Leah, I love visiting your blog around Christmas time. It reminds me how different our festivities are. You’re in midwinter. I’m in midsummer. But this year, I not only have sunshine and champagne, there are sailors! And by that, I don’t mean the baby-faced US Navy sailors who, when I see them on shore leave, I just want to send home to their mamas. They look so young!
No, these sailors are yachts people. The Sailing World Championships are being held off the coast at Fremantle, and months ago I rashly promised you photos.
Help! I’m too shy to be paparazzi.
So here are some photos of beautiful beaches, a touristy but working harbour and a submarine — I don’t know if you can see it among the buildings and cranes, but the submarine is permanently above ground. I went through it on a tour once…submariners are brave souls!
Now that I’ve hooked you on Fremantle—and I hope you do come and visit—I have to tell you it’s also the setting for my steampunk novella, “Wanted: One Scoundrel”, which is part of the Carina Press anthology, A Clockwork Christmas. There is nothing nicer than setting a story in a place you love…well, maybe the extra niceness is that with steampunk, you get to give history a cheeky twist!
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
Stories also available for purchase separately.
Buy link: http://bit.ly/ClockworkX