I'm holiday happy to give a shout out to my friend and awesome author, Jami Gray,
on the re-release her fantasy/PNR series, THE KYN KRONICLES.
With sexy new covers and the same exciting stories (including the Kyn shorts),
this page turning series is one not to be missed!
And it makes a great gift!!
The Kyn Kronicles are back just in time for the holidays!
After recently receiving my rights back on my first series the Kyn Kronicles, it was time to do some decorating. In fact, the entire series got a stunning make-over and the first four books now include the Kyn short stories. If youhaven't slipped into the shadows and picked up this Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance series, now's your chance!
“…fantastic paranormal action novel is quite possibly the best book I've read this year. I could not put it down, and had to exercise serious self-control to keep from staying up all night to finish it.”–The Romance Reviews (5/5 stars)“Fans of Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series and Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series will enjoy the introduction to the paranormal world created by Jami Gray.”–Mary Waible, Goodreads ReviewAll five books have joined the Kindle Unlimited family, so if you're a KU reader, you can dive into the shadows with Raine, Gavin, Xander and all the rest. With all the changes, they'll be releasing rapidly one after another, so if you haven't had a chanceto check this series out, now's the time! Shadow's Edge is already out in the world, but you can pick up the rest of the series at special pre-order prices, so click away!
Shadow's Edge - OUT NOW!
When the supernatural lurks in the shadows of the mundane, hunting monsters requires unique skills, like those of Raine McCord. A series of deaths threatens to reveal the Kyn community and forces her to partner with the sexy Gavin Durand.As the trail leads to the foundation haunting Raine’s childhood, she and Gavin must unravel lies and betrayals to discover not only each other, but the emerging threat to them and the entire magical community.Includes Kyn short: Submerged in Shadows, 1.5 Treasures from the deep come in all shapes and sizes…Forced on an unwanted vacation, Raine soon discovers that boredom is the least of her worries when danger washes ashore, bringing unexpected complications.
Shadow's Soul - Arrives 11/28/18
A simple assignment turns into a nightmare when Raine McCord follows Cheveyo to the Southwest on a consulting gig. When the most feared beings of the Kyn kidnaps Cheveyo and leaves Raine for dead, her ability to heal her mind and spirit hinges on the one man who can touch her soul, Gavin Durand. Unraveling the Southwest Kyn’s web of secrets and hidden vendettas will either bring them together or tear them apart forever.Includes Kyn short: Masked by Shadows, 2.5 Nothing is ever easy…For Gavin and Raine the job is simple, deliver a package to an interested party in New Orleans. Yet even the easiest job can mask unforeseen challenges.
Shadow's Moon - Arrives 12/5/18
Tracker, Xander Cade, confronts an enraged Shifter in a crowded human nightclub, fraying the thin secrecy shielding the supernatural community from public scrutiny. Danger stalks the pack and she must protect her alpha and mate, Warrick Vidis, even if he doesn’t want it.If they don’t find a way to trust each other and accept their rare bond they risk losing everything-their pack, their friends and each other.Includes Kyn short: Ensnared by Shadows, 3.5Deception leaves a tangled web…Ryuu Kern, Motoki Pack’s Second, is no stranger to sticky situations, but when delectable Division Agent, Iliana Krychek, comes to him for help, it will take more than claws and teeth to untangle a deadly web of deceit.
Shadow's Curse - Arrives 12/18/18
After tragedy strikes the Northwest Kyn, leaving the houses in chaos and the Wraiths hungry for blood, the fallout threatens Natasha Bertoi’s carefully laid plans. When the Council sends Darius Abazi, the one man guaranteed to skew the odds, she faces her toughest opponent yet.As death stalks the Northwest Kyn, can Natasha trust Darius, a man well versed in subterfuge, to uncover the truth before treachery destroys them all?Includes Kyn pre-quel short: Wrapped in Shadows, .5The magic of the holiday season can be hell…Elite Kyn, Gavin Durand and Raine McCord, are called in to investigate the aftermath of a Christmas engagement party gone horrifically wrong, only to face an unexpected gift.
Shadow's Dream - Arrives 1/7/19
When the Kyn’s Northwest Magi Cheveyo is sent to broker an alliance with their Southwest counterparts, he seizes the opportunity to rectify an oldregret—reclaiming Tala Whiteriver’s heart. The challenge proves daunting when he discovers she’s caught in the middle of a treacherous plot designed to fracture the Kyn.Can they move beyond their painful past and trust their hearts to forge new dreams before the impending nightmare sweeps them apart forever?
Buy links for THE KYN KRONICLES:
Shadow’s Edge: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KM1578Y/
Shadow’s Soul: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KMB22SC/
Shadow’s Moon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KLPS8RG/
Shadow’s Curse: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KM2Z3XS/
Shadow’s Dream: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KLYZ6RQ/
Jami Gray is the coffee addicted, music junkie, Queen Nerd of her personal Geek Squad, Alpha Mom of the Fur Minxes, and award-winning author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Kyn Kronicles, the Paranormal Romantic Suspense series, PSY-IV Teams, and her latest Romantic Suspense series, Fate’s Vultures. She writes to soothe the voices in her head.
Mistletoe and the Philematologist sounds like a holiday romance gone wrong, but during this festive season
there will be plenty of visiting friends, family and lots of kissing!
When you think of Mistletoe, you think of kissing. I'm Italian and we love to kiss as many people as we can, as often as we can. When people arrive, when the leave and even when they pass the vino (wink), but mistletoe brings thoughts of a romantic kiss or maybe a heart-pounding first kiss.
Philematology is the very unromantic science of the kiss. Philematologists are dedicated
to discovering the reason why humans kiss. Some believe it’s a learned behavior that evolved from our early female ancestors who chewed their food then passed it mouth-to-mouth to their young.
Not all humans kiss. Ten percent of the world’s population does not and a small percentage of humans find kissing gross and unsanitary. Obviously, they have never been properly kissed.
Others argue kissing is fundamental to our survival, therefore instinct. When we kiss another human being, we exchange pheromones and our primal use of scent comes to play. One study found women prefer men to smell of different proteins from her, which would provide their offspring with a strong immune system and thus survive better.
Really? Who knows?
Okay, okay, let's get back to mistletoe, a much more festive and pleasant topic. Except that, um,…mistletoe by nature is a parasitic plant that grows on the trunks of trees sucking the nutrients from them. The berries are poisonous to humans and it contains toxics that weaken and sometimes kill its host tree. It's also named after bird poop. The original word, misteltan, comes from a long lost Anglo-Saxon dialect after noticing the plant sprouted from bird dropping left on branches. Mistel =dung and twig=tan. Through the years misteltan became mistletoe, or dung twig.
But, let's not dwell on that...
We have to give a huge shout of thanks to the Celtic Druids for our love of mistletoe. They believed it could heal, bring good luck and bestow fertility on people and their animals. They considered the mistletoe that grew on Oak trees to be sacred. It was gathered on the winter and summer solstice with a golden sickle then hung it over doorways as a sign of peace and goodwill.
Centuries later, it became an old English custom to pick a berry off the mistletoe every time a kiss was given. When the berries were gone, the kissing stopped. I’m sure that was motivation to find the biggest bundle of mistletoe with the most berries to bring to the Christmas party.
May your holiday season be filled with joy, happiness, good times with family and friends and many kisses under the mistletoe.
On Wine Wednesdays my husband and I review a bottle of wine based solely on the label.
For us, the creepier or weirder the label is, the better.
If the title/label catches our eye and it's under $15 we buy it, drink it and review it.
Fat Bastard is a wine from France. We've seen it on wine shelves before
but the label wasn't anything extraordinary, so I never bothered with it.
BUT...they have released a limited edition for Halloween.
The display was fun...
And the vineyard seemed to have a sense of humor about creating this blend and that's always a plus for us. Taken from their website (without their permission - but it's free advertising, right?)
Wine Production: Blend of Syrah, Grenache & Merlot grapes. Our winemakers work very closely with the local witches to determine the start of each harvest. The grapes are passed through the crusher-destemmer (which is used the rest of the year to punish naughty children). Gently pressed and then fermented in the wizards cauldrons, the sweet blood-red wine is drawn off into the dungeon vats, where it slowly develops, watched over by the ghosts of prisoners past, into a fat, luscious brew.
Tasting Notes: Juicy and spicy with touches of Transylvanian wolf hair and cucurbits earthyness, this ripe blood-red nectar stays long and rich in the mouth, much appreciated by Count Dracula for its resemblance to his favorite beverage.
Food Pairing: Blood sausage, beef heart, bat stew and confit of calf brains are some of the wonderful classic combinations but as these exquisite specialities can be difficult to source today, perfectly delicious with grilled burgers, fried chicken and pumpkin pie…
The local store was all out of blood sausage and bat stew, but we did pair it with sweet and sour chicken with mushroom risotto.
The wine itself was really good. More dry than sweet, it had a deep, rich taste that went well with our dinner. It went down smooth and we enjoyed it so much
I'm sure we'll buy more Fat Bastard in the future.
If only their other wine labels were so much fun.
If you're looking for a good red table wine, this one might be for you.
I hope you'll visit again next month on the Wednesday before the full moon,
for a howling good bottle of wine...
Until then, Happy, Happy Halloween.
Today is the final day of the October Frights Blog Hop
As always, it was a fun time for all..
I'd like to thank Anita Stewart for all her hard work each year.
She organizes the hop, creates the graphics and the links, promotes,
sets up the group giveaway, and still has time to write some
great dark poetry and short fiction.
A big shout out to my fellow horror/paranormal authors and friends
in this hop. The are a great group of talented dark story tellers and
I love to see what their imaginations come up with each year,
as well as learning about their
favorite horror movies, monsters, etc.
I'd also like thank everyone who popped over to CURIOSITIES this week
and commented on my posts. I hope you enjoyed them
as much as I did writing them.
Now for the winners....
For fun, cake number 1 was the winner of the
Creepy Cake Contest.
I didn't vote, but I would have chosen this one if I did.
I love it!
Congratulations to Nicole Burns
The winer of the $10 Amazon Gift Card.
I put names of commenters into Randy (random.org)
and he scrambled the names around and Nicole came out on top.
Please continue to hop around and support the
other horror and paranormal authors on
this last day of the hop. Click here.
Today is your last chance to get in on the October Frights Giveaway.
Click here for free horror books, stories and previews.
Thank you everyone. Until next year...
Have a hauntingly happy Halloween.