Monday, October 13, 2014

The Turnagain Arm Giveaway Winners & Excerpt

Hello and Happy Monday to all! I hope everyone had a good weekend. I'm still recovering from the premiere of The Walking Dead last night! So happy the show is back. I needed something fun to watch after the Bengals proved yet again that they are the Bengals by missing what would have been a game winning field goal at the end of overtime. Years go by and players come and go but the one sure thing is that the Bengals will always be the Bungles.

Thanks to everyone who participated in my giveaway last week to celebrate the release of my novella The Turnagain Arm. The two winners are Michael Di Gesu and Annalisa Crawford! Congratulations to Michael and Annalisa and thanks again to everyone who joined in and helped me spread the word.

Gwen Gardner, the author of the fantastic Indigo Eady series, is sharing an excerpt from the novella on her blog today. Visit her here to read it!

Since I sent Gwen an excerpt to post I thought I would share an excerpt here as well. This excerpt features Aleksei Nechayev, who is not only one of the main characters in The Turnagain Arm but also the antagonist in Polar Night

Aleksei watched from the trees as the two security guards patrolled the area outside of the Turnagain Arm saloon. He had bid them a friendly goodnight just a few minutes earlier when he’d closed down for the night, but there was nothing friendly about his plans now. Aleksei was hungry and wanted nothing more than to drain both of the guards and satiate his hunger while also letting them know how useless their pretend soldiering was. His eyes nearly rolled back into his head as he watched them strutting about like peacocks. But while that course of action would feed him for the night, it would ultimately be short-sighted. And much less fun than what he had planned.

He had barely kept his composure while listening to Dzubenko blame the recent disappearances on bear attacks. It had been so difficult not to burst out laughing in his employer’s face. But he knew that the grizzly bear explanation had brought some semblance of comfort to the workers. It was much easier for them to come to terms with an angry wild bear than a murderer on the loose.

Imagining how they could come to terms with the murder of their guards by someone who was clearly not a bear made Aleksei smile from ear to ear. As much as he wanted to bite the guards and drain them, bite marks of any kind would spoil his fun. They would also spoil his plans for Vasyl Dzubenko. Aleksei knew he had made a rare mistake when speaking with Dzubenko earlier, and it had not gone unnoticed by his employer. The man was one of the few intelligent people in this camp, he’d give him that much. And he also felt sure that Dzubenko was different in ways beyond just his intellect. Aleksei could sense it. So if he had to deal with Dzubenko, he might as well lay the groundwork for that now. Truth be told, the idea of that merely added to his amusement.

Aleksei fingered the butcher knife he had stolen from the Turnagain Arm kitchen and stepped out of the trees.

One of the guards immediately snapped to attention and pointed his rifle at the sound of footsteps coming towards him.

“Who’s there? State your business.”

Aleksei walked into the light of the lanterns the guards held in front of them with his hands palms out in front of him.

“Don’t shoot,” he said. “It’s just me.”

The guards both relaxed and let their weapons hang loose at their sides.

“Aleksei? What are you doing back? Did you forget something in the saloon?”

“No, no, I just wanted to show you men something. I’m afraid it looks suspicious.” He gestured towards the woods next to the camp. “Over here in the trees.”

The men walked towards him, reminding Aleksei of the livestock that walked calmly to their deaths on his grandparents’ farm back home. 

Lambs to the slaughter…

Want to read more? 


  1. Already have it! Congratulations to Michael and Annalisa.

  2. Congrats to the winners! And yeh for the return of TWD! :)

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

  3. Congratulations to the winners. Fascinating cover, btw, just like the story.

  4. Congrats to the winners! It's a fantastic story. They'll love it!

  5. The Walking Dead is fun to watch? I don't watch the show although I appreciate that it is a good show, it is just too depressing for me. Now your book excerpts are great and gives me shivers

  6. Congrats to the winners!
    I'll purchase my copy one of these days!

  7. Great excerpt! Congrats to the winners.

  8. Congrats to the winners I will def have to get myself a copy. :)

  9. Already got mine, Julie. It's going with me on my long trip in Nov.

  10. Congrats to the winners! and congrats to you - for your excellent writing and your latest novella!

  11. Congrats on your new spooky book. This time of year is the perfect opportunity to hunker down with it!

  12. This is on my SUPER WANT TO READ list. Unfortunately with this pregnancy, I'm having a hard time reading eBooks. Darn eyes need to stop changing. ;) At least after the baby comes I'll have an excuse to lay back and vege with my kindle.

  13. Hi Julie - love the art work Michael did for you .. and I definitely want to read this before I read Polar Nights ...

    Cheers Hilary

  14. Congratulations to Michael and Annalisa!!! I'm clicking my way right now to get my own copy! :D

  15. Great excerpt...very eerie stuff!

  16. @Alex, thanks so much for getting it!

    @Madeline, yay TWD!

    @Vanessa, thank you!

    @Christine, I'm so glad you liked it, thanks.

    @Birgit, fun may have been the wrong word to use LOL. But it's so intense it's fun for me. Thanks so much about the book.

    @Michelle, thank you!

    @Carol, thanks!

    @Joss, if so I hope you will like it, thank you!

    @Lee, thanks so much, I hope you enjoy it. And have a fantastic trip!

    @Sheena-kay, thank you!

    @Tyrean, aww, thanks!

    @Kim, I love this time of year for that reason. Thank you!

    @Crystal, you can look forward to that then, if the baby will let you LOL. Thanks so much.

    @Hilary, thank you, I appreciate it!

    @SK, yay, thank you!

    @Mark, thanks!

  17. Congratulations to Michael and Annalisa.

  18. I'm so happy I won. I'm going to save reading it for a really stormy day - I think that'll suit the book well, and I'll be able to hide beneath blankets when I get scared :-)

  19. Love this excerpt! Aleksei's scenes were some of my favorites in Polar Night, so it's great to see him back in this novella! :)

  20. @Editos, thanks!

    @Annalisa, I hope you enjoy it. Nothing better to me than curling up with a blanket and a book!''

    @Heather, I love writing him. Thanks!

  21. Great prequel!

    Congratulations! Sorry I'm so late for all the fun, but wow, Michael did a beautiful job!


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