Clockwork Nessie Coming to Smashwords et. al. soon! #FreeRead

Clockwork Nessie is a short story that was originally published in Conquest Through Determination, a steampunk anthology from the now dearly departed Pill Hill Press. When my rights reverted, I ran it as a serial on my blog during the A to Z Blog Challenge this past April. Soon, I’ll be putting it on Smashwords, and probably Wattpad and ARe as well, as a free read.

In the meantime, I’ve been working on a quickie cover using copyright free vintage photos and art. I’ve been on a vintage photo kick lately, if you hadn’t already noticed.

What do you think of this:

ClockworkNessieI rather liked the “gypsy woman” in the old photograph.  🙂

I’m shooting for uploading the story within a week or so. Stay tuned…

Z is for Zenith


Clockwork Nessie, Part 22

With his help, I clambered inside. We were all elbows and knees, but we managed to slam the door and seal it.

Out of breath and tangled with Robert, my face only inches from his in the tiny cockpit, I closed my eyes and whispered my heartfelt thanks. When I opened them again, Robert flashed a roguish grin.

“Oh my God! There really is a Loch Ness monster!” I shook my head as I shifted into a slightly more comfortable position, but no less scandalous.

“Where do you think your father got the design in the first place?” He shook with soft laughter and hugged me closer, easing me between his legs and pulling me back against his chest. His breath moved my hair as he spoke. “And now, Lizzie, how about we go find a little bauble for my newest joint venture partner before Nessie the First gets any amorous ideas.”

I turned in the arms that surrounded me. Robert Rankine really was a superb male specimen. “She’s amorous?”

“Oh, aye, Lizzie. Aye.”

“Darwin’s devils,” I sighed, nestling into the warmth of Robert’s body.

The End. a2z-2013-badge-001_5bmed5d