"A talented writer can convince a reader that fantasy is real; a gifted author makes it look easy from the opening scene. Such is Krafton's brilliance in The Heartbeat Thief." --Rachel McClellan, Author
Haunted by a crushing fear of death, a young Victorian woman discovers the secret of eternal youth--she must surrender her life to attain it, and steal heartbeats to keep it.
In 1860 Surrey, a young woman has only one occupation: to marry. Senza Fyne is beautiful, intelligent, and lacks neither wealth nor connections. Finding a husband shouldn't be difficult, not when she has her entire life before her. But it's not life that preoccupies her thoughts. It's death--and that shadowy spectre haunts her every step.
So does Mr. Knell. Heart-thumpingly attractive, obviously eligible--he'd be her perfect match if only he wasn't so macabre. All his talk about death, all that teasing about knowing how to avoid it...
When her mother arranges a courtship with another man, Senza is desperate for escape from a dull prescripted destiny. Impulsively, she takes Knell up on his offer. He casts a spell that frees her from the cruelty of time and the threat of death--but at a steep price. In order to maintain eternal youth, she must feed on the heartbeats of others.
From the posh London season to the back alleys of Whitechapel, across the Channel, across the Pond, across the seas of Time...
How far will Senza Fyne go to avoid Death?
The latest in historical fantasy from Ash Krafton...It's a little bit Jane Austen, a little bit Edgar Allan Poe, and a whole lot of stealing heartbeats in order to stay young and beautiful forever.
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About the Author
USA Today Best-Selling Author and Pushcart Prize nominee Ash Krafton is a speculative fiction author whose work has been featured in Bete Noire, Niteblade Fantasy and Horror, and Red Penny Papers. She's the author of the Demimonde trilogy (BLEEDING HEARTS, BLOOD RUSH, and WOLF'S BANE), WORDS THAT BIND (The Wild Rose Press), and several volumes of poetry and short fiction. Most recently, she's working on a new urban fantasy series, The Demon Whisperer. CHARM CITY (Book 1) was released in August 2016; the sequel, MURDER THE LIGHT, came out May 2017. A prequel, STRAITJACKETS AND HOLY WATER, is forthcoming. Currently, she's writing TAKIN' IT BACK, an urban fantasy about a girl who works as the "repo man" for her dad's magical pawn shop. It will be released in November 2017 as part of a boxed set collection. She also writes for upper YA audiences (originally under the pen name "AJ Krafton"). Her debut novel, an historical fantasy titled THE HEARTBEAT THIEF, is a little bit Jane Austen, a little bit Edgar Allan Poe, and a whole lot about stealing heartbeats to stay young and beautiful forever. Ms. Krafton resides in the heart of the Pennsylvania coal region, where she keeps the book jacket for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" in a frame over her desk. Visit www.ashkrafton.com to learn more about her books and upcoming appearances.