Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Sebastian's Way Shortlisted for HNS Editors' Choice!

Sebastian's Way has enjoyed uniformly excellent reviews since its publication in October last year. But this week the novel got its first endorsement by a well-known and long-time literary authority: The Historical Novel Society, which reviews thousands of books each year in both England and America. The HNS gave Sebastian a "Highly Recommended" rating and said,

"The narrative is constructed with such ease and style that readers will feel not only as though they know Sebastian well, but also as though they have spent time in the Middle Ages. If subsequent books in this series are this good, they are to be eagerly anticipated."

(Read the full review here.)

And, to top it off, the book made the shortlist of "those novels that deserve to have some extra recognition as possible Editors' Choice selections," which means it was one of the twenty best books chosen out of hundreds by HNS's Indie reviewers over the past quarter year. Helen Hollick, Britain's Managing Editor of HNS Indie Reviews said on presenting her first-ever shortlist of Indie Editors' Choice books. "I'm thrilled that the HNS is now in the position to prove that indie novels can be every bit as good as mainstream published ones."

So, yay for Sebastian's Way, one of the breakthrough novels making a difference for independently published works.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Sebastian's Way Blog Tour Stop #17

Today the Sebastian's Way blog tour concludes at Sir Read-A-Lot, where it received a nice review! Stuart said:

This is a boy's own adventure that will keep you interested from beginning to end.  I know little about the life and times of Charlemagne but found myself looking him up and finding out more about this most fascinating character. 

This independent novel is a solid debut for Colonel George Steger and I look forward to the next volume in the series.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Sebastian's Way Blog Tour Stop #16

Today the Sebastian's Way blog tour continues at Reading the Ages, where it received a lovely review! Kathleen said:

George Steger has crafted a fine piece of work as a first novel, and he enjoys as well as develops his character . . . He is a top notch medieval scholar, as the descriptions of 8th century fortifications as well as agricultural developments of the times are superb.

I personally am looking forward to the next installment in Sebastian's life and recommend this for historical  and medieval novel fans.

The tour comes to its conclusion today with a review at Sir Read-a-Lot.

Sebastian's Way Blog Tour Stop #15

Today the Sebastian's Way blog tour continues at Cynthia Robertson, Writer with a giveaway! 

In a dark age of unending war and violence, one young warrior opposes a mighty king to forge a new path to peace…

During the savage Frankish-Saxon wars, the moving force of his age, Karl der Grosse, King Charlemagne, fights and rules like the pagan enemies he seeks to conquer. But in the long shadow of war and genocide, a spark of enlightenment grows, and the king turns to learned men to help him lead his empire to prosperity.

One of these men is the unlikely young warrior Sebastian. Raised in an isolated fortress on the wild Saxon border, Sebastian balances his time in the training yard with hours teaching himself to read, seeking answers to the great mysteries of life during an age when such pastimes were scorned by fighting men. Sebastian’s unique combination of skills endears him to Charlemagne and to the ladies of the king’s court, though the only woman to hold his heart is forbidden to him. As the king determines to surround himself with men who can both fight and think beyond the fighting, Sebastian becomes one of the privileged few to hold the king’s ear.

But the favor of the king does not come without a cost. As Charlemagne’s vassals grapple for power, there are some who will do anything to see Sebastian fall from grace, including his ruthless cousin Konrad, whose hatred and jealousy threaten to destroy everything Sebastian holds dear. And as Sebastian increasingly finds himself at odds with the king’s brutal methods of domination and vengeance, his ingrained sense of honor and integrity lead him to the edge of treason, perilously pitting himself against the most powerful man of his age.

This fast-paced adventure story brings Charlemagne’s realm to life as the vicious Christian-pagan wars of the eighth century decide the fate of Europe. Filled with action, intrigue, and romance, Sebastian’s Way is a riveting and colorful recreation of the world of Europe’s greatest medieval monarch.

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The tour continues today with reviews at Sir Read-a-Lot and Reading the Ages.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sebastian's Way Blog Tour Stop #14

Today the Sebastian's Way blog tour continues at Jorie Loves a Story with an interview! Jorie asks:

What impressed you the most in your research of Sebastian? And, what did you take away with you from those readings? And is Sebastian a fictional account of another man’s life? Or, did he truly live?

In researching for the book I was impressed by what Charlemagne accomplished during his long reign. He unified most of Europe and gave it an identity. He made Rome secure from its enemies and empowered the pope so that he could stand up to the emperor in Constantinople, who was his theological and doctrinal rival. He was the architect of the strongest breath of cultural reawakening since the fall of the Roman Empire and presided over a period of art, architecture and learning that was so impressive that it has been dubbed “the Carolingian Renaissance.” Just one little example from that renewal is the Carolingian miniscule, which featured punctuation and spaces between words, a revolutionary change that made Latin the lingua franca of Europe for centuries more and advanced literacy dramatically.

Finally, the unification of Europe under Charlemagne provided a model that is still pursued by the present-day European Union. It is why the annual EU award for the best contribution to unity in Europe is called The Charlemagne Prize . . .

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The tour continues tomorrow with reviews at Cynthia Robertson, Writer and Reading the Ages.