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Bernice Rathe

Revenge best served cold. Deep, dark, state secrets send Bernice on a journey like no other. Deemed a music child prodigy and becoming one of the youngest prosecutors in the nation, Bernice Rathe is undoubtedly a high achiever and accomplished person, who had to overcome many barriers to achieve her success. Bernice’s ambition and desire to fight for justice led her to apply for a top secret government job. A perfect candidate for the job, Bernice’s vetting process went smoothly until one day the process stalled and eventually her life derailed. Instead of working for the government in fighting for justice, she became a target for rogue government elements. Desperate to prove her innocence and uncover the truth, Bernice is discredited and falsely pegged as bipolar and paranoid delusional as well as a terrorist, among other lies and deception. But, why? Bernice sets out to find the truth about why she has been discredited and targeted for death by these rogue elements. She faces the biggest challenges of her life. However, the secrets she finds will shock and rock the nation and world. Bea Giovanni weaves mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy into this thriller novel. She leaves no stone unturned. There is something for everyone in this fictional novel.

  • : Bea Giovanni
  • : Multi-Delusional Media
  • : 12/14/2016
  • : 0989756505
  • : 978-0989756501
  • : B01N7HGTY9
  • : https://vimeo.com/198442111
  • : m-dmedia@yandex.com
  • : Bea Giovanni/Multi-Delusional Media
  • : http://www.bernicerathethebook.com/

Vector | Tradecraft: Phase Zero

Agent Lee Jansen and Dr. Emma Hess are on the verge of discovering exactly what kind of weapon Dr. Jawad Khattib was working on before his untimely death—and some very powerful people will do anything to stop them. Will they uncover the truth before it’s too late?

  • : Michael Shusko
  • : 11/09/2016
  • : 1-53726-175-4
  • : 978-1-53726-175-1
  • : https://vimeo.com/213590956
  • : info@michaelshusko.com
  • : n/a

Half Bad

In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and sixteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan’s father is the world’s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his seventeenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch—or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust—not even family, not even the girl he loves?

In the tradition of Patrick Ness and Markus Zusak, Half Bad is a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive, a story that will grab hold of you and not let go until the very last page.

  • : Sally Green
  • : Penguin Teen
  • : 03/04/2014
  • : 0670016780
  • : B00DGZKJ8O
  • : https://vimeo.com/87531472
  • : cushmanovich@gmail.com
  • : Film 14
  • : http://www.film-14.com

Size Zero: A Crime Novel

Condom dresses, space helmets, and vegetable coats have debuted on fashion runways—now a dead body is the trend.

Filleted and stitched into a gruesome skin coat, a corpse worn by an anorexic model saunters down fashion’s biggest stage. The remains are identified as Annabelle Leigh, the teenager who mysteriously disappeared over a decade ago from her boyfriend’s New York City mansion.

After years of seeking the truth, new evidence puts golden boy Cecil LeClaire at the center of the crime. He teams up with Ava Germaine, a beautiful and badass ex-con with a knack for breaking codes. Together they investigate the depraved and lawless modeling industry behind Cecil’s family fortune.

Model agencies promise the American Dream, but what secrets hide behind those emaciated scowls?

In high fashion modeling, selling bodies is organized crime

2017-04-18T18:33:23+00:00 Mystery/Thriller|0 Comments

The Dante Deception

Natalie Brandon knows a 700-year-old Dante manuscript up for auction is a fake, but no one believes her because she was diagnosed with schizophrenia. To help stop the auction, she turns to her sister Beth, a history professor. But Christof, the forger, can’t let them succeed. He needs money from the sale to avenge the death of his true love at the hands of a Russian mobster. To silence Natalie and Beth, he enlists the help of a British baron and a fledgling bureau of spies. But Christof’s allies have their own agenda, and as his quest for vengeance spirals out of control, he targets Natalie as the cause of everything that’s gone wrong. Can Natalie stay alive long enough to stop Christof and prove she’s right about the forgery?

  • : Jenni Wiltz
  • : Decanter Press
  • : 08/29/2016
  • : 1-942348-05-3
  • : 978-1-942348-05-4
  • : B01L8DY2EC
  • : https://youtu.be/4sySA4eCvE4
  • : jenni.wiltz@gmail.com
  • : Jenni Wiltz
  • : http://jenniwiltz.com
2017-04-14T22:51:10+00:00 Mystery/Thriller, Staff Pick|0 Comments

Threads of Suspicion

Will her latest cold case unravel before justice is served?

Evie Blackwell’s reputation as a top investigator for the Illinois State Police has landed her an appointment to the governor’s Missing Persons Task Force. With so much public fanfare surrounding the launch of this elite investigative team, the political stakes are high, and the team will have to produce results–and quickly.

Evie and her new partner, David Marshal, are assigned to a pair of unrelated cases in suburban Chicago, and while both involve persons now missing for several years, the cases couldn’t be more different. As Evie opens old wounds in a close-knit neighborhood over the disappearance of a college student, David searches for a private investigator whose last case involved a high-powered client.

With a deep conviction that “justice for all” truly matters, Evie and David are unrelenting in their search for the truth. But the questions that lie just beneath the surface in Evie’s personal life are also begging for answers.

  • : Dee Henderson
  • : Bethany House Publishers
  • : 05/02/2017
  • : 9780764219979
  • : 978-0764219979
  • : B01N298TPK
  • : https://youtu.be/MWOVyrc4j8U
  • : brittany.higdon@bethanyhouse.com
  • : Bethany House Publishers

The Dime

A Dallas narcotics detective, Betty Rhyzyk, takes on Mexican drug cartels and Texas crime syndicates. The first in the Det. Betty series.

The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman

Fifteen-year-old Courtney wants to be normal like her friends. But there’s something frighteningly different about her―and it’s not just the mysterious tattoo her conspiracy-obsessed grandfather marked her with when she was a child. The last thing Courtney wants to do is end up crazy and dead like her grandfather―but what about the tattoo? And the alien scouts who visit Courtney in her bedroom at night, claiming to have shared an alliance with her grandfather?

With her new friend Agatha’s apocalyptic visions, Courtney begins connecting the dots between the past, present, and future―of her bloodline, and the ancient history that surrounds it. So is she going mentally insane, like her family claimed her grandfather did, or is she actually a “chosen one” with ancestral connections to another world? Either way, Courtney has a mission: untangle her past, discover the truth, and stop the apocalypse before anyone from school finds out she’s missing.

  • : Brady Stefani
  • : SparkPress
  • : 06/07/2016
  • : 1940716349
  • : 978-1940716343
  • : B01DU18WDW
  • : https://vimeo.com/192091071
  • : cushmanovich@gmail.com
  • : FILM 14
  • : http://www.film-14.com

Defender of the Faithful

Book 3 in the Defender of England Series!

The rebellion to remove King Henry II, from the throne of England has been crushed. The perpetrators have either been imprisoned, or have all met untimely ends. Henry’s forces have done such a thorough job of rooting out the dissidents, that England seems to truly be at peace.
Appearances can be deceiving. When hostilities are bottled up, they find new avenues of release, and bring forth something Lord James has never had to deal with before when a mutilated body is discovered in his quiet town of Loxley. Facing a foe on an open battlefield is a far cry from finding a monster hiding in the shadows, or worse, the madman who walks among them.
It is medieval murder most foul, and James must wrestle with his conscience over what is the truth and what is justice.

Conspiracy of silence

This Is the Way the World Ends.

Four years after a tragic mission decimated his team, Cole “Tox” Russell has been disavowed by the United States. And that’s fine–he just wants to be left alone. But when a dormant, centuries-old disease is unleashed, Tox is lured back into action.

Tox and his former Special Forces team regroup to work with FBI deception expert, Kasey Cortes, and fiery archaeologist, Tzivia Khalon, to search the globe for answers–and a cure. As the mission leads from one continent to another, it becomes clear they’re not just fighting a plague but battling an ancient secret society whose true goals remain hidden.

With time running out and the threat for a global pandemic rising, Tox and his team realize their sole chance might be to reach back through centuries of silence to find the only answer that can save them all.

Elegy in Scarlet

When crime consultant Scott Drayco’s long-AWOL mother returns and is charged with murder, he becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth even though everyone tells him to walk away. As he falls deeper into secrets, lies and cons, he begins to suspect the case may be all part of an elaborate scam … where the only one being fooled is Drayco himself.

  • : BV Lawson
  • : Crimetime Press
  • : 10/27/2016
  • : 0-9904582-9-6
  • : 978-0-9904582-9-6
  • : B01M7V6PUZ
  • : https://youtu.be/WZ4A7-LDf4U
  • : bv@bvlawson.com
  • : Crimetime Press
  • : http://www.bvlawson.com/
2016-11-05T15:52:31+00:00 Mystery/Thriller, Staff Pick|0 Comments

The Apology

Filmmaker Christian Lindstrom returns to Vietnam to shoot tourism commercials, only to confront the agony of his past and the power there of the Asian underworld to control political events—including the creation and the whitewashing of Japan’s history itself. For producer Nachi Tanaka, it is the story of the shameful sins of the fathers coming back to hurt and haunt her family generations later. For the Japanese government, it is a coup d’état engineered by powerful business interests with the Japanese mafia, the Yakuza, doing their murderous bidding.

  • : Eric Haggman
  • : Haggman
  • : 05/20/2016
  • : 0997313706
  • : 978-0997313703
  • : age: English ASIN: B01GOOX1GK
  • : https://youtu.be/zBZwWclQ18Y
  • : theapology@matternow.com
  • : Haggman
  • : http://theapologybook.com/

The Eye of Osiris

Disturbing the dead is never a good idea. Stealing from the dead is an even worse idea. But opening the door to the wizardry of the Rosicrucian Order with ill-gotten spoils from the sands of Egypt — that is definitely the road to hell.
When the bodies started piling up, Lt. Mendoza and all San Franciscans were hoping it was the work of a serial killer because the thought that a supernatural force was committing these executions was much too unsettling. Finally, Lt. Mendoza had to unearth the question that plagued everyone’s mind, “Is this the work of a supernatural power or super intelligent madman?”

2016-10-25T19:49:54+00:00 Mystery/Thriller|0 Comments

In the Graveyard Antemortem

Seventeen-year-old Lisa Jacobs is determined to solve her father’s gruesome murder. But before she can investigate in her own small town, she is forced to spend the summer with her Uncle Clayton, the owner of Grand Hallow–a massive funeral and mortuary operation the size of a small city. Her move to Grand Hallow only deepens the mystery as she begins to suspect the strange and chilling occurrences there are linked to her father’s death. With the help of her acid-tongued best friend and deadbeat brother, Lisa must unravel the secrets of Grand Hallow–before it’s too late. In the Graveyard Antemortem is a mystery/suspense novel with a healthy dash of horror.

  • : Stephen Stromp
  • : Kindle Press/JournalStone Publishing
  • : 09/06/2016
  • : 194537327X
  • : B01HN4DJ9E
  • : https://vimeo.com/181563339
  • : stephenstromp@gmail.com
  • : stephenstromp.com
  • : http://stephenstromp.com

Afta-U

Michael’s smile broadened. “It seems you’re surprised to see me, Jean. Don’t tell me you thought that they’d leave an eleven-year-old boy locked away forever.”

Twenty-nine years after the tragic death of her childhood best friend, Hope, Jean Cartwright Rhodes returns to her hometown with her husband and daughter after she inherits the house her friend’s family once lived in. Now, years later, she finds herself haunted by a dark truth – and by the specter of Hope herself.

Every time Jean looks through her kitchen window, she sees two stark reminders of her troubled past; the Afta-U sailboat, ironically named after young Hope, and the old oak tree where her eleven-year-old friend met her death at the hands of another child.

Afta-U unfolds as a psychological chess match, a complex web of intrigue, unexpected relationships, lies, and devastating secrets as Jean stuggles with the impact of decisions she made long ago on all the lives around her. When Jean confronts and tries to come to grips with Hope’s killer, she finds herself waging a personal battle between madness and redemption.

The Widower’s Wife

Ana Bacon, a young housewife, tumbles off a cruise ship into the dark and deadly waters, but did she take her secrets with her?

Investigator Ryan Monahan is a numbers man. So when his company sends him the Bacon case, which could net a ten million dollar payout, Monahan doubts that her death is just a tragic accident. But the husband has a substantial alibi and a number of witnesses claim to have seen Ana fall. So the official ruling seems to be substantiated.

Still, the more Monahan uncovers about Ana’s life, the more he realizes how many people would kill to keep her secrets hidden. And the closer he gets to the truth, the greater the odds grow that he, too, will take a fatal fall.

Cate Holahan looks at the dark underbelly of a marriage from the perspectives of the detective and the victim in her tense and enthralling page-turner, The Widower’s Wife.

2016-08-09T19:54:47+00:00 Mystery/Thriller|0 Comments

The Kennedy Endeavor

“Today, every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable. Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear Sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident or miscalculation or by madness. The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us.” John F. Kennedy

For 13 days in October 1962 the world came the closest to nuclear Armageddon. On 22 November 1963, President Kennedy was assassinated. On the 25th of November, as Kennedy’s body lay in state at the Rotunda in Washington, Anastas Mikyoan, Khrushchev’s top adviser, presented the Premier’s condolences to Jacqueline Kennedy. She took Mikoyan’s hand in both hers and told him: “I am sure that Chairman Khrushchev and my husband could have been successful in the search for peace, and they were really striving for that. Now the Chairman must continue the agreed upon endeavor and bring it to completion.”

On 12 October 1964, a Washington socialite named Mary Meyer was shot in the back of the head and through the heart at point-blank range. She had been married to a high-ranking CIA agent. More importantly, she had been carrying on an affair with President John F. Kennedy and was one of his most trusted friends, at his side through the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

On 13 October 1964, the day after Mary Meyer’s murder, the Soviet Politburo forced Nikita Khrushchev to resign from power and put him under house arrest.

Today, Paul Ducharme and Evie Tolliver unveil a Fail Safe type scenario brokered by President Kennedy and Premier Khrushchev and race against time before the archaic Sword of Damocles initiates World War III.

2017-04-18T18:33:31+00:00 Mystery/Thriller, Staff Pick|0 Comments

The Jefferson Allegiance

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Thomas Jefferson 1787.

The 4th of July 1826. As Thomas Jefferson lies dying, he gives his part of his Jefferson Cipher to Edgar Allen Poe, with instructions to take the disks to West Point. In Massachusetts, John Adams entrusts his part of the Cipher to Colonel Thayer, the superintendent of the Military Academy. As Thayer rides away, Adams utters his final words: “Thomas Jefferson survives.”

In the present, Green Beret Paul Ducharme has been recalled from Afghanistan after the ‘accidental’ death of his best friend, the son of one of the Philosophers. While Ducharme is visiting his friend’s gravesite in Arlington, an old man is executed by a member from the Society of Cincinnati know as the Surgeon, who is seeking to gather all the pieces of the cipher. In a nearby restaurant, former CIA and now Curator at Monticello, Evie Tolliver, waits anxiously for her mentor to arrive, but he’s killed by the same assassin at the Zero Milestone. His heart and the Philosopher’s head are displayed as a grisly message on top of the stone, echoing Jefferson’s famous head-heart letter.

Ducharme and Tolliver, the unknowing heirs to become the next generation of caretakers of the Jefferson Allegiance, team up and must battle the Surgeon to assemble the Cipher and find the Jefferson Allegiance, a document that has kept the balance of power in the United States for over two centuries.

THE FACTS:
The Society of the Cincinnati was founded in May of 1783. A leading member was Alexander Hamilton, and the first President of the Society was George Washington. Thomas Jefferson was not allowed membership. The Society of the Cincinnati is the oldest, continuous military society in North America. It has its current headquarters at the Anderson House in downtown Washington, DC.

In 1802, President Thomas Jefferson, well known for his strong opposition to a standing army, established the United State Military Academy, the oldest Military Academy in North America. In 1819, Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia, the first college in the United States to separate religion from education. It has its current headquarters in Philosophical Hall on Liberty Square in Philadelphia.

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