Usually, I prefer to promote books on my blog that fall into the (broad) category of speculative fiction—it's what I write, it's what my company publishes, and it's what most (though certainly not all) of my writerly friends write. Mary Ann Marlowe's debut novel Some Kind of Magic is going to sit squarely on the "Contemporary Romance" or "Romantic Comedy" shelves, but I'm going to argue it's got a speculative slant to it. There's a bit of a "Love Potion #9" theme going on here, and a "what if?" question about just how powerful synthetic pheromones could be. And no matter whether I can call it speculative or not, I'm still going to pick up a copy, because it sounds freaking adorable.
Here's the description:
In this sparkling debut novel, Mary Ann Marlowe introduces a hapless scientist who's swept off her feet by a rock star—but is it love or just a chemical reaction?...
Super cute, right?
Mary Ann Marlowe is part of the PitchWars 2014 cohort that I have been lucky enough to tag along with as so many of them grow and get published and continue to be absolutely amazing, supportive people.
Some Kind of Magic is out now in paperback and Kindle from Kensington Books. Happy Book Birthday!
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About the Author
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Some Kind of Magic is Mary Ann Marlowe’s first novel. When not writing, she works by day as a computer programmer/DBA. She spent ten years as a university-level French professor, and her resume includes stints as an au pair in Calais, a hotel intern in Paris, a German tutor, a college radio disc jockey, and a webmaster for several online musician fandoms, plus she has a second-degree black belt. She has lived in twelve states and three countries and loves to travel. She now lives in central Virginia where she is hard at work on her second novel. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.maryannmarlowe.com, Facebook, and Twitter.
The first cover reveal I hosted on my blog last summer was for Randi Perrin's debut novel, Virtue of Death, a paranormal romance about a woman who runs a successful bakery by day and is an angel of death by night (and the handsome food critic she gets tangled up with, of course). Now, I'm pleased to hear the second novel in the Earthbound Angels series will be landing February 4, 2017. The protagonist of Promises of Virtue is Cheryl, the snarky best friend from the first book, so it's sure to be amazing.
Ready for the cover?
Love has never been Cheryl Brigham’s plan. She’s not cut out for second dates, relationships, or happily ever afters.
This cover, while equally as gorgeous as the first one, has less of a paranormal feel than the first one, as does the description. Still, we know Cheryl is an angel, and who can resist a Paris-based love story? That castle in the background is beautiful.
The ebook of Promises of Virtue is available for pre-order now, and the paperback will be available in February. It's book two in the Earthbound Angels series, and I've heard Randi talk about being hard at work on the third book. I know I plan to collect all three.
About the Author
Randi Perrin has spent her entire life writing in one form or another. In fact, if she wasn't writing, she'd likely go completely and utterly insane. Her husband has learned to recognize when the voices are talking in her head and she needs some quality time with an empty Word file (the key to a successful marriage with a writer).
She lives with her husband, daughter, and four-legged children—all of which think they are people too.
A pop-culture junkie, she has been known to have entire conversations in movie quotes and/or song lyrics.
My company, World Weaver Press, is participating in Small Press Week, an initiative helmed by Upper Rubber Boot Books to promote small press publishing. However, it's release day for HE SEES YOU WHEN HE'S CREEPIN': TALES OF KRAMPUS, so I'm bringing today's Small Press Week post over to my personal blog because I want to stay on Krampus's good side and let him have the spotlight.
The topic for today says this: "Every Tuesday is #newreleasetuesday, but this Tuesday is for featuring all of your 2016 releases, no matter when their release date."
One mistake small presses sometimes make is they forget to be small. When you have an operation run by only a few people, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Originally, World Weaver Press was planning to release 16 titles in 2016. What we managed was 9 titles (plus one upcoming relaunch), and to be honest, I'm exhausted. It may not seem like a lot, but there are so many details that go into publication that it really adds up. (See our Small Press Week: Secrets post and my post on editing anthologies for more insight into what goes on behind the scenes in a small press.) I haven't always been able to give these books the attention and publicity I wish they could have, but I've always given them the best I could, and I'm so proud of what we've brought into the world this year.
Beside each book, you'll find an excerpt. These excerpts are different from the ones available on the World Weaver Press website, so please give them a read. Maybe you'll even find a new favorite or a good holiday gift.
Campaign 2100: Game of Scorpions by Larry Hodges
A third party, and an alien, take on a corrupt world government.
Char by Kristina Wojtaszek
An isolated fae must travel a century into the past to rewrite the book that will save her people.
Omega Rising by Anna Kyle
Cass Nolan has been forced to avoid the burn of human touch for her whole life, until a sexy ranch hand changes everything.
Bite Somebody by Sara Dobie Bauer
Celia thought becoming a vampire would make her perfect, but she's just as awkward as before, only now she has a craving for blood and a crush on her tasty neighbor.
Sirens, edited by Rhonda Parrish
An anthology of fantasy and science fiction: 16 siren songs that will exemplify and defy your expectations.
Speculative Story Bites, edited by Sarena Ulibarri
Fifteen bite-sized stories, offering a sampler platter of fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal horror.
Murder in the Generative Kitchen by Meg Pontecorvo
Does your high-tech kitchen know you better than you know yourself?
The Meddlers of Moonshine by A.E. Decker
Something is rotten in the town of Widget, and Rags-n-Bones knows it's all his fault. (Moonfall Mayhem #2)
He Sees You When He's Creepin': Tales of Krampus, edited by Kate Wolford
Whether you want a dash of horror or a hint of joy and redemption, these 12 new tales of Krampus will help you gear up for the most “wonderful” time of the year.
Title: Virtue of Death
Series: Earthbound Angels #1
Author: Randi Perrin
Release Date: August 20, 2016
Presented By: Itsy Bitsy Book BitsSynopsis: At eighteen, Sera Moore chose to go to culinary school while a higher power selected her to become an angel, specifically, an angel of death. Now, twelve years later, Sera’s a successful baker during the day and performs her angelic duties at night. The only thing missing in her life is a man, but the last thing she wants is to fall head over wings in love. It seems her relationships are unable to survive once she reveals her nighttime activities, so it’s easier to not even bother. But when a tenacious food critic won't take a hint, can Sera lower her wings long enough to risk her heart one more time? Author Bio: Randi has spent her entire life writing in one form or another. In fact, if she wasn't writing, she'd likely go completely and utterly insane. Her husband has learned to recognize when the voices are talking in her head and she needs some quality time with an empty Word file (the key to a successful marriage with a writer). She lives with her husband, daughter, and four-legged children (all of which think they are people, too). A pop culture junkie, she has been known to have entire conversations in movie quotes and/or song lyrics.
One of the things I wanted to do with this blog is provide a platform for cover reveals and book announcements for other writers I know—especially debut authors. So if we've interacted either in real life or through social media, and you have a speculative fiction book coming out soon, please hit me up and let me help you out.
I'm thrilled to have Randi Perrin's VIRTUE OF DEATH as my first cover reveal. Due out August 20th, this will be the first (of hopefully many) in her Earthbound Angels series from romance press Hot Tree Publishing. I haven't read it yet, but I will definitely be picking up a copy, and probably in paperback, because just look at this gorgeous wrap!
The color scheme of this cover is what catches my attention, and the way that beautiful blue is echoed in Sera's eyes and necklace, but what really intrigues me is the ethereal nature of the angel wing. You can almost miss it if you don't look closely enough. I'm guessing that's entirely intentional, though, since this is the type of contemporary fantasy where supernatural creatures are still hidden from mainstream society. And I have heard Randi insist, "My angels don't have feathers!" So that wing makes me very curious.
I haven't read enough paranormal romance to really know the best comparisons, but I'm guessing if you enjoyed FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT by Darynda Jones or GRAVE WITCH by Kalayna Price, you're going to fall in love with VIRTUE OF DEATH.
Want more hints about the story? Check out the book trailer below, and follow Randi Perrin on Facebook for periodic teasers (and frequent pictures of hot men).