Thursday, November 14, 2019

Divorce By Grand Canyon: 8 Riveting True Crime Stories by Elizabeth Engstrom Genre: Crime Thriller, Suspense


Divorce By Grand Canyon: 8 Riveting True Crime Stories 
by Elizabeth Engstrom 
Genre: Crime Thriller, Suspense


Christian Longo. 
Jeremy Bryan Jones. 
Joel Patrick Courtney. 
Patrick Wayne Kearney. 
Russell Obremski. 
Robert Spangler. 
Gabriel Morris. 

Killers all. 

Veteran author Elizabeth Engstrom dives into the horrific stories of these seven serial killers, along with a glimpse into the maggoty world of forensic entomology. Why do these killers do what they do, how do they get away with it for so long, and what is their final undoing? Riveting true crime stories to make you lock your doors at night. 





Elizabeth (Liz) Engstrom grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois (a Chicago suburb where she lived with her father) and Kaysville, Utah (north of Salt Lake City, where she lived with her mother). After graduating from high school in Illinois, she ventured west in a serious search for acceptable weather, eventually settling in Honolulu. She attended college and worked as an advertising copywriter. 

After eight years on Oahu, she moved to Maui, found a business partner and opened an advertising agency. One husband, two children and five years later, she sold the agency to her partner and had enough seed money to try her hand at full time fiction writing, her lifelong dream. With the help of her mentor, science fiction great Theodore Sturgeon, When Darkness Loves Us was published. 

Engstrom moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1986, where she lives with her husband Al Cratty, the legendary muskie fisherman, and their Duck Tolling Retriever, Jook. Liz holds a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing and a Master of Arts in Applied Theology, both from Marylhurst University. A recluse at heart, she still emerges into public occasionally to speak at a writers conference, or to teach a class on various aspects of writing the novel, essay, article or short story. An avid knitter and gardener, she is on faculty at the University of Phoenix and is always working on the next book. 






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Tainted Hunter The Huntress Bane Series Book 1 by Derek Shupert Genre: Dark Fantasy





Vampire venom runs through her veins. But in her heart, she’s vowed to kill every last one of them. 

Lone hunter Amanda burns for revenge. After years of torture at the hands of the bloodsucker king, she’s determined to destroy the creatures who enslaved her. But a pitched battle with her tormentor ends in a stalemate and leaves her alone in the wastelands—grievously wounded. 

Rescued and healed by a mysterious stranger, Amanda and her new ally set off for the last fortified human city. But when she learns her old nemesis plots to raze it to the ground, she fears she won’t arrive in time to prevent the massacre. 

Can Amanda find her way to the town before a rabid feeding frenzy decimates the inhabitants? 

Tainted Hunter is the pulse-pounding first book in the Huntress Bane dark fantasy series. If you like bold heroines, gory combat, and edge-of-your-seat suspense, then you’ll love Derek Shupert’s action-packed tale. 

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Crimson Thirst 
The Huntress Bane Series Book 2


Her hands are happily stained with monsters’ blood. But slaying the horde’s leader may require joining the creatures she loathes… 

Though her vampire heritage fosters mistrust, half-breed hunter Amanda fights for the humans in this fateful war. So when bloodsucking fiends breach the walls of mankind’s last fortress, she ignores the city fathers’ demands and creates a trail of undead carnage. But even she is stunned when a rogue vamp battles by her side to repel the invasion. 

Convinced this mysterious traitor could be the ally they need to turn the tide, Amanda embarks on a dangerous quest through the wastelands to learn who he is. But with her quarry holed up in a vampire stronghold, there’s every chance she’s walking straight into a trap. 

Can Amanda survive treachery and manipulation to tip the scales of this conflict, or will she be lured to her death? 

Crimson Thirst is the savage second book in the Huntress Bane dark fantasy series. If you like gutsy heroines, apocalyptic landscapes, and page-turning action, then you’ll love Derek Shupert’s heart-pounding tale. 

Buy Crimson Thirst to join the battle against ruthless beasts today! 





Derek Shupert is an emerging Science Fiction Author known for his captivating dystopian storylines and post-apocalyptic-laden plots. With various books and anthologies underway, he is also the author of the Afflicted series and Sentry Squad.

Outside of the fantastical world of sci-fi, Derek serves as the Vice President at Woodforest National Bank. During his free time, he enjoys reading, exercising, and watching apocalyptic movies and TV shows like Mad Max and The Walking Dead. Above all, he is a family man who cherishes nothing more than quality time spent with his loved ones. 






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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

My Life, Loves and Passion: Book Blast: Defined by Others (Defining Ways Serie...

My Life, Loves and Passion: Book Blast: Defined by Others (Defining Ways Serie...: Defined by Others (Defining Ways Series Book 1) A word, a single word defines a moment for Anne. She needs to find a new one when her s...

Body Farm Z by Deborah Sheldon Genre: Horror


Body Farm Z
by Deborah Sheldon
Genre: Horror


To solve murders, you must understand the process of decomposition. Australia’s newest body farm, the Victorian Taphonomic Experimental Research Institute, is hidden in bushland some four hours’ drive from Melbourne. Scattered across its 150 acres are human donor cadavers and pig carcasses arranged to mimic some of the ways in which police might find murder victims: exposed to the elements, buried in a shallow grave, wrapped in tarpaulin. Forensic scientists and graduate students meticulously track each stage of putrefaction. Today, Detective Rick Evans of the Homicide Squad is at VITERI for the re-creation of one of his cold cases. A human donor will be locked inside a car. But the donor has other ideas... So begins a facility-wide outbreak of the reanimated dead. 






I'm an award-winning author from Melbourne, Australia. I write short stories, novellas and novels across the darker spectrum. 

My latest releases, through several publishing houses, include the horror novels "Body Farm Z", "Contrition", and "Devil Dragon"; the horror novella "Thylacines"; the crime-noir novellas "Dark Waters" and "Ronnie and Rita"; and the dark fantasy and horror collection "Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories" (winner of the Australian Shadows Best Collected Work 2017). 

My short fiction has appeared in many well-respected magazines such as Quadrant, Island, Aurealis, SQ Mag, and Midnight Echo. My fiction has been shortlisted for numerous Australian Shadows Awards and Aurealis Awards, long-listed for a Bram Stoker Award, and included in various "best of" anthologies. I'm also guest editor of this year's edition of Midnight Echo. 

Other credits include TV scripts such as Neighbours and Australia's Most Wanted, feature articles for national magazines, non-fiction books published by Reed Books and Random House, and award-winning medical writing.
Publisher: Severed Press 
Facebook: @SeveredPress  Twitter: @severedpress




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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Creating characters with the help of shining stars and spinning planets © M.C.V.Egan

For writers, many tools can help give depth to our characters, intricacies to the storyline, and shine a light on the settings. I have attended many workshops in the last few years, exploring new angles and techniques to give my characters more depth, my plots more conflict, and my settings more detail.
People are complicated multi-faceted beings; therefore, believable characters need a variety of traits. Settings are more credible when shown, not told; no-one explained that better than Anton Chekov, “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”  And then the much needed spicy ingredient to any story that will captivate the reader - CONFLICT.

 Many workshops suggested similar techniques to create the characters.
- Interview your character
- Fill out a job application as your character (Please don’t apply for the job, identity theft of a fictional character is bound to be a crime in most countries).
- Write a bio of your character
- Get an image from a magazine or online of how you visualize your character.
If you write, I am sure you have come across the lot, and frankly, they can all be instrumental. I am pretty sure that if you write, you have also come up with your very own unique ways, I know I have.
I use several techniques to get to know my characters, form them, and give them traits before I infuse them into a storyline.  I love to pretend they are my invisible friends (yes, I did have those when I was a kid) and allow them to hang out with me from time to time. I have used the above techniques; after all, why attend a workshop and not use what you are taught, right?
I do have a favorite technique, one, to be honest, I thought was all mine, and then I googled and found books on the subject! You see, I am an amateur, fascinated by but quite inexpert at Astrology. I also think it is a tool that can be used very effectively by any writer, even those who never before thought to read a horoscope. Still, surely at some point in life, most of us do check the paper to see what a Cancer, Libra or Scorpio should expect.
As one studies the various signs and planets in Astrology, they have keywords and traits; again I am a writer and NOT a professional Astrologer, as such I am not going to go through each sign and describe it; anyone can find that easily today in countless sites or books. To keep this simple, I will stay with just one sign.
I’ll take the very first sign of the Zodiac; Aries Assertive a go-getter, a mover, and shaker, fearlessly forging ahead, a warrior. Okay, that gives you a great basis for traits, now famous Aries in history Thomas Jefferson (April 13) and Leonardo Da Vinci (April 15) and Adolph Hitler (April 20). Nice combination right? Well, every sign has them, traits that can be used for good or evil.
There are countless ways you can use astrology to develop a character, once you give a character a sig you can always read their horoscope. Bad day for Aries as the ruling planet Mars enters… well again we do not need to be master Astrologers, but now you can imagine your character on a very bad day he/she cannot control.
Astrology books are filled with descriptions of the typical physique of any sign, in regards to Aries books will have variants of similar descriptions; strongly defined facial lines, bony structure, triangular shape of a face, and sharp eyes.
Here is the beauty of using Astrology as a tool, as we are all unique we may be reading the very same description and visualizing very different characters. That being said since I have dabbled in astrology for several decades I can play with birth charts and create more defined characteristics that way.
If you are not interested in learning Astrology in any great depth the solution is simply look up famous people in the sign of Aries. That way with a long list you can pick and choose the traits of the famous. For example, the prototypical mad scientist/inventor out to rule the world could be a combination Of Leonardo Da Vinci and Adolph Hitler. Just imagine how many combinations are out there for you to blend and create.
With this fun and simple tool, a writer can easily give a character a distinct look, by choosing any physical traits of famous Arian traits (not to be confused with Hitler’s Aryans) and creating the look you need. Remember Anton Chekov and don’t tell the reader the character has thick hair have him or her struggle in some way with it; brushing it, untangling it.
Creating a personality with the traits described in numerous site you are bound to give the reader a deep and complex individual. This can easily be done again by looking up famous people born under a certain sign, and they need not be historical figures; I just googled famous actresses born in Aries and came up with Emma Watson, Kristen Stewart, Reese Witherspoon, and Elle Fanning. If you Google that as well however you might find that Marilyn Monroe with Venus in Aries (some in Gemini) is the image that pops up the most.
Venus brings me to the spinning planets. That is something we are all familiar with and even if Astrology is not to your liking, another brilliant tool is tapping into the music of Gustav Holst; THE PLANETS, spend time listening to MARS, the Bringer of War ( http://youtu.be/2BpEH0LFlMY ) and the Arian traits of aggression and war are sure to flow through your mind! Also, look up Martian traits that should be compatible and complementary to the Aries ones.
Gustav Holst not only will give you beautiful writing music but just the title of each piece will enhance any Astrological traits for the signs they rule. The Sun rules Leo and of course, those traits shine. The moon rules the sign of Cancer and the traits of the moon vary from light to dark. Pluto was discovered before Holst died and in modern Astrology is used to rule Scorpio, but Mr. Holst chose not to write a piece for it, so enjoy the seven.
  1. Mars, the Bringer of War (Aries and Scorpio)
  2. Venus, the Bringer of Peace (Taurus)
  3. Mercury, the Winged Messenger (Gemini)
  4. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity (Sagittarius)
  5. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age (Capricorn)
  6. Uranus, the Magician (Aquarius)
  7. Neptune, the Mystic (Pisces)

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THE SOUL SEARCHERS MYSTERIES


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!




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.



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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