New Release | Chiaroscuro – The Mouse and the Candle


Found this pic by chance on Pinterest a few weeks after writing the book. Almost a perfect match for Sabine, the child vampire.

The day is almost here! My vampire novel, Chiaroscuro, releases tomorrow! (July 18).

Read the first three chapters free on the preview page.

ChiaroscuroGod’s will be done.

After eleven years as a priest living by these words, Father Antonio Molinari never imagined who would teach his strongest lesson of faith―a vampire.

Part of a secret order within the Vatican, he is sent to investigate and debunk supernatural events. A case of possession brings him to the French countryside, where two local clergy offer him the chance of a lifetime. They claim to have captured a vampire, and beg his expertise in helping them study the fiend.

When their monster turns out to be a little girl, cursed to spend eternity hiding from the sun, he cannot bring himself to destroy her. The priests, mistaking his compassion for diabolism, panic, and his efforts to protect an innocent child prove fatal.

He awakes caught between light and darkness.

Hunted by the Church he once served as well as the fiends he once destroyed, Father Molinari clings to the faith there is still room for him in God’s plan.

But God is quiet, and the darkness tempting.

The book is available for preorder on Amazon:

I am also selling signed copies of the paperback directly ($15 + shipping) – email me mcox2112 @ gmail .com if interested or check out the Signed Copies page.

Also, from 5-7 p.m. EST, we are doing a Facebook release party (online only event).

Feel free to drop in and participate in the games and events for a chance to win some stuff. Prizes include two $10 Amazon gift cards, two signed copies of Chiaroscuro, a number of cool items made by Justplummy Swagit (keychain, bracelet, pendant, and this little coffin-shaped box, and a bunch of eBooks donated by several other Curiosity Quills authors.

There is also a Thunderclap going on for this launch.

If you have (or if you do) clicked in to support the Thunderclap, make sure to comment the thunderclap post in the Facebook release party. A random commenter will win a signed copy of Chiaroscuro (in addition to the two already being offered as prizes during the party.)

Happy reading!

July 2016

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Greetings all.

Again, been awhile since I had the time to put up a blog post… quite busy.

At the end of June (22-27) I was in Nashville at the Utopia con, meeting a whole bunch of fun people – authors, readers, bloggers, cover artists, etc. The 13-hour car ride I could maybe do without, but the con itself was a lot of fun. (Coming from someone who generally avoids disruptions to the usual routine, I suppose that says a lot that I’d be up for doing it again.)

I also got to meet some fellow Curiosity Quills authors – Ayden Morgen, Eliza Tilton, and Jadah McCoy (though Jadah is like a coalescence of energy in human form – she didn’t spend a lot of time at the table.)

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I did the ride in one shot both coming and going… (this photo is somewhere in Virginia along I-81.) It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but still… if not for lugging boxes of books, perhaps flying would be better despite the cost.

Anyway – in other news – we’re coming up on July 18th, and the release of my vampire novel, Chiaroscuro – The Mouse and the Candle. We’re doing a release party (online event) on Facebook – – that all are welcome to pop in.

We have a bunch of prizes to give away during the event, including two $10 amazon gift cards, two signed copies of Chiaroscuro, 3 of my ebooks, and a list of other ebooks generously donated by their respective authors:

Escape from Witchwood Hollow – Jori Mierek
Treasure Darkly – Jori Mierek
Cogling – Jori Mierek
Without Bloodshed – Matthew Graybosch
Five Out of the Dark – Holli Lloyd Anderson
Winner’s Pick of (How to Date Dead Guys / How to Ditch Dead Guys / Dead Girl Running) – Ann Noser
The Artful – Wilbert Stanton
Love In the First Degree Anthology – Clare Dugmore & Others
Broken Branch Falls – Tara Robinson
Broken Forest – Eliza Tilton
The Unquiet Dead – Chris Dubecki
Goat Children – Jori Mierek
Victorian – Jori Mierek
Gears of Brass Anthology – Jori Mierek & Others
The Undead – Linda Coy Elmore

In addition to the release, Curiosity Quills is putting Prophet of the Badlands (The Awakened series book 1) on sale for .99 (ebook only) on July 23 and 24.

I’m busily working on edits for book 4 in that series (Daughter of Ash) now.

Anyway, I’ll stop rambling for now. Have a great weekend!