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Dark Fantasy, Supernatural Suspense

Publisher: Story Bound Publishing

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As I lay trapped inside this quiet realm,

My soul adrift, my body earthbound,

A magical book guards my flight,

Will it keep me safe till morning’s light?

 

It begins with darkness. Are they dead, or trapped inside a horrible dream?
No one can hear them, see them. Has the world forgotten them? Are they
invisible? Not to the Soul Collector. They have stepped into her Kingdom,
and she is waiting for them.

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Excerpt

Chapter 1

 

The biggest boxing match of the season landed on a Friday the 13th. But a
little thing like superstition had no effect on the newcomer, Jonathan
Bayfield, and heavyweight champion, Lou Turlock. The fight fans agreed,
stomping their feet while chanting “Fight! Fight! Fight!” inside
the packed, brightly lit arena. Sportscasters got up close and personal,
claiming ringside seats for an in-your-face camera view.

Bayfield locked his gaze on his opponent, his right ear taking in
Coach’s words.

“Go to the body. Don’t overreach. Straight punches. Got
it?” Coach gripped Bayfield’s shoulder. “Hey, eyes on me.
Don’t let him get inside your head.”

Bayfield looked at Coach, giving him a slow nod, then reverted his focus
back to Turlock, transmitting a defiant “this fight is mine”
glare.

Turlock reciprocated, taunting Bayfield with a “we’ll
see” sneer.

The vein in Bayfield’s forehead pulsed, spreading a surge of heat
through his body. A fist to the gut. That would show the arrogant prick he
had something to worry about, rattled through his mind. The ringside bell
shattered Bayfield’s thoughts, bouncing him to his feet. Turlock came
out swinging, and Bayfield pivoted while throwing a right hook, catching the
corner of Turlock’s jaw. Turlock countered, landing a jab to
Bayfield’s chest. The blow forced the air from Bayfield’s lungs,
his body folding in half. But he quickly sprang upright, shaking off the
sting, and fired off several consecutive punches straight into
Turlock’s gut.

Turlock wobbled back and the crowd roared, shouting, “Way to go,
Bayfield!” Bayfield bounced back and forth on his feet, tapping his
gloves to the crowd’s cheers.

Turlock’s own pulse battered against his eardrums. Where was the
respect? He was a champion, and these morons had the nerve to cheer for a
nobody, some kid who’d happened to land himself a good manager.
Adrenaline tipped the scales on the fighter’s rationality. Cognitive
thought ceased. The whites of his eyes blazed as he hurtled his body like a
weapon, slamming his skull against the kid’s.

A crackling of bones ricocheted inside the ring, causing an eerie silence
to fall over the area, before shouts from the crowd came from all sides. The
ref barged in, spewing spit as he held Turlock back. Turlock’s gaze
traveled over the ref’s shoulder, colliding with the kid’s
vacant stare. He knew that look; like no one was home. He’d seen it in
his grandpa’s eyes before he’d taken his last breath. An icy
chill scurried down Turlock’s spine as the kid crumpled to the mat.
Turlock stood still as medics, judges, and more refs flooded the ring,
surrounding the kid’s lifeless body.

“I can’t find a pulse.”

“Start compressions.”

Coach pushed his way through the chaos to Bayfield. “Jonathan, can
you hear me?” Coach’s voice shook. “Stay…” He
blew out a breath. “Stay with me, buddy.”

Bayfield’s eyelids flew open, and with one push, he was on his feet.
A weird and wonderful lightness affected his body, which made no sense,
being as he weighed 200 pounds. Sounds rushed back, bouncing against his
eardrums and forming words—Coach’s words.

“Hold on, Jonathan. The ambulance is on its way.”

Bayfield focused his attention on Coach. “Ambulance?”

“Just hold on. 

Bayfield laughed. “What are you talking about? Coach, I’m
standing right behind you. Turn around.”

Coach made no attempt, his focus centered on something in front of
him.

Bayfield’s tone rose an octave. “Coach, what
gives?”

No answer came, not from Coach, nor from any of the other people hovering
around him.

Bayfield skimmed the faces of the crowd, searching for a clue or hint to
enlighten him on what the hell was happening. Why was everyone ignoring
him?

“Step aside, people,” security broadcasted with authority,
herding the crowd back. “Let the paramedics through.”

“Paramedics? Who got hurt?” Bayfield’s gaze darted to
Turlock, where men in dark blue suits surrounded him, escorting him toward
the locker room. Bayfield let his gaze grow distant. He had no memory of the
fight ending, and his boxing gloves were missing. No one acknowledged him.
None of it made sense. He gave his head a good shake. “Gotta be an
explanation for all this.” As his vision cleared, it centered on the
paramedics rolling a lifeless body away on a stretcher—his body!

His brain skidded to a stop—no pause, no rewind, no press play. Just
a complete stop. Was he being punk’d? Was this some kind of sick joke?
His gaze followed the stretcher, catching the tail end of it slipping inside
the ambulance. Coach followed, his hands running through his salt and pepper
hair. The look of sheer terror etched across Coach’s pale face slammed
against Bayfield’s brain. This was no joke. This was real, and that
ambulance was about to take off with his body.

Bayfield launched across the ring, catapulting over the ropes and sailing
inside the ambulance seconds before the doors closed and the siren sang out.
He plopped down next to Coach, his gaze transfixed on his own body lying
across from him. One massive, purplish bruise swallowed up his bloodied
forehead. Bayfield couldn’t explain it—couldn’t understand
it. “I’m sitting here, but also lying there. How is that
possible?” In a momentary shift, his eyes found Coach’s, thirsty
for an answer. None came. The silence sent a chill down Bayfield’s
spine.

A paramedic with tattoos blazing down his arms informed, “Got a
pulse,”—his intense blue eyes narrowed—“but
it’s thready.”

The paramedic behind the wheel, sprouting a six o’clock shadow,
lobbed a reply over his shoulder. “Letting dispatch know we’re
five minutes out.”

Coach gripped his hands, squeezing the blood from his knuckles.
“Getting a pulse, even a weak one, is a good thing,
right?”

The tattooed paramedic waited a good minute before saying, “For now,
yes.”

About the Author

LAURA DALEO is the author of five books. She is best known for her
storytelling of the vampiric persuasion. Her most recent work, The Vampire
Within, is the third book in her Immortal Kiss series. The series is an
interesting twist on the Egyptian pantheon being the original vampires. Her
current project, The Doll, is her first sci fi tale, with a touch of
mystery. She lives in sunny San Diego, California, with her three dogs,
Stuart, Morgan, and Dexter.

 

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The Cold War Begins Reveal

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Second Volume of the Berlin Tunnel Trilogy

Historical Fiction

To Be Published: September 8, 2020

 

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From Amazon bestsellers list author Roger L. Liles comes the second volume
of his Cold War trilogy—THE COLD WAR BEGINS. The setting is
war-ravaged Berlin in late 1946. Spies from both sides begin to move with
relative ease throughout a Germany occupied by British, French, American and
Russian military forces. Kurt Altschuler, our hero, soon becomes one of
them.

While working behind enemy lines as an OSS agent in France during World War
II, Kurt learns that intelligence collection involves both exhilarating and
dangerous encounters with the enemy. He relished every moment he spent as
part of the vanguard confronting the Nazis.

That war has been over for 18 months when he is offered a job as a CIA
deep-cover agent in the devastated and divided city of Berlin. He jumps at
the opportunity, but is concerned that his guise as an Associated Press News
Agency reporter will offer little action. He need not worry. Soon, he is
working undercover, deep inside of Russian-controlled southeastern Germany.
Eventually, KGB agents waylay him and tear his car and luggage apart. His
chauffeur is beaten. He is threatened with prison, torture and death.

Enter Erica Hoffmann, a very attractive, aspiring East German archeology
student. Any relationship between an undercover CIA agent and an East German
woman is strictly forbidden; she might be a KGB or Stasi agent or operative.
But he cannot help himself—he has fallen hard for her. Kurt strives
assiduously to maintain their tempestuous, star-crossed relationship.

Eventually, Kurt works to counter the efforts of Russian and East German
spies, especially a mole who is devastating Western Intelligence assets
throughout Europe. He also must work to identify and expose enemy spies who
have penetrated the very fabric of the West German government and society.
He frequently observes to others that: “the spy business is like knife
fighting in a dark closet; you know you’re going to be cut up, you
just don’t know how bad.”

About the Author

Roger L. Liles decided he had to earn a living after a BA and graduate
studies in Modern European History. He went back to school and eventually
earned an MS in Engineering from the University of Southern California in
1970.

In the 1960s, he served as an Air Force Signals Intelligence Officer in
Turkey and Germany and eventually lived in Europe for a total of eight
years. He worked in the military electronics field for forty years—his
main function was to translate engineering jargon into understandable
English and communicate it to senior decision-makers in the
government.

Now retired after working for forty years as a senior engineering manager
and consultant with a number of aerospace companies, he spends his days
writing. His first novel, which was published in late 2018 was titled The
Berlin Tunnel—A Cold War Thriller. His second novel The Cold War
Begins was published in late 2020 and is the second volume in his planned
The Cold War Trilogy. This trilogy is based on extensive research into
Berlin during the spy-versus-spy era which followed World War II and his
personal experience while living and working in Europe. He is in the process
of writing its third volume of the trilogy which will be titled The Berlin
Tunnel—Another Crisis and takes the story into 1962 and the era of the
Cuban Missile Crisis.

 

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She Wears the Mask Release Blitz

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Women’s fiction, Historical Fiction

Date Published: August 11, 2020

 

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Gripping and moving, She Wears the Mask is a novel about two women from two
very different worlds, both burdened with secrets from their pasts, who form
an unexpected bond…

1950s Chicago: Angelique Bixby could be one of many fresh-faced sales girls
working along the Magnificent Mile, but she’s unique. She’s a
white woman married to a black man in 1950s Chicago, making her stand out
among the tenements on the South Side where she lives. Despite the
challenges the couple faces, they find comfort and strength in their love
for one another. Angelique is content, as long as she has her Daniel by her
side and their baby in her arms, until she loses them both—one to
death and the other to dire circumstances.

1990s Washington, D.C.: Angelique Crofton is a woman of privilege. A rich,
aging beauty and mother of a rising political star, she has learned to
forget her tragic past. But now that she is facing her own mortality, she is
finally ready to find the daughter she left behind, remember the young woman
she once was, and unearth the bittersweet memories she had long ago
buried.

Jasmine Stanley is an ambitious lawyer—the only black woman at her
firm. She is too busy climbing the corporate ladder to deal with her
troublesome family or their unresolved issues. Tasked with Angelique’s
case, Jasmine doesn’t know what to make of her new client—an old
debutante with seemingly too much time and money on her hands. Jasmine
eagerly accepts the challenge though, hoping if she finds Angelique’s
long-lost daughter, it will impress the firm’s partners. But she
doesn’t count on the search challenging her mentally and emotionally.
Nor does she expect to form a friendship with Angelique, who is much more
like her than she realizes—because Jasmine is harboring secrets,
too.

 

About the Author

Shelly Stratton is the penname of an award-nominated women’s fiction
author who has published more than a dozen novels in her career.

She is married and lives in Maryland with her husband and their daughter.
She loves to paint, read, and watch movies. Visit her at her web site
www.shellystrattonbooks.com.

  

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SUPERBU Homecoming Teaser Tuesday

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Fiction (Family Life), Fiction (Pets and Animals), Fiction (Urban)

Date Published: August 15, 2020

 

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You cried with Hachiko. You got spooked and then laughed it off with Scooby
Doo. And you fell in love with John Grogan’s incorrigible Marley. But you
have yet to meet a dog quite like Super Bu
.

 

After years of arguments on the matter, the Bera family has finally decided
to bring home a dog.

 


Ajay has wanted a dog since he was a child. He has fantasized about every
version of his future life around them.


His brother, Arun, would love to get a dog as much but doesn’t mind not
having to clean up after one.


Ajit, their father, also wants to get a dog. He just wants to feel the love
of a dog again, like he used to when he was a child.


Barnali, Ajit’s wife, loathes the idea of having a dog in the house. She
spent her childhood praying for only one thing, that she shouldn’t get
married into a family that has dogs. And until now, she got her wish.

 

But now, Ajay has finally worn out his mother’s resilience and the Beras
are bringing home a dog. Can this be just the homecoming that the dog or the
family had anticipated?

 

Read now and find out.

 

 

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The lazy young lad who would sleep through a freaking earthquake suddenly
didn’t need anyone to wake him up. It was a special Sunday morning in
September.

Ajay was up at five in the morning. Not once did he hit the snooze button
on the alarm clock. He did not sleep through the ringing alarm until someone
else in the house got perturbed enough to shake him awake. He heard the
alarm within the first few seconds of it going off. He woke up and switched
off the alarm, so as not to wake the rest of the family. He did not lie back
down over the scattered sheets on his bed like he usually would on any other
day.

He got up, headed to the bathroom, freshened up, brushed his teeth, came
back out, changed into an ironed, royal blue t-shirt and his grey jeans, and
he sat down on the edge of the bed, yet to be made, posture annoyingly
better than how he usually sat, and waited. He did not have to get up that
early; there wasn’t an exam to get to, no lectures at college that he
feared he would be arriving late for, no potential girlfriend who had
invited him to meet somewhere for a breakfast date.

It was a Sunday, but Ajay was ready and all dressed up to hit the city by
5:30 in the morning. Yet, this was only the second most unusual thing about
this day, because this was also the day that the Bera family had finally
agreed to bring home a dog.

 

About the Author

Debarshi Kanjilal (DK) is an urban fiction writer based out of Bangalore,
India. His debut novella, Based on Lies, was touted as a gripping
psychological thriller by several reputable reviewers. In 2020, DK is back
with his second novella, SuperBu: Homecoming, an emotional journey of a
family and their dog.

Debarshi ran the ‘God of Absurdity’ blog from 2012 to 2015,
which published humorous anecdotes and reflection pieces. He is also an
accomplished learning experience design professional who has help shaped
adult learning strategy for some of the most well-known organizations in the
world.

 

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Lost and Found Blitz

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Tactical Solutions International, Book 3

 

 Lost and Found

Date Published: August 11, 2020

Publisher: Wave Equation Media

 

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Dr. Lissa Morgan has had a crush on her best friend’s older brother
since they were kids, but handsome, brooding Cam Taylor has never given her
a second glance. When Cam unexpectedly shows up on Lissa’s doorstep
bleeding and bruised, his personal life in shambles, things between them
take a steamy turn.

After an incredible weekend with the sweet, sexy doctor, Cam realizes what
he’s been missing. But he’s run from intimacy his whole life,
sure he doesn’t deserve a woman like Lissa. He’s doing her a
favor by walking away – or so he tells himself.

Frustrated and hurt by Cam’s distance, Lissa must nonetheless rely on
his private security firm when an annoying admirer becomes a threat. The
more time Cam spends with Lissa, the faster his defenses crumble. When the
disturbed stalker finally makes his move, Cam will do whatever it takes to
save the woman who’s slowly healing his wounded soul.

 

Lost and Found is the third book in the Tactical Solutions International
series but can be read as a stand-alone.

 

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Other Books in the Tactical Solutions International Romantic Suspense
Series:

 

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Sing for Me

Tactical Solutions International, Book 1

 

Jake Evans isn’t looking for love when he walks into a dive bar while
on leave, just a beer and a no-strings hookup. Fiona Flynn isn’t even
looking for a date. She’s got a musical career to launch and a past
heartache to overcome.

When Jake sees the stunning singer on stage, he knows he wants her –
maybe for more than one night. Fiona can’t deny the chemistry between
them, and she can’t ignore her growing feelings for the hot sailor
with the easy smile.

Their sweet, sexy, long-distance love affair comes to a screeching halt
when Jake is injured overseas. Wrecked body and soul, Jake can’t
imagine a different kind of life, for himself or with Fiona. But when the
unthinkable happens, and Fiona’s life hangs in the balance, Jake will
have to rediscover his inner warrior in order to save her.

 

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Run and Hide

Tactical Solutions International, Book 2

 

Special Agent Mike Flynn owes his friend a favor, and the instructions are
clear. Find Lucia Costa. Keep her safe. But Lucia doesn’t want to be
found. She’s investigating her brother’s brutal murder and
trying to stay alive.

When the hot FBI agent knocks on her door in the middle of the night, Lucia
has to admit, she needs his help. She’s out of money, on the run, and
the files hidden in her motel safe could take down a deadly human
trafficking ring.

As Mike and Lucia chase down the corrupt cops who betrayed Lucia’s
brother, and work the case he died trying to solve, sparks fly. Gruff and
jaded, Mike fights his feelings for the feisty grad student under his
protection, but Lucia makes him want things he hasn’t in a very long
time. With the danger closing in and time running out, Mike will risk
everything to give Lucia her life back and to have a chance at loving
her.

 

Run and Hide is the second book in the Tactical Solutions International
series but can be read as a stand-alone.

 

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About the Author

Maggie Clare is the pen name of award-winning speculative fiction author
Tabitha Lord. When channeling Maggie, she writes all the naughty things! Her
Tactical Solutions International romantic suspense series features hot hunky
heroes, smart sexy gals, and nail-biting narratives. Count on Maggie to pair
great story-telling with an erotic edge.

 

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