Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Mystery Madness








Good Morning Fans! We don't have an author spotlight today. Sorry! I'm still trying to organize everything from the event! But, I promise we are not short of Giveaways. Be on the look out! For now, check out this list of Mystery and Thriller! 

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The Angellove Society: Crux - First Five Chapters Free
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The mysterious planet Crux suffers silently with a terrible ancient curse. Holy entities and scheming lords of Hell manipulate their children like pawns in an agonizingly long game of chess, while the first Cherub Innanna, creator of the realm and savior of the Nephalem, is shackled inside a pocket dimension in eternal exile. Meanwhile a savior – the mysterious Nilithar - is summoned to Crux.

The events to follow haven’t caught only the attention of the Cruxians, but the Angellove Society’s as well. The fabled group investigates the ancient prophecy through Thomas and Andrew, a powerful half-vampire and a mage of unthinkable potential, who travel across galaxies to find the girl.

Forces beyond imagination will clash in an epic battle of Light versus Darkness, as Crux changes not only its landscape, but its inhabitants as well, and the strangest and most unlikely of heroes will rise and stand against complete annihilation.


A Serial Killers Guide: Born in Blood - Episode 1
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A story created by Tom Townsend and C.A. Jarest

Odette was eight when she made her first kill...a goose...and she loved it. She spent the next few years chasing the elusive "first kill" high again. In high school she graduated to the greatest prey...humans...perfecting her craft of seduction and murder and becoming the lioness she is today.

Now she's been recruited by the CIA as the perfect weapon, where she will get paid to do what comes so naturally to her. In return they get to harness her skills and protect the general public from her by keeping her under control.

But controlling a lioness may not be as easy as they think...




The 24th Letter ((Mystery/Thriller))
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It happens to every homicide investigator. Even the best of the best. Sean O’Brien never thought it would happen to him. But there was something about the look in the accused man’s face that O’Brien could never quite forget. It was a look that haunted him in the dark hours somewhere between sleep and consciousness. Even a decade later he remembered the man’s face when the jury delivered the guilty verdict.

Although the evidence was overwhelming, something in O’Brien’s gut told him there was more to the story than surfaced in court, more than what was found at the murder scene. But caseloads mount and time has a way of blurring the lines of desperation in a man’s face until something surfaces. For O’Brien, it happens when he receives a call from Father Callahan.

The priest hears the confession of a frightened prison inmate, and he learns that a man facing lethal injection in 84 hours is innocent. The lead investigator on the high-profile case was his old his friend Sean O’Brien. And now O'Brien has a chance to right a horrible wrong. But he has less than 84 hours to uncover clues to a crime that sent an innocent man to death row.

Appeals have expired and the man will be executed in 84 hours unless O’Brien can find evidence that points to the real killer. The 24th letter in the Greek alphabet—Omega—may provide the key to uncovering the killer’s identity.

Evidence may not lie, but evil does, and when the original killer comes out of his lair, O'Brien is in a race to save two lives - the man on death row and his own.


The Last Plea Bargain 
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Plea bargains may grease the rails of justice, but for Jamie Brock, prosecuting criminals is not about cutting deals. In her three years as assistant DA, she’s never plea-bargained a case and vows she never will. But when a powerful defense attorney is indicted for murder and devises a way to bring the entire justice system to a screeching halt, Jamie finds herself at a crossroads. One by one, prisoners begin rejecting deals. Prosecutors are overwhelmed, and felons start walking free on technicalities. To break the logjam and convict her nemesis, Jamie must violate every principle that has guided her young career. But she has little choice. To convict the devil, sometimes you have to cut a deal with one of his demons.

Incendiary
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What if your past came back to haunt you?

Chelsea James, captain of the Biggin Hill First Aid Squad, has had ten years to mend a broken heart and forget about the man who'd left her hurt and bewildered. Ten years to get her life on track. But fate has other plans.

Fire Inspector Jake Campbell, back in town after a decade, investigates a string of arsons, only to discover they are connected to the same arsons he'd been accused of long ago. Now his past has come back to haunt him, and Chelsea is part of that past.

Together, Chelsea and Jake must join forces to defeat their mutual enemy. Only then can they hope to rekindle the flames of passion. But before they can do that, Chelsea must learn to trust again. Their lives could depend on it.



The Spinoza Trilogy
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All three bestselling Spinoza vampire mystery novellas together in one volume, including:

THE VAMPIRE WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
Three years ago, high school student Veronica Fortune witnessed the brutal murder of her parents. Now armed and dangerous, she sets out to hunt down the very thing that destroyed her life. That is, until she disappears. Spinoza is a private investigator who specializes in finding the missing. He's good at what he does. Damn good. But he's also a recovering alcoholic and a royal mess. Hired to find Veronica, Spinoza won't let his personal demons—or demons of any kind—get in the way of finding the truth about the missing girl. Now following a bizarre set of clues that leads him into stranger and stranger territory, Spinoza is about to come face-to-face with something legendary...and something hungry for blood.

THE VAMPIRE WHO PLAYED DEAD
Two years ago, a woman is murdered in cold blood. Now a son she'd given up for adoption returns to claim his inheritance. To verify his claim, a DNA test is ordered. Except there's one problem. Her grave is empty. Now hired to find the missing body, Spinoza will follow a set of clues that leads him to the unthinkable, a world of nightmares and dreamscapes. A world inhabited by the living and the dead.

THE VAMPIRE IN THE IRON MASK
Spinoza is a private investigator who specializes in finding the missing. He's good at what he does. Damn good. But he's also a recovering alcoholic and a royal mess. Now determined to redeem his troubled soul, Spinoza won't let his personal demons—or demons of any kind—stop him from finding the missing. In this third and final Spinoza mystery, a worker at a popular medieval dinner theater hires Spinoza to find out the identity of one of his co-workers, a co-worker who's never been seen without an iron mask...and who just might be a real prisoner. Spinoza's new client hints that the man in the iron mask is being held without his consent in the bowels of the dinner theater, a forbidden area for the other employees. When Spinoza attends Medievaland, posing as a guest, he doesn't count on bumping into someone from a previous case, nor can he ever forget what he finds when his investigation takes him past his own life tragedy and brings him face-to-face with the vampire imprisoned in the iron mask. But is the vampire someone he should rescue, or fear?



Family history was never supposed to be like this...

When American genealogist, Jefferson Tayte, accepted his latest assignment he had no idea it might kill him. But while murder was never part of the curriculum he is kidding himself if he thinks he can walk away from this one.

Why can't I trace them?  What happened to them?

Driven by the irony of being a genealogist who doesn't know who his own parents are, Tayte soon finds that the assignment shares a stark similarity to his own struggle. Someone has gone to great lengths to erase an entire family bloodline from recorded history and he's not going home until he's found out why. After all, if he's not good enough to find this family, how can he ever expect to be good enough to someday find his own?

Set in Cornwall, England, past and present, Tayte's research centres around the tragic life of a young Cornish girl, a writing box, and the discovery of a dark family secret that he believes will lead him to the family he is looking for. Trouble is, someone else is looking for the same answers and they will stop at nothing to find them.

Abduction (The Shefford Files)
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Little girls are missing, and suddenly Karen Matthews is living every parent's greatest fear. Seven-month-old Jessica is gone, stolen during the night. But Jess's disappearance doesn't fit the pattern--and when Detective J.J. Johnson senses two fatal threats developing, his department calls upon the acclaimed crime psychic, Zoe Shefford, for direction. JJ thinks she's a fraud. She thinks he's an overbearing brute. But bodies are piling up and somehow they have to put aside their differences to catch a killer before he strikes again.




Confidential

This is the updated version of CONFIDENTIAL...all cleaned up and ready to go

Heidi Van Dauson had led a normal, quiet, spoiled life until she found herself as the only living witness able to make a case around three of the most wanted criminals in North America. After being forced into hiding until the trial, Heidi finds Camdon, someone who changes her: making her new life more than bearable, he makes it perfect.

Now she has to decide if it's worth giving up the perfect life she has to testify, if it's worth it to go back to the old life she had before, and if she can keep lying to the only person that she's ever loved.

Amarillo
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In the Texas Panhandle town of Amarillo, New York attorney Max Friedman is assigned to represent a nightmare client. Joe Wagner is a violent man, dangerous both to family and friends. As Max builds his defense case for murder, he reveals a reason for Joe's violence. But is it a justification? The characters whom Max meets during the course of his investigation include Smith Dixon, a career criminal trying to change the course of his life; Carl Puente, a gambler desperate for a big score; Carl's brother-in-law Freddie Odom, a family man drowning in alcoholism; legendary police detective Champ Phillips; Angel, a pool hall owner who both frightens and attracts Max; and Bailey, a wolf-dog hybrid who is the bouncer at the pool hall.


Jessica
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Wilbur was used to going to his college formals alone. He thought the Halloween Ball would be no different. He’s amazed when a beautiful girl in a Victorian costume displays an interest in him and even more amazed to find himself alone with her on one of the campus nature trails.

What Wilbur doesn’t realize is that another woman has her eye on him too. The White Lady returns every Halloween to take revenge on the men of the campus for her brutal murder. She has chosen Wilbur as her next victim.


She's Not Coming Home
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Every morning at 8:30 Ruth Gibbons kisses her husband and son goodbye, and sets off for work.
Every evening at 5pm, she finishes work, texts 'leaving now' to her husband Matthew, and begins her walk home.
Every night at 5:40 she arrives home, kisses her husband and son, and has dinner with her family.
Except tonight.

Matthew thought he had a pretty normal life. A nice home, a happy marriage, a beautiful son, and a job he enjoys.
Then it all changed.

He informs the police that Ruth has not returned home, but decides to search for her himself as well. His first call is to her place of work, where to his disbelief nobody has heard of her.

He begins to look further, and what he finds causes him to doubt everything he thought he knew about his wife, and to question his own sanity…

Sons of Dust
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When Kate left Chelsea twenty five years before, she thought she’d left the city behind her forever. A promise to her childhood friend, Bo, brings her back to the city of her birth and reunites her with friends from her long-ago past -- and a horror she thought she'd escaped. Kate quickly finds that the games they played as children have come back to terrorize them all.







Blade of Hearts - a novella and three short stories
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Violent modern day pirates have taken a missionary vessel for ransom, and they are not playing around. Colonel Galang, the pirate leader, has a secret but so does Galang's second in command.
When the US Marine Corps' Maritime Special Purpose Force is sent in to rescue the hostages, things get hot fast. The clock is ticking for Captain Mike Farris and Gunnery Sergeant Marcus 'Mojo' Johnson bring the pirates down...hard.

The Plumber:
When a broken hot water tank puts romance on the ice Phil's day goes from bad to worse to deadly.

Red Ghost:
Some young men learn that it's not wise to mess with an old guy, you don't know where they've been or what they're still hanging on to.

Storyman:
Meet Kharzai Ghiassi, and his first taste of what will become his life work.

In BLADE OF HEARTS you will read the back story of some of Basil's recurring major characters.
Read about the past of Kharzai Ghiassi (Karl's Last Flight), Mojo Johnson (65 Below) and Mike Farris (Faithful Warrior) as well as others.

Devil's Plaything
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A Pulitzer Prize winner for Journalism in 2010, New York Times science reporter Matt Richtel delivers a phenomenal “neuro-tech” thriller about a dark and insidious plot to reengineer the human brain. Devil’s Plaything is smart, fast, and terrifyingly plausible—a page-turner of the first order from the critically acclaimed author of Hooked, whom author David Liss (The Devil’s Company) calls, “The absolute master of crafting amazing fiction around cutting edge science.”





Bringin' Hell
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Tanie Howard returns from The Ex Killer Series and The Deepest of All Sacrifices in this brand new story. A couple of months have passed since Tanie has last seen her once best friend, Angela Gray, and she is still ostracized from her family. She is simply living without a plan and purpose, but her life begins an uncertain ride when Janea Lambert contacts her to come over to the home of the crime lord Roscoe Madison. Tanie learns there is trouble in Roscoe's organization, and she is called upon to resolve it. She will discover hidden agendas and uncover lies that will not only change her life but everyone in Roscoe’s organization. In order to survive these changes, Tanie will have to bring hell, or hell will reign over her.

Sex, Lies, and the Classroom
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Nathaniel O’Connell thought he knew what it takes to survive at Southwest High School, a low-income, ethnically diverse, inner-city school. After seven years of teaching, he thought he had discovered how to get through to these children of poverty. That was before he met Tyreshia, Krysteal, and Ebony, who know how to inflict pain, both physical and emotional. After a confrontation on the first day of school, O’Connell finds himself fighting for his reputation, his job, his family, his very survival. With his wife, Alexandria, O’Connell must battle the school system, the justice system, racism, and his own weakness, as he seeks redemption. Faced with investigations by the school’s administration, the Department of Family Services, and the District Attorney’s Office, he must find the strength and the courage to reach out to these same students to save his very soul.

Tea Leafing: A Novel
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What if you had to live life anonymously? Hiding your job? Knowing your friends by pseudonyms? Being constantly vigilant to make sure you aren’t being watched or followed? This is life for our four main characters, Sam, Grace, Birdie, and Mary Jane. They are exotic dancers living in Atlanta, and life is pretty good until one of their own is murdered.

In their search for the murderer, they uncover a darkness lurking just below the surface. Not everyone is who they seem, and the culprit is much too close for comfort.

Fedya, the owner of the strip club is actually a powerful Russian Vor with a talent for money laundering that is so keen, he's the go-to for other global crime syndicates. The girls’ murdered friend, Lena, had simply learned too much.

A plot for revenge is hatched and the girls decide to retaliate by taking the thing the Vor values the most, his money. They know a physical show of force would be suicide, so they devise a plan to trick the mob and make off with the unmarked cash resting in the club’s safe. The jackpot they uncover is far beyond anything they could have imagined.

Does anyone steal from the Russian mob and live to tell about it? Maybe.

Hiding in The Shadows (Peace In The Storm Publishing Presents)
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Love's journey is sometimes traveled with baggage. Is devotion enough to carry the load when it gets heavy or even deadly? Tracy is an entrepreneur in the computer industry who didn't know her new love interest had a deceptive past which would force her to answer that question. When Edmund, a charismatic and prominent attorney swept her off her feet, Tracy was ecstatic about the relationship and a chance to ride love's train, but she didn't realize that sometimes, all that glitters is not gold. Soon scandal and skeletons come creeping out of Edmund's closet. As he frantically tries to stay one step ahead of the dirty little secrets that haunt his past, Tracey finds herself pondering the reality of whether she really knows the man she loves. She is forced to decide whether Edmund's past will tear them apart or bring them closer together. As the relationship struggles to blossom against the odds, Tracy prays that love will be enough to conquer all, including what's Hiding in the Shadows. In a tantalizing and perplexing mystery, Claudia Brown Mosley lures readers along a path of unraveling the enigma of truth. Hiding in the Shadows is an intriguing and thrilling suspense of obsessive pursuit, destructive lies and the reality that's buried in between.

The Devil's Apprentice
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A warped door never completely closes . . .

Megan Archer, whose restoration business on Whidbey Island, Washington is verging on bankruptcy, accepts a stunning offer from a wealthy foreigner to buy her family's estate in a remote village in England. Ignoring psychic warnings about renovating the 12th century church there into the client's personal residence, she focuses instead on the opportunity for financial stability.

All goes well until Megan arrives in the village. That night, she experiences the first horrifying dream. Has her agreement to alter the church awakened a demonic entity? And has it resurrected a serial killer seeking his tenth victim?

Megan hopes to piece together enough clues from her dreams to unveil the killer before it's too late. But are her enhanced psychic gifts more powerful than the evil entity? Or will the demon have the last word?

The Thirteenth Skull (Eileen Reed mystery series)
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Discovering an ancient skeleton can be murder, as homicide detective Eileen Reed discovers when her parents ask for her help in a missing person's case. The missing man, an archeologist, has been excavating a Lakota buffalo jump at the Reed Ranch near Devil's Tower, Wyoming. The discovery of his murdered corpse and the treasure he took from the ancient skeleton are complicated further when a hired assassin targets Eileen's fiancé, Joe Tanner, a top-secret defense programmer. The big-city killers come to do murder in a small Wyoming town, and Eileen Reed finds herself in a fight for her life and the lives of her family, trying to solve a very personal murder and keep two very impersonal murderers from their intended slaughter. Her investigations include the mystery surrounding the flawless crystal skull unearthed from the arms of the Aztec warrior who died trying to deliver it to the Lakota tribe. The crystal skull exhibits mysterious properties that seem to defy explanation. Eileen must unlock the secrets of the skull in order to save her family from the killers and fulfill the Aztec's ancient mission.

Lost Tomb (Nick Teffinger Thriller)
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In this edgy little thriller from acclaimed author R.J. Jagger, Denver homicide detective Nick Teffinger follows a killer to Paris, expecting a dangerous but straightforward hunt. What he doesn't foresee is that he and a beautiful French detective would be pulled into a deadly game--a game that would stretch from Paris to Cairo to the Valley of the Kings; a game rooted in ancient tombs, archeological murders and lost treasures; a game that started thousands of years ago but is not over yet. (414 p)





Pompomberry House
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A writer's retreat seemed the perfect chance for Dee Whittaker to take her mind off her marital difficulties.

However, she meets five of the most hideous writers ever to have mastered a QWERTY keyboard, and her problems quickly multiply. Things escalate further when the handyman winds up dead.

After fleeing from the island, Dee attempts to get her life back on track but begins to notice that something strange is going on. The stories written on the island are coming true and hers is next - complete with a murder.

Her estranged husband makes an unlikely sidekick as the two of them try to stop the literary copycat killing an innocent woman.

Packed with topical references, 'Pompomberry House' provides a satirical look at the emerging world of indie publishing.


Portisville
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Jimmy Wills, a 34-year-old house painter living in the mountains of North Carolina, gets a telephone call from his dying father in rural north Florida. His father demands that Jimmy come home to kill him. Jimmy knows he won't do what Truman Wills has demanded, but he finds himself drawn to the place of his birth by forces he isn't quite able to name.

He discovers that the town is remarkably the same. One of his father's best friends is still the sheriff and the other is the keeper of the general store. But in the course of his three-day visit, Jimmy begins to uncover dark and disturbing secrets from the past, including the truth about the murder of his mother. Although Truman was charged with the killing, he was later acquitted, and the crime has remained unsolved.

The murdered woman still haunts the dreams of her son, who was taken away at the age of 14 and raised by an aunt in North Carolina. Jimmy has tried since then not to think too much about his father. But when Jimmy pulls up to his father's house, the two men slowly begin to reconnect, with all of the promise and tragedy that entails.

Sweetheart in High Heels (a humorous romantic valentine's mystery) (High Heels Mysteries)
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SHORT STORY: Being the wife of a cop isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Especially when dead bodies keep ruining your romantic dinner plans. But fashion designer turned amateur sleuth Maddie Springer is determined that her husband’s latest case, dubbed the “Sex Shop Murder”, will not keep him from celebrating their first anniversary together, which just happens to fall on the most romantic of all holidays, Valentine’s Day. She’s ready to do whatever it takes to make this night special and distraction-free - even if it means solving his case herself!

****SHORT STORY***** This is an 11,000 word short story.


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