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DragonCon and Updates

It’s almost Labor Day weekend—and that means DragonCon! I’ll be on LOTS of panels all weekend, ranging from Supernatural to social media to gothic horror, spies, alternative history and more! I also have two readings and a signing. If you’re going, look for me on the DragonCon app to know where I’ll be popping up next!

Gail’s added a lot of new goodies to her YouTube Channel—Writing and Winchesters. Video readings from books and short stories, author interviews, book location and book trailers are now available, plus the channel is chock full of Thrifty Author writing videos, Supernatural video panels from ConTinual and lots of other fun playlists! It’s constantly growing and evolving, so come join the fun!

Update on what’s new and coming soon:

In edits…

  • SpellboundJoe Mack Adventures #4 set in 1929. Plenty of questionable clairvoyants, demonic divas, possessed performers and villainous vaudevillians! Now with the publisher.
  • Dark Haven – Ready to go once Dark Lady’s Chosen is complete. They will be released at the same time.
  • Dark Lady’s Chosen – final edits for re-release in ebook

Writing…

  • Reckoning (Darkhurst Book 3)
  • C.H.A.R.O.N. (Night Vigil Book 2) Sequel to Sons of Darkness

 

NEW! House of Cards

Spells, Salt, & Steel Volume 8

Gotta know when to fake ‘em, know when to stake them, know when to burn it down—and know when to let all hell break loose.

Some days, mechanic and monster hunter Mark Wojcik thinks that if it weren’t for bad luck, he’d have no luck at all. His corner of rural Pennsylvania used to be relatively quiet—except for the ghosts, trolls, gnomes, and snallygasters. But when people start disappearing and bodies pile up, Mark and his friends realize that big city problems have come to town, with deadly consequences.

Necromancer  narcos, a monster trafficking ring, and mafia witches would give anyone heartburn. It’s just Mark’s luck they all converge in his territory, along with an underground cryptid fight club and a secret casino catering to witches, werewolves, and the unwary.

The fight gets personal when Mark’s friends go missing, and all bets are off when he and Father Leo bring in a ringer to even the odds. They say the house always wins. Mark’s betting the farm that he and his friends can save the day. He’s got a couple of cards up his sleeve—but unless luck and magic go his way, they might turn out to be aces and eights.

The eighth book in the Spells, Salt, & Steel series brings Season Two to a close in explosive fashion! Available for KU, Kindle, and in print.

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Trifles and Folly 3

Now Available!

The ghost of a jilted lover, an accidental hell-mouth, a soul-eating monster, cursed needlework, and a rogue’s gallery of sullied spirits—all this and more awaits!

Wander the shadowed paths through this spooktacular collection of short stories and novellas that take place around and between the novels in the Deadly Curiosities series.

An extension of the Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy novel series, this collection can be read as a standalone. It contains two novellas and five short stories: The Adventure of the Melted Saint, Keepsakes, Catspaw, The Piper’s Song, Innocence Lost, Crewel Fate, and Heap of Trouble.

Cassidy Kincaide owns Trifles and Folly, an antique shop with a secret history. Cassidy can read the history of objects by touching them. She and her allies use magic and paranormal abilities to keep Charleston and the world safe from supernatural threats.

Trifles and Folly 3 is a wickedly wonderful set of dark urban fantasy tales full of cursed curios, stolen relics, haunted heirlooms, creepy castles, menacing monsters, magic, and mayhem.

Warning: This collection includes a Morgan Brice MM Paranormal Romance novella set in the Deadly Curiosities’ universe with scenes only appropriate for readers 18+.

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The Assassins are Back!

Exile’s Quest

Assassins of Landria Book 4

A vacant throne. A dark mystic intent on the crown. Two fugitive assassins risking everything to save the kingdom that exiled them.

Rule-breaking, unconventional assassins Joel “Ridge” Breckenridge and Garrett “Rett” Kennar are caught between dangerous allies and deadly enemies as the future of Landria hangs in the balance. The council of regents controlled by the Witch Lord threatens the succession after King Kristoph’s murder. Rett escaped his brutal captors scarred in body and mind. Now he’s struggling to control the untested powers unleashed by his ordeal and dream walks to a hidden cloister full of forbidden magic. Falsely accused of treason, Ridge hunts the mage who damaged Rett and uncovers a terrifying new threat.

Can a desperate gamble by outlaws and exiles avenge the king and save the crown?

Exile’s Quest is an action-packed epic adventure filled with loyal friends, honorable fugitives, secret sanctuaries, hidden magic, and unexpected explosions.

Available now in Kindle Unlimited and for Kindle, coming soon in print and audio.

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Monsters and Magic

Magic, monsters, action, and adventure without leaving your blanket fort! Hunker down and ignore the snow with a soft blanket and good books.

We’re sticking close to home, working on new stories, and trying to ignore the weather. Here’s hoping you are spending the winter nights with yummy snacks, snuggly pillows and plenty to read.

NEW! Wasteland Marshals: Volume One 

The world ended. Then things got tough.

Shane Collins and Lucas Maddox are the last two US Marshals after a global cataclysm that destroyed most of modern civilization. They’re still on the job, fighting the good fight, although they’re no longer fully human and maybe not entirely sane.

Witches and werewolves were not covered in their training as US Marshals. Then again, neither was the Apocalypse.

It’s hard enough trying to navigate a new world of monsters, magic, and no decent takeout. Then there’s the strange magic corrupting the land that affects them more now that Shane is tied to the collections of magical energy throughout the countryside, and Lucas has an ancient elemental spirit riding shotgun in his head.

Yeah, they never mentioned this stuff in training.

Available for Kindle, Paperback, and Hardcover. Order Yours.

Schedule changes. Coastal Magic Convention has chosen to go virtual again this year, so Gail will be attending online—count on plenty of fun! Also, given the continuing situation, Gail will not be attending the Arizona Renaissance Faire again this year. Here’s hoping for better luck in 2023!

DragonCon Urban Fantasy Track

Also on 1/28 at 7 pm ET—Live Zoom panel for DragonCon’s Urban Fantasy Track’s Supernatural Rewind for Season 10. We meet every month, discussing one season at a time! Watch live or catch the replay on YouTube.

Gail’s added a lot of new goodies to her YouTube Channel—Writing and Winchesters. Video readings from books and short stories, author interviews and book videos are now available, plus the channel is chock full of Thrifty Author writing videos, Supernatural video panels from ConTinual and lots of other fun playlists! It’s constantly growing and evolving, so come join the fun! Here.

Update on what’s new and coming soon:

In edits…

  • Trifles and Folly 3 – Coming soon.
  • Exile’s Quest (Assassin’s of Landria 4), awaiting a launch date.
  • Dark Haven – edits for re-release in ebook
  • Dark Lady’s Chosen – edits for re-release in ebook

Writing…

  • Reckoning (Darkhurst Book 3)

We really hope to have additional books soon in all the active series, so hang in there—we’re writing as fast as we can!

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Summer’s End

Summer is coming to an end, but it’s always the right season for a good book. Whether you’re still drinking iced tea or pumpkin spice something, it’s the perfect time to curl up and read!

Kickstarter Alert

Three Time Travelers Walk Into…

Gail has a story in the new Fantastic Books anthology Three Time Travelers Walk Into… and you can help to bring the collection to life by backing the Kickstarter! Here

New! Love the books? Get the T-shirt! (And mugs, stickers, totes, pins, masks, and more!)

We started a Tee Public store with cool stuff from all the Gail/Gail & Larry/Morgan books. Come check it out. Got an idea of something you’d like me to add? Let us know! Here

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

New YouTube Channel—Writing and Winchesters—chock full of Thrifty Author writing videos, Supernatural video panels from ConTinual, and lots of other fun playlists! It’s constantly growing and evolving, so come join the fun! Here

What else have we been up to?

We will not be at DragonCon in person this year.

Due to health concerns, we will not be attending DragonCon in person this year. Gail is on pre-recorded Zoom panels for several tracks that will air during the convention: Urban Fantasy, Writing, and Alternate History. We are sad about missing the con and hope to return next year.

Gail is also on live/recorded Zoom panels with DragonCon’s Urban Fantasy Track for Supernatural Rewind every month, discussing one season at a time! Watch live or catch the replay on YouTube. We’ll pick back up with Season 6 on September 30.

New panels posted daily in ConTinual—Fantasy, mystery, fandom, romance, horror, comics, Supernatural, writing tips, and more!

There’s never been a better time to check out our reader groups and social media! Something fun is always going on, from virtual video tours of book locations to guest author interviews, to online book-BINGO and live readings from our work-in-progress! Check out the info at the end of the newsletter to see what’s going on and where to find it!

Watching Walker? Gail writes reviews of each new episode for The Winchester Family Business blog, where she’s on staff as a columnist. (The WFB is the largest fan site for Supernatural-related content.) The new season returns October 28.

Update on what’s new and coming soon:

In edits…

  • Legacy  (Deadly Curiosities Book 5) coming soon.
  • Shutdown Crew (Wasteland Marshals 4) submitted to the publisher.
  • Trifles and Folly 3 – coming soon.

Writing…

  • Reckoning (Darkhurst Book 3)
  • Exile’s Quest (Assassin’s of Landria 4)

We really hope to be able to have additional books soon in all the active series, so hang in there—we’re writing as fast as we can!

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Hawthorn Moon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We just wrapped up our annual Hawthorn Moon blog tour, check out the links below if you missed it.

  • RisingShadow: Legacy, Memory and Magic Here
  • Beauty in Ruins: Back to the Beginning Here
  • Sci-Fi Chick: Writing During Quarantine Here
  • I Smell Sheep: ConTinual—The Con That Never Ends Here
  • Interview with Roland Hulme: Here

 

 

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It’s a brand new year!

It’s a brand new year, full of all kinds of possibilities — and lots of new books!

Now Available!

Fugitive’s Vow (Assassins of Landria Book 3) — King’s Shadows Joel “Ridge” Breckenridge and Garrett “Rett” Kennard don’t believe the claims that the Witch Lord is dead. Then tragedy strikes and Ridge and Rett are framed for the murders. It’s going to take luck, cunning, witchy friends, and more than a few explosions to evade the warrants for their arrest and stop the Witch Lord’s latest plot. On Kindle, KU, paperback, and audiobook!

Coming Soon!

Chicagoland (Joe Mack Adventures Book 3) — Supernatural Secret Service agent Jack West gets a call for help from Eliot Ness in Chicago, who fears Al Capone’s fascination with the occult has turned monsters loose in the city. Joe, Jack, and their irrepressible partner in hijinks Sarah Grace McAllen Harringworth head for the Windy City to tackle Scarface’s dark magic before it’s too late.

New —Signed/Personalized Books and Hand-made Pottery! https://sol-darkwind.square.site/

Snuggle in with a good (signed) book and a warm beverage in a hand-thrown mug! Order a signed, personalized book from our new Square store, mailed to your door! Choose from all the Gail Z. Martin, Larry N. Martin, Gail & Larry, and Morgan Brice books we have on hand, plus a smattering of recent anthologies are available while supplies last. We’ve also added the hand-thrown, hand-decorated mugs and shot glasses that Larry creates — perfect gifts for yourself or someone else! Check it out!

Lots Going on in ConTinual!

Have you discovered ConTinual, the online, ongoing multi-genre convention that never ends? New panels every week, so make sure you check back often! www.Facebook.com/Groups/ConTinual

 

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Days of the Dead Blog Tour and New Releases

It’s a spooktacular time of the year, with All Hallow’s Even, Samhain, Halloween, and Days of the Dead, just perfect for stories packed with ghosts, magic, cursed objects, haunted houses, and things that go bump in the night!

New and Coming soon!

Creature Feature (Spells, Salt, & Steel Book 7) — Mark Wojcik finds himself protecting cryptids from a kidnapper who traffics them to exotic hunters or collectors. The Huntsman has his eye on a rare prize—a huge, winged NuWi that only rises every fifty years, with plans to enslave the NuWi and use it to fry his enemies to a crispy crunch. Mark is determined to make the Huntsman’s plans go up in flames.

Sons of Darkness is now on audiobook! First in the Night Vigil series—Ex-priest Travis Dominick teams up with former FBI agent Brent Lawson to deal with demonic threats in Pittsburgh.

Inheritance (Deadly Curiosities book 4) is now on audiobook! Caribbean ghosts terrorize Charleston and start racking up a body count. Then Beckford Pendlewood, the heir to a powerful family of dark warlocks, shows up raving about a bound demon locked in a lost box and begs sanctuary. Can Cassidy and her friends find the demon box, stop the killer ghosts, and break the Pendlewood curse before Beckford’s murderous cousins and the vengeful demon destroy them all?

Coming soon!

Fugitive’s Vow (Assassins of Landria Book 3)—King’s Shadows Joel “Ridge” Breckenridge and Garrett “Rett” Kennard don’t believe the claims that the Witch Lord is dead. Then tragedy strikes, and Ridge and Rett are framed for the murders. It’s going to take luck, cunning, witchy friends and more than a few explosions to evade the warrants for their arrest and stop the Witch Lord’s latest plot.

Chicagoland (Joe Mack Adventures Book 3)—Supernatural Secret Service agent Jack West gets a call for help from Eliot Ness in Chicago, who fears Al Capone’s fascination with the occult has turned monsters loose in the city. Joe, Jack and their irrepressible partner in hijinxs Sarah Grace McAllen Harringworth head for the Windy City to tackle Scarface’s dark magic before it’s too late.

New—Signed/Personalized Books and Hand-made Pottery!

https://sol-darkwind.square.site/

We printed a lot of books to have at conventions this year, and all the events were cancelled. Now you can still get a signed, personalized book from our new Square store, mailed to your door! All the Gail Z. Martin, Larry N. Martin, Gail & Larry, and Morgan Brice books, plus a smattering of recent anthologies are available while supplies last. We’ve also added the hand-thrown, hand-decorated mugs and shot glasses that Larry creates—perfect holiday gifts. Check it out!

Days of the Dead Tour

Our Days of the Dead blog tour rolled out with new guest posts on these blogs:

The Qwillery: Badass Women of Landria

Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist: Paths to Publication in 2020

SciFi Chick: Raising the Stakes

RisingShadow: The Plot Thickens https://www.risingshadow.net/articles/guest-posts/1042-guest-post-fugitive-s-vow-the-plot-thickens-by-gail-z-martin

Beauty In Ruins: Ghosts Make the Best Spies

I Smell Sheep: Indie Publishing in a Weird World

Fantasy Book Critic: Keeping Epic Fantasy Fresh

Lots Going on in ConTinual!

Have you discovered ConTinual, the online, ongoing multi-genre convention that never ends? We have some awesome multi-author panels on real ghost hunters, horror, writing, paranormal romance, Supernatural, cryptids, vampires, fantasy, sci-fi, fandom, Doctor Who, Lovecraft, and more! We’ve got a fantastic Holiday schedule coming with panels and movie nights and all kinds of surprises, so make sure you check back often!

Gail will be a guest at Virtual Philcon, and you can find some of her other virtual con panels from 2020 on the YouTube pages for Dragon Con, ConCarolinas, Balticon, and the Dragon Con Urban Fantasy Track!

If you haven’t already joined our Shadow Alliance reader group on Facebook, now is a good time to dive in! The Shadows are a lively group where we shared tidbits from works-in-progress, photos of book locations and inspirations, special giveaways, and first-look cover reveals, as well as where we go first for beta and ARC readers! Get in on the fun!

And if you’re a Supernatural fan, come join Gail’s very active Supernatural group on Facebook with plenty of photos, watch parties and fun!

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Hawthorn Moon Tour 2020!

It’s time for the annual Hawthorn Moon blog tour!

The Hawthorn Moon is a festival in my Chronicles of the Necromancer series that coincides with the summer solstice, and it seemed like as good a reason as any to party back when I started that series, so here we are, still partying on!

With conventions cancelled and travel nixed for the foreseeable future, I’ve been doing a lot more online with video readings, guest blog posts and of course, ConTinual—the online ongoing multi-genre convention that never ends!

Here’s a one-stop place to find my most recent virtual appearances!

Quick Recap of 2020 new releases so far:

—Sellsword’s Oath audiobook

—Monster Mash (Spells Salt and Steel #7)

—Witch of the Woods (Wasteland Marshals #2)

—Black Sun (Joe Mack Adventures #2)

—Ghosts of the Past (Wasteland Marshals #3, coming in July)

Coming soon: Reckoning (Darkhurst #3), Legacy (Deadly Curiosities #5), CHARON (Night Vigil #2) plus more in the Spells Salt and Steel, Wasteland Marshals and Joe Mack series.

Now for the Tour! 

I Smell Sheep—My Obsession with Supernatural, and how it changed my writing

The Qwillery—SSS new season

Beauty in Ruins—Deadly Curiosities meets Witches, Warriors and Wise Women

RisingShadow—Coming soon—Reckoning: Darkhurst 3

Jean Rabe’s blog—Sneak Peek at Ghosts of the Past, Wasteland Marshals 3

Russ’s Rockin’ Rollercoaster podcast—The Myths Of Overnight Success

Disquieting Visions—What’s new with Joe Mack

Jacey Bedford’s blog—Getting Things Done

All the Ups and Down—If I were a character in a fantasy novel

Lisa Betsarai’s blog—What I love about Worldbuilding

Andi’s Book Reviews—Crafting a world to go with the Story

Fabulous and Brunette—Why Connecting with Readers Matters (Plus an excerpt from Sellsword’s Oath)

Our Town Book Reviews—Q&A on Sellsword’s Oath

Dawn’s Reading Nook—Two Guys Who Can’t Play By the Rules

Lisa Haselton’s Reviews—Getting Inside my Head

Mythical Books reviews Sellsword’s Oath

TSStuff Blog—I spill my guts!

Amy Booksy BlogMore questions, more answers!

Kit N Kabookle—Why I Love Buddy Flick Epic Fantasy

Iron Canuck Reviews Sellsword’s Oath

Two Ends of the Pen—Everything you Wanted to Know (well, mostly)

The Reading Addict— Fusing Hobbies and Writing plus a review of Sellsword’s Oath

The Book Junkie reviews Sellsword’s Oath

Dab of Darkness—Epic Fantasy for Busy People (plus a review)

MelsWorld Reviews Sellsword’s Oath

If you can’t see me at a convention, you can still catch some readings here:

Reading an excerpt from our Weird Wild West anthology

Reading an excerpt of my story from the Across the Universe anthology

Reading an excerpt from Inheritance (Deadly Curiosities #4)

Reading an excerpt from Assassin’s Honor (Assassins of Landria #1)

Watch for more readings, coming soon!

Live conventions may be cancelled, but check out these virtual panels—and watch for more on ConTinual!

My writing inspirations on Falstaff Storytellers

A chat with the authors of the Witches, Warriors and Wise Women anthology:

Balancing Love and Magic—Paranormal Romance 

What you can expect from ConTinual

15 Years of Fighting Evil—A Supernatural Retrospective

Writing Short Stories and the Value of Persistence

Social Media for Authors While Social Distancing

Hot off the Press—Talking about new releases on ConTinual

There’ll Be Peace When You are Done (talking about the legacy of Supernatural and the book by the same name, edited by guest Lynn Zubernis, and including a chapter by me!)

Me on Falstaff Books’ Misfit Monday 

Hawthorn Moon Rafflecopter giveaway (ends midnight June 30)! Enter for a chance to win an ebook copy of one book—your choice of either Sellsword’s Oath or Inheritance!

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Fun Porch Reads for a Stay-at-Home Summer

Our summer plans may not exactly be unfolding the way we had expected, but a stack of books to be read is always your best friend!

Ghosts of the Past is the third Wasteland Marshals novella, coming soon from Falstaff Books. Shane Collins and Lucas Maddox head for the mountains of West Virginia, where they’ll deal with roadside attractions leveraging major mojo, scholars trying to save essential archives, a werewolf that likes to play Frisbee, creepy cultists, grim ghosts, a snarly yow, and Schröedinger’s hotel (sometimes it’s there, sometimes it isn’t.)

The new anthology Witches, Warriors, & Wise Women (Prospective Press) has a Deadly Curiosities original story—“Heap of Trouble.” A woman Cassidy has never heard of wills her house to Trifles and Folly. Cassidy doesn’t know why—but she is pretty certain trouble is on the way. You can find it on Amazon Here

We’re working on the next (sixth) Spells, Salt, & Steel book, and Gail is still working on Reckoning, a Darkhurst novel, the third and final book in that series.

Balticon and ConCarolinas may have cancelled their in-person events, but Larry and I have been busy on Zoom panels bringing all kinds of convention shenanigans your way! So watch those web sites and Facebook/YouTube pages to see all the fun stuff!

Gail is one of the con-runners for ConTinual—the ongoing, online multi-genre convention that never ends. That’s kept us both plenty busy recording panels and doing interviews with other authors.  Here are just a few to get you started!

What is ConTinual? https://www.facebook.com/groups/ConTinual/permalink/590423444903565/

Social media for authors: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ConTinual/permalink/595831097696133/

Writing short stories: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ConTinual/permalink/607641316515111/

Gail interviews Lynn Zubernis, author of There’ll Be Peace When You Are Done https://www.facebook.com/groups/ConTinual/permalink/598814627397780/

Although it may be a while before we can see you in person again, we love connecting in the Shadow Alliance reader group on Facebook, on Twitter, and in ConTinual. Stay safe, and we’ll see you online!

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