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Andrew and Lavinia Riley are on their honeymoon at an African game lodge when they meet a Texan trophy hunter. Andrew, a journalist, senses a timely story about lion hunting, and engages a local guide to learn how the lions are tracked in this remote borderland of north Tanzania. Andrew finds lions, but his inquiries draw him into a different type of danger altogether – with local tribesmen. Soon, his only hope for survival lies in an unexpected source.
‘The murder of the lion Cecil outraged people all over the world. Daniel’s reaction was to write this terrific story, with a totally unexpected twist. I read it in one sitting.’ John Rendall, animal conservationist and author of A Lion called Christian
Daniel Pembrey is the author of The Candidate: A Luxembourg Thriller. He is drawn to psychological suspense stories with a strong sense of location. His Amsterdam detective series, The Harbour Master, will be published by No Exit Press in 2016. When he is not writing, he loves to travel and meet interesting new people. To receive occasional email updates and free exclusive content, please sign up at www.danielpembrey.com. He is also on Twitter, @DPemb.
A Rodeo Producer, Dead in the Bull Pen. Accident or Murder? road in the night
Elizabeth, until recently a top-flight TV journalist on the national stage, has been making strides in getting her footing after a dizzying demotion to tiny—and entirely foreign to her—Sherman, Wyoming. But that equilibrium faces a major challenge.
The apparently accidental death—under the hooves of rodeo bulls— of a rodeo producer preparing for Sherman’s annual Fourth of July Rodeo catches the attention of Elizabeth and her KWMT-TV colleague Michael Paycik. Not only is it a major story about the region’s biggest event, but it’s being outrageously mishandled by the station’s egocentric anchor.
TV journalist Elizabeth “E. M.” Danniher will tell you she committed two sins — she didn’t stay young, and she made an enemy of a powerful news executive — her ex. She used to break national news. Now her top story as the “Helping Out!” reporter at dinky KWMT-TV in Sherman,Wyoming is getting a refund for a defective toaster.
Tough, funny and determined, Elizabeth wrestles with isolation, keeping a professional edge, and an evolving self-image. Is Wyoming — the land of cattle, cowboys, tumbleweeds, and fewer than six people per square mile — her new home or a road to permanent obscurity?
Soon she’s in a battle of wills with ex-football player turned journalist Mike Paycik, who sees her as a handy rung on his career ladder. And there’s the matter of a deputy sheriff—missing or murdered? Elizabeth finds herself investigating at the insistence of a girl who’s set on proving her father’s innocence. Not that enigmatic rancher Thomas David Burrell makes investigating easy.
But Elizabeth won’t fade to black without a fight, no matter how final some might want to make her SIGN OFF.
Audrey Lamour is a successful artist and devoted mother, forever indebted to the heroic fireman who pulled her from a deadly blaze 25 years ago on Christmas Day. She honored him by painting his portrait, never dreaming her picture would become a lifeline to love.
Professional photographer Conrad Pearson was driven to meet the woman whose emotional painting of his father seared his soul, even if it meant returning home to the Pacific Northwest, and painful memories he had sought to escape from. But Audrey’s beauty, grace, and a long ago unforgettable kiss reunite the two. Both must confront the ghosts of Christmas past and present day trust issues if they are to have a chance to forge a future together.
“Filled with anticipation. Devon Vaughn Archer has crafted a well-written story of love and loss. Christmas Heat is a satisfying read.” — OOSA Online Book Club
Ever since she was a little girl, Paula Devine has dreamed of a romantic Christmas Day proposal like the one her grandmother received back in the day. Instead, her list of disappointing exes gets longer each year. But just as she’s ready to give up, Paula begins remodeling the home of an irresistibly sexy client–a man who inspires the kind of wicked thoughts that could land her on Santa’s “naughty” list permanently.
If there’s one thing rarer than a flawless diamond, it’s true love fused with passion. Jeweler Chase McCord had it once, and wondered if that shimmering heat was gone forever. But the beautiful woman who’s renovating his home is also overhauling Chase’s outlook, tempting him to submit to her sweet seduction–even if it means losing his heart all over again.
The last time Amelia Grace and her best friend, Kat, saw their college buds in the band Royal Flush, the guys had just launched a super-successful rock n’ roll career. Five years later, Ame’s world- famous musician pals are back for a tour stop at Castle Rock. But things get heated during a fan meet-and-greet, leading to discord among the band members. And when Royal Flush’s bass guitarist, Sid Malone, is found dead, Ame’s ex-boyfriend, Mickey, finds himself with an all-access pass to a prison cell. Between juggling her duties at Castle Rock and assuring her FBI agent beau, Emmett, that her former romance with Mickey was a one-hit wonder, Ame is on the case to prove her ex’s innocence and expose a web of lies that goes deeper than the tracks on a rock album’s B-side.
In Cari Mercer’s universe, the best-laid plans were not subject to change. She has her future mapped out with her fiancé Buzz Blanco. But US Army Private Blanco suffers an accident in jump school that leaves his body broken and his memory damaged. He’s forgotten their engagement, plans for the future, or even their romance. Cari’s future plans are put on hold indefinitely. As Buzz struggles to rehabilitate, he can’t recapture the memories that would restore the past five or six years. He feels like a seventeen-year-old in a twenty-three-year-old’s battered body. Military service and marriage hold no appeal for him, yet he’s committed to both.
Cari’s patience is tested, and her future with Buzz is in jeopardy until a tragic event brings them together in a new way. She learns life is an adventure, not a blueprint.
Cheryl Norman is a terrific romantic suspense writer whom sub-genre fans should keep an eye on as she is very talented.
When a young hunting guide from a remote island in Alaska is found brutally murdered, his naked body is discovered in the Cascade Mountains outside Seattle—the shocking pinnacle to a grisly Totem of body parts. Nathan Applewhite is the fourteenth victim of a cunning serial killer who targets and stalks young men.
With the body count escalating, FBI profiler Ryker Townsend and his specialized team investigate the gruesome crime scene. They find no reason for Nate to have mysteriously vanished from his isolated home in Alaska before he ended up in the hands of a sadist, who has been taunting Ryker and his team in a sinister game of ‘catch me if you can.’
But Townsend has a secret he won’t share with anyone—not even his own team—that sets him on the trail of a ruthless psychopath, alone. The intuitive FBI profiler is plagued by recurring nightmares—seen through Nate’s dead eyes—that slowly chips away at his mental stability. Is he burning out and losing his mind—becoming unfit for duty—or is the last victim reaching out to him from the grave?
The food truck craze has reached the charming coastal town of South Cove, California, but before Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—can sample the eats, she has to shift gears and put the brakes on a killer . . .
Now that Kacey Austin has got her new gluten-free dessert truck up and running, there’s no curbing her enthusiasm—not even when someone vandalizes the vehicle and steals her recipes. But when Kacey turns up dead on the beach and Jill’s best friend Sadie becomes the prime suspect, Jill needs to step on it to serve the real killer some just desserts.
“Murder, dirty politics, pirate lore, and a hot police detective: Guidebook to Murder has it all! A cozy lover’s dream come true.” —Susan McBride, author of The Debutante Dropout Mysteries
“Lynn Cahoon has created an absorbing, good fun mystery in Mission to Murder.” —Fresh Fiction
Yesterday Twin Rivers was the safest of all Chicago suburbs. Today it is the most dangerous. Four years ago Megan Williams was raped. Today she is a serial killer who castrates her victims before letting them bleed out. Police haven’t found the four men who raped and mutilated Megan’s body with hunting knives, and they aren’t even looking anymore. There are too many other rapes and murders to investigate. Only Megan’s sister, Susan, and 70-year-old investigative reporter Rodney Engleworth appear concerned the rapists are still raping and killing. When Rod falls victim to Megan, Gazette publisher Tim Goodman joins forces with Detective Sergeant Joel Giffords and police public information officer Elsie Dorr to track down Megan and the rapists before Susan falls victim to the rapists and Megan can kill again.
SPILLED MILK is available from Amazon.
Paul Dale Anderson has written more than 27 novels and hundreds of short stories, mostly in the suspense, horror, fantasy, and science fiction genres. Paul has also written contemporary romances, mysteries, and westerns. Paul is an Active Member of SFWA, HWA, and Authors Guild, and he was elected Vice President and Trustee of Horror Writers Association in 1987. He is a current member of International Thriller Writers and a former Active Member of MWA. Paul lives in Rockford, Illinois, with three cats and thousands of books.
Paul has taught creative writing at the University of Illinois at Chicago and for Writers Digest School. He has appeared on panels at Chicon4 and Chicon7, X-Con, WindyCon, Madcon, Minncon, the World Horror Convention, and the World Fantasy Convention. Paul was a guest of honor at Horror Fest in Estes Park, Colorado, in 1989. He is currently the chair of the 2015 HWA Stoker Awards Long Fiction Jury.
Meet the most powerful and feared family in the paranormal world: the Helms family. Tobias is anything but a normal vampire, he’s also the King of Hell. At his side are his children, twins, Maya and Sebastian.
They may be the princess and prince of Hell, and despite being feared, they are far from respected, since they aren’t full vampire. Unlike the rest of their kind, they weren’t created, they were born of the unholy union between their father and the Goddess of Time, Katricne.
Desperate to find somewhere to fit in, Maya has made it her mission to create a world where humans no longer fear the things they don’t understand. With the formation of The Council, laws are being created in order to protect the humans, with the hopes that eventually their kind will be no more than mere superstition and stories told to misbehaving children.
Collected together for the first time, the seven stories feature fan favorite characters such as Sue Randolph, Wynette Weston, Belva Tucker, and Byerly police chief Junior Norton, in addition to all the quirky aunts, uncles, and cousins that make up the extended Burnette family.
Also includes two Laura Fleming stories, as well as the Agatha Award-nominated “The Death of Erik the Redneck” and the Anthony and Macavity awards-nominated “Bible Belt.” Packed with the same smart, witty storytelling that’s made the Laura Fleming mystery series a hit with readers and reviewers alike, Crooked as a Dog’s Hind Leg is a true Byerly homecoming.
Following Catalina’s liver cancer diagnosis, a broken Val and his friend Dave travel to Guatemala in a last-ditch attempt to trace Rosa Silva, Catalina’s sister, missing for over twenty years. Within twenty-four hours the two men are fugitives, desperate to remain one step ahead of the Guatemalan police, and totally unaware that an old adversary and the ruthless Zeta cartel have them in their sights. Their hunt for Rosa exposes a mountain village’s dark secret dating back to Guatemala’s civil war and leads to a showdown with terrifying consequences.
AJ Davidson is a traditionally published author and playwright, who, in Spring 2010, made the switch to Indie. He is keen to explore the potential of a rapidly changing publishing world, and is enjoying the closer contact with his readers that e-books afford.
AJ has a degree in Social Anthropology. Married for 32 years, he has two children, a Harrier hound and a cat called Dusty.
Not one for staying long in the same place, AJ has lived in many countries across several continents. He has worked as a pea washer, crane-driver, restaurateur and scriptwriter.
A member of the ITW. Represented by the Jonathan Williams Literary Agency.
Denise Evans thought she could move on with her life after the horrific suicide of her husband. Until someone started killing her students. A local warlock, Jim Novik, suspects someone or some thing may be using her husband from beyond the grave. Some things are Buried But Not Gone
A new urban fantasy in the same magical universe as The Warlock Case Files
Juli Monroe is the author of The Warlock Case files, an urban fantasy series set in the Washington DC Metro area. The series focuses on a warlock and vampire and the various supernatural creatures (both good and not) who inhabit the nation’s capitol. She recently published the first book in a spin-off series featuring another DC-based warlock, and the two series are intended to overlap frequently.
Juli has been professionally writing fiction since 2011, but she’s been writing and editing for most of her career. In addition to being a writer, she’s a networking and social media coach, and the author of The Enthusiastic Networker, a book on business networking.
Three years ago, Scott Drayco left the FBI after an incident involving his partner, Mark “Sarg” Sargosian. Now a freelance crime consultant, Drayco often helps law enforcement on cases, but he never imagined his estranged former partner would turn up on his doorstep, pleading for Drayco’s help. A co-ed at an elite Washington, D.C., private college has been murdered, and the victim’s friend – Sarg’s own daughter Tara – might be the next target.
The killer left behind a puzzling music code at the crime scene, and Drayco soon learns he has two things in common with the murdered girl – a music background and synesthesia. The case takes an even stranger turn after a second murder and a second music code, with signs pointing toward a possible ritualistic killing. Then, Drayco himself starts receiving coded messages and finds himself locked in a deadly game with a madman where only one of them may come out alive.
Lt. Col. John Withers a graduate of the United States Military Academy who resigned his commission in the union army in March 1861 and was appointed a Captain in the Confederate Army on March 29, 1861.
His diary provides an exceptionally intimate window into his military and family life which is rarely seen in publications. His love for his family is evident and his dedication to duty comes through clearly.
At times, his diary reads similar to a novel; capturing the joy, sadness, death, destruction, horrors and mundane activities of everyday life during times of war. His entries include meeting Presidents, British Royalty and Generals of the Union and Confederacy and learning of major battles in real time.
One must remember, this was his personal diary, it was never meant for public review. Yet, it is a marvelously profound work and powerful piece of history.
THE DIARY OF LT. COL. JOHN WITHERS is available from Amazon.
Mike Rothmiller is a NY Times Bestselling author. He’s written nine books specializing in non-fiction. His first book, “L.A. Secret Police. Inside the Elite LAPD Spy Network” was a NY Times and LA Times bestseller.
Ex–Delta Force Davis Holland, now an agent for Customs and Border Protection, has seen it all. But nothing in his experience has prepared him for what he and the local sheriff find one freezing night in the Minnesota woods.
Investigating reports of an illegal border crossing, the two men stumble across a blood-drenched scene of mass murder, barely escaping with their lives . . . and a single clue to the mayhem: a small wooden chest placed at the heart of the massacre. Something deadly has entered Holland’s territory, crossing the border from nightmare into reality.
When news of the atrocity reaches wealthy cryptozoologist Richard Severance, he sends a three-person team north to investigate. Not long ago, the members of that team—Ben McKelvie, Lindsay Clark, and Alex Standingcloud—were nearly killed by a vengeful shapeshifter. Now they are walking wounded, haunted by gruesome memories that make normal life impossible. But there is nothing normal about the horror that awaits in the Northwoods.
In Face Of Our Father, an international crime thriller, Captain Stu Pierce is an aging former fighter pilot who’s looking forward to retirement. His wife, Angie, a lawyer and women’s advocate, is chasing down a vengeful Middle Eastern criminal who’s escaped justice. When she’s threatened with murder, Stu sets out to protect a wife who refuses to protect herself, and together they become embroiled in a conspiracy of global terrorism with repercussions for world peace and the fate of their marriage. Sometimes the biggest enemy can be the one right next to you…
“Face of Our Father by G. Egore Pitir is an exciting new entry into the burgeoning terrorist thriller genre. There’s a growing list of novels centered around the Middle East, so it’s tough to stand out. Face of Our Father is a unique and compelling addition to the genre, a thriller in which character development is a core part of the story, making it a multi-layered and satisfying read. -SPR Book Review
When Holly Price trips over a friend’s dead body while hiking, her life takes a nosedive into a world of intrigue and danger. The verdict is murder—and Holly is the prime suspect. Of course, it doesn’t help matters that the infinitely sexy—and very pissed off—cop threatening to arrest her is JC Dimitrak, her jilted ex-fiancé.
To protect her future, her business…and her heart…the intrepid forensic accountant must use all her considerable investigative skills to follow the money through an intricate web of shadow companies, while staying one step ahead of her ex-fiancé. She better solve the case before the real killer decides CPA stands for Certified Pain in the Ass…and the next dead body found beside the river is Holly’s.
CPA Holly Price juggles dodgy clients, flakey parent, ex-lovers and a murdered friend before she gets to the bottom line in this fast and fun read. Patricia Smiley, bestselling author or Cool Cache
A powerful right wing ideologue is delegated unfettered control over the Odysseus Project, a loosely formed group of high powered business executives, lawyers and politicians from throughout the United States. Members of the Project share a common goal to refocus the direction the country is taking to one more consistent with that envisioned by the founding fathers, not that chosen by the liberal, left wing idealists who have taken control of the government.
Project members’ individual efforts to buy the last election through elicit, often marginally legal, campaign contributions had failed, so they organized to collectively finance clandestine activities to set their agenda in motion, their efforts clouded in the deepest of secrecy. And what they couldn’t do with individual, illegal campaign contributions they will do with a sophisticated, yet diabolical, plan to push Washington’s political and judicial leadership to the far right for the foreseeable future. And their anonymity will shield them from whatever collateral damage may occur.
Magician and story-teller William Pack conceived of Familiar Spirits as an outgrowth and supplement to his spell-binding performances of magic and ghostly tales. Connecting with Writer on Demand Donald J. Bingle, they have invited a specially selected group of extremely talented writers to craft short tales and vivid manifestations to unsettle, spook, terrify, and haunt you in your dreams and in brightest day.
Sometimes when the dead are laid to rest in peace, they refuse to go into that dark night.
Instead, they lie in the cold earth, agitated and restless, angry about the past, conjuring up lists of wrongs to right and enemies to fright.
In Familiar Spirits, you will find previously untold tales of … rainy graveyards … musty attics … domestic abuse … love unending … speaking with the dead … vengeful ghosts … infatuation gone wrong … and lonely spirits.
When amateur sleuth Jonty Stewart comes home with a new case to investigate, his partner Orlando Coppersmith always feels his day has been made. Although, can there be anything to solve in the apparent mercy killing of a disabled man by a doctor who then kills himself, especially when everything takes place in a locked room?
But things are never straightforward where the Cambridge fellows are concerned, so when they discover that more than one person has a motive to kill the dead men—motives linked to another double death—their wits get stretched to the breaking point.
And when the case disinters long buried memories for Jonty, memories about a promise he made and hasn’t kept, their emotions get pulled apart as well. This time, Jonty and Orlando will have to separate fact from fiction—and truth from emotion—to get to the bottom of things.
Inside the supernatural realm beats sinister music. Just ask violinists Paganini or Tartini about their deals with the devil for their virtuosity. Pianist Alexei Georg harbors a dark secret—he finds an old Russian sonata in a 19th-century sea chest. When Alexei plays this handsome music, a creature of darkness appears in the audience, in the aisle, and on the stage with him. This is no ghost. This faceless menacing presence follows Alexei from Boston’s music society to the White Sea in Russia, where Alexei seeks the songs of the beluga whales for a symphony. There, a Siberian shaman “sees” the trilling black entity clinging to Alexei’s soul. Hunted and desperate, Alexei goes to live on the summit of Mount Greylock, fleeing the suspicion of the Boston murders. But he cannot flee the unstoppable sonata he has delivered into this world. Alexei must find a way to halt the dark force within the music, or become prisoner to its phantasmagoric power in an ever-expanding abyss.
Xavier Knight was an angel—until Heaven kicked him out. Now he’s a private detective in New Orleans, trying to put his old immortal life behind him while avoiding Lucifer’s bounty hunters. But when his latest case uncovers a plot to end the world with a supernatural drug, he’ll need all the otherworldly help he can get to stop it. An apprentice mage on the run, a nosy storefront psychic, a vial of angel blood, and a surly cherub are hardly the stuff of legends. But they’re all he’s got.
KNIGHT’S FALL is available from Amazon.
Angela Henry was once told that her past life careers included spy, researcher, and investigator. She stuck with what she knew because today she’s a mystery writing library reference specialist, who loves to people watch and eavesdrop on conversations. She’s the author of five mysteries featuring equally nosy amateur sleuth Kendra Clayton, as well as the thriller The Paris Secret, and Knight’s Fall, her first urban fantasy novel. She’s also the founder of the MystNoir website, featuring African-American mysteries. When she’s not working, writing, or practicing her stealth, she loves to travel, is connoisseur of B horror movies, and an admitted anime addict. She lives in Ohio and is currently hard at work trying to meet her next deadline.
Jonelle Sweet, newest private detective at Shorter Investigative Services, sets out to crack each case and she knows failure is not an option.
Sally Piedmont believes she sees her dead husband Percy rummaging through her jewelry box under cover of darkness, stealing her jewels, then floating away. As Jonelle explores the twists and turns of Sally’s case, she unearths clues that indicate bigoted son, William, and a nosey and mysterious neighbor, might be involved.
LucieBlu Bonderant, a transgender woman upset at losing a coveted role in a play, vanishes on a seedy Baltimore Street in the early morning hours following a Gay Pride parade. As Jonelle traces LucieBlu’s final steps, she’s pulled into the fascinating worlds of make believe and alternative lifestyles.
In the adrenaline-laced new novel of suspense from Tom Savage—hailed by Michael Connelly as “a master of the high-speed thriller”—an American actress in Europe races to find the truth behind her husband’s mysterious accident. What she uncovers makes her the target of a shocking conspiracy.
Nora Baron’s life is perfect. She lives on Long Island Sound, teaches acting at a local university, and has a loving family. Then one phone call changes everything. She’s informed that her husband, Jeff, has died in a car crash while on a business trip in England. Nora flies to London to identify the body, which the police have listed as a “John Doe.” When she leaves the morgue, a man tries to steal her purse containing Jeff’s personal effects. Clearly, all is not as it seems.
At her hotel, Nora receives a cryptic message that leaves her with more questions than answers. She follows the message’s instructions to France, where a fatal encounter transforms her into a fugitive. Wanted for murder, on the run in a shadowy landscape of lies, secrets, and sudden violence, Mrs. “John Doe” must play the role of a lifetime to stay one step ahead of a ruthless enemy with deadly plans for her–and for the world.
Suffering from writer’s block, novelist Rachel Ames escapes to a lake cabin to calm her mind and regain a sense of herself. The location is perfect. Isolated. Beautiful. Inspiring. It even comes with a good-looking landlord who shows an interest in her. But she can’t shake the sense that something terrible has followed her to the lake, something just beyond her consciousness, something out on the edge where the sounds of a raging fire and sirens linger whenever she slows down to listen. Determined to make the cabin work, she tries to settle in and give her new life a chance. But when strange things begin to happen around her, she wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake. As the darkness that’s followed her manifests itself in inexplicable ways, her concept of reality is stretched thin and she realizes nothing at the lake is what it seems. As she fights to survive with her sanity intact, she understands too late that the location she’s chosen for herself is far from perfect.
CIA Agent Patrick Killion is on a secret mission to hunt down the ruthless female assassin hired to kill the Vice President of the United States. The trail leads him to the Colombian rainforest and an earnest biologist, Audrey Lockhart, whose work on poison dart frogs gives her access to one of the deadliest substances on earth—the same substance used to murder the VP.
When Audrey is attacked by the local drug cartel, Killion steps in and hustles her out of harm’s way, determined to find out what she knows. His interrogation skills falter somewhere between saving her life and nursing her back to health as he realizes she’s innocent, and he ends up falling for her. Audrey has a hard time overlooking the fact that Killion kidnapped her, but if she wants to get her life back and track down the bad guys, she has to trust him. Then someone changes the rules of their cat and mouse game and now they’re the ones being hunted—by a cold-blooded killer who is much closer than they think.
***Featuring JET from New York Times Bestselling Author Russell Blake’s hit action & adventure series and AIDAN SNOW from Alex Shaw’s bestselling espionage thriller series – two elite covert operatives must join forces to survive in an all action thriller***
When a Mossad traitor is located in rebel controlled Eastern Ukraine, running an illegal interrogation center, JET – Mossad’s most lethal operative – is tasked with his elimination.
Posing as a Kremlin sponsored journalist, Jet travels with a Russian convoy into insurgent controlled Donetsk.
The convoy is attacked…
Who are the assailants?
Has her cover been blown?
Can she still complete the mission?