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Due to the closing of my book publisher, Samhain Publishing, my novels are temporarily unavailable. You may find used print copies on Amazon but there are no legal ecopies at the moment.

The fate of the Phoenix Institute books are up in the air and, by that, I mean it’s uncertain how they will be republished. But they will be republished, along with at least one new story in addition to the current ones.

The sequel to my steampunk detectives book, The Curse of the Brimstone Contract, is drafted and ready for editing. It would have been out this year, save for Samhain’s closing. However, I must have to have this manuscript edited and copy edited, and properly packaged, so it may be until next year on that.

The first books that will be self-pubished are revised editions of the three Seneca books, historical fantasies set in a world where the Roman Empire and Norselanders both colonized North America in 900 A.D. I have a target date of late fall/early winter for this trio.

Why the delay? It’s my first foray into self-publishing and I want to do it right. I’m also working on an original novel that may sell before then and, unfortunately, I can’t write 24/7. I only wish I could. 🙂 In the meantime, I’m leaving up the book descriptions, though taking away the links, and please sign up for my newsletter, as that’s where I’ll announce publication first!

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steampunk, steampunk detective, steampunk romance, Sherlock Holmes, female Watson

The Curse of the Brimstone Contract: The Steampunk Detectives, Book 1

Magic—and love—balanced on the tip of a needle…

Magic existed at the fringes until Prince Albert discovered he was a mage. Now he and others like him are leading a revolution in steam technology that’s held tight in the grip of the upper classes.

A man of half-Indian heritage, rejected by his upper-crust, mage-gifted family, Gregor Sherringford lives in working-class London, investigating cases involving magic among the lower classes. But he’s never met a client quite like spirited, stubborn Joan Krieger.

Joan’s dream was to lead a fashion revolution designing women’s clothing suited to the new technology. But when her richest client mysteriously dies outside her shop, it deals a mortal blow to her dreams.

She hopes the handsome, enigmatic detective can prove the death a magical murder. She never expected a dark plot would be woven right into the fabric of her family. Or that cracking the case will mean merging gifts, minds—and hearts—with the one man who could be her partner in every way. If they survive the release of a soul-binding curse.


From What at first seems like a fun, magic infused mystery, turned out to be quite a bit more.  Joan is seemingly bound by not only her social status, but also her family obligations, and not only does magic mean a way out, it helps to gives her the courage to assert herself and take control of her destiny. There is a bit of light romance, but this is Joan’s journey, and the steampunk-tinged setting of Victorian London (and the clothes, oh, the clothes!) is icing on the cake.

Night Owl Reviews Top Pick!: This is a fun introduction to what promises to be a very entertaining steampunk series featuring atypical main characters. I greatly enjoyed the focus on different cultures as it contrasts with the challenge of dealing with a society that is stratified by magic. This gives a very different view of historical England as it deals with both the complications and progress made as industrialization progresses plus the struggle to gain equality for women.

4 and 4 1/2 Star Reviews on

“illustrates the author’s wondrous facility at creating a compelling and imaginative story.”

“Joan is a strong heroine and Sherringford is a man of mystery. The plot sucks you in deeply and quickly. Be prepared to read the book in one sitting!”

“Lawson has managed to incorporate both genres into a multi-layered world uniquely her own. After the midpoint I couldn’t put it down.”

The Phoenix Institute Series: Winner of the Science Fiction Romance Galaxy Award for “Best Superhero Origin Series.”


From the SF Romance Galaxy Award:

“This series is kind of an X-Men/Batman crossover, if everyone is not just gender-bent but also talent-switched. And even that Batman analogy requires that Batman’s gifts be more super and less obsessed-neurotic based. But still awesome.

The Phoenix Institute starts out as “The Resource” run by one of the very definitely bad guys. His mission is to find people born with super talents and train them to be super soldiers obedient to his every whim. His evil plan is foiled by supers that got away, aided and abetted by one of his own. If Professor Xavier was a firestarter married to a telepath, you get the Phoenix Institute. Pun is intended, the Phoenix Institute rises from the ashes of the Resource and reaches out to supers everywhere, while righting the very big wrongs perpetrated by its predecessor.

On the main series, we have a telepath who rescues the firestarter, and a self-healer who finds his way back to the woman he left behind, who just happens to be in a long line of charismatics. We end with an invisible woman who falls for her clean cop in a dirty city, and a teleporter thief who saves an immortal queen. The alternate history angle in Ghost Phoenix is surprisingly twisty and results in a happily ever after that may just really mean “ever after”. This is paranormal romance with a delightful superhero twist, made even better by continuing into 2015.”

–From Marlene Harris.

More Reviews of the Phoenix Institute Series:
Phoenix Rising:
The Library Journal: “A touch of the X-Men with a smattering of coming-of-age legend, Phoenix Rising certainly keeps the reader’s attention. Lawson effortlessly switches points-of-view, from Alec to Beth and back again…..”The edge-of-your-seat plot keeps the story rolling along

Top Pick! at Night Owl Reviews: “Put Phoenix Rising on your keeper shelf, it’s an amazing read. I absolutely loved it, especially the characters.”

Luminous reviewed by The Library Journal
“Verdict: Quick reading with a superhero vibe, Luminous is a good start on the beachy book season.”

Phoenix Legacy: Four and a half stars from Night Owl Reviews!

“A wonderfully entertaining rollercoaster read that conjures up the fantastical worlds explored in comic books yet provides a romance between unconventional characters.”

Ghosts of Christmas Past from Long and Short Reviews: “The romance between Noir and Al began before the book started but I had no trouble picking up what was happening. The love is there, but so is the mounting tension. Personal barriers, police vs. transient population, politics and greed all play a part in this great novel. I will be going back for more books from this author and she is on my must read list for urban fantasy.”

Full review here.

The Seneca Series: In an alternate Ancient North America, Romans, Vikings and Native Americans exist in an uneasy peace that continually threatens to erupt into war.