Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Frost Moon Arrives

One of my oldest friends just got a copy of Frost Moon. And Frost Moon is now available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kindle, Fictionwise. And it's even been pirated! Not going to give you the links to those. :-)

It's really happening. Hard to take it all in...

-the Centaur

P.S. Dakota Frost is also now on Twitter and Facebook, though I can't share the Facebook link. :-(


Friday, March 12, 2010

Frost Moon is on Barnes and Noble

frost moon on barnes and noble

And you can buy it here. Time to rev up that book tour...


Monday, March 8, 2010

Skindancer Book 1: Frost Moon

For those just joining the party, Frost Moon is my first novel, published by Bell Bridge Books and now available on Amazon. A brief introduction:

In an alternate Atlanta where magic is practiced openly, where witches sip coffee at local cafes, shapeshifters party at urban clubs, vampires rule the southern night like gangsters, and mysterious creatures command dark caverns beneath the city, Dakota Frost's talents are coveted by all. She's the best magical tattooist in the southeast, a Skindancer, able to bring her amazing tats to life.
When a serial killer begins stalking Atlanta's tattooed elite, the police and the Feds seek Dakota's help. Can she find the killer on the dark fringe of the city's Edgeworld? Among its powerful outcasts and tortured loners, what kind of enemies and allies will she attract? Will they see her as an invader, as a seducer, as an unexpected champion ... or as delicious prey?

For those who prefer a taste of the text, here's an excerpt from the first chapter:
I first started wearing a Mohawk to repel low-lifes — barflies, vampires, Republicans, and so on — but when I found my true profession it turned into an ad. People’s eyes are drawn by my hair — no longer a true Mohawk, but a big, unruly “deathhawk,” a stripe of feathered black, purple and white streaks climbing down the center of my head — but they linger on the tattoos, which start as tribalesque vines in the shaved spaces on either side of the ’hawk and then cascade down my throat to my shoulders, flowering into roses and jewels and butterflies.

Their colors are so vivid, their details so sharp many people mistake them for body paint, or assume that they can’t have been done in the States. Yes, they’re real; no, they’re not Japanese — they’re all, with a few exceptions, done by my own hand, right here in Atlanta at the Rogue Unicorn in Little Five Points. Drop by — I’ll ink you. Ask for Dakota Frost.

To retain the more … perceptive … eye, I started wearing an ankle-length leather vest that shows off the intricate designs on my arms, and a cutoff top and lowrider jeans that that show off a tribal yin-yang on my midriff. Throughout it all you can see the curving black tail of some thing big, beginning on the left side of my neck, looping around the yin-yang on my midriff, and arcing through the leaves on my right shoulder. Most people think it’s a dragon, and they wouldn’t be wrong; in case anyone misses the point, I even have the design sewn into the back of a few of my vests.

But those who live on the edge might see a little more: magical runes woven in the tribal designs, working charms woven into the flowers, and, if you look real close at the tail of the dragon, the slow movement of a symbolic familiar. Yes, it did move; and yes, that’s real magic. Drop by the Rogue Unicorn — you’re still asking for the one and only Dakota Frost, the best magical tattooist in the Southeast.

The downside to being a walking ad, of course, is that some of the folks you want to attract start to see you as a scary low-life. We all know that vampires can turn out to be quite decent folk, but so can cleancut young Republicans looking for their first tattoo to impress their tree-hugger girlfriends. As for barflies, well, they’re still barflies; but unfortunately I find the more tats I show the greater the chance that the cops will throw me into the back of the van too if a barfight breaks out.

So I couldn’t help being nervous as two officers marched me into City Hall East...

For more, you'll have to get it on Amazon or Bell Bridge. :-)

I hope you enjoy!
-the Centaur


Friday, March 5, 2010

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought...

... "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog DVD ~ Neil Patrick Harris ~ 4.8 out of 5 stars (471) ~ $9.49", according to Amazon's stats on Frost Moon.


Ok, I knew that, because friends told me they had. But it's fun to think there's enough traffic for Amazon's machine learning algorithms to do affinity analysis ... and interesting to see what those people purchased. What does that say about Frost Moon?



Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Liquid Fire on Unbedtime Stories

Once again I went on Ann Arbor's Unbedtime Stories show on KFJC. The interview and reading are here, 30 minutes in...


Tuesday, March 2, 2010


And you can find it here. If I didn't have one more practice reading to get through and then crash so I can get up at 4am to make it to the radio station in time, I'd have a nervous breakdown or something.


Liquid Fire on the Radio

Reading from Liquid Fire tomorrow at 7 on KFJC radio's Unbedtime Stories with Ann Arbor... sorry for the late notice!