Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Book Tour & #Giveaway ~ Toru: Wayfarer Returns by Stephanie R. Sorensen

Toru: Wayfarer Returns by Stephanie R. Sorensen


GENRE: Historical Steampunk Fiction




A nation encircled by enemies

A noblewoman with everything to lose

A fisherman with everything to prove and a nation to save.

In Japan of 1852, the peace imposed by the Tokugawa Shoguns has lasted 250 years. Peace has turned to stagnation, however, as commoners grow impoverished and their lords restless. Swords rust. Martial values decay. Foreign barbarians circle the island nation’s closed borders like vultures.

Tōru, a shipwrecked young fisherman rescued by traders and taken to America, defies the Shogun’s ban on returning to Japan, determined to save his homeland from foreign invasion. Can he rouse his countrymen in time? Or will the cruel Shogun carry out his vow to execute all who set foot in Japan after traveling abroad? Armed only with his will, a few books, dirigible plans and dangerous ideas, Tōru must transform the Emperor’s realm before the Black Ships come.



“Rather than argue with them, you should invite them to make the first flight with you,” said Takamori. “At first they will agree, since it is their place as the leaders. Everyone is very excited about the dirigibles. Set the time and place for the first flight. Jiro should explain that is not a good time because of the wind or something technical that needs testing first. You argue with Jiro and perhaps even scold him for impertinence in front of the daimyōs.”

“Yes, I am often scolded for impertinence,” said Jiro. “I have a talent for it, you know.”

“Indeed you do,” said Tōru. He saw where Takamori was going. “Then they notice the risks and uncertainties…and they ask me if it is safe. I tell them honestly that we have no idea if it is safe or if it will work, and that we might all crash to a fiery death and therefore perhaps I should test it first myself before we endanger them.”

“And I will be impertinent again and tell you in front of them that you don’t have a clue how to fly one of these dirijibi!” Jiro finished the plan for them. “Which is also true, by the way. I know how to fly one of these, and you don’t.”

“You’ve never flown one either,” protested Tōru.

“I have built one. Almost. Soon. How many have you built?” asked Jiro, with his broad grin.

Tōru opened his mouth and closed it again.

“See? Problem solved,” said Takamori, as he pounded Tōru on the back. “We have a fine dirijibi pilot, the finest dirijibi pilot in all of Japan, our good man Jiro here.”




Stephanie is a writer based in the Victorian mining town of Leadville, Colorado, where she lives at 10,251 feet with her husband, five chickens, two bantam English game hens and one Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. After a former life in big cities-New York City, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Boston, Mexico City, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Santa Fe-she now enjoys the birdsong and quiet writing time she finds in Leadville. Her first novel draws on her experience living and working in Japan; her next historical novel is set in Mexico where she also lived for several years. As a Leadville local, she likes her Victorian attire spiced with a little neo-Victorian futurism and the biggest bustle possible.

Recognition for "Toru: Wayfarer Returns"

-- Finalist, Fantasy category, 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

-- Bronze Medal Award, Multicultural Fiction category, 2016 eLit Book Awards



One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/ gift card.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Lisa Brown said...

Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

Stephanie R Sorensen said...

Sapphyria, thank you very much for hosting my book today! I hope your readers enjoy the post and the book. To celebrate this, my first ever book tour, I've put the digital version of "Toru" on $0.99 promotion during the tour and for a few days after, so grab a copy before the price goes up!


Sapphyria said...

You're welcome, Goddess Fish Promotions.

Sapphyria said...


You're welcome! Good luck in the giveaway!

Sapphyria said...

You're so welcome, Stephanie. Thank you for putting the book on a special sales promotion.

Anonymous said...

Good luck with the release!


Emily Endrizzi said...

This book sounds fantastic! Thanks for hosting.

Dianne Casey said...

This book sounds so interesting. I like reading historical fiction and Japan 1852 is a time in history that I know nothing about. Looking forward to reading.

Dianne Casey said...

This book sounds so interesting. I like reading historical fiction and Japan 1852 is a time in history that I know nothing about. Looking forward to reading.

Sapphyria said...

Hi Everyone! Thank you for stopping by and visiting today. I appreciate all of your support of the book, author, and blog!

Beth Ann Tilley said...

Thank you for the excerpt & giveaway.

Mary Preston said...

Loving the sound of this.

Desiree Kessler said...

This book sounds really interesting. I've added it to my TBR on GR. Thanks for hosting and for the giveaway! :)

Joseph Wallace said...

What is the best book you read in 2016? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

Victoria Alexander said...

I'm looking forward to reading this one!

Sapphyria said...

Thank everyone for stopping by and participating in the tour!!!

Laura said...

Wow! This one sounds very interesting! :)

Ally Swanson said...

Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!