All posts by Shéa MacLeod

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

Get in the #Christmas Spirit! Penny Estelle Stops By For Some Holiday Cheer.

Please give a warm welcome to my fellow contemporary romance author, Penny Estelle! She’s sharing a little of her new Christmas romance as well as some interesting facts about herself. Welcome, Penny!

The Unwanted Christmas Guest

99 cents until December 1

The Unwanted Christamas Guest 333x500Elizabeth McMurphy is an up and coming high powered attorney and is after vengeance, involving one of the richest and most powerful families in Colorado. Steve York is an obnoxious reporter that thinks the ice queen has gone too far and does all he can to get under her skin.

When one of the worst blizzards in history hits Colorado during the Christmas holiday and leaves a hurt Steve York, stranded with Elizabeth in a mountain cabin, her hatred for him starts to thaw. But this attorney has a secret that she will guard, even at the risk of losing her only chance at love.

Excerpt

He pulled out the chair across from her and sat down.  One side of his mouth quirked up into one damn sexy grin.

“Look, as much as I’d love to sit and chat…”

He didn’t let her finish.  “You look very…” Steven paused for what seemed like minutes, “professional.”

“Professional?” she asked.

Steven nodded.  “Since I’ve been covering your cases, you have been the cover girl for professionalism.  Your chestnut hair is always in a tight bun at the nape of your neck, always parted in the middle and has never seen even a strand of hair out of place.  Your dark brown eyes, expressionless, almost robotic.  Your voice is never raised in anger or excitement.  It’s practically void of emotion.”

Elizabeth lightly touched the napkin to her lips.  Her insides were screaming for her to cut and run, but outside she was the picture of cool, almost bored.

“And then there is your choice of clothing,” he continued.  “Always the power suits.  The skirts hit just below the knees, hugging your…”  She couldn’t help but glance up him, waiting.  “…frame to perfection.  And the intimidating suit jacket. I’ve never seen you without the jacket.”

She opened her purse and threw some money on the table.  “It’s been a slice of Heaven, Mr. York,” and got out of her seat.

Steven grabbed her wrist.  “How did you find all those girls to come forward?”

She looked at his hand holding her wrist, saying nothing until he slowly let it go.  “I don’t do interviews.”

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Penny Estelle was born, long ago, in Iowa City, Iowa.  Her family up and moved to Mesa, AZ, when she was a toddler, and has remained in Arizona since.

She started writing for children right before retiring, claiming after working so long with children of all ages, she has plenty of material to work with. “I was never a reader as a child or teen and I missed out on so many adventures.  I think it’s very important in today’s world to get kids reading and keep them reading.”

Her books for the younger group include a children’s picture book,  Have You seen My Tail, a book of magic and fantasy, Hike Up Devil’s Mountain, plus a series of time travel adventures for ages 9 – 13, The Wickware Sagas.

Penny decided to try her hand at writing for the older crowd.  She now has a family drama about desertion and addiction, two contemporary romances, a paranormal romance and two historical western romances under her belt.  She and her husband also wrote a non fiction short story on their experience living with solar.

Penny Estelle was a school secretary for twenty-one years.  After retiring, she and her husband moved to their fifty-four acre ranch in NW Arizona where they live off the grid.  Solar and wind is the only source of electricity.  “A real adjustment for a city girl, but I love it.  At night, the sky is an explosion of stars.  It is breathtaking!”

If Penny is not working on stories, she enjoys four-wheeling on unexplored roads, visiting with family (especially her seven grandchildren), and enjoys the occasional visits to the casinos.  She also admits her weakness is ice cream, anytime, anywhere!

Penny and her books can be found in the following links:

www.pennystales.com

www.pennyestelle.blogspot.com

http://www.amazon.com/Penny-Estelle/e/B006S62XBY

https://twitter.com/Pennystales

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5820078.Penny_Estelle

http://www.facebook.com/pennystales

http://www.pinterest.com/pennyestelle

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5 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Me:

  1. I live extremely rural, on wind and solar only. At night, other than moon and stars, there is no light.  I am afraid of the dark!
  1. I write for kids, ages 9 – 13, and I NEVER read as a child. I missed out on so much.
  1. Once my folks went out of town and I had some friends over. Can’t remember the details, but a can of green paint was spilled in the middle of the carpet.  We moved an overstuffed rocker to cover it.  My mom became suspicious the second she saw a rocker in the middle of the living room.   Not only was I a little wild as a kid, but apparently not too bright either!  LOL
  1. I would rather deal with a rattlesnake than a mouse. We have an abundance of both around our property!
  1. If I had the money I would be a professional gambler!

Omicron Prequel Available on #GooglePlay. #Aliens #Murder #Romance

Do you Google?

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Aliens! Murder! Romance!

If you’re a Google Play fan, good news! Omicron Zed-X, the prequel story to the Omicron ZX world, is now available on Google Play! Get it HERE.

Starship captain Zala Lei’s bid to bring a dangerous criminal to Justice leads her to Omicron 5 and the sexy Xander Lodai, a man even more dangerous than the one she’s chasing. She can only hope that Xander will help her stop evil in its tracks before she becomes the next victim. But can she save her heart from Xander?

 

Ever Wanted To Be A Writer? Use This Code And Join In The Fun At Write On by Kindle!

Have you dreamed of being a writer? Maybe just for fun, or maybe as a career? Or do you just have that one idea that NEEDS to come out. Well, let me tell you about this awesome new place for writers (and readers!).

It’s called Write On By Kindle. It’s a site where you can post your manuscript and get honest feedback from readers and other writers. I used one of these sites when I first started and the lessons I learned were invaluable. It helped me polish my book and get ready to become a published author. If you want to be a writer, I can’t recommend this enough.

Starting TODAY, and for the rest of the week, I’m the Writer in Residence at Write On by Kindle. How cool is that? I’ll be giving writing prompts, reading some of the manuscripts on offer, and offering feedback on a few. I’ll even read over all the short stories created from my prompts and pick out my favorites.

To join Write On by Kindle, go HERE and enter this code: SHEAMACL

Welcome to the party!

Firefly Meets CSI Meets…Ancient Aliens?

FINALLY! The book you’ve all been waiting for!

Rage of Angels02_200x300A 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. Omicron ZX_200x300

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.

A Fist Full of Evil: An Interview With Rebecca Chastain

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. 

A Fistful of Evil - Ebook_Compress2We’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!)

Thanks, Rebecca!

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.

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/FistfulEvil

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-fistful-of-evil-rebecca-chastain/1120170169?ean=2940150422612

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/fistful-evil-urban-fantasy/id917456742?mt=11

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/a-fistful-of-evil

 

Traveling Through Space and…Time?

Nope, not a Time Lord. Don’t I wish? I mean where would YOU go if you had a Blue Box?

A Regency we will go!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 SocietySewing of hats

 

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.

Rage of Angels02_200x300I 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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10 #SF/#Fantasy/#PNR/#UF/#Steampunk #Books That Have Stuck With Me

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.

stand 2011 anchor3. 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.

grimspace6. 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.

Soulless_by_Gail_Carriger_1st_edition_cover7. 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.

259965510. 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 MagicGentle, whimsical, and definitely magical.

Which books have stuck with you?

 

Ride the Dragon: Intro Box Set #paranormal #science fiction

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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.

Available now on Amazon and Kobo.