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!
As expected, someone left a toothbrush behind before we started the road trip (we’ll blame the gray cat currently purring in my lap, trying to look innocent). So, we had to swing back around to Speculative Chic for a book spotlight and short interview.
Thanks so much to everyone who spread the word on social media today, sharing links and even pictures of the books they’re preordered. I’d like to add a special thanks Breeanna Pierce and Jamaila Brinkley for also taking the time to spotlight Steel Blood on their blogs today. Writer friends are the best!
And finally, I wrapped up an awesome book birthday with a sushi dinner with my amazing husband, who dressed for the occasion. There’s even a nod to my favorite sushi restaurant in the book!
(Not shown: Copious amounts of hot tea and delicious green tea ice cream.)
Join me tomorrow for the next stop on the blog tour as we learn about the history of Limani at the blog of author A.M. Justice!
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!
There are four of us in a group of some of my best friends, and we’re all fans of the show Supernatural (though some of us are more caught up than others, ahem). Along the way, we even acquired nicknames from the main characters, and it should surprise none of you that I’m Sam. So when I stumbled across copies of media tie-in novels, written by one of my favorite media tie-in authors, I had to snag a few.
Nevermore is the first, which I probably would have started with anyway, as a Baltimore resident and general Poe fan. But this book takes place in New York City! Either way, I was along for the ride, because it was hilarious to see Sam and Dean (and the Impala) out of their element in the big city. Continue reading
This series is a prime example for one of the major rules that applies to book buying: Don’t judge a book based on its cover (or publisher).
If you’re already a fan of Ilona Andrews’ other books, there’s absolutely no reason that you won’t also enjoy this series. The romance is there to support and enhance the conflict between the two heroes, and everything is set against a backdrop of amazing urban fantasy world-building. Continue reading
Once again, Ilona Andrews delivers a fast-paced novel with unique characters and plenty of drama and humor. I’m a sucker for a wedding, and we’re quickly approaching Kate and Curran’s (finally!). But Kate’s evil overlord father has set up shop right outside Atlanta, and Kate has bigger things to worry about than dress fittings and cake flavors (but people keep thrusting these things at her, which is hysterical). Continue reading
Sometimes, you find a published story that incorporates major elements of an idea you had once upon a time and you’re disappointed, because now it’s already “taken.” But other times, you stumble across a story that’s very similar to a vague idea you had back in high school and you’re thrilled, because someone has already put all the work into your half-baked idea and you can just sit back and enjoy the fruits of their labors. Genrenauts is definitely the latter for me, and I had a blast reading this collection of novellas. Continue reading
I’m starting to work on the final details for the celebration of Steel Empires Book 3 on July 19, so this is your last chance to be part of the party! Thank you very much to everyone who has signed up so far. I will start pulling together the final schedule and contacting everyone within the next day or so.
I am still looking for volunteers willing to host:
- Book spotlight
- Guest blog (topic to be mutually determined)
- Interview (your questions or mine)
Sign up here for the Steel Blood blog tour!
NOTE: I will only use your contact information for this blog tour, and I will not share it with any outside entities, such as my publisher.