And I’m starting to freak out a little, to be honest. Eep!
So I have some stuff to share with you about UNHOLY GHOSTS, but first, this morning my Faerie had her preschool graduation, which was a big teary deal for Mommy. She’s been going to a Baptist preschool nearby; a Baptist school because A) it’s close; B) it’s not as expensive as most of the other schools; and C) most importantly, when we went to take a look at the place the staff were so friendly and charming and non-judgy, and they were so kind to Faerie, and she liked it so much. I haven’t regretted it once, although I admit it’s a tad weird when she starts asking questions about religion etc. etc. I’m happy for her to learn about religions, though, and about different people believing different things, and the school is seriously fantastic. Her official last day is Friday and I know I’m going to be a gibbering mess.
Aaanyway. Graduation was this morning, and the kids gave a little concert, which is awesome. Awesome not just because, you know, it’s our baby on that stage, but because there’s always that one boy who refuses to play along. At the Christmas concert he just stood and stared at the audience the whole time, leading the hubs and I to invent dialogue for him, such as “I don’t trust you people,” or the classic Buscemi-on-SNL-inspired, “You’re all dead and you don’t even know it.” Today he played along a little more, but when the kids sang how God is watching and knows everything, he stood there arms akimbo rather than doing the hand movement; the rest of the class was happy in the knowledge that God knows everything, but Surly was berating us. Warning us. Informing us that we’re not going to get away with shit, so we shouldn’t even think about it. Surly is awesome.
So some new reviews have come in for UNHOLY GHOSTS! First, we have a Reviewer Top Pick from Nite Owl reviews:
Unholy Ghosts is the first book in Stacia Kane’s new series and is absolutely a full on winner!…The characters are kick ass and the plot will have you on the edge of your seat. I absolutely recommend it!
Of course, there’s also 5 Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies:
Stacia Kane has written an engrossing fantasy novel whose characters with their mix of vulnerabilities and friendships will worm their way into your heart… Her talent for world-building and ability to outline the concepts of the Church of Truth in easily understandable terms lend credibility to her work. Kane’s characters may have flaws, but they’re strong, likable and well-developed… I read the book straight through and eagerly await the second book in the series, UNHOLY MAGIC.
Next, some love from Coffee Time Reviews:
The action, suspense, sexual tension, and chills make this an intense book. Once you get into this novel, you will not want to put it down, and I am looking forward to more Chess Putnam adventures in the future.
Fresh Fiction says (no grade/rating given):
Intricately plotted within a disturbing setting, UNHOLY GHOSTS will be riveting for many readers…
Last but definitely not least, we have BSC Reviews (no grade/rating given):
In short? I loved [Chess], and not just because I love the Betty Page haircut (even though I really, really do). I went in expecting her to be a cardboard cutout ass-kicker and, instead, found an extremely flawed woman who, like all of us, makes bad decisions and then has to get out of them. She certainly doesn’t consider herself a hero. … As far as she’s concerned, she’s just trying to keep herself alive however she can. …
As I mentioned in my brief list of reasons-why-this-book-is-awesome, there’s a lot of action and very little fluff. …
If you like urban fantasy, ghost stories, or maybe you just want to try something exciting, definitely pick up this book. At the very least, it’ll be a fun ride. As for me, I think I’m a Chess Putnam fan for good.
VERY excited by all of these! I have to admit I’m especially thrilled by the last one, simply because what seemed to connect with the reviewer the most were exactly the things I tried hard to do/convey, but honestly, I’m really, really pleased/happy about all of them, and humbly grateful, and just hope readers feel the same way or at least give the book a try.
And speaking of giving it a try…how would you like to? You can! I have a PDF file of the first five chapters, and you can download it just by clicking here! UNHOLY GHOSTS sample (2560) Feel free to share this PDF, to email it to friends, to print it out and give it to pals who don’t read onscreen–anything, in short, save selling it, uploading it onto a filesharing site, or loading it onto your own website for it to be downloaded from there; I’d like to keep this site as the main source for the file if possible. (Also, of course, feel free to talk it up on your own website/blog/Twitter/Facebook/whatever you like.)
Next week I’m going to be announcing a special Buy-UNHOLY GHOSTS-giveaway. It’s not much–I’m frankly broke–but hopefully it will be something you’ll like, and everyone who buys the book gets it regardless or where, when, how, or in what format they purchase the book.
I’ll also be back in a few days with a “regular” blog, I promise, but like I said above…I’m kind of freaking out, and am very nervous, so I’m having a bit of a hard time concentrating.
Enjoy the free chapters!