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About J.D. Blackrose
J.D. Blackrose loves all things storytelling and celebrates great writing by posting about it on her website, www.slipperywords.com.
When not writing, Blackrose lives with three children, her husband and a full-time job in Corporate Communications. She’s fearful that so-called normal people will discover exactly how often she thinks about wicked fairies, nasty wizards, homicidal elevators, treacherous forests, and the odd murder, even when she is supposed to be having coffee with a friend or paying something called "bills." As a survival tactic, she has mastered the art of looking interested.
She would like to thank her parents for teaching her to ask questions, and in lieu of facts, how to make things up.
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"This book is GOOD!" --Faith Hunter, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock series
My name is Rebecca, but everyone calls me Becs.
Years ago, a mark appeared on my inner wrist--The Kiss, they call it--and it makes me a summoner. I can summon, well, things…entities of power, including demons. Which, I did, until recently. I quit, because I summoned a demon on behalf of a client and things went south. I fixed it, but now I owe that demon a favor and I don't know when he's going to call it in, or, what he's going to ask.
One thing's for sure, it won't be kosher.
Now I work in a fae bar, trying to stay out of trouble, waiting for the hammer to drop. But trouble tends to follow me. And my upstairs neighbor, Ash, seems to be right in the thick of it. He's gorgeous, with sexy curls, kissable lips, and a body to match. I can't believe someone like him even glanced my way.
Things get complicated when a local mob boss wants my help, a warlock decides I'm next on the menu, and my six-foot-tall fairy friend can't find his way home.
What's a Jewish, bird-watching summoner with family and friends to protect, to do?
Praise for Demon Kissed:
"A fantastic protagonist, killer magic system, and a supporting cast you'll fall in love with, J. D. Blackrose's Demon Kissed is a fantastic new urban fantasy. I loved this book and can't wait to read more!" --John G. Hartness, Award-Winning Author of The Black Knight Chronicles
"This book is GOOD! Blackrose proves that a creative writer can grab you with an original twist." --Faith Hunter, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock series
"Magic, snark, a dash of romance, and a ton of action. Demon Kissed offers a compelling blend of fun and edge-of-your-seat excitement. Compulsively readable and highly recommended!" --David B. Coe/D. B. Jackson, author of Radiants and the Thieftaker Chronicles
"J. D. Blackrose's latest tale spins together demons, mobsters, fairies, and a kick-ass heroine under a curse that may end up being her salvation. *Chef's Kiss*." --Darin Kennedy, Author of Fugue & Fable and The Pawn Stratagem
About the author:
The Summoner's Mark is J. D. Blackrose's first series with Bell Bridge Books. Previously, she's published The Soul Wars, The Devil's Been Busy, and the Zombie Cosmetologist novellas through Falstaff Books. She's also published multiple short stories, enjoying the art of brevity now and then. She's always lived in her head and is often accused of not listening. To make up for it, she's mastered the art of looking interested. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
Casey Daniels, author of “Don of the Dead” (Pepper Martin Series)
Waylon Jenkins has a problem. Well, he's got a few of them. The ghost of Betsy Ross lives in his house, he's pretty sure his favorite client is the victim of ongoing domestic violence, and he's been roped into helping the police investigate a series of murders.
And his penis fell off in the shower this morning. He needs a new one, but none of his friends are willing to donate theirs to the cause.
In case it isn't obvious by now, Waylon Jenkins is a zombie.
He's also one of the most highly respected and in-demand makeup artists in Hollywood, and that keeps him busy, no matter how dead he is. But now he needs to find out who's committing a string of murders, and make sure nobody hurts Mitzi (one name only), one of his most faithful (and famous) clients.
He also needs a new penis.
Pluck & Cover is the first in the Zombie Cosmetologist Novellas, a new series by J.D. Blackrose, author of The Soul Wars and The Devil's Been Busy.
Unfortunately, one of the victims is linked to Waylon’s favorite client, and Hollywood “It’ girl, Mitzi (one name only). Meanwhile, Jenkins’ new luxury cosmetic line struggles with several federal agencies, especially since “dehydrated zombie skin cells,” aren’t an FDA-approved ingredient.
A new mystery man takes over as CEO of The Industries, “Miss Mango,” Amalia tricks him into building a treehouse for a charity playground, and his executive assistant, Mrs. Betsy Ross, floats through the house in a fit of ghostly depression.
And if that isn’t enough, Waylon desperately needs a body to loan him an ear.
As they delve into the jungle, they uncover a much bigger problem than the drug cartels. Someone is after Rodrigo Flores and his family and it's personal. The only way to help the family get through it alive to help his daughter, Amalia, win the Miss Mango Pageant. Will Waylon's skills and his famous friend and client, Mitzi (one name only), be the team's secret weapon?
Can Waylon get through it without breaking his vow never to make a zombie?
And who is the mysterious Señor Cinco that seems to be behind it all?
Hold on to your butt paste. This is going to get wild.
Except maybe the disapproving stares from the women at her daughter's day care. Or the awkward conversations with her rabbi about her working for the Catholic Church as a New Templar, hunting down the things that go bump in the night.
That's right, Jess Friedman isn't just an ordinary mother of three trying to make it through the world, she's also the official Cleveland Regional Monster Hunter for the Holy Roman Catholic Church (What? You thought Bubba was the only one?). This Jewish mother is anything but stereotypical as she battles demons, tames monsters, negotiates with a vampire lord, and tries to get snacks delivered to her daughter's kindergarten class on time!
This hilarious volume collects the first four Monster Hunter Mom novellas by J.D. Blackrose (The Soul Wars) -
Tweety & the Monkey Man
Handle with Care
End of the Line
The Monster Hunter Mom stories take place in the popular Bubba the Monster Hunter shared universe, along with the escapades of Mark Wojcik, Mason Dixon, Caitlin Kelley, and of course, Bubba himself.
Seven novellas to kick off seven awesome series! Falstaff Books is fast becoming your go-to source for new voices in urban fantasy, horror, and science fiction, and this sampler will show you why! Check out this awesome box set and join the Misfit Toys of Fiction today!
Check out these seven novellas and meet new heroes, new monsters, and more importantly, new authors!
Included in this Box Set -
Perishables - The Withrow Chronicles Book I
Of Lips and Tongue - The Touch Trilogy Book I
Spells, Salt, & Steel Book I
Raising Hell - Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter Book I
Thief of Shadows - Saga of the Panther Book I
Souls Collide - Book I of The Soul Wars
Mason Dixon Monster Hunter Book I
Perishables - Everybody hates their Homeowner’s Association, and nobody likes a zombie apocalypse. Put the two together, and Withrow Surrett is having a truly craptastic night.
Not to mention the fact that he’s got one big secret to keep from the idiots in his home – Withrow is a vampire.
Perishables has been called by some “a gripping examination into suburban ennui set in a milieu of post-modern apocalyptic horror.”
Not really. Those people would be navel-gazing idiots. Perishables is a bust-your-gut funny collection of three stories about trust, human and undead relationships, what community really means, and zombies.
Of Lips and Tongue - Delaney Green is one of them that don't burn. Possessed of the Touch - with the ability to not only see the future but manipulate it - she's been kept in an institution for most of her life. When the Salesman, a murderous entity with a connection to Delaney's past, starts burning girls to death, FBI Agent Percival Cox gives her the chance to leave the asylum behind. But he presents an even greater threat and she must risk flesh and bone in order to keep him from becoming a Power more destructive than the Salesman.
Spells, Salt, & Steel - When all else fails, the ass end of a carp makes a damn fine weapon.
No, that didn't come from the lips of Bubba the Monster Hunter, but it sure could have! That sentence right there kinda encapsulates the life of Mark Wojcik, Monster Hunter. A blue-collar mechanic from the wilds of PA, Mark likes his beer cold, his poker games private, and his monsters…well, he doesn’t like them at all. So when he finds himself dueling a Japanese mythical monster in the Linesville Spillway in the wee hours of the night, he has to use every available weapon to survive and vanquish the ningen.
Raising Hell - Straight out of the pages of the legendary vampire novel Dracula comes a demon hunter for the modern world. Mina Murray and Jonathan Harker had a son. They named him Quincy. His guardian angel calls him Q. Dracula calls him nephew. Demons call him The Reaper.
Thief of Shadows - As the Gypian Empire grinds its heel on the natives of Juut, Manwe the Panther strives to throw back his peoples’ oppressors from the shadowed corners of Tolivius, an archaic city ruled by the corrupt and wealthy. With only his blade, his wits, and an unshakable will, he risks life and love to fuel a rebellion.
Souls Collide - Kara, a Norse Valkyrie warrior, and Gaspard, a centuries-old vampire, find themselves in an improbable alliance to prevent the Soul Wars, an epic battle between vampires with souls and those without, which a real god swears could shake the very foundations of the Earth. Can Kara and Gaspard set aside their natural enmity, or stranger yet, nurture their unexpected feelings for one another while fighting for their lives?
Mason Dixon, Monster Hunter - He's Mason Dixon, and he's a bona fide internet ce
Jess Friedman is a Monster Hunter. And a mom. Depending on the day, one of those jobs might get her killed. Depending on the day, either of those jobs might get her killed.
Today, it's probably the monster hunting.
There's a phoenix running around town, and a were-gorilla going nuts in the zoo. That's not the worst thing Jess has to deal with - she's also in charge of snacks for her daughter's kindergarten class, and it's looking an awful lot like Cheetos are the answer. This won't go over well with the other moms, but they're the least scary thing Jess has to worry about.
Were-gorilla, remember? Can Jess get the Monkey Man dealt with before snacktime? How many pushups will she owe her trainer for all the swearing it's going to take to get out of this mess? And how old was the apple juice in her cupholder?
J.D. Blackrose spins an awesome blend of the mundane and magical in this novella about a woman just trying to make it in the world, a world that happens to contain a lot of monsters, and judgmental kindergarten teachers. But it also contains Cheetos, and that makes everything better.
They are the first line of defense against the things that go bump in the night.
They are the keepers of a centuries-old legacy of The Church defending the world against the forces of darkness.
They are a bunch of highly armed rednecks, internet video celebrities, soccer moms, and assorted broken nutjobs.
They are the new Templars, and things are about to get weird.
The New Templars novella series is a new series of short novels, similar to BookShots. Tweety & the Monkey Man is the first in a series of New Templars novellas by urban fantasy newcomer J.D. Blackrose, author of the Soul Wars series.
"The Soul Wars is an exciting and fast-paced supernatural fantasy with twists and turns. Don't miss this one! J.D. Blackrose is a notable new voice to keep your eye on." - Linda Robertson, author of Jovienne
After more than three centuries of war and chaos, all the vampire Gaspard wants is time and peace to restore his house. He means to make the crumbling antebellum mansion a haven for other vampires like himself who retain their souls and want to cause no harm to mortals—or at least as little harm as possible.
But everyone from the vampire power structure to the feisty old lady next door to the alligator monster in the swamp seems hellbent on ruining his plans. When an ancient enemy from his past shows up, he fears his dreams of peace will be shattered forever.
Luckily he's not alone.
Kara isn't sure why the All-Father has lent her services to this vampire, but she's pretty sure she doesn't like it. The Valkyrie has fought beside her sisters since the literal dawn of what mortals call time. Now she's working as Gaspard's security chief—a glorified bodyguard for a creature well able to fight for himself. She doesn't know if she should be insulted or amused. But the longer she works with Gaspard, the more invested she becomes in his world and in their friendship. And she can't pretend he isn't nice to look at, too.
In this series of connected novellas, J.D. Blackrose breaks free of the expected forms of both urban fantasy and paranormal romance. With vivid characters and action that doesn't stop, the author of the popular Monster Hunter Mom series pairs gothic atmosphere with superheroic adventure to create something entirely new. Both the vampire courts and the halls of Asgard should be pleased.
There's nothing ordinary about Jess Friedman.
Jess is one of the New Templar Knights, a secret band of Monster Hunters working with (and sometimes adjacent to) the Catholic Church to protect the world from magical and supernatural threats. Perfectly normal hobby for a nice Jewish mother of three, right?
Between Japanese fox spirits and disapproving trophy wives, Jess's first outing as a chaperone is fast reminding her why she doesn't go on field trips. Then there's the whole thing with the egg, and the police, and then things start to get weird.
From the author of The Soul Wars comes the second installment in the hilarious, raucous, often explosive Monster Hunter Mom series, set in the world of Bubba the Monster Hunter, Mason Dixon, and Spells, Salt, & Steel.
Third Flatiron Anthologies feature multiple winners of science fiction and fantasy reader polls and recommended reading lists.
Hidden Histories is a new speculative fiction anthology with the themes of alternate and secret (shadow) histories.
In Hidden Histories, agents of the ancient Library of Alexandria attempt to steer human history, a witch at the stake explains how she was framed, a missing airliner black box turns up, General Custer is defeated by wendigos, Queen Elizabeth tells Shakespeare she was cursed, a seance saves the Apollo-13 moon mission, an alien ambassador mentors Jimi Hendrix, a competing ship line plots to scuttle the Titanic, were-boars fight Nazis in WW2 Germany, the back room of a bookstore holds histories written in the future, and a girl learns the true history of Chinese dragons. These and many more stories entertain while exploring revisionist interpretations of real and fictional events.
Hidden Histories presents 28 original stories from an international group
of contributors. Writers include Bruce Golden, Matthew Reardon, Brenda
Kezar, Kai Hudson, Brian Trent, Jonathan Shipley, Dantzel Cherry,
Edwina Shaw, Dennis Maulsby, Michael Robertson, Mike Barretta, Ricardo
Maia, J.D. Blackrose, John A. Frochio, Arthur Carey, Sandra Ulbrich
Almazan, Elizabeth Beechwood, Robert Dawson, James Chmura, Tony
Genova, Sarah Hinlicky Wilson, Simon Lee-Price, Shannon McDermott,
Jennifer Lee Rossman, H. J. Monroe, Evan A. Davis, Tyler Paterson, and
A. Humphrey Lanham. Edited by Juliana Rew.