Jeanne M. Haskin
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- Games of Adversaries
on Dec. 01, 2012
This debut novel from author Susan Elizabeth Curnow takes two men from vastly different worlds through shocking twists of loss, betrayal, and torture. Reeling from pain and enmity, they must ultimately realize that no one else has the power to save themselves and their worlds.
In a way that is deeply sympathetic to prisoners of war and soldiers exposed to terrible hardship everywhere, the author speaks to the heart of the reader with truth as well as compassion.
The author's grasp of the human condition is masterful and haunting.
on Dec. 14, 2012
This wonder child of author Crash Froelich, is a fairy turned human with, of all things, a lisp and a penchant for causing trouble. As the daughter of the man who sacrificed his eternal boyhood to rescue her from poison, she has a long and vengeful memory of the children who could have saved her and didn’t. Not everyone she meets was responsible, but every life she touches becomes extraordinary and magical. Hers is a world of mystery, mischief and mayhem. Throughout the story of her interaction with friends old and new, she will enchant you and steal your heart.
- Loathe Your Neighbor
on Jan. 12, 2013
This second novel from D.A. Cairns mixes wry, sarcastic humor with infidelity and neighborhood drama. David Lavender's constant preoccupation with his neighbor, whom he's dubbed the Chainsaw Massacrer of Chinaman's Hollow, and his frustrated sexual passions lead him down a road of risk, betrayal, and violence. In a way, he betrays himself by becoming someone he never imagined he'd be. His life is not far removed from everyday human experience, but it's about to change drastically--and not for the good.
This is a bold, compelling read with well-drawn characters anyone can relate to: friends, family, a lover and, above all, neighborhood enemies.
- The Voice of the Land
on March 03, 2013
In this science fiction novel by Susan Elizabeth Curnow, a clone created for no other purpose than to serve his ruthless master finds more than insight into the suicide of his friend and fellow clone when he is sent to the world of
It may be the answer to all he's ever longed for if he can avoid the imminent danger of insanity and death--and accept that the land is a sentient entity he has been chosen to defend once gifted with the alien blood that gains him so much more than a powerful pair of wings.
- Dead Girls Club
on June 04, 2013
In and around the murder and mayhem, this book is a witty, racy, and often touching story that I had to read more than once. It is paranormal romance written outside the box—original and fresh.
Sae, a supernatural fox known as a kitsune, saves Les, a human man, from a pair of ghuls who render him paralyzed. Les, in turn, falls so hard for Sae that he's willing to become her werefox. Together with Amalie, the essence of a child locked in an android-combat body, they form a family of deadly defenders working to save the world from supernatural jihad.
- Bad Girls
on July 03, 2013
"BAD GIRLS" IS A GORGEOUS, VIBRANT READ. A STORY THAT WILL
ENGAGE YOU WITH ALL OF YOUR SENSES, ALLOWING YOU TO EXPERIENCE THE LIVES OF ITS CHARACTERS WITH YOUR HEART AS WELL AS YOUR MIND.
- Swamp Witch Piquante and Scream Queen Bisque
on Aug. 13, 2013
This is a re-edited new release of M.F. Korn's best quiet horror.
The first novella, "White Trash Witches Coven" is most remarkable for its humor. Woven in and around the story of Keith Ogden's journey into a coven, the lives of Gretchen and Quince, two young sorceresses in training, veer from having their mother place a whammy on a schoolyard bully to ferreting out a werewolf and seeking contact with Martians. This light comic relief is the perfect foil for the insidious, creeping horror of the backwoods, country coven in all its fanaticism and ritualistic evil.
The book's second novella, "Pavane for a Scream Queen" takes us into the world of Aurora Sterling, the cult queen of B-horror movies. Jeff, an intrepid freelance reporter who is drawn by Aurora's mystery and enraptured with her films, finds himself chosen to write Aurora's memoirs. What begins as the chance of a lifetime winds through a road of strangeness. The impossible becomes fact and no one must ever know it.
on Sep. 17, 2013
This newest novel from author Crash Froelich demonstrates a deep understanding of the conflicts involved in establishing and maintaining a so-called “people’s state.” On the one hand, every aspect of the environment is regulated by the military and police. On the other, the two women who assist Dave and Debbie Douglas are tough and resourceful entrepreneurs involved in the black market. For that matter so is Ying Ying, who’s being held prisoner on an island with Dave’s dad for shipping contraband items to a military restricted zone. Why this zone is restricted as the center of a plan for one woman’s vengeance is the driving force of the plot and the inconceivable crisis in waiting that the Douglases and their allies must unravel and prevent before it kicks off WWIII.
As a book you’ll find hard to put down, Sarangong is a fast-paced journey through military intrigue in a world of spies, lies, and survival against all odds.
on Oct. 08, 2013
Returning to the “people’s” state of Sarangong as part of Operation Bombora, Dave and Debbie Douglas, together with Dave’s dad, his new wife, and their friends Kat and Billie are putting their lives on the line so the people of Sarangong will know freedom for the first time ever since meeting modern civilization.
Inducted into the U.S. military as important native assets, Kat and Billie belong heart and soul to the liberation effort. In Billie’s case, it means being a “real” girl for a member of the Sarangong military, whose attraction is the lynchpin that could result in defection to their cause. For Kat, it means convincing a pastor aligned with the native rebels that his ignorance and naiveté have led to misplaced allegiance.
To make matters worse, their objective of government overthrow is not the only risk. Above and beyond all else, they must track down the insidious, invisible threat gestating in a young man’s body: the biohazard of prion bombs meant to be loosed on Sarangong’s ruling military and political party, as well as important tribal families. If they don’t, there will be an uncontainable pandemic, resulting in mass murder that could spread throughout the world.
- Rachmaninoff's Ghost
on Oct. 14, 2013
In this eerie and frightening story of a young man who fulfills his greatest dream by turning to the occult, becoming a brilliant pianist brings more than recognition and far less than benevolence.
Even before he is invited to Julliard, Mark begins a slow slide into malevolence that makes him unrecognizable both to himself and those who care for him. He is warned, repeatedly, that he must relinquish the gift he stole before the spirit possessing him composes his last opus. Little does Mark know that he contributes to this process each time he uses the gift. His life is not destined to end in tears but something unspeakably horrifying.