Exciting Book News to Start the Holiday Season!

Two new books are available in time for the holidays. Well, one new book and a new version of an older book.

Unveiling the Wizards Shroud is now available in paperback.

Literary Classics International Book Awards - Young Adult Award Winning Book

As the only son to King Kendrick, Owen despises the idea of being king one day. Magician may be the only career he’d like less. He has dreaded the days leading up to his fifteenth birthday, when his father will certainly declare Owen heir to the throne. But at the birthday celebration, his father falls ill. The only person in the kingdom that may be able to save him is a magician-the very same magician Owen holds responsible for the death of his mother.

Owen and his companions will have to travel the continent of Wittatun in search of the cure for King Kendrick. On the journey, they will battle strange beasts and harsh climates, befriend extraordinary magicians, and meet a dragon before returning to Innes Castle-where much has happened in the days since they departed.

 

Paperback available for $9.95 from:

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eBook available for $5.50 from most retailers; on sale for $2.75 (USD) from Amazon and Muse It Up Publishing:

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Coming November 26, The Squire and the Slave Master: Saga of the Wizards: Book Two. It’s currently available for pre-order at the special price of $2.99 (regular $4.99) from select vendors with more to come. Currently an eBook only.

The Squire and the Slave Master 333x500The award winning Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud (CLC’s Best First Novel 2014) chronicled Yara, Owen, and Cedric’s quest to revive King Kendrick from a dark, magical spell. After the adventure to save King Kendrick, Yara’s everyday life has grown monotonous. The dull work of learning her father’s blacksmithing trade and the pressure from her parents to decide what she plans on doing with her life has her nerves too stressed.

Lucky for her, a surprise messenger from the castle brings the king’s request. She’s to join a collaborative mission between the Central and Western Domains of Wittatun to stop a recently discovered slave operation in a land to the west.

It’s imperative she keep secret not only her magical abilities from any possible traitors, but also her gender. The people of the Western Domain have a superstition prohibiting girls from sailing. But a chill wind carries the distinct odor of sabotage. Can one girl survive to destroy an evil rooted much deeper than mere slavery?

Pre-order from:

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Ladybug Lin Holmes and Christmas Goes Green

Yes, I have a calendar just to my right, and I can see today is May first. I’m also aware very few people want to talk about Christmas at this time of year. (Only 238 more days!!!) But Christmas Goes Green by Lin Holmes isn’t some sappy Lifetime Christmas story… it’s more of an A&E type story.

Lin Holmes, affectionately known as Ladybug Lin at Muse It Up Publishing and elsewhere about the web, had dedicated herself to helping all of the authors at Muse It Up (read her review of Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud here). I wanted to do something for Lin in return, so I offered to review one of her stories (I haven’t written the review yet–but I’ll link it here when I do) and interview her about it, which is posted below. I read it one night while walking on the treadmill–an activity I despise, but Christmas Goes Green helped pass the time and even made it an enjoyable experience.

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THIS IS BOOK THREE IN A SERIES. HOW DOES IT RELATE TO THE FIRST TWO?

I began this series with the idea of subbing it to another publisher my daughter author Kat Holmes was with at that time. They only had a few themes open for new authors at the time. Horror and holiday. I didn’t want to try my hand at horror at that time, so decided to give HOLIDAY a try. 

Shortly before this a man who’d spent years as a local Santa was arrested for…well…he was just not going to play Santa ever again. That got me thinking. Retail relies heavily on their Christmas Season…what would a store owner do if Santa was arrested mere days before the BIG DAY? 

I went a step further and wondered how would the FEMALE Santa fair if she’s not physically perfect. That’s how Angie Brightwell came into being.

Luckily before I finished writing SANTA IS A LADY Kat and I learned Lea Schizas and Litsa Kamateros were opening MUSE IT UP PUBLISHING…At the end of March 2010…(March 28) I sent SANTA to Lea…less than three hours later on March 29th, I got my contract, and SANTA released on December 1, 2010…and won the 2010 Preditors and Editors 5th place award in January 2011.

Book Two: THE CHRISTMAS WAR is the story of Beck Cavington…she’s the owner of the shop in Book One that needed a Santa. In One, you’re going to want to smack her upside her head a lot. 

In this book, we find out why she behaved the way she does. She has a mother…a social climbing mother, who is determined, for her own reasons to marry her daughter off to a man she, the mother, can control before Beck turns 35, a few days after Christmas, and Beck’s inheritance is released to her. 

We’ll learn how it came to be that Angie’s family came to Northeringale allowing Angie and Beck to become best friends. Reverend Hank Childress throws a few monkey wrenches into Irene Cavington’s designs for her daughter.

At the end of Book Two, we have everyone going to Angie’s as she gives birth to her baby. There we meet the midwife, Tierney who will be the heroine in Book Three CHRISTMAS GOES GREEN. Tierney is half leprechaun, and half human witch.

ANYTHING MORE YOU WANT TO SAY ABOUT THE FIRST TWO STORIES:

I will add you’re going to LOATHE Irene Cavington, Beck’s Mom…and I think you’ll cheer for the resolution of how Irene is ultimately dealt with.

HOW IS THE RELATIONSHIP OF TIERNEY AND MARTHA LIKE YOU AND KAT?

It’s very similar…although neither of us is really petite, and neither of us have the kinds of elemental power either of those two have…WOW…if we did we’d be selling books like J.D. Robb or J.K. Rowlings already. 🙂

I’M REMINDED OF RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, BUT FOR ADULTS. WHAT INSPIRED YOUR USE OF SANTA CLAUS, CHRIS KRINKLE, LEPRECHAUNS, ETC.?

Northeringale is a land of Christmas Magic, but magic exists in many forms around the world. I wanted to bring a bit of expanded flavor to Northeringale. In Book One, Angie and Cam are our heroes. She’s a woman who’s had to survive against incredible odds, and he’s a man who’s served in Iraq, then had to fight his late wife’s Iraqi brothers to get his daughter back from their avaricious claws so he can bring her to Northeringale and give her her first magical Christmas. 

In Book Two, we have Beck, whom we wanted to smack up side her head a lot in Book One…and we have Hank…Cam’s best friend from Iraq, who just happens to be a minister and lawyer, coming to Northeringale hoping for the job of minister made available when the late minister passed on. Beck is Angie’s best friend, Hank is Cam’s. 

In Book Three I wondered what kind of EXTRA magic could I bring to Northeringale? Leprechauns, I decided, would LOVE the idea of Santa…meeting him…maybe…sneaking a peek at him as he goes about filling stockings and patting his magical reindeer…I’d already introduced Chris and his store in book one…it wasn’t too much of a leap to imagine he’s half elf half human…oh and Santa’s son…not that everyone in Northeringale would be privy to that information…But Martha, is a powerful witch…she’d recognize the magical signatures of others. 

I imagine Northeringale as a place where all kinds of magic exists. As far as I know Book three IS the finalé, but you never know. There’s all kinds of magical beings that may find their way into Northeringale in the years to come. 

SANTA WAS A BIT MORE OF A…WELL, A LADIES MAN THAN I’VE EVER SEEN HIM PORTRAYED. WHAT INSPIRED THIS CHARACTERISTIC?

Santa’s an immortal…the HEAD elf…so to speak…he and Mrs. Claus have been around for a long time. 

He spends most of his days playing with little elves…but he’s still a man when he settles in at night with his Mrs. 

Since I’d already introduced Chris Krinkle in Book One, it wasn’t too much of a stretch to make him Santa’s son. Once I did that, it wasn’t hard to imagine Santa as a matchmaker. For Santa to know enough to try his hand at matchmaking, he really needed to be established in a loving, adult relationship. It just took off from there. (Can you imagine Santa as a doting Grandfather? Hmmm I did say there MIGHT be more stories taking place in Northeringale in the future didn’t I?)

Guest Post: Penny Estelle’s Unwanted Christmas Guest

Today I’m one of about 20 people involved in the launch party for Penny Estelle’s first Christmas story, The Unwanted Christmas Guest. I haven’t read this story yet, after all, it just came out today, but I have read one of her stories. I can tell you it was gripping and well written; I can’t imagine this one would be any different. So here’s Penny to tell you a little about it.

I can’t tell you how excited I am that my very first ever Christmas story is being released today.  The Unwanted Christmas Guest is a story about Elizabeth McMurphy, an up and coming high-powered attorney, who is after vengeance.  Her sights are set on one of the richest and most powerful families in Colorado. Steve York is an obnoxious reporter that thinks the ice queen has gone too far and does all he can to get under her skin.

When one of the worst blizzards in history, hits Colorado and leaves a hurt Steve York, stranded with Elizabeth in a mountain cabin, she must decide to either take care of him, or throw him out to fend for himself.

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“What’s going on here? Where the hell are my pants?”

Elizabeth practically jumped out of her skin. Steve stood in the bedroom doorway, wearing only some tight fitting pink sweats.

“I found you after your car went nose to nose with a tree.” She crossed her arms. “The question is, what were you doing up here in a snowstorm? Were you coming up here to spy on me?”

“Jesus, my head hurts.” Steve groaned and sat at the kitchen table. “And don’t flatter yourself.” He brought up his hands to rub his eyes and push on his temples. He started to say something when a giggle and a round of undistinguishable sounds caught his attention. Steve stared at the little girl, a whisper of a smile on his pale face. “You have a daughter?”

She chose to ignore the question. “Again, Mr. York, you were headed…where?”

“I was going to see some friends in Granby, then on to Steamboat to spend the holidays with my family.”

“You figured on taking a short cut on Badger Springs Road?”

“Basically,” he muttered. “I had a phone in my pants pocket…” Steve looked down at the pink sweats. “Yours, I presume?” At her nod, he asked with a smirk, “And you’re the one that took my clothes off?”

“Junior, my neighbor.”

“If you’ll allow me to use your phone, I’ll call Triple A and get myself and my car out of your life.” He reached over to Katy and she latched onto his finger, the brightest smile ever illuminating her sweet face.

Elizabeth quickly picked her up, as if he would contaminate her by his touch.  “Phones are out.”

“Internet?”

“Nope.”

“How the hell do you live here?” he asked irritably.

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