Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Review, Author Interview and Giveaway: UNFORESEEN by Sarah Bartsch

    Author: Sarah Bartsch

     Title: Unforeseen

     Format: eBook

     Source: Received an e-copy in        exchange for an honest review

     PublishedNovember 2012
      Miyako is that rarest of teenage girls in Japan, circa 1915: a Samurai warrior. As technology and war spreads throughout the west, threatening the isolated Japanese way of life, the Shogun -- who rules for the Silent Emperor -- seeks the key to the nation's survival. Miyako's first solo mission takes her through a mysterious portal into a world of bizarre dangers and exciting temptations, where clockwork robots serve their masters and the very air itself can kill. 
This is a stand-alone novella set in The Empires of Steam and Rust universe created by Robert E. Vardeman.

My Thoughts

"She felt lighter as though her shorn hair had been tangled up with worries and doubts and weights and then simply cut away."

Miyako is the protagonist in the story and I really admire the courage that she has shown in this story. Sarah Bartsch's narration made it easier for me to imagine what was going on, but on the downside, I think one must have a background knowledge about the 1915 Japan setting to understand some of the words used in the story.

There were so many revelations in the story and and readers will learn a lot of things about Miyako and her past as the story goes on.

3.5 out of 5 stars

Highly recommended for steampunk readers.

 Author Interview

Hello Sarah!

  • When did you decide that you are going to be a writer?
I've written stories as long as I can remember, starting with hardbacks when I was four or five.  They were simpler books, a few pages each, bound in cardboard, handwritten single copies... But I made the decision to be a Writer! a couple years ago.  I'd been fighting it.  I got college degrees and day jobs, but making a living by writing is really all I want, and every day now I'm obsessing over the business and the art of being a genre author.  It's hard and complicated, and I love it.
  • Do you ever get 'stuck' while writing a story? What do you do about it?
Getting stuck happens a little bit of all the time, but I've found I need to push and write even though I'm insecure or confused or not inspired.  Then there are days I cut everything I did the day before because it was horrible, but that's just part of the process.  Sometimes I don't know a scene won't work until I write it out and realize--Miyako wouldn't do that!  Then I rethink it and "put on" the character's perspective and try again.

  • Describe each of the characters in Unforeseen with just one word.
Miyako: Relentless
Sook: Brilliant
Jin:  Devious

Let's get to the fun part!

When I dance, I look like…? 

What is one of your weird quirks?
It's not very weird for a writer to be an introvert, is it?  Um... on top of that, though, I like stale Cheetos. 

If you had access to a time machine where and when would you go? 
There are so many places and times that pop to mind, but after talking about it with my boyfriend, his first idea sounded great to me.   Now, if I get my hands on a time machine, I'm not giving it up easy, but my initial ride would be to Roswell in July of 1947 to see what really crashed there.

If you where running for office what would your campaign slogan be?
I don't really want the job, but if I'm running for President of the United States:  "Dystopian fiction--not my favorite.  Vote for Bartsch to save the world!"

Thank you so much, Sarah! :) a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Your Q&A was very fun, and I liked how you did it along with the review. The book sounds very interesting, and I'm quite into steampunk (I make steampunk jewellery) and so it might be a good one for me, and Miyako sounds really interesting. I adore that quote at the beginning of the review- it's so beautiful!
    Awesome post! ( :

    1. Hi there Romi! :) Glad you liked our Q&A with Sarah! :) Yup, Miyako really is interesting you should give this book a try. :)

  2. Not sure I've ever read a book about a samari warrior! Glad you enjoyed it!

    1. Oh it's my first time reading about it too, Sarah! It's nice to read other genres outside of my comfort zone once in a while. :)

  3. I don't understand your raffle entry at all. It wants me to be a member of something I've never heard of (GFC?) and offers no explanation of what that is. :-/


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