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The Funeral Flower

Devastated by the death of her grandfather, six-year-old Kelly Rodgers barely manages to cope with the profound loss. Already facing issues at school, she finds herself spiraling deeper into despair, when a fateful interaction through the fence in her backyard gives her hope. In the years following, Kelly realizes that life’s tragedies can be dealt with through acceptance; until another series of agonizing events leaves her heart in pieces.

Finding herself thrown into new surroundings, Kelly embraces her life and resolves to never fall in love. That decision is easy to keep until her junior year when she is drawn by an unavoidable attraction to the new guy, tormented James Delaney. The moment he looks up at her and smiles, her body betrays her. And he notices. She is determined to avoid him, but soon Kelly is forced to face the inevitable truth:
She doesn’t want to avoid James… and he won’t let her.

Even though tragedy always follows love.

  • : Michelle Jester
  • : RopeSwing Press
  • : 06/20/2017
  • : 0998995509
  • : 978-0-9989955-1-9
  • : B071ZK4MV3
  • : https://youtu.be/WrJwxuFJtYY
  • : ropeswingpress@cox.net
  • : Michelle Jester
2017-08-21T21:50:41+00:00 Fiction, Staff Pick|0 Comments

The Artist

A young actress awakens in an underground cell. Her mouth is taped shut, her limbs strapped to a rickety wooden chair. A booming voice from some unseen speaker ricochets around the dark space, announcing that a timer has been started. Precisely fifteen minutes later, a bullet rips through her head.

And so begins the story of The Artist.

Footage of the murder is sent to the media, and it soon becomes apparent that a serial killer known as Andy the Artist is operating in London. The Artist forces the young actresses into a perverse trade off – they acquire Andy Warhol’s prophesied fifteen minutes of fame, but that time will consist of the last desperate moments of their lives.

Meanwhile, teenager Kaylin Bellos discovers that a murderer is targeting actresses all over the city, and immediately fears the worst for her mother, a struggling actress who has begun to subsidise her income through prostitution.

As more actresses are slaughtered, Kaylin and The Artist appear to have a number of traits in common. Could The Artist be Kaylin’s estranged dad? And if so, what does that mean for the fate of her mum?

And who is following Kaylin to school?

The truth is more horrific than they could possibly imagine…

2017-08-21T21:41:52+00:00 Staff Pick, Thriller|0 Comments

Deadly Proof

Riveting New Series Offers Legal Suspense with a Romantic Twist

In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.

Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower’s allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer.

Fatal Trust

Riveting Legal Suspense from Lawyer Todd M. Johnson

Ian Wells is a young criminal defense attorney struggling to build a Minneapolis law practice he inherited from his father while caring for a mother with Alzheimer’s. Nearly at the breaking point, everything changes for Ian when a new client offers a simple case: determine whether three men qualify for over nine million dollars of trust funds. To qualify, none can have been involved in criminal activity for the past twenty years. Ian’s fee for a week’s work: the unbelievable sum of two hundred thousand dollars.

Ian warily accepts the job–but is quickly dragged deep into a mystery linking the trust with a decades-old criminal enterprise and the greatest unsolved art theft in Minnesota history. As stolen money from the art theft surfaces, Ian finds himself the target of a criminal investigation by Brook Daniels, a prosecutor who is also his closest law school friend. He realizes too late that this simple investigation has spun out of control and now threatens his career, his future, and his life.

  • : Todd M. Johnson
  • : Bethany House Publishers
  • : 08/01/2017
  • : 0764212354
  • : 978-0764212352
  • : B01N298OJ4
  • : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U73WmTkxjPs
  • : brittany.higdon@bethanyhouse.com
  • : Bethany House Publishers

Hatch and Dispatch – Tales and Advice From a Midwife

Midwife of 35 years and mother of three Vicki Bryce gives her advice to expecting mums. Using stories from the delivery suite, the book blends narrative and advice into a funny and practical resource. Vicki says, “I use the stories from my career to show you that every woman has the same concerns, the same questions, and makes essentially the same noise when pushing a baby out. Read about the hallucinations some women experience when using nitrous, what happens to tattoos and piercings during pregnancy (clue: dolphins become whales, Bambi becomes a moose), and do’s and don’ts for partners.”

  • : Vicki Bryce, Alisa Bryce
  • : Two Commas Press
  • : 11/23/2016
  • : 0-9873291-3-4
  • : 9780987329134
  • : B01NAARVAZ
  • : https://youtu.be/NLcbvpTCm50
  • : contact@alisabryce.com.au
  • : Kathryn Thomas & Co.
2017-07-21T08:10:33+00:00 Self Help, Staff Pick|0 Comments

At the Heart of the Stone

Dreams are the perfect shelter for our fantasies, safe havens to step inside without changing our daily lives. For Lark Braithwaite, all that is about to change. During the last six months, Lark has dreamt of a mysterious Irish lover who knows what she wants and gives her exactly what she needs. In her waking life in busy London, things aren’t as ideal, as her long-term relationship with Charles, her controlling fiancé, has hit a dry spell. When Lark is called home to Oregon for her father’s funeral right in the middle of a high-stakes corporate merger, she heads back to face the demons from her past. What she doesn’t expect is to meet her dream lover in the flesh. Niall O’Hagan steps straight out of her fantasies and right into her life, and the powerful connection they share rocks her foundation. Although she’s dealing with the bitterness of being betrayed by Charles and his jealousy, Niall soon stirs Lark’s awareness of the superficiality of her existence and reawakens not only her sexuality, but her soul.

2017-07-21T08:05:02+00:00 Romance, Staff Pick|0 Comments

The Devil And The Muse

An ancient curse.

A forgotten love.

A painting with secrets only one woman can reveal.

In this fast-paced second installment of The Creatives Series, Creative (mystic artist) Coco Rhodes is surprised by a horrific vision beneath her most recent painting: the violent attack upon a fragile young girl. When a link is discovered between an education-finance fraud and several girls disappearing from Washington, D.C. schools, Coco’s lover and leader of the Allegiance, the vampire-warlock Gabriel, vows to rescue the girls, and topple a corrupt congressman. Concurrently, the dark and twisted past of Kenan, the Allegiance’s sworn enemy, is revealed. With Kenan’s whereabouts unknown, members of the Allegiance begin to unravel his sadistic plan.

From New York and D.C., to Tuscany and the Dolomite Mountains of Northern Italy, the supernatural guardians of the Allegiance are guided by both the lessons of history and the shocks of present-day life. Through magical twists and otherworldly subplots, this supernatural thriller weaves a web of intrigue, love, and conflict. In The Devil and the Muse, Coco’s sense of duty to the Allegiance is tested. But will protecting her loved ones cause her to sacrifice her humanity?

Empire of Glass

In the mid-1990s, an American teenager, named Lao K in Chinese, stands on Coal Hill, a park in Beijing, a loop of rope in her hand. Will she assist her Chinese homestay mother, Li-Ming, who is dying of cancer, in ending her life, or will she choose another path? Twenty years later, Lao K receives a book written by Li-Ming called “Empire of Glass,” a narrative that chronicles the lives of Li-Ming and her husband, Wang, in pre and post-revolutionary China over the last half of the twentieth century. Lao K begins translating the story, which becomes the novel we are reading. But, as translator, how can Lao K separate fact from fiction, and what will her role be in the book’s final chapter?
A grand, experimental epic—Lao K’s story is told in footnotes that run throughout the book—that chronicles the seismic changes in China over the last half century through the lens of one family’s experiences, Empire of Glass is an investigation into the workings of human memory and the veracity of oral history that pushes the boundaries of language and form in stunning and unforgettable ways.

  • : Kaitlin Solimine
  • : Ig Publishing
  • : 06/20/2017
  • : 1632460556
  • : https://vimeo.com/223550349
  • : hello@kaitlinsolimine.com
  • : Katie Dudgeon
2017-07-10T22:57:17+00:00 Fiction, Staff Pick|0 Comments

The Happenstances at the Yellow County Community College a Couple of Semesters Later

It’s a couple of semesters after the fateful Tri-County Relay Race that changed everything for the crew from Yellow County, Maryland. Charlie is treading water at a dead-end job, uninspired as a writer once again, and taking classes at the Yellow County Community College. Roheed is a successful app developer on the west coast, but his relationship with his girlfriend Florence is on the rocks. Jonathan is the swim team coach at the community college. He’s not living at the Swim and Racquet Club anymore and he’s never looked back.

When Jonathan and his fiancée’s wedding weekend brings the gang back together it kicks off another series of happenstances that could mean the end of old relationships, the beginning of new friendships, and the bottling of miniature pirate ships (well except for that last one). A villain threatens the wedding and the gang has to rely on an old traitor, a new flame, and a forgotten family member to hopefully wed Jonathan and his betrothed, keep Roheed and Florence together, and maybe inspire Charlie to get off his bum and follow his dreams.

The citizens of Peter L. Harmon’s wonderfully weird fictional Maryland county are back in this essential, esoteric new chapter in The Happenstances… saga.

2017-06-12T07:58:11+00:00 Staff Pick, Young Adult|0 Comments

The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern: A Complete History

A complete history of Toronto’s legendary Horseshoe Tavern, “the Birthplace of Canadian Rock,” to coincide with its seventieth anniversary.

Like the Queen Street strip that has been its home for seven decades, the Horseshoe Tavern continues to evolve. It remains as relevant today as it did when Jack Starr founded the country club on the site of a former blacksmith shop. From country and rockabilly to rock ‘n’ roll, punk, alt/country, and back to roots music, the venerable live music venue has evolved with the times and trends — always keeping pace with the music.

Over its seventy-year history, the Horseshoe has seen a flood of talent pass through. From Willie Nelson to Loretta Lynn, Stompin’ Tom Connors to the Band, and Bryan Adams to the Tragically Hip, the Horseshoe has attracted premier acts from all eras of music. In The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, David McPherson captures the turbulent life of the bar, and of Canadian rock.

2017-06-12T08:05:24+00:00 Non-Fiction, Staff Pick|0 Comments

Outing the Mermaid: A Novel of Love, Fear & Misogyny

Outing the Mermaid: A Novel of Love, Fear & Misogyny is a journey through the 60s and 70s, civil rights, feminism, Vietnam, the Beatles, astrology, and New York City.

2017-06-12T08:11:41+00:00 Literary, Staff Pick|0 Comments

Eternal Flame – A Rose of Anzio Story

16-year-old Julia Olsen’s world is falling apart. Her quarterback boyfriend broke up with her. Her family’s new home under renovation is a mess. Her high school counselor won’t stop harping on about her grades. A time-traveling WWII soldier crashing into her room is the last thing she needs.

In 1944, 18-year-old Edmond Ferris answered the draft and headed to war in France. A chance discovery brought him home to Chicago…in 1989! He’s back in his own room, except a strange girl is living in it. She drives a Japanese car and she listens to Milli Vanilli, a German band.

Is their encounter an error in time or a will of fate?

Find out in this timeless tale of two young people whose love for each other knows no bounds.

Sage Alexander and the Hall of Nightmares

The world is darker than it seems. Demons, vicious half-humans and evil creatures of myth and legend prowl the earth, unseen to human eyes but not to the eyes of 14-year-old Sage Alexander. Descended from humans and angels, Sage has the power to see and fight all these creatures, and in fact he must. The human race is in danger, controlled unknowingly by the Seven Princes of Hell, the seven deadly sins. Greed, Sloth, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Wrath and Pride all breathe their sin into weaker human ears and take those willing souls for their own, as they have for centuries. And now Mammon, Greed incarnate, has possessed Sage’s father and threatens to keep him forever. The Angelic Response Council, a committee of angels, archangels, guardians and half-angelic humans, has fought the forces of blackest evil for centuries, but their numbers are dwindling. There is prophecy of a gifted warrior, who will come in the Council’s darkest hour to bring about the demise of the fallen angels cast out from heaven and all of their nefarious descendants. His name will be Sage Alexander. Sage must face danger and death as he assembles a supernatural team and battles his way through time and Godspace in order to save his family from the grips of Greed. But he has an even bigger quest ahead of him. … This is only the beginning.

Barton Hollow

The slogan for Barton Hollow says the following: Welcome to Barton Hollow. One visit, and you’ll be simply dying to come back. I didn’t think it met literally. But Mom was always vague about her past, and now as I head to her hometown, I’m beginning to understand why. Hidden deep in the Montana mountains, the creepy old house my grandmother takes care of I can’t go into, I’ve received vague warnings from the mysterious, older guy lurking in the woods about werewolves, and then there’s the stranger in the house.
The one that’s watching, waiting for me to go inside. I know I’m not supposed to, but the longer I deny myself the trip to the Barton place, the more in the dark I feel I’ll stay. Of course, sometimes the dark might not be such a bad place to be, depending on what secrets the light shines.

The Guardians of Iceland and other Icelandic Folk Tales

These are the legends of Iceland. The stories were first told hundreds of years ago by the Vikings as they sat around the fires. They whispered of an ogre named Gryla who terrorized villagers from the Faroe Islands to Iceland. The Guardians of Iceland – four powerful creatures who have never been defeated: a dragon, an eagle, a bull, and a giant. The Lagarfljótsormur – a mysterious dragon-like creature known as the Monster Worm that has lived in Lake Lagarfljót for centuries. The Hidden Folk who live only in Iceland and are very powerful creatures that protect the land and punish those who harm it. Trolls of every shape and size roam the land. The stories of these and other legendary creature in Iceland are here for you to explore – if you are Viking enough.

  • : Heidi Herman
  • : Hekla Publishing
  • : 10/24/2016
  • : 1947233966
  • : 978-1-947233-96-6
  • : B01M3UN7OA
  • : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_qCbByuAj8
  • : hxherman99@gmail.com
  • : xpressvideos
2017-05-22T06:30:58+00:00 Children's, Staff Pick|0 Comments

Torn

2004
The court case had been harrowing. The fifteen jurors sat in silence while the prosecution produced evidence of how a man with obsessive sado-masochistic fantasies had turned into a killer. Fourteen of the jurors were repulsed. One man was secretly enthralled. A new world of possibility had opened up for him.

2014
When an actress is found dead, the ligature marks suggest that she had been involved in extreme sex games. When DIs Wheeler and Ross begin to investigate her death, they uncover not only an industry with varying degrees of regulation but also a sinister private club where some of Glasgow’s elite pay handsomely to indulge their darkest fantasies. Club security is run by Paul Furlan, ex-army veteran and a former adversary of Wheeler. As Wheeler and Ross uncover the secrets and lies surrounding the club, they realise that their investigation is being blocked not just by Furlan but by some of Glasgow’s most influential citizens.

Meanwhile Skye Cooper, Scotland’s latest indie-rock sensation is playing the final gig of his sell-out tour but his dreams of stardom are on a collision course with the obsession threatening to consume him . . .

Anne Randall’s first book in the Wheeler and Ross series, Riven, was written under the name A. J. McCreanor.

The Last Refuge

Iraq, 1991:Operation Desert Storm. In a terrible friendly fire incident, a U.S. helicopter massacres a small convoy of American MPs. Among the dead: a mysterious American civilian engineer discovered by the soldiers behind enemy lines.

San Diego, CA, 1993: A freelance journalist is hired to research a story about a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the dead engineer’s widow against the government and the defense contractor which employed him But the government insists there is no lawsuit, and the contractor claims the engineer did not work for them. And someone is willing to kill to keep it that way.

Peter Brandt, the war-scarred journalist from Empty Places, returns in this story of greed, betrayal, and government secrets. With federal agents, foreign spies,and shady covert operatives standing in his way, Peter discovers patriotism is often the last refuge for those whose motives are far from patriotic. Can Peter expose the truth without becoming another victim of the wartime tragedy?

“…a first class performance from a writer at the very top of his game…” (SHOTS Magazine)

EDEN: A Sci-Fi Novella

“If this is Paradise, how bad could Hell be?”

A sandstorm uncovers a long buried secret in the Iraqi desert, an ancient Sumerian temple dating back at least 6,000 years to the beginning of civilization. An American army patrol sent to investigate the ruins is trapped inside the temple’s eroded walls, first by an insurgent ambush then by another, even more powerful sandstorm. When an enemy mortar shell blasts an opening into a hidden burial chamber, Captain Adam Cadman and his soldiers take refuge deep in the ruins. What they find hidden inside threatens to destroy every belief about the beginnings of mankind–as well as modern civilization as we know it.

  • : Martin Roy Hill
  • : 32-32 North Publishing
  • : 11/15/14
  • : 1499201737
  • : 978-1499201734
  • : B00O5HYIQG
  • : https://youtu.be/cFJ8gotFR4Y
  • : mrhill.author@gmail.com
  • : Martin Roy Hill