Smoke and Hellfire is in stores now

This book has taken so long to get published that I felt like this day would never come. But it’s finally happened: Smoke and Hellfire is out in the world for everyone to read.

Some tropes you’ll find in this book:

  • female friendship
  • murderous ghosts and demonic possession
  • a heroine with serious bad-girl vibes
  • scary fae

If you’d like to read a preview of the first chapter, you can do that here.

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And here’s the book description:

Keep calm and call an exorcist.

Most people don’t believe in the supernatural—at least until a ghost starts making the walls in their house bleed. That’s when they call Bea Romo Reyes. She’s my best friend and roommate, and she works as a freelance exorcist and paranormal consultant. Meeting her plunged me into a supernatural world both wonderful and terrifying, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

But there’s something Bea’s not telling me, and her secret might be more dangerous than the demons she’s hired to exorcise.

Smoke and Hellfire contains four episodic, novelette-length stories:

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Limited-time preorder deal for Smoke and Hellfire

Good news: Smoke and Hellfire is officially available for preorder!

Better news: preorder it now, and you can get the entire ebook for just 0.99!

The ebook will go up to its regular price of $3.99 USD after release, so don’t wait. Get your copy now.

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Keep calm and call an exorcist.

Most people don’t believe in the supernatural—at least until a ghost starts making the walls in their house bleed. That’s when they call Bea Romo Reyes. She’s my best friend and roommate, and she works as a freelance exorcist and paranormal consultant. Meeting her plunged me into a supernatural world both wonderful and terrifying, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

But there’s something Bea’s not telling me, and her secret might be more dangerous than the demons she’s hired to exorcise.

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ARCs for Smoke and Hellfire are here!

Are you interested in getting free copies of books before they’re released? Do you like sharing book reviews online?

If you answered yes and enjoy urban fantasy, then good news! Advanced Review Copies of Smoke and Hellfire are now available.

Claim your ebook copy on Booksprout here. It’s completely free. The only catch is that you need to leave a review at one of the following storefronts: Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or Google Play.

It doesn’t have to be an essay. Just a few sentences of your honest thoughts can hugely help the book’s success. And you get to read the book for free before anyone else!

There’s a limited number of eARCs available, and the offer only lasts about two more weeks, so don’t wait!

Get a sneak peek at Smoke and Hellfire

Looking for a unique urban fantasy? Here’s a glimpse of the (unedited) first chapter of Smoke and Hellfire, which is coming out soon.

Chapter 1

Bea would be pissed if she knew I was writing this.

 I wouldn’t even mind because that would mean she was here. But I’ll probably never see her again—no one will—and that’s not fair. She doesn’t deserve what happened. People should know all the good things she’s done, so I’m writing this, and I hope someday she reads it and threatens to set my house plants on fire unless I delete it.

 I guess I should introduce myself. My name is Maggie Greenfield. This is about Bea, so I’m not that important, but you’ll need to know a little about me, right? I’m twenty-eight years old and a freelance web designer. My three favorite things are cats, the smell of old books, and anything hazelnut flavored. I’ve got dirty blond hair that’s so curly I have to keep it short or it gets completely unmanageable, and I’m about five foot six, bony, and freckled. I’m also a witch.

If that last part bothers you, maybe just stop reading now, okay? There’s only more supernatural stuff coming.

 I met Bea in July three years ago. My friend Silvia had passed away two days earlier, and I was on my way to her house with a casserole for her family. Don’t ask me why a casserole. I had to do something, and I remembered that’s what everyone had done when my nana had died. Grandma Gail and I had needed to rearrange all the dishes in the fridge five times before they’d fit.

I parked in their driveway and got out. The house was one-story and tan, built maybe twenty years earlier. Half the houses in the neighborhood were the same style, but it stood out because of the yard, which would put a botanical garden to shame. Red hibiscus bloomed in bushes near the windows, and shrubs of Mexican heather lined the walkway to the front door. Crape myrtle and magnolia trees provided shade near a butterfly garden of starflower and other pink blossoms, and a hanging basket of lantana dangled beside the entryway. Silvia had spent so much time and care on the yard. I felt an ache at the thought of it getting overgrown with her gone.

I rang the doorbell and only had to wait about thirty seconds before Silvia’s son opened the door.

Reader, I’m going to call him Joel, which you should know isn’t his real name, but I’m using pseudonyms for Silvia and her family to protect their privacy. He’s in his late thirties, too old for me—or at least that’s what I tell myself. With short brown hair and a wide, usually smiling face, he looks like the lead on a made-for-TV rom-com.

But on that day three years ago, his face was haggard, with patchy stubble covering his cheeks and chin.

“Oh,” he said. “Maggie.”

“Hi.” I stood there in silence for several long seconds, feeling even more awkward than usual. Then I thrust out the dish. “I brought a casserole.”

 His face softened as he took it, and he attempted a smile. “Thanks. You want to come in?”

 I stepped inside and jerked to a halt.

Brimstone.

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Read the first chapter of Text or Treat

Text or Treat hits shelves on October 5th, 2022. Get a sneak peek of the first chapter below.

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Book Description

Sydney Farina is done texting dead people.

She’s got a new, non-haunted phone, and the only ghosts she wants to deal with are Halloween decorations. But when a dead body is discovered near the bakery where she works, her Halloween gets a little too ghastly.

Sydney doesn’t even know the dead guy, but that doesn’t stop his ghost from texting her for help. (So much for her brand-new phone.) He sent her a scam message months ago, and she wasn’t his only target. He stole money from dozens of people—including Sydney’s sister, who’s become the prime suspect for his murder.

As Sydney digs into the scammer’s life, she finds a multitude of people who wanted him dead. She has to find the real killer fast… or her sister will be trading her Halloween costume for a prison uniform.

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Chapter 1: Only fake ghosts please

A plastic skull cackled when Sydney opened the door. It sat on top of the hostess station, one of many Halloween decorations that had transformed the inside of the Salty Fish. Candelabras straight out of a haunted house decorated the restaurant’s tables. Fake spiderwebs stretched between the industrial light fixtures, and glowing glass jack-o’-lanterns grinned from between liquor bottles shelved behind the bar.

“Hey, Sydney.” Ayaka, the hostess, was a pretty twentysomething whose cloth headband bore a pattern of pumpkins and bats. “Alex is in your usual booth.”

“Thanks,” Sydney said and walked toward the back.

Alex waved cheerfully from a booth in the corner, wearing a butterscotch-yellow cardigan and flower-printed skirt that matched her sunny disposition. She was tall and thin with short, dirty-blond hair, and few people pegged her and Sydney as siblings.

Sydney wasn’t as tall or as thin. She had long, blue-dyed hair and wore black from head to toe. Her disposition was less sunny and more dark and stormy night.

“Have you tried their new caramel-apple cocktail?” Alex asked as Sydney slid into the seat opposite her. “It’s amazingly good.”

Sydney ordered one when their waiter came over. Then she perused the menu.

“I think this place has even better decorations than the bakery,” Alex said, looking around.

Sydney’s head snapped up from the menu. “You take that back.”

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Upcoming Autumn Reads

Today’s officially the first day of autumn! And if you’re looking for some new books to read this spooky season, then don’t worry. I’ve got you covered.

Cozy Mystery

First off, Text or Treat will be hitting shelves on October 5th. It’s a Halloween-themed cozy mystery that’s sure to add some fun to your holiday.

Text or Treat cover

Book Description

Sydney Farina is done texting dead people.

She’s got a new, non-haunted phone, and the only ghosts she wants to deal with are Halloween decorations. But when a dead body is discovered around the corner from the bakery where she works, her Halloween gets a little too ghastly.

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I have a story in the cutest ever anthology

Pirating Pups: Salty Sea-Dogs and Barking Buccaneers is the official title of the book. There were two main rules to submitting a short story to it: the story must have a speculative element and must fit the (adorable) theme of “pirating pups.”

I submitted a short story entitled “Ghost Pirate Dognapper.” It features Bea Romo Reyes, the freelance exorcist you may remember from my Halloween serial The Memory of Ghosts, as she’s hired to recover a dog the owner claims was kidnapped by a ghost pirate.

Needless to say, I’m happy it got accepted into the anthology. It was fun to write and hopefully just as fun to read. If you’re interested, there’s more info below:

Pirating Pups anthology cover

X Marks More Than One Spot

Enter a world of Barking Buccaneers, where piratical dogs sail the seas, seeking one tail-chasing adventure after another. Whether dealing with sea monsters, the doldrums, or bitter betrayal, these dogs have a true nose for adventure and always dig up their buried treasure.

Featuring thirteen daring “tails” of dogs, puns, and fun by: Chadwick Ginther; Jennifer Lee Rossman; Meghan Beaudry; Kristen Brand; Richard Lau; V.F. LeSann; Alice Dryden; Melanie Marttila; Mathew Austin; JB Riley; Frances Pauli; George Jacobs; and E. C. Bell.

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What’s the coolest premise for an anthology that you’ve ever read? Let me know in the comments!

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Poison Contact is in stores now!

Have you been looking for another cozy mystery to read? Then today’s your lucky day, because Poison Contact just hit the shelves.

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It starts with an order of inappropriately shaped cookies for a bachelorette party.

When Sydney Farina, professional baker and amateur sleuth, delivers the cookies, the bride-to-be drops dead in front of her. Sydney tries to convince herself the mysterious tragedy is none of her business, but the rude bride who texted her for constant updates about her order doesn’t stop texting now that she’s dead. And her ghost begs Sydney to solve her murder and clear her fiancé’s name.

Sydney isn’t so sure the fiancé is innocent, but it’s hard to ignore the desperate ghost. As she investigates the bride’s frenemies and former lovers, she finds few leads and starts to worry she’ll never solve the case.

But she must be getting close to the truth, because the killer is trying to silence her… permanently.

Poison Contact is the second book in the Texts From Beyond cozy mystery series but can be read as a standalone. Twice the length of the first book, it has more mystery, more murder attempts, and more texts from beyond the grave. Order now and start the investigation!


If you want a preview of the first chapter, click here. Otherwise, click the button below to buy.

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Test your Dead Messages knowledge with this quiz

Poison Contact comes out next week, and I can’t wait for you to read it! 😀 But the first book in the Texts From Beyond cozy mystery series came out way back in January, so it’s not surprising if your memory of the plot is a little fuzzy.

Time to fix that! Take this short quiz to test your knowledge of Dead Messages and refresh your memory on any details you forgot. Just click your answer. Green means you got it right, and red means wrong. Then hit the arrow button to go to the next question

Good luck!

Dead Messages is set in a…
Bakery
Bed and breakfast
Close! It’s a bakery called Summertime Sweets.
Coffee shop
Close! It’s a bakery called Summertime Sweets.
Library
Close! It’s a bakery called Summertime Sweets.
Glenda was murdered with a…
Knife
It was a rolling pin, believe it or not.
Rolling pin
Cast-iron skillet
Close! But the correct kitchen utensil is a rolling pin.
Gun
It was a rolling pin, believe it or not.
Who does Sydney tell about her phone getting texts from a dead woman?
No one
Everyone at the bakery
Nope! She doesn’t tell anyone.
Her sister, Alex
Nope! She doesn’t tell anyone.
Her best friend, Marissa
Nope! She doesn’t tell anyone.
Caleb Bray is…
Sydney’s no-good ex-boyfriend
Glenda’s disappointment of a son
Close! He’s Glenda’s former employee and Sydney’s ex-boyfriend.
A famous and talented pastry chef
He’s not famous and is a mediocre chef at best. And he’s Sydney’s ex-boyfriend.
The police officer in charge of the murder investigation
Nope! He’s Glenda’s former employee and Sydney’s ex-boyfriend.
Who do the police first arrest for Glenda’s murder?
Logan, the restaurant owner who argued with Glenda
Faith, Glenda’s bullied daughter
Nope! It was Logan.
Marissa, Glenda’s cash-strapped employee
Close! First, they arrested Logan.
Caleb, an ex-employee who quit in a rage
Nope! It was Logan.
Who actually killed Glenda?
Marissa, Glenda’s cash-strapped employee
Logan, the restaurant owner who argued with Glenda
He’s innocent! It was Marissa.
Faith, Glenda’s bullied daughter
She’s innocent! It was Marissa.
Caleb, an ex-employee who quit in a rage
He’s innocent! It was Marissa.
After Sydney catches the murderer, she and Logan make plans to…
Go on a lunch date
Go on vacation
Nope! Just a lunch date.
Get married
Slow down! They’ve only been on one date. 😉
Write a book about their adventure
Nope! They go on a lunch date.

Thanks for playing! I hope this quiz refreshed your memory of Dead Messages, but if it didn’t, no worries. Poison Contact is designed to be friendly to readers who’ve never read Dead Messages at all, so you can still enjoy it.

Stay tuned for news of Poison Contact’s release.

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