Welcome to the 2019 Hawthorn Moon Blog Tour

If you’re looking for some summer reading, you’ve come to the right place! My Hawthorn Moon blog tour is a great time to catch up on the latest titles, find out what’s coming soon, and get a behind-the-scenes peak at the characters and the series. Come check out what’s new and have a look at the coming attractions!

The Splintered Crown is the first in a brand new series by Larry N. Martin. Come along for the adventure as a group of down-at-the-heels friends are sent by a demigoddess on a dangerous quest in hopes of making their fortune and being able to escape the hardships of their lives in the city.  If you love portal fantasy and quest adventures, this is a perfect summer read!

Convicts & Exiles is the prequel to Ice Forged in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, and is the final work planned for this post-apocalyptic medieval epic fantasy series. This book fills in the six year ‘gap’ at the beginning of Ice Forged, telling the story of Blaine McFadden’s years in Velant Prison and as a colonist on Edgeland, and shows how he and his friends—Kestel, Piran, Verran and Dawe—came together as found family to save the kingdom.

Then there’s our newest audiobook, Spells Salt and Steel: Season One. Catch the adventures of snarky monster hunter Mark Wojcik as he battles monsters, vengeful ghosts and creepy cryptids. He’s got a grenade launcher full of salted holy water, and he’s not afraid to use it!

We’ve also got Deadly Curiosities stories in two new anthologies—Release the Virgins, published by Fantastic Books, and Tales from the Old Black Ambulance, from Prospective Press.

Follow the Hawthorn Moon blog tour guest posts for all the hottest scoop! You can find the inside intel and a tour-exclusive giveaway at these host blogs:

Beauty In Ruins
Jacey Bedford’s blog
Dave Brenden deBurgh’s blog
Disquieting Visions
I Smell Sheep blog

Check back and we’ll update with links as the posts go live!

Join our Shadow Alliance street team so you never miss a new release! Get all the scoop first + giveaways + fun stuff! Also where I get my beta readers and Launch Team!

Bonus goodies!

Read a copy of my Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy short story Catspaw for free: and check out my epic fantasy Ascendant Kingdoms short story Reconciling Memory here for free:

Giveaway! Enter for a chance to win a copy of The Splintered Crown and Convicts and Exiles

New Prolific Works giveaways!

36 FREE short fantasy stories in Summer Shorties giveaway @Prolific_Works w full Catspaw story Ends 6/30

19 FREE stories in Addictive Military and Sci-Fi giveaway @Prolific_Works w excerpt from Salvage Rat Ends 6/30

29 FREE stories in Kickass Heroines giveaway @Prolific_Works w full Catspaw story Ends 6/24

170 FREE reads in My Summer Reading List giveaway @Prolific_Works w excerpts from Sons of Darkness and Spells Salt & Steel Ends 9/30

106 FREE sci-fi/fantasy reads in Discover New Series giveaway @Prolific_Works w full Reconciling Memory and The Last Mile stories + excerpt from Salvage Rat Ends 12/31/19

155 FREE sci-fi/fantasy reads in Fantastical SF giveaway @Prolific_Works w full The Last Mile story + excerpt from Salvage Rat Ends 12/31/19



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Winter Updates…

I hope you’re surviving the cold winter temperatures—the best way is to curl up with a hot beverage, a comfy couch, and a good book!

New on Audio!

Trifles and Folly is now on audio, and Trifles and Folly2 just came out on 1/29! Now you can get all of the Deadly Curiosities stories and books for your listening pleasure!

In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it, Sons of Darkness (the first in the new Night Vigil urban fantasy series) and Spells Salt and Steel: Season One (the collection of the first four Mark Wojcik monster hunter novellas) came out at the end of 2018! Season One is available in ebook, print and hard cover, and the audiobook edition is in the works!

Coming Soon!

Cauldron: A Joe Mack/Shadow Council novella (Falstaff Books) kicks off a brand new series set in the Roaring Twenties, featuring supernatural vigilante Joe Mack—the immortal champion also known to steelworkers as Joe Magarac.

Convicts & Exiles—a prequel to the Ascendant Kingdoms, telling the story of Blaine and his friends before their return to Donderath.

We’re also working on a couple more brand new series, so stay tuned!

Freebies—SciFi and Fantasy giveaways on Prolific Works including our stories!

37 FREE Fantasy and paranormal creature stories in Magical Monsters giveaway w our full story Catspaw Ends 3/15

37 FREE sci-fi reads in Area 51 giveaway with excerpts from Salvage Rat and Grave Voices Ends 3/26

45 FREE fantasy reads in the Magic Rises giveaway with the full Catspaw Deadly Curiosities story! Ends 3/30

Book lovers! Enter for a chance to win free books, gift cards, ebook bundle & a Kindle Fire! March 7 – 26

155 FREE Fantasy/Sci-Fi reads in Fantastical SF giveaway including an excerpt from Salvage Rat and complete short story The Last Mile Ends 4/30


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Happy Thanksgiving! New Books and Free Stories

Hey everyone! Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m thankful for books, authors and readers. Books have gotten me through dark places, taught me about the world, shaped my perspectives, and given me forever fictional friends. Most of my social circle now consists of other authors, and I am so grateful for their friendship and guidance. And of course, I’m thankful for readers because you make all the books possible!

There’s lot of new stuff, just in time for the holidays, and perfect for cozying up with a good book!

Sons of Darkness, my new urban fantasy, is now available in ebook and print! Demon-hunting former priest Travis Dominick works with the misfit psychics of the Night Vigil to fight supernatural creatures and malicious paranormal activity. When a series of disappearances, suicides and vengeful spirits cause havoc and death along a remote interstate highway, Travis teams up with former special ops soldier and monster-hunter Brent Lawson to end the problem with extreme prejudice. Check out all the cool blog posts and interviews, plus giveaway on the book tour!

Assassin’s Honor is now available in audio, as well as ebook and print! Imagine Butch and Sundance as medieval assassins…. Joel Breckenridge and Garrett Kennard are King’s Shadows, elite assassins serving the crown of Landria. When a shadowy itinerant holy man starts captivates the nobility with treasonous whispers, Ridge and Rett go rogue to stop the threat, save the kingdom and protect the king–while landing on the ‘Most Wanted’ list themselves? Look for a new virtual book tour with reviews, giveaways and exclusive content starting Nov. 26!

Also new in audio—Salvage Rat, Tangled Web, Vengeance, Trifles and Folly, Trifles and Folly 2 and Storm and Fury!

Free books and stories to chase away the winter chill!

Grab my Deadly Curiosities story Catspaw and 105 more tales in the Magic and Fantasy giveaway!

Then check out the Sci-Fi Fantasy Holiday Giveaway, with the full Grave Voices (Storm & Fury) novella and an excerpt from Salvage Rat, and 198 other stories! Get it here:

Starting November 19, grab Grave Voices, Restless Nights, and an excerpt from Lucky Town  in the Fireside Fantasy giveaway, with over 70 other full books, short stories, novellas and previews!

Starting November 22, you can get an excerpt from Salvage Rat and more than 21 other stories about Future Warriors in the Lethal Weapons giveaway!



What’s new with Morgan Brice!

Lucky Town, the new Christmas Badlands novella, is perfect for the holidays! Psychic medium Simon Kincaide and his boyfriend, Myrtle Beach homicide detective Vic D’Amato, find that the only thing more frightening than murder might be navigating their first holiday season as a couple. 

A trip back to Pittsburgh to spend Thanksgiving with Vic’s large, exuberant family means dodging old frenemies and a bitter ex-boyfriend. A cold case comes back to haunt Vic when the murdered man’s ghost begs Simon for justice. Then a new murder back in Myrtle Beach looks suspiciously familiar, and the dead woman’s ghost isn’t playing nice. When Simon gets a vision of the next victim before the crime occurs, he realizes that all the murders are supernaturally linked. Catching the murderer will take his psychic sleuthing skills along with Vic’s street smarts to avert a tragedy. Can they do right by ghosts past, present and yet-to-come without ending up in the crosshairs of a killer for Christmas?  Lucky Town is now available in ebook and print.

Audio, coming soon! I’ve just done a contract with Tantor audio to have Witchbane, Burn, Dark Rivers, Badlands, Lucky Town and the upcoming novel The Rising done in audiobook, narrated by the talented Kale Williams! Stay tuned to find out when the audiobooks will go live!

Morgan Brice fans, you can get my complete Restless Nights story (not on Amazon!) and 50 other stories FREE in the Christmas Romance giveaway here:

Starting November 19, check out the Holiday Paranormal Romance giveaway, which includes previews of Lucky Town and Witchbane, the complete Restless nights short story, and over 40 other full books, short stories, novellas and previews!

Check out the Winter Wonderland online scavenger hunt for a chance to win a copy of Lucky Town and other books, plus a Kindle HD Fire, Amazon gift cards, and other cool prizes!


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Welcome to the 2018 Days of the Dead Tour

Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, Samhain, All Hallow’s Eve….when better to celebrate books about magic, necromancers, ghosts, and things that go bump in the night?

We’ve got plenty of new ‘treats’ in our Trick-or-Treat lineup this year: Vengeance, Tangled Web, The Dark Road, Salvage Rat, Assassin’s Honor, Sons of Darkness, and Close Encounters. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how the books came about and what the heck we were thinking with the guest blog posts and author Q&As.

Sign up for a chance to win a Kindle prize pack with an ebook of Tangled Web, Salvage Rat, Assassin’s Honor, The Dark Road, and Sons of Darkness!

Check out upcoming posts from

RisingShadow—Heroes in Dark Places
Qwillery—Monsters and Mayhem in the Modern World
I Smell Sheep—Excerpt of Assassin’s Honor
We Geek Girls—Assassins and Salvage Rats (includes a Salvage Rat excerpt)
Beauty in Ruins—Assassins, Honor and Vengeance
SciFi Chick—Epic vs. Urban: Writing Both Sides of Fantasy (includes a Tangled Web excerpt)
Bookloons—Excerpts from Salvage Rat and Assassin’s Honor
Dave Brendon deBurgh—Excerpt and Review of Assassin’s Honor
Fantasy Book Critic—Dangerous Truths
SFF World—Outlaws and Rogues are Always in Style
Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist—Space, Spells and Spooks

I Smell Sheep—Somewhere I Wouldn’t Want to Be After Dark

CatsLuvCoffeez—Review of Tangled Web

CreativelyGreen—Writing and Family

TSStuff—Author Q&A on Tangled Web

TheBookJunkieReads—-Author interview on Tangled Web

Mythical Books—Guest post by Larry N. Martin on Salvage Rat

Celtic Lady Reviews—Interview with Larry N. Martin on Salvage RAt

Geri Reads—Outlaw Monster Hunter Survival Tips

The Million Words Blog—Co-Writing Without Homicide

Anne Barwell—Juggling Worlds (Writing in Multiple Series)

Slippery Words—Epic Fantasy without Epic Length

Momma Says to Read or Not to Read—Making History and Fantasy for Fun

Margaret McGraw—Finding the Writer’s Spark

Enter my Rafflecopter giveaway to win a Kindle Prize Package with a free copy EACH of — Tangled Web, Assassin’s Honor, Salvage Rat, The Dark Road and Sons of Darkness!

Let me give a shout-out for #HoldOnToTheLight 2018, back for more with new authors and fantastic new posts! 150+ genre authors blogging about their personal struggles with depression, PTSD, anxiety, suicide and self-harm, candid posts by some of your favorite authors on how mental health issues have impacted their lives and books. Read the stories, share the stories, change a life. Find out more at

Don’t forget Morgan Brice
Morgan Brice is my pen name for writing urban fantasy, male/male paranormal romance, and I’ve got a great short story freebie with 22 authors here:

And you can enter this fun online scavenger hunt for a chance to win free books, a copy of my novel, Witchbane, and a Kindle Fire HD!


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Happy Fall—Lots of New Stuff!

Things haven’t slowed down yet around here—we’re just in pumpkin spice overdrive.

New Stuff

Salvage Rat, by Larry N. Martin, is now live! Think, Bonnie and Clyde meet V for Vendetta in a Firefly-esque universe.

Star Force pilot and hero Wyatt McCoy left his medals and career behind after the Rim Wars, disillusioned and bitter when he learns the truths behind the conflict. He takes his converted gunship, the Nellie B, and heads to the Near Fringe, salvaging derelict ships and abandoned stations and mining colonies. Dr. Beth Parker is a space archeologist, documenting the history of planetary expansion and colonization for Kalok Enterprises and the Interplanetary Mining Group. A piece of alien technology embeds itself in Beth’s arm, giving her the ability to see the energy impressions of long ago people and events. When Beth uncovers proof of genocide that could bring down the big mining companies, she’s the target of assassins. Wyatt makes a split-second decision to intervene, launching them both into a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game with some of the most powerful organizations in the system. They can prove Kalok and Interplan killed millions—but can they live long enough to tell their story? Read it here in ebook, print and audiobook:

Close Encounters, the newest Mark Wojcik monster hunter (New Templars) novella is out from Falstaff Books!

There’s a drunk werewolf passed out on his porch, a monster mistaken for a mammoth stalking the nearby woods, zombies at an abandoned sanitarium, and his niece has been kidnapped by a haunted hotel that makes the Overlook resemble the Waldorf Astoria. For Mark Wojcik, it’s just another week in the wild backwoods of Pennsylvania. Grab it here in print and ebook:

The Dark Road, the second Jonmarc Vahanian Adventure collection, is also live!

Jonmarc Vahanian fled from the raiders and monsters that killed his family, but when danger dogs his steps once again, he leaves the traveling caravan that gave him shelter to become a mercenary in nearby Principality. His fighting skills help him rise through the ranks, and draw the attention of a Nargi general—and the general’s undead mage. An old, unsettled score turns deadly, trapping Jonmarc in dangerous intrigue. He can save himself—and betray everything he holds dear—or die a hero as the raider’s curse holds true. Get it in ebook and print:

Coming Attractions:

Coming Soon: Watch for Sons of Darkness, the first book in my new Night Vigil dark urban fantasy series, to show up in October! Also, Assassin’s Honor, first in the new Assassins of Landria series, will be released in print, ebook and audiobook on October 23!

I’ll be at the West Virginia Book Festival October 26-28, so come on by if you’re in the area, catch up on reading material for the winter, and say hello!

Watch for these upcoming blog tours with all-new Q&A, guest blog posts and giveaways!

New #HoldOnToTheLight

Watch for new #HoldOnToTheLight posts from David and Sharon Weber, Faith Hunter, Kat Richardson, Lucienne Diver, Christine Amsden, Samantha Dunaway Bryant, and Chris Shrewsbury, plus articles about the campaign from Space And Time Magazine and the Winchester Family Business blog! Watch for forthcoming posts from Jody Lynn Nye, Cat Rambo, Faith Hunter, Jeanne Adams, Darin Kennedy, Jean Marie Ward, Kat Richardson, Jay Requard, Melissa Gilbert, Tally Johnson, Candice Carpenter, Jaym Gates, James MacArthur, Rich Gaultieri, Lynn Zubernis, Laurena Aker, and more!

What’s New With Morgan Brice?

Morgan Brice is my pen name for writing urban fantasy MM paranormal romance. I’ll have my Morgan Brice books with me at WV Book Festival, but I’m also a Featured Author at RomCon in Richmond, VA Oct 5-8 and at GRL in Portsmouth, VA Oct 16-21. 

Burn (Witchbane 1.5) is out! It picks up right after the events in Witchbane and serves as a bridge to Dark Rivers (Witchbane 2) which will be out in October! One hundred years ago, a sheriff’s posse killed dark warlock Rhyfel Gremory, but his witch-disciples escaped, and their magic made them nearly immortal. Seth uncovers a cycle of ritual murders that feed the witch-disciples’ power, and he saves Evan Malone, one of the warlock’s potential victims. Neither Seth nor Evan expected to fall in love, but when the dust settles, they find themselves on the run and on the road together, tracking the next killer. Fate and danger threw them together. But once the adrenaline fades, will love last?

And new for Halloween, a giveaway for free books, awesome prizes and a grand prize of a Kindle HD Fire!

Stay Tuned for another October Treat featuring an all-new Badlands Halloween story, coming soon!


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Summer Update and a Fun Contest

Vengeance is out! It’s the sequel to Scourge (which won the Manly Wade Wellman award for NC spec fic), and Corran, Rigan and their outlaw friends have fled beyond the walls of Ravenwood City, hunting monsters and trying to stay out of the clutches of the guards! They thought they stopped new monsters from coming through, only to discover that there’s a much bigger conspiracy and they’re in way over their heads!

Tangled Web is the third Deadly Curiosities novel, and it’s action-packed! When a malicious weaver-witch awakens the spirit of an ancient Norse seoir warlock and calls to the Wild Hunt, Cassidy, Teag, and Sorren—and all their supernatural allies—will need magic, cunning, and the help of a Viking demi-goddess to survive the battle and keep Charleston—and the whole East Coast—from becoming the prey of the Master of the Hunt.

Deep Trouble is the third Mark Wojcik Monster Hunter novella (in the Spells, Salt and Steel universe). Mark Wojcik fights a dragon, has a battle of wits with the ghost of Mad Anthony Wayne, and even takes on the infamous Pig People of Radio Tower Hill, but when the angry spirits from a bloody mine disaster come looking for vengeance, Mark knows he’s in deep trouble.

Coming soon! 

Sons of Darkness, a new dark urban fantasy series set in Pittsburgh. Demon-hunting former priest Travis Dominick works with the misfit psychics of the Night Vigil to fight supernatural creatures and malicious paranormal activity. When a series of disappearances, suicides and vengeful spirits cause havoc and death along a remote interstate highway, Travis teams up with former special ops soldier and monster-hunter Brent Lawson to end the problem with extreme prejudice. (September)

Salvage Rat, a new space opera by Larry N. Martin! Think Bonnie and Clyde meet V for Vendetta in a Firefly-esque universe. (September)

Also, Assassin’s Honor, my new buddy flick epic fantasy. Imagine Butch and Sundance as medieval assassins! (October)

New from my alter-ego, Morgan Brice!

As Morgan Brice, I write Urban Fantasy MM Paranormal Romance. Here’s what’s new!

Witchbane: Seth Tanner uncovers a cycle of ritual killings that feeds the power of a dark warlock, and he’s hell bent on stopping Jackson Malone from becoming the next victim. He’s used to risking his neck. He never intended to risk his heart.

Badlands: Medium and clairvoyant Simon Kincaide owns a Myrtle Beach boardwalk shop where he runs ghost tours, holds seances, and offers private psychic readings, making a fresh start after his abilities cost him his lover and his job as a folklore professor. Jaded cop Vic D’Amato saw something supernatural he couldn’t explain during a shootout several years ago in Pittsburgh and relocated to Myrtle Beach to leave the past behind, still skeptical about the paranormal.  But when the search for a serial killer hits a dead end, Vic battles his skepticism to ask Simon for help. As the body count rises, Simon’s involvement makes him a target, and a suspect. But Simon can’t say no, even if it costs him his life and heart

Check out the Cupcakes and Books Scavenger Hunt—Ready to win Amazon cards, romance books and other prizes? I’m one of the sponsors of the Night Owl Romance CUPCAKES & BOOKS Scavenger Hunt.

During this event I’m going to help you find some great new books. Make sure to check my featured title out along the way. Enter now by clicking on the picture! Contest runs August 16-September 6!

Come see me at a convention!

I’ll be at DragonCon in Atlanta on Labor Day weekend on a lot of panels, and then in October, I’ll be a Featured Author at RomCon in Richmond and a Supporting Author at GRL in Portsmouth, VA! Come say hello!


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Welcome to the Hawthorn Moon 2018!

The annual blog tour began to celebrate the summer solstice, called the Hawthorn Moon in my novel The Summoner (the first book in my Chronicles of the Necromancer series). And for eleven years, we’ve kept on celebrating the solstice with new books, guest blog posts, giveaways and more!  

Here’s what’s in store this year!

Enter for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift certificate in my Hawthorn Moon Blog Tour giveaway!

I’m a guest blogger on the following sites, sharing details about new, upcoming and continuing series, as well as some sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes details you won’t find anywhere else! — I talk about indie publishing and why indie or hybrid careers make sense for a growing number of authors —I spill the beans on the upcoming new dark urban fantasy Sons of Darkness! —Everything you ever wanted to know about writing series and sequels — Behind the scenes with Vengeance, the newest book in the Darkhurst epic fantasy series!  — A sneak peek at Tangled Web, the brand new novel in the Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series.  — Catch up on The Dark Road and the upcoming Legacy of the Necromancer new series!  — Monster hunters, demon-hunting ex-priests and agents from the Department of Supernatural Investigations. —New scoop on both what’s next for Jonmarc Vahanian, and the next chapter in the Valmonde brothers’ medieval monster hunting!

Morgan Brice has been busy, too!

As you may know, I’ve started writing urban fantasy MM paranormal romance under the pen name Morgan Brice. Witchbane, the first book in one series, came out in March, and Badlands, the first in another series, comes out at the end of June.

The Witchbane Book Blast coincides with the Hawthorn Moon, and Badlands will kick off its own tour right after the July 4 holiday. Here’s where you can find out more!

Be sure to look for me at a convention near you!

June 29 – July 1  LibertyCon, Chattanooga, TN
July 13 – 15        ConGregate, High Point, NC
July 27-29          Raleigh SuperCon, Raleigh, NC
Aug 1-5              GenCon, Indianapolis, IN
Aug 31 – Sept 3  DragonCon, Atlanta, GA
Oct. 5-7              RomCon, Williamsburg, VA (as Morgan Brice)
Oct. 18 -21         GRL, Portsmouth, VA (as Morgan Brice)
Oct. 26-27          WV Festival of the Book, Charleston, WV


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Happy Spring!

Awesomecon and Ravencon were wonderful, and now that I’m home, we’re back to getting more books out to satisfy story-hungry readers!

Watch for Tangled Web (Deadly Curiosities novel #3) to come out very soon, in ebook/print and in audiobook! When a malicious weaver-witch awakens the spirit of an ancient Norse seoir warlock and calls to the Wild Hunt, Cassidy, Teag, and Sorren—and all their supernatural allies—will need magic, cunning, and the help of a Viking demi-goddess to survive the battle and keep Charleston—and the whole East Coast—from becoming the prey of the Master of the Hunt.

Vengeance (Darkhurst book #3) is also due later this spring, continuing the adventures of undertaker brothers Corran and Rigan Valmonde and their outlaw friends as they battle the monsters and uncover a conspiracy much larger than they ever imagined.

Also coming soon from Falstaff Books is Deep Trouble, our third Spells, Salt, and Steel Mark Wojcik monster hunter adventure. Mark’s gone up against plenty of big bad creatures and cryptids, but never like this! Mark Wojcik fights a dragon, has a battle of wits with the ghost of Mad Anthony Wayne, and even takes on the infamous Pig People of Radio Tower Hill, but when the angry spirits from a bloody mine disaster come looking for vengeance, Mark knows he’s in deep trouble!

We’re working on plenty of other stuff behind the scenes, so expect plenty of new stuff yet to be revealed—we’ve got your summer reading covered!

Under my Morgan Brice pen name (urban fantasy MM paranormal romance), I’m working on the first book in a new series, Badlands, set in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I hope to have it out in May, so stay tuned to find out more!

Witchbane, the first Morgan Brice release, is racking up 4 and 5 star reviews! The Witchbane blog tour includes excerpts, a Q&A, a post from me on Paths to Publication, and musings about the inspiration for the new series and the addition of a new name and a new sub-genre! Plus a chance to win a $25 gift certificate! Here’s the master page—visit the participating blogs and enter the Rafflecopter drawing from their sites!

Supernatural fans—I’m going to the #SPNNC convention in Charlotte in August. I’d love to meet up with you there! Here’s the link to the con group I started to help attendees find each other

Come see me at a convention, follow me on Twitter @GailZMartin (and @MorganBriceBook), join the Shadow Alliance street team or The Worlds of Morgan Brice free Facebook groups, or check out my Pinterest boards (includes a Morgan Brice board, as well as abandoned buildings, cute animals, nostalgia and Supernatural).


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Ready For My Days of the Dead Blog-a-palooza!


It’s October, and that means cool weather, early dark, fun-size candy, ghosts, ghoulies and long-legged beasties—and my Days of the Dead Blog tour!

I write about ghosts, necromancers and haunted places, so it only makes sense for me to do a blog tour in the week when you get All Hallows Eve, Samhain, Dia de los Muertos AND Halloween together!

So this year, we’ve got all kinds of goodies….coming attractions on new series, a few teasers about the upcoming Warhammer original novel, a sneak peek at Vengeance (sequel to Scourge), and news about the new Deadly Curiosities novel and new Iron & Blood novel planned for 2018!

And of course, the links to fun excerpts of my stuff and some of my friends’ books because what’s Halloween without Trick-or-Treat goodies!

Watch for blog posts this year on these wonderful sites: I Smell Sheep, Risingshadow, BeautyInRuins, SciFi Chick, The Qwillery, Magical Words, Cecilia Dominic Blog, Barnes & Noble Mind Meld.

Here’s a Rafflecopter giveaway of Spells, Salt and Steel!

Have you read the newest stuff!

Grab Bump in the Night fast—it’s a limited-edition book bundle that’ll be gone faster than your Halloween candy! Nine full-length spooky novels for $2.99! And it’s a great way to get my Trifles and Folly collection of 10 Deadly Curiosities short stories for a great price!

Haven Harbor HalloweenFour novellas, only .99 for a limited time. They all have connections to Jeanne Adams Haven Harbor universe, which features mysteries in a town settled by the descendants of witches who fled Salem to avoid the Trials back in the day. My story is Keepsakes, a Deadly Curiosities novella where a string of bizarre murders—all linked to stolen cursed items—have Cassidy, Teag and Sorren trying to stay one jump ahead of a killer.

Spells, Salt and Steel: A New Templars Novella. This is the first in a series co-written with Larry N. Martin and set tangentially in John Hartness’s Bubba The Monster Hunter universe. It’s comedic horror starring Mark Wojcik, mechanic and monster hunter, in the wilds of Northwestern Pennsylvania. Here’s the first line: “When all else fails, the ass end of a carp makes a damn fine weapon.”

The Hunt: A Storm and Fury Novella. Department of Supernatural Investigation agents Mitch Storm and Jacob Drangosavich are back for more Steampunk adventures. People have vanished and part of the Adirondack Forest is missing. Are aliens or airships to blame?

Unraveled: A Deadly Curiosities Novella. Charleston’s restless spirits turn dangerous as a ghostly serial killer returns for a new murder spree. Cassidy, Teag and Sorren must outwit an undead entity that kills for thrills and find what tethers his spirit to the city to stop the bloodshed before Teag becomes the next victim.

Remember—all of my books except Iron & Blood are on audio! (Spells, Salt and Steel is in process.) You can even use your Audible free trial!

Love my books? Join The Shadow Alliance, my free street team on Facebook. The Shadows get extra contests, goodies and get-together, plus they’re where I turn for beta readers and ARC readers!

Do you follow me on Twitter @GailZMartin? I tweet a lot from conventions, about Supernatural, and about books and cool stuff. Be sure to follow me on for boards on Abandoned Places, Supernatural, food, nostalgia and cute animals!

And now for something really important–#HoldOnToTheLight 2017 returns with new authors and more fantastic posts!

#HoldOnToTheLight is a blog campaign with 130+ of your favorite Sci-Fi and Fantasy authors sharing their personal stories about how depression, PTSD, anxiety, self-harm impacted them and their books. You can find links to all of the posts at Please—read the stories, share the stories, change a life.



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Hawthorn Moon Tour 2017–Monsters, Airships and Smugglers

Welcome to my annual Hawthorn Moon blog tour! The name comes from a holiday celebrated on the Solstice in my Chronicles of the Necromancer series, and the idea just stuck. It’s become the season to unveil new cover art, talk about new books and upcoming new releases, and explore ideas in guest blog posts on blogs around the world!

The big news….

Scourge, the first book in my new Darkhurst epic fantasy series, comes out from Solaris Books July 15!

What’s Scourge about? Here’s the short answer: Three undertaker brothers in a medieval trading town battle monsters to protect their family and neighbors, only to discover that the monsters have masters and the stakes are higher than they dreamed.

Here’s the book cover answer: In a city beset by monsters, three brothers must find out who is controlling the abominations and stop the carnage. Corran, Rigan, and Kell Valmonde are Guild Undertakers, left to run their family’s business when guards murdered their father and monsters killed their mother. Their grave magic enables them to help souls pass to the After and banish vengeful spirits. Rigan’s magic is unusually strong and enables him to hear the confessions of the dead, the secrets that would otherwise be taken to the grave. When the toll exacted by monsters and brutal guards hits close to home and ghosts expose the hidden sins of powerful men, Corran, Rigan and Kell become targets in a deadly game and face a choice: obey the Guild, or fight back and risk everything.

And here’s the Hollywood pitch summary: Supernatural meets Game of Thrones.

So there you have it–medieval monster hunters! Be sure to check out the excerpts I’ll be posting with many of the blog tour links!

The Tour

IMG_0158Check back here for updates–I’ll post live links to the blog posts, giveaways and excerpts running on these awesome blogs!

We Geek Girls
Magical Words
Solaris Books/When Gravity Fails
Beauty In Ruins
I Smell Sheep
Jacey Bedford
SciFi Chick
SFF World
SF Bokhandlein
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There will also be a Goodreads giveaways, so stay tuned for details!

Other News

IMG_0090We’ve got a trio of new Steampunk stories in the Storm & Fury Adventures (extra episodes in the Iron & Blood world): Ghost Wolf, Ruin Creek and Lagniappe! Werewolf vigilantes, skinwalkers and weird West aliens and the curse of a pirate’s ghost–these stories have it all!

Jonmarc Vahanian fans–his story is now complete! If you’ve been following the serialized journey of everyone’s favorite brigand lord, the tale is now complete with Death Match, Guardian and Smuggler! These three novellas take the action up to about five years before the beginning of The Summoner! (Will I ever write more smuggling tales? Maybe!)

What’s Coming Up!

IMG_0028Salvage Rat, new space opera series by Larry N. Martin, will debut later this year. If you cross Bonnie and Clyde with V For Vendetta in a Firefly-esque universe, you’re on the money!

Spells, Salt and Steel–Larry and I team up to write this brand new series loosely set in John Hartness’s Bubba the Monster Hunter ‘verse. Mechanic Mike Wojcik and an unlikely group of helpers battle monsters, urban legends and homicidal deer in the wilds of Western Pennsylvania. Coming in October.

A Deadly Curiosities novella tied in with the world of Jeanne Adam’s Haven Harbor witchcraft series in an all-new anthology! Look for it at Halloween!

Hath No Fury, an anthology about kick-ass female characters from Ragnarok Press featuring an origin story for Kestel Falke from my Ascendant Kingdoms Saga.

The Assassins of Landria–If Butch and Sundance were medieval assassins, they would roll like this. An epic fantasy buddy flick series filled with dark magic, betrayal and action. Coming later this year.

A Terrific Tie-In I Can’t Talk about Yet! Watch for an announcement in late summer about this brand new media tie-in series coming in 2019

The final three Blaine McFadden Adventures–Arctic Prison, Ice Bound and Cold Fury told the story of Blaine’s years as a convict. Watch for three new novellas in early 2019 that recount his years as a colonist!

There’s more, including plans to start writing the seventh Chronicles of the Necromancer book (beginning a new six-book series seventeen years after The Dread), new novels in the Deadly Curiosities and Iron & Blood series, and three more new series I can’t talk about yet! Subscribe to my email update, and you’ll never miss a new release!

Come see us at a Convention!

I’ll be at LibertyCon, then we’ll both be at ConGregate, then I go to GenCon and we’re both at DragonCon and Atomacon. Look for us there–we’ll have a table with books galore (including hard-to-find anthologies and our new indie stuff in print) at several of the cons plus Larry’s awesome hand-thrown pottery shot glasses and mugs!


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