Back from a Hiatus! The Lowdown & Plans

Hi dear blogging, reading, author community!

I’ve missed you all. I kind of fell off the face of the earth toward the end of June. Well, maybe a bit before that. The highs and lows:
A high * I got super-busy trying to get ready for a bunch of amazing book conventions.
A high * I splurged for my first professional author photo (this one).
A low * I got bedbugs at one of the conventions!!! So did the unlucky photographer. Luckily, my exterminator had me well trained and I took care of business the second I hit home. NO bugs survived my war to the death. But my bites and resulting scars lingered for months. Yuck!
A high * I hit the USA Today bestseller list with a boxed set I’m in!!!
A high * I went to a writing retreat in Cape Cod and wrote every day, all day. Except for our sailboat ride and long dinners. Oh, and watching the Olympic Women’s Volleyball teams kick some serious you-know-what!
A change * I broke my LONGSTANDING rule to never post on Facebook about politics. This election cycle is just way too important. And scary. And it’s my only pulpit. So, yes, I’m for Hillary, the political wonk who is experienced and qualified and will keep her steady hand off the nuclear button.

My one and only political
post on here, promise!

A low * Yes, I’ve lost Facebook “friends” over this. And I’ve tried not to, but I’ve gotten into some arguments over Trumpty Dumpty, and how Gary Johnson didn’t even know what and where Aleppo was, and would not put one dime into fighting climate change. So, yeah, unfollow me here and now if that offends you (or forgive me), because things are just getting way too real to be fake.
A high * That said, I will NOT use this blog as that pulpit. For that, I am using Facebook and Twitter. I do want to make this a safe space. Except for this one and only pink pix. Promise!
A high * Attended a different book con in Saint Louis, sold lots, made new friends and had a blast! Penned Con to be exact, which gives all of their profits to Action for Autism. Mad respect to founders, Amy and Rick Miles!
I’ve had a long time to think about the blog. Whether I want to continue it, if so, how often I want to post, and more importantly, WHAT I want to post. I realized that part of what was making me weary was that it was becoming a giant online ad for everyone’s book launch and cover reveal, and nothing else. It was no longer personal… telling you all what I feel about books, about readers, about retreats, about life. I want to get back to more of this. I will post a bit less, but I will post. And yes, I will post about amazing books, and my own books… because I do love books and I do write. Just not 24/7.

The new Fireseed series covers
Ghosts of Fire anthology,
Untethered Realms Elements book 3
Shades of Prey, book 2
 So, happy fall, and wow, the Halloween season! And, I do have book stuff. A re-release with new covers and sales/freebies for my future shocker Fireseed series, including a new sequel novella called Blue House Magic. Untethered Realms has new story anthology out, Ghosts of Fire, book 3 of the Elements series. My story in this is Rollerskate Boys. Put the anthology on your Goodreads TBR list if you like. And I’ll be doing a bunch of Facebook parties like Haunted Halloween Spooktacular on OCT 20 from 4 to 5 (EST),  A Witchy Halloween on OCT 27 from 8 to 9 pm (EST), A Magickal Samhain on Sunday, OCT 30 from 12 to 1:30 pm (EST) – all to help spread word of Ghosts of Fire and other spooktastic boxed sets I’m in, like Shades of Prey, Mystical Magic. Join the parties to chat with lots of authors and play games for giveaways if you like!!!

New May Reads!

Get it at Amazon, iBook, Kobo, B&N, All Romance eBooks

About the author:
Bridie Hall writes YA and NA contemporary stories. She sold her first story at fourteen. Since then, she’s written dozens more, translated books, studied writing, and started writing novels. Her days revolve around stories and words, her sleepless nights involve plotting and inventing fascinating new characters. Visit her: Website & Facebook

Next up is Christine Rain’s steamy romance series Sasquatch Susies from Ellora’s Cave. Zowie!

Pictures tell a thousand words, do they not? To learn more and nab your copies, head to Christine’s special erotica page.

Next we’ll switch gears to present a sci-fi anthology with a story from fellow Untethered Realms author, Cherie Reich and other talented speculative fiction folks. The collection is called Parallels and here’s a summary:
Enter the realm of parallel universes!


What if the government tried to create the perfect utopia? Could a society linked to a supercomputer survive on its own? Do our reflections control secret lives on the other side of the mirror? Can one moment split a person’s world forever?


Exploring the fantastic, ten authors offer incredible visions and captivating tales of diverse reality. Featuring the talents of L. G. Keltner, Crystal Collier, Hart Johnson, Cherie Reich, Sandra Cox, Yolanda Renee, Melanie Schulz, Sylvia Ney, Michael Abayomi, and Tamara Narayan.


Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will expand your imagination and twist the tropes of science fiction. Step through the portal and enter another dimension!
Get your copy at: Amazon, iBooks, Kobo. See it at Goodreads

And finally, a spectacular boxed set of space fiction called Galactic Empires, with a novel from an Untethered Realms author, M. Pax.
Summary:
The Backworlds by M. Pax – A man struggles to survive in the harsh world of humanity’s outer settlements and prove his father wrong.
Ambassador 1: Seeing Red by Patty Jansen – To look an alien superior in the eye is a deadly offense. To accuse him of a political murder…
Alien Hunters by Daniel Arenson – A scruffy alien pest controller faces an alien threat the likes of which the universe has never seen.
Hard Duty by Mark E. Cooper – Hostile aliens nearly eradicated humanity. Will the next encounter finish the job?
Bypass Gemini by Joseph Lallo – A disgraced racer pilot gets mixed up with a mega-corporation. Now he has to stop them.
Sky Hunter by Chris Reher – Sent to a human outpost to investigate sabotage, a pilot finds more trouble than she bargained for.
The Galapagos Incident by Felix Savage – A genocidal AI attacks the solar system, and a Space Corps agent has one chance of saving a bunch of asteroid squatters she was sent to evict.
First Conquest by David VanDyke – To find a home and keep humanity safe from hostile aliens, Task Force Conquest must fight to seize a new star system.

Witch of the Cards Tour & Mega Giveaway Commences! March 28 – April 11


Witch of the Cards is on tour, hosted by Bewitching Books (How perfect for a witchy book). Also, a bunch of my fellow authors and bloggers are joining in the fun. A giant thanks to all! As always, tour stops go live on the day of, so make sure to pop back in to read new posts. There are guest posts about the Tarot, about why I love to set my novels in dilapidated, eerie locations, about my inspirations behind the story, and a really fun playlist, mashing up contemporary music (about witches and magic) with songs of the 1930s. A tour would not be complete without a great giveaway. So, make sure to enter the Rafflecopter below. Want to know what the prizes are? Here you go:

An earlier box – bewitching ones to come!

 One $40 gift card, two hand-painted heart-boxes (by me) with secret treasure inside, one signed paperback of Dorianna, one signed paperback of Witch of the Cards, one brand new collector Tarot deck along with an envelope full of special greeting cards (with envelopes) designed by me!

TOUR March 28 – April 11

March 28 – Guest Post – The Allure of Creepy Beach Towns as Settings
Addicted 2 Heroines

March 28 – Feature & Guest Post
In Pursuit of Publishness

March 30 – Playlist!
Dawn Brazil’s Brilliant Babbles About Books

March 29 – Feature & Excerpt
Leigh Anderson Romance

March 30 – Spotlight & Excerpt
Kristy Centeno

March 31 – Spotlight, Teasers
Ramblings of a Book Nerd

March 31 – Spotlight, Teasers
fuonlyknew

April 1 – What’s in a Penname?
Mythical Books


April 1 – Spotlight
Extreme Bookaholic’s Blog

April 1 – Inspirations Behind the Story!
Fresh Pot of Tea

April 4 – Guest Post – Magical Taffy & Other Weirdness
Hart’s Romance

April 4Feature & Why I Love Creepy Beach Towns
Christine Rains, Writer

April 4 – Feature
Ellie Garratt


April 5Interview
Fang-tastic Books
www.fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com

April 5 – Feature
Julie Flanders
julieflanders.blogspot.com

April 6 – Guest Blog – TAROT!
Juli D Revezzo
http://julidrevezzo.com/blog/
something about tarot

April 6 – Feature
Cherie Reich
http://cheriereich.blogspot.com

April 6 – Feature
Write Stuff
meradethhouston.blogspot.com

April 6 – Guest Post
Mary Pax
http://mpaxauthor.com/blog/

April 7 – Spotlight
Roxanne’s Realm
www.roxannerhoads.com

April 7 – Feature
Liz Long
http://lizclong.com/blog

April 8 – Guest Blog
Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/

April 8 – Review
Queen of All She Reads
http:queenofallshereads.blogspot.com

April 11 – Guest Blog
Books Direct
https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com.au/
Researching Historical Fiction OR author’s choice

April 11 – Review
I Smell Sheep
http://www.ismellsheep.com/

April 11 – Feature
https://bibliogalblog.com (Rebecca Milhoan)

Get it at: Amazon USAmazon UKiBooksKoboB&N/NookInkteraAmazon CAAmazon AUAmazon INAmazon DE

Witch of the Cards is OUT! Plus blitz week prizes

I am thrilled to say that my historical fantasy Witch of the Cards is live! To celebrate its launch I am running a blitz week Rafflecopter with lots of fun prizes. A special thanks to all of you who are helping to spread word. I am more than happy to return the favor on your next launch!

The idea for this book came years ago when I had a strange dream the night before we went to Asbury Park, then a dilapidated, spooky beach town. Of course, being a writer who loves odd settings, this place attracted my curiosity! In the dream (nightmare?) I was wandering down an abandoned boardwalk when I came to the only open shop – a saltwater taffy store.
In it, was an ancient witch, selling magical taffy. Boom!

Get it at: Amazon US, Amazon UK, iBooks, Kobo, B&N/Nook, Inktera, Amazon CA, Amazon AU, Amazon IN, Amazon DE

Witch of the Cards blurb:



Fiera has always had an unsettling ability to know things before they happen and sense people’s hidden agendas. She longs to either find out the origin of her powers or else banish them because as is, they make her feel crazy. When, during the reading, her energies somehow bond with Peter Dune’s and form an undeniable ethereal force, a chain of revelations and dangerous events begin to unspool. For one, Fiera finds out she is a witch from a powerful sea clan, but that someone is out to stop her blossoming power forever. And though she is falling in love with Peter, he also has a secret side. He’s no card reader, but a private detective working to expose mediums. Despite this terrible betrayal, Fiera must make the choice to save Peter from a tragic Morro Cruise boat fire, or let him perish with his fellow investigators. Told in alternating viewpoints, we hear Fiera and Peter each struggle against their deep attraction. Secrets, lies, even murder, lace this dark fantasy.
Writers and most book-lovers know that the best present an author can get on her book’s birthday are people buying the book! For us indies, it helps get the book higher on the lists so more people know about it. If you like witch tales, suspense, historical fiction, Tarot, epic supernatural battles, and ocean settings, please consider reading Witch of the Cards.
Available at: Amazon USAmazon UKiBooksKoboB&N/NookInkteraAmazon CAAmazon AUAmazon INAmazon DE

More intriguing reads & cover reveals!

Galactic Empires is a FREE boxed set of exciting deep space exploration! Get it at Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon CA, Amazon AUiTunes, Kobo, B&N.

Eight full-length novels of adventure, war, intrigue and survival in the far reaches of space.

The Backworlds by M. Pax
A man struggles to survive in the harsh world of humanity’s outer settlements and prove his father wrong.
Ambassador 1: Seeing Red by Patty Jansen
To look an alien superior in the eye is a deadly offense. To accuse him of a political murder…
Alien Hunters by Daniel Arenson
A scruffy alien pest controller faces an alien threat the likes of which the universe has never seen.
Hard Duty by Mark E. Cooper
Hostile aliens nearly eradicated humanity. Will the next encounter finish the job?
Bypass Gemini by Joseph Lallo
A disgraced racer pilot gets mixed up with a mega-corporation. Now he has to stop them.
Sky Hunter by Chris Reher
Sent to a human outpost to investigate sabotage, a pilot finds more trouble than she bargained for.
The Galapagos Incident by Felix Savage
A genocidal AI attacks the solar system, and a Space Corps agent has one chance of saving a bunch of asteroid squatters she was sent to evict.
First Conquest by David VanDyke
To find a home and keep humanity safe from hostile aliens, Task Force Conquest must fight to seize a new star system.

Here’s a YA great, new sci-fi from Jennifer Macaire