Good morning, and Happy Christmas to those who celebrate! Happy Monday to those who do not 🙂 We have beautiful snow falling quietly down this morning, and it’s just so peaceful that it makes me feel peaceful as I watch it gently fall.
Confession: I have never been able to sleep on Christmas morning. I’ve always been up between 2am and 4am, even now as an adult…and without children 😀 I’m sure it annoyed the hell out of my mom and siblings growing up LOL But now it’s more about the feeling of the holiday season rather than “Come on, let’s see what Santa brought us!”
October through December have always been my favorite months, and not just because of the holidays. They’d still be my favorite months even if the holidays were taken out. And to help celebrate this wonderful time of year, I am going to be doing a giveaway!
DATES: December 25 through January 1st
HOW TO ENTER: Simply leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite season is.
PRIZE PACK: an Isles and West hoodie (several colors to choose from), an October Weeks mug, an Isles and West keychain, an ebook copy of The Damned and Path to Damnation, and a $5 gift card to Amazon.
This is what the hoodie look like in Heather Gray:
Speaking of Isles and West…
Today through Friday, all three of the full-length books in the series will be on sale for $0.99! You can purchase your copies by clicking the image below.
Hello, and welcome to another Series Saturday! Today I’m featuring Jesse Petersen’s Living With the Dead series.
I instantly fell in love with this series from the first page of book one ❤ I mean, you go to marriage counselling only to find your therapist eating another client, and suddenly you and your spouse are thrown right into a zombie apocalypse- who wouldn’t love that? This series has drama, action, comedy in the right places, and at the center is a married couple that started out on the verge of divorce. I wish there had been more in the series, but it did end on the right note and I love rereading the series when I get the chance.
A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse.
Meet Sarah and David.
Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they’re on the verge of divorce and going to couples’ counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things – the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client’s throat.
Meet the Zombies.
Now, Sarah and David are fighting for survival in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. But, just because there are zombies, doesn’t mean your other problems go away. If the zombies don’t eat their brains, they might just kill each other.
The Zombie Apocalypse has been good to Sarah and David. Their marriage is better than ever. They communicate well, share responsibilities, and now, they’re starting a business. ZombieBusters-for all your zombie extermination needs.
There are lots of zombies and that means lots of customers…Except one of them doesn’t want the zombies dead, he wants them alive and ready for experimentation. Mad scientists make for difficult clients and this time, Sarah and David might have bitten off more than they can chew.
Sarah and David have survived the zombie apocalypse. They stood side by side and fought the undead, mad scientists, and even bionic monsters until the unthinkable happened. A zombie bite. But not even that could stop them. Now, with a possible cure in hand, they’re headed east, looking for a safe zone behind the rumored “Wall.” They’re feeling pretty optimistic.
That is until Dave stops sleeping and starts lifting huge objects.
Once a zombie, always a zombie?
Dave and Sarah are pretty happy in the Middle-of-Nowhere, Montana. They’ve done their part in saving the world (kind of) and now they’re settling in for a long life of killing straggler zombies. Well, they think that’s what they’re doing until a helicopter lands on their front lawn with old friends Nicole Nessing and Robbie “The Kid” on board. They propose a dangerous plan: Dave and Sarah must return to Seattle and use Dave’s Superpowers to help with the final stages of a formula that will not only wipe out most of the zombies, but innocluate humans against the virus.
Going back to Seattle was never in the plan. Especially since Sarah has a few secrets of her own that could change her marriage, increase the danger they’re facing and even alter the future they’re so desperately trying to save.
There are short stories in the series…
When the Zombie Apocalypse began in Seattle and spread within days to almost the entire western half the country, the survivors had to figure out how to deal with the plague and live one day at a time. These are their stories.
If you liked Jesse Petersen’s zombie comedies Married With Zombies, Flip This Zombie and Eat Slay Love, these nine stories are set in the same world, but from the perspective of other survivors.
Avery Andrews is her name and directing celebrity telethons after tragedies is her game. But the Northwestern Zombie Outbreak isn’t your average tragedy… and once the infection spreads to the studio, Avery and her crew will have to worry about staying alive, not ratings.
I do suggest checking these books out. If you like zombies, romantic comedies, and action, I think you’ll enjoy these books 🙂
Hello, and happy first day of December 🙂 I hope you’ve all been well. I apologize for the blog silence- I’ve had a lot going on, including surgery, and that put me behind on a few things. Just a few things for you all today:
First: the Isles and West serieshas a new logo! Thanks to the lovely Niki at Once Upon A Design for creating this lovely logo for me. Look forward to some giveaways, swag, and merchandise in the near future.
Second: Sera’s book is still writing well. Because of my surgery, I didn’t write anything for about two weeks, but I’m now starting to dive back in. It’s in the last quarter phase, so I’m about to put her through the Hells…because of I am 🙂
Third: I have a book recommendation for you. I’ve just finished Deadly Storm by Skye Knizley, which is the tenth book in the Storm Chronicles. I loved it, and suggest if you haven’t read the series to give it a try, and if you do read the series- go get this one right now! It was worth the long wait 🙂
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And that is pretty much it for right now 🙂 I’m hoping to have news soon on one of the books I have on submission, and I’m hoping Sera’s book will be out by Spring 2018. Stay tuned!
Happy Saturday! I just realized that it’s been a bit since I gave a progress report on my writing. So, here we go:
Sera’s Book: going well! Probably another 20k before the rough draft is done. Getting close! And yes, it does have a title, but I’ll wait to announce that once the first round of revising is done 🙂
On Submission: the first book of a trilogy that is on submission is…well, I’m still waiting to hear 🙂 This is the nature of publishing and that’s okay. I’m very excited to share this series and hope to have news for you before the end of the year. I think you’re going to love the characters, and the mysteries I set upon them.
Other Stories: I finally nailed the perfect opening for Tuck 3, and that makes me so happy that happy isn’t an adequate enough word 🙂 Hopefully this will now make the book write faster and more smoothly. We get to meet new slayers and deepen the world as well as put poor Tuck through the ringer again…because that’s how I roll ❤
I’m also working on two other stories, but I don’t want to say too much right now. Once I’m deeper into those books I will talk about them more.
And that’s my progress report. I know it’s been a while since I released new material, but these things take time ❤ Good things are coming soon!
Happy Sunday! Following the October favorites theme, here are my favorite childhood Halloween cartoons. I will happily admit that I still watch these every year ❤
First up, of course, is It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! I actually just watched this the other day 🙂 I cannot get through the month of October without watching this one at least a handful of times.
Garfield’s Halloween Adventure 😀 As with the Charlie Brown classic, I cannot go through October without watching this one at least a handful of times.
The classic Disney Halloween cartoons are also at the top of my list of childhood favorites that I still watch 🙂
And of course, we can’t forget Bugs! ❤ ❤ ❤
So what are your childhood Halloween cartoon favorites?
Happy Saturday, and welcome to another Series Saturday 🙂
Today I’m featuring The Hollows series by Kim Harrison. While I admit that I stopped reading these around Black Magic Sanction, the earlier books are still some of my favorite urban fantasy. I have them in hardback up to The Outlaw Demon Wails. I do recommend this series to friends who ask for good urban fantasy ❤ I also have the very awesome The Hollows Insider (more on that below) and Into the Woods (the short story collection).
I think what made me fall in love with the books was not only Rachel, but her relationship with the other characters. Jenks, Ivy, Kisten, and Al…and Newt 🙂 This is a wonderful world Kim built, and I love rereading the series when I get the chance.
All the creatures of the night gather in “the Hollows” of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party . . . and to feed.
Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining—and it’s Rachel Morgan’s job to keep that world civilized.
A bounty hunter and witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she’ll bring ’em back alive, dead . . . or undead.
It’s a tough life for witch Rachel Morgan, sexy, independent bounty hunter, prowling the darkest shadows of downtown Cincinnati for criminal creatures of the night.
She can handle the leather-clad vamps and even tangle with a cunning demon or two. But a serial killer who feeds on the experts in the most dangerous kind of black magic is definitely pressing the limits.
Confronting an ancient, implacable evil is more than just child’s play — and this time, Rachel will be lucky to escape with her very soul.
Some days, you just can’t win. Witch and former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan’s managed to escape her corrupt company, survive living with a vampire, start her own runner service, and face down a vampire master.
But her vampire roommate Ivy is off the wagon, her human boyfriend Nick is out of town indefinitely and doesn’t sound like he’s coming back while the far-too-seductive vampire Kisten is looking way too tempting, and there’s a turf war erupting in Cincinnati’s underworld.
And there’s a greater evil still. To put the vampire master behind bars and save her family, Rachel made a desperate bargain and now there’s hell to pay—literally. For if Rachel cannot stop him, the arch demon Algaliarept will pull her into the sorcerous ever-after to forfeit her soul as his slave. Forever.
The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her — not necessarily in that order.
Now a mortal lover who abandoned Rachel has returned, haunted by his secret past. And there are those who covet what Nick possesses — savage beasts willing to destroy the Hollows and everyone in it if necessary.
Forced to keep a low profile or eternally suffer the wrath of a vengeful demon, Rachel must nevertheless act quickly. For the pack is gathering for the first time in millennia to ravage and to rule. And suddenly more than Rachel’s soul is at stake.
A fiendish serial killer stalks the Hollows, and no one living in or around Cincinnati—human, inhuman, or undead—is safe.
An ancient artifact may be the key to stopping the murderer—a mysterious relic that is now in the hands of Rachel Morgan, fearless independent bounty hunter and reckless witch. But revealing it could ignite a battle to the death among the vast and varied local supernatural races.
Rachel’s been lucky so far. But even she can’t hide from catastrophe forever.
When you dance with demons, you lay your soul on the line . . .
In the Hollows, where the natural and the supernatural co-exist—not always peacefully—desperate times often call for unorthodox measures. But bounty hunter-witch Rachel Morgan did the absolutely unthinkable to save the lives of her friends: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins have come home to haunt her.
As Rachel hunts for the truth behind a terrifying murder, the discovery of a shocking family secret is about to throw her entire life into question. And the long-lost ancient knowledge she seeks resides in the demonic ever-after.
But there are some lines that should never be crossed—like the one Rachel Morgan’s stepping over . . .
And then we have the prequel! I have not had a chance to read this one, though I do want to 🙂 We know through Rachel some of the details of The Turn, but not everything.
The short story collection is one of my favorites ❤
And then we have The Hollows Insider. This is an amazing insight into the The Hollows world. Kim did a fantastic job, and I’m grateful she took the time to do this for her fans.
From the author’s website: The Hollows Insider is the Hollows world guide, the definitive source for all things Hollows, with spells, character descriptions, species descriptions, interoffice memos, murder and mayhem.It’s not necessary to read it to enjoy the regular Hollows books, but much like the novellas and shorts, it expands your understanding of the characters and world tremendously. Full color and richly illustrated, it’s a collector’s coffee table book and one-of-a-kind.
Have you read The Hollows series? What are your thoughts?