Friday, March 5, 2021

SPOTLIGHT - HORROR ANTHOLOGY - THE HALF THAT YOU SEE Edited by Rebecca Rowland

The Half That You See
Edited by Rebecca Rowland
Genre: Horror Anthology


Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.”
-The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether by Edgar Allan Poe (1845)

Poe’s classic tale told of a state of the art hospital boasting a curiously experimental treatment, but things were not as they seemed. In The Half That You See, twenty-six writers from around the globe share their literary optical illusions in never before seen stories of portentous visions and haunting memories, altered consciousness and virulent nightmares, disordered thinking and descents into madness. Take a walk down the paths of perception that these dark fiction raconteurs have tunneled for you, but keep a tight grip on your flashlight: the course twists and turns, and once you’re on route to your destination, there is no turning back. That which creeps about in the poorly lit corners of the human mind has teeth, and it’s waiting for you.


"Chalk" by Elin Olausson
A young man rents a room at a bed & breakfast and meets a girl who sleepwalks during the day and is only herself at night. 


"Winnebago Indian Motorhome by Tonka" by Eddie Generous
Chasing down nostalgia, Josh Dolan buys a vintage Tonka Winnebago, but it isn't quite like the toy he'd had as a kid; this Winnebago knows the future, and it knows Claire Dolan's secrets.


"Sepia Grass" by Sam Hicks
A young man begins to question the recurrent visions he has always believed to be flashbacks to a childhood drug overdose.


"Prisoner "by T.M. Starnes
Kidnapped prisoners sometimes survive, but that's when their terror truly begins.


"Turn a Blind Eye" by Kelly Griffiths
An explosion leaves an ornery pharmacist with shards of mortar in his eyes and disturbing changes to his vision, especially when he looks in the mirror.


"Falling Asleep in the Rain" by Robert P. Ottone
A man recounts his youth through a dream, revealing as a young boy his experiments with love for another boy, only to face the ire of his murderous father.


"Black Dog Blues" by Luciano Marano
In a story inspired by an actual urban legend popular among American truckers about a spectral black dog that appears to drivers just before a lethal crash, a haunted man recounts his own devastating encounter with the creature and sets out for revenge with a hapless hitchhiker reluctantly in tow. 


"Imaginary Friends" by Nicole Wolverton
Julie Strawbridge is called in to see the principal of her nephew Augie's school after he is expelled for selling imaginary friends to his classmates for a dollar.


"Boogeyman" by Susie Schwartz
One boogeyman; two perspectives, and the horror of mental illness that torments them both.


"Safe as Houses" by Alex Giannini
Carrie and Will moved into a new home, into a new phase of their lives. But every love story is a ghost story, and theirs is no different. 


"The New Daddy" by Scotty Milder
A crumbling marriage and a new home is filtered through the eyes of its smallest witness.


"Cauterization" by Mack Moyer
A woman on a methamphetamine binge harbors a dark secret from her past that begins to manifest in vivid waking nightmares that may, or may not, be real.


"The Tapping at Cranburgh Grange" by Felice Picano
When an American couple leases and then buys a manse in England, they become aware of a strange noise only some people can hear. 


"Elsewhere" by Bill Davidson
Colin lives a stressful life in an overcrowded flat with a sick daughter and a mother with dementia, in the middle of crammed and noisy London. More and more, however, he is elsewhere.


"Daughters of the Sun" by Matt Masucci
A retired homicide detective living in Florida finds that a past case investigating a dark nature cult twists into his reality.


"The Coffin" by Victoria Dalpe
A young woman still grieving a recent loss discovers an exhumed coffin on the street. 


"Old Times" by Mark Towse
A man suspects his wife is cheating on him, and when she leaves for the evening, he considers the possibility over a bottle with an old friend.


"Lonely is the Starfish" by Lena Ng
Many people have pets, but one lonely young man becomes too close to his pet starfish.


"Hagride" by Justine Gardner
A cormorant speaks, and Josie tries not to listen as it begins to resemble ghosts from her past.


"Raven O’Clock" by Holley Cornetto
A man seeking shelter from the tragedies of his life finds more than he bargained for in a mysterious cabin.


"Officer Baby Boy Blue" by Douglas Ford
An eye injury and a grotesque gift from a police officer in a hospital emergency room ultimately leads a young man to special properties of sight.


"The Intruder" by Lamont A. Turner

Suspecting someone has invaded her home and the homes of those close to her, a woman struggles with delusions that may not have originated with her.


"Alone in the Woods in the Deep Dark Night" by Edward R. Rosick
Trapped in his cabin by a howling snowstorm in the desolate wildness of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Gary Chandler finds that freezing isolation is only the beginning of a descent into bloody madness.

"Mesh" by Michael W. Clark
A regular guy wants too much control in the modern global community: over both his home and his wives.

"Der Hölle Racht" by Laura Saint Martin
A victim of domestic violence embarks on a drug-fueled journey and rampage.

"The Red Portrait" by Mahlon Smoke
A frustrated artist spies a forgotten portrait in a shop and finds himself consumed by its beauty.

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The Half That You See is written by twenty-six authors from five different countries, including Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award finalist Felice Picano, Feature Writer of the Year recipient Luciano Marano, and honorees from Ellen Datlow’s most recent Best Horror of the Year, Bill Davidson and Sam Hicks. Editor Rebecca Rowland is a dark fiction writer whose previous Dark Ink anthology curation work includes Ghosts, Goblins, Murder, and Madness and Shadowy Natures: Stories of Psychological Horror. Dark Ink Books is the proud home of UnMasked, the best-selling memoir of horror legend Kane Hodder, and Savini, the special effects icon’s coffee table biography.



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RELEASE DAY - CONTEMPORARY LGBTQ+ - THROUGH YOUR EYES by Marianne Lomberg

Through Your Eyes
by Marianne Lomberg
Release Date: March 5th 2021
Genre: F/F Romance



Debut author, Marianne Lomberg, brings you an armchair travel F/F romance filled with emotion and beauty while finding out if love is enough.

Niki Wolf kills people with her pen before they die.
If her job as celebrity obituary writer has taught her anything,
it’s that people are predictably dull. That is until she meets Brigitte, the quiet bookseller with the mesmerising eyes which look straight into her soul.

There’s only one problem: Brigitte’s lover is the next person Niki needs to write to death.

In a sun-drenched city in the South of France where tourists go to fall in love, Niki loses her heart and has to face the toughest questions of her life.

Is she following her dreams, or running away?
And is love enough to make her stay?





Somehow, with two meals, a note, and a bottle of wine, she had inhabited my world more viscerally in her absence than most of the people I interviewed did in the midst of answering my questions


Marianne believes in the power of stories. She escapes into them, makes sense of life through them and, above all, loves telling them. She writes about the strength with which people just like us face the world, and to give us the Happily Ever After we all deserve.

When she isn’t having conversations with her characters or losing herself in someone else’s book, Marianne is a veterinarian and businesswoman, a fierce advocate for equality, a coffee fanatic and general goofball. After living and working in France and the UK for several years, she returned to her hometown of Johannesburg, South Africa, where she now lives with her partner and Imogen, her French rescue cat.

You can find out more about her work on www.mariannelomberg.com , drop her a line at marianne@mariannelomberg.com , or follow news about her writing on Twitter: @PensiveVet



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COVER REVEAL - CONTEMPORARY - LIKE A BOSS (Accidentally Viral, #1) by Anne Harper

Like a Boss
Accidentally Viral, #1
by Anne Harper
Publication date: April 19th 2021
Published by: Entangled: Amara
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance


BLURB

Antonella “Nell” Bennett is having the worst day of her life.

Long-term boyfriend broke up with her? Check.

Drove through the pouring rain to a small roadside restaurant, only to be told all the tables were reserved for “Couples Night”? Check.

Definitely no longer one half of a couple? Check.

So maybe she got a little heated with the restaurant’s host, and maybe her voice carried a bit as she lamented—loudly—that she’s never anyone’s “plus-one.” At least an attractive stranger comes to her rescue, inviting her to be seated with him, and when it turns out to be one of the best nights she’s had in a while, even ending in an innocent kiss that becomes anything but? Check please.

Fast forward a week, and Nell’s rant has gone viral. Sure, her tiny hometown of Arbor Bay is collectively buzzing over their latest Internet celebrity, but Nell’s no stranger to attention. Drama seems to follow her whether she likes it or not.

But even she never expected to show up to work only to discover her brand-new boss is a very familiar face…

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Anne Harper writes romantic comedy that embodies the shenanigans of an I Love Lucy episode and the awkwardness of saying “you too” after the waiter tells you to enjoy your meal. She lives in South Alabama with her husband, their three cats, and a humidity that threatens to destroy them all. Anne is an advocate for coffee, selfies, and adoption from foster care. When she isn’t dreaming about meeting her future kiddos, she’s getting herself into wild situations and hilarious misunderstandings. #ItsFine

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

NEW RELEASE - CONTEMPORARY - ASPEN: A Love Story by T.K. Lucaith

Aspen - A Love Story
by T.K. Lucaith
Release Date: March 4th 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance



Can the demons of our past ever be completely silenced?

Or are we doomed to carry them into every one of our relationships?

Devastated by the death of his wife, middle-aged businessman Marc Gray sells the development company they built together and moves his life to Aspen, Colorado. Leaving the business behind is easy; but the loss of his wife follows him as closely as a shadow.

On his first night in Aspen, Marc meets Susan. A graphic artist working for a NYC advertisement firm, she’s waiting tables to help support herself and her teenage daughter when Marc walks into her restaurant.

There’s something charming about the way Susan lives her life; ever on the edge financially, ever in search of her happy ending. Marc can’t help but find himself irresistibly drawn to her creative magnetism.

But as they dance around the beginnings of a cautious relationship, Marc and Susan struggle with past hurt and loss; as feelings grow between them, so do questions. Questions with difficult answers.

If they face the truth with honesty, could they finally yield to passion?

A poignant novel that explores the life experiences that follow us into new scenarios and leave their indelible mark on our interactions with others.

 





A hopeless romantic since the teenage years T. K. embarked on several relationships only to find emptiness in the end. Finally, the last of those relationships bore the fruit of true love, and after many years they are still together more in love than ever before. These relationships, along with a diversified work background, have provided T. K. with vast knowledge from which to draw upon for character and story development. T. K. has a passion for good food and great wine while enjoying a really good love story. T. K. and family – which include two very spoiled cats – live in the Southwestern US.



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