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Sneak Peek of Sleepless Nights by Tobias Wade

While I was alive I wouldn’t experience death, so there is no reason to be afraid. When I was dead, I wouldn’t be capable of experiencing anything, so fear still has no cause. That thought brought me great comfort as I felt the last erratic struggle from my heart against the inevitable conclusion I approached. It wasn’t until I was finally drifting off to sleep that a final intrusive doubt bubbled in my brain:

What if it isn’t death which is to be feared? What if it is what lies beyond?

And so troubled did I slip beyond mortal understanding, stepping into a world as far forsaken by reason as I was now from life. I was still in the hospital room, but the bustle of nurses and the beeping machines lost their opacity as though I was mired in swiftly-descending dusk. It seemed as though every sound was an echo of what it once was; every sight a reflection. With each passing moment, the world was becoming less real.…

Sleepless Nights
168 Horror, Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense Short Stories
by Tobias Wade
Publisher: Haunted House Publishing LLC
Publication Date: February 1, 2019
The news said 33 miners were trapped when the mine collapsed.
And why wouldn’t they? 33 people were pulled out of the ground.
The men were buried 700 meters below the surface. There was no way in or out.
But the miners who were rescued all said the same thing:
They said there were only 32 miners during the cave in. That they counted and they counted—every day—every few hours to make sure everyone was taken care of.
Then one day they count again, and there were 33. A stranger was in their midst.
Something escaped from the earth during that rescue that never should have seen the light of day.
Demons, monsters, psychopaths, undead, mad-experiments, and terrifying paranormal encounters.
The last confession from a serial killer will take your breath away.

Why should you be afraid to leave an audio-recorder on overnight?

What could go wrong if you meet the Devil on Tinder?

Why does your reflection smile more than you do?

The Grim Reaper’s scythe isn’t to harvest you. He’s there to protect you from what’s waiting on the other side.

Early readers are saying:
“As a huge horror nut I love being freaked out of my mind, being taken for a dark spin, and then being left with goosebumps dotted on my skin.”
★★★★★ Review
“From the first story to the last, this book was enjoyable in that spine-tingling kind of way. It’s been a very long time since I’ve read anything that has wormed its way into my brain and had me thinking about it hours or days later.”
★★★★★ Review
“I swear there isn’t a clunker on here. You’d think even a solid compilation would have one or two lame ducks, but every last story in here is thrilling and terrifying and fantastic.”
★★★★★ Review
Fast, exciting, satisfying stories, filled with compelling mysteries and shocking twists.
Mega-collection with 168 chilling stories, over 700 pages include Amazon-Bestselling Collections 51, 52, and 53 Sleepless Nights, as well as 12 bonus tales from Brutal Bedtime Stories.
Easy to fit in a story during the day, or to keep you awake all night long.
Grab a copy now.
Former neuroscience researcher, born again horror writer. During my studies, it struck me as odd that I could learn so much about why humans behave without understanding the intricacies of human nature. It occurred to me that I learned more about the depths of human experience from reading Dostoyevsky than I ever had from my text books, and I was inspired to write.
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Meet The Author

Meet The Author: Interview with Michael DeCamp

Stopping by Authors & Readers Book Corner today is Author Michael DeCamp. As a young married man, Michael developed his passion for reading after finding Dean Koontz’s Twilight Eyes on a grocery store shelf. Over time he discovered that whatever his imagination could invision, his keyboard could create and he starting writing. Michael starting with short stories, which lead to his full novel, Abandon Hope. He shares his inspiration about the fictional town in the book, the fantasy within the book along with his podcast. Let’s jump into the interview.

A&RBC: Abandon Hope takes place in a fictional town called Cutters Notch, Indiana, where did you get the inspiration for the town and the book?

MD: For the last two decades, I’ve worked as a Territory Manager for an industrial manufacturer. In that job, I traveled through a lot of small, southern Indiana towns. So, the description of the town is really a mash up of all of the tiny towns I’ve seen over the years. The name of the town was inspired by a movie. A few years ago, I saw the movie “Breaking Away” at the Franklin Artcraft Theater in Franklin, Indiana. It is about the iconic Little 500 bicycle race held every year at IU in Bloomington. In the movie, the team that was made up of the local town boys was named the Cutters after the nickname for the men who worked in the local limestone mines. Those men would cut the slabs of limestone out of the walls of the mines. So, I envisioned a little town in that area where they had cut a notch out of one of the rolling hills, thus taking the name “Cutters Notch.”

A&RBC: The story has several trigger warnings, how important were these to the story?

MD: Interesting question. To be honest, I had to look up what a trigger warning was, so the ones that are there in my book weren’t put there on purpose as trigger warnings per se. I think they were just part of the elements of building a suspenseful story. In one of the definitions that I read, some professionals were saying that trigger warnings, which are intended to ease anxiety in folks who have experienced trauma, can have the reverse effect of actually building and enhancing anxiety in advance of reading the material. Isn’t that exactly what happens in a good suspense story?

There are some intense subjects such as domestic abuse, a kidnapped girl and cannibalistic villains, but in the development of a thriller story, you need scary, intense situations to be in play or the story doesn’t generate the page-turning effect that you need to make the story powerful. When writing this story, I had to decide what the motivation would be for the kidnappers to do what they did. I didn’t want to go down the sexual abuse road, so I chose something more unusual and I think that maybe made the story even more intense.

A&RBC: The book takes on a fantasy element when Gavin, Gronek and Smakal were introduced into the story, tell us about them and their role in the story.

MD: Gavin, Gronek, and Smakal are actually the core of what I built the story around. In the late 1980’s, my wife and I lived in a house on the near south side of Indianapolis. She had braces as a youth and she would periodically wear her retainer to keep her teeth in alignment. She kept it in a little blue hockey-puck-looking container. Well, one night, she went to look for it and it was gone. We searched everywhere. In every drawer. Behind and under every piece of furniture. In the freezer. Behind the toilet. It was no where to be found. Weeks went by. Maybe close to two months. No sign of it. It was just gone. Then, one evening, I walked into our bedroom and there it was on the corner of our dresser. I called out to my wife saying, “Hey! You found your retainer!” She rushed into room and replied, “No, I didn’t.” I pointed at it. “Well, there it is,” I said. “I guess the dimensional bandits were done with it.” I don’t know where I got that phrase, but it stuck in my head until I developed a whole story around it. Gavin, Gronek, and Smakal—the Dimensional Bandits.

In the story, they are key in creating the spiritual bridge between our known world and the spiritual world where the spectre operates. Plus, it was just fun to imagine the details of how things operate in their Arboreal Realm and how they pass back and forth into and out of our realm—borrowing things. Details like where they get their clothes and the use of the Slumber Dust were a blast to envision.

A&RBC: Reading the book made me think of several fairytales, were there any that contributed to the story?

MD: Another interesting question. I may have unintentionally channeled a little Hansel and Gretel, but I don’t think there is a direct correlation with any specific fairytale other than that. It’s not a fairytale, but I did find some inspiration from the Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis and the Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I also found some inspiration regarding the style of my writing from Dean Koontz. As for fairytales, though, nothing really intentional.

A&RBC: You have a podcast named after the town, tells us about the Cutter Notch Podcast.

MD: The Cutters Notch Podcast is focused on all things creative. I stretch the boundaries of that definition (what it means to be creative) and generally have fun with the concepts. It is fairly new and I am still building new episodes—I usually add two per month. Podcasting was suggested to me as a way to promote my book, Abandon Hope, but I wanted to broaden it out so that it would remain appealing over the long term. So far, I’ve interviewed some authors, had an episode where we discussed Halloween and I read one of my scary short stories, and I’ve interviewed a couple of technical people about using social media and podcasting. In the future, I’ll have more authors. Plus, I have a comedian, a painter, and some local musicians lined up.

I have a great deal of fun with this creative process. I love the banter and the laughter as we explore different topics. I hope others find it as fun as I do. They can find links to the episodes on my website or they can just search “Cutters Notch Podcast” on any of the standard podcast suppliers.

A&RBC: Will there be more books based in the town?

MD: Yes! Right now, Abandon Hope stands as Book 1 in a trilogy. I am over two thirds finished with creating the story in Book 2. I’m supposed to have the manuscript to my publisher by May 2020. Then, I have a deadline for Book 3 of March 2021. After that, who knows? I’m having fun with expanding characters and developing the intricacies of the little community, so maybe there will be more. I already have two short stories based in Cutters Notch. I’m thinking of sharing one of them in each of my next two books as a little something extra.

A&RBC: Hope and Maggie are hiding away from Hope`s father, Kenny. I`m dying to see if he finds them. Will he appear in future novels?

MD: The troubled soul of Kenny Burton does play an intricate role in Book 2. After that, I’ll just have to see how it plays out in my imagination. We’ll see. I haven’t really seen how he ends up in Book 2, yet—although I do have a pretty good idea.

A&RBC: Did you have a writing process while working on Abandon Hope?

MD: Some writers have everything outlined and planned out before they even start typing away at a keyboard. That’s not me. Basically, I let my imagination free flow. It’s like I’m watching a movie in my head and my job is then to describe it so that others can see the same movie. Maybe that’s why Abandon Hope has so many crazy twists.

One advantage of that is if I don’t like the ending, I can just change it.

In general, I free flow the story. Then, I go back and fix inconsistencies and add detail. I’ve been told that the imagery in my book is very vivid. That occurred because of my second, third, and fourth trips through the story to add in the sights, sounds, and smells—to add color and depth.

Frankly, I’m not sure if I could write from an outline. I’d probably find it two constrictive.

A&RBC: What is next for Michael DeCamp?

MD: I have a non-fiction manuscript that is trying to find a publishing home. I’ve titled it “Lovementalism-Applying Love First Concepts.” It is a Bible study class/devotional book that utilizes personal stories to apply bible passages to our lives with regards to how we should love one another. The concept of lovementalism is that it is the counter and replacement for being judgmental. The stories truly are very personal. Most are either examples of how people showed real love to me, or stories where I blew it and didn’t show the love I needed to show.

I’m in the middle of finishing Book 2 in the Cutters Notch series. I suspect it will be on the market by late next summer. Then, on to Book 3.

On the back burner is a family drama, completely unrelated to Cutters Notch, that is based on the life of my mother. I take real events from her life and fictionalize them. I was thinking about her life a few years ago and realized there was a real story to be told there. I’ve started it, but it is on hold for now. It may be my “Great American Novel.”

In the meantime, I’ll keep doing podcasts.

A&RBC: Where can readers find you? Where can they purchase your book?

MD: Abandon Hope: Cutters Notch Book 1 can be purchased on Amazon in both Ebook and in paperback. If your readers are in the Indianapolis area, signed copies can be found at Indy Reads, Irvington vinyl & Books, Porter Books & Bread, and Red Dog Books. You can also connect with me, find the Cutters Notch Podcast, and link to Amazon for my book by visiting my website: www.abandonhopebook.com

You can find me on Facebook by searching: @abandonhopebook
Follow me on Twitter: @MikeDeCamp1
Follow me on Instagram: mdecamp1985

About The Book

Hope Spencer and her mother moved to the tiny community of Cutters Notch in forested southwestern Indiana to hide from Hope’s dangerous and abusive father.  Unaware whether he is still in prison or has been freed, they settle into a new life under new identities.  The athletic 13-year old becomes close friends with two boys in her quaint neighborhood, and when she mysteriously disappears one Saturday afternoon, they take on the task of finding her.  Racing against time, the boys join forces with their state trooper neighbor and three other very unusual allies to battle against the evil taking aim at their friend.

Will they find and rescue her or will they fall victim themselves?  Still, they are determined.  They will not Abandon Hope.

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Reviews

Book Review: The Temp by Michelle Frances

Title: The Temp

Author: Michelle Frances

Publication Date: January 29, 2019

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

Rating: 5 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner

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I’ve been in the mood for a page-turning thriller and I definitely found it with The Temp by Michelle Frances. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I’m glad I started with this one.

The Temp is about a young woman looking to break into the filming industry, by receiving a chance meeting with a producer she admires and how quick dynamics can change. The twists and turns in this plot were perfect. The characters easy to invest in especially as the story moved forward.

I believed Emma was this horrible character plotting against Carrie until I read more into the book. Carrie was needy to me and a little selfish especially with having a baby she knew would cause issues. Adrian was my least favorite. He was arrogant and only thought about himself. When I got to the end of the book I was satisfied, but you’ll have to read it to find out what I mean by that. This was a well-written book about the things people will do to get to the top and to stay there. Secrets always come back to bite. It had me on the edge of my seat trying to find out what Emma, Carrie and Adrian would do.

I like this author’s writing style and believe she did a wonderful job keeping me interested in the story till the end. I look forward to reading the rest of her work. I definitely recommend, The Temp, to those who love suspenseful thrillers and mysteries.

*This was a leisure read. This book was not provided by the author or publisher for a review.

Meet The Author

Meet The Author: Interview with Jenny Medenwald

Jenny was born and raised in the Midwest and has since settled in Indianapolis. Once a Midwest girl, always a Midwest girl, she supposes. Not enough snow for her liking, but at least they experience all four seasons.

She loves: coffee, the smell of fresh cut grass, red wine, winter (mostly the snow), bonfires, summer concerts, rainy days curled up with a good book, tattoos, all the animals, the ID channel (it’s research!), the hubs and, of course, writing. Not necessarily in that order.

She hates: obscenely hot weather (sweating without exercise or a bathing suit is just awful), rude people (why?), and bad grammar (come on now). Also not in that order.

​Thanks to a copywriting job that didn’t actually provide 40 hours of work, Jenny wrote her first book not long after graduating with an English degree from Indiana University. You can only play solitaire for so long. Since that fateful day, she hasn’t been able to STOP coming up with ideas and as such, has several young adult novels published (mostly thriller and fantasy). And new characters are forever poking her brain requesting that their story be told, so safe to assume there are always more coming…

Q & A with Jenny

A&RBC: What inspired you to write the sweetheart Strangler series? 

JM: As with a lot of authors, most of my books come from asking “what if?” I began Every Breath You Take by wondering what would happen if a girl happened to be dating a guy or two and then realized she had a stalker. And imagining how terrifying it would be to not know who it was, who you could trust. It expanded from there to a freshman in college (always a vulnerable time in an adolescent’s life), and then I added in her sometimes crippling anxiety, which only contributes to the chaos in her mind.
A&RBC: What kind of research did you have to do for this series?
JM: I did a lot of research on the behavior of stalkers, when and why they escalate to more violent crimes, the legal aspect (what behaviors qualify as stalking), what law enforcement suggests to stay safe, what works and what doesn’t to get rid of a stalker, etc.
A&RBC: Are any of Harper Cunningham experience pulled from your own life?
JM: I attended Indiana University, so all the places, streets, etc. are real. I also suffer from anxiety and panic attacks, although mine aren’t triggered by crowds. But no,  I’ve never been stalked 🙂
A&RBC: One of the themes in your series is stalking of young girls, why did you feel it was important to showcase it in these books?
JM: It wasn’t necessarily intentional as much as it fit the plot line of the book, but I think stalking as a crime isn’t taken nearly seriously enough. It may seem innocent at first, but stalking is very difficult to prove and sometimes even harder to stop. The best thing anyone can do is be aware of the patterns and behaviors that constitute stalking and understand the laws in your area.
A&RBC: What do you want readers to take from the series?
JM: It wasn’t as much a conscious effort in the first book, but as the series progressed, I hoped readers would take away that they should always be cautious, aware of their surroundings, and just suspicious enough of people and/or situations that give them a weird vibe. Trust your gut! If something feels weird, it probably is.
A&RBC: Can you share any news on your upcoming book or books?
JM: Yes! I’m happy to announce that the second book in The Hellbound Trilogy, Hounds of Hell, is set to release on November 5th! It’s available for preorder now on Amazon.com.
A&RBC: Where can readers find your books and connect with you?
JM: If you’re local to Indy, I try to participate in regular signings/ meet and greets in the area. I post about all of those on my website (www.jennymedenwald.com) and my social media accounts (Facebook and Instagram). You can find me @jmedenwaldauthor . And all my books are available on amazon (print and ebooks) and I’m working towards getting them all available in audiobook format as well.
A&RBC: What is two things you’ve learned about Indie publishing?
JM: There is never a point in time where you’re even close to knowing everything, so keep yourself educated (follow blogs, research trends, pay attention to what works and what doesn’t, etc.), and make connections! That applies to more than just indie authors, but you need other people like you! Whether they’re indie or traditional), other writers are THE BEST.  Most of my friends and family love to read but just don’t get the blood, sweat, and tears aspect of writing a book. Other writers are great for advice, commiserating, celebrating, getting together for writing sessions, editing help, beta reading, hosting events with, the list goes on! Writing is such a solitary activity that it’s so amazing to have the support of people who know exactly what it feels like.
A&RBC: What is your  favorite  part about  being a indie publisher? 
JM: I love the freedom that comes with being able to make all the decisions related to my books… how and when I release them, choosing my cover designer, editor, etc.
A&RBC: What drew you to writing young adult? And thrillers?
JM: The first book I ever wrote was actually more women’s fiction/ chick lit with a touch of magic realism. When I set that aside, I got the idea forEvery Breath You Take which, because of the setting, required a teenager as the main character. As I wrote it, I realized how much I enjoyed writing from that perspective… there’s so much DRAMA! And I love to read a good thriller, so that genre just made sense for me to write as well. Side note: the first book I wrote was She Dreams In Color, and after I realized that YA was my jam, I actually went back and rewrote the whole book with a younger protagonist! I also completely rewrote the ending 😏
About The Book
Sweetheart or stalker?
Most eighteen year old girls headed to college hope to win the heart of at least one handsome boy. College freshman Harper Cunningham has earned the attention of not one, but two upperclassmen: Caleb and Ryan – both eager to earn her affection in return. Before long, Harper realizes she’s being stalked by a secret admirer. Hidden notes in her locked dorm room, footsteps behind her on campus, even her name set on fire in the middle of the quad. Is it Caleb? Ryan? Or someone who’s managed to keep their identity a secret. Between lack of sleep, sheer terror and medication meant to calm her nerves, Harper begins having difficulty separating her dreams from reality. Who can she count on and who poses a serious threat to her safety? Will Harper make the right choice? Because her sanity – and her life – may depend on it…
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