Are You Ready for a Magical Weekend?

You should be feeling lucky! It’s St Patrick’s Day. I have some book ideas below for magical reading on the weekend. But with it being a green day (have you ever celebrated St Pat’s Day with green beer? I haven’t!) I wondered if you’d be gardening this weekend. Green, gardening, my skippety hoppety brain often has a reason for its skippiness.

It’s autumn here, so it’s almost time to start thinking of a new season – summer is hanging around, so it’s not quite cool enough to jump into winter plantings. The herbs are looking incredibly green. Lots of yummy basil.

I would love to have room to plant a grove of pistachio trees and maybe a couple of carob trees. It’s not that I like the taste of carob (although it’s okay if chocolate is totally unavailable). But space for trees in suburbia is cramped. I might buy a new herb! Any suggestions? What’s your favourite herb?

Romantic or Paranormal Mysteries 99c or Less, March 17 & 18

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Are you feeling witchy, curious or simply ready for some romance? There’s a book for that! The Mystery Promo runs Friday and Saturday.

Footy Season starts next weekend!

For me, footy means Australian Rules Football. I don’t want to break any copyright rules, so I’ll link you to the ads for it if you’re interested rather than try and embed them.

This was THE classic ad from twenty years ago. This year, the game started a women’s league, and they riffed off the classic ad with this I’d Like to See That ad.

It mightn’t sound magical to you, but I love collapsing on the sofa for a couple of hours on the weekend and watching a game of footy. Of course, if it’s my team involved (go, the West Coast Eagles!) I can’t relax. I have to be mentally willing each kick-on-goal through the big sticks 🙂

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kf breene, paranormal romance, kindle unlimited,I enjoyed Hell’s Rejects by MR Forbes. It was a fast-paced space adventure and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

Born in Fire by KF Breene has a kick-ass heroine with a strong narrative voice. Lots happening in what promises to be a memorable series. Love the New Orleans setting!

Have You Read All Seven of My Collegium Series?

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I thought I’d list the seven books in my complete paranormal romance series in case you’ve missed one. They’re all free to read in Kindle Unlimited.

Demon Hunter

Magic is real, if hidden, and betrayal is sharper than a demon’s claws.  A novella.

Djinn Justice

Fay and Steve’s new relationship is tested by a meddling djinn, a power-crazed villain enslaving weres, and Steve’s family. A novel.

Dragon Knight  

Gina Sidhe is on a quest for her dragon. Lewis Bennett is trying to survive without magic. A novel.

Doctor Wolf

Dr Liz Jekyll has a secret to hide. What she needs is a big, bad wolf to hide behind!

Plague Cult

In a small Texas town a desire for love becomes a curse that could unleash a deadly plague.

Hollywood Demon

A demon is stalking Hollywood. So much for Clancy renouncing her magic and becoming ordinary. This means a fight!

Alchemy Shift

A woman, her sword, and the bear-shifter who’ll steal her heart.

Magic is Real! Kinda

Have you watched the television show Penn & Teller Fool Us? I love watching the different magicians trying to fool the masters – and then, I try to guess how the trick was done. I’m often baffled! In this interview with Teller in Vanity Fair I’m struck by his belief that a magician’s purpose is to amaze. The world needs more opportunities for innocent awe.

 

 

The Seven Tropes of Paranormal Romance

I read a LOT of paranormal romance. I also write it. So I’m sitting here at the keyboard trying to boil it down into seven tropes: the seven things that aren’t so much over-used as instantly recognisable and definitive of the subgenre. Or to put it another way: what do I like to see in a paranormal romance novel?

Kick Ass Heroine

Right from the start, even if she’s in a Cinderella role, I want to see strength in the heroine. What does she believe in? What will she fight for?

Magic Won’t Solve the Problem

The fun of paranormal romance is, in a large part, the imaginative worlds authors create. How does some form of magic or “otherness” make the world of the book different to our everyday lives? However, as mind-boggling as the magical world is, magic can’t solve all problems. Human resourcefulness and the heroine’s emotional journey must contribute to saving the day.

A Man of Mystery

Part of the heroine’s (and reader’s) journey of discovery must include the hero. Who is he really? What secret is he hiding? Why can’t we guess what he’ll do next?

Who Has the Map?

We’re all going on a quest. It might be to solve a murder or to save the day, but there’s a quest underway. There’ll be setbacks and, hopefully, unforeseen twists. The stakes get progressively higher.

Don’t Die Laughing

Humour lurks in paranormal romance. Sometimes it’s subtle and rueful. Other times it is loud and snarky. As the tension ratchets up, someone crack a joke!

Find the Touchstone

The worlds of paranormal romance are many and varied, but as we quest here and there, we have to stumble over a touchstone or two. Somewhere in the thickets of magic is the truth. As readers, we recognise some soul truth. So does our heroine, and it changes her. It goes back to the first kick ass question: what (or who) is worth fighting for?

And We All Live Happily Ever After

Whatever happens in a paranormal romance novel, it is a ROMANCE. There has to be a happy ending, or a happy for now ending. Better make it believable, too. The world may be magical, but human hearts remain the same, and we want our hero and heroine to have a solid chance at happiness.

You see, at their core, paranormal romance novels are about fighting impossible odds in incredible settings with unusual sidekicks out of the hope that somehow we (like the heroine) can make a difference in life.

What do you expect to see in a paranormal romance novel?

 

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Phoenix Blood is 99c or free in Kindle Unlimited. Magic condemned him, but before he dies, he’ll save the woman whose heart he broke. Magic, mystery, a fledgling phoenix and a once-in-a-lifetime road trip.

Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/Phoenix-Blood-Old-School-Book-ebook/dp/B01M0DLOKL/ 

Storm Road Cover Reveal, New Releases & More!

Wait for it… (and don’t forget to scroll down for new books and a free book!)

Ta da!

 

Isn’t the cover for Storm Road beautiful? I’m such a fan of Lou Harper’s designs. And the book is every bit as intense. So much emotion in this story.

The draft blurb is below. I don’t have a pre-order link, yet. But stay tuned! You’ll want to read Beulah and Dean’s story.

When a woman with secrets saves a man hunted by a ghoul, the choice is stark: salvation or damnation.

Major Dean Fortescue, JAG lawyer and former marine, enters the Southern Appalachian Mountains to find his aunt, who has gone missing. He discovers her house burned down, a ghoul in residence, and a mysterious woman who claims to control the weather.

Beulah Morgan is a weathermage, home after months away on a scientific research vessel in the Southern Ocean. When her mountain retreat is invaded by death magic, old memories resurface and with them, the worst kind of danger: soul danger.

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I guess you might call Justice is Calling by Justin Sloan and Michael Anderle a dystopian paranormal novel. Genre-bending makes for compelling reading. (It’s also currently only 99c if you’re not a Kindle Unlimited subscriber). Available as an audiobook.

A vampire princess in post-apocalyptic New York works to bring the city to order and set up a defense before her nefarious brother arrives to destroy it with his army of evil vampires.

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In Artful Peter David has a lot of fun spinning off from Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist to present the Artful Dodger with some vampire complications. The introduction was particularly funny.

That said, my favourite Artful Dodger remains the one in Dodger by Terry Pratchett. Then again, Sir Terry Pratchett was an amazing author, one of my heroes.

New Release

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Just out today, Nephilim Falling by Felicia Beasley looks like exactly my kind of read.

He’s a fireball slinging angel-spawn. She’s a demon’s snarky progeny.
Everyone knows demons and angels don’t mix.
Unfortunately, no one told them.

Free Book!

I’ve just released Fantasy Man as an individual novella. It was originally part of the DARE collection, but that’s no longer available. To celebrate the release, Fantasy Man is free on Amazon till March 12.

Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XG285HJ/

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Who Do You Blame for Your Love of Reading?

As a kid, my parents were always trying to get me to “put down that book and go play outside!” But they only had themselves to blame. Even before I could read, Mum’s treat for me during the weekly grocery shop would often be a Little Golden Book.

Do you remember who or which books sparked your love of reading? Was it a movie perhaps that you loved and then wanted to read the original book?

Books are such a joy. They’re adventure, escape and reassurance. They let us share others’ emotions. Studies prove that reading encourages empathy. Maybe all politicians should be made to read a children’s book before they take office!

I’m in a bit of a nostalgic mood. So apart from asking you about who or what sparked your reading habit, I thought I’d ask about food.

Food Memories

Do you have any foods that you eat because they’re part of good memories? Comfort foods, I guess. When I think about it, most of mine are sweet! Hot chocolate, apple crumble (homemade, of course!) and pancakes. And ice cream cake … I love ice cream cake!

Pre-order Bargain

I saw this on my wanderings through Facebook. The authors involved are organising some pre-release promotion.

Werewolves, dragons, vampires, faes, witches, demons… Do YOU have a favourite or do you love them all?
No need to choose with this boxed set of ALL NEW stories from 22 NY Times, USA Today, and Award Winning, Bestselling authors!
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Preorder for #99cents but for a limited time only…
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Fantastical Island Update After Release

It’s been a week since Fantastical Island released. I’m so thrilled you’re enjoying it. Thank you HEAPS for the messages and reviews. Thank you to everyone who quietly mentioned it to a friend.

I’m about to hit the button to raise Fantastical Island to full price ($2.99), so if you want to nab it at 99c, do it now! It will remain free to read for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

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Amanda M Lee is a prolific writer. She has a slightly snarky tone in her upbeat mysteries. I enjoy them and definitely enjoyed Off the Record, a recent release. However, I recommend starting at the beginning with this series. The characters grow on you 🙂

kindleAnd speaking of new additions to enjoyable series, Lindsay Buroker released Cyborg Legacy. Again, it won’t make as much sense if you start the series here, but for fans of her Fallen Empire series, Cyborg Legacy is fun.

New Release: Fantastical Island – & More!

There is a lot in this newsletter, so please read on.

Fantastical Island

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Out today! 99c for a short time.

Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/Fantastical-Island-Old-School-Book-ebook/dp/B01N56RZ7Z/

Someone is hunting the fantastical creatures of Catalina Island.

When a magical amulet gives marine biologist Naomi Twain the power to see through glamours it plunges her into a world of danger and intrigue. Fantastical creatures are everywhere, but hidden, on Catalina Island—and someone is hunting them, putting at risk a unique, magical ecosystem.

Corey Madrigal is bathing a behemi, a flying miniature pig, when Naomi crashes into his life. With a natural talent for seeing through glamours, he feels a responsibility to the creatures of his island home, creatures who were the friends of his childhood. Now, he’s a Hollywood special effects artist, and he’s going to be an amazing ally for Naomi in her quest to capture the hunters of the island’s fantastical creatures.

But the hunters have their own agenda.

And then, there’s the ghost…
Intense danger, wild storms, and passionate loyalties put to the test. Fantastical Island is a stand-alone adventure in the Old School series.

Other New Releases

kindle Familiar Magic, The London Coven series, Book 1, by MV Stott

Three dead witches. An unknown killer. One big mistake: they left me alive.

My name is Stella and I’m the Familiar to the London Coven.

Magic is real. It’s all around you, and it’s dangerous. Uncanny things lurk in the shadows, hell-bent on murder and destruction. It’s my job to make sure the people of my city are protected, and I’m usually pretty good at it, but now…

…now something has dropped into my life and torn my coven apart. It did the impossible and murdered three of the most powerful creatures in London, leaving me alone and running scared.

Something evil beyond anything I’ve ever experienced is loose in London, something with the power to squash me like a bug…

…and I’m going to destroy it.

My name is Stella Familiar, and evil just picked on the wrong woman.

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Lady of Silver, Shona Husk

A man on a mission
A brutal crime is haunting detective Dale Morgan. A young woman has been murdered on the city’s outskirts, and her blood drained. Dale suspects the leader of a depraved cult may be to blame. Yet with barely a shred of evidence at the crime scene, Dale will have to turn to the one person he despises almost as much as the killers he puts behind bars.

A woman with secrets
To humans, Saba Venn is a psychic, but she’s Albah, a race long forgotten by humans but who live amongst them, her powers fueled by blood and silver. She agrees to help Detective Morgan, if it means stopping the vampire cult she believes is behind the killing. But the attraction she feels with Dale is immediate, and as their relationship intensifies she begins to doubt she can keep her secret from him.

[Shona is a fantastic Aussie author – the only person I know who has ever released a goblin into the botanical gardens of my city, Perth – For the Love of a Goblin Warrior]

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Immortal Kiss, JK Coi

It has been two years since Baron’s initiation into the world of the Immortals and was forced to set aside his past to embrace the challenges of his new future…a future without the only woman he ever cared about.

Maxine is strong, determined, and loyal to a fault, but her promise to Baron’s brother is a hard one to keep, because it means tracking Baron down and dragging him home to face the music. But the man she finds isn’t the same one who broke her heart when he left two years ago without even saying goodbye, and now that she’s been sucked into his dangerous new world, nothing will ever be the same again.

When Baron encounters a vicious vampire who vows to destroy everything he loves, it doesn’t faze him in the least. He gave up everything he loved along with his humanity. But then the demon finds Maxine, leaving her broken and battered on Barron’s doorstep, and he realizes he still has something to lose…

[JK is one of my fantabulous Antho Sisters. Back in 2011, she, PG Fort, Stacy Gail and I had novellas in the anthology, A Clockwork Christmas. We had the best time promoting that book together, although we live in three different countries.]

Free and 99c Fantasy Romance Novels, Feb 21-23

I wonder if there’s a special word for book greediness? I’d have to confess to it if it was a sin 😉 Fortunately, books are fabulous! I hope you find some to delight you in these free and 99c fantasy novels.

SM Schmitz organised this promo, so I want to do a special shout out for the boxed set of books she has a story in, Wicked Legends, which is free Feb 21-23.

Win a $100 Amazon giftcard

You should have received news of the $100 Amazon giftcard giveaway that I’m sponsoring to celebrate the release of Fantastical Island, but in case you missed it, you can enter at Dreaming of Unicorns. The contest closes February 28, 2017.

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The Crocodile Virgin is free till February 24

I put my short paranormal romance, The Crocodile Virgin, free for the fantasy romance promo mentioned earlier. It has a new cover, so you mightn’t recognise it. I had some fun with the cover!

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And I think that’s it! I warned you it was a BIG newsletter 🙂 Please don’t forget to pick up my new release Fantastical Island while it’s 99c.