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Mac needs all the help she can get to find the real murderer and clear her name… even if that help comes from beyond the grave

Sunday, November 17th, 2019
Donn’s
Hill
The
Soul Searchers Mysteries Book 1
by
Caryn Larrinaga
Genre:
Cozy Paranormal Mystery
Print
Length: 290 pages
Publication
Date: April 5, 2019
 
Ghosts.
Psychics. Murder. Just another day in Donn’s Hill.
Mackenzie
Clair needs a fresh start. The death of her father and a broken
relationship rendered her old life unlivable. What better place to
build a new one than Donn’s Hill, the most haunted town in America
and her favorite childhood vacation spot?
But
returning to Donn’s Hill awakens more than nostalgia. As memories
resurface, so does a lost psychic ability to talk to the dead… a
power the poltergeist haunting Mac’s apartment is eager to use. 
Aided
by her new roommate—a spirited Tortoiseshell cat named Striker—and
the ghost-hunting crew of the Soul Searchers, Mac struggles to
control her newfound talents. She’d better get a handle on them
fast, because someone in town is hiding a deadly secret. If Mac can’t
divine the truth, Donn’s Hill will never be the same.
First
in a new series, this cozy paranormal mystery was the 2017 winner of
the League of Utah Writers Silver Quill award. “A genre-bending
gem of a book, cozy meets horror meets cat fancier in a unique town
of psychic tourism and ghostly secrets.” -Johnny Worthen, award
winning author of THE FINGER TRAP, THE BRAND DEMAND and WHAT IMMORTAL
HAND
Look
for all of Caryn Larrinaga’s spooky mysteries featuring psychic Mac
and her spirited tortoiseshell cat, Striker!
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Donn’s
Shadow
The
Soul Searchers Mysteries Book 2
Print
Length: 311 pages
Publication
Date: October 22, 2019
 
Return
to the most haunted small town in America…
Mackenzie
Clair finally has this whole ghost-hunting psychic thing figured out.
The Soul Searchers are a hit, she’s got pet-parenting down, and she
even has a plan to banish the poltergeist running amok at a lakeside
cabin. Best of all, Donn’s Hill feels like home. But not everyone
loves the town as much as Mac.
A
world-famous paranormal debunker thinks the psychics in Donn’s Hill
are lying about their abilities. His determination to destroy the
Soul Searchers threatens Mac’s livelihood, and when a killer
strikes, the sheriff’s suspicions threaten her freedom.
Mac
needs all the help she can get to find the real murderer and clear
her name… even if that help comes from beyond the grave.
 
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Caryn
Larrinaga is an award-winning mystery, horror, and urban fantasy
writer. Her debut novel, Donn’s Hill, was awarded the League of Utah
Writers 2017 Silver Quill in the adult novel category and was a 2017
Dragon Award finalist. Watching scary movies through split fingers
terrified Caryn as a child, and those nightmares inspire her to write
now. Her 90-year-old house has a colorful history, and the creaking
walls and narrow hallways send her running (never walking) up the
stairs. Exploring her fears through writing makes Caryn feel a little
less foolish for wanting a buddy to accompany her into the tool shed.
Caryn lives near Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and their
clowder of cats. She is an active member of the League of Utah
Writers and the Utah Chapter of the Horror Writers Association. Visit
CarynLarrinaga.com for free short fiction and true tales of haunted
places.
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Their opponents are fully trained, adult wizards with serious zeal for their work

Thursday, May 16th, 2019
The
Cat Who Pawed the Cultist
Sanctum
Guardians Book 1
by
Robert Hazelton
Genre:
YA Urban Fantasy
 
Charlotte
Barreau has tried to maintain a low key lifestyle but it isn’t easy
for a young witch. As a student of the Holstrom Sanctum, she’s
studied the intricacies of magic but never had to apply them to
anything of importance. Her biggest concerns involve finding a movie
she hasn’t seen, spending time with her friend Avery, and passing
magical physics.All that changes when she meets a feisty orange cat
attempting to foil the plot of a cultist opening a portal to another
world. This magical beast comes to her with a calling, a duty to
defend our world against denizens of a dangerous realm called the
Umbra Oculus. Charlotte finds herself inextricably bound to her new
friend, a partner in his crusade.As they begin to investigate, they
find themselves dangerously outmatched. Their opponents are fully
trained, adult wizards with serious zeal for their work. Even after
enlisting the aid of two additional students, they discover they may
not be cut out for the task. But with no one else working on the
problem, these children and their cat must save the world, even as
they risk their very lives in the effort.
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Robert
Hazelton has been writing short fiction, novels and music his entire
life. As the founding member of Deadly Nightshade Botanical Society
and a long time member of the band Abney Park, he has traveled
extensively and performed countless shows in exotic locales.

 

 

Robert
writes in a variety of genres but keeps drifting back to modern
fantasy/horror. He considers Elizabeth Moon, Frank Herbert, and
Steven Pressfield to be his biggest influences.

 

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The Society keeps humanity blissfully ignorant of the dangers that lurk within every shadow

Sunday, April 8th, 2018
Glamour
& Shadows
Glamour
& Shadows Book 1
by
Robert Hazelton
Genre:
Urban Fantasy
260
pages
 
From
the Author of Drown the Heart and Creative Spark, this is where the
Society stories all begin with a dimming of the lights.

 

 

Monsters
Exist

 

 

Only
the Society keeps humanity blissfully ignorant of the dangers that
lurk within every shadow.

 

 

Incubus
Detective Algiers Stanton and his fairy partner Ophelia Dupre have
been working together for quite a while. One serious, one not so
much, they make a perfect team; complementing each other even as one
grates on the other’s nerves.

 

 

When
they’re called upon to investigate a grisly murder thought to be
committed by a shapeshifter, it looks like a routine case of clean &
close, everyone happy. But the complications of a millennia old
organization refuse to go quietly under the rug and when the past
rises up to shake the very pillars of the Society, the two
detective’s lives may change forever in the process.

 

 

The
shadows await!

 

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Nightlife
Interrupted
Glamour
& Shadows Book 2
221
pages
 
From
the Author of Glamour & Shadows, Drown the Heart and Creative
Spark comes a vampire story with heart, soul and a twenty-sided
die.

 

 

Roll
for Initiative

 

 

Vinny
Presaro has it made. A newly created vampire, he owns the hottest
game store in town, wiling away his nights with role playing and
graphic novels. His life would be idyllic if not for his terrible
luck with romance and the vivid, disturbing dreams he has every
couple weeks. They seemed like mere fantasy so he did his best to
write them off (the dreams, sure but also the chances of being near a
woman without her nervously eyeing the door).

 

 

His
latest nightmare came in the form of an apocalyptic scene complete
with rivers of blood, pieces of people and a demonic girl dancing
amongst the carnage. When she comes walking into the store, he’s
faced with the possibility that he could be having premonitions and
not a chemical reaction to bottled blood.

 

 

Vinny
reaches out to investigator Ophelia Dupre to help him understand his
revelation. Unfortunately, she has some trouble with Vampires so
their working relationship is strained to say the least. Armed with
pop culture references, preconceived notions and a couple big guns,
these two very well may be the only thing standing between the world
and the end of days.

 

 

We
might be in trouble

 

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The
Hermes Foundation
Glamour
& Shadows Book 3
258
pages
 
From
the Author of Glamour & Shadows and Nightlife Interrupted comes
the third book set in the world of the Society. 

 

 

Magic
is Real

 

 

Lillian
Bowan has seen a lot. A former war correspondent turned struggling
journalist, she has been searching for the one story which will
satisfy her ambition, to be part of something meaningful. When she
rushed down for a coveted TV spot covering a gas main explosion, she
never dreamed it would put her on a dangerous path of
discovery.

 

 

Nicolas
Chabrier lives in a world of demons and mysticism, where vampires are
real and shape shifters stalk the night. An independent wizard
trained by an esoteric group outside the bounds of reality, he tries
to keep a low profile out of the supernatural spotlight. When he
saves Lillian from a demonic incursion and tries to erase her memory,
he finds something far more insidious than a random invasion.

 

 

But
not always wondrous

 

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The
Midnight Turn
Glamour
& Shadows Book 4
202
pages
 
Hollywood
beckons!

 

 

Genevieve
St. Claire’s novel The Midnight Turn became a big hit when it was
initially released. Her meteoric ride to genre fame brought her to
various conventions, talk shows and workshops across the country.
When a movie producer decides to option the book for a big budget
movie, her head spins with the possibilities, especially since she
can’t claim the rights to her first book, a well-known horror novel
published in 1818…

 

 

Gen’s
second dive into literature was inspired by her vampire creator,
Christian Lark, an unpredictable and romantic figure she’s polished
into something a modern audience can tolerate. Enter the proposed
leading man, Jacob Moran, wizard and descendant of the Lark line. His
semblance is uncanny, his youth intoxicating but there’s also Allan
Taylor, the handsome screenwriter hired to adapt the book.

 

 

With
half a dozen lives intermingling amidst the chaos of film production,
The Midnight Turn explores a human experience through the eyes of the
supernatural.

 

 

Enjoy
the show!

 

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Dark
Side of the Vale
Glamour
& Shadows Book 5
295
pages
 
A
Messy Crime

 

 

A
seemingly normal family is murdered, their home turned into a
horrifying scene of torture and chaos. Their deaths follow a pattern,
an extreme version of three serial killers terrorizing the country.
The Society steps in to explore any supernatural angle the case may
present and begin to work with Special Agent Rebecca Marsh of a newly
formed FBI group code named The Park. Versed in all manner of
paranormal creatures, she is to act as an ambassador to ensure humans
and monsters can work together.

 

 

Such
a dramatic change comes as quite the shock to Incubus detective
Algiers Stanton and his fairy partner Ophelia Dupre. They land the
case and the task of playing politics with their new human colleague.
After spending years ensuring humans never learn about them, this
goes against everything they know but they’ll need all the help
they can get to stop the murderers before they strike again. For
these fiends are not merely ending lives, they are collecting
ingredients for a sinister plan, one which may destroy the world as
we know it.

 

 

The
Detectives Have Returned

 

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Fairy
Tale Ending
Glamour
& Shadows Book 6
214
pages
 
Desperation
Breeds Obedience

 

 

Renard
Martin lives a simple life. As a hitman for a Society bigwig, he
takes on targets the former Cleaners used to handle. As a graduate of
the infamous Lark sanctum, he’s a dangerous and irreverent person
who has no desire to remain beholden to anyone. After his family was
brutally murdered, he thought he lost them all but then he heard a
rumor. His sister Victoria may still be alive and the vampire Marius
Sontag promised to help him find her…for the price of becoming an
assassin.

 

 

Belia
Dellacroix never got to live for herself. The ward of an ancient
vampire, every event of her existence has been carefully planned,
governed and censored. This has not left her without guile, however
and once she discovered the grim fate her guardian had in store for
her, she took drastic action. Stepping out means incredible risk and
so she turns to the only person she can in her carefully designed
world: a certain Society hitman looking for something dear to
him.

 

 

But
will Renard prove too unpredictable and harsh for her needs? Holding
leverage over his head might well be the most dangerous thing she’s
ever done but desperate times call for desperate measures. Without
him, she’ll be an unwilling sacrifice, killed for a chance to claim
ancient power but if she can keep her protector on track and under
control, she may just get the fairy tale ending she’s always hoped
for.

 

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The
Lark Legacy
A
Prequel to The Hermes Foundation
Glamour
& Shadows Book 7
 
Without
Direction

 

 

Ruby
Lark comes from a long line of curious and reckless wizards. Her
father, Henry Lark, runs a strict sanctum where students are taught
through a brutal curriculum of harsh consequences and cruelty. He
seems to have some nebulous purpose for her in mind but his
dispassion and formality have kept them apart, master and student
instead of parent and child. With no friends, no recourse and no
sanctuary, she steeled herself for a life of service to a cause she
would probably never understand.

 

 

Mortimer
Dampton started at the Lark Sanctum at the end of his education. A
brash, charming wizard, he comes with a wealth of necromantic
knowledge. Henry assigns him to partner with Ruby, who instantly
takes a dislike to his overly familiar, roguish personality. But he
may just hold the key to her salvation, even as he begins to defy the
edicts of her father, sending them both on a course to their
fates.

 

 

Without
Limits

 

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Robert
Hazelton has been writing short fiction, novels and music his entire
life. As the founding member of Deadly Nightshade Botanical Society
and a long time member of the band Abney Park, he has traveled
extensively and performed countless shows in exotic locales. 

 

 

Robert
writes in a variety of genres but keeps drifting back to modern
fantasy/horror. He considers Elizabeth Moon, Frank Herbert, and
Steven Pressfield to be his biggest influences.

 

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Momentous Moments in the Old West You May Have Missed

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

Rod Miller, how long have you been writing?

Rod Miller author photo

Since the mid-1970s I have written advertising copy for a living. But it wasn’t until about 1997 that I attempted “creative” writing. I started with poetry, and a few years later tried short stories, with my first story published in 2003. Then I thought I’d try writing books, and had a nonfiction book and a novel published in 2005. Along the way I also started writing for magazines. I continue to write in all those areas.

 

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

I grew up in Goshen, Utah, a small town on Highway 6 in the far corner of Utah County. I have lived and worked in Utah, Idaho, and Nevada, and for the past 30 years or so have lived in Sandy, Utah.

 

How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it? (more…)