Everything is edible except the rail, mast and smoke stacks. The smoke stacks were made from PVC and were later filled with dry ice so they smoked.
Really, I’m happy with chocolate cupcakes, but this is too cool for words. James Cameron, eat your heart out.
The Titanic had left Southampton, touched at Queensland, and was steaming across the North Atlantic. Reports of ice were coming in, the air temperatures were dropping toward the freezing mark, driving the passengers indoors, though down in the bowels of the ship the black gang toiled in the inferno of the coal holds and furnace rooms.
The Titanic, the Pride of Belfast, was on her maiden voyage. We know how the ship’s story ends, but what of the men who built her and made her run? Donal’s Jimmy left on the ship, intending to get a look at America.
The best jobs in 1911 Belfast are in the shipyards, but Donal Gallagher’s pay packet at Harland and Wolff doesn’t stretch far enough. He needs someone to share his rented room; fellow ship-builder Jimmy Healy’s bright smile and need for lodgings inspire Donal to offer. But how will he sleep, lying scant feet away from Jimmy? It seems Jimmy’s a restless sleeper, too, lying so near to Donal…
In a political climate turned volatile, Jimmy fears he’ll have to choose sides. He’d do anything to keep his Donal safe, even emigrating. Will shoveling coal on the ship nicknamed The Pride of Belfast make a new beginning for them, or the end?
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Happy ending, I promise. One reason for the 5 star review at Speak Its Name.
One of the lovelier problems one can have is too many good choices. I’m fighting exactly that. Trying to pick the cover for Donal agus Jimmy is wearing out my decider, so I’m putting my choices where I can see them side by side in full size and in thumbnail, because I can’t keep dithering. Both are by Jared Rackler, who does his best to translate my handwavings into art.
And here’s what they look like in thumbnail.
For those of you thinking “Haven’t I seen this before?” the answer is “possibly.” But did you read it? You’ll get another chance. Republication date TBA when I decide on a cover!
Titanic leaves the dry-dock at Harland and Wolff’s Belfast yard, after about five weeks in there, and returns to the fitting-out wharf.
Donal Gallagher is a busy man. The ship is due for sea trials in April and the ship isn’t complete.
Maroon: Donal agus Jimmy
The best jobs in 1911 Belfast are in the shipyards, but Donal Gallagher’s pay packet at Harland and Wolff doesn’t stretch far enough. He needs to find someone to share his rented room; fellow ship-builder Jimmy Healy’s bright smile and need for lodgings inspire Donal to offer. But how will he sleep, lying scant feet away from Jimmy? It seems Jimmy’s a restless sleeper, too, lying so near to Donal…
In a volatile political climate, building marine boilers and armed insurrection are strangely connected. Jimmy faces an uneasy choice: flee to America or risk turning gunrunner for Home Rule activists. He thinks he’s found the perfect answer to keep himself and his Donal safe, but shoveling coal on a luxury liner is an invitation to fate.