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Kelly Gay writes the critically acclaimed 'Charlie Madigan' urban fantasy series. Her work has been nominated for a double RITA, an ARRA, a Goodreads Choice Award, and landed on SIBA's Long List Book Award Finalists. Kelly is also a recipient of North Carolina Arts Council's fellowship grant in Literature. She is published in Young Adult fiction as Kelly Keaton.

CARNIEPUNK is out today, folks. Excited about this book as it features some ah-mazing authors
telling somevery cool stories.

I'm also pretty proud too. This is my first anthology. My first short story. I had a little bit of reservations going into it. Could I write something so short? Could I create a beginning, middle, end, engage the reader, and introduce the world of Charlie Madigan in unde... Read more of this blog post »
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November 2009, Kelly Gay
" Quick Start SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words? KG: Never the same from day to day SS: What is your motto or maxim? KG: A room without books is like a body without a soul. ~ Cicero Get more on Kelly Gay at" ...More

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“I relaxed back into the mattress as other elements in the room began to filter though my senses, namely the extraordinary warmth at my back. The air was filled with the smell of masculine skin and hints of cologne, soap, and dryer sheets.

Hank was back. And his scent wasn't the only thing surrounding me; his arm was thrown over my hip and my back was tucked nicely against his front. ...

It was nice. Good. Right, even. And then another feeling struck me in a novel way. Protected. I felt protected. A disbelieving laugh bubbled in my throat as I lay there, a small smile parked on my face.

I was always the one out there protecting people. And after Will and I had split, I'd had no one to go to for comfort, to let all my guards down, to take a rest from being the caregiver, provider, guard, and detective. To let someone else be tough for a while.

Had to admit, I liked it. And I never thought in a gazillion years I'd find this feeling with an off-worlder. I liked Hank's strength, his power, his quirky humor, even the badass attitude he caught sometimes.

I was in so much trouble.”
Kelly Gay, The Hour of Dust and Ashes

“It wasn't until after we were pulling into the back lot of Station One that I remembered asking Hank if he wanted to have coffee and talk.


I slid a quick glance his way to find him staring out the window. His expression reminded me of a conversation I had with Emma when she was six years old and I found her sitting with her knees drawn up on the back of the couch, staring out the window.

"Hey, kiddo, what's wrong?"

"I'm looking out the window."


"Because that's what people do when they're sad. They stare out the window.”
Kelly Gay, The Hour of Dust and Ashes

“That was the thing with the off-worlders. Sometimes they came off as so ancient and knowledgeable, and the next they were ordering pizza and a beer.”
Kelly Gay, The Hour of Dust and Ashes


Which July New Release would you like to read in September?

Books were randomly chosen from Goodreads' "Most Popular Books Published In July 2012" list.

God Save the Queen (The Immortal Empire, #1) by Kate Locke
God Save the Queen by Kate Locke
(The Immortal Empire, #1)
  5 votes, 29.4%

Grave Memory (Alex Craft, #3) by Kalayna Price
Grave Memory by Kalayna Price
(Alex Craft, #3)
  5 votes, 29.4%

Gunmetal Magic (Kate Daniels, #5.5) by Ilona Andrews
Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews
(Kate Daniels, #5.5)
  4 votes, 23.5%

Night Seeker (Indigo Court, #3) by Yasmine Galenorn
Night Seeker by Yasmine Galenorn
(Indigo Court, #3)
  2 votes, 11.8%

Samurai Game (Ghostwalkers #10) by Christine Feehan
Samurai Game by Christine Feehan
(Ghostwalkers #10)
  1 vote, 5.9%

Thirteen (Women of the Otherworld, #13) by Kelley Armstrong
Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong
(Women of the Otherworld, #13)
  0 votes, 0.0%

Angel Betrayed (The Fallen, #2) by Cynthia Eden
Angel Betrayed by Cynthia Eden
(The Fallen, #2)
  0 votes, 0.0%

  0 votes, 0.0%

Shadows Before the Sun (Charlie Madigan #4) by Kelly Gay
Shadows Before the Sun by Kelly Gay
(Charlie Madigan #4)
  0 votes, 0.0%

Stalking the Others (H&W Investigations, #4) by Jess Haines
Stalking the Others by Jess Haines
(H&W Investigations, #4)
  0 votes, 0.0%


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Kelly Gay That's so kind of you to say. Thanks so much, Penny! :D

message 1: by Penny

Penny thanks for the friendship--I read everything you produce--and you do write scrumptiously good!

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