New Bundle! Here Be Trolls

When I think of all the trolls who walk the pages of my stories—as villains, as victims, or as heroes—I can only say…where has this bundle been? It’s about time!

I have enough books featuring trolls to make a bundle from them without any additional authors contributing!

However, the two chosen by the curator for Here Be Trolls are A Knot of Trolls and The Tally Master. So if you’ve been thinking about giving either of these a read, this is the bundle for you. Not only will you get my two, you’ll get 8 more besides. And some of those look particularly appealing.

The Changeling Troll by Leah Cutter (a novel) had me reading all the way to the end of the Look Inside on Amazon. I was tempted to click the buy button, instead of waiting for the bundle to release!

I always enjoy Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s short stories, so I’m eager to read her “Renn and the Little Men.” And “The Great Orc Cook-Off” by Stefon Mears looks like pure fun.

I could go on, but I’ll cut to the chase instead. Check out the blurbs below for the titles that especially caught my interest.

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Christine seeks solace in books. But after she loses a bet with her brother, she forces herself to leave the sanctuary of her fictional worlds for the real one.

She hates the bar scene—the noise, the music, the people. Until the impossible happens. Christine meets her identical twin. A twin she never knew about. A meeting that will make her question all she ever knew about herself and her family, as well as what it means to be human.

The first book in a new-adult, urban fantasy trilogy, The Changeling Troll puts a delightful new twist on the ugly duckling story.

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In the Wild West, gunslingers populate the legend of many a dime novel.

Renn knows her way around a gun—and a book—better than most of them, including her famous brother, who can credit his skills to Renn.

So, when the strange little men show up looking to hire her missing-in-action brother, Renn takes the job.

She soon realizes she’ll need every bit of her gun skills and book learning to finish it.
 
 

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What can you do when a fairy tale nightmare comes true?

Annie knows the troll is coming back for her and her sisters—and their children. But when she tries to convince her sisters that the danger they faced as children is on the hunt again, they can’t—or won’t—believe her.

She’s on her own.
 
 
 

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OLD MAGICK. NEW WORLD.

In 2017, little remains of magick save scattered, beleaguered pockets of magickal community and scholarship—and a vast, but rapidly decaying, heritage. How can any of it survive the pace of modern life?

As an agent of the Society for Magickal Heritage, Cordelia “Ves” Vesper has an important job: to track down and rescue endangered magickal creatures, artifacts, books and spells wherever they are to be found. It’s a duty that takes her the length and breadth of Britain, and frequently gets her into trouble. But somebody’s got to keep magick alive in the modern world, and Ves is determined to do whatever it takes.

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Orc clans rule the grasslands.

The Broken Tooth Clan stands mighty enough to make even the cursed elves hide in their Wailing Forest, but are they so stalwart as to triumph over the new threat rising beyond the woodlands?

Gorek, a fierce warrior of the Broken Tooth clan, has bested every enemy with the guts to face him in battle. But he’s an even better cook.

That’s fortunate, because the future of the Broken Tooth rests on Gorek’s cooking. First, he must gather the savoriest—and most dangerous—of ingredients.

“The Great Orc Cook-Off” is a rollicking fantasy adventure, set in a rich world you won’t want to leave. Fans of World of Warcraft and The Forgotten Realms, don’t miss this one!

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And here’s a bit about my own The Tally Master and A Knot of Trolls.

Only in exile can a fallen mage escape death. Where does he go when exile proves just as deadly?

Seven years ago, reeling from a curse in the wake of battle, Gael sought sanctuary and found it in a most perilous place. But the citadel of a troll warlord—haunt of the desperate and violent—proves a harsh refuge for a civilized mage.

The Tally Master is the gripping first book in the Gael & Keir series of fantasy mystery novels. If you like characters who seem to step right off the page, twisty plots, and vividly immersive worlds, then you’ll love this suspenseful tale of secrets, betrayal, and transcendence.

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A medieval lady stands in an ancient stone hallNorth-lands spellcasters who reach too boldly for power transform into trolls—grotesque villains wielding a potent magic and destined for madness.

A Knot of Trolls features seven of these evildoers, each pursuing a unique design for troubling their neighbors. Across the ages of the world, ordinary youths must rise to the challenges laid down by trolls. Destiny and hope lie in the balance.

Seven tales of magic and troll-mages.
 
 

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A reclusive young woman ventures out of her library to meet her identical twin, a twin she never knew about. How many more secrets lie in her past?

A fallen mage believes he’s reached sanctuary. But when three ingots vanish from the vault he protects for a troll warlord, his search for the thief once again thrusts him in harm’s way.

A troll shaman calls from her deathbed, sending her heiress on a quest to return their people’s magical gemstone to its place of origin. If she succeeds, she becomes the leader of her tribe. If she fails, there will be no tribe to lead.

A wise old auntie and her kin must defend their remote homestead against a marauding troll of old, a fearsome beast bearing great fangs and claws—and gripped by a hunger for human flesh.

An agent of the Society for Magickal Heritage must find the source of an occult disease decimating Britain’s troll enclaves—and fix it. Simple in theory, tricky in practice, for the only place that might hold the information she needs is the ancient and inconveniently lost enclave of Farringale…

A princess faces war on two fronts: demons outside in the forest and hidden enemies in the caves of home. If she loses either battle, everything is lost, even though she’s a badass warrior troll.

From nightmare monsters who enjoy dining on children to spiritual mystics in tune with the natural world, from gritty champions to peculiar cooks, from shy hermits to paladin mages—greenskins, trolls, and orcs feature as heroes or as villains in these 10 tales of magic, myth, and mayhem.

The Changeling Troll by Leah Cutter
“Renn and the Little Men” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
The Tally Master by J.M. Ney-Grimm
The Stolen Tower by A. L. Butcher
“Troll Country” by Marcelle Dubé
The Road to Farringale by Charlotte E. English
“The Meat Shield” by Blaze Ward
“The Great Orc Cook-Off” by Stefon Mears
A Knot of Trolls by J.M. Ney-Grimm
The Troll-Troll War by Leah Cutter

The Here Be Trolls bundle is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes, or direct from the BundleRabbit site.

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For more bundles with my stories in them, see:
Here Be Elves
Here Be Magic
Eclectica
Here Be Unicorns
Here Be Merfolk
Here Be Fairies
Here Be Dragons
Immortals

 

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Released! Mythic Tales Boxed Set

I had so much fun creating a boxed set in December that I’ve created another. 😀

Caught in Amber, Blood Silver, and Fate’s Door are now available in a Mythic Tales boxed set. The set costs $4 less than buying the books separately, so it’s a good deal, too.

Fantasy mixed with history—bright, ancient, and vivid. Three novels.
 
 

Caught in Amber

When young Fae awakens in a locked and deserted castle, she remembers nothing. Who she is, where she comes from, none of it.

A mythic tale of family and betrayal told with all the twists and moments of sheer joy that J.M. Ney-Grimm brings to epic fantasy.

Blood Silver

In a mythical Ireland that never was, mortal villages perch all unknowing beside enchanted knolls. Beneath them dwell the cruel and capricious faie folk.

Tahaern, a faie warrior by birth but not in spirit, eschews his vicious origins. Loving the bright world, he serves a mortal village as healer.

But when the faie declare war upon their neighbors, Tahaern must again take up his sword…

Fate’s Door

Secrets, like troubles, come in threes. Nerine, a sea nymph of the ancient world, knows too much about both.

When the dawns visions in the Well of Destiny show Nerine’s lover—shipwrecked and drowning—all her renounced yearning for him rises anew.

Somehow—this day, this morning, this time—Nerine must subvert destiny or lose the companion of her heart forever.

Love and coming of age in a mythic Mediterranean where the gods and goddesses of old shape history.

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Free on Smashwords

The hatches are battened down here at Casa Ney-Grimm, and so far we are healthy and safe.

Since my husband sits squarely in 3 risk categories, hunkering down is a high priority for us!

Of course, the entire country and much of the world are sheltering in place just like we are. Which means we all need new books to help mitigate the cabin fever. 😀

So I’m participating in the sitewide sale on Smashwords especially to provide some reads for lovers of the fantasy genre.

Note: The sale ends April 20.

All of my short works and one novel—The Tally Master—are free.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Most of my novels and novellas are 60% off.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Curl up with a good book and read!

 
 

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Now Solo! Tales of Old Giralliya

Tales of Old Giralliya is a small collection of fairy tales from my North-lands.

I released it first in the book bundle Might Have Been, with a promise that I’d make the collection available solo in a few months.

I’m delighted to announce that I’m now able to redeem that promise.

Tales of Old Giralliya is here as its own ebook and as a paperback. Its cover art is by John William Waterhouse, an artist strongly influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites. (I love the works of the Pre-Raphaelites!) 😀

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A troll-mage rains death upon the land from his citadel in the sky. Who—if anyone—can defeat him? Despite the oracle’s prophecy, few believe the beggar’s son might be the people’s champion.

A magical plague infests the villages, the cities, and the lonely manors. Will the realm descend into ruin before a cure is found? Or could wizened, old Eliya convince the stricken that something improbable might save them all?

Three ducal brothers fight for the rule of their duchy, crushing fields and hamlets under their chariot wheels. Can young Andraia, kidnapped from her village, bring the destructive struggle to an end?

Instead of Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, or the Pied Piper of Hamelin, the Giralliyan Empire has Ravessa’s Ride, the Thricely Odd Troll, the Kite Climber, and more. Tales of Old Giralliya presents six of these fresh, new fairy tales for your enjoyment.

Adventure and magic in the tradition of The Red Fairy Book and the Tales of the Brothers Grimm.

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Now Solo! The Hunt of the Unicorn

Nearly a year ago, my short story “The Hunt of the Unicorn” released in the bundle called Here Be Unicorns.

I promised that I’d also release it solo in a few months—maybe three or four. Then life intervened.

I had oral surgery, part 1 and part 2. My husband’s position at his workplace was eliminated. My children started the college application process, which proved to be much more demanding of the parents than I’d ever imagined. And, and, and. 😉

But now, at last, “The Hunt of the Unicorn” is available within its own cover—with amazing art from the 1500s—in both ebook and paperback form. I’m thrilled.

Go check the Look Inside! I think I’ve developed an unusual twist on the medieval fable of the unicorn. I’m curious what you’ll think.

Heal a wound. Purify poison. Reveal truth amidst falsehood.

He would be king one day, and called as king to be wise for his people. But wisdom—and kindness—no longer come to him.

Brychan, princess in a corner of a Wales that never was, requires a unicorn’s horn to mend what is broken within him.

The ancient fables speak of unicorn miracles, but if she finds the magical beast of fable, will the powers of his horn prove to be living truth? Or lying legend?

 

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New Bundle! Here Be Elves

I’ve been longing for this one for ages. It stayed stuck in the planning stages for nearly a year. But here it is at last!

I’ve already devoured and enjoyed both of the Rusch stories. I plan to dive into Kirwan’s Son by Marcelle Dubé next.

A shapeshifter who spies for the fey conquerors of the mortal world fights her urge to help an oppressed human child. Her duty points one way. Her inclination, another. How will she choose?

The only elf able to stand in for the big guy—Santa himself, away on sabbatical—can’t be found. His cohorts hire an elf PI plus partner—Diz and Dee—to track down the necessary missing fellow.

A faie knight, banished from the realm under the knowe, loves the bright world and the mortals who dwell there. But the faie king wants his knight back, and he prefers tricks and cheats for tactics.

A healer mage discovers a young man dying of fey magic on the steps of her perfume shop. Battling the fairy queen to save him puts her heart at risk.

Celtic elves, dangerous and beautiful. Scandinavian elves, mischievous pranksters. Norse elves, warriors and consorts to the gods. Santa’s elves, practical and plucky. The Fair Folk beguile imagination with their mystery, allure, and hints of madness.

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Written as a prequel to Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s popular Fey saga, “Destiny” follows the Shapeshifter Solanda on Nye.

The Black King wants her to use her special abilities on a job that will change the Fey forever.

But Solanda wants to change the life of one child. Can she do both? Or should she do nothing at all?
 
 
 
 

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Christmas comes early for private investigator Dee and her partner, the grumpy but drop-dead gorgeous elf Diz, when Santa’s elves hire Diz and Dee to find Santa’s missing stand in.

Santa’s taken a sabbatical, and only one elf at the North Pole can fill the big man’s shoes.

An elf who’d rather make his mark in the real world than spend one more holiday in Santa’s sleigh.
 
 
 

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A roadside rest stop—crossroads of the modern world. Where the barriers between worlds run thin. Where travelers may wander into Faerie.

Lex Frisk, fleeing from heartbreak. On the road for thirty hours. Lex needs to stretch his legs. Find some coffee. Instead he finds a beautiful stranger…

…and an unbelievable party.
 
 
 
 

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Where two worlds meet, the jealous eyes of a Faerie King peer from the darkness as he gathers a slave army of subjugation. Set against him and his dark horde is:

• Bill Strike, a naive, girl-shy youth with exploding hands
• the girl he’s shy of
• three witches
• and a pioneer of chicken-powered aviation.

For fans of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld or The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

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In a world of tortured tree nymphs and madness, the Fey king needs only one Kirwan, the eldest son, to save the trapped Fey, but all four Kirwans become pawns in the struggle for power between Seelie and Unseelie.

The Kirwans will risk everything—love, honor, and life—in the name of an oath taken centuries earlier.

But will it be at the cost of spreading the Fey war to their own world?
 
 

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Punishments for elven crimes vary. So, when Rolf finds himself serving time as a toy on a mantel during the Christmas season, Rolf figures he got off easy.

But when a lonely child asks him to deliver a message to Santa, he realizes his rehabilitation comes with a price—one he might not be prepared to pay.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Finding an unconscious man on the steps of her magical perfume shop is just the beginning of Seattle sorceress Avery Starling’s troubles.

She’s drawn to Braxtan Rhodes, a handsome and intriguing young man who reeks of a strange dark magic that is slowly killing him.

Pushing her healing air magic to its limits, Avery puts her heart on the line to battle a powerful Fey queen for Braxtan’s soul.
 
 

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Here Be Elves also includes my own Blood Silver.

In a mythical Ireland that never was, mortal villages perch all unknowing beside enchanted knolls. Beneath them dwell the cruel and capricious faie folk.

Tahaern, a faie warrior by birth but not in spirit, eschews his vicious origins. Loving the bright world, he serves a mortal village as healer.

But when the faie declare war upon their neighbors, Tahaern must again take up his sword…
 
 

Consort with the fey in the 13 tales of Here Be Elves—magic, myth, and mayhem await you.

“Destiny” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“The Case of the Missing Elf” by Annie Reed
“Hidden in Mist” by Chrissy Wissler
“Forty Years Among the Elves” by Stefon Mears
Myths and Magic by Kevin Partner
The Shining Citadel by A. L. Butcher
Kirwan’s Son by Marcelle Dube
Blood Silver by J.M. Ney-Grimm
“By the Chimney With Care” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Jar of Souls” by Lisa Silverthorne
Hidden in Myth by Chrissy Wissler
“The Merchant of Elves” by Robert Jeschonek
Elf Saga: Doomsday by Joseph Robert Lewis

The Here Be Elves bundle is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes, or direct from the BundleRabbit site.

 

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Tally’s Last Day

Let me give you a head’s up. Tomorrow, the ebook edition of The Tally Master will go back to its regular price of $4.99.

If you want to snap up your copy for just 99 cents, today’s the day for it.

Seven years ago, reeling from a curse in the wake of battle, Gael sought sanctuary and found it in a most perilous place. But the citadel of a troll warlord—haunt of the desperate and violent—proves a harsh refuge for a civilized mage.

Set in the Bronze Age of the North-lands, The Tally Master brings mystery and secrets to epic fantasy in a suspenseful tale of betrayal and redemption.

 

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Newly Released! Sovereign Night

Join Gael and Keir on their hunt
for the lodestone…

My new novel, Sovereign Night, is out!

Something’s far wrong in Hantida.

Reavers comb the streets of the river city by night, crashing gauntleted fists on a residence gate or a workshop door, and taking . . . a child, a grandmother, or some sleeper who thought himself safe.

Gael and Keir—newly arrived in Hantida on a quest for healing—must penetrate the rotten core of secrets, intrigue, and conspiracy fueling the abductions.

Sovereign Night is the sequel to The Tally Master. If you’ve not yet read Tally, you can pick up a digital copy on sale for 99 cents. I’m discounting it for a week to celebrate Sovereign’s release.

Both books are available as ebooks and as trade paperbacks.
Global link to The Tally Master
Global link to Sovereign Night

Go check out the Look Insides! 😀

 

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Listen and Cheer!

I have exciting news.

My friend Laura Montgomery, science fiction author extraordinaire, has been picked up by Podium Audio.

Who is Podium Audio?

They create some of the best audiobooks available. Their production values are high. They employ some of the best loved and most in-demand narrators out there. They produced the audiobook edition of The Martian!

The fact that they want Laura is big!

So how did it come to pass that Podium connected with her?

Someone at Podium reads a lot of science fiction and fantasy, and that someone read Laura’s Waking Late series. He loved it! From there, the rest is history. 😀

Let me tell you a little about the Waking Late series.

Sleeping Duty

Gilead Tan and Andrea Fielding survived their stint in the military, got married, signed up to emigrate to a terraformed colony world, and went into cold sleep for the journey from Earth. While they slept, the starship went through the wrong fold in space and settled for a different world, a wild world.

Three centuries after the founding of a colony on the uncharted planet, Gilead awakens to find humanity slipped back to medieval tech and a feudal structure.

Worse, the king who wants Gilead awake won’t let Gilead awaken his wife.

Sleeping Duty on Amazon

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Out of the Dell

On the planet Nwwwlf, in the lost colony of First Landing, the original settlers carved out one sylvan valley, a lone outpost where humans flourish. But their bright hopes and best intentions devolved over centuries into a rude replica of medieval feudalism.

Gilead Tan, who had been held captive for centuries in his sleeping cell, survived treachery and pain to free a small group of sleepers. But he and his friends now face the perils of life outside First Landing’s sanctuary—without their powered armor, their tools and technology, or anything else they need save for a few chickens.

Gilead must establish a safehold for his crew, but the alien environment does not welcome them and petty bickering threatens their meager resources. He hopes that a trace of smoke—spotted above a distant ridge—beckons them to a better place.

It doesn’t.

Out of the Dell on Amazon

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Like a Continental Soldier

The starship Valerie Hall failed to reach the terraformed world of its original destination. Instead, it found a habitable substitute where the settlers split into two factions. First Landing devolved into a rude replica of medieval despotism. Seccon might promise more.

Or so hope Gilead Tan and his companions.

Gilead spent three centuries in cold sleep, held there by a First Landing custom that decreed only one sleeper could be awakened every fifty years. Once awake, Gilead freed two dozen of his fellows—all soldiers like himself—and led them into the wilderness.

Close to two hundred civilians still lie trapped in the decaying cryo-cells of First Landing. Their captive slumber haunts him.

But despite its vaunted freedom, Seccon has one rule. No one goes back to First Landing.

Like a Continental Soldier on Amazon

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The first audiobook from Podium should release sometime this year. I’ll let you know when that happens!

In the meantime, if you read ebooks or paperbacks and you like sci-fi, give Waking Late a look. The first book—Sleeping Duty—has an awesome twist!

 

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