QSFer Lisa Oliver has a new MM Fantasy/Paranormal Steampunk book out, Quirk of Fate book 3: The Mating of Blind Billy Hipp.
“I saw something fuzzy and gorgeous through the glass, yes. All five of you in the line-up looked more or less the same to me, but something… I don’t know… something divine kept me focused on the man in the middle.”
Billy Hipp, more commonly referred to as Blind Billy Hipp although he wasn’t fully blind, has spent eons regretting the actions of his youth. Now, he devotes his time to being the best damn Searcher in the area. An expensive Searcher who expects to be paid for what he does. What he doesn’t expect is to have someone with more cash than sense, turn up on his doorstep and insist on using his talents no matter how much every one of Billy’s senses is telling him to run in the other direction. Little did he know the job would bring him face to face with his destiny.
Dathan had a huge secret. Only the automaton who works at his building is aware he often goes out at night fully dressed and comes back sometimes days later, minus his boots, and he doesn’t ask questions. But Dathan is living on his aunt and uncle’s favor, and so when his uncle asks for one in return, he is obligated to say yes. How hard can it be to turn up for a line up at the local police station? Dathan thought it would be a laugh, but the experience gave him more than he’d bargained for.
Steam trains, grotesque machines, beautiful birds in gilded cages. Billy and Dathan have to navigate all of these and more for a chance at their HEA. But when the situation calls for a sacrifice – which one of them will make it and how much will it cost?
The Mating of Blind Billy Hipp is book three of the Quirk of Fates series, although it is a complete standalone. Mature content but then this book is intended for adults only. I do hope you enjoy it.
Billy slammed a sheet of paper on the poker table, scattering multi-colored chips and cards in the process.
“That there is a contract for the search and delivery of your daughter. The agreed upon fee was two hundred dollars. A hundred up front, and the balance upon delivery. I found and delivered her to you as per the terms of our agreement. You owe me a hundred bucks, and I ain’t leaving here without it.”
Settembrini looked up from the table. His eyes were suddenly reddened with sorrow and worry. “She walked right out again the very night you dropped her off. I didn’t even get to hug my little princess. By the time the sun came up, she was gone. I haven’t seen her since.”
Billy cast a blurry glance around the table. “I can tell you must be terribly broken up over it.”
“We all deal with grief in our own way, Mr. Hipp. I wouldn’t dare judge you on your methodology.
Lisa Oliver’s first fiction book was The Reluctant Wolf, book one in the Cloverleah series. Since then she’s written more than ninety other titles spanning a number of different series including Bound and Bonded, Stockton Wolves, Balance, The God’s Made Me Do it, City Dragons, The Necromancer’s Smile, and the Alpha and Omega series. A huge fan of the true mate trope, Lisa’s books are all paranormal, all M/M (although a few M/M/M have crept in too) and all have an HEA.
When not writing, Lisa can be found with her nose in a book. Her adult children and grandchildren have found the best way to get her off the computer is to offer her chocolate.