Days of the Dead Giveaways & More!


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:

Bookloons is running a giveaway for a copy of Deadly Curiosities

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

The Goodreads giveaway for Iron and Blood continues:

And the Goodreads giveaway for Deadly Curiosities

I&B cover from Amazon

This week only, Solaris Books has a contest to win one of my books 

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!

Happy Holidays giveaway

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:

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

No Reprive is the pivotal short story, coming out in December: 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  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: 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

Recap #2

The Intersection between reality and fantasy

Recap #3

Recap #4

The Full Moon Blog tour 28 awesome blog posts with a moon theme!



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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):

And a second Blaine McFadden short story during the Velant years, No Reprieve, comes out in December (available for pre-order)

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! Spook House

Vendetta (Book 2 in the Deadly Curiosities novels) comes out Dec. 29 but it’s available now for pre-order! 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:



New Blog Posts

EC Ambrose and I talk about the occupational hazard of going down the research rabbit hole

I chat with The Writers’ Lens about strategic short stories

Jacey Bedford hosts me for a quick Q&A

Why urban fantasy loves its tainted talismans

No ReprieveWhy promoting your book is as important as writing it

Selling Your Soul for the good of the craft

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

I chat about Cursed Trinkets, Haunted Objects and Deadly Curios with Solaris Books DEADLY CURIOSITIES-VENDETTA

Over at Vonnie Winslow Crist’s blog, I muse about how to go about Making Epic Fantasy Epically Epic

And MB Weston hosts me pondering Urban or Epic?

Doing the Monster Mash over at Falcata Times

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.

A Night Sky with Moon and Trees


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: and the rafflecopter for the giveaways here:

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

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

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z. Martin

Deadly Curiosities

by Gail Z. Martin

Giveaway ends November 14, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Iron & Blood by Gail Z. Martin

Iron & Blood

by Gail Z. Martin

Giveaway ends November 19, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Win yourself a copy of The Weird Wild West (which includes our Steampunk Storm and Fury Adventure Ruin Creek)

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!

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

Happy Holidays giveaway


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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

Why authors love research on Bryan Thomas Schmidt’s page

Switching Gears Between Genres for The Qwillery

Recap thus far of all the Days of the Dead posts and goodies

What lies at the intersection of fantasy and reality?


SFF World chats with me about Kickstarter’s impact on publishing and authors’ careers

And the U Mass Science Fiction Society sits down for a Q&A with me on various and sundry bookish things

Then SFSignal asks about small press vs. self-publishing and get an earful

Brand new for Halloween—“Spook House”—a Deadly Curiosities Adventure now on Kindle (also Kobo and Nook) 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: and the Rafflecopter contests here (make sure you click on the arrow in the box—there are 3 contests)

A Night Sky with Moon and Trees

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 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:


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:

Iron&BloodTwo cool giveaways begin today, with free copies to be won on Goodreads of Deadly Curiosities and Iron & Blood here 10/29-11/14 and here 10/29-11/14

Read an excerpt from #TheLowRoad by @GailZMartin @Rebellion_Pub on @Wattpad

Win yourself a copy of The Weird Wild West in this Goodreads giveaway

Trick Or Treat! Download the DoubleDragonSampler #1 for free!

How about an excerpt from The Big Bad II antho

And one from Space Horrors




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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

The Evolution of Ruin Creek, our story for The Weird Wild West, is on Espec Books WWW cover

I get talking about how ghosts are different depending on the difference between urban fantasy and horror with the crew at We Geek Girls

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan asks me about using real people and places in fiction, and I respond

Over at The Scribbling Lion, I get chatting about moonlight, monsters and mayhem

Then Alexandra Christian get talking about how ghosts are different depending on whether the story is horror, suspense or urban fantasy 

How do you like your alternate history? Romance Bandits finds out!

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:

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

Fellow author Catherine Lundoff and I chat about ghosts in alternate history stories, and the how/why of weaving in ghostly elements in Steampunk

I posted about Moonlight and Magic for the Broad Universe Full Moon Blog Tour

A Night Sky with Moon and Trees

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: and the Rafflecopter contests here (make sure you click on the arrow in the box—there are 3 contests)

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 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! 10/29-11/14 and here 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:

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:

Have you read War of Shadows yet? Try an excerpt here:

How about an excerpt from Monstrosities, an uber-creepy Jonmarc Vahanian story just right for Halloween! Monstrosities:

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 or you can buy each ‘side’ independently! The Side of Good –  The Side of Evil –

Trick or Treat! Enjoy a new excerpt

War of Shadows

War of Shadows

Read an excerpt from my latest Ascendant Kingdoms Saga novel, War of Shadows, here:

Have you read my free, complete Deadly Curiosities novella—The Final Death? Get it here on Wattpad, just in time for Halloween

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!

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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 and 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 before 11/1!

Trick or Treat! Excerpt from my new urban fantasy novel Vendetta set in my Deadly Curiosities world here Launches Dec. 29

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

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

Treats not Tricks! Read an excerpt from Grave Voices,  our Storm & Fury Steampunk novella set in the world of Iron & Blood:

And a couple more goodies to fill up your treat bag: an excerpt from Not One Word

And here’s one from  EightMillionStrong



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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)


Signing in the Vendor Room at The Missing Page 2 pm

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)

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)


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


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

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)

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)


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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Launch Day for Iron & Blood!

Larry and I so excited to see Iron & Blood in stores and online! It’s our new Steampunk novel set in an alternative history Pittsburgh in 1898. Airships, clockwork zombies, Gatling guns, mad scientists, inventors, carriage chases and much, much more.  You can read an excerpt here. Iron&Blood

It’s still the Hawthorn Moon blog tour, and we’ve had guest blogs in a lot of places. In case you missed them, here’s where to find the scoop (and there will be more to come!):

Interview with I Smell Sheep blog

We spill secrets to RisingShadow here

A look at the Pittsburgh of Iron & Blood for Daily Steampunk

The Victorians That Weren’t on GeekNative

Why Mary Sue Must Die! For SciFiChick

Zebra Eclipse chats us up on the future of publishing

Darin Kennedy got us talking about The Charleston of Deadly Curiosities

Why are there so few older characters in fantasy? We share our opinions with Kelly Harmon

Larry and I talk co-authoring on SitWriteBleed

WeGeekGirls wanted to know about Kickstarter publishing

FantasyBookCritic asked about literary collaboration

Magical Words found out 5 things to Remember for your Blog Tour

SFSignal asked what it’s like co-writing with your spouse

In case you missed it with the holiday, Season 2 of Deadly Curiosities Adventures short stories kicked off with Shadow Garden! Haunted gardens and old family curses make for an uber-creepy good time! Grab it now! Shadow Garden

Grab your copy of Iron & Blood at the Congregate launch party this weekend! Here’s our schedule—please make sure you come by and say hi!

Here’s our Congregate schedule:


Dead is Dead 1pm Friday
Weird Wild West (m) 4pm Friday
Defining Rogues 5pm Friday
Kickstarting Things 6pm Friday
Privilege: The Prince and the Pauper (m) 8pm Friday
Reading 9pm Friday
Dr. Who through a Woman’s Eyes 10pm Friday
Signing 10am Saturday
Live Action Slush Pile 2pm Saturday
Book Launch 4:30pm Saturday
Broad Universe Reading 8pm Saturday
Signing 10am Sunday
Absinthe and Airships 11am Sunday
Beyond Spandex Studs (m) 1pm Sunday

And it’s not just Iron & Blood’s launch week! You can grab hot new books from John Hartness, Lou Anders, Chris Kennedy, Clay and Susan Griffith and more! The Congregate launch party will have new books from John, Chris, Larry and me, Darin Kennedy, and Matthew Saunders! No excuse for not grabbing a fist-full of beach/vacation reading!

I’m involved in a couple of Kickstarters that are all active. Monsters! from Silence in the Library is all about monster stories (imagine that!) and the campaign is in its last hours. If we hit the $10K stretch goal, I get to write a story for it. Here’s the link to become a backer. Monsters

The Side of Good/The Side of Evil is a flipbook of heroes and villains. I’m writing a villain story, so please take a look!Good-Evil

Can you imagine a superhero nursing home for crime-fighters who are past their prime? Elysian Springs: Adventures from the Superhero Nursing Home can! I’ll have a story in it, so check it out here.Elysian

Next up after Congregate is Confluence in Pittsburgh, with another Iron & Blood book launch party and a signing at the Barnes & Noble in Cranberry, PA. Come by and say hello!


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Annual Hawthorn Moon Blog Tour is Bigger and Better Than Ever!

Iron&BloodIt’s time for the annual Hawthorn Moon blog tour to celebrate our two new books (and one more coming up!) plus share some guest posts, do some fun giveaways and online parties and connect!

What’s all the fuss about? Well, two new books and more! War of Shadows, Book #3 in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, came out in April. If you liked Ice Forged and Reign of Ash, you won’t want to miss it! And on July 7, Iron and Blood, the new steampunk book co-authored with my husband, Larry N. Martin, comes out from Solaris Books–and it’s set in an alternative history Pittsburgh! I guarantee you, it’s chock-full of explosions and gunfire.

Do you need more? I’ve got new upcoming conventions and signings, new short stories and novellas, new giveaways and cool stuff! It’s a week-long party, and my readers get all the goodies!

War of Shadows

War of Shadows

The blog tour got its name from a holiday in The Summoner, my first Chronicles of the Necromancer book, which took place on the summer solstice. And the name stuck. So–celebrate the solstice with some new books, new insights, and plenty of goings-on!

On June 25, I’m hosing an all-day live Facebook Launch Party with a few dozen of my author friends. We’ll be having a grand time–and you’re invited! In fact, bring all your friends! The more the merrier. My author guests will be sharing contests and giveaways plus excerpts and freebies. It’s going to be FUN!

10:30 – 11    Me

11 – 11:30  Jeanne Adams

11:30 – Noon Joshua Palmatier

Noon – 12:30 Keith DeCandido

12:30 – 1  Anthology round-up

1-1:30  Janine Spendlove

1:30 – 2 Alex Matsuo

2-2:30  Stuart Jaffe

2:30 – 3 Me

3 – 3:30   John Hartness

3:30 – 4 Michael Sullivan

4-4:30  ZNB

4:30 – 5 MB Weston

5-5:30 TBD

5:30 – 6 JeanMarie Ward

5:50—Me—giveaway announcement

6-6:30 Michael Ventrella

6:30 – 7 Clay and Susan Griffith

7-7:30  Misty Massey

7:30 – 8  Broad Universe

8-8:30  Alexandra Christian

8:30 – 9 Kelly Harmon

9-9:30 Pete Prellwitz

9:30 – 10 Danielle Ackley McPhail

10-10:30 Tee Morris

10:30-11 Me

I’ll also be posting a giveaway on Reddit/Fantasy with some copies of Iron and Blood and War of Shadows. Stay tuned to this blog or my Twitter and Facebook pages to find out when and where.

What’s a blog tour without blog posts? I’ll be a guest on a bunch of blogs throughout North America and Europe over the next week or so–here are some of the sites that are hosting my posts! Check back here and on Twitter, because I’ll add links to the posts as they go live.




I Smell Sheep

Daily Steampunk

Orbit Books

Solaris Books

No More Grumpy Bookseller


SFF World

Fantasy Faction

The Qwillery

Fantasy Book Critic

SF Signal

Sit Write Bleed

Disquieting Visions

Magical Words

Ghost InTheMachine Podcast

With more to be added!

That’s what’s coming up–you won’t want to miss a thing! And if you want to catch up with me live and in-person at a convention or signings, check out my schedule on the events page.

See you at the online party!



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War of Shadows Is Now in Stores (Plus more cool stuff you need to know)

“Blaine McFadden is back, and the bad guys are badder than ever!  Broken magic. Power-hungry vampires. Evil mages. Battling warlords. War of Shadows is now in stores and online in trade paper and ebook—my darkest and grittiest adventure ever!

War of Shadows

War of Shadows

War of Shadows is Book 3 in Blaine McFadden’s Ascendant Kingdom’s Saga. Here’s the recap: Blaine “Mick” McFaden has scored a victory and restored the magic, but new threats rise from the wreckage of the kingdom of Donderath. While the magic remains brittle and undependable, warlords both mortal and undead vie for power, fighting for control of the ruined Continent. McFadden and his unlikely band of convict heroes must choose their allies wisely as renegade talishte take long- awaited vengeance and powerful mages seek to control Donderath’s next king. Blaine McFadden must protect those loyal to him against the coming storm, and find a way to bind magic to the will of mortals before it destroys him, because time is running out …

And since a picture says a thousand words, this is the book video:

There are a few days left on the Goodreads giveaway:

You can find an excerpt plus links to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books a Million, Chapter/Indigo, Waterstones and Kobo here:

What Reviewers are saying about War of Shadows

“If you are an epic fantasy lover, then this is a series you should try!”—Exploding Spaceship Reviews

“Packed with action, politics, magic, and monsters, this is epic fantasy writ large”—Barnes & Noble

“War of Shadows is a rousing adventure full of action, intrigue, danger, and suspense. It’s epic fantasy at its best, filled with vivid magic but grounded by real human emotion.” —Aaron Rosenberg, author of the bestselling Adventures of DuckBob Spinowitz series

“This book kept me reading long past my bed time. As always, Gail Z. Martin delivers Epic Fantasy as it was meant to be read: gripping, action packed, and larger than life. A delight for any fan of the genre!”—Rachel Aaron, author of The Spirit Thief

“A vivid, engrossing tapestry woven from epic heroism, post apocalypse struggles, perilous magic and darkest fantasy. A distinct and distinctive achievement”–Juliet McKenna, author of The Tales of Einarinn

“Which of these things are on your epic fantasy checklist: Intense action in the first few pages which then carries right through to the last? Vivid battle scenes? Characters that combine the best of classic archetypes with fresh new twists? Snappy dialogue? Exciting world building? If you’ve checked even half of these items, then you owe it to yourself to check out Gail Z. Martin’s War of Shadows. It’s heroic adventure at it’s rollicking finest.”

–Charles E. Gannon, author of Fire With Fire

“With a large cast of satisfying characters, Gail Z. Martin masterfully presents an epic struggle between the forces of life and the forces of death in a world of broken magic.”—James Maxey, author of Greatshadow on War of Shadows

“High mage magic, thrilling battles and heart-thudding adventure – yet another superb fantasy tale from Gail Z. Martin!” – Andy Remic, author of The Iron Wolves on War of Shadows

Steampunk Summer! Iron and Blood Debuts in July

 Looking for a fun vacation read? How about steampunk set in an alternative history Pittsburgh chock full of airships, supernatural creatures, amazing inventions, and lots of explosions?  You’ve got it—Iron and Blood: A Jake Desmet Adventure debuts July 7. I co-wrote Iron and Blood with my husband, Larry N. Martin, who has been busy behind the scenes until now! Iron&Blood

Here’s the scoop:

New Pittsburgh, 1898 – a crucible of invention and intrigue. Born from the ashes of devastating fire, flood and earthquake, the city is ruled by the shadow government of The Oligarchy. In the swarming streets, people of a hundred nations drudge to feed the engines of progress, while in the abandoned tunnels beneath the city, supernatural creatures hide from the light, emerging only to feed.

Jake Desmet and Rick Brand travel the world to secure treasures and unusual items for the collections of wealthy patrons, accompanied by Jake’s cousin, Veronique LeClerque. But when their latest commission leads to Jake’s father’s murder, the three friends are drawn into a conspiracy where dark magic, industrial sabotage and the nightmares come to life will ultimately threaten not just New Pittsburgh, but the whole world.

Available for pre-order now! You can find links to your favorite booksellers here:

By the way—my short stories in Clockwork Universe: Steampunk Vs. Aliens and in the upcoming Weird Wild West anthology, Dreams of Steel V and yet-unnamed corset anthology are all offshoots of the Iron and Blood world. Watch for a novella coming to Wattpad soon!

RS Belcher (The Shotgun Arcana, The Six-Gun Tarot) had this to say: “Gail and Larry Martin’s Steampunk novel, Iron and Blood, is a worthy inheritor to the pulp adventures of the likes of Doc Savage and Indiana Jones, with a smidge of good old fashioned mad science thrown in, just to sweeten the pot.  Iron and Blood is an airship full of excitement, surprises and just great fun. The Martins bring a modern sensibility to the pulp, that gives it a twenty-first century pulse.  Their heroes and heroines are sexy, tough and capable as hell, but still believable as flesh and blood people. The world of New Pittsburgh they’ve created is first-rate world building—you can feel the heat and grit of the city’s forges and the cool darkness of the city underground that hides many supernatural mysteries and conspiracies. If you’re looking for Steampunk adventure that’s smart, daring and will leave you asking for more, do yourself a favor and read Iron and Blood. ”

New Goodies! Short Stories and Anthologies

Here’s what’s up with Jonmarc: May is the 20th Jonmarc Vahanian Adventure short story, and if it were a TV series, we’d be wrapping up Season 2. Stories 11 – 20 follow Jonmarc with the War Dogs mercenaries, then into serving with the Eastmark army, and south to Chauvrenne. I’ll pick back up with Season 3 in April, 2016 heading into Nargi.

The Deadly Curiosities Adventures start an all-new set of stories in June! Season 2 will continue to provide spooktacular and scary-licious stories that happen before, around and after the novels. Hint: some of the secondary characters you meet in the short stories will show up in Vendetta: Deadly Curiosities 2 in January!

Watch for an Iron and Blood novella to show up on Wattpad this spring, and an all-new Blaine McFadden: The Velant Prison Years short story for  Yeah, yeah. That means at some point, there will be short stories about those missing six years in Edgeland….

If you’re going to Origins, catch my all-new space story in the convention anthology. A second story set in the same universe will debut in the upcoming Silence in the Library space anthology. This could be the beginning of something….

I mentioned the Iron and Blood spin-off stories in anthologies up above. You can find all-new Deadly Curiosities stories in Athena’s Daughters and Realms of Imagination. I’ve got a one-of-a-kind horror story in The Big Bad 2, and superhero stories in With Great Power and Heroes. There are a couple more Kickstarter anthologies coming up later this year, so please follow me on Twitter and Facebook to get all the news. Details and excerpts here:

Come say hi!

Come catch me at a book signing or convention. Here’s where to find me for the rest of the year. (I’ll be adding a few more bookstore signings for summer/fall closer to the time.)

Apr. 23            AMA on R/Fantasy

Apr. 24-26       Ravencon, Richmond –War of Shadows launch party

May 2              Signing at Last Word

May 15            Signing at Barnes & Noble Morrison 7-8:30

May 16            Signing at BAM Concord Mills 1-3

May 22-25       Balticon, Baltimore –War of Shadows and Big Bad 2 launch party

May 29 – 31    ConCarolinas, Charlotte

June 3-7           Origins, Columbus OH

June 21-28       Hawthorn Moon Event

July  7              Iron and Blood launches

July 10 – 12     Congregate, Winston-Salem –Iron and Blood/War of Shadows launch party

July 24-26       Confluence, Pittsburgh, PA –Iron and Blood/War of Shadows launch party

Aug. 8             Signing at BAM Concord Mills

Aug. 22           Signing at Park Road Books

Sept. 4-7          DragonCon, Atlanta

Oct. 2-4           Contraflow/DeepSouthCon, New Orleans Iron & Blood/War of Shadows party

Oct. 24-31       Days of the Dead Event

Nov. 13 – 15   Atomacon, Charleston –Iron and Blood/War of Shadows launch party

Nov. 20 – 22   Philcon, NJ—Weird Wild West launch party

Thank you so much for reading. If you didn’t read, I couldn’t write. You are all awesome!



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Excerpt from Death Plot, A Jonmarc Vahanian Adventure

Excerpt from Death Plot by Gail Z. Martin

Questions nagged at him as he followed the men. Who’s paying them? Someone from Principality—or Eastmark? Are they trying to change something here, or there? Other than providing a reason for war, what would change with Alcion dead?

His quarry stopped by a run-down tavern. Jonmarc kept on walking, doing his best to take in details without appearing to give the men or their destination a second glance. Crippled Goat Tavern had seen better days. The wood of its sign was split, and the painted lettering was faded. Several panes in its windows were cracked, and none of the glass was clean enough to see through. The whole area smelled of wood smoke and horse shit, urine and stale beer. Even the strumpets in the alley next to the inn looked as if they were past their prime, shivering in torn shawls and stained, tattered gowns.

A few blocks past the Crippled Goat, Jonmarc doubled back. There were still plenty of festival-goers in the street, enough, he hoped, to hide him in case anyone had seen him go past the tavern. This time, he chanced another look as he passed, but saw little except lights and the silhouettes of people through the tavern’s filthy windows. He did not slow his pace, or look for long, just a glance to fix the details in mind. The four men were nowhere to be seen, and a quick look behind him on either side of the street assured him that they were not still among the crowd.

Valjan will bring an entire squad, Jonmarc thought. That should be more than enough to take care of four ruffians. He was nearly to the plaza with its ragtag entertainers when someone in the crowd shoved him hard from the side. Jonmarc stumbled, and another man pushed him off balance. A sharp pain radiated behind ear and the world spun, growing dark as he dropped to his knees and then fell face-down in the snow.


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