Risingshadow has the honour of publishing a guest post by Gail Z. Martin.

Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books and Orbit Books. Vengeance: A Darkhurst novel, is the second in a new epic fantasy series for Solaris (coming April, 2018). Her Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC has a new novel, Vendetta, and a new collection, Trifles and Folly. Spells, Salt, and Steel is the first in another new urban fantasy series set in upstate Pennsylvania.

Other work includes the Chronicles Of The Necromancer series, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms series, the Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series, and Iron & Blood (co-authored with Larry N. Martin).

Find her at www.GailZMartin.com, on Twitter @GailZMartin, on Facebook.com/WinterKingdoms, at DisquietingVisions.com blog and on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/GailZMartin.

GUEST POST: Coming Attractions: New books, new series and plenty of surprises!

By Gail Z. Martin

We aren’t done with 2017 yet, but I’m already looking forward to new books, new series and lots of surprise for 2018!

This year saw the debut of my new Darkhurst epic fantasy series with Scourge. Three undertaker brothers fight monsters to protect their friends and family, only to discover that someone is controlling the monsters, and the danger is much greater than they ever imagined. If the idea of medieval monster hunters sounds fun to you, this is your series. And in 2018, the second book, Vengeance, will come out in the spring, with even bigger and badder monsters!

I’m also doing an original epic fantasy set in the Age of Sigmar for Warhammer. I’m not allowed to say much more than that, but I can tell you that it’s got plenty of action and a heist movie vibe, so watch for it to come out sometime in 2018!

Spells, Salt and Steel: A New Templars Novella (co-written with my husband and writing partner Larry N. Martin) is the first in a series of modern monster hunter novellas featuring Mark Wojcik. These are comedic horror, and feature plenty of action, gratuitous swearing, lots of firepower and unusual monsters. The first novella features a Japanese fish-eating monster, the ghost of a Nazi sniper at an abandoned TNT plant, a Mafia witch, and a weresquonk. Trust me, you need this in your life. There will be more novellas in this series throughout 2018.

For fans of my Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series, the third novel—Tangled Web—comes out in 2018. And we’ll have a second novel in the Iron & Blood Steampunk series—Spark of Destiny—as well. Plus, new collections of short stories and novellas for both series will be coming out soon in Trifles and Folly 2 and Storm and Fury.

Watch for the second collection of Jonmarc Vahanian stories in The Dark Road, the sequel to The Shadowed Path. It’ll be out in 2018 and will complete the serialized prequel to The Summoner. And speaking of which, I’ll be starting on the seventh Chronicles of the Necromancer book with a brand new novel! I’ll be writing it in 2018, but it won’t be out until 2019—still, it’s a return to my world of The Summoner with a full novel, picking up 17 years after the end of The Dread with the further adventures of Tris, Jonmarc, and the gang.

And coming soon from Larry N. Martin is Salvage Rat, a new space adventure series. If you think about Bonnie and Clyde meet V for Vendetta in a Firefly-esque world, you’ll be pretty close. Lots of outlaw battles in space!

Finally, there’s my new Assassins of Landria series—if you imagine Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as medieval assassins, you’d be pretty close to the vibe for this buddy-flick epic fantasy. Expect these to be funnier, shorter and overall lighter in tone than my usual epically-epic epic fantasies. Look for the first in this series in early 2018.

There may actually be a few more new surprises coming next year as well, but let’s save those for my Hawthorn Moon tour in June!

My Days of the Dead blog tour runs through October 31 with brand new excerpts from upcoming books and recent short stories, interviews, guest blog posts, giveaways and more! Plus, I’ll be including extra excerpt links for my stories and for books by author friends of mine. You’ve got to visit the participating sites to get the goodies, just like Trick or Treat!

Get all the details about my Days of the Dead blog tour here: http://www.ascendantkingdoms.com/2017/10/25/its-my-days-of-the-dead-blog-a-palooza/

Let me give a shout-out for #HoldOnToTheLight 2017, back for more with new authors and fantastic new posts! 130+ Sci-Fi/Fantasy authors blogging about their personal struggles with depression, PTSD, anxiety, suicide and self-harm, candid posts by some of your favorite authors on how mental health issues have impacted their lives and books. Read the stories, share the stories, change a life. Find out more at www.HoldOnToTheLight.com

Book swag is the new Trick-or-Treat! All of my guest blog posts have links to free excerpts—grab them all!

Rafflecopter giveaway—enter for a chance to win a copy of Spells, Salt and Steel! http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/9751c0426/?

Read an excerpt from Vendetta in my Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series: http://www.ascendantkingdoms.com/books/deadly-curiosities-urban-fantasy-coming-summer-2014/vendetta/excerpt-from-deadly-curiosities-2-vendetta/

And here's a link to the Falstaff Books sampler, with multiple excerpts from awesome writers! https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7Vcy0tmardZaEd5dHBYNEwzcEk

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