Bronze Medal, Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards

We were thrilled to learn that Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards has bestowed a Bronze Medal on “Toru: Wayfarer Returns” in the Fiction (Adult) category. Thank you, Billy Bob Buttons and your hardworking reading groups in the U.K. and Sweden! This award means a lot to me because “civilian” volunteer readers under Mr. Buttons’ leadership read… Read more »

Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Finalist! Multicultural (Adult Fiction) Category

Drumroll, please…we are proud to announce Toru: Wayfarer Returns has been named a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Finalist, in the Multicultural (Adult Fiction) category. And there’s a nice five star review from Foreword/Clarion from last fall too! Winners will be announced during the 2017 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago on June 24, 2017…. Read more »

The US Review of Books Awards a Recommended Review, 5 Stars

We have to admit we love this review and cannot be all cool and pretend we do not. Here’s the link to The US Review of Books site, and to reviewer John E. Roper’s five star rating on Goodreads!  The full text is provided below for your reading enjoyment. Savor our favorite bits, like “Impressive debut,”… Read more »

Blog Tour Whistle Stop: BooksChatter

Thank you, BooksChatter, for hosting our guest post today, on, well, why you should rush out immediately and read “Toru: Wayfarer Returns” even if Japan is not your thing! Or dirigibles. Because if universal human stories are your thing, then you should read “Toru.” In our most humble opinion. Here’s the post if you are… Read more »

Blog Tour Whistle Stop: The Avid Reader

We’re grateful to The Avid Reader for hosting this Author Interview and Excerpt from “Toru: Wayfarer Returns” where we discuss why Toru is such a stiff and Jiro is so much fun. Check out the post on The Avid Reader here, or read it below! Excerpt: “Rather than argue with them, you should invite them to make… Read more »

Blog Tour Whistle Stop: Fabulous and Brunette

We enjoyed our visit to blog “Fabulous and Brunette,” a lovely name! Today we are featured in an Author Guest Post where we talk about researching “Toru: Wayfarer Returns” and explain how research led to Jiro getting his beer taken away from him in the second draft. Sad! Check out Fabulous and Brunette’s blog here,… Read more »

Blog Tour Whistle Stop: Megan Morgan

Today we visited fellow author Megan Morgan, romance novelist. Check out our Author Interview, where I explain that scary moment in a first draft when there’s no way back and no way forward, but one must persist! You can also enjoy an excerpt featuring Jiro, everyone’s favorite character in “Toru: Wayfarer Returns,” as he begins his… Read more »

Blog Tour Whistle Stop: Mixed Book Bag

We are grateful to Mixed Book Bag for hosting a guest post on “Toru: Wayfarer Returns.” I share how I stumbled down the rabbit hole of steampunk literature through a chance invitation to a Victorian dress ball and my attempts to stretch the boundaries of the genre to fit the story I wanted to tell…. Read more »

Blog Tour Whistle Stop: Reviews by Crystal

We’d like to thank Reviews by Crystal for hosting an author Q & A for our tour! After we get through critical information like my preference for mint chocolate chip ice cream, we get down to the important stuff, like protagonist Toru’s daddy issues, the historical inspiration for the fictional Toru, why American audiences need… Read more »

Blog Tour Whistle Stop: Author Deborah A Bailey

We appreciate the warm welcome at fellow author Deborah A Bailey’s blog for “Toru: Wayfarer Returns.” Deborah writes science fiction and paranormal romances with what sounds like a fair amount of heat! Our guest post on Deborah’s site featured more musings about genre, steampunk and why I needed to blend alternate history, historical fiction, steampunk… Read more »

  • Blog Tour Whistle Stop: Judy Thomas’s “Welcome to My World of Dreams”

    Check out our author interview, where I ‘fess up to singing female anthem pop at high volume when alone, and explain why there are no shapeshifters in “Toru: Wayfarer Returns.” Also take a peek at an except from the book and sign up for a giveaway! Thank you, Judy, for hosting us on your blog. Here… Read more »

  • Blog Tour Whistle Stop: Lampshade Reader

    One of our first stops on the tour is Lampshade Reader. Please find our full guest post here, including our essay on the background and sources–Steampunk, Japan and history–for “Toru: Wayfarer Returns” and an excerpt featuring impertinent Jiro, future dirigible pilot. Highlights from the essay include my admiration for Cherie Priest’s innovative blend of zombies… Read more »

  • Virtual Book Tour Underway

    We are excited to announce that our first ever virtual book tour is underway, organized by the great folks over at the exuberantly named Goddess Fish Promotions. Here are the blogs we will be visiting this month. As we march along, I’ll link in some of those posts, so you can meet other book bloggers out… Read more »

  • B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree

    IndieB.R.A.G. has named “Toru: Wayfarer Returns” a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree.  “Our mission is to discover talented self-published authors and help them give their work the attention and recognition it deserves. Our primary focus is fiction across a wide range of genres; however, we selectively consider non-fiction books as well…All ebooks brought to the attention of… Read more »

  • Awesome Indies Approved! 5 Stars

    “The Paths of Sword and Steam Cross Brilliantly” …or so claims Awesome Indies! Awesome Indies assesses self published books and offers its stamp of approval to those that meet mainstream publisher standards of quality. We are proud to announce “Toru: Wayfarer Returns” has met this test and earned Awesome Indies Approval. “Our editors award the Awesome Indies… Read more »

  • Shortlisted for Science Fiction Cygnus Book Award

    We just got word that “Toru: Wayfarer Returns” has been shortlisted for the Chanticleer Cygnus Award for Science Fiction Novel. Hurray! We didn’t post when we made it out of the “Slush Pile” although we were relieved to have survived the first screen. We didn’t mention it when we got word we’d made it to… Read more »

  • Book Blogger Review by Martha’s Bookshelf

    “A strong steampunk adventure sharing a tale of patriotism, honor and love.”  Enjoy the full review here on book blogger Martha’s Bookshelf. We appreciate her finding us on NetGalley and taking time to write her review. For you non-clickers out there, here are the non-synopsis portions of her thoughtful review: “This is a strong steampunk adventure… Read more »

  • Blogger Review: Josh Mauthe of Umney’s Alley

    “Rather than just a simple steampunk setting, Sorensen steeps her world in history, and finds a fascinating theme to play with: the conflict between tradition and the future, to say nothing of Japan’s complex relationship with the outside world.” Josh Mauthe, book blogger of Umney’s Alley and Amazon reviewer generously agreed to read and review Toru Wayfarer… Read more »

  • Blueink Review

    “Sorensen immerses readers in a compelling and provocative story that intimately describes the struggles of a nation and its people.” One more editorial review, this time from Blueink Review. Full review on the Blueink site here, and quoted in full below. “This is the first installment of Stephanie R. Sorensen’s planned “Sakura Steam Series,” which… Read more »

  • Steampunk Blogger Review: FOR WHOM THE GEAR TURNS

    Phoebe Darqueling, steampunk blogger, was kind enough to read and review Toru: Wayfarer Returns on her steampunk-focused site. We wanted to share her thoughts with you here because she did such a great job of setting up the historical context of Toru’s story as well as placing Toru in the evolving steampunk genre. Find her full review on… Read more »

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