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The House of Jack the Ripper: The Complete Series available now!

You know when people post to their blog and apologize for having been silent for so long? Well…

The House of Jack the Ripper: The Complete Series is out now at Amazon, here’s the .com link and here’s the link if you’re in the UK. This is all eight of the books put together, so you get the full 300,000+ words in one volume.

This is the story of Jack the Ripper, and the various people who were involved in the creation of such a huge myth. It’s also the story of a girl who uncovers the truth in the modern day.

Also out now is Escape From Hotel Necro, at Amazon in the US or in the UK. This is a pretty nasty and gory story about a weekend holiday that goes very wrong.

Next up will be the last volume of Three Nights of the Vampire, and the final volumes of Mass Extinction Event

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Two new releases – The Island and The Cabin

The Island by Amy CrossI’ve released two new books over the past couple of weeks. First is The Island, book one in the new Steadfall series set hundreds of years in the future, in a world where anyone who wants to rebel against society is sent to a remote island where madness and chaos rule.

The main characters are Iris, a girl who is sent to the island after learning a shocking truth about her own life, and Asher, who starts her own town but quickly finds that there are others who want to push her back down. Add a bunch of cannibals into the mix, and The Island builds to a conclusion in which both Iris and Asher are forced to make a stand. A sequel is due out early next year!

The Cabin by Amy CrossAlso out now is The Cabin, a horror novel about a British girl who goes to visit a friend in Norway and ends up trapped in a nightmare. This is one of the darker books I’ve written, so maybe steer clear if you don’t like things to get too graphic and nasty.

Although it might seem like a standalone novel, The Cabin also has a sequel on the way, although I won’t say too much about that just yet in case I accidentally give away too much about the first book.

Summer Sale – 7 books at 99 cents each!

For the summer, I’ve dropped the prices of seven of my older books to 99 cents (from the original $2.99). The offer will run through July and part of August at Amazon!

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The books are Asylum, Devil’s Briar, American Coven, Ward Z, The Night Girl, The Library and The Dead and the Dying. So if there are any titles in that bunch that you haven’t read, and you’d like to, then now’s the time to pick them up!

 

Six books in one day!

ghostoflondontemplateIs that a record? It is for me, at least. This weekend, I put out six complete books in one day at Amazon. It was a bit of a weird situation, but it was my way of coming out of the accidental lull that has been going on since the beginning of the year!

opheliatemplateSo, to introduce the books…

First, there’s Lupine Howl: The Complete Fourth Series, which needs no further introduction. I’ll just say that, yes, the fifth series is coming later this year. And, yes, I do know when and how the whole Lupine Howl series will end, but I’m not saying. Not yet. It certainly won’t be after series five.

housewehauntedtemplate1Then there’s The Ghosts of London, which is a fantasy story set in modern London. It’s the start of a new series, with the next book Archangel coming later in the year. Another new series is Ophelia, which is a crime / thriller story set in London. Meanwhile, Vampire Asylum is the continuation of the Abby Hart story, with the next part, Demon’s Grail, coming later in the year.

finalitytemplateThe House We Haunted is a horror story, about three siblings growing up in a house that refuses to let them leave. Finally, Finality is my first foray into the science-fiction genre, with a story set on a distant space station. There’ll be a second series of Finality coming later in the year.

vampire_asylum_cover2As long-time readers might have suspected, these books mark a change for me. I’m going to release complete books, rather than serialized parts. I might do serials again one day, but for now I want to focus on putting the full books out.

lupinehowl4Also, I’m hoping to have paperbacks out soon. Dummy copies of Asylum and American Coven are in my hands, and although they need some tweaks, I’m hoping that they’ll be on sale later in June, along with paperback versions of Dark Season, The Girl Who Never Came Back and a few other books.

So that’s my update for now. I hope you like the new books, and I aim to release a few more later in the month…

Normal service will be resumed shortly…

This is just a quick update to say that I’m hoping to be releasing new books very soon. Unfortunately, family problems have got in the way and I’m having to spend all my time dealing with various issues that are taking up 100% of my time.

I hope to be back up and running with new releases in the next month or two. First to be released will be the rest of Vampire Asylum along with new Joanna Mason, Lupine Howl and Broken Red. There are also a couple of new series coming, but I’ll say more about those later.

So, yes, I just wanted to say that I haven’t been sucked into a black hole. I’m still here, and normal service will be resumed shortly. As a way of saying sorry for the delays, I’ll be having lots of free offers once I’m back up and running, including copies of the new books. Stay tuned for more details!

A new cover for The Girl Who Never Came Back

girlwhonever1The Girl Who Never Came Back has a new cover today, and I’m hoping that it’s one that better reflects the content of the book. It’s quite a big change, but I think that the old cover made it look more like a horror or supernatural novel, when in fact that’s just a very small part of the story.

Other than that, I’ve been working on the rest of Vampire Asylum and The Devil’s Photographer. This’ll probably be my last post before Christmas, so I hope everyone has a great time and that 2014 turns out to be an excellent year!

Preview for The Flesh (Ghosts V)

Here’s a preview for The Flesh (Ghosts V), which will be out next week. Hope you like it!

It ends in chaos.

Wasn’t that always the plan?

With the children cast out of the garden, the garden itself goes to ruin. Heavy rains become more frequent, and stagnant ponds of muddy water start to collect across the land. Fruits dies on the trees, and the grass grows long. Soon there are storms; great forks of lightning arc from the sky, sometimes hitting the land and causing fires that burn for centuries.

The birds leave first, flying over the wall and far away to find a better home. For the other animals, escape is more difficult. Some manage to scale the wall and get away, but many are trapped here. Fighting breaks out, and blood flows. Soon there are dark noises in the forest: screams and cries for help from creatures that have fallen victim to the new predators. After a while, I start to notice bones and half-eaten carcasses are becoming a more frequent sight. Strange how little time it takes for this paradise to become a hell.

I do not move. I stand here, watching.

Many hundreds of years later, the ground itself gives way and the whole garden falls deep into the earth. I fall with it, and I am not scared. I know that this is part of some great plan, though I am not aware of how things will end. The garden lands deep in the dark hollows of the planet, and for centuries nothing else happens. But slowly, the earth above us starts to heal and we are entombed in darkness. Still, it is all part of the plan.

At first, the remains of the garden become unbearably cold, but soon there is a new problem: heat starts to build up; heat that has risen from the depths of the planet. Finally there is light, as fires start spontaneously and the soil starts to turn to ash. Some of the other creatures that survived the fall start to scream, but others learn to adapt to this horrific place. One, in particular, is able to turn this place into his dominion, casting his power wide and threatening all the others with horrific fates if they do not bow down before him.

The only one he does not threaten is me.

And still I have not moved. I have just stood, watching, all this time.

I watch and wait. For thousands of years, this place burns and burns. But finally, the heat starts to force this hell up towards the surface of the planet once again. We break through and settle in a space under the sun, and gradually the heat dies down. The harsh sunlight ravages the soil and soon there is little but dust. Most of the other creatures either die or leave, but a few stay and toil in this new environment.

Me? I just stand and watch.

Finally, humans arrive. They start to build makeshift homes while they look for gold in the nearby river. There is not much gold, certainly not enough to make anyone rich, but it is perhaps enough to keep this little encampment going. Soon there are more humans, and mining for precious minerals becomes a brief boom. The town grows fast, all around me, and I watch as the humans develop new tools and toys.

For a while, life for the humans is good, but gradually the good times fade away. Life in this bleak desert becomes unbearable for many of them and they leave, but a few thousand remains behind and the little town of Texas, in the state of Texas, takes its modern shape. Soon there is a town square with carefully planted grass, and rows and rows of houses spread out to create small suburbs. Watching as the humans manufacture this new town out of nothing but the dust of the desert, I almost come to admire them.

Almost.

Then one day, as I am watching the humans as usual, a man approaches me. He is old and fat, but he has a friendly face.

“Can we help you with something, Miss?” he asks.

I turn to him, surprised that he can see me. But I suppose it makes sense. I should have known that eventually I would find myself having to interact with these people.

“I’m not sure,” I say, and I’m shocked at my own voice. I sound so sweet and innocent, like a lovely young woman who wouldn’t hurt a soul.

“Are you okay?” the man asks, with genuine compassion evident in his eyes.

“I suppose…” I pause, still getting used to this human body, this human mouth, this voice of mine. “I suppose I need a job,” I say finally. “And somewhere to live”.

“Got no parents, huh?” the man asks. He nods. “Come on,” he says. “We’ll see what we can do”. He puts his arm around my shoulder and leads me into the town. It’s the first time I have moved since the days when this place was a garden. But I don’t mind. It feels good to finally get started with the next phase of the plan. “Can’t leave you standing out there like that,” the man says as we walk across the town square. “Hot day like this, damned place can be like hell on Earth”.

The Flesh (Ghosts V) will be available from Amazon in May 2012.

New-look Amy Cross Books website launched!

Here’s the new-look website! I started doing the changes myself and got totally lost, which you might have noticed if you visited yesterday. But after calling in some help, I’ve got a nice new theme and (I think) I understand how the layout works. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep the site running okay, although there’s always a chance that gremlins will sneak into the system.

The relaunch coincides with my plan to put a lot more content on the site from now on. I’ll be really making more of an effort to update regularly, and to add sample chapters, previews, and just general blog posts. It’s a process of discovery, I suppose. I’ve never had a website or a blog before, so this is a step into the unknown for me!

Site redesign underway!

Just a quick note to say that the site is undergoing a redesign over the next 24 hours and, er, it might look a bit odd for a short time. Like now. Whoops…