Thursday, January 22, 2015

Whistling Past the Graveyard (and the return of Nicki Styx!)

It's been a while since my last book was out. After two successful series, six novels and various novellas, I started to find myself a victim of creative burnout -- not because I'd run out of ideas, but because I had too MANY ideas, and the writing track that I was on began to feel too narrow.  I wanted to go back and finish out my first paranormal/urban fantasy series with the ending it deserved, by finishing Book #5 in the Nicki Styx series, HAPPILY NEVER AFTER. I wanted to work on a spooky Victorian mystery idea that had been burbling around in my head, and polish to a high shine an earlier series of historical/paranormal novels set in ancient Rome and early Britain that I'd already written. To my surprise, I found that with the pressure of series deadlines eased, ideas began to flow even faster, so much so that I started putting some of those ideas down in short story form. So to those of you who have written to me asking, "When is the next book going to be out?" I'm thrilled to be able to answer, "Now. Right now!"  :)

WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD contains an original, never-before-published Nicki Styx novella entitled "Personal Demons", as well as a collection of supernatural short stories about ghosts, demons, zombies, vampires, witches and werewolves. Some of the stories are spooky, some are funny, and some (like the Nicki Styx series itself) are spooky and funny at the same time.  :)

In "Personal Demons", Nicki Styx proves that she's willing to go to Hell and back to save a lost soul, even when the soul doesn't feel like she needs saving! A reluctant spirit has lingered too long in "Mrs. Beaumont's Room", and it's Fae vs. Brownie in "A Little Morning Magic". The practical issues of undead relationships are the focus of "Zombie Love", and a teenage witch comes into her own in "Does This Broomstick Make Me Look Fat?". Tempted to break out that Ouija board and play some parlor games? You might want to read what happens in "Ouija Wanna Have Fun". If ancient Celtic rituals are your thing, experience Samhain night the way it was meant to be in "Druid Moon". Meet some smokin' hot vampires in "Dead Sexy", and a lonely Lycan in "Lie Down With Dogs". Modern day witches wipe an unhappy woman's slate clean in "Tabula Rasa", and the mystery of a haunted house is solved in "Possession Is Nine Tenths". Not enough spookiness for you? Try "The Watcher", "All That Remains" or "The Eyes Have It".

For you die-hard Nicki Styx fans, I'm still working on the next full-length book in the Nicki Styx series, HAPPILY EVER AFTER, which will be available this summer.  In the meantime, take a little walk through the graveyard, and don't forget to whistle!  ;)

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(p.s. - If you should happen to read and enjoy WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD, or any other book I've written, please take a moment and leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads.  Favorable word of mouth is the greatest gift a reader can give an author!)

Ghosts, demons, zombies, vampires, witches and werewolves, all in one collection.  Hey, you wouldn't be reading this blog on the Supernatural Underground unless you were into the spooky stuff, right?  :)  Happy reading!


Amanda Arista said...

Yay Terri!
Congrats on your release and I can't wait to read it

Terri Garey said...

Thanks, Amanda!