Monday, August 08, 2022


HALO: RUBICON PROTOCOL lands August 9, 2022. This is a stand alone novel that takes place in the six months prior to the start of the game, HALO INFINITE. 

An original novel set in the Halo universe—based on the New York Times bestselling video game series! 


December 2559. Humanity has its back against the wall after the United Nations Space Command flagship Infinity drops out of slipspace into a devastating ambush launched by the Banished. As this fierce enemy alliance seeks to claim a mysterious object hidden within the ancient Forerunner construct known as Zeta Halo, the surviving UNSC corps finds itself compromised and its leadership out of reach—with remaining personnel forced to abandon ship and take their chances on the fractured, unpredictable surface of the Halo ring.

Now survival in this strange, alien environment—whether for Spartan super-soldiers or those who never thought they would see the battle up close—is measured day to day against a relentless and brutal adversary that always has the upper hand. Desperation grows, but the will to keep on fighting and enduring no matter the odds is never in doubt…even as the Banished seek to unleash a frightening new enemy that could doom them all…


HALO: POINT OF LIGHT hits bookstores on March 2, 2021. This is a full length novel and is a sequel to HALO: RENEGADESHALO: SMOKE & SHADOW.

August 2558. Rion Forge was once defined by her relentless quest for hope amidst the refuse and wreckage of a post-Covenant War galaxy—years spent searching for family as much as fortune. But that was before Rion and the crew of her salvager ship Ace of Spades encountered a powerful yet tragic being who forever altered their lives. This remnant from eons past, when the Forerunners once thrived, brought with it a revelation of ancient machinations and a shocking, brutal history. Unfortunately, the Ace crew also made dire enemies of the Office of Naval Intelligence in the process, with the constant threat of capture and incarceration a very real possibility. Now with tensions mounting and ONI forces closing in, Rion and her companions commit to this being’s very personal mission, unlocking untold secrets and even deadlier threats that have been hidden away for centuries from an unsuspecting universe....


Thursday, January 24, 2019


HALO: RENEGADES will hit stands on February 19, 2019. This is a full length novel and is a sequel to HALO: SMOKE & SHADOW.

Find. Claim. Profit. In a post-Covenant War galaxy littered with scrap, it’s the salvager’s motto—and Rion Forge certainly made her mark on the trade. All she wanted was to grow her business and continue the search for her long-lost father, but her recent discovery of a Forerunner debris field at the edge of human-occupied space has now put her squarely in the crosshairs of the Office of Naval Intelligence and the violent remains of the Covenant. Each faction has a desire to lay claim to the spoils of ancient technology, whatever the cost, sending Rion and the crew of the Ace of Spades on a perilous venture—one that unexpectedly leads them straight into danger far greater than anything they’ve ever encountered…

It'll be available in paperback, e-book, and audio.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

What's Next...

A print version of my digital first e-novella, HALO: SMOKE & SHADOW will be available January 16, 2018. Will be nice to add a hard copy of this to my bookshelf!

Charlie Madigan work is indefinitely on hold while I fulfill other contracts. Other contracts mean that you'll be seeing more books coming down the pipeline from moi. Just not at liberty to share at this time. :D

For those who read my YA series, a new Gods & Monsters novel is in the works and I'm aiming for a fall/winter 2017 release.

That's it! ;-)  Cheers!

Monday, November 28, 2016


Popping in on this fine Monday to let you know HALO: SMOKE AND SHADOW is out in the world. Yup. It's release day. If you read INTO THE FIRE, my short story in HALO: FRACTURES, you'll be pleased to know Rion's journey picks off from where we left off. (And for those who haven't read the short story, it's included in this book in order to get everyone up to speed.) If you're a HALO fan and/or dig space adventure with a rough-and-tumble heroine, give it a try. :) Hope you'll all check it out. It's a digital-first novella, and has a great price of $1.99!  

nd. Claim. Profit. In a post-war galaxy littered with scrap, it’s the salvager’s motto. And with a fast ship and a lust for adventure, Rion Forge has certainly made her mark on the trade. When the discovery of a wrecked UNSC cruiser brings Rion’s past back to haunt her, stirring fresh hope into a decades-old wound, she’s hell-bent on finding answers: What really happened to her father and his ship, the Spirit of Fire? This digital-first enovella also contains the complete text of Kelly Gay's short story “Into the Fire,” originally featured in the collection Halo: Fractures.

An original digital-first enovella set in the Halo Universe and based on the New York Times bestselling video game series!

Amazon   *    B & N   *   iTunes

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


I've had the great and awesome pleasure of contributing a story in the anthology: HALO: FRACTURES, which released today. Cannot even tell you how cool it was to jump into such a vast and varied universe. Check it out:

A sensational short story collection in the expansive universe of HALO, the New York Times bestselling.Launch once more into galaxy-spanning conflict and legendary heroism…shards of an ever-expanding journey where human and alien alike find their finest hours in facing their greatest challenges. These scattered stories span untold millennia, from the age of the ancient custodial race known as the Forerunners…to the aftermath of the Covenant’s bloody war against humanity…and even the shocking events surrounding the resurrection of the mysterious Guardians. Halo: Fractures explores mythic tales of bravery and sacrifice that blaze brightly at the very heart of the Halo universe.

Featuring electrifying works from such acclaimed authors as:
Tobias Buckell • Troy Denning • Matt Forbeck • Kelly Gay • Christie Golden • Kevin Grace • Morgan Lockhart • John Jackson Miller • Frank O’Connor • Brian Reed • Joseph Staten • James Swallow

Amazon  *  B&N  *  Simon & Schuster  *  IndieBound  *  iTunes

Sunday, April 10, 2016


Wrapping up some contracted work this month and next. Then I can turn my attention to the website and, of course, to Charlie. Happy to say that the one bit of contracted work I mentioned a while ago turned into two bits. TWO BITS OF AWESOME. Once all the deadlines are out of the way and I can share, I'll let you all know what I've been working on. I think you're really gonna dig it. Stay tuned!

And just because... This little one is turning three next month.

~ Kelly

Monday, January 04, 2016

Under Construction

Finally pulling things together... Pages and links should populate over the next couple weeks or so. Hope everyone had an excellent holiday. Here's to an awesome 2016. :-)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Great Migration

For those of you arriving here via In an effort to make things more efficient, my website is currently undergoing a revamp/merge with my YA author persona, Kelly Keaton. I'm also merging (as time allows) my two Facebook Fan Pages and eventually my twitter accounts. If you're looking to connect with me, please join me on Facebook & Twitter. (They're both Kelly Keaton sites, but I'm merging Kelly Gay into them, and this will be reflected in the revamping and renaming of those sites as well. In the end, all will be well and the two Kelly's will be as one. ;-)  Thanks!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

New Release!

CARNIEPUNK is out today, folks. Excited about this book as it features some ah-mazing authors
telling some very 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 under 10,000 words? It took some trial and error, for sure, but I'm happy with the outcome.

My story in CARNIEPUNK is Hell's Menagerie. And it follows the trouble Emma, Rex, and Brim find as they traverse hell, tracking down a macabre carnival where beasts and being are put to the ultimate test in matches to the death.

And if all that's not reason enough to go henceforth and buy this cool ass book, here's another: Because I'm an animal lover (hellhounds included!), and because my story highlights some of the sad things animals go through in the name of sport/entertainment, I'm donating part of my proceeds of CARNIEPUNK to the SPCA.

So go now. Check it out. Read some new or favorite authors.

Amazon  *  B&N  *  Apple  *  Indiebound   

Friday, April 19, 2013

Carniepunk Sneak Peak

Just got ARCS for the CARNIEPUNK anthology. So pretty.  The pub date has change to July 23rd, so a week earlier than originally planned.

Inside is my story, "Hell's Menagerie". Here's a little sneak peak!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Some news...

It looks like SHADOWS BEFORE THE SUN will, indeed, be the last Charlie Madigan novel to be released by my publisher (though they are releasing a short story this summer--woo! More on that awesomeness in a sec).

The books have been incredibly well received, and I'm so proud of that. That was the primary job I set out to do. I appreciate everyone who took the time to write to me, to talk about the books, to promote them, and write about them on Amazon and Goodreads, and blogs and elsewhere. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!  

There is a wonderful silver lining in all this, folks, and I hope you'll stay with me and see it too. This decision does not mean the fate of Charlie & Co. has come to an irrevocable end. Obviously the way I left SHADOWS BEFORE THE SUN, there are things left undone. I cannot say, at this moment, when I will write more as I am working on what pays me and thus pays my bills. But I have other options, which I found I enjoy after getting my feet wet with EMBERS IN A DARK FROST. (Isn't the cover beautiful? I'm tickled to say that book, which I wrote as Kelly Keaton, hit the #1 Kindle Historical Fantasy Bestseller List last week.)

The good thing about Indie publishing is that we won't have the long wait between when a book is finished and when it is released, so when I do have the opportunity to write another Charlie, it should hit the market relatively soon after edits, proofing, etc.

A good plus and yet another silver lining of, yes, I'm saying it twice, awesomeness is that the CARNIEPUNK anthology will be out in July and therein you'll find a story about Emma and Rex. Very excited about this project, people! So, not an entire CM novel, but an emotional, action-packed installment in the CM world. And if you have liked my series, your support with CARNIEPUNK would be incredibly appreciated.

Once again, a big thanks to everyone for sticking with the series thus far. I have been so fortunate to have met so many wonderful readers, to have made lasting connections and friends, to have worked with an AH-MAZING editor and publisher.

I'm gonna keep keeping on...

*hugs* :-)

~ Kelly

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


I'm super excited to be part of the CARNIEPUNK anthology, which is coming out July 30, 2013 (my birthday!). :D  All the authors are ah-mazing and I can't wait to read their stories. The cover, done by Tony Mauro, sets just the right mood. For me it says, in a creepy and tempting tone, "Come. Come inside and see the show."

My story is called, HELL'S MENAGERIE, and is set in the world of my Charlie Madigan books. It follows the trouble Emma, Brim, and Rex get into (while Charlie is off in Elysia rescuing Hank, book 4) as they enter the hellish realm of Charbydon to search for a bunch of kidnapped hellhound pups.

A macabre circus in hell = Good times. :D

It's available for pre-order and here's the description:

The traveling carnival is a leftover of a bygone era, a curiosity lurking on the outskirts of town. It is a place of contradictions—the bright lights mask the peeling paint; a carnie in greasy overalls slinks away from the direction of the Barker's seductive call.

It is a place of illusion—is that woman's beard real? How can she live locked in that watery box? And while many are tricked by sleight of hand, there are hints of something truly magical going on. One must remain alert and learn quickly the unwritten rules of this dark show. To beat the carnival, one had better have either a whole lot of luck or a whole lot of guns—or maybe some magic of one’s own.

Featuring stories grotesque and comical, outrageous and action-packed, Carniepunk is the first anthology to channel the energy and attitude of urban fantasy into the bizarre world of creaking machinery, twisted myths, and vivid new magic.

The anthology includes:

Rachel Caine is the New York Times bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires series, the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, and the new Revivalist series!
Delilah S. Dawson is an artist and an associate editor on She lives with her family in Atlanta, where she is currently writing the next Blud novel.
Jennifer Estep is the New York Times bestselling author of the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books and also writes the Mythos Academy young adult series.
Kelly Gay is the author of an urban fantasy series featuring Charlie Madigan. A two-time RITA Award finalist, she resides in North Carolina.
Mark Henry is an adult urban fantasist, comedic horror writer and unrepentant smart-ass. His work has been translated into garbled slurs by notable alcoholics. He lives on the fringe of Seattle society with his saintly wife and assorted hairy monsters.
Hillary Jacques is an up-late, Alaska-based author of speculative fiction. Her romantic urban fantasy Night Runner series is published under pen name Regan Summers.
Jackie Kessler writes about demons, angels, superheroes, supervillains, and, in her semi-secret identity as a YA author, Riders of the Apocalypse. She lives near Albany, NY, with her Loving Husband and Precious Little Tax Deductions.
Seanan McGuire is the New York Times bestselling author of the InCryptid series and the October Daye series, which earned her the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2010. The Newsflesh trilogy, published under the pseudonym Mira Grant, earned her the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2011.
Kelly Meding was born and raised in Southern Delaware and discovered Freddy Krueger at a very young age, and has since had a lifelong obsession with horror, science fiction, and fantasy. She writes the Dreg City urban fantasy series and the superhero-based MetaWars series.
Allison Pang, a biologist in a former life, spends her days in northern Virginia working as a cube grunt and her nights waiting on her kids and cats, punctuated by an occasional husbandly serenade. Sometimes she even manages to write. Mostly she just makes it up as she goes. She loves Hello Kitty, sparkly shoes, and gorgeous violinists.
Nicole D. Peeler resides outside Pittsburgh to teach in Seton Hill’s MFA in Popular Fiction. When she’s not in the classroom infecting young minds with her madness, she’s writing manga and the Jane True urban fantasy series.
Rob Thurman is the New York Times bestselling author of the supernatural thriller All Seeing Eye, the gritty urban fantasy Cal Leandros series, the Trickster Novels, and standalone thriller-suspense novels.
Jaye Wells is a USA Today-bestselling author of urban fantasy novels about magical vampires and junky wizards. She loves to travel, drink bourbon and do things that scare her. Jaye lives in Texas.

Friday, December 14, 2012

What to do, what to do...

Well, for a while now I have been wondering what to do with my poor neglected blog. There is a lot of content here, a lot of good stuff on writing, query letters, the business, etc... I've had this blog before I sold my first book, before I got an agent even, hell before I even wrote the book that sold (my first Charlie Madigan book). I'm thinking a redesign, something to spice things up and get me back into the swing of blogging once again. I mean, I still have things to say after all, work stuff, writing stuff, views on the biz, and the usual weirdness like Xena and Barbie doll fight pics (those bitches are still fighting over Legolas. It never ends).

A new year is coming, time for a nice revitalization of ma blog me thinks. ;)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Planning ahead...

And so excited because next year I'll be in my favorite city, New Orleans!!! More to come as the time draws near...