Sep 10, 2014

The Girl and the Clockwork Cat by @Author_NikkiMc + $$$ #GIVEAWAY

The Girl and the Clockwork Cat
by Nikki McCormack

Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: YA Fantasy/Steampunk

Feisty teenage thief Maeko and her maybe-more-than-friend Chaff have scraped out an existence in Victorian London’s gritty streets, but after a near-disastrous heist leads her to a mysterious clockwork cat and two dead bodies, she’s thrust into a murder mystery that may cost her everything she holds dear.

Her only allies are Chaff, the cat, and Ash, the son of the only murder suspect, who offers her enough money to finally get off the streets if she’ll help him find the real killer.

What starts as a simple search ultimately reveals a conspiracy stretching across the entire city. And as Maeko and Chaff discover feelings for each other neither was prepared to admit, she’s forced to choose whether she’ll stay with him or finally escape the life of a street rat. But with danger closing in around them, the only way any of them will get out of this alive is if all of them work together.

Nikki's "Steampunk" Playlist
Music is an essential part of my writing process. What kind of music I listen to while I work depends on the particular story mood and setting. Although the steampunk aspects of The Girl and the Clockwork Cat aren’t that heavy, while writing it, I listened to all steampunk music all the time. During editing, I branched out, including a lot of J-rock and Visual Kei (the main character, Maeko, is half-Japanese after all). I met Maeko wandering the corridors in my mind while driving to a writer’s conference listening to the first band on my list. Here are some groups that dominated my playlist.

Abney Park– In my opinion, they are essential to any steampunk collection. Their music has a dark gritty mood that captures the anti-establishment aspects of steampunk culture beautifully.

The Cog is Dead– This group offers a more playful if sometimes cynical take on steampunk music while still keeping the gritty feel I wanted.

Professor Elemental – The Prof is steampunk humor at its finest. There’s nothing like a little Hip Hop steampunk humor when trying to lighten up a long stretch of intense action.

Unextraordinary Gentlemen – This group also does a great job capturing the grit of the darker side of steampunk, complementing the moody atmosphere set by much of Abney Park’s music.

Vernian Process– These guys have a big imposing sound that worked well for scenes where I needed intensity and drama.
Some other bands that topped my playlist in the writing and editing process included:

Nikki started writing her first novel at the age of 12, which she still has tucked in a briefcase in her home office, waiting for the right moment. Despite a successful short story publication with Cricket Magazine in 2007, she continued to treat her writing addiction as a hobby until a drop in the economy presented her with an abundance of free time that she used to focus on making it her career.

Nikki lives in the magnificent Pacific Northwest tending to her husband and three cats suffering varying stages of neurosis. She feeds her imagination by sitting on the ocean in her kayak gazing out across the never-ending water or hanging from a rope in a cave, embraced by darkness and the sound of dripping water. She finds peace through practicing iaido or shooting her longbow.


  1. This book sounds amazing and the cover is brilliant! Happy to put it on my to-read list!

  2. Thanks for having me on your blog. :)


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