Getting Back Into Action: First Page Preview from White-Knuckled Fear (Fury 4)

So I’m working on getting back into action with regular social media posts (mostly Twitter, but some in Facebook and working on posting here more) and regular writing. I just finished an SF/dystopian science fiction proposal for my fabulous agent, Ginger Clark, for a book that’s a reverse Blade Runner (with the androids in control) meets Hunger Games. In between continuing with the rest of that book, I’m finally picking back up on White-Knuckled Fear, the tentative title for Shades of Fury 4. This is a labor of love that I am completing for my amazing readers and myself, and I’m determined to put this out even though there’s been a big gap between Book 3 and 4. Hoping to put this out either later this year or early next year.

Here’s a quick preview from the first page. I’ll share snippets here and there as I work, mostly to keep myself accountable so that I keep plugging ahead!

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Plenty of lovers fought like hell to make long-distance relationships work. However, I was willing to bet that none of them had to contend with inter-dimensional commutes or lovers cursed with three-quarters of a Death God’s soul. Add in my full-time job as Boston’s Chief Magical Investigator and my part-time gig as Nemesis to the Immortal Triad, and it was no wonder Scott and I found little time to make the magic happen. Although at this point, I would settle for making the mediocre happen.

Still, considering how close both of us had come to becoming permanent underworld residents ourselves, it could have been a whole lot worse.

“Are you even listening to a word I’m saying?”

The exasperated voice of my best friend and police partner Trinity Larue put an end to my self-pity party. Also the possessor of the final one-quarter of that Death God’s soul, she was dealing with the stresses of inter-dimensional commutes and juggling multiple responsibilities herself. Not to mention trying to make a months-old relationship with my Giant friend Charlie work. At least Scott and I had the history of years behind us. Even if for most of those, we had been in an off-again phase of our relationship. Oh, the Days of Our Arcane (and Partially Immortal) Lives.

Reborn in Fire Available from Amazon!

I forgot to make an official post here. Reborn in Fire is now available from Amazon. Please check it out if you’re interested; and if you enjoy it, please spread the word! This is one of my favorite urban fantasies/paranormal romances I’ve written, and I hope you enjoy it, too.

Plot Description:

Cassidy Grant just died for the first time. She wakes amid flames after being murdered: naked and unsinged. A stranger rescues Cass before her murderers can return. Jake’s touch ignites her as surely as fire’s caress, but he forces her to face facts she would rather deny. She is no longer quite human, and a group of fanatics will stop at nothing to kill the Phoenix a second time. Permanently.  (more…)

Reborn in Fire – First Three Chapters…

It will soon be official! I have uploaded Reborn in Fire to Kindle KDP and it should soon be live. I will update once it is available. In the meantime, please enjoy the first three chapters. If you like them, please consider buying the entire e-book from Kindle and spreading the news. Every little bit helps, and will make it easier for me to write and self-publish Shades of Fury Book 4. Thank you!

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Reborn in Fire…by Kasey Mackenzie

Chapter One

The investigation started out normally enough, but when masked men dressed like extras in a Bruce Lee movie burst into the warehouse, even an idiot could have predicted that someone was about to meet a Very Bad End. Unfortunately, that someone turned out to be me.

From outside, the building appeared no different from the dozens of others in this industrial neighborhood. But while all the nearby warehouses bustled with activity from sunup to sundown, this one remained empty for no good reason. Supposedly, the joint was haunted. I rolled my eyes, wondering for the thousandth time how otherwise sane people could buy into the whole paranormal schtick. Then again, that penchant for gullibility did keep me gainfully employed. Yeah, people actually paid me to search for things that went bump in the night; but so far, I’d turned up nothing more fearsome than a tomcat on the prowl.

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Upcoming Urban Fantasy

Whew, I am once again way overdue for a more substantive update (okay, ANY update), so I just wanted to give a quick one now to announce the news that I will be indie-publishing an urban fantasy of mine called Reborn in Fire. I absolutely love this book and hope that readers will, too. I am planning to offer this for sale via Kindle (and hopefully some other places) within the next few weeks, so keep your eyes open for that. If this one sells decently, my hope is to then be able to write and publish Fury 4 (tentatively titled White-Knuckled Fear) sometime in the not-so-distant future. I would be able to use some/most of the profit from RIF to have a professional cover in the same style as the first three designed, and to have it professionally edited. So if you are eagerly anticipating more Shades of Fury books, please get the word out there and help support RIF! All support is appreciated greatly.

My agent also has an epic fantasy proposal called Stormstruck, which we hope to submit to NY publishers soon, so hopefully I’ll have even more exciting news to report later. (more…)

Update on Shades of Fury, etc….

Life has been seriously kicking me in the behind the past few years (including the deaths of several close family members), but I just wanted to give all my awesome and loyal readers an update.  Never fear on Book 4 of Shades of Fury:  It’s still on the back burner for the moment (out of necessity), but I do not plan to leave my readers hanging.  There will be more Shades of Fury books in the future, one way or another.  I’m just trying to work out the logistics at the moment, but I’m planning to start Book 4 any day now.  In the meantime, I have been working on fiction proposals for my wonderful literary agent, Ginger Clark.  Once I have more to report in that avenue, I will do so.

I will also give an update once I actually get the chance to start work on Shades of Fury 4.  Right now, the tentative title for that is White-Knuckled Fear, and I am eager to get back to telling the stories of the characters and world I love so much.  I am in the midst of re-reading the first 3 books and taking notes so that I am ready to jump back into it when I can.

In the meantime, thanks for your patience and support.  Your comments about how much you love the series have meant a lot to me!  🙂

Blackhearted Betrayal is Out!!!

I have to say that this release date kind of snuck up on me.  In fact, I forgot to post an update on the actual release date (June 26th), but Blackhearted Betrayal is now available everywhere!  Well, you know, available in bookstores and for Kindle and Nook electronically, as well as via the book bookselling websites.  =)  This book is near and dear to my heart because it was so difficult to write when so many things in my life were falling apart, but it represents the strength I found (from within and thanks to my family) to push through and finish it.  I also think it’s the best book I’ve written so far.  We get to see things falling apart in Riss’s life and the supernatural world as a whole, and watch as SHE finds the strength from both herself and her loved ones to push through and come out on top, as she always tries to do.  It’s not a perfect book by any means–I don’t think there’s any such thing, really–but it’s the best book I could write at the time.  I hope that you enjoy it!

I’m trying to put together some blog appearances and such, and I’ll link to those as they happen.  I’m also planning to participate in a multi-author booksigning at Rose’s Book House in O’Fallon, MO on Saturday, July 14th.  I’ll post more details on that when I have them.  I also plan to appear at Archon in Collinsville, IL (near St Louis, MO) later this year.

I’ll also work on doing some book giveaways once I get my author copies of Blackhearted Betrayal.  =)

Blackhearted Betrayal Cover Art…

I’m thrilled to be able to share the fabulous cover for Shades of Fury Book 3,
Blackhearted Betrayal.  Every time I think Judy York and the Ace Art
Department can’t amaze me more, they prove me wrong!  I love this new
cover SO much!  So, without further ado, here it is:

Green-Eyed Envy ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) Contest…

So, in honor of the fact I have an ARC left and Green-Eyed Envy officially releases in less than a month, I am holding a contest to give that ARC away to one lucky reader.  This contest is open to people anywhere and everywhere in the world and I will ship the ARC to the winner at my own expense.  All that said, here are the contest details:

Take a look at the first volume of the Mortal Guide to the Gens Arcana, Vol. 1 graciously provided by the BSIMAR (Boston Society for the Improvement of Mortal/Arcane Relations).  Write a one-paragraph explanation for which class of Fury you would like to belong to if you were a Fury, and why, in the comments section to this post.  Contest will be open until 12:00 AM Sunday, June 5, 2011.  I will then randomly select a winner and announce it on my website/Facebook/Twitter.  The winner should then email me his or her name and mailing address so I can ship the ARC ASAP.

I’m really looking forward to everyone’s responses and can’t wait to read them!

Starred Publishers Weekly Review for Green-Eyed Envy…

I’m completely thrilled to share that Green-Eyed Envy has earned my second starred review from Publishers Weekly.  Considering how hard I worked to avoid the infamous “sophomore slump” on this book, I couldn’t be happier with this news!

“Marissa ‘Riss’ Holloway, chief magical investigator and Fury, takes on Boston’s first arcane serial killer in this engrossing sequel to 2010’s Red Hot Fury. For thousands of years, bitter hatred between Cats and Hounds has been the norm, and when three Cats are ritualistically tortured and viciously killed, the Hounds are the obvious suspects. All three victims were also ex-boyfriends of the first supernatural FBI special agent, Harper Cruz, who once had a fling with Riss’s current boyfriend, Warhound Scott Murphy. Harper’s upcoming marriage to a Hound might be the impetus behind the slayings, so Riss goes undercover as Harper’s wedding planner. Mackenzie’s writing is clean and clever; the plot is twisty and intriguing; and Riss’s charm and sass elevate her above many other fantasy heroines.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review.