Happy Holidays!

First, a holiday wish ...

Hey gang! I've had so much to be thankful for this year. I've had stories published, made friends, have a loving family, afforded good health--and received lots of support and companionship from my blogging buddies. 

My mother and father taught me long ago that you're only as good as the company you keep. And though I'm certainly biased, I think I'm surrounded by some of the finest writers and bloggers out there.

For that reason, I sincerely hope that peace and love surround you this Season, and in 2013 may your goals be achieved, your dreams lived, and your hearts be full. Always.

Second, that publishing 'stuff' ... and something free

Speaking of stories published, my second is now available. You'll find all the details in the 'official announcement' below, but first ...

To celebrate the season of giving, the first book in the Moonsongs series, Blood Fugue, will be available for free on Amazon Christmas Day and the day after. If you haven't had a chance to read it, I'd be honored if you'd check it out. Here's the link. Again, it'll be free a week from today and yesterday.


~Description~

After receiving an ancient tribal journal from her grandfather, Jenny is sent on a mission of discovery in an attempt to unravel clues to her family's monster hunting past. The journey becomes more than academic when she is asked to confront a coven of dangerous witches who plan to cast an insidious spell on the plains of West Texas. 

Witch's Nocturne is the second of the Moonsongs Books, a series of New Adult, paranormal-horror-action novelettes--with a Texas twist--by author E.J. Wesley



~Excerpt~


My fingers tapped out an excited, tuneless rhythm on the steering wheel as I drove Beauty, my licorice black 4x4 truck, across town. Maybe the sudden change in the weather and the influx of warm, November sunshine brightened the gorgeous day and my spirits in equal measure. Or maybe, God help me, I was happy to be on my way to see Marshal again. Regardless, I couldn’t recall the last time a day held so much hope, like I’d been given a cheat code for infinite possibilities.

“How’s life?” Marshal asked, foisting himself into the cab of the truck.

He placed a brown, leather satchel between his feet on the floorboard. Marshal stared at me over the top of a pair of oversized, mirrored sunglasses. Combined with the plaid shorts, flip flops and pink polo shirt with a crocodile on it, he appeared to be beach ready. Or headed to a photo shoot for a store I wouldn’t be caught dead in.

“Fast.” I grinned and revved the engine.

He gave me a worried look, rushing to buckle his seatbelt. “You can’t afford another ticket.”

“Relax, Mr. Public Safety. I was kidding. Mostly. Where we headed?”

He patted the saddlebag between his legs. “I’ve gone through everything in here fifty times and have more questions than when I started. I wanted to go to the college library, try to learn more about your grandfather's tribe. Find some language books.” 
“So, we go to the library and learn about the tribe and the journal. Shouldn't be too hard. Texas is chock full of Native American history. I imagine there'll be lots of stuff on the Apache at a big university.”

Marshal shook his head, his spiky blond hair staying perfectly still.

“It won’t be that easy. Apache was a catchall term given to several tribes. They were nomads. Historians had a devil of a time trying to keep track of any one group—not to mention they weren't exactly friendly to outsiders. The name Apache was given to most of the warring, wandering tribes in the area.”

“Knew my cuddly personality couldn’t be all my own doing. How’ll we know which specific tribe Gramps belonged to?”

I turned onto the state highway that would lead us to Lubbock. It'd take us about an hour to get there, assuming there was no traffic. By traffic I meant some old farmer taking up both lanes of the highway with his tractor.

Marshal pulled the journal from the bag and flipped open the front cover. He held the book up, pointing to the inside corner.

“I think it's this.”

The word Navezgane had been branded into the leather.

“Cool. Wonder what it means?”

I started to make a joke about the word hopefully not translating to Squats-in-Woods or something. One glance at Marshal’s troubled face told me I was going to like the real name a lot less. 


“I looked it up online. The word means killer of monsters.


***

~Witch's Nocturne is available now~

Amazon     Smashwords (ePub & PDF)

***



~Blood Fugue, Moonsongs Book 1, is also available~

Amazon (Free to borrow for Amazon Prime members.)


(Note: These stories contain some language and content better suited for mature readers.)




31 comments:

  1. Thanks for the freebie EJ, I wrote it on my calendar so I'll be sure to download it. I'll tweet and FB, too.

    Also, how do I get on the sign up list to host you in February for your tour?

    Have a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wow, great clip and awesome Christmas message. It's an honor to know a great Texan writer like you E.J. Merry Christmas to you, your family and the chi's.

    ReplyDelete
  3. It's available now? Must buy! Enjoyed the first one.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Great excerpt! Also liked your message. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, too!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Merry Christmas to you! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Awesome that you're on Smashwords. Have a wonderful holiday, EJ!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Congrats E.J.!

    This is the COOLEST... TWO BOOKS in one year. ALL THE BEST AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Kept looking for a Like button. Good luck with everything!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Can't wait to read more of the story!
    Congrats, and Merry Christmas!!! :D

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hooray for you E.J.! Congratulations. Wishing you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and lots more writing success in 2013.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Congratulations EJ, love your excerpt, you've certainly got me hooked! Merry Christmas and enjoy the holidays! (:

    ReplyDelete
  12. Congratulations on all that you have accomplished this past year! Yeah! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! :) Happy writing in 2013.
    ~Stephanie

    ReplyDelete
  13. Well done on getting so much done this year. Here's to 2013. May it be even more blessed for you.

    And have a wonderful Christmas!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I'd love to check out your book! Sounds like a great read. I saw this on Alex and Carrie's blogs today. Happy Holidays to you and yours. See you in 2013!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I hope you have a wonderful holiday, and that next year brings you even better things. I'll mention that Blood Fugue is free Wed on my Wed post (assuming I have my days right and Tues is Christmas).

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

    ReplyDelete
  16. you book sounds amazing!!! merry christmas

    ReplyDelete
  17. What an awesome year you've had. And you know what? I "met" you in 2012, so that's pretty darn awesome. Merry Christmas, EJ!

    ReplyDelete
  18. EJ, congrats again! 2012 has been good for you and I love seeing you moving forward and taking charge of your career. A few years ago we were all trying to make it thru chapters with eth Weekly Chapter Exchange on WD. Seems like forever ago.
    May 2013 bring you much success and magic. Thanks for being a great friend and cheerleader. Merry Christmas to you and the Mrs. !!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Congrats EJ! You are amazing :D
    Happy Holidays to you and your lovely wife!
    ATB

    ReplyDelete
  20. Great excerpt! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have a fantastic new year!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Happy new year. Believe it or not, I can't buy your book cause I'm from Canada. Any ideas if there is a way around that? It happens to me a lot.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Happy New Year! I loved reading the excerpt!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Great excerpt! Happy New Year. Glad to be in your circle of friends.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Looks like a good read. Loved the excerpt.

    ReplyDelete

“Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.