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Category: Cover Reveal

New Novella Available: VOICE OF THE KNIFE

Hello again! Just popping in to report that my novella Voice of the Knife is available as part of the Teeth, Long and Sharp anthology!  I’m so excited to be a part of this anthology. A set of six tales to put you in the mood for Halloween.  For those of you who’ve followed me a while, this is the story about the paranormal woodpeckers I used to joke on Twitter about. It turns out, those woodpeckers are no joking matter. In fact, they’re downright dangerous and more than a little creepy.  Read on for more details.

Teeth, Long and Sharp: A collection of tales sharp and pointed. Featuring authors Grace Draven, Antioch Grey, Aria M. Jones, Jeffe Kennedy and Mel Sterling. Short stories and novellas featuring the paranormal and strange, vampires, mermaids and monsters of all sorts. Dark Contemporary Fantasy Romance. Available October 6, 2016.
Ebook only. (ISBN 9780997139143): ~ | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo |iTunes iBooks | ~

Here be monsters. With teeth, long and sharp.

IVORIES by Aria M. Jones – Eleanor resents the afternoons sacrificed to piano lessons and a disagreeable teacher who gloats over her failures and humiliations. Today, it’s Mrs. Lundemann’s turn for a sacrifice of a very different nature…

NIGHT TIDE by Grace Draven – Something hunts the surf at night, luring villagers to their deaths with a lullaby of sorrow and the torture of nightmares. Blessed with the gift of water-sight, Zigana Imre senses the presence of an ancient predator possessing a taste for human flesh sweetened by grief. With the help of a child of earth, she will battle a spawn of the sea to protect a loved one and save a man who will one day save a world.

THE NOISE OF FUR by Jeffe Kennedy – The first time, it came at night…

In the forest, a Thing prowls, picking off members of young Raven’s tribe. If they flee their home, they face starvation. If only Raven can answer the question of what kind of fur makes that noise.

VENETRIX by Antioch Grey – A merchant and a poet come to the City, seeking justice for the murder of a relative, and if justice cannot be found, they will have revenge. They collude with vampires, negotiate with mermaids, share ale and meat pies with gargoyles and navigate the prisons, waterways and court system of a city ruled by a Master possessing long life and even longer teeth.

The City will make you a fortune, or it will kill you, but it will always change you.

THE VAMPIRES OF MULBERRY STREET by Aria M. Jones – Living the simple life in small town Indiana, Mrs. H has everything she could possibly ever want: a cozy house, peace and quiet, and a garden that is the envy of Mulberry Street. But when sinister outsiders disrupt the tranquility of her neighborhood, it might be time for her to come out of retirement and take up tools more deadly than pruning shears and a trowel.

VOICE OF THE KNIFE by Mel Sterling – Biologist Charles Napier doesn’t mind getting lost in a Florida swamp—it’s part of a scientist’s job. Logic and training will get him out safely. Except lurking in this swamp, there’s a monster Napier’s science can’t explain…a lonely, exquisite, desperate monster.

~Foreword by Ilona Andrews~








Cover Reveal! Wordless, first book in the Pink Sofa Secrets series!

Here’s the front (and also ebook) cover of Wordless, coming this October. Sexy romantic suspense set in a bookstore!

Many thanks to the fabulous Skyla of Indigo Chick Designs for her patience, diligence, and endless searches of stock photos to make it just right.

We’ll be back soon with the full wrap cover for the print version. Meanwhile…a little taste to whet your appetite.

When Uncle Horace died, Lexie inherited everything.
One small-town bookstore.
One crabby bookstore cat.
A dozen questionable poets.
One ugly pink antique sofa.
One sexy customer with a secret.
Two angry FBI agents after millions in stolen data…

…and one hell of a problem.



It’s here, it’s here! I can’t tell you how excited I am to show you the nearly final draft of the ebook cover for Trueheart, which will be available in mid-January 2016. Trueheart is the first book in a new dark fantasy romance series, Portland After Dark.

Trueheart ebook cover

TRUEHEART: Book 1 of Portland After Dark

Cover design by Skyla Dawn Cameron of Indigo Chick Designs.

Here’s the back-cover copy for the print version (coming spring, 2016).

Loyalty. Desperation. Grief.

Eight months ago a mysterious drug killed Tess Gordon’s brother, and now it’s spreading through her rehab counseling clients. They all claim they’re not addicted, the drug leaves no trace except its drained victims, and the cops aren’t interested. Aching with loss, Tess vows to find the source. What she finds instead is Thomas.

Slavery. Duty. Enchantment.

Thomas, the half-fae guardian of the goblin market, has plenty of problems—and just got another one. Pressed into the service of the Unseelie Queen, all he wants is his freedom. But Tess won’t go away, and the human girl is in way over her head.

One perilous late-autumn night, the fae and human worlds collide. Tess’s and Thomas’s separate tasks are inextricably tangled. Now, a half-fae and a human rehab counselor must walk the knife-edge of obligation, love, death and transformation–with the entire Unseelie Court, including the malevolent Wild Hunt, out for their blood.

Welcome to Portland, After Dark…

You’ll be able to read the first chapter of Trueheart in a sneak peek in fellow-author Grace Draven’s newsletter later this week. Sign up for Grace’s newsletter here: Sign me up!

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