Facing the Darkness is now available!

I am excited to let you know Facing the Darkness is now available on all retailers.  For those who don’t know, this installment features Kerbasi from the Sensor Series.  He’s one of those characters you love to hate, but you might find him a bit more endearing in this Christmas story.  Also for those of you looking forward to the first Cori and Bartol spinoff book coming in March 2017, this novella reveals a bit of Cori’s backstory that you will not want to miss.

I truly hope you enjoy Facing the Darkness!  Below are the rest of the book details, plus retailer links.

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SUMMARY

Kerbasi, a former guardian of Purgatory, has resisted every effort to help him find his humanity. After more than four-thousand years of ruling over supernatural prisoners in the cruelest of ways, he feels he’s above the petty concerns of mankind. But what is he to do when he’s tasked with bringing comfort to a boy sick with cancer during the holiday season? This is one child who just might break through the impervious wall he’s wrapped around his heart.

Retailer links

AMAZON US    AMAZON UK     AMAZON DE

AMAZON AU     AMAZON CA

KOBO     NOOK     ITUNES

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Facing the Darkness is up for pre-order

Some of you read the original story when it was published in the “A Very Paranormal Holiday” anthology.  Facing the Darkness has not been available since spring of this year, and I’m sorry to keep some of you all waiting who hadn’t had the chance to get it.  I wanted to take the time to revise and expand it a bit before re-releasing the novella on its own.  Plus, it made more sense to publish it closer to the holidays where it fits best.

Originally, Facing the Darkness was about 18k words, but it is now around 22k words.  I had a new editor go through the manuscript who had not read any of the Sensor Series and help me revise it so that even people just jumping in could follow along.  This story features Kerbasi (a character many readers both love and hate) and a glimpse into his journey for redemption.  This time, he’s tasked with spending time with a dying boy around Christmas.  If you’re looking for something heartwarming to read as the holiday season gets closer (with a bit of a paranormal twist), this might be the perfect read for you.  And it will only be 99 cents!

The cover and other details are below.  Facing the Darkness releases November 30th.

 facingthedarkness-453x680Cover artist- Victoria Miller

SUMMARY

Kerbasi, a former guardian of Purgatory, has resisted every effort to help him find his humanity.  After more than four-thousand years of ruling over supernatural prisoners in the cruelest of ways, he feels he’s above the petty concerns of mankind.  But what is he to do when he’s tasked with bringing comfort to a boy sick with cancer during the holiday season?  This is one child who just might break through the impervious wall he’s wrapped around his heart.

Pre-order Links

AMAZON     KOBO

Kerbasi holiday story

I get regular emails regarding the Kerbasi holiday story (Facing the Darkness) that I wrote for the “A Very Paranormal Holiday Anthology” back in late 2014.  This was for a collection of Christmas stories myself and five other authors wrote, all tied to our individual book series.  Earlier this year, we pulled the anthology from the retailers so Facing the Darkness has not been available since then.  I realize that new readers coming into the Sensor Series have not had a way to get it and I do apologize for that.

It had been my intention to re-release Kerbasi’s story (the only one so far told from his point of view), soon after we pulled the anthology. Unfortunately, life got in the way and I got behind on my schedule.  Before releasing Facing the Darkness on its own as a novella, I want to go back over it again to fine-tune a few things and have an editor look at it again because inevitably revisions create new typos.  I also need to get a cover designed for it.

I’m immersed in writing Forged by Flames (Dragon’s Breath #3) right now, but once it’s done I will jump over to the Kerbasi novella and work on it.  My plan is to release it at the end of November after Thanksgiving.  My apologies to everyone who is wanting this story and hasn’t had the opportunity to read it yet.  I hope you’ll find it worth the wait.  If you have any questions about it, do feel free to ask!

Anthologies new and old…

If you didn’t catch it before, the Christmas anthology is ready!  A Very Paranormal Holiday is currently not available on retailers, but you can get a free copy of it by emailing me or leaving a comment below.  Those who do so will be added to mailing lists of the participating authors so you can receive alerts for their new book releases.

With my 19k short story that is included, Facing the Darkness, you’ll see many familiar characters from the Sensor series.  There are updates on what they’ve been up to since Darkness Clashes, a revelation on Cori’s background (the tattoo artist), a fight scene, and quite a bit of character development as Kerbasi learns an important Christmas lesson.

I’m also going to be re-releasing a New Year’s story later this month.  For those of you who picked up and read The Stroke of Midnight anthology you will probably recall Tempting the Moon.  It’s often referred to as Emily’s werewolf story, though it’s told from Melena’s perspective.  The story was written between Chained by Darkness (book 2.5) and Darkness Divides (book 3).  Maybe we could call it 3.7?  That is while Lucas was still confined in Purgatory so you won’t see him in there, but you will see Micah and a few other familiar characters.

This particular anthology had a 10k word count limit on the stories included.  I still went over by about five hundred words, but it always bothered me that I couldn’t expand on some scenes further due to the limit.  Now that the anthology is being taken off retailers in a couple of days and I’m free to re-release Tempting the Moon on its own I’m fleshing some of those scenes out to make the story even better.  I’ve also had an awesome cover designed for it and written a new summary:

Tempting the Moon cover

 

SUMMARY:  It’s New Year’s Eve and Melena Sanders is hoping she can survive the night without any more trouble in her life.  But then her adopted teenage daughter, Emily, confesses to a prank gone wrong.  Now her young werewolf admirer is caught in a trap on a full moon.  Melena’s got to figure out fast how to rescue him without either of them getting bitten in the process.  Of course, nothing ever goes quite how she plans…

 

For those who didn’t read this story, you missed the turning point in Emily and Hunter’s relationship.  This is your opportunity to find out why Emily later gave him a chance.  Plus see Melena get into more trouble.

As soon as the anthology is available on retailers I’ll post links here and send a message to my release alert subscribers.  Those who have also signed up for the newsletter will be getting the first one at the end of this month with book release information and other publishing news.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

 

Update on Christmas anthology

UPDATE- This anthology is no longer available.  I will be reformatting and re-releasing Facing the Darkness as a single novella late November 2016.

I’ve had several people asking about the Christmas anthology.  For those who don’t know, I’ll be participating with five other urban fantasy authors who are including short stories for the book.  They will range from between 10-20k words each.  You may recognize some of the names as they include Connie Suttle, Mark Henwick, Debra Dunbar, J.C. Mells, and J.T. Bock.  Below is the cover and the summary for my story:

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Kerbasi, a former guardian of Purgatory, has resisted every effort to help him find his humanity.  After forty-five hundred years of tending to his prisoners in the cruelest of ways he feels he’s above the petty concerns of mankind.  But what’s he to do when he’s charged with bringing comfort to a boy sick with cancer during the holiday season?  This is one child who just might break through that impervious wall he’s wrapped around his heart.

 

RELEASE DATE- December 20th, 2014

 

 

The anthology will be free for those who want it.  There’s just one catch.  To receive it you must agree to being added to all participating author’s book release alerts (your email won’t be used in any other way).  If you later find you’re not interested in certain ones you will be able to unsubscribe from future mailings from them.

For those who have already signed up for my book release alerts, I’ll be sending a message out on December 20th letting you know the anthology is available and confirming whether or not you want it after reminding you of the catch.  If you do, you’ll get the ebook file for the anthology right after that.  Whether you’re on my list or not, you are welcome to email me early saying you’d like to get it and that you’re fine with the stipulation.  In that case you’ll get the anthology first thing on the 20th.  Just make sure to let me know what type of ereader you use so I can send you the correct format.

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A short Q&A with further details on the story for those who would like to know more about it:

1)  Which POV will the story be told in?

Kerbasi’s

2)  What other familiar characters will be in there?

Melena (of course), Lucas, Emily, Hunter, Cori, and Kariann

3)  Will there be any action?

There is a brief fight scene.  Maybe two, depending on if you’d count it or not (sorry, no hints on that).

 

Hope everyone in the U.S. had a great Thanksgiving.  Looking forward to sharing this latest installment in the Sensor Series with you!