Restless Earth and Blessing Sky Blog Tour



Hi, all, it’s Sher today, and welcome to my tour stop for Restless Earth and Blessing Sky by Emily Mah!  This is a YA/NA high fantasy series.  This is book 1 and 2 of The Sky Chariots Saga. The tour runs July 20 – 31 with reviews, author interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.


About Restless Earth:


For over a thousand years, the Tanoa have relied on their Earth Shamen to bring rich harvests, temper stone tools and weapons, and imbue pottery with strength like metal. Now, though, the bloodline has dwindled to one Shaman, Tuwa, who is trapped high in the mountains, holding bedrock together to prevent a volcanic eruption while the rest of her people flee to safety. The only way to save the village is for her to sacrifice herself and buy them the time they need to evacuate.But her grandson, Ahote, refuses to abandon her to die. Rather than do as she asks—marry and bear daughters who might inherit her gift—he sets out to find the one person who might be able to save Tuwa’s life. Kasha is a Tanoa girl who lives in Solace, a city of the pale-skinned Andalanos. If the Engineers Guild ever discovers her gender or race, they could order her execution—for in violation of the King’s law, Master Engineer Seamus trained Kasha as his apprentice. She is a genius in all things mechanical and earned her master certification when only fourteen years old. Since Seamus’s death, she has been discreetly working his job as the City Engineer. She knows there is no machine or technology that can save Tuwa. In order to complete this task, Kasha must invent a vehicle unlike anything the world has ever seen, and risk exposure and death in the process.


About Blessing Sky:


Master Engineer Kasha lives in hiding. As a Tanoa and a woman, she has no legal right to her title, and risks expulsion or even execution if the Guild discovers her identity. For over a year she has served as the City Engineer of the Andalano city of Solace, home to the Winged Riders and their pegasus mounts.Now, though, her people need her. The last of their Earth Shamen is trapped in the mountains, holding back a volcanic eruption so that the rest of her people can escape. It is a job for only the greatest of all engineers, and that happens to be Kasha. But when her kinsman, Ahote, breaks the most sacred law of the Winged Riders, an alliance with him means certain death. Kasha must work alone to solve the most difficult engineering problem of all time before the summer months are done and winter comes to claim the life of the Shaman and the hope of her people.


Here’s an excerpt of Restless Earth to give you a taste of what it’s like:

A high, bell-like whinny sounded up ahead and Ahote looked up, startled.

“A Winged,” said Niyal.

Everyone else went tense. The horses began to stamp and sidle. Only Mother, who lay resting on her litter, seemed unaffected.

Ahote scanned the sky and spotted the creature. It was far away, beyond Millerton at Ahote’s best guess—a good half-day’s ride.

The Winged covered the distance in the space of four heartbeats, and then all havoc broke loose.

It had no Rider, only an empty saddle.

The horses began to rear and shy, and Fleet, who did not know to be afraid of Winged, wheeled in response to what she saw the rest doing.

Ahote cast about for a way to help Mother, but he spotted one of the men of the tribe scooping her up into his arms and holding her close to his chest.

Indignation and gratitude warred in Ahote, but he didn’t have time to discern which would prevail, for the pegasus dove straight for him, its white teeth bared and its hooves lashing out. With a quick yank, he pulled Fleet aside so that they dodged the creature’s headlong assault, and there was a sudden gust of wind as the great wings flapped, turning the dive back into a climb.

“Spread out!” a voice shouted from the tribe. “Don’t cluster together. We meet at the well.”

Ahote had no idea where any wells were. For the past day, they’d ridden through farm fields lying fallow after the last harvest. Flimsy-looking, wood-frame houses dotted the landscape, left empty by families that would have moved into Millerton for the cold months.

He was sure many of these homes had wells, but he hadn’t taken any careful inventory as he’d ridden past. Now, there was no one to ask as the tribe scattered like corn kernels dropped onto a flat stone. Horses shrieked in terror, their hooves pounding the ground in rhythmic thunder. The only one who did not move was Fleet, who stood awaiting Ahote’s command.

And this angered the Winged, who banked, turned, and dove for them again.

Ahote’s first instinct was to run, and that was what Fleet wanted to do as well, but instead, they waited. While the Winged was high in the air, it could bank and turn at will. As it descended, its options became more limited, so Ahote kept Fleet still, even as she trembled beneath him and danced in place.

The Winged was twenty lengths away, now fifteen, moving so fast that its outline blurred. Once the creature was ten lengths away, Ahote gave his command.

Fleet ran forward, toward the creature, ducking easily under its diamond-sharp hooves as the great wings flapped in a vain attempt to turn and pursue them. The flapping turned into an ungainly landing, and Ahote fancied that the advantage was now his.

No such luck. The Winged could run as fast as any horse—and faster than Fleet. It was gaining on them.


About the Author:

Emily writes as both Emily Mah (for science fiction and fantasy) and E.M. Tippetts (for chick lit). Her short stories have appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, The Black Gate, and anthologies like The Dragon and the Stars, Shanghai Steam, and The Change: Tales of Downfall and Rebirth.  Her E.M. Tippetts novels have been on the Amazon Top 100 numerous times, and her novel, Someone Else’s Fairytale was semi-finalist for the Best Indie Book of the Year –  Kindle Book Review, and a runner up in Romance for the Best of the Independent Book Awards – eFestival of Words.

She is a graduate of the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop for Science Fiction and Fantasy and Viable Paradise Writers Workshop, and she often teaches the unit on self-publishing at the Taos Toolbox Writers Workshop.When she is not writing or chasing small children, she manages E.M. Tippetts Book Designs, her company which offers formatting, cover design, and editing services to authors and publishers.
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