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COVER REVEAL: Beast & Beauty by Kate Sparkes

Hey! That’s me! 😀

Here’s the story. I mean, not the story… that’s coming February 23. But the story ABOUT the story.

I’ve been hard at work on my vampires since October (and before that, but that’s another story). I love them. They’re wonderful. They’re dark and delicious and bloody and sexy and fast-paced and they’re TOTALLY my front-burner project right now.

But isn’t it fun to play in another sandbox sometimes, just to get a break?

Back in December, I was asked whether I’d be interested in participating in a fairy tale romance short story anthology. Word count under 8,000 words, due in January.

WOULD I? I love fairy tales! I love romance! And the kicker was that I could do whatever I wanted, including setting it in one of my worlds.

It would have been perfect had I been able to come up with a story I thought I could do justice to in that small word count, but I couldn’t. I mean, I could have told the story, sure. But the one I wanted to tell would have felt really sparse and rushed at that length.*

But once those ideas start bouncing around, it’s hard to set them aside. Especially when it’s Christmas, you’re supposed to be “off work,” and you’re itching to write something a little different from that Urban Fantasy you’re working on.

Or maybe that’s just me.

In any case, Beast & Beauty was born. It looks nothing like the original concept I came up with for a twist on Beauty and the Beast, but I’m totally in love with it. It’s set in Elurien several years before Into Elurien, in the midst of the monster revolution. Queen Verelle is very much alive and showing her true colours, and a timid cervid named Nava is about to get way more adventure than her heart ever desired.

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Can’t wait for a bit of sweet fairy tale romance, big adventure, and another visit to Elurien?

Well, I’ve got good news. This gorgeous little novella is coming on February 23, 2017… and it’s going to be absolutely FREE.

Yep, this one is a newsletter exclusive, and I’ll be sending the links out on my birthday (because hey, I like giving gifts as much as I like getting them).

Not signed up yet? Visit my website and click the newsletter tab at the top. Once you’ve confirmed your subscription (check your spam and promo folders), the gears at Mailchimp will start turning, and you’ll get two free Bound trilogy prequel stories in about 24 hours.

…and this story on the 23rd.

See you then!

*truth be told, there were two I wanted to tell. The other, a revised and expanded version of my flash fiction story “Cinder Ella” will be next, and will likely go out to my pen name’s newsletter list… when she has one.

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COVER REVEAL: Death at Peony House by Krista Walsh

Hey, everyone! I’m SO excited to be a part of this cover reveal today! Not only is Krista a good friend of mine AND one of my favourite authors, but I may… kind of… sort of be 100% sure that this is a fantastic new series of urban fantasy novels.

I kind of have an in. All I’m saying.

I KNOW THINGS.

*ahem*

Anyway, the prequel novella, The Invisible Entente, is out now. And we’ll see Daphne’s story soon. And then… I can’t say. But it’s amazing. If you like your this-world fantasy brought to you with a side of classic mythology and amazing adventure, you definitely want to check this one out.

Details on this book below. But first, LOOK AT THIS COVER! Created by the ever amazing Ravven.

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I love Ravven. *sigh*

ANYWAY. Check this out. Then grab your copy of The Invisible Entente (free with Kindle Unlimited!) so you’ll be ready for this one when it comes out on September 20 (!!!!!!)

Sorceress and journalist Daphne Heartstone heads to Peony House, the city’s abandoned hospital, in search of a headline, but what she discovers is a dead body and a clue to a hundred-and-fifty-year-old cold case.

Detective Hunter Avery, the man Daphne loved and lost, warns her away from the case, but the ghosts of Peony House have demanded her help, and her job is on the line if she doesn’t have a story on her editor’s desk for Saturday’s edition.

Daphne has worked hard to escape her past of dark magic and blind ambition, but as she walks the balance between light and dark, she’ll learn how many promises she’s willing to break to protect the people she loves.

Oooooooooh!

BONUS: I just found out that Krista has got the release party set up! This is a Facebook event, so you can attend from wherever you are, wear whatever you want, eat and drink what you like, and not have to talk to anyone in person. In other words, the perfect party. Here’s the link. Click “interested” and “going” to get updates.


First Draft Hell

It’s Camp NaNoWriMo time, and oodles of writers all over the world are in a special kind of first draft hell. As we approach the midpoints of our stories, plotters and pantsers alike might be feeling tempted to throw in the towel.

So that’s what this week’s video is about. A look at the things I tend to struggle with as I fight my way through first drafts (and it usually is a fight–none of this comes easy to me) and how I try to change my perspective so I’ll keep fighting.

Enjoy!


The Skeleton Key Series

Hey, guys! Check this out. I know many of you have enjoyed Into Elurien (huge thanks to those who have left reviews and recommended it to friends! It really helps). Are you curious about the rest of this fantastic multi-author series? Want to see where else the Skeleton Key might lead you?

Read on…

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Skeleton Key Book Series

One Skeleton Key. Endless Adventures.

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One magical key.

The turn of a lock.

An adventure of a lifetime.

The Skeleton Key finds those who are brave enough. Curious enough. Crazy enough. It only needs an unsuspecting hand and inconspicuous door. Magic uncoils and where the door leads, no one knows. The one way to discover the truth is to step through into a world of the exotic and untold.

If you dare to dream the impossible…

Prepare yourself.

Unlock the Skeleton Key adventures.


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GAME MASTER by Scarlett Dawn

“Forbidden love will change the rules.”

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WARRIOR QUEEN by Shona Husk

To break the siege, he’ll break a law.

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SHADOW WINGS by JC Andrijeski

In a time of great darkness, can Ilana help an angel regain his wings?

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ROYAL ENCHANTMENT by Lia Davis

“A skeleton key unlocks a passage to a world of fae, mythical creatures, and a dark elfin King who will do anything to claim his bride.”

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MECHANICAL HEARTS by Nicole Blanchard

“Life and love are on the line and time is running out. Tick tock.”

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ELFHAME by Anthea Sharp

“A prince, a prophecy, and the young woman who holds the fate of a world in her hands.”

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PRINCESS OF THE DAMNED by Wendy Knight

“What do you do when the face in the mirror isn’t yours?”

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EUNICA by J. Rose Alexander

“Her destiny was not in the shadow of death, but in the light of another life.”

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WHERE SLEEPING DRAGONS LIE by Cristina Rayne

“Some doors can only be unlocked by the right hand…”

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CURSE OF THE UNDEAD DRAGON KING by Konstanz Silverbow

A curse so powerful, not even true love’s kiss can break it.

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FATE OF ELEMENTS by M. Stratton

She was the key to uniting their world.”

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THE ASSASSIN’S MARK by Sarah Mäkelä and Tavin Soren

An assassin becomes a protector as he enters a magical world…all for the woman in his dreams.

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SPELL SLINGER by K.N. Lee

“An immortal dictator will soon meet his match, in a time-traveling sorceress with revenge in her soul.”

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DARK FAE by Lillian Cartier

“The most breathtaking love she’s ever found may also bring her ultimate ruin and death.”

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HIS IMMORTAL KISS by Liliana Rhodes

“He’s waited centuries for her.”

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WITCHMATE by Renee George

“When thief Emma Watson stumbles into an alternative world full of warring witches and werewolves, it sets her on a dangerous path that may lose her the only man she’s ever wanted to love.”

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INTO ELURIEN by Kate Sparkes

“Sometimes you need to step into a fairy tale to find something real.”

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MATE OF A DRAGON VILLAIN by Mandy Rosko

“She wasn’t supposed to fall for the bad guy…”

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MAGICAL ACTS by Michele Bardsley

“Otherworldly to-do list: 1. Save mage. 2. Fall in love. 3. Avoid certain death.”

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THE DEATH SEER by Tanis Kaige

“Caught between life and death, her salvation can only be found in the boy who went missing twenty years ago.”

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THIEF OF SANGUARDIA by Cherie Marks

One twist of the key will lead to her destiny.

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LOVE IN FANTASY by Elle Christensen

“Twelve nights, twelve fantasies, twelve stories of true love. Or…is it only eleven?”

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ARMY OF THE WINTER COURT by Ali Winters

“The heart and blood of life will give rise to the final army.”

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ETERNAL NIGHT by Marian Tee

“Will you come away with the Prince of Darkness if he asks you to?”

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UNLOCKING ADELINE by J.D. Hollyfield

“She dreams of her happily ever after. He plans to destroy it.”

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THE HAUNTED SULTAN by Gillian Zane

“One night in New Orleans, a ghost tour, a handsome stranger, and the spirit of a Sultan long dead.”

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Sworn Chapter One Available Now

I asked my Facebook reader group/street team last week whether they wanted me to post chapter one for them. Opinions were divided. Some said “absolutely,” while others felt it would be too frustrating to read it and then have nowhere to go from there.

So I’m posting it here under “free fiction,” as I did with the first chapters of Bound and Torn. If you want to be teased, it’s there. If not… less than a month to wait for the whole thing!

click here

(Sworn releases January 29 on Amazon, Kobo, Nook, iBooks, and other select ebook retailers)

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