Magic & Steam: Book One
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May 28, 2020
Cover art: Reese Dante
Genre: Steampunk, historical, romance
1881—Special Agent Gillian Hamilton is a magic caster with the Federal Bureau of Magic and Steam. He’s sent to Shallow Grave, Arizona, to arrest a madman engineer known as Tinkerer, who’s responsible for blowing up half of Baltimore. Gillian has handled some of the worst criminals in the Bureau’s history, so this assignment shouldn’t be a problem. But even he’s taken aback by a run-in with the country’s most infamous outlaw, Gunner the Deadly.
Gunner is also stalking Shallow Grave in search of Tinkerer, who will stop at nothing to take control of the town’s silver mines. Neither Gillian nor Gunner are willing to let Tinkerer hurt more innocent people, so they agree to a very temporary partnership.
If facing illegal magic, Gatling gun contraptions, and a wild engineer in America’s frontier wasn’t enough trouble for a city boy, Gillian must also come to terms with the reality that he’s rather fond of his partner. But even if they live through this adventure, Gillian fears there’s no chance for love between a special agent and outlaw.
Praise for The Engineer!
"To find an engaging and credibly sourced alternative reality in an eighty-four page novella is a feat of proficient storytelling, and Poe accomplishes it all with two main characters who charmed and engaged." - The Novel Approach Reviews
"Wow, way to start a new series with a bang!" - Bayou Book Junkie
"C.S. Poe has somehow squished an amazing amount of action, adventure, steampunk, and holy hotness into 84 pages. It shouldn't be possible, but I am so glad it happened." - Paranormal Romance Guild
"Gunner and Gillian are great characters, wonderfully fleshed out in just a few words...." - Sinfully Good Gay Book Reviews
"I absolutely loved The Engineer and read it twice before writing my review because I enjoyed it that much." - Wicked Reads
"...the ending had me swooning and looking forward to more! I cannot wait for the coming novel." - Love Bytes Reviews