Friday, May 29, 2015

Win an ARC of Mark of the Necromancer!

Hey there, everyone!

In honor of the beginning of ConCarolinas (opening later today, May 29th) and the #ReadOrWriteAnywhere Campaign (which has been in full swing since May 22nd an goes until the end of May), I'm announcing something BIG that I've NEVER done before. You ready?

You can win one of three advanced reader copies (ARC) of Mark of the Necromancer! That's right! The book doesn't come out until this fall...but you could have a copy in your hot little (or big) hands by August!
Each winner will ALSO get a free copy of my new, Historical Fantasy short,
The Curse of Scáthach, right away!
(PLUS a high resolution JPEG of the amazing cover by Alexis Daria, revealed this past Monday) can you get in on this? It's REALLY easy! Check out below!



1) For each time you repost one of my tweets on Twitter that includes the hashtag, #ReadOrWriteAnywhere, your name goes in the hat once. For example, if you re-post three of them, your name goes in the hat three times.

2) For each time you tweet about reading or writing, being sure to include the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere AND my twitter handle (@tamsinsilver) so I see it, your name goes in the hat FIVE TIMES!

3) To get your name put in TEN TIMES all at once, post a tweet encouraging others to check out the Read Or Write Anywhere Campaign! Be sure to list the #ReadOrWriteAnywhere hashtag, the link to the YA Chick's page (here's a short version of it:, and tag my twitter handle (@tamsinsilver) so I see it!

4) Last but not least, you can get your name put in the hat FIFTEEN TIMES in one fell swoop by tweeting about THIS #MOTN CONTEST! Be sure to use the #ReadOrWriteAnywhere hashtag, include a link to this blog post, and mention my twitter handle (@tamsinsilver) so I see your tweet!

NOTE: If you are afraid I won't see your post, or you don't have room in your tweet for my twitter handle, you can use the hashtag, #MOTN.

That's it! It's pretty simple! But the Read Or Write Anywhere Campaign, you can win an ARC of this book:

Note it says out the summer of 2015, that is now the fall of 2015 due to the time I spent writing The Curse of Scáthach. However, I wanted you to see the synopsis! 
On June 2nd, the day I am finally home from the convention, I will compile the names into the hat and then I will beg my roommate (or neighbor) to video me drawing three names out it. I will then post the video and names on my blog, Facebook, and Twitter!
That blog post will explain how the winners can get their email addresses to me so I can get the short story to them immediately AND the ARC to them this summer. YAY!
So good luck, and I'll be looking for your tweets while I'm at ConCarolinas! Remember, you only have today, Saturday, and Sunday to get those fingers and thumbs a-movin'!

Monday, May 25, 2015

The The Curse of Scáthach Cover Reveal!

First off...HUGE props to Alexis Daria, the artist who created the front and back cover for my short story! This looks so GREAT! Anyone who can take me giving basic ideas for what the cover should convey, do a sketch based on it, then take the pictures I send and create this awesomeness deserves a whole hell of a lot more than I can give her. Folks, if you ever need book cover work...this gal is fantastic! I really cannot say enough good things about her or her work. Thank you for making such a great cover, AGAIN!

Note: Alexis is the artist who did the hand drawn cover for Heroes Square, another short story I have available online.

So...without further are the high-resolution, color versions for the jacket of The Curse of Scáthach.  

This story will be available for a 99 cent download after ConCarolinas has come to a close.
Hear that CC gang, you are getting this kick ass western fantasy FIRST!
Have a great day, everyone! Happy Memorial Day!!!
Tamsin :)

Friday, May 22, 2015

It's HERE! The Read Or Write Anywhere Contest is LIVE! Woooo!

HAPPY #ReadOrWriteAnywhere DAY!
Summer is about to begin! But just because it's summer doesn't mean we should stop reading and writing. I’ve teamed up with the YA Chicks and many participating authors on a global campaign to encourage readers, writers, students, and teachers to share pictures all of the places—both ordinary and extraordinary—where they are reading and writing. This is open to all readers/writers of both middle grade and young adult books!

You can also take part in...


Windfire and Living Dead Girl (books 1 & 2 of the Windfire Series)

And there’s more! Every author participating in this campaign is giving away books, critiques, swag and/or Skype visits.

So are you ready?

Drum roll please….


Can you guess where I am?
1) There are 57 horses.
2) This is the 4th version of this landmark (two others burned down).
3) This version was found abandoned in an old trolley terminal.
4) The original was built in 1871, but the current one was built in 1908.
5) It is said that until 1924, the original was powered by a live mule (or horse) hidden beneath the platform.

Now, once you’ve figured out where I’m reading, head over to the YA Chicks site and:
  •   Officially enter the giveaway by inputting each author’s name and your guesses about our locations. Every author location you guess correctly increases your chances to win.  
  • For even more chances, post a picture of yourself reading or writing on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere (must have the hashtag). 
For writer prize packs:
  •   Post pictures of yourself writing in a fun location on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere. Then follow the directions on the Rafflecopter giveaway to let us know you did it.
  • For even more chances, gather your writer friends together and post a group shot with the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere (must have the hashtag). And hey, since you're already together, why not host a write-a-thon?
For teacher prize packs:
  •   Post pictures of your class reading or writing on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere (must have the hashtag).
  • Then let us know you did it when you enter the Rafflecopter. If you don't have a Twitter or Instagram, you can email your picture directly with the picture pasted directly into the email (no attachments--we won't open them) AND the subject, “Read or Write Anywhere.”
You can also check out the YA Chicks Read or Write Anywhere lesson plan, available on their site

PLUS...stay tuned here on my blog for a
chance to win an ARC of
Mark of the Necromancer!
(go HERE for book synopsis)

Now, what are you waiting for? Get out there and READ OR WRITE ANYWHERE!

-Tamsin :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Con-Prep! - over at Magic Words today!

Con-Prep (aka organized chaos)...feels like this:

But what do we authors do to make it more like this:

You see, I'm getting ready for con season...what should you know as an author who is getting ready to go to his or her first con OR hoping to do so in the near future? You should know about the organized chaos that IS con prep...

Head over to today to find out how I prep from con season!

Also, you'll get the first look at the synopsis for my new short story, The Curse of Scáthach!

Here's the link:

The Curse of Scáthach

As promised on my post today on, here is the opening of my Historical Fantasy short story... 

The Curse of Scáthach
March, 1949
It’s weird to be dead.
Or rather, it’s a strange feelin’ when the world thinks you’re dead and yet, here you are, walkin’ around, saving the world from evil…well, I best not get ahead of things. Let me introduce myself. My name is Will, or it is for the time being.
I arrived in New Mexico today for a job and it’s the first time I’ve been here since I “died” in 1881. The memories flooding my brain make it hard to concentrate on the current task at hand, so I thought I’d write them down. I never have before, which is odd, I know. With all I’ve seen and done, one would assume I keep better records.
They say to start at the very beginning. That would be where I tell you I was born in 1859 to a poor Irish woman in New York City, that she died when I was about fourteen, and that I was a good kid when it all began…but that shit is boring and no one, not even me, wants to rehash it. What needs rememberin’ is the year I became a Regulator, for that’s where my true-life began.
I was eighteen years old, and unfortunately it was a death that gave me my new life…

February 18, 1878
The thunderous echo of approaching horsemen interrupted the leisurely quiet of the canyon. Gunfire erupted behind Middleton and me, and we spun about to see a large posse of Dolan’s men on horseback comin’ at us, guns a’blazin’. Looking ahead, for we were at the back of the travelin’ party, I noted the other three of our group had just gone over the brow of the next hill. They couldn’t see the trouble comin’ our way.
“Hey-ah!” I yelled, slammin’ my heels into my horse’s sides. We raced through the newly fallen snow, past the horses we were movin’ to town, and toward Brewer, Widenmann, and our boss, John Tunstall. We needed to warn them.
Once over the hill, we noted that Widenmann and Brewer were off the trail to the left a ways. Making a split second decision, I rode toward them and Middleton headed to warn Tunstall.
As I rode I heard Middleton shout, “For God’s sake, follow me!”
As I came up on Brewer, Widenmann yelled out, “We can’t hold this place! Let’s ride to the hill ove there and make a stand!”
With no time to argue, we rode toward an area covered with tall timber and large boulders, and I assumed the others were right behind us. Yet, as Middleton joined us, he was alone.
“Where’s Tunstall?” I said, panic squeezing my chest tight.
John Tunstall was the one they were after. Jimmy Dolan was out for blood ever since John posted that letter in the Mesilla Valley Independent, exposing Dolan and his pals as the real crooks of Lincoln County.
Middleton spoke up. “I yelled for him to follow. He rode in a circle and I motioned him to follow me. As soon as he started toward me I headed here. Maybe he didn't hear me?”
“Or he didn't want to hear you,” I clarified, “Damn it, John, you can’t talk your way out of this one!”
“What?” Middleton asked.
“Not you, the other John. We really need to give you a new first name,” I said before looking to Tunstall’s Cattle Foreman, Richard “Dick” Brewer. “Tunstall thinks he can surrender and fight this in court.”
“Dodgasted! They’ll kill him, Will,” Dick replied, his voice strained and his eyes filled with worry.
“Let’s lay down some cover fire and get him outta there!” Rob Widenmann, Tunstall’s best friend, suggested.
Dick’s eyes swiftly scanned the area, which was no more than vast, unsettled land, filled with nothin’ but brush and trees surrounded by mountains covered in snow. We were well hidden, but that caused another problem.
“Will, you’re the smallest. Can you climb?”
I nodded, dismounted, and reluctantly handed the reins to Middleton, for I’d have preferred to ride out there, take a shot at them myself, but I also understood what Brewer was aimin’ for. Besides, at five-foot-eight and only a hundred and thirty-five pounds, I was the best option for giving us eyes to what was goin’ on the other side of the hill.
Spotting a good tree, I started up. Halfway there, an eerie silence filled my ears like water and a rifle shot echoed off the canyon walls. I came to a halt as dread slammed into my gut.
“Oh, God,” Middleton said, “They've killed Tunstall.”
I prayed he was wrong and scaled the tree as fast as I could. Once high enough, the scene before me froze the air in my lungs. John Tunstall, a man I looked up to, lay on the ground next to his prize horse, not moving, his left cheek buried in the snow.
The group of twenty or so men had now split into three sections. Most were back a few hundred yards while four men rounded up our small herd of horses, leaving just three men on horseback looming over John’s body. I recognized them as Billy “Buck” Morton, Tom Hill, and the dangerous outlaw I used to ride with, Jesse Evans.
Buck Morton still held his rifle in firing position as Hill dismounted, snatched up Tunstall’s revolver, and fired a bullet into John’s head before killing his horse the same way. He then placed John’s hat on the dead horse’s head and remounted as Morton shouted orders to his men who rounded up our horses.
Eyes wide and jaw clenched, my soul felt cold to the core with blood as hot as a smithy’s furnace. Drenched in a need for revenge, I shook with rage, gripping the tree with all my might to keep me from grabbin’ my gun then and there. I was on the brink of losin’ it, when Brewer appeared below me. He wanted answers I didn't want to give. 

Find out what happens to Will, Dick, and the rest of the gang 
by picking up 
The Curse of Scáthach 
EXCLUSIVELY available in print at ConCarolinas, 2015! 
Short Story Synopsis
Will McCarty has returned to New Mexico for the first time since he “died” in 1881. While in town for a job, memories come flooding back and the murder of his boss, John Tunstall, still plagues him.
The death of The Englishman ignited the Lincoln County War of 1878. This story of revenge and greed has been told many different ways, but Will knows the truth, and it’s time others did too.
Go back to when crooked politicians, mafia mentality, and dirty lawmen were the demons that ran the Wild West, and walk alongside the reluctant hero who decided it was time their reign ended.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

FREE Con*Carolina Exclusives for 2015!

Hey there, all! So...this year at CC (which is in just over a week!) I'll have some GREE things at my table OTHER THAN postcards, bookmarks, and so on. This year I will have sneak peek's at the next two book I'll be putting out. YAY!

They are...

Mark of the Necromancer; A Sabrina Grayson Novel
(Out Fall 2015)


Sabrina Grayson is dead and it's the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

As a child, Sabrina saw ghosts, but with age and parental influence, she forgot all about them. That is, until fate stepped in to bring her back where she belonged: with the dead.

Now she's a Necromancer; the only one known to exist who can travel the Death Highway and walk the Earth. New to the supernatural world, Sabrina discovers the truth about her past and now must learn who she really is. To do this, she will have to team up with Alex Price, the one man she can't stand. Only together can they figure out who murdered her and why they are killing Sabrina’s friends off one by one.

Determined to save them and the city she loves from the evil they find, Sabrina will have to put her soul on the line...even if it means going to Hell and fighting Lucifer himself.

(Out Summer 2016)


The Hybrid War has ended. Peace has come to The Clandestine World…or has it?

When your father is arrested for working with the Russian Mafia and your brother picks up where he left off, threatening to ruin the new life you’ve created, what do you do?

You lie.

Once the daughter of the Royal Family of Werewolves, who were banished from favor, Denika Petrovskii must find her own way, concealing who she really is. But when a friend of her father’s appears with information of an attack on both the city of New York and the new King of The Clandestine World, she must decide to help or hide. Can she get involved without exposing who she really is, or will she be discovered, losing everything she’s worked so hard for?

They thought the war was over.

They were wrong.
SPECIAL NOTE: I will only have a limited supply of these at my first come, first served!
That said...
You may have noticed that the cover for the FREE Chapter of Moon Over Manhattan says, "Sequel Series to Windfire"...this is true! The Windfire Series storyline begins in 1997, and when finished, it will conclude in 2009. Moon Over Manhattan picks up in 2010, after the Hybrid Wars, in a different city, and with a whole new set of characters (with a few cross over appearances from Windfire folks from time to time). However, where Windfire was told from an ensemble POV, this book is told from only two perspectives; Denika and Cash.
In no way do you need to have read the Windfire Series to read Moon Over Manhattan, nor will reading this second series ruin the ending of the first, FYI. Also...Denika happens to be one of my favorite heroines I’ve ever written. So I hope you enjoy the sample chapter of the book!
Now, I know some people are going to ask why is the sixth book of the Windfire saga not next. Well, There's a method to the madness and here's the thing...
With only one series out, I limit my sales. Especially at conventions. If the person is a big reader, and likes the genre (and me), they could still not buy anything because, A) The style/topic isn't their cup of tea. B) They don't want to only buy one book in a series...they'd want all available and that equals spending more money ($40 for all 5 vs. $10 if you get just the first one, which is the convention deal, which is usually, buy one get one half off). Because of this, I decided to get these two out first, as they are already written, and then I'll get Book 6 finished and out. To fans of the Windfire Series, I sincerely apologize for the wait. But hey, I at least won't make you wait as long as George R.R. Martin makes his fans there's that! :)
So next year, after both of these are out, I'll have a witch series AND a werewolf series in the same world PLUS a totally different series about a Necromancer who solves supernatural homicides. This is better for me business wise, so thus.
That's the thing about being a self-published author, you have to think this way and being as I have a day job, I only have so much time to pump out books. LOL! Plus, I'm working on something REALLY special over the next year as well (details will show up on here come back!) so my plate is fact, it's overflowing...which is good. However, it means Windfire/Atlanta fans will have to wait a bit longer for book six.
That said...I'm looking forward to heading to NC next weekend! It'll be GREAT to see my writer and non-writer friends in the south! No, it's not a vacation, but it'll be a lot of fun anyway.
OK...I'll leave it at that...catch you tomorrow with ANOTHER announcement!
Oh...and if you aren't following me on yet (I post every other Wednesday), you should be! If you leave a comment, I try my best to reply on them, especially if there's a question.
Take care!

Friday, May 8, 2015

#ReadOrWriteAnywhere Campaign


Today I am happy to announce that I will be joining the Y.A. Chicks for their new campaign entitled, READ OR WRITE ANYWHERE to encourage kids to read and write all summer long...anywhere they can...because we believe that doing these awesome things should NOT just be a school year activity.

How does this work?

On May 22nd, right here on this blog (and on many other writer's websites and blogs around the world), authors will post a picture of themselves, you guessed it, reading or writing ANYWHERE and you can WIN PRIZES by seeing if you can guess WHERE that author is! Each pic a writer posts will have 5 CLUES to help you figure out where they are. For more info, click on the links in the top paragraph of this blog entry! :)

Now...what can you win from me?

Well...I am throwing in a 2-book set from my WINDFIRE Series (books one and two - see pics below) into the prize box!

For fun, along with that will be free swag AND a sneak peak chapter of the first book of my new series, entitled, Mark of the Necromancer; A Sabrina Grayson Novel, coming out this fall.  So stay tuned here for that special picture and for more information concerning #ReadOrWriteAnywhere!

Tamsin :)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Antici....pation! - over at Magical Words today!

You submitted that manuscript and now you know you'll know the answer any day do you deal with it?

Head over to and see my thoughts on the subject as I wait for the same thing!

Here's the link: