A riveting tale of revenge, survival and redemption, wrapped around an unlikely love story and set against an urban backdrop corrupted by violence against women and racism.
Following a racially motivated rape by three Ku Klux Klansmen, 12-year-old Cassandra Monroe vows revenge. After eight years of training, now a strikingly beautiful assassin, she accomplishes her mission.
Her campaign continues with solitary walks through dark city streets, hoping to be assaulted by men with bad intentions. Those entrapped by her spider’s web pay dearly for their efforts.
Surrounded by white men one night, she’s rescued by Mike Borelli, an Italian-American passerby. A stormy up-and-down relationship ensues. Ultimately, as her rage matures into purposeful action, and as he begins to see the world through her eyes, they become a team.
Along the way, they encounter serial killers, wife-beaters, actual and would-be rapists, gangsters, crooked cops, a kidnapper and a pedophile priest, as well as numerous women in desperate need of their help. Beneath all the action, though, is the blossoming of a most unusual love story.
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. During recent decades, he has been a consultant to dozens of non-profit organizations operating in the social justice arena. His published work includes fiction, poetry and award-winning non-fiction.
When Brianna Hatherd’s family falls victim to a brutal home invasion, her life is shattered, and she’s compelled to return to her hometown of Cullton, Pennsylvania. But as she confronts the wreckage left behind, she’s met with a chilling silence from the local authorities. Undeterred, Bri digs deep within herself and makes a heartfelt plea for justice, desperately hoping that someone will answer her call and bring solace. Little does Bri know that her plea has not gone unheard. Soon after, an insidious series of supernatural deaths begin to plague Cullton. Daunted by premonitory dreams, Bri delves into the enigma as suspicion descends upon her. Just when she feels hope slipping away, a stranger reveals the shocking truth about the town’s darkest secrets and the unimaginable price that comes with answered prayers. Within the depths of Cullton, where whispers linger, and unseen forces stir, Bri must summon her courage and face the unknown. With time ticking away and her loved ones’ lives at stake, Bri embarks on a race against a fate she never dreamed possible.
Meet K. L. Bedwell
From an early age, storytelling fascinated me. The art of transporting someone to another time and place has no measure. Embrace and draw from your surroundings, and the world is your playground. Let your mind wander, and your world can transform into something unimaginable that screams to be shared. For now, my wife and I call the east coast of the United States home. And If I’m not behind the keyboard, I can be found shredding the trails on my mountain bike.
Dogs. Friendship. Vigilante justice.
How far would you go to protect the innocent? Marie Ingram is kind, generous, and lately, a killer … When her childhood friend takes her own life to escape marital hell, Marie is devastated. But when the widower sets his eyes on a new wife, she knows what she has to Make sure no other woman suffers the same fate. Knowing she may not have long to live due to a serious illness, Marie considers this her parting gift to the world. But doing good by breaking bad is a very easy habit to fall into, and there are plenty more evil people who seem to be untouchable by the law. The question is, is Marie fast becoming irredeemable herself?
Meet Carmen Radtke
Carmen has spent most of her life with ink on her fingers and a dangerously high pile of books and newspapers by her side. She has worked as a newspaper reporter on two continents. When she found herself crouched under her dining table, typing away on a novel between two earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, she realised she was hooked for life. The shaken but stirring novel made it to the longlist of the Mslexia competition, and her next book and first mystery, The Case Of The Missing Bride, was a finalist in the Malice Domestic competition in a year without a winner. Since then she has penned several more cozy mysteries, including the Jack and Frances series set in the 1930s. She’s currently at work on her first paranormal cozy mystery series.
Dig Your Own Grave is slightly different from her whodunnits, but hey, it has dogs. And a nice protagonist. Carmen now lives in Italy with her human and her four-legged family.
Her captain is furious at her. She wasted company resources getting herself killed, and it’s coming out of her paycheck. Now, she’s sitting across from the first other human being she’s seen in six years. His name is Adnan. He claims to come from Earth—but that’s impossible. Earth died a long time ago. If Adnan’s telling the truth, he and the decaying ship the captain pulled him off are nearly a thousand years old.
Wherever he’s from, he’s Shaara’s responsibility now. Which is the last thing she needs. But it’s either that, or the captain sells Adnan into slavery. Shaara knows what that would mean. Most humans do. And something inside her won’t let her abandon Adnan to it: revenant memories, stabbed awake by the look in his eyes.
Facing those memories won’t be easy. It’d be far easier to ignore the feeling driving her forward. Far easier to let it all go to hell, and drift back to sleep.
Until a shadowy new faction starts stoking the fires of war. They’re looking for Adnan; Earth’s last survivor holds the key to unleash a terrible, indiscriminate vengeance on the galaxy that wronged them. Who they are is a mystery—to everyone but Shaara. Hard as she’s tried to forget, she knows them all too well. Which means she’s the only one who can stop them.
The question is: does she want to? Maybe the galaxy’s earned a little vengeance.
Meet Dylan McFadyen
Dylan has been writing science fiction stories since he was old enough to write. He’s been writing original science fiction stories—discounting admittedly awesome fully illustrated Star Trek and Star Wars fan fiction—since he was twelve.
Other than sci-fi and storytelling, Dylan loves history (which is just another form of storytelling, if you think about it). He has a master’s degree in international relations and conflict, and to this day spends as much time reading history as anything else.
When not reading or writing, Dylan enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, Victoria, particularly watching yet more stories, from brilliant favorites like Battlestar Galactica and The Expanse, to joyously terrible films like Miami Connection and Samurai Cop. He also enjoys long walks with their dog, El Doggo, who is the fabled Goodest Boy.
Finally, Dylan enjoys shooting sports, and like all good children of the 90s, video games. He’s played more hours of modded XCOM 2 than some babies have been alive.
He also has a Lord of the Rings tattoo, which in a way tells you everything else you need to know.
At 29, she’s been happily married for two years. Her childhood was filled with trauma, and it drove her to become a police officer. Liz had found balance in life, love, and her career. That morning in Marietta, it all changed in an instant.
The shots rang out.
Training and instincts took over.
Liz couldn’t stop him.
She wasn’t a detective, but they needed her help. This mass shooting had the Atlanta metro area worried, and the chief needed answers. Liz was vital to the case.
There’s just one problem…
…they’re chasing a pawn in a bigger game.
You’ll love this heart-pounding crime novel because the twists, turns, and red herrings elevate the suspense to the next level.
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This story is intended for adult audiences. It may contain mature language, depictions of violence, and sexual scenarios.
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This is the first novel in The Liz Lockhart Mystery Series. Due to an overarching storyline, they are best enjoyed chronologically. Check out Amanda’s other works:
Liz Lockhart Mystery Series Pruitt County Mystery Series The Ideal Woman Do Unto Others Reynolds Investigations Mystery Series Days Gone By (short story) Chosen to Die (short story) The Collector (short story) The Secrets We Keep (short story)
Amanda Feyerbend’s novels are perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter, Lisa Gardner, Chelsea Cain, Robert Dugoni, Tess Gerritsen, Tami Hoag, J. T. Ellison, Eric Rickstad, Mike Omer, Michael Connelly, Erica Spindler, Kendra Elliot, and Kate Watterson.
Praise for The Killing Game, Liz Lockhart #1:
“This book grabbed my attention on page one, and after that there was no putting it down! I couldn’t get to the next page fast enough.” – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ reader review
Amanda Feyerbend [Fire-bend] is a Georgia native who grew up and still lives just outside of Atlanta with her husband and two cats. Wanting to share her ideas with the world, she transformed her screenplay, Endless Evil, into a novel and published it February 2014. Since then, Amanda has written several novels and is currently at work on her next book.
In the Nine Kingdoms, lords and churches dance to a song of war and murder. But unknown to the players, the song is changing. The Tainted One has returned; harbinger of a cycle of destruction as old as humankind itself. A kingdom is on the verge of collapse; humankind is on the fringes of annihilation – but the lords and ladies, the holy men and the apostates, the great and the small; all just keep spinning with the music.
Nihm is a young woman, living peacefully on the edges of the wilds. But as the hordes descend upon the Nine Kingdoms she finds herself at its forefront, in a race for survival. Where truths will be revealed and her world will change, challenging who and what she is.
Renco is a mute, raised by an outcast from an Ancient Order. His master hones his mind and body to a fine edge. But to what purpose?
Join an epic fantasy and follow Nihm and Renco as their journey unfolds. Can two people change the fate of a world?
An enthralling High Fantasy adventure that will engage your heart and mind and leave you wanting more. Great for readers of JRR Tolkien, Raymond Feist, Robert Jordan and GRR Martin.
*** Contains strong language and graphic scenes ***
Meet A D Green
Hi, AD here,
I’m a writer of epic fantasy and I love it. It means I spend a lot of time in my head (probably too much if I’m honest) not only imagining my world but living the stories.
It’s pretty cool. I get to be everything; good and evil and all those fuzzy grey in-betweens, I cast magic, die heroically, plan epic battles, mess with and experience every emotion you can imagine. Get to be moral and immoral, do stupid things for the right reason and succeed when doing the wrong thing but hey, sometimes life is like that. Right?
Oh, and I get to make up new religions, races, people and magic systems that feel natural. I map build, create a history, plant a few hidden eggs along the way and plot the inevitable twist no one saw coming.
But apart from that – it is a grind….a b&llache of teeth grinding, rehashing, reviewing, rewriting, timelining and continuity checking. I love it all. I hope that you will try my work and even more that you enjoy it. I would love for you to leave this mundane world behind for a few hours and visit mine.
You can find me on my website (yeah dude/dudess – I have a frikin website!). You can also find me on twitter @adgreenauthor and something similar on Facebook or whatever it is called now.
Brooklyn Petitjean is young, hot, rich, and hunted in post-pandemic Los Angeles, 2023, a city that’s cracking with tension, tent cities, roving Neo-Nazis, and a nasty gang of unemployed salesgirls. In this helter-skelter landscape, Brooklyn clashes with her fading movie star mother, finds love with a celibate ex-child star, and glimpses a terrifying future through a young psychic who tells her, “Something’s chasing you and it’s not done with you yet.”
Reader’s Favorite Book Reviews ***** “What an excellent read for psychological thriller fans who are also curious about what goes on behind the beautiful faces and places, the glitz, gloom, and glamour of Hollywood… Readers follow Brooklyn’s thoughts and movements with increasing tension, and when she comes face to face with the real monsters of her childhood, she can barely breathe, and neither can we!… The complex plot is thoroughly engaging and full of twists.”
IndieReader— “Gewirtz writes with an enjoyable poison-pen tone… “…an engrossing story with a dizzying array of complicated plot lines, many of which speak to timely topics like ageism, cancel culture, and even… the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s a thrilling, engaging read that will keep readers in suspense until the last page.”
Foreword/Clarion Reviews— “Fascinating descriptions of the machinations of the movie industry also come through… Ending on a note of grace, Don’t Kill Me Because I’m Beautiful is a dark thriller in which Hollywood’s beauty belies its true evil.”
Online Book Club — “Don’t Kill Me Because I’m Beautiful is an intriguing story with an array of complicated plots and twists in a storyline that examines human behavior.”
“The book is a page-turner, full of terrors and compassion, with the sense that some of the events happened or came damned near close to happening.” —Amazon Customer
“Every plot twist (and there are many) had me guessing — and then surprised. Perfect, escapist entertainment…” — Amazon Customer
“An array of fascinating, funny, and freaky characters. I highly recommend.” — Amazon Customer
Meet H. Gewirtz
H. Gewirtz is a twice Emmy-nominated and three-time Writer’s Guild of America Award nominee for such television shows as The Simpsons, The Larry Sanders Show, Everybody Hates Chris, and many more. DON’T KILL ME BECAUSE I’M BEAUTIFUL is his debut novel and he says it’s the best and most satisfying writing he’s ever done. H. Gewirtz lives in Los Angeles with his artist wife, Karen. His son Connor, a RISD graduate created the cover art for the novel.
In 18th century France, women had few choices and little chance to shape their destiny.
Within these limits, Catherine Drummond dreams of a marriage as supportive and tender as that of her parents, but on her wedding night her new husband relates his own vision.
Catherine’s desire for sweet domesticity is crushed when Robert Picard reveals himself to be a man of his time, and assumes he will have the freedom to cavort without censure among the pantheon of women he has always kept.
She is trapped in the gilded cage of the chateau Lac d’Or.
Catherine attempts to escape only to be cast into a fresh hell from which release means being sent on a treacherous journey she could never imagine.
The Killing of the Cherrywood MP is the brilliant second book in the lauded Karen Andersen political thriller series by Louise Burfitt-Dons. In this fast-paced and gripping novel P I Andersen is once again immersed in the world of radical extremism in Britain and about to learn it’s as complicated as it’s deadly.
“‘Taut, hardboiled, detailed and funny. This is thriller excellence!’ “Charlie Flowers
Jihadi brides return from Syria and deradicalised terrorists are released from prison. In reaction extremist right-wing groups proliferate across Europe. The Labour MP for Cherrywood is found murdered and police look for a lone wolf with a personal vendetta against ISIS.
P I Karen Andersen believes it’s not that simple. From the roulette tables of the Ritz to the respectable suburbs of Mainz, she searches for the truth. Does the home to one of Germany’s violent neo-Fascist cells hold the vital clue, or does it lie hidden in the leafy English countryside?