When it came time to fill in the art fact sheet for my steampunk romance, Asher’s Invention, I trawled through hundreds of images on the internet in my hunt to find pictures that best captured the mood of my story. Nothing really struck a chord, but I had faith that the cover art department would weave their magic, and I wasn’t disappointed. I love the eye-catching charisma of the hero and the overall brooding atmosphere of my cover!
Asher Quigley, the hero of my story, is definitely a maverick. He’s defied the wishes of his rich, conservative family to become an inventor, and even though he’s received acclaim they still disapprove of his unconventional career choice. Asher is stubborn and proud, traits that stand him in good stead to defy traditional wisdom and make important breakthroughs, but his strength is also his weakness in that he finds it difficult to forgive— especially when it comes to Minerva Lambkin, the woman who stole his heart and then betrayed him.
When Minerva comes to him for help, his first instinct is to show her the door, but he’s a gentleman to the core, and he can’t refuse her even though it grates to do so. Even more galling, he finds himself still attracted to her despite his years of trying to forget her.
Asher is a flawed hero, but what true hero isn’t? A perfect man would be boring in my opinion. Asher has plenty of faults, but he’s also a man impossible to forget. And that’s what this cover perfectly captures!
Five years ago, Asher Quigley broke his engagement to Minerva Lambkin, believing she was an accomplice in a scheme to steal his prototype for a wondrous device. Minerva swore she was innocent, though the thief—and Asher’s mentor—was her own father.
Now, sheer desperation has driven Minerva to Asher’s door. Her father has been kidnapped by investors furious that he’s never been able to make the machine work. Only Asher, now a rich and famous inventor in his own right, can replicate the device. He’s also become a hard, distant stranger far different from the young idealist she once loved.
Despite their troubled past, Asher agrees to help Minerva. He still harbors his suspicions about her, but their reunion stirs emotions and desires they both thought were buried forever. Can they rebuild their fragile relationship in time to save her father and their future together?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Coleen Kwan has been a bookworm all her life. At school English was her favorite subject, but for some reason she decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, she wondered what else there was in life — and discovered writing. She loves writing contemporary romance whether it’s sweet or sensual, and has recently discovered a whole new genre in steampunk romance.
Coleen lives in Sydney with her partner and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys avoiding housework, eating chocolate, and watching The Office.
Contact Coleen at her website www.coleenkwan.com.