An automaton created by an inventor’s son, Copper has finally been given a heart by her young master. Her choice of whether to keep the key or give it to him will decide her fate in this steampunk fairy tale.
Will she join his family in their English country manor, where she’ll be forced to consider the question of whether she’s really human? Or will she search out the quirky alchemist responsible for giving her life? Will her master hold onto her heart, or will she be tempted by the charms of an automaton man?
I loved “Choose Your Own Adventure” books as a child they were just plain fun. Strangely enough they have not seemed to have had a resurgence like Pokemon and Power Rangers and in my opinion they are far more deserving of a reboot. However Silk Words has taken my beloved “CYOA” format and blended it with another love of mine romance. Truly it is an idiot proof combination and when I saw the author of A Heart for Copper was none other than Sharon Lynn Fisher author of one of my favorite books of all time Ghost Planet I was sold.
A Heart for Copper was a lovely story think Pinocchio without all the lying and that unfortunate nose business, with a touch of Blade Runner. Copper is an automaton with awareness and like the wooden puppet from the 19th century children’s novel she dreams of being “real”. When her wish is granted there are those who would deny her of her long held desires.
Given it’s brevity A Heart for Copper would be an excellent choice if you have not read any of Sharon Lynn Fisher’s full length novels. Despite it’s relatively short length Ms Fisher revisits a running theme in her work “what it means to be human” and a seemingly impossible love. Even if you have read Ghost Planet or The Ophelia Prophecy reading A Heart for Copper is an excellent way to pass the time while waiting for her next novel Echo 8’s 2015 release.
About the Author
I write stories for the geeky at heart — meaty mash-ups of sci-fi, suspense, and romance, with no apology for the latter. I live where it rains nine months of the year. And I have a strange obsession with gingers (down to my freaky orange cat).
I have two sci-fi romance novels published with Tor Books, and a third on the way. I also have a zombie-ish story, RED, in progress on Wattpad (free!).
“I tried to play a game. I tried to wield deceit as perfectly as the Hawks. But when I thought I was winning, I wasn’t. Jethro isn’t what he seems—he’s the master of duplicity. However, I refuse to let him annihilate me further.”
Nila Weaver has grown from naïve seamstress to full-blown fighter. Every humdrum object is her arsenal, and sex…sex is her greatest weapon of all.
She’s paid the First Debt. She’ll probably pay more.
But she has no intention of letting the Hawks win.
Jethro Hawk has found more than a worthy adversary in Nila—he’s found the woman who could destroy him. There’s a fine line between hatred and love, and an even finer path between fear and respect.
The fate of his house rests on his shoulders, but no matter how much ice lives inside his heart, Nila flames too bright to be extinguished.
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“I own you. I have the piece of paper to prove it. It’s undeniable and unbreakable. You belong to me until you’ve paid off your debts.”
Nila Weaver’s family is indebted. Being the first born daughter, her life is forfeit to the first born son of the Hawks to pay for sins of ancestors past. The dark ages might have come and gone, but debts never leave. She has no choice in the matter.
She is no longer free.
Jethro Hawk receives Nila as an inheritance present on his twenty-ninth birthday. Her life is his until she’s paid off a debt that’s centuries old. He can do what he likes with her—nothing is out of bounds—she has to obey.
Pepper Winters is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestseller. She wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters.
She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends.
When EmLynn’s dad loses his battle with cancer, the last thing she wants is to move across the country to live with her Mom. Her mom left her dad years ago to start a new, improved family with her new, improved husband.
When Eric finds himself in the middle of a mess of someone else’s making, the last thing he wants is to be dumped into the foster care system. He’s spent most of his life on his own, so he doesn’t see the point of having a pretend family now.
A chance meeting has them both thinking that maybe their new town of Roseville isn’t so bad. But as they grow closer, an unknown enemy, along with a tangle of secrets and a web of little white lies, may just be enough to make their newfound love unravel completely.
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1) We have a pet crayfish. His name is Dezmo. He was adopted from my son’s 4th grade science class.
2) When I was in middle school I used to sneak Stephen King books out of the public library (my mom would not have approved!). I would read them on the top bunk of my bunk bed, under the covers, with a flashlight so I wouldn’t wake my little sister. I used to scare myself senseless.
4) I am not a crier. I hate crying. The first book that ever made me cry was Where the Red Fern Grows (in 5th grade). The only other book that has made me cry was Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead. I blame that on the fact that I stayed up until 5AM to finish it. I was emotional and overly tired. (Actually, it was really just that good).
5) I love Dimitri Belikov. He’s my favorite book boyfriend. Hence the tears at the end of Shadow Kiss.
6) I don’t know a thing about cars but I’m fascinated by old cars. I love going to classic car shows. I dream of having a garage full of old, restored cars. Especially a pink and white ’57 Bel Air.
7) I’m a very questionable cook (just ask my poor children). However, I really love to bake. Especially bread. I don’t buy bread from the store anymore.
8) On the rare occasion that I have the house to myself for the weekend there’s a good chance I’ll end up watching Netflix. I love old episodes of Charmed, Supernatural, Vampire Diaries… (You get the picture).
9) I’ve had maybe half a dozen cats throughout my life. Every one of them has been a “rescued” cat. I currently have two—Princess Jellybean (a Siamese mix) and Sasha (a Maine Coon mix). We adopted them three years ago. My boys each picked out one and named them.
10) I love the Pretty Little Liars them song. It’s so catchy and yet so creepy. It goes through my head all the time. Mostly when I’m trying to concentrate on something else.
As we rounded a corner I glanced back to make sure the twins were right behind me. In the instant that I looked away, I collided with a solid, masculine body. His hands flew to my elbows to steady me.
“I’m so sorry!” I exclaimed the same moment he said, “Are you okay?”
I stepped back and found myself looking into a pair of espresso colored eyes. His espresso colored hair was hopelessly rumpled. It was a bit too long and…perfect, really.
“I’m fine, just clumsy,” I admitted.
“She’s not good at paying attention,” Madison informed him.
He chuckled, setting a single dimple free. “I’ll have to remember that.”
“Sometimes she crashes into my dad and makes him spill his coffee,” she somberly explained.
“Madison, hush! That happened one time!” I said with a laugh.
“He didn’t get mad though. My daddy likes EmLynn,” she continued on. “He says we have to be patient with her because she can be kind of moody sometimes. But he says that she still loves us. Even when she’s grumpy.”
Of course I loved them.
And I wasn’t that grumpy. At least not lately.
Natalie, who was standing a step behind Madison, nodded in wide-eyed agreement.
“EmLynn, huh?” he asked. “Pretty name.”
“And you’re new around here,” I added.
“Yeah, I am.” He didn’t look too pleased about it.
After what I’d seen today, I couldn’t really blame him.
I slid a glance toward the pool area, scowling at Jace when I realized he was watching our interaction.
“Well, don’t let them get to you,” I said as I vaguely motioned toward the pool area.
His frowned. “You saw all that?”
I nodded sympathetically. “I wish I could say they weren’t all bad. But that whole group is. I do my best to avoid them.”
“Emmm,” Madison said as she tugged on the hem of my shirt, “can we go home now? I want to see if my Daddy’s home yet.”
“In a minute,” I assured her. I turned back to Eric. “So was this your first day?”
He shook his head. “No. It’s my third.”
“Have all the days been like this?”
“Nah, just the first day and today.” He shook his head, realizing how bad that sounded.
Two days out of three? I shook my head in sympathy.
About the Author
A little bit about me…
I live in beautiful northern Minnesota with my two sons, two cats and our Rottweiler.
If I’m not writing, or spending time with my kids, I’m most likely reading.
Imagine finding the love of your life at the age of six.
Bliss Carrington did.
Bliss has known Jimmy Brason since first grade. He took on the role of the big brother Bliss never had, breaking Bliss out of her shy shell, encouraging her to have fun in high school, and pushing her to live her life to the fullest. They have always been friends—until one day, Bliss wanted more. Now seeing women everywhere swooning over Jimmy, head quarterback of the New York Cougars, is enough to drive her to madness.
Jimmy has been in love with Bliss forever, but she doesn’t know and she can never find out. In all the craziness of his fast track to fame and money, Bliss is the one person who has kept him sane and whole. He firmly believes that history repeats itself and with his tainted past, he’s afraid that he’s fated to hurt her if he allows himself to follow his heart.
Bliss has watched Jimmy grow from a boy into a man, and it’s not fair that someone else will get to keep him when she knows in her heart that he only belongs to her.
When they tip toe on the edge of love, can their friendship remain intact with both of them ignoring the rumblings that’s threatening to explode?
Everything Has Changed is a story of love, loss, and longing for the one you grew up loving.
About Mia Kayla
Mia Kayla is a New Adult/Contemporary Romance writer who lives in Illinois. On the weekdays, she can be caught wearing a suit, commuting to her corporate job in downtown Chicago and raising three beautiful munchkins in the suburbs, four if you count the husband.
In her free time she loves reading romance novels, jamming to boy bands, catching up on celebrity gossip and designing flowers for weddings.
Most of the time, she can be caught on the train with her nose in a book sporting a cheeky grin because the main characters finally get their happily-ever-after at the end.
She loves reading about happy endings but has more fun writing them.
Olivia Dare, executive director of the Miami Thunder, and team travel director, Dylan Rhodes share more than just a passion for football–their chemistry is explosive and their feelings for each other are intense. But Olivia is wary of any man getting too close. Given her background – a near-bigamist dad and an ex-boyfriend who merely enforced her lack of priority in his life – Olivia fears being hurt again but she can’t resist embarking upon a passionate affair with Dylan, even as she holds part of herself back.
Dylan isn’t a man who does anything half way. Once he decides to pursue Olivia, he goes all in. When the Pro-Bowl takes them to the desert oasis of Arizona, Dylan is determined to make sure their time together isn’t all business. What happens while at the luxury resort is life altering but when Olivia admits her deepest pain, will Dylan be able to prove he’s a man with staying power? Or will Olivia be disappointed again, this time by the most important man in her life?
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips has written over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels that today’s readers identify with and enjoy. After a successful 15 year career with various New York publishing houses, Carly is making the leap to Indie author, with the goal of giving her readers more books at a faster pace at a better price. Her Serendipity books will still finish up in January/February 2014 via Berkley as planned. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She’s a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she’s a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find all information about Carly at her website and other social media sites …
Published: May 8th 2002 by Dover Publications (first published 1929)
Format: Trade Paperback
Print Length: 80 pages
From Goodreads – In 1903, Rilke replied in a series of 10 letters to a student who had submitted some verses to the well-known Austrian poet for an assessment. Written during an important stage in Rilke’s artistic development, these letters contain many of the themes that later appeared in his best works. Essential reading for scholars, poetry lovers.
So why, in the twenty-first century, should anyone other than literature students, scholars and semi-obscure book reviewers care about a tiny volume of 100 year-old letters written by one poet to another? How could it possibly be relevant in our ultra-connected, always-frantic, constantly-distracted First World existence?
In 1902 a young and aspiring poet named Franz Kappus wrote a letter to Rainer Maria Rilke, an older established poet who he admired. Kappus was not even twenty years-old and already he was having an existential crisis. Studying at a military academy, he was, he explained, “on the verge of going into a profession which I felt was directly opposed to my true inclinations.” He needed guidance. He wanted Rilke’s opinion of his “poetic efforts”. Rilke’s response was a series of ten letters written between 1903 and 1908 and published in 1929, three years after his death from leukemia, as a small edition called Letters to a Young Poet.
Rilke’s advice centered on three themes that he felt were most important to any artist – embracing solitude, embracing difficulty, and not giving in to criticism. He wrote to Kappus, “works of art are infinitely solitary”. In order to create, “What is needed is this and this alone! Solitude, great inner loneliness!” And further, ‘love your solitude and bear the pain it causes you.” Parents, elders, friends will most likely not understand, nevertheless “ask no advice of them and reckon with no understanding”. The creative life will be difficult, however “it is good to be alone, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult should be one more reason to do it”. By the end of the tenth letter, and after a gap of four years from their previous correspondence, it appears Kappus had given up on the poetic life and accepted a military career. Rather than being disappointed, Rilke praised him for being true to himself, hoping that he was “living alone and courageous in a rough reality”.
Rilke was a masterful writer and he seemed to follow his own advice that he espoused to Kappus. He was a pure artist, traveling often, never staying anywhere long, never seeming content, never having much money. At one point, he even confesses to Kappus that he would love to buy him some copies of his books but he was too poor. But he continued on his own path, publishing several collections of poetry as well as prose, plays and nonfiction. He is considered one of the twentieth century’s greatest poets.
But to circle back to the introductory question, why should we care about Letters to a Young Poet now? Precisely because it presents us with the forgotten alternative to today’s pandemonium. We can unplug, un-Tweet, leave our Facebook “friends” for a little while just to be with our own thoughts, to cultivate the good that can come from the silence and the solitude. It will be difficult, Rilke repeats often. And that’s exactly the point.
You Who Never Arrived
You who never arrived
in my arms, Beloved, who were lost
from the start,
I don’t even know what songs
would please you. I have given up trying
to recognize you in the surging wave of
the next moment. All the immense
images in me — the far-off, deeply-felt
landscape, cities, towers, and bridges, and
unsuspected turns in the path,
and those powerful lands that were once
pulsing with the life of the gods–
all rise within me to mean
you, who forever elude me.
You, Beloved, who are all
the gardens I have ever gazed at,
longing. An open window
in a country house– , and you almost
stepped out, pensive, to meet me.
Streets that I chanced upon,–
you had just walked down them and vanished.
And sometimes, in a shop, the mirrors
were still dizzy with your presence and,
startled, gave back my too-sudden image.
Who knows? Perhaps the same
bird echoed through both of us
yesterday, separate, in the evening…
Rainer Maria Rilke is considered one of the German language’s greatest 20th century poets.
His haunting images tend to focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude, and profound anxiety — themes that tend to position him as a transitional figure between the traditional and the modernist poets.
He wrote in both verse and a highly lyrical prose. His two most famous verse sequences are the Sonnets to Orpheus and the Duino Elegies; his two most famous prose works are the Letters to a Young Poet and the semi-autobiographical The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.
He also wrote more than 400 poems in French, dedicated to his homeland of choice, the canton of Valais in Switzerland.
In his own words – Surly Joe is a moderately nondescript Toronto-based white guy who spends too much time contemplating the nature of boredom. His aspirations waver between wanting to be either a professional gambler or a Zen monk, with a touch of writing on the side. After completing university with a degree in a subject that does not readily lead to any sort of viable employment, he wandered through Europe and Northern Africa for a while collecting stories and useless trivia, Circumstance led to a career back in Toronto. He now spends his money on food, friends, wine and annual trips to Las Vegas.