Cover reveal for Destined for Shadows

I am excited to reveal the cover for Destined for Shadows to you all today, and if you keep reading, there is a giveaway to go with the post!

This is the first book in the Dark Destiny Series (a spin-off of the Sensor Series).  Both this book and the second one will feature Cori and Bartol as the main characters.  Originally, I’d planned to give them only one installment, but with their histories and obstacles to overcome, I felt there was a lot to tell that probably wouldn’t fit into just one novel.  After I conducted a poll last spring among readers, I found everyone who responded agreed and thought Cori and Bartol needed at least two books.

Below is the cover and a behind-the-scenes video from the photo shoot. Continue Reading →

Merry Christmas and a giveaway opportunity

For those who celebrate, I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas.  I spent time with family last night and ate a huge meal.  Today, I’ve got more relatives to visit, but I wanted to let you all know about a giveaway opportunity I currently have running over on my Facebook fan group this week.

It is for a huge prize package which includes a signed paperback copy of one of the first three Dragon’s Breath Series books (winner’s choice), a tote bag, fridge magnet, and hand-carved pewter dragon figurine.  All you have to do is join my Facebook group HERE, and comment on the giveaway post after reading the instructions.  The contest ends on New Year’s Eve, and the winner will be announced the following day.

In other news, I’ll be doing a post later in the week recapping the year and letting you know what to expect from me for 2017.  Those of you who are subscribed to my newsletter would have gotten most of the updates when I sent it out yesterday, but for everyone else, this will give you a thorough update on which books I’ll be releasing next and an approximate time frame on when they should become available.  Be sure to check back!

Interview with Yasmine Galenorn

Today is the last day for the author interview series I’ve been doing since July, and I have author Yasmine Galenorn here with us to help end it with a bang!  For those who aren’t familiar with her, she writes urban fantasy, paranormal romance, paranormal mystery, and nonfiction.  Her series include:  Whisper Hollow, Fury Unbound, The Otherworld, The Fly by Night, The Indigo Court, Chintz ‘n China, Bath and Body, and the Shamanic Witchcraft Series (nonfiction).

The novel I will be highlighting in this post is Fury’s Magic (book 2 of the Fury Unbound Series), which just released about a week ago. You can find out more details about it at the end of the post.

Now, on to the interview…

What is your beverage of choice when you first wake up?  What happens if you can’t get it?

Iced quad-shot sugar-free chocolate-peppermint coconut milk latte. Made on my beloved espresso machine named Fred. You do NOT want to see me without caffeine. It’s not a pretty sight. I’m not pleasant. And I get a mega headache.

Do you have pets? If so, what kind and do they help you write your books?

Four furbabies. We are a four-cat household. We have little loves who never, ever do anything wrong—(koffs)

Okay, even I can’t get that out with a straight face. We are owned by four goobers. Calypso (Caly-Q for short), a tortoiseshell who has decided she is Mom’s protector against all who enter the house wearing shoes (she doesn’t like shoes). Caly took over as dominant kitty when our old beloved Meerclar died at 21 years old. Then we have Brighid (the cat, not the Goddess), who is the Manipulator. She’s a red girl who’s sweet, smart, and our prima-dona.

Morgana (Morgan for short, or the Morganator/the Schmorganbord) is our 16½ lb. part Bengal who…she’s special. Morgan lives in Morgan’s world and it’s a happy little world and she’s the gentle giant of it. Then there’s Apple. Apple is not named after a goddess, you’ll notice. Apple is a boy. He’s a goofy happy tiny l’il boy black cat who loves sucking on his blanket, chasing Brighid, and generally making us smile. Before that, we were owned by four other goobers who lived very long and happy lives and whom we miss very much.

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If someone was willing to pay you a million dollars cash to run down the street naked, would you do it?

Yeah. Wouldn’t be MY eyes I’d be scarring! Nekkid is a state of mind. You can go meandering around in a burlap sack and make people think you’re the classiest thing on earth if you have the right attitude.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Quit my job, gave away most of my possessions, and moved into a converted school bus where I slept with a hatchet by my head, out on the back end of five acres. I needed a change after I left my ex. Then, months later, I moved in with a friend, and a week later was living with his roommate Sam. Two months after that Samwise proposed and 23 years later, we’re still married. 🙂

Name a few of the TV shows you like to watch.

I’m a TV/movie/music junkie. LOVE media of all sorts. I watch a lot of Food Network—the more severe my food allergies get, the more vicarious it becomes. Favorites over the years: Buffy, Medium, Bones, Criminal Minds, Night Stalker, the first two seasons of Supernatural, Lost Girl, Witches of East End, Gilmore Girls, New Girl…and many more.

What would be your weapon of choice if society crumbled and it was each man/woman for themself?

One of my many daggers. (I collect blades). You can’t run out of bullets that way, a dagger can be used for many tasks, and it’s easier to both hide and use than a sword. I’ve thought this over a lot. Trust me. I haz much imagination.

If you could witness any event in history, what would it be?

I think I would want to go back and see how they built Stonehenge, and the pyramids. Remove the uncertainty for sure.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

Sitting beside the ocean, on a driftwood log, on a day that’s around 65 degrees with a very light wind, listening to the waves.

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Thanks so much for being here with us today, Yasmine. Love all your adorable cat pics, and I’m with you on which events in history I’d want to witness.  I’d love to see how they managed to get the pyramids erected.


AUTHOR BIO

New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn writes urban fantasy, paranormal romance, fantasy and science fiction. In the past, she has written paranormal mysteries, and nonfiction metaphysical books. She is the 2011 Career Achievement Award Winner in Urban Fantasy, given by RT Magazine. She lives in Kirkland WA with her husband Samwise and their cats.  Yasmine can be reached via her website at www.galenorn.com.


GIVEAWAY

Yasmine has been generous enough to offer an ebook copy of Fury Rising to one lucky winner.  Be sure to leave a comment by Tuesday, November 22nd for a chance to get the prize.  A winner will be chosen and notified shortly after that by email.


magic_promoBOOK SUMMARY:

“My name is Kaeleen Donovan. I’m a Theosian-a minor goddess. They call me Fury.”

By day, I run the Crossroads Cleaning Company, and I also read fortunes and cast hexes at Dream Wardens, a magical consulting shop. But by night, I’m oath-bound to Hecate, Goddess of the Crossroads. Hecate charged me from birth with the task of hunting down Abominations who come in off the World Tree and sending them back to Pandoriam.

On a routine cleaning job in Portside—a boat full of ghosts need their joyride cut short—Tam and I run afoul of the Devani. The ruthless soldiers of Elysium capture him and send him out to the Tremble, a place of wild, chaotic madness. Jason and I devise a plan to sneak in and help Tam escape. But Lyon and the Order of the Black Mist reappear, and I’m on their hit list. Lyon opens a door to the realm of Tartarus and the walking dead are pouring into the city. Now, we must wade through both the Devani the dead to save Tam. And we must close the portal on the World Tree before Lyon manages to wake the Elder Gods of Chaos.


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Interview with Mark Henwick

I’d like to welcome author Mark Henwick to the blog today.  He’s an urban fantasy writer who currently has five full-length novels and several novellas out so far.  They are all part of the Bite Back Series, though two novellas are spin-offs.  Today, we’ll be focusing on his first book, Sleight of Hand.  You can find out more details about it at the end of this post.  There is also a giveaway opportunity you don’t want to miss!

Now, on to the interview…


What is your current country of residence? Have you visited other countries?

I live in England, 10 minutes from Windsor, and about 20 minutes south of Heathrow. I was born in Africa and I love travel, so yes, I’ve visited lots of places and hope there are lots more to come. One of my current projects is to visit American states. This year I did the Rockies in a road trip: Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. Next year, I’m wondering where/how to go. West coast? East coast? Middle? Road trip, cycling, hiking or Amtrak?

If someone was willing to pay you a million dollars cash to run down the street naked, would you do it?

They’d pay me to do it?

Hold on a minute; I’d need to know which street first. Watling Street in England starts in Wales and finishes on the coast near Dover, so I couldn’t run that, naked or not. But the local main street which is less than 100 yards long? $10,000 a yard? Oh, yes.

What genres of books do you like to read?

I read very widely. Crime, Urban Fantasy, SciFi, History and Thrillers are all well represented in my physical and virtual libraries. I’ll read almost any novel to learn how the author tells their story, and I have some very strange ones in my collection. Even them books they call liter-at-ure.

I have quite a few reference books about the process and method of writing. Some of them I’ve actually read.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Crazy is a state of mind. Not much seemed crazy at the time. However, in hindsight, there are a lot of contenders for this! Giving up the day job to start writing my first book is near the top of the list.

Name a few of the TV shows you like to watch.

Game of Thrones is compulsory, of course, because my daughter, Jessica, is Lady Nymeria, one of the Sand Snakes of Dorne. Anything with my daughter – so I will be watching her as Colleen Wing in Iron Fist, the new Netflix Marvel show starting next year.
Other than that… I watch a lot of American shows to tune my ear, given that the books I write are based in America and I live in England. I like shows that develop characters and I like crime shows. Strangely, I find paranormal TV shows usually don’t quite cut it for me.

So… Blue Bloods, NCIS, CSI (the Las Vegas one), True Detective (preferred the first one), Homeland, In Plain Sight, Rookie Blue, Chicago PD, etc. For all of them, I generally find the first few seasons much better, and then they get caught up in a caricature of themselves.

What would be your weapon of choice if society crumbled and it was each man/woman for themself?

The power of persuasion, to build society back up. And do it better this time.

What is your favorite meal (including side dishes)?

Asian fusion. Spice and variety. Tasting menus, especially with wine.

If you could witness any event in history, what would it be?

Nooooo! I’d much rather not see the events, so I can sit and write about what might have really happened.

What is the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?

Lol. Rocky Mountain oysters (hint: not oysters), durian fruit (smells like the toilet, tastes like vanilla ice cream), lamb’s brains, marrow, rotten shark, puffer fish.

If money were no object, what kind of car would you get?

An aeroplane. Seriously, when I learned to drive, it was fun. There is less and less of Europe where driving is even remotely describable as fun these days. Across the pond, or down in Oz / NZ, I guess there’s more scope and it would involve a big, slow turning engine, seats like armchairs and good air-conditioning. Or a fast motorcycle.

What would be your ideal writing retreat?

Somewhere without internet and traffic. In the mountains, by the beach, or in the place I’m actually writing about. With similarly minded friends. Wine, beer and great food a couple of miles walk away. And good weather.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

It varies with mood and weather. Flying my microlight, off-road cycling or walking, and scenic photography are all contenders.

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Thanks so much for being here with us today, Mark.  I envy you for your world travels, and you’ve managed to visit a couple of states I haven’t yet. As for Rocky Mountain oysters, I’ve always known better than to try those, lol.  You should give calf fries a try while you’re at it!


AUTHOR BIO

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Mark was born in Africa and left out in the sun too often.

An early interest in philosophy and psychology was adequately exorcised by tending bars. And while trying to enroll in a class to read Science Fiction full time, he ended up taking an engineering degree which splendidly qualified him to move into marketing. That in turn spawned a late onset career in creative writing.

When not working, Mark gets high by the slightly less conventional means of a small microlight aircraft or down and dirty on a mountain bike.

He lives with his family in the south of England, and can often be found in the Rockies.

You can visit him at his website here: henwick.wordpress.com/

His Amazon author page here: www.amazon.com/Mark-Henwick/e/B008SBO5YK/

Or his Facebook page here:  www.facebook.com/TheBiteBackSeries/


GIVEAWAY

Mark has been generous enough to offer one of the following books below (winner’s choice) to a randomly chosen person from the comments section.  Be sure to leave a comment by Tuesday, October 25th for a chance to get the prize.  A winner will be chosen and notified shortly after that by email.

(1) Sleight of Hand

(2) Both the novellas in the Bite Back: Outsiders companion series (The Biting Cold and Winter’s Kiss)

(3) Saigon: The Reach of Lies—the first book in a new companion series which will be published next year. This series will follow a Vietnamese woman, Bian, from her sale as a young girl to a French couple in 1890, to her appearance in the main Bite Back books in 2011.

Companion series books are available as Kindle or ePub.

Sleight of Hand is available as Kindle, ePub or an audiobook.


sleight-of-hand-v3BOOK SUMMARY:

“This is the gift and the sorrow of the Athanate; to see your loves pass before you like the days of summer while your heart still beats. To keep your vigil in the shadows and rise again with every sun.”

For Amber Farrell, post-military life as a PI has its ups and downs: She’s been hit by a truck. She’s being sued by a client. Denver’s newest drug lord just put out a contract on her. The sinister Athanate want her to come in for a friendly chat. And it’s only Tuesday.

Enter Jennifer Kingslund: rich, gorgeous—a tough businesswoman who’s known for getting what she wants in the boardroom and the bedroom. Someone’s trying to sabotage her new resort and destroy her company—and she wants Amber to find out who.

The answers lead Amber past Were and Adept, right back to the Athanate—and a centuries-old war that could threaten not just Denver, but the nation that Amber swore to protect and serve.

And all sides want to claim her for their own…


Purchase link:

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Interview with Kate Danley

I’ve got author Kate Danley here with us to answer a few questions about herself.  She primarily writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and Penny Dreadful stories, plus play-writing!  So far, Kate has published 15 novels, 5 short stories, 1 collaboration, and 12 plays.  For today, we’ll be highlighting a book from her Maggie MacKay series- The Ghost and Ms. MacKay (A Maggie MacKay Holiday Short Story).  You can find out more information about it at the end of this post.  There is also a giveaway, so be sure to check it out!

Now, for the interview…

What is the longest you’ve ever stayed awake?  Why?  

I once was an actress in a film called “My Turn”.  We filmed in a movie theater and could only get into the space after the last movie ended.  But since it was a small indie project, I had to keep my office day job.  So, I think I went three or four days without sleeping.  I went straight from work to set and then from set to work.  I started seeing things out of the corner of my eye that weren’t there and falling asleep in between blinks.  When I finally was able to grab a whole two hours of sleep, it felt like I had slept for a week.

What is your beverage of choice when you first wake up?  What happens if you can’t get it?

I am a coffee addict.  In the words of Jeff Bezos, you haven’t had enough until you can thread a moving sewing machine.  I get zombified without it.

Name a few of the TV shows you like to watch.

If anyone is looking for shows to add to their streaming queue, I highly recommend The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Green Wing, X-Files, Moone Boy, Bluestone 42, Friday Night Dinner, Episodes, The Great British Bakeoff, Fixer Upper, and Agatha Raisin Mysteries.

If you could witness any event in history, what would it be?

I sure would have loved to have seen an original Shakespeare production at the Globe.

If money were no object, what kind of car would you get?

A Morgan Aero Supersports… or Herbie the Lovebug

Name a mystical creature you wish you could have as a pet.

Not so much a pet, but I’ve always been fascinated by the Gnome books and illustrations by Wil Huygen and Rien Poortvliet.  I would love to walk out into my garden to discover a family of gnomes had taken up residence.

What would be your ideal writing retreat?

Annie Dillard has a gorgeous book called The Writing Life.  Her ideal writer’s retreat is a cinderblock office with no windows.  Because the room itself is so unremarkable, you are forced to retreat to the page and create a wonderful world in your imagination.  Some writer friends of mine have taken to booking week long cruises, but they just stay on the boat (with its lack of Wifi) and write.  I know that when I’m in the UK, I am so moved by the art and history and people that I come back to my hotel room and am up till all hours because the Muse won’t let me sleep.  So, perhaps a quiet little room in London looking out over the rooftops, no internet or phones, with tickets to a West End show every night.

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Thanks so much for being here with us today, Kate.  Glad to have fellow coffee addict drop by and love your idea of an ideal writing retreat!


AUTHOR BIO

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Kate Danley began her writing career as an indie author in 2010. Since then, her books have been published by 47North, she spent five weeks on the USA Today bestseller list, has been honored with various awards, including the Garcia Award for Best Fiction Book of the Year, and her Maggie MacKay series has been optioned for film and television development. Her play, Building Madness, won the prestigious Panowski Playwriting Award.

Her works have been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Canada, and the UK. She has over 300+ film, television, and theatre credits to her name, and specializes in sketch, improv, and Shakespeare. She wrote sketch for a weekly show in Hollywood and has performed her original stand-up at various clubs in LA. She learned on-camera puppetry from the man who played Mr. Snuffleupagus and performed the head of a 20-foot dinosaur on an NBC pilot. She lost on Hollywood Squares.

You can visit her at: www.katedanley.com


GIVEAWAY

Kate is doing an an Audible giveaway of Queen Mab (narrated by British actor Julian Rhind-Tutt).  For your chance to win, be sure to leave a comment below by Tuesday, October 18th.  One lucky person will be contacted shortly after that to get their prize.

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book-coverBOOK SUMMARY:

The Ghost & Ms. MacKay
A Maggie MacKay Holiday Short Story

It’s Halloween and Maggie’s mother is throwing a haunted house… as in, she’s invited all the ghosts of the neighborhood over for a party. Unfortunately, one of the ghosts is not in high spirits and, in fact, is wanted by the Other Side’s finest. It is up to Maggie and Killian to find out what caused this soul’s unrest and return him to his happy haunting ground.
This story originally appeared in the Nightshade anthology.

WARNING: This short story contains cussing, brawling, and unladylike behavior. Proceed at your own risk.


Purchase links:

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The first book Maggie for Hire is available free on all platforms.  https://books2read.com/u/m0xMPm