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Ballad of the Beanstalk Heads to Snowy Wings Publishing!

I’m excited to announce my YA fairy tale fantasy book, Ballad of the Beanstalk, will now be published with Snowy Wings Publishing! This book is available widely.

A Library Journal Self-e Selection.

As her fingers move across the strings of her family’s heirloom harp, sixteen-year-old Clarion can forget. She doesn’t dwell on the recent passing of her beloved father or the fact that her mother has just sold everything they owned, including that very same instrument that gives Clarion life. She doesn’t think about how her friends treat her like a feeble, brittle thing to be protected. She doesn’t worry about how to tell the elegant Elena, her best friend and first love, that she doesn’t want to be her sweetheart anymore. She becomes the melody and loses herself in the song.

When Mack, a lord’s dashing young son, rides into town so his father and Elena’s can arrange a marriage between the two youth, Clarion finds herself falling in love with a boy for the first time. Drawn to Clarion’s music, Mack puts Clarion and Elena’s relationship to the test, but he soon vanishes by climbing up a giant beanstalk that only Clarion has seen. When even the town witch won’t help, Clarion is determined to rescue Mack herself and prove once and for all that she doesn’t need protecting. But while she fancied herself a savior, she couldn’t have imagined the enormous world of danger that awaits her in the kingdom of the clouds.

A prequel to the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk that reveals the true story behind the magical singing harp.

Fans of Rosamund Hodge, Marissa Meyer, Jenni James, and Sarah J. Maas will enjoy this original faerie tale retelling fantasy in the vein of stories like Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and The Little Mermaid.

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The Never Veil Trilogy Heads to Snowy Wings Publishing!

I’m excited to announce my romantic YA fairy tale fantasy trilogy, The Never Veil, will now be published with Snowy Wings Publishing! The e-books are exclusive to Amazon, though the paperbacks are available widely. You can save some money on the e-book versions by purchasing the box set or the paperbacks by purchasing the giant three-in-one paperback of the complete series!

Nobody’s Goddess: Winner of The Romance Reviews’ Summer 2016 Readers’ Choice Award in Young Adult Romance. A novel readers are calling “spectacular and heartbreaking.”

In a village of masked men, each man is compelled to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. A man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.

Seventeen-year-old Noll’s childhood friends have paired off and her closest companion, Jurij, found his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever chosen her. She is in fact the goddess of the mysterious lord of the village, a man who refuses to let Noll have her right as a woman to spurn him.

Thus begins a dangerous game between the choice of woman and the magic of man. The stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither Noll nor the veiled lord is willing to lose.

Fans of Tamlin in A Court of Thorns and Roses, Rhys in A Court of Mist and Fury, the Darkling in the Grisha Trilogy’s Shadow and Bone, and Jareth in Jim Henson’s Labyrinth will devour this Beauty and the Beast-style romantic adventure.

Buy Nobody’s Goddess (Free in Kindle Unlimited)

Buy Nobody’s Lady (Free in Kindle Unlimited)

Buy Nobody’s Pawn (Free in Kindle Unlimited)

Buy The Never Veil: The Complete Series (Free in Kindle Unlimited)

The box set is 99c in the US and UK for a limited time! (Now through April 23rd.)

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The Fall Far from the Tree Duology Heads to Snowy Wings Publishing!

I’m excited to announce my dark YA fantasy duology, Fall Far from the Tree and Turn to Dust and Ashes, will now be published with Snowy Wings Publishing! I’ve loved working with this publisher the past few years and they offer a great variety of MG and YA reads. These books are available widely and you can save some money on the e-book versions by purchasing the box set.

Fall Far from the TreeTurn to Dust and Ashes

Terror. Callousness. Denial. Rebellion. How the four teenage children of leaders in the duchy and the neighboring empire of Hanaobi choose to adapt to their nefarious parents’ whims is a matter of survival.

Soldier Rohesia, the pitiless daughter of the ruthless duke. Thief Fastello, the compassionate son of the “king” of the raiding nomads. Orphan Cateline, the pious, myopic follower of the austere leader of her religion. Royal heir Kojiro, the hypersensitive son of the bloodthirsty Hanaobian empress.

When the paths of these four young adults cross, they must rely on one another for survival—but the love of even a malevolent guardian is hard to leave behind.

Fans of the twists and turns in Six of Crows and the compelling character drama in the works of Sarah J. Maas will love this YA version of Game of Thrones meets Marvel Comics’ Runaways that readers are calling “intense and brutal and just a whirlwind of a ride.”

Buy Fall Far from the Tree

Buy Turn to Dust and Ashes

Buy the Fall Far from the Tree Complete Series Box Set

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WITCHY EXPO SERVICES MYSTERIES Triple Cover Reveal!

It’s Cover Reveal Day for the first three books in my brand new cozy paranormal mystery series, which starts releasing this fall! Release dates are still tentative, but I’m hoping to release Book 1 in September and I’ll work on books in both that and A Spooky Games Club Mystery at the same time.

Witchy Expo Services. We host your convention, expo, or trade show—with a dash of magic!

Set up in a matter of days, our expos can host even the largest of crowds in our witch-run village of Cauldron Cove. We can offer what no other expo planners can: breathtaking illusions, instant teleportation from one end of the center to the other, floating item storage, and all the exceptional, magical touches that will make your event one-of-a-kind. Inquire about Cauldron Cove hosting your next event today by contacting Bernadette Toothaker, award-winning head witch general manager of Witchy Expo Services for eleven decades.

Nimue Toothhaker is ecstatic that her world-famous grandmother is about to retire and has chosen her as her successor in the family business. She’s only been working on the expos for a few years, but she’s confident she has what it takes to lead her fellow witches and warlocks in the business that defines their entire village. Unfortunately, her grandmother’s sole condition for Nimue taking the job is that she share the position with her arch rival, an irritating warlock possessed of two minds—quite literally.

First up is Bookshop Con, where indie booksellers from across the nation host authors and sell books to passionate readers. Nimue’s grand plans clash with her co-manager’s persnickety demands, but their arguments cease to matter when a celebrated author drops dead in the convention center lobby. Nimue suspects murder, but she knows that if she ends the convention prematurely, the magic at work will destroy her beloved hometown. It’s a race to catch the killer before they strike again—all while trying to prove she can handle the job she’s so desperately always wanted.

Pre-order Book 1 on Amazon!

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Book 1Book 2Book 3

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CURSES AND CROSSWORDS Cover Reveal!

Title: Curses and Crosswords (A Spooky Games Club Mystery #4)

Publisher: Crimson Fox Publishing

Tentative release date: 07/13/2021 (I’m aiming for earlier, but no promises!)

Free of her curse, Luna Lane’s resident witch, Dahlia Poplar, sets foot outside of her paranormal small town for the first time in her life. Accompanying her new professor boyfriend on a tour of literature sites across the country, she expands her horizons while trying harder than ever to keep her powers under wraps—and prevent her magic broomstick from revealing their supernatural natures.

Just as they’re about to head home, their car breaks down and they decide to take the train back to Luna Lane to join friends and family in time for the holidays. This two-day, one-night journey includes a crossword puzzle event to entertain the passengers. As two founding members of the latest iteration of Spooky Games Club, Dahlia and her boyfriend are excited to take part—until they realize there’s something sinister going on.

Before the train ride ends, a crossword champion is acting strange, and Dahlia suspects a curse is at play. Belongings go missing, a mysterious villain threatens murder, and the train is unable to stop or slow down. Dahlia realizes she isn’t the only paranormal presence on board—and if she wants to make it home again, she’ll have to unscramble the clues across and down to solve the puzzle before it’s too late.

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Broomsticks and Board Games Audiobook Release!

I’m excited to announce that the first audiobook in the Spooky Games Club Mystery series is now available! I’ve been blessed to find narrator Danielle Daly to lend her voice to Dahlia and all the other residents of Luna Lane. She’s so talented at bringing forth the emotion, humor, drama, and intrigue I hope you’ll find within the book. Check out a free sample below!

Audible – Amazon – iTunes

Dahlia Poplar is a genuine witch, an unofficial gofer, and Luna Lane’s only cursed resident.

With a werewolf best friend, a vampire ex-boyfriend, and a ghost for a hanger-on, Dahlia is far from the most unusual dweller of her sleepy small town, but she’s the only one unable to leave. Dahlia has to perform at least one good deed per day—or she’s one step closer to turning to stone.

Fortunately, the residents of Luna Lane have plenty of tasks for Dahlia to complete to avert the curse until Cable Woodward, fetching professor and nephew of her elderly neighbor, stops by for the semester on sabbatical. Attempting to help Cable’s uncle work through the trauma of losing his wife, Dahlia uncovers the man’s collection of board games, which leads to him reminiscing about the long-forgotten Luna Lane Games Club.


Dahlia reestablishes Games Club, only to find evidence of a number of horrible demises connected to the original group. While trying to uncover the truth about the deaths, Dahlia has to fight off her curse, protect her elderly neighbor from becoming the next victim, and most vexing of all, keep Cable from figuring out Luna Lane’s supernatural secrets. Only with eerie board games like these, there may not be a loser—or even a winner—who survives.

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Play Your Hand! Potions and Playing Cards Release Day!

Luna Lane’s witches, werewolves, and vampires welcome you to the Spooky Games Club—in which even the winners could find themselves six feet under. This cozy paranormal mystery is perfect for fans of Adele Abbott, Amanda M. Lee, Nancy Warren, Angie Fox, and Sara Bourgeois. With a witch’s broom that acts like a pet and a focus on games, Spooky Games Club Mysteries also weaves in themes familiar to cozy pet mystery and cozy craft & hobby mystery readers.

Potions and Playing Cards (A Spooky Games Club Mystery #3)

Fixated on researching ways to break her curse once and for all, jinxed witch and do-gooder Dahlia Poplar doesn’t know how well she’ll do in the upcoming Euchre Tournament, the Luna Lane Spooky Games Club’s first sponsored event. With visiting professor Cable Woodward due to depart to spend more of his sabbatical on the road, Dahlia can’t admit that he may be the reason she’s so determined to finally leave behind the cozy comforts of home.

Unfortunately, her efforts stir up unwanted attention from the one who cursed Dahlia to begin with, the evil witch whose shadow has loomed over all of the dreadful events in Luna Lane. When the tournament ends prematurely, there’s a body charred to ashes, and Dahlia takes it upon herself to figure out if the wicked witch is behind the disaster. Somehow, she needs to brew the right potion to break her curse while solving the paranormal message encoded in the club’s playing cards, all while keeping her loved ones safe.

Her very life may be the ante she risks to get to the bottom of everything that’s been plaguing her since birth—and if she can’t bluff her way to winning, Dahlia Poplar may prove to be the dead card that’s no longer in play.

Early reviews say:
The pace of this story was perfect. I couldn’t put this book down.”
The ending will bring you to tears. Totally unexpected for me, but so fitting and leaving the door open for many more stories. The characters are one of a kind and their interactions are what I wish I could have with the people in my life.
Dahlia finally discovers who her father is and what it means to be a Poplar witch. The truth is shocking, scary and twisted. And now Dahlia has to face the evil witch whose curse has loomed over her since birth. This page-turner ends with a wonderful, action-packed scene that makes you want to start reading Dahlia’s next adventure right away.”
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Can You Escape? Enchantments and Escape Rooms Release Day!

Luna Lane’s witches, werewolves, and vampires welcome you to the Spooky Games Club—in which even the winners could find themselves six feet under. This cozy paranormal mystery is perfect for fans of Adele Abbott, Amanda M. Lee, Nancy Warren, Angie Fox, and Sara Bourgeois. With a witch’s broom that acts like a pet and a focus on games, Spooky Games Club Mysteries also weaves in themes familiar to cozy pet mystery and cozy craft & hobby mystery readers.

Enchantments and Escape Rooms (A Spooky Games Club Mystery #2)

After the disaster of the month before, Dahlia Poplar, cursed witch and helper extraordinaire, is ready for her serene, supernatural small town life to return to normal. However, her hopes for a more peaceful existence don’t last when a childhood friend moves back to Luna Lane to open up an escape room.

With the Spooky Games Club thriving, Dahlia decides to help her friend by using her magic to quickly get his business up and running. Dahlia’s enchantments accomplish the task, but before the Games Club has a chance to enjoy the new attraction, a test of the escape room results in a freak, fatal accident. Riddled with guilt, Dahlia wonders where her enchantments went wrong—or if there’s something more to the disaster.

The only way to divine whether or not the death was her fault, the result of an accident, or murder is to investigate—and perhaps even play the dangerous game herself. In this one-hour escape room, failure to escape could mean death, not just for Dahlia, but for those she holds most dear.

Early reviews say:
I enjoyed this one even more than the first one. It kept me guessing right up to the big reveal! Now I want to visit an escape room…”

The second installment of the Luna Lane adventures is even better than the first. The character development is wonderful. A totally unexpected villain, new characters and fast pacing is making this a new favorite series.”

Things go wonky when the escape room is tested. From there, this author will keep readers entertained with twists and turns as well as a big surprise.”

This is the second book in this series and it’s just as good as the first. Lots of action and well developed characters plus a unique spin on a curse.”

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Fall 2020 YASH Stop Team Purple

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck 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 e-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 until October 4th.

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are multiple contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the purple team–but there are also other teams where you have 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.

YASH IS OVER! SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
 
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the purple 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. 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 October 4th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
SCAVENGER HUNT POST
I’m once again hosting Shannon A. Thompson on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Shannon A. Thompson is the bestselling author of the Bad Bloods series and the Timely Death trilogy. When she is not writing, she is climbing rooftops, baking cookies, or watching KDramas in the middle of the night, often done with her cats by her side. She is represented by Katelyn Uplinger at D4EO Literary Agency. Thompson graduated from the University of Kansas with a BA in English with an emphasis on creative writing.

Visit her blog for writers and readers at www.ShannonAThompson.com.

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

From best-selling author Shannon A. Thompson comes an exciting new duology in the Bad Bloods universe.

Sixteen-year-old Caleb has been called many things: a patient, a musician, even a prostitute…now he has a new name—son. After his identity is uncovered, Caleb bands together with the family he once rejected in order to save the city of Vendona. But it won’t be easy. Enemies wait around every corner—and so do harsh realities. With Violet and Kuthun by his side though, nothing seems impossible. As Vendona sits on the verge of an economic collapse and a massive hurricane threatens the city, Violet and Caleb must show its citizens how to overcome decades of hostility and division to save themselves.

Standing or not, a sea will rage, a wall may fall, and all will depend on immortal pain and sacrifice.

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Shannon’s exclusive content is a Pinterest mood board for Bad Bloods: July Thunder & July Lightning. (Click the image to see the full board!) And a Wattpad prequel to her series! (Click the image to read the full story!)
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And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Shannon A. Thompson, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 3. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the purple 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 VANESSA BARNEVELD, the next author!

But before you go:

Sales are over!

To celebrate YASH, I’ve got two special, limited-time offers on my YA books! 

Get a copy of FANGS & FINS for 99¢ for a LIMITED TIME on Amazon! (US and UK markets only) Always free on Kindle Unlimited.

Nobody's Goddess

Get your copy of NOBODY’S GODDESS FOR FREE for a LIMITED TIME on Amazon! (Available internationally)

Want a couple of free novelettes? Everyone is welcome to a free copy of JOSIE’S COAT, my standalone YA romantic sci-fi:

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iBooksGoogle PlayAmazonKoboBarnes & NobleProlific Works 

And to TRESSES & ERUBESCENCE, the prequel to my Blood, Bloom, & Water series:

Amazon – ProlificWorks – Barnes & Noble – Kobo – iBooks – Google Play

Giveaway over! ENTER MY INDIE BOOKSTORE GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY!

Before you go, consider entering my own Rafflecopter giveaway! Because of small businesses struggling with everything going on in 2020, I’m offering a $25 gift card to the indie bookstore of your choice! (Chosen bookstore must offer online purchase of gift cards. No store is sponsoring or affiliated with this giveaway.) If there are no indie bookstores you can think of, I can suggest one.

Enter the giveaway here!