Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Happy Release Day to Stephanie Dray!

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From critically acclaimed historical fantasy author, Stephanie Dray comes the long-awaited new tale based on the true story of Cleopatra's daughter.
After years of abuse as the emperor’s captive in Rome, Cleopatra Selene has found a safe harbor. No longer the pitiful orphaned daughter of the despised Egyptian Whore, the twenty year old is now the most powerful queen in the empire, ruling over the kingdom of Mauretania—an exotic land of enchanting possibility where she intends to revive her dynasty. With her husband, King Juba II and the magic of Isis that is her birthright, Selene brings prosperity and peace to a kingdom thirsty for both. But when Augustus Caesar jealously demands that Selene’s children be given over to him to be fostered in Rome, she’s drawn back into the web of imperial plots and intrigues that she vowed to leave behind. Determined and resourceful, Selene must shield her loved ones from the emperor’s wrath, all while vying with ruthless rivals like King Herod. Can she find a way to overcome the threat to her marriage, her kingdom, her family, and her faith? Or will she be the last of her line?
Read the Reviews
"A stirring story of a proud, beautiful, intelligent woman whom a 21st century reader can empathize with. Dray's crisp, lush prose brings Selene and her world to life." ~RT Book Reviews
"The boldest, and most brilliant story arc Dray has penned..." ~Modge Podge Reviews
"If you love historical fiction and magical realism, these books are for you." ~A Bookish Affair
Read an Excerpt
Below me, six black Egyptian cobras dance on their tails, swaying. I watch their scaled hoods spread wide like the uraeus on the crown of Egypt. Even from this height, I'm paralyzed by the sight of the asps, their forked tongues flickering out between deadly fangs. I don't notice that I'm gripping the balustrade until my knuckles have gone white, all my effort concentrated upon not swooning and falling to my death. And I would swoon if I were not so filled with rage. Someone has arranged for this. Someone who knows what haunts me. Someone who wants to send me a message and make this occasion a moment of dread. My husband, the king must know it, for he calls down, "That's enough. We've seen enough of the snake charmer!" There is commotion below, some upset at having displeased us. Then Chryssa hisses, "Who could think it a good idea to honor the daughter of Cleopatra by coaxing asps from baskets of figs?" The story the world tells of my mother's suicide is that she cheated the emperor of his conquest by plunging her hand into a basket where a venomous serpent lay in wait. A legend only, some say, for the serpent was never found. But I was there. I brought her that basket. She was the one bitten but the poison lingers in my blood to this day. I can still remember the scent of figs in my nostrils, lush and sweet. The dark god Anubis was embroidered into the woven reeds of the basket, the weight of death heavy in my arms. I can still see my mother reach her hand into that basket, surrendering her life so that her children might go on without her. And I have gone on without her. I have survived too much to be terrorized by the emperor's agents or whoever else is responsible for this. If it is a message, a warning from my enemies, I have already allowed them too much of a victory by showing any reaction at all. So I adopt as serene a mask as possible. My daughter blinks her big blue eyes, seeing past my facade. "Are you frightened, Mother? They cannot bite us from there. The snakes are very far away." I get my legs under me, bitterness on my tongue. "Oh, but they're never far enough away."
Daughters of the Nile cover

Available now in print and e-book!
Available now in print and e-book!

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STEPHANIE DRAY is a bestselling, multi-published, award-winning author of historical women’s fiction and fantasy set in the ancient world. Her critically acclaimed historical series about Cleopatra’s daughter has been translated into more than six different languages, was nominated for a RITA Award and won the Golden Leaf. Her focus on Ptolemaic Egypt and Augustan Age Rome has given her a unique perspective on the consequences of Egypt's ancient clash with Rome, both in terms of the still-extant tensions between East and West as well as the worldwide decline of female-oriented religion. Before she wrote novels, Stephanie was a lawyer, a game designer, and a teacher. Now she uses the transformative power of magic realism to illuminate the stories of women in history and inspire the young women of today. She remains fascinated by all things Roman or Egyptian and has-to the consternation of her devoted husband-collected a house full of cats and ancient artifacts.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Natalya's Got Something to Talk About + Giveaway

Hey, all!
I'm so excited about my new audiobook release! Natalya's first audiobook is available now and I want to celebrate! Woot! Did you check Rabid Reads for the cover reveal for Bitten by Treachery, the second book in the Hadley Werewolves series. Be sure to check out Bitten by Deceit, the first book if you haven't.

Check out an excerpt here:
Feel free to listen to the sample on AudibleAmazon,  iTunes. Usually for a new release I offer a new trading card or a bookmark to go with the new book. Since this is just an audiobook release, I thought to myself, why not offer bookmark/postcard packs to a few awesome readers? So if you haven't managed to snag one of my packs, here's your chance. So, what's included for 20 winners. Yep, I'm picking 20 people and this giveaway is international!

The Goodies:
  • Bitter Disenchantment Bookmark
  • Coveted Bookmark
  • Coveted Postcard
  • Compelled Postcard (Get up close and personal with book #3 coming in 2014)
I'm adding more bookmarks to the pile from my booksigning on Saturday:

And hey, I'll even toss in a bonus bookmark from another author. I have a few signings and events I plan to attend before the contest is over, so I might as well snatch some goodies for you, too. If you are a bookmark hoarder, and it's okay. We all got things we like to collect. :D
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Natalya Stravinsky has a lot to say...

It's been a busy summer for me. Natalya has an audiobook coming out soon and my first Spanish translation is available for COLLECTED. Check out the audiobook cover:

Thanks to Audio Elan, Natalya has been brought to life. Curious to hear what she sounds like? Check out this excerpt:

As soon as the audiobook is available I'll be sure to let you know!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Bitter Disenchantment is Available Now!

Well, I could only hide the news for so long... ;) The next adventure, featuring Aggie McClure, in the Coveted series is available now through a few retailers: BITTER DISENCHANTMENT. You can snag a print copy from Amazon or eBook copies from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and All Romance eBooks. I'm still waiting for Kobo and iTunes.

Werewolf Natalya Stravinsky’s outspoken sidekick, Aggie McClure, is featured in this prequel novella. Before Agatha set foot in South Toms River, New Jersey, she had the fight of her life to face. Destined to be the alpha female over her Manhattan pack, Aggie was fully prepared to take on her role until her father arranges a marriage without her consent. She wants out–but the only way is with money–something her new controlling husband won’t give her to escape. But such odds never kept a wolf like Aggie down. To sever the twisted tie, she finds herself pitted against raging wood nymphs and backstabbing brownies in an underground supernatural fighting ring. With every victory, the sweet taste of freedom is closer, but her husband isn’t willing to let her go that easily. Until the very end, Aggie must fight for the one thing she’s never had: a choice.


Follow Heidi the mermaid and Abby the Muse as they try to help Lilith, a soul-sucking succubus and fellow supernatural therapy group member, find a date.

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RT Convention 2013 in Kansas City, MO

In even more fun news, the Magic & Mayhem authors will have a basket giveaway at RT. Check these goodies out! I can't wait for the winning to enjoy these.

Here is my schedule!

3:30pm – 4:00 pm Club RT

10:00am – 11:00am Specialty True Colors: Writing Diversity for a Diverse Audience
11:15am – 12:15pm Craft The Research Notebook from Hell — Keeping Your Series Organized
2:45pm – 3:45pm Specialty Mermaids and Monsters: Making Myths Come Alive
4:00pm – 6:00 pm E-Book, Indie Published, and Graphic Novel Expo

11am – 2 pm Giant Book Fair
7:15pm – 7:45pm FAN-tastic Day Author Appearance (Session #2)

I hope to see you there. I will have swag and candy on hand! ;)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Bitter Disenchantment is on Netgalley

Hi, all!

I've been so busy lately! But I thought I'd stop by to let you know that if you're a blogger or reviewer and you'd like to read Aggie's story, BITTER DISENCHANTMENT: A COVETED NOVELLA, is available on Netgalley! Woo hoo!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Fate of the Coveted Series

Aggie's Book - My May 2013 Release
So, what's going on with the Coveted series...

Many readers have approached me asking about book #3 in the Coveted series. At the end of KEPT, the second book, I had left the door open to more books and many have wanted to know what happens to Nat and Thorn and everyone else for that matter.

The good news is that Nat's third book will be made! The other side of the coin though is that it will not be done through Ballantine Books. I adore my editor and I love how much she helped me shape my world. The first two books were so much fun, but Ballantine has made a business decision to not move forward with the series. But, that's okay, folks. I'm a writer. I love to write books, no matter the publisher. It's all about the story and I still plan to craft new books, whether they are with a NY publisher or done on my own. The publishing world has changed--in a good way for authors. For this final book in Nat's journey though, I will be taking the reins to give my readers the adventures they want. I have plans to give Nick his own series (I listened to those of you on Team Nick) and maybe Heidi if her story comes to me.

So what's the plan?

MAY 2013



LATE 2013 INTO 2014
Nick's Series begins. Are you ready to follow him to wizard's medical school to see what happens when a white wizard with OCD has to tackle his studies?

Finally, I want to thank all the readers, bloggers, and reviewers who have supported me. (Thank you, Street Team!) There's more to come and I'm so glad you're on this journey with me!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Shawntelle's Nerdscape

Happy Monday, all!

Since I have so much spare time, *laughs hysterically*, I decided to have some fun and participate in Kevin Hearne's Nerdscape contest. To add to my nerdscape, I tapped into my house's nerdness. My undergrad was in mathematics (most expensive textbooks ever. Although the engineers had it pretty bad too.) and I have so many damn computer programming books, I dumped those suckers in there. Kevin had some lovely requirements that I needed to fill:

1) Action figures - transformer surrounded by Stratego pieces heading into battle check
2) Junk Food - Reese Pieces in epic word formation with two Hard Mike's Lemonades check
3) Books - Wow. I got a lot of books and that's just a drop in the bucket. Seriously. I didn't even add in my husband's medical school books.

So, behold is my nerdscape. And a simple pic wouldn't do. :D I went panorama, baby! It looks like the board jumped a bit when I used my camera, but hey, I got it all in. Just click on the image to see the whole thing in all its glor-eee!

Okay...time to clean all this up. Might as well open one of the Hard Mike's to get it done. *sigh*