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Last Updated: 3/15/2012
The Ghost in the Machine
The year is 1838, and Europe is in love with machines, showmanship, and chess. Since the age of ten, Kit has been on tour with "The Rajah", a stage illusion that involves all three. After twelve years on the job, she knows that most people would prefer to be fooled than to face reality. But when the Rajah is summoned to perform at a remote manor house in Austria, Kit will be forced to confront a number of truths about the woman who originally took her from home, and the women who seem to have plans for her future. Over the course of five days, all the illusions will fall away.
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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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