Cover Reveal: Curse on the Land

Can I just say how excited I am for the new Soulwood books? They are going to be amazing, and here for the first time is the cover of the second book, Curse on the Land! The first book, Blood of the Earth, is out August 2nd. This one, Curse on the Land, is out November 1. 

Before Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she had no one to rely on, finding strength only in in her arcane connection to the dark woods around her. But now she has friends in the newly-formed PsyLED team to keep her grounded—even if being part of the agency responsible for policing paranormals presents dangers of its own…

After training at the PsyLED academy, Nell returns home to her woods to find the land feeling sick and restless. And that sickness is spreading. With the help of her team, under the leadership of agent Rick LaFleur, Nell tries to determine the cause. But nothing can prepare them for the evil that awaits: an entity that feeds on death itself. And it wants more…

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Perseverance: Understanding the business of writing

Hey y’all. For those non-writers, have you ever wondered what writers think about? What they worry about? How we talk to one another? If you try a visit to www.magicalwords.net, you can get a crash course and it all very entertaining. Written by well-published, thoughtful genre writers, it is a tremendous resource for those interested in writing or those who want to peek behind the curtain.

Here’s another good blog post by a personal favorite author of mine, Patricia Briggs.  She talks about the financial issues of writing and it might surprise non-writers how tough it is and how challenging it is to get published, much less make some money. With a few exceptions, most writers I know have full-time jobs outside of writing.

Publishing is partly luck, skill and craft, but mostly it is perseverance. Every author I have ever spoken to emphasizes this point. No matter how tough it is, you either do it or you quit. That’s it. So when I get discouraged, I just remember that I only have one other option–stop writing, and since that is going to happen, I may as well keep trying.

By now I have one short story accepted to an anthology and another editor who loves a story I’ve submitted and we are keeping in touch to see where it could live. Both of these editors are generous with their time and willing to discuss my writing with me and even review stories before they are submitted to other publications. And I have two professional editors that I can hire to review my work and give me honest critique.

A year ago, I had none of this. So it is good to take a step back and realize that perseverance is making a difference, even if it sometimes seems achingly slow.

So, for my friends who are writers, and my friends who are artists, and my friends who just love good writing, let’s cheer each other on and raise a glass to freedom (oh, sorry, was that a Hamilton reference–why yes, it was)…er, raise a glass to perseverance.

Gail Martin’s New Flame and Shadow Is Out Now; Good deals on the series for a short time

Shadow-and-Flame-US_COVER-Med-Res-213x300Blaine McFadden and his allies have brought magic back under mortal command and begun to restore order to the beleaguered kingdom of Donderath. Now, new perils and old enemies gather for a final reckoning. Foreign invaders, a legendary dark mage and vengeful immortals fight Blaine’s battered forces for control of the continent, and Blaine’s weary army is the only thing standing between a kingdom struggling to rise from the ashes and a descent into fury and darkness.

So here’s what’s REALLY cool!  Right now, the paperback copy of Shadow and Flame is just $10.24 (save $5.75) on Amazon! AND Orbit has done a price drop on ALL of the Ascendant Kingdoms books for a limited timeIce Forged, Reign of Ash and War of Shadows arejust $4.99 on Kindle (save $5 on each)! That makes is really easy to catch up on your reading or binge-read the series. Grab them quick!

Arctic PrisonAnd to sweeten the deal a little more, if youbuy Shadow and Flame (ebook or paper) before 3/31, you get Arctic Prison (a Blaine McFadden prequel novella) free! (That’s a $2.99 value!) Need to catch up on the series? Buy 2 or more Ascendant Kingdoms novels (any format) by 3/31, and get King’s Convicts (three Blaine McFadden prequel novellas) free! (That’s a $9.99 value!) Details here: http://conta.cc/2293EXk

Fire Touched By Patricia Briggs

Fire TouchedBook birthday! The long anticipated Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs.

What can I say? She does it again with one of my most favorite heroines inn fantasy literature.

So…we’ve got werewolves, fae, witches, fantastic objects, love, revenge, and a troll.

There is one significant death.

And if you didn’t treasure Adam before, you will now. I love Adam almost as much as I love Charles. Almost. Not quite.

In this book, Mercy makes a promise that affects the whole pack, indeed, all of the werewolves, and some in the pack are not happy about it. Mercy’s allies work with her to ensure the promise comes true, but as always, it isn’t easy, especially when magic makes you sneeze.

Who is your favorite wolf in all of the Mercy books? And why? Leave your answer in the comments.

Light Mysteries That Go With A Couch, An Afghan, and Cup of Tea–Klyie Logan/Casey Daniels

and-then-nuns-coverWant to curl up on the couch with an afghan, a cup of Earl Grey (or maybe a glass of wine) and read an entertaining book? Try Kylie Logan’s League of Literary Ladies Mysteries.

I’ve been reading “And Then There Were Nuns,” don’t excuse the pun, she completely means it, and the smart dialogue, light mystery and the sleuthing by our Ladies is simply charming.

Logan also writes as Casey Daniels and indulges her true love of cemeteries by placing the hilarious Pepper Martin in one of the oldest cemeteries in Cleveland to solve mysteries presented to her by the ghosts of those buried there.

donofthedead_fullPoor Pepper can see the dead and they are constantly clamoring for her attention. You’ll laugh out loud, enjoy the ride, and still sleep at night. I do recommend reading them in order, but it isn’t necessary. Pick one up to pass the time on a plane,for example, and choose any one you like. You’ll never notice the time pass and you’ll be landing before you know it.