Monday, July 31, 2017

And the Prism Award Goes to...

"The Spirit" by Harper L. Jameson:
Best Erotic Paranormal Romance of 2016!



It was a long road, but on July 31st, the Romance Writers of America Fantasy, Futuristic and SciFi Chapter declared "The Spirit" the winner in their Erotic PNR category. I was online, watching/listening to the awards (though technical difficulties made it difficult) so the announcement and my instant response of excited vomiting was broadcast through the event. Not fun, but so worth it.
Hopefully, with the close of the summer and now being settled in the new house, I can use the momentum of this amazing win to get my creativity flowing again. It seems so long ago that I wrote "The Spirit" (it was) and "The Holler" (it was forever), but the writing bug is back in full force. Let's hope it lasts. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Supporting Friends - New Release: Malefica by Katie H. Weill

New Release: Malefica by Katie H. Weill

Malefica - Veneficus: Book One

Published: 7/8/17
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Cover Artist: Dark City Designs
Publisher: Satin & Stone Publications


Claudia Matthews turns 18 tomorrow – as long as she can make it through the first day of classes at Oakley High School. It’s more than her inherent strangeness that keeps her from fitting in. Her ill-tempered service dog, Luca, isn’t winning her friends and her class schedule is even less welcoming, dropping her into the government- mandated, “The History of Witches”.
They are real, she's been told. They are powerful, and evil – yet Claudia wants to know if that's actually a universal truth. Are all witches really that bad?

When a mysterious gift appears, dark secrets are cast into the light, and the world as she knows it may change forever. Now armed with questions, Claudia will need to figure out if it's truly worth finding the truth when textbooks don’t hold all the answers. Drawn into a world of hidden covens and regulated magic, she may learn more than she bargained for. Now Claudia has to fight the lure of power and a temptation much more passionate…or lose herself to both. The truth could set her free… or damn her forever.

EXCERPT:
She could turn the demon over, and she could find out about her father…
“Can I help you?” A skinny cop in uniform sat, bleary-eyed, and clutching a giant cup of coffee between his two hands as he shivered against the cold which drifted in through the briefly open door.
“I need to speak to,” she paused; who did she ask for?
Claudia reached up once again to brush her fingers over her eyes as if that would help clear the haze from her mind, and felt her brows furrow down as the name of the department her father worked for came to her.
“Someone in the Department of Occult Enforcement.” She lowered her hands as the officer slowly lowered his cup to the desk, his eyes widening.
“T-this is just a local P.D. miss,” he extended his hand, pressing a button firmly on the phone on the desk, picking up the receiver while never looking away from her. “But I’ll get you my superior,” he was already starting to mumble, and when he spoke into the phone, it was a blur of words her tired brain didn’t feel like deciphering.
“Thank you,” Claudia had considered turning to sit down in one of the chairs, but the slap of shoes on the linoleum brought her attention to a door off to the right that swung open, and she watched a large man in a suit and undone tie step forward. Instant recognition crossed his face, and his hand snapped towards his side arm.
‘Run,’ her mind whispered, but she couldn’t make herself head for the door.
Her feet felt rooted to the spot as if the ivy from outside had curled up around her ankles and held her in place; the perfect target for a full clip of bullets. “I’m Claudia Matthews,” tears clogged her throat suddenly as she watched him, voice thick, tired and desperate. “And I really need your help.” She managed and then her knees buckled in their exhaustion, sending her tumbling to the floor.

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Katie H. Weill is the descendant of a witch - descendant of Ann Pudeator, a wealthy woman in her seventies who did nothing but care for others, and one of the last women accused and executed in Salem, Massachusetts. Katie was inspired by the hard fought findings of her Aunt to create a story that started with a sprinkle of history and unraveled a tale from there. With her husband and her rescued dog at her side she is enthralled by the idea of creating new stories and worlds and looks forward to sharing them with the world. Ann Pudeator was exonerated in 1957 by the Massachusetts General Court of all charges.

Connect with Katie and stay up to date on all the latest news, events and releases:
www.facebook.com/KHWeill

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

You Can't Win 'Em All




"YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WAAAAAANT..."


Welp, I didn't win the whole kit'n kaboodle at Chanticleer Reviews, but I was still a semi-finalist amongst who knows how many entries and that's still pretty damned cool. My first book, which got almost no recognition in the world of paranormal romance struck a chord with someone and I will take that as motivation to push forward with my Tribe Novels. I'm damned proud of the world I created and I believe that if I work hard enough, some of you will grow to love it as I do.
That said, I'm embarking on the same mad mission that I did last year - to write two books at once. Along with that are the short stories for the two anthologies I'm contributing to (one of them under my own brand new, shiny publishing label, Satin & Stone Publications) and a first ever attempt at a serial for my newsletter subscribers. For those of you who read "The Holler" and its included excerpt of the sequel "The River" you might be wondering how your favorite judgmental horned owl is faring. So join the newsletter and you'll find out. And yes, he's still a judgmental shit.
So I'm writing Matchetehew's book "The River" as well as Tank's book, "The Mountain" with a hope of releasing both this year. I'm so excited for you to read Tank and to finally put a face to the bullheaded ass deputy with my first ever exclusive model on the cover, Nathan Hainline. It's amazing and I want to show you, but you're going to have to wait. I know... it's killing me, too.
My upcoming short stories are completely different, one a dark PNR re-write of a classic and the other a PNR rom com for a series I plan to start... one day. With all that said, I'd better get off of here and get to work. I'll see you all down at the river later. I'll bring the 'shine and you bring your company, and Maka be merciful, we'll all make it through another night in Wright's Holler.

Monday, February 27, 2017

I'd Like to Thank the Academy...

Sorry, I couldn't resist. But I would like to thank Chanticleer Reviews for naming my novel "The Spirit" as a finalist for best PNR of 2016. The final winners will be announced on April 1st (who does that?) and I'm keeping all my crossables crossed.
I know I said Harper's Harlots Street Team is dead and so it is. Alas, my PA is a persistent little thing and with her prodding, a new reader group has been born. Feel free to join us for WIP excerpts, bad movie watch alongs and randomness about my life inside and outside of writing. If I'm going to make a fool of myself, I prefer to have an audience.


I've begun work on the two short stories I'm submitting to anthologies this year, both due on the same day (July 31) and both 20000 words. Eek. All this in the midst of a summer move to the coast and I'm running around waiting for my ass to catch up with the rest of me. "Hotel Paranormal" is light-hearted PNR/Erotica and my story for that work will feature Anu, a creature from a series I've been plotting for some time. Once I've reached my goals for The Tribe books, you'll be hearing more from him. And Jericho. And Christopher. And Mutt. And the 345396 other voices/stories/worlds in my head.
The second story is of my own creation, for the 1st anthology being published by my own label, Satin & Stone. It's for charity and I'm so proud of this lineup of authors and this theme and I wish I could share so badly. But alas, it will be a surprise best served closer to the release date. I can tell you that the anthology is called "Savage Hearts" and you're going to love it.
I think that's all for now from the holler. Don't be afraid to drop me a line and say 'hi'. I'll have a fresh jar of shine waiting for you.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

New Year, New Happenings...

So much has been done and so much still to do, dear readers! My website has a fresh, new look, complete with a store so that you can easily buy print copies as they're available. The blog has been updated with a cleaner format (as you can see).
The first three installments of the Tribe Novels are being re-edited and re-published and will be available made available again on Amazon. I'm also fighting with Amazon on making "The Blanket" free permanently. All three shall reappear shortly, Lord willing and the creek don't rise, under the label of my bright, shiny new publishing company. I'm also working on two new Tribe novellas, the third Tribe novel and a new venture... a contemporary taboo romance. Eek! Add all this two the two other PNR series I'm plotting and I'm looking at a busy year!

 And on that note: I have officially opened my own publishing company. Satin & Stone Publications will open with the republish of the Tribe Novels and will debut it's first anthology this Halloween. I'm amazingly excited about the list of authors signed on to the project and all profits will be going to THIS CHARITY. I've got two other authors signed on to my label, both amazingly talented and I'm honored they're letting me publish their work. You're going to love them.
Also-if you haven't already seen it-as part of Satin & Stone, I'm designing book covers. You don't need to be under my label to purchase, but it certainly helps if you're a member of the GROUP so that you can see all the new pretties that I put up. Once a cover is gone it's gone!

I think that's all for now, dear readers. below I'll drop the links to all the new endeavors and I'll be sure to keep you up to date on all the happenings that are... happening. Until next time.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Voice from the Darkness

Hello, dear readers!

I know, I know... it's been forever. But after the harrowing ordeal of writing two novels in such a short time span, and then jumping right in to my first signing event, my brain was fried. The decompression time was much needed. I powered through NaNoWriMo (Yay, me!) and now, with the holidays approaching, it is time for introspection and planning for the year to come. You see, dear readers, I have many irons that I intend to put into my fire, in addition to continuing my writing.
For those of you who are fans of The Tribe, worry not. More is coming, although the order I intended to write the series is shifting slightly, I think. Tank is an infuriatingly persistent voice and his story may follow Matchetehew's.
If you haven't been following along via my newsletter, you might not know, but I am working on my first contemporary romance - a taboo priest story - as well as two other PNR series AND I've just committed to a PNR anthology to be published next summer. There is much to come! So if I am quiet through the new year, just know that I am behind a keyboard, clacking away and I'll be back on the first, hopefully with my ducks in a row and an announcement to be made. To keep up, feel free to sign up for my monthly newsletter or join my Facebook fan group of faithful harlots. Thank you all for following along and happy holidays from Wright's Holler.


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Carolina Book Fest 2016

If you haven't already seen on Facebook, Carolina Book Fest was amazing! If you weren't there, you were missed and if you were, I hope you had as much fun as I did! For a new author's first signing, I was overwhelmed and even got a little misty when my very first fan approached me teary-eyed for an autograph and a picture. Here's a few highlights and I hope to see you at a signing near you!