#FridayReads – STRANGERS AT THE TABLE – A Short Story

Sharing one of my short stories today! This is Strangers at the Table, from Tales from the Cacao Tree, one of the books in the Mind’s Eye Series. My mission was to write a story based on the below photo, taken by Martin David Porter.   Strangers at the Table The smell of coffee, strong and pungent, drags me from sleep. I sit on the edge of my bed contemplating the digital alarm clock on Read More …

Michael Sykora Novels On Sale Through The Weekend

I’m celebrating the new cover designs! You can get all three Michael Sykora Novels, plus the associated short story, for just $1.98. Book 4 is coming soon, and might just be Michael Sykora’s most chilling case to date!   No Justice is permanently free. Driven by grief, Michael Sykora started his life of killing in a blind rage. But then it became something he was good at. Even something he…liked. To most who know him, Read More …

#MondayBlogs: New Cover Designs for Michael Sykora Novels

I am so excited! Today is the day I get to show off the new covers for my Michael Sykora Novels! I have been working with the incredibly talented Jason McIntyre on new designs and new descriptions for the first three books in the series – No Justice, Beyond Salvation, and Killing Instinct – and the free short story, First Kill. Going into this, all I knew was that I wanted designs that were new, Read More …

Loss, Fear, and Guilt in ‘Gnarled Bones and Other Stories’ by Tam May

Genre: Psychological fiction Date Published: January 19, 2017 Gnarled Bones and Other Stories explores five tales of loss, fear, and guilt where strange and spooky events impact people’s lives in ways that are profound and unchangeable. In “Mother of Mischief”, a newly divorced woman goes back to school to begin a new chapter in her life only to find herself circling back to where she started. In “Bracelets”, childhood nostalgia mingles with brutal fear during Read More …

#MondayBlogs: The Limits of Labeling

The Limits of Labeling Guest Post by Linda Workman-Crider   Your eyes would identify me as a white woman. You would not know that the color of my skin caused me to be the target of violence with bottles and rocks thrown at me and the group I was with while volunteering in another country. You would not know that more than fear, I felt a sense of awe and envy for the unity of Read More …

New March and Walker Crime Novel – BURN COUNTRY by Michael J. McCann

This is the second book in the March and Walker Crime Novel series and the sequel to Sorrow Lake, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Hammett Award for best North American crime novel. The latest in a series of barn fires in Leeds County turns ugly when a body is discovered inside the burned-out husk of an old hay barn near the village of Elgin. When the victim turns out to be Independent Senator Darius Read More …

#MondayBlogs: The Trouble With Difference

The Trouble With Difference Guest Post by Julie Elizabeth Powell   I’m not sure why people are so afraid of difference, which leads to discrimination – either themselves being different from the supposed norm or seeing it in others; whatever it may be. In my book, Gone (a fantasy) I begin by exposing ‘normal’: ‘Normal.  She despised the word.  And what did it actually mean?  The dictionary told her, ‘conforming to a standard’, but where Read More …

Spotlight on LETTING GO by Maria Thompson Corley

Louise Caiola, USA Today Bestselling Author of The Making of Nebraska Brown, called LETTING GO “a smart and sexy story that captures the raw essence of love. Heartfelt, haunting, tender, tough and true.” Even though she lives hundreds of miles away, when Langston, who dreams of being a chef, meets Cecile, a Juilliard-trained pianist, he is sure that his history of being a sidekick, instead of a love interest, is finally over. Their connection is Read More …

Contemporary Fiction Spotlight: THE HELPER by M. N. SNow

The Helper combines contemporary, magical realism/speculative fiction with an ambiguous spirituality.  Two parts Stephen King and Dean Koontz, one part Dennis Lehane/Mystic River, the story explores relationships between lovers, friends, families, and what Powers of Good there may be.  The novel travels from the gritty Lake Superior port-cities and Indian Reservations of northern Wisconsin to the Jewish neighborhoods of North Miami Beach, Florida—from Parris Island to the war zones of Kuwait and Afghanistan. The Helper Read More …

#MondayBlogs: Nothing Rhymes With Orange

Nothing Rhymes With Orange Guest Post by Joe Schwartz   In a sense, I feel very sorry for the middle class today. For the first time in quite a long time, they actually think they have the right to be indignant. Trump has forced their hand, exposing them for the sleeping giant they are in the form of protests and remarkably eloquent Facebook diatribes. However, I am not buying it. I appreciate the fact that Read More …