Sunday, 9 December 2018

FREE WINTER eBOOK READS FOR YOU.

It's the season of giving, and so here is a list of Katie M. John Books that you can download for FREE and which make the perfect winter reads. 

"Katie M. John is the UK and USA best selling Young Adult author of the award winning, list busting 'The Knight Trilogy' and 'The Meadowsweet Chronicles'."

If you've yet to discover my series, the first in these series are FREE to download on all ebook platforms, and if you're in Kindle Unlimited, you can also download the Seasons' Fairy Tale Collection for FREE, too. 

Seasons Greetings 
Kate xox 

FREE ON ALL PLATFORMS. 
THE FOREST OF ADVENTURES: 
The Forest of Adventures (Book 1 of the #1 best selling YA contemporary Arthurian series, The Knight Trilogy) is FREE on all eBook platforms.

BLURB: 
An Ancient Legend. A Modern Love Story.
Follow seventeen year old Mina singer into the enchanted ancient forest where legends still live in a magical Arthurian world that was thought lost forever.
For college student, Mina Singer, falling for the handsome new boy was never part of the life plan. Especially not one as odd and mysterious, if not ridiculously handsome, as Blake Beldevier. With his out of time chivalry and his over-serious face, Mina finds herself inexplicably drawn to him, and his deadly secrets.
The further she ventures into the forest to discover more about Blake’s true identity, the deeper she is pulled into a world she thought only existed in fairy tales. A world where magic and evil still co-exist, and where a terrible game of hearts with Morgan Le Fay is about to begin.
In the Realm, life and death are all a matter of the choices that are made.
All other eBook platforms: https://www.books2read.com/u/3J86vv

WITCHCRAFT
'Witchcraft' is Book One of The Meadowsweet Chronicles. An upper YA epic chunky paranormal and occult series stuffed full of world folklore and urban legends. 

BLURB
EVEN TODAY, ALL WITCHES SCREAM WHEN THEY BURN. 

THREE SISTERS. 

TWO ENEMY COVENS. 
ONE DEAD GIRL.

Seventeen-year-old Fox Meadowsweet is an outsider, just like her sisters, just like all the other women in her family before her. That's what comes of being born a witch. 


But being an outsider makes you stronger, smarter, more resilient. It helps you know who to trust... no one . 


When a college girl is discovered ritually murdered, ancient superstitions and long buried secrets rise to the surface and many eyes turn to the beautiful, mysterious Meadowsweet sisters. After all, they do come from a long line of infamous witches. 


Or maybe the strange, handsome new American arrival, Jeremiah Chase, an Exiled New York bad boy has something to do with it. His family history is more than a little shady; suicides, murders, and whispers of occult activity are all linked to the grand house he now stays in with his aunt. 


One thing for certain, history definitely isn't staying in the past. 


As the village erupts with paranormal activity and ancient feuds reignite, it's time to find out who your friends really are.

All other eBook platforms: https://www.books2read.com/u/bPyRx3

FREE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED
A series of 3/4 novels. Magical fairy tales for the seasons. Contemporary worldslip stories of Witches, Beasts, Fae, dastardly Duke,  handsome woodsman and a whole cast of fairytale characters.  

They are part of the same collection but stand alone stories and can be read in any order to suit the season. 

THE YULETIDE WOODSMAN
She must break the curse or never get home.

Kidnapped from the real world and gifted to a cursed prince in a strange fairy-tale realm, seventeen-year-old Neve soon discovers wickedness has no bounds, and desperate people will go to any lengths to ensure their own survival. 


Held prisoner in a castle, surrounded by wolf infested woods, and a population grown cold hearted with the endless winter, Neve must find a way to escape back to her own world before she is drawn deeper into Queen Morag's dark web of evil intentions. 


There is only one person who can possibly help her find her way home. Stag, the Queen's Woodsman, and expert wolf slayer. But can Neve trust him when the line between monsters and men is so fine?

THE WINTER QUEEN
When close friends May and Tom take a walk through the snow covered woods, May has no idea how truly magical, and dangerous, things are about to get.

When she wakes up badly injured in lavish but unfamiliar surroundings, she begins to understand that nothing is once what it was - and sometimes, as beautiful as the snow can be, it can be cruel.


Finding herself trapped in a terrible fairy tale, May must find a way to get home before she is trapped there forever.

THE AUTUMN DUCHESS
I'd woken up to find myself in a different world and a different time. If this wasn't confusing enough, there was now a stupidly handsome, half-naked guy standing before me, barely covered by a tartan blanket. A minute ago, he had been a stag running for his life. 

Glen McGarrick is a cheeky Jacobite rebel from 1745. He's also cursed by a fairy queen.


Skye Lennox is a twenty-first century teen who should be dead, but isn't. Instead, she's woken up in a world where magic still lingers, evil fairies demand ritual sacrifices, everyone hates the English, and the corsetry is too damned tight. 


Bound by their shared secrets, Skye and Glen embark on a mission to get Skye home before the evil English Duke ensnares Skye along with all his other pretty little creatures. 

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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Viking, wolfmen, vampire hybrids... what's not to love in this new YA series?


***RELEASE DAY*** I am super excited to let you know that 'Wolf Princess' (Part of the Bathory Academy Universe) is now live on Amazon.

It's available for FREE DOWNLOAD on KINDLE UNLIMITED and just $2.99 on Kindle.

The Wolf Princess novella series can be read as either a series in its own right or alternate them with the Bathory Academy series for a universe reading experience.

BLURB:
ASTRID NORDSKOV: VIKING. VAMPIRESS. WOLF-PRINCESS. WARRIOR.

When there are so many elements to your identity, it’s hard to know who you really are; especially when everybody has a very clear idea of who they think you SHOULD be.

After being left for dead on the boundary of our settlement, having been attacked by Jeorge, the only boy I have ever loved, my father sent me, and my protective pack of wolfboys, to Scotland, to the safety of Bathory Academy, school for vampires.

I’m meant to learn what it is to be a warrior, a leader, a chief of my clan. I’m meant to learn never to repeat the same foolish mistake of falling in love with an unsuitable boy again…

But the gods have another path for me and so I’m ever connected to the land of ice and granite, to the forests and the sea.

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In this companion novella series to Bathory Academy, Astrid Nordskov is forced to face the brutal reality behind her attack and comes to understand that the old gods have a very new vision for the princess of the last Viking clan.

With northern magic, Norse folklore, Vikings, shifters and vampires, The Wolf Princess series can be read as a series in its own right or alternated with the books of Bathory Academy for a fully immersive experience.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Flunked your A-Levels? A message from 'a failure'.

A-Levels.


My A-level day wasn't great. I'd been a high achiever all my life, aced my GCSE and had a conditional offer from Cambrige University, which coming from a Northern comprehensive school and from a disadvantaged background was quite something.

The two years of my A-Level studies were hard. I was studying 5 A-LEVELS and my father was in and out of a psychiatric unit because his bi-polar and medication made him frequently suicidal and when he was home, life was incredibly difficult.

My mother was working 3-4 different jobs at a time just to keep the roof over our head and to feed us. I will always respect her for that.
Me in Paris for a book signing Sept 2017

I was working part time as well as studying because it was the only way I would have any money, and because Friday and Saturday nights were party night--a chance to completely forget all the shit going on at home. I had a very unhealthy gin and red wine habit, but it was the 1990s and most of us from the age of 16 had unhealthy alcohol habits.

I was also in a really messed up relationship (or maybe a couple of messed up relationships) in that first year of studies.

And amongst all that, I had taken it upon myself to apply for Cambridge, get an interview that no one prepped me for and get a conditional offer.

The day of my English Lit A-Level was the day after my father had a serious psychotic episode that resulted in hospital admission. I'd been up until past midnight as the services were dealing with him and I was a mess.

Me in New York for a book signing
Sept 2017
It wasn't a time that schools really got that whole student well-being stuff, and it certainly wasn't a time that people knew how to handle discussions about mental health. I was ignored by the staff because they didn't know what to say. There were no allowances, no care, no special circumstances.

When the results came, I got a B. I'd been predicted a top grade in English, just like 3 of the other A-Levels. It didn't matter in the end, apart from pride, because all my other grades were Bs and Cs too.

I wasn't going to Cambridge.
I wasn't even going to a 'top university'.

To be honest. It felt like the world had stopped spinning for a day or two.

I took my fourth choice of St. Mary's University in Twickenham, and convinced myself that it was going to be fabulous to be so near to London... and it was.

St. Mary's was exactly what I needed in my life at that moment. It was small, caring, faith based (not my own but nevertheless) I was a big fish in a small pond. I aced my first term assignments, I became head of the literature society, I built great relationships with my tutors, who restored my esteem and faith in myself, I roomed on the small campus with a room mate and it was a village where I could start to rebuild and discover myself.

I will be eternally grateful for not getting the grades to Cambridge, which I honestly believe would have further destroyed me.

Today, I travel the world as an author and small publisher, I go on the most incredible adventures, I hang with the most amazing people.

I'm married to the guy I got together with in the second year of A-LEVELS and who stood by all the crazy. I have two beautiful daughters and live close by the university, where I now hold a residential conference for writers every two years.

What this tells you is that things happen for a reason. If you didn't get the grades you needed, or wanted, then maybe there's a bigger picture for you.

Life isn't all about grades, but it is about doing the very most you can with the resources that you have, about not settling in the same place, to always believe you can do better, attain your dreams, even if it's not in the way you've been raised to believe.

I was a secondary school English teacher, in charge of GCSE English for many years. In the end, I left partly because I couldn't reconcile my soul and ethics to the exam and grade culture we are enforcing on our students. It's destructive and it isn't true.

IT ISN'T TRUE. I promise you that your grades are merely an advantage, not the answer. They don't guarantee you anything in life. They make getting through some doors a little easier, but once inside that room, they're like ether.

It's your personality, your values, your work ethic, your confidence, your belief, your integrity, being well-read, being well-travelled, culturally aware, business savvy, good with money, knowing when to risk it all and when to protect it all that will make you a success.

It's your ability to truly love and accept yourself that will allow others to love you and for you to build up relationships that make you happy.

And honestly, happiness is the ultimate goal, and no one needs top grades for that.
Be strong. Good luck and always reach for your dreams   

Thursday, 9 August 2018

A Fresh Brand New YA Vampire Series To Sink Your Teeth Into...



HE'S A NEWLY EMERGED VAMPIRE. SHE'S THE DESCENDANT OF THE MOST PREDATORY VAMPIRESS IN HISTORY...

We are delighted to announce the official launch of Katie M. John's brand new vampire series, 'Bathory Academy'. 

"It's like Hogwarts grew up and got vamped! Can't wait for Book 2 - 5 STARS" (ARC REVIEW) 


When an eighteenth birthday party ends in bloodshed, Alexander Augustine’s secret is revealed. After his vampire identity goes viral on social media, there's no choice but to run, and there's only one place to go…

Cover and brand credit to Regina Wamba at Mae I Designs
Bathory Academy, home to the next generation some of the world's most notorious vampire families, is a college like no other. It offers Alexander both sanctuary and a very different kind of education; a place where he can truly be.

As Alexander begins to slowly accept his supernatural life, and all the needs that go with it, he’s drawn towards the beautiful, but potentially deadly, Scarlett Bathory, soon discovering their history is as tightly knotted as their present.

With revolution, bloodlust, and desire for vampire world domination taking hold, Alexander starts to fear he’s nothing but a pawn in a very dangerous game.


To accompany the Bathory Academy series, there will also be a series of companion novellas, which can be read as a series in their own right or for a truly immersive reading exprience, alternated with the reading of Bathory Academy. 

The launch schedule for Bathory Academy is: Sept, Nov, Jan, March, April and the companion novellas will be released in the alternate months. 

THE COMPANION SERIES: 'THE WOLF PRINCESS'

ASTRID NORDSKOV: VIKING. VAMPIRESS. WOLF-PRINCESS. WARRIOR.
When there are so many elements to your identity, it’s hard to know who you really are, especially when everybody has a very clear idea of who they think you should be.

After being left for dead on the boundary of our settlement, having been attacked by Jeorge, the only boy I have ever loved, my father sent me, and my protective pack of wolfboys, to Scotland, to the safety of Bathory Academy, school for vampires.

I’m meant to learn what it is to be a warrior, a leader, a chief of my clan. I’m meant to learn never to repeat the same foolish mistake of falling in love with an unsuitable boy again…

But the gods have another path for me and so I’m ever connected to the land of ice and granite, to the forests and the sea.

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In this companion novella series to Bathory Academy, Astrid Nordskov is forced to face the brutal reality behind her attack and comes to understand that the old gods have a very new vision for the princess of the last Viking clan.

With northern magic, Norse folklore, Vikings, shifters and vampires, The Wolf Princess series can be read as a series in its own right or alternated with the books of Bathory Academy for a fully immersive experience.
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Readers’ Note: These are 20-25k thousand word novellas (Half-novels) and there is some more mature Young Adult content.

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY OF 'VAMPIRE HEARTS' BOOK 1 of Bathory Academy HERE:

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY OF 'THE WOLF PRINCESS' Novella 1 of Bathory Academy World companion novellas HERE: 

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Enter a magical world written by over 50 Award Winning and USA TODAY / NYT bestselling Authors

The cover reveal for 'Emeline' is officially here, and isn't it gorgeous. Another beauty from designer Regina Wamba.

'Emeline' is part of the shared world project of Havenwood Falls, for which over 50 award winning and USA TODAY and NY TIMES bestselling authors write stories set in one supernatural town called Havenwood Falls. There are several audience strands to the project. Havenwood Falls High, Havenwood Falls, Havenwood Falls Legends, Havenwood Falls Sin & Silk.

With shared locations, events and characters, Havenwood Falls is a completely immersive reading experience, offering you a whole world to explore and discover.

In April of this year, my Havenwood Falls High (YA) came out and told the story of Harry Lewis, a new boy to Havenwood Falls, who soon came to realise that Havenwood Falls was a little bit special. When tragedy strikes, Harry befriends the ghost of Emeline Fairchild, the beautiful Fae who haunts the Fairchild Mansion his family have moved into.

This October sees the release of 'Emeline' (General / Wide Audience) as part of the Havenwood Falls Legends series. 'Emeline' is set between the years 1850s-1913 and tells the love story of Emeline Fairchild and Drayan Bishop. It explores the founding of the town and the early days of the founding families.

As Emeline approaches her wedding day, terrible revelations shock her world as she discovers the terrible price that has been paid to break her family curse and save her from an eternal sleep.

When the handsome art master arrives, brining light and good into her darkening world, terrible jealousies surface and soon everything takes a tragic turn.

It is now on pre-order
Emeline
By Katie M. John
Series: Legends of Havenwood Falls
Genre: Historical Paranormal
Release Date: Oct. 5, 2018
Cover Design: Regina Wamba, MaeIDesign.com


iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/emeline/id1414487464
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FPWDHLZ
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07FPWDHLZ




FOREVER EMELINE
By Katie M. John
Series: Havenwood Falls High
Genre: Young Adult Supernatural Suspense
Release Date: April 6, 2018
Cover Design: Regina Wamba, MaeIDesign.com

Preorder on

Coming soon to Kobo | Barnes & Noble

Welcome to Havenwood Falls, a small town in the majestic mountains of Colorado. A town where legacies began centuries ago, bloodlines run deep, and dark secrets abound. A town where nobody is what you think, where truths pose as lies, and where myths blend with reality. A place where everyone has a story. Including the high schoolers. This is only but one…

At barely eighteen, London-born Harry has already been making a name for himself in the New York and London art circles with his otherworldly and haunting fairy-tale paintings.
When he relocates to New York to be with his mother and his new stepdad, the world-renowned Dr. Lewis, his life takes an extraordinary turn of events that brings the family to the derelict Fairchild mansion in the strange little town of Havenwood Falls.

Harry soon discovers the history of Havenwood Falls doesn’t always remain in the past. When the ghost of the fae-blooded Emeline Fairchild makes her presence known, Harry begins to fear he’s losing his mind. He’s heard stories of the greats going mad with their creativity and believes he might be following in their footsteps.

The truth is even more tragic. Not even out of high school, Harry is set to blaze a trail of light with his precocious talent, but fate has another terrible future in store. One that even the supernaturally talented Dr. Lewis can’t fix.

As Harry finds love in the present, he has to look toward a future where the past is his only hope.

This is a Young Adult paranormal tale in the Havenwood Falls High series of Young Adult fantasy stories featuring a variety of supernatural creatures. The series is a collaborative effort by multiple authors. Each book is generally a stand-alone, so you can read them in any order, although some authors will be writing sequels to their own stories. Please be aware when you choose your next read.


GIVEAWAY



Happy weekend. I'm running a really lovely giveaway over on Facebook and I wanted to share it here with you so you also have a chance to win it, and also to introduce you to the Havenwood Falls Bookclub, where you can discover more about the incredibly rich and paranormal world of Havenwood Falls.

TO ENTER THIS COMPETITION, HEAD TO https://www.facebook.com/groups/HavenwoodFallsBookClub/permalink/864997963686730/


Yesterday evening saw the official reveal of 'Emeline' from the Havenwood Falls Legends Series. 
To celebrate, I'm giving away this pretty Victorian style cameo brooch. When I saw it, I thought it was just the kind of thing that Emeline Fairchild would have in her jewel box. 
To enter and be in with a chance of winning it, either
a) post a screenshot of your copy of 'Forever Emeline' which came out in April as part of the 'Havenwood Falls High series.
b) post a screenshot of your pre-order copy of 'Emeline' which is coming out in October as part of the Havenwood Falls Legends Series. 
c) Share the official cover reveal post, which is linked here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/HavenwoodFallsBookClub/permalink/864254173761109/
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IMPORTANT NOTES: If you are seeing this post as a share then please note you must head to the original post over at The HAvenwood Falls Bookclub. https://www.facebook.com/groups/HavenwoodFallsBookClub
Giveaway not in association with FB.
One random winner from comments will be selected in 1 week.
Giveaway is international