It’s been a whirlwind two weeks, but today is the last stop of the Steel Blood blog tour! If you missed any stops along the way, you can find the full roster at my Guest Blog page. For our final stop, author Weston Kindcade was kind enough to discuss his thoughts about Steel Empires Book 1: Steel Victory and host a short excerpt from Steel Blood for me.
[The Brit] raised one hand and bit a thumbnail, then flicked his thumb at the robed Qin. He didn’t get the insult, but his friend did. The man in pants threw the first punch, snapping the Brit’s head to the side. But the Brit recovered at once and tackled his aggressor. They both crashed to the street in a mess of limbs, leaving the robed Qin shouting above them.
It was like watching a train wreck, exactly the sort of political bullshit Victory had been concerned about dealing with. But she had expected pointed jibes over state dinners and cocktail parties, not brawling in the streets. This was embarrassing for everyone. She passed Mikelos her overnight bag and waded into the fray….
Head over to Kincade’s blog to see the rest and make sure to check out his fiction while you’re there. I hope you’ve enjoyed taking this journey with me!
Steel Blood is available in hardcopy and ebook formats at the following online retailers:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Raw Dog Screaming Press
Seriously, it’s the end of the tour. What are you still doing here? I have cats to snuggle and writing to get back to.
Oh, you want more?
Check back here on August 21st (or better yet, subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss anything) for a fun contest announcement! You’ll have a chance to win a hardcopy or ebook of your choice from the Steel Empires series!
Author Anna Zabo offered to host a short excerpt from Steel Blood on their blog for this stop of the blog tour!
The scene takes place near the beginning of the novel, when Victory and Mikelos have arrived in the Qin Empire’s colonial city of Jiang Yi Yue. As a vampire, Victory was prepared to wait on the ship until night fell to safely transfer to the palace and begin her mercenary contract as a bodyguard to the Qin princess. But the British delegation would have none of that, and arranged for alternative transportation.
Sound interesting? Click the link above to get the full story!
While you’re there, I highly recommend checking out Zabo’s work. I literally devoured one of their entire series in less than a week, and they are definitely one of the reasons I have to claim to be a romance fan now!
If you thought this excerpt humanized Victory, tomorrow I’m stopping by fellow RDSP author Maria Alexander‘s blog to talk about why I think monsters are people, too.
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!
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!
Happy book birthday to the third book in the Steel Empires series! Steel Blood features the continuing adventures of Victory and Mikelos, who couldn’t quite manage to stay safe at home while their kids were off having adventures in Steel Magic.
Today, the book is now officially available in hardcopy and ebook form from the following retailers:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Raw Dog Screaming Press
ABOUT THE BOOK
As her children begin lives of their own, Victory struggles with the loneliness of an empty nest. Just when the city of Limani could not seem smaller, an old friend requests that she come out of retirement for one final mercenary contract—to bodyguard his granddaughter, a princess of the Qin Empire.
For the first time in a century, the Qin and British Empires are reopening diplomatic relations. Alongside the British delegation, Victory and her daywalker Mikelos arrive in the Qin colony city of Jiang Yi Yue. As the Qin weredragons and British werewolves take careful steps toward a lasting peace between their people, a connection between the Qin princess and a British nobleman throw everyone’s plans in disarray.
Meanwhile, a third faction stalks the city under the cover of darkness.
This is not a typical romance. It’s a good thing Victory is not a typical vampire.
For stop #3 of the Steel Blood blog tour, I’m happy to feature an excerpt from the book itself. How does Victory get roped into her first mercenary contract in almost a hundred years? Read on to find out! Continue reading
Next week is the big week! To celebrate the launch of Steel Empires Book 3: Steel Blood, I’ve organized an awesome tour through the Internet with blog posts, author and character interviews, and short excerpts from the new book. Below is the official schedule, and I hope you pack a snack and join me for the ride.
- Monday, July 17: Learn about some of my very favorite things at Speculative Chic
- Tuesday, July 18: The First Annual State of the Empires Speech, er, post at Raw Dog Screaming Press
- Wednesday, July 19: Book launch day! We’re stopping off at home for a short excerpt from Steel Blood, then running back to Speculative Chic to pick up anything we forgot before everyone piled into the car.
- Thursday, July 20: Learn about the history of Limani with author A.M. Justice
- Friday, July 21: Find out who my “top 5” urban fantasy authors are with author Sara Dobie Bauer
- Saturday, July 22: How do my “strong female characters” break the mold while staying true to their urban fantasy roots? With author Rhonda Mason
- Sunday, July 23: My favorite game master interviews me about how gaming inspires my writing over at the Tower of the Archmage
- Monday, July 24: Victory gets her time to shine in an interview with fellow RDSP authors Lee Murray and Dan Rabarts
- Tuesday, July 25: Author Jennifer Brozek asked me to “Tell Me” something cool, so I did my best to oblige
- Wednesday, July 26: I dropped by author Anna Zabo‘s home on the web to share another excerpt from Steel Blood
- Thursday, July 27: I write about how my “monsters” are people too for fellow RDSP author Maria Alexander
- Friday, July 28: Author Jacob Baugher interviews this crazy author on his blog
- Saturday, July 29: I talk about how my supernatural characters differ from common tropes in the genre with author Jennifer Loring
- Sunday, July 30: And we round everything up with a final excerpt with author Weston Kincade!
Today, my books were highlighted in a monthly feature by author Cara McKinnon, where she recommends other works that her readers might enjoy. I’m incredibly honored to be in such company as Martha Wells. Cara talks a little bit about what she enjoys about my books, and provides lovely little summaries about each book in the series…including Steel Blood, which she snagged an pre-release copy of at In Your Write Mind last month.
You can find the post on her blog under Cara Recommends.
You also might see some really cool branding that will soon be appearing on this site and my various social media platforms, because in addition to being a great author, she also has excellent graphic design skills. So consider this your sneak-peak!
While you’re there, please consider checking out some of her work! Cara is the reason I had to stop claiming that I wasn’t a romance fan. The way she blends her romance with intriguing historical fantasy sucked me in and hasn’t let me go!