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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New Release – The Change by CV Leigh

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Happy Book Birthday to C.V. Leigh on her new release THE CHANGE.

Kincaid pack Alpha, Alistair, has called his family back to their ancestral home in the Scottish Cairngorms. His wife, Megan, is losing control of her ability to shift and it has him rattled. When it comes to light that Nathan Trevell, Megan’s ex and the lycanthrope who turned her, has travelled from the States and is in the UK, closing in on his family, Alistair is even more determined to keep everyone safe.

Nathan isn’t deterred by the Kincaid pack. He’s in the UK for a very specific reason, a reason that threatens to turn the lives of the Kincaids upside down – and possibly endanger them.

Being cooped up together in Faol Hall only serves to highlight the differences between the Kincaids, and fighting soon breaks out. Can they put aside their issues and present a united front, before it’s too late?

Want to read an excerpt? Sure you do …

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Alistair Kincaid watched helplessly as his wife was taken over by the beast that lurked beneath her skin. She trembled in his arms, her teeth chattering, eyes rolling back until the dark green he longed to gaze into had been replaced by pure white. Her mouth relaxed and opened, her canines elongated and tapered into a sharp point.

“Shit. Hold on, Megan.” He rocked her back and forth, smoothing his hand down her long, brunette hair, still damp from where she’d been in the shower. Strands clung to her face and arms. Sweat beaded on her forehead. She clawed at his bare arms, leaving long scratches.

He looked around the large bathroom, desperately searching for some way to help her. The shower head still spewed into the cubicle. Water splattered against the tiles, droplets raced down the glass screen. A green pouch sat on top of the medicine cabinet, taunting him. Megan needed the drugs inside it, but she needed him to hold her steady as well.

“Jacob!” He could only pray his brother hadn’t gone for a run. “Shit… it’s okay, Megan, it’s okay… I’m here.” He stumbled over the words, each one catching in his throat.

“N-n-n…” A sound, nothing more, tumbled from her lips. “Nay-n-n-nay…” She repeated it over and over again. Coarse, dark brown hairs began to push through the smooth skin of her arms. She released an agonising cry that tore through him, leaving his heart in tattered shreds.

“Jake!” he called again.

“I’m here.” His younger brother filled the doorway, as wide as he was tall; a wall of pure muscle and brute strength. “Fuck.”

Megan’s bones cracked. Bile rose in Alistair’s throat. “Get the sedative,” he said, nodding at the cabinet.

Jacob pulled the little bag down, along with the amber pill bottles that had been stored next to it. A bottle snapped open, and tiny tablets spiralled towards the drain. “Fuck, I’m sorry.” Jacob fumbled with the bag’s zip.

“Just get the damn drugs,” Alistair snapped, spittle landing on his bottom lip. Sweat dripped down his brow. He wasn’t sure how much longer he could hold her–how much longer it would be before she was taken over completely, lost to him.

Jacob found the syringe. He attached a needle, then plunged it into a vial and withdrew the clear liquid. He knelt beside his brother and grabbed Megan’s naked leg, then tugged it towards him. After sitting on her ankle to stop her from wrestling away from him, he stabbed the needle into the thick muscle of her thigh.

The animalistic growl Megan released was enough to curdle blood, ripping from her throat and filling Alistair with dread. Her eyes were wide, the usually-green irises now burning chartreuse, flecked with gold and amber. She grunted and groaned, panted for breath. “F-fuck… y-you…” Her voice was low and gruff, cracked by the venom coursing through her veins. Her sights fixed on Jacob, watching his every movement.

Jacob stood, syringe in hand.

Buy Links:

Pick up your copy today 99p / 99c on Kindle!

Links to THE CHANGE can be found on the publisher’s website:

http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Leigh_CV/the-change.htm

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About the Author:

Originally from the Nottingham/Lincoln borders, C.V. Leigh now lives in Somerset with her family and pets. She comes from a long line of natural witches, and spent her childhood learning to read tea leaves from her grandmother and Tarot from her mother, so it’s no surprise that she has a love for the fantastical and paranormal.

When she’s not creating new worlds, C.V. enjoys reading with a hot cup of tea, or exploring the beautiful countryside that Somerset has to offer.

C.V. Leigh’s favourite authors include Kelley Armstrong, George R.R. Martin, Douglas Adams, Grant Naylor, Terry Pratchett, and Roald Dahl.

Social Media Links:

Website: https://authorchoward.wixsite.com/cvleighauthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CVLeighAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CVLeighAuthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cvleighauthor

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/C.V.-Leigh/e/B07Q5JNXTJ

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19009631.C_V_Leigh

 

Urban Fantasy Reads and A Very Busy April!

Hi folks – got a very busy April coming up, both on this blog and out and about. So what’s up? Well starting April 1st I’ll be participating in the annual Blogging from A to Z challenge. You may remember last year I did an A to Z of P.A.W.S. characters in April and in fact you can still check these out.

This April I’m releasing a new picture book, Adana the Earth Dragon, on Earth Day (April 22) and so decided to devote this year’s A to Z to sharing the awesome picture books from a bunch of indie authors.

But that’s when it gets complicated. Every year for the last several I’ve applied to be part of the YA Scavenger Hunt, but sadly have never been accepted – until this year that is. So between April 3 and April 8 I’m excited to be hosting YASH on this blog. I’m part of purple team – and purple is my favorite color. Come by and enter and you’ll have a chance to win a whole bunch of books from a number of YA authors PLUS I’ll be running a separate rafflecopter giveaway on this blog.

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So what of A to Z you ask? Well for the days I’m hosting YASH my A to Z posts will continue over at my sister blog, Paws 4 Puzzles – and then after YASH they’ll be right back here.

But wait, there’s more … From April 6th to 8th I’ll also by participating in Brains to Books over at Goodreads and I’m going to be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo and trying to finish the first draft of Cotula (P.A.W.S. 5). AND for the whole month of April I’ll be celebrating the release of Adana the Earth Dragon at two release events in St. Louis – at The Novel Neighbor on the 21st and at the Book House on April 28 plus if you preorder the paperback directly from me you’ll be entered into a giveaway for an cute little dragon of your own.

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Just one more thing. Do you need something good to read this weekend? I’ve got together with a bunch of awesome Urban Fantasy authors for a special promotion. All of our books (including my P.A.W.S. Saga) are on sale this weekend for either 99 cents or FREE. Check it out.

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Debbie’s Year of Reading, 2017

Hey folks, it’s that time again when I do a special shout-out of my favorite books I’ve read this year. This has definitely been the year of the indie – the first time when most of the books on this list are from indie authors.

So in no particular order, here are my faves (the six books I gave 5 star reviews to on Goodreads). I’m particular happy with this list as it covers a number of different genres and each one of these had a “wow” factor for me. In the comments I’d love to hear what your favorite reads were this year.

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Adored this book my Australian writer, Mirren Hogan. The story which follows the tale of the Night Witches, a group of Russian women who flew fighter planes during World War II is the type of story that should be on every school curriculum.

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Can we say awesome? I loved L. Woodswalker’s first book, Tesla’s Signal, and this second one was just as immersive and fun to read. Check out my review of Tesla’s Frequency here and pick up a copy.

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And now for something a little different. Not-Ready-For-Juillard Players is a literary mystery (sort of) set in a music school. It’s compelling with characters that draw you to them. I met Eileen in my local NaNoWriMo group and feel sad that I didn’t read her beautiful book earlier. I hope she writes more as I adored her writing.

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This one was oodles of fun! So Not a Hero is not your ordinary super-hero story. It’s fast paced with a awesome bad-ass woman as the lead character. Looking forward to reading book 2 that’s on my ever-growing reading list.

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Like cool urban fantasy with a kick-ass female protagonist. This is the one! I read the first two of E.A.Copen’s Judah Black novels this year and the rest are on my extremely long TBR list. Start with Guilty by Association and continue with Blood Debt.

So here we have it – my five star recommendations – BUT there are a bunch of other cool books I read this year, all of which I enjoyed. Check out my year of reading on Goodreads.

 

An Interview with a Faoladh

Today on Paws 4 Thought we are happy to invite Diana Warren.  Diana’s story is told by Leah Chiasson in Marked for the Hunt available on Amazon.

  1. Welcome Diana. So happy you could join us. Now let’s get started. Tell us what was it like growing up as a werewolf?
    • Well, you see, I’m not exactly a werewolf. I am actually something called Faoladh, a hybrid between human and fae. Say it with me: FOW-LUH. You got this. Everything I’d been promised as a child, safety and protection within the Clan, was a lie. I learned that lesson pretty quickly. After I got away from that, I was forced to learn to live as a Clan-less wolf. No wolves were to be trusted, but there were a lot less of them out West than there were back in Wolf’s Head, that was for sure.
  2. So what made you leave your pack?
    • The all-consuming fear that I was next. My father was killed when I was fourteen and there was no question that I was next on his list. It was sheer luck in the events that followed that allowed me to survive. The only option after that was to pack up and leave. If I wasn’t there, I wasn’t in that man’s way. As much as he would have liked to kill me for the fun of it, I think being out of his way was fine with him, too.
  3. Why are you returning now?
    • My grandfather, the man that assumed the role of Alpha after my father’s death, had passed. It’s hard to believe that such a stout old man keeled over from old age. I didn’t think that was possible for faoladh.
  4. What’s the hardest part of being a werewolf (Faoladh)?
    • It’s a toss up. On one hand, I have this beast inside of me with her own thoughts and desires and fears that I can barely handle at times. On the other hand, I never feel entirely safe. There are other clan-less wolves out there, looking to get me off their supposed territory or want to play with me for their own shits and giggles.
  5. What’s the most fun part?
    • I haven’t decided yet.
  6. What’s your favorite food?
    • By default, I guess I’d have to say chocolate. It does something to our systems, helps calm our beast nature. Then again, nothing beats a serving of really good mashed potatoes. They’re the freaking best comfort food. Instant is good in a pinch, but my Aunt Magda makes the meanest bowl of mashed potatoes that I’ve had the pleasure of running off with on Thanksgiving day.
  7. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
    • Somewhere there isn’t a magical community. Can you imagine the quiet, normal kind of life that would lead to? If you know where I might be able to find such a place, drop me a line.
  8. Do you listen to music? If so what kind? Who’s your favorite artist/band?
    • I prefer metal and alt-rock most of the time. Some like to call my tastes a little cliché or dated, but that’s why I always invest in ear buds, right? I love to listen to Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, and Rise Against. Out of all of them, Stone Sour might be my favorite band.
  9. Who would you prefer to be the next Clan Alpha?
    • I wish I could have seen what my father could have accomplished. I wish I could have seen what kind of man he would become over the years. There should have been safety, and maybe even growth, with him. It breaks my heart to think that his time was cut short, but I’m glad he isn’t here to see what kind of mess I’ve become.
  10. Anything else you wish more folk understood about werewolves?
    • Not all of us are evil. It’s the greed of the human in us that makes us do the awful things that we do. It’s the greed of the human that pushes us to kill for power. Not the beast in us.

You can read more of Diana’s story in Marked For the Hunt available on Amazon.

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Presenting Blood Moon

 

Today On Paws 4 Thought we are happy to help welcome a new urban fantasy series by Lena Hillbrand, Blood Moon. Check it out!

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Series- The Superiors # 1
Genre- New Adult Urban Fantasy
By- Lena Hillbrand
Release Date- February 1, 2017

 

A world divided

 

In a world where vampires reign supreme, humans are little more than livestock. Their sole purpose is to satisfy their masters’ appetites.

 

A chance encounter

 

When Draven Castle, a lowly vampire who owns no livestock, captures a runaway human child, he defies his government for the first time in a century and takes what is not his to take—her blood.

 

Fates intertwined

 

Years later, he encounters Cali, the same human girl, now forced to work in a dangerous profession. As the secret they shared draws him back to her time and again, he realizes they are not as different as the government would have them believe. Humans are not just brainless animals. They are people. But if he is to save Cali from her cruel master, he must do more than remember his own humanity—he must forget it.
 

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Say Hello to R.R Virdi

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Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome urban fantasy author, R.R . Virdi. Virdi’s Grave Report books were a couple of my favorite reads of 2016 and I look forward to reading his new release Dangerous Ways in the near future. Virdi stopped by to answer a few questions.

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I’m an author, born and raised in Northern Virginia around muscles cars, which I restored, repaired and modded as a kid upward. I love gaming, reading, building things and tinkering on stuff. Big DIY’er and making stuff with my hands. I’m a lifelong ADHD survivor. It’s been tough 😉

When did you start writing?

Age 18, summer right before college. Have been doing it since.

I adored the Grave Reports books so far. How did you come up with the concept?

After about 4 years of trying to write epic fantasy because of course, I convinced myself I was one of those authors. 4 years taught me I sucked at it. So, I went back to what I really loved. Mythology. I needed a vehicle to deliver on all the cool mythos and culture stuff I loved. That meant urban fantasy. There was one series, and one comic close to my heart that did that best. The Dresden Files, and the Hellblazer comics.

Enter Quantum Leap and the desire to mash them together. But, as you know QL is sci fi, I needed a paranormal/metaphysical reason for a bouncing body hopping protagonist. Enter the soul.

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Do you see yourself in Vincent Graves

I see some of myself in him, and I think there’s a fair bit of me in him. But, he definitely makes a lot of choices I wouldn’t.

What should we expect to see in book 3 in the series?

Vincent continuing to grow as a person, a soul. Being pushed, tried, going through more crucibles while trying to do some good. His life getting more difficult, new enemies, new problems. New stakes.

Who are your favorite authors and what are you reading these days?

Jim Butcher, E.A. Copen, James Osiris Baldwin, Glen Cook, Neil Gaiman, off the top of my head. I’m currently reading E.A. Copen’s books.

Tell us about Dangerous Ways?

Dangerous Ways takes place in the same world as The Grave Report. New series with new people and problems. It’s about a man, immune to ageing and time, pulled into the problems of a girl who’s slipping between the cracks of reality, the paranormal and human world.

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What attracts you to urban fantasy?

The ability to draw on, and play with mythos in an urban, modern, and familiar setting. You can take the normal, the mundane, and add a layer of surreal and wow to it.

Do you have any advice to writers just starting out?

Just start. Write. Get out of your own way and permit yourself to suck. It’s okay. No one is expecting you to write like a best seller day one. As much as writing is an art/craft, it’s also a skill. It will come with practice. That’s something you can do. The quicker you start, the quicker you can work on improving.

(Great advice. DMK)

What do you like to do to relax?

Read, meditate, workout, video games, and writing.

If you could have dinner with five famous people, real or fictional who would you invite?

Harry Dresden, Dalai Lama, Batman, my mentor and best friend: Jim Hurd. And Marcus Aurelius.

(Would definitely be an interesting dinner party! DMK)

So what’s next? What are you currently working on?

I’m currently finishing up the draft of the third novel in The Grave Report.

(Cool, can’t wait to read it! – DMK)

How can readers connect with you?

Easy:

website: www.rrvirdi.com

Facebook

Amazon

Twitter: @rrvirdi

Virdi also has stories in three charity anthologies, a couple of which I also have a story in. Check them out. They’re all for wonderful causes and are filled with oodles of good writing.

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