At long last, Hoarfrost, book two in the Blood of Cain series (Monstrous), is available for pre-order! You can add it to your Goodreads list here. I'll be posting an excerpt (as usual) after it comes back from my editor.
I really hope people like this one, it took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to finish, but it was well worth it. I adore writing Frankie Mourning and I will continue this series until I can't lift a pen, or until Frankie blows up the world. Whichever comes first.
This installment has Frankie and Dekker continuing their fire-and-gasoline relationship and traipsing about as fake FBI agents. And if that isn't enough fun for you, someone is running around the Pacific Northwest stealing people's hearts. Awww. Here's the official synopsis:
"The Mother of Hearts is here."
Plagued with terrifying visions and hounded by wraiths, Frankie Mourning is on the run again. Afraid she will hurt Thomas Dekker, she goes off on her own and does what she does best: killing the killers. But Dekker needs her help. Corpses are washing up onto the Oregon coast, frozen solid and covered in hoarfrost. And their hearts are missing.
As Frankie and Dekker delve deeper into the mystery, things get stranger. Frozen oceans; a woman who bursts into flame; holes in the fabric of reality; a shapeshifter; and a horrifying woman in a white shroud who claims she wants to help. Despite herself, Frankie finds herself closer to Dekker than ever, but her frightening power and terrifying visions grow stronger, threatening to hurt the last person alive she loves, along with anyone who gets in her way.
But Dekker has a secret of his own, and it might just tear Frankie apart. If she can't keep it together, she's not sure what she's capable of. Though a dwindling group of gods seem to think she could be the salvation the world needs...or the catalyst of its destruction.
Hoarfrost is available for pre-order on Amazon, and the release date is scheduled for October 31, 2017.
Stay creepy, friends!
Monstrous is a winner!
Monstrous is a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Awards in the category of horror! If you want to check out the full list of amazing finalists, you can do so here. I'm a bit of a book award virgin, so this is really exciting!
In other news, Hoarfrost is currently being revised and edited and should go off to be professionally edited within a month. I'm shooting for a release near Halloween if all goes well. Otherwise, it may be as late as November. I'll post an update when it's available for pre-order, but you can add it to your Goodreads list here: www.goodreads.com/book/show/36159957-hoarfrost.
And speaking of October, who's ecstatic that we're fast approaching Autumn? If you're in the mood for a creepy tome, you can check out all my books here. I tried to convince Amazon to open up a Violently Romantic genre, but no word so far ;).
I'm working on a few things right now, all in different stages of writing. Queen Victoria's Monsters, a Victorian fantasy, is currently being written, as well as several stories including: The Immortal Henry Clay, Roses In the Snow, and a werewolf noir story entitled Auguries of Innocence. The coming year is much more free for me than last year, so I expect to be putting out books a little faster. More details on these titles in the coming months.
That's all for now! Still reeling a little from making it through the first round for the Kindle Book Awards, and a little punchy from the late-summer heat. Here in Oregon the air is crazy smoky, too, so I'm looking forward to a lot of indoor activities (namely just reading and writing), which is zero percent different than any other day. But now I have a reason for it.
Stay creepy, my friends!
J.L. Murray is the bestselling author of the Niki Slobodian series, After the Fire, and Jenny Undead.