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It’s 1838, Europe is obsessed with mechanical contraptions, and the "Rajah"- a chess-playing machine- is the pinnacle of entertainment. Kit has toured with the Rajah since the age of ten and knows the secret behind the machine all too well . . . just as she knows that people would rather be fooled than have their illusions stripped away.

An eccentric Countess summons the Rajah to her manor house in Vienna for a private engagement. There, Kit meets the inquisitive Eleanor, who tests Kit's ability to tell the difference between truth and illusion . . . Or is it all just another game of chess?

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Reviews at Goodreads:

~ This is a darkly funny, sexy tale with no explicit sex. It is a Gothick adventure (a mad inventor, an eccentric noblewoman, a decadent Old World castle filled with scary treasures, an abducted, imprisoned ingenue, a book-long game of chess in which the stakes are life and death) narrated by the prickly maiden-in-distress whose fate depends on whether she learns in time which opponents to trust.  She's a magnetic storyteller.

Review by the Rainbow Reader:

The Ghost and the Machine is a smart, cunning, original, and well-written story dotted with dollops of droll observation, dry wit, and gripping pathos.  The characters are by turns quirky, insolent, insightful, deceptive, and all together brilliantly flawed. In addition, the storyline is fresh and tight, and manages to surprise, even though the end game is revealed to the reader early in the narrative...Author Benny Lawrence has a joyously unique voice in the world of lesbian fiction, and The Ghost and the Machine is an utterly fascinating and fantastic read.  

 

Life in a remote fishing village in the middle of a civil war is neither safe nor inspiring. So, when an opportunity comes along for village girl Lynn to be kidnapped and enslaved by a ruthless pirate queen, she takes full advantage of it. But Darren is neither as ruthless nor as piratical as she appears at first glance--and Lynn's not exactly what she seems to be, either. In between encounters with old girlfriends, a slow death involving marmalade, and bounty hunters with no sense of humour, Lynn and her new mistress attempt to work out exactly what they are to each other--and who's in charge.

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2014 Goldie Award Winner- Science Fiction and Fantasy

Reviews at Goodreads: 

~ Amazing. Yes, it was. It's like nothing I have ever read before.

Review by Curve Magazine:

It contains romance, heckling, humour, sword fights, and a girl who gets the girl. The world building is detailed and excellent. The writing itself is hard to describe - it is refreshing, original (did I mention witty), all in a very good way, and reading it you come to realize that Lawrence is incredibly well-read and wields a mean quill.

 

In the remote desert town of Lafontaine, Casey Prentice has been trying to survive the endtimes by keeping her head down.  But that ceases to be an option when a powerful and mysterious entity known as the Anastasian League descends on the town.

Casey uncharacteristically, and unwisely, offers shelter to Pax, one of the League’s escaping prisoners. In doing so, she invites a whole new kind of danger into her life. Because the town of Lafontaine has a secret . . . and if the League discovers it, then the apocalypse will be the least of Casey’s worries.

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Reviews on Goodreads:

~ The title of this novel is brilliant, thought provoking, and puzzling all at the same time. So is the book.

Review by Sarah's Lesfic:

~ There are so many reasons I like this story. First, the author has an awesome sense of humor and it comes through in her writing. The characters are well developed and believable...I wasn't ready for the story to end.