A Strange Place to Die by Pagna C. Wick

In Imperial County California, the rich & famous and elderly, are receiving ransom letters demanding large sums of cash in exchange for their safety, from someone named The Maverick. After a death of a friend, and victim of The Maverick, Private Investigator Cassia is hired by Mr. Kessler, a wealthy old man living in Imperial County, and victim of The Maverick. Mr. Kessler is burdened with illness and chooses to live his remaining life with his riches and a hot young wife. Cassia speculates Mr. Kessler knows who is striking fear and murdering those who do not meet The Maverick’s demand. Prying information from Mr. Kessler, Cassia investigates one charming individual whom nobody seems to dislike. What Private Investigator Cassia does not know is, the lifestyle of the rich & famous will rub off on her for all the wrong reasons.

Targeted Audience: Adult

Author Bio:
Pagna C. Wick is a mountain climber from Montana. When not climbing he is an active reader of Shakespeare and many other modern English writers. He also enjoys a good laugh and frequents comedy clubs and his favorite television show is America's Funniest Home Videos.

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Where There’s Smoke by Cathy Cole

Firefighter Jo Woods’ life stopped the night her husband and daughter died. Discovering they were murdered just kick-started it again.

Jo Woods is struggling to hold on to her job and her sanity. Banished to the backwater town of Mourne Lough she vows to stop making waves, admit her family’s death was an accident and the guilt she feels is just plain old survivor guilt.

Then she finds the roses and everything changes. The killer hasn’t stopped. He’s here. In the same town. Stalking her.

And once again no one believes her.

After seven years of avoiding family and friends, Jo is alone and friendless in a strange town. In order to survive and, more importantly, bring the killer to justice, she must overcome her fears, embrace her new life. And she must do it quickly, because the killer has his sights set on her and he’s willing to kill anyone who gets in his way.

Enter Ian “Coop” Cooper, who sets her pulse fluttering and her antenna into overdrive. Does she dare trust him?

One thing Jo is clear about: This killer destroyed her past once before. No way is she going to let him destroy her future.

No matter what it takes!

Targeted Audience: Adult

Author Bio:
Cathy Cole lives in Northern Ireland with her husband, two sons, and Dexter, a dog who thinks he's her third son.

After being diagnosed with AS (Ankylosing Spondylitis), Cathy was forced to give up work and began writing. She writes both short stories and novels. Her first short – a humorous take on giving up smoking – won a national award and was broadcast on local radio. Her next took second place in the University of Winchester "Reaching Out" competition. You'll also find her work in the 2009 and 2010 A Writers' Christmas—anthologies published for charity. Her latest short story success was with Bridge House Publishing's Crime After Crime anthology, released December 2012

Spurred by the success of her short stories, Cathy turned to writing novels. Her debut novel Where There's Smoke—published by Fireborn Publishing—was inspired by the bravery of firefighters everywhere, but especially by those who gave so much on 9-11. Cathy has drawn directly upon her family's experience in the fire brigade in order to bring realism to her story.

At the moment, Cathy is hard at work on her next novel The Hungry Ghost.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve always been in awe of the work that the emergency services do – never more so than after 9/11. They are a tight unit, more like family, which got me thinking. What if a firefighter thought a murderous arsonist was at work, and none of her comrades believed her? How would she react? What, if anything, could she do? From those questions the story was born.

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A CUP OF TEA: A DANIEL FURROW MYSTERY by Humberto Gonzalez

For the past six months, Daniel Furrow has been obsessed with finding the mysterious woman who got away. He is hurt by the fact that history is repeating itself, although this time it’s his career that’s at stake. He can’t get his wife back, but he isn’t going to let his career slip away, too. He gets way too excited when another body is found, and his emotions threaten to get in the way of the truth. Will he be able to think this through with a clear head and find the connection? Or is there even one to start with?

Jasmin Ford is an artist, a collector. In her own way, that is. She is smart, always a step ahead of Daniel. She is more and more intrigued by him, and she isn’t afraid to let him know that. She is professional, and she isn’t working alone. She can get away with anything, including murder. Or can she? And what if she wants to get caught?

Targeted Audience: 15+

Author Bio:
Ethan McGarrett was an “ordinary” guy, just like anyone else. He grew up in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Being the son of an ex-soldier, it was his duty and pleasure to serve his country. That was all he knew. His father`s example made him decide about his fate. He wanted to save people and fight.
He wanted to be a hero, but today he is a wounded combat veteran instead. His tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he faithfully served his country in the United States Army didn`t bring him much fame or glory, but it did change something. The way he sees the world, others, and himself.
Many of his stories include characters he created in his spare time during the war. He came back home with tons of tales, nightmares, and handwritten notes. He was but one of the many who came back broken, and he wanted to put the pieces back together. He had a hard time getting back to civilization, as mentally he was still at war. While before he fought real battles, now he was facing his own demons. Ones that he couldn't hide from, and ones that seemed equally real to him.
He was trained to do things that he can’t apply here. He dedicated his life to fighting a war, and now that his services aren`t needed anymore, he had to find a way to fit in once more. He realized that he had to share his thoughts with others, so that they would know what was on his mind. Frustrated with the bureaucracy and inefficiency of the VA office, he decided to write stories for a living.
He writes mostly mystery and crime.

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Child of Paradise (Listen to your Dreams) by Pratibha R DH

Life takes an unexpected turn when Tia meets the boy whom she secretly had a crush on all through her school years. Not only does Ron steal her heart but he seems equally besotted in a true blue sense of the word. Tia’s friends who had always known about her infatuation are more than thrilled as Ron is absolutely a girl’s dream come true – a stunner with a heart of gold.

Everything seemed just so perfect and it looked like the universe finally heard her wishes…if not for one person who didn’t want her to be with Ron. And it was none other than the person Tia loved most in the world – Rianna, her sister. The bizzare part of it all was that Rianna was no longer alive! Tia was continuously haunted by dreams of her sister who kept warning her off Ron.

Her sister’s case being closed off by the police as suicide was something that had left Tia deeply perturbed even years after her passing away. As Tia follows her instincts and tries to solve the mystery surrounding her sister’s death she comes up with evidence that might just open up a can of worms and shatter her whole family.

Will she be able to fulfil her sister’s last wish? Will she make the right choice between love and justice? This story is a journey of corporate ambition, greed, lust and betrayal. A paranormal crime novel that will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions and family drama while at the same time leave you twitching to unearth the mystery of a death, unresolved.

Targeted Audience: 21

Author Bio:
Pratibha R DH is the author of the children book series, Magical Ventures of Loli and Lenny, and a suspense romance novelette, Redemption. Besides being able to manifest her love for writing through her career as an IT content specialist, she also blogs on topics such as mindfulness, spirituality, personal growth, writing and intentional living.

These days her mantra for living an empowered life comprises a one-hour daily pack of yoga, meditation and morning pages. She loves to spend time with her family and generally be outdoors, taking a walk or simply spending time with nature. Music, swimming, dance and reading are her other passions. She lives in India with her husband and two young sons.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My desire to know about after-life born out of the early loss of my loved ones, has been the real life inspiration behind my new paranormal crime thriller. Here the protagonist, like me, is haunted by dreams and these dreams have sometimes been prophetic or have brought a meaning in her life. My experience with psychics and mediums has also been touched upon through the heroine's life. Her curiosity as well as her refusal to accept the conventional in turn is a catalyst in solving the mystery surrounding her sister's death. This book touches upon subjects such as after-life, spirit guides, dream visitations, police investigations, family ties and are for readers who’d love a thriller or a mystery with a supernatural edge. It also borders round corporate dreams and ambitions – the politics of it that can make or break a person. This too has been hugely inspired by my experience of a career in the corporate world. Hence the book is a journey I can closely relate to which is about loss, defeat, deceit, betrayal, depression and yet finding the light at end of the tunnel.

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THE AUTHOR’S CHOICE: A DANIEL FURROW MYSTERY by Humberto Gonzalez

Daniel Furrow has a double murder of twin brothers to solve. One that challenges even his abilities as a detective. He starts questioning himself, as well as the things he thought he knew. A mysterious woman appears, writing about the crimes as they happen. Surely, nobody else knows about the details to such an extent, except the killer herself? But why is he convinced that he is looking for a woman? The unsolved cases keep piling on his desk, and there is only one way to solve them: he needs to find out the true identity of the mystery woman who has him wrapped around her fingers. Just how far can her influence reach? Can Daniel cope with all this, or will it take the best of him?

Rebecca Grayson is an aspiring author. The only problem is that she writes about murders she committed, and ones that Daniel is unable to solve. But as much as he can’t resist her charms and dangerous mind, she has fallen into his trap, too. Will her feelings lead her to her first mistake, and probably her downfall?

Targeted Audience: 15+

Author Bio:
Ethan McGarrett was an “ordinary” guy, just like anyone else. He grew up in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Being the son of an ex-soldier, it was his duty and pleasure to serve his country. That was all he knew. His father`s example made him decide about his fate. He wanted to save people and fight.
He wanted to be a hero, but today he is a wounded combat veteran instead. His tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he faithfully served his country in the United States Army didn`t bring him much fame or glory, but it did change something. The way he sees the world, others, and himself.
Many of his stories include characters he created in his spare time during the war. He came back home with tons of tales, nightmares, and handwritten notes. He was but one of the many who came back broken, and he wanted to put the pieces back together. He had a hard time getting back to civilization, as mentally he was still at war. While before he fought real battles, now he was facing his own demons. Ones that he couldn't hide from, and ones that seemed equally real to him.
He was trained to do things that he can’t apply here. He dedicated his life to fighting a war, and now that his services aren`t needed anymore, he had to find a way to fit in once more. He realized that he had to share his thoughts with others, so that they would know what was on his mind. Frustrated with the bureaucracy and inefficiency of the VA office, he decided to write stories for a living.
He writes mostly mystery and crime.

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Red Bride’s Noose by Alexandra Swistak

cover2Being a girl in a Sikh family can be a real killer.

Camille Hayer should be preparing for a job interview—not ordered to pack her bags for a
cousin’s wedding in rural Orissa. India is the last place on earth she would go to willingly; it’s where her sister disappeared thirteen years ago.

On arrival, Camille’s bag is brutally snatched and her family is more concerned about catching a train. No ticket, no passport, and adapting to third world conditions is the least of her worries when a body is found in the sugar cane stalks.

Without forensic specialists, Inspector Chandra Bhan accepts the monumental task of finding a calculating killer. In the midst of a poisonous agenda, Camille breaks the ban of silence about Samara and a gruesome truth leads her to question everything she knew about her family.

Against this backdrop, Chandra grapples for a motive, but this is a crazy marriage obsessed society and the murder of a stranger is hardly a worthy curiosity. While she treads carefully through ancient rituals, scorching daylight blurs into the night and nothing is as it seems. A second body is discovered, sinister lies unfold and Camille’s father becomes prime suspect.

Then Camille makes a connection, but is she too late to escape the red bride’s noose?

Targeted Audience: Over 18

Author Bio:
Alexandra Swistak has traveled the world in her study of languages, culture and architecture.

She has degrees in education and art history, specializing in Early Renaissance paintings. A dream job move to Asia triggered a career change by the time she returned to Canada. She brings art, travel and an interest in the supernatural to her writing.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have not found many books about women from other cultures who manage to turn oppression and violence into opportunity. So I chose to write about a very closed culture and explore a different kind of outcome for Camille.

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On the Inside by James Kipling

b126Detective Hazel Hanson is one of the best in her field. Her headstrong and stubborn approach has proven itself in every solved murder case in New York City. But all of that changes when she is given the responsibility of solving The Slitter Case. Unaware of the true dangers that lie in wait for her, Detective Hanson attempts to find the man responsible for the brutal killings of several women in New York City. The scales begin to tip when FBI agents storm in to assist with the case. Among them is Special Agent Owen Jones, the only person Hazel has ever loved and whose sudden reappearance after five years threatens to jeopardize her sanity. As she battles with her own inner demons, the case and her life begin to spiral out of control. This young detective is unprepared for the hidden dangers that lie on the other side and unaware that her life now hangs in the balance.

Targeted Audience: 22

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