Cover Reveal + Giveaway: And The Creek Don’t Rise by R.M. Gilmore

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: And The Creek Don’t Rise by R.M. Gilmore

On her twentieth birthday, Lynnie Russell—just a little ol’ thing from down in Havana, Arkansas—falls in love under a full silver moon.

When she wakes up the next morning naked and caked in blood, Lynnie is faced with a horrifying truth. She’s death incarnate.

In a race to unearth what she’s become, Lynnie must hide her beastly thing from those she loves most. If only to keep them alive.

When an unexpected ally offers help, how can she refuse?

Vengeance. Death. Magic. All of it. Crawling out 11.24.20, And The Creek Don’t Rise is the newest Southern fantasy novel from Dylan Hart creator R.M. Gilmore.


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I listened to him breathe for a solid few minutes. I knew Rusty well enough to know when he sat still, just breathing slow and soft, he was thinking. Sometimes he was just thinking about what was for dinner, but that night sitting on that rock with me, he was thinking about his future. It rolled off him, steam from hot skin on a cold night.



I waited long enough to finish my thought that he turned to look at the side of my head and watched me say, “I wish you weren’t so mean to me.”

“I was a kid, Lynn,” he said, his voice desperate.

“You’re a man now, Rusty.”

“Yeah.” He turned on the rock to face me, taking up too much space on the one-person seat. Clenched cheeks clung to the rough surface for dear life. “I ain’t mean to you like that anymore. I’m just teasing. And you’re mean to me. I tried to say something nice about your hair tonight and you told me to shut up.”

I looked up at the moon. “What else was I supposed to say?”

“Thank you. Just say thank you.”

Our voices had grown louder and echoed back at us. “Well… I don’t know how to be with you any other way,” I said hushed.

“I ain’t expecting you to.”

“What are you expecting?” I turned to look him in the eye. His face just inches from mine.

“Nothing. Sure as hell not this.” He waved his hand through the dark. Moonlight gleamed off his blue eyes.

I looked away before truth spilled out of my mouth. “Garret told me….”

He got quiet, still. “Yeah?”


“Is that why you’re out here with me?”


He sighed. “Fuck.” Water splashed between us when he kicked his foot. “Damn it, Garret,” he mumbled.

“It’s fine.”


“Yes. Someone had to have the balls to say it.”

“I have balls,” he shouted, and his echo said it three more times.

“Not enough to tell me you love me.” I swallowed the word, but it bobbed in the back of my throat, threatening to spill out.

I turned to look at him. His mouth hung open. No words escaped. Tan skin was muted in the moonlight, but his eyes sparkled. Bright white and ocean blue.

One breath. Two. “I gotta take a leak.” He waded out of the lake and ran over to a tall tree that stood just in front of a set of head-high bushes. He turned his back to me.

“Just piss in the lake like the fish do, Rusty.” My voice echoed through the tight inlet. Our echoes made me nervous, like someone was gonna come out of the woods and catch me naked in the lake watching Rusty let loose a six-pack onto a tree.

I could hear his pee hit the ground and tried not to laugh when he said, “I ain’t pissing in there while you’re in there.”

“Since when?” Whether the emergency piss break was necessary or not, he’d successfully avoided the subject. I slid off the rock and let cool water cover my chest.

From the corner of my eye, I watched the top of his butt cheeks peek out from the waistband of his skivvies, two divots overtop. I wondered how I’d feel about him when morning came, when I wasn’t drunk.


Book Spotlight: Orestin’s Own by L. Alyssa Austin

Book Spotlight: Orestin’s Own by L. Alyssa Austin

Published August 24th 2020

The veil is thinning. Every day more undead creatures slip into Everra. Soon their most terrifying kin, spawn of the dark goddess Orestin, will emerge to devour all life. Master Historian Mycellane enlists an aging Knight and an inexperienced priestess to join him on a journey to obtain an ancient artifact-one that can bring an end to the incursion. But their salvation lies on the other side of the veil, in the Dead Waste of Myrcantos, and only one person can bring them through: a Myrcantan necromancer who remains loyal to the enemy. The path before them leads through a barren, unforgiving land. Ravenous abominations lurk in the shadows. But the greatest danger to their mission is the hatred and distrust they feel for one another… 

About the Author

Alyssa grew up in New Jersey but she currently resides in Alabama. She has too many pets and not enough time for writing. Her favorite hobby after writing is reading. Books were her sustenance growing up, and she still devours as many as she can every week. Her favorite genres have always been female-authored fantasy and science fiction– think classics like Barbara Hambly, C.J Cherryh, Elizabeth Bear and Robin McKinley, as well as Rosemary Edghill, Catherynne M. Valente, Sarah Monette/Katherine Addison, Naomi Novik, V.E Schwab, Rachel Neumeier, Katherine Arden, and T. Kingfisher. 

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Book Spotlight: Hiss (The Unmagic Trilogy #1) by Amaya Ash

Book Spotlight: Hiss (The Unmagic Trilogy #1) by Amaya Ash

In Arilloa, the royal family uses their magic to win the respect of the ordinary populace. But Leonie, a princess and second in line to the throne, has a terrible secret: she’s barely magic at all. The only person to ever find out her secret is Armand, a boy training to become a Knifecloak, one of the elite castle guards.

Leonie’s younger brother Hiss, on the other hand, is a child prodigy with greater powers than anyone else in the family, capable of creating monsters out of thin air. One day Hiss goes missing and resurfaces at the head of a rebellion, using his powers to strike against the country and the crown. Monsters against soldiers, magic against normality. Leonie and Armand must find Hiss and stop him while the monster-driven war rages around them.

A Young Adult (YA) / New Adult (NA) novel with elements of both fantasy and romance.

Hiss is available for preorder on Amazon. The release day is October 1st, 2020. Be sure to add it here on Goodreads. I’ve already added Hiss to my TBR pile for future enjoyment since it sounds like a me-book. 🙂