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How the Mighty Fall by E.J. Chadwell


The mysterious disappearance of media mogul Connie Ross during a party on her yacht exposes a web of dark and twisted secrets. Jimmy Frail, Chief of Detectives, suspecting foul play and the potential media circus, partners a most unlikely pair of detectives. Gigi Mirabelli, a missing persons’ officer, is recalled early from maternity leave to work with Harry Burns, a brilliant, but tormented homicide detective looking to restart his sidelined career. Suspecting murder, but unable to prove it, Mirabelli and Burns must first find a way to work together before they can hope to solve this perplexing crime. They first develop a working partnership of opposites and then skillfully sift through the evidence; all while walking the political and media tightrope in this high profile case.

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DSC00109.jpgE.J. Chadwell grew up in the South Bronx. As a latchkey kid, she spent most of her free time at the Mott Haven branch of the New York Public Library, where she developed a lifelong love of reading. Her father, a postal worker, and her mother, an office worker instilled in her the value of education. Chadwell graduated with a post graduate degree in library science, after which she worked for more than 10 years in print and broadcast media for a major newspaper, a national television talk show and a production house where she wrote script treatments for cable shows such as A&E’s The Unexplained, American Justice, and Biography. She has also worked as a publicist and a freelance journalist, publishing magazine articles before turning to books. A voracious reader of mysteries, Chadwell is an active member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, International Association of Crime Writers and Sisters in Crime.
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Connected by Simon Denman

Two apparent suicides, a country apart, drive a physicist and a college student to seek answers. But what they find sucks them deep into dangerous mind-altering technology that could change the world.
 connected_largeCONNECTED is a speculative fiction thriller with touches of science and philosophy, which reached No.1 in Amazon UK’s Bestseller lists for both Thrillers and Science Fiction within 5 days of release.
Beginning with the funeral of a renowned classical violinist in a sleepy rural hamlet in the Lake District, a former theoretical physicist tries to make sense of his brother’s suicide. Across the country, a university student, enjoying the unexpected attentions of an enigmatic seductress, is disturbed when his best friend falls to his death from the thirteenth floor of a neighbouring campus tower block.
As each tries to unravel the mystery behind the apparent suicides, they are drawn into an obsessive search for a computer-generated fractal video sequence, with startling effects on human consciousness, and which might just pave the way for discovery of the ultimate Theory of Everything.
However, they are not the only ones to have seen the potential of this mind-altering video, and soon find themselves in a desperate race against time with gangsters from the shadowy worlds of sex, drugs, cyber-crime, and massively multi-player on-line gaming.
connectedAvailable in: Kindle, Paperback (UK only), Audio Book
Genres: Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
Twitter Name: @SimonDenman
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Simon05cropAuthor Bio:
Born in Eastbourne, to retired parents, Simon Denman grew up alternately on the beaches of a succession of English seaside towns, and in the historic, if somewhat austere boarding school of Christ’s Hospital in Horsham, Sussex.
After graduating from the University of Essex with a degree in Electronic Engineering, he has spent longer than he likes to admit in the IT networking, communications, and Internet security industries, gradually moving from technical to marketing and management roles. During this time, he moved from the UK to Paris, back to the UK, over to Munich, across to the French Riviera, and finally back to England.
Far more importantly during this period, he was blessed with two beautiful and talented daughters, now at University themselves, and, in remarriage, the love of the most wonderful woman for whom a man could wish.
Following the publication and unexpected success of his first novel,”Connected” and, in the same year, the births of twins, he has recently moved to Cornwall with his wife and babies, where he is now working on a new novel.
While he no longer plays rugby, Simon is a moderately accomplished player of Jazz and classical trumpet, which he blows enthusiastically with any band or group that’ll have him. Any remaining time is spent reading and writing.


Prodigious Savant.

According to Dr. Darold A. Treffert of the University of Wisconsin, there are fewer Savant Coverthan one hundred reported cases of prodigious savants in the world. Those few who possess the savant syndrome all have an island of brilliance that allows them to excel in some remarkable talent. Unfortunately, they all share various developmental disabilities. In 1962, Burlington, Vermont, seventeen-year-old Gavin Weaver survives a dreadful explosion, six hours of brain surgery, and thirty days in a coma, to awake as an acquired savant, possessing not just one genius ability, but several, including art, music, mathematics, and memory, and all without suffering any of the usual mental disabilities associated with head trauma. These newly acquired abilities thrust him into the public eye as the amazing ‘Whiz Kid’ from Burlington; a moniker he detests. His genius, paranoia, and increased hallucinations result in some strange and extraordinary encounters with the icons of the ‘60s, including Bobby Fischer, Nikita Khrushchev, Edward R. Murrow, John Chancellor and even John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
The odds are slim Gavin will survive his deteriorating mental state and his increasing tendency for violence, before obtaining the one thing he desires most, the girl he’s loved since childhood.

Prodigious Savant – excerpt
Dennis Daley and Steve Simpson reached out and clawed at him, Daley on one side of the bed, Simpson on the other. In the middle, Mabel clamored over his legs and crawled on his chest until their eyes locked, Gavin’s wet with tears, Mabel’s leaking vitreous fluid out of sunken sockets, her face the dry pallor of the dead. He felt the suffocating weight of the three corpses shoving his naked body deep into the hotel-room mattress, the smell of decomposing flesh permeating each breath he struggled to take. He sat up and yelled, almost drowning out the persistent ring of the telephone as the nightmare dissolved.
“Mr. Weaver,” the front desk clerk said, “I’m sorry to phone you an hour before your wake-up call, but the police are in our lobby and have requested you by name.”
“The police?”
“Yes, sir. I apologize, but they insisted.”
“What do they want with me? Are you sure they asked for me—Gavin Weaver?”
“Yes, sir. They are interviewing several guests and employees, not just you.”
“Okay,” Gavin said. “I’ll come down. Do you know how long they’ll keep me? I’m in the tournament this morning.”
“No, sir, but the sooner you get down here, the more likely they can finish before the tournament begins.”
“All right, tell them I’ll be there in a few minutes.”
As he pushed himself off the bed to stand, he felt something damp on the mattress. The nightmare’s realism had exhausted him, the sheets soaked with his sweat.

Author Bio:

IMG_5833J. J. White was born in Burlington, Vermont but has lived most of his life on the Space Coast of Florida. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida. He has penned seven novels and over two hundred short stories, with stories published in several anthologies and magazines including, Wordsmith, The Homestead Review, The Seven Hills Review, Bacopa Review, and The Grey Sparrow Journal. His story, The Adventures of the Nine Hole League, was recently published in The Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, #13. He has won awards and honors from the Alabama Writers Conclave, Writers-Editors International, Maryland Writers Association, The Royal Palm Literary Awards, Professional Writers of Prescott, and Writer’s Digest.
His novel, Prodigious Savant, was released by Black Opal Books in 2014, to be followed by Deviant Acts in 2015 and Nisei in 2016. He was nominated for the Pushcart Prize for his short piece, Tour Bus.


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BookCoverImageToby Ryan is 22 years old, and continuously has nightmares of people being murdered. One day a family friend comes up murdered in his dream but it turns out to be the reality.
Toby believes he maybe the murderer, but doesn’t understand that possibility. He gets into a race of time to figure out how people are being murdered and why before any other of his friends come up dead, his only option is to dream to find clues of what’s really going on during his dreams and reality.
A botched missing
person’s case.
A nervous mob boss.
Lt. Jake Carrington’s
gut tells him Phil Lucci is being cagey—with good reason. Jake can see this
case has been mishandled from the beginning. Sloppy
police work? Or does Lucci’s hand reach as far as the WPD? It’s Jake’s job to
find the answers.
Then Jake meets Kyra Russell, a woman with an
unusual job—she runs the local crematory. Despite the heated attraction between
them, Jake becomes more and more suspicious of Kyra. Her gambling problem has
already cost her a marriage and custody of her son. More than that, she also
happens to be friends with Phil Lucci. Kyra assures Jake that it’s just
coincidence, but Jake’s experience and his instincts warn him not to believe in
chance. Can Kyra be burning bodies for the mob? If she is, what will Jake do
about it?


Does it come down to this?

Kill or
be killed.
good…or so Rob and Lauren Henderson think…Until one day, all hells breaks loose
as a series of explosions levels the houses around them. The Mayan doomsday has
arrived—a year late. Peaceful neighborhood now turned warzone—the earth really is
coming to an end!
of the aftermath, Rob and Lauren grab only what’s necessary to survive and head
into the mountains, planning to hide out in a cave they discovered over the
summer. Just until the chaos is quelled. But those plans go awry when they find
their place of refuge already occupied by survival nut Roan Kline.

has planned for this day for years; now all his hard work will pay off. He has
built up a fully stocked survivalist cave, complete with food and weapons. He’s
even set up a surveillance system that allows him to monitor his hideaway. He
never planned to use it for entertainment purposes but hey, who can blame him
for watching the couple who’s trespassed on him? After all, it’s his cave.
And she’s hot. Fantasies of her, aka Video Girl, have gotten him through
some rough times. If only he could bring her with him now, his life would be

Rob and Roan meet, it escalates to ‘may the strongest and smartest win’…with
Lauren as the grand prize. Luckily, Rob has a secret weapon in his wife.
Lauren, with her courage, brains, and love, should ensure him the win. Or will it?
Who has the skills to win this game? Patience, cunning, and strength—who
possesses them, man or woman?
battle for survival has begun.
In the
end it comes down to three…and then there were two.


Newly sober and dating the man of her dreams, Traci Collins is ready to enjoy the good life, until her new best friend, Olivia Durning, confides a dreadful secret far worse than Traci could imagine.Sealed by a shared bond, and unaware there is more to the secret than what she was told, Collins feels honor bound to protect her friend when a confrontation between Olivia and her childhood tormentor turns deadly.A mysterious text forces Traci to question Olivia’s actions and re-examine her loyalties. When the answers to Traci’s questions endanger a life she treasures more than her own, she must decide if friendship has a limit. For a bridge once burnt severs ties forever…

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Author Bio: Marguerite Ashton is Founder of the popular blog Criminal Lines and Co-founder of the Crime Writers’ Panel. There she works alongside Joe Giacalone with other panel members to educate writers on the importance of showing accurate portrayals of criminal investigations and law enforcement procedures in their novels.
She grew up in Colorado, but now resides in Wisconsin, where she is currently working on her next book.


 “Killers lurk beneath the waves of the western Pacific Ocean. The USS Encinitas, the first attack submarine crewed by both men and women, stalks the Crescent Moon, a renegade Iranian sub armed with nuclear-tipped missiles. But another predator hides aboard the American sub, a murderer who has already left a trail of dead women behind on shore. While the crew of the Encinitas plays a deadly game of hide-and-seek with the Crescent Moon, NCIS agent Linus Schag must discover the killer’s identity before his – or her – blood lust leads to the submarine’s total destruction.”

“The Killing Depths” is available from in print and Kindle. (
Author Bio: Martin Roy Hill spent more than 20 years as a staff reporter and editor for newspapers and magazines, before becoming a military analyst specializing in battlefield medical operations for the Navy. His freelance credits include Reader’s Digest, LIFE, Newsweek, Omni, American History, Coast Guard Magazine, Retired Officer Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion Section, and many more.
Much of his freelance work involves historical topics, especially military history. He was a lead contributor to the 1995 WWII anthology, “From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki: America at War,” published by the Retired Officer Association (now called the Military Officer Association). He also writes a blog on politics and history, “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow,” for Open Salon.
In addition to writing nonfiction, Hill also writes short fiction. His short stories have appeared in such publications as Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, San Diego Magazine, and San Diego Writer’s Monthly.
A veteran of the Coast Guard and Navy reserves, he now serves as a medical service corps officer in the California State Military Reserve, a component of the California National Guard. Hill has more than 13 years experience in maritime and wilderness search and rescue and disaster response, and teaches wilderness survival and first aid.




Seven year-old Natalie
Barrett is missing. She was last seen at 3:45 on Friday afternoon, walking from
her school. One witness reported seeing an unusual car parked in the road.
Police are canvassing the area for evidence.
Sarah Jenson is
Natalie’s teacher. When one of the detectives on the case is mysteriously
killed, Sarah sees a connection between the incidents and sets about her own
investigation. With suspects stacking up, she is in a race against time to
discover the true identity of the perpetrator before Natalie winds up as
another statistic.
Where were Natalie’s
parents when they should have been collecting her? Why is Natalie so scared of
her Uncle Jimmy? Could a convicted sexual offender from Sarah’s past be
Children not found
within the first seventy-two hours, rarely return home alive. Sarah knows the
clock is ticking…
Set in Southampton,
and with D.I. Jack Vincent leading the investigation, Snatched is the latest break-neck-pace thriller from the pen of
Stephen Edger.
Purchase: Purchase ALL books by author … HERE.
Author Bio:
Stephen Edger is
the best-selling author of ‘Integration‘, ‘Remorse’, ‘Redemption’ and
‘. He is in his early thirties and lives in Southampton with his wife
and young daughter.
Stephen has
worked in the finance industry for the last eight years since graduating from
University with a law degree. It is his experiences in these fields that have
helped create the imaginative stories he shares with readers.
‘Integration’ was
published in June 2011 and tells the story of Mark Baines, a Team Leader working
in the call centre of major banking corporation General Financial. The story
begins with Mark being woken, in the early hours of a Thursday morning by
strange noises coming from downstairs. Realising the house is being burgled; he decides to confront the perpetrators, only to
find the house empty. When he returns to his bedroom he finds a voice message
has been left on his mobile phone from a mysterious voice. It tells him that he
will be rewarded with £1m if he carries out a small favour. This is just the
start of what will become the worst week of Mark’s life.
The burglary
scene and the turmoil Mark feels was inspired by a burglary while Stephen was
on holiday in Spain in June 2010. The rest of the plot developed as Stephen was
working in a call centre at the time of writing. Stephen’s daughter was born in
November 2010 and indirectly became the inspiration for his next novel.
‘Remorse’ was
published in December 2011 and begins with the line “I didn’t’ mean to
kill her…” It tells the story of John Duggan, sat in a prison cell,
waiting to stand trial. He shares with the reader the events of the previous
seven days that led to him killing either his wife or his 3-month old daughter.
Whilst Stephen has never harboured such tendencies towards his loved ones,
dealing with the pressures of adapting to fatherhood influenced much of the
writing. ‘Remorse’ has featured in Amazon’s Top-100 thrillers.
Following the
success of ‘Integration’, Stephen released follow-up ‘Redemption’ in May 2012.
The story picks up where the first left off, with Mark Baines languishing in a
prison cell, wondering who set him up. On Christmas Eve the prison is broken
into and Mark is abducted by an unknown group who want him to break into a
secret bank vault and retrieve a mysterious package.
Stephen’s latest
novel ‘Snatched’ revolves around the abduction of a seven year-old girl from
school, and the subsequent investigation into her disappearance. The story is
again set in Southampton and was published in November 2012.
Author Website:


NB: uncensored adult themed horror ebook (Ideal for the strongest horror fans)

Welcome to a nightmare world where the most horrible things can and do happen. If you like your horror pure, uncensored and undiluted…then this writer is for you!

We introduce Bloodheart, a modern master of the horror genre who boldly showcases all that is taboo and unwelcome, Not for the weak hearted or sensitive natured his debut novel Fresh Meat, is an ‘in your face’ collection of short horror.

Ideal for reading in the graveyard by torchlight or on the move in the hearse, this is the ideal bone-chiller for guys and ghouls!



Political intrigue/technothriller, “M.O.D. by J C Allen:

Where would you draw the line between right and wrong?
When a wanted hacker from the ’80s resurfaces with the means and intent to overthrow what he perceives to be a corrupt government, this question becomes of paramount importance to the future of the country. Scott Carver is asked to make this decision when the hacker asks him to help plan a revolution.
While eluding authorities for decades, M.O.D. has pirated trillions of dollars in funds and equipment for his rebellion. He aims to topple the government in the name of the Constitution and its founding fathers. Is he maniacal? … or is he right?

Adventure:  Novel Ideas by J C Allen:

Penny Reed’s hopes for the future came to a crashing halt when her father died, making her a ward of the state. Knowing her grandfather was still alive and recognizing she’d never survive in the “system,” she stole her father’s boat and sailed away.
Forrest Reed was a man who danced to the beat of his own drum. Having little tolerance for most people and appalled by the worsening political climate in America, he created his own island somewhere in the Pacific to escape the madness. He thoroughly enjoyed his quiet, sheltered existence. Imagine his surprise when Penny showed up, claiming to be his granddaughter. Could Forrest say good-bye to a life of solitude, making room in his heart for his only grandchild, or would events from a painful past always stand between them?
Author bio:
Born and raised in the Charleston, WV area, this young single father started writing when unimaginable circumstances thrust him into a situation beyond his control.  As a way to stay connected to his beloved daughters, he began writing stories to entertain them – first a fantastical, magical adventure, the Edge of Knight series.
What started as entertainment for his daughters evolved into a coping mechanism to maintain his sanity as he waged a monumental battle against injustice.  The battle continues, and as his daughters have grown into teenagers, the stories have changed to more mature fiction.


 "Move over James Bond. It's Rex Randall in the 21st century." This is what Vince Carter says about his
new novel, Rex Randall and the Jericho Secret. This action thriller is about an adventurous author and the
5 beautiful women with whom he lives.

The Story. 
Rex Randall is the world famous author, known for his Incognito series of books and movies.
His main character, Jason Hendrix, has a loyal following around the world, eager to read about his next
exploits. This is especially so, since it is widely known that his life is modeled on the real lifestyle of Rex.

It is an unusual lifestyle, only dreamed of by most. That’s because, in real life, Rex lives with five beautiful
women in a polyamorous, non-monogamous relationship. It is also a luxurious lifestyle, fueled by the
enormous wealth generated by all those books and movies. They want for nothing and enjoy the many
pleasures of life. They work hard, play hard, and rest easy.

In his series of thriller books, Rex’s alter ego, Jason, is a chameleon-like investigator that assumes
numerous identities to pursue his assignments. In order to give the stories an increased level of realism,
Rex spends countless months, himself, thoroughly researching key elements of the story concept by
accepting assignments in real life and donning various cover identities.

Then, with exacting detail, Rex would be able to convert his actual experiences into an exciting series of
scenes for Jason in the novels. It is the distinguishing factor that gives his books that air of authenticity, no matter how unusual the premise.

In preparation for his next novel, Rex and his five female loves, engage in their reality based research by
going undercover and posing as security consultants to the U.S. Secret Service. In the process, they
discover the Jericho Secret.

This secret, unknown even to the Secret Service, is so explosive that, if revealed to the world, could put the
President of the United States in mortal jeopardy.



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Author Vince Carter is a financial executive and not a professional basketball player. He has authored a
number of books under different pen names.

This is the first book in a series of the adventures of Rex Randall and his family.


TIMES is a contemporary noir crime-thriller with dark humor and the pull of the
unpredictable.  This book is not for the
squeamish.  It begins as a creepy slow
burner that leads to betrayal, sex, violence, and murder.
    Frank Moore’s impish playfulness makes him
an alluring antagonist — an evil criminal who has come up with an outrageous,
malevolent plan.  After a frustrating
search he has finally found the key to its success.  Frank has found his look-alike, a
close-enough double: John Kirk. 
    In the harbor city of San Pedro, John Kirk
leads a troublesome life, common troubles that fall by the wayside when Frank
Moore comes to town.  John Kirk, hunted
down and pegged for death without knowing why.

I found The Return to be a very interesting and intense book something on the order of the Da Vinci Code. It kept you wondering what would happen next. You wondered if the Knights Templar really do exist. Will good be over taken by evil? In order to find out you have to read The Return by Carter Vance. It was a very well written book that will make you think. The Return was a love story, a mystery, and a thriller all rolled into one.
Rating: 5
Heat Rating: Mild
Reviewed by: Susan

This is the first book in a series that covers an arc to the ultimate final battle.

The Return is an action thriller that challenges us with the possibility that Jesus Christ is returning now. “The world currently in a state of upheaval and getting more chaotic everyday,” states Carter Vance, author of The Return. “Many of the prophesized signs of the end times are here, now, and are an indication of the possible return of Christ.”

What if the Knights Templar never disbanded and have amassed, over the centuries, virtually unlimited resources in anticipation of His return?

Aided by the manpower and financial, technological, and military resources of the Knights Templar, the parents and their unborn son face challenges from the most evil of the dark forces in society.

“The grail will be found in the thistles, but it’s not there./If you break it, victory is yours./Else, you battle the first son for 27 revolutions for the prize of a thousand years.” 

Their nemesis races to solve this riddle for the prize, but where the answer lies is a mystery to him and his minions. Always aware and on the move, the First Family never rests until the ultimate battle is waged with fleets of the most advanced vehicles and armaments known to man. Who will be left when the battle ends and who will know it ever happened? 

press release:


Carter Vance is a financial executive who has extensive knowledge of prophecies, religions, relics, and the esoteric.

Drawing from actual rare, ancient, secret prophetic records in his possession, and the work of his staff astrologer, Carter has written his debut novel, The Return, which is a spellbinding account of how the prophecies may be fulfilled in the return of Christ to our modern day world.
Author website


In one of Siberia’s formerly closed cities, Alexandra Pavlova, an
unemployed microbiologist, struggles to save her daughter’s life. When she
turns to Vladimir, her oldest friend, for help, she’s drawn into Russia’s
underworld. His business dealings with the Iranians come to the attention of
Sergei Borisov, an FSB (formerly the KGB) agent. Alexandra finds herself
joining forces with Sergei to stop the export of a deadly virus in a race to
save both her daughter and the world.
“An alpha female heroine and a tantalizing premise that toys with
the most basic of emotions—a parent’s drive to save their child. Nothing frilly
or fancy, just good old-fashioned, gimmick-free storytelling. And what could be
better than that.”
—Steve Berry, New York Times’ bestselling author of the Cotton Malone series and TheRomanov Prophecy.
“Liese Sherwood-Fabre has concocted an extremely well-written
story that grabs you from the beginning and holds you relentlessly through all
the twists and turns until the unexpected end.”
—Paula G. Paul, winner of the Willa award.

Purchase: Musa Publishing

Sherwood-Fabre grew up in Dallas, Texas and knew she was destined to write when
she got an A+ in the second grade for her story about Dick, Jane, and Sally’s
ruined picnic. After obtaining her PhD from Indiana University, she joined the
federal government and had the opportunity to work and live internationally for
more than fifteen years—in Africa, Latin America, and Russia. Returning to the
states, she seriously pursued her writing career and has published several
pieces. Her debut novel Saving Hope, a
thriller set in Russia, is now available from Musa Publishing. 


A unique hostage situation is about to turn ugly unless author Ben Haskins can use his gift of words to befriend his captor.

Fantasy novelist Ben Haskins has taken a remote cabin in the wilderness to revive his shaky marriage and failing career. Within the peaceful surroundings he runs into real trouble when convicted murderer Sam Mitchell breaks into the cabin after she escapes from prison. Marked by a dark past of abuse Sam is volatile and ready to snap. It is up to Ben to use his writer’s gift of words to diffuse the situation before time runs out for them both.
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Author Bio:
Cynthia Vespia, “The Original Cyn,” has a background as a certified personal trainer; licensed private security guard; award winning video editor, and graphic designer. But the allure of writing has always remained her first love.Today Cynthia writes quality, character driven novels full of suspense as well as dark fantasy. With a plot pace to stir the adrenaline and keep the pages turning, Cynthia likes to refer to her novels as “Real life situations that you could find yourself in but hope to God you never do.” In her spare time she enjoys reading, movies that involve a strong plot/characters, and keeping active through various forms of martial arts and as an active fitness competitor.


 Paradise is just one step from Hell
The chance to build a dream home on a private island in one of Italy’s most beautiful lakes offers architect Tom Lupton the fresh start he’s been yearning for. But when he arrives with his family on Diavolino, he finds the terrified locals dead set against him. The island, whose very existence has been shrouded in secrecy for half a millennium, has a dark history that no one cares to remember, and as the opposition to Tom grows, so grows a brooding evil that will lead them to the very doors of hell…
Diavolino is available in paperback and e-book formats.
Steve Emmett is a British author and creative writing tutor, and a member of the Society of Authors. Born in Harrogate, the genteel Yorkshire spa town where Agatha Christie hid away from the world thirty-two years earlier. He studied at the Architectural AssociationSchool of Architecture in London and built a few houses before going off the rails. For over twenty years he ran his own real estate agency specializing in Italian country homes and, for almost ten years, lived by Lake Trasimeno in Umbria, the setting for his horror debut,Diavolino. Born at the end of the 1950s, Steve grew up on Dennis Wheatley novels and Hammer Horror films, and on many occasions started to put pen to paper. Completely dissatisfied and unfulfilled with his career, Steve decided in 2008 that he wanted to write and began Diavolino. He has also recently attempted to launch an acting career, and is an occasional reviewer for the New York Journal of Booksand Suspense Magazine. Right now he is completing his second horror novel.Author website:



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By 2088, genetic engineering and nanotechnology have merged to create a near Elysian existence. Mankind is on the brink of immortality – disease, famine and pollution have been eradicated using this new technology – with seemingly magical results.
Behind this perfect mask, however, lurks a hidden threat – revealed by puzzling, apparently random tragedies. Chicago Police Inspector Robert Nazio and the brilliant Greg Gilroy, an anarchist and master hacker, find themselves thrown together at the center of an international crisis filled with twists, turns and technology gone awry.
Assembling a super team of intelligence experts, the investigation quickly evolves into a race to save the Earth from a diabolical threat that seems to be everywhere at once – infiltrating governments, corporations and research laboratories at will. Nazio and Gilroy’s only hope seems to lie with two Renaissance Festival throwbacks – illusionists who have magic of their own.
With paradise collapsing, who will win the battle – technology or magic?
Purchase: Amazon
Author Bio:
Norman LaFave has spent the last thirty years as a scientist, engineer, educator, and now author. He has done science and engineering work for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, NASA, the FAA, and the Lockheed Martin Corporation. In addition, he founded an engineering consulting company, Dynamica Research, that specialized in space launcher design.
An interest in the education of young people and the innovation of teaching methods in science has led him to a high school classroom, where he is currently involved in the development of a creative engineering concept to teach and inspire at-risk students.
Dr. LaFave has a B.S. in physics and mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. He has been awarded an Air Force Weapons Laboratory Fellowship, a National Research Council Associateship, the NASA Award for Engineering Excellence, an FAA Project Management Award, and the Texas Exes Award for Outstanding Teachers for 2010. “Nanomagica” is his debut novel and “You Want Me to Teach What?” is his first nonfiction book.
Dr. LaFave resides in Houston, Texas with his wife, Shannon, and two children, Jillian and Brock. He has a keen interest in the arts, literature, and public policy.
Dr. Norman J. LaFave
Scientist, Engineer, Educator, and Author
Physics Instructor at Klein Forest High School
Author of Nanomagica, Book One of Metropolis Fallen
Author of You Want Me to Teach What? Sure-fire Methods for Teaching Physical Science and MathM: 281-352-0016
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Cover of
Gunshot Glitter designed by  Celene
Glitter by Yasmin Selena Butt
Glitter is the debut novel of London-born writer, Yasmin Selena Butt.  It is a contemporary tale that turns the crime
genre upside down on its head.
gritty, compelling, darkly-gleaming diamond of a read.”- Sunday Times
Best-seller, Lisa Jewell
Your name is Celine Silver. But
no one has called you that in eight years.
You’re a classically trained musician and an Honours graduate.You come from a nice, middle-class family.

You kill people for money.

And no one knows you anymore.

Fate throws the man you abandoned right back into your path – the man
who knew you before you got blood on your hands, before you changed your name.

And he’s demanding answers. 

But is there a way back to the path of normal?

price do you have to pay when you realise you no longer want to be
And who are the real monsters and victims anyway?
And what about the incinerated boy who will never
quite go away . .
Biography: Yasmin
Selena Butt
Author photo by Keith Pitcher
I’m a writer and artist from north London, my parents came to the
UK in the ’60s from Pakistan. My dad has twelve siblings, my mother five; when
I was growing up I wanted my mum to adopt children as I have a love of variety.
She said four children were more then enough thank you. I still think it’s a
shame she stopped there!
I am a total variety freak, I don’t understand women who have a
‘signature’ perfume. I have about 70 bottles in my boudoir alone, as my mood
and vibe changes so much, and I need scent to evolve with that. Same goes for
bubblebath … and breakfast cereal. In 2011 I was featured talking about
Dior’s Fahrenheit on BBC4′s documentary ‘Perfume’, later in 2012 I will be
featuring on a new website for a brilliant brand you all know and love.
My own favourite writers are Poppy Z.Brite, Michael Faber and Lisa
Jewell. I would say my personal style of writing may fall somewhere between the
I chose to self-publish ‘GUNSHOT GLITTER’ as I wanted complete
creative control over my novel. Something which is hard to achieve in orthodox
publishing. As a writer – originality and telling an unforgettable story mean
everything to me. I want to tell you a story that you haven’t heard before,
that you enjoy so much, you won’t worry which genre you found it in.
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I hope you enjoy my work. Thank you for reading.Yasmin Selena Butt

Glitter is available worldwide on Amazon Kindlestore as an eBook downloadable
for Kindle and also other devices .
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—a story of rape, revenge, and
redemption—follows a young Mexican
girl, Maria Sanchez, who is kidnapped on her way to school one morning. She is
enslaved and repeatedly, brutally raped by paying customers, mostly Americans.
But she survives and grows up to become an independent young woman living in
Los Angeles. She tracks down all those men who wronged her, exerting a deadly,
unusual punishment.
On her
footsteps, following the police and FBI’s failure to capture her is a
reluctant, amateur private investigator, Gideon Gold: a former commander of an
elite Israeli paratroops unit and a Mossad secret agent. His frantic pursuit of
her takes unexpected twists and turns, culminating in a dramatic, compelling
game of cat-and-mouse, which will change both of their lives forever.
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Author Bio
Hillel F.
Damron was born in Israel to parents who survived the Holocaust. He was an
officer at an elite paratroops unit and was wounded in battle. He studied films
at the London Film School and became a film director of TV documentaries, a
feature film, and numerous video shorts. He is the award-winning author of a
Sci-fi novel, short stories and film reviews. His novel
Very Narrow Bridge, a first in the series of Gideon Gold’s
Investigation, was published last year.

This year in February he was awarded Moment Magazine’s prize for winning its
memoir contest with his entry: The Sweet Life. Unidentified Woman, his second novel in the series of Gideon Gold’s
Investigation, will be published throughout the E-reader Universe.

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With London gearing up to host the Olympics, the city doesn’t need a serial killer stalking the streets, but they’ve got one anyway.

Leaving a trail of brutal and bizarre murders, the police force is no closer to finding the latest psychopath than Detective Inspector Kurt Lancer is in finding a solution for his daughter’s disability.

Thrust into the pressure cooker of a high profile case, the struggling single parent is wound tight as he tries to balance care of his own family with the safety of a growing population of potential victims.

One of whom could be his own daughter.

Fingers point in every direction as the public relations nightmare grows, and Lancer’s only answer comes in the form of a single oak leaf left at each crime scene.
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About the Author

J.C. Martin is a butt-kicking bookworm: when she isn’t reading or writing, she teaches martial arts and self-defence to adults and children.After working in pharmaceutical research, then in education as a schoolteacher, she decided to put the following to good use: one, her 2nd degree black belt in Wing Chun kung fu; and two, her overwhelming need to write dark mysteries and gripping thrillers with a psychological slant.Her short stories have won various prizes and have been published in several anthologies. Oracle is her first novel.

Born and raised in Malaysia, J.C. now lives in south London with her husband and three dogs.

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Following the death of the woman she believed to be her mother, 28-year-old Naomi Waters learns from a malicious aunt that she is not only adopted, but the product of a brutal rape that left her birth mother, Mary Rose Francis, a teenager of Micmac ancestry, in a coma for 8 months.

Dealing with a sense of betrayal and loss, but with new purpose in her life, Naomi vows to track down Mary Rose’s attackers and bring them to justice. She places her story in the local paper, asking for information from residents who might remember something of the case that has been cold for nearly three decades.

She is about to lose hope that her efforts will bear fruit, when she gets an anonymous phone call. Naomi has attracted the attention of one who remembers the case well.

But someone else has also read the article in the paper. The man whose DNA she carries.

And he has Naomi in his sights.

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Alfred Hitchcock and Stephen King come to mind, but JOAN HALL HOVEY is in a Class by herself!…”J.D. Michael Phelps, Author of My Fugitive, David Janssen

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Author Bio:

As well as penning suspense novels, Joan Hall Hovey’s articles and short stories have appeared in such diverse publications as The Reader, Atlantic Advocate, The Toronto Star, Mystery Scene, True Confessions, Home Life magazine, Seek and various other magazines and newspapers. Her short story, Dark Reunion was selected for the Anthology, Investigating Women, published by Simon & Pierre, edited by David Skene-Melvin.

Joan Hall Hovey is also a writing instructor, and a Voice Over pro, narrating books and scripts. She lives in New Brunswick, Canada.


John is not a very nice man. He works for the government. So who has tied him to a chair and what do they want?

James is a British soldier during WWII. Tom is a young boy with a terrible secret.

Three stories. Three very different people. All of them battling to survive.

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Author Bio:

Michael Cargill is an up and coming author who lives in Surrey, England. In mid-2011 he published his first book and has gone on to publish several more.

Although known for his dramatic and engaging stories he is also a satirist and humorist. He encourages people to take a look at his humorous work –

Anyone unsure of which book to read first should take a look at Shelter from Thunder. It is a short and easy read and also a personal favourite of his.


The Unicorn’s Daughter:
Jaime Lynde would stop at nothing to find the truth….As a child, she was told her father was dead, but one by one, the lies began to unravel. James Lynde was an operative for the OSS during World War II, and later for the CIA. In 1986, he was still alive and working undercover in Libya. As Jaime followed his trail, a traitor followed hers…and the US prepared to take military action….”Beishir pens a winner with this gripping thriller…she confidently builds to a revelatory and spellbinding finale.”
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About the author:
I’m the author of sixteen published novels: six romantic thrillers and one contemporary love story under my own name, nine romantic comedies under my Toni Collins pseudonym. Fourteen are conventionally-published via Berkley Publishing and Silhouette Books, two self-published–one in collaboration with my son, Collin.

When I was working on this book back in 1986, I’d originally planned to have the climax take place in Amsterdam. As fate would have it, however, President Reagan ordered the air strike on Libya and the the idea of sending my characters into the Middle East seemed a much better option.


Who is Connor Mackenzie?
Is he the result of an illegal
experiment…or is he the prophet foretold in an ancient text discovered in the
Sinai wilderness? This is the question he and his pregnant wife must answer in
a race against time across four continents to save their unborn child as they
try to stay one step ahead of an international think tank with an unthinkable
agenda…a pair of FBI agents investigating a series of abductions of gifted
children…and an obsessed photojournalist who believes he’s stumbled onto the
biggest story of his career….
Chasing the
 is the first book in a series.
Book Two, An Army of Angels, will be available Fall 2012!
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author went over the wall…and never looked back!
“Beishir pens a winner with this gripping
thriller…confidently builds to a revelatory and spellbinding finale.”
on The Unicorn’s Daughter
“Expertly paced…compulsive reading.”
on Angels at Midnight
Norma Beishir sold her first novel in 1985. That
novel, Dance of the Gods, was published by Berkley Books as a lead title
in 1988. Before it was even completed, the same publisher gave her a contract
for two more books and a six-figure advance. She published a total of five
successful novels through Berkley, and though she has nothing but praise for
her editors and the publicity department, the association was not without
issues. Her novels were, for the most part, set in glamorous international
locations, and she found her agent and publisher unwilling to consider
subsequent projects that weren’t “glamorous.”
With a stack of rejected proposals, she began to
wonder if she should be wearing a scarlet letter (not an “A,” in case you’re
wondering). Personal crises forced her to take time away from writing novels
for a few years. During that time, she considered other career
options—screenwriting for one. But, as she puts it, “Writing a screenplay is
like putting your baby up for adoption. You give up all parental rights, and if
you ever do see it again, you’re probably not going to recognize it.”
She conceived the idea for Chasing the Wind,
which she wrote with her son Collin, who’s her researcher. Interest in the new
project was immediate. In spite of its international backdrop, Chasing the
is far from glamorous. The protagonist, Connor Mackenzie, is a man
with secrets—some of which even he’s not aware. With its Christian versus science
themes, it was seen as too Christian for the mainstream market…and too
mainstream for the Christian market. Once again, Beishir found herself in a
difficult position. She did not want to tone down the Christian elements of the
story, as she was advised to do. Determined to finally write the books she
wanted to write, she and Collin made the decision to opt for self-publishing.
“It wasn’t an easy decision,” she admits. “I knew
some people—mostly those I knew in the business—would see it as a failure on my
part. They’d think I did it because I wasn’t able to sell Chasing the Wind.
Not true. I made this move because I’m a stubborn control freak who wanted to
write the books my way.” She has no regrets. After self-publishing Chasing
the Wind
and Final Hours, she decided to reissue her Berkley
backlist as ebooks via Beishir Books, the imprint created by herself and
Collin. They recently released The Unicorn’s Daughter (originally
published by Berkley as A Time for Legends) and Angels at Midnight.
In the coming months, they will release the remaining three backlist books,
along with four original novels…all available exclusively through Amazon.
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The Handshaker by David Robinson
Will a hypnotised woman submit to
rape? Will she kill at the hypnotist’s command? Will she commit suicide at his
whim?Serial killer, The Handshaker, terrorises the small Pennine town of Scarbeck.
Choosing his victims apparently at random, he is intelligent, quick witted and
adaptable. He has eluded and baffled the police for to years. Then he abducts
Patricia Sinclair, girlfriend of millionaire hypnotist, Alex Croft, and the
game changes.Croft becomes the hunter, bringing his analytical mind and hypnotic expertise
to bear. Killing follows killing and in a dramatic turn of events, Croft
becomes the hunted, on the run from the police, wanted by The Handshaker, drawn
into a web of insanity leading to a cliffhanger climax.
 The Handshaker is available for the Kindle from:
About David Robinson
David Robinson is a novelist and freelance
writer. In 2011, tired of the endless agent/publisher rejection merry-go-round,
he turned to self-publishing on the Kindle and Smashwords, and put out 15
titles, most of them older works which had been dormant for some time. As well
as his self-published output, he has also been traditionally published.
He writes in several genres, but
concentrates mainly on crime and thrillers. He also write on middle age/3rd age
issues, but learned a long time ago that getting serious on these matters is a
waste of time, so he prefers to use his sledgehammer sense of humour to
puncture the inflated egos of those who pontificate.
An easy going lunatic and devout
Manchester United supporter, although I’m a Yorkshireman by birth, I now live
the other side of the Pennines with my wife of 31 years and a crazy Jack
Russell terrier whom we named Joe because he looks like a Joe.
He is currently working on a sequel
to The Handshaker.
You can keep up with David at:


Publisher – Insomniac Press

Thalia Spencer is missing. Is she in trouble or simply avoiding her family?
     When his daughter disappears, conservative businessman John Spencer hires Toronto private eye Calli Barnow to find her. At first it seems like just another runaway case, but when Calli finds out that Thalia’s lover, Zoe, hasn’t seen her either, she starts to wonder if there’s something sinister going on. Then Thalia’s ex-boyfriend turns up dead. Is Calli hunting a killer or another victim?
     This fast-moving thriller follows Calli Barnow through the twists and turns of Toronto’s neighbourhoods, from rundown but friendly Kensington Market to the Church Street gaybourhood, through the ravines of Rosedale and Mount Pleasant’s mausoleums.
     Calli is an engaging companion, flawed but determined, pursued by her own demons as she tries to find a missing girl before more trouble finds her.

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JobNet was supposed to usher in a better life for unemployed David Mills; instead it plunges him into a bitter struggle for survival when he is caught in the midst of a political conspiracy that pushes Britain to the brink of civil war…

David lives on society’s margins, forever on the verge of sinking into an excluded underclass known as ‘zeros’, until the JobNet scheme offers him the tantalising prospect of a better life.

The Government programme uses the latest artificial reality technology to create a paradise world where the unemployed gain all the help they need. He’s heard the hype before, but this time it actually begins to fulfil the promise: he finds love with Christine, the prospect of a job beckons, and he dares to dream of a worthwhile future beyond the dole.

Then a deadly virus strikes the system and his sweetest dream instantly becomes a living nightmare. He is forced to embark on a perilous journey to be re-united with the woman he loves, in the hope they can escape together into reality – but things are little better there…

The conspiracy has ignited a power struggle between two ruthless and powerful men. Once, they were comrades plotting to shape Britain into the dictatorship it has become: now they are foes whose animosity has plunged the country into violent mayhem.

The first, a renegade security operative turned terrorist, plucked David from the dole to deliver the virus; the second, a tyrannical Prime Minister ruthless in the preservation of his rule, he wants David dead – and fast – before the virus he carries can escape JobNet and overwhelm the wider network.

If David is to stand any chance of surviving, then he must take down both men, but the odds are impossible – he’s just a ‘zero’, after all, and trapped in a broken reality. It seems hopeless – until he stumbles across a dark secret hidden in the heart of JobNet.

It’s a cruel revelation that will change everything…

A dystopian glimpse at a future born in an age of austerity and political uncertainty, with witty, acerbic prose, Citizen Zero is a gripping social satire that exposes our deepest fears, and presents a grave warning to any society that abandons the pursuit of social justice…

Citizen Zero blends the stark social commentary of ‘The Boys From The Blackstuff’, the millennial anarcho-chic of ‘The Matrix’, and the uncompromising force of ‘V for Vendetta’ into one devastating portrayal of tomorrow’s Britain…

The future is what we make it.

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