Episodes, News

Mini-Episode: The Uncanny Raven Winston Book Launch

 

It’s just another quick message during The Book Owl’s April break to tell you all about the latest book in the Cassie Black Trilogy, The Uncanny Raven Winston.

ABOUT THE BOOK

There’s nothing like an evil wizard to ruin a perfect good trip to London.

Ever have one of those weeks? You’ve taken an overdose of magic, you’ve just melted a twelve-year old girl, and Magic HQ has sent a letter “requesting” you come by to discuss your magic control issues.

No? Just me then?

I don’t want to go. I’ve got a boss in a wheelchair (my fault), a zombie cat who demands his treats on schedule, and no interest in sorting out the quirks of another magical community.

But when someone slips me information tying my parents’ disappearance to HQ, I can’t pack my bags quickly enough.

I’m soon destroying historical displays, befriending befuddled ghosts, and focusing more on uncovering the truth about my past than on figuring out how to rein in my magic. Which, since HQ has a test for me that if I fail… Well, best not to think about that.

This second book of The Cassie Black Trilogy squeezes you through a magic portal, lodges you in a hidden corner of the Tower of London, and plunges you into a tale of mysterious mishaps, peculiar ravens, and TV-binging trolls.

If you like contemporary fantasy with unforgettable characters, snarky humor, and a touch of paranormal mystery — or if you’ve ever wondered what those garden gnomes are really up to — you’ll find it hard to pry yourself away from The Uncanny Raven Winston.

WHERE TO GET YOUR COPY

Here’s how to find The Uncanny Raven Winston…

EBOOKS from my Payhip Bookstore can be found at https://payhip.com/b/1XyN

Note: If you purchase (or have purchased) The Undead Mr. Tenpenny through me, you will receive a 15% discount on The Uncanny Raven Winston.

EBOOKS from Amazon, Apple Kobo, and plenty other retailers. Just select your preferred shop from this universal book link: https://books2read.com/CassieBlack2

PAPERBACKS from Amazon…

  1. Follow the Books2Read link above,
  2. Tap the Kindle icon,
  3. Select the “paperback” option on the book’s Amazon page.
  4. Or go directly to your region’s Amazon store and enter the book’s special Amazon number: B091WCSWX3

PAPERBACKS from other retailers (such as Barnes & Noble, Target, or local bookshops). Just search for or ask for the book by its title or by its ISBN: 978 139 343 4801

HARDBACKS from certain Amazon stores (US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain).

  1. Follow this Books2Read link,
  2. Tap the Kindle icon,
  3. Select the “paperback” option on the book’s Amazon page.
  4. Or go directly to your region’s Amazon store and search for the book’s special Amazon number: B0922VB6HM

Apologies for all those numbers, but it really is the most reliable way to find the exact book you’re after.

 

News, Updates

Pre-Order Time is Here for Mr. Tenpenny!

Hello Book Nerds!

Before you get confused…yes, it is still Wednesday. I know The Book Owl normally invades the blogosphere on Thursdays, but I’ve got a special announcement I just couldn’t wait to share.

My upcoming novel, The Undead Mr. Tenpenny, is now ready for pre-order!!

Below (copied from my main blog over on TammiePainter.com), you’ll find more details than you could ever need or want, including…

  • The book description
  • Some amazing early reviews
  • A sample chapter, and the chance to grab a 14-chapter sample
  • And, of course….Links to your favorite online retailers

Alright, I’ll leave you to it, and I’ll be back again tomorrow with Episode 22 of the podcast!

Cheers!!!

Hello Book Lovers!!

That’s right, Mr. Tenpenny is ready to take your orders…pre-orders, that is.

But wait, I hear you say, hasn’t The Undead Mr. Tenpenny been up for pre-order for months now?

You’re absolutely right, but only on select retailers. Now, the book can be found on most any retailer out there, including…

  • Apple
  • Kobo
  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Tolino
  • Google Play Books
  • and many more

About the Book

Here’s the blurb (you’ll also find a sample chapter below)….

Work at a funeral home can be mundane. Until you accidentally start waking the dead.

Cassie Black works at a funeral home. She’s used to all manner of dead bodies. What she’s not used to is them waking up. Which they seem to be doing on a disturbingly regular basis lately.

Just when Cassie believes she has the problem under control, the recently-deceased Busby Tenpenny insists he’s been murdered and claims Cassie might be responsible thanks to a wicked brand of magic she’s been exposed to. The only way for Cassie to get her life back to normal is to tame her magic and uncover Mr. Tenpenny’s true killer.

Simple right? Of course not. Because while Cassie works on getting her newly-acquired magic sorted, she’s blowing up kitchens, angering an entire magical community, and discovering her past is more closely tied to Busby Tenpenny than she could have ever imagined.

If you like contemporary fantasy with snarky humor, unforgettable characters, and paranormal mystery such as Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series, you’ll find it hard to pry yourself away from this first book of the Cassie Black Trilogy.

  • Selected as one of Apple’s Most Anticipated Books of 2021
  • Winner of the Novel Excerpt Prize from the League of American PEN Women
  • Finalist in the Yeah You Write! Novel Contest

Ready to Pre-Order?

If you’re ready to pre-order your copy, the easiest way to do that is to follow the Universal Book Link below….

Universal Book Link: https://books2read.com/CassieBlack1

Then, just click the store of your choice, and by the magic of the Interwebs, you’ll be whisked away to the store specific to your region.

This UBL gets you to the shopfront you need, while keeping lazy ol’ me from having to get links for 10 different Amazon stores, 88 different Kobo stores, 100 different…you get the idea.

Paperbacks Are Coming

Yes, there will be paperbacks of The Undead Mr. Tenpenny. Unfortunately, there’s no pre-order system for those just yet. But next week, I have something special planned for the “real” book fans out there!

Not Convinced Yet?

I could tell you that the book is fabulous, but that’s not going to seem very genuine. So don’t take my word for it. Instead, look at some of the amazing feedback from Mr. Tenpenny’s early reviewers…

The Undead Mr. Tenpenny is a clever, hilarious romp through a new magical universe that can be accessed through the closet of a hole-in-the-wall apartment in Portland, Oregon.

—Sarah Angleton, author of Gentleman of Misfortune

Man oh man, did I love this book! …The plot was great, and got even better as things progressed…. I think the biggest pro of this book is the characters. 

—Jonathon Pongratz, author of Reaper

Wow and wow again! I absolutely loved this book! You get such a feel for the characters and the story is so fast paced you don’t want to put it down.

—Goodreads Reviewer

…suffused with dark humor and witty dialogue, of the sort that Painter excels at…a fun read for anyone who enjoys fast-paced, somewhat snarky, somewhat twisted, fantasy adventures.

—Berthold Gambrel, author of Vespasian Moon’s Fabulous Autumn Carnival

Still Not Convinced?

Here’s a sample from the book, and if you’d like even more, there’s a link below to grab a 14-chapter sample to see if Cassie Black’s mayhem and antics are for you….

Prologue – The Unexpected

I work in a funeral home. I’m used to seeing all manner of dead bodies. I’m used to bodies ranging from young to old, fat to thin, dark to pale. I’m used to the peacefully deceased to the horrifically killed. I’m used to them lying there still, silent, and slowly decomposing. 

What I am not used to, is them getting up and walking away. 

Which is why when Mr. Boswick — he of the untimely coronary embolism — started drumming his fingers against the cold surface of the metal work table as I added the final touches to his makeup job, well I’d like to tell you I kept my cool, that I maintained my composure, but that’d be a lie. 

Nope, I screamed like a baby boomer who’s just lost every dime in her 401K, then promptly upended my tray of cosmetics as I jumped several feet backward. Five weeks and two walking bodies later, and I’m still scraping beige powder out of the oddest places.

As the cloud of talcum-soft haze filled the chilly workroom, Mr. Boswick sat up with a grunt, put his hands to his ears, and gave me the dirtiest would-you-shut-the-hell-up look I’ve ever seen on a guy — dead or alive.

Still giving me The Look and moving with uncertain slowness, Mr. Boswick eased himself off the table. His legs trembled a little as his feet and legs took their owner’s weight for the first time in several days. I could have taken him then. I could have just pushed him over and hogtied him, but let me tell you, no matter how many zombie movies you’ve seen or novels you’ve read, no matter how well you can suspend belief, you still go around living your life assuming the Zombie Apocalypse is something that happens to other people.

And so, rather than attack, double tap, or run, I stood there getting coated in Dewy Chiffon dust while Mr. Boswick took two clumsy steps with his hands held out like an unsteady toddler. 

He looked back and forth between the two doorways in his line of sight. First one, then the other, then back to the first, then he headed toward Door Number Two. Unfortunately, this first effort at post-mortem decision making landed him in our storage closet, but we here at Wood’s Funeral Home don’t deduct points for guessing. Standing amongst a year’s supply of paper towels and bottles of extra-strength cleaning solution, Mr. Boswick turned to me with a question on his heavily made-up face.

I suppose I should have rushed over, slammed the closet door, locked him in, and burned the place down to save humanity, but at this point my neurons were more than a little numb with shock and were refusing to chat with one another. Instead of being the hero, I pointed to Door Number One above which shone the green glow of an exit sign. Mr. Boswick gave a little nod of thanks before shuffling to and out the door.

With my brain operating about as quickly as a dial-up modem from 1992, I glanced down at the metal work table. To all appearances it was empty, but I reached out and patted it just to make sure all the chemicals I work around weren’t giving me hallucinations. With a grimace, my hand landed on a cold, smooth surface that was definitely lacking the corporeal remains of Mr. Boswick. Then my eyes caught the photo of him I’d been working from. The photo his family had loaned us.

His family! If he tried to get to his family—

And there we have it, folks. Miracle of all miracles, Cassie Black’s brain is functioning once again.

(end of sample)

Need a longer sample? Get your 14-chapter excerpt HERE

Ready to pre-order? Just select the store of your choice HERE

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The Cassie Black Trilogy is a fish-out-of-water tale that takes you from the streets of Portland to the Tower of London. It’s got magic and mystery, pastries and zombies, sentient gnomes, and an evil wizard…because there’s always an evil wizard, isn’t there?

 

News

Don’t Miss the National Book Festival 2020

Hello Book Lovers!!

Just a quick note this week to make sure you don’t miss out on the Library of Congress’s FREE event this weekend…

The National Book Festival of 2020

(finally, something good about this year)

All you have to do is visit the link above, then enter your name and email and you’re registered to virtually attend a gobsmacking amount of lectures about historic books, about book preservation, about books books books.

There’s also discussions on other aspects of the LOC, plus loads of live author chats including John Grisham, Kwame Mbalia, Thomas Frank, Sarah Scoles, and oodles more!

The festival starts Friday (25 September) and runs through Sunday the 27th. Once you sign up, you’re free to pick and choose as many or as few programs that interest you.

Have a great book-filled weekend!!!

And if you missed out on Agatha Christie hanging ten last week, be sure to give Episode 12 a listen.

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If you’re looking for something unforgettable to read this weekend, try this…..

Book Bargains, News

A Double Dose of Free Stories from the Book Owl’s “Owl-ter” Ego

Hello Book Nerds!

This week, my “owl”-ter ego is taking over The Book Owl blog. But don’t worry, this isn’t a hostile take over. In fact, the take over is more than welcome because its main purpose is to give you freebies to keep you reading and to keep your bookworm eating up yummy words.

So, If you could use a little break from reality, I’ve got you covered…and it won’t cost you a single cent.

From now through Saturday (6 June), you can get two of my owl-ter ego’s short stories for FREE on Amazon.

  • Space Walk is an apocalyptic sci-fi story with a side of dark humor. If you’re not squeamish about bugs, you might be after you read this!
  • Testing the Waters (which recently earned a rave review) is a real-world fantasy tale that takes you along the streets of Port Athens where the residents aren’t quite what they seem.

Again, both stories are completely free, but only for a limited time, so don’t dilly dally.

Just click the titles above or the covers below to gobble your goodies!!!

An Added Bonus…

If you happen to have already read those stories, or if you just want to stock up on some great reading material that will take you away to fantastic new worlds, be sure to browse the 100+ tales in the promo below.

Each and every book is free if you’re subscribed to Kindle Unlimited, but many of the books will be discounted during the promo period (which, despite what the graphic says, actually ends on the 15th…oops).

Happy Browsing

and

Happy Reading

and

I will hoot at you next week with a new book-filled podcast episode!!

Book Bargains, News

The Book Owl’s “Owl-ter” Ego Has Big News

Hey Book Nerds,

Tammie Painter here, aka The Book Owl’s alter…oops, OWL-ter ego, and I’m taking over The Book Owl’s blog this week to bring you BOOK NEWS.

See, this week, I released the long awaited final installment of my historical fantasy series in which the Greek gods come to life as you’ve never seen them before. It’s exciting times indeed!!!

Below, you’ll find all the details about the book as well as some terrific discounts on the rest of the series in case you need to catch up. By the way, Book One of the series is currently FREE on most retailers if you’d like to give it a try.

Also, over on my own blog today, I took a little trip down memory lane and wallowed in some nostalgia over the series’ clumsy start and its blazing finish. If you’re curious about this little insight into the writing life, you can read that post HERE.

Anyway, I’ll let The Book Owl have her blog back next week when she’ll be releasing Episode 4 of the podcast and telling you about how trains and books collide….not literally of course…I hope.

Have a wonderful day full of books and reading!!!

PS – This project means a lot to me, but I only have a small voice in a very large crowd, so if you could help me get the word out by sharing this post, I’d be super grateful. Thanks :))

Alright, on to the new book, and on to the bargains…..

The Return of Odysseus takes you on a journey of mythic proportions in which allegiances are tested, relationships are challenged, and the true meaning of leadership is called into question.

The war may be over, but the fight for Osteria’s future has just begun.

With the immortality of the gods resting in the hands of the titans, all of Osteria is at risk of annihilation. As their powers fail and their allies fall, the gods must put their trust in the unlikeliest of heroes in the unlikeliest of places.

As the weakened gods limp their way toward a final battle against the titans, one man simply wants to return home from the war in Demos. But getting home may just be the toughest challenge Odysseus has ever endured.

Captured by a vengeful foe who makes the brutality of war seem like child’s play, Odysseus faces torture, indignity, and despair. His only hope proves to be a cunning sorceress, but even she has tricks that keep Odysseus’s goals impossibly out of reach.

With Odysseus’s world about to fall apart, with Osteria teetering on the edge of ruin, and with titans on the verge of supremacy, can the gods band together and intervene before it’s too late?

For both gods and mortals, it’s a race against time for survival, for love, and for Osteria.

The Return of Odysseus can now be found on my Payhip Bookstore (see coupon code below) and at most major retailers. 

Click HERE to take home this emotionally-charged final installment of the Osteria Chronicles today.

The Return of Odysseus is also available in paperback. Simply click the Kindle icon in the link above and select the paperback version instead of the ebook. Or search for B082PKW481 on your local Amazon store

Need to Catch Up on the Series?

All six books in The Osteria Chronicles can be found on my Payhip Bookstore.

And, as a New Release Bonus, feel free to enter coupon code NEWBOOK15 to take 15% off your entire purchase.

If you’d prefer to shop elsewhere, simply click the titles below and select your favorite retailer.