Days of the Dead 2015: More Covers, More Free Stuff, More Fun!

We are going to celebrate in style this year with excerpts, interviews, book giveaways, sneak peeks at new covers, and more!

Next year will be HUGE fun because I’ll have THREE new books out, plus dozens of short stories. War of Shadows (Ascendant Kingdoms #3), a second Deadly Curiosities novel, and Iron and Blood, the new steampunk series co-written with my husband, Larry N. Martin. Plus dozens of new short stories and new anthologies. Fun!

Here’s the deal—different blogs will post my guest articles on different days. Make the rounds, enter the contests, be entertained and grab some fun freebies!

What kind of freebies? I’ll have two different Goodreads giveaways, one for Reign of Ash and one for Deadly Curiosities. Sprinkled along with the guest blog posts are links to excerpts for all my books and short stories, plus DOZENS of links to books and short stories by author friends of mine. Enough to keep you reading for quite a while!

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 and follow me @GailZMartin on Twitter!

Here’s where to get the goodies:

  •  — Check back here to find an updated list of links to new interviews and excerpts.
  •  — ‘Coming Up in 2015’ — all about the new books, new short stories, new conventions and new anthologies you can look forward to next year!
  •  — a blog post on my favorite scary stories
  • Literate Liquors podcast—John Hartness talks about what to drink while ready my new Deadly Curiosities!
  • Free Deadly Curiosities computer wallpaper:
  • — What’s coming up with the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, both with War of Shadows and the fourth book, Shadow and Flame. And, a sneak peek at the cover for War of Shadows!
  •  — A drawing for 8 free copies of Reign of Ash from 10/24 – 10/30, then a drawing for 8 free copies of Deadly Curiosities from 11/1 – 11/15, and an open Q&A session on my author page—ask me anything!
  • Special 50% off discount just for Days of the Dead on all Double-Dragon Publishing ebooks 10/24-10/31 use “GAILROX” code
  • Join my email list ( or “like” my Winter Kingdoms Facebook page between 10/24 and 10/31 to be entered for a chance to win some of my Deadly Curiosities Adventures or Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures short stories
  •  — A guest blog from me on Why I Write for Anthologies
  •  — A blog post on The Hardest Part of Writing Multiple Series
  •  — I delve deep into Iron and Blood with some thoughts about a city that is tailor-made for steampunk.
  • SitWriteBleed — on Heroes Come in All Shapes and Sizes
  •  — on What’s ahead for the Deadly Curiosities book series
  • Kelly Harmon’s blog on What’s Next in the Jonmarc Vahanian Stories
  • Vonnie Winslow Crist’s blog on Voodoo and Hoodoo
  • Scribbling Lion on New Dangers Ahead for the Deadly Curiosities Adventures short stories
  • Danielle Ackley-McPhail’s blog — on The Sound and Fury short stories—looking forward to Iron and Blood
  • Day Al-Mohamad’s blog – on Writing the Epic Series
  • Catherine Lundoff’s blog on Women in Steampunk
  • SFBokhandlen on Kickstarter Publishing and the New Publishing Paradigm
  •  on Traditional Publishing, Self-Publishing, and the Pro Writer
  • Speculative Scotsman on Short Fiction in the New Publishing Reality
  • Dave Brendon – What Characters Do Between Books
  • The Writer’s Lens — on Using Real People and Places in Fiction
  • Mass Movement Magazine — I’ll be talking about the Pittsburgh history that never was
  • The Qwillery — My anthology round-up and the story behind the stories
  • My Bookish Ways – on Keeping the Supernatural Real
  • Beauty in Ruins — on the indulging my dark side and what scares me
  • The Book Plank — on how I define necromancy and how it works in my series
  • Spec Hub — on how and why magic works in my series
  • New excerpts on Wattpad—Bad Blood, Collector and Bad Memories


  • Snap up some never-before-seen excerpts from Iron and Blood, War of Shadows and my most recent Jonmarc Vahanian and Deadly Curiosities short stories, Collector, Bad Blood and Bad Memories.
  • 50% off Double-Dragon Publishing ebooks just for the Days of the Dead!
  • Silence in the Library Publishing excerpt links to stories from the Athena’s Daughters and Heroes anthologies (my stories plus other contributors).
  • Dark Oak Books chipped in links to stories in the Big Bad 2, Realms of Imagination and Dreams of Steel 5 anthologies (again, my stories plus others) and some of their recent releases.
  • Dark Quest Books also kicks in links to some stories from the With Great Power anthology and books by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Day Al-Mohammad and more!
  • Look for links from the Clockwork Universe anthology
  • Spence City Press added some more excerpt goodies
  • Links to excerpts from some of my author friends, including Jon Sprunk, John Hartness, Darin Kennedy, Stuart Jaffe, Tally Johnson, Michael Ventrella, L. Jagi Lamplighters, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Day Al-Mohamed, and lots more!
  • Free computer wallpaper with the Deadly Curiosities cover art
  • Two Goodreads giveaways!

With so much good stuff going on, it’s going to take a week just to get through it all! What are you waiting for? Dive in and help me celebrate the Days of the Dead!




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