“Under A Hunter’s Moon” – Get The First Chapter Of This Urban Fantasy For Free!

Cover and blurb for the "Under A Hunter's Moon" - The first short story in the "Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels" Urban Fantasy series.

More about “Under A Hunter’s Moon”

  • Length:About 4,200 words
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy
  • Setting: Seattle and the surrounding area
  • Series: “Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels”

Why am I offering the first chapter for free?

I have written several stories in the “Prequels” series, which are great introductions to the “Shadows Over Seattle” world. Three years ago, this story was featured in “Moon Shadows” and saw my debut as a published author, and remains very close to my heart. I’m also planning to release at least one or two more short stories over the coming months, as I continue to work on the first full novel in the “Shadows Over Seattle” series.

We’re also coming up on my birthday, and the first anniversary of this story being published under the “Shadows Over Seattle” banner. So, for the anniversary of the release I’m giving everyone a chance to try before they buy.

After all, I don’t know about you, but when I’m shopping for books in the store, I tend to read the first few pages to see if the book fits my tastes. Sure, I’ve had some very pleasant surprises when opening a book I’ve not tried reading first, but I still prefer to sample.

With that in mind, I thought I’d share a comments from the reviewers…

Here’s what reviewers have had to say:

“I love the dark view taken but also the unique point of view that makes you want to care for the dark creatures.”

“If you like wolves, if you like werewolves, if you like that whole conflict of humanity, and conflict within yourself, you’re gonna love this book.”

“An amazing take on Lycans. I love the dark view taken but also the unique point of view that makes you want to care for the dark creatures.”

“There is that conflict that is driven into the story. That beautiful arc that starts off so well… that builds up to a beautiful crescendo, and then just drops you, and your heart is going to drop when it’s time for it. And you’re going to feel it. You’re going to feel the protagonist’s pain. You’re going to feel everything.”

Get the first chapter of the story for free… Click Here!

Top 10s – Mythological Creatures Collection

photo-1473186505569-9c61870c11f9Last week, I started posting a short series of Halloween themed videos from Top10Archive which have all been part of my story research lately. This week we’re switching things up a little, and looking at the combat side of mythology.

Thanks to Top10Archive for producing so many wonderful videos…

This Week’s Subject: Mythological Battles & Weapons!

Top 10s – Mythological Creatures Collection

photo-1473186505569-9c61870c11f9As I wander around the internet, doing research for my stories, I come across a lot of top 10 videos, and lists. I thought I’d share some of those in the build-up to Halloween, so you can see some of the stuff that can have me watching YouTube for hours.

Thanks to Top10Archive for producing so many wonderful videos…

This Week’s Subject: Mythological Creatures!

Book Spotlight – “Summer’s Destiny” by Ariel Marie

Overview

The hunters came in the middle of the night. Killing every vampire in sight. Their screams still haunted her. Summer Rayne was one of the lucky vampires to escape the massacre. She did what every other vampire had been doing for the past decade— she ran. She ran as fast and far away as she could, not knowing that destiny would lead her to her future.

He failed his people. Vampire king Ryan Valerian lived in his own personal hell for years. Vampires were no longer the top of the food chain— they were now the hunted. The hunters wanted to eliminate the vampire race, killing them as they hunted them down. Ryan did as other vampires did— he ran. He remained hidden until destiny presented him a small curvy vampire that blew into his life like a hurricane.

Their meeting was destined. Their love was instant. Their chemistry sizzled. Summer was convinced that the vampires would once again rise but would her love be enough to convince Ryan to be the king he was destined to be?

Releasing 3/12/16

Amazon US: http://amzn.com/B01CN8QMRG
Amazon CA: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01CN8QMRG
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01CN8QMRG
Amazon AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01CN8QMRG

From the Author

Ariel Marie fell in love with books at an early age. She can remember her first favorite book. She read the book so many times that it fell apart and she was devastated! Fast-forward thirty years later, Ariel now writes books she hopes readers will fall in love with and read over and over. Paranormal romance is her favorite genre. Who doesn’t love Shifters, Witches, Faes and all the other paranormals? She just loves writing about couple’s first meeting, the magnetism of when their eyes first meet and the first kiss! Her favorite part of writing paranormals is creating the world that the characters live in.

Links

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Book Spotlight – “Toma: The Dark Shadows 2” by Ariel Marie

 

Overview

For centuries, the Dark Shadows have been charged with protecting the Vampire nation. Necromancers, their mortal enemies, are growing bolder and stronger in their attempt to destroy the vampires.
Anika Massey, best friend to the vampirian princess, has lusted after her friend’s older brother, Toma, for years and he doesn’t seem to even notice she exists. At least, she didn’t think the Dark Shadows warrior did, until the necromancers turned their focus on her.
He noticed her. One touch and Toma Olaru knew he wouldn’t be able to give her up. Since their first meeting he could not get the curvy human female off of his mind. He knew it wasn’t right for him to have feelings for his sister’s best friend, but fate had decided that she’s his mate. She’s human and according to Vampire laws, he cannot have her and should have never touched her.
Anika understands the ways of the vampires and knows she must let Toma go, but will Toma be willing to let her go?

(Click to read my review)

Online Facebook Release Party (2/20/16)

Come party with Ariel Marie at the online Facebook release party for Toma (The Dark Shadows 2)! A bunch of great authors and blogs will be helping her celebrate the new release. There will be a ton of games and giveaways! Make sure you join this party! https://www.facebook.com/events/1768046083423048/

Toma (The Dark Shadows 2) Signed Paperback Giveaway

Giveaway opens 1/25/16 and ends 3/1/16 at 11:59 pm EST

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Where To Buy:

AMAZON US, AMAZON CA, AMAZON UK, AMAZON AU

From the Author

Ariel MarieAriel Marie fell in love with books at an early age. She can still remember her first favorite book from childhood. She read the book so many times that it fell apart and she was devastated! Fast-forward thirty years later, Ariel now writes books she hopes readers will fall in love with and read over and over. Paranormal romance is her favorite genre. Who doesn’t love Shifters, Witches, Faes and all the other paranormals? She just loves writing about couple’s first meeting, the magnetism of when their eyes first meet and the first kiss! Her favorite part of writing paranormals is creating the world that the characters live in.

Links

TwitterFacebook, Google+, Goodreads, Amazon

Post Halloween Round-up & NaNoWriMo

wolf-ID8070-3076x3840 (2)So this week, I’ve a few things I want to remind people of, bring to people’s attention, and make note of. Apologies if this seems like a longer read than usual.

All Hallows Reads

As regular followers will know, I recently took part in the All Hallows Reads event over on Facebook. This was an amazing weekend of books, chat, competitions, and fun for all involved.

The event was arranged by a small number of authors, including the amazing Lilo Abernathy (who I’ve featured in my “Book Spotlight” a couple of times now). Lilo has found ways to put together online events that makes it seem effortless to those of us jumping on board. She not only managed to herd over twenty authors into the same event, but kept everything organized during the build-up to the event, as well as helping establish guidelines for how each of us could run our particular segments of the event.

I was lucky enough to be able to attend two full days, as well as open the event on Halloween morning, and close it at the end of the weekend. From the evidence of my own inbox (thank you Facebook for notifying me of updates by email, when I’d already seen the live), with well over two thousand messages received and deleted, a huge amount of fun was had by everyone.

One lucky winner came out of the event with a digital copy of “Moon Shadows“, and I also managed to gain a few new followers to my mailing list. So for me the weekend was a huge success.

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Vampire Assassin’s League – Mega Set #1

I’ve also teamed up with the lovely Jackie Ivie, who is one of the local Alaskan authors I had the pleasure of meeting back in May. For those who’ve been following me for a while, we were two of the four panelists at Fireside Books when they held their Independent Bookstore day event.

I’ve been wanting to highlight Jackie’s books for a while, but she’s such a prolific writer that it was hard to pick just one. Also, since her stories appear in different combinations, (from single story, to three story sets, and two story collections set around a theme), it’s been hard to decide which one(s) to highlight.

However, Jackie has just put her Vampire Assassin’s League Mega Set #1 on sale for $0.99, for a limited time. And this was just the excuse I needed to help out a fellow Alaskan. Over the course of several emails, I had the pleasure of taking my experience from putting together the posters for All Hallows Reads and translating it into this poster for Jackie’s book spotlight appearance. I’m confident of my readers will enjoy Jackie’s writing style, because there is a good mixture of mythology, romance, and the supernatural.

Vampire Assassin League – Mega Set #1 : The Vows

Containing #1 through #10 of the Vampire Assassin League series
*** ONLY $0.99 on Amazon, for a limited time only ***
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NaNoWriMo 2015

November is National Novel Writers Month, where writers across the globe take on the monumental task of trying to write fifty thousand words over the course of one month.

This year I’ve done something very different to my previous attempts. Despite having completed the goal on four out of five attempts, I’ve never gone into the event with a plan before. I’ve written my 1,666 words per day with only the barest idea of where the plot was supposed to go, and very few ideas of what events had to happen when. So… This year it was time to put together an outline, and I have to say it’s enabled me to work with confidence that I know where each scene has to start, and where it has to end. Sure I’ve moved a couple of things around as I write, but that’s only to be expected if things seem to flow better that way.

So… with that in mind, I’m taking the rest of November off my mid-week blog spots, and concentrating my time on getting my word counts for each day.

Moving Home @ Short Notice

And as a final note. I’m in the process of trying to find a new house/apartment for myself and my wife, after almost ten years in my current apartment. My landlords have recently started to do long overdue renovations to the property that houses the apartments, and wants to start on the apartments themselves next. This means that I will be moving sometime between now and the end of January. Right now, we’re still looking for a place to move into within our price range, and the Alaskan winter is just kicking in. There may be some delays in posts while I move, and  get my internet hooked up.

Book Spotlight – “Vampire Assassin League: Mega Set #1 – The Vows” by Jackie Ivie

Overview

Vampire Assassin League.   
It’s not for everyone.

Every member of the Vampire Assassin League is told that becoming an associate isn’t eternal life. It’s unrelenting existence. An endless span of spent time. An existence of sameness. There is only one thing that might change this undeath. They find their mate. The one being created especially for them. If that happens, they can expect reanimation. Cells will regenerate. Blood flows again. The heart starts beating. And passions ignite.
IF they’re lucky.
The Vampire Assassin League is a series of novellas featuring the lucky ones.

Each installment of the Vampire Assassin League is a standalone story.  #28 was just published.  They can be purchased separately and read in any combination, but I’ve been told it’s a lot more fun to read them in order.

(See below “From the Author” for more information about each of the books, and the stories within).

Vampire Assassin League – Mega Set #1 : The Vows

Containing #1 through #10 of the Vampire Assassin League series

*** ONLY $0.99 on Amazon, for a limited time only ***
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From the Author

Jackie Ivie has written several winning historical romances with Kensington Publishing, added some dark, edgy historicals with her Brocade Collection…but then she discovered paranormals.  And vampires.  Nowadays, she can usually be found researching, writing, and dreaming about the Vampire Assassin League, a series where only the luckiest vampires find their mate.

About the Books Contained In This Set

#1: KNIGHT AFTER NIGHT

THE VAMPIRE

Highland Vampire Thoran MacKettryck’s lonely. Bitter. Vengeful. For centuries now, he’s taken lives for profit and drained blood for free. Just like always. But then he’s gifted what every immortal craves: his mate. He just can’t believe his eyes when he finally hunts her down.

HIS MATE

Jolie Pritchard’s young. Studious. Driven. Studying Medieval Literature is her life and this scholarship – her dream. She’s the last thing an arrogant, gorgeous, world-class playboy should be pursuing and she knows it. If only he wasn’t the most thrilling male she’s ever imagined…

THE CURSE

She was warned. She didn’t listen.

BSMH#2 : BE STILL MY HEART

THE VAMP

Vampire Sasha Stroyanovich is pure killing machine. Long-legged, lean, smoky-eyed, and sexy. Torture’s her specialty. Revenge her signature. Every man is her enemy…until she tries to take the man fated as her mate.

THE MARK

Dr. Stuart Emerson Findlay is tall, dark, handsome, rich…and a complete failure with women. He loves argument, hates commitment and refuses his ADHD meds; anal retentive doesn’t begin to describe him. Maybe that’s why women walk away. Maybe.

THE DREAM

When the perfect woman walks into his office, Stuart’s a willing participant. It’s his dream and he’s having the time of his life. Until it becomes real…

DB#3 : DEARLY BELOVED

THE RECLUSE

Dominick Miklos St. Guis is a loner, always has been. Not needing anyone makes him the perfect assassin: A shadow on the fringe. Never seen. Never surprised. But when an assignment for a wealthy businessman goes wrong, he finds something much more…

THE MOTORMOUTH

Courtney Dwyer makes her living opening lines of communication. She’s got a plan. All she needs is a little financial backing. The last thing she’s looking for is a drop-dead gorgeous, silent type…with vampirism tossed in for good measure.

THE JOINING

The moment he touches her, Dominick’s lost. His entire being recognizes his mate. She’s perfect – sending sparks with every contact while breathing life back into his dead soul. Perfect…if only she’d stop talking.

WE ARE GATHERED#4 : WE ARE GATHERED

THE CRUSADER

Tristan Navarre Invaris knows everything about honor and chivalry, loyalty and sacrifice, respect and principle. As the Vampire Assassin League’s Innovation Specialist, he keeps abreast of every advance, every gadget, and every facet of communication. But there’s one thing he knows nothing about: Women.

THE WITCH

Rori knows she’s gifted in the dark arts. She’s always known – regardless of what others think. She’s special. Talented. Odd. Unpopular. She’s found at the fringe of any crowd because she likes it there. She doesn’t need anyone. Never has. Until one night…on a dark empty street…

THE FUSING

From the moment he’s sent to recruit her, Tristan’s hooked. She’s his mate. It’s not open for negotiation or argument. And his presence makes Rori’s powers sharper, more visceral, much more potent. Rori doesn’t know why she fights this mating thing. Nobody else wants her – and Tristan is the most handsome, heart-stirring creature. But there’s that vampire part…

Together to Join#5 : TOGETHER TO JOIN

THE HUNTER

Garrick Wolfgar Von Holstaad is the perfect vampire hunter. Deadly. Accurate. Heartless. He’s the best weapon in the ongoing fight with the Vampire Assassin League, and he knows it. Taking out mated pairs is his specialty and if this woman would just cooperate, he’d add another patch to his collection…

THE PREY

Angelique du Previer is an innocent in a large world. Always has been. She finds it difficult every time she has to feed. The last thing she wants is trouble. But then she finds her perfection. Her mate. The one man who can make everything right again. If he’d just stop trying to kill her.

THE CATHARSIS

Garrick’s stuck, and it isn’t her bonds that do it. She shouldn’t be pretending to be a real woman. She’s dead. Decaying. Ugly. He uses these words as a shield, but even they seem powerless against her. He’s never felt like he does with her. And he wants more…

This Man and Woman#6 : THIS MAN AND WOMAN

THE CAVALIER

Vampire Jean-Pierre de Margolis is a romantic. Lonely. His free time spent wandering the earth in search of the one thing he craves and cannot locate: His mate—the person that will make him whole. Nothing else about this afterlife appeals to a man of his talents. Amid penning poems to his missing love, he prowls the nights, honing his abilities as a master swordsman and a deadly duelist. If only he could find her…

THE NINJA

Takaiya isn’t just talented, she’s deadly. As an honored member of a hidden warrior clan, she’s spent two decades honing her abilities and perfecting her skill in the ancient arts. No one would ever guess the innocent-looking translator attached to the Japanese Embassy has a secret side—one that deals death. And that’s exactly as she likes it…

THE DUEL

When the Vampire Assassin League gifts Jean-Pierre with a perfect Samurai sword, one of the few known as a ‘five-body’ blade, nobody realizes they’ve trafficked in stolen goods. That is—not until Takaiya is given the mission of retrieval of the sword—at whatever cost. An easy task until she finds the sword in the hands of a Frenchman with a penchant for swordplay and a flare for the melodramatic. Now, if he’d just die…

FAO# 7 : FOREVER AS ONE

THE VIKING

Terminally young, gorgeous, and ripped, Dane Morgan hides out tending bar at the SEX AND SUNBURN club. He’s almost forgotten his Viking past. If only he didn’t attract so much attention. Then one day, when he least expects it, his mate walks in. And his berserker comes to life.

THE BUSINESSWOMAN

Evangeline Harper’s a complete introvert. College educated, she works hard to appear cool, poised, and all business. Negotiation is just part of her resume; her job is acquiring beachfront property. This Dane Morgan looks easy. He’s young, rich, gorgeous, and drops everything the moment he spies her. Easy money. Easy deal.

THE ATTRACTION OF OPPOSITES

She’s out of her element the moment she hits the sand. Sticks out like a penguin in a flock of pink flamingoes. Nobody wears business attire to a beachfront club. Despite their differences, everything clicks. That is…until he spots her wedding ring.

STB#8 : SHOULD THERE BE

A PIRATE’S CREED

Piracy is Rafaele de Jesus y Santiago’s world. His motto. His creed. All he’s known. Vampirism only expanded his wake of destruction and his booty potential. There’s no order to his eternity. No goal. No direction. He’s got all he needs with the Brethren Code: Pillage, plunder, deceit, and self-gratification. He doesn’t even realize he’s lonely. Until one night, when he least expects it…

A WOMAN’S NEED

An emergency situation. A desperate plea. Lenna Hendershott got scared enough to reach out for help – and dialed a wrong number. Just her luck, as always. Bad. She should have known. Reliance breeds weakness. Weakness guarantees pain. She’s had enough of that to last a lifetime. Now, she’s got an agenda. Plans. A vision. She’s not letting anything stop her.

AN UNDYING LOVE

The moment they meet, Rafaele’s smitten. Enthralled. Enrapt. He didn’t believe it possible. He really does have a mate – and he actually found her? It’s every member of the elite Vampire Assassin League’s dream. Now, if only he knew how to break through the barriers she’s erected to reach her heart…

AH#9 : ANYONE HERE

THE GAME DESIGNER

Jake Walsh should be happy. Designing and marketing the VIDWAR video game while in high school gave him the perfect life – booze, parties, and women – anytime he wants. But for some reason, it’s not enough anymore. This life he’s created for himself and his frat buddies is flat. Uneventful. Unsatisfying. Dare he say it? It’s boring.

THE VICTORIAN VAMP

Cassandra Braun is a Victorian vampire with a vendetta. There’s nothing better than taking from a young male. Virile. In his prime. If he’s self-assured and cocky, it’s even better. The assignment to investigate Jacob Walsh’s enterprise and terminate if necessary is easy money. Until she touches him…

THE GAME

When Jake’s newest game, BELLUS, hits the market, he doesn’t know how closely he’s tagged the Vampire Assassin League’s operations, shedding light where no one wants it. Nor does he realize what they’ll do to prevent that. But he’s about to find out…

WJC#10 : WITH JUST CAUSE

A COWBOY’S CURSE

Grimm Bradley’s eternity matches his life: that side of acceptable, this side of dangerous. He’s dark. Incredibly handsome. Brawny. Wary. Keeps to the shadows, avoiding trouble. Especially with women. They’re always trouble. With a capital ‘T’.

A GRADUATE’S LIFE

Deandra’s going nowhere fast. College debt ties her to a no-talent job with nowhere to go. She craves excitement. Enjoys a challenge. Joining a survivalist group sounds like a great idea. It’s part boot camp – part social club. Their bi-annual retreat is an adrenaline fest. Until it gets real…

A DESERT TRYST

The moment Grimm spies Deandra at the retreat, he’s tongue-tied and off his game. His prey forgotten. His afterlife blown apart. He’s distrustful. Suspicious. But also full of hunger. Ache. She’s his mate. But the place is crawling with Hunters. There’s going to be trouble. Dare he trust her?

Vampire Assassin League

Mega Set #2 : The Pledge

Containing #11 through #20 of the Vampire Assassin League series
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