USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author S.M. Schmitz

Sci-fi Romances and Mythic Fantasies with a little bit of heart and a whole lot of snark

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Mythology Glossary for Blades of Ash

As part of the augmented reality feature of Storms of Fate & Fury, welcome to the mythology glossary for Blades of Ash!


This glossary contains information about the gods, goddesses, monsters, and places in the different mythologies I’ve used to create The Unbreakable Sword universe. It occasionally includes the relationships I’ve created for this story (the Norse and Irish gods probably didn’t really hate each other).




Aesir—in Norse mythology, this is the na…

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Pets in Space 2


Embrace the Romance:  Pets in Space 2 Anthology

Release Date: October 10, 2017


The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors, brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this worl…

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Sneak Peek at Vengeance, the first book of the Warships of the Spire series

Releasing in Dominion Rising on August 8th, Vengeance is the first book in my co-authored series, Warships of the Spire. Bestselling fantasy author, Lisa Blackwood, and I are excited to offer readers this sci-fi romance/space opera featuring artificial intelligence, telepaths, epic space battles, and come's me. Of course there will be some snark. 

Want a sneak peek at Vengeance? Read on for a preview of what we have in store!

Chapter 1


Vengeance glanced down at …

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Support the 2018 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide


Tumble forward in time with the fourth anthology in the series Kirkus Review called “a must-have in science fiction collections.”  These imaginative, entertaining tales take readers of all ages to exciting places — from star ships to Mars to alien adventure!

Help fund the fourth year of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide anthology. 24 amazing science fiction stories for girls, boys and robots of all ages. Support at the Starsearcher level and get an ebook bundle of all four years …

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A Life of Death by Weston Kincade

I'm pleased to host Mark Matthews on my blog to celebrate the release of his supernatural trilogy, A Life of Death. To learn more about each book, please click on the images below.


Ghosts are speaking to Alex, but can he bring them justice?

Alex is a troubled teen with a checkered past, a broken home, and a surprising ability: psychometry. When he touches items murder victims held in their final moments, he relives the events in gruesome detail. But who will believe a troubled …

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JM Page's Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to the next stop on J.M. Page's Birthday Ex-SCAVENGER-anza!

We've got a fun little word game for you, and of course, lots of prizes!

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Want a chance to win one of my books? I'm giving away a copy of Shadows of the Gods, the first book of my mythology based contemporary fantasy, …

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Pre-order Secret Legends on iBooks and Get a Free Coloring Book

I'm pleased to host Shannon Eckrich, one of the authors in Secret Legends, on my blog. As a limited time special offer, if you pre-order Secret Legends on iBooks, you can receive a free coloring book created specifically for this boxset! 

After you place your preorder, just send an email to, and you'll receive your free coloring book!

Click on the image below to pre-order your copy today!

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New Dark Fantasy Release from Kevin Kessler

I'm pleased to host Kevin J. Kessler's new release, a dark fantasy novel featuring dragons, superheroes, and epic quests. To learn more, please click on the image below.



Valentean Burai and Seraphina Kackritta barely escaped the grip of chaos. Only by working together were these two life long soul mates able to combat the greatest threat the world of Terra has ever known.

But when they find themselves separated, with the entire world turned against them, both princess and …

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Free Sci-Fi Romance from Seven Steps

Saving Kiln, the first book of Seven Step's sci-fi romance series, Venus Rising, is free May 5, 6, and 7!

Click on the cover image to learn more and redeem your free copy!


In a world where women are born to rule, love is the ultimate crime.  

Empress Nadira’s planet is governed by one unbreakable rule: women hold the reins of power and men exist to serve them. But Nadira is in love with her servant, Kiln, and it’s a secret that could tear her family apart. 

After s…

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Scavenger Vanishes Blog Tour

I'm once again thrilled to host Liza O'Connor on my blog to celebrate the release of the third book in her Skyryder's SeriesScavenger Vanishes.

This dystopian romance is filled with action and suspense, and, of course, a fantastic romance. Read on for more from Liza and her newest book, Scavenger Vanishes!


Scavenger Vanishes


Liza O’Connor

I have this fascination with lions, and they seem to be fascinated with me as well…Only not in a good way. When I was in Aus…

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Blog Tour for Liza O'Connor's Rana Teenage Queen

I'm honored to host the always fabulous Liza O'Connor on a blog tour stop for her new release, Rana: Teenage Queen. 

Baffled why fairies are detested by humans

First of all, humans like to think of themselves as the ONLY humanoids in existence. On Earth, they had a furry humanoid whose DNA was 98% the same as theirs, and they still treated the poor primates horribly. They would lock them up in cages, or shoot them on sight. And there were others humanoids as well, some of which were …

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From USA Today Bestselling Author, S.M. Schmitz, comes Frankenstein reimagined

Releasing this weekend is my new sci-fi novel, Genesis Rising, which tells the story of Drake, a young man who has been genetically engineered by a U.S. government financed project to create the perfect special operations soldier.

Drake's behavior is controlled by the microchips that were implanted in his brain as a fetus, and he is the sole survivor of Dr. Mike Parker's decades of research and experiments. But Drake has always resented the life he has been cursed with, and the sequence of …

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Meet Wicked Legends Author Nirina Stone


Wicked Legends, a collection of bestselling novels, introduces Romy's LegacyThis is just one of 20 page-turning, full length novels for only $0.99. Order your copy today!

It is 2255. The tyrants of the past are no more, and Romy’s life is perfect. Her quest to start a new community in the North has begun; food is plentiful; and everyone has ample space to live. All she has to look forward to is exploration and the occasional adventure. That is, until she encounters the new people …

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Meet Wicked Legends Author Debbie Herbert


Wicked Legends, a collection of bestselling novels, introduces Charmed and Dangerous! This is just one of 20 page-turning, full length novels for only $0.99. Order your copy today!

A young witch, Callie, returns home from exile after a traumatic Ouija board incident six years earlier. She falls for classmate James MacLauren and struggles to keep her magical abilities a secret from him. Then there’s the even trickier problem that her rogue warlock father and his coven will kill anyone wh…

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Stop by to learn more about Liza O'Connor's Scavenger's Mission

Who is most likely to throw up on Flight Test Examiners?

The Corp is 45% macho-men and 55% working hard to be macho-men, 4% not so macho, but skilled males (mostly videographers and strategists), and 1% female.  (West Coast stats.)

When it comes to taking the Captain’s flight test, it turns out that really big, must be on steroids, macho-guys are the most likely to spew their breakfast before they even begin their test.

Why? You ponder. 

Well, they are nervous, really nervous…

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Meet Wicked Legends Author Rachel McClellan


Run now!

When seventeen-year-old Sage wakes up in a hospital with no memories, her only clue are the words written on her hand. With a deadly disease threatening to wipe out mankind, Sage must find out who she is and why most people would kill to get their hands on her—before it’s too late. This fast-paced, futuristic thriller is a spine-tingling read.


Rachel McClellan lives in New Hampshire, a place secretly known for its supernatural creatures. When she's not in her w…

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Meet Wicked Legends Author Thea Atkinson


Theta is a homeless drug addict who cares about two things: eating and fixing - not necessarily in that order. If new Earth needs saving from the tyrannical clutches of the Beast, it will have to wait until she's sober.

Now if she can just trick out her gift to pay for that fix without getting killed, she'll have the apocalypse nailed. Too bad for her that religion of any kind is outlawed and punishable by death, and too bad she's been targeted by a bounty hunter for selling visions.


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Meet Wicked Legends Author Lisa Blackwood

When Lillian finds herself facing off against vampires and other mythological impossibilities, help comes from an unlikely source—the stone gargoyle who has been sleeping in her garden for the last twelve years.

After the battle, Lillian learns the humans she thought were her family are actually a powerful coven of witches at war with the demonic Riven. Lillian is something more than human, a Sorceress and Avatar to the gods. Gregory has been her protector for many lifetimes, but when she w…

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Win a Kindle and Thirty Fantasy eBooks

Win a Kindle Fire and thirty fantasy ebooks! By participating, you’re agreeing to share your email address with the giveaway organizer and the other sponsoring authors. You can unsubscribe from any email list at any time.

To enter, just click on the image above.

Good luck!

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Vote for Shadows of the Gods, a Summer Indie Book Award Nominee

Shadows of the Gods is a 2016 Summer Indie Book Award Nominee in the fantasy category! Please take a moment to vote for it by clicking on the ribbon below. There are a lot of nominees, so it may save you some time to use the search function on your browser and enter the book's title. The gods and I thank you for your vote!

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