Deliverance of the Damned

It’s Book Release Day for Deliverance of the Damned!

Deliverance of the DamnedIt’s finally here!

As you’re reading this, if you pre-ordered Deliverance of the Damned, it should already be waiting for you in your Kindle library.

If you’re new around here, or just haven’t been paying attention, Deliverance of the Damned is the oft-requested and long-awaited sequel to Dominion of the Damned and the second book in a planned trilogy (the third of which is already underway). And it’s out in the world today!

You can head here to buy a copy, or borrow it and read for free if you’re signed up to Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime.

I’ll post the book description below, but be warned that it contains spoilers for Dominion, which couldn’t be helped. If you haven’t yet read the first book and want to get in on this series from the beginning, head here to get Dominion of the Damned for the Kindle for only 99 cents (it’s also available in paperback and audio).

Don’t have a Kindle? No worries! You can head here to download a free Kindle app for your phone or computer and read Kindle books to your heart’s content (I actually prefer the Kindle app on my phone to my Kindle device). Not an e-book person? Hang tight — the paperback version of Deliverance is coming soon.

All right, enough housekeeping! On to the description!

Here’s the spoiler-free, tl;dr summary:

This second installment in the Trilogy of the Damned series continues the fast-paced thrill-ride through a post-apocalyptic zombie wasteland begun in Dominion of the Damned, in which the remaining humans find themselves imprisoned and ruled by a powerful race of vampires intent on the survival of their only food supply.

Here’s the full back cover copy:

“So what happens now?”

“Now? Now we go change the world.”

Alek Konstantin sounded so certain. But Hannah Jordan, changed forever by the events of Dominion of the Damned, doesn’t share his certainty.

No longer fully human, not quite fully vampire, Hannah hovers somewhere in between, something new, the next level of evolution that could save humanity and vampire-kind alike — or lead to their destruction, more assuredly than the zombie plague that started it all.

Within her veins lies both an antiserum against the plague and a cure for vampirism — and there are those who would fight and kill both to attain the cure and to destroy it. As they gather allies and assess their enemies, it’s impossible for Hannah and Alek to be sure which side anyone is on.

Hannah only knows one thing for certain — that her love for Alek, also altered by her blood, and for her infant brother Noah, means she’ll do whatever it takes to protect them, and to make the world habitable again, a safe place where she and Alek can raise Noah in peace — if they manage to survive.

There are causes worth dying for, and there are causes worth living for. Hannah finds herself caught between the two.

Order your copy of Deliverance of the Damned today.

And happy reading!

Women's Work by Jean Marie Bauhaus

New Release: Women’s Work

Women's Work by Jean Marie Bauhaus

My first new release of 2019 is out and available pretty much everywhere e-books are sold!

Women’s Work is a short story duo featuring two tough heroines that have captured my imagination, and I hope they’ll also capture yours. Here’s the official description:

A woman’s work is never done, and rarely is it easy — a sentiment that’s keenly felt in these two quick tales of urban fantasy and horror from Jean Marie Bauhaus.

In The Box, retired monster slayer turned single mom Keely Brewster hides out in a small town where she hopes to raise her little girl in peace. But leaving her old life behind proves harder than expected when a mysterious package shows up on her front step.

In Night Driving, Mae always loved driving at night. But this particular drive might be one of the most important of her life. And for her violent husband, it might be the last.

Enjoy these haunting creations from the mind that brought you Eucha Falls, Midnight Snacks and the Restless Spirits series.

Click here to get your copy!

It’s Release Day for Kindred Spirits!

Happy Launch Day! Kindred Spirits is finally here! This post contains all of the links you could possibly want pertaining to this book:

Here are all of the links to buy your copy.

Here are all of the reviews on Goodreads.

Here are all of the excerpts that were posted to get you started: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3

And! I’m over on John Scalzi’s blog, the Whatever, talking about the Big Idea behind this book! Head here to read it!

Here are all of the links to buy Restless Spirits, the first book in this series, if you’re inclined to do so.

And here, once again, is the book trailer for Kindred Spirits.

 

Y’know, it was not even two years ago that I thought this day would never come. So I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty stoked that it’s finally here. I’m going to take the day to celebrate, and the weekend to rest up, and then it’s back to work on Book 3.

Today’s the Day! Love Letter is Here!

loveletter-1400x2100Restless Spirits: Love Letter (the updated version from Vinspire Publishing) officially launches today! If you pre-ordered it it should have been delivered to your e-reader overnight, so sync up your devices and make sure it’s there. And if you haven’t ordered it yet, head here to see all the places where it’s available.

In this standalone novelette set one year following the events of Restless Spirits, sisters Ron and Chris Wilson find a new challenge when a tortured spirit suddenly appears in the house Ron is haunting alongside her ghostly paramour, Joe.

After paranormal investigator and medium Chris Wilson buys an antique desk for her new office in the renovated house she shares with Ron and Joe, Ron discovers the desk came with an unexpected bonus: a failed author who died of a heart attack in the middle of a nasty argument with his wife over that very desk.

With Chris’s help, can Ron and Joe help this tortured spirit make contact with his wife and find the peace he needs to move on to his final rest? Or will they be stuck sharing their home — and Ron’s ghost-writing space — for the foreseeable future?

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Frequently Asked Questions

(Or rather, questions I made up that I imagine some people might be wondering about)

Q: Is this the sequel you’ve been working on and talking about forever?

A: No. This is a novelette-length (a little under 10,000 words) short piece I wrote to promote the Kickstarter campaign I ran to garner interest in a sequel back in 2015. It’s set about a year after the events of Restless Spirits, so it can be considered a mini-sequel. The full, novel-length sequel, Kindred Spirits, is recently completed and will likely come out later this year.

Q: Do I need to read Restless Spirits before I can follow this story?

A: Nope. This is a stand-alone. You don’t need to have read Restless Spirits in order to understand what’s going on, nor will you need to have read Love Letter in order to keep up with Kindred Spirits. Of course, reading them all in order will fill in some small blanks and provide a richer experience, but it’s not necessary. If you want to check out this shorter story to decide whether this series might be up your alley, it’s not a bad starting place.

Q: Where does Love Letter fit in to the series timeline?

A: Love Letter bridges the gap between Restless Spirits and the forthcoming sequel, Kindred Spirits.

Q: Restless Spirits is available in paperback. Why is Love Letter only available as an e-book?

A: Because it’s under 10,000 words in length. That would be a pretty thin paperback.

Got any other questions? Fire away in the comments!

Restless Spirits 2 is off to the publisher – AND it has a title!

At long, long last, I’m pleased to tell you that the full-length sequel to Restless Spirits that I spent all last year (and then some) working on is FINALLY finished and turned in to my publisher. No word yet on when they plan to release it, but I’m guessing we’ll be looking at another Halloween-adjacent launch.

Of course I had to give it a real title before turning it in. After a lot of deliberation and highly scientific online polling, I settled on Kindred Spirits. That’s not officially official until my editor approves it, but seeing as how I believe that was one of her suggestions back when she rejected calling it “Ghost of a Chance,” I feel pretty good about its chances of survival.

Stay tuned to this space over the coming months (or better yet, head here to sign up to my newsletter) for updates on things like an official release date announcement, excerpts and the eventual cover reveal!

And don’t forget — the mini-sequel novella, Love Letter, set about a year after the events of Restless Spirits, comes out next Tuesday! Head here to pre-order your copy!

Love Letter: A Restless Spirits Novella by Jean Marie Bauhaus

 

Restless Spirits: Love Letter Available to Pre-Order!

loveletter-1400x2100Good news, ghost fans! Love Letter, my mini-sequel to Restless Spirits, is available to pre-order!

In this standalone novelette set one year following the events of Restless Spirits, sisters Ron and Chris Wilson find a new challenge when a tortured spirit suddenly appears in the house Ron is haunting alongside her ghostly paramour, Joe.

After paranormal investigator and medium Chris Wilson buys an antique desk for her new office in the renovated house she shares with Ron and Joe, Ron discovers the desk came with an unexpected bonus: a failed author who died of a heart attack in the middle of a nasty argument with his wife over that very desk.

With Chris’s help, can Ron and Joe help this tortured spirit make contact with his wife and find the peace he needs to move on to his final rest? Or will they be stuck sharing their home — and Ron’s ghost-writing space — for the foreseeable future?

Pre-order Love Letter so it will be automatically sent to your device as soon as it launches on January 31st! Click here to get it for Kindle, or click here to get it for your Epub device!

Haven’t read Restless Spirits yet? Here’s where you can get a copy!

 

Happy Book Launch Day – Restless Spirits Now Available!

rs-launch-dayHappy Halloween, readers! What makes this Halloween extra-special is that it’s also Book Launch Day! Today’s the day–Restless Spirits is officially out in the world again in it’s new incarnation! Click here for all of the order links.

If you prefer to buy it from a physical bookstore, I’m not aware of anyplace that’s carrying it yet, but it should be available for special order if you request it–and doing so will help make it easier for my publisher and I to get it into physical bookstores. You can also put in a request for it at your local library.

And don’t forget, you can join me tomorrow night (that’s November 1st) at from 5 PM to 8PM Central for my Facebook Launch Party!

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Hope to see you there!

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5 days till Restless Spirits! Here’s one more excerpt!

rs-5daysEnjoy this last excerpt from my newest release, Restless Spirits, coming in 5 days from Vinspire Publishing! Click here to pre-order!

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Yeah, that’s great. So, what do you know about Burning Man?”

That lawless hippie orgy out there in Nevada?” asked Ed. “My daughter wanted to run off to that with her good-for-nothing friends the year before I died. I told her if she went not to bother coming back home.”

Uh…yeah. Not that. I’m talking about a walking burn victim. Or at least the ghost of one. I ran smack into him in the mystery hall. Hey, did you guys know this house has a third floor?”

Lilly and Ed both looked at me, then at each other.

You guys have no idea what I’m talking about, do you?”

Ed waved me off grumpily and headed back to his milk crate. Lilly faced me and smiled sweetly. “I remember it’s really hard in the beginning. Your mind can play tricks on you—”

You mean in, what, seventy-five years in this house, you’ve never seen this giant walking blister?”

I could tell by her face that she wanted to tell me yes, but she shook her head no instead.

I sighed, deflated. Great. I wasn’t just a ghost. Apparently, I was a crazy ghost. “Figures,” I muttered. “Anyway, I guess it’s not really important. So what are you guys up to? I thought I heard music earlier.”

Oh! That was me!” Lilly’s smile could light up a room. She picked up her skirt and hurried over to a battered old suitcase propped open in a dusty corner. “Look what I found! It belonged to Ed’s grandpa.” She reached in and plucked at an old ukulele. “It only has two strings, but I can play simple songs.” With that she started to pluck out Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

My granddad had that old thing in the war.”

Which war?” I asked.

Spanish American. He used to talk about driving the Cuban girls wild with that thing, teaching ‘em how to hula dance.”

I wish I knew how to hula dance,” said Lilly dreamily, plucking absently at the strings.

I can teach you,” I told her. Not that I ever learned how to hula, but I’ve seen it enough times on television that I ought to be able to perform a close approximation.

Can you really?”

Sure! Come here.” I pointed at a spot beside me. “Now just do what I do,” I said as she joined me. “Shake your hips…and sway your arms like this…” I started humming Aloha ‘Oe and doing the best imitation I could of the hula girls I’d seen on that Hawaii episode of The Brady Bunch when I was kid. If it was good enough when I was eight, it was good enough now.

Lilly copied my movements and took up the humming until she broke into giggles. I laughed, too, my fright from before melting under her infectious joy.

You ask me, you girls are far too happy to be dead,” Ed grumped, but that only made us laugh harder.

Fine,” I told him. “We’ll leave you to your fortress of poutitude. Come on, Lilly. There’s more room to dance downstairs.” We were still giggling when we arrived in the empty dining room. “Ed can really stand to lighten up.”

I know,” said Lilly, still working out her hula moves. “He’s always so serious. All of the adults are. Except you. And sometimes Joe.” She improvised a little twirl. “My mama takes the cake, though. She most certainly would not approve of our dancing.” She gave her hips a rebellious shake and then asked, “Would you like me to teach you the Charleston?”

Sure, why not?”

The moves she showed me looked a little more complicated than my made up hula, but after a few tries, I started to get the hang of it. Soon, we were kicking up our heels like Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. I liked to think I was Donna.

Are there any other dances you can show me?” she asked once I’d mastered the Charleston.

Uh…well, there’s this.” I broke into the cabbage patch, singing something from Janet Jackson’s ‘eighties oeuvre as I busted my move. If the look on Lilly’s face wasn’t enough to start me laughing all over again, the juxtaposition of her 1930s Catholic schoolgirl look with such a cheesy, anachronistic dance move set me rolling. Lilly faltered and looked uncertain, but I managed to rein in my laughter long enough to assure her, “It’s not you, sweetie. It’s just a really stupid dance move.”

She stopped. She seemed to think about it a minute, then asked, “Can you show me how to dance like a Fly Girl?”

Like a…a what?”

A Fly Girl,” she said, then started gyrating with a certain amount of rhythm while singing the theme song to In Living Color.

Sorry, but I was more of a slam dancer when that was big, and trust me, you don’t want to learn slam dancing. Kinda pointless when you’re incorporeal anyway. How do you know about Fly Girls?”

I used to watch them on TV before Ed died and his children took all of his furniture away.”

I raised an eyebrow. “Ed was checking out the Fly Girls, huh? I wonder if JLo was his favorite. That old scamp.”

He didn’t watch it. He usually wasn’t home when it was on.”

You mean you turned it on yourself?”

She nodded, and sighed. “I used to love to watch television. I tried to do it when people weren’t home so I wouldn’t frighten them. When I first learned how to turn it on and change channels, I got carried away and scared Miss Martha half to death. She slept with all of her lights on that night. She moved away soon after that.” She looked up at the ceiling. “Ed was more understanding, though. He left the TV on for me at night, sometimes.” She gave a little shrug and went back to practicing her hula. “Right now, I’d just be happy if someone left a radio here.”

Yeah,” I said. “Then we could find an oldies station and I could teach you how to do the twist.” I twisted my hips back and forth to show her.

That looks a lot like your hula,” she said.

More like hula hoop,” I said. “Same principle.” She started to twist with me, and I did a ridiculous Chubby Checker imitation, and she started laughing again. I laughed too until I saw Joe standing in the doorway, watching us. “Meep! How long have you been there?”

Don’t stop on my account,” he said. “That’s some mighty fine dancing you ladies are doing.”

I rolled my eyes, but Lilly went up to Joe and held out a hand. “Dance with me, Joe!”

Never been much of a dancer,” he said, but as Lilly’s face fell, he stepped forward. “Guess I can give it a go. My ma made me learn how to waltz. Let’s see if I remember.” He held out his arms. Lilly positioned herself so that they were almost touching, and they started to move like that, awkwardly at first as Joe tried to remember the steps. Lilly giggled and looked almost as if this moment made up for her horrible, untimely death.

I smiled for her, but suddenly, I felt like a fifth wheel. I decided to slip out quietly and let them do their thing. I made it as far as the doorway when Lilly spun away from Joe. “Ron, wait! Joe, can you teach Ron to waltz?”

Oh, I don’t know, I don’t want to stop you guys’s fun—”

Well, I don’t know that I’m really good enough to teach anyone—”

We stopped as we realized we were both making excuses.

Don’t be silly, Joe,” said Lilly, “you’re a wonderful dancer! Ron, try it. It almost makes you feel alive.”

Joe and I looked at each other, and we both gave a resigned shrug. I went over to him and moved into his embrace, so to speak, and kept my gaze fixed on our feet as we started to move them in a basic square pattern. It was awkward and uncomfortable and, well, weird. Our hands hovered close to each other’s bodies without actually touching, except for when I stumbled. I felt a strange and not entirely unpleasant tingle whenever my essence bumped up against his. “So, this is waltzing,” I said lamely.

Not quite,” he said. “It might go better if you lift your head up and look at me.”

But then I can’t see what your feet are doing.”

Just…trust me,” he said, and I looked up and found his steel-gray eyes looking at me with such intensity that I flashed back to the burned monstrosity I had seen in the mystery hall. I shuddered as a chill went through me, but it was quickly displaced by the warm twinkle in his eye that set it apart from those pain-filled nightmare eyes. Not to mention the way they crinkled at the corners like George Clooney’s. “Something wrong?” he asked.

No. I…I’ve just never waltzed before.”

Well, you’re waltzing now,” he said, and I realized that I was moving in sync with him. My eyes widened with the realization, and the corner of his mouth quirked up into an amused smirk.

I guess I am,” I said, and Lilly began to hum. I lowered my gaze, but I didn’t pull away from him. I let him lead me around the dining room as long as he pleased.

There were some aspects of this afterlife that I could definitely get used to.

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Click here to pre-order your Restless Spirits e-book. Paperbacks will be available to order on October 31st from Amazon and other major book retailers!

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Now Available! Restless Spirits: Love Letter

Restless Spirits: Love LetterRestless Spirits: Love Letter, the mini-sequel to Restless Spirits, officially launches today — and it’s FREE for the Kindle! Get it here!

Not sure? Here’s the description:

In this standalone novelette set one year following the events of Restless Spirits, sisters Ron and Chris Wilson find a new challenge when a tortured spirit suddenly appears in the house Ron is haunting alongside her ghostly paramour, Joe.

After paranormal investigator and medium Chris Wilson buys an antique desk for her new office in the renovated house she shares with Ron and Joe, Ron discovers the desk came with an unexpected bonus: a failed author who died of a heart attack in the middle of a nasty argument with his wife over that very desk.

With Chris’s help, can Ron and Joe help this tortured spirit make contact with his wife and find the peace he needs to move on to his final rest? Or will they be stuck sharing their home — and Ron’s writing space — for the foreseeable future?

Prefer Epub? It’s also currently free to download from these retailers:

Barnes & Noble
iTunes
Kobo
Scribd
Oyster
Inktera

…and international readers can also find it free on Tolino.

Happy reading!

Launching Today! Read Eucha Falls for 99 Cents

Eucha Falls coverQuick update to let everyone know that Eucha Falls is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It’s a short story on the longer side coming in at just under 10,000 words (Amazon says that translate to 39 pages of print, but that’s irrelevant in an e-book).

Here’s the official description:

A year following her brother’s mysterious disappearance, Melanie Fisher is determined to get answers. Her quest takes her to the site of an abandoned amusement park, where she finds a lost video camera containing evidence that her brother was losing his mind. As she digs deeper, she finds that the madness is catching. But is it really madness, or evidence of something much more real, and much more sinister than she could have ever imagined?