The Courtesan of Constantinople
Archangel Revolution Book 1
by Tina Holland Genre: Steampunk Romance
Laurel Gunn’s freedom and body were traded for queen and country following her husband’s death on the battlefield. Laurel is a courtesan, a spy, and a fae. Like most Fae, she is not free.
Doctor Benjamin Gunn is sent to investigate a body for clues as to The Cleaver’s identity. Ben has been keeping secrets and is unsure if he can reveal what creature he is to Laurel, and why he is among the living.
Constantinople, also known as the Global City, is filled with politicians, espionage, and magic. In a world of spies, not everyone is who they seem, but those seeking justice aren’t even human. Laurel must tread carefully as allies become foes and her very fate lies with England’s Queen.
Award-Winning, romance author Tina Holland takes you on an electrifying journey into retrofuturistic Victorian England, where technology, magic, and murder collide! This spine tingling adventure will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end!
Before they reached the parlor, Laurel stopped. Shivers ran along her skin, and the familiar odor of sandalwood filled her nose. Her knees nearly buckled and Omar, seeming to sense her weakness, held her arm beneath her elbow, while resting the other on her back.
“It will be all right, my lady.” His low baritone voice did little to calm her weary composure. What was wrong with her?
She saw Raven at the parlor entrance, apparently pleased, like a cat rewarding her with a mouse. As much as she would like to find Fatima’s killer, the girl’s death wasn’t what unsettled her.
When she rounded the column, she knew why she shook uncontrollably and her heart raced. He stood facing away from her but she’d recognize the stance of her husband anywhere.
“Ben?” She reacted on instinct. Raw need propelled her toward him.
He turned. His face was harsh-looking, like weathered stone left out in the elements, tough yet still handsome. His green eyes seemed to probe her for questions. “Yes?”
Laurel slapped him hard, the crack echoing along the marble tiles.
She shook her stinging hand.
She straightened and anchored her feet.
Her handprint now a pink mark on his cheek held her gaze. She finally found her voice. “You bloody bastard, you’re supposed to be dead!”
Tina Holland was born in Frankfurt, Germany to military parents and is a self-proclaimed military brat.
Tina began her career by attending a Romantic Times Convention in 2003, and writing a short story for Kathryn Falk's Bordella series. After additional encouragement Tina decided writing was a dream worth pursuing. Her debut e-book, The Pilot and the Pinup was released by Liquid Silver Books in 2005.
Tina continues to write as her schedule allows. She is active in RWA online chapter and also a member of Writer Zen Garden and FM Word Weavers. When Tina is not writing she can be found enjoying her hobby farm in North Dakota. It may seem like a desolate place but with her husband, horses, dogs and cat, it's rarely lonely. It's the perfect fit for a wonderful imagination and an opportunity to be a little naughty.
Tell us a little about yourself and your background? My name is Tina Holland. I’m a romance author with over 10 published books and I live in the Red River Valley of North Dakota. I studied journalism at University and worked for a Fortune 500 company in Logistics before coming back to what I love - writing full time.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer to see where an idea takes you? I used to be a pantser, but now I’m more of a plotser. I like to plot the basic structure of a book before fleshing it out. That’s not to say it’s written in stone. No, I definitely change stuff even after I’ve written the first draft, I’ll go back and layer in new elements.
Do you ever get writer’s Block? Not so much writer’s block so much as writer’s procrastination. If I’m fumbling about with a story, I’ll do just about everything but work on it, including working on another story or starting a new one.
What genre isTheCourtesan of Constantinople,and what draws you to it? Broadly,The Courtesan of Constantinople falls into Steampunk Romance, but because of the fantasy elements, it can also fit into the Gaslamp genre.
How did you publishThe Courtesan of Constantinopleand why? I searched for a traditional publisher for my book, but Steampunk is a very niche market right now. While readers love the genre and are voracious at reading it, agents and publishers seem warier. After unsuccessfully querying the book for two years I found success with my current publisher, Book Boutiques. They’ve been very supportive of me with my other titles and so this was no exception.
What is your writing Kryptonite? Research, I’ll be writing a sentence and then have to find out something before I can move on with the story. If I’m in procrastination mode, I find binge-watching TV shows can really pull me away from my story.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Someone wants to read the story you are writing so go ahead and finish it.
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