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Could This Be The Most Sought After Book On Amazon?

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It’s very rare for a bestselling book to be out of print.

However, this one is… despite a STILL high demand for it.

Can you guess what  it is?

Below, you’ll find some clues. If you think you know what it is, feel free to leave a comment. When you’re done, visit the Amazon page at the link below to see if you are right!


This book is actually based on the movie script, not vice versa.

The film was a hit in the later part of the 80’s…. and it still is!

The book is not available in Kindle or e-book format (but we can always hope that one day it will be).

The author has published 30+ books over the life of his career, as well as a lot of other shorter works.

The names of two characters were inspired by the name of the famous author Edgar Allan Poe.

After watching this film, you never looked at mullet cuts, caves, or  California nights quite the same again.

Ready to see what this is?


3/20/17 The List of FREE E-books To Read Right Now!

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Readers, see the books below for our most recent e-book deals, featured books, free books to download and read, and author interviews! Once you’re done, share this list with your friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter so they can get some great new reads too.

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So they’re psychic. Now what?

The emergence of psychic or healing abilities in one partner often causes anxiety, stress, or confusion for the other. How to Live with a Psychic teaches you not only how to survive this shift but how to thrive and strengthen your relationship when your life has detoured down this unfamiliar path.

Crystal has already figured out what works and what doesn’t. Follow her practical advice, designed to help you take command of your situation and achieve the best possible results for your unique circumstances.

You’ll learn how to:

Differentiate between psychic and psychotic
Support yourself so things feel under control
Turn relationship challenges into bonding opportunities
Help the new psychic bring balance back to their life
Talk to other people about what’s happening—whether or not they’re experiencing the same paranormal or supernatural phenomena
Be a key player in your partner’s psychic development

Also included:

How psychics perceive the world differently than the rest of us
Explanations of the tools and techniques that psychics, mediums, healers, and empaths use in their work and for protection and grounding
Comprehensive details about the various types of psychic ability
and much more!

Crystal Hope Reed has a master’s in counseling psychology and has been successfully living with a psychic for over 15 years. Though she is now also a professional animal communicator, the majority of her career life has been spent counseling individuals, families, and children in the Los Angeles area.


Jet-lagged after a long flight, the last thing Ellie needs is to get trapped in the elevator on the way to her hotel room. At least she’s not alone in her predicament; a sexy cowboy named Jacob is trapped in there with her. When her claustrophobia starts to get the best of her, he’s only too happy to lend a hand to help distract her. Both of them, actually. And his mouth. And the rest of his body…

Ellie’s Encounter is the first in the Elevator Encounters series. There’s a vintage elevator in a beautiful Art Deco hotel in New York, and the repairman swears it has a mind of its own. It only ever seems to break down when there’s a couple inside, you see…


Welcome to Haeylo, where Supes rule the city, humans are an endangered species and Pandora is as curious as ever.

Arriette Monroe never expected to be thrust into the heart of supernatural chaos, nor did she deem herself worthy of four very special gifts. But now she’s got friends to rescue, Vampyrs to fight and impossible expectations to meet.

Although Arriette thinks she’s walking pandemonium, The Recruit think she’s their saviour. And they’re willing to prove it…


Lyric’s Accidental Mate ~Bite Of The Moon~
Iron Wolves MC Book 1

A tough as nails soldier and a bad girl on a motorcycle with a bite…when they collide, everything changes.

Lyric Carmichael is a shifter in trouble. When a pack of rogue wolves attacks her, she knows she will have to fight for her life. Being a member of the Iron Wolves MC and a wolf shifter, she’s used to fighting, with the odds stacked against her, she’s not sure she’ll make it out alive.
Rowan Shade, a member of the Special Forces has fought many battles, so wading into the fight to save a gorgeous woman is second nature. Being bitten by Lyric in order to save him from a fate worse than death, and finding out there are supernatural beings, is one of the most erotic experiences of his life. He just hopes they live long enough to explore more of this new and wild world.
As Rowan and Lyric explore their new relationship, the danger to the pack intensifies. When they find out one of their own has betrayed them, the strength of the entire MC is needed in order for them all to survive the upcoming battle.


Being a teenage girl is difficult. Being a teenage Werewolf is almost impossible. A few weeks ago I found out that I’m a Werewolf. Yup, that’s right. I tend to get furry around the full moon. Don’t believe me? Well, it only gets more fantastic from here.
You see, I’m bound by an ancient pact my ancestors made to serve with the Hounds of God. They’re like this mega Wolf pack who technically work for the Catholic Church. The Hounds have been fighting an age old battle against covens of Witches who want to claim dominion over the Earth for the Devil.
You heard me correctly. I mean the actual Devil, you know, Lucifer, the Father of Lies. Yup. That’s the one. You see, the Devil, is an actual being. Not some metaphor for evil. He is a fallen angel and his minions take many forms. The Hounds of God fight those minions. We are an ancient order dedicated to protecting humanity.
My father before me was a Hound. He and my mother died fighting this battle when I was about three years old. I keep a picture of them next to my bed.
I don’t remember that much about them, except for this recurring dream I have of my mom. Anyway, I was raised by my maternal grandmother, Nonna Rosa. Her son is my Uncle Vito. He and his family live with us too. Only Nonna knows the truth about me.
Hard to believe? You betcha. I didn’t really buy it either until last night when I got all furry and fangy and ripped the throat out of my high school librarian.
Scary, right? But they aren’t the only things out there. There’s much more that I have yet to learn.
This world is new to me. It is full of dark and dangerous things. And most of them seem to want me dead. I’m scared, I mean, I’m not crazy. But I have to survive. I just have to. To find out what really happened to my parents. And to avenge them.


The Best Free Places To Watch Movies Online (Or On Roku)

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Do you love watching free movies on your laptop or Roku device, but you’re overwhelmed with the choices? Read on to see our favorite places!

In the beginning, there was Netflix. Now, there are a ton of places to watch and stream movies for free on your computer, Roku, or Amazon Fire TV stick. We haven’t tried the Amazon Fire TV stick, but we have tried Roku and love it!

If you want to watch movies through your computer or laptop, it’s pretty simple. All you will need to do is go to the website and make your selection.

On Roku, the free places to watch movies are called channels. To add these channels, you will go to your Home page. Scroll down to Streaming Channels and select this by pushing on the right arrow next to OK on your remote.

There are several options here in the left hand colum. You can go to top free and start adding your channels. You can search channels, or you can go to Movies & TV and check out all the channels available. There are a TON of these. It’s amazing how many there are.

To add a channel to your line up on your Home page, you simply click on it and select that option.

Don’t have a Roku device? Click here to see our informational post on this.

Now, onto the free ways to watch movies!

Below you will find our favorite free places to stream movies. We are going to skip the most common places, such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. Pretty much everybody already knows about these websites, and they have been covered extensively. We want to share the channels and websites that aren’t common or well known on this post. If you’d like more information on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime (as well as the other better known places), you can see our other post here.

If you’re on Roku, you will want to utilize the search option under the channels heading to find these channels and add to your line up. If you’re streaming directly from your computer, you can just click on the website link.

The sites below have a ton of movies. Under each heading, we are just listing a few of the titles, so don’t think that is their full catalog of available movies! As of the time of posting, all of these places are FREE.

Popcorn Flix

Popcorn Flix is an awesome site or channel to find popular movies in a wide variety of channels. At the time of this posting, some featured movies are Beowulf, The Legend of Baggar Vance, and Defiance. They are also featuring a lot of shows from Nat Geo Wild. This is one of our favorites, as it’s not filled with only low-budget films or movies from the 70’s.


Crackle is another really great place to find recent free movies to watch. Recent doesn’t mean fresh from the movie theater, but movies that have been released in the past few years. They have a ton of movies too. On this site, if you’re streaming right from the website, our favorite way it to click on the Movies heading at the top of the page, rather than searching from the homepage. If you’re  on Roku, you can add the channel. Some titles on there as of today are the Ace Ventura movies, Alien 3, Christine, Buried Alive, and The Cave.


Tubitv is another channel you have to add (or watch online) if you’re a movie fan. Some of their titles as of today are: Dirty Dancing, Brothers, Paranormal Activity, Texas Chainsaw 3D, New York, I Love You, After.Life, and more. You can register on Tubitv to keep tracking of your viewing history, etc, and this is free. We haven’t tried registering yet, but we might if they keep adding these great movies. On the website, it says they get weekly updates from Lionsgate, MGM, Sony, and Starz.


FrightPix is part of Screen Media Ventures. This company basically distributes movies to television, so a lot of these you can watch online or through Roku are movies you would probably end up seeing on cable at some point. All of the genres here are centered on horror. Some titles here are: The Collector, Backwoods, Psycho Shark, Hayride, George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, P2, and Howling III.


This channel might be Roku specific, as we are not finding a website for it. It’s a channel that is on our line up, but we haven’t watched a lot of. There are some movies on here with well-known actors and actresses, but these movies are not necessarily a household name. Some of the titles are: Devil in the Flesh with Rose McGowan, The Stream with Mario Lopez, and Suddenly with Ray Liotta.


Pluto is a channel we’ve just recently started checking out on Roku. From their website, it appears you can stream this to multiple devices, including your computer.

Pluto is something a little different. The way it displays really reminds me of the Dish Network guide, and this is actually something that we liked! With Pluto, they have 75+ live channels, including Crime Network, Fight, Tastemade, News24/7, NBC News, The Weather Network, Cheddar, Fear Factor, The Onion, Hive, Fight, and so many more. Again, all of this is free. You can scroll through by time and see what all is playing.


FilmRise is a great place to find the hard-to-find/unique movies and television shows you want to watch. For example, how many of you were fans of the original Unsolved Mysteries television show with Robert Stack? Until now, the only place to stream this was through Amazon Prime. FilmRise offers Unsolved Mysteries (Season 1) on their line up, as well as The Slaughter Rule, Forensic Files, Lords of the Street, Ghosts Never Sleep, Pictures of Baby Jane Doe, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, Biggie & Tupac, Heavens Fall, and a lot more. Check this place out for movies that aren’t found on all the other places.

Digital Drive-In

This is a Roku channel only. I couldn’t find it online. This channel is strictly the classics, including westerns. There are even some black and white movies to be found here in their line up. Some of their titles include: Lost, Lonely, and Vicious, Special Agent with George Reeves, The Secret of Dr. Kildare with Lionel Barrymore, Killers From Space, Salome, and King Solomon’s Mines with Deborah Kerr.

Free Grindhouse Flix Tonight

This is another Roku channel. We couldn’t find a website for this to stream from online, so it appears you’ll need the Roku device. This channel has a lot of B horror movies, as well as retro horror films. You will find all types of horror here, from comedy type horror to really adult. There are a handful of movies that are recently released. I’ve seen some of the movies here also available on Amazon Prime and Netflix. A few of the listed titles are: House of Purgatory, The House on Pine Street, Trace, The Chosen, The Prophet’s Game, and Eyes of the Woods.


Ovguide has a ton of past releases with actors and actresses that are household names. Some movies that are currently listed are: Halloween with Jamie Lee Curtis, The Woman in the Fifth with Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond with Bryce Dallas Howard, and Brotherhood of Justice with Keanu Reeves and Kiefer Sutherland. All genres.

Thriller Theatre

ThrillerTheatre is another Roku-only channel. This channel will really “thrill” fans of this genre. There are a ton of thrillers here. Some of the titles include: All Things To All Men with Gabriel Byrne and Rufus Sewell, Rear Window with Christopher Reeve and Daryl Hannah, Dirty Deeds with John Goodman and Sam Neill, and Thorne: Scaredy Cat with David Morrisey and Sandra Oh.

Documentary Depot

Roku only! Sometimes I enjoy watching Documentaries. If you do too, you’ll love this channel. There are a ton here on all kinds of different topics.


Here you will find several genres, from horror to drama. There is not a listing for romance, but there are westerns here.  This place has a love of B movies, as well as older releases (from the vault). Some titles here are: Nomads, John Carpenter Presents: Body Bags, Godzilla, Route 66, and The Saint. Expect to see a lot of martial arts, science fiction, and action/adventure movies here.

3/17/17 The List of FREE E-books To Read Right Now!

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Readers, see the books below for our most recent e-book deals, featured books, free books to download and read, and author interviews! Once you’re done, share this list with your friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter so they can get some great new reads too.

Featured Books:

See these first!

Click on the links below to go directly to the spotlight page and read excerpts, author interviews, and more!



Giveaway Linky:

Love entering giveaways? See our giveaway linky for the current list of giveaways and ways to win. Authors/publishers/bloggers, feel free to share your giveaways (even the Goodreads’ giveaways) here. It’s FREE!

Free Books:

The following books are free for a limited time. These are legitimate free reads offered by the publisher or author for a short period of time. Make sure to verify the price on Amazon before buying, as sale prices can and do change anytime. Click on the book cover or buy now button to go directly to the Amazon page to get your copy.


Why this Book?

You belong to humanity and you are nothing without humanity and if you don’t know humanity then you know nothing about you and society around you. And if you know nothing about you and your society then what’s the purpose for you to live? So know yourself and society by reading “humanity”.

What’s in this?

I wrote this book after reading and understanding of ancient, medieval and modern philosophy and then find answers about humans and what’s good for humans in ideologies, politics, rule, law and resources. And by reading “Humanity” you could understand yourself and human society because this book is “full of wisdom” and you could understand a lot about reality of human society and inquire about what good in human society.


If you care about yourself and society around you and want to find what’s good for you and for society then this book could help you in all this because it is about “Humanity” in us.


Insomnia: Sleep Hacks to Fall Asleep Fast, Sleep Better and Have Sweet Dreams Without Sleeping Pills

☆☆Download Today! Includes 84 Sleep Hacks To Go To Sleep More Easily, Conquer Insomnia Symptoms and Develop Healthy Sleep Habits ☆☆

Sleep is weird, don’t you think?

For about one-third of every day, you lie down with your eyes closed, while your system shuts down. Yet, without sufficient sleep, we wouldn’t be able to perform, remember anything or even feel healthy. All the beauty in the world around us, insofar as it is created by mankind, could not exist.

Sleep really is the cornerstone of life

Unfortunately, many people are sleep deprived. They can’t get enough deep sleep. Or no sleep at all! Sleeping disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea, and also a disorder like chronic fatigue syndrome, can have a detrimental impact on the quality of your life.

I have good news for you though: You can take back control of your life.

This book is jampacked with 84 practical Sleep Hacks that will help you to fall asleep fast and sleep soundly.

This book consists of 3 parts:

Part A – Sleep Explained

Part B – How To Sleep Better

Part C – Recap

In ‘Part A – Sleep Explained’, you will learn:

What sleep is

Why we sleep

How sleep works

How light affects your sleep

How much sleep we need

Why we dream, and

What sleeping disorders are

These are the basics: it is important to get a good understanding of how sleep works. Every chapter in ‘Part A – Sleep Explained’ starts with the Key Takeaway of that chapter. This allows you to quickly get the gist of every chapter before you start reading it.

Once you have a good understanding of why we sleep and dream, how sleep works, how much sleep we need, and sleeping disorders, you are ready to take action!

‘Part B – How To Sleep Better’ is loaded with sleep hacks, tips and strategies that you can use to sleep better and deeply, waking up recharged. Here is where the magic starts to happen! After debunking a few common sleep myths, you will learn what does work in order to sleep better:

Making your bedroom a sleep sanctuary

Turning your bed into a sleep haven

Getting your light fix during the day, and dimming the lights at night

Staying away from electronic devices in the evening

Changing your diet, and

Many other strategies to improve your sleep quality!

‘Part B – How To Sleep Better’ focuses on taking action. Therefore, the second part of this book is loaded with practical Sleep Hacks. If you have trouble sleeping, these are your magic pills. No sleeping pills or drugs. But practical hacks and strategies that will put you in pole position, giving you the best possible shot at relaxing and overcoming lack of sleep.

And to make it easy for you to commit and take action, ‘Part C – Recap’ recaps all the Key Takeaways and Sleep Hacks. This is an excellent resource you can always get back to if you want to review what you have learned!

Here is what I want you to do:

Read this book. Apply the Sleep Hacks. And end your insomnia!

It’s that simple.


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The Greek writer Plutarch said it wonderfully when he wrote:

“All men whilst they are awake are in one common world. But each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own.”

Take back control of your life and happiness: start learning how you once again can fall asleep fast, sleep better and enter your own world having sweet dreams!


THESE MEAN STREETS, DARKLY the prequel to the cyberpunk detective series, Liquid Cool.

It’s a world of colossal skyscrapers. Hovercars fly above in the dark, rainy skies and gray people walk below on the grimy, hard streets in the “Neon Jungle.” Uber-governments and megacorporations fight for control of the supercity, but so does crime.

An average woman, Carol—hardworking and decent in every way— loses her daughter to the psycho Red Rabbit. Can Police Central find the girl in time—alive? And is it really a random, senseless kidnapping in the fifty-million-plus city?

There are a million victims and perpetrators in this High-Tech, Low-Life World. This is one of those stories…before we meet our private eye (and unlikely hero), Cruz, in the debut novel, Liquid Cool!


Times of Turmoil is book 1 of 7 in the Christian fiction series, The End Times Saga.

In this first novel in The End Times Saga (prequel to Times of Trouble and Times of Trial), we follow how the Evans family gained their riches and eventually their power to influence events in the United States. We see important events that the Evans family gets themselves involved in: such as the return of the Israelites to Israel, the assassination of President Kennedy, the terrorism of 9/11, and eventually events that lead to government tyranny in the United States with the sole purpose of destroying Christianity and its influence in the United States.


Junior Thompson, son of a freed slave, and Webbie Henderson, son of a wealthy family, cross a forbidden boundary between their properties and forge an unlikely friendship. When two great armies converge on Gettysburg and their fathers are called to battle, both boys must become the men of their families. But will they survive the fighting that threatens to destroy their homes and families?

Soldier’s Heart is inspired by the true story of the Thompsons, a black family, and the Hendersons, a white family, who lived as neighbors in Carlisle, PA. The author is their direct descendant.


Darkness rules her life. A pitiless man wants her body. A Daemon craves her heart.

Raised within a regimented society of mages on the obsidian island of Malvaar, Cytriah, a young soul-catcher, is determined to attain the elite female rank of Exalted, hoping her soul-bewitching voice and strict upbringing will be enough.

It cannot be.

One chilling event from her past unravels her life, thread by thread. After her first grave mistake, Cytriah knows it won’t be long before she’s forced to serve Malvaar with her body, given over to men she won’t be able to choose and bear children she will never see.

Death would be kinder—if kindness were in fashion on Malvaar.

As she makes a risky move to save herself, she unearths a dangerous contradiction to everything she has been taught. A secret she cannot ignore or forget. A truth that will drag her down the deadly path of blasphemy, forbidden affection and spilled blood…


Finance professor Kate Adams is reeling. After her husband’s unexplained death, she runs away to the remote Alaskan wilderness to catch her breath, get back on her feet, and complete her research sabbatical in peace.

But even at the ends of the earth, Kate can’t shake one nagging question: What was her husband working on before he died?

As Kate continues her research into unusual financial phenomena across the globe, a picture slowly starts to emerge, and suddenly, her husband’s death doesn’t look so accidental.

Together, Kate and Brad, a former flame and CIA officer, dig deeper into the mystery, and a global-scale financial conspiracy comes into focus.

Even with Brad covertly watching her back, it doesn’t take long for Kate to be thrust into the middle of this high-stakes contest–and directly in harm’s way.

Kate will need all her wits to navigate this dangerous game. But the more she plays, the more she begins to realize something: even if she gets out of this alive, nothing in her life will ever be the same.



The word is changing. Evolving. In the wake of a deadly explosion a mysterious chemical is released and has mutated the genetic structure of Captain Van Peterson and his strike force, endowing them with superhuman abilities.

Some will use their powers for good, while others seek to exploit the limits of their new found abilities for their own personal gain.

With the government unable to handle the new found threat, Captain Peterson and his team must rise and stand together to keep the very fabric of humanity from unraveling. Sentry Squad.


Sam, a sin eater, is asked to absolve the sins of Rebel Walker, a deceased billionaire infected with a lifetime of evil. Now Reb’s corpse has vanished with Sam being the last to see it. But who’d snatch it and why? The dead can’t get up and walk out. Or can they?

Drawn into a labyrinth of murder, mystery, and pure horror, Sam battles supernatural forces—all while pursuing the mysterious new girl at school.

It’s Supernatural meets Dorian Gray in this stand-alone Bleed novel.


Brooke is a lawyer who finally gets out of a bad relationship. She wants to experience new things since she was not pleased for years. After a couple of failed attempts, she runs into Jake. Jake is a dark and handsome pediatrician who she knew when was younger. Many obstacles come up like a near death experience, an ex-lover, and trust issues. Can their relationship surive? Can he keep her pleased?



Follow along on Daleen’s personal journey from teen mom to New York Times best-selling author. After a shotgun wedding, Daleen found herself barefoot and pregnant—and by age twenty-one, the mother of four. After realizing she was an abused wife, Daleen became determined to break the silence that shatters women and children’s lives. A riveting true story, this memoir demonstrates the astonishing resilience of the human spirit.


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$.99 Thriller Spotlight: ICE by Kevin Tinto @kevintinto

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Dr. Leah Andrews and Jack Hobson Thrillers Book 1

125,000+ Sales, 1,550+ Amazon Reviews, Amazon Bestseller Debut Selection: Prime Reading. Archaeologist Leah Andrews stumbles upon something inexplicable in southwestern New Mexico: inside a dark cavern lies an undiscovered, Native American cliff dwelling abandoned for 800 years. While twisting through one of the narrow underground passageways, Leah’s flashlight illuminates the remains of a violent massacre.

Ancient human remains—all slaughtered in a long-ago massacre—cover the cavern floor, along with a number of brilliantly colored, granite crystals. The rare crystals are native to only one place on earth: a frozen mountain range in central Antarctica.

Could Native Americans have traveled to the frozen continent of Antarctica 800 years prior to the first known human exploration? If so how? And why?

There’s only one person who can get Leah to those mountains in Antarctica: her estranged husband and climbing guide Jack Hobson.

At their destination they make a stunning discovery that will change history and science forever. But Leah’s team is far from the only interested party.

As her secret makes its way to the highest levels of government, a race to seize the Russian-claimed Antarctic territory brings the world to the brink of nuclear conflict.

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“Just one more step and you’re gonna get a real good look at the bottom of the canyon,” said Garrett Moon.
Dr. Leah Andrews pulled the binoculars away from her eyes and watched as the toe of her boot slid over the edge of the cliff. A spray of sand floated toward the green valley floor hundreds of feet below.
“I know where I’m standing.”
Sand and gravel cascaded down the rocky slope behind them, followed by a giant who wore his hair in a short ponytail over a three-day-stubble beard. Only a well-placed sandstone boulder prevented his 280 pounds from barreling over the cliff.
“Delicate as ever,” Leah said.
Juan Cortez wiped a mixture of sweat and dust from his face. “The coast is clear, but I’d wager those park rangers are sniffing around nearby.”
“What’d you expect?” she asked, grinning despite the risk. “We are trespassing illegally in the middle of a national park.”
“She smells a cliff dwelling,” Garrett said.
Juan looked over the ledge and shook his head. “A monkey couldn’t climb that face without modern equipment.”
Tall, anvil-shaped clouds began rolling in from the southwest, signaling the beginnings of a late-season thunderstorm. The winds preceding the storm kicked dust up in flowing red curtains.
“That’s a hint of things to come,” Garrett said. “You want to be dangling from a rope when that hits?”
“Speaking of rope, where’s our climbing expert?” Leah asked.
“Resting on his climbing gear near the top of the mesa, last I saw,” said Juan.
“Figures.” Leah hoisted her backpack into place. “I’ll wake Sleeping Beauty.”
Juan took another peek over the cliff. “You’d think a couple of relatively intelligent guys would have more sense than to rappel down a sheer wall in the middle of a thunderstorm.”
Garrett grinned and pushed strands of black hair away from his face. “Yeah, but who else would look after her?”
“Don’t let her hear that,” Juan cautioned, “or we’ll both be sporting black eyes.”
“You two better not be whispering about me,” Leah called back as she climbed the slope.
“We’re just a pair of lowly, underpaid archeologists,” Garrett answered. “Our discussions are purely of a scientific nature.”
Leah was still shaking her head when she came upon Marko Kinney leaning on his climbing gear, listening to audibly heavy metal through his ear buds.
Leah poked at the shaggy young man with the toe of her boot until he killed the music. “We’re checking out a wall crack.”
Marko looked up and pointed toward the billowing clouds. “Mr. Thunder Bumper’s headed this direction, and he’s looking worked up.”
“Meet me on the other side of the rock bridge with your gear.”
The rock climber shook his head in disbelief, then gathered his gear and chased her across the rock arch toward a gnarled but sturdy-looking pine tree growing near the mesa’s edge. He dropped the pack, pulled out a nylon-anchoring sling, and wrapped it expertly around the pine tree’s trunk. Marko secured the slings, removed two 165-foot climbing lines from the backpack, and tied them together with a double fisherman’s knot.
Juan and Garrett joined them while Leah fitted herself into a padded climbing harness and fastened the metal waist buckle. Marko fed the doubled line through a standard figure-eight descender, triple-checked all the connections, and patted her on the shoulder.
“You’re cleared to fly,” he shouted over the rising wind.
She nodded and stepped to the cliff face. As sloppy as Marko looked, he was a fanatic about safety. Because of his attention to detail, Leah felt at least some peace of mind. If her dad had enjoyed the same kind of attention, he’d have been alive today.
Marko climbed into his own harness and threaded another line through the anchoring rings. He’d feed rope as she rappelled in a classic belay technique taught at most climbing schools. If she suffered gear failure, he would serve to break her fall, at least in theory.
Garrett dug out his own harness, peeking over the edge at Leah’s descent.
“I know you guys are the experts at finding cliff dwellings,” Marko said, “but I’m not thrilled about roping down that cliff face with lightning cracking around my ass.”
“Chances are she’ll shine her flashlight into the crevice, find a dead end, and we won’t be climbing down anyway,” Garrett said.
The line slackened, and a moment later Marko felt three distinct tugs on the belay. “You were saying?”
Garrett glanced up at the sky. “I guess we’re climbing down.”
Marko yanked up the freed belay. “Okay, you’re next, G.”
A minute later, Marko had a hesitant Juan in his harness and ready to join the others. “They’re waiting for you, Juan.”
The big man hesitated, then took a deep breath and leaned over the brink of nothingness. All that separated his ample posterior from a three-hundred-foot freefall were two thin strands of high-strength climbing line.
“Down you go,” said Marko.
As Juan descended, an unexpected gust of wind twisted him around, causing his face to scrape across the sandstone wall, shaving skin off his right cheek. Thunder cracked in the distance as he attempted to gain position against the rock.
“Come on, Juan,” Leah shouted encouragement from the ledge below.
Juan pushed off and rappelled until his shoes touched the ledge.
“Was that so hard?” Garrett secured him to the ledge.
“Still gotta climb back up that mother.”
Marko slid spider-like down the line and noted with quiet satisfaction that Leah had already inserted a removable locking-cam inside a weathered crack in the cliff. He crouched to examine the narrow opening. “It’s less than a meter high. How are you gonna get inside?”
“Seriously, Marko?” Leah asked. “Lie down like you’re taking a nap.”
Garrett winked and patted the young climber on the back. “You’re doing fine. Don’t let her bully you.”
Leah pushed Marko aside and dug a small flashlight out of her gear bag. “If you want something done….” She slithered quickly through the scar-like blemish in the rock cliff. Once inside, she switched on the steel penlight and crawled along on her hands and knees through the confining passageway. Ahead, the tunnel opened into a larger chamber.
“Garrett,” she called back. “You got the big light?”
Garrett crawled in behind her and handed over the high-powered halogen flashlight. Leah fumbled with the switch and then lit the chamber ahead.
“Oh, my God,” she whispered.
A massive subterranean cavern at least 50 meters high stretched far beyond even the powerful beam. The light did a fine job of illuminating the pristine remains of an 800-year-old Native American city hidden in the depths of the Gila National Wilderness.

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Kevin Tinto is based in Tiburon and Lake Tahoe, California. He has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, Reno Gazette Journal, Bike Transamerica, Scuba Diver Magazine and more.

He is an avid mountaineer, skier, scuba and free diver, Private Pilot and adventurer.
Kevin is a Level II Certified Ski Instructor and you can often find him teaching at Northstar, California, when not testing the Palisades at Squaw Valley.

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He is currently working on the final edit to the second in the Jack Hobson, Leah Andrews Adventure/Thrillers titled: ICE GENESIS! Due out fall 2016.