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Playlist for Beast Heart by Kyle Richardson

BEAST HEART by Kyle Richardson


GENRE: YA / Paranormal / Steampunk

BUY LINKS: Meerkat Press | Amazon Barnes & Noble



When the girl with the clockwork hand meets the boy with the beast heart, sparks fly in this poignant, adventure-filled debut.

Book 1 of the Steambound Trilogy. When Gabby’s hand turns to steam, her mom hires an engineer to build her a clockwork glove. It’s the last thing Gabby wants—if only she could be normal. But when her mom is attacked by something monstrous, normal is no longer an option. Now the only person she can turn to is a grizzled detective, who promises to help her become something … more.

Meanwhile, Kemple’s foster dad treats him like a slave. And the beatings are getting worse. So when a rebellious girl named Josephyn arrives—with a plan to escape to the city—he doesn’t hesitate. But there are creatures in Iron Bay whose slashes are worse than skin-deep. And as Kemple evolves into something inhuman, his search for a cure begins.

They are strangers in a city where carriages rattle, airships rumble, and where their own dark pasts continue to haunt them. Soon their paths will collide, and the girl who slays monsters will come face to face with the boy who is becoming a beast.

BUY LINKS: Meerkat Press | Amazon Barnes & Noble


Kyle Richardson lives in the suburban wilds of Canada with his adorable wife, their rambunctious son, and their adventurous daughter. He writes about shapeshifters, superheroes, and the occasional clockwork beast, moonlights as an editor at Meerkat Press, and has a terrible habit of saying the wrong thing at the most inopportune moments. His short fiction has appeared in places such as Love Hurts: A Speculative Fiction Anthology and Daily Science Fiction.

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Beastly, Hearty Mood Music

The idea of a playlist to go along with my writing is a tricky concept for me, as I tend to do my best creative work in silence. Though, there are a few songs that come to mind when I think of Gabrielle and Kemple, mostly for the moods the songs give me when listening.

#1 Selena Gomez – Wolves

Mood: Loneliness; nostalgia; a determined sort of urgency. Plus, the whole idea of someone running with a pack of wolves is pretty damn cool.

#2 Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out For A Hero

Mood: Momentum; desperation; feeling cornered, but hopeful. The drums on this oldie always get me.

#3 The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This (Official

Mood: Longing, hopefulness, and the clarity that comes from knowing what one wants. If you don’t feel something when the synth blares in, you might want to see a doctor.

#4 Alesso – Heroes (we could be) ft. Tove Lo

Mood: The celebration of being an outcast, and the excitement that comes from the possibilities of living on the fringe. On top of the really catchy melody, the message of this song is quite hard to argue with. Empowerment for the misunderstood.

#5 KALEO – Way Down We Go (Official Video)

Mood: The dark thrill of giving in, instead of fighting on; of plunging down the rabbit hole to see how far it goes. To me, this is a song about consequences and the likelihood of that monster finally getting you, in the end. Will you cower, in that moment, or look it defiantly in the eyes?

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