Tell Me: STEEL BLOOD Blog Tour Stop #9

Author and editor Jennifer Brozek (currently living the live I sometimes envision for myself) was kind enough to host me on her regular blog feature: Tell Me.

So, I told her all about how I was inspired to make up some new rules (and then break them) as I started the process of writing Steel Blood. A quick look:

Something else I’ve learned is that rules are meant to be broken. I’d love to write every day, but I manage it when my time and spoons allow. Writing is a priority, but yesterday was dedicated to hacking an IKEA media stand with my husband, because life is a priority, too. And urban fantasy is always my go-to genre, but I’ll read anything that’s well-written, whether it’s as similar as epic fantasy or as different as a cozy mystery.

In that spirit, I’d like to propose a new “author” rule—and why you should break it.

Find out the rest on Jennifer’s blog, and while you’re there, check out some of the other exciting projects she always seems to be up to her ears with!


Tomorrow, author Anna Zabo hosts another short excerpt from Steel Blood on their blog. Victory is about to encounter something she hasn’t seen in a LONG time.

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Meet Victory: STEEL BLOOD Blog Tour Stop #8

Because our books are being released a week apart, I teamed up with fellow RDSP authors Lee Murray and Dan Rabarts to do a bit of cross-promotion. This morning, I interviewed the main characters of their upcoming novel, Hounds of the Underworld, on my blog, and they were kind enough to do the same! A quick look:

Master Victory, which of your roles would you say makes you feel most alive? Mercenary, mediator, or mother?

Alive is an interesting word choice there, isn’t it? I spent the majority of my life as a mercenary, fell into the mediator role when I retired and accepted the mantle of Limani’s Master of the City, and became a mother to a child in need. Through circumstance rather than premeditated choice, but I have no regrets there. Certainly, all of those roles have moments that can elicit extreme emotion. But life isn’t just the exciting or dangerous bits. Life is what happens in between. So, I think I’d have to go with hanging out with my family, sharing some drinks and laughs, as the time when I feel most alive. My roles are part of that because they are what led me to this point in my life, to have those experiences.

For the full interview, please visit the blogs of either Lee Murray or Dan Rabarts. While you’re there, make sure to check out some of their other work to get you hyped up for Hounds of the Underworld!


Tomorrow, I’ll be participating in the author Jennifer Brozek’s “Tell Me” feature on her blog!

Writing strong female characters with Rhonda Mason: STEEL BLOOD Blog Tour Stop #6

I have kind of a love/hate relationship with the “strong female character” trope. Today, with author Rhonda Mason, I talk about the ways the main character of my series falls into this particular urban fantasy stereotype — and how I break the stereotype. A quick look:

I’ve only been participating in programming at conventions for a handful of years, but I’ve already lost track of how many times I’ve been asked to be on the “Strong Female Characters” panel. I guess the theory is that, as a female urban fantasy author who writes female protagonists, I can easily contribute to the discussion. Though not every hero of urban fantasy stories is female, it’s interesting how they’re automatically assumed to be part of that trope.

Male heroes, I guess, are supposed to be strong as a given.

Mason also writes amazing female characters, and you should absolutely check out the first two books of her space opera trilogy to meet Kayla! I’m not sure Victory and Kayla would become best friends, but they’d certainly have a hell of a lot of respect for each other.


Tomorrow, the Tower of the Archmage interviews me about how my gaming history influences my writing, and vice versa!

(Other) Excellent urban fantasy authors with Sara Dobie Bauer: STEEL BLOOD Blog Tour Stop #5

There are honestly too many awesome urban fantasy writers in the genre to name right now, but fellow author Sara Dobie Bauer asked me to write about my top 5 favorite and most influential. Instead of a sneak peak at the text, I’ll just show you a picture of a bookshelf in my living room. The entire thing is dedicated to just one of the authors on my list (though not all of the books are urban fantasy).

ML bookshelf

While you’re at her site, don’t forget to check out Sara’s excellent paranormal romance series, Bite Somebody, and maybe find a new favorite urban fantasy author of your own!


Join us tomorrow for a guest post on writing strong female characters with author Rhonda Mason!

The history of Limani with A.M. Justice: STEEL BLOOD Blog Tour Stop #4

For the next stop on the Steel Blood blog tour, I couldn’t miss a visit with my internet doppelganger, author A.M. Justice! We share a love of world-building in our fantasy novels, so she asked me to write a bit about how the city of Limani came to be. A quick look:

But while the British settlements were funded by second and third children of the werewolf nobility, and the massive Roman plantations were supported by corporations led by wealthy Roman vampire lines, the Greek colonists embodied the nature of their origins. These disparate colonists, from multiple Greek cities, maintained the ideals of equality and democracy that linked their alliance back in Europa. The major factor in their favor was that a larger proportion than expected of the original group of colonists consisted of mages from every elemental faction. These were mages schooled in the Greek magical academies held in esteem throughout Europa, looking for adventure and new beginnings.

And it was what saved Limani, in the end.

Go check out the blog post for the full story, and don’t forget to poke around the site while you’re there! A.M. writes amazing epic fantasy with just a touch of intriguing science-fiction thrown in to keep readers on their toes.


Tomorrow, I’ll share some of my favorite and most influential urban fantasy authors with author Sara Dobie Bauer!

State of the Empires at Raw Dog Screaming Press: STEEL BLOOD Blog Tour Stop #2

RDSP logoFor day 2 of the Steel Blood blog tour, I visited the Raw Dog Screaming Press blog for the first annual State of the Empires! Here’s a short excerpt:

In the past few months, since the official announcement of Steel Blood, people keep congratulating me on finishing my book trilogy. While many fantasy series do typically come in the three-story arc, I’ve got good news for you, kids.

The Steel Empires series is far from over.

Check out the post to learn more about what writing a regularly published series involves, and get some clues about what’s coming up next. Meanwhile, don’t forget that this is the last day to pre-order your copy of Steel Blood. It comes out tomorrow! (I have already informed my husband that he is treating me to celebratory sushi.)


Just us tomorrow, here at my own blog, for a short excerpt from the beginning of the book!

My Favorite Things at Speculative Chic: STEEL BLOOD Blog Tour Stop #1

SC_Large_BannerOn stop #1 of the Steel Blood blog tour, head over to my second home on the internet, Speculative Chic, to learn about some of my very favorite things.

Here’s a sneak peak:

Traditional space ships are cool and all, but there’s just something more magical and special about a strange blue box. Though I am equally enamored with the Stargate’s mode of travel (and occasional time travel), it’s the TARDIS that I have taken to collecting with a passion. Whether it’s artwork, jewelry, t-shirts, or random extraneous items (yes, I do have a TARDIS mini fridge), it’s the nerdiest thing that has taken over my house.

Besides the TARDIS, what else do I consider my favorite things? Stop by to find out!


Join us tomorrow at the Raw Dog Screaming Press blog for the First Annual State of the Empires!