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Mysteries and Strange Events – Nine Short Stories

Thursday, July 4th, 2019
Mysteries
and Strange Events – Nine Short Stories
by
Drew Jones
Genre:
Mystery 
 
Mysteries
and Strange Events Volume One brings together an evocative debut
collection of nine short stories from the author Drew Jones. They are
fantastically wide ranging in subject, and includes Jaguar cars,
railway accidents, strange salvage operations, commercial espionage,
greed, science fiction and ghosts – and every reader will find a
favourite within the book. They will all make him stop, think, and
question. This amazing mix is completed with some light humour as the
flamboyant sleuth – Mr Theodore Halfpenny, makes his first
appearance.

 

This
irresistible book will be your perfect companion as you commute to
work, struggle through a long haul flight, or just to keep at the
side of the bed after a long day.

 

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My
name is Drew Jones and enjoy writing about mysterious and strange
events. Some of my ideas are derived from my interest in classic
cars, military airfields and the paranormal. I normally write in my
study in Wales with my Labrador dog Monty at my feet, and many ideas
and plots are thought through on our walks together in the woods.
There are lots of ideas buzzing in my head, many involving our sleuth
Theodore Halfpenny, who will appear in Mysterious and Strange Events
Volume 2 – which I hope to start work on soon!
I
have really had fun putting this collection together – so I hope
you have enjoyed them too. Perhaps you have read them on your
commute to work, on a plane as you travel towards your holiday, or as
a quick read at the end of a long day.
As
with all authors, I would be grateful if you would leave a review on
Amazon – it only takes a second, and is always much appreciated.
It
would be very nice to hear from all my readers, so if you would like
to contact me personally, please email at:
Andrewjones888@btinternet.com
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Even with the help from ghosts and a jaguar Summer is out of her depth

Friday, August 24th, 2018
Murder
in Plain Sight
Summer
McCloud Book 1
by
Nikki Broadwell
Genre:
Paranormal Mystery 
 
Like
Stephanie Plum?

 

 

Just
add ghosts and stir!

 

 

Summer
is an amateur sleuth with the hots for a cop on the local police
force. And Jerry is on her trail, but not because he wants her
body.

 

 

Summer
is a suspect in a murder investigation.

 

 

When
Summer dons a wig and sunglasses and disappears, her best friend,
Agnes, is worried–will Summer end up being another
victim?

 

 

Meanwhile
Jerry is seen on the news asking her to turn herself in.

 

 

Will
she heed his warning?

 

 

Find
out in this fast-paced sexy and humorous thriller by picking up a
copy now.

 

 

Note
to readers: If you are a stickler for police procedures or read a lot
of hard-boiled murder mysteries, this might not be the book for you!

 

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Saffron
and Seaweed
Summer
McCloud book 2
 
Summer
and Jerry’s romantic weekend takes a dark turn when they discover
the body of a young woman in the surf. 

 

 

When
the local police deny the crime and the newspaper prints nothing,
Jerry and Summer realize they are on their own. But they have no idea
how deep they will have to dig to find out the truth. The murder is
only a thread in a web of lies that extends to the furthest reaches
of political office.

 

 

Are
Summer’s visions to be the only clues? Jerry doesn’t think so,
his focus on good old-fashioned detective work, but when he doubts
her psychic abilities the trust between them begins to crumble.

 

 

As
the days pass, Jerry and Summer come to understand that not only
their relationship, but their very lives are in jeopardy.

 

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Black
and White and Red All Over
Summer
McCloud Book 3
 
A
terrible school shooting has the entire sleepy town of Ames in an
uproar. Who would do such a thing, and why can’t the witnesses
remember any details about the shooter? 

 

 

When
Summer has a visit from a ghost she’s left wondering…could
someone long dead actually heft an assault rifle?

 

 

Along
with the furor over the murders, Summer is falling for Jerry again,
despite his obvious deranged state of mind. Add to that the upcoming
wedding between Sam and Agnes, and include a smattering of ghosts and
possible psychopaths to the guest list, and you have a recipe for
disaster.

 

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Finlay’s
Folly
Summer
McCloud Book 4
 
Summer
is in Scotland doing an errand for a ghost. But when she comes face
to face with her distant past her world turns upside down. 

 

 

Finlay
Ross McCloud, a ghost in the Ames graveyard, has sent her on this
fool’s errand, his facts confused. And when Summer discovers the
truth she’s already in over her head.

 

 

Will
she succumb to the charms of the handsome highlander she can picture
running across the moors in a kilt, or will she pull herself away
before it’s too late?

 

 

Find
out in this fast-paced romantic tale of love and loss.

 

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The
Night of the Jaguar
Summer
McCloud Book 5
 
A
honeymoon without a husband is not so fun.

 

 

Akumal
is beautiful, but without Jerry, Summer’s hopes of sunbathing,
margaritas, and rolling around in bed together, are ruined.

 

 

But
it’s the dead body in the cenote that clinches it. Jerry is working
on a case that he never mentioned, and Summer is left out– that is
until she decides to do a little sleuthing herself.

 

 

Even
with the help from ghosts and a jaguar Summer is out of her depth.
And when her life is put in in danger it is up to Jerry to save her.
Will he make it in time?

 

 

Find
out by reading this fast-paced supernatural thriller.

 

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I
graduated with a BA in art and English from Sonoma State University
in California. I’ve been an avid reader since I first learned how and
a writer from my early teenage years on. I’ve had several art related
businesses, including greeting cards and more recently a silk
painting business. When I began to write in earnest I put aside the
art, concentrating only on the writing.

 

 

I’ve
traveled a lot over the years, finding inspiration wherever I go.
Scotland holds a special place in my heart, hence the setting for
“The Moonstone”. I had to make a 4th trip there to do
research as I was putting the book together!

 

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Rhonda is a woman that becomes a victim to the vicious attack of a killer

Monday, February 12th, 2018
Beltane
Magic
Magic
Seasons Book 1
by
Jacqueline Paige
Genre:
Paranormal Romance
347
pages
 
Beltane
the season for renewal of life, love and danger…

 

 

Step
into a world of magic and passion…

 

A
group of friends come together to dance the Maypole

 

 

Take
a dash of spice, a pinch of herbs

 

Soft
candlelight and resonant drums

 

Add
a flash of magic and watch the sparks fly

 

Toss
in a killer that’s targeting women…

 

 

To
the outside world she is just Leena Duncan. A gentle woman with a
troubled past, yet none know her full story. Her ability to control
the elements and her knowledge of plants make her magic strong and
unbreakable. It’s just too bad that she’s closed off her heart to
not risk it again, having learned that horrors are possible, even
with those who claim to love you. It only takes one man at the rainy
Beltane celebration to change her outlook, and one killer to endanger
her world.

 

Owen
Grey, a well-known fantasy author, has returned to his childhood home
to set down roots and reacquaint himself with old friends. Learning
that magic is, in fact, possible, the second revelation is the one
woman who calls to him: body, soul and heart. Even more surprising,
he learns that with a simple touch he can relieve pain and lift
emotional burdens, it just doesn’t help him deal with his own past.
While he may write about happily ever after, he knows it only as
fiction. Until her.

 

With
a killer targeting celebrants at these small pagan gatherings,
leaving two bodies in warning, this little group of friends who
welcomed him with open arms, are at risk if they don’t find the
killer.

 

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Solstice
Heat
Magic
Seasons Book 2
254
pages
 
Step
into a world of magic and passions….

 

 

Take
a dash of spice, add a flash of magic and watch the sparks fly

 

Toss
in a killer that’s targeting women and add a handful of witches from
all paths to stir it all together…

 

 

Separated
by two different life styles yet their passion and magic ignite
sparks hotter than the Solstice heat. Can they work out a way to be
together as they try to stop a killer from striking again?

 

 

Kasey
is a woman that exudes energy and brightness; equally passionate when
angry or happy. Her energy comes through in all her magic, and she
often wishes she could rewrite her own story to become charming and
sophisticated enough to be with a certain wealthy male lawyer she
wants more than anything else.

 

 

Chris
is a force of strength and experience carefully hidden behind the
easy mannerisms he has adopted. There is nothing he cannot do with
his magic and he has tried all of it, whether right or wrong. His
fortune has left him wanting for nothing in life except the one thing
money can’t buy, the woman he feels too unclean to approach.

 

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Harvest
Dreams
Magic
Seasons Book 3
267
pages
 
Step
into a world of magic and passions….

 

 

 

Take a dash of spice,
heat it a pinch of herbs.

 

Soft candlelight and resonant drums.
Add
a flash of magic and watch the sparks fly.
Toss in a killer that’s
targeting women…
Armed with magic and a plan for the Lammas
festival they are determined to stop the killer from harming anyone
again. And Steven will, with a plan of his own, persuade Rachel that
they are meant to be together.
Will the magic allow them to
start anew?
Rachel is a woman that lives carefree with a
buoyant recklessness. She loves being a flirt and has spent many
years indulging that side of her personality. Her energy draws
others; her character is to protect all those that cannot protect
themselves. When she’s not riding on life, she is helping children
less fortunate then herself.
Steven is man that gives
more than his energy usually allows. He is a highly-respected
pediatrician that always goes that extra step to ensure all in his
care are receiving his utmost attention. He often sacrifices sleep to
spend time with his friends, and he can’t seem to help affably
chasing the skirt of the one woman that breaks his easy-going charm
and makes him forget he’s supposed to be the jovial. He hides his
strength in body and magic, never letting others know that he is more
than the carefree man with everything he needs.
Armed
with magic and a plan for the Lammas festival as a group they are
determined to stop the killer from harming anyone again. With a plan
of his own, Steven decides he’s done waiting for Rachel to see that
they’re meant to be together and takes things into his own hands.

 

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Autumn
Dance
Magic
Seasons Book 4
228
pages
 
Step
into a world of magic and passion…

 

 

 

Take a dash of spice and
a flash of magic
Watch the sparks fly
With a handful of
witches to stir it all together
In search of a killer
targeting their kind.
The Mabon gathering brings this
group of special friends together to use their powers to unmask the
killer and prevent more victims, before moving to the celebration of
the season.
Coralee has always lived her life with a
small remove: her ability to feel other’s emotions has kept her
guarded and alone. After reeling from the killer’s emotional
tumult, her friends are concerned and looking to protect – none
more than Dade.
His ability to call emotions and
reactions with his drums leaves Dade singularly placed to draw the
killer forward, but his concerns is only for Coralee. Always drawn to
her, his past history with women leave him wondering if she ever
could take a chance on him. A gathering that could change everything
by catching the killer just may bring a new love to light.

 

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Winter
Mist
Magic
Seasons Book 5
237
pages
 
Step
into a world of magic and passion…

 

 

 

Take a dash of spice,
heat it
Add a flash of magic and watch the sparks fly
Add a
handful of witches from all paths to stir it all together…
Patrick
is a man that has lived a violent life undercover in all the wrong
places, for too long. His light charm carefully keeps others from
seeing the dangerous man that lies inside. He is the first for
justice and will go out of his way to keep the innocent safe. He
finds himself falling for the woman that was a victim of a sick and
vile person and is caught between keeping her out of harm’s way and
completing the job he needs to finish.
Rhonda is a woman
that becomes a victim to the vicious attack of a killer. Even though
she survives, she will have to learn to live with the scars for the
rest of her life. In hiding she has to rebuild the strength to get
through it. She is forced to spend her days and nights in the company
of a detective, that seems to have no other plan in life than to
constantly aggravate her and make her want things she may never have
again.
When Patrick’s cover is blown and he is badly
injured, the group of friends pull together to keep him and the
recovering victim of a killer safe. As a result, the group of twelve
become targets of the criminals after Patrick and have to live
together in a safe house for Yule.
Can twelve witches
follow orders or will they take matters into their own hands?

 

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Jacqueline
Paige lives in Ontario in a small town that’s part of the popular
Georgian Triangle area. 

 

 

 

She
began her writing career in 2006 and since her first published works
in 2009 she hasn’t stopped. Jacqueline describes her writing as “all
things paranormal”, which she has proven is her niche with
stories of witches, ghosts, physics and shifters now on the
shelves. 

 

 

When
Jacqueline isn’t lost in her writing she spends time with her five
children, most of whom are finally able to look after her instead of
the other way around. Together they do random road trips, that
usually end up with them lost, shopping trips where they push every
button in the toy aisle, hiking when there’s enough time to escape
and bizarre things like creating new daring recipes in the kitchen.
She’s a grandmother to four (so far) and looks forward to corrupting
many more in the years to come.

 

 

Also
writes as J. Risk

 

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The Fortune Teller’s Secret and a dead man on a Ferris wheel

Friday, March 24th, 2017
The
Fortune Teller’s Secret
A
Cavendish Brown Paranormal Mystery Book 2
by
Ron D. Voigts
Genre:
Paranormal Mystery
A
dead man on a Ferris wheel and a cold-case murder take Cavendish
Brown into a world of carnival freaks, ghosts, and killers.

 

The
annual carnival comes to Maiden Falls, a small town in the West
Virginia Mountains, but everything is not merry.


The
ghost of a woman appears to Cavendish Brown, a carnival worker lies
dead aboard a car on the Ferris wheel, and a bullied teenager plots
to kill people at the carnival with a homemade bomb. More
complications arise. Cavendish again butts heads with the local
sheriff, Clinton Pike.

 

Marbella
Wellingway, owner of the newspaper where Cavendish works, receives a
visit from the Angel of Death. And a Fortune Teller at the carnival
knows something that could forever change Cavendish’s life.

 

With
the aid of Jane, a disturbed psychic, and Alexandra, a Goth witch, he
must find the killer, help the mystery woman, and risk his life to
prevent more deaths.
 
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A
Cavndish Brown Paranormal Mystery Book 1
 
Investigative
reporter and recent widower, Cavendish Brown, is unemployed and
floundering. Coerced into returning to his childhood home by the
town’s eccentric matriarch, Cavendish finds himself involved in
murder, deceit, and a not-so-subtle attempt at matchmaking. Joined by
Jane, a disturbed psychic, and Alexandra, a young Goth woman with
uncanny abilities, they follow leads into the hills of West Virginia
to catch the killer. A sheriff who shoots first and asks questions
later makes solving the case difficult for the trio. Adding further
complications is an ex-girlfriend with a mob hitman on her trail who
seeks Cavendish’s help.
Immersed
in a never-ending spiral of clues and secrets, he must unlock the
darkness that surrounds the enigmatic Jane, stay ahead of the law,
and come to terms with his own grief.
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How to Make a Hero

By Ron D. Voigts

 

Developing the main character for a novel is probably the most difficult task.  In The Witch’s Daughter, I wrestled with myself to come up with just the right mix of a good guy, human being, and flawed character.  I feel that many writers project themselves into the protagonist of the story.  Let’s face it–most of us lead pretty bland lives with respect to the characters in our books.

For some reason, the name came to me first. Cavendish Brown.  I liked the sound.  My brain saw a superhero type guy, thriller material, spy like, able to leap tall building in a single bound. But as I developed him I saw a need to bring him back to reality, mess up his life a bit, and have him wrestle with the person he has become.

At the beginning of The Witch’s Daughter, he has lost his wife to cancer and descended into depression which he expressed mostly as anger and drinking too much.  His rescuer is Marbella Wellingway who offers him the job of taking over the town newspaper.  Of course, she has other ideas which include matchmaking with her daughter Alexandra. In Book 1, he faces his inner demons and comes to grips with the reality that life goes on after you lose a loved one.

In Book 2, The Fortune Teller’s Secret, he is still mourning his dead wife while trying to continue his life.  He knows he has to keep living, but it’s hard. Most important in this second book is finding himself and a purpose in his life.  Does he stop drinking? Well, not quite.  Will he be less moody? Probably not.  Does he have a lot more growing to do? Absolutely.

I would like to share a one paragraph note I keep handy to remind me about who Cavendish Brown is.

Cavendish is the reluctant hero.  He is reclusive, a loner.  Introvert. He keeps to himself, keeping his feelings private. But when he must put on his “red cape,” he will come to the rescue to right wrong, defend the downtrodden, and protect the innocent. Unfortunately, he can get carried away once he turns on the magic.  He landed a guy name Freddie in the hospital because of the way the jerk treated his girlfriend.  He beat up another man who he though was stealing his girlfriend Nikki. He sucker punches a bullie who picked on Jane. Most times he tries to keep his temper in check. Not losing it means not hurting someone. 

I named Book 2 not for the murder but for something important told to Cavendish Brown by the Fortune Teller.  In “A Cavendish Brown Paranormal Mystery” series, each of the main characters will discover things about themselves taking them to their destiny.  Rosalie, the fortune teller, tells to Cavendish a detail about himself that will change his life.  What is it? You got to read The Fortune Teller’s Secret to find out.

 

Ron
D. Voigts lives in Raleigh, North Carolina and sometimes somewhere
else. When back in Raleigh, he enjoys time with his family, watches
old movies and shoots lots of pool. He has his own private writer’s
retreat in La Vale, MD where he spends lots of time working on his
next novel while enjoying the mountains and eating ice cream.
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Springett Hall is haunted?

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

What is the most difficult thing about being an author?

I think the hardest thing about being an author is finding the balance between considering your audience and not worrying too much about what people think. We write to share these ideas bouncing around in our heads—to get them out there on paper—so even though we’re telling stories that are important to us, we have an audience in mind. There’s nothing more exciting than getting a story into the hands of that audience and hearing good feedback about it, but there are going to be people who don’t love a story or don’t get it—people it just doesn’t speak to. That can be painful, but you can’t try to please everyone, and you can’t let it stop you from writing.

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Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?

I’m really grateful that I had parents who read to me as a child, teachers who encouraged me and taught me to write well, and a husband who supports my goals, but I can honestly say that my critique groups—the Cache Valley chapter of the League of Utah Writers and UPSSEFW—have probably made the biggest difference in my writing. They’ve given me the encouragement and the tough love I needed to push myself to get better and get published.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I wrote this book on a dare from my husband. We were talking about the various paranormal love stories out there—vampires, werewolves, zombies—and I said it was unfair that ghosts don’t get love stories. He said he didn’t think anyone could write a ghost love story that didn’t end badly. I wanted a break from the more serious manuscript I’d been working on, so I said, “Challenge accepted.”

What is the name of your new book? Tell us more about it.

My novel is The Haunting of Springett Hall.

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It’s a YA Victorian mystery about Lucy, a ghost who doesn’t remember how she died or much about her life before. She only knows that she died trying to do something important, and that someone is still trying to stop her from completing her task. She has to solve her own murder, fix the mistakes of her past, and stop a necromancer to protect the rest of the people in the house. She has help from Philip, the only living person who can see her, but he’s also suffering from amnesia and may have been her enemy when she was alive.

What genre does your book fall under?

YA mystery or paranormal romance—it has some aspects of both.

What other books would you compared to?

I think readers who like Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co. series about teenage ghost hunters in London would enjoy this book, as well as anyone who likes mystery, romance, magic, and a bit of spookiness.

What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?

I hope readers finish the book feeling like they just had a fun adventure in Victorian England. They may also come away with some thinking points about what love means and our responsibilities for the choices we make.

Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?

The Haunting of Springett Hall is published by Sweetwater Books, an imprint of Cedar Fort Publishing.

Where can we find your book?

My book is available in store at Barnes and Noble and Seagull books, as well as online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books and Things:

http://www.amazon.com/Haunting-Springett-Hall-E-B-Wheeler/dp/1462116728/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428092592&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Haunting+of+Springett+Hall

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-haunting-of-springett-hall-eb-wheeler/1121030433?ean=9781462116720

http://booksandthings.com/The-Haunting-of-Springett-Hall-Paperback.html

Beeeeeyond the Wail…

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Q: Jay Barnson what makes you passionate about writing?

A: I love exploring imaginary worlds and meeting interesting characters. I love asking “what if?” and seeing how things might work. And then I love sharing these places and people and situations with others.

Q: Do you have a writing routine?

A: I always start with an outline. By the time the first draft is done, I’ve usually gone way off the rails from the original outline. Things develop differently than I expected them too. I don’t think this is a bad thing, but an outline gives me at least a “jumping off place.” You need somewhere to start!

Q: Very true. What is the title of your book?

A: My latest work is a short story in an anthology, “Beyond the Wail: 12 Grave Stories of (more…)

Presumed Crossed Over a Paranormal/ghost story by Ica Iova. An Interview

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

I was born in Romania, and I moved to Vancouver, Canada, in 1988.

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Wow that is different. What makes you passionate about writing?

We are all passionate about something. Writing is no different than any other passion. Most people—myself included—take the path most traveled and work for a paycheque, but being passionate about something, it’s curiosity, stepping out of that comfort zone, pushing your limits, filling that void that you knew was there all along.

I’ve had many jobs before, and I might add that I was successful at all of them, but it is writing that lights my fire and that makes my heart beat faster. When I sit down to ponder a new story, I don’t just want to create a story; I want to travel with my characters and create worlds that I wish existed.     (more…)

Strange and Lovely: Ten Paranormal Tales of Thrills and Romance

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Cynthia Jane Savage Anaya talks about the Anthology  “Strange and Lovely: Ten Paranormal Tales of Thrills and Romance.”

Cynthia how did you came up with the idea for an anthology?

Rebecca Gage was the author involved in planning this anthology and specifically seeking out the other nine authors involved. She wanted to create a fun, clean, paranormal book filled with short stories for teens and up to read and enjoy.

Great idea. How did you find all the authors for it?

Rebecca and I met at an ANWA conference last February and hit it off immediately. When she contacted me a few months ago about her project idea she asked for author suggestions. I thought (more…)

Jane Tesh Author of the Madeline Maclin Mysteries

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Jane, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?

I have always been a writer.  When I was very young, people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I never knew how to answer them because I already was what I wanted to be!  I believe I wrote my first poems when I was four.

That is so cool. What makes you passionate about writing? (more…)