Dark Shadows Over Salty Shores

Bill Higgins had a secret to die for. And he did. When the captain is found murdered during the annual Lobster Festival, bookstore owner, Abby Vaughn, turns amateur sleuth to find the killer! What was his secret and why did it cost him his life? Fishing for clues, Abby pulls in a tangled net of secrets, lies, greed and murder that will have her questioning the motives and actions of everyone in town. With her one-eyed cat, Pip, and her friend Bea by her side, this trio is about to dive headfirst into a whirlpool of deceit where a fine line exists between friend and foe. As she claws through the case, she soon finds herself in the deep end of a mystery she must solve before becoming the next victim. As the dark clouds gather, Abby’s hunt for the truth leads her to a revelation that could shatter the tranquility of Salty Shores forever.

Meet E.J. Mastsers

Emily Jane (E.J.) Masters was born and raised in western New York in a small village non-skiers may never have heard of. Only an hour drive south from Buffalo, her hometown of Ellicottville is known for two ski resorts; one being Holiday Valley. Outside of ski season, surrounded by nature, she often enjoyed long walks on the trails of the nearby state forest admiring the wildlife and fully enjoying her serenity. If you didn’t find her there, you might try the Village Park. She loved picnics and would spend hours sitting under an oak tree reading cozy mystery novels, and writing her own. In her school days, she would always take Literature classes and even joined a Mystery Writers club. While she liked all types of stories, a good whodunnit gave her the most satisfaction. As she got older, she would often find herself drawn to television crime shows. Playing detective with her own amateur sleuth skills, E.J. would usually crack the case before it was solved on the program. Now married with a young daughter, E.J. lives the family life in southwest Florida with their two cats, Lizzy and Gracie. She turned in her ski lift ticket for a bathing suit and palm tree. Loving the warm climate, she is able to spend more time outdoors experiencing nature and Florida wildlife which greatly motivates her to write. Inspired by life itself and the many works in the suspense, mystery, and thriller genres, she continues to dream up new exciting mysteries for everyone to enjoy.

True Love Never Did Run Smooth

Set in Cleveland, Ohio, and Bonds Cay in the Bahamas, this e-novel takes readers on a suspenseful ride. What began as a blossoming unlikely friendship leads to jealousy and murder. Louise Jensen looks forward to a new life after an ugly divorce from a controlling husband; Annette Evans generously offers her friend an escape on her private island, only to realize this sets bloody events into motion; Katrina Engles, governor of Bonds Cay, falls head over heels in love and finds herself involved in murder and revenge. Cleveland Homicide Detective Marc Stevens learns more on this case than he bargained for…

Meet Marie Cox

Born and raised in Ohio, I yearn for the sunshine and deserts of Arizona! Until my dream is achieved, I peacefully reside in the Midwest. A published poet and essayist, I now have my first novel published and more! And I have under review some short stories and poems this year as well. Familiar with this poem, allegedly by Emerson, titled “Success”? “To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people, and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” At heart, I’m a Transcendentalist with a strong Native American spirituality, and I hope, if I’m to be judged at all, to be measured by the spirit of this poem and philosophy! Laugh…Love…Live…Be good to yourself and others! Peace! Please leave constructive criticism only!

Hovaland

“To save the world, Ravin Holyseed must start by saving himself and then his family.”

Meet Jitart Bonney

Born to a family of twelve, Bonney has a natural heroic character acting as a path-maker for his siblings; a cause that formed the backdrop for his books.

Flashes of Fright

Thirteen horror stories, each 1,000 words long. In Flashes of Fright, you’ll meet a witch intent on carrying out a wicked plan, a woman whose quest for love has a tragic end, an office worker whose act of peaceful rebellion triggers a horrifying act, and more …

Meet D. T. Adams

D. T. Adams is the pen name of an anonymous British writer who writes both fiction and non-fiction. His e-books include a novel, collections of short horror stories, two-sentence stories, poetry and more. He’s inspired by the world we live in today, as well as imaginary worlds of fantasy, horror and everything in between.

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

Key 13: And Other Stories

Rose Titus, author of The Vampire Next Door Trilogy, now brings together a collection of her best short stories. Here in this book you will find tales of vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts, space aliens, and even a few angels. These stories answer questions such as where do we go after we die? What is the future of this planet? And what is the future of humanity? There are also stories of young runaways, old hippies, worried mothers, troubled families, love gone horribly wrong, selfish billionaires, people who find themselves suddenly homeless, old men with their recollections of days gone by, and girls gone wild! There may even be a murder or two…

Meet Rose Titus

Rose Titus resides somewhere in cold, dreary New England with two manipulative cats and a very out of date computer with which she creates horror and fantasy fiction. She also has a restored classic Buick to ride around in while in search of adventure. For travel she has stayed the night in an allegedly haunted castle, has taken a boat ride on Loch Ness, and has visited the Bermuda Triangle — without getting lost. Her work has previously appeared in Lost Worlds, Lynx Eye, Bog Gob, Mausoleum, Weird Terrain, Descend, The Dead River Review, and other literary magazines. She also writes regularly for Blood Moon Rising Magazine.

The Kaval Rises

“When the waters bleed and the walls fall, I will come for you. We will destroy them all.” Apocalyptic visions haunt Eero Laine, unveiling a future he’s trying to avoid. All the warring, diseases, and natural disasters the voice prophesied to him have begun to transpire. Every day of Eero’s incarceration, the voice’s lust for death grows. It demands Eero claim his rightful place atop the ashes of a dying world. Together they will demolish its regimes and build a unified civilization in their image. Why the voice chose him has always been a mystery to Eero, but he stopped worrying about that long ago. The only thing he cares about now is saving the last family he’s got. The people who murdered his little brother and sent him to prison now hunt his older one. To save him, Eero must escape. One gang possesses the skill to pull it off, the Kaval. If Eero joins them though, he’ll start down the sordid path the voice set forth for him. He despises the monster he could become, but embracing the darkness is the only way for his brother to stay in the light.

Meet Mike Moon

Mike Moon is a native Illinoisan who’s always had a love for writing. From concocting short stories about monsters and aliens as a child to detective mysteries in high school, creating fiction has long been his passion. In his free time, he enjoys reading, hiking, and going to concerts, just to name a few. Most importantly though, he loves hanging out with his wife and animals. He released his debut novel, The Kaval Rises, in December 2022.

The Truth About Gretchen

Gretchen Holloway, in her final year of graduate school, is in the throes of auditioning actors for her thesis film, inspired by a murdered young football star who has haunted her dreams for two years. Gretchen believes making the movie will be cathartic. But instead of freeing her, embarking upon the film production unleashes a sequence of events that lead Gretchen to conclude that she’s the reincarnation of the young man.

Regina Wilson has always wanted to be an actress. When her agent gets her an audition for a role in Gretchen’s film, which eerily mirrors one of the worst events of her life—the unsolved murder of her older brother, Robert—she’s hard-pressed to go through with it. Upon fleeing, she leaves behind a keepsake that features Robert’s photo. Gretchen sees the picture and recognizes Robert from her dreams. She tracks down Regina, and after being rebuffed and called crazy, Gretchen’s unexplainable knowledge of events in Robert’s life eventually convinces Regina that Gretchen is Robert reincarnated.

The two decide to have his case reopened, but their significant others are dead set against it, and the police, who believe that Robert’s death was gang-related, are less than cooperative. However, Gretchen is desperate to get justice for her former self, and Regina wants justice for her brother. The women piece together the final week of Robert’s life. And the deeper they delve into his past; one shocking revelation follows another, leaving them wondering who they can trust and if they’ll live long enough to find Robert’s killer and bring him to justice.


Meet Alretha Thomas

Shortly after graduating from USC with a degree in journalism, Alretha soon realized her interest in her major was not heartfelt. Instead of writing news stories, she wanted to write plays and books. Several years later, her church gave her an outlet to fulfill her writing desires through their Liturgical Fine Arts Department wherein Alretha penned twelve theatre pieces—the community response was overwhelming. This led to plays outside of the church, including Alretha’s One Woman, Two Lives, starring Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show), directed by four-time NAACP Image Award Best Director recipient, Denise Dowse. The production garnered rave reviews from critics and audiences.

In between plays, Alretha self-published her first novel, Daughter Denied, in 2008 and has received glowing reviews from readers and book clubs across the country. Representing her book and plays, Alretha has been the guest on many radio shows and television shows including San Francisco Public Affairs show Bay Sunday with Barbara Rodgers on CBS affiliate, KPIX. She was also interviewed by KTLA News Entertainment Reporter, Sam Rubin. In 2011, Alretha self-published her second novel, Dancing Her Dreams Away, and it was also well received. Her third novel, Married in the Nick of Nine, spawned a four-book series that was acquired by Soul Mate Publishing in January 2014. The series has since reverted back to her. In August 2014, Alretha was awarded the Jessie Redmon Fauset Literary Award for her indie novel, Four Ladies Only. In 2016, Alretha created the Detective Rachel Storme Mystery Series: Justice for Jessica, Losing Lauren and A Penny for Her Heart. In 2018 and 2019 Alretha debuted two additional mystery books—
The Women on Retford Drive and The Truth About Gretchen, respectively.

Alretha is also an actress and can be seen in numerous commercials and television shows. She currently plays Anastasia Devereaux on Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living that airs on BET.

The Mountaineer’s Painting

Kevin Frost finds an expensive looking frame at a yard sale. For some reason the glass in the frame is painted over. Upon uncovering the painting beneath he finds a haunting mountainscape. That night he begins to dream about the painter’s fatal climb. And when he wakes he finds the painting has changed. This is a ghost story, a love story, and a murder mystery. If you loved the Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze movie ‘Ghost,’ you’ll love this suspenseful book.
Winner of the 2021Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal for excellence in paranormal fiction.

Editorial Review

Review Rating: 5 Stars – Congratulations on your 5-star review!

Reviewed By Natalie Soine for Readers’ Favorite

The Mountaineer’s Painting: A Ghost Story by David Francis Curran tells the story of Kevin Frost, who feels compelled to drop everything that he is currently working on to go in search of the artist and anybody who may know something about a painting that he purchased from a yard sale. Kevin hangs the scenic painting in his bedroom and, as he sleeps, he starts to have dreams about a group of mountain climbers and a tragic accident that may not have been an accident at all. Kevin investigates the untimely death of a climber and in the process learns everything he can about mountain climbing, the rest of the climbers who were part of the group when the accident occurred, and the deceased climber’s widow.

What a delightful, enjoyable story. David Francis Curran includes images of basic equipment and there is a key to their purpose at the end of the book. The Mountaineer’s Painting is well written with many lively characters that we can all relate to, an exciting story, and a compelling plot that is well thought out. This novel is a quick, easy read filled with intrigue and anticipation, all keeping the reader interested from beginning to end. I enjoyed this unusual story and the pictures make a nice change. The author introduces the main character in the beginning so that the reader can create a mental picture of what he would look like. The interwoven twists, turns, and intrigue of people’s lives make for a thrilling novel. There are no negative aspects to this story, and with no bad language or erotic scenes, it is suitable for all ages. A well-earned five out of five!


Meet David Francis Curran

David Curran–David Curran IV on imdb.com, lives in the Montana wilderness with his wife of 51 years, his daughter, four cats, two dogs and until recently one chicken.