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When former naval intelligence officer Jack Steele opens a letter from his aunt, he makes an immediate decision to head to Nome, Alaska. Although he hasn’t seen Marie in twenty years, he’s concerned when she tells him her husband, Uncle Jimmy, is in trouble. From the moment Jack picks up that envelope, he knows he’s about to enter a situation better left alone. But loyalty to family is stronger than a gut feeling.
Jack, a private investigator with Connor, Steele & Harrison Private Investigation Agency lands in Nome and discovers that Lindberg Research Corporation has been using the people of that city as guinea pigs to perfect mind-control research. He has stumbled onto a massive conspiracy that has held hostage the noble people of Nome. The plot threatens America’s way of life, the life of the vice president of the United States, and Jack’s own survival.
Alone and without his usual resources and special equipment, Jack is over matched and is nearly killed before he can even scratch the surface of what’s really taking place in Nome. Jack must elude an ex-Special Forces Green Beret—a man who has sworn over his dead son to kill Jack—and work around local law enforcement and other mysterious forces in order to save the people of Nome and the vice president of the United States.
About the Author
Dennis Quiles earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in business administration. A US military veteran and a veteran of the protection business, he is the director of global security services for one of the world’s largest multinational corporations. Quiles and his wife have three children and currently live in Illinois.
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A Ghostly Mortality

A Ghostly Mortality

by Tonya Kappes

on Tour February 28 – March 30, 2017

Synopsis:

A Ghostly Mortality

That ghost sure looks . . . familiar

Only a handful of people know that Emma Lee Raines, proprietor of a small-town Kentucky funeral home, is a “Betweener.” She helps ghosts stuck between here and the ever-after—murdered ghosts. Once Emma Lee gets them justice they can cross over to the great beyond.

But Emma Lee’s own sister refuses to believe in her special ability. In fact, the Raines sisters have barely gotten along since Charlotte Rae left the family business for the competition. After a doozy of an argument, Emma Lee is relieved to see Charlotte Rae back home to make nice. Until she realizes her usually snorting, sarcastic, family-ditching sister is a… ghost.

Charlotte Rae has no earthly idea who murdered her or why. With her heart in tatters, Emma Lee relies more than ever on her sexy beau, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross…because this time, catching a killer means the Raines sisters will have to make peace with each other first.

Book Details:

Genre: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal
Published by: Witness
Publication Date: February 28th 2017
Number of Pages: 336
ISBN: 0062466976 (ISBN13: 9780062466976)
Series: Ghostly Southern Mysteries #6
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Lawdy bee.” Granny scooted to the edge of the chair and lifted her arms in the air like she was worshiping in the Sunday morning service at Sleepy Hollow Baptist and the spirit just got put in her.

I sucked in a deep breath, preparing myself for whatever was going to come out of Zula Fae Raines Payne’s mouth, my granny. She was a ball of southern spitfire in her five-foot-four-inch frame topped off with bright red hair that I wasn’t sure was real or out of a L’Oréal bottle she’d gotten down at the Buy-N-Fly.

“Please, please, please,” she begged. “Let me die before anything happens to Emma Lee.” Her body slid down the fancy, high-back mahogany leather chair as she fell to her knees with her hands clasped together, bringing them back up in the air as she pleaded to the Big Guy in the sky. “I’m begging you.”

“Are you nuts?” My voice faded to a hushed stillness. I glanced back at the closed door of my sister’s new office, in fear she was going to walk in and see Granny acting up. I sat in the other fancy, high-back mahogany leather chair next to Granny’s and grabbed her by the loose skin of her underarm. “Get back up on this chair before Charlotte Rae gets back in here and sees you acting like a fool.”

“What?” Granny quirked her eyebrows questioningly as if her behavior was normal. My head dropped along with my jaw in the “are you kidding me” look.

“Well, I ain’t lying!” She spat, “I do hope and pray you are the granddaughter that will be doing my funeral, unless you get a flare up of the ‘Funeral Trauma.’ ” She sucked in a deep breath and got up off her knees. She ran her bony fingers down the front of her cream sweater to smooth out any wrinkles so she’d be presentable like a good southern woman, forgetting she was just on her knees begging for mercy.

“Flare up?” I sighed with exasperation. “It’s not like arthritis.”

The “Funeral Trauma.” It was true. I was diagnosed with the “Funeral Trauma” after a decorative plastic Santa fell off the roof of Artie’s Meat and Deli, knocking me flat out cold and now I could see dead people. I had told Doc Clyde I was having some sort of hallucinations and seeing dead people, but he insisted I had been in the funeral business a little too long and seeing corpses all of my life had brought on the trauma. Truthfully, the Santa had given me a gift. Not a gift you’d expect Santa to give you, but it was the gift of seeing clients of Eternal Slumber, my family’s funeral home business where I was the undertaker. Some family business. Anyway, a psychic told me I was now a Betweener. I helped people who were stuck between here and the ever after. The Great Beyond. The Big Guy in the sky. One catch . . . the dead people I saw were murdered and they needed me to help them solve their murder before they could cross over.

“I’m fine,” I huffed and took the pamphlet off of Charlotte Rae’s desk, keeping my gift to myself. The only people who knew were me, the psychic and Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, my hot, hunky and sexy boyfriend. He was as handy as a pocket on a shirt when it came time for me to find a killer when a ghost was following me around. “We are here to get her to sign my papers and talk about this sideboard issue once and for all.” Granny stared at me.

My head slid forward like a turtle and I popped my eyes open.

“I’m fine,” I said through closed teeth.

“You are not fine.” Granny rolled her eyes so big, I swear she probably hurt herself. “People are still going around talking about how you talk to yourself.” She shook her finger at me. “If you don’t watch it, you are going to be committed. Surrounded by padded walls. Then—She jabbed her finger on my arm. I swatted her away with the pamphlet.

“Charlotte Rae will have full control over my dead body and I don’t want someone celebrating a wedding while I lay corpse in the next room. Lawdy bee,” Granny griped. I opened the pamphlet and tried to ignore Granny as best I could.

“Do you hear me, Emma Lee?” Granny asked. I could feel her beady eyes boring into me.

“Don’t you be disrespecting your elders. I asked you a question,” she warned when I didn’t immediately answer her question.

“Granny.” I placed the brochure in my lap and reminded myself to remain calm. Something I did often when it came to my granny. “I hear you. Don’t you worry about a thing. By the time you get ready to die, they will have you in the nut-house alongside me,” I joked, knowing it would get her goat. The door flung open and the click of Charlotte Rae’s high-dollar heels tapped the hardwood floor as she sashayed her way back into her office. The soft linen green suit complemented Charlotte’s sparkly green eyes and the chocolate scarf that was neatly tied around her neck. It was the perfect shade of brown to go with her long red hair and pale skin.

“I’m so sorry about that.” She stopped next to our chairs and looked between me and Granny. She shook the long, loose curls over her shoulders. “What? What is wrong, now?”

“Granny is all worried I’m going to get sent away to the nuthouse and you are going to lay her out here.” The words tumbled out of my mouth before I could stop them. Or did my subconscious take over my mouth? It was always a competition between me and Charlotte, only it was one-sided. Mine. Charlotte never viewed me as competition because she railroaded me all my life. Like now. She’d left Eternal Slumber with zero guilt, leaving me in charge so she could make more money at Hardgrove’s Legacy Center, formerly known as Hardgrove’s Funeral Homes until they got too big for their britches and decided to host every life event possible just to make more money.

Excerpt from A Ghostly Mortality by Tonya Kappes. Copyright © 2017 by Tonya Kappes. Reproduced with permission from Witness. All rights reserved.

Author Bio:

Tonya KappesTonya Kappes has written more than fifteen novels and four novellas, all of which have graced numerous bestseller lists including USA Today. Best known for stories charged with emotion and humor and filled with flawed characters, her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews. She lives with her husband, two very spoiled schnauzers, and one ex-stray cat in northern Kentucky. Now that her boys are teenagers, Tonya writes full-time but can be found at all of her guys’ high school games with a pencil and paper in hand.

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My Review

5 stars

Emma Lee Raines works in the family mortuary. Emma and her sister are part owners but Charlotte Rae decided to work for the competition. The girls don’t get along and Emma and her grandmother are trying to get Charlotte to sign over her part of the mortuary. But then Charlotte shows up as a ghost. Although the sisters had differences, Emma is going to help solve her sister’s murder so she can pass on. With the help of her sexy boyfriend Sheriff Jack Henry and Charlotte Emma is up against her hardest case.

I recently read book A Ghostly Reunion, which had me hooked for this one. I felt for Emma and the differences she had with Charlotte but it broke my heart when she learned that she had been murdered. But she was going to do her job and help her sister move on. I loved the whole mystery, I never expected the killer but it all made sense when I looked back.

If you like your cozy mysteries with a touch of humor and paranormal aspects then look no further. This book will have you tearing up and laughing at the same time. This is a great series and I will have to make sure to get the books that I am missing to see what happened from the start.

I received A Ghostly Mortality from Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for free. This has no influenced my opinion in any way.

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Have you ever wanted a quick reference book that covered everything from grammar to the ins and outs of publishing a novel? Look no further!

‘Practical Tips for Every Author’ is chock-full of one hundred hints, tips, tricks, lessons, and many other facets of the writing industry in this all-in-one tutorial book.

Covering everything from grammar, punctuation, prose, style, parts of speech, and composition to marketing, formatting, tips on query letter writing, submission guideline help, assistance with the legal in and outs of publishing – to writing the dedication, blurb, acknowledgements—and everything in between!

Over three and a half years in the making, Steve Soderquist has stuffed one book full of everything the beginning author needs to get his or her book written, edited, formatted, sent to publishers or self-published, distributed and marketed. An extremely handy guide for the experienced author as well, to brush up on key components for all things book-related.

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‘Practical Tips for Every Author’ was written by Steve Soderquist, the co-owner of Foundations, LLC and has written and published five novels, one novella and a children’s short story. He has edited, formatted, and distributed over fifty books for some of the best-selling authors of today. He will freely admit to his rather unorthodox style of teaching English but the results from those whom he has taught in seminars, webinars, and workshops speaks for itself.

He lives in Brandon, Mississippi with his beautiful fiancé, business partner, and fellow author and editor/illustrator Laura Ranger.

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Seeing Evil

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Seeing Evil (Mindsight – 2) by MC Domovitch

In the second of the Mindsight series, Ciara Kelly has moved to New York, where she has bought a condo and works for the Fairfield Funeral Home, but her scars still cause her torment. Her psychiatrist is vehement that, because of her PTSD, Ciara must stay away from anything that will remind her of her ordeal. But Ciara becomes obsessed with an ongoing case of a serial killer targeting teenage girls. Soon, she becomes determined to help the police catch this killer. But when Ciara begins to suspect who the killer might be, and the police dismiss her hunch, she finds herself in mortal danger.

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 M.C. Domovitch

Author’s Bio

M.C. Domovitch is guilty! She is guilty of keeping her fans awake all night. The author of nine novels, she writes cozy mysteries as Carol Ann Martin, humorous murder mysteries as Monique Domovitch, and romantic suspense as M.C. Domovitch. The one thing all of her novels have in common is that they are page-turners. Start reading a Domovitch novel in the evening at your own risk.
Asked if there is any truth to the rumor that she is the love child of Sidney Sheldon and Jackie Collins, she insists that she was born in Ontario Canada, the daughter of school teachers who taught her the joy of reading at a young age.
Domovitch lives with her physician husband and their two Yorkies. They divide their time between homes in Toronto Canada and Key Largo Florida.
M.C.’s tenth novel, Seeing Evil, the second of her Mindsight series, is due out in the fall of 2016.

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5 stars

Ciara Kelly has started her life new after her horrible ordeal, but her scars still haunt her. She is seeing a psychiatrist to help with the PTSD. She is warned to stay away from anything that will trigger her. There is a new killer, the East Side Killer that is targeting teenagers by keeping them trapped for a long time slowly bleeding them out. Ciara knows that she can help the police with her talent/curse, if she could just get them to believe her.

I loved Scar Tissue, it was a great thriller with an amazing female lead. Ciara is still suffering from her ordeal but she is trying to put her life back together. I love how David is so caring but willing to give Ciara her space to get things put in order. But Ciara is stronger than she thinks and she is willing to let others know about herself in order to stop the East Side Killer.

This is a great story and although a second book in the series you could read it as a standalone book. This thriller will draw you in and keep you up late wanting to know what happens next. I can’t wait to see what is in store for Ciara next.

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Girl in Disguise

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Girl in Disguise by Greer MacAllister

For the first female Pinkerton detective, respect is hard to come by. Danger, however, is not.

In the tumultuous years of the Civil War, the streets of Chicago offer a woman mostly danger and ruin-unless that woman is Kate Warne, the first female Pinkerton detective and a desperate widow with a knack for manipulation.

Descending into undercover operations, Kate is able to infiltrate the seedy side of the city in ways her fellow detectives can’t. She’s a seductress, an exotic foreign medium, or a rich train passenger, all depending on the day and the robber, thief, or murderer she’s been assigned to nab.

Inspired by the real story of Kate Warne, this spirited novel follows the detective’s rise during one of the nation’s greatest times of crisis, bringing to life a fiercely independent woman whose forgotten triumphs helped sway the fate of the country.

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 Greer Macallister

Author’s Bio

Raised in the Midwest, Greer Macallister is a poet, short story writer, playwright and novelist who earned her MFA in Creative Writing from American University. Her debut novel THE MAGICIAN’S LIE was a USA Today bestseller, an Indie Next pick, and a Target Book Club selection. It has been optioned for film by Jessica Chastain’s Freckle Films. Her new novel GIRL IN DISGUISE, about America’s first female private detective, is forthcoming from Sourcebooks in March 2016.

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My Review

4 stars

Kate Warne is the first female Pinkerton detective and in 1856 Allan Pinkerton was not about to hire a woman. Follow along as Kate takes on many cases over the years and stands toe to toe with the other male detectives. Kate is a master of disguise and uses her talents to get information during the Civil War.

I never thought of women working for the Pinkerton’s but it makes sense. What better disguise than to work in an all male profession especially when women are thought less of a man? Kate is a smart, snarky woman that has no problem getting dirty to do her job. I love reading about strong women, especially those that step out of society’s norms.

I didn’t realize that Kate Warne is a real person. There is not much known about her since so much was lost in the great Chicago fire. I really wish I knew more about her. I am definitely interest in learning more about her because of Girl in Disguise.

This is a great, entertaining story. It’s a historical fiction that leaves you wanting more. Although I think Greer MacAllister could have made this a series, this book does leave me wanting more stories with Kate in them.

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At the Cemetery Gates Year One by John Brhel & J. Sullivan

A young woman sees an approaching figure in her time-lapse photo project. A small town’s strange illness seems to stem from the local cemetery. Two boys make a grim discovery about death and decay when they sneak into a funeral parlor. AT THE CEMETERY GATES: YEAR ONE is an entertaining and eerie short story collection for fans of the strange, macabre, and supernatural.

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 John Brhel

Authors’ Bio

Hi. My name is John Brhel. I write fantastical stories about demons, ghosts, magicians, and regular ol’ Joes. I’m the co-author of two books, Marvelry’s Curiosity Shop and Tales From Valleyview Cemetery, with my good friend Joe Sullivan. With Joe, I am also a co-founder of Cemetery Gates Media, a publisher of rich fantasy and horror stories. I am currently working on new stories with Joe, as well as my own novel.

When I’m not writing fiction, I work full-time as a communications manager at Binghamton University, where I manage social media, publish press releases, write magazine articles, and a whole bunch more. I also use all of these same skills as a freelance copywriter, as which I have experience writing content for everything from consulting firms to tech startups to rock bands and more.

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5 stars

At The Cemetery Gate is a collection of 14 short horror stories. Each story has its own life and will leave you shivering, teared up, or laughing (that could just be me). You will follow along as couple find a secluded cabin, a son and father mourn the loss of the mother, an ancient spell book is discovered, and a man has questions about his wife’s fidelity.

I am a child of the 90’s and grew up with Tales from the Crypt. This collection reminds me of that show. There is a little bit of everything that will leave you guessing at the end of each story. It is easy to get into each story and I loved all the twists you discover.

If you like horror anthologies look no further. This is a great collection that will appeal to any horror lover. I will definitely be on the lookout for other books from these authors and Cemetary Gates Media.

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Boudica’s Daughter

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Boudica’s Daughters

By Sheridan Winn

Genre: YA Fiction, Psychological Drama

14-year old Lilla’s psychic power sets her apart from others. Often doubted, she is the clumsy younger sister to Janey’s swan.

In the sweltering July heat the Harrison family move to Grove End, an old farmhouse deep in Norfolk’s Breckland. Two thousand years ago the area was home to the Iceni tribe and their Warrior Queen, Boudica. Now, Nighthawks – illegal metal detectorists – are searching the woods for Iceni treasure. When Lilla sees the ghosts of Boudica’s daughters, she learns the trees hide an ancient mystery.

Janey’s arrival brings upset as she reveals her own dark secret. Overwhelmed by a sense of failure, she no longer knows who she is or what she wants. Shocked and struggling to cope, her parents try to help but are wrestling with their own feelings.

It is Lilla who must find the strength to help her sister. With Boudica’s daughters as her guides, her journey takes her into the ancient past and tests her sense of self-belief to the limit. Can Lilla save her sister and lay the Iceni bones to rest?

To gain authenticity for the archaeological aspects of the story, Sheridan had the advice of Dr John Davies, chief curator, Norfolk Museums Service, and Dr Adrian Marsden, numismatist and finds liaison officer, Norfolk Historic Environment Service.

Please Note – parents and guardians of Sprite Sister/Cantrip Sister readers

Boudica’s Daughters is not suitable for younger readers. The story is intended for young adult and adult readers. It contains references to drug and alcohol use, sexual violence and bad language.

Sheridan Winn

Author’s Bio

Sheridan was born in Norwich, Norfolk. When she was six years old, her family moved to a big, rambling house in the country. Littlewood House became the inspiration for Sprite Towers. The eldest of four sisters, Sheridan drew on a many of her childhood experiences for the Sprite stories – such as camping out in the old white caravan in the woods. As a child she loved to be outside learning about the natural world and looking after her animals. At the age of twelve she went to boarding school, which taught her to be independent.

She studied graphic design at art college and for her degree wrote a thesis on Norfolk barns. The thesis was turned into a book and published a few months later as, ‘Barns & Granaries’ by Boydell Press & Anglia Television. Sheridan then took a postgraduate teaching certificate and spent some time working in Norfolk schools as a supply teacher.

For 25 years she worked with author and illustrator, Chris Winn, as his business and creative manager. Together they produced a number of children’s picture books, along with the ‘Mad Gadget’ cartoon – the most popular strip in the Daily Telegraph’s Young Telegraph for over seven years. Mad Gadget followed the adventures of a crazy boy inventor and was based on their son, Alex, along with their daughter, Rosie.

In 2001, Sheridan became a freelance journalist specialising in profiles of business leaders and lifestyle features for international newspapers and magazines. Today she divides her time between freelance work and book writing.

Between 2008-2010, Sheridan published five Sprite Sister books: The Circle of Power, The Magic Unfolds, The Secret of the Towers, The Ghost in the Tower and New Magic (all published by Piccadilly Press, originally). These stories take place within one year when Flame is 13, Marina is 12, Ash is 10 and Ariel is 9. Sheridan bought back the rights from Piccadilly Press and re-published the series with the new jackets by Chris Winn, also adding more titles.

In 2012, Sheridan self-published the sixth title in the series, The Boy With Hawk-like Eyes, as a paperback and e-book, and bought back the rights to the first five titles from Piccadilly Press. She then set about re-publishing the stories herself, with new-look titles – so became publisher and a bookseller, as well as a writer. Vol 7, Magic at Drysdale’s School, and Vol 8, The Mystery of the Locked Room, followed. Sheridan is currently working on Vol 10 to complete the Sprite Sister series.

The Sprite Sisters series has been hugely successful in Germany, where the books have sold over 500,000 copies and are known there as Vier Zauberhafte Schwestern.

In 2014, Sheridan wrote Boudica’s Daughters, a YA novel set in Norfolk’s Breckland, in which a psychic teenager connects with ghosts to solve an ancient mystery and help her damaged sister.

A lively and engaging speaker, Sheridan enjoys the chance to interact with her readers. She lives in Norwich and has two grown-up children and a grand-daughter. She has a keen interest in the Arts, particularly painting and film, and finds walking in the countryside a good way to think up ideas. She always carries a notebook.

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My Review

5 stars

Lilla Harrison and her family have moved to Grove End in Norfolk’s Breckland. Lilla is a psychic and seems to the the black sheep of the family compaired to her perfect sister Janey. But one night Lilla comes across treasure hunters in the dark woods and sees the ghosts of Boudica’s daughters. Lilla is out to discover the grave of Boudica. But then Janey returns home with a dark secret. Lilla’s parents doing really know how to help so it falls to Lilla to help Janey heal.

This story is told in two parts. The main part is Lilla’s family and Janey’s secret. We follow along as the family learns of what has happened to Janey and tries to help her recover, which is not easy with drug us and her clearly not wanting help.

The second part is the story of Boudica. I’m sad to admit that I had never heard this story so I had to look it up. I loved how this book follows along with the story that I found. All I can say is that I hope to be one tenth of a strong woman as Boudica was. I loved this half of that story.

I really enjoyed this story. It does have some hard topics so be warned that at times it was hard to read. But I love how it shows the strength of a family and how it can get you through those hard times. This is an amazing story and one that I strongly recommend you read.

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