May 2017 updates

I’ve got a ton of updates for you all regarding free books, audio, and other stuff.  Things have been a bit hectic for me lately, so I didn’t get a chance to mention some of them sooner, but to make up for that I’ll do a giveaway at the end of this post.

First off, Darkness Haunts (book 1 of the Sensor Series) is currently free on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and iTunes.  This is the first time I’ve ever dropped the price that low since I released it over four years ago.  If any of you haven’t tried this series yet, this is your chance to check it out.  The price will be going back up to $3.99 in about a week so be sure to grab it while you can.  It is whispersynced for the audio listeners out there, too.

Speaking of which, Darkness Taunts (book 2 of the Sensor Series) is finally whispersynced as well for anyone who might have skipped grabbing the audio of that one (I’ve heard some people didn’t get it for that reason).

 


Next up is Stalked by Flames.  While all of the Dragon’s Breath books are exclusive to Amazon for the moment, and in the Kindle Unlimited program for people to borrow, the first book in the series is also available to Amazon Prime readers for free.  This will only last for a few more weeks, so pick up your copy of Stalked by Flames if you haven’t already.  And yes, it is whispersynced for the audio listeners who might want to grab that as well.

Also, those waiting on Christmas with Dragons to be in audio don’t have much longer to wait.  It should be available by the end of May.  The narrator and sound engineers are wrapping up production on it now.


In case some of you were holding out on picking up Destined for Shadows until it was in Kindle Unlimited, it is in the program now.  I’ll keep it there for the time being, but the next installment in the Dark Destiny Series, Destined for Dreams, will be wide on all the retailers for a short period before it goes into KU.  The release for that will likely be in late June of this year.

Destined for Shadows is also now available in paperback for those who are interested.  I don’t have news for audio yet, but I’ll let you know as soon as I do.  There will likely be a separate post about what is going on with that.


Now for the giveaway!  One lucky individual will win a paperback copy of Destined for Shadows, a tote bag, and a fridge magnet.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below (with a valid email address in the appropriate field) and tell me which of my books you have liked the best so far.

This giveaway will run until midnight (CDT) on Sunday, May 7th, 2017.  One random person will be chosen as the winner.  I will respond to them in the comments section below and send them an email to get their mailing information.  This is open to international contestants.

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 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 Devon Monk

We’ve got author Devon Monk here with us today to answer a few questions about herself.  For those who don’t know, she is an urban fantasy, science fiction, humor, and horror author who has published twenty novels and a short story collection so far.  Some of you may recognize her from her Allie Beckstrom series, but today we are going to highlight the newest novel from her Ordinary Magic series–Devil’s and Details.

You can find out more information about it at the end of this post, as well as a giveaway Devon is doing.  Now, on to the interview!

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

Coffee! Plain ol’ drip brewed coffee. Of course, that’s pretty much my beverage of choice 24/7. And if I don’t get it, well, it’s not a pretty thing.

 

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

We recently adopted a Chow-chow/Husky mix from our local shelter. She’s the strangest dog I’ve ever owned. She’s nocturnal, isn’t afraid of thunderstorms or fireworks, and almost never barks, growls, or whines. It’s possible her previous owner was a vampire. I’m not sure if she’s helped me with my writing, but she did help me break my thumb while I was writing DEVILS AND DETAILS, book #2 of the Ordinary Magic series this year. Good times, dog.

vampire-dog-in-the-sand vampire-dog

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

Yes. I’m a pretty shy person, but a million dollars would bring out my inner extrovert.

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

Supernatural, Flash, Sherlock (BBC), Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Drunk History, Archer, Bob’s Burgers, Jessica Jones (haven’t tried Luke Cage yet, but am excited about it), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Modern Family, Project Runway, and Shark Tank.

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

A coffee pot. No, wait. A solar-powered coffee pot. Because coffee.

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

A 1967 black four-door Chevy Impala. Baby! (Shout out to my SPN peeps!)

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Thanks so much for being here with us today, Devon.  You and I share a few favorite TV shows, including Supernatural!  Also, love your dog.  She is adorable 🙂


AUTHOR BIO

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Devon Monk is a national bestselling author of urban fantasy. Her series include Ordinary Magic, House Immortal, Allie Beckstrom, Broken Magic, Shame and Terric, and the Age of Steam steampunk series. She also writes the occasional short story which can be found in various anthologies and in her collection: A Cup of Normal.

She lives happily beneath the rainy skies of Oregon. When not writing, she can be found drinking too much coffee and knitting silly things.

You can visit her at her website here:  www.devonmonk.com

Or her Amazon author page here:  www.amazon.com/Devon-Monk/e/B002BM745E


GIVEAWAY

Devon Monk is giving away an ebook copy of either Death and Relaxation (Ordinary Magic book #1) or Devils and Details (Ordinary Magic book #2).  Winner’s Choice!  Be sure to leave a comment below for your chance to win.  You have until Tuesday, October 11th, before the giveaway ends.  One lucky winner will be selected and notified shortly after that.


devilsanddetailsBOOK SUMMARY:

Caught between the devil and the deep blue sea…

Police Chief Delaney Reed is good at keeping secrets for the beach town of Ordinary Oregon–just ask the vacationing gods or supernatural creatures who live there.

But with the first annual Cake and Skate fundraiser coming up, the only secret Delaney really wants to know is how to stop the unseasonable rain storms. When all the god powers are stolen, a vampire is murdered, and her childhood crush turns out to be keeping deadly secrets of his own, rainy days are the least of her worries.

Hunting a murderer, outsmarting a know-it-all god, and uncovering an ancient vampire’s terrifying past isn’t how she planned to spend her summer. But then again, neither is falling back in love with the one man she should never trust.


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