Author Event at Lansdowne Woods

Curiosity Quills is excited to announce that Courtney Sloan, Keith Fentonmiller, and Adriana Arrington will be at Lansdowne Woods, VA on Wednesday July 19, speaking about the inspiration for their stories, the publishing process, and forthcoming subscription box service CQ are soon to launch, followed by short readings of their novels, and questions from those attending.
There will be wine provided for after dinner by the management.

About The Authors

A New Orleans native, Courtney Sloan relocated to the hills of Central Maryland after Hurricane Katrina. There she lives with her husband and fellow author, J.P. Sloan, their son and their crazy German Shepherd pup. Adding to her writing life, Courtney is also a professor at the local college and enjoys learning a world of new ideas from her students as she teaches them about writing and communicating.

Courtney’s New Orleans upbringing has left her with a love for the macabre and a flare for the next to normal. She writes speculative fiction with a variety of horror and sass mixed in for flavor.

She loves taking the world of politics that haunts us now, and adding the supernatural to create a gumbo of thrills to keep you up at night.
A self-proclaimed lover of way too many fandoms, Courtney also loves crafting. From blankets to jams to stories, it’s always better homemade.

Books by Courtney:Of Scions and Men

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Keith Fentonmiller is a consumer protection attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. Before graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, he toured with a professional comedy troupe, writing and performing sketch comedy at colleges in the Mid-Atlantic States. His Pushcart-nominated short story was recently published in The Stonecoast Review.

Books by Keith:Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat

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Born to an Air Force JAG father and an artist mother, Adriana Arrington learned from an early age there are at least two sides to every story, and each deserves to be told. After a nomadic upbringing, she married a southern charmer and settled down permanently in his home state of Virginia. To satisfy her enduring wanderlust, she transports herself to the sometimes scary, sometimes beautiful, but always interesting worlds of beautifully crafted novels. Formerly an IT consultant to the DoD, she now writes the stories banging around in her head.

Books by Adriana:Bleed Through

About Lansdowne Woods

Retired, semi-retired, or still employed? Friends and family near or far? Ready to see the world or kick back and relax at home? For wherever you are in life, Lansdowne Woods offers spacious condominium residences, resort-style amenities, a vast array of activities and a rich social life, all in a truly beautiful setting overlooking the Potomac River and surrounded by the Golf Club at Lansdowne. Choose from what we have to offer to create the lifestyle you always wanted.

Four Aiden James Titles for 99 Cents Each

Fans of fantasy and the fantastical, we have a great deal for you this summer. Between July 17 – 18, FOUR titles by prolific writer Aiden James will be on sale for 99 cents each.

Titles in the offer include:

Reborn, written with Lisa Collicutt – 99 cents

“The Serendipitous Curse of Solomon Brandt is seriously cool, and another winner for Aiden James! This time he teams up with the talented Lisa Collicutt–and what a fantastic team it is!” ~J.R. Rain, Bestselling author of Moon River and Silent Echo

Since the Civil War, the name Solomon Brandt, has been reviled, a painful reminder to all descendants of the slaves the wicked plantation owner cruelly tortured.

When a man bearing this cursed name stumbles into the heart of Savannah and its storied history, he can’t help but attract the attention of the locals in the know.

A seemingly kindhearted amnesiac, he is drawn to an ancient and haunted plantation home that bears his name, as well as to a Hoodoo practitioner who converses with spirits, and her gorgeous green-eyed niece.

But curses run deep, and Solomon’s crippling nightmares tell him more than he cares to know – or bear. Immersed in wickedness long ago, he has been given a second chance to set things right and redeem his feared name.

Will he use the life he once took for granted to save the hearts – and lives – of the women he cherishes most? Or will the bloodthirsty Solomon of ages past reign once more, in the modern age?

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Murder in Whitechapel, written with Michelle Wright – 99 cents

Emmanuel Ortiz holds an ancient and dark secret…
His real name is Judas Iscariot.

Forced to walk the earth as a cursed immortal, Judas’ disguise as Emmanuel does little to ease his eternal loneliness. Having recovered nine of his thirty blood coins, his focus is not yet on redemption for his treacherous role in the betrayal of Jesus Christ.

Distractions come easily for the rich entrepreneur and sometimes sleuth who presently resides in England, 1888. Fascinated by the spate of murders in London’s poverty stricken Whitechapel, Emmanuel soon realizes the killings resemble others he is familiar with, and the bloody signature of killing and taunts speaks to the unholy talents of yet another immortal…an enemy from long ago.

This knowledge fuels his determination to track and apprehend the infamous Jack the Ripper at any cost.

With the backdrop of a Victorian Society, rigid and moralistic, along with the plight of those less fortunate, Emmanuel seeks to align himself with Scotland Yard. With the help of his immortal pal, Roderick Cooley, and by pretending to be an American private investigator interested in the horrific prostitute killings, he sets out to stop the senseless bloodshed. But, has he bitten off more than he can chew, by immersing himself in the slums and disease of the Ripper’s hunting grounds?

As the mystery unfolds it becomes the ultimate test…not only of his abilities as an immortal, but also of his very soul.

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Fractured Earth, written with James Wymore – 99 cents

On a secret military base tucked in a remote desert mountain, a dangerous machine lies hidden from the American public.

Known as “The Actuator”, this machine is capable of transforming entire communities into alternate realities. In theory, these often terrifying realities are reversible. The scientists in charge of this machine employ operatives called Machine Monks, who attune their minds to manifest single ideas from the realms of fantasy and science fiction. These ideas are then superimposed upon sparsely inhabited areas for testing.

For a while, the enigmatic Actuator cooperates with the experiments, using dampeners to limit the affected area. But those in charge of the project eagerly anticipate exploring the full potential of this amazing device. Experiments progress to where they feed more than twenty different genre ideas simultaneously into the Actuator’s database. Meanwhile, an unknown saboteur dismantles the dampeners. The effect is catastrophic. The entire world is plunged into chaos, and familiar landscapes become a deadly patchwork of genre horrors. Overnight, the Actuator becomes the worst menace the earth has ever seen, claiming lives in staggering numbers.

Can a few surviving Machine Monks band together to set things right again? It all depends on whether Red McLaren and the Monks can survive their journey through the various realms that separate them from the Actuator, where ever-present orcs, aliens, pirates, and vampires seek to destroy them. They must move quickly, as time is running out to stop the Actuator and the villain who controls it and the earth’s destiny.

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The Vampires’ Last Lover, written with Patrick Burdine – 99 cents

Txema Ybarra is the most unenviable nineteen-year-old girl alive.

Smart, pretty, and athletically gifted, this University of Tennessee freshman should be enjoying college life and her entrance into adulthood. And for a moment she does… until the vampires show up.

Born with an unusual ‘twin teardrop’ birthmark on her neck, Txema (pronounced Chema) is one of only a handful of females in the world who bear this trait. It marks her as a vessel of eternal youth and beauty for an elite vampire society determined to protect her precious blood… But it also is the only thing standing in the way of a rogue ‘undead’ nation determined to destroy mankind and usurp the power their sexier brethren have held uncontested for centuries.

Caught in the middle of this war after all the other bearers of the birthmark are murdered, Txema must flee America and heads to France under the protection of five beautiful vampires who all have a vested interest in her survival. The race is on to save her blood, as well as her very life, to ensure the survival of Les Amantes de Vampire.

Otherwise, Txema will be the last one… the vampires’ last lover.

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Interview with Spring Farm Cares: Animal and Nature Sanctuary

CQ author Jordan Elizabeth recently came to us about donating July’s royalties from her book Cogling to local animal and nature sanctuary Spring Farm Cares, in Clinton NY. It’s where she adopted her own cat, Dora, and a recent visit lead Jordan to discovering the sanctuary is desperately under-funded. As CQ are a team of animal lovers too, we not only admired Jordan’s offer to donate July’s Cogling royalties, but we’ve offered to match it too and donate an equal amount to Spring Farm Cares. And to sweeten the deal, we’re reducing the price of Cogling to $2.99 for July. Additionally, as an added bonus, anyone who adopts an animal from Spring Farm Cares can contact us to receive a free ebook of their choice. Those who donate $300 + a month to the sanctuary can contact us, and we’ll send them a CQ paperback of their choice.

To really understand the importance of what Spring Farm Cares does, Jordan sent them a series of interview questions.

1) When did you start?
Spring Farm CARES started in 1991 by co-founders Bonnie Jones Reynolds and Dawn Hayman. We got our start primarily as a horse retirement/rehabilitation facility. Over the years, we grew into being a sanctuary for on average about 250 animals.  We also have developed a 260 acre nature sanctuary as well.
2) Where do you get your funds from?
Our funding comes totally from donations and bequests from our supporters. We do not get any government funding.
3) What kind of animals do you offer sanctuary for? and 4) Are all of your animals up for adoption? (They aren’t; they keep many there for life if they have a reason they can’t be adopted rather than put them to sleep)
We offer sanctuary for about 250 animals. These range from horses, donkeys, and ponies to cats, dogs, rabbits and some exotic birds. Every animal who comes in our care is guaranteed a place to stay for life. We do adopt out cats and rabbits. Our horses and farm animals are not available for adoption. Most of our animals are either elderly and/or have special needs. Most of the special needs animals stay with us for life. We do not euthanize animals to make room for new ones. Animals are given the space and provided whatever they need to live out their life span. We do euthanize when an animal is ready to die and needs/wants our help. But animals are not euthanized until they are ready. We provide hospice and end of life care for them for however long they need.
5) Who are your most recent rescues?
We most recently had some major rescues come in our facility. Specifically in March we took in 6 horses from two animal cruelty cases. One of the horses sadly could not pull through and died in a vet clinic. We all tried all we could to save her but she was just to emaciated and weak to recover. The other 5 are in our care at the farm and currently being rehabilitated. We hope that they will be able to live out the rest of their lives with us when their criminal court cases are settled. They have been through enough trauma and its time for them to know that they will be safe, loved, and provided for. We also took in 5 special needs cats that same month – all of whom had been dumped on the side of the road and were in desperate need of medical care. This was a huge task for us to meet all of these needs in such a short span of time. But with the help of our supporters, we were proud to be able to step up and help when asked.
6) Why do you encourage owners not to de-claw? (It was in Jordan’s contract when she adopted Dora.)
We stipulate in our adoption contracts for kittens that cats must never be declawed. Declawing a cat is a very painful process. In fact, most other countries outlaw this practice. It is not simply removing a toenail. The process actually involves the amputation of the last joint on each toe. It is incredibly painful and many cats develop horrible behavioral problems afterwards. Many declawed cats take to biting as their natural line of defense (their nails) has been taken away from them. It is not only physically hard on the cats, but also psychologically hard.  Again and again we see declawed cats with significant behavioral problems.
Spring Farm CARES is a nonprofit 501c3 charitable organization, located on about 275 acres, in central New York.  An Animal and Nature Sanctuary with a deep spiritual and philosophical belief that animals, like humans, have souls and thoughts and feelings that can be heard and understood.  Center for Animal Communication, home to world renowned Animal Communicator, Dawn Hayman, we also offer other programs such as: Animal Sanctuary, Animal Adoption, Nature Sanctuary, Happy Hearth Spay/Neuter Assistance, and Purrfect Readers.
Visit our website for more information:
www.springfarmcares.org

 

 

 

 

About Cogling

$2.99 for July, with all royalties going to Spring Farm Cares: Animal and Nature Sanctuary and CQ matching the amount!

When fifteen-year-old Edna Mather tears an expensive and unfamiliar pocket watch off her little brother’s neck, he crumbles into a pile of cogs right before her eyes. Horrified, Edna flees for help, but encounters Ike, a thief who attempts to steal the watch before he realizes what it is: a device to power Coglings—clockwork changelings left in place of stolen children who have been forced to work in factories.

Desperate to rescue her brother, Edna sets off across the kingdom to the hags’ swamp, with Ike in tow. There, they learn Coglings are also replacing nobility so the hags can stage a rebellion and rule over humanity. Edna and Ike must stop the revolt, but the populace believes hags are helpful godmothers and healers. No one wants to believe a lowly servant and a thief, especially when Ike has secrets that label them both as traitors.

Together, Edna and Ike must make the kingdom trust them or stop the hags themselves, even if Ike is forced to embrace his dark heritage and Edna must surrender her family.

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Fairfax Library Foundation’s Barnes & Noble Bookfair | Followed by readings at The V Social Eatery & Brew House

Curiosity Quills is excited to announce that Courtney Sloan, Keith Fentonmiller, Marianne Kirby, J.P Sloan and Adriana Arrington will be signing copies of their respective books at the Fairfax Library Foundation’s Barnes & Noble Bookfair, on Saturday April 15 at Barnes & Noble Fairfax, 12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive, Fairfax, VA 22033, from 1-4 PM.

Afterwards, all authors will also be giving readings and selling copies of their books at The V Social Eatery & Brew House, 44630 Waxpool Rd, Ashburn, from 5 PM onwards.

We hope to see you there for what is set to be a fun-filled Easter weekend!

About The Authors

A New Orleans native, Courtney Sloan relocated to the hills of Central Maryland after Hurricane Katrina. There she lives with her husband and fellow author, J.P. Sloan, their son and their crazy German Shepherd pup. Adding to her writing life, Courtney is also a professor at the local college and enjoys learning a world of new ideas from her students as she teaches them about writing and communicating.

Courtney’s New Orleans upbringing has left her with a love for the macabre and a flare for the next to normal. She writes speculative fiction with a variety of horror and sass mixed in for flavor.

She loves taking the world of politics that haunts us now, and adding the supernatural to create a gumbo of thrills to keep you up at night.
A self-proclaimed lover of way too many fandoms, Courtney also loves crafting. From blankets to jams to stories, it’s always better homemade.

Books by Courtney: Of Scions and Men


Keith Fentonmiller is a consumer protection attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. Before graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, he toured with a professional comedy troupe, writing and performing sketch comedy at colleges in the Mid-Atlantic States. His Pushcart-nominated short story was recently published in The Stonecoast Review.

Books by Keith: Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat


Marianne Kirby writes about bodies both real and imagined. She plays with the liminal space between vanishing and visibility: she thinks the things that go bump in the night need to spend some time in the sun.

A long-time writer, editor, and activist, Marianne is a frequent contributor to women’s interest publications, news outlets, and tv shows that require people to have opinions. She has been published by the Guardian, xoJane, the Daily Dot, Bitch Magazine, Time, and others. She has appeared on tv and radio programs ranging from the Dr. Phil Show to Radio New Zealand.

Marianne was born in Florida and returned there because Florida Weird calls to its own. She has briefly escaped again but is already plotting her eventual winter migration.

Books by Marianne: Dust Bath Revival


J.P. Sloan is a speculative fiction author … primarily of urban fantasy, horror and several shades between. His writing explores the strangeness in that which is familiar, at times stretching the limits of the human experience, or only hinting at the monsters lurking under your bed.

A Louisiana native, Sloan relocated to the vineyards and cow pastures of Central Maryland after Hurricane Katrina, where he lives with his wife and son. During the day he commutes to the city of Baltimore, a setting which inspires much of his writing.

In his spare time, Sloan enjoys wine-making and homebrewing, and is a certified beer judge.

Books by J.P: The Curse Merchant, The Curse Servant, The Curse Mandate, Yea Though I Walk


Born to an Air Force JAG father and an artist mother, Adriana Arrington learned from an early age there are at least two sides to every story, and each deserves to be told. After a nomadic upbringing, she married a southern charmer and settled down permanently in his home state of Virginia. To satisfy her enduring wanderlust, she transports herself to the sometimes scary, sometimes beautiful, but always interesting worlds of beautifully crafted novels. Formerly an IT consultant to the DoD, she now writes the stories banging around in her head.

Books by Adriana: Bleed Through

About Fairfax Library Foundation’s Barnes & Noble Bookfair

Fairfax Library Foundation’s Barnes & Noble Bookfair is an easy way to support the library! Join us on April 15 or shop online between April 15 – 20 and use our code 1209283910% (or more!) of your purchase will be donated back to the Foundation. 100% of funds raised support programs and services of Fairfax County Public Library! Purchases in the B&N café count towards the fundraiser, too, as do toys & games, gifts, music, DVDS (and everything except for NOOK-related products)!

All money raised at the Bookfair goes to the programs and services of Fairfax County Public Library that Fairfax Library Foundation supports, like Ready to Read Early Literacy Outreach, Changing Lives Through Literature, Presentations like the Summer Reading Program and Fall for the Book, and Scholarships. You can read all about the programs we support on our Your Gifts at Work page.

About The V Social Eatery & Brew House

In the Fall of 2012 “The V” was born to become  Virginia’s quintessential Social Eatery & Brew House. We pride ourselves in providing a diverse menu that features the freshest ingredients and many locally grown, raised, or made products. The V’s BrewHouse promotes award winning craft beer, which includes selection from our Local Virginia breweries.  Guests can choose to sit in the open dining area, at the social bar or in our outdoor patio with fire pits & cabanas. Our extensive Craft beer selction, inventive cocktails and wine list were created to complement our menu.  Both The V and our famous outdoor Live entertainment venue are vibrant, much-loved staples in the northern Virginia culinary and nightlife scene. Whether you’re joining us for cocktails, a celebratory meal, a business lunch or leisurely brunch, our team looks forward to welcoming you. The V is open seven days a week, serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.   

Keith R. Fentonmiller Readings and Appearances

To coincide with the release of his fantasy novel Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat, on March 20th, author Keith R. Fentonmiller will be doing an number of readings, signings and appearances over the coming months.

Here is the current list:

Book of Life Podcast – Date to be confirmed.

Pre-Order: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble

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Cover Reveal: Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat

Curiosity Quills is excited to reveal the cover for KASPER MÜTZENMACHER’S CURSED HAT, by Keith R. Fentonmiller, and announce that it’s now available for pre-order, guaranteeing delivery to your device on March 20, 2017.

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Date of Release­­: March 20, 2017

Cover Artist: Eugene Teplitsky

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Description:

Kasper Mützenmacher keeps a divine “wishing hat”—a thought-operated teleportation device—locked in the wall safe of his Berlin hat shop. According to an old prophecy, after Kasper’s Greek ancestor stole the wishing hat from Hermes, Fate cursed his progeny to sell hats, on pain of mayhem or death. Kasper, however, doesn’t mind making hats, and he loves Berlin’s cabaret scene even more. But his carefree life of jazz and booze comes to a screeching halt when he must use the wishing hat to rescue his flapper girlfriend Isana from the shadowy Klaus, a veil-wearing Nazi who brainwashes his victims until they can’t see their own faces.

Isana and Kasper’s happiness proves fleeting. Years after her mysterious death, Kasper struggles as a lonely, single father of two until he meets Rosamund Lux, recently released from a political prison where Klaus took her face. Kasper soon suspects that Rosamund is no ordinary woman. According to the prophecy, certain Lux women descend from the water nymph Daphne, who, during Olympian times, transformed into a laurel tree to avoid Apollo’s sexual advances; they, too, suffer from an intergenerational curse connected to Hermes’ stolen hat. As Kasper falls deeper in love, Rosamund’s mental health deteriorates. She has nightmares and delusions about Klaus, and warns that he will launch a night of terror once he’s collected enough faces.

Kasper dismisses the growing Nazi threat until the government reclassifies him as a Jew in 1938. His plan to emigrate unravels when anti-Jewish riots erupt and the Nazis start loading Jews on boxcars to Dachau. Then Rosamund goes missing, and Klaus steals the wishing hat, the family’s only means of escape.

Kasper, however, will face his most difficult battle in America. He must convince his wayward son and indifferent grandson to break the curse that has trapped the family in the hat business for sixteen centuries. Their lives will depend on it.

Book One of the Life Indigo series, Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat is a fantastical family saga about tradition, faith, and identity, set during the Jazz Age, Nazi Germany, and the Detroit race riots of 1943. Comparable works include: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Everything Is Illuminated, and Underground Airlines.

Early Praise for Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat:

“This is an amazing debut novel–wildly imaginative, powerfully written, funny, and deeply humane. However mythic his characters–they include a Nazi interrogator with the power to make women incapable of seeing their own faces–Fentonmiller renders them fully and credibly. Equally impressive is his deft handling of a broad range of time and space–from Weimar Germany to sixties Detroit. This is a book not to be missed.”
–Terence Hawkins, author of American Neolithic (named one of the Best Indie Books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews)
“Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat is highly creative and imaginative, brimming with invention, mythology, psychology, secrets, characters, generations, cleverness and wisdom. Incredible, overwhelming, compelling.”
–Catherine Bell, author of Rush of Shadows (winner of the Washington Writers’ Publishing House 2014 Fiction Prize)

 

About The Author:

Keith is a consumer protection attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. Before graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, he toured with a professional comedy troupe, writing and performing sketch comedy at colleges in the Mid-Atlantic States. His short story, Non Compos Mentis, was recently published in The Stonecoast Review and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Another story, Exodus, will be published in Running Wild Press’s forthcoming fiction anthology.

Find Keith Online:

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December Sitewide 99 Cents Sales

Christmas has come early to Curiosity Quills Press, and you’re all invited! Between December 12 and 24, almost all* our titles will be on 99 cents coutndown sale. To make things easier, we’ve broken the sale period down into seven different genre-based categories, with each genre’s books on sale for a two day period.

Click through the following genre-based categories for each of the seven sale periods:

Horror: December 11 – 12 | Contemporary: December 13 – 14

Science-Fiction: December 15 – 16 | Fantasy: December 17 – 18

Historical: December 19 – 20 | Mystery/Thriller: December 21 – 22

Romance: December 23 – 24

* Please note, some titles are ineligible for sale, as they’ve recently been on sale or a separate sale for them is scheduled for some point in December.

Are You Ready to Become a Bond Villain?!

Feeling evil? Want to take over the world? Already started interviewing henchmen?

Now’s your chance. For the next two weeks, Curiosity Quills is offering you the chance to win the opportunity to become the villain in the next book in the Jane D Everly/Andrew Buckley Spy Thriller Series – HAVELOCK 2: THE KILL LIST

All you have to do is purchase either a print or e-book copy of Havelock from Amazon and email proof of purchase to for your chance to win. Winners will be chosen by random draw and there are lots of chances to win! Actually, you can’t lose . . .

GRAND PRIZE WINNER (The Mastermind) – Everly/Buckley will name the main villain in HAVELOCK 2 after you. You’ll also receive an exclusive early copy of the printed book along with associated merchandise and promo items, and digital copies of Everly/Buckley’s other works: Havelock, Stiltskin, Death, The Devil and The Goldfish, and Hair in All the Wrong Places.

RUNNER UP x1 (The ‘Oddjob’) – Everly/Buckley will name the villain’s main henchman after you in HAVELOCK 2. Your chances of survival are 50/50. You’ll also receive an exclusive early copy of the e-book along with promo items.

RUNNER UP x1 (The ‘Pussy Galore’) – Everly/Buckley will name a potential love interest (male or female) after you in HAVELOCK 2 . You’ll also receive an exclusive early copy of the e-book along with promo items.

RUNNERS UP x5 (The ‘Nice Knowing You’ Group) – Everly/Buckley will name a character after you in HAVELOCK 2. That character will not have a happy ending. You’ll also receive an exclusive early copy of the e-book along with promo items.

RUNNERS UP x3 (The ‘Good Guys’) – Everly/Buckley will name character after you in HAVELOCK 2. Not only will your survive, but you’ll also play an integral part in the story. You’ll also receive an exclusive early copy of the e-book along with promo items.

EVERYONE ELSE (The Best of the Rest) – Everly/Buckley will make every attempt to work everyone’s name into HAVELOCK 2. If it’s not possible, then your name will instead pop up in one of the forthcoming HAVELOCK Short Stories.

What are you waiting for? Grab your copy! This contest will self-destruct in fourteen days!

cover1000Havelock

Eliana Havelock is a female with no past, whose determination to bring down a Karachi arms dealer catches the attention of the British Secret Intelligence Service. MI-6 is currently fractured due to political upheaval with many of its covert programs dissolved or disbanded. When Eliana presents the opportunity to divert an international arms disaster, the head of MI-6 partners her with one of it’s best and brightest, the enigmatic, Connor Blackwell. But in a world of secrets and hidden agendas, who can Eliana trust? And what, or who, is Eliana really after?

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Meet Marianne Kirby

Meet Marianne Kirby, author of YA LGBT dark-fantasy horror Dust Bath Revival, 2 December at 18:30–20:00, at Wordier Than Thou, 5741 75th Ave. N, Pinellas Park, Florida 33781 and 3 December at 13:00–15:00, at Writer’s Atelier, 336 Grove Ave, Winter Park, Florida 32789

coverAbout Dust Bath Revival

16-year-old Henrietta Goodness – Hank to all that know her – has heard all the stories about how the Dust made the dead rise. She’s heard about how life changed.

But that was a long time ago, and Hank is ready for another normal dry and dusty Florida summer. She knows the thunder doesn’t really promise rain. Instead, Hank and her brother will do their chores, run into town as much as they can get away with, and lock up tight and safe in their Aunt Marty’s house once the sun goes down. That’s the plan, at least, until an itinerant tent revival rolls onto their land, with a Reborn – one of the risen dead – traveling caged with them.

The arrival of an unknown cousin connected to the revival starts Hank on the road to solving a mystery that even the government might not want unraveled. There’s nowhere to go when the night isn’t safe and there’s no one to trust when everyone might be part of a conspiracy to keep the Reborn walking.

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curiosityquills.comAbout Marianne Kirby

Marianne Kirby writes about bodies both real and imagined. She plays with the liminal space between vanishing and visibility: she thinks the things that go bump in the night need to spend some time in the sun.

A long-time writer, editor, and activist, Marianne is a frequent contributor to women’s interest publications, news outlets, and tv shows that require people to have opinions. She has been published by the Guardian, xoJane, the Daily Dot, Bitch Magazine, Time, and others. She has appeared on tv and radio programs ranging from the Dr. Phil Show to Radio New Zealand.

Marianne was born in Florida and returned there because Florida Weird calls to its own. She has briefly escaped again but is already plotting her eventual winter migration.

This is her first novel.

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Blog Tour: Prelude to Mayhem by Edward Aubry

The blog tour for urban fantasy novel Prelude to Mayhem by Edward Aubry has begun, running from November 22 – December 9 and featuring: reviews, interviews, guest posts, and excerpts!

mayhem-coverAbout Prelude To Mayhem

On May 30, 2004, the world transformed. Nearly all signs of civilization vanished, leaving in their wake a bizarre landscape of wilderness, advanced technology and magic, and leaving Harrison Cody very much alone. After weeks of surviving in solitude, he hears a voice on the radio, beckoning him to cross a thousand miles of terrifyingly random terrain to meet her, and any other survivors, in Chicago. Eager to find any remnants of humanity, he sets forth, joined by an unexpected—and inhuman—companion.

For Dorothy O’Neill, the end of the world means she will never finish ninth grade. On her own, she builds a home in the ruins of a strip mall, relying on her ingenuity and hard work to maintain some semblance of creature comforts. When another survivor arrives, he brings futuristic technology and stories of monsters he has encountered. Armed with this information, she takes a new interest in exploring her world, but she is not prepared for what awaits her, and the new arrival has brought his own set of problems.

On their separate journeys, Harrison and Dorothy begin to piece together what has happened to their world. Their questions have answers to be found in what remains of Chicago, and from the mysterious voice on the radio offering the hope that civilization can be rebuilt.

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