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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Year, new look for The Forest of Forever. Check out the brand new cover!

To help usher in the new year, I’m happy to announce that The Forest of Forever has a brand new cover!
I’m a bit nervous about showing it to you, since I loved the previous cover. But after feedback over the past year and a half since its release, I’ve been told time and again that the cover didn’t have the same “look” as other novels in the urban fantasy genre.
Over time, I started to wonder if the cover was preventing readers who might be exactly the type to enjoy it from ever noticing it in the first place. So a few months ago, I ordered a new cover from a different designer.
This is an experiment. If this cover performs better, you’ll see all new covers for the Soren Chase novels. If it doesn’t make a difference or sales plummet, you may see the old cover back. But one of the exciting things about publishing these days is that you can try new things, and Kindle Press has been kind enough to let me attempt this.
You can see the new cover below. Let me know what you think! I know some of you may have an attachment to the old cover—I certainly do—but I hope you’ll like this one.
I’ll be back with more news VERY soon about the next book in the Soren Chase series! Until then, I hope you have a happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Here are 38 great FREE sci-fi and fantasy reads via @instafreebie!


Time for more free books! 

Happy New Year! I hope you had a fun and relaxing holiday season. Mine was very good, if you don't count the vomit I had to clean up at 11:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve (ah, kids, they bring such joy to your life).

But enough about that. To help get 2017 started off right, I've teemed with some other authors to offer 38 FREE fantasy and scifi books. You can check out the full list here!

There's some great looking urban fantasy and supernatural suspense titles on there, as well as epic fantasy and military scifi. That includes my own Carnival of Stone, which you can sign up for by going here.

Be sure to download what you like quickly, because this offer will end soon!

Until next time, I wish you much joy and vomit-free happiness in the New Year!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Free Sci-fi and fantasy books to tide you over for Rogue One via @instafreebie

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

Unless you've been trapped under a rock, you know there's a new Star Wars movie coming out this week. I, for one, am pretty darn excited. The previews make it look awesome and any excuse to see Darth Vader, my second favorite fictional villain, on screen again sounds good to me. (The first is the Headless Horseman, which you can probably tell if you've checked out my novel A Soul to Steal).

Now, we've been fooled by great-looking previews before, so it's hard to know for sure if Rogue One will be any good. But it can't be worse than The Phantom Menace, right? Right? (Cue nervous need for reassurance).

Anyway, to help you get in the mood for Rogue One, here's a collection of FREE sci-fi and fantasy novels. Check 'em out before they're gone and happy reading!

Oh, and may the Force be with you!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Great Black Friday Deals on Free Urban Fantasy and Horror Books Through @instafreebie

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you had a fun and relaxing holiday yesterday. If you're anything like me, you're in a post-turkey-and-too-much-stuffing haze where you think vaguely about getting yourself off the couch, but just can't quite manage to do it. Well, you're in luck. You can take advantage of some great Black Friday deals right from wherever you're reading this.

There are nearly 50 free urban fantasy and horror books right at this link for the taking. They run the gamut from straight up horror to paranormal romance, so take a deep dive and see what's right for you.

And that's not all! I've extended my sale on the box set of my bestselling The Sanheim Chronicles for a limited time. Right now, you can buy all three books in the series for just $5.99! That's more than 1,400 pages of urban fantasy, mystery and suspense at less than 50% of the full-priced cost.

A vicious serial killer has returned to Leesburg, Va., and has trained his sights on two young reporters. But how far are they willing to go to uncover and defeat him? When they stumble on an ancient Celtic myth, it might be the key to saving the town -- or destroying everything they ever loved. This series has been praised by Indie Reader for its "plot twists that will leave you gasping for air" and USA Today as a "leave-the-light-on kind of page turner."

Find out why BookEater77 just left this very gracious review on the series: "Rob is easily hands down my new fave author. I've read EVERYTHING of his and I'm always left wanting more. He's done that rare thing and created a universe. This series is a great combo of Celtic folklore, Halloween, and mystery. I actually cried a little in places because I was happy. I hope there are more installments of this series."

It's even been endorsed by Mark Metcalf, the actor who plays The Master on the best TV show of all time, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Hurry up and buy it! This deal won't last much longer!

Hope you have a great rest of your weekend!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Halloween @instafreebie Horror & Dark Fantasy Giveaway! Get more than 50 great books FREE perfect for the season!

Grab your plastic Halloween jack-o-lanterns, and get ready to do some trick-or-treating! Grab FREE Dark Fantasy & Horror books via Instafreebie! More than 50 authors are offering perfect Halloween reads for FREE for a limited time!

Get these FREE books and over 50 more!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

"The perfect novel for #Halloween" is just 99 cents! Act now before it's too late!

Halloween is my favorite time of the year. My decorations are up, including a massive blow-up of the Headless Horseman who both scares and fascinates the trick or treaters. (You can see a photo of him below.)

To celebrate All Hallow's Eve, A Soul to Steal, the first novel in The Sanheim Chronicles, is just 99 cents.  A serial killer, two community reporters and the legendary specter of Sleepy Hollow collide in this pulse-pounding supernatural thriller that has been featured on USA Today and praised by book bloggers and readers alike. This is a great time to read it too as it's been widely described as "the perfect novel for Halloween!"

If you don't have time to read a book this weekend, consider listening to one. If you pick up A Soul to Steal as an ebook, you can buy the audiobook version for just $1.99 through Audible.  That's less than $3 for the book and audio together! 

And as an added bonus, all three ebooks in The Sanheim Chronicles can be purchased in a single box set for the limited-time low price of just $5.99! That's more than 1,400 pages of mystery, suspense and urban fantasy involving the Headless Horseman, banshees, phookas, and even a few creepy clowns (written well before the current rage) for nearly 50% off the cover price.

But hurry! All of these deals -- much like Sanheim's powers -- expire on Halloween!


Friday, September 2, 2016

When Fawns Attack -- and The Pretender is on sale for just $1.99!

I hope you’ve had a fun summer. The weirdest part of mine came when I was—and I swear this is true—attacked by a baby deer while I was on a kayak in the middle of a river. But more on that in a minute!

This post is to alert you that The Pretender, Soren Chase Book #2, is on sale for just $1.99! If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, now’s your chance. But grab it soon, because this deal is for a limited time only!

After the shocking finale of The Forest of Forever, paranormal investigator Soren Chase is left frustrated and angry. The monster he’s hunted for so long is far closer than he imagined—but he still doesn’t know how to kill it. When a nearby family is murdered, Soren jumps at the chance to see if he can find the culprit, and potentially learn something new to help him in his own quest. But what he finds is far more than he bargained for.

To face this new threat, Soren must learn to cope with the past, forge an unlikely alliance, and battle an ancient foe with a sinister agenda that could kill millions.

Here’s what readers are saying about The Pretender:
“A fantastic second installment of a great series!”
“The series invites comparisons with the legendary Buffy and Angel series, with its blend of supernatural action, horror and touches of humor. It’s a tricky mix to pull off, but Blackwell succeeds, creating a story and characters you want to follow.”
“Just ‘wow’ again!!! These stories and characters are just riveting.”
I just love this series more and more. The mythology is fabulous. And the interesting twists and turns on that mythology are even better. I really can’t wait for the next book!”
“This paranormal series is one of the best I have read in a while.”
So what are you waiting for? Buy The Pretender now while it’s cheap! And if you like it when you finish, please leave a review. It really helps. (And if you are looking for another great book, Closed at Dark is also free now on Amazon!)

Okay, so about the fawn. I was kayaking with my young daughter on a river in Michigan when we caught sight of a baby deer on the river bank. Promising my daughter a better look, I kayaked over toward the fawn. And that’s when the trouble started.

The fawn began bleating, but rather than being terrified of me, it jumped into the river and began swimming my way! I started paddling downstream to get away from what is admittedly the cutest monster ever to attack me, but the fawn followed. Worse, I was leading it toward deeper water and I was worried it would drown.

I paddled back upstream, hoping I could lead the fawn back toward solid ground. When we neared the bank, however, the little guy (or gal) tried to jump inside the kayak. My daughter, who loves fawns, was panicking—and I was worried about hurting the animal or possibly contaminating it with our scent (which I later learned is actually a myth). I quickly got my daughter and myself out of the boat and encouraged the fawn onto dry land. The baby deer then nuzzled me, apparently thinking I was its mother (I wish I could tell you this is the first time a fawn has mistaken me for its mother, but that would be lying.)

After a bit of looking around and trying to lead the fawn deeper into the forest where we thought it would be safer, it occurred to me that the baby’s mother would never show unless I left the scene. So my daughter and I slunk off, fearing the fawn would again launch an amphibious assault. But instead it calmly watched us go.

I don’t know what happened to the fawn. I hope it’s okay. But as I’m a writer, I’ve dreamed up a more fitting ending. Two years from now, I’ll be driving down the road in Michigan and I’ll spot a deer just off to the side. I’ll slow down, feeling some hidden connection between the two of us. Our eyes will meet just for a moment, and I’ll think, “I wonder if that’s the deer that tried to jump in my kayak.” And the deer will think, “I wonder if that’s the jerk who didn’t give me milk.” And then he will bound away into the forest, our lives never intersecting again.

So there you go. That’s the story of my river attack. All I can say is that given the level of panic I felt with a cute baby animal fast approaching me, it’s probably best that I leave the monster fighting to Soren Chase.