The Alchemist's Kiss is set in 1880s London. Icarus and his friends have returned from the American Civil War and want to settle into peace, but a threat has made itself known and now they have to fight again.
Thank you for visiting The Dragon Lair! So tell me a little bit about the story and characters.
Where did the story come from? The story began with the names Icarus Kane and Archimedes Merriweather. I knew they were friends, always in trouble, and Victorian gentlemen. The rest is history!
Can you tell me a little about the characters? Icarus is a stern man with little use for humor but he carries a heavy burden of duty. Cora is his protege and though she challenges him at every turn, she'd tear apart the world to save him. Archie is his best friend, and his protector.
What about these characters fascinated you, and made you want to tell their story? Archie and Icarus are sweet, funny men who deserve happiness and Cora is a strong woman in Victorian times. I wanted to see how they met their challenges and found their HEA.
Can I meet them? If Icarus will stop pouting.
So…Icarus. While remembering to keep this PG-13 in case my mother reads this, what’s your favorite thing about Cora? I assure you, madam, I'm far above my baser instincts. I adore Cora for her mind, her humor and her fierce loyalty. (He's not as arrogant as he sounds, I promise!)
Cora, same question. What was it about Icarus that drew you in, and made you decide HIM. I want HIM? Other than his manly bits, of course. He's a royal pain in my bustle, but Icarus Kane is a darling, darling man! (Flips her hair with a grin) and could you ignore those dimples, Bluebonnet eyes, and golden curls? (Icarus glares but doesn't seem too put out by her description of him.)
What do you think is the best part of the story? When we kiss of course! (Icarus groans) and when I saved his life multiple times. Jumping off that dirigible was quite the ride. The magic. The romance. The danger! (Cora claps her hands in excitement.)
So, now that the book is over, how are you all behaving for AR? As badly as ever, of course! (Cora blows a kiss to Icarus who tries to hide a smile) We are planning to travel! Egypt, Scotland, The Americas and India!
How do you feel about your love story being out in the world, for everyone to read? (Icarus glares at author and points at her) THAT ONE promised us she would do it justice! Instead, I appear a buffoon in need of saving. (Archie snorts from the corner but is quiet as usual). I assure you, I am far better at courting ladies than she made it seem.
You have been awesome. Thank you so much for visiting me. Is there anything else you’d like to add about The Archemist's Kiss before I let you get back to your lives? Remember this (Icarus smirks at Archie) there are other stories to be told. Cora and I aren't the only ones who get tortured by that scribe. (Archie pales and Icarus laughs.)
AR, they are so much fun. Thank you so much for visiting me, and allowing me to drag these characters out to play! Is there anything else you want to add before I let you get back to your life? Only that I told the story as I saw it. Whatever buffoonery they may have done was all their own doing. And Icarus is correct, there are more adventures to come. (They all groan.)