Title: Precious Metals
For Constable Paul Benson of the North-West Mounted Police, monotony is a blessing. As a provision inspector below the Chilkoot Pass during the Klondike Gold Rush, he’s seen miserable conditions and gold fever turn civilized prospectors into madmen.
Joseph Starling is on his way to the Klondike to find the men who savagely beat him, murdered his eldest brother, and stole their mining machine. They’ll kill his youngest brother if Joseph doesn’t operate the machine for them—it won’t work without him. With time running out, Joseph must purchase an expensive ticket aboard a crash-prone airship. But the station is miles away through dangerous terrain.
Under orders, Paul grudgingly escorts Joseph, but quickly finds himself intrigued by the young man. As they make their way toward Juneau, it’s not just the need for warmth that drives them closer together. But neither man can draw an easy breath until they make it to the gold fields . . . and there’s no guarantee that Joseph’s brother will still be alive when they do.
Author: L.A. Witt
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Finding Master Right, Capture and Surrender, After the Fall, Static
Published by Riptide Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: October 27, 2014
Genres: Male Male Romance, Steampunk, Suspense
See the title at Goodreads
Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website
Remember back in July when I reviewed a book called Noble Metals by L.A. Witt? About a couple of guys who were trying to get to the Klondike hunting for gold? Well Precious Metals takes place in the same world. However, this is a different story with different people, so a definite stand-alone read. So put on your parkas, your mukluks, and your steam-punk goggles and let’s head up north.
Precious Metals starts off with a lone guy, Joseph Sterling, being brought into the Mountie camp at Chilkoot. He is almost dead from hypothermia. Enter Constable Paul Benson. (I like to think he may have been one of the Mounties who helped Robert and John in Noble Metals, but we were never given any of the Mountie’s names.) The constable cuddles up next to Joseph to lend his body heat to warm him up. Of course it works and Joseph is on the way to recovery.
So the adventure begins. Joseph must get back to Dawson City immediately! Doesn’t matter that it is somewhere in the neighborhood of 1000 miles to the north and winter is closing in or that he has no money or supplies. He has to get there! NOW! Constable Benson takes pity on him and takes him to the Commander. They come up with a plan to get Joseph to Dawson City with the Commander sending Paul as escort.
The journey is harrowing. They cope with avalanches and a treacherous path, not to mention the freezing cold and unpredictable weather. Then the dangers of traveling by “airship.” That was fun! Almost. When they finally make it to Dawson City, then starts the challenge of fulfilling their quest. More gasps. Oh no! A definite action adventure.
I liked the characters. They were strong and stubborn, not to mention determined. The story was well paced and exciting. The steam-punk aspect was present but very subtly done. I like that. The ending was mostly satisfying. I felt it could have been fleshed out a bit more rather than a “we are together, we can work it out as we go” type ending. I mean we are talking about a pair of guys in love in the 1890’s. Not exactly an acceptable lifestyle for that era. But, they were going “to go home” (Joseph’s home) and make it work. Beside the point that Paul was a Mountie and a Canadian resident. As I said, a few loose ends here at the end. But they had succeeded in their quest, they were safe and alive. That was the important thing. Who cares about the details for the future? Don’t we all make them up as we go?
Gaslamp Fortnight: A Steampunk Book Tour – October 27th – November 7th
Authors L.A. Witt, Alexis Hall, and Cornelia Grey come together on a Steampunk book
tour to celebrate the releases of Precious Metals, Prosperity, and Circus of the Damned.
Join us on adventures through the lawless, untamed, krakeninfested skies! Trek the
snowy wilds of the Klondike in the company of a Mountie! Visit a soulstealing circus
where entertainment is at your own risk! Riptide’s Gaslamp Fortnight will tempt you with
the steampunk and gaslamp worlds of Cornelia Grey, Alexis Hall, and L.A. Witt.
And Gaslamp Fortnight is featuring a fabulous giveaway! Comment on the tour stops for a
chance to win a $250 gift certificate to Harlots and Angels Steampunk Corsetry and get
your own custom corset or personalized steampunk gear.
About L.A. Witt
L.A. Witt is an author of gay erotic romances, and has been recently exiled from Okinawa,
Japan, to Omaha, Nebraska. She resides there with her husband, a telekinetic goldfish,
and two incredibly spoiled cats. It’s unclear if the exile was the result of the mostly
classified “Aquarium Incident,” or if she’s actually being hidden, for her protection, from
the Polynesian Mafia and her arch nemesis, erotic romance author Lauren Gallagher.
Should you encounter Lauren, don’t tell her L.A. is in Omaha. This bio will selfdestruct in
Connect with L.A.:
• Website: loriawitt.com
• Author Blog: gallagherwitt.blogspot.com
• Personal Blog: navywifeadventures.blogspot.
• Twitter: @GallagherWitt
• Facebook: facebook.com//LAWittMMFiction
• Goodreads: goodreads.com/GallagherWitt
Comment on the tour stops for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate to Harlots and
Angels Steampunk Corsetry and get your own custom corset or personalized steampunk
gear. Each new post you comment on earns you an entry into the drawing, so be sure to
check out the rest of the tour schedule, too!
Harlots and Angels Bio
Hello I’m Sharon Ince and I own Harlots and Angels. We are a UK based company that
creates unusual sewing and crafting patterns, clothing, corsetry, props and accessories
with a wide range of themes from Steampunk, SciFi, Victorian, Gothic and Burlesque.
We have produced work for a large diversity of clients, including The Disney Corporation,
the BBC costuming department, Sky TV, Working Title films as well as several Hollywood
production companies and local theatre and film productions.
I have always loved to design and I’m selftaught. In fact I started at the early age of
about 5 years old and have never stopped. I love to work with leather, sew natural fabrics,
sculpt, and build my house with stone and wood; though my real passion is to design.
When I am starting out on a new design the hours fly by and I’m lost in the perfect bliss of
experimenting, mathematical calculation, followed by the thrill of seeing the idea become
My love of Gothic literature, mad inventors and scientists and all things Victorian has
always filtered through my thoughts and designs, so when I first discovered the emerging
Steampunk community some years ago many of my creations found their family niche.