Shadows of Ghosts by Stefan Haucke

MEDIA KIT Shadows of Ghosts_Front CoverShadows of Ghosts
by Stefan Haucke

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Shadows of Ghosts carries readers to Enara, a kingdom at war with itself, where for centuries centaurs have been treated like animals because of their horse-like lower bodies; they’ve been forced to work as slaves in the southern agricultural provinces, and have been bought and sold like livestock. But a strong abolitionist faction has convinced many that centaurs’ human torsos, heads, and intellectual abilities make them humans, who should be liberated from slavery and granted the same rights as any other person.

After four years of being forced to live in a remote village and having to keep his real identity a secret, Cal Lanshire, days away from his thirteenth birthday, is given the best birthday present he can imagine. He is told the war is almost over and he will soon be allowed to return home.

But then an old acquaintance unexpectedly arrives with news that changes everything. Cal’s father, the king, has been assassinated.

Suddenly the outcome of the war and the very fate of the kingdom depend upon Cal being able to reach the capital where he will take his father’s place.

With only his crafty best friend by his side and an escaped centaur slave to guide him, can Cal make it through an enchanted, hostile wilderness, past the assassins sent to kill him, and back to the capital before it’s too late?

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Suddenly, Grintar shouted something, but Cal couldn’t understand the words. Grintar’s men spread out, and there was a tension that Cal could sense, like the way it felt seconds before a bolt of lightning was about to strike nearby. Grintar raised his sword over his head, held it there for several seconds, and then he swooped it down, slashing it through the air, and shouted, “Advance!”

Chaos exploded. Crossbow bolts and arrows whistled through the air, and men on both sides charged forward, yelling battle cries, and the ringing sounds of metal striking metal pierced the air as the opposing troops crashed into each other. Soon the agonized screams of the wounded and dying joined the other sounds.

The men who were guarding Cal moved him back, and they tightened their circle around him so that their shields were almost touching; Cal strained to see out through the thin slits in between the shields. All he saw was an occasional flash from the sun reflecting off metal, and at one point he saw a streak of red, which he was certain was blood pouring out of a wounded man.

It was difficult to estimate how long the battle lasted. The agonized screams and the ringing of metal striking metal seemed interminable, and it took all of Cal’s willpower not to clasp his hands over his ears, but the battle stopped so abruptly Cal had a sense that it hadn’t lasted more than three or four minutes. There came a brief span of absolute silence which, after the battle’s cacophony, seemed eerie, as if the dead had suddenly demanded the payment of silent respect.

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Interview with Stefan Haucke

1. If you could travel back in time, which famous historical figure would you like to meet?

I would like to meet Shakespeare. I think Mark Twain would be fun to hang out with. Abraham Lincoln would be interesting to talk to. And spending and evening with Albert Einstein would be fascinating.

2. Where is the best place you’ve traveled to?

I’ve traveled to over twenty countries and all across the United States. Every place I’ve visited has been interesting. My favorite places I’ve visited are Egypt, the Galapagos Islands, Greece, and Churchill, Canada where I photographed polar bears.

3. Where haven’t you been that you’d like to travel to?

I’d like to go to South Africa and or Kenya. I’d love to go on a photographic safari. This is definitely on my list of things to do in the future.

4. What kind of music do you like?

My favorite music is classic rock. My iPod is filled with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bruce Springsteen.

5. What is the most interesting job you’ve had?

I worked on a farm one winter and helped deliver lambs. There was a flock of almost one hundred and fifty pregnant ewes. I helped when the ewes were having difficulties giving birth. After the lamb was born I cut the umbilical cord, sterilized it with iodine, weighed the lamb, and then made sure the lamb was nursing properly. I fed milk replacer to the lambs that were rejected by their mothers. It was hard work but a lot of fun. For many years after that I volunteered to help out during the lambing season.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

MEDIA KIT Author1 2Stefan Haucke, driven by the desire to learn about other cultures and the need for adventure, has traveled to over twenty nations. He rode a camel near the pyramids in Egypt, swam with sea lions in the waters of the Galapagos Islands, climbed the Great Wall of China, hiked near the Acropolis in Athens, went dog sledding in northern Michigan, and photographed polar bears in Canada.

Along his many travels, Stefan has successfully worked as a deckhand, a shepherd, a dispatcher for an emergency services unit, an electric meter reader, and an office manger. He has also found the time to study the literature and history of ancient Greece, Russia, and the United States, and loves reading folktales, fairytales, and urban legends. He also enjoys astronomy, and on clear nights can be found gazing at the stars and planets with his telescope.

My website:

http://www.stefanhaucke.com/

My GoodReads page:

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Winners from Thrills and Suspene Promo

Thank you to everyone for their support for our recent Thrills and Suspense for 99 Cents Promotion that we did. And a special thank you to the authors who were part of the Promo – Emerald O’Brien, Carys Jones and Mandy White. Also thank you to Dianne Gallagher who graciously offered up 5 of her suspense/thriller ebooks, Too Dark To Sleep for our giveaway. They are authors worth checking out.

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Maggie Thom- Author of Captured Lies – 99 cents

#Lie - 2Today I thought I’d share a bit about my adventure through Reading to Writing. I am one of the authors doing the Thrills and Suspense for 99 cents. My novel Captured Lies is now available for 99 cents.

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An Author’s Journey through Reading

Maggie Thom

1. When did you start reading?
I really don’t know what age I was but I do know that I was fascinated with books and words from a young age. In fact I used to cut the words out of books. Cat in the Hat was never the same.

2. What was the first book you remember reading? What was the first book that had a real ‘wow’ factor for you?
I remember a lot of the See Spot Run series – I think that’s what they were called. The first book that had a real wow for me had to be either The Diary of Anne Frank or Helter Skelter. Both nonfiction and very eye-opening.

3. What attracted you to or got you started reading?
No idea. I think because I lived on a farm and in winter there were many hours to fill and you can only play with your siblings so long, I started reading. My mom and dad were a big influence. We had a huge shelf of books and they were both frequently reading. I know when we were young, my mom used to take us the library to get books. The librarian was a sweet older lady who made it so much fun to go there, although she was pretty stern about keeping quiet.

4. What genres have you read? Was there any progression to the genres you’ve read over the years? Did you start in one genre and then discover others the older you got? i.e. scifi and then romance, then paranormal, then espionage…
I have read pretty much every genre, I think. I read a lot of romance in my teens and twenties but then I found fantasy and espionage and they became my favorites for a long time. Then I branched out to suspense/mystery/thrillers – the type of books I like writing today.

5. What do you like in a story? What does it have to have to grab you?
I like believable characters and feeling like I know them, understand them. I need the story to be one that pulls me in and makes me want to follow along the journey with characters and wonder where is it going to take me. I love getting lost in a story.

6. What got you started with writing? And how long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing for a long time. My first memory of writing was when I was nine, I was going to write the tiniest book ever. I cut up yellow paper into one inch pieces and started writing. I know I wrote a lot of pages but have no idea how long it was. What got me started I think was a fascination with words and having so many ideas and wanting to do something with them, so I wrote them down.

7. What do you like to write about?
I love to write suspense/thrillers that are full of mystery, characters you can relate to and a story that makes you wonder where it’s going to take you.

8. What are you currently working on?
I have two novels I am currently working on.
Deadly Ties – What connection could there be between a twenty year-old murder and a thirty year-old murder and a present day attack on Kyara’s mother? Did her grandmother falsely go to jail for twenty-years?
Split Seconds – Twins sisters meet for the first time as adults and soon discover that someone has gone to great lengths to keep them apart and will even kill to ensure that continues.

9. How did you come up with your plot for your latest book?
As Captured Lies is currently on for 99 cents I will talk about it.
Captured Lies was conceived after I had seen posters about missing children, I heard about a child being abducted by a family member and a plane flew rather low over us on its way to the airport. I started to wonder what would happen if someone was kidnapped and grew up not knowing. Then one day they accidently found out the life they’d lived wasn’t the one they were supposed to have. What if that life was supposed to have been good but turned out to be really lousy? The ideas kind of melded together and out the other side, came Captured Lies. So ideas for my books often come from seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling something and then changing the circumstances and wondering ‘what if’. It comes so natural to me that I’m surprised that not everyone does it :).

10. Anything else you’d like to share?
Thank you to all of the readers who have read my books, thank you to all who follow my blog, thank you to all who have connected with me on the internet and thank you to all the authors who continue to supply me with great reading material.

Author’s Books:
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Author’s Bio

Me - 2014 4x4.6Award winning author, Maggie Thom, took the challenge and leapt off, leaving a fulltime, twenty year career in management, to write full time. After publishing her first suspense/thriller book Captured Lies, October 2012, she published her second novel, Tainted Waters, April, 2013. Tainted Waters went on to win 2013 Suspense and Thriller Book of the Year through Turning the Pages Magazine and Captured Lies won book of the Month through LAS Reviews (February 2014). She published her third novel, Deceitful Truths (The Caspian Wine Series – Book 2), March 2014. An avid reader and writer her whole life, she decided to break the monotony of wishing to be an author by making it happen. She is a wholehearted nature lover and likes nothing better than to take a book, hike to a remote spot by a river or waterfalls and read. Married to her best friend, she is learning that humor, love and patience help her navigate her way through her twins’ teen years. Her motto: Escape to read and Read to escape.
“Maggie Thom writes a fast paced thriller laced with romance that keeps the reader interested and on edge!” InDtale Magazine

How and where to connect with this author:
Website: http://www.maggiethom.com
Blog: http://maggiethom.wordpress.com/the-write-to-read/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authormaggiethom
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/maggiethom2
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6549592.Maggie_Thom
google +: http://google.com/+MaggieThom
Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/maggiethom2/

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Emerald O’Brien – Author of Darkness Follows – 99 cents

#Follow - 2Today I’d like to welcome Emerald O’Brien suspense/thriller author. Emerald is one of the authors who has joined in the Thrills and Suspense for 99 cents. Her novel Darkness Follows  is now available for 99 cents.

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An Author’s Journey through Reading
Emerald O’Brien

1. When did you start reading?
I can’t remember the exact age I started reading, but I’m sure it was when I was around five years old, and I never stopped.

2. What was the first book you remember reading? What was the first book that had a real ‘wow’ factor for you?
Aside from young children’s books, the first book that had a major impact on me was Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Very Canadian of me.

3. What attracted you to or got you started reading?
I was read to often when I was young by my family. I loved hearing stories, and before I could read, I loved looking at the pictures and making up my own as most children do. When I could read on my own, I read all night most nights.

4. What genres have you read? Was there any progression to the genres you’ve read over the years? Did you start in one genre and then discover others the older you got? i.e. scifi and then romance, then paranormal, then espionage…

I started off reading children’s books. In grade six, I remember getting into the paranormal genre. Just before high school I was into classics. Through high school I began to read many different genres, as well as non-fiction.

5. Who are your favorite authors and when did you start following them?
Today my favourite author is hands down Stephen King. I started reading his books the summer before I went to college. I read Lisa Gardner a lot in college, and she became a favourite of mine as well. I also discovered Mo Hayder a few years ago, and she makes the list, along with too many others to name.

6. What genre(s) do you read today?
Today, I read several different genres. I love books that incorporate a few as well. I love mysteries, thrillers, horror, supernatural, and sci-fi. Throw a little romance, crime and adventure into the mix and that’s my kind of book.

7. What do you like in a story? What does it have to have to grab you?
For the most part when I read, I like a story that is unpredictable. I want to keep guessing when I’m on the journey. It doesn’t have to be plot twists that create suspense, but I like to be kept on my toes.

8. What got you started with writing? And how long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing different things for as long as I could write, but I began to take writing seriously (as in finishing my work) when I was twenty four. I made a goal to finish writing a story, and it took me almost a year, but I did it. After that, I had to write another, and that turned into my debut novel Darkness Follows.

9. What do you like to write about?
I love to write the same things I love to read. I mentioned the genres already, but I also love writing about people and relationships. I like to
explore different themes, and to be honest, I’m still discovering the core of what I like to write as you read this.

10. What are you currently working on?
I just published my debut novel, Darkness Follows, a New Adult Mystery. Next I’ll be getting the sequel (which I’ve already written) ready for the editing process. I’m working on putting it out late this year (2014).

11. How did you come up with your plot for your latest book?
Darkness Follows was put together from many pieces. It began with a scenario: two sisters in danger being placed in the Witness Protection Program. I started to develop the plot from the question of ‘What if this happened?’. I wanted to play it out, but I only knew the two main characters, so I had to flesh out the rest as I went.

12.Anything else you’d like to share?
Darkness Follows is a little different from the average mystery because the protagonists are between the ages of twenty two – twenty eight. I knew I was writing a mystery when I began, but when I was finished, I realized it also fell into the New Adult genre which was recently developed. I believe the most popular new adult books are also contemporary romances. Darkness Follows puts a twist on that, bringing something new to the genre that I rarely see– mystery. It gives readers within the age group a chance to read about characters they can relate to, and other readers a chance to see something different within the mystery genre.

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419877_597170940470_1925906746_n-001Author’s Bio:
Emerald O’Brien is a Canadian author who grew up just east of Toronto, Ontario. Emerald studied Television Broadcasting and Communications Media. She graduated from the program at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario. Her debut novel, Darkness Follows, is a New Adult Mystery novel.

When she is not reading or writing, Emerald can be found with family and friends. Watching movies with her husband and their two beagles is one of her favourite ways to spend an evening at home.

Website: http://emeraldobrien.com/
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 Author’s books:

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K39VQ4C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Twitter https://twitter.com/EmeraldOBrien_

GoodReads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18710014-darkness-follows

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Mandy White – Author of The Feeder – 99 cents

#Feed - 2Today I’d like to welcome Mandy White suspense/thriller author. Mandy is one of the authors who has joined in the Thrills and Suspense for 99 cents. Her novel The Feeder is now available for 99 cents.
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Mandy White

1. When did you start reading?
– First grade. I devoured the words as quickly as the teacher could teach them.

2. What was the first book you remember reading? What was the first book that had a real ‘wow’ factor for you?
– I remember the Dick and Jane school readers as my first books (if those count). A Wrinkle in Time was the first book that had that ‘wow’ factor for me.

3. What attracted you to or got you started reading?
– I have one of those active minds that is hard to shut off at times. Reading provides a focal point that allows me to relax. I like to read myself to sleep, enjoy a hot bath with a good book. I’m waiting for someone to invent a waterproof e-reader.

4. What genres have you read? Was there any progression to the genres you’ve read over the years? Did you start in one genre and then discover others the older you got? i.e. scifi and then romance, then paranormal, then espionage…
– I was a horse fanatic when I was a kid, (still am) so I read a lot of horse-related books. Black Beauty was a favorite and I had almost all of Walter Farley’s Black Stallion books. I went through a mystery phase, first with the Bobbsey Twins, then Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys. I discovered Stephen King in my teens and have been a horror fan ever since.

5. What do you like in a story? What does it have to have to grab you?
– I like a story that surprises me with twists that I don’t see coming. Action early on will usually grab me and hook me into a story.

6. What got you started with writing? And how long have you been writing?
– I started writing stories as soon as I was old enough to put sentences together. Writing is the only thing I’ve ever really wanted to do. I dreamed of being an author ‘someday’, but never pursued it seriously. When I reached age 40 I realized that ‘someday’ was never going to arrive unless I made it happen.

7. What do you like to write about?
– I like to write the sort of thing I enjoy reading – creepy stories that shock and surprise readers.

8. What are you currently working on?
– I currently have two novels in progress: Fed up, the sequel to The Feeder and Phobia, a novel about a woman who is terrorized by strange occurrences inside her home but agoraphobia prevents her from leaving. Phobia should be ready for release by the end of this year and Fed Up will follow in 2015.

9. How did you come up with your plot for your latest book?
– The Feeder started as a short story about a serial killer who dressed as a prostitute to lure victims. I liked the concept and decided to develop it into a novel. I did the rough draft as a NaNoWriMo project. The plot developed in some surprising ways as I wrote.

10.Anything else you’d like to share?
– My other pet project involves a group called WPaD (Writers, Poets and Deviants). I formed the group about five years ago with some like-minded writers I met on Facebook. We challenge ourselves to write short stories in various genres, then compile them into anthologies. We have published six books to date, donating a portion of royalties to Multiple Sclerosis research in support of a couple of our members who have MS. You can learn more about WPaD on our website: http://wpad.weebly.com/
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Author Bio:

mandy white profile picAuthor’s Website: http://mandywrite.weebly.com/

Mandy White is a Canadian author who resides on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. She is a fan of oxygen, shiny things and personal space. Right now, she is probably lurking in the forest somewhere, being one of those weird, reclusive writer types.

She primarily writes fiction in the horror genre, often featuring Canadian characters and locations. She is founder of the WPaD group (Writers, Poets and Deviants), best known for their charity anthologies for MS.

 

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Author’s books
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PictureAvenging Annabellehttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B0058ZYCHO

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How and where to connect with this author:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/authormandywhite

Twitter:   @mandywrite    https://twitter.com/MandyWrite

Linkedin:   https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=235794626&trk

GoodReads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4789936.Mandy_White

Wattpad:  http://www.wattpad.com/user/MandyWhite

 

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Carys Jones – Author of First to Fall – 99 cents

#Fall - 2Today I’d like to welcome Carys Jones suspense/thriller author. Carys is one of the authors who has joined in the Thrills and Suspense for 99 cents. Her novel First to Fall is now available for 99 cents.

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Carys Jones

1. When did you start reading?
I started reading at a really young age, probably as soon as I was able to!

2. What was the first book you remember reading? What was the first book that had a real ‘wow’ factor for you?
Growing up one of my favourite books was always Little House on the Prairie. I loved reading the vivid descriptions of the American frontier, it definitely made me feel as though I was right there living out the adventure with the Ingalls family instead of in my little bedroom in rain soaked England.

3. What attracted you to or got you started reading?
My Mum teachers English so she encouraged both me and my brother to read. She was always buying us books, taking us to the library and reading to us before bedtime. Books and reading were very much an integral part of life in my family.

4. What genres have you read? Was there any progression to the genres you’ve read over the years? Did you start in one genre and then discover others the older you got? i.e. scifi and then romance, then paranormal, then espionage…

I will read absolutely anything. As long as a story interests me I will read it regardless of genre. I tend to have fads. I had a phase a few years ago when I kept reading horror novels and at the moment I’m really enjoying YA fantasy books. That’s the great thing about books – there’s an endless choice of stories and genres to keep you entertained!

5. What do you like in a story? What does it have to have to grab you?
For me I have to connect with the protagonist. I need to care about what happens with them and feel as though I’m experiencing the story with them, rather than against them.

6. What got you started with writing? And how long have you been writing?
My love of writing stemmed from my love of reading. I was enchanted by how a great book could transport you to another world and I was keen to try and recreate some of that magic for myself. I’ve been writing since I was about six or seven. I started doing short stories and then progressed to full length novels in my early twenties.

7. What do you like to write about?
I think to write about people in difficult situations. Good people who are forced to make hard decisions. Characters are at their most interesting when they are pushed to the limit.

8. What are you currently working on?
Right now I’m writing the third book in my Avalon series, Third to Die, and also in the editing process with my YA dystopian novel which is being released with Reuts Publications in early 2015.

9. How did you come up with your plot for your latest book?
First to Fall is the start of my Avalon series and the plot derived from a simple idea of having a female character in a life or death predicament. I chose to place Brandy White on death row in a seemingly bleak situation where she is set to die for a crime she committed. But is she the heroine or the villain of the story? That’s what my protagonist, Aiden Connelly, needs to figure out.

10.AnythiRollo watchingng else you’d like to share?
Every time I write my beloved cavalier, Rollo, sits either across my shoulders or on my lap. Sometimes his loud snoring can drive me to distraction but he is my constant writing companion, and for that I’d like to give the little guy a shout out! : )

 

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Author’s books:

Prime DeceptionPrime Deception
When Lorna Thomas is found dead in her car everyone believes she killed herself. But the day after her death Lorna was set to sell a scandalous story to one of Britain’s biggest tabloid papers. For six months she had been the Deputy Prime Minister’s mistress.

Will Lorna’s secret die with her? While her family try to move on and come to terms with her death one person refuses to believe that Lorna killed herself. Her twin sister, Laurie is convinced that Lorna was murdered and she’ll stop at nothing to prove it, even if that means teaming up the very man her sister had been having an affair with…

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First to Fall Cover First to Fall (Avalon Book 1) – available now for 99 cents!
Aiden Connelly’s first case will be one he’ll never forget.

Lawyer Aiden Connelly has traded the frenzy of Chicago for a slower pace in sleepy Avalon – and his first case appears to be as open-and-shut as he could hope for. Hired to defend a local ex-beauty queen accused of murdering her husband, he’s confident that he’ll have the case closed in record time. But below the surface lurks a darker truth…

Suddenly, a quiet backwater has transformed into a dangerous pressure cooker. In a town where everyone knows everyone, gathering evidence should be easy… but the harder Aiden searches, the more he appreciates how tangled this net of loyalties is. And as he digs deeper, Aiden begins to realise that his very first case in Avalon could be the beginning of his undoing…
Second to Cry (Avalon Book 2)
Aiden Connelly is just settling in to life in Avalon following the shocking revelations of his first case. But it seems he can’t escape the ghosts of his past. His new case involves the Sheriff’s millionaire brother, Samuel Fern, and the paternity of one of his sons.

When the truth threatens to tear about not just one family but two Aiden must ask himself how far he is willing to go to protect the people he loves…

 

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carys_adj2Author’s Bio:
Carys Jones loves nothing more than to write and create stories which ignite the reader’s imagination. Based in Shropshire, England, Carys lives with her husband, two guinea pigs and her adored canine companion Rollo.

When she’s not writing, Carys likes to indulge her inner geek by watching science- fiction films or playing video games.

She lists John Green, Jodi Picoult and Virginia Andrews as her favorite authors and draws inspiration for her own work from anything and everything.

To Carys, there is no greater feeling then when you lose yourself in a great story and it is that feeling of ultimate escapism which she tries to bring to her books.

For more information about Carys please visit http://www.carys-jones.com or follow her on Twitter: @tiny_dancer85
Author’s Website: http://www.carys-jones.com

How and where to connect with this author:
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/CarysJonesWriter

Twitter:    https://twitter.com/tiny_dancer85

GoodReads:   https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7314534.Carys_Jones

Pinterest:   http://www.pinterest.com/carysjwriter/

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Thrills and Suspense for 99 Cents

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What if the hiding spot you escape to becomes more dangerous than the place you ran from? Aurina Patrick is an ambitious young woman, whose only mistake was letting someone get too close. The day she is brought into the police department for questioning, her life changes forever. When Aurina discovers that someone she trusts has involved her in a series of murder investigations, her sister Ryanne joins her in a search for the truth. As the situation unravels, the Patrick sisters realize their lives could be in jeopardy. When the sisters are taken to a remote location, the struggle for safety truly begins.

 

 

 

 

 

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Captured Lies - new cover 3-210x315She was kidnapped not once but twice and now someone wants her dead because of it….

Her life was a lie!

Bailey knew her upbringing wasn’t normal but she’s worked hard to stabilize her life. At 29, she finally has a good business, a stable home; her life is miles from that of her childhood. Then suddenly her mother dies, leaving a gaping hole and a discovery that they may not even be related. If Guy, the private investigator is to be believed, her life is a lie. Using the skills she learned on the streets, Bailey travels back through a sketchy and dangerous past, to find answers. Dodging bullets, staying ahead of those who want her dead and convincing Guy she can do it alone, are making it difficult to discover not only the secrets of her mother’s past but that of a family claiming she is theirs.

Everyone seems to have a story… but who’s telling the truth? And who wants her dead? Is Guy part of the solution? Or part of the problem? To discover the facts, she’ll have to untangle a web of deceit, lies, and secrets, dating back over thirty years.

But can she do it in time…

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The FeederGrief transforms a law-abiding citizen into a serial killer on a quest for vengeance. Is it possible to return to a ‘normal’ life after committing acts most unspeakable?

A killer stalks the streets of Los Angeles. Victims of the butcher known as ‘The Feeder’ are mutilated while still alive, with parts severed and inserted in their mouths.

When Camille places a drunken birthday phone call to her twin, Sammie becomes worried about her safety and flies to Los Angeles to bring her home. After finding the aspiring actress-turned-prostitute slaughtered in a hotel room, grief-stricken Sammie steps into the role of copycat killer. Suspecting that the killer is Camille’s abusive boyfriend, Sammie embarks on a bloody quest for revenge, copying the modus operandi of a brutal serial killer known as The Feeder. Walking the streets disguised as Camille, Sammie resolves to lure the real Feeder out of hiding. Sammie seeks out drug dealers, pimps, rapists – all men who caused harm to Camille. The men are found disemboweled, force-fed their own genitalia and carved up like human Picassos. The bloodbath will not end until Camille’s murder has been avenged.

The Feeder gives brutality a new meaning…

Warning:
If you are offended by obscene language, graphic violence and scenes of mutilation, then this is NOT the book for you! Read at your own discretion.

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first to fallAiden Connelly’s first case…

Lawyer Aiden Connelly has traded the frenzy of Chicago for a slower pace in sleepy Avalon – and his first case appears to be as open-and-shut as he could hope for. Hired to defend a local ex-beauty queen accused of murdering her husband, he’s confident that he’ll have the case closed in record time. But below the surface lurks a darker truth…

Will be one he’ll never forget.

Suddenly, a quiet backwater has transformed into a dangerous pressure cooker. In a town where everyone knows everyone, gathering evidence should be easy… but the harder Aiden searches, the more he appreciates how tangled this net of loyalties is. And as he digs deeper, Aiden begins to realise that his very first case in Avalon could be the beginning of his undoing…

 

 

 

 

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Giveaway

 

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Thrills and Suspense… it starts Monday!

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I have teamed up with three awesome authors – Emerald O’Brien, Mandy White, Carys Jones – we are all offering one of our suspense/thriller ebooks for 99 cents for 15 days. I think our four books cover just about the whole spectrum of thrillers.

It all starts Monday, September 15th!

We are also doing an amazing Giveaway

               – 4 – $10 Amazon Gift Cards

- 5 ecopies of Dysfictional, Shreds of Sanity by Mandy White

- 5 ecopies of Too Dark To Sleep by Dianne Gallagher

So please join us.

Emerald O’Brien – Darkness Follows
What if the hiding spot you escape to becomes more dangerous than the place you ran from?

Mandy White – The Feeder
Grief transforms a law-abiding citizen into a serial killer on a quest for vengeance. Is it possible to return to a ‘normal’ life after committing acts most unspeakable? 

Carys Jones – First To Fall
Aiden Connelly’s first case will be one he’ll never forget.

Maggie Thom – Captured Lies
She was kidnapped not once but twice and now someone wants her dead because of it…

Are Books Cold?

Mtns- are books cold“He loved books; books are cold but safe friends.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

I recently found this quote and it got me to thinking about books. Are they cold but safe friends? I don’t think so. Personally I think books are living, breathing beings that we as the writer put our love, anger, angst, frustration, joy, surprise, etc… in and even if we haven’t done it exactly right it evokes something in the reader. They either fall in love with what we’ve written, or they think about what grabbed them and what didn’t or it has put them in that place of needing to critique every little flaw :). Whatever it has done for the reader it has brought their thoughts, their emotions to life.

I know that when I read a book sometimes I go through a whole gammit of emotions, thoughts, feelings. So for me books are very much a living, breathing being that not only gives me the opportunity to go on a journey with the characters but it also gives me the opportunity to get a glimpse of the author. I find books so fascinating – the thoughts, the ideas, the plots, the characters that go into the stories… and the journey they take me on. It’s truly amazing what we can create with our minds when we put our mind to it. :) I love books whether the paperback version or the new digital version. For me there is so much life in a book how could they be cold. What do you think?

If You Never Try, You’ll Never Get There

If you never try you'll never get thereToday is a day that has a lot of meaning for me, for without it, I wouldn’t be. :) So I wanted to share a bit about my journey to this point. So sit down and tune in. :)

I’ve learned that:

  • life matters
    we need to put people before things
    we spend way too much of our youth thinking we don’t fit in and aren’t good enough
    we spend way too much of our adult life judging ourselves and others
    we are all inherently good and if we’d see that in everyone we meet, the happier we’d all be
    laughter is a gift we don’t use enough
    we spend way too much time trying to be perfect rather than just being
    the journey can be long or short to discovering that all you need is within you
    we all have many gifts and talents… use them
    to always see the good in others is to see the best in yourself
    be kind to others… they’re hurting too
    jump in or life will pass you by
    love truly heals all, forgives all, guides all
    if you never try, you’ll never get there
    not all rules are meant to be followed…
    have fun!

May your day be filled with love, laughter, kindness and plenty of sunshine… mine is.