Blog Tour for Tin Swift by Devon Monk w/ Giveaway!

Today we have an amazing post up as part of the Tin Swift Tour.  Tin Swift is the second book in The Age of Steam series by Devon Monk. I really enjoyed Dead Iron and can’t wait to read more! I am so privileged as to be the very first stop on this epic tour.  You know why it’s epic? Because we get a first hand look at this short story.  Here, I’ll let Devon explain:

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 (that’s here!) and follow the “read the next chapter” links at the end of the post.

Sounds awesome right?  Well here goes!

HANG FIRE – Chapter 1

    They were being followed. Cedar Hunt thumbed the gear at the edge of his goggles, flipping a darker lens into place. He scanned the high, rocky hills, looking for a glint of sun off a gun barrel, listening for the shift of horse and leather against the scrub here on the eastern curve of the Oregon territory.
    His curse would do him no good today. The beast the Pawnee had planted in his bones only came out at the full moon, and was no more than an unsettled anger now.
    Still, it might be a fair bit easier to hear if an ambush were imminent if the Madder brother’s wagon wasn’t making enough noise for an entire troupe of tinkers. At least the brothers weren’t drunk and singing. Yet.
    “Trouble, Mr. Hunt?” Alun, the eldest Madder called out over the clatter of oddments stashed inside the big wagon pulled by their two draft horses.
    “Not that I see,” he answered.
    All three of the brothers were miners. Short, bearded, bull-shouldered and tougher than the mountains they blasted their way through. They were rich too, from all the silver they dug out of Hallelujah, though a man wouldn’t know it from the state of their clothing or belongings.
    But only a fool would mistake them for anything other than clever. They had an eye for the Strange, a knack for measuring a man’s soul, and a way with the wild sciences that had gotten Cedar out of–and into–too many tight spots.
    He’d made them a promise to find a very dangerous weapon. Of course, he’d made a lot of promises lately.
    “Mr. Hunt?” a softer voice called out.
    Mae Lindson, the beautiful, sad-eyed widow urged the mule she was riding up ahead of the Madder’s wagon so she could better talk to him. He’d promised to take her to the coven of her witch sisters, off Kansas way. He hoped to do so before she lost her mind to the madness the sisters had set upon her.
    At the sight of her, his heart hammered hard and reckless. She was a need he’d found no fix for, a thirst he couldn’t quench. And his desire had only grown stronger all their days on the trail.
    “Mrs. Lindson,” he said as she stopped just short of a comfortable distance. “Where’s Rose?”
    Rose Small, the young woman who rode with them looking for adventure in the big cities beyond the small town of Hallelujah was often at Mae’s side. Even horseback, Rose tended to occupy herself with a bit of metal, cog and spring, making whimsical curiosities of metal. She had a deviser’s quick fingers and quicker mind.
    “I don’t know,” Mae said, her eyes gone cloudy with concern. “Rose disappeared.”

…read chapter 2 at: Fiction Vixen

 Dead Iron (The Age of Steam #1) by Devon Monk

 Welcome to a new America that is built on blood, sweat, and gears…

In steam age America, men, monsters, machines, and magic battle for the same scrap of earth and sky. In this chaos, bounty hunter Cedar Hunt rides, cursed by lycanthropy and carrying the guilt of his brother’s death. Then he’s offered hope that his brother may yet survive. All he has to do is find the Holder: a powerful device created by mad devisers-and now in the hands of an ancient Strange who was banished to walk this Earth.

In a land shaped by magic, steam, and iron, where the only things a man can count on are his guns, gears, and grit, Cedar will have to depend on all three if he’s going to save his brother and reclaim his soul once and for all…

Tin Swift (The Age of Steam #2) by Devon Monk

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…

The publisher and Devon Monk are generously giving away:
1. A magnet of the cover of TIN SWIFT
2. A hand-made by Devon Monk (and her husband) one-of a kind, signed bookmark.
3. A copy of TIN SWIFT
One winner
Must be 16 or older to enter.
Open to US only. 
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  1. I’m very excited about Tin Swift, because I really enjoyed Dead Iron and am very interested in where our characters are now.

    I really love the idea of this short story spread out among the blogs too. Nice way to tease us!!

    Thanks for all the good books Devon and thanks for the blog tour too!

  2. What a fun idea! And how convenient that you have chapter 1 Candace so I can start right from the beginning and follow the whole thing:) I haven’t read either of these books, but I am a huge steampunk fan, so I think they’ll be right up my alley! Thanks so much for the giveaway and for sharing the first chapter!

  3. April, yeah, I thought it was a fabulous idea too! And I’m eager to read through them all to get the whole short story!

    Lauren, it is a fascinating world! Its a bit on the spooky side, I couldn’t read DEAD IRON at night, but its very creative and I love the setting being the Wild West.

    Jenny, I think you might like them! They are more plot driven but I’m hoping that as it goes on we’ll get more into the minds of the characters. I hope you try them!

  4. Dead Iron is one of the books that I hope to get to in the next few weeks. I’ve been itching to read this but I have so many review books to get through…..

  5. I loved Dead Iron, and am seriously looking forward to reading Tin Swift and reviewing it on my book blog, Butterfly Books. I’ve read all of Devon Monk’s Allie B series, and have adored every one of them, so now I have a new series to obsess about, and as a bibliophile of 47 years, I can honestly say it is a welcome book lust!

  6. I read the first few sentences and decided this is a must because I love gadgets, danger and Oregon! Sounds super exciting. Oh my gosh that book mark is gorgeous! I definitely want to read this!

  7. I really enjoyed Dead Iron, I thought it was a fantastic story and I can’t wait to read Tin Swift. I’m glad it’s time for it to be released so I can find out what happens next for Cedar and friends.

  8. Just popping in to say thank you to you all for stopping by for the first day of the blog tour! (Also…thank you, Candace for having me!)

    The steampunk are a different tone than the Allie Beckstrom books. DEAD IRON is pretty dark, and while TIN SWIFT does have its dark moments, I feel it leans a little more toward action adventure with a bit of a romantic subplot…or two. 😉

    P.S. apologies if this comment posts twice. My computer is an evil thing….

  9. Devon,
    Thanks for stopping by! And of course, I’m so happy to have you on!

    And everyone else, Devon is right- it’s VERY different from her other books. And I agree that DEAD IRON is pretty dark. But it’s pretty fantastic and TIN SWIFT being action adventure has me all sorts of excited! I can’t wait to read it!

  10. I’m nearly finished with Dead Iron and I’ve loved every bit of it. I’m very excited about Tin Swift and the short…so very cool! I absolutely LOVE the bookmarks! DEVON, you are beyond crafty, woman. Congrats on the tour. I’ll definitely be following along. Candace, your blog is great!

    ~Shelley @Tsk Tsk What to Read

  11. I loved Dead Iron and pre-ordred Tin Swift as soon as it went up on the Amazon page, I can’t wait to read more. Super cool idea with the chapters from Hang Fire being put on the blogs. Very, very cool giveaway too!

  12. I am really excited about this, I loved the first book and I’ve eagerly awaited the sequel. Being able to read Hang Fire during this promotion is just icing on the cake!

  13. I’m just discovering the steampunk genre, and I love what I’ve read so far. I’d really like a chance to read some more, and these sound great.

  14. I have these in my wish list, I can’t wait to read them! They sound amazing and the covers are awesome!! I love the steampunk attitude, but I haven’t read much of the genre, so this will be a new adventure for me!!

  15. I have not had a chance to read the first book, but seeing the blog posts of the second book all over the place I stopped to read what the first one was about, and I have to say I’m highly impressed.

    Thank You for the giveaway

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