The Heart Collector
Auckland Steampunk Book 1
by Barbara Russell
Genre: Steampunk, Romantic Suspense
The Supernaturals are frightened. Despite being able to do extraordinary things like teleporting or lighting a fire with a stare, a serial killer, the Heart Collector, is slaughtering them. He rips their chests open and removes their hearts.
While other aristocratic, nineteen-year-old girls spend time dancing, Isabel trains hard to become an MI7 agent—Military Intelligence Seventh Division, a crime squad run by Supernaturals. The Heart Collector murdered her best friend, and enrolling at MI7 is the best way to help catch the killer.
Isabel senses other people’s feelings as if they were her owns. But MI7’s leader is too worried about Isabel’s safety to let her join the team.
Eager to prove that her power is valuable, Isabel volunteers to meet Murk, a dangerous Supernatural man who can turn himself invisible. MI7 desperately tried to recruit him and failed.
She believes that her power is enough to convince Murk to become an MI7’s agent and help apprehend the Heart Collector. If he wants to attack her, his feelings will broadcast his intention, and she’ll be ready.
What Isabel isn’t ready for is to fall in love with the man who will collect her heart.
I’m an entomologist and a soil biologist, which is a fancy way to say that I dig in the dirt, looking for bugs. Nature and books have always been my passion. I was a kid when I read The Lord Of The Ring and fell in love with fantasy novels.
When I discovered cosy mystery and crime novel, I fell in love with Hercules Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. Then I grew up and . . . Nah, I’m joking. I didn’t grow up. Don’t grow up, folks! It’s a trap.
PS I hate gardening. There, I said it. Sorry fellow Kiwis.
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7 thoughts on “The Heart Collector”
Thank you for having me 🙂
Welcome to the Dragon’s Den! Good luck with the tour! Is there a favorite quote you’d like to share?
Thanks for the question! I particularly like this bit when the male protag, Murk, is in Isabel’s room and he’s leaving:
“Good night then, ma’am.” He bowed and left, leaving the room a few degrees colder.
I don’t know why, lol, but I like it 🙂
How intriguing… I love the name too. What are you working on next?
I’m working on a spin-off of this series, different characters but same world-building. 🙂
It’s always nice to stay in the same world – makes it easier to focus on the characters and plot. How soon will this new series come out?
Yes, that’s true! Hopefully, it should be out in a few months, probably this winter (for those who live in the southern hemisphere, lol. For those in the northern one it should be summer 🙂 )