Bait & Witch is coming… and here’s where you’ll find it!

So, who’s in the mood for some late-week news? I know I am…

Faithful Fistful readers will recall I released a short story prequel to The Curse Merchant back in January of 2013. “Bait & Witch” recounts one of Dorian Lake’s earliest cases shortly after hanging his shingle several years prior to the events in The Curse Merchant.

Anywho… the Dark Choir series was picked up by Curiosity Quills, and now The Curse Merchant has been re-released unto the world, and is busy pillaging and/or plundering… while its sequel, The Curse Servant, is on-deck for publication next May.

“But I’ve read Curse Merchant,” you say, “and I don’t want to wait until May to read more!”

Good news, sunshine! “Bait & Witch” is coming back, and soon! Where? Here:

Curiosity Quills seriously has the best covers in all of publishing!

Curiosity Quills seriously has the best covers in all of publishing!

What you’re looking at is this year’s edition of Curiosity Quill’s annual short story anthology. Proceeds go to an animal rescue charity, and the anthology offers up a panoply of CQ authors rolling out choice bite-size morsels for your reading enjoyment. This year’s Anthology will also feature an original short story by the architect of the Xanth series, Piers Anthony. (I’m more a fan of his Incarnations books, but that’s neither here nor there)

Chronology will be available for purchase on January 1st, 2015. So keep that in your noodle for all of those Amazon Gift Cards you’ll be getting for Christmas, and keep your eye out for “Bait & Witch”.

Never rub a witch the wrong way, is all I'm saying.

Never rub a witch the wrong way, is all I’m saying.

Fall into Fantasy, Week 13: The Darkworld Series by Emma Adams

Welcome to the Fall Into Fantasy Tour, where we are keeping your mind off any end-of-summer blues and welcoming the cooler weather by introducing you to some incredible fantasy reads to curl up with and giving you plenty of chances to win awesome prizes!

Week 13: The Darkworld Series
Prequel Novella: Fear’s Touch
Book One: Darkness Watching
Book Two: Walking Shadow
By Emma L. Adams

This is a standalone novella, intended as a prequel to the Darkworld series. As it takes place one year before the events of Darkness Watching, it doesn’t contain any spoilers (although it does hint at things which will come into play later in the series).

Freakish powers and staring demon eyes aren’t part of Claudia’s plans for the future – and neither is ending up stuck at the gloomy, isolated University of Blackstone. But bad life decisions are the least of her problems, when a split-second decision to help out another magic-user puts her in the crossfire of both the shadow-beasts and the creepy organisation which hunt them down.

Claudia’s never had to worry about making the right choice before, but every decision matters when you have a Darkworld connection. Soon, she’s going to have to make a choice: turn her back on the crazy and try to live a normal life, or take the monsters down.

But in a world where everyone seems to have secrets, can she really trust her fellow magic-users – or even herself?

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Eighteen-year-old Ashlyn is one interview away from her future when she first sees the demons. She thinks she’s losing her mind, but the truth is far more frightening: she can see into the Darkworld, the home of spirits– and the darkness is staring back.

Desperate to escape the demons, Ash accepts a place at a university in the small town of Blackstone, in the middle of nowhere – little knowing that it isn’t coincidence that led her there but the pull of the Venantium, the sorcerers who maintain the barrier keeping demons from crossing from the Darkworld into our own world.
All-night parties, new friendships and a life without rules or limits are all part of the package of student life – but demons never give up, and their focus on Ash has attracted the attention of every sorcerer in the area. Ash is soon caught between her new life and a group of other students with a connection to the Darkworld, who could offer the answers she’s looking for. The demons want something from her, and someone is determined to kill her before she can find out what it is. 
In a world where darkness lurks beneath the surface, not everyone is what they appear to be…

Reviews:
“Demons, Sorcerers, evil, and secrets. Could you ask for a better supernatural suspense set-up? The plot is original, and completely gripping. From the first page, this book had me hooked.” – Rose at Desert Rose Reviews


“A suspenseful first part to an intriguing new fantasy series.” - Sharon Stevenson, supernatural author

“The story is extremely well-written with effortless, flowing prose, and the original magic-user mythology and Darkworld creatures are very entertaining. The author took what might have been over-done premise and twisted it into something very fresh and exciting.” – Lexa Cain, author of Soul Cutter 

“Emma is an amazing writer. She has become one of my favorites. I couldn’t put Darkness Watching down.” – Diane at A Creative Mind

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When you have a connection to the Darkworld, nowhere is truly safe.

Ashlyn has found a new home in Blackstone, but when a spate of grave robberies across the country spark fears that someone is practicing illegal sorcery, she comes under the radar of the Venantium, the protectors of the Barrier between her world and the Darkworld, who are suspicious of any sorcerer who doesn’t know their origins.
The trouble is, what Ash does know might just get her killed.
Sufferers of the dangerous condition known as the vampire’s curse are being brutally killed, and the latest victim is Leo’s guardian, the ex-head of the Venantium. Ash determines to help Leo find out what’s really going on, but it isn’t long before events are spiralling out of control. The dead are rising from their graves, and the barriers around Blackstone are threatened by a demon which looks exactly like Ash herself…

Coming December 1st, 2014 from Curiosity Quills

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ABOUT EMMA L. ADAMS

Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing fantasy novels for children and young adults. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also entertained her creative writing group and baffled her tutors by submitting strange fantasy tales featuring dragons and supernatural monsters to workshops. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the light of day).

Now a reluctant graduate, Emma refuses to settle down and be normal. When not embarking on wild excursions, she edits and proofreads novels for various publishing houses and reads an insane number of books. At the age of 21, she signed a publishing contract with Curiosity Quills Press for the first book in her creepy urban fantasy Darkworld series. DARKNESS WATCHING was published in October 2013, and four more novels and a novella will follow. She chats about writing and other book-related things at her blog, From the Writer’s Nest, and looks forward to sharing more tales from the bizarre depths of her imagination.

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THE CURSE SERVANT – Cover Reveal and Launch Date Announcement

The re-release of The Curse Merchant is humming along quite nicely. Thank you all for reading… you make me feel giddy and humble!

So, what about the sequel? It’s a question that’s been asked ever since I put the publication on hold back in 2013, when Curiosity Quills picked up the series. I have news for you. Big news. And lots of it.

Let’s start with HOLY CRAP I HAVE THE MOST AWESOME BOOK COVER EVER! Thanks to the genius of Conzpiracy Digital Arts, The Curse Servant has a rockin’ cover. Here it is:

If you say "Dorian Lake" into a mirror three times in a row, this chick will crawl out of your paperback and strangle you in your sleep.

If you say “Dorian Lake” into a mirror three times in a row, she will crawl out of your paperback and strangle you in your sleep.

As you can see, the Dark Choir series takes a somewhat sinister turn in this book. Isn’t it grand?

So, when will it be published? The answer: May 4th, 2015.

But wait, there’s more good news…

Curiosity Quills is arranging for The Curse Servant to be made available for pre-order from Amazon. Keep your eyes open to this space to find out when we get that ball rolling.

And for those of you who have been interested in The Curse Merchant, but haven’t pulled the trigger on buying it, you will have a special opportunity. December 3rd – 4th, the eBook of The Curse Merchant will be on special sale promotion on Amazon. So get your Kindles good and warm, and get ready to dive into Dorian Lake’s twisted world. What’s the Christmas season without a little occult thriller?

Fall into Fantasy, Week 12: BETWEEN by Lisa Swallow

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Week 12: The Dark Intent Series
Book One: Between
By Lisa Swallow


What do you do when you are attracted to two men and both have the power to kill you with a touch or a kiss? Can Rose trust either of them – or anyone in her new life?


Ghosts? Demons? Angels? Or something more? The supernatural you find living and working in this English city are a little different to those you usually find in the genre…
Rose survived the accident that killed her friend. The problem is the life she returns to scares her more than the night she almost died.
When Alek and Finn enter her world, Rose discovers the after-effects of the accident are worse than she thought. The slow recovery and fogged nightmares aren’t the only changes she needs to cope with.
Rose has an immediate and intense attraction to arrogant housemate Alek. This confuses her as much as the chilling effect of her enigmatic work colleague Finn. As Rose struggles to cope with her new life, she learns that her connection to the two men threatens all their futures
Alek has lived years closed off from people. He didn’t expect someone like Rose to come into his life and challenge the reality he grips onto.
If Finn doesn’t fix the mistake he made, his life is in danger. His desire to help and protect Rose makes his task difficult, especially when she’s the mistake he needs to fix.
When Alek’s past catches up, Rose disappears. Trapped between the living and the dead, on the edge of Hell, Rose is unable to find her way back. Alek and Finn could help her – but are they prepared to risk the consequences?
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ABOUT LISA SWALLOW

Lisa is an author of new adult romance and writes both paranormal and contemporary, often with a side of snark. In between running a business, looking after her family and writing, Lisa sometimes finds spare time to do other things. This often involves swapping her book worlds for gaming worlds. Lisa is originally from the UK but moved to Australia in 2001 and now lives in Perth in Western Australia with her husband, three children and dog.

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Fall into Fantasy, Week 11: Beyond the Shadows, Shadow Series Book 1 by Anna Hub

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Week 11: The Shadow Series
Book One: Beyond the Shadows
By Anna Hub


“A violent shudder travelled up my spine, each vertebrae snapping together like a zip lock, all my muscles tensed but I couldn’t tear myself away from the image …”

If your shadow was trying to consume you, how would you run from it?

What if you were afraid of something you could never escape?

Selena Parker’s journey into the unknown begins in her dreams, but the consequences are carried back into her conscious life and she soon realises paranormal forces are at work. Her shadow has become more than just an image, it is a gateway to a sinister new world where mysterious creatures roam and she is confronted by danger that challenges her will to survive. She finds the man whose fate is linked inexplicably to her own but she knows nothing of him and doubts his true nature. Her only option is to place her life in his hands while they search for a way to stop the shadows claiming them forever.

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ABOUT ANNA HUB: 

When I was a child I wanted to be an author, it seemed like a perfectly attainable dream to me then, but of course I grew up and realised that writing was not the best way to make a future for myself. So I discarded the idea and decided to do something normal.

When I studied nursing I thought I’d found a place for myself, but within six months of working in that field I knew I needed more. So in July 2007 I bought myself a lap top and started writing in my spare time. It took me two years to complete my first book and by the time it was finished I felt as though I’d learnt enough to pursue the dream.

My love for writing has grown rapidly since then and now I know that it’s something I can’t live without. It’s a place where there is no limit, no exact destination and my mind is free to exist in many worlds.

It’s a beautiful sanctuary.

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Fall into Fantasy, Week 10: STRINGS by G Miki Hayden

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Week 10: Strings by G. Miki Hayden


Robert, an ordinary boy, finds himself in a newly chaotic world. Buildings move when and where they please, and time jumps around according to no known laws of physics. For Robert, getting to his regular school in the morning is next to impossible. As for getting home…

But then, Holden—a boy he and his friend, Nila, meet in a cave—offers them a string. No, not twine, but a string of the kind that forms the universe. Teeny and tiny, and invisible to the naked eye, this string will take Robert and Mila to their homes and way, way beyond…

Accompanied by a memorable cast of characters, Robert and his friends follow the string on a journey across time, space, and dimensions to discover the answer to a mystery: Who has caused the world to fall apart?

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EXCERPT: 

Holden stood up, suddenly excited. “Yes, strings, Robert, strings. String theory says we live in a universe of multiple dimensions. Something is happening to the strings that form our everyday world, and now the universes are bleeding over into one another—merging. I have to figure out how to stop it, to separate the worlds again.”

“And we have to figure out how to get home,” Nila cried out. “What a mess everything is.”
The smoke from the small fire had made Robert’s eyes tear.
ABOUT G. MIKI HAYDEN



The author, G. Miki Hayden, strongly believes in alternate universes and has written about them in her adult novels Pacific Empire (which won a New York Times rave) and New Pacific.

“Nothing in time-space is fixed,” Miki says, a distant look in her eyes. 
Miki won an Edgar for an historical crime story and has a couple of writing books in print. 
At the moment, she generally lives with millions of other people in New York City in a three-dimensional, temporal world but is exploring other realms.
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Halloween Candy to Craft Beer Pairings to Help You Survive the Night

I’m taking a break from posting about writing and writing and yet more writing… to fold you into the creme fraiche of my other true love. Beer.

I found a wine pairings chart on Facebook that paired wines with Halloween candy. Fair enough… but I felt it worth the attempt to do the same thing with the world beer styles that are available. And thus, here are my Craft Beer Halloween Candy Pairings with beer recommendations:

Prost!

Prost!

Nerds –> Straight or Fruit Lambic (blend of sweet & sour on both sides) [Lindeman’s Framboise]

Sour Patch –> American Wheat (sourness of candy will accentuate the natural wheat “twang” and bolster the beer’s mid-sip) [Bell’s Oberon]

Starburst –> American IPA (citrus notes from american hops such as Cascade and Centennial compliment candy, and bitterness brings down sweet intensity) [New Belgium’s Ranger IPA]

Skittles –> Saison (fruity yeast esters and farmhouse sour notes compliment well) [Ommegang Hennepin]

Candy corn –> Cream Ale (light corn notes in ale add to sweet palate) [Genesee Cream Ale]

Mounds –> Brown Porter (coconut melds with light roast and chocolate notes, often a fine specialty adjunct for porters) [Founder’s Porter]

Kit Kat –> Oktoberfest/Marzen (Cookie in the Kit Kats bring up the cookie pils and Munich malts showcased in a Marzen) [Sam Adams Octoberfest]

Tootsie Roll –> American Brown Ale (need the hoppy bitterness in an ABA to tone down the sweet Tootsie, while adding complimentary roast notes) [Big Sky Moose Drool]

Butterfinger –> English Brown Ale (buttery diacetyl notes allowed in English ale styles punch up the butterscotch in the candy) [Sam Smith’s Nut Brown Ale]

Twix –> Scottish 80/- (the notable caramel presence in an Eighty Shilling match with the cookie and caramel bars) [Belhaven St. Andrew’s Ale]

Snickers –> Schwarzbier (dry and clean lager cuts through the gummy sweet caramel and nougat) [Köstritzer Schwarzbier]

Reeses –> Dry Stout (deep roast balances the sweet peanut butter, while dry finish clears the sweetness) [Beamish Irish Stout]

Heath –> Dunkelweizen (toffee melds with the caramel/toffee malts, while clove phenols slice through sweet palate in finish) [Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel] <— I’m not kidding, find and drink this beer!

M&Ms –> Belgian Dubbel (otherwise boring piece-meal chocolate candies find a malty, estery bomb of Belgian brilliance in a Dubbel) [Trappist Westvleteren 8 (VIII), or Allagash Dubbel)

Hershey –> Rauchbier (a nice smoky beer to balance the sugar-sweet and grainy Hershey chocolate) Barnhouse Brewery makes the the best rauchbier in America… if you happen to be in Loudoun County VA, grab some… otherwise default to Schlenkerla if you can find it)