~Catherine Stein's Books~
A writer, reader, and fan of words, Catherine writes steampunk and historical fantasy romance. She loves tea, Renaissance Fairs, and Oxford commas.
The Scoundrel's New Con
June 1, 2020
Historical ~ Victorian
He’s pulling the con of a lifetime. Unless she exposes the naked truth.
Conman Jack Weaver has his eyes on the prize. The arrogant Earl of Bardrick has offered five thousand pounds to anyone who can prove his castle is haunted. With money like that, Jack can ensure he’ll never end up on the streets or in prison again. And his spirit photography skills are just the trick needed to convince all of the earl’s houseguests to believe in something unseen.
Investigative journalist Tess Cochran believes in one thing: the truth. She’s not going to let phony ghosts and trick photographs swindle anyone, even a snobbish aristocrat like Bardrick. And she’s certainly not going to let herself be swayed by Jack Weaver’s charming smile and mischievous antics.
When Jack and Tess stumble upon one of the castle’s many secrets, they realize something nefarious lurks behind the earl’s competition. To solve the mystery, these rivals forge a reluctant partnership. As they strip down the facts, Jack and Tess begin to find that the deepest truths may be concealed in their hearts.
Once a Rake, Always a Rogue Potions and Passions #3
March 23, 2020
Historical ~ Victorian ~ Paranormal ~ Fantasy ~ Steampunk
He’s mended his ways.
Dr. Ernest Montford has left behind his rakish youth for a respectable life mixing medicinal potions and helping patients. So when his best friend's sister is threatened with incarceration in an asylum, he rushes to help. But Lady Astrid Wembley isn't keen to heed Monte's medical advice. Worse, she's part of his wild past: the mysterious girl he could never forget.
But the woman he can’t forget…
Astrid has fond memories of her long-ago passionate encounter on the beach, but the Monte who kissed her so thoroughly that day shows little resemblance to the stuffy, abstemious doctor with his absurd health advice. Still, she has little choice but to put up with him until her sanity is proven and she can return to her life of scientific study.
Might be his undoing.
Dangerous potions and unethical experiments await Astrid if she fails, and only with Monte's help can she expose the true horrors of the asylum and thwart the plans of the men controlling it. But the longer Astrid and Monte are together, the more their old passion sparks, and the more she longs to unleash the rogue that still lurks inside him.
What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? Sass and Steam 1.5
November 22, 2019
Historical ~ Fantasy ~ Gilded Age ~ Steampunk
One thousand ladies want his attention. He only wants one. Too bad he doesn’t know her name.
Eschewing his privileged life as heir to an automaton empire, William Ashton, Jr. spends his days diving into research and pining for the young woman who frequents his branch of the NYPL. Until one careless word from his mother leaves him with every Knickerbocker princess and penniless chambermaid eager to become his date for the biggest New Year’s Gala in Manhattan.
Maddie Peters has long admired sweet and shy librarian Will Ashton, but his family’s position in high society means anything more than friendship is a fantasy. When a letter arrives to say that Will has invited her to his mother’s exclusive party, Maddie is flabbergasted. She’s sure it’s a mistake, but she’s not one to waste the opportunity to woo him.
Angry neighbors, meddling guardians, and rampaging mechanical dragons all threaten Will and Maddie’s chance at holiday romance. But when the clock strikes midnight, these two lovers might find they have what it takes to wind up in each other’s arms.
Eden's Voice Sass and Steam Book 1
October 1, 2019
Historical ~ Steampunk ~ Paranormal ~ Sports ~ Gilded Age
Football, mechanical dragons, industrial espionage, sexy romance. Welcome to fall in Ann Arbor.
Eden Randall has her life under control. Sure, people call her weird for having a mechanical dragon with her at all times, but she’s content. All she needs are her studies and her sports—and for the football team to have another undefeated season. What she doesn’t need are nosy men from out-of-town poking into her business.
Spending months in a tiny town shadowing the football team is the last thing Boston reporter Bruce Caldwell wants to do, but the tedious job could be his ticket to something bigger and better. When he meets a sports-mad spitfire on the sidelines, he realizes the town may hold stories far more interesting than he expected.
With dragons running loose in the laboratory and a ruthless New York industrialist threatening their budding friendship, Eden and Bruce find themselves players in a game far more dangerous than the one on the gridiron. Never ones to quit, they know the only way to emerge as The Victors is to become a team. This football season, winning might mean losing their hearts.
Not a Mourning Person Potions and Passions Book 2
April 30, 2019
Historical ~ Victorian ~ Steampunk ~ Fantasy
A determined widow.
Rachael Fasching doesn’t shy away from scandal. But living her whole life with the name of her murderous late husband? Intolerable. Her solution: find the most passionate, romantic man in all of England and marry him. When she discovers that “dull and disagreeable” historian Avery Cantrell is the secret author of warrior love poems, she takes the risk and sets out to woo him.
An ancient curse.
Avery has spent his entire life researching, in the hopes of finding a cure to the ancient affliction that has made potions deadly to every male of the Cantrell family line. He needs to marry, but he wants the matter addressed efficiently: no fuss, no delays, no timid virgins. Beautiful, enigmatic Rachael seems the perfect candidate.
Crime and passion.
When news of a murder interrupts their wedding plans, Rachael and Avery stumble upon a mystery of long-forgotten magic and deadly secrets. Plots and poisons threaten their marriage-of-convenience, but as they delve into the intrigue together these unlikely heroes might discover they have what it takes to hunt down a killer—and to find true love along the way.
Love in Bloom: A Spring Romance Collection from the Romance Café
March 8, 2019
Anthology of short stories
Contemporary ~ Contemporary small-town ~ historical ~ paranormal ~ international ~ vampires
What do vampire warriors, cosplayers, FBI agents, dog trainers, and steampunk pirates have in common? They're all in grave danger of succumbing to a springtime romance.
From the talented authors of the Romance Café, an all-new collection of nine sassy and spicy short stories.
Whether you like historical, contemporary, or paranormal, friends-to-lovers, enemies-to-lovers, or second-chance romance, the Love in Bloom spring anthology holds something for you.
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The Earl on the Train Potions and Passions 0.5
January 2, 2019
Historical ~ Victorian ~ Paranormal ~ Fantasy ~ Gilded Era ~ Steampunk
An earl with a problem.
Nicholas Masterson, Lord Sharpe, has a problem with potions. He won’t drink them, he craves them, and they’re getting weaker by the day. When his spymaster uncle requests that he travel from London to India to investigate, he reluctantly agrees and hops on an early morning train.
A woman with a plan.
Ida Quimby has set herself a goal: begin a new life as an elite perfumer, selling potion-based perfumes to the highest tier of London society. But when her good-for-nothing brother reneges on his promise to supply her with the magic serum for her potions, she takes matters into her own hands and sets out for India to confront him.
The journey of a lifetime.
A chance meeting on a train brings Nick and Ida together, starting them down a path of mystery and intrigue that could get them both killed. Or lead them to a love for all times.
How to Seduce a Spy Potions and Passions, book #1
November 5, 2018
Historical Romance ~ Fantasy ~ Paranormal ~ Victorian ~ Steampunk
Where potions run technology and passions run deep.
A barmaid with a rare talent.
Paris, 1882. Barmaid and potions expert Elle Deschamps knows a worrying secret: the supply of the magic serum that gives her potions their potency is running dangerously low. When a mysterious gentleman hires her to help search out new sources for serum, she jumps at the chance to earn her way to a life of less drudgery.
A spy on a mission.
Agent of the British crown Henry Ainsworth has a simple directive: end the potions crisis, by any means necessary. Posing as a bodyguard, he joins the beguiling potions expert on her continent-hopping expedition, determined to protect her from the unknown foes who wish to thwart her.
A love neither can resist.
With time of the essence, Elle and Henry must rely on one another to avert disaster. As enemies close in, they find the greatest danger of all may not be to their their lives, but to their hearts.