Book tour for “24 Bones” by Michael F. Stewart with interview and giveaway


I have an interview for you all today with Michael Stewart, a supernatural thriller author.  He has been kind enough to answer a few questions about himself and his work.  Please do check it out.  As further incentive, two random commenters will be selected to win ecopies of his novel in whatever format they prefer.

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24 Bones

Michael F. Stewart

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INTERVIEW:

*Note- my responses to Michael’s answers are in italics.

Tell us something dark about yourself.

My eyes, my hair. I am rather tall so at least I’ve got two out of three of ‘tall, dark and handsome’? Ok, truly dark? Much of my writing. In THE SAND DRAGON my protagonist has malignant melanoma as well as a nest of primitive vamps to contend with. In THE TERMINALS (not out yet) my main character is suicidal. So, yeah. My characterizations tend to be dark too.

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Hmmm, so you bring out your dark side by torturing your characters.  Interesting…

You are on a deserted island and can only choose one beverage to have besides water.  What would it be?

Beer. Might as well enjoy myself, right? And good beer too. Not watery stuff.

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Smart of you to specify.  I was going to give you Coors Light.

If you had to choose between a bullwhip, cat o’ nine tails, or a crop, which would you pick?

Easy. Bullwhip. Call me, Indy.

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Hey, I didn’t say who would be handling it…bwahahah!  Just kidding.  I’ll let you go torture your characters with it.

What mythical creature would you be and why?

I’m scratching my head on this one. I know I’m coming back as a Banshee. I guess I’d love to be a kickass wizard right now. But I’d pass on being a ‘creature’ because animal copulation just doesn’t do anything for me …

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Wizards would be cool, but dragons and werewolves can be pretty hot.  Don’t knock it till you try it–they are all the rage with the ladies right now.

What first inspired you to write your book?

I’m fascinated by comparative religion and the roots of religion. In 24 Bones, mythology in general acts as a major touchstone for the reader, which helps when developing a fairly complex world. Religion drives so much of our political system and economy today; it’s well worth trying to understand and writing these books helps give me the chance to explore.

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Ah, yes, religion.  Always so much room to play with there.

How long did it take to research/write it?

At least four or five months of research before I could start writing. One of the problems with Egyptian myth is that there is so much information to sift through and so much conflicting information too. The writing of it took the better part of nine months and then I recently rewrote the first third which took another month.

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It must have been quite the undertaking.  My degree is in Middle East history and I can imagine how you could have got bogged down in the history and lore.

Give one unique fact about your novel that makes it different from the others in its genre.

This is not your typical urban fantasy. It’s more of a supernatural thriller. I think it’s the epic feel of it that differentiates the novel. Written in an omniscient point of view it’s a little less penetrable at the start because of the many viewpoints and style, but when it all comes together in the second half it all comes together. And BAM!

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Ah, yes.  Certainly not typical for UF.

What other books do you plan to publish in the future?

I have a thriller, a SciFi, a middle grade adventure-fantasy, and a four book YA mystery series called ASSURED DESTRUCTION that I’m working on the third novel of presently. If you want to know more about my projects come by http://www.michaelfstewart.com.

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You’ve certainly got a lot mapped out.  Good luck with publishing your next novels!

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Thanks to Michael for joining me here today for the interview.  Hopefully my dark sense of humor wasn’t anything he couldn’t handle!  For everyone else, please check out the information on him and his book below.  Don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win an ecopy of his novel.

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24 Bones
Michael F. Stewart

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Supernatural Thriller

Publisher: Non Sequitur Press

ASIN: B00BGCQGNG

Number of pages: 305
Word Count:  85,000

Cover Artist: Martin Stiff of Amazing15

24 Bones book coverBLURB:

Every five hundred years the phoenix dies.

Samiya, born-into-shadow, is soon to battle her born-into-light brother. Abandoned by their parents, neither wishes to play the preordained role of beast and hero. When their loved ones are taken hostage, they are forced to follow the path laid out in myth, culminating in a battle first fought six thousand years ago in ancient Cairo. A mythic clash where one defeats the other and both become gods.

To break free from their fates, Samiya and her brother must unravel a mystery twisted by cults, greed, and magic. But myth is a powerful force and failure to live up to it may not only destroy their lives but the lives of the ones they love most.

When the phoenix dies, the only certainty is flames.

“Terrific! A successful blend of genres, complex and fascinating characters, and loads of suspense make 24 Bones a must-read.” Nate Kenyon, bestselling author of The Reach, Prime, Bloodstone, and The Bone Factory.

“’24 Bones’ is a winning debut. It’s well-written and well-plotted, studded with drama, action, history and mythology. There’s even a little romance. The conclusion is thrilling with the final outcome of the battle between good and evil held over until the very end…leaving you guessing until that very last page.” SF Crowsnest.

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EXCERPT:

Sam shivered on the chamber’s stone floor.
A jar of phosphorescent fluid glowed from a high recess. No brighter lights than the vials were allowed in the caverns by order of Pharaoh, who stressed the importance of night vision and acknowledged the sensitivity of the dwarfs who, having lived their lives underworld, shunned even low-level light. The jarlight was enough, however, for Sam to see. The glow illuminated a rectangular chamber, every part of its angled walls inscribed with hieroglyphs or religious sunk-relief.
A triptych of carved panels told the story of Pharaoh’s birth. The first panel showed the introduction of Pharaoh’s mother by Thoth, patron deity of scribes, to Amun, the creator god. In the next, Khnum, the ram-headed potter, fashioned Pharaoh from clay upon his wheel. The sequence ended with the birth and acceptance of the child by Amun, Pharaoh’s baptism by water, and the noble offering of gold and perfumes from adorers. This room was the Pharaoh’s Birthing Chamber and, in many ways, Sam’s as well.
Four dwarfs, Pharaoh, and a veiled woman had attended Sam’s initiation. The woman had been forced to wait at the threshold, but Sam had felt the woman’s eyes upon her and had sensed the woman’s rising thrill as power crackled within the chamber.
When the dwarfs held Sam’s legs and arms, she had not struggled. Pharaoh stood above, old even so long ago, and sent Void rippling through her blood and marrow, opening her to the chaos, allowing her to learn from his connection how to access it. She had writhed, arching her back in pain, but did not cry out. By then she had learned never to show weakness.

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Author photoAUTHOR BIO:

After crewing ships in the Antarctic and the Baltic Sea and some fun in venture capital, Michael anchored himself (happily) to a marriage and a boatload of kids. Now he injects his adventurous spirit into his writing with brief respites for research into the jungles of Sumatra and Guatemala, the ruins of Egypt and Tik’al, paddling the Zambezi and diving whatever cave or ocean reef will have him. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers and SF Canada, and the author of the Assured Destruction series, 24 Bones, The Sand Dragon, Hurakan, Ruination and several award winning graphic novels for young adults.

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AUTHOR LINKS:

Website

Goodreads

Facebook

Twitter

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PURCHASE LINKS:

Amazon | Smashwords

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~ by Suzie on April 21, 2013.

4 Responses to “Book tour for “24 Bones” by Michael F. Stewart with interview and giveaway”

  1. Fun interview. I’d have a beer with you and Michael F. Stewart (even if we’re not stranded on an island.)
    I’ll be adding this book to my summer reading list!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Juliette! I think conducting interviews is becoming one of my favorite things on this blog. Glad you enjoyed it.

  2. Hey thanks, Juliette, I’d like that! And many thanks to Susan for hosting. Love your respones, dragons … hmm…so many fangs and talons.

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