Cover reveal: MALCONTENT

It’s finally here! Malcontent is ready, and now the buildup to launch begins!

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Six months after the events of MALEVOLENT, Mal and Libby are struggling with the side effects of having two souls combined in one body…and the uncomfortable intimacy it brings.

When Mal captures a hive of killer bees, they inform him of a new threat from the Necromancer. Dark barriers and dangerous sigils are mounted around the valley. At the same time, Libby begins training with the Marchers, who will instruct her in the use of life and death motes. But the Marchers are on a relentless hunt for the Lich Prince and his hidden soul – which she now carries inside of her.

Now Mal and Libby must find a way to extract Mal’s soul before they are caught by the Marchers – killed by the Necromancer – or destroyed by the slow subsumption of their souls.


MALCONTENT will be available on all retailers February 14th! (Isn’t that a totally appropriate release date?) I’m super excited for this book–it’s one of my best yet. There are feels. There is suspense. Mal and Libby’s relationship deepens. There may even be kissing. 😉

Preorder here!

Sneak peek at chapter 1 here!

Top mystery/fantasy books of 2016 (and how most of them are series)

It’s January of 2017–time for all the lists! Top ten EVERYTHING! Top fifty! Top 100! Stuff we learned last year! WOOHOO!

So, as I’ve been looking at these lists with the casual interest of a reader, I’ve noticed a few things.

Namely, a bunch of these books are way far into a series. Like, book 3. Book 6. Book 9. Book 12.I’m mostly looking at the Goodreads top 2016 lists, because they’re so beautifully easy to navigate. The Kobo ones are pretty similar.

Let me show you. I’ve taken the liberty of marking each book’s place in a series with a big fat number.

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You can tell which ones are the thrillers. They tend to not be in a series, because most characters in thrillers don’t survive anyway.

Next up: Fantasy!

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Very few stand-alones here. Every book 1 is also the beginning of a series, with the exception of one book, which is a short story anthology (that tiger one).

Next up: Young Adult Fantasy:

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Series are a big deal in this genre. The only book 1s are all series starters from authors who have established themselves with other series/trilogies.

It’s interesting to look at the spread here. If you want to hit a bestseller list, you’ve got to write series. Kevin Hearn’s Iron Druid is up to book 8 now. I spy a book 10 of another series. One of those mystery series is at book 42! These authors have been at this for a LONG time. The young adult authors seem to crank out trilogies, but sometimes they run longer than that. Even Stephen King is up there with a book 3!

As authors, I guess we can expect to plug away at this for book after book–so pick a genre that you like an awful lot. Unless you’re a thriller writer, then you can write boatloads of book 1s.

If you’d like to look at the other Top Goodreads genres, it’s here. And hey, maybe you’ll even find something new to read. 😀

Amazon Prime day mega book sale!

If you are at all into Online Shopping, then I’m sure you’ve heard rumors of Amazon’s big “Prime Day” bash. July 15th only they will be hosting what they hope will be a bigger sales event than Black Friday. . .

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Well, of course most of us Indies are on Amazon anyway, so while you’re grabbing up big screen TVs or Kindles or whatever floats your boat, grab some Indie Books!

 

Here are some free and discounted Indie Deals for July 15th (all these promotions are subject to change so please check to make sure the price is still valid before you buy):

 

Her Imaginary Husband

HER IMAGINARY HUSBAND will be 99 cents ~ ★★★★★ How can Nikki date the campus cop with Her Imaginary Husband hanging around? Romantic comedy. Click HERE.

 

Second Son (The Minstrel’s Song Book 2)

THE SECOND SON will be Free!

In an attempt to manipulate the future, a nation is forced to decide between brothers. A family-friendly-fantasy novel for all ages. Long before Aom-igh needed a champion, Llycaelon had a second son. Click HERE.

 

Turned: A Werewolf Love Story (The Regency Shifter Series Book 1)

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A Sweet Shifter Paranormal Romance. Click HERE!

 

The Bramblewood Werebear (The Regency Shifter Series Book 2)

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A Sweet Shifter Paranomral Romance. Click HERE!

 

A Stitch of Honor

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A Science Fiction short. Click HERE!

 

Malevolent (The Puzzle Box Series Book 1)

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A YA Paranormal Romance. Click HERE!

 

Chronocrime (The Spacetime Legacy Book 2)

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A YA Urban Fantasy. Click HERE!

 

Dragon’s Bride (The Dragon and the Scholar Book 4)

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The fourth book in the Dragon and the Scholar Saga, a Sweet Fantasy Romance sees Dragon Prince Ewan travel into the past to regain his human form and reunite with his beloved. Click HERE!

 

The Place of Voices (TimeDrifter Series Book 1)

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“Uplifting and entertaining” Historical Fantasy THE PLACE OF VOICES by Lauren Lynch FREE July 15! Click HERE!

 

Operation Dark Angel: The Rise of Nicolaitanes (The Apocalyse Series Book 1)

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How can one military operation bring about the downfall of the world’s governments? What happens when a single man attempts to take over the entire world? Christian Thriller. Click HERE!

 

House of Slide Hotblood

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A YA/Paranormal Fantasy! Click HERE!

 

Whispers of a Faded Dreamer

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A YA Christian Fantasy! Click HERE!

 

Beauty Within (Riley Family Legacy Novellas Book 1)

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Could a parking ticket signal Katherine’s second chance at life and maybe even love? A contemporary Christian romance. Click HERE!

 

Waiting for Appa: A Science Fiction Short Story

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An Award Winning Christian SciFi Short Stroy! Click HERE!

Liberty (Citizens of Logan Pond Book 2)

LIBERTY will be 99 cents!

When the financial collapse of America wipes out life as Carrie knows it, she finds the will to survive with a man determined to hate her. Dystopian. Click HERE!

 

Shatterworld

SHATTERWORLD will be 99 cents!

Amish wannabees flee to another planet, only to find conflict has followed them.

Christian Middle Grade Scifi! Click HERE!

 

Beggar Magic

BEGGAR MAGIC will be 99 cents!

This YA Steampunk Inspired Fantasy takes you into a world of musical magic where two girls from different backgrounds must fight to defend what matters most. Click HERE!

 

Aerisia: Land Beyond the Sunset (The Sunset Lands Beyond Book 1)

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In this fantasy series, Hannah Winters has gone from Earth to Aerisia, college student to prophesied savior. She must now contend with danger, betrayal, and romance, while mastering a new skill… magic. Click HERE!

 

The Amazing Adventures of Toby the Trilby (The Toby the Trilby Series Book 1)

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A Middle Grade Christian Dystopian SciFi! Click HERE!

 

The Devil’s Due (The Blackwell Files Book 5)

THE DEVIL’S DUE will be Free! A Thriller/mystery, former soldiers Alton Blackwell and Mallory Wilson are pulled back to Afghanistan to rescue a teenage friend whose Al-Qaeda uncle has nefarious plans for her. As they race to recover the teen, they battle Al-Qaeda terrorists, a resurgent cult, and a web of intrigue in which the label of friend and foe is not easily assigned.  Click HERE!