I’m currently working on Gilded Locks, a new Clockwork Republics story featuring Kit and Greta from “Bitter Cold” (Once Upon a Clockwork Tale). Here’s the skinny:
Happily ever after will have to wait.
Newlyweds Kit and Greta have tried to put adventure behind them. Kit has a tinker shop, and Greta’s earned her apothecary’s license. But their adventures aren’t over yet. The Boyle Society, a secret organization, approaches the pair. The Society knows what really happened to Evelyn Derringer, the infamous Snow Queen. But instead of threatening to expose their role in the affair, the Society wants to recruit them.
Professor Bruno Baer, his wife Mathilde, and their son Albus have disappeared. The Baer’s latest experiment, a device of unknown power, remains hidden in their house in the California Republic. Unfortunately, it lies beyond a set of gilded locks under an alchemical enchantment. Locks which require an alchemist and a tinker working together just right to open them.
Kit and Greta’s mission? Break into the Baer’s house, get past those locks, and recover the device. Hopefully, without getting killed.
Admit it. It sounds pretty good, right? You might also notice that the first name of Mama Baer in my little Goldilocks tale is somewhat familiar. If you suspect she may be a certain lady mechanic we last saw headed to San Francisco in Blowhard, you could be right.
What’s that you say? You haven’t read Blowhard yet? Or any of my steampunk fairy tales? Well, let me fix that right up for you.
Will you need to read Blowhard or Big Teeth to enjoy Gilded Locks? Nope. I’ve deliberately written these stories to be read as a stand-alone without feeling like you’re missing a thing (but you may very well be left wanting more, which is a very different thing).
Gilded Locks is a direct sequel to “Bitter Cold,” so you’ll definitely get more enjoyment out of it if you’ve already read Kit and Greta’s previous adventure. And it’s available at the bargain price of $4.99, bundled with three other excellent steampunk fairy tale novellas. But the beauty of plotting all of my Clockwork Republics stories after classic fairy tales is that each one has a completely self-contained main plot. True, Gilded Locks sort of spoils the ending of “Bitter Cold” if you read it first but it’s a fairy tale. I don’t think telling you the main characters end up together, the good guys win, and the villain is vanquished, constitutes a huge spoiler.
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