Halloween Month – The Village Of Lost Souls By Sam Kates

Today I have The Village Of Lost Souls by my friend Sam Kates.

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A fist fight that reverberates down the years. A family devastated by war. A flight from despair.

John Andrews leaves industrial Newcastle for a remote village in post-war Cornwall. A village of reclusive inhabitants, where the birds don’t sing. A village haunted by its past that intrudes upon the present.

He falls in love, but it is overshadowed by a series of increasingly terrifying events. He encounters members of a tragic family, sees his maternal grandfather, meets his older brother; not so remarkable, perhaps, except that all are dead.

Events spiral out of control and John is forced to battle to save what remains of his family, his first love, his very sanity. Not to mention his life.

The Village of Lost Souls is hungry to claim more…

 

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Re-Release – The Cleansing By Sam Kates

Today I have a re-launch for you of The Cleansing, book one of Earth Haven, by my friend Sam Kates.  For a short time it is at the low price of 99cents, enjoy.

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The Cleansing (Earth Haven: Book 1) $0.99.

I’ve recently parted company (amicably) with my former smallpress publisher, Smithcraft Press, and am in the process of relaunching the five books previously published by them. The prices will be increasing, but before I raise the price of my best-selling novel, The Cleansing, I wanted to give you the opportunity of grabbing the e-book while it’s still $0.99 (and equivalent).

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Apocalypse unleashed. Swift and deadly. Merciless.

Seven billion people inhabit this planet in blissful ignorance of imminent annihilation. Destruction comes, not from meteors or nuclear holocaust, but from a source no one even knows exists.

The architects of doom have long moved among us, hidden in plain sight, waiting for the signal to trigger our extinction.

A handful of survivors—traumatised, bewildered—must come to terms with the new reality. And quickly. For the Cleansing is only the beginning…

 

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New Release – The Lord Of The Dance by Sam Kates

Today I have a New Release for you.  The Lord of the Dance, book three in The Elevator series by my friend Sam Kates.

The Lord of the Dance (The Elevator: Book 3) by [Kates, Sam]

 

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Face your demons. Save humankind.

A future hangs in the balance. Many futures.

Only one person has the power to prevent it all unravelling and he can’t do it alone. Aided by companions old and new, Jack returns to the near shore. Foes must be faced, fears conquered.

But for humanity to prevail, the choreographer of chaos must also be vanquished. Insanity and depravity overcome. The Lord of the Dance lies in wait…

 

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December/Christmas Promotions – Ghosts of Christmas Past By Sam Kates

Today’s promotion is for a collection of dark festive tales.  Ghosts of Christmas Past is by my friend Sam Kates.

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Four festive tales of the supernatural, apocalyptic and blood-sucking variety—an antidote for anyone who occasionally finds Christmas overly sentimental or commercialised and likes to escape to somewhere darker.

In Ghosts of Christmas Past, a newly-wed couple spend every Christmas in the same remote country cottage. It’s their ‘thing’ and they’re not about to let tragedy get in the way.

In I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, a small boy creeps downstairs to see his mother in the embrace of a crimson-robed stranger. But Jake’s not convinced: since when did Santa have long teeth and red, glinting eyes?

In Rottin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Nia decorates the tree while her parents look on. But this is not just another Christmas—it is the time of The Cleansing, the time when family life and the world as we know it are ending.

In Christmas ‘Midst the Zombie Apocalypse, two survivors sit out winter on the edge of an overrun city. Their efforts to enjoy Christmas Day as normally as possible turn out to be a mistake; a potentially fatal one.

 

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 (from Rottin’ Around the Christmas Tree)

The sneeze took her unawares. A wad of phlegm shot from her mouth and hit the tree, sticking to a branch and dangling down like a child’s effort at creating a bauble from plasticine.

“Hmm. Green,” Nia muttered. “Christmassy.”

She swiped at her running nose. The grey light from outside, such as it was, began to fade as night drew in. She was glad to see it go; it was starting to feel like a giant floodlight beaming at her.

Nia added a few more baubles, but her enthusiasm was waning as her headache grew more intense. When she coughed, her ribs hurt as though someone was behind her performing the Heimlich manoeuvre over-vigorously.

She stood back and peered at the tree through narrowed, crusting eyes.

“That’ll do, pig.” She nearly smiled; Babe was one of her favourite films.

“One last song,” she said to her parents. They didn’t respond, but she pressed on regardless, launching into a cracked version of Rockin’Around the Christmas Tree. A half-hearted attempt at dancing cut short as another sneeze rocked her back on her heels.

“No more,” she muttered.

 

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Halloween Promotion – Short Story Strands Halloween 2012 Edition

Today’s promotion is for Short Story Strands Halloween 2012 Edition, a great group of scary stories by some awesome story tellers.  This book is FREE so download and enjoy.

 

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Come celebrate Halloween in ways both spooky and fun in this collection of sixteen short stories spun by talented new voices in science fiction and fantasy.

Insecurity Complex, by Jade Kerrion
Empty Glass, by P.L. Blair
The Red Card, by Sheenah Freitas
Chanceus, by L’Poni Baldwin
My Soul To Take, by L.M. Boelz
The Nest, by Linell Jeppsen
The Medusa Touch, by Sam Kates
Skinshade, by T. Jackson King
Little Girls Squealing in the Yard, by Lalo LaFleur
Tender Moments, by Massimo Marino
Blood Relation, by Patrick Ottuso
Grandma to the Rescue, by Sharon L Reddy
The Power of Spirit, by Ch’Kara SilverWolf
Dominique, by Edwin Stark
In Space No One Can Hear You Scream, by Lisa Williamson
Spoils of Earth, by Michael Youngblood

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New Release – The Elevator by Sam Kates

Today I am bringing you a New Release, The Elevator, a Dark Fantasy by my friend Sam Kates.  Sam has also given us an excerpt to give us a taste.

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The Elevator – a long novella (or short novel) – dark fantasy with elements of science fiction and mild horror. Oh, and there’s an appearance by a dragon.

 

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An ordinary elevator. An ordinary morning.

Four people step into the elevator and it begins to ascend. Just another dreary day in the office, they think.

Until the door opens…

 

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“Thanks, Tara,” I said.

She shrugged again. “Don’t go thinking we’re all mates here. As soon as that door opens onto what it’s supposed to, I’ll go to my sales meeting and blank all this—and you people—from my mind.”

“Oh, nice,” said Kim.

“Nah,” said Jack, without looking up. “She’s got the right idea. None of this can be real so treat it as a dream or something.”

“The blood on my hands is real,” I said.

“And your nose,” added Kim.

“And your head.”

Where the flying creatures had yanked out strands of Kim’s hair, bloody gaps showed. A trickle of blood, now dried, had run down to above her eyebrow.

“And that gunk on your binder is real,” said Kim to Tara.

Jack made a high-pitched sound and I glanced at him. He stared past me, his newfound poise gone.

“You telling me that’s real?” he said.

He held out a shaky finger, pointing out of the door.

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Excerpt – The Reckoning by Sam Kates

It is my pleasure to bring you an excerpt from my friend Sam Kates new novel The Reckoning, book 3 of the Earth Haven series.

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Unnatural calm prevails. Trepidation builds. Silently, a storm gathers.

Survivors from mainland Europe and North America converge on Britain. Weary, confused, all come seeking answers; some are spoiling for a fight.

What began with the Cleansing and was hastened by the Beacon nears fruition. But time is running out, and human numbers are too few to win the last battle alone. Unless help can be found from the unlikeliest of allies, failure is assured.

Humankind faces its ultimate test. The Reckoning is upon us.

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Blacker than jet, smoother than glass, vaster than a mountain range, it moved through space like an obsidian meteor. A large sun growled and flared like a blacksmith’s furnace at the blast of the bellows. The ship had already passed the fourth and final planet of the solar system, was accelerating into the furthest reaches of the system’s gravitational field, when the smaller craft appeared.

Eight vessels, little more than a scouting party, but still capable of inflicting severe damage with their antimatter-seeking missiles. Travelling at close to light speed when they came into view, the craft were already slowing as they entered the embrace of gravity.

The black ship was built for speed, not battle.

Trying to evade the smaller craft by vertical or horizontal thrusts would merely expend huge reserves of energy in an exercise in futility that would also slow its rate of acceleration. The smaller vessels were capable of changing direction within moments through deployment of on-board gyroscopes and would be able to train their missiles on the larger ship regardless of what manoeuvres it attempted.

No. Its best chance – likely its only chance – of escaping ruin lay in speed.

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