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CRIME BEAT
A novella by Scott Nicholson

When John Moretz takes a job as a reporter in the Appalachian town of Sycamore Shade, a crime wave erupts that boosts circulation and leaves people uneasy. Then a murder victim is discovered, and Moretz is first on the scene.

As more bodies are discovered, Moretz comes under police suspicion, but the newspaper’s sales are booming due to his coverage of sensational crime. His editor is torn between calling off his newshound and cashing in on the attention, plus the editor is romancing the big-city reporter assigned to cover the suspected serial killer.

And Moretz seems to be one step ahead of the other reporters, the police, and even the killer himself.

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A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle

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It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”

A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.

Editorial Reviews

“Yoo’s cover art is enchanting.”–Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast (blog)

“A coming of age fantasy story that sympathizes with typical teen girl awkwardness and insecurity, highlighting courage, resourcefulness and the importance of family ties as key to overcoming them.”–Carol Platt Liebau, author, in the New York Post

About the Author

Best known as the writer of YA classics like A Wrinkle in Time, the prolific and eclectic Madeleine L’Engle penned adult fiction, poems, plays, memoirs, and religious meditations — all infused with her trademark eloquence, imagination, and intellectual curiosity.

The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan

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Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

With cover art from the major motion picture, this first installment of Rick Riordan’s best-selling series is a non-stop thrill-ride and a classic of mythic proportions.

About the Author

Rick Riordan is best known for his bestselling YA series Percy Jackson and the Olympians and for a series of award-winning adult mysteries featuring San Antonio P.I. Tres Navarre.

House of Darkness

House of Darkness
by Ellery Queen

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Ellery Queen finds himself in charge of the young rambunctious lad, Djuna. What better way to spend his time than at the newly opened amusement park called Joyland. But the park’s designer pride and joy is his “House of Darkness”. A haunted house that reminds Queen of the set of Dr. Caligari. But what terror does the darkness hold? Ellery Queen and Djuna is about to find out!

About the Author

Ellery Queen is a unique fictional detective. Created by cousins Frederic Dannay and Manfred Lee as an entry in a writing contest, he is regarded by many as the definitive American whodunit celebrity, rivaling Nero Wolfe as the logical successor to the Master, Sherlock Holmes.

The cousins wrote dozens of books, and possibly hundreds of radio scripts, about the author and amateur sleuth who shared an apartment with his Dad, Inspector Richard Queen of the New York Police Homicide squad. On stage, in the movies, and on television, the Ellery Queen legacy was continued, though not always in a manner faithful to the authors’ original conceptions.

Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express
by Agatha Christie

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En route to Paris, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot has booked winter passage on the fabled Orient Express. Among the curious assortment of fellow passengers, one wealthy American holds a unique distinction: He has been found dead of multiple stab wounds in the night compartment of the Calais coach. By dawn, thirteen travelers, each bearing a secret, will find themselves suspect in the most ingenious crime Poirot has ever solved.

Editorial Reviews

“Need it be said — the little grey cells solve once more the seemingly insoluble. Mrs Christie makes an improbable tale very real, and keeps her readers enthralled and guessing to the end.” Times Literary Supplement “A brilliantly ingenious story.” Dorothy L. Sayers, Daily Herald “Ingenuity at its height ! the idea is utterly novel, the setting a model of realism, and the characters a versatile, attractive crew.” Woman’s Journal “A piece of classic workmanship .. exquisite and wholly satisfying.” News Chronicle “A brilliantly ingenious story.” Daily Herald “Agatha Christie has given a noble start to 1934 with a murder mystery coceived and carried out on the finest classical lines.” DOROTHY L. SAYERS, Sunday Times “A piece of classic workmanship ! exquisite and wholly satisfying.” News Chronicle “Ingenuity at its height ! the idea is utterly novel, the setting a model of realism, and the characters a versatile, attractive crew.” Woman’s Journal “In Poirot Mrs Christie has created an extremely likeable and lively character, and his adventures are always welcome.” Morning Post

About the Author

Agatha Christie is nearly synonymous with upper-class British mysteries, for good reason. She set the standard for the genre in over 60 novels and dozens of short stories, also creating two classic detectives: the fastidious Belgian, Hercule Poirot, and English spinster Jane Marple. No one could match Christie’s knack for weaving clues into her stories, then turning the whole thing inside out — shocking her readers every time.

The Righteous

Medical student Jacob Christianson is sent by church elders to investigate a murder within the polygamist enclave of Blister Creek, Utah. He brings his young sister Eliza, who must choose a husband from three old men jostling for power within the church hierarchy.

Jacob discovers that the murdered woman has been killed in accordance with secret blood oaths taken within the polygamist temple. Together with his sister, he uncovers a plot to overthrow the church leadership, with murders that reach beyond the community and into the “gentile” world. The Righteous is a heart-pounding suspense-thriller with a depth that will haunt the reader long after the last page is turned.

Editorial Reviews

“Deeply engrossing! Michael Wallace delivers the thinking man’s thriller while establishing one of the freshest male leads in crime fiction–Jacob Christianson, an aspiring doctor and cult elder’s favored son. Jacob’s analytic nature has him questioning everything, including the nature of God and the sexist politics of polygamy. It also makes him a perfect fit to track down a killer whose grisly crimes threaten Jacob’s community, family, and soon, his very life.”

– Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of LIVE TO TELL.

“Wallace authoritatively and unsparingly tears open the veil shrouding a Utah polygamist community and its secret oaths of blood atonement, temple sacrifice, and angels with drawn swords. Inside we find a riveting thriller that recaptures everything lost from the original American religion.”

– Jeffrey Anderson, National bestselling, International Thriller Award nominated author of SLEEPER CELL.

About the Author

Michael Wallace has trekked across the Sahara on a camel, ridden an elephant through a tiger preserve in Southeast Asia, eaten fried guinea pig, and been licked on the head by a skunk. In a previous stage of life he programmed nuclear war simulations, smuggled refugees out of a war zone, and milked cobras for their venom. He speaks Spanish and French and grew up in a religious community in the desert.

Parallax

Parallax
by Jon F. Merz

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What happens when two professional assassins – one a Mafia hitman and the other a former German terrorist – kill at exactly the same moment in time? For Ernst Stahl and Frank Jolino the result is a psychic bond that slowly blossoms in each man’s mind, enabling them to see into the other’s world. Frank Jolino doesn’t like what he sees, especially when he realizes that Stahl is headed to his home turf of Boston to kill a scientist who may hold the key to solving the world’s deadliest diseases. But for Stahl, there’s no other option. Virtually bankrupt and with his son in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant, he’s got little choice but to take the assignment. Jolino has other ideas. On the run from his crime syndicate for refusing to kill his ex-girlfriend-turned-government-informant, Jolino sets a plan in motion that will bring the two men face-to-face and gun-to-gun…with no guarantees either will survive.

This novel + excerpt runs approximately 90,000 words. The author’s website is http://www.jonfmerz.net

Editorial Reviews

“Lawson is more like Jason Bourne than Dracula, making this a vampire mystery with broad appeal.” –Booklist

“A powerful novel by a man who knows the turf already.” -NYT Bestselling author Robert. B. Parker

“Jon F. Merz’s novels move at a break-neck pace, twisting through a landscape of thrills and terror.” — Douglas Clegg, author of The Infinite and The Priest of Blood

“…a fine stalking session in vampire-noir land…a series and talented writer I’ll be sticking with all the way.” — Mort Castle, author of The Strangers and On Writing Horror

Praise for Jon F. Merz’s THE KENSEI (A Lawson vampire Novel #5):

“If James Bond, True Blood and Kill Bill created a mutant hybrid of a book, it would be The Kensei. A bullet train slice ‘em, dice ‘em mixture of action, suspense, and vampire ninjas. Did I mention vampire ninjas?”–Jason Pinter, bestselling author of The Fury and The Darkness

“The Kensei is an action novel with real bite. Vampires, Yakuza killers, crooks and animal-monster hyrbids. Jon F. Merz brings his A-game and then ratchets it up to a whole new level of supernatural action. Highly recommended!” –Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of The Dragon Factory and Patient Zero

“In The Kensei, Jon F. Merz seamlessly welds gritty detail with myth and legend to create a thrill ride into the shadow-world lurking beneath modern Japan. Lawson’s fight against evil has bone-crunching authenticity. Plus, it has vampires, ninjas, and vampire ninjas. What more could anyone ask?”–Christopher Farnsworth, author or Blood Oath

About the Author

Jon F. Merz is a writer with over a dozen published novels, a producer for New Ronin Entertainment and a trained black belt ninja. He has taught defensive tactics to civilian crime watch groups, police, military units, and agencies like the US Department of State, the Department of Justice, and the Bureau of Prisons. In his past, Jon served with the United States Air Force, worked for the US government, and handled executive protection for Fortune 500 clients. He lives with his wife and two sons in suburban Boston.

Disturb

It’s the pharmaceutical breakthrough of the millennium. DruTech Industries proudly presents N-SOM, a pill that completely replaces eight hours of sleep. Feel totally refreshed, both physically and mentally, in just fifteen minutes a night.

The profit potential is boundless. Mankind’s productivity will go through the roof. One third of a person’s life could be recovered, for only ten dollars a dose.

The FDA sends CDER agent Dr. Bill May to green light N-SOM for American use. The pressure, both political and monetary, is tremendous. But Bill soon harbors fears that N-SOM may not be as safe as early reports indicate…

After meeting brilliant inventors Dr. Nikos Stefanopolous and his beautiful daughter Theena, Bill stumbles into an insidious cover-up that hinges on Emmanuel Tibbets, a human guinea pig who hasn’t had a wink of sleep in over fifty days.

Bill’s investigation soon unearths a snarled tangle of extortion, conspiracy, taboo sex, hidden secrets, and murderous betrayal.

When N-SOM’s deadly side-effects are revealed, along with the shocking truth of how the drug is produced, Bill and Theena find themselves on the run from hired assassins, three letter government agencies, and a breed of psychopath unlike any ever known.

Billions of dollars, and billions of lives, are at stake. Can Bill and Theena survive long enough to expose the truth? Or will the world succumb to an evil that may bring about the extinction of mankind?

This ebook is 60,000 words and formatted expressly for Kindle, including an active table of contents. This version also includes the bonus horror short story, “Dear Diary,” about a very special pom pon girl. It also contains excerpts of Truck Stop by Jack Kilborn and J.A. Konrath, and Dead On by Robert W. Walker.

About the Author

J.A. Konrath is the author of seven novels in the Lt. Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels thriller series. The latest is SHAKEN, published by AmazonEncore. He also wrote the horror novels AFRAID, TRAPPED, ENDURANCE, and DRACULAS under the name Jack Kilborn, and the sci-fi novel TIMECASTER under the name Joe Kimball. (featuring Jack Daniels’s grandson as the hero, coming out in 2011.)

The Walk

It’s one minute after the Big One. Marty Slack, a TV network executive, crawls out from under his Mercedes, parked outside what once was a downtown Los Angeles warehouse, the location for a new TV show. Downtown LA is in ruins. The sky is thick with black smoke. His cell phone is dead. The freeways are rubble. The airport is demolished. Buildings lay across streets like fallen trees. It will be days before help can arrive.

Marty has been expecting this day all his life. He’s prepared. In his car are a pair of sturdy walking shoes and a backpack of food, water, and supplies. He knows there is only one thing he can do … that he must do: get home to his wife Beth, go back to their gated community on the far edge of the San Fernando Valley.

All he has to do is walk. But he will quickly learn that it’s not that easy. His dangerous, unpredictable journey home will take him through the different worlds of what was once Los Angeles. Wildfires rage out of control. Flood waters burst through collapsed dams. Natural gas explosions consume neighborhoods. Sinkholes swallow entire buildings. After-shocks rip apart the ground. Looters rampage through the streets.

There’s no power. No running water. No order.

Marty Slack thinks he’s prepared. He’s wrong. Nothing can prepare him for this ordeal, a quest for his family and for his soul, a journey that will test the limits of his endurance and his humanity, a trek from the man he was to the man he can be … if he can survive The Walk.

The book includes a free bonus excerpt from J.A. Konrath’s best-selling, kick-ass thriller THE LIST.

Editorial Reviews

“Can books be better than TV? You bet they can — when Lee Goldberg’s writing them. Get aboard now for a thrill ride,” New York Times bestselling author Lee Child

“You’ll finish this book breathless!” New York Times Bestselling author Janet Evanovich

“Leaves you guessing right up until the heart-stopping ending,” New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner

“Lee Goldberg can plot and write with the best of them,” Mystery Scene Magazine

“Lee Goldberg gives THE WALK a richness and truthfulness that wouldn’t exist if it were only about a cardboard man fighting exterior threats. The story becomes far more poignant because it is about the hero’s moral courage as much as it is about a paralyzed world. This is memorable fiction.” — Spur-Award winning author Richard Wheeler

“Entertaining and ruefully funny,” Honolulu Star Bulletin

“When it comes to delivering a first-rate mystery, Lee Goldberg has the hands of a master surgeon,” New York Times bestselling Author Rick Riordan

“THE WALK is a magnificent novel — by turns hilarious, scary, sad, witty and ultimately wise on its judgments about the way so many of us live these days. And it’s one hell of a page-turner, too,” Author Ed Gorman, founder of Mystery Scene Magazine

“Harrowing and funny…” -Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

“Lee Goldberg’s hard-to-classify but not-be-missed THE WALK, set in the aftermath of a major Los Angeles earthquake, pokes fun at the TV industry in the midst of disaster…” -Jon Breen, The Year In Mystery and Crime Fiction

“With books this good, who needs TV?” Chicago Sun Times

“THE WALK is one of the very best novels you’ll read this year or any other year.” – Author James Reasoner

“You’d be hard-pressed to find another recent work that provides so many hip and humorous moments,” Bookgasm

“More than anything, THE WALK is a story that makes us confront the fact that most of the time most of us can’t save the day—we can only save ourselves.” —The Unfanboy Blog

About the Author

Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award nominee. His TV writing and/or producing credits include “Hunter,” “SeaQuest,” “Spenser For Hire,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Martial Law” and “Monk.” His books include “My Gun Has Bullets,” “Man with the Iron-On Badge,” “Successful Television Writing,” and the “Diagnosis Murder” and “Monk” series of original mystery novels.

Demon’s Night, a Jason Dark supernatural mystery

Demon’s Night, a Jason Dark supernatural mystery
by Guido Henkel

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Bizarre deaths in the fog-shrouded streets of Victorian London!

A string of unnaturally desiccated and decaying bodies sets the ghost hunter, Jason Dark, on the trail in search of a demon hellbent on spreading chaos and catastrophe throughout the city!

Can the ghost hunter stop the devilish fiend who is determined to wreak more death and destruction than his even more ominous Father?

Filled with enough mystery, drama and suspenseful action to transport you to the sinister streets of gaslit Whitechapel, the digs of Jack the Ripper, your encounter with the extraordinary awaits.

“Demon’s Night” is a 24,500 word dime novel, the equivalent of about 95 book pages.

Editorial Reviews

“A briskly paced pulp fiction throwback full of gothic dread and shivery intrigue.” “A cult of sophisticated fiends who like their terror full of elegant dread and Victorian charm.” — Chris Alexander, FANGORIA

“What amazed me, as I dug deeper into the series is the sheer, joyous brilliance of the project” — Mirek Lipinski, FANTATERROR

About the Author

After spending over 25 years writing, designing and producing interactive fiction for numerous award-winning computer games, Guido Henkel has decided to put his storytelling talents to use in linear fiction by writing the supernatural mysteries of Jason Dark.

A lifelong fan of gothic horror, selecting a genre to become active in as a writer was an easy and natural choice. Guided by the spirit of classic detective stories and Golden Era horror films that create atmosphere through their settings as much as the mysterious events unfolding, his supernatural mysteries incorporate a love and passion for the paranormal adventures genre that shines through in every word.

Pentecost

Pentecost
by Joanna Penn

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A power kept secret for 2000 years. A brotherhood broken by murder. A woman who stands to lose everything.

When Jesus of Nazareth rose from the dead, the Apostles took stones from his tomb as a symbol of their brotherhood. At Pentecost, the fire of the Holy Spirit empowered the stones and the Apostles performed miracles in God’s name throughout the Empire. Forged in the fire and blood of the Christian martyrs, the Pentecost stones were handed down through generations of Keepers who kept their power and locations secret.

Until now.

The Keepers are being murdered, the stones stolen by those who would use them for evil in a world transformed by religious fundamentalism. Oxford University psychologist Morgan Sierra is forced into the search when her sister and niece are held hostage. She is helped by Jake Timber from the mysterious ARKANE, a British government agency specializing in paranormal and religious experience.

From ancient Christian sites in Spain, Italy and Israel to the far reaches of Iran and Tunisia, Morgan and Jake must track down the stones through the myths of the early church in a race against time before a new Pentecost is summoned, this time powered by the fire of evil.

About the Author

I’m an author, speaker and business consultant based in Brisbane, Australia although I’m British. I’ve just started writing religious thriller novels and my first one, Pentecost is available now.

I’m passionate about digital publishing and using the internet to build a platform, market and promote books worldwide. It is an exciting time in publishing! Authors have the chance to get their work out worldwide using new technologies. Brilliant!

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