The Secret of Rosalita Flats: A Blacktip Island novel

It’s easy to lose your way on the quirky side of paradise.

Most people dream of being stuck on a tropical island, but Cal Batten just wants to sell his dad’s ramshackle, football-shaped house, fly home and pay off his creditors. Problem is, his dad’s will’s gone missing, what passes for an attorney has his own agenda and the whacky locals may tear the house apart to get at the gold and jewels they reckon are hidden inside. There’s also his childhood former-best friend, now a beautiful scuba instructor, who just might drown him out of spite. Cal has to dodge sharks—on land and under water—if he’s to unload the house and escape the crazy little rock.

The Secret of Rosalita Flats is a smart, funny tropical misadventure for anyone who’s ever dreamed of chucking it all and running off to the Caribbean. From the author of Blacktip Island.

Meet Tim W. Jackson

Tim W. Jackson’s first taste of scuba diving came at the age of six when he sneaked breaths off his dad’s double-hose regulator in the deep end of the pool. Later, as an ex-journalist armed with a newly-minted master’s degree in English, he discovered he was qualified to be a bartender, a waiter or a PhD student. Instead he chose Secret Option D: run off to the Cayman Islands to work as a scuba instructor and boat captain by day and write fiction at night. Two decades later, he still wishes that was half as interesting as it sounds. Or even a quarter . . .

Jackson is the award-winning author of the comic Caribbean novels Blacktip Island and The Secret of Rosalita Flats, as well as The Blacktip Times humor blog. His “Tales from Blacktip Island” short stories have been published in literary journals worldwide. He is currently concocting his next Blacktip Island novel and still enjoys scuba diving with his dad’s old double-hose reg.

My Life’s a Joke

What does it take to become a professional stand-up comedian? You need a good sense of humour and loads of determination, of course, but mostly you just need material. Lots of lots of material. Ryan Murphy took care of that requirement early on in his life through a series of awkward encounters and spectacular failures. Now, for the first time ever, he shares the hilarious true stories that helped thicken his skin and pave the way for a successful 15-year career as a comic. You’ll learn about his disastrous first kiss, his ill-fated foray into football, and how he spent his high school prom locked in the trunk of a car. Told with wit and warmth, My Life’s a Joke is proof that comedy truly is tragedy plus time.

Meet Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy is an award-winning writer and editor who has created engaging digital content for some of the largest and most trusted brands in the world including Walt Disney Studios, HBO, and many more. His critically acclaimed short stories and columns have been published in 22 books and have been featured on more than 170 radio stations and 60 newspapers and magazines across North America.

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

Misadventures of a Cryptid Hunter

I didn’t sign up for this. I never wanted to be a cryptid hunter. I didn’t even believe in cryptids. I always thought they were the stuff of bedtime stories to keep kids quiet and in bed, scared out of their wits, when mom and dad wanted some quality time together.
I was perfectly happy in my boring job as a park ranger. (Not really) But fate had other ideas. When I came face to face with a Bigfoot… everything changed.
Some people are born to greatness, others have it thrust upon them. Then there are still others who trip, fall down a hill backwards, and land face first in a big stinky, steaming, pile of greatness.
I was the latter.
This is the story of that steaming pile that was my life as a cryptid hunter.

Meet Michael Kelso

Author of books and Creepypastas. Former corrections Officer. I’ve published 2 crime/mystery novels based in a prison, a YA novel, a children’s horror book ALA Goosebumps, 2 domestic thrillers, along with several short horror story collections. Currently working on my upcoming series of zombie novels. Some of my stories have been narrated by youtubers, garnering over 4 million views.


DEAD DOWN EAST, a fictional murder mystery, is both detective noir and smart screwball comedy rolled into one. Jesse Thorpe, a young private investigator operating out of Augusta, Maine, receives a mysterious phone call from a former client, Cynthia Dumais. She begs to be rescued from an island south of Brunswick, within a mile of where William Lavoilette, the governor of Maine, was assassinated the night before. She insists that her life is in danger but is unwilling to provide any further information. Reluctantly, he goes to fetch her. Fresh, witty and loaded with eccentric characters, this first novel in the series is both clever and stylish. It’s an old-school private eye tale with inventive twists and local color. If you enjoy a well-crafted and zesty narrative, lively banter, or take pleasure in the company of Mainers, you’ll love DEAD DOWN EAST.

Meet Carl Schmidt

I am a graduate of Denver University with a degree in mathematics and physics. As a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, I did graduate work at Brown University. I lived in and traveled widely throughout Asia for seven years, including two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines and five years in Japan, where I taught English. I have spent dozens of summers in Maine, on lakes and in the woods. I chose it as the setting for this novel because I love its rugged natural beauty and the charming idiosyncrasies of Mainers. I have also written and recorded three musical albums. This, along with my formal education, proved invaluable when molding the persona and voice of Jesse Thorpe, the narrator in my series of mysteries: 1) DEAD DOWN EAST, 2) A PRIESTLY AFFAIR, 3) REDBONE and 4) FLIM FLAM. Currently, I am a freelance writer living in Sedona, Arizona.

Johnny’s Ridealong

Did you know that the average male bladder can hold approximately one pint of liquid? However, when it comes to an Irishman, his bladder tends to have a somewhat larger capacity. The bladder of a healthy Irishman can typically hold at least 750ml which is nearly one and a half pints. Yet, there are always exceptions to the norm. Every once in a while a man with an exceptionally large bladder emerges, and with some training and determination, he can accommodate a significantly greater volume than the average person. Famous, among other things, for his remarkable bladder capacity (it is well-known that before having to relieve himself he has, on occasion, imbibed up to four pints of lager), Johnny Two Kebabs shares his experiences in this fifth instalment of his memoirs. He sets forth in gritty detail how, during a “ridealong” with two police officers, they are suddenly called to investigate the murder of a prominent Conservative MP. It is in this gripping narrative that Johnny portrays how his “enhanced bladder capacity” plays a crucial role in foiling a daring assassination attempt orchestrated by the Cornish separatist group, the C.N.L.O.

Meet Johnny Two Kebabs

On 15th June 2011, an extraordinary event took place in Brixton, south London. On that day, an Irishman devoured two doner kebabs in a mere 1 minute and 59 seconds. What made this feat even more remarkable was the fact that he had already indulged in 13 pints of lager. His real achievement, however, has been his relentless pursuit of justice and now in his recently published memoirs, he describes his adventures for which he came to be known as the ‘Gunslinger of truth,’ the Lone Marshall of south London and ‘the conscious vigilante,’ However, today, the world has come to know him best as – Johnny Two Kebabs.

Mom & Dad Are Dinosaurs!

What happens when a snarky kid drags his no-tech parents kicking and screaming into the 21st century? He writes a book about it! This kid doesn’t mince words: “Forget Google and ChatGPT; Dad gets his questions answered by a Magic 8 Ball and his drunk uncle. Dad refuses to use GPS. He says, ‘Great, now I have two women telling me how to drive.’ Mom’s high-tech treadmill has a fitness app. She entered what she ate in one day and it sent an ambulance to our house. Neither of them understands our Smart TV’s remote. It can’t change channels but it shuts off our neighbor’s home dialysis machine.” Come on the uproarious ride as Mom and Dad declare war on: Online Shopping Email Zoom Calls Voice Mail Alexa Social Media Robot Vacuums Streaming Music Artificial Intelligence Smartphones Illustrated with hilarious photos and described in wisecracking detail, Mom & Dad Are Dinosaurs! will bring the funny to your whole family.

Meet Frank Mastropolo

Frank Mastropolo is a journalist, photographer, and former ABC News 20/20 writer and producer, winner of the Alfred I. DuPont–Columbia University silver baton and the Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists. His rock concert photography is licensed by Getty Images and featured in the Bill Graham Rock & Roll Revolution exhibition.

Jewels of Clay

Desperation drove me to insanity. It’s the only reason I can give for my quest to be admitted into the magic Conclave. If I hadn’t been facing the repossession of my grandmother’s home, with zero career prospects on the horizon, and flat broke, I wouldn’t have ended up in a werewolf camp facing my almost-assured destruction. Yet here we are. In order to prove my—and my species’—worth to the Conclave, I entered into a magic Perception contract with the surliest and frustratingly hot of the pack’s beta wolves. He wants me to complete some specially designed—ahem, impossible—trials to prove my worth and if I fall short? Well, let’s just say, I don’t get to go back to my life knowing I tried my best. Nope. He gets to kill me the second he perceives me unworthy. Outlook not so good. If I can’t use my gnome craftiness—yeah, I said gnome and no, I don’t have a pointy red hat. It’s a beanie—my epitaph will read HERE LIES TERRA. SHE DIED DROOLING OVER A WOLFHOLE WITH PURPLE EYES AND INSANE ABS. AT LEAST THE VIEW WAS GOOD ON THE WAY OUT. This is a steamy, slow-burn romance with enemies to lovers and a pack of hot shifters, full of humor, heart, and heat. It’s perfect for fans of Kelly St. Clare or Leia Stone. Or anyone who ever used a Magic 8-ball.

Meet Cat Collins

Cat Collins is the #1 bestselling author in her home. No really, her husband wrote a training manual for work once. He sold one copy to his boss. She writes what she likes to read: swoony alphas, witty dialogue, and steamy scenes that make your heart (and various other parts) flutter. Her Diminishing Magic series has garnered praise from reviewers for its hilarious banter, sexual tension between characters, and turns you never see coming. Described as a “twisty bundle of fun,” the series includes elemental magic, wolf shifters, and a main character full of sass. A reading interventionist by day, a reader and binge-watcher by night, Cat lives in the Southern US with her husband as mentioned above, two kids, and two cats who like to help her edit by jumping on the keyboard. Any stray typos must surely be the work of Poe or Raven.

Procrastinate: Put It Off Yet Again, Maybe Do Some More Laundry, and Put the “PRO” in Procrastinate

“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” – Mark Twain Feeling overwhelmed by the “Just Do It!” and “Get It Done!” mindset? Is your secret whisper more like, “What if I just don’t do it?” Then this book is for you! What you might discover in this book: Learn to feel good about not getting it done–ever! Discover Passive Income Strategies based on the Procrastination Movement (see “To Do Lists”) Create new calendars that (finally!) have days like “Someday” and “Never” And probably not so much more! Finally, a book that rewards laundry, binge-watching, and really getting those shower tiles to sparkle. Let’s put the PRO in procrastinate! Grab your copy tomorrow! Seriously, what’s the rush? It’ll be there the next day, too. See, you’re learning already! Become a PRO Procrastinator tomorrow!

Meet Bradley Charbonneau

Bradley Charbonneau has blah blah blah written 33 books and held a write-every-single-day streak of 2,808 days in a row. Yeah, whatever. Who cares, right? Do you know what Bradley’s best numbers are? Zero and One. Zero is the number of books he had before he started writing even One day in a row. One is the number of books (and days in a row) he wrote once he finally got over his imposter syndrome, his perfectionism, doubt, fear, anxiety, and last but not least: procrastination. The problem was that he started out trying to write his Best Book Ever. (PRO TIP: impossible) It would have made things a whole lot easier, faster, and a ton more fun had he only started with his Worst Book Ever. Join him in starting–and finishing–your first (or never-going-to-happen) book at

Who Pooped on Me?

“Who Pooped on Me?” is a hilarious story about a determined lizard’s quest to solve the mystery of what landed on his head, with a surprise ending that will delight readers of all ages.

Meet David Cunliffe

David Cunliffe is an author and father with a passion for storytelling and a love of literature and art. Ever since having his own kids, David has been inspired to craft his own unique and engaging stories that both entertain and impart valuable life lessons. He believes that stories are a powerful way of teaching, and he hopes that his books will imbue kids with a love of reading and learning from an early age. David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mandarin Chinese from the University of Utah, and he currently resides in Draper, Utah with his wife and three children.