Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: TREMONTAINE

Author: Ellen Kushner, Joel Derfner, Karen Lord, Delia Sherman, Racheline Maltese, Paul Witcover, Tessa Gratton, and Liz duffy Adams.
Pub. Date: October 11, 2017
Publisher: Serial Box
Formats: eBook & audiobook

Since launching last year, serial fiction startup Serial Box has been featured from coast to coast including stories on NPRWiredBuzzFeed and i09. Serial Box was called “a godsend for a niche market of readers” by The Chicago Tribune.

As one of the flagship serials from Serial Box with tens of thousands of readers across multiple platforms, Tremontaine has made waves in the serial, LGBTQ, and fan fiction community. 

Tremontaine introducers readers to a world where ambition, love affairs, and rivalries dance with deadly results. In this serial, Ellen Kushner and a team of writers return readers to the world of scandal and swordplay introduced in her cult-classic novel Swordspoint. Readers familiar with the series will find a welcome homecoming while new fans will learn what makes Riverside a place they will want to visit again and again. Tremontaine follows Diane, Duchess Tremontaine, whose beauty is matched only by her cunning; Rafe Fenton, a handsome young scholar with more passion than sense; Ixkaab Balam, a tradeswoman from afar with skill for swords and secrets; and Micah, a gentle genius whose discoveries herald revolution. Sparks fly as these four lives intersect in a world where politics is everything, and outcasts are the tastemakers. 

Team-written by some of today’s most exciting authors, Tremontaine season 3 is brought to you by Ellen KushnerJoel DerfnerKaren LordDelia ShermanRacheline MaltesePaul WitcoverTessa Gratton, and Liz duffy Adams.


This series of stories within Tremontaine is one of the most unique collections I've ever read. The story that I chose to read and review is Season 1, Episode 3: Heavenly Bodies by Joel Derfner.

One of the favorite things about this story was that it didn't feel like a short story. There wasn't any info dumping and trying to cram information in to create a complex story. Instead, there was a complex story, with some background and well formed characters. The story delivered punches throughout in the best way. It kept me engaged, it kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next and it kept me rooting for the characters.

In this story, you'll find a love affair, political intrigue, a university setting, a fierce woman, a scandal, and fascinating aspects on a historical university class. You'll also find an array of characters, and while it took a little getting used to with all the names, it wasn't hard to keep track of them.

While this story is okay on its own, I do recommend reading the whole collection. That way, you can get a good sense of the world within these stories, and also the characters that interweave between the stories. If you enjoy historical settings, scandals, swordplay and multi-dimensional characters, then I recommend this series of stories.

Ellen Kushner
 Ellen Kushner unites her talents and insights as a writer, performer, and cultural maven in one sleek package: she is the author of acclaimed works of literary fantasy, an award-winning audio book narrator and stage performer, the creator and former host of public radio's national series Sound & Spirit, and a popular teacher and lecturer. 
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Joel DerfnerJoel Derfner is from South Carolina, where his great-grandmother had an affair with George Gershwin. After fleeing the south as soon as he possibly could, he got a B.A. in linguistics from Harvard. He is currently a writer and composer in New York City. He is also or has also been a knitter, step aerobics instructor, cheerleader, go-go boy, and math teacher.
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Karen Lord

Karen Lord is Barbadian, born in 1968. She is a writer and research consultant, BSc, MSc, MPhil, PhD. She has written novels that have received many awards. She builds worlds, one word at a time.
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Delia ShermanDelia Sherman is a fantasy writer and editor. She was born in Tokyo and brought up in New York City. She is the author of the novels Through a Brazen Mirror, The Porcelain Dove (a Mythopoeic Award Winner), and Changeling. She lives in New York City with her wife and sometime collaborator, Ellen Kushner.
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Racheline MalteseRacheline Maltese is a queer writer living a big life from a small space. She flies planes, sails boats, and rides horses, but as a native New Yorker, has no idea how to drive a car. She is a performer and storyteller focused on themes of celebrity, gender, desire and mourning. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner and their two cats.
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Paul WitcoverPaul Witcover is the author of Waking Beauty, and has also written a biography of Zora Neale Hurston and numerous short stories. He is the co-creator, with Elizabeth Hand, of the cult comic book series Anima and has served as the curator of the New York Review of Science Fiction reading series. His work has also appeared on HBO. He lives and writes in New York City.

Tessa GrattonTessa Gratton has wanted to be a paleontologist or a wizard since she was seven. Alas, she turned out too impatient to hunt dinosaurs, but is still searching for a someone to teach her magic. After traveling the world with her military family, she acquired a BA in Gender Studies, then settled down in Kansas with her partner, her cats, and her mutant dog. She now spends her days staring at the sky and telling lots of stories about magic.
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Liz Duffy AdamsLiz Duffy Adams' Goodreads page.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
11/6/2017- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt
11/6/2017- Jamieson WolfeReview

11/7/2017- Books,Dreams,LifePre Made Post
11/7/2017- BookishRealmReviewsSpotlight

11/8/2017- Novel NoviceExcerpt
11/8/2017- BookHounds YAReview

11/9/2017- Owl Always Be ReadingReview
11/9/2017- BookCrushinReview

11/10/2017- Read Lovely BooksExcerpt

Week Two:
11/13/2017- Owl Always Be ReadingReview
11/13/2017- YA and WinePre Made Post

11/14/2017- Hauntedbybooks13Review
11/14/2017- Texan Girl ReadsReview

11/15/2017- Hooked To Books- Spotlight

11/16/2017- A Gingerly ReviewReview

11/17/2017- Owl Always Be ReadingReview

11/17/2017- Two Chicks on BooksReview


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