Excerpt: The Seduction of Phaeton Black by Jillian Stone and Giveaway!

Today I’m participating in The Seduction of Phaeton Black blog tour, brought to you by Bewitching Book Tours.  Jillian Stone is fast becoming one of my favorite new writers.  I loved An Affair with Mr Kennedy, so when I had the opportunity to host a stop on this tour, I jumped at the chance.  Later today I’ll have a review of The Seduction of Phaeton Black, but right now, you can learn more about Jillian and the book!  Be sure to enter her tour wide giveaway, too! Details after the excerpt!


Hold onto your knickers ladies, Phaeton Black has arrived!

He’s the man with the magic touch. A master of deduction and other midnight maneuvers, Phaeton Black is Scotland Yard’s secret weapon against things that go bump in the night. His prodigious gifts as a paranormal investigator are as legendary as his skills as a lover, his weakness for wicked women as notorious as his affection for absinthe. But when he’s asked to hunt down a fanged femme fatale who drains her victims of blood, he walks right into the arms of the most dangerous woman he’s ever known.

She’s the devilish Miss Jones. Pressing a knife to his throat and demanding he make love to her––Miss America Jones uses Phaeton as a willing shield against the gang of pirates chasing after her. As dangerous as she is with a derringer tucked in her garter, Miss Jones is not the vampire killer Phaeton is stalking––but she may be just what he needs to crack the case. As the daughter of a Cajun witch, she possess uncanny powers. As a fearless fighter, she can handle anything from Egyptian mummies to Jack the Ripper. But when an ancient evil is unleashed on the world, she could be his only his salvation…or ultimate sacrifice.

Author Bio:

Jillian Stone’s Victorian Romantic Suspense novel AN AFFAIR WITH MR. KENNEDY won the 2010 RWA Golden Heart and is the first novel in The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series for Pocket Books. Her sexy, supernatural Steampunk novel, THE SEDUCTION OF PHAETON BLACK, won the 2010 Romance Through The Ages Erotica category and sold to Kensington Brava. Jillian lives in California and is currently working on the next adventure for both series.

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The Seduction of Phaeton Black Excerpt:

She had never met the like of such a man.

After a few deep draughts of spirit, he kicked a chair out from under the table and straddled the seat. “The chair rails guard my bulging privates. Not to be confused with filthy pirates.”

He took another swig from the bottle. “Tell me about these imaginary, cutlass wielding corsairs. Miss––?”

“My name is America Jones.”

He set an elbow on the chair back and cupped his chin. He had a wary way of studying her, as if she were some kind of curiosity. “Are you incapable of answering questions in a truthful manner? Again, Miss––?”

She set her jaw and glared. “America.”

“Is the name of a continent, or two. I can never remember if there are two continents designated north and south, or one continent designated south and north. Which is it?”

Why did he play the Mad Hatter? Leaning far back off the chair, he had to catch himself. The grog appeared to be having an effect. “And there is a new country, the United States of America.”

Even with arms tied down, she still managed a shrug. “It is my name, sir. America Síne Jones and I have learned to live with it these twenty-ought years.”

“I believe I may call you by your middle name.” His mouth twitched. “Sin–ay. I do so admire the first syllable.”

Her gaze narrowed to a quizzical squint. “Is your mind always in the gutter, Mr.––?

“Black.” Liquid sable eyes flecked with gold drank in every inch of her. “Only when I am interested, Miss Jones.”

“And are you interested?”

“I once enjoyed a meal at the Langham Hotel, which I thought about repeating for weeks afterward.”

“Is that what I am to you? A supper?”

He lowered his chin. “A banquet, my tempting dark dove.” Hooded ebony eyes crinkled at the sides. He enjoyed taunting her.

Captivated for a moment, she mentally slapped herself. “I would love to stay and chat, really I would, but I must be on my way.” She flashed the faintest of smiles. “Now that we are introduced, certainly you can release me from bondage?”

“One more thing, Miss Jones. If you would kindly explain about the pirates?” He tilted his head. “Your eyes are most extraordinary. Almost feline.”

What an exasperating man! While he swigged from the bottle, she tugged again on her bindings. “Why do you insist on torturing me?”

She pressed her lips together and chewed the inside of her bottom lip. A force of habit when vexed beyond endurance. Well, she supposed two could play this silly, annoying interrogation game. “Are your parents still living, Mr. Black?

He sat up and blinked. “Mother died of a virulent meningitis years ago. My father teaches advanced mathematics at Trinity College.” He ran a hand through thick waves of dark brown hair. “He might as well be dead. We don’t get on.”

“I could not tell you if my mother is alive or dead. I’ve not been home to Louisiana in many years. Buried my father four short months ago. Charles Gardiner Jones.” She leaned forward purposefully. “A decent and honest merchant trader. Acquaintances said he couldn’t face his business failure––that he died of drink. People who knew him well, told a very different story. My father’s heart was broken by his lying, scheming business partner.”

When her eyes threatened to tear, she lifted her chin. “After his funeral I vowed to bring Yanky Willem to justice.”

“And how goes this pursuit?”

She frowned. “Not as well as I’d hoped. Last night Willem caught me rifling through a year’s worth of cargo manifests.”

He arched a brow. “Searching for––?”

“Proof of piracy, Mr. Black.”

He smiled that maddening grin of his. “I knew if I was patient, we might actually get round to the original subject of my query––the filthy pirates.”

“Chased me from the Docklands all the way down the Strand.” She laid her head back against the padded chair and counted the cracks in the ceiling. “When you stepped into the sharp edge of my blade, I was clean out of bullets.”

“Bullets? And where, pray tell is your pistol?

Now it was her turn to grin. “Untie me, and––“

“I think not, Miss Jones.” From behind protective rungs, Mr. Black stepped over the seat of his chair and ventured closer. “Shall we search together?”

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10 thoughts on “Excerpt: The Seduction of Phaeton Black by Jillian Stone and Giveaway!

  • July 16, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I like steampunk because of all the cool gadgets they come up with

  • July 17, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Steampunk is an interesting genre, I never would have thought to meld together gadgets with history.

  • July 17, 2012 at 2:24 am

    I’ve been interested in steampunk ever since I read Clockwork Angel. Thanks for the giveaway! The necklace is beautiful! 😀

  • July 17, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I am quite new to steampunk I’ve just read like one steampunk book but it definitely has me interested for more.I love the setting in steampunk novels.Its weirdly cool 🙂

  • July 17, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Steam punk is interesting, different and totally cool! 😀

  • July 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Loved the excerpt! I can’t wait to read more about these two!
    While this is a newer genre for me, I am excited to read more!

  • July 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I think its just very fascinating. and I love the clothes and gadgets! 😉

  • July 17, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    The Sherlock Holmes movie starring Robert Downey, Jr., and a TV episode of Castle showed me how interesting steampunk can be. After seeing the visual style, I became more interested in reading about it.

  • July 18, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I like Steampunk because I like how different their things are. They are unique therefore I find interest tin them. (:

  • July 18, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I love steampunk for the inventiveness. Throwing dirigibles and top hats into things is fluff work….but when authors, inventors, and costumers take a concept and make it unique (especially when they marry form to function), I get a real kick out of it.

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