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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.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

New website and two FREE books -- but only for a limited time!

I have two quick announcements. The first is that after months of putting it off, I have a new website: My old website was pretty bare bones and screamed amateur, so I invested some time and money in building this new one. Do me a favor and give it a look. Feedback is always welcome.

The second bit of news is that I’ve made Closed at Dark, the first Soren Chase novella, free on Amazon for the next five days. All you need to do is click the link above and download it!

I’m also giving away free copies of Carnival of Stone, the second Soren Chase novella, for those who sign up for my email newsletter. You can sign up by clicking here!

And that’s it! I’ll be back with more news soon about the next Soren Chase novel. Until then, have a safe and thrilling summer!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Soren Chase Memorial Day Blowout

Need a great read this holiday weekend? You can have two for FREE and another for a steal!

Carnival of Stone is FREE this weekend only! When supernatural investigator Soren Chase investigates the disappearance of a graduate student, he finds himself on the trail of a mythological creature that can turn people to stone. Readers: “A gripping read!” “Never a dull moment!” “Another great Soren Chase story!”

Closed at Dark is also FREE for all readers who sign up for Rob Blackwell’s email newsletter here: When someone – or something – tries to kidnap her son, Sara Ignatius turns to the one person who can help: Soren Chase. But can he save the boy in time? "It grabs you and puts you on a rollercoaster of supernatural suspense and action. I couldn't put it down." 

The Forest of Forever is just $1.99 for a limited time! Something evil is lurking in the forest. Some say it’s the ghost of a preacher; others claim the woods are the site of sinister experiments by a shadowy organization. Hired to find a missing girl, Soren is determined to learn the truth. But what he discovers is far darker than he imagines…
“An engrossing, intelligent, must-tell-all-my-friends-about-this-one novel.”

And don’t miss ThePretender, which was just released. Find out why readers are calling it “a fantastic installment in a great series,” “It pulled me in and I couldn’t put it down.”

Don’t delay – act on these great deals before they’re gone! 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Pretender -- the sequel to the bestselling The Forest of Forever -- is out!

It’s been a long wait, but The Pretender (Soren Chase Book #2) is finally out!

Here’s what readers are saying: “One of the best reads in the urban fantasy/horror/supernatural genre in a long time,” “A fantastic installment of a great series,” “Once again, Blackwell’s writing and the Soren Chase character completely drew me in,” “A vivid, supernatural world with many compelling secrets.”

For those who still need to catch up in the series, I have a treat:

1)      You can download Closed at Dark, a prequel novella in the series, for FREE right now by signing up for my email newsletter here.

2)      For a limited time, you can also buy The Forest of Forever (Soren Chase Book #1) for half-price ($1.99!) as part of a special Amazon sale. Find out why readers have called it “amazing,” “a great find,” and “the perfect blend of paranormal, suspense and mystery.”  

3)      The second novella, Carnival of Stone, will be FREE this Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29. This is a stand-alone tale that provides more background on Soren and can be enjoyed by any reader who loves urban fantasy, action and suspense. Be sure to check it out if you haven’t already.

Don’t miss out on these great deals! 

Monday, April 25, 2016

New book release! The Pretender -- Soren Chase #2 -- is now available for pre-order!

I’ve waited a few months to be able to reveal this, so it gives me great pleasure to finally announce the pending publication of The Pretender, the sequel to The Forest of Forever. The book will be released Tuesday, May 24, and the good news is you can pre-order it now by clicking here!
Some of you may have wondered what has taken me so long, particularly when I promised the novel would be released late last year. There’s a great reason for that. I’m proud to announce that Kindle Press, which published The Forest of Forever, has agreed to publish The Pretender as well. Since there was no Kindle Scout campaign this time around, it took us a little bit to iron out some details, nail down the release date, etc. I think you’ll agree the result is worth the wait. 
Without further ado, here’s the official description for The Pretender:
A young girl slaughters her entire family in a quiet suburban neighborhood. The police say she snapped, but Soren Chase knows the truth. Having dedicated his life to hunting down the creature that murdered his best friend and left him framed for the crime eight years ago, Soren expertly recognizes the villain’s hallmarks in the young girl’s rampage: a pretender—a supernatural creature that can steal the identity and memories of its targets—has struck again.

Recently shattered by the realization that the monster he hunted for so long is far closer than he ever imagined, Soren needs to find a way to put the pieces back together if he wants to protect his remaining loved ones. 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.

Don’t miss this exciting sequel to 
The Forest of Forever and the next chapter in an addictive, urban fantasy series that One Book Two calls “amazing… with twists and turns that left me seriously unbalanced.”
And to tease you just a bit more, here’s the first line of the story: “Soren Chase drew the hood over his head and waited for the human sacrifice to start.”
If you haven’t already, be sure to read Carnival of Stone! Though the novella takes place before Forest, a couple of its characters put in an appearance in The Pretender

If you want to know the back story, it’s worth checking out. 

That’s all for now. Please check out the amazing cover below and let me know what you think. I can’t wait to get The Pretender into your hands. I think you’re really going to enjoy it!