Cover Reveal for The Black Act Book 4: Witch Twins Rebellion

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Hey folks,

September was a bit crazy with our move and dealing with Bell Aliant in the great internet and phone capers, but I’m back online (yay!) and catching up in various areas. We’re so happy to be living in Moncton! While I love the country, I admit I missed the convenience of life in a small city. That and there’s a lot of maintenance (which means more money spent) involved in rural life. At least, this was our experience. Sure the people above us sound like a small herd of elephants somedays, but I still love our little apartment and am happy to be here.

Anyway, enough babbling. On to the cover reveal for The Black Act Book 4: Witch Twins Rebellion. I will have this released by the end of September.

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And don’t forget you can grab Book 1: Witch Twins Born for free at Amazon US, Amazon CA, Kobo, and Smashwords, or you can download the PDF here on The Black Act page. Thanks for making it #5 in Fantasy / Coming of Age, #7 in Sword & Sorcery, and #19 in Fairy Tales! It’s appreciated.

Book 2: Witch Twins Secrets and Book 3: Witch Twins Cursed are now available at Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords for under $1! Click the links here to grab your copies, or click the book covers below for more details and a full list of buy links.

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Hey folks,

Hope August is being good to you. We’re in the middle of a move, so we’re up to our armpits in boxes and newspaper. It’s amazing what you find when you move, and it’s amazing how much junk you throw out that you forgot you had. Moving also accomplished something else: it reminded us how little we dust, which isn’t good considering hub’s allergies. But we both hate dusting, so it’s a job we draw straws over.

Anyway, on to more book news. Here’s the cover reveal for The Black Act Book 3: Witch Twins Cursed. Feast your eyeballs below.

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This will be released in late August, and don’t forget you can grab Book 1: Witch Twins Born for free at Amazon US, Amazon CA, Kobo, and Smashwords, or you can download the PDF here on The Black Act page. Book 2: Witch Twins Secrets is now available at Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords for under $1! Click the links here to grab your copies, or click the book covers below for more details and a full list of buy links.

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Hey folks!

Now you can grab part two of my fantasy serial, The Black Act: Witch Twins Secrets. Cover art, blurb, and buy links below. Don’t forget, you can also pick up part one, The Black Act: Witch Twins Born for free at Amazon, Kobo, on The Black Act page, and at Smashwords. Cover art for that one and download links below too.

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Available On Kindle US
Availlable On Kindle CA
Available On Kindle UK
Available On Kobo
Available On Nook
Available on Smashwords

This is a serial fantasy novel that will be released in regular installments. Watch for Book 3: Witch Twins Cursed coming soon.

The history of a curse is filled with bloody battles, bitter hatred, and dark secrets.

Through five generations, ghosts of war haunt the wise women. When the rebellion of Glenna ends, their curse sleeps bound in the Tunnels of the Dead, waiting for its chance to re-awaken the war between the wood people and Dalthwein clans. Claire, a wise woman born in the valley of the fae, unwittingly helps it escape imprisonment, while her twin sister Anna receives psychic glimpses of ancient secrets she must unravel. With her scribe teacher Rosalind, she also struggles to uncover the reasons behind Claire’s strange behavior, ever escalating since the death of their guild mother, Grianne.

The Age of the Wise Women will cease if the curse does not end with Anna and Claire. Perhaps inheriting the mistakes of their ancestors and learning the truths of their identities will bring great suffering for these witch twins.

In Book 2: Witch Twins Secrets Anna begins having visions of the witch guild’s creation history, and Claire reveals the devastating secret their guild mother told her before she died.


And pick up Book 1 for free!
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FREE On Kindle US
Available On Kindle CA
Available On Kindle UK
FREE On Kobo
Available On Nook
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Hey folks!

The Black Act Book 1: Witch Twins Born is now available for free at Smashwords and Kobo. I’ll post an update when it goes free at B&N (you can grab it for under a dollar there now). It’s also live at Amazon for 95 cents, but if anyone would be kind enough to report it to Amazon as free elsewhere (you can find the report link at the bottom of the product details) this will help me get it free on Kindle also. And I’ll love you forever. And send you house cleaning and dish washing fairies. For real. Even ones that will fix your car. No kidding.

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Anyhow, click the links above or below to grab a free copy now! Over the next couple weeks, I’ll be adding a page to the site for The Black Act, where I’ll post the maps, reviews, and other tidbits. And The Black Act Book 2: Witch Twins Secrets will be coming soon! I’ll post a cover sneak peek in the next couple weeks as well. Be sure to check out the free reads page here, too. Soon I’ll be adding The Black Act Book 1 and Anti-Heroes Book 1 to it, and I’ll include direct downloads of the PDF, MOBI, and EPUB versions.

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Blurb: This is a serial fantasy novel that will be released in regular installments. Watch for Book 2: Witch Twins Secrets coming soon.

The history of a curse is filled with bloody battles, bitter hatred, and dark secrets.

Through five generations, ghosts of war haunt the wise women. When the rebellion of Glenna ends, their curse sleeps bound in the Tunnels of the Dead, waiting for its chance to re-awaken the war between the wood people and Dalthwein clans. Claire, a wise woman born in the valley of the fae, unwittingly helps it escape imprisonment, while her twin sister Anna receives psychic glimpses of ancient secrets she must unravel. With her scribe teacher Rosalind, she also struggles to uncover the reasons behind Claire’s strange behavior, ever escalating since the death of their guild mother, Grianne.

The Age of the Wise Women will cease if the curse does not end with Anna and Claire. Perhaps inheriting the mistakes of their ancestors and learning the truths of their identities will bring great suffering for these witch twins.

In Book 1: Witch Twins Born Claire begins to confess the truth to Anna, and Anna discovers her twin is having an affair with a woodman named Luthien.

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Today we have a wonderful visitor in the forest. S.P. Miskowski has dropped by to tell us about her new Omnium Gatherum Media release, Delphine Dodd. Please peruse the eerie excerpt below. But, first, a bit about S.P. Miskowski.


S.P.’s Bio (taken from her site): Author of the novel KNOCK KNOCK published by Omnium Gatherum Media and shortlisted for a Shirley Jackson Award. Three related novellas are forthcoming from Omnium Gatherum beginning with DELPHINE DODD in 2012. My short stories have been published by Supernatural Tales, Horror Bound Magazine, Identity Theory, Other Voices, The Absent Willow Review, and in the anthology DETRITUS. I am a member of the speculative fiction group Wily Writers. One of my scripts, “my new friends (are so much better than you)” was nominated for a Steinberg/ American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award and will be adapted as a Web video project in 2012. As an undergraduate I won two Swarthout prizes for short fiction and edited a quarterly small press magazine. I earned a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Washington and received two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, for short fiction and drama.

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Delphine Dodd – an excerpt from the novella

by S.P. Miskowski

Our summer weather varied. We might have two weeks of sunny days and suddenly the rain would return, cold as early spring. On one of these unseasonable days it just so happened that I had to walk to the sanitarium by myself.

Olive lay in bed with a slightly elevated temperature, probably nothing but the change in barometric pressure, but you could never be sure. Eve Alice decided to stay home and keep an eye on her.

The mist had risen from the forest floor. A thin fog drifted across the stream and gently distorted its natural shape, making it tricky to follow by sight. My view of the ridge opposite was intermittent. Then the ridge faded altogether. I was careful to stick close to the path I knew, my shoes clicking on the pebbled shore.

About two thirds of the way, as I passed a cluster of exposed roots jutting from the bluff on my side of the stream, I had a feeling that someone was watching me. I glanced around but didn’t see any crows.

The woods and the ravine could be eerie at certain times of day. Once, early in the morning, Olive and I had seen a wolf drinking from the stream. It raised its head, gazed left and right with shocking gray-blue eyes, lowered its snout, and went on drinking. None of the animals we encountered ever showed an interest, and I never went anywhere without my leather pouch with the tiny jawbone inside. Olive had to be reminded.

“I’m not afraid of bears,” she would say. Or, “That wolf didn’t scare me.”

“It’s because of the witch finger,” I told her.

“How do you know?”

“Livvy, animals aren’t afraid of girls.”

“Maybe they’re afraid of me. I can roar.”

“Don’t be stupid,” I said. “Keep this pouch around your neck, even when you sleep. If you don’t, I’ll tell on you.”

“I’m not scared of wolves, or you,” she whined.

“If you don’t do as Eve Alice said, the lampreys will eat you,” I told her. That did the trick.

The morning I went alone to the sanitarium, there were no wolves or bears. I caught a glint of light from the water and turned, but no one was there.

I walked on. The sensation of being stalked grew with every step. I wanted to turn again, to assure myself that I was wrong, but I couldn’t make myself look.

People often told me I was a sensible girl. Olive was pretty, they said, and I was sensible. I drew on all of my good sense to shut out the uneasiness, but the further along I walked, the stronger it grew. Where I was felt too far from home and too far from my destination, to run. Without meaning to, I found myself staring down at the good luck charm around my neck and wishing I knew a prayer or a chant I could repeat.

I couldn’t run for fear of spilling the broth Eve Alice had prepared. I didn’t see how I could tell her I just got scared and ran away. That would cost us the day’s wages. So I said to myself, again and again, the words I recalled from an old book Mama had given us when we were little:

“Over the river and through the woods… Over the river and through the woods… Over the river and through the woods…”

I must have said this a hundred times, faster and faster as the fear rose up and I felt the cold mist sweep against my back. I huffed and puffed all the way up the crisscrossing terraces, stomping with every step to make sure of my footing, feeling against my chest the pouch with the charm inside, and clutching the jug with both hands. Up the final steps, out of breath, still chanting the words, I climbed until the garden was almost at eye level. With a final hop I was standing at the edge of the garden, and there I stopped dead.

Amid the drifting fog and the ruins of untended rose bushes a gray-white figure emerged. Its shroud clung to jutting bones, and tangled in a mass at the ankles. Stark feet stuck out below the shroud. The figure hung there for a second then started to rotate, so slowly I had time to feel the hairs rising on my arms. Once it faced me I could see its mouth hung open, silent, with long strands of spit on either side.

I dropped the clay jug, spilling all of its contents. The warm liquid hit the ground and steam rose from the spot.

I stood frozen, staring. The figure gave a little jerk of its head and seemed to notice me. It headed in my direction with one shoulder thrust forward and the shroud catching at its ankles with every step. Without a thought in my head I screamed.


Published by Omnium Gatherum Media, Delphine Dodd is available in paperback and ebook: http://www.amazon.com/Delphine-Dodd-ebook/dp/B009GT0ILW

From S.P.: “Delphine Dodd is the first in a three-novella series set in the same world as Knock Knock. The books share characters and themes and may be read in any order. Together they connect in ways I hope the reader will find interesting.”

Click the book cover or link above to order a copy!

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