Guest Post/Giveaway – 24 Bones by Michael F. Stewart

Welcome to my stop of the 24 Bones book tour which has been brought to you by Bewitching Book Tours. Today I have a Guest Post by Michael F. Stewart as well as a summary of the book and you can learn a little more about the author. There is also a giveaway for an eBook too!! Don't forget to visit the other blogs on this tour for more information about this book and the author.
Title: 24 Bones
Author: Michael F. Stewart
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Supernatural Thriller
Publisher: Non Sequitur Press
Number of pages: 305
Word Count:  85,000
Cover Artist: Martin Stiff of Amazing15

Book Description

Every five hundred years the phoenix dies.

Samiya, born-into-shadow, is soon to battle her born-into-light brother. Abandoned by their parents, neither wishes to play the preordained role of beast and hero. When their loved ones are taken hostage, they are forced to follow the path laid out in myth, culminating in a battle first fought six thousand years ago in ancient Cairo. A mythic clash where one defeats the other and both become gods.

To break free from their fates, Samiya and her brother must unravel a mystery twisted by cults, greed, and magic. But myth is a powerful force and failure to live up to it may not only destroy their lives but the lives of the ones they love most.

When the phoenix dies, the only certainty is flames.

“Terrific! A successful blend of genres, complex and fascinating characters, and loads of suspense make 24 Bones a must-read.” Nate Kenyon, bestselling author of The Reach, Prime, Bloodstone, and The Bone Factory.

“'24 Bones' is a winning debut. It's well-written and well-plotted, studded with drama, action, history and mythology. There's even a little romance. The conclusion is thrilling with the final outcome of the battle between good and evil held over until the very end...leaving you guessing until that very last page.” SF Crowsnest.

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Guest Post

How THE TERMINALS became optioned for Television

24 BONES is my latest release but I have a lot more in queue. Of all my adult work, the book I’m most excited about is THE TERMINALS. It’s about a secret government agency that uses the terminally ill to go into their respective afterlives to seek information from dead people in order to solve some real world issue. Cool, right? It’s currently being marketed by my amazing literary agent Gina Panettieri. She’s looking for a book deal. The television deal came another way, and let me say first, we’re not there yet. Television deals take a long time to put together, usually coming down to, who’s going to pay for the pilot. This story is about the initial option as it’s been reoptioned since.

A funny thing happened on the train one day.

I was actually coming back home to Ottawa from Toronto after pitching some producers there. So I was highly prepared when I noted the guy in the seat in front of me was reviewing raw footage. I could tell it was raw because it would start with those colorful, geometric screens that you never see anymore and he was reviewing it in an editing program.

I was excited and my hands started sweating, even though I had no clue who he was. But in the upper right hand corner of the laptop frame was his name and address on a little tiny sticker. Squinting, I could make out parts of it. Which I promptly Googled.

Turns out it was Jim Donovan, an award winning director.

Holy crap.

Are you a believer in fate? Things happening because they’re supposed to? To some degree, I am.

Now, having confirmed that this guy was legit, I didn’t tap him on the shoulder, no. I tracked down his email address online. And I emailed him, asking if he’d mind a pitch!

Across the WiFi, to the cell tower, along the Internet Pipes to his servers, and then back ... A few minutes later he started laughing, turned around, big smile and came and sat next to me.

And so started an awesome relationship, and how I first optioned THE TERMINALS.

So, want to option your book? Ride the rails!

About the Author

After crewing ships in the Antarctic and the Baltic Sea and some fun in venture capital, Michael anchored himself (happily) to a marriage and a boatload of kids. Now he injects his adventurous spirit into his writing with brief respites for research into the jungles of Sumatra and Guatemala, the ruins of Egypt and Tik’al, paddling the Zambezi and diving whatever cave or ocean reef will have him. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers and SF Canada, and the author of the Assured Destruction series, 24 Bones, The Sand Dragon, Hurakan, Ruination and several award winning graphic novels for young adults.


Michael has been kind enough to offer a copy of 24 Bones to two lucky winners!! Fill in the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win!!
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  1. Thanks for hosting, Naomi!

  2. You're welcome Michael!! Happy to have you here!! Loved the guest post, thanks so much!!

  3. So neat about the journey to being optioned. I love the cover as well. Thanks for hosting Naomi

  4. Interesting book cover. It definitely attracts the eye.
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  5. Cool book cover! That alone makes me want to read it!

  6. Isn't it? I'd never be that lucky!! lol

  7. I think so too... who would have that kind of luck?

  8. It certainly does!! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. It's great, sounds like a great read too... Good luck !!

  10. It is a great cover, those eyes get me everytime!!

  11. That is a crazy story!!!! Seriously, it's just amazing :) Thanks for sharing it! And lucky he checked his email right there, considering he was editing! It must have been meant to be!

  12. I have to agree that this is fantastic cover art. Made me want to find out what this book was about. Thank you for sharing with us I am intrigued and looking forward to the read.


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