Ghost Music (A Marcus Brace Mystery)

Named a Readers’ Favorite Book Award Winner
“a commendable and flawless mystery”

Seattle Detective Marcus Brace is falling apart, both professionally and personally. Before he can put his own demons to rest, a brutal homicide and an unusual summons from family long-forgotten force Marcus to confront everything he’s been running from and consider how the past continues to haunt our present. With the killer targeting those closest to him, Marcus is on a journey to not only find a murderer but also solve a family mystery that was hidden for decades.

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Romantic Guerrilla

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A bad-boy entrepreneur, Subash Bodhi runs his startup in style. He gets into a power struggle with Prakash Bhasani, a billionaire investor and heir of a family-run business group. As the power struggle escalates, Subash gets kicked out of his startup and comes back for justice with a guerrilla army, consisting of a hacker, MMA fighter, call girl and an adult movie actress. His aim is to humiliate Bhasani group and family, using social and system hacks.
“Every Chapter makes you go: What next! A very gripping story with a very unapologetic character sketch. The suspense of revenge is worth finishing the book for! Kudos.” – A review on Amazon India.
“Highly recommended! Ought to be vital reading for wannabe entrepreneurs.” – A review on Amazon India.
“Good experiment of Indian pulp literature.” – A review on Goodreads.
“The relatively novel revenge plot and the easy to read writing style made me notch it up to 4 stars.” – A review on Goodreads.

Novel tags: Literary fiction, satirical fiction, Indian literature, picaresque novel and transgressive fiction.

About the Author:
DS Kumar loves music, movies, books and sports. His writing is rooted in realism, with a focus on providing insights into the psychology and philosophy of the characters. His debut novel Romantic Guerrilla is available on Amazon worldwide. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Albert Camus, Franz Kafka, Mulk Raj Anand, Irvine Welsh, and Chuck Palahniuk are few of his favorite writers.
Twitter/Instagram: @dskbooks123

From What’s Broken

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Amanda and Matthew are on the cusp of their happily ever after. They have a stable marriage and a lovely daughter, and they are eagerly awaiting the birth of their second. Suddenly tragedy strikes and the couple’s picture-perfect life crumbles. Ivory, their firstborn child, dies in an accident. Not knowing how to deal with their pain, Amanda and Matthew blame each other for their loss and drift apart. They soon realize their relationship might not bear the burden, leaving their surviving daughter to cope with the aftermath of two grief-stricken parents.

Rumors

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A high school ruled by small-town politics.
A rural community ruled by rumors.
The truth may set them free. But are they ready for it?

The residents of West Lake are resistant to change and afraid of confrontation. They’re happy to punch in and punch out and complain about the boss man. They’re friendly to your face but spiteful behind your back. They have their farms and their football, but, underneath that small-town veneer, there’s envy and self-hatred and greed.

Principal Janet Wilcox is a modern-day Machiavelli of small-town politics, playing the school board and the community like a banjo. Coach Rick Barnett finds himself squarely in her sights when an up-and-coming quarterback challenges her son’s starting position.

Gwen Townsend’s the new teacher in town. She’s a beautiful woman with a secret. She picked the wrong place to hide from her past. Caleb Miles is her star pupil, a brilliant young writer, questioning his sexuality in a town lacking tolerance. Gwen needs to hide who she was, and Caleb needs to hide who he is.

In a town run on rumors, nobody’s secret is safe.

Adult content and language.

What readers are saying.

“Another great book by one of my favorite authors! I loved reading the different points of view of the main characters. I think the author did a great job making them all feel real and true to life.” – Rachael M. ?????

“Rumors tells the story of lies and manipulation. It is a story played out in our lives every, single, day.This is a book that I couldn’t easily put down. When I did have to put it down, I was thinking about it and anxious to get back to it. Williams is a masterful storyteller. It’s difficult not to become emotionally invested in his characters.” – Kendra M. ?????

“I loved this book and had to put it down to sleep at one point and raced through the next day’s events just so I could finish it! I’m used to the author writing really realistic characters in very believable situations that often scare the hell out of me because they could really happen!” – Teresa F. ?????

The Wooden Indian Resurrection: Coming of Age in Middle Age

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A CAPTIVATING TALE OF FIRST LOVE, BETRAYAL, AND SECOND CHANCES THAT “STAYS WITH YOU LONG AFTER YOU TURN THE LAST PAGE.” (CINDY MYERS, “THE VIEW FROM HERE”).

Three girlfriends, one betrayal, three decades of bitterness, and one showdown that changes everything in this resurrection of a beaten-down woman who discovers “that we must face – not run from – our deepest fears.” Jean Snedegar, BBC Radio and West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Deborah, a modern Native American, is as dead as the wooden Indian she impersonates at work. She festers with bitterness from a stab-in-the-back by white high school girlfriends that led to her arrest and exile, and the shattering of her romance with a white boy she secretly planned to marry. Years pass, and Deborah’s former girlfriends discover her and mysteriously beg for help. No way will she help them, but if she confronts them, will she finally be free from her past? And after wasting her life, is it too late to become who she’s meant to be?

Deborah’s search for wholeness is a journey of coming of age in middle age, of realizing she can love passionately again. Her redemptive path leads to a thrilling ending that leaves readers with the hope that their lives, too, can be transformed.

The manuscript won awards from Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and Pikes Peak Writers and is perfect for readers of Jamie Ford, Sue Monk Kidd, and William Kent Krueger. Amazon categories: women’s fiction, historical fiction, inspirational fiction, literary fiction, and wholesome romance.

“The story captured me so I could hardly wait to read another chapter.” Vickie Brennan Dykes, Akta Lakota Museum, Chamberlain, South Dakota

“Just as the wounding of one affects us all, so does the healing of one. That’s a story we need to hear.” Patrick Dorn, Denver arts critic, playwright, and author

“A compelling and relatable tale. Teenagers who are struggling with their sense of self will identify with Deborah, and adults in middle age who are evaluating the course of their lives will find solace in Deborah’s resurrection.” Argus Leader

“An epic drama set within themes that make Dakota ‘Dakota.’ A delicious read.” Thomas A. Dempster, former South Dakota State Senator

“This story of a woman’s journey to confront her past and heal old wounds will resonate with readers and have you cheering for Deborah Running Bear.” Cindy Myers, “The View from Here”

FIVE STAR REVIEWS:

“Trish Hermanson pulls together different cultures, generations, religions, and personalities as she tells a captivating – and inspirational – story of torn relationships and new hope. Scenes of tragedy give way to humor and then high drama.” South Arizona Dave

“Anyone who knows what it is to wage a war against yourself could connect to Deborah’s feelings of inadequacy, hurt, and self-blame. Very fresh. The romantic aspect was very well done.” M. Rubright

“I lost sleep because I couldn’t wait to see what happens next.” Gerri Thomas

“The vividly described, engaging characters are still with me three weeks after finishing the book. It was definitely a page turner and I absolutely loved it!” P.A.H.

“Our book club used it, and it brought up great discussions on themes of forgiveness, redemption, and second chances.” Elizabeth

“This book reminds me of Jan Karon’s father Tim in the character of Will Standing Bear, who is the philosopher of the Running Bear family.” DJ

“Be ready for an ending you never saw coming.” Amazon Customer

“It brought back memories of awkward high school days we can all relate to.” Amazon Customer

“Hard to put down. Plot keeps you guessing and reacting–a bit of a rollercoaster.” Michelle

“An absolute must-read.” Eric Stallsworth

Floating in the Neversink

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“Her keen observations are those of a Jewish teen coming of age…. This novel too has its dark edges, as Simon explores complexities of friendship and family.” —The New York Jewish Week

“A thought-provoking and beautifully written book that will challenge how its readers think about how an individual weaves the tapestry of her family’s collective memory.” —Rabbi Deborah Miller, Books and Blintzes

In the summer of 1955, nine-year-old Amanda Gerber tearfully leaves her best friend, Francine, and their adventurous life on her block in Brooklyn’s Flatbush. She joins her cantankerous family on the long, hot drive to her grandmother’s home in the Catskill Mountains among the city’s Jews who flock to countless hotels and bungalow colonies in the heyday of the Borscht Belt. In the idyllic mountains, Amanda becomes ensconced in the tumult of her extended family and their friends, often seeking solace in the woods with her beloved cousin Laura.

Through the following summers, interspersed with the heightened drama of her emotionally charged city life, Mandy faces severe tests to her survival mechanisms, including the pain of loss, abuse, and betrayal, while family secrets threaten to disrupt her life even further. A novel-in-stories, Floating in the Neversink is a testament to the power of survival, friendship, and love.

Hippies

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By 1970, the hippie scene was faltering, a victim of both inner contradictions and external forces. The Vietnam war resistance, psychedelic drugs, sexual openness, the freedom of the commune – it seemed that everything about the 1960s could be incredibly liberating or wildly destructive. Against this backdrop, Jazmine, Ziggy, Ragman and a coterie of hippies discover an LSD-spinoff drug that triggers past life regressions and sweeps them toward a dramatic climax. This is the epic tale of hippiedom we’ve been waiting for, intimate in the lives of its characters but panoramic in its coverage of the sights, sounds, and ideals of the Age of Aquarius.

By the Hands of Men, Book One: The Old World

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A soldier fights for his soul in the trenches of France.  A field hospital nurse battles death every day.  Are duty and honor enough of a reason to go on in the hell of a world at war?

A mere mile from the blood-drenched front lines, Russian refugee and nurse Charlotte Braninov encounters English Lieutenant Robert Fitzgerald, who helps her save the life of another soldier.  Robert’s calm, courtly manner lingers in Charlotte’s mind, a comforting memory amid the deluge of suffering that surrounds her when she returns to the hospital.

Wounded during an unauthorized mission of mercy, Robert Fitzgerald finds himself demoted to a Medical Supply Officer, where he once more meets the brave young Russian nurse.  When Charlotte volunteers to help the Lieutenant learn about his duties in this new life of service, a quiet friendship blooms and love grows in that harshest of soils, even as the war rages on.  But human cruelty and endemic disease claw at their lives.  Can love survive in a world torn by warfare, greed, and deception?

The Old World, a novel that readers are calling “deeply moving,” “stunning,” and “magnificent,” is the first volume of the By the Hands of Men series.  Epic historical fiction by Roy M. Griffis, the saga sweeps across four continents in a gripping tale of fate, loss, redemption, and love.

A truly remarkable historical novel– so finely rendered in period detail – that the reader becomes one with the plot and characters. – RICK FRIEDMAN, FOUNDER, THE JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB

Raw Sexuality, or a Year of Indiscretion

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“(Extremely) brutal honesty, total sexual unabashedness and slightly bitter, but meditative and charming humour. […] If Nick Hornby, Henry Miller, Philip Roth and Charles Bukowski had shared a house for a week or two, they would have come up with something very similar. Most importantly though, it never lets you get bored – not for a moment.” (Alexandr Hus from CZECH LIT OWL)
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Based on a true story

Your life can be both a comedy and a tragedy. Especially your sex life – and most especially if you spent your entire youth in a borderline celibate mode and are now jeopardizing your long-term relationship to catch up on what you missed. There will be hilarity and embarrassment, there will be jealousy and lots of experimentation going on. You may want to see what the world of online adult entertainment has got to offer. Or you could go and pay for sex in real life. Or you just start a real affair. And if you’re a bit snobbish, neurotic, geeky and jealous of your girlfriend’s über-masculine and psychotic new friend, you’ve got yourself one huge debacle.

“Raw Sexuality, or A Year of Indiscretion” is a comedic and subversive novel about sexual self-discovery and polyamory, about questioning society’s values and ideas when it comes to intimate relationships, about letting out one’s own demons and making compromises, about misanthropy and cultural identity.

And of course the Internet.