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New Year, New Books!

Happy New Year! Here’s hoping you’re staying warm and holed up with plenty of books to see you through the winter storms.

In case you need some suggestions, here’s some new stuff  to read while it snows …

DEADLY CURIOSITIES-VENDETTAVendetta is hot off the press, and it’s the newest Deadly Curiosities novel in my urban fantasy series set in historic, haunted Charleston, SC. Someone very powerful is trying to destroy Sorren and everyone he cares about. That puts Cassidy, Teag and Trifles and Folly in the cross-hairs, against an unknown enemy with strong magic and significant resources. Sorren has spent centuries shutting down the plans of powerful immortals, dark warlocks and supernatural creatures, and now he’s got to figure out which of those many enemies is out to get him before they pick off his friends one by one and come after him to finish an immortal vendetta.

Redcap is the latest Deadly Curiosities Adventure short story, with killer pixies running loose in Charleston. It’s a ‘bloody’ good Christmas story!Redcap

Binge readers! If you’ve been waiting to read the Blaine McFadden Ascendant Kingdoms series until all the books were out—now’s the time to start!  Shadow and Flame, the fourth and final book in the series comes out March 22 (now available for pre-order). And now there are three new ‘prequel’ novellas in my new King’s Convicts set plus a short story that fill in a six-year gap at the beginning of Ice Forged and spill the secrets about Blaine’s years as a convict, how he met Kestel, Piran, Verran and Dawe, and more! Here’s the sequence: Ice Forged (novel), then Arctic Prison, Ice Bound, No Reprieve, and Cold Fury (novellas and short story), and Reign of Ash, War of Shadows and Shadow and Flame (novels). Perfect reading for long winter nights! Click on the links for excerpts and ordering.

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New Steampunk! Grave Voices, our newest novella, is now live on Kindle, Kobo and Nook. It’s a Storm and Fury Adventure, set in our Iron & Blood world of 1898 alternative history Pittsburgh. Clockwork zombies, mad scientists, creepy dolls and awesome inventions make for a thrilling tale packed with explosions!Grave Voices V2

We’re also stretch goal authors for the Gaslight and Grimm steampunk fairy tale anthology funding now on Kickstarter! We’ve hit our basic funding level, but to add our story (a steampunk retelling of the Three Billy Goats Gruff), we need to add a few more bucks to the bucket. Hurry—the Kickstarter campaign ends soon!

What kind of reader are you? Take my survey and enter for a chance to win a prize: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DR323ZC

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Upcoming events—Here’s where to find me in February and March. If you’re at a con with me, I love it when people take panel photos or take a pix with me and tag/post!

  • Jan 30 Signing–Barnes and Noble, Morrison Charlotte, NC 1-3 pm
  • Feb 11 – 14 Capricon, Chicago, IL
  • Feb 20 Signing—Books a Million, Concord Mills, Concord, NC 1-3 pm
  • Feb 26 – 28 Mysticon, Roanoke, VA (launch party)
  • Mar 5-6 AZ Renaissance Festival, Apache Junction, AZ

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Vendetta Now In Stores/Online!

Vendetta, the second book in my Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series, is now in stores and on ebook!   Read an excerpt here, then go get your very own copy!

DEADLY CURIOSITIES-VENDETTAEarly reviews love Vendetta!

“Wow! One marvelous, twisty, touching, thrill of a book.”–Kat Richardson, bestselling author of the Greywalker novels

“Exceptional once again.” –Douglas Meeks

“Rachets up the tension”–Blackgate

“Ending 2015 with a bang”–Horror Underground

In case you still have some room on the book gift card you got for the holiday, here are a few suggestions!

WWW coverThe Weird Wild West features our Storm and Fury steampunk adventure Ruin Creek, set in the world of Iron & Blood (and a reviewer favorite). Plenty of your favorite authors and lots of weird West stories to while away a winter evening!

Cinched: Imagination Unbound anthology with a corset theme features another of our Storm and Fury steampunk stories, Lagniappe, set in New Orleans. We’re in fine company with a slew of other amazing authors!Cinched

The Side of Good/The Side of Evil superhero/supervillain anthology features still another Storm and Fury steampunk adventure, Ghost Wolf (another reviewer favorite) with all-star author company in a fine anthology for a long winter night.

No Reprieve revisits a moment in Blaine McFadden’s convict past–brand new from Orbit Short Fiction on Amazon. Arctic Prison and Ice Bound are two novella-length stories in the new King’s Convicts ebook series about Blaine’s time in Velant Prison (watch for the third and last King’s Convicts novella–Cold Fury–coming soon!).

Redcap is the new Deadly Curiosities Adventure short story for December, for anyone who has ever been suspicious of the elf on the shelf or thought it was no accident that grandma got run over by a reindeer. It’s a bloody good Christmas story!

RedcapWhat are you waiting for? Dive in now and read until spring!

And remember–if you like my books, please write a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. It really matters!  Thank you.

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New for December–Stuff Your Stocking Here!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year–and that means lots of new books!

You can catch my blog post about creating fictional holidays here.  But if you’re making a list and checking it twice, I’ve got some naughty and nice suggestions for the readers on your list (and why not get a little something for yourself while you’re at it. Winter is coming–you need new books!)

Let’s start with giveaways!  I’m part of the Mocha Memoirs’ Seasons’ Reading Blog tour. Find out about the prizes here and all the other cool blog posts here.

Mocha NewSGBlogAnd there’s still time to get in on the Big Holiday Book Giveaway featuring books by Faith Hunter, David B. Coe, Jennifer Estep, Christina Henry, Laura Anne Gilman, John Hartness, Mindy Mymudes and me!

Happy Holidays giveawayNow for plenty of new books, novellas, anthologies and short stories so you can curl up with a bunch of good reading, a warm beverage, and a furry pet to while away the winter hours!

Vendetta, the next Deadly Curiosities novel, comes out December 29! You can pre-order here

Fatal Invitation is the newest Deadly Curiosities Adventure short story, available now on Kindle/Kobo/Nook.

 

DEADLY CURIOSITIES-VENDETTAAnd there’s more! The superhero/supervillain anthology The Side of Good/The Side of Evil features our Storm and Fury Adventures steampunk superhero story set in the world of Iron & Blood. It’s available in print and ebook now!

NEW! Cinched: Imagination Unbound is nice and naughty, with corset-themed stories including Lagniappe, our Storm and Fury steampunk story also in the Iron & Blood world. Grab it now!Cinched

THREE all-new Blaine McFadden stories as we count down to the fourth and final book in March, 2016. No Reprieve is a short story about a pivotal moment during Blaine’s convict years on Velant–new from Orbit Short Fiction, available on ebook Dec. 15.

And there are two novellas in the King’s Convicts series about Blaine and his friends during their time in Velant–Arctic Prison and Ice Bound. The novellas and short story fill in the six year-gap in Ice Forged–Watch for more in 2016.

The Weird Wild West anthology–featuring our Storm and Fury steampunk story Ruin Creek set in the Iron & Blood world–is available for pre-order (and it’s been getting really good reviews, including a shout-out for our story in particular!)

And the first new book in the Chronicles of the Necromancer world in five years–The Shadowed Path–is also available for pre-order. This is a collection of the first 10 Jonmarc Vahanian short stories plus an exclusive, never-before-seen 11th story only available in the ebook or print anthology!

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Have you heard about The Shadow Alliance? It’s my new street team–more fun than you can have without a secret decoder ring, and better cookies than the Dark Side. Members get exclusive sneak peeks of work in progress, cool contests and giveaways, members-only get-togethers at cons (you’ll need the secret handshake to get in) and lots of fun while spreading the word about my books. It’s free–sign up today!

Watch for the next Deadly Curiosities Adventure holiday story–they’re going to have a bloody good time in Charleston this year!

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Vendetta is Coming! Join the Shadow Alliance!

Here’s a Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal for you–Vendetta, the second Deadly Curiosities short story–is available for pre-order! It comes out December 29, just in time for reading after the holiday rush.

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Someone very powerful is trying to destroy Sorren and everyone he cares about. That puts Cassidy, Teag and Trifles and Folly in the cross-hairs, against an unknown enemy with strong magic and significant resources. Sorren has spent centuries shutting down the plans of powerful immortals, dark warlocks and supernatural creatures, and now he’s got to figure out which of those many enemies is out to get him before they pick off his friends one by one and come after him to finish an immortal vendetta. Preorder here:
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If you want to get exclusive sneak peeks and snippets about works in progress, as well as fun contests, special get-togethers at select conventions and super-secret members-only stuff, join The Shadow Alliance! It’s my new street team dedicated to having fun, being in-the-know, and helping boost the signal about my books. It’s the most fun you can have without a secret decoder ring! Sign up here:

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Everyone loves to win free stuff, and it’s even better when it’s free books! I’m part of a big holiday book giveaway with other top authors like Faith Hunter, David B. Coe, Jennifer Estep, Christina Henry, John Hartness, Stuart Jaffe and Mindy Mymudes. Entering is super-easy–just comment on blogs and social media–and the more you enter, the more chances to win! Get all the details here:

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Bookloons is also doing a giveaway of Deadly Curiosities through 12/3 Grab it here: No Reprieve

If you’ve read Ice Forged, you know there’s a six year gap between when Blaine McFadden gets sent to Velant Prison and when the book picks up again when he’s a colonist on Edgeland. Ever wonder what really happened in those years? My new novella series, The King’s Convicts and The King’s Exiles, will fill you in–plus there’s an exclusive short story that I wrote for Orbit Books about one of Blaine’s most memorable moments as a prisoner in Velant.

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Arctic Prison is the first novella in The King’s Convicts series. It’s available on Kindle/Kobo/Nook–here’s the Amazon link:

No Reprieve is the short story about something that happened to Blaine in Velant that will haunt his memories for the rest of his life. It’s coming out December 15 and here’s the Kindle link:

More new stuff just in time for the holidays!  Larry and I have a steampunk superhero story–Ghost Wolf–in The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, a really fun superhero/supervillain anthology from ESpec Books. It’s available now in print and ebook:

You can win a copy of The Weird Wild West, which has our steampunk weird Western story Ruin Creek, through Nov. 30 on Goodreads here:   Look for it to be available for purchase in December on Amazon in print and ebook.

And in case you missed all the awesome guest blog posts for my Days of the Dead blog tour, you can find everything here:

 

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Days of the Dead Giveaways & More!

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This year’s Days of the Dead blog tour is over, and what a tour it was! 43 different blogs all across the world plus all kinds of giveaways and special surprises—and they aren’t finished yet!

First off, a couple of the latest blog posts to hit:

I chat with Falcata Faction about hybrid writing careers and what that means for authors and publishers: http://fantasy-faction.com/2015/the-hybrid-writer-guest-blog-by-gail-z-martin

Bookloons is running a giveaway for a copy of Deadly Curiosities http://www.bookloons.com/HandHTML/contest_bookloons5.html

Now for what’s new. More giveaways!

WWW coverYou can win a copy of The Weird Wild West anthology (including the story Ruin Creek by Larry and me) here: Win yourself a copy of The Weird Wild West http://bit.ly/1iUU8pw

The Goodreads giveaway for Iron and Blood continues: http://bit.ly/1SgzXhc

And the Goodreads giveaway for Deadly Curiosities http://bit.ly/1XN56wA

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This week only, Solaris Books has a contest to win one of my books bit.ly/1TI6uPQ 

And now through mid-December, you can put more ‘happy’ in your holidays with our book-a-palooza Holiday Giveaway for books and gift cards—the more you enter, the more chances you have to win! http://bit.ly/1XN56wA

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New stories!

If you’ve read Ice Forged, you know that there’s a six-year gap while Blaine and his friends are in Velant Prison and on Edgeland that gets skipped over. Well, I’m bringing out an all-new set of novellas set in those years, plus Orbit Short Fiction has an exclusive short story coming up around a pivotal moment in Blaine’s time in Velant.

Arctic PrisonArctic Prison is the first novella in the King’s Convicts series. It’s available now on Kindle/Kobo/Nook—here’s the Amazon link: http://amzn.com/B017DZ787M

Watch for the second King’s Convicts novella, Ice Bound, later this month.

No Reprive is the pivotal short story, coming out in December: http://amzn.com/B0151YRCPA No Reprieve

There are brand new covers for Grave Voices (a free, full-length Storm & Fury steampunk adventure novella on Wattpad) and for Resurrection Day, a Storm & Fury steampunk short story on Kindle/Kobo/Nook. Both are set in the world of Iron & Blood, featuring Mitch Storm and Jacob Drangosavich, agents from the Department of Supernatural Investigation, and some of their friends. (Lots of things blow up.)

Resurrection Day V2Spook House is the October Deadly Curiosities Adventure short story with a Halloween theme—it’s out now on Kindle/Kobo/Nook http://amzn.com/B017ABS8R8  Be watching for a new story later this month!

Grave Voices V2The Weird Wild West, an awesome anthology of weird Westerns comes out later this year. So does The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, a superhero/supervillain anthology with our story “Ghost Wolf’. Preorder here: http://amzn.com/1942990030. We’ll have a big launch party for both of these books at Philcon the weekend before Thanksgiving.

I’ll be at Atomacon the weekend of Nov. 12. Friday night, I’m part of an awesome multi-author launch party, and I’ll be reading from Weird Wild West and The Side of Good. Then Saturday night I’m holding a pre-launch party for Vendetta, which comes out December 29! (but you can pre-order it now!)

Watch my DisquietingVisions blog for November posts from authors for The Weird Wild West and The Side of Good/The Side of Evil!

And if you missed all the other fun blog posts, here are recap pages where you can find everything (different links on each page, note that some of the giveaways have ended, but the blog posts are still available!)

Recap #1 http://disquietingvisions.com/2015/10/26/days-dead-blog-tour-full-swing/

Recap #2 http://disquietingvisions.com/2015/10/27/days-dead-blog-tour-spooktacular/

The Intersection between reality and fantasy http://disquietingvisions.com/2015/10/28/intersection-fantasy-reality/

Recap #3 http://disquietingvisions.com/2015/10/29/days-dead-blog-tour-rolls-spookalicious-surprises/

Recap #4 http://disquietingvisions.com/2015/10/31/happy-halloween-days-dead-tour-saves-last/

The Full Moon Blog tour 28 awesome blog posts with a moon theme! http://broaduniverse.org/blog/2015/10/25/full-moon-blog-tour/

 

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Days Of The Dead New Cover Reveals + Giveaways and Goodies!

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Happy Halloween! This is one of my favorite holidays (ok, my favorite next to Christmas), and while I’m getting ready to give out candy to all the little goblins and ghoulies who ring my doorbell, I’ve got plenty of spooktacular surprises for readers, too!

We’re almost at the end of my Days of the Dead blog tour, but there are still new surprises yet to come!

New Stories!

Arctic PrisonFirst off, I’m introducing a whole new six-part novella series set in the Ascendant Kingdoms world featuring Blaine McFadden and his convict friends during their time in Velant Prison and Edgeland colony—the ‘missing’ six years at the beginning of Ice Forged. King’s Convicts Novella 1: Arctic Prison begins right where the prologue of Ice Forged leaves off, with Blaine and Verran on the ship bound for Edgeland!  Available now–Read it here (available on Kindle, Kobo and Nook): http://amzn.com/B017DZ787M

And a second Blaine McFadden short story during the Velant years, No Reprieve, comes out in December (available for pre-order) http://amzn.com/B0151YRCPA

Just in time for Halloween—Spook House, a Deadly Curiosities Adventure short story, is available now! Cassidy and Teag have their hands full when a haunted house attraction gives guests more supernatural scares than they bargained for! http://amzn.com/B017ABS8R8 Spook House

Vendetta (Book 2 in the Deadly Curiosities novels) comes out Dec. 29 but it’s available now for pre-order! http://bit.ly/1ZXCPVS Launches Dec. 29

And the first new addition to the Chronicles of the Necromancer series in four years—The Shadowed Path—is a PRINT and ebook collection of the first 10 Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures PLUS an exclusive, never-before-seen 11th story that’s ONLY in the collection. Coming in 2016, pre-order here: http://amzn.com/1781084394

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New Blog Posts

EC Ambrose and I talk about the occupational hazard of going down the research rabbit hole https://ecambrose.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/guest-author-gail-z-martin-days-of-the-dead-tour/

I chat with The Writers’ Lens about strategic short stories http://www.thewriterslens.com/2015/10/gail-z-martin-strategic-short-stories.html

Jacey Bedford hosts me for a quick Q&A https://jaceybedford.wordpress.com/2015/10/30/gail-z-martin-five-questions-guest-post/

Why urban fantasy loves its tainted talismans http://thebookplank.blogspot.com/2015/10/blog-post-cursed-relics-and-urban.html

No ReprieveWhy promoting your book is as important as writing it http://www.ismellsheep.com/2015/10/promoting-your-book-is-as-important-as.html

Selling Your Soul for the good of the craft https://davebrendon.wordpress.com/2015/10/30/gail-zmartin-guest-post-days-of-the-dead-blog-tour-2015/

Talking Steampunk and Pittsburgh with Sf Bokhandlen Oct. 28 https://www.sfbok.se/ (be sure to do the ‘translate page’ unless you speak Swedish)

I chat about Cursed Trinkets, Haunted Objects and Deadly Curios with Solaris Books http://www.solarisbooks.com/post/866 DEADLY CURIOSITIES-VENDETTA

Over at Vonnie Winslow Crist’s blog, I muse about how to go about Making Epic Fantasy Epically Epic https://vonniewinslowcrist.wordpress.com/2015/10/31/making-epic-fantasy-epically-epic-by-gail-z-martin/

And MB Weston hosts me pondering Urban or Epic? http://mbweston.com/2015/10/31/guest-blog-post-urban-or-epic-by-gail-z-martin/

Doing the Monster Mash over at Falcata Times  http://falcatatimes.blogspot.com/2015/10/guest-blog-monster-mash-gail-z-martin.html

I’ve got a favor to ask: If you’ve liked my books/stories please do me a BIG favor and leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads! Reviews matter a lot! Thank you.

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More Giveaways!

The Broad Universe Full Moon blog tour with 30 author blogs and 3 awesome book bundle giveaways runs through 11/7. Find the blogs here: http://bit.ly/1LPBLNR and the rafflecopter for the giveaways here: http://bit.ly/1LRYrtr

The Swaggiest Swag promotion—like a convention in an envelope!—ends tonight! All it costs you is an envelope and a stamp, and you get free swag from me, David B. Coe, Faith Hunter, John Hartness, Stuart Jaffe, Darynda Jones, Christina Henry, Laura Anne Gilman and Jennifer Estep—info here https://www.facebook.com/events/147435758936773/

swagMore Treats! Enter to win a copy of Deadly Curiosities!

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Treats! Enter to win a copy of Iron & Blood!

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Win yourself a copy of The Weird Wild West (which includes our Steampunk Storm and Fury Adventure Ruin Creek) http://bit.ly/1iUU8pw

New holiday giveaway with free books, book gift cards and cool stuff from the same bunch of authors (including me!) who brought you The Swaggiest Swag—to enter, just comment on a blog or Facebook page, or join our newsletters, like our pages, details here—the more you enter, the more chances to win! http://www.ltpromos.com/2015/10/31/happyholidays/

It’s not over yet, so make sure you check back here, on Facebook and Twitter for more haunted happenings!

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Days of the Dead Continues!

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So much fun stuff going on, so many Trick or Treat goodies, so much you don’t want to miss! My Days of the Dead blog tour rolls on with new blog posts, new giveaways and new excerpts for your shivery pleasure!

Five Reasons Authors Do Blog Tours (And Maybe You Should Too) on Magical Words http://www.magicalwords.net/really-i-mean-it/five-reasons-why-authors-do-blog-tours-and-maybe-you-should-too/

Why authors love research on Bryan Thomas Schmidt’s page http://bryanthomasschmidt.net/guest-post-why-authors-love-research-days-of-the-dead-blog-tour/

Switching Gears Between Genres for The Qwillery http://qwillery.blogspot.com/2015/10/days-of-dead-tour-with-gail-z-martin.html

Recap thus far of all the Days of the Dead posts and goodies http://www.ascendantkingdoms.com/2015/10/28/days-of-the-dead-tour-is-creeptastic/

What lies at the intersection of fantasy and reality? http://disquietingvisions.com/2015/10/28/intersection-fantasy-reality/

DEADLY CURIOSITIES-VENDETTAWhy I wrote Vendetta http://www.paulinebjones.com/BlogWP/why-she-wrote-vendetta

SFF World chats with me about Kickstarter’s impact on publishing and authors’ careers http://www.sffworld.com/2015/10/five-things-to-know-about-kickstarter-for-publishing-by-gail-z-martin/

And the U Mass Science Fiction Society sits down for a Q&A with me on various and sundry bookish things http://umsfs.tumblr.com/post/132129286682/an-interview-with-an-author

Then SFSignal asks about small press vs. self-publishing and get an earful http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2015/10/guest-post-gail-z-martin-iron-blood-small-press-vs-self-publishing/

Brand new for Halloween—“Spook House”—a Deadly Curiosities Adventure now on Kindle (also Kobo and Nook) amzn.to/1NBpL1MSpook House

Speaking of the Full Moon tour—there are 30 awesome moon-related posts on the tour and three awesome book prize packages. You can find the posts here: http://broaduniverse.org/blog/2015/10/14/full-moon-blog-tour-25-oct-7-nov/ and the Rafflecopter contests here (make sure you click on the arrow in the box—there are 3 contests) https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/739c9ac21/

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I’m doing a giveaway on Reddit/Fantasy for a set of 3 of my books in either physical or ebook (Kindle/Kobo/Nook)—2 winners, lots of fun! Books are War of Shadows, Deadly Curiosities and Iron & Blood. Details here https://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/comments/3qfpym/giveaway_rfantasy1_signed_set_of_three_gail_z/ Ends 10/30.

If you want to make sure you always know about new books, stories, novellas, events and giveaways, please join my Chronicles newsletter. It’s free, you’ll get excerpts and flash fiction, and you’ll get the scoop first! Sign up here: http://bit.ly/1CF12Th

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And don’t forget The Swaggiest Swag giveaway. If you like bookmarks, postcards and cool free stuff from bestselling authors, this is for you. I’m one of 11 authors who are giving away neat stuff for just the cost of a self-addressed/stamped envelope. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/147435758936773/

Iron&BloodTwo cool giveaways begin today, with free copies to be won on Goodreads of Deadly Curiosities and Iron & Blood here https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/160181-deadly-curiosities 10/29-11/14 and here https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/160182-iron-blood 10/29-11/14

Read an excerpt from #TheLowRoad by @GailZMartin @Rebellion_Pub on @Wattpad http://www.wattpad.com/story/9463190-the-low-road

Win yourself a copy of The Weird Wild West in this Goodreads giveaway http://bit.ly/1iUU8pw

Trick Or Treat! Download the DoubleDragonSampler #1 for free! http://www.double-dragon-ebooks.com/sample/DDPSAMPLE001.mobi

How about an excerpt from The Big Bad II antho http://www.darkoakpress.com/bigbad2.html

And one from Space Horrors http://www.sidhenadaire.com/books/SH-ex.pdf

 

 

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Days of the Dead Tour is Creeptastic!

DaysofDead Banner V1 copyIf you haven’t been following my Days of the Dead blog tour, you’re missing the best treats and tricks this Halloween season!

Here are the latest links from my blogging hosts!

No More Grumpy Bookseller—I talk about Something Wicked and Wonderful This Way Comes http://bit.ly/1kIlyzS

The Evolution of Ruin Creek, our story for The Weird Wild West, is on Espec Books WWW coverhttp://bit.ly/1GE9QQy

I get talking about how ghosts are different depending on the difference between urban fantasy and horror with the crew at We Geek Girls http://bit.ly/1O3lHdL

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan asks me about using real people and places in fiction, and I respond  http://bit.ly/1XtZ4AB

Over at The Scribbling Lion, I get chatting about moonlight, monsters and mayhem http://bit.ly/1LXIKEl

Then Alexandra Christian get talking about how ghosts are different depending on whether the story is horror, suspense or urban fantasy wp.me/p1zAqe-hM 

How do you like your alternate history? Romance Bandits finds out! http://romancebandits.com/how-alternate-do-you-like-your-history/

DEADLY CURIOSITIES-VENDETTARisingShadow has an exclusive Q&A with me about Vendetta, Shadow & Flame, Iron & Blood and what’s coming up next, plus switching up genres. It’s all here: http://www.risingshadow.net/articles/543-q-a-with-gail-z-martin-days-of-the-dead-blog-tour-2015

Then Beauty In Ruins gets me talking about Ghosts and Genre, and how the type of ghost and the way ghosts are portrayed differs by the sub-genre http://beauty-in-ruins.blogspot.com/2015/10/ghosts-and-genre-by-gail-z-martin-guest.html

Fellow author Catherine Lundoff and I chat about ghosts in alternate history stories, and the how/why of weaving in ghostly elements in Steampunk http://catherineldf.livejournal.com/384534.html

I posted about Moonlight and Magic for the Broad Universe Full Moon Blog Tour http://disquietingvisions.com/2015/10/22/full-moon-blog-tour-moonlight-magic/

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Speaking of the Full Moon tour—there are 30 awesome moon-related posts on the tour and three awesome book prize packages. You can find the posts here: http://broaduniverse.org/blog/2015/10/14/full-moon-blog-tour-25-oct-7-nov/ and the Rafflecopter contests here (make sure you click on the arrow in the box—there are 3 contests) https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/739c9ac21/

I’m doing a giveaway on Reddit/Fantasy for a set of 3 of my books in either physical or ebook (Kindle/Kobo/Nook)—2 winners, lots of fun! Books are War of Shadows, Deadly Curiosities and Iron & Blood. Details here https://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/comments/3qfpym/giveaway_rfantasy1_signed_set_of_three_gail_z/ Ends 10/30.

TWO Goodreads giveaways (one for Iron & Blood and one for Deadly Curiosities) post on 10/29, so make sure you enter for a chance to win!  https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/160181-deadly-curiosities 10/29-11/14 and here https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/160182-iron-blood 10/29-11/14

On a slightly more serious note….Did you know that just because you’ve signed up for my Winter Kingdoms Facebook page, that doesn’t mean Facebook will let you see what I post? It’s true—Facebook has gotten greedy, and if you don’t pay to do ads or boosted posts, only about 1% – 3% of followers see what is posted. If you want to make sure you always know about new books, stories, novellas, events and giveaways, please join my Chronicles newsletter. It’s free, you’ll get excerpts and flash fiction, and you’ll get the scoop first! Sign up here: http://bit.ly/1CF12Th

swagAnd don’t forget The Swaggiest Swag giveaway. If you like bookmarks, postcards and cool free stuff from bestselling authors, this is for you. I’m one of 11 authors who are giving away neat stuff for just the cost of a self-addressed/stamped envelope. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/147435758936773/

Have you read War of Shadows yet? Try an excerpt here: http://bit.ly/1Kbz7wl

How about an excerpt from Monstrosities, an uber-creepy Jonmarc Vahanian story just right for Halloween! Monstrosities: http://bit.ly/1ZG0TMW

By the way, here’s where to find me for the rest of 2015:

Nov. 7             University City library event 2-3 pm Meet the Author

Nov. 10           Charlotte Writers’ Club SF/F Writer’s Club at Mugs Coffee

Nov. 13 – 15   Atomacon, Charleston

Nov. 20 – 22   Philcon, NJ—The Weird Wild West/The Side of Good/Vendetta launch party

Dec. 29            Vendetta launches

Good-EvilAnd in case you missed the illustrated flip-book Kickstarter for The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, the full book is now available for pre-order on Amazon here http://www.amazon.com/Side-Good-Evil/dp/1942990030/ or you can buy each ‘side’ independently! The Side of Good – http://www.amazon.com/Side-Good-Super-Bryan-Glass-ebook/dp/B016Z5GEF8/  The Side of Evil – http://www.amazon.com/Side-Evil-Super-Peter-David-ebook/dp/B016X95RC2/

Trick or Treat! Enjoy a new excerpt https://especbooks.wordpress.com/2015/10/26/espec-excerpts-what-tales-he-knows-by-john-l-french/

War of Shadows

War of Shadows

Read an excerpt from my latest Ascendant Kingdoms Saga novel, War of Shadows, here: http://bit.ly/1Kbz7wl

Have you read my free, complete Deadly Curiosities novella—The Final Death? Get it here on Wattpad, just in time for Halloween http://w.tt/1NUd0SR

Stay tuned—there’s a LOT more Days of the Dead goodness coming your way!

 

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Days of the Dead Blog Tour–Tricks, Treats and Scary Good Stuff!

DaysofDead Banner V1 copyWelcome to the 2015 Days of the Dead blog tour!

We are going to celebrate in style this year with excerpts, interviews, book giveaways, sneak peeks at new covers, and more!

Three new books are coming up—and that’s just the beginning! On December 29, Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel (Solaris Books) launches—and it’s got an awesome Chris McGuire cover. Then in March, Shadow and Flame (Orbit Books) comes out—the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms series. In June, we return to the world of The Summoner with Shadowed Path, a print (and ebook) anthology of the first ten Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures PLUS an exclusive eleventh story that is only in the anthology!

DEADLY CURIOSITIES-VENDETTABut wait, there’s more! The Weird Wild West anthology is out, with a Storm and Fury Adventure story from Larry N. Martin and me, and The Side of Good/The Side of Evil anthology/flipbook is also new—and it’s got another Storm and Fury Adventure story as well. Speaking of the Iron & Blood-related Storm and Fury Adventures, check out the FREE full novella Grave Voices on Wattpad as well as short stories Resurrection Day and Airship Down on Kindle/Kobo WWW coverand Nook.

There’s a brand new Deadly Curiosities Adventure short story, Spook House, right in time for Halloween, and earlier this year we wrapped up Season 2 of the Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures—Season 3 will start in 2016. Plus there are all-new Blaine McFadden novellas coming soon in the King’s Convicts series, that happens before the main action in Ice Forged (available on Kindle/Kobo and Nook). And coming up in December, a Blaine McFadden short story, No Reprieve, debuts on Orbit Short Fiction.

Good-EvilIn fact, there is so much awesome cool stuff going on that it takes TWO different blog tours to contain it all! That’s where the Full Moon Blog Tour comes in—with even MORE great blogs from 25+ different authors (including me) so just click here to get started!

So what ELSE is going on with the Days of the Dead tour? Here’s the deal—different blogs will post my guest articles on different days. Make the rounds, enter the contests, be entertained and grab some fun freebies!

A Night Sky with Moon and Trees

What kind of freebies? First off, there’s The Swaggiest Swag giveaway. If you like bookmarks, postcards and cool free stuff from bestselling authors, this is for you. I’m one of 11 authors who are giving away neat stuff for just the cost of a self-addressed/stamped envelope. Find out more here:

I’ll have three different Goodreads giveaways, one for Iron & Blood, one for Deadly Curiosities and one for The Weird Wild West. There are also giveaways on Reddit, Bookloons, The Full Moon Blog Tour, No More Grumpy Bookseller and Romance Bandits. Sprinkled along with the guest blog posts are links to excerpts for all my books and short stories, plus DOZENS of links to books and short stories by author friends of mine. Enough to keep you reading for quite a while!

swagWhat are you waiting for? You can get in on all the Days of the Dead fun on a treasure hunt/Trick-or-Treat just by visiting these sites when my blog posts go live: SolarisBooks, Goodreads, Wattpad, MagicalWords, RisingShadow, SfSignal, ESpecBooks, FantasyFaction, TheQwillery, SFX, MyBookishWays, BeautyInRuins, TheBookPlank, ISmellSheep, FantasyBookCritic, SFWorld, UMassSFSociety, WeGeekGirls, NoMoreGrumpyBookseller, Bookloons, FalcataTimes, SFBokhandlein and more!

Check back at www.AscendantKingdoms.com and www.DisquietingVisions.com to find all the links! And please, “like” my TheWinterKingdoms page on Facebook and follow me @GailZMartin on Twitter!

With so much good stuff going on, it’s going to take a week just to get through it all! What are you waiting for? Dive in and help me celebrate the Days of the Dead!

And because Halloween wouldn’t be complete without some Trick or Treating, here are some excerpt links to my stuff and stories by some of my author friends!

Book swag is the new Trick-or-Treat! Grab your envelope of book swag awesomeness from me & 10 authors http://on.fb.me/1h4rIIe before 11/1!

Trick or Treat! Excerpt from my new urban fantasy novel Vendetta set in my Deadly Curiosities world here http://bit.ly/1ZXCPVS Launches Dec. 29

More Treats! Enter to win a copy of Deadly Curiosities! https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/160181-deadly-curiosities

Treats! Enter to win a copy of Iron & Blood! https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/160182-iron-blood

Treats not Tricks! Read an excerpt from Grave Voices,  our Storm & Fury Steampunk novella set in the world of Iron & Blood: http://bit.ly/1jB5Mqn

And a couple more goodies to fill up your treat bag: an excerpt from Not One Word https://especbooks.wordpress.com/2015/10/12/espec-excerpts-not-one-word-by-james-daniel-ross/

And here’s one from  EightMillionStrong https://especbooks.wordpress.com/2015/10/08/sneak-peek-eight-million-strong-by-james-chambers/

 

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DragonCon, New Stories and New Events!

It’s the time of the year when the DragonCon migration heads to Atlanta! Here’s my NEARLY final DragonCon schedule! Waiting to find out my signing time at Larry Smith Books….It’s gonna be a busy con!

Desperate FlightIn between panels, I’ll be in Author’s Lair Booths 1223 & 1225 in the Vendor room with lots of books to sell! And after hours, look for me in the Westin bar with the rest of the writers.

Title: Mission Statement: Objectives in Urban Fantasy
Description: Authors discuss stated protagonist goals in the genre: protecting the human world from the supernatural, or vice versa.
Time: Fri 10:00 am Location: Chastain ED – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Faith Hunter, Carrie Vaughn, S. J. Harper, Julie Kenner, Eric R Asher, Gail Z. Martin)

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Title: Race and Gender Issues in Alternate History
Description: The treatment of race and gender in the Alternate History genre.
Time: Fri 11:30 am Location: Augusta 3 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Milton J Davis, D.B. Jackson, Gail Z. Martin, Clay and Susan Griffith)

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RetributionTitle: Fictional Writing and Skepticism
Description: A few top authors, who are also Skeptics, discuss what effect their personal skepticism has on their writings.
Time: Fri 01:00 pm Location: 204-207 – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Scott Sigler, Michael Stackpole, Tom Merritt, Gail Z. Martin)

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Title: Broad Universe Reading
Description: The ladies of Broad Universe read snippets from their work.
Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Embassy A-B – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Trisha J. Woldridge, Gail Z. Martin, Kathryn Hinds)

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Grave VoicesTitle: Authors Roundtable: Using Podcasting to Deliver Your Story
Description: Roundtable discussions of working writers who utilize Podcasting to distribute and promote their work.
Time: Sat 10:00 am Location: 203 – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Scott Sigler, Gail Z. Martin, Bobby Nash, Michael Stackpole)

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Title: Navigating the Media/Online Frenzy
Description: Facebook? What else is out there? How does a savvy writer generate exciting “buzz” about a book and promote sales?
Time: Sat 11:30 am Location: Embassy D-F – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Jean Marie Ward, Gail Z. Martin, Tom Merritt, Michael Z. Williamson, Mike Faber)

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Signing in the Vendor Room at The Missing Page 2 pm

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Title: Haunted Ground: Ghosts and Other Traumas
Description: The importance of setting in horror fiction
Time: Sat 05:30 pm Location: Peachtree 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Karen E. Taylor, Gail Z. Martin, Madeleine Roux, L. Andrew Cooper, Peter Adam Salomon)

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The Restless DeadTitle: Steampunk/Magepunk/Dieselpunk?
Description: Steampunk branches out! Tips for the market for the Punk genres.
Time: Sat 08:30 pm Location: Embassy D-F – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Lisa Mantchev, Stephen L. Antczak, Gail Z. Martin, Anthony Francis)

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Signing/Sitting at the SFWA table in the Hyatt Noon – 1 pm

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Title: Reading: Gail Z. Martin
Time: Sun 01:00 pm Location: Marietta – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Gail Z. Martin)

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Title: Down and Dirty Marketing for Authors
Description: Navigating the new world of e-publishing, and why print is still an important medium for any author platform.
Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: 201 – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Sascha Illyvich, Gail Z. Martin, Jennie Breeden)

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Resurrection DayTitle: Realms of the Dead: Ghosts and Spirits in UF
Description: Panelists discuss the various types of ghosts and spirits found in the genre
Time: Mon 10:00 am Location: Chastain ED – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Jim Butcher, Leanna Renee Hieber, Gail Z. Martin, D.B. Jackson, Karen E. Taylor, Myke Cole)

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Noon-1 Signing at The Missing Page in the vendor room

But wait, there’s more! In case you missed it with all the summer stuff going on, there are a bunch of new short stories and novellas!

Grave Voices is our new Steampunk Storm & Fury Adventure set in the world of Iron & Blood, and it’s FREE on Wattpad!

New on Kindle/Kobo/Nook–Resurrection Day, another Storm & Fury Steampunk Adventure, The Restless Dead, Retribution and Shadow Garden, all new Deadly Curiosities Adventures. And Season 2 of the Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures ended with Desperate Flight–watch for Season 3 in 2016!

I’ve got lots of new events coming up in Sept/Oct/Nov including the Days of the Dead blog tour, local signings and workshops–check out the updated EVENTS section on this blog!

Hope to see you soon!

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