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Stalked By Flames is now available!

Originally posted on Ch'kara SilverWolf:

This is reblogged from Susan Illene and I can’t wait to read it.

Stalked by Flames is now available!

I’m pleased to announce Stalked by Flamesis finally out.  This is the first book in my new Dragon’s Breath series and one I’ve really enjoyed writing.  It’s packed full of action from beginning to end, plus a little romance.  If you’re a fan of dragons and/or apocalyptic stories than you might want to check this one out.  A preview of the first three chapters is available here.

For those who are worried, this book does not end on any major cliffhangers the way Darkness Shatters did, but does have some open plot threads that will continue into the future novels.  My intent was to leave you satisfied at the end, yet happy to read more books in the series when they come out later.

You will find this novel is…

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Cover Reveal – Intrigue In The Summer Court by Mistral Dawn

Originally posted on Ch'kara SilverWolf:

I have a cover reveal for you from friend and fellow author Mistral Dawn for her next book Intrigue In The Summer Court.  This is a fantastic series, so look out for this one.  I will post when it is out for you to read.  In the meantime why not start the series with Taken By The Hunstman.

MISTRAL Intrigue In The Summer Court Cover

I revealed the title at my Facebook party last Saturday, but have you been wondering what the cover of Intrigue In The Summer Court would look like?  Well, here it is!!!! :-)  Julie Nichols is the talented artist who created it, and I, for one, think she did a totally awesome job!!!! :-)  If you’re interested in seeing more of her work, you can find her here:

Her prices are very reasonable.  For ebook covers that the author provides the stock photos for and just need her to…

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Light Bulb Jokes For Writers


Oh yes, I thought…

Originally posted on Facing 50 with humour.:

animated-light-bulb-image-0022Here’s a light-hearted post especially for all you writers. Goodness knows we need a laugh from time to time:

Q: How many copy editors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: I can’t tell whether you mean ‘change a light bulb’ or ‘have sex in a light bulb.’ Can we reword it to remove the ambiguity?

Q: How many editors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Only one. But first they have to rewire the entire building.

Q: How many managing editors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: You were supposed to have changed that light bulb last week!

Q: How many art directors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Does it HAVE to be a light bulb?

Q: How many copy editors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: The last…

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Feel Good Friday – #taxis #affairs #cows #doctors

Originally posted on Facing 50 with humour.:

GetAttachment-6.aspxHere’s this week’s collection of jokes to see you into the weekend. Hope they give you a giggle after all, life’s too short to be miserable.

A taxi passenger taps the driver on the shoulder to ask him a question. The driver screams, loses control of the car, nearly hits a bus, goes up on the footpath, and stops centimeters from a shop window. For a second, everything goes quiet in the cab, then the driver says, “Look mate, don’t ever do that again. You scared the daylights out of me!”

The passenger apologizes and says, “I didn’t realize that a little tap would scare you so much.”

The driver replies, “Sorry, it’s not really your fault. Today is my first day as a cab driver. I’ve been driving a funeral van for the last 25 years.”


Two cows were talking in the field. One cow says, “Have you…

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First Chapters – Deathtalker by P L Blair

Originally posted on Ch'kara SilverWolf:

Here is another First Chapter from my friend P.L. Blair from her book Deathtalker, book three in the Portals  series.  This is a fantastic series and I highly recommend it.


He was born without a soul … called into being with only one purpose: to bring death to women who are caught in his seductive snare. Will Kat, Tevis and their allies stop him? Or will Kat become another of his growing tally of victims?

If Halloween is your favorite holiday, then this book is for you. Deathtalker is the fourth book in P.L. Blair’s “Portals” series about Kat Morales, a detective with the Corpus Christie police force, and Tevis McLeod, her elven partner. Together they chase down criminals who have traveled to our world through magical portals between our earth and a parallel world where magic and mythical creatures live.

In this book, Kat and Tevis are…

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First Chapters – The War of Odds by Linell Jeppsen

Originally posted on Ch'kara SilverWolf:

Another great First Chapter from my friend Linell Jeppsen from her book The War of Odds.

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Sixteen-year-old Sara Giddings is a lost and lonely girl after the death of her mother, and like many young people forced to deal with life’s tragedies, Sara begins to dabble in drugs and alcohol.

All of that changes when her father takes her to the tiny community of Ashbrook, which overlaps the land of the fae. Here, a young sprite named Pollo discovers that Sara is not a typical teenager, but a witch with immense, untapped power- the power to heal.

Pollo, a cat named Hissaphat, and the wood nymph, Muriel convince Sara that her powers may be the only key to healing what ails the fae, and Timaron, king of the Unseelie court.
Soon, Sara and her two friends, Nate and Chloe, are thrust into a dark and deadly world as…

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Watching The Detectives – Darkhaven Released..


Some years ago I was fortunate enough to find an online community of writers.  Within that community I also drifted to a group of strange, bizarre and enormously talented fantasy writers called The Alliance of Worldbuilders.  We all became great mates.  Several of us went on to self publish books, others to get contracts with small publishers, and as a group we are all enormously proud of one of our members: A F E Smith – who has deservedly landed herself a contract with one of the big boys – Harper Voyager.

Her first book – Darkhaven – has just been released, and it’s a cracker.  Fantasy, mystery, what more do you want?  As part of her hard work on releasing the book – and her Facebook release day party was frankly a masterclass in how to do these things, she’s written loads of blogs.  Here, she talks about some of her favourite work.  There’s only two I haven’t myself read yet, and I can add my appreciation of all her other choices, so Masque and Servant of the underworld sound like hot bets too!  Oh, and Chasing Azrael is another Alliance of Worldbuilders book, so go get that one straight away, after Darkhaven,,,

Never mind Darkhaven, what about …?

“The first thing they must have seen when they broke down Florentyn Nightshade’s door was the blood. Spattered across the walls, pooling on the polished wooden floorboards, dyeing the sheets to deep crimson: it didn’t seem possible for all that blood to have come from a single man. Not that there was much left in him. He lay sprawled on his back, bleached to bone white like driftwood left too long in the sun. The only colour in him was the night-dark hair that proclaimed his lineage, and the gaping hole where his throat had been.”

A blog tour can feel rather self-indulgent, what with all the talking about myself and my book. So as part of the tour, I’m presenting a series of posts that recommend other books you might enjoy. Each post picks out some great fantasy novels that have a particular feature in common with Darkhaven.

And as you may have guessed from the opening quote, today’s list is my Top Five books that combine fantasy and murder.

Storm Front – Jim Butcher

This, of course, is the very first book in the well-known Dresden Files, starring wizard and paranormal investigator Harry Dresden. And you can’t get much more murder-y than two people with their hearts torn out, right? This is classic urban fantasy, with a wonderfully detailed supernatural underworld juxtaposed with the familiar setting of modern-day Chicago. If you like old-style PI detective novels as well as a variety of paranormal creatures – vampires, werewolves, demons and the like – check out this series. There are plenty of books to choose from!

Rivers of London – Ben Aaronovitch

Another first-in-series, this time the Peter Grant series. I have a real soft spot for fantasy novels set in London, and this one is great! After a murder is committed, Peter Grant – a junior officer with the Metropolitan Police – takes testimony from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost, and finds himself an apprentice wizard in the tiny magical branch of the Met. It’s a great book, both fun and gripping, and the author’s knowledge of the city really shines through.

Chasing Azrael – Hazel Butler

This book is very different from the others in the list, and that’s a good thing! It’s a paranormal mystery, but not like those you might be familiar with from the urban fantasy genre. The protagonist is Andee, a woman who can communicate with the dead – one of whom is her own deceased husband. She is beginning to lose her own desire to live when her friend Josh is threatened and she finds herself embroiled in the investigation of a series of murders. This book is an intelligent, densely packed read that combines a deep knowledge of mythology and a real sense of the Gothic with a sensitive exploration of depression.

Servant of the Underworld – Aliette de Bodard

This is another first-in-series, but this time it’s a historical fantasy murder mystery – if we’re allowed that many genre labels on a single book! It’s the setting of this one, the Aztec Empire, that really makes this book stand out for me; it’s so good to find a historical fantasy that’s set in a completely unfamiliar time and place. The author combines meticulous and vivid detail from what we know of the ancient Aztecs with a set of more outlandish but still believable fantasy elements to bring this blood-soaked culture to life.

Men at Arms – Terry Pratchett

Within the Discworld series, the great Terry Pratchett wrote all kinds of books – and this one is essentially a murder mystery. The City Watch subset of Discworld novels is probably my favourite (Vimes! Carrot! Angua! Detritus! Vetinari! What’s not to like?) and of them all, Men at Arms is the one I loved first. It concerns the Watch’s investigation into a string of murders taking place in Ankh-Morpork, so it is partly a proper murder mystery, but the mystery element is coupled with Pratchett’s usual flair for comedy, wonderful characters and a very human concern for justice.

Masque – W.R. Gingell

I’m adding a sneaky sixth book here because I can’t really count it in my main list, given that I haven’t finished reading it yet! It’s inspired by Beauty and the Beast, but with the added twist of a gruesome murder early on. The narrator, Isabella Farrah, is amusing and intelligent, and the style of the whole thing reminds me of nothing so much as a fantastical version of a Georgette Heyer novel, only there’s a bloodied corpse in the card-room. Great fun!




So, that’s my list of books that combine fantasy and murder. What would you add?


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