Today I’m excited to participate in the Creative Blog Tour for These Gilded Bones May Bloom by C.G. Honer hosted by MTMC Tours. A collection of enemies and lovers, sprawling cities and hungry seas, stretching from the hidden magic of our own world to the far reaches of your wildest dreams and nightmares. These Gilded Bones May Bloom is a Fantasy Anthology and it will be published on January 29, 2023.
29 short stories. Three unique worlds.
One navigates battlefields of countryside and cobblestone.
Another ensnares lost souls and sweethearts.
And the last is tormented by deities better left forgotten.
Welcome to These Gilded Bones May Bloom, a collection of enemies and lovers, sprawling cities and hungry seas, stretching from the hidden magic of our own world to the far reaches of your wildest dreams and nightmares. Journey through the Ash Woods, a dangerous forest guarding the body of a long-dead soldier. Follow a thief as he steals into an extravagant garden party. Study the siren of Berkshire University, and the student hell-bent on setting her free.
Brought to life through sweeping prose and lush illustrations, lose yourself in tales where morally gray is king, fate doesn’t play fair, and “The End” isn’t always what it seems.
Title: These Gilded Bones May Bloom
Author: C.G. Honer
Publication Date: January 29, 2023
Genres: Anthology, Fantasy, Magic Realism
Format: eBook, Paperback, Hardcover
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About C.G. Honer:
Caitlan “C.G.” Honer resides in the evergreen, ever cloudy PNW. When she isn’t dreaming up trauma for the characters in her head, she enjoys reading, walks with her dog, the occasional existential crisis, and spending way too much time on Netflix. Her short story anthology, These Gilded Bones May Bloom, releases January 29, 2023. For any and all updates, subscribe to the monthly newsletter, follow her on social media, or watch the night skies for carrier dragons.
These Gilded Bones May Bloom is a collection of 29 short stories, in three different worlds. Each world is sectioned off, filled with a variety of inter-connected stories. This left me with a whirlwind of emotions.
There is something for everyone, whether enemies to lovers is your thing, or maybe second chances. There are quite a few short stories with little to no romance in them as well.
I loved getting to read complete stories in just a few pages, but am looking forward to the works the author mentioned in her note at the end of this collection.
The first collection of short stories (world one) is called The Goddesses We Favor. My absolute favorite from this collection was ABCs of Thievery. It is the cutest, opposites attract short story I have read in the longest time. The romance between Oswin and Adair was adorable, and her two friends (Blair and Claire) we’re fantastic. I’d love to see a longer piece with the five of them.
I rather enjoyed how the author connected all ten of these stories together. If you’re not careful, you could miss it entirely.
World two’s section is called The Magic We Fear, also filled with ten different short stories. 85th and Lexington was a favorite of mine, about a clairvoyant cab that takes you where you need to go, whether you want to or not. It is a beautiful story about forgiveness, healing, and second chances.
None of these stories appeared connected.
The third and final collection of stories is called The Deities We Forget, and all nine stories revolve around the Forgotten Ones and Sirens. They are inter-connected. Every single one of these stories are bittersweet and heartbreaking, full of bargains and betrayals.
Throughout all collections you can find character art and maps. The work is beautiful.
Please note that a good portion of these stories contain content warnings.
*Wordsearch for These Gilded Bones May Bloom*
As I was reading These Gilded Bones May Bloom, I wrote down some theme words (tropes, characters, etc.) to create a wordsearch that would represent this collection of stories.
Every word in the word bank was plucked from each short story, and hopefully it makes you want to read this collection!
There are epic preorder incentives available for US and international orders of These Gilded Bones May Bloom!
US physical copies receive: 3 phone wallpapers, 2 art prints, 1 sticker, and 1 bookmark.
International/Ebook copies receive: 3 phone wall papers, 1 digital art print, and 1 Digital annotated short story.
Submission window is open now—January 28th, and all submission forms can be found here: https://linktr.ee/cghonerwrites
Enter the Rafflecopter below where one (1) reader will win a physical copy of These Gilded Bones May Bloom and the preorder incentives (3 phone wallpapers, 2 art prints, 1 sticker, 1 bookmark)!
Ends on January 14th, 2022. Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter & contacted via email.
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I love the review and the book cover.
The cover is what drew me in the most. 😅
That wordsearch is amazing!! Thank you for posting! 📖