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Suspense Book: Empty Shell by Ashley Fontainne #RT @AshleyFontainne


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Genres: Suspense/Thriller/Mystery

Release Date: 9/29/14

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A pair of pink, silk underwear…

The quiet world of Melody and Jack Dickinson is about to be turned upside down. Twenty years of marriage hangs in the balance when Melody finds out about Jack’s infidelity. The betrayal is made worse when Melody discovers his lover is Serena Rowland, a young woman who works at Melody’s law firm.

A receipt from an overpriced hotel…

Harsh words are exchanged before Melody storms off to work, determined to have Serena fired. But when Melody hears Serena was murdered over the weekend, everything changes. Serena’s body is found beaten and strangled with a pair of pink, silk panties, in the same hotel that Jack had admitted staying at over the weekend. Within seconds of hearing the news, Melody’s life spins out of control when Jack calls in a panic. The police are at their home to arrest him for Serena’s murder.

Pictures of a young woman’s scantily clad torso on a cell phone…

Was she married to a monster? One who beat and strangled the young woman to death, or was Jack set up? Did Melody’s own dark secret, hidden inside her heart for years, have something to do with the nightmare they suddenly find themselves in?

Melody and Jack are about to discover that one fateful mistake will destroy many.

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Excerpt:

Chapter 1 – Saturday morning

The morning sun was bright and the humidity staggering. Both bore down on him, making the sweat run faster down his neck and back as he walked. His heart thundered in his chest, and he fought to keep his breathing normal and his gait natural. The rush of adrenaline made his hands shake as he adjusted his ball cap.
He forced his facial muscles to respond to his commands, determined to keep his expression neutral so he would blend in. His mind was racing, unaccustomed to the violent behavior it had just experienced upstairs. His shaky limbs wanted to run the remaining distance to the safety of his vehicle and away from the nightmare of what he’d just done.
A small sigh of relief left his lips when he made it to his vehicle and slid inside, removing his gloves and shoving them deep into his pants pocket. It took him three attempts to insert the key into the ignition. He took a deep breath, held it, and then released it in slow, controlled bursts. He had to get it together or he would have an accident on the way home. He gripped the key tighter in his sweaty fingers and tried again. To his relief, the engine turned over. Fighting the urge to look behind him to see if he was being followed, he eased out of the parking spot and merged into the mid-morning traffic, careful to keep his eyes on the road.
Anything to keep from looking at her sticky red blood on his clothes.
Oh God, what have I done?


About the Author:

Award-winning and International bestselling author Ashley Fontainne is an avid reader of mostly the classics. Ashley became a fan of the written word in her youth, starting with the Nancy Drew mystery series. Stories that immerse the reader deep into the human psyche and the monsters that lurk within us are her favorite reads.

Her muse for penning the Eviscerating the Snake series was The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Ashley’s love for this book is what sparked her desire to write her debut novel, Accountable to None, the first book in the trilogy. With a modern setting to the tale, Ashley delves into just what lengths a person is willing to go when they seek personal justice for heinous acts perpetrated upon them. The second novel in the series, Zero Balance focuses on the cost and reciprocal cycle that obtaining revenge has on the seeker. For once the cycle starts, where does it end? How far will the tendrils of revenge expand? Adjusting Journal Entries answered that question: far and wide.

Her short thriller entitled Number Seventy-Five, touches upon the sometimes dangerous world of online dating. Number Seventy-Five took home the BRONZE medal in fiction/suspense at the 2013 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards contest and is currently in production for a feature film.

Her latest novel, a paranormal thriller entitled The Lie, won the GOLD medal in the 2013 Illumination Book Awards for fiction/suspense.

Look for the suspenseful mystery Empty Shell, in the Fall of 2014.

Ashley also hosts The WriteStuff, a popular BlogTalk Radio show, each Friday night at 10 p.m. CST.

 

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Romantic Suspense Spotlight: Heartbreaker by Marcia Carrington @MarCarring


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Mystery/Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Psychological Thriller


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Ethan Wainwright is a specialist in affairs of the heart – he has made a habit of loving beautiful young women, bringing them to soaring heights of happiness, and just when they believe they are in heaven, leaving them in a state of utter dismay. He has a left a string of broken hearts in his wake, but an unexpected incident brings him crashing back to earth, making him question his acts. The sister of one of his love victims seeks revenge for the wrongs Ethan committed upon her sister, but will this young woman extract her retaliation upon Ethan, or fall prey to his irresistible charm?

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“You’re a very beautiful woman Cally, I’ve never met anyone so gorgeous before,” Ethan said, blue eyes full of life, smiling at Cally. Cally looked away from his intense gaze, bowing her head.
“Thank you, Ethan,” Cally said, face flush with happiness.
Ethan and Cally were at Edgar’s, the large roadhouse restaurant, each devouring a big, juicy hamburger. He took his burger back into his hands, eyes fixed upon Cally when a large slice of lettuce fell from the hamburger onto the plate, and Ethan laughed.
“See what you do to me – not even my burger can resist you,” Ethan said, as Cally giggled.
“I could say the same about you,” Cally said, as Ethan threw her a cheeky grin.
A waitress in a white uniform came around at this time, watching Ethan with grave reservations.
“Is there anything else you need?” she said, her blue eyes foisted coldly upon Ethan.
“Nah, it’s fine, I think. Want anything else Cally?” Ethan said, turning to her.
“No thanks, Ethan,” Cally said, enjoying the last piece of her burger, as did Ethan. The waitress had her arms folded in front of her, and glowered at Ethan. Ignoring her, Ethan grabbed the napkin, wiping his mouth, then cleaned his hands with the moist serviette. Opening his wallet, Ethan took out a crisp fifty dollar note.
“Keep the change,” Ethan said, as the woman took the note from his hands sharply, and moved away like a block of ice. Cally noticed her behavior towards Ethan, viewing her until she went to check on some other customers.
“Do you know her or something?” Cally asked.
Ethan shrugged his shoulders, and puffed his lips.
“Never seen her before in my life…must be a weirdo or something,” Ethan said, eyes shining brightly at Cally. Dipping his hand into his jacket pocket, Ethan took out his cell phone, and smiled at Cally. “Let’s take a photo of us here together,” Ethan said, placing his finger on the button. “Ready…set…cheese!” Ethan chuckled, pressing the button, and showed the screen to Cally as they checked out the image. “Great stuff, we look so good together.”
“I agree,” Cally said, as she presented her cell phone. “Let me take one of us too.”
“Sure thing sweetie pie,” Ethan said, as he played up to the camera, puckering his lips, as did Cally.
“Smile please,” Cally said, as she took a photo, the couple quickly inspecting her handiwork.
“Brilliant shot, we’re like two peas in a pod,” Ethan said, giving Cally a look of lust, to which she responded with a shy smile.
The waitress walked back behind the roadhouse kitchen, and observed Ethan, eyes frosty. She slammed her hands on the stainless steel serving table, as Edgar the cook came around close to her.
“What is it Lisa?”
Lisa grunted, looking in Ethan’s direction with contempt.
“He’s back again,” Lisa said.


About the Author:

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Marcia Carrington writes about the human condition, exploring what makes people tick, but in an upbeat and optimistic tone. She is an interested observer of popular culture, and fan of cinema from all eras and countries, especially from the 1930-1970s. Marcia is a long-time soap opera viewer, watching daytime, and night time serials from a very young age.

Marcia is also a food connoisseur, with a particular love of chocolate, and coffee. The morning coffee has always been a staple for Marcia, and something which she cannot do without. There is just something about the fresh aroma of coffee early in the morning, and anytime for that fact, which proves irresistible to her.

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Mystery Feature: In the Graveyard Antemortem by Stephen Stromp @StephenStromp


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Mystery, Suspense, Horror, Young Adult


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“An engaging, creepy mystery packed with emotion and heart. A fun novel with just the right amount of darkness.” - Scream Magazine

Winner of Amazon’s reader-powered Kindle Scout program. Seventeen-year-old Lisa Jacobs is determined to solve her father’s gruesome murder. But before she can investigate in her own small town, she is forced to spend the summer with her Uncle Clayton, the owner of Grand Hallow–a massive funeral and mortuary operation the size of a small city. Her move to Grand Hallow only deepens the mystery as she begins to suspect the strange and chilling occurrences there are linked to her father’s death. With the help of her acid-tongued best friend and deadbeat brother, Lisa must unravel the secrets of Grand Hallow–before it’s too late. In the Graveyard Antemortem is a mystery/suspense novel with a healthy dash of horror.

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Without warning, I felt a hand grasp my shoulder. “It’s the morgue,” said a deep voice directly behind me. Startled, I spun around to see a man who looked remarkably like my dad. The resemblance took my breath away. He smiled cautiously. It was my dad’s smile, the one that formed into a mischievous smirk no matter if any mischief was in fact intended. He had his same soft facial features, his salt-and-pepper hair, and his hazel eyes. It was uncanny. It was as if I were looking at my father all spruced up for a graduation or wedding, wearing a suit and clean-shaven. Only it wasn’t him. Just some pieces of his DNA. He held out his hand. And as I shook it, life came back to my stunned lungs. “Hello, Lisa. I’m Clayton.” He cleared his throat apprehensively. “Your Uncle Clayton.”
“Hello,” I replied meekly. “Thank you for all of this. I mean, taking care of my dad’s funeral.”
“It’s the least I could do,” he said while wringing his hands.
“You’re telling me,” snapped Tina. “A room next to the morgue?”
“I do apologize about that. If you and your friend would be more comfortable—”
“It’s fine,” I assured him. He adjusted his collar and looked down the hall behind him as if someone were watching from the shadows. He was pleasant, yet seemed preoccupied, his eyes shifting every which way. It could’ve just been his nerves. I imagined he was just as nervous meeting me as I was meeting him. Yet it also could’ve been because he was simply incredibly busy with the responsibilities that came with running such an enormous and complex place.
“So.” Tina couldn’t help herself. “Why did you want Lisa here so bad? She was just fine in Ruthsford, ya know.”
“Tina!” I protested, secretly wanting to hear his answer.


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About the Author:

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My stories tend to have a dark twist. And I like to mix different genres depending on where the story takes me. I wrote a short novel titled ‘Cracking Grace,’ a dark fantasy that explores relationships, loss and spirituality. ‘In the Graveyard Antemortem’ is a mix of mystery, suspense and horror. Join my email list at www.stephenstromp.com to keep up-to-date on my new releases.

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Young Adult Book Feature: FunGirl by Sheila Michelle


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Teen/Young Adult, Mystery, Mystery/Suspense


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Felicity Gains lives up to her name. As a 17-year-old high school senior, she has the world at her feet, and to her this means that she has everything to gain in her own selfish, conceited world, and does whatever she has to do to keep having the two things that are the most important to her — fun and attention, as well as living in the moment now. But she likes to have fun at other people’s expense, and always strives to get the kind of attention she feels that she’s entitled to at whatever cost, and that includes not caring about who she hurts in the process because she accepts no responsibility for what she does, and doesn’t listen to her best friend Erin, who tries to talk to her about her illicit behavior and the consequences of it — but it’s useless.

Felicity is a self-proclaimed fun girl and is beautiful but not too intelligent, and definitely unapologetic about what her idea of fun really is. And even though she wants everyone to see her as this type of girl, everyone who knows her — and even those who don’t know her — will never see her this way, and because of this, she has the real reputation of being a type of girl that no girl would want to have her name associated with. But since she only cares about herself and not how she treats others, she gets herself into too many incidents to count, but there’s one incident that she may never get out of, and two restless cops are in a race against time to see who could be involved in this particular incident before it’s too late, and they have too many suspects that Felicity has caused nonsense to and too many motives to count. But most of their suspects are using two interesting words that describe Felicity’s character, and this really has them thinking about this whole investigation. But then the investigation takes a turn in a way that no one is expecting, and foreshadows an outcome that no one saw coming as some wonder what really happened.

FunGirl is the first book in the FunGirl series.

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Excerpt:

Erin Tillman, Felicity’s best friend: “Why wouldn’t he be serious about things, Felicity? He knows that not everything is fun and games, and I think that’s a good thing. One day, we’re all gonna have to grow up and face the not-so-fun times way more than the fun times. We can’t live our lives just striving for fun and attention all of the time because that can only go so far.”

“It can go as far as someone would want it to go,” Felicity said. “I’m living in the moment now. I’m not even thinking about a year from now. This is the time to have fun. This is the time to want attention. Why the hell would I wait until I’m too old to have fun and get attention? Let’s face it, I’m not gonna look like this twenty, thirty years from now so I wanna take advantage of how it is for me right now.”

“I can understand that, Felicity, but it’s the way you go about it.”

“And what way is that?”

“Your need for attention and having fun is bringing more negativity to it than anything, you have to admit that.”

Felicity glared at her as she sipped her soda; she put it down. “And how is it negative, Erin?”

“It’s negative because you wanna have fun at other people’s expense. You like to flirt with guys who have girlfriends, and love it when these girls get mad. You want this attention from these guys and they think that you really like them and they wanna get to know you more, but then you tell them that you have a boyfriend so that’s not possible.”


About the Author:

Sheila Michelle is a full-time writer and writes both young adult and adult commercial fiction. She’s a Wisconsin native and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Mystery Feature: Where There’s A Will: Inspector Stone Book One by Alex R Carver @arcarver87


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Mystery/Thriller


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Inspector Stone Book One

An armed robbery, a kidnapping, and an enemy that’s closer than anyone realises.

Inspector Stone has to put aside problems at home and an ambitious underling when the daughter of a local businessman is kidnapped, and a multi-million Euro ransom demanded for her return.
Can he find her and return her safely to her parents when the kidnappers are dangerously close to home?

Inspector Stone Series
Book 1 – Where There’s A Will (released)
Book 2 – An Eye For An Eye (coming 2017)
Book 3 – Model Behaviour (title to be confirmed – coming 2017/18)
Book 4 – Title to be confirmed (coming 2018)
Book 5 – Busman’s Holiday (title to be confirmed – coming 2018/19)
Book 6 – Under Pressure (title to be confirmed – coming 2019)

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“On your knees.” Ben’s voice was no louder than a whisper, but he didn’t need volume to make it clear that his order should be obeyed, the sawn-off shotgun in his hand did that for him. He was pleased, but unsurprised, to see the young man drop the cups he had gathered and almost hit his head on the table he was cleaning in his haste to do as he had been told.
“What do you want?” The cleaner’s voice trembled with fear as he addressed his question, not to the man standing over him but to the gun being pointed at him – he couldn’t force his eyes any higher than the twin dark holes that stared at him from the end of the barrel.
“The money,” Ben admitted candidly before slamming the butt of his gun down on the man’s head, making him slump to the ground, unconscious. He bent briefly to check that the cleaner was out cold and then stepped over the immobile form so he could join Jerry, who was waiting for him by the partition that led into the rear section of the pavilion.


About the Author:

I have worked in the clerical, warehouse and retail industries over the years, without gaining much satisfaction, and have now quit to become a full-time writer. The Inspector Stone series already has 1 title released and 5 more waiting to be released, and I am working on a serial killer thriller, due for release in early 2017.

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