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Psychological Thriller Spotlight: Portrait of Death by Greg Ryan @GregRyan24


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Nathan Pearson defines emotional scars – a former Chicago detective who is against becoming an FBI agent and used to date a psychotic serial killer, an art teacher fixated on painting portraits of her victims. But when new murders make a connection between him and Mona, he will be forced to go visit her at the mental hospital for information.

With Mona committed to a mental hospital, a mysterious group are striking back at her and Nathan. Though Mona claims she knows nothing about it, the murders are committed in a similar fashion as hers.

But every time there is another murder, a threatening note is left specifically for Mona—and Nathan begins to wonder why he has been named in all of this. Nathan will do whatever is necessary to get the information he needs from Mona—or wait until the mysterious group catches up to him and Mona. One thing is clear: Mona’s obsession with art goes far deeper than anyone knows. This all leads to a twisted and shocking turn of events that will make Mona Pruitt the next deadly famous artist.

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Linda gave in and turned the portrait around to show Mona. Mona took it in her hands to get a real look at it. It was a portrait of a young guy at a library, standing near a bookshelf, picking out a book to read.

“I followed him to the campus library,” Linda said. “I knew there was something about him that had a story to tell. His eyes had so much promise of a wise man. I couldn’t let him go.”

“How did you kill him?”

“Stabbed a pencil in the back of his head. Then I used some string to make him stay standing, appearing to be looking for a book to read. What do you think?”

“I think this is wonderful, Linda. It shows you have a true understanding of art and where it comes from. I like the color you used for his face.”

“Thank you so much, Mona!” All of Linda’s dreams just came true. She was waiting with so much anticipation to find out what Mona Pruitt would think of her portraits. Her face filled with the acceptance that she may never have gotten before, and Mona handed the portrait back to her.


About the Author:

greg ryan

I have been fascinated with stories ever since I was a kid and my passion for it grew as I got older. Focusing on TV shows and movies has really helped shaped the kind of vision I need to be a good writer. Stories are told differently between shows, movies, and books and by getting very familiar with all three it has only enhanced my skill as a writer. Watching stories unfold one episode at a time has a very specific structure that has to be followed and that has allowed me to write better stories. Learning different structures for movies or shows has been a great combination to allow me to tell the best and most exciting story. I promise you won’t be bored.

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Crime Book Spotlight: Cash is the Word by Huston Bartley @blackbrickpub


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Crime (Heist) / Comedy


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An ex-embezzler trying to get out of the alternative lifestyle racket puts together the remnants of his old team with a couple of digital warriors for a heist with a difference.

Set around the edges of Silicon Valley, memories and delusions intersect to reveal what’s real and what people think is real.

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Terry was more at peace with disappearing friendships than most people were. He probably thought of them more, too. They were part of his daily ritual, both indoors and outside. But there was no longing for times past, or any urge to reconnect with old friends. Any time he’d dipped his toe in that pool had left cold waves pulsating through him. That life was now where it belonged. The dissolution made sense to Terry – it was all about the solitary exit. Anyway, he had his time down pat. Between working on his music and tinkering with new approaches to safe-cracking, his days were full. It was almost a hassle to squeeze a job in. He only did so to keep his ship afloat.
​Walking past liquor stores didn’t ply the pressure on as it once had. The old downtown area was a cruise and modern shopping was an easy dodge for Terry, who only bought from supermarkets and occasionally a second-hand bookshop. He’d become the type of person who could live anywhere, but he would never leave San Jose. For him, it was still a place of learning… about anything worthwhile even if his mown field of expertise had sold out to technology. But what he didn’t get was how the leftfield work of the experts had been lost in the rush. And that gave him his edge. Under his wiry exterior was the wonder of a man who never stopped sourcing lesser-seen truths.


About the Author:

Huston Bartley is a writer of novellas and short stories about the lesser seen sides of Californian life.

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Paranormal Mystery Book Spotlight: Under the Gibbous Moon by Rebus Scott


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Something strange and grotesque has happened in normally cheery Port Gevaar. A man has been found murdered, with horrific wounds forming an occult symbol carved into his body. The only clue to the crime is an ancient stone artifact, dredged from the ocean basin months earlier, leaving authorities stumped. Enter Dr. Nathan Temple: gifted investigator, dedicated curmudgeon, reluctant professor, and relentless chaser of esoteric mysteries.

Hannah Demetras is a bright, young grad student trying to escape her own tragic mystery, but upon taking a job with the mercurial Dr. Temple, she is dragged into the dangerous investigation, where the day-lit world of civilization meets a much older, darker realm. Not yet ready to trust each other, Hannah and Temple must square off against strange visions, shadowy figures, and even the police themselves as they race to solve the case before the answers, and the artifact, disappear into the moonlit sea forever. And all while keeping their own secrets under wraps.

See the beginning of Temple and Hannah’s adventures in Under the Gibbous Moon, as it takes the reader to the edge of civilization, and even beyond, and begins to explore the darker corners of the world humanity has inherited.

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Thriller Book Spotlight: All Tucked Inn by Mindy M. Shelton @MindysBooks


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THRILLER/SUSPENSE


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Elizabeth “Lizzie” Burke is a normal college freshman. She goes to football games, participates in a criminal justice study group, and for the first time in her life, has two guys fighting over her.

Life is very full, albeit a tad crazy, as Lizzie helps with the family bed-and-breakfast business “All Tucked Inn”, watches over her little brother, and makes new college friends. Everything is perfect…until her best friend disappears and the two guys fighting for her affections start acting very strange.

Brad insists on providing the most cryptic of conversations and Tyler is showing a bit of a controlling side, possibly even a tendency for violence. Lizzie’s not sure what is going on in her life all of a sudden, as a second female student vanishes.

But apparently, someone wants her to find out and Lizzie soon discovers just how precious life really is.

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PROLOGUE

As he laid her body in the freshly dug grave he leaned over and gave her one last kiss goodbye.  She had grown cold and slightly stiff in death, but it didn’t deter his excitement.  He laughed and told her, “Sex with your dead body was even better than when you were alive.”

He dropped her body with finality, stood up and grabbed the shovel.  “Goodnight, Sweetheart.  Well, it’s time to go” he said in a singsong voice as he began to cover her body with dirt.  “You should have been a good girl and you would still be alive.” He laughed harshly at his non-rhyming tune and continued to shovel the dirt.  When he had her completely covered, he returned his tools to the worn green duffel bag and covered her burial site with the grass he had excavated to form her grave.

The drive home gave him plenty of time to contemplate his next move.  Every stage of planning took meticulous and disciplined measures.  This time, he assured himself, I’m going to get one more willing, more subservient.  The thought of the entire process filled him with an exhilarated rush.  The planning, the stalking, the fantasizing, the kidnapping, the sex, every phase was as important as the one before.  And as each one occurred, his excitement increased.  The ultimate goal was not to kill, but to find that perfect woman to be his wife and provide him with a family.  If he had to rid himself of the ones that didn’t work out, well…so be it.  Each one was bringing him closer to his dream.


About the Author:

mindy

Hi Everyone!

Thank you for visiting my little corner of the Amazon. All Tucked Inn is the first publication of my Elizabeth Burke Thriller series, with installment two scheduled for a November 2015 release.

I am a lover of the alphabet and constantly amazed at the products 26 letters can produce. With over a million books on Amazon, I personally thank you for taking the time to contemplate and/or read my version of those 26 letters.

Lizzie is a firecracker redhead who gains strength and humor as the series develops. I hope you bond with Lizzie, her family, and her friends. They need a new place for Thanksgiving :)

Happy Reading,
Mindy

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Psychological Horror Book Spotlight: 12:07 The Sleeping by L. Sydney Abel @lsydneyabel


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Psychological Horror Paranormal Suspense


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12:07 THE SLEEPING

THE SLEEPING have always come for The Unwanted… James would fight for his life many times – always winning and yet always fearing that anytime soon, it might be his last.

THE SLEEPING are guardians of the underworld who feed from the tormented souls sent there. In our world, they haunt those whom they believe belong in Hell.

THE SLEEPING enter our realm to claim their victim, until the wrongly-given soul is taken.

When The Custodian of ‘The Room of Truth’ is asked to perform a ritual of worship, loyalty to God and The Messenger are in conflict. The lives of The Unwanted, The Protector, The Messenger and 2 Pretty Things are assembled by divine invitation.

You know when they’re here… you can feel them. Remember; stay awake, because when they come for you and take you, there is no going back. If you give up fighting, then you might as well give up living…

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The Unwanted – A person not created from want.

The Protector – The shield made from love.

The Custodian – The keeper of sins inside ‘The Room of Truth’.

The Messenger/The Key – Is someone who is at the bidding of The Sleeping. A soul for a soul.

The Pretty Things – Beauties of either gender.

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The Sleeping came into the room like the Schutz-Staffel – this was no protection party. It was Nazi S.S. looking their decaying worst, whose all-black uniform was designed by Death itself. Masked white faces, carrying soulless searching eye-sockets, advanced towards The Unwanted.

If God moved in mysterious ways, then this was one of his worst performances, as the lights suddenly went out. The Sleeping were now darkness within the darkness – home from home, and groping with expertise.

It was from no intervention on God’s behalf that the lights went out. It was down to human manipulation with the light’s timer, or the use of the panic button. Darkness was deemed a defence, but not in this case. The blinking, red light flashed upon the floor like the reflection of an exploding bonfire night cracker, putting stars into the eyes of the living.

Some of The Sleeping took the time to explore the entranced Stephanie – she was unknowingly emitting a rainbow aura as a shield. They hissed to her in secret whispers. It was then, in their understanding vibrations of her lack of concern in such matters, that they made the slither nearer towards The Unwanted. Not once did any of them approach Sylvie – she had a more celestial protection.

The Sleeping gathered around Lance; they buried him within their own darkness. Some punctured his veins and travelled in some drug rush to his brain. Others mixed with the air he breathed and became his need to live. He was their junkie, and he was going on a bad trip. Simplicity would be if they could physically kill, but such as they were, that was impossible. Their need or trick was human terror; they would feed from the heavenly soul and eat away at its goodness until the living gave up life, freely. The wrong things done in Lance’s life were traits of others that had sucked upon his soul. Wickedness moves in shadowy ways.


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L. Sydney Abel is the pen name of Lawrence Abel. He was born and raised in Kingston upon Hull, England. He is married and has two grown-up children. He has written and illustrated several books for children and young adults, including Timothy Other: the boy who climbed Marzipan Mountain.
L. Sydney Abel has recently ventured into the world of adult fiction, where experiences of the supernatural kind have stimulated his imagination. His latest novel 12:07 The Sleeping, is based on personal experience of Sleep Paralysis or Old Hag Syndrome. This book reveals a creature with human shape, draped in death’s black, shrouding a white skull face; its eyes are hollow depths to hell. Lawrence calls this creature The Sleeping, as it comes for him whilst he sleeps, yet he feels wide-awake.

What readers are saying about 12:07 The Sleeping:
‘Definitely a horror book akin to Stephen King of old.’ THE Book Club reviewer
‘At times it is terrifyingly compelling, paralysingly scary and very creepy.’ By A. Rose
‘Recommended to anyone who likes Stephen King and James Herbert books.’ THE Book Club reviewer
‘This book is extremely unique and different from anything I have read to date. It is a complete new twist on the good and evil.’ By Ramona

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


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SCREAM Magazine calls In the Graveyard Antemortem “an engaging, creepy mystery.” 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.


About the Author:

stephen-stromp

My stories tend to have a dark twist. And I like to mix different genres depending on where the story takes me. My first book, a short novel titled ‘Cracking Grace,’ is a dark fantasy that explores relationships, loss and spirituality. ‘In the Graveyard Antemortem’ is my first full-length novel. It 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.