Hither, Tither, and Virtually Yon: The Striking Balance Blog Tour Lineup Week I

Striking Balance: The Peculiar Making of Beatrice Benjamin Sophia Scott Schnell Gow hits store shelves on Tuesday, July 21st, and tomorrow, July 20th, I begin a book tour in support of the novel’s release. So where am I going? It feels as though I’m touring the world in just two weeks! I’m ping-ponging across the U.S, stepping into Canada for a quick hello, dropping by the Philippines, then heading to New Zealand and Australia before I jet off to Europe for a stop in the Netherlands before ending the tour with three separate stops in the UK. It’ll be the trip of a lifetime and…

Yeah, COVID, I know.

Yeah, COVID, I know. But I am on a book tour for the next two weeks, a virtual one, and the sites I will be featured on all derive from the countries I listed so, yes, technically, I’m going on an international blog tour.

So where am I appearing? Hold on now. First things first. Let me tell you a bit about Striking Balance: The Peculiar Making of Beatrice Benjamin Sophia Scott Schnell Gow. Ben’s tale is a queer Historical Dark Fantasy set in, you guessed it, Appalachia. This Appalachia, however, is the frontier, so we’re talking about the Revolutionary War era and the time after, meaning the late 18th century.

Both the print and ebook versions of Striking Balance are now available for preorder, so why not go ahead and reserve yours?

Here’s the official blurb to help you along: Benjamin Schnell is the possessor of secrets he wishes he could bury beneath the rich Nolichucky river flat dirt he farms alongside his dear friend, Conall. But secrets lead to lies, lead to more secrets, and all eventually come home to roost in a bed of distrust, even on the 1779 Appalachian frontier.

After Ben is injured, he realizes there are odd things happening around him that others cannot see. Corner shadows take human shapes, lightning bugs dance in broad daylight, and the farm’s strange owner, Master Gow, returns with an offer Conall cannot refuse if Ben is to live. But making a deal with Master Gow will take them deep into the mountains to where a haunted king reigns and Fire balances Water in a delicate natural friendship.

Ben must learn self-acceptance and trust if he and Conall are going to survive because there can be no secrets in the mountains, only truth.

A standalone tale from the Appalachian Elementals world focusing on complex families containing rich LGBTQIA+ characters.


Now here’s where I’ll be stopping by this next week including the country and what goodies I’ll be bringing along on some stops.

July 20 – Monday  US – guest post (Amy will be sharing a review as well!) https://amleibowitz.com  
 July 20 – Monday  US https://dabofdarkness.com/  
July 20 – Monday  US https://www.queerscifi.com  
July 20 – Monday  NZ http://annebarwell.wordpress.com  
July 21 – Tuesday    UK – Ten Questions w/ Author https://mattdoylemedia.com  
July 22 – Wednesday  USA – Exclusive Excerpt https://www.valerieullmer.com  
July 23 – Thursday  AUS https://www.onceandbooks.com/  
July 24 – Friday  UK Diverted to from MM Book Reviews to Liminal Fiction (US) – no exclusive excerpt as originally scheduled  
July 25 – Saturday  PH https://neverhollowed.com  
July 26 – Sunday  USA boymeetsboyreviews.blogspot.com  

Make certain you follow along, especially on the days I share unique content because you’ll get access to exclusive excerpts from Striking Balance and read fun facts about me and my writing process that you won’t find anywhere else.

P.S. There’s a giveaway involved too, but you’ll have to drop by the tour stops to find out more. 😊


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