Wednesday, August 22, 2018

New Release in the Nicki Styx series!

...and they all lived happily ever after.

Or did they?

A few years ago, after releasing the first four books in the Nicki Styx series, my editor at HarperCollins asked me about writing a spin-off series based on one of my favorite characters, the sinister yet sexy Sammy Divine. I was thrilled to develop and share Sammy's world with my readers, but doing so meant that I had to put Nicki, Joe and Evan on hold for a while. Throughout the next few years of deadlines and short stories and group anthologies and the unexpected yet ever-present vagaries of life, I carried with me still the nagging sense of a story left unfinished.

Did Nicki and Joe get married, or did she choose Sammy in the end? Did Evan ever meet his own soul mate, or just give up entirely and start wearing white after Labor Day? :)

HAPPILY NEVER AFTER answers those questions and more, and I'm very happy to share "what happened next?" in this series with my readers. Thanks so much to all of you who've written me asking for more Nicki Styx stories, and I sincerely hope you enjoy this one.

Here's to love, laughter, and happily ever after,


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

New Covers!

It's taken a great deal of patience and persistence, but I'm absolutely thrilled to announce that I've finally gotten the rights back to most of the books in my Nicki Styx series!

What does this mean, other than my publisher finally got sick and tired of all those "I've met my all my contractual obligations, so please, please, please give me my rights back!" letters?? It means that I can finally give those books the covers that I always envisioned for them!

Here's Book #1, DEAD GIRLS ARE EASY. I've quite literally always had a vision like this in my head: Nicki, in a graveyard (looking cool, of course), sitting on a tombstone while the Light beckons eerily behind her.

I can't tell you how much I love this cover; my publisher wanted a more "cartoonish" look for the original, and while I didn't absolutely hate it, it wasn't what I had in mind.

Here's Book #2, which was formerly titled A MATCH MADE IN HELL. (That's another thing I get to have control over now, which is titles. Oh, the POWER! LOL!) I'll be very honest (now that I can) and say that I never liked that particular title, but my publisher did, and that was that.

Now, it isn't! :)

This book is about family secrets and spooky old mansion, so I'd always envisioned another graveyard scene, complete with tombstone and a skeleton key.

Makes you wonder what Nicki Styx might find in that spooky old mansion, doesn't it?

Here's Book #3, which I have to admit is secretly my favorite (I got my way with the publisher on the original title, which I've always loved. Now I get to love the cover, too. :)

This book is about temptation, and doing the right thing in spite of it. This is also the book where the reader gets to know the extremely complex character of Sammy Divine, and see how hard it becomes for Nicki Styx to resist the Devil when the Devil bares his soul, revealing the broken heart of the fallen angel within.

Oh, Sammy, whatever is the world to do with you?

There are more books and more covers to come, but I simply couldn't wait to share these. They were all done by the wonderfully fabulous cover artist Karri Klawiter, who was an absolute joy and pleasure to work with. She took my visions, and brought them to life; thanks, Karri!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Whistling Past the Graveyard (The Return of Nicki Styx!)

Many of you have written to me asking, "When is the next Nicki Styx book going to be out?" and I'm thrilled to be able to answer, "Now. Right now!"  :)

My brand-new release, WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD, contains an original, never-before-published Nicki Styx novella entitled "Personal Demons", as well as a collection of supernatural short stories about ghosts, demons, zombies, vampires, witches and werewolves. Some of the stories are spooky, some are funny, and some (like the Nicki Styx series itself) are spooky and funny at the same time.  :)

In "Personal Demons", Nicki Styx proves that she's willing to go to Hell and back to save a lost soul, even when the soul doesn't feel like she needs saving! A reluctant spirit has lingered too long in "Mrs. Beaumont's Room", and it's Fae vs. Brownie in "A Little Morning Magic". The practical issues of undead relationships are the focus of "Zombie Love", and a teenage witch comes into her own in "Does This Broomstick Make Me Look Fat?". Tempted to break out that Ouija board and play some parlor games? You might want to read what happens in "Ouija Wanna Have Fun". If ancient Celtic rituals are your thing, experience Samhain night the way it was meant to be in "Druid Moon". Meet some smokin' hot vampires in "Dead Sexy", and a lonely Lycan in "Lie Down With Dogs". Modern day witches wipe an unhappy woman's slate clean in "Tabula Rasa", and the mystery of a haunted house is solved in "Possession Is Nine Tenths". Not enough spookiness for you? Try "The Watcher", "All That Remains" or "The Eyes Have It".

For you die-hard Nicki Styx fans, I'm still working on the next full-length book in the Nicki Styx series, HAPPILY EVER AFTER, which will be available this summer.  In the meantime, take a little walk through the graveyard, and don't forget to whistle!  ;)

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p.s. - If you should happen to read and enjoy WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD, or any other book I've written, please take a moment and leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads.  Favorable word of mouth is the greatest gift a reader can give an author!

Hope that 2015 is a great year for you, and happy reading!

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Never Trust A Skeleton In A Top Hat

It's that time of year again, my pretties!  Ghosts and goblins are calling my name (well, not really calling my name, because that would be creepy), but my spirits are definitely rising at the thought of Halloween!
I'm still hard at work on book #5 in the Nicki Styx series, HAPPILY NEVER AFTER, but I couldn't let October go by without some special Halloween treats for my readers.  Let's go back to the beginning, where Nicki Styx's story began, and re-visit some old haunts in DEAD GIRLS ARE EASY!
Those of you who read DEAD GIRLS ARE EASY may remember Nicki's midnight encounter with Baron Samedi, the cheerful but deceptive voodoo god of the dead.  "Eat drink, and be merry," says the skeleton in a top hat, "for tomorrow you be mine."  Well, I've turned the tables on the old bonehead, and decided that HE can be YOURS instead!  :) This is a very cool vintage-style decoration that says "Halloween Greetings" in black glitter.  It's box-shaped, and the perfect size and shape to contain a signed copy of DEAD GIRLS ARE EASY.  What better way to celebrate Halloween than with a quirky ghost story about a young woman who suddenly begins to see dead people, hm?  :)
Enter the drawing for Baron Samedi and an autographed book by CLICKING HERE or by sending an email to with a subject line that says, "Never Trust a Skeleton in a Top Hat!" 
And speaking of untrustworthy devils, look who else showed up!  :)
Sammy Divine, High Prince of Darkness, isn't going to let Halloween pass while playing second fiddle to a skeleton - how about a DEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE t-shirt (size XL), and a signed copy of the book, with matching bookmark?
Enter the drawing for the t-shirt and book by CLICKING HERE or by sending an email to with a subject line that says "Sammy Divine Is One Sexy Devil!" 
And hey, if you know anyone who'd like to read something different this Halloween, or just enter a couple of cool Halloween contests, make sure you forward this newsletter. Go ahead, spread the word about the Nicki Styx series and the Devil's Bargain series!  Post a link on your Facebook page, Tweet about the contests, put a call in to your mother (you probably needed to do that anyway).  Word of mouth is an author's best friend, and 'tis the season to be spooky!  :)
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Oo, oo, speaking of midnight encounters with dancing skeletons and untrustworthy devils, I almost forgot to tell you about the most fun you could ever have, alone in a darkened wood on Halloween night. (What? You don't want to hang out in darkened woods on Halloween night? Stop being such a baby.)  Steel your nerves, take a deep breath, and go play this fun little text adventure game, created as a companion piece for my last anthology, BLOOD BY MOONLIGHT!  (Don't forget to check out the "Hints" as you go exploring... you might live longer that way!)  Trick or treat, my pretties, trick or treat!  :)
And finally, one more treat before I go -- a super-simple and super-cute Halloween recipe that even a Mummy could love:  Frankenstein Pudding Cups!
1) Draw faces on clear plastic cups with a Sharpie.
2) Fill with vanilla pudding, tinted with green food coloring.
3) Sprinkle with crushed oreos or chocolate chips. 
There ya go... little green monsters for your little monsters.  Even someone as "cooking-impaired" as I am can't mess these up!  :)
I hope you enjoyed your Halloween tricks and treats, and don't forget - both drawings (Baron Samedi's "Halloween Greetings" and a signed copy of a DEAD GIRLS ARE EASY, or the t-shirt with a signed copy of DEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE) will end on October 15, 2013.  You're perfectly welcome to enter both drawings... Halloween treats like these are hard to resist!  :) Winners will be notified by email.

Have a wonderful Halloween, and keep reading!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Countdown Has Begun!

Time to get serious, people! Halloween 2013 is coming up! Here's a cute and spooky little countdown clock to enjoy while you wait, and don't be a wuss... go ahead and click "creepy sounds" in the lower right hand corner for the full effect!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

An Upcoming Release, and some Goodies

To all who've written to ask me what I'm working on these days, I'm thrilled and happy to finally be able to show you. Take a look at the cover for HAPPILY NEVER AFTER, book number #5 in the Nicki Styx series!

I took a break from this award-winning paranormal series for a while to write about hot devils and steamy angels, but I just couldn't seem to let Nicki Styx die. :) I never gave Nicki and her fiancé, Joe Bascombe, their happily ever after, and neither character was willing to just quietly go away and rest in peace. (Ha!) Neither was Evan, or Grandma Bijou, or the myriad of spirits that need Nicki's help to cross over.

I'd hoped to release HAPPILY NEVER AFTER earlier this year, but what started out as a short novella centered around Joe and Nicki's wedding has blossomed into a full-length murder mystery. The troublesome spirit of an elderly soap opera star has decided that Nicki can't have her happily ever after until she gets hers, which forces Nicki to mingle with the strange yet moneyed members of the Atlanta-area country club set. Since a novel obviously takes longer to write than a novella, I hope you'll be patient. (Look for this one in early 2014.) In the meantime, I just couldn't wait any longer to show you the gorgeous new cover, and let you know that I'm working on a new Nicki Styx book! :)

Since I can't give you any pre-order links yet, I've got some early Halloween goodies to give away instead. (Oh, c'mon - you knew there would be goodies!) The most delightful night of the year is barely two months away, and I've already started my preparations! My annual Halloween bash includes a trip through "Madame Zelda's Haunted Graveyard", and I have lots of ghouls and goblins who stop by for candy and giggles -- I have to stay on top of new ways to tickle a few funny bones while sending a chill down their spines!

Look at these adorably awesome little Coffin Keepsake Boxes, which I couldn't resist filling with appropriately ghoulish treasure: a bottle of deliciously tart Decayed Bone Powder, a skull bracelet, skull and crossbones necklace, dark jewels, and a miniature skull. :) Each of these coffins has a glittery skull painted on the lid: one red, one purple, one green and one silver. They're the perfect little gift for the Halloween fiend in your life, especially if the fiend is YOU! I'm going to give three of these to three lucky readers, via drawing on Sunday, September 1, 2013. I'm keeping the silver one for myself, but if you'd like to win one of the other three, you need to answer a Nicki Styx wedding-related question. (Hey, no tricks, no treats!) :)

Go back to the day that Nicki and Joe got engaged in SILENT NIGHT, HAUNTED NIGHT (Book #4 in the series), and tell me what Nicki's engagement ring looks like. There will be an email link to enter the contest at the end of the excerpt. Good luck, ghoulfriends, and happy reading!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

An Interview with Paranormal/Fantasy Author Terri Garey

by Kelly Smith, Reviewer

“Come to the dark side…we have cookies.”

Terri Garey burst onto the paranormal romance scene back in 2007 with her ghostly debut novel Dead Girls Are Easy, based on the story of a woman who has a near death experience and wakes up to find out she can now see and hear the spirits of the dead. The series spans through right until today with books narrated by Mrs. Garey’s heroine, Nicki Styx (The Nicki Styx Series), and also into books about her most lustable villain, Sammy Divine (The Devil’s Bargain Series).
She was also featured in the Avon Romance collection Weddings From Hell with a short story based on Nicki titled Ghoul’s Night Out. Currently, she is working on a new novel based on Nicki and I had the pleasure of being able to interview her about her past novels, her future novels and her views on the paranormal and mythology. Enjoy! If you like what you read, links are provided below to purchase her novels and interact with her online!

1. You started out as a computer analyst and then decided to quit and write full-time. For people reading this who are unfamiliar with your background, can you tell us why that was?

I loved working in the computer field, but computer analysis is a very logical, linear job. If a program isn’t working, you fix it. If software or hardware needs to be installed, you install it. Great for the left side of my brain (logical, analytical), but the right side of my brain (creativity, expression) had no outlet.  I was blessed and lucky enough to leave one career field to begin an entirely new one.

2. As opposed to “typical” romance/erotica, you chose to go darker with the paranormal. What made you make that decision?

I’ve always been fascinated with the spooky stuff. Not horror so much, but the spooky stuff that raises the hair on the back of your neck, and makes you look over your shoulder for fear that something might be hiding in the shadows. As a child, I slept with a glow-in-the-dark cross above my bed to keep away vampires, read Edgar Allen Poe, loved and adored old monster movies like Creatures from the Black Lagoon and Bride of Frankenstein, and was addicted to shows like Dark Shadows and the Twilight Zone. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday, and still is, because it combines “spooky” with “fun” – I consider that a perfect combination!

3. Vampires and werewolves are usually what people write romance novels about, but you choose to use ghosts and the Devil. Why did you choose that route?

Ghosts and demons/devils speak to the concept of good vs. evil, and how the choices we make affect the course of our lives, and perhaps even the course of our afterlife. Of course, nobody knows for sure, but given that I write fiction, I’m allowed a lot of creative license with both concepts! :)

4. Sammy was inspired a bit by rock star Billy Idol. Were any of your other characters inspired by real people?

I guess you could say that Nicki Styx is my “alter ego”, in that her thoughts, emotions and reactions are mine. Her personal style (fun, funky, adventurous with her hair and clothing) is one I would’ve like to have, if I hadn’t gone the more conservative route of wife, mother and extremely logical computer analyst. :)  The character of Finn Payne in DEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE was inspired by Finnish goth rocker Jyrki Linnankavi of The 69 Eyes, a lovely man with a complex personality and a kind heart. Various other characters like Evan, Butch, Caprice, Bijou Boudreaux, Granny Julep, Kelly Bascombe and Spider are really just amalgams of the many different people I’ve met in my life. I grew up in the South, where there are no shortage of colorful characters to draw upon!

5. Instead of the typical femme fatale, you chose to make your heroine Nicki Styx a Goth/vintage bad gal. While your fans adore her I have to ask what made you decide to sway from the norm with her?

I wanted Nicki to come across as a real person, not just a character on the page. I personally don’t know any women who are half-vampire or half-werewolf and can kick a super villain’s ass while wearing high heeled boots and a corset, do you? :) I wanted a character who’d experienced a life-changing moment of a paranormal nature, and then had to learn how to deal with it, vs. a woman who was born with “special powers” or had to hide her secret identity from mere mortals. I wanted a real woman who’d been thrust into extraordinary circumstances, and became a better person in the end because of it. Her personal style is a little edgy, but it's just a fashion choice, it doesn't define who she is.

6. Nicki and Evan Owenby own a vintage, upscale fashion boutique and you have a lot of fashion commentary in your novels. Are you interested in the world of fashion yourself?

As the youngest of four sisters, I grew up wearing a lot of hand-me-downs, very few of which were actually ME, if you know what I mean. These days, I do pay attention to fashion, but I am not a slave to it. Fit and flair are a very important part of fashion, so in that way, yes, I’m interested in it, and choose my clothes with an eye toward “casual elegance”, which means well-fitting jeans with a great top, cute shoes and interesting jewelry. That’s my idea of everyday wear. 

7. The 69 Eyes made your debut novel Dead Girls Are Easy popular in the music/Goth scene when they recorded their single of the same title. Are there any other musicians you might hope to do a collaboration of sorts with in the future?

That was not a collaboration, that was an Amazing Cosmic Coincidence! I became a fan of The 69 Eyes after seeing one of their live performances on YouTube, knowing nothing about the song, which had already been written but not yet recorded. The lead singer emailed me to tell me he had a surprise in store for me, having found my book in a bookstore in Sweden. Hearing the song for the first time, knowing that both the title as well as the lyrics were based on my novel was super cool, as was actually meeting the band in person! Smokin’ hot rockers from Finland (who also happen to be soft-spoken gentlemen) don’t show up out of the blue every day! As to future musical collaborations, if Billy Idol ever emails me with the same type of news, I would not be disappointed. :)

8. What authors did you enjoy when you were younger? What authors do you enjoy today?

Now, as I did when I was younger, I read a wide variety of fiction by a wide variety of authors. As a kid, I loved Poe and Dickens, but basically read anything I could get my hands on. As an adult, some of the best books I’ve read in the last few years are SILENT IN THE GRAVE by Deanna Raybourne, DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor, and GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn.

9. Why Satan? There were many possibilities you could’ve gone with for a sexual villain in Nicki’s life. Why choose the Devil?

Good vs. evil, Light vs. Darkness… it seemed pretty clear that Nicki was going to need a whole LOT of temptation to deal with, so I went with the biggest Tempter of them all!

10. In Silent Night, Haunted Night you use a lot of mythology with the Moirai (AKA the Norns/the Three Fates for those reading who may not know), the Night Hag and Selene, the Moon Goddess. Is mythology of interest to you personally or did you just study it to enhance the novel? (Either way, I loved it!)

Thank you! I absolutely love, love, love mythology, so weaving it into each and every one of my novels is just plain fun. Taking stories that have been around for centuries and putting a new twist on them is one of the best parts about my job!

11. Instead of focusing more on the romance between Nicki and Dr. Joe Bascombe, you write equally about that, Nicki’s family dynamics and also the ghosts that surround her. is it difficult writing about the main story plus the numerous subplots?

Yes, it’s difficult, but that’s what makes a story – and life itself – interesting. Everyone has their own story, but every story is surrounded by subplots, some of which help us and some which hurt us as we grow and change throughout our lives. Life is not a straight line from start to finish, and neither are my novels.

12. You branched out from having Nicki as the narrator to stories in the third person about Sammy. Why did you decide to do that?

He’s an extremely complex character, who had his own story to tell. When my editor suggested I tell it, I jumped at the chance!

13. You said that you were currently writing another Nicki Styx novel. Can you give us any inside secrets or is it all still too far under wraps?

What I can tell you is that it’s centered around Nicki and Joe’s wedding, and that ghosts and moral choices abound. :) Oh, and I absolutely LOVE the cover far more than any other cover I’d had to date, but I’m forbidden to show it until closer to the time of publication.

14. If you weren’t writing chilling paranormal romance for Avon Books, what would you be doing?

Writing chilling paranormal romance for someone else. :) 1

5. Thank you again for doing this interview with me. It was a pleasure having you respond to these questions that I, personally, have wondered about! Can you leave the readers with three things about yourself that may surprise them?

Hmmm… I like collecting things in miniature because I don’t like clutter (I have small curio cases for each collection: perfume bottles, opal carvings), I’m not a big meat eater, and I have a major weakness for extremely tart frozen yogurt. Gee, what a wild woman I am! :)

Thanks for having me, Kelly, and I hope that some of your questions have now been answered!

Interact with paranormal author Terri Garey at the following Websites:

Her novels are available for purchase at your local Barnes And Noble/Nook store (also at, on Amazon and Kindle (!