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Friday, July 25, 2014

New book: Fairy Luck, Songs of Magic Book 6!

Good news for fans of the Songs of Magic series - the long-anticipated next book is here!  Fairy Luck continues the adventures of Jason, Erin, and Aoide, and it is the second to last book in the series.

You can grab it on Kindle, Nook, or Smashwords for just $2.99 right now.  It will be available on Apple and Kobo within a week or so.

If you haven't tried the fairy books yet, you can now pick up a boxed set of the first four books for just $4.99 on Kindle or Nook.

I will have some very non-fairy books out soon.  Inferno Park, a story about teenagers in Florida who can't resist sneaking into the haunted ruins of an old amusement park, should be out in a couple of weeks!  I've spent a lot of time on this book and it's full of childhood memories for me, so I hope you'll read that when it comes out in August!

That's all the news from me.  I hope you're having a great summer!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Jenny Pox and Fairy boxed sets, plus new books coming soon!

I've recently released two ebook boxed sets: one for the entire Jenny Pox series, and one for the first four books in the Songs of Magic series! If you're interested, here are the links:

Jenny Pox complete series: Available on Kindle and Nook.




Songs of Magic Books 1-4:  Available on Kindle and Nook.

If you're a fan of the Songs of Magic series, you'll be glad to know that Book 6, Fairy Luck, will be available this Friday (July 24)! 



I'm also releasing another novel about a week later, on August 1.  This one is called Inferno Park, and it concerns a group of teenagers who can't resist breaking into and exploring the haunted ruins of an old amusement park.  It's set in the Florida panhandle and involves a lot of my own favorite tourist-trap memories from childhood.  I'm really looking forward to sharing that with readers out there.  Inferno Park is a standalone book, not a series.

I'm also deep into writing a new book, which I hope to release before Halloween.  This one involves ghosts and seems like a lot of fun so far.

To hear about my new releases as they happen, be sure to sign up for my newsletter here (you'll also receive a free ebook of short stories): http://eepurl.com/mizJH.

That's all the news from me!  I've been spending a lot of time offline, focusing on writing.  Hope everyone is having a good summer!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Initiate by Tara Maya

The following is an excerpt from Initiate by Tara Maya, who is one of the contributors to Faery Worlds (a six-book anthology that also contains my book Fairy Metal Thunder).  I'm doing a Skype interview with Tara in a month or so, and I'll post when that's available!



The Unfinished Song (Book 1): Initiate by Tara Maya

BLURB
DEADLY INITIATION

A DETERMINED GIRL...
Dindi can't do anything right, maybe because she spends more time dancing with pixies than doing her chores. Her clan hopes to marry her off and settle her down, but she dreams of becoming a Tavaedi, one of the powerful warrior-dancers whose secret magics are revealed only to those who pass a mysterious Test during the Initiation ceremony. The problem? No-one in Dindi's clan has ever passed the Test. Her grandmother died trying. But Dindi has a plan.


AN EXILED WARRIOR...
Kavio is the most powerful warrior-dancer in Faearth, but when he is exiled from the tribehold for a crime he didn't commit, he decides to shed his old life. If roving cannibals and hexers don't kill him first, this is his chance to escape the shadow of his father's wars and his mother's curse. But when he rescues a young Initiate girl, he finds himself drawn into as deadly a plot as any he left behind. He must decide whether to walk away or fight for her... assuming she would even accept the help of an exile.


EXCERPT
Blue-skinned rusalki grappled Dindi under the churning surface of the river. She could feel their claws dig into her arms. Their riverweed-like hair entangled her legs when she tried to kick back to the surface. She only managed to gulp a few breaths of air before they pulled her under again.

She hadn't appreciated how fast and deep the river was. On her second gasp for air, she saw that the current was already dragging her out of sight of the screaming girls on the bank. A whirlpool of froth and fae roiled between two large rocks in the middle of the river. The rusalka and her sisters tugged Dindi toward it. Other water fae joined the rusalki. Long snouted pookas, turtle-like kappas and hairy-armed gwyllions all swam around her, leading her to the whirlpool, where even more fae swirled in the whitewater.

"Join our circle, Dindi!" the fae voices gurgled under the water. "Dance with us forever!"

"No!" She kicked and swam and stole another gasp for air before they snagged her again. There were so many of them now, all pulling her down, all singing to the tune of the rushing river. She tried to shout, "Dispel!" but swallowed water instead. Her head hit a rock, disorienting her. She sank, this time sure she wouldn't be coming up again.

"Dispel!" It was a man's voice.

Strong arms encircled her and lifted her until her arms and head broke the surface. Her rescuer swam with her toward the shore. He overpowered the current, he shrugged aside the hands of the water faeries stroking his hair and arms. When he reached the shallows, he scooped Dindi into his arms and carried her the rest of the way to the grassy bank. He set her down gently.

She coughed out some water while he supported her back.

"Better?" he asked.

She nodded. He was young--only a few years older than she. The aura of confidence and competence he radiated made him seem older. Without knowing quite why, she was certain he was a Tavaedi.

"Good." He had a gorgeous smile. A wisp of his dark bangs dangled over one eye. He brushed his dripping hair back over his head.

Dindi's hand touched skin--he was not wearing any shirt. Both of them were sopping wet. On him, that meant trickles of water coursed over a bedrock of muscle. As for her, the thin white wrap clung transparently to her body like a wet leaf. She blushed.

"It might have been easier to swim if you had let go of that," he teased. He touched her hand, which was closed around something. "What were you holding onto so tightly that it mattered more than drowning?"


LINKS
Tara’s blog http://bit.ly/12dFdNy
Tara’s Twitter http://bit.ly/162sCtE
The Unfinished Song on Facebook http://on.fb.me/1400mMq
Barnes and Noble http://bit.ly/13yM5Dr

Initiate is free everywhere except on Barnes and Noble (where it’s $0.99). You can download a free .epub version via Smashwords.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Jenny Pox Audiobook: Now available in time for Christmas!

Fans are always asking if there will be more Jenny Pox books...one good way to get another dose of Pox is through the audiobook edition that has just been released!  It's the perfect stuffer for your digital stocking.

You can find it on Audible, Amazon, or iTunes.

You can also get it free if you sign up for a 30-day trial membership with Audible.com.

To celebrate, I'm giving away THREE copies of the audiobook for fans. (You'll need an Audible.com or Amazon account to claim the audiobook.)  So here's the Rafflecopter for that!  Good luck!

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Unseen is now live on Kindle and Nook - special Halloween price of 99 cents!


The headline pretty much says it.  I've decided to release The Unseen at 99 cents for Halloween week.  This is probably my favorite and most personal book I've written yet, and I'll be blogging more about why as the week goes on.  For now, I just wanted to let everyone know that the book is out and you can temporarily grab one for an extremely low price.  I hope you enjoy it!  I also have a book blast with some great prizes coming up this week, so I'll let you know about that, too!

Here are the links if you'd like to grab one!

Amazon:

Nook:

Book description:
Cassidy is a young tattoo artist living in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta. She's always suffered terrible nightmares, and sometimes the hideous creatures seem to follow her out of her dreams and into her waking life, though she's the only one who can see them. Drugs and alcohol can blot them out, but never entirely chase them away.

When a demonic cult begins to take control of the people in her life, including her younger brother, Cassidy discovers that the unseen world of monsters is very real. She can no longer avoid it. To protect those she loves, she must accept her own hidden supernatural talents and face the forces of evil before the sinister cult achieves its twisted goals and casts the world into darkness.

Some advance comments from early readers:

"In The Unseen, J.L. Bryan will send chills down your spine and leave you on the edge of your seat, waiting to read each terrifying, masterful word.”
-Courtney Cole, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Beautifully Broken series

"The Unseen is creepy and sexy and the best kind of high. I couldn’t sleep that first night, but I loved it so much I couldn’t put it down. J.L. Bryan is kind of awesome that way."
-Heather Hildenbrand, author of the Dirty Blood series

The Unseen is J.L. Bryan at his best—smart horror, taking creepy creatures and blending them with a believable, twisted cult and putting them up against a smart but reluctant heroine. It left me with my skin crawling and the sinking fear that there might be something lurking above my bed. J.L. Bryan is like Stephen King meets Kevin Williamson - horror for an audience that has seen it all.”
-Amanda Hocking, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Switched and Wake

Sunday, October 6, 2013

New book coming on Halloween! Also, a special giveaway for newsletter subscribers.

I'm happy to announce the tentative release day for my new book, The Unseen, is this Halloween!

Here are the details for the book:

Cassidy is a young tattoo artist living in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta. She’s always suffered terrible nightmares, and sometimes the hideous creatures seem to follow her out of her dreams and into her waking life, though she’s the only one who can see them. Drugs and alcohol can blot them out, but never entirely chase them away.

When a demonic cult begins to take control of the people in her life, including her younger brother, Cassidy discovers that the unseen world of monsters is very real. She can no longer avoid it. To protect those she loves, she must accept her own hidden supernatural talents and face the forces of evil before the sinister cult achieves its twisted goals and casts the world into darkness.

If you use Goodreads, you can add the book here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18630803-the-unseen


I'm offering some special perks for my email newsletter subscribers.  All subscribers will receive a sneak preview of the first chapter about a week before the book is available anywhere.  Also, there's a giveaway exclusive to newsletter subscribers: one autographed copy of Jenny Pox, Nomad, or Fairy Metal Thunder (winner's choice).  The winner will be chosen and announced in the same edition of the newsletter that announces the release of The Unseen.  This giveaway is open to the US, Canada, and the UK.

All newsletter subscribers are automatically entered to win.  If you haven't signed up, you can do that below:

 
Thanks!  Let me know if you have any questions!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Take the Nomad Bus Tour!


(This post is a part of the IndieSummer event put together by Rachel from Parajunkee and Lori from Contagious Reads.)



For the Indie Summer tour, each author is writing about a different city. The natural choice for me was New Haven, Connecticut, because much of Nomad is set there, and I did a lot of research about the city while writing the book.

The main character, Raven, travels back in time five decades to assassinate a future dictator when he is still a very young man. She tracks him to New Haven, and things do not go as planned.

If reading Nomad inspires you to visit New Haven, you might want to buy a ticket on the Nomad New Haven Tour Bus to see the sights mentioned in the book! Since the tour bus is imaginary, we’ll say it’s awesome. It’s one of those London double-deckers, with a nightclub on the first level and an open-air cafe on the second. It’s a really cool bus. Here are some of the stops along the way, which your tour guide will describe over the P.A. as you dance and drink your way around town.

New Haven Green: The first “scenic” spot Raven encounters on her trip back to 2013, the Green is an original piece of the New Haven settlement and dates back to 1638. Now a grassy park with three cute little churches, the green was the town’s graveyard for more than a century. Thousands of bodies are buried under the park, though the headstones have long since been removed.




Yale University: Have you ever wondered what it would look like if early twentieth century Americans decided to build a village of Gothic castles with high walls, dark spires, and gargoyles? Thanks to Yale, you don’t have to wonder any longer! The main schools are several stories high, with lovely sharp towers, and give off the sense that you could, just possibly, walk into a medieval royal banquet and get yourself tortured.



Grove Street Cemetery: If you’re still wondering about those missing headstones from the Green, here they are, lined up in rows inside the high, dark walls of Grove Street Cemetery. Full of obelisks and sculptures, the cemetery’s most interesting feature is probably the high front gate, done in ancient Egyptian style, engraved with the words “The Dead Shall Be Raised.”


Kroon Hall: Part of Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Kroon Hall is not a medieval castle but a building designed with the most advance methods of minimizing its ecological impact. Build with recycled materials, shaped with temperate regulation in mind, and topped with solar collectors, the building also recycles runoff and ground water in a pond filtered by aquatic plants to provide gray water. Raven inadvertently causes a disaster here. I was fascinated to read about the building’s design.

Book Trader Cafe: This cafe sells used hardcovers at very low prices, so it sounds like a place to visit on any trip to New Haven. Raven ducks in here to avoid police and ends up purchasing a copy of Slaughterhouse-Five.

In a scene deleted from the manuscript but not from the author’s heart, Raven eats dinner at a dive seafood restaurant by the wharf, with oysters, clams, and other freshly-caught, expertly prepared New England delicacies. This is where our imaginary tour bus will now stop for lunch.

Whether you’re interested in history, architecture, fine seafood, or just looking for today's city clue for the Indie Summer event, the answer is the same: New Haven!

For more chances to win stuff, see my guest blogs today on Paperbook Princess and Paranormal Book Club.  Good luck!

Paperbook Princess Paranormal Book Club