The authors of A Clockwork Christmas wish you a very happy holiday and would each like to share a steampunk holiday gadget from their characters’ Christmas together:
Jed and Esme from Wanted: One Scoundrel
A perfect steampunk Christmas for Esme and Jed has to include a clockwork gingerbread house. The walls and roof are made of gingerbread, elaborately iced to show tiles, windows, rambling roses on the cake-cottage walls, but all the time, something is ticking. Tick tock. Tick tock. Till at noon on Christmas Day, the walls fall open, the roof rises and, revealed in all its shimmering clockwork-powered splendour is a slowly spinning confection: a marzipan holly wreath. Because this might be the Antipodes, but a kiss under the mistletoe is one tradition Esme and Jed intend respecting.
Dario and Lia from This Winter Heart
In the course of THIS WINTER HEART, Lia and Dario’s Christmas got somewhat lost. But years earlier, when they were still newly-weds, things were very different. One of the most memorable gifts Dario gave Ophelia back then was a miniature, working replica of their house and the surrounding grounds–a model for the garden he intended to build for her, complete with eleven clockwork pipers (in honor of the eleventh day of Christmas). I imagine they spent many happy hours planning for their future, drinking hot, spiced cider and eating biscochitos while the pipers serenaded them with Christmas carols.
Roderick and Cornelia from Crime Wave in a Corset
CRIME WAVE IN A CORSET comes to an end at the stroke of midnight, Christmas morning, where the greatest gift one can give—a true and selfless love—is discovered. That’s a great place to end a romantic tale, right? Here’s the thing, though… my mind often carries onto the next scene despite the cessation of writing (I’m weird like that). Since Cornelia’s brutal, survive-or-die existence had never allowed her to know the magic of Christmas, I’ve always imagined that Roderick would have been delighted to introduce his little thief to some of the more touching holiday traditions. I had even planned a scene displaying one of Roderick’s inventions, a self-decorating tree whose ornaments unfurled from the branches with a few turns of some well-oiled clockwork cogs. Then I had planned to have them make love under that tree and realize they were each other’s perfect gift… *drifts off dreamily* But the scene got cut. In my mind, though, Roderick has no trouble convincing Cornelia that Christmas is a season filled with love.
Jasper and Callie from Far From Broken
Callie gave Jasper an old tin pocket watch one year for the holidays. And while he will always cherish it because it has special meaning to him, it’s old and doesn’t work anymore…and it was recently charred in a fire, leaving it blackened and misshapen. So she secretly had another one made for him and plans to give it to him this Christmas. But this one does more than just tell the time. It carries a compass, a secret compartment for powders…and when required, he can remove it from his wrist, press a hidden button, and … Whalla!! … A travel coffee maker.
But it turns into something cool. What would you want it to be?
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Thank you, and have a wonderful, happy holiday!!
We Wish You a Steampunk Christmas
Changed forever after tragedy, a woman must draw strength from her husband’s love. A man learns that love isn’t always what you expect. A thief steals the heart of a vengeful professor. And an American inventor finds love Down Under. Enjoy Victorian Christmas with a clockwork twist in these four steampunk novellas.
Crime Wave in a Corset by Stacy Gail
This Winter Heart by PG Forte
Wanted: One Scoundrel by Jenny Schwartz
Far From Broken by JK Coi