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Urban Fantasy Author Gail Z. Martin talks Vampires, Werewolves, and Casinos

Vampires, Werewolves, and Casinos
By Gail Z. Martin

Our newest Spells, Salt and Steel book House of Cards takes mechanic/monster hunter Mark Wojcik into new territory, busting an illicit casino and cryptid fight club run by supernatural bosses. Of course there’s more to the problem than underground betting, and that puts Mark and his friends up to their asses in alligators as they sort out the web of dangerous dealings.

This is the eighth Mark Wojcik book (co-written with Larry N. Martin), and along the way we’ve gotten to see Mark and his companions grow and change as individuals even as they also gain new fighting skills, paranormal abilities, and supernatural allies. We’ve also explored plenty of Pennsylvania urban legends, ghost stories and lore from the part of the state where Larry and I grew up. We never run out of weird, spooky stuff to stoke the next story!

We’ve signed a contract with Falstaff Books for Season 3–four more novellas of action-packed paranormal adventure with plenty of snarky humor, so stay tuned!

by Gail Z. Martin, Larry N. Martin 
July 17, 2022
115 pages
Genre: paranormal, urban fantasy, comedy/horror
Gotta know when to fake ‘em, know when to stake them, know when to burn it down—and know when to let all hell break loose.

Some days, mechanic and monster hunter Mark Wojcik thinks that if it weren’t for bad luck, he’d have no luck at all.

His corner of rural Pennsylvania used to be relatively quiet—except for the ghosts, trolls, gnomes, and snallygasters. But when people start disappearing and bodies pile up, Mark and his friends realize that big city problems have come to town, with deadly consequences.

Necromancer narcos, a monster trafficking ring, and mafia witches would give anyone heartburn. It’s just Mark’s luck they all converge in his territory, along with an underground cryptid fight club and a secret casino catering to witches, werewolves, and the unwary.

The fight gets personal when Mark’s friends go missing, and all bets are off when he and Father Leo bring in a ringer to even the odds.

They say the house always wins. Mark’s betting the farm that he and his friends can save the day. He’s got a couple of cards up his sleeve—but unless luck and magic go his way, they might turn out to be aces and eights.

The eighth book in the Spells, Salt, & Steel series brings Season Two to a close in explosive fashion!

Check out book 1

About the Authors:
Gail Z. Martin writes urban fantasy, epic fantasy, steampunk and more for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Falstaff Books, SOL Publishing and Darkwind Press. Urban fantasy series include Deadly Curiosities and the Night Vigil (Sons of Darkness). Epic fantasy series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles Of The Necromancer, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, and the Assassins of Landria.

Together with Larry N. Martin, she is the co-author of Iron & Blood, Storm & Fury (both Steampunk/alternate history), the Spells Salt and Steel comedic horror series, the Joe Mack Shadow Council series, and the Wasteland Marshals near-future post-apocalyptic series. As Morgan Brice, she writes urban fantasy MM paranormal romance, with the Witchbane, Badlands, Treasure Trail, Kings of the Mountain and Fox Hollow series. Gail is also a con-runner for ConTinual, the online, ongoing multi-genre convention that never ends.

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