First news: Karina and Vika over at Nocturnal Book Reviews host a great series every year called “Christmas with…” which features a bunch of great authors contributing holiday stories. Grace Draven posted one yesterday called The Light Within, which is set in the Master of Crows universe.
I love the cover.
Grace has also made the book available for sale over on Smashwords! I’m sure it’ll be at all the big outlets eventually, but Smashwords is the fastest, so if you want to buy it, you can do that right now.
Today, Karina has “Christmas with Elizabeth Hunter!” I wrote a short scene called “A Bloody Family Christmas” featuring Carwyn, Brigid, and lots of the UK gang of the Elemental World, so check it out on her blog today!
From “A Bloody Family Christmas…”
“I can’t do this.”
“You can do this.”
Brigid closed her eyes and took a deep breath, pushing back the tickle of fire that teased beneath her skin. It was a constant struggle. Some said it always would be. It was why fire vampires were given a wide berth. How they often ended up killing themselves. Her mate, having no concerns for his own safety—or exhibiting a startling lack of caution—stood behind her, rubbing her shoulders to calm her down.
“Carwyn, I’m just… I’m not prepared for this kind of thing.”
“Were you prepared for the drug dealers in Dublin?” he asked. “Or vicious Russian-Mexican mobsters? Human traffickers in Copenhagen?”
She blew out a long breath. “So you’re saying if I fear for my safety I’ll be able to burn someone? Excellent.”
“Brigid, it’s a family Christmas dinner. If Cathy’s managed this long without killing anyone, then you’re more than capable of doing it too.”
For those of you wondering if I’m ever going to put up a collection of the shorts and extra scenes I’ve written for various blogs or published on the website, it’s probable. I’m putting all of them in a file and once I have enough, I’ll probably publish a small collection for you guys if you want to buy. But I’d like it to have something new in it, and I’m neck deep in Irin world right now, so it won’t be right away. Maybe spring? We’ll see.
Second news: I’d like to offer an enormous THANK YOU for the stunning release of SHADOWS AND GOLD last week. It was phenomenal. Far bigger than I expected, especially for a story that had been previously published for free. I cannot thank you readers enough for supporting my work. Shadows and Gold is currently sitting at #13 in the Hot New Releases for Paranormal Fantasy, which is a huge accomplishment for a novella. It’s also now available at all the usual suspects, so you can find it on iTunes, Nook Store, and Kobo.
Likewise, the Christmas collection I published with Grace Draven ALL THE STARS LOOK DOWN has been seeing wonderful sales and very positive reviews. Still plenty of time to grab it and enjoy the holiday goodness of Gio and B, along with a wonderful novella by Grace called “Sunday’s Child.” (Mmmm, Andor…) Both stories are novella-length and available for just $2.99 for both. So it’s a great bargain. Also, we’re hoping that the Christmas collection will soon be available in paperback, which would make a fun little stocking stuffer for the book-lover in your life.
In fact ALL my books (excepting a few shorts and one novella) are available in paperback edition. Books are an awesome present. Just saying…
Next week, I’ll be posting my top ten moments from the year, along with my annual “10 Things I Learned About Indie Publishing in…” post, which might actually come the week after. Until then, I’ll be humming along on the first draft of THE SECRET: Irin Chronicles Book Three. Unfortunately, it’s not going as quickly as I’d like and it may be closer to a Spring release than a Winter one. But since I’d rather take my time and make it the best book it can be, that’s just the way things go at times.
Hope all your holiday preparations are going well!