New cover – Angel in Armani

Well, now that my cover has been launched over on Heroes and Heartbreakers, I can share it here too.

Check out this bad boy, coming to you December 30 2014, making this year officially the year of many books by moi.

Angel in Armani

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Audio and titles and dates, oh my!

So, a few bits and pieces of news to report (which is better than lions and tigers and bears).

Thing, the first. The new fantasy book has a title. It’s called THE SHATTERED COURT and will be out sometime in 2015. This is the start of a whole new series, with magic and demons and secrets and feats of derring-do and romance. I’ll be finishing writing it over the next few months, so looking forward to finding out exactly how all that works out.

Thing, the second. The New York Saints series will be coming out in audiobook! Yay! I love audiobooks, so am very excited by this. As far as I know, this will be at the same time, or shortly after the books themselves are released but will update as I can.

Thing, the third. Speaking of dates, the schedule for the New York Saints books is currently:

  • THE DEVIL IN DENIM 26 August 2014
  • ANGEL IN ARMANI January 2015 (Amazon says December 30 2014…I’ll confirm the exact date when I can)
  • LAWLESS IN LEATHER May 2015 (Exact date TBD)

So there you have it. News. And a schedule which is the reason why this blog is a bit quiet lately! And to leave you, a gratuitous picture of the Fuzzy Girl being earnestly excited by all this news.

Fuzzy Excitement

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Ever wanted to ask me a question?

Well, here’s a chance to hang out online.

On Friday 16 May (starting 3PM Central, which is about 6am Saturday here in Australia), I’ll be hanging out at Bitten By Books, answering questions and talking about Fire Kin, the Half-Light City and whatever else takes our fancy. And I’ll be giving away $80 in Amazon gift cards. I’ll be there most of the day/evening (US time) so, Aussies you don’t have to get up quite so early.

It’s going to be fun, so check out the Bitten By Books post to get the details and RSVP.

Fire Kin cover

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Fire Kin for your reading pleasure

Fire Kin is out today! Available at all good bookstores etc etc. If you read it and like it, tell your friends (or you know, everyone!) : )

Fire Kin cover

And to celebrate the unleashing of Fen and Saskia on the world, I’m giving away some books. Four lucky people can win their choice of Iron Kin, Shadow Kin or Blood Kin. Just email me mel @ mjscott.net and tell me who your favourite Half-Light character is to enter. And if anyone is intrepid enough to send me a pic of Fire Kin out in the wild, there may be some special bonus prizes.

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The final Fire Kin snippet

Which is also the final Half-Light City snippet. Four books later and the story is done. At least for now (because you know, never say never).

So have a snippet from our hero.

Having gleaned what I could for now, I turned my attention from the Fae to my surroundings. I was still shielding my power, but despite that, I could feel the song of the court and the Veiled World itself. Feel the slow, ancient pulse of the magic that ran beneath it. All that lazy power there to be used, ready to leap to my call.

It stood the hairs on the back of my neck on end and I was very glad that this was the second time I’d been to Summerdale rather than the first since my exile. This time, it wasn’t quite so seductive and I didn’t feel quite so drunk with it.

There was still a certain amount of temptation to let it run through me and wreak some old-fashioned havoc, but that would only lead to more trouble. The aim today was to stay alive.

One more sleep!

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The look of Fire Kin

So only a couple more days until Fire Kin is out. I start every book by doing a collage to try and get how the story (or the spark of the idea) feels in my head into an image I can use while I’m writing to remind myself what I’m trying to do.

FireKincollage

This is how Fire Kin started out in my head.

And this is what it will look like out in the real world on Tuesday!

fire-kin

This is the point where I start chewing my nails ….

 

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Another snippet

The countdown continues (May 6 is getting very close). So have another Fire Kin snippet.

 

“Veil’s eyes, Father is right. You are impossible.”

“Yes, but you like me anyway.” He stepped closer. Too close. Too near in the falling dark and the soft air, with the first hints of starlight above us. This night was the stuff of lovers’ trysts. Nothing that I wanted any part of with Ash. Even if his nearness made the hairs on my arms lift and set butterflies floating idly through my stomach.

“Don’t flatter yourself.”

“Deny it,” he challenged.

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A hero who didn’t forget

And if Bryony doesn’t want to remember, Asharic has never quite forgotten. So this one is a song for him.  You can check out the full soundtrack for Fire Kin  on the website.


 

Five days to go!

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A heroine determined not to remember

So Bryony and Ash have a past. One she’d rather forget. The full soundtrack for Fire Kin is up on the website but this song is one that sums up Bryony and Ash from her viewpoint.

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A snippet and a reminder

Fire Kin is out in a week (May 6).

And here’s a snippet to whet the appetite:

“Liam,” I said. “It’s good to see you.”

He smiled back at me, eyes startlingly green in his dark face. “And you, Lady Bryony.”

I studied him a moment. He looked tired but, underneath the fatigue, somehow changed by his travels. He’d been bowed down with grief at the death of a girl he couldn’t protect when he was sent on his mission. Apparently that hurt had receded a little. Also, he met my gaze without a blush. Which was another welcome improvement. He was growing up, this young knight.

“How is your arm after your journey?” I let my gaze fall to the shortened left sleeve of his tunic, which bared the stump of his arm. Simon and I had been unable to save his forearm—torn to shreds by the teeth of a Beast, and it was a failing that pained me.

“It’s fine, my lady,” he said firmly, shifting his stance so his right side was nearer to me.

I accepted his explanation, for now. He had never admitted to pain, not even in the earliest days after his amputation. I made a note to send one of the healers to check him later.

“They sent me to escort you,” Liam continued.

“Are we to meet in Father Cho’s office?” I asked, respecting his change of subject.

“In the conference room. I’ll take you there.”

He led the way, though I knew the route all too well. There had been too many conferences with the Templars and the human council these last few months. I probably could have found my way to the conference room in my sleep.

A babble of noise as we approached the room told me that I wasn’t the only one who’d been summoned.

But as I stepped through the door and saw the man who stood beside Guy DuCaine, tall and sleekly muscled with night dark hair and dark gray eyes set in a face I had tried my best to forget, I only wanted to turn around and run.

But if you haven’t started the Half-Light City series, here’s a quick reminder.

Book 1 is Shadow Kin

More info (including excerpts) here.

Book 2 is Blood Kin


More info (including excerpts) here.

Book 3 is Iron Kin

Iron Kin cover

More info (including excerpts) here.

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