The Story in the Stars

Lost and Found

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Dassa skates toward the palace in completion of her Third Quest, unaware the Karkar Plague has returned to ravage Gannah.

On a medical starship not far away, Dr. Pik is ordered to find a cure for the plague ??? an unlikely assignment, given his inbred hatred of the whole Gannahan race. Duty trumps prejudice, however, and he succeeds??? but that???s just the beginning of the story.

Dassa and Pik survive attack by space pirates, food poisoning, savage Gannahan beasts, and a plane crash. The hardest part, though, is enduring one another???s company.

The Creator who wrote the story of redemption in the stars has commanded her to share it with her reluctant savior. That???s not all He requires of her, but the rest is unthinkable.

American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award (Speculative Fiction) Finalist, 2012

The Swap: A Mystery

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The Swap, chosen the #1 Best London Mystery on Goodreads, is a thriller about an innocent abroad, a dangerous case of mistaken identity, and a wild ride from London to the west coast of Scotland. The story begins when Nicole Lewis, young woman living in Los Angeles, arranges a summer-long swap of her condo for a London couple???s house. She thinks it???s the perfect arrangement. She???s always dreamed of seeing the real London, not just the tourist spots. She???ll be able to accompany her husband, Brad, on his out-of-town work as a trouble-shooter for his company. It will also give her a chance to keep an eye on Brenda, Brad???s assistant, who seems to be getting a little too chummy with her boss. But things don???t turn out the way Nicole expects. She soon discovers that Freddy and Muriel Lowry, the Londoners, failed to arrive in L.A. and appear to be missing. Then people start following her and making threats, demanding information she doesn???t have. Nicole realizes she???s in serious trouble. But…..

Recommended YA novel: TREMOR

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The life William knew has gone. His world has been left devastated by the Fossil War. All major governments have been wiped out and the land is now under the control of the company Terrafall. Although Terrafall’s intentions seem honest, William wonders if the company will live up to its promises and stop the tremors, which have been plaguing the Earth since the end of the war. And can Terrafall really find out who is behind the recent wave of abductions?

When someone close to William disappears, he decides it’s time to take matters into his own hands. But in a land that is on the verge of tearing itself apart, is it a life worth fighting for? If your world was falling apart, how far would you go to save it?

Detour Paris: Detour Paris Series Book 1

Detour Paris

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Inspired from an actual midlife dating experience Detour Paris is a romance novel written by a man from a man’s point of view into the humorous relationship between the sexes. Tucker Blue has temporarily thrown over his flight attendant girlfriend to pursue the beautiful Monica Reyes, both of whom have been bumped from a flight to Barcelona. They opt for a romantic rendezvous with a roundabout detour via Paris and down through France by train. While engaged in many humorous attempts at intimacy their tryst is suddenly interrupted by a dead man bearing a winning lottery ticket.

Must read romantic hero of the night!

werewolvesWEREWOLVES OF NEW YORK: DARIK
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Darik Greyson was born merely human. His ancestor’s DNA carries no wolf blood. But something horribly painful happened to him that ignited a spark in his soul at the age of thirteen, and his wolf was born…created from tragedy. Now that he’s twenty-eight and part of a pack, he keeps having these dreams – nightmares, more like it – that tell him something is coming. Why does he feel a test is on the way… and if he doesn’t pass he’ll lose the woman whose face is never more than a blur.

Talia Irizarry works the nightshift at Manhattan General. She’s a nurse, and a good one. But the men in New York seem to prefer eighteen year old actresses and models over real women, and she’s not holding her hopes high that this loneliness will ever abate. Seeking solace in a much needed vat of ice cream, she walks to the nearest bodega (a small, local grocery store) to buy one. What she finds is two gunmen with other plans.

A Stand-Alone Series, each wolf in the pack gets his own book. “Werewolves of New York” – Nathaniel, Eli, Darik and Dontae. Can be read out of order, but written in this chronological order.

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Recommended reading: Broken Road

broken road ebookBroken Road
(military romance)
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During an IED mine-clearing mission on a road outside of Baghdad, acclaimed photojournalist Steve Rappaport captures the haunting image of a soldier carrying an injured child and a wounded comrade away from a massive explosion. When Rappaport is separated from his equipment in the ensuing firefight, the picture touted as “The Rescue” goes viral, forever changing the lives of Army Specialist Riley Favreau and Brenda Jenner, the wife of the soldier whose life he failed to save.

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New Release of a mystery/detective novel!

New Release of a mystery/detective novel!
DOUBLE DECEPTION by Joanne Weck

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Fallon Jamison, out for a run in Central Park, is accosted by a strange man. He calls her ???Charlotte,??? and seems desperate to speak to her. She eludes him, but on her way back to her apartment, she sees a flyer for a missing woman, Charlotte Fiske. And the face on the poster is an exact replica of her own.

Fallon, recently divorced and heartsick, has planned a summer in New York. She is about to explore the city when two detectives arrive, demand identification, and take her downtown for questioning. Fallon is shocked when her DNA sample proves her to be the identical twin of the missing woman. She has grown up an only child and has never known of a twin.

The detectives force Fallon to cooperate in a sting. They suspect Dr. Anthony Fiske, the missing woman???s husband, is responsible for her disappearance. But when their scheme goes awry, both sisters are caught in a deadly trap by vicious kidnappers.

As the sisters face ever-growing danger and the threat of murder, can their ingenuity and courage save them?

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When A Setting Is Perfect

Today we present a great post written by Chris Karlsen,
author of SILK, a novel that we promote this week
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I was in the middle of writing another book, part of my Knights in Time series, when Rudyard Bloodstone came to me. As a character he was that rare protagonist who was crystal clear in my imagination from the start. But I pushed him to the back of my mind until I finished the other story.

When I started my latest release, Silk, a suspense thriller with Rudyard as the protagonist, I had much of killer drawn out as well. I didn’t think twice about the setting either. It had to be Victorian England. I would be hard pressed to name a more atmospheric setting for a murderer. Growing up my parents were big fans of horror films. The films then weren’t the gruesome Freddy Krueger or Michael Myers Halloween-slasher types of the 1980’s. We watched the typical Hammer Film horrors. Those were the ones where a young Englishman in deep debt agrees to spend the night in a haunted house somewhere in the moors or countryside away from London for a large sum of money. All those movies were set in either Victorian or Edwardian times, which were perfect for a scary movie. Having visited England many times, I was familiar with the Victorian influences, especially in London. So, what better setting for my murder suspense than Victorian London?

I knew with Detective Inspector Rudyard (Ruddy) Bloodstone I make him a veteran of the Zulu Wars of 1879. Eleven Victoria Crosses (the equivalent of the Medal of Honor) were awarded after the Battle of Rorke’s Drift (Jan. 1879). Rudyard is a recipient of the VC, but he’s a war hero who doesn’t believe himself one. To Ruddy, he only did what was necessary in battle. A civilian now, he is a down to earth, determined and clever detective, a keen observer with a droll sense of humor.

The killer, William Everhard, is a wealthy nobleman, a member of the House of Lords, and friend to Queen Victoria. I wanted to hold a mirror to the society of the period, the difference in classes and attitudes but without being too Dickensian. I wanted to show both the good and bad. Mostly, I wanted to use the “feel” of the city. To me, this is the perfect setting: the cold fog, the beautiful carriages pulled by handsome teams of horses, the gardens for strolling, the grittiness of Whitechapel, dark allies and the terror Jack the Ripper sent through the population.

As a writer, one of the biggest joys of writing historical settings is living the period, experiencing the culture, if only on the page. I enjoyed walking Victorian London with the characters in Silk: sitting with Ruddy while he visited his friend’s pub, walking around a crime scene taking in every detail with him, or simply strolling through the park with him, and his adopted stray, Winky, on a Sunday afternoon. I even liked sharing the dark and dangerous places I took them when needed.

Setting is more than scenery. I think of it as a living, breathing thing, another character. Like fashioning a character exactly the way you envision him or her, finding the perfect setting is one of the best parts of storytelling.

Superbly crafted piece of fiction!

Dr. Chris Impey brings to bear a unique perspective on the nature of life
and the character of the universe.

shadow worldShadow World
(thriller, action and adventure)
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McEvoy is restless, a wanderer. In Shadow World, we see through his eyes as he grows from a boisterous youth into a man defined by darkness and light. Shadow World inhabits the boundary between narrative fiction and science fiction. By the end of McEvoy???s odyssey he has gained a startling insight into his reality, and perhaps ours as well.

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A story with black humour and surrealism!

the dead club ebookThe Dead Club
(teen and YA)
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An edgy, contemporary tale about death and suicide and its effects on two families. Death is a fact of life for the principle characters and especially for Marina Reed who wishes to join her loved ones at ???the dead club???, a place she and her sixth form friends obsessed about in their youth. Ultimately her mortido becomes more urgent until it takes her over the edge. The novel is in fact very much about edges: where the ultimate edge is between life and death.

What a reader says about The Dead Club: ???This book is exactly what I have come to expect and love about Kate Rigby’s work. Dark, edgy subject matter written with spiky black humour, interjected with the most brilliant, rounded and fascinating characters. The Dead Club starts with a group of young people discussing suicide, and how they would do it. The story then jumps forward to the present day, where a multitude of characters are dealing with life and death in different ways. It soon becomes apparent how Marina, one of the main characters is linked to the dead club of the past. What then transpires is a magnificent weaving of tales, past and present, and families. I particularly loved the first person poetic prose chapters from Zion’s point of view. Just brilliant. Like all Kate Rigby books, I soon cared about these people, all of them, even the less likeable ones like Jim. This latest offering from the author did not disappoint in any way. I can’t wait for more.???

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