Thursday, December 5, 2019

VANISH Tour and Giveaway


Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. 

If someone dies and no one knows. . . did it really happen? 

Cooper can't sleep. He's in a foul mood. He doesn't want to believe it.

Willow -- gone.

Stuck in Miami to drop off his daughter, Cooper's world goes from bad to worse. But is there a clue on a dead man that could lead him to Willow?

On the run from the cops and befriended by a woman with skills akin to the Black Widow, death seemingly lurks behind every tree. Who can he really trust?

Ten years ago a little boy was murdered in a hilly Alabama forest. Is it possible that a re-connection of Ball & Chain is tied to uncovering the killer?

There's a dark shadow looming over one county in the deep south. And a black hole might just devour Ball & Chain until there's nothing left of them.

Can Cooper and Willow solve a cold case and out-run the legion of people who want to bury them? 

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You will devour this book if you're a fan of Michael Connelly's Ballard and Bosch, David Baldacci's King and Maxwell, Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli and Isles, Janet Evanovich's Fox and O'Hare, Stuart Woods, or the TV show "Castle."

*Warning: The Ball & Chain Thrillers are an addictive thrill ride full of white-knuckle suspense and snarky wit. A mystery-thriller with a slice of humor. Go figure. Proceed with caution.

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After Willow left a note telling Cooper not to follow in her pursuit to find her father, Cooper couldn’t let it go. After dropping his daughter off in Miami, he tries to sort out where Willow could have gone. While there, as usual, Cooper ends up on the wrong side of the law, but this time he flees with a new friend and a clue. Chaos and danger follow them to the Alabama backwoods. Will he find Willow? He doesn’t know, but he won’t stop until he does.

This was a fun read. The characters that Cooper met on his quest to find Willow were such a hoot. I was laughing so hard at all the predicaments Cooper found himself in. This series has gotten so good. I am so ready for the next encounter of Willow Ball and Cooper Chain.

Don't miss MERCY (The Ball & Chain Thrillers Book 1)
The torment builds and builds and builds…. 

He can't deny it. 

But in what form will the pressure erupt? 

Cooper Chain isn't just down on his luck -- he's almost down for the count. The mob wants a piece of him, and he sees no way out.

It's a special week for Willow Ball, a woman who's survived her own tribulations to reach this milestone in her life.

Through fate -- or a temporary misalignment of the stars -- Willow and Cooper cross paths for the first time since college. Will an unexpected spark re-ignite the flame?

A shattering discovery changes everything for Willow and Cooper. The murder is unlike any other. But what will the cops do about it?

Attacks ensure, chaos ruptures a family . . . Through it all, how can Willow and Cooper find the killer?

But it's not over. As the bodies pile up, a pattern develops and it rocks Willow and Cooper to the core.

And then someone emerges after a three-decade disappearance. Could he be connected to this string of murders?

The past might provide the breadcrumbs to end this nightmare. But Willow and Cooper may not live long enough to see it through.

Will mercy save a life or end many?

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Don't miss FEAR (The Ball & Chain Thrillers Book 2)
Her death has haunted him for over thirty years. 

And he's hell-bent on making someone pay. 

A father goes missing. Not just any father. But a person once worshipped for his world-class talent.

Enter the most unconventional team around: Willow Ball and Cooper Chain.

As a nurse at the community clinic, Willow has seen the painful effects of heroin addiction. But now she's compelled to help a grieving wife and mother.

Dodging the mob at every turn, Cooper has a plan to bring them down while getting traction on his upstart career. Is he marching into a trap?

With their relationship bordering the "friends with benefits" stage, Willow and Cooper team up to find the missing person. But it's not that simple. Nothing with them is ever simple.

The hunt corkscrews into an impossible maze of events -- their lives threatened by a swarm of twisted deviants and social misfits.

Emotions run rampant, stoking one savage response after another. A spark ignites the hate, but what is the real fuel for this wave of brutal crimes?

Ultimately, can Willow and Cooper save a family from the torment before it's too late?

Only if they can overcome their own…fear.

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Don't miss BURY (The Ball & Chain Thrillers Book 3)

Air pumps into the dark night sky.

The blade of the shovel digs deeper and deeper.

And the cries from below are slowly devoured by the howl of a coyote. 

Willow Ball and Cooper Chain are tied at the hip -- on some days that's a fantasy, other days a curse.

But there's one thing they agree on: if they hope to outsmart a ruthless crime boss, luck will have to fall their way.

But that's only part of their perilous imbroglio. Life slips off the rails in a hurry . . . and the implications could be deadly.

A shallow grave is uncovered… and it's the unthinkable. With little evidence, authorities have no suspects. But could this be connected to a similar incident more than two decades earlier?

When another girl goes missing, their world stops down. How is Cooper's daughter caught up in the web?

Every path seems blocked, because every person wants something buried. Does that include what Willow and Cooper feel for each other?

Cops are gunned down, friends are framed and murdered -- how can Willow and Cooper make sense of it all to finally end the mayhem?

But when one more person goes missing, it shreds Cooper's heart.

What will Cooper and Willow sacrifice to save his daughter?

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Don't miss LURE (The Ball & Chain Thrillers Book 4)

A painting. A memory. A death. 

Can safe refuge ever be found? 

Mindi Mendrano was a golden goddess with a tennis prowess few had ever seen.

And then she vanished.

Who had the greatest motive to kill her?

Before Cooper Chain can finally get the green light to pen his first book -- a biography on a once-famous tennis phenom -- he must find her. If she's still alive.

Can secrets kill?

A man disappears into the bowels underneath the city of Dallas, and Willow Ball can't make sense of it or the odd people she befriends. Does at least one man have an ulterior motive?

Two die the hard way, leaving Willow and Cooper scrambling to see through a haze of clues.

Can secrets kill?

Retracing every aspect of Mindi's former life, team Ball & Chain uncover a key to her past. But will it unlock memories that create the ultimate time bomb?

The very existence of a hidden society is on the line -- and one man will either force their loyalty or recreate one of the deadliest events in modern history.

Can secrets kill?

Cooper and Willow have one chance to stop the killing and save a life. But will they be too late?

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Don't miss PREY (The Ball & Chain Thrillers Book 5)

Observation is just the first step.

Then comes the action.

And these actions will speak louder than any words. That much is certain.

Someone is watching. Scrutinizing every flip of the hair, change of expression, and spoken word. What about their aura? 

For Cooper Chain and Willow Ball, it was a normal weekday morning. Until the moment Cooper opens the back door.

Was it just an accident? Or is an invisible force trying to eliminate Ball & Chain off the face of the Earth?

Unable to let go of the memory of her father, Willow takes the lure of learning more information. But a meeting goes horribly wrong, and death is knocking on her door.

Sucked into a vortex of bizarre, deathly events, Willow and Cooper struggle to fight off a never-ending series of attacks. They take one step, but someone else is always a step ahead. How can they defeat what they cannot see?

But when the gauntlet is thrown down, survival takes on a whole new meaning. And that's when Willow and Cooper come face-to-face with a force that could bury them for good.

How many shapes can evil take?

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About the Author
Amazon #1 Bestselling Author, #2 bestselling author on Barnes and Noble, and a Readers' Favorite Gold Medal winner.

John W. Mefford has been writing his debut novel since he first entered the work force almost thirty years ago, although he never put words on paper until 2009. Once he started writing, however, he couldn't stop. Many readers ask John from where he gets his ideas. Well, he's a veteran of the corporate rat-race, a former journalist, and he's always been an astute observer of human and social behavior. On top of that, he's really good at embellishing.

A member of International Thriller Writers, John writes novels full of electrifying suspense -- the same types of books he has loved to read since before he could shave.

When he’s not writing, he chases his youth on bike or a basketball court, all while making mental
notes of people and societies across the land.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Over the River and Through the Wood Tour and Giveaway

A holiday pastiche from the authors of Mindful Writers Retreat, sure to light your festive candles!

From a Thanksgiving snow storm that mends old feuds… to the family misunderstandings that fuel new ones… a quirky elf and some romantic stardust will get you ready to go Over the River and Through the Woods on a journey through time!

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Into the Woods is the title and theme for this assortment of short stories, poems, essays, music, and one walking meditation. Each piece is unique in tone and genre and the result is that the collection captures the fascinating, frightening, fun, healing, and fantastical wonder of time spent in the woods. The twenty-six contributors who attend Mindful Writers Retreats in the mountains of Ligonier, Pennsylvania, are donating one hundred percent of the proceeds to support the research and work of The Children’s Heart Foundation.

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Twenty-one Mindful Writers Retreat Authors contributed to OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS. The group consists of bestsellers, award-winners, first-time authors, seasoned veterans, poets, memoirists, essayists, musicians, journalists, novelists, and short story writers who are traditionally, self and hybrid published. At Mindful Writers Retreats the labels don’t create a hierarchy, but instead reveal the richness of those who attend. Every single writer contributes to the magic and the fun that results from meditation, walking in the woods, and hour upon hour of mindful writing.

“Thanksgiving Traveler” – Janet McClintock
“Solstice” – Eileen Enwright Hodgetts
“Magic Sleigh Bed” – Michele Savaunah Zirkle 
“Tidings of Comfort and Joyce” – Kimberly Kurth Gray
“The Bridge on the River Obi-Wan” – Ramona DeFelice Long
“Reminiscing on the Nostalgia of Happier Times” – Amy Morley
“Christmas Pearl” – Demi Stevens 
“Once Upon a Life Well Spent” – Hilary Hauck
“The Christmas Tree” – Kathleen Shoop
“Tink” – Abigail Drake 
“Limited Time Offer” – Phil Giunta
“Cranberry River” – Lorraine Donohue Bonzelet
“The Christmas Angel” – MaryAlice Meli
“A Gift” – Lori M. Jones
“Stars of Peace” – N.J. Hammer
“Fathers and Daughters” – Jennifer Diamond
“The Day the Magic Died” – James Robinson, Jr.
“Shaping Christmas” – Denise Weaver
“Buon Natale” – Cara Reinard 
“First Nativity” – Larry Schardt
“’Twas a Hard Day’s Night and Another Auld Lang Syne” – Sherren Elias Pensiero

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Review of They Come at Night by Nick Clausen

They Come at Night

By Nick Clausen

They Come at Night Kindle Edition
Four teenagers. A cottage by the beach. A scary secret kept by the locals. And those who come at night ...

A classic horror story in a gothic setting told in a modern voice, They Come at Night has sold several thousand copies worldwide. 
“Fun, creepy and thrilling! Wauw, it was a good book!”
★★★★★ The Book Experience
“A refreshing read that will quench any book lovers’ thirst for horror”
★★★★★ Price Girls
“A true pleasure to read—I just couldn’t put it down!”
★★★★★ Goodreads Reviewer
They Come at Night has everything for fans of horror, mystery, thrills and suspense. For fans of The FogThe MistDead Sea and Lovecraftian tales.


Jayden was staying the weekend with his friends Richard, Max and Sienna, at a beach cottage owned by Richard’s parents. On the first day Sienna cut her foot, Max found a skeleton, and Jaden met a boy named Chris. Chris reluctantly told Jayden a wild story about needing protection from the people of the sea. Jaden had no idea of what Chris was talking about and just thought he was weird. But, by the next night, he discovers the truth about the danger that the locals never speak about.

I enjoyed this eerie, short story. It was written in the same tradition as all other stories involving teens on their own, on a weekend getaway, with an unimaginable horror happening. Even so, that didn’t take away the haunting, creepy feel that keeps you mesmerizingly interested. 

** I received this book without obligation, and have volunteered to share my review. The above unbiased opinions are 100% my own.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Beneath By Maureen A. Miller


By Maureen A. Miller

BENEATH Kindle EditionIt was Stella Gullaksen’s final break before starting her freshman year at college. Joining her best friend, Jill, and Jill's family aboard the STARKISSED, Stella wakes to a violent storm that capsizes the boat over a hundred miles off the New Jersey shore.
As the waves haul her under Stella knows that she is going to die. Instead, an unusual current drags her deep into the underwater canyons of the Atlantic Ocean. Powerless against the raging waters, she is suddenly sucked into a ventilated cave. One by one, Jill and her family also emerge in the sunken cavern.

With only a faulty diving flashlight to keep oblivion at bay Stella and her best friend's brother, Colin, search the cave in hope of finding a way back to the surface. What they discover, however, is that they are not alone. There are other survivors in this subterranean grotto–survivors spanning decades of maritime disasters.
Will this discovery prove salvation, or have they all been condemned to the same fate? A grim finale at the bottom of the sea?

On an alliance forged by friendship and attraction, Stella and Colin battle to escape the danger that lies beneath.


Donald and Anne Wexler were on an overnight fishing trip, along with their son Colin and daughter Jill. As was normal, Jill’s best friend Stella had come along also. Before they returned, they encountered a sudden storm that capsized their boat. A strong current drags them down into an underwater cave. There they encounter others who have been trapped there for many years. But there’s something else there too. Something very dangerous.

I liked how the characters evolved throughout the story. The plot was different and easily held my interest. It had just the right amount of twists and mystery to keep me turning the pages.

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