Blog Tour, Interview, and Giveaway: Tin Swift by Devon Monk!

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!

Thanks so much for having me here today!
Keep up with Devon: Website | Twitter

1. You MUST fill out the form below (lots of chances for extra entries!)
2. Giveaway is for 1 copy of Tin Swift by Devon Monk, Tin Swift magnet, and signed steampunk airship bookmark to 1 winner.
3. Giveaway is open to US addresses only.
4. Must include a valid email address with your entry (no need to leave it in the comments, just include it when you fill out the rafflecopter form)
5. You must enter on or before 7/14/12
6. Giveaway books courtesy of Roc
7. Please see my Giveaway Policy.

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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…


  1. I love this blog tour and the serial story – so awesome!

  2. Hi Devon, Love the trench coat, and I hope there are lots more books in the Age of Steam series. Good luck on all your future projects too.

  3. Rain Maiden Jen

    I love a good steampunk story. I’ll be checking out this series. Thanks for stopping by and the awesome giveaway.

  4. Love the steampunk genre, will need to add this to my list 🙂

  5. I need to go find Tin Swift. Can’t wait to read it.

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  8. I haven’t gotten around to reading your Age of Steam series, but will rectify that soon.

  9. I would absolutely love to read Tin Swift! It looks like so much fun! Thanks for the giveaway .. and the bookmark is absolutely beautiful! 😀

  10. This has been such a great blog tour, I love the story! Those book marks are too cool.

  11. Barbara Elness

    I really enjoyed Dead Iron and I’ve been eagerly waiting for Tin Swift to find out what happens next with Cedar and friends. I’m enjoying Hang Fire and the new character of Captain Hink as well.

  12. I can never figure out the URL for the new-style Retweets. Ah, well. Devon, I can’t wait to read this. 🙂 (And I’m still hoping to win a bookmark!)

  13. Thank you Devon. I’m also glad to hear you’ve got some more fun stuff coming!

  14. Can’t wait to check out Devon’s new steampunk series!

  15. I’m looking forward to reading Tin Swift

  16. I enjoyed the excerpt. The book sounds good.

  17. Thank you for the sneak peak into this new (to me) series and the great giveaway opportunity. I love Allie Beckstrom and really enjoy Devon’s writing style and am looking forward to finding a new world 🙂

  18. Hi Devon,
    I own a copy of Dead Iron (got it from the publisher) and I’ve read the 2nd book out of my local library. I’d love to own this one and add it to my home library. The excerpt is only wetting my appetite for the story.

  19. This is a good story so I hope there are several more books in the Age of Steam series.

  20. Love You!

  21. Victoria Zumbrum

    I would love to read this book. It sounds very good.

  22. This book looks very “steamy.” tee hee

  23. Rachel at theJeepDiva

    I haven’t read very many steampunk stories but I love their covers. I would like to start reading some.

  24. I’m having so much fun on this blog tour. I love the novella mini chapters. Thanks for the tour and giveaway.

  25. Congrats on the newest release! Thanks so much for such a great post and giveaway! I’ve really started to fall in love w/ steampunk and this series sounds fantastic!

  26. Congrats on the release! Looking forward to reading it soon.

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  28. Congrats on the release! The Novella has been so much fun and gives everyone a taste of the series and your writing voice. Such a grand idea ~ thank you 🙂

  29. I’m looking forward to getting to read Tin Swift!

  30. I’m looking forward to reading more of Devon’s books. 🙂 Dead Iron is one of my happy place books.

  31. Very excited about this giveaway! I am in love with that bookmark.

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  33. Very cool review. I have to put this on my to-read list.

  34. It looks like a book I would really enjoy.

  35. Jason Buchanan

    Looking forward to reading the new book. I still have a couple Allie Beckstrom books to catch up on, first, though 😉

  36. I’m really digging Steampunk books this year-would love to read this!

  37. Looking forward to reading the rest of Hang Fire, and reading Tin Swift when I am able to get a copy.
    Thanks for the great writing Devon!

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  39. Tracy Erickson

    I really loved Dead Iron and am looking forward to Tin Swift!

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  41. Cedar is a really interesting name. I’m usually skeptical of non-ordinary names, but I think that one totally works. 🙂

  42. Love the blog tour!—Hoping to win!

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  46. Can’t wait for the next installment!

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  48. Loving the serial story and can’t wait for the book.

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