Life After Humanity: Exclusive Excerpt


I’m feeling really good about this! The entire Thorns and Fangs series has been me challenging myself. Life After Humanity is no different. I’ve taken chances and written the story I wanted to write. I have second-guessed myself, worried myself, worried my editor… but now that release day is approaching I’m feeling really good about it.

On the theme of taking a chance, I’m sharing an exclusive excerpt today. It’s not user-friendly in that it probably won’t make a lot of sense if you haven’t read Thorns and Fangs (and contains major spoilers for the story), and won’t appeal to everyone–but it is a scene that has appeared in every single incarnation of this story (and there have been a few). It’s also one of my favourites. While saying you’ll either love it or hate feels like too big a claim, this one I think will leave you either really excited for Life After Humanity or faintly confused.

If the former, preorder Life After Humanity from the NineStar website now to get it on January 12th.


Ben is a recovering vampire determined to pick up the pieces of the life that came to a halt when he was murdered over a year ago—even if that means distancing himself from his few remaining friends. Nate, struggling to navigate his new identity as a Class 3 Unknown paranormal, knows it will take more than mastery of his affinity with plants to convince Ben they belong together.

When Ben’s application for human status is denied, he must fight to leave the paranormal world behind him while Nate’s generous impulses drag him into conflict with a werewolf pack with designs on ruling New Camden. As Ben’s vampire family draws closer to finding him, his vampire instinct awakens—throwing his continued existence into jeopardy. The hunt for the missing werewolf continues, and Nate and Ben become pawns in Councilor Wisner’s plans to take control of the city. Their only hope is each other—if they can see that before all is lost.

Read on for the exclusive excerpt!


New Release: The Charity Shop Rejects Live in Concert is, well, live!

I’m really excited to be bringing you the third instalment of the For the Love of Christmas! series: The Charity Shop Rejects Live in Concert! I hope you enjoy revisiting Jake and Dan, and I can’t wait to see what you think of Mikaal, Declan and Hiro.


To celebrate the launch, I’ve got an excerpt for you. Guitarist Declan has strict rules about not mixing music and relationships. Front man Mikaal knows this—but the knowledge does nothing to stop his growing attraction to Declan. When an unexpected concert booking brings Mikaal’s chronic stage fright to the fore, his resolve is tested.

The Charity Shop Rejects Live in Concert (For the Love of Christmas! #3)

Mikaal Sarhadi has been in trouble since the moment he met guitarist Declan Hyde. Declan treats music like religion, setting high standards for himself and his bandmates. Mikaal struggles to even step on stage. He will do anything to justify Declan’s belief in him—even if that means ignoring the powerful attraction between them.

After a chance meeting with Brandon, Declan’s estranged brother, reveals just how much Declan will sacrifice for his music, Mikaal wonders if he can even call himself a musician. Worse, drummer Hiro’s visa application has been denied. With time running out for The Charity Shop Rejects, Mikaal must conquer his stage fright or lose music—and Declan—entirely.

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Writing Update & ARC Team call.

Apparently I look like a writer. How do I know this? I showed up to a meeting of the Friends of Ngaio Marsh today, and someone said “[Gillian], you look like a writer–would you take notes?” Approximately two seconds later there was a motion passed to make me a committee member, followed immediately by a motion to promote me to secretary–and here I am—secretary!

Weird fact: I have taken the minutes at all but two meetings that I’ve attended. Apparently I exude good note-taking vibes. Which, I do, so…truth in advertising?

I could share the minutes of the meeting with you today, but I’m not sure that you really want to know all the details of the heritage house tour, so instead a writing update. I’ve mentioned that I’ve got three upcoming releases: The Charity Shop Rejects Live in Concert (For the Love of Christmas #3), Life After Humanity (Thorns and Fangs #3) and Dead Wrong (Thorns and Fangs #4). Gentlemen Don’t Murder is currently with an agent, awaiting feedback. And I’m on chapter ten of an expected fifteen chapters of Morgen Prince (Deep Magic #4). 

You may be thinking ‘That’s a lot of books.’ You’re not wrong.

I don’t know when I came up with the idea of releasing a book a month in 2018, but I did, and so that is the plan. I already regret it, but the point of goals is to challenge yourself and I am definitely feeling challenged. The big freelance project is the major cloud raining on my parade right now, but I’m going to try and avoid taking on any Freelance projects over December and instead try to enjoy the holiday season and my family, without making myself insanely busy.

This may be more of a challenge than releasing a book a month in 2018, but hey–dream big, right?

As I prepare to write more books, I’m going to need help making sure that the works I produce stay up to scratch. If you’re interested in donating your time as an Advance Review Copy (ARC) reader, please drop me an e-mail at gillian.stkevern at gmail dot com letting me know that you’re interested! I’d honestly really appreciate it. This would involve reader the book and leaving an honest review on Amazon, Goodreads, and other online bookstores. If you’d like to help, but can’t commit to reading right now, then taking the time to leave a review on any of my other works would work just as well. Thanks in advance!

The Wing Commander’s Curse is out!

After a false start (proof-read my e-mail before sending, somehow still missed that I’d forgotten to attach the book I was sending the e-mail about), The Wing Commander’s Curse has been released to subscribers of my mailing list. It feels really good to have completed a project started in May to help raise funds and awareness for LGBT Chechens.

Even better, I heard from Kathleen, the auction winner whose request resulted in The Wing Commander’s Curse, to let me know she enjoyed it. That’s really made me happy. I realised while listening to the authors speaking at the Marlborough Book Festival this past weekend that before writer or author or novelist, I identify as a story-teller, which to me implies a connection between the story-teller and the person the story is being told to, and started with me telling stories to my younger sister. That I’m able to successfully tell a story to someone I’ve never met in real life always feels like a prize to me. Thank you for that, Kathleen! And for the story request that resulted in Mallory, Jonah, and the world they inhabit.


The Wing Commander’s Curse

An unbreakable curse.
England overrun by monsters.
Two men locked in a losing battle.

England, 1915.

Jonah Valliant longs for active service, but is stuck making coffee for the local officers. A year ago, the world erupted into magical chaos. No one knows why Britain is overrun by fearsome worms, magical creatures whose gaze turns men to stone, or how to stop them. When Jonah loses his temper with Wing Commander Mallory, he has no idea that picking a quarrel with the wizard may lead to Britain’s salvation–or its destruction.

Augustus Mallory carries more than the weight of the war effort on his shoulders. He’s the last of the Mallory wizards, feared for their power, arrogance and the dark family curse. He knows losing his heart to Jonah endangers everything Mallory cares about—but Jonah may possess the key to defeating the worms once and for all. His only hope: staving off his doom long enough to learn the secret behind the Quickening.

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Morgen Song in Love Bytes Book of the Week poll! Celebration sale.

I am back in Christchurch, but the whirlwind of socialising that began with the wedding has only just stopped! Wellington was amazing, but I’m going to talk about my trip in a later post. For today, I have something very exciting to share.

Morgen Song is featured in the Love Bytes first book of the week poll for 2017! To celebrate, I’m dropping the price to US 0.99 cents (and international equivalents) until Friday the 13th when the polls close. If you’ve read Morgen Song and enjoyed it, I would appreciate your vote! If not, well, here is your chance to get Morgen Song at a reduced price.*

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*If the prices don’t show up as reduced, please try again in a couple of hours–I literally just went and changed the prices and they may take some time to take effect.

Birthday Cake and Book!

Today–December 31st–is my birthday. Ever since the year that I got food poisoning on my birthday and got sick with stomach bugs three times the following year, I’ve tried to make an effort to spend my birthday doing the things that I want to define my following year. So far today, I’ve done some writing, some learning, met up with my family for a picnic and duck-feeding in the Botanical Gardens and published a book. That’s right, Morgen Song is out at last.


Morgen Song is currently available from Amazon and Smashwords and coming soon to other e-book retailers.

Myrhydion is ready to live happily ever after with Olly–until a spate of drownings herald the return of the morgenau, Welsh sirens, to the peninsula. Eager to prove himself as future king of the morgen, Myrhydion challenges an underwater sorceror, but ends up losing his magic altogether. Rapidly running out of options, Myrhydion must find the strength of king or lose everything he loves.

In my birthday stock-take from last year, I was looking forward to the publication of Thorns and Fangs and preparing to move back to New Zealand. I was excited to spend more time with my niece and eager to get stories published. In 2016, I published five stories. I learned to drive, getting my restricted licence. I’ve continued to babysit my niece culminating in a very special babysit last night when I levelled up to the night shift–bath and bed!

In 2017, my goal is eight stories published. I’ve learned a lot about my writing techniques and where I need to improve and I’m keen to put this into action. I haven’t yet established a vegetable garden, but I’m hoping to start that in February. I’m also keen to keep learning, attending a Joanna Penn seminar in February, and planning on going to the RWNZ conference in August. I’m feeling positive. I’ve done so many things this last year that I didn’t think I could–left my job, learned to drive–and while my new life has its own challenges, I’m enjoying figuring out how to approach them. Thank you so much for your support this past year. Your belief and encouragement makes this all possible.

Thank you, and all the best for 2017!


Uprooted Blog Tour Continues!


Uprooted is officially out! Alpha Book Club has a release day excerpt, with the chance to win any ebook of your choice from NineStar Press. And Uprooted already has one review on Goodreads, a very solid four star review from Andrea. It feels a little like Christmas part two, actually!

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And now that Uprooted is out, I can share this: