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Monster Lore

I've been traveling a lot lately to see friends and family, which has provided great reading time on planes (Some recent 5-star favorites: Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover, October Daye book 1 by Seanan McGuire, Just Dare Me by Jackie May, A Killer Kiss by Helen Harper, The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, and Soul Taken by Patricia Briggs.)

While on a trip, I met the Hodag. Born from the ashes of abused oxen, the Hodag, a mythical creature brings dark lore to a quaint, peaceful, Midwest lakeside town of northern Wisconsin. He started as a hoax and became a legend. It's not often monsters of myth have happy origin stories.

So it is with Branwyn Blood, the Brownie who is very real and not just lore. Yet the monsters she interacts with are somehow even darker. It's evil fighting evil. Can we grow from a dark origin or are we doomed to live that life always?

On the left: sign up to scratch off the cover of Branwyn Blood book 1. Middle: I met a mythological lake monster! Right: I won CampNaNoWriMo writing challenge!

This month, I'll be sending swag and these snazzy scratch-off cards to reveal the cover to Branwyn's first book. Sign up to get the swag, reveal card, and be entered in a $20 raffle!

Also, Fish(y) out of Water, a standalone crime mystery/thriller/romantic fantasy with some women's fiction vibes will be $0.99 for ebook on September 7-12 (also in Kindle Unlimited). Follow me on social media or Bookbub for a sale reminder! -- About the book.

DON'T FORGET to check out the book fairs for September below!

Each month, I'm revealing something new about the upcoming Branwyn Blood series until book 1 releases! Sign up to my newsletter to give input on the series, and join my fan group to get bonus material!



You'll get to do a fun scratch-off lotto ticket to reveal the cover (which you can video or snap a photo of for your social media to enter a raffle), and get swag including the character art above,!

More info and sign up here:


The ebook of Fish(y) out of Water is $0.99 September 7-12.

Imagine reading a horror story... starring you.

Or don't imagine! See how Zanna Kane copes and if she can find the person threatening her before she ends up belly-up like the poor fish that didn't survive her move to Boston.

The standalone novel features wine, pets, diverse characters, adulting, and suspense. With women's fiction vibes, it can be described as a crime thriller mixed with romantic suspense.

"This story magically manages that balance between light and lively and darkly suspenseful. ... Carter's verbal portayal of the culprit is chilling enough to keep you reading late into the night. I highly recommend this book." - Amazon reviewer
"Agatha Christie for the modern age." - Bestselling gothic mystery author C.L. Monaghan
"L.B. Carter Weaves a Thrilling Spine-tingling Tale that not only has chilling mystery but also side splitting humor" - Goodreads reviewer

Learn more about the book, find it on Goodreads, or grab the sale (or Kindle Unlimited loan) on Amazon.



Wide and Kindle Unlimited ebooks in fantasy subgenres, including high, epic, urban, and science fiction with non-human characters: aliens, vampires, monsters, robots, ghosts, etc. (that may have a romance subplot):

Get your copy of Night Stalker, a Branwyn Blood novella, by signing up at


Follow me on social media to enter giveaways... and because I tend to share extra news whereas this blog gets updated monthly and my newsletter is only biweekly.


Hope you're keeping cool in this brutal summer (if you're in the Northern Hemisphere like me where I'm melting and burning at the same time).

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