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Fiction, Suspense
Publisher: Xlibris
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While change is in progress in James’ life, terrorists give just 48 hours to agree to their demands. Is it too late to stop them?
The Shaw family have experienced insurmountable tragedy in their lives culminating in the sons’ mother wasting away from cancer and the father committing suicide because he can’t bear life without her. Whilst the son James is undergoing counselling, he too is confronted by another death which leads him to examine the meaning of life, and in total despair, he attempts to take his own. Whilst building the courage to do so, he is visited by an entity who encourages him to help save the world, which is rapidly destroying itself though pollution, climate change, over-population, and war.
The boy agrees, and progressively encourages the world leaders to participate in this change, sometimes by force, but not before he has to thwart terrorists who attempt to disrupt the inaugural conference of the world leaders, and then threaten the United States with nuclear warheads they have stolen from a Russian facility, giving them 48 hours to agree to their demands. The chase is on as the FBI attempt to locate these terrorists before the warheads are detonated. They travel half the globe to find them, but is it too late?
There is a hint of anger in the Russian president’s face, although James can’t read his
‘I don’t care whether you want to help or not. I don’t give a shit, but I’ll give you
three possibilities on how this will go down. I can make you a puppet so that you
appear a fool in front of everyone. I kill you now and encourage your replacement to help, or you do this willingly. Which is your pleasure?’
‘I’m not going to be made a fool of, and I’m not going to help you.’
The president opens the right-hand top drawer of his desk, finds nothing, and opens
the drawer below. He reaches inside, pulls out a PSM pistol, and holds it to his head. The president’s eyes widen. He can feel his index finger beginning to press the trigger.
‘Wait, stop,’ pleads the president.
James let the president rest the gun on his desk.
‘OK, I promise I will help you.’
‘I am completely baffled as to why you are totally against helping change the
world for the good of mankind. I understand that the majority of your people love and worship you, but everyone else hates your guts. Others think you’re an arrogant tyrant, a liar, and a lowlife. Wouldn’t you rather be remembered as the greatest saviour of the world? A leader with the foresight and the passion to help his fellow man? I don’t care whether you take credit for the contribution you will make in helping the world but as long as you do it for the right reasons and not take advantage or manipulate those who are vulnerable and are trying to help.’
‘Yes, I understand what you are saying.’
‘I hope I can believe you because we will have no further discussions. If you lie
to me again, I will not give you another chance to plead for forgiveness. You will cease to be. You may consider this a threat, but I call it giving advice. Agree willingly, contribute positively, participate completely, and help change the world, and humankind will live a long and peaceful life, including your family, for generations to come.’
‘I still don’t understand why you are doing this. What’s in it for you?’
‘Nothing, nothing at all. I’m not in this for fame or gratitude, and I don’t want to
be mentioned outside the group. I’ve had a happy life, but I’ve also experienced great sorrow, so much sorrow that I wanted to end my life. The majority of the people on this planet know nothing but sorrow and hardship until they die. On the other hand, very few of them enjoy wealth and power and sometimes greed to the detriment of the poor and the environment. But no more. I want those people like you, with wealth and power, to contribute and help everyone and everything on this planet for its long-term survival and happiness. You may think that I’m a fool, but I know what’s coming even though you don’t believe it. The destruction of this planet will not come in our lifetime, but it’s not that far away. In two, three, or maybe four generations, we will have contributed to our own destruction to the point where change will not make a difference. We need to start changing now before it’s too late.’
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Robert Scollo lives in Melbourne, Australia, and has just turned sixty. The Meaning of Life is this first book, and he hopes that it inspires people to help one another.
The author says, “Frustration. We are constantly frustrated when we hear how badly we treat one another. We whine and complain. We turn our backs when people ask for help, or we ignore famine and prosecution, or we abuse the environment and leave it barren and toxic, or we slaughter animals to extinction, but no one does anything about it because we’re a single voice in the wilderness. Apart from one impossible thing occurring in this novel, everything else is achievable. We just need enough of the right people to listen.”
Robert hopes that more people than not will enjoy the book, and if they do, the main character James will return in a second novel.
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Wilfred’s Dream – Blitz

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Date Published: September 7, 2019
Publisher: Black Opal Books
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Decades after migrating north to Cleveland, Ohio, from rural Louisiana, Tobias Winslow has made an uneasy peace with the past, including his own mistakes that led to a prison stint. News of a murdered son, and the daughter that son left behind, forces Tobias to reassess his past and restructure his plans for the future. Christian Taylor and Joey Breaux, meanwhile, are college students who have vastly different worldviews, but are drawn together by an appreciation of family. All three—Tobias, Christian, and Joey—are unknowingly tied together by a disappearance in Louisiana decades earlier.
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What Willie suffered happened decades ago, his disappearance never solved, so why was Tobias dreaming about it now?
Vernita looked past her plate of eggs, grits, and ham. To one side of her, a woman shoveled food into her mouth, not looking away from her plate. At the other end of the table, an aide fed another woman.
“Open up,” the aide instructed before placing a spoon with a small amount of applesauce into the woman’s mouth. “Good. That’s good.”
Vernita clenched her fists, gritted her teeth, and began breathing heavily. She abruptly stood and glanced across the cafeteria. Then she knocked the items off her tray unto the floor. “He ain’t coming back!” she screamed. “They kilt my son! They kilt Wilfred!”
Several aides rushed over and wrestled her to the ground. One of the aides signaled for a strait jacket.
About the Author
Mark R. Lowery has worked for newspapers and magazines across country.
The son of a preacher who seemingly never unpacked his bags, Mark lived in five states before reaching high school. It was during those many upheavals that he sought solace in reading and writing.
The public library became and remains one of his favorite places. After graduating with a communications degree from Rowan University in New Jersey, he took a series of jobs writing and editing for magazines and newspapers, including the Detroit Free Press, New York Newsday and the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Currently, Mark resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
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Detective Madison Knight Series Tour

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 Mystery Detective, Police Procedural, Crime, Suspense
Date Published: Between 2011-2019
Publisher: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
Murder. Investigation. The pursuit of justice. Do you love trying to figure out whodunit? How about investigating alongside police detectives from the crime scene to the forensics lab and everywhere in between? Do you love a strong female lead? Then I invite you to meet Detective Madison Knight as she solves murders with her male partner, utilizing good old-fashioned investigative work aided by modern technology.
This is the perfect book series for fans of James Patterson, Michael Connelly, and JD Robb to name a few. This series is also bound to entertain those who enjoy Law & Order, CSI, Blue Bloods, Rizzoli & Isles, Women’s Murder Club, and Hawaii Five-O.
Read in any order or follow the series from the beginning: Ties That Bind, Justified, Sacrifice, Found Innocent, Just Cause, Deadly Impulse, In the Line of Duty, Power Struggle, Shades of Justice, Life Sentence (Bonus Prequel).
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The hunt for a serial killer begins…

Detective Madison Knight concluded the case of a strangled woman an isolated incident. But when another woman’s body is found in a park killed with the same brand of neckties, she realizes they’re dealing with something more serious.

Despite mounting pressure from the sergeant and the chief to close the case even if it means putting an innocent man behind bars, and a partner who is more interested in saving his marriage than stopping a potential serial killer, Madison may have to go it alone if the murderer is going to be stopped.


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A Strong Female Detective Struggles with Her Past

“Detective Madison Knight…a seriously tough cookie but rightfully so. Madison had been through a lot in her life…”

–Nanette’s Book Whore-ish Obsessions

Our experiences shape who are and also have the ability to haunt us. For Detective Madison Knight, she faced a lot on the job most people would never want to see, let alone handle. 

Her adult life has been devoted to finding justice for murder victims at the cost of all else. She’s visited countless crime scenes, sacrificing a social life to doggedly pursue killers. She’s stood up to her superiors at the risk of losing her job to ensure that the right man was placed behind bars. But her stubborn nature isn’t without its downside. 

She couldn’t let go of that one cold case that haunted her. It taunted her to find closure, but that reward came at the highest price. At least, it almost did.

Captured by the Russian mafia, she was saying her final good-byes in her mind, thinking about her loved ones, but also making promises to herself if she got out alive. Thankfully, she was freed from the chains, but she now suffers an emotional bondage.

Debilitating flashbacks continue to haunt her on an almost daily basis, but she still has a job to do—and promises to keep to herself. Will she put able to push through and find focus so she that can find justice for the victims? You can find out from reading Deadly Impulse.

–Carolyn Arnold

Author of Deadly Impulse (Detective Madison Knight series)

Enjoy this excerpt taken from Chapter 7 of Deadly Impulse:

“The last time you were here we talked about these events you continue to experience,” Dr. Connor said.

Dr. Connor called flashbacks and nightmares events as opposed to episodes because she found the terminology friendlier.

“Have you experienced any more since your last visit?” Dr. Connor’s pen was poised over her notepad.

Madison’s natural inclination was to refuse acknowledging what had happened earlier in the day, how the brief recollection had hit her out of nowhere, how it had affected her viscerally. Maybe it was brought on by the fact that she was coming here this afternoon. She remained hesitant about speaking her feelings out loud, even to Dr. Connor. She might not be a stranger anymore, but she was another individual. And verbalizing emotions made them real. They were easier to ignore when they remained unsaid.

“I sense that you did have an event.”

“I did,” Madison said.

“Do you want to talk about it?”

“I have a choice?” She attempted to smile but wasn’t sure it showed.

“You always have a choice, Madison. But I assume you continue coming here for a reason.”

And they both were aware of what that reason was: being held hostage by members of the Russian Mafia, having a revolver pressed to her temple, and almost being raped three months ago. The whole thing had changed her perceptions of life, of herself, and of her limitations. And it brought up a lot of unresolved anger.

Before all this, she had been strong-willed, determined, and unstoppable. Now, she was at the mercy of flashbacks that would catapult her back in time at any given moment. And they were so clear they encompassed all five senses. She heard the Russians’ voices. She felt the pressure of the gun’s barrel against her head. She smelled and tasted her own blood. 


She slowly lifted her eyes to meet the doctor’s. “I had a brief event this afternoon.” She paused to build her strength. “It went back to when Anatolli had the revolver to my head.”

“Ah, yes, Russian roulette?” she confirmed.

“Yes, without the Russian part.” Her saliva thickened to paste.

“We simply call it roulette when we play. The Russian part would be redundant.” Sergey paces the room. She catches the flicker in his eyes. “Anatolli’s going to pull the trigger. If you live, we will take our time with you. If you die…” He shrugs. “Well, I suppose, game over.” 

Both men laugh.

The chills came over her in a flash. She rubbed her arms, the hairs standing on end.

Dr. Connor scribbled something in her notebook. “And how did this make you feel?”


“Did you just have another event?”

Madison shook her head.

Dr. Connor angled her head to the left. “This only works if you’re honest with me.”

The doctor held the eye contact. Madison looked away first.

“Yes,” she admitted.

“Share with me.”

Madison slid her hands up and down her arms vigorously as she explained. The movement sounded like two sheets of sandpaper rubbing together. “This afternoon, it was, ‘On the count of three, pull the trigger.’” Her heart palpitated.

You’ve reached the end of the excerpt, but Deadly Impulse is available in e-book, paperback, and hardcover from popular retailers.

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Looks aren’t the only things that can be deceiving…


When a sixty-eight-year-old woman is found dead outside the hospital in a wheelchair with an anti-abortion sign strapped to its back, Detective Madison Knight expects it to be an open-and-shut case. On the surface, there are no signs of foul play, but the deeper she digs, the more convoluted the homicide becomes. And when two more bodies appear, including those of a girl just barely old enough to drink and a homeless man, the direct links between the three murders are anything but simple.


Without a consistent MO, Madison doesn’t buy that a serial killer is on the loose, despite the conviction with which her ex-fiancé and fellow detective try to convince their superior. But Madison already has enough to juggle without having to defend her reputation. Debilitating flashbacks of being held hostage by the Russian Mafia mere months before haunt her on an almost daily basis, and the promises she made to herself while in captivity are becoming more and more difficult to keep. Learning to trust is hard enough without constant reminders of what destruction—fatal or otherwise—trusting the wrong person can cause.


Now, as both personal and professional friction within the department mounts, she and her partner, Terry, must figure out what motivation could span generations to cause someone to murder these people. But catching this killer is like grasping at straws, and grabbing the wrong one could mean losing not only her pride but also her boyfriend, her credibility, and her faith in humanity…


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About the Author

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.
Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.
Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.
She currently lives in London, Ontario, with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime.
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The Cleansing by Richard Luciano – Tour

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The Cleansing

by Richard Luciano
Publication Date: June 2, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Suspense, Thriller

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An island, swept into a whirlwind of murder and deceit.

A madman roaming the land picking off islanders, one by one.

In the quaint little tourist haven of Inishmore, off the coast of Ireland, local islanders are disappearing. Upon the death of his father, and with his mother’s health in question, a young Irishman decides to head back home to help his older sister manage the family affairs.

This simple endeavor, unbeknownst to him, is anything but, as the interference of a past love emerges. A love, whose affection to this day has the ability to stoke the settled embers which lay dormant all these years.

Passions rekindle and secrets unravel as this cocoon of lust and eroticism unfolds within a web of mystery, challenging not only the fate of his family, but the welfare of the island as a whole.

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About Richard Luciano

Richard Luciano is a writer from Connecticut. Richard has worked in the tech industry as a digital interface designer for most of his life, but also has a background in acting and writing. He’s written most of his life and is releasing his first novel called ‘The Cleansing’. The Cleansing takes place on the absolutely memorizing and awe-inspiring island of Inishmore Island in Ireland. Richard is the father of two very inquisitive and witty children. When Richard is not writing he indulges in his love for cooking and working on his cars.

Richard is always working on his next work so if you would like to stay informed with what Richard will be releasing next please feel free to go to his website, richardluciano.com, and sign up to receive a notification. Or, feel free to stop by Richard’s website to leave him a comment, he’s very open to hear what you think about his stories.

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Torn in Two – Book Tour

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2 in a three part series.
Publisher:  The Wild Rose Press
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small towns, secrets are like bodies. People kill to keep them buried.
Ollie Miller has a new partner. A man once framed for murder, who’s now haunted
by dark secrets. When the remains of five corpses are discovered, Detective
Miller realizes there is a monster among them.
woman he loves, Ashley Duncan hides her past. Abused by her sadistic, alcoholic
father, Ollie will need to show her a man’s touch can heal her tortured soul.
can he protect Cole Duncan, a traumatized child who will once again come face
to face with a killer? Because in a small town, a monster called Jericho
watches them all.

Book 1 in the Series

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Drew Duncan swore he’d never go back to Ember Falls again. After he was wrongfully charged with his high school girlfriend’s murder, he waited for a trial that never came. When he was released from jail a year later, he left everything behind. But when his sister is murdered, Drew is forced to return to the hometown where he and his sisters were brutalized by their alcoholic father.
Once back, not even his training as a Marine and point man for McAlister Security prepares Drew for what he must face–a surviving sister who refuses to forgive him for abandoning her, a nephew who trembles when he enters the room, and an entire town that thinks he got away with murder. To protect his nephew, Drew will face his most terrifying fear. Going home.
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and raised in Brooklyn NY, Vincent Morrone now resides in Upstate NY with his
wife. (Although he can still speak fluent Brooklynese.) His twin daughters
remain not only his biggest fans, but usually are the first to read all of his
work. Their home is run and operated for the comfort and convenience of their
dogs. Vincent has been writing fiction, poetry and song lyrics for as long as
he can remember, most of which involve magical misfits, paranormal prodigies
and even on occasion superheroes and their sidekicks.
they say in Brooklyn: Yo, you got something to say? Vincent would love to hear
from you at Vincent@vincentmorrone.com
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