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'Tis Nyte! by Elizabeth Watasin

Gothic Steampunk Gaslamp Fantasy. Bringing you uncanny heroines in shilling shockers and adventuress tales.

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Get Charm School novellas for pennies~~

Body Chase: The Fall of Fairer Than: A Charm School Novella - Elizabeth Watasin, Joe Nazarro at One More Time Editing

( I can't get the Witching Hour Collection to show up at BookLikes, so link below! )



WRECKING FAERIE, 1st in the Charm School novella series, is available now for .99 cents via the WITCHING HOUR COLLECTION. That price and the boxed set of ten novels goes Poof when the clock strikes 2016.


BODY CHASE: The Fall of Fairer Than, 3rd in the series and where Bunny’s cousin Honey Baker switches Fairer Than into Dean’s body, Dean into Fairer Than’s, Fairer Than into Bunny’s body—is still 1.99, the pre-order price, but will go up JAN 2nd. So do grab it now! http://amzn.to/1QhOmfK


I've been busy being sick, among other holiday celebrations! So I'm way behind on catching up here at BookLikes. I can't remember if I said HOT RODDIN' TO HELL, the 2nd in the Charm School series, was available, but at least I'm letting you know that BODY CHASE is. ;) 

I also have one Charm School short story live plus three of FAERIE TALES FOR SAPPHIC GIRLS, which is a series consisting (so far), of LADY FROST, THE GIRL WHO SET FORTH TO LEARN FEAR, and FAIR & RAVEN HAIR. I guess I'll promote those, later. (turns into a statue).

Please enjoy if you take advantage of the sales!

I was about to post that I was a Finalist...

— feeling big smile

And then this tweet happened:


Thank you to the Rainbow Awards, 2015. The competition for Best Lesbian Fantasy & Fantasy Romance was stiff! I saw all the finalist titles and was just glad I made it to the last round. My thanks to the judges. :) tee hee (pets certificate)



Here's what they had to say about Medusa. :)



— feeling frankenstein
The Bridegroom - Amelia Mangan

I wish I had this poetic grace for the sinister, decayed, and strangely ugly. Everything stark, defined, and immediate. This is a celluloid film, and perfectly cinematic; it is precise. Gorgeous weird fiction. Surrealism to eat.


I pick up horror anthologies just to read Amelia Mangan's stuff, and now she has a novel out. But someday all her short stories need to be collected, somehow. The sideshow mermaid from that carnival antho; the girl assailed by moth boys in Phobophobias.


BRIDEGROOM is the saturated film yet to be, of an unconventional First Contact story. You can read it for Free from Book Smugglers:





Charm School: the Conclusion, now Here

— feeling panda face
Hot Roddin' To Hell: A Charm School Novella - Joe Nazzaro at One More Time Editing, Elizabeth Watasin

With HOT RODDIN', Charm School doesn't end forever. Fairer Than's story needs telling (and is with the editor right now!). But for those who had been so patient (and managed to stay alive) for the past 16 yrs while I finish the storyline to THIS:


Here you go, HOT RODDIN' TO HELL. It contains some of my most beloved scenes with Bunny, Dean, and Fairer Than. I hope you enjoy it. :)




Grimlock on Charm School

The Wrecking Faerie: A Charm School Novella, The Witching Hour Collection - Elizabeth Watasin Charm School Digital No 1 - Elizabeth Watasin

...I'd direct share the post, but it pushes to Goodreads and my Amazon Author's Page without the 'reshare' note and then looks like *I* wrote it. And regards this post, it would look very odd if I'd written it. :)




Thank you Grimmie, and to all the kids for which Charm School has helped. This is what it's all about.


And I put the two covers up so you know what Grim is talking about.


much love,


— feeling amazing
I live in LA, and I have not been to this. :( A BOOK LABYRINTH beats a Halloween corn maze. MUST GO NOW.
Reblogged from Jessica (HDB):

I spent my lunch at The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles today! So freaking cool! Not only is it HUGE (seriously I could have spent forever in there), but it's filled with art installations, rented art studios, a book tunnel, an actual vault, and even a book labyrinth. Yes. You heard me right. A BOOK LABYRINTH.


I was in there for 45 minutes and that was JUST in the Science Fiction and Fantasy section. It took me that long to peruse that section. I was so overwhelmed, and totally in love. Of course, I had to leave with some books. I support what I love :).

The Flowering of the Strange Orchid by HG Wells

— feeling skull

(originally published in Pearson's Magazine, April 1905)


Short and excellent; that was a fun read!


It had been suggested to me ages ago when I was writing Poison Garden: An Elle Black Penny Dread Vol 2 (to be released next year, due to *long sob story* :( ). Yaaaay 19th c creepy/horror garden stories. iN England. :D


Link to story: https://personal.uwaterloo.ca/jerry/orchids/wells.html


~flies away


Witch Wood: The Harvesting Series Book 4: The Witching Hour Collection - Melanie Karsak Sleeping in the Forest of Shadows (Shadow Forest Book 1) - Eli Constant The Witch of Roan Mountain: The Witching Hour Collection - Blaire Edens Spun Gold: The Witching Hour Collection - Minerva Lee
— feeling ghost


MOAR from the Witching Hour Collection! Releasing all over the place and available Now:



WITCH WOOD by Melanie Karsak


Harm none, and be ready for zombies. 

In the little town of Brighton, Amelia’s practice of Wicca marks her as a curiosity both at home and at school. But Amelia can’t change what she is. Knowing how to see auras, heal, and cast spells comes naturally to her. Only Madame Knightly, the ancient matriarch and owner of Witch Wood Estate, to whom Amelia plays caretaker, doesn’t seem to mind. In fact, the crumbling old mansion is full of oddities. 

However, when modern treatments fail to make a dent in the flu outbreak sweeping the globe, those who once ridiculed her white witchcraft turn to Amelia for help. While her eucalyptus tinctures prove no more effective than western medicine, her spell-casting is another matter. The residents of Brighton soon depend on the very magic they once ridiculed to save their lives. 

**Witch Wood is a tie-in novella that compliments The Harvesting Series. It can be read alone or as part of the Harvesting series**





I posted about SLEEPING IN THE SHADOWS by Eli Constant, didn't I? Sale ends this SUNDAY!



$0.99 RELEASE WEEK SALE! (Ends Sunday 10.11.15 midnight EST). 1-Click before the price goes up!

The third release for The Witching Hour Collection!

Sleep here in the forest of shadows. Live inside the land of your dreams...


She has to abandon the world of light to truly live.


When Tilda Brennen’s family dies in a fire, she is left wheelchair-bound and suffering from survivor's guilt. It was her fault. She'd left the candles burning that night.


But there is a deeper, darker truth to the accident.


“He” has slept for years, dormant and untouched by the human world. Then she arrives at the little house beyond the woods and he awakens. He has waited so long for another chance. This time, he will not fail.


Going to the voice that summons her may heal Tilda’s body, but it will also cause her to lose everything she’s come to love. And once she enters the forest of shadows, returning to human life might prove impossible. 


And now to:


The Witch of Roan Mountain, by Blaire Edens


Maeve McMahan, a criminal defense attorney, has just blown the case of her career. When she returns home to the mountains of North Carolina to clear her head, she moves back in with her grandmother. On an easy hike, she meets the one woman she never expected to see:  Delphine, The Witch of Roan Mountain.

Accused of a terrible crime she didn’t commit, Delphine has been haunting the county since just after the Civil War and she can’t rest until her name is cleared. She’s counting on Maeve’s help to get to the bottom of the century-old mystery.

Campbell Hyatt, a sheriff’s deputy, has never gotten over his first love, Maeve. When her grandmother breaks her leg, Campbell’s on duty and he finds Maeve at the top of Roan Mountain, convinced she’s seen a ghost. A cop who doesn’t believe in ghosts, he thinks Maeve needs to be focused on her grandmother not an old legend that hits a little too close to home for his liking.

With Maeve’s car out of commission and Granny stuck in the hospital, Campbell and Maeve are thrown together in a quest to find out why Delphine was branded a witch. It will take both of them to get to the bottom of a nineteenth century story love story that may impact them more than they realize. Can they banish a ghost without rekindling an old flame of their own?


And finally:


SPUN GOLD by Minerva Lee


A little Alchemy and Magic...a little Fairytale and Romance...available on Amazon Kindle for $.99
Part of The Witching Hour Collection
Join the coven: eepurl.com/bdRtbD

Spin this straw into gold or die...

Will Stiltskin is last of his clan and heir to its fortune and sorcery. Painful memories of war and destruction drive him to live alone in the forest, but he longs for a home and a family.

Lyra, the shy, beautiful daughter of the town's Miller, prefers books and walks by the river to suitors. But when her foolish father's boast lands her in the king's dungeon, Will's love unlocks Lyra's secret and forbidden magic.

Together they must save her life and the future of their love from a cruel King's impossible task....And keep the power of gold away from selfish hearts.




There you go! More to come, ye can't escape----



Good witch. Bad witch. White magic. Black magic. Kitchen magic. Pick your potion. Ready for Halloween? 

Melanie Karsak: Witch Wood
Elizabeth Watasin: Charm School: The Wrecking Faerie
Eli Constant: Sleeping in the Forest of Shadows
Claire C. Riley: Raven's Cove
Erin Hayes: I'd Rather be a Witch
Carrie Wells: Playing with Magic
Evan Winters: The Witch of Bracken’s Hollow
Minerva Lee: Spun Gold
Blaire Edens: The Witch of Roan Mountain
Poppy Lawless: The Cupcake Witch



~~~hops on broom and flees

Witching Hour New Release! Eli Constant's Sleeping in the Forest of Shadows:

— feeling unshaven
Sleeping in the Forest of Shadows (Shadow Forest Book 1) - Eli Constant

With my releasing *2* very different books so close to each other (dur, Elizabeth), I'm late in sharing releases for the themed boxed set I'm in. 'Tis THE WITCHING HOUR COLLECTION, and I'll get to Melanie Karsak's WITCH WOOD in a sec, which released last week.


Yesterday was me and Wrecking Faerie, ToDAY IS:



Eli Constant's Sleeping in the Forest of Shadows! And I've read the first chapter and it's got me hooked.



Sleeping in the Forest of






She has to abandon the world of light to truly live...

When Tilda Brennen’s family dies in a fire, she is left wheelchair-bound and suffering from survivor's guilt. It was her fault. She'd left the candles burning that night.

But there is a deeper, darker truth to the accident.

“He” has slept for years, dormant and untouched by the human world. Then she arrives at the little house beyond the woods and he awakens. He has waited so long for another chance. This time, he will not fail.

Going to the voice that summons her may heal Tilda’s body, but it will also cause her to lose everything she’s come to love. And once she enters the forest of shadows, returning to human life might prove impossible.



Sleep here in the forest of shadows. Live inside the land of your dreams.






Eli is the author of:

The Dead Trees Series (dystopian horror)

The Z Children Series (post-apocalyptic)

Mastic (supernatural suspense)

The Water is Sweeter (dark fantasy romance)

DRAG.N (dystopian thriller)

and more…


pS! ON SALE right now for .99 cents! Yah, I forgot the important part! ;) Get yours---I just did!




RELEASED: The Wrecking Faerie :)

— feeling cool
The Wrecking Faerie: A Charm School Novella, The Witching Hour Collection - Elizabeth Watasin




This is finally LIVE, and I'm working on Hot Roddin' to Hell, the 2nd book, right now. Which will conclude the story arc in the comic book series, and then segue right into Body Chase (or as I like to call it, The Fall of Fairer Than). That's already done, it only needs to be tweaked to fit Hot Roddin'.


FIRST review of Wrecking Faerie (at GR), is "Team Fairer Than". :D


Curious as to how that swings among the readers; it has always been favorable for the faerie. ^,.,^


WHEN you get your copy, enjoy!


~~~dashes away to do who knows what



Monster Stalker: A Darquepunk Novel, has released!

Monster Stalker: A Darquepunk Novel - Elizabeth Watasin

...yesterday! As soon as I access me control panels, I'm raising the cover price, so go for eet now now now


And thank you for those who already have a copy in their cold, pale hands! ^v^ ENJOY


Donation run: 80 lbs of books to #LGBT Youth and Women's Prison Book Project

— feeling crazy rabbit

( this post contains a bonus: female prison pulp fiction covers. You're welcome. :D )


Well, 16 lbs of RISEN, BONES, and CHARM SCHOOL are going to the new Youth Library put together by Outreach Minnesota. Check out the call for book donations from author Rory Coileáin and see if you've something to send:






While I was at it, I decided to send 70+ lbs of RISEN, BONES, and SUNDARK tae the Women's Prison Book Project, who've been at it since 1994:


"....These facts mean that women in prison have specific needs for particular kinds of information: material on families, children, women's self-help, women's health, and legal aid pertaining to women who fight back against their abusers. Many lesbian, bisexual, and transgender prisoners often have trouble obtaining information that is relevant to their lives. As new prisons are built to warehouse the growing number of incarcerated people in the U.S., the meager resources previously available to prisoners are being cut or limited. WPBP is one place where women/transgender persons in prison can obtain information that is often unavailable from any other source. WPBP works to support prisoners; and through that solidarity works to empower prisoners themselves and build connections through prison walls."


And so forth! NOW, maybe steampunk/neo-victorian books with mystery and some horror and Victorian lesbian protagonists may not be Very Helpful, but I hope they give respite and entertain. Check out the link on how you can help out.



HOW many here thought this was a post about 50's lesbian pulp fiction? *raises hand*


This Female Convict cover, 1958, is by my most favorite pulp fiction illustrator and cover artist ever, Robert Maguire.



Also this:



You'll have to find the others yourself.


~~~dashes away

Sites updated with Upcoming books:

— feeling alien
Monster Stalker: A Darquepunk Novel - Elizabeth Watasin

Like so:



The Darquepunk site


And so:



The Charm School site


MOBILE FRIENDLY. huzzaaah. Lost my domain names, however, and need to do more website shenanigans to activate the 'Darquepunk' domain name.

The problematic newsletter is next, I suppose. :-/


MONSTER STALKER is releasing Sept 21st. I will also be raising the price thereafter. It's a full-length novel at 90K+ words, and I feel I made a mistake undervaluing the book by pricing it at 2.99. So take advantage of my gaff. I'm particularly proud of the story because it was hard to do. At least for me. Trafficking is not an easy subject, even in a science fiction setting. And I do it with a vampire girl, with a switchblade and her teddy bear. :D



Guess what: I novelized Charm School

— feeling cat
The Wrecking Faerie: A Charm School Novella, The Witching Hour Collection - Elizabeth Watasin

And the first book is THE WRECKING FAERIE.

I did the cover, and yes, I kinda adore it. Bunny as a 'real girl'. *hearts*


The Twilight World: where monsters and magical people meet. Teen witch Bunny has a perfectly wicked girlfriend in vampire biker Dean, until a dark faerie comes along. Can Bunny resist Fairer Than's charms? And when she does, what will Fairer Than do about it? Paranormal romance, fantasy, comedy. LGBT YA.


PRE-ORDER yours today! Will release October 4th as part of the WITCHING HOUR COLLECTION, by the Blazing Indie Collective. 


The second in the series is HOT RODDIN' TO HELL (cover is done, rather prematurely Revealed over at the Charm School site and at my FB group, Elizabeth Watasin's Club Hecate, but oh well), and the third----not seen in comic book form----is BODY CHASE, which is already written (and the cover revealed). These will all come out this winter 2015.


I should do that thing here at Booklikes, the 'new release' thing. ( I don't know how yet :-/ ).


I hope this update finds everyone well! I must catch up.


~~eee, scattered everywhere


#amwriting. But here's~

~the graphic I made, with the opening words from Monster Stalker: A Darquepunk Novel.



I noticed this is the month(? or was it last month) for LGBT reads? Well, I hope you'll add this one to that curiosity pile. As it's sci-fi, I can finally try my hand at portraying several gender aspects and sexualities. :D Frankly, I wrote the planet I want to live on. ^v^


More, later. I see some great BookLikes posts and as usual, love all the book blogging. #Amwriting the next Darquepunk book, Bloody Nike, plus addressing final notes on Monster Stalker. I don't think I ever got around to sharing *why* I'm 'suddenly' writing queer science fiction---with a noir and paranormal bent---and have hurtled myself through space/time from the paranormal Victorian period I was immersed in.

Back in March, *right* when Wondercon happened, I had a big lightning strike. I have no idea where it came from, but a sci-fi concept I'd been sitting on for years (probably since '98), suddenly came together. Well, it made sense to me. A planet called Darqueworld with preternatural beings and celestials and leviathans finally *worked*, right then (again, it made sense in my head). And I could have a vampire girl from the '90's drop right into it, with her switchblade and teddy bear.


IT BECAME NECESSARY TO WRITE IT. The idea of sitting on the idea more whilst I try to get the third Dark Victorian, the third DV penny dread, and the third Elle Black done was kind of painful (PS, my poor POISON GARDEN has hit a big snag due to my needing a new editor. I just need to find a editor with strong Victorian and UK understanding to tackle it. :-/).


So I'm planning to get all three books done by October. Am writing like a bat outta space/time Hell. ^v^

#amwriting and taking this moment to:

— feeling vampire

. . . promote Monster Stalker:





I am 16K+ words into the manuscript of the second book in the Darquepunk series, BLOODY NIKE. I will blah-blah more, later. ^v^



Monster Stalker, a Darquepunk Novel
By Elizabeth Watasin

Horror follows vampire Nico to a new world, and an old horror within her responds; kill it before it kills her. Nico jeopardises everything on a lone, redemptive path rescuing victims of the underworld and hunting the nightmare that created her—a monster only Nico knows is there.
A paranormal sci-fi noir. Darquepunk science fiction for the gothic, different, and queer. Time travel, Gen X, gender fluidity. Polyaphroditic. Cyberpunk.
Some sexual content; Mild language; Violence; sexual violence.