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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

If you like #murder #mystery novels, check out this extract from Lay Death at Her Door

Excerpt from  
Lay Death at Her Door
 Elizabeth Buhmann
In 1986, a man was murdered. I was beaten and raped. The ensuing trial dominated local headlines until my eyewitness testimony sent a man named Jules Jefferson to prison for life.
I lied.

Lately, I’m reliving the crime. It wakes me in the small hours of the morning. My arm is yanked, and my head bangs against the car door before I’m thrown halfway across the road. Stones bite my knees and elbows, and before I can cry out, my mouth is smacked shut. Pow! My ears ring.

I sit up in bed so fast I lose my breath. My heart pounds, and my temples throb. Another memory, more recent, reeks of gun powder from a Ruger—and of blood. These crimes, the murders and the perjury, have rotted out the center of my life. They’ve also, in a more practical sense, ruined me. In the course of one summer, the fundamental fraud of my life has been exposed.

It is the end of August, and although the days are still hot, the early mornings have the chill of an advancing season. I’m wrapped in a warm shawl, sitting at my desk in the attic of this lovely old house deep in the country, ten miles outside of Lynchburg, Virginia. The window in front of me looks out to the mountains, but sunrise is another hour away, so all I see is my face reflected in the lamplight.

The one way I can see to mitigate disaster is to offer up the whole story, told as only I can tell it.

Twenty years ago, Kate Cranbrook’s eyewitness testimony sent the wrong man to prison for rape and murder. When new evidence exonerates him, Kate says that in the darkness and confusion, she must have mistaken her attacker’s identity.

 She is lying.

Kate would like nothing better than to turn her back on the past, but she is trapped in a stand-off with the real killer. When a body turns up on her doorstep, she resorts to desperate measures to free herself once and for all from a secret that is ruining her life.

Elizabeth Buhmann is originally from Virginia, where her first novel is set, and like her main character, she lived several years abroad while growing up. She graduated magna cum laude from Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, and has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. For twenty years she worked for the Texas Attorney General as a researcher and writer on criminal justice and crime victim issues. Elizabeth now lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and dog. She is an avid gardener, loves murder mysteries, and has 2nd degree black sash in Tai Chi.

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Saturday, 26 September 2015

If you like #YA fairy novels, check out this extract from Suddenly Fairies

Excerpt from the book
Suddenly Fairies


Tess Janka
    They were tiny, perfectly formed female humanoids. Their silvery skin sparkled like fish scales. They had seaweed-like green hair that framed their faces. Large, round fish-like eyes dominated their little faces. They were close enough that I could even see their elongated fingernails flashing as they gestured and laughed.
     I sat still, hardly daring to breathe as the water sprites chased each other across the lily pads. The three nymphs skidded to a sudden stop and peered into the water. One pointed, and then all three dove into the water without making a splash.
     I was disappointed to have had such a short time to watch them. But moments later, the nymphs bobbed to the surface, carrying a struggling frog onto the shore. The frog fought but was unable to escape because the nymphs had buried their long fingernails deep into its flesh.
     As I watched, horrified, the beautiful nymphs tore the still-living frog into pieces. One of the nymphs lifted a dismembered frog leg to its open mouth and I saw pointed, sharp teeth rip into the flesh.
     A shadow fell over me; startled, I almost fell into the water.

Suddenly Fairies

Suddenly Fairies

This is not your typical fairy story. Ceramics artist Odessa Chase, plagued with migraine headaches, suddenly starts seeing things. First it's just pixies. But when the Fae of Faerie learn that she can see them in the Earthly Realm, they decide she could be a threat; they kidnap her and take her to the Land of the Fairies to determine her fate. 

As she travels the Realm of the Fae, she learns their ways, but she learns her fate almost too late -- she is to be the Prey for the WintersFeast celebration, chased to the death by the Goddess of the Hunt and her Horde of Hell-Wolves.

If she survives, will she be allowed to return home?

Author, Tess L. Janka is a retired transcriptionist and current ceramics artist who lives with her husband in San Diego, California. "Suddenly Fairies" is her first book, begun during NaNoWriMo, an online novel writing challenge. This book came about from an author's favorite two words: what if?

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

If you like #scifi futuristic novels, check out this extract from Billy and the Cloneasaurus

 Excerpt from the book 
 Stephen Kozeniewsk
The Whirling Fan of Death abruptly stopped spinning the instant it struck William 789-6’s abdomen.  The chalky-white, pain-wracked face of 789 stared at them accusingly for about fifteen seconds before he finally succumbed to blood loss.  (Intestinal loss was also, no doubt, a contributing factor to the poor clone’s death.)

William 64-6, the slurry machine operator, clad in a white plastic apron and all-encompassing goggles whistled archly and said, “Well, that’s never happened before.”

William 790-6 reached up and tugged on his shirt collar.  He cleared his throat, not really knowing what else to do.  64 didn’t make a move and seemed to be waiting for 790 to prompt him.  It was typical clone behavior, but, of course, that meant that 790’s own inclination was also to not move, but to wait for someone else to prompt him.  With an exhausted sigh, 790 gestured at the remaining half of 789 still stuck in the slurry machine.

“Why don’t you, uh, reach in and see if you can clear the, uh, obstruction?”

 Dark, haunting, and blisteringly satirical, BILLY AND THE CLONEASAURUS is the story of one “man’s” attempt to finally become an individual in a world of copies.

  Six billion identical clones make up the entire population of Earth, and William 790-6 (57th Iteration) is exactly like everybody else. In his one year of life he will toil in suburban mediocrity and spend as much cash as possible in order to please his corporate masters. When 790’s first birthday (and scheduled execution) finally rolls around, a freak accident spares his life.

Living past his expiration date changes 790 profoundly. Unlike other clones he becomes capable of questioning the futility of his own existence. Seeking answers in the wilderness, he discovers a windmill with some very strange occupants, including a freakish, dinosaur-like monstrosity. Which is especially strange since every animal on earth is supposed to be extinct…

Stephen Kozeniewski (pronounced: "causin' ooze key") lives with his wife and two cats in Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the modern zombie.  

During his time as a Field Artillery officer, he served for three years in Oklahoma and one in Iraq, where due to what he assumes was a clerical error, he was awarded the Bronze Star. 

He is also a classically trained linguist, which sounds much more impressive than saying his bachelor’s degree is in German.


Friday, 18 September 2015

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