Alexandra Knight – Fast Forward

About Alexandra Knight

Alexandra Knight, the blogger from England, United Kingdom, is an expert at her craft and has a thing or two to say. She is an independently funded writer that takes great pleasure from writing, and understands how much of a privilege it is to do something you love. Her mission is to find the most tantalising literary content out there and create punchy, sizzling blog posts to tell the world about it.

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Indy Perro – Central City and Journeyman

About Central City

Kane Kulpa learned which laws could be bent and which broken after a short stint in prison courtesy of Detective Vincent Bayonne. Bound by time, integrity, and the reality of life in Central City, Bayonne and Kane made peace with the past. Now, gang tension spirals from corrupt to deadly, and a series of murders stresses Kane and Bayonne’s uneasy alliance. Kane balances on a razor’s edge to protect his bar, power, life, and family, and Bayonne hustles to keep another lonely man from being strangled.

Central City is a city struggling for identity. The cops protect the rackets, and the criminals shelter the injured. Innocence is only an appearance, and rage finds a voice.

About Journeyman 

After the events of Central City, Kane Kulpa struggles to consolidate power in the underworld and Detective Vincent Bayonne investigates the death of the mayor’s son. The mayor’s justice and Bayonne’s goals appear to coincide, but in Central City, nothing’s as simple as it seems. To keep the city from falling into chaos, Kane must acknowledge the truth about himself and Bayonne must support Kane, even as he struggles to accept the men he and Kane have become.

About Indy Perro

Indy Perro is a novelist, an independent thinker, and a recovering academic. Indy has a degree in history, graduate degrees in religious studies, comparative literature, and education, and has spent more than a decade teaching philosophy, religious studies, writing, and literature. You can usually find him on Twitter @IndyPerro. 

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Malve von Hassell – Letters from the Tooth Fairy

About Letters from the Tooth Fairy

Did you ever wonder what the Tooth Fairy does with the teeth she collects? Were you ever curious about the place where the Tooth Fairy lives? What does a Tooth Fairy do when she gets tired of her job? Read these letters and you will find out. A read aloud book that will entertain children and adults alike.

About Malve von Hassell

Malve von Hassell is a freelance writer, researcher, and translator. She holds a Ph. D. in anthropology from the New School for Social Research. Working as an independent scholar, she published several books and journal articles, in particular, The Struggle for Eden: Community Gardens in New York City (Bergin & Garvey 2002) and Homesteading in New York City 1978-1993: The Divided Heart of Loisaida (Bergin & Garvey 1996). She has also edited her grandfather Ulrich von Hassell’s memoirs written in prison in 1944, Der Kreis schließt sich – Aufzeichnungen aus der Haft 1944 (Propylaen Verlag 1994). She has taught at Queens College, Baruch College, Pace University, and Suffolk County Community College, while continuing her work as a translator and writer. She has published a children’s picture book, Letters from the Tooth Fairy (Mill City Press, 2012), with a new edition published 2020, and her translation and annotation of a German children’s classic by Tamara Ramsay, Rennefarre: Dott’s Wonderful Travels and Adventures (Two Harbors Press, 2012). The Falconer’s Apprentice (namelos editions, 2015) was her first historical fiction novel for young adults. Her most recent releases are Alina: A Song for the Telling (BHC Press, 2020), set in Jerusalem in the time of the crusades, and The Amber Crane (Odyssey Books, 2021), set in Germany in 1645 and 1945. Currently, she is working on a biographical work about a woman coming of age in Nazi Germany.

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Andy Rausch (editor) – Bloody Sheets

About Bloody Sheets

When a young black man is lynched in a small Alabama town, his estranged father – a crime world enforcer – sets out for revenge, embarking on a blood-soaked journey that will leave the ravaged bodies of dead Klansmen in his wake.

Praise for Bloody Sheets

“Rausch unleashes a flurry of gut-punches both painful and thrilling; his prose brimming with righteous anger and stark, no-bullshit wit. This racially charged and crackling tale reads like a startling mash-up of Jim Thompson and Iceberg Slim, making Bloody Sheets that rare achievement: hardboiled and hard-hitting, but transcendently heartfelt as well.” (Wesley Strick, screenwriter of Cape Fear)

About Andy Rausch

Andy Rausch is the author of more than forty books, including novels, novellas, short story collections, and works of non-fiction.

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Jaire Sims – Getting By

About Getting By

This debut novel, “Getting By”, is an engrossing and uplifting coming of age tale about an introverted young man struggling through social pressures to reach his potential.

Carver Goodman dreams of becoming a photographer; but first he needs to graduate from high school. He spends his junior year worried about the same things that affect his peers–things like taking the ACT, bullying, and falling in love for the first time–but Carver’s situation is a bit different, because he’s beginning to suspect that he’s gay.

As he struggles to understand himself in terms of his sexuality and how he fits into the world, he learns a lot about who he is and finds the strength to overcome the challenges life throws his way.

Getting By is a touching and poignant coming-of-age novel that will resonate with any person who has ever felt like he doesn’t quite fit.

Praise for Getting By

“Carver Goodman’s decisions and options on the cusp of adulthood create a compelling, uplifting, realistic story of a potentially successful young man and introvert who faces pressures and influences beyond those usually wound into African American coming of age stories. Getting By is an exceptional, thought-provoking read.” – Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Reviews

About the Author

Jaire Malik Sims was born and raised on the far southwest side of Chicago. While twenty-one, and a junior in college, Jaire was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. A year later, he graduated from Monmouth College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies.

Jaire hopes his first novel, Getting By, will reach certain demographics who share commonalities with him and perhaps inspire them to write their own stories while taking inspirations from their life experiences.

You can usually find him on Twitter @JaireSims.

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J Victoria Michael – Songbird

About Songbird

A twentieth century woman is lost in a fantasy world with nothing but the clothes on her back and her innate humanity. This is the story of her compelling need to redefine herself.

When Irenya O’Neil suffers a panic attack and falls into the realm of Dar Orien, a world with a failed MageGate system, she finds herself unable to return home to her infant son – she is trapped in a nightmare that tests her sanity. 

Confronted with evidence that she possesses a Gift of power, Irenya attempts to control her fledgling talent through music. This could be her ticket home. But Irenya becomes mired in the civil unrest that has befallen Dar Orien. Sickened by the bloodshed and fearful for her own safety, Irenya is desperate to find her way home.

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Praise for Songbird

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Songbird is a delight to read and I didn’t want to put it down. A wonderful escape from the craziness of 2020. I was swept away to another world, captivated by Irenya’s plight and I can’t wait for the next volume to be released so I can continue the story!” Amazon Reader

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“I found this to be a great escape. Irenya O’Neil suffers a panic attack and finds that she is now in the realm of Dar Orien, a world with a failed MageGate system. Is she trapped there forever? Her infant son is left behind in her original timeline.” Amazon Reader

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“From the moment I read the prologue I was hooked. Songbird was an absolute delight to read and I had to make myself put it down to do essential daily stuff. Music is the thread that holds the story together for me and I was thoroughly swept away by it. J Victoria Michael weaves a most captivating story set in another world, in another time. Or is it? Best read it and make up your own mind!” Amazon Reader

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About the Author

Judith Michael is a New Zealander who writes under the name of J Victoria Michael.

She is a story-teller, fascinated with other dimensions, time travel and unexpected, remarkable talents. Long novels with speculative elements are her favourites, stories that take her to strange places and keep her turning the pages late at night. Judith has a passion for classical music and beautiful movement, from ballet to belly-dancing. As a child she made up stories told in dance, wearing out the toes of her shoes to the vexation of her parents. Later, she discovered the joy of story-telling in words with music a constant muse.

Her first long work was a fantasy novel. When the manuscript was finished and its themes clear, she re-wrote it, retaining only the main protagonist and the original premise. The story of one woman’s compelling need to redefine herself could have been told within the framework of contemporary Australia, but Judith wanted to add the archetypal element of an imagined world. Long before she finished the work she realised her novel was turning into a trilogy. In order to keep track of her characters she would summon individuals to her study for a discussion. Sometimes they summon her to the fictional world of Dar Orien.

New Zealand’s pristine beaches and richly-greened landscapes have influenced her sense of place. Time spent living among the flamenco gypsies of Andalusia, and communing with mediaeval spirits in France has, in subtle ways, informed the physical and emotional landscapes of GriffinSong Trilogy.

Judith has a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing, and her short stories have won various awards, appearing online and in print. Judith lives permanently in Melbourne and shares her home with a bossy ginger cat.

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Laura E Goodin – Mud and Glass

About Mud and Glass

Life is fairly workaday for Dr Celeste Carlucci, a professor at Krasnia’s finest university, until her best friend and colleague Pace involves Celeste in her research.

Before long, Celeste is being shot at from a hovering helicopter, attacked on a moonlit mountain path, and followed by shadowy minions – on the trail of the Littoral Codex, an ancient and indecipherable book. The race is on to figure out its secrets. On one side are Celeste and her colleagues, armed with nothing but enthusiasm, brilliant minds, and the principles of geography. Against them are the repressive university governors and their jackbooted campus security guards; the rich and power-hungry Praxicopolis family; and a renegade group of researchers, the Littoral League.

Will this ragtag bunch outwit their foes before it’s too late?

Praise for Mud and Glass

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Academic novels are a hobby of mine, and I recommend MUD AND GLASS as one of the better ones out there. Well-plotted, fast-paced, and the author has a real talent for keeping humor on nearly every page” Amazon Reader

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“A delightful blend of classic fantasy elements mixed with a loving look at academia with a liberal dose of humor mixed in. I loved the author’s last novel and this one did not disappoint.” Amazon Reader

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“This is a perfect book that made me happy. It’s deliciously eccentric and FUN. I look forward to reading more books by this author” Amazon Reader

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About the Author

American-born author Laura E. Goodin decided at seven years old to be a writer. Over the decades, she’s worked as a reporter, editor, technical writer, media manager, web-content developer, writing teacher, and freelance writer, but it was only as she entered her 40s that she determined to return to her childhood dream of writing stories that would amaze and entertain.

She was transmuted in the crucible of the 2007 Clarion South Workshop, and went on to gain a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Western Australia. Her stories have appeared in numerous publications, including Michael Moorcock’s New Worlds, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Review of Australian Fiction, Adbusters, Wet Ink, The Lifted Brow, and Daily Science Fiction, among others, and in several anthologies.

Her plays and libretti have been performed on three continents, and her poetry has been performed internationally, both as spoken word and as texts for new musical compositions. She currently teaches writing at various tertiary institutions. Her debut novel, After the Bloodwood Staff, was published in 2016 by Odyssey Books, as is this next novel, Mud and Glass. She lives in Melbourne with her husband, composer Houston Dunleavy, and spends what little spare time she has in trying to be as much like Xena, Warrior Princess as possible.

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A. D. Lombardo – The Half Light

About The Half Light

Will Kai be able to unlock his potential—and can he handle the risks?

Prince Kai’s life was transformed the moment he witnessed the death of his mother—killed by a dragon in the palace garden right in front of him. After years of sheltered isolation, Kai is desperate to find his way in a changing world. So he sheds his royal detail by venturing out of the confines of Diu city alone.

When two people from his mother’s past come to test him, they discover Kai is more than he should be. The catalyst of bonding with a Nebean black wolf sparks an awakening in Kai—an awakening that should have been impossible. Now they must teach Kai how to control and hide his gifts, at the great risk of exposing their magical civilization to an unfriendly world.

Mentored by his cousin, the newly appointed Master General Cazier, and the spy Riome, Kai must find a way to navigate the challenges of being a teenager, the burdens of being a prince, and the secret of being a Half-Light.

Praise for The Half Light

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“I kept going back to read more of Kai’s adventures. I’m sad I got to the end and want more. I’ve not been so engrossed by a story in my memory of 74 years.” Amazon Reader

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“The Half-Light is my kind of book. Secrets, castles, dragons… mystery. Great reading for all ages. My 9 year old grandson said it’s his second favorite book next to Harry Potter. He thought the boy, Kai was mischeevious.” Amazon Reader

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“The Half-Light is one of the best books that I have read in a long time. The characters are original and interesting, and I couldn’t wait to read each new chapter to find out what happened next. I really believe that this story is comparable to the Harry Potter series and am looking forward to the next book. I recommend this book for all ages.” Amazon Reader

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About A.D. Lombardo

Angela Lombardo was born in Akron, Ohio, raised on a farm by her grandparents who sacrificed a great deal to give her and her brother a good life. Public school came as a complete culture shock after attending a small Christian private school.

She loves animals, the country life and is still a tomboy at heart. You can take her off the bobcat, but you’ll never get her to enjoy the city. She dabbled in playing the piano, playing sports and fishing.

Her love of comics started with Spiderman, Wonder Woman, and Superman. Being a Trekkie and a BMX rider, Angela did not have many girlfriends or time for makeup. She spent most of her time with her older brother crashing dirt bikes and three-wheelers. As a teenager, her grandmother sent her to Barbizon to teach her how to be a proper girl. She is fortunate she had a son.

Angela started writing The Half-Light in fall 2017 after a sleepless night gave her pause about the mother in a made-up story she created for her son. She spent the weekend solving the mystery of where the mother went.

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Russ Colchamiro – Crackle and Fire

About Crackle and Fire

Angela Hardwicke isn’t just any private eye.

She’s a PI from Eternity, the cosmic realm responsible for the design, creation, and maintenance of the Universe.

When accountant Gil Haberseau hires her to find an intern with stolen corporate files, Hardwicke soon finds herself embroiled in a deadly case of lies, intrigue, and murder, clashing with vengeful gangsters, MinderNot rallies, and a madman who’s come a long way to get what he wants.

In Russ Colchamiro’s thrilling Sci-Fi mystery Crackle and Fire, Angela Hardwicke learns once and for all that when it comes to being an intergalactic private eye, there’s no telling what threats she may face on-realm and off… including the demons that lurk deep within her soul.

Praise for Crackle and Fire

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“This story moves at a swift pace, with personal stakes and stunning revelations. It makes full use of its science-fiction setting to establish the crime, the clues needed to solve it, and how it plays out. It is also unexpectedly emotional as it explains the resolution of its storyline. The entire truth is laid bare and it is just heartbreaking to read. I didn’t expect this story to go where it did, but it was potent and powerful.” Amazon Reader

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Crackle and Fire is this magical mixture of scifi, fantasy, and mystery. I am obsessed with this book! I think the plot is absolutely fantastic!  The world building is brilliant. I very much enjoyed that it was familiar, but also different. I loved the mystery. The twists and turns were fantastic. It was such an intriguing plot. Angela is a fantastic main character. I like how relatable and realistic she feels.” Amazon Reader

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Our heroine, Angela Hardwicke, isn’t Doctor Who (she’s much more badass than the recent female one and much less messianic than David Tennant, the best of the recent men) but she’s an interesting creation – recovering (sort of) addict, sharp shooter, failed mum … and despite some dalliance with a male-looking Minder (who can tell? They aren’t human), she’s clearly got some issues with sexual orientation… Loved her.” Amazon Reader

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About Russ Colchamiro

Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space adventure, Crossline, the zany SF/F backpacking comedy series Finders Keepers: The Definitive Edition, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, and is editor of the SF anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, all with Crazy 8 Press.

Russ lives in New Jersey with his wife, two ninjas, and crazy dog Simon, who may in fact be an alien himself. Russ has also contributed to several other anthologies, including Tales of the Crimson Keep, Pangaea, Altered States of the Union, Camelot 13, TV Gods 2, They Keep Killing Glenn, Thrilling Adventure Yarns, Camelot 13, and Brave New Girls. This latest book is the start of a new series which will keep science fiction readers happy for many episodes to come.

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Benjamin Cross – Colony


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About Colony

Harmsworth. A remote, mist-shrouded island in the Russian Arctic. A team of international scientists are hard at work. Amongst them, Doctor Callum Ross, Professor of Archaeology, makes the discovery of a lifetime: a prehistoric ice mummy, preserved for thousands of years by the sub-zero temperatures. Only, whoever it was didn’t die of natural causes… As Callum races to unravel the mystery, a terror plot leaves him and his colleagues stranded on the island. And they are not alone. Someone – or something – is stalking them. As the arctic mist descends and the death toll rises, Callum finds himself embroiled in a nightmare fight for survival, involving submarines, cyber warfare and Spetsnaz. A secret has awoken on Harmsworth, a secret so ancient it’s been overlooked by time itself. And nothing can prepare Callum for the terror that survives, deep within the island’s heart. An edge-of-your seat action thriller that will appeal to fans of James Rollins, Clive Cussler, Michael Crichton and Clive Cussler.

Praise for Colony

“As a debut novel, Colony is too good to be true.” Reedsy Discovery

“Colony is a brilliant novel that ticks all the boxes for a fast-paced and intelligent read. Benjamin Cross is able to create intrigue from the first page…” Readers’ Favorite

“Deliciously terrifying. Cross is a talented new voice.” #1 bestselling thriller author Avanti Centrae

About Benjamin Cross

Bejamin Cross has an M.Phil. in Landscape Archaeology from the University of Oxford. He’s been lucky enough to explore some of the world’s most spectacular ancient sites; from the temples of Cambodia to the Andean cloud forest cities of Peru; from the burial sites of the Tibetan plateu to the Maori strongholds of New Zealand.

He is now an Associate Director of Heritage and Archaeology at a national consultancy and is a member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. Colony is Benjamin’s first novel and it was written whilst he worked full-time as a professional archaeologist.

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