Tinkers. Soldiers. Spies. Pirates. Alternate history, airships, a sweeping tour of continental Europe via the clouds. A little absinthe, a little theft, a little exhibitionism, some naughty use of clockwork prosthetics. Men who love men, women who love women, men who aren’t particular. Love, adventure, and a steaming good time.
Heidi Cullinan is here today to talk about her latest novel, Clockwork Heart, the first in a new M/M steampunk series! She’s also brought some exclusive information… a first glimpse into future books in the Clockwork Heart universe!
So keep reading to find out more about this alt-history world of clockwork soldiers, and don’t forget to check out the awesome giveaway that Heidi has!
Clockwork Heart, by Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Genre: Historical, Alternate History/Steampunk, Gay (M/M), Romance
My Review: This novel has everything you’d expect from a Heidi Cullinan novel– complex characters, a delicious romance, and some heart-stopping kinky sex– and the unique alt-history adds an exciting twist to the story! (Full review is here. )
About Clockwork Heart:
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.
PLANS FOR FUTURE BOOKS IN THE SERIES
Clockwork Heart was supposed to be a one-off, grand single title adventure into alternate history. This adventure would be the only adventure. Naturally, by the end of writing it, the story had become the first in a series.
The trouble is, I have so many series going right now it’s going to be rough to publish one of each in a calendar year. My guess book two in this will be out in mid 2017. Between now and then I have two other existing series I need to finish up, a single title which I swear to God will REMAIN a single title, another series I want to start, and a heap of “finished” series readers and my muses keep trying to pry open again. Because of this, I tried to make this book feel as much as possible like Star Wars: A New Hope. You’d love to know more of the story, but if it took quite a while for you to get to the next installment, you’d survive without going crazy wondering what happened to a plot point.
The fun thing about this series is there’s so much possible. I want to tell Val’s story next, but Princess Gisa is absolutely right after him. I’d love to give HEAs to all the pirates, but I also want to explore the rest of this alternate world. I want to get to the Americas. I want to go to Asia! I want to do and see everything in that world. And yet see above about the problems with timelines.
The other complication with my production schedule has been that 2015 was not kind to my health. I took the year off as much of I could from conferences, but I still struggled to write, and towards the end of the year things became very bleak for a time, production-wise. But I’m turning around now, slowly. I hope I can get back to producing 4-5 books a year, because I really do love writing story, and I think I have a good handle on the production, promotion, and distribution machine. The element I’m still sorting out is keeping my body healthy and functional enough to sit in a chair and produce words.
But at the end of the day, there’s more to the Clockwork Love story than just Clockwork Heart. I promise not to leave you hanging—this book ends, and it’s satisfactory. But I also promise you…we’re coming back for another trip in The Brass Farthing.
ABOUT HEIDI CULLINAN
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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