WITCH CREEK Review from PW

Posted at Nov 28, 2017 7:18 pm

I’m over the moon about this awesome review from Publishers Weekly for WITCH CREEK: 

“Bickle’s story is a rich, surreal, alchemical brew, as wondrous as the magic that infuses her fascinating weird west setting.”

The full review is here

WITCH CREEK, the next installment in the Wildlands series, releases February 27…pre-order your copy here

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Sparky’s Back!

Posted at Nov 9, 2017 4:55 pm

Sparky’s back! The wonderful folks at Subterranean Press have released ASHES as a stand-alone ebook! 

With “Ashes,” Laura Bickle revisits Detroit arson investigator and powerful spirit medium Anya Kalinczyk as she, her five-foot-long salamander familiar Sparky, and Hades’ Charon pursue a destructive fire elemental named the Nain Rouge through the city’s festival in his dubious honor.

This story was first published in A Fantasy Medley 3

You can order your copy of ASHES here: https://subterraneanpress.com/ashes-ebook

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Free FLESH for Halloween!

Posted at Oct 27, 2017 4:31 pm

I’m super-excited for Halloween this year, and wanted to let you know that FLESH (the ebook edition) is free for a limited time! Lothar, the flesh-eating dachshund, insisted that I give something away other than candy. If you haven’t met Lothar yet, he’s the faithful mascot of the funeral home in FLESH. He gets no lines, but that’s probably a good thing. 

 

 

 

Just go here and pick your format:  https://books.pronoun.com/flesh/
 

The dead are easy to talk to. Live people, not so much.

Charlie Sulliven thinks she knows all the secrets of the dead. Raised in a funeral home, she’s the reluctant “Ghoul Girl,” her reputation tied to a disastrous Halloween party. But navigating her life as a high school sophomore is an anxiety-inducing puzzle to her. She haunts the funeral home with her parents, emo older brother, Garth, their pistol-packing Gramma, and the glass-eyeball-devouring dachshund, Lothar.

Chewed human bodies are appearing in her parents’ morgue…and disappearing in the middle of the night. The bodies seem tied to a local legend, Catfish Bob, who has resurfaced in the muddy Milburn river near Charlie’s small town. When one of Charlie’s classmates, Amanda, awakens in the cooler as a flesh-eating ghoul, Charlie must protect her newfound friend and step up to unravel the mystery…and try to avoid becoming lunch meat for the dead. 

Happy Halloween!

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FLESH Now in Print!

Posted at Oct 2, 2017 6:47 pm

Hey, folks!

Just a quick note to let you know that FLESH is now available in print from Amazon and CreateSpace for $9.99. This is the lovely cover that Danielle Fine designed for it…and Lothar, the flesh-eating dachshund sneaked in on the back cover! 

FLESH is also available as an ebook at the following spots: 

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BN          Google Play      Kobo

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BODIES IN MOTION by Liana Brooks

Posted at Sep 20, 2017 6:45 pm

BODIES IN MOTION by Liana Brooks is out this week!

Blurb:
Selena Caryll lost everything in the war: her ship, her crew, her family. The only thing keeping her going is the hope that somehow the feuding, ground-bound settlers and the fuelless space fleet can set aside their differences. But getting the politically-fractured fleet moving again is more than she can manage alone. For now, she has to settle for working undercover with the planetary police force.

When someone tries to reignite conflict between the planet-siders and the fleet, there’s only one person who has the rank and ability to help Selena protect the fleet: Titan Sciarra, Fleet Guardian—the one man she’s tried hardest to avoid since the war destroyed her life.
In a world where the stagnant weight of tradition can be as deadly as any knife, the only way to survive is to keep moving.

Behind The Title: Newton’s First Law of Motion states “A body in motion will stay in motion until acted on by an outside force”. We usually think of this in terms of physics, physical objects, and friction but it applies to choices and lives too. Often a person will set their course and stay on it unless acted on by something external force, even if the destination is catastrophic. For Selena Caryll her course is a downward spiral, she’s lost everything and has no future to look forward to. For Titan Sciarra his life was headed for an early death until he was shot down in the war, the subsequent injuries and his absence from the battle lines allowed him to change direction.
In a world where two stagnant cultures are on a collision course with mutual destruction it will take something extraordinary to change the world. And what’s more extraordinary than love?

Author Bio:
Liana Brooks write sci-fi and crime fiction for people who like happy endings. She believes in time travel to the future, even if it takes a good book and all night to get there. When she isn’t writing, Liana hikes the mountains of Washington with her family and giant dog. Find her at LianaBrooks.com or on Twitter as @LianaBrooks

Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | Inkprint Press
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Release Day for FLESH!

Posted at Sep 19, 2017 5:25 pm

Today is release day for FLESH! I’m super-excited to have a Halloween story to share with you guys. I hope you enjoy!

Flesh

Laura Bickle

Genre: YA Horror

Date of Publication: September 19, 2017

ISBN: 9781537857992

ASIN: B074XBJ697

Number of pages: 307

Word Count: 76,573

Cover Artist: Danielle Fine

Book Description:

The dead are easy to talk to. Live people, not so much.

Charlie Sulliven thinks she knows all the secrets of the dead. Raised in a funeral home, she’s the reluctant “Ghoul Girl,” her reputation tied to a disastrous Halloween party. But navigating her life as a high school sophomore is an anxiety-inducing puzzle to her. She haunts the funeral home with her parents, emo older brother, Garth, their pistol-packing Gramma, and the glass-eyeball-devouring dachshund, Lothar.

Chewed human bodies are appearing in her parents’ morgue…and disappearing in the middle of the night. The bodies seem tied to a local legend, Catfish Bob, who has resurfaced in the muddy Milburn river near Charlie’s small town. When one of Charlie’s classmates, Amanda, awakens in the cooler as a flesh-eating ghoul, Charlie must protect her newfound friend and step up to unravel the mystery…and try to avoid becoming lunch meat for the dead.

Pronoun          Amazon          iBooks

BN          Google Play      Kobo

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FLESH

Posted at Aug 19, 2017 6:41 pm

 

I let my inner twelve-year-old write a book. She likes slime, gross things, and going fishing. So does her dachshund sidekick.

The dead are easy to talk to. Live people, not so much.

Charlie Sulliven thinks she knows all the secrets of the dead. Raised in a funeral home, she’s the reluctant “Ghoul Girl,” her reputation tied to a disastrous Halloween party. But navigating her life as a high school sophomore is an anxiety-inducing puzzle to her. She haunts the funeral home with her parents, emo older brother, Garth, their pistol-packing Gramma, and the glass-eyeball-devouring dachshund, Lothar.

Chewed human bodies are appearing in her parents’ morgue…and disappearing in the middle of the night. The bodies seem tied to a local legend, Catfish Bob, who has resurfaced in the muddy Milburn river near Charlie’s small town. When one of Charlie’s classmates, Amanda, awakens in the cooler as a flesh-eating ghoul, Charlie must protect her newfound friend and step up to unravel the mystery…and try to avoid becoming lunch meat for the dead. 

 

FLESH is now available for pre-order! Pre-order links are here: https://books.pronoun.com/flesh/

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The Dragon’s Playlist Now in Paperback!

Posted at Aug 2, 2017 4:45 pm

 

The wonderful Danielle Fine at By Definition has designed for me a gorgeous paperback edition of The Dragon’s Playlist. 

The Dragon’s Playlist is now available in print at Amazon and CreateSpace

I’ve got to say, it’s really cool to have his in hand, to see how beautiful it is. I hope you enjoy it! 

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New in the Wildlands: WITCH CREEK

Posted at Jul 19, 2017 3:17 am

Hi, folks! Adventures in the Wildlands continue with WITCH CREEK on Feb. 27! Here’s the shiny new cover for the book, and a first look at the back cover copy…

In the backcountry of Yellowstone, evil moves below the surface . . .

Following Nine of Stars comes the next chapter in Laura Bickle’s critically acclaimed Wildlands series

As the daughter of an alchemist, Petra Dee has battled supernatural horrors and experienced astonishing wonders. But there’s no magic on earth that can defeat her recent cancer diagnosis, or help find her missing husband, Gabriel. Still, she would bet all her remaining days that the answer to his disappearance lies in the dark subterranean world beneath the Rutherford Ranch on the outskirts of Temperance, Wyoming.

Gabe is being held prisoner by the sheriff and heir to the ranch, Owen Rutherford. Owen is determined to harness the power of the Tree of Life—and he needs Gabe to reveal its magic. Secretly, the sheriff has also made a pact to free a creature of the underground, a flesh-devouring mermaid. Muirenn has vowed to exact vengeance on Gabe, who helped imprison her, but first . . . she’s hungry. Once freed, she will swim into Yellowstone—to feed.

With her coyote sidekick Sig, Petra must descend into the underworld to rescue Gabe before it’s too late . . . for both of them.

 

WITCH CREEK is available for pre-order now from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, and HarperCollins

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On Three-Year-Old Superheroes

Posted at Jun 8, 2017 7:04 pm

 

I posted this a few weeks ago on Facebook. In light of the Wonder Woman movie release, I wanted to revisit it. 


I met a three-year-old superhero today.

I went to a library comics show. I was chatting with a couple of cosplayers who were cosplaying Ben Reilly Spider-Man and Wonder Woman from the upcoming movie. Their costumes were amazing, and I was really excited to get to see such amazing work up close.

A little boy, maybe three years old, comes down the aisle with his father, holding his dad’s hand. Both dad and little boy are wearing Spider Man t-shirts. The little boy stops before Wonder Woman with a huge grin on his face. Wonder Woman kneels to talk with him. The boy is utterly speechless, grinning at her. He’s not even looking at Spider-Man, he’s too awestruck by Wonder Woman.

The dad explains that his son loves Wonder Woman. He describes a recent shopping trip. They’d gone shopping for an action figure of Wonder Woman to go with his other superheroes, but hadn’t been able to find one. Instead, the boy found a Wonder Woman Barbie doll. The dad bought the Barbie for him, and now the boy plays with his Barbie Wonder Woman along with Superman and Spider-Man. It probably never occurs to him that anyone ever said a girl couldn’t be a super-hero.

I was struck by that. So much…a parent taking the time on a weekend to take their child to the library for comic book day to meet his heroes. A dad who’s involved enough to wear a Spider-Man t-shirt along with his son… a dad who is entirely fine with buying his son a Wonder Woman Barbie doll.

To this kid, a super hero is a super hero. I have a feeling that kids like this are going to grow up to save this world for us. There are some parents out there who are doing amazing jobs, teaching and nurturing kids who have love and compassion for the world. They get it, on an instinctive level. They’re gonna be amazing leaders, those kiddos. It’s going to be a new day, a really beautiful world when they get hold of it.

And what we’ve got to do is keep this world together long enough for them to do their work. We have to do the best we can to preserve it, to model love, to respect each other, and demonstrate compassion. We’re the soil, the milieu, for these kids to grow up in.

This little boy I met today didn’t say a word. But he was smiling, and he really restored my faith in the future.

Thank you, awesome parents, for raising these kids who are going to be the super heroes who save us all.
 

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