Blog Tour & Author Guest Post: Identicals

Identicals
William Brennan Knight

277 Pages
March 17, 2022
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Semi-Finalist in the 2021 Publishers Weekly/BookLife Prize Fiction Contest in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror category!

“Knight has crafted a disturbing, horrifying, and eloquently written novel that expertly captures the sensations of desperation, fear, and confusion.”–2021 BookLife Prize Fiction Contest.

If you had the chance to bring back a lost loved one, but the cost was the death of an innocent person at your own hand, would you do it?

In the year and a half since Jack Clausen lost his five-year-old daughter, RosaMarie, his life has fallen apart. His marriage is failing, he’s been fired from his job, and his drinking is problematic. Sitting in a local bar on a typical weekday, Jack encounters an old woman who issues a dire warning: “You must be on time and pay your debt.” Later that night in a drunken stupor, Jack ignores three phone calls from his teenage son, Bryson. After learning Bryson was calling him for help but then died from an overdose, Jack decides he cannot live with the guilt and pain of losing two children.

Depressed and despondent, Jack steps off a platform into an oncoming commuter train. At the moment before impact, someone grabs him from behind and pulls him away from danger. His rescuer is a small person with unusual features who offers Jack a way to bring his daughter and son back, but there is a high price to pay. When Jack agrees to the deal but then refuses to pay his debt, events spiral out of control, leading to series of different realities, each worse than the one he originally tampered with.

Author Guest Post – From Businessman to Author

Since I started writing horror books, it’s fascinating how some of my relationships have changed. This especially holds true for many people I’ve known for a decade or more in an entirely different context. The experience has made me recognize how many of our relationships are based entirely on the persona we project as opposed to the people we really are.

Once up a time, I owned a relatively high-profile business in the construction industry. As a result, I was involved with numerous trade groups, councils, seminars and other venues where we would meet, talk and develop business relationships that eventually evolved into friendships. This included doing normal “friendship” activities such as barbeques with the families, golf outings and fishing expeditions. While these friendships grew closer, I always believed we hung out together because we truly enjoyed spending time with each other.

Unexpectedly, a national consolidator bought my company, which gave me the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream to become a novelist. I always loved writing, as evidenced by my first novel that I wrote at sixteen. When I explained to my business “friends” what I planned on doing after I left the industry, I received a few side glances and a couple shrugs, apparently because this was a side of me they never knew about and didn’t approve of.

The real shock came when I released my first book, “The Suicide Society,” which is dystopian horror story that contains some somewhat raw and terrifying material. For me, writing style isn’t a choice. Supernatural horror is the genre that I have always found to be the most entertaining and enjoyable ever since I was a kid. I grew up on King, Koonce and Straub, and I have always been visited by more nightmares than pleasant dreams.

Slowly, as word spread amongst my business friends, and even some relatives, that I was writing horror books, I noticed they came around and called less often. Some of these relationships stopped completely. In fact, I remember one of my business friends telling me he had just purchased my book, but then I never heard from him again. As bizarre as it sounds, somehow, these people had decided that a pure work of fictional entertainment was revealing a hidden part of my personality. You know, business owner by day; axe murderer by night.

I guess intuitively, I never told anyone about my desire to be a full-time author because I knew many would react negatively to it. It still strikes me as profoundly odd how we’re often forced to conceal certain parts of our personality when we’re among a group of people we suspect would judge us harshly even when whatever it is they object to has no impact on their lives at all.

It was a lesson well learned. My advice to other writers, and everyone really, is don’t let anyone force you to hide who you really are. If that describes some of your relationships, don’t hesitate to find new friends or maybe even reconsider your profession. My new circle is much more accepting and open minded, and I have found that I enjoy their company far more than I ever did with most of my old “friends.”

Author Bio:

William Brennan Knight is originally from Chicago and settled in Arizona in the late 1980s. In his life, he has been a father, musician and business owner. His passion for writing began early in his childhood and flourished as he grew older. He enjoys reading horror, supernatural thrillers and science fiction as well as memoirs and biographies.

Knight’s books have received praise from a variety of recognized reviewers, including the Publishers Weekly/BookLife Prize Fiction Contest (semi-finalist), Horrornews.net and Readers Favorite (5-star winner).

Knight currently lives in Southern Arizona and spends most of the summer in the mountains of New Mexico.

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Blog Tour: Ghost Agents

Ghost Agents

Nita DeBorde
July 31, 2021
Mabelonia Press

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Ghost Agents is a genre-defying, cozy paranormal mystery, with a little sci-fi, romance, and Texas history thrown into the mix. The sequel to Ghost Agents is coming March 2021!

An organization that has operated in secret for centuries… a mystery that threatens to burn it all to the ground… and she’s the only agent who can stop it…

To the residents and tourists of Galveston Island, Claire Abelard is the friendly young woman who works at the local candy store by day and leads ghost tours of the island’s haunted locations by night. They don’t realize this persona is a cover for Claire’s real job as an agent of the Bureau for Historical Preservation, a clandestine organization that monitors and assists energy projections, or the entities more commonly known as “ghosts.”

When projections begin disappearing from around the island, Claire worries that history may be repeating itself. She launches a dangerous investigation and uncovers a sinister, arcane organization whose agenda threatens not only Galveston’s ghosts, but everything she has worked her whole life to protect.

The truth behind the disappearances rocks Claire’s world to its core and shows her that ghosts aren’t the only things that can come back to haunt you.

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Nita DeBorde is a published author and teacher from Houston, TX. Writing and teaching are her two major passions, though traveling and being dog-mom to a crazy Staffordshire-Boxer mix named Mabel are high on the list as well.

Nita has taught high school French for more than 20 years and absolutely loves her “day job” job (about 95% of the time). She loves to travel, and not surprisingly, France is her favorite destination, though her home state of Texas runs a close second.

She is also a huge history buff, which comes through in her fiction writing, and particularly in her latest novel, Ghost Agents, a genre-defying, cozy paranormal mystery with a little sci-fi and romance thrown into the mix. Ghost Agents: Revelations, the second book in the Ghost Agents Trilogy, is slated for release in march of 2022.

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Blog Tour: Gathering of the Four

Gathering of the Four: Book One of the Serrulata Saga

A.E Bennett
April 2, 2021

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“In the Realm, every citizen knows their place.”

Leora of Mae is a young woman orphaned at birth and raised on a remote farm. As a wielder of Xanthcraft, her abilities set her apart from her adoptive family and the other villagers.

Shortly before her twentieth birthday, she learns of her family’s plot to sell her into servitude. Fearing for her life, she flees from the only home she’s ever known—defying societal conventions and breaking the edicts of the Realm.

As she runs, Leora meets Roland Shallowbrook, a traveler on the Thieves’ Road; Lady Aurora Verte, daughter of a powerful member of the gentry; and the White Rider Leopold, a soldier with a secret.

Together, this found family will have to band together to survive.

Set in the distant future during the return of the Hale-Bopp comet, Gathering of the Four is the first book in The Serrulata Saga.

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A.E. Bennett (she/her) lives in Washington, D.C.
She is originally from North Carolina.

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Blog Tour: .exe a Cadence Turing Mystery

.exe A Cadence Turing Mystery

Robin Jeffrey
320 Pages
Published October 5, 2021

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Chance Hale is more interested in running around with fascinating women than following in his father’s footsteps as head of the billion-dollar tech company Halcyon Enterprises. Called home for an important announcement, Chance seeks to liven up the weekend retreat by bringing along the first interesting woman he finds: an alluring young lady named Cadence Turing, who claims to be visiting his home planet, Arrhidaeus, from the planet Paraesepe.

But when someone turns up murdered, all evidence points to Chance, and all ideas of a future for him are erased. Of all the house’s guests, his weekend companion seems to believe she can prove his innocence, though she’s hesitant to admit how. Can the two help each other before it’s too late?

Author Bio:

When Robin Jeffrey isn’t checking out books to students at the college library where she works, she can be found cranking out punchy flash fiction, lyrical essays, and world-rich novels. Her writing has been published in magazines across the country and around the world. She currently calls Bremerton, Washington home, where she lives happily with her husband and their out of control comic book collection. For more information about Robin and her work, sign up for her newsletter on her website, RobinJeffreyAuthor.com.

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Someone Somewhere (Bishop Security Series – Vol. 6 Book
Debbie Baldwin

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Miles Buchanan is a fixer. He makes the worst problems of the rich and powerful disappear. A man of many faces, Miles can become whomever he needs to be to get the job done. His life is exactly how he wants it–no emotion and no attachments. Miles doesn’t have friends; he has acquaintances. He even keeps his twin brother at arm’s length. His world is a perfect, sterile place, except for one ever-present thorn in his side.
His obsession.
Clara Gautreau.
His Bluebird.

On the surface, Clara is a bright, beautiful PhD student. The daughter of a powerful underworld kingpin, Clara leads a charmed life. Miles, however, knows the truth. Clara is a thief. And not just any thief; she is the notorious Lynx, a modern-day Robin Hood who steals back ill-gotten art and jewels and returns them to their rightful owners. Clara can break into any mansion, crack any safe; she’s uncatchable.

Until she makes a mistake.

Now, Clara is in the sights of Lucien Kite, a man with an unquenchable thirst for money and power. Miles will do anything to keep Clara safe, but she refuses to back down. Lucien Kite has taken a painting that means the world to her father. His dying wish is to have it returned.

Clara and Miles need to steal that painting.

Clara has loved Miles for as long as she can remember, but Miles Buchanan is a stone fortress she can never penetrate. After resigning herself to a strained friendship marked by pranks and arguments, Clara is shocked to discover Miles has been more involved in her life than she imagined. When Lucien Kite threatens her, Miles’s protective instincts emerge, and passions explode. Amid threats and deception, can Clara and Miles discover the real treasure that has eluded them?


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Not all septuagenarians become devoted grandparents, contented gardeners, or avid pickleball players, some still crave risk and adventure. Eva Rome enters her eighth decade and rejects her comfortable, semiretired life, questing for meaning beyond the mainstream. In the midst of Covid, she sells her home and hits the road to search for Location X, a place that speaks to who she is. Her investigations take her around the globe, starting in São Paulo, Brazil, on a street named for Diogenes, the Greek cynic who carried a lantern around Athens, shoving it into his fellow citizens’ faces and declaring, “I’m looking for a man.” Eva holds her own lantern up to the world and proclaims, “I’m looking for a place.” Her investigations take her from São Paulo to Mexico to Uncertain, Texas, to retirement hot spots in Costa Rica and Panamá, Spain, Italy, and Portugal. Archangel Michael, whom she learns is her guardian spirit, makes appearances and offers guidance.

On a pirate’s map, X marks the spot where treasure is buried, and finding X was the focus of her process: pinpointing that singular location that said, this is where the next phase of my life will unfold. From the armchair globetrotter to the boomer looking for a soft landing in paradise, readers will recognize their unrealized relocation dreams in this compilation of humorous travel exploits and perhaps be prompted to take on their own new adventures.


Uncluttered: Shaping Your Home & Heart for What Matters Most
June 12-16
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Spark joy. Create working systems that are a pleasure to look at and live in.

People listen when gurus like Marie Kondo and The Home Edit talk about orderly living! From Container Store junkies who love labels and color-coded files to homeowners who struggle with too much stuff, fans of these experts often consider their teachings sacred knowledge.

But they weren’t the first to establish or model organizational and productivity fundamentals. Since the beginning of time, God Himself has demonstrated order in His character and His Word.

Many Christians know how good it feels when their spaces are organized and they’re able to maintain a peaceful, unburdened lifestyle. However, they may not understand the connection it has with their faith and with God Himself. In Uncluttered: Shaping Your Home & Heart for What Matters Most, professional organizers and authors Liana George and Angie Hyche offer Biblical truth and practical application to encourage Christ-followers both physically and spiritually to leave chaos and clutter behind.

This 28-day devotional for women of all ages facilitates a deeper understanding of God as our God of Order and what that means for our homes, time, relationships, and thoughts. Blending 350-word snippets of personal experience with Scripture and practical takeaways, each day brings a fresh understanding to what God has to say about orderly living and offers simple yet effective actions to put this new understanding to use.


The Assays of Ata
June 5-9
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Bitch.
Bastard.
Orphan.

Ata had become inured to these epithets – her self-directed labels cut much deeper:

Spy.
Liar.
Traitor.

Their accuracy rent to the bone… But all people had their roles to play and hers was one of secrecy and survival-driven destruction.

For the greater good. Follow Ata’s travails through royal intrigues, violent invasions, and hard-forged alliances as she fights alongside friend and foe for the survival of the continent of Áitarbith. She questions old relationships and forges new ones whilst navigating treacherous courts and brutal battle landscapes, possibly finding love along the way.

In the face of an implacably ruthless enemy, as well as uncertainty as to who can be trusted, the final outcome of this struggle is anything but certain.

This is Book 1 of a trilogy from the ‘Chronicles of Áitarbith’.


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Torn Pages : An Inconvenient Spring
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Juliet’s winter at her boarding school is interrupted by a weird new roommate who keeps an electric-blue bicycle and a book of empty pages under her bed. Alice’s ramblings about killer trees and her missing mother make no sense at first. Then the trees grow faces and come to life. Juliet finds herself spirited away by Alice to defeat the man-eating forests sprawling across the universe. They take electric-blue bicycles through the worlds of various books, from a rundown futuristic city to an elderly vampire’s castle, right down to the Greek underworld where the ultimate choice awaits.

Lord Caterpillar
Victorian seamstress Mary is sent by her father to the mansion of Lord Burrows to be married. She finds a house full of monsters. At night the castle comes to life with a luminescent glow and buzzing insect sounds. The maids grow wings. The footman turns tall, elegant and green. The master of the house no longer resembles a man but a long and spindly creature. A decades-old spell becomes apparent, one only Mary can break.

Night Music
It’s been a year since Kate’s best friend Michael disappeared, leaving only a pair of shattered glasses and a bloodstained piano. A school trip to the local concert hall, and Kate finds herself reckoning with the very things that killed him. Musical instruments, possessed by evil spirits, torment her classmates by way of a thousand-year-old curse. Kate must rally her friends and stop a human sacrifice that will change the world.

Step-Sisters
When Shirley’s mother is killed during the Blitz, she and her father cross the Atlantic and become part of a new family. The Romanovs live in a typical snowbound American town. When the lake snows over during the winter, it opens a portal to Transylvania where Shirley’s step-sisters become vampires. A bite on the neck, and Shirley is about to become eternal and influence the twentieth century in ways she can barely imagine.


Futility of Defense 
Bryan Cole

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Paladins are nothing but trouble. When Krell, an uneducated nobody with a stubborn streak as wide as the sea, hears the call from ReckNor, the capricious god of the seas and skies, the attention of the rich and powerful turn their gaze toward him. Paladins are notorious for upsetting the balance of power, to the detriment of any who don’t worship their deity.

When Krell stands against the might of the sea devils and emerges victorious, concern and interest turn to fear—fear of their secrets and plans being revealed and exposed, of the ruin that often follows in a paladin’s wake. Now he stands in defense of a pitiful town at the edge of nowhere, even as the sea devil menace grows more dire for each day that passes.

For as deadly as the sea devils are to Krell, his past choices and the consequences of his actions may be deadlier still…

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