Sunday, July 30, 2017

July News

Hi, all! Two of my poems, "Meteor" and "Dashed on the Rocks" appeared in the latest issue of Door is a Jar, a magazine dedicated to writing that is accessible to all readers. Their magazine is available for Kindle and in paperback.

This has been a great month for reviews. I got some positive feedback on "Our Miss Engel," a short story that has consistently been my most popular blog post since I first posted it in 2012. In that time, it has received over 26,500 hits. A reader on Goodreads said, "The characterization is strong and the ambiance is appropriately dark. I would definitely read more from Scharhag."

I also heard from readers on Amazon about my children's books. The Ice Dragon and The Winter Prince both received five-star reviews. 

On The Ice Dragon, the review said, "Scharhag packs a lot of action and adventure within the pages of this short book. Primarily written for youngsters, it is an endearing story that parents and grandparents alike will enjoy as well. The descriptive passages bring to life the dragon's lair and the ice swan and this reviewer wanted the story to go on. So will you!"

On The Winter Prince, "A splendid contemporary fairy tale set in a faraway land, The Winter Prince will charm you as did the classic fairy tales of our youth. I loved the fact that it takes place in rural America and that young Margaret speaks in the colloquial dialogue of the backwoods folk. While she is suitably impressed with everything and everyone she encounters, she is able to keep her wits about her. And when she meets and saves the magician Anubis, we know it won't take long before romance is in the air. The story is well written, the pacing is nice and steady, the characters are varied and interesting, and the conclusion is most satisfying. A lovely novella to read to your young ones (8 years and older). There is enough to make them shudder (the evil Summer Queen and Lord Vernum), lots of fun adventures, a hint of romance, and a happy ending. A hefty punch from a novella of under one hundred pages. Loved reading this one!"

Thank you so much, lovely readers! I’m always thrilled to hear from you. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on publications (I have several more lined up in the coming months, and I’m always working on more material.) In August, I’m planning to host a literary event—I’ve been to many, but this will be the first one I’ve ever emceed. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

In the meantime, reviewers and fellow authors, I’m always happy to connect with you. Please feel free to contact me anytime about reviews, interviews, and other opportunities.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Aria Knight Chronicles: a new paranormal series

I'm always pleased to help fellow authors promote their work. I'm very excited about a new paranormal series written by not one, but TWO bestselling authors, Samantha LaFantasie and Alesha Escobar. SIN EATER, Book 1 of the Aria Knight Chronicles, releases today! Links to purchase below.


Aria Knight has an unusual set of skills: she will hold back the hounds of Hell so you can fly toward the Pearly Gates, and she will wipe your slate clean so that you don't become karma's bitch...for a price.

A Sin Eater has to make a living in today's world somehow.

But when she's called in the dead of night to perform her rite for a recluse billionaire, she stumbles upon a murder scene, and the evidence points to her.

In an attempt to clear her name and uncover the true culprit, Aria is forced to team up with a private investigator who's possessed by three spirits, and a handsome wizard who would rather see all Sin Eaters like Aria go extinct.

Aria knows her job is never easy, but now it’s become downright deadly.

SIN EATER is the first book of the Aria Knight Chronicles by USA Today bestselling author Samantha LaFantasie and Alesha Escobar, author of the bestselling Gray Tower Trilogy.

About the Authors

I’m a caffeine addict and chocoholic who enjoys reading and writing engaging stories, lovable (and not-so lovable) characters, and expressing my creativity daily. I write fantasy with intriguing characters, action-packed scenes, and always throw in a good dash of humor and romance.

Science Fiction and Fantasy are my favorite genres, but I also adore the classics (Shakespeare, Dante Alighieri, etc.) and I have a soft spot in my heart for Victorian poetry. You can geek out with me all-day every day over these.

Some of my favorite contemporary fantasy authors are George R.R. Martin, Robert Jordan (rest in peace), J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Jim Butcher (Dresden Files made me love Urban Fantasy), and Ilona Andrews among others. I enjoy movies and shows like Sleepy Hollow, Supernatural, Arrow, The Flash, The Avengers…there are too many to name!

I want to read more comics and graphic novels, please shoot a recommendation or two my way (I LOVE the Hellblazer comics, by the way).

Please don’t be a stranger–I want you to kick up your feet, sip your coffee (or tea) and join in on my weekly rants, discussions, and updates.

A Kansas native, Samantha LaFantasie spends her free time with her three kids and arguing with her characters. Writing has always been a passion of hers, forgoing all other desires to devote to this one obsession. She’s primarily a fantasy writer but often feels pulled to genres such as sci-fi, romance, and others.

Samantha became a bestselling author with the Pandora Boxed Set (which includes Made to Forget: Nepherium Novella series--Part One) on both Amazon and USA Today.

Samantha loves to take time to enjoy other activities such as photography and playing her favorite game of all time, Guild Wars 2.

Purchase SIN EATER

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Christmas in July

Hey, ya'll. I wanted to share with you that Smashwords is hosting a site-wide sale for the month of July. You can snag copies of my books for little or nothing using the coupon code SSW50. Here's the price list with links:

My solo works:
The Ice Dragon - $1.50
The Winter Prince - $1.50
Under Julia - $3.74
West Side Girl & Other Poems - FREE

The Order of the Four Sons:
The Order of the Four Sons - FREE
Carcosa - $2.00
Where Flap the Tatters of the King - $2.00
The Sacred Heart - $2.00

Also, as I mentioned in a previous entry, I did an author signing/book sale at the local library recently and had a few copies left over. As always, my best seller is The Ice Dragon, so I thought I'd do a giveaway. It will start tomorrow, July 6, and run through July 13. Some lucky winner will get an autographed copy.

The Ice Dragon is the tale of a little boy named Kenneth who hates Christmas. Then, one Christmas Eve, he meets a dragon, and everything changes. This book is for ages 8+.

Read an excerpt here.

Enter below.

Good luck, and Merry Christmas in July!

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