My anthology The World Ends at Five and Other Stories is free on Amazon today through July 1, so go grab it! (Note that it’s only available in Kindle format.)
A blind teen seeks a place in the kingdom. A dragon seer journeys to Wintermill to spy on the queen. A sword master’s worst fear comes true when he fails to protect the royal family. A king falls in love with an herb witch, but will she feel the same way? A hunter will rise to the challenge to hunt down a man-eating monster.
Short stories in this collection: “Blind Scribe,” “Dragon Spy,” “Sword Master,” “Courting Magic,” and “Monster Hunter”
Dallan counted his steps as his mama and he weaved through the busy streets of Foxwick. Twenty-six, twenty-seven. They’d passed the fruit stand and were now farther into Foxwick than he’d ever been in his fifteen summers. People, just moving shadows, brushed against his shoulder. He scrunched toward Mama to make his lanky frame smaller. The odor of sweat and manure combated the more pleasant scents of flowers and baking bread. A bead of sweat trickled into his hairline, and he longed for the comfort of their small house.
“Keep up, Dallan.” Mama’s skirts brushed against his pants’ legs.
“Where are you taking me?” He clung to her arm and dragged his feet. They’d gone too far. The shadows darkened, as if the sun had slipped behind the horizon, and he had no clue where he was now.
She halted mid-step before yanking him forward. “I do not wish to do this, but we have little c-choice.”
“Do what, Mama?” He wanted to dig his heels into the pavement and halt their progress. Had she decided he was more trouble than he was worth? Times were tough, and he was such little help. He tried to plow straight—despite counting his steps and placing one foot in front of the other—but he often tripped over the rocky soil. He tried cooking, but he couldn’t even boil water without scorching it. Though he wasn’t too bad as a tailor because he could count stitches and feel where he needed to go, he still needed guidance.
She pulled him closer. Rough stone rubbed against his arm through his thin shirt. A sob hitched in Mama’s throat as she emitted a mouse-like squeak. She embraced him tightly and then smoothed his damp hair from his face. “My sweet boy, I’m so, so sorry.”
“What’s wrong?” His heart pounded like a horse galloping across an open field, each hoof beating the ground in a frantic rhythm.
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00D7ORVGM
Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17732987-men-of-foxwick
About the Author:
A self-proclaimed bookworm, Cherie Reich is a speculative fiction writer, freelance editor, book blogger, and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her books include the horror series Nightmare, a space fantasy trilogy titled Gravity, and a fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles. She is Vice President of Valley Writers and a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Untethered Realms.
Her debut YA Epic Fantasy novel Reborn, book one in The Fate Challenges, will be released on May 23, 2014.
Mailing List: http://eepurl.com/j3D5X (She’s giving away Smashwords coupons for a free copy of Women of Foxwick to newsletter subscribers.)
If you haven’t picked it up yet, my contemporary fantasy novel The K-Pro is free on Amazon today through June 3rd. (Kindle version only.) It’s a quick read and the perfect light weight for summer. So go grab it now!
Thanks to the 570 readers for entering to win a free, signed copy of The K-Pro! Congrats to Patricia P., Megan N. and Amy D. I’ll be personalizing copies for you soon! And I hope others of you will still consider buying—or even borrowing, which can be done for free on Kindle—a copy over at Amazon. It’s available in all regions.
And if you’re still hoping to get something for nothing, there’s time yet to enter to win Christine Rains’ 13th Floor series!
I’m honored to be one of the featured authors for W4WS. If you’re here to grab some Tweets or Facebook statuses to share, there is a selection of them below. Some are for my contemporary fantasy novel The K-Pro and some are for my novella St. Peter in Chains (which has been my A–Z theme for April). Thank you so much, fellow authors, for your support!
TWEETS FOR K-PRO
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TWEETS FOR ST. PETER IN CHAINS
Intelligence agent Peter Stoller falls in love and faces the consequences. ST PETER IN CHAINS ebook http://tinyurl.com/cmht8nw #W4WS
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The screenplay won an award. Now read the novella: ST PETER IN CHAINS http://tinyurl.com/cmht8nw And look for the sequel in June! #W4WS
FACEBOOK STATUS UPDATES FOR THE K-PRO
Greek and Roman gods in human form infiltrate a modern-day movie set in this twist on the traditional fairy godmother/genie story. Beta readers likened it to “Neil Gaiman for girls.” THE K-PRO by M Pepper Langlinais. Read the first chapter free at http://thekpro.com – @Writers4Writers
Praise for THE K-PRO by M Pepper Langlinais: “A charming, well-written, well-plotted book” & “the characters are easy to fall in love with.” Visit M’s site at http://pepperwords.com for more! @Writers4Writers
FACEBOOK STATUS UPDATES FOR ST. PETER IN CHAINS
No one has ever made an impact on Peter’s heart the way Charles does. But what will be the ultimate cost? As an Intelligence agent, Peter’s work is sensitive—and secret. So when Charles is accused of espionage, Peter must decide whether to let his heart or head lead him. Read the novella from which the award-winning screenplay was adapted: ST PETER IN CHAINS by M Pepper Langlinais: http://tinyurl.com/cmht8nw And look for the sequel coming in June! @Writers4Writers
You’ve been reading their A–Z travel adventures on PepperWords.com. Now see how they met and fell in love. Just 99 cents on Amazon this week! ST PETER IN CHAINS by M Pepper Langlinais: http://tinyurl.com/cmht8nw And then be ready for the sequel in June! @Writers4Writers
Grab ’em and go! And thanks again!
Oh, and THE E-BOOK VERSION OF K-PRO & ST. PETER IN CHAINS ARE 99 CENTS ON AMAZON THROUGH FRIDAY!
The big day has arrived! You can now get your copy of The K-Pro in a variety of formats:
Or read the first chapter for free here!
Andra Martineau is no ordinary young woman. She’s a Klêidouchos Propylaia (K-Pro for short), which means she has the unique ability to help certain people get exactly what they want. And Andra is good at her job—her clients have gone on to become a veritable who’s who of the rich and famous.
David Styles is an up-and-coming actor with everything going for him: looks, talent, and countless beautiful women vying for his attention. But when Andra turns up in his bed demanding to know what he wants, his perfect world starts to spiral out of control. And it’s not just his reputation on the line—what David doesn’t know can certainly harm him, in ways he couldn’t possibly begin to imagine.
With the help of David’s incorrigible costar, Andra begins to realize not only her own true nature, but David’s hidden identity as well. Andra is forced to battle not only her attraction to David (and she never gets involved with clients), but the being within him that wants to take away everything she holds dear.
As David continues to lose himself to the strengthening form within him, Andra navigates the jealousies of the film’s director and David’s would-be paramour in an effort to save him.
She can make others’ wishes come true . . . But can she grant her own?
Funny, readable, and populated with a host of entertaining personalities, The K-Pro is a fast-paced contemporary fantasy with a touch of romance.
So far the reviews have been good, too:
“I’d recommend “The K-Pro” to readers of contemporary fiction whether or not they’re fans of fantasy—this isn’t fantasy in the “quest through a made-up world” sense, but in the sense that it takes our own world and douses it in a little magic. This is a charming, well-written and well-plotted book that makes me look forward to more by this author.” –Erica Lucas
“This novel has everything that you want in a good fantasy novel . . . The characters are easy to fall in love with.” –J. Hollister
And once you’ve bought your copy of The K-Pro, please hop over to Christine Rains’ blog. She’s helping me celebrate this release by hosting an article I’ve written about my adventures in self-publishing. It’s been quite the learning curve, but it helps to have a marketer in the family. Still, even if you don’t have personal access to a marketing guru, I give a few tips for self-publishing success. So go take a look!
Christine Rains’ 13th Floor series will combine two in one when the next installment releases on May 13 with “1305 & 1306: The Oracle and the Vampire.” Here’s the cover:
Having fallen for her gorgeous neighbor might not be so bad if Harriet McKay wasn’t in her hideous banshee form every time Kiral saw her. Such is her curse. True, he’s a vampire struggling with a drug addiction, but he’s a good soul. Yet no one could love a cursed witch, especially one not even her cats respect.
After having a vision of Kiral’s death, Harriet makes it her mission to save him. Never before has she attempted to change fate, but so strong is her love.
How can Harriet convince Kiral to see past her vile appearance and return her love? If only she can force him to listen to reason coming from a raving crone, perhaps she can save him from the demons hunting him and from himself.
About Christine Rains
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy! player. When she’s not writing or reading, she having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She’s a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She has six novellas and twenty short stories published.
You can now pick up The K-Pro, the anthology The World Ends at Five, and “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of Ichabod Reed” on Kobo. In a few weeks, St. Peter in Chains will also be available in a variety of formats as well. I’m adding links to the Shop page as things progress, so keep checking there to see what’s where.