New Release: Nice Guys Bite by Jennifer Estep

Happy book birthday to Jennifer Estep!

NICE GUYS BITE is the latest in the Elemental Assassin series and sure to delight readers.
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About the Book

NICE GUYS BITE takes place after the events of UNRAVELED (#15). It is told from the point of view of Silvio Sanchez, Gin’s personal assistant.

Working for Gin Blanco (aka the Spider, the assassin who runs the Ashland underworld) doesn’t leave much time for romance, especially with Gin’s holiday party planning in full swing. But when he catches the eye of a charming gentleman, Silvio finds himself going out for coffee.

All’s fair in love and war, though. Just as Silvio is starting to enjoy himself, he realizes he’s being watched. His nice-guy date doesn’t sense the danger, and Silvio wants to keep it that way (and, well, keep the guy alive) so Silvio ends the date early—only to be abducted by some villainous giants.

Will Silvio survive the night and make it back to the Pork Pit in time for Gin’s holiday party? Only if he decks the hall with bodies …


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Title: NICE GUYS BITE (Elemental Assassin #15.5)
Format: e-novella
Author: Jennifer Estep
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Giveaway!

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 Jennifer Estep Author Pic.jpegAbout Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. Unwanted, e-novella #14.5 in the series, will be released on July 18. Unraveled, book #15, will be released on Aug. 30.

Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series. She is also the author of the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series and the Bigtime paranormal romance series.

For more information on Jennifer and her books, visit www.jenniferestep.com or follow Jennifer on FacebookGoodreads, and Twitter.

Press Release and Review: Straight to Hell by John Hartness

He’s half-vampire.

He’s got a bad attitude.

He’s Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter.

He’s back.

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About the Series

2014 EPIC Award Winner for Best Horror Novel John G. Hartness returns to the dark world of Quincy Harker in Straight to Hell, the second novella in this top-selling series. Straight to Hell continues the Charlotte-based adventures of Quincy Harker, immortal wizard child of Jonathan Harker and Mina Murray, two of the most beloved characters from Bram Stoker’s classic vampire novel Dracula.

Harker and his motley crew of detectives, angels, shadowy government operatives and hacker/sniper/manservants must band together to rescue a kidnapped UNC-Charlotte student and stop a death cult from using his blood to open the Seven Seals and bring about the Apocalypse. Along the way they battle the physical embodiment of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and rack up millions of dollars in property damage in this thrill ride of a novella.

Praise for the Series

I look forward to the future volumes with gusto.

– Fantasy Book Critic

I am looking forward to the next Demon Hunter story.

– I Smell Sheep

Hartness has seemingly found a new level of excellence here with this latest series.

– NerdNation

The Enchanted Alley’s Review

Straight to Hell is the second Quincy Harker novella that I have had the pleasure of reading. Hartness’s newest release is a tense race against time to save the world from the impending doom. The opening chapter is the top of the hill on this roller coaster ride, and it doesn’t slow down until the car is back in the house. Harker is a hoot of a character, but as hilarious and badass as he is, I have to say that my favorite character is Renfield. I so want to hang out with him.

Even though Straight to Hell is the second in the series, you can read this one without having read the first one. But, why wouldn’t you? Check out Raising Hell while you’re waiting for April 28 to roll around!

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. His novel, Paint it Black, won the 2014 EPIC award for Best Horror Novel. He is a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America and the Horror Writers Association. John can be found at @johnhartness on Twitter, facebook.com/johnghartness, or at johnhartness.com. He likes fried pickles, cold beer, and loud music, in roughly equal quantities.

Review copies available! Contact John Hartness at john@johnhartness.com

Dark Heir Blog Tour – Stop #3 and Excerpt

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About Dark Heir

Shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock is the best in the business when it comes to slaying vampires. But her latest fanged foe may be above her pay grade…
For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the European Council have wandered the Earth, controlling governments, fostering war, creating political conflict, and often leaving absolute destruction in their wake. One of the strongest of them is set to create some havoc in the city of New Orleans, and it’s definitely personal.
Jane is tasked with tracking him down. With the help of a tech wiz and an ex-Army ranger, her partners in Yellowrock Securities, she’ll have to put everything on the line, and hope it’s enough. Things are about to get real hard in the Big Easy.

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Eli and I secured our official cells, slipped on the high-tech ear-protector-headsets. They had been created for variable noise reduction during tactical ops, where situational awareness and inter-unit communication were equally important. In combat, soldiers wore helmets. We hadn’t gotten that far along in personal protection yet. The new headsets had only recently replaced the earbuds we used to use and were tied into the coms system at vamp HQ and to Alex, so we could hear what we needed to hear and yet be protected from the worst of the ear damage of weapons fire. Over the new headset, I heard Derek Lee, Leo’s other Enforcer, say, “—‘’andard ammo. Continue to take the vampires down. Three-burst, midcenter shots. They’ll heal. Do not—repeat—do not—target humans. If humans are involved, use any of the nonlethal compliance methods at your disposal. Repeat, nonlethal measures for humans.”

“We’re in,” I said to Alex, who was still back at the house. Then to the security people at HQ, I said, “This is Jane Yellowrock, We’re under the porte cochere. Protocol Cowbird.”

“Legs,” Derek replied. “Protocol Cowbird affirmed.”

Cowbirds left their eggs in other birds’ nests instead of building ones of their own. The protocol named after them had been designed not for fighting off vamps from outside, but for dealing with problems already on the inside, for instance, like a nestling that wanted to take over from the rightful owners. “Update us.” 


About Faith Hunter

FaithHunter5SmallNew York Times Bestselling author Faith Hunter writes fantasy in several subgenres: the urban fantasy Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker; the post-apocalyptic Rogue Mage series and RPG, featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage; and the upcoming SoulWood trilogy featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram, a woman who can siphon off the magic of others and is drawn into solving paranormal crimes. Faith writes mystery and thrillers under the name Gwen Hunter. When she isn’t writing, Faith likes to make jewelry, run whitewater rivers (Class II and III), and RV with her hubby and their rescued dogs.

Faith is online!

And the winners are…

Are you ready to find out who you voted as the winners of top five books reviewed in 2014?

The Winners Are….
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5th Place (TIE) with 6 votes

Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson

Damsel and the Daggerman by Delilah S. Dawson

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4th  place with 9 votes

Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill

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3rd place with 10 votes

Thieves’ Quarry by DB Jackson

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2nd place with 11 votes

Plunder of Souls by DB Jackson

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1st place with a whopping 77 votes!

Broken Soul by Faith Hunter

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Congrats to all the writers, and 2014 was a great year for reading!

I’m looking to more awesome books in 2015!

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

Press Release: Raising Hell by John Hartness Coming Soon!


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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.