How to Date Dead Guys by Ann M. Noser

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College sophomore Emma Roberts remembers her mother’s sage advice: “don’t sleep around, don’t burp in public, and don’t tell anyone you see ghosts”. But when charming Mike Carlson drowns in the campus river under her watch, Emma’s sheltered life shatters.

Blamed for Mike’s death and haunted by nightmares, Emma turns to witchcraft and a mysterious Book of Shadows to bring him back. Under a Blood Moon, she lights candles, draws a pentacle on the campus bridge, and casts a spell. The invoked river rages up against her, but she escapes its fury. As she stumbles back to the dorm, a stranger drags himself from the water and follows her home. And he isn’t the only one.

Instead of raising Mike, Emma assists the others she stole back from the dead—a pre-med student who jumped off the bridge, a desperate victim determined to solve his own murder, and a frat boy Emma can’t stand…at first. More comfortable with the dead than the living, Emma delves deeper into the seductive Book of Shadows. Her powers grow, but witchcraft may not be enough to protect her against the vengeful river and the killers that feed it their victims.

Inspired by the controversial Smiley Face Murders, HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS will ignite the secret powers hidden deep within each of us.

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My to-do list dictates that I try to cram 48 hours of living into a day instead of the usual 24. I’ve chosen a life filled with animals. I train for marathons with my dog, then go to work as a small animal veterinarian, and finish the day by tripping over my pets as I attempt to convince my two unruly children that YES, it really IS time for bed. But I can’t wait until the house is quiet to write; I have to steal moments throughout the day. Ten minutes here, a half hour there, I live within my imagination.

Like all busy American mothers, I multi-task. I work out plot holes during runs. Instead of meditating, I type madly during yoga stretches. I find inspiration in everyday things: a beautiful smile, a heartbreaking song, or a newspaper article on a political theory. For example, a long drive in the dark listening to an NPR program on the SMILEY FACE MURDERS theory made me ask so many questions that I wrote HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS to answer them to my satisfaction.

I’d love to have more time to write (and run, read, and sleep), but until I find Hermione Granger’s time turner, I will juggle real life with the half-written stories in my head. Main characters and plot lines intertwine in my cranium, and I need to let my writing weave the tales on paper so I can find out what happens next.

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Fall Into Fantasy

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Welcome to the Fall Into Fantasy Tour, where we are keeping your mind off any end-of-summer blues and welcoming the cooler weather by introducing you to some incredible fantasy reads to curl up with and giving you plenty of chances to win awesome prizes! I’ll be posting a new fantasy book every Monday through the fall. Beginning with:

The Darkness & Light Series
Book One: First of Her Kind
Book Two: Emergence
Book Three: Edge of Darkness (Release date 2015)

First of Her Kind

It seems everyone wants to dictate what Ciara does with her life: Serve the Goddess, destroy the Goddess, do as you promised your aunt — all Ciara really wants is to keep the two magics she possesses from ripping her apart.
And that’s not going to be easy.
Not only is her earth magic in complete opposition to her other power, blood ties pull her in divergent directions as well. And then there’s Bolin, the man sworn to protect her. There’s no denying the growing attraction between them, but is it Ciara he wants, or her power?
None of which will matter if Ciara can’t overcome her fear and learn how to use her gifts. No one knows the depths of the ancient power she possesses, or what will happen if it manages to escape her control. Will she lose herself entirely? Or be forever caught between Darkness and Light?

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The battle for Ciara’s power has drawn the full attention of the Emperor and the Imperial Mages, forcing Bolin to put duty above safety and take her to Nisair. It won’t be an easy trip, even with an Imperial escort and a Galysian elder accompanying them. Especially since Donovan has found himself some new allies, one of who wields a dark magic that has literally gotten under Bolin’s skin.
For Ciara, coming to terms with the increasingly tangible manifestation of her power could destroy her. Even if they make it to Nisair–something that grows more unlikely by the day–there is no surety of safety for Ciara, or any of them. Not with Donovan willing to gamble everything to achieve his goals, or Bolin’s uncharacteristically reckless behavior, the result of which is the attention of something that has everyone worried.
Loyalties will be tested, lives will be lost, and no one will emerge unchanged as they find things are not always so clear on the line dividing Darkness and Light.

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KL Schwengel


K. L. Schwengel lives in southeast Wisconsin on a small farm with her husband, a handful of Australian Shepherds, Her Royal Highness Princess Fiona the Cat, and assorted livestock. Growing up as the youngest of nine children, and the daughter of a librarian, Kathi spent many hours between stacks of books, and secluded away in dusty archives, drawn to tales of medieval heroes and conquering knights. With so many characters and ideas spinning in her head, she had to get them onto paper or risk what little sanity she possessed. She has been penning wild tales of magic and mayhem as long as she can remember, but opted to follow her artistic muse first. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts and spending many years working as a freelance artist, grocery clerk, art teacher, graphic designer, stable hand, advertising account coordinator, dog trainer, and process technician (among other things) she answered the call of her writing muse. When not writing, Kathi trains and trials working Australian Shepherds, still paints, dabbles in photography, graphic design, and anything else creative her assorted muses send her way.

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Sundown Rises

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I love it when a dream comes together. And this month has been a month of dreams come true. First, The Actuator: Fractured Earth became a bestseller on Amazon. Now the culmination of a year’s efforts has finally come to fruition in the form of a comic book: SUNDOWN!

Last year at Salt Lake Comic Con I was in several panels on comics. This one I was on because my publisher began publishing graphic novels. I mentioned that I wanted to write a unique superhero comic book I had the idea for, but I was having trouble finding an artist. Someone there referred me to an artist she knew. That’s how I met the talented Aaron Leach. Over a month, he helped me focus the idea and learn to write scripts according to the industry standards. Once he committed to the project, I began the search for a colorist and letterer. We went through three colorists and two letterers before finally getting the talents of Ben Mudak and Hugo Jesus.

Now, at long last, we are closing in on the amazing first issue. This isn’t the final cover, but it’s a good example of the logo and the painted style we’re using. Hopefully, we’ll have everything ready to submit by the upcoming Comic Con in two weeks!

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Just a quick heads up, I’ll be at several events over the next few weeks and I wanted to make sure you all know about it. All these links are in my appearances page… please check it out!

TONIGHT, I recorded live with the Space Balrogs on Dungeon Crawlers Radio. You can catch it as a podcast. My last podcast with them was hilarious, and this was just as much fun!

I’ll be the Gangrene Film Festival and Symposium next weekend (end of August), and Salt Lake Comic Con the weekend after that. We have tons of Space Balrogs audience participation games and much fun will be had by all. So come play! :)

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Vote for Tilly (Guest Post)

A word from Tony Healey–

At the beginning of this year I released a charity anthology, featuring the work of 16 fantastic writers (including Higher Order by James Wymore) and the artwork of the legendary Bruce Pennington, with all proceeds to go to The Cystic Fibrosis Trust (we’ve not hit enough for a donation yet – but we’re getting there).

The original inspiration for that collection of stories – and for doing something to raise funds for CF in the first place – is a little girl called Tilly.

She has a chance to win a free holiday with her Mummy and Daddy next year, but she needs your help. It’s very easy and will only take 2 minutes of your time.

Step 1. Click this link:

Step 2. LIKE the Haven Facebook page (you can always UN-LIKE it later).

Step 3. Hit the VOTE button.

That’s it!

Of course, if you wanted to be super-duper cool you could also share the above link and get your friends to vote too.

Fractured Earth #1 on Amazon!


One month from today, The Actuator 1.5: Borderlands Anthology goes on sale! It has new developments for the Machine Monks, as well as short stories set all over the world at the time of the great Actuation. More about that exciting development soon. In order to promote the upcoming story collection, my publisher is putting The Actuator 1: Fractured Earth for kindle on sale for just 99 cents! That’s 80% off! If you haven’t read it already, this is your chance to get it cheap with time to read it before the amazing anthology sequel comes out.

This book literally has everything in it: pirates, aliens, fairies, robots, dragons, robots, orcs, Steampunks, spaceships, flying cars, magic, lasers, airships, vampires, werewolves… everything but cheese.

BREAKING NEWS! Fractured Earth is tearing up Amazon’s charts! At this moment it is #1 in Dark Fantasy and #5 in Sword & Sorcery, grouped with the Game of Thrones books!


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It’s a dream come true for me! Thanks so much to all of you!

Salvation Review Tour


There is a review tour for Salvation, running right now! I didn’t realize it until I started getting a bunch of 5 star reviews. My publisher is so awesome. <3

If you haven't read it yet, you should get it now. Authors live or die by their reviews. I’m just glad these have been going so well so far.

I talked a lot about Salvation in my podcast interview with T.J. Redig called Scrivener’s Soapbox. Go check it out!