Still Death: Free for Memorial Day

Free today on all book platforms:

The crime before the story and the murder that started it all…

Betrayal begins with friendship. Power begins with greed, and death precludes all. Bear witness to the beginning of a new era; the blood of heroes spiraling down the drain to fuel the rise of a new empire.
Still death is a five thousand word prequel short story to the Destiny in the Shadows Series.

– Praise for Destiny in the Shadows –

” Absolutely WAR MACHINE is a well written novel that one cannot stop reading until the very last page – and then thirsts for a sequel! I especially love how the characters play off of and interact with one another throughout, especially given their roles on a journey that could prove to be a death mission in a dark world of deception. There is a balanced essence of danger, compassion, romance, and even humor, all elements not easy to successfully combine. Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel nailed it with all the skills of a seasoned writer. I cannot wait to read more from this budding, brilliant author! “

– A Goodreads Review

– About The Destiny In the Shadows Series –

Blackmailed, cornered, and screwed. That’s what happens when you get caught… If you’re an assassin, that is.
When a contract killer teams up with a four-star general to track down an elusive terrorist group intent upon detonating a nuclear bomb inside their city, sparks fly and not of the romantic variety. Racing against the clock through the desert, facing harrowing odds and dire consequences should they fail, they discover that the terrorists aren’t always the ones to fear… and may not be their true enemy.

Set in the ruins of New York, WAR MACHINE is a fast-paced adventure thriller filled with betrayal, suspense, and alliances that quickly turn into deadly enemies. Destiny in the Shadows hauntingly echoes the state of the world today and the fate of the heroes determined to save it.

READ IT HERE

Update on Destiny in the Shadows – Blood War, Warlord and War Path

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Sometimes a project is so complex and close to your heart that it consumes all your time. The fourth installment of the Destiny in the Shadows series has been no exception.

Many of you have been asking what became of the series since there has been such a lag between books. I released a Christmas novella in 2020 from Dantenn’s POV to break the silence and many of you loved it. But still you demanded to know what became of Sierrenna. Or more affectionately known, Rain. *SPOILER ALERT* Plus her baby.

And I don’t blame you. I’ve missed them, too. You see, what exists on paper is truly real in an author’s head. I deal with the main characters every day to the extent they almost come to life. Sometimes the things I originally plot out at the beginning of a first draft are refused. I realize that the action I’d originally planned would not be something a character would do. Cain was originally supposed to be a villain, you know. And he said to screw that.

War Machine was no different from any of my other stories. My first concept is usually very different from the finished product. And my science fiction novels are more difficult for me to write because I am literally inventing a new, unseen world. I must explain every bit of their society, their cities and how their new technologies work. With my urban fantasy novels, they are all based in the now. The settings are simply the world we live in and need to be much less detailed in certain respects.

What was once one book quickly morphed into two the more I worked on it. And those two books rapidly each escalated to over 150K words. The original title Blood War became Warlord: Scorpius (part one of the original manuscripts). The second half became Blood War: Defiance or more precisely, book five. The story simply could not be told on one book.

Another spoiler: Plus Cain quickly took to demanding that he get chapters from his point of view and I agreed it was what the story needed What he resented was the long wait that it has been the journey from my mind to the page

2021-2022 has been an intense roller-coaster for me and my family. I have experienced many health challenges that impacted my ability to work with as much focus as need for this series. But with happiness, I can announce that both books are in the hands of my editor. In fact, I am now working on the book directly after them, so three books can be released in relatively quick succession.

They will be in your hands soon, as well as the first Sanctum of Hell series book: Helice. It was previously published as a weekly serial during the Covid-19 pandemic and has since been vastly expanded upon. Again, the finished product is very different from the original. Call me a perfectionist, but I do not stop until I see a story as perfect. And again, what was once a simple novel became a triad of epic books. Book two Del Muerta is largely complete.

I also am in the process of bringing a fan request to life upon request. Many of you wished to read Rain’s early backstory when she was in training as an assassin. That book will not be in your hands for a while, but I can tell you it will be in the next year or so, providing my health complies with my wishes.

Hopefully this summer will be a great one not only for you, my reader, but also a better one for me. I am sending my love and hugs.

Love, Author Maggie Lynn

Merry Christmas Eve! Here’s My Two Free Gifts For You


#MerryChristmas I hope I find you well, blessed and happy with your friends and family this holiday season. 2021 has been a hard year for just about everyone. It seems simultaneously like the longest and the shortest year yet. It seems many of the folks I’ve spoken to feel the same. But we persevered and can direct our hope toward 2022, sending our positivity into the future.

As we move forward, I wanted to send you two gifts to brighten your season, free of charge. A Touch of Snow and A Caligo Christmas usually sell for full price on Amazon, but I felt my readers needed a pick me up this Christmas. Both stories are full of joy, I promise. As many of you know, my books series are full of angst and danger (you know you love it!), but these are the perfect quick reads to get you into the holiday spirit. They bring back fan favorite characters from my Destiny in the Shadows series and also from Wings of Caligo.

You can claim your copies via the links below.

A Touch of Snow: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/5qdoqr4gvw

Christmas in Caligo: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/bsrvgahwu0

May your heart be filled with light and love. Brighter days are ahead. Always know you are loved, no matter where you are.

Sending my love,

Unto us a child is born,

Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel

75% off Black Friday Book Sale

.99 Cent Black Friday Deals!

For the first time ever, War Machine, Black Hart, the Vampire’s Handmaiden, Wings of Caligo, and the Swan Princes by author Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel are all 75% off! It’s one day only, so grab your copies now. They make excellent Holiday gifts for all your friends and family (plus for yourself!). And the best part? No gift wrapping required!

Reviews:

War Machine had me hooked from the first page! – Peg H. On Goodreads

An urban fantasy with a motorcycle riding, kick ass heroine–what’s not to like? This one starts with a great premise, then kicks into action and never stops. – A Kindle Customer on Black Hart

Forgotten Hart: Väktare of All Realms Series Book 3 is live!

The Herald Väktare bears a new title in the apocalyptic battle of good vs. evil: Shira Hart amnesiac.
When a black magic spell strips her of her memory, powers and identity, Shira Black Hart faces the impossible question of what matters most: who you are or who you choose to be?
With secret enemies lurking in the shadows, there is no safe haven to run to. As Brin seemingly abandons her and a new forbidden attraction flares, she must decide whether to believe what her fractured mind is telling her or to follow her traitorous heart. Xydon’s son may desire to claim the Herald Väktare for himself, but evil’s secret weapon has risen from its grave. While Shira Hart must stop the consuming tide of darkness from rising, the only enemy standing in her way is the worst adversary of them all: herself.

Here’s a special sneak peek

Prologue

A furious rattling roused me from my stupor.

I blinked confusedly, trying to adjust to the blackness around me. Instead of my pillow, my head was resting on dry sands. The sun rising over the horizon told me that this definitely wasn’t my bedroom, nor was I alone in my bed.

Well, I wouldn’t say alone. The irked rattlesnake at my feet paused its rattling long enough for me to scuttle backward in alarm. It slithered off with a curse sent in my direction after I sent it a hasty apology for disturbing it. Then I was alone in the low dawn light, the dusty soil dry and sharp under my palms. I was laying completely alone in the center of a very large, open expanse of desert.

Or was I? I could hear echoes in my mind that didn’t seem to belong to me. But then they were gone. Had I imagined the whole thing? Or was I losing my mind?

 How had I gotten here? I had no memory of leaving my room in my grandfather’s underground compound. Last I remembered, Brin was carrying me to bed after dozing off during a movie, pressing a kiss to my cheek. He tucked me in as I fell asleep.

As I stumbled backward, I came into a whole new kind of horror. I recognized this place. This expanse of desert was one I’d been to only once, two months before. The debris may have been gone from the landscape, but the cactuses remained singed by the fires that had burned here. I would have recognized it anywhere, my insides constricting in panic like a vice.

I was standing on the edge of the crash zone where I’d absorbed Shitheed’s life force. But it couldn’t be. He was dead. I watched him die.

Yet as the dawn spread over the morning sky, I knew without a doubt that something was still to be unearthed. The restlessness in my soul was reawakening with gusto.

It wasn’t over. Somehow I had been brought back here. The question was why and, even better, how. A thousand voices sang in my head, “It’s not over. It’s just begun…”

But what could it be? Shitheed was dead.

Or was he…

Read it now on Kindle Unlimited or Paperback

Of All Realms Flash Sale! Just .99 cents!

To celebrate the release of Forgotten Hart next week, Book 1 & 2 of the Vaktare of All Realms series Cursed Hart and Black Hart are on sale for .99 cents each, today only!

*Or, for Kindle Unlimited subscribers, they’re free with your membership. Snag the deal while it’s on before they go back to full price at $3.99 each!Get them while they’re 75% off!

TOP TEN FINALIST FOR BEST URBAN FANTASY 2019 – CAFFIENATED FANTASY AWARDS 
Lost by the Fidem. Hunted by Xydon. Her family murdered… Only one power can save them all; the power of a herald Väktare and her Protectore. 
When a mysterious stranger arrives at Shira Black’s motorcycle restoration shop, trying to kidnap her and knowing her true identity, all hell breaks loose… quite literally due to her curse. Her only hope to stay free and in turn alive, is to trust two brothers to find the last of her family. To survive, they must unite their powers to evade the demonic forces of evil looking to capture her soul…

Buy them at .99 cents each!

Book 3, Forgotten Hart is coming out next week February 8th, so if you haven’t started this action-packed series, you’d better start today!

Watch Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel on the Lurking For Legends Live Show With Richard H Stephens and Christie Stratos

Your Tuesday entertainment is here!

Join Richard H. Stephens, Fantasy Author and Christie Stratos, Psychological Suspense author, at 8 p.m. ET January 26 for a chat with me, Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel – Author and Filmmaker, bestselling sci-fi and fantasy author and president of Whatsit Productions TV.


👉 Watch live and ask questions in the chat here: bit.ly/LFLEpi3

You can learn more about the hosts here:

Richard H. Stephens (I love his Legends of the Lurker fantasy series!): http://www.richardhstephens.com/

Christie Stratos: https://linktr.ee/christiestratos

Your Two Free Christmas Gifts: A Touch of Snow

Merry Christmas!

Your Christmas gift from me has arrived! As a special holiday present for all my readers, I’ve released a new Destiny in the Shadows holiday novella. It’s free to you all since I love you so much. 2020 has been a difficult year and I hope this lifts your spirits:

Twas the night before Christmas in the mountains of MoiRai,

A snow leopard lingered on the streets under a snowy sky,

For her three kittens were trapped in a ceiling and nobody would’ve guessed

That Dantenn would be run ragged when Michael unwittingly lets in their holiday guest…

Fans of Destiny in the Shadows will rejoice with this heartwarming Christmas tale, providing a glimpse into the mysterious village of MoiRai. Told from fan favorite, Dantenn’s point of view, it will bring a smile to your face and perhaps a few tears to your eyes this Christmas. It is best enjoyed if you have read War Machine and Slave to War first since this is set three years after the events of book two in the series.

A note from me: It was an absolute joy to write this story. Getting directly inside Dantenn’s head was fun, showing you all his point of view. I cried as I wrote the tail end of the story, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did writing it. Part of the inspiration of the story came from the new addition to my family, a loving stray cat. All I ask is that you review it on Amazon or Goodreads if you enjoy it. All in all, I wish you a very merry Christmas and a healthy, happy New Year! God bless you.

You can nab your free copy below until December 30. Then it will return to full price at 2.99.

Download for Ereaders: https://storyoriginapp.com/…/5ef698c2-46fd-11eb-89a8…

Free December 26th Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08R9GKYM2/

Or for Amazon Kindle Unlimited readers: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08R9GKYM2/


Also, in case you did not pick up your copy of last year’s Christmas gift, A Christmas in Caligo, I have it here for free likewise until December 30th: A Caligo Christmas: A Fairy Shifter Novella (Legends of Arestina Book 2) – Kindle edition by Heron-Heidel, Maggie Lynn, Heron Heidel, Peg. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

The Married to My Writing Podcast | With Guest Author Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel

Make sure to tune in! I was a guest on the Married to My Writing Podcast with Jasmine Wonders and RJ Rome. Here’s the inside scoop:

“Hey everyone! We appreciate you joining us for another one.

In this episode we talk to Maggie Lynn about her journey to authorship and some of the steps she takes to find her audience. She dives deep into programs she uses as well as her understanding of Amazon and social media algorithms. You don’t want to miss it! As always, find us on social and let us what you thought.

If you’d prefer to listen on Apple Podcasts click here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/married-to-my-writing/id1511607779?i=1000488202687

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