Today I have the great privilege of sharing with you a shiny new cover from my friend H.L. Burke!
H.L. Burke is a name you’ve probably seen me mention before. Her book, Spice Bringer, was in my top-three favorite reads last year. And I know I’ve mentioned her Dragon and Scholar series, which I love. Burke is a rather prolific author, and tends to write a bit faster than even I can read (and that’s saying something!) and she keeps releasing more so I have lost hope of ever catching up.
I’ve been excited about this next book since she started talking about it. But in case you haven’t heard about this story yet, here’s the blurb:
The secret lies with the Heart.
Born with a magical knack for manipulating emotions, Leodora’s only dream is to ensure her talented little sister dances on the biggest, brightest stage in the Republic: The Curiosity, a grand old theater of tradition and innovation. After escaping a cruel carnival, Leo secures her sister a place in the Curiosity’s chorus line, and herself a job as a professional audience member, swaying the crowd’s mood with her magic. The girls have a home for the first time in their lives.
Then a tragic accident darkens the theater. A greedy businessman begins blackmailing Leo, and financial woes threaten to close the show forever. The Curiosity’s sole hope lies in a mythical power source hidden beneath the maze-like passages and trapdoors of the theater—the Heart. And Leo’s only friend Paxton, nephew of the theater’s stagemistress, is the key to finding it.
While Leo and Paxton hunt for the Heart, the blackmailer’s threats loom larger. Mysterious figures, cryptic clues, and deadly traps hinder the search at every turn. If the friends cannot recover the Heart in time, Leo and her sister will be cast out of the only home they’ve ever known, and the final curtain will fall on The Curiosity.
Enter a world reminiscent of The Greatest Showman, with a puzzle worthy of Sherlock Holmes and National Treasure, in this new Steampunk Fantasy from H. L. Burke.
I can already tell I’m going to love this story. Greatest Showman meets Sherlock Holmes and National Treasure? TAKE MY MONEY!
Oh, okay, you probably want to see the cover.
It’s pretty cool!
Have I made you wait long enough?
Okay, you probably just skipped all that text I put so much effort into and have already scrolled down to the cover itself… especially if you’re impatient like I tend to be.
Or maybe you’re sneaky and already saw the cover early on Goodreads yesterday… (if you haven’t, you should go add the book to your TBR pile!)
But for those who like a little bit more anticipation…
Just a little bit more…
Here you go! The Heart of the Curiosity!
Eeee! It’s so steampunky and pretty!!!!
And it has snails!!! This is significant, but only to those of us following H.L. Burke and her posts… so I recommend you hop on over to the various social media sites and join the club!
I’m so thrilled that this one is releasing soon… June 27th, to be exact! That’s just around the corner!
In fact… why don’t you take a moment to go pre-order it!
I can’t wait!
Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.
An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.
Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.
Stalk… follow H.L. Burke around the interwebs:
Facebook Page - all things updates and writerly
Facebook Reader Group - many snippets
Twitter - like facebook, but shorter
Instagram - all the pictures of her pet dragon, Theodore
Website - sparkly professional thing