Friday, 22 July 2011

Author Spotlight - Excerpt from Victorian Scoundrel

Leave a comment today and over the weekend and I'll draw a winner out of the hat to win a PDF ARC of the novel, Victorian Scoundrel.



Enjoy this excerpt: Grayson escorted her to a door on the right, threw it open, and put his hand on her waist, guiding her inside. A gas lamp burned on a nearby table, throwing stark, deep shadows into the room.

Her determined man shut the door and pinned her against it. He plucked her glasses from her face and threw them onto the table with the gas lamp. Then he pinned her against the door, placing his hands on the door next to her arms. His breathing was erratic. The light from the lamp cast dark shadows over his chiseled features.


He stepped closer and lowered his hands, placing one on her waist. Heat spiked within her and settled low in her abdomen. His hazel eyes burned with desire. He drew in a deep breath and raised his forefinger, tracing her lips. Alice closed her eyes, but only briefly, savoring the gentle touch of his finger.

"You do wild things to my heart, sweet Alice," he finally whispered. His finger traced her cheeks, then her jaw.

She grew hot, yearning for more. Her senses spun from his sensual touch. She could hardly breathe. "Me?"

"Yes, you."
"What do I do to your heart?"

"You make it beat hard -- fast." He ran his finger down the side of her neck and traced the 'v' in her throat.

Alice met the raging inferno in his eyes and nipped at her lower lip with her teeth. "Is that all I do?"

He issued a low, deep groan from his throat and leaned forward. Their lips searched for each other, teasing, until finally they meshed into a heat-searing kiss.

Alice completely lost her head. His lips were hard, firm, staking his claim. His hands went to her waist as his long, lean body pressed against her. She placed her hands on his shoulders and glided her fingertips around the nape of his neck. She wanted this man. Etiquette and propriety be damned. Victorian values wafted to the floor. She wanted to feel every inch of him that she could. His lips trailed over her jaw, kissing the side of her neck.

"Oh, Gray..." she moaned, her flesh now highly sensitized to his touch.

She had never been kissed like this.

He lifted his head; his mouth overtook hers once again. Her stomach fluttered. If it wasn't for him leaning into her, giving her support, her knees would have buckled. Need. Want. Desire. They pulsed through her.

His tongue teased her lips, coaxing her to receive him. She gave in.

Their tongues mingled, exploring, tempting, teasing. Raging flames consumed her body. There was only Grayson and her. Here. Now.

Grayson broke free, gasping for breath, as did Alice. His hands cupped her face. "I have to stop."

"All... all right."

His thumbs stroked her jaw. "You fascinate me, Alice."

A deep smile graced her lips. "Completely?"


"You kiss like a demon possessed, Grayson."





REVIEWS: 5 Stars, Readers Favorites, Molly E: I have never read a Steam Punk novel before, but because of her fantastic writing, her engaging plot line, and fun loving characters, it will NOT be the last. I highly recommend this with highest of 5 stars, and I can't wait until the second Windsor Diaries installment releases!

5 Stars, Tami Dee, Author of the Mists of Time Series: Stephanie Burkhart has a fresh, quick, quirky, inventive imagination and she gives the readers of Victorian Scoundrel a delightful mixture of all of the above!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 Operator for LAPD. Her favorite football team is the New England Patriots. She lives in California.


  1. Stephanie,

    Look at the great reviews. I love it. Congratulations on them. I love the excerpt. Grayson and Alice have a wonderful sexual chemistry.

    Teresa K.

  2. I've never read a Steampunk before, but I love the Victorian period and this caught my attention. Great excerpt and reviews.

    Jenna Jaxon
    1jennajaxon(at) yahoo(dot)com

  3. Time travel and the Victorian era...sounds like the best combination. I've always wanted to read steampunk.

  4. I've gotta win because i was born out of time and should be wearing those fab victorian gowns. Good luck with your book.

  5. I'm not familiar with steampunk either, but it's a fascinating concept. Great reviews. Gilli

  6. Love the excerpt! :)


  7. Oh, well now. I guess I'm on Team Grayson! ;)



  8. You know I love the premise for this book and I am crossing my fingers that I win it. Love me some steam punk!

  9. Just stopping by to say hi! I'm reading this book right now, gals and guys. You don't want to miss this one. :)

  10. Great excerpt, Steph. The scene sizzles. I love the Victorian period and your book sounds wonderful. Another new genre for you? I wish you great success with this new venture. Linda

  11. oh the cover is gorgeous-- the white gloves and hat! Spot on!

  12. I just want to say thanks to everyone who visited me this week in the spotlight. I hope you had fun steaming along with Alice, Edmund, & Grayson.

    Congrats to GILLI - winner of the PDF ACR of the novel, Victorian Scoundrel. Gilli, send me an email to for your copy.

    Smiles to all