A Clockwork Christmas began as a simple call for submissions, and along the way it turned into something much greater than that for four intrepid authors. In a true reflection of the spirit of the holidays, PG Forte, Stacy Gail, Jenny Schwartz and JK Coi, the authors of these four steampunk novellas found something much better than a contract under their tree after hearing from Angela James that their stories had been chosen for publication in the anthology…they found friendship, and created a bond that will surpass the Christmas season.
And that’s why, when asked how they wanted to promote the four novellas and the anthology as a whole, they immediately decided to review each other’s books.
The review of JK Coi’s FAR FROM BROKEN is given by PG Forte.
I love all of the stories in A Clockwork Christmas, but what makes Far From Broken special is the emotional intensity. There isn’t enough room here to do justice to this fabulous story, so let me just say it will absolutely break your heart—in the best possible way! I ached for Callie, struggling to recover from the tragedy that had left her (in her mind) broken, and for Jasper, doing battle with grief, guilt, remorse and the fear that, because of what he’d done and in spite of everything he’d attempted, his wife was lost to him. I loved watching their hesitant steps back to each other (and back to life, in Callie’s case), meeting obstacles, facing their fears, overcoming both together, and gradually coming to the realization that wherever they were headed—either individually or as a couple—they could never go “back” to where they’d been.
~ PG Forte
The review of PG Forte’s THIS WINTER HEART is given by JK Coi.
While I truly think that every story in A Clockwork Christmas is fantastic, PG Forte’s This Winter Heart is special because it made me feel so many different emotions. When you find out the reason why Dario left his pregnant wife, Ophelia, it’s hard not to see the heart wrenching situation from both of their points of view. Dario felt betrayed. Ophelia felt abandoned. It’s the child between them that finally brings them back into each others’ lives, but becoming an actual family is another matter altogether. I found myself rooting for Ophelia’s strength as well as cursing Dario for his stubbornness. I wanted to shake Ophelia for not giving him another chance, and shake Dario even harder for being so blind. At the end PG dashed all my hopes and then slowly built them back up again in anticipation of a truly satisfying ending. It was amazing and I’m very honoured to be able to talk about her story to all of you.
Please check in this afternoon for reviews of CRIME WAVE IN A CORSET and WANTED: ONE SCOUNDREL
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