FINALLY! The book you’ve all been waiting for!
A Rage of Angles is now available on Amazon, iTunes, and Kobo and coming soon to Barnes & Noble. Those of you who want paperback will have to wait a little bit longer, but it’s coming later this month.
Here’s the blurb:
Firefly meets CSI in this brand new series from Shéa MacLeod, author of the international bestselling Sunwalker Saga!
On planet Serabim there are two types of people: humans and Angels. When humans first arrived on Serabim, the natives welcomed them … as long as humans stuck to the low grounds and left the aeries and the Angels alone.
But something changed.
Angels are murdering humans at an alarming rate, leaving their mutilated bodies on public display. In horror, the humans call upon their local Rider for justice.
All is not as it seems on idyllic Serabim, as Captain Zala Lei and her Rider, Xander Lodai, will soon discover. The Rage of the Angels may indeed be something entirely more human.
This one has been a long time coming, so I hope you all enjoy it!
If you want to know how how Zala and Xander met, don’t forget to check out the prequel novelette available for just 99 cents.
Today on ye olde blogge I’ve got the lovely Rebecca Chastain, author of the urban fantasy, A Fist Full of Evil.
Rebecca Chastain has found seven four-leaf clovers to date, won a purebred Arabian horse in a drawing, and once tamed a blackbird for a day. She has been employed as a VHS sales clerk, bookshelf straightener, government pseudo-employee, professional finder of lost sporting goods, and strategy guide wrangler in the video game industry.
We’re talking about a few of our favorite things.
SM: What was your favorite book as a kid?
RC: Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe and The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander are two books I remember fondly. My mom and I took turns reading these books aloud to each other in the evenings (among many others) but these two stand out as books that I kept thinking about after I finished them. They are both so imaginative and fun, and they undoubtedly played a hand in cementing my love of all things fantasy.
SM: What is your favorite romance novel?
RC: Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Dart is my all-time favorite romance fantasy novel. It doesn’t hurt that the story spans six books and is a backstory of three others, either. Every time I reread the series, I fall into Carey’s world and don’t want to come up for air.
(SM: OMG! I loved that series so, so much!)
SM: Who are your favorite authors (the ones you one-click)?
RC: I could easily fill this page with my favorites, but if I had to be extremely picky, I would say Naomi Novik, Kim Harrison, Ilona Andrews, Brandon Sanderson. And Jayne Castle. And Ann Aguirre. And Gail Carriger. And Linnea Sinclair. And…
(SM: Were we separated at birth? So many of those are my one clicks. I had a total fangirl moment the day I got to meet Ann Aguirre. But I digress…)
SM: What is your favorite paranormal creature to write about?
RC: The easy answer is dragons, but I haven’t written about dragons yet! They’re in the works, but other books jumped the queue. I enjoyed creating cute-scary imps in A Fistful of Evil. They’re unique to Madison Fox’s world, and the juxtaposition of these adorable chinchilla-like creatures who have a shark’s amount of teeth and eat your soul made for some fun situations.
(SM: Dragons! YESYESYES!)
More on Rebecca’s book:
A Fistful of Evil:
Madison Fox just learned that her ability to see souls is more than a sight: It’s a weapon for fighting evil. The only problem is she doesn’t have a clue what she’s doing.
On the positive side, her money problems are over, she’s possibly discovered her purpose in life, and her coworker is smoking hot. On the negative side, evil creatures now actively hunt her, and deadly experiences are becoming the norm.
When she thinks it couldn’t get worse, a powerful evil sets up shop at a local hotel’s video game convention, and it’s got its eye on more than the gaming geeks: it is hungry for Madison’s soul. Madison needs to become an expert illuminant enforcer overnight to save her job, her region . . . and her life.
Nope, not a Time Lord. Don’t I wish? I mean where would YOU go if you had a Blue Box?
Me? I might start with Regency era England. Just for kicks and giggles. I’m obsessed with it and I would love to see what life was REALLY like outside of a Jane Austen novel. Since I’m fresh out of time traveling devices, I do the second best thing and go on retreat with the Oregon Regency Society.
Last weekend I was down at The Chateau At The Oregon Caves with the rest of the group. We danced, played whist, ate until we burst, and generally had a fabulous time ala Regency. The Chateau is such a magical place. I highly recommend you add it to your bucket list.
For me it was a time to let go and relax. I came home feeling renewed and ready to get back into my latest work: A Rage of Angels.
I know some of you have been waiting for this book for a good, long time. Well, it’s finally DONE and off to the proof reader for a final polish. The official pub date is October 14th, but I might get it up early. Stay tuned!
Meanwhile, I’m working on finishing up the first draft of my very first contemporary romance, Kissing Frogs. It’s an amusing romp through London in the vein of Love, Actually and The Holiday (minus the Christmas theme). No word yet on a pub date for that, but I’ll let you know.
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One of my all-time favorite authors, Gail Carriger, wrote this fantastic post about the ten science fiction/fantasy books that have stuck with her. By now you’re all aware of my love for all things Agatha Christie and possibly know about my Regency obsession, but I thought it would be fun to compile a list of just these specific genres (science fiction, fantasy, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, steampunk) and see which ones you, my lovely readers, have read and loved.
In no particular order:
1. The Blue Sword – Robin McKinley. Also mentioned by Gail Carriger and some of my other friends. This was possibly the first fantasy book I ever read (besides the Chronicles of Narnia), and definitely the first that had a sword-wielding female main character.
2. The City of Gold and Lead - John Christopher. My first exposure to post-apocalyptic fiction. And not just any post-apocalyptic fiction, but with aliens! Of course, being me, I wished there’d been more romance. Some of my very earliest attempts at writing involved post-apocalyptic landscapes and a better balance of girls and boys. Because everything’s better with romance. ;-) This was also the seed for what would eventually become Dragon Wars.
3. The Stand – Stephen King. I read the unabridged version, of course. And in paperback long before Kindle. It probably explains why I have tendinitis! It’s still one of my favorite books and I now have the Kindle version for re-reading.
4. The Passage – Justin Cronin. The unusual take on vampires was interesting. The blend of science fiction, post-apocalyptic adventure, and beautifully crafted literature blew my mind.
5. Urban Shaman – C.E. Murphy. One of the earliest urban fantasy books that crossed my path. In many ways it began my obsession with the genre which eventually led to my writing the Sunwalker Saga. Scenes from the book still cross my mind from time to time.
6. Grimspace – Ann Aguirre. Another book that blew my mind. Elements of hard science fiction mixed with a healthy dose of romance to create the perfect blend. A strong female character that I could relate to. The whole series is great, but the first book is amazeballs. It reawakened my love of scifi and helped birth the Omicron ZX series. Also, aliens.
7. Soulless – Gail Carriger. Quite Possibly one of the best steampunk series out there, in my opinion. Soulless was the book that really hooked me on steampunk and led to my reading the Iron Seas books by Meljean Brook and the Apparatus Infernum books by A.A. Aguirre. It’s the perfect blend of steampunkery and paranormal romance with a liberal splash of hilarity.
8. Guilty Pleasures – Laurell K Hamilton. When I first discovered this series lo, these many years ago, I loved it with a passion. It was such a perfect blend of urban fantasy and paranormal romance. It had so much action, wasn’t too overly gushy, and had a strong female lead. Unfortunately, after the first 4 or 5 books, the series totally jumped the shark. I miss those early books. So very much.
9. Slave to Sensation and Angel’s Blood – Nalini Singh. I’m cheating here by mentioning two books, but they’re both by the same author. So, there. The first is full on PNR, and the second is more UF with strong PNR elements. I love them both. So, so much. The world building is epic. I seriously have a girl crush because of world building alone.
10. Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen. Although technically this book doesn’t fall under any of the above genres (at least when trying to find it at the bookstore), in my opinion it encompasses both fantasy and paranormal romance with a touch of contemporary romance. It’s shades of Practical Magic. Gentle, whimsical, and definitely magical.
Which books have stuck with you?
Want to try out the first book in four of my series for a discount? Check out Ride the Dragon, the paranormal/scifi intro box set. It’s cheaper than buying each book individually and it will give you a taste of some of my worlds.
NOTE: These are not new stories, but previously published books packaged together at a discount.
Description from Amazon:
A collection of four books introducing you to four different paranormal and science fiction series by Shéa MacLeod. Perfect for anyone new to MacLeod’s writing.
OMICRON ZX (An Omicron ZX Prequel) – Starship captain Zala Lei’s bid to bring a dangerous criminal to justice leads her to Omicron 5 and Xander Lodai, a man even more deadly than the one she’s tailing. She can only hope that Xander can help her stop evil in its tracks before she becomes the next victim.
FEARLESS – Soulshifter Trilogy Book 1 (A Sunwalker Saga Spin-off novella) – “I hated this life I’d found myself in and yet I had no choice but to carry on living it. Lost. Confused. Alone. Forever separated from my own kind.”
Murdered at the hands of her king and former lover, Zip finds herself stripped of nearly all her powers and trapped inside the mortal body of a teenager. She finally knows what it is to be human, but it might be the last thing she wants. Especially with a killer stalking the halls…
“Swallowing hard, I held his gaze. I wasn’t sure if I was daring him or defying him. Maybe both.”
Mick Egan is determined to make his life count for something. Getting clean was one thing. Discovering the secrets of a girl like Zip is another. If he was smart, he’d run like hell, except he’s not about to leave her alone to face a murderer.
DRAGON WARRIOR (Dragon Wars, Book 1) – A man without a past.
A woman without a future.
A world destroyed by monsters.
All that’s left is hope.
In Rain Mauri’s post-apocalyptic world there are no shades of gray when it comes to survival. Until she meets a Dragon Warrior and discovers nothing is as simple as it seems.
Together, Rain and the Dragon Warrior must uncover the truth behind the nightmare their world has become. Their quest will put them in the crosshairs of a ruthless enemy, but with her determination and his skill, they might just save their race from destruction. If they can save each other first.
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR (Cupcake Goddess, Book 1) – Once the Welsh goddess of love and beauty, Branwen has lost her powers (most of them), moved to the middle of nowhere, found an obsession for cupcakes, and gained twenty pounds (okay, fifty). She’s not having a good millennium.
So when her next door neighbor, cross-dresser Ryan Roberts, makes a simple wish, Branwen decides to grant it. Ryan is about to find out that where cupcake obsessed ancient goddesses are concerned, you should be careful what you wish for.
I probably picked up this book back when it was published in 2012. Probably. I don’t even remember. And probably it was free. Or maybe 99 cents. Certainly it was on sale at the time. So, I bought it, loaded it on my Kindle, and there it sat.
My Kindle has approximate 7 million books on it and it’s slowed to the point of turning me homicidal. I decided I needed to go through all those stacks and stacks (virtual stacks, that is) of books I had downloaded and not gotten around to reading. I admit, I’ve tossed out a LOT of books. Some I found didn’t interest me. Some were well written but not to my taste. Some were just plain…awful. Out of ten books I probably deleted 9.
And then I stumbled across this little book by Hailey Edwards called A Hint of Frost. It’s the first book in the Araneae Nation Series (do not ask me to pronounce that). I had no idea what it was about so I dove in. I was hoping I’d finally found a book to enjoy.
I wasn’t disappointed.
I was hooked.
I’m not even sure how to explain the book. I guess it’s fantasy? It’s definitely romance. There’s a hint of paranormal. Somebody compared it to Game of Thrones. I guess? Ish? Except the author doesn’t kill everybody and there’s no incest.
The world building is fascinating. The characters believable. The romance made me happy. And the overarching story line grabbed was interesting. I immediately grabbed the second book in the series as soon as I finished reading Frost (although I will wait to read it until I’ve cleared out my Kindle a bit more).
Murder. Deception. Poison. Mystery. Sexy men. And bears with saddles. What’s not to like?
I’m also excited because it appears Edwards has a novel involve an archangel (yum!) plus a second paranormal series that involves…I’m not sure. Demons, maybe? Anyway, they look fantastic and I can’t wait to read them. This author goes in my “favorites” file.
Hope dangles by a silken thread.
Araneae Nation, Book 1
When the head of the Araneidae clan is found poisoned in her nest, her eldest daughter, Lourdes, becomes their clan’s new maven. If her clan is to survive, she has but one choice: she must marry before her nest is seized. All she needs is a warrior fierce enough to protect her city and safeguard her clansmen. Such a male is Rhys the Cold.
Born the youngest son of an impoverished maven, the only things Rhys has to his name are his sword and his mercenary reputation. His clan is starving, but their fondness for the flesh of fellow Araneaeans makes them unwelcome dinner guests. Torn between loyalty to his clan and fascination with his future bride, Rhys’s first taste of Lourdes threatens to melt the cold encasing his heart.
Amid the chaos of battle, Lourdes’s sister disappears and is feared captured. Lourdes and Rhys pursue their enemies into the southlands, where they discover an odd plague ravaging southern clans as it travels north, to Erania. Determined to survive, Lourdes will discover whether she’s worth her silk or if she’s spun the thread by which her clan will hang.
Warning: This book contains one mercenary hero with a biting fetish, one determined heroine who gets nibbled, and an answer to the age-old question, “What does dragon taste like?” Matricide and sibling rivalry are available upon request. The house special is revenge, best served cold.
I haven’t done a Supernatural Saturday in AGES. Seriously, over a year. So rather than bore you with my ranting about whatever supernatural creature is on my mind, I’m giving you this:
You know I only do this because I love you, right? ;)
If you enjoyed that, you should come follow me on Tumblr. That’s another thing I joined ages ago but didn’t do anything with. I am now randomly posting things that make no sense. They’re just things I like. For instance, delicious Regency gentlemen. And amusing memes.
(I’m also on Pinterest if you don’t mind your feed being cluttered with pins of chocolate cake and hot British men.)
If you’re wondering what I’m up to, I’m writing like mad trying to get the next thing out and into your hot little hands. Right now I’m working on two books at a time. I’m at the 55% mark for A Rage of Angels (Think Firefly meets CSI with a splash of romance and Ancient Aliens) and almost 70% on my hilarious new contemporary romcom (Think London, coffee, cupcakes, and Tom Hiddleston… mostly because I just like Tom Hiddleston.)
More eye candy. Just because.
Due to various circumstances I won’t go into, I had to cancel my trip to ARC Phoenix this year. Boo! I hope all of those who go have a BLAST! Hopefully I can make it another year.
Instead, I’ll be at the Greater Seattle RWA Writer’s Conference in Bellevue, Washington on October 17 – 19. I’m so excited! One of my favorite authors - Ann Aguirre – is the keynote speaker.
I got to meet Ann at a book signing here in Portland about a year ago. She’s such a genuine person. I’d love to be her BFF and bake her cupcakes and talk books and hot boys, but that would be rather stalkerish, don’t you think? So instead I will simply go and clean whatever nuggets of wisdom I can from her talk.
I’ll also get to meet (and re-meet) my Montlake peeps. Hang out. Party. Etc.
Also, the party theme is Sexy Librarian. Urm…