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Initial post: May 27, 2011 12:54:56 PM PDT
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Posted on May 27, 2011 12:55:48 PM PDT
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Posted on May 27, 2011 1:26:51 PM PDT
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Posted on May 28, 2011 4:58:10 PM PDT
JR says:
Please consider my latest novel, Depraved Difference (A Detective Shakespeare Mystery), now on Kindle and in paperback.
Top 100 in UK Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Crime, Thrillers & Mystery > Police Procedurals
Top 100 in UK Books > Crime, Thrillers & Mystery > Police Procedurals
Would you help, would you run, or would you just watch?
When a young woman is brutally assaulted by two men on the subway, her cries for help fall on the deaf ears of onlookers too terrified to get involved, her misery ended with the crushing stomp of a steel-toed boot. A cell phone video of her vicious murder, callously released on the Internet, its popularity a testament to today's depraved society, serves as a trigger, pulled a year later, for a killer.
When emailed a video documenting the final moments of a woman's life, entertainment reporter Aynslee Kai, rather than ask why the killer chose her to tell the story, decides to capitalize on the opportunity to further her career. Assigned to the case is Hayden Eldridge, a detective left to learn the ropes by a disgraced partner, and as videos continue to follow victims, he discovers sometimes just watching is fatal.
Depraved Difference (A Detective Shakespeare Mystery), only 99 cents

Posted on May 31, 2011 3:00:39 AM PDT
~Lady Renate says:
Exogenesis (Celestial Mists)

When a respectable doctor mysteriously dies and his death is subsequently ruled a homicide, it sends shock-waves through the English village of Helmsley. As the investigation unfolds, few clues are found and only the local priest, Father Montgomery, and the doctor's daughter, Siobhan, seem at all affected by the man's passing. To make matters worse, the newspaper start writing scandalous stories about the murder and to top it all off, the body, not yet cold in the ground, is stolen from its coffin without a trace.

When Siobhan starts suffering from terrifying, prophetic dreams and a collection of Satanic books are found in the doctor's closet, the investigation takes a paranormal turn and demonic forces they never knew existed come into play. As Siobhan tries to familiarize herself with this unknown world, she is thrown off-balance by two completely different men - both of whom strangers from out of town. But can she trust her feelings? Can she trust them? Lies will unravel and secrets are revealed as a showdown with her father's killer creeps closer.

Just when she thinks nothing can surprise her anymore, she is granted a visit from Satan himself (he prefers to be called Lucifer, which has a nicer ring to it), who is not at all as she imagined and makes her a surprising offer. Angels, demons and humans face off in this paranormal fantasy series that proves politics exists not only on Earth. 'Exogenesis' only shows the tip of the ice-berg. War is coming. An apocalyptic celestial war that will forever change the face of the Earth.

Posted on Jun 10, 2011 10:17:31 AM PDT
Spring says:
I LOVE Fridays!

Posted on Jun 10, 2011 11:40:24 AM PDT
Fridays are pretty awesome, especially when they're non-working Fridays (not that an author is ever not working).

I've published 45 novels, random nonfiction, and more than a hundred comics and graphic novels. But one of my favorite novels, The Slab, is one of my least known because it was published by a very small press (at the time, bigger now) that primarily published comics. It's finally, 8 years later, available for Kindle. It's a horror epic set around California's Slab City and Salton Sea in the Imperial Valley--if you've ever been there, you know what a strange place it is. You could hardly visit and NOT want to write a horror novel about it.

Here are some quotes from reviews:

Kevin J. Anderson wrote: "In The Slab, Mariotte grabs the reader's mind bare-handed and drags you through the unraveling of human interactions. It's insightful, potent, powerful--and downright creepy. Not only is The Slab a microcosm of the dark side of human nature, it's also a ripping good thriller."

Scott Ciencin wrote: "Mariotte is an author with vision. His prose is striking, his plots involving, his characters identifiable. He knows how to move an audience--and how to strike absolute terror in their hearts. If you're not reading his work, you should be. I highly recommend The Slab."

Rick Kleffel of wrote: "Novels of place can have a special hold on the horror reader. Jeff Mariotte stakes out his own territory in The Slab, a prime piece of guns-a-blazing horror that surprises with a quirky mixture of subtlety and two-fisted terror. Set in the Imperial Valley near the Salton Sea, Mariotte creates a miasmic aura of escalating violence and ugliness. His characters kick in with clarity, and he maneuvers them across the bleak landscape with skill. So far, you have a nicely sculpted 1980's style horror novel. But then Mariotte plays his trump card by placing the novel shortly after the events of September 11, 2001. It's a surprisingly effective gambit, giving the novel unexpected shadings and depths. Better yet, Mariotte never overplays this hand. 'The Slab' is just as fun as you hope it will be, and far more resonant than you'd expect. With all the buildup, Mariotte even makes an effort to pay off his readers in kind. He might not quite manage it, but you'll be hard pressed to hold it against him."


"Mariotte does a fantastic job at conveying the atmosphere of hopelessness and stubbornness that populates the Slab. The pictures he creates in the reader's mind will match precisely those found on the website for the real inhabitants of the slab, Overlaying all of this is the post-9/11 malaise of suspicion, aggressiveness and terror. Mariotte manages both thought-provoking juxtaposition and lizard-brain satisfaction as he plays out the large cast of characters across this hard and relentless landscape. His serial killers are just original enough to catch readers by surprise and he neatly ties together the threads of random magic, post-traumatic stress syndrome, a subtle supernatural invasion and an upper-class attack on a lower class landscape."

A reviewer for wrote:

"Mariotte draws us deep into the character's thoughts and motivations, making them real individuals. He deals well with how people felt in the weeks following the tragedies in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., adding a troubling sense of realism to the tale. The Slab is 90% suspense thriller and 10% horror novel and my only complaint with it was the fact that it took so long to reveal the horror at the tale's heart. A good, solid read."

And in Comics Buyer's Guide, Tony Isabella wrote:

"The horror builds slowly in The Slab, but it builds steadily. You know something is wrong and you keep turning those pages until the big reveal. You even get some clues as to the nature of that very wrong something. I put most of it together before the reveal, but Mariotte still had a few surprises, an exciting climax, and a satisfying ending for me."

I hope you'll give it a try!

Posted on Jun 10, 2011 12:56:29 PM PDT
Nights at the Cuzco is a romantic suspense that plays out on the Las Vegas Strip. Zia Jones is at the peak of her career as an acrobat, and the headlining act at the brand-new Cuzco Resort Hotel & Casino. She works hard and lives quietly, until handsome, womanizing Prince Faoud comes along and seduces her. Now, she's all over the news as his latest conquest...and then as a thief when she's accused of stealing his priceless Inca necklace. To make matters worse, she's attracted to the hotel's head of security, but since he had to question her about her affair with the prince, he probably doesn't want her, or so she thinks. It's not a love triangle, but rather explores some of the issues in modern life that are often ignored in modern romance novels, while entertaining readers with a classic "who dunnit" mystery.

Posted on Jun 11, 2011 12:02:10 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 11, 2011 12:10:23 AM PDT
(I grew up with the family of a 13-year Republican US Congressman--and was deeply involved with his "bad seed" daughter. The son in this family stars on TV's "Cougar Town.")
Bombastic Gadflies
Roman a clef (or autobiographical fiction: actual persons or events disguised as fiction) is a potent way to heal the injured mind: you tell without telling. It's therapeutic and touches readers in the same way.

"The father is always a Republican toward his son, and his mother's always a Democrat" (poet Robert Frost).

"...self starvation expresses hostility, control and aggression toward the family....anorexia nervosa as a struggle for differentiation, identity and self-respect...pointed to defective parenting. Such ideas are now generally accepted as plausible, yet remain unproven" (Vincenzo F. DiNicola)

Myra's dad pockets the largest pool of PAC money of any departing member of Congress, $700-thousand (through a loophole)--by not seeking another congressional term... running for governor, instead. Until the Kentucky governor's race the 13-year Republican congressman's life was never examined with such scrutiny. Congressman Lucas remained one of the biggest abusers of the House Bank's routinely covering overdrafts for insufficient funds--$300-thousand.

Myra's father bought her a horse in fourth grade. She spent her whole life at the barn with it. He bought her a horse because he wanted his kids to grow up around animals or in that kind of environment, rather than in front of a drugstore. But Myra Lucas always acted somewhat twisted, and she had a keen capability of twisting everyone and everything around her. Myra and her best friend (and neighbor), Royce, worked innumerable horse farms together. He stayed amazed at her ability to get others to clean her stall...feed for her later, or whatever the task. The Persian Gulf war beckoned their racetrack buddy, Stan Winthrop, to play a major role as a pilot. He was missing in Iraq. Persian Gulf remarks about Royce and Myra's lost friend often acted as free publicity for US Representative Carey Lucas, the ranking Republican member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Royce introduced Myra (and lost her) to his lifelong overweight friend, Leila (the wealthy daughter of his mother's eccentric best friend [who both shared dark secrets]). Leila's parents built an extravagant home in Lexington, but was not allowed reside with them and her anorexic sister. Leila was too fat and destroyed the beauty of her "beautiful" family. The things Royce, Myra, and Leila felt successful about their extremely successful parents acted like-is that it?

Like others fighting anorexic nervosa , Royce felt the only way he could live was through other people-and viewed that as his justification for being around. The taking away of food (to end his life) was the result of the battle. His fight remained one that starvesd not only the body but also his soul. He often thought, "How could he be of importance to anyone when he hadn't made the world perfect for all involved?" Royce VanArsdale began unraveling the biggest lie of his life in California with the VanArsdales....who along with his mother all played a role in the deception.

Myra's dad couldn't beat his millionaire-horse-breeder opponent politically in the governor's race, but he was going to beat him on the racetrack in the Kentucky Derby... so he thought. But Myra had other ideas.

Posted on Jun 11, 2011 5:19:45 AM PDT
C Hunter says:
Offbeat adventure and humor - the Key Weird series only 3.99 ea.

Key Weird
Key Weirder
Key Witch
Key Manatee
Key Lucky

(and to everyone who helped make these books such a success on Kindle this year - thank you!!!)

Posted on Jun 11, 2011 5:50:53 AM PDT
LilTuscany says:
Sheri Gill - All my books are just .99 cents each! A short description and links:

A Knight In Glendalough (The Aerleah Series) is an exciting story for anyone who loves dragons and magical lands, and just a little magic. Matty is a boy who is bullied at school and at home. He feels he can't do anything right, including taking care of his little brother. When life gets to be just too much, and Matty feels that he can't stand it any longer, he finds a small black stone and is magically pulled into Glendalough. A world where everyone comes from a background like Matty's, but these wonderful people believe that Matty is a Knight! Sent to save them from the horrible dragons and crags that live beyond their borders; just waiting to reclaim their land! Will Matty find what it takes to train as a Knight, and fight for his life and for everyone in Glendalough? Only .99 cents.

Whispers Of Angels A novel for anyone who has lost a loved one. Whispers Of Angels will help you feel closer to them and to hear their gentle nudges as you go through life. Angels don't have halos and harps, they are very busy, watching over us and whispering guidance.

Some Days Are Diamonds, Some Are Murder (The Carly McCloskey Mysteries) A close-knit apartment building, a couple's murder and an overwhelmed Carly McCloskey are going to keep you up nights until you finish the book! When it's over, you will be ready to move in and make this crazy cast of characters your new friends. From the little old lady who always brings Carly food, to the sexy Luke who dresses all in black, and wants Carly to help him solve the crime...and a little something else.

The Recession Era Cookbook 2010 (Cookbooks By Sheri) Is an actual cookbook, for just .99 cents!! I can't figure out how to make a clickable index, so this was written to be read and copied out, kept in a 3 ring binder. Here you will find only my favorite recipes, gleaned from my decades of buying full recipes boxes from yard sales and ebay, trying them, fine tuning them, and getting them to where they are the best of the best. Plus, The Recession Era Cookbook has recipes that even the most picky eater will they are cheap!!!! If you love to cook, you must grab a glass of wine, read my personal stories with each recipe, and let's get to know each other over food.

The Will Was written for young, teen boys. Grandpa Chesterson has died and written a very odd will. In it, he attempts to name a winner of what's left of his fortune. Will it be the son that cared for him in the end, or the daughter he pushed away? Only Jack can decide it, because Grandpa's video will states that Jack must stay in the broken down, old mansion for two weeks, alone, with no electricity, to win the mansion for his mother. If he freaks out and leaves, his uncle wins the fortune. At first, Jack thinks this will be easy, but he soon realizes that someone is trying to get him out of that mansion, and will go to any lengths to get it.

Houseboat Laney! was written for teen girls! After being attacked by her 'bad boy' boyfriend, Laney begins to think that the tough girl image she has created at school and home is becoming too much for her. It's a lot of work, keeping it going. When her parents are driven to what they call 'the last straw', they ship Laney off to live with an aunt she's never met, who lives in Mississippi, on a houseboat!! Will the mere lack of friends and cell phone reception be the last of her? Will she get to where she wants to be when she steals her aunt's Jeep and runs off? Or will the constant ting...ting..ting of rain on the houseboat roof and the smell of catfish for breakfast lure her back?

Trade Rat: A Bedtime Book For Children (Wonderful Read-Aloud Chapter Books For All Ages) Trade Rat was written specifically to be a read-aloud book. If you love to read to your kids, this story is warm, exciting, magical and perfect for reading at bedtime! Just .99 cents.

Out Of The Box: A Midlife Crisis Novel (No-Fluff Novels of Women, Life and Change) Specifically written for women in mid-life, that wonder if taking care of the kids, the dog and the husband is really enough in life. Karen Pika feels less than sexy or desirable to her husband, especially after cleaning the house and fighting with the kids. Then one day, a new man moves in across the street and he notices Karen. At first, she's just enjoying a man taking interest in her, but will it go too far?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2011 9:14:14 AM PDT
Hank says:
Hello readers and writers:

I'm cheating a bit since it's Saturday but thought I would pass along to you the early cases of the Murder Squad, on sale for a limited time at 99 cents. I hope you will check them out.

Posted on Jun 11, 2011 5:09:25 PM PDT
JD Goff says:
Okay, am I that disconnected? Is there a 3 day weekend of which I was unaware? I confess to forgetting my own birthday, let alone the birthdays of other people, and I have (honestly) forgotten that it was Christmas Eve, but I usually know if a holiday is coming up, and for the life of me I can't think of one that's on the horizon.

Posted on Jun 11, 2011 6:33:18 PM PDT
J. R. Tomlin says:
Eighteen-year-old James Douglas can only watch, helpless, as the Scottish freedom fighter, William Wallace, is hanged, drawn, and quartered. Even under the heel of a brutal English conqueror, James's blood-drenched homeland may still have one hope for freedom, the rightful king of the Scots, Robert the Bruce. James swears fealty to the man he believes can lead the fight against English tyranny.

The Bruce is soon a fugitive, king in name and nothing more. Scotland is occupied, the Scottish resistance crushed. The woman James loves is captured and imprisoned. Yet James believes their cause is not lost. With driving determination, he blazes a path in blood and violence, in cunning and ruthlessness as he wages a guerrilla war to restore Scotland's freedom. James knows he risks sharing Wallace's fate, but what he truly fears is that he has become as merciless as the conqueror he fights.
A Kingdom's Cost

Posted on Jun 16, 2011 10:19:36 PM PDT
Spring says:

Surrender the Heart

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 3:40:36 AM PDT
Hank says:
Hello all you readers and writers out there somewhere: Hope its a wonderful weekend and happy Fathers' Days festivities for all those families out there. Looking for a last minute gift, take the time to check out The Early Cases of the Murder Squad: The Betrayal, The Ice Pond, The Garden Plot for that special person. Cheers!

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 3:59:30 AM PDT
Philip Chen says:
Only One Man Can Save the Planet; Small Problem, He Just Died
Readers often wonder, "if this story might not be fiction at all, but something very real and very disturbing."
Sci-Fi Thriller, 40 Four or Five Star reviews on Amazon US and UK, 98,250+ words, 99¢
Falling Star

A well-known cartoonist just called me "a very dangerous man."
Other readers compare my cartoons to Gary Larson's "Far Side."
Cartoons, 5 Four or Five Star reviews on Kindle and Print editions, 124 pages, $2.99
There is Strangeness in the Universe (Volume 1)|Print

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 5:36:24 AM PDT
Stephen says:
The Disappeared: $0.99

Stacey Hutus is desperately searching for Amelia Hutus, her missing daughter. It has been six months and still no word, no ransom note and no clue as to who might have abducted her from her own backyard.

Benjamin Trent is a social outcast with a criminal record and trouble follows him around like a guilty conscience. Blessed with extraordinary abilities that threaten his health, Benjamin and Stacey are on a collision course which sees Benjamin trying to find Amelia.

As he unravels the mystery Benjamin discovers that something far more sinister force is at work as he wades through murder, kidnap and betrayal searching for Amelia as a malevolent, macabre force that has lay dormant for decade's searches for him.

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 5:40:25 AM PDT
Jon Olson says:
Well, Friday when you have to work Saturday is not quite as sweet. Still, I'll take it.

The Petoskey Stone

Publishers Weekly had this to say:

Hotshot investigative reporter Steve Flaherty takes on a powerful real estate developer, corrupt politicians, and an ill-tempered city editor who hates his guts in this tightly plotted crime fiction novel set in a mid-size Michigan city.

Two construction workers who specialize in high-rise welding have plummeted to their deaths in a gruesome crane accident at the city's almost-completed sports stadium and within minutes there are rumors that someone on the work site knew the enormous crane was going to fall. Flaherty, ordered to stay away from the breaking story by editors who felt his previous coverage of the stadium developer had been too critical, protests and is suspended from his job. He nevertheless races to the scene, and is grudgingly reinstated based on the authoritative story he calls in. The fast-paced plot follows Flaherty's investigation into the two deaths and into the odd behavior of two other construction workers who, after witnessing the crane collapse, got in their truck and fled home to Wyoming.

Flaherty's style is a mix of shrewd, gutsy reporting and horrendously bad career moves and personal gaffes (pursued by a female reporter who finally gets him into her bed, he ham-handedly extricates himself from the fling, only to learn that she's been promoted - to be his editor). Flaherty's constant whiny self-deprecation and social cluelessness make him a hard protagonist to warm up to, but the story - trim and taut and filled with strong, memorable characters - never lets you down.

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 6:09:47 AM PDT
Pam Howes says:

Does he strut around playing air guitar? Wished he'd joined a rock group in his youth?

Then treat him to my Rock'n'Roll trilogy. 70 pence/99 cents each. There are some great
5 * reviews on Amazon by men as well as women!

Three Steps To Heaven - set in the swinging sixties.

'Til I Kissed You - set in the New Romantics and Live Aid era of the eighties

Always On My Mind - set in 2001/2002

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 7:22:11 AM PDT
Thanks for starting this thread! I have a YA paranormal romance to add: Pure.

Thanks again!

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 7:46:20 AM PDT
Here's your entertaining 99 cents summer read, for all mystery signs!
The Great Detectives (From Vidocq to Sam Spade)

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 9:27:28 AM PDT
J. R. Tomlin says:
How about a new fantasy with for father's day, one with a male protag that I think a lot of guys would like. Wrai is one of the most cunning gamblers in the Four Dukedoms but he never laid a wager on magick.

Laying the Odds only 99 Cents!

J. R.

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 9:35:22 AM PDT
Ali Cooper says:
Friday...hmm, yes :).

Likened to The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and Second Glance by Jodi Picoult

Do you believe you've lived before? Julia does. Since she was a child she's had dreams, memories and visions of what she believes are previous lives.

She doesn't pay much attention to these flashbacks until her grown-up son dies and, at the same time, she's suspended from her job as a doctor. With her present day life - including her marriage - falling apart around her, Julia turns to her past lives as an escape.

For the first time, she meets someone whom she recognises from a previous existence. She is drawn to get to know him. But while, in the past, he was her teenage sweetheart, in this life he's a murderer. Present and past entwine, culminating in a dramatic conclusion.

Set in Nottingham and Lyme Regis.

The Girl on the Swing

Also by this author, a tale of relationships and caves


Posted on Jun 17, 2011 9:36:53 AM PDT
Ali Cooper says:
And meanwhile, somewhere deep beneath the mountains...

Marty Wight is in a crisis and the next forty-eight hours are crucial. Will his life begin at forty - or will it end?

When Marty is reunited with old friends from university, he discovers their lives are no longer as simple as they were in student days. And the arrival of the seemingly perfect newcomer, Ashley Roberts, only complicates things further. But they all have one thing in common and together the friends pursue their hobby of cave exploration.

As twisted relationships play out on the surface, Marty finds himself descending into a dark underworld: not only that of subterranean caverns and stalactites but an even more dangerous world of drugs and crime. Eventually, trapped down a cave and left to die, Marty realises that if he is to have a future he must escape, not only from the cave, but also from the guilt and secrets which tie him to the past.

Cave is a coming of age adventure, spanning twenty years of friendships and relationships. Set in Wales at the turn of the millennium.

108K words - that's around 400 pages (approx).

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