Salt and Iron Giveaway

Happy Sunday 🙂

This will be the first of three giveaways for Salt and Iron.

 

PRIZE: 

A Salt and Iron ebook (in PDF, Mobi, or Epub)

October Weeks mug

A Haunted October’s Paranormal Podcast Yeti Mug

October Weeks t-shirt (small, medium, large, or XL)

 

HOW TO ENTER:

Comment on this post and tell me what your favorite summer activity is 🙂

 

Giveaway Ends: Sunday, July 19th

 

Good luck!

NEW RELEASE~ Salt and Iron

Happy Friday, my lovelies ❤

Salt and Iron is now LIVE! I’m so excited for you all to read this book 🙂

AMAZON ~ EVERNIGHT TEEN ~ SMASHWORDS

(I’ll add links as the book goes live elsewhere)

BLURB:

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.

 

EXCERPT:

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 what?”

“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.”

 

BOOK TRAILER:

Cover Reveal~ Salt and Iron

Good morning 🙂

Here is the beautiful cover and blurb for Salt and Iron, releasing JULY 10th!

BLURB:

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.

 

Can’t wait for you all to read this one! ❤

New Contract Announcement

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.

 

Sundays Spent With Vampires

 

Happy Sunday!

I haven’t gotten much writing done in the last week or so. But I am happy to report that today the dam has broken and the writing is again flowing 🙂

As the title of this blog states, I am spending my writing time today with vampires. Tuck 4 (I have a title but not ready to share just yet) is well underway. It briefly paused but after going back and fixing a few things,  the story is moving in the right direction now. After the events in The Arena, Tuck doesn’t feel like resting much. She has a vampire to hunt, and he isn’t going to make it easy…as if any of them do 🙂

I have at least four more books (including the one I am writing) before her story is wrapped up. Are there more stories to tell? Yes. But her full story, her path, will end with the last book. Other characters are lining up to have their stories told, including a few vampires.

For right now, though, Tuck’s journey needs to be told, and I will be focusing on her POV until her story is done.

Can I give you hints about book four? Let’s see…

*The story picks up pretty much where The Arena ends.

*The main villain is an ancient one.

*We see some characters from the first book.

That’s all I can really give right now 🙂 My goal is to have book four finished by the end of January and ready to publish no later than March. I am self-publishing the rest of the books in this series, and hope to also have them available in audio. I am aiming to have The Arena on audio before book four releases.

I hope you all have a wonderful day! And spend some time your favorite vampires- be it a book or a movie- as well ❤

Tuck Houston Series

Just a quick Monday post 🙂

THE DAMNED is on sale for $0.99!

click the image to go to Amazon

 

PATH TO DAMNATION is now an audiobook~ grab your copy!

AMAZON ~ AUDIBLE iTUNES

 

THE ARENA is now available~ grab your copy!

Evernight Publishing ~ Barnes and Noble ~ Smashwords ~ iTunes

Amazon Kobo

 

The Tuck Houston series is one that I love deeply, and wish to continue. There are at least five books to conclude Tuck’s arc. I plan on self-pubbing the last two and am working on book four now.

Have a great Monday!!!

Excerpt: THE ARENA

Here is an excerpt of THE ARENA for your reading pleasure 🙂

Evernight Publishing ~ Barnes and Noble ~ Smashwords 

Amazon ~ iTunes

Excerpt:

copyright@October Weeks 2018

The opening chords of Godsmack’s “Stand Alone” jarred Tuck Houston out of much needed slumber. She tried to move closer to the nightstand but the arm around her tightened in protest.

“Leave it,” Tristan Baudin grumbled.

She laughed softly. “You know better than that, Tristan.”

The phone stopped, but Tuck had a strong feeling that quiet wasn’t going to last.

Tristan slid his hand up the side of her torso and across her chest to lightly grasp her breast. “See?”

She sighed, and a shiver of desire ran through her. “Three, two—”

The phone started up again.

Tristan mumbled something about “bullshitery” and loosened his grip.

Tuck wasn’t fond of moving out of his arms, but whoever was calling wasn’t going to let her stay snuggled up.

She grabbed her phone and lay on her back. The screen said Lucia. Concern swept through her as she swiped the screen. “Lucia?”

“Tuck. I’m sorry if I’ve woken you.”

“It’s all right. What’s going on?”

Vaguely, she heard Tristan mumble, “Fuck me,” and then he rolled over and snuggled her against him.

“A few days ago we found a nest of vampyr just outside of Tombstone. We killed them, but they had fifteen human bodies in the basement of the house they were squatting in. The whole area felt off. Once we veered off the main road, the desolation was immediate.”

Tuck did not like the sound of that. “How far out from the house did that start?”

“Nine miles.”

“Shit,” Tuck said as she sat up.

Tristan did the same, a look of concern on his face as he watched her.

“We’re tracking another group now, one we picked up on once the house and bodies were dealt with. That same feeling is following them—all the way into New Mexico. When we get close, the feeling deepens. I’ve never felt anything like it, Tuck, but I know what that could mean—Vampyr and Damned don’t have the ability to mask themselves that heavily or for that long of a distance. Not even the oldest ones.”

No, they don’t.

Vampyr and Damned could hide from humans quite well, but that power only stretched out so far, even if there was more than one vampire involved. The farthest that power could spread was roughly one mile. More times than not, Vampyr and Damned would only mask the area they rested or lived in. The farther out their power reached, the weaker it became.

Only one breed of vampire could mask the way Lucia was describing—strigoi. Tuck understood why Lucia had phoned her.

“Your dad said you and Tristan are in San Diego.”

“Yes, we just finished our hunt a few hours ago. Where are you right now?”

“About an hour outside of Las Cruces, but this group is headed farther into the desert and away from civilization. One of us will go back to Las Cruces and wait for you and Tristan.”

“We’re on our way.”

“Thank you, Tuck. I have a bad feeling about this one.”

In DiGregorio terms, that meant whatever was happening was beyond the pale, and that sent the spike of urgency already forming in Tuck’s gut all the way up her spine. The DiGregorios never called in backup unless something was very wrong.

“Be careful. If something looks too easy, don’t move forward. Wait for me, please.”

“We will,” Lucia promised, and then ended the phone call.

Tuck ran a hand over her face and then told Tristan what was happening. “We need to hustle. I don’t want Lucia on this hunt without me if strigoi are truly involved. If we leave in the next half hour we can be there by mid-afternoon.”

He kissed her shoulder and then nuzzled her neck. “Take a shower first. I’ll get the gear packed.”

She thanked him with a kiss and then quickly got into the shower.

NEW RELEASE: THE ARENA

The time has come~ the next Tuck Houston novel is LIVE!

Evernight Publishing ~ Barnes and Noble ~ Smashwords 

Amazon ~ iTunes

BLURB:

An ancient grudge. An ancient darkness. A slayer who will stop at nothing to put an end to both.

When her good friend Lucia DiGregorio calls her asking for help, slayer Tuck Houston immediately joins the hunt. Once she gets a hint of strigoi power at the scene of a slaughter, she understands exactly why Lucia called her in.

Shortly after that slaughter, Tuck realizes that the team is in a trap and none of them will be able to leave until the game is done. The gravity of the situation is made clear when they discover that the vampyr responsible holds an ancient grudge against Lucia’s family, and that the strigoi in league with the vampyr has his own plans for Tuck once the game is done.

But Tuck won’t make success easy for the vampyr or the strigoi. She will find a way to end the game … even if she has to die to do it.

~~~~~

BOOK TRAILER:

Cover Reveal: THE ARENA

Here it is~ the cover of THE ARENA, Tuck Houston book three ❤ The wonderful Jay Aheer  again hit the mark 🙂

releasing SEPTEMBER 21, 2018

BLURB:

When her good friend Lucia DiGregorio calls her asking for help, slayer Tuck Houston immediately joins the hunt. Once she gets a hint of strigoi power at the scene of a slaughter, she understands exactly why Lucia called her in.

Shortly after that slaughter, Tuck realizes that the team is in a trap and none of them will be able to leave until the game is done. The gravity of the situation is made clear when they discover that the vampyr responsible holds an ancient grudge against Lucia’s family, and that the strigoi in league with the vampyr has his own plans for Tuck once the game is done.

But Tuck won’t make success easy for the vampyr or the strigoi. She will find a way to end the game…even if she has to die to do it.

Now Available in Audio!

Path to Damnation is now available in audio format!

AMAZON ~ AUDIBLE ~ iTUNES

BLURB:

“Come little slayer, into my lair, and we shall play a game….”

Ten months after the events with Josef Dragos, slayer Tuck Houston is in Iceland training with her strigoi guardian. The strigoi blood awakened in her gives her no choice but to do so. But her training is interrupted by the one Damned who keeps slipping out of her grasp – Penelope.

The beautiful Damned has finally come calling to finish the game she started with Tuck a little over 16 years ago. But instead of retrieving Tuck herself, Penelope is sending her on a scavenger hunt. A hunt that Tuck’s more than ready to go on, despite the fact that it’s going to drive her deeper into the world of the strigoi and the darkness that birthed Penelope.

Tuck welcomes the darkness, knowing that at the end of it all it could spell her death.