Title: Wilder's Mate
Series: Bloodhounds, #1
Author: Moira Rogers (website)
Release date: March 8, 2011 by Samhain
I'm always on the lookout for a good Steampunk yarn. Oftentimes, such tales are full of imagination and wonder, for both the futuristic elements and the historical romanticism. I very recently discovered this little gem here, an upcoming publication from the paranormal romance writing team known as Moira Rogers. Check out the blurb:
Wilder Harding is a bloodhound, created by the Guild to hunt down and kill vampires on America's frontier. His enhanced abilities come with a high price: on the full moon, he becomes capable of savagery beyond telling, while the new moon brings a sexual hunger that borders on madness.How fun does that sound?! What's more, the story takes place in the Americas, which is not always the case for steampunk stories (I think the British Isles are often a favored setting, for good reason). Based on this description, it sounds like it's going to be a sweeping story. Not to mention steamy! An excerpt of Chapter One can be found at Rogers's website.
Rescuing a weapons inventor from undead kidnappers is just another assignment, though one with an added complication--keeping his hands off the man's pretty young apprentice, who insists on tagging along.
At odds with polite society, Satira's only constant has been the aging weapons inventor who treats her like a daughter. She isn't going to trust Wilder with Nathaniel's life, not when the Guild might decide the old man isn't worth saving. Besides, if there's one thing she's learned, it's that brains are more important than brawn.
As the search stretches far longer than Wilder planned, he finds himself fighting against time. If Satira is still at his side when the new moon comes, nothing will stop him from claiming her. Worse, she seems all too willing. If their passion unlocks the beast inside, no one will be safe. Not even the man they're fighting to save.
I really dig the vibe of this cover. It looks more obviously Western than anything else, but also puts off a vibe of intensity and potential violence. I love it. ^_^ I certainly wouldn't want to tussle with the dude pictured (whom I assume is Wilder Harding?).
Does this book look like anything interesting to you? What are your thoughts on the cover?