The following represents all books currently listed within the genre, Psychological:
Baby Dear: a gripping psychological thrillerCaro and Jeff Horne seem to have it all until they learn that Jeff is infertile. Caro married Jeff because her biggest wish was to be a mother, and he had the means to give their children a better life than she’d had. Jeff, who is besotted with Caro, is terrified he will lose her now they can’t have a baby.Across town, Sharon is eight months pregnant and unsure if she really wants to be a mother. Soon her world will collide with Jeff’s. He wants to keep Caro happy and decides that getting a baby is the only way. Then Caro is accidently drawn into an underworld of drugs…Meanwhile, Jeff is increasingly desperate to find a baby – but what lengths is he prepared to go to?Is Sharon in danger, and will Caro ever have the family she’s always dreamed of?
They stared at each other, and Maggie felt the tightness in her middle expand as it shifted, burning its way up… Painful sobs rose in her throat as Colin, his face expressionless now, reached for his mobile and tapped 999.
When three-year-old Olivia disappears from the beach, a happy family holiday comes to an abrupt end. Maggie is plunged into the darkest nightmare imaginable – what happened to her little girl?
Further along the coast, another mother is having problems too. Jennifer's daughter Hailey is starting school, and it should be such a happy time, but the child has become moody and silent. Family life has never seemed so awkward, and Jennifer struggles to maintain control.
The tide ebbs and flows, and summer dies, but there is no comfort for Maggie, alone now at the cottage, or for Jennifer, still swamped by doubts.
‘A psychologically astute, edge-of-the-seat story.’ Hilary Johnson
‘Unsettling and disturbing… I couldn’t put it down.’ Rebecca Muddiman
‘Breathtaking and utterly compelling.’ Debi Alper
‘Whoever did this wanted to make very sure no one lived to tell the tale.’
Money, murder and love on the high seas
In the world of international shipping, the rules are blurred and the oceans lawless
When instinct tells maritime claims investigator Angus McKinnon that a wave of frauds must be connected, he thinks it’s just business as usual. Instead, he uncovers a ruthless conspiracy born of greed and the lust for power.
As he starts to unravel a trail leading from the post-Soviet drabness of a Black Sea port to a sweltering anchorage in the Gulf of Thailand, a devastating explosion in the Indian Ocean changes everything.
Facing down terrifying childhood memories, torn between two very different women and doubting old friends, McKinnon must navigate a precarious path between secretive government agencies, shady syndicates and avaricious crime lords towards an unpredictable endgame.
Gambling everything on his faith in one man, can McKinnon beat the odds and come out on top?
A gripping page-turner, Sea of Gold draws the reader into a world of extremes, the casual affluence of the super-rich contrasting with the dignified poverty of the desperate. Meanwhile, McKinnon’s two loves – the enigmatic Claire and his devoted, long-term lover, Eleni, vie for his attention.
This debut thriller from Nick Elliott is packed with intrigue – if you love your action spiced with suspense, make Sea of Gold your next read.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT SEA OF GOLD
"Elliott ticks all the boxes in this fast-paced yarn, with a keen eye for descriptive detail and solidly drawn characters. The first-person narrative, complete with ironic asides, is the perfect vehicle for a thoughtful and witty style that draws us swiftly into the shoes of its protagonist, a credible and consistent character."
"The sense of place is utterly authentic. We are taken to far-flung locations - some exotic, some seedy - by an author who has not just visited them but has lived and worked in these places. Nick Elliott has an effortless elegance in his writing, and an ability to create characters who feel real. The story zips along at a fine pace, and the result is a gripping and immersive thriller."
"Angus is good company as he unravels a very twisty plot and discovers an unexpected level of determination (stubbornness?) in getting to the bottom of the mystery and catching the villains, all the while trying to be loyal to his fiery Greek girlfriend while fighting his attraction to a woman from his past."
A disappearance. A sudden death. A betrayal of the worst kind.
Ella longs for a child of her own, but a gruesome find during an adoption process deepens the cracks in her marriage. A family visit starts off a horrifying chain of events, and Ella can only hope she won’t lose the person she loves most of all.
Amanda is expecting her second child when her husband vanishes. She is tortured by thoughts of violence and loss, but nothing prepares her for the shocking conclusion to the police investigation.
And in the middle of it all, a little girl is looking for a home of her own with a ‘forever’ mummy and daddy…
How well do you know your own family? And who can you trust?
An eerie, supernatural thriller set in a Victorian asylum in the heart of Wales.
Warning - contains highly disturbing material!
1893, and nineteen year old Flora George is admitted to a remote asylum with no idea why she is there, what happened to her child, or how her wealthy family could have abandoned her to such a fate. However, within a short space of time it becomes apparent she must save herself from something far worse than that of a harsh regime.
2018, and forty-one year old Isobel Lee moves into the gatehouse of what was once the old asylum. A reluctant medium, it is with dismay she realises there is a terrible secret here - one desperate to be heard. Angry and upset, Isobel baulks at what she must now face. But with the help of local dark arts practitioner, Branwen, face it she must.
This is a dark story of human cruelty, folklore and superstition. But the human spirit can and will prevail...unless of course, the wrath of the fae is incited...
Iran has long wanted to overthrow the Saudi monarchy, so it can control Mecca and Medina. Will three nuclear weapons and an armored invasion let them succeed?
The two Russian agents introduced in The Second Korean War have orders to stop Iran’s plans, but to succeed they’ll need the help of the General commanding Russian forces in Syria. Convincing the General will require a persuasive, in person account by someone with direct knowledge of Iran’s nuclear program. Getting that person out of Iran...won’t be easy.
The Saudis naturally ask the US for help. But with all US military bases near Saudi Arabia recently closed, only a risky experimental program is available. Will it work in time?
A father’s secret. A mother’s lie. A family mystery.
An unexpected phone call – and Nina’s life takes a disturbing twist. Who is John Moore? And how does he know her name?
Nina travels south to see the house she inherited, but sinister letters arrive and she finds herself in the middle of a police investigation. With her identity called into question, Nina uncovers a shocking crime. But what, exactly, happened in the attic room, all those years ago? The answer could lie close to home.
The arrival of her ten-year-old daughter compounds Nina’s problems, but her tormentor strikes before she can react. Searching for the truth about the Moore family puts both Nina and her child into grave danger.
What happens when a baby goes missing?
Twenty-two years ago, Erin and Vicky’s parents were killed in an explosion.
Now grown up, Erin and Vicky – who have been separated – are unaware they are siblings. But when Vicky is called to her great-aunt’s deathbed, she learns that she isn’t alone after all.
But where is Erin? Vicky’s search begins…
Elsewhere, Christine has problems of her own. In the first week of her new job, she makes a disturbing discovery and is struggling to come to terms with impending motherhood.
Vicky is almost ready to give up her search when an old foster mother calls with shocking news.
What links Vicky and Christine?
Will Vicky ever find her sister?
And can Christine’s baby escape the past that befell her mother?
“A blistering and breathless psychological thriller guaranteed to hold you captive...” (Bestthrillers.com)
City girl Amy seems to have it all—the high-flying job, the designer wardrobe, a beautiful home. But beneath the successful façade, Amy has secrets she’d rather her bully-boy boss Ed didn’t discover—like her troubled past and the little voice she hears in her head…
When a junior colleague is murdered, Amy’s fragile equilibrium is shattered. She suspects a client’s fraud links Ed to the killing, but is her paranoia working overtime?
As Ed tries to discredit her, Amy fears for her job, her sanity and her life. But she’s a tough professional, not a quitter, and somehow she must find a way to fight back...
Concealment is the second novel of British author Rose Edmunds. It’s a dark psychological thriller set in the cut-throat environment of the City of London, in which a high-flying executive struggles to expose the truth about fraud and murder in a toxic, corrupt workplace. At its heart, this is the story of one woman's struggle against her own insecurities - a universal theme.
Praise for Concealment:
“Concealment is brilliant thriller set in the cut-throat world of high finance.” (Scatterbooker blog)
“What makes this novel special is the way the author illuminates Amy’s deteriorating mindset”. (A Woman’s Wisdom blog)
“The psychological harassment handed out to the lead character made me weep it was so realistically portrayed” (Senior HR professional)
“Amy's own descent into psychological hell is fabulously well done, and I found the parts that looked back into her childhood absolutely fascinating”. (Terry Tyler book blog)
“There is treachery and confusion in a story I couldn’t put down!” (Lost in a book blog)
“Edmunds plays on Amy’s vulnerabilities like a master violinist” (Bestthrillers.com)
‘Matt shivered at the odd mix of images. It was almost as if they had the copper’s nightmare to deal with - a child’s murder. Except this was no innocent child but a young woman, he would guess around twenty-two and with everything to live for. Though it was obvious she was a woman, the bows in her hair, her pink party dress and white ankle socks said she was a little girl.’
Detective Inspector Matt Turrell returns from honeymoon to face the most bizarre and dangerous case of his career after the body of a woman is found at a luxury spa near Stratford-upon-Avon. However, struggling within the confines of his new marriage, and haunted by a past mistake, Matt finds it difficult to concentrate.
Killer, Clive Draper, is a clever, ambiguous character whose motives and personality is not beyond empathy. Empowered by his first kill, Clive uses his charm to draw further victims into his net. Seeing Matt as his mortal enemy, he uses his charisma to lure Matt’s new wife into his snare.
With the danger coming ever closer to home, Matt finds himself drawn into a deadly duel, where he must put his own life on the line and where the stakes have never been higher.
Urge to Kill is the first in a series of novels featuring DI Matt Turrell of the Warwickshire Police. It is a rich psychological thriller with great character development of both the detective and the serial killer. The reader quickly becomes engaged in the epic battle between the two men. The book is set within the historic district of Stratford-upon-Avon.
Ellie Blake is recovering from a nervous breakdown. Deciding to move back to her northern roots, she and her psychiatrist husband buy Tanners Dell at auction - an old water mill in the moorland village of Bridesmoor.
However, there is disquiet in the village. Tanners Dell has a terrible secret, one so well guarded no one speaks its name. But in her search for meaning and very much alone, Ellie is drawn to traditional witchcraft and determined to pursue it. All her life she has been cowed. All her life she has apologised for her very existence. And witchcraft has opened a door she could never have imagined. Imbued with power and overawed with its magick, for the first time she feels she has come home, truly knows who she is.
Tanners Dell though, with its centuries old demonic history...well, it's a dangerous place for a novice...
A STAND-ALONE NOVEL, WHICH CAN ALSO BE READ AS A FOLLOW-UP TO THE FATHER OF LIES TRILOGY.
She was sixteen years old when a terrifying jumble of images invaded her head. The swirl of lives lived was terrifying and fascinating at once. The former made her conceal her gift with education. She became a student of history—forensic reconstructive specialist. It was the only way she could let her talent drive her hands—to recreate images of those who lived, loved and lost their lives thousands of years ago. The latter made her accept a dangerous consulting job in Greece. It sounded simple: reconstruct skulls of three plane crash victims. A tragic, but seemingly routine job of identification. Except her abilities show her it’s anything but…and suddenly Dr. Gianna Pontiac finds herself poised over a cliff….
Meet Emma Grayson, heroine of The Grayson Trilogy, a series of mysterious and romantic adventure stories.
'The gun continued to be levelled at me. “Answer it...but don’t tell him I’m here or he’ll get to listen to you die.” That concentrated my mind considerably, and as I reached for my phone I came up with a plan...’
Emma Grayson was left devastated when her life was torn apart by tragedy and betrayal. Now someone believes it’s time for her to start again and puts an advert for a job through her door which leads her to the Melton Estate. Despite her desire for a solitary existence she finds herself discovering a life she could never have imagined, challenging her independence, her fears and her resistance to love.
1149 was a violent year in the Forest of Dean.
Today, nearly 900 years later, the forest village of Monkspike sits brooding. There is a sickness here passed down through ancient lines, one noted and deeply felt by Sylvia Massey, the new psychologist. What is wrong with nurse, Belinda Sully's, son? Why did her husband take his own life? Why are the old people in Temple Lake Nursing Home so terrified? And what are the lawless inhabitants of nearby Wolfs Cross hiding?
It is a dark village indeed, but one which has kept its secrets well. That is until local girl, Kezia Elwyn, returns home as a practising Satanist, and resurrects a hellish wrath no longer containable. Burdo, the white monk, will infest your dreams....This is pure occult horror and definitely not for the faint of heart...
Forced to call on resources she didn't know she possessed and thrust headlong into the violence of a situation for which nothing could have prepared her, Stella’s suddenly face to face with the stark reality of medical experimentation and its horrifying consequences.
But in a world of uncertainties, she’s sure of one thing - this hero stuff really isn't her. Normal, or as near as damn it is what she wants, and if that means smothering her instincts and adjusting her expectations well so be it. At least she'll know should she slip off the wagon occasionally, it'll be choice not chance, and to suit herself.
Isn't it a fact though, just when you think you've got yourself on track, events can overtake and derail you?
Relatively Strange, the first in the Strange Series introduces Stella; her irreverent sense of humour, the conviction she always knows best and an overdeveloped sense of justice. Throw into the mix a complete inability to keep her nose out of other people's business and some serious psi abilities, and results are as unpredictably uncomfortable as you might expect.
He had found exactly the right spot in the woods. A little clearing, green and dim, encircled by tall trees. He would bring his lovely Helen here… This time, it was going to be perfect.
When Alicia Bryson returns to her childhood home in a tiny Yorkshire village, she finds her estranged father frail and unable to care for himself. Her daughter Jenny is delighted at the prospect of a whole summer playing in the woods at the bottom of the garden, but as soon as Alicia sets foot in Lower Banford, strange and disturbing memories begin to plague her. What happened in her father’s house, all those years ago?
But coping with the uncertainty and arranging Bob's care plan aren’t Alicia’s only problems. Unknown to her, she has a stalker. Someone is watching, waiting, making plans of his own. To him, Alicia and Jenny are his beautiful Helens… and they should be in Paradise.
'An emotionally intelligent thriller - a little gem of a book.' --Caro Ramsay , International best-selling author
'Menace crackles through the prose in Linda Huber's disturbing thriller The Paradise Trees.' --We Love This Book
'I was gripped by the incredible writing style; the ability to keep the reader guessing and the love that the family share... I am glad I read this book.' --Newbooks Magazine
A psychological page-turner, perfect for fans of Linda Green, Alex Marwood and Sophie Hannah
1970, and Baba Lenka begins in an icy Bavarian village with a highly unorthodox funeral. The deceased is Baba Lenka, great-grandmother to Eva Hart. But a terrible thing happens at the funeral, and from that moment on everything changes for seven year old Eva. The family fly back to Yorkshire but it seems the cold Alpine winds have followed them home...and the ghost of Baba Lenka has followed Eva. This is a story of demonic sorcery and occult practices during the World Wars, the horrors of which are drip-fed into young Eva's mind to devastating effect. Once again, this is absolutely not for the faint of heart. Nightmares pretty much guaranteed...
A Darkly Disturbing Supernatural Horror
Ruby is the most violently disturbed psychiatric patient ever admitted to Drummersgate Asylum, high on the bleak moors of northern England. After two years with no improvement, psychiatrist Jack McGowan, eventually decides to take a risk and hypnotises her. With terrifying consequences.
A horrific, dark force is now unleashed on the entire medical team, as each in turn attempts to unlock Ruby's shocking and sinister past. Who is this girl? And how did she manage to survive such unimaginable evil?
Set in a desolate ex-mining village, where secrets are tightly kept and incomers hounded out, their questions soon lead to a haunted mill, the heart of darkness...and The Father of Lies.
...he moved closer and slowly ran the point of his blade along my jaw line as he spoke softly, intimately, to me.
“So, you are Trent’s woman. Now that is very...appealing.” I glared back at him silently.
There are testing times ahead for Grayson and Trent as trouble threatens Melton Manor. When an attack is made against those on the estate, Grayson gets caught in the middle finding herself and those around her in terrible danger. Terrified when she thinks tragedy has struck again she fights to protect those she now views as family and, suffering bloodshed and pain, confronts her fears – both brought by the enemy and by the one she loves.
Horror swept through her. Had she been buried alive?
On Sarah’s first visit to see her foster mother, Mim, in Brockburn General Hospital, she is sucked into a world that isn’t what it should be.
Someone is lying, someone is stealing. And someone is killing – but who? With a grieving child to take care of, as well as Mim, Sarah has to put family first. She doesn’t see where danger lies – until it’s too late.
If you think you’re safe in a hospital, think again.
Why, Pavlos wonders, must he be hypnotised by his dad ? Why the nausea, that pit of obedience ... the next "Greek lesson" ? What 'family' could it be, when his father digs for relatives he knows were all incinerated during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974?
Set in Paphos on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.
Aristo's obsessive need to trace and belong to his family - even though he was told they were all burnt and left unidentifiable during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus - has estranged his English wife, and is gradually distancing his only child while, in turn, Pavlos has a consuming need to feel he belongs; that he has a Dad who will make time - for him.
As the practices at Papas' late-night museum 'staff meetings' unfold themselves to Pavlos, the boy is led deeper into a sinister confrontation with what Papas calls his 'family', but which brings Pavlos, through the ancient face-masks and relics, to the unquiet souls of Greeks believed to have been thousands of years dead.
Both a father's and a son's need to belong, so long mutually exclusive, so long tested, are at the core of this novel. Father and son... or strangers forever ?
There are tough times ahead for Emma Grayson in the final part of these mysterious and romantic adventure stories as she struggles to move on from her old life.
‘Vaguely aware of the tremor in my hand I ran my fingers up through the thick locks of his dark hair. Fear clutched at my heart as I sensed the icy tendrils of grief reaching for me once more.’
As the overseas action steps up a gear for Trent, Emma has her own challenges to face. Loyalties are tested and vengeance sought when she attracts interest from an unwelcome source.
Because someone is coming. Someone who has Emma in their sights.
Someone who will turn her life upside down... forever.
This is a story of twists and turns and what ifs. Kristin’s Novel Café
Secrets. Lies. Murder?
Eight-year-old Joya has a difficult life. Her parents are always fighting, and Grandma Vee is sick. Joya badly wants to help, but it’s hard to know what’s best.
Next door, Ashley loves the new house she and Leo move into, but sparks fly when Leo goes into business with Ashley’s mother Eleanor. Ashley hates her mother... with good reason.
Meanwhile, Joya’s mum Martine juggles looking after terminally-ill Vee while battling the terror that she and Joya could have inherited Vee’s disease too. There’s a test – but do they really want to know?
Then a woman is found dead, and Martine’s world falls apart. What has her little girl done?
What the reviewers are saying:
This is a sinister thriller with a twist. It will keep you guessing all the way through. Nicki’s Book Blog
I found the mental health, adoption and euthanasia sections very sensitively dealt with. Add in secrets, friendship, family and death and that makes a superb concoction for a story. Alison Drew
A gripping domestic thriller. Linda Huber really is a gifted storyteller. Brew and Books Review
A fantastic read with brilliant characters. Amazon reviewer
I knew I was in for another great read and I wasn't wrong. By the Letter Book Reviews
Good writing, a well-structured story, thoughtfully designed characters. Bibliomaniac
The Hostile is a contemporary thriller with a heavy sprinkling of paranormal and fantasy. In a rundown area of Manchester inside a decrepit bathroom in a small terraced house overflowing with children and dysfunctional parents, an unfathomable, powerful entity infiltrates young Serena's life with disastrous effects. The enigmatic force not only dramatically affects introverted Serena’s life, but threatens the well-being of everyone she knows, especially those people who for some reason have earned the strange girl's displeasure. It soon becomes clear that nobody should ever upset Serena if they know what’s good for them. After reading The Hostile, you'll never look at D.I.Y. in the same way again. Available in Kindle, paperback, and audiobook editions.
(For a limited time only, at the bargain price of $0.99 for the Kindle edition.)
A warning from the author:
I still cry, reading some passages in this, though I also laugh at others, and at others, cheer. But this is not a light story, nor are the characters black and white. There are some very dark and abusive parts, though none graphic, in my opinion. Basically: be guided by the reviews, before buying this book.)
IN 2036, magic returned to a world which neither needed nor wanted it. Several years later, an unusual young child is acquired by Dr Alex Harmon for his magic research at the Institute for Paranormal Dysfunction. He sets Sara to hunting an imaginary creature, unaware it is both real and far more dangerous than anyone could know.
Sara, too, though, has her own hidden depths.
She'll need them.
At the Institute she strikes up an unlikely friendship with Godsson, one of the world's most powerful mages - and an inmate. But when Sara's unique magic finally unfolds, Dr Harmon discovers the deadly consequences of creating an archetypal Huntress. While from a place far beneath reality, where Godsson helped slay the Enemy of Mankind, some thing, or things, have come hunting. And their first targets are Godsson, and Sara.
Length: 134,000 words (approximately 460 pages).
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Gerard's only wish is to escape the dark of chronic paranoia to be closer for his lonely daughter. He accompanies Rosie to violin lessons with eccentric but friendly tutor Miss Stein. But could the old spinster's often foul-smelling "wishing" well really be a place for his wish ?
Music tutor Ruth, fascinating Rosie's father for her sensitivity, becomes his confidante and Gerard clings to the hope that the tutor can help bring him closer to Rosie, but soon he must wrestle with his suspicions again, for Ruth mothers Rosie, almost smothers...
Reaching out to a broken doll, propped in the darkness at the bottom of Ruth's garden wishing well, where Ruth plays with Rosie during the lesson intervals, Gerard wants to believe that what he touches and smells is just the decay of sacks enfolding a doll... the closest to a child that the lonely old spinster could cling. Investigating, Gerard's first doubts for Rosie's safety begin to mount. Is he just being paranoid again?
Rosie draws closer to her father, notices his new concern but, if she is in danger, can her Dad save her ? Can Gerard, in turn, triumph over the emotional void of paranoia; feel, accept, he and Rosie could share the parent-and-daughter love of which others speak so easily?
Winner of the Harper Collins Gold Star award May 2010 :
Sunday Times best-selling author, Barbara Erskine, comments:
' Beautifully observed characters, atmospheric, intriguing. '
Editorial reviews :
'All the characters are built up so stealthily we fail to notice that odd behaviour could develop into obsession and dark foreboding secrets.'
Daniel Manning - author of No Compatibility
' Atmospheric, vibrant, spooky page-turner. '
Reay Tannahill - historian, novelist and author of The Seventh Son.
'Growing up in a suburb of Chicago, the first scary movie I remember seeing was the 1965 Bette Davis movie, The Nanny. To this day, that movie has always stuck with me as one of the great psychological thrillers of all time. For me, A Child from the Wishing Well, is reminiscent of that movie.'
Candace Bowen Early - author of A Knight of Silence
Keep your secrets close to home...
Bad things happen in threes – or so it seems to Nicola. The death of her mother-in-law coincides with husband Ed losing his job and daughter Kelly getting into trouble with the police. Time to abandon their London lifestyle and start again by the sea in far-away Cornwall.
It should be the answer to everything – a new home, a new job for Ed and a smaller, more personal school for fifteen-year-old Kelly. But the teenager hates her new life, and it doesn’t take long before events spiral out of control and the second set of bad things starts for Nicola.
Some secrets can’t be buried.
Or… can they?
A gripping family drama, perfect for fans of Diane Chamberlain, Linda Green, and Sophie Hannah.
When Kathy Wylde sets out to take revenge on the gang of youths who kicked her son, Jack, to death, she finds herself on the wrong side of a vicious and dangerous criminal...
As Detective Inspector Matt Turrell, of the Warwickshire Police, investigates the first gang member's death, another is brutally murdered. DI Turrell and his team must move fast to protect anyone connected to Jack's murder - including Kathy.
Unaware that she is now the hunted and in grave danger, Kathy selects Harry as her next victim but soon finds herself growing fond of the young man. With the killer drawing close, will the unlikely pair be able to work together in an attempt to survive? Can DI Turrell stop the killer before he strikes again? Or will he have to sacrifice himself to save them?
Echoes of Justice is the second in the series of novels featuring DI Matt Turrell of the Warwickshire Police. It is a psychological thriller/police procedural set in and around Stratford-upon-Avon.
After shooting and killing his nephew, a gunman runs wild in a London park. What drives Edward to commit such heinous acts? Who will survive yet another of his moments of madness? The action takes place in Jersey, Cornwall, Manchester, London and other places not of this world. Set in 2015, Random Bullets is a crime thriller with a paranormal twist.
If I tell you that I was disinherited by my crazy father, you might understand why I feel a degree of sympathy for Edward. I was interviewed in February 2016 by two BBC Radio 4 producers as part of their Analysis programme on the subject of Inheritance. They’d heard that my book, Random Bullets, deals with the subject of disinheritance and its aftermath.
"Action-packed, thought-provoking, a real ride. I couldn't put it down," "crime with a twist," "An insightful look behind the many faces we wear, and how burning resentments can take you into madness and murder," "Kinetic... really zips along at a pace, I was really drawn in" are just a few of the reader reviews that Random Bullets has received.
Random Bullets is available on Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook editions.
Holiday for The Hostile, the second book in The Hostile series, is probably even stranger than the first. It can be read as a stand-alone. Serena, plus her unusual friend and partner in crime, Tile X, reluctantly find themselves suffering a family holiday at her eccentric grandfather’s hovel in Ireland. Who will escape intact from their dramatic holiday from Hell? A gripping paranormal crime thriller with a splash of horror. Available in Kindle, paperback, and audiobook editions.
Strange though it may sound, cancer can lead us to a deeper experience of joy and inner peace, this book asserts. Praised by Amazon Hall of Fame Top 100 reviewer Grady Harp as "a brief, exceptionally rewarding book," The Upside of Cancer offers hope and courage to cancer patients and their families and anyone facing a major trauma.
The author was diagnosed with stage 2 colon cancer in 2013 at age 81. With insights and stories from his own life, he shows you how to turn anxiety into joy as you tap into your inner courage, find peace and solace in stillness, and listen to the wisdom of your own heart.
This book will help you:
Face the fear of death
Find inner peace
Can Miranda trust her hypnotist ? Can a family avoid being split by the paranoia of one ? Can an unexpected romance survive ? There is a sense of 'presence' of ghosts, but the 'Cupboard of Skeletons' houses people with dark secrets which haunt and test their lives, those who challenge fate and, against all odds, can find something of their dreams.
The stories reflect a whole spectrum of emotions ; from tenderness to private anguish, from outward normality to the inwardly dysfunctional and the endangered relationship. But always - at the core - the themes reach out to those left lonely within a crowd; they alone who know that, for the moment, their brave face is a veil.
Raymond Nickford has a degree in Psychology and Philosophy from University College of North Wales. Troubled souls, the lonely, his inspiration.
Some of the themes :
Psychological suspense, dysfunctional relationships, love, tenderness, atmospheric, ghosts, literary fiction.
Although my degree was in Psychology and Philosophy, my interest in the lonely, the outsider and the dysfunctional and their search for love has been inspired more by life and a feel for translating life into character and so into fiction.
I suppose my love of the expressive power of language leaves my work hovering somewhere between literary fiction and character observation - characters tested and driven to extremity and yet who still have the option to find happiness.
I hope each book title will deliver the sincerity of this, granted that each will have a different, setting, location, plot synopsis and emotional core. Here is a customer review.
The first story, "A Musical Calling", seemed at first just a well written portrait of a guy, Sam Baldock, who suffered the delusions or calling of voices, as a schizo. But this one, like the others, with the exception of the romance at the end, lulled me with its apparent realism only to leave me well and truly in the presence of the supernatural.
A ghost in itself isn't usually enough for me but I have to say that the troubled characters, as drawn, really drew my interest.
If the ghost was never identified or even directly implied in these stories, there was still a mounting feeling in each as if the dark spread wings of a vulture loomed ever closer and those wings were going to engulf, the beak to stab away at a point unknown. Whether the feeling was delivered by Dr Harditch, the less than professional Harley Street hypnotist treating a nurse for her fear of spiders or by Sam Baldock, the schizophrenic dad remote from his lonely little daughter and committed to an asylum where he thinks he hears the voice of Beethoven calling him, the stories did get under my skin.
Gratitude for Happiness: How to exercise your gratitude muscles
This book is written to be used at any stage of your gratitude journey.
Our gratitude muscles are like any muscle in that if they haven’t been used for a while they may need warming up.
This book provides you a process to help you flex those muscles and build a gratitude habit of building on your happiness.
The issue that most of us have is that we focus more on what we haven’t got than what we have got. In a difficult financial climate, it can seem that we are struggling and have little to be grateful for.
The sixty sections and over four hundred and ninety genuine gratitude statements provided here cover a wide spectrum of your life, including finance, relationships, and even basic shelter.
In order to obtain the most benefits from Gratitude, you should express emotions for the things that you are grateful for.
Just reading a book isn’t going to provide you the benefits you seek so this book provides you an exercise at the end of each section.
Whether prefer to progress steadily or are a binge reading type of person, this book suggests three optional timeframes to develop your habit.
It is widely accepted that gratitude is one of the secret sauces that successful people use regularly for their happiness.
Read this book, work through the exercises, express your emotions for even the smallest gratitude’s and you’ll be amazed by the results.
A Darkly Disturbing Occult Horror Novel
The Sequel to Father of Lies
Following the hypnosis of violently disturbed psychiatric patient, Ruby Dean, an unholy dark force was unleashed on the medical staff who tried to help her. Now only one of the original team remains - Ward Sister, Becky.
Despite her fiancé, D.I. Ross, being unconscious and many of her colleagues either dead or critically ill, Becky is determined to rescue Ruby's twelve year old daughter from a similar fate to her mother. But no one asking questions in the desolate mining village Ruby descends from ever comes to a good end. And as the diabolical history of the area is gradually revealed, it seems the evil invoked is now both real and contagious.
Don't turn the lights out yet!
Visiting his apartment to bring her teacher a long overdue essay, Kreasey noticed :
"Amy stood on her very highest heels, the ones that gave her an extra three-and-a-half inches over a world that had always seemed to look down on her beyond the narrow backs streets from which she'd been born. On her first visit, she had seemed almost undernourished, shivering in a short skirt with a slit up the side. He'd wanted to tell her that she'd made him happy - just by appearing on his doorstep with her essay and those eyes... eyes which spoke of deprivation and yet held, for him, openness and simplicity more beautiful than he'd seen in any student before.
Amy, alone among his students, had tried to help him. She was searching his eyes, confused. He recalled those moments when, beside him in bed, her face had shared that open comic side of her lovemaking with him. He couldn't forget how much she'd tried to be his passport to those roughnecks from classroom 12D... those who always seemed to be gathering with a hunting knife, getting closer...
'Well, are we going to see you in them?' she smiled, still holding his shorts out like a trophy. But as he watched her lips, they seemed to shape like those in a poorly dubbed film where the voice is out-of-sync with the words... reminding him to 'eat up' all his tablets and then he'd never be 'cut up' . "
Editorial Reviews :
" An atmospheric, vibrant, almost spooky page-turner and a psychological suspense, both moving and tender. "
Reay Tannahill - historian, novelist and author of The Seventh Son.
" As a former London teacher, Raymond Nickford has nailed the teacher's fear of the 'Lord of the Flies' pack mentality perfectly. And what a cliffhanger ! "
Marsha Moore - author of The Hating Game.
A girl. A monk. An unthinkable sacrifice.
When the choice is between love and life, how can anyone decide?
An incredibly entertaining and compelling story… I could not put this one down. - Jessica Rachow Book Reviews
A brilliant story full of intrigue and mystery…keeping me hooked throughout - Black Book Blogs
A plot full of tension and (impossible) choices made for one great read - The Magic of Wor(l)ds
In a post-apocalyptic future, a girl and a monk, both with extraordinary mental powers, have compelling reasons not to fall in love. But their choices will have consequences for the rest of the world.
After the troubles of his youth, Brother Prospero has found comfort and fulfilment in the monastery. Then he discovers something that forces him to reconsider his whole vocation. How can it possibly be right to leave a life of worship and service for human desire? And if he does leave, will the pressures from his past destroy him?
Orphaned and mistreated, Leonie has found sanctuary and safety at the Abbey. When she comes into contact with Prospero everything spirals out of her control. Everyone she’s ever loved has died. She can’t do that to him. But how can she walk away from the first place she’s truly belonged?
Abbot Gabriel is faced with an impossible choice. He can do nothing and watch the world descend into war. Or he can manipulate events and ensure peace – at the cost of two lives that he is responsible for. Is he strong enough to sacrifice those he loves?
It is New Year and people in the village are making plans. A father and son visit a disused aerodrome and find a mysterious link to their past. In Spring a young boy is entranced by nature as he follows a hare. A marriage enters its death throes with a terrifying drive. In May a gardening competition re-kindles an old rivalry. There are dastardly deeds at the Summer Fete, but real violence erupts later in the year with an influx of newcomers at harvest time. In November a new arrival to the village learns the importance of first impressions. As the year ends the whole village comes together to overcome imminent danger. These twelve, inter-linked stories portray a year in the life of the village and its inhabitants, as four generations of the Marshall family negotiate the hazards of modern life. Babies are born, children grow, matches are made or marriages founder and death, both anticipated and unlooked for, pays a call.
(A warning from the author:
As with the 1st book, there are a few very dark passages here: parts where I cried as I wrote them, and still cry when I read them - though for some, they're tears of joy. I should add, though, I find myself chuckling quite often, too: I believe there are more light moments than dark.)
Raised at the Institute for Paranormal Dysfunction to test Dr Alex Harmon's theories, Leeth's magic took everyone by surprise. And now, she and her abusive guardian have been taken by a covert government agency where Leeth is training to become their assassin.
But Leeth is both more dangerous than they know, and too innocent for her own good. Sent "back" to school to learn some much-needed social skills – under strict instructions not to kill – Leeth is singularly ill-equipped to deal with the challenges of a normal life.
She wants to belong, but has little idea how to fit in – let alone how mean girls can be.
Nor does she know that an uncanny and ruthless killer, the product of a madman's insane magic, hunts her.
Leeth has some harsh lessons to learn.
She'd better learn fast.
Length: 90,000 words (approximately 320 pages).
1) If you inform me of errors in this book before anyone else, and trust me with your email address, I'll send you a free electronic copy of the sequel as soon as it's ready.
2) I'll also send you a free electronic copy if you're one of the 1st 20 people to write a substantive review (say, at least 100 words) - good or bad, just so long as it's honest - and trust me with your email address.
Both lists appear at my blog All About Leeth.
The body of Eddy's mother was found entangled in fungus-laden roots of the rotting ancient yew on the cemetery side of the family's garden fence. At nights, Eddy stutters, imploring his father to believe the tree - or is it his mother - seems to call him. Dad just keeps saying "Grief works in strange ways, boy. You'll heal !" But that tree... Mum... calls. Should he sneak out... to the cemetery side? Or had Mum gone to that cold place which Dad kept saying was "Just death by misadventure,Eddy,as the autopsy stated"?
Loss of family and loved ones revealing through life translated into fiction how, for those left behind, hurt and longing can find resolution - where unexpected.
The author's degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the University College of North Wales, together with an interest in the lonely, the outsider and those who have to contend with dysfunctional relationships and loss have been much of the inspiration for this book.
“Beautifully observed characters, atmospheric, intriguing.”
Barbara Erskine - Sunday Times best selling author.
“A real page turner, worthy of the early John Fowles, The Magus.”
Reay Tannahill - historian, novelist and author of The Seventh Son.
The main action in Potholes and Magic Carpets takes place mostly in rural Kent and London. This contemporary character-led novel looks at the dramatic incidents, challenges, and temptations in the past and present lives of four couples of varying ages, professions, and sexual persuasions who are all linked by either blood or friendship. Just as in life, the negative, selfish, sometimes violent natures of some of the characters in Potholes and Magic Carpets wreak havoc on the innocent. A tale of not so simple folk.
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From the US shores to London, France and Spain, death stalks Stella and Carter as they follow the Peacetaker's bloody trail....
Ribbons of Death (Book 1)Three months after surviving a deadly riot in Cairo, Timothy Carter is compelled to track down Stella Hunter, a disgraced academic whose book could be the key to deciphering whether the legend of the Peacetaker is more than a dusty myth. She might be a recluse, and people think she’s crazy, but she’s his only hope to find answers to questions he’s been asking himself since receiving the scars that now mar his face.
The Harmony Scroll (Book 2)
Almost a year to date from the time Carter braved a horrible blizzard just to be able to knock on Stella Hunter’s door, the two are following a trail again—this time searching for a mysterious scroll that a few unreliable historians documented in the course of time.
The Byzantine Connection (Book 3)
Stella Hunter is an obsessive reader of all myths and legends. She and her long-time boyfriend, Carter, go to visit their old friend and priest at his church. There the journey begins when Carter sees an old Oriental couple pray, then leave the worship decades younger than when they walked in minutes before. Their story surrounds a bizarre and poorly chiseled granite statue delivered to the church. But is it just an ugly statue?
Miracles and Millions - Book 2
Two minds, two bodies, two hearts, one soul.
Colour picks up where Avarice left off, and continues the story of Dorothy Lyle's great adventure as a psychic woman whose fortunes have changed overnight. She is back, and she is brasher and sassier than ever. With a new-found wealth that allows her to holiday in Rome like a celebrity, while gambling away enough cash to feed a small Central American country. She is having fun, living life on the edge and to the full, determined to enjoy her status as a woman of wealth and leisure. And she’s doing it in style.
HUMOUR, MORE CRAZY VISIONS AND A MYSTIC MAN!
But when Dorothy decides to treat herself to a tarot card reading one day, she is stunned to hear the medium’s prediction for her future. Why would someone want to hurt her? What could she possibly have done to make such an enemy?
Dorothy tries her best to ignore the portent, but she cannot get the words of the mystic out of her head and they continue to haunt her, lurking in the deepest recesses of her mind. And when the spiteful text messages and malevolent phone calls begin, the words of foreboding return to her and she begins to question her very sanity.
She begins to wonder if there is some truth to the warning after all. Is it possible that betrayal and catastrophe are lying in wait, ready to destroy her new life before she can fully enjoy it, or blow all the cash?
Miracles & Millions - A Story of Gratitude. Be prepared for IRISH MAMMIES, THE COMPLETE AND UTTER ABSENCE OF VAMPIRES - HOT OR OTHERWISE. SOME PROFANITY - IRISH STYLE.
Colour is not a standalone novel.Check out the boxed set of 1-3 which is now available.
The Trouble With Liam is a powerful psychological thriller set in Ireland and Sheffield. It tells the life story of Liam O’Sullivan in all its twisted glory. It begins with tales of his challenging childhood in Dublin and follows him through the tragic events which change him into a misogynistic, controlling, ultimately lethal bully living in Sheffield. Liam thought he could do as he pleased until he was taught otherwise. Prepare to be shocked in different ways throughout the book. If you enjoy lashings of dark humour, situations to make your eyes pop out, thrills of every kind, all wrapped up in a gripping, dramatic storyline, please read on.
DESCRIPTION This is a comical collection of linked stories about four women who face life’s challenges and battle to keep shame at bay. Parenting issues include biting toddlers, adolescent pyromaniacs and entitled brides. One husband disappears with embezzled funds while another rethinks his gender orientation, and throughout it all the friends support each other while drinking wine. The collection includes the award winning stories “Adopt-A-Pet”, where a young couple’s desire to gain social status goes awry, and “Viking Cruise” in which senior citizens seeking the perfect vacation are abused by Viking warriors.
REVIEWS “Funny, well-paced, and perceptive: Reidel lays a writer’s ear on the human heart.” - Nancy Fischer, Editor "Marion's vignettes of familiar drama, are both insightful and comedic; each story is a focused snapshot of Canadian life." Natalie Little, Author "Marion's writing finds the subtle tenderness and humour within the complexities of everyday stories." Beth Anne Ellipsis, Guelph Spoken Word
At once a painful coming-of-age novel, an exciting amateur detective tale, and an intriguing narrative engaging with social issues (immigration and wealth disparity), Money Matters has mystery at its core. This emotionally charged debut novel is firmly embedded in Los Angeles culture during the 2010 mid-term election. Jenny, the 27-year-old protagonist, faced with the tragic disappearance of a friend, assumes the role of amateur detective, and finds herself battling financial tycoons, corrupt politicians, and the treacherous Baja drug cartel in her search to uncover the truth.
Jenny’s investigation also takes her into the liminal world of undocumented immigrants, which leads her to seek the help of the handsome director of an immigrant rights organization to whom she is strongly attracted. But will the deadly enmity of the rich end her budding romance?
Her demonic Angel and other short stories, published in 2016, is a collection of all of my short stories written thus far. This baker's dozen of short stories have been written in a variety of genres so hopefully there should be something for everyone. Some tales are stranger than others, but all could be said to be different shades of dark. Despite its somewhat suggestive title, Her demonic Angel is not erotica.
To whet your appetite, here are the titles of some of the short stories: ‘The boy they called Dragon’, ‘The day nobody gave a damn’, ‘An email from Jane’, ‘Stuff’, ‘Getting rid of the enemy’, ‘Skin’, ‘Too beautiful’, ‘Philately will get you nowhere’, ‘Mirror, mirror’, ‘In memoriam'.
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Three Russian agents are searching Ukraine for a missing thermonuclear warhead. America suspects the warhead wasn’t really stolen, and its detonation might be a pretext to let Russia seize Ukraine. Will the agents find the warhead before it is used, and starts WWIII? This will be the Russian agents’ greatest challenge yet.
Murder on the Sky Ride, Fiction/Mystery
This novel is full of action and good detective work. It also gives a picture of the diverse ethnic and cultural makeup of Texas. It gives a private view of two Texas families, one whose members range from dope smuggler to successful attorney-politician, and the other ranging from a hot-head Chicano activist to a Texas Ranger.
Some of the characters: Gar Garcia, Texas Ranger under special orders of the governor; Steve Pearce, 21, ex-convict, trying to stay out of trouble but not succeeding; Johnny Diaz, almost, but not quite, bad to the bone; Burke Masters, big man with big money; and Hawknose, career criminal.
The story is set in San Marcos, Texas, at an amusement park located where the San Marcos River, as a giant spring, wells up out of the ground cool and clear. San Marcos is a real city but events and characters portrayed there are fictional. Real people are mentioned, such as Lyndon B. Johnson and Jimmy Carter, but are not characters.
Historical notes about the Texas Rangers are accurate. The mammalian diving reflex described in the novel is accurate, as well as the homicide exclusion in insurance policies, and oil field technicalities, but events surrounding them are fictional.
The story takes place in 1978 when detectives had to work harder than now. They had two-way radios, telephone beepers, but no cell phones or personal computers. Most police departments had no computers at all. Police reports were laboriously typed out by hand over several carbon copies, the last of which were barely legible. Police work was real work. Go along with Texas Ranger Gar Garcia as he works through clues, diversions, and deception.
Murder on the Sky Ride, 6X9, 300 Pages, ISBN 978 098 4989 706, paperback or e-book.
Stella Hunter is an obsessive reader of all myths and legends. She and her long-time partner, Carter, go to visit their old friend and priest at his church. There the journey begins when Carter sees an old Oriental couple pray, then leave the worship decades younger than when they walked in minutes before. Their story surrounds a bizarre and poorly chiseled granite statue delivered to the church. But is it just an ugly statue? They all too soon discover it is an emissary out of folklore legend, tempting and granting wishes, with an unfortunate trade-off for its victims.
The new world order is getting ready to rule mankind. Racing into action it becomes clear for the retired FBI contractor, Carter, and his gregarious partner, Dr. Stella Hunter, that the past is not over, as unsolved mysteries become key in finding out what really happened in the Detroit cathedral.
A cruel and mercurial ancient deity, stranded on Earth for thousands of years, has been searching for his means to escape from his earthly confinement. The only two artifacts that will do the job, the Seals of Eternity, have been lost in the sands of time. Sed, the mysterious and shadowy figure of jackal, has killed thousands in his relentless search for the Seals. The 21st century sees him taking over bodies of delegates attending an archeological convention in Miami, in pursuit of the knowledge about the two Seals. The left-handed seal is on exhibit in a local museum. The academic who curates the traveling exhibition is a Serbian war-criminal, hiding under a dead man’s identity. Sed, whether as a shadow or wearing someone’s body, has been tracking him across two continents just to be able to see one artifact that is not only a key to his prison, but a powerful energy conduit linked to all cosmic creation. The problem is that Sed needs both Seals, the left and the right-handed one, to close the loop that will guarantee him immortality…and in the process obliterate his current dimension and all creation in it.
Stella Hunter, although no longer a history professor, has been asked to present a paper at the Miami convention. Her family will be there to lend their support to their gregarious and irascible wife and mother. Since the convention is an international affair, Stella hopes to connect with many colleagues, including her best-friend-and-best-enemy, the San Francisco museum curator, Dr. Abigail McEwen.
When Stella’s husband, Carter, takes their adoptive son, Gabriel, to see the newly opened exhibit of recently discovered ancient treasures in a museum in Coral Gables, he has no idea that once again the doomsday clock started ticking.
A history buff and an FBI contractor are searching for a mysterious scroll that a few unreliable historians documented across the centuries. It is rumored the scroll has the power to remove the curse hanging over the head of a young child.
The incantation seared into the gold or calfskin scroll (no two historians can agree on the medium) is a powerful tenet, thought to be capable of removing all curses, ancient and modern. Stella clings to her belief that she’ll be able to find the lost scroll. After all, if a certain amulet can transform an otherwise normal eight year old into the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse, it’s only a matter of time before another unscrupulous historian appears on the scene, eager to make a profit from the child’s misfortune. The last time young Gabriel Kraft was used as a tool of destruction, Carter was still able to remove the foul artifact from the boy’s neck. Next time may not be so lucky. The scroll may be lost in history, but Stella knows it exists and that is good enough for her to set out on yet another dangerous quest.
Carter thinks she’s being insanely optimistic, but follows in her footsteps because more than one life depends on his protection. He’s not entirely sure who or what the little boy Stella adopted is, but as a father who lost his teenage daughter to tragedy, he sees a child holding on to his mother’s hand.
14 years ago, Owl Manor trembled with echoes of madness, mysterious deaths and marauding owls.
In 1870, Abigail fled the horror of Owl Manor with her fiancé, Peter. But she carried with her the terrible notion that she is unworthy of love, instilled by her reluctant mother. If her own mother could not love her, how would anyone else?
She trusts no one and keeps herself buried in a crypt of churning emotions, away from the world. Deep inside, her soul screams at the thought of dying alone and unloved.
Now she is back. Abandoned at the altar, and with nowhere to go, she returns to Owl Manor. Thus begin the nightmares of violent rage and destruction, ghostly images.
What really happened 14 years ago?
Enter Victor, the complete opposite of Peter, yet frighteningly familiar at times.
And the owls circle the sky once again.
Inspired by authors such as Edgar Allan Poe (The Raven), Daphne du Maurier (Jamaica Inn), Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Shadow of the Wind), Owl Manor - Abigail is the second in the Owl Manor trilogy of Gothic suspense novels, and follows Owl Manor - the Dawning.
Vladymyr Horbatsky emigrated to Canada at the end of WWII in search of safety and security. Over the ensuing 20 years steady work and a Canadian family create his personal paradise. Then an American Defense Department consultant comes to work for his employer and Vlad discovers that the man was his wife’s boss in her days as an Allied spy. Memories of his childhood escape from Communism and enslavement by the Nazis flood back, alerting his Cossack instincts to the fact that paradise has just developed a huge viper.
It was Christmas 1942. Eleven young women braved the attentions of Nazi U-Boats in the deep Atlantic on their way to North Africa. About to play their part in defeating Hitler, they called themselves the First Eleven.
According to Winston Churchill, the Mediterranean was the key to defeating the Third Reich. And a crucial part of undermining Fascist power in Italy, France and the Mediterranean islands would be subversion and sabotage. But the undercover fighters needed a springboard to spearhead their operations in the ‘soft underbelly’ of Europe.
Those eleven young women joined heroic soldiers, sailors and secret agents at the Special Operations Executive’s new North African base. Code-named Massingham, it was hidden away among pine trees by a Mediterranean beach. SOE, America’s OSS and the French intelligence agencies worked together to undermine cruel regimes.
This is the remarkable story of Massingham. Its life was short. Less than two years after its formation, its multinational job was done. British, American, French, Italian, Spanish: together they played a key role in the Second World War.
Alongside the espionage of MI6 and the strategic deception of ‘A Force’, Massingham’s men and women launched covert operations at dead of night: by parachute, by submarine, by canoe easing silently on to a deserted beach. In the tradition of Antony Beevor and Ben Macintyre, this book reveals an aspect of WW2 history that has remained hidden for far too long.
There are many ways to die. Plague is only one.
Work on a London tube line is halted by the discovery of an ancient plague pit and in it, a very recent corpse. A day later another body is found, also in a plague pit. This victim is linked to the Palace of Westminster, where rumours swirl around the Prime Minister and his rivals.
As the number of deaths climbs, the media stokes fear. Government assurances are disbelieved. Everyone feels threatened. This has to be resolved and fast.
A disgraced civil servant and a policeman must find the answer before Westminster closes for recess. Power, money and love curdle into a deadly brew that could bring down the Mother of Parliaments.
Time is running out. And it’s not clear what – or who – will survive.
A killer who prays on lonely women. A millionaire widow. A child who lagged behind once too often. A mechanic with a penchant for common girls. Each of them left a trail, and each of those trails was followed.
Who's trailing you?
The last words of a dying teenage car thief set off a race across Europe to find an SUV that may be harboring a terrible secret. If the device that could be hiding in the truck, fell into the hands of those who murdered its inventors, the world would usher in a new unprecedented era of terrorism. Carter knows that it’s no coincidence that his old FBI boss, Agent Saunders reaches out to him once again—two days before Carter and Stella are to leave on vacation—for Europe. The only reason why he reluctantly agrees to help is because he knows only too well what would happen if the device was weaponized. The car theft ring spans two continents and the police on both ends have been watching it for some time. Still, no one, least of all Carter would have thought that beside the dangerous invention that may be hiding in the SUV, other far more deadlier goods are being smuggled out of California’s laboratories.
Within seventy-two hours of landing in Nice, Carter and Stella are in the proverbial eye of the storm. What swirls around them in a deadly funnel is a chilling conspiracy that reaches the highest spheres of money and political power in Europe. And just as Carter is asking himself whether the vacation could get any more dangerous, something even more sinister than political machinations rises in their path. A mythological entity that even Stella thought was a pure myth, forces them to take a challenge neither is prepared for.
Whether it's at a school dance, in the mailbox, or at the bottom of a shot glass, these people are about to encounter creatures the likes of which have never appeared in even the grizzliest bestseller, and so are you. Real monsters have no time for fairy tales, and happy endings are not guaranteed.
Ten monsters of a different kind.
*The editing mistake noted in a previous review of this book - namely a chapter appearing twice - has now been corrected. My apologies to anyone who bought this edition of the book.* Cole Jensen is a hack who makes good money writing bad books about women - until another hack comes along and usurps him, and he finds himself bankrupt and homeless. He is taken in and given a job by Constance Morrell, an icily beautiful woman who feels she owes him a favour.
Now home is a pool house at the bottom of the garden of a mansion in the Hollywood hills. There are many perks to his new living situation, but there are also drawbacks, not the least of which is being expected to entertain the odd, sinister women Constance invites to her nightly soirees. Cole's disturbing encounters with these women give him the inspiration to begin work on the novel he's always wanted to write - a social satire on the nocturnal activities of the rich and bored - but with the party games getting darker and the guest list dropping by the day, Cole must decide whether artistic integrity is really worth dying for.
A book of clear verse. Geese migrate through its lines. Tall ships leave Liverpool Bay. An iceberg breaks free of Antarctica. Ivory burns in Kenya. The healing of the rift between nations is contemplated. An exhibition of Pre-Raphaelite art is visited. The crossing of the Rubicon is dared. Franz Kafka writes his tales. The spirit of T.S. Eliot revisits The Waste Land. Shakespeare drinks with his acting company. Autumn in Yerevan, Armenia, is mirrored. Utopia is mused on. Childhood is remembered. Love celebrated. Archie Leach sails from Bristol to New York. Matthew Flinders becomes the first man to circumnavigate Australia. Noah's ark moors on mount Ararat. The death of the last white rhinoceros is lamented. Weland the smith lifts his hammer. Hugh Minn finds an alien in his loft. Various other visions and inspirations are explored. Readers of these lines will hopefully find them worthy of study.
Suzy is a survivor - but her husbands aren't. In "Undetected," Suzy Perry, a lovely and accomplished older woman, marries into a new family in Westchester County, NY. Little does her new family suspect that she's a black widow who has dispatched two husbands in other parts of the country.
A narcissist who lacks empathy, Suzy manages to charm most people she meets and disguise her demons - until she's ready to strike. As the story unfolds, her new husband's son, a journalist, tries to find out something about her past, which she's loath to talk about. As his questions mount, he hires a private detective to delve into her past - and what emerges, which often seems circumstantial, is troubling.
When the evidence reaches what seems to be a tipping point, the new husband confronts Suzy with some of it, and she senses the jig may be up. Then Suzy is on the run, fleeing back into a comforting friendship from her past that she sees as a port of refuge. Her flight takes her across the country, and into a new place with a new name. Will she really get away with it all?
The receipt of an ancient parchment with an imprint of black-hand is only the beginning of something more terrible than Carter and Stella ever imagined. As Carter attempts to figure out the meaning of the strange parchment, he is thrust into a bizarre plot involving a billionaire’s child bride, a Scotland Yard Inspector, an eccentric academic, various thugs and his murdered friend’s adopted child.
When gifted young doctor Ambrosia Severn takes a beach vacation to California to go treasure hunting, she is pleasantly surprised to see a naked man walking out of the surf.
Niven, the man whose excellent collection of limbs and musculature Amy clinically evaluated and shrugged, explains calmly that someone is trying to kill her. He is a descendant of star-lords stranded on Earth thousands of years ago, and vows to protect skeptical Amy, and discover who’s trying to kill her—before it’s too late. Amy has only one question: Why? Niven has none…because he’s watched her secretly for 15 years and needs to deal with a forbidden attraction
to the woman he’s bound to keep safe. Especially when the would-be assassin is his betrothed.
Enlightenment!—You may spend your whole life seeking it, but never find it. You may never search for it or even know that it’s possible, but reach it by accident. And you may live out your life ignorant of its existence, and die having never discovered your highest potential for happiness, self-mastery, and creative brilliance.
The enlightened psychologist Abraham Maslow was the first to scientifically describe the fully enlightened person—which he called the “self-actualizing person.” Building on Maslow’s work through careful biographical study of the lives of self-actualizing people, humanistic psychologist and biographer Roman Gelperin found their enlightenment to stem from a nearly-identical handful of breakthrough experiences, which he will reveal to you in this book.
Partly a firsthand account of the author’s own accidental enlightenment, and partly a full biography of Abraham Maslow’s journey to self-actualization, this book will teach you how to identify, understand, and attain those key experiences of:
- Unlocking the perennial method of using your mind to its fullest potential
- Being fully at peace with yourself, by deconstructing your internal conflicts
- Deriving a near-constant joy, pleasure, and satisfaction from sheer existence
- Half-creating, half-discovering your driving passion and unique purpose in life
- Automatically evolving the self-actualizing qualities of total honesty, supreme self-confidence, natural creativity, effortless spontaneity, and independent thinking
By the end of this book, you will thoroughly understand what enlightenment is, how and why it occurs, and the ways to pursue it!
Ray Dennis does the secret, a simple law of attraction story is a humorous parody based on The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.
When Ray Dennis, an alcoholic English bricklayer, is deported from the US back to the UK on a drug charge, he has no idea that his life and identity are about to change forever. Shattered by his knowledge that he is a failure, Ray dedicates himself to self-improvement and unwittingly puts himself and his family on a path to disaster once he discovers The Secret.With a change of name and new passport, Ray returns to LA. He meets a Guru who introduces him to the teachings of The Secret, and shows Ray how to plant thought seeds. And so begins his quest to completely change his life. His thoughts seeds create a wife, kids, a successful business, and a big house. But his success comes at a price as serious drug traffickers eventually kill his wife and children, and the police won’t help when they find out he was in the country illegally.
Three Russian agents are trying to stop nuclear weapons stolen from Pakistan by the Taliban. The Taliban wants to use the stolen weapons to force America out of Afghanistan for good, and return to power in Kabul. Will nuclear strikes in multiple locations across Afghanistan let them succeed? Or can Russian agents and American special forces stop the Taliban in time?
THE TROUBLE WITH TROUBLE is a powerful erotic thriller set in a Sheffield police station. The story follows on from The Trouble With Liam but can be read as a standalone. When a forensic scientist invents a potent sexual arousal cream called Trouble, it causes huge problems for DCI Jeremy Cosgrove, his beautiful, sex-addicted liaison officer, Kate Pendleton, and two other women who also work at the station. It’s a tale of blackmail, lust, secrets, hidden identities, and murder. The Trouble With Trouble is like Line of Duty but with explicit sex.
Be warned. As with book 1 in the Trouble series, The Trouble with Trouble isn’t a book for the faint-hearted or easily shocked. I’ve written two more books in the Trouble series which can also be read as standalones. I hope to publish books 3 and 4, Trouble In Cornwall and Troubled in late 2020.
Treacherous secrets – keep them or share them? A difficult decision but honesty is the best policy. Isn't it?
What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love?
Prospero is prepared to tell Leonie most of his past – if he can find her – but one of his secrets could send her running again. Another could destroy any future they might have. And one could kill her. Dare he risk it?
Leonie is terrified of the consequences of sharing any of her past with anyone. But not even Leonie knows the secrets that her very existence contains.
Gabriel is starting to discover the secrets inherent in Leonie and they could tear the world apart. Who does he turn to, and who should he share them with? If he tells the wrong person he could seal not just Leonie’s death warrant but those of millions more.
And no one has told Leonie the mystery of her necklace. When she discovers that, will she sacrifice everything and risk all that Gabriel has been working for?
Reviews for Strand of Faith.
An incredibly entertaining and compelling story… I could not put this one down. If you enjoy stories about impossible choices and tension-filled plots then Strand of Faith is for you - Jessica Rachow Book Reviews
A brilliant story full of intrigue and mystery with the main characters all interacting with each other perfectly keeping me hooked throughout - Black Book Blogs
A plot full of tension and (impossible) choices made for one great read - The Magic of Wor(l)ds
'A Gem of Interwoven Tales' to engage, amuse and delight.Five stars on Amazon. Five stars on Goodreads. Readers are asking for the next slice of English village life.The ninth to the twelfth tales from The Village; A Year in Twelve Tales. The harvest and new life are celebrated, as a long expected departure takes place. The villagers try to do 'the right thing' and almost come to grief. In November, in the rain, a new arrival to the village learns the importance of first impressions. The the village has to come together at the end of the year to overcome a major threat.These four inter-linked stories portray life in the village, with its wide cast of characters. Four generations of the Marshall family negotiate the hazards of their own family saga, while, around them babies are born, plots are hatched, romances bloom and marriages founder and death, both anticipated and unlooked for, pays a call.Check out the reviews on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Goodreads and Riffle.Readers say'Anderson cleverly interlinks all the characters and ...you end up becoming extremely attached to the village and the people who reside in it. I look forward to many more titles.' A Cheeky Booklover (Goodreads book reviewer)'The prose is clear and crisp, and the build towards the last story is subtly done, with many threads coming together for an exciting climax.'A tour de force..... I shall look out for the next publication from this talented writer.' Amazon review'I was totally absorbed in this book from page one. I... hope very much that there will be further publications telling more about the people I felt I was getting to know so well. I look forward very much to further works by this author.' Amazon review'Totally absorbing, this book will delight anyone who is interested in people and their emotions, motivations and relationships.' Annette Souter (Amazon.co.uk review) Scroll up and download your copy today
She would hate her third eye less if it actually gave her specialpowers. But when a killer threatens the kingdom, will she risk her freedom?
"Ardis...draws readers in... The result is a well-paced story thatdelights without disappointing" --Kirkus Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Kiraputs on a show about having empathic abilities, but she miraculouslywakes a highborn boy from a coma after a near-fatal accident onmountainous slopes. When his father threatens to expose her "magic" tothe queen, she attends the kingdom's most elite academy as a bodyguard.
Soon, she's immersed in a strange new life--one of being asimple student trying out for the school's skyboarding team. Her fakelife becomes the life she's always wanted, but Kira cannot escape whoshe truly is. Nothing in the court of the Raj is as it seems...Will she risk her freedom to unmask a killer before the crown falls?
If you like strong female protagonists, futuristic fairy tales, and epictournaments, you'll love this blend of Hindu lore and political intrigue in Priya Ardis's young adult fantasy thriller.
DEATH COMES IN MANY FORMS. NONE ARE GOOD.
This one was in the form of a black-clad ex-Special Forces soldier who looked like he could have stepped out of a Call of Duty video game.
Battling trophy hunters in the vast Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, mink farmers in Colorado and animal experimenters in Atlanta, ex-Special Forces soldier, Kenneth Joseph Ares Pearce wages a shock and awe, counter-war to save the lives of the thirty million animals a day that are killed by the Master Species known as Mankind!
But rocking the proverbial boat doesn't come without a price! Pearce quickly finds himself on the Public Enemy Number One list on both sides of the border.
When the FBI illegally renders his beautiful ally from Canada to a supermax prison beneath its headquarters in Washington, DC, Pearce has less than 24 hours to free her before she cracks under the Bureau's notorious "enhanced interrogation" techniques.
A fast-paced, military adventure novel that uncomfortably lines up trophy hunting, factory farming, and animal experimentation right in the reader's crosshairs.
Dream of 19th century; became true in 21st century.
Despite a serial killer is killing people in New York; everyone is living their normal life except some of his victims.
New York is the second name of success and for success hungry people; this is the first name of home. Two people – Jeff and Nancy – running on the same track with the same goal.
Jeff is a street performer and he is playing guitar out of that building where Nancy works. Nancy has fallen in love with that guitar man on the first day of her job. She was thinking that he will be the only main reason for her to work here but she was wrong. After 3 days of her job, she was looking outside from the window of her building to see that guitar man as she used to, but that day New York was little different – little windy and little sunny. There was a true 17 to 18 years old New Yorker wearing a very loose dirty white shirt, a very loose dirty brown coat, a brown bow tie, also tied a white kerchief on his neck, and a brown cowboy hat. He introduced himself as Harvey Wilson.
That mysterious boy Harvey Wilson has opened only two of his mystery in front of them; First, this is 19th century – and second, he is selling this wooden bell which his father was selling and it protects family.
A lot still remains to open..
The first three novels in the romantic, suspense, supernatural series, entitled
THE MIRACLES AND MILLIONS SAGA
‘UNPUTDOWNABLE’ – Says one reviewer.
This omnibus edition includes the first THREE books in the Dorothy Lyle series, and contains close to 1,000 pages of weird visions, vast sums of cash, inner musings on the cosmos, broken-hearted girls, friends with attitude, thrifty parents, relentless spending, vivid dreams, chocolate, fire-bombs, a gun-loving tough guy, humour and stalkers. This highly addictive series has it all.
Who is Dorothy Lyle?
She’s a woman who appears super-normal at first glance. She resides in a modest house in a small Irish town, and commutes to a typical office. She’s a lone parent who misses her children now that they are at college. Yet Dorothy is so much more than the obvious. She is a powerful psychic who has been masquerading as normal for twenty years. She is also a woman who has been avoiding men since a nasty breakup and divorce left her reeling in shock while still in her twenties.
The winds of change begin to blow around Dorothy as she approaches her fortieth birthday. An unfortunate affair of the heart means that her daughter, Diane, has distanced herself from her former home and doting mother. Dorothy wonders if some extra cash might alleviate the immediate problem.
Enter the lottery and one hundred and eight-five million tax free dollars.
How easy do you think it is to hide your true self when you unexpectedly become the fortieth richest woman in your own small country? How feasible do you think it is to avoid all dating and romantic involvements when you are single, and literally rolling in cash? How practical do you think it is to stay safe when so many of those around you seem to resent your good fortune?
This box set contains the following three books:
DOROTHY LYLE IN AVARICE – BOOK 1. Join Dorothy on the first leg of her rollercoaster journey as she discovers what an emotionally charged and complicated experience dealing with unexpected wealth can be. Clairvoyance may in handy on occasion, but it doesn’t help you decide who gets what!
DOROTHY LYLE IN COLOUR – BOOK 2. Relax with Dorothy as she begins to truly enjoy her wealth and changes in fortune. Only for her new-found pleasure to be jeopardised by a tarot card reading of all things! Once again, change is afoot, although this time it’s of a sinister nature.
DOROTHY LYLE IN HELP – BOOK 3. Watch what happens when Dorothy concedes that she cannot protect herself alone, and sets out to hire professional help. Ever wondered what it would be like to come face to face with your other half? The half you weren’t fully aware was even missing. And if he happened to be in a bad mood at that momentous moment, do you think it might colour your judgement? Read on, folks, and find out the answers to these questions and about a hundred more.
MIRACLES AND MILLIONS: TWO MINDS, TWO BODIES, TWO HEARTS, ONE SOUL
The year is 2063 – 27 years after magic returned to our world. Leeth has survived a childhood as the unwitting subject of Dr Harmon’s unethical experiments at the Institute for Paranormal Dysfunction. She is now an eager assassin for a government black ops department.
Her missions: seduce and destroy.
But Harmon, knowing she’s unprepared for the emotional cost of those missions, sees in that pain the key to her magical development and survival.
Magic, however, can be subtle – from shattered remnants, new seeds can grow. And when the artefact of a Death God is added to the mix, it won’t be Leeth alone who is tested.
A serial killer is killing people in New York by his vehicle. News has given him the name “Hit and Run Serial Killer.”
Harvey’s father was selling wooden toys including wooden bells in 18th century but he was unable to sell enough to provide basic living to his family – until the day came when he gave his wooden bell to a seriously ill man and he had been alright by next morning. People started buying his wooden bells with a hope that this thing will protect their families. But as he died, people started taking his son and his wooden bell as a jinx.
Harvey’s parents were died at the age of 14 and he was alone in 19th century. He never stopped trying to sell his father’s wooden bells but no one ever sold after his father. He realized later that this thing cannot protect anyone’s family but at the age of 50, he had a dream that this thing will protect families one day.
He’s back in 21st century..
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