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#BookSpotlight Mysteries and Strange Events by Drew Jones

Mysteries and Strange Events – Nine Short Stories
by Drew Jones
Genre: Mystery
Mysteries and Strange Events Volume One brings together an evocative debut
collection of nine short stories from the author Drew Jones. They are
fantastically wide ranging in subject, and includes Jaguar cars,
railway accidents, strange salvage operations, commercial espionage,
greed, science fiction and ghosts – and every reader will find a
favourite within the book. They will all make him stop, think, and
question. This amazing mix is completed with some light humour as the
flamboyant sleuth – Mr Theodore Halfpenny, makes his first appearance.
This irresistible book will be your perfect companion as you commute to
work, struggle through a long haul flight, or just to keep at the
side of the bed after a long day.
My name is Drew Jones and enjoy writing about mysterious and strange
events. Some of my ideas are derived from my interest in classic
cars, military airfields and the paranormal. I normally write in my
study in Wales with my Labrador dog Monty at my feet, and many ideas
and plots are thought through on our walks together in the woods.
There are lots of ideas buzzing in my head, many involving our sleuth
Theodore Halfpenny, who will appear in Mysterious and Strange Events
Volume 2 – which I hope to start work on soon!
I have really had fun putting this collection together – so I hope
you have enjoyed them too. Perhaps you have read them on your
commute to work, on a plane as you travel towards your holiday, or as
a quick read at the end of a long day.
As with all authors, I would be grateful if you would leave a review on
Amazon – it only takes a second, and is always much appreciated.
It would be very nice to hear from all my readers, so if you would like
to contact me personally, please email at:
Andrewjones888@btinternet.com
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#BookTour #BookSpotlight That Which Grows Wild by Eric J. Guignard

That Which Grows Wild
by Eric J. Guignard
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Short Stories
That Which Grows Wild collects sixteen dark and masterful short stories by
award-winning author Eric J. Guignard. Equal parts whimsy and weird,
horror and heartbreak, this debut collection traverses the darker
side of the fantastic through vibrant and harrowing tales that depict
monsters and regrets, hope and atonement, and the oddly changing
reflection that turns back at you in the mirror.
Discover why Eric J. Guignard has earned praise from masters of the craft such
as Ramsey Campbell (“Guignard gives voice to paranoid vision that’s
all too believable.”), Rick Hautala (“No other young horror
author is better, I think, than Eric J. Guignard.”), and Nancy
Holder ( “The defining new voice of horror has arrived, and I stand
in awe.”)
Stories include:
• “A Case Study in Natural Selection and How It Applies to Love” – a
teen experiences romance, while the world slowly dies from rising
temperatures and increasing cases of spontaneous combustion.
• “Dreams of a Little Suicide” – a down-on-his-luck actor unexpectedly finds
his dreams and love in Hollywood playing a munchkin during filming of
The Wizard of Oz, but soon those dreams begin to darken.
• “The Inveterate Establishment of Daddano & Co.” – an aged undertaker
tells the true story behind the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, and
of the grime that accumulates beneath our floors.
• “A Journey of Great Waves” – a Japanese girl encounters, years later,
the ocean-borne debris of her tsunami-ravaged homeland, and the
ghosts that come with it.
• “The House of the Rising Sun, Forever” – a tragic voice gives dire
warning against the cycle of opium addiction from which, even after
death, there is no escape.
• “Last Days of the Gunslinger, John Amos” – a gunfighter keeps a decimated
town’s surviving children safe on a mountaintop from the incursion
of ferocious creatures… until a flash flood strikes.
Explore within, and discover a wild range upon which grows the dark, the
strange, and the profound.
Eric J. Guignard is a writer and editor of dark and speculative fiction,
operating from the shadowy outskirts of Los Angeles. He’s won the
Bram Stoker Award, been a finalist for the International Thriller
Writers Award, and a multi-nominee of the Pushcart Prize. His stories
and non-fiction have appeared in over one hundred genre and literary
publications such as “Nightmare Magazine,” “Black Static,” “Shock Totem,”
“Buzzy Magazine,” and “Dark Discoveries Magazine.” Outside the glamorous
and jet-setting world of indie fiction, Eric’s a technical writer and
college professor, and he stumbles home each day to a wife, children,
cats, and a terrarium filled with mischievous beetles.

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Sneak Peek of When The Night Comes Out by Bryan W. Alaspa #giveaway


Scary zombies living on abandoned building place

The Elevator Game sample

The hands shot up. Mark walked back to the lectern and started taking the questions. They were the usual ones. The same ones that every time he did this the audience always wanted to ask. It was like they all got together online and planned out what they were going to say, when, and who was going to be the good guys and the bad. There were the skeptics and believers. Often, as now, he did not have to say much, but let them fight it out when certain issues were raised.

It went on like that and he was starting to feel tired, getting ready to indicate just one more question, when the skinny kid with the black beard and glasses perched on the end of his nose stepped up. Mark had noticed him near the back at the room, twitchy and nervous, wearing a parka with a big hood fringed in fur – far too warm for this time of year.

“Yes, you young man,” Mark said, putting on his best and most winning smile.

“Hello, Dr. Peterson,” the young man said. “What about your brother?”

There was silence in the room. Mark was momentarily stunned and he blinked in surprise. This was not the first time Todd had been brought up, but it had been a while. Todd used the last name “Wilson” for his online activities and the books he wrote, but sometimes you got an enterprising young man, like this one, who dug a little deeper and connected the names. It had been a very long time since someone had mentioned his brother, though, and Mark wasn’t prepared. It was always the little podunk college towns where this shit happened.

“What about him?” Mark happened.

“Well, your brother is Todd Wilson, right?” the young man was smiling now as if he smelled blood in the water. “The same Todd Wilson who’s become an Internet celebrity by conducting investigations into the paranormal? I believe he’s quite successful with his online podcast and YouTube channel and there’s been talk of him having some kind of ghost-hunting show on cable.”

“Yes, that is my brother,” Mark replied. Whenever people brought up Todd they always did it like this. As if the fact that his brother believed and did things differently than him was somehow some kind of accusation about his own work. “What does this have to do with me?”

“How does it feel to have a brother known for investigating the very things you decry?” the young man asked. “Does it bring tension? I guess I want to know what Thanksgiving dinner is like at your house?”
Mark laughed. When he did, so did others in the audience.

“Tell me, young man, do you have uncles or aunts or cousins or siblings that you disagree with? Not about these things, but maybe about religion or politics or things like that?”

The young man shrugged. “Yeah.”

“And yet you still get together with those people and you still love them, right? You still manage to have quiet holiday dinners and not come to blows?”

The young man looked a little sheepish. “Yeah, of course.”

“Well, that’s what happens when my brother and I get together,” Mark concluded. “We disagree about how we view the universe, but how my brother chooses to make a living does not factor into my work. Actually, you should read some of his books, they’re quite good. I just read them as fiction, whereas he would tell you that they were not.”
The young man opened his mouth as if he wanted to say more, but Mark held up his hand.

“Now, I think that’s all for tonight,” he said. “The hour grows late and I know I’m tired, so let us get to the book signing portion of the evening before I’m up signing books until dawn.”

The young man looked disappointed, but soon the rest of the audience was up and Mark was off to the signing table. The line seemed to stretch out to infinity beyond him, and he posed for photos and signed dozens of books. He was expecting that young man to show up and try to continue his conversation, but the fur-trimmed face seemed to have lost interest.

Hours later, when Mark met up with his publicist and they headed for the car that would take him back to the hotel, he ran his hands through his hair.

“I hate when they bring up Todd,” Mark said as they settled into the back of the car. “I wonder if they bring up me at his signings?”

This tour his publicist was a young blond girl right out of college. She chewed gum and Mark though her name was Penny, but was never sure so he avoided using her name as much as possible.

What happens when the night comes out? When the darkness comes in from the sides and closes in all around, what lurks within?

BONUS: Foreward by Patrick C. Greene, author of Progeny and The Crimson Calling
An elevator in a high-rise building becomes a gateway for terror and madness

A German U-Boat during World War I becomes a haunted nightmare

A radio signal in the middle of the night reveals the horrors lurking beneath a simple, small, peaceful town.

A little girl with a best friend you would NOT want to cross finds herself in mortal danger.

And a couple moving into a new house discovers an old abandoned well that may have no bottom, or it may just be a portal into Hell itself.

These are tales of unrelenting horror and terror from the mind of Bryan W. Alaspa, author of RIG, Sapphire, Storyland, S.P.I.D.A.R. and other tales of horror, terror and suspense. Five stories that will make you wonder what lurks – when the night comes out.

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Reviews

Book Review: Daymares by Kenya Moss-Dyme

Title: Daymares

Author: Kenya Moss-Dyme

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

Purchase: Amazon.com

Daymares is a collection of horror stories that were full of surprises. Kenya Moss-Dyme shares seven stories each one a little more disturbing than the first one, but very enjoyable. My favorite is “Her Things” about a husband whose dead wife does not want others touching her things in the house.

The stories are well written, suspenseful with well-developed characters that love to scare you. The book has a wonderful cover, which truly captures the meaning of the title and content. Overall, it is an entertaining book worth reading especially if you love the horror genre. I would like to see “Her Things,” made into a short film; it would be exciting to see it play out on screen.

I look forward to reading more of this author’s work and definitely recommend Daymares to others.

Reviewed by Teresa Beasley