Book Release

NEW RELEASE: Light of the Stygian Orb

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As an archer who is deafblind, sixteen-year-old Molly Harris has always lived an exceptional life, but since rescuing the angel-demon hybrid Zachariel and being introduced to the otherworld, she’s craved a different kind of extraordinary. On her mission for answers, however, Molly realizes the road to the truth is more treacherous than she expected.

Zachariel is a freak of nature who has never fit in anywhere, and he’s grown comfortable with his solitary existence. Now, not only does he have a nosy teenager invading his personal space, he’s also dealing with a shady demon who wants to recruit him for a secret project — and who won’t take no for an answer.

As Zach delves into the demon’s scheme, he discovers he’s an unwilling pawn in a life-or-death game. Zach and Molly may be an unlikely team, but it rests on them to hold back the threat that could shake the foundations of the world.

Light of the Stygian Orb is the last book in The Invisible Entente series before the finale, which will be available winter 2018.

What readers are saying:

“I’ve known Krista Walsh as a fantastic Fantasy writer; now she has proven that she has the same exceptional talent in the Paranormal Mystery genre as well.”

“This a 5 star read all the way.”

“Krista weaved an amazing story of Zack and Molly which kept the pages turning”

“This is a really good supernatural fantasy story. The characters are complex and the description is fantastic – the images Walsh creates of Zach’s grappling with the effects of his demon and angel blood are both beautiful and impressive. There’s also a good touch of humour, something Walsh always does without making the whole book seem silly, and there are one or two really spooky moments as well. I’ve read the rest of the series, and I think this is my favourite.”

Grab your copy online by clicking this link or come see me in person at Chapter Gloucester on November 4, 2017 from noon until four to get your signed copy and swag!

Click here to read the first chapter

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Book Release: Death at Peony House

The ghosts of Peony House have awoken, and you can finally find out why – Death at Peony House is officially available on Amazon!

peony_promoThis urban fantasy with a mystery twist follows the story of Daphne Heartstone, the sorceress and journalist first introduced in The Invisible Entente prequel novella that was released last month.

Eight months later, one of the most powerful sorceresses of her bloodline is now wary of her own magic. Losing herself to her power would bring Daphne back to the dark path she once walked, breaking promises to her family, and taking away her chance to build a solid life for herself.

But, of course, the best laid plans rarely happen as we want them to. One night, on a tip, Daphne heads to Peony House to dig up the next morning’s headline. Unfortunately, she finds herself facing the shadows of her past and has to find out whether she’s strong enough to stare through them without getting sucked back in.

Death at Peony House is available for $3.99 (less than a speciality coffee!) or free through Kindle Unlimited!

Grab your copy today

 

Grab a Free Novella

To celebrate DEATH AT PEONY HOUSE’s book birthday tomorrow, I’m trying to get as many people as possible to start right at the beginning.

To achieve that end, THE INVISIBLE ENTENTE prequel novella is FREE to download on Amazon until September 22.

entente_promo“If you’re reading this note, I’m already dead.  I find even more pleasure in the idea that one of you will soon join me.”

At the precise moment of warlock Jermaine Hershel’s death, seven strangers are transported into a magically sealed room with only a letter from the dead man to explain. If they want to go home, the way out is simple: discover the murderer — and kill them. Tensions rise as each stranger reveals their connection with Jermaine, but the puzzle isn’t so easy to solve. At least one of them is lying. In an unlikely alliance, they have to act quickly to unravel the mystery before the murderer acts first.

This 130-page locked-room urban fantasy mystery introduces you to the team of unlikely and reluctant heroes that make up The Invisible Entente.

Spread the word, grab your copy, and step into a version of our world where even the smallest coincidence might be a part of  greater, growing pattern.

Once you’ve finished, come join the party! Every birthday needs a celebration, and book releases are no different.

Tomorrow, from 4pm – 10pm EST, I’ll be hosting the Facebook launch party. Choose your favourite snacks and chat with a fantastic group of authors and have a chance to win some great swag. Hope to see you there!

The Invisible Entente has come to play

As I continue to my spontaneous BLOG POSTS ABOUT EVERYTHING streak, I figured I might as well take the time to blog about my new book release. Because, y’know, I have one. S’cool. No biggie.

NO! WAIT! DON’T WALK AWAY! I’m actually REALLY EXCITED about this book release, because it marks my first steps into official urban fantasy. I’ve played with the genre in private for years, but I’ve finally worked up the courage to slip into a non-epic genre and build castles in a new sandbox.

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“If you’re reading this note, I’m already dead.  I find even more pleasure in the idea that one of you will soon join me.”

At the precise moment of warlock Jermaine Hershel’s death, seven strangers are transported into a magically sealed room with only a letter from the dead man to explain.

If they want to go home, the way out is simple: discover the murderer — and kill them.

Tensions rise as each stranger reveals their connection with Jermaine, but the puzzle isn’t so easy to solve. At least one of them is lying. In an unlikely alliance, they have to act quickly to unravel the mystery before the murderer acts first.

Don’t get me wrong – I love and miss my Andvell gang, but the Invisible Entente is a brand new kind of trouble. Supernatural and mythological figures trapped in a locked-room mystery, tempers being tested (and when you have the power to set fire on things with your mind, that can be dangerous), and alliances being formed.

This prequel introduces the characters I’ve spent the last couple of months with and launches the first in a 7-book arc as it goes through each of the characters and culminates in…well, you’ll find out when you get there.

These characters are witty, dangerous, powerful, conflicted — all the good things you want to see in a bunch of reluctant heroes — and I hope you fall in love with them as quickly as I did.

The novella (130 pages) is available through Amazon for 99c or through KindleUnlimited for FREE, so grab a copy, brew a cup of tea, and then leave a comment below to let me know who your favourites are.

Grab your copy now!

If you’re not sure yet, you can read an excerpt here

It’s Cadis Week!

There has been radio silence, I know, but I have perfectly valid reasons. I have updates for you on all three Cadis Trilogy novels!

BLOODLORE is on sale for 99c from November 16 – November 18! Spread the word and grab it while the sale lasts!

Why the sale?

Art: Jeff Brown Typography: Colin F Barnes

Art: Jeff Brown
Typography: Colin F Barnes

Because BLIGHTLORE is officially available for purchase! And I’m so excited!! And ermergerd!!!

When Venn Connell set out from Andvell a month ago, her intentions were simple: solve a mystery, avoid starting a war, and have some fun in the process.

After uncovering the secrets lurking within the Margolan palace, her adventure takes a darker path. War is no longer a question of if but of when, and the enemy is a greater nightmare than she could have imagined.

Torn between protecting her family and saving her country, forced to take on the role of leader she has tried so hard to avoid, Venn must decide her priorities before the mystery of the Cadis warriors consumes everything she cares for most. 

But what’s a trilogy without a third book, am I right? As you might be away, November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and this year I’m tackling the conclusion to Venn Connell’s story. The stakes are higher, the feels are greater, and at 2/3 of the way through (at the time of writing this post), things are getting crazy! I can’t wait to share more with you as the months go on and I have more updates going on.

Until then – I can’t wait to hear what you think of the latest instalment!

New Release: Wolf Slayer by Angela Addams

My good friend Angela Addams has come a long way since I first met her – which, in thinking about it, is over three years ago now. Time, you so crazy.  I’m incredibly proud and – dammit – relieved she’s finally getting recognised for her work, so today I do my small part to help spread the word about her new release.

Let’s face it: as the internet memes remind us, winter is coming. It’s the season of dropping temperatures, chilly rains, pumpkin spice everything; of costumes and spookiness and paranormal leanings. You know what goes well with all of those things? Steamy adults-only werewolves.

I’ll let Angela explain in more detail, in the form of a blurb and a giveaway!

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WolfSlayer300-1She would have made his next breath his last, if he hadn’t stolen hers.

Order of the Wolf, Book 2

Aubrey Devlin thought she had a destiny—to become a Huntress, be mated to a Hunter, and spend her life in everlasting, werewolf ass-kicking bliss. But after years of honing her wolf-slaying skills, it’s her twin sister who’s chosen for the coveted honor.

Swallowing her disappointment, she takes a job as head of security for the band Riot. Staying professional is tough when it comes to the band’s sex-god bassist, an alpha bad-boy to the extreme. She will keep her mind on her work—as soon as she figures out how to stop drooling over the man.

Jaylon isn’t good with women—especially those with the ability to kill him—yet he knows without a doubt Aubrey is his mate. Now if only he can get the stubborn woman to fall for him.

One argument too many, and instead of clawing each other’s eyes out, they wind up clawing each other’s clothes off. It’s then that Jaylon realizes the truth: Aubrey is a true Huntress. He’d better find a way to claim his mate before a Hunter claims her first…

To celebrate the release of book 2 in The Order of the Wolf series, Wolf Slayer, I’m giving away five e-copies of Wolf Slayer to five lucky winners. All you have to do is click the rafflecopter link and follow the prompts to enter to win.

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Buy Links

Samhain, Amazon, BN, Kobo

Product Warnings

Sexually explicit (like ripping-clothes-off, sex-in-public-places explicit) language. Rock-star bad-ass with long hair and a wicked bite. A take-no-crap huntress who bites back. You are encouraged to lick, suck, and devour your way through this tasty treat in one sitting—just be aware you might be hungry for more.

Copyright © 2014 Angela Addams

All rights reserved — a Samhain Publishing, Ltd. publication

Even though she’d grown up almost completely isolated and totally devoted to training, Aubrey hadn’t been without amenities most modern families had. She knew who Riot was. She even kinda liked their music. Hard, loud, dirty. Many of their songs were on her training playlist. It was the right kind of music for a little beast ass-kicking.

It all seemed too good to be true and as her dad always said, if it was looked too good, then it probably was. She’d accepted the job, of course. The pay was outstanding, but her instincts were on high alert.

Standing on the outside of the door to the world’s biggest mansion—or at least, the biggest she’d ever seen—she couldn’t help but feel like she might be getting in over her head. Wolves were one thing, but screaming, groping, obsessed fans were something Aubrey had no experience with.

She glanced over her shoulder, where she could still hear the murmurs of those panting, sex-starved women. The ones who had clawed and banged at the limo she’d been transported in, even pressing their boobs up against the tinted window. She was certain she could detect real from fake like an expert at this point. Ugh. Way too much flesh on display. The experience had been like nothing she’d ever seen before and she had to wonder what would possess a woman to throw herself at a man like that.

The sound of their disappointment, the shrieks and screams when the gate closed them all out…yeah, she was gonna need to hire a team of huge, capable men, just to keep the crowds under control. She was good at killing, lethal expertise, not so much with deflecting lusty humans.

She sighed, shifted the shoulder strap of her bow case, adjusted the 9mm holstered at her hip, then ran her fingers through her hair. “They’re just humans, you can handle this.” Despite the fact that she had lied on her resume, she did know a thing or two about protection and there was only one wife she had to keep an eye on. No problem.

The door finally swung open and there was Dave, dressed in his tailored suit with his blond hair slicked back. Just as he’d looked when he interviewed her. The epitome of band manager. “Aubrey, welcome.”

He extended his hand as if to take the bow case from her shoulder. She shook her head, leaned down and picked up her suitcase. “I’ve got it, thanks.”

Dave took a step back, motioning her in. “The band is all here.”

And there they were—impossibly huge, outstanding specimens of downright drop dead gorgeous bad boys. The lot of them waltzing into the foyer to greet her. A shiver licked down her spine as she glanced from one man to the next. Dangerous was the first word that jumped into her head, although she couldn’t exactly say why. She scanned the men again. They were all there except for…

“I’m Mayhem.” Piercing blue eyes, long black hair, body made for licking. Mayhem, stepped forward and extended a hand.

Aubrey took it without hesitation. This was the band’s front man, no mistaking his legendary looks. She’d gazed at his picture on the internet many a night over the years.

“Raven.” Mayhem nodded to his right as he released her hand.

“Nice to meet you, Aubrey.”

This one was pierced and tattooed, not really her thing but she could appreciate a handsome man when she saw one and she had a lot of respect for Raven’s ability to melt her with his riffs. He was a talented musician.

“Dyami,” Blond and shaggy, the drummer oozed naughty with that smile.

The last band member stepped into the hallway and walked toward her, his eyes locked on hers, a look so intense it literally stopped her next breath.

“Jaylon Black,” she whispered. He had long dark hair, a deep brown bordering on black and so silky to the eye that she was desperate to run her fingers through it. He was native, his beautiful dark skin, those mesmerizing cocoa eyes… Deadly, sensual, screwable…

Okay, get a grip you perv.

“You’ve heard of me, then?” He didn’t crack a smile and didn’t offer a hand to shake.

Aubrey felt a blush rise to her cheeks. She must have said that louder than she thought.

[Blogger note: I just cursed that this was the end of the excerpt, and I’ve already bought book! Make the same decision. Go! Buy! Or better yet, enter the contest and spread the word!]

Bio

Every day is Halloween for author Angela Addams. Enthralled by the paranormal at an early age, Angela spends most of her time thinking up new story ideas that involve supernatural creatures in everyday situations. She believes that the written word is an amazing tool for crafting the most erotic of scenarios.

She is an avid tattoo collector, a total book hoarder and loves anything covered in chocolate…except for bugs.

She lives in Ontario, Canada in an old, creaky house, with her husband and children.

Website: www.angelaaddams.com

Twitter: @angelaaddams

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Author.Angela.Addams

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4801196.Angela_Addams

Buys Links and Interviews

A HUGE thank you to everyone who shared FB links, and retweeted, and spread the word about my Eventide release!

As the exciting news continues, the buy links are now up for all four retailers!

Amazon

Kobo

B&N

Apple

My good friend Colin F Barnes posed some fun Meratis-related questions over on his blog yesterday, which were a blast to answer. Are there any answers you would give differently? Leave a comment!

 

In Ottawa and want to meet me and get a signed copy of the book in person?  Stop by Singing Pebble Books on Main St, this Saturday, June 14th, between 12 -4!

EventideEbook-Cover-loresSix months after he returns from his fictional world of Andvell, Jeff Powell is still plagued by nightmares, and an inability to write anything new. Cursed with permanent writer’s block, and on the verge of losing the woman of his dreams, he feels his life can’t get any more complicated. Until he comes home to find Jayden and Brady in his apartment with news that the evil sorcerer Raul is in Montreal.

In their search for the now-powerless villain, they find themselves cast back into Andvell, tasked by the Sisters with finding Raul before he regains his power and destroys the world.

As far as Jeff is concerned, he has greater issues. Cassie has a new admirer, his characters are keeping secrets, and he has become the target of a silent assassin. Without his creativity, Jeff doesn’t know if he’s up to the challenge. If he wants to save his world from ruin, he needs to prove he has more to offer than his imagination.

 

EVENTIDE Released

Woohoo!!! Eventide, book 2 of the Meratis Trilogy, is now available on Amazon and Kobo! Looking for it on iTunes and B&N? Check back soon as I update the links!

Not sure if you’re interested? Read part of the first chapter here.

EventideEbook-Cover-loresSix months after he returns from his fictional world of Andvell, Jeff Powell is still plagued by nightmares, and an inability to write anything new. Cursed with permanent writer’s block, and on the verge of losing the woman of his dreams, he feels his life can’t get any more complicated. Until he comes home to find Jayden and Brady in his apartment with news that the evil sorcerer Raul is in Montreal.

In their search for the now-powerless villain, they find themselves cast back into Andvell, tasked by the Sisters with finding Raul before he regains his power and destroys the world.

As far as Jeff is concerned, he has greater issues. Cassie has a new admirer, his characters are keeping secrets, and he has become the target of a silent assassin. Without his creativity, Jeff doesn’t know if he’s up to the challenge. If he wants to save his world from ruin, he needs to prove he has more to offer than his imagination.

 

Keri Lake’s Soul Resurrected – Blog Tour Stop

Today’s post is a very fun and exciting one. My good writer friend Keri Lake has a new book! You can read it. You should read it. How can you not want to? Just check out the smoulder!! In en effort to convince you to give Soul Resurrected a try (and once you’re hooked, you can pick up the first book Soul Avenged), Keri’s made The Raven’s Quill a stop on her blog tour. Check out a quick review, listen to the soundtrack that inspired some fan-waving scenes, then read an excerpt:

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Whenever I hear  that Keri Lake has a new novel coming out, I do a happy dance. Ever since I read Halos: Somnium, Keri has made the jump to my Top 10 author list, and with each successive book, she keeps climbing the ranks. Soul Resurrected jumped her up two or three rungs. A sexy tale with a lot of heart, Soul Resurrected picks up where Soul Avenged left off, moving away from Aiden and Kane to tell the story of Wrath brother, Logan:

As Wrath’s fiercest son, Logan carries the scars of fifty years spent in the most dreaded prison of the underworld, for a sin he’d kill to keep secret. Enduring decades of gruesome torture has left Logan feared by and detached from others, until a female Alexi’s blood resurrects his soul from death and, with it, the pleasures he’s been denied for so long.

Plagued by shame of her own, Calla is drawn to the ruthless demon, Logan, whose insatiable craving for her touch rouses buried passions and, for once, leaves her feeling desired.

A dark and dangerous evil has been reawakened, however, and when Calla is drawn too close to its breeding grounds, Logan vows to summon the violence of Wrath in order to keep her safe. First, though, Calla must save him from a past riddled with deceit and corruption … but only if she can accept the chilling consequences of unearthing his vilest skeleton.

I could not put this book down. Trust me, I tried. I had to go to work! But the Kindle stayed on until the last possible moment and snapped back on the second my day was over. I was sad when it ended, until I realised: this novel lingers. The sign of a great book! Even now, certain songs will come on the radio and I’ll have flashbacks to my favourite scenes, to the intense emotions that fly off the page and work into the heart until I felt what the characters felt. And the best part? I know that right now, possibly this minute, Keri’s hard at work on Book 3: Soul Enslaved, which tells Gavin’s story.  The series is far from over and I couldn’t be happier.

To give added depth and texture to the world of Wrath, Keri hosts the soundtracks to all over her works in progress on her site. I asked her to talk a little bit about why. She answered:

This is always my favorite post to write because my playlist is essential to my writing.  I cannot get in the zone without those couple minutes in the morning that I sip my coffee and listen to my music.  It sets the tone.

For Soul Resurrected, I had two very damaged characters colliding.  I don’t happen to walk around with all the anger that Logan sports, so I found I had to get inside his head in order to write him.  For me, the easiest way to do that is music.  Deftones and Nine Inch Nails were just a couple of the bands I listened to in order to figure out what makes this guy tick.  He has a pretty disturbing past that I can’t exactly wake up at 4 a.m. and jump right into.

Believe it or not, Logan’s character didn’t exist in the first draft of Soul Avenged.  I’d fleshed out the other six brothers and had begun my first round of edits when a song from my playlist popped up, You’ve Seen the Butcher by the Deftones, and forced me to listen.  Not to the song.  To the deep and powerful voice that was growing louder by the minute.  As I read through the scene, set in the dark streets of Detroit where lycan wolves were on the prowl, a shadowed figure emerged—all smooth killer and no bullshit attitude.  Unapologetic.  He matched the psychotic character the song brings to mind every time I hear it.  And so, Logan came to be.

And Soul Resurrected is his story.

In fact, I have a completely different playlist for each of my books, if you’d like to check them out HERE.

And now, with the music in your head, I present the excerpt from Soul Resurrected:

CHAPTER 1

 Some lives just weren’t worth the trouble of saving …

The dark room swallowed Logan, as he lay sprawled on his bed—just as he’d been left after ditching his date with death. A stomach-turning sensation of thickened skin and tingles swathed his body, closing in on him, phantom sensations crawling over his flesh that kept him awake. Every five minutes or so, he willed an arm or a leg to move. No go.

Shadows danced across the wall on the occasions that one of the Catatones guarding the mansion passed through the floodlight below his window. He focused on them only because his neck had been propped in that direction and he had no choice. Good thing, though. She had been assigned to watch over him and slept somewhere beyond his periphery, the reminder heating his blood every time her sleepy moan drifted across the room.

The fury could’ve split him right down the middle.

Her blood ran through him—pumping in his veins, feeding his heart, keeping him alive.

Calla’s.

The woman who’d gotten him stabbed with Demortis, the only element capable of taking down a demon, now swam through his body as the only element capable of saving him. Her blood. Pure. Probably the closest he’d ever come to being righteous.

The irony was enough to leave him scratching his own eyeballs out of his head—that is, if he could reach the damn things. Like a bitch slap from the gods, who probably sat around drinking beers over the shit, poking fun at him.

The side effect of returning from the dead?

Feeling like the fucking dead.

Logan tightened his lip, wishing he could kick his own ass for being so stupid. Not like he’d had to save her or anything. Hell, being a demon meant being the exception to human rules.

And being a son of Wrath meant never having to play by any species’ rules.

Yet for some reason, one lodged so deep inside his brain he couldn’t even begin to explain, he’d felt the need to intervene. Not so much for her sake, but because the little prick trying to rape her had taken a jab at the psychopath buried in Logan’s bones. Taunted him.

Then finally tripped his kill-switch.

Yeah, that’s what Logan told himself, anyway, because no other excuse could possibly justify why he couldn’t stir a single muscle in his body for anything having to do with her—Calla. The girl they’d picked up at some underground party, so high on Shine she’d have probably let every one of the brothers have a go at her if they’d been the ravaging bastardly types.

Lucky for her they weren’t.

“Should’ve walked away,” he muttered, his voice the only part of his body he could control.

A zing of pain shot through Logan’s feet, flexing them into an unnatural, paralyzed position. “Ah, shit!” Hadn’t his feet been numb just seconds ago?

Not even forcing his muscles to relax shook the sting away, one like a strike to the level of his bones, as if they shattered with impact.

He held his breath and clenched his teeth while the pain crept up his leg. “Motherfucker!” He spoke past gritted teeth, keeping his voice low to keep from rousing his babysitter, but damn, his back arched like one of those tetanus-infected bastards, his eyes squinting so hard they could’ve popped backward into his brain.

Black smoke curled behind his lids, and a deep laughter mocked him as the agony reached his spine. Trembling in the bed, Logan clamped his mouth shut and allowed the convulsions to run through him.

In silence.

He’d known pain—gut-turning, put-me-out-of-my-fucking-misery pain. Nothing compared to what wracked him at that moment, as if nightmares could invade the body and inflict injury. The burn, like molten lava oozing in his veins, seeped into his every cell, searing him from the inside. Sweat trickled down his temple at the same time as a chill burst deep inside his bones and swept through his limbs, leaving behind a wake of nausea.

That black smoke carried the familiar sensation he’d felt once or twice in his life—from the quick witted son of a bitch that brought the toughest demon males to their knees: absolute death. Stygius. The place in the underworld from where no soul ever returned.

With shallow panting breaths, he allowed the blackness worming its way into his mind to take over as something dark and wicked laid claim.

All Logan could do was let it take him.

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Keri Lake is a married mother of two living in Michigan.  She writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy and loves a good, tragic love story.  Though novels tend to be her focus, she also writes short stories and flash fiction whenever distraction manages to suck her in to the Land of Shiny Things.

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When she isn’t toiling away on plots and protagonists, she enjoys reading, music and travel.  If she could create mystical powers for herself, she’d have the ability to flash to anywhere in the world.  And if she could flash to anywhere in the world at this very moment, she’d be staring at the ocean from her adirondack chair on the shores of North Carolina.

Connect with her:

Website:  http://www.kerilake.com

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/KeriLake

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/KeriLakeAuthor

Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/kerilake/

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5335601.Keri_Lake

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/Keri-Lake/e/B006VY7EM6

Greylands Interview: K.L. Schwengel

Last but far, far, far from least, we have the creator of Fletch, by far the most dangerous character in the Greylands world (with the possible exception of Jack because, honestly, that man has issues that weren’t explored nearly enough in Round 1 of this project): K.L. Schwengel. She has posted a couple of excerpts from Fletch’s chapters on her Wednesday WIPpet series, so be sure to check them out for a preview!

KW: Other than a fabulous contributor to Greylands, who are you?

kls: Who is anyone? Really? Okay, bad answer. Let’s see . . . I’m a hopeless introvert and terribly private person which makes tooting my own horn something of a challenge for me, and questions like this akin to having bamboo shoved under my fingernails. I could easily live as a hermit as long as I had indoor plumbing, copious supplies of Guinness, dark chocolate, coffee, red wine, Irish Mist, wifi, and my laptop. I am the self-proclaimed keeper of *the* flying monkeys (they needed someplace to go after the whole Oz debacle), a wife, an author, an artist, a sometime photographer. I raise, train and trial working Australian Shepherds and, by extension, raise Katahdin sheep as well. I am the youngest of nine children. My mother was a librarian, my father a dreamer and jack of many trades. I have a day job that both supports and interferes with my passions in life. I exist merely to serve Her Royal Highness Princess Fiona the Cat (or so she believes).

KW: Small blog serial or not, it took a lot of guts to contribute to the project. What drew you to it?

kls: You started out with such an intriguing premise it was hard not to be drawn in. Plus, if I recall, I needed something to take my mind off the all-consuming projects I was working on at the time. It was fun to come play in someone else’s world.

KW: Absolutely all-consuming. Seeing all the projects you’re working on, I’m amazed you have time to finish any of them! Why did you choose the characters that you did? Did you know when you started with them that they would turn out the way they did?

kls: Quite honestly, Fletch chose me. I had no say in the matter. He appeared out of nowhere after reading the first installment and, as you know, Krista, it’s best not to get on Fletch’s bad side. I knew he was damaged. I knew he was going to be a problem. But I really had no clue where his path was going to lead. Whether he would survive or not. Each installment he showed me a bit more of himself. Some bits I really didn’t want to see.

KW: What you did to me, I’ll do to you: Other than your own character, who was your favorite?

kls: Hands down, Maverick. C’mon, give a guy a Scottish accent and I’m a puddle of mush. Added to that, even though he acted tough, and his choice of routes to introduce Alexis to Jack was . . . well . . . not the best, he’s got a soft side. And he’s very loyal. I admire that. He’s also protective. Yes, he lacks tact and decorum, but everyone has their issues. Pops would run a close second (third after Fletch, of course). He’s the unsung hero.

KW: What other projects do you have going on? Can we expect to see other titles from you?

kls: I’ve always got a ton of projects going on. Too many at times. But I like to keep busy and I don’t have a lot of problem moving from one to the other. That means I can always be writing on something. At the moment, I’m in the editing stage of book two in my Lightness & Dark fantasy series. I’m intending to release that before the end of the year. There’s a fantasy serial I’m working on that needs some massive re-writing/editing. I’m also working on an urban fantasy/paranormal romance, and have another fantasy piece I’m hoping to have completed by the middle of December. Sometime next year I have a short story coming out in a fantasy anthology. That had originally been slated to come out this year, but the publisher had to push it further out.

KW: Where can people find you on the interwebs?

kls: I think there are more than this, but these are the ones I’m likely to be most active on.

My blog: http://myrandommuse.wordpress.com  Where you can find out about my books as well.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KLSchwengel

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KLSchwengelWrites

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6871795.K_L_Schwengel

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Thank you so much to all of you who joined us for this week of Greylands promo – I hope you enjoyed learning about the voices behind the voices and are interested to pick up a copy of your own! Greylands is now available:

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