It’s Friday, and that means we’ve got another delicious, fantastical story for you to consume this weekend! Zachariah Lars and the High Elf Mystery by Jonathan Lazar is a wild, witty, and gripping novella. You can purchase directly from us here!
Present Day: Saint Louis, Missouri, New World. Zachariah Lars—former Magi Police Officer turned Private Investigator—takes the cases that the Magi won’t touch. When Zachariah is visited by High Princess Mahtab of the African high elves, she tells him someone wants to assassinate her.
Zachariah must piece together the mystery of not only this stunningly beautiful African high elf, but also who is behind the assassination attempts on her life. He only has three days to accomplish the task. Mystery, intrigue, humor, magic, and foul language abound in this series by Jonathan M. Lazar.
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Jonathan Lazar was born in 1985 to the greatest generation that there is: the Nintendo Generation! The eldest of three male siblings, Jonathan is the only creative one. His brothers inherited the sports genes. Originally from the Chicago area, he has lived in Michigan, middle-of-nowhere Illinois, Saint Louis, and currently Tucson. When he’s not writing fantasy or science fiction; he draws, cooks, bakes, and stuffs his face full of sushi or pizza that he has made. He shares two Siamese cats with his husband, whom he met in college. Or rather – he would say – the Siamese cats (Ping and Pong) share them.
Continuing our month of romance and intrigue, It Starts with a Kiss by J.L. Peridot is out today!
We acquired this steamy, science fiction romance back in the summer of 2018. A year may seem like a long time for book production, but we used every day of it to create and market the final result. Now we’re launching it, and we need your help!
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Want to learn more about this amazing book and its author? Check out an interview between A.R. and Kyanite Publishing co-founder Sam Hendricks that took place on Twitter this past week (below)!
Sam: Where did you get the inspiration for Forgotten Storm?
A.R.: I’ve always been an avid reader of anything romance, but paranormal romance was my passion. Vampires in particular. Over the years, I felt the vampire mythology shifted. Vampires could walk in the sun, eat food, they couldn’t teleport or use persuasion. They stopped feeding on humans and some even sparkled. I itched to write stories depicting the vampires I fell in love with; strong Alpha males with all the weaknesses and strengths inherent to a vampire.
Did you outline Forgotten Storm before writing it, or did you “fly by the seat of your pants” and come up with the plot as you went?
I’m a huge proponent of outlining. Now, that’s not to say I stick to it once I start writing, but I need that framework or starting point. Once creativity starts flowing, and the characters become living breathing beings to me, they control the direction they wish to go. That certainly happened with Forgotten Storm. Nicole and Logan shaped every element of the story.
Early readers are saying this is super steamy, but it also has an action-packed, fully developed dark fantasy plot that appeals to non-romance readers, too. How did you balance the two?
I wanted Forgotten Storm to be about more than just sex. I wanted suspense, intrigue, surprises, appealing side characters. &, of course, sex. What would a PNR be without hot steamy sex, but I didn’t want it to drive the story. I wanted Nicole’s world to be substantial, her conflict real. I hope I achieved that.
The romance in Forgotten Storm is laced with themes of power, control, and submission. Tell us a little more about that, and how it defines the relationship between the main characters.
Wow. That’s a tough question. For Nicole, she used physical pain to control her emotional pain. It helped her deal with the chaos in her mind, the trauma of her past. She is a fierce, courageous, strong willed woman. A fighter. In her day to day life, she demands complete control. Except for this one area. But Logan teaches her there’s a beautiful balance between pain and pleasure when it’s with someone you love and trust. I strived to show this power play as strong, NOT weak. Because Nicole is anything but weak or submissive. I needed those elements to be depicted in an environment of love, passion, and strength.
Forgotten Storm is the first in a series. Without giving much away, can you tell us what to expect from the next book? Is it already written? What about the rest of the series?
Book 2 is already written, just going through its final polishing stages, but the main focus shifts to another couple present in Forgotten Storm. In fact, many characters continue on through the series. But… some don’t. Book 3 I’m currently writing, and book 4 plays through my mind constantly, demanding to be written. Without revealing too much, I think of all the books in this series, book 4 will be my most challenging to write.
What if we lived in a world where the government could assess your mental health, without any criminal activity or precursor, and commit you to a facility against your will? That’s the future Majanka Verstraete explores in Murder in Mind, led by a protagonist who’s been institutionalized after watching her parents murder. If you’re interested in science fiction, psychological thrillers, and/or dystopian futures, you may find yourself devouring this phenomenal story in one sitting.
You can purchase Murder in Mind directly from us, or from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or other online retailers. You can also request a copy at your local bookstore, you’ll just need the International Standard Book Number (ISBN). The hardcover ISBN is 978-1-949645-50-7 and the paperback ISBN is 978-1-949645-49-1.
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Our chat with Michael D. Nadeau, author of The Darkness Returns, A Lythinall Novel: Book One begins now! Thank you for hanging out with us on your big day! What else do you have planned to celebrate your release?
Michael: I’m having a book signing at my local Barnes and Noble (Manchester, NH) with some other authors (a lot more famous than myself I might add) and generally having a great day handing out coloring pages to kids there as well!
Us: That’s right! We wish we could be there to support you. We will be in spirit! 🙂
Michael: I could use a good couple of ghosts there with me to keep things light – LOL.
Us: Getting right into it, here’s a question submitted by Sam Hendricks. “The characters in The Darkness Returns are so real, and the world is so lived in, that at times I forgot I wasn’t really there with them. How long did it take you to build such a realistic world?”
Michael: I’ve been building worlds for so long in our weekly games that it just kind of happened without much thought. Steal a piece from this adventure, a castle from that one and it just fell into place. So really if you fall in love with Lythinall, you’re actually playing in all of our games and worlds reimagined in book form. Kind of surreal now that I think of it.
Us: That’s actually very surprising. Everything fits together so well, I would never have imagined it came together like that!
Michael: All I had to do was draw a rough map and it was like…”Oh yeah, I’ll use that piece here, and OH that story with the faeries I sent to my friend Kevin would fit there…”
Us: Your answers to that last question apply to this one as well, so maybe you can expand on it. This is a question submitted by one of your editors, B.K. Bass. “I know you’ve done a lot of tabletop roleplay gaming. How did that influence your writing and worldbuilding?”
Michael: It’s a huge influence. That’s how I started to tell stories after all. Once I started running games and realized I had to come up with details for the players I kind of found my little piece of heaven. It was like breathing clean air after living in smog. It was so much fun to create taverns and cities that sometimes that’s all we did, and when I learned to create Gods and pantheons, along with entire worlds…well let’s just say we went through our fair share of burning them down as well. And the fun part is that even my wife played. That’s who Shyi is in the beginning of the book. My beloved Shyi was her character. We had so much fun that writing just came as part of the deal. I started even writing short stories for my friends for gifts and such.
Us: That’s amazing. Speaking of characters, here’s a question submitted by another one of your editors, Sarah LaChance. ” If you had to pick only one of your characters to have a drink with, who would it be and why?”
Michael: Wow… Ok, I would have to say Karsis. Even though he is the personification of my oldest character, mixed with all the sarcasm I have bottled up inside of me at any three moments, I would love to just talk shop with him and see what trouble we could get into… epic.
Us: The Darkness Returns is the first novel in the series. Without giving away any spoilers, what’s next? Is the whole series already written? Do you have a plan for how many there will be? Will you ever open the world and let others write in it?
Michael: LOL! Well yes, the main story is all written so don’t worry I won’t let anyone hang. The next book is The Darkness Within where we see the rest of the Companions of Everknight and everyone meets in that great city. Then I have a set of short stories based on side characters and tertiary characters. explaining some of the little things in the other books. Then we move on to the finale, The Darkness Falls. War, bad guys, and a finish that gave me goosebumps and tears. I honestly can’t freaking wait for all of you to see it, and I have plans to pull a Star Wars thing. Go back and tell the companions stories and then jump back forward to the Kings messengers as well, maybe expand to the other nations around Lythinall.
*We’ll try and keep this updated as new questions are posted on Twitter (July 12th, 2019).
DK Marie: What inspired you to write The Darkness Returns?
Michael: Besides the role-playing? Well, I was telling a friend to find a job that included the things he liked to do and he turned it back on me saying that I haven’t done that. So I took a step back and said, “Shit he’s right.” So I decided to try my hand at a fully fledged story. Viola!
*Author Michael D. Nadeau will appear for a live interview on Twitter at 1:00 PM ET. Follow us there to read the transcript!
*Meet Michael and score a signed book at the Manchester, NH Barnes and Noble from 5-7pm! The event is also a benefit/book drive for the Manchester Public Library and will feature other authors.
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Our semi-annual sale continues today with 20% off pre-orders of The Darkness Returns by Michael D. Nadeau.
Our Collector’s Pass, a membership which grants unlimited access to all our eBooks throughout the twelve-month term — including The Darkness Returns — is still on sale through the 7th of July for only $39!
We’ll have a new one-day offer for you tomorrow. Until then, happy reading!
We’re almost halfway through 2019, and we’ve already published sixteen books. We’ve still got a long way to go before we close out the year, with seventeen new titles set to release between now and 2020. Check out our upcoming releases page for an updated list of what’s currently on our calendar through 2021!
To celebrate our authors, catalog, and customers, we’ve been hard at work developing new ways for readers to connect with our stories. We’ve recently launched a book club, hosted a series of author roundtables on Youtube, and started production on a few audiobooks. As time goes on, our goal is to solidify our place in the world of speculative fiction by continuing to adapt to the changing landscapes of web commerce and publishing. Our next offering is a great example of that!
Unlimited access to all the eBooks we’ve released so far, along with all the eBooks that release during the term
25% off all print orders
*Every book we’ve released and will release is available as an eBook
*When you purchase the pass, you’ll automatically be sent a login and a password to manage your account and downloads for the term
For a limited time, the Kyanite Collector’s Pass is on sale for only $39 for the year! If you purchase it today, by the time your membership is over you’ll have access to over 40 books! That’s less than a dollar per eBook, not to mention the 25% print order discount!
Other Sale Items
Our new Collector’s Pass isn’t the only item on sale. We’re also offering 20% off a different pre-order or new release each day. We’ll be announcing the featured book each morning on social media, and our website will reflect the sale price (no coupon necessary). If you aren’t on social media, the easiest way to keep up will be to check the shop page daily for new deals.
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Orders received after December 9th, 2019 may not arrive before the Christmas holiday. We apologize for the inconvenience! Dismiss