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 »

  • February 16 publication date

    Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the hardcover, paperback and digital versions of Toru: Wayfarer Returns are now available for pre-order on Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Kobo. Due to a non-fixable oops! I committed in Createspace a few days ago, the Amazon paperback version is accidentally available already for you hardcore fans who cannot wait until the 16th of February to… Read more »

  • Cover art reveal!

    Three weeks ago I made the big decision to go indie, join the self publishing revolution and be a Maker, handcrafting my own book. Easy peasy. Hop right in, hit a few buttons and get the book out by Thanksgiving aided by mysterious print-on-demand elves, eager digital distributors and Jeff Bezos. Or so I thought. Not… Read more »

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