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Bleak Midwinter is a page-turning mystery perfect for for a Christmas read, perfect for a mid-winter read, it’s even perfect to start in the middle of a hot summer day when you need to an intriguing story to help get your mind off of the heat. Here is a little taste of what makes this a great read for anytime of the year.
It’s not every day you meet a female mortician, and especially one who’s strikingly beautiful. In Bleak Midwinter, the second book in the A Mary Christmas Mystery series, Mary finds herself at the center of a troubling double-homicide investigation while falling headlong into romance with police officer Lance Freeman. As Mary gets closer than ever to danger, she is aided by her dear friends, Silvia and David, who provide answers when she seems to need them most. But nothing is a bleak as it seems, even though Mary is forced to deal with an odd assortment of characters: the deceased’s grieving sister; a released convict who squats on the funeral home premises; a suspicious lawyer; and Rose Edgewater, her new secretary.
Gutsy reporter, Lark Chadwick always seems to find herself at the wrong place at the right time. In Bullet in the Chamber, she is front-row center when the executive mansion’s press briefing room is suddenly attacked. The president is missing, the first lady’s life is at risk, and Lark’s personal life is falling apart when the man she loves disappears. In Bullet in the Chamber, author John DeDakis draws on his own personal pain the sudden death of his twenty-two year-old son Stephen in what promises to be a true page-turner. DeDakis also draws on his forty-five year journalism career. He shows the daily struggles that go on behind the scenes in day-to-day, deadline-a-minute journalism.
It’s not every day you meet a female mortician, and especially not one who’s both beautiful and single. In Cold Snap, the third book in the A Mary Christmas Mystery series, Mary finds herself at the center of another strange murder investigation as she tries to navigate her budding romance with police officer, Lance Free man.
While a historian stands firmly planted in the present and looks back into the past, a historical novelist has a more immediate task: to set readers in the midst of bygone events and lead them forward, allowing them to live and feel the wonderment, fear, hope, triumph, and pain as if they were there.
Learning historical stories is easy, creating stories based in history is not.
In Once Upon a Time It Was Now, best-selling author James Alexander Thom (Follow the River, From Sea to Shining Sea, Sign-Talker) gives you the tools you need to research and create stories born from the past that will move and inspire modern readers.
Mary is constantly standing by people in their darkest of hours, in their numbest of days, and in their weariness and tears. It’s her job. And she’s good at it. In Slay Bells a “John Doe” disappears from Mary’s embalming room during the Christmas rush and she is whirled into the police investigation. Taking matters into her own hands, she determinedly seeks the body’s identification and its whereabouts.
In The Alchemists of Loom, Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer-turned-thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.
Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne.
In Dark Cabin Murders, author, Frank L. Gertcher weaves an exquisitely crafted Civil War era murder-mystery. The story includes good detective work by Jeremiah and James, romance between key characters and insight with regard to the battle of good and evil within the human soul. Frank uses vivid dialogue between characters and emotional first person thoughts to let readers vicariously experience love and hate, rage and remorse, ecstasy and fear, joy and sadness. Yet always, accurate descriptions of historical events and scenes are there, and the reader is immersed in time and place, just like the characters.
Epic fantasy steampunk continues in the second book of the Loom Saga, The Dragons of Nova.
Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything and everyone she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.
In The Rebels of Gold, the third book in the Loom Saga, a new rebellion rises from the still smoldering remnants of the five guilds of Loom to stand against Dragon tyranny. Meanwhile, on Nova, those same Dragons fight amongst themselves as age-old power struggles shift the political landscape in fateful and unexpected ways. Unlikely leaders vie for the opportunity to shape a new world order from the perfect clockwork designs of one temperamental engineer.