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10-day flash tee sale

I still miss Kisten. Even now.

I know I should be thinking about TROUBLE WITH THE CURSED (preorder!) but even as the publicity machine for the next Hollows release opens one golden eye, focuses on me, and rolls over to hit the snooze button, I feel a pang. The Hollows originally came out in February, then March, which easily juxtaposed holiday giving and treats to readers. Now, with a June release? Not so much. We are too far out to be offering freebies, and we won’t know if there will be a physical tour for ages. (I’m guessing no, but if you want a signed-to-you book, Nicolas will provide.) But I still miss Kisten.

Which means, for the next ten days, Tim and I will be offering a limited edition Hollows shirt. Orders will cut off the last day of November. They will be printed up locally the next week, and shipped out over our kitchen table soon after. (US, Mexico, and Canada only. I do not yet trust overseas shipping to reach you.)

We are offering a Ladies Cotton T, V neck. Sizes run from small to 5XL, cost includes shipping to a US, Canada, or Mexico address. $ 24.95 US dollars.

Yes, Kim! I want one! How do I purchase?

1: PayPal $24.95 US dollars to Tim at paypal.me/coldtoastwritingsLLC (I write books. I do not generally sell merch, so this is how we can do it.)

2: Tell Tim the size you want in the notes area at PayPal. PLEASE!!! I’m begging you to not forget this. If you do not tell us, you will get whatever size Tim thinks you are. (And he’s not good at guessing.)

3: Make sure your name and address are correct at PayPal. We can’t be responsible for misdirected mail. If you’re using your brother’s PayPal, keep this in mind.

4: Any questions at all, email Tim at coldtoastwritingsLLC@comcast.net, and be sure to include in your correspondence your PayPal email. I don’t want to listen to him complain about John Smith having one name for his address, going by ThunderGod on his regular email, and TwoCute for his PayPal. It makes for a very stressful day trying to match them up.


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The Soul of the Hollows–and the music it resides in

In case you missed it, the Hollows playlist, all matched up to the characters they relate to! The entire list is at Spotify. https://open.spotify.com/embed/playlist/6qYXtGoaMxjMoravl5Jt21   You don’t have to upgrade to see/hear the list.

Al: Lilac Wine: Jeff Buckley
Sympathy for the Devil: Guns and Roses

Jenks: Red Tape: Agent Provocateur

Ivy: Pearls: Sade
New Years’s Prayer: Jeff Buckley
Short Skirt, Long Jacket: Cake

Takata: Rockstar: Nickleback

Trent: DOA: Foo Fighters
Viva La Vida: Coldplay
The American Way: The Crystal Method

Ceri:Filii Neidhardi: Corvus Corax

Rachel: Your Own Worst Enemy: Alice Cooper
Extraordinary Machine: Fiona Apple
The Line Begins to Blur: Nine Inch Nails

Kisten: You & I: Jeff Buckley
Never Say Never: Queens of the Stone Age
Living Dead Girl: Rob Zombie

Newt: Every Day is Exactly the Same: Nine Inch Nails
Only: Nine Inch Nails

Pike: Bury Me Face Down: Grandson

Piscary: Lullaby: A Perfect Circle





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The Soul of the Hollows–and the music it resides in

Music and I have a joined existence. It’s that way for a lot of writers. Most days, my music is sedate and slow, background tonal and nature sounds that allow my thought-to-finger brain to function at optimal speed.

But when I plot… Oh, when I am in those glorious hours/weeks/months of what-if… That is when the music gets loud, and varied, and is played over and over and over, (as my kids would attest) stimulating a slightly different part of my brain, letting me use the music and lyrics to find not just what my character is doing this exact moment, but also his or her past and future. If any part of this process is magic, this is it, using other artists dreams to fuel my own.

Pouring into my brain through my ears is the soul of the characters, the part that doesn’t always get on the page, but is just as real.

I’d like to share the sound of some of the character’s inner souls with you, but because I like games and diversions, I’m going to give you the list of music, and the list of characters, and let you match them up. (grin)

Every day until we hit all 11 characters, (M-F) I will tell you one character’s soul song (some have more than one) and a little of why that music speaks to me of their path.

The list is on Spotify to make for easy listening, and if you aren’t a member, you can sign up for free as I have. (Your phone is an excellent platform for this.) They don’t ask for anything but name email, and I think birthday to make sure you are over 18, so if the link takes you to a sign-up page first, don’t despair!

If I can find a way to make a public list for you to drop your suggestions in, I will. (suggestions from readers familiar with Spotify how to do this are appreciated!)

So for today, I give you the 22 songs and the 11 characters that are my number-one picks for the soul of the Hollows. Tomorrow, I’ll tell you which two songs are Al’s. One is easy, the other…not so much as it is his deep, blue-butterfly longings.

Characters: Jenks (1), Rachel (3), Ivy (3), Trent (3), Takata (1), Newt (2), Al (2), Pike (1), Kisten (3), Piscary (1), Ceri( 1) … and one for me–my theme song after a hellish couple of years now dumping into one hellish year for everyone.

Music: at Spotify. https://open.spotify.com/embed/playlist/6qYXtGoaMxjMoravl5Jt21

Lilac Wine: Jeff Buckley

Red Tape: Agent Provocateur

Pearls: Sade

Not Going Away: Ozzy Osbourne

Rockstar: Nickleback

Sympathy for the Devil: Guns and Roses

New Years’s Prayer: Jeff Buckley

DOA: Foo Fighters

Viva La Vida: Coldplay

Filii Neidhardi: Corvus Corax

Only: Nine Inch Nails

Your Own Worst Enemy: Alice Cooper

You & I: Jeff Buckley

Every Day is Exactly the Same: Nine Inch Nails

The American Way: The Crystal Method

Bury Me Face Down: Grandson

Never Say Never: Queens of the Stone Age

Extraordinary Machine: Fiona Apple

The Line Begins to Blur: Nine Inch Nails

Lullaby: A Perfect Circle

Short Skirt, Long Jacket: Cake

Living Dead Girl: Rob Zombie





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American Demon First Chapter Sneak Peek and ARC contest

We are four weeks out, which means I can give you a little teaser! It’s just the first page here, but follow the link to my website for the entire first chapter of AMERICAN DEMON. It’s a huge relief to be able to share this with you. This industry moves so slowly, and even with being the Queen of Delayed Gratification, the wait from first idea to shelf is long. So please, take a look and tell me if I lost Rachel’s voice or if she’s still the girl you knew next door. I missed her. Having her back makes my world feel a little more normal.


I’m giving away an ARC this week! If you have already entered one of the previous contests, that’s A-OK. You can enter every week. This time, I’m looking for your favorite breakfast cereal when you were a kid. (and if you still eat it!)

Using an email you have access to for the next five days, email Tim at <coldtoastwritingsllc@comcast.net>  Put “My favorite cereal” in the subject line so we know you’re entering the contest. In the email, tell me what cereal you couldn’t wait to dig that spoon into when you were growing up–and if you still find yourself putting it in the shopping cart today. Mine was, ah…Lucky Charms. I kid you not.

You can also share your favorite cereal here, too. One entry per household please.

I will cut off entries at midnight, PST on Wednesday, May 20th. Winner will be announced Thursday morning, after I email he or she back for the address where they want me to mail the ARC to as well as find out if and how they want me to sign it.  Winners will have until that Friday, May 22nd, midnight to get back to me to claim the ARC and tell me their mailing address. If I don’t hear from you by Friday, May 22nd. midnight, the ARC goes back in the pool and I will give away two next week. Last week, Debra won out of 1,000+ entries. Congrats, Debra!

Out of the U.S? We were having some issues, but we’ve since found a way to ship books to Mexico or Canada, so you are again welcome to enter. Envelopes and letters are still okay even overseas, (so you can still send me a SASE for a freebie)

Books will go out USPS media mail, which takes some time. Chance of winning depends upon how many enter. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator, and I can’t be responsible for mail that goes astray.

That’s it. Apart from coming  back next Tuesday to enter again with a new question! I’ve got this one and one more left to give away.

And good luck!



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Hollows read-a-long Yep, we’re doing it!

Hi all. Kim here.

Got a favorite Hollows quote? Have a burning question? Guess what? I’m hosting a Hollows read-a-long!

To celebrate (and get ready for) the release of AMERICAN DEMON in June, I’m hosting a read-a-long where you can gush, and laugh, and cry, and commiserate with like minded readers of the Hollows. I’ll also have information on flash sales as they come up, (fingers crossed) and who knows, I might just have a give-away or two.

We’re starting Dead Witch Walking TODAY! And though we’re taking some time for this first one to help get organized and find a large group, I plan on burning through the series pretty quickly. (If you want a slower read-a-long, there’s another going at The Cincy Underground over on FB.)

I’m structuring this to have one or two sharp breaking points per book where you can talk without the spoiler tags, but I’m counting on you all to start discussions and topics as we go. I have no idea what you want to talk about, so jump in and take part. I’ve always been proud of the way my readers can discuss without arguing, and I’m looking forward to talking with you and hearing your thoughts. 🙂

Not a member of Goodreads yet? You’re in for a treat! Sign-up is easy, and it’s an amazing place to find new reads and friends who appreciate reading what you do. Why Goodreads? They have a great setup to structure read-a-longs on, so check it out. Everyone there loves books. Everyone.

Also, I’m still looking for some moderators. I’m hoping to have 13 with the intent being that each book have a designated head moderator who will chaperon the read-a-long with me for the duration of their book, giving the other 12 moderators a bit of a break. (Though obviously, if you’re a moderator, you’re able to moderate through the entire read-a-long.)  So far, we have Joseph for A FISTFUL OF CHARMS, Liz H. for WHITE WITCH, BALCK CURSE, and Karen for PALE DEMON. (Thank you so much, Joseph, Liz, and Karen!)

If you are interested, please let me know at Goodreads at the introduction thread. I’ll be looking for you there!




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e-book price drop, pass it on!

Two of the Hollows titles are on sale right now for 1.99, e-book format. It’s a good chance to make a late gift to the Hollows addict on your list, or even for yourself if you are trying to round out your e-library. And please pass the word!

The Witch With No Name: Nook. Kindle

White Witch, Black Curse: Nook Kindle

But while I was looking through my archives for a past post I could easily modify to tell you about the sale, I found this little gem from 2015. It was during an unusual -30 cold snap that seemed to last all winter. When it gets that cold, the mind wanders, and the poet in me claws its way out.

The Breaking of Silence

Kim Harrison, February, 2015

I was awake early this morning, long before the sun came up. It gave me an almost singular chance to sit in my office and drink a cup of cocoa and witness the breaking of silence. There was no wind, eerily still with no sun to push even molecules into motion, no birds to mar the perfect beauty of temperature gradient slices of air so defined you could breathe them in like flavors of ice cream. Too desiccated for clouds, only the black bare branches mark the subtle shadings from apex black, to blue, to a hint of watery pink at the horizon. Definition comes from what lacked, not substance itself.

A foot of Sandman’s sleep lays upon the world, the swollen, ugly red of sun devoid of even a whisper of warmth as the earth rolls in its gravity track and pushes it up through the bands of cream and blue–rainbows so stretched and thin that their color can’t be seen.

It is so cold my attic is cracking.


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Into the Woods wallpaper

To celebrate the release of the first Kim Harrison compilation, Into the Woods, (10/9) the graphic team at Harper has created for you a fabulous wallpaper for your personal use.  I have three sizes to make it easier to fit your various screens.  The smaller one is here, but the two big, beautiful, fill your mega-screen shots are at the website at the Into the Woods page.

I was really excited to see this come available, partly because of the tremendous detail in the tree roots.  The intertwining, organic growth in the closeup is fabulous, and I’m so pleased that the team at Harper was able to find a way to show off the artwork like this.

So here’s the smallest version, still a whopping 640 X 480  the other two are at the website. 


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Guy’s Dancing Dog


You asked for it, and so here it is.  This is Guy’s “oddest” desk thing.  I had to sneak up to his office to take it.  (grin)  Honestly, I didn’t stage it with the book and the mug.  He’s got some sort of a collection going.  How the dog fits in there, I don’t know.  I gave it to him about five years ago, and it’s been glued once, so he must really like it.  (bigger grin)

As for me?  After a couple of weeks of cramming, I’m ramping down to a more reasonable work load.  I’ve got page proofs for Madison II to finish up and the third volume to print out and turn in (today and tomorrow)  Then I’m back in the Hollows rewriting book nine before I send it off before the end of the year.  I’ve got to start the rough draft for book ten in there, too, hopefully getting 200 pages under my keyboard before the first of the year.  This post is sounding a lot like one I did a few weeks ago . . .  I’m sure there’s going to be some GN work in there somewhere, and now that the prelim work for the world book is done (hence the cramming last week) I can get started on that.  (Dudes, this world book is going to be so fun.  I will be able to really cut lo0se on the creativity and just go nuts.  (smirky grin))



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White Witch, Black Curse mm cover

lrwwbcYou guys are in for a treat this year!  They have decided to stick with the original artwork for the mass market of White Witch, Black Curse.  Just so you know, they did have a new piece of artwork for the mass market made up, and I’ve actually seen it.  (It’s beautiful, but some of the imagery didn’t sit well with the powers that be.)  I’m sure they will use it somewhere, but such is the power behind the buyers who didn’t like it, it was scrapped.

Am I upset?  Nope.  I get such fantastic covers for the hardcovers that I love keeping the original artwork.  This one, especially, I like, with the fountain at the square and the detail of the snow.   So here it is, the new cover for the mass market of WWBC.  (What you see here is the hard cover.  I don’t actually have the mass market cover yet, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the verbage might be moved around, but maybe not.  Why mess with perfection?) 

Look for this November 24th.  Whoo-hoo!  –Kim


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Set your clock

I know I will be.  (grin)  Today is the day that I will be on live internet radio talking with the authors of the UNBOUND anthology.  Jocelynn Drake, Vicki Pettersson, Jeaniene Frost, and Melissa Marr.  And hopefully, some of you as well!  Now’s your chance to grill us on our work, be it about the characters on the page or the way that we get our thoughts onto the page itself.  I love doing these shows because someone from the post page usually calls in, and it’s always nice to put a voice to a name.   2:00 EST, but if you want to take advantage of the live chat beforehand, it’s a good idea to register and get your machines talking _before_ everyone else jams the system.  Then you can just pop on when the show starts.



If you’ve been at the drama box at all this week, you know I’ve been doing a fast re-read of the entire series to help me prep myself for both the world book and the last ye-ha of the story arc.  I’ve been pleasantly surprised at what I’ve re-discovered.  Little things, mostly.  Yesterday was THE OUTLAW DEMON WAILS.  I like this one.  It takes place at Halloween, which is likely my favorite holiday.  This is also the beginning of Rachel and Ivy realizing they can’t have what they want without ruining it.  (so far.  Maybe for good.  Don’t know yet)  Rachel finding out who her dad is was a big “finally!” for me.  I’d known it since DWW, and you can see hints of it every time she and he interact.  But my favorite part, and this was unexpected at the time I wrote it, was Rachel keeping Quen alive Halloween night.  Seeing Trent react when he realized that not only could he not help keep Quen alive, but that his mindset was actually detrimental?  That Rachel could save Quen when he couldn’t?  Wow.  It was a huge blow to Trent, and probably the beginnings of him starting to grow as a person.

And then there were the demons.  This was the first time we had a chance to see into the ever-after, and I’d forgotten how fun that was.  We will see more.  It’s already written.

So today is WHITE WITCH, BLACK CURSE, with a spot of time at 2:00 pm EST to chat with YOU!



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