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Steampunk Mystery Book Feature: Whispers of Bedlam Asylum by Mark C. King @MarkCKingAuthor


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Even the splendor of Victorian Age London was not without its faults. In its heart is one of the darkest places in human history, Bedlam Asylum. The whispered rumours of brutality, fear, and hopelessness turn out to be only the beginning of its cruelty.

One man is trying to protect his family by uncovering the worst of Bedlam’s hidden secrets. One woman is following in her late husband’s footsteps to try and help those that can’t help themselves.

They will both find that looking for evil does not necessarily make one prepared to find it.

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Excerpt:

Even the splendor of Victorian Age London was not without its faults. In its heart is one of the darkest places in human history, Bedlam Asylum. The whispered rumours of brutality, fear, and hopelessness turn out to be only the beginning of its cruelty.

One man is trying to protect his family by uncovering the worst of Bedlam’s hidden secrets. One woman is following in her late husband’s footsteps to try and help those that can’t help themselves.

They will both find that looking for evil does not necessarily make one prepared to find it.


About the Author:

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Mark King is an easy-going writer with a talent for finding enjoyment in most any situation. He’s a lifelong reader whose literary interests include science fiction, adventure, thriller, and mysteries. He grew up in California but now lives in upstate New York with his wife. When not working or writing, he can be found watching movies, kayaking, associating with friends, and of course reading. Mark is happy to have been recently accepted as a Goodreads author!

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From Author Dan O’Brien: Two Chilling Horror Books To Read This Halloween @AuthorDanOBrien


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With the leaves falling, the nights lasting longer,  and the temperatures dropping, it’s the perfect time of year for horror fans to curl up with a chilling read. See these two books from Dan O’Brien to get your horror fix, but be warned. You might want to leave a light on if you read these at night!


Bitten

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WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:

“Bitten is an extremely well-balanced and engaging novel. It contains mystery, suspense, horror, romance, and best of all – a creative, genre-bending twist on werewolf mythology. The story is quick-paced and dark without being too heavy or overdramatic. The protagonist is a strong and courageous FBI agent who is able to assert herself without casting aside her femininity. She reminds me of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum…If a sequel follows, I will definitely read it.”

“Author Dan O’Brien Left His Mark With BITTEN. For some there will always be a fascination with discovering answers…I’ve now read three books by O’Brien but BITTEN is by far my favorite. It not only showcases his literary skills but leaves the reader wanting more. What else could an avid reader ask for?”

A predator stalks a cold northern Minnesotan town. There is talk of wolves walking on two legs and attacking people in the deep woods. Lauren Westlake, resourceful and determined F.B.I Agent, has found a connection between the strange murders in the north and a case file almost a hundred years old. Traveling to the cold north, she begins an investigation that spirals deep into the darkness of mythology and nightmares. Filled with creatures of the night and an ancient romance, the revelation of who hunts beneath the moon is more grisly than anyone could have imagined.

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Drained

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A frightening new case.
A mysterious journal.
The beginning of the end.

Lauren Westlake has left behind the horrors of northern Minnesota to investigate a strange package with a cryptic return address. Crossing the country to the city by the bay, Lauren discovers that Locke was only the beginning. Crossing paths with a stoic SFPD detective and a surprise from her past, she must figure out what hunts the foggy streets of San Francisco in this new novella.

Is it vampires?

Is it something more?

Love supernatural, paranormal, and scary stories? Then what are you waiting for?

How about gory horror stories, women sleuths, and occult assassins? The Prime Lending Library allows you to grab this book at no cost if you are enrolled in Amazon Prime or Kindle Unlimited.

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About the Author:

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Dan O’Brien has written over 20 books, including the bestselling Bitten, which was featured on Conversations Book Club’s Top 100 novels of 2012. Before starting Amalgam, he was the senior editor and marketing director for an international magazine. In addition, he has spent over a decade in the publishing industry as a freelance editor. You can learn more about his literary and publishing consulting business by visiting his website at: www.amalgamconsulting.com. Contact him today to order copies of the book or have them stocked at your local bookstore. He can be reached by email at amalgamconsulting@gmail.com.

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Thriller Spotlight: The Barbed Crown by Rick Jones @RIKSTER7033


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Action /Adventure, Thriller


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The Vatican Knights Book 13

Release Date: 10/1/2017

In Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1943, a place where ashes rain down on a daily basis to cover the ground with a mantle of gray, a rebel force of Jews band together in a fight for survival.

A young Jewish woman from Warsaw and an SS guard lean on one another inside the death camp where violence is the norm with brutal slayings and summary executions occurring daily. The stacks are constantly smoking, bodies are swinging from the gallows for days on end, and murder becomes a sport.

But as time moves on and a relationship grows to the point where two people learn what they are capable of, Frederic Becher, an SS guard who falls in love with a Jewish girl, lays the groundwork for the creation of one of the most formidable forces in the world—the juggernaut that would eventually become the Vatican Knights.

This is an Origins novel.

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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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Halloween Books for Adults: Mysteries and Thrillers


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


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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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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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