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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tuesday Spotlight: A Clockwork Christmas Authors

Dario Leonides
by
PG Forte






Today I’d like to introduce you to Dario
Leonides, the hero of This Winter Heart.













When we first meet Dario, he’s a bitter
man who feels himself betrayed. Worse yet, he believes he’s let his family down
and doomed himself to a life of loneliness by giving his heart to the wrong
woman.





The last surviving member of a once rich
and powerful family, Dario had gone against his parents’ wishes to wed the
daughter of a brilliant but eccentric scientist/inventor. He knew he and
Ophelia were not born into the same social strata, but he believed love would
conquer all. It never occurred to him to wonder whether his bride might be a
machine!





I think Dario’s favorite steampunk
device is the “mechanical greenhouse” (complete with robotic bees) that he
commissioned his father-in-law to design for him as a present for his wife.





Super-heated water flowing in pipes
beneath the garden’s surface kept the soil warm, even in
winter.  Hidden valves allowed steam to vent above ground while
elaborate engines kept the temperature constant, balmy and warm, and created an
artificial breeze to help circulate the air.





Overhead, an electrified wire-mesh dome
allowed sunlight to enter and could be set to either keep the heat in or, in
during the summer months, keep the excess heat out. The shiny, reflective wire
was almost impossible to make out, but if you stared hard enough, you could
just discern the faint metallic sheen behind the shimmering illusion of a
cloudless, blue sky.





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Santa Fe, The Republic of New
Texacali, 1870





Eight years ago, Ophelia Leonides's
husband cast her off when he discovered she was not the woman he thought she
was. Now destitute after the death of her father, Ophelia is forced to turn to
Dario for help raising the child she never told him about.





Dario is furious that Ophelia has
returned, and refuses to believe Arthur is his son—after all, he thought his
wife was barren. But to avoid gossip, he agrees to let them spend the holidays
at his villa. While he cannot resist the desire he still feels for Ophelia, Dario
despises himself for being hopelessly in love with a woman who can never love
him back.





But Dario is wrong: Ophelia's emotions
are all too human, and she was brokenhearted when he rejected her. Unsure if
she can trust the man she desperately loves, she fears for her life, her
freedom and her son if anyone else learns of her true nature...








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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.





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PG Forte wrote her first
serialized story when she was still in her teens.  The sexy, adventure
tales were very popular at her oh-so-proper, all girls, Catholic High School,
where they helped to liven up otherwise dull classes.  Even if her teachers
didn’t always think so. 



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