Monthly Archives: December 2015
by Brandon Zenner
GENRE: Crime Thriller
Evan Powers has become the new manager in Nick Grady’s well-established marijuana growing operation. Led by his roommate and best friend, little has changed in Nick’s secretive business since the late ‘60s, which is just the way the aging hippie would for like it to remain. However, Nick’s complex past comes full circle, thrusting Evan in a scramble to decipher the truth behind the enigmatic lives of the people he holds dear. Deep in the woods, demons will be unleashed.
We walked directly across the hall, to a second door leading to a second warehouse. It was like those Russian Matryoshka dolls that get pulled apart to reveal smaller dolls nesting inside. A warehouse within a warehouse.
Nick took me to the door and knocked.
My previous work took place down the long hall to the left, in a room around the corner in the rear of the building, and I looked over my shoulder to where I normally worked with Becka. She was nowhere to be seen. Whatever Nick was about to show me was entirely new, but I had a very good idea of exactly what was behind that thick door.
A sliding viewing port opened, and a set of eyes looked out. The viewing port closed, and the sound of a heavy lock clacked from the hollows of the metal door. A moment later it opened and we stepped inside, shielding our eyes from the glaring light.
“Holy hell,” I muttered, stepping into the room. The temperature was hot in there, muggy, and my eyes were practically blinded from the succession of thousand-watt high pressure sodium light bulbs lining the ceiling. A sea of tall marijuana plants filled the room, all set in carefully arranged rows, some attached to an elaborate hydroponic system. The smell of fresh marijuana was as thick as soup. A silver tray holding orange slices and a knife sat on a table by the door.
“So.” I turned to Nick. “What exactly do you need me to do?”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Brandon Zenner is an American fiction writer. His short fiction has been published in both print and online publications, the first being submitted when he was just 19 years old. THE EXPERIMENT OF DREAMS, his debut eBook thriller, has reached Amazon’s top-ten charts within its genre many times. His categories of choice are thrillers, dystopian, crime, and science fiction.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Invading Earth
by Gerhard Gehrke
GENRE: Science Fiction
What would you do if you found a dead alien on a lonely highway?
Was it an accident, sabotage, or murder? And why is everyone blaming Jeff?
The extraterrestrials aren’t waiting for answers. They want revenge. And Jeff isn’t ready for company.
His only hope is an outcast mechanic from another world and a woman who might do anything to get off planet, including selling out her own kind. Jeff has to get to the bottom of why there are so many alien bodies piling up and who is really responsible.
A science ﬁction adventure novel, A Beginner’s Guide to Invading Earth tells the story of a reclusive ex-computer programmer who is the unwitting central ﬁgure of a plot to keep humanity from ever making ﬁrst contact.
First contact with the humans wasn’t going as planned, as was obvious by the rank smells that choked the air of the alien visitorsʹ craft. But no one called them aliens where they came from.
Seven little Greys, short bipeds with large heads and big eyes and delicate limbs, sat in the flight seats of their ship’s crew compartments and listened as the Mission Commander lectured them from the Command Module. The harangue lingered in the air, not as words or even sounds but as a smell, a ripe one replete with pheromones and scent packets that the Greys used to speak with one another. A new string of curses from the Commander’s glands smelled of licorice. The Mission Commander composed itself. It wiped sticky sweat from its hairless frontal lobe.
The lights and displays in front of the seven crewmembers blinked and flashed. No one would so much as touch a button until the Commander was finished addressing the crew.
“I’ll hear no more of it,” the Commander said. “We’re on the human world. We go forward. Probability calculations for success show at 100%. The computer will be trusted.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Gerhard Gehrke studied ﬁlm at San Francisco State University. He wrote and produced several shows for community television. His Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror short stories have appeared in several publications, including an Editor’s Choice-winning short story at AnotheRealm.com. A Beginner’s Guide to Invading Earth is his ﬁrst novel.
You can connect with him at Gerhardgehrke.com.
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What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Hunger and other base needs keep me from sleeping in. Writing comes into the picture as early morning is the only consistent time I have to write, so I want to get up early and I have been in the habit of doing so for quite some time.
If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
I would love to hang out with Charles Shultz, the creator of the Peanuts characters. Wouldn’t it be great to hear how he managed to portray a hopeful, positive view of the world through his characters while they focused on the mundane frustrations of childhood? His comic strips could be at once simple, funny, and profound and Mr. Schultz never wavered in a consistent output that lasted for decades.
What’s the story behind your latest book?
A Beginner’s Guide to Invading Earth began in my work truck’s notebook with the line “No one likes them very much.” That line was to be the conclusion reached by aliens intent on first contact who landed the USA and decided to try other parts of the planet after some unfortunate experiences. This developed into the aliens wanting nothing to do with the entire planet and them hanging a virtual “Do Not Disturb Occupants” sign on our doorknob. As I fleshed this out over a few months I decided a smaller story that focused on one man’s experience as a scapegoat for an alien conspiracy that was trying to make first contact fail just felt better. By then I had a rough idea on where I wanted the project to go, and the aliens would have to be part of it.
Tell us your writing process
When I can’t shake an idea, it goes into a notebook. When the notes in the notebook has enough friends I see what happens when I put them on a page. If they play well together and get my figurative juices flowing, I keep on it. I work with loose outlines, more of a connect-the-dots approach informing me where I want a story to go. My notebooks have lists of out-of-order scenes, words, and phrases that I later add. Plenty gets left behind and never used. Most of my writing gets done early in the morning because my brain turns to mush by 9am when the coffee wears off and I turn into a pumpkin once the sun sets.
Do you have any promo tips you can share with other writers?
I’m very new at promotion too as this is my first novel to see the light of day. From running a business I know that you have to advertise and you never know what will take. Social media is an essential component. The message can’t be “Buy my book” or you’ll fall in with thousands of others sending out the same message and be ignored. Engage with people. Try to be interesting or funny. Give them a reason to listen to you, whether its a blog, podcast, or cheeky tweets.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
There’s never been a singular moment. In grade school I made Pac-Man comic books. I wrote regularly in a notebook and started putting down stories soon after. Getting involved in local community television introduced me to actually finding an audience for things put down on paper, even though most of what we worked on was non-narrative in structure. Writing fiction evolved from that.
Tell us about your main character:
Jeff Abel is a paranoid recluse whose mental condition has cost him his marriage and his job as a computer programmer. Unbeknownst to Jeff, he actually is being watched, and the aliens are coming for him. But it’s his skills with technology that may prove to be his and the aliens’ salvation, as they have a traitor in their midst and only Jeff is in a position to stop him, er, it.
What are you working on next?
I have a follow-up to A Beginner’s Guide to Invading Earth that is now going through editing. Also I have a post-decline of civilization novel I’m writing where a young girl escapes from a secret sanctuary only to discover that the world outside is a much more complicated place than she had ever imagined.
Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I have memory tricks for people’s names that irritates my brother-in-law whenever it actually works. I’m good at mixing drinks even though I don’t drink the things I make. I never use an alarm clock. And I can make the grumpiest baby smile for me.
Who are your favorite authors?
Margaret Atwood for her world building and defying my expectations for where her stories are going. Octavia Butler for creating aliens that are, well, alien. Andy Weir for making the memorable character Mark Watney. And Allan Cole and Chris Bunch for writing the most re-readable military sci-fi adventures out there.
What do you like to do with your free time?
Hiking, cooking, reading, and watching movies, all of which I do with my lovely wife Abby.
Tell us about your plans for upcoming books.
Besides the two projects listed above, a far-ranging project that I try not to think about too much as it would become distracting is a story that follows a group of ordinary children of some super villains.
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Lust of Innocence
by PJ MacDowell
Title: Lust of Innocence
Author: PJ MacDowell
Length: 35 pages
Publication Date: December 11, 2015
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An Erotic, Gripping and Compelling tale of Curiosity, Exploration and Desire…
In this sensuous erotic tale, meet ELIZABETH, gently bred, and unaware of her precarious position in her household. Elizabeth is introduced to exquisite pleasures and flattered by the tantalizing advances of the pretty, ample-bosomed, colored-serving maid, Syreena.
She and Syreena defy aristocratic etiquette and embark on an illustrious affair which threatens to consume them both…
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Jason turns, presenting Syreena with his back and she pulls his pants down, exposing his derriere. Jason closes his eyes. Syreena picks up a wooden paddle and slowly raises her arm. And in that moment, all seemed to go silent. Elizabeth’s breathe catches and every nerve within her is inflamed with anticipation … ‘whack, whack, whack’ against Jason’s naked posterior. Jason throws his head back, a guttural sound expels from his throat. Syreena lays down the paddle and gingerly traces the inflamed marks on his butt with her fingers. She lowers her dark head and her pink tongue travels across his posterior. She licks one crimson cheek, then the other.
Elizabeth can feel herself getting wet down there. Fascinated, Elizabeth is transfixed on Syreena’s tongue teasing Jason. Syreena brings her hand around to the front of Jason and wraps her fingers around his engorged manhood. Slowly she begins to stroke him, her heavy breasts brushing against his legs, her mouth and tongue trailing over his buttocks.
Elizabeth is filled with excitement and she feels a hot pressure building between her legs. Without realizing it, she emits a moan.
Syreena raises her head and looks sideways towards Elizabeth. Elizabeth freezes. Her breath catches in her throat as she makes contact with Syreena’s inviting, smoldering dark gaze. Jason is unaware of his sister’s presence and his voice dripping with need breaks through their hypnotic gaze. “May I please suckle on your teats?”
Syreena’s eyes become emotionless as she regards Jason, and she gently corrects him, “May I please, Mistress Syreena, suckle on your teats.”
Syreena snaps her fingers at Jason and Jason obediently lowers himself, and eagerly repeats her words, “May I please, Mistress Syreena, suckle on…” And as he crawls on all fours to face Syreena, he is too anxious to finish the sentence and without restraint, clamps down on her engorged nipple.
Syreena stiffens from the pain, but then her dark eyes connect with Elizabeth’s wide blue eyes and she moans.
About the Author
PJ MacDowell is an award-winning filmmaker. As a writer of tasteful, short, erotic-historical stories – PJ is unable to avoid the lure of forbidden love, and delves deliciously into a myriad of sensual indiscretions and turbulent relationships during the illustrious 17th century.
Other works by PJ:
Lust of Innocence – Book I:
In this sensuous erotic tale, meet Elizabeth, gently bred, unaware of her precarious position in her household. Elizabeth is consumed by the advances of the pretty, ample bosomed, colored serving maid. Elizabeth is introduced to exquisite pleasures, which heats her blood and ignites her loins. Elizabeth defies aristocratic etiquette and her ambitious brother cruelly wretches her from the curvy arms of the maid and has her savagely branded as a whore and sold as an indentured servant.
The Novice – Book II:
Elizabeth’s journey overflows with emotions when she is shackled and sold as a sex slave. Amidst the perilous voyage to America, Elizabeth falls in infatuated love with the intense, green-eyed Dominatrix Governess. After weeks at sea, Elizabeth realizes that she is but a pawn in the world of sexual servitude. She refuses to humiliate or inflict physical pain on her Governess and is taught a lesson which chills her heart until she arrives in America.
Madame Indigo – Book III
Elizabeth is relieved to step foot on solid ground, even if she is shackled and gagged. Once again, Elizabeth is sold into slavery. During the crude slave auction, Elizabeth’s deep blue eyes catch the interest of the overseer of an Indigo Planation in Virginia.
Elizabeth is put to work as a sex slave for the handsome plantation owner, who is obsessed with observing birch disciplinary fantasies. He keeps a room with rods and cat o’ nine tails … and for his pleasure, he has the blue-eyed beauty exact punishment with whips, canes and birches – to chastise and punish one particular glorious black male slave – Armand.
Armand is the strongest and handsomest black breeding slave on the plantation but when the velvety lash of the whip Elizabeth wields sears his chest, he becomes ensnared by Elizabeth’s dark blue, unwavering gaze, the kaleidoscopic blue color of her eyes remind Armand of the prized indigo plants cultivated on the plantation.
Even as Elizabeth brands Armand, she is far from immune from the heat emanating from his sinewy frame and the dominatrix becomes dominated by feelings she thought were long dormant.
About the Book
Title: The Grim Spectre
Author: Ralph L. Angelo Jr.
Genre: Crime Fiction
1937, the world on the brink of war. But in the city of Riverburgh, NY forty miles north of Manhattan there was a different kind of war brewing, it was a war of survival for the common man. A war against the gangsters and thugs who ruled the streets and against the corrupt politicians who turned a blind eye to the evil that ran rampant in Riverburgh.
In a city where everyone had given up hope and cried to the heavens for a savior, a savior had arrived. But was he heaven sent or a monster from hell? A grim, skull faced being who glowed with a terrible brightness. A monstrous creature who wielded twin .45 caliber pistol’s with a deadly and practiced aim, as well as strange and frightening powers that matched his terrible glowing eyes.
But would even the terrible Grim Spectre be a match for the forces the gang lord Phylo Zeus unleashed against him? Even if he was, would The Grim Spectre be able to withstand the attacks of the corrupt Mayor and his police force that dogged his every move? Caught between the twin forces of darkness encompassing the small city of Riverburgh, was The Grim Spectre too little, too late? Or can the supernatural avenger somehow defeat his many foes on both sides of the law while caught between the teeth of their vise of greed and corruption?
Find out within the pages of the New Pulp adventure, ‘The Grim Spectre.’ by Ralph L. Angelo Jr.
Ralph L. Angelo Jr., recipient of the 2014 ‘New Pulp Award’ for ‘Best New Author’ has written novels in the Sci-Fi/Space Opera, Sword and Sorcery, Epic Fantasy and New Pulp as well as non-fiction genre’s. Ralph has also written various stories in anthologies for different publishers in the New Pulp genre as well. In his spare time Ralph is an avid motorcyclist, skier, guitar player and martial artist. All of Ralph’s books can be found at http://RLAngeloJr.com
1937, the small city of Riverburgh, forty miles north of New York City up the Hudson…
“Benny! Benny! Yeah it’s me, I gotta talk to ya. Somethin’ just happened Benny, somethin’ bad. I was in ‘Little Nicky’s’ knockin’ back a few wit’ the boys. The place was packed an’ the smoke in there, it was like pea soup-it was a good night. When the door busts open, like someone kicked it in, hard! An’ standin’ there in the doorway, framed in th’ moonlight is this guy in a trench coat an’ slouch hat. An’ he’s lookin’ down, like at th’ floor or somethin’. Waddaya mean how could I tell? His hat was pointin’ down, like his whole head was starin’ at th’ floor, that’s how! Anyway, an this is the weird part, his trench coat was blowin’ in from behind, like he was in the wind, but there weren’t no breeze blowin’ Benny. There was nothin’. So’s Big Mack, the bartender, shouts ‘Hey! You comin’ in or stayin out? Yer lettin’ all the flies out.’ An’ all the mooks, they start laughin’.
“But this guy? He ain’t havin’ none o’ it. He just stands there starin’. Then finally after everyone in the whole friggin’ place stops talkin’ an’ is all starin’ at the door this guy raises his head, and his face is still in the shadow o’ the hat mind ya, but he starts to talk, an’ in this voice like death over ice says ‘Where is Joey DeLuca?’ That’s all he says, at least at first. Guys start grumblin’ an’ angrily mutterin’ to themselves when he says it again, this time so loud mugs o’ beer shatter all around the bar, I swear Benny, it was like a crack o’ thunder, ‘WHERE IS JOEY DeLUCA?’ he says.
Giveaway – autographed copy of “The Grim Spectre”.
About the Books
Kyrie Carter can’t believe her luck when she wins a spot on a paranormal investigation with celebrity ghost hunter Drac Petery and his heartthrob brother Gabe. As the investigation begins, her main obstacles are her unsupportive teammates and her lack of ghost hunting experience. Her biggest critic is the ruggedly handsome but enigmatic Spook Steele, who takes an instant and intense dislike to the newbie and seems determined to see her fail. However, Kyr soon realizes that her flesh-and-blood rivals are the least of her worries. The investigation takes a dark turn when the team finds evidence of a decades-old murder mystery, and Kyr becomes the victim of the resident spirit’s violent attacks. The discovery of a family connection to the Berkeleys explains the spirit’s malevolence. Will Kyr be able to help the Peterys unravel the mystery and put the Berkeley mansion spirits to rest, or will she become another victim of the house’s tragic history? And will she be able to sort out her romantic feelings for the off-limits Gabe and her growing but unwelcome attraction to Spook Steele?
In Book 2 of Leta Hawk’s Kyrie Carter Paranormal Mystery series, a paranormal investigation on the campus of Willow Lake College leads to the discovery of a decades-old murder mystery. Kyrie Carter is thrilled to accompany her best friend JoEllyn to their alma mater, Willow Lake College, for a ghost hunt with the campus Paranormal Club. She is pleasantly surprised when celebrity ghost hunters Drac and Gabe Petery show up with their team. She is not so pleasantly surprised when her critical former teammate Spook Steele shows up with them. What begins as a routine investigation into campus ghost stories soon turns dangerous as Kyr encounters a malicious spirit in the bell tower of Appleton Hall. Upon further investigation, the team learns that a suspicious fire had claimed the life of a female student in 1958. After Spook becomes a victim of a similar fire in the bell tower while investigating, he and Kyr begin to suspect they are dealing with more than a simple haunting. Kyr and Spook put aside their differences and team up to piece together what happened in the bell tower. The mystery deepens as they discover that everyone—townspeople and campus administrators alike—seem determined to keep the truth hidden about the events of that night.
Leta Hawk has been fascinated with the paranormal since her first encounter with a ghost at four years of age. Her first novel, The Newbie: A Kyrie Carter Ghost Hunting Adventure, was self-published in the summer of 2014, and was re-launched through Booktrope as The Newbie: A Kyrie Carter Paranormal Mystery, Book 1. A writer since high school, she has written in various genres, including poetry, children’s stories, puppet skits, and novels. Leta currently lives in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania with her husband, two sons, and a dog (but no ghosts). When she isn’t writing, she serves as a Scout leader, Sunday school teacher, and Released Time School Coordinator, Song Leader, and Listener, and tries to keep up with her sons’ busy schedules.
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Gabe suggested we separate to see if one of us could corner the spirit. He stayed in the master bedroom and, as I suspected he would, suggested I head to the other bedroom. I was a bit leery of the possibility of being alone with a ghost, but I tried to convince myself that we didn’t seem to be dealing with a malicious spirit. I had my flashlight, a digital voice recorder, and a video camera that Gabe handed me at the last moment. I decided to set it up on the vanity to capture as much of the room as possible.
I sat down on the bed and tried provoking the spirit. “Okay, you’ve been playing hide and seek with us; now how about you show yourself. My name is Kyr; I’m here, and Gabe is in the other room. Quit playing games and let one of us see you.”
No sooner had I said that than the room became drastically colder. Goosebumps rose on my skin, and I began to tremble, although I couldn’t tell if it was from the cold or from fear. Trying not to let my voice betray my feelings, I said, “Come on, you’ll have to do better than that!”
Just then, Gabe’s voice came over the walkie talkie, startling me, “Gabe to Kyr, it’s pretty quiet over here. You getting anything over there?”
I replied, “Yeah, the room got ice cold as soon as I started provoking…” Before I could finish, the bedroom door slammed shut, and my flashlight flickered and went out, leaving me in complete darkness.
“What the hell was that?” Gabe asked.
Trying not to panic, I radioed back, “The door just slammed shut, and my flashlight went out. What do I do?”
Gabe must have sensed the fear in my voice because he radioed back, “Just stay calm, and keep trying to communicate. I’ll be there in a second.”
I stood up and made my way towards the door, asking the spirit if it had a reason for being there, why it stayed in the house. A moment later, I heard the doorknob rattling. Gabe said, “I can’t get the door open. Is it locked from your side?”
“I wouldn’t think so,” I said, beginning to feel more apprehensive. I tried the doorknob, to no avail. “I can’t get it open either.” I fumbled around the doorknob, looking for any kind of lock. Finding none, I tried pulling as hard as I could on the door.
Suddenly, the room became even colder, and I felt the hairs on my neck stand up as I became aware of a presence behind me. I turned quickly and pressed up against the door, not really wanting to see who or what was there, but not wanting to be taken by surprise either. I wasn’t ready for what I saw in the room with me. A shimmering mist had formed beside the bed and was beginning to take the shape of a person. In a matter of seconds a tall, angry-looking man stood before me and began moving towards me.
My eyes widened in terror as I realized I was trapped in a locked room with a very unfriendly-looking spirit. I began pounding on the door, shouting, “Gabe! Get me out! There’s something here with me!”
Gabe was obviously concerned about what he couldn’t see happening, but he tried to calm me, “Don’t be afraid of it. See if you can communicate. I’ll keep trying to get the door open.”
I was so frightened that communicating with a spirit was the last thing on my mind. The spirit continued to move towards me, and it reached a menacing hand towards me. I stifled a scream, and then yelled, “Stay away! Stay away! Gabe, please get the door open!”
As I continued pounding on the door and imploring the spirit to leave me alone, I heard Gabe radio to Drac and Steele for help. The spirit loomed over me. I covered my head with my hands and pressed harder against the door. The last thing I remembered was screaming as I felt an icy blast go through my body; then everything went black.