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Photographs & Phantoms (Gaslight Chronicles #2)

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Brighton, 1855

As a member of the Order of the Round Table, Kendall Lake is overqualified to be investigating strange phenomena at a seaside photography studio. But since the photographer is related to the Order's most powerful sorcerer, Kendall reluctantly boards a dirigible to Brighton.

Amy Deland is haunted by a shadow that appears in some of her recent portraits. In each

ebook, EPUB , 169 pages
Published April 25th 2011 by Carina Press (first published April 2011)
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Photographs & Phantoms was a Kindle freebie short (it was still free when I posted this) and second in a series of steampunk/magic romances. I enjoyed both books and this one would probably stand alone fairly well, even without reading Steam & Sorcery, though characters from the first book do put in an appearance. Like the first book the story setup is good, and so are the characters, so - and I had the same comment for the first book - I would have like to have seen this as a full lengt ...more

Photographs & Phantoms is a period piece set in Brighton, England in the 1850’s. While it is touted as a steam punk novel, I saw it as more of a historical romance with a hint of the paranormal. The steam punk elements felt secondary to the story. Sure, there were the requisite dirigibles, and a few other devices like wheel barrows with feet rather than wheels, but for me it felt more like a romance.

This short novella is the story of Amy Deland, a photographer. Amy has noticed that some of
For some reason, when I started reading this, I remembered the blurb giving the impression that this was a steampunk mystery novel. Either I remembered what it said incorrectly or it was leaving a lot out, because it was more steampunk paranormal mystery romance/erotica, which lead to a much different experience than I was expecting. Specifically, it made it really awkward to read at work.

Besides that, the plot itself was very basic and minimal, wrapped up entirely too quickly to really be anyth
Elaine Mcdonald
The only thing good about this book is it was free. Even at that price I wouldn't have downloaded it knowing it had only 64 pages. If I could rate it 0 I would. Amateurish writing, plot and characters! I was ready to throw it away after reading the first 25 pages. I finished it but what a waste of time that I could have been reading a good book!
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: April 25, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Carina Press
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley, free to preorder on
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1.5, Gaslight Chronicles
Steam Level: Steamy

This tasty little short story is book 1.5 of the Gaslight Chronicles, sequel to Steam & Sorcery, which was a story that I loved so much that I gave it a 4
Miz Love
For a lovely little historical read that won’t cost you anything but the time it takes to download and read it, try Photographs & Phantoms. At 20 thousand words, there is a treat in store where it “feels” much longer—which is a good thing because I enjoyed it a lot and didn’t want it to end.

The sights of Brighton were vivid in my mind because I’ve been there, so it was a great bonus to discover the book is set there. I loved the “old” feel, the clothes, the people, the way they behaved. One
A sweet little novella set in 19th century Brighton, England.

Photographs & Phantoms is pretty much your standard romance short story. There is the girl with the problem, in this case a ghost that seems to target clients she takes photographs of, and there is the awesome-wizard-guy that comes to save her. And while he's playing Superinvestigator, they fall in love.

The mystery was actually pretty good, I liked how everything came together in the end. Although I think the ending was quite abru
Milena Benini
This is a novella, available from Carina Press. It's a cute little story that achieves exactly what it sets out to do: build an interesting world -- in which steampunk technology mixes with magic, and Order of the Round Table is in charge of investigating supernatural events -- in which a short mystery is resolved, while allowing the romance between the two main characters to develop. The romance bit is a little squeezed in: the whole story takes place in a matter of days, so it has to be a coup ...more
Apr 14, 2012 V rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
Cindy Spencer Pape's characters are described with straightforward detail that seems almost juvenile in style. The novella leaves little room for character development, and the reader must trust the narrator that the two main characters (Kendall and Amy) have fallen in love with each other, for there is no evidence of this. The mystery that is introduced as the root of the narrative is solved quickly and neatly; there is little hindrance in reaching the ends desired by Kendall and Amy. The only ...more
I enjoyed this short story. Look forward to reading more of her works!!
This story, like many romances, had the potential to be a lot better than it was. The plot's lovely and brisk and fun, even while being entirely guessable (Twirling Mustache Villain Syndrome), there's nicely subtle world-building, and the writing is technically excellent, some of the best I've ever seen.

But then there's the romance. Specifically, the physical scenes.

First of all, if you're going to have confirmed-singleton heroes fall in love and reverse a large part of their personalities in 2
An okay novella that would have been a good novel: the characters were likable, the author writes engaging prose, but this just didn't have room to do anything but hurry. A longer book would have given the suspense plot a chance to deepen and possibly twist a few times, and it would have given the romance enough time to develop plausibly. 24 hours from introduction to HEA is just too much for my suspension of disbelief.
Crete Public Library District
Review by Kelly (admin) It isn't bad, but I feel really misled. This was supposed to be a steampunk magic meets Victorian inspired tech story. Instead, it was an erotic romance novel.

The beginning was really good, too. The world building was promising and the characters, too. But pretty soon after guy met girl, it devolved into a soft porn story.

If that is your cup of tea, go for it. I, however, would have liked a lot less of that. Like, a lot less. It felt cheap. And right when that all started
Samaris Creech
Amy is a photographer in a time where it was not really considered a woman’s profession but she deeply enjoys her work. Kendall is a Knight of the Order and he has been blessed with gifts to ferret out the supernatural as have all of the Knights. Lord Drood is a very powerful sorcerer for the Order and he receives a missive from his great niece requesting his help. Unable to go himself he sends Kendall n his place. Kendall is instantly attracted to Amy and wants to help her in any way he can. Hi ...more
This is the first book in the Gaslight Chronicles by Cindy Spencer Pape is a free Kindle. I would actually call this more romance than steampunk. It is romance, steampunk lite with a hint of magic on the side. It is a good series if you just want a hint of steampunk and magic, or if you need something to read and introduce steampunk to yourself. Most of the books in the series are novellas, 20,000-50,000 words, but I think two or three of them are novel length, the longest is 76,000 words. The m ...more
I totally enjoyed this novella. It was fun and quite interesting. I will have to check out the rest of the series. Thanks Ashley for the recommendation!
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Rounding up to 3. I liked the characters, and the idea behind the big problem, but it just went a little too quick. Esp in the romance development.
This is a free Kindle romance with a very light paranormal edge. It is short and sweet, taking about an hour or so to read.
The second book in the Gaslight Chronicles could actually be a stand-alone book, although the main characters of the first one made an appearance.
This was a book with few pages, so the story came a bit rushed out. The setting of the story was brief and the main characters could be better developed, even the mystery had an easy solution. I was a shame. The ideas was really good. I liked more of this story than of the debut of the series. But its lacked more scenes, time with the characters and a
Fangs for the Fantasy
Photographs & Phantoms is only sixty-six pages long and therefore is more of a novella than a book. Though we do get to briefly see the Hadrian family, whom we met in Steam & Sorcery, this novella involves a brand new relationship. In the interest of fairness to Cindy Spencer Pape, I feel it's once again necessary to disclose that I am not a fan of romance novels, so please keep that in mind as you read this review.

Photographs & Phantoms once again begins with a confirmed bachelor. K
I'm going to be honest with you guys for a second. I only read this book because

A) I needed a steampunk book for my monthly reading challenge
B) I saw that someone else in the grow was reading these books
C) It was free

And I really enjoyed it.

The PLOT- Amy, a modern thinking photographer, is seeing some disturbing images in some of her more recent photographs. Enter Kendall, a charming and handsome (and SINGLE!!) man sent to help her with her problem. After determining that there is a malevolent
J.C. Hart
I picked this up from the Amazon Free Bestselling list, and I think it's the first time I have read a .5 book, though I am seeing more of them around. In principle I think they are a great idea - introducing new readers to the world of a series before they invest in a longer work, and also filling readers desire for more while they wait for the next in the series to be released.

I'm quite fond of steampunk, so it was a no brainer that I was going to pick this one up. The cover was quite interest
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
A genius mix of steampunk and magic...just as fun and flirty as the first!

Lord Kendall Lake is a member of the Order of the Round Table on assignment regarding some supernatural occurrences at a photography studio owned by Amy Deland, the niece of the Order's most
powerful member. Amy's photographs are the common link in a series of recent unexplained deaths and Lord Kendall has been dispatched to investigate the case. Kendall expects Ms. Deland to be an old maid but when he sees she's a young at
Heather Book Savvy Babe
Photographs and Phantoms is my first steampunk book! This book was an excellent choice for my venture into a new genre. For starters, the book was not quite a novel, it is more a novella/ short story. It took me only a few hours to read, but it contained all the elements of a great story, and I didn’t want to put it down. Despite the length, this was a complete story, with world introduction, character introduction and development, mystery, and intriguing plot.
Lord Kendall Lake is dispatched to
Technically my rating is more of a 2.5★,
Though I've bumped it up here because the writing and style are still good.
Even if the 'premise' of the story annoyed me slightly.

I was looking forward to more of a steampunk mystery or adventure. And ended up with romance.
Not exactly my favorite genre. Where I do not mind romance within a novel, I find that romance as the main plot is just not for me.

Having said this, photographs & Phantoms bugged me more than usual.
Our protagonists are both single,
C.C. Thomas
First, a definition of steampunk for those of you unfamiliar with this particular genre of book. Typically, it will include:

an alternate history that involves technology not yet invented but that could have been used in history
steam engines, for whatever reason
usually set during the Victorian era with strong hints of futuristic technologies and/or supernatural entities
I have read steampunk before and while I don't love it, there are some quite crafty steampunk novels floating around (namely t
Review from Backchatting Books

Kendall Lake, member of the Order of the Round Table, is sent to find out why Amy Deland sees phantoms in her photographs. The people who have the shadow surround them on the photograph end up dying fairly quickly. Amy doesn’t know if she is causing the people to die or if she is somehow seeing the future.

Kendall and Amy are presented in broad brush strokes and their relationship heats up incredibly quickly – as in you blink and they are love. I didn’t think the lov
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Paranormal Romance in 1800s Brighton, where magic exists, as do "vampyres", "rogue mages", and apparently, "goblin invasions". Sorcerer/Aristocrat Marquess Kendall Lake is directed to investigate a mysterious paranormal occurrence plaguing the niece of his magic Order's most powerful sorcerer. He discovers a surprisingly [to him] attractive, and [coincidentally] single young woman photographer plagued by a curse [the subjects of her photos keep dying, oh my!]. Magic and mys
I just flat out like this world. It's a fun blending of steampunk, chivalrous knights and magic. Which is pretty much exactly what I said after reading Steam & Sorcery, so you know I'm enamoured of it when I start repeating myself.

In this short story we get to meet new characters while renewing our acquaintances with old friends. The Hadrian brood puts in a boisterous appearance... really, though, would you expect anything less from them? As fun as it is seeing them again, it's Kendall and A
Short, but pretty good! At first I couldn't help but compare it to The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger because the story starts off with the hero stepping onto land from a dirigible, and it didn't compare favorably because Carriger's books are more fun and funny, but as soon as the hero arrived in the heroine's neighborhood and finally met her I was able to view this book more along its own merits, and it's not bad. Not bad at all.

In addition to the romance and the paranormal and st
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Cindy Spencer Pape has been, among other things, a banker, a teacher, and an elected politician, though she swears she got better. She volunteers in environmental education, when she can fit it in around writing. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two teenage sons, a dog, a lizard, and various other small creatures, all of which are easier to clean up after than the three male humans.
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