Arbrook Huxley, an important luncheon at the Ladies’ Club, and an unfortunate mix-up with a magician’s hat… what could possibly go wrong?
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The Electrical Menagerie, one-of-a-kind robotic roadshow, is bankrupt.
Illusionist and engineer Sylvester Carthage has the eccentric imagination the Menagerie needs to succeed creatively — but none of the people skills. Fast-talking foreigner Arbrook Huxley, young and newly estranged from a lavish upbringing, has all the savvy the Menagerie needs to succeed commercially — but none of the scruples.
In a stardust-and-spark-powered empire of floating islands and flying trains, a shot at stardom means weathering society etiquette, double-dealing journalists, and collaborative conflict. To save their show, these mismatched producers must risk everything in a royal talent competition, vying for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform for the Future Celestial Queen.
But with suspicion that real conspiracy may lurk beneath contest controversy, there’s more at stake than just the future of the company. Behind the glittery haze of flashpaper and mirrors, every competitor has something to hide — and it’s the secrets Carthage and Huxley keep from each other that may cost them more than their company.
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Jack doesn’t exactly hate Christmas. It’s just that the holidays are a minefield of memories and mixed feelings, and he’s better off working late than celebrating.
Then, on Christmas Eve, Jack experiences a freak accident — the catalyst for a mysterious journey that sends him thirty years into his own past. As his history unwraps itself, Jack is propelled through his most pivotal Christmas Eves — reliving lost love, family dysfunction and personal secrets, this time as a bystander in his own life.
At this holiday crossroads, Jack’s past is repeating and his future is in jeopardy, forcing him to finally confront the many past versions of himself — and maybe even the meaning of Christmas.