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Upcoming: A Fistful of Frost by Rebecca Chastain

Back in 2015, I reviewed A Fistful of Evil and A Fistful of Fire by Rebecca Chastain and loved them so much that they won Standout Award for that year. Now, I’m excited to announce that the Madison Fox series is continuing with A Fistful of Frost, due out May 8th! Check out the blurb below and the TWO GIVEAWAYS being hosted by the author!

Title: A Fistful of Frost
Author: Rebecca Chastain
Series: Madison Fox, #3
Publish Date: May 8, 2018
Genre: Urban fantasy
Cover: Yocla Designs

Publisher’s DescriptionMadison’s job—and soul—are on thin ice.

Madison Fox is determined to reform Jamie, her half-evil pooka, but the bond linking her to Jamie works both ways. Already, it has manipulated her into bending the rules. If she continues down this path, she could doom her soul. Since her judgment can’t be trusted, a high-ranking inspector now dictates Madison’s every interaction with Jamie, and each directive drives them further apart.

Unfortunately, Madison has bigger issues than the potential degradation of her soul. Winter has struck with a vengeance. Frost moths plague the entire state, reinforcing the artificially frigid temperature. Worse, cold-blooded, soul-stealing enemies are flocking into her region from the north—creatures Madison has little defense against.

With the inspector scrutinizing her every misstep, Madison is in for the battle of her life. If she hopes to survive, she must make an impossible choice: save herself and her region or save Jamie.

An imaginative urban fantasy filled with heart, humor, and plenty of butt-kicking action—A Fistful of Frost is a book you won’t want to miss!

Buy now to continue the suspenseful adventure today!

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BD3QWXM
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07BD3QWXM
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07BD3QWXM
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07BD3QWXM

Giveaway 1 (Now until May 8):

Order your copy of A Fistful of Frost between now and the release date on May 8, and you can receive a copy of the Madison Fox novelette, A Fistful of Flirtation.

Madison finally gets her date with Dr. Love—and if they had picked any other restaurant, she might have had a chance to enjoy it, too…

Receive your free gift with purchase here: https://www.rebeccachastain.com/current-giveaways/

Giveaway 2 (May 8-30):

Enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card or the complete Madison Fox trilogy!
https://www.rebeccachastain.com/current-giveaways/

About the Author

REBECCA CHASTAIN is the USA Today bestselling author of the Madison Fox urban fantasy series and the Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles fantasy trilogy, among other works. Inside her novels, you’ll find spellbinding adventures packed with supernatural creatures, thrilling action, heartwarming characters (human and otherwise), and more than a little humor. Rebecca lives in Northern California with her charming husband and bossy cats.

Visit Rebecca online:

Website: http://www.rebeccachastain.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rebeccachastainnovels
Twitter: @Author_Rebecca or https://twitter.com/Author_Rebecca
Instagram: @chastain.rebecca or https://www.instagram.com/chastain.rebecca/
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/rebecca-chastain

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Contest For Mindee Arnett’s Onyx & Ivory

Hi Friends! Kat Mandu here, ready to introduce you to a new series I’m completely stoked about. And that’s a new YA Fantasy book coming out in May called Onyx & Ivory. Check it out below!

They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting ride for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when dark falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.

The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who will assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of the remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime.

I can’t tell you how eager I am to get my hands on this one, guys. Mindee Arnett is such a wonderful author, and I’m so excited to be a part of her street team, The Relay Riders, to help spread the word about this epic new book.

I snagged this from her site so that readers like you can try your hand at winning this contest and get it for yourselves!  Follow the links to enter:

Blogger and Reviewer Appreciation Giveaway

From Mindee: This week I’m celebrating all the book bloggers and reviewers out there, and if you’re reading this, I’m betting that you’re one of them! Did you know that according to Forbes, an estimated 600 thousand to a million new books are published each year? That’s like between 1,604 to 2,740 a day. I don’t know about you, but my yearly reading goals never come close to that.

With so many books vying for readers’ attention, the importance of book bloggers and reviewers is immeasurable for helping get the word out to readers about which books to spend their time on and which to pass over. And most of these people do this purely out of the sheer joy and love of books. How great is that? How are great are they? I mean you!

That’s why I’ve decided to give my very last advanced copy of Onyx & Ivory to a book reviewer or blogger. But first, I want to take a moment to say thank you to two specific bloggers, Pila @ inlovewithhandmade.blogspot.com and Erin @ booklovingnut.com. Both of these lovely women were willing to read an early copy of Onyx & Ivory and to give me lovely blurbs for it. And when I say, early, what I mean is an unedited, no-cover, no-makeup, bed-head version of the book. As a matter of fact, it didn’t even have a title yet. To have their approval, even so early, meant the world to me. Here’s what they had to say:

Aren’t they lovely? Be sure to thank them for me if you see them online. And if you see them in person, they deserve a hug or a fist bump.

The contest to win a signed arc of Onyx & Ivory is open until midnight EST on Thursday, March 29. It’s open Internationally. Any person who regularly reviews books is permitted to enter. Good luck!

Book News of Ken Lange, Dust Walkers

Oh Boy!  Listen up!  Author News right here! Right NOW!  I’ve got a good one for you! Come on in, grab a cup of coffee and read the announcement!

Cover and book description reveal!  Tell me, doesn’t that cover just suck you in?

Title: Dust Walkers
Author: Ken Lange
Series: Vigiles Urbani #2
Release Date: February 20, 2018
DescriptionWhen newly minted vigil Gavin Randall is summoned to a small town in New Mexico, the last thing he’s expecting is to have to fight a cartel of necromancers. Their undead horde tests the limits of his powers and shows him just how vulnerable he really is…and that’s not the worst of it.

His enemies have spent centuries preparing for a war no one within the Archive has foreseen, and he has yet to learn to control his abilities or figure out his place in this ancient conflict. With time running out, will he be able to forge the alliances he needs to survive the coming storm?

Other books in the series:  Accession of the Stone Born

My review of Accession of the Stone Born

 

 

Warden Global series occurs in the same place and time as The Vigiles Urbani Chronicles.  Some characters from within each series appear in the other, so it’s like being in the thick of the adventures.

Warden Global books include:

 

 

 

The Wanderer Awakens
Sleipnir’s Heart
Rise of the Storm Bringer

 

 

 

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Author Announcements and Book News 1/3/18

Oh Boy!  Listen up! New Author News right here! Right NOW!  I’ve got a good one for you! Come on in, grab a cup of coffee and read the announcements!

Look at this cover and tell me it doesn’t just pull you in? I love it.  And the title.  Intriguing, right?  So right!  Anyway, the bonus on this is it’s on sale.  It’s got 20 short stories from great authors that are really great writers.  I’m bounding right over to my local electronic bookstore and getting my copy before it’s too late.  Well, it’ll never be too late, but the sale price won’t go on forever.  Check it out.

NO DAMSELS ALLOWED!
20 Kickass Heroines.
20 Exclusive, Full-length Urban Fantasy and Fantasy Novels.
0 Damsels in Distress.
Do you like your leading ladies to save the day…or raze it?
No matter which you prefer, this set is brimming with 20 magical stories (many BRAND NEW) told by some of the leading voices of urban fantasy and fantasy in the industry, including several New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors!
If you want strong female leads who strike back against the captivating worlds of vampires, elementals, fiends, and paranormal monsters, then you’re ready to charge into the adventures of HEROINES & HELLIONS, an Urban Fantasy/Fantasy collection!
Grab your stake, silver bullets, and your limited edition copy of HEROINES & HELLIONS today!

 

AND THEN there is The Myth Manifestation!!! Lisa Shearin is gearing up to release SPI Files #5!!!  It’s going to release on January 16, 2018 and I am so excited!!  Lisa will be publishing snippets of The Myth Manifestation on her blog and social media! I’ve asked if I could share them here, so if I’m given the green, then watch here for tantalizing tempting little tidbits.

Title:  The Myth Manifestation
Author:  Lisa Shearin
Series:  SPI Files #5
Release date:  January 16, 2018
Description:  The agents of Supernatural Protection & Investigations (SPI) protect people from predatory supernaturals. This time, we’re the ones who need protection.  

New York is one of the most popular convention destinations in the world—for humans and supernaturals. Every hundred years, rulers of the world’s supernatural races come together to negotiate and renew a peace treaty. Meeting in the same hotel are the governors of our world’s goblin and elf colonies. SPI is saddled with the security nightmare of keeping the living delegates alive and the undead delegates from becoming permanently deceased. We’ve got our work cut out for us.

I’m Makenna Fraser, seer for SPI. Our security nightmare becomes real when monsters from the delegates’ mythologies begin mysteriously appearing in the flesh to hunt delegates from every side of the debate. And when the hotel gets sucked into another dimension, there’s no escape.

We discover that we’re all pieces in an elaborate and deadly game. A game about to spill out into the real world. Failing to escape is game over and not an option. We have to save the world—but first, we have to save ourselves.

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Kat’s Superhero Spotlight

The New Year is here!!! And I’ve got a whole bunch of books I want to read this year. So I got my organizational skills (aka OCD) into gear and made a plan that enables me to catch up and enjoy a whole year full of books.

This month’s specialty? SUPERHEROES. I mean, I’m such a huge fan of caped crusaders and vivacious villains, so I thought I’d give this genre a shout out for the whole month of January.

January’s Spotlight Features:

Almost Invincible – Kristen Brand

A theme park turns into a death-trap of sadistic supervillains…

White Knight is the most popular superhero in the country—which is bad news for David Del Toro, formerly White Knight, who retired from heroics years ago and just wants some peace and quiet. When the White Knight ride at a superhero-inspired theme park has a grand reopening, Dave is more than happy to give his complimentary tickets to his daughter and her friends and spend the day at home. But then the park gets taken hostage by supervillains.

The man known as Bloodbath spent the last decade in a maximum-security prison and blames White Knight for putting him there. He’s given an ultimatum: the hero comes to face him, or he’ll kill every tourist in the park. Dave barely managed to beat Bloodbath while in his prime and doesn’t like his chances now that he’s old and busted. But unless he does something, every innocent person in the park is going to die…including his daughter.

Almost Invincible is the third book of The White Knight & Black Valentine Series but can be read as a standalone. If you like tense thrillers with big, superpowered action, don’t wait—download Almost Invincible now!


The Astounding Antagonists – Rafael Chandler

Dr. Agon, a megalomaniacal inventor with an arsenal of lethal gadgets. Motley, a wisecracking jewel thief with nothing left to lose. Chillpill, a cryogenic drug lord who just wants a normal life.

Baelphegor, a demonic psychopath with an ugly score to settle.
They’re the most dangerous supervillains on Earth, and they’re about to pull off the perfect crime. There’s just one catch: if they succeed, they might accidentally save the world.

From the skyscrapers of Apex City to the gates of Hell itself, the Antagonists are pursued by violent superheroes and billionaire vigilantes. But as loyalties are tested and old hatreds are rekindled, the line between friend and foe begins to blur…


Superheroes In Prose, Vol 1 – Sevan Paris 

Snow is so freaking cool.

And I’m not talking about the Superhero named Snow (but he’s actually pretty cool too). No, I’m talking about snow-snow. Like the stuff people sing about at Christmas. Like the stuff Mom used to make snow cream out of. Like the stuff whitening everything in the city of Prose.

It snowed four inches last night—unusual for Prose even in winter. And downright impossible in March … yet here it is: Clumps falling off the Michael Booth Bridge, only to slowly be replaced by more;
every boring rooftop—angled or flat—covered with a cheery, white blanket of awesome; kids building leaning snowmen in front of
their apartment buildings. No school. No worries. No Supervillains. The city looks
like the coolest snow globe ever. Nothing can ruin this day.

Except for the smartass alien I’m bonded to.

I’m Gabe Garrison and this is the next part of my story …


Superheroes In Prose, Vol 2 – Sevan Paris 

A ragged, vacant breath escapes Rock’s mouth. 

The hospital bed—even reinforced for his stony one-ton body—creaks with every exhale. They’re deep and quick, like wind rushing from a cave. Specially designed tubes rest in the slits he has for a nose, feeding him … keeping at least his body alive. Wires hang from machines and chirp heartbeats.

Rock’s three-fingered hands, each one the size of a basketball, rest outside the fuzzy blue hospital blanket. The right one is held by a woman with Magickal arm tattoos. The brown Henna patterns curve and swirl up her toned arms, disappearing under the shoulders of a blue dress. It’s the Springy kind: sleeveless, light, and flowy. She wipes a hand under a glowing pink eye.

I shift my weight from one foot to the other.

“I wish …” through Ember’s lips, Pink takes a deep breath and starts over … “I wish you could have known him, Gabe. He was so … I wanna say ‘awesome.’ But that word—awesome—gets overused so much, that when you really need it—when it really, really counts—it totally sucks the umph out of whatever you’re trying to say. But I’m here to tell you, with all the fracking umph that I can, getting to know Rock … awesome is just what it was.”

She smiles a little and sniffs. “But the first time I met him, he was a great big jerk.”

She looks out the window of the hospital room. “Liberty had just finished giving me a tour of HEROES Tower, and introducing me to Silver Sentinel and Thinkor. All of a sudden, I hear … like this thunderous boom-boom-boom behind me. I turn—look up … and up, and up …”

“And then Liberty says, ‘Rock, you’re just in time to meet one of our potential recruits: Her name is Bubble Trouble.’ ”

“And Rock says, he goes—” Pink drops her voice, making it rough—“ ‘Bubble Trouble?! What kinda silly-ass name is that?’ And then that rock slide thing he calls a laugh came out of his mouth.”

She laughs and looks back to Rock.

“God, I hated him for that. But I realized—I mean, later when he just kept bringing up the name thing, I figured out that was just him. Just his way of welcoming me. Of being more than just a teammate or whatever. Of being a friend. An obnoxious, pain in the ass friend, but a friend. He showed me the ropes or slopes, or whatever you wanna call them—that’s what he showed me … how to be a Superhero. And in return, I …”

Another gurgled wind passes out of Rock’s mouth.

“I’m sorry, Rock,” she says. “I—just, God, I am so sorry.”

Pink looks at Rock a moment longer before flicking Ember’s fiery red hair my way. “Do you think he can, like, hear me?”

The question is so unexpected, and seems so … important to her, I don’t know what to say. I take a deep breath and open my mouth—

“Gabe, are you about ready to broom this female, or what?” M says.

I press my fingertips hard against my forehead as if I could somehow rub away the alien entity living inside my brain.

My name is Gabe Garrison, and this is the next volume of my story …


In The Meantime… Check Out Some of My Favorite, Great Superhero & Villain Reads:

The Effigies

Bigtime

Superheroes Anonymous

Forever Red

DC Icons

Ex-Heroes

Renegade X

Dark Star

Golden Age

These Vicious Masks

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