Guest Post: Misty Massey and The Weird Wild West!

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The Weird Wild West Needs Settlers!

Hey y’all!  I’m delighted to be a guest today on the Enchanted Alley!
My name is Misty Massey, and until last summer, I was a writer of fantastic fiction and author of Mad Kestrel (pirates and magic and adventure…oh my!)  I say ‘until last summer’ because that was when things became slightly more crazy and exciting in my world and I agreed to be an editor.
I was a guest at Congregate, and I had just finished a rousing session of Live Action Slush.  I was in the hallway chatting with my co-conspirators Emily Leverett and Margaret McGraw when the subject of publishing an anthology of weird western stories came up.  We all thought it sounded like great fun, so we started approaching authors we believed would add to the thrill of such a project.  Nearly all of them said “Yes!” (okay, a couple were squealing with excitement, but I’m not going to try to spell that sound for you!) so we started querying publishers.
Danielle Ackley-McPhail of eSpec Books snapped us up, and before we knew it, we were running a Kickstarter to fund the project.

What is weird west?

It’s fantasy or science fiction set in the world (or the aesthetic) of the American western frontier.  Movies like High Plains Drifter and Cowboys and Aliens for example, and television shows like the Star Trek episode “Spectre of the Gun”, and Firefly and The Wild Wild West.  Print examples include R S Belcher’s The Six Gun Tarot, Steven King’s Dark Tower saga and Melissa Marr’s The Arrivals It’s the idea of people living on the edge of civilization, where the magic hasn’t died out yet, where the inventors are free to indulge their imaginations in bizarre directions.  

The reason I’m here today is to talk about our Kickstarter.

The book will be called The Weird Wild West, and it will feature stories by R S Belcher, Tonia Brown, Diana Pharaoh Francis, John Hartness, Jonathan Maberry, Gail Martin, James Tuck and me!  If we manage to reach our stretch goals, we’ll add stories by Robert Waters and David Sherman.  But that’s not all – we want to open four spaces for you to submit your own stories!  That’s right, we’d like to see people we’ve never met before sharing our little town of the weird!

But the only way that can happen is with your help.  We’re working toward our funding goal, and we’d love for you to be a part of that.  As all frontier towns did, our project needs settlers – you!
Take a look at the project page and explore the pledge levels.  For as little as $5, you can get your very own copy of this great book, although there are higher pledge levels which offer really cool things – have a character named for you, have a character named for your pet, get a professional critique of your manuscript or even a signed advance copy of Neil Gaiman’s “Stardust”.

We’re running a contest right now, too.  We want to reach 200 settlers (backers) by the New Year.  If you back the project at the $5 level or higher between now and New Year’s Day, you’ll receive not only everything your pledge reward grants you, but also a bonus DRM-free Deadly Curiosities novella by Gail Martin, AND a digital deed to your very own weird western homestead!  All that for $5!


So wander through our dusty streets, and if you like what you see, stay awhile.

We’d be glad to pour you a shot of entertaining stories!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dackley-mcphail/tales-of-the-weird-wild-west

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Press Release: Raising Hell by John Hartness Coming Soon!


BEST–SELLING URBAN FANTASY AUTHOR

LAUNCHES NEW E-BOOK SERIES

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Contact: john@johnhartness.com


His name is Quincy Harker.

Dracula calls him “nephew.”

His guardian angel, Glory, calls him “Q.”

The police call him a pain in the ass.

Monsters call him their worst nightmare.

He’s the immortal wizard son of Jonathan Harker and Mina Murray, and he’s what the monster under your bed has nightmares about. With a smart mouth, size 11 Doc Martens and a century’s worth of magical knowledge, Quincy Harker is here, and let the bad things tremble in fear.

Quincy Harker hates demons. He hates overprivileged frat boys who let demons play around with underage girls even more. When he’s hired to perform an exorcism on a fifteen-year-old girl, things go wrong from the start. Harker has to call in favors from his uncle Luke, better known as Count Vlad Dracula, his guardian angel Glory and the Department of Homeland Security’s Spook Squad to take out a centuries-old wizard and send all the demons back to Hell where they belong.


About the Series

raisinghellRaising Hell is the first novella in the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter series by best-selling urban fantasy author John G. Hartness (The Black Knight Chronicles, Bubba the Monster Hunter).

Set in contemporary Charlotte, NC, Raising Hell is a dark fantasy reminiscent of Supernatural or early Hellblazer comics. Fans of horror and fantasy alike will be thrilled with this new action-packed series.

Raising Hell is available in ebook exclusively on Amazon for 90 days beginning January 20. The book will be available in all ebook formats after that and available in print at conventions and appearances this spring.

Pre-orders are now open at this link.


About the Author

John G. Hartness is the author of The Black Knight Chronicles urban fantasy series from Bell Bridge Books, the creator of the Bubba the Monster Hunter series of short stories, a frequent contributor to the Magical Words group blog, and the creator and co-editor of The Big Bad: An Anthology of Evil series of anthologies. He is also the host of the Literate Liquors podcast, featuring the best in fantasy and sci-fi book reviews and liquor pairings. He can be found at @johnhartness on Twitter, facebook.com/johnghartness, or at johnhartness.com.

Book Review: Unlucky by Cynthia St. Aubin

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Unlucky is my second visit to the weird world inhabited by Dr. Matilda Schmidt, a demigod, a sexy hitman, and various mythical creatures. Unlucky picks up right where Unlovable left off…literally. At the end of Unlovable, Dr. Schmidt finds a valentine with a message…pay up or die. Unlucky begins with her looking at the valentine.

From Amazon:

Accused of stealing gold from an infamous Irish street gang, Paranormal Psychologist Matilda Schmidt will die in exactly five days if she doesn’t cough it up—guilty or not. With minutes ticking away and her office overrun by a leprechaun who’s loopier than he is lucky, Matilda makes a deal with a demigod—give him one night in her bed and he’ll help her locate the missing gold.

But when Matilda’s recent one-night stand shows up with inside information about the heist she’s being framed for, she finds herself caught between a hit man and a demigod both offering to protect her—if they don’t kill each other first.

If Matilda’s luck doesn’t change soon, death might be the only thing waiting for her at the end of the rainbow.

These stories are short, less than 100 pages usually, and could easily be read back to back without losing momentum. They’re fun, quick reads that I have recommended several times. The wit and humor are great, the characters get “lucky” more than once, and that darn secretary…well, you’ll just have to read it to find out about her favorite closet.

I finished Unlucky and am already looking forward to Unhoppy, book 3, because I’m hopping to see if the good doctor pays up on her deal with Crixus!


 

UnluckyESSENTIAL INFO:

Title: Unlucky

Author: Cynthia St. Aubin

Publisher: C. Olsen

Length: 94 pages

Release Date: March 13, 2014

Amazon Link: Buy it HERE

Book Review: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

8788554I have to admit it. I judged this book by the cover. And I was wrong. Many people told me how awesome this series is, but I looked at the cover and just thought…meh, doesn’t look like my thing. Boy, was I ever wrong! So, let this be a lesson to you (and me, obviously) to never judge a book by its cover! Now, granted, it is a gorgeous cover, but it doesn’t quite seem to match up with what is on the inside.

From Amazon:

First Grave on the Right is the smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper.
Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e., murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.
This is a thrilling debut novel from Darynda Jones, an exciting newcomer to the world of paranormal romantic suspense.

First Grave on the Right is a hilarious, heart-pounding adventure not only to solve a crime but also against the clock to save a mysterious man, Reyes Farrow. But, the question quickly becomes who is saving whom? And who is going to save me from running out to read the next one? Whooo-hooo…we need more Reyes, that’s for sure.

I can’t wait to read more.
8788554ESSENTIAL INFO:

Title: First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson Book 1)

Author: Darynda Jones

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Length: 321 pages

Release Date: February 1, 2011

Amazon Link: Buy it HERE

2014 Recap Poll

I read a lot of good books in 2014, but there are a few that stand out and deserve a second mention. Thus, I decided that it was time to start a new tradition: the annual Top Five Books of the Year!

But, here’s the trouble…I can’t decide which five to choose! So…you get to vote!

The top five will be featured in a special post on December 31!

Voting Ends December 30!

Street teams…are you ready?

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Book Review: Unlovable by Cynthia St. Aubin

UnlovableI am new to The Case Files of Dr. Matilda Schmidt by Cynthia St. Aubin, but I am so glad I found the series. They’re fun, quick reads that are often laugh-out-loud funny with a healthy dose of whoo-hoo.  The first in the series is Unlovable.

From Amazon:

It isn’t every day a sexy demigod throws a pissed-off Cupid onto psychologist Matilda Schmidt’s couch and informs her the fate of the world depends on her ability to get him off his diapered ass and back to helping people fall in love.
Just when Matilda convinces herself she’s not hallucinating, in walks a Vegas hit man with a big gun and a bigger threat: pay back the million dollars she owes a notorious casino mogul, or wind up as fish food in Lake Mead.
Rocketing across country with a gun to her head, Matilda has a dysfunctional love-god in her laptop bag, a million dollar debt she has no knowledge of, and must convince the seductive hit man he’s snatched the wrong woman before he convinces her he might be the right man—for a night.
Can Matilda stay alive long enough to keep love from becoming history?

Unlovable follows the first paranormal case that Dr. Schmidt takes on…albeit unwillingly. The plot moves quickly, and the characters are a riot. A demigod, Cupid, a Las Vegas hitman, and a secretary who loves all things pink are just some of the folks you’ll meet in this one. I won’t give away the end, but I will warn you: I purchased book 2 as soon as I finished the last page. (Thank goodness my Kindle asks me if I would like to go ahead and get the next one! Although…that one-click thingy could definitely get me in some trouble!)

I can’t wait to read more.

UnlovableESSENTIAL INFO:

Title: Unlovable

Author: Cynthia St. Aubin

Publisher: C. Olsen

Length: 83 pages

Release Date: February 11, 2014

Amazon Link: Buy it HERE