Even after giving life to her own mechanical man, it never struck Charlene Collins that she might be special. When she was a little girl she had dreams of being great, like the people in one of her dad’s stories. That was before the Great War and before her mother’s death. Now that she’s an adult, she just wants to fix cars in her father’s old shop and tinker around with Mac. It’s a good life, and she’s happy with it...
Happy, until she finds out that her dad has died, off in the city. Before she has a chance to deal with the news, a stranger that calls himself Nash arrives to give his condolences. He knew her father and her mother... and he knows about Mac. Nash talks about talents and Muses, tells Charlene that she’s more than she knows and that her dad’s death was no accident.
Now that everything has changed, Charlene is more grateful than ever to have Mac by her side. Together they will journey through a landscape of war and blood that has been built for thousands of years on lies, myths and religion. Everyone wants the young woman and her special abilities on their side of the fight, even if they have to take her by force.
Charlene is going to have to find the truth and make a choice, but in order to do that, she’ll have to find out just how special she really is.
In the vein of books like American Gods, Clockwork Charlie dives into the relationship between humans, the Gods they worship, and those who are in the middle, bridging the gap.
Set in an Earth where the Greek Pantheon led the world West, Clockwork Charlie follows the story of a young woman and her robotic sidekick, Mac (that’s right, folks, I said Robotic Sidekick!). Made up of Alternate History elements alongside Mythology and Fantasy, the story deals with ideas of religious zealotry and abuse of power in a realistic and terribly human setting.
I am so in love with this story that I have been terrified to attempt self-publishing it because I know that it deserves a proper marketing and editorial team behind it. When I found out about Inkshares and the awesome community here, I decided this might be just the place to give Clockwork Charlie the send off it deserves.
And the only way that is going to happen is if people like you support the book!
I’ve already included the prologue, as well as Chapter 8, and I sincerely hope you’ll give them a read and let me know what you think. When Clockwork Charlie reaches 100 followers, I’ll release another chapter or two to help readers get even further into Charlie’s world. The manuscript is very nearly finished, minus a bit of tidying up at the end of the story and a round or two of editing, so I will get pre-orders started as soon as it makes sense to do so.
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