptitude for absinthe, he wrestles with a variety of demons both real and self-inflicted. Unfairly linked to Scotland Yard’s failure to solve the Whitechapel murders, Phaeton is offered a second chance to redeem himself. A mysterious fiend, or vampire is stalking the Strand. After a glass and a consult with the green fairy, he agrees to take on the case.

On his first surveillance, Phaeton pursues an elusive stranger and encounters several curious, horrifying beings. But the most intriguing creature of all is a Cajun beauty who captures him at knifepoint and threatens to spirit away his heart.

Alternate Blurb #2

Hold onto your knickers ladies, Phaeton Black has arrived!

He's the man with the magic touch. A master of deduction and other midnight maneuvers, Phaeton Black is Scotland Yard's secret weapon against things that go bump in the night. His prodigious gifts as a paranormal investigator are as legendary as his skills as a lover, his weakness for wicked women as notorious as his affection for absinthe. But when he's asked to hunt down a fanged femme fatale who drains her victims of blood, he walks right into the arms of the most dangerous woman he's ever known.

She's the devilish Miss Jones. Pressing a knife to his throat and demanding he make love to her––Miss America Jones uses Phaeton as a willing shield against the gang of pirates chasing after her. As dangerous as she is with a derringer tucked in her garter, Miss Jones is not the vampire killer Phaeton is stalking––but she may be just what he needs to crack the case. As the daughter of a Cajun witch, she possess uncanny powers. As a fearless fighter, she can handle anything from Egyptian mummies to Jack the Ripper. But when an ancient evil is unleashed on the world, she could be his only his salvation...or ultimate sacrifice.


Author Bio:

Jillian Stone’s Victorian Romantic Suspense novel AN AFFAIR WITH MR. KENNEDY won the 2010 RWA Golden Heart and is the first novel in The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series for Pocket Books. Her sexy, supernatural Steampunk novel, THE SEDUCTION OF PHAETON BLACK, won the 2010 Romance Through The Ages Erotica category and sold to Kensington Brava. Jillian lives in California and is currently working on the next adventure for both series.

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Jillian is hosting a tour wide giveaway of ten paperback copies of "The Seduction of Phaeton Black" and a beautiful necklace made by Ula Kapala pictured below. All you have to do to enter is fill out the rafflecopter.

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19 comments:

bn100 said...

I like Steampunk because of the Victorian elements and technology.

ReneAva said...

Hello there!

I've yet to read any Steampunk. But The Seduction of Phaeton Black sounds like a great read. It just may be the one to 'pop' my Steampunk cherry -lol

Thank you for this chance to win!

~Ava~
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Diane D - Florida said...

I was a little reluctant to try Steampunk, as I was firmly ensconced in Regency Romance. I thought that I would give it a try, and much to my surprise, I've really enjoyed the two Steampunk books that I've read so far. Thank you for this opportunity to win.

Jillian Stone said...

Hello Romance Book Junkies!

The Phaeton Black series is set in late Victorian London and is part Steampunk, part paranormal with several scorching hot love scenes (has been called highly erotic by reviewers) but more than anything, I think it is a love story between two strong characters who run into each other in dark alley (literally) and never quite get over each other!

Lisa Cox said...

I've only read a few steampunk novels so far. I live the way they intertwine the mechanical with flesh and blood. Very interesting reading.

Di said...

I really enjoyed the Steampunk movies I've watched (Wild,Wild West; Sherlock Holmes; League of Gentlemen), so I thought I would enjoy a book in the genre.
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Tore said...

I have been wanting to read steampunk for a while now. It sounds very good. Thanks for the giveaway. Tore923@aol.com

Jillian Stone said...

Lisa, Di and Tore,

Steampunk is finally catching on a bit––or steaming ahead, shall we say? I think it is one of those genres that crosses over into fantasy, romance, paranormal, and horror.

The elements that seem to hold it together are primarily late Victorian costumes and fantastic gadgets made with brass and run by steam, or magic ether/aether. Captain Nemo's Nautilus ran on some kind of unlimited energy source in the ocean. You can even toss in crude electricity and a rudimentary internal combustion engine if you wish.

I also added a bit of erotic romance to the story––just to spice things up! ;)

Lexi H said...

Ah steampunk, that wonderful blend of historical, sci-fi, fantasy...and so many more. Add a little bit of "steam" between the characters and you have the perfect combination! Who wouldn't love it?! I know I am hooked and can't get enough.

justpeachy36 said...

Steampunk is a genre that I have become interested in, in the last couple of years. I find the blend of history and Sci-fi very enjoyable to read.

Megan said...

I haven't read a steampunk novel yet, but this book sounds interesting.

Margay said...

I haven't read any steampunk yet, but I'm kind of intrigued by the concept and this looks like a good book to start with!

Olivia Tan said...

i have not read any steampunk series, looking forward to read. this book is like a good book to start with ^^

thanks for the chance ^^

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Becky Johnson said...

I'm new to steam punk. I felt drawn to it. the freshness of the genre. I still love my urban fantasy & pnr, but it's been so awesome to have a breather!
Thanks for the giveaway!

mbreakfield said...

I like the Victorian aspects and the mechanical aspects.

Dian Aesha said...

i haven't read any steampunk novel's so now iam interest for reading.. this book like a good for reading..

thanks for the chance

Jess said...

I've never read any before but would be interested in trying out them
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Carol said...

I always like to try new books! Wonderful contest, thank you so much!

carol.byles@yahoo.com

Leigh Savage said...

I've yet to read steampunk but I love the ideal of a Occult Detective.

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