It’s Mystery Thriller Week! Excerpt from Missing Child

Mystery Thriller Week

It’s Mystery Thriller Week! I am one of more than 200 authors participating in this mega-event. I have several books participating. There are blog posts, interviews, Facebook events, and of course contests. Click the badge to have a look and join the fun.

And if you’re looking for a great deal on mysteries/thrillers, check out my Enemy of Light collection, four full novels for one low price!

St. Valentine’s Day

And of course, today is Valentine’s Day! I’ve gathered a bunch of books featuring strong friendships rather than the usual insta-love theme that is so popular these days.

Read your fill of great friendships here.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

Since it is Mystery Thriller Week, my teaser is from a kidnap thriller I read recently, Missing Child by Patricia MacDonald. An interesting read with lots of tension and a number of twists that will leave you wondering:

She bent down to examine the damage, and saw something dark and shiny on the imploded bumper. She reached down to touch it, and her fingers came up wet and sticky. Caitlin held up her hand and stared at it. There was no mistaking the substance on her fingers.

Patricia MacDonald, Missing Child

Heart-pounding domestic suspense from an internationally-bestselling author – One morning Caitlin Eckhart receives a phone call that changes her life forever – her much-loved six-year-old stepson Geordie has disappeared from school. It soon becomes clear that someone must have deliberately taken him. Distraught, Caitlin and her husband, Noah, make an anguished public appeal for his return. But Caitlin has a secret from her past that is about to catch up with her, and as Geordie’s continued absence brings her relationship with Noah to breaking point, she stands to lose everything that she loves.

Enemy of Light a great deal for suspense fans!

I have collected four of my stand alone suspense titles for your reading pleasure!

Buy links here and at the bottom of the post

If you’re looking for a great deal, get these four titles for one low price in Enemy of Light:

Looking Over Your Shoulder

Just because you’re paranoid, that doesn’t mean someone isn’t out to get you. A victim of late-onset paranoid schizophrenia, Abe is losing his family as well as his mind. In the wake of one of the largest successful jewel heists in history, Abe is certain the jewel thieves are out to get him. But are they really, or is he just losing the battle against his inner demons?

Read a sample of Looking Over Your Shoulder

Pursued by the Past

Vanna had a good life. She had her challenges—like her mother’s high expectations of her—but all in all, she had a job she enjoyed, a fun hobby and friends. She didn’t need any complications.

But that all changed shortly after trying to break things off with Tino. The phone calls with no one on the other end. Anonymous gifts. Someone moving things around in her bedroom.

A restraining order changed nothing. If anything, it caused things to escalate. If Vanna wants her life back, she will have to take things into her own hands.

Read a sample of Pursued by the Past

In the Tick of Time

Matt Malloy, infectious diseases expert for the DOH vector-borne disease division, knew there was something wrong with the Buffalo Head infection cluster as soon as it hit his desk. But knowing it instinctively and proving it were two completely different things, especially when his boss and coworkers already suspected that, battling sleep deprivation, he’d already gone around the bend.

Matt knew that solving the mysteries of the Buffalo Head cluster was a matter of life and death. He just didn’t know that it could be a matter of his life and death.

Read a sample of In the Tick of Time

Loose the Dogs

Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war!

Seven dogs are adopted by families all across the country who do not know their history…

“Of one thing I am sure,” Glenn declares. “These dogs are perfectly harmless.”

Frank knew it wasn’t true.

He would never forget walking into that trailer. He saw it in his mind every time he closed his eyes. He woke up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat, seeing those eyes and those teeth, screaming soundlessly, gasping for breath.

“He never saw those dogs. How could anyone make such a stupid a decision, knowing what they did?”

Read a sample of Loose the Dogs

Excerpt from The Lost Girls

A couple of contests to win ebooks are going on that you might want to enter:

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On my new Nanowrimo project, I am at 40,000 words. Coming along nicely!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules at Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along.

I am currently reading The Lost Girls (Book #2 in The Suburban Murder Series) by Alexa Steele. Child sex trade/human trafficking is one of the issues near and dear to my heart, a theme that repeats a number of times throughout my own books. This is a gritty story that can be difficult to read. This quote is on a lighter note. Detective Bella de Franco views vacation as more of a punishment than a privilege:

Only place I go when I’m not working is into my own head. That’s why it’s no fun.

The Lost Girls, Alexa Steele

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The brutally beaten body of a young girl is discovered in a marsh in Jamesport, one of New York’s most elite suburbs. Police comb the area, while many speculate her murder might be connected to the abduction, six months earlier, of three girls from Jamesport. The FBI has evidence of an underage prostitution and trafficking ring which may be related.At the request of the FBI, Billy Dee, captain of the Ninth Precinct in the Bronx, head of its Sex Crimes Unit, sends two of his most seasoned detectives to Jamesport to conduct their own investigation: Bella de Franco and Jimmy “Mack” Menendez. They are sent north, back into the land of the beautiful.

At the request of the FBI, Billy Dee, captain of the Ninth Precinct in the Bronx, head of its Sex Crimes Unit, sends two of his most seasoned detectives to Jamesport to conduct their own investigation: Bella de Franco and Jimmy “Mack” Menendez. They are sent north, back into the land of the beautiful. Between local politics, fractured families, a heroin

Between local politics, fractured families, a heroin epidemic and a dark secret that the wealthy town strives to keep hidden, the unspeakably dark and twisted reality lurking behind Jamesport life is uncovered. As they learn that everything is not what it seems in this wealthy suburb, Bella and Mack must race against the clock to save one last girl before she is sold across state lines, where she will vanish forever.

Kids in Peril Prize Pack!

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Are you a fan of Hunger Games? Divergent? Other books where teens are fighting against all the odds? With the release of EDS, Medical Kidnap Files #2, I am running the Kids in Peril Prize Pack contest. Get 15 ebooks about teens in mortal peril! You will get:

With the release of EDS, Medical Kidnap Files #2, I am running the Kids in Peril Prize Pack contest. Get 15 eBooks about teens in mortal peril!

Enter here or scroll down for more details.

You will get:

Volumes 1-3 of the Medical Kidnap Files:

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mito mockupMito, by P.D. Workman

Gabriel has dealt with mysterious medical issues his whole life. Just when he finally thought that they had all of the answers and he was on the road to good health, he is apprehended by DFS on the grounds of medical neglect.

At first, he thought that he would be back home in a few days, once the misunderstanding was cleared up. But when Renata tells Gabriel her crazy conspiracy theories, Gabriel feels the first pangs of doubt. Is there really a conspiracy? Will he ever be able to get well and go back to his mother, or is he doomed to be another guinea pig for Doctor De Klerk?

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With a long string of unbelievable stories to explain her frequent injuries, Social Services sees Katt is the stereotypical abused child. When she is admitted to hospital with yet another broken bone, they do the only logical thing to protect her, removing Katt from her mother’s custody.

But Katt and her mother know that something is wrong, and it has nothing to do with abuse, and the longer Katt stays in foster care, the worse her health gets. Can they get the answers they need before it is too late? Can they get the answers and get Katt back home?

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Fourteen-year-old Seth Wilcox has been admitted to the hospital forty-eight times, according to his mother’s latest social media posts, when Social Services steps in and takes Seth into care, believing his mother suffers from Munchausen by Proxy and Seth is not safe in her care.

Gabriel Tate is now a veteran in dealing with medical kidnap and reuniting children with their families. He knows Seth and his mom, Leva, a tireless mitochondrial disorder advocate. He knows he needs to get Seth back to Leva as soon as he can.

With the authorities hot on their trails, Gabriel and Renata face increasingly difficult challenges. Can they stay one step ahead of the authorities? Can they finally get Seth somewhere he will be safe?

And all of the following:

guardianThe Guardian, a Sword, & Stilettos by Kristin D. Van Risseghem

Zoe Jabril could be just another 17-year-old girl attending parties with her friends and checking out cute guys—except her best friend is a Guardian Angel, and the boy she crushes on is a Nephilim, half-angel, both sent to Earth to protect her. A high school classmate happens to be a trendsetting shopaholic Fairy. And now there’s a new Werewolf in town.

Zoe has to deal with her feelings toward Shay, who spreads a strange electrical current through her body every time he touches her. Now Zoe is under constant attack from Demons, trying to kill and stop her from fulfilling the Prophecy: a girl will be born who will unite the Enlightens to battle evil. Then on top of that, between boring homework and drama with girls at school, she has to control new found talents if she’s to prevent the devil from escaping Hell.

In order to do so, Zoe must devise a kick-ass plan ASAP or watch everyone die, because she’s running out of time. She turns eighteen in two months—the date Armageddon kicks off.

goneGone, by Stacy Claflin

One poor decision will haunt her forever.

Macy Mercer only wants a little independence. Eager to prove herself grown up, she goes to a dark, secluded park. She’s supposed to meet the boy of her dreams who she met online. But the cute fifteen year old was a fantasy, his pictures fake. She finds herself face to face with Chester Woodran, a man capable of murder.

Distraught over his own missing daughter, Chester insists that Macy replace his lost girl. He locks Macy up, withholds food, and roughs her up, demanding that she call him dad. Under duress from his constant threats and mind games, her hold on reality starts to slip. Clinging to her memories is the only way of holding onto her true identity, not believing that she is Chester’s daughter. Otherwise she may never see her family again.

losttribesThe Lost Tribes, by C. Taylor-Butler

Five friends are in a race against time in this action-adventure story involving ancient tribal artifacts that hold the fate of the universe in the balance. None of these trailblazers imagined their ordinary parents as scientists on a secret mission. But when their parents go missing, they are forced into unfathomable circumstances and learn of a history that is best left unknown, for they are catalysts in an ancient score that must be settled. As the chaos unfolds, opportunities arise that involve cracking codes and anticipating their next moves. This book unfolds sturdy, accurate scientific facts and history knowledge where readers will surely become participants.

monitorSchool Monitor, by Alex Dunn

Richard refuses to believe his socially awkward twin Chrissie has an unhealthy obsession with him. He’s too busy making films and having fun with his best friends, but when the twins are sent to St. Bart’s boarding school, Richard finds himself trapped in a real life psychological horror when he’s framed for stealing, and on a mission to clear his name, discovers he’s not the only actor in his family.

miriamneMiriamne the Magdala, by Jb Richards

“Miriamne the Magdala-The First Chapter in the Yeshua and Miri Novel Series” takes place during the first part of the so-called “missing years” of Yeshua’s life. The novel explores the deeply personal relationship between twelve year old Miriamne and her cousin Yeshua bar Joseph. When a family tragedy strikes, and Yeshua and Miriamne are placed in a dangerous situation, heavenly forces intervene and a divine legacy that must be kept secret to all but their closest family members is revealed.

phoenixPHOENIX, by Daccari Buchelli

Peradon. A world comprised of four seasonal realms, each with a unique form of elemental magic.

When young Reiza has a disturbing vision, the Ruler of the Winter Realm demands the death of a child; the Flame Realm Princess, Violetta.

Violetta had always found comfort in the form of magic, but a sudden tragedy compels her to view her gift as a curse. She is destined to one day rule the Flame Realm and desires little but to live her own life, free from the demands of others. A courtship with her sworn enemy could be just what she needs to find herself.

With preparations under way for a wedding, the couple is oblivious to the dark forces which lie in wait, preparing to fulfill Reiza’s prophecy by removing Violetta from the world of life.

girlcityThe Girl in the City, by Philip Harris

With the oppressive Transport Authority controlling every aspect of their existence, Leah and her father do what they can to carve a good life for themselves. Leah spends her nights scavenging in the rural zone around the City, risking capture by the Wild Ones as she hunts for salvage her father can trade for food and other essentials.

But when Leah takes a bag of salvage from a dying stranger, she and her father are drawn into the world of Transport and its war against the terrorist organization, TRACE.

A war that could cost them both their lives.

sistersSisters of Sorrow, by Axel Blackwell

Anna Dufresne lives in a factory that eats children. If the brutal machines don’t kill Anna, her guardians’ neglect and abuse surely will. The only thing this abandoned teen wants is out. But the factory is inside a stone fortress, on an island, where people are sent to be forgotten. It serves as a dumping ground—both for orphans who are not welcome at finer institutions, and for nuns who have disgraced the Church. The walls of Saint Frances du Chantal’s Orphan Asylum hum with secrets and buried scandal.

In the catacombs below the factory, something long dead, something almost forgotten, stirs. It offers Anna a key, and promises freedom, if she will seek it out when she escapes. She knows her plan will endanger the other children, but Anna cannot resist the call of freedom.

Her escape attempt triggers a chain reaction of chaos, shaking the orphanage to its foundation and laying bare its deadly secrets. As Anna flees into the night, she discovers that the evil nuns were the least of her worries. The swirling mist of the island hides terrors more dangerous than she could ever imagine.

el_valienteEl Valiente & the Golden Amulet.: The Legend of El Valiente, by Bolaji O

A homeless orphan teen from Mexico City is sent on a dangerous quest for a mythical Mayan amulet.

Will Juan Carlos overcome crippling panic attacks
and deadly enemies, before time runs out?

Or will he watch his living nightmares destroy his home nation of Mexico?

heros-callHero’s Call, by Ben Mariner

All Milo Radcliff really wants is to be a Hero and fight Villains like all of his ancestors that came before him, but a virus that was released decades before his birth has squashed that dream. When a Villain from his family’s past escapes from an arctic prison and Milo’s Powers unexpectedly activate, a fifteen year old kid and his friends might be the only ones able to save the world. No pressure.

shadeShade, by Marilyn Peake

Thanks to her offbeat mother, Shade’s full name is Galactic Shade Griffin. Having a name like that while being the new girl in school is pretty much catnip for bullies. The summer before Shade’s junior year of high school, her mother breaks up with yet another boyfriend and moves them once again to a new town.

This time, they move into a dilapidated old house where Shade has an entire attic bedroom to herself—at least until she discovers it’s haunted by the ghost of a teenaged boy named Brandon Yates. When Shade’s best friend goes missing, her life becomes even more complicated. With the help of Brandon who’s struggling with his own issues in the world beyond, Shade faces the question of whether or not she has what it takes to become a true hero.

Although this novel deals with a number of serious issues—drug and alcohol abuse, cutting, and disturbing world events—it’s primarily a novel about a teenaged girl finding out who she really is and that she’s capable of so much more than she ever thought possible.

shiftersShifters Alliance, by Shaun L Griffiths

One moment, Kerri’s best friends are there beside her. The next, they’ve been kidnapped and taken through a Gateway to an unknown land. To be used as pawns in a raging conflict for a Crystal so precious, civilizations have fallen trying to control it.

Passing through the Gateway portal in search of them, she finds the world she knew no longer exists. In a land of danger, she must face shape shifting Bears, Mountain Lions, even natures raging winter storms, in an epic adventure to rescue her friends.

And while Kerri desperately struggles to cross the snow bound alpine passes, deep within the primordial forest an ancient evil is watching the continuing conflict. The corrupted apes wait impatiently for the spark that will unleash all out war. To posses the Crystal, they will inflict their revenge and destruction on everyone in their way.

Who holds the Crystal will hold the future of the known world in their hands. Can Kerri form an Alliance to save her abandoned friends? If the apes cross the border, will there be a land for her to return to? The fate of their very souls are at stake.

Sign up now for your chance to win!

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Release of EDS, Medical Kidnap Files #2 and other new reads

What would you do if your child was taken away from you for trying to treat her rare disease?

What would you do if you woke up in hospital with no family or friends and no idea what you were doing there?

What if you knew there was a conspiracy and no one would believe you?

eds-mockupVolume #2 of the Medical Kidnap Files, EDS, is now available! Mito was released last month and Proxy is on preorder and will be released in December.

Fourteen-year-old Seth Wilcox has been admitted to the hospital forty-eight times, according to his mother’s latest social media posts, when Social Services steps in and takes Seth into care, believing his mother suffers from Munchausen by Proxy and Seth is not safe in her care.

Gabriel Tate is now a veteran in dealing with medical kidnap and reuniting children with their families. He knows Seth and his mom, Leva, a tireless mitochondrial disorder advocate. He knows he needs to get Seth back to Leva as soon as he can.

With the authorities hot on their trails, Gabriel and Renata face increasingly difficult challenges. Can they stay one step ahead of the authorities? Can they finally get Seth somewhere he will be safe?

You can read a sample, or head directly over to the Kindle store to pick it up!

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Other new autumn releases

Here are some more books that have come out recently! Click the covers to have a look.
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Nanowrimo starts tomorrow!

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I participate in Nanowrimo each year. National Novel Writing Month begins tomorrow, and I am all set to go. Here’s my project profile:

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Excerpt from After the Storm

chloe kindleThe entries for my contest for ten new thriller, suspense, and mystery eBooks are in and the winner has been drawn! I will be sending out a notice to the winner shortly.

If you are looking for some Halloween reading this week but aren’t a fan of paranormal, check out my Scary but Not Spooky blog post!

Ruby, Between the Cracks is still free at the Kindle store and other ebook retailers. I am getting excited about publishing book four in the Between the Cracks series in January. Chloe is a heart-wrenching story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules at Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along.

I have just started reading After the Storm: A Kate Burkholder Novel by Linda Castillo. It’s a bit of a mashup with a female detective, a natural disaster, and a cold case murder in a Pennsylvania Dutch Amish community. I’m having fun with it so far! See if this grabs you:

He tugged a long plank from the collapsed floor, when something round and white rolled out from beneath it. At first, Josh thought it was a rock, but it was a little too round and rolled easily. Too light to be a rock. Definitely not a soccer ball. Dropping the plank, he walked over to it and knelt, rolling the thing over with his hand.

After the Storm, Linda Castillo

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When a tornado tears through Painters Mill and unearths human remains, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is tasked with the responsibility of identifying the bones and notifying the family. When evidence emerges that the death was no accident, Kate soon finds herself plunged into a thirty-year-old case that takes her deep into the Amish community to which she once belonged.

Meanwhile, turmoil strikes close to home as Kate’s budding relationship with state agent John Tomasetti reaches the breaking point. Can they weather the storm that threatens to tear them apart? Under siege from an unknown assailant―and her own personal demons―Kate digs deep into the case only to discover proof of an unimaginable atrocity, a plethora of family secrets and the lengths to which people will go to protect their own.

Excerpt from Spells and Scones

thriller-prize-pack-instaLena Mae Hill’s Huge YA Paperback Giveaway, featuring a paperback copy of Once Brothers is still open for entries! Ten paperbacks for your TBR pile!

Are you looking for some Halloween reading? Enter my contest for ten new thriller, suspense, and mystery eBooks for your Kindle reader (or the Kindle App on your phone, tablet, or browser.)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules at Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along.

I have read some pretty heavy stuff lately, so I picked up a nice cozy mystery to give my brain a holiday. I am reading Spells and Scones, part of Bailey Cates’ Magical Bakery Mystery series. It is a fun read, with lots of interesting characters, and a puppy or two.

His phone rang, and he whipped it out of his pocket like it would reveal the secrets of the universe. “It’s her assistant,” he said to me as he thumbed the screen. “Phoebe! Is everything all right? Where are you?”

Spells and Scones, Bailey Cates

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When the bookshop next to the Honeybee Bakery hosts a signing for a Savannah radio celebrity’s new self-help book, magical baker Katie Lightfoot is happy to provide some delectable desserts. A big crowd has turned out for the event, curious about the book (and maybe to sample some goodies), but the final chapter comes too soon for the author when she is found dead at the event.

The prime suspect is Angie Kissel, a former witch whose familiar was once Katie’s own terrier, Mungo. Katie is at first hesitant to help, afraid of losing the little dog who has become so important to her. But after a little nudge from Mungo himself, Katie decides to try to conjure up the real killer—before Angie gets served…

Excerpt from The Girl from the Sea

In case you missed it, yesterday I released Mito, Medical Kidnap Files #1! Books #2 and #3 are also available for preorder. My post includes a number of other new releases that you may be interested in.

Lena Mae Hill’s Huge YA Paperback Giveaway, featuring a paperback copy of Once Brothers is still open for entries! Ten paperbacks for your TBR pile!

Many of my writer friends are gearing up for Nanowrimo in November. If you have been following me for a while, you know that I always do Nano. If you are thinking of writing a novel next month and are looking for some advice or a buddy, head on over to my Nanowrimo page.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules at Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along.

I have just started reading The Girl from the Sea by Shalini Boland. A young woman washes up on the beach with retrograde amnesia; no idea who she is or how she got there. I have just barely started, but so far it is well-written and believable. Something awful happened to Mia; she has waking dreams of the attack that may have preceded her near-drowning, and she has uneasy feelings of impending doom and a general distrust of people around her.

No, I don’t remember anyone. Just the woman who found me on the beach. She had a dog, I think. Poppy. That’s the dog’s name. She wore glasses. The woman, I mean, not the dog.’ I give a short strangled laugh. I must sound like a lunatic. ‘Sorry,’ I add.

The Girl from the Sea, Shalini Boland

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Washed up on the beach, she can’t remember who she is. She can’t even remember her name. Turns out, she has a perfect life – friends and family eager to fill in the blanks. 

But why are they lying to her? What don’t they want her to remember?

Excerpt from The Darkest Secret

Before getting into my teaser, be sure to check out a Lena Mae Hill’s Huge YA Paperback Giveaway, featuring a paperback copy of Once Brothers. Ten paperbacks for your TBR pile!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules at Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along.

I had a hard time choosing which book to give a teaser from today. I settled on The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood. It is a psychological exploration of a cold case of a missing toddler ten years after the fact, upon her father’s death.  Marwood is pretty loose with the language, so if you are sensitive to frequent four-letter expletives, this is not the one for you. There is also a lot of jumping back and forth in time, which can be disconcerting. But it is a good mystery with some interesting twists and turns along the way, right up to the final page.

That’s the thing with your psychopaths, isn’t it? They’re not always creeping around with knives in dark alleyways. Most of them kill you from the inside out.

The Darkest Secret, Alex Marwood

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When a child goes missing at an opulent house party, it makes international news. But what really happens behind closed doors?

Twelve years ago, Mila Jackson’s three-year-old half-sister Coco disappeared during their father’s fiftieth birthday party. Her identical twin Ruby was left behind as the only witness. The girls’ father, Sean, was wealthy and influential, as were the friends gathered at their seaside vacation home for the weekend’s debauchery. The case ignited a media frenzy and forever changed the lives of everyone involved.

Now, Sean Jackson is dead, and the people who were present that terrible night must gather once more for a funeral that will reveal that the secrets of the past can never stay hidden. Perfectly paced all the way through its devastating conclusion, The Darkest Secret is one that fans of Gillian Flynn and Liane Moriarty won’t be able to put down.