These Darker Streets Book Release

Hey folks, I’m excited today to help Dragon Soul Press author, Abigail Lindhardt celebrate the release of her new book, These Darker Streets

So what’s it about?

Tragic loss. Eternal love. Ancient magic.

Brigit is dealing with the loss of her mother and brother while trying to run her mother’s shop of magical oddities. She used to believe in magic and had hopes for a great future. When fate took her family away before she was ready, all of her belief in happiness and love died with them. When a mysterious man named Ildanach appears and is everything Brigit is not–happy, fun, adventurous, and extremely handsome–she feels her stable life of hiding being threatened as he calls her out into a vulnerable relationship. There is more to this man than meets the eye. He brings with him a life Brigit is not sure she believes in. One that doesn’t even exist in her reality. Plagued by visions of past lives, Brigit’s trust in a magicless existence is about to be shattered.

Ildanach has been the fairy guardian for centuries. Every few lifetimes, he meets a woman who is the reincarnation of his love and together they can protect the earth. Ildanach thought he had found his love in this century, but she was killed by a rogue fairy from the underworld, taking his hope. Now he has met Brigit, a woman hell-bent on denying anything that she cannot touch in this reality. When he sees the spark of his love in her, he knows she’s the one with whom he can stop the dark spirit for good. However, she is dead to the world of magic; too wrapped up in her trials and the darkness that mortal life has given her. The world is in danger as the lord from the underworld, Arawn, taints mortal souls in order to grow his army of the underworld and stop the guardian and the goddess once and for all.

In a battle of life or death, Idlanach must save the mortal world before time runs out and Brigit must decide once and for all if she can believe in something as mysterious as magic.

A Five-Star Review: These Darker Streets is an addictive read that seamlessly weaves Celtic legend into a dark and dangerous urban fantasy filled with compelling characters, engaging action, and a love story powerful enough to survive centuries. Abigail Linhardt is a bold, new voice to watch. – D.D. Croix, award-winning author of Dragonfly Maid

Pick up your copy today!

Meet Sami Valentine

Hi everyone, today I’m happy to welcome onto my blog Urban Fantasy writer, Sami Valentine. Sami grew up in the desert and now wanders in search of wifi and coffee. 

Formerly a mild-mannered librarian, she had a quarter-life crisis and shook everything up. She started working in an LGBT homeless center, shaved some of her head, and got really into tarot. After realizing that her goal in life was to get out of her small town and she only made it 30 minutes up the highway, she filled a bag and left. That was two years and a dozen countries ago.

She stopped by to answer a few questions about her series, the Red Witch Chronicles.

1. What is your book about?  
A Witch Called Red is the first book in the Red Witch Chronicles. This is a supernatural thriller about a witch trained as a supernatural bounty hunter. Where she came from is a mystery. Each book in the series has its own plot and conflict to solve, the overarching mystery is Red discovering exactly who she is and why she was left for dead with amnesia outside Eugene, Oregon. In the first book, Red and her mentor come to Los Angeles to solve the mysterious murder of a model left drained on the beach. Red gets in over her head as the murder investigations takes a hard turn into a conspiracy with the local vampires.

2. Every author does something different with urban fantasy, what is your twist on the genre?
 In the first book of my Red Witch Chronicles, I was inspired by those noir films like Double Indemnity and Kiss Kiss Bang Band LA so my UF has a gritty realistic flavor.  My style of urban fantasy could be described as character driven-thrillers.  

3. What inspired you to write this book?  
I am really interested in identity and memory and how it affects someone’s personality and choices. A big theme in the Red Witch Chronicles is the struggle in being yourself and it’s interesting to explore those themes with a character who has no memories.

4. As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
A goat. This might be because my astrological moon sign is in Capricorn. Goats are agile, hardy, and stubborn. They can handle all weathers and altitudes. I spent a good chunk of a decade in a writing funk so I want to emulate the consistent goat.

5. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
If we count the fanfiction too, then a lot! I usually just work on one project at a time so I am focused on the Red Witch Chronicles, but I do have two prequel projects in the works. One focuses on Red as a teenager with her memories so it’s an interesting challenge to write a character who has almost two personalities.

Thank you for taking time to answer my questions. You can pick up A Witch Called Red on Amazon.

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Super 99 cents P.A.W.S. Sale!

Hi folks, I hope everyone is doing well and I have a treat for you all. For a limited time ALL 6 of my P.A.W.S. books including the brand new JHARA are on sale for just 99 cents/99p each on Kindle (or free to subscribers of Kindle Unlimited.

Stock up today!

Also I’ve got together with some awesome indie authors to bring you the best of summer reads. Click on the banners below for details.

Friday Fiction – BOO!

Been a while since I’ve done one of these, so here’s a little bit of flash fiction silliness I wrote this week from a story prompt over at Daily Flash Writing Prompts – an awesome little group on FB where I often get inspirations for my shorts. (Come join us if you will.)

“I don’t believe in ghosts. And seances are a scam.”

“I wouldn’t say that too loudly around here.”

“Why not, it’s true.”

“But they might here you.

“Who might hear, Dame Grisela, you know she’s a fraud.”

“Not her, the others.”

“What the other clients. They deserve to hear. In any case I’m off.”

“I don’t think so.”

“Who the hell are you?”

“You mean who the hell were I. Look more closely.”

“You’re kind of see-thru. Nice effect.”

“It’s not an effect per se. You get used to it in time.”

“What do you mean by that?”

“Look at your hand.”

“It’s um getting fuzzy. I don’t like it. Please make it stop.”

“Sorry, no can do. Welcome to the afterlife. You’ll find séances really relieve the monotony.”

For more flash fiction silliness check out Tea and Dark Chocolate!

The Legend of Jhara

In a village far away there lived a man called Aviano. Aviano was a merchant. He sold birds in silver cages. The birds came to him through magic. He beguiled them with promises and then trapped them in the cages. He imbued the bars of the cages with magic, so that the birds could only be set free by one who passed him silver. The magic was flawed though and sometimes he caught creatures in his cages that were not truly birds.

Once, for example, the raven he had beguiled turned out to be magician who took on a raven’s form. He was rescued by a young girl who was punished for her deed. The punishment was immortality. The curse to live through the centuries and never be at peace. That curse, from what I hear, was recently broken, and another who is more suited for the task has taken the girl’s place.

But I digress. One day Aviano bit off a little more than he could chew. He captured a fairy called Argentia. He thought that the fairy would make a fine prize and that he would sell it for a thousand silver pieces, especially as she herself was the color of silver. This fairy however, was far more than she seemed. As she sat in the cage, she didn’t stress but rather she plotted. Plotted to destroy the bird man. For that though she would need silver, lots of silver.

She watched while Aviano sold his flock that day. He did a roaring trade and she counted seventeen birds leaving in their gilded cages with their new owners. The Bird Man’s pouch where he kept the silver became heavier and heavier.

That night while he slept, he rested the pouch at the foot of his bed, but he was careless and didn’t complete the ward spells he normally put in place before he slept. Maybe it was the goblet of oogleberry wine that somehow had found its place on his bedside table. Who knows? But in any case he entered the world of sleep without proper protection.

That night Argentia was released by a girl with chestnut hair. She thanked the girl, but did not leave immediately. Instead she fluttered into Aviano’s cabin and used a spell to exchange his silver coins with rocks. And so she was able to filch every last one before she took her liberty.

She chuckled at the thought of Aviano carrying around the pouch of rocks the next day. He did this for hours until hunger sent him into the village in search of a meal at the inn. He ordered a fine feast and opened his pouch to pay.

“What is this?” demanded the innkeeper. “I’m sorry but I do not take this currency. Come back when you have silver.”

Aviano looked down at the rocks. How had this happened? He marched over to the witch, Grisela’s cottage. She must have something to do with this. But she just shrugged when she saw the rocks. “Why are showing these to me?” she asked.

“I thought maybe … as you sell stones you might want these. They are worth a lot of silver.”

“No, they are not. They are merely common rocks you could find on the ground anywhere in the village. Take them away.”

That night Aviano wept. His fortune—he had lost his fortune. But that was not all Argentia had planned for him, though perhaps that is where she should have stopped. But the silver fairy never did anything by half measures, and the spell was only half complete. The stolen silver had a purpose. With it Argentia fashioned Jhara, an artifact so powerful that it could devastate not only its target but all its surroundings.

That of course had not been the plan. Argentia wanted a precision weapon. She wanted to take out Aviano so that he could no longer trap the birds. It did not work. The fairy and the Bird Man wrestled and in the struggle a portal of silver opened into our world and the storm was flung through it.

The other side of that fateful portal was in the bay of New Orleans and the storm that was released would be remembered not by the name of Jhara but by another name—Katrina.

Argentia watched the devastation, the destruction of thousands of innocent lives and wept. She found the weather mage, Latisha Watts, to help, but her help came too late. Together though they formulated a plan to trap Jhara into an artifact and send it away. Argentia initially wanted to destroy the storm, but Latisha understood that that was not possible. That with its destruction it would take much of America with it.

So instead they coaxed it into the artifact with a promise that one day it would have a worthy target. The artifact was taken by hand to St. Louis, or rather by flipper, as Latisha transformed into her dolphin form for the journey and swam up the Mississippi with the artifact embedded in her flipper. Jessamyn met her and took Jhara from her and concealed it in illusion in her chamber where it sits to this day.

So Jhara was safe or at least they thought she was.

But Jessamyn would very rarely check her hoard, and she trusted her students. That would prove the fatal mistake.

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Want to read more? Pick up a copy of JHARA today on Amazon on paperback or Kindle or FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

Jhara is Here!

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It’s here! Wait no longer, the sixth book of the P.A.W.S. Saga, JHARA has arrived and is on sale today in ebook and paperback on Amazon plus it’s free for subscribers of Kindle Unlimited.

Jenny has been painting fairies her whole life, but now a new fairy has emerged, one with wings of pure silver. She wishes she could share this new fairy with Jamie, but Jamie has disappeared and Jenny is worried.
Sandy is also worried. Her weather magic is out of control and she is taunted by a storm that whispers its name to her – Jhara.
Deep inside the bottle, the spirit of Jhara waits. She hates this form and detests her creator who has trapped her in there. It was not fair. You cannot create a storm and then trap it in a teacup. That worked only in idioms. And this was Jhara’s life.
The P.A.W.S. Saga continues with Jhara.

Pick up your copy today!

 

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Cryptic Definitions about Life, the Universe and Everything – Answers and Winners

For those who were following my contest over at Paws 4 Puzzles here are the answers.

Paws 4 Puzzles

Hi everyone, I hope you had a good week. Here are the answers to the 42 Cryptic Definition clues set last week by Sanket. Please note that by nature cryptic definition clues can sometimes lead to multiple valid solves, so just because you came up with a different answer, it doesn’t necessarily mean that yours were wrong.

For that reason I’ve decided to award prizes to three of the entries I received who each took the time to ponder over the questions and answered most of them correctly.

So a big congratulations to:

ERIC B

ABHIJIT

and JEFF H

I will be contacting you shortly about your prizes.

In the meantime here are the solutions:

42 Cryptic Definitions about Life, Universe and Everything by Sanket

  1. Gene Hackman? (7,5)
    FRANCIS CRICK
  2. Will Smith? (7)
    TESTATOR
  3. Bill Gates? (4-6)
    TOLL BOOTHS
  4. Eden Hazard? (9,5)
    FORBIDDEN FRUIT
  5. Christian Bale? (7)
    LUCIFER
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Cover Reveal – This Dark Wolf

Hi everyone, I’m so happy to be helping USA Today Bestselling Author, Everly Frost  present the cover of her upcoming release, This Dark Wolf!

Check out the stunning cover and blurb below! Also, get to know the author with Everly’s bio and social media links.

And last but not least, enter for a chance to win some wolfy prizes and a $5 Amazon gift card!

I am a wolf shifter born with a human soul. Packless. Mateless. Unable to bond.

Cast out of my pack, I live in a supernatural safe house filled with broken women. Other women come and go, but I remain. I’m waiting. For him. Tristan Masters—the ruthless alpha of the most vicious pack in the city.

He fought for my life when my pack wanted to kill me. He saved me. I should be able to trust him. But I know better.

Tristan Masters wants my wolf; my killer soul. When he’s ready, he will use me to destroy his enemies. Tristan thinks he owns me. He thinks there are no consequences because I can’t bond to him. He’s going to discover that I am nobody’s to command.

This dark wolf will bite back.

This Dark Wolf is an urban fantasy romance. Full length. 17+ for heat level and language.

 

You can get your copy here:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089FJ55X1/

 


Meet Everly Frost

Website:

http://everlyfrost.com/

Social Media Links:

https://www.facebook.com/everlyfrost/

http://twitter.com/everlyfrost

https://www.instagram.com/everlyfrost/

https://www.amazon.com/Everly-Frost/e/B01AJTBECY

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/everly-frost

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13819383.Everly_Frost

Newsletter:

http://everlyfrost.com/newsletter/


Giveaway

Stalk Everly Frost for a chance to win this amazing wolfy prize pack!

Prizes include a 3-d ceramic wolf mug, a wolf necklace, and a $5 Amazon gift card!

Get points for everywhere you follow Everly and bonus points for sharing about the book on your social media!

Plus, there are several other ways you can enter, including some daily tasks!

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USA Today Bestselling Author, Everly Frost is pleased to present the cover of her upcoming release, This Dark Wolf!

Check out the stunning cover and blurb below! Also, get to know the author with Everly’s bio and social media links.

And last but not least, enter for a chance to win some wolfy prizes and a $5 Amazon gift card!

I am a wolf shifter born with a human soul.
Packless. Mateless. Unable to bond.

Cast out of my pack, I live in a supernatural safe house filled with broken women. Other women come and go, but I remain.
I’m waiting.
For him.
Tristan Masters—the ruthless alpha of the most vicious pack in the city.

He fought for my life when my pack wanted to kill me. He saved me. I should be able to trust him.
But I know better.

Tristan Masters wants my wolf; my killer soul. When he’s ready, he will use me to destroy his enemies.
Tristan thinks he owns me. He thinks there are no consequences because I can’t bond to him. He’s going to discover that I am nobody’s to command.

This dark wolf will bite back.

This Dark Wolf is an urban fantasy romance. Full length. 17+ for heat level and language.

 

You can get your copy here:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089FJ55X1/

 


Meet Everly Frost

Website:

http://everlyfrost.com/

Social Media Links:

https://www.facebook.com/everlyfrost/

http://twitter.com/everlyfrost

https://www.instagram.com/everlyfrost/

https://www.amazon.com/Everly-Frost/e/B01AJTBECY

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/everly-frost

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13819383.Everly_Frost

Newsletter:

http://everlyfrost.com/newsletter/


Giveaway

Stalk Everly Frost for a chance to win this amazing wolfy prize pack!

Prizes include a 3-d ceramic wolf mug, a wolf necklace, and a $5 Amazon gift card!

Get points for everywhere you follow Everly and bonus points for sharing about the book on your social media!

Plus, there are several other ways you can enter, including some daily tasks!

Enter the This Dark Wolf Giveaway!
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Cryptic Definitions: The Soul of Cryptic Crosswords by Sanket Shrivastava

Over on my puzzle blog I have a guest post from Sanket and a cryptic clue contest. If you like things puzzly, hop on over.

Paws 4 Puzzles

Hello everyone, today Paws 4 Puzzles is happy to host Sanket Shrivastava who is going to explain to us a little about Cryptic Definitions in Cryptic Crosswords. You can find out more about Sanket over at his Puzzler’s Wednesday interview.

At the bottom of this post are 42 cryptic definition clues for you to try! And I’ve decided to turn this in a little contest. Solve the clues (or as many of them as you can fathom) and message them to me here. You have a week to work on them. At the end of the week I will choose one winner who will pick up either a PDF of my puzzle book Paws 4 Logic or an audio book or ebook of one of my fiction titles.

So without further ado here’s Sanket:

Cryptic Definitions: The Soul of Cryptic Crosswords

One of the types of clues you…

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Young Dragons

A call for submissions for those who are previously unpublished. Here’s your chance.

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Okay, so I have another project in mind.

This one is intended to encourage writers who haven’t made the step to being published.

To that end, I am going to be offering more feedback than the usual call for submissions–not quite a workshopping, but I want to help authors work on their stories and make them the best they can be.

I won’t say “don’t worry about it being good enough”, but I will say, “don’t worry about it being perfect”.

What I am looking for is stories from writers who have not published fiction stories in a book or magazine. Writers who have put stories up on a blog are eligible, as are writers who have put stories up on fanfiction sites or other internet forums.

I want original Fantasy short stories of between 2000 and 7500 words, with 5000 words being ideal. Stories should not be set in…

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