Saturday, November 18, 2017

Win DARK TIME in an Amazon Giveaway


Win 1 of 50 free ebooks of DARK TIME: Mortal Path Book One by @DakotaBanks! Yes, 50! No purchase needed. Limited time Amazon Giveaway of this supernatural action thriller. 

“Sometimes you just need a kick-ass former demon’s slave to tackle life’s problems. Especially one wielding a whip sword….Not to be missed!” – James Rollins 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Mortal Path Dark Time Ebook on Sale!



Dark Time
Deliverance
Mortal Path ebooks are selling well lately, so Amazon and B&N surprised me with an ebook sale:

Dark Time $.99


What if a woman sells her soul to a demon and 300 years later wants it back?

The compelling story of Maliha Crayne begins in the 17th century when she's ripped from her husband's arms and unjustly set afire as a witch. Saved from the flames by a Sumerian demon, she becomes the Black Ghost, his Ageless assassin gifted with otherworldly skills and superbly trained in martial arts. Centuries pass before she finds a way out of the life she hates. Setting her feet on the Mortal Path, Maliha must save as many people as she's killed as the demon's creature, or face his horrible wrath – forever. The odds aren't in her favor. 

"A breakneck ride through worlds visible and invisible — who knew the ancient Sumerians were this thrilling?" – Joseph Finder, Top 10 NYT Bestselling Author

"Seductive, sophisticated, and imaginative. Dakota Banks is firing on all cylinders!" - Steve BerryNYT and #1 Internationally Best Selling Author

"Dark Time has the flavor of an action thriller urban fantasy novel. The historical aspects and ties to Sumerian legends particularly intrigued me. Maliha has the typical earmarks of an urban fantasy heroinetough and independentbut there is something else to her. As young-looking, agile and into high tech as she may be, Maliha comes across as a much older soul. It's easy to believe she is 300+ years old. And I really liked that about her." – Musings of a Bookish Kitty, about Dark Time

"Fans of the supernatural and dark fantasy will be intrigued by Maliha Crayne and her quest to save her soul." – Publishers Weekly

"Readers who like their paranormal romantic suspense novels to feature nonstop action, twisting plots, and deadly heroines will devour Banks’ clever and compelling Mortal Path series.” – Lisa Gardner, #1 NYT Bestselling Author 

"Deliverance is a gut-kick of a read, with non-stop action and as inventive a world as I’ve ever seen. Maliha Crayne, not a character to be trifled with, could give other Urban Fantasy heroines a pointed lesson in real ass-kicking." – Vicki Pettersson, NYT Bestselling Author 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Snickers Photobomb



One of my book stacks with a Snickers photobomb. She's good at this.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Registration Open for ThrillerFest 2018!

International Thriller Writers Presents 

 More guests to come - stay tuned!

  • ATF Pre-Conference Workshop - Presented by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Add authenticity to your thrillers!
  • Master CraftFest - One day intensive writing workshop in a small class setting with bestselling ITW writers.
  • CraftFest - Hone your writing skills with the experts.
  • PitchFest - Face-to-face pitching to top agents actively looking for new thriller clients.  
  • ThrillerFest - Guest interviews, extraordinary programming, book signings, and camaraderie. 
ThrillerFest is held at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. Don't wait - take advantage of early registration rates. Master CraftFest and the ATF Workshop are standalone events, so you can attend those without attending any other part of the conference. PitchFest has to be combined in a package with Master CraftFest, CraftFest, or ThrillerFest; it's not available as a standalone event. 

Conference Information: http://thrillerfest.com
Online registration: http://regonline.com/tfxiii


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Dark Time is a Top 25 Finalist!



The Tracking Board Launch Pad Manuscript Competition provides a way for novelists to get exposure to film and TV sources for adaptation of their books. That's so difficult to obtain if you don't already have a high-powered Hollywood agent.

If your novel is showcased in a prestigious site such as Launch Pad, competition judges will be looking at your book. That's the position Dark Time finds itself in this week, having survived the Top 75 and Top 50 lists and landing on the Top 25! I'm eager for the release of the Top 10 list, but thrilled to have gotten this far.😄


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mortal Path Ebooks on Sale Now!

Mortal Path series by Dakota Banks


All Mortal Path ebooks are on sale 38% off at Amazon and elsewhere. 




$4.99 at iBooks

If you're missing any of the series (or the whole series!), now's a good time to warm up your Kindle or other e-reader. How can you resist those covers?

"Mortal Path is a novel to be savored for both its edge of suspense and the pure joy of its storytelling. Part immortal, all human, Maliha is a heroine who will leave readers breathless and craving more. Not to be missed."- James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of Map of Bones and Black Order

"Maliha Crayne, not a character to be trifled with, could give other Urban Fantasy heroines a pointed lesson in real ass-kicking." - Vicki Pettersson, author of the bestselling Signs of the Zodiac series

"A breakneck ride through worlds visible and invisible - who knew the ancient Sumerians were this thrilling?" - Joseph Finder, NYT bestselling author of Buried Secrets

"Chilling, thrilling, and a page turner!" - Heather Graham, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Killing Edge

"Dakota Banks delivers everything I love in suspense fiction: great characters who jump from the page; a smart, layered plot, and pacing that screams. This is the kind of book that makes you look forward to a rainy day." - John Gilstrap, author of Nathan's Run and Damage Control

"Readers who like their paranormal suspense novels to feature nonstop action, twisting plots, and deadly heroines will devour Banks' clever and compelling Mortal Path series." - Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love You More

"Fans of supernatural and dark fantasy will be intrigued by Maliha Crayne's quest to save her soul."  - Publishers Weekly 
For Deliverance

Friday, March 13, 2015

Women's Mystery Month at Open Road Media


Ebook On Sale During March for $1.99


March is Women's Mystery Month at Open Road Media
and I'm delighted to have my book Burning Rose included!

Yes, that's me, Shirley Kennett - my real name. Here is some information about the book. It's a stand-alone.

An environmental journalist stumbles into the deadly world of mega-corporations
Burning Rose
is a gripping mystery from Shirley Kennett, author of the beloved PJ Gray series. The story follows Casey Washington, a freelance journalist with environmental convictions. When she lands a rare interview with Robert Gunner, CEO of World Power, a company building a controversial dam in the Amazon rainforest, she anticipates a personal triumph—only to have the story go terribly awry. Heads of other big corporations start dying in gruesome fashion, at the hands of a mysterious group known as “The Six.” Washington’s investigative instinct kicks in but her search is not made any easier by her improbable attraction to the reclusive CEO Gunner. Burning Rose is an eco-thriller full of puzzles and high-gear action with global consequences.

“Kennett writes with pace and clarity. If you’re hungry for vivid characters . . . your ship has come in!” —Kirkus Reviews

“Shirley Kennett has Hawaii-based freelance journalist Casey Washington grappling with a mysterious troupe called The Six— whose members have names like Wrongful Death and who seem to be behind a spate of CEO murders—and her own lonely heart.” —Publishers Weekly

“Lots of action keeps the characters on their toes as they travel the world. The exciting conclusion in the South American jungle leaves Casey with far more than an exclusive story. Readers who enjoy a good puzzle with pieces that never quite fit will have fun with this suspenseful thriller.” —Booklist

“[Burning Rose is] tightly woven, intricately complex and fascinating to follow the various plots that Kennett has successfully created. The finish of this book is dramatic and wonderfully satisfying. If you enjoy thrillers, Burning Rose, as the back cover says, showcases ‘Shirley Kennett at the top of her game.’ Unforgettable!” —Book Reader’s Heaven
 
"Talk about exotic characters! There are some in this book that will be giving me the heebie-jeebies for a long time. Most of the characters have a dark side, so that you can't decide whether they are good guys or bad guys right away. Imagination rules the day here. You have to grab on and not let go until the last page. The pace is breakneck and the stakes are high. This is an absorbing, very different read. It's like the author just went on a romp, and if you want to keep up, you'll have to turn the pages fast." ***** Amazon review

Are you still here reading? Click to buy Burning Rose!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Brenda Novak's Auction for Diabetes


Every year, for the month of May, New York Times and USA Today Best selling Author Brenda Novak runs an online auction for diabetes research. The auction takes a full year to plan and pull off, but it’s a labor of love—an effort to help all the people who, like her youngest son, suffer from diabetes. Her very first auction ran in 2005. It started small but has grown every year by leaps and bounds, and has raised over $2 million for research.

The Brenda Novak Online Auction for Diabetes Research is the biggest online event for diabetes research in the world. Each year, with the help of generous donors
which include some of the biggest and brightest stars in publishing, like Debbie Macomber, Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, James Patterson, Diana Gabaldon, Michael Connelly and John GrishamBrenda offers up over 2400 fabulous items, creating a shopper’s paradise. 

But the auction is more than your every day charity gala. It’s a blast to participate in
a real community. Shoppers quickly become donors and donors quickly become shoppers. 

Authors, there's still time to donate! To make a donation or for more information, email Brenda's assistant, Anna, at anna@auctionfordiabetes.com.

I've been a donor to this auction for several years, and this year my item this year is a $100 Amazon Gift Card.


The auction starts MAY 1ST and runs for a month. Check it out, and bid on my item! But don't bid on the item I have picked out ... I want that one all to myself. :)

Connect with Brenda and the Auction:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Brenda_Novak
Twitter-Auction: https://twitter.com/bnovakauction
Website: http://www.brendanovak.com/


Hugs, 
Dakota

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring Fling: A New-to-You Author

Spring is here! For those of you still coping with snow, rest assured that Spring arrived on March 20 at 12:57 P.M. EDT, even if it hasn't shown its fair face in your location yet.
http://supernaturalunderground.blogspot.com/Time for a spring fling! To a dedicated reader, that means books. What, you were expecting shopping for frilly, pastel Spring clothing and new shoes or packs of garden seeds? Hah! We readers have our priorities straight!

I participate in a group blog called Supernatural Underground.  We are a terrific group of authors who focus primarily on the paranormal genre. I'm pleased to be in such outstanding company! There are often giveaways on SU. I'm going to introduce all of us quickly, in alphabetical order. Click on our names to visit our web sites and follow us on Twitter with the links after our names. Get to know us better!

Amanda Arista (@pantherista) was born in Illinois, raised in Corpus Christi, lives in Dallas but her heart lies in London. Good thing she loves to travel. The summer of second grade, she read every book in the young adult section of the library. So she started making up her own stories and hasn’t stopped since. She writes the DIARIES OF AN URBAN PANTHER series.




Dakota Banks (@dakotabanks) writes the Mortal Path dark urban fantasies, paranormal thrillers with a splash of romance. With Ancient Sumerian mythology brought forward to the present, a three-hundred-year-old woman tries to redeem her soul by saving as many lives as she's taken. The third book in the series, DELIVERANCE, won the 2012 USA Best Book Award for Fantasy. As Shirley Kennett, she writes suspense thrillers in the PJ Gray series. As D.B. Ayers, she's published HONOR'S JOURNEY, a middle grade historical novel.

A.A. Bell (@ThePoetTrees) is the winner of the prestigious 2011 Norma K. Hemming Award for Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Themes (Race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, etc.) for her debut novel, DIAMOND EYES, and for her second, HINDSIGHT. She's the first to ever win the award twice. As Anita Bell, she writes children's books, and was the first author to win an International “CrimeStoppers Award" for a children's crime series. 


Merrie Destefano (@MerrieDestefano) writes edgy urban fantasy: Vampires and fairy tales, Bladerunner meets Jim Butcher. AFTERLIFE (where everyone gets nine lives) and FEAST (edgy urban romance) leave you wanting more. Her first book of short stories, WAITING FOR MIDNIGHT, is highly satisfying, and the title tells all.  She writes for Young Adults too, and can teach you how to draw fantasy characters.


Jocelynn Drake (@JocelynnDrake) is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dark Days series and The Asylum Tales. When she’s not hammering away at her keyboard, frowning at her monitor, or curled up with a book, she can usually be found cuddling with her cats, Harley and Demona, walking her dog Max, or flinging curses at the TV while playing a video game.


Kim Falconer (@kimfalconer), a bestselling SF/Fantasy author, writes the Quantum Enchantment and Quantum Encryption series, epic stories that seamlessly mingle science and technology with sociology, environmentalism, philosophy, and magic. Astrology has been a part of her life for over 30 years and she teaches and consults in this field. Born in Santa Cruz, California, she lives and writes in the far eastern coast of Australia, sharing her dwelling with two black cats and a pair of Torresian crows. (!)

Leigh Fallon (@Leigh_Fallon) was born in South Africa, raised in Dublin, Ireland and moved to Cork in her 20s. Her debut paranormal romance in the Carrier series was discovered on Inkpop, a website for writers of teen fiction. Within weeks, book one of the in the series, CARRIER OF THE MARK, hit the coveted top five spot and was reviewed by an editor at HarperCollins. A few emails and some hysterical screaming later, she signed her first deal with HarperTeen. The second book in the trilogy is SHADOW OF THE MARK.

Jeaniene Frost (@Jeaniene_Frost) is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of vampire stories in the Night Huntress series, Night Prince series, and the upcoming Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to eighteen different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she swears like a sailor, rarely cooks, and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car.

Terri Garey (@TerriGarey) is the RITA© award winning author of six novels, two series, and various novellas. Her devilishly delicious tales from the dark side have been described as "sweet yet smouldering" by Publishers Weekly, and "sultry and upbeat" by Library Journal. Despite her choice of spooky subject matter, Terri prefers to avoid graveyards, especially on Halloween.



Colleen Gleason (@colleengleason), a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, has written more than two dozen novels in a variety of genres  – most of them with some sort of supernatural element. From vampire hunters in Regency England to dystopian romance (as Joss Ware), Colleen has run the gamut. Her most recent release is ROARING MIDNIGHT, a spin-off of the internationally bestselling Gardella Vampire Chronicles, in which she brings the vampire-hunting family to Roaring Twenties Chicago.

Helen Lowe (@helenl0we) is a Fantasy/Science Fiction author, poet, interviewer and blogger. She won the prestigious Gemmell Morningstar Award for THE HEIR OF NIGHT, the first novel in her The Wall of Night epic fantasy series. THE GATHERING OF THE LOST, the second in the series, was described as a "a classic right up there with the likes of George RR Martin's A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE" by SF Site. Helen has twice won the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Excellence in SciFi-Fantasy: for her YA novel THORNSPELL and for THE HEIR OF NIGHT.

Kristin Miller (@KM_Miller) is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes the dark and sexy Vampires of Crimson Bay series featuring a blood war between vampires and shape-shifters and the Seattle Wolf Pack series, with her latest release GONE WITH THE WOLF. In addition to paranormal romance, she also writes contemporary and  historical romance and romantic suspense.

Nicole Murphy (@nicole_r_murphy) has been a primary school teacher, bookstore owner, journalist and checkout chick. Her urban fantasy trilogy Dream of Asarlai's last book is ROGUE GADDA. As Elizabeth Dunk she writes contemporary romance. As a journalist, Nicole has won awards for her writing; she has also had more than two dozen short stories published, the most recent in BLOODSTONES, an anthology of urban fantasy. Nicole lives her love of science fiction and fantasy through her involvement with the Conflux science fiction conventions. As Elizabeth Dunk, she writes contemporary romance. She lives with her husband in Queanbeyan, NSW, Australia.

Pamela Palmer (@Pamela_Palmer) is a New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of more than a dozen novels including the Vamp City, Feral Warriors, and The Esri series. When Pamela's initial career goal of captaining star ships failed to pan out, she turned to engineering, satisfying her desire for adventure with books and daydreams until finally succumbing to the need to create worlds of her own. Pamela lives and writes in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.

Jaime Rush (@Jamierush) is the New York Times bestselling author of The Hidden series about humans with the essence of gods who walk the knife’s edge between the glamour of Miami and a place filled with dark magick and dangerous beauty. She also writes the Offspring series: Dangerous outcasts with extraordinary psychic powers who must band together to fight an enemy out to destroy them. As Tina Wainscott, she has published eighteen romance novels, mostly suspense and many with a touch of paranormal.

Kerrelyn Sparks (@KerrelynSparks) is the bestselling author of the paranormal romance Love at Stake series, which has hit as high as number 5 on the New York Times list and 22 on the USA Today list. Her most recent release is THE VAMPIRE WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. She also writes historical romances. She lives in the Greater Houston area with her husband, children, and a house full of garlic.  So far, there are no vampires in her family. Werewolves are another matter entirely.

Wasn't that a blast?! You followed all of us on Twitter, right?  Right? You might find a New-to-You author among us who could turn into one of your favorites. Check us out!

Hugs,
Dakota

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Women in Mystery E-book Deals

"http://www.openroadmedia.com/womensmysterymonth"

Open Road Integrated Media is celebrating genre-breaking female mystery authors this month with a special sale. Learn about these writing pioneers and snag some ebook deals. Shirley Kennett, my alter ego, is in some exceptional company here. I'll have to tell her to keep up the good work!

Gray Matter, first in the PJ Gray series, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book format.

“Kennett is a writer of rare skill, and Gray Matter is a deftly plotted novel bristling with suspense. A rip-roaring good read!” —John Lutz, author of Single White Female and many other outstanding mysteries

“Fans of Patricia Cornwell’s work will be hooked on this heart-stopping and harrowing thriller. The finely drawn characters in Gray Matter are both complex and terrifyingly convincing. Rated Excellent.” —Romantic Times

Friday, February 28, 2014

Win a Mortal Path Swag Bag!

Check out my post about the fourth book in the Mortal Path series, Bloodletting, on the Supernatural Underground Blog. You can win this terrific Mortal Path Swag Bag (tote bag, three signed paperbacks, calculator, bookmarks, magnets, and pens) just by commenting on Supernatural Underground.

The last day to enter is Wednesday, March 5, 2014. International entries welcome, but an international winner will receive a $35 Amazon Gift Card rather than the swag bag. Go for it!

Supernatural Underground

Friday, September 13, 2013

Free Review Copy of Honor's Journey

Author DB Ayers (a very close friend of mine, so close we have the same fingerprints) has released an indie book for kids. As with any indie book, promo is a tough go. Accumulating reviews on Amazon is an important first step, one that ♥you♥ can help accomplish. Doesn't that give you a warm and fuzzy feeling? If you haven't done your random act of kindness for the day, well ...

Have kids? Know anyone with kids? Ever been a kid? You can have a free review copy of Honor's Journey, suggested for boys and girls ages 9-12+. 

R.L. Stine says it's "a terrific read," and if you know anything about kids, you know who R.L. Stine is.

Set in the 1700s, Honor's Journey is the story of the love Native American twins (boy and girl) Hawk and Fox have for the only two horses their tribe owns, and what happens when their father makes a peace treaty that gives away one of the horses—and pledges Fox as the future bride of another chief’s cruel son.
Full of action, adventure, and emotional involvement, and sure to please both boys and girls.

Click here to get your free review copy,
your choice of Kindle, Nook, or PDF.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Happify Me!

As a blogger, I was invited to participate in Happify, an online program based on scientific principles to increase my happiness level. I'm going to share my experiences, at least in general, with the program, since I'm assuming that's why bloggers were selected for the beta trial. I'm very interested in the scientific basis for happiness but just a little skeptical of what Happify can do for me. Going in with an open mind, though!  

Disclosure: Happify is providing me with free access to premium features. There is a free version available. 

I'll check back with you later after I've dipped in one or more toes. 

Happify S.T.A.G.E.™ Diagram
Happify's S.T.A.G.E.™ framework will help you master the
five skills of happiness. http://www.happify.com



My first step is to pick a track to start on, from choices like "Nurture Your Body and Soul," "Cope Better with Stress," "Be More Socially Connected," or "Appreciate What You Have." (Note: All of these tracks are free.) After the brief survey I did, my recommendation was to start with "Cope Better with Stress" - no surprise there! :-)

Which one would you choose?


Friday, July 12, 2013

Giveaway! $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Certificate

$50 Giveaway for Time of Death

I write the PJ Gray series of virtual reality thrillers as Shirley Kennett. The recently issued ebook version of Time of Death was chosen to be featured in the Kindle 100 for July! It's on sale for $1.99 until July 31st at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many other online retailers.

I'm pleased to offer a giveaway of a $50 Amazon or B&N gift certificate to celebrate the sale. Last I checked, Time of Death was #43/100 in its Kindle category of Crime Fiction. I'd love to see it go to #1!
"Kennett's writing is taut and unyielding, and like great baseball pitchers she throws the curves fast and with uncanny accuracy. Reading Time of Death was like watching someone juggle plates while skateboarding down a steep hill. You aren't sure how it will end, just that it will be spectacular. I loved every minute of this book and look forward to her next."
- Jon Jordan, Crimespree Magazine
"The hook in Kennett's PJ Gray series, starring a St. Louis psychological profiler, is the use of virtual reality software to recreate crime scenes. The high-tech wizardry is fine, but what really makes this series go is the fiery relationship and strong personalities of the costars, gutsy protagonist PJ (Penelope) and her Andy Sipowicz-like boyfriend, Leo Schultz, a police detective. This pair could be solving cases with legal pads and pencils, and readers would still be drawn to them. A top-notch series that satisfies both readers seeking page-turning suspense and those looking for characters so real you almost expect to see them at the local diner."
- Booklist
Please pass the word!

Enter the drawing: http://shirleykennett.com

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Maliha's Christmas


Nocturnal Book Reviews has a charming Christmas feature: authors sharing how their characters would spend the holiday. I'll be up on December 17th, with the Mortal Path's Maliha Crayne decorating her tree alone (all together now - awwww). Giveaways? Of course! You can win the now famous (or infamous) Mortal Path Swag Bag.

Visit Christmas With Dakota Banks to enter to win the Swag Bag. 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Deliverance wins Fantasy Award


I'm excited to share the news that Deliverance, the third book in the Mortal Path series, has received the

2012 USA Best Book Award for Fantasy


"Deliverance is wonderfully unpredictable, full of breathlessly exciting action scenes. Readers will be hooked till the very last page, and then will rush to pick up the others in the Mortal Path series." - RT Book Reviews

"A great concept and a fun read; an original story with just the right blend of action, suspense, mythology, and romance." - Book Bitch 

"Readers who like their paranormal romantic suspense novels to feature nonstop action, twisting plots, and deadly heroines will devour the clever and compelling Mortal Path series. Assassins, demons and danger, oh my!" - Lisa Gardner

"DELIVERANCE is a gut-kick of a read, with non-stop action and as inventive a world as I have ever seen."
- VICKI PETTERSSON
"DELIVERANCE delivers everything I love in suspense fiction: great characters who jump from the page; a smart, layered plot, and pacing that screams. This is the kind of book that makes you look forward to a rainy day." - JOHN GILSTRAP

"Deliverance is a gut-kick of a read, with non-stop action and as inventive a world as I have ever seen." - Vicki Pettersson

"Deliverance is filled with action, suspense, raw honesty, and great drama. It is definitely the most high-stakes installment in the series yet and I could not put it down. Dakota has done a marvelous job of creating an untenable situation and forcing Maliha to deal with it." - Tynga's Reviews
"I applaud Ms. Banks on delivering an action-packed book with a very intriguing story idea that is not your typical paranormal."
- BITTEN BY PARANORMAL ROMANCE
"Deliverance is sizzling hot and full of the trademark action that accompanies this fantastic series. I absolutely loved this book! The plot is outstanding as usual, full of twists and turns and incredible revelations. FANTASTIC. This series is definitely one of my favourites of all time."
- BOOKAHOLIC BOOK CLUB

"[A] fascinating and refreshingly original series. ... Dark Time is a complex novel bound to grab you by the throat and not let go until the final page is turned. The world presented here is brilliantly portrayed and Dakota Banks does a masterful job with her descriptive imagery. I could not put this book down. A Five Klover Recommended Read."
- CKS KWIPS AND KRITIQUES
"The heroine of this story, Maliha Crayne, is a combination of Jason Bourne meets Lara Croft. She is strong, loyal, witty, and pretty much an all around kick-ass person. Is it possible to be jealous of a fictional character? Because I definitely am! I loved it! Banks delivered in all aspects for me."
- I SMELL SHEEP
"The heroine of this story, Maliha Crayne, is a combination of Jason Bourne meets Lara Croft. She is strong, loyal, witty, and pretty much an all around kick-ass person. Is it possible to be jealous of a fictional character? Because I definitely am! I loved it! Banks delivered in all aspects for me." - I Smell Sheep

"[A] fascinating and refreshingly original series. ... Dark Time is a complex novel bound to grab you by the throat and not let go until the final page is turned. The world presented here is brilliantly portrayed and Dakota Banks does a masterful job with her descriptive imagery. I could not put this book down. A Five Klover Recommended Read."
- CKS KWIPS AND KRITIQUES
"The heroine of this story, Maliha Crayne, is a combination of Jason Bourne meets Lara Croft. She is strong, loyal, witty, and pretty much an all around kick-ass person. Is it possible to be jealous of a fictional character? Because I definitely am! I loved it! Banks delivered in all aspects for me."
- I SMELL SHEEP
"[A] fascinating and refreshingly original series. ... Dark Time is a complex novel bound to grab you by the throat and not let go until the final page is turned. The world presented here is brilliantly portrayed and Dakota Banks does a masterful job with her descriptive imagery. I could not put this book down. A Five Klover Recommended Read."
- CKS KWIPS AND KRITIQUES
"The heroine of this story, Maliha Crayne, is a combination of Jason Bourne meets Lara Croft. She is strong, loyal, witty, and pretty much an all around kick-ass person. Is it possible to be jealous of a fictional character? Because I definitely am! I loved it! Banks delivered in all aspects for me."
- I SMELL SHEEP
"There is plenty of action, drama and suspense in Malihas life as she continues to fight for redemption. The Mortal Path books are filled with unique adventures that leave your mind turning. With every book comes more understanding of her situation and what she might deal with in the future."
- URBAN FANTASY INVESTIGATIONS
"I love this series! It is jammed with action and adventure that moves quickly from one harrowing event to another. Maliha is a strong kick-ass woman who survived not only the control of a demon, but earlier, burning after a false accusation of being a witch. Highly recommended for fantasy lovers as well as action and adventure fans...and more!"
- BOOK READERS HEAVEN
"I applaud Ms. Banks on delivering an action-packed book with a very intriguing story idea that is not your typical paranormal."
- BITTEN BY PARANORMAL ROMANCE
"Deliverance is sizzling hot and full of the trademark action that accompanies this fantastic series. I absolutely loved this book! The plot is outstanding as usual, full of twists and turns and incredible revelations. FANTASTIC. This series is definitely one of my favourites of all time."
- BOOKAHOLIC BOOK CLUB
"DELIVERANCE is a gut-kick of a read, with non-stop action and as inventive a world as I have ever seen."
- VICKI PETTERSSON
"DELIVERANCE delivers everything I love in suspense fiction: great characters who jump from the page; a smart, layered plot, and pacing that screams. This is the kind of book that makes you look forward to a rainy day." - JOHN GILSTRAP

Monday, October 1, 2012

Halloween at the (Paranormal) Haven


ParanormalHaven

Oh my, it's October! Time for my favorite event of the year, Halloween at the Haven, at Paranormal Haven. A solid month of giveaways and guest posts from great authors! Somehow I managed to slip in - my date's October 27th. I'll be giving away a Mortal Path Swag Bag and talking about something Halloween-y.

To get you in the mood, here are some easy Vampire Cookies you can bake. The recipe is on Baking Bites. You take one yummy butter cookie, plop some raspberry jam on it, then put on a top butter cookie. Use a toothpick to poke holes that look like a vampire bite in the top before baking. I have tried this recipe and it is delicious!!

Vampire Cookies




Sunday, August 19, 2012

The PJ Gray Series by Shirley Kennett

Open Road Integrated Media

Before I was Dakota Banks, I wrote as Shirley Kennett (my real name). The PJ Gray books are suspense/police procedurals/techno-thrillers. Formerly available in hardback and paperback, they will now be brought into the digital age by Open Road Media. I just signed the contract a little while ago, and I hope to see the e-books released by the end of 2012.

Penelope Jennifer Gray, known as PJ, is a newly divorced psychologist making a fresh start with her twelve-year-old son in St. Louis. A pioneer in the field of computer simulation studies, she has been hired to set up a new division within the St. Louis Police Department. Through cutting-edge techniques of virtual reality, the Computerized Homicide Investigations Project, or CHIP, recreates real-life crimes by placing the user in the mind of the perpetrator. PJ creates life-sized reenactments of homicides, ones in which she and her detective can immerse themselves and try out different scenarios.

PJ is teamed up with Detective Leo Schultz, a veteran cop fast approaching burnout, who isn't comfortable working with women or with computers. Their working (and personal) relationship has a long way to go to resemble a team.

Titles in the series are Gray Matter, Fire Cracker, Chameleon, Act of Betrayal, and Time of Death. Gray Matter was picked up by The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club, and it was an Alternate Selection of The Mystery Guild. Fire Cracker was also picked up by The Literary Guild, Doubleday, and The Mystery Guild.

"Kennett is a writer of rare skill, and Gray Matter is a deftly plotted novel bristling with suspense. Its characters are real and contemporary, and its premise is gripping and unique. Not since Red Dragon has a more menacing serial killer roamed metropolitan St. Louis. A rip-roaring good read. Let's see more of PJ Gray!" - John Lutz, author of SWF Seeks Same (movie: Single White Female)

"Fans of Patricia Cornwell's work will be hooked on his heart-stopping and harrowing thriller. The finely drawn characters in Gray Matter are both complex and terrifyingly convincing." - Romantic Times

"Columbus Wade [in Chameleon] is something special: a chillingly realistic creation--not a typical psychopath who happens to be a young boy but a precocious, fun-loving, immature young boy who happens to be a psychopath. A very unsettling and very compelling novel." - Booklist

"The hook in Kennett's PJ Gray series, starring a St. Louis psychological profiler, is the use of virtual reality software to recreate crime scenes. The high-tech wizardry is fine, but what really makes this series go is the fiery relationship and strong personalities of the costars, gutsy protagonist PJ (Penelope) and her Andy Sipowicz-like boyfriend, Leo Schultz, a police detective. This pair could be solving cases with legal pads and pencils, and readers would still be drawn to them. This time [in Time of Death] single mom PJ is keeping an eye on the online gaming addiction of her teenage son and trying to decide what kind of commitment to give the lovably exasperating Schultz. Meanwhile, the police are struggling with a series of brutal murders that may be tied to a serial killer. Schultz hits the streets in search of clues, and PJ fires up her virtual reality program to relive the grisly crimes. A top-notch series that satisfies both readers seeking page-turning suspense and those looking for characters so real you almost expect to see them at the local diner." - Booklist

"Kennett's writing is taut and unyielding, and like great baseball pitchers she throws the curves fast and with uncanny accuracy. Reading Time of Death was like watching someone juggle plates while skateboarding down a steep hill. You aren't sure how it will end, just that it will be spectacular. I loved every minute of this book and look forward to her next." - Jon Jordan, Crimespree Magazine



I have a book outside the PJ Gray series to be released as an e-book. Burning Rose is a standalone thriller with high stakes, exotic locations, unforgettable characters, and a generous splash of romance.

“Lots of action keeps the characters on their toes as they travel the world. The exciting conclusion in the South American jungle leaves [freelance journalist] Casey with far more than an exclusive story. Readers who enjoy a good puzzle with pieces that never quite fit will have fun with this suspenseful thriller.” — Booklist

“[Burning Rose is] tightly woven, intricately complex and fascinating to follow the various plots that Kennett has successfully created. The finish of this book is dramatic and wonderfully satisfying. If you enjoy thrillers, Burning Rose, as the back cover says, showcases ‘Shirley Kennett at the top of her game.’ Unforgettable!” — Book Reader’s Heaven
 


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