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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Fantasy Author Gail Z Martin: Somewhere I Wouldn’t Want To Be After Dark + giveaway

Somewhere I Wouldn’t Want To Be After Dark 

By Gail Z. Martin 

I write a lot about things that go bump in the night—and in the dark—which means I think a lot about places that might not be great to be when the lights are out.

I’m going to make an important distinction between being somewhere at night, and after it’s closed. There are many places I enjoy being after dark, but would not want to be when it’s actually closed and empty. Likewise, there are places where I enjoy being during the daytime with other people around, and wouldn’t want to be at night.

So....for places I wouldn’t want to be after dark? Any of the New Orleans cemeteries. Gorgeous to tour with a large group, dangerous even by day if you’re alone. At night? No way. Likewise, Bourbon Street in the wee hours—too wild for me! Love the French Quarter, but I call it a night early. I love cemeteries in general, but I wouldn’t want to be at any of them in the dark—less out of fear of the dead than the living. I’d also rather not be at Gettysburg National Park after dusk because of its notoriously restless ghosts.

For places I wouldn’t want tmo be when they’re closed/deserted? Any theme park or amusement park or county fair. I love them all lit up after dark, but off-season or after hours, they are creepy AF. Likewise living history parks, museums of any kind, and libraries. Shopping malls, too. Those would be terrifying if you got locked in overnight. I think they’d find me curled into a wild-eyed ball of crazy in the ladies’ room, gripping my car keys like a dagger.

Scourge (A Darkhurst Novel Book 1)
by Gail Z Martin
July 11, 2017
400 pages

ISBN-10: 1781085587
ISBN-13: 978-1781085585

In a city beset by monsters, three brothers must find out who is controlling the abominations.

The city-state of Ravenwood is wealthy, powerful, and corrupt. Merchant Princes and Guild Masters wager fortunes to outmaneuver League rivals for the king’s favor and advantageous trading terms. Lord Mayor Ellor Machison wields assassins, blood witches, and forbidden magic to assure that his powerful patrons get what they want, no matter the cost.

Corran, Rigan, and Kell Valmonde are Guild Undertakers, left to run their family’s business when guards murdered their father and monsters killed their mother. Their grave magic enables them to help souls pass to the After and banish vengeful spirits. Rigan’s magic is unusually strong and enables him to hear the confessions of the dead, the secrets that would otherwise be taken to the grave.

When the toll exacted by monsters and brutal guards hits close to home and ghosts expose the hidden sins of powerful men, Corran, Rigan and Kell become targets in a deadly game and face a choice: obey the Guild, or fight back and risk everything.

Vengeance (Darkhurst Novel Book 2)
(Winner of the Manly Wade Wellman Award!)
by Gail Z. Martin

July 11, 2018

580 pages

ISBN-10: 1939704758
ISBN-13: 978-1939704757
Fighting the monsters that killed their family and friends cost undertaker brothers Corran and Rigan Valmonde their home and livelihood and made them wanted men—but the worst is yet to come.

The city-state of Ravenwood is wealthy, powerful, and corrupt. Merchant Princes and Guild Masters wager fortunes to outmaneuver League rivals for the king’s favor and the best trading terms. Ambitious and ruthless leaders use betrayal and assassination to gain their ends. Blood magic conjures monsters to further the goals of the ruling class, and the price of stolen power is paid for by the deaths of commoners. Now, the fate of Ravenwood hangs in the balance as rival city-states maneuver to gain advantage.

When Corran and Rigan and their friends became outlaw monster hunters and fled beyond the walls of Ravenwood City, they thought they had defeated the source of the abominations that killed so many of their friends and loved ones. But the more successful they become at destroying the creatures, the more they realize a greater evil is at work – larger and more monstrous than they ever could imagine…

About the Author:
Gail Z. Martin is the author of Scourge: A Darkhurst Novel, from Solaris Books. Gail is also the author of Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel and Trifles and Folly 1: A Deadly Curiosities Collection, the latest in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC; Shadow and Flame is the fourth book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; The Shadowed Path (The first Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures collection), as well as Iron and Blood a Steampunk series, and Spells, Salt, & Steel, both co-authored with Larry N. Martin.

She is also author of Ice Forged, Reign of Ash, and War of Shadows in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, The Chronicles of The Necromancer series (The Summoner, The Blood King, Dark Haven, Dark Lady’s Chosen); The Fallen Kings Cycle (The Sworn, The Dread) and the urban fantasy novel Deadly Curiosities and Tangled Web. Gail writes three ebook series: The Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures, The Deadly Curiosities Adventures and The Blaine McFadden Adventures. The Storm and Fury Adventures, steampunk stories set in the Iron & Blood world, are co-authored with Larry N. Martin.

Gail’s work has appeared in over 35 US/UK anthologies. Newest anthologies include: The Big Bad 2, Athena’s Daughters, Heroes, Space, Contact Light, With Great Power, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Alien Artifacts, Cinched: Imagination Unbound, Realms of Imagination, Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, Gaslight and Grimm, Baker Street Irregulars, Journeys, Hath no Fury and A Haven Harbor Halloween.

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  1. One of my favorite things to do when I was younger was to go visit haunted places at night. I've been to multiple graveyards, abandoned amusement parks, and also vacant sites where old houses had been torn down. Love anything and everything haunted!

  2. I also wouldn't want in the dark with that places. I hate scary places like this.

  3. I really like scary place. I would love to visit this places someday. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. We grow up having a scary/creepy place in our minds. Every abandon them park is sure a scary/creepy place to visit and you don't want to alone in that place.

  5. Great Blog! Thanks for sharing!