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The Secret Dead by S.W. Fairbrother

The Secret Dead

by S.W. Fairbrother

Giveaway ends December 17, 2014.

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Fall Into Fantasy – Evensong

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Week 17: Meratis Trilogy
Book One: Evensong
By Krista Walsh

Author Jeff Powell wakes up to find the impossible has happened. He is within his own novel—summoned into the fictional world of Feldall’s Keep by a spell he didn’t write. One the House enchantress hasn’t figured out how to reverse.

When the villain he’s been struggling to write reveals himself, unleashing waves of terror and chaos, Jeff must use more than his imagination to save the characters he created—and the woman he loves.
Trapped within a world of his own creation, he must step outside the bounds of his narrative to help his characters defeat an evil no one anticipated, even if he must sacrifice his greatest gift. In the end, he has to ask: are novels really fiction, or windows into other worlds?

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Known for witty, vivid characters, Krista Walsh never has more fun than getting them into trouble and taking her time getting them out. After publishing a few short stories and novellas in various anthologies, she has now released her own anthology, the serial collection Greylands. When not writing, or working at her day job, she can be found reading, gaming, or watching a film – anything to get lost in a good story. She currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Announcing my retirement from public life…sort of

I need to get some work done, but…you know… internet.

So I’m going to be switching on my anti-social app, and keeping clear for a while. I’ll still log on and check emails once a day etc, but blogposts, twitter, facebook posts, and tumblr reblogs (tumblr is evil fyi) will slow down substantially. So don’t be surprised if you don’t see much from me in the next few weeks.

Once I’ve got a first draft of the next book done, I’ll jump back in, but for now I’m going to just get on with it.

FYI – for some reason A Murder of Crones didn’t have a title until the last minute because I couldn’t think of one that would fit. Book Three, however, has had a title from the beginning. It’s going to be called Hive Memory. Just so you know.

And….Book Two is out!

It’s been a wibbly sort of week. It’s been really cold for one thing which makes me grumpy, and then all sorts of things went wrong with the physical copy of The Secret Dead. (All fixed now. Thank you, Createspace. Your support team are wonderful.)

In addition, my four year old is sick, and is about as miserable as a small boy can be, and it’s made for a tricky week on the work front.

And so, finally, I’ve managed to get A Murder of Crones up onto Amazon.  (US, UK)

I’m going to be sending out review copies later today (small boy dependent) so watch your inbox if you’ve asked for one. And if you haven’t, go ahead. I’m happy to hand out to anyone who wants one.


Author Interview – Loren Weaver

I’m pleased and excited to introduce Loren Weaver, the subject of this week’s interview.  Like last week’s interviewee, Heather R. Blair, I met Loren online when she offered to review The Secret Dead.

Loren’s enthusiasm for writing, reading, and paranormal fiction is positively infectious, and this has come across not only in every interaction I’ve had with her, but also in Loren’s own Victoria Novak: Paranormal Division series.

The third in the series, Shadow’s Lament, has just been released, and I asked her along to give us a peek inside her head:

You have just released your third novel in the Victoria Novak: Paranormal Division series, Shadow’s Lament, and Tiger’s Peace is due out early next year. Victoria’s been busy. Where do you see the series going?
Well, I’ve already started on book five and have an idea for book six. I’m just going to keep letting Tori’s adventures happen until she’s worn out. I don’t have an exact number of books for her yet, because she’s too close to my heart for me to consider letting her go yet!

Your novels feature an array of paranormal creatures: vampires, werewolves, a rare sorceress. What is it that attracts you to writing about the paranormal?
I read and write to escape my reality. So I love the paranormal because it’s ‘what would happen if’ mentality. Besides, wouldn’t it be so cool to have a best friend that became a wolf, was stronger, faster, and more loyal than normal?

If you could choose one of your characters to turn into a real live person, who would you choose and why?
Trey, my werewolf baby. I wrote him at a time I needed a friend, so I gave him the qualities I wanted in a best friend. He’s almost perfectly tailored to be a new BFF, with a few flaws to keep things interesting.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
That’s so hard! I have so many authors that I love and when I see their works praised, I think “I wish that were me.” But it’s more because I want Tori and the gang to have that kind of future than because I want to switch places with another author.

What do you find the hardest part of writing?
Taking the ideas in my head and actually getting them on paper. The transfer between brain and keyboard and the dedication to keep after it.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Write everyday. When you go too long without writing, its harder to get back in the creative swing of things.

You can find Loren on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, and her website. Make sure you have a good dig around on her site while you’re there. She’s got reviews, info on her own books, and also some very interesting stuff on the paranormal.

Take a look at her books below:

Havoc's Cry - Victoria Novak, Paranormal Division Book 1Havoc’s Cry

The only living Sorceress, Victoria Novak, finally earned a peaceful, normal life. But with one howl on a full moon, her whole life crashes back into paranormal chaos. The FBI show up to recruit her to the Federal Paranormal Division, the very first all paranormal police force and she can’t decline.

Tori must train a new team of special agents in paranormal etiquette in the middle of solving a crime that’s leaving ravaged bodies twisted into grotesque shapes. Caught in the middle of a werewolf fight for dominance, Tori can’t let personal emotion interfere with solving a crime. Until the crime becomes personal.

With her life spinning into chaos, the real question is how far is she willing to go to answer Havoc’s Cry.


Archangel's SalvationArchangel’s Salvation

Victoria Novak, infamous Sorceress and Federal Paranormal Division Special Agent, just got a call from the police about four bloodless corpses. Now it’s time to investigate.

When she goes to the Coven Master for help, he gives her a vampire liaison. Gabriel, a 400 year old vampire with angel’s wings painted on his face, is violence on a leash. Tori and the team chase leads back to the new club Transylvanian Travesty, owned by a vampire that makes Tori weak with his power. But is he really involved in the killings?

A new vampire murder, paranormal politics, and police work. All in a normal day. But now, Gabriel’s ready to be free, and Tori may be the only way to ensure Archangel’s Salvation.

Shadow's LamentShadow’s Lament

The Federal Paranormal Division just got a call from the police in New York. There’s been a rash of vampire murders in the Big Apple and they’re in over their heads. Of course, New York City is the vampire capitol of the western hemisphere, and going there without notifying the Council could mean the execution of Victoria Novak, the Sorceress and a FPD Special Agent.

Of course, she’s pretty sure that’s exactly the plan, but she can’t prove it. And so she must lead her team into the jaws of death because duty calls.

To make matters worse, caught in the middle of the drama are her old Coven Master and the vampire that finally gave her the freedom to leave his care. The more she digs into what’s going on, the more she hears Shadow’s Lament.

Novel Release Date: November, 2014!

Tiger's Peace

Tiger’s Peace

Leroy has finally caught up with Victoria Novak, the only living Sorceress, after years of running and hiding.  But this time, he has no intent to let her go.  He’s kidnapped the Sorceress with no ransom. Tori hopes her friends at the FPD are searching for her, but there’s little hope they’ll ever find her.

When she’s thrown into a cage with a young weretiger with no control, things could get very messy very fast.  Tortured by silver bars on a silver cage, this tiger’s never seen the light of day. But it’s not just cruelty that made Tori and the tiger cell mate, Leroy is tormenting her with something.

Tori learns some horrifying facts about her new tiger friend, and now must escape with him to bring her Tiger’s Peace.

Novel Release Date: January, 2015


Fall Into Fantasy – The Disciple Series

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Week 16: The Disciple Series by L. Blankenship

War is coming. Kate Carpenter is only a peasant girl, but she’s determined to help defend the kingdom and its bound saints against the invading empire. Her healing magic earned her a coveted apprenticeship with the master healer; now she must prove herself ready to stand in the front lines and save lives.

She’s not ready for the attentions of a ne’er-do-well knight and the kingdom’s only prince, though. This is no time to be distracted by romance — the empire’s monstrous army will tear through anyone standing between them and the kingdom’s magical founts. All disciples must put aside their tangled feelings and stand in the homeland’s defense.
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“You couldn’t sleep either?”

At the whisper, I looked up from struggling to lace my boots with trembling hands. My master stepped into my dormitory room, adding his lamp’s light to my candle.
“Why must I dress as a boy?” I whispered back. Perhaps I was not so buxom, but I doubted I’d fool anyone. “This makes little sense.”
“Patience.” Master Parselev placed his lamp on my writing-table and checked my packed bags. “They’re gathering at the chapel already. None of us got much sleep, it seems.”
The straw mattress creaked when I stood, boots laced and the woolen hose sagging between my thighs. I ran my fingers around my waist, under my layered cotes, to check the drawstring. “Are these right, Master?” I’d strung the hose and braies together as best I could guess and as memory was my Blessing I had no excuse for failing. Men’s underthings weren’t much concern to me — if I saw such, or more, it was while the man lay bleeding on the surgery table.
“If they stay up, it’s right. Good. This too.” He slung a heavy felt cloak across my shoulders and pinned it on. The hood buried my face in shadows; my blonde braid, even wrapped around my head, would give me away.
I asked, “Master, this journey will be long, won’t it?” Parselev had given me more clothes than I’d ever owned to pack in those bags. All heavy winter woolens, too. “Shouldn’t you go, then?”
He looked down at me, mouth quirking to one side. Master was a greybeard, said to be over a hundred years old, but his kir kept his eyes bright and his face lightly creased. I had only been his apprentice two years. Surely I could not be ready for this.
“It must be you, Kate,” was all he said. He carried one of my bags, and I took the other.
Wreathed in breath-clouds, we crossed the Order’s campus. Low on the horizon, the slim, waxing crescent of the Shepherd hung golden, all seven of his Flock scattered in the sky behind him. He gave the only hint that dawn was coming. The cloak kept me marvelously warm, even in the chilly breeze. No frost this morning, not yet, but it was only a few weeks off.
Master un-bolted the side gate and led me to the door of the Grand Chapel. Horses waited on the grass, many horses chewing at their bits and shaking their heads, most of them with knights in the saddles. The knights’ black tabards, worn over suits of mail, had a white horse embroidered on the right shoulder and two gold stars on the left, marking them knights and Prince’s Guard as well. Kite shields and bucket helms hung on their saddles, in easy reach.
Several of the horses stood with empty saddles, collectively held by a couple of pageboys, and that gave me pause. I’d never been on a horse; I was only a peasant girl. But it could not be so awful, I told myself, so I gripped my cloak a little tighter and followed Master Parselev inside.
My new boots rang too loudly in the empty chapel, and when I slowed to lighten my step I fell behind. Only one lamp burned on the high table before the icons, and its light was mostly blocked by those gathered below the two steps. Faces were cast in shadow as they turned toward us — all looming in the dim light, some cloaked like me, others not — and I knew none of them. I kept my head down as I joined my master before them, glad the hood hid my face.
“Not ready, Elect?” one asked, his voice low but strong. “Who’s this?”
“My apprentice will safeguard the travelers,” my master answered. “She has —”
“What?” The man stepped closer, his shoulders blocking out the light.
“Majesty, she’s my finest student.” Parselev put up a hand when the stranger reached for my hood.
My knees trembled as the word echoed in my head. Majesty. I stood before the king of Wodenberg. Wobbling a bit, I dropped to one knee in obeisance, fist pressed to my heart. The king yanked off my hood while I stared at the flagstone floor, pulse pounding.
“This girl?” the king demanded. “You trust a mere disciple with this mission?”


L. Blankenship started writing animal stories as a kid and it’s just gotten completely out of hand since then. Now she’s out publishing her gritty fantasy and hard science fiction adventures. L grew up in New Hampshire but currently lives near Washington, DC.

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Almost done…

Some good news:
I’ve just got A Murder of Crones back from the proofreader. All that remains is to finish off the cover (almost done), and get it formatted.
I expect this will only take me a day or two. Once Amazon approves it (usually within a day), it’ll be available for sale. Yay!

If anyone wants a free review copy,  just let me know.

New Cover and physical copies

Hooray! Not only is the new cover now out, but you can now also buy physical copies of The Secret Dead.

At the moment, it’s only available through Createspace, but that should filter through to Amazon in the next few days.

To keep the price as low as possible, I choose not to make it available for expanded distribution.  This means that, for now at least, it won’t be available elsewhere or in book shops. This will probably change in the future, but for now if you want a physical copy and don’t want to go through Amazon for whatever reason, please contact me.


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