Dragon’s Breath Series News

I’ve got a few updates for you all on the Dragon’s Breath series.  A lot of people are wanting a date they can mark on their calendars for when future books will come out.  Also, I’m still getting asked about audio for Dancing with Flames.  Plus, I’ve got news about upcoming holiday novellas.

Forged by Flames release date and cover info

My goal is to have the novel out on October 27th.  It’s looking like it will be at least as long as Dancing with Flames, maybe longer.

I don’t have a cover for it yet because I’ve had to switch photographers and models (long story).  This means getting all new shots done for the rest of the series (which is going to be at least 5-6 more books).  On a bright note, I’ll be using a team in the Oklahoma City area so I can actually be at the photo shoot, whereas before everything took place in Boston, MA.  Other than one especially long trip, I couldn’t make it up there.  I have the photo shoot scheduled for the middle of this month, and I’m in the midst of getting wardrobe and props organized for it.  As my team of helpers can testify (thank God for their help), there is a lot that goes into these because you have to plan the poses, mood of the shots, and which garments/props the model will be using.

It will take at least a week or so after the photo shoot for the photographer to get me the final images.  I’ll pick the ones I like and get those to the cover designer to start work.  For the dragon series, all the artwork is done from scratch so it can take another week or two for the artist to finish the design.  Then I’ll have to have typography added.  So the cover reveal will be much closer to the release date than what I normally do but please hang in there.  I think this next cover is going to turn out awesome based on what we have planned.

Dancing with Flames audio

The audiobook is set to release on October 18th.  Marguerite Gavin (the narrator) has had a rather full schedule, but she tweeted recently that she’d started recording the book.  Those of you who are waiting for the audio don’t have too much longer to go!

Holiday novellas

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I would be re-releasing the Kerbasi holiday story that was originally part of an anthology.  That will be coming out on November 28th.  I will probably put up a pre-order for that one once I have the cover designed.

The Dragon’s Breath series will also be getting its first holiday novella.  Book 3 (Forged by Flames) takes place from late November into early December.  The Christmas novella I’m going to write will start about a couple of weeks after that on the series timeline.  It will focus on what it’s like to celebrate the holidays in a post-apocalyptic world, and it will be a bit lighter than the main series novels.  My plan is to make it somewhere between 30-40k words so it will be longer than any of the other holiday stories I’ve written so far. I’m hoping it will be meaty enough to have a paperback version as well for those who’d want it.

My design helper team and I have some fun plans for the cover.  It’s definitely going to have a Christmas with dragons sort of theme.  The expected release date for it is December 15th.

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That’s it for now.  Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Interview with Debra Dunbar

I’ve got Debra Dunbar here with me today to answer a few questions about herself.  She’s an urban fantasy author who has published sixteen novels so far for two series- The Imp Series, which has 8 books currently, plus 3 stand-alone Imp World novels, and 2 books in a spin-off series. She also has The Templar Series which currently has 3 novels.

For today, we’ll focus on her latest release, Exodus, which is the newest novel in her Imp Series. At the end of this post, you’ll find more details about that and links to where you can pick it up.  There is also a giveaway opportunity, so you don’t want to miss that.

Now on to the interview!

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

I have two hellhounds…errr, Bloodhounds.  Bones and Buckwheat (the puppy). They’re not very helpful when it comes to writing due to the lack keyboarding skills. I’m trying to teach them to fetch coffee, but that doesn’t seem to be working out too well.

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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?

Can I walk? Because as any woman over the age of twelve can tell you, running naked involves an uncomfortable amount of jiggle.

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

I don’t get to watch a lot of TV because of my writing schedule.  Well, that and the fact that I have two sons ages ten and seven. Most of my television tends to be Adventure Time, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or Scooby Doo re-runs.  I DVR Outlander, Walking Dead, and Supernatural but the few times I get the TV to myself, I tend to binge watch Criminal Minds.

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

A backhoe. Or maybe a combine. I could run over zombies or bad-guys from the comfort of an air-conditioned cab with surround-sound stereo.  Because killing requires a background soundtrack, you know.

What is the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?

That’s a tough one because I eat pretty much whatever I’m served with the caveat that I don’t want to know what it is beforehand.  Sometimes I don’t know what it was afterwards either.  Hmm, chicken hearts and gizzards when I was in Beijing? Escargot? Canned Chicken a la King?
No – probably guts from steamed Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs. They call it ‘mustard’ because it’s yellow.  And I’m not a fan. Love the crabs, hate the ‘mustard’.

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

A Pegasus.  I horseback ride, but I suck at it. I think I spend more time on the ground looking up at my pony than I do on his back.  Even with the risks inherent in falling from 1000 feet in the air as opposed to 6 feet up, I’d still go for it.  Maybe I could duct-tape myself to him?

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So glad you could stop by and visit today, Debra.  I’m sure you could walk, rather than run, down the street if you wanted.  Also, I’d love to have a pegasus as a pet, too!  It would make getting around during rush hour traffic a lot easier.


AUTHOR BIO

Headshot 5After majoring in English with a concentration in Medieval Literature and Folklore studies, Debra promptly sold out to the corporate world, occasionally writing marketing copy and op/ed articles for a local city paper. By day, she designs compensation programs, after dark she stuffs her nose into obscure mythology, and feverishly writes her novels.

Debra lives in a little house in the woods with her three sons, and a Noah’s ark of four legged family members. She drives a gigantic diesel SUV, couldn’t carry a tune if you duct taped it to her back, and enjoys an occasional cosmopolitan (heavy on the vodka). On a good day, she jogs and horseback rides, hopefully managing to keep the horse between herself and the ground. Her only known super power is ‘Identify Roadkill’.

You can visit here at:  http://debradunbar.com


GIVEAWAY

Debra Dunbar is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner.  Leave a comment below for your chance to win.  One random person will be selected on Tuesday, September 6th, and notified by email soon thereafter.


Exodus - Ebook SmallBOOK SUMMARY:

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Exodus – The elves have a plan to save humanity…by enslaving them. And the angels are too busy to intervene.
Aaru is at war. The rebel angels are calling for Sam’s exclusion from the Ruling Council and her banishment to Hel. But Sam’s isn’t the only future at risk. If they’re defeated, Gregory and his brothers will face exile, losing everything they’ve spent billions of years to build.
The fate of heaven and earth is in the balance, and only an angel from Hel can save them both.


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Interview with Selene Charles

This week I’ve got author Selene Charles here to answer a few questions about herself.  She’s an urban fantasy and YA author who has published seven books so far.  Selene is about to publish her eighth book as the first in a new series that will feature characters from both The Night Series (which she wrote as RS Black) and The Tempted Series (which she wrote as Selene). This new book, Whiskey, Vamps, and Thieves, features a vampire detective, Scarlett Smith, who’s been raised by a pack of shifters. It sounds like it could be a fun read, so be on the lookout for it!

For today, we’ll focus on her Night Collection, which has the first two books bundled together for easy purchase. At the end of this post, you’ll find more details about that and links to where you can pick it up.  Now on to the interview!

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

Longest I ever stayed awake was a month after I first got married. I was just barely 20 years old and decided that it was time to gather my belongings from my mother’s attic to our new apartment. Only problem was we lived 12 hours away from my folks house and my husband and I couldn’t get any time off from work. So we had to rent a U-Haul and make it all happen in one weekend. Being young and dumb, I thought, “No problem, we totally got this.”

We totally didn’t “got” this. I failed to consider just how long a 12-hour drive actually was. By the time we added in all the potty break stops, it took us nearly 14 hours. I also failed to consider that I had about 1500 lbs worth of “crap” at my parents house that we basically had to move ourselves. We piled it all in, breaking stuff by the end we were so over moving stuff, had enough time to sit and eat dinner with my family before we had to turn right back around and make that drive all over again. Still no sleep.

By the time we go to within an hour of our home both my husband and I were hallucinating. Seeing people walking down the freeway, where there was no one…yeah, dumbest thing I ever did. Almost 2 days of no sleep and we had a 10-hour shift at work the next day. We barely managed a few hours sleep before we were up again. Wow, that was stupid. Ah, to be 20 again…

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

I’m a tea girl. Chai, Fruity, Black, Green…doesn’t matter. Need my tea. If I don’t get it I go slightly insane.

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

I have a furbaby, Ruby Leilani. She’s a maltese-cocker mix and as cute as a button, she’s my writing partner. She’ll lay on my lap while I write. It’s our thing now, and yes, I think if she wasn’t there to do it any longer I wouldn’t be able to focus and get the job done.

What genres of books do you like to read?

Urban Fantasy that is also very romance driven. Which is probably why my preference runs toward female authors, however, I’m a HUGE fan of Jim Butcher. He’s great.

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

Outlander, Once Upon A Time, Anything procedural, Elementary, Downton Abbey, Velvet, Grand Hotel, I could go on.

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

I’ve always thought there was something sexy about fan blades. You know, something that appears to be feminine and very delicate and then WHACK, you sever that carotid and smile while you do it. Or maybe that’s just me. 😉

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

The birth of creation. To be there and watch it all happen, all your questions would finally be answered, like what actually did come first, the chicken or the egg??? Very thought provoking questions those.

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

A sexy fae to do my bidding. Thinking maybe Laurell K. Hamilton’s Frost or Darkness would do. 😉

What would be your ideal writing retreat?

Anything secluded and in the woods. I’m very much a loner by nature and think best when I’m alone.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

Hiking. If I could do it all year round, I would.

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Thanks for stopping by to visit and answer questions today, Selene.  I love your idea for a mystical pet and wish I could have a secluded place in the woods to write as well!


AUTHOR BIO

Selene Charles is the pen name of a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author. She is an avid penguin sweater knitter. She believes that unicorns really do exist and that skittles aren’t really candy at all. She enjoys skydiving in the arctic, chatting with her polar bear friends around a warm campfire while sipping on warm cocoa, and she used to work in a traveling carnival which is where she got all these crazy ideas from. Only two of these statements are actually true.

If you’d like to know more about her or her works feel free to write her at [email protected]

You can also visit her on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008517304720


The Night Series Collection - EbookBOOK SUMMARY:

Night Collection (books 1 & 2)

Crimson Night:

Welcome one and all to Carnival Diabolique- or what I affectionately like to call, the carnival of the damned. My name is Pandora, and though my face might not look familiar to you, you do know me. I’m a Nephilim. What does that mean? I’m half demon, what’s my other name? Lust. I’m the dark craving that drives you mad, makes you want, makes you reckless and stupid. I’m the drug you’ll do anything to get your hands on. But I’m not all bad. I fight for light, for goodness and truth. I love my job, killing vampires and werewolves, zombies, and freaks… it’s what makes me happy. But people are starting to disappear and lately I’ve felt a dark presence lurking around me. I think it might be a death priest and that’s really bad. There isn’t much a demon like me fears, but I fear them. This should have been easy, me killing the fanged freaks, getting rid of my pesky priest problem, but I’m about to be betrayed by the one person I thought I could trust with my life and before the night is through I’ll be covered in crimson…

All Hallows Night:

Secrets and truths, lies and red herrings… which is which? That’s what Pandora’s trying to figure out. Ever since the death of her best, and probably only friend by her own hands, she’s not sure who to trust anymore. The Priest is dead. The Gray Man is… she’s not even sure what. Luc, well, Luc is Luc.

The Order has sent her deep into the heart of Mexico to investigate a potential zombie uprising. She arrives at the start of the Dia de los Muertos festival—a celebration for the dead and immediately things don’t feel right to her. For one, bodies (the living kind) keep disappearing. They’re not being kidnapped, no, if only things were that simple. Literally there one second, gone the next, she’s not sure what to make of it. On top of that mum’s are floating all over the place. Is that merely symbolism associated with the festival, or is it a clue of something far more sinister?

In this explosive sequel to Crimson Night, an old ally returns and a shocking truth is revealed. One that will turn her investigation into The Order’s duplicity on its head and make Pandora question everything she ever thought she knew…

 

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Interview with C. Gockel

Today I’ve got author C. Gockel here to answer a few questions about herself.  She’s an urban fantasy, paranormal, and sci-fi writer who has published eight novels, plus several shorter works, to date.  Her urban fantasy series is “I Bring the Fire” and her sci-fi series is the “Archangel Project.”

The first novel in her UF series “Wolves: I Bring the Fire Part 1” is currently free on all the major ebook retailers.  At the end of this post, you’ll find more details about it and links to where you can get your copy.  For now, check out my interview and the giveaway she’s offering for those who leave a comment.

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

I live in Chicago, Illinois, in the USA–where most of my “earth-side” action takes place in my I Bring the Fire series. I’ve lived in Japan and visited Mexico, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, England, Germany, France, and Austria. I haven’t travelled much since having kids; it might be part of why I write fantasy and sci-fi … simply for the escape!

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

Tea. You don’t want to know what happens if I don’t get my tea … even my children leave me alone on those days.

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

At the moment, I have no pets, but I do have two children. They do help me write my books. I hand them an outline, put them in front of the computer screen and tell them they won’t get any iPad until they’ve written two-thousand words. Since the youngest is just learning to spell, it’s hard for her, but you know how the infinite monkey theorem says if you put a monkey in front of a keyboard for an infinite amount of time they’ll eventually write Shakespeare? Well, children are slightly more efficient and …
No, no, I don’t actually do that, and mostly when I type they wander in and say they’re hungry, or scream, “He’s looking at me!” and “Well, she is humming!”

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Having a child. Having another.

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

I would like an Al-mi’raj–a ferocious, carnivorous, horned rabbit. If there are mystical creatures about, it must mean there’s been an apocalyptic event. I’d like a creature that can defend me, that wouldn’t terrify the kids, is smallish (we have a small house), and is most likely to be fatally underestimated by my enemies.

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

I’d like the aforementioned Al-mi’raj. I’ve got two left feet and I’m horribly uncoordinated. A murderous bunny would be my best friend–err, as long as it was my best friend, and not just out to eat me.

What would be your ideal writing retreat?

Summer camp is my ideal writing retreat– summer camp for my kids, not for me. I get time to write, and time to enjoy my husband’s company and have an adult conversation, but at the end of the day, they come home.

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Thanks for stopping by to visit today, C. Gockel.  You really have traveled around the world and love your idea for a mystical pet!


AUTHOR BIO

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Gockel has been writing stories for her friends and family since the dark ages (i.e., before word processors existed.) A few years ago, she started posting those stories to the intertubes. She received emails, messages, and reviews from her fans telling her she should ‘do this professionally.’ She didn’t; because she is a coward and life as a digital designer, copywriter and coder is more dependable. But in the end, her husband’s nagging wore her down: “You could be the next ’50 Shades of Gray’ and I could retire!” Unfortunately, the author writes science fiction and fantasy, and isn’t particularly good at writing erotica. She is sad about this; she’d love for her husband to be able to retire and just work for her so she can nag him. At the moment, Ms. Gockel is working on the next installment of the Archangel Project.

Ms. Gockel loves to hear from readers. She can be reached by email at:

[email protected]

Her Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/CGockelWrites

You can find all her books here on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/C-Gockel/e/B009WVEFEU/


GIVEAWAY

C. Gockel is giving away a signed paperback copy of I Bring the Fire to one lucky winner.  Leave a comment below for your chance to win.  One random person will be selected on Wednesday, August 24th, and notified by email soon thereafter.


Wolves I Bring the Fire - 88 Quality 1550pxBOOK SUMMARY:

FREE ~ Wolves: I Bring the Fire Part I

When Amy prays for help, Loki isn’t the savior she has in mind. Can a nice Midwestern girl trust a so-called God of Mischief and Chaos? With an ancient power calling him, can Loki even trust himself?

 


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Interview with Donna Augustine

This week I’m featuring Donna Augustine for my author interview series.  She’s an urban fantasy writer who has published eleven novels so far in three series:  The Keepers, Karma, and The Wilds.

The first novel in her Karma series, also titled “Karma” is currently free on Amazon and iTunes.  At the end of this post, you’ll find more details about it and links to where you can get your copy.  For now, check out my interview and the giveaway she’s offering for those who leave a comment.

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

Coffee. I drink it for the first two waking hours. I went on a camping trip once (and only once) and I was unaware that there wouldn’t be coffee. I’m not sure where I thought the coffee would magically appear from but apparently, fairies don’t deliver caffeine on demand. There might be bodies buried at that campsite but I’m pleading temporary insanity.

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

I have three cats. Two I adopted and a third that decided he was moving in, whether I liked it or not. I don’t know if they help me write but they do relax me.

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

Yes, but only if I were asked in the next few years. Funny things are happening now that I’m in my forties. That’s all I’ll write on the subject. Trust me, it’s all you want to know.

What genres of books do you like to read?

When I’m looking for a book, I tend to gravitate toward urban fantasy. I’ll read anything though if I catch a snippet and if I like a writer’s voice.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Nothing I can admit to without fearing prosecution.

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

Game of Thrones, along with half the world but there’s clearly a reason. Better Call Saul. OMG, do I love that show! The Walking Dead is also great. I was never much of a zombie person until that show.

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

A 1969 Corvette Stingray. There are a lot of cars that are more exotic but I’ve loved that car since I was a kid. I’ve even toyed with the idea of buying one that I could restore myself but I already have too many hobbies taking up space. That would be a tough one to stick in the closet when I’m trying to straighten up.

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Thanks for stopping by to visit today, Donna.  I totally commiserate about your need for coffee, though I’d never dare go camping without it (not even when I was in the military).


AUTHOR BIO

Donna Augustine was an odd child, had a brief moment of conformity in early adulthood and then decided to embrace her craziness as the years rolled by. It’s her inner crazy that she credits with coming up with the ideas for her books. One part hypochondriac, a few dashes of paranoia, topped with a sliver of uptight and delivered with a relaxed flair, she kicked the proverbial box down the yellow brick road a couple years ago to embrace her true self.

She can be reached by a carrier pigeon, set free in a south by north direction, where she resides in Neverland with her two Siberian cats. Cats who, by the way, aren’t as hypoallergenic as she believed they’d be.

For the conventional minded, and those of you without a pigeon on hand, she can be reached at [email protected] She responds to most emails within three dusk periods.

P.S. For those of you looking for the discarded box, it was sitting beside the road for a while but has since disappeared completely.

You can find all her books here on Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00B3LM2LK


GIVEAWAY

Donna is giving away an ebook set of her Karma series to one lucky winner.  Leave a comment below for your chance to win.  One random person will be selected on Tuesday, August 16th, and notified by email soon thereafter.


karmacoverBOOK SUMMARY:

People say karma’s a…well, you know. Personally, I don’t think I’m that bad.
It’s not like I wanted this job. I wasn’t even in my right mind when I accepted
the position.

Now, I’m surrounded by crazy coworkers like Lady Luck, who’s a bit of a tramp,
and Murphy’s Law, who’s a bumbling oaf. But the worst is Fate. He’s got a problem with transfers like myself, and I have to see him constantly. It’s unavoidable. We’re hunting the same man, my murderer.

 

 

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