REVIEW: Lie Down with Dogs

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00049]If you’ve been reading the Black Dog series by Hailey Edwards, you pretty much need to pick up this book now and binge-read it. Not kidding here, folks. If you’re a fan of fantasy (fae, incubi, and all sorts of other interesting critters roaming ‘round) and magic, this series should be on your TBR.

You can read the entire review here:

Thoughts on Voice and the Electric Empire series

SF_coverA few years ago a friend of mine attended a con and picked up a book for me that she claimed screamed “HAILEY NEEDS ME IN HER LIFE!” She got the author to sign it for me, and I dutifully read it because friendship.

The book was Shadowfae by Erica Hayes, and it absolutely blew my mind.

Erica has this lush/visceral/tangible quality to her voice that floored me. There is this burst of color and sound and taste in your head while you’re reading those stories, and there’s no other book I’ve ever read that compares to the experience. Not to mention the series is written in first/third, which gave me a major ah ha moment. She writes in a fearless, don’t-care-what-anyone-thinks kind of way, and it speaks to me.

MissHydeCoverFast forward to a couple of weeks ago. My editor tweeted me and said she was reading a book that reminded her of me and that I must read it. Even though it was steampunk, which isn’t a genre I usually read (I must prefer the visual aspect of it), I trusted Sasha’s taste and snagged a copy of The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr.

I had put off starting it for a couple of days when my copy editor and another UF author chimed in to say they’d also picked up copies. (It was on sale.) So we decided to do a book club thing and all dropped our current reads to start that one.

During the first chapter, I wasn’t sure what the heck was going on. I wasn’t sure of what half the narrator said meant. (It took a bit for my brain to make the jump from the contemporary fantasy I had been reading to the historical lingo used in Miss Hyde.) I was puzzled in a good way and kept turning the pages. By the third chapter, I was hooked and devoured the rest. It showcased a brilliant use of first/third, and the prose was rich and authentic and bizarre. The whole time I was reading it I kept thinking I hadn’t felt that kinship with a book since Shadowfae.

Then it happened. A few days ago Erica tweeted for people to come find her at RT, where she would be masquerading as Viola Carr. I tweeted something at her that probably read like “!?!?!?!” and sprinted to Viola’s site. Sure enough, in Viola’s bio she mentioned having another pen name–Erica Hayes.

I’ve had days to absorb this, and it still amazes me. As writers we hear so much about the elusive voice, how it’s a special quality unique to each author. Not everyone’s is so individual as to make it unmistakable, but there are subtle qualities that attract readers time and time again, even across genre lines.

I’m not sure why I had to share this with y’all, but I did! It might be because I’m thrilled Erica/Viola has new work out there. Or maybe it’s because it comforts me to know there is still room in this industry for truly innovative authors. She is proof the only limits to our creativity are those we place on ourselves.



A Time of Dying Spotted at RT!

A Time of Dying was nominated for an RT award this year, and my partner in crime, Sasha Devlin, sent me a picture of one of the promo images they have posted around the hotel. Pretty cool, huh?


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Reckless by Selene Charles $.99 for a limited time!

81tO2AOG4gL._SL1500_Welcome to Whispering Bluff, Tennessee. Where the guys are hot. The girls are sweet. And nothing is what it seems…
Flint DeLuca is sick and tired of moving. She and her dad have moved three times in the past year. But that’s the life of a carnie. Even an ex-carnie like her. Her father swears this is the last move. All Flint wants now is to graduate from High School and put the carnival life behind her. Unfortunately, one of the two ain’t gonna happen. So now not only is she back in the life she can never seem to get away from, she’s also met this guy who pushes all her “I totally hate you” buttons.

Cain. No last name. Wears shades in school. Dresses entirely in black. And only speaks to her when he’s insulting her. She hates him. Hates him. And yet… there’s something about the Goth boy that draws her like a moth to flame. God, she can’t wait to graduate and get away from Whispering Bluff, only problem is she’s pretty sure her high school is infested by vampires. Cain might be one of them. And for some reason, she seems to be on their menu.

Sometimes High School really sucks…

Guardian (Hidden: Soulhunter Book 1)

51somh-us2L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Eunomia. Right hand of the Angel. Guardian.
The last of her kind, is now….
Death’s hunter.
And the thing she most desperately needs to find is herself.

For thousands of years, the Guardians collected the souls of the dead, bringing them before the God of Death for their final judgment.
It all ended when Eunomia’s sisters, the other twelve Guardians, betrayed the God of Death and his daughter. In the blink of an eye, Eunomia’s reason for existing ceased to be.

Now, Eunomia is the last of her kind, and she has no idea what to do with the rest of eternity.

Everything changes the day her best friend, the new Goddess of Death, comes to her with a problem only Eunomia can solve: “We’re having a problem with lost souls. Find them, and bring them back to me.”

Of course, nothing is ever as straightforward as it seems, and what at first appears to be nothing more than a simple soul collecting job turns into an around-the-world journey that challenges Eunomia at every turn. All she has to do is find twenty-seven lost souls, keep her friend sane, and solve a mystery… all while trying not to lose herself in the arms of a man thousands of years of experience tells her she should avoid.


You can snag your copy here:

Win a Kindle Voyage with Bo Blackman

Y’all know how much I love, love, love my Kindle Voyage. Helen Harper is offering one up in her contest to celebrate the upcoming release of her new Bo Blackman novel, Red Angel.


You can find the contest and details on how to enter here.

Welcome Melissa F. Olson! (Giveaway Post)

llllThank you so much to Hailey for being part of this multi-webpage blog blast. If you’ve already heard of me and my books, you can scroll down to go straight to the contest entry. Otherwise, please let me introduce myself.


My name is Melissa F. Olson, and I mostly write urban fantasy novels, which are stories about the intersection of two worlds: the real one that we live in and a world that involves something supernatural: fairies, vampires, werewolves, mutant killer hedgehogs, or all of the above. My new novel Boundary Crossed is about a young woman, Lex, trying to protect her baby niece from bad guys who have discovered that the baby has serious value on the supernatural black market. Lex is determined to keep her safe, but unfortunately she dies at the end of the first chapter.


No, seriously. She dies. But then she gets better, because it turns out that there’s more to Lex than she ever knew. She needs to figure out why she’s still alive and what the bad guys want with her niece, and she’s going to need a lot of help to do it.


The book has been available all month as a Kindle First deal on Amazon, but it comes out in paperback and audiobook for the first time today. To celebrate this release, I’m giving away signed books, a $20 Amazon gift card, and some killer swag. (That’s a metaphor; the swag will not hurt you.) To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter button below, and enter up to four times for the four prizes. Thanks for reading!




Melissa Olson was born and raised in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and studied film and literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After graduation, and a brief stint bouncing around the Hollywood studio system, Melissa landed in Madison, WI, where she eventually acquired a master’s degree from UW-Milwaukee, a husband, a mortgage, a teaching gig, two kids, and two comically oversized dogs, not at all in that order. She loves Madison, but still dreams of the food in LA. Literally. There are dreams. Learn more about Melissa, her work, and her dog at








Thank You, Readers!

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Thank you all so much for making this release day amazing! 😀

Lie Down with Dogs is Now Available!

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Black Dog, Book 3

With tentative peace established in Faerie, Thierry returns to her job as a conclave marshal in Texas while the countdown to her coronation begins. But what happens in Faerie doesn’t always stay in Faerie. A crown wasn’t Thierry’s only souvenir from her trip. Her new husband, Rook, is scheming again, and this time his plans are invading her dreams.

When her best friend throws a beachside going-away party, Thierry is grateful for the distraction from Rook…and from Shaw. But her presence in Daytona rouses an old evil, one who wants the future queen as the crown jewel of his private collection.




Dog with a Bone on Sale now for 99¢

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