Magic at Midnight: A YA Fairy Tale Anthology
edited by Lyssa Chiavari & Amy McNulty
Release date: May 29, 2018
Published by Snowy Wings Publishing
Learn more about the stories inside: http://www.lyssachiavari.com/books/magic-at-midnight/
Once upon a time is eternal…
Turn the pages and fall into the enchanting worlds of beloved, age-old fairy tales made new again in this fifteen-story collection from Snowy Wings Publishing.
A girl with long, long hair is trapped in an attic, ensnared by promises of immortality, the radio her only companion. An android wants to believe in her life, that the feelings she has are real—and that she might be just as beautiful as her famous stepsister. A gamer must save her true love from the mysterious, dark entity that has ensnared him in their MMORPG. A modern teen is lured to the fantastical Land of the Dolls, and only her own cunning can help her escape. These are just a few of the bewitching tales found within Magic at Midnight.
From sci-fi to fantasy, contemporary to historical, paranormal and more, there’s a fairy tale retelling in this collection for every reader. Featuring stories from bestselling and award-winning YA authors as well as emerging voices, this anthology will take you to distant worlds and back again—all just familiar enough to make you feel at home.
Featuring stories from:
Mark C. King
The first book in my new series is now available! Free on Kindle Unlimited, the Kindle version is only 99 cents for purchase through May 7th only.
Paperbacks are trickling into major outlets. They’re up on Amazon and Barnes & Noble right now. You can also order a signed paperback copy direct from Snowy Wings Publishing! If you don’t see it at your favorite retailer, ask for it by name. They should be able to order it for you soon!
Here’s what some readers are saying:
“I devoured this first installment quickly, and I look forward to more in the future… McNulty does a superb job with this speculative fiction, raising questions about allegiance and making the choices best for yourself or those you care about. It will grip you and keep you wanting more.”
“This particular author likes to throw out little nuggets of truth mixed in with misdirection so you think you have the story predicted, and you THINK you have the characters down, but really you know nothing! LOL I can’t wait for book 2!!”
“All the characters were fantastically written… Left with so many questions and shocking details I can’t wait for the next book in the series. This one was so good, if I wasn’t so busy I could have read it in one sitting.”
The final book in Melissa Giorgio‘s Smoke and Mirrors fantasy series is out in May–and today’s the reveal of this gorgeous cover! *-*
Blurb (SPOILERS AHEAD):
The unthinkable has happened: A dragon was slain, her death used to free the three most powerful and dangerous magicians in the world, and Irina was powerless to stop it. Now she must pick up the broken pieces and prepare for a battle she seems destined to lose.
But all is not lost.
Hope comes in the form of Nerine, a girl from a faraway land, and her army of dragons. Irina and Nerine know the only way to win this is to work together by uniting their ragtag team of friends, which is easier said than done. Tensions flare, dark secrets from their pasts are revealed, and tears are shed as the heroes struggle to put aside their differences and decide on their next course of action.
The road forward is not easy. In Irina’s most dangerous adventure yet, she travels to lands both new and familiar, learning to accept the fledging magic that’s inside of her. In a race against time, with more than one life at stake, failure is not an option.
When the curtain falls on the final Smoke and Mirrors book, who will be left to take a bow?
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A few years ago, I started a tradition of listing all of the books I’ve read (not including manga or graphic novels, of which I’ve read a lot!) as a sort of memento of the fictional worlds I’ve been to throughout the year. I don’t keep my Goodreads profile updated with all of these reads because I don’t feel right doling out public criticisms of books as an author myself. This year, I decided to include the client books I’ve read as well (but only revealing the names of the books that have been announced, of course) because they should certainly count toward my total!
I know there are a few days left in the year, but I’m only halfway through a long book, so I won’t be reading any others!
- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – started in 2015
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – started in 2015
- A Madness So Discrete by Mindy McGinnis
- There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane
- Watched by Sharde Richardson
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
- Why Is This Night Different From All Other Nights? by Lemony Snicket
- A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
- Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell (novella)
- Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer
- Winter by Marissa Meyer
- The Whispering Echoes by Melissa Giorgio
- The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
- Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
- This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling and Jack Thorne
- Spinning Thorns by Anna Sheehan
- What Doesn’t Kill Us by Stephanie Henry
- The Story of Us by Stephanie Henry
- C-Vac by Stephanie Henry
- Book by client
- The Descendants and the Missing Guardian by Melanie McFarlane
- Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
- Book by client
- The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
- Book by client
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
- By the Icy Wild (Mortality Book 3) by Everly Frost
- A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (still reading into 2017)
I’m excited to finally reveal the new covers for The Never Veil Series books and to announce that the e-books for the first two are back up for sale. (Watch for them at B&N and Kobo soon.) Nobody’s Pawn is also available for pre-order! (The paperback will be available soon.)
Credit goes all to Meet Cute Photography for the amazing photo shoot and Makeready Designs for putting it all together!
In addition to the upcoming release of FALL FAR FROM THE TREE (September 6th–buy the paperback today!), I’m releasing a novelette Friday, September 9th! (What’s a novelette? It’s longer than a short story and shorter than a novella.) This Amazon-exclusive title will be available for only 99 cents or for free through Kindle Unlimited.
JOSIE’S COAT, September 9th, 2016:
Bookmark to read after release for free on Kindle Unlimited or pre-order for only 99 cents!
A woman with shoulder bones as sharp as an eagle’s talons—bones almost protruding from her skin—opens her mouth as wide as it’ll go, impossibly wide, consuming the pill that takes both of her arms to cradle. The nourishment makes her thin stomach pop out like she’s pregnant with a child so large it’ll burst through her stomach. She swallows slowly and licks her lips. Her eyes search around hungrily for more.
That dream again.
Josie is skilled at her job as an “unfortunate” who inhabits the bodies of her clients to perform their work while they sleep, but her coworkers’ cruel jealousy over her success leads to her enslavement and the loss of her dream-worker status. A YA sci-fi reimagining of the tale of Jacob’s favorite son Joseph, his dreams, and his famous coat.
A novelette by the author of The Never Veil Series and Fall Far from the Tree.
Long-time blog readers know that I’m the beta reader and/or editor for my best friend and fellow YA author Melissa Giorgio‘s books. Her most recent release, THE FADING DUSK, was book one in her latest series, a YA fantasy with a touch of Victorian-era flair, Smoke and Mirrors. Now it’s time for the AMAZING cover reveal for book two!
Two months after Bantheir’s betrayal, Irina is learning how to live in a world where magic is not only real, but a part of her everyday life. As a spy for Parnaby, the shadowy president of the city of Dusk, Irina has to pretend Parnaby’s manipulation magic worked on her and she doesn’t remember his horrifying proclamation about Vernen. If her friend, brought back from the dead by an ancient source of magic, begins to show even a hint of magic, Parnaby will kill him without hesitation.
When a mysterious woman named Aeonia confronts Irina, she threatens to tell Parnaby everything Irina is hiding from him if Irina doesn’t steal a magical artifact from the president’s mansion. Knowing she’s the only one who can protect Vernen, Irina agrees to Aeonia’s demands, but she wonders if this ultimate betrayal will destroy her newfound happiness with Leonid—and get her killed in the process.
With elements of magic, mystery, and murder, The Burning Chaos takes readers on a dangerous journey through Dusk, introducing them to new characters and reuniting them with old favorites. Can Irina stay one step ahead of everyone and save Vernen? Or is she doomed to succumb to the magic she once loved but now despises?
The snow! The fire! This whole cover is just… jaw-dropping!
If you haven’t read the first book in the series, get on that so you’re ready this July when THE BURNING CHAOS releases!
Amazon – B&N – Goodreads
And don’t forget about the upcoming novella!