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New eSpecials from Three of Penguin Group’s Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy Stars



Works by J.R. Ward, Karen Chance, and Patricia Briggs

Will be Available to Download

New York, NY (October 7, 2008) In a continued effort to bring writers to readers in whatever format the reader prefers, Penguin Group (USA) announced today the release of three paranormal fiction eSpecials, short pieces of writing for eBook readers. These new eSpecials are otherwordly novellas by three of Penguin Group’s most popular writers of paranormal romance and urban fantasy: #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward; #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs; and national bestselling author Karen Chance.

This is the perfect way for dedicated paranormal fiction fans to get the inside scoop on characters and series they re already into, said Molly Barton, Associate Publisher of eSpecials at Penguin Group. These three new eSpecials will also give curious readers a taste of some of the hottest writers working in paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

Father Mine, a novella from J.R. Ward about two of the main characters in her current bestselling series, will be available to download on October 7th. All six novels in the ongoing Black Dagger Brotherhood series hit national bestseller lists, with the most recent book LOVER ENSHRINED debuting at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Father Mine gives readers a special glimpse into the life of Zsadist, one of the most popular characters in the series, and his wife Bella.   Buy Link here

Karen Chance, the bestselling author of three books about clairvoyant Cassie Palmer, will launch a new paranormal romance series with the novel MIDNIGHT S DAUGHTER, which will be published on October 7th. Chance’s eSpecial, a story called Buying Trouble, features a secondary character from MIDNIGHT S DAUGHTER and will be available to download on October 14th, a week after the novel is published.

Patricia Briggs’s novella Alpha and Omega introduces a new urban fantasy series set in the world of Briggs’s #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson books. In Alpha and Omega, two werewolves meet and discover they share a special bond. The story will be available to download on October 20th.

J.R. Ward’s original novella will sell for $3.99, and the stories from Karen Chance and Patricia Briggs will retail for $2.99. As with all Penguin eBooks, the eSpecials will be available in many formats, including Sony Reader, Amazon Kindle, and Adobe Acrobat among others, and are available for purchase wherever eBooks are sold.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Shanna
    Oct 07, 2008 @ 10:15:22

    Is there a link for purchase?

  2. Jia
    Oct 07, 2008 @ 10:26:04

    For those wondering, the Ward novella mentioned is the same one that’s in the Black Dagger Brotherhood guidebook. So if you wanted the novella but not the guidebook, this is your opportunity.

  3. jmc
    Oct 07, 2008 @ 10:27:06

    I’m wondering if the Ward novella is the same one that is appearing in her compendium, also due out soon. Double dipping for those who aren’t interested in the BDB reference book? If it is the same, I wonder if readers are going to be willing to shell out $3.99 for the e-novella, as oppposed to $10 for the hardbound (I think) bigger book.

  4. Joan/SarahF
    Oct 07, 2008 @ 10:51:04

    Links, anyone? My Google-fu is failing me, dammit.

  5. katiebabs
    Oct 07, 2008 @ 11:01:20

    I believe the Ward short is in the Compendium, which IMO is a good book to have if you are a fan of the BDB.

  6. Nikki
    Oct 07, 2008 @ 12:08:45

    This does dovetail with an update to Briggs’ website where her husband mentions the novella Alpha and Omega will be available. Oddly, I can’t find an actual release or correlating mention of this anywhere. Certainly none of the other authors even mention this. The most irritating part of this is the lack of a link to purchase.

  7. Jane
    Oct 07, 2008 @ 14:53:36

    @Nikki: I have sent an email to the person who sent me the press release. They are looking into getting me more details and I’ll post them as soon as I have them.

  8. Jessica Kennedy
    Oct 07, 2008 @ 16:00:46

    Would love a direct link to this press release and source.


  9. roslynholcomb
    Oct 07, 2008 @ 16:29:53

    Awesome. I can get this, and then get rid of the rest of the anthology A&O was in. $2.99 is a good price.

  10. Molly
    Oct 07, 2008 @ 19:09:19

    Here is the link to buy Father Mine —- LINK (edited to correct link)

  11. Jane
    Oct 07, 2008 @ 19:18:16

    @Molly: Thanks Molly. I haven’t been able to find it available anywhere else as of yet. I’ll update this post when I find other retail sources.

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