2018 releases

Hell's Bell
Scent of the Jaguar
His Outback Nanny
The Queen's Game
366 Days of Flash Fiction
On the Horizon: Simple worlds of speculative adventure
Lusting the Enemy

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

DarkSider News for November!



Twisted: Tango by Kim Cleary is part of the fairytale box set, Twisted Fairy Tales.
Nine paranormal romance tales take you to a magical world and leave you aching for more. 

Nine Melbourne authors bring you nine childhood fairytales, all with a sexy twist, a whole lot of love and angst thrown in. All stories are original and never before published, exclusive to this box-set. 

Queen of the Wolves: By Tamsin Baker. Based on Little Red Riding Hood. 

Twisted Tango: By Kim Cleary. Inspired by Rapunzel. 

Caught In: By Andra Ashe. Loosely based on The Little Mermaid and Selkie folklore 

Night of the Dragon: By Rita. H. Azar. Inspired by the tale of 'One thousand and one nights' 

Seductive Song: By Elvina Payet. Based on Siren Mythology and The Little Mermaid. 

Natural Awakening: By Sandra Carmel. Loosely based on Sleeping Beauty. 

Gold Touch: By Jess Devine. Based on the 'Midas Touch.' 

If the Shoe Fits: By Savannah Blaize. Inspired by Cinderella. 

Aladina: By Charmaine ross. Based on Alladin. 

All nine stories have sexy and romantic scenes that are recommended for adult audiences. 
Be swept away to worlds where the hero and heroine always find their happily ever after. 

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The Four Horsemen: Sinister and Tricked by LJ Swallow is part of The Halloween Episodes of The Four Horseman series and was released 27 October 2018.

Two Halloween episodes from the Four Horsemen series world bundled into one book.


The Four Horsemen and Vee prefer to keep away from the local village residents, but they’ve attracted unwanted attention from more the one

A group of teens from the village with a vendetta against Xander.
Amelie, the woman with an intense interest in the guys.
And Cinder, the strange black cat who has adopted Vee.

The Four Horsemen: Sinister is a special, standalone Halloween episode. This novella has a mystery to solve, a touch of horror, plus some time for fun and romance for Vee and her boys.

Also includes TRICKED (Halloween 2017 episode)

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Non spec-fic titles

Outback Hearts: Australian Romance is a box set which features  DarkSiders, Annie Seaton and S.E. Gilchrist.

Her Outback Playboy - Annie Seaton
Jenni McDougal’s family have worked hard to build their fishing and charter business in the remote coastal outback town of Second Chance Bay. Jake Jones, her childhood sweetheart, was once the poor boy from the wrong side of town. Jake knows that Jenni will always see him as a playboy, and can’t trust him, and his self confidence disappears when the town judges him on his past. Every time he tries to help her family business, she sees an ulterior motive. If Jenni can't trust him, what is there to keep Jake in Second Chance Bay? But can he leave the woman he loves a second time? 

The Cowboy's Gift - SE Gilchrist
Rosie Turner is done with denying her dreams and good-looking men who make her knees weak. To pay-off her two-timing ex-husband’s debts, she’ll sell Blackbird Tor, and set up a B&B to give her and her little boy financial independence.

Luke Williams is resolved to turn heavily mortgaged Flat Rock Station into a thriving property and bring a spark of life back into his dad’s tired eyes. But his options are limited. When Rosie and her son catapult into their lives, Luke’s father reveals the rumour of a rich opal seam located somewhere on Blackbird Tor. Problem is, Rosie and Luke aren’t the only ones desperate to find that seam.

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Daniel de Lorne and TJ Nichols will be part of DreamSpinner Press's 2018 Advent Anthology Delivery Package.  

Celebrating the end-of-year holidays doesn't always mean sleighs, snow, and snuggling to ward off the cold. How about making merry when it's just as warm (or hot) outside as inside romantic hearts? Twinkle lights in palm trees, unity cups on the sideboard, bonfires in the backyard, eggnog by the pool, and no chimneys to be found... just the warmest wishes of the holidays bringing lovers together around the world.

A huge part of the world celebrates end-of-the-year holidays that aren't anything like Bing Crosby's "White Christmas." In the southern hemisphere, it's not even winter!

Holiday reading fun! A story delivered automatically to your bookshelf each day in December. More than 400,000 words of romantic fiction in 31 stories that would sell individually for a total of $89.69. Buy the package early and save:

November - $49.99

*Sale of packages for daily delivery ends Nov. 25.

Beginning December 1, stories will be available individually as priced or as a bulk package for $89.69.

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Daniel's contribution to the advent anthology is The Faller.

Being caught with another man sends Charlie Young fleeing his family to the forests of southwestern Australia to scrape together steamer-passage to the big smoke of London. But life as a timber faller isn’t easy and it’s made worse when the men he works with are brash, bigoted, and often brutal. All except Jack Tapper, who’s the kind of gentle giant that sets Charlie’s heart racing.

While the other men head into town for Christmas, it’s just Charlie and Jack and acres of forest. But trees tell no tales and a few days alone is the perfect opportunity to indulge a bourgeoning passion. When the men return and find things not as they once were, Charlie and Jack have to make the hard decisions about whether to stay where they are or run for their lives.

Binding Blood by Daniel de Lorne is Book 3 the Bonds of Blood series. It is expected for release by Escape Publishing on 20 December.

The groundbreaking romantic horror trilogy, Bonds of Blood, comes to a thrilling conclusion with a story of loss, grief, and redemption.
Monsters don’t get to be heroes…

Betrayed by his brother and imprisoned in his sister’s dungeon, Olivier d’Arjou isn’t about to let a few chains get in his way. A vampire for six hundred years and a plague on his family for longer, he has no reason to hold back from wiping out the last of his family members and anyone who gets in his way. But first, he’ll need to break free.

When Oberon North, witch and survivor of one of Olivier’s most heinous crimes, comes seeking vengeance, it should be child’s play to bend the witch to his will. But Oberon comes with more power and resilience than Olivier expects and forces him to confront truths he’d rather avoid.

But Olivier’s inner conflict must take a backseat when he learns of his sister Aurelia’s plan to save the world from the demon Xadrak. A battle generations in the making, to succeed requires the ultimate sacrifice from both Olivier and his brother Thierry – and the last chance Olivier has to reclaim his humanity and a future he never thought possible.

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The Four Horsemen: Bright
 by LJ Swallow is a Christmas Episode of The Four Horseman series and was released 3 December 2018.

The Four Horsemen face Christmas, and the holiday season is a greater challenge than they expected. The parties are hell, the traditions confusing, and the angel they encounter isn’t the one Vee places on top of their Christmas tree.

Do you want to know what happens to the Four Horsemen and Vee after Reckoning? Their story continues in Bright, a Christmas themed book set in The Four Horsemen series world. Bright is the first in a new series of occasional episodes, which explore the fives' new future, new challenges, and their deeper connections as a group.

The events in Bright take place shortly after the end of Reckoning. The original series must be read first

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Non spec-fic titles

Not So Happily Ever After by Christina Phillips (Book 3 of British Bad Boys series) is expected to be released by Entangled Publishing on 19 November 2018.

Two years ago, I accidentally, yeah maybe on purpose, crossed that line with my best friend and it ruined everything. I haven't seen him much since.

But now he’s standing at my door.

Same lumberjack build. Same dark hair that begs my fingers to run through it. And then he gives me that half smile, and I know I’m about to agree to do something I’m going to regret.

I’ve got to spend two months with him now… and that’s not the worst part.

Each book in the British Bad Boys series is STANDALONE:
* Cinderella and the Geek
* Once Upon A Player
* Not So Happily Ever After

Pre-order from:
Amazon US | Amazon Aus |  iBooks | Kobo | B&N |


Dragon Wine (the complete series) by Donna Maree Hanson will be released on iBooks and Kobo.

Non spec-fic titles

What Were You Thinking Paige Taylor by Amanda Ashby is expected to be released by Entangled Publishing on 12 November.

After her carefully ordered world imploded, Paige Taylor cracks up. On her tenth self-help book, it seemed like a good idea at the time to reinvent herself––move from Manhattan to the tiny beachside town of St. Clair––and take over the local bookstore. 

But instead of discovering her spiritual Nirvana, she’s neck-deep in a floundering business, the locals treat her like a plague victim, and her mom’s suddenly decided to visit––with no end in sight––and keeps coming home with one surprise after the next. 

Added to that pot of crazy, the one guy who sets her pulse racing has sworn off women forever. He’s got a Samsonite filled with baggage, but damn he looks good hauling it down the street. And giving her those sexy half-smiles. And tempting her to take him for a test ride.

Soon Paige discovers that reinventing herself takes more than just a change of address and a pithy quote on Instagram. She needs to face the truth about her life, and that’s something she can’t do alone.

Mission: Her Security by Anna Hackett is Book 3 of the Team 52 series expected to be released on 13 November.

Hero: Former Navy SEAL and mountain man, Smith Creed
Heroine: Team 52 Las Vegas logistics manager Kinsey Beck
Artifact: Classified


Unforsaken by Cassie Laelyn is Book 1 of The Fallen Guardians series.

One choice: Save his soul... or her life?

​Hidden deep in the Snowy Mountains, lives a brotherhood of immortal Guardians, banished from the Heavens.

After centuries of exile, Head Guardian Raven can taste Hell. One wrong move could destroy his soul. When Fate assigns him a female mortal to protect, his forbidden desire becomes a distraction he can't afford. Giving in to temptation risks plummeting into the fiery pits of Hell, dragging her along with him.

Tayla Eason is on the run, escaping a horrific attack on her life. When she lands in the arms of the sexy, alluring man who saved her, the shadows of her past swiftly close in. But when Fate throws a twist, Tayla's forced to choose between saving Raven's soul or fleeing before the creatures strike again.

In an ultimate test of love, the two must battle against the almighty Fate. But will it be enough to save them both?


Bernadette Rowley will be at SupaNova Brisbane on the 9-11 November. 


Daniel de Lorne has a book trailer for his Bonds of Blood series.

Congratulations to all our DarkSiders!

Thanks for sharing in our news. Until next time....

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Darklight On ... Anna Hackett

Today's Darklight On is ... Anna Hackett

Welcome, Anna

How do you write so fast? 

I get asked this question quite a bit. I’m a prolific writer, and since I’ve been writing full-time, I’ve published a lot of books. It’s my job and I love it. 

But…I wasn’t born a fast writer. I had to work up to it and fine tune my process. I also don’t think of myself as a fast writer, but rather, a productive writer. If you think I sit at my laptop all day, you’d be wrong. A little bit every day really does add up. 

So, if you’ve been wanting to write a little faster, or get a bit more writing done each day, or just finish the darn book, here are a few of my tips for writing faster, better, smarter, and more productively. 

#1 Write what you love 

If you think you’ll get yourself to sit down every day and write lots of words while working on something that you don’t love, you’ll probably be making a hard path for yourself. You might be able to write a book or two, but the dreaded burn out will no doubt rear its head. Every book I write is packed full of the things I love: high-octane action, adventure, sexy romance, strong heroes, smart heroines, and often a whole lot of science fiction, sometimes a dash of ancient history and some treasure hunting. Don’t get me wrong, some days the words don’t flow and the writing feels tough, but there is never any doubt that I’m writing exactly what I love and that my story excites me. 

#2 Plotting 

Okay, so all authors know the old plotter versus pantser argument. Mention plotting, and some authors break out in a cold sweat. Mention sitting down at a blank page without a plan, and other authors will start to itch. I’m firmly in the middle – I do plot, but not exhaustively, and I give myself permission to go off map if that’s where my story takes me. For me, having at least a rough mud map of my story and the major turning points is vital to helping me write faster and be more productive. 

Another part to plotting is what I call scene notes. There is the big picture outline, but there are also the notes for each individual scene I am just about to write. These could be a few bullet points or for me, usually handwritten in my notebook, stream of consciousness-type notes (mine are generally a mess – sometimes sentences, or words, or notes about the action, maybe a bit of dialogue). All you need is a rough idea of what the high notes of your scene will be. 

#3 Writing Time 

Work out when your best writing time is. I’ve always been a night owl and was sure I wrote better at night, but then I experimented. Turns out, my most productive writing time is first thing in the morning. I sometimes (with a lot of grumbling) get up early to write, but mostly I write in the mornings after my kids are at school. Most days, I’m finished by lunch time. We get bombarded with a lot of stuff, jobs, and decisions during the day, so I find being creative at night difficult. BUT you need to experiment for yourself and find your most productive times. 

It is also important to be consistent. Some people write every day. Others write on the weekends. Whatever fits your schedule, find your writing time, block it out, and protect it. At that time, always sit down and write. 

#4 Build the Habit 

This one leads on from #3. It is so helpful to build a habit around your writing so when you sit down, your brain slides into writing mode as easily as possible. If you can write at the same time every day, that clearly helps build the habit. But if that isn’t always possible, there are other things and rituals you can do. For me, I usually drop my boys at school and head to the coffee shop. I always sit at the same table, facing the same direction and get the same pot of Earl Grey tea. I open my notebook or laptop and get to work. Some authors like to listen to music, some like to set a timer, some light a candle. It doesn’t matter what it is, just make it your habit. You then need to do it for a week or two to let the habit set. Once it does, it can make your writing so much easier and more productive. 

#5 The One Thing and eating the frog 

Apparently, Mark Twain once said “If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning.” Whatever the hardest or most important thing is to get done each day, get it done first. And there is a great book I love called The One Thing (by Keller and Papasan) -- what's the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary? 

For me, it is always my writing. I get it done as soon as I can, and if it is done everything else (emails, cover art, editing, responding to reader messages) falls into place. Later in the day when my brain is fried, I can respond to emails or proof listen to audio samples, or ponder the cover for my next book. Get your One Thing done first, eat that frog, then you can worry about all the other writing-related things you need to do.


Anna is a USA Today bestselling author who's passionate about action romance. She loves stories that combine the thrill of falling in love with the excitement of action, danger and adventure. She writes about people overcoming unbeatable odds and achieving seemingly impossible goals. She likes to believe it’s possible for all of us to do the same. Anna’s bestselling series include Galactic Gladiators, Team 52, Treasure Hunter Security, and Hell Squad. 

For more info on Anna and her action romances, visit her website: www.annahackettbooks.com

Anna’s latest release is the high-octane romantic suspense, Mission: Her Rescue, the second book in the series Team 52.

Thank you, Anna


Mission: Her Rescue 

When archeologist January’s plane is shot down over the Guatemalan jungle, she knows she’s being hunted for the invaluable Mayan artifacts she’s carrying. Only one man and his team can save her…the covert, black ops Team 52, and the distrusting former CIA operative who drives her crazy…

Dr. January James has a motto: live life to the fullest. A terrible incident in her past, where she lost both her mother and her innocence, taught her that. Now she spends her days on archeological digs doing the work she loves. When her team uncovers a pair of dangerous artifacts in an overgrown temple, she knows they need to be secured and safeguarded. But someone else knows about the artifacts…and will kill to get them.

Working for the CIA, Seth Lynch learned the hard way that people lie and will always stab you in the back. He has the scars to prove it. He lives for his work with Team 52—ensuring pieces of powerful ancient technology don’t fall into the wrong hands. When he learns that the feisty, independent archeologist who works his last nerve has died in a plane crash, he makes it his mission to discover who the hell is responsible.

Deep in the jungle, Seth rescues a very-much alive January and it is up to him to keep both her and the artifacts safe. Hunted from every side, their attraction is explosive and fiery, but with January’s life on the line, Seth must fight his own demons in order to rescue the woman he can no longer resist.

Buy Links:  Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon AU / Amazon Other

Connect with the Author: Website / Twitter / Facebook / Action Romance

Grab the first in my series free: Hell Squad: Marcus

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

DarkSiders Around the Web for October - Part 3

Join us as we whizz around the web...

On Sale

Forbidden (Book 1 of The Druid Chronicles) by Christina Phillips is FREE for a limited time only.

TJ Nichols is now on Instgram.

Blog Posts

C.M. also has has the first 100 words from:

JL Peridot shares a Fresh Find.

Keri Arthur features 2019 release Demon's Dance in her Six Sentence Sunday.

M.L. Tompsett was interviewed over at BookBabyz

Nicole Hurley-Moore talks This and That.

Lana Pecherczyk has done some artwork for fellow DarkSider, Anna Hackett for her Team 52 series. 

Thanks for joining us. 
Until next time, happy reading!

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

DarkSiders Around the Web for October: Part 2


On Sale

Under the Hood (Book 2 of Under the Law series) by Juanita Kees is on sale for a limited time only.


Lilliana Rose is part of October BookBub Gift Card Extravaganza Giveaway. You need to be a member of BookBub to enter.

Kindle Unlimited

Mary Brock Jones has The Hathe series in its last days on Kindle Unlimited. For your chance to read on this service, read by the 19th October (US time) before it becomes available again on other platforms.


Blog Posts

Eleni Konstantine  posts her reading for September.

C.M. Simpson has a September 2018 Overviewtalks October Goals, shares some poetry, talks about writing short stories.

C.M. also has has the first 100 words from:
- Harper and the Unicorn
- The Songster and the Pirates

C.M. has been busy with her fellow authors  The Expanding Universe, Volume 4 anthology.

Here's sneak peaks from Yudhanjaya Wijeratne & R.R. Virdi, Kevin McLaughlin, C.M. Simpson,

Mary Brock Jones has a review of Aftermath (Book 3 of the Hathe series) on Whiskey with My Book.

Mary also tells of how she finds books to read.

Anna Hackett has fellow Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 anthology author, Pauline Baird Jones on her blog.

JL Peridot was interviewed over on Romancing the Book including about her latest release, The Only Question that Matters.

JL also has an update on her WIP, Dragon's Den.

Keri Arthur features Cursed in her Six Sentence Sunday and Six Sentence Sunday Time.

Donna Maree Hanson has a self-publishing update.

Lilliana Rose invites you to get hooked on steampunk with an excerpt from her book, Change of Heart.

Juanita Kees talks about her covers for her series, Under the Law.


M. J. Scott talks about herself and her latest release, Wicked Games.

Website Updates

Pages updated on the website: Amanda Ashby and Rebekah Turner.