A love letter to Berlin, the process, the series…and a whole lot of gratitude!

I’m back from Berlin and Long Gone Witch is out in the world, so I wanted to take the time to share some of the things I’ve experienced, not just during this trip, but the entire ICRA Files: Berlin process.

I legit got the Long Gone Witch manuscript back HOURS before Boris and I left for our trip. Which meant I had to go through the proofreads, format the ebook, and upload everything on Amazon within the three hours (three hours that shared space with taking care of the dogs and getting myself ready to leave, too). Wild, wild shit, I tell you.

I swear, it feels as if the entire ICRA Files: Berlin series had some sort of delay curse on it!

When I was gearing up to publish Rock This Wolf back in January, there was a moment when I was terrified my whole release plan would crumble because my then editor delayed for over two months past the deadline before returning the manuscript. But somehow, I managed to actually squeeze in proofreads, ARCs, and all the other numerous tiny steps that are necessary before a book is ready to see the light of day, even though I’m still not entirely sure how it was possible to get everything done with so little time to spare.

Down With Vamps had a somewhat better track record, but because of all the earlier delays (it wasn’t just RTW that had suffered that fate, but Shadow Reign as well), I had to work like a damn DB train to reach all the stations on time.

And then came Long Gone Witch. The ONE book I actually believed would have a super smooth release. I had everything ready waaaay in advance. Plus, I was so thrilled when I realized Boris and I would be in Germany at the time, because it felt so fitting to really celebrate the end of the series there, just relax and take it easy…

Honestly, I still have no idea what happened with my proofreads that were supposed to come to me a whole lot sooner than the day of our departure, but I figure that, maybe, I was meant to wrap up the whole Gina journey with one last โ€œoh, shitโ€ party ๐Ÿ˜‰

Because one thing’s for certain: not only have I practiced a hell of a lot of patience and refused to let stress get to me, but flying to Germany after that morning, knowing I, in some way, did get everything done on time…

It made spending time in Hamburg and Berlin all the more special.

I got to visit the exact spots where scenes in my books take place (which is something I’ve never done post publication). Got to celebrate the release in motherfucking Berlin! Yaaaaas! I even went live on Instagram for the first time ever (which you can check out here) for some Berlin + LGW talk ๐Ÿ™‚

Overall, for all the chaos the past two years, especially the last year and a half, have brought in regards to ICRA Files: Berlin, the ending was absolutely MAGICAL!

I’m grateful for all the experiences. So, so fucking grateful for this trip. And I’m grateful for Berlin’s absolutely chill vibe that truly was the cherry on the top of this whole journey.

Want to read my heart’s baby?

ICRA: Files Berlin is now complete, and you can get all three books by clicking this link or on the graphic below!

DOWN WITH VAMPS releasing on the 25th!

Aricโ€™s scent overpowered the stale blood, the heat of his body a scorching fire that licked at my already burning skin. Hotter. Fiercer. And when our breaths mingled in the too-intimate slice of space between us, all that hurt, all the fury that had been bubbling through me like an unstable brew, erupted in an outpour that refused to be contained.

โ€œLet go of me,โ€ I snarled, staring up at Aricโ€™s face. โ€œIโ€™m done with your lies. Done.โ€

My breaths came out hard, and my whole body buzzed, a stark contrast to the statue-stillness of Aric as he kept me caged against the door. But his eyesโ€”they blazed.

Time glitched, and, like in that alley behind Drei Palmen, the sphere made of our energies that ensconced us seemed to detach from the rest of the world.

The charge built up.

As did my pent-up frustration.

As did Aricโ€™s own demons, locked up tight somewhere in the dark for far too long.

The fuse sparked, and there was no stopping it.

I hate you, I hate you, I hate you, the words rolled on repeat through my head as my breaths deepened. Aricโ€™s gaze swept down to my lipsโ€”

I wasnโ€™t sure who moved first.

But as that charge went off like a supernova, Aric and I surged into each other.

Our mouths and bodies collided with a need that became its own primal force. The ground-shaking magnitude of the detonation only fueled us further. We turned into each otherโ€™s centers of gravity, our energies shielding nothing of our inescapable pull toward each other, but mirroring all the depthsโ€”even those we might have wanted to keep concealed.

But this hunger, this desireโ€ฆ It refused to let us be anything but our raw, unfiltered selves.

My back hit the door, and Aric ground against me.

The demanding press of his body coaxed a moan from my lips. He stole it away with his tongue and teeth, kissing me so fucking hard I was pretty sure the very foundations of reality were about to unravel. I groaned and wound my fingers through his hair.

Spurred on by my action, Aric brought one hand to my butt, then followed the curve to my thigh, right to the hem of my dress, and yanked me even closer to him. I hooked my leg around him, matching him grind for grind.

Fangs nicked my lips, and that scrape, that edge of roughness wrought of primal lust, set off another detonation.

We clashed as if we were two vortexes granted release after an eternity of oppression.

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Book Recommendations: Paranormal Reverse Harem (part one)

  • Cali Mann: INFILTRATE (Misfits of Thornbriar Academy, Book 1)
  • Cate Corvin: FOR THE HELL OF IT (Razing Hell, Book 1)
  • Callie Rose: FALLEN UNIVERSITY (Fallen University: Year One)
  • G. Bailey: SINFUL AS HELL (The Demon Academy, Book 1)
  • Sarah Piper: SHADOW KISSED (The Witch’s Rebels, Book 1)

Welcome to a new series of book recommendation posts!

I’ve been meaning to do short recs like this for a long time now, but never actually gotten around to organizing myself enough to pull it off. I wish I could devote more time to book blogging, but my writing schedule doesn’t really permit that at the moment, so I asked myself, what can I do?

The first thing that came to mind was reviewing titles I read and loved on Bookbub as soon as I wrapped them up (you can check those out here, and make sure to follow me if you want to receive them in your inbox). Still, I guess that part of me that loves being engaged in the reader side of the community wanted more. I mean, who doesn’t love stumbling upon a recommendation or two? I know I picked up a lot of excellent books that way I wouldn’t have otherwise found.

That’s where this little trial comes in. The books will be broken down by sub(genre), just a bunch of no-frill recommendations, and maybe, sometime in the future, I’ll be able to expand them into more elaborate posts.

I hope you’ll enjoy the recs!

Lots of love,

Gaja

New release: BURNING MOON

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This is it! The end of an era!

It’s been three years since I first started plotting a series about a bisexual werewolf tennis player, and now Lotte’s story reaches its explosive conclusion in BURNING MOON! I hope you’ll enjoy one last ride with our badass wolf!

* * *

Stalling tactics were old news in any kind of battle, and the ones wagered on the tennis court were no different. Of course, when one was losing as blatantly and hopelessly as Ostwald Kleinfield, calling for a break under the pretenses of getting a nasty leg cramp was just crass.

Especially when the game in question was the godsdamned final of the Munich Games and the werewolfโ€™s opponent was none other than Richard Ackmann, the uncontested winner of the last four supernatural grand slams.

It was a sad sightโ€”one made even more pathetic as two medics with bags in their hands hurried onto the court and made a beeline for Kleinfieldโ€™s shaded bench. I snorted. Yes, a tennis match most definitely came with the peril of cramps, which were lethal to werewolves.

BURNING MOON is the page-turning finale to the suspenseful urban fantasy series where supernatural forces clash in a cloak-and-dagger war!

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Freebie: DESTINY RECLAIMED

What doesn’t kill you leaves a demon fighting by your side

Boran has always hated demons with a passion. Now, he just might have to save one of the fuckerโ€™s lives. 

Because in a world of unstable magic, a human can to do little to fight the supernatural forces. Especially when those damn forces are bent on controlling the ley lines and wreck havoc upon Boranโ€™s town.

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Destiny Reclamed is one of the stories set at the very beginning of the โ€œFutureโ€ portion of the Kolovrat Universe, filled with action, demons, and magic!

I wrote this novella for an urban fantasy anthology a while ago, and itโ€™s been sitting on my computer for an embarrassingly long time, waiting for me to send it out into the world again. Iโ€™m happy to say that elusive time finally came!

You can now read Destiny Reclaimed for free (no newsletter sign-up or anything like that required) by downloading it from one of the following links:

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Birthday sale!

Itโ€™s my birthday today, yay! I really wanted to celebrate it with you by doing something special, and I thoughtโ€ฆwhat better way to do that than by spreading some bookish love, right? ๐Ÿ’–

Which is why, until June 29th, you can get FOUR of my books for FREE, plus the Lotte Freundenberger boxed set (that includes the first three titles) for just 99c!

๐‹๐จ๐ญ๐ญ๐ž ๐…๐ซ๐ž๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ž๐ง๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ ๐ž๐ซ ๐๐จ๐ฑ ๐’๐ž๐ญ (๐ฎ๐ซ๐›๐š๐ง ๐Ÿ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ฌ๐ฒ ๐ฐ/๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž) – ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ—๐œ

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087P99D6P

INTL: mybook.to/LotteBoxedSet

๐“๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ซ๐ฒ (๐ฌ๐œ๐ข-๐Ÿ๐ข ๐ฐ/๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž) – ๐…๐‘๐„๐„

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081XSXG8N

INTL: mybook.to/Trinary

๐’๐ก๐š๐๐จ๐ฐ ๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ฅ๐ (๐ฎ๐ซ๐›๐š๐ง ๐Ÿ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ฌ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ฒ ๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž) – ๐…๐‘๐„๐„

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07LB6P1KM

INTL: mybook.to/ShadowWorld

๐’๐ฎ๐œ๐œ (๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐๐š๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง ๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐š๐ง๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ฅ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž) – ๐…๐‘๐„๐„

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07R3X7BG2

INTL: mybook.to/succ

๐–๐ข๐ง๐๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ (๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐๐š๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐š๐ง๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ฅ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž) – ๐…๐‘๐„๐„

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071D5K7BR

INTL: mybook.to/Windstorm

Kolovrat Universe reading order

Although all of my series and standalones can be read independently, some of you have reached out, asking about the reading order to follow the actual timeline of the Kolovrat Universe.

The โ€œPresentโ€ section refers to the time before the War, the โ€œFutureโ€ takes place afterwards.

If you want to see this list typed out (with attached buy links) or simply check for any updates/added titles, please click here.

New release: SHADOW HEART

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Chilly autumn air bit into my fingers as I huddled in the shadow-doused alley, scrolling through the numerous pockets of the dark web.

Maybe not the best way to spend my time given who Lena was meeting. The Interspecies Crimes and Relations Agency would throw my ass in a warded cell if they knew what I was up to. But thanks to Simonโ€™s literal magic fingers, my activities were basically untraceable. Tapping in a quick command, I opened a different branch of correspondences, then sorted them from latest to oldest. All the shady dealings there for the taking.

Yeah, having a genius warlock on the retainer definitely gave a person a leg up in lifeโ€”and a hole in their bank account. Though the latter was mostly my fault since I refused to let Simon undersell himself just because we were friends.

Not very demonic of me, true, but seeing as I wasnโ€™t entirely a demonโ€ฆ

I huffed, my breath condensing in the frigid alley. Damn, September had laid it on thick with the end-of-summer stint. Something my rapidly draining cell phone battery confirmed. Lovely.

SHADOW HEART is the third novel in the suspenseful urban fantasy series with kickass assassins, sinfully hot demons, eye-candy vampires, and a steamy polyamorous romance you wonโ€™t want to miss!

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