Category Archives: Thrillers

Fiction Book Spotlight: Terror in Tulsa: A Gay Thriller Romance by Buck Powers


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Gay Fiction, Gay Thriller Romance, Contemporary Gay Fiction, Urban Dystopia


terror in tulsa

On opening night of Gay Pride Weekend, a militia group wielding M16s surrounds the Equality Center. Frantic volunteers call 911. But operators refuse to place the calls. Doing so would violate their religious convictions. They mention the state’s new religious freedom law and hang up.  It’s up to the center’s rag-tag volunteer security team to maintain order.

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Excerpt:

Andrea Minotti had learned how to bust down doors when she worked as a police officer. After the separation, she had trouble sleeping, and she began spying on her ex-husband, Enzo, driving by his rented bungalow at all hours of the night.

Around three in the morning, she awoke drenched in sweat from a nightmare. Something told her to check on Enzo. She found a strange car parked behind her husband’s in the driveway. For more than an hour, she waited outside in her car, but no one stirred inside the house. Had Enzo and this new friend left in someone else’s car?

Finally, she couldn’t take the suspense any longer. She lurched from the car and padded down the driveway to the back door of the police detective’s small, wood-frame house.

Using the technique taught at the police academy, she slammed her torso into the door. It popped open and she stepped inside the laundry room, walked through the kitchen, and rounded the hallway that led to Enzo’s bedroom. When she got to the door, two naked men confronted her. One was her husband, gripping a baseball bat.

“What the hell are you doing, Andrea?” he yelled. “I could have knocked your god-damned teeth out.”

She sized-up the naked stranger and then met her husband’s gaze. “What the hell are you doing?”


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


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Mystery, Thriller, Suspense


on the verge

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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Excerpt:

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:

dan r fowler

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.


Paranormal Thriller Book: The Unholy by Paul DeBlassie III @pdeblassieiii


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 Paranormal Thriller/Horror/New Age Fiction

Awards: 2014 International Book Award – New Age Fiction & Pinnacle Book Award: Metaphysical Thriller

A young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, “The Unholy” is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. Native lore of dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic work to spin a neo-gothic web in which sadness and mystery lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision. PAUL DeBLASSIE III, PhD, is a psychologist and writer living in his native New Mexico. A member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association, and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, he has for over thirty years treated survivors of the dark side of religion.

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Excerpt:

Help me? Help yourself! Face what is yours to face,” Elizabeth hissed. She yanked the door open then forced it to slam behind her.

Claire stood still for a moment, feeling as if a tornado had swept through the room. Elizabeth’s demand had left her shaken. She drew a deep breath, then went to her desk and picked up her tea, noticing her trembling hands.

Turning toward the window, Claire saw a muscular orderly accompanying Elizabeth to the locked ward at the far end of the hospital compound. A flock of crows circled high overhead, seeming to follow the two receding figures. As they arrived at the outer doors of the locked unit, the orderly reached for his keys. The crows circled while the two crossed the threshold of the unit, Elizabeth suddenly pausing, turning, and looking outside, her gaze riveted on the flock of birds.

All but two flew off, disappearing into the piñon-covered hills. The two that remained came to rest on the red brick wall adjacent to the locked unit, their black eyes boring into Elizabeth. She looked panicked then enraged and, shaking a finger at the creatures, yelled something. Her frantic gestures told Claire that she was screeching curses to ward off evil.

Claire took a step back from the window, from the impact of Elizabeth’s rage.

The orderly grabbed Elizabeth roughly by the arm and pulled her inside.

The crows waited, watched, then flew away.


About the Author:

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PAUL DeBLASSIE III, PhD, is a psychologist and writer living in his native New Mexico. A member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association, and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, he has for over thirty years treated survivors of the dark side of religion.

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Interview:

In your own words, please describe your book.
A young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, “The Unholy” is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. Native lore of dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic work to spin a neo-gothic web in which sadness and mystery lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision.

What genre/genres does your book fall under?
The Unholy was awarded The International Book Award for New Age Fiction and the Pinnacle Book Award for Metaphysical Thriller, fashioning it as a tale of thrills and chill in the world of dark fantasy, horror, and paranormal thrillers!

Is this book part of a series?
The Unholy sets the tone and background for each of my upcoming novels, Dark Goddess to be published in 2015 and building on the mystic world of Aztlan; so, it’s not a series but it definitely is the foundation of all of the paranormal thrillers to come.

What was the inspiration behind your book?
For over thirty years I’ve treated patients traumatized by the nightmare of religious abuse, having been scarred by clergy emotionally and sexually. The Unholy tears through the veil of denial that hides pain. Nightmares then are unleashed in a person’s psyche and in the story. They turn a person’s world upside down and inside out so that healing can begin.

What led you into writing? Was it a lifelong ambition, or the result of some type of turning point in your life?
I’ve been writing thirty years, The Unholy my first supernatural thriller. Writing was and is a lifelong passion. Thing is, writing is chock full of turning points. So, the calling to be a writer takes you by force, shakes you up and won’t let go.

So far, what has been the greatest moment in your writing career?
Sunstone Press in Santa Fe caught the terror and total mind-blowing vibe of The Unholy and wanted to publish the controversial story and be part of the spiritual and emotional revolution it portends. This was fantastic, a truly great moment.

What are you working on now?
The Dark Goddess is about ready to hit the paranormal literary streets, a novel of love and whether bad love is better than no love at all. It’s set in mystic Aztlan, as is The Unholy. Dreams and visions and natural set the course of the spine tingling drama.


Action /Adventure Book Spotlight: Sinners and Saints by Rick Jones @rikster7033


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Action /Adventure, Thriller


Sinners and Saints Book

The Vatican Knights Book 12

Release Date: 7/18/2017

In Geneva, a highly valued product with the power to cause major destruction is stolen from The CERN.

Eighty kilometers from the Austrian border, a young girl becomes the key that controls the will of the man with the power to create and destroy.

In the mountainous regions of Switzerland, a hostile force from a pariah regime attempts to extract a scientist from a fast-moving train.

Kimball Hayden, lead commander of the Vatican Knights has been asked by the Vatican to retrieve a mysterious guest from Zurich and escort him to Rome by train. Onboard the train, Kimball finds himself unwittingly caught up in the mix of an operation known as Scepter’s Rule. Even though the mysterious stranger tries to direct him, Kimball has an agenda of his own. Now, with the lives of more than 400 innocent people onboard the express, Kimball Hayden must become a sinner or a saint to achieve the means, and in the process must choose between damnation and salvation.

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About the Author:

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Rick Jones was born and raised in the Boston area and moved to Las Vegas in the early eighties where he graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in English. He is retired from law enforcement and currently resides in Las Vegas where he writes fulltime. He is the bestselling author of the Vatican Knight series (THE VATICAN KNIGHTS (soon to be a television series from Amber Entertainment), SHEPHERD ONE, THE ISCARIOT AGENDA, PANDORA’S ARK, THE BRIDGE OF BONES, CROSSES TO BEAR, THE LOST CATHEDRAL, DARK ADVENT, CABAL, THE GOLGOTHA PURSUIT, TARGETED KILLING and SINNERS AND SAINTS); the psychological thriller, FAMILIAR STRANGER; and the bestselling action/adventure series, The Eden Saga (THE CRYPTS OF EDEN, THE MENAGERIE and THE THRONES OF EDEN); and CITY BENEATH THE SEA.

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Thriller Box Set Spotlight and Interview: Meredith & Hodge Series: Books 1 – 3 by Marcia Turner @MarciaKimTurner


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Crime/Mystery/Thriller
British Detective


MK Turner Boxset

John Meredith & Patsy Hodge are excellent detectives, but often secretive and conflicted in both their working and personal relationship. However, nothing gets in the way of them solving a case.
Discover them and their world in this three book box set, containing over 1300 pages of murder, mystery, blackmail & kidnap. Clever plots twist and turn to a satisfying conclusion. Find out why over 70,000 readers have downloaded M K Turner’s popular series.

Misplaced Loyalty – Assisted suicide or euthanasia? Meredith calls it murder!
Ill Conceived – Why is an apparently innocent young woman prime suspect in a motiveless, senseless murder?
The Wrong Shoes – Why did a pair of shoes set off a string of murders and a kidnapping?

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Excerpt from Misplaced Loyalty:

Patsy followed as Meredith strode up the path, stepping to one side as a young man, dressed in a blue coverall suit, came out of the house. He paused to look at her.

“Hello, you’re new,” he observed, “nice to meet you. I’m Frankie, Frankie Callaghan.” He held out his hand. Shaking it, Patsy smiled warmly, but Meredith called her before she had time to respond.

“Come on Hodge, we haven’t got time for flirting.” Meredith turned to face Frankie. “And you probably have blood to process or something. Get on with it!” he snapped as he stepped over the threshold. Patsy gave Frankie an apologetic shrug.

As they walked into the hall, they became aware of sobbing coming from behind the door to their left. A head appeared over the banister above them and a deep well-spoken voice exclaimed, “At last, I thought you were never coming. We’ve just about finished here, but I wanted a word before we moved the body.” The man lowered his voice as he ended the sentence, and nodded towards the closed door. “The mother has the note; you’ll need to see her in a moment. Come on up.”

The face disappeared, and Meredith climbed the stairs two at a time, Patsy on his heels.

As they entered the bedroom, Professor Jasper James snapped his case shut, and stood to greet them. His wiry grey hair, together with the deep creases on his brow, gave away the fifty-five years that his athletic build belied. Despite his smile, Patsy thought his eyes were sad as he turned to her.

“Oh yes, you are new, and so young and so pretty.” He flashed a knowing look at Meredith. “I heard young Frankie greet you before this oaf rudely interrupted the introductions.” He stepped forward and took Patsy’s hand. “You may call me Jasper, and you are?”

“Patsy, Patsy Hodge.” Her smile was brief as she caught sight of the body of a young man on the bed behind him. He was probably aged no more than mid-twenties, and clad only in boxer shorts. Jasper James followed her gaze.

“Edward Browning. Twenty-six last week. His mother found him this morning when she returned from work. He has a brain tumour the size of an egg, and decided to end it all by taking an overdose of morphine.” He pointed to a syringe and some empty phials, arranged neatly on a tissue on the bedside cabinet. “As mentioned, the mother has the note. She wouldn’t let us take it.”

“A suicide then? So why call me out? You don’t need a DI for this.” Meredith making no attempt to hide his irritation as he looked around the neat and tidy bedroom.

“Ah yes, well, that’s where young Frankie comes in. Apparently we had another, two months ago he reckons. I was on holiday at the time but he is certain about it, and as I trust his judgement I thought you would want to be in on it at this stage.”

“Another what, suicide? Now why would your over-excitable colleague believe that I would be interested in a couple of suicides?” Meredith rubbed his hands wearily over his face, and then pinched the bridge of his nose before allowing his thumb and forefinger to travel up and down its length. “Bloody amateur, he should stick to what he knows. You can tell him that from me, I have better things to do with -”

Meredith was interrupted by Jasper James, who waved a finger at him and exclaimed, “Ha! Well, that’s it you see. Young Frankie was sticking to what he knows. He took the photographs on the last case, and apparently the apparatus,” he paused to jerk his head toward the bedside cabinet, “was laid out in an identical fashion. This indicated that this may be an assisted suicide at the very least. He’s gone to dig out the other photos for you.” James bent to pick up his bag. “That’s me done. I’ll send the boys up to get the body, and leave you to it.”


About the Author:

MK Turner

Marcia Turner

Having worked in the property industry for most of her adult life, latterly at a senior level for a corporate agency, Marcia finally escaped in 2010. Whilst she still works as a consultant for several independent agencies, she can now dedicate the bulk of her time to writing and of course reading.

Marcia has enjoyed writing for many years but only for pleasure and friends or family. Her first novel Murderous Mishaps is a farcical whodunit set in her favourite hotel in Cornwall, although she did of course change the name so as not to tarnish their reputation. Marcia wrote Murderous Mishaps for a friend, who after regaling her with all the latest gossip said ‘they wouldn’t believe you if you wrote it down.’ So she did. All based on true stories but totally exaggerated of course. Murderous Mishaps is available on Amazon.

Misplaced Loyalty was her debut novel in published format, and introduced the popular DCI John Meredith and Patsy Hodge, in the Meredith & Hodge crime series. There are now seven books in the series. Marcia has recently released the prequel to the Meredith & Hodge series, The Making of Meredith.

Marcia is married with two children, three dogs, and lives in Bristol UK.
Marcia can be contacted at
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Twitter @MarciaKimTurner or on Facebook http://on.fb.me/SCeIqZ


Author Interview:

How many books do you currently have published? I currently have ten novels published, six in the Meredith & Hodge series, The Making of Meredith, which is the prequel to the series and three stand alone novels

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? Misplaced Loyalty – because that’s where I met John Meredith, and found that the plotting and planning necessary for a full length novel was something I loved to do.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? I am currently working on a novel about a scriptwriter investigating the mysterious disappearance of an actress twenty years ago. The working title is Witness for Wendy

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it? I don’t get writers block as such, but I do get frustrated when something isn’t/hasn’t worked within the story. When that happens I go to my work in progress number two. I have so many idea’s buzzing around that there’s always something to work on. Then I go back to the main work with a fresh mind and get it sorted.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you? Most of them, I don’t make meticulous plans or notes for any novel, I take the nub of an idea, sketch out the main characters, and think I know what ending I’m aiming for. However, I rarely reach that ending, because the characters don’t do what I thought the might.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why? Meredith will always be my absolute favourite, I would love to know him, particularly if I were a few years younger! But, Meredith aside, it would have to be Peggy Greene, a bag lady in Tin Soldiers.

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write? Meredith dealing with his ex sitting at his kitchen table with Peggy Greene, and the resultant conversation and fall out.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? Do your homework on all things publishing, watch the podcasts, join the author groups and find out what happens once you’ve finished writing – I didn’t have a clue – it’s a time consuming minefield. The writing is the easy part!

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why? Misplaced Loyalty, the first in the Meredith & Hodge Series. Getting to know Meredith & Hodge is an exciting ride, just when you think you know what will happen next, WHAM – wrong again.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read? There are too many favourites, but books that make me cry always stick with me, so Grisham’s A Time To Kill, will always be near the top of the list, and Erich Segal’s Love Story, which I read as a fourteen year old always springs to mind.

What about television shows? Movies? Television shows are mainly Cop/Detective/Thriller series: Any based on Lynda La Plante’s work. Luther, Morse, Waking the Dead, Line of Duty the list is endless. I am also partial to a good costume drama – the BBC are particularly good at those.

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why? A Kind of Loving by Stan Barstow. Set in the fifties in the north of the UK, it follows the growth and ultimately death of a relationship between a young couple. It was exciting, and depressing, and very sad. I was thirteen and still viewed love and romance through rose tinted glasses. It made me realise that not everything has a happy ending, and that it was okay to write sad stories.

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? ” Give me five more minutes, he’s just found the body!”