A short post to let you know that Isles and West book two, The Duchess, is now in print! Go grab a copy now ❤
Whilst determining when to release A Cold Winter’s Night, I decided that the whole Isles and West series needed a redesign for covers. It was time for a freshen up and what better time than leading up to Sera’s first book? I will have these uploaded to retailer sites this weekend, and then the interior of the ebooks will be updated with the new cover as well and an updated book list a week or two later.
These covers were designed by the amazing Skyla Dawn Cameron (every author needs a Skyla in their life ❤ ). I am planning on putting these out in print either at the end of the first quarter or during the second quarter of this year, so look for that as well 🙂
Aren’t they beautiful! I’m so in love ❤
The other reason I decided to do this is because I am working a lot more with this series and this world, and I felt the need to really freshen up the look to match the newer books in the Isles and West world. I hope to have at least three books in this series out this year, but no promises at this moment. Might be only two 🙂
Don’t forget that A Cold Winter’s Night is up for pre-order!
On the heels of a new podcast (which I haven’t done in two months), I have a new blog up 🙂 As you may have noticed, I did not release Sera’s first book in December. A lot was going on last month and I took a break from writing: I didn’t write unless I wanted to and wrote only what was inspiring me that day.
That helped get my writing mojo back in full force. I have many books going at the moment, but the five major ones are writing incredibly well now so I hope to keep my once-a-quarter releases rolling this year. I have a few re-releases slated this year as well.
A Cold Winter’s Night will be released February 15, 2021! It is now available for pre-order. Kobo doesn’t have it up yet but B&N and Amazon do, and as soon as the pre-order goes live on Kobo, I will post that link 🙂
A Haunted Homecoming is now available! Just in time for Halloween 🙂 I hope you all enjoy Elvira’s first story ❤
With little money and on the brink of losing her beloved home, thirty-five year old medium Elvira Monk could use a little ray of sunshine. As she drives home after a long day, with a heavy heart, she discovers that her childhood best friend has returned to town. Drea Cahill offers her a case involving Drea’s family home, which has been vacant since 1972. The distraction is most welcomed.
But after finding the body of one of Drea’s acquaintances in the house, they’re drawn into a race against time. If they don’t solve the mystery of Brennan Manor quickly, it could spell Drea’s death. For whoever holds the deed to the house is also tied to the Dark beast within it.
And have a safe Halloween, Samhain, and Day of the Dead ❤
I have one more cover reveal for you 🙂 Below is the cover for A Cold Winter’s Night, the first Sera Madden novel. We meet her in Aequitas~ Isles and West, book three.
Done by the amazingly talented Skyla Dawn Cameron ❤
Picture it: me, checking my ranks for Salt and Iron on Amazon, B&N, and Kobo. I stop in my tracks on Kobo.
“Those numbers can’t be right,” I say as shock bolts through me. “There’s no way!”
But the numbers weren’t lying~ Salt and Iron was #5 on the Kobo Teen Paranormal list. FIVE. And the next day it was #4!
It has since fallen in rank but nothing, and I mean NOTHING, will ever take away the fact that for almost two weeks my YA novella sat only three spots down from Stephenie Meyer’s newest Twilight book. NOTHING.
I cannot express how happy you all made me the first time I saw that ❤ And that feeling will stay with me forever. None of my books have ever ranked that high, and you all kept it in the top 30 for another week or so.
Thank you all so much for giving me that gift! ❤ I’m working hard to get Billie #2 finished and sent to my publisher, and I’m hoping to do that by the end of the month 🙂
I cannot say THANK YOU enough ❤
Happy Friday, my lovelies ❤
Salt and Iron is now LIVE! I’m so excited for you all to read this book 🙂
(I’ll add links as the book goes live elsewhere)
Hunting monsters is not an easy business, but for Billie Shane it’s the only career she’s ever wanted. At nineteen, her aunt and uncle give her something that means more to her than money—her first solo case. But there’s a catch, and his name is Galileo Beck, a psychic training with the state to help law enforcement with supernatural cases.
Billie has disliked the popular young man since childhood, but unfortunately for her the case involves his three best friends. The three managed to summon a powerful demon, and though locked in the cemetery, the demon is feeding off of them in order to gain the power to free itself.
With a large festival coming to Eden Hollow, Billie and Galileo must work together if they want to stop not only the death of his friends, but also to save their hometown from becoming a feeding ground for a demon.
Her uncle was not wrong.
The holy water had burned like a son-of-a-bitch, and the area of broken skin, though small, still felt the next day as if someone had poured acid on her. The rest of her body didn’t feel much better. Bruises, a mild concussion, and the overall feeling of being hit by a Mack truck had greeted her when she woke mid-morning.
Her uncle smirked as she walked into the kitchen. “You look like crap.”
She rolled her eyes as she came to a stop near the island. “Thanks.”
“Here.” He set a plate of homemade waffles with a side of sausage in front of her. “Eat something.”
As she sat on a stool, she said, “Smells good.”
“I called your parents last night, after you’d gone to bed. Give them a call when you have a moment.”
Upon her graduation the previous year, her parents had moved back to Oregon, where they’d grown up and still had family. Rory had agreed to finish her training, and she could stay with him until she was ready to be on her own.
She had worked part time while in school, but when she’d made the decision to be a full-time hunter in New England, her only job was training. The state paid handsomely, as her uncle liked to say.
Last night had seen eight grand placed into her bank account—her cut of the hunt.
Vampires came in on the low end of the pay scale. Witches, ghosts, and werewolves ranked far higher. The biggest payday came from demons, angels, and the ancient gods.
“I have a case for you … and you probably aren’t going to like it.”
He said that so nonchalantly that Billie was certain “probably” meant she would absolutely hate it.
She raised an eyebrow and waited for him to speak.
“I got a call from Detective Ellis Beck around five o’clock this morning.” He leaned his elbows on the counter, coffee still in hand. “Apparently, four days ago, three boys decided to have a good time at the Tinsbrook Cemetery. Séance. And by boys I mean Chase, Damien, and Ulrich.”
Billie choked on her orange juice, causing it to dribble down her chin and down onto her food as she coughed. When she got control of the shock, she said, “What the hell?”
Rory handed her a paper towel to clean her face, which she happily took.
Those three names made her want to immediately say no to the case. Three out of four of the biggest assholes I grew up and went to school with.
“That is the question,” Rory said. “Beck’s nephew said he saw flashes of whatever is attacking his friends through nightmares: black wings tipped with talons, long fangs from the mouth. But he’s pretty certain the beast can’t leave the cemetery.”
“Lashing out from afar,” she mumbled. Karma, you are a bitch…and damn funny. “Is he certain it’s just through nightmares? Is it syphoning their energy while they’re awake?”
“Right now, all Beck is certain of is that they are being attacked through dreams.”
Well, that narrows it down to ghosts, demons, angels, and a few dozen non-human spirits from around the globe. “You want me to investigate with you?”
He shook his head. “This is the part you won’t like.”
Billie picked her fork up again and inquired, “What won’t I like?”
Crossing his arms, he sighed heavily. “You are experienced with ghosts and demons because they are your mother’s specialty.”
Her father and Rory had mainly hunted werewolves, vampires, and other beasts of that nature, while her mother had focused on the ghosts, demons, angels, and the occasional god and goddess.
“But Harlow isn’t trained enough in her gift to block out a strong demon or ghost, so…”
Billie suddenly began to understand where he was going. “No.”
“No, I am not investigating a cemetery with Galileo Beck.” I fucking refuse. “He’s an arrogant ass.”
“I can be, too, but you still work with me.”
She rolled her eyes. “Har, har.”
“Look, you may not like him, or those boys, but he is well-trained in his clairvoyance and he knows what this thing looks and feels like. I’m sorry, ash-kicker, but you are working with him.”
Letting out a huff, she replied, “When will we be leaving to investigate? Am I with you or Aunt Ris on this one?”
Rory smirked. “I’m sending you out solo…so to speak.”
Her mouth agape, Billie stared at her uncle in disbelief.
A feminine laugh rang through the air. Billie turned her head and watched her aunt walk over to her uncle, giving him a kiss before moving to the coffee pot.
“Told her she was going solo, did you?” Rissa said with a grin.
Billie shook herself out of the shock and stood from the stool. “Aunt Rissa, this is not funny.”
After returning to her husband’s side, Rissa met Billie’s gaze. “Love, I know you and Galileo have issues with each other, but this is an opportunity you can’t pass up. We believe in your abilities enough to send you out without us, and if you prove us right, that moves you into the next level of training. Which, as you know, means you’ll be closer to being a full hunter with a fatter paycheck and being viewed as an actual hunter and not just the child of one.”
That alone was worth it, and she hated her aunt for a split second for pointing it out. She was Billie Shane—daughter of two respected hunters and from a family that was one of the top monster-hunting families in the country. To be viewed as a hunter in her own right, with her own strengths and proven skill, meant more to her than money.
She couldn’t say no.
“So, what do you say?” Rory asked with a tone that indicated he already knew.
Billie glared at him. “I hate you people.”
Happy Thursday, my lovelies 🙂
For those of you who haven’t had the chance to grab the StoryBundle, it is still available!
The Blood Queen has a scene in it that I’m sure will give my poor characters nightmares every time they see something Disney *grin* It actually gave me chills writing it 😀 You can grab this book right now, along with several other wonderful stories, in the Crossing the Veil
Happy Wednesday, my lovelies! I’m excited to announce that my book, The Blood Queen, is part of a StoryBundle. To better explain what that is, here is a post from the wonderful Rhonda Parrish 🙂
THE CROSSING THE VEIL BUNDLE
The Crossing the Veil Bundle – Curated by Rhonda Parrish
I’ve spent the last several years curating and editing short stories and poetry for anthologies and this year I’m very excited to expand that into curating books for a StoryBundle. I’m excited to share my first ever StoryBundle which is all about psychopomps and crossing the veil.
A couple years ago I stumbled across a word I’d never heard before — psychopomp. When I looked up its meaning I discovered that I’d been aware of the concept of a psychopomp for a long time, I just hadn’t known the word for it. A psychopomp is a being which acts as a guide for the souls of the recently departed, helping them move from this world to the next and occasionally carrying messages between the two.
It’s kind of impressive that I went so long without knowing the word psychopomp because I’ve always loved stories that involve crossing over from the world of the living to that of the dead. Always. As a kid we took Greek Mythology in school and while all the stories interested me it was those set in Hades that really fascinated me. I would seek them out and devour version after version. And as I grew, that never really changed. I still love stories set in the places we go after we die, or featuring characters that can cross between those worlds, which made choosing that as the topic for this StoryBundle an easy decision.
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A woman grudgingly helping a ghost move on to the other side (so he’ll leave her alone)? Check.
A soul-devouring protagonist who has her life turned upside down by a harpy attack? Check.
Characters walking between worlds as casually as you and I cross the street? Check.
A snarky Newfoundland heroine dealing with an undead infestation in her hometown? Check (x3!)
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And you can donate 10% of your purchase price to our charities, Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now, which aim to help foster the writers of tomorrow. – Rhonda Parrish
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For StoryBundle, you decide what price you want to pay. For $5 (or more, if you’re feeling generous), you’ll get the basic bundle of four books in any ebook format—WORLDWIDE.
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If you pay at least the bonus price of just $15, you get all four of the regular books, plus eight more more books, for a total of twelve!
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- The Blood Queenby October Weeks
- Latchkeyby Nicole Kornher-Stace
- The Markedby Lilith Saintcrow
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Hello, my lovelies 🙂 I hope you are all loving The Blood Queen ❤
I was going to wait until tomorrow but I don’t think I can wait that long 😀 I have a contract announcement!
I’m pleased to announce that my upper YA urban fantasy, Salt and Iron, has been accepted by Evernight Teen 🙂 The protagonist is nineteen year old Billie Shane, who is a monster hunter in training who has just been given her first solo case.
More information to come! I can’t wait to share this story with you (and, yes, I am already writing book two 🙂 ).
This book has a projected April 2020 release.