Brass Keys to Murder

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U.S. Navy Lieutenant Steve Craig is in one hell of a mess. Being accused of murder is bad enough, but the local police are convinced he’s killed his own father. Alfred Hitchcock couldn’t have conceived a more diabolical plot for Cary Grant … and now, for Steve Craig, the plot is about to get down and dirty.
Steve’s safe from the cops as long as he stays aboard his Navy ship—but the word safe isn’t in his vocabulary. He slips off the vessel and vanishes into the seamy underside of the city, determined to find out who took his father’s life … even if it means risking his own.
He follows a trail of smoke and mirrors and sudden violence to the Brass Keys to Murder. With them, Steve will seek to unlock the terrible truth behind his father’s death … and an astonishing secret that will change his life—and that of the woman he loves—forever.
Ron knew well the life at sea and the world surrounding it. Not only was he the son of a naval officer, he traveled back and forth across the Pacific, plied the China coast in a working schooner and commanded an expedition aboard a four-masted ship to the Caribbean. He walked the waterfronts of countless ports, sharing stories with the colorful—and often shady—characters inhabiting them. Originally published in April 1935 under the pen name Michael Keith, Brass Keys to Murder is a direct result of those adventures.

Starry Night and The Dance of Life

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Book One: Short Stories

# 1: Starry Night

A young woman fights an uphill battle with depression; a husband reflects on the choices he made and on the road ahead.

A story of two disparate lives destined to be intertwined but briefly.

# 2: The Dance of Life

Haunted by memories, a young woman finds it hard to let go of the only man she has ever loved.

A story about childhood sweethearts and a bond that not even death could break.

The Broken Kaleidoscope is a four-part series comprising of standalone short stories and novellas. From the ugly to the uncomfortable, the hidden to the forbidden, the misunderstood to the unspoken, the stories take you on a journey that is both hauntingly bitter-sweet and tragically hopeful.

Deceptive Visions

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3 Stories by master science fiction storyteller Daniel McMillan, author of Eve of Ascension, that remind us –

DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU SEE…

Sanctuary -After Mary Russell has her ingenious proposal rejected by the tech company she works for, she decides to move on and create her vision without them. In realizing her life’s ambition, everything else in her world is torn apart. She should have been more careful what she wished for.

Komodo -A battle hardened Galactic war veteran whose reason for living has been taken from him faces off against impossible odds. He could be reunited with his dead wife sooner than he thinks.

Mantle -An anonymous, mysterious hero from a desolate future passes down what he has learned to the next generation of saviors, a boy he encountered while responding to a “calling”. What he doesn’t know about his powerful young student surely couldn’t hurt him, right?

Reefer

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My friend Savannah says that my quaint sense of responsibility is the reason that nothing enlightening has ever happened to me. At least that’s what she used to say, before last Saturday when the tourist came in to my family’s bookstore and asked if we had any Reefer, and I ended up in a garbage alley navigating pigeon poop in search of enlightenment.

His Dark Obsession: A Dominant Alpha Male Steamy Romance (His Dark Desires Book 1)

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One look is all it takes for her to become his dark obsession.

Ramiro Anton (AKA Ram)

I always know what I want. I always get what I want.

When I see her, there is no doubt in my mind. I want her. Innocent eyes and a wildness in her that hasn’t been unleashed. I’m going to be the one to release it. To take her body to new heights of desire until I’m imprinted on it. Until she knows she belongs to me.

Jasmine Daniels

He’s dark and magnetic. I can’t help but fall into his orbit.

Without even touching me, he makes my body feels things no man has ever made me experience. I’m falling into a tunnel of lust and submission. He does things to me that feel too good to be wrong. So why does it feel like I’m being pulled into his sweet darkness?

This steamy short story is the first of the His Dark Desires trilogy. It has a sexy Alpha dominant male and the fun-loving college girl he has all intentions of making his. If this sounds like your kind of high-heat short, dive right in.

Twenty Miles West of Branch, Texas and other stories

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From a desert highway in West Texas to the plains of frontier Kansas to an abandoned mine in New Mexico, from a courtroom to a high school girls’ speech contest to a nursing home, from the side yard of a suburban home to a youth revival to the halls of an urban high school, K.C. Knouse puts the main characters of the thirteen short stories and novella included in this collection into circumstances that challenge assumptions they have made about themselves, their lives, and the world in which they live:

The mother who is estranged from her son.
The young woman who has doubts about her relationship with an older man.
The widower who struggles to accept the death of his wife.
The young man who is fearful of becoming his abusive father.
The homesteader who fights to redeem his pride.
The aging salesman whose livelihood is threatened by technology.
The father who relives his past at the expense of his relationship with his son.
The boy who discovers that having money creates as many problems as it solves.
The veteran teacher who crosses an emotional boundary in spite of herself.
The teenage boy whose relationship with God is complicated by a pretty girl and a misunderstanding.
The woman who doubts her decision to put her husband into a nursing home.
The man whose faith in the justice system is shaken.
The high school girl who is self-conscious about a birthmark on her face.
The middle-aged insurance adjuster who receives more than he bargained for when he comes to the aid of an attractive woman.

K.C. Knouse uses compassion, humor and an eye for detail to bring these characters to life and bind their stories to your heart.

Macabre Morsels

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A collection of 9 dark and twisted tales to fuel your dreams.
Stories include a hospitalized invalid confronting a horror no one else can see, a con-man who receives his own personal dose of karma, and a mother who’ll do anything to feed her kids.

Author Jeff Dosser presents an assortment of shorts, some have been previously published in acclaimed anthologies and popular magazines, while others have never seen the light of day.
Adult themed literature best consumed before the sun goes down.

Alfie Brown: The Boy With Purple Eyes (Who Discovered He Can Do Magic) [Part One]

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A whole new wizarding world. A tested friendship. The greatest of magical quests.

Alfie Brown doesn’t really care that he has different colour eyes to everyone else, he feels normal in his normal school, normal town, normal grandparents and normal(ish) best friend Tommy.

But things take a turn for the strange at the start of their last year of school that throws them into a world of magick (with a K), wizards and evil demons…

After following a white rabbit, Alfie and his best friend Tommy stumble into a corridor in their school that wasn’t there before, before being saved by a man, or more a Wizard, in a cowboy hat.

There is a whiff of destiny in the air as the mysteries about his purple eyes, the whereabouts of his parents and the existence of real magic are set to be revealed…

But when Alfie is attacked and makes an enemy of an evil demon that is intent not just on killing him but on ending the entire world, Alfie knows he needs help.

Just in time, he meets the charismatic wizard Nikolas Wiseman, who introduces Alfie to the magical world, taking him to the magical city of Magicity and helping him in his quest to defeat a very tricky killer demon.

With double crosses at every turn, Alfie struggles with who to trust.

Will Alfie live up to the pressure and save the magical world he’s just found?

Will he find out where and why his parents disappeared when he was a baby?

If Alfie and his friends don’t work out the ancient magical mystery and defeat the demon then everything he knows and loves could be lost forever.

Alfie Brown: The Boy With Purple Eyes (Who Discovered He Could Do Magic)”is a standalone fantasy novel. If you like Harry Potter, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, The Sword in the Stone and The Magicians, then you’ll love a book that combines all of their best traits in a fast-paced, captivating, magical adventure.

Buy the book to start reading Jack Simmonds tale of magick, wizards and demons today!

The Car: a sonnet sequence with illustrations

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An owner’s workshop manual for servicing your life.

Reading poetry may help you step back from the troubles of your life and understand your experiences. It can bring solace at difficult times by offering a fresh insight into life.
These poems of human experience can help you understand your problems by analogy. Sometimes we understand problems better when someone can say: you problems are like this, and put it in another form so that you can see the whole thing working in a different light.
Each poem is easily understandable, often witty and humorous, and each carries an illustration of a car component that mirrors the problems we face every day.
Stuart Larner worked for thirty-five years as a clinical psychologist in the health service, and was brilliant at developing fresh humorous and witty insights with his clients. This bibliotherapy volume carries those insights one step further into the realm of poetry by the symbolism of the motor car.
A sequence of twenty-eight illustrated Shakespearean sonnets describing the human condition in terms of each of the mechanical components of a motor car.