All posts by Shéa MacLeod

Author of urban fantasy post-apocalyptic scifi paranormal romances with a twist of steampunk, as well as contemporary romances with a heavy dose of hilarity. Also rather fond of lemon curd, mushroom pizza, disco, and Ancient Aliens.

Spellwalker Release Party and #Giveaway! #Books #Romance #Paranormal

Come for the cupcakes, stay for the fun! Tomorrow is the official Spellwalker Release Party.

Join me over on Facebook for games, prizes, guest authors, and more! Get started early with the Grand Prize Giveaway. This is what it looks like:

Get started early with the Grand Prize Giveaway. This is what it looks like:

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This is what’s in it:

Goodie Bag (including swag from myself and other others plus a Kissed by Darkness purse charm and a bobble witch pen)

Signed copy of Kissed by Darkness

Shéa MacLeod mug with sample of Starbucks coffee

PLUS (not pictured) a signed paranormal romance from author Tara West AND an ebook from urban fantasy author Lauren Stewart.

Be sure and enter NOW!

Lots of other giveaways on the day so don’t forget! 6pm – 8pm Pacific Time on Facebook.09

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Available NOW!

Morgan Goes to Paris (aka Le Grande Research Trip) #paranormal #romance #urbanfantasy #vampirehunter

You might remember that a couple months ago I was neck deep in research over in Europe. One of the things I promised was a video tracing Morgan’s route chasing a vampire through the streets of Paris in Kissed by Moonlight. Well, I haven’t forgotten! Here it is in all it’s (rather dodgy) glory:

 

As promised, here are some photos from inside the cathedral:

On this spot, right beneath the stairs, Morgan finally got the better of the vampire and dusted him. The cathedral would have been empty, of course.
On this spot, right beneath the stairs, Morgan finally got the better of the vampire and dusted him. The cathedral would have been empty, of course.

Mega #Research Trip: Day Two – Of #Liverpool, #Pirates, and Chicken and Mushroom #Pie (#paranormal #romance)

On March 16 I said “So, long London” and jumped a train to Liverpool. This was my first trip to Liverpool so I had no idea what to expect. What I got was epic Victorian goodness (in the way of architecture), lots of ideas sparkling in my head, good food, good friends, and wonderful memories.

Walk this way…

Yours Truly in Liverpool

They have a public library of epic. I want this library. In my house. Now. This is definitely going to make an appearance in Sunwalker Saga: Witchblood. I’m not sure yet which book, but it’s going to happen.

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It’s all just so…atmospheric! Maybe the somewhat gloomy weather contributed to that. Or maybe it was the almost gothic-ness to the architecture. Who knows? But I was seeing vampires EVERYWHERE!DSCF1201 DSCF1238 DSCF1248

Dinner was at a place named Smuggler’s Cove. Aptly named considering my current obsession with Blacksails. We pause in our regularly scheduled programming for this:

Okay, back to business. This is the bar (they know what to do with a bottle of rum):

Smuggler's Cove

The dining room is…interesting. Fancy schmancy fireplace. Helmet chandelier.Smuggler's Cove 2 Helmet ChandelierDinner was divine. I went with the chicken and mushroom pie. It offends my sensibilities to eat pie that is not dessert, but when in Liverpool, eh? Besides it was super nom.

Thanks to jet lag the day ended earlier than I might have wished, but I’d begun a new love affair with Liverpool. Do not doubt that it WILL appear in Sunwalker Saga: Witchblood.

Stay tuned for the next installment of my Liverpool adventures.

Investigating #London: Part One (aka A #research trip for the ages.) #paranormal #romance

I’ve been back from my wild jaunt to Europe for nearly a week and I’m still not over the let lag. Which means I’m a little fuzzy in the head. But I did manage to get my photos uploaded so I could share them with you.

Join me…

If you’ve ever been to London (or seen it on TV), you might recognize the iconic St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel building. Tucked right next to the St. Pancras/Kings Cross train stations, it’s an unforgettable sight. Very Victorian. Very impressive. Very perfect for a supernatural event or other. (Sunwalker Saga: Witchblood)

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The Champagne Bar in the hotel is…stunning. The red uplights give it the feel of being lit by torchlight, and the hushed atmosphere makes you half-expect tuxedo-ed butlers to come gliding through at any moment. The perfect place for a bad date, perhaps? (Notting Hill Diaries)

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St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel Champagne Bar
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St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel Champagne Bar

The spa is in the basement in what was once the old kitchen. It definitely has an exotic Moroccan flair. I could see Kev hanging out here (Notting Hill Diaries), or even a brutal fight between a hunter and a vampire (Sunwalker Saga).

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St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel Spa

A mysterious doorway leading to…somewhere. A person could easily get lost here among the winding staircases and sweeping halls. Lots of places for evil to lurk. Plenty of gargoyles perched among the arches. And a stunning enough venue for a romantic fairy tale.DSCF1181

And that was just Day One (Okay, technically it was Day Two as I arrived Saturday and this was Sunday. But who’s counting?). Join me later this week for further Adventures in Europe.

What to Read Next: Paranormal Goodness from Michelle Muto

MUTO-OfShadowandStone-CV-FT V6 copyNew release from Michelle Muto, author of THE HAUNTING SEASON.

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Description:

Humans are so unobservant. All they have to do is look up… and hope the gargoyles looking back down don’t target them as prey.

Gargoyles were created centuries ago to protect mankind, but something went horribly wrong. Now only the sentinel—a mortal chosen to control the stone beasts—stands between them and their human prey.

When the latest sentinel is killed, Kate Mercer is destined to take his place. But Kate has enough going on in her life—like a skyrocketing film career, a delusional ex-boyfriend, and a crazed stalker who will stop at nothing to get to her. But the powers that be have decided, and Kate is transported to Shadow Wood, a mysterious castle that serves as a sanctuary for the supernatural. Although beautiful, Shadow Wood is no safe place for a mere mortal. Yet Kate is drawn not only to the gargoyles but also Ian McGuire, a charming novelist who might be in the greatest danger of all.

As Kate decides whether to accept the most perilous role of her life, she discovers there are more secrets than answers within the castle’s walls. Her survival and Ian’s depend on her ability to master the gargoyles before time runs out. Is fate really cast in stone?

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London Calling

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Just five more days and I’m on a plane headed to London. Oh, how I’ve missed that city. It was my home for nearly six years and I can’t wait to go back.

This time it’s just for a visit, to catch up with old friends, and (mostly) do research for future books. Particularly my new contemporary romance series, Notting Hill Diaries. I’ll also be headed to Liverpool, Paris, and Prague to do research for Sunwalker Saga: Witchblood, as well as other little ideas that have been niggling away in my brain.

Want to come with me? I plan to post pictures and possibly videos of my travels, so don’t forget to follow this blog for updates!

More Contemporary #Romance in #NottingHill

The series that has been described as “funny and poignant” is back with another installment of hilarious dating-gone-wrong stories and heart melting happily-ever-afters.

Kiss Me, Chloe

Notting Hill Diaries – Book 2

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Unlucky in love? That’s Chloe. She’s got a list of crazy dates and nutty suitors a mile long. If only she could break the cycle just once and find her Mr. Right.

Shattered dreams? Maybe. But Chloe isn’t the type to give up on love. Not to mention, there’s that sexy jazz musician she keeps running into…

Second chances? If she can get over her own insecurities about dating, she might just find out that Mr. Right is right under her nose.

Available in ebook on Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble.

International Kindle readers, please check your local Amazon store. Also available in Germany for Tolino

Find #Romance in #NottingHill

At last! The long awaited contemporary romance, Kissing Frogs, is finally here.

http://www.amazon.com/Kissing-Frogs-Notting-Hill-Diaries-ebook/dp/B00TKHAU4K/Bad dates? Kate’s had ‘em. As an American in London she’s discovered not every Englishman is Tom Hiddleston. There was the guy who wanted to suck her toes in public, and the guy who thought he was an alien. As in the kind from outer space.

Broken heart? Kate’s been there. After her husband left her for a hot Brazilian, her world came crashing down. Her heart and her confidence pretty much got thrown in a blender set to “chop.” Her only options were to run home to America with her tail between her legs, or put on her big girl panties and get on with life. She chose the latter.

Faith in men? Surprisingly restored by the dreamy Adam Wentworth whose kindness and wicked sense of humor send Kate’s damaged heart fluttering once again. After kissing so many frogs, she’s determined not to let this prince get away.

Available in paperback on Amazon and CreateSpace.

Available in ebook on Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble.

Outside the US?

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Or check your local Amazon or Kobo store.

 

 

Of #ComicConPortland

I would have never thought ComicCon would be the sort of place where a geeky author like myself could hang out and talk books with geeky readers. What was I thinking? (Apparently, I wasn’t.) But my friend and fellow author, Miranda Mayer, convinced me it was perfect. She was right!

I had a blast. Met so many amazing people—readers, writers, artists, cosplayers. Sold a few books. Gave out loads of bookmarks. And let’s just say I am now addicted to ComicCon. In fact I’m totally gutted I can’t attend Rose City ComicCon this year (Or Emerald City, or Vancouver FanExpo) because of other commitments, but…there are other things on the horizon. Stay tuned!

A few images from the Con:

Best Ursula ever.
Best Ursula ever.
I met concept artist John Gallgher. Awesome guy. Find him here: http://uncannyknack.com/
I met concept artist John Gallgher. Awesome guy. Find him here: http://uncannyknack.com/
Xena and Gabrielle showed up. Rock on, ladies!
Xena and Gabrielle showed up. Rock on, ladies!
My favorite cosplay of the day: Hello Kitty Gears of War. Total badassery.
My favorite cosplay of the day: Hello Kitty Gears of War. Total badassery.
Our friendly neighborhood sci-fi speed dating maven.
Our friendly neighborhood sci-fi speed dating maven. She was fabulous. She got a “10” for awesome.

#London Calling…Just in Time for #ValentinesDay #contemporaryromance #NottingHill

Coming January 2015

The first installment of the new contemporary romance series,

Notting Hill Diaries

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Anna’s life is falling apart. First she gets fired–totally not her fault!–and then she comes home to find her boyfriend in bed with the neighbor. But a job offer across the Pond gives her the perfect excuse to chuck it all and start again. As the nanny of adorable twins, she finds her new boss, Bella, cold and oh-so-proper, but Notting Hill is nothing short of magical. And as Valentine’s Day approaches, Anna realizes anything is possible. Even capturing the heart of a prince.

To Kiss A Prince

A Notting Hill Diaries Novella

Available January 30, 2015

Coming February, 2015:

Kissing Frogs

Book 1 of the Notting Hill Diaries

Sometimes you have to kiss a lot of frogs.

Sometimes you even have to marry one.