STEEL VICTORY featured on Heidi Ruby Miller’s blog

The lovely Heidi Ruby Miller, a fellow Dog Star Books author, featured STEEL VICTORY on her blog today! You can see the post here, but while you’re over there, check out her awesome science fiction/romance series, AMBASADORA. Heidi has been a huge inspiration to me as both a writer and a person, so I’m very honored that she took the time to do this.

Later this month, she will also be featuring STEEL VICTORY as part of the “Cast Your Characters” portion of her blog. I had a ton of fun picking out pictures, and I can’t wait for you all to see them.

In Which I Introduce Myself Further

Now that you’ve had some time to poke around the place, let me give you the official tour of my new home on the Web. Let’s start with the Bio tab. That’s where you’ll find my official head shot, courtesy of Brian Roache Photography, my official short “about the author,” and the incredibly necessary picture of my cats (because isn’t that really what the Internet is all about?). But that’s not all to the story.

Once upon a time, I was totally going to be an astronaut. I was a very lucky kid growing up, and I went to not one, not two, but all three levels of Space Camp in both Florida and Alabama. This was heavily influenced by all the Star Trek I was watching with my grandmother and the science fiction novels I was just starting to get into.

But then I started writing. And while I was good at math and decent at the hard sciences, I never had a passion for them. As a military brat growing up, I already knew I was never joining the Air Force, and my poor eyesight precluded me from becoming a pilot anyway. So instead of wanting to visit near-earth orbit, I set my goals higher: other worlds, other galaxies, and alternate universes.

(The other version of this story is when I spontaneously invented fanfiction at age 11, then discovered that lots of other people were way ahead of me when I finally got online at age 12. I definitely got out all my early writing kinks creating crazy mash-ups of different universes and exploring how the characters would interact with each other. This definitely influenced my alternate history obsession.)

The other thing you might have gotten a small taste of from my bio is that I’m a total geek. I watch way too much Netflix, though I excuse most of it by the fact that I watch on my phone while I speedwalk on the treadmill at the gym. I also thoroughly enjoy video games, though I don’t have nearly enough time to play them as much as I once did. (Let’s not go into the “Lost Years” aka my World of Warcraft addiction.) These days, I occasionally lose a few days to Dragon Age, or I’m co-oping with my husband in Civilization, Sim City, or Diablo III. He’s also reliving his childhood by watching me play the remastered Grim Fandango.

And finally, at the bottom of the page, is the requisite picture of the other loves of my life. I am a big fan of #adoptnotshop, and my three were rescued from a woman who accidentally ended up with three litters of purebred Siamese kittens (it’s a long story involving an irresponsible pet owner and a dog who thought it was hilarious to allow the male Siamese she was pet-sitting out of the guest room). Lucy, the darker seal point, and Nicki, the chocolate point, are from the same litter. Alex, the blue point, shares the same dad and is 2 weeks younger. That will probably not be the last picture of them to end up on this blog. For a regular helping, follow me on Instagram @hannaedits.

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Some final stats:

Places I have lived: Ohio, Texas, the Philippines, Hawaii, New Jersey, Washington, and Maryland.

Colleges: St. Mary’s College of Maryland (BA in English) and Seton Hill University (MA in Writing Popular Fiction)

Favorite TV shows: Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, Doctor Who, Supernatural

Favorite movies: Currently almost everything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (I watched Age of Ultron twice on opening day)

Favorite authors and books: That is a post in and of itself, so check back here later.

Favorite foods: Sushi and pizza (not at the same time).

Anything else you want to know? Feel free to ask in the comments! We’ll explore the next header tab (Books) later in the week.

Welcome!

This is a first post. There’s really not much to say here except for the obligatory: STEEL VICTORY comes out in less than a month, WHOOOOOOO! (June 25, to be exact.)

Isn’t she pretty?

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One hundred years ago, the vampire Victory retired from a centuries-long mercenary career. She settled in Limani, the independent city-state acting as a neutral zone between the British and Roman colonies on the New Continent.

Twenty years ago, Victory adopted a human baby girl, who soon showed signs of magical ability.

Today, Victory is a city councilwoman, balancing the human and supernatural populations within Limani. Her daughter Toria is a warrior-mage, balancing life as an apprentice mercenary with college chemistry courses.

Tomorrow, the Roman Empire invades.

What they’re saying about STEEL VICTORY:

“A deviously raucous romp through a modern world filled with were-creatures, mercenaries, and Victory—a fanged kickass heroine who must squelch her adopted city’s political divisiveness before the Roman Empire can break down the proverbial gates and tear her world apart.”—Diana Dru Botsford, author Four Dragons and The Drift

“Strong characters rule in this unique debut. Magic, murder, and mayhem wrapped up in one package—definitely my type of book!”—Maria V. Snyder, The Chronicles of Ixia series

Go here to pre-order the book directly from the publisher, Dog Star Books (the science fiction/adventure imprint of Raw Dog Screaming Press).