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The Dragon’s Playlist

I’m thrilled to announce a new book this summer…THE DRAGON’S PLAYLIST!

 

 

From the author of THE HALLOWED ONES and NINE OF STARS comes a new novel blending the magical and the real…

“This is war,” the dragon said. And she believed him.

Di fled rural West Virginia to study music and pursue a bright future as a violinist. But when a mining accident nearly kills her father, she is summoned back home to support her family. Old ghosts and an old flame emerge from the past. When Di gets a job as a bookkeeper at the same mine where her father worked, she is drawn into a conflict pitting neighbor against neighbor as the mine plans an expansion to an untouched mountain.

If the mining company’s operation goes forward, there will be more at stake than livelihoods or the pollution of the land: Di has discovered a dragon lives deep within Sawtooth Mountain, and he is not happy with this encroachment upon his lair. When catastrophe strikes, Di must choose between her family’s best interests and protecting the dragon – the last surviving bit of magic in Di’s shrinking world.

In every fight, sides are chosen. And there can be no yearning for what has been left behind. 

 

THE DRAGON’S PLAYLIST will release June 1, and is available for pre-order now for just $0.99 at Amazon, Apple IBooks, B&N, Google Play, and Kobo.

You can also read new chapters each week, beginning June 1, at https://www.facebook.com/Author.Laura.Bickle/ and https://www.wattpad.com/user/LauraBickle. I’ll be sharing some story-related goodies there, too.

I hope you join me for some dragon excitement this summer! 

Release Day for NINE OF STARS!

Today is the official release day for NINE OF STARS! I’m going to be kicking back in my jammies, enjoying some hot chocolate and sending good thoughts for the latest book bird to fly out of my nest. 

 

From critically acclaimed author Laura Bickle (Dark Alchemy) comes the first novel in the Wildlands series, NINE OF STARS. Longmire meets Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson in this exciting new series that shows how weird and wonderful the West can truly be.

Winter has always been a deadly season in Temperance, but this time, there’s more to fear than just the cold…

As the daughter of an alchemist, Petra Dee has faced all manner of occult horrors – especially since her arrival in the small town of Temperance, Wyoming. But she can’t explain the creature now stalking the backcountry of Yellowstone, butchering wolves and leaving only their skins behind in the snow. Rumors surface of the return of Skinflint Jack, a nineteenth-century wraith that kills in fulfillment of an ancient bargain.

The new sheriff in town, Owen Rutherford, isn’t helping matters. He’s a dangerously haunted man on the trail of both an unsolved case and a fresh kill – a bizarre murder leading him right to Petra’s partner Gabriel. And while Gabe once had little to fear from the mortal world, he’s all too human now. This time, when violence hits close to home, there are no magical solutions.

It’s up to Petra and her coyote sidekick Sig to get ahead of both Owen and the unnatural being hunting them all – before the trail turns deathly cold.

“Bickle is well on her way to establishing her work as a cornerstone of her genre.”  – Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“…Laura Bickle’s latest hits that sweet spot.”    – John DeNardo, Kirkus

“Following the prequels Dark Alchemy and Mercury Retrograde, Bickle’s series launch mixes alchemy, folklore, and Native American traditions with a wintry Western landscape that will intrigue fans of the Weird West subgenre.” – Library Journal

“Full marks to Bickle for being unafraid to shake things up on this still relatively new, but consistently engaging series.” – RT Book Reviews (4 Stars) 

“Readers who like no-nonsense characters, the occult, Native American myths, and the modern Wild West will enjoy this. The writing is fun, compelling, and straight from the hip, with no apologies as to language used.” – Booklist

“Bickle’s world and characters are enjoyably complex, sinking the reader happily into this contemporary fantasy landscape.” – Omnivoracious

 

 

More deets, including buy links are here

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Library Journal and RT Book Reviews on NINE OF STARS

I’m thrilled to share two new reviews of my upcoming book, NINE OF STARS:

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From Library Journal:

 

As a geologist, Petra Dee considers herself a woman of science, but she is also the daughter of an alchemist. Living in Temperance, WY, she has dealt with all sorts of magical issues, including her once-immortal partner, Gabe. Now there are rumors in town of an 18th-century wraith known as Skinflint Jack; someone has been killing the wolves in the area, leaving their skins in the snow. New sheriff Owen Rutherford, haunted by a past death on his watch and investigating his cousin’s murder, finds the clues lead to Gabe and Petra’s doorstep. Soon, the couple must flee from Owen and Skinflint Jack and go on the run with the wolves of Nine Stars, which have more than one surprise in store for everyone. VERDICT Following the prequels Dark Alchemy and Mercury Retrograde, Bickle’s series launch mixes alchemy, folklore, and Native American traditions with a wintry Western landscape that will intrigue fans of the Weird West subgenre. —KC

 

And from RT Book Reviews:

Full marks to Bickle for being unafraid to shake things up on this still relatively new, but consistently engaging series. Our protagonist is as likeable and resourceful as ever, but there are pretty immediate changes in this installment that have major ramifications and probably will for a while. The way the series sticks to a single source of the supernatural (alchemy) while still managing to come up with a wide range of manifestations and applications is very compelling. At some points this particular book does feel like it’s setting up for future entries, rather than just telling its own story, but that’s partly because of how much is going on. When the result is to plant this much interesting material (and really promising new characters) for future use, the slight hitch is worth it. (4 Stars)

PW Starred Review for NINE OF STARS

I’m delighted to share PW’s review for NINE OF STARS:

New Series from Harper Voyager – Welcome to the Wildlands!

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Welcome to the Wildlands! 

I’m super-thrilled to announce a new series from Harper Voyager. The characters from the Dark Alchemy series have made the jump to print, as NINE OF STARS continues the adventures of Petra and Sig in December! Details are here: http://www.harpervoyagerbooks.com/announcement-digital-to-physical-laura-bickle-makes-her-harper-voyager-print-debut/

More deets will be coming soon, but here’s a teaser for NINE OF STARS:

 

Winter has always been a deadly season in Temperance, but this time, there’s more to fear than just the cold…

 From critically acclaimed author Laura Bickle comes the first novel in the Wildlands series

As the daughter of an alchemist, Petra Dee has faced all manner of occult horrors – especially since her arrival in the small town of Temperance, Wyoming. But she can’t explain the creature now stalking the backcountry of Yellowstone, butchering wolves and leaving only their skins behind in the snow. Rumors surface of the return of Skinflint Jack, a nineteenth-century wraith that kills in fulfillment of an ancient bargain.

The new sheriff in town, Owen Rutherford, isn’t helping matters. He’s a dangerously haunted man on the trail of both an unsolved case and a fresh kill – a bizarre murder leading him right to Petra’s partner Gabriel. And while Gabe once had little to fear from the mortal world, he’s all too human now. This time, when violence hits close to home, there are no magical solutions.

It’s up to Petra and her coyote sidekick Sig to get ahead of both Owen and the unnatural being hunting them all – before the trail turns deathly cold.

 

A FANTASY MEDLEY 3

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Wonder what Sparky and Anya have been up to? 

Copies of A FANTASY MEDLEY 3 are shipping now! The anthology received a lovely starred review from Publishers Weekly, and it’s a gorgeous, gorgeous book in hand. Order here: http://subterraneanpress.com/store/product_detail/a_fantasy_medley_3

 

DARK ALCHEMY Series in One Book Two’s 2015 Standout Awards

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I’m so pleased to hear that the Dark Alchemy Series is included in One Book Two’s 2015 Standout Awards! This is a great way to begin 2016, and I can’t wait to see what adventures Petra and Sig get into next! 

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MERCURY RETROGRADE Now Available in Paperback

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Hey, folks! MERCURY RETROGRADE is now available in paperback!

Something venomous has come to Temperance…

It’s been two months since Petra Dee and her coyote sidekick Sig faced off against Temperance’s resident alchemist, but things are far from quiet. When an Internet video of a massive snake in the backcountry of Yellowstone goes viral, a chase for the mythical basilisk is on. Monster hunters swarm into the area, and never one to pass up the promise of discovery, Petra joins in the search.

Among the newcomers is a snake cult on wheels – the biker gang Sisters of Serpens. Unlike some, the Sisters don’t want to kill the basilisk – they want to worship it. But things get complicated when the basilisk develops a taste for human flesh that rivals the Sisters’ own murderous skills.

Meanwhile, the alchemical tree of life is dying, and the undead Hanged Men of Temperance who depend on it know the basilisk may be their last chance for survival.

With time running out for everyone around her, Petra will be forced to decide who survives and who she must leave behind in this action-packed sequel to Dark Alchemy.

“This wonderfully unusual Weird West novel combines the best of contemporary fantasy with metaphysical magic and mayhem, and even a bit of romance.” – Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“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.” – RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars

MERCURY RETROGRADE was chosen as an Amazon Science Fiction and Fantasy Best Book of the Month for December, 2015.

 

 

MERCURY RETROGRADE is one of Amazon’s best #SFF of the Month

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MERCURY RETROGRADE is one of Amazon’s best of the Month…how exciting is that?? Deets here.  

And DARK ALCHEMY is on Amazon’s Monthly Deal list for .99 – grab it now here

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