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Steven Shrewsbury’s Philistine book tour #guestpost

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Welcome to my stop on the Philistine book tour. This book means a great deal to Steven I know that, he’s mentioned it in conversations and so when the time came for me to pick a post for this tour I thought what better than to have him elaborate on this his baby with a guest post on why this one means so very much to him.

Steven Shrewsbury Featured Book Release

Philistine

A Tale of Goliath

Book tour – March 3 to March 9, 2014

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Book Synopsis Philistine:

 

The Philistines, a mysterious warrior people known now for mainly one man: Goliath. The giant.

Goliath. A name grander than even the man himself. You’ve heard of his infamous end at the hands of a shepherd as written in a famous book, but what of the life of the man himself? What book tells his tale?

A warrior among warriors, a son of a god, a living legend. Goliath, the warrior champion of the Philistines. On the battlefield, he runs like a horse, wields killing instruments no normal man may heft, and revels in the fear his presence evokes. Off the field, his will is immutable, his trust invaluable, and his appetites unbearable. Goliath. This man knows no challenge.

But such a reputation will not discourage all men. Scheming rulers and generals, prophetic priests and powerful cults, dauntless warriors looking to make their own legend. Monsters. Gods. For one seemingly unkillable, at the very least, these things can ruin an otherwise pleasant day.

Along with his shield bearer, Abimelech, and soldiers more in awe than they are useful, Goliath will set out on missions for kings, face foul magic users, and walk in the shadows of mysterious halls. History tells us Goliath died at the hands of an Israelite.

Goliath may have something to say about that.

Philistine is the first Tale of Goliath, set in the same world as Steven Shrewsbury’s novels such as Overkill and Thrall, and his Blood and Steel: Legends of La Gaul short stories.


Why would one want to write about a guy like Goliath? From what we see from the Bible and other sources, he comes off as a dick, kinda sorta, arrogant as hell. How many guys would really say, “Look, you dudes just send out your toughest guy and if he can kill me, this war isn’t worth fighting. We’ll just be your slaves, if he can kill me.”

 

It was the words before that which interested me, that Goliath was “A man of war since his youth.” I always wondered what he did for his entire life before that. PHILISTINE isn’t a bio of Goliath, just a peek into several weeks of his life at a certain time and does not chronicle his death. There are subtle hints at his demise some day, but read the book and enjoy.

 

PHILISTINE isn’t about furthering religion nor is it Christian fiction by any means. There is no debate on the accuracy etc of his existence. It’s a yarn, a tale about a giant in a realm of evil wizards, monsters and lusty gals…so I figure any lover of fantasy can get their mind around that, right?

 

But why did this one mean so much to me? Why did I want to write it?

 

There are many historical characters that fascinate me, but yes, as a kid, Goliath’s big ass made my mind roll. Of course it did, as he does to any kid that sees a giant. I think it was 2006 or 07 when I took my son John (then 8 or 9) to see WWE in Peoria and the Undertaker, billed at 6 ft 10, fought Mark Henry…but the Great Khali appeared the first time, a man over 7 foot tall. The crowd reaction to this figure, a head taller that Mark Calloway, the Undertaker, was a gasp. My son quipped, “I can’t believe he is really alive.” I never forgot his words.

 

Yes that’s a breathtaking thing to see. That wonderment is in there someplace, in my desire to tell that tale, but I didn’t make Goliath a clumsy beast. If anything, he moves with fluidity and I also don’t really say exactly how big he is…I hint at it, and certain parts of his anatomy of course.

 

Did I want to write on him as the ultimate macho guy, the man who could slay a woman with his manhood? The badass of all badasses, to satisfy some John Millius thing I got in my head? Naw, not that easy. My father was a huge man, as are all the guys in my family. I grew up with giants and heroes in the same house, so I don’t have prick issues. If anything, if was fun. I like action tales and long for pure escapism. I think many a writer who sets out to write a big assed volume forgets what fun is and is too in love with their won voice and ability to make a fake world be like the Earth. Change yer underpants, Junior and just set it on the Earth, for the luvva God.

 

Granted, PHILISTINE is a great deal more complex than my other novels. It’s longer, 137k, about 50k more than my usual books. I didn’t set out to write it like that, nor did I want to compete in some book door-stop fantasy novel contest. As the old saying goes, it ain’t how big it is, but how ya use it. I think I used the 137k of words very well, just as effectively as my 80k version of a work. I did go through it more, probably because I enjoyed spending time in the realm than I care to admit.

 

In the end, telling about Goliath and the military guys about him, the creepy priests, the petty gods and the insurrection in Canaan among the Philistines themselves made for a great story to spin. That’s what I wanted to do, tell a good story. I think I did.

 

It’s a work I wanted to do before I die, because, frankly, I think I can tell it better than others. Why? I was there. I felt every footstep, every strike, every drop of blood that hit the sand. I felt the men live, laugh and also felt them die. Life isn’t pretty and PHILISTINE is a brutal work not meant of the squeamish or the faith of heart.

 

But come take my hand, open the pages of scroll ‘em down. Read and enjoy a story about a time far away and a world full of action, adventure, lust and violence. You might learn a little about history and yourself while reading, too.

 

Are there more tales I want to tell before I die? Many.


StevenShrewsburyAuthorPhotoAbout the Author: STEVEN L. SHREWSBURY lives, works, and writes in rural Illinois. Over 360 of his short stories have appeared in print or electronic media along with over 100 poems. 9 of his novels have been released, with more on the way. His books run from sword & sorcery (PHILISTINE, OVERKILL, THRALL, BEDLAM UNLEASHED) to historical fantasy (GODFORSAKEN) extreme horror (HAWG, TORMENTOR, STRONGER THAN DEATH) to horror-westerns (HELL BILLY, BAD MAGICK, and the forthcoming LAST MAN SCREAMING).

He loves books, British TV, guns, movies, politics, sports and hanging out with his sons. He’s frequently outdoors, looking for brightness wherever it may hide.

 

Author and buy links:

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Tour Schedule and Activities

3/3 Beauty in Ruins Character Post

3/3 Author HC Playa Review

3/3 Seers, Seraphs, and More Interview

3/3 Deal Sharing Aunt Tour Wide Contest

3/4 SpecMusicMuse Review

3/4 Come Selahway With Me Character Post

3/5 Bee’s Knees Reviews Review

3/5 Book in the Bag Interview

3/5 MichaelSciFan Interview

3/6 Workaday Reads Character Interview

3/6 Book and Movie Dimension Blog Review

3/7 Azure Dwarf Review

3/8 Armand Rosamilia, Author Guest Post

3/8 The Official Writing Blog of Dee Dee Davies Character Post

3/9 I Smell Sheep Guest Post

3/9 Jess Resides Here Guest Post

 

Blood and Steel: Legend of La Gaul by Steven Shrewsbury review

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I’m extremely excited to be taking part in this tour. I must disclose that I may appear a bit biased on this one however as this book is one that was dedicated to me. When I discovered this I was quite shocked, pleased and feel most honoured to have been blessed in such a way. As a great fan of reading my love of books runs deep. That love that one can have for characters that don’t even exist, that we can become more attached to than some real people in our lives can speak of the magic those tales weave. Books have souls, I believe this to my core. A part of that author is ingrained in that book through the blood, sweat and tears that went into their creation. Dedicated a book to me was giving me something that I didn’t even know was on my bucket list. I am thankful to Steven for his friendship and for this great kindness. You Sir rock!

Blood And Steel

 

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Blood and Steel: Legends of La Gaul, Volume 1 Book Synopsis: Journey into the dangerous and exciting world of Gorias La Gaul in this collection of short stories from highly-acclaimed author Steven Shrewsbury! Volume One includes the tales “Day of Iniquity”, “Ashes of the All-Father”, “Author and Finisher of Our Flesh”, “Insurmountable”, and “Beginning of the Trail” (a prequel story leading into the events found in the novel Overkill).

Fans of authors such as Robert E. Howard are sure to love the adventures of Gorias La Gaul, as he battles all manner of adversaries wielding two blades fashioned from the wings of angels!

Blood and Steel: Legends of La Gaul is Sword and Sorcery as the genre was intended to be!

 

This book means a great deal to me not just because its dedicated to me but because a character is named and based on me. Scary lol. Gorias recounts many stories for Jessica the scribe. From his very Conan like birth to his teen years. Gorias being a 700+ year old character has many a tale to tell.

Biased I may be but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong and this is my favourite tale by Steven to date. Sword and Sorcery is not a genre I would have gone for had it not been offered for review, I’ve discovered a fine character because I took a chance which is why I encourage readers to branch out.  While Sword and Sorcery are not my main genre of choice this however peaked and held my interest beginning to end. Gorias is a fascinating protagonist and Steven clearly loves this man he has created.

The stories Gorias recounts are from his birth with much emphasis on Gorias’ father and many throughout Gorias’ teens which I enjoyed a great deal. Gorias was quite headstrong from an early age. Barbarian gentleman if that is possible who has James Bond like irresistibility to the ladies.

The tales are tall as are the giants and monsters lurking in Gorias adventures. With severed limbs a plenty, evisceration galore and a great deal of heroics this one is the Gorias tale I will refer people to because it allows one to get to know Gorias the man, the legend, the noble barbarian.

I highly recommend checking this one out. Its a short read and allows a reader to try out Sword and Sorcery, get to know Gorias and for those Gorias/Steven Shrewsbury fans its a must read.

Find Steven online at Web Site / Facebook / Amazon / Goodreads / Smashwords

Buy Blood and Steel online at  Print / Kindle / Nook / Kobo / iBookstore

Seventh Star Press also has released books from Stephen Zimmer who’s books Hellscapes and Chronicles of Ave are available now

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Stephen Zimmers horror short story collection and his continued short stories from his Fires in Eden series can be found online at

Chronicle of Ave Print / Kindle / Nook / Kobo / iBookstore

Hellscapes Print / Kindle / Nook / Kobo / iBookstore

Tour Schedule and Activities

9/30 Library Girl Reads and Reviews Contest

9/30 Ian’s Realm Interview with Stephen Zimmer

9/30 Book in the Bag Review

10/1 Azure Dwarf Review

10/1 Bee’s Knees Reviews Reader Interview Stephen Zimmer

10/1 Armand Rosamilia, Author Guest Post-Steven Shrewsbury

10/1 Lost Inside the Covers Review

10/2 Beauty in Ruins Character Post-Gorias La Gaul

10/2 Come Selahway with Me Guest Post-Stephen Zimmer

10/2 Sheila Deeth Guest Post – Steven Shrewsbury

10/3 Deal Sharing Aunt Promo Spotlight

10/4 Sapphyria’s Book Reviews Promo Spotlight

10/5 Spellbindings Promo Spotlight

10/5 Jorie Loves a Story Review

10/5 Jess Resides Here Review

10/5 SpecMusicMuse Guest Post – Stephen Zimmer

10/6 The Flipside of Julianne Promo Spotlight

10/6 L. Andrew Cooper’s Horrific Scribblings Review

 

 

Seventh Star Press free book week

Seventh Star Press will be offering a ton of their books free this Christmas week. Are you getting a kindle for Christmas or giving one? Fill that awesome new toy with a ton of free books.

I’ve read all but one of these books and highly recommend getting them all if you don’t have them already. Enjoy the free reads and have a bookish good Christmas

From December 24-28th, SSP has an open house on Amazon Kindle including all of its authors who have eBooks available!  Many genres and styles available!  All books include cover art and interior artwork   from the award-winning artists Matthew Perry and Bonnie Wasson! The free books include the following (along with additional titles available for sale from each author):
SpookHouse
Spook House by Michael West (horror, a Harmony, Indiana Novel.  Other Harmony Indiana tales include the novel Cinema of Shadows, and th…e short stories Goodnight, and For the River is Wide and the Gods Are Hungry.  Michael’s urban fantasy series The Legacy of the Gods includes Book One, Poseidon’s Children)
http://www.amazon.com/Spook-House-ebook/dp/B009SS33VS
Redheart
Redheart by Jackie Gamber (YA Fantasy, Book One of the Leland Dragon Series.  Book Two, Sela, is available) http://www.amazon.com/Redheart-Leland-Dragon-Series-ebook/dp/B004VFNJIA
obsession
Haunting Obsession by R.J. Sullivan (Paranormal Thriller, A Rebecca Burton Novella.  Also available from R.J. is Backstage Pass, a Rebecca Burton Short Story) http://www.amazon.com/Haunting-Obsession-ebook/dp/B008Y2SVS4
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The Brotherhood of Dwarves by D.A. Adams (YA Fantasy, Book One of the Brotherhood of Dwarves Series.  Book Two, Red Sky at Dawn, Book Three, The Fall of Dorkhun, and Book Four, Between Dark and Light are also available) http://www.amazon.com/The-Brotherhood-of-Dwarves-ebook/dp/B0076OCAKG
Angelkiller
Angelkiller by H. David Blalock (Urban Fantasy, Book One of the Angelkiller Triad.  Book Two, Traitor Angel, is also available) http://www.amazon.com/Angelkiller-The-Triad-ebook/dp/B006CR84AI
Overkill
Overkill by Steven Shrewsbury (Sword and Sorcery, a Gorias La Gaul Story.  Other available Gorias La Gaul tales include the novel Thrall, and the short stories Author and Finisher of Our Flesh, Beginning of the Trail, and Insurmountable) http://www.amazon.com/Overkill-ebook/dp/B007X0G9IW
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Crown of Vengeance by Stephen Zimmer (Epic Fantasy, Book One of the Fires in Eden Series.  Book Two, Dream of Legends, and Book Three, Spirit of Fire, are also available, as well as the short stories set in the same world, including Lion Heart, Land of Shadow, and Into Glory Ride.  Stephen’s urban fantasy series, The Rising Dawn Saga, includes Book One, The Exodus Gate, Book Two, The Storm Guardians, and Book Three, The Seventh Throne, as well as the short story set in the same world, Temples Rising.)http://www.amazon.com/Crown-Vengeance-Fires-Eden-ebook/dp/B0039PU8EQ
The seven titles spotlighted above are free on Kindle the entire week from Monday through Friday!

Feed Your Reader Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Feed Your Reader Giveaway Hop hosted by the lovely I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Books: A True Story

My giveaway is for a friends recent release. Steven Shrewsbury has many books out, the newest Hell Billy I am offering in your choice of format. Open internationally.

Fill in the rafflecopter and keep your fingers crossed.

When a series of bizarre murders take place in reconstruction era Memphis, former Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest is summoned to help solve matters. The occupying Union forces Commandant, General Michaels, sees members of his family killed in a fashion unique to a killer in Forrest’s cavalry brand, one William Hells. Nathan assures him Billy died in the war. However, when the Commandant’s brother is murdered, Billy is captured before Forrest’s own eyes. Confused over the implications that a man he buried still lives, Forrest finds some consolation in Hells execution…until Billy again strikes Michael’s kin at a whorehouse the next day. Again, Billy is shot dead and Michaels thinks his family safe.

But he’s wrong. Billy returns again.

For some, the war isn’t over and Hell walks on two legs.

A story of revenge, courage and redemption, HELL BILLY treads on the borderlands of the human soul and what lies across the brink.

 

Steven L. Shrewsbury hails from Central Illinois, enjoys football, history, guns, politics and good fiction. 365 of his short stories have been published in print or digital media. His novels THRALL, STRONGER THAN DEATH, HAWG, TORMENTOR, and GODFORSAKEN run from horror to historical fantasy. He’s also collaborated with other authors, notable Nate Southard in the Hardback limited novel BAD MAGICK and Peter Welmerink with BEDLAM UNLEASHED. His novel OVERKILL came out in Spring 2012 from Seventh Star Press.

 

 

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Sunday Shorts

Sunday Shorts is a new meme started by the CabinGoddess.com. The rules are easy, a short story, an anthology of short stories, a novella, or a quick weekend read that is also short on your wallet!

 

Today’s Short is a book by an author who kindly guest posted just yesterday. He’s great fun, a good friend and with his new short story out how much more perfect could the choice be?

Beginning of the Trail is a preamble to Overkill Steven Shrewsbury’s most recent release. It and the other shorts stories available on Gorias La Gaul expand on this larger than life character. For only 99 cents you’d be crazy to not sample a hearty tale.

 

 

 

Overkill review.    Beginning of the Trail available for Kindle and Nook