NEW RELEASES


We’ve been bringing out some backlist titles, both our own, and for our authors. The following are our recent releases.


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The Lost (Saint Code Book 1)

Megan Mackie

The cybernetic revolution was inevitable. Nothing else changed.

For St. Augustina, a cyber-spy for hire, life has been a series of endless nights in the heart of the Data Bowl, the cybernetic city of corporate markets and submarkets. She wasn’t expecting a typical job from the mysterious Orange Lady to be any different.

She was wrong.

From fighting Neo-ninjas to singing in a lounge act, the job turns out to be anything but typical. But as she comes closer and closer to her goals, the attacks grow more personal…and deadly. Caught in a web of betrayals both new and old, St Augustina fights to untangle the facts and discover who’s after her.

Will she lose her life or gain her freedom?

Related books: Death and the Crone


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Tomorrow’s Memories (Eternal Cycle Book 2)

Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Havoc…Destruction…Revenge…

With triumph heavy on their hearts, Kara O’Keefe and the survivors from the battle atop Yesterday’s Dreams rush to Ireland and Tír na nÓg, carrying with them a weapon feared by gods and men. There they seek solace and healing for their warriors, and a miracle for Patrick, Kara’s father, mortally wounded in the battle.

What they find is a siege of ancient enemies. Carmán’s children have returned, united with a foe from the very dawn of the Tuatha de Danaan. Their combined forces threaten to be more than the immortal Sidhe and their human allies can combat.

Still coming to grips with her magical heritage, Kara must once m

ore face ultimate evil and help to save the immortal bloodline from which she is descended.


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Today’s Promise (Eternal Cycle Book 3)

Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Love…Life…Liberty…

Never before had Kara O’Keefe had cause to doubt in any of these, and yet she was now called to defend all three or lose them for all time.

Though the Battle of the Knock was counted a victory, the war–as they say–was not won. Carman’s Children have resurfaced after millennia and have reunited against their common foe once more. These adversaries from the ancient history of the Tuatha de Danaan have one goal: dominate all. Kara and the Sidhe Fianna must find a way to end this threat forever or find themselves and all humanity shackled to the will of evil demigods.

As this journey of self-discovery comes to an end, will Kara find herself and retain her freedom, or will all be lost for eternity?

Related books: Yesterday’s Dreams (Eternal Cycle Book 1), Eternal Wandering (Eternal Wanderings Book 1)

DECEMBER NETGALLEY


Good morning, my lovelies.

eSpec has two titles currently listed on NetGalley, available for request from anyone with a NetGalley account. They will only be available through the end of December, so don’t miss your chance.




COVER REVEAL – ETERNAL WANDERINGS by Danielle Ackley-McPhail


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Cover by Mike McPhail, McP Digital Graphics

Imprint: Paper Phoenix Press
ISBN: 978-1-942990-02-4
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-942990-06-2


Mortal. Immortal. Musician. Mage.  

On a journey from the boroughs of New York to the heart of Tir na nÓg, from innocence to the deepest darkest crevices of her soul, Kara O’Keefe found power and strength in the discovery of self. But with that peace came a hard truth. As a bridge connecting many worlds, none of them held a place for her.

She must find her own way, forge her own path.

To honor a vow to Granddame Rose, a matriarch of the Kalderaš Clan, Kara joins the Romani caravan, only to find herself even more of an outsider than before. While she strives for acceptance, and to honor her vow, little does she know she has once more become a lure to an ancient and deadly enemy, drawing danger into the midst of her unsuspecting hosts.

Once savior of the world, Kara must now save herself and the innocents around her.

She has come into her legacy, but where will destiny take her?


Based on the Eternal Cycle Series of Novels:

Yesterday’s Dreams
Tomorrow’s Memories (forthcoming)
Today’s Promise (forthcoming)

 

 


DmcpAward-winning author and editor Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books.

Her published works include six novels, Yesterday’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Memories, Today’s Promise, The Halfling’s Court, The Redcaps’ Queen, and Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn, written with Day Al-Mohamed. She is also the author of the solo collections A Legacy of Stars, Consigned to the Sea, Flash in the Can, and Transcendence, the non-fiction writers’ guide, The Literary Handyman, and is the senior editor of the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series, Gaslight & Grimm, Dragon’s Lure, and In an Iron Cage. Her short stories are included in numerous other anthologies and collections.

She is a member of Broad Universe, a writer’s organization focusing on promoting the works of women authors in the speculative genres.

Danielle lives in New Jersey with husband and fellow writer, Mike McPhail, and three extremely spoiled cats.

To learn more about her work, visit www.sidhenadaire.com or www.especbooks.com.

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT – DANIELLE ACKLEY-McPHAIL


 

eSpec Books interviews Danielle Ackley-McPhail, contributor and editor of The Best of Bad-Ass Faeries.

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eSB: What is your idea of a bad-ass faerie?

DAM: All of them. The thing about fae is that they are different from us in their abilities, in their perception and if you pay attention to the legends, they are ALL bad-ass at their core, regardless of what the exterior might look like. You tread lightly when they fae might be around. You behave respectfully. Or you get the hell out of there, because consequences are dire when you anger them. Or even if you don’t.

eSB: Can you tell us a little about your story, “Within the Guardian Bell”, that was selected for The Best of Bad-Ass Faeries?

baf2-web2x3DAM: “Within the Guardia Bell” is actually the second story in my Wild Hunt MC universe. It was written for Just Plain Bad, the second anthology in the series, and in that collection all the bad guys had to be faeries. You could have good faeries in the story, but the main faerie had to be bad and bad-ass. I should mention that my stories are all about biker faeries. When I think of bikers I think about how it is them against the road, so in the story that translated literally. See, many of the first biker gangs were retired military, air force in particular, finding it hard to reintegrate into society, so they started their own fringe society that went by the rules they were familiar with. In the air force, if something goes wrong with the plane it is gremlins. When the pilots became bikers, the gremlins came along for the ride…as road gremlins. You can see this in any bike shop you walk into, often on the counter they sell little pewter bells with a card explaining the legend of the road gremlin and how the bell protects the biker from this menace. So you see, the foundation of my story was waiting for me before I even started typing the keys.

gremlinsIn “Within the Guardian Bell” we meet Smear, a gremlin that is the road, and he’s been told to target Lance Cosain, leader of the Wild Hunt MC. I won’t tell you anymore because I want you to enjoy it for yourself, but I will say…Smear has become something of a fan favorite, for all that he’s a nasty piece of work. (art by Linda Saboe, http://www.croneswood.com)

I will also let you in on a secret…my story isn’t the only one Smear appears in in the book.

eSB: What would your fae character’s signature drink be and why?

 DAM: hmmm…if we’re talking Lance…chocolate milk, because one facet of the fae is mischief and Lance loves to steal his cousin’s chocolate milk. If we’re talking Smear…blood with a side of road grit, of course.

eSB: What do you like most about The Bad-Ass Faeries series, and why?

DAM: What I like the most is that no matter if the stories are silly or grim, it is clear that each and every author had fun with writing to the theme. And when they authors have fun with it, invariably the readers do as well.

eSB: What kind of challenges did you find writing for this series?

DAM: For me, not much. I knew what I wanted to write the moment we came up with the idea and I’ve stuck with it ever since.

eSB: What is your first recollection of faeries growing up?

DAM: Truth? My parents used to work night shift at a record plant. I was five at the time and didn’t quite understand being quiet when the sun was up so they could sleep. One of the tricks they used to get me on board was telling me there was a little man living in the vent and I had to be quiet so I didn’t wake him up.

Well…they convinced me too well. I started leaving food out for him. They adapted quickly, though…they made sure to leave the door open so the dogs could sneak in behind us and eat the food so I didn’t clue to the fact that the little man was a faerie tale 😉

eSB: What interested you in writing for this series?

DAM: LOL…I had to. It was in part my idea 😉 I would have anyway way, though, because, man…this has been fun! I love the challenge of writing to a theme and this one has been amazing.

eSB: Tell us something about yourself that is bad-ass.

DAM: I am a pirate princess! On my Mom’s side I am related to Captain Kidd; on my Dad’s, I am related to Grace Kelley.

eSB: Do you have any plans to expand your story…or write in the same universe? If so, what more can your readers expect?

halflingscourt-2x3DAM: I have two novels already in my Wild Hunt MC universe, The Halfling’s Court and The Redcaps’ Queen. The Halfling’s Court follows the story of Lance Cosain, half human, half fae. As Lance gains RedcapsQueen 2x3.jpgpower as leader of the Wild Hunt, the Fae Court consider him a threat and try to take him out. The Redcaps’ Queen follows the story of Lance’s lady, Suzanne, full fae and former member of the Fae Court. Dealing with PTSD caused by an attack by redcaps, Suzanne takes up roller derby for therapeutic reasons. They are based on my stories that appeared in the Bad-Ass Faeries anthologies. There is at least one more novel in the works called The High King’s Fool.

eSB: What are some of your own works readers can look for?

yesterdays-dreams-2x3DAM: My novel, Yesterday’s Dreams (Eternal Cycle Book 1), and my short story collections, Consigned to the Sea and Legacy of Stars, have just been re-released by Paper Phoenix Press. The rest of my novels are currently out of print, but will be coming out from Paper Phoenix as well.

eSB: What projects of your own do you have coming up?

DAM: Right now I am working on a short story, “Out of the Darkness”, for the collection If We Had Known (Beyond the Cradle Book 1). I am also working on a spin-off novella, Eternal Wanderings, based on my Eternal Cycle series.

eSB: How can readers find out more about you? 

DAM: My website is www.sidhenadaire.com.


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Award-winning author and editor Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books (www.especbooks.com).  

Her published works include six novels, Yesterday’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Memories, Today’s Promise, The Halfling’s Court, The Redcaps’ Queen, and Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn, written with Day Al-Mohamed. She is also the author of the solo collections A Legacy of Stars, Consigned to the Sea, Flash in the Can, and Transcendence, the non-fiction writers’ guide, The Literary Handyman, and is the senior editor of the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series, Gaslight & Grimm, Dragon’s Lure, and In an Iron Cage. Her short stories are included in numerous other anthologies and collections.

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Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Danielle-Ackley-McPhail-94897644754/

Twitter – @DMcPhail, @BadAssFaeries, @TheHornieLady

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/989939.Danielle_Ackley_McPhail

Amazon Author Page – https://www.amazon.com/Danielle-Ackley-McPhail/e/B002GZVZPQ/

PROJECT UPDATE – ETERNAL WANDERINGS – EXCERPT


(c) Danielle Ackley-McPhail

(Please note, this is unedited copy for a project still under development.)

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There were screams in the night and they were not Kara’s. She came instantly alert and rose from her bunk. Scrambling from her cubby she nearly collided with Tony.

“That wasn’t you.”

Kara shook her head, but Tony had already flung himself out the wagon door, skipping the steps altogether as he hit the ground at a run. The door slammed behind her as Kara followed. On impulse, she grabbed Quicksilver on her way out, slinging the violin over her shoulder by the case’s strap.

In the dark, shadowy figures hurried toward a wagon on the fringe of the camp. The screams had ended but the night was filled with shouts and calls of what Kara could only assume were instructions.

She really needed to learn Romani.

She slowed and hung back as she neared where everyone had clustered. These were not her people, after all, they might not welcome her intrusion. One of the young women that was friendly toward her stopped by her side. Even in the dark Kara could tell the girl was pale and trembling.

“What is it, LaLa? What happened?”

“So much…so much…”

LaLa’s eyes were unfocused, shocky. Kara reached out and drew her friend close. She looked around hoping to find someone to explain. Across the way she spied Tony heading for them. When he drew close Kara noticed his face was also ghostly white and his breath choppy.

His expression, however, was as dark as she had ever seen it, his body poised for violence. Kara’s reactions conflicted, part of her wanted to flinch back, the other readied to defend herself and LaLa.

Tony barely seemed to notice.

“Go, you and the Lady, see if there’s anything you can do…”

Kara stared at him, her brow furrowed, not sure LaLa would be much help to herself at the moment, let alone anyone else, but then Kara realized Tony’s gaze went to the violin slung across her back. Danu. He meant Danu.

Kara drew a sharp breath and held LaLa a little tighter. Whatever had happened must have been bad to need that kind of help. With a gentle squeeze she passed her friend to Tony’s care and hurried for the crowd surrounding the wagon. It was not difficult to work her way to the scene of the problem. Many hung back, their expressions a moving tapestry of horror, sorrow, and confusion. Slowly, respectfully, Kara stepped close.

“Tony asked that I come to see if we can help,” she said, keeping her tone low and even, though her mind went a little frantic at the sight of the man on the ground at her feet. Robert…Robert Wyatt. His clothing gaped in long furrows, as did the flesh beneath. Blood glistened in the lamplight and Kara caught a sharp, fetid odor that she suspected meant a bowel had been sliced. She swallowed against the bile gathering at the back of her throat. Robert and his sister, Megan, had shared a log with her this evening, when all were gathered around the fire for the nightly singing.

“Even those faerie-touched cannot help the dead.”

Kara jerked her attention back to those gathered as one of the women spoke. “But inside…maybe.”

Kara looked toward the wagon where several brawny men stood guard. From beyond them harsh curses and soulful cries mingled in the night, both sounding of one voice.

She nodded to the woman and headed for the wagon, only to have a hand reach out and halt her, all whipcord and leather, with knobby joints that had to ache.

“Best you help from here if you can,” the auld woman said.

With relief, Kara did not argue. A mere wagon wall would make no difference. Either she could help, or she could not. She removed Quicksilver from her case and prepared to play. Before she even lay finger to tuning peg her spirit felt Danu stir. The goddess roiled, her essence uneasy. Bold, jarring colors shot across the surface of Kara’s mind like every color of paint dumped together and madly swirled. Kara’s gut clenched in response, the tension radiating out to her limbs. She closed her eyes and focused on the frenetic point of bright shining white that was Danu.

*Cut it out,* she thought hard at her soul sister. *We can’t help if I can’t focus.*

The swirling slowed, then stopped, the colors settling into streams of deep blood red, angry purple, and the pale grey blue of a corpse’s lips. Kara shuddered and forced the colors from her mind, not sure what the agitated goddess was trying to tell her, but certain now was not the time to try to figure it out. Pain and anguish radiated from the wagon and Kara felt both as if they burrowed into her heart.

Her eyes snapped open once more. That focusing technique would not serve her today. Too much of the horror crept into her mindscape and wrestled for control. Instead Kara lifted her gaze to the wagon before her, another traditional vardo, intricately carved and painted with runes and symbols of protection. Even to her normal vision the symbols held a faint shimmer. Mage energy. Powerful mage energy.

“They weren’t inside, then,” she murmured.

“No,” the auld woman confirmed, though it had not been a question and Kara had not particularly been talking to her. “They had been to tend to a sick pony and were just coming back.”

Kara turned to look at the woman. “Has anyone checked to see if the animals are unharmed? Or if anyone else has been attacked?”

The woman’s lips tightened and her chin lifted. “Of course. No other has been harmed—man or beast.”

Before Kara could respond solid oak groaned and creaked. The vardo shuddered and rocked as something slammed against the door from the inside.

Kara’s gaze jerked back to the wagon and beside her the elder gripped her arm again and shook. “Play!”

Before the imperious command faded Kara ran bow across string, her fingers already working up and down Quicksilver’s neck. Her instructors at Juilliard would have stood in awe at the melody, goddess-guided and filled with the power of ancient magic, yet gentle and soothing as a mother’s lullaby. Even the night creatures hushed. It took several minutes more of Kara’s playing for the vardo to stop its shaking. The screams from inside gradually lost their shrill force, fading to sobs, then whimpers, and finally silence. Kara continued to play, the tune drifting into a healing air.

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PUBLISHER SPOTLIGHT – DANIELLE ACKLEY-MCPHAIL (THE WEIRD WILD WEST – eSPEC BOOKS)


eSpec Books interviews Danielle Ackley-McPhail publisher of The Weird Wild West edited by Misty Massey, Emily Lavin Leverett, and Margaret McGraw. Check out our Kickstarter campaign at http://kck.st/1udizgM:

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What is your favorite western movie and why? You know, for me it isn’t a movie, though there are plenty of those that are really good. For me it was a TV show: Kung Fu, not only a western in the finest tradition, but thanks to the mystical aspects a bona fide Weird Wild Western! You had all the trademark elements of the frontier life, but also the unique flare of Shaolin mysticism and Asian culture. The fighting was a mix of kung fu and good old fashion gunfight/bar brawl, and the messages have stayed with me for a lifetime.

What does the wild frontier mean to you? The Wild West is a proving ground. An untamed land that tests a person’s soul and mines it to discover what they are made of, often when they don’t even know themselves. You either come out of the wild frontier strong or you come out broken…presuming you even come out alive.

Who would you say is your wild west role model and why? LOL…I think most people would say Calamity Jane 😉 I gets into trouble, but I also gets out again.

What is your favorite spec fic/western mash-up? You know, again I have to say Kung Fu. Between the grittiness of the old west and the mysticism of the Shaolin there were a lot of fantastic things in that series, not to mention a lot of worthwhile lessons. There’s definitely an element of camp to it, but the show stuck with me and brought me back week after week. It’s one of the few shows where the complete box set sits on my shelf.

Which Wild West archetype (Gambler, Outlaw, Saloon Girl, School Marm, Railroad Man, Pioneer, Cowboy, Lawman or Indian) would you chose to be and why? You know, I think I would have to be the prospector…mining literary gold every chance I get, seeing the potential in things and sometimes getting carried away in pursuing that dream. Yes, sometimes I’m worn out, sometimes I’m grungy, and sometimes that claim fizzles out instead of producing the mother lode, but there’s always a dream right behind that one.

Have you written/created anything else in a weird western vein? Please tell us about it. A while back I edited a collection called In an Iron Cage: The Magic of Steampunk. I knew I wanted some variety in the collection so I wrote a piece of my own that took place in the old west. On the Wings of an Angel was meant to be a piece about an early photographer literally stealing souls with his new-fangled camera. Instead it turned into a redemption story for an almost soiled-dove. I don’t want to say much more, because that would be telling, but it was a lot of fun to write and even more fun to read aloud.

What are some of your own works readers can look for? I write a wide range of things so there is quite a variety to check out. My novels are mostly urban fantasy. The Eternal Cycle Trilogy (Yesterday’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Memories, and Today’s Promise) is basically Irish elves in New York City fighting evil demigods…to start, anyway; The Bad-Ass Faerie Tale novels (The Halfling’s Court and The Redcaps’ Queen) are biker faeries taking on the forces of faerie land; and Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn is a steampunk retelling of Ali Baba an the Forty Thieves. Everything else I’ve published is short fiction and there is way too much to go into here so best to check them out my site at http://www.sidhenadaire.com/books.htm.

What projects of your own do you have coming up? Right now I’m writing a spin-off series to the Eternal Cycle trilogy. The first book is called Eternal Wanderings and it follows Kara O’Keefe as she seeks out her purpose in her now-immortal life. I’m also working on Daire’s Devils, a military science fiction novel, and Kantasi, an unconventional vampire novel.

How can readers find out more about you? A websearch on “Ackley-McPhail” turns up loads of stuff! Plus there is my website (www.sidhenadaire.com) or most social media platforms.

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Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. Currently, she is a project editor and promotions manager for Dark Quest Books and has started her own press, eSpec Books.

Her published works include five urban fantasy novels, Yesterday’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Memories, Today’s Promise, The Halfling’s Court: and The Redcaps’ Queen: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale, and a young adult Steampunk novel, Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn, written with Day Al-Mohamed. She is also the author of the solo science fiction collection, A Legacy of Stars, the non-fiction writers’ guide, The Literary Handyman, and is the senior editor of the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series, Dragon’s Lure, and In an Iron Cage. Her work is included in numerous other anthologies and collections.

She is a member of the Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers, the New Jersey Authors Network, and Broad Universe, a writer’s organization focusing on promoting the works of women authors in the speculative genres.

Danielle lives in New Jersey with husband and fellow writer, Mike McPhail, mother-in-law Teresa, and three extremely spoiled cats. To learn more visit www.especbooks.com, www.sidhenadaire.com, or www.badassfaeries.com.

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