Monday, 26 November 2018

Nick Swann Investigates: A #Horror #Series by Keller Yeats

Nick Swann Investigates Book 1

by Keller Yeats

Genre: Horror

"Powderfinger" is a present-day scary horror story set mainly on the decrepit,
abandoned but soon to be redeveloped, bank of an old canal between
two towns. It centres on an old tar works known as Raven's Gate. Nick
Swann is a world weary mid-forties widower and Assistant Probation
Warden at St Joseph's Hostel for young male criminals, situated
overlooking the canal and Raven's Gate. A woman is brutally killed on
the bank opposite the Hostel on a night when Nick is on duty. Nick
believes his lads had nothing to do with it, though consequently Nick
is suspended for issuing too many late passes at once. Then another
woman is killed and Nick becomes drawn into discovering the culprit.
He works with DCI Findlay and DS Deacon as the murder toll rises.
Together with help from his old friends Alan and Hugo, Nick's
research uncovers a long series of similar murders in the same area,
stretching back through the centuries. "Powderfinger" as
the killer is dubbed, appears to be some kind of ancient mellifluous,
malevolent, murderous being that attacks anyone it considers to be
disturbing its peace and quiet. Eventually, as the story climaxes,
Findlay, Deacon, Nick and Alan set a trap to lure "Powderfinger"
to his doom and rid the area of this beast once and for all. Yet,
traps can swing both ways. 

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Nick Swann Investigates Book 2

This is the second horror novel in the Nick Swann series. This scary story
finds Nick now living in an old stone farmhouse on the lonely and
mysterious shores of Llyn Isaf, in Wales. He becomes intrigued by its
mist-covered lake island, Ynys Y Niwl and its dark, ancient and long
deserted mansion, Wyndwrayth.

Its moldering edifice holds many secrets and treasures, some of which
draw Nick and his old friend Alan, into dangerous realms. Death
stalks the island and as the dangerous spectral figures of The Millar
of Souls, The Paladin and Gideon reveal themselves, it becomes
increasingly difficult to discern between reality and dreams. 

As the death toll rises, Nick finds himself, along with his new partner,
Wendy and her Wolf, Mir embroiled in a struggle not just to maintain
sanity but to stay alive.

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Keller Yeats is a writer with a love of history and music. He has written
several published articles about rock music and several unpublished
short stories. He drew upon his years of experience working as a
Probation Warden, for his first published novel, "Powderfinger."
A horror story with a supernatural twist. "Wyndwrayth" is
his second novel in this Nick Swann researches and investigates
series, with more to come. In addition, he is a published graphic
artist and a qualified, though no longer practicing, jewellery maker
and designer. He now lives together with his wife, a Siberian Husky,
a Welsh Collie and three cats, in a cottage by the sea in Anglesey.

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Sunday, 25 November 2018

Beatrice Beecham's Ship of Shadows: A #Supernatural #Mystery #Novel by Dave Jeffery

Beatrice is back to face her greatest threat since. . .well, the last time!

In Cooper’s Cove a hapless team of archaeologists unleash the vengeful spirit of a 16th Century witch on the sleepy seaside town of Dorsal Finn. Hexes and curses fly as Beatrice and her friends must find out what links the appearance of this incredible foe and The Spirit of the Ocean, a super-yacht hosting the biggest celebrity charity event the town has ever seen.

As the population of Dorsal Finn succumbs to witchcraft, so Beatrice must gate-crash the party with her motley-crew of friends and allies in the hope of stopping the witch's sinister plan, and save everyone from endless oblivion. . . Again.

This novel is great for those who like their supernatural adventures laced with humour, sinister action and mystery. Fans of Stranger Things, The Goonies, The Librarians, The Monster Squad, Ghostbusters, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Nancy Drew will delight in the antics and adventures of Beatrice and her off-the-wall friends.

Murder. Mystery. Monsters. Welcome to the world of Beatrice Beecham!

Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths.

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Saturday, 24 November 2018

Wayfarer Resolve (Wayfarer Series #18): A #SciFi #Romance by Eileen Troemel

Wayfarer Resolve
Wayfarer Series #18

by Eileen Troemel

Genre: SciFi Romance

In this final installation of Wayfarers, Decker and Adara face an attack
on their homeworlds as well as on their children. A clan member from
Phelan’s clan attacks Addy and Zoe while Adara and Decker deal with
riots and attacks on the home world. Phelan’s clan member is at
fault. Will this break down the clans? 

Out exploring their sectors of space, Adara settles into being Mathair
Naclan - mother of the clans. At the home planets, Hal, Dimitri, and
others cope with vandalism, sabotage, and racism. The Humans only
group rises with violence and hate to attack the Wayfarers from within.

Sentenced to hard labor, prisoners are placed at Tom and Angeline’s
manufacturing facility and Monroe’s mining operation. Though facing
punishment for breaking the terms of being with the Wayfarers,
Bernard Lundquist still runs operations on Hometown. 

Bias within the Wayfarers and against the Wayfarers frustrates Adara as
she and her admin council defend against the Humans only group. The
family is threatened by the people Adara rescued. Can they find a way
to peace or will the prejudice tear apart the connections Adara and
the Wayfarers are making?

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Wayfarer Aegis
Wayfarer Series .5
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Wayfarer Series #1

Wayfarer Clans
Wayfarer Series #2

Wayfarer Immemorial
Wayfarer Series #3
Wayfarer Negotiator
Wayfarer Series #4
Wayfarer Wedding
Wayfarer Series#5
Wayfarer Trials
Wayfarer Series #6

Wayfarer Destruction
Wayfarer Series #7
Wayfarer Freedom
Wayfarer Series #8
Wayfarer Salvation
Wayfarer Series #9
Wayfarer Expansion
Wayfarer Series #10

Wayfarer Acceptance
Wayfarer Series #11
Wayfarer Convictions
Wayfarer Series #12
Wayfarer Limits
Wayfarer Series #13
Wayfarer Contentious
Wayfarer Series #14

Wayfarer Home
Wayfarer Series #15
Wayfarer War
Wayfarer Series #16
Wayfarer Evolution
Wayfarer Series #17

From poetry to novel, I enjoy telling a good story or expressing a
heartfelt emotion. I've been published in Circle Magazine, The
American Tarot Association's Quarterly Journal, What's Cooking
America, Children, Churches and Daddies, placed second in Words of
Women 2010 Writing Contest, 2012 Daily Flash, and The Deadman's Tome.
I have a bachelor's degree in business and a second bachelor's degree
in English Professional Writing and Book Editing. On the side, I have
a small editing business. In addition to my work, I love to read,
crochet, crafting, research genealogy, and spend time with family. I
have three adult daughters and have been married to my husband for
over 30 years. I'm the proud grandma of three fur babies - my
daughters' cats. 

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Friday, 23 November 2018

When the Night Comes Out: A #Horror #ShortStory by Bryan Alaspa

When the Night Comes Out
by Bryan Alaspa

Genre: Horror, Short Stories

What happens when the night comes out? When the darkness comes in from the
sides and closes in all around, what lurks within? 

BONUS: Foreword by Patrick C. Greene, author of Progeny and The Crimson Calling

An elevator in a high-rise building becomes a gateway for terror and madness

A German U-Boat during World War I becomes a haunted nightmare

A radio signal in the middle of the night reveals the horrors lurking
beneath a simple, small, peaceful town.

A little girl with a best friend you would NOT want to cross finds
herself in mortal danger.

And a couple moving into a new house discovers an old abandoned well that
may have no bottom, or it may just be a portal into Hell itself.

These are tales of unrelenting horror and terror from the mind of Bryan W.
Alaspa, author of RIG, Sapphire, Storyland, S.P.I.D.A.R. and other
tales of horror, terror and suspense. Five stories that will make you
wonder what lurks - when the night comes out.

...And then Silence

I tuned in to KMOX for a while. It was back to news stuff and I got updated on what the asshole in the White House was doing and the other assholes around the world, as I ate the sandwich,. Once it was done, I started tuning the knob. I wanted to find something else to listen to before I got grease from the chips all over my fingers and then all over the radio. The daytime guy was a real asswipe and he’d bitch about it. So, I cracked open the Coke and drank a huge gulp of the warm fizz and began to tune the knob.

There wasn’t a lot. I heard the other news station out of Chicago, The overnight guy on WGN was fun to listen to, but he was railing against The Dark Knight movie again and that kind of fuckery needs to be ignored, so I did. Spanish stations. Something which sounded like Polish or Russian. Religion. Some orchestral thing that was actually pretty gorgeous to listen to for a while, but I was hoping for something which wouldn’t put me to sleep. It would suck to be caught out here sound asleep at the fence, in the truck, with classical music blasting away and PBJ crumbs on my chest.

I had just about reached the far end, way over to the right, getting to about 1590 or 1600, then the static broke apart.

“We didn’t do anything to you!”

I froze. I sat up straight in my seat. It was a woman. However, the sound of terror and fear in her voice was palpable. She was terrified in a way I had never heard before on the radio. I had heard radio plays and stuff like that before, but this was not one of those. If she was acting, she was fucking brilliant.

My ears heard the sound, but it was so quick and there was so much static my fingers were still turning the knob. I was now listening to some English dude talking about shit in the UK.

“Fuck!” I said and began turning slowly back to the left.

Static. Static.

“...they were just children. What did you do to them? Why are you doing this?”

More static. There were other voices there. Deep. Buried in the background. I couldn’t make out a sound. Then there was just weeping and hysterical crying. It was the same woman, still terrified, pleading. More words from her, but I couldn’t make them out. I adjusted the knob, and suddenly there was the sound of a man reading the news and I turned back and the sound of the woman crying in fear came back.

I reached for my phone. I had to get this down. I had to prove this was happening. Was this a radio drama or something? Was it a pirate radio station? Christ, did they have snuff radio? I found the record app and hit the button and put it against the speaker.

“No, both of them were kids. What did you people do?”

More words in the background. Something which almost sounded like chanting. Then, deep in the background, as I leaned in with my ears right near the speakers in the dash, I heard something else. Something moving. A deep, guttural noise.

“Oh, God, please. What are you gonna do? What are you gonna do?”

More crying and weeping. More sounds of people in the background, saying things which did not sound human. There was the other noise again. Something alive there, growling perhaps? What was this? I felt chills running up and down my spine and fear was like a fist of ice in my gut.

“Go away! Let me go. Please…”

More static now and I reached out with trembling fingers and tried to just nudge the knob and tune it in better. Once again, I got the other news station from who knew where and then turned it back the other way. More of the weeping and crying. She was really crying now, as if something truly horrible was happening.

“We’ve never done anything to you people! Why are you doing this? Please…”

This time there was a loud noise I could not describe. I have heard bears growl and lions roar at the zoo and something in the sound reminded me of those sounds, Something animal. Primitive. Yet, at the same time, ancient. Then more voices. The sound of the woman saying things and crying, pleading for her life, but the words were gone. She was crying hard and it was difficult to understand her.

“We never did anything to you! We never hurt anybody! What are you going to do? No! No, please. No! We didn’t do anything…”

Then there was a scream, loud and clear, and it drove out of the speakers right into my ear. It was like a spike into my brain and I jerked my entire body backwards and hit my head against the back of the cab. I saw stars and let out a stream of curses. The scream was clear and went on and on for what seemed like forever.

...and then silence.

Just static.

“Jesus,” I said.

There was ice cold sweat on my hands and down my back and across my neck. I reached out to my forehead and wiped my fingers across my brow. I looked down at my phone, which was now on the passenger seat next to me, still recording. I hit the STOP button.

My hands were still shaking. I hit the button on the file we had saved.

“No, both of them were kids! What are you -?”

I stopped it.

Bryan W. Alaspa is a Chicago born and bred author of both fiction and
non-fiction works. He has been writing since he sat down at his
mother's electric typewriter back in the third grade and pounded out
his first three-page short story. He spent time studying journalism
and other forms of writing. He turned to writing as his full-time
career in 2006 when he began writing freelance, online and began
writing novels and books.

He is the author of over 30 books of
both fiction and non-fiction and numerous short stories and articles.

Mr. Alaspa writes true crime, history, horror,
thrillers, mysteries, detective stories and tales about the supernatural.

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Thursday, 22 November 2018

The Jonah Trilogy: A #SciFi #Series by Anthony Caplan

The Jonah Trilogy Book 1

by Anthony Caplan

Genre: Science Fiction

A father and son stumble into the secret world of the Santos Muertos, a
crime cartel bent on global domination. The son must find his father
and keep the secret of the ancient Mayan code underlying the creation
of matter in the universe from falling into the wrong hands.

A story of sacrifice and love.

Editorial Reviews:

“Set in a dystopian near-future, Savior is genre-breaking reading at its
best . . . a fascinating combination of high adventure and
interpersonal relationships that keep Savior an exciting,
unpredictable read right up to its emotionally charged (and
satisfying) conclusion.”
–Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

“The story opened strong and it kept that level throughout…This is
definitely a story of love and sacrifice.” —Highway-YA 

“The author did a superb job on creating the characters, going deep into
the psycho analysis of their behavior. The plot is very well
constructed….The plot is very intense and it is guaranteed that you
will be hooked from the first page on this incredible adventure,
showing that a love between father and son has no limits. I recommend
this book to the permanent library of all readers that enjoy a very
well written novel and want to be entertained.”
—Roberto Mattos, Books and Movies Reviews 

“The use of language is intelligent, and unexpected in today’s
thriller/dystopian genres, with turns of phrase that startle with
their elegance without ripping the reader away from the plot or
descriptions . . . It is exemplary in its stellar use of language,
its complex plot and characterizations, its ability to derive truths
and fallacies and the thin veil separating them.”
—Diane Nelson, Sand in My Shoes Reviews

“I enjoyed the characters very much and the development of the plot line
kept me interested to the end. The Canadian connection made it even
more exciting.” 
—J.C., Rockwood, Ontario

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The Victor's Heritage
The Jonah Trilogy Book 2

"Is this the future of America?"

"Excellently uncomfortable
and engaging."

"A fast paced read that takes you places."

An intricately woven, futuristic tale, The Victor's Heritage parallels
contemporary events. It is 2045. America has been shattered into two
countries. Democravia and the Republican Homeland. Peace between the
two continental rivals is always fragile.


Rebellious teens seek to forge their own path, but is that always so terrible?

Corrag is one such teen who has been forced into a world that she is
ill-prepared for and yet is ready to embrace new ideas and concepts
far from the standard "party" lines.


In this latest installment of Caplan's The Jonah Trilogy, he captures
the force of youth, of coming of age, of new awareness that is put
together into a tale that never lets up!

Drunken Druid Book Awards

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The Saints of David
The Jonah Trilogy Book 3


Corrag and Ben are on the run along with members of their renegade theater
group -- the last of the free brained creative folk against the
enslaved people of the Augment and their elite Republican Homeland overlords. 

It is 2072, and falling creative information
flows in the Augment system mean there is little time to reach full
power status and launch the planetary cover before the incoming Oort
Cloud asteroids destroy civilization. Corrag and Ben make a run for
David’s Tower, an alternative society built on the democratic power
of individual stories. Corrag's father Ricky sets out to find his
father’s book that he is sure will answer the deep-seated root of
humanity’s evil. These are just a few of the individuals on a
quest, drawn to the utopian world of the Tower, built by the man
known to his followers as the Saint. David Shavelson, a former owner
of a Brooklyn bookstore, is a charismatic visionary leading a
community in resistance against the mental enslavement of the Augment
system. The Augment leaders know they must crush the Tower or lose
control of their destiny. The battle lines are drawn. All the answers
will be found in the thrilling roller-coaster finale that is The
Saints of David.

The Saints of David, the final book in the Jonah Trilogy series, is
recommended for new and prior fans alike, who will find this wrap-up
volume a powerful conclusion to Anthony Caplan's thriller/sci-fi tale.

Old connections are revitalized against the backdrop of
disaster in this 2072 story of strange romances, half-humanoids, free
thinkers and slaves, and the unAugmented people living outside the
new norm who may prove the last bastions of true humanity.

Readers new to this world, as well as those who have imbibed of the previous
Jonah Trilogy titles, will all find The Saints of David packed with a
flavor of doom and hope that makes it hard to put down and an
exquisitely compelling story that leads readers to question many
beliefs before they are through."

Diane Donovan -- San Francisco Relocated 

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A former journalist
who has worked on three continents, Anthony Caplan lives in New
Hampshire with his family, a small flock of sheep and several dozen
carefully tended apple trees. He writes books and teaches high school
Spanish. He is a graduate of Yale University and has also worked at
various times as a taxi driver, shrimp fisherman and telephone salesman. 

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

A Dark Glass: A Historical #Fantasy #Series by Barb Hendee

A Choice of Secrets
A Dark Glass Novel Book 4

by Barb Hendee

Genre: Historical Fantasy

Ever since raiders from the north began attacking villages, Lady Nicole
Montagna has known that defending her people would come at a
cost. The betrothal of her sister Chloe to a neighboring lord
seems the perfect solution, forging a powerful alliance. But
shortly before the wedding, Nicole is shocked to discover that her
sister is with child—and not by her husband-to-be. Now she
must make a choice. She has just hours to decide . . .

~Should she tell her soldier brother—who will take swift, ruthless action
to ensure the family’s safety?

~Should she hold her tongue, let her sister deceive her husband into
believing the child is his—and then hope Chloe can get away with
the lie?

~Should she tell her family, hoping they will know the right thing to

With the help of a magic mirror, Nicole lives out each path, fighting to
protect herself and those she loves with the weapons she has: wits,
herbs, and fortitude. But no matter her cleverness, neither she nor
her family can escape unscathed—for there are repercussions she
could never have foreseen, involving her own heart . . .


New York Times bestselling
author Barb Hendee spins a tale of intrigue, integrity, and the bonds
of love and loyalty as one young woman finds her place in a turbulent world . . .

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A Girl of White Winter
A Dark Glass Novel Book #3

Kara, as a ward with no parentage and no future, has been raised knowing
nothing outside her lady’s chambers. Until Royce Capello, a
visiting nobleman, is struck by her ice-pale looks, and demands her
as payment for the land the family needs.

With barely time to protest, Kara is sold and packed off for a life as a
concubine—until a raiding party descends on Royce’s company and
she’s kidnapped for the second time in as many days.

Whatever happens, Kara will be alone in the world, inexperienced and fearing
even the vast unfamiliar sky. But one raider gives her a choice—and
a magic mirror appears to show her where each path will lead…

She can leave with her protector Raven and journey with his performing
troupe, competing for his mercurial affections.

She can flee the raiders’ settlement, and return to Royce’s manor,
chattel among devious nobility.

Or she can stay in the settlement, bound to firm, silent Caine, who is
as gentle as he is staid and inscrutable.

Her fates twist and turn to affect far more than she could have guessed,
tangling the bitter with the sweet—and Kara must choose which
consequences she can live with…

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A Choice of Crowns
A Dark Glass Novel Book #2

Olivia Geroux knew her king was reluctant to marry her, whatever the
negotiations had arranged. But she never expected to find handsome,
arrogant King Rowan obsessed with his stepsister instead. And before
she can determine what course to take, she overhears her greatest
ally plotting to murder the princess.

Olivia must act quickly—and live with whatever chaos results. As the
assassin hunts his prey, a magic mirror appears to show Olivia the
three paths that open before her . . .

If she hesitates only a moment, the princess will die—and she will
become queen.

If she calls for help, she will gain great power—but she must also
thrust away her own happiness.

If she runs to stop the murder herself, she will know love and
contentment—but her whole country will suffer.

As she lives out each path, her wits and courage will be tested as she
fights to protect her people, her friends, and her heart. And
deciding which to follow will be far from easy . . .

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Through a Dark Glass
A Dark Glass Novel Book 1

On her seventeenth birthday, Megan of Chaumont discovers she’ll be
sold as a bride to the brutish Volodane family—within hours. Her
father grants only that she may choose which one of the ruthless,
grasping lord's three sons she weds:

Rolf, the eldest: stern, ambitious, and loyal?

Sebastian, the second son: sympathetic, sly, and rebellious?

Or Kai, the youngest: bitter, brooding, and proud?

As shy, horrified Megan flees the welcome dinner for her in-laws-to-be,
she finds an enchanted mirror that will display how her life unrolls
with each man, as if she were living it out in a breath. But there is
no smooth “happily ever after” in her choices.

Deaths and honors, joys and agonies, intrigues and escapes await her in a
remote, ramshackle keep, where these rough but complex men reveal one
side and then another of their jagged characters—and bring forth
new aspects of Megan, too. But the decisions of one teenaged
marriage-pawn reverberate much farther than any of them have guessed . . .

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Barb Hendee is the New York Times bestselling author of The
Mist-Torn Witches series. She is the co-author (with husband J.C.) of
the Noble Dead Saga. She holds a master’s degree in
composition/rhetoric from the University of Idaho and currently
teaches writing for Umpqua Community College. She and J.C. live in a
quirky two-level townhouse just south of Portland, Oregon.

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