Friday, May 7, 2021

Mob Ratbag by L.R. Starr Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense

 

 


Mob Ratbag
by L.R. Starr
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense


Rat ta tat tat. I'm just a ratbag on a bike. 
Living for the freedom of my wheels. Boston.
She's my turf and I ride her like a well-tricked pony.
I ain't doing sh*t wit my life and I ain't shit.
Money, bikes,cars, girls, and four years at Lexington private school.
My destiny is already carved out for me, but what if I don't wanna?
Then Chantelle came along... The goody-two-shoes from the Eastside. She ain't like the others looking for a bad boy like me.
She's no pushover and I like that.
She loathes me and it makes me want her.
Bad.
I'm gonna make her mine, except I got this little family business problem...
Once you're in the 'familia' there's only one way out, and if I'm gonna get the girl...
Come join the emotional ride through Lexington private school to see if Chantelle and Sam can make it through. 



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L.R. Starr is a lover of mysteries, witty dialogue, suspense, romance, and fantasy. If you like to travel through your books strap in for the ride she'll take you across the country.
When she's not I'm writing she's usually exploring, and coming up with yet another devious plot or pursuing her other love which is painting and drawing. Enjoy the bedlam friends!





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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Earth Arrested by D.L. Richardson Genre: SciFi Dystopian Thriller

 



Earth Arrested
Earth Quarantined Book 2
by D.L. Richardson
Genre: SciFi Dystopian Thriller


A new threat is coming.

Earth Arrested follows the story of Kethryn Miller and Neah, twins who didn't know of each other's existence. One lived a celebrity lifestyle, the other lived in a hidden underground city. The existence of twins is forbidden under Truce Law, and Neah's escape from the hidden city brought humanity's crimes to the attention of the aliens who were keeping Earth under tight control.

In Earth Arrested, the race is on to achieve space travel before the fleet of ships sitting on the edge of our solar system arrives. This fleet contains the Criterion leader, and she is coming to do what the first alien colonists failed to do: destroy all humanity.

Humanity can't surrender to this new alien occupation. But our fragile planet also can't take another war. Then there is an important factor that both humans and aliens are forgetting: there is a third side arming themselves for this coming war, and they have already lost everything.

If you like dystopian thrillers that turn conventional ideas about space exploration on their head, stories with twists and turns, and thought-provoking reads, then you'll enjoy D L Richardson's Earth Quarantined series.





Earth Quarantined
Earth Quarantined Book 1


World peace came with rules. We've just broken them.

Kethryn Miller is an award-winning actress, destined to rule State Seven of a unified Earth, but nothing will prepare her for the role she’ll take on when a strange woman who shouldn’t be alive turns up in the city, threatening to expose the lies that have kept peace on Earth for 200 years.

******

In the year 2055, millions of humans were wiped out by a deadly virus. Our desire and need to get off the planet and into space became our highest priority. However, before any ships could be launched, First Contact was made by an alien race called the Criterion. To prevent this deadly virus from getting into space, they placed Earth under quarantine. Then they herded us into cities so they could control our dying population and the planet’s resources. They saved us.

But they also rule over us. And we've let them because, for the past three hundred years, they have kept offering us the technology to get into space. Yet we're still here on this dying planet.
The Criterion are lying to us.

What they don’t know is that we’re lying to them.

"If you like dystopian thrillers that turn conventional ideas about space exploration on their head, stories with twists and turns, and thought-provoking reads, then you'll enjoy D L Richardson's first book in the Earth Quarantined series" - BestThrillers.com




D L Richardson writes speculative fiction, which encompasses science fiction, supernatural fiction, and fantasy. She lives in Australia with her husband and dob, and when she’s not writing, she can be found wandering in her yard waging war on weeds, watching back-to-back episodes on Netflix, playing her piano or guitar, curled up on the couch reading a book, or walking the dog.

She is the author of the 'Welcome to the Apocalypse' series and 'The Shivers Novellas'. She also conducts writing workshop and appears at Australian pop culture conventions as few times a year.





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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Weathering Old Souls by James J. Cudney & Didi Oviatt Genre: Metaphysical, Spiritual Historical Fiction

 

 


Weathering Old Souls
by James J. Cudney & Didi Oviatt
Genre: Metaphysical, Spiritual Historical Fiction


Abigail has always struggled with the voices. From the relentless tyranny a woman faces on an antebellum plantation to the unknown prison camps in America during World War II, our heroine discovers the past in a way that changes her future.

Moments from the past serve as guiding posts for the country’s growth, and also mark the transitions for Abigail’s own personal history. Her best friend, Margaret, partners with Abigail to discover the identity of the mysterious voices, while focusing on her passion and quest to become a United States senator.

Through it all, a serial killer torments the country, romance blossoms between people they meet during the journey, and long-buried secrets come to light in devastating ways. As elements twist, numbers align and spiritual powers connect, no one will be the same again.








Didi Oviatt is an intuitive soul. She's a wife and mother first, with one son and one daughter. Her thirst to write was developed at an early age, and she never looked back. After digging down deep and getting in touch with her literary self, she's writing mystery/thrillers like Search for Maylee, Justice for Belle, Aggravated Momentum, and Sketch, along with multiple short story collections. She's collaborated with Kim Knight in an ongoing interactive short story anthology, The Suspenseful Collection. Most recently, she published her first romance novella titled Skinny Dippin’ which was originally released as a part of the highly appraised Anthology, Sinners and Saints. When Didi doesn't have her nose buried in a book, she can be found enjoying a laid-back outdoorsy lifestyle. Time spent sleeping under the stars, hiking, fishing, and ATVing the back roads of beautiful mountain trails, and sun-bathing in the desert heat play an important part of her day to day lifestyle. 




James J. Cudney
James is my given name, but most folks call me Jay. I live in New York City, grew up on Long Island, and graduated from Moravian College, an historic but small liberal arts school in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with a degree in English literature and minors in Education, Business and Spanish. After college, I accepted a technical writing position for a telecommunications company during Y2K and spent the last ~20 years building a career in technology & business operations in the retail, sports, media, hospitality, and entertainment industries. Throughout those years, I wrote short stories, poems, and various beginnings to the “Great American Novel,” but I was so focused on my career that writing became a hobby. In 2016, I committed to focusing my energies toward reinvigorating a second career in reading, writing, and publishing. 






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Westwood University Westwood Chronicles Book 1 by Alexandria James Genre: New Adult Paranormal Fantasy Romance

 

 


Westwood University
Westwood Chronicles Book 1
by Alexandria James
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Fantasy Romance


3 months. 90 days. 2,160 hours.
That's all it took for my world to fall apart.
My life had always been so certain, I've had a concrete plan for as long as I can remember.
Until the day I was accepted into Westwood University.
Until I let anger morph my actions.
Until I opened the gates of hell.
Until him.
His eyes are what first caught me, I was a fly in his web. Once I was bound in the threads, I was doomed. I let him consume me, all of me.
I was in too deep when he told me the truth...




Alexandria James was born in California, but raised all over the US due to being a child of the military. She loves to laugh, sing and write-- when not spending precious time with her family. Alexandria lives in South Florida with her husband and two sons.





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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

A KIND OF DROWNING by ROBERT CRAVEN

 



A KIND OF DROWNING

The man standing at the funeral in bubble-gum pink hair is P.J. Crowe. His career as a detective is in tatters - he's facing dismissal, vilified by the press and his wife's about to leave.  Lying low in a small seaside town he spots a ‘Help Wanted’ ad in the kitchen of a local café. It offers him an escape from the public and his spiralling mental health - and it's where Thea Farrell worked – until she was found dead at sea.

And herein lies the problem: Thea was an Olympic medallist, silver for swimming and Crowe’s burned-out synapses are starting to join the dots – it wasn't his case, but his cop’s senses tell him that Thea wasn’t the drowning kind.

And the suspect may well be in the congregation.



 

A KIND OF DROWNING is a big departure for me both in subject and style. I put the main character, P. J. Crowe in a small seaside town, off the beaten track in the midst of a mental and professional crisis. He is isolated in a small town where a tragedy occurs, and despite everything he’s going through he’s not convinced it’s an accident.

For the technical aspects, I contacted Sue Procter at ThinkForensic in the UK. I sketched out my ‘crime / tragedy’ and within weeks, she was back with the science of what I was looking for. I built an entire chapter around this and sent it back for approval. A few tweaks and several rewrites later, Sue validated it. I now had a ‘hub’ around which the story would revolve.

I had my protagonist, I had my ‘incident’ (or supposed crime with the technical nous behind it), I had my location. Now I could tap into the key Lockdown themes of this Covid-19 Crisis: Isolation, mental health, and survival.

A KIND OF DROWNING is a noir novel – a Chandleresque, Ken Bruen, Hammett, and Spillane dark in its concept. I wanted the characters to grow through dialogue rather than actions and I wanted to stay clear of the technical and procedural jargon and let the story evolve through Crowe’s eyes.

I think its my best novel to date; a culmination of 14 years of writing that has finally come together in this book.

But I will let the reader decide on that.

A KIND OF DROWNING will be released in early May on Amazon & Kobo platforms

 

 

 

Sample chapter

“Where to, Boss?”

It was Crowe’s kind of ride, neither he nor the taxi driver spoke. The sporadic bursts from the Satnav punctuated the silence. Dublin’s suburbs gave way to the northbound motorway.

But long distances abhor a vacuum,

            “I know you,” she said.

Crowe flicked his eyes across the laminated ID – the driver’s name was Abosede Akande O’Hare. He spied the small camera on the mirror behind a thick-beaded wooden rosary hanging from the mirror.

“I don’t think I’ve had the pleasure,” he replied.

“You look done in,” she said.

He drew his hand across the week long stubble then pulled it away; he studied it. The knuckles still had faint traces of bruising. He covered them with his other hand. Sometimes the tremors arrived unannounced. The scratches had healed in coarse diagonal lines. A faint indentation on his finger hinted where a wedding band used to be.

Crowe had gone twenty-four hours without sleep. He had the kind of sour hangover that felt like a vice squeezing in on either side of his skull.

The white lines of the road were hypnotic. A passing truck flicked its lights like a flashgun sending lightening forks across his prefrontal cortex.

A lot could change in a fortnight, he thought.

“You police?” asked Abosede.

“No,” Crowe replied.

Abosede made a clicking sound with her tongue, rolling the words “PJ, PJ, PJ..” like a rolodex.

She turned her flawless profile scanning him up and down. She saw a man in an unwashed fleece; a man whose entire existence was stuffed into pockets and bags.

“You look like police,” she murmured.

“It’s Gardai in this country,”

“Gardee. Guarding what?” she snorted.

Guarding what indeed, he thought.

“I’m paying you only to drive,” said Crowe.

The clicking continued, she mumbled something under her breath. It sounded like “Stronger air freshener,”

He couldn’t be sure.

The cab smelled exotic. A gold watch glowed on her ebony skin; its glass was covered in a faint meshwork of cracks.

            “Not paying me enough,” she said.

Crowe slunk further into his seat.

Twelve junctions later, the northbound motorway siphoned off to a dual carriageway that dog-legged onto a secondary road. The silence stretched out to forever. The first signposts for his destination appeared.

“Well, don’t expect any sunshine in Roscarrig, man. The forecast for the summer is terrible,” said Abosede.

            “Suits me, I’ve been told to rest,” said Crowe.

            “You cannot rest in Dublin?”

“No-one seems to think so,” he paused, pressing his forehead against the window. The faint vibrations of the road coursed through his temples, “I thought I’d get away,”

“Why? The city is where the money is, the money is boss; it crisp, it nice,”

He closed his eyes,

“I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you,” he said.

“I do know you. Brutality, man. Brutality,” said Abosede.

Like her photo, her braids were piled gloriously high on her head.

            “Roscarrig, thanks. No more talk or I will definitely kill you,” he replied.

Crowe’s gaze fell onto the glove compartment, an adhesive 3-D Jesus doled out a plastic benediction. Abosede glanced sideways at him,

            Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved,” she intoned,

            “I never trust anyone who’s read just one book,” said Crowe.

The silence descended between them like a pall.

Dilapidated lines of greenhouses amid large tracts of grass, yellow gorse and seas of ragwort sailed past,

Jacobaea Vulgaris,” he muttered.

He thought about Googling the word ragwort, but like his watch, the blood-stained mobile phone was sealed tight and locked away in an evidence bag.

He folded his arms.

Abosede’s tongue started clicking again.

Two bedraggled roundabouts later, they passed a peeling, dirty reflective welcome sign that requested everyone to please drive slowly. The Satnav announced that they had reached their destination. They were on the narrow main street of Roscarrig town.

It was a town dismal and forgotten; out of time and out of luck, thought Crowe. The ragged end of nowhere.

Last stop, he thought.

 


Combustion


 





Rachel lives in constant fear that she will burst into flames. She can feel the heat building in her gut.
 She keeps buckets of water under the bed. She keeps them to fend off the flames that her body may create.

Autocombustophobia. That's what they say she has.

No one will believe Rachel when she explains that she spontaneously combusted once before. That's why her body is covered in burns.

Rachel's mother is the only one who knows what really happened to her. All she said was that it was an accident, before she disappeared leaving Rachel to live with her grandparents.

When Rachel becomes reunited with her estranged mother, she struggles to uncover the truth behind her injuries. As Rachel spends time with the mother she has never known, she is thrown into a strange world of paranormal obsession, spells, and sage burning.

Long buried family secrets are revealed and Rachel's fear of Spontaneous Human Combustion becomes unmanageable.

There are some terrifying truths to uncover and a man on fire. He stands burning at the foot of her bed.




Jyvur Entropy writes horror and romance. She is a pessimist, a chaotic neutral, and a massive fan of Die Antwoord.

Combustion is her most well known work. It premiered on wattpad in 2016, where it went on to collect over 94,000 views, was featured twice by wattpad and longlisted for the 2018 Watty’s.

Jyvur knows everything about the Columbine massacre and buys a new bodice ripper every time she goes to the supermarket.
She is never seen without an iced coffee or yoga pants, because she’s about as basic as it gets.

She runs a moderately successful book blog and she has a baby youtube channel. You can find all her content and socials here: https://linktr.ee/jyvurentropy




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