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When an unbalanced serial killer sets his sights on a little girl, there is only one way it can end. Someone will die

Monday, October 14th, 2019
Where
the Bodies Are
The
McAllister Series Book 1
by
L.V. Gaudet
Genre:
Psychological Crime Thriller 
 
Step
into the twisted mind of a serial killer in this disturbing
psychological thriller.

 

 

Dead
bodies are being left where they are sure to be found. But, the
killer made a mistake; one victim left for dead survived.

 

 

Kept
in a medically induced coma while she recovers, they can only watch
her and wait for the killer to come back for her.

 

 

While
Detective Michael Underwood protects their only living witness,
Detective Jim McNelly and his reporter friend Lawrence Hawkworth are
determined to find the killer and bring his killing spree to an end.
Instead, they discover a bigger mystery.

 

 

The
killer’s reality blurs between past and present with a compulsion
driven by a dark secret locked in a fractured mind. Overcome by a
blind rage that leaves him wallowing in remorse with the bodies of
victim after victim, he is desperate to stop killing.

 

 

After
learning of his victim’s survival, the killer sees it as a sign
they are meant to be together. Threatening her tenuous grip on life,
he is determined to take back his prize while he continues kidnapping
and murdering young women.

 

 

Accustomed
to a life of abuse, one victim’s experience becomes her refuge in a
desperate bid for survival.

 

 

Instead
of killing her, he keeps Katherine Kingslow imprisoned in the dark
while he continues plotting to take back the Jane Doe in the
hospital. How long can Kathy survive and will she lose her own
mind?

 

 

The
search for the killer will lead to his dark secret buried in the
past, something much larger than a man compelled to kill again and
again.

 

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The
McAllister Farm
The
McAllister Series Book 2
 
Step
back in time to learn the secret behind the bodies in Where the
Bodies Are in this disturbing look at the boy who will grow up to
create the killer.

 

 

1981

 

 

Meet
David McAllister, the boy who will grow up to create the killer.

 

 

In
1981 there was a man who lived on a farm. William McAllister was a
private and reclusive man who, above all else, did not like to have
attention drawn on his family.

 

 

He
wanted only to be left to mind his own business and family and for
the world to do the same. But that very reclusiveness fosters
contempt and suspicion in the people of the small farming community
his family has called home for generations.

 

 

William
McAllister has a son, Jason McAllister. Jason is a troubled boy.
Growing up under his father’s strict rules and isolated from the
normal childhood relationships, he is left to explore his darker
inclinations. Seeing the darker side of Jason, William tries to rein
his son in by bringing him into the family business.

 

 

Just
then a serial killer starts preying on local young women. The
McAllisters quickly find themselves drawn into the spotlight when the
town decides William McAllister is the killer. As the town’s search
for the killer focuses on the McAllister farm and the woods behind
it, the threat to the McAllister secret grows.

 

 

The
McAllister family history is as dark as the secret hiding in the
woods. The attention is a threat to both William McAllister’s
profession and his family. He has no choice but to find the killer
himself. He might not like what he learns.

 

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Hunting
Michael Underwood
The
McAllister Series Book 3
 
Step
deeper into the twisted mind of a serial killer as he slips further
into madness in this disturbing psychological thriller.

 

 

Hunting
Michael Underwood follows on the heels of book one, Where the Bodies
Are, bringing the first two stories and their characters together as
the search for the killer continues.

 

 

Michael
Underwood has vanished and everyone is searching for him. Detective
Jim McNelly is determined to not stop until he finds him. Working
with the detective, Lawrence Hawkworth is still chasing the bigger
story he knows is behind the bodies. Jason McAllister knows he must
stop the killer he created before he goes too far. He may be the only
one who can stop him.

 

 

Unable
to let go of his barely remembered past and the search for his
sister, the killer goes looking for Jason McAllister’s past and his
family.

 

 

*****

 

 

Detective
Jim McNelly is furious. Detective Michael Underwood disappeared
without a trace with the only living witness to the McAllister
murders. Worse, Michael is not who he pretended to be. And then the
other shoe fell.

 

 

Jason
T. McAllister, tried and convicted of the kidnapping and murders of
multiple women and the prime suspect behind the bodies discovered in
the woods behind the McAllister farm, is being inexplicably set free.
He will not spend the rest of his life in prison.

 

 

Jim
is determined to find Michael Underwood, bring him down, and discover
the truth about who he really is and what his connection to Jason
McAllister is.

 

 

Working
with his long time friend, the notoriously unscrupulous investigative
reporter Lawrence Hawkworth, Jim will not stop until he finds Michael
and the answers to the bodies found in the mass graveyard in the
woods behind the McAllister Farm.

 

 

Jason
McAllister knows he must stop the real killer behind the murders he
was convicted for. As the killer spirals further into madness, Jason
is the only one who can stop him. But, he needs help. He is going to
have to talk to his father, William McAllister, the man who taught
him how to hide the bodies.

 

 

Michael
Underwood and Katherine Kingslow are on the run. A victim of domestic
abuse and only known survivor of the McAllister Farm killer, Kathy
has lapsed into Stockholm syndrome. Now she is torn between her need
to be with her captor and fear of his escalating psychotic
episodes.

 

 

Everyone
is hunting for Michael Underwood.

 

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Killing
David McAllister
The
McAllister Series Book 4
 
Everyone
wants to kill David McAllister in this explosive conclusion.

David
McAllister must die.
Crazy
comes to a head in this disturbing psychological thriller.

 

When an
unbalanced serial killer sets his sights on a little girl, there is
only one way it can end. Someone will die.
Sometimes
the only way to stop a monster is to kill it. He has gone by many
names, but he was raised as David McAllister, and finding what he is
looking for is not enough to quiet the darkness inside him.
The
organization ordered the cleanup of the entire McAllister family.
The job
was given to Sophie McAllister.
While
Detective Jim McNelly and his reporter friend Lawrence Hawkworth
continue to hunt them down, the McAllisters move into hiding.
David
McAllster’s psychosis continues, but now Sophie’s daughter is in
danger. He believes she is his tiny sister Cassie.
The
presence of his now adult sister Cassie does not stop his dead little
Cassie from tormenting him.
***
Sometimes
the only way to stop a monster is to kill it. He has gone by many
names, but he was raised as David McAllister, and finding what
he is looking for is not enough to quiet the darkness inside him.
David
McAllister must die.
While
the McAllisters move into hiding, Detective Jim McNelly and his
reporter friend, Lawrence Hawkworth, continue to pursue them. Jim and
Lawrence split up to follow their own leads, routes that will take
them each on their own path to discover secrets behind the
McAllisters.
Anderson
and William are trying to keep the group together and ahead of the
detective hunting them while trying to resolve the issue of what to
do with David, Kathy, Rose Bheals, and the boy Jason brought, Billy.
Kathy
is becoming increasingly fearful both for and of David and wants out,
but feels trapped. She is certain death is the only way out.
Cassie
swore to kill David for what he did to Connie and the others. Torn by
memories she does not have and the knowledge of the dark hole this
life will bury her in, she needs to escape.
Sophie
has been ordered to kill David and Kathy. She may have to kill her
own brother, Jason, too. When the time comes, she’s not sure if she
can do it.
With
Marjory’s lapses into the foggy confusion of Alzheimer’s, nobody
believes her when she really needs them to, when Sophie’s little
girl’s life is at stake.
David
is slipping further into madness and, convinced she is the little
sister he lost so many years ago, he is going to take little Lauren
with him. Having his now adult real sister, Cassie, there is no help.
Will
someone reach David and Lauren in time as the blackness closes in and
rage takes over?
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L.
V. Gaudet is a subjugated cubicle dweller by day and a Canadian
author of dark fiction by night, a member of the Manitoba Writers’
Guild, the Horror Writers Association, and Authors of Manitoba.
L.
V. grew up with a love of the darker side; sneaking down to the
basement at night to watch the old horror B movies, Vincent Price
being a favorite, devouring horror books, and has had a passion for
books and the idea of creating stories and worlds a person can get
lost in since reading that first novel.
This
love of storytelling has L. V. working writing and editing into a
busy life that includes a full time job, family, and doing the little
things to help the writing community including offering encouragement
to others in the online writing community and volunteering time
editing the Manitoba Writers’ Guild newsletter and helping with
their Facebook presence, proofreading for the HWA newsletter, and
visiting schools for I Love to Read month.
L.V.
Gaudet currently lives in Winnipeg with two rescue dogs, spouse, and
kids.
L.V.
Gaudet’s books are available in ebook and print format at online
bookstores.
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A SISTER’S WRATH KNOWS NO BOUNDS…

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
Perdition
Bleeds
Knightshade
Series Book 1
by
John Grover
Genre:
Epic Fantasy 
 
WHAT
WAS ONCE BELOW IS NOW ABOVE

 

King
Gravynmere of Vanosia has sent some of his best soldiers to
investigate strange stories in the nearby border town of Faxon.

 

The
men will soon learn there is more truth than fancy to these stories,
for something walks in the fields, something with cloven hooves and
fire dripping from its hands.

 

 

The
king rallies his son, Prince Quinn, his entire army and all of the
Kingdom of Vanosia to confront the very forces of darkness in an epic
tale of adventure, magic and mystery as the veil between their world
and Perdition grows thin.

 

 

Join
the Prince as he battles for his land, his people and his beloved on
a mission that will take him to ends of the world and back, through
pain and sacrifice, war and horror as what is below claws its way to
above.

 

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Shadow
Scourge
Knightshade
Series Book 2
 
A
SISTER’S WRATH KNOWS NO BOUNDS…

 

The Great War with Perdition has
ended but all is not well in the continent of Eurone. Prince Quinn,
half human, half shade, lives in exile at the hands of his father,
King Harlequin. The King withers into depression, leaving the kingdom
of Vanosia weakened and open to attack. It is now that the Shrouded
Woman seeks vengeance for the death of her sister at the hands of
Prince Quinn. She will stop at nothing to see the extermination of
the royal family and all of Vanosia.

 

In this sequel to
Knightshade: Perdition Bleeds, the forces of darkness and light will
once again collide in an action-packed, fantasy tale of family
secrets, dark history, forgiveness and redemption. Prince Quinn is
the only way to stop the dark shadow magic of the Shrouded Woman and
the scourge she has unleashed upon the world. He must learn that to
finally bring peace to the kingdom he will need to not only face the
truth of the Shrouded Woman’s identity but the truth about his own
family as well.
This is book 2 of the Knightshade
Series. It is highly recommended that you read Book 1: Perdition
Bleeds before starting this book.

 

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Knightshade
Book 3 – King Ascends
 
 
 
John
Grover is a fiction author specializing in Horror, Fantasy and Sci-Fi
residing in Massachusetts. John grew up watching creature double
feature with his brother on Saturday afternoons. This fueled his love
of monsters, ghosts and the supernatural. He never missed an episode.
In his spare time he loves to cook, garden, go to the theater to
watch horror movies with his friends, read, talk about food, bake
amazing desserts, play with his dog Buffy (yes named after the
character in the TV show) and draw-badly.

 

 

 

Some
of his favorite TV shows and influences are The Twilight Zone, Tales
from the Darkside, Space 1999, Battlestar Galactica, X-Files, Night
Gallery, Monsters, Star Trek, and much more. 

 

He
completed a creative writing course at Boston’s Fisher College and
is a member of the New England Horror Writers, a chapter of the
Horror Writers Association.

 

 

Some
of his more recent credits include Best New Zombie Tales Vol 1 by
Books of the Dead Press, The Book of Cannibals by Living Dead Press,
The Vermin Anthology, The Northern Haunts Anthology by Shroud
Publishing, The Zombology Series by Library of the Living Dead Press,
Morpheus Tales, Wrong World, The Willows, Alien Skin Magazine, Aurora
Wolf and more.

 

 

He is the author
of several collections, including the recently released Terror in
Small Doses for Amazon Kindle as well as various chapbooks,
anthologies, and more.

 

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Charlottesville, Virginia, and its 12 surrounding counties are filled with history and charm. They also hold spirits who aren’t ready to leave their beloved homes or families behind

Sunday, June 30th, 2019
Haunted
Charlottesville and Surrounding Counties
by
Susan Schwartz
Genre:
Ghost Stories
 
Charlottesville,
Virginia, and its 12 surrounding counties are filled with history and
charm. They also hold spirits who aren’t ready to leave their
beloved homes or families behind. Visit more than 75 haunting
locations with this experiential and historical guide. Shiver your
way through haunted graveyards, mansions, parks, private residences,
and other locations as you discover the past and learn of current
lingering ghosts and the havoc they continue to instigate. Have you
ever pondered about the spiritual implications from murders of olde?
Think you might like to be pinched by a ghost or have your name
called when no one is there? Interested in what a paranormal
investigative group might find? Then make plans to explore these
strange and frightening locations. Contact information is provided
for those places allowing visitations. But when you visit, be ready
for a haunting good time!
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Susan
Schwartz RN, MSN, MSHA has been an avid writer for around 10 years
doing everything from writing freelance articles to editing
manuscripts for other authors. She loves to write horror stories that
have a twist at the end.

 

 

 

Her
alter ego is a former Operating Room Nurse, current Nurse Educator
who loves creating tales from the interesting and weird things she
has seen. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the
Virginia Writers Club where she has served as President of the
Richmond Chapter in the past. She also has two novels in the works, a
paranormal romance and a medical thriller. In her spare time, she
loves to read, crochet, and travel to such places as Italy, Spain,
Australia, and Korea.
 

 

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Emma has nightmares about the reservoir and the drowned village that lies beneath the water

Monday, February 25th, 2019
The
Haunting of Thores-Cross
Ghosts
of Thores-Cross Book 1
by
Karen Perkins
Genre:
Paranormal Suspense
 
“The
ghost of a wronged young woman in the village of Thores-Cross waits
230 years to have her story told in Perkins’s suspenseful and
atmospheric first Yorkshire Ghost novel”

BookLife by Publishers Weekly

 

 

*Silver
Medal Winner, European fiction – 2015 IPPY Book Awards

 

*#1
Bestseller in 6 Amazon Categories, including Ghost Suspense, British
Horror and Gothic Romance

 

*Top
10 Bestseller in 8 more, including Historical Thrillers and Occult
Horror

 

*Over
100 5-STAR reviews on Amazon.com

 

 

Likened
by independent reviewers on Amazon to the Brontë sisters, Edgar
Allen Poe, Barbara Erskine and Nathaniel Hawthorne, Karen Perkins’
novels are filled with unflinching honesty and an acute understanding
of human nature. She explores not only the depths of humanity, but
the depths of human motivation behind the actions and pain people
inflict upon each other, as well as the repercussions of these
actions not only in the short term, but also the later generations
who live with the implications of the past.

 

 

Emma
Moorcroft is still grieving after a late miscarriage and moves to her
dream house at Thruscross Reservoir with her husband, Dave. Both Emma
and Dave hope that moving into their new home signifies a fresh
start, but life is not that simple. Emma has nightmares about the
reservoir and the drowned village that lies beneath the water, and is
further disturbed by the sound of church bells – from a church that
no longer exists.

 

 

Jennet
is fifteen and lives in the isolated community of Thores-Cross, where
life revolves about the sheep on which they depend. Following the
sudden loss of both her parents, she is seduced by the local wool
merchant, Richard Ramsgill. She becomes pregnant and is shunned not
only by Ramsgill, but by the entire village. Lonely and embittered,
Jennet’s problems escalate, leading to tragic consequences which
continue to have an effect through the centuries.

 

 

Emma
becomes fixated on Jennet, neglecting herself, her beloved dogs and
her husband to the point where her marriage may not survive. As
Jennet and Emma’s lives become further entwined, Emma’s obsession
deepens and she realises that the curse Jennet inflicted on the
Ramsgill family over two hundred years ago is still claiming
lives.

 

 

Emma
is the only one who can stop Jennet killing again, but will her
efforts be enough?

 

 

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Ghosts
of Thores-Cross Book 2
 

Jennet’s
here. No one is safe.

 

 

 

A
skeleton is dug up at the crossing of the ways on Hanging Moor,
striking dread into the heart of Old Ma Ramsgill – the elderly
matriarch of the village of Thruscross. And with good reason. The
eighteenth-century witch, Jennet, has been woken.

 

A
spate of killings by a vicious black dog gives credence to her
warnings and the community – in particular her family – realise they
are in terrible danger.

 

 

Drastic
measures are needed to contain her, but with the imminent flooding of
the valley to create a new reservoir, do they have the ability to
stop her and break her curse?

 

 

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Jennet
Ghosts
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‘Jennet
will
have your heart and
your fear in
equal measure’
‘Through
Jennet we
see how cruelty can
drive even the most ordinary people to hatred
and,
in Jennet’s case,
evil’
Yorkshire
is in the grip of a heatwave, and Thruscross Reservoir has dried up
to reveal the remains of the drowned village of Thores-Cross beneath.
Playing
in the mud which coats the valley floor, four-year-old Clare
Wainwright finds an old inkpot, and can’t wait to show it to her
best friend, Louise. But when Louise’s mother, Emma, sees it, her
reaction is shocking, and both families are plunged into their worst
nightmares.
Emma
knows what the inkpot portends:
Jennet
has woken.
Now
she wants the children.
This
is not a gore-ridden, jump-scare horror story. This is more real than
that. Jennet is a story about the horrific things that people do to
each other, and the way we react to that maltreatment – which does
not always end with death.
Jennet’s
story is a horror story because it’s not necessarily fiction. It
reflects the way women were treated in the time that Jennet lived. It
reflects the psychology of the abuse cycle. And it reflects real
life. All of it.
If,
as I believe, the spirit does not die when the physical body dies,
then how many spirits are looking for vengeance today?
What
wrongs will you want to right when you pass through that veil? What
will I?
This
is the conclusion of Jennet’s story, which began in The Haunting of
Thores-Cross. I hope she finds peace. I really do.
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Karen
Perkins is the author of eight fiction titles: the Yorkshire Ghost
Stories and the Valkyrie Series of historical nautical fiction. All
of her fiction has appeared at the top of bestseller lists on both
sides of the Atlantic, including the top 21 in the UK Kindle Store in
2018.

 

 

Her
first Yorkshire Ghost Story – THE HAUNTING OF THORES-CROSS – won the
Silver Medal for European Fiction in the prestigious 2015 Independent
Publisher Book Awards in New York, whilst her Valkyrie novel, DEAD
RECKONING, was long-listed in the 2011 MSLEXIA novel
competition.

 

 

Originally
a financial advisor, a sailing injury left Karen with a chronic pain
condition which she has been battling for over twenty five years
(although she did take the European ladies title despite the
injury!). Writing has given her a new lease of – and purpose to –
life, and she is currently working on a sequel to Parliament of
Rooks: Haunting Brontë Country.

 

 

When
not writing, she helps other authors prepare their books for
publishing and has edited over 150 titles, including the 2017 Kindle
UK Storyteller Award winner, The Relic Hunters by David Leadbeater,
and has also published a series of publishing guides to help aspiring
authors realise their dreams.

 

 

Karen
Perkins is a member of the Society of Authors and the Horror Writers
Association.

 

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