AVENGING ANGEL: Love and Death in Old Brooklyn

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.

The Mentor

What if someone you love is a serial killer? While investigating a series of murders, DCI Eric Shaw, leading a forensic team at Scotland Yard, notices a possible relation to a cold case involving a person very close to him. What he ignores is that the details of similar crimes are described in a blog whose author signs herself as Mina, like the nickname that person used as a child, when she witnessed the massacre of her family.

Meet Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli

Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli is an Italian science fiction and thriller author. She has lived in Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy) since 1993, earning a degree in biology and working as an independent author, scientific and literary translator, educator, and science communicator. In the past she also worked as researcher, tutor and professor’s assistant in the field of ecology at “Dipartimento di Biologia Animale ed Ecologia” of the University of Cagliari. She has written original fiction since 2009. Between 2012-2013 she wrote and published a hard science fiction series set on Mars, “Deserto rosso”, whose omnibus hit No. 1 on the Italian Kindle Store in November 2014. The series was published in English, with the title “Red Desert”, between 2014 and 2015, and includes four books. She also authored three crime thrillers in the Detective Eric Shaw Trilogy, an action thriller “Kindred Intentions” (2016), five more science fiction novels – “L’isola di Gaia” (2014), “Per caso” (2015), “Ophir. Codice vivente” (2016), “Sirius. In caduta libera” (2018), and “Nave stellare Aurora” (2020) – and a non-fiction book titled “Self-publishing lab. Il mestiere dell’autoeditore” (2020). This is a new edition of her crime thriller “The Mentor” that was first published in English by AmazonCrossing in 2015 and became an international bestseller, hitting No. 1 on the Kindle Store in the USA, UK, and Australia in October 2015. The other two books in the trilogy are “Syndrome” and “Beyond the Limit” (2023). She is also a member of the International Thriller Writers Organization. She is often a guest both in Italy and abroad during book fairs, including Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino (Turin Book Fair), Frankfurter Buchmesse (Frankfurt Book Fair) and Più Libri Più Liberi (Rome Book Fair), local publishing events, university conventions as well as classes (University of Insubria), where she gives speeches or conducts workshops about self-publishing and genre fiction writing.

Heart Wreck

Two damaged hearts. One tropical vacation. That’s where our story starts… Four years ago, a tragedy left me shattered, and my life has sucked since. So, when a guy I met online suggested we meet in Hawaii for a first date, I agreed to go. It sounded like an exciting adventure. But upon arriving, my date said he couldn’t make it. As an apology, he paid for my room and said to enjoy the resort on him. Though a nice offer, it meant I’d experience paradise alone. Or would I? Somehow, I’ve met someone interesting. Cillian is a handsome and mysterious fellow resort guest. He’s also on his own for the week. I’m drawn in by the questions he asks and how he listens and wants to learn about my life. Though I like him, I sense something has Cillian stuck in his past, giving him reservations about me. Can I see what’s happening between us in just six days? I’ll soon find out…

Meet Melinda Hazen

I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. I have a B.S. in family studies with an emphasis in child development. For most of my life, I’ve worked with students of all ages, from pre-k through high school. Photography, genealogy (especially helping adoptees find their birth parents), and Betsey Johnson accessories are a few of my many interests. Work on my novels has been done in my spare time—often late into the night. I enjoy writing romance because I can create the perfect couple who are striving to achieve their happily ever after. Everyone loves to be in love. And, to put it simply, I write books I want to read. My mornings always begin with a homemade iced latte. The remainders of my weekdays are spent either substitute teaching, going out to lunch, or working on my novels. My weekends are spent at soccer fields of varying location (I’m a soccer mom and love it), listening to psychological thrillers while on road trips, and binge-watching shows with the love of my life. Disneyland will forever be my favorite place on Earth and has provided many of my best memories with my son.

The Girl with a Porcelain Face

October 28, 1985

A hellacious thunderstorm rages over the small tin mining town of Bleddington, waking reclusive teenager, Willard Jennings, from his sleep. As the fleeting flashes of light illuminate the room, he sees brief and taunting glimpses of a broken figure standing at the foot of his bed.

Who is she?
How did she die?
Who will she kill next?

The Girl with a Porcelain Face

Dare you say her name?


Meet Steve McElhenny

Steve McElhenny is short, Welsh and hairy.

Born at a very young age in South Wales, as well as writing several novels, Steve is an avid fan of 80s horror and action movies.

He is also a father and fiance extraordinaire.

DESIREE’S REVENGE: A Romance

A riveting tale of revenge, survival and redemption, wrapped around an unlikely love story and set against an urban backdrop corrupted by bigotry and misogyny.

Following a racially motivated rape by three Ku Klux Klansmen, 12-year-old Desiree Devine 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 three white men one night, she’s rescued by Tony Marino, 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.

The Hungry Deep

Some places are abandoned for a reason. When newlywed Rachel Corrigan agrees to accompany her husband, Tom, to his family estate before starting their lives together in the city, it is an opportunity to get to know him and to explore the manor where he grew up. But when Rachel arrives she finds Corrigan House strange, the nearby town empty, and her husband’s sudden cold demeanor increasingly frightening. She soon learns that one year ago, Tom’s first wife, Lavinia, took her own life in the twisted forest behind Corrigan House. The servants claim that her spirit resides there still, calling out from the wood, her voice as clear as the day she died. In an abandoned town where everyone harbors a secret, Rachel finds herself a prisoner in a place which is becoming increasingly treacherous. When the village priest is found savagely stabbed and on the edge of death, it becomes clear that the remaining townsfolk – witnesses to Lavinia’s demise – are being hunted down one by one. But Lavinia Corrigan is dead. Isn’t she?

Meet J.L. Murray

J.L. Murray is the author of the Niki Slobodian series (Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, The Devil Is a Gentleman, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, The Devil Was an Angel, and The Devil’s Backbone), The Thirteen series (Jenny Undead and Eat the Ones You Love), After the Fire, Blood Day, Blood of the Stars, the Blood of Cain series (Monstrous, Hoarfrost), and the Gothic Folk series (The Hungry Deep). Murray is a firm believer that horror can be beautiful, and that good and evil are very far from black and white. She lives with her family in Eugene, Oregon and can be reached on Facebook at facebook.com/jlmurraywriter and through her website jlmurraywriter.com.

FLOATING HAIR

Floating Hair is a bleak, brutal, and unsettling horror novel. If you are looking for something cozy, this really isn’t it.

David, mourning for his wife, returns to the town of his childhood: finding love and solace and escape.

Yet sometimes the past won’t remain buried as it should. Sometimes it returns hungry for revenge. So very hungry…


Okay, so you’ve clicked on “Read more” and want to know further details about my novel:

Floating Hair is a gothic horror novel, with a female perspective, set in north-eastern United States.

David, grieving for his lost wife, returns to Malsham: a town filled with romantic, sexual, and criminal lives.

And some bad men. Especially one…

In 1692, Lucy was burned as a witch to conceal his crime: the ravaging fire destroying every aspect of her identity. In the centuries that follow, no-one is held responsible. But now she is given a chance of retribution…

On a cold October night, there is a light in the sky. The population of Malsham watches its blazing progress, before it crashes into the lake. In that moment before impact, some become psychically bound: their lives forever linked.

The explosion resurrects Lucy as a relentless fiery vampire. Initially unable to leave the waters, she births small dragons which feed upon the townspeople: gaining sustenance from their endeavours.

Rain deluges the region. Hauling herself from the lake, the rainwater coats her skin: churning from transparent into disparate dark colours. She strides towards the closest house…

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Trigger warning: This book features dragons. If you survived the burning of King’s Landing, please give this one a miss…


Meet ETHAN KOIL

I have been writing, on and off, since the age of 16, and currently reside near Bristol, in the UK. When I’m not writing or reading, I enjoy hiking and fishing.
I started writing Floating Hair in 1996, wrote about 60 pages, became disillusioned with writing (8 previous novels unpublished), and stopped. Picked up the 60 pages in 2009, spent 3 years turning it into a full-length novel, but attracted precisely zero interest from agents and publishers. Rewrote it 2019-21, and finally self-published.

The Witch and the Guillotine

After narrowly escaping the horrors of the Salem witch trials, Lilly Parris comes of age in 18th Century France, where she is pampered by Louis XVI and pursued by one of history’s greatest fiends: Maximilien Robespierre, the monster who sent thousands of innocent men, women and children to the guillotine.

“The Witch and the Guillotine” is a fast-paced, brand-new take on the French Revolution.


AVENGING ANGEL: Love and Death in Old Brooklyn

A riveting tale of revenge, survival, and redemption, wrapped around an unlikely love story, and set against an urban backdrop marked by bigotry and misogyny.

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 three armed 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 unlikely 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, 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.

The Forgotten Bomb

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This thriller begins as a story about Ukrainians intending to enact horrific revenge against Russia using a huge hydrogen bomb but melds into a dark more twisted story of unimaginable personal greed and malevolence.

In 1961 Russia built and exploded the biggest thermonuclear weapon in the world, a monster 58 Megaton bomb, over 3000 times larger than the bombs that blew up Hiroshima and Nagasaki. For ongoing bragging rights, the Russians secretly built two of these bombs and stored the second one at a nuclear storage facility where it remained safe and virtually forgotten for 28 years.

In 1989 Ukrainian conscripts stationed at the facility, accidentally find the arming codes and decide to steal the big bomb and destroy Moscow. Their motivation for doing this was to pay back Russia for the long list of horrific abuses and suffering that Ukraine had endured over the years under them (Holodomor, Chernobyl, etc.) and secondarily for their own harsh treatment while in the Russian Army.

Although the conscripts amazingly are successful in acquiring the bomb, They, unfortunately, are not able to detonate it. Having to abandon the effort, they successfully hide the weapon. Two years later, when the Soviet Union fell all the conspirators immigrate to the USA.

In 2022 the successor to our 45th President signs a new Salt agreement with Russia and during the process of publicly dismantling some of the other bombs in Russia they discover to their horror that the old giant bomb is missing.

After a lengthy and thorough, investigation, the Russian GRU and FSB determine the theft was over thirty years ago and that the conspirators were Ukrainian conscripts who had since immigrated to the USA.

To assist their investigation in finding the bomb, President Putin calls our President and request the help of the FBI to locate the criminals in the USA.

At the President’s request, the FBI assigns a top field agent, Peter Kanowsky, who is of Ukrainian descent, to oversee the search team in the USA.

Unfortunately, during his investigation, Peter not only learns the location of the bomb and how to set it off, but he is also turned mentally and emotionally by his repeated exposure to hearing the litany of the horrific suffering that Russia has imposed upon Ukraine.

Yielding to the persuasive coercion from these emigres he interviewed, and the encouragement of his own family, Peter ultimately decides it is his duty and obligation to his Ukrainian ancestry to go to Russia and personally set off the bomb.

Did he succeed, and did he have any help? Surprisingly he has almost too much help as unknowingly to him; his plans mesh almost perfectly with the machinations of an ongoing high-level Russian plot.

What was different about their plan versus his? He wants to set off the bomb immediately, and they want him to wait three months for the perfect time, during the massive celebration in Moscow of Putin’s 70th birthday to make sure every one of importance is in town.

With the help of Anna, a beautiful and sexy Ukrainian lady to keep him happy, they persuade him to wait.

So – what happens then? You will have to read the novel to find out. Maybe the ending is, “Happy Birthday President Putin from Ukraine” or maybe not?

A follow-on novel “Despot” is planned for release in 2Q19.