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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

{Review Tour} Aether Psychics series by Cecilia Dominic




Book Title: Eros Element
Author: Cecilia Dominic
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publishing Date: August 25, 2015
Length: 298 pages
Source: CBB

Aether Psychics, Book 1

After enduring heartbreak at the hands of a dishonest woman, Edward Bailey lives according to scientific principles of structure and predictability. Just the thought of stepping outside his strict routine raises his anxiety.

Adding to his discomfort is Iris McTavish, who appears at his school’s faculty meeting in place of her world-famous archeologist father. Worse, the two of them are to pose as Grand Tourists while they search for an element that will help harness the power of aether.

Iris jumps at the opportunity to prove her worth as a scholar—and avoid an unwanted marriage proposal—while hiding the truth of her father’s whereabouts. If her secret gets out, the house of McTavish will fall into ruin.

Quite unexpectedly, Edward and Iris discover a growing attraction as their journey takes them to Paris and Rome, where betrayal, blackmail and outright theft threaten to destroy what could be a revolutionary discovery—and break their hearts.

Warning: Allergen alert! This book was produced in a facility that handles copious amounts of wine, tea and baked goods. May contain one or more of the following: a spirited heroine, a quirky hero, clever banter, interesting facts both made-up and historical, and lots of secrets. It is, however, gluten free.


 First, let's talk about this cover! Does that not just pull you in and make you excited to read this book? I love the blue light and the steampunk gears in the corner. With a title of EROS ELEMENT, I wasn't completely sure what I was agreeing to read and review for this book tour. Aether Psychics gave me a further clue, but I was still a bit confused; that looks like a romantic cover, Eros seems to point to love...what could this be?

You know what this is? Pure magic. I love the steampunk genre, but rarely do you read a book that is so well-fleshed out in the science of it, the possibilities spelled out. And here we have a timid MALE instead of a female. Refreshing and magical, I was hooked early on in the book.

If you like steampunk, romance, and adventure, this series is for you! Eros Element is a strong start and at the end of the book, I was hoping for more and more. A nice long series with these characters would be most welcome. 


Book Title: Light Fantastique
Author: Cecilia Dominic
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publishing Date: December 15, 2015
Length: 298 pages
Source: CBB

Book Blurb

At the Théâtre Bohème, danger decides who takes the final curtain call.

Aether Psychics, Book 2

Hailed as the most talented actress of her generation, Marie St. Jean has something more to her ability than mere talent. She loses a bit of her soul to each role. When the ghostly spirit of the theatre promises her an easy fix, she’s tempted by the chance to finally live a normal life.

Unfortunately, the man she’s drawn to is the last one to settle for normal. But with the Prussians surrounding Paris, there’s no escaping that temptation, either.

Violinist Johann Bledsoe thought he’d left his disgrace in England, but a murder outside the Théâtre Bohème makes him wonder if he’s been exposed. Another reason not to stick around once the siege ends, even if Marie fascinates him.

More murders, steam-powered ravens, and past and present secrets bring them closer to discovering just what lurks within the theatre, and who threatens from without. The only way to save themselves is to reveal their darkest shames—and use the Eros Element in a way that has already driven one man to the brink of madness.

Warning: Processed in a facility where wine is used as currency and dessert is a reward. If you dislike French cooking and attitudes, move along. Things are cooking in this book, and it ain’t Julia Child.


Again with the delicious cover. These covers are simply cool and entrancing and make you want to open the book immediately. And it continues where book one left off, with our fabulous characters recuperating and moving on after the events in the first book.

With more to Marie's past and her talents, I was also enjoying reading more about Johann Bledsoe. He was one character in the first book that I wasn't quite sure about: loyal to his friends, but such a player and something just didn't sit right with me. I didn't like how he was towards Iris for most of the book, but I appreciated his loyalty to his friends and his steadfastness.

And the further development of Iris and Edward's relationship, Marie & Bledsoe's interactions, revealing the secrets of everyone else in the group....gah. What a book.

More please! 

About the Author


Cecilia Dominic wrote her first story when she was two years old and has always had a much more interesting life inside her head than outside of it. She became a clinical psychologist because she’s fascinated by people and their stories, but she couldn’t stop writing fiction. The first draft of her dissertation, while not fiction, was still criticized by her major professor for being written in too entertaining a style. She made it through graduate school and got her PhD, started her own practice, and by day, she helps people cure their insomnia without using medication. By night, she blogs about wine and writes fiction she hopes will keep her readers turning the pages all night. Yes, she recognizes the conflict of interest between her two careers, so she writes and blogs under a pen name.  She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with one husband and two cats, which, she’s been told, is a good number of each. She also enjoys putting her psychological expertise to good use helping other authors through her Characters on the Couch blog post series.
You can find her at:
Web page | Wine blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest |Instagram: @randomoenophile

To buy her books, you can get them in trade paper and all ebook formats from Samhain Publishing.
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