What Happens When Your Soul Dies?

Kat Bloodmayne is one of the first women chosen to attend the Tower Academy of Sciences. But she carries a secret: she can twist the natural laws of science. She has no idea where this ability came from, only that every time she loses control and unleashes this power, it kills a part of her soul. If she doesn’t find a cure soon, her soul will die and she will become something else entirely.

After a devastating personal loss, Stephen Grey leaves the World City Police Force to become a bounty hunter. He believes in justice and will stop at nothing to ensure criminals are caught and locked up. However, when Kat Bloodmayne shows up in his office seeking his help, his world is turned upside down.

Together they search World City and beyond for a doctor who can cure Kat. But what they discover on the way goes beyond science and into the dark sphere of magic.

Book 1 The Soul Chronicles 

*2017 REALM Award Winner for Horror/Paranormal/Steampunk*

*2017 Alliance Award Nominee*

*2017 Rone Award Nominee*


Reviews for Tainted:

“Why you should read it: A skilled fantasy author, Morgan L. Busse takes aim at a new, but just as fantastic subgenre — steampunk! — with book one in The Soul Chronicles … and she hits the bull’s-eye!

Throughout the story, tension is a crescendo, building steadily through moments of introspection, violence, flight and even the budding romance. Settings and characters leap out of the text as Kat and Stephen uncover the acts of unethical scientists who threaten her existence and abuse marginalized, easily dismissed people to further their aims.

This story will enthrall readers and keep them eager for the next book of The Soul Chronicles series. Highly recommended!” —Serena Chase, USA Today’s Happy Ever After


“Tainted was an engaging, surprising adventure with a fast paced plot, likeable characters, and intriguing twists. Though I was able to see some things coming, others surprised me and the various mysteries woven through the plot kept me engaged until the very last moment. I’d like to say that this was one of those books that left me longing for more, but really, it left me freaking out a little bit because I knew I’d have to wait for the next release.

Tainted is an excellent beginning to what promises to be an exciting and hopefully satisfying new series. If you have never read steampunk before, this is a fabulous place to start.Radiant Lit


“Busse is an exceptional author who knows how to grasp the reader’s attention very early on. Her talent is evident, especially her knack for keeping the reader guessing. Tainted is full of twists and turns galore and I loved this! I love when a novel keeps me guessing from beginning to end. It is how a story should be. I know some readers do not like it when there are too many but I love it. A book is there to entertain and delight the reader and Busse certainly done this with her excellent characters as well as her perfect, eloquent writing which flows beautifully from page to page.

The story is full of twists and turns that you don’t see coming and there is a lot of action. The characters are well developed, and you quickly find yourself invested in their story. I enjoyed Tainted, and I can’t wait for book two to come out. I will be rereading this one when the next book is about to come out just to refresh myself on the story. I loved it.

To conclude my thoughts on this extraordinary tale, I would say if you are looking for a fun, unforgettable read that will keep you entertained from beginning to end then Tainted is for you! This incredible book gets Five Stars from me!“—RedHeadedBookLover



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