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Midwest Journal Press publishes popular new authors in most genres. Visit https://livesensical.com/book-series/fiction/ to see their latest releases.

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Action/Adventure
Business
Contemporary
Crime
Fantasy
Humor & Entertainment
Mystery
Paranormal
Romance
Science Fiction
Self-Help
Teen & Young Adult
Women's Fiction

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Melinda Kucsera

Love the cover. The blurb sounds like an interesting read. Wish it was an audio book...


Faith Nightingale

What a great story for mystery lovers! You have to read this!


Stephanie Ayers

This is such an interesting and unique premise. This author definitely has a great imagination.


Michelle Scott

I've only read the blurb, but I'm already hooked. This sounds scary and wonderful.


Frank Daley

Just getting to know Robert. He knows his stuff and shares.


Jean Lee

There are so, so many strange and eerie places in America's heartland, and Marpel puts that eeriness to use in Ghost Hunters. The rustic, beautiful isolation is sure to give readers the shivers as the ghosts arrive...


Sandeep Chakraborty

I love your book and specially the cover... So keep up


G M Sherwin

A great read, recommended.


Midwest Free Press

These books are written in a clean, light style that quickly brings you right into the story and doesn't let you go until the last sentence. You're refreshed, satisfied, and wanting more...


Jade Alters

Can't wait.

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When the Crow Calls by C. C. Brower

Sue had been though a world of pain already.

Surviving re-entry to this planet in a powerless escape pod. Learning to speak with telepathic canines that had become the dominant sentient beings on Earth. Finding she could shape-shift and create very real illusions.

She brought the end to a civil war between their pack and those nearby. Peace on Earth - at least this little part.

By learning only a tiny bit of the special skills she was capable of.

That tiny bit might save the rest of the world as well - if she could learn to master what she didn't know.

To learn a secret she could use to get what she most wanted.

All she wanted to do was rescue her family - only 240 thousand miles away.

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SF/Fantasy Reader by New Voices

New voices bring new ideas and new worlds to you in these six short stories of Science Fiction/Fantasy.

That's what they are good at. Figuring out things that are completely different from the same old repeating plots and characters. Finding new "what if's" that have never been asked before.

Whether you like dystopian stories of what happens after the world ends, or the sudden appearance of fairy tale creatures in our current worlds, you'll find a lot to keep you fascinated by these new authors.

As well, you may find a bit of fine satire and hidden social commentary, something both genres have always been good at.

Regardless, these short reads will fit into your busy schedule - about a week of good entertainment for the odd hours and minutes.

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A Mystery Reader by New Voices

Cozy, Detective, or Amateur Sleuth - contemporary or fantasy - these six short stories will keep you guessing right up to their quick end.

Mysteries come in many forms, and in many locations. Here we have contemporary, dystopian, and paranormal venues so you can immerse yourself from the first sentence in each of these short stories.

- A ghost who has to arrange her own scene-reenactment just to find out how she died.
- How a writer helps a woman find out why she is so sad all the time - from a diner bar stool.
- A private investigator assigned to find out the secret of nurses who can cure the incurable - but then becomes a patient when he breaks quarantine to save another's life.
- A detective who is ordered not to solve a perfect death...

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A Romance Reader from New Voices

Being able to escape into the wonderful world of romance is always a pleasure.

This set of six short stories are an amusing way to find yourself into new worlds, with new lovers working out their difficulties and eventually end up with their happily-ever-after result.

Some are ghosts, some introspective writers, some CIA-government types, a couple of futurists, some socially disadvantaged, and a young couple with hidden abilities.

All in contemporary settings (for the most part) and perhaps something you can relate to (well, we can always want some superpowers, anyway.)

Lose yourself in these worlds and become young at heart again with these short reads to fit into any schedule...

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New Voices Vol. 005 Preview - Anthology by Marpel, Brower, Kruze, Saunders

PREVIEW: A collection of short stories from new voices - the breaking edge cross-currents of mystery, fantasy, science fiction, and romance.

Worlds new or perhaps re-visited - but only you will know if this is the stuff of dreams - or nightmares.

- Wolves that talk to nearly-extinct humans through their minds.

- Witches that not only represent the five elements, but also the five principles that can defeat all magic.

- Goddesses who have to work together to defeat a priestess who has mastered social media, and is threatening to use it to zombify the world.

- How an angel regained her lost wings by finding her true self.

- A female mechanical genius escapes her failure by learning the finer points of marketing (and its key single core basic.)

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Beltway Gremlin by R. L. Saunders

Indecision has been known to kill people. In politics, it just makes fund-raising harder.

That's why we gremlins love the politicians. When they built Washington on our swamp, we got the best deal out of it.

Us and the faerie-folk.

Until then, we only had the natives and the migrant colonists to work with. Influencing their minds and helping them to live more "interesting" lives."

But when they paved over that swamp and replaced it with all sorts of statuary, and homes and lots of unelected bureaucrats, then the fun began.

It's said that the Beltway changes people. No - they are all listening to us - and changing their minds, constantly. Just to keep from going crazy...

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The Integrity Implosions by R. L. Saunders

It all started when politicians and out-spoken celebrities and sports figures started being exposed for the stinkers they are.

It all started with a science grant that created a hypocrisy scanner. Tested on terrorists, it made them disappear. Tested on only the "sometimes" hypocritical, it made them evacuate their bowels. (To say it nicely.)

As the effect on military higher-ups was also disastrous, certain contractors got their research finances cancelled - so they took the circuit and made it a free download as a "gag" gift. Small enough to put in pens and give it away - or send to someone as a "gift."

The results changed Washington and sports teams. But only those who were hypocritical. Integrity got new respect.

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The Case of the Sunken Spirit by S. H. Marpel

To rescue a 12,000 year old ghost, you have to learn to breathe water.

Our next mystery to solve was the toughest yet. We thought ourselves prepared to deal with being submerged several hundred feet below the surface.

My question was how to communicate with something who was older than all civilization as we knew it. What did it have in common with our modern culture? How to talk through an energy shield built to withstand the pressures of that depth?

I didn't have long to wait after we arrived.

Because something pulled me out of that shield and wanted to talk with me right now - deep underwater, ready or not...

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Synco (TM) by R. L. Saunders & J. R. Kruze

Of course it was a normal day. SNAFU - as usual.

But no one noticed, as usual.

The world felt more and more programmed. Or pre-programmed. Life had become a video game, a matrix-spawn. All around me thought this was normal

But no one considered that I would simply revolt.

Because I found out a secret. By visiting an old used book store. One where they somehow made a living selling used books over and over. There were no monitors there, no TV. Smartphones stayed in pockets, preferably off. This store even had a local jammer installed just to make sure people didn't interrupt other people.

That day, I found a secret. Written in print on an actual piece of paper.

It started a revolution. It pulled me out of "sync" - and so I was hunted...

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The Training: Tess by S. H. Marpel

Tesseracts fold time and space. I inherited the ability to both find and control them.

Unlimited access to all universes. Sort of.

Yea, freaky. I know too well how freaky.

So I spent my life on the move - through many times, and many spaces. Forgetting where and when I'd been wasn't an option. My salvation was mastering the trick of retracing my path. To find my original home, to find the love I'd lived so long without.

It wasn't just missing a normal childhood.

If I didn't figure out how to get my life back under control, I'd just be growing older.

Alone.

Without any home or family or lover to ever call my own.

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The Chardonnay Conspiracy by R. L. Saunders

What happens when politicians get old and can no longer be trusted?

Out of power, living on a trust fund, her philandering husband living his own life without her.

Only her dreams of one-time fame (and an often re-filled case of wine) to keep her company, and her old campaign adviser to visit now and then to help her with her biography. Trapped in her own, private, white house. A form of retirement.

But she knows they are all up to something. A conspiracy. So she quietly quits her meds. And starts conspiring back...

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Witch Mystery: Beth by S. H. Marpel

Fighting off a rampaging troll in the woods just to rescue her milk cow wasn't the first thing on her list today.

Neither was finding a male wood nymph who needed her help.

What didn't help was his attitude of being "Nature's gift to women", but his broken leg meant he was going to perish out there when the next troll came along.

Come to think of it, maybe that troll was after him, and not her Bessie-cow?

Regardless, she just couldn't leave him out there. And in spite of his attitude, he was kind of cute, pointy ears and all.

If only she didn't have to now fend off her farm from other very real fairy-tale creatures, like goblins and witches, and of course, more trolls...

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Ham & Chaz by C. C. Brower & J. R. Kruze

Finding out you're immortal as a teenager can set your world on fire.

But finding out at the same time that just getting angry could kill everyone around you can dampen that pretty quickly.

Who wants to live forever if you can't get close enough to someone that they can piss you off and live to see the next sunrise with you?

Meaning - it was time to take a road trip to sort things out.

When my uncle offered a summer gig cooking out of his food truck for a big-city contract, I jumped at it.

But when he stopped to pick up another helper down the road, I was bummed. She was a looker, a great cook, but I didn't know if I could trust myself with her - in every way...

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The Tunnel People by R. L. Saunders

While Marj is helping urban archaeologists, she discovers a secret map that she has to hide from the authorities.

It tells of an underground system of tunnels that cross through mazes of paths under North America, using old limestone caves and aquifers, even connecting to the old ICBM missle bases.

It had been a long and brutal war. At the end, one side was banished underground, long decades ago. If this was true, the war may not be as over as they thought.

She enlisted Rob to help her decipher this map and explore this underground world. They have to work in secret as many of their "finds" have been known to disappear, along with the discoverers.

These two lone researchers find in each other more than they expected...

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The Lonely Witness by R. L. Saunders

She told the magistrate she had been abused, taken advantage of, her reputation ruined.

Or had she?

The village law said that the benefit of the doubt lay with the most vulnerable. And so women were believed when they said some male had fondled or groped or acted in a threatening manner.

For Lyla, it had happened many times. All to her shame.

The men she accused were penalized and their own reputations marked.

Simply denying it was no defense. For in every accusation Lyla presented, there was no witness to say what had happened.

Most of these men stayed far away from Lyla after that. Many left the village.

All to Lyla's benefit. Or was it?

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Rise & Fall of President Frump by R. L. Saunders

Only a Frump could be elected in this modern age. Because no one trusted a man to get anything right anymore. The first female president fit the model, and this reporter was putting the pieces together on how she got elected.

She simply put a new approach to classic poltical ploys. The right gal at the rigth time.

All wasn't smooth sailing though...

With Bonus Short Stories:

The Integrity Implosions - A simple electronic circuit was developed that would detect anyone lying or skirting the truth by giving them the runs. And then it's circuit was released to the Internet and soon was mass produced to put into gag gifts. Of course, when these found their way to Congress...

The Chardonnay Conspiracy - Mrs. C_ was effectively limited to walking her woods and drinking Chardonnay while...

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Mind Timing by R. L. Saunders

Can the future be saved by returning a woman to affect the present?

Peter was a perfect gentleman. When he showed up at an all-woman's club unannounced, the defenses came up. Mari met him, surrounded by women like herself who battled criminal men daily. There was no longer any need for physical sex, the war between sexes had already been won.

Yet here was a white male in a three-piece suit asking for her help to save humankind.

This one man, who says he is from an alternate universe, wants to recruit a specific martial arts expert. With the idea of saving their future by altering our present. Two people taking the balance of future lives into their own hands.

Surprisingly, this is a romance in the making. And a story about enabling religion to save humankind...

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The Case of a Cruising Phantom by S. H. Marpel

I knew exactly why I was still here. To haunt whoever had pushed me overboard.

My only problem was finding them. And if they weren't still alive, they had relatives.

Meanwhile, I kept amused by haunting the ship's passengers and crew. And the cruise line didn't have a problem with it. Their "haunted cruises" were a big hit. Full capacity for this old boat and its evening dinner cruises out beyond the harbor.

"Misstep Mary" they called me. Even had a faded photo of me blown up and cut out so passengers could take photos with me "haunting" them. Because they ruled my death accidental. But would I still be here if it was?

So I arranged for the Ghost Hunters to show up and solve this. Otherwise, there was no peaceful 'going into the light'. Getting revenge might be all I get...

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The Hooman Probe by C. C. Brower

When Sue crash-lands back on Earth, she didn't know what to expect. What she found was a telepathic wolf pack, capable of reasoning and the dominant life form on the planet. They were in a fight for survival with the feral species of wolves, as well as the remnants of humankind.

In the first part of this, Sue learns to communicate and to travel with the pack as they fight and escape from the hunting ferals. In doing so, she fights alongside Tig, the hunting pack leader, to save both their lives.

What she wanted was to get back to the moon base to rescue her family. She didn't know how bad the collapse was.

But before she can get anywhere, she has to prove to the sentient wolf pack that she can be trusted. This means a "probe." Something no human has survived.

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Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective by C. L. Pirkis

One of the first woman detectives - in the times of Sherlock Holmes.

In the days of Doyle's "Sherlock Holmes" there were also feminine characters who solved crime in their own fashion. Such were the cases of Loveday Brooke.

This collection of seven short stories are along the line of Doyle's, where most of Holmes adventures were rarely in novel-length stories.

Loveday Brooke was a private detective who operated in London. She had been an upper class lady until hard times left her penniless and without many friends. She found employment with Ebenezer Dyer, the chief of a well-known detective agency in Lynch Court, Fleet Street. Although her new profession of investigating crimes further distanced her from high society...

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