Friday, October 15, 2021
I am fascinated by dreams/comas/unconscious, subconscious states. If you are too, you might be interested in this curated giveaway of "Dream Lover" books. It has my novella Darkling in it, but a bunch of other really interesting-sounding books. You can find all the books here.
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
It's a really busy month for my pen name Katherine Moore. My story "Fake Out" is in the new Fake It Till You Make It anthology, which went live yesterday. You can get your copy here. It's a whole collection of "fake romance" stories and mine is set in my mythical town of Silver Birch, Washington. I had a lot of fun writing it and intend to return to the characters--a mismatched group of housemates--before too long.
While my story is sweet--some are spicy. Here's a taste.
Saturday, October 2, 2021
In the meantime, here's a link where you can preorder the set for only 99 cents.
Friday, October 1, 2021
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
I am part of a list-aiming collection of fairytales called Fairy Tales That Bite, publishing next year, but you'll be hearing a lot about it. What makes this collection a little different is that it's not just about rewriting fairy tales, it's rewriting them and including a vampire element. That worked well for my Shadow Palace Trilogy, which started out with a vampire take on Cinderella, so I thought it would be fun to try my hand at another. I'm going to use the fairy tale "Bluebeard" and can't wait to see how it'll come out.
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Under various names, I have a number of holiday stories coming out. I'm really excited about the one I'm writing for this collection. It'll be under my Katherine Moore pen name, and another Silver Birch story. Think HEA to the max. And there will be cocoa. And wine. And snickerdoodles, which are my favorite cookie.
Think of this collection as a whole lot of Hallmark Christmas movies gathered under one cover.
The book publishes on November 1, 2021 so you have almost two months to get into the Christmas spirit!
Monday, September 13, 2021
I know it's more than a month until Halloween, but I am feeling it!
I recently offered this short story (written under my Kit Blackwood pen name but suitably dark for those who prefer my noir-ish side) to my newsletter subscribers and they seemed to like it. If you'd like it too, just click the SUBSCRIBE button on this page or email me at: kat (at) katparrish (dot) com with the message X and I will send you a pdf copy.
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
A limited edition boxed set with shifters galore, Royal Pride is now available at all ebook outlets.
Here's the blurb:
Each page of this anthology offers enchanting tales of transformation and seduction from royal prides to foxy thieves. Lions, tigers, dragons, gargoyles, werewolves, mermaids, and more inhabit each magical story. Fall in love with a shapeshifter in this limited edition collection of shifter romances brought to you by thirteen New York Times, USA Today, and international bestsellers, as well as hot new authors!
Lion's Bride © 2021 Imani Jay
Stolen Mate © 2021 Juliet Moon
Breaking Chains © 2021 Margo Bond Collins
Cat Among the Demons © 2021 Lillia Hunter
For the Love of a Mermaid © 2021 Diana Dawn
Earthen © 2014 RaeLynn Blue
Ritual Island © 2019 J. P. Uvalle
Tricks, Treats & Trial by Fire © 2021 Sapphire Winters
Wings © 2021 Sofia Aves
Bonded © 2021 Isabeau Moon
Pride of a Lioness © 2021 Katia Kozar
Serpent’s Nest © 2021 W.M. Dawson
Foxy Heist © 2021 Zelda Knight
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
I'm writing stories for a fair number of boxed sets this year. I'm really excited by Pride of a Lioness, which is in the same series as The Heart of a Tiger, which is already out. (Soul of a Leopard will be out in the winter.)
The story will be a part of Royal Pride and is available for preorder here. The preorder price is only 99 cents.
I bought the cover for Heart of a Tiger as a premade from Danielle Ritter of Locus Solus Cover Design, then commissioned the other two covers. I LOVE these designs.
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Set in Israel, with a prologue in 2005 and the rest in 2015, but the story feels fresh and very timely. I loved the local color. I loved Ofer Angel, our hero, an intern at a law firm who gets involved in murder, bad corporations and a danger that reaches into his past.
Here's the blurb: What would you do if you discovered that a lethal virus is incubating in your body and would kill you within a week?
Unless an antidote is somehow found.
Ofer Angel’s life has never been simple. When he was a teenager - his father committed suicide after being rumored to be involved in shady business deals. When he became a man - he had to deal with difficulties at home, but thanks to his determination, he managed to finish law school and was admitted as an intern at a renowned law firm.
Ofer is sent to spend the night with an expert witness for the firm’s most important case. The following morning, he finds the witness dead in his hotel room, a flask from which they had both drunk whiskey on the previous night by his side, infected with the bubonic plague virus, supposedly eradicated from the world.
Before long, Ofer discovers that a certain unknown element is interested in framing him, perhaps even in bringing about his death. But even if that mysterious element is unsuccessful - the virus now incubating in Ofer’s body would eventually kill him anyway within the week, unless an antidote is somehow found.
Will Ofer manage to solve the secrets of his past?
Will he discover who tried to kill him and why?
Is there enough time to find an antidote?
There's a lot to like here. Dead bodies piling up. Clandestine meetings. Evil corproations manufacturing deadly viruses. Great sense of place and an egaging hero.
I am determined to read all those books in my kindle, spurred on by the number of times I've seen a book offered for free on one of the daily newsletters I get, only to click over and find that I ALREADY HAVE IT. That happens pretty often, which means I am way, way behind on my pleasure reading.
So returning to the mini-reviews of books I've read. Mostly, I will post good reviews, because who needs a recommendation of a bad book? But sometimes, as a public service, I will share my thoughts about bad books.
I hope you enjoy the reviews and the recommendations.
Sunday, August 1, 2021
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Friday, February 19, 2021
This story of Cristaldo's cataclysmic connection to a woman who seemingly is fated to be his mate fuels the story, which starts out hot and only becomes more incendiary. Because unlike most of the women Cristaldo has met, Everly is not going to be a pushover. She feels the attraction, but she doesn't have a great track record with men and there's a restraining order out on her last (her first) boyfriend, a dangerous psychopath.
Bain has done a terrific job of building the world of this story. The characters have real connections to other people--Everly to her two best friends--bandmates in a group they call THE SIRENS--and Cristaldo has his brothers and Serge, his consiglieri, and Sly, the charming majordomo who's been put at Ellery's disposal. But there are also the characters from the other clans--all of them descended from Roman royalty and all of them with clashing agendas. There are also vampires in this world and they have a very interesting role in the werewolf world.
The course of true love is never smooth, even if it's between a man and a woman fated to be "Forever Mates."
There's a lot of heat in the love/sex scenes, including a spectacular take on the whole "dream lover" trope. And yet, the prose never shades over into purple. It's streamy. It's hot, but it's not the kind of out and out erotica that can turn some readers off. (You will definitely be turned on.)
Check out SIN CITY WOLF: HOWL now.
Sunday, February 7, 2021
Lovers' Masquerade is a sexy Valentine's collection of stories that share setting, characters, and intention--heating up your night! Some of the stories--like "The Phantom and the Cheeseburger"--have rom com roots, others flirt with 50 Shades of Grey withe their dominant billionaires flying their dates off to Greece in their private jets. There's plenty of playful banter, lots of tenderness, a few misunderstandings, and many surprises.
The women are relatable--Nicolette, who has not quite perfected the art or walking in a ball gown (Kick/Step) and therefore makes a spectacular entrance; Addie who stops into a lingerie store to buy some dainties only to have the snooty saleswomen ghost her, not realizing she's the owner's daughter; Madeleine, the party's hostess who is the very definition of "poor little rich girl." The men--alphas all--have dimensions. One man seems to have it all, but his mother is dying from complications of MS and not even his manager knows it.
These bite-size bits of romance are a perfect diversion for a cold winter's night. Get lost with the lovers.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Deborah Wilde’s Blood & Ash is the first in a new urban fantasy series that offers a snarky heroine who has a complicated life, really good friends, and a mother who’s deeply into human versus magical politics. And oh yes, there’s also her prickly relationship with Levi Montefiore, the head of the most powerful magic “house” in the city, and a someone who’s known Ash almost all her life.
Did I mention Ash’s life is complicated? She is at the center of a spiderweb of intrigue that begins when she witnesses a strange paranormal event in which a dark smudge-like THING possesses a woman after using up its previous host and leaving him dead on the sidewalk. When something similar happens a few hours later, it becomes clear to Ash that something dark has come to Vancouver and it’s up to her to stop it.
Wilde has put together a believable world in which magic-workers and mundanes know about each other and coexist. It’s a diverse place, and Ash (short for Ashira) has real-world problems that make her relatable. (Her relationship with her mother is particularly engaging because Thalia is…a piece of work.)
The mystery of what’s going on in the story has several levels, and one is very personal for our heroine. The stakes of what’s going on in the main story are real and consequential, and readers will be rooting for Ash every step of the way.
The world is steeped in Jewish mysticism and culture, and that automatically sets it apart from 99.9% of the other urban fantasies out there. And when a golem shows up, it feels only natural.
It’s a lot of fun being in Ash’s world, and the steamy dose of sexual healing that comes in at the end, feels like a treat. It also sets up part of what’s to come in the sequels. This is definitely something a little different.
Sunday, January 31, 2021
30 Pieces of Silver, Carolyn McCray’s thriller, a nicely worked out bit of (alternate?) history that’s bolstered with tons of bogus academic papers and made-up artifacts that feel persuasive. As the story plays out along two timelines—the present and two thousand years ago—the pace never flags, and there are action beats that build and build and build and build from the moment we meet Rebecca Monroe being squeezed to death by an anaconda to the final explosive revelation.
The special ops team central to the mission is familiar in concept—like James Rollins’ Sigma Force—are not just warriors, they know their science and their religious history. Characters keep underestimating them and it’s a lot of fun to see them thwart those snooty expectations. It’s also fun seeing military people being portrayed as something more than meatheads. (Once an Army brat, always an Army brat.)
It is a little disappointing that Rebecca is just about the only woman with anything to do in the book. While she does some brave things and she is an intriguing person, she doesn’t necessarily drive the story—Brandt and his team do. Still, you have to love a book that combines all these thriller elements so seamlessly with an ancient backstory. Worth the read if you’re a fan of Clive Cussler, James Rollins, and Dan Brown.
Saturday, January 30, 2021
I gobbled those books up like chocolate-covered cherries. The sub-genre is having something of a comeback right now and that is really good news for readers because the neo-Gothics are a lot more complicated and compelling than the Bronte imitators that spawned the first wave of books back in the Seventies.
And I'm not even counting the O.G. Gothics, a list of which you can find here.
The story takes place in a fictional California town where a new Chief of police has just arrived. Nick Grayson is looking for a fresh start but his initial impression of Prominence is not promising. He's afraid he's going to be bored to death with only the town's Fouinder's Day festivities to look forward to. (Town mascot Winkie the golden hedgehog figures prominently.)
Just one day in, however, weird things start happening, and Nick finds himself caught up in a battle between good and evil. (Cue the Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" as you start to read--you'll see why.)
The characters in Dream Reaper are fully fleshed out and real. Readers will immediately be caught up in heroine Madison's story because we know what we need to know about her before she has the accident that kicks off the narrative. Although the story takes place in present day, all the trappings and tropes of Gothic novels are in place. There are haunted rooms, whispering voices, an abandoned church, a cemetery with wrought-iron fences, and more. Dark secrets and hidden needs fuel the action as the battle between good and evil plays out. There are real stakes here--eternal stakes.
There are intense moments, as when a woman randomly admits to her greatest sin and several other women attack each other over a man neither one truly wants. The heroes and heroines of the story are all flawed, even broken, and that adds to their believability.
The horror here is lightened with levity, and quirkiness, and emotions run the gamut. It's a terrific read.
Friday, January 1, 2021
I'm still not convinced that readers care about these accolades, but when you work at home and kind of ain a vaccuum, the affirmation they give can be balm to the soul. (So far, I haven't seen any increase in sales thanks to being entitled to use the phrase on my covers, but it's fun knowing I am entitled to them.)
I made a lot of plans last year and they were nearly all upended. This year, I'm thinking in broader terms and not making resolutions at all. But that doesn't mean I'm not making plans. I'll be launching a couple of cozy series this year (look for my work as Katherine Moore) and really mazing out on the holiday
stories. (Christmas, Halloween, Valentine's Day, Thanksgiving.) I'm going to write more suspense (which is my first love) under my real name. And as for the urban fantasy I love--there will be historical shifters, more about my conflicted werewolf Rezso, a couple of gargoyles, a few fae, and many, many vampires. Because really, can you ever have too many vampires?
So, basically, I want this new year to be more productive than last. We're going to be stuck with the plague for a while longer, so I fully intend to go my part by staying at home, wearing a mask, and writing.