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Get Meridian Six for FREE

As a special holiday treat, I’ve made the first story in my Meridian Six series free from Dec. 14-16!

A masterful fusion of post-apocalyptic fiction, dark fantasy, and subtle social commentary, this is, simply put, the best self-published vampire story I have read in my 20 years of reviewing. And it’s just the beginning of a series that has the potential to change the landscape of genre fiction.” -Paul Goat Allen, Blue Ink Reviews

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Urban Allies is Out

Urban Fantasy fans won’t want to miss this blockbuster anthology that features some of the most beloved characters of the genre teaming up in cross-over stories.

Sabina Kane fans will be especially excited to see Sabina, Adam and Mr. Giggles again. In the story “Ladies’ Fight,” which I co-wrote with Caitlin Kittredge, Sabina and the gang team up with Ava the hellhound and Leo the reaper to hunt down an enchanted scythe. The fur really flies when the hairless cat demon meets a hellhound.

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Worlds collide when two different urban fantasy series meet in each of the ten electrifying stories in this collaborative project, featuring beloved characters such as Peter Octavian and Dahlia Lynley-Chivers, Joanne Walker and Harper Blaine, Joe Ledger and Special Agent Franks, Sabina Kane and Ava. Urban Allies melds the talents of some of the most high-profile authors in the genre today—many of whom are working together for the first time—to give readers a chance to see their favorite characters in an imaginative and fresh way.

Contributors Include:

Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden
Carrie Vaughn and Diana Rowland
Jonathan Maberry and Larry Correia
Kelley Armstrong and Seanan Mcguire
Joseph Nassise and Sam Witt
Steven Savile And Craig Schaefer
David Wellington and Weston Ochse
Stephen Blackmoore and Jeff Somers
C. E. Murphy and Kat Richardson
Jaye Wells and Caitlin Kittredge

Here’s what reviewers are saying about it:

Library Journal (Starred Review)

These ten shared stories bring together the work of 20 different authors. “Ladies’ Fight” matches up Caitlin Kittredge’s hellhound Ava and reaper Leo with Jaye Wells’s Chosen, Sabina Kane, her partner Adam, and demon Giguhl as they search for the Grim Reaper’s scythe. In “Tailed,” Seanan McGuire’s Verity Price hunts a cryptid poacher and discovers a werewolf with her kids and Kelley Armstrong’s Elena, Kate, and Logan. More pairings of fan-favorite characters, including Peter Octavian and Dahlia Lynley-Chivers, and JoeLedger and Agent Franks, bring fresh outings and fun crossovers sure to delight many readers. Verdict This anthology highlights incredible authors and their best lead protagonists. Readers will devour these stories, which answer the question many fans pose: “What if these two characters met?”

RT Book Reviews – 4 ½ Stars and a Top Pick

Literary mashups are no easy feat, but thanks to some excellent pairings and the work of a group of wonderfully talented writers, this collection is enormously fun from beginning to end, particularly for series fans. The teamwork on display in these stories yields some fascinating results, providing authors and readers with a wonderfully imaginative way to explore and reimagine some beloved characters and settings and offering the chance to see what happens when those characters and worlds suddenly collide. Devotees of the featured series will feel right at home with most of these scenarios, but newcomers will have no trouble at all diving into each of these stories, and will no doubt come out with a new list of must-reads as a result.

Booklist

Authors such as Kelley Armstrong, Charlaine Harris, Caitlin Kittredge, and Jonathan Maberry combine their distinctive talents in this unique collection, where 20 best-selling urban-fantasy authors teamed up on 10 original short stories featuring their series characters…“Pig Roast” is a fun, fast-paced read, while “The Lessons of Room 19” is both a creepy read and a smart commentary on the haunting nature of grief. “Blood for Blood” introduces Peter Octavian to Dahlia Lynley-Chivers, and their dangerous adventure will have readers flipping the pages. Once readers arrive at “Spite House,” they will wonder how it is possible that Seattle PIs Harper Blaine and Joanne Walker have never met before. Most of the stories serve as a nice introduction to these individual series and will send readers unfamiliar with these characters back to library shelves to find the backlist. Recommended for fantasy collections.

Publishers Weekly

“An all-star roster of 20 urban fantasy authors headlines this collection of 10 crossover adventures, each of which sees two writers pitting their signature heroes against shared threats…Nassise (Midian Unmade) has assembled an admirable group of contributors who do a good if sometimes uneven job of blending both styles and toy boxes. The tales lean more toward the darker fantasy or horror end of the spectrum, making for an occasionally gory spectacle. Readers will undoubtedly get a kick out of seeing their favorite heroes solving cases together and will enjoy being introduced to new characters and settings. (Aug.)

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Children of Ash is Here!

The long-awaited sequel to Meridian Six is finally here! The novella comes in at a whopping 40,000 words, which is almost a novel but not quite. With the story growing so much, I’m considering writing a full-length novel in this world if the demand exists for more of these stories.

A masterful fusion of post-apocalyptic fiction, dark fantasy, and subtle social commentary, this is, simply put, the best self-published vampire story I have read in my 20 years of reviewing. And it’s just the beginning of a series that has the potential to change the landscape of genre fiction. Mark my words: It’s that good. -Paul Goat Allen on Meridian Six 

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The exciting second installment of the Meridian Six series …

Freedom is a luxury paid for with blood.

Several months after their first victory over the vampires, Meridian Six and her band of rebels are called in to Book Mountain for a brand new mission. The leader of another rebel group needs help saving children who were captured by the Troika and sent to Krovgorod, the worst of the vampire labor camps. Getting inside the prison camp will be simple, but escaping it will be hell.

Red means life.

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Note: iBooks and Nook are coming. I’ll update this post with links once they are available.

If you have not yet read the first novella in this series, please check out Meridian Six.

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In a world at war, freedom is a luxury paid for with blood.

The daughter of a rebel leader, Meridian Six was used as a propaganda tool and blood slave to her vampire captors for years after her mother died. When she finally escapes, she runs toward a red light signal that leads the way to the underground world of human rebels. All she wants is freedom, but what she finds instead of a rebellion in search of a hero–and for some reason they think she fits the bill. The vampires used her famous name as a tool of oppression, but now the humans want to use it to inspire a revolution.

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Holiday Treat

It’s a Krampus miracle, y’all! Just in time for the holidays, I’ve marked down The Uncanny Collection to just $.99 in all ebooks formats.

You should buy this short story collection if you are a fan of:

-Carnivals where wishes are granted in terrible ways
-New Orleans’ creepiest musicians
-Demons in nun dormitories

And, really, who isn’t?

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THE WEREWIFE: One week after she is bitten by the dog-faced boy at a traveling carnival, a mild-mannered housewife gets a sudden, unrelenting craving for raw meat. She doesn’t remember eating the cat or running naked through the park under the full moon, but her husband’s getting strange calls from concerned neighbors. When he takes her back to the carnival a year later, looking for a cure, it’ll either get better…or a whole lot worse.

THE BLUEST HOUR: A journalist travels to New Orleans to track down the mysterious “Soul Singers”–psychopomps who guide spirits into the afterlife. In this city known for music and its connection to death, a man can learn things he’s not ready to know.

THE DEADLINE: An ambitious journalist opens an investigation into the decade’s old murder of a priest and a nun at a local Catholic college. She swears she’ll do anything to earn her big break, but the price could be her very soul.

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Prospero’s War on Sale!

Huge news! My publisher has slashed the price of the ebooks for Dirty Magic and Cursed Moon for a limited time. If you’ve already gotten your fix, spread the word to your friends!

About the Prospero’s War series:
The Prospero’s War series combines the gritty action of police procedurals with the speculative elements of urban fantasy. It’s a world where cops and wizards are fighting a war over addictive, dangerous, and illegal dirty magic. Some have described it as The Wire with wizards.

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Buy Dirty Magic on sale for just $2.99 now!

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Buy Cursed Moon on sale for just $4.99 now!

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Coming Feb. 10: Deadly Spells

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Preorder Deadly Spells now!

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Read an excerpt here.

Newsletter Contest

In anticipation of CURSED MOON’s release on August 12 (next Tuesday) I’m hosting a big contest in my newsletter.

Prizes include a copy of Dirty Magic (either a signed print version or ebook, winner’s choice) plus a Tshirt. But not just any T-shirt: a Laser Vaginas World Tour 2014 commemorative T-shirt.

Processed with MoldivWho are the Laser Vaginas? Some people believe the Laser Vaginas are a feminist punk rock band whose goal is to rock mysogyny off the face of the planet. Others believe Laser Vaginas is a joke that took on a life of its own. They’ve appeared in fiction (Kevin Hearne’s SHATTERED), have galleries full of bar napkin art dedicated to them, and may or may not be working on their official web site. Either way, across the globe, people have taken up the cry of PEWPEWPEW.

The design is currently owned by only three people in the entire universe: Kevin Hearne, Nicole Peeler, and myself. This means if you are one of the two winners, you will be part of the extremely selective Laser Vaginas Herd.

As I mentioned, two subscribers to my newsletter will win one T-shirt plus a signed copy of DIRTY MAGIC. This contest is open worldwide (because the Laser Vaginas know no borders), and no purchase is required to enter. Simply subscribe to my newsletter (the form is on the sidebar to the right). I’ll announce the two winners on 8/12 (Tuesday) in the newsletter. Easy peasy!

 

It’s Complex, But Simple

As you can probably tell from my recent blog silence, I’ve been pretty busy lately. Since my last update I’ve attended Phoenix Comicon, gone to PA for my MFA residency at Seton Hill, went on vacation to Asheville, NC, and revised a novel. Oh, and there’s been this little thing happening between my publisher and Amazon taking up a lot of my headspace.

There’s been a lot of ink and blood spilled over this feud, and I’m certainly not interested in adding to fire and brimstone tone. However, I do want to say this: Unlike most of the loudest voices in this debate, what’s happening directly affects my career. Cursed Moon comes out in less than four weeks, and it is not up for preorder on Amazon. This will hurt the book’s sales. It likely will hurt the series. It’s not fair, but there’s not much I can do about it except keep writing and hope that my readers will keep buying my books.

While some authors are calling for a boycott of Amazon, I feel this is a mistake. For one, I’d be a huge hypocrite if I did since I have books for sale there (including a few self-published titles), and I likely will continue doing business with them in the future. Business is complicated and sometimes the choices we’re offered aren’t ideal, but they’re the cards we’re dealt and we must play in order to stay in the game. Second, readers love Amazon. Authors love readers. Trying to alienate the people who buy our books from their favorite source of books is begging for a backlash. I get it: Amazon offers convenience and cheap books. They do lots of things right. So does Hachette, for that matter (I’ve written eight books with them for a reason).

This feud is just proof that the publishing business is a complicated one filled with complicated people. I wish there were easy answers (preferably ones that resulted in my receiving lots of awards and becoming a household name). But what I know for sure is that no middle man can destroy the bond that exists between storytellers and story lovers.  Yes, the business of writing is complex, but the reason we put up with it is simple: We love stories. Even if I have to sell books out of the back of a van down by the river, I will keep writing stories for you. That’s as close to a religion as I have.

I’m sorry that you can’t buy my books at Amazon if that’s your preferred retailer. However, there are lots of other retailers offering great discounts on my books, and I hope that you’ll buy them there instead of simply opting not to buy my books. But the choice really is yours.

Now, on to some more pleasant stuff. First, in anticipation of Cursed Moon’s release, Hachette is offering Dirty Magic for only $1.99 in all ebook formats. That’s almost 80% off the cover price, folks. You can also get the print book for a huge discount at several retailers (except Amazon, who is still carrying the book, but have opted to not discount Hachette backlist titles while this feud continues). So if you haven’t read Dirty Magic now would be a great time to snag a copy. If you have read it, it’s a great time to tell your friends to get in on the action.

Also, as I mentioned, Cursed Moon comes out on August 12. You can read the first chapter here.

 

On Ebooks

Let’s get one thing straight from the outset: I love printed books. You may not know that I grew up in bookstores. My mother managed two book stores–the college bookstore at Mizzou and an indie called Chapter 1 in Columbia, MO. In addition, my grandparents owned a well-known used book store in Ft. Worth called The Book Swap. I literally spent most of my summers and after school time in these stores. I shelved books, yes, but mostly I hid among the shelves inhaling the sweet. smoky scent of print books and reading every book I could get my hands on. I love bookstores and I love print books. Period.

I also have been an outspoken advocate of independent bookstores. I was heartbroken when our local indie went out of business, and I constantly steer readers towards Murder by the Book in Houston because the people there are amazing and I know my readers will have a good experience.

That said, the world has changed a lot since I was a kid. Now we have new fangled technological devices that make it easy to get stories on demand. While I still shop at bookstores all the time (preferably indies, but I’m not picky), I do a lot of reading of ebooks, as well. I usually have a print book and at least two devices that allow me access ebooks with me at all times (usually my phone and my laptop, but also often a Kindle or iPad.) Reading is part of my job, so I like the ability to access books in many forms and formats at any given time.

I’ve noticed something lately that surprised me. A lot of readers are emailing to say that they can’t or won’t read my electronic stories because they don’t own an ereader. Most of these comments have nothing to do with a moral objection to ebooks, but more of a “I don’t own an ereader so I’m screwed” kind of thing.

Here’s the thing: You do not have to buy an expensive ereader to enjoy ebooks. Every major e-book retailer has apps available that allow you to read on a smart phone or tablet. In addition, you can also read ebooks on your laptop or desktop computer. These are free ways to read ebooks (you still have to pay for the book, though, obviously).

While most of my books are available in several formats: print, ebook, and audio, some stories work best as ebooks. I’m thinking mainly about short stories and novellas. The cost of printing those stories would make the price of selling them cost prohibitive based on what the market is saying right now. So when I publish an e-novella like Meridian Six or Rusted Veins, it’s put out as e-only because that’s the best format for the story form. This allows us to sell them inexpensively, as well as faster than a traditional novel, which can take nine months to a year to be released through traditional pipelines.

If supporting Amazon or B&N don’t appeal to you, you can download the Kobo app and link it to your favorite indie bookstore. That way when you buy an ebook you’ll be supporting indies at the same time. Win-win for everyone.

So next time your favorite author puts out an e-only release, don’t automatically think you’ll be deprived of the story simply because you don’t own a Kindle, Nook, Kobo, etc. You can read those stories on several different free platforms.