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Come and Visit Fremantle, Australia

Everyone, please welcome today’s guest author Jenny Schwartz, coming to us live…well, okay, by televised delay (or the Internet equivalent)…from Australia!


Fremantle, Australia’s main Indian Ocean port with its endless western horizon, is the setting for “Wanted: One Scoundrel” (one of four novellas in the Steampunk anthology, “A Clockwork Christmas“). It’s also the city where I went to high school, and down the road, studied Australian social history at university.

Freo (as the locals call it) is heaven for history buffs. Its limestone buildings hark back to the very earliest days of the Swan River Colony (the original name for what is now the State of Western Australia). Where else can you find an octagonal prison with a whaling tunnel underneath? Where else but Freo would an octagonal prison be called a Round House?

Round House

Whale Tunnel

When Natalie offered me the chance to guest blog at Everybody Needs a Little Romance (huge thanks!) I thought of blogging about the Fremantle Arts Centre, which started life as a lunatic asylum, briefly housed the US Navy during WWII, and now embraces creative types of all kinds.

The building is a great example of colonial gothic architecture.

Fremantle Arts Centre

Despite the many ghost stories involving the old lunatic asylum, these days the only thing trying to escape its walls is the glorious garden.


Asylum Garden

The old lunatic asylum isn’t actually part of “Wanted: One Scoundrel”, but being able to walk down Fremantle’s historic streets and enjoy its buildings is definitely inspiring.

High Street


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 on the release date December 5, 2011. Available for preorder at Amazon now.


Note: Jenny lives in Australia, so she’ll likely won’t be responding to comments until evening Eastern U.S. time. πŸ™‚


11 Responses

  1. Off to download your book. I would have anyway… but am even more excited now I know it’s set in FREO!!!

  2. welcome to the blog! I love the pictures and even without you telling me, you can see the history in the buildings and tell there’s so much age there. So pretty!

  3. I love these photos! Jenny’s story is so rich in setting and mood, you’ll love it!

  4. Oh, wow! Such beauty! The architecture is interesting and I love how the garden spills out. I’m often jealous when I see picks of gardens from Australia and NZ (from Sarah Mayberry and Anna Campbell), the flowers are so vivid and gorgeous. I want to travel there just to check out the flora down under.

    And that cover? I love it! So evocative and intriguing. Sounds like a wonderful anthology πŸ™‚

  5. Awesome. I’m going to assume there’s a writers’ cafe in the insane asylum. It’s only fitting

  6. Glad to have you with us today! What great pictures! πŸ™‚ I hate flying, but Australia is one place I’d travel given the chance. LOL

  7. Yeah, this post/these pictures definitely make me want to visit! And the setting is very intriguing for steampunk. πŸ™‚

  8. Rachael — Yay for Freo! When I lived over East, anyone who knew to call Fremantle Freo automatically became my friend. Such a lovely town, and about to be over run with sailors πŸ™‚ (Sailing World Championships)

    Keri — thanks for the welcome. Glad you enjoyed the photos. And now, using your comment on the buildings as the lamest excuse for my enthusiasm for history — The limestone the roundhouse and asylum are made of was also used to build the Victorian monstrosity of a prison that was maximum security up until about 1990. The bit they didn’t really talk about…a bushranger (Moondyne Joe) escaped from it in colonial days by using a spoon. Yup, the limestone is that soft you can spoon it out.

    JK — awww thanks πŸ™‚

    Liz — Anna is a blogging genius. I love the colour of Australian gardens…and I adore the cover for “Wanted: One Scoundrel” which sneaks a kangaroo into its steampunkishness. All Carina Press covers are gorgeous (biased).

    Kari — definitely a cafe, but not just for writers. All the crazy creatives are welcome…as well as visitors who simply want to enjoy the place and hopefully support artists by buying their work in the shop.

    Melissa — I hate flying, too. I’m sure I’d feel better about it if the pilot let me take over the controls (even though I can’t fly). I think when it comes to travel, I have control issues … though I haven’t yet wrestled a bus driver for the steering wheel. Given how some of them drive, maybe I should!

    Natalie — I’ve had a blast visiting ENLR. Thank you! and thanks everyone for your lovely comments.

  9. Jenny,

    Sorry I’m so late to the party. But between work and class tonight I finally have a few minutes to check my mail and the blog.

    You know I love your books. I have this one but have been so swamped I haven’t been able to get to it. I have 1 more week of school and I am done so I will have lots of spare reading time.

    If you haven’t read Jenny’s Out of the Bottle series (3 books w/Carina Press) I definitely suggest them.

  10. Wow, great blog article.Much thanks again. Really Cool.

  11. Very neat article.Thanks Again. Will read on…

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