Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Great fantasy comes in bundles #SFWAStoryBundle - 4 books for $5

For a limited time, readers have a chance to buy some fantastic fiction at fantastic prices, as once again, SFWA teams up with StoryBundle. (Psst, my book is included!)
This time around, Cat Rambo, President of SFWA, curates the SFWA Fantasy Story Bundle, featuring works from SFWA fantasy authors. As always, readers choose what percentage goes to the writers, to StoryBundle, and to SFWA–the featured charity.
Proceeds benefit SFWA in its efforts to support, promote, inform, defend, and advocate for professional fantasy and science fiction writers. For more about the grants program, see http://www.sfwa.org/2017/09/call-grants-2017/.



At a minimum price level of $5 readers get:
  • The Dashkova Memoirs: Books 1-4 by Thomas K. Carpenter
  • Sorcerous Moons – Book 1 – Lonen’s War by Jeffe Kennedy
  • Cracked: A Magic iPhone Story by Janine A. Southard
  • The High House by James Stoddard
At $15 or more, readers get all four of the regular titles, plus EIGHT more!
  • The Winter Boy by Sally Wiener Grotta
  • The Garden of Abracadabra by Lisa Mason
  • The Moon Etherium by L. Rowyn
  • Black Angel by Kyell Gold
  • Shadows in the Water by Kory M. Shrum
  • Stay Crazy by Erica L. Satifka
  • The Wolf at the End of the World by Douglas Smith
  • Off Leash by Daniel Potter
The ebooks are DRM-free and come in multiple formats to allow for easy reading on computers, smartphones, tablets, and e-readers.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Happy Release Day @NightValeRadio! #Tuesdaybookblog

I've been a fan of the NightVale podcast for a long time. So imagine my delight that their newest novel is out today! Woo-hoo! And people are already saying awesome things:

A new page-turning mystery about science, faith, love and belonging, set in a friendly desert community where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are commonplace parts of everyday life. Welcome to Night Vale…
“Brilliant, hilarious, and wondrously strange. I’m packing up and moving to Night Vale! –Ransom Riggs, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
From the authors of the New York Times bestselling novel Welcome to Night Vale and the creators of the #1 international podcast of the same name, comes a mystery exploring the intersections of faith and science, the growing relationship between two young people who want desperately to trust each other, and the terrifying, toothy power of the Smiling God.
Nilanjana Sikdar is an outsider to the town of Night Vale. Working for Carlos, the town’s top scientist, she relies on fact and logic as her guiding principles. But all of that is put into question when Carlos gives her a special assignment investigating a mysterious rumbling in the desert wasteland outside of town. This investigation leads her to the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, and to Darryl, one of its most committed members. Caught between her beliefs in the ultimate power of science and her growing attraction to Darryl, she begins to suspect the Congregation is planning a ritual that could threaten the lives of everyone in town. Nilanjana and Darryl must search for common ground between their very different worldviews as they are faced with the Congregation’s darkest and most terrible secret.

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So if this looks like your brand of super weird, get your copy!


And this isn't their first stab at novelization either. You might be interested in their first novel too.


Monday, October 16, 2017

#Mondayblogs: 5 #werewolf reads for your October TBR

This is the third part of a 5-part blog post series about October reads. If you want to read the post about ghosts, click here. Prefer vampires? They're here. Only here for those that get furry and grow tails ? Then keep reading...

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Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and the Davy highway. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

There’s a pawnshop with three residents. One is seen only at night. There’s a diner, but people stopping there tend not to linger. There’s a newcomer, Manfred Bernardo, who just wants to work hard and blend in. But Manfred has secrets of his own...



Moon Called is the novel that introduced Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson to the world and launched a #1 bestselling phenomenon... 

Mercy Thompson is a shapeshifter, and while she was raised by werewolves, she can never be one of them, especially after the pack ran her off for having a forbidden love affair. So she’s turned her talent for fixing cars into a business and now runs a one-woman mechanic shop in the Tri-Cities area of Washington State.

But Mercy’s two worlds are colliding. A half-starved teenage boy arrives at her shop looking for work, only to reveal that he’s a newly changed werewolf—on the run and desperately trying to control his animal instincts. Mercy asks her neighbor Adam Hauptman, the Alpha of the local werewolf pack, for assistance. 

But Mercy’s act of kindness has unexpected consequences that leave her no choice but to seek help from those she once considered family—the werewolves who abandoned her.


Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this...
 
Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar...
 
Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.
 
The odds are impossible. The future is grim.  But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules...



Detective Jenna Skye bombs her first week on the St. Louis County Police Department's Vice Squad when she's bitten by a vampire in a supernatural brothel. Her day only gets worse from there. She wakes up in the morgue and discovers that her partner is dead. Before the sun rises, she realizes she is too. Jenna vows to continue their investigation until justice is served, but a werewolf squatter, an unexpected visit from her estranged sister, and a nosy FBI agent stand in her way. Not to mention her fresh aversion to sunlight and a thirst for something a little stiffer than revenge.




Elena Michaels seems like the typically strong and sexy modern woman, She lives with her architect boyfriend, writes for a popular newspaper, and works out at the gym. She's also a werewolf.
Elena has done all she can to assimilate to the human world, but the man whose bite changed her existence forever, and his legacy, continue to haunt her. Thrown into a desperate war for survival that tests her allegiance to a secret clan of werewolves, Elena must recon with who, and what, she is in this passionate, page-turning novel that begins the Women of the Otherworld series. 
The first in a popular (and complete) supernatural series. If you haven't read it, you're missing out! 

Friday, October 13, 2017

#fridayreads: Supernatural Reads for your Friday the 13th TBR

S. McPherson At the Water’s Edge


Seventeen-year-old Dezaray Storm is blamed for the death of her parents, hated by her brother and secluded from her friends, but that doesn't stop her from believing in magic.
Visions of the future, mysterious cloaked figures and a handsome stranger with the ability to teleport, lead to Dezaray tumbling through a portal and into another world where she is mistaken for its most powerful sorceress and saviour.
But in a twisted turn of events, the true sorceress ends up lost in our world, wandering the streets of England with a broken device and the whisper of forgotten magic to guide her. The realm of Coldivor is on the brink of war, its enemies grow restless and its shadows have eyes. Only the true sorceress can help tip the scales in their favour and the two girls must trade back before their 18th birthday when the war that could shatter both realities, will rage.
For a tale of misguided and powerful heroines, finding yourself in the midst of chaos and discovering secrets laid to rest, read AT WATER'S EDGE, a young adult epic fantasy that readers are comparing to Cassandra Clare, Sarah J Maas and Victoria Aveyard.

Just $1.99

Cordelia Castel Beastly Bride


The fate of the United Kingdom of Seven rests on the lips of Princess Freida.

Prince Alec has been turned into a frog and needs a kiss from his betrothed to turn him back.

Too bad Freida’s a spoiled, selfish sociopath who won’t kiss an ugly old frog. She has her twisted heart set on the prince’s younger and more attractive brother.

But when Freida has to choose between kissing a frog or banishment, she gambles everything on a plan so dastardly, so insane, she will either get her happy ever after or be executed for treason.

If you like scheming princesses, broken betrothals and twisted takes on classic fairy tales, you’ll love Beastly Bride...a frog prince retelling.

Just $0.99





Amanda Carney - First Fruits


He's odd. But, then again, so is she . . .

Parsley Walker didn't want to fall in love. She wanted to pour coffee, serve flapjacks, and forget that she could read minds. She wanted to be a ghost in a waitress's uniform. But then fate walked in, and he had dark hair and a dark mood, and he looked at her like she was the only woman in the world.

And, to him, she was.

Jesse Linwood intended to blow into town, grab the girl, and get gone. Instead, the girl grabbed him with her shy smile and sad eyes. Now, his cold, black vampire heart beats for her alone, but he isn't the only one who craves her. To keep her safe, he must pick a fight he knows he cannot win.

FREE as an ebook!





T. F. Walsh Cloaked in Sorcery

Halloween night means spells, spooks, and soul mates in this sexy wolf-shifter novella from a USA TODAY bestselling author.


Kalin Asen wants to be the best fortune-teller at the infamous Bran Castle in Transylvania this Halloween. It should be a no-brainer...until she crosses paths with a sexy Russian wulfkin who just might be her soul mate. But no way in hell would her fate lie with someone who wants her pack dead. Her mission morphs into a single focus: ignore her uncontrollable urges and stay alive.

As the commander of the Russian wulfkin army, Axe Vuk takes seriously his assignment to get Bran Castle's ownership signed over to his alpha. But considering the building isn't actually for sale, he engages a witch to hex everyone into losing their inhibitions in hopes of getting the owner to accept his offer. Then he meets Kalin, and it's impossible to tell if his growing attraction is a result of the spell or whether she is truly his mate.

When the night takes a deadly turn and his team loses control of their inner wolves, it's a race against time to stop them from chomping down on every human in the castle. Will Kalin and Axe survive long enough to discover the truth behind their primal passions?

Just $0.99 on preorder


Marsha Moore Witches Mystic Woods 

The Lockwood witches are the only tree mystics known to the Midwest, and soon Larena will be the last. Their heritage is crumbling—but not if Larena can save it. 

With loving care, Larena helps her mother Irene face the final journey of severe dementia. Corporate vultures, envisioning a mall project, are circling to take the Lockwood land and antique store by eminent domain upon Irene’s death. Their success will lay claim to the souls of Larena’s deceased father and grandfather, both tied for all eternity to the family’s land.

Using rare, inherited magical skills, Larena communicates with trees and crafts their wood into enchanted furniture, which bring blessings to future owners. An unscrupulous witch, working with the corporation for a share of the profits, sabotages Larena’s mysticism to curtail her livelihood. One charming vulture, Reid Peterson, preys upon her heart. Armed with only grit and attitude, Larena fights to stand her ground.

Local seers and fae alike foresee a shift with the concurrence of Winter Solstice and the coming new moon. Otherworld energies will then become available to an unnamed person in desperate need. Larena must be that person—or her heart, home, and heritage will be wrenched away.


Just $2.99

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Support SFWA and get these 10 awesome books! #amreading


The SFWA Fantasy Bundle, curated by Cat Rambo: This second bundle of the year draws from SFWA's fantasy authors, showing a full spectrum of possibilities including magic iPhones, steampunk heroes, mysterious apartments, self-resurrecting secret agents, ancient magic, and epic battles. I'm always amazed at the wealth of talent displayed by my fellow SFWA members. In its fifty-plus years, the organization has grown to encompass many of the best talents working in the fantasy field today. Reading through the submissions was a great pleasure, but also involved the torment of choosing. Learn more about the bundle here.

Some of the proceeds of the bundle go to support SFWA in its mission to support, promote, inform, defend, and advocate for professional fantasy and science fiction writers. For more about the organization, see sfwa.org.


Monday, October 9, 2017

#Mondayblogs: 5 #Vampire reads for your October TBR

This is the second part of a 5-part blog post series about October reads. If you want to read the post about ghosts, click here.



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The first novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series that gave life to the Dead and inspired the HBO® original series True Blood.


Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana—except for her “disability.” She can read minds. But she can’t hear a word that Bill Compton is thinking when he walks into her life—and then one of her coworkers is killed...

Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn’t such a bright idea.




#1 New York Times Bestselling author - The spellbinding classic that started it all - Book I of the Vampire Chronicles

Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force—a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write.


This is one of my favorite vampire series. You can reread it in honor of the series or  meet Louie, Lestat and the gang here.



Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive, Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.  Visit Salem's Lot tonight (if you dare!)




Published over twenty years ago by Ace, Guilty Pleasures marked the debut of a series that was destined to grow from cult favorite to a major New York Times bestseller. Now, for long-time Anita Blake junkies and newfound fans, Guilty Pleasures makes its trade paperback debut. Readers will learn how Anita Blake started raising the dead-and killing the undead. And how she met Jean Claude, the master vampire destined to become not only her biggest nemesis, but her greatest lover...

This is the first book in a 25 book series. And while I've only read the first dozen or so, I'd still recommend those to those who like badass heroines and sexy vamps to book. Learn more.



"A master storyteller, Butler casts an unflinching eye on racism, sexism, poverty, and ignorance and lets the reader see the terror and beauty of human nature." - The Washington Post 

This is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly unhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: She is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted-and still wants-to destroy her and those she cares for and how she can save herself. 


Read one of my all-time favorite vamp stories.

Friday, October 6, 2017

#Fridayreads: Supernatural Fun for your Halloween TBR

Wendy Knight With These Wings 



Seventeen-year-old Phoenyx was taken by the aliens who were supposed to save humanity. But Phoenyx didn’t die. She escaped.

Changed, different. Terrifying.

Now she protects the people she used to call neighbors and friends, despite the fact that they don’t trust her. She looks like the aliens—beautiful, strong, and winged. And that’s why those she protects want her dead. 

She doesn’t blame them.

All the while, she’s searching for Cole, the boy whose arms she was ripped from the night she was taken. 

When he shows up at their compound with a new love, everything Phoenyx has been fighting for is turned on its head, and she has to figure out what side she’s really on and who she really is before she loses herself completely.

Never trust beautiful things. 




Rosemary Johns Blood Dragons

A rebel vampire, a red-haired devil, and a Moon Girl battle to save the world—or tear it apart.

Light, a bad boy vampire of the Blood Lifer world, has been hiding in the shadows of paranormal London since Victorian times. His only company? A savage Elizabethan Blood lifer. And he’s keeping a secret from her that breaks every rule.
London, 1960s. When a seductive human singer tempts Light with a forbidden romance, their worlds collide. At the same time, Light discovers his ruthless family’s horrifying experiments. Now he’s torn between slaying the humans he was raised to fear, or saving them.
But an effort to play the hero could spell the end…for both species.
Blood Dragons is the explosive first installment of the supernatural suspense series REBEL VAMPIRES written by award-winning author Rosemary A Johns.


S.M. Schmitz The Complete Immortal Series Boxset

All four books of The Immortals series in one boxset!

Book One: The Immortals

When demons refuse to play by the rules, all Hell will break loose.

Colin and Anna are sent to Baton Rouge by the Angel with only one directive: keep their past a secret, including their relationship. Believing their new mission would be short-lived, Colin agrees, but as the months pass and the demons they’ve grown accustomed to fighting defy every rule of war between Heaven and Hell, it seems more and more likely that the city has nothing to do with the unusual behavior of these demons and everything to do with this couple.

Connected by a gift from the Angel, Colin and Anna have long shared a bond she promised was unbreakable, but when Anna disappears from him, Colin will discover that the demons he’d agreed to fight on behalf of Heaven are far from the most terrifying creatures to walk the Earth.



Kellie Sheridan -Magic in My Bones

My name is Melanie Sinclair, and as far as anyone knows, I've been dead since the day I was born.

It's been over two decades since I was smuggled into Galway to be raised where the magical community would never find me. Two decades of hiding. Two decades of pretending to be less than I am, blending in with the lesser magicks--those whose abilities are of little interest to those in power.

With the threat of exposure is growing every day, humanity is getting closer and closer to learning about a world they may not be ready to handle. The supernatural world must band together if they stand any chance of survival.

Now, Galway has been chosen to host a summit between the four major factions, the same people my family died to protect me from. Because, of course it has.

So much for the luck of the Irish.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Get 21 Paranormal Romance and UF stories for #FREE #Halloween



This paranormal romance and urban fantasy collection is FREE from October 4-October 8. If you're looking for a great seasonal read, this is for you! It includes my novella, A Vampire Calls--and right in time for Halloween!

Prepare to sink your teeth into 21 Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy stories featuring vampires, shifters, witches, demons, chimeras, and more from today’s NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, and internationally best-selling and award-winning authors!

With over one million words of fiction and over 100 hours of prime reading material, this exciting collection will treat you to brand new worlds and inventive re-imaginings of our beloved monsters-in-the-dark. You won’t want to miss out on these stories with bite. We’re certain you’re gonna love it…to death!


Get your free copy here.

Monday, October 2, 2017

#Mondayblogs: Happy October! 5 #Ghost reads #amreading

Happy October! 

I don't know about you but this is my favorite time of year. Add this to my obsession for reading and what you get is a 5-part series focusing on thematic reads unique to October and its centerpiece: Halloween.

This first part of the series is dedicated to one of my favorites: ghosts! 

Here is a list of ghost reads that you may want to fill your kindles with to keep you cozy during on dark, autumn nights.

From Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of SmileDrama, and Sisters!

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister's sake - and her own.

Get your copy here.







First Grave on the Right is the smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper.

Charley sees dead people. That's right, she sees dead people. And it's her job to convince them to "go into the light." But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e., murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she's been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.
This is the first book in an awesome 13-book series. Check it out!

Could you survive a week in a haunted house?


Mara is the daughter of spiritualists. Her childhood was filled with séances, scam mediums and talk of ghostly presences. 

When Mara finally left her family’s home, she vowed she would never allow superstition or false religion into her life again. Now she’s ready to start over with her fiancé, Neil, in a world based on rationality and facts.

But her past isn’t ready to let her go just yet. 

Mara and Neil purchase Blackwood House, a derelict property outside of town. They’re warned about strange occurrences in the crumbling building. Doors open by themselves, voices whisper in the night, bloody handprints appear on the walls, and cold spots linger in the basement, where the house’s original owner was murdered.

But Blackwood was dirt-cheap and came with a large plot of overgrown land. Mara loves her new home, and disregards the warnings.

Because ghosts aren’t real…



Nevermore… 

Eager to start their life together, historian Vickie Preston and Special Agent Griffin Pryce take a detour en route to their new home in Virginia and stop for a visit in Baltimore. But their romantic weekend is interrupted when a popular author is found dead in the basement of an Edgar Allan Poe–themed restaurant. Because of the mysterious circumstances surrounding the corpse, the FBI's Krewe of Hunters paranormal team is invited to investigate. As more bizarre deaths occur, Vickie and Griffin are drawn into a case that has disturbing echoes of Poe's great works, bringing the horrors of his fiction to life. 

The restaurant is headquarters to scholars and fans, and any of them could be a merciless killer. Except there's also something reaching out from beyond the grave. The late, great Edgar Allan Poe himself is appearing to Vickie in dreams and visions with cryptic information about the murders. Unless they can uncover whose twisted mind is orchestrating the dramatic re-creations, Vickie and Griffin's future as a couple might never begin…




The classic supernatural thriller by an author who helped define the genre

First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a "haunting"; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

If you haven't read this, you're missing out.
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Got your own ghost-read recommendation? I'm all ears! Leave your suggestions in the comments below.




Friday, September 29, 2017

Preorder Dying Day and receive FREE stuff #freebiefriday #fridayreads



Hi everyone,

For those of you who have been following Jesse Sullivan's epic journey, you know that Dying Day (the last installment of this urban fantasy series) is scheduled to be released in just 32 days...


THIRTY-TWO DAYS

As we gear up for the launch, I want to make sure you haven't missed the special preorder offer I have going for this book.

First of all there will be a ton of content included in the back of Dying Day that will not be available after the release. This includes:


- a free copy of Life's a Gas, a Jesse Sullivan short story about how her pug Winston came into her life
- a free copy of Death or Something Like it, a Jesse Sullivan- Lana Harvey cross over short that I wrote with the fabulous Angela Roquet...answering what happens while Jesse is dead between replacements
- a brand new short story never published before about Captain Gloria Jackson and her amazing gift
- deleted scenes from Dying Day that didn't make it into the final copy of the novel
- The original query letter and first fifty pages of Dying for a Living (as it existed in 2009, years before it's final publication in 2014) - for those fans curious about the evolution of Jesse's tale!
-a special BOGO offer 
- and more!

So if any or all of the above interests you, please preorder at your preferred retailer today! (This offer ends 11:59PM EST October 30).

Amazon Kindle
Barnes and Noble Nook
Kobo
iTunes