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Paranormal Romance Feature: Possessing Prudence by Betty Ann Harris @authorbettyann


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The scenic seaport town of Mystic Port is steeped in history. Prudence Trivit, the town’s historian, is on a mission to find out the truth about her Great Aunt Alexandra Beaudicort, who was accused and found guilty of murdering her husband, the Mayor of Mystic Port, back in 1897. Prudence, known as Prudy, is certain of her great aunt’s innocence.

A handsome young journalist, Dylan Monroe, is sent to Mystic Port to interview Prudy in advance of the town’s 250th anniversary celebration. Dylan immediately notices Prudy’s uncanny resemblance to her great aunt in the huge portrait of Alexandra that hangs in the museum. Stunned by her beauty and so intrigued by the story of Alexandra, Dylan falls for Prudy, and together they investigate to find out the truth. But uncovering the truth comes with some mishaps and mayhem. As the spirit of Alexandra points them in the right direction,the opposing spirits try to dissuade them.

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Excerpt:

Dylan turned on the recorder and started asking questions. “I’m intrigued by this Beaudicort woman. Can you tell me more about her?”
“Yes, well, Samuel Beaudicort was the mayor of Mystic Port in the eighteen nineties. His bride, Alexandra, was actually in charge of his mayoral campaign. It was unusual for a woman prior to women’s suffrage to hold a position of such importance, and to have been successful in getting her husband elected.”
“Are you saying she was a woman ahead of her time?”
“Yes, I guess I am. From what I’ve been told and from what I’ve read about her, she was one of those women who wanted to have it all: a loving marriage, successful career, children, and she had an extreme interest in politics.”
“That’s quite interesting. She must have had a very full life.”
“Well, she did have one child, a son named Simon. Unfortunately, before she had a chance to have any more children, her husband, the mayor, died suddenly while in office. Devastated as she was to have lost her husband at such an early age, leaving her a widow at twenty-four, she carried on displaying grace and great strength. She wanted to take her husband’s place as mayor, but she was unable to do so.”
“Do you mean because she was a woman?”
“I’m not sure if she could have become mayor or not. I rather doubt it. But she wasn’t given the chance, because something happened that changed her life forever.” Prudy paused for effect.
Dylan appeared most intrigued. “Please, continue, what happened?”
“Alexandra was arrested for the murder of her husband.”


About the Author:

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I’m a self-professed hopeless romantic and a lover of mysteries, suspense and crime novels. Spys, FBI special agents, and even your everyday experienced sleuths are involved in most of my books, however, I’m now expanding into the world of paranormal and historical romance.

Eureka Point, the first in the Protected Heart Series, was a labor of love and the story behind the book was something I’d been thinking about for many years before I actually started plunking those keys. I loved writing it!

The story, which takes place in what I found out after I’d written the book, is an actual place in Northern California, is a spellbinding tale of love, deceipt, crime and passion. The setting, the seaside town of Eureka, speaks for itself with its dangerous cliffs and rocky shores; the perfect place for danger and a mystery, and perhaps even a murder to take place.

After Eureka Point came the sizzling hot thriller, A Very Special Agent, as Special Agent Stephen O’Leary tries to save bestselling romance author, Maggie Tyler from a psychotic stalker. Following A Very Special Agent came Danger in Paradise in which Ruby Stone, my first beautiful female special agent, saves and falls in love with her future husband.

My first paranormal romance, Possessing Prudence, debuted in August of 2015 and is 5-star reviewed. Prudence Trivit tries to solve a murder mystery and becomes involved with the spirit of her Great Aunt Alexandra who was accused of murdering her husband, the mayor of Mystic Port back in 1897. With the help of the handsome journalist, Dylan Monroe, Prudy finds herself deeply involved in this mystery involving her late great aunt and enlists the help of a psychic medium. Is Prudy in for more than she bargained for?

Go ahead, get swept away in mystery, romance and suspense…


Halloween Cozy Mystery Feature: Caught Dead Handed by Carol J. Perry


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She’s not a psychic–she just plays one on TV.

Most folks associate the city of Salem, Massachusetts with witches, but for Lee Barrett, it’s home. This October she’s returned to her hometown–where her beloved Aunt Ibby still lives–to interview for a job as a reporter at WICH-TV. But the only opening is for a call-in psychic to host the late night horror movies. It seems the previous host, Ariel Constellation, never saw her own murder coming.

Lee reluctantly takes the job, but when she starts seeing real events in the obsidian ball she’s using as a prop, she wonders if she might really have psychic abilities. To make things even spookier, it’s starting to look like Ariel may have been an actual practicing witch–especially when O’Ryan, the cat Lee and Aunt Ibby inherited from her, exhibits some strange powers of his own. With Halloween fast approaching, Lee must focus on unmasking a killer–or her career as a psychic may be very short lived. . .

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Someone had dropped a slim cellphone, and it vibrated there, wedged between two of the huge granite slabs. I leaned cautiously, reaching for it. Below the wall a tangle of seaweed drifted, mixed up with Styrofoam cups and beer cans, all the usual debris the tide brings ashore every day. There was a bright orange glove down there, the kind that lobstermen use. There was even a big lavender sofa cushion.
But sofa cushions don’t have platinum hair, do they? Or a hand? A strangely discolored hand that seemed to wave in a languid motion as tiny fishes bumped and nibbled at the shiny ring on a plump finger.


About the Author:

Carol J. Perry was born in Salem, Massachusetts, on Halloween eve, and that magical city serves as the backdrop for her Witch City Mystery series. She is also the author of several young adult novels. Her nonfiction articles on travel, antiques, and ecology often appear in regional and national publications.


Cozy Mystery Book Feature: Candy Corn Crime by Grace Lemon


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An Oh Fudge! Cozy Mystery Series Book 2

*** Coffee Break Cozies – Delicious Cozy Mysteries you can Devour in One Sitting!***

Welcome to Cider Island – a town where anyone who’s anyone knows something about someone. It’s just that kind of place. And when the Island’s most beloved blogger is murdered days before Halloween, the mood is anything but sweet.

With Halloween right around the corner, Ida Noe is busier than a mosquito in a nudist colony. Her famous Candy Corn Crackle fudge has always been a crowd favorite — but when word spreads through town that her frightfully good fudge is at the center of a bizarre murder investigation, it whips Ida into a Frankenstein-sized frenzy.

Can Ida and her offbeat best friend clear her name before Ida is forced to trade in her favorite tri-colored candy for stripes of a different kind?

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About the Author:

When she’s not racing around after her three busy kids, or reminding her husband to pick up his dirty socks, author Grace Lemon loves to whip up a deliciously devious cozy mystery from her country home in the Northern Canadian backwoods.

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There’s nothing more luscious than a freshly baked cozy mystery!


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Halloween Books for Adults: Mysteries and Thrillers


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Halloween Books

Finding an awesome Halloween book for adults can sometimes be a daunting task. But here you will find some great Halloween mysteries and thrillers filled with enough suspense, thrills, and chills to keep you intrigued until the last page.

Hungry for more? See our Halloween reading master list 31 Nights of Haunted Reads!


18160126How far would you go to save your family?

Midsummer used to be a day of feasts and bonfires. A day when cares were set aside for the joy of grass between our toes, warm hands in our palms, laughter in our hearts. Our celebrations dimmed with the light. Something upset the balance of our woods. Something so deep that even our bonfires can’t lure the sun back. And he has something to do with it. Of that we’re sure, which is why I’m being given to him.

DARKLING is K.M. Rice’s suspenseful debut novel about a young woman’s sacrifice to save her village and the unexpected strength that comes from first love.

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punkedbythepumpkinSweet Home has become inundated with unholy sightings and turned over tombstones in the old cemetery. And if that wasn’t enough, Essie and Hildie aren’t talking to anyone, even Lily. All the seniors seem out of sorts, but of course that’s normal for Toe and Harvey.
Find out what happens when Lily, her best friend Jules, and her gorgeous boyfriend Eli take matters into their own hands when the town starts spinning out of control.

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20563682“After her death the kids used to say her ghost haunted the plantation.”
The bayou holds many secrets. One of them is what really happened to Lisette, a beautiful Creole teenager who died on the last day of school. Everybody in Fanchon’s reclusive bayou parish knows Lisette died in a boating accident, but when the police take a closer look, they unearth the dead girl and find a surprise in her grave.

This Saints adventure takes Fanchon from New York to New Orleans for Halloween and to one of Louisiana’s most beautiful plantations, Oak Alley.

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19864379“Elias Sullivan had it all: looks, power, and money. But, he was arrogant and cruel. He thought it would just be another day at the bank, but an unusual encounter with a little old woman would turn his world upside down. Turn your back on humanity, cross the wrong person, and this too could be your fate.

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23350216Named one of Suspense Magazine’s Best of 2014, “Walking After Midnight: Tales for Halloween” is a collection of six short horror stories guaranteed to send chills up your spine. Read them by a bonfire on a chilly autumn night, or under a blanket by candle light.

Whatever you do, don’t look behind you.

Hayride

The Schultz family’s outing to an apple orchard goes terribly awry on the hayride from Hell.

Hat Man

Graduate student Bernice is plagued by night terrors. As they begin to invade her waking hours as well, she fights for her sanity…and her safety.

A Good Samaritan

Newlyweds Jake and Rita Wechsler take a journey down winding country roads in the Hudson River Valley, where danger lurks at every turn.

Into the Abyss

Four friends play with a Ouija board and discover that it might be more than just a board game.

Walking After Midnight

When childhood friends Teddy and Joseph decide to revisit one of their old childhood haunts, the pair must rely on each other to survive.

Trick & Treat

Halloween enthusiast Shelley decorates and buys candy for the big night, hoping for lots of Trick-or-Treaters, but quickly learns the meaning of the phrase “Be careful what you wish for.”

If you miss the days when Halloween was scary, vampires didn’t sparkle, and shadows came to life at night, this collection of stories is for you.

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25184550Silas wakes with a start in the middle of the night, feeling a suffocating sense of unease — as if he’s being watched. His wife is asleep. He scans the bedroom of their rented holiday cottage, a spooky and unfamiliar place.

He makes out something in the dark. On the chair in the corner of the room. What the…? He’s mistaken, surely. It’s his over-active imagination. It’s a trick of the moonlight.

No. Something’s there. A figure, hunched forward – an old man. The same old man he’s seen in a framed photograph on the bedroom wall. Sitting there, watching them sleep. With a terrifying grin on his face…

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236981Haunted-house parties and ghostly galas…grinning pumpkins, mayhem and murder. It’s going to be one heck of a Halloween for Lucy Stone and Tinker’s Cove…

It’s October in Maine, and everyone in Tinker’s Cove is preparing for the annual Halloween festival. While Lucy Stone is whipping up orange-frosted cupcakes, recycling tutus for her daughters’ Halloween costumes, helping her son with his pre-teen rebellion, and breast-feeding her brand-new baby, an arsonist is loose in Tinker’s Cove. When the latest fire claims the life of the owner of the town’s oldest house, arson turns into murder…

While the townsfolk work to transform a dilapidated mansion into a haunted house for the All-Ghouls festival, the hunt for the culprit heats up. Trick-or-treat turns deadly as a little digging in all the wrong places puts Lucy too close to a shocking discovery that could send all her best-laid plans up in smoke…

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10550137Seventeen year-old Logan Wright has always turned to the make-believe world of her written words to escape the pain of her real life. Through her writing, she lives vicariously, creating gorgeous but dangerous male characters who hunt down, and fight for, their chosen mates. For a vice, it’s a safe one. Normally.
However, this is October.
The moon is full, the cemetery is filled with mists, and the misspoken words of an ages-old spell have released an ancient force. It is shapeless – nameless. Until it happens upon the words of a beautiful young bard and takes the wickedly handsome form of one of her creations.
Now Logan finds herself the object of desire for a boy who appears to be everything she ever dreamed of. Sam Hain is tall, strong, and gorgeous. He wants her; there’s no denying that. So, what’s the problem?
Sam’s kisses come with sharp teeth – and a dark promise.
Logan, her friends, and her long-time crush must band together in order to save her from the force they unwittingly awakened. They have one month. And it’s going to be a long one.

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23480366An isolated Scottish village above a fog-bound loch. A dark local legend, and a missing teenage girl. A sister determined to discover the truth…and deliver justice.

Last Halloween, Kat’s sister vanished. Everyone believes Louise was simply a teenage runaway. But Kat knows something has happened to her sister, and she’s convinced that Louise’s disappearance is connected with a small Scottish village called Carnag.

Now Halloween is approaching again, the locals of Carnag want nothing to do with Kat, and the man she loves might be lying to her. Can she discover the truth before she suffers the same fate as her sister?


22819106Welcome to Blackhaven, October 31st, 1984..

A small, sleepy town cut off from the hardships and the horrors of the modern world – Blackhaven has enjoyed a fruitful, peaceful history in it’s 300 years.

That’s all about to change…

Something is coming. Something unspeakable. Something evil.

300 years ago to the day, the founders of Blackhaven made a deal with an outside force in order to secure their comfort and safety. A deal that now, centuries later, requires payment. A deal that will see the quiet streets run red, and the fires rise. The people of Blackhaven are about to learn the true cost of sacrifice, for Hell is coming to claim what’s owed.

And the Devil will have his day….

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23001666In the seventh Kate Lawrence Mystery, the amateur sleuth and her realtor partners, Margo and Strutter, investigate the sometimes frightening consequences of thwarted creative egos.
When Margo’s aunt, mystery writer Maybelle Farnsworth, moves to town a few weeks before Halloween, she soon becomes the target of a neighborhood prankster, or so Kate and her partners believe at first. When the dirty tricks escalate from annoying to terrifying, May’s secret sideline as the publisher of a line of sexy romance novels comes into play. A horrified husband learns the true nature of his novelist wife’s work, and a rejected author plots revenge.

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When a Halloween Party turns deadly, it falls to Hercule Poirots to unmask a murderer in Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery, Hallowe’en Party.

At a Halloween party, Joyce—a hostile thirteen-year-old—boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no one believes her, she storms off home. But within hours her body is found, still in the house, drowned in an apple-bobbing tub.
That night, Hercule Poirot is called in to find the `evil presence’. But first he must establish whether he is looking for a murderer or a double-murderer…

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A retired detective thinks that all he will have to do on Halloween is hand out candy to trick-or-treaters. Everything goes well until all the children in costume come and go, and then the phone calls begin. One of them comes from his former Chief of Police, whom he and his former partner have promised that they will come out of retirement whenever there is a murder in their small town. Not only do they have to go out on a dark night in the pouring down rain, but they have to head out to a remote part of the county, where almost no one lives, to a place where someone has texted and reported that someone has been murdered. All they have to go on is the location of the cell phone. Before he solves the case, he is confronted with several suspects, none of whom seem to have motives or alibis. This is another whodunit in the Dekker Cozy Mystery series, full of twists and turns and lots of humor.

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Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.
Jayne Frost is a lot of things. Winter elf, Jack Frost’s daughter, Santa Claus’s niece, heir to the Winter Throne and now…private investigator. Sort of.
When Lark Bramble, an old frenemy, shows up in Nocturne Falls, Jayne finds herself reliving the painful past and trying to make responsible decisions that won’t mess up her future. But being an adult proves harder than she thought.
Finally at peace with where things stand between her and Lark, Jayne thinks everything’s cool until a chilling event at the Black and Orange Ball shatters that peace and puts Jayne at odds with the powers that be. She knows she’s on thin ice, but she’s determined to crack the caper.
Can Jayne find a way to right the wrongs she might have caused or will she forever bear the guilt of allowing herself to be snowed again?

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Get three Amazon witch cozy best-sellers for the price of one!

This multi-book set features the first three volumes in the Witches of Hemlock Cove series by Amazon Kindle All-Star author, Kennedy Chase.

If you like your witch cozy mysteries to have great characters, interesting clues, smart animals, a dash of witchcraft and romance, this is the series for you. Each story is a standalone mystery but the character grow over the course of the series. Join Grace, Hope, and Joy — the Angelo sisters — as they seek to keep their business afloat and solve the mysteries in the small New England town of Hemlock Cove.

Grab your copy now for a cozy Halloween mystery read that’ll keep you laughing and guessing until the end.

This boxset includes these best-selling stories:

Book 1: A Mystic Murder
Book 2: A Cryptic Case
Book 3: A Paranormal Puzzle

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Falling for a sexy priest may be the least of her troubles…

Teacher Morgan Peers has gone from living a tough life to becoming an heiress nearly overnight. When she inherits Woodmere Manor in the Hudson Valley in New York from her estranged father, she makes big plans for the future, but the past still holds sway over the fog shrouded mansion. Morgan begins to question her sanity when she sees a ghost and learns about the tortured history of the house… and its five tower rooms.

To complicate matters, two men make it difficult to listen to her own heart. Owen Long, the estate caretaker, offers friendship and understanding while Noel Crimson, a local priest with a tragic past of his own, haunts her thoughts. And time is running out because someone or something wants Morgan dead. Morgan must figure out if man or spirit haunts Woodmere Manor if she is going to save her life and find love.

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Jolene Claiborne, owner of Dixieland Salon loves Halloween, but this year her fondness of the holiday is marred when bestselling author Vanessa Van Allen disappears. Vanessa, called the Queen of the Vampires, has a few secrets she wants to share, but some secrets are better left buried.

When Detective Sam Bradford, Jolene’s former beau, asks for her help in getting rid of a spirit that seems to be clinging to his aura, Jolene is shocked. Not only is there a ghost riding on Sam’s broad shoulder, it seems to be Vanessa, and she refuses to leave until her murderer is found.

Is the woman truly dead or is there magic as well as mischief afoot? With help from Heaven’s sassy bounty hunter, Scarlett, Jolene and Sam set out to find the truth of what has truly happened to the Queen of the Vampires, but sometimes the truth can get you killed.

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Psychological Thriller Spotlight and Author Interview: On The Verge by Dan R. Fowler @DanRFowler2


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Mystery, Thriller, Suspense


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Release Date: July 10, 2017

Publisher: Light Switch Press

A life unhinged. Dreams shattered with no answers to how to fix them. Jackson is sitting in a hospital treatment room.

His life is hopeless memories and whispers full of shadows, until death comes to visit. This story is based on some truth about personality disorders, suicide and dysfunctional demons. Ben, Carl, Denny, Darrell, Johnny, and Randy, the “others,” share the same body, but each has a different life. Things are out of control. Dr. Alfred Fine “Jake” tries to help Jackson come to terms with his friends. A traumatic climax ensues with the introduction of Januari Winters. There seems to be nowhere to turn, but the answer comes very unexpectedly.

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Mary glanced down a pastel-colored corridor that now was mired with fingerprints from children wishing to find something to do or perhaps leaving an initial of a friend. She followed the lines on the wallpaper that led to the room and to Jackson. Anger and discuss swelled within her as she thought of the time and life she had given away to him. Recounting the memories, times together, she thought it had meant something to him. Wonderful things had been accomplished by both of them, or so she thought. Where had this stranger entered into their life?
Angry tears ripped at her eyes. She wondered how he could have done such a thing. There was no reason to change, no reason to become what he was now. She had raised their son; she thought she had done her best. Besides, he wanted this child, he begged for a son. She kept up the house, perhaps not a spotless one, but livable and comfortable. Life wasn’t that bad, really. What had gone wrong?


About the Author:

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Dan Fowler was born in West Virginia. He attended public schools graduating with Honors. He attended Bluefield State College, Bluefield, WV, earning an undergraduate management degree BA and attended Hawaii Pacific University, receiving his graduate degree in Management, MA/HRM. Dan worked with U.S. Steel Corporation 1975-1986, served in United States Navy 1986-1994, served as Assistant Director/Director: Project Development with HPI/Diagnostic, Inc., Pharmaceuticals, Trenton, NJ, (1994-1997) and Associate Director, Deborah Heart Foundation, New Jersey, 1997-1999. Dan taught at a two year Georgia Community College Brunswick, GA -Business & Industry Division. He serves as an Executive Director and Management Consultant for IMC. He lives in Georgia with his wife Mary and granddaughter.

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Author Interview:

How many books do you currently have published? 2 books are currently published

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? On The Verge is my favor because it allowed me to expose myself to a variety of characters within the same main character, Jackson Stafford

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? Yes, I’m currently working on a new Jackson Stafford thriller.

What do you enjoy most about writing? Writing allows me to become anyone I wish.

Do you ever get writer’s block? Yes but I step away from my work and take a different perspective of the character.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why? In On The Verge, Jackson Stafford has multiple personalities, all unique. I must say Carl is the favorite probably because he knows now laws or standards.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? Be patient, but be vigilant about your skill and talent. Never be afraid to launch out.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why? New readers should read On The Verge first. It’s the first in the series that sets the stage for the following novels

Do you have any extras you’d like to share, like a teaser about an upcoming new release,  a summary of a deleted scene, or a teaser about a surprising plot twist or character? The next in this series, The Deception of Jackson Stafford, will explore his seduction by one of the personalities he thought was controlled in On The Verge.  His travels under the city lights of Philadelphia, PA, Los Angeles, CA, Albuquerque, NM, Los Vegas, NV, and Jacksonville, FL
and the dark streets and back highways expose many unlikely experiences for Jackson Stafford.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read? I enjoy Dean Koontz novels.

What about television shows? Movies? Love SYFY

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? I’ve never given up on my dreams.