Gobble Gobble Fan Pricing Saturday November 19, 2022

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Fan Pricing Saturday, November 19, 2022

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Pumpkin Spice and Wild Wednesday November 16, 2022

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Spice up your day with these deals!

 

Wild Wednesday, November 16, 2022

 

Each week we bring you a list of books from not only LMBPN authors, but also friends of ours, that are on sale! Here’s a fantastic opportunity to discover some new authors or some exciting books you may not have seen yet.

Most of these books are FREE in Kindle Unlimited, but all are on sale today.

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Ye screw with this lass, ye get put on yer ass.

Life sucker-punched me… I have family I didn’t know about, a magical heritage laying its claim, and a mystery I apparently need to solve. There are three things I love most in life…my wild and crazy Irish family, Redbreast Whiskey at Shenanigans, and living in Toronto. Having grown up with five older brothers, I can fight my way out of most situations, either with my wicked sense of humor or my fists. Often both. But when a back-alley brawl leaves me marked with a bizarre Celtic crest on my back, I become a beacon for all things whacked and weird. So, I do what any stubborn red-headed lass would—I ignore all advice and fly to the Emerald Isle to get answers. And yeah…you know that saying about hindsight being 20/20? True Story.

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The Telorans have arrived, and people in the Federation are going to die. Vishlog is working to understand the Morgana group, and just what he has “volunteered” to be part of. Hopefully, he won't die before he learns. The Witch of the Federation has matured, and she has learned how to be a bit more aggressive. She chooses to use this new strength…to go on a date. Will Todd be able to handle the new Stephanie, or will even the Toddster succumb to fear when and if the Morgana reveals herself? Stephanie and her team need a break, but the Federal Navy comes to Elizabeth, hat in hand, to ask for a favor. Unfortunately, it requires the team to go active earlier than they should. Will they accept? Will Stephanie's team be able to defend the Federation? She is a MORGANA. There are no other alternatives, no matter the risk to her and her team.

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Virtutis gloria merceTranslation: Glory is the reward of valor Fed up with playing the normal game, recent university graduate, ex-cum laude, ex-soccer star, ex-popular and mostly broke Kera MacDonagh changes her life when she decides to research how to be a witch… And believes it.  Kera didn’t want to go back east and deal with her overbearing Mom. So, when university was done, she stayed behind in Los Angeles. Little did she realize how controlling moms can be from the other side of the country. Feeling a little desperate to make her own way, she buys a few books on business. And one on a lark ‘How to be a Badass Witch.’ That’s when the trouble started. Join Kera as she grows into her powers and faces challenges as she learns how to become a badass witch, then vigilante and finally detective. And maybe find love along the way.

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In these nine stories of determination, seemingly ordinary people find themselves in extraordinary circumstances as they confront their fears and embrace their challenges on a near-future Earth or an alternate-history past or even on a far distant alien world. Some stories include

• A single parent with a Down-syndrome daughter considers what his life might have been as a parent and a pro football player.
• A young girl on an isolated Florida island discovers that her quirky grandparents are even stranger than she thought.
• An elderly woman slides into dementia even as she finds some essential truths that were lost in the hazy mists of her memory.
• A baseball player becomes a spy during an alternate-history version of World War II, he plays a pivotal role in stopping the Nazi war machine.

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Titus sought glory in the Free States Infantry. He ended up in the Engineers. When the chance came to prove himself, he grabbed it with both hands.

And caught the eye of the Intelligence service. How could a boot enlisted engineer transform into a soldier who works behind the scenes to root out corruption in the ranks as easily as providing combat intel to the front lines? Titus thought life was dangerous as a ground pounder where he could hold duty and honor as ideals, knowing that his squad had his back. But the intel world was different where he needed the courage to do what was right, no matter how many times the people he thought were on his side tried to kill him.

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The Federation will make you pay for your crimes, even fake ones.

They put Quinn in jail and then took away her kids. Escaping was no longer enough. She was going to become the Federation’s worst nightmare. Tony, a spy from a rival star system who is the scion of a galactic crime family. Quinn, falsely accused former military betrayed by her husband. A conspiracy that intertwines their lives.

The Federation shouldn’t have tried to make her a scapegoat. Quinn’s escape starts today. Tomorrow, her new life begins.

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Two strong-willed sisters…barely holding on to their dreams despite suffering unimaginable hardships and the loss of their mother in the California Gold Fields and now pulling their sick father in a Mormon handcart ever higher into Utah’s the wild and dangerous Wasatch Mountains.
Rebecca:beauty is her curse but also her promise. A gifted healer, she will soon learn that in the American West a medicine woman is scorned by the all-male medical profession.
Katie: every bit as strong and defiant as her older sister and determined never to put her fate in the hands of any man, but instead to build a Wyoming sheep ranching empire in Wyoming’s magnificent Wind River Country. Intertwined with the epic building of the Transcontinental Railroad the true story of the courageous Wyoming women who fought for woman’s suffrage and first won the right to vote.

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High Seas action and adventure as seen through the eyes of a daring and fearless German U-Boat commander during WWII.

Konrad Bergman is on a mission of grave importance: destroy the enemy at all costs and by whatever means necessary. For the crew of UB-44, the consequences are dire indeed. The fate and the future of the Reich may very well depend on their actions and the decisions of their commander.

From deadly cat-and-mouse games with Allied forces, to bold infiltration of enemy strongholds, Bergman and the crew of UB-44 face daunting odds and nearly certain defeat at every turn. These are the stories of their adventures, from the very beginning of the war through to the bitter end

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The SFWA Magical Mysteries Bundle – Curated by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association

What Am I Doing Here? Have you ever had one of those days where you just stopped and thought: What Am I Doing Here? In this StoryBundle we put a fantasy spin on that with a host of books where the main characters ask themselves exactly that. What am I doing here? And hey…wait…was that magic? And what’s that strange beast with the big claws that’s trying to murder me? Join us for a series of outstanding stories featuring protagonists that find themselves in new and exciting worlds full of magic.SFWA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting, advancing, and supporting science fiction and fantasy writing in the United States and elsewhere. For this bundle the SFWA Independent Authors Committee had the pleasure of sorting through over a hundred excellent books as we narrowed our selection down to the ones we thought you’d like the most.Featured books include The Sister Paradox by the great Jack Campbell where a young man who thought he was an only child learns that he has a sword-wielding sister. Right as she drags him off into a world of magic. We’ve got the exellent Sorrow and Joy by D.R. Perry featuring a goth lion shifter and a girl named Mavis Merlini who just wants to keep her head down and get through school. Good luck with that. In Darin Kennedy’s Pawn’s Gambit Yesterday was just another day at the office for Steven Bauer. Today, he is the White Pawn, a combatant in a nightmarish game of chess where people are the pieces and the world is at stake. In The Dragon’s Playlist by Laura Bickle, down-on-her-luck Di discovers a dragon living in the coal mines of West Virginia.These books and six more are sure to thrill and entertain you for countless hours.
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A Hero is Born in This Snippet of Messing Psychic Academy Book 1

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Messing Psychic Academy Book 1: Make Yourself

Sacrificing yourself to save your friends is the only choice that makes sense for Ben. However, this choice changes his life in more ways than one.


 

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I’m Ben, and I died last year. 

Almost.

It was a near-death experience, but I hoped I’d wake up as a medium just in time for high school. Turns out it just wrecked my legs. And I’m something else. A summoner. 

I know next to nothing about my talent besides portals and pledge bonds. It’s okay, they teach it at school. Sounds perfect, right? 

Wrong. 

The other summoner in my class, Mateo, hates me. The class clairvoyant thinks destiny has got it out for me, too. Makes sense—my portals break stuff and go to the wrong realm. And I already felt like a square peg, getting around on crutches.

At least I’ve got help from family, friends, and a celestial called Arie. Good thing because it takes constant rehab just to keep my busted body working. 

But how do I fix my broken talent?

 

Prologue

Arie

I first saw into Benjamin Endor’s mind while he slept. 

He wasn’t dreaming, and I hadn’t walked in on a nightmare. Most of those don’t start so brightly. It was a memory. Of him with two other extrahumans on a sidewalk in Salem. 

The air was pleasantly cool and soft. Buds on the trees whispered of spring. Ben’s eyes stung with too little sleep, but pride held his head and shoulders high because he kept company with two heroes, Mavis Merlini and Edward Redford. The pack they all belonged to spent the night saving three entire worlds. 

Including mine. 

Ben wasn’t the youngest member of Mavis’ strange pack of assorted extrahumans, but close. He thought he hadn’t done much besides getting seasick into The Odyssey’s best bucket, only bringing an artifact that turned two other packmates from mundane to magical shifters. 

Yet it turned the tide of battle. 

They’d won. It should have been the best day of Ben’s life. It might have been if Ben hadn’t tugged Mavis’ sleeve and pointed out the Seelie fae hound across the street. I would have told him not to if I were there.

No, Ben. Don’t do it. Keep walking while you still can.

It didn’t work. Ben was in a hospital bed, not on that street. So it all happened again in his mind the same way. 

Ben said it was sort of a dog. Mavis worried about the hound being out alone and that a frenemy named Donna was somehow in trouble. 

“Okay,” Ed said. “We’ll wait here.”

Mavis crossed the street the same wrong way Ben would have. From between two parked cars, feet moving before thinking or looking because somebody was in need. 

That’s what heroes do. 

Heroes also push their girlfriends out of the way of speeding trucks, even when they’ll get hit instead. Ed always said he lived on borrowed time with his near-death experience and asthma. Ben knew that if he asked, Ed would say he’d let the reaper have him to save Mavis. The truck didn’t hit him for one small reason.

Ben. 

He leaped off the curb, pushed Ed out of the way, and fell forward. Exhaust and burned rubber assaulted his nose before he hit the pavement. Ben tried getting a leg under himself, the left one. He pushed and scraped his shoe on the asphalt. He almost made it.

Almost doesn’t count for much in the mundane realm.

I felt it with him. Pain screamed up his right leg. His left popped and snarled, dull in comparison. Both increased in volume like the cruelest music taking over. Ben fought to keep his eyes open, and they met Mavis’. Tears spilled from hers. 

The last thing he did in the memory was try to smile. He wasn’t sure whether he managed it or not. Mavis sat on the pavement with Ed, both unscathed. He’d saved their lives, maybe given everything to do it because of what Ben was. A hero, too.

I had to introduce myself. Once I figured out how to make extrahumans see me, of course. That comes later. This is more Ben’s story than mine. 

Keep reading, and he’ll tell it. 

 


 

I can't wait to see how the rest of Ben's story unfolds as he begins school with a fresh set of challenges. Find out on November 16th how Ben fares when Messing Psychic Academy  Book 1: Make Yourself is released. Head over to Amazon and pre-order it today.

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Another new series launches this week along with more new releases

Vegas, baby!

A lot of LMBPN writers and staff arrived in Las Vegas Sunday night and the rest are arriving at some point today. We're already plotting and planning things. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, right? (As long as there is no video proof at least!)

But even though we're in Vegas, that doesn't mean the books won't be making their way to your devices! We've got everything lined up and ready to go, so if you preorder them or purchase them on the day of release (or fan pricing Saturday) they'll get to you without us having to do much of anything. Not bad, right?

I have 6 amazing books launching this week. One of them was supposed to release on Friday but there was an issue and it got delayed until this morning, so that book is out now! All the rest are on preorder and that makes for a great week!

This Week's New Releases

Title: Savage Harbinger
Series: Chooser of the Slain Book 4
Release Date: 11/14/2022

Valerie Kearie’s jobs have been hard and fast lately. Now Valerie and Jake have one project that doesn’t get solved quickly.

This project needs a deft technological touch—so Hawk joins the team.

Can Valerie keep her secret with the most inquisitive Jarl right next to her?

One of Valerie’s favorite teammates is targeted by an International criminal organization.

When one of his former associates is executed, the team scrambles to save his life.

Will they be able to save him in time?

Finally, the fates have smiled on Valerie.

One of her most hated enemies had to come to the United States.

Will Valerie be able to find Cleopatra and get the reckoning Valkyrie desperately wants?

When the Chooser of the Slain is on an operation, everyone needs to keep their wits about them.

Title: Undead With Honor
Series: Realm of Power and Fury Book 6
Release Date: 11/15/2022

Eric has chased the Necromancer across the dimensions back to his homeworld: Earth!

The Necromancer has proven he can summon even the long dead to his horde. With tens of billions of dead humans on Earth, he would be able to raise up a nearly limitless army of monsters, more than the people living in that magicless land could possibly battle.

Once Earth is subdued, then other worlds will fall like wheat before a scythe.

To stop him Eric must use more than just magic. He’ll need all his wits and the help of friends and family alike to defeat this most deadly foe.

Luckily for Eric, he’s not alone this time. Gunnar came through with him, so he has one of the mightiest Nord warriors at his side. If only he can keep the man focused on fighting the undead instead of flirting with Eric’s sister! 

Title: The Final Showdown
Series: The Victorious Redemption Book 6
Release Date: 11/16/2022

The final showdown.

Jasmine is on a mission. The threat from her father is growing stronger, and she must pull together a group powerful enough to end the threat he poses.

The enemy of her enemy is her friend.

The problem lies in the rivalries between the various groups in Jasmine’s world.

To get around the issue, Jasmine hides her meetings from the pack as she creates allegiances with both friends and enemies of her people.

Tension grows within the pack, and their trust in Jasmine is shaken.

All the while, a dark cloud looms in the distance.

In this final showdown, Jasmine must overcome her tendency to operate alone and show her true skills as a leader.

Can she overcome the odds stacked against her and eradicate the end-of-world her father is threatening with his powers of necromancy?

Title: Make Yourself
Series: Messing Psychic Academy
Release Date: 11/16/2022

My name is Ben, and I died last year.

Almost.

I’d hoped I would wake up from my near-death experience as a medium just in time for high school. Turns out it just wrecked my legs.

No medium talent, either. I’m something else. A summoner.

I know next to nothing about my talent besides it involves portals and pledge bonds. It’s okay, they teach it at school. Sounds perfect, right?

Wrong.

Mateo, the other summoner in my class, hates me.

The class clairvoyant thinks destiny has got it out for me, too. Makes sense. As if I don’t already feel like a square peg, getting around on crutches, my portals break stuff and go to the wrong realm.

It’s a good thing I’ve got help from my family, friends, and a celestial called Arie. It takes constant rehab just to keep my busted body working.

But how do I fix my broken talent?

Title: Steel Negotiations
Series: Skharr Deatheater Book 9
Release Date: 11/17/2022

A Barbarian has become a lord. What can possibly go wrong?

Skharr DeathEater, the Barbarian of Theros, has not only gotten married, but he also has a child on the way.

Unfortunately, the lands he and his wife acquired are rife with issues.

Skharr doesn’t know how to do anything except take matters into his own hands.

Will he be able to do that when his wife is as deadly as he is and not in a good mood?

Eventually, someone must figure out what is going on in the north and Skharr is the right Barbarian for the job.

Will Skharr survive his wife’s pregnancy? Will the gods get involved ONE MORE TIME in his affairs? Will he plunge the empire into war?

It’s Skharr DeathEater. What do you think?

Field Training coverTitle: Field Training
Series: Brew City Blues Book 1
Release Date: 11/18/2022

Army veteran Michael Collins is looking for a new start after a personal tragedy.

Now a recruit officer fresh out of the police academy, Michael has taken his first step in becoming a Milwaukee Police Officer.

His next hurdle is passing twelve weeks of field training in the most dangerous part of town.

Welcome to the Brew City Blues.

Gangsters, sex workers, murderers, and thieves are just the external elements he will have to deal with to make it through field training. Michael is thrown into the fast-moving pace of a rookie’s life that takes him inside the lives of cops, criminals, victims, and their families.

Twenty-hour workdays and the department’s internal affairs unit making him feel like he has a bullseye on his back adds to the pressure.

Can this army vet with a troubled past survive the toughest part of his training in the Milwaukee Police Department and come to terms with the heartbreak from his past?

Note: This book contains profanities and situations not for the faint of heart. There is also dark, or what some call ‘gallows humor’ that police officers, and most other first responders use to deal with the ugliness that is thrown their way on a regular basis. This book is as realistic as it gets. Unless you are riding around in a squad car, now that’s real.

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How does the old saying go? One door closes another door opens. Let's hope that is the case for Michael as he begins a new life in the mean streets of Milwaukee.

It's a Good Day to Have a Good Day Fan Pricing Saturday November 12, 2022

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Fan Pricing Saturday, November 12, 2022

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Brew City Blues Book 1: Field Training

How does the old saying go? One door closes another door opens. Let's hope that is the case for Michael as he begins a new life in the mean streets of Milwaukee


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Welcome to the late shift. Some call it the graveyard shift. Others call it the worst shift on the job. Congratulations, you are now a vampire. You will try to sleep while normal people are awake, and you will be working while normal people are sleeping.

It’s all kinds of fucked up. You crawl out of bed to go to work when everyone else is fast asleep except the drunks, hypes, drug dealers, and hookers. Every now and then, you stumble upon a real victim, someone who is in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Midnight to eight in the morning, if you’re lucky and don’t catch a bag of shit toward the end of your tour. If that happens, you’ll be working long into the day.

You are society’s dysfunctional, door-kicking bulwarks, standing guard over the mud pits of our city, watching out for whatever crawls up.

And your coworkers? A lot of them are men and women in their early twenties, just graduated from college and looking for a job in law enforcement in the big city. Some are coming from the military, looking to find a home with the police department. Sometimes they find it, and sometimes it goes horribly wrong.

Some of them are soccer moms looking for something different. Some of them grew up in the worst neighborhoods of the city, the same neighborhoods they are now policing, looking to clean them up.

They all want to make a difference. You can guess how that goes. Oftentimes they wind up offended, disillusioned, and frustrated trying to do the right thing.

Not all of them are politically correct. Sometimes they are forced to fight for their or others' lives. But they are the thin blue line between society’s success and failure.

Unfortunately for the bad guys, they are incorruptible.

A Courtroom in Louisiana

The judge was a black man in his late fifties with crisp black robes, sporting salt-and-pepper hair and a mustache. His reading glasses were perched on the end of his nose as he read the file in front of him, shaking his head like he couldn’t believe what he was reading. He’d never had a case like this one, that was for sure.

He looked up from his papers and scanned the room, panning down to the two tables directly in front of him. To the left sat Michael Collins, the defendant in this divorce proceeding.

You could see Michael’s military background without being told. Clean-shaven, buzz-cut hair. Stoic expression on his face. He sat next to his attorney, wearing a modest suit. The judge was hoping to get some sense of what this man was all about, but you couldn’t tell anything about him from looking at him other than the fact that he’d served in the military. Maybe that was all you needed to know.

As for the attorney, he was a white male in his early fifties, with short hair but not as short as his client’s, clean-shaven, and wearing a blue business suit. Nothing out of the ordinary except for one little detail. This one actually seemed to care about his client, not just making a quick buck.

To his right sat the plaintiff, Michael’s soon-to-be ex-wife Patricia. Attractive, slender, with shoulder-length dirty blonde hair and modest makeup, wearing a plain gray knee-length dress. Unlike her husband, who had his poker face on, she was obviously struggling with intense emotions. The judge didn’t know whether this was more about their divorce or the tragic death of their only child. Most likely, it was both.

Her attorney was the only one here who broke the mold a little. Platinum blonde hair, perfect makeup, and a navy-blue suit that combined professional with a hint of sexy. The judge happened to know that she was a former Russian chess champion, which meant she had a first-rate strategic mind. Not that she’d needed it for this particular case.

When the judge finally spoke, his voice had a hint of Southern drawl. “This has to be one of the saddest cases I’ve had to preside over in all my years on the bench. I have heard the testimony from both sides, and I have to ask you, Mr. Collins…”

Here he took off his reading glasses, as if for effect. “Do you really want to give up all of your assets and pay alimony to this woman, even though you were only legally married for two years?”

Collins stood at attention, but the judge waved his hand at him to tell him to sit down.

He complied immediately, as you’d expect from an ex-soldier. “Yes, your honor, all I want is my motorcycle and truck. She can have everything else.”

The judge wasn’t ready to accept it yet. The judgment he was being asked to make was so unusual that he strongly suspected there’d be second thoughts later. “Young man, you have a sizable savings account. You also have quite a bit of equity in your home. That is a lot of money to give up. Are you absolutely sure?”

Collins didn’t waver. “Yes, your honor.”

The judge turned to Collins’s attorney. “Did you explain the situation to your client? Does he know what he is entitled to and what he is giving up?”

The attorney didn’t seem thrilled with this case either, but his job was to do what his client wanted. If his client had wanted him to fight this case, he would have fought it aggressively, but that wasn’t what his client had asked him to do. “Yes, your honor. This young man wants to move on with his life and start the healing process after this terrible tragedy.”

Patricia Collins began sobbing quietly. Her attorney reached over and put a hand on her shoulder to comfort her. None of this was surprising. The woman had lost everything, and all she had left to show for her marriage was a bunch of material possessions.

The judge shook his head and continued in a loud voice. “This matter is closed. I’m very sorry for the tragic death of your child.” He peered at Collins, then his soon-to-be ex, before returning his gaze to Collins once again. “And thank you, Michael Collins, for your service to this great nation.”

The gavel pounded two times to make the judgment official. Patricia jumped a little at each strike of the gavel. Michael did not.

The attorneys shook hands and ushered Michael and Patricia into a small conference room to sign some papers and go over the logistics of transferring various items of property. Throughout the process, Patricia couldn’t bring herself to look at Michael. She stared down at the table as much as she could, trying to control her tears.

When it was finally done, Michael’s attorney pushed his chair back from the table. “Let’s go, Michael.”

Michael stood without a word and followed his attorney toward the door. With his hand on the doorknob, he looked back at his ex-wife one last time. “Have a good life, Patricia. I’m sorry it ended this way.”

She didn’t say anything. When he got to the hallway, Michael turned to his attorney. “So, that’s it, then.”

“Yeah, that’s it. And it went a lot easier than most divorce proceedings, if only because you didn’t fight her on anything.”

Michael shrugged. “That’s just how I wanted it.”

His attorney nodded. “So, what now, Michael?”

“Now I start over. I took a job in Milwaukee as a police officer. I start the Academy in one week.”

“Police officer, huh? Well, that’s a solid career. What are you planning to do with your last week in town?”

“Nothing much. I have a few old friends to say goodbye to. A few errands to get done. Basically, I just have to get my shit squared away here.”

The attorney stuck his hand out for Michael to shake. “Best of luck to you, Michael. And if you ever need anything, just let me know.”

Collins nodded. “I will. Thank you for all your help. This has been a rough year, but now it’s time to start the next chapter in my life.”

The attorney gave him a sympathetic look but didn’t say anything else. There wasn’t anything else to say. This man had lost his kid, his wife, his home, and his whole future. Now he had to make a new future for himself however he could.

As Michael Collins walked away toward the elevator, the attorney quietly whispered his final blessing.

“Good luck, kid.”


 

Will this new job be the fresh start that Michael is hoping for? Hopefully, he is ready for a challenge. Find out if he has what it takes on November 18th, when Brew City Blues Book 1: Field Training is released. Head over to Amazon and Pre-order today.

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Sweater Weather and Wild Wednesday, November 9, 2022

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Wrap up in a sweater and grab a great book!

 

Wild Wednesday, November 9, 2022

 

Each week we bring you a list of books from not only LMBPN authors, but also friends of ours, that are on sale! Here’s a fantastic opportunity to discover some new authors or some exciting books you may not have seen yet.

Most of these books are FREE in Kindle Unlimited, but all are on sale today.

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Fringe Colonies complete series boxed set e-book coverFringe Colonies Complete Series Boxed Set:

Life in the fringe colonies is tough, but to Dante it’s home. Captain of the Xeartais crew, he leads a ragtag bunch of miscreants just trying to survive. But not everyone at the local space station plays fair. When Dante decides to unite several crews in an alliance it causes a ripple effect that will either tip the scales for good or end in ruin. Kit is running from the stifling life others wanted her to lead. When she arrives on Ephren and runs into the Xeartais crew, she wonders if she’s finally found somewhere she belongs, but she brings her own issues with her, and life in the alliance isn’t exactly safe. Can Kit and Dante keep the alliance mates safe from pirates, alien threats, and all the usual dangers of a colony, or have they both gotten in far too deep? With the pirates uniting behind a single leader as well, only one thing is for sure: Those who can fly, must. And every good mate counts.

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And so begins the saga of Jack Marber, former Special Assault Marine and his alien band of traders as they cross the galaxy doing the only job that doesn’t leave them homeless. “I need eyes and ears in every system that would benefit the Federation. One way to do that is for the Free Traders of this universe to work for me…” Nathan Lowell Nathan has a mission and is willing to pay handsomely for Jack’s time. If only Jack will represent the Federation that kicked him out of the service for what was Jack’s fault.  He’s not sure they should trust him, although he likes it. His two-legged Yollin partner is trying to learn the English side of the Galactic Common language, but that doesn’t always work out so well. Adina is a member who Nathan wants on the team. No one is sure of her, not even Adina. A storm is rising and the misfits of the Fortitude have no choice but to fight it.

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When good men have to do bad things… a hitman with a conscience.

Problems arise and too often, those problems are scumbags, oxygen thieves, and people who don’t deserve to share the same planet with decent folk. Ian Bragg provides solutions, resolving problems for those who can afford to pay his price. When Ian meets the woman with sparkling green eyes, everything changes. Balancing a personal life with a career that can’t ever be public creates challenges that can't be spoken aloud. Ian meets his new world head on, determined to have it all.

The world has other ideas and a different plan for the man called Ian Bragg.

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Dead men tell no tales.  I can make them talk. An echo remains in the blood. I can tap into it. I can speak to the dead. It might be dangerous, but what choice do I have?

The vampire king might be in hell, but he still desires me.
He'll stop at nothing to make me his.
I refused to be his queen on earth.

Does he really think he can compel me to become his queen in hell?

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Mess with a werewolf, prepare to get bit. Mess with my patients, prepare to die.

The Witch of Endor went too far.  It was one thing when she warped my mind, but now she's threatening the health and lives of my patients. Is it wrong to kill someone who is supposed to be dead, anyway?  I'm done debating the ethics of it all. It's time for the witch to die.

The Vilokan Asylum of the Magically and Mentally Deranged is a paranormal romp, diving into a world of voodoo, werewolves, vampires, and magic. Dr. Cain is a snarky werewolf, an Old Testament character brought to life in a modern day fantasy setting. Readers of Monroe's Legacy of a Vampire Witch or The Legend of Nyx have met Dr. Cain before. Now, we get a deeper look into the world of magic and mayhem that is the Vilokan Asylum.

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WHEREVER YOU LOOK, LIFE AND DEATH STARE YOU IN THE FACE.

From Book One Fight for Life and Death:

Fountain of Youth, or Valley of Death? One missile fired at Earth. One political decision could change the future of mankind when apocalypse happened.

Fighting hard, multiple countries band together to successfully pause the apocalypse.

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With nothing in their future, Former US Marine Charles, ex-SAS Booker, and ex-Australian Army Roo decide to give the Zoo a shot. Without the contacts, without backing, without knowing what they are getting into, they scramble to get their foot in the door to even make rent in one of the most dangerous areas in the world. With high rewards comes high risk. Can they learn on the job, where failure means death? Relying on their training, they will scratch, claw, and take the most dangerous jobs to prove themselves, but will it be enough? Can they fight the establishment and the Zoo at the same time? And what the heck’s up with that puppy they found?

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The Freedom Conspiracy:

A conspiracy that spans the solar system!

Joel McCowan lives with his father, a mining consultant on the Moon base. But why does a simple mining consultant make so many mysterious journeys around the Moon, back to Earth, and to other solar system colonies? Then Joel’s father sends him a coded message and a warning—and vanishes. Taking refuge with his high-school friend Cary, Joel is attacked by ominous men in black, and he and Cary are on a wild chase to the Moon port, then back to Earth, to Mars, and even Mercury. All in search of Joel’s missing father. Will they survive a conspiracy that extends across the solar system and to the highest levels of government …a terrible threat that could change the future of Earth and its colonies.

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In book one, Lonnie Gentry, life has not been easy for young cowboy Lonnie Gentry. He and his mother live alone, working hard on their remote Colorado mountain ranch. Now the thirteen-year-old must travel over perilous mountains to return money stolen by his mother's outlaw boyfriend. It's a man’s job. And it’s going to take a man – and the woman the man loves – to see it through. In The Curse of Skull Canyon, everyone in the Never Summer Mountains knows about the ancient Indian curse on Skull Canyon in the highest, remotest reaches of the range, not far from the ranch young Lonnie Gentry shares with his mother and infant half-brother. When a man’s agonized wail lures him into the canyon, he finds a youth only a few years older than himself dying from a gunshot wound. Later, when savage men pour into the remote canyon, apparently searching for something they’re willing to kill for, Lonnie learns the extent of Skull Canyon’s horror.

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Lost in time–and the only way home for this gunsmith is on a river of blood.

Boothenay Irons, to her own bewilderment, is the possessor of a mysterious power. By profession a gunsmith, there is something within her that answers to the history held within an antique gun. Not only can she hear its story, she is sometimes able to go back in time and interact with its history.

Blood, as she comes to realize, is the road that carries her between times. Her strange ability began as a teenager while restoring an old gun. She slipped into a trance and witnessed an event in the weapon's history. Later she was drawn closer and found herself back in time where the guns story was unfolding, and she was no longer herself…but instead she became the person holding the gun….

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The SFWA Magical Mysteries Bundle – Curated by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association

What Am I Doing Here?Have you ever had one of those days where you just stopped and thought: What Am I Doing Here? In this StoryBundle we put a fantasy spin on that with a host of books where the main characters ask themselves exactly that. What am I doing here? And hey…wait…was that magic? And what’s that strange beast with the big claws that’s trying to murder me? Join us for a series of outstanding stories featuring protagonists that find themselves in new and exciting worlds full of magic.SFWA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting, advancing, and supporting science fiction and fantasy writing in the United States and elsewhere. For this bundle the SFWA Independent Authors Committee had the pleasure of sorting through over a hundred excellent books as we narrowed our selection down to the ones we thought you’d like the most.Featured books include The Sister Paradox by the great Jack Campbell where a young man who thought he was an only child learns that he has a sword-wielding sister. Right as she drags him off into a world of magic. We’ve got the exellent Sorrow and Joy by D.R. Perry featuring a goth lion shifter and a girl named Mavis Merlini who just wants to keep her head down and get through school. Good luck with that. In Darin Kennedy’s Pawn’s Gambit Yesterday was just another day at the office for Steven Bauer. Today, he is the White Pawn, a combatant in a nightmarish game of chess where people are the pieces and the world is at stake. In The Dragon’s Playlist by Laura Bickle, down-on-her-luck Di discovers a dragon living in the coal mines of West Virginia.These books and six more are sure to thrill and entertain you for countless hours.
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Did you gain an hour of reading this weekend?

Tabitha here,

It's the last week until we're all gone to Vegas. And it won't just be the authors, but a lot of the staff and authors we share books from on Wednesday will be there too. We've got a few swag pieces to giveaway at RAVE (Readers and Authors Vegas Event) a week from Friday and a bunch of other things going on.

If you're attending RAVE, which authors are you looking forward to meeting?

We've had a few new series this month and you got a sneak peek of one of those on Friday and today we have another sneak peek.​​​​​

I have 5 amazing books launching this week, which includes two new series. And one of those new series released this morning. That's a great way to start the week!

Enjoy!

This Week's New Releases

Sign Your Fears Away e-book coverTitle: Sign Your Fears Away
Series: The Agent Operative Book 1
Release Date: 11/07/2022

Norah Wintry is a Witch with a dream job. A Hollywood agent getting magical actors’ parts in blockbuster films.

It’s a niche field with unique problems. Somebody gets shrunk down to toadstool size and suddenly everyone’s upset. Welcome to L.A.

No worries. Norah will fix it.

She has a great family, a crackerjack assistant, and her business is taking off.

Until things start going wrong.

Actors are being injured, magic is causing accidents, and someone is hunting down former Silver Griffin Agents.

Which makes it her business. Her parents are Silver Griffin agents in hiding.

Norah never intended to get involved in her parent’s line of work. Whole other kind of agent – with real weapons and injuries that are harder to fix.

But someone is muscling in on her business and maybe her life.

Can Norah figure out who’s hurting magicals in Hollywood, reverse a curse on her roommate, and save her company? How about just stay alive?

Title: Dragon Seeking
Series: Dragon Apparent Book 2
Release Date: 11/08/2022

With Anthony gone, Scarlet and Ben are left to figure out what he died for.

On top of that, Scarlet has to get used to living in the dragon city of Detaris. Being an infamous red dragon only makes that harder.

Nothing is ever simple, and they may be in as much danger as Anthony was.

Can Scarlet figure out what Anthony’s journals are trying to tell her while also navigating the strange new world of dragons? Or are there too many obstacles stacked against her?

New allies come out of the shadows to aid her in her quest for answers.

Scarlet needs their help, but trusting them is another matter. Do they have ulterior motives to befriend her, or are their offers of assistance genuine?

Most importantly, can she figure out who she is?

Title: One King of a Problem
Series: Rise of the Grandmaster Series Book 12
Release Date: 11/08/2022

Duke Ravenstorm makes her play to take over the Kingdom of Eternia with Vitaria’s help.

Note: This book was previously published as part of the megabook The Eyes of Prophecy.

With the King on the road to recovery, does the Duke stand a chance?

Prince Desmond begins to suspect that there is something wrong with the newly awakened King. His father is acting differently, but what can he do about it? Challenging the King is treason.

Meanwhile, a death at the palace has everyone in the kingdom on edge. Desmond must get to the bottom of the mystery, but he can’t do it by himself. He needs the Blue Dagger Society’s help once again.

Tim and his friends accept the quest and enter the mythical lands of Cronos in search of answers to the King’s condition. 

To make it to Cronos, the group must face down her most loyal followers. This will be a whole new test for them against enemies with unique powers.

Will Tim and his friends be able to defeat Cronos and save the Kingdom of Eternia? Or will the strongest boss they’ve faced have one final trick up her sleeve?

Drafted e-book coverTitle: Drafted
Series: Para-Military Recruiter Book 1
Release Date: 11/09/2022

Julie Meadows is down on her luck when she receives an e-mail drafting her into the Official Para-Military Agency.

She didn’t expect “para” to mean paranormal. Her partner is an Aether Elf prince, her boss is a Were…something, and the IT department is staffed by literal trolls.

The prospect of a steady job and financial security draws her into a world filled with every myth and legend she’s ever read about.

Julie dives into the magical, mystical, and downright fantastic when she and her partner, Taylor are tasked with finding new recruits for the Agency.

The problem? Julie is human, and the cost of failing to find a recruit is her life.

With the help of Taylor and a snarky mystical artifact, Julie races against the clock to avoid a killer mind-wipe.

Should she succeed, her place at OPMA will be secure. If she fails, avoiding her mom’s insistence on the health benefits of aloe vera juice won’t be a problem anymore.

Either way, her life will never be the same again.

Title: Savage Harbinger
Series: Chooser of the Slain Book 4
Release Date: 11/11/2022

Valerie Kearie’s jobs have been hard and fast lately. Now Valerie and Jake have one project that doesn’t get solved quickly.

This project needs a deft technological touch—so Hawk joins the team.

Can Valerie keep her secret with the most inquisitive Jarl right next to her?

One of Valerie’s favorite teammates is targeted by an International criminal organization.

When one of his former associates is executed, the team scrambles to save his life.

Will they be able to save him in time?

Finally, the fates have smiled on Valerie.

One of her most hated enemies had to come to the United States.

Will Valerie be able to find Cleopatra and get the reckoning Valkyrie desperately wants?

When the Chooser of the Slain is on an operation, everyone needs to keep their wits about them.

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Can't a girl just meet a nice guy, enjoy a dinner date, and not be attacked on the way home? The answer for Julie is, not today.

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Can't a girl just meet a nice guy, enjoy a dinner date, and not be attacked on the way home? The answer for Julie is, not today.


 

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It was going so well until the check came.

Julie would almost say she liked Sam when he made his way to her through the bar, which was crowded for a Wednesday night. She clutched the stem of her wineglass for fortitude as she watched him approach. He looked like his profile pic on the dating website she’d used: tall, slender, fussily combed black hair. Not smoking hot, but when you were a nobody looking for love in the big city, adequate would have to do, and he was.

He paused a short distance from the bar and glanced up and down. His eyes eventually fixed on her. “Julie? Julie Meadows?”

“That’s me.” Julia slipped off the bar stool and extended a hand.

“Don’t get up.” He gripped her outstretched hand and, instead of shaking it, gave it a strange little nod as though he wanted to kiss it. “I’m Sam.”

“It’s nice to meet you.” Julie cursed inwardly. Way to go, Julie. Excellent choice of words. “Uh… you want a drink?”

“That’s okay. I was hoping we’d get straight to dinner.” He smiled.

Well, why offer to meet me at a bar, then? Julie pushed the testy thought aside and ensured her chirpy smile stayed in place. “Okay! Sounds good. Where did you want to go?”

“How about La Rose Dansante?”

Julie almost choked on a sip of her wine. She set it down slowly, eyeing Sam. “You like seafood?”

“It has the best lobster thermidor in the city.” He smiled, and two adorable dimples appeared on his cheeks.

Those dimples. They made Julie want to forget that, while she might like lobster thermidor as much as anyone, her budget would argue ramen noodles were more her speed.

“We’ll go in my car,” Sam offered, his smile widening. “My treat.”

In that case, Julie wasn’t in a position to give up free food. She grinned. “Sounds good to me.”

He extended a gallant arm to her as though it was the nineteenth century, and Julie permitted herself a small giggle as she threaded her arm through his and allowed herself to be escorted across the bar. She liked the feeling of Sam’s sleeve under her fingers. His suit was well-cut, and the fabric had a rich, expensive thickness.

When they stepped into the warm summer night, a constellation of city lights above their heads, Sam’s car was waiting by the curb. It was a sleek, low thing, purring with speed even when it wasn’t moving. Sam led her to the passenger side and opened the door.

“Well, I’m getting the royal treatment tonight,” Julie joked, then immediately cursed herself again.

He gave her another dimply smile. “Just being a gentleman.”

It did seem like he was a gentleman. He played quiet classical music on the drive to La Rose Dansante and talked about travel and the weather. When they reached the restaurant—complete with red carpets, crystal chandeliers, and free breadsticks—Sam held the door and pulled out her chair. Julie did her best to play the part of the elegant little date, too. The conversation flowed (as did the wine), the lobster thermidor was excellent as far as she could tell, and everything seemed boring but fine.

Until Julie stared at Sam across the table with the check lying between them.

“Excuse me?” she managed in a strangled whisper.

“I said, should I ask him to bring a card machine?” Sam raised an eyebrow at her. “I’ve got cash for my half.”

She gaped from him to the check and back. Then the total at the bottom, a sum so large the lobster thermidor in her stomach threatened to reappear.

“You don’t mind splitting the check, do you?” Sam prompted.

“I…guess I don’t.” Not usually, but if she’d known they’d split the check, she would never have agreed to come here.

“Great.” Sam grinned. “I’m all for people paying their way. So, cash or card?”

“Card,” croaked Julie, who hadn’t carried that much cash since she left home. Ugh, home. Mom was going to have a field day when she learned about this.

Dry-mouthed, she unlocked her phone under the table and checked if she had enough money in her account to cover half of the bill. The digits glowing cheerfully on the screen would be just enough.

The waiter accepted their payments, and Sam offered her his arm to lead her from the warm restaurant with a now-queasy bellyful of lobster. “So…” he began as they stepped outside. “Would you, uh, like to head to my place?”

Julie stared up at him. Was he being a jerk by making me think he’d pick up the bill, or was that just me failing to understand people, as usual? She couldn’t decide. “Uh, not tonight.”

“Okay.” Sam shoved his hands into the pockets of his nice suit and shifted his weight. “Well, are you free on Friday?”

“Actually…” Julie sighed. “I had fun and everything, but I don’t think there will be a second date.”

He flinched, then shrugged. “Okay. Thanks anyway.”

“Thanks,” Julie managed and watched him stride toward his car without offering her a ride home. Another tick in the “jerk” column, I guess.

She pulled out her phone and opened her navigation app. She was seven blocks from home. She didn’t have the budget left for an Uber after The Dancing Rose had taken its pound of flesh. Nothing like a long, lonely walk home through Brooklyn in the dark after a disastrous date.

Stuffing her hands into her coat pockets against the early-spring chill, Julie hunched her shoulders and headed downtown, her boots ringing on the pavement. Why do I have to be so bad at people? Things would be so much easier if she could read them better.

As she traipsed along, the restaurants, car showrooms, and upmarket malls around her gave way to seedy tenant buildings and smoky little bodegas. Graffiti splashed the walls, loud and colorful and profane. The knots in Julie’s shoulders unraveled a little. Still, she glanced down dark doorways as she passed them and tugged at the short skirt of her one-and-only decent dress to cover a little more skin.

That didn’t stop a scruffy figure leaning against the wall outside a gas station from wolf-whistling as she passed. She ignored him and continued briskly to the overpass ahead that marked the corner of her home block, but she slipped one hand into the inside pocket of her coat and closed it over the little bottle she’d hidden there.

“Hey, sexy!” the man called again from behind her. “Where you goin’ in such a hurry?”

Julie forced herself not to quicken her step, but she quietly uncapped the bottle in her pocket.

“Hold up a minute.” The man’s footsteps were loud behind her. “I just wanna talk to you.”

She was just a few yards from the overpass, and a huge figure detached from the bottom of the bridge and stepped out in front of her.

“Hey,” growled the massive man. “My friend here wants to talk to you.”

Julie stopped. Well, crap. She swallowed. “I’m not in the mood for talking.”

“I can think of something else we could do,” said the person behind her.

Julie turned. The scruffy man wore a loose-lipped leer. There was a fruity stench to his breath, and as he stared at her, he scratched at one scabby arm.

“You don’t want to do this.” She tried to keep the quaver from her voice.

“Oh, I think he does.” The big man behind her chuckled. “I think I want to, too.”

“You’ll regret it,” Julie snapped. She clenched her fist over the bottle. “Lay a finger on me, and you’ll both be sorry.”

“Oooh, I’m scared!” mocked the disheveled man, holding up both hands. “Don’t hurt me!”

The big man laughed and stepped nearer and Julie whipped around, ripping the bottle from her pocket. “Don’t make me use this!” she screamed.

He stopped, blinking at the bottle in the faint glow of a grubby streetlight. “Uh, Scents of Paradise Room Spray, with notes of orchid and macadamia?”

Julie rolled her eyes. “It’s the only bottle I had, okay? But that’s not what’s in it.” She stepped closer and jabbed him. “This bottle contains alcohol, vegetable oil, and powdered Carolina Reaper, the hottest pepper in the world.” She rested a finger on the trigger. “One spritz of this will make police tear gas seem like a spa day.”

The man’s eyes widened, and he stepped back. “You think I haven’t been pepper-sprayed before?”

“Get it together, Pete,” barked the ratty man. Julie heard feet shuffling behind her and spun. She backed away in time to avoid being grabbed. The scruffy man sneered. “In case you hadn’t noticed, sweetheart, I ain’t had many spa days recently. I think I can handle your little concoction.”

“Wanna bet?” Julie growled.

“Leave her, Greg,” Pete hissed. “She’s gonna fight. We’ll grab another.”

 Greg stepped nearer, hands fisted. Julie held up the spray.

“Seriously. She’s gonna get us into trouble,” yelped Pete.

“You bet I am!” Julie snapped.

Greg glanced from the bottle to her and back. Then he stepped away, laughing. “I’m just messin’ with ya. Go on, then.”

Julie gave him a last glare and backed away, keeping the spray bottle in her hand. Pete watched with apprehension.

“Run along home, scared little rabbit!” Greg called.

Julie spun on her heel, resisting the urge to run with all the willpower she could muster, and strode away. She waited until she was safely around the corner and out of sight, then she carefully replaced the cap on the bottle, returned it to her pocket, leaned against a wall, covered her face with her hands, and allowed herself thirty seconds of freaking out.

“Crap, that was close,” she breathed, her heart hammering. Her hands shook against her face. “That was so freaking close.”

She tipped her head against the wall and stared at the skyline, its bright windows glimmering in the place of stars veiled by smog or clouds. What a night.

It was a good thing those two goons hadn’t made her use the spray. They had no idea she hadn’t figured out how to get more of the spray onto her target than herself.

She pushed off the wall and walked home, keeping one hand on the little bottle in her pocket.




 

Julie handled that situation pretty well, especially after having to pay half of a ridiculously expensive dinner. There might be more to Julie than just a single girl in the city. Find out on November 7th when Para-Military Recruiter Book 1: Drafted is released. Head over to Amazon and pre-order it today.

 

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