New Release – Unholy Cause By P.L.Blair

Today I have a recently released novel, Unholy Cause, book five in the Portals series by my friend P.L.Blair.  The first chapter is here also for you to enjoy. This is a fantastic series and I highly recommend it.

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Kat’s life hangs in the balance as she becomes a pawn in the game of the Unseelie Queen – a female who can jump from body to body and who now seeks an ancient device that will allow her to conquer both the Realms of Magic and the earth known to humans. Kat’s elven lifemate Tevis can save her, but only if he helps the Unseelie Queen find the device that she seeks.

The two detectives, elf and human, face their biggest challenge yet, and a choice that places not only their partnership but their very lives in peril.

 

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THREE YEARS PAST

 

Anhlaf stared at the sleeping woman, and revulsion stirred in his gut. “Are you sure,” his voice a whisper that only his companion could hear, “this is the one?”

“I do not make mistakes.” Though the Other also spoke in a whisper, Anhlaf could hear the contempt that laced Its tone.

“But she looks so – ordinary,” he protested. “So – Human.”

“Yet the Ancient Blood flows in her veins, the Blood of the Queen. I feel it, even if you do not.”

Anhlaf Sensed that he had overstepped, and that amends were needed quickly to forestall the Other’s wrath. Only the fact that they both served the Queen kept him safe against the creature, and if he stirred the creature’s anger … “Forgive me.” Anhlaf added a slight bow for emphasis. “It is just that she is so … so …”

“Ordinary. Yes.” The Other barked a laugh. “And … no,” shaking Its head as though It Sensed the question the smaller male did not dare ask, “there is none closer to the Queen in Blood than this one.”

Anhlaf smoothed his face into a mask against his disappointment. No matter how intently he looked, he could not see the promise that his companion found in this … Human.

“Wake her,” the Other said.

He blinked at his companion – a creature scarcely more than a shadow, a vaguely humanoid shape darker than all but the deepest gloom in this night-shrouded room. Wake her

But that was indeed his purpose here. He was the intermediary, the one chosen to speak to the woman, the one who would tell her of her Destiny, who would convince her to come with him to the Realms of Magic. She would never see the Other …

He stepped to the side of her bed, then stopped, and looked toward the Darkness hunched in the far corner. “Did the Queen tell you her name?”

 

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Halloween Promotion – Demon’s Reach by Will Macmillan Jones

Today I have a New Release for you, it is currently available for pre-order. Demon’s Reach is book five in the Mister Jones Mysteries, by my friend Will Macmillan Jones.  This series is scary and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end.   I will bring you the others at a later date.  It begins with The Showing.

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All families have secrets or skeletons in the cupboard, hidden away from view. Most of those secrets are better left undisturbed, for very good reasons. When Mister Jones agrees to deal with the Estate of a recently deceased cousin, he finds that the secrets hidden by his family are very dark indeed, and that the skeletons in this cupboard are very real – and not yet entirely dead.

Drawn once more by Fate into a world where magic and myth are all too real and danger lurks at every turn, Mister Jones confronts a past that seeks again to become the present, and to plunge his future into a rising Darkness.

Can he escape the Demon’s Reach?

Summary

When Mister Jones discovers that he has been asked to be executor of the Estate of a cousin he wasn’t aware he had, he thinks that the request is innocent, a family matter. But when he travels to his late cousin’s home, he finds that the local village is a dark place, full of mistrust of his family and with unsettling whispers of a dark past.

Indeed, his arrival is enough to spark of an attempt by the villagers to destroy part of his late cousin’s home – and the first death. The mystery deepens as another lost relative finds Mister Jones – but is she all that she seems?

His first visit to his late cousin’s house is almost his last, for Mister Jones finds first evidence of Black Magical Rituals among the effects in the house, and then discovers that a Demon still walks the grounds. The Demon makes herself known to more than just Mister Jones, and the body count rises. Joined by another relative stranger who reveals that she is his half-sister, Mister Jones struggles to unravel the web of deceit and mystery and uncover the truth – only to discover that his half-sister is more involved than he believed and that the plot centers around his presence, there in the house. He is to be a sacrificial victim, in a Ritual that will restore his long-lost father to life – at the expense of Mister Jones’.

Can Mister Jones’ half-sister bring herself to sacrifice the brother she doesn’t know, for the father she fears?

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New Release – Minefield by K H Bixby

Today I have a New Release for you from author K.H.Bixby.  Minefield is book two of the Deadly Gambit.   I have read book one and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Complications mount when Sam Turan agrees to work part-time for Heidelberg Bank and dedicate the rest of his time to rebuilding his homeland in the Middle East.

Conspiracies and plots threaten his relationship with the Adler heiress and attempts to blow him up escalates the danger level. 

Sam can only trust a handful of friends. With the ground shifting beneath him, is anyone what they claim to be?

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The man with the blue scarf watched first Osman then Sami get into different taxies and drive away. They were on his home turf now. He’d made his own quick call as soon as he cleared customs. When he stepped outside, a car was waiting for him. He slid in and closed the door.

Jordan glanced over at him just before he pulled out into traffic. “How did it go?”

Brogan squeezed the bridge of his nose to ease the headache that was building. “He has more lives than a cat but even those run out sometime.”

 
 
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Author bio:Bio for K.H. Bixby
As a person who views news and politics with the fascination of watching a train-wreck, Bixby is driven to extract what IS discussed and twist it into the light of what ISN’T. Writing fiction, but keeping it within parameters of the believable and possible, K.H.’s thrillers grab the reader, causing them to wonder … is the story real? 
 
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Coming Soon – Demon’s Reach by Will Macmillan Jones

Today I have a pre-order book for you called Demon’s Reach, it’s the fifth book in the Mister Jones Mysteries, by my friend Will Macmillan Jones.  These are awesome books and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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All families have secrets or skeletons in the cupboard, hidden away from view. Most of those secrets are better left undisturbed, for very good reasons. When Mister Jones agrees to deal with the Estate of a recently deceased cousin, he finds that the secrets hidden by his family are very dark indeed, and that the skeletons in this cupboard are very real – and not yet entirely dead.

Drawn once more by Fate into a world where magic and myth are all too real and danger lurks at every turn, Mister Jones confronts a past that seeks again to become the present, and to plunge his future into a rising Darkness.

Can he escape the Demon’s Reach?

 

Praise for the previous book, The Curse of Clyffe House on Amazon:
4.4 out of 5 stars
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 3.0 out of 5 stars

This is the fourth in the series of Mr. Jones supernatural mysteries. I’ve read this one and the first and I think they’re a hoot. If you are tired of “classic” ghost stories in which maybe the room temperature drops 2 degrees, or maybe there’s a little girl peeking in the window, or maybe a “shadow” passes over someone’s face, and if you want a ghost story that slaps you in the face every few pages, well this might be right up your alley.

The Jones books start off mildly. Mr. Jones visits his childhood home, or a neighbor buys a cursed antique thingy, or, as here, Mr. Jones goes on holiday to a remote cottage with a neighbor who wants some quiet company while she finishes writing a book. Then, some things go bump in the night, maybe there’s a ghostly apparition, maybe the lights keep going off. But, once we’ve laid the classic groundwork, anything can happen. NO SPOILERS, BECAUSE I’M EXAGGERATING, but you might get aliens, demons, ancient gods, sea creatures, or any variation on some of the eldritch things that writers like Lovecraft would pull out of the Elder Days.

Now, anybody can write books like that. I just started one a paragraph ago. But, Will Jones brings a fair hand to the table. His Mr. Jones is both solid and respectable, and steady under duress, but also open minded to the unknown. How many mildly bemused but doughty middle aged men do you find as heroes in these sorts of books? Supporting characters, here the neighbor Sheila and later the investigator Eric, have some spunk. The scenes are always nicely set – here we’re on the Welsh Coastal Path in a holiday cottage next to an abandoned creepy farm under the shadow of an ancient even creepier hill fort. This would be fun if all Jones did was walkabout at night on the Path in the fog looking for apparitions, (which, by the way, he does a lot). Heck, even listening to ghost stories in the local pub was fun.

It’s usually about half way in that the author pulls out all the stops and goes epic. AGAIN, NO SPOILERS, but in this book the plot just keeps spinning out, (remember the ancient fort/barrow), until, as the book blurb says, Mr. Jones confronts an ancient evil intent on wreaking devastation, one bemused middle aged hero at a time.

Will Jones alternates chapters between his hero’s first person account and a more traditional third person narrative. Instead of being annoying this makes the hero’s travails more personal and immediate, and helps to sell the more outrageous aspects of the story. When you combine this with a generally unsettling atmosphere, a vaguely uneasy nod to Welsh legend and pre-history, derelict buildings, a remote location, and a cliff above a raging sea, well, that’s a fine recipe for ghosty fun. Even when it’s a bit over the top, and this book is unabashedly over the top, it’s a ripping yarn.

 

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New Release – Shere Khan by Jade Kerrion

Today I have a New Release for you, Shere Khan- The Masters Reimagined, by my friend Jade Kerrion.  It’s a great telling of this story and well worth reading, I loved it.

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Uncover the truth Rudyard Kipling conceals in his unforgettable masterpiece, The Jungle Book.

One-hundred rupees for the skin of Lungri…

A mysterious Chinese girl arrives in India, determined to claim the bounty on the man-eating tiger. Intrigued by her unrelenting purpose, Rudyard Kipling follows her into the jungle on a mystical adventure that will transform Lungri–The Lame One–into Shere Khan–Tiger Lord.

INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR

Q – Is this based on the Kipling or Disney version of The Jungle Book?

A – Did you know that in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book (not the reimagined Disney version), Shere Khan was first called Lungri? Did you know that Kaa rescued Mowgli from the monkeys? And did you know that Shere Khan was killed by stampeding buffalo?

My short story, Shere Khan, weaves around Kipling’s story, to tell another story of the conflict between the east and the west, of clashes between cultures and countries, and of a mystical world that runs parallel to our own. It tells you why the man-eating tiger named Lungri–Lame Onewas first and forever acknowledged as Shere Khan–Tiger Lord.

Q – What is The Masters Reimagined?

A – In The Masters Reimagined, ten authors unite to bring something new to the classic stories of literature we all know so well. Masters like James Joyce, Rudyard Kipling, Lewis Carroll, Herman Melville, Leo Tolstoy, and Shakespeare inspired the authors of the Alvarium Experiment in their quest to reinterpret, reinvent, and reshape the stories and characters through speculative twists and turns. This is the third project by the Alvarium Experiment, a consortium of accomplished and award-winning authors.

Q – Where should a reader start when selecting a short story to read in The Masters Reimagined?

A – Each story is self-contained and can be read in any order. The reader is free to select any of the stories at random to begin their experience. The book description will explain the premise for each particular story.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

USA Today bestselling author JADE KERRION defied (or leveraged, depending on your point of view) her undergraduate degrees in Biology and Philosophy, as well as her MBA, to embark on her second (and concurrent) career as an award-winning science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance author.

Her debut novel, Perfection Unleashed, published in 2012, won six literary awards and launched her best-selling futuristic thriller series, Double Helix, which blends cutting-edge genetic engineering and high-octane action with an unforgettable romance between an alpha empath and an assassin.

If she sounds busy, it’s because she is. Jade writes at 3:00 am when her husband and three sons are asleep, and aspires to make her readers as sleep-deprived as she is.

 

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New Release – Desperate to Die by Barbara Ebel M.D.

Today I have a New Release for you, Desperate to Die:A Medical Thriller, book three in the Dr. Annabel Tilsen novels by my friend Barbara Ebel, M.D.

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Euthanasia, suicide, and murder on the medical ward…

Is there a fine line between euthanasia, suicide, and murder? Medical student Annabel Tilson is deep into her internal medicine rotation when one of her patients dies of natural causes which may not be typical at all. As she undergoes a personal loss herself and is confused by the male friendships in her life, she realizes there are no easy solutions to difficult problems such as end-of-life care. Meanwhile, however, her patients’ lives are at stake.

˃˃˃ A thought-provoking, emotional, and riveting medical suspense…

Which is it? Are Machiavellian deeds being done or perpetrated on Annabel’s discharged patients and those on the medical floor? Or are painful deaths and intolerable situations being circumvented for some patients by an angelic protector? Get ready for a surprising and unexpected plot: the manner in which life ends…

˃˃˃ Book Three in the medical and personal adventures of Dr. Annabel Tilson.

Scroll up and grab a copy of Desperate to Die today.

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I hope you enjoy DESPERATE TO DIE! This is Book Three in the medical and personal adventures of medical student Annabel Tilson and is also a standalone story.
Book One: DEAD STILL
Book Two: DEADLY DELUSIONS
Book Three: DESPERATE TO DIE
Book Four: in the works!

Annabel’s novels are a spinoff from her father’s series, The Dr. Danny Tilson Novels, especially Book Four. Those books are:
Book One: Operation Neurosurgeon
Book Two: Silent Fear: a Medical Mystery
Book Three: Collateral Circulation: a Medical Mystery
Book Four: Secondary Impact

 

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New Release – Blood Fever by Simone Beaudelaire

Today I have a New Release for you from my friend Simone BeaudelaireBlood Fever is a vampire romance adventure.  I have read this book and loved it.

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It is the spring of 1945 and the War in Europe is ending, but in New Orleans’s French Quarter, the sultry nights conceal a danger even greater to the future of humanity. Standing alone against this ancient, bloodthirsty evil, scientist Philippe Dumont races against time to cure a disease that resembles yellow fever… but is not.

Budding researcher Daphne Delaney joins Philippe in hopes of preventing an undead despot from launching his own quest for global dominance. Daunting though the task may seem, neither Daphne nor Philippe can grasp the scope of the danger they face, nor of the passion they will find in each other.

From urban New Orleans to the depths of the bayou, Philippe must chase the monster who terrorized his youth to save the woman he loves. But the Vampire King will not rest until both lovers belong to him… for all eternity.

This is a steamy romance and includes graphic sex scenes.

Trigger warning: This book contains scenes of non-consensual sexual contact.

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