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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Devon Monk's TIN SWIFT blog tour + Give Away

Welcome to Chapter 7 of Devon Monk's online story
Hang Fire

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 and follow the "read the next chapter" links at the end of the post. This story won't be found anywhere else on the web or in ebook form!

Today we start off with the cursed bounty hunter Cedar Hunt, who has just discovered his good friend, Rose Small, is about to be killed by a strange steam matic. Then we switch to the airship the Swift and Captain Hink who must out-fly the bigger, heavier-gunned airship crewed by glim pirates, before they blow him and his crew out of the sky.... chapter 6 at: Fantasy Literature

HANG FIRE - Chapter 7

Cedar Hunt sighted down the length of his rifle, taking aim at the metal contraption bearing down fast behind Rose Small.
Rose was dazed, her hat having fallen back to rest between her shoulders, the chin strap tugged tight around her throat. A thin streak of blood smeared the side of her cheek.
Her horse was nowhere to be seen. Cedar knew she was a smart woman and wouldn’t have gone running off on foot into the forest on a foolish whim.
She must have heard Cedar yell. She must, at this moment, hear the metal device puffing and clattering behind her.
But she turned toward him, not toward the danger.
And in doing so, put herself dead center in the line of fire.
Cedar swore under his breath and jerked the rifle down. He bolted across the forest floor, aiming to reach Rose before the matic did.
Wil, still in wolf form, and Mae Lindson rushed after him.
Maybe it was the flicker of light sliding like oil down the trip wire. Maybe it was the sudden knowledge that Wil was trying to twist to the side before his feet hit the ground.
Whatever it was, Cedar had just enough time to pivot and wrap his arms around Mae before the forest floor opened up beneath them and they fell into darkness.

The Swift fell through the sky like a man tripping off a cliff.
“Hold her steady!” Captain Hink yelled. He braced one boot against the open door and gripped the overhead bar as his airship screamed down, her tin bones singing, all the steam and power out of her, just like he’d told his crew he wanted.
Mr. Guffin, at the helm, was swearing in French and doing a surprisingly good job of it. That might have made Hink wonder about the man’s parentage, if they weren’t currently plummeting to their imminent death.
Mr. Ansel worked the Swift’s wings, keeping them tight, so they could take the fall as level as possible. He was also singing a song he must have picked up while they were out Chicago way. It was a mournful tune that went well with the short, stout man’s surprisingly operatic voice. Hink would have enjoyed hearing the whole diddy, but Mr. Ansel only sang when things were going very, very wrong.
And that was about to change.
The two airships on their tail were still climbing, still gunning ahead. Heading for the glim fields. Headed for Captain Hink’s glim stake.
Which was another thing he wasn’t about to let happen. All the Swift needed was a belly full of fire to bring her back to life.
“Hit the bell,” he hollered to Mr. Guffin. Then, back toward his boilerman who would not hear him through the thick metal door at the rear of the ship. “Molly Gregor, give her steam!”
Mr. Guffin was tugging on the bell wire so hard, Captain Hink thought he’d break it straight through.
They needed canons, they needed lift, and by God and glim, they needed steam.
“Steam,” he whispered, “give her steam, give her steam.” Every kick of his heart tapped out a beggar’s eternity.
He glanced out the port door. Land was coming up pretty damn fast to make acquaintance of his little ship. And though he’d had more than his share of chances to look his own death straight in both eyes, he was not about to go softly into that night.
“Molly!” he yelled.
Then he felt one shuddering thump. chapter 8 at All Things Urban Fantasy

TIN SWIFT (Roc Trade Paperback Original; $15.00; ISBN: 978-0451464538), the second book Devon Monk’s widely-praised Age of Steam series hit shelves on July 3rd!
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…

Devon Monk is offering one winner

1. Copy of Tin Swift 2. Tin Swift magnet 3. Handmade (by me) signed steampunk airship bookmark

To enter:
1. Leave contact info
2. Tell me what Steampunk accessory would you like to own
*followers get double entries

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  1. An airship and a sexy corset.
    I follow, fb, twitter, email


    1. Lol, an airship...good choice :) I would love a corset too. Thanks for stopping by

  2. I'd like a brass man [robot] to do all my chores and bring me tea!! How much does one of those run, you think? Probably more than I can afford.

    Thanks Devon and I Smell Sheep!

    GFC follower: April V.
    april dot vrugtman at gmail dot com

    1. I think you are right...they can be expensive. Probably cheaper to rent a real man

  3. I think it would be cool to have an airship and some sexy corsets.
    GFC CrystalGB

    1. And a smexy crew of Steampunk hotties to pilot thr air ship ;)

  4. An airship would be awesome. I'd also want a tinker's lab so I could create my own gadgets.

    1. oops..almost forgot

      kindleaholic [at] gmail [dot] com

  5. I can't wait for the second book. Thanks Devon!

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  6. I'm just looking for a nice leather duster and some sturdy knee-high boots.


    For a double entry I follow ISS by the email above.

  7. Thanks again! Can't wait.

  8. Can I just have the crew of steampunk hotties? I think I would like a time traveling piece...and yes, I still want the laundry contraption! Thanks Sharon and Devon!

    1. I think we can scrounge up enough crew hotties for every one ;)

  9. I would love the sexy clothes that the kick ass heroines wear.

  10. An airship is a given one. What I would really love to have would be there inventive & deadly weapons & invention! =P

    follow: twitter,facebook,tumblr,GFC

    thanks for the giveaway.

  11. a robot to do chores

    sgiden at

  12. I would love the cool boots they all seem to have.

    Im a follower

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  13. I would love a reason to own and wear a corset. I've always wanted one.
    GFC: Molly Frenzel

  14. I would love to win one of those Steampunk style keyboards, or mouse. They are just so cool looking.

    GFC NoraA


  15. Wow I Want One Wow I Love it I Gotta Have This Book And A Corset LOL.

    April Alvey

    1. So what you are trying to say is want this book?

  16. I do not know if I have been under a rock somewhere or what. I love the Allie Beckstrom novels and did not know about this venture. I am definitely intrigued and really excited about this giveaway opportunity. I have only read one steampunk novel so far and would personally love to have one of the housekeepers even if it is 2012 in the US and not Victorian England although an airship might not be anything to shrug at; I could travel the world! Of course my son would never forgive me if I did not get one of those awesome super-duper guns and I might even let him give it a shot. Thank you for sharing what sounds like an awesome new series today!
    GFC Denise Zaky

  17. So glad that I was on Facebook to see Devon's post about Hang Fire, I had been looking forward to Tin Swift coming out, but am glad I didn't miss this short in between story.
    I would LOVE to have my own personal Glim collector. The bracer design I saw is very cool. It would also be fun to have Alex's parasol. With all the pockets and gadgets.
    Ali - ACS(dot)GraphicDesign(at)gmail(dot)com

  18. I'm a gfc follower

    Oh and what I would want? A steampunk corset. I'd also love to have a monocle. LOL

    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

  19. I would my own personal robot :)
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  20. i follow via GFC: Throuthehaze
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  21. I would like to own a sweet airship like the Swift, that would be a great accessory. :D

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com
    GFC: Barbara E.

  22. I have to agree with previous posters-a corset and an airship would be really cool! Thanks for the giveaway.

  23. 1. E-mail-bookandmoviedimensionblogger[at]yahoo[dot]com
    2. A cool Steampunk gun

    GFC Follower!- Cassandra Ruiz

    Thank you for the exclusive excerpt:)

    1. Ok, that's just an awesome answer right there. ;)

  24. I would love to have a corset. Thanks for the chance to win! I follow by email.
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  25. I think I would like an airship. Then I would like to have robot and OK the corset as well.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

    1. Lol! I still just want the Steampunk airship hottie crew ;)

  26. Oh crap, I can't pick just one! That's such an unfair question Sharon! *shakes fist at you*

    Good luck everyone! :)

  27. I'd like to own an airship.

    I follow the blog.


  28. A airship and some sexy corsets.
    gfc mirela_8923

  29. Awesome giveaway. I would love one of those tophats with the nifty goggles on them!

    Of course I follow the blog!

    auriansbooks at gmail dot com

  30. I'm thinking the airship...I also follow.

  31. huh.. haven't start any steampunk yet. my copy of the iron duke is not here yet, so i'm reluctant to start heart of steel. but.. an airship sounds like a good idea. no need to be stuck in traffic jam anymore. unless they all have the same idea like me and start using airships too


  32. Another great snippet! I can't wait till Tin Swift releases on Tuesday.

    I think I would want an airship too - be able to avoid traffic and get places faster than a car since you can travel in a straight line.

    GFC Follower, Twitter Follower

    junegirl63 at gmail dot com

  33. mightimidget(at)gmail(dot)com

    I would love to have the sexy corset and the goggles...yep. :)

    I am already following Devon on Twitter...

  34. Would love to wear the jewrel and the corset even though it would most likely be painful.

    Follower: twitter, blog

  35. I would like to have a steampunk pocket watch. Yep, yep (only if dirigibles are out of the question, of course).

    Not sure if you meant follower of the blog or of Devon, but I do follow Devon.

    Kiara at waitingforfairies dot com

  36. I think I'd want an airship I guess.
    I follow the blog by email and GFC


    GFC: Angy

    contact me by my email (above), please and thanks !

  37. I would love a corset.
    GFC Marlene Breakfield

  38. I think I would want an airship and a really cool parasol.
    Follow via GFC: Ceridwen83

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  39. I'd like to have a corset (black preferably) and a mechanic bow..:)
    darkworld_cutie at yahoo dot com

  40. i love the corsets... and from gail carrigers' series, i would so want an umbrella! lol

    alainala AT hotmail DOT ca

    hope this is open to canada!!

    (and im a follower!)

  41. Pretty sure that I'd love to have an airship!



  42. I think I would like to have some sort of sight augmented crossbow/bow (much like Rose's rifle in Dead Iron) with a mechanical assisted draw. I follow via my email.

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

    An airship is the only "accessory" you'd need! With it, you can get to anything else :)

    Following on G+

  44. I would love a steam punk fascinator(aka a stem punk top hat that decorated I think thats what they call it.)or this steam punk drop spindle I was eyeing on etsy. following as victoria barton

  45. I want an armored airship, with cannons.

  46. I would love to fly an airship with big guns while looking fabulous in a corset and googles. Too much fun. Can't wait to get my hands on Tin Swift.

  47. contest is closed. The winner is NoraA! Congrats:) I have sent you an email. You have 5 days to contact me before we pick another winner. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and played with us.