Shifter Mania Unleashed!

featured graphic editedIn case you hadn’t heard… Midsummer Night Shifts, a Limited Edition (eBook only) Summer Shifter Romance Collection, has released! This stunning anthology features my novelette “Blood & Memory“, which is a part of my The Nine Realms Saga world. If you love traditional gothic vampires, and paranormal romances set against a Victorian styled setting, then you’ll love my contribution to this exciting publication. I’d be over the moon if you’d consider ordering a copy!

Read the blurb to “Blood & Memory“, below:

Saved from True Death by the ancient and enigmatic vampyre, Prince Anton Drăculea, ever youthful Natália spends her days keeping house, educating herself, and caring for her father; and her nights cleaning mortal vermin from the streets of Ungaria.
The Watchman’s daughter has always wondered why the famed prince, with his blood ties to the Dökkálfar of Álfheim, chose to save her those seventeen years ago… A seemingly chance meeting with a vampyre lord, and an invitation to the prince’s Black Masquerade Ball may just lead to the answers her heart has been seeking.

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I hope the story excites you as much as it does me! So far the collection as a whole, and “Blood & Memory” have received some fantastic reviews on Amazon:

“An anthology packed with quality. I have to start by pointing out the tremendous value for money this anthology is. Its pages hold multiple novelettes of outstanding quality, and readers will find at least one story they’ll love and more than likely more.
I can honestly say I enjoyed every tale in Midsummer Night Shifts, though the stand outs were the stories from Zoey Xolton and Stacey Jaine McIntosh – thrilling, creative and written to an exacting standard.”
– David Green

“A moving work, all the tales are told with beautiful darkness mixed with romance. Every single tale told of romance in a way that presented darkness with such flowing eloquence, making for a write which gave the reader a very different perspective on the subjects within the pages.
Zoey Xolton’s ‘Blood and Memory’ has the elements of classic literature sounding like the likes of Charlotte Bronte, Mary Shelly and many others all mixed together with a different element which I cannot quite place.
All in all, a wonderfully written book, which was a sheer joy to read.”
– Stuart James Crossley

“A great collection of fantastic fiction. There is something for everyone.
Stand out for me was ‘Blood and Memory’ by Zoey Xolton. A rich world is the backdrop of story of soulmates and forever love. Beautiful!”
– Rainbow Abi

Purchase your copy of “Midsummer Night Shifts” NOW!

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May you feast upon the flesh of your enemies!
ZX

Hot Summer Reads!

I’m very excited to announce that I feature in not one, but two exceedingly beautiful limited edition eBook anthologies releasing in July! I’ve been insanely busy…and whilst it might be winter down here in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s bright and sunny summer time up in the Northern Hemisphere; so ease your winter blues with these fantastic reads! You won’t regret it.

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First up, we have “Of Fables & Fae” releasing on July 1st. Compiled by award winning author and anthologist, Pauline Creeden, this gorgeous anthology features my novelette “The Summer Queen“, which serves an an introduction to a future series of mine! (Isn’t the cover just so pretty?) Check out the blurb for the anthology…

The Fae can be tricky creatures. Some manipulate humans while others avoid them. Will you be fooled by the glamour and magic? With more than 700 pages of captivating fiction, you’ll be enchanted by fairy queens, surrounded by pixies, ride alongside creatures to lands unknown, and fear whether each new Fae you meet is friend or foe.

With stories from:
Bokerah Brumley
Anna Santos
Margo Bond Collins
Anthea Sharp
Samantha Coville
Majanka Verstraete
Kat Parrish
Zoey Xolton
Stacey Jaine McIntosh
Caroline A. Gill
Krystal Pena
and Pauline Creeden

Are you ready to get lost in the land of Faerie before your chance is lost forever? Then order this limited-edition collection of exclusive material from these USA Today and award-winning authors TODAY!

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And second, we have “Summer Night Shifts“, the second installment in USA Today Best Selling author and anthologist, Margo Bond CollinsSeasonal Shifter Romance Collection! My novelette “Blood & Memory” features within, and is one of many same-world stories I’ll be sharing via Limited Edition anthologies. Each one tells a tale from my main series, and gives you further insight into the characters, their relationships, and their pasts…

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Read on for the blurb, below…

Unleash the beast within!

Fall in love with shifters stalking through the moonlit heat of a summer night.
Join the hunt as these shifters slide through the shadows unseen, stalk their enemies, pursue their loves, and take down their prey.
Sink your teeth into 20+ stories of hot city streets, steamy tropical jungles, pack politics, and fated mates as the heroines and heroines embrace their inner animals.
Fans of Dannika Dark, Terry Bolryder, Celia Kyle, Eva Chase, and T.S. Joyce will love this sizzling collection of shifter tales!

Featuring the following authors:
May Dawson
Lacey Carter Andersen
Joanna Mazurkiewicz
Margo Bond Collins
Elvira Bathory
Jen Ponce
Lexi Ostrow
Krista Ames
Ashley Amy
Jasmine Cross
J. A. Cummings
Jocelyn Dex
Trinity Hanrahan
Imani L. Hawkins
Ivy Hearne
Meghyn King
Justine Kitay
Tracey H. Kitts
Cassie Leigh
Stacey Jaine McIntosh
Mandy Melanson
Niobe Marsh
Sharon Rose Mayes
Eve L. Mitchell
Kat Parrish
Krystal Pena
Eden Rose
Tricia Schneider
Salem Storm
KT Strange
R.L. Wilson
Zoey Xolton

Pre-Order your copy and find your summer shifter match, TODAY!

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I hope you’ll support myself, and all the authors involved in these incredible collections by picking up your copies ASAP! For just 99c each on Pre-Order, how can you go wrong? There are a great variety of voices, genres, and types of fae, and shifters to enjoy… You may just find a new author, or three, whose tales really speak to you!

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May you feast upon the flesh of your enemies!
ZX

 

Warriors Wanted! Blitz

May 19th marked the beginning of my newest venture…writing Historical Romance! This genre has always been near and dear to me, so I’m thrilled to finally be able to exercise my creative muscles, and add it to my existing repertoire.

What inspired this decision? Well that’s a simple one to answer. I’m fortunate enough to be a member of the Harlequin Writing Community on Facebook (for those that don’t know, Harlequin is a division of the ‘Big 5’ publisher HarperCollins) and I noticed an advertisement for their latest blitz!

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But what exactly is a blitz? A blitz is a special Submissions Call put out by Harlequin requesting stories that they specifically want to see A.S.A.P. Whether their readers are voracious and are hungering for more, or there’s an upcoming trend in the market, they’re on the pulse! So they list this unique opportunity and writers like myself get very excited about it.

But why? Firstly, because you don’t need an agent to submit… And as the above graphic explains, Harlequin editors ask for the first chapter and synopsis that fulfills their given theme—that’s it, outside of a cover letter, and other standard submissions requirements.

This time around, their imprint Harlequin Historical is seeking fresh Viking, Medieval, and Highlander warrior romance stories! Everyone who submits not only receives professional editorial feedback, but the chance exists that Harlequin may just request, on the basis of that first chapter and synopsis, to see a full manuscript!

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The opportunity to be published under an imprint of one of my dream publishers is too tantalising to ignore. To that effect I’ve completed my first full manuscript synopsis ever, finalised my blurb, and I’m starting work on my cover letter before I begin writing my first chapter! I’m bubbling with positive energy, and am looking forward to the bootcamp before submissions officially open on the 5th of June.

If you’re interested you can read their first and second blogs on the blitz, yourself, over on their website: So You Think You Can Write!

PS: For those discerning enough to have noticed… Yes. I decided to keep my attempts at historical romance under this name. It just feels right! I know, I know. I really am a fickle fiend! I’ll be using the other pen name for another genre.

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May you feast upon the flesh of your enemies!
ZX

Lockdown Madness

I missed April’s monthly blog! (I haven’t missed a post in ages, so it’s irking my OCD! Argh.) The reason I missed it is because I’ve been incredibly busy! I feel like one of those late 80’s – early 90’s cartoons, where a character gets slapped or hit in the face with a baseball bat…and their head just spins around, and around. So you could certainly say I feel overwhelmed, and the toll on my mental health has been high…but I’ve achieved a lot! Continue reading “Lockdown Madness”