The Hidden Pull: Adventure Tales of Forbidden Harvests, Uneasy Money, and Learning to Tie My Shoes

uffocating from boredom and bureaucracy in a low-level corporate job, he was starved for adventure. By fate or happenstance, a hidden door led him into a secret underground room the likes of which he had never imagined possible. Surrounded by cascading waterfalls of reflected light and oddly sentient plant beings, he knew he’d found his new obsession. There was just one problem: it was all against the law.

What follows is a decade-long coming of age journey in an obscure and forbidden industry: sometimes breathtaking, at times heartbreaking, occasionally profitable, and always with the mandatory sense of impending legal doom. As he struggles to support his medical patients, haggle prices with shady types and barter with loan sharks—all the while flying under the radar—he is forced to confront an uncomfortable truth: this wasn’t actually what he wanted to do with his life, after all.

Ultimately over a hundred grand in debt, he’d need to fight to salvage friendships, take foolish risks just to keep the lights on, and wrestle with doubts and impostor syndrome to finally discover the real reasons behind this bizarre career choice. As with his illicit harvests, he’d once again have to start from scratch, find his voice, and take another kind of risk: cultivating his first words.

Set as a true crime memoir, The Hidden Pull is full of rebellious adventure, humor, and youthful self-sabotage; an entertaining and sincere account of growing up and learning the painfully necessary lessons of finding and following one’s true path.


Meet Theo Polo

Writer, traveler, twice immigrant, new(ish) dad, lackluster drone pilot

Murder in Black and White

First book in the High Country Mystery Series! Sheriff Jeff McQuede becomes suspicious when a robber breaks into the Coal County Museum and steals only one item – a black-and-white class photograph. Under the name Jerome Slade the photographer had printed two ominous words: never graduated. When a body is unearthed beneath the newly demolished school, McQuede realizes Slade had not left Black Mountain the night of the spring dance. McQuede soon uncovers hidden rivalries between Slade and his classmates. When he discovers that Heather Kenwell and the woman of his dreams, Loris Conner, were rivals for Slade’s affection, McQuede fears finding out the truth. Theft, blackmail, and another brutal killing lead back to photographs taken by Black Mountain’s eccentric photographer, Bruce Fenton. While others see an innocent collection, McQuede sees murder in black and white.

Meet Vickie Britton

Loretta Jackson and Vickie Britton, sisters and coauthors, are drawn to out-of-the-way places, old mining towns, and vast rangelands where the legends and history of the past live on. Inspired by the rugged mountains of Wyoming and Colorado, they find the lonely, high country region a perfect setting for their novels. Both writers now live in Kansas; Loretta in Junction City, Vickie in Hutchinson.. Others include their mysteries Arctic Legacy, Path of the Jaguar, and Nightmare in Morocco and The Luck of the Draw Western Series: The Devil’s Game, The Fifth Ace, and The Wild Card. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Gods of the Underworld

Gods of the Underworld
Get ready for an adrenaline-pumping ride through the heart of danger in “Gods of the Underworld,” the electrifying second instalment in the Charlie Glass crime thriller series!

FBI agent Charlotte Glass is back, and this time, the stakes are higher, the dangers deadlier, the treasures more precious and the murders more mysterious than ever before. Death and destruction lie in wait as Charlie and her elite team race to protect priceless golden treasures hidden for centuries in the white-hot crucible of the ancient Iraqi desert. Alliances are forged and bonds are shattered as she battles to prevent a catastrophic terrorist event and uncover the enigmatic secrets of ancient gods.

Will Charlie Glass emerge victorious, or will the underworld’s secrets claim her soul? Find out in this gripping, high-octane thriller that will leave you breathless until the very last page.


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Meet JJ Carson

J.J. Carson is an accomplished author with a passion for storytelling. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the craft. As an award-winning leader he has operated on every continent from an array of businesses from high-tech start-ups to billion-dollar multinationals. An Honorary Fellow of St Andrews University, he is proud to devote time to supporting local education and youth development.

A proud Scot, he cites Ian Rankin, Val McDermott and Robert Burns as his literary inspirations. With a number of quality reviews and a growing reputation as a crime fiction writer the Charlie Glass Thrillers represent his first full foray into professional writing.

A passion for travel and culture has propelled him to visit over 120 countries. JJ has interviewed a mass murder psychologist, rock climbed in the Andes, dived on shipwrecks, jumped out planes, swam with sharks, crashed race cars and ran with the bulls, but he cites professional writing as the scariest thing he’s ever attempted!

“This while my notion’s taen a sklent, to try my fate in guid, black prent.” ~ Robert Burns

Saturday’s Angels: A 1990s thriller

Finn is a tennis player in the 1990s, battling to qualify for a prestigious tournament and under direct threat from his former crew. His cousin Clayton is pursuing matters of unfinished business following the death of Uncle Derek, and it can only be a matter of time before worlds collide… As well as decoys and twists aplenty, Saturday’s Angels touches upon a multitude of issues which are pertinent to a young audience today, including mental health, substance abuse, sexuality, rivalry and belonging. Saturday’s Angels will entertain, educate and excite a young adult audience (16-24), as well as resonate with an older audience (25-50) who remember the 1990s vividly and would recognise the numerous cultural reference points from the decade (music, technology, fashions, TV programmes, well-known people etc).

Meet R.O. Canebreak

Anyone interested in buying a copy will receive a free 1990s playlist, with a selection of different themes available!

Parabellum

A mass shooting at a Chicago beach leaves several dead and dozens injured. Four suspects. One shooter. Discover who and why.

Meet Greg Hickey

Greg Hickey is a former international professional baseball player and current forensic scientist, endurance athlete and Amazon-bestselling author. His previous works include the novels Parabellum, The Friar’s Lantern and Our Dried Voices, the latter of which was a finalist for Foreword Reviews’ INDIES Book of the Year Award. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

TEAM AVENGING ANGEL: Love & Rough Justice in Brooklyn

A kick-ass female anti-hero spreads her wings, delivering justice for victimized girls and women.

She is an African-American survivor of a racially-charged childhood rape, who grows into a strikingly beautiful assassin. He is the Italian-American private eye with Mafia connections who loves her. Together, they take on serial killers, sex traffickers, kidnappers, child molesters, rapists, wife-beaters, predators and exploiters.

Along the way, women they’ve protected join them in their quest. Frustrated and threatened by a corrupt criminal justice system, though, the team is forced to work outside, and often against, the law.

When she finds herself pitted against a unit of the Haitian secret police, and he finds out why he is being framed for a series of murders, the stakes could not be higher.


Meet Charles S. Isaacs

Charles S. Isaacs has been a schoolteacher, a college professor, a community organizer, a Congressional consultant, a social activist, a gambler and an occasional journalist. He has written opinion columns and feature stories for numerous newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times Magazine. During recent decades, he has been a consultant to dozens of non-profit organizations operating in the social justice arena. His recent published work includes fiction, poetry and award-winning non-fiction.

Who’s Guilty? : A Murder Mystery

In the gripping novel “Who’s Guilty: A Murder Mystery,” the author takes readers on a roller-coaster ride of suspense, mystery, and unexpected twists through the use of easy and concise language suitable for all readers. Set against the backdrop of a high-stakes murder investigation, this compelling tale dives deep into the complexities of human nature, the dark corners of the mind, and the lengths people will go to protect their secrets. When Edward Anderson, a wealthy industrialist with a seemingly perfect life, is found dead under suspicious circumstances, the tranquil world of the Anderson family is shattered. As the police launch an investigation, the stern Inspector Steve and his feisty partner, Mia, step into the spotlight. Together, they must navigate a labyrinth of lies, half-truths, and hidden agendas to uncover the truth behind Edward’s death. With each turn of the page, readers are drawn into a web of secrets, deceit, and unexpected alliances. As Inspector Steve and Mia meticulously piece together the puzzle, they unearth startling revelations about the victim’s past, his family, and those around him. The characters come alive with their complex motivations, intertwining relationships, and hidden desires, making the reader question the true nature of every individual. The tension escalates as the investigation takes unexpected turns, leading the detectives to confront their own biases and beliefs. As they chase down leads and delve into the shadowy corners of the human psyche, the line between right and wrong becomes blurred, forcing them to question their own judgments. As the investigation hurtles towards its heart-pounding conclusion, Inspector Steve and Mia discover that the truth is far more elusive and sinister than they could have imagined. With danger lurking around every corner, they must race against time to expose the hidden mastermind behind the tangled web of deceit before more lives are lost. Perfect for fans of psychological thrillers and intricate mysteries, “Who’s Guilty: A Murder Mystery” is a masterfully crafted novel that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page. Catch the author at [email protected]

Meet Elixir M

The Theory of Anything

A brilliant professor. A shocking murder. The truth is more complex and unpredictable than it seems. When Dr. David Solon walked out of the coffee shop on the afternoon of May 3, 2011, he didn’t expect to foil an attempted robbery in a nearby alley. He didn’t expect to recognize the would-be perpetrator of the crime. And he didn’t expect to shoot that man to death. An hour earlier, he was sharing a breakthrough mathematical discovery with a colleague. A day earlier, he was unraveling a puzzle with implications for the events that shape our lives. And a week earlier, he was falling asleep beside his beloved wife of twenty-two years. After a year of frustrated effort, a horrific tragedy sparks David’s incredible discovery about mathematical randomness. Still reeling from this crime, he latches onto a theory that will reshape his field and change the way everyone thinks about mathematics, physics, history and basic laws of cause-and-effect. The Theory of Anything is an intellectual crime novel that takes readers back through the previous seven days to uncover the crime and subsequent events—random or predetermined—that will define David’s mathematical career and ruin his life. A unique short crime novel that explores the mysteries of love, loss and mathematics, in addition to a senseless murder, The Theory of Anything follows one man’s harrowing journey through grief and discovery. It’s the perfect book for fans of Memento and A Beautiful Mind. Download The Theory of Anything and discover the secret behind this short intellectual crime novel today.

Meet Greg Hickey

Greg Hickey started writing his first novel the summer after he finished seventh grade. He didn’t get very far because he quickly realized he preferred playing outside with his friends. Eight years later, he began to find a better balance between writing and life. He wrote the early drafts of his first screenplay Vita during his last two years of college. Vita went on to win an Honorable Mention award in the 2010 Los Angeles Movie Awards script competition and was named a finalist in the 2011 Sacramento International Film Festival. After college, he spent a year in Sundsvall, Sweden and Cape Town, South Africa, playing and coaching for local baseball teams and penning his first novel, Our Dried Voices. That novel was published in 2014 and was a finalist for Foreword Reviews’ INDIES Science Fiction Book of the Year Award. Today, he still loves sharing stories while staying busy with the other facets of his life. He is a forensic scientist by day and endurance athlete and author by nights, lunches, weekends and any other spare moments. After his post-college travels, he once again lives in his hometown of Chicago with his wife and daughter.

American Rehabilitators

David Wayne is a medical representative living in Chicago and working for a pharma firm. He goes to New York City to market an antidepressant drug. In the City, he meets Ingrid, a flight attendant. This gives David another chance at love and pits him against a Boston gang that has kidnapped Sigrid, Ingrid’s identical twin sister. Ingrid is forced to smuggle stolen diamonds for the safety of Sigrid, who has killer plans for her captors. After David comes back to Chicago, he is entangled in a bizarre robbery. He decides to battle the robbers and gangsters.

Meet DS Kumar

DS Kumar’s novels are available on Amazon Kindle. American Guerrillas (2023) and American Rehabilitators (2023). Twitter: twitter.com/dskbooks123