Mask of Scarlet: Cover Reveal and Sales

I know what you’re thinking. “Cathrine you just did a cover reveal yesterday!” I did. that is very true. But this is for a different book. And I have sales for you so it’s really for the best if you want cheap and or free books.

You remember in September when I released a book with five other authors? Sarah Pennington was one of those authors and she is getting ready to release a sequel to her Frosted Roses book. I’m so excited for this book. That’s why I had to help with the cover reveal today.

Mask of Scarlet is the third book in the Bastian Dennel PI mystery series. It’s a 1920’s mystery set in a fantasy version of New York. There’s magic, mystery, and each book is a cleverly disguised fairy tale retelling. This one is Cinderella.

Book Description:

Mask of Scarlet

Bastian Dennel, PI #3

Bastian Dennel is a detective, not a matchmaker.

But he’s also not one to turn down easy mazuma. So when one of Innsjøby’s richest young sheiks hires him to find his so-called true love — a girl he’s met only once at a masked party — Bastian is on the case. After his last few high-risk adventures, he’s ready for a job where the hardest part will be collecting his payment. Sure, all he has to go on is a guest list and a description . . . but how hard can it be?

Of course, easy money always has a catch, and what should’ve been a simple search turns out to be anything but. Everyone seems to have their own opinion on who this mystery girl should be, whether or not it matches reality, and even the Families are getting involved. To make matters worse, Dayo is acting cagey, and Bastian doesn’t know why.

Bastian’s business is the truth. But what can he do when everyone around him has already decided what they want the truth to be? Find out in this Jazz-Age take on “Cinderella,” book three of the Bastian Dennel, PI mysteries!

Releases April 29th

Pre-order Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09RQFLHCM

Add Book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60307521-mask-of-scarlet

Author Bio:

Sarah Pennington has been writing stories since before she actually knew how to write, and she has no intention of stopping anytime soon. She is perpetually in the middle of writing at least one or two novels, most of which are in the fantasy and fairy tale retelling genres. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys knitting, photography, and trying to conquer her massive to-be-read list.

Find her online at: Author Site || WordPress Blog || Blogspot Blog || Goodreads || Facebook || Amazon

To celebrate the third book going live for pre-order Sarah is offering the first two books for 99 cents each. Now is your chance to get caught up on this delightful series before the next book drops in April. But the sale is only for two days so don’t delay!

Find the rest of the series: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09869T5NJ

But that’s not all…

Kendra E Ardnek is also running a sale. Her birthday is this month so she’s running a free promotion on many of her titles. But you should hurry, The sale ends today.

You can find all of her books here and then scan the selection for the free ones: https://www.amazon.com/Kendra-E.-Ardnek/e/B005GGULBQ

Mark your calendar for the end of April when The Scarlet mask releases as part of the Three Midnight Curfews collection. Three retellings of Cinderella.

Crown and Cinder: Pride and Prejudice derails Cinderella (The Austen Fairy Tales Book 2) by Kendra E. Ardnek.

It is a fact universally acknowledged that a girl, in possession of stepmother and stepsisters, must be in want of a fairy godmother to come whisk her away to some ball, where she might fall in love with a prince and live happily ever after…

Lizzy hates facts universally acknowledged.

Release date April 27th 2022

Pre-order link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09B4DG79B

Cindy Ellen: A Western Cinderella (Wunstuponia #3) by Rachel Roden.

Once upon a time, way out west…

Cindy Ellen runs the local store, selling supplies to foresters, ranchers, and prospectors while her stepmother gives her neverending orders and spoils her stepsisters. She can’t do anything right, even as she’s the only one doing anything. Can one ball change her life forever? Perhaps not, but at least it might give her one night of freedom.

Release date April 28th 2022

Pre-order link: https://www.amazon.com/Cindy-Ellen-Western-Cinderella-Wunstuponia-ebook/dp/B099BC33F3

The Scarlet Mask (Bastian Dennel, PI Book 3) by Sarah Pennington

Bastian’s business is the truth. But what can he do when everyone around him has already decided what they want the truth to be? Find out in this Jazz-Age take on “Cinderella,” book three of the Bastian Dennel, PI mysteries!

Release date April 29th 2022

Preorder here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09RQFLHCM

Frosted Roses Release Three: Gilded in Ice 

Welcome to the third release for the Frosted Roses Fairy-tale blog tour.

Scroll to the bottom of the main blog tour page for a raffle copter giveaway. The winner gets four of the books in paperback and a frosted roses necklace.

https://aristasdirectory.blogspot.com/p/six-frosted-roses.html

Check out the first release here: https://cobonham.com/2021/09/21/runaway-lyrics-release-day/

And the second release here: https://cobonham.com/2021/09/22/frosted-roses-release-two-as-long-as-we-live/

Today I’m hosting a Dive in review for Gilded in Ice. But first a little about the story.

 Bastian has two new missing person cases. One is cold. The other is his own sister. 

Since his success solving the Midnight Show disappearances, Bastian Dennel is sitting pretty. And with the new high-profile cold case that just got dropped in his lap, he’s pretty sure things will stay that way for a while. But when he finds out his sister has gone missing without a trace, he’s determined to find her and bring whoever’s responsible to justice — even if his only lead is a stray cat with a knack for vanishing unexpectedly. : Gilded in Ice

Kona Dennel’s plans have already been upended, so when the talking cat she’d befriended asked her for help breaking an enchantment, she didn’t see any reason not to say yes. She didn’t expect to be trapped in a frozen mansion or to be drawn into conflict with a mysterious lady of the fair folk. Even the cat is hiding more secrets than she realized. It’ll take a skilled detective to untangle this web . . . but since Bastian isn’t here, Kona will just have to do it herself. 

Secrets abound, and the one creature who knows the truth isn’t talking. Can Bastian and Kona outwit a fae who’s been at this for centuries? Or will thawing out the long-frozen truth drop them in over their heads? 

A magical mystery reimagining Snow White and Rose Red and East of the Sun, West of the Moon in the jazz-age world of The Midnight Show. 

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/Gilded-Ice-Bastian-Dennel-Book-ebook/dp/B098LQ9C15  

Add Book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58463912-gilded-in-ice  

Purchase Book 1: https://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Show-Sarah-Pennington-ebook/dp/B08B1RV653/ 

Author Bio: 

Sarah Pennington has been writing stories since before she actually knew how to write, and she has no intention of stopping anytime soon. She is perpetually in the middle of writing at least one or two novels, most of which are in the fantasy and fairy tale retelling genres. Sarah’s first published work, Blood in the Snow, received a perfect score and Special Unicorn status in Rooglewood Press’s Five Poisoned Apples contest. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys knitting, photography, and trying to conquer her massive to-be-read list. 

Find her online at: Author Site || WordPress Blog || Blogspot Blog || Goodreads || Facebook || Amazon

Dive in Review: Gilded in Ice.

Gilded in Ice by Sarah Pennington is the second book in her fairy-tale series about private investigator Bastian Dennel. This series is set in an alternate world were the Fair Folk are everywhere and magic causes most of the problems.

This first book is titled The Midnight Show, the events of which are referenced frequently. So I recommend reading them in order.

This installment has a bit of Snow White and Rose Red, and a bit of East of the sun West of the moon. (Or maybe it’s the other way around. I can never remember.)

Gilded in Ice follows Bastian’s sisters Kona and Roselle. The SW and RR characters for this retelling. One cold winter they let in a stray cat to share their home. (No bears here.) And come summertime both the cat and Kona mysteriously vanish.

Now if you are familiar with either or both of those fairy tales, then you can probably guess what happened. But you don’t really know the story, because mashing both of these stories together and setting it in a prohibition era PI novel completely changes the game.

The best part of this isn’t the twist ending, it’s the investigation. I love detective stories because I love watching people reason things out. How the investigator finds and puts the pieces together is what makes the story work, and this book works really well.

I also enjoyed seeing how the author seamlessly worked in the events of the first book to tie the two cases together. So I’m going to repeat my earlier recommendation. READ THESE BOOKS IN ORDER! You will be glad you did.

I received an early review copy of this novel and am leaving this review honestly and without coercion.

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