Mystery / Historical/ Adventures / (Romantic Mystery)

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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Rani is a journalist in a small local newspaper in Bareilly, India. Besides her schoolteacher father, who is also the neighborhood poet and drunk, her family includes two sisters and a mother, Shakuntala, who has a past history of her own. The mother had run away from a small village, Rampur, in India, rebelling against a powerful father, who was forcing her to marry an ambitious and morally dubious suitor, Vir Singh.  She leaves behind her only other sister, Savitri, who ends up marrying the jilted man. Besides being unethical, this son-in-law also had a wealthy first wife, who died in questionable circumstances, leaving behind a traumatized young son called Durlabh.
In the years that Shakuntala is away from Rampur, Vir Singh inherits both the wealth and the political legacy her father leaves behind after his death. Vir also rises in power and becomes a Member of Parliament from the dominant national party. His eldest son, Durlabh, from his first wife, is now engaged to the daughter of the Chief Minister of the state of Uttar Pradesh. This will end up solidifying Vir Singh’s position both in the party and the State.
Twenty-five years after being disowned by her family, Shakuntala receives a letter from her sister, Savitri.  Rani has been invited by her aunt to come to Rampur to help in the preparations for the forthcoming marriage. “I am unwell,” says Savitri, “and cannot do this by myself.” As enticement, she also adds that this will soften Vir Singh and improve relations between the two families for the future.
Shakuntala takes this invitation as an opportunity for her daughter to get details and photographs of the estate, so they can lay claim to her share. The Supreme Court of India, she says, now allows daughters an equal share in inherited family property.With curiosity and a sense of purpose, Rani sets forth on the journey to Rampur, where she hopes, if nothing else, she will at least get a good story for her newspaper. She meets her three unfriendly cousins and the long suffering Durlabh, who seems incapable of standing up to anybody. The Aunt seems to have her own reasons for inviting Rani, which might just call for seducing Durlabh away from his powerfully connected fiancée in order to clear the way for her own wastrel son, Vijay. Meanwhile, the daughter of the house, Anjali, is playing a dangerous game in consorting with a lower caste boy from the village, who is the son of a political rival of Vir Singh. The youngest son, Roop, is also playing with fire when he begins to pursue the angry bastard of Vir Singh, who is born of the village courtesan clever enough to have contrived a good education for her son.
In this dangerous household where she witnesses Vir Singh commit murder, Rani navigates her way to keep herself, and others she hold dear, safe. Will Rani achieve her goal of securing her mother’s share of the ancestral property and bring the two families together? Will she stop her Uncle from wantonly destroying the lives of others, and get a scoop for her newspaper?

Read the book to find out what happens!

About the Author

Suneeta Misra is a lifelong teacher and documentary film maker on issues of women’s development. She views herself as a global citizen, with no single nationality. Look out for her next murder mystery, called Daredevil Durga, about the trials and tribulations of an autistic girl in a mythical village in India.


Book Information: Doggone, Publisher: CreateSpace, ISBN: 978-1463577315,

Published: April 2012, Pages: 324

Thirty-two year old Lexi O’Malley, a boring software programmer by trade,
was out of work, out of money, full of attitude and looking for a new
career. When her eccentric Aunt Scarlet calls and shames her into helping
search for Bubba, her missing, big, dopey, black Lab, she figures she
might as well add out of luck to the mix since dog detective wasn’t
exactly the great new profession she had in mind.

In the process of tending to her familial obligation, she finds Bubba
beaten nearly to death and after Aunt Scarlet’s home is ransacked she
accidentally learns her aunt’s handy man is not who he professes to be.
While playing amateur sleuth, she’s shot at, pursued by thugs, crashes her
car, finds her apartment burned to the ground and discovers that even
though she’s short on expertise and not all that brave, she’s a master
fibber and can hold her own in a crisis.

Book Information: Twocan Sam, Publisher: CreateSpace, ISBN:978-1479192571, Published: September 2012, Pages: 346

After Nick Romano, a trouble-making prankster from her childhood, guilts
her into helping him out while he recovers from a bullet wound he received
on her behalf, newly certified process server, Lexi O’Malley, is out to
prove a point when, with a condescending smirk, she’s handed off a service
by Mark, a P.I. with Romano Investigations, after he was unable to get it

On her first assignment going solo, with her wits, gut instinct and plenty
of attitude in her arsenal, she’s determined to get her man and rub the
Affidavit of Service in Mark’s smug face, but when she finds herself in
her subject’s home, only to exit a few minutes later just before a
thunderous explosion shoots a huge fireball into the sky, she begins to
have second thoughts about agreeing to the favor.

As one comic misadventure follows another, she’s shot at, stalked by a
crazed lunatic, has her head almost sliced off and, in the end, surprises
not only her peers, but herself with her tenacity and ability to get the
job done.

Both books are available in print and e-book versions.

About The Author:
D. M. (Donna Marie) Buckley was born and raised, and still lives in Tampa
Florida with her husband and three cats, where she is currently hard at
work on Three Point Turn, the next Lexi O’Malley adventure.

For more information, review copies, or interviews please contact:

D.M. Buckley

Both books are available for purchase online through the author’s website,, and other online retailers. Bookstores should contact
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At 17, Caroline Hill was torn from the boy she loved by her tyranical father. Then they took her child. Finally, her grasp on reality.Now, after nine years in Bayshore mental institution, once called The Lunatic Asylum, Caroline is being released.

There will be no one to meet her. Her parents who brought her here are dead.

They have found her a room in a rooming house, a job washing dishes in a restaurant. She will do fine, they said. But no one told her that women in St. Simeon are already dying at the hands of a vicious predator. One, an actress who lived previously in her building.

And now, as Caroline struggles to survive on the outside, she realizes someone is stalking her.

But who will believe her? She’s a crazy woman after all.

Then, one cold winter’s night on her way home from her job, a man follows and is about to assault her when a stranger intercedes.

A stranger who hides his face and whispers her name.



In addition to her critically award-winning novels, Joan Hall Hovey’s articles and short stories have appeared in such diverse publications as The Toronto Star, Atlantic Advocate, Seek, Home Life Magazine, Mystery Scene, The New Brunswick Reader, Fredericton Gleaner, New Freeman and Kings County Record. Her short story Dark Reunion was selected for the anthology investigating Women, Published by Simon & Pierre.

Ms. Hovey has held workshops and given talks at various schools and libraries in her area, including New Brunswick Community College, and taught a course in creative writing at the University of New Brunswick. For a number of years, she has been a tutor with Winghill School, a distance education school in Ottawa for aspiring writers.

She is a member of the Writer’s Federation of New Brunswick, past regional Vice-President of Crime Writers of Canada, Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

Joan Hall Hovey lives in a modest home on the banks of the beautiful Kennebecasis River, in New Brunswick Canada with husband Mel and dog, Scamp. She is presently at work on her 6th suspense novel.

Review quotes:

“…another winner. I highly recommend it to any lover of suspense, mystery, romance, or thriller. You’ll not only race through this book, but clamor for more works by this talented and polished author. Aaron Paul Lazar, author of Healey’s Cave

“…The mystery and suspense in this novel is outstanding, truly top notch, in the vein of Mary Higgins Clark, but—dare I say—even better? – Midwest Reviews, Aaron Paul Lazar, author of FOR KEEPS.

“…intricately plotted and will surprise even the most devoted mystery and susense reader. I challenge any reader to stop on page 190 of this 255 page book, to tell me who is the real serial murderer. The answer will surely blow you away. It did me. Gripping Suspense!” Sandy Heptinstall – Whispering Winds Reviews

“…Danger shimmers throughout the novel. You walk down the darkened streets with Caroline, afraid for her. You wake up in the middle of the night when she does, hearing the same faint noises she hears, afraid for her… She cannot seem to escape danger no matter how careful she is.  And you cannot stop reading…” Beth Anderson, author of Raven Talks Back
Award-winning suspense


 “a fine piece of fiction with some murder, mystery, magic and fantasy”
—-Front Street Reviews


When Tasmin’s bethrothed, William, is accused of murder, she gathers
her wind sprites and rushes to his home town to investigate. She
doesn’t have a shred of doubt about his innocence. But as she settles
in his chocolate shop, she finds more in store than she bargained for.
Facing suspicious townsfolk, gossiping neighbors, and William’s own
family, who all resent her kind – the sorcerer folk from the North —
she must also learn to tell friend from foe, and fast. For the real
killer is still on the loose – and he is intent on ruining William’s
family at all cost.

The Chocolatier’s Wife is a truly original, spellbinding love story,
featuring vivid characters in a highly realistic historical setting.

Purchase: Amazon


Cindy Lynn Speer is the author of Blue Moon, Unbalanced

and The Chocolatier’s Wife, a recent Amazon Best Seller.  She

also has stories in the recently released anthology Once Upon a


and her forthcoming short story collection Wishes and

Sorrows…outside of writing she loves to read, drink tea and play

with swords.

A prequel featuring individual short story vignettes of Greggory, Robert, Marissa, and Daniel before their lives converge in Journey to Freedom.

Greggory is a half-breed; a mix of Indian and black blood, and struggles both emotionally and physically with hatred and prejudice. Robert is a slave on a Florida plantation who takes in the starving, angry young Greggory, under his wing and helps him grow into a man of honor. 

Marrissa is a young girl who watches her mother waste away working as a maid in the saloon. Dodging the advances of the owner and his threats to put her in service, Marrissa dreams of having a better life and strikes out on her own after her mother’s death.
Daniel is an introvert who finds safe haven away from civilization and his past. His business of trapping is successful and he finds contentment in the simple life he leads until he has two visitors.There are no spoilers in this book so it can be read before or after Journey to Freedom.
Author Bio:
K. Meador published her first full length novel, Journey to Freedom in April 2012. Her second book, Their Journey Begins, was published in November 2012. It is an anthology written to explore the characters in Journey to Freedom before they meet. Her third book, Transcendence, was published in November 2012. It is a collection of poetry from the author’s heart written in the time periods between 1998 and 2012.
Her future works are:
Their Journey Continues – a short anthology to follow up on characters you have fallen in love with in Their Journey Begins and Journey to Freedom. Publication date December 2012.
The Inner Chamber – a christian suspense/thriller full length novel set in contemporary times and challenges faith through a series of trials. Publication date June 2013.
Impact – a christian drama full length novel set in modern time and tests the boundaries of love and forgiveness in a family setting. Publication date December 2013.
K. Meador calls Cross Plains, Texas, home. Cross Plains Texas was put on the map by author Robert Howard, author of the Conan the Barbarian series. K. Meador works full time as an aircraft mechanic/avionics technician. Her older son is exploring the depths of the ocean as he attained his Master Diver Certification and her younger son is pursing a career in auto collision and paint.
To keep up to date on K. Meador’s activities, visit her website at


 The first of the Elizabeth Brunnette adventures.
 Ace reporter Andrew Hoyle is given what he thought was the assignment of a lifetime but, he never expected to be whisked into the depths of political intrigue. The raising of the remains of R.M.S. Titanic from its watery grave miles beneath the North Atlantic would be the key to opening up a door to a not too distant past. 
Found in the decaying structure would be a lockbox that would eventually lead to a series of long lost diaries written by Elizabeth Brunnette. Selected to infiltrate a nefarious organization of radical foreigners led by a German fanatic named Lenin, she is forced to take action with the help of Christopher Ryan, and expose the diabolical plot before it is too late. 
Her story would outline the unsuspecting deception behind the troubled demise of the grand ocean liner and the involvement of a vulnerable British Intelligence. The cream of capitalist society is innocently huddled aboard a ship watched over by the Grim reaper and only Elizabeth Brunnette and Christopher Ryan can save Titanic.
Author bio;
A Canadian, W.C. Hewitt has long been interested in observing the trials and social tribulations that now face the new wave of socio-equity and inter-racial strife. Having spent most of his life working in the public sector, Mr. Hewitt has had hands on experience in dealings with the social structures that now preside over the bruised and uncertain cultivation of today. An amateur Archaeologist, Historian and Titanic enthusiast (Mr. Hewitt was a member of the Titanic Historical Society) he shows a high regard for historical accuracy and an understanding of the Human Psyche. With captivating relish he succeeds in bringing a literary bond between mystery, adventure and human enigma. Ian Fleming, Clive Cussler and Arthur Conan Doyle are among his favourite authors.
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When the owner of a traveling
carnival is strangled—not once but twice—on opening night of the summer fair in
Hollydale, the police surmise he was not well liked. As the head of Hollydale’s
citizens association and local liaison with the carnival, Damon Lassard feels
obligated to help his dear friend, Detective Gerry Sloman, solve the crime.
Damon is determined to bring the killer to justice, to the fascination of his
mother, best gal pal Rebecca, and lovely local weather girl, Bethany Krims. To
unravel the threads underpinning this peculiar murder, Damon will travel far
from Hollydale as his quest to find a murderer leads to the discovery of long
hidden and horrific crimes.
It Takes Two to Strangle introduces
Hollydale’s lovable neighborhood leader, Damon Lassard, and twists the dabbling
detective through an intricate maze of greed, deception, and murder.
Amazon (paperback):
 STEPHEN KAMINSKI is the author of It Takes
Two to Strangle
, the first book in the Damon Lassard Dabbling Detective
series. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Law School.
Stephen has practiced law for over a decade and currently serves as General
Counsel to a national non-profit organization. He is a lifelong lover of all
types of mysteries and lives with his
wife and daughter
in Arlington, Virginia.



A suspicious rash of suicides has the police baffled to

point they decide to enlist the help of a local
private investigator. Rochester accompanies an inspector to yet another
‘suicide’ and decides to knock on a few doors… He receives the same response
from everyone who is willing to open their

door and speak with him. The victim lived alone,
had no family, no friends, just a black cat with strange markings on his side.
After comparing notes on the other suspected cases a pattern begins to emerge.
The one thing all of the

crime scenes seemed to have in common was that
shortly before their death, each person had taken in a black cat. 

This would have been

of only minor interest to Rochester, if it had not been for his housemate finding
a cat matching the description in the reports, sitting outside their door.



Nathan lives a down-trodden mundane life. He feels he
deserves much more. His attitude is made worse by the conditions in which he
works. It is not only the work itself, but his employer.

Each day Nathan can hear his employer leave his office.
Each day he makes the same repetitious and annoying sounds. Nathan cringes as
the sounds comes closer and closer to his office door. Each day he presents the
same garish appearance at Nathan’s open door, the same maddening stare. Each
day the sameness eats away at Nathan, until he seriously fears for his sanity.

Nathan knows himself to be of above average
intelligence. A murder that is what is needed to relieve Nathan’s torment.
Nathan follows his employer, studies, plots, and plans. Oh, if only all that
was plotted and planned so carefully went well, he could put an end to his


L M Boelz a proud mother of two children
and three grandchildren has had a fascination with legends and stories told
around campfires since she can remember. She was always the first one to jump
up and offer a chilling tale of what is really hiding in the shadows. After
being asked by several people if she ever planned on writing a book; she
decided to follow her passion and write down some of her stories.  Lin decided the best place to start was with
one of her worst fears as a child. No matter what her parents said, she was
sure there was something hiding under the bed.
Lin relates the authors havening the biggest influence on her writing to
be; Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, and Sir Arthur Konan Doyle. The shows that
influenced her most were; Th Twilight Zone, Outer limits and The Night
Gallery.  When asked what she believed
made a good story she related that she believes to keep a book interesting you
have to have just the right amount of plot twist. As a reader she likes to be
surprised when something unexpected happens. Lin’s favorite way to end a
campfire tales is to ask; ‘Have you ever ask yourself, what if it is not just a
story?’ for all other e-reader’s
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What happens to an unhappy woman who leaves her husband only to discover that she may have just made a terrible mistake? So horrible, her choice threatens to end her very life?
Susan believes that the grass is greener on the other side. Not that her current life is bad, necessarily; it’s just boring and lifeless, kind of like the old matted rug on her dining room floor. Susan thinks her marriage has just grown—well, old. Her husband, Bob, has gained tremendous weight and continues to gain, and his health suffers. She must work at a job she hates full-time to provide the little sustenance they have. He, on the other hand, works very little (because of his health) and prefers spending his days watching television or surfing the Internet. Besides, there’s her problem of not getting pregnant that can’t help but contribute to his unhappiness.
Can Susan continue to live her life at the hotel knowing that she might be killed herself or imprisoned for life? Will she be able to find the real murderer with the help of the eccentric Ms. Martha Boaz?
Kathryn has been a published writer since 1987.  She has published various newspaper stories, magazine articles, essays and short stories for teens and adults.  She is the author of: “A River of Stones,” a young adult fiction novel dealing with divorce published in 2002, and “Conquering your Goliaths—A Parable of the Five Stones,” a Christian novel published in January of 2012. One of her newest creations, a “Conquering your Goliaths—Guidebook,” was published in February of 2012. “Scrambled,” published in September 2012, is her first cozy mystery. Kathryn graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Mass Communication and a minor in Creative Writing. Her studies included work in creative writing, public relations and journalism. Recently, she has opened the doors to Idea Creations Press, a publishing services company that caters to writers and their writing, publishing and marketing needs.


Are rules really meant to be broken? Jake Carrington finds out the
hard way and the answer is no! Dating Chloe Wagner was a huge mistake, and Jake
should have known better—he’s investigating the murder of Chloe’s sister. 
is now the number one suspect in that murder. If she’s
convicted, Jake could lose not only his rank, but his job. If that’s not bad
enough, he’s got a stalker on his hands, someone who’s threatening his
fledgling relationship with the lovely Mia. Things are getting just a little
too personal for comfort!
Author Bio:
born and raised in Brooklyn, New York is the seventh child of ten. At the age
of sixteen her family moved from New York to New England. As a typical
teenager, she felt her life was ruined and took to journalizing her feeling and
this new life. The journal helped her realize how easily she had adapted to the
change. Although, she did miss her cherished friends terribly; she’s thankful,
they are still friends today. The four of them refer to each other as the
cradle to the grave friends.




Unbeknown to her parents, at the age
of five she started reading the New York Daily News story about the murdered
nurses in Chicago and the investigation. Marian followed the story every day as
authorities rushed to solve the brutal crime. It had caught her attention and
her imagination. To this day she stills checks her closet before going to
sleep. Marian thinks it was on that day the mystery lover was created.


At the age of eight she wrote every day, whether it be a poem, a
short story or in her journal. An eighth grade assignment got her published.
Though she failed the assignment, the nun was impressed with her poem. It was
supposed to be a four line poem, but she couldn’t still her pen. The Beach her
first official published work is still her favorite though much longer than
four lines. It was the nun who submitted the poem for her to the local paper.
Thus, the writer was born.


first book If I Fail, A Jake Carrington Mystery will be released on September
7, 2012; and will be followed up in January 2013 with the second book in the
series, Burn in Hell, A Jake Carrington Mystery. Each book’s a mystery with
romantic elements, because to quote Marian, “Life is both mysterious and


Marian resides in New England with
her husband.



When Principal, Abby Davies, shows Curtis a page of scribbles and asks him to try to figure it out, Curtis isn’t sure what to think. He likes Miss D and all. She isn’t too bad for a school teacher. You can talk to her and she doesn’t make fun. But, sheesh, a secret code from aliens? That’s just too sci fi for him. To keep her happy, he says he’ll help. Thing is, once he starts studying the scribbles, he can see messages. 
Coder Guy, as Abby calls whoever is sending the messages, wants her to fix things. What things? Abby and Curtis find the answer when letters with Abby’s signature appear in newspaper offices. The things asked for come true. But, who’s writing the letters? Coder Guy? Or Abby?
Then the reporter shows up. What is a war correspondent doing in their little town? He says he loves Abby, but he sells her story to the world; her face splashed over every television and computer screen. The next day Miss D and Curtis are the only ones who remember the reports.
That’s when real fear sets in.
Meanwhile, Yves, who fell in love with Em, has loved her through her life as Jasmine, still loves her in this life as Abby. He fumes as one of the rookie gods fumbles communication with her. Once again, Yves breaks the rules to help Abby, but with deadly results.

A long time ago, I lived in Mali. Every single day, I wished I could wave a magic wand to relieve the heart-wrenching poverty. The story line of my books reflects my desire to wave that wand and make the world a better place. If only wishes could come true. And of course, every novel needs its love story, so along with the sci-fi magic, I’ve added the requisite romance.
Initially, I intended to write “a” novel. The story and characters took over and the ending of the first demanded another. Two books became three and three became four.
I’ve always believed we can’t be the only beings existing in the vastness of the universe. There must be others “out there somewhere” and I brought some of them along for the ride. The setting stays, for the most part, within the realities of our world, but I’ve found that I love the magic the sci-fi element of other beings can bring to the story.


Written in form of a diary, which genre (epistolary, confessional) was so popular in the 18th century and which sounds so comprehensible in our time of blogging, web-diaries and web-journals, the novella may be called a love story. A story of a sixteen-year-old damsel and her weird marriage. 
Time: 1764, a year after the Seven Years War (this first global military conflict took place much earlier than WWI, and it may be called the First World War, in fact.) Set in Europe, like each of my novels, the story is my fist historical fiction, in which I study the interesting case when a gay man is enforced to get married to a female (dynastic marriage) and what comes of the unnatural act. (Warning: no consensual sex, no sex relationship at all between the spouses.) Nothing playful, but the book is a story of a young thing, who learns the world. 
Nothing unworldly, but the mysterious undead, who appears in the winter tale written by my main character in my latest novel Silver Thread Spinner (ISBN 9781470988357), appears in my new story as well, and he will appear again, in the future, maybe more than once, in Volume Five, a sequel of my novels, the series dedicated to the boy of the name of Jocelyn. The image of the undead is neither my attempt to follow the fashion nor my contribution to the modern day literary taste, not at all; I merely love writing and speculating on the subject.
The ending is pendent. Self-published on Lulu and
The first reviews read here, please:
at Sam Kasbrick’s Reviews
at Elisa Rolle Reviews


The Skeletons of Birkbury

Twenty years ago no
connection was made between the disappearance of a girl from Cheltenham and a
fatal car accident in the small village of Birkbury. But that changes when the
body is found buried in Birkbury and there are two further car accidents and a
local girl goes missing.


Debts & Druids.
Bob wants to avoid financial ruin
at any cost.
Tina wants to compete at the
Regionals at any cost.
Sarah wants to hide her past at any
Dick wants to find a new way of
life at any cost.
But who will pay the highest price?
Blackmail seemed the obvious solutions but the consequences
were deadly.


‘Oh my God, what’s happening to me? After all this time, please, not
 Jeanne Le Page, gripped by fear and panic, struggles to breathe as the
ferry arrives in Guernsey – the island she had fled fifteen years before,
traumatised by a family tragedy.
Now she has to return after another death. Her beloved
grandmother has bequeathed Jeanne her old cottage. She intends to stay just
long enough to sell her inheritance. Deeply unhappy after the recent end of a relationship,
she has no desire to pick up her old life in her birthplace.
Jeanne is shocked to find that the cottage holds a secret
going back to the German Occupation. She becomes drawn into learning more,
delaying her planned departure. At the same time, while unveiling the truth of what
happened to her family, she puts herself in mortal danger.
Jeanne has to relive the tragedy as the ghosts continue to
haunt her. But over time the island works its magic, encouraging her to live
and love again . . . .

Anne Allen lives in Devon, by her beloved sea. She has three children and her
daughter and two grandchildren live nearby. She was born in Rugby, to an
English mother and Welsh father. As a result she spent many summers with her
Welsh grandparents in Anglesey and learnt to love the sea.  Her restless spirit has meant a number of
moves which included Spain for a couple of years. The longest stay was in
Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and
the people. She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for
frequent returns.

By profession Anne is a psychotherapist but has long had
creative ‘itches’, learning to mosaic, paint furniture, interior design and
sculpt. At the back of her mind the itch to write was always present but seemed
too time-consuming for a single mum with a need to earn a living. Now the nest
is empty there’s more time to write and a second novel is gestating, but novels
take a lot longer than children to be born!


History buff Joel Smith reveres the Forties: the movies, the music, even the cars. But until he stumbles into a time portal, he keeps the decade at a distance. All that changes in THE MINE, where Millennial Man meets the Greatest Generation.

In May 2000 Smith is a handsome, self-absorbed man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior enters an abandoned Montana mine on a weekend getaway, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a phone he can’t use, money he can’t spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of Whirlaway, swing dancing, and a peacetime draft, he hops a train to his hometown of Seattle and falls in with a group of college friends that includes his future grandmother, her affable boyfriend, a witty Japanese American, and a shy honors student named Grace Vandenberg.

Throughout his sometimes humorous, often poignant journey, Joel struggles with the knowledge of things to come. He knows the attack on Pearl Harbor will have a devastating impact on his friends and vows to limit his own influence on lives he was never supposed to touch. But that pledge becomes difficult to keep as he falls hard for Grace, a striking beauty with a tragic past and a seemingly solid engagement to a U.S. naval officer.

With the help of his new friends, Joel finds contentment in his strange new world. But his peace is fleeting. When an opportunity arrives to return to the present, he must decide whether to leave Grace in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever.


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John A. Heldt is a reference librarian who lives and works in Montana. The former award-winning sportswriter and newspaper editor has loved reading and writing since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of both the University of Oregon and University of Iowa, he is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. THE MINE is his first novel.

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Novel Description
Roppongi is an ‘adventure-travel-fiction’ story, exploring the crazy and often dangerous world which is living and working as a foreigner in the Roppongi nightlife industry of Tokyo, Japan. The novel follows the (mis)adventures of its travel-addicted protagonist Zack, and in that respect is similar thematically to Alex Garland’s ‘The Beach’ or Gregory David Roberts’ ‘Shantaram.’ Accordingly, the reader is viscerally transported into the surreal realms of Roppongi, as Zack attempts to come to terms with a series of life-changing events unfolding at rapid pace. In the process, the novel punches through the impossibly glamorous surface of Roppongi and plunges the reader deep into its seedy underbelly … showing a disturbing side of Japan not often written about in the English language.
Novel Blurb (Back-Cover)
Welcome to Roppongi – ‘High Touch Town.’
Some have heard of it. Some have lived it.
Others … have ridden it to the very edge.
Its denizens know Roppongi is a journey, not a destination.
Meet Zack.  He knows Roppongi better than most.
After all, it nearly killed him.  Twice.
A surreal pleasure centre of glitter and glamour.
An irresistible vortex of money, drugs, sex, debauchery, hedonism, and death.
Roppongi knows no limits.
What is this place, and why has Zack returned?  Will his friends follow?
Roppongi:  Illusion or Reality?  The blue-pill or the red-pill?
For that matter, do you take pills at all?

Author Bio

Nick Vasey was born in 1968, raised in various parts of Australia, and completed a Commerce degree in accounting, marketing and law in 1989 at Murdoch University, in Perth, Western Australia. Thereafter, one year of working in a multinational accounting practice was all it took to convince him to quit the typical career-path, and go travelling instead. Wise choice.Over the next fifteen years Nick had a variety of adventures in over forty countries around the world. It would be safe to say that travelling itself became his primary passion. These experiences have confirmed in Nick a profoundly libertarian streak, and repeatedly proven to him that governments rarely have their citizens’ best interests at heart, and by default, should therefore be regarded with extreme scepticism.

Two of these years of global gallivanting (94/95 & 97/98) were very joyously spent living, working and partying in the nightlife industry, or mizu-shobai (water-trade), of Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan. The purpose each time was simple; to save as much money as possible in order to fund further travelling adventures. Suffice to say these two years in Roppongi proved to be more than sufficient in terms of providing both the material and the motivation for writing the novel.

Out of curiosity, in 2004 Nick briefly returned to Australia and plugged back into the ‘Matrix’ for a while, but found he still had no use for it. Dumbfounded and disappointed by people’s mindless pursuit of material wealth, AFL Football and reality-TV, in 2008 he quit the first-world altogether, for a more tranquil life in the Southern-Sierran township of Vilcabamba, Ecuador.

Nick and his wife Laura now live simply, with their many animals, in the mountain-top sanctuary they have named ‘Motu-Iti’. Currently, Nick is probably building a hummingbird feeder, and thinking about writing his second novel. If you would like to contact Nick, please email him directly.


The Black Dragons

North Carolina -1775Growing up on a tobacco plantation should be a simple life, predictable as the changing seasons, but when unlikely friends become entangled in the politics and shifting loyalties of nations, life is anything but simple. What starts as a plan to protect the families living on one small plantation, captures the attention of world powers vying for control of the American Colonies and the Islands of the Caribbean.

With few options available, untried heroes find themselves caught in a deadly struggle to protect their ideals, their freedoms and their lives. At every turn their friendship and loyalty to each other and to those brave men they come to lead, is tested. Can the innocent companionship of childhood stand in the face of hatred, prejudice, and war between world powers? Will the ideals that they embody become a testimony to a new world vision for an emerging nation?

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Author Bio:
Richard Hackett Jr. holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University in International Business and Marketing, with a minor in History. Married with two children, he and his family have traveled extensively in the US and sailed the Caribbean and South Pacific. When not consumed by his real world business endeavors, he has focused a great deal of his personal time and energy on military history and strategy and the character traits of military leaders. He also enjoys exploring and researching the spiritual aspects of life and Christianity. He has always been an “outside the box” thinker, yet a realist when it comes to application and implementation of those dreams.


Executive Severance

by Robert K. Blechman

illustrated by David Arshawsky

“Limited to 140 characters to confess his sins and meet his Maker, ‘tweeting’ may not have been the best use of Willum Granger’s final moments.”

NeoPoiesis Press announces the release of Executive Severance, a laugh-out-loud comic mystery novel originally posted in real time tweets on Twitter that is compelling, entertaining, and shows off what can be done in the 140-character form with style and mastery. With send-ups of the mystery genre, social media conventions and cell phone behavior, Executive Severance is a cornucopia of word play and comic misdirection stuffed with punny dialogue, clever character conditions, and a total lack of adherence to the old “rules” of storytelling. Robert K. Blechman’s delight in the language shows in every tweet – that is to say, every thread of the story. His plot is tight, tingling, and diverting.

More details concerning this Twitter novel can be found at Whale Fire a companion blog that will complement the mystery tale and explore the many literary and social media references embedded in the Executive Severance text.
About the Author

Robert K. Blechman is not a cartoonist. That’s Robert O. Robert K. was born at the start of the turbulent 1950’s and spent the first 17 years of his life in a house on the western boundary between Maryland and the District of Columbia, that is, on the demarcation line determining voting and non-voting citizenship. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in English Literature and went on to earn an MBA in finance and a Ph.D. in Media Ecology from New York University.

Until recently Dr. Blechman held a senior technology position at a St. George’s University. He has worked a variety of iconic institutions including Columbia University Medical Center, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, HarperCollins Publishers, Olympia & York Real Estate Management and CBS News.

Dr. Blechman continues to tweet at RKBs_Twitstery, discusses his Media Ecological musings and speculations at his blog, “A Model Media Ecologist” and is hard at work on a follow-up novel to Executive Severance.

Executive Severance

Robert K. Blechman

NeoPoiesis Press/December 14, 2011

5.5×8.5; perfect bound, paper/ $16.95/ 148 pages

ISBN: 978-0-9832747-5-9

“Executive Severance, a laugh out loud comic mystery novel, epitomizes our current cultural moment in that it is born from the juxtaposition of authorial invention and technological communication innovation. Merging creative text with new electronic context, Robert K. Blechman’s novel, which originally appeared as Twitter entries, can be read on a cell phone. His tweets which merge to form an entertaining novel can’t be beat. Hold the phone; exalt in the mystery–engage with Blechman’s story which signals the

inception of a new literary art form.”

– Marleen S. Barr, author of Envisioning the Future: Science Fiction and the Next Millennium

“A He Dunit. Sometimes a little verbose, but OMG this is the best twitstery I ever read. It’s got everything: narrative drive, mystery, comedy, thrills, tension, laughs. Blechman is on to something, a genre as important to literature as the invention of haiku in rhyme. …”

– Marvin Kitman, author, The Man Who Wouldn’t Shut Up: The Rise of Bill O’Reilly

“A delightful ‘twitstery’ – a mystery written in real time Tweets – that is compelling, entertaining, and shows off what can be done in the 140-character form with style and mastery. Blechman’s delight in the language shows in every tweet – that is to say, every thread of the story. His plot is tight, tingling, and diverting. Poe would have been proud of the new form Blechman has given to the mystery story.”

– Paul Levinson, author New New Media and The Plot to Save Socrates

“Embracing the challenges found in publishing via the medium Twitter, Bob Blechman’s super silly story Executive Severance is stuffed with punny dialogue, clever character conditions, and a total lack of adherence to the old “rules” of storytelling. It’s a meaty tale told in deliciously rare, bite-sized chunks that I’d recommend for consumption to anyone hungering for fiction that satisfies. Well-done, Bob!”

– Michelle Anderson, mediaChick, author of The Miracle in July – a digital love story
For more information about Executive Severance, please visit or contact Lance Strate at


River Whispers by Kathi Oram Peterson

Regi Bernard’s small hometown on the Snake River is good for some things (like fishing) but bad for others (like avoiding old flames). On one unlucky day, Regi runs in to the two men she least wants to see: Samuel Tanner, her first love, whose sudden rejection still stings decades later; and Ranger Curtis Romney, the man who trampled her daughter’s heart and reputation. But the next day, Regi’s luck is even worse. While trespassing on Samuel’s land to fish, she discovers a dead body in the willows. And when Regi reports the murder, she becomes the prime suspect.Of course Regi knows she’s innocent. What she doesn’t know is why the murder leads keep pointing to her, and she’s not going to sit around waiting while others find out. Unraveling a murder case in a small town where everyone and everything is interconnected is a tangled task at best. As Regi takes matters into her own hands, she finds the evidence points to multiple townspeople as the possible killer, including Regi’s own sister. With so many possibilities, Regi can’t get the job done without getting close to one particular suspect — Samuel, the man she’d hoped to avoid forever. The two of them will need more than luck if they’re going to clear their names and their past. And as Regi races to discover the truth about the murder, she may very well face her own.




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Let me tell you a little about myself. I grew up in the small town of Rigby, Idaho. I love my hometown where the drug store still has a soda fountain and where people wave hello to strangers. I’ve worked on my writing for years and years and years. Along the way I won a few contests, earned my BA in English and finally started selling my books. I’m very humbled to see my manuscripts turn into actual novels.
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In News from Dead Mule Swamp, Anastasia Raven is running from the pain of a

failed marriage, and hopes to hide from the world in an old farmhouse she has

purchased at the edge of Dead Mule Swamp. When a hundred-year-old newspaper

she finds inside a wall is stolen by Cliff Sorenson, and then Cliff disappears,

Ana is convinced that the paper holds the key to the mystery. But what old news

could be important enough to put Cliff in danger?

Author bio:

Joan Young has enjoyed the out-of-doors her entire life. Highlights of her outdoor

adventures include Girl Scouting, which provided yearly training in camp skills,

the opportunity to engage in a 10-day canoe trip, and numerous short backpacking

excursions. She was selected to attend the 1965 Senior Scout Roundup in Coeur

d’Alene, Idaho, an international event to which 10,000 girls were invited. She

has ridden a bicycle from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean in 1986, and on

August 3, 2010 became the first woman to complete the North Country National

Scenic Trail on foot. Her mileage totaled 4395 miles.

She has recently begun writing more fiction, including short stories and cozy