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Five Fact Thursday - Plague Doctor - You Don’t Want to See Him on Your Street . . .

Five Facts about PLAGUE DOCTOR

1. This is the ninth book in my Buffalo Steampunk Adventures series, but it totally stands alone.

You don’t have to read the other books to enjoy this one, and you don’t have to read the others in numerical order, but it’s fun to do so!

2. Contrary to popular belief, Steampunk is not scary or beyond the reach of the average reader.

It’s just a genre—Victorian set in the Age of Steam.

3. If you’re someone who likes the off-beat, the slightly weird, or who delights in different, this

book is for you.

4. I grew up in the city where this series takes place, Buffalo, New York, USA

5. Each book has an individual theme, of course, but the overall series does too. It’s Automaton



A menace stalks the streets of Victorian Buffalo. Costumed like a medieval physician, it brings panic, sickness, and death to a city already in turmoil over automaton rights. Fresh off a boat from Poland, Kasper Czak can’t let politics or mysterious figures deter him. He’s willing to work anywhere for an honest wage, including as caretaker at the Lost Waifs Orphanage.

Tori Anderson, a young woman with a withered arm, also works at Lost Waifs, where there’s never enough time, hands, or money for their young charges. Locked down at the orphanage with ailing

children, cranky steam units, and the handsome Kasper, Tori wonders if she’ll survive. But when she comes face to face with the plague doctor, she discovers her true strength.


He rounded the corner at a half jog, his bundle clutched to his chest, and faltered. A single figure walked toward him out of the gloom between the street lamps.

Tall it appeared—at least it cast a tall shadow. Dressed all in dun brown, it wore robes that whispered when it moved. Real, then—it was real and not an illusion, for he could hear that rustle, and hear its footsteps just like his own, clattering against the pavement.

Its face—

But it did not have a face, not a human one. Instead it possessed a beak and two dark eyes, with which it fixed Kasper in a stare that nearly froze his blood.

A mask—some dim part of Kasper’s mind recognized it for a mask. The balance of his mind stuttered and flooded with panic. He recoiled in almost visceral horror.

On the same side of the street as him, the plague doctor carried a censure that trailed steam, and walked steadily toward him, as if it might walk through him. As if it weren’t flesh and blood after all. But he believed to the root of his soul, it was.

He heard a strangled sound and only belatedly realized it came from his own throat—a stifled moan. Everything within him wanted to avoid contact with that figure. But he had no time to run.

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Author bio:

Multi award-winning author Laura Strickland delights in time traveling to the past and searching out settings for her books, be they Historical Romance, Steampunk or something in between.

Her first Scottish Historical hero, Devil Black, battled his way onto the publishing scene in 2013, and the author never looked back. Nor has she tapped the limits of her imagination. Venturing beyond Historical and Contemporary Romance, she created a new world with her ground-breaking Buffalo Steampunk

Adventure series set in her native city, in Western New York. Married and the parent of one grown daughter, Laura has also been privileged to mother a number of very special rescue dogs, and is intensely interested in animal welfare. Her love of dogs, and her lifelong interest in Celtic history, magic and music, are all reflected in her writing. Laura's mantra is Lore, Legend, Love, and she wouldn't have it

any other way.

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