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Monday, October 6, 2014

*kermit flail* Monday, October!

Okay-- I've got to tell you, I worried about starting this *kermit flail* thing.  I was like, A. Nobody is going to want to post on my blog, B. OMG what if they do want to post to my blog, will my squirrel be able to keep up? and C. What if they post to my blog and nobody cares and nothing happens!

So far, only the squirrel has been a problem, and I tend to bribe him with chocolate on Sundays, so we're good to go!

And this month is particularly special, because we have some *kermit flail* returnees, which makes me think that maybe they've gotten some hits from this feature, and that makes me feel really good.  This community has treated me well, and I love to give back, and, even better?  I even get a shout out in two of these books, and I'm tickled purple!

So enjoy your *kermit flail*  this week-- and by all means, if you have a book you'd like featured, drop me a line! I may tug back!


Okay-- this first author was my cohort in crime on NPR this summer, and every time I see her online, she is quirky, pixilated, and generally awesome.  I'm so looking forward to reading her next installment in the Bone books, and when she contacted me in a "Help me, Amy, I've got FIVE releases this month and no time to do promotion!" I was like, "YAYAYAY! I GET TO HAVE KIM ON MY BLOG!!!"  

So everybody welcome three of Kim Field's new releases-- and take note of the last one, The Festivus Miracle, because Kim is giving all her proceeds to Doctors Without Borders.  See? She's so awesome she actually spreads the awesomesauce!

Everybody give a YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY for Kim Fielding!

Bone Dry (book 3 in the Bones series):
Ery Phillips’s muse is MIA. He’s pretty sure his job as a graphic designer is to blame, because let’s face it, what kind of muse wants to draw grocery store logos and catheterized penises?

When Ery’s friends Dylan and Chris head off on a European vacation, Ery jumps at the chance to stay on their farm, hoping a stint in the country will encourage his muse to reappear. To be sure, the farm has attracted a few oddities—Dylan is a werewolf and the place was recently haunted—but Ery isn’t canceling his plans just because his friends warn him that there’s something strange going on in their pond. What he doesn’t expect is Karl, a beautiful naked man who appears at the water’s edge.

With Karl as his inspiration, Ery creates amazing paintings and begins to achieve the success he had previously only dreamed of. But Karl comes with certain challenges, causing Ery to question his own goals. Creating the life of his dreams with an unusual beloved may be more challenge than Ery can handle.
Releases Oct 10.

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“The Dance” in Bones:
Vodou. Obeah. Santeria. These religions seem mysterious and dark to the uninitiated, but the truth is often very different. Still, while they hold the potential for great power, they can be dangerous to those who don’t take appropriate precautions. Interfering with the spirits is best left to those who know what they’re doing, for when the proper respect isn’t shown, trouble can follow. In these four novellas, steamy nights of possession and exotic ritual will trigger forbidden passion and love. You cannot hide your desires from the loa, or from the maddening spell of the drums. Four acclaimed m/m authors imagine homoerotic love under the spell of Voodoo.
Releases Oct 27.

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The Festivus Miracle:
It’s finals week during Tony McNeil’s second year in law school, and he’s struggling to keep up. Frankly, he’d rather be cooking. Then he meets first-year student Eddie Cohen-Fernandez, who’s heartsick over missing his family’s annual Festivus celebration. Tony can use his culinary skills to lift Eddie’s spirits, but finding long-term happiness? That just might require a Festivus miracle.
Releases Nov 1.


All the royalties from Festivus go to Doctors Without Borders. 



Kim wasn't the only buddy with two releases this month.  My adored Rhys Ford, the woman who minds my beautiful Chicken while she is far away from home, has two releases out this month as well!  Now Rhys is the person who will take your kid out for her birthday and make sure she eats her veggies, and treat you like a queen when you come visit her home--


But never, not once, ask for a favor.  I had to beg her to pimp her wonderful stories on my blog this week.  But they are wonderful stories-- so it's totally worth it.  


Rhys, my darling, my dork fish, I love you--now everyone greet her with a giant YAYAYAYAYAYAY!!! 



Creature Feature: Volume 2

Two Men. One Apocalypse.


Rise of the Revenants by Poppy Dennison

Vampyres are on the loose in Detroit, and novice hunter Taz Cohen is on the job. The mission seems simple: stop the vamps. But Taz knows nothing about the mythical creatures, so he’s in for the fight of his life. Then he meets insanely attractive construction worker Darren Foster, who jumps into the battle with both feet. Sparks and bullets fly as they struggle against the vampyre horde and their attraction to each other. Avoiding gruesome death from the undead might be easier than shielding their hearts from each other.



Legacy of Blood and Death by Rhys Ford

For Javi Navarro, Detroit will become another blood-splattered city in his rearview mirror after he puts its dead back into the ground. Expecting an easy hunting job, Javi instead finds a kiss of ancient vampyres on the hunt for a descendant of their long-dead creator.

Reclusive Ciarnan Mac Gerailt abandoned his family legacy of blood and death magic after it nearly destroyed him. Unfortunately for Ciarnan, the Motor City can only be saved if he resumes his dark arts and joins forces with Javi Navarro, the hunter who brought the vampyre apocalypse—and hope for the future—straight to Ciarnan’s front door.

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Paranormal investigator Wolf Kincaid knows what his foot tastes like.
Mostly because he stuck it firmly in his mouth when his lover, Tristan Pryce, accidentally drugged him with a batch of psychotropic baklava. Needing to patch things up between them, Wolf drags Tristan to San Luis Obispo, hoping Tristan’s medium ability can help evict a troublesome spirit haunting an old farmhouse.

With Wolf’s sister handling Hoxne Grange’s spectral visitors, Tristan finds himself in the unique position of being able to leave home for the first time in forever, but Wolf’s roughshod treatment is the least of his worries. Tristan’s ad-hoc portal for passing spirits seems to be getting fewer and fewer guests, and despite his concern he’s broken his home, Tristan agrees to help Wolf’s cousin, Sey, kick her poltergeist to the proverbial curb.

San Luis Obispo brings its own bushel of troubles. Tristan’s ghost whispering skill is challenged not only by a terrorizing haunting but also by Wolf’s skeptical older cousin, Cin. Bookended by a pair of aggressive Kincaids, Tristan soon finds himself in a spectral battle that threatens not only his sanity but also his relationship with Wolf, the first man he’s ever loved.




This next author is well known to me, because she has interviewed me on her blog before, and because she's come to me on occasion for advice.  (Yeah, I know-- strange for me too!) But she's always kind, and always a joy to talk to, and I'm so excited to give a shout out to her first Dreamspinner Press release, King of Snowflakes.  Everybody give a big shout out and a *kermit flail* to Michele Fogal!  

YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!! 






Blurb:
Grade twelve is flying by like a pride parade of gay freedom and love until Skyler finds his gorgeous downtown boyfriend cheating on him over Christmas break. The breakup leaves him raw and not up to ignoring the usual gay taunts from soccer star Ryan and his teammates. 

When Skyler loses it, he’s surprised to find a straight jock like Ryan knows what it’s like to have your heart broken and what it’s like not to belong. Behind his cocky smile, Ryan is feeling hopeless about his grades, his chances of getting into university, and his lack of real friends. 

When Ryan invites him on a family ski trip, Skyler thinks escaping the city will let him lick his very private wounds in peace. He doesn’t count on Ryan’s warmth and affection amid the grandiose snow-covered mountains with their wonderland white trees, or the magical way Ryan’s silky hair fills with perfect six-point snowflakes. He certainly doesn’t expect Ryan to have secrets of his own that could burn them both--or lead to Skyler’s first truly loving relationship.

Jamie Samms is known for her delicate, crystalline prose and her haunted characters.  And, of course, her brilliantly crocheted purses that she shows on FB, and I'd like to take some credit for those, because I gave her the idea for how to knit or crochet without math, and I'm proud of that.  (Anything that helps abolish maths, I'm all for.)  But seriously-- about this book, she was kind enough to give me a shout out in the dedication, and I feel humbled, and a little undeserving.  I mean, all I did was come up with a name…

And the rest, you'll have to find out for yourselves :-)

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the stunning Ms. Jaime Samms--

YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!  




 Singer Coby Kennedy and his drummer twin, Bruce, have a band called Patchwork Heaven. They have been rising steadily up the country music charts, but unfortunately, that rise has attracted unwanted attention. Faced with anonymous letters, sinister gifts, and the wanton destruction of their personal space, they hire The Detail, a specialized security firm. Coby never anticipated Gregor, The Detail's owner and his personal guard, would be quite so intriguing. 

As the stalker gets closer and more violent and questions pile up, Gregor fears his past might get in the way of him finding who is threatening his client when he becomes suspect number one. Even though Coby is convinced Gregor is not behind the threat, Gregor is not sure he's the right man to keep Coby safe, either from the stalker, or from his own interest in the singer.




And this last one…

Well, I've read Elisabeth Staab's vampires, and they're wonderful, and she texts me funny quirky things and occasionally blames me for telling the rest of the world she's going to be at Panera.  (Sh… don't tell her I told you!)  She is doing the "package thang" with a bunch of her bundle buddies, and it is a steal for only $.99!  So enjoy the bargain, and everybody give a giant blood-thirsty welcome to Elisabeth Staab and her entourage!

YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!

Seductive Supernaturals - 12 Tales of Shapeshifters, Vampires, & sexy supernaturals - for only 99 cents!

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Bad boys, tortured alpha heroes, and kick-ass heroines all come together in 12 steamy full-length paranormal romance novels and novellas from NY Times, USA Today, and national bestselling authors! Whether you’re looking for tantalizing dark tales or the humorous side of the supernatural, you’ll get werewolves, vampires, fallen angels, monster hunters, and ghosts—every one of them a hot temptation you won’t be able to resist… 

DIABLO SPRINGS by Erin Quinn: Gracie Beck vowed that she would never to return to Diablo Springs, but the haunted town lures her back—along with the man who betrayed her years ago. Reilly broke her heart with his lies. Now, he wants a second chance to win her, but can they survive the ghosts of Diablo Springs? 

VAMPIRE REBORN by Caridad Pineiro: Would you be reborn for love? Ryder Latimer, sexy Southern vampire, will have to make one of the most difficult choices in his undead life: Become human again or protect his new wife and child. 

SHADOW FALL by Erin Kellison: Just discovering her magic, ballerina Annabella Ames didn’t mean to summon a dark wolf from Twilight, nor the tempting fallen angel Custo Santovari, who has no place in Heaven. The cunning wolf stalks them relentlessly, and danger seduces as they fight for redemption and love. 

NIGHT ANGEL by Lisa Kessler: When Colin Flynn returns home to Ireland, the immortal Night Walker's flesh has healed, but the scars hide a broken spirit. Juliana Duffy plays piano in spite of her deafness, challenging him to redefine himself and find the strength to battle an ancient enemy. 

SHADOWS TILL SUNRISE by Chris Marie Green: Two monster hunters fighting a star-crossed attraction and one bloodthirsty phantom leaving a trail of death… Can love survive till the sun rises? 

A SHADOW AT TWILIGHT by Mary Leo: They say Hotel Colorado is haunted, but when Dillon Spencer appears in his hotel room to find Hilly Thompson, his assistant, soaking in the tub, he begins to question whether or not he’s alive, dead, or caught in another dimension. 

MORE THAN FIENDS by Maureen Child: At 32, Cassidy Burke discovers she’s a legendary Demon Duster. But she’s got bigger problems than some pesky demons. Like, Logan Miller--first love, baby daddy to her genius daughter is back. Then there’s Devlin Cole, a walking orgasm with too many secrets. Cassidy’s life is out of control and about to get way too interesting. 

IMMORTAL POSSESSION by Cassi Carver: When Dr. Evelyn Vale is paired with Immortal Bounty’s sexy commander to go undercover and infiltrate a supernatural body-trafficking ring, she’s eager to get to work. Until she learns the catch… To crack this case, he’ll need to possess her body. 

FOREVER ROSE by Janet Wellington: Tarot cards predict a dangerous journey for Taylor Rose, but she doesn’t expect to travel back to 1888 San Diego. What the cards didn’t predict was falling for a man bent on revenge, a helpful ghost, and spooky séances. Is she there to prevent a murder or to find love? 

WELCOME HOME, VAMPIRE by Theresa Meyers: Corporal Cole Wagner lost his humanity in war – literally. Turned into a vampire by the military’s Vector Force, he’s the ultimate weapon, but when he returns home to set the past right, will the enemy stop at nothing to get him, including threatening the life of the woman he loved, and lost, before? 

VAMPIRE MAGIC (Blood Genie, books 1 and 2) by Sheri Whitefeather: Two tenderly romantic, wildly erotic stories featuring supernatural hybrids (vampires/genies) who grant wishes for the exchange of blood. 

WILD NIGHTS WITH A LONE WOLF by Elisabeth Staab: A mandatory vacation lands Agent Sherri Walker in bed with a local werewolf. Asher Hughes walked away from his outlaw pack but couldn't ditch the bad blood. Together they’ll have to pull off one hell of an act to get out of treacherous territory alive.

Now this last one is not really a "book".  It is, in fact, sort of a literary experiment.  Maria Chiara is an avid fan of the Little Goddess books, so much so that she and her buddies got together and translated Vulnerable into Italian.  She is currently writing a book of her own-- in English!  (She's written one in Italian already--because she's wonderful.)  She is going to post a chapter at a time, and she'd like your feedback, so if you'd like to see how she's doing with this whole polyglot thing, by all means, stop by!

Everybody give a HUGE *kermit flail* for Miss Maria Chiara!!!!!

YAYAYAYAYAYYAYAYAY!!! 

Taste For the Alien



Oh…  

And about Mackey. 

So, the last installment of Beneath the Stain is out on Friday-- uhm YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!  

Then, the following Friday, October 17th, the complete book, SANS BONUS MATERIAL will be available on ARe and Amazon.  I know that a lot of you are waiting for this event to buy the book (and I'm excited, because I want to see what EVERYBODY thinks) but I wanted to remind you of two things.

A.  You won't be able to get the bonus materials anywhere but Dreamspinnerpress.com and  it WON'T be available after the wider release.  So if you've been waiting to get the whole thing until it's all out, this is the time to grab it from the publishers website.  HOWEVER, the book itself is written as a complete work, so if the bonus content really isn't what grabs you, but swallowing the book whole is, you'll be in good company.





B. If you've read the book as it's been released in serial form, and you loved it, I would love to see your review on Amazon when it's released.  I love the comments so far-- even the ones that say, "Damn you, Amy!  I can't breathe from the snot and my nose is raw!"  So I'd like to thank those of you who have been following along with the serial--if you've been among those who loved it, by all means shout this one out!



5 comments:

rhysford.com said...

Thank you, love. And ah yes, I am the custodian of the Chicken. Favours are... it's squicky to ask :D

Carolyne Kleinman said...

LOVE to see all the good stuff coming out, Amy!! (And having a custodian of the college kid is PRICELESS! - which means that no need to ask favours, Rhys....it means that you got one BIG payoff coming from the Karma Fairy!)

:) Hugs!

Jaime Samms said...

Waaa? Crystalline Prose? Um. I honestly don't really know what that means. It sounds really nice, though, and to get any kind of compliment from the writer who is my Gold Standard of how to put words together is my own brand of epic Kermit flail. I heart you, Amy Lane.

I'm looking for forward to the Bone books, too. (haven't read the start of the series yet, but I do own it.)

And Duck, Duck, Ghost. Cannot wait.

Lisa Kessler said...

Thanks for sharing the Seductive Supernaturals boxed set!!! :D

We can't wait for you to read all these books! :)

Lisa Kessler

PS - I agree, Elisabeth is the bomb! :D

Kim Fielding said...

Thank you for the flail, Amy! I'm pixilated! :-)