Blog Tour & Giveaway: A Curse on the Mountain by Missouri Dalton

Happy New Year! What better way to celebrate a new year than with a new book, launching a new potential series? A Curse on the Mountain is my first book from Dreamspinner Press, and I hope not the last. With every new release you would think I would get less excited, but that could not be less true. I think though, I am a little more excited that usual about this release.

Probably because I’ve been working on this book for ten years. Eep.

A lot of writers will tell you that there comes a point when you give up on a book. You put it to bed, in a drawer, in file and you forget about it. I couldn’t forget about this one. I couldn’t let it go. I knew, deep down, that someday I would be ready to write this book the way I knew it should be written, and then I was. I wrote the draft that would be transformed into the book you can now buy and read for yourselves. Sometimes we do have to give up, but I’m so glad I didn’t give up on this one.

Have a wonderful new year!



Title: A Curse on the Mountain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 9781632162823 [ebook]
Length: 214 Pages
Genre: High Fantasy, Gay Romance
Release Date: Dec 29th, 2014

2015About the book

A Curse on the Mountain

In the cursed city of Var Eldore, perched on a mountaintop surrounded by a frigid swamp, the rain never stops. Former pleasure slave Myr lives in hiding, trying to stay a step ahead of his captor. But there’s more to Myr than he realizes, and destiny has other plans for him. Soon, he counts soldiers, spies, nobles, and wizards among his allies. Their goal is to oppose the king and those who perpetuate slavery, and fight for the freedom of their land. As they uncover secrets and conspiracies, each more tangled than the last, Myr also discovers he has unique abilities to aid their cause—the Redeemers.

As the strength of the Redeemers grows, so does the number of enemies they must face. Each member of their alliance has his or her own demons to battle, and Myr must confront the truth about himself and become the leader they need. Alongside his lover Ryall and the people who have become his family—as well as some unlikely friends—Myr and the Redeemers must prepare for war. If they fall, the city in the rain will follow.

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2015About the author

Missouri Dalton is a writer of horror/paranormal contemporary fantasy and alternate historical novels.

Missouri was raised mainly in transit, slowed down to finish school in one place and was then determined to be as nomadic as possible, if only because that’s how things just worked out. She uses writing as an escape from her own neurosi and currently lives with her dear friend Sophia.

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It’s day five of the blog tour and I’m giving away something at each stop along the way! Today, those of you who comment on this post will be entered to win a short story commission. That’s right, pick the characters you want to read about and I’ll write story about them. It’ll become a free read later on, but you’ll get the exclusive first look.

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Guest Author Missouri Dalton – The Series Beast

deathschildrentake3First of all, thank you Charlie for putting up with me on your blog today. I’ve decided to talk about series today. In part because the third novel in The Night Wars series was released a few days ago, and because I get asked a lot about what books I’ve planned out next. I am a series writer. I’ve not mastered the stand alone. I love big expansive worlds with interconnective plots and characters. Ideas that can span from the first to twelfth book in a series without getting stale.

I first fell in love with books like the Xanth novels by Piers Anthony and the Forgotten Realms books which hold volumes from people like RA Salvatore and Elaine Cunningham, who seem to have cornered the market on prolific. Because of that, I tend to sit down and start something, and then realize partway through what the second, third, and potential fourth books could be like. What stories I want to tell from the eyes of other characters.

NightShift510What I end up with, if I’m not careful, is a mess of story threads that get tangled up like the yarn you left on the couch too long and the cat got to it. (This has happened to me as well) So I do a lot of organizing. Story titles, story plots, outlines, concepts, character backgrounds…and lots and lots of computer folders and color coded notebooks filled with jottings.

The newest of The Night Wars, The Hellfire Legacy, takes place directly after the events of The Night Shift, the book known for its cliffhanger, and is planned to be Fynn’s final book. It was a hard decision, I assure you, but there are so many other characters I want to write about that it seemed time once I’d managed a trilogy about my recalcitrant psychic.

Fynn will never be far from my thoughts, however, as I dive into the next three plotted novels. I have them in the works in progress section of my blog, but I can give a preview here as well. Next up will be The Dogcatcher, a piece set partially during the Bobby Franks murder in Chicago, 1924. It’s Ian’s book so I get to do a lot of running back and forth between present day Ian and Ian when he was just getting into the Special Police.

The Hanged Man's GhostIt’s one I’ve been really looking forward to writing. After Ian we’re moving to Simon, another book which will straddle timelines in this case the years when Simon was a punk thief and his first solo case with the Night Shift. Should be fun. Third up will be a much anticipated book from Jack who will finally have to confront all those secrets he’s been hiding.

I also have plans for four books that may go congruently with the other three, as they spawn a new part of The Night Wars series I’m calling “International” and then a trilogy from a single character that will likely be YA and then… I’m not sure. I bet though, that something will come up. That’s the nature of the series beast after all, and I’m never one to shy away from the series beast. If you wonder, after reading a short story or a novella of mine, Is there going to be another one? The answer, nine times out of ten, is a resounding Yes. It’s just a matter of when.

I shall leave you with the blurb for my new release, The Hellfire Legacy, and fond wishes. If you’d like, I’d love to hear your comments below about series love/loathe and your own experience with writing the story that never seems to end.



Everything has fallen apart. With the Night Shift HQ destroyed and supernatural murders spreading across Chicago, the Night Shift team circles the wagons. Reeling from their losses, Fynn has to draw on every friend –supernatural and not- he has left to track down the monster responsible, a chase that will take his team far from home and the comfort of the world he thought he knew.

With his partner Jack and their daughter, Fynn faces questions about his family, an old feud and the Night Shift’s origins will bring Fynn closer to the truth, but he’s not sure he going to make it out of this one. He’s not even sure he wants to.



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