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Title: Clockwork Heart
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Genre: M/M Romance, Steampunk
Love, adventure and a steaming good time.
As the French army leader’s bastard son, Cornelius Stevens enjoys a great deal of latitude. But when he saves an enemy soldier using clockwork parts, he’s well aware he risks hanging for treason. That doesn’t worry him half as much, however, as the realization he’s falling for his patient.
Johann Berger never expected to survive his regiment’s suicide attack on Calais, much less wake up with mechanical parts. To avoid discovery, he’s forced to hide in plain sight as Cornelius’s lover—a role Johann finds himself taking to surprisingly well.
When a threat is made on Cornelius’s life, Johann learns the secret of the device implanted in his chest—a mythical weapon both warring countries would kill to obtain. Caught up in a political frenzy, in league with pirates, dodging rogue spies, mobsters and princesses with deadly parasols, Cornelius and Johann have no time to contemplate how they ended up in this mess. All they know is, the only way out is together—or not at all.
Warning: Contains tinkers, excessive clockwork appendages, and a cloud-sweeping tour of Europe. A little absinthe, a little theft, a little exhibitionism. Men who love men, women who love women, and some who aren’t particular.
What Happens to America
Clockwork Heart is an alternate history steampunk gay romance set in the early 20th century. It is set entirely in continental Europe. There is mention of the Americas, but only vaguely, and it exists as a magical unknown land full of possibility.
Since the theory of Clockwork Heart is that the hundred-years-long war between France and the Austrian empire has shut off the Americas from Europe by and large, the Americas have developed independently of Europe. Their inventions are different. Their attitudes are different. Their values are different. And while the Americans don’t appear in Clockwork Heart, they will in subsequent books. One of my favorite pastimes is imagining what that arrival will be like.
The fun of creating alternate history is deciding what elements remain and what fall by the wayside. Except so much of writing Clockwork Heart pulled me into fact rather than off into fancy. What makes Europe Europe stays no matter what you do to it. Which means by the same token, the Americas will probably be the same. Mostly. Familiar, but with that significant subtle twist. What will it be?
The thing that has always seemed most significant to me about the Americas both north and south is that we have an independent spirit. Something about having left the continent of Europe and its history, while also bringing it along in habits and customs. These elements I’ll unquestionably keep. But since the Americas have been cut off from what, for the emigrant cultures, is the homeland, will they lean more on each other, north and south? Will they have better respect for the indigenous cultures they invaded upon arrival? (Sadly, I doubt it.) What will they invent and create different than Europe? What will they do better? What will they need improvement upon?
I don’t yet know the answers to those questions—the fun will come in finding the answers. In the meantime, I know exactly what happened to Europe in this alternate history. Why don’t you try out Clockwork Heart and find out?
Cullinan has kindly offered 1 lucky commenter their own copy of Clockwork Heart in ebook format (after Release date).
About the Author
Heidi Cullinan has always enjoyed a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. Proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality, Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights. She writes positive-outcome romances for LGBT characters struggling against insurmountable odds because she believes there’s no such thing as too much happy ever after. When Heidi isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, playing with her cats, and watching television with her family. Find out more about Heidi at heidicullinan.com.
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