Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Book Tour: Steel and Bone Anthology featuring The Steel Inside by Gale B Williams

A brand new steam punk anthology brought to us 
by Xchyler Publishing? YES PLEASE!!!!

Shovel the coal and stoke the boilers as nine steam punk authors explore islands of mystery and adventure across the seven seas.

The Clockwork Seer by Katherine Cowley: On an island of oddities, a young clairvoyant struggles for normalcy, but deadly automatons have other plans.

Sindisiwe by Scott E. Tarbet: A slave girl in Zanzibar escapes a beating when a stranger in the marketplace proves her past is more than just a fairy tale.

Stand and Deliver by TC Phillips: Neither shackles, slave labor, nor the island’s deadliest inhabitants will prevent these brothers from meting out justice to their father’s murderers.

Island Walker by C. R. Simper: Kit digs her treasures out of trash heaps, but the theft of her invention leads to discoveries money can’t buy.

A Mind Prone to Wander by Danielle E. Shipley: Beyond a locked door lies Rowan Charles’ death or his sanity, and the survival or extinction of his people.

Curio Cay by Sarah E. Seeley: The future of humanity rests in the hands of three time-traveling scientists battling biomechanical creatures in the Jurassic past.

The Mysterious Island of Chester Morrison by Kin Law: Dodging her chaperone, a debutante stumbles into adventure and romance at the World’s Fair.

Revolutionary by John M. Olsen: A dirigible captain goes down with his ship, and wakes to find himself a captive of a sky-dwelling civilization.

The Steel Inside by Gail B. Williams: 
Darkness lurks in Sarah’s forgotten past, kept hidden by those who claim to be her devoted husband and loyal servants. 

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Gail B. Williams

Gail Williams lives in her own private dungeon populated with all the weird and the wonderful she can imagine. Some of it’s very weird, and the odd bits and pieces are a bit wonderful. With a vivid imagination fuelled by a near death experience at the age of three, there was really no other choice for Gail than to write, something she’s been doing for as long as she can remember. She’s tried not doing it, but it never works for long, her brain gets itchy if she hasn’t written anything for a couple of days. Gail is English by birth, but lives in Swansea, Wales, married a Welshman and they have two fantastic children. They live with the world’s most imperious and demanding cat. An asset management specialist by day, a freelance editor and keen writer of an evening and weekend, she really needs to learn to sleep. To find out more see

Character Casting: Selected by the author herself!!!

– Not sure who I’d cast for Sarah, possibly Anne Hathaway.  
Sarah has been stranded by her family, exiled from society for the crime of being too intelligent.  Taught to be ashamed of herself she takes criticism hard, while striving to do the right thing.  Loving Andrew was instant and natural and he is the one thing in her life guaranteed to make her smile.

Andrew – Always interested in science and medicine, Andrew is largely self-taught as his background wasn’t affluent enough to allow him to study as he would have wished.  When the opportunity arose for him to travel to foreign lands he grabbed the opportunity with both hands rather than languish in a rut where he would never achieve his goals.  Fate and a terrible storm brought him to the island and when he was rescued, he’d thought he was dying, the shard of wood in his chest convinced him of that.  When Sarah and Trimble had pulled him from the water, he’d taken one look at her and fallen for his dark haired angel. 
I think Hugh Darcy would be great in this role.

Mrs Flynn – An experienced housekeeper, Mrs Flynn had managed one of Sarah’s father’s houses for years.  She’d know Sarah form birth.  Speaking up to defend the young girl was the reason Sarah’s father was more than happy when Mrs Flynn volunteered to be exiled to the island with Sarah
The woman in this picture is Kate DuchĂȘne, who is a little on the young side for this role, but she's picture perfect.  She also has this hard looking exterior, but she plays softer on the inside so very well.

Mr Trimble – A tenant farmer for Sarah’s father who had never seen eye to eye with the man, Trimble was far from a sociable man, but he took quite a shine to young Sarah, not minding if she tagged along with him when she was allowed on the farm.  When Sarah’s father decided to sell the farm, Trimble was out of work and out of a home, so he was more than open to the idea of a life of relative solitude on the island.  Open air and hard work were all he needed in his life. 
For looks alone, I'd pick Warren Clarke, though now he's sadly past, I'm not sure who I'd cast.

Now a little excerpt for you to apply those faces!!!
*Note from the author*
 At this point Sarah has come to, she knows she's had an accident, but she doesn't know what it was or how it happened.  She assumes that her amnesia is simply a predictable result of the accident.

Only the winder to go on now, Sarah thought, as she slipped the handle in place and secured it with a small cotter pin. Her bottom lip between her teeth, she rotated the handle for a small test.
Chimes rhythmically filled the air as the two little marionettes circled the wooden dance floor.
“You always had such a genius for clockwork.”
She looked up to see Andrew at the open door. The smile that spread across her face was involuntary. “Has it been an hour already?”
As he stepped into the room, she stood from her work stool to meet him half way. His arms were open and his embrace welcomed and returned. “Actually, it's been over two, I'm afraid I got caught up in my own work. Sorry.”
“No matter.”
His gaze moved to the automaton. “So they dance again.”
She looked over at the machine.“He looks a little like you.”
“She looks a little like you.”
“Two twirling figures forever locked in a mutual embrace.”
“There are worse ways to spend eternity.”
Glad of his arms around her, she looked up at him as the mechanism wound to silence
He looked from the automaton to her. “Two?”
“You said there were two things I love to do up here. What is the other one?”
His smile was saucy and appealing. “Well, you are my wife.”

*Note from the author*  
I picked this excerpt with because it's the time at which Sarah is happiest within the text.  She's well, she'd enjoying her tinkering and she's very much in love with a man she has no reason to doubt.  It's one of the most tender points of the story.

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