[COVER REVEAL] Dark Alchemy – Laura Bickle

This blog post is part of the official cover reveal for Laura Bickle’s Dark Alchemy. Below, you’ll find the author’s links, and information about her books.

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Laura Bickle
Dark Alchemy
HarperCollins Voyager Impulse (US & AU: 24th March 2015)
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Geologist Petra Dee arrives in Wyoming looking for clues to her father’s disappearance years before. What she finds instead is Temperance, a dying Western town with a gold rush past and a meth-infested present. But under the town’s dust and quiet, an old power is shifting. When bodies start turning up – desiccated and twisted skeletons that Petra can’t scientifically explain – her investigations land her in the middle of a covert war between the town’s most powerful interests. Petra’s father wasn’t the only one searching for the alchemical secrets of Temperance, and those still looking are now ready to kill. Armed with nothing but shaky alliances, a pair of antique guns, and a relic she doesn’t understand, the only thing Petra knows for sure is that she and her coyote sidekick are going to have to move fast, or die next.

Laura Bickle
The Hallowed Ones (The Hallowed Ones, Book 1)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Graphia (US: 25th September 2012)
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Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers are free to experience non-Amish culture before officially joining the church. But before Rumspringa arrives, Katie’s safe world starts to crumble. It begins with a fiery helicopter crash in the cornfields, followed by rumours of massive unrest and the disappearance of huge numbers of people all over the world. Something is out there…and it is making a killing. Unsure why they haven’t yet been attacked, the Amish Elders make a decree: no one goes outside their community, and no one is allowed in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man lying just outside the boundary of their land, she can’t leave him to die. She refuses to submit to the Elders’ rule and secretly brings the stranger into her community – but what else is she bringing in with him?

Laura Bickle
The Outside (The Hallowed Ones, Book 2)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (US: 9th September 2014)
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After a plague of vampires is unleashed in the world, Katie is kicked out of her Amish community for her refusal to adhere to the new rules of survival. Now in exile, she enters an outside world of unspeakable violence with only her two “English” friends and a horse by her side. Together they seek answers and other survivors – but each sunset brings the threat of vampire attack, and each sunrise the threat of starvation. And yet through this darkness come the shining ones: luminescent men and women with the power to deflect vampires and survive the night. But can these new people be trusted, and are they even people at all?

Alayna Williams
Dark Oracle (Delphic Oracle, Book 1)
Simon & Schuster Pocket (US, UK, & CA: 25th May 2010; AU: July 2010)
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Tara Sheridan swore off criminal profiling years ago. By combining Tarot card divination with her own intuition, she narrowly escaped the grasp of a serial killer who left her scarred for life. She put down her cards and withdrew from work and society. Now, Sophia, a member of an ancient secret society connected to the mythic Delphic Oracle, asks Tara to find a missing scientist who has unlocked the destructive secrets of dark energy. Tara resists – she fears reawakening her long-buried talents and blames Sophia’s Daughters of Delphi for the death of her mother. But, grudgingly, she agrees to search for the missing scientist, Lowell Magnusson. Tara travels to Las Alamos National Laboratory, the location of Magnusson’s disappearance. She meets the serious, impatient, and highly attractive Agent Harry Li – and re-encounters her old partner, Richard Corvus. Corvus is now chief of the Special Projects Division, a position Tara might have held, had she not dropped out of investigative work. Corvus considers Tara mentally imbalanced and not to be trusted – but it may be Corvus who is untrustworthy. Tara’s investigation and Tarot cards tell her Magnusson’s daughter, Cassie, may hold the key to her father’s plans, and that they both are in grave danger. Meanwhile, Corvus and the Daughters of Delphi have their own plans…and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

Alayna Williams
Rogue Oracle (Delphic Oracle, Book 2)
Simon & Schuster Pocket (US, UK, CA, & AU: 22nd February 2011)
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Tara Sheridan is the best criminal profiler around – and the most unconventional. Trained as a forensic psychologist, Tara also specialises in Tarot card reading. But she doesn’t need her divination skills to realise that the new assignment from her friend and sometime lover, Agent Harry Li, is a dangerous proposition in every way. Former Cold War operatives, all linked to a top-secret operation tracking the disposal of nuclear weapons in Russia, are disappearing. There are no bodies, and no clues to their whereabouts. Harry suspects a conspiracy to sell arms to the highest bidder. The cards – and Tara’s increasingly ominous dreams – suggest something darker. Even as Tara sorts through her feelings for Harry and her fractured relationships with the mysterious order known as Delphi’s Daughters, a killer is growing more ruthless by the day. And a nightmare that began decades ago in Chernobyl will reach a terrifying endgame that not even Tara could have foreseen…

Laura Bickle
Embers (Anya Kalinczyk, Book 1)
Simon & Schuster Pocket (AU: June 2010; US, UK, & CA: 12th April 2014)
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Unemployment, despair, anger – visible and invisible unrest feed the undercurrent of Detroit’s unease. A city increasingly invaded by phantoms now faces a malevolent force that further stokes fear and chaos throughout the city. Anya Kalinczyk spends her days as an arson investigator with the Detroit Fire Department, and her nights pursuing malicious spirits with a team of eccentric ghost hunters. Anya – who is the rarest type of psychic medium, a Lantern – suspects a supernatural arsonist is setting blazes to summon a fiery ancient entity that will leave the city in cinders. By Devil’s Night, the spell will be complete, unless Anya – with the help of her salamander familiar and the paranormal investigating team – can stop it. Anya’s accustomed to danger and believes herself inured to loneliness and loss. But this time she’s risking everything: her city, her soul, and a man who sees and accepts her for everything she is. Keeping all three safe will be the biggest challenge she’s ever faced.

Laura Bickle
Sparks (Anya Kalinczyk, Book 2)
Simon & Schuster Pocket (US, UK, CA, & AU: 31st August 2010)
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Anya Kalinczyk is the rarest type of psychic medium, a Lantern, who holds down a day job as an arson investigator with the Detroit Fire Department – while working 24/7 to exterminate malicious spirits haunting a city plagued by unemployment and despair. Along with her inseparable salamander familiar, Sparky, Anya has seen, and even survived, all manner of fiery hell – but her newest case sparks suspicions of a bizarre phenomenon that no one but her eccentric team of ghost hunters might believe: spontaneous human combustion. After fire consumes the home of elderly Jasper Bernard, Anya is stunned to discover his remains – or, more precisely, a lack of them; even the fiercest fires leave some trace of their victims – and she is sure this was no naturally occurring blaze. Soon she’s unearthed a connection to a celebrity psychic who preys on Detroit’s poor, promising miracles for money. But Hope Solomon wants more – she’s collecting spirits, and in a frantic race against time, Anya will face down an evil adversary who threatens her fragile relationship with her lover, her beloved Sparky’s freshly hatched newts, and the wandering souls of the entire city.

Paula Guran (ed.)
Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre
Prime (US: 10th September 2013)
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The farther we’ve gotten from the magic and mystery of the past, the more we’ve come to love Halloween – the one time each year when the mundane is overturned in favour of the bizarre, the “other side” is closest, and everyone can become anyone or anything they wish…and sometimes what they don’t. Eighteen original stories from mistresses and masters of the dark celebrating the most fantastic, enchanting, spooky, and supernatural of holidays. Stories (in alphabetical order by author’s last name): “Black Dog” by Laird Barron; “From Dust” by Laura Bickle; “Angelic” by Jay Caselberg; “Pumpkin Head Escapes” by Lawrence Connolly; “All Hallows in the High Hills” by Brenda Cooper; “We, the Fortunate Bereaved” by Brian Hodge; “Thirteen” by Stephen Graham Jones; “Whilst the Night Rejoices Profound and Still” by Caitlín R. Kiernan; “Trick or Treat” by Nancy Kilpatrick; “Long Way Home: A Pine Deep Story” by Jonathan Maberry; “The Mummy’s Kiss” by Norman Partridge; “All Souls Day” by Barbara Roden; “And When You Called Us We Came To You” by John Shirley; “The Halloween Men” by Maria V. Snyder; “Lesser Fires” by Steve Rasnic Tem & Melanie Tem; “Unternehmen Werwolf” by Carrie Vaughn; “For the Removal of Unwanted Guests” by A.C. Wise; “Quadruple Whammy” by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.

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