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Rafael Lima’s Intriguingly Different Spin on The Fascinating Mystery of The Bermuda Triangle – ZERO POINT The Triangle Conspiracy – 8/9 Rave Reviews & Just $2.99 on Kindle

4.7 stars – 9 Reviews
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A ghost ship reportedly sunk in 1948 mysteriously appears out of a yellow fog. Days later the 60-year-old life raft is found in new condition, with no survivors.The last radio messages from flight 19 filters through a ship’s radio six decades after the pilots disappeared.

Drawn by these mysteries, Samantha Weiss, a beautiful but icy Marine archaeologist, enlists renowned Bermuda Triangle authority Robert Medina — together they discover a series of clues drawing them into uncharted depths at the edge of a secret Navy base.

Set in the emerald waters of the Bahamas, Zero Point  discards all the existing theories of the triangle, blending fact and fiction to come up with a theory and a story that may or may not be fiction.

Read Zero Point: The Triangle Conspiracy — because if you disappear in the triangle, the only thing left are questions.

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Exciting!
“An original and exciting ride …offers thought- provoking explanations about what could be the real truth behind the baffling mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle….fast-paced and fun, and the wonderfully vivid descriptions of the beautiful shores and aquamarine waters of the Bahamas truly helps to “place” you right there in the action.”

The love story and the mystery will keep you turning pages!
“…much more interesting and mind-blowing than all the Bermuda Triangle theories before! This is one of the most exciting novels I’ve read. The characters are complicated and dimensional and the love story flows through the length of the story…”

Gripping, emotionally satisfying, masterfully constructed
“…the author has done his research and applied real life history and technology to the story to give it a fresh new approach on the old tried and true conspiracy theory fiction novel….filled with characters that are as unforgettable as they are emotionally complex. Zero Point is gripping from Page 1 and ever unpredictable.”

 

About The Author

Based on his experience as a stringer reporter for CNN, Rafael Lima’s first full length play, El Salvador, was developed and staged at the Circle Repertory Theater in New York and published by Samuel French and Applause books. After an extended run in New York City to rave reviews El Salvador was translated, published and produced internationally in seven languages and went on to productions at the prestigious Steppenwolf theatre as well as the New Theatre in Los Angeles where the play garnished Lima the L.A. Drama Critic’s Circle award, a Dramalogue Award as well as a Rockefeller Grant for excellence in dramatic writing.

Five more of Mr. Lima’s plays were produced at the prestigious Circle Repertory Theatre in New York City and were later produced in theatres across the country.

After a successful career as a playwright Lima moved to Los Angeles were he wrote feature screenplays for Paramount, Disney, Castle Rock and Desi-Lu productions. Mr. Lima has also written for several T.V. series including China Beach, Wiseguy, Teleplay Pilots for Fox, Spelling Entertainment, Warner Brothers, HBO, ABC, and was the original writer of the Andy Garcia/HBO produced TV movie “For God and Country.”

Additionally Rafael Lima has written numerous documentary projects for PBS and the Discovery Channel as well as writing feature articles for national publications.

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* AMAZON BEST-SELLING MYSTERY SERIES LIST(JUNE 9, 2012 and running)Maddie Richards is an efficient and resourceful detective with a secret wish that she could handle her messy personal life as well as she handles her work life. As a homicide sergeant for the Phoenix, Arizona Police Department, she has one of the highest solve rates in America. Her success leads her chief of police to assign her a serial killer case. Some sicko the press calls the Beholder is killing beautiful women. Her chief describes the case as “a career maker or breaker, get me?”
She has an ex-husband she still cares for, but who was bad for her and her ten-year-old son. Her widowed mother who lives with her is both a blessing and a trial. And, oh yes, her ex-husband has married an extremely wealthy and politically connected woman who cannot give birth. So, Maddie’s ex is filing a motion to obtain permanent custody of their son, citing the risks attendant to Maddie’s police work endanger the boy.
If that were not enough, the brother-in-law of the chief of police is using his position as an administrative assistant to sexually harass Maddie. She could file a formal complaint, but the good-old-boys network in the department is watching how she handles the situation.
Further complicating Maddie’s life is two love interests: Gary Packard, a hunk who recently moved in across the street, and Lincoln Rogers, a confirmed bachelor, who lives thousands of miles away and works for the FBI.
As the case develops Maddie learns that the victims all wore the same bra size. She must decide if this is merely a coincidence or a criterion the killer uses when selecting his victims. She also finds that each of the victims is somehow connected to the Phoenix police department. This realization isolates her further as she must pursue the killer without disclosing this theory to her department because, if her suspicion is correct, the Beholder would learn she is closing in.
As the story races toward its climax, Maddie is betrayed by those closest to her, and she begins to believe her own name may be on the killer’s list.

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The Bet

by David Brown

4.2 stars – 43 Reviews
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Richard Kepperman was on top of his game until blowing the whistle on his high powered Atlanta accounting firm. Black balled from the financial arena, on the verge of bankruptcy, he returns to his roots in coastal Georgia to be near his aging grandfather, Clayton. Frustrated and underemployed, he is an easy mark when approached by a stranger who offers to bet ten million dollars that he can capture Richard within a span of thirty days. In return, Richard will be required to risk all that he holds dear.
Given a twenty four hour head start, Richard embarks on an odyssey that will forever change the way he views love, life, friendship and the power of money. On the run, he encounters forces that threaten to do irreparable damage to his sanity and rip his family to shreds. Fighting to stay alive, Richard uncovers the startling truth about the deaths of his parents and learns that the real power behind the stranger is a man who harbors a sixty year old grudge against Clayton and is willing to commit unspeakable atrocities to satisfy his desire for revenge.

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4.3 stars – 22 Reviews
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Passion will bring them together…but pride may rip them apart.

Dashing aristocrat Evan Blake has seduced some of London’s most beautiful women, but he has one ironclad rule: never touch a servant, because she must say ‘yes’ or risk losing her livelihood.

That rule is sorely tested the day Marian Willows comes to work at Blakewell Manor.

Mischievous, smart, and independent, Marian challenges everything Evan thought he knew about women, life, and love.

But reality cannot be ignored. Master and servant, aristocrat and commoner…even as passion unites them, society’s rules and the couple’s own prideful natures tear them apart.

When Marian’s life is in danger, will Evan risk everything he has – his money, his title, his life – to save the woman he loves?

Set in England and Paris during the years of the French Revolution, PASSION AND PRIDE is about illicit desire, forbidden romance, and a love that conquers all.

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4.2 stars – 28 Reviews
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Meet Blueberry Waller, whose name is the only interesting thing about her life. Until now.

Not only is Blue dealing with the worst name in the world, crazy parents and a clingy younger sister, she just got a part in the school play. And now she’s acting with Heath Cavendish, total crush-worthy senior. He would never give a second look to a girl like Blue. Except he has.

Her friends say Blue should play it cool, put Heath on the Ledge so she can keep the upper hand. Trouble is, she doesn’t know how to be clever around boys. Thankfully her pal Colin offers his help in teaching her how to get the guy. But he’s just being a good friend. Isn’t he?

Suddenly the wallflower is getting all the attention. But will being in the spotlight keep Blue from making the right decisions…for her?

A Girlfriend’s Guide to Boys: For these four friends, understanding the world of boys is only half the battle.

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3.8 stars – 13 Reviews
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Evan and Claire Jones are typical teenagers, forced to go with their parents to yet another boring museum . . . that is, until something extraordinary happens to make their day a little more than interesting. After following a strange little creature into a closed exhibit, Evan and his older sister, Claire, discover the Serpent’s Ring, one of the magical relics formed from the shattered Mysticus Orb. Purely by accident, they have awakened its powers and opened a portal to Sagaas, land of ancient gods.

Before the siblings can comprehend what has happened, the Serpent’s Ring is wrenched from Evan’s hand by an enormous bird and flown back to Aegir, the Norse god of the sea. Evan and Claire, accompanied by a band of unlikely heroes, must retrieve the Serpent’s Ring before Aegir uses its immense powers to flood all the lands on Earth.

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If you were suddenly thrust 150 years into the past, would you be able to survive? Disasters happen…hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, a prolonged electrical outage, or even a terrorist attack…if such an event happened in your town or city, could you survive an event when the world as you know it has changed overnight?
If you realize that the unthinkable could happen and you want to be prepared, then you need this book. It will show you what items you will need, how to use those items, and how you can survive for extended periods of time without power, convenience stores, or a reliable and clean water source. You will learn when you should evacuate or stay put, what to bring with you if you must evacuate, and how to handle hygiene concerns wherever you may be.
It is never too early to start preparing for any crisis, and Urban Survival: When the World as You Know It Has Changed Overnight can help you get started.

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4.7 stars – 18 Reviews
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When she thought about monsters like werewolves and vampires, which wasn’t very often, Sarah Coppernick felt quite safe in the knowledge that such awful creatures were not real. The last thing she expected was to discover such creatures are every bit as real as you. Even more unexpected for Sarah, was the discovery that she herself was one of them…

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5.0 stars – 5 Reviews
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Earth’s survival lies in the hands of the Dylanians …

When her mother died unexpectedly, Sadie Mae Stevens was only five. As the years moved on, Sadie and her father drifted apart. Finally, when Sadie was fourteen, her father sent her away to Daufuskie island in South Carolina. A woman supposedly skilled in breaking the curse off of children like Sadie had been awarded custody of her.

Crushed and bruised inside, Sadie turns to Lendra, her mountain with the eye. It was time to dry her tears and find out what really happened to her mother. Inside the trunk her mother had left her, Sadie found the answer. Enraged by what she discovered, Sadie issues a challenge to a powerful creature from another realm—the Gordite Witch.

Can Sadie defeat the Gordite Witch all by herself? And if she does, will she accept the legacy her mother has left her, a legacy of danger and embarking on a never ending battle between realms?

The Legacy of Sadie Mae Steven is a spell binding series beginning with one parent’s betrayal and another’s undying love. In the process of these polarizing events, a child is left a legacy no mother would want to leave …

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The Killing Ploy

by Steve Haberman

5.0 stars – 1 Reviews
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Pablo de Silva was once a tracker and shooter in the CIA’s elite Eyes and Ears Unit, whose work in Europe includes surveillance and if necessary, killing.
But that was before Berlin.
On a Berlin mission, he lost his nerve and failed to save the life of a fellow agent and lover.
Tormented by this, sick of violence, held now in low regard by colleagues, he’s transferred to a cushy job in Guatemala City to recuperate. One day, his former mention/head of the Unit calls him home with a new assignment. Liaise with an FBI counterterrorism expert in San Diego and see if the murders of two top Defense Department military contractors, headquartered in that city, have any European terrorist connection. If so, his mentor’s Unit will take over.
The task seems simple to de Silva. Off to San Diego and beyond he goes, not realizing he’s slipped into a dangerous world. Does he have more enemies than he thinks? Should he watch his back as well as his front? Not until the conclusion of his mission does he find out. And not until that end do his allies discover Pablo de Silva is much more than he seems.

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Murder and revenge in New Orleans.
Vol. 3 in the Frank Renzi mystery series.

TWO MURDERS TWENTY YEARS APART.

  • 1988: Ten-year-old Natalie is devastated when police find her call girl mother murdered in a New Orleans hotel. Like the dragon tattoo girl, Natalie wants revenge. Her relentless hunt for the killer takes her from dancing in New York City strip clubs to working as a call girl in Paris. And back to the Big Easy, with a gun.
  • 2008: New Orleans Police Detective Frank Renzi investigates the murder of a VIP businessman in a French Quarter hotel. Is it revenge for the 1988 murder? When the killings continue, Renzi pursues the elusive Natalie. Is she the killer? Or just another call girl? Don’t miss the exciting showdown between Natalie and Frank Renzi.
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During her successful career as a Boston-area trumpeter and music professor, Susan Fleet discovered her dark side and began writing crime fiction. New Orleans is the setting for her award-winning Frank Renzi mysteries, Absolution, Diva and Natalie’s Revenge.
The Premier Book Awards named Absolution Best Mystery-Suspense-Thriller of 2009.
Susan lived in New Orleans for nine years, enjoying the marvelous music, food and French Quarter ambiance. She now divides her time between the Big Easy and Boston. Visit her website at susanfleet.com and send her an email. She’d love to hear from you!
Susan’s other passion is promoting talented women musicians. While teaching at Brown University and Berklee College of Music, she created a course about female musicians, jazz and classical. Read about two of them in her E-book WOMEN WHO DARED. Read about more talented women at archives.susanfleet.com.

 

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Wild Thing Series, Book Two. Madison Cooper has everything she’s ever hoped for. She adores her handsome husband and he cherishes her. Their children are lively and beautiful, bringing great joy to both of them. Her life feels perfect in every way. An urgent phone call from her mother draws Maddie into the past, where she’s flooded with memories, some of which are better left buried. Maddie struggles to deal with a series of unfortunate events, which increasingly complicate her daily life. Unresolved feelings niggle at her, until she’s forced to face her past and put things to rest, one way or another.

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Alex Jameson has had one goal in life since the minute he met Natalie on their college campus. Do whatever it takes to make this woman happy. When circumstances threaten to unravel the web of secrets and lies they’ve built around themselves, will their love be strong enough to survive?

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Publetariat Dispatch: Angst And Other Things Authorly

Publetariat: For People Who Publish!
In today’s Publetariat Dispatch, author Peg Brantley shares her experiences in making the transition from “writer” to “author”.

This post, by Peg Brantley, originally appeared on the Crime Fiction Collective blog and is reprinted here in its entirety with that site’s permission.

When I slid over to the serious side of writing in 2004 and began learning a little bit about the craft, it became necessary to suck “Id” up and let other people read the words I’d written. The wait was terrible as my critique partners made their way through what was certainly mangled and bruised and very purple-y colored prose.

 

Fast-forward eight years to the beginning of 2012 when my first novel was published. I was torn between wanting everyone to read it and hoping no one would. People who knew me and had certain expectations of my abilities would read my book—and I would no longer be able to fool them. They would shake their heads at how easily they’d been conned. Publishing a book that proved I was not really as talented as I pretended was a very different way to come out of the intellectual closet. Almost as bad was the thought that complete strangers would read my novel and pass judgment on me within minutes. They wouldn’t even give themselves a chance to get to know the phony me. The angst loomed so large that I questioned any positive comments believing they were merely politely phrased pity.

So now, here I am, less than two weeks away from the release date for novel number two, The Missings. (No, I don’t write that fast. This was a manuscript that was written prior to Red Tide. I just needed to go back and apply things I’d learned.) I’m sure I’m going to disappoint some people who have been waiting for a series. (Go figure. I guess they did like the book.) I’m using the same fictional town but different characters. I’m going to disappoint some people who expect another thriller. Number two is a police procedural. And there’s only one dog in it and he’s not exactly in the spotlight. (Red Tide has some hero-dogs.)

The angst began early for this one and it’s building. I’ve sent the book out to beta readers. Their feedback came in and when there were pages and pages without comment I was sure they were bored and had skipped entire scenes. I had lost the pace or the story or whatever and therefore, I lost a reader. Never mind that I asked my enlisted volunteers to watch for that sort of thing in particular. Never mind that they told me they loved those pages. I was convinced I was doomed.

The next item on the agenda was a professional edit from Jodie Renner (who was a joy to work with, by the way). It’s now been formatted for Kindle, has been endorsed and reviewed and soon it will be time for that huge and final, no-going-back step. The step that requires me to jump off a cliff and knit wings on the way down.

The step requires me to trust the process. Trust that my meshing of words will find the audience they were meant to find. Trust that my book will provide as much entertainment as the next authors. Trust that I will live to take another breath and write another book and have the wonderful opportunity to be just as unsure about everything all over again.

Whatever it is you do in your life, if you feel moments where you are vulnerable and scared, then you’re doing something significant. It might be as large as saving thousands of lives, or as small as writing a book that gives people a few hours of escape into someone else’s life.

I’ve come to embrace my angst. Well, sort of. But I’ve pretty much concluded that if the angst leaves entirely, it might be time to move on.

How about you? Are you ever filled with angst? Or a little bit of dread? I’d sure love to have some company.

 

Peg Brantley’s debut thriller, RED TIDE, has found its way into the hands of more than 35,000 readers in the six months since its publication. THE MISSINGS, a police procedural, will be available soon.