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About Anthony Awtrey
I’ve been writing novels for fun and practice since 2012. After completing eight novels and a few dozen short stories, I felt ready to publish my first novel, Letting Go, in 2016. In addition, I also published a middle-grade fiction book for my kids entitled Ragel's Brood. When I’m not writing, I’m the CTO for a technology consultancy and a professional singer.
Love and Hate are often opposite sides of the same coin and sometimes, it can be hard to find your way to love.
We all have a tendency to ignore our feelings until someone walks into our lives and makes us crazy.
What happens when the person you think you don't want anything to do with, is the very person you want to spend the rest of your life with?
That's when you discover It Was Always You.
Each story in this anthology will remind you: things are never what they seem and love can be found in the darnedest places.
Thrill of the Heart is a series of stories set in an anthology playing with different romance tropes in the vein of Hallmark Romance. So, if you love a Happily Ever After, this story is for you.
Justin Velez and Larissa Kennedy were high school sweethearts until she leaves for college... and leaves Justin behind. Finances and bad timing left them both hurt, blaming each other for the missed opportunity.
Over a decade later, Justin is still haunted by the memory of their relationship and needs closure to move on. Since high school, he has gotten a business degree, taken over the family carpentry business, and raised his daughter, Bella, with the help of his parents.
Doctor Larissa Kennedy worked hard to achieve her goals. When she runs into Justin again, the familiar attraction and tension are still there. With their history of heartbreak, they have to learn to trust each other again to see if the future holds more promise than the past.
Molly McDill is a struggling single mom who lives next door to Alex and his twins. When she helps them adjust to their new life in the country, she exposes herself and her son to the same threat that followed Alex.
An attempt on his life throws their lives into chaos, inviting more threats, public scrutiny, and Molly's ex-husband back into her life. The tension tests the attraction they feel toward each other as they struggle to keep life normal for their kids.
Alex still doesn't know who wants him dead but suspects his former in-laws. As the threats become a visceral danger, Alex and Molly race to uncover the secret that died with his wife before it costs them everything.
Urban legends have thrilled and chilled us for years, always with a slightly different twist in the telling. Discover the truth behind some of these legends. From the legend of the Chupacabra, to the Headless Horseman, to Friday 13th or a Kidney Thief.
Twenty one different authors, twenty one tellings. These are your stories.
LA LEYENDA DE LA CHUPACABRA
Sightings of the chupacabra are rare and believed to be a case of mistaken identity. It is what everyone believes until the Hurricane. The island has need of it's misunderstood hero, the only catch? She's hungry.
The Legend of the Horseman:
The legend of the Headless Horseman begins in Sleepy Hollow, New York, during the American Revolutionary War. Traditional folklore holds that the Horseman was a Hessian artilleryman who was killed during the Battle of White Plains in 1776. He was decapitated by an American cannonball, and the shattered remains of his head were left on the battlefield while his comrades hastily carried his body away. Eventually they buried him in the cemetery of the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow, from which each Halloween night he rises as a malevolent ghost, furiously seeking his lost head. That's all there is...or is it?
A Night at the Inn:
August 4, 1892. Andrew and Abby Borden have been hacked to death in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts. Their spinster daughter, Lizzie, is charged with the murders and acquitted. To this day, no one knows what really happened.
Fast forward to present day. Will takes paranormal-obsessed girlfriend Emma to the supposedly-haunted Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast. The home, famous for the murders of Lizzie’s parents, is now a popular tourist destination for thrill seekers, ghost hunters, and lovers of the macabre. Did Lizzie really kill her parents? Only Max, a black cat who has taken up residence there, knows for sure. And he’s got a story to tell…if the couple will listen.
DEADLY EXCHANGE: A CHANGELING STORY
Edretta of the magical swamp people has lost two babies to an evil group bent on massacre of her kind. She will not lose another. Swapping her infant son with a human baby is the only way to keep her baby hidden and safe.
At 42, Montgomery never thought his dreams of being a father would ever come true. He couldn’t be more excited about his new son and is determined to love his...unusual...baby—sharp teeth and all.
But both babies come to mortal danger when the swamp baby is exposed in the human world and the evil group kidnap the human child.
Will the babies survive in their strange, dangerous worlds?
When They Call~L.E. Perez
Samantha Barry was clinically dead at the scene of a horrible motorcycle accident, when they called. When she opened her eyes a week later, Sam quickly realized she wasn't alone.
What she discovers is beyond her comprehension and sets her on a path back to the night she died. If only she hadn't answered when they called.
Monster in the Woods ~ Kelly Abell
When seventeen-year-old Graham Sawyer stumbles on an abandoned hunting cabin. Nothing could have prepared him for what's inside. A monster roams this forest, torturing the innocent. Question is, can Graham turn the tables, changing the hunter into the hunted?
Horror in Grieselton ~ TM Witko
In the small town of Grieselton, Georgia an evil has just been unleashed, only no one realizes it… yet! When her patient, Brody Fisher, tells her of an evil presence that whispers to him, telling him to do bad things, Dr. Samantha Mathewson thinks he’s delusional. Will it be too late to save her patient and herself or will she become the victim of a terrible horror that will haunt her once peaceful town.
Gone Fishing ~ Susan Burdorf
The body of a local gambler is pulled from a lake which sets in motion a series of mysteries for Sheriff Pete Malone to solve. When his sister, Belle, discovers clues that could help solve the murder, the killer begins to stalk her pushing up the timeline to solving the killing before Belle becomes the next victim.
Reflected ~ J.Nichole Parkins
What do you see when you look in the mirror?
Marigold Wilson sees regret.
A reflection of a life half-lived, a prison built with debt and depression.
Until one day her reflection looks back at her and doesn’t like what it sees.
Escape ~ Laura Stapleton
The beginning of the end.
When a virus destroys the Earth's plant life, colonizing other planets is the human race's last hope. Countries band together and create seven Advanced Relocation Colonies, sending them to habitable worlds. Between massive extinctions, bureaucracy, malfunctions, and anti-colonization terrorists, can humanity survive?
11:34 ~ L.Marshall James
There is nothing particularly special about the numbers, nothing unique about the time. To most people, it is a 60-second period that happens twice a day. It is something altogether different for me. In the darkness of night, in a flicker of time too quick to discern, an old woman appears. I don't know who she is, where she’s from or what she wants.
All I know is that when she appears, the time is eleven thirty-four.
Revenge from Within ~ Kristin Durfee
A parolee is gunned down in the streets of Seattle on his walk home from work. A woman accused, but acquitted, of murder is killed in her backyard. A vigilante is on the loose and seeking justice for those who've escaped it. Detective Stef Jackson and her coworkers are on a race to track down who the killer is, but what happens when the revenge comes, not from outside forces, but within?
Game Night ~ Miranda Nading
A group of retired women in small town America get together once a week to play poker. When one of their own murdered, and a chess piece left behind by the killer, Ruth knows something more sinister than a random act of violence has touched their lives. With her own chess piece in hand, Ruth is pulled into a game where the winner truly does take all, and the loser pays the price.
When the Water Burns ~ A.L. Awtrey
When Tomas meets the beautiful and talented Kyla singing at the Parrot Dice Bar and Grill he hopes that she will eventually return his affection.
But Kyla is an Ondine.
The ones we love are our gift, sometimes we just need reminded. Join these wonderful authors as they take on on a trip through discovery, love and acceptance of what is this holiday season. Join these amazing authors as they take you on a tour through holiday romance.
Naahla is a young dragonling in Ragel’s brood. She is unique because she has adopted a human girl named Jure as a pet. Dragons see humans, who they call two-legs, as prey. Humans see dragons as mindless beasts. That begins to change when Naahla and Jure teach each other their languages.
After the events in Ragel’s Brood, this story begins as the other human kings rise up when the dragons destroy the kingdom of the greedy King Thorn. Fear and anger prompt the development of new weapons that are powerful enough to bring down dragons. The first attack brings down a group of dragons, but then they all seem to disappear.
Each fall, all dragons in the same extended family gather for a broodmeet. When Ragel’s brood shows up at their broodmeet with a pet two-leg, the other dragons are enraged. The recent war with King Thorn and the new attacks by other two-legs spark a conflict that races toward full blown war.
Only one creature in the world can speak both languages and bring an end to the bloodshed: Naahla’s Pet.
Tomas Salazar sailed into Key West on his charter boat, only intending to stay for a week or two. Then he met the beautiful and talented Kyla singing at the Parrot Dice Bar and Grill and stayed for five years, taking charters to make ends meet and hoping Kyla would eventually return his affection.
Kyla appears to be a woman in her mid-twenties, but is actually an eternal elemental water spirit called an Ondine. Her kind were the truth behind legends like mermaids and the Sirens of Greek myth, which makes playing music in a beach side bar the perfect cover.
When Veto Quesada comes into the bar, Tomas immediately recognizes the danger he represents. To earn the money to buy his boat, Tomas smuggled for the cartels and only ever feared the dead-eyed enforcers who killed for money.
Tomas warns Kyla off when she becomes fascinated with a human seemingly immune to the power of her voice. When her fascination draws Veto's attention, she must risk everything to save her only human friend.
Ragel wants to live a quiet life with his mate, Saah, and their four dragonlings in the sheltered valley he had previously claimed as his own. King Thorn believes dragons are mere animals and refuses to accept Ragel's prior claim to the valley, especially after the greedy king discovers gold there.
Thorn plots to regain the valley after Ragel destroys the mining camp, but is temporarily thwarted by weather and attacks along his kingdom’s borders by other dragons.
Meanwhile, Ragel is teaching his four dragonlings about the world and their history until his most troublesome daughter brings home a young two-leg (human) as a pet. When the pet learns the dragon language and teaches her own tongue to the dragonlings, Ragel is forced to confront his own prejudices about creatures he has viewed as nothing but prey.
When summer comes, tension between the greedy human king and the protective dragon father grows until the conflict erupts in fire and steel. Who will survive?