Monday, December 19, 2016

Dark Legends $50 Giveaway


Win $50 in Amazon credit – sponsored by the authors behind the bestselling Dark Legends collection of Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. Just Tweet and Share to enter! We'll notify the winners by 12/20. Check it out here:
Dark Legends $50 Giveaway

Monday, December 12, 2016

Dark Legends Advent Calendar with Giveaways


The Dark Legends authors have set up a fun online Advent Calendar. There are lots of fun things behind the windows, including some giveaways. Hint: Behind the December 3rd window, you'll find my giveaway for a See's Candies Box of Chocolates. Have fun:


Monday, December 5, 2016

Spotlight on Shade




I'm delighted to be featured on Muffy Wilson's blog as one of the Dark Legends authors. Find out about my YA Paranormal Mystery/YA Urban Fantasy novel, Shade, which is in the boxed set, read an excerpt, and check out Muffy's interview with me:
Spotlight on Shade


Secret Zombie Santa Giveaway



After promoting my other genres for a while, I've decided it's high time I promote my Zombie/Apocalyptic series. My Mutation Z Series: Books 1-6 Paperback Omnibus (418 pages of novelettes and novellas!) is part of the awesome Secret Zombie Santa Giveaway. Prizes include zombie books, other zombie-related prizes, even a couple of WALKING DEAD graphic novels! Don't believe Zombie Santa's cheery "Ho! Ho! Ho!" He's really after B-R-A-A-A-I-N-S. And he's got my book in his hand! Ignore him and sign up here any time before December 17th:
Secret Zombie Santa Giveaway

Monday, November 28, 2016

Three of My Books/Boxed Sets Are on Sale for Only $0.99, Perfect for Your Cyber Monday Shopping!


Shade and the Skinwalkers (Book #2 in My YA Paranormal Mystery/YA Urban Fantasy Series) Is Only $0.99 Through Cyber Monday. (Next Day, the Price Goes Up to $3.99.)



CYBER MONDAY SALE:
Last day to grab Shade and the Skinwalkers, Book #2 in my YA Paranormal Mystery/YA Urban Fantasy series, for only $0.99! (Next day, the price goes up to $3.99.)

As if being a ghost whisperer in a trailer park isn’t weird enough, skinwalkers take things to a whole new level of strange.

Running away from her demons rather than facing them, Shade’s mother moves them once again to a new place—this time a trailer park on the outskirts of Roswell, New Mexico. Hiding in plain sight among UFO festivals and rumors of alien abductions, paranormal creatures live there by their own rules.

Shade accepts her destiny as a ghost whisperer with the help of her new best friend, Kai Zahnii. An empath and healer with the potential to become a Navajo shaman, Kai must break free of her dysfunctional family. This dysfunction goes far beyond anything Shade has ever known. Kai is all too familiar with skinwalkers, shapeshifter witches who violate taboos in order to practice pure evil. In the Wild West atmosphere of her new town, Shade is thrown into a world inhabited not only by ghosts, but also by witches, faeries and shapeshifters. She must find the courage to fight the skinwalkers alongside her new best friend and creatures she never knew existed.

Shade and the Skinwalkers - Only $0.99 through Cyber Monday:
Shade and the Skinwalkers


Shade (Book #1 in My YA Paranormal Mystery/YA Urban Fantasy Series) Has Been Reduced in Price to Only $0.99.

Finalist Award in the 2015 National Indie Excellence Book Awards, Young Adult Fiction Category.

Thanks to her offbeat mother, Shade’s full name is Galactic Shade Griffin. Having a name like that while being the new girl in school is pretty much catnip for bullies. The summer before Shade’s junior year of high school, her mother breaks up with yet another boyfriend and moves them once again to a new town.

This time, they move into a dilapidated old house where Shade has an entire attic bedroom to herself—at least until she discovers it’s haunted by the ghost of a teenaged boy named Brandon Yates. When Shade’s best friend goes missing, her life becomes even more complicated. With the help of Brandon who’s struggling with his own issues in the world beyond, Shade faces the question of whether or not she has what it takes to become a true hero.

Although this novel deals with a number of serious issues—drug and alcohol abuse, cutting, and disturbing world events—it's primarily a novel about a teenaged girl finding out who she really is and that she's capable of so much more than she ever thought possible.

Shade is a YA Paranormal Mystery/YA Urban Fantasy novel.

From Aditi Saha, Goodreads Reviewer: "All-in-all, [SHADE]'s a very entertaining book, not a single dull moment. Hats off to the author for writing such an amazingly cool teenage mystery novel with a paranormal twist."

From Lucinda Fountain, Goodreads Reviewer: "As beautiful as the eye-catching cover 'Shade' is a sensational, awesome story of unforgettable premise and remarkable depth of mind-blowing epicness! Fans of YA fiction will be dazzled by this debut."

From Rachel Dove, Amazon Author and Reviewer: "This book is enthralling, very easy to read and relate to, and discusses issues without patronising the reader. Brilliant, another gem in Marilyn's crown."

Shade is only $0.99 right now:
Shade

The Dark Legends Boxed Set Is Only $0.99 During Pre-order.



Welcome to DARK LEGENDS

Contains alpha heroes, sassy heroines, and crafty villains. This Collection is PACKED with more than 20 full-length Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance reads from New York Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Authors!

Grab your copy now. Only $0.99 for a limited time.

BUY LINKS:
Amazon
iBooks
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Kobo

Monday, November 21, 2016

Invitation to Sign Up for the Dark Legends Release Party



Please sign up for our Dark Legends Release Party on Facebook. We're planning lots of fun activities and giveaways from now until after our release date. We're planning at least three giveaways of swag bags filled with lots of stuff including signed paperbacks. And we're also offering "dates" with our characters. When someone wins the date, they'll actually win whatever prize the author included. In my case, my teenaged girl character named Shade doesn't want to date because her mom's always picked out guys that caused them both a lot of pain. But she's interested in hanging out with a friend, drinking hot chocolate like the psychic Gabriella once made for her and eating cookies. My prizes for the person who wins a day hanging out with Shade are: a Godiva Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa Canister (10 servings) and a box of Godiva Signature Milk Chocolate Biscuits. Sign up for the party here:
Dark Legends Release Party!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Two Ways to Peek Inside the Dark Legends Boxed Set




There are now two ways to peek inside the Dark Legends Boxed Set!


Sneak-Peek Video

You can now watch a snappy new video to see the books inside the boxed set:


video

FIRST-CHAPTERS PREVIEW FROM INSTAFREEBIE




You can now read the first chapters of the books in the Dark Legends Boxed Set by grabbing the First-Chapters Preview for FREE on Instafreebie! 
Enjoy sample chapters by New York Times, USA Today and International Bestselling Authors:
Dark Legends First-Chapters Preview on Instafreebie

Pre-order Dark Legends Now - Only $0.99 during pre-order!



This Collection is packed with more than 20 full-length Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance reads from New York Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Authors! 

Don’t miss this collection of more than twenty unique twists in paranormal romance and urban fantasy, providing over one million words of supernatural suspense that will transport you to new worlds with smoking hot action and heart-throttling adventure!

The DARK LEGENDS boxed set includes: Mermaids, Sirens, Shifters, Vampires, Dragons, Sorcerers, Warriors, Angels, Faeries, Demons, Witches, Psychics, Ghosts, Mythology, Folk Tales, Legends, Dark Magic, Time Travel, and More!

Purchase for only $0.99 during pre-order!

Monday, November 7, 2016


Read the First Chapters of the Books in the Dark Legends Boxed Set for Free

You can now read the first chapters of the books in the Dark Legends Boxed Set for FREE on Instafreebie! Check it out:


Dark Legends Boxed Set

Murmurs around campfires, gossip in smoky taverns, discussions in towns and villages…

Everyone whispers of DARK LEGENDS, of supernatural creatures that walk the night…vampires and shifters, faeries and angels, dragons and sorcerers.

They whisper of danger. They whisper of adventure. They whisper of long-lasting love.

Pre-order your copy of DARK LEGENDS today for only $0.99 - the price goes up after pre-order:

Thursday, November 3, 2016

I'm so excited to share some incredible news with all of you today. My YA Paranormal Mystery/YA Urban Fantasy novel, Shade, is one of 20 full-length novels in the exciting new Dark Legends Boxed Set...And right now during pre-order, it's only $0.99. This is a huge bargain! It's around 5,000 pages in length and $49.99 in value. Purchase here:
Dark Legends Boxed Set 

  

Book Summary:

Dark Legends Boxed Set - 20 Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Novels by New York Times, USA Today and other Bestselling Authors - Only $0.99 for a Limited Time.

This Collection is packed with more than 20 full-length Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance reads from New York Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Authors!
Don’t miss this collection of more than twenty unique twists in paranormal romance and urban fantasy, providing over one million words of supernatural suspense that will transport you to new worlds with smoking hot action and heart-throttling adventure!
The DARK LEGENDS boxed set includes: Mermaids, Sirens, Shifters, Vampires, Dragons, Sorcerers, Warriors, Angels, Faeries, Demons, Witches, Psychics, Ghosts, Mythology, Folk Tales, Legends, Dark Magic, Time Travel, and More!

Purchase for only $0.99 on Amazon: Dark Legends Boxed Set

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

WELCOME TO THE FALL 2016
YA SCAVENGER HUNT!


I'm delighted to be one of the authors hosting the Fall 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt! What is the YA Scavenger Hunt? It's a biannual online event that promotes collaboration between YA authors from different publishing houses, offering fans an opportunity to see the latest and greatest in Young Adult literature. During the hunt, authors showcase exclusive bonus material, give readers access to top secret insider information, and offer fabulous prizes and giveaways for zealous YA fans.

This time around, I'm one of the authors on the PURPLE TEAM.




The Purple Team banner above shows the old cover for my YA Paranormal Mystery novel, Shade. That cover also appears on Goodreads. If you'd consider voting for Shade in the YA Scavenger Hunt Goodreads poll, that would be awesome. You can find the poll here:

LOTS OF PRIZES!!

There are lots of different ways to win prizes in the YA Scavenger Hunt!

You're allowed to participate in and enter the contests for all 6 teams if you wish or you can just pick one. (You can only enter for each team once.) To find the number from me that you need to add to your PURPLE TEAM or ALL TEAMS total, look for the number I've written in purple and hidden somewhere in the material below.

There will also be a bonus prize. The YA Scavenger Hunt organizers selected a group of authors who have participated in the hunt many times. Fans can add up their numbers as well to enter for a $50 Amazon gift card.

The rules for all the YA Scavenger Hunt prizes are explained on the YASH ENTRY page:

Some authors are also offering their own prizes in conjunction with the YA Scavenger Hunt. I'm hosting a Giveaway in which the prizes are a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a copy of my YA Paranormal Mystery novel, Shade (Kindle copy or paperback - winner's choice). You can sign up for my Giveaway here:
http://www.marilynpeake.com/giveaways

Blog Where My YA Paranormal Mystery Shade Series Is Featured in the YA Scavenger Hunt 

If you'd like to see the new book cover for my YA Paranormal Mystery novel, Shade, read a sneak peek excerpt from Shade and the Skinwalkers, the second book in the series that will be published later this month, and see photos that I took in Roswell, New Mexico, the setting for Shade and the Skinwalkers, please stop by the blog of Amy McNulty, the author hosting me in the YA Scavenger Hunt:
https://amymcnulty.com/blog/


Scavenger Hunt Post

And now without further ado, I'd like to introduce Jennifer DiGiovanni, the author I'm hosting on my blog for the YA Scavenger Hunt.


Jennifer DiGiovanni is the YA author of the School Dayz series.


The second book in the series, My Junior Year of Loathing, will be published on October 25th and is currently available for pre-order:
https://www.amazon.com/Junior-Year-Loathing-School-Dayz-ebook/dp/B01LW5FQ42/ref=la_B01BJTZ62W_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1475564752&sr=1-1



Book Summary for My Junior Year of Loathing (Book #2 in the School Dayz Series):

Junior year is supposed to be tough. Exams, term papers, homework, college tours, and participation in extra-curricular activities can all add up to non-stop stress. But Melinda Banner has goals to achieve and dreams to make real. This year, she’ll be unstoppable. But even over achievers need a break.

While taking a break from the stress of it all, Melinda meets Connor. After a few more run-ins, the two settle into an uneasy friendship, if you can even call it that.  But Connor's closed and mysterious. Whenever Melinda asks too many questions, he suddenly has to go or is no longer interested in talking. When they’re together, she’s torn between wanting him to open up and running away as fast as she can. Still she can't seem to shake her budding interest in him.

Connor has his own way of looking at the world, and his views often conflict with Melinda’s practical nature. Can you like someone and loathe them at the same time? Is he even worth the emotional tug on her heartstrings or distraction from all things Junior year?

And, as if she needs another project right now, Melinda starts to obsess over the abandoned estate she passes on the way to school each day. Between Connor and the old estate, Melinda's beginning to think she's taking on too much.

When her investigation reveals a possible connection between Connor and a tragedy long-since forgotten, Melinda has a choice: put off her junior year achievements to save a local landmark and a boy who constantly pushes her away or put them both out of her mind for good and focus on making the grade.

Jennifer DiGiovanni's Pinterest Board:

Author Jennifer DiGiovanni also runs the My Junior Year of Loathing Pinterest Board that includes some cool pictures:
https://www.pinterest.com/jendwrites/my-junior-year-of-loathing/

Important Information About the YA Scavenger Hunt Contest

Don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me and the other authors in the YA Scavenger Hunt! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 246. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the purple team and you'll have the secret code to enter for the purple team prizes...plus a number to add to the overall total for the YA Scavenger Hunt grand prize!


CONTINUE THE YA SCAVENGER HUNT

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Kim Briggs:
http://inksisterswrite.blogspot.com/
Have fun!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Welcome to the Spring 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt!



Welcome to the YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck http://colleenhouck.com/ as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are eight contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GREEN TEAM--but there is also a red team, an orange team, a gold team, a teal team, a blue team, a purple team, and a pink team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page: http://www.yash.rocks/p/prizes.html .

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've hidden my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the green team, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!).

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize: http://www.yash.rocks/p/enter-here.html . Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by APRIL 3, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Extra Raffle for 10 Kindle Copies of my YA Paranormal Mystery Novel, Shade

I'm delighted to be one of the authors participating in the Spring 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt! My YA Paranormal Mystery novel, Shade, and first reveal information about the upcoming second book in the series, Shade and the Skinwalkers, can be found over on Author Cheyanne Young's blog: http://www.cheyanneyoung.com/. While you're there, check out her books - they look great! Because I'm enjoying the YA Scavenger Hunt so much, I've decided to raffle off 10 Kindle copies of Shade on my website: http://www.marilynpeake.com/giveaways.html.


SCAVENGER HUNT POST

And now without further ado, I'd like to introduce Katie Hayoz, the author I'm hosting on my blog for the YA Scavenger Hunt. 



Katie's the author of a number of wonderful YA books, including Untethered, an Indie B.R.A.G. award winner and a finalist in the Mslexia YA novel competition.



EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

Untethered by Katie Hayoz

Sixteen-year-old Sylvie isn’t comfortable in her own skin.  In fact, there are times she can’t even manage to stay inside it.  But if there is one thing she’s sure of, it’s her love for Kevin Phillips. She’s willing to stake everything on it –her family, her friends, and possibly her soul.

Sylvie has been best friends with Cassie forever.  But everything is turned around when the boy Sylvie’s loved since fifth grade falls for Cassie. Devastated, Sylvie intends to get Kevin by any means possible, even if it involves treachery, deceit, and the dark side of astral projection. She is positive her plans will give her what she wants, but she doesn’t count on it all spiraling out of control.

Finalist in the Mslexia novel competition, Untethered by Katie Hayoz explores the intoxicating and dangerous world of jealousy and obsession when coupled with paranormal ability. It is a touching, sometimes funny, sometimes heart-breaking novel that speaks to the self-doubt lurking in us all. 

About the author:

Katie Hayoz was born in Racine, WI, the youngest of six kids. Originally, she wanted to become pope (for the awesome hat and fancy robes), but quickly realized reading was her true religion. Writing was always a hobby and she only decided to try her hand at it seriously when she ended up in Geneva, Switzerland. Now she's constantly at her laptop in the small apartment she shares with her husband, two daughters, and a very fuzzy cat. She devours novels like she does popcorn and black licorice: quickly and in large quantities.

Connect with Katie on her website: www.katiehayoz.com




Buy Untethered on Amazon: myBook.to/untetheredkhayoz

And now, just for fun, a Paranormal Pop Quiz from Katie:

Paranormal Pop Quiz: Katie Hayoz, author of Untethered

I devour paranormal novels.  Ghosts, vampires, werewolves, angels, witches, astral projection.  The whole bit.  But while I can list out plotlines from various paranormal novels, I realized I don’t really know all that much about these paranormal phenomena.  So I scoured the internet and waded through Wikepedia and local library sites to learn a bit.  What about you?  What do you know about the paranormal?  Take the pop quiz and see if your answers line up.

1.    Persecution and trials of these supposed beings started in Switzerland in the early 15th century before spreading to most of Europe:

a.      Werewolves
b.      Vampires
c.      Sorcerers

2.      If you want to cast a love spell or create a love potion, what would you use?

a.      Eye of newt
b.      Basil
c.      Onion

33.      Elizabeth Bathory, a Hungarian noble from the 1500’s is known as “The Blood Countess” because:

a.      She led a bloody war against a neighboring country.
b.      She had a penchant for raw meat.
c.      She killed young girls and bathed in their blood to look young.

4.      Who is considered the Angel of Death?

a.      Rapheal
b.      Samael
c.      Gabriel

5.      What could you use to rid a home of a pesky ghost?
a.      Sage
b.      Sand
c.      Sugar

6.      What is astral projection?
a.      The study of stars and their influence on the future.
b.      The separation of one’s consciousness or spirit from one’s physical body.
c.      The plan to move civilization to other planets.

Ready to find out how you did?


 Answers:
1.      A- Werewolves.  It wasn’t only witches.  Suspected werewolves went on trial as well.  Geesh, guess that might be why waxing came about…

2.      B- Basil  Yep.  There’s a reason Italians are supposed to be good lovers.


3.      C- She bathed in their blood.  This woman was sick and twisted.  She apparently had at least 650 victims.

4.      B- Samael.  This is also the name of a Swiss heavy metal band.  Who knew?


5.      A- Sage.  Burn sage or sprinkle salt to try to cleanse your house of unwelcome spirits. Or get a medium there who can send them off to the Light.

6.      B- The separation of spirit from body.  Astral projection is a voluntary out-of-body experience.  It is what Sylvie, the main character in Untethered, thinks will change her life.

Important Information About the YA Scavenger Hunt Contest

And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Katie Hayoz, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 9454. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the green team and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

CONTINUE THE HUNT

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Stacy Claflin: http://stacyclaflin.com/blog/ . Have fun!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Welcome to My Blog



Greetings!

This is my first blog post. Since this is the week of St. Patrick's Day, I posted a couple of photographs that I took of Kells Priory during my travels in Ireland a few years ago. I have many blog posts and some blog hops with prizes planned for the future. In the meantime, please visit me on any of my sites:

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