May Queen Killers by Lorna Dounaeva

ebook_front_cover.jpgA beauty queen is missing…

Sapphire Butterworth disappears in the middle of May Day celebrations in the quiet village of Fleckford. Mystery writer, Jock Skone is one of the last to see Sapphire and determined to use his detective skills to find her. But Jock quickly discovers that Sapphire’s friends do not know her as well as they thought they did. And Sapphire is not the first May Queen to go missing. Is there a deeper reason why Sapphire wanted the title so badly? Does she know more about the May Queen Killers than she’s been letting on?

May Queen Killers is a very British thriller set on the English/Welsh border.


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Lorna Dounaeva is a quirky British crime writer who once challenged a Flamenco troupe to a dance-off. She is a politics graduate and worked for the British Home Office for a number of years, before turning to crime fiction. She loves books and films with strong female characters and her influences include Single White Female and Sleeping with the Enemy. She lives in Surrey, England with her husband and two small children who keep her busy wiping food off the ceiling and removing mints from USB sockets.
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Godspeed, Carry My Bullet by Ian Lewis

 Godspeed, Carry My Bullet by Ian Lewis

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

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Those of My Kind by Jennifer Loring

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Two young women find themselves entangled in a deadly game with an ancient creature determined to wipe out all human life. Tristan and Blessing are demon-hunting drifters destined to protect mankind from evil, but to do so they must exist on the fringes of society. Feeding their own bloodlust by murdering local criminals, they begin a dangerous hunt for a resurrected demon named Anasztaizia. But when Tristan meets a beautiful dancer named Mira, she is willing to abandon her calling for her one chance at a normal life.

Believing Tristan has betrayed her, Blessing finds solace in her natural talent for witchcraft. Anasztaizia, able to corrupt Blessing by exploiting her jealousies and personal tragedies as well as her power, next turns her attention to Mira. Mira has been keeping a secret from Tristan, and she is willing to do anything to escape her agonizing fate. Even if it means abandoning her humanity. Even if it means Tristan must choose between Mira’s life and her own.

Review Excerpt from Char’s Horror Corner/Horror After Dark: “Overall, I loved this book. It was different. It was fast paced. It had a unique story-line. It had strong women. It had an antagonist that was truly monstrous, yet the reader was compelled to pity her as well. These characters were well drawn, complicated and believable. What more could a reader ask for? A sequel, that’s what!

Highly recommended for fans of dark fiction, horror, and excellent writing!”

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1915029_407996452002_5406555_nBio: Jennifer Loring’s short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, webzines, and anthologies, including Crystal Lake Publishing’s Tales from the Lake vol. 1. She has also published a novella, Conduits (DarkFuse, 2014), and two novels, Those of My Kind (Omnium Gatherum, 2015) and Firebird (Limitless Publishing, 2015). The second book in The Firebird Trilogy, What’s Left of Me, releases July 26, 2016. Two novellas and several short stories are forthcoming in 2016 as well. Jennifer lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, their turtle, and two basset hounds.



The Very Devil Herself by Loren Molloy

tvdhcoverartBeginning in the late 1600s we follow Alexandra on a journey through history which is filled with blood, fear, and terror. Alexandra is a supernatural creature who must feast on human flesh and blood to survive. For over 200 years this immortal woman has to prowl the dirty streets of London in search of her next victim until the King of England decides to employ her special skills to hunt real life serial killers for his needs instead. <

“Horrifying, Terrifying, & Captivating from cover to cover.”

The Very Devil Herself!Authored by Loren MolloyPublished by IngramSparkCover Illustration by Loren MolloyISBN-13:9780692652107ISBN-10:0692652108BISAC: Fiction / Horror / General:Click Me to Order 

Hesitation Wounds by Amy Koppelman


41uSbJmon7L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgThe new novel by the author of I Smile Back, now a film starring Sarah Silverman.

The acclaimed author of I Smile Back, Amy Koppelman is a novelist of astonishing power, with a sly, dark voice, at once fearless and poetic. In Koppelman’s new novel, Dr. Susanna Seliger is a renowned psychiatrist who specializes in treatment-resistant depression. The most difficult cases come through her door, and Susa is always ready to discuss treatment options, medication, and symptom management but draws the line at engaging with feelings. A strict adherence to protocol keeps her from falling apart.

But her past is made present by one patient, Jim, whose struggles tear open Susa’s hastily stitched up wounds, revealing her latent feeling that she could have helped the people closest to her, especially her adored, cool, talented graffiti-artist brother. Spectacularly original, gorgeously unsettling, HESITATION WOUNDS is a novel that will sink deep and remain—like a persistent scar or a dangerous glow-in-the-dark memory.

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Hesitation Wounds reads like a fever dream, or the last second of a deeply feeling woman’s life. It is full of brilliantly observed pain and truth. It is an in-depth unblinking report on the deepest of all bonds, familial love. It is spare but it is also somehow full. Its truths are so sharp I began to read with my head slightly averted, as if expecting the next blow. She is way more unflinching than you or me. Her language is simple, deceptively so, the further she goes, as if depth stole oxygen and there was only so much breath left for words, so they had better be true. And they are true. It’s a jagged, dangerous, beautiful book that affirms life even as it affirms the impossibility of life. Like Beckett, she can’t go on, she will go on.” (David Duchovny, author of Holy Cow)

“Amy Koppelman has wrangled into the world a marvel of a book in terms of language and character and story. It should find her the audience she’s long deserved.”
(Mary Karr, The New York Times bestselling author of The Liar’s Club and Lit)

“Fearless, unflinching, entrancing”
(Thomas Beller, author of J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist)

“Who are we without the ones we love? Amy Koppelman’s brilliant latest is richly sympathetic, and deeply moving, and truly, like that one lone star sparkling in the darkest sky. Gorgeously written, the novel is so hypnotic that you don’t dare risk taking your eyes from the page.”
(Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You)

“Readers who like psychological fiction and don’t expect a conventional narrative will appreciate Koppelman’s exploration of the struggle to come to terms with loss.” (Booklist)

“[Koppleman’s] a novelist of astonishing depth and power, with a dark and haunting voice that is both lyrical and fearless.”

“Somber and absorbing.” (

“In her spare but richly layered third novel, Amy Koppelman explores what happens when a life ruptures with the trauma of loss ― and what happens with the sutures knitting that wound begin to unravel.”

“Koppelman’s newest novel stares at me. I’m drawn towards its unflinching gaze.” (The Quivering Pen)

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Amy Koppelman


70befbd4-0258-4a63-ba42-ef18faa25416.jpgAmy Koppelman is a graduate of Columbia’s MFA program. Her writing has appeared in The New York Observer and Lilith. She lives in New York City with her husband, Brian Koppelman, and their two children. Her previous novels are A Mouthful of Air and I Smile Back, slated for the Toronto Film Festival and general release in Fall 2015.

Amy also wrote ‘I Smile Back’ which was adapted into a film in 2015 starring actress/comedian Sarah Silverman. Sarah was recently nominated for a SAG award based on her performance of Laney.

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I Smile Back


Now a major motion picture starring Sarah Silverman in her dramatic-acting debut, and Josh Charles, I Smile Back tells the affecting tale of Laney Brooks, a mother and wife on a self-destructive streak. She takes the drugs she wants, sleeps with the men she wants, disappears when she wants. Lurking beneath Laney’s seemingly composed surface is the impulse to follow in her father’s footsteps, to leave and topple her family’s balance in the process.

The film adaptation of I Smile Back premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in the prestigious US Dramatic competition. Silverman’s affecting dramatic turn in the lead role has garnered praise in film trade reviews as “tremendous,” “terrific,” and “awards worthy,” and will inspire an onslaught of attention upon the film’s national theatrical release.

What People are Saying about ‘I Smile Back’

“Powerful. Koppelman’s instincts help her navigate these choppy waters with inventiveness and integrity.”
Los Angeles Times

“Koppelman explores with ruthless honesty a woman come undone.”

“Koppelman mostly writes from inside Laney’s disillusioned mind, ricocheting between the quotidian details of wife and motherhood and big-picture musings, forming exquisite stand-alone tone poems.”

From Publishers Weekly

This crushing novel by the author of A Mouthful of Air is a shocking portrait of suburban ennui gone horribly awry. Laney Brooks, approaching middle age in Short Hills, N.J., appears to have it all: doting husband, two beautiful children, the big house with a kidney-shaped pool. But beneath the facade of upper-middle-class perfection, Laney’s life descends into a chasm of indiscriminate sex and drug and alcohol abuse. Koppelman’s prose style is understated and crackling; each sentence is laden with a foreboding sense of menace, whether she’s describing a sunny Florida resort or the back alley of a seedy strip mall. Laney’s self-debasement can be a bit over-the-top at times, but like a crime scene or a flaming car wreck, it becomes impossible not to stare. (Dec.) 
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From Booklist

Laney, beautiful, married with two children and a seemingly fine suburban life, feels only impending doom shadowing her and everyone else’s life. She finishes many sentences in her mind with “and then you die,” and comes to know that “nothing bad needs to happen for her to feel sad.” So she misbehaves: drinks too much, uses drugs, and sleeps around. Her husband, ever patient, copes and sends her to rehab, but nothing connects or fills the hole left by her father’s abandonment long ago. She always expects failure and loss. Koppelman has visited this area before with a more sympathetic character in A Mouthful of Air (2003). Koppelman’s writing is expressive and nuanced, so the reader recognizes Laney’s pain, but doesn’t feel it. And perhaps that is the point. Her separation from everyone, even the reader, is her strongest characteristic. Her aloneness gives her the distance she both wants and fears. Therefore this potent novel is captivating in the way watching a car wreck might be. It is not easy or comfortable or for the faint of heart. –Danise Hoover

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A Mouthful of Air


A Mouthful of Air begins a few weeks after Julie Davis’s suicide attempt and on the eve of her son’s first birthday. Desperate to lead a “normal” life, Julie tries to be thankful for the good things: her comfortable lifestyle, her doting husband and her healthy little boy. But her emotional demons are unrelenting, and the battle is being quietly lost

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From Publishers Weekly

Lean, minutely detailed and frighteningly convincing, this polished debut explores the mind of Julie Davis, a privileged 26-year-old New Yorker suffering from postpartum depression after giving birth to her son, Teddy. The novel begins just after she tries to commit suicide, soon before Teddy’s first birthday. Back from the hospital and home with her husband, Ethan, and Teddy’s live-in nurse, Georgie, Julie struggles to feign normality, continually reassuring herself that she can function perfectly well: “She will empty the stroller and pay for what she has. She will tell Ethan to bring home bottled water or just use water from the tap.” The plot moves along the grooves of her depressed, circular thinking, fed by small, ordinary developments: a Knicks game, a Tupperware party, a trip to the grocery store with Teddy, a move to the suburbs. Tranquil as her life is on the outside, her mind never rests, constantly struggling with the voice in her head that she describes as a “skeptical, mocking, bitter person furious she is alive.” Memories of childhood with her father intrude often. He called her Flower, but treated her and her mother roughly, leaving many scars. Another frequently heard voice is that of her mother whose motto is “If you look happy and pretty, then you are happy and pretty.” Ethan is patient and thoughtful, though he has odd lapses, calling his formerly bulimic wife “Tiny.” Koppelman skillfully builds suspense as Julie battles with her demons, conjuring up an airless, oppressively stifling world. Though all signs point to the disturbing ending, it still comes as a surprise. 
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From Booklist

This effective first novel portrays the deep and abiding depression of a young wife and mother, newly returned to her family after a suicide attempt. Julie’s life shows that love, money, privilege, and position are no guarantee of happiness, and that there is no logic to depression. So visceral is Koppelman’s prose, the reader truly feels the depths of Julie’s spirit and the toll of her continual struggle to keep herself afloat. Although living in the present and benefiting from today’s psychopharmacology, Julie seems remarkably untouched by the tremendous changes in women’s lives since the 1960s. She marries very young, has no career, and becomes a mother right away. Her being out of sync with society emphasizes how out of touch she is with feelings of success or contentment. Unexpectedly pregnant again, she must give up the drugs that have helped her survive and risk all for the baby. Despite an air of melodrama at the end, this tragic tale, though difficult to read, is worth the effort. Danise Hoover
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Strange Luck by Amie Irene Winters

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In a world where memories are currency, escape means getting out before you forget who you are.

A mysterious letter. An idyllic world. And a peculiar collection of antiques. It all waits to be discovered in Strange Luck, an imaginative novel that mixes fantasy and philosophy for a thrilling reading experience.

Hopeful that her father can be saved from a chronic condition, seventeen-year-old Daisy sets out to find a cure, but accidentally lands in a wicked world called The Nameless. As Daisy explores the moaning caverns and encounters people who refuse to go above ground, it becomes clear that the world’s inhabitants are more than just strange. They may be keeping a dark secret. They may have been lured and trapped here for a reason. And somehow—impossible as it may seem—they may still have a chance to regain what has been taken from them.
A daring mystery complimented with vivid imagery, Strange Luck will delight adults, teens, and anyone who can’t resist a dark adventure.

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Mystery

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AmieIreneWinters_Headshot_B&amp;WAuthor Bio: Amie Irene Winters is a former park ranger turned YA Fantasy author. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and holds degrees in anthropology, religious studies, and environmental leadership. When not conjuring up other worlds, she can be found hiking, antiquing, traveling, or painting. Strange Luck is her first novel, and she is currently working on the next book in the Strange Luck series.

Mission Improbable by J.J. Green

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Science Fiction

In the deepest reaches of the galaxy there are places and beings that aren’t impossible, just very, very improbable.

Carrie Hatchett is a low-achieving daydreamer, and the last person on Earth who should be resolving disputes for the Transgalactic Council. After providing a good home for her butt-ugly dog and psychotic cat, her biggest challenge in life is to avoid being fired, again.


But a strange green mist sucks her beneath her kitchen sink, and an unusual clerical error leads to an offer she foolishly doesn’t refuse.

In settling a conflict between the mechanical placktoids and the mysterious oootoon, Carrie reveals a threat to the entire galaxy.

Mission Improbable is Book One in the light-hearted, fast-paced Carrie Hatchett Space Adventures series.

Fans of serial science fiction rejoice! Here is the author you have been waiting for.

A fast and fun read, Mission: Improbable introduces readers to Carrie Hatchet, a forgetful mess of a woman who finds herself working by night as a Transgalactic Intercultural Community Crisis Liaison Officer, which is every bit as fun as it sounds. Full of humor, suspense, and an original cast of humans and aliens alike, Mission: Improbable sets the stage for what promises to be an exciting space adventure series.

I really enjoyed this book in the same way I enjoy the Artemis Fowl books. It caused me to laugh out loud a number of times. I’m in the habit of reading as I eat breakfast and dinner, and once I sort of spit out my drink. Like the Artemis Fowl books, although it is funny and has a great cast of zany characters, the conflict of the story is written quite seriously. Without giving anything away, it revolves around two alien species at war. One is bombing the other and one has been taking hostages. This plot and its resolution is surprisingly meaningful. You sort of have a laugh, but then turn around and think, “Well, that was actually quite deep.” The nature of the different types of aliens is also very creative. Very original.


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Fascinated by the unusual and unknown since childhood, J.J. Green first departed the U.K. as a young adult and has lived in Australia and Laos as well as her current abode, Taiwan. Her choice of writing genre reflects her interests and includes science fiction, fantasy, weird, dark and humorous tales.