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Dawn Hosmer

 Publisher: Gestalt Media  (August 17, 2019)

Two families, forever linked by tragedy.

Ruby Dunkin is in an abusive marriage. Her best efforts aren't enough to shield her two children from an abusive father whose cruelty knows no bounds. Their volatile situation ends in tragedy when Ruby's eldest son, Billy is torn away from everything he loves. Consumed by hatred and self-loathing Billy becomes the thing he hates the most—his father.

Chelsea Wyatt, a senior in high school, goes missing after work one night, never to return. Her parents are devastated, only knowing this kind of tragedy from the news. Crimes like this are unheard of in their quiet, midwestern town. Consumed by the tragic fate of their friend, family member and neighbor, their lives and futures are forever altered.

For over eighteen years, no one knows the connection between Ruby Dunkin and Chelsea Wyatt. A journey through time reveals the common thread stitching their heartbreak together. Yesterday echoes throughout each character's life as they decide how, and if, they will break the chains of the past.

Will they continue to leave a legacy of pain and loss for future generations?
Will they break the cycles of abuse that have destroyed so many lives?

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The King of the Wood


J. Edwin Buja

 Publication: July 22, 2019 from Haverhill House Publishing

 Below the town of Tyndale, the King of the Wood feels threatened. His power is waning and his minions are abandoning him. He is determined to retain control and destroy the usurper: Tom Bender.

But exactly who is The King of the Wood? Unlike previous pranks, the latest student hazing in Tom Bender’s back yard proved fatal. Animals begin to obey him. Crows seem to understand what he says and pass along cryptic messages. Then everything in the garden starts to grow and keeps growing long past its natural season. Tom thinks this is wonderful until he discovers that the deck is growing too.

Brother James knows of the coming conflict. He is sure that he can defeat both the King and any human opposition. Brother James is confident he will assure the ascendance of man over nature.

However, his spy in Tyndale has another target: Tom.

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Blue Stars
and Other Tales of Darkness


Tony Tremblay

  Publisher: Macabre Ink
an imprint of Crossroad Press

 Released on Amazon  June 18, 2019
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 Following his critically hailed first collection The Seeds of Nightmares, and fresh off his Bram Stoker-nominated novel The Moore House, Tony Tremblay offers up his second collection of tales in Blue Stars and Other Tales of Darkness.

As with his first collection, these stories cover a range of genres, all guaranteed to provoke a variety of emotions from abject horror to amusing chills, all honed to a razor’s edge. The eleven stories in Blue Stars and Other Tales of Darkness include his post-apocalyptic novella Steel, the acclaimed title story “Blue Stars”, as well as nine other journeys into the realms of despair, demonic possession, and madness.

Also included in Blue Stars and Other Tales of Darkness is the never-before-published short story “Trout Fishing At Glen Lake”, featuring one of the central characters in The Moore House—the pawnshop owner. “Trout Fishing at Glen Lake” further explores the pawnshop mythos in a blood-soaked tale that will leave readers shocked and heartbroken.

Dive in to Blue Stars and Other Tales of Darkness, eleven tales spanning Tremblay’s first published story to his latest, and be prepared to be devilishly entertained.

Stories included in this collection: Steel, The Scum Bar, The Thaumaturge, Blue Stars, Eyes, Incident of N.H. Route 666, The Reverend’s Wife, Trout Fishing at Glen Lake, Stanley’s Hole, The Little Man, & Burning Rain

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Sheri Sebastian-Gabriel

Publication: July 22, 2019 from Haverhill House Publishing

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Tori Garrett is a haunted woman.  After accidentally killing a teenage girl with her car, guilt drives her to the bottle, which eventually costs her job.  Carla Perez is also haunted.  She wants Tori to pay for killing her daughter.  She relentlessly stalks Tori and eventually corners her in a bar and threatens her.

Horrified by this encounter, Tori decides it’s time to get out of town, seeking solace in the one place she found happiness as a child––Cape May, N.J. It’s off-season, but she believes she can dry out and reassemble the tattered remains of her life.

Kind-hearted Amelia Warren, owner of the Seaside House Bed & Breakfast, takes Tori in as the only winter guest at her establishment.  Lonely and broke after her husband’s death, she believes she can find friendship with Tori, but instead finds herself trapped with a woman whose sense of reality is rapidly unraveling, degraded by an unyielding thirst for alcohol.

Chris Silver is a superhero in his own mind.  Tortured by his past, he tries to save the damned and endangered in a bid for redemption.  He’s desperate to save Tori from herself, but can he do so without putting himself in danger?

As Tori descends into madness and alcoholism, the people she relies on most find themselves on a collision course with the bottle.  Will her spirits, both real and imagined, lead Tori to drink herself to death?  Can she defeat her demons before she destroys herself and everyone around her?

Here is a thirty-second trailer for SPIRITS, the debut novel of Sheri Sebastian-Gabriel

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The Night Before


Wendy Walker

From St. Martin's Press

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First dates can be murder.

"Ferociously smart." ―AJ Finn
"Riveting." ―Riley Sager
"Addictive." ―Liv Constantine
"Wonderfully tense." ―Aimee Molloy
"Irresistible." ―Mary Kubica
"Impossible to put down." ―Megan Miranda

Riveting and compulsive, national bestselling author Wendy Walker’s The Night Before “takes you to deep, dark places few thrillers dare to go” as two sisters uncover long-buried secrets when an internet date spirals out of control.

Laura Lochner has never been lucky in love.  She falls too hard and too fast, always choosing the wrong men.  Devastated by the end of her last relationship, she fled her Wall Street job and New York City apartment for her sister’s home in the Connecticut suburb where they both grew up.  Though still haunted by the tragedy that’s defined her entire life, Laura is determined to take one more chance on love with a man she’s met on an Internet dating site.

Rosie Ferro has spent most of her life worrying about her troubled sister.  Fearless but fragile, Laura has always walked an emotional tightrope, and Rosie has always been there to catch her.  Laura’s return, under mysterious circumstances, has cast a shadow over Rosie’s peaceful life with her husband and young son – a shadow that grows darker as Laura leaves the house for her blind date.

When Laura does not return home the following morning, Rosie fears the worst.  She’s not responding to calls or texts, and she’s left no information about the man she planned to meet.  As Rosie begins a desperate search to find her sister, she is not just worried about what this man might have done to Laura.
She’s worried about what Laura may have done to him…

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The Fountains of Silence


Ruta Sepetys

Expected publication: October 22nd 2019 from Philomel Books

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Gray comes a gripping, unforgettable portrait of love, silence, and secrets amidst a Spanish dictatorship

Madrid, 1957.  Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret.  Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming guise of sunshine and wine.  Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of a Texas oil tycoon, who arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother's birth through the lens of his camera.

Photography--and fate--introduce him to Ana, whose family's interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War--as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear.  Daniel's photographs leave him with uncomfortable questions amidst shadows of danger.  He is backed into a corner of decisions to protect those he loves.  Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city.

Master storyteller Ruta Sepetys once again shines light into one of history's darkest corners in this epic, heart-wrenching novel about identity, unforgettable love, repercussions of war, and the hidden violence of silence--inspired by the true post-war struggles of Spain.

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New York Times Bestseller and winner of the Carnegie Medal! "Masterfully crafted"The Wall Street Journal

Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.

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James A. Moore

From Twisted Publishing

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There is no peace in death.  Some people know that better than others, In Carson’s Point, Colorado the dead do not rest, but rise every night and try to kill whatever crosses their path.  Those dead are merely the symptom of something far worse, something ancient and evil that does not care for the Europeans taking the lands, or for those who lived there before.

The living do not matter, the dead are tools, the possible spawn of the pale, white thing lurking in the woods are all that is important to that dreadful force.  It will kill anything that gets in its path and make the living and the deceased suffer for their transgressions.

Carson’s Point is on a course that leads straight to Hell, unless something comes along that can fight back against the unnatural servants of the thing that wants the boomtown destroyed.

The wizard, Albert Miles, is in town for reasons all his own, escaping the latest terrors he’s spread across the land.  He might well be able to save the town, but if he does he’ll exact a terrible price.
The new sheriff has his work cut out for him.  There are savages waiting outside the town, dead things crawling from the grave, bad men set on taking what they want and fools aplenty trying to survive the disasters coming their way until they can once again go hunting for the dreams they hope will change their lives.

Jonathan Crowley could very well be the salvation that the town needs, but he has no desire to help anyone living there and has settled himself on one mission and one mission only: revenge against the soldiers that left him for dead.

The Hunter has quit and no longer wants anything to do with justice for humans or stopping the evil things that feast on humanity’s sorrows. Evil grows throughout the town, mortal evil and things far worse. And when the sun sets, that evil takes root and spreads like wildfire.

 BOOMTOWN, a Jonathan Crowley Weird Western Chronicle

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