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The Witches of Ravencrest


Tamara Thorne


Alistair Cross

due for release in July of 2017

The Witches of Ravencrest
Book #2 in The Ravencrest Saga

Dark and Unnatural Powers

In a remote part of California just above the coastal town of Devilswood, Ravencrest Manor, imported stone-by-stone from England more than two centuries ago, looms tall and terrifying, gathering its dark and unnatural powers, and drawing those it wants as its own.

Murder Lurks in the Shadows

Governess Belinda Moorland has settled into life at Ravencrest and, as summer gives way to autumn, romance is in the air.  She and multi-millionaire Eric Manning are falling in love … but powerful forces will stop at nothing to keep them apart.  And as the annual Harvest Ball is set to begin, evil abounds at Ravencrest.  Murder lurks in the shadows, evil spirits freely roam the halls, a phantom baby cries, signaling a death in the mansion, and in the notoriously haunted east wing, three blood-soaked nuns, Sisters Faith, Hope, and Charity, tend to the demented needs of a maid gone mad.

Vengeful Spirits

Ravencrest has come to life.  In the gardens below, granite statues dance by moonlight, and a scarecrow goes on a killing rampage, collecting a gruesome assortment of body parts from unwilling donors … But Belinda’s greatest danger is the vengeful spirit of Rebecca Dane.  Once the mistress of Ravencrest, Rebecca Dane has a centuries-old ax to grind with the powerful witch, Cordelia Heller - and Belinda becomes her weapon of choice.

Praise for The Ravencrest Saga

"The Ghosts of Ravencrest delivers on every level.  Delicate, creepy, detailed, and beautifully crafted, this reinvention of the gothic ghost story into a sexy, sleek modern chiller is a marvel of suspense and atmosphere.  A knockout of a horror yarn!"
-Jay Bonansinga, the New York Times bestselling author of The Walking Dead: Invasion, Lucid, and Self Storage.

"Ghostly secrets abound.  Tortured spirits wander the hallways.  Star-crossed lovers walk the paths of time.  Servants connive, and the heroine faces an uncertain future … Run, do not walk, to get The Ghosts of Ravencrest.  Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross take the reader on a delicious journey of twisted family secrets, troubled dreams, and barely-concealed passions. Wrap yourself in the silken robe of this story and escape to Ravencrest."
- Sylvia Shults, author of Hunting Demons: A True Story of the Dark Side of the Supernatural

Glass Apple Press
Berlin Malcom, publicist

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Horror Guide to Northern New Egland
Maine, New Hampshire, & Vermont


David Goudsward


Scott T. Goudsward

Horror Guide to Northern New England is a map to geographical locations, real and fictional, utilized in horror tales and films set in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.  And just for good measure, they’ve included some true stories and events that should be horror stories or at least the inspiration for future ones.  Sea serpents, ancient sacrificial tables, Barnabas Collins, Stephen King, Rick Hautala, and Shirley Jackson all call the area home – small wonder that the weird and horrific find sanctuary in the shadow-choked forests, decrepit doomed villages, and fog-shrouded mountains of Northern New England. 

Join the brothers Goudsward as they offer the latest volume of their Horror Guides.


“David and Scott Goudsward’s book is a gem. … crammed full of stuff you never knew and probably seldom thought about. It is a book about the places fictional horror happened. It is also a book about the places real horror happened. Real places. Places you can get to in the car. And along with the geography, there is a history about these stories. Yes, this is a book for fans of the horror genre. But it is also a book for writers and researchers and students and people who just love this place. What fun.”
– Fritz Wetherbee, historian, writer, iconic television host

“… shines a spotlight on the darkest, creepiest corners of Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire --- states that harbor mysteries, curses, and locations for some of the spookiest, weirdest tales in the U.S. This encyclopedic guide is endlessly entertaining and bursting with surprising macabre tidbits from some of the oldest parts of our country.”
– Izzy Lee, writer, director, producer of Rites of Vengeance, Innsmouth, and Postpartum

“… a perfect horrorscape of New England's North Country, guiding you to a delightful assortment of shunned places, dark destinations, and frightening facts. Every page is brimming with a who’s who or a what’s what of Yankee marvels and menace -- history, literary and movie trivia, and things that man was never meant for to know. I am certain this would have been in Lovecraft’s library. It’s an essential addition to my own.”
– Joseph A. Citro, author of Shadow Child and Passing Strange, True Tales of New England Hauntings and Horrors

"What I like most about Dave and Scott Goudsward’s Horror Guide series is that while they are informative and involved, they are - unlike many reference works - a lot of fun to read and easy to navigate. The newest installment, Horror Guide to Northern New England: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont (HGNNE) is, like its Massachusetts and Florida companion editions, an extensive and intensive display of research from the Goudsward brothers. It is especially sweet for me because I was born and raised in New Hampshire and had lived there for forty years, until 2002. I had spent my formative years traipsing between the three states that are the focus of this book and recognized many of the towns, sites, and sights covered within these pages. But you don’t have to be native to these states to enjoy this book…or its predecessors.
For horror fans, non-horror fans, writers, researchers, or joy readers, HGNNE (and its companions) are a valuable and enjoyable guide and reference of all things fact and fictional related to horror (or “spooky” for the more sensitive reader), from the renowned to the obscure. It takes you on an alphabetical tour through each state, geographically correlating each town and site (both real and fictional) to works of popular fiction. As one would guess, the “Maine” section is loaded with Stephen King and Rick Hautala mentions, but for me - having read most of their works - it was a nostalgic trip that made me yearn to read these stories again. Thank you, Dave and Scott, for another fine Guide…now how about New York…or D.C.?"
– John McIlveen – award-winning author of Hannahwhere (link is my review)

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Fireflies of the Dead


Eric Kapitan

Hello my fellow Goodreaders,

I've been busy working on my next book, Fireflies of the Dead. It's a collection of short horror stories and poetry.

April 27th, at 8 pm EDT. I'll be holding an online Cover reveal and trailer  ~

To attend just follow the Facebook link below

Free copies of my previous books will be given away as prizes during the event.


 Fireflies of the Dead

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 The American Plan


David H Weisberg

The American Plan

Philip Narby is convinced he has been sent from war-ravaged Korea to a remote part of Florida to serve a clandestine role in the Cold War struggles rising to a boil in Cuba and Latin America. Yet nothing about Narby’s life is as it seems. His isolation and paranoia, and the dangerous secrets he carries with him, lead him into a maze of betrayal — political, sexual, racial and financial. Even as his journey crosses paths with the wealthy and renowned, from Willa Branton, the beautiful abstract-expressionist painter he falls in love with, to Sid Black, the hotel magnate who tracks him down in his jungle hideout, he remains an abject outsider, yearning to be let in, desperate to find a way out. In his quest to untangle the chaos of his blighted past, Narby resembles nothing so much as a Robinson Crusoe of the atomic age, sifting through the wreckage of his life for signs of salvation.

A daring and disturbing tale of survival set in Cuba and South Florida during the 1950s and early 60’s, embracing both the breadth of historical fiction and the intimate intensity of a psychological suspense novel, The American Plan is a vertiginous ride through the mid-century American psyche.

The American Plan is the first in a projected three-novel series exploring the rise and fall of sun-belt America, from the Korean War through the financial debacle of 2008.

Read my guest blog about how to craft an “antihero” on the Writer’s Digest website:

Praise for The American Plan:

“A grand, sweeping, postwar novel and a hard-boiled thriller…The American Plan never loses the pounding sense of uncertainty and risk that makes it a page-turner.”
-- Foreword Clarion Reviews
To read the entire review, click here:

“The American Plan is an exceptional pleasure, a sweeping tale of a soldier wounded in the Korean War who lands in pre-revolutionary Cuba, crosses the Florida Straits, and settles amid the scrub palmetto in the languor and humidity of southwest Florida. Philip Narby, clutching his fifth of Jim Beam and torn by internal demons, is an unlikely bit player in the runaway development that marked the mid-century Florida dream. The novel unfolds with rich detail of the Sunshine State, from the mangrove-choked estuaries to the hotels and dive bars of Miami Beach. As Narby awaits his cut of war-generated corruption, falling for a lithesome New York abstract artist and dwelling with her on a remote barrier island, the reader soon realizes that Narby’s story is the American Dream itself, shorn of its myths, rocked by racism, fueled by insatiable desires and reconfigured by powerful forces of nature.”
-- Tim Johnson, international correspondent for McClatchy News, author of Tragedy in Crimson: How the Dalai Lama Conquered the World but Lost the Battle with China.

“It’s Faulkner meets Hiaasen in David Weisberg’s debut novel of lust, intrigue, greed, and environmental destruction set against the backdrop of Jim Crow race relations in Cold War Florida. Through the character of Philip Narby, a Korean War deserter with a hazy past and shady associates, Weisberg makes vivid Florida’s former tropical sensuality as it was being buried by the juggernaut of suburban sprawl. The novel’s great achievement is to contemplate the political sleaze and petty dreams behind Florida’s development while telling a compelling story that kept me turning pages late into the night. Readers will never think of Florida the same.”
-- Gail Hollander, Associate Professor of Geography, Florida International University, author of Raising Cane in the ‘Glades: The Global Sugar Trade and the Transformation of Florida.

“Engrossing…. An intriguing antihero’s perspective on his life and times.”
— Kirkus Reviews
To read the entire review, click here:
“The American Plan has history in its DNA.”
-- Benjamin Hale, author of The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore and The Fat Artist and Other Stories.
“The American Plan is a page-turner -- beautifully written, with a cast of unforgettable and edgy characters and containing disturbing insights into an earlier era in U.S. history.”
-- Jack Litewka, author, editor, consultant.

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Feel Me Fall


James Morris

Secrets and survival in the Amazon

Emily Duran is the sole survivor of a plane crash that left her and her teenage friends stranded and alone in the jungles of the Amazon.  Lost and losing hope, they struggle against the elements, and each other.  With their familiar pecking order no longer in place, a new order emerges, filled with power struggles, betrayals, secrets and lies.

Emily must explain why she's the last left alive.  But can she carry the burden of the past?

Discover the gripping new adventure novel that explores who we are when no one is watching, and how far we'll go in order to survive.

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Award-winning SF Bay Area author Thomas Burchfield explores the treacherous world of the roaring '20s in California.
A wild and woolly adventure of a soft-boiled guy in a hard-boiled world

Oakland, CA, 3/21/2017 -- Paul Bacon, ex-Navy boxer, Jazz-Age playboy and junior city attorney, has moved to California expecting sunshine and sandy beaches, only to find loneliness and misery in the fog-choked canyons of 1920s San Francisco.
Then, one foggy night, he meets Molly Carver.  Alluring, irresistible, mysterious, she lures Paul across San Francisco Bay to her hometown of Evansville, to what she claims is the California promised in the travel brochures.
But Molly’s promise is only camouflage for a dangerous game.  Evansville is no paradise but a whirling sewer of sin and perdition; a wilderness of slaughterhouses, factories, oil refineries, gambling dens, brothels, and speakeasies even more decadent than San Francisco.
And within its grimy, gritty heart, a gang war smolders, ready for someone to throw a match.
They don’t call it “Butchertown” for nothing.

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Remnants   by   Carolyn Arnold

All that remains are whispers of the past…

When multiple body parts are recovered from the Little Ogeechee River in Savannah, Georgia, local law enforcement calls in FBI agent and profiler Brandon Fisher and his team to investigate. But with the remains pointing to three separate victims, this isn’t proving to be an open-and-shut case.

With no quick means of identifying the deceased, building a profile of this serial killer is more challenging than usual. How are these targets being selected? Why are their limbs being severed and their bodies mutilated? And what is it about them that is triggering this person to murder?

The questions compound as the body count continues to rise, and when a torso painted blue and missing its heart is found, the case takes an even darker turn. But this is only the beginning, and these new leads draw the FBI into a creepy psychological nightmare. One thing is clear, though: The killing isn’t going to stop until they figure it all out. And they are running out of time…

To read a sample of  Remnants  click here

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Dark Ties


Mark Dame

Two years after being attacked by a psychotic fan, Ken Simmons has finally released a new novel. It’s the biggest commercial success of his career and Ken should be ecstatic. But happiness is hard to come by with the killer he created haunting his dreams.

Meanwhile, a thousand miles away, Sheriff Allen James is investigating a series of murders. Murders seemingly detailed by Ken’s book.

When Allen seeks Ken’s help, they discover that Ken’s book may be more than just a simple crime novel, and Ken’s connection to the killer more than just fantasy.

Ken knows better than anyone how dangerous this killer is and is not eager to get involved. However, the burden of knowledge means Ken can’t quite commit himself to the sidelines, and he finds himself reluctantly agreeing to help Allen bring him to justice.

But when the killer discovers Ken and his new bestseller, all bets are off. Ken must decide whether to run…or face a monster he once thought only existed in his mind.

Read the first two chapters here

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Vera Brook

For fans of The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner comes a new science-fiction novel set in the world of extreme sports and bionic technology... SAND RUNNER.

Welcome to the No Limits Race.

In the near future, 16-year-old Kaiden Reed makes a bold and dangerous decision to enter the most brutal sports competition on the planet.  One in which he will undergo a radical upgrade and become a new kind of athlete and a new kind of hero.

Part human.  Part machine.

All Kai wants is a shot at a better life and to impress the girl of his dreams.  But the stakes in the Race are higher, and the choices tougher, than Kai ever imagined.  The physical challenges are just the beginning.

Ten days. Ten contenders. One winner.

Does Kai have what it takes to compete?  How far will he go to win?  And should he trust the person who recruited him in the first place - or is she using him to carry out a bold and dangerous agenda of her own?

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The Rites of Azathoth


Frank Cavallo

F.B.I. criminal profiler Diana Mancuso doesn’t do field work anymore.  Not since a tragic mistake that cost innocent lives.  But when notorious serial killer Luther Vayne escapes from prison and resumes his campaign of brutal murders, the Bureau convinces her to take one last case.

To catch him, she must understand him.  She must delve into the arcana that fuels his madness, risking her life and her sanity to follow his twisted path.

The trail plunges her into a shadowy world of occult rituals and unspeakable horrors, leading to a secret cabal operating at the highest levels—and a plot to summon the darkest of all powers, to bring forth an evil that does not belong in our world—to enact the Rites of Azathoth.

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The White Raven


Carrie D. Miller

Finally, after nearly a thousand years, Aven Dovenelle is truly happy.  In her thirteenth life, she's settled into the now witchcraft-friendly Salem, Massachusetts, where she has opened her own shop and made great friends—there's even a possibility of love blooming.

Despite her contentment in this new life, the truth of Aven’s existence haunts her.  She is cursed to live life after life, with all the memories of her horrific past.  For all her powers, she’s never discovered why she was cursed nor how to break it.  Hope may come in the form of a mysterious white raven, who has followed Aven through each of her lives.  Although they have a connection that neither understands, it may prove to be her salvation.

An evil force from Aven’s past isn’t finished with her.  Driven by vengeance and hate, he emerges to torment her anew and threatens all she’s built.  He strikes without warning—her loved ones are caught in the wake of his attack and may not survive the encounter.

The cost of her happiness and freedom could be too high as Aven uncovers the truth about her curse and that dark magick lingers.

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Amber Alert


Dan Lawton

Time is running out.
Nine-year-old Chloe Janis is abducted.
Abby, her mom, is now faced with revealing her dark past, hidden these last seventeen years, or losing her daughter forever.  A cryptic message from a man she'd shoved into the dark recesses of her mind forces her into an impossible situation--revealing secrets best kept hidden or losing her daughter forever. 

Secrets, deception, and betrayal surround the small town of Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania.  All eyes are on the community, threatening to split open as yet unhealed wounds are probed.  Fates will be rewritten and careers redefined.  Everyone involved will confront their pasts if there's any hope of Mifflinburg becoming a town at the heart of redemption and forgiveness.

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For bounty hunter Grace deHaviland the job seemed simple. Track down Barry Keegan, an accountant in a white collar criminal case who jumped bail. How hard could that be?

But the case turns deadly when a co-defendant ends up murdered and Grace's best friend, sheriff's deputy Suzie Jensen, is nearly killed.

Can Grace track down the elusive Barry Keegan—a man more dangerous than anyone could've guessed—while she tries to protect his wife and son from a violent past they thought dead and buried?

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In the crumbling city of Arkaic, Michigan a wealthy philanthropist has founded a new university in which mysterious turbines convert students' memories into electrical power.  First-year students Samo, Monty, Ezzie, and Dunya arrive at the university trying to find their futures and their place in the world, but they soon become embroiled in the struggles of two occult organizations striving to harness the energy of the turbines to remake the universe in their own vision.

The book is largely inspired by my experiences growing up in Flint, Michigan and as an undergrad at the University of Chicago.

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After returning home from her father’s funeral to find her boyfriend in bed with another woman, Mackenzie Clair is looking for a fresh start. She thinks she’ll find it in her favorite childhood vacation spot, but returning to Donn’s Hill awakens more than nostalgia. Mac regains a lost psychic ability to talk to the dead, and the poltergeist haunting her apartment is desperate to make her use that gift to find his killer.

Aided by her new roommate—a spirited Tortoiseshell cat named Striker—and the ghost-hunting crew of the nationally televised show Soul Searchers, Mac struggles to learn how to use her powers. But she’d better get a handle on them fast, because someone in town is hiding a deadly secret. If Mac can’t somehow divine the truth, Donn’s Hill will never be the same.

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 A Man without a Past

After a near-fatal accident, Madison O'Riley is faced with an astonishing problem: What to do with the man who saved her life. Naive and heartstoppingly handsome, he calls himself Alejandro ... and he has no memory of his past. As they set out to recover his lost identity, Madison realizes he harbors deep - and otherworldly - secrets that will shatter her understanding of reality ... secrets that may put her in grave danger.

The Devil in the Details

And now, there’s another stranger in town. Gremory Jones has something for everyone, and for a small price, he’s willing to make a deal. By day, he walks the streets of Prominence in top hat and trench coat, tempting the citizens with nefarious wares from his shiny black briefcase. By night, he and his legion of insatiable acolytes corrupt the locals at Club Mephistopheles, a den of unholy delights housed in an abandoned church.

The Battle has Begun …

The townspeople are changing in outrageous and appalling ways and it's up to Madison - with the help of a psychic, a local priest, and the new chief of police - to help Alejandro unlock his forgotten powers before an unspeakable evil tears apart the fabric of existence ... and costs them their very souls ...

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Roger and Suzanne take a working vacation at Denali National Park, six million acres of natural wilderness in northern Alaska, to investigate the deaths of a couple they had previously met in Peru and Chile.

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When senior wildlife officer, Tom Jay Harding, is murdered in the field, the half-Indian boy he raised, now grown and also a wildlife officer, takes of his badge to embark on a cross-country search for the killer.

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When her best friend disappears after a drunken night out, Cas is drawn into a hunt for an Elizabethan treasure that holds the answer to a very modern, very dangerous, conspiracy. Pursued by a criminal gang, then hunted by a former Russian spy, it’s a good thing intelligence agent Reuben is there to watch her back – but can she really trust him?

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