I was torn about what to write for this guest post. I had two choices, either my daily routine as a writer, or sharing the men who occupy space in my head. Guess which won? :)
In Nefertiti's Heart the men are divided into two distinct camps. There are the good guys, and the bad boys. The bad boys are led by Nathaniel, Viscount Lyons, known as the villainous viscount because of his underworld activities. He is backed up by his henchman and personal bodyguard, Jackson Jackson. Nathaniel's long term friend and pirate airship captain, Lachlan Hawke rounds out the bad boy team.
Then there are the good guys….
Inspector Hamish Fraser, of Her Majesty's Enforcers (kind of a mash up of the police and Scotland Yard) is a former military man and minor noble. His soft spoken manner puts people at ease, lulling them into revealing too much. He is a crusader, seeking justice for the murder victims. He is certain Cara is involved somehow, if he could just crack her defences and have her confide in him.
He is backed up on the street by Sergeant Connor. He was Fraser's sergeant in the army and followed his captain into civilian life. He's loyal, fierce and unstoppable in a fight. He also can't stomach the sight of a corpse and has been known to faint in the morgue. He makes a wicked cup of tea for his boss, but Fraser rarely remembers to drink it.
The last member of the good boy side is Lord Weaver Clayton. The gentle academic carries the guilt of what his father did to Cara. He tries to make amends by helping her, in her hunt for Nefertiti's Heart.
Who do you root for when you read a book – the good guys or the bad boys?
A. W. Exley
Publisher: Curiosity Quills
ISBN 10: 1620071797
Number of pages: 280
Word Count: 83,000
Cover Artist: Ricky Gunawan
Cara Devon has always suffered curiosity and impetuousness, but tangling with a serial killer might cure that. Permanently.
London, 1861. Impoverished noble Cara has a simple mission after the strange death of her father - sell off his damned collection of priceless artifacts. Her plan goes awry when aristocratic beauties start dying of broken hearts, an eight inch long brass key hammered through their chests. A killer hunts amongst the nobility, searching for a regal beauty and an ancient Egyptian relic rumored to hold the key to immortality.
Her Majesty’s Enforcers are in pursuit of the murderer and they see a connection between the gruesome deaths and Cara. So does she, somewhere in London her father hid Nefertiti’s Heart, a fist sized diamond with strange mechanical workings. Adding further complication to her life, notorious crime lord, Viscount Nathaniel Lyons is relentless in his desire to lay his hands on Cara and the priceless artifact. If only she could figure out his motive.
Self-preservation fuels Cara's search for the gem. In a society where everyone wears a mask to hide their true intent, she needs to figure out who to trust, before she makes a fatal mistake.
About the Author:
Books and writing have always been an enormous part of my life. I survived school by hiding out in the library, with several thousand fictional characters for company. At university, I overcame the boredom of studying accountancy by squeezing in Egyptology papers and learning to read hieroglyphics.
Today, I write steampunk novels with a sexy edge and an Egyptian twist. I live in rural New Zealand surrounded by an assortment of weird and wonderful equines, felines, canine and homicidal chickens.