“In days gone by there were places you could sell a shadow. Their owners never felt the lack, but believe me when I say you never want to hear a shadow scream.” The city of Umbra is powered by something far wholesome than the steam and gas that run through its grimy pipes. When Edmund Tyler is forced to flee his drunken father and sleep outside the slag works he cannot imagine that this will lead to a chance encounter with a disembodied shadow, Charlotte. Together they must thwart the machinations of a mad scientist, reunite the shadow with her body and ultimately save the gloom-shrouded city.
The ten year class reunion of Rockland High school is being held in December Shelby and Adira can’t wait to attend, but for different reasons. For Shelby it’s a chance to see her high school sweetheart and help him realize what he missed out on. For Adira it’s a chance to show off her lavish lifestyle and make everyone envious of her. Shelby wasn’t as popular as some at Rockland High but she did have some social status there. The females hated her because the boys loved her. Shelby normally got what she wanted and didn’t care who she had to hurt in order to get it. When she first laid eyes on Calix she knew that she had to have him. He was the most popular boy at school and also the most handsome. Shelby had her and Calix’s life planned out, but there was just one problem with her fairytale, her prince charming is with Adira. Timothy loves Shelby but not the way that a man should love his wife. He needed Shelby and she would find out just to what capacity the night of the reunion. Timothy knows that he wasn’t his Shelby’s first choice but hell she wasn’t his either. He was anticipating the reunion just as much as she was he had some things he needed to et off his chest. Adira and her husband, Calix was Rock Land high school’s most popular couple. So, it was only natural that they ended up getting married and having kids together.
Along the way, Adira realized that the most popular couple wasn’t as great as everyone thought. Calix was a serial cheater and the only way to have a little control and order in her household, was to accommodate his needs.
Calix suggested monthly hall passes to help him deal with his issues of infidelity. Completely against the idea, but wanting to hold on to her marriage, Adira agrees.
Although, it was a hard pill to swallow, Adira got over it by redeeming her own hall pass. The date of the next monthly hall pass falls on the night of their tenth year reunion.
Adira fears that her husband, Calix will use his hall pass to sleep with his ex from high school that just happens to be her arch nemesis, Shelby and that a secret she has been hiding for months will be revealed. A night of remembrance, bonding, and happiness creates an aftermath of pain and betrayal as secrets are revealed, and rules are broken. Adira and Calix marital woes becomes prevalent and Shelby and Timothy façade of a marriage slowly begins to unravel.
Just when kids thought it was safe to go back into bookstores, another nail-biting edition of shark stories surfaces on the shelves. One frightening encounter after the next serves up a reading frenzy of fright. And, with blood-curdling black-and-white illustrations, kids will love diving into Scary Shark Stories.
Mystery Montage is a collection of short story mystery genres that include: cozy, cultural (Africa), psychological, suspense, paranormal, noir, experimental, humorous, romance, a novella, and a three page short. From a small village in Africa's Maasai Mara, to under the boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ, murders are discovered.
On an Amtrak train as well as a spiritual plane, suspects are caught. The stories are uniquely different as motives are explored and crimes solvedthrough a writer's journal, emails, and by an answering machine. The diversity of the eleven short stories will capture your interest and entertain from start to finish.
A Western/Historical Interracial Short Story In 1849, in the midst of the California Gold Rush, Tilly Jackson was a barmaid at the popular Pay Trail Saloon and Hotel. Tilly was content after six months working in the saloon, but she knew her circumstances were about to change for the worse. She could feel it. Before her luck turned, why shouldn't she experience what it was like for a man to make love to her? The handsome new patron with the seductive blue eyes seemed like the perfect gentleman to ask. Leo Samuels, a half white, half Native American outlaw, arrived in the town of Bodie, California to escape from the law and win big at poker. In The Pay Trail Saloon, the stunning dark-skinned barmaid caught his eye and quickly won his affection.
When Tilly is victim to a brutal attack, Leo vows to eliminate every person that dared to lay a hand on her, despite the danger. He never guessed that once he had Tilly in his hands, he'd never want to let her go.
Once upon a time, there was a murder... Rae Hatting returns in her first, full-length novel, “The Fairest of Them.” Detective Luke Thompson is a hero cop, with a string of solved serial killer cases under his belt. He comes to California, thinking he can disappear quietly into the forests, isolated from the rest of the world. His expertise is called upon to help with a mysterious serial killer, dumping bodies dressed like fairy tale characters in the woods outside of Mendocino County. With the help of a profiler, Luke finally gets the break he needs, as well as finding romance for himself. Tragedy strikes, and Luke is left despondent, unable to carry on as a detective. Can a fiery redhead from the FBI help him out of the slump? Determined to leave the life of solving unsolvable homicides behind, Special Agent Rae Hatting tries to settle into a normal life with her adopted daughter, Grace. However, her reputation precedes her, and Rae finds herself back in the fray, called upon to help solve a series of gruesome fairy tale style murders in California. Her only obstacle is Detective Luke Thompson. Broody, stubborn, and an all-around pain in the ass, the pair must work together before another victim ends up never finding their happily ever after.
WARNING: THIS BOOK CONTAINS DRUGS, DRUG USAGE DURING THE 1980s, SEXUAL CONTENT, & VIOLENCE. PLEASE DON'T READ IF THE TOPICS LISTED OFFEND YOU. It's 1983, a young mother-dancer is looking for a fresh start in life. Celebrating her new life she visits L.G.'s Magical Tattoo Studio. What she didn't count on was meeting Lucian, an older, alpha male tattoo artist. She has a history with bikers and is adamant she doesn't want another one.
However, Lucian is a devil, he likes what he sees and decides he wants her. He is taken in by Aries and convinces her to go for a ride with him. She has no idea he is Lucifer, president of the Devious Jokers MC. Lucifer puts Aries through her paces before becoming determined that she has the potential to be his ol' lady. Can he convince her that she's the one for him? Can he protect her from her past and build them into a family? This the beginning of their story together.