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Hollywood Demon Release Day

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It’s finally here! Release day for Hollywood Demonand to celebrate, Hollywood Demon is at the special launch price of 99c – just for a few days. As a little frosting on the cake, Author Book Deals is featuring my first Collegium book, Demon Hunter, today, along with other great 99c specials.

Blurb for Hollywood Demon

Feel the Earth move!

A camera can’t steal your soul—but a demon can! Mark Yarren suspects a demon has found a way around the spell his great-grandfather cast to prevent demons sucking souls through the camera’s lens. Digital photography dangerously omits the silver wash that was photography’s century-old defence against Hell.

Mark is Hollywood royalty, descended from the early Hollywood stars: the studio bosses and directors, the producers and actresses. Now he lives alone in his palatial Beverly Hills estate.

Well, not quite alone.

Clancy Ramirez is back! She’s tried life in New York, in Iceland, and in Hawaii, but she missed California. She missed the grumbling roar of the San Andreas Fault with its leagues-deep molten geology. Clancy is a geomage and she can make the earth shake—or grow still. But California isn’t her territory. She has no place intruding or tapping its energy.

But a demon shackled for a century is breaking free, and Collegium rules, old heartaches and strained family loyalties will break, too.

The Big One is coming.

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Hollywood Demon is a completely stand-alone novel in “The Collegium” series.

Reading Order for The Collegium Series

Now’s a good time to check: have you read all of The Collegium series?

Demon Hunter
Djinn Justice
Dragon Knight
Doctor Wolf
Plague Cult
Hollywood Demon

and out in October, Alchemy Shift

A Huge and Heartfelt Thank You

Hollywood Demon, Jenny Schwartz, kindle unlimited, paranormal romance,Thank you so much for picking up Hollywood Demon, telling your friends about it, sharing posts and reviews (reviews are more precious than diamonds), and generally making the sometimes lonely job of being an author one of sheer joy. I appreciate your kindness more than I can say.

As always, happy reading!

Jenny

Jenny Schwartz

 

Cornbread, KU and Other Matters

First up, thank you to everyone who shared tips and encouragement on how to make cornbread. You can see below the result of my efforts on Saturday. Not bad for a first attempt! And it was so yummy. I’ll be baking this, again. A special thanks to Valerie for her tip that I preheat the pie dish (I don’t have a skillet). The edge was crusty and perfect. The recipe was from Sally’s Baking Addiction (although because I was too impatient to wait for the melted butter to cool, I added the buttermilk before the egg).

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Hollywood Demon is out on Saturday and I’m trying not to hyperventilate as I hope and wish and dream that it launches well. I love Clancy and Mark, the couple in this story. He was her first crush.

Free Books Alert!

The Urban Fantasy (and Paranormal Romance) Sale is offering free books this Friday and Saturday (August 26-27). Definitely check them out – the sale includes my collection of paranormal romantic suspense, Dare. However, if you can’t wait for Dare to go free, you can pick up my collection of sensual steampunk and fantasy, Indulge, free right now (till August 25). It has a snazzy new cover – do you like it?

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Kindle Unlimited

If you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber — and if you are, I envy you so much. Amazon won’t let Australians join this subscription service and my book budget suffers as a result (hello, Instafreebie!) — there’s an urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused event hosted by author Roz Marshall happening now. You can browse some amazing books.

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Wildflower Season

It’s nearly spring in my corner of the world, and that means the wildflowers are out. If you’re ever in Perth, Western Australia, in September you should not miss the Kings Park Festival, which is held at the city’s botanic gardens. I’m not sure I’ll make it there this year. I hope I do. I was there in 2014 and it was fantastic. West Australian wildflowers are unique in the world.

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Bellflowers
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Instafreebie

With your encouragement last week, I’ve dived into Instafreebie. I’ve picked up:

Amy Hopkins – Dream Stalker
J. L. Hendricks – Eclipse of the Beginning
Rogenna Brewer – Sealed with a Kiss
Mark E. Cooper – Way of the Wolf

free steampunkAnd I even put a copy of my steampunk novella, Clockwork Gold, up on Instafreebie with a new cover. That was pushing my tech skills to their limit! The cover looks sexier than the story is. Clockwork Gold is me re-imagining West Australian history (which I studied cough-cough years ago at university).

 

Strong Women

If you’re into giveaways and contests, please don’t forget to enter the Strong Women in Fiction giveaway before it ends August 31. There are two big prizes of $1,000 each.

And that’s it from me, until Saturday – which is Release Day for Hollywood Demon! Will I survive the anticipation and excitement? 🙂

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Hollywood Demon is out Saturday August 27 and available for pre-order now at 99c.

Earth-shaking News

Clancy Ramirez, the heroine of my August 27 release, Hollywood Demon, is a geomage, which means she can make the earth shake or grow still. And Clancy wants to come home, to one of the most famously unstable regions in the world – California.

jenny schwartz, hollywood demon, paranormal romance, kindle unlimited,California fascinates me not just because of its complicated geology, but because its climate is a lot like where I live in the south-west corner of Australia. I feel a kinship to California. We both have that coastal vibe, sunshine and zany people. But … California has earthquakes!

When you’re writing a paranormal romance or any kind of suspense novel, it helps to tap into people’s fears. Doing so raises the stakes. Vanity Fair has an interesting survey on what Americans most fear. But there’s no way I’m writing about your boss! That’s a total mood-killer 😉 I didn’t consult this survey or any other one when I was plotting Hollywood Demon, I just knew that for me, having the earth move beneath my feet is all kinds of terrifying because it doesn’t end there. Roads buckle, gas lines catch fire, water supply breaks down, chaos!

But then, the demon muscled into the story and it went in another direction. It’s still vitally important that Clancy is a geomage (fascinating magic), but the story is set in Hollywood, and in Hollywood it’s all about appearances. Are people really who they seem?

Mark Yarren, the hero of the story, isn’t over the tragedy of his broken engagement. But not for the reasons Clancy thought. Here’s a tiny snippet to tease you:

He stopped at a red light and turned to her. “That ‘everything’—her movie roles, her incredible beauty, her star quality—were part of the contract. Phoebe sold her soul to a demon. When the demon came to collect it, at the site of the car crash, she tried to give him my soul, instead.”

“No,” Clancy protested instinctively. Mark and Phoebe had been in love. Phoebe couldn’t possibly have tried to trade his soul for hers. It couldn’t be true.

People aren’t always who they seem, especially in Hollywood!

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Instafreebie. I’m still exploring this site, but it seems to offer free books. Do any of you use it? Do you like it? Have you found any great books there?

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On a non-writing topic, I really want to make cornbread. I’ve never eaten any and it sounds delicious. I’ve found this recipe for cornbread, but before I try it, does anyone have any tips?

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And finally, names! People think naming children and pets is difficult – and it is! – but pity the poor author who is constantly on the hunt for names (and has to google that they’re not real and famous people). So I tend to bookmark sites like this one: common names by profession. Plus the American Social Services Administration does popular names by birth year. So helpful!

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Not Writing, Reading

I was over at Here Be Magic the other day, talking about the importance of reading widely to keep the pot of inspiration bubbling. Recently I’ve been so busy writing and promoting my books (self-publishing my books is like being a small business owner: I am constantly doing something) that I’ve been re-reading old favourites rather than diving into new books. There’s something so comforting about re-reading.

I’ve re-read Anne Bishop’s The Others series. I’m a huge fan of her wolves – speaking of whom, they often feature on her Facebook page, Anne Bishop’s Courtyard. It’s a lot of fun if you’re a fan, so check it out. The wolves howl. Well, they chat.

faithBut I also read the start of a new series by Faith Hunter, and I’m hooked. Blood of the Earth was awesome. It’s paranormal romance, the issue of abuse sensitively handled. And I’d love the hero (I think he’s the hero and will be very disappointed if I’m wrong), Occam, to call me “sugar”. Texas accents, gotta love’em.

I’m still wading through Carthage Must Be Destroyed. Don’t get me wrong, Richard Miles has written a great book, but I’m so tired that getting my brain to cover all that ground, geographically and across time and empires, is hard.

But the sacrifice of my reading time is worth it. Hollywood Demon will be out August 27, and Alchemy Shift is on track for its October 27 release — yep, ready for Halloween. Boo!

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I was going to finish the post here, but I can’t resist a tease. I have some amazingly cool news, but it involves other people and that means it’s a super-secret till they have all their ducks in a row. Then I can share the news! Let’s just say that 2017 is set to kick off on a fun note and that a dream I’ve had for a long time will be achieved.

Also, if you haven’t entered the Strong Women in Fiction Giveaway, the cash prizes are gobsmacking.

Oops! I almost forgot pre-orders. Do you have any books for which you’re counting the days till they come out?

I’m waiting on:

Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews, out September 20.
The Ghoul Vendetta by Lisa Shearin, out January 31.
Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop, out March 7.
The Unyielding by Shelly Laurenston, out March 28.

What should I read before then?

P.S. I ran away from my computer this morning, but it was totally worth it!

Fears, Thrills and Romance

Paranormal romance pushes all the right buttons for me. Danger and hot heroes, page-turning action, scenes that linger in the memory. It’s so intense. When I wrote Hollywood Demon I tapped into one of my true fears: the Earth moving.

paranormal romance, kindle unlimited, Jenny SchwartzI remember waking up during an earthquake once. It was about 3am. I sat up in bed, saw the small bookcase in my room (of course there’s a bookcase in my bedroom. Always!) kind of shimmy, thought “earthquake” and went back to sleep. But that’s because I was in a low-risk seismic zone. In a high-risk zone I’d have been outside or hiding in a doorway. I think the Earth should stay steady – and don’t start me on volcanoes! Aiee! I have ifestiophobia (a fear of volcanoes).

But back to Hollywood Demon and using intense fear as the inspiration for a romance novel. There’s a reason I’d do that, one based on psychology. Fear can convince us we’re in love, or on the road to being so. It’s the old scary movie for a first date ploy. By tapping into your fear, all your emotions are excited. That makes the book you’re reading all the more un-put-down-able.

And speaking of fear, here’s one to haunt you: can demons steal your soul through a camera? Excerpt from Hollywood Demon.

“There was a reason photographs used to be developed using a silver wash,” Mark said as they strolled out of the car park. “Silver protects against evil. Edgar used that in the Collegium spell. People no longer had to fear the possibility that the camera would truly steal their souls.”

Clancy shoved her hands into the pockets of her leather jacket. “The thought of my soul being stolen always gave me the heebie-jeebies when I heard that story.”

“And it happened—until Edgar and the others prevented it with their master spell in Paris in 1920. Once he’d set it, Edgar came here to California to join the emerging movie industry, secure in the knowledge that demons couldn’t contact people through the new moving images. But he couldn’t have anticipated digital photography.”

She rocked to a stop on the sidewalk. “No silver.”

But you’ll have to read Hollywood Demon to see if there’s a volcano in it!

Jenny Schwartz

Hollywood Demon is out August 27, and available now for the special launch price of 99c.

P.S. If you haven’t entered the Strong Women in Fiction giveaway, don’t forget! The cash prizes are awesome.

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Strong Women in Fiction

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I love reading and writing romance partly because it’s a genre that explores and celebrates the many aspects of female strength – a subject that often doesn’t get acknowledged, let alone celebrated. Women are powerful and when we love someone, we’ll fight the world for them.

This August we’re celebrating powerful women in fiction with the Strong Women Giveaway. 150 authors have come together to offer $2,500 in prizes, including TWO grand prizes of $1,000.

Good luck!

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Hollywood Demon – the big cover reveal!

Thank you to everyone involved in today’s Cover Reveal Extravaganza for Hollywood Demon. Lou Harper has created a beautiful design. Just look at Los Angeles shining in the night.

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Feel the Earth move!

A camera can’t steal your soul—but a demon can! Mark Yarren suspects a demon has found a way around the spell his great-grandfather cast to prevent demons sucking souls through the camera’s lens. Digital photography dangerously omits the silver wash that was photography’s century-old defence against Hell.

Mark is Hollywood royalty, descended from the early Hollywood stars: the studio bosses and directors, the producers and actresses. Now he lives alone in his palatial Beverly Hills estate.

Well, not quite alone.

Clancy Ramirez is back! She’s tried life in New York, in Iceland, and in Hawaii, but she missed California. She missed the grumbling roar of the San Andreas Fault with its leagues-deep molten geology. Clancy is a geomage and she can make the earth shake—or grow still. But California isn’t her territory. She has no place intruding or tapping its energy.

But a demon shackled for a century is breaking free, and Collegium rules, old heartaches and strained family loyalties will break, too.

The Big One is coming.

Hollywood Demon is out August 27, 2016, and available for pre-order at 99c. Woohoo!

In case you’re interested in sharing the cover or any of the other graphics below, I’m loading them fairly large to this page — just to explain why it may look a bit crowded!

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