Our Books – 2017 Releases

The Brambles

The Brambles

Elizabeth Gray is found hanging from a tree. Her town is shocked to learn that Elizabeth had no birth certificate, no social security number, no record of education. Her mother, an independently wealthy woman, refuses to cooperate with authorities.

But Elizabeth is not truly gone: she communicates in spirit with her three childhood playmates, driving them to investigate the true circumstances of her death.

And in doing so, Mack, Lillian, and Vanessa discover the world of The Brambles; Drugs, a motorcycle gang, a mansion owned by the elderly movie star, Mitch Cooper, John Leary, a defrocked priest and Mitch’s “caretaker” and a corrupt medical doctor nicknamed “Honeybear”. How are all of these things connected, and what is the secret to Elizabeth’s true identity? Only three brave teenagers can find out.

Published December 2017
2.99 USD

Hanging On

Hanging On

Five months after the life-changing apocalyptic event, Mark craves normal activites. What could go wrong with a little fishing trip with his children? Lynn, his co-director of the community feels it is an excuse to seek out action and violence and opposes the trip. After a bitter argument, Mark, Bobby and Becca leave anyway. Running into obstacles and gangs on the way to Lake Erie, they discover the presence of a pirate navy controlling the waters. Fleeing a small armada of speed boats, they hide on shore, but witness the capture of a woman and girl and the brutal treatment of the man defending them. Mark sends Bobby and Becca for back-up, taking the injured man with them.

Alone, Mark rashly attempts to rescue the woman and girl; he frees the girl and gives her into the care of a mysterious local church group. Returning to rescue the woman, he is taken prisoner while boarding the raiders’ floating base. His encounter with the sociopathic captain does not go well. Enlisting the aid of a strange group of locals, Bobby, Becca and Lynn must rescue Mark before he is executed.

Published December 2017
2.99 USD

Mazhura

Maz’hura

Famed sorceress and military captain, Shirakaya, explores vast regions of an alternate universe. On a particularly hazardous mission, an ancient alien race, exiled eons before, attack her intergalactic spacecraft. The body count rises as Shira struggles to defeat the formidable enemy and to convince the galaxies the malevolent species has returned and their mayhem will engulf the entire Ensar universe. The cosmic leaders, the Ruzurai, meet the crew’s harrowing tales with skepticism and deny the escalating threat.

Shira’s magical powers mysteriously weaken and she must face the terrifying prospect that she cannot protect those she loves ‒ let alone the entire universe. Her skills waning, Shira is forced to decide how far she will go to vanquish this ancient and monstrous race to see peace prevail.

Published October 2017
2.99 USD

byte Series V1

The byte Series Volume One

Killerbyte
A killer with a penchant for inventive and macabre deaths challenges an FBI Agent with an unusual imagination and sense of humour. SA Ellie Conway works serial crime cases. When someone tries to kill her, it becomes obvious it’s linked to her after-hours pursuits in cyberspace. Matters become complicated when her assailant is found dead in the trunk of her car. Despite a plethora of crime scenes, no evidence can be found to identify a motive or perpetrator. The death toll rises and eventually includes those close to her. A chance remark provides the first real clue to unraveling the killer’s twisted goals.

Terrorbyte
What is the connection between a series of murders, bourbon, chlorine, gold ribbon, the Pentagon and the Military, Eastern European terrorists and a book of poetry? Special Agent Ellie Conway is back: wisecracking, kicking ass and using her psycho-prophetic talents. This time to grapple with a murderer with ulterior motives, secreted behind a series of grotesque crimes. Confronted with outlandish connections and the realization that the issues are global, Conway is forced to seek help from the highest level to close borders, airports, train stations and military bases. The denouement leaves Ellie facing a shocking truth and a grievous loss.

Exacerbyte
Hawk is hunting again – SSA Ellie Conway is his nemesis. Hawk has taken too many children, killed too many people. It is time to stop Him, not only to prevent the abduction of vulnerable children but to avenge the murder of an FBI agent. As Conway and Delta A team prepare to pursue Hawk in Russia, he moves to New Zealand to widen his net. A terrible and sinister reality emerges, demanding the might of the Military, CIA, NCIS and the Russian FSB. Exploiting her remarkable intuition, together with help from unlikely sources, Conway realizes she must heed the augury ‘it is all about the music.’

Published October 2017
5.99 USD

Col'm

Col’m

Twenty years after Tu’an, Collier Rashkil runs an intelligence network out of an underground church in the northern Shenandoah Valley. A hundred miles or so south, Henry Price runs a smuggling ring. Neither is aware the other survived the horrific last stand of the Ghosts. Life is hard: Collier is proscribed; Henry is one step ahead of arrest and execution, yet both have a measure of contentment. But then an old enemy confronts Collier as a new enemy attacks Henry, and a war already lost threatens to reignite and finish them, their families, and what’s left of the country.

Published August 2017
2.99 USD

The Starlight Tide

The Starlight Tide

Raffy Arends did not expect to find a naked woman’s body when he slipped out to catch a few lobsters to sell …

Yolanda Viljoen, proprietor of The Sea Breeze Hotel, has spent two decades looking over her shoulder, waiting for the problem her brother created to manifest.

Stealing and smuggling with a rough French sailor is too risky for Fikie Malgas – he doesn’t want to go back to jail.

Building tycoon, Clinton Winston needs to get away from The Bay where the death of his wife, the drama from his mistress and brother have plagued him.

Flash Peterson, lead singer in the rock band, Biskuit, rides high on their Garden Route Tour with her fellow Sisters of Light in tow.

Honey’s second-sight registers evil rolling in with the tides. Will she be able to harness her gift to overcome this malevolence? Braving fierce winds and wild ocean, the Sisters of Light race to prevent more murders.

Sarah Key weaves a tense tale in this finale of the Sisters of Light Trilogy and delivers thrills, adventure and intrigue in this saga set along the coast of South Africa.

Published August 2017
2.99 USD

Metabyte

Metabyte

Her niece is abducted and her in-laws disappear. Long-deceased agents turn up in garages across the city – dead again. No wonder SSA Ellie Iverson’s internal alert goes off the scale.

Enigmatic clues and codes from a missing colleague and brother-in-law about the seepage of sensitive FBI data, lead to the sudden death of a team member and leave Delta A spinning. Two new agents, with special talents akin to Ellie’s, join the team and ramp her alarm sensors even higher. Her niece’s social media life offers clues to a horrifying network and its activities.

Working under a directive from the Director of the FBI and with the Wayward Son Protocol, Ellie and Delta A work to disentangle leads from the darknet, stem the flow of death, and bring her family home.

Ninth in the –byte series, Cat Connor delivers another mindbending thriller.

Published August 2017
2.99 USD

Group Therapy

Group Therapy

Former Army Ranger, Ricardo, uses his skills to rescue kidnapped and abused children, but when an old flame is brutally assaulted by a gang, he rushes to her aid. His sudden appearance creates turmoil in an already traumatic scenario.

Jane refuses to involve the police and Ricardo convinces her to attend a special therapy group. There she meets other victims and bonds with four women. Together they plot to take their revenge on all of their attackers.

Unaware of Jane’s intentions, Ricardo hunts the gang members who assaulted her, doling out his own form of justice to two of them. But when the remaining gang members team up with some enemies from his past, the violence escalates and he calls on friends, Danny and Tony, to help him survive.

In the meantime, Jane and her new friends track down their attackers and mete out their own form of group therapy. But when one of the women is abducted by her attacker, Jane is forced to ask Ricardo and his team for assistance to rescue their group member.

Published June 2017
2.99 USD

Mistress of Crystals

Mistress of Crystals

The tears of the goddess Mirge must be found.

Thousands of years ago the beings of Naor, forced to stand against Hodgorn, god of darkness, won. Yet evil survived and now the empire prepares for the final battle. Hodgorn is determined to return, conquer, and rule in place of his brother Ulse, god of light. As he gathers his forces, the only hope is Ainara, Mistress of Crystals, a girl with a pure soul, chosen by the gods to rule the power of the Agarniles, the diamond tears, Mirge’s legacy.

Divided between the Elves, Dwarfs, and Humans to safeguard them, the Arganiles must be reunited and the Mistress must harness their power. Supported by a priest, the Pharaoh’s son, two protector warriors, Ainara sets forth on a dangerous quest which will demand sacrifice and all her courage, insight and tenacity.

But as with every human soul, Ainara is not absolutely pure and the Arganiles will not tolerate any evil or imperfection. Ainara is in danger.

Published June 2017
2.99 USD

Choke

Choke

Your life is a lie.
The past you remember isn’t yours.
There is no one to trust.

Kerry Stine’s plan to rebuild her life goes into freefall when a patient vanishes from San Francisco General Hospital on her watch, thrusting her down a rabbit hole that leads to a past from which she can no longer escape. Fired, frantic, and running from the police, she trusts no one and every step pushes her further away from logic and reality.

Three thousand miles away, scientist Adrian Calhoun has developed a cigarette that cures lung cancer, and he’s hell bent on distributing his miracle cure before the pharmaceutical mafia gets to him first. Kidnapped by his pursuers, he is held prisoner in exchange for the chemical formula to his invention. His redeemer holds the key to not only his life, but Kerry’s as well. And when the threads finally intertwine, Kerry discovers that what she and Adrian Calhoun have in common will return to her pieces of her past that she never knew she’d lost.

Published June 2017
Available at Amazon and Smashwords.
2.99 USD

Escape From Bliss

Escape From Bliss

“We spent our childhoods together. He broke my heart when he married another girl, eight years after I took his hand. We never lost our love, but we lost touch. We traveled together, we lived and our souls died together, a thousand times. The fire always burned.”

Elizabeth has loved Danny since she first laid eyes on him. But she has never had the opportunity to truly love him except in stolen, illicit moments, all too few in their separate lives. Now he is old and dying and in a retirement home and hating it.

Elizabeth is going to break him free.

In this passionate story of a lifelong love, adultery and dreams of what should have been, Jacob Lucas Luciano captures emotions that do not fade with age.

Published June 2017
Available at Amazon and Smashwords.
2.99 USD

Just Like Fred Astaire

Just Like Fred Astaire

All Johnny Manno wants to do is dance and drive his car. But his son Michael worries because Johnny keeps wrecking the car and those young women he hangs with could be taking advantage of the old man. But getting the keys away from Johnny or telling him who he should hang with is another matter.

Johnny knows his son means well, but ol’ Johnny can take care of himself. He’s only had a few fender benders and they weren’t even his fault. And Michael should stop telling him who to be friends with ‒ those young girls weren’t taking advantage of him or involving him in selling drugs. Michael just needs to worry about his own family.

But Michael is in the middle of the generation sandwich ‒ worried about his family, his kids and their problems in school, his struggling business, and his dad, who likely will wipe out entire families with his car, if he doesn’t go to jail first from hanging around that Cindi and Maria or burn down his apartment.

Still, Johnny keeps dancing with the ladies, teaching everyone something along the way, even if he is not always in perfect step.

Published June 2017
Available at Amazon and Smashwords.
2.99 USD

Salt of Patriots

Salt of Patriots

In a rural Ohio uranium processing plant during the optimistic, buttoned-up 1950s, employees pledge to keep their work secret – even from their own families – as Cold War fervor wanes in the face of what they’re doing and at what cost. But these guys are no whistleblowers. Happy being the highest-paid chemical operators in the state, they dream of a better life for their children, along with their friends and co-workers, and proceed with optimism and fear, full of yearning emblematic of families in the 1950s and the rising middle class. These “Cold Warriors” work dependable jobs in the face of atomic risk, emboldened by pride leavened with fear.

This story of family, of expectations and disappointments, pledges and pain, love and dreams and desire, remembers a place, an industry, and most of all an innocent trust in superiors, and in the world, which no longer exists.

Published February 2017
Available at Amazon and Smashwords.
2.99 USD

Poisoned Tears

Poisoned Tears

Retired Dallas private investigator Alan Knox dislikes New Orleans so much he won’t even drink Abita, the local beer. It all goes back to the day his knee and his promising pro football career were wrecked in a Superdome game with the Saints. But when his estranged son calls and asks for help finding a missing fianceé, the guilt-ridden Texan heads for the Big Easy where he soon finds himself in trouble up to the tops of his snakeskin boots.

What starts off as a missing person case turns into a hunt for a serial killer who uses exotic poisonous animals to dispatch his victims. Painfully aware he can’t go it alone, Knox joins forces with an over-the-hill journalist and an unfriendly police detective as he navigates the dark streets and seedy bars in search of his prey.

Published January 2017
Available at Amazon and Smashwords.
2.99 USD

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