The wonderful Devon Monk is here today as part of her blog tour for her brand new book, Tin Swift, book 2 in the Age of Steam Series!
This is a really fun tour and by following all of the tour stops, you’ll get to read an original short story by Devon, in 20 parts! There are also prizes, so be sure to check out the giveaway details below the post!
Here’s the skinny:
HANG FIRE is a steampunk short story set in late 1800′s America. It takes place between the Age of Steam book #1, DEAD IRON and book #2 TIN SWIFT. The story is broken into 20 “chapters” and posted, one chapter at a time, on 20 awesome blogs. To read the whole story, start at chapter 1 at Candace’s Book Blog and follow the “read the next chapter” links at the end of the post.
Also, Devon was kind enough to answer a few questions for me, so please check that out as well!
HANG FIRE – Chapter 12
by Devon Monk
“Rose,” Cedar ordered, “make sure Wil’s breathing.”
“He is, Mr. Hunt,” Rose said. “But…” she moved away from the mouth of the pit so that all Cedar could see were branches and the sky beyond.
“Rose!” he called up again.
“Sorry,” she said, leaning back over the pit. “His leg is hurt. He won’t stand on it.”
“What hit him?” Cedar asked.
“That old rusted bucket of bolts I was chasing,” she said. “Had some kind of safety on it. When I saw you and Mrs. Lindson take a tumble down into this pit, I hit the thing with a stick and knocked a valve free. Whole thing went up with an almighty pop. Not much left of it to salvage, though there might still be some use out of its little boiler. It’s a clever thing, really, though I don’t know what it was doing all the way out here in the nowhere of Oregon.”
“Rose,” Cedar said, both happy to hear her in good spirits, and wishing she’d get back to the matters at hand. “We’re standing at the bottom of a pit.”
“Oh. Right. Sorry, Mr. Hunt. You see anyway up out of it?” she asked.
“No tunnel to either side,”
“Are you sure?” Mae Lindson, beside him, asked. She couldn’t see through the darkness of the pit.
He could. The Pawnee curse in his blood had some uses.
“I’m sure,” he said to her. Then to Rose, “I want you to go back to the Madders and get a rope. Our horses are tethered just due west, outside this stand of trees.”
“There’s rope on my mule,” Mae said. Then, louder, “Rose, there’s a rope on Prudence. Should be long enough to reach us.”
“I’ll be right back, then,” Rose said. “Hold tight.”
Cedar was going to tell her to be careful, but there was no need. Other than getting a bug in her bonnet to chase after the metal contraption, Rose was one of the most level-headed people he knew.
“Don’t worry,” Mae said. “If Wil hurt his leg, I have comfrey and other herbs that should help ease the pain.”
“Thank you,” Cedar said. He held some hope that Mae’s healing spells might have more than a good chance to mend Wil’s leg.
He wanted to pace, the beast inside him anxious and angry at being trapped, but instead he searched for his rifle. Found it on the ground not too far from where they’d fallen.
“Mae,” he said, wondering if this might be his best chance of telling her his feelings for her. His real feelings, “I need to tell you something.”
“Yes, Mr. Hunt?” she said. “What is it?”
…read chapter 13 at: Magical Urban Fantasy
Q&A with Devon Monk
Devon, you’ve been super busy with your Allie Beckstrom series, and the 2nd book in the Age of Steam series, Tin Swift, just came out! Why do you think Steampunk has gathered so much, well, steam, lately?
This question probably has as many answers as there are lovers of steampunk. For me, I think there’s a kind of magic and wonder unique to steampunk. It’s a sense of being able to pick up pieces of the past, brush them off a bit, and buckle them together with the knowledge of the now into something we’ve not seen before. It’s a hands-on, come-one come-all playground that shows us what could have been, and sometimes what still may be, while inviting us in for a grand experience we’ll never forget.
Has it been tough getting into the swing of writing a new series?
Not at all! I love writing. Every book is an adventure and puzzle waiting to be explored. A new series just means there’s more adventuring ahead!
Do you already have plans as to how many books you’d like to write in the Age of Steam series, or will you just see where it takes you?
At this point, I’m going to see where it takes me.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us about upcoming projects or events (or anything at all!!)?
I do have a few projects coming up, but can’t spill the beans on all that yet. Trust me…lots of fun stuff is just around the corner!
About Tin Swift:
In steam age America, men, monsters, machines and magic battle to claim the same scrap of earth and sky. In this chaos, one man fights to hold on to his humanity—and his honor. . .
Life on the frontier is full of deceit and danger, but bounty hunter Cedar Hunt is a man whose word is his bond. Cursed with becoming a beast every full moon, Cedar once believed his destiny was to be alone. But now, Cedar finds himself saddled with a group of refugees, including the brother he once thought lost.
Keeping his companions alive is proving to be no easy task, in part because of the promise he made to the unpredictable Madder brothers—three miners who know the secret mechanisms of the Strange. To fulfill his pledge, Cedar must hunt a powerful weapon known as the Holder—a search that takes him deep into the savage underbelly of the young country and high into the killing glim-field skies defended by desperate men and deadly ships.
But the battles he faces are just a glimmer of a growing war stirring the country. To keep his word Cedar must navigate betrayal, lies, and treacherous alliances, risking everything to save the lives of those he has come to hold dear…
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