The Strange Island of… (STEEL & BONE Blog Tour)

Mere days from its official release on Saturday, the blog tour for Xchyler Publishing’s “Steel & Bone: Nine Steampunk Adventures is already underway!

Steel and Bone, cover and blurb

Behind every story in this collection was the prompt/theme/inspiration, “The Strange Island of…” That, combined with a story I’d been carrying around inside me for years but just couldn’t figure out how to get down on paper, resulted in my first-ever steampunk fairytale, “A Mind Prone to Wander”.

We’ll get to go into more detail about my story on Friday, when one of the main cast sits down for a Will Scarlet’s Kiss & Tell character interview. (Stay tuned.) But for now, pull out your dapper fob watches, because it’s time for my 5-Second Impressions! …or however many clockwork ticks it takes to read five words – no more, no less – on the other eight stories in the anthology.

Steel and Bone, my review

The Clockwork Seer” by Katherine Cowley =

An inventive, senses-bending vignette.

Sindisiwe” by Scott E. Tarbet =

Cinderella retelling? I’m for that!

Stand and Deliver” by TC Phillips =

Loved the humor. Particularly Mathew’s.

Island Walker” by C. R. Simper =

Engaging characters, and ooh, shipwrecks!

Curio Cay” by Sarah E. Seeley =

Dinosaurs least monstrous island inhabitants!

The Mysterious Island of Chester Morrison” by Kin Law =

Lol, MC is AU me.

Revolutionary” by John M. Olson =

Shady stuff, Captain! Run now!

The Steel Inside” by Gail B. Williams =

Secrets. Suspense. A top story.

How ‘bout that lineup, guys? ^o^
How ‘bout that lineup, guys? ^o^

Steel and Bone, available on Amazon

If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to get in your pre-order of the “Steel & Bone” Kindle e-book today, and/or spring for the paperback on Saturday (Book Bomb day!), that these stories may be yours to read and treasure. And that could be the least of the goodies you get if you enter the tour-wide “Steel & Bone” Rafflecopter giveaway!

Steel and Bone, prizes

We’re talking free e-books (including my soon-to-launch addition to the Wilderhark Tales, “The Sky-Child and Other Stories”!), t-shirts, keychains… swag for days, people. For days. So come one, come all, come win stuff. I hope to see you around on the tour, at the Book Bomb, and/or below in the comments.

Which strange steampunk island of steel and bone are you most excited to explore?

An Anthology of Mythic Proportions

Early review time!

Legends and LoreThe Book: “Legends and Lore: An Anthology of Mythic Proportions”, edited by Penny Freeman.

Genre: Paranormal short story collection.

Blurb: Delve into myth and legend, where the Fates force post-modern man into a world of the unknown—a world long since dismissed as ignorant superstition.

“The Brother-Sister Fable” by Alyson Grauer: A young boy disappears into a realm where only his sister can follow.

“Faelad” by Sarah Hunter Hyatt: Claire Whitaker didn’t even know she was Irish, let alone The Morrigan, the goddess of war.

“By Skyfall” by Emma Michaels: A mer-couple from Atlantis find themselves in the middle of a human murder investigation.

“Charon’s Obol” by. R. M. Ridley: Jonathan Alvey didn’t believe in gods, until he helps a lost child find her all-powerful parents.

“Peradventure” by Sarah E. Seeley: A jinni must choose between the woman he loves and destroying the city that persecuted her.

“Natural Order” by Lance Schonberg: When Carlos Vasquez is kidnapped, he discovers powers within himself to change the world.

“Two Spoons” by Danielle E. Shipley: A little girl’s soul meets its match in the family diner’s most mysterious patron.

“Grail Days” by A. F. Stewart: Living forever has its drawbacks, especially when you spend it clearing away the messes of other immortals.

“Downward Mobility” by M. K. Wiseman: They say love conquers all, but can it save a Valkyrie when she breaks all the rules?

Bonus: The trailer!

Legends and Lore trailer
One of my favorite stills from aforementioned trailer. ^.^

My Thoughts: I’m pleased to say this is one of the best anthologies I’ve read in a while. I thought I’d found a favorite in the opening piece, “The Brother-Sister Fable” enchantingly told by Alyson Grauer. Then I got to A.F. Stewart’s “Grail Days”, a witty take on Arthurian legend, and wondered whether the book could contain anything further up my alley. But it was the poignant romance of “Peradventure” by Sarah E. Seeley that kept me up reading ‘til the wee hours and haunted me well into the next day. (Ye gads, the feels!) Also in the lineup are tales to entice fans of mythology – Greek, Norse, and Celtic – and fae creatures of earth and water. Not to mention the collection’s flavorful finale, “Two Spoons” by— oh, Danielle E. Shipley. Hello.

HSYRT? (Hey, Should You Read This?): Yes. Yes, you should. Come the book’s release day on Wednesday, October 22, go forth! Find your favorite story(ies) in the bunch! And feel free to read out of order, if you want to get to my last-but-never-least contribution sooner than later. ;D In the meantime, you can add the book on Goodreads!

Also on the 22nd, Xchyler Pub and the “Legends and Lore” anthology authors are throwing a virtual release party on Facebook! If you can make time anywhere between 4pm – 8pm PDT (that’s 6pm – 10pm Central/Deshipley time), we’d love for you to drop in for fun, games, and prizes. Hope to see you there!