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Iona Dickinson doesn’t know she’s a witch…until she unknowingly makes a deadly wish that reopens a 300-year-old curse on her familyMonday, March 30th, 2020
Rising Book 1
OF THE STACKS
Phoebe Addison has lived her entire life within a seventy-five mile
radius of her small Louisiana town, but when she receives a strange
medallion from her adventurous, off-world sister, reality tilts
toward the bizarre. Everything Phoe thought she knew isâ€¦well,
wrong. Dead wrong. But bone-numbing fear has no place in this brave
new worldâ€”nor by the side of the dangerous, exquisite man who saves
INTO THE FIRE
the tragic slaughter of his family, operative Macijah â€œCageâ€ St.
John understands evil in a way no man ever should. He traded
happiness for a magnificent and terrible power, and fate isnâ€™t done
with him yet. He wasnâ€™t looking for comfort. He didnâ€™t need
tenderness. But today heâ€™ll play hero to a damsel in distress, and
his quest will deliver him to the uncanny Martian colony of New
Londonâ€”and his heart to the demure Phoebe Addison. The bookish
beautyâ€™s hidden talents and deep abiding love just might save Cage
Rising Book 2
“Cage” St. John’ didn’t want the spy life anymore. He would
have been thrilled to spend every morning lying in the field behind
Phoe’s home in smalltown Louisiana watching the clouds roll by. But
his Miss Addison wanted to spread her wings, literally. So Cage
accepted a mission that teamed him up with his lady love. If only he
had trusted her.
about being a spy was a million times more exciting, and scarier,
than the books she’d read in her former life as a librarian. When her
first mission with Cage turned into a colossal clusterf*ck because he
withheld information and kept secrets, Phoebe’s world narrowed into a
long tunnel of betrayal. Captured by space pirates and delivered to a
horrible fate, she wished the last words between them had been of
love, because she was certain she would never see Cage St. John
NeoGeisha, Alexandra Christian returns to the intriguing,
post-apocalyptic world she created in Naked. Cage and Phoe continue
to build their relationship, but not without complications. Romantic
conflict and fast-paced action keep the pages turning, right down to
the satisfying ending. ~ Nancy Northcott, Author of the Light Mage
hit all my personal high points: wild adventure, sheet-scorching sex,
killer machines, thousands-to-two odds and a vampire shape-shitfting
James Bond in space. ~Vivien Jackson, Author of Wanted and Wired
Rising Book 3
INCLUSIVE VICTORIANA & STEAMPUNK
master spies, Macijah “Cage” St. John and Phoebe Addison
are forced to take vacation time, and she wants to go to Absinthia,
an off-world all inclusive interactive vacay planet set up as
Victorian London, but with all the future comforts. Cage doesn’t do
down time, but their boss has other ideas, so begrudgingly, Cage
agrees to go to Absinthia. Within a day of their arrival, they get
embroiled in a Ripper copy cat series of murders complete with
sÃ©ances, “altered” humans, kidnapping, and affairs of the
heart – their hearts, which will always belong to each other.
Rising Book 4
LOVE YOU TAKE IS EQUAL TO THE LOVE YOU MAKE
Addison and Macijah “Cage” St. John have so much going on
they can barely take a breath. Interplanetary master spies who
generally drive their boss crazy, they are now trying to track down
the person – is a skin walker a person? – who tried to kill him at
their engagement party. Yeah, they were talked into returning to
Louisiana so the whole town could show up and gawk at Cage. But they
have bigger problems than usual when tracking an assassin. Secrets
that have been buried for too many years are about to be uncovered if
Cage and Phoe can survive the people, vampires and “things”
that are trying to kill them. And to top if off, Phoe has a secret
she’s sure will send Cage into a tailspin. But, as with everything
they have lived through to be together, their love is the constant
that is its own reward.
Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant.
Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with
a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep
fried eccentricity. As one-half of the writing team at Little Red Hen
Romance, sheâ€™s committed to bringing exciting stories and
sapiosexual love monkeys to intelligent readers everywhere. Lexx also
likes to keep her fingers in lots of different pies having written
everything from sci-fi and horror to Sherlock Holmes adventures. Her
alter-ego, A.C. Thompson, is also the editor of the highly successful
Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series of anthologies from
Mocha Memoirs Press. A.C. will also pen several Shadow Council
Archives novellas starring everyoneâ€™s favorite sidekick, Dr. John
Watson, coming soon from Falstaff Books.
self-proclaimed â€œSouthern Belle from Hell,â€ Lexx is a native
South Carolinian who lives with an epileptic wiener dog and her
husband, author Tally Johnson. Her long-term aspirations are to one
day be a best-selling authoress and part-time pinup girl. Sheâ€™s a
member of Romance Writers of America and Broad Universeâ€”an
organization that supports female authors of speculative fiction.
Veritas Series Book 1
Dark Fantasy, Paranormal
being found, inexplicably, standing over a brutal scene involving a
pair of recent murder victims, Jade comes to in a hospital with
limited memories. Labeled as paranoid by the seedy medical team and
locked up, she seems more a victim than a deviant. Promptly drugged
and plunged into sleep, she is submerged into a chronic dreamland
that seems controlled by another, she soon gives in to a lavish life
with a Malum who seems all too eager to see to her every desire. She
awakes in yet another reality with no memories of her past, or even
herself. Something is making her forget… and just like that she
steps into her new life.
is deeply in love with Jade and is only agenda is to give her the
world… Or so he claims. Blindly followed by his people, the Luxans,
he works tirelessly to keep them safe from the Rebels, with Jade by
his side. Surely his motives are pure… yet, the more time Jade
spends with him, the further she seems to fall from herself.
the while, Jade is plagued by vivid dreams of another life… one she
struggles to understand while Malum works to make her forget. As Jade
struggles to hold onto her soul and discover her past, Malum seeks to
possess all that she is.
Vieira resides in Southern Maine with her husband, Alan, son, AJ, and
their St. Bernard, Roxy. As a child, she traveled around the state
with her parents, seeing the vast history the New England state had
to offer as well as touring the nation while showing her American
Quarter Horse. While traveling, she read many of the great authors of
the time including JRR Tolkien, Stephen King, CS Lewis and Ann Rice.
It is these writers combined with power of music, mainly hard rock
and folk, MJ draws her inspiration.Â
between writing, MJ enjoys reading, collecting music and attending
concerts. Lux is the first installment in the Veritas series which is
MJ’s first published work.
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Luxembourg. This secluded, picturesque town in the middle of Europe
is home to more cats than people. For years, tourists have flocked to
this place – also known as “cat haven” – to meet the cats and
buy cat-related souvenirs.
Aidan, Jess and their five-year-old daughter, Eleonore, move from
America to Clervaux, it seems as if they’ve arrived in paradise. It
soon becomes evident, though, that the inhabitants’ adoration of
their cats is unhealthy. According to a local legend, each time a cat
dies, nine human lives are taken as a punishment. To tourists, these
tales are supernatural folklore, created to frighten children on cold
winter nights. But for the inhabitants of Clervaux, the danger is
Aidan and Jess regard this as local superstition, but when Jess runs
over a cat after a night on the town, people start dying, one by one,
and each time it happens, a clowder of cats can be seen roaming the
they falling victim to the collective paranoia infecting the entire
town? Or is something unspeakably evil waiting for them?
move to Europe may just have been the worst decision they ever made.
Morgan is known as the “female version of Stephen King.” Three of
her works (The
Strangers Outside, Next to Her,
A Good Man)
have become movies. When she’s
not working on her latest book, you can find her watching horror
movies, digging through flea markets, or photographing felines for
her blog Traveling
is a quiet little Texas town, and itâ€™s getting quieter.Â Kids
are vanishing, disappearing like tumbleweeds in the desert wind.
somethingâ€”is taking them.
Adventure. Romance. Suspense.Â The
for Fans of Blake Crouch, Stephen King, J.A. Konrath, and Dean
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TOP TEN AUTHORS I LIKE
I’ve got this bad habit of making Top Ten lists for everything.
Naturally, as a wordsmith, books and authors are two categories I am wholly interested in. You’d think after four decades of life I would have a clearly defined set of favorite authors and books, lined up and ready to go. Except as my tastes change, and I read more books, my TOP TEN AUTHORS list changes, too. Not too much. Just a little here and there. And sometimes I drop someone and then add them right back. Or I find a new favorite and rip through fifteen of their books.Â The woes of a reader.
Narrowing down favorite books is pretty tough. Iâ€™ll do that another time. For now, here are my favorite authors. Drum roll please…
- Â Charles Dickens
Coming in at #10 is Charles Dickens. While some kids despised being forced to read Dickens in high school, I secretly loved it. Dickens knew how to tell a story, and his writing was beautiful in a flowery, slightly overly wordy kind of way. Word Nerds Unite!
- Â Nelson Demille
DeMille is one of the top writers in thriller & cop books, which is probably my favorite genre to read since I reached what I loosely call adulthood. The John Corey books are dynamite, especially if you’re into wisecracking and politically incorrect main characters.
- Â James Michener
Michener was the master of research. He probably should have been named Google. He often traveled to places and did months of research before building a story around the historical facts.
- Â Lee Child
Two words: Jack Reacher.
- Â John Irving
I’ve always felt drawn to Irving’s writing. It’s quirky, and sometimes wordy like Dickens, but it’s got this hidden magic that I simply connect with.
- Â John Grisham
Grisham is just a great writer. Period. The stories mostly revolve around lawyers and the lawyerly life,Â but hey … it works. Big time.
- Â Robert Parker
I think I stumbled onto Parker at the recommendation of my dad. Once I bit into that first Spenser novel, I ripped through another twenty-five at an incredible pace. And the few westerns he did were the best. I only wish I’d discovered him sooner.
- Â Harlan Coben
I had the pleasure of meeting Harlan Coben in 2015. What a down-to-Earth guy. I confessed to him that I’d never read one of his books. I only knew of his pending visit to Ramstein Air Base, in Germany, because I was tied into the library through our local writers’ group. He left such an impression that I ran out and grabbed one of his books the next day. Mr. Coben is one heck of a writer.
- Â Ken Follett
Talk about beautiful, epic stories with history as the landscape. Pillars of the Earth, The Century Trilogy … all I can say is WOW!
- Stephen King
Yep, old Stephen King is my #1. He’s a dynamite writer and storyteller, as are the others on this list. So then: Â why is King number one, and not one of these other fine yarn spinners? Fair or not, the answer to that will always be partially because he was the author that ignited the fire inside me as a reader, and his stories made me want to write stories of my own so that maybe I could make people feel that same magic.
And there you have it! My personal Top Ten Fave Authors, and probably my favorite top ten of all top tens. They aren’t any better or worse than YOUR top ten authors. Yours are yours, and mine are mine, and what brings author and reader together is something magical that’s different for everyone; it’s a personal affair.
*Honorable Mentions: Bret Easton Ellis, Hugh Howey, Blake Crouch, Donna Tartt, and Charles Bukowski.
Thanks for sharing time with me. Keep reading, world!
Hopkins is originally from Galveston, Texas, but has lived all over
the world during his 22 years in the Air Force.
was born in the middle of the 1970s, owned an Atari, and loves 80s
music. He can use a card catalog like nobody’s business.
Bart likes to travel, enjoys pretending he’s a photographer, and
shares as much time as possible with his beautiful wife and three
awesome children. They own a Westie Yorkie named Lulu … or maybe
Lulu owns them.
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Ivers has always known sheâ€™d marry a foreign man with a delicious
accent. Six months ago, in a night of unbridled passion, Molly gave
her virginity to her friend and sexy-as-can-be neighbor, rocker Evan
Castle. Unfortunately, thanks to his swarm of constant groupies,
things didnâ€™t work out, but they remained friends. Now, after
having just broken up with her boring, run-of-the-mill right-wing
boyfriend, Sean, sheâ€™s on the verge of finishing her graduate
degree and moving to Paris. She is desperate to shake things up–and
find that sexy foreign man.
had a crush on Nicholas Sullivan, her British professor, for as long
as she can remember. So when opportunity comes knocking to spice up
her appearance in the form of a French life coach, she hires Jean Luc
Dubois to help her let her hair down and become more Parisian and hip
to reflect the person she is within. Thanks to Jean Lucâ€™s magic,
she starts to catch her hunky English profâ€™s eye, but the more time
she spends with Evan, the more she begins to realize that her Prince
Charming might just be the one sheâ€™s known all along.
U.S. Army veteran who has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and
English. She loves to read poetry, classical literature, and Stephen
King. Also, she is an avid Star Wars fan, musical theater nut, and
marine biology geek. Roxanne resides in the western U.S., and when
she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and
children. Roxanne loves to hear from her readers, and encourages you
to contact her via her website and social media.
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to be held right here, dude. Anaheim Convention Center. You should do it!â€
Carl said as he reached into a crumpled, grease-stained paper bag and pulled
out a French fry.
big dinero to people like us for weapons and armor and shit. You know that
Sword of Wuhan that you captured in â€˜Wasted Soulsâ€™? You could sell that bad boy
for big bucks. What about the Invisibility Armor from â€˜Blood Bathâ€™ you got when
you killed the giant Kappa? You can sell lots of shit like that online to
lame-oâ€™s.â€ Scott said.
it. â€˜The Manâ€™ Maniero comes up with a plan! Not bad!â€ Carl said.
rollinâ€™ with, dude? Selling virtual weapons online is how!â€ Scott said as he
rummaged in the breast pocket of his plaid shirt. He removed a plastic medicine
bottle, and then wiped his Doritos stained fingers on his jeans.
get mundo-level high and play some â€˜Quake IIIâ€™.â€
Welcome, Chad. My readers are excited to know more about you.
What did you just finish reading?Â A Dance with Dragons.Â Martin’s a modern master.Â It’s my second time reading through the series.Â I had to go back through and pick up on all the little details that I’ve missed.Â He’s littered the pages with little tidbits, foreshadowing in ways that I don’t think register with most people, at least not on the conscious level.
What book(s) have changed your life?Â Sphere by Michael Crichton.Â It’s the whole reason I became a writer.Â When I was twelve and during summer break from school, my two closest friends happened to be leaving for big vacations at the exact same time.Â I asked my friend Doug, “What am I gonna do for the next 3 weeks while you’re both gone?”Â (more…)