Sunday, December 4, 2011

Let's Shine That Spotlight On The Fabulous JK Coi, Author Of FAR FROM BROKEN!


FAR FROM BROKEN  by JK Coi was the first novella from A CLOCKWORK CHRISTMAS that I had the opportunity to read, and as I’ve told just about anyone who will listen to me, it had me crying from the third page.  My antho sister, JK (who also writes dark fantasy for YA under the name Chloe Jacobs for Entangled Publishing) has that rare gift of being able to dig straight down into the raw, agonizing heart of a story to wrench forth the deepest, most private—and totally relatable—human emotions.  Most writers attempt to do this, but compared to JK’s unbelievable writing style and talent, they only scratch the surface (and I include myself in that regard).

In our tight-knit anthology family, JK is our efficient, never-frazzled dynamo who gets by on maybe 5-6 hours of sleep a night (as far as I can tell).  Someone will come up with an idea, and before you know it, this amazing Energizer Bunny has found a way to make it happen!  While juggling the roles of wife, mother, working a full-time job, PLUS sewing up a fabulous two-book deal with Entangled Publishing as Chloe Jacobs AND getting ready to promote her novella CAGED in the Agony/Ecstasy erotica anthology, she was making up our Romance Trading Cards for A CLOCKWORK CHRISTMAS.  I’ve now become secretly convinced that she is, in fact, Wonder Woman (but don’t tell anyone, shhhh).

RTC back
RTC front

 (Don't ask me why I can't make these bigger; I just sorta can't *sigh*)


The Lovely JK Coi <3
FAR FROM BROKEN took me two whole days to get over—I simply couldn’t stand the thought of reading anything else, or for that matter, writing anything else.  I needed to absorb the magnificent emotional rollercoaster ride on which JK had taken me.  The story starts from the point of view of Jasper, the hero, and his grinding desperation and soul-deep pain is palpable.  I was almost sick with loss by the second page.  Then Jasper’s anguish, and the tortured screaming of his beloved Callie, brought me to tears.  I couldn’t stand it.  Yet I couldn’t stand to put it down.  So rarely do you have the black moment start out right from the first chapter, but it was NECESSARY.  Right from the beginning, the reader needed to take each and every agonizing step with Callie and Jasper back into the light, so that by the end of the book, you are literally cheering their multi-faceted victory, and believing that love really can conquer ANYTHING.

The HEA that awaits readers at the end of FAR FROM BROKEN will be one of the most satisfying you’ll ever read.  I'm not kidding, y'all.  EVER.  I guarantee you’ll need a couple of days to recover the way I did, but trust me—you’ll enjoy every second of it.  Romance simply doesn’t get any better than this!

Now really, how can you NOT take a look at the blurb from JK Coi’s FAR FROM BROKEN?

Soldier. Spymaster. Husband.

Colonel Jasper Carlisle was defined by his work until he met his wife. When the prima ballerina swept into his life with her affection, bright laughter and graceful movements, he knew that she was the reason for his existence, and that their love would be forever.

But their world is shattered when Callie is kidnapped and brutally tortured by the foes Jasper has been hunting. Mechanical parts have replaced her legs, her hand, her eye...and possibly her heart. Though she survived, her anger at Jasper consumes her, while Jasper's guilt drives him from the woman he loves. He longs for the chance to show her their love can withstand anything...including her new clockwork parts.

As the holiday season approaches, Jasper realizes he must fight not just for his wife's love and forgiveness...but also her life, as his enemy once again attempts to tear them apart.

27,000 words

Available at:
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So there you have it, the inside look at three amazing, talented, generous women whom I have come to know and love.  Jenny Schwartz, PG Forte and JK Coi will always be my anthology sisters, no matter how far afield we go.  We’ve become each other’s cheerleaders, crit partners and sounding boards, and I am so thankful we were all brought together for this project, known as A CLOCKWORK CHRISTMAS.

Tomorrow, be prepared for me to get a little gushy over our editor, Angela James of Carina Press.

Releases Monday, December 5th!


  1. Holy fuzzy monkey I don't know what to say to that except, thank you. I'm going to be blushing for about a week straight.

  2. Loved this anthology. My review will be going up on December 7th! Did I mention I loved this anthology?

    For those reading buy it. You've got to buy it!

  3. JK -- I can't help it! Your ability to plumb the emoitional depths with your writing is so beautiful, it snagged me from the very first word. If I don't tell everyone that you're a hot box of AWESOME, how will they know??? *HUGS*

    Landra -- Hi there! Whee, I'm so glad it's not just JK, PG, Jenny and I who are interested in steampunk romance! And I'm thrilled you liked it; heaven knows the four of us had a blast writing it. :) We'll DEFINITELY be waiting for your review with bated breath, and thank you so much for reading!

  4. Honestly; I'm more swayed by your review than the blurb.

    This is the kind of character writer I aspire to be. I'll put this on my purchasing list.