Faeries, Shifters, Angels, Oh My!

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An  excerpt from my current work in progress: Woe for a Faerie – Coming Spring 2016

(With a follow-up novella scheduled for Summer of 2016)

New York at Night - Romance-XL“I found her on the pavement.” Jason’s hands were clasped on the table in front of him. One light illuminated the metal surface. Uncomfortable, he glanced at the darkened corners of the room.

“Just lying on the pavement?”


“Hard to believe.” The officer scrubbed a hand across his stubble.

“I don’t make this stuff up.”

“Where’d she go?”

“I told you I don’t know. Did you find the last one?” Silence met his question. Jason bowed his head, expressing a sigh before murmuring quietly to himself.

When Jason looked up, the officer had raised eyebrows. “Finished?” The word held no irritation.

Jason nodded. “Yes, I need to get back.” The chair scraped loudly across the floor.

“You sure you have nothing to add?”

Jason’s hand was already on the door knob, his black cassock belted in the middle, his clerical collar digging into the neck thickening with middle age. He looked over his shoulder. “I have a long history of cooperation. I want to find her as much as you do.” He pulled the door open, his robes swirling about his booted feet.

The officer nodded. “Alright. Well, let us know if you find another one.”

Jason did not answer, already striding down the corridor, his right boot squeaked with each stride.

Must’ve stepped in something.

rsz_cars_under_streetlights_in_nyc_1958His pace did not slow, and he burst into the night, nearly knocking into a rough-looking man.

“Hey, watch it!”

Jason tilted his head to the side, knowing the street lamp would catch the thin line of white circling his neck.

“Oh, sorry, padre, have a nice night.”

Still means something… sometimes. He turned toward the parish, the gothic cross just visible over the roof lines. A train whistle sounded from far away.

His heart tripped in his chest when he heard an unexpected voice close behind, low, almost purring. “Hello, Father, I have sinned.”

He whirled, an image of a spinning dervish flashed in his mind. “I’ve been looking for you.”

Woe leaned against the building, a cigarette hanging from her mouth, the cherry glowing as she inhaled. When she stepped forward, Jason’s eyes tripped down her body. A leather jacket over a mini dress, black leather boots laced up to her thighs. Bare legs, no makeup. Something stirred in him. “You look like a teenager.”

“I’m twice as old as Westminster.” She coughed.

Woe“Angels shouldn’t smoke.”

Fallen angel, Father.” She took another drag. “I’ll leave this life behind. At least, I can die now.”

“After our talk, I had hoped you wanted to be the last one standing. We need you.”

She flicked the cigarette across the sidewalk. “Maybe. Maybe not. I hear the last one didn’t fare so well, isn’t he locked up somewhere?”

Jason sighed, and his shoulders drooped. She waited as he let the silence stretch. Finally, he nodded. “The last time I saw him, he was screaming, ‘These iron bars can’t hold my soul.’”

“I’m not sure I even have a soul, Jason.”


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Mercy’s Gift by {Katy Huth Jones}

Cover reveal for MERCY’S GIFT, Book Two in the fantasy series He Who Finds Mercy by Katy Huth Jones:

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Peace is fragile. Gifts have limits.

While Prince Valerian adjusts to marriage as well as his new title, conspiracy brews in the south among disgruntled lords who wish to separate from the north. The situation is made even more volatile by a charismatic rebel leader whose guerilla tactics are swift and brutal.

The clandestine efforts of a witch hired by one of the lords render Valerian’s gift of Sight ineffective, and Merry’s Healing gift is sorely tested.

It has become dangerous for a northerner living in the south, and if the gifted young royals fail to stop the growing rebellion, evil will reign in Levathia.

The story begins in Book One, MERCY’S PRINCE:

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A heart of peace in a time of war


As second son of the King of Levathia, seventeen-year-old Valerian desires the quiet life of a scholarly monk. But when he fails to save his older brother in battle, Valerian must instead become crown prince.

While a traitorous knight schemes against him, Valerian meets Mercy, a pacifist Healer with whom he can speak mind-to-mind like the great dragons. Their bond emboldens Valerian to seek out the legendary dragons and ask for their help against the monsters who killed his brother.

Can Valerian survive the traitor’s assassins long enough to find the dragons? And if he does, can he convince them to lay aside their hatred of humans and help him save the land from destruction?


Praise for MERCY’S PRINCE:

“Easily one of the best indie books I’ve ever read.” Story Sanctuary

“A truly believable fantasy world saturated with suspense.” Marcha’s Two-Cents Worth

“The action is heart-stopping, the love is pure, and the emotions are real.” Amazon reader

“A lovely, spiritual tale with all the adventure, mystery and romance a reader could want. Oh. And dragons!” Amazon reader


MERCY’S PRINCE will be FREE on Amazon September 17-19, and MERCY’S GIFT will be released September 25.

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Katy Huth Jones grew up in a family where creative juices overflowed and made puddles to splash in. When not writing or sewing or drawing or taking photos, Katy plays piccolo and flute in The Symphony of the Hills. She lives with her husband Keith in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Their two sons, whom she homeschooled, have flown the nest and live creative lives of their own. Best of all, she is a cancer survivor.

Damned if I Do by {Erin Hayes}


Damned If I Do

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They killed my sister and infected me.
Now I have to pick up the pieces before I die.

I’ve spent the last five months trying to find the bastard who did this. Yet, even with the help of a hot amnesiac vampire named Jude, I’ve had zero luck.

Until now. And it could change everything. Even though I grew up in a family that hunted the supernatural, there were still things I didn’t believe in.

Now I have to hurry for the slim chance that I could save us all. Because when you fight against immortal vampires, you’re the one who’s running out of time.

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My vampy sense tingles again, alerting me to the presence of a familiar vampire behind me. I groan on the inside and flick my cigarette into the fire.

“Really?” I ask, half playfully, half in a bad mood.

I’m still wired from my fight with the other vampires and seeing Meghan, so I can use the excuse to pummel him a few times.

I spin on him, throwing punches in a halfhearted warning. My right shoulder aches with the movement.

As usual, whenever I do this, he matches each of my movements with the same intensity.

We spar for a bit, Harker against vampire, before he pins me against the wall, pressing his strong body against mine.

“You’re chipper tonight, Harker,” he tells me, a cheeky grin pulling at his lips. He raises an amused, pierced eyebrow.

I roll my eyes at him and push him off me, trying to hide the blush from my cheeks. He was so close to me, I feel a bit too intimate with him at the moment. I turn my attention back to the mini-bonfire. Yes, he’s a vampire, but I’ve known him for five months now and I know he won’t hurt me.

“Pissed off doesn’t look good on you,” he tells me.

“I’m always kind of pissed off these days, Jude.”

“What, my lead wasn’t good?” he asks.

“That’s what remains of them. In there.” I nod to the dumpster, then I gesture to the college student still passed out against the wall. “They were having hemoglobin a la carte. And, no, I didn’t get any information from either of them. They would rather die or do something stupid before they would ever want to help me.”

Jude curses under his breath. “Next time, Harker. You’ll get something next time.”

I let out a shuddering breath. “You’ve been saying that for the past five months, Jude. It’s not going to fucking happen. Anthony is like Bigfoot, except he hides better. I won’t ever get to him in time.”

Because I’m dying and my expiration date is coming up.

“You’ll figure something out, Harker.”

“Not soon enough.”

Jude grabs my shoulder and I look back at him in surprise. “Yes. You. Will,” he says, punctuating each word. His blue-eyed gaze keeps me rooted to my spot, even though I try to shrug off his empty promises.

It’s hard though. Jude isn’t someone you can “shrug off,” no matter how hard you try. I’m not one to go for bloodsuckers, but Jude is possibly the best specimen of vampire or human to ever walk the Earth. When they warn girls about bad boys, they have someone like Jude in mind.


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About the author


Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery novel Death is but a Dream, the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average, and the Her Wolf paranormal series.

She works as an advertising copywriter during the day, and she moonlights as an author. She has lived in New Zealand, Texas, and now in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.

You can reach her at erinhayesbooks@gmail.com and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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Dream Wedding by {J.J. DiBenedetto}

After ten books and nearly a million words, the Dream Series will be complete on October 20th. Book number ten, DREAM WEDDING, will be released, along with DREAM FRAGMENTS, a collection of short stories that fill in some of the gaps between the novels of the series.

And here is the brand new cover for DREAM WEDDING, designed by Emma Michaels (www.emmamichaels.com)

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What’s it about?

It ought to be a joyful time for Dr. Sara Alderson. Her daughter, Lizzie, is about to graduate college, and marry her longtime boyfriend. But the family’s happiness is shattered when a drunk driver seriously injures her teenage son in a hit-and-run accident.

Now, instead of planning her daughter’s wedding, Sara must fight to save her son’s life. And when she discovers who the drunk driver was – someone she thought was a colleague and a friend – she has to fight her desire for revenge. Because Sara knows she has the power to visit the driver’s dreams, and in those dreams, she holds the power of life and death.

Dream Wedding is the tenth and final book of the Dream Series

And you can pre-order it on Amazon right now!

The DREAM FRAGMENTS collection also has a brand-new cover, also designed by the wonderful Emma Michaels:

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You can also pre-order it on Amazon!

If you can’t wait for October 20th (and I don’t blame you if you can’t!), all nine of the previous Dream Series books are available on Amazon, as well as many other eBook retailers (visit my website to see the full list of where to buy them!). You can also check out my website (listed above), as well as Facebook and Twitter for the latest Dream Series news. Or you can click here to download a quick guide to the Dream Series and me!

You can also check out the Dream Series on Audiobook. The first seven books are currently available on Audible, and book number eight, DREAM VACATION, will be available within the next two weeks. You can hear samples from all the audiobooks at my website, too!

Interview with {Anna Albergucci}: Part Two

Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 9.30.54 AMAnna Albergucci brings the final installment of the Falling in Deep Summer Collection from the Blazing Indie Collective. I caught up with Anna at the Albergucci estate somewhere in West Texas.

Happy release day, Anna!

To Each His Own releases TODAY. (: Anna is running a special giveaway in honor of To Each His Own.

What is your favorite writing music?

Since I write a lot of dark elements, Breaking Benjamin is my go to band, and I like to listen to Evanescence. For my upcoming release I did add Celtic music to the mix. Last of the Mohicans was inspiring. When I write I chose a song that fits the mood of the scene and play it on repeat. This keeps me from wanting to sing along. It becomes a mood setter and allows my writing to flow.

Where is your favorite place to find inspiration?

I find it in nearly everything, but the best place for me is listening to music and reading other books. It gives my brain time to reboot, rest, and absorb.

What was your inspiration for To Each His Own? Tell me about your characters.

Well, as I said earlier, it is part of the Falling in Deep Collection. The rule for this collection of books written by a collection of authors was that it had to be a romance and it had to spotlight a creature of the deep. Most of the books feature mermaids, but I had a Scottish water horse named Douglass McGrail in my Phoenix Decree Series and decided to tell his story in this collection. I’m so glad I did, and in fact will be telling his twin brother, Muireach McGrail’s story in the Beasts of Summer Collection coming out during the summer of 2016.

My characters:

Douglass McGrail is a deadly each-uisge—pronounced ech-ooshkya—a Scottish water horse/man shifter. He’s tall, dark, and a wild dream in a kilt! His father is Laird of Cainneach-Balfour. He and his family don’t mingle with humans, but an encounter with Jinny will change that for Douglass.

Jinny Fairchild is a young English lady who’s recently lost her father and has moved to the Highlands to live with her Scottish family. Too compassionate for her own good, she finds herself in a difficult situation with her cousin, Lachlan, and because of it, crosses paths with Douglass.

Lachlan Brockhouse is… well, I’ll let you be the judge of that 😉

Any advice for new writers (like me)?

Never underestimate yourself, but in the same right, never think you’re better than you are. Grow a tough skin and always be willing to listen to advice and learn from others. Finish what you start, and don’t burn yourself out by putting too many irons in the fire at once. Quality vs. quantity. But mainly, enjoy it—don’t become jaded because of pressure and deadlines. Always write with the love and zeal you have now, as a new writer.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway. You could win these!

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About To Each His Own

Douglass McGrail is a Scottish water horse—his clan the deadliest in the British Isle. When the shifter chooses to save—rather than eat—a young lassie, he never expects her innocent face to mark his memory so strongly.

Months later, he stumbles onto a perceived attack in progress and plays the hero once more. He’s shocked to find the victim is the same lass who haunts his dreams.

Jinny Fairchild is an English miss who’s come to the Highlands to live with her last remaining family. She is pursued by her handsome older cousin, Lachlan Brockhouse, but he has a dark side that lands her in the path of the mighty Douglass McGrail.

Douglass wants Jinny for himself, yet discovers she is connected to the attacker she denies knowing. He’s determined to find the truth.

Jinny loves Lachlan, even with his dark side. And she loves Douglass, even with his dark secret. Her heart is torn, but one thing is certain—no matter which of these men she chooses, she will be choosing a monster.

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About Anna

Annaauthorpic 008_2Anna Albergucci has always had a vivid imagination. When she was a child, she entertained her mother and anyone who would listen with the telling of her intricate dreams. Now she puts that inspiration to paper, weaving her stories into deeply passionate characters that live lives the rest of us only dream about.

Married to her high school sweetheart, Anna lives in Texas surrounded by her ever-growing family and her fur babies. She serves as president of Cisco Writers Club, and is the founder of a yearly writers’ retreat she hosts at her estate each fall.

She loves mornings, coffee, and sitting on the porch appreciating her life. She’s a sucker for hosting parties, especially historical costume parties. And in her spare time you can find her touring old mansions, shopping for antiques, or curled up reading a romance, paranormal, or thriller, whether historical or contemporary.

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Love mermaids? Looking for a great beach read? The Falling in Deep Collection, a collection of 15 unique tales of creatures of the deep, is rolling out the first novella in their collection at the end of May.

From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the Falling in Deep Collection are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before.

Every week beginning May 26th, 2015, we’ll be releasing one unique, never-before-published novella! Each novella will feature our favorite creature of the deep: mermaids.

The Falling in Deep Collection (May – September Releases)

Scales by Pauline Creeden

Ink: A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak

Of Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger

Deep Breath by J. M. Miller

At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells

The Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone

How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes

The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless

An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens

The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant

Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley

Immersed by Katie Hayoz

Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins

To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci

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