Steampunk Pet Contest

If you follow my Tumblr blog (newly re-purposed to keep up with steampunk happenings) then you’ll already know all about the Steampunk Pet Party.

“Who let her loose with Pixlr?”

The party is over at A Clockwork Christmas on Facebook — but is really just an excuse for everyone to share cute photos of their pets. We’d love to see a steampunk twist, but any cute pet photo is very welcome!

The four of us, just call us the Antho Sisters, will be sharing a photo of our pets every day till the release of JK’s “Broken Promises” on September 10. Then we’ll open the floodgates to all your photos.

Up for grabs … a copy of the steampunk anthology, A Clockwork Christmas, a copy of “Broken Promises” by JK Coi and a copy of my bustlepunk tale, “Courting Trouble”.

Courting Trouble” releases October 1, and that’s the day we’ll close the contest.


If you’re on Pinterest, you’ll want to follow the new board Stacy Gail’s created, “All Things Steampunk“.


And an hour from now (at 9pm New York time) I’ll be hosting this week’s #steampunkchat on Twitter. The theme is “Halloween”. It’s time to share ideas for a steampunk’d Halloween … this way there’s lots of time to get yourself organised once inspiration strikes.

An Antipodean Steampunk Christmas

Here in Australia we celebrate Christmas in July — an excuse for good company and good food in the middle of winter. In the spirit of cheering up these cold months, I’m offering a giveaway of the anthology, “A Clockwork Christmas“. If you live in Australia or New Zealand, I’ll send you a paper copy. These are rare; only a handful were printed as author copies. If you live in the US, PG Forte, one of my wonderful antho sister’s will send you a paper copy. Everywhere else, I’m sorry. Your copy will be digital. International postage is ridiculously expensive. Leave a comment on this post to go in the draw to win. Contest closes 8 July. Good luck!

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.

Anthology includes:

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.

117,000 words

Steampunk Chronicle’s Readers’ Choice Awards

So, the voting’s nearly over in the Steampunk Chronicle’s Readers’ Choice Awards. No matter what the result I am beyond thrilled that my novella, “Wanted: One Scoundrel”, is up for Best Short Story. Oh my corsets and clockworks! It is rubbing shoulders with an awesome collection of talent. There is still time to squeeze in a vote or two … but even if you don’t want to vote (which is completely fair enough) you’ll brighten your life by checking out some of the nominees … favourite steampunk personas, clothes (these are amazing! hold onto your credit cards), music and more.

Fabulous review of A Clockwork Christmas

And how’s this for a quote from Anna (Bite Club)?

Wanted: One Scoundrel was another excellent story from Jenny Schwartz, and I can always count on her writing to bring something new and creative to the page. 

You can read the full review here,

I am one happy author 🙂

General Update

I’m sure you’re now all convinced I can’t stick to a schedule. I swear I can…except well, Release Day is too exciting not to have a special post and then this huge thunderstorm lasted all day, pretty much knocking out any hope of me risking plugging in the computer for yesterday’s scheduled post. So here we are, Wednesday, and I have a collection of fairly random stuff.

First, I’m still working on my list of Aussie Women Writers’ books for 2012’s reading/reviewing challenge. I will share it soon.

Second, celebrations for the launch of A Clockwork Christmas are much fun, but also exhausting … hence the random nature of this belated post.

Third, pretty pic (thanks to Peter Smalley) of A Clockwork Christmas on the first page of Goodreads’ December new releases newsletter.

Fourth, I’m visiting Leah Braemel later today and … for various reasons, talking about sailors but sharing innocuous beach photos.

Fifth, I’ve rediscovered halva…it’s running a very close second to chocolate in the yumminess stakes.

“A Clockwork Christmas” Release Day!

A Clockwork Christmas releases, today — except that Carina Press (strangely) operates on New York time rather than Jenny-time and it’s still yesterday over in the Big Apple. So while I bust my stays (or would, if I were wearing a corset) with excitement that the big day is (nearly) here, I thought I’d share a post in praise, thanksgiving and general happiness.

First: Angela James as editor for this steampunk anthology. Enough said. Good stories became brilliant.

Second: The authors! Honestly, if Angela had picked the four novellas on the basis of author niceness — instead of narrative brilliance, which oddly enough, she prefers as an editor — she couldn’t have chosen better. JK Coi, PG Forte and Stacy Gail are fantabulous. We have had an indecent amount of fun as we’ve shared the promo for our steampunk anthology. I’ve learned and laughed and I’m incredibly glad that even after A Clockwork Christmas races up the bestseller lists and becomes a steampunk Christmas classic, we’ll still be hanging together, supporting one another, providing encouragement and kicks as needed 🙂

It’s perfect that all four of us plan to write more steampunk. As a reader, I can’t wait for the sequels!

Third: The cover art! and the gorgeously collectible romance trading cards JK made from the covers.

Fourth: Reviewers. They couldn’t be nicer or more generous. Five stars to all of them 🙂

Fifth: Everyone on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ who has listened and shared my joy as I’ve burbled on and on about A Clockwork Christmas. You know who you are, steampunk and writing enablers!

Lots will be happening this week for promo. Be sure to check the A Clockwork Christmas Facebook page in case I forget anything. Romance trading cards are up for grabs as Sunday Swag at Riverina Romantics. They’re also tantalisingly collectible over at Long and Short Reviews.

Later today, JK kicks off a week of A Clockwork Christmas posts at Long and Short Reviews — we’re all sharing our heroes’ favourite steampunk gadgets and our own steampunk Christmas wishlists.

I’ll be posting over at Shelley Munro’s blog — later today, when New York finally agrees that yes, it really, truly, finally is 5 December.

Happy Release Day, A Clockwork Christmas!



This first post as I settle in to my new schedule of blogging twice a week is a bit of a grab bag.

First up, reviews for “A Clockwork Christmas” are piling up over at Goodreads and the anthology doesn’t release till 5 December. Reviewers’ enthusiasm is a good sign 🙂

Second, “A Clockwork Christmas” is available for pre-order, and it even has its own customised link:

Third, I can think of things other than this wonderful anthology I’m part of. Here is an amazing collection over at Pinterest put together by Lisa Rooney and celebrating…well, yes, a Steampunk Christmas.

This week I bought a bag of slow roasted chickpeas with Sicilian flavours … I have a new addiction.

I love jacaranda trees when I’m not the person responsible for cleaning up fallen flowers and leaves.

Purple jacaranda flowers

It is one month till Christmas!