Thursday, February 20, 2020

Steampunk Story Bundle Deal!



A Curious Invasion is hanging out with some AMAZING friends!



THE AIRSHIPS AND CLOCKWORK STEAMPUNK BUNDLE
The Airships and Clockwork Steampunk Bundle - Curated by Kevin J. Anderson


We are building up reading steam for a brand-new collection, the Airships and Clockwork Steampunk StoryBundle.
I've put together a baker's dozen titles of gears and zeppelins, mechanical dragons, lost cities, frock coats, and tea, the best books from indie authors, all for whatever price you choose to pay. A portion of the money directly benefits the Challenger Learning Center for Space Science Education, and the earnings support indie authors.
In my own Mr. Wells & the Martians, join H.G. Wells and his professor T.H. Huxley on an urgent mission to Mars to prevent the war of the worlds. Also, specially created for this StoryBundle, the Clockwork Boxed Set includes both of my steampunk fantasy adventure novels coauthored with Neil Peart, the late, legendary lyricist and drummer from Rush—Clockwork Angels and Clockwork Lives.
Anthea Sharp's The Perfect Perfume shows you the Victorian era like you've never imagined it before! Twelve enthralling alternate-history tales featuring intrepid heroines, hidden magic, and rollicking steampunk adventure. Marie Andreas brings Vampires, aliens, and tea—oh my! to A Curious Invasion.
Clockwork Gears and Magic Swords by Lousia Swann is a StoryBundle exclusive! Magic and gears and a taste of the weird—seven grand adventures that tickle the soul and tease the imagination. Imagine moving from New York to California on a steam-powered horse with a giant for a companion in J.R. Murdock's Golden West: Westward, Ho!
Robert E. Vardeman's Gateway to Rust and Ruin: Their world was used up. Now they want ours, steam and all. Kristen S. Walker puts on steampunk lenses to show the truth about a pop singer's dark past in Amena's Rise to Stardom. Kevin McLaugliin's Midnight Visitors: When her person becomes the target of assassination, what's a poor cat to do? Solve the problem with tooth, claw, and brains!
In Mechanical Dragons: Fire and Water, Bobbi Schemerhorn warns that mixing inexperience with magic may cause dragons! Gun magic fuels an epic adventure in Tenlyres by Timothy Niederriter. Stroll through Tracy Cembor's Gaslight Carnival, where fancy and freak walk hand in hand. And finally, Travis Heermann has a steampunk-horror novella, Where the Devil Resides—a supernatural Apocalypse Now. With alligators. Kevin J. Anderson
For StoryBundle, you decide what price you want to pay. For $5 (or more, if you're feeling generous), you'll get the basic bundle of four books in any ebook format—WORLDWIDE.
            Mr. Wells & the Martians by Kevin J. Anderson
            Alchemical Solutions by Tracy Cembor
            Clockwork Gears and Magic Swords by Louisa Swann
            Amena's Rise to Stardom! by Kristen S. Walker
If you pay at least the bonus price of just $15, you get all four of the regular books, plus NINE more books!
            The Clockwork Boxed Set by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart
            Midnight Visitors by Kevin McLaughlin
            Tenlyres - Bondmage Book One by Tim Niederriter
            Gateway to Rust & Ruin by Robert E. Vardeman
            A Curious Invasion by Marie Andreas
            Westward, Ho - Golden West Book 1 by J.R. Murdock
            Where the Devil Resides by Travis Heermann
            Mechanical Dragons by Bobbi Schemerhorn
            The Perfect Perfume and Other Tales by Anthea Sharp

This bundle is available only for a limited time via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

A whole new ....Universe!

Yeah, yeah, some of you now have a song in your head--sorry about that šŸ˜›.

Just a bit of a shout out that a new world is being launched! As mentioned last week, there are a lot of books coming up in 2020 and 2021. (I was writing A LOT last year!)

The first one up is the new urban fantasy thriller-- The Girl with the Iron Wing.

This book actually started a while ago, but then a cartload of drunken faeries, space mercs, and Victorian vampires took over. Working at a full time evil day job means choices must be made and this got shoved to the side as much as I loved it. Finishing two other series gave me some breathing room, and...leaving the day job THIS September will give me more! You heard it here first!

I love a lot of sub-genres (in case ya didn't notice šŸ˜) and changing things up keeps everything fresh in my often wild brain. Diving into this one and writing it has been a lot of fun and hopefully you'll all come along for the ride!



Death is stalking the fey.

Thousands of years ago, the fey races crossed the Veil into the human world to save themselves.

Hundreds of years ago, the fey saved humanity from being wiped out by the Black Death.

Now something is coming after the fey—from Earth and from beyond the Veil.

As a detective with the LAPD, Aisling Danaan has seen it all, and as an elf from a powerful, guarded clan, she sees more than most. But no one has ever seen a fairy explode from iron poisoning.

The winged fey who died was one of various fey races that outnumber humans in a world where the Black Death nearly wiped out humanity. Over time, the species mingled, and magic and technology developed equal standing. But the strange and violent murder threatens to unbalance the peace that the fey High Council brought through the Veil.

Called out by name by the killer, Aisling must unravel a tangle of secrets reaching deeper and wider than any case she’s ever worked. And one of the most vexing mysteries is super spook Reece Larkin. With badges from too many questionable agencies, the sexy, troublesome spy seems to know more than he’s willing to share—and what he won't tell could kill them. They’ll have to work together to hunt down the source of the poisoning before the entire fey population on Earth is destroyed by the Iron Death.




Wednesday, February 5, 2020

New books, new directions! Aka--we don't need no stinkin' MAPS!

Hello and welcome back!

After a wee bit of a hiatus this blog is back and will be filled with rambling, ranting, insights (hopefully) and general mayhem. Some surprises too ;).

What's new in the Marie Andreas book world? Thanks for asking!

The Adventures of Smith & Jones--Book 2--The Mayhem of Mermaids. Took far longer than hoped, but it's out! Nettie, Caden, and the gang are looking into some water based high jinks in Llandudno and Conwy, Wales.The Mayhem of Mermaids


THEN we have a bunch of new worlds coming! Yes, maps aren't needed, but you may want to hang on--2020 and 2021 is going to get wild. Lots of new folks and some new adventures for old friends.

End of March will see the launch of The Girl with the Iron Wing. The first book in the new urban fantasy thriller series-- Broken Veil. Pre-order will be up next weekend. She's an elf and a LA cop. International gangsters are bringing an horrific new drug to town, and something evil is crossing the veil between worlds.



THEN! At the end of May, will be the first book in a new epic Fantasy trilogy-- The Essence of Chaos! No pretty cover yet-- it's being designed this month! Jenna finds herself torn into another world--one on the brink of disaster. She might be the key but to which outcome?

Later in Fall we have the starts of two new trilogies with some old friends. Vas and the gang have a new adventure concerning a certain pirate. Taryn and some drunk faeries have problems in the south-- and the faeries must let loose the kittahs of WAR! (or go drinking--hard to tell.)

There are more coming but this is long enough. I am always working on a book or two, and love telling my stories. 

Stay tuned for up dates and welcome back!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

#IWSG Surprise!

It's Insecure Writer's Support Group day! Come join us!



Today I decided to natter on about the question presented by the blog hop-- Has anything in your writing surprised you?

Started laughing like a mad woman the moment I read that.

I'm a pantser, also known as a make-things-up-as-you-write writer. EVERYTHING surprises me. Okay, to be fair not everything. I have an idea who my characters are and how their lives are going to go sideways--but not much more than that.

Most of the wild and surprising things have been a result of me asking my brain, "then what happened?!" And my brain pulling something wild out--that somehow works.

I have had characters be revealed to be far different than thought--like a goddess suddenly appearing. A portal that led to the past. A very unique way for someone to comeback from the dead. And dozens more. They were all surprises--BUT--they actually weren't. When I'm running along, writing like mad, my mind is also working on what's already been written and finds connections that make sense, but I might not have come up with had I pondered. Most of my surprises are created when I'm in the moment and writing fast.

My characters, the trouble they get into, and surprising myself are what keep me telling stories.

Happy IWSG day!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

#IWSG Knowing when to cut and run

Welcome to another month of the Insecure Writer's Support Group--a monthly blog hop for the chronically insecure writer! (which is most of us ;).  Join the club!



http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html


The problem with being chronically insecure, and more than a wee bit neurotic, is that picking a topic each month can be difficult. There are too many!

But today I thought I'd wax neurotic about knowing when to change direction, or cut & run. Some back story about me, way back in the old days, when I was just starting to write, writing was far more solitary than it is now. 

There was no internet. 

Yes, you information addicts, let yourself imagine--no constant feed with opinions, decrees, ideas, and comparisons to drive you crazy as you constantly find yourself, and your writing, wanting.

It was actually wonderful. I wrote because I had stories I wanted to tell--ones I wanted to read. I went to writing conferences, read writing books, magazines, etc. But those didn't have the same pressure facing people now through social media. 

Fast forward to now, ten books and a novella out in 4 years. I have way too many stories in my head still. But what sucks the soul out of my little world is social media. All the tips, tricks, ideas that at first sounded so amazing, are now overwhelming me. (Yes, I understand the irony of me stating a problem with social media--ON social media. ;))

So, I had a talk with myself, and we realized pulling back is the answer--focus on the writing. Not the promo. Stay in the place that is frustrating sometimes, but ultimately rewarding. I'm not going to vanish, I'll still do these blogs and stuff on my author FB page from time to time. But I've already snoozed most all of my FB writing groups.

Writing is an insanely creative endeavor, we need to make sure we do whatever needs to be done to KEEP doing it and KEEP loving it. That means knowing when to cut and run from whatever isn't working ;).

Have a great IWSG Day!!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Solstice Scavenger Hunt 2019!

Yes, Solstice isn't until the 21st, but we're so excited--we're jumping in early!






Now how does this work, you ask? Well, the listed authors have hidden a quote within our blogs. Each blog has a word or two that need to be fit together for a fantasy quote. (My word is at the bottom of this post ;)). You have until the 29th of June to figure out the quote and enter to win! Prizes! Mayhem! It's all here!

The grand prize is $75 and all 19 ebooks. BUT 38 runners up will each win a randomly selected ebook!

Now, there are two rules: 1) you have to sign up on the Fantasy and Sci-Fi Readers Lounge on Facebook to be notified of winning.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/FantasySciFiReadersLounge/

2) You'll need to enter your winning quote guess in a Raffle Copter https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/3d87297f10/?

Here are the other authors! Go gather the words and maybe find some new books to check out (and of course--WINNING is always good!)


Azimuth by Rennie St. James https://writerrsj.com/blog/


The Fox and The Hunter by Linn Tesli https://linntesli.com/blog/

Witch's Moonstone Locket by Marsha A Moore https://marshaamoore.blogspot.com/…/solstice-scavenger-hunt…


Wolves' Gambit by PJ MacLayne http://www.pjmaclayne.com/mountain-musings/

Ian's Realm Saga by D.L. Gardner https://diendrial.wordpress.com

Dragon Blood by Katie Cherry https://www.facebook.com/KatieCherryFantasy/

The Shikari by Dora Blume (DM Staley) www.dorablume.com

Sleepless Flame by Odin Oxthorn (Ox Woden) https://www.odinsmusings.com/

The Hand of Atua by Charity Bradford charitywrites.blogspot.com

Schrodinger's Cat by Eileen Schuh http://eileenschuh.blogspot.com/

Shadow's Hand by Noelle Nichols www.noellenichols.com

Forever People by Alison Lyke http://www.alisonlyke.com/blog

A Bit of Magic by Mae Baum https://maebaum.com

Curse Breaker: Enchanted by Melinda Kucsera https://melindakucsera.com/blog/

Bonded by Cheryllynn Dyess www.cheryllynndyess.com

Tattoos by Stacy Overby www.thisisnothitchhikersguide.com


And MY word is:


KNOW

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

#IWSG -Dang bicycle!

Welcome to the monthly blog hop from the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Crazed writers from across the land join voices to shout into the abyss!


JOIN US!!

Today I thought I'd just pop open my brain and show all the madness inside. See, I just published my tenth book, and the final one in my six book fantasy series.  As many of you know, there is a lot of wild stuff involved with getting a book out--plus I've had three signing events this year, which also zaps those of us not of  outgoing and extroverted nature.

And now things are settling down, my breath has been caught, and.....what? It's not that I don't have projects. The second book in my steampunk series just started, a first book in a new series (that was begun a long time ago) needs finishing, and another book one in another series needs editing.

I find myself having problems getting back into gear. I did some soul searching and realized that doing events is hard for me, so probably less of those. I love to write, so more of that. YAY! And still not getting more than a few hundred words in a day.

SIGH. 

Part of me is freaking out that I'm not back on track, that I feel like I'm peddling a one-pedal bike. Another part is pretty sure this has happened with each book--but I've just purged it. 

So, here I sit, trying to push/pull/tug my brain back into doing what it loves. How are you all doing?