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Home for Christmas by Victor J. Banis

Home for Christmas  by Victor J. Banis

 

Their mother dead early, their father uninterested, the Wallace twins had grown up in the care of an ever-changing succession of housekeepers, with no one close but one another. Fortunately, they had always been content with that company and had almost never been apart.

 

Now, Adam has met someone and, without preamble, married her. Robert is bereft, and the stage is set for a Christmas nobody is likely to forget.

 

A short story from our Nibs literary line.

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Outlaw Pizza by Steve Bartholomew

Outlaw Pizza  by Steve Bartholomew

 

Ever since they outlawed giving presents, only outlaws give presents.


What would happen if gift-giving and Christmas were outlawed? Some guys would do stuff just because they were told they couldn’t. For a couple of young desperadoes, looking to make reputations, laws were meant to be broken … especially when they’re hungry for pizza.

 

A short work of alternate history from our Orbits line.

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Tangled by Kathleen Gerard

Tangled  by Kathleen Gerard

 

After twenty-seven years of marriage – and twenty-seven years spent with an artificial Christmas tree – Edward and Annie finally purchase a fresh pine. When they bring the tree home, however, the presence of the ample Scotch pine suddenly stirs a range of emotions in this long-married couple.

 

Tangled is a powerfully moving, compact short story from our Nibs line that captures the deeper essence of the Christmas spirit.

 

About Author Kathleen Gerard:


Kathleen Gerard’s fiction has been awarded The Perillo Prize, The Eric Hoffer Prose Award and was nominated for Best New American Voices, all national prizes in literature. Her prose and poetry have been widely published in literary journals and anthologies, and broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR).  She lives in New Jersey. Kathleen previously published with Untreed Reads in the Thanksgiving anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry with her short story “Last Licks.” To learn more visit http://www.kathleengerard.blogspot.com.

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Blood Money by K.J. Janssen

Blood Money  by K.J. Janssen

 

The National Rare Blood Association is suspected of laundering money to terrorist groups. When Private Investigator Mark Matthews and FBI Agent Susan Harrington collect evidence against the NRBA, they become willing combatants in the “War on Terror.”

 

John Portman, Director of Security for the NRBA is equally intent on avoiding detection. When he traces Mark’s and Susan’s probe into the NRBA’s computer, Agent Harrington soon finds herself the victim of a savage abduction. Mark is called in for his highly developed techniques for locating missing persons in the hopes of finding her.

 

Recovery of Susan only fuels the romance building between the two law enforcers. However, unknown to both, Portman’s assistant Mel Tarkington is hell bent on revenge against the pair, waiting for the right opportunity to penetrate the shield of protection the FBI erects around them.

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Great reads for 99 cents -- great gifts, too!

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Here's a thought for the holidays, either to read yourself or give as a gift.  It's 99 cents through the rest of the year....

 

Waterbury  

What readers are saying so far on the BN site:

Great read

This author writes a great mystery. Moves right along. Have read all her books and have love them all

Great read

Really great short read for a cold wintery night

Suspenseful to the max

Very good mystery, I love the writing style of this author. She brings depth to the characters and develops a very realistic storyline that kept me on edge. Loved it.

Loved this!

Great psychological suspense...couldn't put this down.

Great book, especially for the holidays!

This really suspenseful thriller revolves around a family at the holidays. The plot builds to a boil in this exciting book.

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THE GESTALT MAN - A Psychological Thriller

 

The Gestalt Man  

 

A Psychological Thriller

By

Anthony E. Cardenas

 

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS:

Michael Jeck suffers from severe dissociative identity disorder as a result of a series of traumatic incidents in his childhood. He has five separate and individual personalities—Kara, a brainy, intellectual woman trained as a medical examiner; Nick, an aggressive hit first ask questions later guy; Alex, the suave, sophisticated, educated man; Telly, a brainy teenager who is an expert with computers and technology; and Sara, a mute eight year old girl who creates mature, beautiful works of art to express herself.

 

Thanks to years of experimental psychotherapy, Jeck has managed to gain control over his five other personalities, not by suppressing them, but by living with them. He then uses their specific skills and talents to form a kind of think tank, capable of effectively solving complex and difficult crimes. In this way, he and his five personalities function as a unified whole, rather than individual parts—a truly gestalt personality.

 

Michael Jeck is now a special agent with the FBI and has garnered a reputation as an eccentric genius that can solve any case. Recently, however, he has been unable to crack a strange series of murders that appear to be completely different but also thinly connected to each other. Concerned that his top agent may be psychologically unfit, the Assistant Director of the FBI decides to assign Jeck a partner for the very first time.

 

Enter Grayson O’Neal, an FBI agent from the behavioral sciences division, whose mysterious past and strange eagerness to work with Agent Jeck causes a newfound tension amongst the normal “group” dynamic.

 

Together, Jeck and Grayson work together to solve the mystery of the serial killings, at the same time trying to come to terms with their respective pasts, and their uncertain futures.

 

If the story is of interest to you, then by all means check it out. If not, then maybe tell some of your friends or family who might enjoy something along these lines.

 

Warning: This material is intended for adult audiences and contains graphic violence, sex, and disturbing themes.

 

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Vengeful Bounty by Jillian Kidd

Vengeful Bounty  by Jillian Kidd

 

In the year 2053, Dallas bounty hunter Mina Maxwell’s goal is to reach Global status, and she is only three catches away from the needed 25. During one of her hunts, she lets criminal Roberto Franco go in order to capture his higher-ranking boss. It is a mistake that will come back to haunt her.

 

As she continues on toward her goal, she battles with the demons of her past, among them being Damon Wolfe, her Global bounty hunter lover who left her without explanation. Attempting to heal the damage is Mina’s good friend, musician Jackson Kincade, who has been hinting at taking their friendship to the next level if she will let him.

 

All hope for the future shatters when Roberto returns, hunts her down and kidnaps her. His plan: weaken her body and crush her spirit so he can sell her to the highest bidder.

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Free Short Ghost Story for the Nook!

Here is my latest Free short story:

 

 

Denning Swamp - A Ghost Story  

Strange sounds emanating from the swamp startled Jack during the night. Alone in the house, he wondered what was outside. Would he determine what was tormenting him before it was too late?

A short story with about 2300 words.

 

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Re: NOOK AUTHORS: What's your book blurb? Post it here!


HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE

Tomorrow is my birthday so I'm doing my final holiday pitch today for WATERBURY: a holiday crime novel.  What do you think of the brand new cover design?

Hope you mystery lovers download your copy today, or give one as a gift.  It's only 99 cents!

 

Waterbury  

 

What Nook readers are saying so far:
Great read

This author writes a great mystery. Moves right along. Have read all her books and have love them all
Great read
Really great short read for a cold wintery night
Suspenseful to the max
Very good mystery, I love the writing style of this author. [/b][/color]She brings depth to the characters and develops a very realistic storyline that kept me on edge. Loved it.
Loved this!
Great psychological suspense...couldn't put this down
Great book, especially for the holidays!
This really suspenseful thriller revolves around a family at the holidays. The plot builds to a boil in this exciting book.

 

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Certified Tales of a Madcap Mailman

     Who comes to your house everyday and yet you don't really know them? Why it's your mail carrier of course. In the book, Certified Tales of the Madcap Mailman, Author Harvey Poling takes you on a neighborhood romp to meet an odd assortment of zany customers, curious co-workers and yes, even to get inside the mind of the madcap mailman himself.

     Over thirty years of experience was used to draw upon to create this collection of interesting stories. Delightful color (hardware dependent) illustrations bring these characters to life and their antics are well described in a dry, tongue in cheek manner.

      -You'll meet the old lady with a pork phobia.


      -Attack dog for encouraging conversation.


      -The greatest envelope artists in the world.


      -Ornery word-challenged bosses


      -Postal romances cancelled


      -I ain't no resident, I live here

 

      -The Frozen Carrier


      -and Much More!

    You will understand the pitfalls, pratfalls and pleasures of serving the public that your local carrier must endure daily. Plus you'll celebrate with the Author the personality differences that make us all uniquely human.
Now with expanded material and even more Illustrations!        

 

See a Video Promo here:     http://youtu.be/_2m8kjf7lUU?hd=1  

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Bakerloo Line Train by Tim Reed

Bakerloo Line Train  by Tim Reed

 

John wants to turn his life around, and that starts with a marriage proposal to his girlfriend. All that’s standing between him and this act is a simple journey on the London Underground. Except that this journey will be anything but simple.

 

Strange old ladies, apathetic passengers, a nervous Asian man and a deepening sense of unease are all obstacles to overcome, but will John gain redemption and an easy passage? Or, will this train ride lead to somewhere darker, dimmer and altogether horrifying?

 

A short work of horror from our Spectres line.

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The Porridge Incident by Herschel Cozine

The Porridge Incident  by Herschel Cozine

 

Is Goldilocks really a trespasser who broke furniture and slept in strange beds, or is she the victim of mistaken identity? Our intrepid Detective Nathaniel P. Osgood III (fresh off his success in the short story The Birds) uses all his skills and tricks of the trade to investigate and comes to this startling conclusion: Goldy is innocent! The identity of the real miscreant is a revelation that may startle you and change the way you look at fairy tale characters forever.

A short work of humorous crime from our Fingerprints line.

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New Frontier by Cliff Ball

New Frontier (speculative fiction, alt history)  

 

In this speculative fiction novel, what-if Ronald Reagan became President in 1976 instead? He continues with the moon landings, and declares that a moon base would be established by 1979, followed by a Mars Base by 1989. The Soviets decide to up the ante by building an interstellar starship, and send it on its way as the US establishes a permanent presence on the Moon. The US builds a space station, followed by a base on Mars, that will eventually be turned into a colony.

The rest of Earth follows the original timeline, so terrorism rears its ugly head, which will forever change American politics. Iran and its attempt at taking hostages is taken care of in 1979, but a new threat emerges because of it. The new POTUS has to pursue these enemies of the US to secure America's future. We follow America's progress from Moon to Mars, along with the Teacher in Space Program, to an eventual starship mission out of the solar system, which will continue in book two.

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Caught Dead in Philadelphia by Gillian Roberts

Caught Dead in Philadelphia  by Gillian Roberts

 

The debut of Philly Prep English teacher and accidental sleuth, Amanda Pepper, (and of C.K. Mackenzie, homicide detective) won the World Mystery Convention's "Anthony" for best first mystery.

When the body of a colleague is found dead in Amanda's living room, she has to clear herself of suspicion — and make sure she isn't the next victim as well. And all she's got as a clue to the real killer's identity is a locket shaped like Winnie-the-Pooh.

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Hot Tea

 

 

Hot Tea  :   Hot Tea (First book in The Tea Series)]] --  Cara O'Flynn finds herself in an unusual position.  She's quit her job and can afford to take a few weeks to find a new career.  Plus her roommate has run off and left her with an empty room to fill.  If she can just accomplish those two tasks before her mother finds out she has no income and no one to help pay the bills, she's in good shape.     The problem - Cara didn’t plan for three careers in as many days, nor did she anticipate the new guys that dropped in her lap.  And then there's her sister Teagan, while always helpful and funny, she can be a bit annoying at times.  When you’re Irish, all things (good and bad) come in threes.  It’s inevitable.  Cara should have remembered not to forget that part.    Cara and Teagan bring laughter, intelligence, and family tradition to every experience they encounter. 

 

I hope you will give the series a try.  I am currently working on book seven - Summer Tea.

 

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Re: TEENAGE LOVERS ADRIFT IN A DYING WORLD

Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing  My new novel, released yesterday. Here's a short blurb:

 

Dee and Michael Reese have been married for two years. They have a loving, passionate marriage, are raising a beautiful toddler, are actively involved in their church and are successfully managing two businesses.

 

But their perfect life is unraveling at the seams.

 

Can Dee’s marriage survive the ultimate betrayal? And will Michael pay for this betrayal with his life?

 

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Midnight Special by Victor J. Banis

Midnight Special  by Victor J. Banis

 

Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1949 - the Las Vegas of its day. A prison legend says that when a man sees the headlight of the ghost train, The Midnight Special, it means he's going free--but what freedom can there be for a black man on the run, in 1949 Arkansas?

This short story appears in the print anthology Too Much Boogie.

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Half and Half by Betsy Miller

Half and Half  by Betsy Miller

 

It's Friday night at the local roadside diner when Roy stops in to fuel up for a night of gambling. He's got a bankroll, and the knockout at the bar just let him buy her a drink. It's boom or bust and the night is just getting started. Is Roy a high roller, or is someone else about to show him up?

A short work of crime from our Fingerprints line.

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Monkey See, Monkey Murder by Jack Bates

Monkey See, Monkey Murder  by Jack Bates

 

Hack Ward thought he had found a niche market for his skills as a private investigator when Hollywood came to Detroit. When washed up director Will Peyton gets pegged to direct a low-brow family comedy starring a chimp and a perpetual bad-girl pop star, Hack gets brought in by Peyton to keep an eye on starlet Haley Goslin. It’s not because Peyton is concerned about her image; it’s because Peyton is in love with the younger woman and doesn’t want her fooling around on him.

It isn’t long, however, before events on the set start turning sinister. Hack is on hand the day the chimp has a psychotic episode and attacks Haley. Saving her life sets off a chain of events that bring Hack and Haley closer together and puts them in more and more danger. On the morning she gets called into the set to shoot some additional footage, they have no idea they are getting called into a trap.

When it comes to murder, which is the more dangerous animal? Chimp ... or man?

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Merely Players by Blair Dalton

Merely Players  by Blair Dalton

 

Tony has been an actor all his life, but now he has a problem. The world has turned to Telesensory, and he’s leery of this so-called “acting” with a transmitting link in his head.

Reluctantly, he agrees to work in this new craze -- and watches his fears turn into a real-life nightmare.

A short story from our Orbits sci-fi line.

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