Happy cover reveal day to this gorgeous collection of short stories! Divided into sections for the beautiful and the bizarre, the tales range from dark fantasy with sorcery and mermaids, to horror with monsters and unnatural animals. Putting this together has been a labor of love over the last year, and I’ve had the benefit of getting to work with incredible people throughout the process.
The cover itself was created by Shivana Brhamadat at SinsValentine.com. The lettering was done by my sister, Kelley M. Frank at MorbidSmile.com. It’s amazing seeing the talents of two artists combining together to make sure a beautiful piece.
This collection is available to pre-order today! Paperbacks will be coming soon!
The Impostor and Other Dark Tales
The beautiful and the bizarre
Something watches from the corner of the room, peeking through a crack, existing within an impossible space—what does it want?
The ghost of a lover returns at the end of a lifetime, carrying a dark secret—what will she say?
A woman struggling with identity finds herself in the arms of a dangerous woman with a mysterious curse—what will she find?
The beautiful and the bizarre exist side by side in this collection of fantastic and strange tales by prolific short story author, Marlena Frank. From dark fantasy stories of sharp-toothed mermaids and bewitched sorceresses to horror stories with ferocious bird beasts and golden-eyed monsters that live in the peripheral of human existence, these stories bring to life the creatures that haunt the nightmare world.
From heart-rending to heart-pounding, these tales will linger long after reading them.
It sure is amazing to get the final cover for a book series. You get to see how the books fit in beside each other, and just by looking at the covers you can tell so much about the storyline and the world. I love each of the covers in the Stolen series so much, I love how they show both light and dark at the same time, and how Shaleigh is always visible.
That said, I never imagined the cover for Chosen would take my breath away the way it has. I literally could barely speak when I first laid eyes on it, and that was before Shayne and I worked out the details! Now I get to share it with you!
Can she stop what she unleashed?
How in the world did Shaleigh Mallett find herself standing on a volcanic mountain facing the fire dragon, Tanwen?
She isn’t supposed to be here. She’s supposed to be in high school, studying for classes and exploring abandoned buildings with her best friend. But no, she’s stuck on the Peak of Gwern, hoping that the dragon will somehow show mercy and stop the Madness that plagues them.
There is still so much to do, so many wrongs to right. She can’t abandon her friends after she’s come so far. She won’t abandon them. Not even Talek, who is all but consumed by the Madness. She must take down Keriam the Magician, she must face the Bloody Forest, and she must lead if she ever wants to see home again.
Add to Goodreads, share to your friends, post on your social media, whatever you like! This is the last book in the Stolen trilogy, and I’m going to have SUCH a hard time letting go of this world and these characters.
Amid all the chaos and confusion going on in the world right now, I come bearing some good news!
Today is the cover reveal for The Seeking, my young adult horror book featuring weird monsters, vicious rituals, creepy villagers, and a gruesome secret. This book comes out on October 27th, just in time for Halloween, from The Parliament House.
I’m thrilled because this is my first full-length horror novel, and although this is a standalone book, I hope to write more horror novels in this vein. Think of this as A Quiet Place mixed with Hunger Games.
I’m so pleased with how this cover came out and it has just the right amount of terror, empathy, and creepy that I love! Check out the synopsis listed below and make sure you add it to your TBR list on Goodreads!
Each Seeking, the magic that protects the town of Carra must be renewed, which means the children of the Exalted Family must go into hiding. Whether it be through disguise or bribe, through trusted friends or perfect hiding places, every child of the Priest family must avoid capture for the full day.
When things go wrong with the renewal, it’s up to seventeen-year-old Dahlia, the middle child of the Priest family, and her girlfriend, Bisa, to escape Carra and find the magical beings responsible for the protection. They must learn who would require such a cruel game to be played every year and if the protection of the Gray People is really worth such a deadly cost. What they will discover is far worse.
Do you love this cover as much as I do? Please consider sharing this to any friends who love horror books! As an indie author, we rely so much on word of mouth to get our stories heard. Any help you can give is always appreciated. Thank you!
The year has barely just begun and already things are moving quick. March and April are going to be particularly busy times around here, so I’ve created a run-down of everything happening in about a two week time-span.
See what I mean? It’s going to be back-to-back book releases and a cover reveal! I’m really looking forward to seeing the cover for The Seeking too because that book is going to be SUPER creepy.
Help with the Cover Reveal!
If you run a blog or a website and want to help me with the cover reveal for The Seeking, and to help with releases and cover reveals for other books from The Parliament House too, feel free to reach out on the Contact Me page! I know the secret handshake to get you in the door. 😉
Want to see what to expect within the pages? Check out the Pinterest board!
It’s all set around Halloween, so it’s the perfect read for Fall. I’m super excited for that book to hit shelves! (Have you added it to your Goodreads yet?)
Then Book 2 of the Stolen series, Broken, is coming out in April. And to top it all off, I’m going to be out of town that day so it’ll be extra exciting (and stressful) than normal.
Sometimes I think about where I was just a few years back. I remember working hard on my books and on my writing, hoping to someday publish my stories but never really thinking I would. Sometimes I have to stop and realize where I am and how I got here and take a breath.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed sometimes. It’s easy to worry that I’ve forgotten something or to fret that my writing isn’t good enough. Then I think back on myself from but a few years back and how pumped I would be to have these challenges then. I have to remind myself that it’s okay to feel this way, but that this is where I want and need to be right now.
The best way to remind myself that all this work is worth it? Reading amazing reviews. Hearing from people who loved Stolen. Knowing that there are many people itching to read the continuation. Reminding myself that someone out there needs to read my books, and that the only way to reach them is to keep on pushing.
That’s ambrosia for the soul right there, folks. I’m going to go roll up my sleeves and get back to pushing.
For some, Mardi Gras is a celebration For others, it’s a dangerous game
I visited New Orleans once in 2000 with several online friends. I was a senior in high school at the time and it was stressful meeting people who I had never really seen in real life. This was the age of anonymity on the internet, and all I had was a picture of them.
This was before 9/11 happened, so the flight over was completely different than it is today. It was also before Katrina hit and I remember us driving over bridges and seeing all the buildings underneath, all the homes that in a few years would be seen on TV underwater.
For me, it was a special moment, a way of letting go of the stress of my academics and visiting someplace new. At the time, I was stressed out from applying to colleges and I didn’t know where I would be the following year. It was a period of transition and a period of reflection.
When I was asked by the wonderful editors of Filles Vertes Publishing if I wanted to participate in an anthology about New Orleans, I jumped at the opportunity. You see one of those online friends of mine passed away a year ago, and she was absolutely in love with the place. She was also a big supporter of my work. I wanted to honor her with a story about the city she always wanted to move to.
I am thrilled to share the cover reveal for Masks an anthology about Mardi Gras and the themes that surround it. My story, “La Femme en Rouge”, is a tale of transformation and of reflection. I associate New Orleans with a place to help me make big decisions in life, and I think my story reflects that. I wanted to capture the lights, the smells, the sounds, the moods, the mixture of perspectives, and the economic struggles.
I hope you’ll dare to explore the fantastic tales within, and maybe you’ll also find yourself transformed. After all, Mardi Gras is all about shedding your skin. Coming 3/31/2020.