The Cold Room by Karen Long


Winter is settling on Toronto and a series of seemingly unconnected murders are weighing heavily on DI Eleanor Raven. When an army veteran holds his family hostage, leaving chaos and an unidentifiable skeletal human hand in his wake, Raven is left tangled in a web of leads, lies and secrets, with each thread leading her closer to the all too terrifying truth.

But with time running out, Raven needs to re-connect with her past life – the one she thought she’d finally escaped from – if she’s to find out who the killer is before they strike again . . .
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Karen Long was born and raised in the English midlands, educated at Bangor University and taught English and Drama for fifteen years. During her teaching years she studied biology and neurology with the Open University and this interest in medicine, forensics and forensic psychology is reflected in her writing. She is an enthusiastic traveller and has spent time in Toronto, which became the backdrop and inspiration for The Safe Word.
She is a keen amateur naturalist with a deep and abiding love for the crow family. She has dedicated time, love and several fingers in an effort to rehabilitate crows, magpies, rooks and ravens.

Karen is happy to correspond with readers and can be contacted through her website, where she posts regular blogs.
The Safe Word is Karen’s first novel and was an Amazon bestseller, later joined by the second in the Eleanor Raven series, The Vault.







Godspeed, Carry My Bullet by Ian Lewis

 Godspeed, Carry My Bullet by Ian Lewis

Godspeed_midBobby Clyne has nothing to lose. Two illegitimate governments have taken the place of the fallen United States: The Directorate in the East and the United States Valiant in the West. And he’s just learned that a man who once terrorized his family as a low-ranking member of the Military Police is set to become the Grand Marshall of the Ohio Region. Armed with his father’s Dragunov sniper rifle, Bobby embarks on a mission of revenge with consequences far more reaching than his personal vendetta.

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Love and Theft by Michael Sprankle

Love and Theft_print cover_6x9_frontAfter a series of encounters with the law, a young man yearns for a better life and escapes his past as he heads to New York City where his pursuit of happiness and success sends him on a series of well-intentioned misadventures that lead him into the dark side of the criminal underworld and revenge. A marriage of real events and fiction, Love and Theft pulls from the author’s personal experience to create a man whose life path is no more his own fault than the color of his hair.  Purchase Amazon
HeadShotMichael Sprankle is a graduate of Penn State University with a BA in film. He has worked in the technology area for the past 25 years, as well as being a bit-writer for major motion pictures and television shows, and has worked for some of the largest studios in Hollywood.

Novels include:
Once Upon a Time in New York, How I Painted My Masterpiece
Love & Theft (in the 2016 Pulitzer competition)

Current Project:
The Killing Spring

TV Shows:
Under The Dome

He currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona

Here are a couple of reviews:
Byregina leyvaon January 4, 2016
I read Love and Theft in one night because I just could not put it down until it was done. It is an artful work of realistic fiction weaving into the plot facts from art and world history. Joined by supporting characters who the reader may find a sense of familiarity in, is Michael Sprankle, the main character who is not like anyone we know. He is kind of a Don Quixote who has a distorted perception and wavering mentality and continues to journey out until the point of no return. Becoming obsessed with stealing art, wheeling and dealing, and just plain stealing in general, he gets himself into all kinds of predicaments. In the end the book takes the reader full circle and we all are relieved to know Michael is ultimately a redeemable man, who in the end wants what we all do, love and success. It is a message we can all relate to no matter who we are. The ending is as satisfying as the pleasure the reader feels getting there. It just so happens I worked with him in the 80’s at the Greenwich Auction room and I thoroughly enjoyed his tale of realistic fiction. The fun part was trying to decide how much of it was true! His book has inspired me to start writing again.
Just finished the book Love and Theft. Mike’s book was engrossing and thought provoking. Loved his historical and artistic references through out his fine book. Was blown away by his use of the Wizard of Oz. Like the way it popped up in the reading of Love and Theft. As his former teacher, I cannot wait for his next book to answer the perplexing question “Who is the real Michael Sprankle?” Bob Probst former teacher Bellefonte PA.

ByAmazon Customeron November 20, 2015
It’s said that an artists masterpiece is found at the intersection of tragedy triumph and love. Well bravo Mr. Sprankle for both writing and painting yours. This book is a thrill ride from the moment the reader picks up the book and it doesn’t stop until there are no pages left. The mans writing is best described as Hunter S. Thompson downing a fifth of Jameson before taking three hits of acid and having a writing session with Salvador Dali. I was entrenched in the story and thoroughly amazed by the brevity and humor brought forward while tackling subjects such as love lost and love found, as well as our fight with ourselves over what’s right and what we perceive to be right. A read worth your time and then some. Looking forward to the third! Encore please!

The Deadly Dog Show by Jerold Last

deadly-dog-show-cover finalIn a suspenseful thriller set in the hyper-competitive world of canine conformation shows, Roger and Suzanne have to identify Suzanne’s mysterious stalker while they solve the mystery of who is murdering the dog show judges. Breeders and dog show enthusiasts, mystery fans, whodunit lovers, dog owners, and the many readers who’ve enjoyed previous books in this series have rewarded the novel with critical praise (25 5-star reviews). Like all of the Roger and Suzanne series on Amazon Kindle, this is a tough, sometimes violent, but clean (no cussing, no sexual promiscuity), mystery. Can be enjoyed either as a series entry or a standalone novel. FREE to download from Kindle Unlimited.


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No Angel by Joseph Alexander

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No Angel by Joseph Alexander

This novella is a dark and surreal, British homage to ‘Catcher In The Rye.’ The central character Michael tells us the story of his dysfunctional family and promises to reveal why he killed his girlfriend, Kelly. He also blames himself for the suffering of his younger sister, Kim, whose life is spinning out of control. As the story develops, we begin to discover more about the extraordinary psychological connection between Michael and Kim and the reasons for Kim’s agony. Will Michael’s attempts to ‘help’ his sister finally succeed in destroying her and how exactly has he been punished for his crime? Ultimately, the reader is made to question the borders of consciousness itself. Those who enjoy experimental fiction will find this an evocative read.

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5.0 out of 5 stars
Gripping and Thrilling!
ByLazaroon July 4, 2014
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“No Angel” by Author Joseph Alexander is a gripping is a psychologically thriller that left me on edge the entire time. His writing style reminded me a bit of Author Steven King’s “The Dome” in that you get deep into the disturbed mind of main character Michael. What Michael thinks, feels, sees plots, the vulgarity in his language is so distraught and brilliantly written that it quickly become riveting and captivating.

There is much more to the story that meets the eye. No spoilers but the twists around every corner are endless and nothing, I repeat, nothing is, as it seems. In short, this is an astounding book that is well written in a fast paced manner that I enjoyed for two nights on end. Highly recommended many times over.

Cropsy by David Lee Veroux

Cropsy by David Lee Veroux
During Billy Powell’s summer camp experiences he discovers a world of unimagined adventures, friendships, romance, and a horrifying secret. In this dual novel, as a past war between campers and a poor farmer escalates to tragic proportions, Billy battles his own demons in the form of raging hormones, cruel peers and counselors, and a terrifying camp legend that alters the course of his life.

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“One of the best books I’ve ever read, and I’ve read tens of thousands in my 54 yrs.”
Bygbinnolaon February 9, 2015
I’m only about halfway through this book, but I love it so much, I just have to leave a review now. Where has David Lee Veroux been all my life?!! Incredible writing, characters, I just can’t give this guy enough praise. Get to read it for free with Kindle Unlimited, but I would gladly pay a fortune if he wrote another book like this. Right up there, and maybe even better, than Stephen King’s “The Body.” I truly hope Veroux writes many, many more books.

By SignoftheTimes on May 29, 2015
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Loved this book! I loved the writing, the story, the way it was told.

This story is told in 2 alternate timelines. The first takes place in the mid-1930’s when a retreat for rich boys is built by a man who wanted other boys to keep his son, Ethan, company. He buys up lots of land in the Catoctin area of Maryland from the existing farmers for this. Except there is one holdout, the Crosby family. This sparks a rage in Ethan, who tries to get the family to leave the land in a series of escalating attacks despite warnings that the family may be more than what they seem. In one extreme act, Ethan’s actions give rise to consequences that echo thoughout the years of Camp Aerie.

This leads us to the other story taking place in the 1980’s and it’s main character, Billy Powell. You will follow Billy to when he first attends camp and through several years after, and will witness not only camp life through his eyes, but several incidences which baffle the campers and some call the Cropsy curse.

That’s all I am going to say about it because I don’t really want to give too much away. This book reminded me so much of the movie Stand By Me and the book, Boy’s Life. The way the author vividly wrote about camp life just came alive for me. Some reviewers thought the book was too long, but I wasn’t bored for one minute. The alternating timelines (it alternated in chapters) wasn’t confusing in the least and I actually liked that it was set up that way. The two stories do end up coming together to a satisfying end.

Anyway, I am going to quit writing before I sound like I am babbling. I’m not very good at this, but I wanted to give kudos to this author. He should keep writing.

ByAJon July 28, 2015
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What a find! Very well written. Excellent timeline. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this book. I eagerly await this author’s next book.

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This Time You Lose by Chris Stralyn

This Time You Lose - website book coverWhat would you do if street thugs invaded your home? What if you’re a daycare provider, caring for a dozen children at the time? Lisa Kaamp, a most unlikely heroine, faces just such a nightmare in This Time You Lose, the suspense driven story of one woman’s struggle to survive when she and the children she cares for become victims of a home invasion gone terribly wrong.

Lisa Kaamp operates a small childcare business out of her home in Nogeksum, Michigan. Highly respected and known for going the extra mile for her daycare kids, she thinks she’s handled every daycare emergency possible. But nothing prepares her for the horror she now faces.

Lisa finds herself bound and gagged, four strange men in her home, and the daycare children held hostage in the next room. Terrorized by her captors as the authorities work to meet the ransom deadline, she tries negotiating with the men for the release of the children, but soon realizes they have no intention of letting anyone go.

With the deadline approaching, Lisa must do the unimaginable to protect the children and get everyone out alive.

***This Time You Lose was a Top 5 Finalist for The Kindle Book Review Best Indie Books 2012 Award.***

***In 2008 This Time You Lose was named a finalist in the TNBW Strongest Start Novel Competition. Four months later it earned the distinction of being a TNBW Readers Choice Top Ten Novel, and has remained on the Top Ten list ever since.***

AUTHOR BIO: Chris Stralyn never intended to be a writer. Short-order cook, security guard, safety officer, childcare provider, and teacher were all titles she’d worn – but never writer. Then she entered an essay contest for “The Worst Vacation Ever” and won. Writing became her new hobby, and soon she had several articles in print with local publications. This was followed by a short story, The Khaki Pants, which was published by RDR Publishing in an anthology that went on to sell over a million copies.

A suspense thriller was her next undertaking, and in 2008 This Time You Lose was named a finalist in the TNBW Strongest Start Novel Competition. Four months later it earned the distinction of being a TNBW Readers Choice Top Ten Novel, and has remained on the Top Ten list ever since.

Chris Stralyn continues to put pen to paper in her endeavor to appease the Muse within. She lives in Michigan with her husband and family.

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