Rust City Book Con

Posted at Nov 15, 2015 1:57 am

Hey, folks! I’ll be attending the Rust City Book Con this August in Troy, MI. All kinds of amazing book awesomeness is in the works – please check out the con’s website to see what’s in the works so far! Registration and hotel reservations are open – hope to see you there! 

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Beth Cato’s Wings of Sorrow and Bone

Posted at Nov 10, 2015 9:49 am

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To celebrate the release of Beth Cato’s WINGS OF SORROW AND BONE today, I have an excerpt from her new novella. Enjoy! 



“Wings of Sorrow and Bone: A Clockwork Dagger Novella” by Beth Cato: Excerpt

Wings of Sorrow and Bone: A Clockwork Dagger Novella

A few months after the events of The Clockwork Crown

After being rescued by Octavia Leander from the slums of Caskentia, Rivka Stout is adjusting to her new life in Tamarania. But it’s hard for a blossoming machinist like herself to fit in with proper society, and she’d much rather be tinkering with her tools than at a hoity-toity party any day.

When Rivka stumbles into a laboratory run by the powerful Balthazar Cody, she also discovers a sinister plot involving chimera gremlins and the violent Arena game Warriors. The innocent creatures will end up hurt, or worse, if Rivka doesn’t find a way to stop Mr. Cody. And to do that means she will have to rely on some unexpected new friends.

In this excerpt from Chapter 2, Rivka and Tatiana have just met and escaped from Balthazar Cody’s party. Their nosiness has guided them to a basement laboratory full of peculiar creatures… “Yes. Gremlins. My God, they are ugly,” said Tatiana, shuddering. She had to speak loudly to be heard. The creatures mewed, cackled, and banged on the copper and wood bars of their enclosures. Nothing was made of silver. Rivka stepped closer. The bright electric lighting showed the green gremlins well. Some had tint variations, like patches in a quilt. Their sizes ranged from pigeon to husky tomcat. Long, bat-like wings folded along their sides. Hideous hybrid faces featured round, black eyes, some of their noses compressed and others more elongated. Their arms tended toward long and skinny, hind legs stubby. Gremlins had split lips, just like her. Rivka traced her upper lip with her tongue. Doctors in Tamarania could fill the gap that partially exposed her front teeth. She was slowly saving up money for that very surgery. “Hi there.” Rivka reached out. A gremlin’s three small fingers clutched her fingertips. There were no claws, nor did it try to lurch her off balance. The little gremlin pressed its face to the bars. Long, whiskered ears trembled. Rivka felt a vibration against her hand, and with a start realized that the creature was purring. “A lot of them—no, all of them—are injured.” Tatiana pointed. She was right. The gremlin whose hand Rivka held had bandages girthing most of its torso. The one to the left had no ear, just a rounded stub. The one below had no wings, and therefore, no arms. A cage over, the gremlin actually had separate arms, but its wings were gone as well. “Is this like a medical ward for maimed gremlins?” Rivka frowned and looked around as she wiggled her hand free. It certainly seemed like a sterile surgical space. She pulled out her trusty little screwdriver again. “What are you doing?” “Being nosy. There has to be a ledger or something around here that chronicles their injuries.” The cages were numbered and denoted with colorful flags; not all were occupied. Most of the cabinets and drawers held tools and blades with purposes she didn’t wish to contemplate. No paperwork had been left out. She pulled a cart from beneath a steel table. Lifting the hinged lid, she found a snarled pile of dead gremlins. She gasped. “What?” called Tatiana from across the room. “Bodies.” Rivka shoved the cart away. She’d seen all kinds of dead things before, people included, but there was something especially disturbing about a haphazard knot of that nature.

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Posted at Oct 27, 2015 4:29 pm



Something venomous had come to Temperance, and I hope that something slithery and appropriate for Halloween reading appears on your e-reader! MERCURY RETROGRADE, the sequel to DARK ALCHEMY, is out in the wild today!  Deets are here:





Posted at Oct 15, 2015 3:50 pm


Today Michelle Hauck and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for GRUDGING, Birth of Saints Book One series which releases November 17, 2015! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win a copy if the eBook!
On to the reveal! 

Author: Michelle Hauck
Pub. Date: November 17, 2015
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse
Format: eBook

A world of chivalry and witchcraft…and the invaders who would destroy everything.
The North has invaded, bringing a cruel religion and no mercy. The ciudades-estados who have stood in their way have been razed to nothing, and now the horde is before the gates of Colina Hermosa…demanding blood.
On a mission of desperation, a small group escapes the besieged city in search of the one thing that might stem the tide of Northerners: the witches of the southern swamps.
The Women of the Song.
But when tragedy strikes their negotiations, all that is left is a single untried knight and a witch who has never given voice to her power.  And time is running out.
A lyrical tale of honor and magic, Grudging is the opening salvo in the Book of Saints trilogy.
About Michelle: 


Michelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two teenagers. Two papillons help balance out the teenage drama. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of fantasy, giving her imagination free range. A book worm, she passes up the darker vices in favor of chocolate and looks for any excuse to reward herself. Bio finished? Time for a sweet snack.

She is a co-host of the yearly contests Query Kombat and Nightmare on Query Street, and Sun versus Snow.

Her epic fantasy, Kindar’s Cure, is published by Divertir Publishing. Her short story, Frost and Fog, is published by The Elephant’s Bookshelf Press in their anthology, Summer’s Double Edge. She’s repped by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary.

Giveaway Details:
3 winners will receive an eBook of GRUDGING. International



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MERCURY RETROGRADE gets 4.5 stars from RT Book Reviews!

Posted at Oct 13, 2015 7:38 pm



I’m super-delighted to share that MERCURY RETROGRADE received a 4.5 star review from RT Book Reviews:


“Petra’s adventures in a magic-choked version of Yellowstone continue to balance nicely with a sense of fun, well-done and subtle worldbuilding and characterization, plus some serious stakes. The ramifications of Dark Alchemy are definitely felt — and in fact there are some interesting consequences readers might not have seen coming — and our protagonist is competent, resourceful and tough without becoming unrealistically formidable. The series feels like it’s building splendidly, and there’s certainly room for expansion.”
The rest of the review is here.

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Lovely Quote Art from Danielle Fine

Posted at Oct 9, 2015 4:31 pm

The incredibly-awesome Danielle Fine was running a contest on Twitter, offering quote art to her favorite user-submitted book quotes, and I won. Eek! I never win anything, trust me. But check out what she made me – just gorgeous! 



Go visit Danielle at She does amazing work! 

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Cover Reveal for A Fantasy Medley 3!

Posted at Oct 6, 2015 4:16 pm

The gorgeous cover for A FANTASY MEDLEY 3 is being revealed over at Suvudu! The anthology from Subterranean Press, edited by the wonderful Yanni Kuznia, features stories by Kevin Hearne, Aliette de Bodard, Jacqueline Carey, and myself. Note to Sparky fans: this is the conclusion that I always wanted for Sparky and Anya – hope you enjoy! 

Deets are here

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DARK ALCHEMY Reviewed by Charles de Lint in the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

Posted at Sep 19, 2015 9:07 am

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DARK ALCHEMY received a wonderful review from the amazing Charles de Lint in the September/October issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction:

“Mix in some Native lore, great characterizations, a gift for bringing a setting to life, and a plot that eschews any hint of the tiredness of too much contemporary fantasy, and Dark Alchemy’s a winner on all fronts for this reader…Bickle writes with an individual clarity and style, leaving the reader to appreciate a dark sense of wonder that’s all her own. Highly recommended.”

I’m over the moon! The full review is here


MERCURY RETROGRADE Receives a PW Starred Review

Posted at Sep 8, 2015 6:19 pm

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I’m thrilled to announce that MERCURY RETROGRADE has received a Publishers Weekly Starred Review! PW says: 

“This wonderfully unusual Weird West novel combines the best of contemporary fantasy with metaphysical magic and mayhem, and even a bit of romance. Bickle has a knack for creating atmosphere, and she fills the fast-paced narrative with vivid scenes of wonder and a poignant story of death and rebirth. Fans of the first book will be enthralled, and new readers will easily fall into the quirky, dusty land that Petra and her unusual friends inhabit.”

The full review is here. I’ll be re-reading it while eating a celebratory bag of chocolate chip cookies! 

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DARK ALCHEMY is now .99!

Posted at Aug 25, 2015 3:26 pm

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Hey, folks! DARK ALCHEMY is .99 now on Kindle!  Deets here

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