New Release: Beyond Death (The Witch of Meridian #1)

New Release: Beyond Death (The Witch of Meridian #1)

New Paranormal Series!

Well, gentle readers, it is finally here: Beyond Death (The Witch of Meridian #1). If you follow me on twitter you might have seen this book soft drop under a new pen name. In the month since its release, I’ve reavaluated whether or not I truly wanted to go with a new pen name and it turns out–I don’t. I like having all of my books here under my main name where you can find everything you’re looking to read. With that in mind, I’ve relaunched Beyond Death under my main name and I’m pleased to say there is ALSO a print edition available with this book. If you purchase the print edition be sure and download the ebook for free via Amazon Matchbook!

The Witch of Meridian Series


This brand new series began with a desire to write about the quirky small towns you find on the Olympic Peninsula in Western Washington. A couple of years ago I visited Port Townsend, WA with a friend of mine and instantly fell in love with the Victorian town’s charm and I knew I had to write about it–or if not it directly, than about a place inspired by Port Townsend. I also wanted to use my experience running a tea shop and bakery as the setting for my protagonist. Throw in a little magic, a little vampires, and everything else that goes bump in the night, and the Witch of Meridian Series was born.

This is my first series also featuring a female protagonist. I love writing M/M but as a demisexual woman, I’ve long desired to write a character who was also demisexual, which Miranda Ellison most definitely is–even if she hasn’t figured it out quite yet 😉 Unlike my previous novels, Beyond Death is much more focused on action and personal growth of the protagonist rather than on romance. If you’re looking for a cozy, genre-bending paranormal series in the same vein as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Teen Wolf, or the Sookie Stackhouse novels, I hope you’ll check out Beyond Death!

Blurb

“I’ve lived and worked and loved my entire life in Meridian. I always knew I’d die there too.”

Miranda Ellison has been the witch of Meridian–a tiny seaside town nestled at the tip of the Olympia Peninsula–for over a decade. Her life was everything a witch could want: quaint little emporium and tea shop business, engaged to her high school sweetheart, and a place in the magical community that awarded her the respect she knew she deserved. But all of that is ripped away from her one dark night, on a rain swept road, as fate tumbles Miranda into a world that looks familiar, but is anything but.

Now, surrounded by people familiar but distant, Miranda searches for a spell that will send her home to the people she loves. It might take ripping a hole in the fabric of reality, but she might just be willing to do it.

For fans of genre-bending fantasy set in small towns such as Charlaine Harris and Teen Wolf.

Available now on Amazon & Kindle Unlimited!

Lia’s Hearty Kale & Bulgar Winter Soup

Lia’s Hearty Kale & Bulgar Winter Soup

Lia’s Hearty Kale & Bulgar Winter Soup

Ingredients

1 large onion (white, yellow, sweet, anything but red)
4-5 cloves fresh garlic
1 Carrot
1 Sweet Potato
1 Parsnip
1 Potato (medium size, yellow)
5 kale leaves (thick stiff dark green variety or however much you want)
1 cup bulgur wheat
1 can cannellini beans
2 tbs butter
~2 tbs olive oil
4 cups stock (veggie or chicken)
4 cups water
1 tsp dried Italian Seasoning
1 tsp dried parsley
Salt to taste
Black pepper
½ tsp red chili flake

Instructions

Melt butter and heat olive oil in a soup pot or dutch oven. Dice onion and garlic. Cook onion on medium heat until translucent (do not burn or color too darkly), add garlic and continue cooking being careful not to burn the garlic. Chop the rest of the veggies (carrots, sweet potato, parsnip, and potato) into medium size chunks.

Once the onions are nice and soft add the veggies except the regular potatoes and continue cooking for 5-6 minutes. Add in the regular potatoes and cook for another minute.

Add water and stock and bring to a simmer. At this point add the Italian seasoning and parsley (you can add a bit more than 1 tsp of each, I just eyed it based on personal preference. Fresh parsley would have also been nice in this recipe). Once simmering reduce heat to medium or medium low, cover and cook the veggies for 20-25 minutes.

Clean and de-rib the kale (pull the leafy portion off the stiff center core, discard cores). Roughly chop to personal preference.

After 25 minutes max, stir everything to make sure its not sticking to the bottom, pour in the bulgur wheat (pearled barley would also make a nice substitute if you have that. Farrow might also be good though I haven’t tried it with that), add the chopped kale, and gentle stir in the drained can of beans. Reduce heat to medium low so that it’s still simmering but not to hot, cover and cook per your grain’s directions. For bulgur wheat i cooked it 12 minutes covered.

Give everything a nice stir, make sure nothing is stuck to the bottom of the pan, add the red pepper flake, fresh ground pepper (to taste, i probably put in 2-3 tsp of black pepper) and salt (to taste, I honestly don’t know how much i added here but don’t be too afraid of salt, it brings out all the flavors.).

You’re done, hearty winter soup ready to go!

If you use pearled barley that requires longer cooking time, for example 30 minutes to cook, go ahead and add it into the soup at the beginning when you add the stock and cook everything until it’s done OR cook the barley/grains separately and then add them after you’ve cooked the kale. 12 minutes in the pot was plenty of time to cook the kale and make it nice and chewy without being soggy or too stiff.

Makes 5-6 servings. Serve with crusty bread.

Death Days is Now Available!

Death Days is Now Available!

Are you ready to raise the dead?

Hello lovely readers, I just wanted to pop into your inbox and let you know that my latest novel DEATH DAYS is now live! If you already pre-ordered a copy then you will be able to download it to your kindle. If you didn’t preorder but are interested in checking it out (trust me it’s chock full of all sorts of paranormal creepy crawlies and Men With Feelings TM) then you can pick up a copy at Amazon or directly from the publisher NineStar Press.

As always, I hope you have a blast reading it and keep your eyes peeled this fall for the third and final book in the Profane Series!

Blurb

By day, Professor Nicholas Littman works as an itinerant professor at a small college in the Pacific Northwest. He teaches seminars on mythology and the intersections of folklore and magic in the ancient world. By night, he’s the local necromancer, a rare magical talent that has left him alienated from other practitioners.

All Nick wants from life is to be left alone to run his magical experiments and teach kids the historical context of magic without anyone being the wiser. Unfortunately, his family is sworn to sit on the council of the Order of the Green Book–a group of magicians dating back to the Crusades–and they aren’t willing to take Nick’s no for an answer.

As though that wasn’t bad enough, a coven of Night Women has arrived in town, warning Nick that there are wolves at his door he had better take care of. But what can one necromancer do when every natural and supernatural card seems stacked against him?

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Death Days is coming August 6th!

Death Days is coming August 6th!

Hello my lovelies, I’m coming to you today with some super rad news: my latest novel–an M/M paranormal romp through the suburban woods of the Pacific Northwest–is available for preorder! It will be available in print and ebook via NineStar Press on August 6th.

This novel was a passion project I wrote last summer and effectionately referred to as oly!necro!prof on my twitter if you follow me there. I wanted to write something new as a little breather between Profane #3 and Blood & Bone #4, something a little bit grimmer, a little darker, and I really wanted to write about a necromancer (you know, sometimes the urge just takes a girl 😉 ).

The result of that summer writing project was Death Days, which was accepted for publication by NineStar Press–a small boutique publisher who specializes in diverse LGBTQIA+ representation in fiction. It’s been an amazing experience working with NineStar on Death Days and I’m so exciting for all of you to read this new book!

New Series?

There has been some question about whether or not Death Days is a standalone or not. Currently, I am planning on it being at LEAST a trilogy, whether or not the rest of the books get picked up by the publisher remains to be seen (I have to write them first! xD) but I can assure you that this is the beginning of a new series that I will be faithfully working on while I write the last installment of The Profane Series.

In the meantime, be sure and check out the Preorder and happy reading!

xoxo, Lia

Blurb

By day, Professor Nicholas Littman works as an itinerant professor at a small college in the Pacific Northwest. He teaches seminars on mythology and the intersections of folklore and magic in the ancient world. By night, he’s the local necromancer, a rare magical talent that has left him alienated from other practitioners.

All Nick wants from life is to be left alone to run his magical experiments and teach kids the historical context of magic without anyone being the wiser. Unfortunately, his family is sworn to sit on the council of the Order of the Green Book—a group of magicians dating back to the Crusades—and they aren’t willing to take Nick’s no for an answer.

As though that wasn’t bad enough, a coven of Night Women has arrived in town, warning Nick that there are wolves at his door he had better take care of. But what can one necromancer do when every natural and supernatural card seems stacked against him?

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New Release: It’s Finally Here, Blood & Bone Book 4

New Release: It’s Finally Here, Blood & Bone Book 4

Check out the haunting conclusion to the Blood & Bone Series!

It’s finally here lovely readers, the long awaited sequel to The Symbiotic Law!

Writing the original trilogy was an amazing experience and I knew very shortly after publishing The Symbiotic Law that I had to write a follow-up story delving into the emotional fallout from that novel, but I’ll admit that it took me some time to be in a place where I felt that I *could* tackle that narrative. A Sanguine Solution is the result of several years carefully feeling my way through Ethan Ellison’s tangled emotions and I couldn’t be more pleased with the direction the story took.

Writing A Sanguine Solution this year has truly opened up so many new creative avenues and new plot threads in this universe that I’m excited to continue exploring. And while this will truly be the last book in the Blood & Bone series, I can say for certain that it won’t be the last story about these characters (but I’ll have more to say on that in the coming months ;))

For now, please enjoy Blood & Bone #4: A Sanguine Solution.

Blurb

How do you keep getting up in the morning when you can’t to look at yourself in the mirror?

Having returned to Seattle, Ethan Ellison would say that he’s trying to piece his life back together but who is he kidding? There’s no returning to life as he knew it, not after Ali’s revelation about their parentage. Now, Ethan’s haunted by personal ghosts and plagued by increasingly temperamental magic.

For Patrick Clanahan, returning to work should be easier than dealing with a mate who can’t stand his touch. But there’s nothing easy about a series of murders that all point to vampire activity in a city where there are no vampires. It’s bringing back to mind the murder of his last partner, slain by vampires a year before he met Ethan—as though Pat didn’t have enough to worry about.

Return to the world of Blood & Bone’s alternative supernatural Seattle, where Ethan and Patrick are about to face their darkest inner demons and scratch the lid on a cover-up bigger than either of them.

This novel picks up after the events of the original trilogy as well as Medium Rare (The Profane Series #1) and Vapor Trail (The Profane Series #2).

Available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.

ATTN: Book Reviewers (ARCs for B&B4 A Sanguine Solution)

ATTN: Book Reviewers (ARCs for B&B4 A Sanguine Solution)

Hello my lovelies! I wanted to write up a quick life update because things have been a little crazy out here in my neck of the woods and whenever life gets busy it has a habit of affecting book releases.

If you don’t follow me on twitter, I’ll start by saying that I’ve started working as a barista again for the holidays at a very busy starbucks. It’s a great opportunity to work with a lot of really cool people but it did come at a time when I’ve been struggling to balance so many creative projects. I’ve also been participating in NaNoWriMo, vlogging the first half of November, and finishing up edits on B&B #4. As I’ve mentioned here a few times, I’m intending to release Blood & Bone #4: A Sanguine Solution in the very near future. Originally I had hoped it would be out at the end of October but now we’re looking at “before Christmas.”

Since there’s a little bit more of a lead on the release, I thought I would take the opportunity to offer ARCs of B&B4 to interested book reviewers in exchange for an honest review after release. Seeing as this is the fourth book in a series in an extended universe, I do have a short little questionnaire for you to fill out to request an ARC if you’re interested:

>> https://goo.gl/forms/efMZ9UDCl3VnzPUK2

Copies should be made available sometime in the next two weeks, so please fill out the form and let me know before then!

Sneak Peak: Blood & Bone #4 – A Sanguine Solution 5/?

Sneak Peak: Blood & Bone #4 – A Sanguine Solution 5/?

The countdown to Book 4 continues this week with another snippet from B&B 4: A Sanguine Solution.

Read Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3 and Part 4.

B&B 3.5 Remainders, an f/f novella set during The Symbiotic Law is also now available through amazon!

Chapter 2b

Patrick

Pat met Sabira Mallory in the parking lot. She had a newspaper raised over her head to fend off the rain.

“I spent most of last night making phone calls,” she said.

Their trip to the club near yesterday’s body had been frustratingly fruitless. Despite Mallory’s assertion that someone would have to be on the premises to get ready for the evening’s crowd, they had been met with a quiet, locked building. Pat’s wolf senses had confirmed that there hadn’t been anyone home.

“Hopefully Lynch has a name for us,” he murmured, holding the door open for her.

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Sneak Peak: Blood & Bone #4 – A Sanguine Solution 4/?

Sneak Peak: Blood & Bone #4 – A Sanguine Solution 4/?

The countdown to Book 4 continues this week with another snippet from B&B 4: A Sanguine Solution.

Read Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3.

B&B 3.5 Remainders, an f/f novella set during The Symbiotic Law is also now available through amazon!

Chapter 2a

 

Ethan

Once upon a time, Ethan Ellison had been a simple man, doing a simple job for the Seattle Police Department, living an uncomplicated life. He had fucked whomever he wanted to fuck. Had drunk. Had danced. Had solved simple crimes involving petty people smart enough to abuse magic but dumb enough not to do it very well.

It was easy to see how that all fell apart; to track the moments he went awry. It began that morning Police Captain Jordan Augustas called him into her office to meet his temporary partner: Patrick Clanahan, werewolf, Major Crimes, kind of a dick but ultimately a decent sort of guy.

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Sneak Peak: Blood & Bone #4 – A Sanguine Solution 3/?

Sneak Peak: Blood & Bone #4 – A Sanguine Solution 3/?

The countdown to Book 4 continues this week with another snippet from B&B 4: A Sanguine Solution.

Read Part 1 and Part 2.

B&B 3.5 Remainders, an f/f novella set during The Symbiotic Law is also now available through amazon!

Chapter 1c

“Sorry,” the wolf muttered, though there wasn’t anything apologetic about his tone, only a hint of confusion and more bitterness than was probably healthy to hear in the voice of the man who claimed to be in love with you.

“Are you tired?” Pat asked. “Hungry? I could fix you something.”

“It’s too early for dinner.”

“I’ll start something,” he said, disappearing into the kitchen.

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