THE SPECTRAL CITY Pre-Order Prize! And a SPECTRAL CITY teaser!
(Fri, 16 Nov 2018)
11 days until THE SPECTRAL CITY releases into this world and launches an exciting new series full of ghosts, mystery and mayhem! http://kensingtonbooks.com/hieber
Solving crime isn’t only for the living.
In turn-of-the century New York City, the police have an off-the-books spiritual go-to when it comes to solving puzzling corporeal crimes . .
Her name is Eve Whitby, gifted medium and spearhead of The Ghost Precinct. When most women are traveling in a gilded society that promises only well-appointed marriage, the confident
nineteen-year-old Eve navigates a social circle that carries a different kind of chill. Working with the diligent but skeptical Lieutenant Horowitz, as well as a group of fellow psychics and wayward
ghosts, Eve holds her own against detractors and threats to solve New York’s most disturbing crimes as only a medium of her ability can.
But as accustomed as Eve is to ghastly crimes and all matters of the uncanny, even she is unsettled by her department’s latest mystery. Her ghostly conduits are starting to disappear one by one as
though snatched away by some evil force determined to upset the balance between two realms, and most important—destroy the Ghost Precinct forever. Now Eve must brave the darkness to find the vanished
souls. She has no choice. It’s her job to make sure no one is ever left for dead.
Kensington Books is offering a beautiful pre-order thank you gift! Once you've pre-ordered via your favorite retailer in eBook (only $3.99) or print paperback or audio
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An exclusive little window into the next phase: here's a sneak peak at the first draft of a scene from The Spectral City sequel, out in fall 2019!
Suddenly, Eve was downstairs. Wavering in the parlor, she
found herself staring at the bulky telephone box on the wall as if she were expecting a call.
With no memory of how had she gotten downstairs, she looked down to
find that she was in her dressing gown. It’s voluminous layers of
satin, silk and lace were synched tight around her waist.
The phone rang. But it didn’t, really. A ghost of a ring sounded like a faraway
bell. A phantom ringing, something trying to reach her from the beyond.
She picked up the receiver. There was a distinct hiss on the line.
Eve wanted to recoil, to drop the bell in terror but a familiar voice began
speaking, as though from a great distance.
“Hello Eve,” said a gentle voice through the bell, soft, barely audible over a
“It’s Lily Strand. Remember me?”
Lily Strand was dead. A deaconess who had ushered Ingrid Schwerin’s spirit onward
to peace, she was a guardian of children’s souls.
“Yes…” Eve whispered into the bell.
“Come to the Sanctuary, Eve. I need you to come. For the children. It’s the only
way to make this right. You’ve failed them so you must come now.”
(end of draft excerpt)
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Miss Violet and the Great War Cover Reveal and the end of WWI
(Fri, 09 Nov 2018)
Hello Dear Readers!
What a fitting time for a historical fantasy novel set in World War I, here at the centennial end of the war. What a long and winding road this tale has taken.
As many of you know, the Strangely Beautiful saga has had a fraught journey. When The Strangely
Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker had its debut, it did smashingly well, won many awards and hit Barnes & Noble's bestseller list, as did it's sequel, The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker, but by the time the award-winning prequel came out, The Perilous
Prophecy of Guard and Goddess, the publisher, Dorchester, was in a downward spiral and soon went belly-up, throwing my career into chaos, taking with it a ton of money owed me and halting
the end of the series. It threw a huge wrench into my career, an event I'm still trying to recover from even many books and series later.
When Tor picked up the series for re-issue and redistribution with Strangely Beautiful and Perilous
Prophecy, I was thrilled and emotionally overwhelmed by the chance to finally finish the final chapter: Miss Violet and the Great War,
which will be coming to you Feb. 26th, 2019. It is a loving tribute to my beloved Guard and their family.
It is available for pre-order in digital and paperback via all retailers and so I hope you'll pre-order a copy today! It would help the trajectory of this
series to have a much happier ending!
Here is Miss Violet's striking cover:
It's very stirring to me to be writing this at this time, this weekend, the centennial end of The Great War that was in no way great, in every way devastating. The research for this book gutted
I try in Miss Violet and the Great War, to cope with the severity of staggering loss, the senselessness of trench warfare, the struggle to find
hope. But this series is always about hope in dark times, a timeless quest, and I hope you will care about it as much as I do.
When I went to Europe on a multi-city journey to research the novel, I wrote about my most visceral experience: the Ossuary at
Verdun in France, a battlefront that faced some of the highest casualties in the war. I hope you'll read my essay and
be moved by the experience as I was.
Cheers, Blessings, Happy Haunting and thanks in advance for pre-ordering Miss Violet and the Great War to support the end of a series Tor Books
calls a 'foundational work of Gaslamp Fantasy'.
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