Spotlight & Excerpt – Vampire: The Masquerade + Giveaway

VAMPIRE OF THE MASQUERADE

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE-THE COMPLETE SERIES by Tim Seeley, Jim Zub, Tini Howard, Blake Howard, Danny Lore, & Dev Pramanik, Nathan C. Gooden, Julius Ohta Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

Title: VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE-THE COMPLETE SERIES

Authors: Tim Seeley, Jim Zub, Tini Howard, Blake Howard, Danny Lore, & Dev Pramanik, Nathan C. Gooden, Julius Ohta (Illustrators)

Pub. Date: January 23, 2024

Publisher: Vault Comics

Formats:  Paperback, eBook

Pages: 448

Find it: Goodreads, books2read

 

Global best-selling World of Darkness RPG phenomena, VAMPIRE: The Masquerade and WEREWOLF: The Apocalypse are captured together for the first time in a complete series omnibus edition, featuring VAMPIRE: The Masquerade Winter’s Teeth issues #1-#10 and the crossover Vampire: The Masquerade and World of Darkness: CRIMSON THAW event series, issues #1-#3!

UNSEEN EVIL LURKS EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD OF DARKNESS

VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE The Complete Series collects all 10 issues of Vampire: The Masquerade: Winter’s Teeth and all 3 issues of the never before-collected vampire/werewolf crossover World of Darkness: Crimson Thaw, plus more than 30 pages of original roleplaying supplements, including lore sheets for playable characters featured in the series!!

Vampire: The Masquerade: Winter’s Teeth
A tale of two vampires in the Twin Cities…
When Cecily Bain, an enforcer for the Twin Cities’ vampiric elite, takes a mysterious new vampire, Alejandra, under her wing, she’s dragged into an insidious conspiracy. After learning a disturbing fact about her fake childe’s past, Cecily must keep her secrets close, and Ali at arm’s length. As she searches the streets of the Twin Cities for answers, a terrifying possibility surfaces: perhaps Ali has learned the ways of the Kindred better than Cecily herself. Meanwhile, on the outskirts of the cities, Colleen Pendergrass, embraced by her husband against her will, and a rebellious found-family of vampire cast-outs investigates a vicious killing.

As the unlives of the Kindred twine together and betrayals are unearthed, will Cecily be able to escape and save what’s left of her family, or will she be yet another pawn sacrificed to maintain the age-old secret: that vampires exist among the living?

World of Darkness: Crimson Thaw
There’s worse living in the shadows than vampires … something with even
bigger teeth.

Cecily Bain has become everything she never wanted as The Prince of the Twin Cities. But her rule over a fractured, backbiting vampire court is interrupted by an intruder: something big, hairy and full of teeth. For over a century, werewolves of the Twin Cities have protected their blessed places from threats both physical and spiritual. When vampires under Cecily’s rule move in on one of these precious sites, it’s a declaration of war, one that Tyrell ‘the Stainless’ Stinar and his ferocious pack will avenge at any cost, even if that includes slaying one of their own.The immortal enmity between the Kindred and the Garou comes to a head on the streets of the Twin Cities!

VAMPIRE: The Masquerade – The Complete Series Includes more than 30 pages of EXCLUSIVE canonical roleplaying supplements enabling readers to play characters, locations, and scenarios from the comics in their Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition campaigns, including lore sheets for playable characters featured in the series.

For fans of VAMPIRE: The Masquerade RPG, WEREWOLF: The Apocalypse RPGThe World of DarknessAmerican VampireKilladelphiaSomething is Killing the ChildrenInterview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat/The Vampire ChroniclesSookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Mysteries/True BloodCertain Dark Things, Underworld, and vampire/werewolf/monster graphic novels, tabletop/RPGs, books, movies, video games, and series!


Praise:

“This is a fresh take on vampires, mixing it with crime, thrillers, and a pinch of romance all with a vein of horror running through it.” — Horror DNA

“… strongly recommend this book to both fans of the franchise and newcomers.” – Grimdark Magazine

“I’m absolutely in love with what a badass Cecily is…” – The Wandering Nerd Girl

“Vampire: the Masquerade … is an enjoyable read even if you’re not familiar with the RPG… like the real world, but with hotter outfits, blood, and fangs. – Graphic Policy

“This is the horror thriller we all need.” – Horror DNA

“… strong … with wildly expansive world building, but there is also an underlying heart to the story that will help to pull you in to their uniquely dark struggle.” – Comic Watch

“ … a story with blood and intrigue … a must-buy for horror fans.” – But Why Tho?

Vampire: The Masquerade … exciting … with remarkable depth and a focus on character-driven drama. It’s a great start for newcomers and longtime fans alike to sink their teeth into. – Comic Watch

“It blends real world horror with the supernatural in a seamless fashion.” – Horror DNA

“Vampire: The Masquerade … is perfect for both newcomers and old fans alike, a blood-fueled and beautiful story.” — Comics Bookcase

World of Darkness: Crimson Thaw … thrills, terrifies and ups the stakes.” – Comic Watch

“World of Darkness: Crimson Thaw #1 thrills, terrifies and ups the stakes. Plus, it is delivering the fruits of some fantastic character work and design into a visually enchanting issue.” – Comic Watch

World of Darkness: Crimson Thaw … blood-curdling chaos.” – Comic Watch


Sample page:Illustration 4


About the crew:

About Tim Seeley:

TIM SEELEY is one of those “slash” people…a writer-slash-artist. He has drawn a number of different comic book series including G.I JOE, HALLOWEEN, WILDCATS and ANT-MAN & WASP. His writing work include NIGHTWING, MONEY SHOT , INJUSTICE v. MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE ,the critically acclaimed REVIVAL, and the NY TIMES bestselling HACK/SLASH. He resides in Chicago, Illinois with his wife, daughter and 80s action figure collection. 

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon

 

 

About Jim Zub:

Jim Zub is a writer, artist and art instructor based in Toronto, Canada. Over the past twenty years he’s worked for a diverse array of publishing, movie and video game clients including Marvel, DC Comics, Disney, Capcom, Hasbro, Cartoon Network, Vault Comics, BOOM! Studios, Image Comics, Dark Horse, and Bandai-Namco.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

 

 

About Tini Howard:

Tini Howard is a writer and swamp witch from the Carolina Wilds. Currently, she writes Vampire: the Masquerade: Winter’s Teeth from Vault Comics, Euthanauts, Assassinistas (with Gilbert Hernandez) and Hack/Slash: Resurrection, with occasional stories for two of her favorite things: Rick and Morty and WWE. She lives with her husband, Blake, and her sons, Orlando and General Hugs, who are cats.

Website | Twitter | Instagram

 

About Blake Howard:

Blake Howard is an American comic book writer for Vault, known for his work on Vampire: The Masquerade. He is the husband of Tini Howard.

 

 

About Danny Lore:

Danny Lore (they/them) is a queer black writer/editor raised in Harlem and currently based in the Bronx. They’ve worked in comic and gaming shops since the beginning of time. Most of their writing is contemporary speculative fiction, with the occasional foray into science fiction. They’ve had their short fiction published by FIYAH, Podcastle, Fireside, Nightlight, EFNIKS.com and more. Their comics work includes QUEEN OF BAD DREAMS for Vault Comics, QUARTER KILLER for Comixology, and JAMES BOND for Dynamite Comics in December 2019. They have short comics in DEAD BEATS and THE GOOD FIGHT. They edited THE GOOD FIGHT anthology and THE WILDS (Black Mask comics).

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About Dev Pramanik:

Dev Pramanik is an in-demand artist based out of Kolkata, India

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About Nathan C. Gooden:

Nathan C. Gooden is an award-winning illustrator and sequential artist, as well as the Senior Art Director at Vault Comics. Nathan studied animation at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and worked in film production, before co-founding Vault Comics. Nathan’s previous works include Brandon Sanderson’s Dark One (Vault), Barbaric (Vault), Zojaqan (Vault), and Killbox (from American Gothic Press). He lives in Southern California, where he plays a lot of basketball and hikes constantly with his wife. 

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About Julius Ohta:

Julius Ohta is an in-demand illustrator based out of São Paulo, Brazil

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Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive finished copies of VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE-THE COMPLETE SERIES, US Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Ends February 20th, midnight EST.


Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/22/2024

Comic Book Yeti

Excerpt/IG Post

1/23/2024

Sadie’s Spotlight

Excerpt/IG Post

1/24/2024

The Momma Spot

Excerpt

1/25/2024

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt/IG Post

1/26/2024

Kountry Girl Bookaholic

Excerpt/IG Post

1/27/2024

@darkfantasyreviews

IG Post

Week Two:

1/28/2024

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post

1/29/2024

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt/IG Post

1/30/2024

A Dream Within A Dream

Excerpt

1/31/2024

@fiction._.fuss

Excerpt/IG Post

2/1/2024

Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

Review/IG Post

2/2/2024

@enthuse_reader

IG Review/TikTok Post

2/3/2024

@enjoyingbooksagain

IG Review

Week Three:

2/4/2024

Books With a Chance

Review/IG Post

2/5/2024

Country Mamas With Kids

Review/IG Post

2/6/2024

Callisto’s calling

IG Review

2/7/2024

jlreadstoperpetuity

IG Review/TikTok Post

2/8/2024

A Blue Box Full of Books

IG Review/LFL Drop Pic/TikTok Post

2/9/2024

Kim’s Book Reviews and Writing Aha’s

Review/IG Post

2/10/2024

@evergirl200

IG Review

Week Four:

2/11/2024

@paperwitches

Review/IG Post

2/12/2024

The Guild

Review

2/13/2024

Books and Zebras

IG Review

2/14/2024

Destiny’s Path

Review/IG Post

2/15/2024

Two Points of Interest

Review

2/16/2024

celiamcmahonreads

IG Post

 

Spotlight: Barbaric & Queen of Swords

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I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the BARBARIC VOL. 3: HELL TO PAY by Michael Moreci, Nicholas Eames, Nathan C. Gooden & QUEEN  OF SWORDS: A BARBARIC TALES by Michael Moreci & Corin Howell Blog Tour hosted by  Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Books:

Title: BARBARIC VOL. 3: HELL TO PAY

Authors: Michael Moreci, Nicholas Eames, Nathan C. Gooden (Illustrator)

Pub. Date: January 2, 2024

Publisher: Vault Comics

Formats:  Paperback, eBook

Pages: 128

Find it: Goodreads, books2read

 

As one of Entertainment Weekly’s “10 Best Comics of 2021,” BARBARIC – featuring Owen the Barbarian and his bloodthirsty companion Axe – is back: bigger, bloodier, and badder than ever with BARBARIC Vol. 3: HELL TO PAY!

Hailed as one of the best comics of 2021 by Entertainment Weekly, Thrillist, Screen Rant, and more, bestselling BARBARIC is back, big, bloody and headed straight to Hell in Volume 3: Hell to Pay!
While Owen tames a dragon with an old friend, Soren and Steel cross paths with someone else from our cursed barbarian’s past…who isn’t looking nearly as friendly. Hell hath no fury like a woman stabbed through the heart by an ugly f***ing orc.Oh, wait! Who’s carrying Axe?
BARBARIC Volume 3: Hell to Pay includes the oversized one-shot Wrong Kind of Righteous co-written by fantasy powerhouse writer Nicholas Eames (Kings of the Wyld)!!
For fans of BRZRKR!, The Witcher, Conan the BarbarianRed SonjaHeathen, Rat Queens, Kings of the Wyld, and Dungeons and Dragons!

Collects the third three-issue miniseries (Hell to Pay) and the special one-shot standalone (Wrong Kind of Righteous)!It’s just … BARBARIC!From writer Michael Moreci (Wasted Space, The Plot,Spree, and Revealer) and artist Nathan C. Gooden (Brandon Sanderson’s Dark One, The RUSH, Vampire: The Masquerade)!

Own a whole lot of Owen, Axe, and the BARBARIC universe with:
Barbaric Vol. 1: Murderable Offenses (hardcover)
Barbaric Vol. 1: Murderable Offenses (trade paperback)
Barbaric Vol. 2: Axe to Grind (trade paperback)
Barbaric Vol. 3: Hell to Pay (trade paperback)
Queen of Swords: A Barbaric Tale (trade paperback)


PRAISE FOR BARBARIC

‘One of the “10 Best Comics of 2021…” Barbaric took only three issues to establish itself as a first-rate comic.’ – Entertainment Weekly

‘One of the “Best Comics of 2021…” It’s a funny, gory, weird comic with stunning art in muted colors.’ – Thrillist

‘One of the “Best Comic Books and Graphic Novels of 2021…” the “excellent…violent, expletive-filled fantasy epic Barbaric never holds back… It’s bloody spectacular.”’ – Screen Rant

“A visually stunning, incredibly funny, action-packed bloody tale.” – Comic Book Yeti


 

Title: QUEEN OF SWORDS: A BARBARIC TALES

Authors: Michael Moreci & Corin Howell (Illustrator)

Pub. Date: January 2, 2024

Publisher: Vault Comics

Formats:  Paperback, eBook

Pages: 112

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, B&N, Indigo, Powell’s, BAM, Bookshop, Blackwell’s

 

Barbarian. Assassin. Witch. Red Sonja meets Dungeons & Dragons in Queen of Swords: A Barbaric Tale, where the triple threat of women’s fury rises – bursting from the pages of the smash, BARBARIC (one of Entertainment Weekly’s “Best Comics of 2021!”)!Magic and mayhem, humor and trouble, Fire burns as blood flows and bubbles …

Spinning out of the pages of BARBARIC comes an all-new, rip-roaring fantasy adventure, filled with mayhem, humor, and a bloodthirsty weapon that just won’t stop talking!
Serra is a witch with a checkered past; Ka is an assassin with an agenda all her own, and Deadheart is a barbarian who wants to bash everyone in her path. They’ll have to unite their unique skills to track down a powerful foe who’s tied their lives together. Get ready to meet your new favorite instrument of death—the evil Ga’Bar, whose spirit is now trapped in Deadheart’s sword!
Discover the origin of the dark magic that turned Soren into the tattooed witch she is today, in this totally new story, the perfect place to step into the world of BARBARIC for the first time!

Hell’s got nothin’ on these badass Barbaric belles…Collects the entire, standalone three-issue series!


Sample page from Barbaric:


 

About Michael Moreci:

Michael Moreci is a bestselling comics author, screenwriter, and novelist. His original comic works include The Plot, Curse, Barbaric, Wasted Space (all for VAULT COMICS), the upcoming Creepy the Snowman Middle Grade graphic novel – with his two sons – for WONDERBOUND, Roche Limit, and more. He’s also written canonical stories for Stranger Things, Star Wars, Hack/Slash, and the DC universe.
Additionally, Moreci ‘s first movie, Revealer, premiered in Fall 2021 and he’s in pre-production on a second film.

Keep in touch:

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon | BookBub

 

About Nathan Gooden:

An award-winning illustrator and sequential artist, Nathan C. Gooden is Art Director at Vault Comics. Nathan studied animation at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and worked in film production, before co-founding Vault Comics. Nathan’s previous works include Brandon Sanderson’s Dark One (Vault), Barbaric (Vault), Zojaqan (Vault), and  Killbox (from American Gothic Press). He lives in Southern California, where he plays a lot of basketball and hikes constantly with his wife.

Keep in touch:

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About Nicholas Eames:

Nicholas Eames was born to parents of infinite patience and unstinting support in Wingham, Ontario. Kings of the Wyld is his first novel, Bloody Rose his second! He lives in British Columbia, Canada, and  loves black coffee, neat whiskey, the month of October, and video games, anime, movies, and all things awesome.He is co-wrote(with Michael Moreci) the one-shot, oversized comic BARBARIC: Wrong Kind of Righteous for Vault Comics!

Keep in touch:

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

 

About Corin Howell:

Corin Howell is a red head Comic Artist of spooky, scary, and sexy, and monsters, maidens, and robots.
I love cats too.
She is the artist for the supernatural detective series from Vault, SHADOW SERVICE, with bestselling author Cavan Scott. Hometown:  Austin, TX
Keep in touch:


Website | Twitter| Instagram | Goodreads


Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive finished copies of BARBARIC VOL. 3: HELL TO PAY & QUEEN  OF SWORDS: A BARBARIC TALES, US Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Ends January 16th, midnight EST.


Tour Schedule:

Week One:

12/18/2023

Writer of Wrongs

Excerpt

12/19/2023

Comic Book Yeti

Interview Nicholas Eames /IG Post

12/20/2023

@darkfantasyreviews

IG Post

12/21/2023

Sadie’s Spotlight

Excerpt/IG Post

12/22/2023

The Momma Spot

Excerpt

Week Two:

12/25/2023

Two Chicks on Books

Interview Michael & Nate/IG Post

12/26/2023

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt/IG Post

12/27/2023

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post

12/28/2023

Rajiv’s Reviews

Review/IG Post

12/29/2023

jlreadstoperpetuity

IG Post/TikTok Post

Week Three:

1/1/2024

A Blue Box Full of Books

IG Review/LFL Drop Pic/TikTok Post

1/2/2024

Lifestyle of Me

Review

1/3/2024

Country Mamas With Kids

Review/IG Post

1/4/2024

The Knight’s Guild

Review

1/5/2024

Brandi Danielle Davis

IG Review

Week Four:

1/8/2024

Two Points of Interest

Review/IG Post

1/9/2024

Kountry Girl Bookaholic

Review/IG Post

1/10/2024

@ashe_and_ink

IG Review

1/11/2024

Kim’s Book Reviews and Writing Aha’s

Review/IG Post

1/12/2024

GryffindorBookishnerd

IG Review

 

Spotlight & Giveaway: Death and the Sisters, by Heather Redmond

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September 25 – October 20, 2023 Virtual Book Tour

Death and the Sisters by Heather Redmond  

Title: Death and the Sisters

Series: Mary Shelley Mystery, 1

Author: by Heather Redmond

Genre: Historical mystery

Published by: Kensington

Publication Date: September 2023

Number of Pages: 320

ISBN: 9781496737991 (ISBN10: 1496737997)

Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookShop.org | Goodreads | Kensington


The tangled relationships between Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Mary’s stepsister Jane Clairmont form the backdrop for an intriguing historical mystery, set in London in 1814, that explores the complex dynamic between sisters and the birth of teenaged Mary’s creative genius.

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London, 1814: Mary Godwin and her stepsister Jane Clairmont, both sixteen, possess quick minds bolstered by an unconventional upbringing, and have little regard for the rules that other young ladies follow. Mary, whose mother famously advocated for women’s rights, rejects the two paths that seem open to her—that of an assistant in her father’s bookshop, or an ordinary wife. Though quieter and more reserved than the boisterous Jane, Mary’s imagination is keen, and she longs for real-world adventures.

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One evening, an opportunity arrives in the form of a dinner guest, Percy Bysshe Shelley. At twenty-one, Shelley is already a renowned poet and radical. Mary finds their visitor handsome and compelling, but it is later that evening, after the party has broken up, that events take a truly intriguing turn. When Mary comes downstairs in search of a book, she finds instead a man face down on the floor—with a knife in his back.

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The dead man, it seems, was a former classmate of Shelley’s, and had lately become a personal and professional rival. What was he doing in the Godwins’ home? Mary, Jane, and Shelley are all drawn to learn the truth behind the tragedy, especially as each discovery seems to hint at a tangled web that includes many in Shelley’s closest circle. But as the attraction between Mary and the married poet intensifies, it sparks a rivalry between the sisters, even as it kindles the creative fire within . . .
Praise for Death and the Sisters:

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Death and the Sisters is a terrific blend of gritty history with a mystery that will keep readers turning pages. Impeccably researched and imaginative, Redmond’s first Mary Shelley Mystery immerses readers in the drama of young Mary Godwin and her family, as well as her budding romance with Percy Shelley, as they work together to solve a wonderfully bookish murder. I thoroughly enjoyed this series kick-off and can’t wait for the next story!” ~ Susanna Craig, author of The Lady Knows Best

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Death and the Sisters is a rip-roaring murder mystery with twists and turns that introduces teenaged Mary Godwin, not yet the author of the immortal work Frankenstein, as an amateur detective. Redmond’s foray in the world of rational atheists in early 19th century London is a mesmerizing, forceful delight.” ~ Eilis Flynn, author of The Riddle of Rym

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“Crafted with vivid historical detail, an artfully twisted plot, and engaging characters, Death and the Sisters is an excellent start to what I hope will be a long-running series.” ~ Dianne Freeman, author of the award-winning Countess of Harleigh Mysteries

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“It might be the way London comes to life in all of its dark and gritty complexities, or the dynamics between Mary and her step-sister, Jane, as they set out to find the killer of the man who they discover dead in the bookshop. Everyone is a suspect—even Percy Shelley who has caught the eye of the women in the household. Propulsive and immersive, Heather Redmond is at the top of her game until the intense and satisfying end.” ~ Mary Keliikoa, author of Hidden Pieces

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“An intrepid cast of characters, a stunningly atmospheric 19th-century London, and a riveting murder… Highly recommend.” ~ Melissa Bourbon, bestselling author

Author Bio:
Heather Redmond
Heather Redmond is an author of commercial fiction and also writes as Heather Hiestand. First published in mystery, she took a long detour through romance before returning. Though her last British ancestor departed London in the 1920s, she is a committed anglophile, Dickens devotee, and lover of all things nineteenth century.

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She has lived in Illinois, California, and Texas, and now resides in a small town in Washington State with her husband and son. The author of many novels, novellas, and short stories, she has achieved best-seller status at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other retailers. Her 2018 Heather Redmond debut, A Tale of Two Murders, has received a coveted starred review from Kirkus Reviews.

Catch Up With Heather Redmond: www.HeatherRedmond.com Goodreads BookBub – @heatherredmond1 Instagram – @hiestandheather Twitter – @heatheraredmond Heather Hiestand Redmond’s Reader Group on Facebook


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