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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.


Contributing Authors

Lily Luchesi (Forward): Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Instagram | Twitter | Amazon Author Page

CC Adams: Website | Facebook | Twitter

L Bachman: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Alice J Black: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Carol Browne: Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter

Nikki Collins-Mewha: Facebook | Twitter

James Crawford: Facebook | Twitter

Rachel de la Fuente: Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Instagram | Twitter | BookBub

Kerry Alan Denney: Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter

Mirren Hogan: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Cindy Johnson: Facebook

Frank Martin: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Amazon Author Page

James Master: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Brian G Murray: Website | Facebook

Michael Schutz: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Edd Sowder: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Kindra Sowder: Website | Facebook | Twitter

W T Watson: Facebook | Twitter | Amazon Author Page

Donna Marie West: Goodreads

Kevin Wimer: Amazon Author Page

Peter Oliver Wonder: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Erin Yoshikawa: Facebook | Twitter


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
Amazon US | Barnes & Noble

Crossroads in the Dark II: Urban Legends
Amazon US | Barnes & Noble

Crossroads in the Dark III: Monsters Under Your Bed
Amazon US | Barnes & Noble


Burning Willow Press

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Between Darkness and the Light
by Paul Mitchener

40498514

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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Author Information

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.

I would like to thank Authoright and the Author for the opportunity to read and share this book.

 

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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
Supernatural.
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.

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

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