Crossroads in the Dark IV: Ghosts

Crossroads in the Dark IV

Series: Crossroads in the Dark Anthology, Volume 4
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Suspense
Release Date: December 1, 2018
Cover Design: Bachman Designs
Publisher: Burning Willow Press

One night after a close friends’ funeral, you feel a strange tickle on your neck. At first you shrug it off as a figment of your imagination, or a flying pest, but then you feel it again… and again… and again. Turning you do not see anything there. Nothing, not even a shadow. In the far-reaches of your sight, you start to make out a somehow familiar figure, arising from the darkness of the corner of your room. You reach for the switch of the nightstand lamp only to knock it over to the floor. Your fear starts to rise along with the hairs on your neck. A familiar voice comes across the room… “Why didn’t you hear me…?”

Welcome back to the Crossroads.

Crossroads in the Dark IV: GHOSTS is a collection of short stories developed in hopes of bringing awareness to suicide prevention around the world. While the stories do not tell of suicide, they do tell of GHOSTS. For whom are the ghosts that haunt us daily? What are the remains of an otherwise perfect life ended far too soon? Which are the people who we find hardest to move forward from when we lose them? The easy answer is the ones we failed to save.

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The Rest of the Series

If CRITD IV sounds interesting to you, check out the other books in the series while you wait.

Crossroads in the Dark: Anthology of Morality
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Crossroads in the Dark II: Urban Legends
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Crossroads in the Dark III: Monsters Under Your Bed
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Between Darkness and the Light
by Paul Mitchener


Summary: A young, bored and confused teenager is thrown into an adventurous world that he believed only existed in books and dreams. Henry is destined to become the next Host Master and to lead the everlasting fight between the darkness and the light. The Wyvern, an ancient creature of mythical powers and defender of all things living, has to find a host to be able to dwell in this world. It chooses Henry. After his encounter with Bert and the odd dog Ben in the woodland, Henry s life would never be the same again: as well as finding his only true love, he s told that his mother and aunt had kept from him that they were creatures of nature and guardians of the woodland and commanded great powers. Henry has to find a way to grow up fast and find the strength to face up to both his own demons as well as those sent by the Shadow Master, a powerful sorcerer, who has the power and the aid from dark allies to destroy life and spread darkness across the world.

Information about the book

Title: Between Darkness and the Light

Author: Paul Mitchener

Release Date: 14th March 2018

Genre: YA Adventure

Publisher: Brown Dog Books

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I now live in a small picturesque village called Penton Grafton in Hampshire, which consists a large duck pond, a village green where cricket is played most Sundays during the summer and a 14th century church. Penton Grafton is about four miles away from our nearest large town of Andover. Andover is briefly mentioned in my book.

One of seven children and a son of a farmer, I spent all my childhood playing in the countryside. I was born in the same house that my parents lived in for all their married life. Unfortunately, I had very pour education. That, added to the fact that I suffer from dyslexia, meant that I didn’t just struggle with the written word all of my life, but I also had to work twice as hard as others in many aspect of life. That said, I have never allowed it to hold me back from anything I wanted to achieve. I’m now retired but before that, I was a Managing/production director of company that made armoured and stretched luxury limousines for royals and dignitaries, mainly in the Middle East. I spent the best part of fifteen years travelling the world on business and met many of the royals as well as famous celebrities. Since retiring, I took a two year full time collage course in countryside conservation which is a subject that I’m very passionate about and despite my disorder, I achieved top grades and best student of the year.

Between the Darkness and the Light is my first novel but I’m now in the process of writing a sequel, my motivation for this book comes in two parts. Firstly, to become a published author has been on my bucket list for years now. I’ve always envied anyone who could write, especially writers like Terry Brooks, who have the skill to capture a moment in time and develop such interesting strong characters, so, I needed to prove to myself that someday I could write a novel. Dyslexia can be a very debilitating condition which is often overlooked, so I wanted to prove not just to myself but to others that suffer from it, that if they really worked at it, they could do the same and nothing should hold them back from reaching their own potential. I managed to achieve more than most and much more than I had hoped; but it has been a long hard uphill battle.

Secondly, I have a passion for nature and although my book is fantasy it is set in the here and now. The message I wish to get across to my readers (especially teenagers) is that we must start caring for the world in which we live. One of the main reason for choosing a teenager as the main character was to try and take others of the same age on a journey of discovery but with a teenage prospective, his first love, his new-found passion for nature and other living beings; but more importantly, discovering himself. What makes my book important to me are the characters and the location in which my book is set. Most of my characters are a mix of people that I know or have known in the past, although the people I know are interesting characters in their own right, it was fun putting them all in a mixing pot and creating new and more interesting characters. The location is set in and around the town of Whitchurch, an area where I was born and raised, the woodland was where I used to play as a child, there’re both places I still hold very dear to my heart.

The whole story of my book is set around one teenaged character (Henry Harris). Henry a confused, lazy and often very moody young man and now having left full education he has no idea what he wants from life. I’m sure most, if not all teenaged readers can relate to him, especially his relationship with his family. Henry eventually finds himself but only with the help, support and love from those that care for him most. The only message I wish to get across to teenagers is, that they don’t have to face life’s trials alone, if they have family and friends that love them and support them there is nothing in this world that they couldn’t get through.

My Review

4 Stars

Henry Harris is a teenager that is bored and unsure about what he wants to do with this life. But he does know that he doesn’t want to work in his Uncles factory. This causes some strife between him and his mother and he finds himself walking in the woods after another argument. But there he notices a strange sign and meets a man and talking dog that are going to be the start to a new quest.

Henry’s mother is one of two creations that were made to protect the forest. But his mother wanted to try and give Henry a normal life. In the process she has neglected her duties and things have turned for the worst. It is now time for a new host for the Wyvern and that host will be Henry. Well, if he can pull things together and become the leader that they all need if they are going to survive the fight with the Shadow Master.

This is a fantastic story. I have to admit that I really didn’t like Henry at first and wanted to slap him upside the head. Then when he was being told what is really going on the teenage attitude comes out and I wanted to shake him. Thankfully he starts to realize that this is serious and that he needs to mature pretty fast if he is going to be the hero that everyone needs.

I will be honest; there was only one thing that did draw away from the book for me. The dialog is jammed together in one big paragraph so it was easy to lose track of who what talking and scene shifts happened without a real break to let you know what was happening.

This is a beautiful and terrible world that Paul Mitchener has created but I love how easy it is to get sucked into the story. I figured I would just read the first chapter and looked up to realize that it was almost time to get up and read for work the next morning. I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read more books from Mr. Mitchener.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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Tales From the Forest

Tales From the Forest
by Johanna Sarah Aldridge
Genre: YA Mystery
The Forest Realm is a magical world within our own. You cannot see it,
nor can you hear it, and only very few might be able to feel it. The
realm feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, and protects the
hunted… so long as their hearts are pure.
Recently orphaned, two heartbroken brothers are at risk
of separation by the government…
A black Labrador leads a colony of rabbits away from danger…
A destitute family of rats seek a new life away from the pollution of
the big city…
All have been rescued by the realm of magic, and their lives are truly
about to change.
Come and join us in The Forest where magic thrives, adventures are rife,
and friendships last forever.
Jo was born in Colchester, Essex, in 1974 and since an early age has
always been accused of having a wild imagination. This didnt stop her
from studying for an honours degree in Cell and Molecular Biology,
training as a science teacher, then go on to train as a Biomedical
Scientist. She eventually took a post in Clinical Chemistry at Jersey
General Hospital in the Channel Islands.
Whilst holding down a
full time job, and working 28 hour emergency on call shifts, she has
managed to find the time to share that wild imagination with the
world by writing online fan fiction stories about the CW series
She enjoyed it so much that, with a lot of
encouragement from her husband, she decided to write her own stories.
Not an easy task for somone dogged by anxiety and depression, and
since her diagnosis in 2013 she has also been battling with
Ulcerative Colitis.
In spite of her struggles, Tales from the
Forest, a series of short stories set in a magical realm, began to
take physical form on her laptop screen, and her black labrador
Nelson is a valiant hero in some of the stories. As an avid animal
lover, she has vowed that all proceeds from the sale of this book
series will help to set up a forever home sanctuary for stray,
elderly and abandoned dogs.
Although still working full time
at the hospital, she has turned her thoughts to the future, and now
holds a Diploma in Dog Training from the Centre of Excellence, and is
currently studying towards a Diploma in Canine Communication in order
to prepare for a life of working with rescue dogs.
My Review
5 Stars

Tales from the Forest is a collection of sixteen short stories that revolve around everyone finding themselves in the magic forest. Although the stories are not linked, you should read them in order since some characters make an appearance and progress other stories along. Follow along as two brothers that are alone find their place in the forest, a Labrador helps some rabbits to safety, a brother’s desire for things left behind, and so much more.

This is a great collection of stories that bring so many areas together with the magic of the forest and those that find themselves in it. They all have their problems that are worked through and lessons learned along the way.

Some of the stories touched me more than others. The Candletree was very touching about those that are not with you. Growing Pains goes to show that what we see and think is not always the truth. You really can’t have happy fairy tales, what would you learn from that?

This is a wonderful collection and a great teaser for Johanna Aldridge’s talents. I can’t wait to read more of her stories but I have to say that although the collection wetted my taste buds I would rather have a full length novel to really falling into this magical forest.

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Burglars & Blintzes


Burglars & Blintzes (Moorehaven Mysteries – 2) by Morgan C. Talbot

Moorehaven is swarming with guests during summer’s last hurrah, and Pippa has her hands full at the mystery-author B&B. When her gossip-group connections inform her that a local construction project has unearthed a skeleton with a pocketful of Spanish gold, the news spreads, and treasure hunters flood the beaches. But the skeleton has a more recent connection to the area than anyone suspected, unearthing a shameful secret that hits far too close to home.

A marine salvage team rolls into town, seeking the rest of the treasure. When they hire Pippa’s boyfriend, Lake, to be their pilot, the team’s pretty spelunker quickly stakes a claim, rousing Pippa’s jealousy. But Pippa’s been playing tug-of-war over Lake ever since his ex-wife, Mallory Tavish, became the new acting chief of police.

When a killer’s strike brings tragedy to Moorehaven’s door, Pippa must rally her friends, family, and mystery-writing guests to catch the murderer before she loses someone she can’t live without and all the warmth of summer dies with one last gasp.

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 Morgan C. Talbot

Author’s Bio

USA Today Bestselling Author Morgan C. Talbot is an outdoorsy girl with a deep and abiding love for the natural sciences. Her degrees involve English and jujitsu. She enjoys hiking, camping, and wandering in the woods looking for the trail to the car, but there isn’t enough chocolate on the planet to bribe her into rock climbing.

When she’s not writing, she can be found making puzzles, getting lost on the way to geocaches, reading stories to her children, or taking far too many pictures of the same tree or rock.

Morgan is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and served as a panelist at Left Coast Crime 2015: Crimelandia. She lives in Eastern Washington with her family.

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My Review

5 stars

Pippa runs the Moorehaven, a Bed and Breakfast that caters to mystery authors in Oregon. It is the end of the season and the house is full. They are also expecting a typhoon of the coast and everyone is getting prepared. But the surprise after the storm is a skeleton with old Spanish coins in its pocket. Of course now all treasure hunters hurry to find the treasure that has to be connected with the body and coins. But then a fresh body is discovered and the mystery is on. Pippa and the authors are on their toes to see if they can solve this new mystery. But Pippa has a lot of her plate on top of this. She is trying to get closer to Lake but it seems his ex-wife is going to be there to cause as much trouble as possible.

I absolutely loved Smugglers and Scones and was over joyed when Morgan Talbot asked me to review the next book in the series. I was NOT disappointed. I love Moorehaven and all the authors. They all have their own stories yet find themselves wrapped up in the double murders. Of course Pippa is doing everything she can to protect those she loves and her guests.

I love how balance an older murder with a present day one without bouncing back and forth in time. I was kept on the edge of my seat and had no idea who the killer was until Pippa did. This is a great cozy mystery and had me drooling for blintzes throughout. Make sure to check this series out.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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Publisher: MuseItYA a division of MuseItUp Publishing.
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Alice’s parents refuse to let her have a dog, so when Alice sees a paint stain on the sidewalk that looks like a dog, she decides that she will make him a virtual pet. She calls him Splotch and downloads a picture of him to her computer. To her surprise, he escapes from the computer and begins to act as Alice’s self-appointed protector. Unfortunately, he sees most people as potential enemies of Alice, including her teacher and the school principal, and he is not shy about giving those various enemies a bite. When Splotch starts to attack Alice’s best friend, Alice knows there is a big problem. But how will she get Splotch to stop being a guard dog and go back into the computer?

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 photo Anne and Ken Egypt 2_zpsjwom2cls.jpgAnne Rothman-Hicks is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College where, in 1969, at a college dance, she met a student from Haverford named Kenneth Hicks. They have been together pretty much ever since, getting married, having children, writing books, making art, and generally conspiring to live lives that are happy, creative, and good.

Anne and Ken’s most recent novels and stories are set in New York City, where they have lived for most of their married lives.
Their middle reader series, Alice and Friends, features Alice, a 10-year-old girl with a vivid imagination that gets her into and out of trouble. The titles are, STONE FACES, BROWNSTONE FACES, and SPLOTCH.
In Ken and Anne’s tween book, THINGS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM, Jennifer and James find a pigeon in Central Park whose foot was caught in a bit of string attached to a fence. Only this pigeon was actually a man before he was turned into a pigeon over a hundred years earlier. Now he needs some help to be turned back into a man before a certain hawk captures and eats him instead.
A sequel, REMEMBERING THOMAS, has been published by MuseItUp Publishing in March of 2018.
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The Gathering


The Gathering by Bernadette Giacomazzo

The Uprising Series tells the story of three freedom fighters and their friends in high — and low — places that come together to overthrow a vainglorious Emperor and his militaristic Cabal to restore the city, and the way of life, they once knew and loved. In The Gathering, Jamie Ryan has defected from the Cabal and has joined his former brothers-in-arms — Basile Perrinault and Kanoa Shinomura — to form a collective known as The Uprising. When an explosion leads to him crossing paths with Evanora Cunningham — a product of Jamie’s past — he discovers that The Uprising is bigger, and more important, than he thought.

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 Bernadette Giacomazzo

Author Bio

With an impressive list of credentials earned over the course of two decades, Bernadette R. Giacomazzo is a multi-hyphenate in the truest sense of the word: an editor, writer, photographer, publicist, and digital marketing specialist who has demonstrated an uncanny ability to thrive in each industry with equal aplomb. Her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, People, Us Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, and many, many more. She served as the news editor of Go! NYC Magazine for nearly a decade, the executive editor of LatinTRENDS Magazine for five years, the eye candy editor of XXL Magazine for two years, and the editor-at-large at iOne/Zona de Sabor for two years. As a publicist, she has worked with the likes of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and his G-Unit record label, rapper Kool G. Rap, and various photographers, artists, and models. As a digital marketing specialist, Bernadette is Google Adwords certified, has an advanced knowledge of SEO, PPC, link-building, and other digital marketing techniques, and has worked for a variety of clients in the legal, medical, and real estate industries.

Based in New York City, Bernadette is the co-author of Swimming with Sharks: A Real World, How-To Guide to Success (and Failure) in the Business of Music (for the 21st Century), and the author of the forthcoming dystopian fiction series, The Uprising. She also contributed a story to the upcoming Beyonce Knowles tribute anthology, The King Bey Bible, which will be available in bookstores nationwide in the summer of 2018.

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My Review

4 Stars

The world has moved on and not necessarily in a good way. This is New York City in the future, ruled by the Emperor has taken control and has outlawed music, the arts, free will, and so much more. He has cowed the people down and those that violate the rules meet with a bad end with his Cabal, military force. But twenty years of this is too much and a group is starting an Uprising and plan to take the Emperor down.

The story is about Jamie Ryan. He is a former rocker that was part of the Cabal and is now leading the revolt against the emperor. Two of his friends are there to help along with the daughter of his deceased best friend.

The story starts right in the thick of things and I found that I was confused by the first chapter. I didn’t really understand what was going on, how the Emperor got to power, or anything else. But by the time I got to chapter two I was hooked.

This is a bleak world and there are parts of this story that are very tough to read. But I love how it takes fears that we face today and turns them on their head. I could see some people not really getting into the story because of the darkness but I loved it and can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.

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Serpentine (Anita Blake – 26) by Laurell K. Hamilton

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, returns for her twenty-sixth adventure. Fans of Charlaine Harris and Anne Rice will delight in this series by Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton. ‘A hardcore guilty pleasure’ – The Times Anita Blake faces new, even deadlier enemies as she and the people she loves confront major changes in their lives…

Vampire hunter Anita Blake has managed to overcome everything she faces. But this time there’s a monster that even she doesn’t know how to fight…

A remote Florida island is the perfect wedding destination for the upcoming nuptials of Anita’s fellow U.S. Marshal and best friend Edward. For Anita, the vacation is a welcome break, as it’s the first trip she gets to take with just wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel. But it’s not all fun and games and bachelor parties…

In this tropical paradise, Micah discovers a horrific new form of lycanthropy, one that has afflicted a single family for generations. Believed to be the result of an ancient Greek curse, it turns human bodies into a mass of snakes.

When long-simmering resentment leads to a big blowout within the wedding party, the last thing Anita needs is more drama. But it finds her anyway when women start disappearing from the hotel, and worse–her own friends and lovers are considered the prime suspects. There’s a strange power afoot that Anita has never confronted before, a force that’s rendering those around her helpless in its thrall. Unable to face it on her own, Anita is willing to accept help from even the deadliest places. Help that she will most certainly regret–if she survives at all, that is…

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Author’s Bio

Laurell Kaye Hamilton (born February 19, 1963) is an American multi-genre writer. She is best known as the author of two series of stories, Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter and Merry Gentry.

Her New York Times-bestselling Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series centers on Anita Blake, a professional zombie raiser, vampire executioner and supernatural consultant for the police, which includes novels, short story collections, and comic books. Six million copies of Anita Blake novels are in print. Her New York Times-bestselling Merry Gentry series centers on Meredith Gentry, Princess of the Unseelie court of Faerie, a private detective facing repeated assassination attempts.

Both fantasy series follow their protagonists as they gain in power and deal with the dangerous “realities” of worlds in which creatures of legend live.

Laurell was born in rural Arkansas but grew up in northern Indiana with her grandmother. Her education includes degrees in English and biology from Marion College (now called Indiana Wesleyan University).

Hamilton is involved with a number of animal charities, particularly supporting dog rescue efforts and wildlife preservation.

Hamilton currently lives with her family in St. Louis, Missouri.

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My Review

3 stars

Essentially Anita is taking a little entourage with her to Florida to attend Edward’s wedding to Donna. While there they discover a family that slowly turns into snakes and some women that have disappeared. The local police believe that one of Anita’s group is the killer so she steps up to solve this mystery.

I loved this series when I first started reading it years ago. I couldn’t get enough but noticed that the further I got into the series the more the books become drama, sex, and a semi decent plot that just kept getting smaller and smaller the more books I read. So I quit reading after Incubus Dreams. But when I was approached to review Serpentine I couldn’t wait to see what I have missed.

The murders and snake curse caught my attention and I was really curious to see where these would go. But there were a couple bumps to the plot that caused me to pause in the story. I will say that when the story finally got going it was fast and kept me turning pages.

Sadly the book is filled with so much drama and porn that I was about to put the book down several times. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the first books in this series and know that there is going to be lots of sex. What got me is the feel that the plot was just the fluff parts to the next sex scene. I also hate the drama. There’s a reason that I don’t really like most romance books and that is it. If I wanted to watch daytime tv I would, I wouldn’t waste my reading time on it.

Overall I was disappointed in this book. It seems the series has continued with the things that initially turned me away from it, which is sad since I really liked it when I first started reading it. I think that I am done with any new books with Anita Blake in them unless they can get back to a decent plot that the story is based on, not the drama and pointless over done sex scenes.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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