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Clementine by Cherie Priest

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Maria Isabella Boyd’s success as a Confederate spy has made her too famous for further espionage work, and now her employment options are slim. Exiled, widowed, and on the brink of poverty…she reluctantly goes to work for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in Chicago. Adding insult to injury, her first big assignment is commissioned by the Union Army. In short, a federally sponsored transport dirigible is being violently pursued across the Rockies and Uncle Sam isn’t pleased. The Clementine is carrying a top secret load of military essentials—essentials which must be delivered to Louisville, Kentucky, without delay. Intelligence suggests that the unrelenting pursuer is a runaway slave who’s been wanted by authorities on both sides of the Mason-Dixon for fifteen years. In that time, Captain Croggon Beauregard Hainey has felonied his way back and forth across the continent, leaving a trail of broken banks, stolen war machines, and illegally distributed weaponry from sea to shining sea. And now it’s Maria’s job to go get him. He’s dangerous quarry and she’s a dangerous woman, but when forces conspire against them both, they take a chance and form an alliance. She joins his crew, and he uses her connections. She follows his orders. He takes her advice. And somebody, somewhere, is going to rue the day he crossed either one of them.

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Cherie Priest was born in Tampa, Florida in 1975. As the daughter of a military man, she often had to move from state to state - Florida, Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee. Frequent changing places only stopped when she entered college. In 1993 Priest graduated from Forest Lake Academy in Apopka, Florida. She graduated from South Adventist University, Collegedale in 1998 with a BA and later in 2001 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with an MA in Rhetoric / Writing. Despite the fact that Priest was raised in the traditions of the Seventh-day Adventist church, she is not a follower and declares that she is indifferent to religion. Priest lived in Chattanooga for twelve years, where her first books from the "Eden More" series were written, which was set in the same place. Later, Cherry Priest, along with her husband and a fat black cat, moved to the other side of the continent, to Seattle. In 2012, the family moved back to Tennessee. The style in which Cherry Priest initially worked can be described equally as southern gothic or horror. Several stories were written by her in the genre of science fiction. But she was best known for a series of steampunk novels, begun by "Kostotryas". In addition to her writing, Priest has been the official critic of the Bram Stoker Prize-winning Internet resource "Chiaroscuro". She now also works as a staff member for Subterranean Press. He is a permanent member of the boards of several genre conventions (DragonCon, Penguicon, Steamcon).

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