Friday, January 31, 2014

Sebastian's Way Blog Tour Stop #10


Today the Sebastian's Way blog tour stops at Book Nerd, where it received a lovely review from Diana! She said:

I loved many different elements of this book . . . If you’re looking for adventure, struggle, and coming of age with the backdrop of history, you can’t go wrong with this wonderful story.

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The tour continues tomorrow with a review at Closed the Cover.


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Sebastian's Way Blog Tour Stop #9


Today the Sebastian's Way blog tour stops at The Musings of a Book Junkie, where it received a great review from Allison! She said:

This book was a great study of Charlemagne's court. I liked how Sebastian was portrayed so differently than those around him. I also appreciated how the problems that he struggled with are still relatable to today. The book pace was good, even in the slower portions of the book. I really enjoyed the book. 

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The tour continues tomorrow with a review at The Book Nerd.


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Sebastian's Way Blog Tour Stop #8


Today the Sebastian's Way blog tour continues at Bibliophilic Book Blog 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 on Monday, January 27 with a review at The Most Happy Reader.


Friday, January 24, 2014

Sebastian's Way Blog Tour Stop #7


Today the Sebastian's Way blog tour continues at Oh, for the Hook of a Book with an interview! Erin asks:

Why is Charlemagne such a common name from history still in this day? What gave him lasting prestige? Even if most people don’t really know much about him, they know OF him. What would you tell some about the King who wasn’t historically inclined?

Well, he was called “The Great,” even before he died. Not too many monarchs got that distinction. I think he was one of the greatest rulers in European history. He was full of life and ideas. He had supreme confidence in himself and a strong sense of purpose. He firmly believed God had called upon him to create a Christian world and rule it well and justly. And when he died Christianity had indeed triumphed all over Europe. Unlike most monarchs of the time, he genuinely cared for his people and wanted to raise them up to a fuller and more prosperous life. To that end he encouraged every innovation in agriculture and revolutionized writing with the Carolingian miniscule. He instituted extensive educational opportunities and fostered learning in every way, assembling as his advisors the most impressive collection of wise men since the halcyon days of classical Greece or Rome. He pulled Europe out of its barbarian roots and gave it unity for a time. Over the 45 years of his reign, he shifted power from its old center in the Mediterranean to the promising lands north of the Alps and created almost by himself the concept of Europe...

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The tour continues on Monday with a review at The Most Happy Reader.


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sebastian's Way Blog Tour Stop #6


Today the Sebastian's Way blog tour stops at Oh, for the Hook of a Book, where it received an outstanding review from Erin! She said:

This would be a great addition to anyone’s historical novel shelf.  I give it high praise for characterization, historical research, superb plot points, and dramatic prose, highly recommending it to anyone who loves novels of the middle ages. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series!


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The tour continues tomorrow with an interview at Oh, for the Hook of a Book, and a giveaway at Bibliophilic Book Blog.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Sebastian's Way Blog Tour Stop #5


Today the Sebastian's Way blog tour continues at Layers of Thought 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.

Click here to enter to win a copy of Sebastian's Way.
Click here to view the tour schedule.

The tour continues on Tuesday, January 22 at Oh, for the Hook of a Book.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sebastian's Way Blog Tour Stop #4


Today the Sebastian's Way blog tour continues at Let Them Read Books with a guest post and a giveaway! 

The Middle Ages: A Thousand Years of Darkness or the Gateway to the Empowerment of a Continent?

The other day I was asked to talk about Sebastian’s Way at the local public library. It was a Sunday, a bright, sunny day in winter, and the NFL Division Playoffs were on. I thought that nobody would be there. The first surprise was that it was a pretty good crowd. The second was how misinformed so many of the audience seemed to be about the Middle Ages, the early part of which is the background of my novel.

Just a few preliminary questions revealed some glaring misconceptions. “The Dark Ages,” people called them. “A thousand years without a bath,” one young man said, quoting a more famous ignorant man. At best, the general consensus was that the Middle Ages were a dormant period between the golden age of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance. Most people said they really didn’t know much about them.

“Wait a minute,” I said. “I bet you know more than you think you do. What about King Arthur and the Round Table? Richard the Lionhearted, Bad King John, and Robin Hood? Barbarians at the gate, Attila the Hun, Augustine, Francis of Assisi, Magna Carta, Black Death, 100 Years’ War, Joan of Arc, Vikings, Mongols, Crusades?” It was at least a little gratifying to hear a few people mutter, “Oh yeah, that.”

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The tour continues tomorrow with a giveaway at Layers of Thought.

Sebastian's Way Blog Tour Stop #3


Today the Sebastian's Way blog tour stops at Impressions in Ink, where it received a stellar 5-star review from Annette! 


I found the character of Sebastian to be similar to a King Arthur-type-figure. He is a hero, a man of valor and faithfulness. Sebastian is imperfect; but he is quick to confess and repent and begin anew. He is a character who develops in the story; in mind and body and spirit.  


And she said:


I loved this story! It was difficult to lay the book down . . . I'm anxious to read book two, I must know what happens in Sebastian's next stage of life.  


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The tour continues today with a guest post at Let Them Read Books.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sebastian's Way Blog Tour Stop #2


Today the Sebastian's Way blog tour continues at Flashlight Commentary with an interview! Erin asks:

What inspired you to write this story?


Almost half of my military career was spent in Europe. I was a Soviet foreign area specialist. I spoke Russian and German and worked in intelligence on both sides of the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. One of my tours of duty, for example, was as a liaison officer to the Commander of the Group of Soviet Forces in East Germany. I had a pass in my pocket for two years that said I was on General Ivanovsky’s staff. I actually did do some liaison work with the Soviets on holidays and big occasions, like Soviet Army-Navy Day or the Fourth of July. But most of the time, that pass in my pocket enabled me to tour all over East Germany, noting Soviet military movements and taking pictures with a Nikon motor drive camera of everything that moved on the roads. We weren’t supposed to do that, and they chased us if they saw us. But even if they caught us, which was rare, they had to let us go eventually. It was all part of a World War II agreement that established such missions as a means of providing early warning against surprise attack. The Soviets had a mission on our side of the demarcation line as well . . .


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The tour continues tomorrow with a review at Impressions in Ink.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Sebastian's Way Blog Tour Stop #1



Today the Sebastian's Way blog tour stops at Flashlight Commentary, where it received a lovely 4-star review from Erin! She called it "a realistic, romantic, and engrossing tale of valor, morality, and honor."

And she said:

I was further impressed with the diversity of Steger's cast and how he used characters of various backgrounds to create a comprehensive portrait of medieval society. I expected a military fiction, but what I found was a well-rounded, action-packed period drama.

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The tour continues tomorrow with an interview at Flashlight Commentary.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Sebastian's Way Blog Tour: January 13-February 7


Sebastian's Way is going on a blog tour! I've teamed up with Amy Bruno at Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours to help me reach historical fiction lovers around the world, and I'd love to have you stop by some of these lovely blogs to check out reviews, interviews, guest posts, and giveaways. This is an exciting time in the life of a book, and I thank you all for your support!
Monday, January 13
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Tuesday, January 14
Interview at Flashlight Commentary
Wednesday, January 15
Review at Impressions in Ink
Guest Post & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books
Thursday, January 16
Giveaway at Layers of Thought
Tuesday, January 21
Review at Kinx’s Book Nook
Wednesday, January 22
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book
Thursday, January 23
Interview at Oh, for the Hook of a Book
Friday, January 24
Giveaway at Bibliophilic Book Blog
Monday, January 27
Review at The Most Happy Reader
Tuesday, January 28
Review at The Musings of a Book Junkie
Wednesday, January 29
Interview & Giveaway at The Most Happy Reader
Friday, January 31
Review at Book Nerd
Monday, February 3
Review at Closed the Cover
Tuesday, February 4
Guest Post at HF Connection
Wednesday, February 5
Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Friday, February 7
Review at Sir Read-a-Lot
Review & Giveaway at Reading the Ages
Review & Giveaway at Cynthia Robertson Blog