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Author: Rob Kaufman
Ten-year-old, Danny Madsen, has been missing for four days when Jesse Carlton begins his own search for his godson on a frigid, snowy night. Driving along a deserted rural road, Jesse hits a stretch of black ice at the same time Danny appears from the thicket. Unable to control the car, Jesse slams into the boy and watches helplessly as Danny’s body flies back into the dark brush. When Jesse regains consciousness, he has no recollection of how he and his car wound up in a ditch. However, there’s a witness: Charles Hastings, the sociopathic kidnapper who chased Danny through the brush and into the path of Jesse’s car. Hastings takes this chance to set up Jesse so he’ll take the fall for both Danny’s fate. And so the mind games begin—an onslaught of psychological manipulation that devastates Jesse, his wife, Danny’s parents and the cops’ investigation. Inexplicably, the torment continues even after the primary suspect is killed and the rollercoaster of emotions and confusion seems never-ending, until the final and devastating truth is revealed.
Publisher: Lakehurst Publishing
When the actual existence of the human race is threatened by Eve and Adam's refusal to mate,The Creator orders her #1 angel-in-training, Lucifer, to earth to solve the problem. But with the clock running out on Eve's fertility and Lucifer's own profound fear of intimacy impeding any progress whatsoever, it's going to take more than a miracle for the inept, bumbling angel to bring the apparently incompatible and far-too-human Eve and Adam together. Lucifer Eve and Adam is a funny, fast-paced romp through the Garden of Eden. Inspired by Eve's Diary from the incredible Mark Twain, this "absolutely true" and "completely honest" story of Creation transforms the dark and dreary myth of universal mortality, the subordination of women, and the shame of original sin into a brand new narrative that reflects the joy of life, the strength of equality and togetherness, and the power emanating from the very first story of love.
Author: Rachel E. Kelly
Publisher: Rachel E Kelly
They said they'd cure her allergies. They lied. They've been looking for her. Every kid dreams of having super powers. And now Wendy has the power to give them. Wen knows what love looks like. Since her mom died over a year ago, she’s seen it every day on her orphaned younger brother’s face. Wen’s made good on her promise to her mom that she’d take care of Ezra, even quitting her carefree party-girl ways to become a hard-working college student so she can provide for him. Wen knows what love feels like, too. Because when she touches people, she feels what they do. “Uniquely perceptive” is what her mom called it, and Wen’s not going to argue; she doesn’t know any different. But an energy therapy study changes not only what Wen knows about her unusual gift; it also changes her. Now, instead of feeling emotions, her touch brings death to others. No one is safe around her, especially Ezra. (*Intended for 16 and up.)
In the tradition of dystopian science-fiction, the Future Prometheus - The Series compiles five novellas into on full-length epic of a world where the science we know today has warped into masterful and terrifying ways. Emergence begins with a mysterious pandemic that diminishes men's ability to think rationally making them terrifying killers. With women seizing power, a desperate pair of plans are developed - one is to keep the survivors safe behind the walls of mega-states, and the other requires finding unaffected men to re-populate the world. Emergence follows both the growth of artificial persons' (APs) sapience as they find their footing in the bold new civilization, and the world altering effects of the sole surviving man from more than one hundred sixty years ago. Revolution finds the powerful mega-state Nemericana forming a defensive line against the formation of a powerful enemy - their own artificial persons gone rogue. And while Successions unveils shifting world powers with humanity balancing on the edge of extinction, Resurrections reveals the formation of unlikely alliances to fight the forces of evil culminating in one massive invasion on Judgment Day - June 6th 2175.
Author: Philippe de Vosjoli
Series: I AM the Other
“It felt like the universe was looking at me. He said he and I were as one.” The mysterious I AM sends morning greetings through media devices to all citizens of the world. The messages unleash humanity’s greatest hopes and most terrifying fears. Concerned the message may have an alien source, governments debate shutting down the World Net. To add to the cultural commotion, Jesus, a self-created entity, has escaped from the virtual New Jerusalem to spread the message, “I am the one behind the envelope.” Wizard cyberreality designer Sunshine Borden and high- tech toy saleswoman Rama Schuur go to extreme measures to discover the source of these messages. What they find is so unexpected that their lives will be forever transformed. Simultaneously, a killer driven by an internal voice hunts down those he believes allowed I AM to enter our world. A continuation of the futuristic thriller I Am the Other, The CyberBardos is a novel about the search for existential meaning, McKenna’s transcendental object at the end of time, mystical sex, and unexpected love.
Author: D.V. Berkom
Publisher: Duct Tape Press
Dangerous obsessions take center stage when a former assassin and a homicide detective race against the clock to find a missing girl before she's sold to the highest bidder. Identified as a person of interest in three cold case murders she didn't commit, and required to stay in L.A., retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a temporary position as a security specialist for A-list actor Miles Fournier. Soon, a woman contacts Miles, claiming to be his long-lost sister. Her twelve-year-old daughter, Mara, has been abducted and she's desperate to get her back. Leine learns from a contact that Mara escaped, but the traffickers are determined to track her down and deliver her to their powerful client. Running out of time, Leine must find Mara before they do, or she will be lost forever.
Author: Faith Mortimer
Series: The Diana Rivers Mysteries
Nursing sister, Libby Hunter wakes up in hospital with amnesia after a traumatic sailing accident. The stranger she finds sitting by her bedside claims to be her fiancé. The trouble is... she cannot remember him... Returning home, Libby finds herself in great danger when her house is broken into. Who is the intruder and what does he want? Is this connected to a series of attacks on nurses in London and Southampton? Is Libby the latest targeted victim? Distressed, Libby turns to helicopter pilot, Robert for help and understanding...but is he as respectable and kind as he appears to be? Is her so-called fiancé, Nigel trustworthy? The night time intrusion into Libby's house sets in motion a downwards spiral of cataclysmic and terrifying events, culminating in sleuth, Diana Rivers stepping in to help solve the case in this chilling mystery.
Author: Linda Gillard
Marrying a war hero was a big mistake. So was divorcing him. Fay walked away from Magnus, a traumatised war veteran, and from the home he was restoring: Tullibardine Tower, a ruined 16th-century castle on a Scottish hillside. Now their daughter Emily is getting married, but she's marrying someone she shouldn't. And so is Magnus. Is it too late to rebuild what wars have destroyed?...
Author: Terry Murphy
Publisher: Grinning Bandit Books
First-time private investigator Eddie Greene is having a bad weekend. It’s about to get worse … When he finds the slab-cold body of his first client, he knows something’s up – he only spoke to her fifteen minutes earlier. Free-wheeling, swash-buckling, trash-talking Eddie is not just out of place in a humdrum northern town. He’s out of his depth on his first case, out of funds from a now deceased client and out of favour with Weighton’s big society. As Friday night slides into Saturday morning, each twist in the case turns a bad situation worse; the police want him for murder, the local crime boss wants him dead, the mayor wants him out of town and his girlfriend wants him out of her life. Increasingly desperate, Eddie takes on all-comers in a barnstorming bid to crack the case and clear his name. And somewhere between all the froth and fury, his affections are reclaimed by the girl who got away – but will she abide ‘til Monday?