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I've only read the blurb, but I'm already hooked. This sounds scary and wonderful.
Just getting to know Robert. He knows his stuff and shares.
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...
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A great read, recommended.
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...
Such a timely topic. I can't wait to read this book!
I am very happy because in this book you can see a more than an ordinary story. It is the book with a great psychological sequence.
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This has to be a good book. The title alone makes me want to open the book.
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When the Cities Died, I Danced by C. C. Brower
A couple of days after the cities died, I was there. Dancing.
Whether it was appropriate or not, there was no one around to care.
I had things to celebrate and this was my way.
Because I and my family were still alive. And perhaps it was a wake for those who weren't.
It wasn't a sad occasion, but joyous.
...That was my reason for dancing. I was thankful. Grateful. To be alive. To have my family. To be able to enjoy this earth.
Bonus Stories Included: When Vacation Plans Revise, The Caretaker, Return to Earth
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...
(Short story - 26 pages.)
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...
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...
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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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 defences 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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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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Escape by J. R. Kruze
Hunted by evil, her only escape was to find the light, but her broken wings couldn't carry her to safety.
Why this tiny, suffering pixie was hunted by a monster troll seemed to be a simple urge - he needed to feed off her energy to keep living.
Only a few hours to daylight, when the troll had to sleep to avoid the burning rays of sunlight, or being found by Truth-Seekers and forever imprisoned in stone. After the sun rose, she could heal herself by bathing in sunlight and escape forever.
But why was this troll out of his territory and why was he hunting her? Not just his hunger, that much was certain.
The troll needed food, but she had a secret message to deliver.
And that one message could prevent humans and fairies from losing a coming troll war...
Vacation Amok by C. C. Brower
Some vacation. Not like I'd planned - or the brochures.
Now I'm in a space suit after some sort of freak accident. Lucky I knew how to get in one, and one was nearby. First time for everything.
But now, I had just so much air, and a huge gap to jump. Because the explosion left a big hole behind. Guess there's a first time for more than one thing...
No power. Little air.
Deep space, off the trade routes.
Helluva way to start a vacation.
The explosion had happened in hyperspace. It threw us out of “warp” and we appeared in normal space several parsecs from where we could be found.
My problem was more immediate though. Power and Air existed on the other half of the ship.
Separated from me by a big hole that explosion had left...
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The Case of Jennie Brice by Mary Roberts Rinehart
The Case of Jennie Brice is a crime novel that tells the story of a blood-stained rope and towel, and a missing tenant, Jenny Brice—all of which convince Mrs. Pittman that a murder has been committed in her boarding house. But without a body, the police say there is no case. Pittman tries to ferret out the killer by using the key to Jennie's apartment to investigate.
In this classic mystery from "American Agatha Christie" Mary Roberts Rinehart, a terrible crime unfolds amidst the worst possible circumstances-devastating flooding that has incapacitated the city of Allegheny, Pennsylvania.
In a flooded house, Mrs. Pittman has to solve a classic case using only her wits - and a key to missing tenant's apartment. This classic whodunit will leave you guessing.
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Cats Typing Romance by R. L. Saunders
Ever wonder how all these Romances and Academic papers get written?
Interestingly, most of these authors have pets. Cats, particularly, who like to type. Seriously. But you'll never know it. Because they get into your dreams at night and make you think you did all that typing.
Of course, this might explain some of the wild theories that come out of Universities these days, as well as the exotic Romances...
F. D. C. Willard, a red tabby cross-bred house cat, was at his usual location for 3am. Typing out a new paper about helium-3 isotopes and the cosmic interrelationships of theoretical sub-orbital particles within nuclei.
Not that he was all that interested in the subject, but it was another chore of his.
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In the days when people were owned by the land, two young girls found their power by becoming ghosts, then spirit guides.
This is their origin-story...
Their Dad had to raise them by himself, as Mother died shortly after birthing them. But as a spirit, she remained on Earth to watch over them. Sal and Jude could see her, and knew their Dad could feel her presence.
Efforts to enter the forest, to exploit its abundant wild game, have all been turned away by supernatural events. Unexplained by locals except that it's "haunted."
The father of these two girls has been teaching them to care for the land and its creatures to maintain harmony and balance.
While their spirit mother has been teaching them other skills beyond human understanding, but easily grasped by the
The Ghost Who Loved by S. H. Marpel
Rose doesn't know why she survived the accident and everyone else was dead.
It was horrible. And she hasn't been able to cry since. Even at the graveyard where she was now.
And then she looked over a few rows and saw a guy standing in front of a grave marker of his own. He looked too sad for someone that good looking.
She came over to see if she could console him, help him somehow. His name was Tom, and he had the most amazing eyes she'd ever seen.
But something was different about him, something that would haunt even her.
The Caretaker by C. C. Brower
A Writer Recluse Places an Ad for a Caretaker and Gets More Than He Asked For
This quiet contemporary fiction has a calm romance beneath the seeming gruff exterior of a reclusive writer who wants his solitude above all else.
When a caretaker arrives who is every bit as quietly headstrong about keeping the place tidy, there have to be some adjustments...
Herman Gauss found a caretaker through an ad he placed.
As a reclusive writer, he didn’t much care for what he got, but had some wishes. Since he’d never married again, the idea of having a female moving about the big empty house made him both worried and content. He had been happy to live quietly at the end of a long, dusty road, but found his cleaning habits left too much dust around.
He wanted to write, not clean house...
A Long Wait for Santa by C. C. Brower
The house seemed so empty now with the children all grown up and on their own. Just me and my masters. I'd always loved when Santa came, and it hadn't happened since the last child had quit living here.
But this holiday was different somehow, especially after I found that red had with the white fluffy edge on it. Maybe old Santa would be here this year...
Two Bonus Short Stories Included:
The Emperor's Scribe -
A young apprentice teaches the Emperor truths found in recording the day-to-day events of the Royal Court. What he disovered changed an empire...
When Vacation Plans Revise -
He was in the bathroom when the explosion left him alone in a plus-size emergency spacesuit. Ahead is the greatest challenge of his life - survive with the little training he'd gotten or else...
The War Bringeth - by C. C. Brower
When there are no more governments, other than on paper, one Corporation will rule and solve all povertey and warfare. The solution enabled people to stay "jacked in" and code 24/7, loving the opportunity.
***If the Matrix had a prequel, this would be it.***
We were called to war. And all volunteers. Not for god or country but for our corporation.
The global one. The one we were all warned against. It came in the back door that had built into our culture. The China-Russia pact had founded it, and gradually its handouts and bribes co-opted all the governments until it was just the U.S. and a handful of holdouts that weren’t on board. Until they were.
Our job was simple. We coded. All day, all night. Jacked in and plugged in with all the nutrients we needed to keep us going...
Ghost Hunters Part One by S. H. Marpel
It started with a dream.
In it, John Earl Stark solved the problem of a ghost he met. Or did he? It was a dream, after all.
The next day he meets two women who visit his cabin, arriving out of the blue, literally. (Well, one arrived with pitched black darkness which filled his cabin and made her cough.)
These two have an offer for Stark. All he really wanted was to enjoy the small cabin and solitude so he could write his detective stories.
These ladies had another offer - to help them solve the reasons ghosts don't move on. Plenty of new inspiration for stories, decent pay, won't interrupt his writing schedule.
Of course, he could die doing it...
The Autists by J. R. Kruze
Carol and Reggie were different. They thought different. Reggie could talk "the ears off a corn stalk." He was an expert on history, like a walking Wikipedia on ancient times (if people could stand to listen to him.) Carol hardly talked, but her hugs could tell you the world. She could solve quintic polynomial equations. And a 4x4 Rubic's cube with one hand.
They were autists. "Special needs" people. Savants, kind of.
They were perfect for each other. Or maybe not. So different.
Between them, they understood the universe.
It was no small surprise that they were part of the next stage in human evolution. The one that's already here. Of course they knew it. But most of humanity didn't...
Her Eyes by J. R. Kruze
What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You.
What You Don't Remember Can Get You Killed.
He looked into her eyes - and forgot everything about himself.
He'd done something that night, but couldn't remember.
And she had left him like that. Until she returned as a Homeland Security agent to save him from two cops who wanted him for questioning.
Now on the run, in disguise, his memory wasn't returning very fast. Josh depended on this mysterious Rosa to get and keep him out of harm's way as they travelled out of L.A. and into remote backroads of Southern California.
There's something about her Josh doesn't understand, or just doesn't remember. Yet.
To solve their situation, Josh will have to recover his lost memories.
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The Lazurai by J. R. Kruze
An unintended result of a terrorist bombing a children's hospital, the Lazurai could kill a person without touching them.
The government made it worse by their experiments. All the children wanted was to feel love like any child. When they grew older, their powers increased. And they found they couldn't be stopped.
Chuck hears a rumor of one coming his way, to his remote way station on the highway. But he can't leave his wife, who's dying. So he waits. And sees the hooded Lazurai walking the long miles on a hot desert day toward him.
All he can do is wait.
What he doesn't know is that this one is different from all the rumors. And his life is going to change forever.
The Lazurai is named Rochelle. And she may be the solution to Chuck and his dying wife's problems...