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The Cogsmith’s Daughter Book Launch Blog Tour Recap

Here’s a listing of all the posts from the blog tour. Thank you again to all of my wonderful hosts. Make sure you check out their websites if you haven’t already – they are full of great insights, wit, and of course, fantastic writing of their own!

Monday, October 12 | What the Heck is Steampunk Dystopian, Anyway?

In this post, hosted by the wonderful Kate Evans, I explain the basics of both the steampunk and dystopian genres, as well as what attracted me to a “steampunk dystopian” mash up.

Tuesday, October 13 | The Evolution of The Cogsmith’s Daughter: From First Draft to Final Product

Here, I’m hosted by Ula, and I share how I went about writing my first draft as well as some “trivia” about how the final book differs from my first draft.

Wednesday, October 14Desertera: Conception and Construction

Zach asked me how I came up with the idea for Desertera, my novel’s world, as well as how I went about building it. In this post, all is revealed!

Thursday, October 15 | How I “Became” a Writer (and Stumbled Upon the Idea for My Novel)

Charles wanted to know more about my background as a writer and how I came up with the idea for The Cogsmith’s Daughter. This one goes way back, folks.

Friday, October 16 | Author Hall of Fame Introduction

Chris the Story Reading Ape was kind enough to add me to his Author Hall of Fame. As my introduction, I talk about how my sociology background influences the purpose behind my writing.

Monday, October 19 | New Author Alert

A video interview, hosted by young adult science fiction author, Jonas Lee. Insights into my writing process, future plans, and general shenanigans.

Tuesday, October 20 | Take a Tour of Desertera

Because Helen crafted such an enchanting world in her own fiction, I wanted to take her and her readers on a tour of my world, Desertera – an old steam ship surrounded by villages.

Wednesday, October 21 | What It “Really” Takes to Write and Publish a Novel

I give Amanda the straight truth about writing a novel – both the intangible traits it takes and the hard facts and figures on stages, time, and personal cost.

Thursday, October 22 | The Religion of Desertera

Have you been wondering how the heck a steampunk world ended up in a desert wasteland? I tell all with Teri’s readers – including an excerpt from the novel.

Friday, October 23 | The Pros and Cons of Using Invented Words in Your Book Title

What exactly is a cogsmith? In this post on Kev’s Great Indie Authors, I explain – and describe the pros and cons of slapping such a word on your book cover.


Don’t forget! The blog tour Goodreads giveaway ends TODAY. Enter HERE for your chance to win one of three signed copies of The Cogsmith’s Daughter!

 

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I’m Going On Tour!

…virtually, anyway!

I’m pleased to announce that, starting Monday, October 12th, I will be going on a blog tour in support of the launch of The Cogsmith’s Daughter (Desertera #1). The tour will last until Friday, October 23rd (I’ll be taking the weekend off) and will be a series of guest posts on the blogs of some of my favorite indie authors and fellow writers. Even though all of you know the book is coming out, I highly encourage you to follow the blog tour. I’ll be revealing new information about my inspiration behind TCD, my writing process, and so much more! There may even be a giveaway involved (hint, hint)!

Below is the schedule. It is also be posted on my Events page so it isn’t lost in the blog sea.

Date Host Topic Blog URL
Mon. 10/12 Kate E. What the Heck is Steampunk Dystopian, Anyway? http://writingourselveswell.co.uk/
Tue. 10/13 Ula How I Wrote My Novel’s First Draft (and How it Differs from the Final Product) https://broccoliaddict.wordpress.com/
Wed. 10/14 Zach Desertera: Conception and Construction http://zachchop.com/
Thu. 10/15

RELEASE DAY!

Charles How I Became a Writer (and Stumbled Upon the Idea for My Novel) https://charlesfrenchonwordsreadingandwriting.wordpress.com/
Fri. 10/16 Chris Author Hall of Fame Introduction http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/
Mon. 10/19 Jonas Video Interview http://jlfiction.com
Tue. 10/20 Helen A Virtual Tour of Desertera http://journeytoambeth.com/
Wed. 10/21 Amanda What It “Really” Takes to Write and Publish a Novel https://richteramanda.wordpress.com/
Thu. 10/22 Teri Desertera’s Religion and Themes http://teripolen.com/
Fri. 10/23 Kevin The Pros and Cons of Using an Invented Word in Your Title http://kevs-domain.net/

Daughter -C2And, don’t forget – The Cogsmith’s Daughter is only available for the special pre-order price of $0.99 for one more week! Reserve your copy at any of these fine retailers:

Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon AU, etc.

Barnes & Noble

iBooks

Kobo

Smashwords

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The Cogsmith’s Daughter (Desertera #1) Cover Reveal

Pardon the cheesy banner, I am just so thrilled to reveal to you my cover for my debut novel, The Cogsmith’s Daughter (Desertera #1)!  The novel is not available for purchase yet (stay near the site for updates later this week!), but you can add it to your “to-read” shelf on Goodreads by clicking HERE.

Of course, if you want to read The Cogsmith’s Daughter before anyone else, it just may be a good idea to sign up for my author newsletter. You can get all the info HERE.

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Cover designed by Damonza.com

WHEN THE STEAM-POWERED WORLD DRIES UP…

Two-hundred years ago, the steam-powered world experienced an apocalyptic flood. When the waters dried up, the survivors settled around their steamship in a wasteland they named Desertera. Believing the flood and drought were caused by a scorned goddess, the monarchs demanded execution for anyone who commits the unforgivable sin—adultery.

ONE KING RULES WITH ABSOLUTE POWER AND UNQUENCHABLE LUST…

Today, King Archon entraps his wives in the crime of adultery, executing each boring bride to pursue his next infatuation. Most nobles overlook King Archon’s behavior, but when Lord Varick’s daughter falls victim to the king’s schemes, he vows revenge.

UNTIL THE COGSMITH’S DAUGHTER RISKS EVERYTHING FOR VENGEANCE.

When Aya Cogsmith is thirteen, King Archon has her father executed for treason. Orphaned and forced to turn to prostitution for survival, Aya dreams of avenging her father’s death. When Lord Varick approaches Aya with plans for vengeance, she agrees to play the king’s seductress—even though it puts her at risk for execution.

Packed with high-society intrigue, dappled with seduction, and driven by revenge, The Cogsmith’s Daughter is a steampunk dystopian novel with the perfect mixture of conspiracy and romance.


Thank you all for your support for my indie author journey! As I said at the top, don’t wander too far away…there is much more exciting news to come this week!