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  • News on Reap & Reckon

    Good news, reaper fans! My owl crocheting funk has come to an end!

    I didn’t want to post and get you all worked up for no good reason. But now? I have some substantial progress to share.

     

    See, I made words! We’re on our way, and it feels great having the band together again. So what can you expect in Reap & Reckon? Let me drop a few names of those who are on stage right now: Samkiel, Sgt. Victoria Moreno, Ruth, Deacon, Kylen, Nate, Maeve, Bo…Rashnu…oops, I better stop now before I give the whole thing away. You can expect more twists, turns, and some surprising matchups because even in the apocalypse, love finds a way. Or maybe that was Jurassic Park. Anyhoo, I’m writing again, and I made a promise to this year’s Visioncon attendees, and YOU, who keep asking for book four. I’ll have it done by this fall. Probably sooner. Most likely sooner.

    If you haven’t already, sign up for my newsletter HERE and watch the top left corner of the web page to see how the story is progressing. I’ll update it regularly.

    My favorite quote so far is this from Rashnu:

    So don’t give up, reaper fans. Stay the course. Hold the line and all that. It’s coming. Faster than you can say apocalypse.

    Finally, I’m starting a new Facebook Fan Group. Even if you’ve liked my Facebook page, you probably don’t see all (or any) of the posts. Facebook is so grumpy about all that. Join my Lisa Medley Reads & Writes FB group HERE.

    In the meantime, look upon my accomplishments of months past. Not words, but owls. Here’s to hoping my hands are busy typing instead of crocheting in the months to come.

    Of course, I did manage to crochet a reaper during that down time. Maybe I’ll give him away to a lucky newsletter subscriber when Reap & Reckon releases… you’ll have to sign up to win!  Sign up for my newsletter HERE

    Reap on.

     

     


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  • Cover Reveal: Reap & Reckon, Book Four of The Reaper Series by Lisa Medley #darkfantasy #urbanfantasy #paranormalromance

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    I’ve been holding on to this baby for a while now. Since the story is well underway, I couldn’t wait any longer to share it with you. Jaycee at Sweet ‘N Spicy designs has done such a fantastic job with my series covers.

    Don’t you think?

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    They look so pretty lined up there. They’d look even better on your e-reader. Book one is FREE EVERYWHERE. Get it here and start the series FREE today: http://lisa-medley.com/free-book/

    As always, reviews are welcome.

    Sign up for my newsletter or blog posts at the top right of this page to stay informed.

    Reap on!

     


  • Book Four of the Reaper Series: Reap & Reckon is underway

     

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    It’s happening, people. After much soul searching (and equal parts procrastination), I made progress on Reap & Reckon this weekend. The characters are already a constant chatter in my mind. They want their stories told.

    After a productive weekend, Reckon sits just over 10K. This pleases me.

    I started a Pinterest board. It will be fluid as the story develops, but there are a few tasty bits there to check out.

    https://www.pinterest.com/medley3/reap-reckon-book-four/

    I don’t have a projected publishing date yet. I mean, hey, I just started the thing. But so far, it’s going well. Really well. It feels good having the band back together.

    Also, I have a cover. Yeah, I had a cover many months before I knew if there would be a book. That’s how I roll.

    Look for a cover reveal later this week.

    What are you most hoping to find out in Reap & Reckon?


  • Read & Reviewed: The Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones & Why It Took Me So Long To Read It

    I write reapers. The grim kind.

    Before I started writing reaper stories, I’d never actually read a reaper story, with the exception of Gena Showalter’s The Darkest Kiss, which is the story of Lucien, the Keeper of Death. When I finally decided to take the plunge into writing, I needed a beastie that wasn’t overdone. I liked the idea of the grim reaper and set to build a fictional world in which the collection of souls made sense to me.

    Because I was writing about reapers and the world I was creating, I purposely did not read any reaper stories in my genre. I didn’t want to absorb other’s details. The series it was absolutely the most difficult to stay away from was Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series. Those books all but cried to me to be read.

    Now that my own writing world of reapers is firmly set across three books, I finally dove into Darynda’s series and Oh. My. God. If you haven’t read them, go! Go right now and start.

    Charley is the Stephanie Plum of the supernatural world. And Reyes? Well, you aren’t even going to believe Reyes.

     

    If you don’t know who Stephanie Plum is, you can NOT call yourself a reader. Go read Janet Evanovich’s amazing series, the first is One For The Money. She’s on book twenty-three now in THAT series alone. Read them. Read them all.

    I’ve been spending the past few months catching up on Darynda’s grim reaper books. The series is quirky and fun but filled with edge-of-your-seat action. I can’t believe how many plot threads she weaves together in each book.

    If you get the opportunity to listen to the audio books they are FANTASTIC. Narrator Lorelei King is the BEST and really brings these stories to life. Be sure to listen to the author interviews at the end of the first few audio books. They are worth it!

    These stories are best described as urban fantasy mysteries.

    Also, Darynda is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. She even listened to Reap & Repent and did a book blurb for me:

    “Lisa Medley is a fascinating storyteller with real talent. Her books are heart-wrenching, alluring, and sexy as hell!” 
    -NY Times Bestselling Author Darynda Jones. 

    Thankfully, I’m only halfway through the series and there are still several books yet to savor. Here’s a sampling:

     

    First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    This is an amazing first book of the series. Charley’s snarkasm is infectious. I love the world Darynda Jones has built and can’t wait to see what Charley gets up to next! Also… REEEEEEYYYYYYEEEEESSSSSS!

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    Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson, #2)Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Charley and Cookie are the most hilarious crime-fighting duo this side of Heaven…or Hell. Either way. How Charley survives her capers is a boggling. It’s almost like she has a guardian angel…or devil. Such a fun series!

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    Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson, #3)Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Amazing and full of big reveals! I love this series.

    View all my reviews

     

     

    Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson, #4)Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Another great addition to the Charley Davidson Series. I love these audio books. It astounds me how many intricate plotlines Jones can thread together in one story. She always keeps me guessing until the end. Now, if we could just tame Reyes…

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    Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson, #5)Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Jones’ intricately entangled plots continue to astound me. Charley’s complicated and hazardous life is filled with adventures and seriously sexy, edge-of-your-seat action. Reyes is turning out to be everything I’d hoped he would…and more.

    View all my reviews

     

    As always, Reap & Repent is FREE EVERYWHERE if you’d like to dive into my series.


  • Spotlight On ★★NEW RELEASE★★ Dark Devotion by Lauren Dawes #NorseGods #Odin #Loki #UrbanFantasy

    Beneath Rhys’s skin lies a legendary and feared beast. Rhys is tormented by his daily struggle to contain the ruthless, cold-blooded creature sharing his body. But when his best friend Galen disappears, Rhys’s careful restraint and self-control are finally broken. Fueled with a desire to find Galen, Rhys strikes an unlikely alliance with the only god who knows the truth about his dark past.
    Taer has found her revenge, yet she’s still not happy. There’s something missing from her life, but still she fights what her heart is telling her. It’s only when the incredibly infuriating and dangerously sexy Aubrey goes missing that she can admit her true feelings for him. Taer’s racing against time to rescue Aubrey, but when will she finally allow him into her heart?
    Perfect for fans of Gina Showalter and Patricia Briggs.
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    Other titles in this series:

    Dark Deceit (book #1) 
    Dark Desire (book #2)

    About Lauren

    Born in South Africa and raised in Sydney, Lauren Dawes is an urban fantasy/paranormal romance writer and the author of the Dark Series.
    In 2009, she quit her full-time job teaching English as a Second Language to finally begin writing “that book”, letting her over-active imagination pour out onto the digital pages, much to everyone’s horror. The catch phrase “I didn’t know you had such a dark imagination” only fueled her to write more, where her love for Norse mythology and gods finally got the spotlight.
    She currently lives with her husband and daughter in whatever city they happen to be posted to, and her cat, Oscar, who has inspired more than one character quirk or scene in her books.
    To find out more, visit www.authorlaurendawes.com

  • Listen Now! #AudioBook for Reap & Redeem Available – Chapter 1 Unlocked!

    I’m excited to announce the audio version of REAP & REDEEM is now available on Audible and Amazon.

    This was such a fun project working with ACX and narrator Michael Rubino. Michael really brought my story to life.

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    Want a preview? Put on some headphones and you can listen to Chapter One free here:

      Blurb:

    He’s a reaper who has given up on saving souls. Will a dying woman be his salvation?

    After a century of enslavement to pure evil, Kylen Larson is finally free. But he’s long past caring. The only woman he ever loved is dead, and he’s tormented by memories of the horrors his demon parasite forced him to commit. Now, he lives for nothing more than hunting down the infernal creatures invading Meridian, Arkansas, and destroying them.

    Olivia Evans is in the final stages of cancer when Kylen accidentally saves her from demonic possession. When he rescues this innocent soul, Kylen rediscovers his mission and his heart. All he wants is to help Olivia stay alive. He’ll just have to fight off an invasion from Hell first.

    If you’d like to start at the beginning, you can purchase book one, REAP & REPENT, in audiobook and print on Amazon, iTunes and Barnes & Noble or read the ebook for FREE EVERYWHERE.

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  • Wattpad Wednesday: Reap & Repent – Chapters 1-5 posted for preview

    I recently discovered Wattpad. Yeah, I’m a little slow to the game. Last week, I posted the first two chapters of my current work-in-progress, Shifted in Seattle, to Wattpad as an experiment.  Since I’m new, I only have three followers. Still, it’s been fun.

    This week, I decided to post a Reap & Repent preview and included chapters 1-5. You can read all five chapters in the tiny box below or scroll to the end and continue reading on Wattpad.

    Come on over and get lost in my world of reapers for a spell.

    Oh, and feel free to follow me there. It’s dark. And lonely.

     

    As always, you can get the entire, full-length novel on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/1AvrNfb 

     


  • Spotlight on Soul Warrior: The Age of Kali (Book 1) by Falguni Kothari

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    The Age of Kali

    Book 1

    by Falguni Kothari

    Genre: Mythic fantasy or urban fantasy

    Publisher: Falguni Kothari

    Date of Publication: November 5th, 2015.

    ISBN: ebook 9781944048006

    ISBN: print 9781944048013

    ASIN: B0160TBA44

    Number of pages: 404

    Word Count: 120,000 words

    Cover Artist: Hang Le

    Book Description:

    Fight fate, or succumb to destiny?

    In the dark Age of Kali, the Soul Warrior alone stands guard over the Human Realm, protecting its denizens from evil-willed asuras or demons. When a trick of fate appoints him guru to a motley crew of godlings, he agrees to train them as demon hunters against his better judgment. Suddenly, Lord Karna is not only battling the usual asuras with sinister agendas, but also rebellious students and a fault-ridden past.

    Spanning the cosmic realms of mythic India, here is a tale of a band of supernatural warriors who come together over a singular purpose: the salvation of Karna’s secret child.

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    Excerpt:

    DWANDA-YUDDHA: THE DUEL

    The Himalayan Mountains. Five thousand years ago.

    Absolute darkness shrouded the Human Realm, and had for three days and three nights. Some believed the occurrence was prophetic, like the prolonged amavasya or new moon night that had heralded the Great Kuru War two thousand years ago. The war had given birth to the dark Age of Kali, the age of asura. In contrast, hope was ripe that this event would trigger the Age of Light. But the Bard wasn’t here to succumb to superstition.

    The first day without the sun’s light had spread confusion and chaos across the realm. The second day had brought desperation in the breasts of humans and fear in the belly of Celestials. The third day—today—was a feast for the asuras. Death lay everywhere.

    The human world burned without its sun. How soon before the Heavens went up in flames?

    The Bard’s troubled eyes reread the last line. Then he deliberately scratched it off, lifting his long, pointed talon from the parchment made of dry palm leaf. With a sigh, he rested his aching hand on his trembling thigh. He would spare a moment to ease his body, and his mind from the strain of observation and due recordkeeping. If he didn’t, he’d forget his duty as Witness of the Cosmos, and begin to question fate.

    Despite the fire that crackled close to his right knee, and the feathered form of his upper body, he was cold. An icy wind had settled around the Pinnacle of Pinnacles, where he sat cross-legged on a seat made of rock and snow. He’d chosen this perch because it gave him an impartial view of the events happening in the world. He was the Bard, entrusted with keeping the Canons of the Age of Kali, just as the Soul Warrior was entrusted with keeping the Human Realm safe from asuras. Would they both fail in their duty today?

    The Bard shook off the heavy despair the darkness had brought into the world. He mustn’t judge. He shouldn’t question. He would sharpen the talon on his forefinger, dip it into the vessel of ink kept warm by the fire, and write this tale. That was all he could do. Be the witness to history.

    So he raised his feathered hand and began to write again while his eyes, sparked with power, knowledge and magic, saw clearly events unfolding from great distances. A thousand kilometers to his right, Indra, the God of War and Thunder, fought the Dragon. Indra did not fare well. But that didn’t concern the Bard as much as the clash between the Soul Warrior and the Stone Demon. Over and over, his eagle eyes were drawn to the duel taking place in the heart of the world, not only because it was a magnificent battle to behold, for it was, but because its outcome would decide mankind’s destiny.

    The Soul Warrior was more than a great warrior. Karna was a great soul. Fair, honorable, brave and resilient, he was the perfect protector of the Human Realm. Of course, there were other reasons he’d been chosen to fill the office of Soul Warrior—there always were when Gods and demons were involved. But Karna’s existence was a testament to righteous action and if anyone could bring back the day, it would be him.

    But how did one vanquish stone, the Bard wondered?

    Avarice and cruelty, two nefarious desires, had made Vrtra and Vala attack the Human Realm. Three days ago the Dragon had swallowed the Seven Rivers in the north, and the Stone Demon had imprisoned the Sun God, his daughter, and all the cattle of the region in his cave.

    The Bard paused his writing as a thin vein of lightning winked across the skies, but without the accompanying roar. Indra’s strength waned. His thunderbolt hadn’t left Vrtra screaming in pain this time. The Bard spared a moment’s attention on the duel, just enough to note that the Maruts, the Celestial Storm-gods, waited in the clouds to rescue their god-king in case of a calamity. Indra would survive even in defeat. Of that, the Bard was sure.

    But Karna had no one at his back. His might and god-powers had depleted without the sun’s healing warmth and light. His divine astras, weapons, had not slowed the Stone Demon down, at all. Only the conviction that he could not fail his godsire, his sister, and the innocents under his protection drove him now. His birth family had once abandoned him to his fate, but he would not abandon them to theirs—such was the greatness of Karna.

    The Bard crossed out the last observation. No questions. No judgment. No praise, either. The canons would be free of all emotion. He wasn’t here to embellish history or glorify the history-makers, as some bards were wont to do.

    It wasn’t embellishment to write that the foothills of Cedi were drenched in the Soul Warrior’s blood. Or observe the gushing wounds on his body, despite his armor, that would make the hardiest of warriors bellow in agony, but not him. It wasn’t embellishment to write that the Heavens were empty for the Celestials had come to Earth to watch the battle, firelight cupped in their palms to light the warrior’s way.

    The Naga, the Serpent People, also looked on, hissing from the mouth of the portal that led to their underground realm beneath the hills. The Serpent King will not choose a side. Vrtra and Vala were half Naga, after all. All across the Human Realm, demons roamed free, taking advantage of the darkness and preying on human flesh and human souls. It was a terrible moment in history. The asuras had the upper hand in the eponymous age of Demon Kali.

    Vala did not have arms and half a leg, but still he came at Karna. He had an ace up his sleeve. There were plenty of creatures about, an entire mountain close at hand. He began to chant the spell of soul transference. It was the darkest of all magic, the possession of another’s soul. Soon, he would be whole again and stronger than before.

    Battered and bleeding, the Soul Warrior veered away from the Stone Demon. He leapt over boulders and charred vegetation. The onlookers called him a coward. Had he forfeit the duel? Has he forsaken mankind?

    Karna dove for Manav-astra, the spear of mankind, he’d thrown aside yesterday after his bow, Vijaya, had shattered under repeated use. In one smooth motion, he rolled, picked up the astra, coming up in the spear-thrower’s stretch. His tattered lower garment billowed about him as a gust of wind shot through the air. His muscled torso glistened with blood and sweat, tightened as he pulled the arm holding the spear back.

    He meant to throw Manav-astra at Vala. A futile attempt, to be sure? As long as Vala was made of stone, broken or not, his body was impregnable. Karna should have waited for Vala to transfer his soul to an onlooker. Then Karna should have vanquished the possessed creature.

    Taunting laughter reverberated through the foothills of Cedi. Vala had reached the same conclusion. The Celestials looked at each other in angry silence, unable to interfere. A dwanda-yuddha duel was fought between two opponents of equal size and strength alone. The humans hadn’t stopped screaming in three days, the din simply background noise now.

    The Bard scribbled the observations onto the parchment in no particular order. He wished he was a painter, for surely this was a picture worth a thousand words.

    The demon hobbled toward the warrior, who stood still as stone with his arm drawn taught behind him. Then finally, with a roaring chant the Soul Warrior shifted his weight from his back leg to his front and let fly Manav-astra at the Stone Demon with all his remaining might.

    Karna didn’t wait to see the ramifications of his action. And there were plenty to come. He ran into the mountain cave to free Vala’s hostages. Within moments the rock face rent in half, and bright streams of light speared through the terrible darkness. A new day had dawned on the Human Realm after three days of perpetual night.

    The sun’s power was too bright, too full of hope. Yet, the Bard looked on pensively, wondering if the Soul Warrior knew this wasn’t a victory. It was merely a reprieve. 

    authorAbout the Author:

    Falguni Kothari is a New York-based South Asian author and an amateur Latin and Ballroom dance silver medalist with a semi-professional background in Indian Classical dance.

    She’s published in India in contemporary romance with global e-book availability; Bootie and the Beast (Harlequin Mills and Boon) and It’s Your Move, Wordfreak! (Rupa and Co.), and launches a mythic fantasy series with Soul Warrior – Book 1, the Age of Kali.

     

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