Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Ghost Hunters #Series by Susan McCauley #ghost #Middlegrade #paranormal #Halloween





 Bones In the Wall

Ghost Hunters Book 1

by Susan McCauley

Genre: Middle Grade Paranormal Mystery


Twelve-year-old Alex may have lost his ability to play sports, but he gained the ability to see ghosts.

Now he must figure out how to put a malevolent spirit to rest -- or die trying.

Once an athlete and popular kid, Alex is in a terrible car accident that severely injures his hip and

leaves him with a rare power: he can hear and see ghosts. All Alex wants is to be normal. But when a

vicious spirit begins haunting him, Alex must accept his unwanted psychic powers and work with his

best friend and his paranormal investigator cousin to solve the mystery of bones in the wall and put

the ghosts in the house to rest. If he fails, he’ll lose his family and friends to a gruesome fate.

Ghost Hunters: Bones in the Wall is the first novel in the heart-pounding Ghost Hunters middle-grade

horror series.

**On Sale for Only $1.99 Sep 13th - 19th!!**

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08144JFZ9

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55350080-bones-in-the-wall


Book Trailer:

https://youtu.be/ldqimcxNLsg


Pirate Curse

Ghost Hunters Book 2

In this ghostly and fast-paced adventure, twelve-year-old Alex must use his psychic gifts to speak

with pirate ghosts to solve the curse of an old pirate hangout—if he fails, his best friends could be

trapped there forever.

Ghosts are commonplace in this dark and exciting world, and the psychics who deal with “the

Problem” are rare. Apprentice psychic investigator Alex and his two best friends embark on their first

solo case to discover who’s haunting an old New Orleans pub. They battle ferocious winds, driving

rain, and raging spirits to put a pirates’ curse to rest.

Ghost Hunters: Pirates’ Curse (Book 2 in the Ghost Hunters series) is filled with rich characters, spooky

moments, and lots of action-packed fun. Perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Stroud,

and Stranger Things.


Spirit Fire

Ghost Hunters Book 3

Who—or what—is causing the fires in the French Quarter? A little girl? A long-dead prisoner? An evil

presence calling to those beyond the grave?

In this spooky, fast-paced adventure, twelve-year-old Alex must fight smoke, flames, and ghostly

prisoners to stop whatever’s causing the blazes—before more lives are lost.


Swamp Witch

Ghost Hunters Book 4

In this spooky-fun mystery, thirteen-year-old psychic Alex and his paranormal investigator friends face

their biggest challenge yet: the hospital haunting. The friends are convinced that this surge of ghostly

activity is far more devious than the “experts” suspect—and that only the ancient magic of an elusive

swamp witch can put the ghosts to rest. Finding the witch means braving the Louisiana swamps full of

gators and snakes, but if Alex and his team fail, New Orleans could become a realm of the dead.


Book 4 in the paranormal mystery Ghost Hunters series is perfect for fans of Lockwood &

Co. and Stranger Things.


**Released Sep 13 th , 2022!!**


About the Author



Susan McCauley is a screenwriter and award-winning author of books for adults, young adults, middle

grade, and young readers. Susan fell in love with writing, theater, and film when she was eight-years-

old. That passion inspired her to receive a B.A. in Radio-Television with a minor in Theater from the

University of Houston, an M.F.A. in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California

(USC), and a M.A. in Text & Performance from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and King’s

College in London. Susan also studied acting at Playhouse West with Robert Carnegie and Jeff

Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Independence Day) in Los Angeles.

Susan has several short stories published, one of which, "The Cask", was made into an award winning

short film. "The Cask" was published in the Camden Park Press anthology Quoth the Raven, which

won Best Anthology of 2018 in multiple reader polls. In addition to her short stories, Susan has one


novella and four novels in print, as well as a feature length film in development. Many of her books

have appeared on the Horror Writers Association Recommended Reading List.

Susan loves travel, animals, movies, theatre, taekwondo, her family, and books (of course!) 

Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads

Author Links

Website: http://www.sbmccauley.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SusanBMcCauley

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SusanBMcCauley

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/susanbmccauley/

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/susan-mccauley

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Susan-McCauley/e/B00UR3A5BO

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14241524.Susan_McCauley


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Ghost Hunters Book 1

by Susan McCauley

Genre: Middle Grade Paranormal Mystery


Twelve-year-old Alex may have lost his ability to play sports, but he gained the ability to see ghosts.

Now he must figure out how to put a malevolent spirit to rest -- or die trying.

Once an athlete and popular kid, Alex is in a terrible car accident that severely injures his hip and

leaves him with a rare power: he can hear and see ghosts. All Alex wants is to be normal. But when a

vicious spirit begins haunting him, Alex must accept his unwanted psychic powers and work with his

best friend and his paranormal investigator cousin to solve the mystery of bones in the wall and put

the ghosts in the house to rest. If he fails, he’ll lose his family and friends to a gruesome fate.

Ghost Hunters: Bones in the Wall is the first novel in the heart-pounding Ghost Hunters middle-grade

horror series.

PRAISE FOR GHOST HUNTERS: BONES IN THE WALL:

“Young readers should find themselves deeply engrossed. . . (an) absorbing supernatural tale of

change and coping.” - Kirkus Reviews

“McCauley puts forth a fascinating premise that will captivate readers. . . a creative and highly original

new work. . .”

– BookLife Prize

"Unique and imaginative, Ghost Hunters: Bones in the Wall blends middle grade angst with a big

helping of the heebie jeebies. A sure hit for fans of R.L. Stine." - James R. Hannibal, award-winning

author of The Lost Property Office

"An inventive, fast-paced tale brimming with chills, thrills, and heart. Perfect for fans of Lockwood &

Co."-- Henry H. Neff, author of The Tapestry series

**On Sale for Only $1.99 Sep 13th - 19th!!**

Amazon * Bookbub * Goodreads

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08144JFZ9

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/ghost-hunters-bones-in-the-wall-by-susan-mccauley


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55350080-bones-in-the-wall


Book Trailer:

https://youtu.be/ldqimcxNLsg


Pirate's Curse

Ghost Hunters Book 2

In this ghostly and fast-paced adventure, twelve-year-old Alex must use his psychic gifts to speak

with pirate ghosts to solve the curse of an old pirate hangout—if he fails, his best friends could be

trapped there forever.

Ghosts are commonplace in this dark and exciting world, and the psychics who deal with “the

Problem” are rare. Apprentice psychic investigator Alex and his two best friends embark on their first

solo case to discover who’s haunting an old New Orleans pub. They battle ferocious winds, driving

rain, and raging spirits to put a pirates’ curse to rest.

Ghost Hunters: Pirates’ Curse (Book 2 in the Ghost Hunters series) is filled with rich characters, spooky

moments, and lots of action-packed fun. Perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Stroud,

and Stranger Things.


Amazon * Bookbub * Goodreads

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08QDTPK9F

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/ghost-hunters-pirates-curse-by-susan-mccauley

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55808492-pirates-curse


Spirit Fire

Ghost Hunters Book 3

Who—or what—is causing the fires in the French Quarter? A little girl? A long-dead prisoner? An evil

presence calling to those beyond the grave?

In this spooky, fast-paced adventure, twelve-year-old Alex must fight smoke, flames, and ghostly

prisoners to stop whatever’s causing the blazes—before more lives are lost.


Amazon * Bookbub * Goodreads

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Swamp Witch

Ghost Hunters Book 4

In this spooky-fun mystery, thirteen-year-old psychic Alex and his paranormal investigator friends face

their biggest challenge yet: the hospital haunting. The friends are convinced that this surge of ghostly

activity is far more devious than the “experts” suspect—and that only the ancient magic of an elusive

swamp witch can put the ghosts to rest. Finding the witch means braving the Louisiana swamps full of

gators and snakes, but if Alex and his team fail, New Orleans could become a realm of the dead.


Book 4 in the paranormal mystery Ghost Hunters series is perfect for fans of Lockwood &

Co. and Stranger Things.


**Released Sep 13 th , 2022!!**

Amazon * Bookbub * Goodreads

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0B5PN8YB1

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/ghost-hunters-swamp-witch-by-susan-mccauley

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61397665-ghost-hunters-swamp-witch


About the Author

Susan McCauley is a screenwriter and award-winning author of books for adults, young adults, middle

grade, and young readers. Susan fell in love with writing, theater, and film when she was eight-years-

old. That passion inspired her to receive a B.A. in Radio-Television with a minor in Theater from the

University of Houston, an M.F.A. in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California

(USC), and a M.A. in Text & Performance from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and King’s

College in London. Susan also studied acting at Playhouse West with Robert Carnegie and Jeff

Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Independence Day) in Los Angeles.

Susan has several short stories published, one of which, "The Cask", was made into an award winning

short film. "The Cask" was published in the Camden Park Press anthology Quoth the Raven, which

won Best Anthology of 2018 in multiple reader polls. In addition to her short stories, Susan has one


novella and four novels in print, as well as a feature length film in development. Many of her books

have appeared on the Horror Writers Association Recommended Reading List.

Susan loves travel, animals, movies, theatre, taekwondo, her family, and books (of course!) 

Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads

Author Links

Website: http://www.sbmccauley.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SusanBMcCauley

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SusanBMcCauley

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/susanbmccauley/

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/susan-mccauley

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Susan-McCauley/e/B00UR3A5BO

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14241524.Susan_McCauley


Giveaway

$20 Amazon giftcard, Swag Pack – 1 winner each!

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Ghost Hunters Book 1

by Susan McCauley

Genre: Middle Grade Paranormal Mystery


Twelve-year-old Alex may have lost his ability to play sports, but he gained the ability to see ghosts.

Now he must figure out how to put a malevolent spirit to rest -- or die trying.

Once an athlete and popular kid, Alex is in a terrible car accident that severely injures his hip and

leaves him with a rare power: he can hear and see ghosts. All Alex wants is to be normal. But when a

vicious spirit begins haunting him, Alex must accept his unwanted psychic powers and work with his

best friend and his paranormal investigator cousin to solve the mystery of bones in the wall and put

the ghosts in the house to rest. If he fails, he’ll lose his family and friends to a gruesome fate.

Ghost Hunters: Bones in the Wall is the first novel in the heart-pounding Ghost Hunters middle-grade

horror series.

PRAISE FOR GHOST HUNTERS: BONES IN THE WALL:

“Young readers should find themselves deeply engrossed. . . (an) absorbing supernatural tale of

change and coping.” - Kirkus Reviews

“McCauley puts forth a fascinating premise that will captivate readers. . . a creative and highly original

new work. . .”

– BookLife Prize

"Unique and imaginative, Ghost Hunters: Bones in the Wall blends middle grade angst with a big

helping of the heebie jeebies. A sure hit for fans of R.L. Stine." - James R. Hannibal, award-winning

author of The Lost Property Office

"An inventive, fast-paced tale brimming with chills, thrills, and heart. Perfect for fans of Lockwood &

Co."-- Henry H. Neff, author of The Tapestry series

**On Sale for Only $1.99 Sep 13th - 19th!!**

Amazon * Bookbub * Goodreads

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08144JFZ9

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/ghost-hunters-bones-in-the-wall-by-susan-mccauley


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55350080-bones-in-the-wall


Book Trailer:

https://youtu.be/ldqimcxNLsg


Pirate's Curse

Ghost Hunters Book 2

In this ghostly and fast-paced adventure, twelve-year-old Alex must use his psychic gifts to speak

with pirate ghosts to solve the curse of an old pirate hangout—if he fails, his best friends could be

trapped there forever.

Ghosts are commonplace in this dark and exciting world, and the psychics who deal with “the

Problem” are rare. Apprentice psychic investigator Alex and his two best friends embark on their first

solo case to discover who’s haunting an old New Orleans pub. They battle ferocious winds, driving

rain, and raging spirits to put a pirates’ curse to rest.

Ghost Hunters: Pirates’ Curse (Book 2 in the Ghost Hunters series) is filled with rich characters, spooky

moments, and lots of action-packed fun. Perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Stroud,

and Stranger Things.


Amazon * Bookbub * Goodreads

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08QDTPK9F

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/ghost-hunters-pirates-curse-by-susan-mccauley

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55808492-pirates-curse


Spirit Fire

Ghost Hunters Book 3

Who—or what—is causing the fires in the French Quarter? A little girl? A long-dead prisoner? An evil

presence calling to those beyond the grave?

In this spooky, fast-paced adventure, twelve-year-old Alex must fight smoke, flames, and ghostly

prisoners to stop whatever’s causing the blazes—before more lives are lost.


Amazon * Bookbub * Goodreads

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0994YYC5D

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/ghost-hunters-spirit-fire-by-susan-mccauley

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58562632-spirit-fire


Swamp Witch

Ghost Hunters Book 4

In this spooky-fun mystery, thirteen-year-old psychic Alex and his paranormal investigator friends face

their biggest challenge yet: the hospital haunting. The friends are convinced that this surge of ghostly

activity is far more devious than the “experts” suspect—and that only the ancient magic of an elusive

swamp witch can put the ghosts to rest. Finding the witch means braving the Louisiana swamps full of

gators and snakes, but if Alex and his team fail, New Orleans could become a realm of the dead.


Book 4 in the paranormal mystery Ghost Hunters series is perfect for fans of Lockwood &

Co. and Stranger Things.


**Released Sep 13 th , 2022!!**

Amazon * Bookbub * Goodreads

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0B5PN8YB1

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/ghost-hunters-swamp-witch-by-susan-mccauley

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61397665-ghost-hunters-swamp-witch


About the Author

Susan McCauley is a screenwriter and award-winning author of books for adults, young adults, middle

grade, and young readers. Susan fell in love with writing, theater, and film when she was eight-years-

old. That passion inspired her to receive a B.A. in Radio-Television with a minor in Theater from the

University of Houston, an M.F.A. in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California

(USC), and a M.A. in Text & Performance from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and King’s

College in London. Susan also studied acting at Playhouse West with Robert Carnegie and Jeff

Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Independence Day) in Los Angeles.

Susan has several short stories published, one of which, "The Cask", was made into an award winning

short film. "The Cask" was published in the Camden Park Press anthology Quoth the Raven, which

won Best Anthology of 2018 in multiple reader polls. In addition to her short stories, Susan has one


novella and four novels in print, as well as a feature length film in development. Many of her books

have appeared on the Horror Writers Association Recommended Reading List.

Susan loves travel, animals, movies, theatre, taekwondo, her family, and books (of course!) 

Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads

Author Links

Website: http://www.sbmccauley.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SusanBMcCauley

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SusanBMcCauley

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/susanbmccauley/

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/susan-mccauley

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Susan-McCauley/e/B00UR3A5BO

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14241524.Susan_McCauley


Giveaway

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Inhuman Acts by Brooke L. French #spotlight #Halloween

Genre: Thriller

Published by: Black Rose Writing

Publication Date: September 29th 2022

Number of Pages: 310
ISBN: 1685130356 (ISBN13: 9781685130350)
Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Synopsis


A deadly, incurable disease creeps silent through Chattanooga. And its victims aren’t random.

When inexplicable human rabies cases appear in Tennessee, disease ecologist Letty Duquesne jumps at the chance to trace the virus back to its source. But the closer Letty gets to finding the outbreak’s origin, the further someone will go to stop her.

With an unwanted promotion threatening to take Letty far from the field work she loves, this outbreak feels like her last chance to make a difference. It’s not something she can ignore, especially now. The spillover of zoonotic diseases to the human population is on the rise and violent animal attacks — like the one that killed her sister — are becoming all too common.

Something in nature has gone very wrong.

Local authorities would rather she go home, but Letty can track a source animal like no one else. With the help of disgraced detective, Andrew Marsh, Letty follows the virus’s epidemiological trail. But her every move is watched. And the source animal is closer than she thinks.

Inhuman Acts is a pulse-pounding thriller. Gripping and intricately paced, Brooke L. French's debut novel will keep you on the edge of your seat.


Read an excerpt:

April 7, 2017

A week at sea produced a lot of laundry. It fluttered above Jessa Duquesne as she lay on the foredeck of her parents’ sailboat, soaking up the morning sun. The air smelled of salt, waves splooshed against the hull, and seabirds cried out in the distance. It was everything she loved about a life lived outdoors.

Jessa lifted her head, searching the water for Mark. The ocean glittered, and the Nápali coast rose in the distance. Razor-sharp crags, each peak edged with green. Beautiful but empty. Just like the sea. No Mark.

She twisted to check their port side and spotted him beneath the surface. His body slid through a seemingly endless expanse of water, all sun-kissed skin and muscle.

Yum.

She’d never planned to marry, never had any interest in men that a one night stand couldn’t fix. At least, not until she’d met Mark. He surfaced for a breath then slipped back under the waves. Something moved behind him, further out. A dark shape, getting closer. Thick body, elongated dorsal fin, maybe eight feet long.

Jessa rolled onto her stomach and undid the shoulder ties of her bikini.

The sandbar shark was probably a female, given the size, and harmless as sharks went. Odd it was out this far from shore, though. Poor thing would probably be lunch for a bigger predator. A great white or a tiger shark. And it shouldn’t have been so close to the surface. Sandbar sharks usually hugged the bottom.

She should go get her camera. Maybe make a note of when she’d spotted it so she could have the data point. She could look up any other odd behavioral patterns when—

Stop it, Jessa.

There would be plenty of opportunities to study marine life when she got back to her office at the university. What she needed to do now was focus on all the wedding planning still left undone. She’d been putting off the worst of it — seating charts and table linens and all the other things she didn’t actually care about — hoping she could pawn them off on her sister. Or, at least, that she and Letty could handle them together this week, powered by a steady rotation of caffeine and wine.

Jessa sighed and shifted on her towel. It couldn’t be helped. Letty wasn’t the type to say no when work called, and it wasn’t like Jessa was sorry to be here. A little get-away with Mark was the perfect use for the week she’d already taken off work. But still…

Seating charts and table linens.

Yuck.

The minutiae danced through her mind, conspiring with the warm press of the sun to lull her into a near-doze…

Ice-cold water dripped onto the small of Jessa’s back, and she jumped with a yelp. “What the—?”

Mark stood over her, a grin on his face, dark hair dripping onto the deck. And her.

“Asshole.” She laughed, using the edge of her towel to wipe the water away while she admired the broad stretch of his chest, the V of his abdomen where it disappeared into the top of his swim trunks. “How was your swim?”

“Lonely.” He pulled a T-shirt from the rigging, where she’d hung it to dry. “Want to go below for a bit?”

She shook her head with a smile. “We’re out of condoms.” They’d used the last one the night before, and the memory brought heat to her cheeks. Even in the cramped confines of the cabin, he was a remarkable lover.

Mark shrugged. “The wedding’s in a month. You wouldn’t even be showing by then.”

His dark eyes sparked with mischief.

“You’re so bad.” Jessa retied the straps of her suit. “I’ll meet you down there. I need to hop in and cool off first.”

Mark helped her to her feet and pulled her close. “Don’t be long.” He pressed a kiss to her lips that tasted like salt water. “We’ve got to return the boat to your dad by four.”

She stepped back, winked at him, and dove off the side.

“Show-off!” he called down after her.

Jessa slipped into the water with barely a splash, like the lifelong swimmer she was. The water brushed a cool relief against her hot skin. Moored as far from land as they were, there was nothing to swim to. She settled for circuits around the boat. After a dozen, she turned onto her back and floated, giving her shoulders a break. The sky was a bright almost unnatural blue. It made a wide crescent against the darker indigo of the sea where the two met at the horizon.

Something brushed her foot.

Jessa stilled her legs, paddling with her arms to keep herself afloat as she searched for the culprit. A light-blue mass swirled below her.

Oh shit.

Ghostly strands reached up, inches from her skin.

Jellies.

And not just any jellyfish — box jellyfish. Large, square bodies with tentacles trailing below. Lots of them. Some as long as ten feet. Each tentacle had as many as five thousand stinging cells. Each one capable of causing excruciating pain and even death.

Don’t panic.

She had to stay calm, keep her wits. Which would be easier if she didn’t know their venom was deadlier than a cobra’s. Her mouth went dry. She turned in a slow circle, her breath tightening with each new jelly she spotted. They pulsed through the water underneath her. A writhing, growing mass.

She shifted the direction of her strokes, pulling herself away from them. How many were there? And why were they out now? Box jellyfish were always in the ocean, but Hawaii’s jellyfish tended to come and go with the cycle of the moon. And they weren’t due for weeks, especially not here. She and Mark had dropped anchor off Kauai, nowhere near the beaches of Oahu where box jellyfish were usually spotted.

“Mark?” She called out, but there was no sign of him.

Must be below deck.

She judged the distance to the boat. Maybe fifty yards. It would be easier and faster if she could kick. But she didn’t want to accidentally make contact with the jellyfish. Even one sting could send her into cardiac arrest. Her mouth was so dry, she could hardly swallow. The world shrunk to nothing more than the distance between her and the boat. She treaded water using only her arms, her muscles protesting, tired from the laps she’d done.

Just get to the ladder.

If you get stung, you’ll find the vinegar and douse yourself.

Jessa kept swimming, trying not to move her legs, gliding over the still-growing mass of jellies. Her heart pounded and she struggled to keep herself from hyperventilating. Forty yards, thirty, twenty-five. This was taking forever.

A lightning bolt of pain shot up from her ankle, a radiating burning sting. “Shit.”

Fuck this.

She kicked off, powering toward the boat. Her ankle burning, her jaw clenched tight against the pain.

Another strike, this one on the other leg and higher near her thigh. Like a thousand wasps stinging at once. Sweat broke out on her forehead, and she gasped at the sudden shock of pain, then another struck. And another. Her body seized, her arms freezing in place as the jellyfish wrapped themselves around her. Delicate strands weaving bands of fire across her body. Her heart thundered. The sear of agony blotting out the rest of the world, until it was the one true certain thing left.

Not the only thing.

“Mark!” Jessa forced out the word as her head slipped under the water, a sharp pain slicing her chest. She willed herself to push toward the surface, not to breathe in the saltwater around her. Except it wasn’t water. The jellyfish were everywhere.

A few feet below the surface, she opened her mouth and screamed.

***

Excerpt from Inhuman Acts by Brooke L. French. Copyright 2022 by Brooke L. French. Reproduced with permission from Brooke L. French. All rights reserved.

 

 

Author Bio:

Brooke L. French is a recovering lawyer turned writer who lives with her husband and sons between Atlanta and Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. She spends most of her days gleefully researching and writing about fatal viruses, terrorism, and murder.

Brooke is likely on numerous watch lists.

Catch Up With Brooke L. French:
BrookeLFrench.com


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Monday, October 3, 2022

The Winds of Change by Troy Knowlton #giveaway #spotlight #YAFantasy #Halloween


Seekers: The Winds of Change
Seekers Saga 
Book One
Troy Knowlton

Genre: YA Fantasy
Date of Publication: July 12th, 2022
ISBN: 979-8840330708 
ASIN: B09VDBYBK7
Number of pages: 356
Word Count: 86000
Cover Artist: Lara Lampert, 99designs

Book Description: 

After an assassination attempt that could lead to an all-out war, Tyras and Oren, two young Seekers of the Argan Empire, are each given secret missions in an attempt to thwart the coming chaos. Both tasks require the Seekers to venture through the war-torn continent of Tiarna where the young men face mortal danger, horrible monsters, and hostile groups – all challenges Seekers are trained to combat. 

Luckily, the two Seekers also find guidance, friendship, and romance along the way. However, powerful and mysterious forces are conspiring behind the scenes and both Tyras and Oren will have to overcome a host of obstacles, including their own inner demons, in order to maintain a glimmer of hope for success. 

With war imminent and the unknown ahead, will the Seekers triumph, or will they be swallowed by the turbulent, relentless Winds of Change?

Set in a new, masterfully created high fantasy world, Seekers: The Winds of Change is perfect for fans of An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir and We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faisal.



Excerpt CHAPTER 1- THE PHANTOM IN BLUE

The night sky was like A dark and shifting ocean, pitch-black and ominous. Strong winds kicked up swaths of desert sand into the horizon. The waves of brown earth raged across the heavens with a low roar. The rough weather spewed thousands of coarse, rocky grains that tore into anything standing in their path. It made the inhabitants of the Koterran mining camp miserable. The small encampment sat at the edge of a large rift in the sands, where precious iron and sandstone had already been torn from the earth. Webs of scaffolding hugged the edge of the chasm and stretched deep into the hole below. The tents of the camp were arranged in two circles. A dozen or so constituted the outer circle, and five made up the inner circle, the largest of which housed the spoils of the dig. A robust campfire sat in the center, which shone defiantly against the darkness of the wild night.

Serana sat on a rock at the edge of the campfire’s light and peered off into the distance. She wondered why her father made the decision to send her to this bizarre corner of the kingdom to guard this tiny, insignificant camp. A whole party of knights accompanied her, which seemed unnecessary. There’d been reports of bandits attacking caravans in the area, causing the High Commander to take action. He’d entrusted his daughter with organizing the camp’s protection. On the surface it made sense, but this was a job for regional guards, not Serana and thirty royal knights. Perhaps there’s some other reason, besides bandits. What if there’s a threat too dangerous to reveal, one he wanted to keep secret? The idea both terrified and excited her.

A powerful gust of wind smashed through the circling encampment like an ocean tide crashing against rocky shores. It ripped through the tents and carried enough force to extinguish the fire, shrouding the camp in near-total darkness. Bedlam ensued as miners and knights ran around in that darkness, fumbling like blind infants, trying to find where they had left their torches.

Serana didn’t join in the hysteria. She listened through the commotion, blocking her ears from the miners’ squabbling and sensing outward. She could feel a presence approaching the camp’s edge. She squinted at the outer circle of tents and saw the shape of a figure moving across them, like a predator circling its prey. Her hand reached for the sword at her hip, but she stopped short.

She realized there was a danger in having her weapon drawn, with so many people running around in the dark. In her moment of hesitation, she lost sight of the figure. She shouted a command to her knights: “Gather your bearings and spread out. We aren’t alone!”

Most of the soldiers had already lit their torches and were quick to follow their leader’s command. They began fanning out toward the camp’s edge, swords in hand. Serana scanned back and forth, observing their progress, watching and waiting for one of them to spot the unknown assailant.

A sharp noise cracked through the air, like a tree branch snapping under heavy duress. Serana looked in the direction of the sound and noticed that one of the torches had gone out. She called out to the knight holding it. No response. She ran toward the shadowed area, hand on her sword hilt. She made it halfway to the perimeter when she noticed movement on the roof to her right. Serana instinctively drew her blade and slashed upward as a figure leapt from atop the tent, vaulting over her. Her weapon missed its mark, only managing to cut a small amount of fabric off the edge of the intruder’s cloak. A dark blue scrap of cloth blew off into the wind. That cloth and its color were enough for Serana to understand what kind of enemy she faced. The blue of the material, coupled with the acrobatics, identified the invader as a Seeker of the Argan Empire.
Serana turned around and bolted back toward the campfire, shouting as she ran, “Knights, hurry back to the center of camp; the trespasser is going to the supply tent!” Her soldiers had the tent encircled mere moments after the order had left her mouth. She knew that she had the Seeker cornered. She paused at the tent’s entrance, signaling for two of her most trusted knights to follow behind her. They shuffled to her side, and the three of them entered the tent, swords drawn and ready.

Upon passing the threshold, she saw the Seeker sitting on a pile of sandstone, holding the artifact in his gloved hand. The emerald orb, roughly the size of an apple, glittered in the faint torchlight. It had a perfect round shape and gave off a pulsing green luminescence.

The Seeker ignored Serana, staring at the artifact with curious eyes. He spoke to the Koterrans in a tired and dismissive tone. “Well, I have what I’ve come here for. Let me leave in peace, and there won’t be any trouble. I’ve no quarrel with any of you.”

Serana’s fury boiled out of her. “You’re in no position to be making orders, Seeker! How dare you invade our camp in the middle of the night, like some blue phantom coming to haunt us. That artifact belongs to the Kingdom of Koterra, and I’m not letting you steal it from us. If you want this to end peacefully, you’ll hand it over right now!”

The Seeker turned and looked at the Koterran, his blue eyes perfectly visible even in the night’s darkness. He looks young for a Seeker, she thought. He couldn’t have been much older than her, and she was a couple years shy of her second decade. His pale skin reflected the orange tint of the torch fire, and his messy brown hair poked out from under the blue hood of his cloak. His deep blue eyes shimmered in the flickering firelight, giving off a slight luminescence of their own. The Argan foreigner had a calculated look on his face, as if his mind focused on something far, far away.

A few tense moments passed wherein both parties seemed
to be sizing each other up. The Seeker’s voice broke the silence.

“You know as well as I do that I can’t do that. Under imperial law, all artifacts of the Lost Kingdom must be impounded and sent to the Archive at Arga for safekeeping. I’m doing you a favor, really. Get out of my way and let me do my job!”

“Watch your tone, Argan! You’re far away from your empire, and there are plenty of dungeons in Koterra that I’d be happy to toss you in.” Serana clenched her teeth together, adrenaline mixing with her rage as she squeezed the hilt of her blade.

The Seeker lowered his gaze and shook his head. “Well, I can’t say that I didn’t give you a choice. I would suggest that you duck and cover.”

Serana only had a few seconds to ponder his cryptic words before the explosion knocked everyone off their feet. Debilitating ringing echoed through her ears. It was the last thing she heard before going unconscious. The blast disoriented everyone except the Seeker, who had braced himself for it, knowing that it would arrive at the perfect time. A flurry of sand, broken tents, and rubble showered the poor Koterrans, subduing them. The Seeker found it easy to escape in the chaos, and he made his way through the camp with little resistance. He’d almost reached its edge when the second explosion went off. He hadn’t counted on this, and the surprise rattled him, sending him flying into the dark envelope of the tumultuous night.


About the Author:

Troy Knowlton has always had a burning desire to tell stories. He started at a young age by drawing maps of made-up continents and fantasy kingdoms. The empty kingdoms beckoned to be given life, and his work eventually blossomed, leading him to create full narratives and characters for his worlds. He currently lives in California where he works as an X-Ray technologist and teacher when he isn't writing. He's also a great lover of history, currently working to earn his bachelor's degree in History and Political Science.








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Sunday, October 2, 2022

Violet Yorke, Gilded Girl: Ghosts In the Closet by PJ McIlVaine #giveaway #spotlight #Middlegrade #ghost #Halloween

 



Genre: Middle Grade Historical Paranormal Mystery

She sees ghosts...but are they malevolent or friendly?

Poor little rich girl Violet Yorke has seen ghosts for as long as she can remember, but no one believes her.

Not stodgy Grandmother, who took charge of the heiress after her parents were killed in a failed robbery. Nor kind-hearted Aunt Nanette, or Uncle Bertie, a charming rogue. Not even the patient Hugo Hewitt, Violet’s godfather and trustee of her vast fortune.

Everyone dismissed the child’s insistence about ghosts as a harmless eccentricity—until the night her bedroom caught fire. Violet was promptly sent overseas, fueling her anger and resentment.

Two years later, a rebellious twelve-year-old Violet is on her way back to Manhattan on the doomed Titanic. As the ship sinks into the deep Atlantic Ocean, she’s put in a lifeboat by an apparition who rescued her from the clutches of a jewel thief. Presumed lost at sea, Violet shocks everyone by crashing her own funeral.

Following Violet’s recovery, Grandmother has grand high society designs for the girl, but Violet has other ideas. She’s determined to uncover the secret of what really happened to her parents. Then there’s the mystery of the moon-faced boy at gloomy Dunham Hall and his connection to the ghost on Titanic. Also hot on Violet’s trail is the jewel thief, the specter of her murdered governess, and a vengeful ghost lurking in Violet’s childhood home.

Being a poor little rich girl in 1912 Gotham isn’t all it’s cracked up to be in this delightfully dark and droll supernatural historical fantasy.


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PJ McIlvaine is a prolific author/screenwriter/writer/journalist.

PJ is the author of the AmazonUS best-selling VIOLET YORKE, GILDED GIRL: GHOSTS IN THE CLOSET (April 2022, Darkstroke Books), her debut middle-grade supernatural historical mystery adventure about a sassy poor little rich girl/Titanic survivor who sees ghosts in 1912 Manhattan.

PJ’s debut picture book LITTLE LENA AND THE BIG TABLE (May 2019, Big Belly Book Co.), with illustrations by Leila Nabih, is about a determined little girl tired of eating with her annoying cousins at the kid’s table, only to discover that the grown-up big table isn’t much better. Her second published picture book, DRAGON ROAR (October 2021, MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing), illustrations by Logan Rogers), is about a lonely, sick dragon who has lost his mighty roar and the brave village girl who helps him find it again. PJ is also under contract with Oghma Creative Media for a series of Creature Feature picture books (2023-2024) and with Orange Blossom Books for her debut Young Adult alternate history adventure THE CONUNDRUM OF CHARLEMAGNE CROSSE set in Victorian London (Fall 2023).

PJ is also a co-host and founding member of #PBPitch, the premiere Twitter pitch party for picture book creators.

PJ has been published in numerous outlets including The New York Times and Newsday. PJ also does features and interviews for The Children’s Book Insider newsletter.

Also, PJ’s critically acclaimed Showtime original family movie MY HORRIBLE YEAR with Mimi Rogers, Karen Allen, and Eric Stoltz, was nominated for a Daytime Emmy.

PJ lives in Eastern Long Island with her family along with Luna, an extremely spoiled French Bulldog, and Sasha the Psycho Cat.


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Saturday, October 1, 2022

Ghost Cat On the Midway by Mollie Hunt #cozymystery #spotlight #giveaway #Halloween


About the book:

Ghost Cat on the Midway (A Tenth Life Cozy Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Ghost Cat on the Midway (A Tenth Life Cozy Mystery)
Independently Published (August 29, 2022)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 195 pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B8WGLNMT

This summer, there’s trouble brewing at the Cove County Fair.

 

Camelia Collins, Ocean Cove’s most recent resident over seventy years of age, is all set to go to the fair! The smell of the popcorn, the roar of the crowd, the Ferris wheel and the pony shows—things she remembers from childhood and looks forward to experiencing again.

 

But something’s up at the Cove County Fair. When Camelia meets the keeper of a rescued tiger, she could not have predicted that keeper would soon be dead and the tiger gone missing. A rogue band of aggressive animal activists seems the obvious culprits, but they deny the act.

 

Only one entity knows the truth—the ghost cat Soji, but will the capricious spirit decide to come forward before someone else dies?


About Mollie Hunt


Cat Writer Mollie Hunt is the award-winning author of two cozy series, the Crazy Cat Lady Mysteries and the Tenth Life Mysteries. Her Cat Seasons Sci-Fantasy Tetralogy features extraordinary cats saving the world. Mollie also pens a bit of cat poetry.

Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Sisters in Crime, the Cat Writers’ Association, and Northwest Independent Writers Association (NIWA). She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and a varying number of cats.

Author Links

·         Website: https://molliehuntcatwriter.com/

·         Amazon Page: www.amazon.com/author/molliehunt

·         Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7768987.Mollie_Hunt

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Thursday, September 29, 2022

COMING IN NOVEMBER: Resurrecting Picture Book Month! #PictureBookEmbassador #NationalPictureBookMonth #PictureBookMonth #November #DianneCasas



Hello my dear readers!

Dianne de Las Casas was a well-known children's book author and story teller who founded National Picture Book Month. I was an ambassador for the effort. Her efforts for the love of reading and telling stories to children became so well known nation wide, that the ALA joined her in her celebration.



Sadly, she passed away in 2017 and the links to her dot com no longer exists.

However, in her honor and my personal love for reading, I want to resurrect Picture Book Month. I do not wish to step in her shoes but to start a new legacy in her footsteps. I feel children not only need to read as a fundamental piece in life, to imagine new places in the world, to laugh, to cry, to understand life, but also to see their own stories in books. I want children to have a passion for reading and celebrating picture books is the beginning of that very idea.

So, as of today, I am announcing the new November Picture Book Month in memory of Dianne de Las Casas. If you would like to join me, simply copy the photo above that she created initially, put in on your blog and social media, and then make some sort of post. Please makes sure to link back to this posting.

I will be sharing picture books all month long including some books that Dianne had written. In your own posts share at least one picture book. AUTHORS: If you would like for me to include your picture books, simply contact me at nailamoon1968 at gmail dot com.

Thanks to all those who loved her but more importantly, who loved (as she did) picture books!

Michelle, Reading Authors Network

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Grandma Is Acting Funny by Lori Aden & Sheila Parsley #Giveaway #spotlight #Alzheimers #Childrensbooks

 


Grandma Is Acting Funny: The Beginning Stage

A Children's View of Alzheimer's

by Lori Aden & Sheila Parsley

Genre: Children's Picture Book, Alzheimer's 

Little Dreya has been noticing that her grandma is starting to act funny, but she doesn’t know why. Her family explains that all these new funny and strange behaviors are a result of an illness called Alzheimer’s. In this first book, Dreya notices that Grandma forgets her name, loses track of things, and asks questions over and over again. Join Dreya and her whimsical family as she shares a heartwarming story of her memories with Grandma before Alzheimer's along with the new behaviors she is noticing in the beginning stage of this disease.


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Grandma Is Acting Funny: The Middle Stage

A Children's View of Alzheimer's


 
Little Dreya's grandma is still acting funny and strange. She learns that her grandma is now moving into the Middle Stage of Alzheimer's. In this second book of the series, Dreya shares some of these behaviors, such as how her grandma got lost one day, doesn't want to take baths and doesn't like to eat her broccoli anymore. Join Dreya and her whimsical family as she explains how she feels when she notices these unusual behaviors.


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Grandma Is Acting Funny: The Late Stage

A Children's View of Alzheimer's

Little Dreya’s grandma is now in the Late Stage of Alzheimer’s and her funny and strange behavior continues. In this third and final book of the series, Dreya shares how her grandma puts her clothes on backwards, forgets simple tasks like how to eat, and doesn’t talk clearly anymore. Join Dreya as she shares these and other behaviors about the Late Stage of Alzheimer’s.


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Dr. Lori Aden is an educator by trade with over 30 years of experience in K12 and higher education. With a master's degree in Education Technology and a doctorate in Teacher Leadership, Lori used her education experience to research Alzheimer's caregiving from many different perspectives while caring for her mother. Lori successfully completed the EssentialALZ@ Alzheimer's Association Training and Certification program to become a more knowledgeable advocate for Alzheimer's caregiving and education. She works full-time as a program coordinator for one of the largest education service centers in Texas and part-time as an adjunct instructor for a community college. However, her proudest roles are wife, sister, mom, and nana. Most importantly, she is the devoted daughter of Marylin, who is the inspiration behind this book series and her first book, "I Remember Me - The Mom Chronicles."

Sheila Parsley, sister of co-author Lori, earned a master's degree in Counseling and has worked in the mental health field for over 23 years. Sheila successfully completed the EssentialALZ@ Alzheimer's Association Training and Certification program. When she is not working, she can be found reading or in the kitchen baking for family and friends with her Texas Cottage Bakery business called "Treasured Treats and Trinkets." She loves all things dragons and was the inspiration behind using a whimsical dragon family for this book series. Sheila was an integral part of the caregiving for her mother, Marylin. She would drive to Dallas every other weekend for over six years to spend valuable time with her mom and give her sister and brother-in-law respite breaks.


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