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Seeking the Dark by Paula R C Readman

£6.99 eBook: £2.99

Investigative journalist, Jacob Eldritch, is obsessed with solving the mystery of the Dead Men Sleeping, a series of unexplained deaths, but he isn’t aware that the Dark force is gathering strength.
One evening, he spots a man leading a white-haired beauty through the crowds at his local bar. A few days later, he sees her again at a hotel, in the company of a different man. A week later, both men are dead and the police add their names to the unexplained death list.
While conducting some background research at the library, a young girl doing her homework gives Jacob an unexpected clue. This turns the mystery of the Dead Men Sleeping on its head when he discovers they’re linked to the death of a Whitby ship owner two hundred and twenty-four years ago.
Jacob must fight the Dark as it closes in, but will he survive?

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The Hangman: Vengeance by Dee Rose

£11.17 eBook: $0.00
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Genre: Fantasy
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Jericho sighed as he pointed the Sword of Caine at the Hangman. “You made this personal when you killed…There’s no coming back from that.”The Hangman has returned from the unknown dimension he was sent to at the end of The Death Brothers: A Supernatural Awakening. Now, he only has vengeance on his mind for the people, who tricked him that he once considered friends and allies. They include the heroes; The Grand Librarian, Alexander Merryweather, the demon hunter, Father Tom Padilla, Susan Taki, and reluctantly, the vampire slayer, Jericho Caine. Leechadon the Soul Eater, a powerful demon and the new leader of the underworld, uses the opportunity to attack the Earth by bringing together four allies of his own. They are; the vampire lord Dracool, a witch named Alina, a zombie leader, Deadric, and a demon lord, Gregor. If they can work together, they represent the greatest threat to humanity that has ever been assembled. Leechadon strikes a deal with Hangman to help get his revenge in exchange for the Hangman agreeing not to interfere with Leechadon’s plans for the Earth. The past, present, and future play relevant parts in this adventure. Allegiances are tested as both, humans and supernatural forces, clash in this epic finale to the Hangman series.

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Killing the Girl by Elizabeth Hill

£8.99 eBook: £1.99

For over forty years Carol Cage has been living as a recluse in her mansion, Oaktree House. Fear is her constant companion. She’s been keeping a secret – and it’s about to be unearthed.

When she receives a compulsory purchase order for her home, she knows that everyone is going to find out what she did to survive her darkest weeks in 1970. She writes her confession so that we can understand what happened because she wasn’t the only one living a lie. The events that turned her fairy-tale life into a living hell were not all they seemed.

She’s determined not to pay for the mistakes of others; if she has to face justice, then they will too.

Carol Cage has a terrible secret … and she’s about to exact retribution on everyone who had abandoned her.

Winner of the 'Chill With A Book Premier Readers Award' and 'Chill With A Book' book of the month for October 2020

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Cauliflowers Through The Catflap and Other Tales from a Solitary Lockdown by Cassandra Campbell-Kemp

£12.99 eBook: £3.99

This is the story of a solitary Lockdown…a story of bloody-minded self-preservation replete with moments of anxiety, resignation and sadness but also with joy, hilarity and above all dogged determination. Cassandra – sixty-five years old, single and somewhat immobile – struggles with myriad new challenges as she watches herself – and the world – change from within her self-imposed fortress.
In November 2019, she had a terrifying nightmare which warned of something very bad emerging from China. In early January 2020, she had a subsequent and similarly disturbing dream in which she found herself in an empty and deserted Italian castle, furnished solely with a single ventilator tent.
Forewarned by these dreams she threw herself into a frenzy of logistical planning, laboriously turning her spare bedroom into a store cupboard stuffed with many (rigorously disinfected) boxes of sensible, nutritious, long-life and probably disgusting dehydrated foods – ready for whatever The Fates had in store.
On the 3rd March 2020, notwithstanding the dithering of the UK government, Cassandra unequivocally shut herself away, refusing to open the door to anyone and using a newly acquired pink megaphone with which to communicate, through the closed window.

This updated version brings her story up to date - January 2021 - through two more Lockdowns and the promise of a vaccine.

“I see this as an important book…one high-risk, single woman’s view on how she, personally, coped with an unprecedented situation and who is not afraid to bare all…literally!! The fact that it also looks at the situation from political and other angles is integral to the overall read…”

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Phoenix’s Assassin by Lavendar Woods

£8.03 eBook: £2.29
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Genre: Romance

“If death was only that easy. Life would be so much better!”KyreniaKyrenia Cadigan is a phoenix, a being that dies repeatedly only to come back to life again. She lives in a world of half truths and danger. Despite her death and rebirths, Kyrenia just wants to live a normal life. She tries to hide her true nature from both humans and other supernatural creatures. Those that find out about her tend to kill her. She is hunted. Iovinus “Ivan” Yorkland is an Ebrilyn Assassin, a man that kills humans and supernatural creatures to feed the underworld realm of Ebrilyn. After witnessing Kyrenia’s death and rebirth centuries ago, he has become intrigued and enamored of the woman. The woman was a mystery to him that he wants to solve. Now he wants her for his own. He’ll do whatever he can to have her and protect her from her cursed existence. Facing the challenges of death, rebirth and a Dark Lord who wants to start his own army. Can the two be together peacefully. Can Iovinus get Kyrenia to fall in love with him? Will she be able to trust in life and love again after centuries of losing the ones she loved, or will she die once more before then?

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The Market Stall Girl by AnneMarie Brear

$12.93 eBook: $2.99

1913 Yorkshire, England.
Beth Beaumont enjoys her life as a rhubarb farmer’s daughter in West Yorkshire. Working on the family’s stall selling the fruit and vegetables grown in their own fields gives her a sense of purpose and is healthier than working in a dangerous cotton mill.
Although not thinking of marriage, when Beth meets Noah Jackson, a village miner, she is suddenly very aware of Noah as a man who could change her mind. The summer brings the two closer and their feelings deepen while Noah studies hard to fulfill his dreams of becoming a teacher and securing a better life than his parents endure.
But, a disaster at the coal mine changes lives forever. Noah’s plans are shattered. His love for Beth is put at risk, and he fears they can never find happiness together.
However, another man wants Beth. Louis Melville, the wealthy son of a local gentry family, is acutely aware of Beth’s beauty and he wants her for himself. At first, he is willing to offer marriage, but when Beth turns him down in favour of Noah, Melville, furious to be denied, wreaks revenge with devastating consequences.
Will Beth and Noah find the happiness they wish for or will overwhelming events break them apart?

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And Still I Had These Dreams by Ann Christine Tabaka

$11.99 eBook: $5.99

Chris has been internationally published, and won poetry awards from numerous publications. She is the author of eleven poetry books and has recently been published in several micro-fiction anthologies and short story publications. Christine lives in Delaware, USA. with her husband and four cats, and loves gardening and cooking. Her most recent credits are: The American Writers Review, The Phoenix, Burningword Literary Journal, Muddy River Poetry Review, The Write Connection, Ethos Literary Journal, North of Oxford, Pomona Valley Review, Page & Spine, West Texas Literary Review, The Hungry Chimera, Sheila-Na-Gig, Foliate Oak Review, The Stray Branch, The McKinley Review, and Fourth & Sycamore.

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Sandpiper Run by Linda J. Pifer

$11.92

While on vacation at the age of ten, Sunnie Reynolds disappeared on a small island in Florida. She was found ten hours later, asleep and draped over a tree stump in a marsh. A repeating nightmare began to awaken her each night.

At twenty-two, Sunnie made a startling discovery and her nightmare became reality.

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Human Kindness Shortfalls by Edmund F. Byrne

$6.95 eBook: $4.43
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Genre: Poetry

Each of the poems in this book addresses a problem that human kindness has failed to resolve sufficiently thereby to enhance people’s ability to improve the world as we know it. Collectively, these poems are divided into five categories in the following order: first, destructive activities known personally by the author; second, examples and illustrations of issues that compromise the ability of families to thrive; third, failures in the political realm that undermine social well-being; fourth, critiques of the human propensity for war; fifth, some of the author’s experiences reflective of ecological woes in the world. As noted above, by associating each of these concerns with a shortfall of human kindness, the author implies that greater openness to others in our attitudes could improve the world in which we live.

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Slaves of Men and Gods: Obroni Tales-Book 1 by Jacqueline Smith

eBook: £4.99

Fifteen year old Krisi Bodan is brought to Ghana from Scotland by her doctor father after her parents separate.
While trying to cope with missing her mum and failing to forgive her dad; a new friend local head trader Gifty, needs her help. Then Krisi gets dangerously mired in much more than old Ghanaian practices.
A new country, a new culture and on discovering the scary activities of some of her new friends...new enemies of the criminal and not so criminal kind.

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Midsummer Dreams by Ian Riddle

£8.99 eBook: £4.99

Midsummer Dreams is a lyrical history of the lives, loves and, in particular, the dreams of several of the inhabitants of the small village of Treddoch Harbour. Treddoch, as it’s referred to locally, is a fictional, atypical, once fishing, now touristy, community situated on Cornwall’s southern coast.
Everybody has their dreams, though none more so than the inhabitants of Treddoch. In their case, and this is where they differ from the mainstream, as well as having their own, personal dreams, the residents of Treddoch Harbour also have the one dream, the overarching dream, that singular dream that binds them as a community. This is the dream of having a ‘good Season’. For many of them, who rely on the tourists for their income, their money’s only to be made in the summer, when the tourists are abroad. Winter months can be dire.
The action is set on the one day, Midsummer’s Day, starting at dawn and ending with dusk. The story’s told through the voice of a tour guide as he takes the reader around the village, introducing the characters one by one, starting with the late Butcher and his Wife, now interred in the local cemetery!

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Bay of Secrets by J. A. Newman

£7.99

Shifting between the 1960s and the present, Bay of Secrets is a spellbinding saga of mystery and enduring love. When Jayne returns to Seawinds, her family home in Cornwall, she is determined to solve the mystery surrounding her father's death. But why is the house revealing its secrets after fifty years and why are Jayne and her siblings drawn to the bay?

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