Time for Some Thrilling Fantasy

The Weird Thrillers Bundle – Curated by Kevin J. Anderson

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to your e-reader! I’ve curated an innovative new StoryBundle, imaginative thrillers, each with a fantasy twist, some funny, some nail-biting, all enjoyable.

As always with storybundle.com, you get a lot of books and you name your own price—in this case (of strange cases!) you’ll receive 14 novels for as little as $15. A portion of the income goes directly to a wonderful charity, and the rest is split among indie authors.

Leading off the Weird Thrillers bundle is my new Dan Shamble UNNATURAL HAIRY ZOMNIBUS—two complete and completely hilarious novels featuring Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I., UNNATURAL ACTS and HAIR RAISING. He’s a detective as strange and hilarious as his own cases.

In POSING FOR PICASSO by Sam Stone, when Detective Jake Chandler begins to investigate a string of mysterious murders, he unravels a secret that links two artist: one a Russian in the present day, the other Pablo Picasso. Adric Mayall’s THE ART OF MADNESS is the first novel in a new DigitalPunk Urban Fantasy series about a cosmically powered detective trying to solve a string of disappearances, while being completely unable to adult.

In HARMONY IN LIGHT by Walter H. Hunt, in 1885, an ancient artifact surfaces in Paris. Mesmerists from both sides of the Channel race to gain possession of it before it brings about a world war. Frank Morin’s MEMORY HUNTER is a time-travel fantasy thriller where history becomes the battlefield.

DANGEROUS WAYS by Ronnie Virdi is the 2016 Dragon Award-finalist for best fantasy (paranormal) full of urban fantasy portal action, assassin elves, troll beserkers, ageless warriors, and faerie queens. END OF DAYS by J.F.Penn is a fast-paced adventure from the ruins of Iraq to the snake-handling churches of the Appalachian Mountains and on to Jerusalem as Morgan and Jake race to find the seven seals and stop the resurrection of an evil as old as mankind.

First-place award-winning fantasy ETERNAL NIGHT by Jade Kerrion lures you from a medieval town to a post-apocalyptic nightmare, where nothing is as it seems… In Rob Cornell’s DARKER THINGS, Craig Lockman thought he was done fighting monsters until a teen claiming she’s his daughter arrives with a special-ops team of vampire assassins hot on her tail. In Felicia Beasley’s SHADY MAGIC, you’ll meet the snarky half-demon with a hero complex, PI (in training) Lex Trenton.

MODERN MERLIN by J.P. Rice is a thrilling coming of age story that blends magical urban fantasy and small town horror in this. Unavailable for purchase anywhere else. Lydia Hawke’s SINS OF THE ANGELS marks the beginning of a supernatural thriller series about Heaven, Hell, and the kick-ass homicide detective desperately trying to stop them from annihilating humanity. This ebook is currently unavailable for purchase anywhere else. And finally, Alex Steele’s STOLEN TRINKETS, part of the Chaos Mages series, follows a detective duo in what fans are saying is “a Lethal Weapon meets Marvel” action thriller escape from reality.

The charity for this StoryBundle is Patricia Tallman’s Be A Santa, bringing holiday cheer to the teens of Penny Lane Centers. Many of you know Pat from her work in Babylon 5, and she’s been my friend for more than twenty years. Be A Santa is in its 24th year and depends entirely on donations from individuals like you. Every penny goes to the kids! http://www.beasanta.org) – 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.

  • Stolen Trinkets – The Chaos Mages: Book 1 by Alex Steele
  • Sins of the Angels – The Grigori Legacy Book One by Lydia M. Hawke
  • Dangerous Ways – The Books of Winter by R.R. Virdi
  • Darker Things – The Lockman Chronicles: Book One by Rob Cornell

If you pay at least the bonus price of just $15, you get all four of the regular books, plus EIGHT more!

  • Modern Merlin by J.P. Rice
  • Eternal Night – Aeternae Noctis: Book One by Jade Kerrion
  • End of Days by J.F. Penn
  • Shady Magic – Lex Trenton Origins: Book 1 by K. V. Adair
  • Unnatural Hairy – Zomnibus Edition by Kevin J. Anderson
  • Posing for Picasso by Sam Stone
  • Harmony in Light by Walter H. Hunt
  • The Art of Madness – The Gearwitch Investigations by A.J. Mayall

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!

It’s also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

  • Get quality reads: We’ve chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
  • Pay what you want (minimum $5): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth. If you can only spare a little, that’s fine! You’ll still get access to a batch of exceptional titles.
  • Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there’s nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
  • Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to Be A Santa!
  • Receive extra books: If you beat the bonus price, you’ll get the bonus books!

StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for Gizmodo.com and Lifehacker.com.

For more information, visit our website at storybundle.com, tweet us at @storybundle and like us on Facebook.

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Sebastian Light Returns

Enraged: Unturned Book Four is now available at Amazon!

Detroit sorcerer Sebastian Light thought his darkest days had passed, but an even greater darkness lies ahead.

When a long-time beloved friend suddenly falls ill, and his mysterious symptoms continue to worsen, Sebastian will do anything to save him. Clues suggest the sickness may have magical origins, prompting Sebastian to try to track the source and put an end to his friend’s suffering.

His search pits him against the most powerful black witch coven in the Midwest—the Maidens of Shadow. Once tenuous allies, the Maidens now have little sympathy for the collateral damage their plans will cause.

And while Sebastian’s growing rage over his friend’s plight gives him access to powerful magic, how he wields that power could lead him into a dark place from which he may never return.

Snag your copy here!

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DECEIVED: Unturned Book Three Now Live!

I’ve been remiss. Somehow I forgot to mention here on my own website that the third book in the Unturned series is live, available now at Amazon.

Here’s the book description from Amazon:

Detroit sorcerer Sebastian Light thought he wanted answers. Now he wishes he never asked.

Try as he might to deny his mother’s horrifying revelation, one clue after another forces Sebastian to accept an unthinkable truth.

A conspiracy within the halls of the Ministry carries ties to Sebastian’s family. He doesn’t know what end the conspirators seek, only that they consider his mother a pawn in their mysterious game.

To protect her, Sebastian must search for more answers. His discoveries uncover the true depths of deception surrounding him, and will pit him against the greatest supernatural threat the Motor City has ever faced.

This book answers the biggest mysteries of the series to date, and while it caps off a larger story arch, there are plenty more adventures for Sebastian Light coming soon. In fact, book four, Enraged, is on its way to the editor. I anticipate a quick release for that one. Perhaps toward the end of May, if you can believe it. And what am I doing now? Well, I’m writing book five, of course!

I’ll make sure to announce that one on time. 😉

Here’s the link to Deceived again. Enjoy!

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Crossed: Unturned Book Two is Finally Here!

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At last, the second book in the Unturned series is now available on Amazon. Here’s the blurb:

A magical brand keeps Detroit sorcerer Sebastian Light from succumbing to the vampire infection roiling through his blood, but the brand also cuts him off from half of his power—maybe more.

Uncertain of his new limitations, Sebastian tries to play it safe even while hunting beasts on the Motor City’s paranormal most wanted list. But after a cadre of vampires attacks and burns down his home, like it or not, Sebastian must put those limits to the test—especially when he finds himself up against D-Town’s oldest and most powerful vampire.

More than Sebastian’s soul rides on finally defeating these undead deadbeats, including the lives of everyone he loves…and a chance to learn the truth behind his father’s mysterious death.

Get your copy here!

Oh, and if you haven’t yet read Branded, the first book in the series, I have more good news–it’s on sale for 99 cents, but only for a limited time.

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The Battle for Sebastian Light’s Soul Continues

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Demon hunting ain’t so easy when you have to use an axe instead of a fireball.

A magical brand keeps Detroit sorcerer Sebastian Light from succumbing to the vampire infection roiling through his blood, but the brand also cuts him off from half of his power—maybe more.

Uncertain of his new limitations, Sebastian tries to play it safe even while hunting beasts on the Motor City’s paranormal most wanted list. But after a cadre of vampires attacks and burns down his home, like it or not, Sebastian must put those limits to the test—especially when he finds himself up against D-Town’s oldest and most powerful vampire.

More than Sebastian’s soul rides on finally defeating these undead deadbeats, including the lives of everyone he loves…

…and a chance to learn the truth behind his father’s mysterious death.

Coming Soon!

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9 Exclusive Urban Fantasy Stories for Only $0.99!

fmmcoverIt’s finally here!

Full Metal Magic is available on Amazon now, so make sure you head on over and grab your copy. I have a feeling you’ll find some authors to add to your must read list after you get a taste of what’s inside.

9 NY Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Authors
9 original all-new tales of magic, mayhem, mystery, and adventure you can’t get anywhere else.
The ULTIMATE Urban Fantasy Boxed Set!
Yours for an insanely low price.

This Urban Fantasy collection contains 9 EXCLUSIVE stories that will bring you face to face with unique characters, alternate worlds where magic is commonplace, and things that really do go bump in the night.

Journey from Las Vegas to Wales and everywhere in between to face off against witches, shapeshifters, mercenaries, bounty hunters, zombies, and even a few gods.

THE BULL DEMON KING by J.A. Cipriano – Mac Brennan just wanted to take his girlfriend to the fair, but the Bull Demon King had other plans…

THE BLACK DOOR by Domino Finn – Cisco Suarez is dragged to the depths of the underground Miami nightlife, where seekers of arcane knowledge may just get their wish.

DANCE OF THE DEAD by Sonya Bateman – Halloween in Manhattan gets weirder than usual for Gideon Black, who finds himself up against a powerful necromancer looking to raise a lot more than the dead.

HARD ROW by Ambrose Ibsen – Demon-hearted brawler Lucian Colt prepares to trace a human trafficking operation to its fountainhead. But will he and his teammates prove a match for what awaits them in the seedy stretch of Hard Row?

ANGRY SPARK by Al K. Line – When an old vampire “buddy” calls you in the middle of the night, and asks for a favor, hang up on the them and stay the hell in bed. I was stupid. I got dressed, and nearly got dead soon after.

FAMILY BUSINESS by Rob Cornell – Sorcerer Sebastian Light expects his first day as a demon hunter to go off without a hitch, but sometimes family issues are harder to slay than even the surliest of goblins.

VALENTINE BLUES by James A. Hunter – As violence breaks out and people start dying, only Yancy Lazarus–bluesman, gambler, mage, and former wet-works man–can put things right. Well, he can try …

A DRIVE IN THE COUNTRY by Craig Schaefer – For Daniel Faust, driving a condemned man to his death dredges up old memories and old ghosts. You can’t outrun the past.

CHASE THE DARK by Pippa DaCosta – New York’s sewers are infested with gators. As Ace Dante investigates, it becomes clear there’s something far worse beneath the streets, and it’s out for revenge.

Get your copy here:

FULL METAL MAGIC

In other news, Book Two in the Unturned series, featuring Detroit sorcerer Sebastian Light, is very close to having a release date. I’m really proud of this one, so I cannot wait to make it available to all of you. In the meantime, my story in Full Metal Magic, also a Sebastian Light story, can tide you over until then. 😉

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Exclusive Stories from the Best in Urban Fantasy

Coming October 20th!

9 ALL NEW action packed stories from NYT & International Bestselling Urban Fantasy authors.  All stories are exclusive to this collection and unavailable anywhere else!

THE BULL DEMON KING by J.A. Cipriano – Mac Brennan just wanted to take his girlfriend to the fair, but the Bull Demon King had other plans…

THE BLACK DOOR by Domino Finn – Cisco Suarez is dragged to the depths of the underground Miami nightlife, where seekers of arcane knowledge may just get their wish.

DANCE OF THE DEAD by Sonya Bateman – Halloween in Manhattan gets weirder than usual for Gideon Black, who finds himself up against a powerful necromancer looking to raise a lot more than the dead.

HARD ROW by Ambrose Ibsen – Demon-hearted brawler Lucian Colt prepares to trace a human trafficking operation to its fountainhead. But will he and his teammates prove a match for what awaits them in the seedy stretch of Hard Row?

ANGRY SPARK by Al K. Line – When an old vampire “buddy” calls you in the middle of the night, and asks for a favor, hang up on the them and stay the hell in bed. I was stupid. I got dressed, and nearly got dead soon after.

FAMILY BUSINESS by Rob Cornell – Sorcerer Sebastian Light expects his first day as a demon hunter to go off without a hitch, but sometimes family issues are harder to slay than even the surliest of goblins.

VALENTINE BLUES by James A. Hunter – As violence breaks out and people start dying, only Yancy Lazarus—bluesman, gambler, mage, and former wet-works man—can put things right. Well, he can try …

A DRIVE IN THE COUNTRY by Craig Schaefer – For Daniel Faust, driving a condemned man to his death dredges up old memories and old ghosts. You can’t outrun the past.

CHASE THE DARK by Pippa DaCosta – New York’s sewers are infested with gators. As Ace Dante investigates, it becomes clear there’s something far worse beneath the streets, and it’s out for revenge.

I am beyond excited to join this amazingly talented group of authors!

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Branded is Live!

Branded (Unturned – Book One) is live and ready to read from Amazon.

When you start the book and you’re the kind of reader who actually reads a book’s dedication, you’ll find a very special one in this book. It goes like this:

This one’s for Karen Sprague (a.k.a. Bonus Mom). A lifelong mystery finally solved. A new relationship finally formed. I’m so glad we finally met.

Karen gets the Bonus Mom title because I was lucky enough to have two moms.

I was adopted at birth by a loving family I miss very much (both of my parents have passed away–too damn soon). Growing up, I always wondered about my biological parents. I’m sure every adopted kid does. But it would take me thirty-nine years before I finally decided to solve this lifelong mystery. Through the help of a wonderful woman at the agency that handled my adoption and a Facebook friend who moonlights as a private detective, I was able to track down my birth mom.

We both wrote letters of introduction, forwarded through the adoption agency. Reading her letter changed my life in a single gasp. I learned all about another family (a bonus family). Grandparents, an uncle, an aunt, a brother and sister, and even (holy wow!) a nephew and two nieces. Overnight, I had become Uncle Rob.

After the letters, we started trading emails. I got pictures, old and new. One of them was of my grandfather as a young man. I saw my own face looking back at me. I learned more about my birth family, and discovered so many of them had creative inclinations like myself. Dancers, singers, artists, writers, filmmakers. I finally saw where my own creative impulses came from. Genetics is a powerful force. Simply amazing.

But email can only take you so far. The true test would come from a face-to-face meeting.

I had to wait a year before that could happen.

See, the good news was I had found my birth mom. The bad news was that she lived in Australia. Half the freakin’ world stretched between us.

Thankfully, this last April, smack dab on my 40th birthday, I got to meet her in person as she was visiting the US. I won’t even try to describe what that was like. It would take too many words and most of them would fall short. The moment I saw her, though, I knew my life had changed forever.

She had ten days in Michigan before she had to fly down to Texas to be with her (other) son, daughter, and grandkids. We got together several times during those ten days. I introduced Karen to her (other) grandkids and my wife. I had her and her mother over to the house. The kids took to both of them as if they had know each other forever. Uncanny and wonderful.

I’ll wrap up, since this is probably one of the most atypical book release announcements you’ve read.Branded

When my wife and I explained to our kids how Karen fit in with our lives, we began referring to her as Bonus Grandma. How cool is that? A brand new grandma, pre-packaged and ready to love on them. From there it was an easy leap for me to call her Bonus Mom. How cool is that?

That’s the story behind Branded‘s dedication. It’s the only part of the book I’ll spoil for you. But I’ll tell you this one last bit: Every story I write has piece of me threaded through it. In light of this new information about myself, you could probably go back through the Lockman Chronicles and (especially) the Ridley Brone mysteries, and see the influence my being adopted has had on them.

Branded is the first book I’ve written since meeting my birth mom. I’m a different person now, so the pieces of myself I put into my stories are probably different too. I don’t do any of this consciously. I don’t work out Big Themes and Important Messages when I plan my stories. In fact, you won’t find any of that Lit class stuff in my books as far as I can tell.

Still, every story reflects its teller.

That’s why I dedicated Branded to Karen Sprague (a.k.a. Bonus Mom). I know my new reflection is in there. How could it not be?

That said, I’m pretty sure there’s a good story in there too. Hopefully, you’ll agree.

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New Beginnings

Welcome to my new website. Glad you found your way here, whether through a link in one of my books, my Facebook or Twitter pages, or a Google search for “Rabid Hamster Trainers in the Midwest.”

Okay, I’m not a rabid hamster trainer. But now that I’ve put that phrase in this post, I wonder how high I will rank in a Google search for it.

In any case, there’s more going on around here than rodent jokes and a new website. I also have a new urban fantasy novel set for release TOMORROW! (June 20th to be precise.) Branded is the first book in a fresh series about a sorcerer with a serious vampire problem. Here’s the official summary of the book:

BrandedSorcerer Sebastian Light has long used his powerful magic to corner the market on demon hunting in Detroit. With control over the elements, he can burn through bounties almost as fast as the Ministry can issue them—much to the chagrin of the Motor City’s other hunters. But after a group of vampires taints him with their blood in an effort to turn him, collecting bounties is the least of his worries.

News of Sebastian’s vampire infection spreads through the city like Hellfire. Now he has a contract on his own head, and his rivals see an opportunity to take out their biggest competition. He can expend magical energy to keep the infection from blazing through him, but fending off constant attacks at the same time requires more power than even he can muster. Weakening daily and hunted wherever he goes, Sebastian scrambles to find a cure—before this fight for his life leaves him undead.

I had a lot of fun not only with the magical pyrotechnics and the cool characters, but also the setting. I grew up in the Detroit area. There are a lot of neat locations for an urban fantasy. It doesn’t get much more urban than the Motor City.

Right now Branded is available for only 99 cents as part of a new release special (and you can even pre-order it so you don’t have to remind yourself to swing by Amazon tomorrow). The release price won’t last long, so now would be a good time to grab your copy.

I’ve never been much of a blogger, but I’m hoping to stay in touch on here a little more regularly. If you have any questions or topics you’d like me to discuss, leave a comment or contact me via email through my contact form.

Until next time!

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