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Mon
Oct 8 2012 3:30pm

Author Tina Connolly on Fantasy in Romance

Ironskin by Tina ConnollyToday, H&H welcomes author Tina Connolly to the site. Tina's new book, Ironskin, is a fey/steampunk twist on Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Ironskin's Edward Rochart is just as autocratic and alluring as Edward Rochester. Tina's “Top 10 Reasons to get your Fantasy in your Romance” are listed below. Thanks for joining us, Tina!

(Stay tuned 'til the end of the post for an Ironskin comment sweepstakes!)

I'm an inveterate fantasy/science fiction reader, but I also like every book to have a romance in it. (Well, maybe Winnie-the-Pooh gets a pass. But everything else.) I tried to figure out why fantasy is more awesome with a romance added to it, and I came up with a list of reasons for the reverse. Or maybe it's both at once. Like chocolate and peanut butter, some things just go really well together.

10. Alphas can be literally alpha. . .

In Rhiannon Held's Silver, one of the issues for werewolf protagonist Andrew is that he has to decide where he fits within a rigid pack hierarchy. There are multiple packs around the country, and for now, he is an outsider. But in that case, he can't protect Silver, because he's not her pack leader. Not her alpha. What a great dilemma to bring to the table.

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Thu
Sep 13 2012 1:30pm
Excerpt

Ironskin: New Excerpt

Ironskin by Tina ConnollyJane Eliot wears an iron mask.

It's the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain—the ironskin.

When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a “delicate situation”—a child born during the Great War—Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help.

Teaching the unruly Dorie to suppress her curse is hard enough; she certainly didn't expect to fall for the girl's father, the enigmatic artist Edward Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her scars and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio...and come out as beautiful as the fey.

Jane knows Rochart cannot love her, just as she knows that she must wear iron for the rest of her life. But what if neither of these things are true? Step by step Jane unlocks the secrets of a new life—and discovers just how far she will go to become whole again.

Get a sneak peek of Tina Connolly's Ironskin (available October 2, 2012) with an excerpt of the Chapters 1-2.

Chapter 1
A House Cracked and Torn

The moor was grey, battlefield grey. It had been five years since the last fey was seen, but out here Jane could almost imagine the Great War still raged on. Grey mist drifted through the blackened trees, recalling the smoke from the crematory kilns. That was a constant smell in the last months of the war.

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