Saturday, December 28, 2019

Three Highlights from 2019

After surviving the Spring floods (that's the start of my favorite local bike trail near the Missouri River in the picture), 2019 turned out to be a good year for writing. Here are three highlights.

1. Lots of People Dropped by the Blog

The blog received over 16,000 hits in 2019. February was the busiest month (2265) - too cold to do anything except reading online, I guess. August was the worst, which makes sense because I was on vacation and wasn't posting. The Book Reviews page continues to be a big draw, with 41 reviews covering over 11,000 pages.

It's great to have so many drop by, but on the other hand, that's a lot of people watching every time I fat-fingered a post or my auto-correct function had some fun with me.

2. Killer Proves to Be A Killer

Killer in the Retroscape ( proved to be a killer in the awards, with recognition as:

  • A Montaigne Medal Finalist;
  • A BRAG Medallion Honoree; and
  • A third-place finish in the Eric Hoffer Awards, eBook Fiction.

It was also selected by Indie Missouri as one of the best independently published books in the state. It's available with your library card throughout much of the state's public library system, but it's still tough to find (use this link: Indie authors are making progress in the public library system, thanks to groups like IngramSpark, Biblioboard, and Library Journal, but it's a slow process.

3. Off to A Good Start

Mind in Chains was released on November 4 and early sales pushed its rank as high as 45 in the Medical Thrillers category ( It continues to do well, but not like that early spike. Guess I need to publish a new book every couple of months - as if I could.

Now, enough looking backward. On to the next 20s. May they also roar!

Sunday, December 15, 2019

December Book Reviews and Previews

A little early this month, but things have a way of getting busy later.

Happy Holidays!

For your consideration:
  • A horror story (Wake of the Sadico);
  • A fantasy (Elon: Journey to Truth);
  • A horror novella (The Haunted Bridge); and
  • A crime thriller (Deadly Enterprise).
Hope you find something for your library,

Wake of the Sadico by Jo Sparkes

A Scary Read; Just Watch Out for the Sudden Changes in Point of View

Wake of the Sadico is the story of five friends sharing a vacation scuba diving in the Caribbean. There is Melanie, the adult version of a kid in a candy store—she always wants the man she doesn’t have and has the physical beauty to make it happen. Jill is the coming of age tomboy who is as anxious to prove herself as she is confused about men’s attraction to her. Through most of the book, I would have said these two are our main characters, as we spend much of our time inside their heads. But Wall, the gangly, always polite and proper Brit comes to play a larger role by the end. Initially, our cast of five has some troubling experiences—fleeting images, bad dreams—but nothing most of us haven’t had. Then, the author turns up the tension with them seeing people who are here one moment, gone the next. Or they recall a past life of pain and brutality that feels too real to ignore (reincarnation is a central theme of the novel). By the end, our protagonists are facing off against a paranormal evil come to claim, as the author puts it, “a karmic debt past due.” You’ll want to keep the lights on for this one.

For the complete review, see

Elon: Journey to Truth by Isabella Adams

Issues of Genetics and Prejudice Are Just Below the Surface of this Compelling Fantasy

Elon must discover and learn to harness her powers if she is to save her planet from destruction. At that level, Elon: Journey to Truth is a fairly typical fantasy. But author Isabella Adams introduces an interesting twist. She links Elon’s emerging powers to her genetics, something that our protagonist worries about as well. “I reflected on my mixed genetics, wrestling with familiar confusion about my place in the universe.” In Adams’ fantasy world, being vamphyre means you can control minds, being Sidar means you can use telepathy, and being troll means you’ll be strong. And Elon has all three in her blood. Her best friend, Qidira, on the other hand, is initially identified as dwarf and human, but later in the story she is told she has “… the rare genetic gift of a fairy somewhere in your (her) bloodline.” As you might guess, with all this mixing of gene pools, there is great diversity in our characters and with it, considerable prejudice. More than once, Elon has to defend vamphyres against the closed-mindedness of her peers, reminding them that they are not all bad. Genetics may set the bounds, but few, Elon included, believe they define what one will be.

For the complete review, see

The Haunted Bridge: Part One (The Haunting of Bob and Brandy Book 1) by Lennie Grace

A Fast-Paced, Scary Novella … and Then It Just Ends

Brandy is a red-haired, high-school skeptic in this horror novella. "There’s no such thing as ghosts …. I only believe in science and logic.” Bob is Brandy’s guy-pal. He’s mature for his age, being described in Brandy’s thoughts as “… an eighty-year-old man trapped in a teen’s body.” But he’s the one who wants to test a local urban legend that one of the bridges in town is haunted by a ghost who kills everyone who dares cross it at midnight. Of course, Bob talks Brandy into joining him. From there, The Haunted Bridge unfolds at a good pace, never leaving the reader a dull moment. The bite-sized chapters—twenty of them in sixty-seven pages—seem to make it go even faster. I always wanted to read just one more. The only thing that slows the story are the typos, and there are quite a few. Some are easy to ignore, as the meaning is apparent, e.g., “She did feel beautiful with tonight.” But others, in the context of strange and eerie happenings, caused me to break from my train of thought, e.g., “… a book fell off of her dress” or “She nodded, leaning over the pant and catch her breath.”

For the complete review, see

Deadly Enterprise by Kevin Chapman

Sometimes you have to ask for forgiveness

When a twenty-year-old woman with a record for drugs and solicitation is found floating in the East River, everyone is ready to attribute her death to an accidental overdose. Everyone, that is, except Medical Examiner Michelle McNeill. She conveys her suspicions to her romantic interest, Detective Mike Stoneman. Since he’s rehabbing from injuries sustained in his last case and is not on active duty, Stoneman launches an investigation that’s part official, but mostly not. It’s driven by his and McNeill’s strong sense of right and wrong, with Stoneman’s partner, Jason Dickson, joining the cause. In addition to the overdose case, Dickson is working with a new, temporary partner, Ray McMillian, on a high-profile murder connected with a drugs and money laundering scheme. That case, too, erupts in violence, leaving Dickson juggling competing demands on his time and fighting office politics.

For the complete review, see

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

December's Limited-Time Kindle Deals

A few books from the nice list (the cozies), and several from the naughty. 

(Prices change constantly. Be sure to verify all prices before purchase.)

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Mind in Chains
By Bruce M. Perrin
Medical Thriller
Usual Price: 3.99  Sale: 0.99

After an attempt was made on the life of a medical researcher at my fiancé’s home, Nicole Veles and I were plunged into a war on US soil that could have no winners. The Crusader’s for Common Sense would impose their sense of morality on medical policy or more would die. Replaced as the lead of the investigation when the violence escalated, rookie FBI agent Rebecca Marte was willing to listen to my thoughts—however bizarre they might seem. But when they proved true, Nicole and I were brought face to face with the killers in a final, deadly gambit. As it unfolded, however, I wondered if its cost would be more than I could pay.

“… a multifaceted, absorbing read that lingers in the mind long after the final revelation which examines issues of justice and humanity, as it crafts a growing story of horror,” D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review.

Mind in Chains is perfect for fans of Michael Crichton, Douglas Richards, and Matthew Mather.

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Blood Silence: A compelling crime thriller (McRyan Mystery Thriller and Suspense Series Book)
By Roger Stelljes
Financial Thriller
Usual Price: 3.99  Sale: 0.99

Two bodies are discovered in a lake house in a suburb west of Minneapolis. The grim discovery of two more bodies found behind a bar in Washington DC leads to more questions than answers. The two cases are separated by 1,000 miles but can two cases so different be connected?

Can McRyan unveil the dangerous truth before someone else pays the ultimate price? This complex and twisted mystery will challenge Mac McRyan to confront his tumultuous past... a past he thought he had put to rest.

Blood Silence is a web of unsettling twists, startling turns and unforeseen redemption with each chapter adding a layer of intrigue that will pull you in further.

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Never Split The Party (Middang3ard Book 1)
By Ramy Vance
Science Fiction TV, Movie & Game Tie-In
Usual Price: 4.99  Sale: 0.99

There are nine known realms, a world for each race, including dwarves, gnomes, and elves. In the middle rests Middang3ard. Each world knows the others. Each, except Earth.

Humans long ago turned their backs on magic, throwing their stock into science and technology, their governments shielding the people from the reality of what was going on elsewhere. So be it. Humans were never very good at getting along with other races anyway.

Then the Dark One appeared, threatening to overrun the nine worlds, starting with Middang3ard and ending with the humans’ planet.

The second planet just went dark, Earth can't stay out of the fight, but can it do anything to save its own future? Now, humans must send elite warriors to Middang3ard to fight, else humans will fight on the shores of their own lands when the Dark One invades Earth. Too bad their elite starts and ends with Robert ‘Suzuki’ Fletcher and his team of Mundanes.

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The Man With Two Names: A Novel of Ancient Rome (The Sertorius Scrolls Series Book 1)
By Vincent B. Davis II
Ancient Historical Fiction
Usual Price: 2.99  Sale: 0.99

To preserve his village, a man of peace must survive the cutthroat city of Rome.

Rome, 107 BC. Quintus Sertorius just lost his father and he may lose his home. When his rural village is stripped of its political status, he must leave his family to secure their food and protection from inside Rome's bloodthirsty government. As he transitions from countryman to politician, he's thrust into the middle of a bitter political war… 

As Quintus struggles to gain the aid his village so desperately needs, he approaches Gaius Marius, the uncle of Julius Caesar himself. But with each passing day in the unforgiving landscape of the Eternal City, he puts his family and his own life in even greater danger.

In a ruthless battle of conscience, will Quintus lose both himself and the ones he loves?

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Gold Dragon (Heritage of Power Book 5)
By Lindsay Buroker
Usual Price: 4.99  Sale: 0.99

Now that Trip’s siblings are safely back in the capital, he would like it if life got back to normal. As normal as possible for a half-dragon army officer learning to use his magical powers when he isn’t busy piloting with Wolf Squadron.

But trouble keeps popping up, and the capital isn’t the safe haven Trip had hoped. More and more dragons are working together, with attacks growing frequent as they scheme to claim the country for themselves. Equally daunting, Rysha wants to introduce Trip to her parents, parents who want a proper nobleman for their daughter, not some odd commoner sired by a dragon.

If Trip is to have any chance of bringing peace to the country—and impressing Rysha’s parents—he’ll have to finally and fully embrace what he is and what he can do. Before time runs out.

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Murder at the Alamo: A Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery
By Dianne Harman
Cozy Mystery
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A honeymoon.
A murdered body.
Unfortunately, the victim didn’t survive the Alamo.

While visiting San Antonio, Texas on their honeymoon, Brigid and Linc discover the body of an Alamo tour guide.

Brigid can’t resist solving a crime and with a little help from the owner of a B&B and his faithful German shepherd, she and Linc set out to figure out which of the quirky cast of characters committed the murder.

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This Darkness Light
By Michaelbrent Collings
Horror Suspense
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No one at the hospital knows who he is. Just a John Doe who arrived after being shot four times, and who should have died on the operating table.

When John wakes up, he can’t supply any answers, either: he has total amnesia, with no memory of what happened to him, anything of his past, or even his own name. But when the man who shot him returns to finish the job, John does discover one thing: he is a highly-trained killer.

Now on the run, John must discover who he is, why the government wants him dead, and how to elude — or kill — the assassins trying to take him down. Worst of all, humanity itself teeters on the brink of extinction. An unknown bioweapon is killing millions of people worldwide... and it looks more and more like John was the one behind the outbreak.

Only one thing is certain: he is John Doe, and nothing will stop him from finishing what he started.

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Three of Swords (Empire Asunder Book 1)
By Michael Jason Brandt
Dark Fantasy
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A Game of Thrones meets The Wheel of Time in this epic fantasy about a tranquil empire suddenly ravaged by war, corrupted by demons, and reliant on salvation from a few unexpected heroes.

As the forgotten second son of an overambitious king, all Prince Nicolas ever wanted was to join the elite Order of Swordthanes and lead a life of skill and honor. But the whims of fate—and his own family's betrayal—thrust him into the heart of battle and the clutches of his kingdom's enemies.

An illiterate servant, Housethrall Jak's life is forever transformed when curiosity and happenstance combine to awaken a lurking evil in his sleepy forest village. Loyalty, wit, and courage are his only weapons in a fight to save his friends and fragile community from a fate far worse than mere death.

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Reboot: An Epic LitRPG Adventure (Afterlife Online Book 1)
By Domino Finn
Science Fiction TV, Movie & Game Tie-In
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Tad Lonnerman is having a crappy day stuck in crappy traffic late to a crappy meeting. On the bright side, his game development career is the only non-crappy thing he has going for him, so life isn't all bad.

At least until he dies.

Now Tad finds himself uploaded to a beta test of Haven, an unannounced hyper-immersive MMO where the dead have a second chance at life. It's not virtual reality, it's digital reality. A true afterlife online.

Except Haven isn't exactly blissful paradise. Tad bumbles into a pagan blood feud, crosses paths with fallen angels, and gets lied to by saints. His only allies? A frat boy with a penchant for dying and a pixie who won't give him the time of day.

Second chances be damned. All Tad wants is to return to his old life, and he'll do anything for the opportunity. Even make a deal with the devil.

You'll need to wait until December 14 for this one.

By Laurel Heidtman
Usual Price: 2.99  Sale: 0.99

Freak winter storm, isolated cabin, no power, two killers on the loose. Happy spring break!

Mark Fuller’s world is falling apart. His marriage is on the rocks and his insurance business is on life support. To top it off, he’s agreed to spend Easter weekend in a remote lake house with his overbearing business partner and his partner’s alcoholic wife.

Mark thinks his life can’t get any worse, but when a freak spring storm brings nearly two feet of snow, the power goes, and two escaped federal prisoners show up on their doorstep, he realizes it's not only the weather that can kill!

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Three Headlines for December

Happy Holidays!

1. Mind in Chains Release Day Winner

The winner of the $25 Amazon Gift Card and a copy of Mind in Chains was Jennifer A. Congratulations, Jennifer, and thanks to everyone who entered.

And if you didn't win, check out headline #2. 

2. Fantasy/Sci-Fi Book Fair and Giveaway!

Browse over 100 free and discounted books in genre ranging from paranormal romance to dystopian Sci-fi. You’ll find my Eric Hoffer award-winning novel, Killer in the Retroscape, in that last category.

Then, enter for your chance to win a Kindle Fire, one Wizard's Holiday deluxe candle from highland Bluff Studios, and a hardback copy of Star Wars: Thrawn Treason!

Maybe you lean more toward crime thrillers and horror in your holiday reads? Then check out headline #3.

3. The Holiday Chills and Thrills Book Fair

If you think your holiday should have some red besides the jolly fat man -🎅

Check out the murder and mayhem in the Holiday Chills and Thrills Book Fair! You'll find Mind in Chains is one of the blood-curdling lineup.

And one footnote

I'll have my usual 'Limited-Time Deals' post later, but this deal will be over by then. And since I enjoyed two other books in this series and have this new release on my TBR list, I figured it was worth passing this information along.

Only 99 cents beginning December 7

How about a shot of Poison?

Ricki and the Top Shelf crew have worked for weeks preparing for Logan Parker’s book launch, but nothing ruins a party like a dead body! Name Your Poison is now available on Amazon and through Kindle Unlimited.

*The Top Shelf books do not have to be read in order.

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

November Book Reviews and Previews

For your consideration:
  • A collection of steampunk short-stories (Boston Metaphysical Society: Prelude);
  • Two, interconnected novellas (Daedalus: SWIC Basejump from Fred Noonan Skyport and Daedalus LEO: SWIC Drop from Low Earth Orbit) - two more are planned by the author;
  • An entertainingly bizarre, steampunk novel (The Diplomat and Desperado Stories); and
  • A self-help book (Turn Your Happiness ON).
Hope you find something for your library,

Boston Metaphysical Society: Prelude: A Seven Story Collection by Madeleine Holly-Rosing

Coming-of-Age Short Stories Set in a Well-Crafted, Steampunk Alternative History

Prelude, a short-story collection, is one of three literary paths into an alternative, steampunk world that is the Boston Metaphysical Society. The other two paths are a novel, Storm of Secrets, which I have read, and a comic book/graphic novel, which I have not. The two I've read lead to a fascinating world where steam power and gauges replace the electronics and digital readouts of our world. And it's not just technology that's different, but history and society as well. Then, add a supernatural element with mediums, ghosts, and demons, and you have a fertile setting for the imaginative tales that make up Prelude

For the complete review, see

Daedalus: SWIC Basejump from Fred Noonan Skyport by Robert G. Williscroft

A Death-Defying Feat Told with the Swagger of a Navy SEAL

Imagine, if you will, riding something like an extremely high-speed elevator 80 kilometers into the sky (that’s almost 50 miles or over 262,000 feet). And you’re doing this in preparation for jumping with nothing but a hard-shell, wingsuit with a steerable rocket while aiming for a small island 379 kilometers away. I can think of a lot of phrases that might describe people’s feelings as that elevator starts its ascent—paralyzed by fear, hearts pounding in their ears, stomachs in their throats. Now consider how the narrator of the novella Daedalus, Tiger Bailey a Navy SEAL, described it. “I felt a faint tug that rapidly increased to about the same pressure produced by a chick sitting on my chest.” 

For the complete review, see

Daedalus LEO: SWIC Drop from Low Earth Orbit (Daedalus Series Book 2) by Robert G. Williscroft.

An Interesting Blend of Science and Fiction with a Larger than Life Hero

Like the first installment of the series, the focus of Daedalus LEO is on using a wingsuit to deliver SEALs to a trouble spot, a concept that is part science and part fiction. And like all good hard-science-fiction writing, the boundary between current theory and the author’s imagination is difficult to determine. Leave the readers guessing, make them sweat. That tension, however, generally comes from trying to guess the dividing line between current, beneficial theory and the story’s disastrous side effects of the same technology. Just where in the development of technology X did it stop being the savior of mankind and become our downfall? In this book, however, there is no catastrophic side of the wingsuit and so, the distinction between fact and fantasy is interesting, if not particularly tension producing. 

For the complete review, see

The Diplomat and Desperado Stories by PanOrpheus.
I read PanOrpheus’s books with a search window open.

PanOrpheus’s books—and I’ve read a few—involve a bizarre collection of recurring figures from history and mythology, not to mention from the author’s imagination. Phoebe, the Spirit of the mythical Third Oracle of the Temple of Delphi and her consort, Mister E, the afterlife spirit of Nikola Tesla are a couple of examples. In this installment, these two assign their agents—the Diplomat and the Desperado—to travel to other times and realms to correct certain anomalies that have or are about to occur. And these two, let me assure you, have unique ways for dealing with anomalies! The Diplomat taps into his growing abilities for precognition and telekinesis. In other words, he’ll be using his head, just like all diplomats do. And the Desperado? She’s the muscle, employing all “… the weapons used in Terminator One, Two, and Three, and a few from the Matrix Two” on one mission. Sure, sometimes it seems she’s gotten out of hand, like the afternoon she destroyed the entire Forbidden City. But do you really want to quibble with the Diplomat’s summary of the mission:  “… unfortunate but within bounds collateral damage. Goals attained.” Again, his stellar diplomatic skills were on display. 

For the complete review, see

Turn Your Happiness ON: How to Light up your Days and Fill your Life with Joy by Norma Nikutowski

Consider Your Impediments to Happiness Before You Pick Up this Book

"Happiness means different things to different people." That’s just one of dozens of quotes in the book. I wanted to use it because it highlights why this book can’t be completely successful. It can’t because, in 196 pages, it cannot deal with everyone’s impediments to living a happier life. I’d guess the author has addressed a large portion of the population. But on the other hand, I’m certain the book doesn’t address everyone. Why? Because you won’t find much on issues such as the lack of self-esteem (other than the fact that it suffers when you’re unhappy), learned helplessness, bullying, most work issues such as dealing with glass ceilings or learning to delegate, fear of success, and so on. And there is certainly nothing like living with phobias, addictions, or compulsions. So, my advice to the potential reader: consider what blocks your happiness and compare it to the topics covered in the book. To help with that process, I’ll try to summarize the book’s primary points.

For the complete review, see

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

November's Limited Kindle Deals

How about something to read while you wait for the turkey to cook?

(Prices change constantly. Be sure to verify all prices before purchase)

Start Date: NOW  End Date: November 11
Of Half a Mind
By Bruce M. Perrin
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2019 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree

2018 Wishing Shelf Book Awards Finalist

When you talk to yourself, there’s only one voice.  When you look at something in your mind’s eye, there’s but one image.

Psychologist Sam “Doc” Price and his colleagues had always held that principle to be true … at least under normal circumstances.  But as they studied the work of a brilliant but troubled neuroscientist, they discovered a device that created a reality that was anything but normal.  And when they had unraveled its mysteries, the only question that remained was, could they survive the truth?

Start Date: NOW  End Date: November 10
The Amazon Code (Harvey Bennett Thrillers Book 2)
By Nick Thacker
Pulp Thriller
Usual Price: 6.99  Sale: 0.99

The Amazon rainforest is hiding a secret.

One woman has uncovered it ... and it's a secret worth killing for.

When her company discovers a remarkable hidden message in the dreaming brains of her subjects, Dr. Amanda Meron unknowingly invites disaster unto her company.

The clues seem to be pointing her to one of the remote places on the planet: The Amazon Rainforest.

When Harvey "Ben" Bennett gets a hint that the nefarious organization he's been searching for has turned up in Brazil, he and his new girlfriend Juliette Richardson race to the jungle to discover what they're after - and hopefully stop them.

From the myth of the lost city of El Dorado to emerging science technology, The Amazon Code has it all: action-packed adventure, an exotic setting, and characters you'll fall in love with.

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The Color Dead: A Dickie Floyd Detective Novel
By Danny R. Smith
Hard-Boiled Mystery
Usual Price: 4.99  Sale: 0.99

Detective Josefina Sanchez has been taken.

She and her partner, Dickie, had been sent to Gorman, a remote northern outpost in Los Angeles County, where a man had been executed in the woods. Three days later, Josie has vanished.

Had she returned to the mountains over the weekend on her own? If so, what might have happened to her? Or could her disappearance have something to do with any of her other cases, especially one involving the Mexican mafia? The idea that Josie was randomly taken must also be considered, however unlikely.

Dickie and Floyd must find Josie. Their search takes them from the streets of Los Angeles up to the wilds of the Tejon Pass where they find themselves at odds with residents of the backcountry. But time is running out, and nothing will deter the veteran detectives in the search for one of their own. Not even heavily armed and dangerous mountain men.

Start Date: NOW  End Date: November 11
First-Realm Problems: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Eastwind Witches Cozy Mysteries Book 12)
By Nova Nelson
Cozy Mystery
Usual Price: 4.99  Sale: 0.99

What happens in New Orleans, slays in New Orleans…

Psychic Nora Ashcroft is somewhere she never thought she’d see again: her old world. Desperate to bring Tanner and Eva back to Eastwind as soon as possible, she faces a major up-levee battle in New Orleans. Because without any money or a clear place to start, finding two witches in the city could require more magic than she alone possesses.

When she catches wind of mysterious slayings among the local vampires and witches, her only shot at finding her friends could be to unmask a murderer. But time is running out, and a dangerous cloaked figure is running amok…

Can Nora solve her first-realm problems before the past comes back to haunt her?

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Oranges for Christmas: A Berlin Wall Escape Novel
By Margarita Morris
Historical Fiction
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The war is over but the fight for freedom has only just begun.

Berlin. August 1961. The Cold War. When the Berlin Wall brutally divides East from West, Sabine is separated from her beloved brother, Dieter. Escape to the West is the only option if the family is to be reunited. But the Wall is guarded by soldiers operating a shoot to kill policy. And Sabine finds herself at the mercy of the Stasi and their brutal interrogation techniques. She must fight to escape. She must fight to survive.

Separated from his family by the Berlin Wall, Dieter teams up with a rebel group determined to rescue their loved ones from East Berlin. They have a plan. But it’s a dangerous mission, beset with difficulties at every turn. Who can they really trust? Who is friend or foe?

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The Academy of Stolen Magic: YA Paranormal Academy Book Two (Blakemore Paranormal Academy 2)
By Sullivan Gray
YA Spy Fiction
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I’m not sure what hurts more: the knife in my back or the one in my heart.

I thought the worst thing that could happen to me was losing my powers and being shipped off to Supernatural Reform School. I was wrong.

Betrayed and heartbroken, I’m still searching for the mages who stole my powers. But now I know that the conspiracy goes much higher up the chain of command. High enough that my new friends and I might all be in danger.

Especially when we find out that Blakemore Paranormal Academy is housing a magical weapon. We don’t know what or why, but are determined to find out where and stop it. The only upside: the search is a great distraction from my broken heart.

Will we find this weapon in time? Or am I about to find out how much I still have to lose?

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The Silver Strand Legacy: A Suspense Thriller Novel (Eritis Trilogy Book 1)
Military Thriller
Usual Price: 3.99  Sale: 0.99

He’s looking for a way out …

For Nate Kincade, former army special forces, the future looks bleak. Following a tragic incident, he faces a long-term sentence inside a U.S. Military prison. But when a mysterious visitor appears and offers to secure his freedom in exchange for completing a mission, Nate believes his luck has finally turned.

The mission: go to Paris and track down a group of scientists who recently escaped from a top-secret research facility located near the French and German border. Sounds simple enough. But Nate soon discovers the fugitives are far more dangerous than he could have possibly imagined. And when one of them, a mysterious young woman, saves his life then asks for his help, Nate must decide if he can trust her, and if he’s willing to put his team in danger by confronting the most lethal enemy he’s ever had to face.

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Simon Says (John Simon Thrillers Book 1)
By Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Science Fiction Adventure
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Master Detective John Simon is a tough, streetwise seventeen year veteran of the Kansas City Police Department with a healthy disdain for the encroachment of modern technology into his workplace. When his partner is kidnapped after a routine stakeout by thugs with seeming ties to connected, wealthy art dealer Benjamin Ashman, he's determined to find the truth, but the only witness is a humanoid android named Lucas George. Reluctantly, he takes Lucas along as he begins to investigate and soon finds himself depending more and more on the very technology he so distrusts. Meanwhile, Simon's precocious teenage daughter begins to teach Lucas how to sound More like a cop using dialogue from famous cop movies. If only he'd use them in the appropriate context.

As the two men dig in deeper, they find themselves and every witness they touch faced with danger from assassins as they begin to uncover a conspiracy that may stretch from the heights of the KCPD itself to South America and beyond. Can they identify the guilty before it's too late without getting themselves killed in the process?

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Old Haunts: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Eastwind Witches Cozy Mysteries Book 11)
By Nova Nelson
Cozy Mystery
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Some spirits can’t take a hint. 

Psychic Nora Ashcroft can’t tell the future, but she’s starting to look forward to it. And with the support of Donovan and the rest of the town, she’s ready to leave the past behind. Too bad the same can’t be said for Eastwind’s most newly departed...

After a body is discovered in the street, everyone has a theory about what might've happened… including the deceased himself. Though he swears he was ready for death and has no unfinished business keeping him around, Nora knows something must be tethering him to this plane. 

But the more she discovers, the more questions she has about this friendly ghost’s shady past…

Can Nora piece together the truth of her newest client before his dangerous history comes back to haunt her?

Mark your calendar for this one, because it starts November 23

Whiskey Kills (A Top Shelf Mystery)
By Lolli Powell
Cozy (Humorous) Mystery
Usual Price: 3.99  Sale: 0.99

2017 Bronze winner of The Wishing Shelf Book Awards---
When bar owner, Ricki Fontaine’s friend, Ruby Fogarty, is charged with murdering her boyfriend by clubbing him to death with a bottle of whiskey, the police consider the case closed. But Ricki is convinced Ruby is innocent and sets out to find the real murderer. Although Waterton police detective Gabriel Russell is crazy about Ricki, he isn’t too crazy about her trying to do his job.

The killer’s not too happy about it either.

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