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.

Let There Be #Dragons! The New #DragonWars Is Here. Plus a Dragon Wars FAQ! #romance #apocalpyse

At long last the fifth installation of Dragon Wars is finally here! I kow you’ve all been waiting patiently to see what happens to Rain and company. Not to mention the delicious Lt. Micah Caine. ;-) In Dragon Corps we finally get some of the answers you’ve all been waiting for!

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Rain Mauri’s plan seemed so simple. She didn’t start the fight, but she will end it and she is willing to do whatever it takes. For her people. For the man she loves.

But nothing is simple in this war-torn world filled with monstrous dragons and violent men. If she wants to prevail, Rain will need more than strength, grit, and courage. She may need to sacrifice all she holds dear. Including the man she loves.

Available NOW on: AMAZON

(Available soon on iBooks, Nook, Kobo, and in paperback.)

Dragon Wars FAQ:

Q: Is this the last Dragon Wars book?

A: For now.

Q: Does it finish the story? No cliffhangers?

A: No cliffhangers! I promise. This book brings the overarching story of the last four books to a conclusion. HOWEVER, I have loads of ideas for other books in this world, so there will likely be a prequel story with our favorite crotchety Albie and a story following the ex-Marine, Ben, into the ruined city. I might even do a story set in the future with Jinx as hero.

Q: Oh, goodie! When?

A: I have no idea! Right now I’ve got a lot on my plate, so these will definitely be in the future. If you have a favorite character you’d like to read more about, let me know!

Mega Research Trip: #Prague (Pt. 1)

I don’t know what it is about Prague, but it’s like you can just FEEL that there HAS to be vampires living there. Or if there isn’t, there should be.  I can totally envision Morgan and co. running through the cobblestone streets taking names and kicking ass. Supernaturally speaking, of course.

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Yours truly.
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An amazing view across the river into the old town.

 

 

 

 

It’s especially atmospheric as the sun sets, creating an epic backdrop for the palace and other interesting buildings.

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Palace against the sunset.

On the second day, we visited the palace itself.  The complex is MASSIVE. It makes the castle of the dragon king, Drago, look downright scrawny! (Not something you want to tell a dragon.)

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View of Prague from the palace the next morning. Oops! How’d that filter get there?
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Tacky tourist pose with palace guard.

 

 

 

 

 

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The cathedral on palace grounds. MASSIVE and oh, so very gothic.
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Yours truly, again. This time in the palace complex.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trust me, you WILL get fit walking up and down the extremely steep hill to the castle complex. Our hotel was about half-way up that hill. It was so perfect.

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View on the way down.
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View on the way down.

 

 

 

 

I can also totally see a romantic suspense or a murder mystery taking place here. And, believe me, the ideas are churning!

Next time: More Prague!

Mega #Research Trip: Day 4 – Rambles in #HydePark, #Mayfair, and #NottingHill

I totally lucked out on this Mega Research Trip of 2015. My friend and fellow author, Emma Jameson, was also in London doing some research of her own (She’s got two AMAZING cozy mystery series. I can’t recommend them enough). We were able to hang out and combine our research adventures.

First stop: Hyde Park. One of my favorite places in London. You will no doubt recognize the name from a couple of my books. Morgan gets into it with a vampire in Hyde Park in the second Sunwalker Saga novel, Kissed by FireThe park also makes an appearance in my contemporary romance series, Notting Hill Diaries.

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Hyde Park in the morning.
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The fabulous Emma Jameson lounging in Hyde Park.

 

 

 

 

 

Our next stop was Mayfair. One of Emma’s series is set largely in Mayfair, so this was a natural for our agenda.

See that ridiculously shiny car below? That was just meandering through the streets so of course I had to snap a pic. Good thing I did. It inspired a scene in the upcoming Sunwalker Saga: Witchblood novel, Deathwalker.

I also found some great pics of the inspiration for the mysterious basement apartment in Kissing Frogs(If you’ve read it, you know what I mean!)

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This uber cool car makes an appearance in the upcoming Witchblood novel, Deathwalker.
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The mysterious basement flat from Kissing Frogs. I used to walk by such flats every day on my way to work in Mayfair.
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The mysterious basement flat.
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Grosvenor Square near the American Embassy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A church in Mayfair.
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The Mayfair – a pub near my old office. We just had to pop in for a pint!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, we had to skip over to Notting Hill for some research. With Kissing Mr. Darcy coming up this fall, I knew I needed more fodder. I certainly got it! From the quirky shops to the pastel houses, everything was so inspirational. I can’t wait to add all kinds of fun things to the book. Including some flirtations with handsome gentlemen. ;-)

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A typical row of houses in Notting Hill. Much as I imagine Kate’s flat to be in Kissing Frogs.
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Chloe, however, is a more colorful sort. She lives in one of these. Painted purple, naturally.
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Of course we HAD to take a picture in front of this sign!
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One of the many cute little shops.
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We had to stop here for refreshment.
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More Notting Hill Goodness.
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A Notting Hill pub that will most definitely appear in the books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was certainly a busy day! Next up: More adventures in London. AND stay tuned for Prague!

 

 

Mega #Research Trip: Day 3 – Of #Architecture, #Mermen, and the #Beatles

I’ve fallen totally behind on posting pics of my European Adventure. Where were we? Oh, yes. Liverpool! (You can find pics of my first day in Liverpool HERE.)

The architecture is amazeballs. That’s all I can say. A lot of Victorian era buildings. Lots of fun wrought iron work and bas relief work and whatnot. I was snapping photos constantly!

My favorite is the one of the mermen. It makes me think I should include those in the Sunwalker Saga: Witchblood series. What do you think?

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Mermen!
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Love the Celtic knotwork.
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Something so fun about these lamps. Makes me think of steampunk goodness!
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And, of course, the British know how to build a gorgeous church building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This World War II memorial plaque gave me all sorts of feels. I mostly took it to show my grandfather (who was a soldier during the war), but I thought some of you might find it interesting. Yeah, total history geek here. Will I work it into a book? Maybe so.

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WWII memorial plaque.

 

 

 

 

The Cavern Club was a great deal of fun. It will DEFINITELY be appearing in a book. For those who aren’t Beatles fans, this is the first place they played. Loads of other famous people have played there, too. I was there on St. Patrick’s Day of all things! The booze was flowing, the music was excellent, and the atmosphere was perfect for supernatural hijinx.

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Me and some dude. LOL

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Cavern Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liverpool is definitely on my list of favorite places in the UK. And it will definitely be the setting of a future novel. Or two. ;-)

Next up: I’m back to London for shenanigans with my friend and fellow author, Emma Jameson.

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):

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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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