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Night’s Reckoning ~ Elemental Legacy Series

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Darkness comes for everyone, and some fates are inescapable.

Night’s Reckoning, a heart-stopping, out of this world paranormal mystery from USA Today bestselling author Elizabeth Hunter is available now!

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For over a thousand years, the legendary sword Laylat al Hisab—the Night’s Reckoning—has been lost in the waters of the East China Sea. Forged as a peace offering between two ancient vampires, the sword has eluded treasure hunters, human and immortal alike.

But in time, even the deep gives up its secrets.

When Tenzin’s sire hears about the ninth century shipwreck found off the coast of southern China, Zhang Guo realizes he’ll need the help of an upstart pirate from Shanghai to retrieve it. And since that pirate has no desire to be in the middle of an ancient war, Cheng calls the only allies who might be able to help him avoid it.

Unfortunately, Tenzin is on one side of the globe and Ben is on the other.

Tenzin knows she’ll need Ben’s keen mind and political skills to complete the job. She also knows gaining Ben’s cooperation won’t be an easy task. She’ll have to drag him back into the darkness he’s been avoiding.

Whether Ben knows it or not, his fate is balanced on the edge of a thousand-year-old blade, and one stumble could break everything Tenzin has worked toward.

Night’s Reckoning is the third novel in the Elemental Legacy series, a paranormal mystery by Elizabeth Hunter, USA Today bestselling author of the Elemental Mysteries.


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About Elizabeth

ELIZABETH HUNTER is a USA Today and international best-selling author of romance, contemporary fantasy, and paranormal mystery. Based in Central California, she travels extensively to write fantasy fiction exploring world mythologies, history, and the universal bonds of love, friendship, and family. She has published over thirty works of fiction and sold over a million books worldwide. She is the author of Love Stories on 7th and Main, the Elemental Legacy series, the Irin Chronicles, the Cambio Springs Mysteries, and other works of fiction.

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Sunday Sale!

Okay, I’m pimping one book today and one book only!

On sale for .99 and changing to 2.99 in a week is, you guessed it! WE KNOW THE TRUTH, DO YOU?

This is an awesome anthology. All of us had a ball writing our stories! Reviews (we need more, lol!) are coming in and hitting 4 1/2 and 5 stars. AWESOME!




What’s in Area 51? Is the government hiding aliens? Elvis? Maybe the set of the Apollo moon landing? Do you know?
We do.
Join this multi-genre group as they explore the hidden recesses of Area 51 which up until now have only been whispered conspiracies. Don’t bother with the raid. Stay home, read these awesome stories and learn all you need to know.
The truth is just a page-flip away. (Heat level varies.)

* All proceeds will benefit US veterans.


However, Pavolok doesn’t cry when Amy claps his cheeks in The Road to Eden! And yes, she’s a Naruto runner.

Prison 51 – Terri A. Wilson- When a domestic terrorist group takes over the prison and threatens to release the prisoners, the FBI turns to the only one who get them inside. Too bad she has no desire to help the people who imprisoned her in the only place worse than hell.

What Am I?– L.E. Perez- In the midst of the Area 51 Raid craziness, 15 year old Geneva Martinez discovers she is not only the child of an immigrant, she may also be the child of an alien.

Mermurings– Sherry Rentschler- An Air Force member disappears at Area 51’s Groom Lake while investigating green lights and strand song. Friends called to help discover the government isn’t hiding any aliens. They unearth strange creatures who are keeping a terrible secret. The truth is there’s magic at Area 51 and its dying.

Code Name: Nina– Gracen Miller- D.A.M.N is a black ops, off the books military branch with one task- to eliminate all paranormal creatures. Nina Volkova is their best assest. She’s indispensable and skilled at killing the arcane. But when she’s tasked with raiding Area 51, she’s shocked to discover what the facility is hiding. She might not escape the mission without a few bumps and bruises either.

Burner Phone– Valerie Puri- When Jimmy signs up for the Area 51 raid as a joke, he gets more than he bargains for. As his pursuit for the truth intensified, he teams up with a like-minded inindividual. Together, they infiltrate Area 51. Jimmy not only finds himself in the middle of a UFO crash site, but a conspiracy that goes deeper than he ever imagined. He is determined to expose the truth before it’s too late.

The Failed Experiment– Tich Brewster- What happens when an experiment goes horribly wrong? As an expert in genetic engineering, Sam, is hired to conduct an experiment at Area 51. She had no idea that she would find within the walls of the government’s secret facility. The media speaks of aliens and conspiracy theories , but there are no aliens at Area 51. Sam’s assigned partner is an old friend, James. Combined with his expertise in biomedical engineering, the two of them make a great team. In their task of creating an indestructible army, their failed experiment creates something far worse that the world has ever seen.

Cargo- CM Peters– After a deadly crash, one of the only remaining soldiers must protect their cargo at all costs. Could Area 51 be the right hiding place?

P’sall Senji– Arthur M. Doweyko – As visitors from the stars were being welcomed by the President, standing nearby, Henry Willoughby patted the revolver in his pocket. The time had come to save the world.

Them versus Us– Cass Alex-  The Area 51 gate-storm party goes more awry than anyone thought, leaving a small group of survivors to try and escape the base before what’s hidden inside does.

Taking Initiative– Lori Jospeh- Poor Hannah! Almost 30, alone in the world, and about to be evicted. But that all changes when she applies for a position with the US Government. Accepting a position with the GEDI proves to be the opportunity of a lifetime; a promise of a better future, friends, and the chance to earn some real money for the first time in her life.The favorable circumstances Hannah has been handed comes with rules, unexpected processes, and a dominating authority figure. Will impulsive Hannah be able to comply and keep her lavish new life or will she be returned to her bleak existence?

LGM Duty– Katherine LE White- It’s hard being part of a platoon. When one of you screws up, all of you get punished. And sometimes, that punishment has to do with ridiculous things that happen at a desert facility before ridiculous people decide to storm the desert facility.

What We Became– Jennifer Wedmore- The Year is 2519. The integrated society of humans and aliens have been around for 500 years. This is the start of the story passed down through the ages of What We Have Become.

The Anniversary– Carrie Humphrey- Fifty years ago an idea hatched out a desire to prove the government system wrong. The results weren’t what anyone expected, and as the crew of the first interstellar space ship adjust to life among the stars, a few friends get together to remind everyone that a smile can travel the distance of time.

The Worst of the Worst– Katey Tattrie‪- Trapped underground, one mile to Central Control, injured, and possibly meeting up with the United States’ deadliest serial killers escaped from their cells. “Freaking fantastic. Not exactly your typical day at Area 51. Nick was right. I should have stayed home.”

Not Your Father’s Area 51– C.L. Roman- Getting in won’t be a problem. The real challenge will be getting out alive. It sounds simple. Get in, grab the gems, get out, free your grandparents. The ones you didn’t know were still alive. The ones who are witches of exceptional power. The ones who were imprisoned by an enemy looking for the jewels you’re about to steal. Oh, and did I mention that the stones are in a secure facility, guarded by elite military forces and advanced technology? From planning a wedding to stealing a magic crown, nothing is simple for Thomas and Dana — because this is Not Your Father’s Area 51.

Detective Heavenborn– Chrys Fey- Who is Detective Heavenborn, and what’s in the package she needs to retrieve from Area 51?

In the Air Tonight– Harley Easton- What do you do when life is in limbo and a beautiful face from your past waltzes in the door? Marshall Striper chooses to rescue her from a broken down car and offer to drive her to her destination: the Area 51 Alien Center. How will he react when things start adding up to equal that she’s not human? He’s about to find the answer.

The Road to Groom Lake– Debra Parmley- A Navy SEAL and a belly dancing herbalist on the run from big pharma controlled government in 2040 arrive at the mysterious and abandoned Area 51. But someone is in there waiting for them.

The Road to Eden– Beverly Ovalle- The civilization of Jannat Adn was slowly dying. Unable to procreate they searched the galaxy looking for compatible civilizations. They find one. It’s Earth. Not only are earthlings compatible, but gene markers show a common ancestor.
Pavolok is amazed at how different life on Earth is. Tasked with safely bringing aboard colonists, the Storm Area 51 Raid is the perfect opportunity to round them up. When the US Military tests a weapon on their own citizens, he steps in to save them. What he doesn’t expect is his body’s reaction to one of the human women. Her purple hair and violet eyes draw him instantly to her.
Amy joined the raid for the heck of it, along with her siblings. Naruto running and clapping cheeks appeals to her sense of humor. It’s not that she believes in aliens, just why miss the chance if they really are there? Transported to a space ship that really doesn’t live up to her expectations, she can’t seem to keep her hands off Pavolok.
Amy hadn’t planned on having an alien in her life, but once she clapped him, she’s not willing to give him up.

About Those Brothers– C.L. Williams- Leo and Lionel are two of the few lucky ones to make it inside Area 51 and make it out ALIVE! But as they discovered with Area 51, not everything is as it seems.

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Authors of Deadwood ~ The Jarvis Mann Detective Novels by R Weir

R Weir is an Amazon number one bestseller with his initial Jarvis Mann detective novel, The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card. Check out the mystery and suspense in his Javis Mann books 1-8 below!

R Weir

I live in the Mile High city with my wife, daughter and dog, where the Rocky Mountain High isn’t always achieved with an herbal substance. When not glued to the computer for work and writing, I relax by enjoying the outdoors; playing tennis, traveling in our motorhome and riding a motorcycle wherever the wind takes me. My writing beckons back to the days of detectives and dames, but with modern plots and twists. PI Jarvis Mann is tough, resourceful and a man with as many faults as virtues. His oddball sense of humor is much like mine, though I’m not nearly as tough and fearless as he is. Though no evil stands a chance against my written word!

Be sure visit my author webpage (https://rweir.net) for information about new releases and to sign-up for my newsletter. Also reach out to me on Facebook, Twitter or via email; for I love to hear and interact with readers of my stories.


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Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation Senior Year


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Hit YA LGBT author, John H. Ames continues the series that has garnered adoring fans from every corner of the world!

The Fifth Book in the Surviving Elite High Saga! In Book 4, Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation years into the future after the first Surviving Elite High saga, Robbie Carroll, a teen with a mysterious past he still hasn’t remembered, was adopted by John and Nick, the now wildly successful loving couple from Books One, Two and Three, are the perfect parents, giving Robbie an amazing life: a cool and handsome brother, a beautiful sister, incredible friends and the perfect boyfriend. What more could he want? His life was perfect. Until Senior Year…

…When ghosts of the past come out to haunt Robbie and Tim, the man he loves, endangering them. Life plummets from its sunny highs to a shadowy realm where danger lurks around every corner, ready to spring at any moment. Four years at Elite High are about to culminate amidst shockwaves.

Senior Year promises to answer the questions that left readers hanging at the end of Surviving Elite High Who is this dangerous stalker and what does he want with Robbie? Was this man a shadow of his past? Will this man take away from him the happiness that took him years to find? Or will someone else rise to threaten Robbie’s life and the life of the man he loves? Find out now!

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Robbie sat at the edge of his bed, staring at his bedroom door. His curtains were closed and his windows were locked, even though a shiny sun hung in the sky outside, illuminating everything in sight. It was another beautiful day, yet he couldn’t bring himself to go out and enjoy it. As much as he tried, he couldn’t face the fact that Vince was out there and wanted him dead.

Taking a deep breath, he closed his eyes, going through the last few days in his mind. Everyone had been there for him, comforting him and making him feel special and most importantly, loved. They all had been so nice by putting up with his neurotic behavior. But for how much longer? He wanted to be the guy he was before learning the truth about his past. He wanted to feel safe again. He wanted to feel free. The only two places that he felt safe and free were at home and at school. Everywhere else, he felt unprotected and extremely vulnerable. He needed to be strong though. If John was able to fight Matthew Ward twice, he definitely had what it takes to fight Vince at least once.

The knob on his door turned slightly. His blood froze. Who was that and what did he want? Clearly, it wasn’t Nick or John since they were out shopping for Thanksgiving, and Nicky decided to spend some quality time with Abby at her house. The door then crept open, making Robbie’s breathing come to a sudden stop. His head spun while his heart violently pounded. Who was it? Was that Vince? Was this it? Was he about to die?

Surviving Elite High Series

Book One: Surviving Elite High

Book Two: Surviving Elite High: Senior Year

Book Three: Surviving Elite High: Loving James

Book Four: Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation

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About the author

John H. Ames real name is Juan H. Alvarado and he was born in El Salvador C.A. He currently lives in Belize and began writing in 2009. He posted some of his work on an internet website, and after receiving positive feedback, he completed several full-length novels under his pen name, John Henry Ames. His first completed series is the Surviving Elite High Series which chronicles the life of a gay sixteen-year-old boy as he makes his way through life as an outcast in the shadows of an elite high school where he is tormented by two psychopathic bullies. John H. Ames´ passions include reading, writing and spending time with the ones he loves.

Official Website: https://johnhenryamesbooks.wordpress.com/

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Character Interview for SATIN DOLL, a Jana Lane mystery, by Joe Cosentino, published by The Wild Rose Press

SatinDollcoverIntroduce yourself.  What book are you from? Are you the hero, heroine, villain?Porcelaincover

Hello, I’m Jana Lane from Joe Cosentino’s Jana Lane mysteries. I just asked Joe and he said I am definitely the heroine.

How did you come to your author’s attention?

Joe Cosentino acted on stage, film, and television opposite stars like Nathan Lane, Rosie O’Donnell, Holland Taylor, Bruce Willis, Charles Keating, and Jason Robards. He uses his insider knowledge of movie-making to craft fast-paced, page-turning, mystery romance novels with exciting plot twists and turns and white knuckle shocking endings. As a child Joe loved child stars like Shirley Temple, Hayley Mills, and Patty Duke, seeing their movies over and over. So he created me as the biggest child star in America until I was attacked on the studio lot at eighteen years old. You can read all about how twenty years later I uncovered my attacker, and found out secrets about everyone I loved, in PAPER DOLL, a Jana Lane mystery. I’m proud to say the reviews were amazing. Here’s an example:

“Mr. Cosentino has produced a masterpiece of mystery (Paper Doll)” “The story gripped me from the start and there were enough twists and turns, with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure, to keep hold of me until the end of the book.” “Great book, can’t wait for book 2.” Readers’ Favorite

As another Academy Award winning actress once said, They liked me. They really liked me.

Did you give your author a hard time when he was writing your story?

I would never give Joe a hard time. He’s such a nice guy. Though I do get tired of living in his head. I’m thrilled when he lets me out for a new book, and I’m thrilled to report there are more Jana Lane mysteries to come! Since the series takes place in the 1980’s, Joe includes a great deal of history, music, and fashion from the era like Flashdance, “Maniac,” layered hair, parachute pants, shoulder pads, lace gloves, Karen Carpenter’s death, and the still new AIDS epidemic and the devastation it caused when ignored by our political representatives. I help him out with the fashion.

What do you do for a living?

Now in my forties I am making a comeback—personally and professionally. In PORCELAIN DOLL (The Wild Rose Press) I starred in a thriller, His Obsession, which was shot at my mansion in picturesque Hudson Valley, New York. In the process of filming, I used various things I learned as a child star to uncover who was being murdered on the set and why. And I was nominated for an Academy Award! Also, my heart was set aflutter by my gorgeous co-star, America’s heartthrob Jason Apollo. The other suspects included my James Dean type young co-star, my older John Wayne type co-star, my children’s Eve Harrington type nanny, the film’s gossipy makeup and hair artist, a local reverend trying to stop the film’s production for “moral reasons,” and Jason’s agent. Again I’m excited to report the reviews were terrific, for example:

“Murder, mystery, and suspense are high inside of this brilliant masterpiece by Joe Cosentino.” “Every page fills the readers with intrigue.” “Edge of your seat mystery that lures readers instantly.” “Once you read it, you can’t put it down.” Danielle Urban Universal Creativity Inc.

Now in SATIN DOLL (The Wild Rose Press) my family and I head to Washington, DC, where I play a US senator in a new film, and become embroiled in murder and corruption at the senate chamber. I also embark on a flirtation with Chris Bruno, the ex-football player detective. Also, my husband goes through a personal crisis. There are some familiar faces like my old world, loyal, and hysterically funny agent, Simon Huckby, who produces the AIDS benefit that I host at the Ford Theatre. And there are my best friend and lawyer, Congressman Jackson Mitchell and his partner Adam, who host my family at their rustic home on a lake. I meet some new faces too like Senator Maxmillion, the Republican majority leader of the Senate, and Benjamin Topower, Maxmillion’s wealthy super pack contributor. And there is Senator Cassie Castle, the Democrat senator touted to run for Vice President. Cassie is a smart, strong woman who is deeply involved in protecting the environment, women’s rights, gay rights, education, and creating jobs, like her father before her. She is also quite charismatic. So in some ways she’s very much like Hillary Clinton. In many ways she is different. You see Cassie is dating the Republican majority leader of the Senate.

Who is the love of your life?

My husband Brian picked up the pieces and put me back together after I left the business twenty years ago. He has been my rock ever since, and I adore him. Brian’s an architect and the father of my three adorable boys. I may have flirtations in each of the books, but ultimately I’m a one-man woman and that man is Brian Otley.

What was the first thing you noticed about him?

Brian has chestnut-colored hair, hazel eyes, a little boy smile, and a quite muscular physique. He also has an incredible sense of humor, and he is quite patient with my moviemaking and sleuthing.

What’s your greatest fear?

As a child star I worked hard learning how to do things like steer a motorboat, swim for hours at a time, and ride my horse Ginger. Now in my forties in each book I reconnect with that girl who could outsmart the villains, perform acts of bravery, and save those she loved from every evil fate as I turn the tables on the murderer in the final reel.

What’s your motto in life?

There’s a child star in each of us that needs to be nurtured and protected. We are all special, worthwhile, and deserving of love and happiness.

How do the other characters in your book view you?

Brian sees me as a do-gooder. My best friend Jackson would say I’m a pushover for a good cause since I have hosted so many benefits for AIDS research. My agent Simon would say I’m his baby girl—who he discovered. Cassie Castle would tell you she’s proud of women like me, which makes me incredibly humble. Senator Maxmillion would proclaim me a bleeding heart liberal.

What do you think readers will find interesting about you?

As a movie star I live an amazing life surrounded by the glamorous world of show business, but I also value my time at home with my husband and my children. The detectives with whom I’ve come into contact told me I have the best mind in crime solving. I blushed.

What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done?

In each book I have a flirtation with an enticing and gorgeous male co-star or detective, but I always come home to Brian with no guilt on my conscience.

Will we be seeing you in future books?

Releasing late May is CHINA DOLL (The Wild Rose Press), where I head to New York City to star in a Broadway play, enchanted by my gorgeous co-star Peter Stevens, and faced with murder on stage and off. With my help, Joe is finishing the next book now, RAGDOLL, where I star in a television mystery series and once again life imitates art on the set.

What makes you happy?

Standing up for those unable to stand up for themselves, bringing a murderer to justice, and coming home to the strong arms of my husband and sweet kisses from my children.

What makes you mad?

I’ve come across a few so called religious leaders, politicians, and media personalities who use their wealth, power, media chops, and affiliations to demean others and try to take away their rights. So I stand up to them and protect the people they are persecuting.

Thank you for visiting with us Jana! Now let’s check out Satin Doll.

SatinDollcoverSATIN DOLL, a Jana Lane mystery by Joe Cosentino

published by The Wild Rose Press


Murder, corruption, and scandals rock Washington, D.C. America’s most famous ex-child star, Jana Lane, is playing a US Senator in a 1983 film. Just as she and her family arrive in DC, two Washington power players are murdered, and Jana is caught in the web of intrigue and political scandal. Jana falls under the spell of the breathtakingly handsome detective assigned to the case, ex-professional football player and food aficionado, Chris Bove. Will Jana and Bove uncover the murderer’s identity and shocking secrets before Jana and her family become the Capitol’s next victims?


B&N3Author’s Bio:

Bestselling author Joe Cosentino wrote Paper Doll the first Jana Lane mystery, Porcelain Doll the second Jana Lane mystery (The Wild Rose Press), Satin Doll the third Jana Lane mystery (The Wild Rose Press), Drama Queen the first Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), Drama Muscle the second Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), An Infatuation, A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays, & The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press), Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back & Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward (NineStar Press), and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. His upcoming novels are China Doll the fourth Jana Lane mystery (The Wild Rose Press) and Drama Cruise the third Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press). Joe was voted favorite mystery author of the year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Poll of 2015.


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SATIN DOLL Excerpts:


Jana Lane, America’s most famous ex-child star, ran down a dark hallway in the north wing of the Capitol, causing the row of senators’ office to become a blur of brown. Sweat soaked through her beige business suit as her heart pounded in her ears. She turned a corner and Jana’s heels skidded to a halt on the marble floor as she screamed at the sight of—

After a gasp, Jana looked up at her husband’s handsome face. Thank God it was just a dream.

Brian leaned his muscular back on the gold circular headboard under the ruby-red satin canopy bedcover. “It must have been one heck of a nightmare.”

Jana noticed her beige satin nightgown was soaking wet. She pushed off the silver satin sheets. After walking past the circular fireplace without looking into the floor-length oval mirror, she headed into her walk-in closet and changed into a pink silk replacement.

“Care to tell your husband about it?”

She sat at her pink crushed velvet trimmed vanity, looked in the mirror, and brushed her long strawberry-blonde hair. “I don’t want to tell you.”

“Why not?”

“I know what you’ll say.”

“Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?”

Jana placed the gold brush back on the vanity. “I was being chased by someone at the Capitol.”

“The Capitol Theatre?”

“No, the Capitol…in Washington, DC.”

Brain ran a strong hand through his thick, chestnut hair, and said like a television announcer, “Courtesy of Jana Lane’s next film, Madam Senator.”

Jana felt goosebumps as she looked over at the dias for the presiding officer—a rotating senator elected by the majority/Republican party. Her eyes spanned the one hundred desks in a semicircle, where senators sat by order of seniority with the majority leader (Josiah Maxmillion noticeably absent) and minority leader (Ben Stevens present) sitting front and center on each side.

The meeting resumed. Jana stood in awe and listened as senators took to the floor, yielding and accepting time to and from one another, making their case for or against the vast expense of taxpayers’ dollars.

After ten minutes had gone by, Jana realized she had left her notepad in Cassie’s office. Wanting to write copious notes about her meeting with Max and about the senate debate, Jana hurried through hallways and around corridors. Again flashbacks from her nightmare rendered her unable to move, but she commanded her legs to obey and miraculously found her way back.

Upon entering Cassie’s office, Jana noticed Cassie’s secretary and Lenore were not at their desks. Probably on their lunch breaks. Since Cassie’s office door was open, Jana peeked her head inside and gasped at the sight of Tamaya Stormcloud, lying motionless on the Persian rug, surrounded by a pool of blood.


Killer Pursuit

Killer Pursuit
Allison McNeil # 2
By- Jeff Gunhus
Genre- Thriller/Suspense/Mystery
When a secret webcam is found in the Georgetown bedroom of a murdered high-society call girl, everyone in Washington, DC wants the recording…especially the killer.  
After a high-society call girl is brutally murdered in her Georgetown home, investigators find two cameras hidden in the walls of her bedroom. One has its memory erased, presumably by the murderer. The second is a webcam with an encrypted connection…and no-one knows who’s on the other end. Whoever has the recordings has embarrassing leverage against some of the most powerful men in DC, not to mention a video of the murder showing the identity of the killer. 
FBI Special Agent Allison McNeil is asked by beleaguered FBI Director Clarence Mason to run an off-the-record investigation of the murder because of the murder’s similarity to a case she worked a year earlier. Allison knows the most direct path to apprehending the killer is to find the videos, but rumors that the victim’s client list may include some of Washington’s most powerful men makes her doubt the director’s motives. As she starts her investigation, she quickly discovers that she’s not the only one pursuing the recording…but that the most aggressive person racing against her might be the murderer himself.


About the Author-
Jeff Gunhus is the author thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 100 on Amazon and have been Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists.
After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active lifestyle in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.


New Release ~ Black Wings ~ Iryna K Combs

BlackWings_RoaneCvrBlack Wings by Iryna K Combs

2 flames M/F fantasy, mystery, romance, sci-fi, drama.



A new time. A new planet. A new world. New technologies. Two new humanoid species. A new war.

The two species separate, but in the removal, some of the best are left behind among the worst. Captured and held as slaves, they are treated cruelly for entertainment. Torture. Pain.

Annabel, endures a year of such cruelty, kept alive only by way of syringes which, while healing, cause a greater agony. She discovers a secret held by their leader, and decides to help her own kind by escaping–even if it means a final death, preferable to the life she has endured.

Her escape succeeds, and she joins her own kind at the other end of the planet. Among her new friends she meets many who help her adjust to their happier life. Will Annabel find romance? Or will another war break her down?




She grabs the bottle and drinks rapidly. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her drink so quickly.

“Don’t eat the bottle!” I joke, hoping to put a smile on her face. She thanks me with a small smile. Suddenly the door opens, and our moment of joyful peace is broken. Lucas walks in. He comes over and grabs my hand.

“You will pay for that, damn girl!” He threatens as he hauls me off my bed.

“What did I do?” I shout at him, confused, and draw back.

“You—trying to be so nice…helping your poor beat up friend who is not supposed to have water!” He’s yelling, taking the blanket and dragging me to the door.

“Leave her alone!” Kate screams at him, jumps up to stop him. The Varkin turns around and hits her so hard she falls to the floor. Holding my hand tightly, he walks me to the elevator. As we walk in, he presses the SS button. I barely get right in before the elevator door closes, almost pinching my leg. He pushes me against the opposite wall.

“Where are you taking me?” I demand, but I’m panicking—I’m in trouble.

“Relax,” Lucas puts his cold arms around my waist. “You might still have a chance to change things…”

He pulls me close to him. I feel his ice cold lips on my neck. I close my eyes, disgusted as never before. He pushes me to the wall with his body and rips my shirt from my back.

He’s going to beat me. I’m not going to make it easy.

I shove him away. He picks me up, throws me against the wall. He slaps my face, his nails scratch my cheek.

“Stupid, damn Anlight! You will get it good this time! I promise!”

His tone brings chills, all the way down to my legs.

When the elevator stops on the SS floor, he drags me down the hallway, the blanket in his hand. My ripped shirt is left lying in the elevator. All I have on is a dirty old black brassiere that’s seen better days. He looks back, and catches a glimpse of my stomach. A couple of days ago I’d been given a deep scratch, and he’s just noticed the scratch has gone.

“What happened to your scratch? It could not possibly heal so fast!”

Lucas takes me to the room where Victorius beats me if I don’t do what they tell me. We walk in and there are about twelve other Varkins in groups. Red lights and smoke make the place into a horror scene.

“She needs punishment like never before!” he screams, tossing me like a grubby rag to the middle of the room. All the Varkins turn and look. Glowing eyes look at me—without a shirt—as I try to break my landing.

“What did she do, my dear friend?” Victorius asks. He’s calm, still sitting in his chair.

“Her room-mate was not allowed to drink,” the Varkin replies. “But this one hid water and gave it to her friend. She stole this blanket, knowing she is not allowed to have one.”

Victorius’ face is serious as he listens closely. I get up, stand right in front of him. He stands, walks down to me, around me. I feel my pulse beating with each step he takes. My body tenses—I expect him to hit me any moment. I’ve been hoping I’d get used to this torture eventually, but every new punishment brings new terror and fear.

“Well, well…” Victorius stops in front of me. “Seems like I see your pretty face here more than other Anlights. We do not have many left…but I do remember you well…” He smiles. “Let me first inform you, this Varkin here is my ‘right hand’. The one I trust the most. And now he is telling me terrible things about you. Hmm…” he looks in my eyes, “…should I believe his tales?”

I know if I tell him the truth, no one will believe me for a minute. And it would make my situation even worse. I don’t think he’ll even let me open my mouth.

“Believe what you like.” I keep looking downwards, and the other Varkins whisper around us. They didn’t expect my careless answer. They’re probably trying to figure out why I won’t try protecting myself by finding excuses.

“Lucas!” he shouts and his right hand comes to him.

“Yes, my majesty.”

“What do you think we need to…do…with her, considering everything she has done?”

“Victorius, there is something interesting you might want to know about her…” Lucas said.


Lucas comes up to me and points at my stomach. I don’t know how to deal with this. I’m shaking as I try to cover the healed scratch with my hands.

“Two days ago she had a long cut on her stomach. It was bleeding. Now it is not there anymore. It is healed. There is something going on with her.” Lucas pulls my hands away.

“It’s not true,” I burst out. “The cut was not too deep, and it was more than two days—” Victorius slaps me before I can finish talking.

“I have noticed things like that as well, but I thought it was just my mind playing tricks with me,” Victorius talks slowly, calmly, as he turns my face back toward him with his cold hand. “Now here is evidence.” He’s smiling, which isn’t necessarily a good sign.

“We need to take her blood, do tests on her,” Lucas suggests.

“My friend,” Victorius looks at him, “tests have killed almost all my Anlights. I cannot afford to lose any more of them. But we will surely take her blood and see why she is different.” Victorius comes to my side and puts his arm around my shoulders.

“But there is one test I can do right now…”


Annabel stopped for a moment and closed her eyes, knowing exactly the owner of the voice. She slowly turned around, as did the others.

“Already leaving?” Jonathan said walking up closer to her. “Leaving without your boyfriend?” He smiled at her.

“Don’t start, Jonathan,” Annabel said seriously.

“What’s there to start?” he replied still looking at her. “Don’t make me, and I won’t start anything.”

“I’m tired and I’m going back to the hotel.”

“Come with me, I’ll take you back to your hotel.” Jonathan reached for Annabel’s hand and pulled it closer to him.

“Don’t worry about it,” she refused.

Jonathan suddenly looked at Dexter who seemed to be calm, perhaps because fighting did not scare him. He was confident he could protect Annabel and himself.

“Why don’t you steal somebody else’s girl?”

“I didn’t steal, you lost.” Dexter replied, calmly standing right by Annabel.

“I didn’t lose anything,” Jonathan growled and moved toward Dexter. He punched him in his face. Dexter quickly reacted and hit him so hard Jonathan fell backwards to the ground. Dexter’s punch would impress even a big-time fighter. He was one of the best and strongest fighters Maximus had trained. Jonathan quickly got up and was about to continue fighting when the Old Opera House guards rushed over.

“What’s going on here?” one of the tall guards asked. “Who do we need to ban from next year’s ceremony?”

Jonathan looked at Annabel.

“Nobody, I’m leaving.” he hissed, wiping his bleeding lip and walking back inside the Old Opera House.

Annabel, Dexter, his friends, Hannah and Rick moved on to their cars.

“Your eyebrow’s bleeding,” Annabel noticed, looking at him as they walked through the parking lot. “I have an emergency kit in my room.”

Dexter told his friends to go without him and sat in the car with Hannah, Rick and Annabel.

“Are you okay, Dex?” Hannah asked with concern.

“Yeah, like nothing happened.”

“I’m glad it didn’t turn out worse,” Annabel said, looking at Dexter’s eyebrow.

“It’s nothing, but I’m glad too. I told you nothing would happen.”

“It wasn’t your fault, Dex,” Rick said, looking at Annabel in the rear view mirror and nodding. “He was quick to start the fight first, and you finished it. Like it’s supposed to be.”

Annabel knew sooner or later she would still have to talk to Jonathan about his behavior, and the longer she waited, the harder it was going to be.

They pulled up at the hotel and walked inside, taking the elevator to their rooms.

“We’ll see you tomorrow, Annabel” Hannah sang, pulling Rick by his hand toward their room as soon as they exited the elevator.

“Bye, Dex. See you later, Annabel” Rick barely had time to say, waving at them both.

Annabel and Dexter walked to her room with its small living room, kitchen and studio bedroom. In the little kitchen she opened the cabinet where she had earlier noticed an emergency kit.

“Looks like I got blood on my shirt.” Dexter noticed the sleeve on his shirt had red spots and began removing it.

Annabel saw Dexter unbuttoning his shirt and turned her head away. She knew he had a nice muscular body that would drive any woman crazy. He walked around the table and sat on the high round chair. Annabel opened the kit to make sure everything she needed was there. She prepared a peroxide solution with the cotton ball and came to the table, beside Dexter. She put the emergency kit on the table and faced him. Annabel could not help gazing at his body, and she began to feel jumpy. She kept a tight hold on her emotions, as if she was not affected by him. Dexter was staring at her face—so beautiful, innocent and pale. He seemed to be entranced, not taking his eyes from her.

Annabel took small cotton ball and looked at Dexter.

“It might hurt a little,” she whispered reaching up to his eyebrow. Her hands began to tremble slightly, being so close to him. She slowly and carefully wiped the dried blood away. Dexter watched her face, not showing any pain or discomfort. Annabel noticed he was mesmerized, and tried to pay attention to what she was doing. After cleaning his eyebrow, she turned to put everything back. Dexter took her hand and slowly pulled her close. Annabel looked at him and her heart began to race. He gently moved his hands behind her back touching her skin, pulling her even closer. Annabel took a slow breath, feeling butterflies in her stomach.

She placed her hands on his strong shoulders, not expecting to feel his body on fire.


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IMG_2179Author Bio:

Originally from the Ukraine, I am still considered a new face to America. Speaking three languages including English, that became just as natural to me as my native Russian.

I grew up in a town on the south of Ukraine doing the same things that other kids my age did. Dreaming, hoping and wishing. Growing up, I spoke absolutely no English and never even saw myself somewhere abroad. Nevertheless writing a novel in another language!

I went to the local school that brought mostly negative experience in my life. But it shaped me throughout the years. My college life was much better. I was known to study well and to go out partying as much as it was possible.

In my first year of college I began to work in the marriage agency and met my future husband. We dated and traveled to most of the Europe along with Egypt.

When I finally got my fiancée visa, we both moved to the states, where soon after, got married. In the first few years I did some modeling and acting. Photo-shoots, run-way and photo in the magazine fulfilled my childhood’s dream.

A few years later I became a mother of a wonderful and most handsome little boy. Along with learning and experiencing motherhood, I began to make hand-made jewelry and organic soaps. This hobby turned into my small business and became bigger than I thought it would.

In the last year I discovered: an author lives inside me. Never did I think that I would write an English book and that I would love doing it. But I did! And I loved it!



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