For any fan of the supernatural, this week is the best time of the year. Samhain, All Hallow’s Eve, Halloween, Dia De Los Muertos all in one week—what’s not to love?
What’s up this year? For starters, Ice Forged—the first book in my new Ascendant Kingdoms series—will launch January 8. It’s available now for pre-order, but you can read four different excerpts for free on my Days of the Dead partner sites—and three sites will be offering giveaways where the lucky winners can get their hands on a copy right away!
I’ve also got two new short stories in two different UK anthologies, Magic: An Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane (from Solaris Books) and The Mammoth Book of Women’s Ghost Stories. And even better, I’ve got free excerpts!
Drawings for signed copies of Ice Forged, so make sure you enter—you can’t win if you don’t play!
What are you waiting for? You can get in on all the Days of the Dead fun on a treasure hunt/Trick-or-Treat just by visiting these sites. And please, “like” my TheWinterKingdoms page on Facebook when you visit to get the goodies!
Here’s where the action is:
- Orbit Books (www.OrbitBooks.net)—book giveaway plus a guest blog post from me on why my new Ascendant Kingdoms Saga is a little darker and edgier than what I’ve done before, and a chapter excerpt from Ice Forged
- Solaris Books (www.SolarisBooks.com)—Author interview about my short story universe, plus an excerpt of my story from the Magic anthology, “Buttons”.
- Magical Words—(www.MagicalWords.net)—A guest blog from me on “When Magic Goes Off the Grid” plus a different excerpt from Ice Forged.
- DoubleDragon Books (http://www.double-dragon-ebooks.com/)—a Q&A with me on “Characters of Questionable Virtue” plus a third different excerpt from Ice Forged.
- Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews—Paranormal Edition 10/28— (http://lauriethoughts-reviews.blogspot.com/) A guest blog post from me on “Why I Still Write About Heroes” and, you guessed it—excerpts!
- SandraSaidak.com—A guest blog post from me on “Middle Ages Crisis—Apocalypse Then” plus excerpts!
- Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist http://fantasyhotlist.blogspot.com/—another chance to win an advance copy of Ice Forged!
- Goodreads—A special author Q&A event—ask me anything! Plus, I’m offering several review copies of Ice Forged—first come, first served! And please friend/subscribe to me! Here’s the discussion: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/82307-q-a-with-gail-z-martin-oct-24—31?utm_medium=api&utm_source=group_widget
- Goodreads giveaway—Try your luck to win a copy of Ice Forged! http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/35959
- The BroadPod (http://broadpod.posterous.com/october-2012-unnatural-and-undead) and GhostInTheMachinePodcast.com—A reading of one of my favorite vampire scenes in The Dread plus a link for an excerpt from The Dread on Ghost in the Machine.
- ChroniclesOfTheNecromancer.com—A special Q&A with me about scarred heroes, and a different chapter excerpt from Ice Forged, and sample chapters from books by several of my author friends! Plus an excerpt from my story, “The Low Road” and more!
- TheWinterKingdoms on Facebook (please “like” my page!) a Q&A with me about where ideas come from, plus the full short story “Vanities” for free!
- DisquietingVisions.com—a blog post on “The Stuff of Nightmares”—the scenes I’ve written that creep me out—and more excerpts!
- Twitter.com/GailZMartin—Links to two more of my short stories, “Steer a Pale Course” and “The Low Road”, plus links to downloads from some more of my awesome author friends!
Remember—each partner site with an excerpt from Ice Forged has a different excerpt!
I’ll end with my favorite childhood blessing: “From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night—good Lord, deliver us!” (Even better, deliver the books so we can read all about it!)