GothicScapes is a new “primarily digital venture” from three urban fantasy authors, Chris Marie Green (AKA Christine Cody), Nancy Holder, and Linda Thomas-Sundstrom. “Urban Fantasy (x) 3” is their official motto, and what it means is that they are three authors who’ve banded together under one brand to bring you fun, emotionally touching, action-filled, paranormal stories three times a year, three novellas per collection!
There are many wonderful things about being an author.
One is that we get to make things up all day and spin them into stories that other people hopefully love to read. Two, we get to wear our pajamas and write in bed.
Three, we get to go to conventions!
Just this year, GothicScapes authors Chris, Nancy, and Linda have been to Con-Dor, Comic-Con San Diego, Dragon*Con, and most recently, Stan Lee’s Comikaze. It was only at the last one that we were able to officially debut as GothicScapes Gals.
Yes, that’s us in our GothicScapes shirts and smiles. We were on a panel called “Kiss Them or Kill Them?” and it was about the differences between paranormal romance, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, and horror. Mostly, we talked about relationships in the first two, and what a girl would do with a vampire in, say, paranormal romance as opposed to urban fantasy. (You can use your imagination there. <g>)
It’s always such a delight to meet people who come to the panels and signings. As you can see, much fun is had:
That’s our own Nancy Holder, trying out a new look. And she’s got our first cover in hand. Lovely on both counts!
As we start off this venture, we’re centering our anthologies around holidays, starting with Samhain, and every story in this first collection, UNDEAD FOR A DAY, features undead creatures who roam the holiday night. We’ll be following this book up with another soon after—STRANGE SPIRITS, which will be released in December. That one will revolve around Christmas and the naughty and nice creatures that come with it.
But first…UNDEAD FOR A DAY, GothicScapes #1, coming to your e-reader in October!
Samhain. All Hallow’s Eve. A night when zombie-like revenants can be raised by a magic-using, ancient family to exact revenge on the hunter who wrecked their underground kingdom… A time when a redheaded blackbelt pits herself against warmongering witch clans… A holiday that allows the Underworld to open and the creatures to pour out, their freedom governed by a gentleman’s agreement between the forces of Light and Dark.
Welcome to UNDEAD FOR A DAY, a collection of three novellas from a trio of reader favorite urban fantasy writers: Chris Marie Green, AKA Christine Cody (Vampire Babylon and Bloodlands series), New York Times Bestseller Nancy Holder (Wicked and Teen Wolf series), and Linda Thomas-Sundstrom (Vampire Moons and Wolf Moons series).
“Raising the Dead” by Chris Marie Green (A Dawn Madison Vampire Babylon novella) reunites you with former hunter Dawn Madison, who hasn’t been the same since she retired from the life. She’s tired and drained from injuries sustained during the team’s last stand against the dragon, but when the clock strikes twelve on Samhain, everything changes. It seems that someone has sent raised-from-the-dark creatures after her, and they’re out for blood—as well as Dawn’s life.
In “Into the Fire” by Nancy Holder (A Story of the Favored,) Bridget Flynn leaps into a bonfire and goes from Samhain year wife at the first stroke of midnight to widow on the last. Caught in the middle of a feud between rival magical Houses, Bridget raises a battle force of her own. But can she survive in the midst of hot-tempered witches intent on destroying each other?
“Trapped in Stone” by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom takes us to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, where the forces of Good and Evil are playing a game of Chicken with one man’s soul, and the woman he loves is a major player in a challenge that has continued for a century.
We hope that you’ll give us a try and that you come back for more. As a giveaway, we’d love to send three books to a winner—one surprise, signed backlist book from each GothicScapes author! To win, just leave a comment or let us know what you’d like to see in paranormal fiction in the future!
Thanks so much for reading, you all!
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