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Vengeance is out! It’s the sequel to Scourge (which won the Manly Wade Wellman award for NC spec fic), and Corran, Rigan and their outlaw friends have fled beyond the walls of Ravenwood City, hunting monsters and trying to stay out of the clutches of the guards! They thought they stopped new monsters from coming through, only to discover that there’s a much bigger conspiracy and they’re in way over their heads!

Tangled Web is the third Deadly Curiosities novel, and it’s action-packed! When a malicious weaver-witch awakens the spirit of an ancient Norse seoir warlock and calls to the Wild Hunt, Cassidy, Teag, and Sorren—and all their supernatural allies—will need magic, cunning, and the help of a Viking demi-goddess to survive the battle and keep Charleston—and the whole East Coast—from becoming the prey of the Master of the Hunt.

Deep Trouble is the third Mark Wojcik Monster Hunter novella (in the Spells, Salt and Steel universe). Mark Wojcik fights a dragon, has a battle of wits with the ghost of Mad Anthony Wayne, and even takes on the infamous Pig People of Radio Tower Hill, but when the angry spirits from a bloody mine disaster come looking for vengeance, Mark knows he’s in deep trouble.

Coming soon! 

Sons of Darkness, a new dark urban fantasy series set in Pittsburgh. Demon-hunting former priest Travis Dominick works with the misfit psychics of the Night Vigil to fight supernatural creatures and malicious paranormal activity. When a series of disappearances, suicides and vengeful spirits cause havoc and death along a remote interstate highway, Travis teams up with former special ops soldier and monster-hunter Brent Lawson to end the problem with extreme prejudice. (September)

Salvage Rat, a new space opera by Larry N. Martin! Think Bonnie and Clyde meet V for Vendetta in a Firefly-esque universe. (September)

Also, Assassin’s Honor, my new buddy flick epic fantasy. Imagine Butch and Sundance as medieval assassins! (October)

New from my alter-ego, Morgan Brice!

As Morgan Brice, I write Urban Fantasy MM Paranormal Romance. Here’s what’s new!

Witchbane: Seth Tanner uncovers a cycle of ritual killings that feeds the power of a dark warlock, and he’s hell bent on stopping Jackson Malone from becoming the next victim. He’s used to risking his neck. He never intended to risk his heart.

Badlands: Medium and clairvoyant Simon Kincaide owns a Myrtle Beach boardwalk shop where he runs ghost tours, holds seances, and offers private psychic readings, making a fresh start after his abilities cost him his lover and his job as a folklore professor. Jaded cop Vic D’Amato saw something supernatural he couldn’t explain during a shootout several years ago in Pittsburgh and relocated to Myrtle Beach to leave the past behind, still skeptical about the paranormal.  But when the search for a serial killer hits a dead end, Vic battles his skepticism to ask Simon for help. As the body count rises, Simon’s involvement makes him a target, and a suspect. But Simon can’t say no, even if it costs him his life and heart

Check out the Cupcakes and Books Scavenger Hunt—Ready to win Amazon cards, romance books and other prizes? I’m one of the sponsors of the Night Owl Romance CUPCAKES & BOOKS Scavenger Hunt.

During this event I’m going to help you find some great new books. Make sure to check my featured title out along the way. Enter now by clicking on the picture! Contest runs August 16-September 6!

Come see me at a convention!

I’ll be at DragonCon in Atlanta on Labor Day weekend on a lot of panels, and then in October, I’ll be a Featured Author at RomCon in Richmond and a Supporting Author at GRL in Portsmouth, VA! Come say hello!

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Welcome to the Hawthorn Moon 2018!


The annual blog tour began to celebrate the summer solstice, called the Hawthorn Moon in my novel The Summoner (the first book in my Chronicles of the Necromancer series). And for eleven years, we’ve kept on celebrating the solstice with new books, guest blog posts, giveaways and more!  

Here’s what’s in store this year!

Enter for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift certificate in my Hawthorn Moon Blog Tour giveaway! http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/9751c04211/?

I’m a guest blogger on the following sites, sharing details about new, upcoming and continuing series, as well as some sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes details you won’t find anywhere else!

WeGeekGirls.com — I talk about indie publishing and why indie or hybrid careers make sense for a growing number of authors

ISmellSheep.com —I spill the beans on the upcoming new dark urban fantasy Sons of Darkness!

JaceyBedford.WordPress.com —Everything you ever wanted to know about writing series and sequels

RisingShadow.net — Behind the scenes with Vengeance, the newest book in the Darkhurst epic fantasy series!

Beauty-In-Ruins.Blogspot.com  — A sneak peek at Tangled Web, the brand new novel in the Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series.

SFBok.se  — Catch up on The Dark Road and the upcoming Legacy of the Necromancer new series!

qwillery.Blogspot.com  — Monster hunters, demon-hunting ex-priests and agents from the Department of Supernatural Investigations.

bookwraiths.com —New scoop on both what’s next for Jonmarc Vahanian, and the next chapter in the Valmonde brothers’ medieval monster hunting!

Morgan Brice has been busy, too!

As you may know, I’ve started writing urban fantasy MM paranormal romance under the pen name Morgan Brice. Witchbane, the first book in one series, came out in March, and Badlands, the first in another series, comes out at the end of June.

The Witchbane Book Blast coincides with the Hawthorn Moon, and Badlands will kick off its own tour right after the July 4 holiday. Here’s where you can find out more!

Be sure to look for me at a convention near you!

June 29 – July 1  LibertyCon, Chattanooga, TN
July 13 – 15        ConGregate, High Point, NC
July 27-29          Raleigh SuperCon, Raleigh, NC
Aug 1-5              GenCon, Indianapolis, IN
Aug 31 – Sept 3  DragonCon, Atlanta, GA
Oct. 5-7              RomCon, Williamsburg, VA (as Morgan Brice)
Oct. 18 -21         GRL, Portsmouth, VA (as Morgan Brice)
Oct. 26-27          WV Festival of the Book, Charleston, WV

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Happy Spring!

Awesomecon and Ravencon were wonderful, and now that I’m home, we’re back to getting more books out to satisfy story-hungry readers!

Watch for Tangled Web (Deadly Curiosities novel #3) to come out very soon, in ebook/print and in audiobook! When a malicious weaver-witch awakens the spirit of an ancient Norse seoir warlock and calls to the Wild Hunt, Cassidy, Teag, and Sorren—and all their supernatural allies—will need magic, cunning, and the help of a Viking demi-goddess to survive the battle and keep Charleston—and the whole East Coast—from becoming the prey of the Master of the Hunt.

Vengeance (Darkhurst book #3) is also due later this spring, continuing the adventures of undertaker brothers Corran and Rigan Valmonde and their outlaw friends as they battle the monsters and uncover a conspiracy much larger than they ever imagined.

Also coming soon from Falstaff Books is Deep Trouble, our third Spells, Salt, and Steel Mark Wojcik monster hunter adventure. Mark’s gone up against plenty of big bad creatures and cryptids, but never like this! Mark Wojcik fights a dragon, has a battle of wits with the ghost of Mad Anthony Wayne, and even takes on the infamous Pig People of Radio Tower Hill, but when the angry spirits from a bloody mine disaster come looking for vengeance, Mark knows he’s in deep trouble!

We’re working on plenty of other stuff behind the scenes, so expect plenty of new stuff yet to be revealed—we’ve got your summer reading covered!

Under my Morgan Brice pen name (urban fantasy MM paranormal romance), I’m working on the first book in a new series, Badlands, set in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I hope to have it out in May, so stay tuned to find out more!

Witchbane, the first Morgan Brice release, is racking up 4 and 5 star reviews! The Witchbane blog tour includes excerpts, a Q&A, a post from me on Paths to Publication, and musings about the inspiration for the new series and the addition of a new name and a new sub-genre! Plus a chance to win a $25 gift certificate! Here’s the master page—visit the participating blogs and enter the Rafflecopter drawing from their sites! http://www.ltpromos.com/2018/04/23/morgan-brices-witchbane-tour-and-giveaway-2/

Supernatural fans—I’m going to the #SPNNC convention in Charlotte in August. I’d love to meet up with you there! Here’s the link to the con group I started to help attendees find each other https://www.facebook.com/groups/169524930423807/

Come see me at a convention, follow me on Twitter @GailZMartin (and @MorganBriceBook), join the Shadow Alliance street team or The Worlds of Morgan Brice free Facebook groups, or check out my Pinterest boards www.Pinterest.com/Gzmartin (includes a Morgan Brice board, as well as abandoned buildings, cute animals, nostalgia and Supernatural).

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Ready For My Days of the Dead Blog-a-palooza!

 

It’s October, and that means cool weather, early dark, fun-size candy, ghosts, ghoulies and long-legged beasties—and my Days of the Dead Blog tour!

I write about ghosts, necromancers and haunted places, so it only makes sense for me to do a blog tour in the week when you get All Hallows Eve, Samhain, Dia de los Muertos AND Halloween together!

So this year, we’ve got all kinds of goodies….coming attractions on new series, a few teasers about the upcoming Warhammer original novel, a sneak peek at Vengeance (sequel to Scourge), and news about the new Deadly Curiosities novel and new Iron & Blood novel planned for 2018!

And of course, the links to fun excerpts of my stuff and some of my friends’ books because what’s Halloween without Trick-or-Treat goodies!

Watch for blog posts this year on these wonderful sites: I Smell Sheep, Risingshadow, BeautyInRuins, SciFi Chick, The Qwillery, Magical Words, Cecilia Dominic Blog, Barnes & Noble Mind Meld.

Here’s a Rafflecopter giveaway of Spells, Salt and Steel!

Have you read the newest stuff!

Grab Bump in the Night fast—it’s a limited-edition book bundle that’ll be gone faster than your Halloween candy! Nine full-length spooky novels for $2.99! And it’s a great way to get my Trifles and Folly collection of 10 Deadly Curiosities short stories for a great price!

Haven Harbor HalloweenFour novellas, only .99 for a limited time. They all have connections to Jeanne Adams Haven Harbor universe, which features mysteries in a town settled by the descendants of witches who fled Salem to avoid the Trials back in the day. My story is Keepsakes, a Deadly Curiosities novella where a string of bizarre murders—all linked to stolen cursed items—have Cassidy, Teag and Sorren trying to stay one jump ahead of a killer.

Spells, Salt and Steel: A New Templars Novella. This is the first in a series co-written with Larry N. Martin and set tangentially in John Hartness’s Bubba The Monster Hunter universe. It’s comedic horror starring Mark Wojcik, mechanic and monster hunter, in the wilds of Northwestern Pennsylvania. Here’s the first line: “When all else fails, the ass end of a carp makes a damn fine weapon.”

The Hunt: A Storm and Fury Novella. Department of Supernatural Investigation agents Mitch Storm and Jacob Drangosavich are back for more Steampunk adventures. People have vanished and part of the Adirondack Forest is missing. Are aliens or airships to blame?

Unraveled: A Deadly Curiosities Novella. Charleston’s restless spirits turn dangerous as a ghostly serial killer returns for a new murder spree. Cassidy, Teag and Sorren must outwit an undead entity that kills for thrills and find what tethers his spirit to the city to stop the bloodshed before Teag becomes the next victim.

Remember—all of my books except Iron & Blood are on audio! (Spells, Salt and Steel is in process.) You can even use your Audible free trial!

Love my books? Join The Shadow Alliance, my free street team on Facebook. The Shadows get extra contests, goodies and get-together, plus they’re where I turn for beta readers and ARC readers!

Do you follow me on Twitter @GailZMartin? I tweet a lot from conventions, about Supernatural, and about books and cool stuff. Be sure to follow me on pinterest.com/Gzmartin for boards on Abandoned Places, Supernatural, food, nostalgia and cute animals!

And now for something really important–#HoldOnToTheLight 2017 returns with new authors and more fantastic posts!

#HoldOnToTheLight is a blog campaign with 130+ of your favorite Sci-Fi and Fantasy authors sharing their personal stories about how depression, PTSD, anxiety, self-harm impacted them and their books. You can find links to all of the posts at HoldOnToTheLight.com. Please—read the stories, share the stories, change a life.

 

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Hawthorn Moon Tour 2017–Monsters, Airships and Smugglers

Welcome to my annual Hawthorn Moon blog tour! The name comes from a holiday celebrated on the Solstice in my Chronicles of the Necromancer series, and the idea just stuck. It’s become the season to unveil new cover art, talk about new books and upcoming new releases, and explore ideas in guest blog posts on blogs around the world!

The big news….

Scourge, the first book in my new Darkhurst epic fantasy series, comes out from Solaris Books July 15!

What’s Scourge about? Here’s the short answer: Three undertaker brothers in a medieval trading town battle monsters to protect their family and neighbors, only to discover that the monsters have masters and the stakes are higher than they dreamed.

Here’s the book cover answer: In a city beset by monsters, three brothers must find out who is controlling the abominations and stop the carnage. Corran, Rigan, and Kell Valmonde are Guild Undertakers, left to run their family’s business when guards murdered their father and monsters killed their mother. Their grave magic enables them to help souls pass to the After and banish vengeful spirits. Rigan’s magic is unusually strong and enables him to hear the confessions of the dead, the secrets that would otherwise be taken to the grave. When the toll exacted by monsters and brutal guards hits close to home and ghosts expose the hidden sins of powerful men, Corran, Rigan and Kell become targets in a deadly game and face a choice: obey the Guild, or fight back and risk everything.

And here’s the Hollywood pitch summary: Supernatural meets Game of Thrones.

So there you have it–medieval monster hunters! Be sure to check out the excerpts I’ll be posting with many of the blog tour links!

The Tour

IMG_0158Check back here for updates–I’ll post live links to the blog posts, giveaways and excerpts running on these awesome blogs!

We Geek Girls
Bookwraith
Magical Words
Solaris Books/When Gravity Fails
Risingshadow
Beauty In Ruins
I Smell Sheep
Jacey Bedford
SciFi Chick
SFF World
SF Bokhandlein
Qwillery
Squealing Nerd
Dave Brendon deBurgh
Fantasy Book Critic
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There will also be a Goodreads giveaways, so stay tuned for details!

Other News

IMG_0090We’ve got a trio of new Steampunk stories in the Storm & Fury Adventures (extra episodes in the Iron & Blood world): Ghost Wolf, Ruin Creek and Lagniappe! Werewolf vigilantes, skinwalkers and weird West aliens and the curse of a pirate’s ghost–these stories have it all!

Jonmarc Vahanian fans–his story is now complete! If you’ve been following the serialized journey of everyone’s favorite brigand lord, the tale is now complete with Death Match, Guardian and Smuggler! These three novellas take the action up to about five years before the beginning of The Summoner! (Will I ever write more smuggling tales? Maybe!)

What’s Coming Up!

IMG_0028Salvage Rat, new space opera series by Larry N. Martin, will debut later this year. If you cross Bonnie and Clyde with V For Vendetta in a Firefly-esque universe, you’re on the money!

Spells, Salt and Steel–Larry and I team up to write this brand new series loosely set in John Hartness’s Bubba the Monster Hunter ‘verse. Mechanic Mike Wojcik and an unlikely group of helpers battle monsters, urban legends and homicidal deer in the wilds of Western Pennsylvania. Coming in October.

A Deadly Curiosities novella tied in with the world of Jeanne Adam’s Haven Harbor witchcraft series in an all-new anthology! Look for it at Halloween!

Hath No Fury, an anthology about kick-ass female characters from Ragnarok Press featuring an origin story for Kestel Falke from my Ascendant Kingdoms Saga.

The Assassins of Landria–If Butch and Sundance were medieval assassins, they would roll like this. An epic fantasy buddy flick series filled with dark magic, betrayal and action. Coming later this year.

A Terrific Tie-In I Can’t Talk about Yet! Watch for an announcement in late summer about this brand new media tie-in series coming in 2019

The final three Blaine McFadden Adventures–Arctic Prison, Ice Bound and Cold Fury told the story of Blaine’s years as a convict. Watch for three new novellas in early 2019 that recount his years as a colonist!

There’s more, including plans to start writing the seventh Chronicles of the Necromancer book (beginning a new six-book series seventeen years after The Dread), new novels in the Deadly Curiosities and Iron & Blood series, and three more new series I can’t talk about yet! Subscribe to my email update, and you’ll never miss a new release!

Come see us at a Convention!

I’ll be at LibertyCon, then we’ll both be at ConGregate, then I go to GenCon and we’re both at DragonCon and Atomacon. Look for us there–we’ll have a table with books galore (including hard-to-find anthologies and our new indie stuff in print) at several of the cons plus Larry’s awesome hand-thrown pottery shot glasses and mugs!

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Ready for Beach Reading!

Can you believe it’s almost summer? And for those of us on the con circuit–can you believe it’s almost time for Balticon and ConCarolinas?

We’ve been busy coming up with lots of choices for your summer beach reading!

Scourge: A Novel of Darkhurst comes out July 15! This is the start of a brand new series from Solaris Books, and I’m really excited to share it with you!

Here’s the description: In a city beset by monsters, three brothers must find out who is controlling the abominations. The city-state of Ravenwood is wealthy, powerful, and corrupt. Merchant Princes and Guild Masters wager fortunes to outmaneuver League rivals for the king’s favor and advantageous trading terms. Lord Mayor Ellor Machison wields assassins, blood witches, and forbidden magic to assure that his powerful patrons get what they want, no matter the cost.

Corran, Rigan, and Kell Valmonde are Guild Undertakers, left to run their family’s business when guards murdered their father and monsters killed their mother. Their grave magic enables them to help souls pass to the After and banish vengeful spirits. Rigan’s magic is unusually strong and enables him to hear the confessions of the dead, the secrets that would otherwise be taken to the grave. When the toll exacted by monsters and brutal guards hits close to home and ghosts expose the hidden sins of powerful men, Corran, Rigan and Kell become targets in a deadly game and face a choice: obey the Guild, or fight back and risk everything.

Jonmarc Vahanian fans! His epic journey wraps up in Death Match, Guardian and Smuggler–now on Kindle, Kobo and Nook! Put all the short stories and novellas together, and you have three serialized novels that show you how Jonmarc becomes the man you meet in The Summoner! (And don’t forget–the first 10 short stories plus a bonus story are collected in The Shadowed Path, which is available in both print and book!)

Steampunk addicts! Two new Storm and Fury Adventures for your reading pleasure are now available on Kindle/Kobo/Nook! Ghost Wolf and Lagniappe continue the adventures of Mitch Storm and Jacob Drangosavich as they deal with pirate ghosts in New Orleans and a vigilante werewolf in New Pittsburgh.

As you probably know if you follow me on Twitter, I’m a big Supernatural fan. I’ve been invited to do two guest blog posts about the season on WinchesterFamilyBusiness.com, and have been asked to consider doing more over the summer hiatus. You can read them here and here.

Also did a fun interview with Keystroke Media on books, publishing and life, listen here.

Keep an eye out for my Hawthorn Moon blog tour coming in late June! And watch for me at upcoming conventions including Balticon, ConCarolinas, LibertyCon, ConGregate, GenCon, DragonCon and Atomacon!

 

 

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Happy Winterstide!

I hope however you spend the Solstice season, that you are warm and well.

holdontothelight-fb-bannerOctober and November were a little crazed finishing up the #HoldOnToTheLight campaign—100 sci-fi and fantasy authors blogging about their own experiences with depression, anxiety, PTSD, suicide, bullying, self-harm, suicide and other mental health issues to help fans and show solidarity. You can read all the posts here: www.HoldOnToTheLight.com. The holidays can be a hard time for folks, and hearing how your favorite authors cope or how they, their work and their characters have been influenced may be just what someone needs to hear.

redcapWe were also busy finishing up the first book in the new Epically-Epic Epic Fantasy (aka E3F). E3F actually does have a name, and a description (no cover reveal yet) and it’s available for pre-order on Amazon (although it won’t be out until July). If you’re curious, or want Santa to reserve it for you, look for Scourge: A Novel of Darkhurst.

And now for something really important! I’m planning to work on books in four new series (with another couple of new series waiting in the wings) and I want to be on top of my game. I need feedback from the people who know my books the best to do that. So I’ve come up with a little survey, and if you complete it, you get a free novella.

Seriously, this is very important to me. I really want to know what you think, and your comments will impact the new books. Thank you in advance. Here’s the link: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07edk6ld2hiwf37whi/start

Holiday stories are always fun—if you haven’t read Spook House (Halloween), Fatal Invitation (Thanksgiving) and Redcap (Christmas) in my Deadly Curiosities series, now’s a perfect time to enjoy a ‘bloody’ good holiday!

While you’re filling out your list for Santa (or finishing up Santa’s shopping for someone else), don’t forget that all my books except Iron & Blood are available on audiobook! You can even use your Audible free trial! Here’s the master link: http://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_search_tseft__galileo?advsearchKeywords=Gail+Z+Martin&x=0&y=0

WebAnd if you haven’t already joined my Shadow Alliance street team, you’re missing out on all the fun! It’s free to join and you get cool stuff no one else does! http://on.fb.me/1ltkpMR

It’s the holiday season of giving, so let’s start with some gifts!

We’ve extended the deadline for free book swag! Goodies from Faith Hunter, Laura Anne Gilma, Jennife Estep and me, for the price of a stamp and envelope. Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/541375496052205/

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HoHoHo BOGO! Buy 2 or more of my Ascendant Kingdoms Epic Fantasy books get a free novella! http://conta.cc/2fJlTUe

Buy our Iron & Blood Steampunk novel, get a free Storm & Fury tie-in novella! http://conta.cc/2epRXwr #BOGO

vendetta-audioHoliday spirits! Buy my Urban Fantasy novel Vendetta, get a free Deadly Curiosities novella #BOGO http://conta.cc/2fL3lky

I’m also firming up my 2017 con calendar, so here are some places you can find me next year!

  • Jan 13-15 Illogicon, Raleigh, NC (room party)
  • Feb 2-5 Coastal Magic, Daytona, FL
  • Feb 16-19 Capricon, Chicago, IL
  • Feb 24-26 Mysticon, Roanoke, VA
  • Mar 23-24 AZ Renaissance Festival, Apache Junction, AZ
  • April 1 Library Sci-Fi Festival Shelby, NC
  • May Balticon, Baltimore, MD (launch party)
  • June ConCarolinas, Charlotte, NC (launch party)
  • June 21-28 Hawthorn Moon blog tour
  • June My FB launch party
  • July, Libertycon, Chattanooga, TN (launch party)
  • July 11—new Epic Fantasy novel launches!
  • July Congregate, High Point, NC (launch party)

Happy Holidays to everyone, whatever you celebrate! See you in 2017!

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Days of the Dead Blog Tour is Back and Better than Ever!

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It’s the week leading up to Halloween, which means it’s time for my annual Days of the Dead blog tour!

This year we’ve got tons of treats—including book giveaways, sneak peek spoilers about the new epic fantasy series coming next year, dishy guest blog posts, and did I mention book giveaways?

I write about ghosts, necromancers and haunted places, so it only makes sense for me to do a blog tour in the week when you get All Hallows Eve, Samhain, Dia de los Muertos AND Halloween together!

So many ways to win this week!

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Enter for a chance to win a copy of Vendetta or The Shadowed Path here:

Four different Goodreads giveaways! (all begin 10/28-11/7)

I’m giving away five copies of Vendetta!

Feel lucky? Five chances to win a copy of The Shadowed Path 

Five lucky winners will take home a copy of Ice Forged

You could be the lucky ones! Five copies of Iron & Blood up for grabs!

Watch for a giveaway on Reddit/Fantasy midweek!

Here’s another way to win either a book or ebook of Vendetta!

Ready to have some fun and win cool stuff?

Tweet me a picture of your favorite Halloween decoration for a chance to win a copy of The Final Death (ebook)–be sure to tweet it to @GailZMartin #DaysOfTheDead

I pick monthly winners for free stuff from my Chronicles book lovers’ update subscribers. Sign up for free http://bit.ly/1CF12Th (pick fantasy newsletter).

Retweet one of the #HoldOnToTheLight or #DaysOfTheDead tweets from my Twitter page between 10/24 and 11/1 and I’ll pick winners to get a free copy of Grave Voices (ebook)

Post a picture of yourself with one of my books (paper, Kindle, library edition or print-out of the cover) as a comment on this Facebook post for a chance to win an ebook copy of Trifles and Folly! http://bit.ly/2eoNxW5

Watch for other giveaways on I Smell Sheep and RisingShadow!trifles-and-folly

Look for me to be a guest blogger on SciFiChick, RisingShadow, Dave Brendon, We Geek Girls, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Beauty in Ruins, The Book Plank, SFF World, The Qwillery, Romance Bandits, I Smell Sheep, Solaris Books, Disquieting Visions, Magical Words, Fantasy Book Critic, Sandra Ulbrich Almazan!

As usual, I’ll have links to free online excerpts from my books and my friends’ books so be sure to visit all my guest blog posts and trick-or-treat your way around the links!

And of course, I’m celebrating all the new stuff!

predatorPredator—new Deadly Curiosities novella– Shifters are vanishing in Charleston and the packs are too mistrustful of each other to work together. Sorren, Cassidy, and Teag step in to stop the killings, only to discover that dark magic and obsession lie behind the disappearances, and someone has them in the crosshairs. Now on Kindle, Kobo and Nook!

Bloodlines—new Deadly Curiosities short story–Vengeful ghosts rise at a historic mansion, revealing family secrets, dark ambitions and old bloodshed. Cassidy, Teag, and Sorren battle a centuries-old spell before it can claim new victims and paint the walls red with blood. Also on Kindle, Kobo and Nook!Bloodlines

Trifles and Folly—new Deadly Curiosities collection featuring the first 9 short stories Buttons, The Restless Dead, Retribution, Coffin Box, Wicked Dreams, Collector, Bad Memories, Shadow Garden, and Spook House. Now on Kindle, Kobo and Nook and coming to paperback soon!

Deadly Curiosities is now available on audiobook! (Vendetta will be up soon.)  Grab it now—you can even use your free Audible trial!

In fact, all of my books (except Iron & Blood) are on Audible, so start listening and spread the word!

Alien Artifacts is a new anthology from ZNB Press featuring “The Hunt”, a Storm and Fury Adventure short story available now in ebook and paperback on Amazon.

In a Cat’s Eye is another new anthology featuring “Catspaw”, a Deadly Curiosities Adventure short story, available now on Kindle.

And now for something really important–As you probably know by now, #HoldOnToTheLight is a blog campaign with 100+ of your favorite Sci-Fi and Fantasy authors sharing their personal stories about how depression, PTSD, anxiety, self-harm impacted them and their books. You can find links to all of the posts at HoldOnToTheLight.com. Please—read the stories, share the stories, change a life.

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#HoldOnToTheLight—Sci-Fi and Fantasy Authors Blogging for Mental Wellness

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What happens when more than 75 sci-fi and fantasy authors start a conversation about mental wellness, mental illness, depression, suicide prevention, domestic violence intervention, PTSD treatment and related issues?

We don’t know, but we’re going to find out.

#HoldOnToTheLight is a blog campaign encompassing blog posts by fantasy and science fiction authors around the world in an effort to raise awareness about treatment for depression, suicide prevention, domestic violence intervention, PTSD initiatives, bullying prevention and other mental health-related issues. We believe fandom should be supportive, welcoming and inclusive, in the long tradition of fandom taking care of its own. We encourage readers and fans to seek the help they or their loved ones need without shame or embarrassment.

Among the authors participating so far are: Robin Hobb, Jody Lynn Nye, Cat Rambo, Seanan McGuire, Laura Anne Gilman, Chuck Gannon, Kameron Hurley, Catherine Asaro, Gaie Siebold, Karen Miller, Rowena Cory Daniels, David B. Coe, Marc Tassin, Jonathan Oliver, Jeanne Adams, Nancy Northcott, Aaron Rosenberg, Jennifer St. Giles, Mark Van Name, Juliet McKenna, Jennifer Brozek, Darynda Jones, Christopher Golden, Clay and Susan Griffith, Gregory Wilson, Josh Vogt, Darin Kennedy, Jon Sprunk, James Maxey, Karen E. Taylor, Justin Gustainis, Misty Massey, John G. Hartness, Gail Z. Martin, Jean Marie Ward, Jaym Gates, Laura Taylor, Weston Ochse, Ron Garner, Kathy Lyons, Mari Mancusi, Leanna Renee Hieber, Davey Beauchamp, Cheryl Wilson, Rod Belcher, Travis Heermann, Cara Santa Maria, Mike Allen, Joshua Palmatier, Mindy Mimudes, Emily Leverett, Nicole Givens Kurtz, Tera Fulbright, Tamsin Silver, Stuart Jaffe, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Eric Asher, Rick Gualtieri, Chris Kennedy, Ken Schrader, Samantha Dunaway Bryant, Valerie Willis, Alexandra Christian, Jake Bible, Matthew Saunders, Jay Requard, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Kelly Harmon, Sascha Illyvich, Kelly Swails, Bishop O’Connell, Sherwood Smith, Peter Prellwitz, Tracy Chowdhury, Trisha Wooldridge and more.

These authors will be posting a #HoldOnToTheLight blog either on their own blogs or as a guest blogger during September or October. I’ll be adding every post to a master list, but I encourage you to go to the authors’ sites and comment, like and share their posts to show your interest.

From the massively positive response to recent convention panels dealing with real-life mental health issues, we know this is a topic that resonates with fans. We also know from experience that readers identify with the struggles our characters face related to PTSD, depression, survivor guilt, and other related challenges. And most of us know first-hand what it’s like to wrestle with our own shadows.

September/October are the months for Depression Awareness, Suicide Prevention, Bullying Prevention, Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness, World Mental Health Day and Domestic Violence Awareness.

What’s our end game? We want to bring the issues, struggle and treatment out of the shadows and make it clear that no one is alone in the journey. We want to demonstrate fandom taking care of its own. And we want fandom to be a safe space for everyone.

The steering group behind #HoldOnTotheLight is made up of John Hartness, Jaym Gates, Jean Marie Ward, Emily Leverett, Mindy Mymudes and me.

How can you help? Share, retweet and engage with the blog posts and social media outreach about the campaign and by the participating authors to spread the word. Encourage the conventions you participate in to add or expand panels on mental wellness. Learn more about the issues, so you can be an educated participant in the discussion.

If you want to get even more hands-on, please consider donating to or volunteering for organizations dedicated to treatment and prevention such as: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Home for the Warriors (PTSD), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Canadian Mental Health Association, MIND (UK), SANE (UK), BeyondBlue (Australia), To Write Love On Her Arms and the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.

Together, we can #HoldOnToTheLight because #FandomTakesCareOfItsOwn.

 

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DragonCon is this coming weekend!

FB Tairens LareDragonCon is this coming weekend—and I’ll be there! Here’s where to find me:

Friday
11:30 a.m. Effective Promotion for Writers Embassy CD Hyatt

2 pm Signing at The Missing Volume in the Vendor Hall

2-3 pm Larry N. Martin will be signing in Booth 1223-1225 Author’s Lair

3-4 I will be signing in Booth 1223-1225 Author’s Lair

5:30 Magical Tropes Embassy EF–Hyatt

7 pm Avoiding Historical Mistakes 204J Mart2

8:30 Social Media as Tool not Trial Embassy CD–Hyatt

Saturday
10 – noon Signing in Booth 1223-1225 Author’s Lair

1 pm The Craft of Dystopia Chastain F-H Westin

2:30 pm Signing at Larry Smith Books in the Vendor Hall

2:30 pm Larry N. Martin will be signing in Author’s Lair

4 pm Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading Piedmont–Hyatt

5:30 Plotting/Sustaining a Series Embassy CD–Hyatt

7 History or Alternate History 204I Mart2

shadow aliance t-shirtSunday
10 a.m. Literary Comfort Food Embassy AB–Hyatt

11:30 Awesome Women of Podcasting 202-Hilton

1:30 – 3:30 Signing in Booth 1223-1225 Author’s Lair

4 pm Niche Markets in Ebooks/Print 208-209 Hilton

Monday
10 a.m. Hiding in Plain Sight: Closed Worlds in UF Chastain DE-Westin

1:30 – 3 Signing in Booth 122301225 Author’s Lair

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