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Release Day! #ebook #books #NewRelease #YA

Portland has a mutant cockroach problem.

Book 4 of the Spirit Knights series is a real thing, not just a cover anymore. The pre-order has been 99 cents, and the actuality is now still 99 cents until I wake up tomorrow morning (3/22) and change it to regular price.

Ghost Is the New Normal picks up where Ethereal Entanglements left off, finishing up the Thanksgiving weekend. Now, even more to be thankful for! If you’re new to the series, the series kicks off with Girls Can’t Be Knights. This series is also available in audiobook. Book 4’s audio releases one week from today, on the 28th.

And remember, be kind to your indies: leave reviews! You don’t have to wax poetic or barf out paragraphs about it, just leave a sentence or two about the things you loved (or hated) the most.

Cheers!

Cover Reveal and Pre-Order: Ghost Is the New Normal

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Book 4 is a real thing with a real release date: March 21, 2017. It has a pre-order at only 99 cents (this price will only last until March 22!), and it’s all ready to go so I can have copies in hand for Norwescon (Seatac, April 13-16). The audiobook is scheduled for release one week later, on March 28. I’m excited about this one because it has giant mutant cockroaches. And also ghosts and dragons, of course.

Claire has a big problem, Drew has a smaller problem, and Justin gets to have some fun. Iulia causes trouble. Avery is sensible. Enion remains adorable and Tariel is still the only real grownup in the room. If you’re new to this series, check out where it begins with Girls Can’t Be Knights, available in ebook, paperback, and audio!

With this book’s release on the horizon, I can now also officially state for the record that the Spirit Knights series will have a total of 5 books. That’s right, Number Five will be Number Last for the series. But that’s not the last you’ll see of Claire, Drew, Justin, and the rest of the crew. Claire and Justin kind of already aren’t Spirit Knights anymore, you see. I freely admit that this series began with a book I wasn’t expecting to make into a series. It’s gone places I didn’t really foresee. As such, the series title doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense anymore.

Which is why, following book 5 of Spirit Knights, I’m shifting to a different line of attack with this stuff. There will be more stories, some about Claire and some not. They’ll all take place in the same world where Portland is extra-weird. But they won’t all take place in Portland, or even in the PNW. I’m looking forward to spending time with the kind of people affected by [spoiler] [spoiler], and [spoiler].

#Cyberpunk New Release: Introducing Darkside Seattle

I’m tired.

Between the start of a new school year, a bunch of conventions, finalizing a few projects, and driving a lot (still! again!), September has been quite a month. Here’s the cool thing I’ve been working on for a while without saying one effing word about it:

Ladies and gentlemen, meet my new cyberpunk novella series. Darkside Seattle is a character-driven series of origin stories depicting a grim, cybered future full of complex people who want to be good guys. Government surveillance is cranked up to 11, the rich are very rich, and the poor eat PROCESSED FOOD PRODUCT.

Hideo had everything–a beautiful wife and daughter, a penthouse suite, and a career as a highly skilled surgeon. Emphasis on “had”. Now he’s stuck where no one wants to be: Darkside Seattle. Crumbled buildings, broken roads, and failed lives litter his struggle to find a way out of this mess.

Now available on Amazon!

I plan for this series to have 8 novellas and at least 2 novels over the next few years. It has supplanted Chowndie, the book that may never be, in my priority list. I still hope it can come together, but I’ve accepted the fact it’s just not working. But this series is. With luck, I’ll have the second installment this winter, and both Spirit Knights book 4 and The Greatest Sin book 5 this spring.

New Releases and Excitement! #free #ebooks

This past Tuesday, Ethereal Entanglements released. This is book 3 of Spirit Knights, a young adult, paranormal, modern fantasy series about ghost hunting in Portland. Book 4 will have to wait a little while, as I have some other projects with deadlines to deal with. Hopefully, Ghost Is the New Normal will be out in time for Norwescon 2017.

If you missed it, Girls Can’t Be Knights rocketed up the Amazon charts to reach subcategory bestseller status on June 15-17 as a result of some professional promotions work, and it’s now in a whole lot more hands than it was before. I need reviews, though! If you’ve read it, please leave a review. A sentence or two is fine.

I also need reviews of book 2, Backyard Dragons. Comment with a link to your review of Knights–because book 2 has a much better grounding if you’ve read book 1!–and I’ll find a way to get you a review copy of Dragons for free. And if you’ve read Backyard Dragons already, link me to that review and I’ll get you a copy of Ethereal Entanglements. This is a limited time offer, available until July 20.

In other news, Illusive Echoes, book 4 of The Greatest Sin, releases on June 28. This series is epic fantasy intended for the older, adultier crowd. Not because it’s filled with sex and violence (some violence, no sex at all and only minor romance threads), but because Chavali is in her mid-twenties and her issues aren’t teenager issues. I would’ve read it as a teenager and been cool with it, but I was a precocious reader.

Book 4 brings tragedy to Chavali. Again. She’s on the warpath, looking for justice. Or maybe revenge. The spirits torment in new and exciting ways, and she has only her wits, crankiness, and sharp eyes to deal with that and more.

For this series, I’m also offering free copies of book 2 in exchange for reviews of book 1. Book 1 is The Fallen, an origin story for Chavali, who really thinks it’s none of your business. Book 2 is Harbinger, a mystery set in the coastal city of Ket, with plague, murder, and magic. If you’ve already read book 2, link me to your review and I’ll set you up with book 3, Moon Shades. And if you’ve already read that, the same goes for a review being worth a free copy of book 4. Like the Spirit Knights series, this offer expires on July 20.

Happy reading and reviewing!

Joan of Arc Meets Arabian Nights #99cent #ebook

This is Al-Kabar. It’s a story about dealing with tragedy, shouldering burdens, and learning who you are. Fakhira is a simple woman with simple wants and needs. She expects her life to be the same as her older sister’s and the same as her mother’s. Though their marriages aren’t strictly by choice, they manage to make their relationships with their husbands work. They raise children. They laugh and cook and manage their men.

Except that’s not how Fakhira’s story goes. One fell night, the whims of powerful men strip her life to nothing. She survives the attack, but can she survive what the Fires and the Water demand of her? Can she rise above the pain of loss to find purpose, a calling, and justice, or will she sink into despair and seek only revenge?

Al-Kabar is now available in ebook and print on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. For a limited time, the ebook is only 99 cents.

It’s #NaNoWriMo Season!

If you’re unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, it’s an annual writing activity pursued by hundreds of thousands of lunatics with the goal of producing 50,000 words of a single story in one month. I don’t find that particularly challenging, but I love the atmosphere, camaraderie, and peer pressure inherent in the month-long obsession with writing.

This year, I’ve set aside the month of November to write two specific books: Backyard Dragons and Chowndie.

Backyard Dragons is the sequel to Girls Can’t Be Knights. It’s going to focus on Claire with Justin as a secondary character this time, explain a little more about the setting, continue the awkwardness between her and Drew, and–as the title suggests–bring dragons into the mix. This is a Spirit Knights book, so there will also be a spirit causing trouble.

Chowndie is a book I’ve already written. Badly. It began life as a story I wrote to show my mom that I could do that deep, profound literature crap she likes. Since I’m clearly not into that, it turned into a fish gasping for its last breath on a quay surrounded by pigeons (it flopped). Armed with a new plot angle, 50% more guns and car chases, and 100% less piano, Chowndie is set to become a nanopunk thriller. Action, suspense, and bad guys take me back to the style of Dragons In Pieces, which is my writing home base.

Right now, I’m working on short story submissions. One will appear in next year’s GenCon Authors’ Missing Pieces anthology and reveals the earlier adventures of Tahjis the Rat, the secondary character in my new book, Al-Kabar. If you haven’t heard yet, that book is now available for pre-order on Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. It releases on the 18th, and to celebrate its arrival, I’m offering the ebook for only 99 cents until the 26th. This book will likely never be that cheap again, so grab it while the grabbing is good. It’s a standalone story set in the same world as Damsel In Distress, and you don’t need to have read that book to get into this one. If you’d rather have the paperback and live in the Pacific Northwest, I’ll have copies with me at the WordFire Press booth and Ripley’s Book Booth at Rose City Comic Con, at Jeffrey Cook’s table at Steamposium, in the Book Garden at the Portland Home & Garden Show, at the AFK Elixirs & Eatery in Renton on 10/10, and at more events to be announced later. otherwise, any of the links above will take care of you.

Happy reading!

P.S. Book 4 of The Greatest Sin will be out next year, we just don’t know when yet. Hopefully, so will Book 5.

Thar Be Knights Here #ya #urban #paranormal #book #ebook

Portland has a ghost problem.

Sixteen-year-old Claire wants her father back. His death left her only memories and an empty locket. After six difficult years in foster care, her vocabulary no longer includes “hope” and “trust”.

Everything changes when Justin rides his magical horse into her path and takes her under his wing. Like the rest of the elite men who serve as Spirit Knights, he hunts restless ghosts that devour the living.

When an evil spirit threatens Claire’s life, she’ll need Justin’s help to survive. And how could she bear the Knights’ mark on her soul? Everybody knows Girls Can’t Be Knights.

I’m pleased to announce that Girls Can’t Be Knights, a YA urban paranormal adventure published by Myrddin Publishing, is now available on Kobo and Amazon for pre-order. It’s set for release on June 12th, though the print book is already available from Amazon. The ebook will be 99 cents through the 18th of June.