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Halloween Special – Safe Haven

Running through the forest. Bullets flying through the air. Pretty scary right. Well check out my Reacher short story, Safe Haven, which you can download for Free. Did you hear me? I said FREE. What are you still doing here? Oh right, blurb…

It’s Christmas time and snow is falling over Red Forest. Isobel is nine years old, she is running with her father and sister, trying to escape the gunfire tearing through the trees. Civil war is erupting and the family are right in the middle of the battlefield. With nowhere else to go they have to somehow make it our of the forest, but can they all make it out alive?

Safe Haven is a short companion piece to the novel The Running Game. Set two decades earlier this is the story of where the Reacher girls came from.

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Halloween Special – What Was Left

Travis West wrote my favourite story in the forthcoming Awethology Anthology. He scares the absolute crap out of me, here’s another of his brilliantly chilling tales What Was Left.

 

Extract – Part One

Valerie heard screams. A girl. Probably a young one, maybe even younger than Valerie herself. The girl was coming towards Valerie, she could sense it from the changes in pitch and volume. The girl wasn’t the danger, but the danger would be there, following close behind.

Valerie ran across the road and into a nearby shop, her well-worn shoes kicking up a trail of dust and ash behind her. The particles lingered in the still air, painting a giant arrow pointing to the door that Valerie was now hiding behind. She hoped the danger wouldn’t notice, wouldn’t search her out. They would probably be too focused on the girl they were chasing. Valerie would probably be safe.

Valerie peeked through the window in the door to look outside. She knew she was increasing the likelihood she would be spotted, but she couldn’t help it; she had to look. She always had to look. She saw the girl run by, the danger close behind. There were three of them chasing, and the girl was even younger than Valerie had thought. Probably ten or eleven.

One of the men launched himself into the air, tackling the girl to the ground in an explosion of cloudy ash that momentarily obscured them both from view. Once the air had cleared a little, Valerie could see the man had the girl held down easily with one hand, and was extracting his knife from his belt with the other. Valerie knew what was coming next, and she wanted to turn away, but she didn’t. She always had to watch.

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Get Down With The Awethors Event!

Check out the prize list for the Get Down With The Awethors Event! All these amazing books are up for grabs so join the event and get some great reads. Each books is grouped into genre, just click on the book or genre link for more details.

Contemporary fiction: 3

Parasite Girls by Tory Gates. 3

Summer Help Wanted by Ronald Walker. 3

Oblivion by Pam Elise Harris. 3

Thunderlands by Stewart Bint. 3

Petty by Isaac Jourden. 3

The Distant Sound of Violence by Jason Greensides. 3

YA.. 3

The Spirit of Iris by Rocky Rochford. 3

The Tethering by Megan Orlowski-Russell 3

The Siren’s Realm by Megan Orlowski-Russell 3

Travel Glasses by Chess Desalls. 3

The Journey of the Marked by Rebecca McCray. 3

How Maxwell Grover Stole My House by Chantiel Vance. 3

Finding Me by Dawn Brazil 3

Deceived, Soul Keeper I by LA Starkey. 3

Remember: Protectors of the Elemental Magic series by Marnie Cate. 3

Sigrun by Deidre Mapstone. 3

The Devil You Know by Rocky Rochford. 3

Horror. 3

Don’t Turn Around by Rocky Rochford. 3

In Shadows Waiting by Stewart Bint. 3

Lest we become by S.E. Rise. 3

The Dead Cat Paradox by S.E. Rise. 3

Sci-Fi/Dystopian. 3

The Phoenix Project by D.M. Cain. 3

Timeshaft by Stewart Bint. 3

Red-Line by J.T. Bishop. 3

Red Line: Mirrors by J.T. Bishop. 3

Bike Racing Into the Red by Simon Coates. 3

Seaweed Ribbons by Francene Stanley. 3

The Kota by Sunshine Somerville. 3

C.K. Dawn –  Cloak of Shadows (The Netherwalker Series, Book 1). 3

Rebellion by Rachel Cotterill 3

The Running Game by L.E. Fitzpatrick. 3

Border Lines by L.E. Fitzpatrick. 3

To Journey In The Year Of The Tiger by H. Leighton Dickson. 3

Fantasy. 3

A Chronicle of Chaos by D.M. Cain. 3

The Spirit of Iris by Rocky Rochford. 3

Crown of Stones: Magic Price by C.L. Schneider. 3

Watersmeet by Rachel Cotterill 3

The Journey of the Marked by Rebecca McCray. 3

Wave Singers by Echo Fox. 3

Earth Drummer by Echo Fox. 3

Air Riders by Echo Fox. 3

C.K. Dawn –  Cloak of Shadows (The Netherwalker Series, Book 1). 3

Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire by Rachael Stapleton. 3

The Witch-Hunter Series by Kelly Marsden (Entire Trilogy). 3

Romance. 3

Summer Help Wanted by Ronald Walker. 3

Quiver of the Pure Heart by Burnita Bluitt. 3

Bride of the Living Dead by Lynne Murray. 3

Black for Last by Libby Fox. 3

Forever by M. Dauphin and H.Q. Frost. 3

Resisting the Biker by Cassie Alexandra. 3

The Discovery of Love by Simon Coates. 3

Patriotic Duty by C.J. Pinard. 3

Baited: Part I by Ali Parker. 3

Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire by Rachael Stapleton. 3

Losing Faith by Robbie Cox. 3

Erotica. 3

Losing Faith by Robbie Cox. 3

Simmering by S.E Rise. 3

Sinning by S.E. Rise. 3

Black for Last by Libby Fox. 3

No Distance Between Us by Bernard Foong (A.K.A. Young). 3

Summer Help Wanted by Ronald Walker. 3

Kept by Tracey Lampley. 3

Paranormal 3

The Elemental by Lisa. 3

The Core, Equilibrium I by Kate Thomas. 3

Resounding Truth, Resounding I by Kate Thomas. 3

Deceived, Soul Keeper I by LA Starkey. 3

Mystery/Action/Thriller. 3

The Phoenix Project by D.M. Cain. 3

Don’t Turn Around by Rocky Rochford. 3

Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire by Rachael Stapleton. 3

Ribbons of Death by Edita A Petrick. 3

Meltdown by Susan Mills Wilson. 3

Dissimilar Shorts by J.B. Taylor. 3

Quiver of the Pure Heart by Burnita Bluitt. 3

Amongst the Killing by Joe Compton. 3

Meter of Corruption by Wolf Schimanski 3

A Game For Assassins by James Quinn. 3

Malachy’s Unit by Claire Plaisted. 3

Kept by Tracey Lampley. 3

Poetry. 3

When Words Start To Sing by Lisa. 3

Little Boy Death by Rocky Rochford. 3

A Road Beyond Loss by Anesa Miller (only available as paperback NO EBOOK COPY. Only available in the USA)  3

Plumage by Jackie Connors. 3

 

Contemporary fiction:

 

 

Parasite Girls by Tory Gates

 

“Aidan Connor is a globetrotting American photojournalist. Burned out from a disastrous assignment, he turns up on the Tokyo doorstep of his old college friend, Mima. He soon learns that Mima’s past (and his own) have become present. A talented artist, Mima is struggling to make it on her own. Two of her oldest friends, Sora and Eko are also battling a peculiar form of social injustice: they are branded “Parasite Singles” because both still live at home despite being in their early thirties. Aidan knows everyone has a story: a brilliant painter, Sora suffers from mental illness. Eko, who appears to be the poster child for the term also has a dark past. As he remakes himself, Aidan is reminded of what kept him close to Mima all these years. He also sees what keeps Mima, Sora, Eko and Mima’s old love so close as well…one thing never dies.”

 

Summer Help Wanted by Ronald Walker

 

Eric Treybern’s life is in a downward spiral, with financial ruin coming in the form of a nasty divorce. His circumstance and good fortune change with his good friends death. An opportunity to work on his lost friends farm with an older woman as his partner leads to lessons above his imagination. Growth in every aspect of his life comes in baby steps and followed with leaps and bounds. Allurement of an experienced woman, fortune and fame can be fleeting. True friends stay forever true.

 

Oblivion by Pam Elise Harris

 

Highgarden Academy, home of New York’s most prestigious actors. No less than greatness is expected from all of its students, and directors specifically seek out anyone with Highgarden on their résumés. Join six of Highgarden’s acting students as they strive to achieve that greatness despite the obstacles in their paths: a caretaker battles a stalled career while needing to provide for her children; a lothario strives to find his breakout role despite his short stature; a beauty gets the part of a lifetime and a director who fights her every step of the way; a composer mounts his first show starring an incompetent box office draw; an optimist struggles to get any acting work but never stops believing that she will; and a geek realizes that sometimes reality is better than fantasy.

Will their unique talents be enough to reach their goals as theater professionals? Or will they learn that success is not measured by how large their names appear on a marquee but by the friendships that help them through the hard times as they spend their careers in oblivion?

 

 

Thunderlands by Stewart Bint

 

A bolt of lightning. A crack of thunder. The lingering smell of ozone in the highly charged air. And the world has changed forever. Or has it? Maybe the world we knew is still exactly the same…somewhere else. In the precise moment that the thunderbolt boomed, what if a portal had opened up and sucked us through? And we’re now in a different world in a parallel universe.

Even though it looks the same on the surface, there’s just a hint that all may not quite be what it seems beneath. Even the most ordinary things may be just a touch out of kilter.
A collection of 17 short stories ranging from the sublime to the unforgivably ridiculous. Powerful, like The Twitter Bully. Puzzling, like A Timely Murder. Horrific, like The Growing Thing. Ridiculous, like Living Proof. Very different, like Ree — The Troll of Dingleay.

 

Petty by Isaac Jourden

 

Welcome to Wonderments Family Fun Park!

The ultimate summer home to roller coasters, water slides, and spend-happy tourists from all over the world. Oh, and one small-time thief with a mission. Sell a few pieces of fake merchandise. Skim a coin at a time from every distracted shopper. Repeat until there’s enough money to disappear. If only new coworkers weren’t so distracting….

A few partial Reviews:
“An insightful look into the minds of those that surround us. It flags up some of the the dysfunctional natures that lurk within most, if not all of us. Humourous and well observed and generally interesting with a neat ending. Added interest by being unique in its coverage of amusement park staff lives, and manages to cover the mundane daily routines and activities without becoming boring. Not a book you are likely to find on amusement or theme park shelves. He runs some incredible scams that will leave you hating him at times. You will also be making a mental note of what you should/will be paying to the cashier and counting your change accurately, after reading this book.” (4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.com)

The Distant Sound of Violence by Jason Greensides

 

Do we ever escape the decisions we make when we’re fifteen?

Nathan Dawes, the loser from school, an outsider, street philosopher and member of The Grove Runners gang, needs Ryan’s help to get Stephanie to fall for him.  When Ryan’s lawnmower is stolen, Nathan sees this as his chance to enlist Ryan in his plan.

Although Ryan knows becoming friends with Nathan could lead to trouble, he reluctantly agrees to help.

Stephanie wants nothing to do with either of them.  Besides, she’s more interested in the one guy in the world she really shouldn’t be.

As Nathan continues his pursuit of Stephanie, and Ryan becomes embroiled with The Grove Runners, soon events overtake them all, haunting their lives for years to come.

Part coming-of-age, part mystery story, The Distant Sound of Violence is a heartbreaking tale of bad decisions and love gone wrong.  It’s about choices that lead to violence, loss and tragedy.

 

 

 

YA

 

 

The Spirit of Iris by Rocky Rochford

 

Set in a world much unlike our own, on a lonesome planet at the end of the universe, an epic between good and evil is about to come to pass. Living in a medieval era, the inhabitants of the world find themselves up against the dreaded Shanzi, vile creatures of pure darkness who seek one thing, the annihilation of that is good and there is only one who can stop them, a young boy by the name of Zach who must Rise up against the forces of darkness and drive them back to the shadow existence from whence they came.

The Tethering by Megan Orlowski-Russell

 

All sixteen-year-old Jacob Evans wants is to win the heart of Emilia Gray, but with order in the magical world crumbling, war threatening, and Emilia’s boyfriend living across the hall, he may never have the chance.

Jacob Evans loses everything he has ever known and is tossed into a world of magic. The Dragons, a group of rebel wizards, are threatening to expose the existence of magic to humans. Jacob is determined to find a way to fit into Emilia’s family, but as his powers grow, so does the danger. With the death toll mounting, Jacob is accused of acts of rebel terrorism and must fight to stay in a world he’s only just beginning to discover.

When Emilia’s life is threatened, Jacob must risk everything to save her. Does he have the power to rescue her in time? And what could their survival cost?

The Siren’s Realm by Megan Orlowski-Russell

 

Jacob loves Emilia Gray, but things aren’t always that simple in the world of Magickind…

The war has begun.

The Dragons are gaining power, and the Gray Clan stands alone. Desperate to find a way to stop the Pendragon, Emilia is forced to seek answers from someone who hasn’t been seen in seventeen years . . . Her mother. Embarking on a magical journey filled with witches, wizards, centaurs and a dangerous and powerful Siren, Jacob and Emilia must take a leap of faith to a land neither could have ever imagined . . . and hope they can then find their way home.

Travel Glasses by Chess Desalls

Calla Winston’s mobile devices sit in a corner of her room, covered in dust. Weeks ago, she shared photos and laughs with her best online friend. Now, after having felt the sting of betrayal, she prefers being hidden and friendless. She equates privacy with security and technology with pain.

Then she meets Valcas, an otherworldly time traveler who traverses time and space with a pair of altered sunglasses. When an ethereal being knocks Calla to the ground near her family’s lakeside cottage, Valcas uses the Travel Glasses to help her escape. He offers his further protection in exchange for a promise. Intrigued by Valcas and the possibility of time travel, Calla accepts. That is until she learns that his search for her was no mere coincidence.

Calla sets off on her own, taking the Travel Glasses with her. Torn between searching for her estranged father and reuniting with the rest of her family, she tracks down the inventor of the Travel Glasses in hopes of discovering more about Valcas’ past and motivations. The Travel Glasses take Calla’s mistrust of technology to all new levels. But without them, she’ll never make it back home. With Valcas hot on her trail, Calla hopes to find what she’s looking for before he catches up.

The Call to Search Everywhen is a serial series of novel-length installments. Travel Glasses is YA fantasy filled with metafiction and other literary twistiness. It’s a thought-provoking narrative about trust, relationships, reality and illusion.

Many thanks to the cover design team at www.damonza.com for the beautiful new cover art.

 

The Journey of the Marked by Rebecca McCray

 

On a distant planet, Eros thrives in the Human settlement he calls home. Raised to follow his grandfather’s noble footsteps, he studies the details of each species that co-exists here. But when his sixteenth birthday arrives and the mark appears, he’s called to fight, which changes his life forever. Forced to abandon his home, the mark makes him the hunted. He’s attacked the night he arrives in the city, but a scrappy, street fighter named Kenrya saves his life. When they join others on the same journey, her less-than-perfect attitude drives a wedge between the group. Given the perils facing them, can they put aside their differences and trust each other long enough to survive? Discover this epic, dystopian adventure where an individual’s unique abilities can change the course of the future.

How Maxwell Grover Stole My House by Chantiel Vance

 

What if every fear you ever had about your creepy next-door neighbor turned out to be true?

 

10-year-old Zeke Langley has become the target of his nasty new neighbor, Maxwell Grover. For reasons known only to him, the unsavory stranger seems determined to make Zeke’s life miserable and force his family out of their home.

 

Inevitably, Zeke and his best friend Winks set out on a journey to discover what Grover is hiding. What they find sends them down a road they never imagined … and on a mission they may never return from.

 

Finding Me by Dawn Brazil

 

Sixteen-year-old Chloe Carmichael’s perfect world is in chaos.

It’s not because she has a vision of her boyfriend murdered. And then he’s found dead exactly as she saw. It’s not because she suddenly has the ability to move objects when she’s upset. It’s kinda cool to close a door without touching it. It’s not her overbearing mother who only cares about appearances. Chloe’s grown accustomed to her family’s distance.

So what has Chloe cringing in fear?

It’s a love that defies reason. It’s a love that speaks to the heart. It demands attention. But Chloe struggles with a love that exposes the soul. What will her family think? What will her friends think? And is she worthy of his love.

And it’s having to become another person for a new group of people. Chloe knows she’s not perfect but apparently she was when she was Amanda in another life. Her new friends won’t let her forget. It’s the stench of death that hoovers over her every move. It’s the threat of finality as she tries to acclimate to a life of super human proportions. It’s an enemy she can’t see, doesn’t remember, and can be anyone she’s ever known. But her enemy knows her well. She’s the lone person with the knowledge to destroy him. But she doesn’t remember.

And it’s never discovering who she really is before finality meets reality.

 

Deceived, Soul Keeper I by LA Starkey

 

They say a soul is the immaterial essence, the animating principle, the actuating cause of an individual life.

But what if you had to share yours with the one person you hated the most?

The soul mate principle states that for every one soul there is another that will recognize its match, hence creating the perfect union.

But what if you had two soul mates, which would you choose?

What if your choices had eternal ramification?

Deceived, the debut novel in the Soul Keeper Series, is a modern day love story about the implications of having more than one soul mate, and having to choose between the two of them. The decisions of the gods has left the next generation, their heirs, torn between fate and reality, and the balance of the future hangs in anticipation of what’s to come.

 

Remember: Protectors of the Elemental Magic series by Marnie Cate

 

“Hiding the truth from you is no longer protecting you. Sit and I will tell you what you need to know.” With those words, the secrets of my great grandmother, Genevieve Silver, were unburied and my role as a protector of the elemental magic was revealed. My name is Marina Addisyn Stone but Mara is what my friends and family call me. I had always felt that there was something missing and that nothing was permanent. Why would I feel that way? I was being raised with my little sister by my grandmother that loved and doted on me. Then, there was Cole Sands. Who could forget the blue-eyed boy that had stolen my heart. What more could a girl need? I always thought I was just being dramatic and that bad things do happen to people but that is part of life. People die. People go away. Little did I know that with one secret, my life would change forever and my new world would be surrounded by the world of elemental magic.

 

Sigrun by Deidre Mapstone

 

Sigrun is the story about the Lundgren family who own and operate Sigrun, their restaurant on Mount Desert Island, Maine. The four Lundgren children help out at the restaurant, and seem to be an almost too perfect family.

Soon they discover amazing things about themselves and each other that leads to a huge family secret that changes their lives forever. Nothing is what it seems on the surface.

 

The Devil You Know by Rocky Rochford

 

Meet a conman who always carefully chooses his marks. Then one day he discovers that he’s been someone else’s mark, and not just for a little while, but his whole life. Think you know the Devil? You don’t know Jack.

 

 

 

Horror

 

 

Don’t Turn Around by Rocky Rochford

I am Death.

And I am hungry.

And there you are,

Unaware of my arrival.

 

Don’t turn around.

 

In Shadows Waiting by Stewart Bint

 

In Shadows Waiting is a ghost story that gets darker by the page, inspired by the author’s real-life brush with the supernatural.
The story revolves around an ordinary family who find themselves the victim of an ever-increasing onslaught. It starts gently, building to a shattering climax. During a spate of burglaries in their village the family start seeing fleeting movements in their garden. Then things happen in the house. The police can find no sign of intruders.
What was simply annoying becomes frightening. Then dangerous. Then deadly. It’s clear there are supernatural forces at work.
For young Simon Reynolds and his family, the shadows are fading, the waiting is over.
The creature’s triumphant laugh was something that will be with me to my dying day.

It was a face of utmost evil, but was gone before I had a chance to register its features.

The sound was heavenly, totally out of this world and I listened entranced. It was the music of angels.
Those eyes mirrored all the wickedness and evil ever born on this Earth.
But at that moment he didn’t know just how dangerous. And neither did I.
Why has it suddenly started to come now? They were questions to which we had no answers. Yet.

Lest we become by S.E. Rise

 

He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster.

-Friedrich Nietzsche

 

The Dead Cat Paradox by S.E. Rise

 

There is a reason why they close your eyes when you die…

 

Only a child truly knows the terrible fury a storm can bring. I learned very young that God does not like little children who don’t come in when they’re called…-DWR

 

 

 

Sci-Fi/Dystopian

 

 

The Phoenix Project by D.M. Cain

 

In prisons across the country, inmates are forced to fight to the death in a weekly bloodbath while the nation cheers them on. Awaiting his death at the hands of the government’s ‘Phoenix Project’ is Raven Kennedy, a bitterly depressed young man who has never forgiven himself for his unspeakable crime.

 

As the real war wages within himself, Raven is forced to battle some of the prison’s most ruthless killing machines – people who will either save his life or drag him to his death.

Can he survive long enough to unravel his guilt and self-loathing, or will the battle arena and his own insanity kill him first?

 

Timeshaft by Stewart Bint

 

Following the fortunes of two sets of time travellers, Timeshaft extends Stewart Bint’s popular novellas Malfunction and Ashday’s Child, linking the two storylines and extending them into a full-length novel.

The Timeshaft is a path through time from pre-history to the end of the world, under the control of environmental protection group WorldSave.

WorldSave operatives travel through the Timeshaft preventing ecological disasters, but that’s more of the back story. The plot focuses on the group’s leading agent, the enigmatic Ashday’s Child, an elderly tramp born in another era. But why has he really spent his life flitting through the ages? What is he seeking?

Combining Ashday’s Child’s activities and hidden agend,a with an accident befalling the very first time journey by the fledgling Time Research And Exploration Project, Timeshaft rocks along to the past and future with paradoxes and twists galore.

 

Red-Line by J.T. Bishop

 

Her fate…
Sarah Randolph believes she’s just an ordinary woman, at least until the day she meets Ramsey—a mysterious man who tells her that not only is she not ordinary…she’s not even human.

Depends on him…
John Sherlock Ramsey, an Earth-born Eudoran, is a Protector. He’s assigned to help Sarah complete her Shift, a period of intense transformation experienced by those of his species. But her Shift is different and risky, because she’s a Red-Line, a member of his kind not seen in over sixty years.

Yet she is the key to his survival…
As her abilities are revealed and the secrets of their destiny exposed, they must confront an assailant who shares Sarah’s unique origins and whose motives are far more sinister than anything Ramsey has ever encountered.

Will Sarah’s unique powers change their fate? Or will she prove to be Ramsey’s last assignment on earth and watch as her people succumb to extinction?

Part one of a three-part series.

 

Red Line: Mirrors by J.T. Bishop

 

The stakes are raised…

Sarah Randolph is a Red-Line, the last of a unique alien species now living on earth. Her Shift to Red-Line complete, she faces a new challenge when her newfound abilities inexplicably vanish, jeopardizing her chance to save the race she’s newly joined.

And she must decide…

Now Sarah finds herself at a crossroads. She can’t deny the attraction she feels for her Protector, John Ramsey, but that desire may prove deadly when she is forced to trust the one man she fears the most…another Red-Line whose interest in Sarah could cost her more than she’s prepared to give.

Whether to follow her fate…

With time running out, will Sarah be able to save her friends? Or will her nemesis succeed in separating her from the man she loves and ultimately make her his own?

Part two of a three-part series.

 

Bike Racing Into the Red by Simon Coates

 

It is the 24th century; we have terraformed Planet Mars, and inevitably the highest mountain in the universe becomes the focus of cycle race orgnanisers looking for the ultimate challenge…

 

A cycling hill climb with a difference! In Britain, the road racing season ends with hill climbs raced all over the country, as riders end their competition for the year by hauling themselves up steep hills. For Jonas Zemke, these small hills are not big enough. Noticing a race up the biggest hill of them all, the highest volcano in the known universe, Olympus Mons on Mars, he embarks upon a quest to conquer this most extreme of challenges. However, life works in strange ways and through various twists of fate is plunged into other challenges that go way beyond the difficulty of any bicycle race.
Foreword provided by Paul Curran, double cycling gold medal winner in the 1986 Commonwealth Games.
See more at www.galactic-echo.com.

 

Seaweed Ribbons by Francene Stanley

 

After the great flood destroyed civilization, a newly-wed couple must prove their love, despite every opposition. Working in the garden, Ginny’s singing tames a wild dog. She gathers seaweed ribbons to mark their union. Raymond tries to settle in his young bride’s underground home, but when her matriarchal society opposes his plans, he and Ginny set out for his original town. Eric follows, hoping to divide the couple and win Ginny for himself. But there is no easy route through wild land populated by different cultures in Corn World, Britland.

 

The Kota by Sunshine Somerville

 

The future is an ugly place, but we are not left without hope…

Earth in Trok’s day is plagued by war and the deadly DRK virus. His brother, Lee Kandoya, joins the Kota people’s movement to fulfill prophecies meant to save Earth, and Trok’s world is turned upside-down as he discovers the truth about his own role as the prophesied Kota Bearer and immortal Interceder.

Five hundred years later, the prophesied Kota Warriors of the Mark Prophecy are at last born. Loree Kandoya is gifted with the mysterious abilities of perfect hand/eye coordination and invisibility. Her brother, Zaak, has mutate-genes that enhance his senses. A girl named Alex turns out to be a telepath. Her brother, Ryu, is blessed with incredible mutate-genes of strength.

However, nothing about these Marked children is what Trok expected, and the world is now in chaos…

Centuries of war have left entire countries in ruin, abandoned, and the global population suffers from poverty, the plague of the DRK, and oppression under a global tyranny known as the Dominion. Soldiers sweep the regions in search of rebels, and hundreds are murdered – or punished with the DRK – as the Dominion rulers hoard their wealth.

Will the Warriors be able to make a difference? Working in the background, Trok knows that if the Warriors are going to bring down the Dominion and stop the DRK virus, it’s going to take a miracle. But how things come together surprises even him.
˃˃˃ Book 1 in a science fiction series about superheroes, time-travel, alien planets, mystical prophecies, and the battle between Light and Dark.

 

C.K. Dawn –  Cloak of Shadows (The Netherwalker Series, Book 1)

 

What if all you’ve ever known of King Arthur’s legend was a lie to mislead you from the truth? What if Camelot truly existed, but was destroyed to keep its secrets? What if there were descendants of the Knights of the Round Table defending us today from the creatures that lurk within the shadows? If the gloaming came looking for you would you answer its call?

 

Fourteen year old Abigail Thorne answered the gloaming and it turned her life upside down. Along with her mentor Lourdes Reese, a seasoned hunter in the King’s Court, she now banishes the evil shadows while most dociles sleep in their beds.

Fighting hidden creatures that feed on humans, glimpsing fractures that lead to another world, and wielding magical weapons all before geometry? That’s a normal day for Abbey now, and she loves every minute of it. But, she has no idea that being sent to Britain for her last hunter trial will unleash a chain of events that will change everything and everyone she loves forever.

A life will be lost, a life will be taken, and an unexpected new romance will emerge all while the fate of two worlds balances on the edge of a hunter’s blade.

 

Rebellion by Rachel Cotterill

 

When her dreams are smashed by an assignment which would leave her trapped in a job far beneath her abilities, Eleanor has nowhere to turn. The Imperial system prides itself on perfection, leaving no space for complaints. In desperation she rejects her assignment and the quality of life she would have been guaranteed – then, suddenly free for the first time in her life, finds her imagination captured by legends which tell of a secret society of elite assassins.

 

The Running Game by L.E. Fitzpatrick

 

Her father called it the running game. Count the exits, calculate the routes. Always be ready to run because they’ll always be coming for you. Whatever happens, they’ll always be coming for you.

Rachel had let her guard down and they had found her. She could run now, leave the city and try her luck beyond the borders, but with no money and a dark secret to hide her chances of survival are slim.

But then she meets two brothers with a dangerous past and secrets of their own. Can they help her turn the game around?

This is the first installment of the Reacher series. Set in a grim and not too distant future, this urban thriller will keep you hooked until the last page.

Border Lines by L.E. Fitzpatrick

 

“We all remember that kid in Piccadilly. That determined look he had on his face as he willed all those people to him. Just using his mind he pulled them close then blew them all to pieces. It could be anyone. Your neighbor, your friend, your lover. Remain vigilant. Reachers are everywhere.”

When the perfect job comes up Charlie doesn’t think twice about taking it. This is the break he’s been looking for and nobody, not even the rest of his team, can persuade him otherwise.

The job means working for an old enemy and crossing the border into London. Both are risky but Charlie has no idea how high the stakes really are.

The team will have to confront their past, each other and a killer who is closer than they realize. But can they all make it out of the city alive?

This is the second installment in the Reacher series.

To Journey In The Year Of The Tiger by H. Leighton Dickson

 

TO JOURNEY IN THE YEAR OF THE TIGER: In the Survival of the Fittest, Not All Men are Created Equal. Some are Created Lions.
“A STUNNING TRIUMPH OF STORYTELLING!”

“WORLD-BUILDING ON PAR WITH ZELAZNY!”

TO JOURNEY IN THE YEAR OF THE TIGER is the first in a Ground-Breaking Original Series by H. Leighton Dickson. This is a powerful, post-apocalyptic story of lions and tigers, wolves and dragons, embracing and blending the cultures of Dynastic China, Ancient India and Feudal Japan. Half feline, half human, this genetically altered world has evolved in the wake of the fall of human civilization. Fans of Tolkien, Game of Thrones, Redwall or Japanese anime will be entertained in these intelligent and beautifully written pages in a blend of science, fantasy and zoological speculation.

Kirin Wynegarde-Grey is a young lion with a big job – Captain of the Guard in a Kingdom that spans from the mountains of western China to the deserts of the Middle East. When an ancient threat awakens in the West and threatens to overthrow the Empire, he must lead a team that includes his enigmatic brother, a lethal swordswoman and three radically different and mysterious specialists through a world where humans are legend and animals walk like men.

This is the journey of six individuals as they travel beyond the edges of the known Empire, into lands uncharted and wild. It is a journey of magic and mystery, science and swords, romance and intrigue. It is a journey of different perspectives and unexpected kharma and love found in surprising places. It is a journey that takes place five thousand years or so in the future, naturally in the Year of the Tiger.

 

 

 

Fantasy

 

 

A Chronicle of Chaos by D.M. Cain

 

In the deepest bowels of hell, five demons have been summoned, their bonds to the fires of damnation severed. For the first time in millennia, they have been called to the human realm to put an end to a battle that has raged for centuries.

The Children of Light and the Brotherhood of Shadow dominate the war-torn land, each yearning to rule the planet. Now the Brotherhood has summoned the demons, a weapon that could destroy their enemies once and for all, if they can only keep them under control.

Chaos, a soldier in The Children of Light, basks in the glory of being the highest ranking fighter of his generation, but his arrogance and impulsiveness prevent him from being given the opportunity to prove himself. He believes himself beyond the law, but a fateful coincidence puts him at the mercy of the demon, Anathema.

The two warriors, demon and human, strike up an intense rivalry, but their obsession to destroy one another only leads them closer together. They must decide which is more important to them – their duty or their desire.

The Spirit of Iris by Rocky Rochford

 

Set in a world much unlike our own, on a lonesome planet at the end of the universe, an epic between good and evil is about to come to pass. Living in a medieval era, the inhabitants of the world find themselves up against the dreaded Shanzi, vile creatures of pure darkness who seek one thing, the annihilation of that is good and there is only one who can stop them, a young boy by the name of Zach who must Rise up against the forces of darkness and drive them back to the shadow existence from whence they came.

Crown of Stones: Magic Price by C.L. Schneider

 

Ian Troy is one of the Shinree, a fallen people with an inherent addiction to magic. Scorned and reviled for the deadly side of their spells, the Shinree are bred as slaves. Their magic is suppressed by drugs and used only as it serves the purposes of the other races.

Descended from a long line of soldiers, Ian is conscripted into the Rellan army and made to fight in their longstanding conflict against the ruthless Langorian invaders. The downfall of Rella imminent, Ian goes against orders and turns to the Crown of Stones, an ancient Shinree relic of untold power. Ignorant of its true purpose, Ian uses the crown to end the war, and pays a terrible price.

A decade later, still tortured by the aftermath of that day, Ian lives as a bounty hunter in self-imposed exile. Having renounced his magical heritage, he curbs his obsession with a steady stream of wine and regret. He struggles to put it all behind him, until a fateful encounter with a pretty assassin brings Ian’s past crashing into the present. Targeted by a rogue Shinree, and a ruthless old enemy, Ian is forced to use magic again. His deadly addiction is rekindled and his life of isolation is brought to a swift end.

With the land he gave up everything to protect once more in jeopardy, and his people’s future at stake, Ian becomes embroiled in a violent race for control of the Crown of Stones. To save the realms and those he cares for, Ian must embrace the thing he fears most: his own power.

Magic-Price is the first installment in The Crown of Stones trilogy.

 

Watersmeet by Rachel Cotterill

 

When a stranger tells her she’s a mage, Ailith is intrigued but she’s also afraid. Magic is eresy, and heresy means death under the Temple Law. Even literacy is suspect in a girl of her background, and her sister’s impending wedding only serves as a reminder that she should
be focusing on her future. Then a local priest asks her to rescue his son, and she starts to wonder if her talents could be a blessing, after all.

The Lord Baron of Watersmeet, Leofwin isn’t accustomed to welcoming uninvited visitors. A commoner turning up at his gates should be no more than a minor footnote to his day, but something about Ailith
catches his attention. Alchemy can be lonely work and an apprentice
might be just what he needs.

As their lessons grow into shared experiments, Leofwin wonders if he
might even trust her with his greatest challenge. But Ailith can’t
forget why she came to the castle.

Watersmeet is a romantic, high fantasy novel ideal for fans of Maria V
Snyder and Charlotte E English.

The Journey of the Marked by Rebecca McCray

 

On a distant planet, Eros thrives in the Human settlement he calls home. Raised to follow his grandfather’s noble footsteps, he studies the details of each species that co-exists here. But when his sixteenth birthday arrives and the mark appears, he’s called to fight, which changes his life forever. Forced to abandon his home, the mark makes him the hunted. He’s attacked the night he arrives in the city, but a scrappy, street fighter named Kenrya saves his life. When they join others on the same journey, her less-than-perfect attitude drives a wedge between the group. Given the perils facing them, can they put aside their differences and trust each other long enough to survive? Discover this epic, dystopian adventure where an individual’s unique abilities can change the course of the future.

 

Wave Singers by Echo Fox

 

At the dawn of time, the harmonious land of Pangaea was split asunder. Cracks rent the ground and the fabric of reality was torn in two. New, separate lands were created and the peoples that had once lived together found themselves alone in strange new worlds…

The only future that eighteen year old Merry Malone sees for herself is one involving music. She needs to win a music scholarship or all her dreams will come to nothing.

However, the discovery of a mysterious locket leads Merry to a faraway land, with strange customs and an even stranger people, the Mer. Music plays a magical role here and Merry finds herself warming to this alternate reality.

In an epic battle to free the Mer from their tyrant king, should Merry trust Leander, her childhood best friend or Dylan, a man of the Mer?

 

Earth Drummer by Echo Fox

 

Gentian is tiptoeing uncomfortably around his grieving father and headstrong twin sister, doing as he’s told for the sake of peace.

However, when strange fire-filled dreams start to take over his nights, Gentian faces a tricky decision. Should he go ahead with his own arranged marriage, his future all planned out before him? Or should he accept the Shaman’s offer of becoming his initiate and learning about Earth magic?

With his animal totem Tern to guide him, will Gentian be able to make his choice before his entire world spirals out of control?

 

Air Riders by Echo Fox

 

Tai is in love and he wants to fly across the mountain shouting it to the skies. He is ready to share his life with Keiko, when a strange event turns his world upside down.

The Daiku, long-time prey of Tai’s tribe of Zephyrus, start fighting back. With the whole tribe in danger from the reptilian creatures that roam the dark forest below, Tai must put all his knowledge of hunting to the test to help safeguard his people.

With the Daiku becoming an ever more erratic threat, control of the hunters is given to a fast-rising star of the Hunting Wing, Aiko, and for a while all seems to be going to plan. The Daiku can be defeated and Tai can finally live his life with Keiko.

However, is everything as it seems?
Is Aiko really the Zephyrus’ salvation?
Or will Tai need to gamble everything – and everyone – he loves for the greater good?

 

C.K. Dawn –  Cloak of Shadows (The Netherwalker Series, Book 1)

 

What if all you’ve ever known of King Arthur’s legend was a lie to mislead you from the truth? What if Camelot truly existed, but was destroyed to keep its secrets? What if there were descendants of the Knights of the Round Table defending us today from the creatures that lurk within the shadows? If the gloaming came looking for you would you answer its call?

 

Fourteen year old Abigail Thorne answered the gloaming and it turned her life upside down. Along with her mentor Lourdes Reese, a seasoned hunter in the King’s Court, she now banishes the evil shadows while most dociles sleep in their beds.

Fighting hidden creatures that feed on humans, glimpsing fractures that lead to another world, and wielding magical weapons all before geometry? That’s a normal day for Abbey now, and she loves every minute of it. But, she has no idea that being sent to Britain for her last hunter trial will unleash a chain of events that will change everything and everyone she loves forever.

A life will be lost, a life will be taken, and an unexpected new romance will emerge all while the fate of two worlds balances on the edge of a hunter’s blade.

 

Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire by Rachael Stapleton

 

As a librarian, Sophia Marcil loved reading, especially books about ancient curses and reincarnation, but she never imagined the legend of the Purple Delhi Sapphire was true until she inherited it and was transported back to a past life where she was murdered. Now she knows that not only is reincarnation real, but so is the devil’s magic locked inside the precious gem. Just as she’s about to tell her boyfriend Cullen about it, he proposes with an engagement ring made from a piece of the very sapphire that’s cursed her. Reeling from the shock and surrounded by his family, she allows him to place it on her ring finger. As soon as it touches her skin, she feels herself being wrenched back in time.

 

Before she knows it, she’s wandering the hallway of an old Victorian house in the body of her great aunt. Unfortunately, her nemesis has also reincarnated in 1920—as one of her family members. Sophia struggles to locate the Purple Delhi Sapphire in time to prevent the deaths of those she loves, but she fails and returns to her present-day life, to the precise moment she left, with a deep understanding that her killer’s soul is also tied to the sapphire and every life she has, he is resurrected as someone close to her.

 

Her stalker ex-boyfriend Nick seems like a prime candidate this time but she’s convinced she’s a step ahead of him, thanks to a tip from a medium, she knows that if she uses the magic of the stone correctly she can trap Nick’s soul in the sapphire and save herself. But when Nick is murdered, she finds evidence that has her questioning everything she thought she knew.

 

Is Cullen husband material or is history doomed to repeat itself?

 

The Witch-Hunter Series by Kelly Marsden (Entire Trilogy)

 

Witches are real, and to be blunt, they’re all black-hearted, and evil. These are not wiccans, bored housewives and teens that wear too much black, playing with candles and poems; witches are a different breed that use magic with devastating effect.
Charged with stopping the witches, taking whatever measures necessary, there are witch-hunters, all reporting to the Malleus Maleficarum Council (MMC). For hundreds of years witches have been persecuted and when the powerful Shadow Witch rises again, they have their opportunity for revenge.
The best the MMC has to offer, the talented seventh-generation witch-hunting Hunter Astley has his own part to play. In his own way.


 

 

Romance

 

 

Summer Help Wanted by Ronald Walker

 

Eric Treybern’s life is in a downward spiral, with financial ruin coming in the form of a nasty divorce. His circumstance and good fortune change with his good friends death. An opportunity to work on his lost friends farm with an older woman as his partner leads to lessons above his imagination. Growth in every aspect of his life comes in baby steps and followed with leaps and bounds. Allurement of an experienced woman, fortune and fame can be fleeting. True friends stay forever true.

 

Quiver of the Pure Heart by Burnita Bluitt

 

Love, Corruption & Gentrification Collide; as New Novel Uncovers Family ‘Secrets’ During Heroine’s San Francisco Displacement.

 

Burnita Bluitt’s ‘Quiver of the Pure Heart’ is one of the few novels on the market to shine a spotlight on the topic of gentrification and urban displacement. However, heroine Blis Dumas quickly learns that she faces things that are far more complicated than just relocation. The discovery of family secrets reveals that the problems being created by the San Francisco Redevelopment Bureau are chillingly personal, with forgiveness and compassion about to become her weapons of choice.

 

Bride of the Living Dead by Lynne Murray

I hate weddings. If you had an older sister like Sky, you would too. Sky was perfect. Her wedding was perfect. It almost killed her.

I’m Daria, the rebellious indie film critic, the fat sister. Nobody expected me to get married. Eight years after Sky’s wedding, the rose petal perfection of it all still hung over me like mocking pink cloud.

Not that I didn’t have a love life–or at least a sex life–but I’ll talk about the Worst Boyfriend Awards later.

Rebellious indie film critic, Daria MacClellan, who is most comfortable in a monster movie poster T-shirt and blue jeans, finds that her wedding is hijacked by family drama and she’s trapped in her own rose petal hell of a formal wedding planned by Sky, her perfectionist, anorexic, older sister. Daria adores her fiancé even more than she loves horror films, but her wedding seems to be spiraling downward in a monstrous direction. Will a picture perfect pink wedding turn her into the Bride of the Living Dead?

 

Black for Last by Libby Fox

 

This novel evolves around Sophie a troubled sexy married woman who embarks on an emotional journey. She is a cardiac nurse at her local hospital. One fine day she encounters a plastic Surgeon where she works, and falls head over heels in love with him. Having been on a date with this high flyer where he entertained her to the theatre, he after invites her for a coffee at his place. Sophie certainly accepts but little does she know what she is getting herself into!
Mark the plastic surgeon is a sly fox and senses her weakness. Submissiveness.
He takes advantage to the full to play out his kinky side. The plot gets more intriguing as she gets to know him better. He owns her mind and body. Her sex addiction overcomes her sense of guilt and gives in to his every whim continuing to indulge in steamy hot sessions with her lover Mark and the rest. Eventually she decided to address her sex addiction by seeking help from a Psychoanalyst. But her strong feelings towards Mark gets her to constantly juggle her life between her faithful husband and the surgeons exciting unconventional lifestyle.

Forever by M. Dauphin and H.Q. Frost

 

When life gets in the way of plans, one decision changes the course of three best friends lives. Friends till the end, but the end is sooner than imagined.

Resisting the Biker by Cassie Alexandra

Twenty-one-year-old college student, Adriana Nikolas, doesn’t really know what to make of Raptor, the sexy biker who seems to be obsessed with getting into her pants. Hot or not, she knows from their first encounter that he’s dangerous, both in and out of bed.

What Raptor wants, Raptor gets. Right now, he wants Adriana and will do whatever it takes to claim her as his woman. But, she keeps resisting, which isn’t something that the Road Captain of the Gold Vipers is accustomed to. Arrogant, cocky, and stubborn, Raptor takes on the challenge, and in the meantime, gets much more than what he’d bargained for.

Meanwhile, Slammer, President of the Gold Vipers, seeks justice for the rape of his Old Lady’s daughter.

 

The Discovery of Love by Simon Coates

 

Location: Carlton, North Yorkshire, England, Planet Earth. Date: Early-2300.
It might be the 24th century, but the feudal baron lives on. Wealthy industrialist Remus Tallantyre has homes on Mars, the Moon and Planet Earth, and an inter-planetary spaceship that will power him wherever he wants to go, but he still feels the need to rule his staff’s lives with working conditions that belong to the Middle Ages. When his loyal butler, Ezkeil Manton, falls in love with a colleague, their path to happiness seems doomed in the face of non-fraternisation rules. Then fate changes everything…
See more at www.galactic-echo.com.

 

Patriotic Duty by C.J. Pinard

 

Newly divorced party girl Cara Reid just wants to have fun. Much too young to even be a divorcee, she and her bestie, Miranda, set off to have fun and maybe a few casual hookups and live life. One night at a military bar, Cara meets Riley Forrester, a hot Army soldier who makes her melt with one look of his deep ocean blue eyes. But Riley is only staying the summer in California and then has to go back to Colorado when it’s over. Cara tells herself he’s just a summer fling and is determined to enjoy herself and let him go once the summer is over. But when Riley receives orders he wasn’t expecting, she’s forced to make a decision on whether she’s going to be there for him when he gets back, or move on with her life. What she wasn’t expecting was to fall so hard for the beautiful soldier boy, and now she’s faced with accepting her feelings or letting him go.

Contains adult content. For readers 18 and up.

 

 

Baited: Part I by Ali Parker

 

Rebecca Martin has achieved most things one might hope to by thirty. She is a successful business owner, drives a nice car and is wrapping up the details on a custom built home on the lake. The only thing she is missing is someone to share her accomplishments with.

One man has never been far from her thoughts – Kade McMillian, but his return to town after far too many years of chasing his dreams couldn’t be more poorly timed.

With a younger man demanding Rebecca attention at the office, she has to decide between reconstructing a relationship from her past or diving in deep to something new and seemingly forbidden.

Trust what you know or step out and hope that you don’t end up Baited …

 

Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire by Rachael Stapleton

 

As a librarian, Sophia Marcil loved reading, especially books about ancient curses and reincarnation, but she never imagined the legend of the Purple Delhi Sapphire was true until she inherited it and was transported back to a past life where she was murdered. Now she knows that not only is reincarnation real, but so is the devil’s magic locked inside the precious gem. Just as she’s about to tell her boyfriend Cullen about it, he proposes with an engagement ring made from a piece of the very sapphire that’s cursed her. Reeling from the shock and surrounded by his family, she allows him to place it on her ring finger. As soon as it touches her skin, she feels herself being wrenched back in time.

 

Before she knows it, she’s wandering the hallway of an old Victorian house in the body of her great aunt. Unfortunately, her nemesis has also reincarnated in 1920—as one of her family members. Sophia struggles to locate the Purple Delhi Sapphire in time to prevent the deaths of those she loves, but she fails and returns to her present-day life, to the precise moment she left, with a deep understanding that her killer’s soul is also tied to the sapphire and every life she has, he is resurrected as someone close to her.

 

Her stalker ex-boyfriend Nick seems like a prime candidate this time but she’s convinced she’s a step ahead of him, thanks to a tip from a medium, she knows that if she uses the magic of the stone correctly she can trap Nick’s soul in the sapphire and save herself. But when Nick is murdered, she finds evidence that has her questioning everything she thought she knew.

 

Is Cullen husband material or is history doomed to repeat itself?

 

Losing Faith by Robbie Cox

 

“What’s your fantasy?” An innocent enough question asked by Selby to his wife Faith, but it leads them down a journey that may or may not have dire consequences to their relationship. Wanting to please each other, they decide to open up their marriage to other sexual adventures.All is well when they explore their sexual side together, but what if they played with others without the other one present? Sex isn’t always just about sex. As they explore their desires, they discover how it affects not only their marriage, but the relationships around them-family, friends, even work relationships. The question is, will they survive?

 

 

 

Erotica

 

 

Losing Faith by Robbie Cox

 

“What’s your fantasy?” An innocent enough question asked by Selby to his wife Faith, but it leads them down a journey that may or may not have dire consequences to their relationship. Wanting to please each other, they decide to open up their marriage to other sexual adventures.All is well when they explore their sexual side together, but what if they played with others without the other one present? Sex isn’t always just about sex. As they explore their desires, they discover how it affects not only their marriage, but the relationships around them-family, friends, even work relationships. The question is, will they survive?

Simmering by S.E Rise

 

The idea came to her as she sipped at her Mochaccino, though at the time she didn’t recognize it. With an old issue of Cosmo casually perched before her, Romance novelist Allison Fairchild focused on the title of the article at the top of the page. What type of working man makes the best lover? She is surprised at the results…and her eyes switch to the fun loving, sexy men across the street. What is the mystique behind the gorgeous muscle bound Firemen? Is it true what the urban myth and legends say? What kind of stories would the Firemen be willing to tell her?
This is California and everyone’s story is for sale. Her Publicist sets it up and she has a little office inside their Fire station. What she gets is far more than just a handful of sex stories for a novel? Ali is on an unexpected adventure that will have her rewriting everything she knows about men, their exotic tastes and what it is they truly desire.
His men call him the Captain; it is his shift and his Fire Station. She knew the first time she saw him that she had to have him. It doesn’t hurt that he looks like a Norse God and may actually throw a mighty hammer. She discovers the hard way that the Captain has a secret and dangerous lifestyle…One that sends her spiraling down into his wild and reckless embrace.
Through raging fires, and stalking mad men, the flames begin to grow and her temperature is starting to rise. She must follow their agreed upon rules or risk losing everything. How long can she continue to simmer before she gives into her own carnal desire, says “To hell with the rules” and let’s it all boil over?

Sinning by S.E. Rise

 

The Captain has gone away…The phone rang as it did before …He got on his Motorcycle and rode off to what she assumed was his little Damsel in distress… He left without giving her a destination, there wasn’t a courtesy good bye wave and now he’s just gone…Vanished.
Her publisher wants a sequel to the first book and she’s more than ready to go back into the Fire Station to get the job done. Only she’s having some problems coping with the way events turned out with James and Manuela…and she doesn’t believe in ghosts…
Her dreams are erotic but they’re borderline nightmares…The Captain still hasn’t called or checked in and she’s starting to get worried…Where in the hell could he be?
She met a preacher man the other day but she thinks there might be something wrong with him…He’s got an Army of Parishioners that follow him and for some unknown reason he really doesn’t like her…or her new book.
She decides she has waited long enough. It’s time to hunt down the Captain whether he likes it or not…

 

Black for Last by Libby Fox

 

This novel evolves around Sophie a troubled sexy married woman who embarks on an emotional journey. She is a cardiac nurse at her local hospital. One fine day she encounters a plastic Surgeon where she works, and falls head over heels in love with him. Having been on a date with this high flyer where he entertained her to the theatre, he after invites her for a coffee at his place. Sophie certainly accepts but little does she know what she is getting herself into!
Mark the plastic surgeon is a sly fox and senses her weakness. Submissiveness.
He takes advantage to the full to play out his kinky side. The plot gets more intriguing as she gets to know him better. He owns her mind and body. Her sex addiction overcomes her sense of guilt and gives in to his every whim continuing to indulge in steamy hot sessions with her lover Mark and the rest. Eventually she decided to address her sex addiction by seeking help from a Psychoanalyst. But her strong feelings towards Mark gets her to constantly juggle her life between her faithful husband and the surgeons exciting unconventional lifestyle.

 

No Distance Between Us by Bernard Foong (A.K.A. Young)

 

An Excerpt from A Harem Boy’s Saga – I – Initiation; a memoir by Young.

 

This provocative story is about a young man who was initiated into a clandestine sexual society. He was spirited to the Middle East, from his UK boarding school. He attended the Bahriji School (Oasis,) in The United Arab Emirates in preparation for serving in Harems for the wealthy and elite.

 

It is also a love story between the young man and his ‘Valet’ who served as his chaperone and mentor during the boy’s Harem service.

 

Author’s note:

 

I had a privileged and unique upbringing in Malaysia. Following in my brothers’ footsteps, I was sent to an exclusive boarding school in England. It is there that I was inducted into a clandestine organization, E.R.O.S. The Enlightened Royal Oracle Society. For four years, unbeknownst to my family, I was willingly and happily part of a Harem.

 

My story has been kept under wraps for close to 45 years. The correct moment has arrived for me to make known my unique education.

 

Summer Help Wanted by Ronald Walker

Eric Treybern’s life is in a downward spiral, with financial ruin coming in the form of a nasty divorce. His circumstance and good fortune change with his good friends death. An opportunity to work on his lost friends farm with an older woman as his partner leads to lessons above his imagination. Growth in every aspect of his life comes in baby steps and followed with leaps and bounds. Allurement of an experienced woman, fortune and fame can be fleeting. True friends stay forever true.

 

Kept by Tracey Lampley

 

Sex, lies, murder: After surviving attempts on her and her unborn baby’s life, Kate delivers an heir to a fortune. Now sexy former mistress Kate Mercer is back! So is murder! The flawed, insecure character finds herself inviting trouble in the form of murder. This time Kate is alone in her fight for survival, in her fight for her family. Meet the characters impacting Kate Mercer-Burton’s life.

Anita Spencer: After a great loss, the woman has a score to settle with Kate.

Derrick Angel: The heartthrob threatens to ruin Kate’s family. Will he kill to win her heart?

Detective Garnett: Out of his jurisdiction, he tries forcing Kate to reveal the whereabouts of his kept mistress. When Kate refuses, he issues a chilling threat.

Carrington Grant: He’s more powerful than any of the previous three, and he indicates that he wants to become a part of his and Kate’s daughter’s life. Will he be the one to ruin Kate’s family?

Kept: Book Two is a stand-alone novella. It is not necessary to first read Kept, which is the first novella in this series. I brought Kate back because the character urged me to keep her alive. New and old supporting characters surround her. But one of them is out to destroy her and her family.


 

 

 

Paranormal

 

 

The Elemental by Lisa

 

“Hi – my name is Catherine van Dyk. I run a private massage and coaching practice in Shoreditch, London. Nothing special you would say and you would be right. Except for the fact that something terrible is about to happen to our planet and I’m the only one that can save it, so no pressure. Am I going to succeed? At this point I cannot possibly say, but who knows. This time I might finally be able to control the elements. I have to. To save my life. To save all our lives.”

Catherine is an Elemental, which means she can control Earth, Air, Fire and Water, sort of. Her friends have their own unique gifts. In daily life, Catherine looks and acts just like any other woman, searching for answers, trying to leave her darker days behind her and perhaps finding some love on the way, but underneath the surface Catherine and her friends must try to restore balance to our world. Whether or not her new neighbour Tristan can give her that, has yet to be decided. Is Tristan who he says he is or does he have ulterior motives?

What if her past comes back to hunt her? Will she be able to keep her emotions in check or is that the very thing that went wrong in the first place? With disaster on its way and only one week to go, time is running out. For Catherine, for her friends, for all of us.

The Core, Equilibrium I by Kate Thomas

 

There’s something strange about David, something that goes beyond the way he makes Ellie feel. He’s wealthy, poised, and a complete enigma. With nothing to lose but her heart, Ellie goes in search of the truth — a search that leads her down an eye-opening path that reveals secrets about the world she thought she knew.

The world’s order is held in careful balance, the essence of good and evil tilting the scale. When the fabric of reality is stripped away, Ellie is forced to make a decision to follow the path David’s constructed before her or simply walk away. The Core is missing and someone must step up and stand between the light and darkness, holding each back and maintaining equilibrium.

 

Resounding Truth, Resounding I by Kate Thomas

 

** Resounding Truth is number 2.5 in The Resounding Series, a novella to give the readers a glimpse into the world of the Resounding Lycans. The prequel that started it all will release late spring 2015 and kick off the 8 book (plus multiple novellas) series. ***

 

Derik has been the Alpha of the Graybacks since the death of Drucilia’s father, his murder still weighing heavy upon Dru. With fierce determination and an iron fist, the new Alpha has successfully kept them alive and fed, but the threat of Hunters and Vampires creeps ever so close. With his eye on Dru as a prime candidate for his mate, he demands more than she’s willing to give and blazes a trail of rage across the pack at her denial.

 

They have waited for a savior, for someone to come and take power from Derik and the time draws near. Dru’s sister Karis can see deep into the future and makes it known that a white wolf will be their redeemer, but will he be too late? With the Queen of the vampires thirsty for an accord in blood and the head Huntress of the Circle of Elders seeking the white wolf with fever, things get tense and complicated far before the resounding truth is uncovered.

 

Deceived, Soul Keeper I by LA Starkey

 

They say a soul is the immaterial essence, the animating principle, the actuating cause of an individual life.

But what if you had to share yours with the one person you hated the most?

The soul mate principle states that for every one soul there is another that will recognize its match, hence creating the perfect union.

But what if you had two soul mates, which would you choose?

What if your choices had eternal ramification?

Deceived, the debut novel in the Soul Keeper Series, is a modern day love story about the implications of having more than one soul mate, and having to choose between the two of them. The decisions of the gods has left the next generation, their heirs, torn between fate and reality, and the balance of the future hangs in anticipation of what’s to come.

 


 

 

Mystery/Action/Thriller

 

 

The Phoenix Project by D.M. Cain

 

In prisons across the country, inmates are forced to fight to the death in a weekly bloodbath while the nation cheers them on. Awaiting his death at the hands of the government’s ‘Phoenix Project’ is Raven Kennedy, a bitterly depressed young man who has never forgiven himself for his unspeakable crime.

 

As the real war wages within himself, Raven is forced to battle some of the prison’s most ruthless killing machines – people who will either save his life or drag him to his death.

Can he survive long enough to unravel his guilt and self-loathing, or will the battle arena and his own insanity kill him first?

 

Don’t Turn Around by Rocky Rochford

I am Death.

And I am hungry.

And there you are,

Unaware of my arrival.

 

Don’t turn around.

 

Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire by Rachael Stapleton

 

As a librarian, Sophia Marcil loved reading, especially books about ancient curses and reincarnation, but she never imagined the legend of the Purple Delhi Sapphire was true until she inherited it and was transported back to a past life where she was murdered. Now she knows that not only is reincarnation real, but so is the devil’s magic locked inside the precious gem. Just as she’s about to tell her boyfriend Cullen about it, he proposes with an engagement ring made from a piece of the very sapphire that’s cursed her. Reeling from the shock and surrounded by his family, she allows him to place it on her ring finger. As soon as it touches her skin, she feels herself being wrenched back in time.

 

Before she knows it, she’s wandering the hallway of an old Victorian house in the body of her great aunt. Unfortunately, her nemesis has also reincarnated in 1920—as one of her family members. Sophia struggles to locate the Purple Delhi Sapphire in time to prevent the deaths of those she loves, but she fails and returns to her present-day life, to the precise moment she left, with a deep understanding that her killer’s soul is also tied to the sapphire and every life she has, he is resurrected as someone close to her.

 

Her stalker ex-boyfriend Nick seems like a prime candidate this time but she’s convinced she’s a step ahead of him, thanks to a tip from a medium, she knows that if she uses the magic of the stone correctly she can trap Nick’s soul in the sapphire and save herself. But when Nick is murdered, she finds evidence that has her questioning everything she thought she knew.

 

Is Cullen husband material or is history doomed to repeat itself?

 

Ribbons of Death by Edita A Petrick

 

Career soldier, T.J. Carter, never spared a thought on myths and legends…until he was caught in a deadly riot in Cairo, and the price of his survival became: Believe or perish along with the rest of the humanity.

 

Meltdown by Susan Mills Wilson

 

A sniper wreaks havoc on the Fourth of July in Charlotte, shooting into a crowd gathered for a concert in a park. At the same time and only yards away, a second shooter kills a retired, decorated military officer. The FBI is sure the shootings are a joint venture, carefully planned out. However, Homicide Detective Chris Lagoni is determined to prove his own theory: that the attacks are unrelated. Before he can, he must gain the cooperation of his suspect, Megan Moore, to lead him to the second shooter. Lagoni wants to believe she has no knowledge of the crime, but her actions and her words say very different things. Will she finally help him or sabotage the case and his career? It’s a risk he must take, especially since she has captured his heart. The police and FBI are in a race against time to find the shooters and prevent a bigger attack that could claim even more victims.

 

Dissimilar Shorts by J.B. Taylor

 

This Four-Star reviewed book features two short stories.  The two shorts tell the tales of Moncrieff the steampunk vampire who must defend his castle from the British, and of Eckta; a disgraced alien who is desperate to prove to himself that he is unlike his father.

 

Quiver of the Pure Heart by Burnita Bluitt

 

Love, Corruption & Gentrification Collide; as New Novel Uncovers Family ‘Secrets’ During Heroine’s San Francisco Displacement.

 

Burnita Bluitt’s ‘Quiver of the Pure Heart’ is one of the few novels on the market to shine a spotlight on the topic of gentrification and urban displacement. However, heroine Blis Dumas quickly learns that she faces things that are far more complicated than just relocation. The discovery of family secrets reveals that the problems being created by the San Francisco Redevelopment Bureau are chillingly personal, with forgiveness and compassion about to become her weapons of choice.

 

Amongst the Killing by Joe Compton

 

There are 2 sides to every story. A detective and a murderer engaged in the ultimate cat and mouse game tell each of their stories, as it unfolds.

 

Meter of Corruption by Wolf Schimanski

 

Jon-Erik, Joey, Angel, and Tina have been through some severe tough times together, and they have made it through to the other side. But just as things are finally calming down and starting to go smoothly for them, chaos re-enters their lives and threatens to destroy everything they hold dear.

This highly anticipated sequel to author Wolf Schimanski’s debut novel Meter of Deception finds the fearless foursome comfortably settled in a domestic paradise. Jon-Erik and Angel as well as Joey and Tina have settled down and are engaged to be married, and the men are working together as partners in Joey’s family furniture business.

But corporate shark Richard Rasmussin has his sights set on their business and he is determined to swallow it whole. A ruthless, underhanded, crooked man, he’ll stop at nothing until he takes hold of the business, and he will do whatever it takes to make sure that no one interferes with his larger, wide-sweeping, wicked schemes.

Can these four friends muster up the courage and skill to survive Rasmussin’s attacks? Or will they fall victim to corruption, depravity, and danger that is unprecedented even for them?

The second installment in the Meter trilogy, Meter of Corruption, follows the protagonists as they look to protect their lives and livelihoods from the sinister web that threatens to suffocate them. Full of non-stop action, unexpected plot twists, and spine-tingling revelations, this page turner spans wayward and exotic locations such as Jamaica and Russia, and delves into an underworld so dark and diabolical it will leave you at loss for words.

“Bigger and Faster than James Bond”  Hercule Poirot Literary Prizewinning author Bob Van Laerhoven

 

A Game For Assassins by James Quinn

 

The assassination of a Caribbean dictator….

The “hit” on a traitor in Beirut……

The brutal murder of a young CIA officer behind the Iron Curtain…..

So begins the game……

It is 1964, the height of the Cold War, and British Intelligence is riding high with its top double agent network: Constellation.

But in the secret war fought across Europe the enemy is never far away and soon the agents of Constellation are targeted by an unknown team of assassins.  In desperation British Intelligence sends in their best agent to protect the network and hunt down the killers.

Jack “Gorilla” Grant isn’t your typical Cold War secret agent.  Short, tough, uncompromising, rough edged. He doesn’t fit in with the elitist spies and debonair intelligence agents.  He prefers working at the rough end of British covert operations.

But “Gorilla” is one of the best “Redactors” in the business.  He’s an expert at close quarter shooting: quick to the draw and deadly accurate when it comes to the elimination of traitors and extremists on behalf of the British Secret Service (SIS).  He is soon drawn into a game of cross and double cross where nothing is as it seems and even the most perfect spy can die in a wilderness of mirrors.

“A Game for Assassins”  is an action packed edge of your seat thrill ride played out across the global stage of the Cold War.

Malachy’s Unit by Claire Plaisted

 

Since Malachy Garrett inherited his father’s investigations business, he has hated the boring daily grind of the office, yearning for the days long-past and the excitement and danger of cases now handed over to his staff.

Those agents include the beautiful but deadly Ana Belaruski, whose current case threatens to expose a skeleton of family secrets that could destroy Malachy and everything he and his father created.

As the mystery deepens, they find themselves in a desperate race to uncover a double agent in their midst. Will Malachy’s feelings for Ana cloud his judgement, and will he risk everything for a woman who may or may not share the same feelings?

 

Kept by Tracey Lampley

 

Sex, lies, murder: After surviving attempts on her and her unborn baby’s life, Kate delivers an heir to a fortune. Now sexy former mistress Kate Mercer is back! So is murder! The flawed, insecure character finds herself inviting trouble in the form of murder. This time Kate is alone in her fight for survival, in her fight for her family. Meet the characters impacting Kate Mercer-Burton’s life.

Anita Spencer: After a great loss, the woman has a score to settle with Kate.

Derrick Angel: The heartthrob threatens to ruin Kate’s family. Will he kill to win her heart?

Detective Garnett: Out of his jurisdiction, he tries forcing Kate to reveal the whereabouts of his kept mistress. When Kate refuses, he issues a chilling threat.

Carrington Grant: He’s more powerful than any of the previous three, and he indicates that he wants to become a part of his and Kate’s daughter’s life. Will he be the one to ruin Kate’s family?

Kept: Book Two is a stand-alone novella. It is not necessary to first read Kept, which is the first novella in this series. I brought Kate back because the character urged me to keep her alive. New and old supporting characters surround her. But one of them is out to destroy her and her family.

 

 

 

 

Poetry

 

 

When Words Start To Sing by Lisa

 

When Words Start To Sing is the second poetry collection of author Lisa. Her first was published in 2007, Nothing is Forgotten. Following the chakra-cycle, she released this one in 2014. When Words Start To Sing reads more like lyrics than actual poetry, or so one of her friends told her. Most of them were written down while traveling around the world, letting the land speak to her. Lisa resides in The Netherlands with her partner and their dog, miss Ginger Rogers. She can also be frequently found in London, according to her, the city where magic dwells.

 

Little Boy Death by Rocky Rochford

 

Life is a wondrous journey we all undergo and it can be good or it can be bad. We are forever finding ourselves on moments that will forever shape us. In the form of Poetry this is a story of a life, the Life of Little Boy Death, a troubled soul from day one and now he is ready to share his soul with the world, letting his every fear, insecurity and nightmare be known. It is in the darkness of the soul, true beauty and depth can be found, buried deep within the years of torment, heartache and self-loathing. This is his story and the story of us all.

 

A Road Beyond Loss by Anesa Miller (only available as paperback NO EBOOK COPY. Only available in the USA)

 

A Road Beyond Loss is subtitled “Three Cycles of Poems & an Epilogue.” The book presents a journey into the depths of grief–specifically, the loss of a beloved child–through the pain of failed love, and out the other side into healing and a life renewed. Derived from personal experience, these poems offer an intimate view of emotional upheaval, as well as survivorship

 

Plumage by Jackie Connors

 

Poet’s debut collection of overcoming the heartache and numbness of postpartum depression after recurrent pregnancy loss. Experience an intimate view of the author’s internal struggle to escape the confines of her sorrow and trepidations in the aftermath of a devastating molar pregnancy and second miscarriage. Travel with her as she rediscovers her spirit one alluring night amongst the glamour of the Las Vegas Strip. Includes a poetic memoir that transports the reader into the young poet’s imaginative realm, and follows her painful introduction to an inevitable reality of the adult world.


Broken People – FREE

Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you are all having a lovely day and thanks for stopping in and checking on me. I’m assuming your presents are opened and the house is in total chaos. Well here’s a Christmas present for you – for today and tomorrow only you can download Ioana Visan’s Broken People for FREE! Can’t wait to read this one, who’s with me?
You don’t always get what you want, but if you’re lucky, you might get what you need.For one week only, an impenetrable castle is open to the public, and Dale Armstrong has come to Bratislava to rob it. When he finds his partner’s arms mangled, he desperately searches for a way to fix him before time runs out.Because the war in the Far East is sapping all the allied nation’s resources, only The Nightingale Circus has the spare parts, the power, and the expertise to fix prosthetics and help the injured, but nothing is free.

Unfortunately, Dale doesn’t know about The Nightingale Circus’s side job, but a forced encounter with the most dangerous woman in the city, the Golden Lady, sends him their way. On this roller coaster of crazy twists and flips, schemes and deceit, wishes and dreams, no one can foresee how the aerialist will land.

Anything is possible in a world of Broken People.

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Free dates: December 25 – 26, 2014
Author bio:
Award-winning writer Ioana Visan has always dreamed about reaching the stars, but since she can’t, she writes about it.
After fighting the apocalypse aftermath in “Human Instincts”, she played with shapeshifters in “Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks”, and then she dealt with vampires in “The Impaler Legacy” series, before tackling longer works like a fantasy trilogy and a science fiction series.Aside from publishing short stories in various Romanian magazines and anthologies, she published a Romanian short story collection “Efectul de nautil” and the Romanian edition of “Human Instincts”.She was awarded the Encouragement Award by The European Science Fiction Society at Eurocon 2013.

 


Curtis Florence – Free Books

I featured Curtis Florence at the start of the month and Curtis contacted me this week to let me know you can download his two books for free today and tomorrow, so why not treat yourself to an early Christmas present.

 

Whose Castle is This?

A heart warming tale of two young sisters from a magical land who learn a valuable lesson in family love, togetherness, and coming of age. These two sisters learn to work together and realize just how valuable they are to each other. They also learn that individuality is not only okay but important in life.

Download from Amazon for FREE

 

Who Do You Think You Are Today?

A five star rated children’s story that tells the thought provoking dialogue between a young girl and her father. This book is an exploration in to a child’s mind. When life seems dull sometimes we have to be reminded to use our magnetic imagination to achieve things in life.

Download from Amazon for FREE

 

 


Elizabeth Clansham

Here’s an exclusive from Contemporary Woman’s novel Elizabeth Clansham by Catherine E Chapman and this book is free for the next few weeks so don’t forget if you like it download it now!

Browsing pulses in the tinned-foods aisle, thinking that a chilli would be a good pick-me-up for him and a peace offering to Dorothy, Angus became aware of a small, fair-haired girl watching him intently.

She stood at the end of his trolley, her head barely visible above it, but the bright red coat she wore barring him from going any further without acknowledging her. ‘Hullo,’ she said. ‘My name’s Lauren. What’s yours?’

‘Angus,’ he replied. ‘Did your mammy never tell you, you shouldn’t speak to strangers.’

‘You’re not strange,’ she said.

Angus laughed.

‘You’re quite hairy.’

He laughed again. ‘Where’s your mammy, then?’

‘Frozen foods,’ said Lauren.

‘Shouldn’t you go and find her?’ Angus suggested.

‘She’ll find me,’ Lauren assured him. ‘Are you a farmer?’

‘No but I do work on the land and I work with animals.’

‘Are you a zookeeper?’

‘Lauren!’

Angus looked up and saw, at the head of the aisle, a Viking princess. She wore tight jeans and a cerise top that was too small for her and her long, blonde, flowing hair enhanced the animation caused by her distress. She advanced towards them.

‘Lauren, don’t go wandering off like that ever again. And don’t talk to strangers.’

‘See,’ Angus said to Lauren.

‘He’s not strange,’ Lauren insisted. ‘This is Angus. He’s a zookeeper–’

‘I’m not actually a zookeeper,’ Angus admitted, holding out his hand to the warrior princess.

She shook it half-heartedly but looked less aggressive. ‘I’m very sorry,’ she said. ‘This one can be a real pest; I hope she hasn’t been annoying you.’

‘Not a problem,’ said Angus, wondering whether Lauren had a father.

‘Come on then, chipmunk,’ the princess said, extending the hand he’d shaken to her daughter. ‘I’m really sorry,’ she repeated.

‘Until we meet again,’ Angus said to Lauren but really to her.

‘Yes,’ Lauren replied definitely.

The princess dragged the chipmunk away, the chipmunk turning and waving to him as she went. Angus noted that the Viking warrior princess wore a very new, very sturdy-looking pair of fawn, suede boots, trimmed with fur around their tops. They were incredibly incongruous with the rest of her attire but incredibly sexy with her long, powerful legs in their tight jeans. He wondered what could be her name: Brunhilde? Isolde?

When Angus went to the checkout he saw them again, two tills down. They were alone – his hopes were raised.

‘Earth calling Angus, Earth calling Angus,’ Lena mocked as she began to swipe his purchases.

‘Oh, how are ye?’ he asked.

‘Not half so lovesick as you by the looks of things,’ she remarked astutely.

‘Get away with ye,’ Angus said, fearing he was blushing.

As he went to the end of the checkout, he snuck another look at her. She was bending over the end of her checkout, packing her bags, but looking up and smiling at someone approaching her from the aisles.

Angus turned to see the bloody rock star waving a leg of beef in the air, signalling to the cashier not to total the bill until he’d reached them. His heart sank.

‘She goes by the name of Laetitia,’ Lena said, without having to look at what Angus was looking at to know what he was looking at.

‘And she’s what, Andrew’s girlfriend?’ Angus asked, trying to sound matter-of-fact.

‘According to Agnes McGinty but then, personally, I don’t think Agnes’s word is the most reliable. She could be his sister,’ Lena suggested, wondering why she was being so nice to him when he never gave her so much as a look.

‘Aye,’ he said, brightening.

‘Although, she is very blonde and he’s very dark – so maybe not.’ She saw Angus’s smile subside and felt glad she’d undermined his optimism. ‘That’ll be thirty-six pounds and seventy-two pence, then.’

When he’d given his card to Lena, Angus looked over again to see them departing. He didn’t think she’d noticed him – why should she? He was slightly comforted to see that, walking side-by-side, Laetitia was at least an inch taller than Andrew. As he looked on, Lauren turned and waved a rather ugly, half-hare-half-human entity at him.

He waved to her and smiled.

‘Put your pin in, for goodness’ sake Angus,’ Lena instructed.

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Dangerous Liaisons

Today I have a book from author Sarah Stuart and what’s so special about this book – well people you can download it free today. The promotion is due to run out soon so grab your copy from Amazon now.

 

Dangerous Liaisons opens when Lizzie inherits a Book of Hours originally owned by Margaret Tudor, James IV of Scotland’s queen. She used it, as people often did in the sixteenth century, as a diary. The queen’s influence on her descendants, her own daughter and granddaughter, and in the twenty-first century, Lizzie, and her daughter Lisette, is the thread that ties the story together.

One reviewer went on:

A real eye-opener into the world of behind-the-scenes London theatre. Poor boy may meet rich girl, but this is no Cinderella story. The determination to succeed is what drives the plot, and the heartbreaking backlash of success is what makes the characters compellingly human. Temptation, loyalty and betrayal…

Another included this:

The truth of who they are and what they do relies on how the dark past kisses the bright future of the theater in Britain and American Broadway… liaisons through love can prove dangerous at any level.

An excerpt, with the kind permission of Amazon, follows:

‘please.’

Who was he to plead conscience, or take the moral high ground? He scarcely knew her he’d spent so much time away from her. He was making excuses for the inexcusable. ‘No.’

Lisette shook his hand from her hair. ‘Leave me scared… stay tired… let Clement down. Concert tours will keep you living in luxury, superstar.’

God, she knew how to hurt, but the tigress was a thousand times more attractive than the supplicant. He pulled her onto the bed and silenced her with kisses… mouth… eyes… ears… neck… When he reached her breasts he tasted blood. Lisette closed her eyes. Tyrone, or someone before him, had been rough, and she feared it now.

‘Lis, a man who loves you won’t hurt you. I was confused, and I behaved the way V… she liked.’ This time he wasn’t using an excuse: he was stating a fact. ‘I’m not confused now.’

Soft breath caressed his cheek but he almost missed the whisper. ‘Do you love me?’

Denying it would frighten her, achieve nothing, and be a lie. He’d loved her from the moment…

 

If you want to know more you can download Dangerous Liaisons for free now, or anytime before midnight PST on Sunday, 5th October from:

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Safe Haven

Safe Haven is a story set before The Running Game. I wrote the story after I published The Running Game as a sort of companion piece, but it is also a great introduction to the feel of the series. This story is available for free from most online retailers including Amazon so if you like what you read please give the full story a go – I promise you won’t be disappointed. And don’t forget you can leave comments and feedback at the bottom of the page.

 

The world was white. So white the dark night couldn’t penetrate the layers of snow suffocating the surrounding forest. Each breath Isobel managed to push out crystallised in the air around her small mouth, sparkling under the moonlight. She pushed forward, the snow swallowing her legs to the knees in hungry gulps. Her hands and feet were numb but her thighs burned furiously with each agonising step.

It was late and she was so very tired. The last night was spent in the back of their Landrover, fighting for space on the backseat with her little sister while their Dad kept watch. It had been a cold, broken night, but Isobel would give anything to be back there now. Anything not to be walking through Red Forest in the middle of December.

She sniffed and looked behind her. Rachel was only six, three years younger than Isobel but at that moment it felt like there was a lifetime between them. Rachel didn’t understand why they were in the middle of the wilderness. She had no idea why they had to leave their mother. She had slept through their uncle running into the cottage, screaming that the army was coming. She had no idea of the danger they were in. Isobel stared at her sister as she struggled in the snow and envied every tiny, oblivious step she took.

Rachel fell and started to cry. She was sobbing for their mum, looking around the expanse of nothing for her. But Isobel knew they would never see their mother again. She took a strong heavy breath, close to tears herself. She wanted to move to help her sister but her legs refused to go back, not after the effort they had put into going forwards.

Instead she called out. “Dad!”

He was ahead of them, scoping out the safety of the forest. When he saw Rachel he hurried back, covering the ground in five easy strides. Despite the cold and fatigue Isobel broke a smile. Her father was the greatest man, he could still do anything in her eyes. Despite the snow sticking to his beard, the creases in his weather worn face, he was still her hero. He lifted Rachel effortlessly into his large arms, brushing the snow from her hair. And that’s when the gunfire started.

“Run! Isobel run!” He screamed.

He grabbed her coat as he ran past, but she stayed, looking through the trees at the erupting lights, as though the night sky had sunk to the earth.

“Isobel!” Her father shouted and she came to her senses.

They were coming! She started to run. Her feet leapt into her father’s footsteps, following his shadow as he weaved through the trees. The foliage became denser, the snow thinner. She found her feet striking firming soil, frozen dirt and icy puddles. She leapt over a ditch and her father caught her. His hand pulled her close and they huddled together into a dug out burrow off the path.

“We need to work together,” he whispered, so softly Isobel thought she was imagining them. “We’re not here,” he told them both. “Say it with me girls. We’re not here.”

Isobel closed her eyes, sinking into the warmth of her father’s wax coat. She reached for her sister’s hand and concentrated. “We’re not here,” she repeated. “We’re not here.” Over and over she focussed on the words, hearing the echo in the baritone voice of her father and the small squeak of her sister.

Time started to twist, the cold subsided and she felt herself floating against the body of her father. The explosions around her, the shouting, the danger, all started to melt away. But the power running over her wasn’t hers, it didn’t even belong to her father. The dominant voice inside her head became her sister’s, small and yet entirely commanding. She focused on it, echoing it as best she could and then she felt herself merge into nothing.

How long had they stayed like that? Isobel had no idea, but when her father broke free of their spell the militia had gone, leaving a stunned silence in their wake. The surrounding trees were torn apart with gunshot. Pieces of bark and bullet shells scattered the ground around them. It had been ferocious whatever had come their way.

“Daddy,” Rachel asked sleepily. “What’s going on?”

Isobel waited. She’d asked the question herself the night before, but she was sure her father wasn’t about to repeat his answer. How could he tell a six year old the truth? That they were caught in the middle of a civil war, insurgents and militia intent on claiming land that never belonged to them? How could he explain to her that these men didn’t care who got caught in the crossfire? That this wasn’t a fight for freedom, or liberty or any sense of lost righteousness? That this was about control and power? How could he tell his youngest daughter that she had never been in more danger, because if they found out what she was, what all three of them were, both sides would lock them away and do all kinds of experiments on them?

“We’re playing a game,” he said, stroking his younger daughter’s hair, while at the same time squeezing Isobel’s hand. “It’s called the Running Game. We have to run and hide, concentrate on not getting caught. Wherever we go, whatever we do we keep moving, counting the exits, planning our escape routes so nobody can ever find us.”

“It sounds like a stupid game,” Rachel said.

Their dad laughed softly. “It does, but you get a prize if you play it well.”

“What prize?”

“You get to live Rachel. You get to grow up, to keep running. You have to keep running baby. Always be ready to run because they’ll always be coming for you. Whatever happens, they’ll always be coming for you.”

“When will they stop Dad?” Isobel asked.

Her father held Rachel close, as though he were protecting her from the next confession.

“They’ll never stop,” he said. “Right now we need to rest. The secret to winning the game is knowing when to run and when to wait. You’re tired. You’ve done so well today. Try to sleep now, we’ll try to get out of the forest in a few hours.”

Rachel was asleep in moments and Isobel had a suspicion her father had put her to sleep using his powers. She snored quietly, looking almost peaceful.

“There’s a lot of ground to cover,” he said to Isobel. “We’re going to make our way south, to S’aven. There’s a man there. A priest called Father Darcy. He’s an old friend. We can trust him. He’ll help hide us until all this is over.”

Isobel nodded, understanding these were instructions, not reassurances. She rolled the name in her head; Father Darcy. She had to remember it.

“Your sister, her powers…” he shook his head and sighed. “If they find her it will be bad for all Reachers.” He turned to her, his eyes warming. “If they find either of you, it will be bad honey. You’re so young, this isn’t the life I wanted for you. You need to be strong now sweetheart, you need to look after your sister. I wouldn’t trust her to anyone else.” He pushed the hair from her face. “My beautiful girl, look at you, you’re so grown up already. You make me and your mum so proud.”

She felt a lump swell in her throat.

“Whatever happens you look after your sister. Can you do that Isobel?”

Her father was a good man and she would have done anything to make him happy. She stared into his dark blue eyes and the look he gave her betrayed everything that was about to come – his death, their journey, her future.

“Can you do that Isobel?”

Would he have asked if he had honestly known what it would mean – what she would do to keep her sister safe?

“Isobel?”

 

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Clash of the Clans

Today we’ve got an exciting post, not only is there an exclusive extract but also a GIVEAWAY! So please give a warm welcome to martial arts author L Benitez and check out all the details about her book Clash of the Clans below ….

Greetings! Or as one might say in Japan, Konnichiwa!

My name is L. Benitez and I’m a self-published author of the Martial Arts fantasy Shinobi 7 Series. I have one book out called Shinobi 7: Trials of a Warrior, the first book of my ongoing series. However, today I’m here to discuss my newest release, Clash of the Clans, Shinobi 7’s very own companion book!

Clash of the Clans is not the official sequel to Trials of a Warrior, it’s a short story involving the characters from the Shinobi 7 universe. For those of you who have read Trials of Warrior, this is a nice bonus to get you excited for the official sequel/second installment. For those of you who have not read Trials of a Warrior, Clash of the Clans will give you a solid sample of my writing and peak your interest for each of the characters.

As read in Shinobi 7: Trials of a Warrior, the evil shinobi clan known as Blackthorn has started a war in the world known as Shaaku Den. The only warriors left to defend the innocent people are the Kitsune Clan, where the members of Sector 7 are introduced. Sector 7 must not only train to be soldiers, but they must grow together as a team and learn to rely on each other through the times of battle.

In this companion novel, there is no war in Shaaku Den, and the Blackthorn Clan was never formed. Therefore, all thirteen ancient shinobi clans are still around and the pressure of battle doesn’t weigh on the students of the Kitsune Clan. However, peace and harmony isn’t awaiting the six members of Sector 7… misadventures lie ahead!

I’m a Martial Artist myself and an active participator of Shotokan Karate. I’ve been in many tournaments. This book is about the nerves of competition and overcoming them, the pressures you place on yourself to perform, and the support that can come from your friends and teammates. It’s not about being the best, it’s about trying your best and having fun!

Here’s an exclusive excerpt from Clash of the Clans. The current point of view is from Tabitha Meko, one of the young girls and main characters in the story. Please enjoy!

You can enter the giveaway to get a copy of the book here:

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We arrived at the Black-Sho Clan early the next morning. Akira stayed true to her word and returned to our camp at five in the morning. She merely said, “Let’s go,” before we took off again. Today wasn’t like yesterday, our team wasn’t rushed to travel. Akira probably wanted the six of us to conserve our energy, that or the school wasn’t too much farther from us.

The forests of Viper Country began to get thinner and thinner as we walked. It was only an hour before I saw the outline of a building off in the distance. It was still far away because the building looked like the size of my thumb. I’ve still got a long way to walk.

Therefore, I chose to walk next to Kuroi. It wasn’t for the sake of his company! I walked next to him to try and get information out of him. My team leader has been at the Kitsune Clan for three years and for two of them he was all by himself. He knows a lot about the shinobi clans, even if he chooses to be a jerk about it and refuse to clue his team in.

“Getting awfully close there, Meko-Chan. Hoping my badass skills will rub off on you?” I purposely gagged after hearing Kuroi’s comment. “You wish!” I exclaimed.

He smirked at me. Smirks from Kuroi Kaze weren’t nice, they were always intended to be taunting.

“So why walk so close to me, then?” he asked me.

Dang it, Kuroi caught onto my plan. “I’m just walking,” I replied.

“So go walk next to your gal-pal, Yami-San.” Kuroi often teased Yami about how sensitive he was and constantly told him to “be a man.”

“Quit being a jerk. I just wanna ask you more about Battle Month.” There, the truth finally came out of me.

Kuroi gave a short snarl. “I shoulda guessed that you or Yami-San would come bother me about that. It’s not like I’m some expert or whatever, I’ve only been to a Battle Month once.”

“Really? You’ve been there once before?” I asked with enthusiasm. My eyes instantly glued to Kuroi, I wanted to hear what he had to say more than ever.

He nodded. “Yeah. Once. Three months after I arrived at the clan.”

Back when Kuroi had his old teammates, I thought to myself. A red flag went off in my mind. Kuroi never talks about the old Sector 7, never. I need to be careful and not ask him about that.

“Which clan was it?” I asked him. I lost a peg of previous enthusiasm.

Kuroi furrowed his thick eyebrows, anger making its way into his face. “This one,” he growled, “the Black-Sho Clan.” Uh-oh.

I turned my head around to the front of me. We were almost at the building! A moment ago the place was miles and miles off, now it’s almost in my face. What in Shaaku Den? I thought.

Kuroi saw my look of perplexity. “It’s called an illusion, Meko-Chan,” he told my dryly.

The Black-Sho Clan was all indoors with an infrastructure made of creamy marble. The building was shaped like a large rectangle but it was hard to tell because of how big the place is compared to how small I am as a human. The open doors were almost as tall as the ceiling, which ascended above us by two stories. We stepped through the threshold and into the clan.

“Wow,” Cassie and I awed simultaneously.

The ceiling was made out of glass and the view of the bright blue skies was overhead. The floors were a simple concrete. On the outside wall of the clan, it was creamy marble that covered the building. Once I walked inside, the walls were a shiny black marble that gleamed and glistened brightly. That’s so cool!

My awe didn’t last long. I paid attention to what was in the room versus the room itself. There was plenty of open space around us and the room was already crowded with hundreds and hundreds of people. All these people… they’re all shinobis… oh spirits!

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The Unlucky Man

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A figure was seated at a huge, dark wood desk that curved majestically into the centre of the room, a glass decanter atop it filled with amber spirit.

“Mr. Happen,” Baldman said with deference and a strange almost half bow to the figure behind the desk before retreating to stand in the shadows behind him. I was pleased to see him remove his ridiculous sunglasses as he did so.

So this was the Make It Happen Man. He was not at all what I had expected.

He was a tall, gaunt figure, old but in no way diminished by age. Thick white curls rolled back from his brow, flowing above a face of weathered and thickly lined leather skin. His was not a kindly old face, however, but rather the unyielding countenance of a feared and respected teacher. Old ink showed on his skeletal fingers and across the backs of his hands, faded sigils and angled characters in a spreading blue green that may once have been black.

But it was his eyes that surprised me the most: one dark as oil, the other rheumy and white and surely blind, peeking like a marble from beneath a scarred and puckered lid. He smiled very slightly at Corg, a glint of sharp gold teeth catching the light cast by the oil lamp on the mammoth desk.

His voice, when he spoke, was deep and resonant, at odds with his advancing years. “Alexander,” he said, “It has been some time.” He raised a hand in a vague gesture taking in the room around us.

“Please excuse the mess, but we find ourselves living in interesting times.” He grinned a big, predatory golden grin, picking up a heavy based tumbler and swirling the liquid within. “And to what do we owe this unexpected pleasure?” He inflected the final word with enough venom to make it plain that we were far from welcome in his rotten castle. Behind him I caught Baldman’s smirk.

Corg spread his hands in an imploring gesture.

“We’re in trouble Mr. Happen,” he said earnestly, “We could use a place to lay our hats for a while, whilst the storm dies down.” His words sounded small, muffled and swallowed by the thickly scented hostile air.

From out of the shadows Baldman re-emerged, hand on the gun concealed under his dark jacket, but the stricken old man at the desk waved him back. His eyes still bore into mine, both of them, thought I had the disquieting notion that the cold marble orb was the one he was really seeing me with. Cherry red droplets dripped unnoticed from his fingertips.

“It’s you,” he rasped and the look in his eye said he recognized my face though I knew we’d never met before. “You,” he croaked, “The Unlucky Man.” His words tumbled out atonally, like those spoken in a dream and I heard them both from his pale lips and echoed in my head, drumming at my temples with every syllable.

“I knew you would come. I’ve seen it.” His skin looked suddenly thin and pale as paper. “Chaos follows you; death is in your footfalls, Unlucky Man.” He spat the words at me and, as I heard them, something shifted once more in my head and I felt the dark particle coil and flex itself, almost like an animal that recognizes its name being spoken. Happen, too, it occurred to me was touched by the same darkness.

“You should not have come here.” Mr. Happen still spoke like someone asleep but his gaze didn’t flicker from my face. “You bring chaos everywhere your crow shadow touches. It will be drawn to you.” There was pain etched in his features, a thin line of blood ran from his felt nostril. If this was a parlor trick, I thought, then it was a damn good one.

“We’ve done terrible things,” Mr Happen whispered, “And you are our reckoning. I knew you would come, I wanted to be ready.” He shut his eyes, his face creasing with an emotion I couldn’t even begin to read.

“It will be drawn to you,” he repeated in a whisper.

An enormous booming crash rocked the building. It felt like some massive object had collided with the outer walls. Everything shook, plaster drifted in torrents from the ceiling, the light flickered as the floor bucked and swayed.

“What the hell was that?” Baldman grunted as the door opened and Loess stepped into the room, white and anxious.

“Time to go,” she said urgently, a worried look on her face. The sudden cacophony seemed to have roused the Make it Happen Man from his trance as, with an effort, he pulled himself up onto his feet.

“We cannot help you,” he repeated in a whisper. “We will show you the way out and then you will go. Take your troubles with you.” Without another word or a backwards glance he limped from the room, wiping the blood from his face with the back of his hand. We followed, subsumed by his entourage, into a long austere green corridor much like the ones we had entered through, at the end of which was another door leading, I guessed, to a staircase back to ground level.

We were about halfway along the floor when the far door opened, a cluster of figures emerging from the gloom beyond. They looked at first glance for the most part like our escorts – grim, dishevelled, grimy – but there was a uniformity to their unkempt appearance that was lacking in Mr. Happen’s ragtag ensemble.

For a long, tense moment they looked at us and we looked straight back, suspended in a moment of perfect stillness. But it couldn’t last.

The first bullet took Baldman through the lens of his wraparounds. I heard the glass pop as his head cannoned backwards then his legs splayed and he went over like an unruly mannequin. Somehow, as he fell, I got a hand under his jacket, popped the clip on the holster, and brought out his pistol, firing off round after round into the shadowy gaggle of figures at the end of the hallway as more shots followed.

To my left, Loess had her weapon out and was firing too, whilst everyone else seemed frozen in icy shock. The noise was incredible in the confined space, every shot a boom of thunder, every burst as bright as lightning. Penned in the narrow confines of the doorway they never stood a chance.

The echoing silence after the last shot had fired was deafening as the door at the end of the hall quietly slid closed, cutting off the bilious tableaux beyond. Two of our group were fast cooling on the wormy carpet: Baldman and another whose name I’d never learned and never would.

Loess was the first to speak. “Come on,” she said. “We need to find another way down.” We reversed our footsteps, heading back the way we had come and taking a right into a room that must have cornered the building. A great, dirty window looked out over the desolate wasteland below.

“Who the fuck were those guys?” Corg demanded.

“No coincidences,” Happen growled. “Chaos draws chaos like a black-hole swallowing light.”

“Which way now?” Voices were raised in a clamor of differing opinions but I was no longer listening. Through the glass I could see that it had finally stopped raining, but the sky was so dark and thick with churning cloud that it could have been night once more. It was not so dark, however, that I could not see the figures moving about below. These weren’t Mr. Happen’s men, of that I was certain.

A glint of light caught from something shining for a brief moment out of the murk, a long, cylindrical object being hefted to a shoulder, its bearer kneeling awkwardly in the sticking sludge. I rubbed at the grime on the window, spreading it like green algae under my palm, squinting down, trying to make out what was going on. Suddenly it swam into focus and was only too clear.

“Shit!” I shouted, pushing away from the window. “Get out of here! Down!” But it was too late. I caught the plume of smoke through the glass, heard, or imagined I heard, the keening whistling whine of the rocket, and then everything exploded in a crunching ripple of shattered glass and crumbling masonry. Someone was screaming, maybe several someone’s, as the world went red.

And then I was falling as the ground rushed up to meet me – gray and massive – with crushing speed as, in a moment of pain and exclamation, everything melted mercifully to black.

 

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