Title: Isle of Gold Series: Daughters Jones Trilogy, Bk 1 Author: Seven Jane Genre: YA Historical Fantasy Release Date: 10.8.2018 Publisher: Black Spot Books
The year is 1716—the Golden Age of the Pirates. An orphan who sleeps in the dusty kitchens of a quayside brothel, Merrin Smith is desperate to unravel the secrets of her past and find the truth about the events that brought her to Isla Perla as a child. Disguised as a sailor, she joins the crew of the pirate ship Riptide, helmed by the notorious Captain Erik Winters. Tenacious and rumored to be a madman, Winters is known as much for his ruthlessness as for his connection to the enigmatic and beautiful proprietress of The Goodnight Mermaid, Evangeline Dahl, who vanished from the island two summers before. This book is an epic, emotional adventure of two women—one desperate to save herself, and the other determined to be rescued—and the secret which binds them together.
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“Part fairytale, part fantasy, part romance, Jane’s debut is full of colorful characters [and] a plot that will thrill the heart of any lover of magic, legends, and epic adventure.” --Booklist
"Jane weaves a tale of myth and magic . . . This tempting novel will entrance." --Publishers Weekly
"A delightful, well researched and evocative historical fantasy that succeeds in bringing a fascinating era to life.” --Midwest Book Review
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A Midnight Clear
SIX STORIES OF NOT-SO-MERRY YULETIDE WHIMSY
You'd better watch out...
Coming just in time for the holidays: the perfect stocking stuffer for the fantasy lover! These six stories of not-so-merry Yuletide whimsy contain enough winter chills and thrills to satisfy every lover of speculative fiction.
Black Spot Books’ first anthology, A Midnight Clear [November 5, 2019], features stories from the house’s leading and bestselling authors and includes tales by the in-house authors that write them the best, ranging from humorous dark fantasy (Hooker, Soul Remains) to a ghostly Christmastime murder (Windwalker, Preacher Sam), and new spins on old winter fables (Storm, The Hungry Ghost; Jane, The Isle of Gold).
A woman so cold she hardens to ice on a winter’s eve. Risen from his grave before his time, a winter god alters the balance between seasons. A wolf’s holiday season is interrupted by a strange curse. From a murder at the Stanley Hotel to demons of Christmas past, present, and future, and a mad elf and Santa’s Candy Court. In A Midnight Clear [Black Spot Books, November 5, 2019] the authors of Black Spot Books share their love for winter holidays in this collection of dark winter tales, destined to chill your bones and warm your heart for the Yuletide season.
"Winter is a time of darkness. The nights grow longer and colder, and all around us the world comes to a pause. For thousands of years people have waited through the season, keeping warm with family and friends and fire and anxiously awaiting the return of the light,” says publisher Lindy Ryan.
About the Authors
Sam Hooker writes darkly humorous fantasy novels about things like tyrannical despots and the masked scoundrels who tickle them without mercy. He knows all the best swear words, though he refuses to repeat them. Peril in the Old Country, The Winter Riddle, Soul Remains
Alcy Leyva is a Bronx-born writer, teacher, and pizza enthusiast. He graduated from Hunter College with a B.A. in English (Creative Writing) and an MFA in Fiction from The New School. And Then There Were Crows, And Then There Were Dragons
Laura Morrison lives in the Metro Detroit area. She has a B.S. in applied ecology and environmental science from Michigan Technological University. Before she was a writer and stay-at-home mom, she battled invasive species and researched turtles. Come Back to the Swamp
Cassondra Windwalker is a poet and novelist writing full time from the coast of the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. Her hobbies include hiking, photography, and having other people's demons over for tea. Bury the Lead, Preacher Sam
Dalena Storm has lived in India, Japan, Germany, and on both United States coasts. She currently resides in a converted general store in the woods of Western Massachusetts with a rare Burmese temple cat, a professor of magic, and an infant with an astonishing ability to resist sleep. The Hungry Ghost
Seven Jane is a bestselling author of dark fantasy and speculative fiction. She is a member of the Women's Fiction Writing Association. She is a contributor to The Nerd Daily and is represented by Gandolfo, Helin & Fountain. The Isle of Gold
A Midnight Clear will be available in paperback and e-book formats through all major retailers and distributors on November 5, 2019.
ISBN (print): 978-1-7335994-4-3
ISBN (EPUB): 978-1-7335995-5-0
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A DISGRACED FORMER PREACHER UNCOVERS THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MURDER OF ONE OF HIS PARISHIONERS
Confession is good for the soul.
Disgraced former preacher Sam Geisler may not be Broadripple, Indiana’s favorite son, but his peculiar gift for listening has earned him the moniker murder-whisperer, and the police need his help on what should be an open-and-shut case—again. A woman has killed her best friend in cold blood, but although Amanda’s confessed to the crime there’s no clear motive and the evidence doesn’t stack up. And, she’s not talking—not to the detectives, the victim’s family, or even her own attorney. There is one person the suspect will talk to, though: Preacher Sam.
No one is more qualified to understand the blackest hearts than a disgraced, porn-addicted former preacher who is still in love with his estranged wife. Floundering for direction and beset by the needs of his well-meaning but aggravating atheist sister and her seven-year-old son, Sam Geisler is trying to put his past behind him when the murder of one of his former parishioners by another drags him back into the world he thought he left behind. Proving Amanda’s innocence, and solving the crime of who really killed Amy Randolph, will mean confronting both the aftermath of Sam's own dark secret and figuring out how to survive someone else's.
In the first installment of Cassondra Windwalker’s new Sam Geisler, Murder Whisperer series, Preacher Sam [Black Spot Books, September 17, 2019] introduces readers to a flawed but loveable hero in Sam Geisler, a man trying to overcome his own darkness while looking for the good in everyone else.
Fighting for his marriage, fighting with his sister, and fighting against his own demons, in Preacher Sam, Sam may be the only one who hears what the real murderer is all but shouting—but will it be enough to drive back his own darkness?
"Sometimes Sam Geisler is the person we all wish we were—warm, funny, compassionate, loyal,” says Windwalker. “But sometimes he's who we're all afraid of becoming, and even he doesn't know which side is stronger. Do murderers trust him because he offers them grace, or because of something darker they recognize in him that breathes in themselves?"
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AND THEN THERE WERE DRAGONS
FANTASY, ADVENTURE, CRIPPLING SOCIAL ANXIETY, AND A WHOLE NEW WORLD OF WEIRD
Hell claimed Amanda Grey's soul. Someone should have checked the return policy.
For Amanda Grey, stopping the all-encompassing Apocalypse fated to plunge mankind’s entire existence into never-ending darkness ... just kind of sucked. Sure, she managed to capture every demon set loose on New York City. And yes, she ended up thwarting an evil angel’s plans to destroy humanity. But she also lost her sister, her apartment, and—oh yeah—Amanda Grey totally died and got her soul banished to Hell as a result.
Luckily, she’s not the type to take that kind of thing lying down.
In the second installment of Alcy Leyva’s Shades of Hell series, And Then There Were Dragons [Black Spot Books, July 30, 2019] thrusts Amanda Grey into a whole new world of weird as she ventures out into the fiery wastelands, decrepit cities, and Olive Gardens of the afterlife in search of her sister. As the penultimate entry in the Shades of Hell series, Amanda will come face-to-face with the truth behind the demon Shades, as well as a destiny she sure as hell didn't ask for.
Leyva’s And Then There Were Crows established Amanda Grey—a recluse with crippling social anxiety—as an unwilling hero during the End of Days. In her next adventure, Leyva brings the same twisted sense of adventure to And Then There Were Dragons, which sees Grey coming into her own. With a little hellfire—and some timely help from some unlikely characters from her past—Amanda Grey must fight off the violent hordes of Hell in order to save the soul of her sister, finding her own true potential—and the closest thing she can find to redemption—in the process. This new journey serves as both a stage for self-reflection and the basis for a new life through death, and sets the stage for what’s to come in Amanda’s next chapter.
“I really wanted to evolve Amanda Grey as a character in Dragons,” says Leyva. “I wanted to explore what happens when someone who has been bound by social anxiety sheds those chains and comes into her own. To me, this sequel is the next step in Amanda Grey's journey to rewrite her story and become stronger as she faces everything that’s thrown at her—from losing her family, to conquering her inner demons, to taking on the very powers of Hell itself.”