Maxy Awards – Best Horror 2019
“Replete with tinges of Supernatural and Stranger Things, it brings to mind what you might get if director Tim Burton wrote horror novels!” —Manhattan Book Review
Can a village be inherently evil? Welcome to Brunswick NY, Population 4,941.
On the surface, this sleepy hamlet comes alive in the autumn with picturesque apple orchards, haunted corn mazes, laden pumpkin patches and holiday hay rides. During a snowy Halloween, a young William Willowsby must battle evil forces that have been shielded by the locals for generations. On the outskirts of the town is the abandoned Forest Park Cemetery. All things wicked seem to revolve around the old graveyard. A rarely seen homunculus serves an evil task master. Together they weave a wicked web that attempts to snare the youth of the hamlet. A creepy graveyard, a spooky schoolhouse, an abandoned mortuary and a member of his own family will leave you simply sleepless.
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Hunter James didn’t want or need redemption.
Until one mission turns his world upside down.
He left Mercy to fight for his country and escape a broken heart. Years later, he is hard. Cold. A man without mercy. Part of an elite Task Force, he tracks a brutal terrorist to his home town. And runs into the woman who betrayed him…
Evangeline Videl was destroyed when Hunter left. Determined to move on, she finds another man, but discovers too late the monster hidden beneath his smooth smile. Struggling to find the conviction to live, Evie finds her life spinning out of control.
Then Hunter returns…
Forced to band together to find the terrorist before its too late, Hunter and Evie must learn to forgive or risk losing the promise of redemption and their lives…
***This is a stand-alone love story. It is book 1 in the Men of Mercy series.***
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Her entire world suddenly collapses…
Can a single phone call change everything…?
A woman in her 40s suffers a harsh and painful blow from which she cannot seem to recover – her father, the most precious person to her, passes away, and now She must go on with her life and try to cope with her grievous loss.
Despite strong support from her family, her caring husband and their two young children, she is unable to shake off the sorrow, and her life loses its equilibrium.
One morning, in the depths of her despair and depression, the ringing phone awakens her. An unexpected caller is on the other end of the line. The conversation leads to her setting off on an extraordinary emotional journey. But will that be enough to free her from the difficult situation she is in and enable her to regain her zest for life?
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The Earth’s lakes and oceans are mostly gone, and grass has been replaced with red sand. Humans survive their inhospitable environment by living together in huge cement compounds. Survive, that is, if they aren’t crippled by a degenerative disease that plagues the world.
Sixteen year-old Nora Watson wants only to get by until her eighteenth birthday, when she’ll be considered an adult. Then she’ll move away from her home compound of Nu, to the Central Government, where she plans to become a scientist. Her plans are derailed by two men. One is Tomas Classen, a cute older boy who insists on hanging out with her, even after Nora accidentally breaks his nose. The other is a slick travelling salesman by the name of Mr. Manners, who claims to be in possession of a cure for the disease—a claim Nora doubts.
Can Nora prove Mr. Manners is a fraud, and save her community from disappointment? And what’s with this Tomas? Is he really interested in her, or is he merely trying to antagonize her?
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The “History of the 21st Century” is divided into three sections. The first section summarizes the history of humanity from the emergence of the species through to the dawn of the information age. By laying the foundations of primitive human thought, 29th-century readers can better appreciate the often perplexing motivations and reasoning of their ancestors. The second section looks at the history of the information age in detail, from its start, in 1998, to the closing of the last fossil fuel power plant in 2070, encompassing the “singularity”, the American culture wars and the advent of fusion power. The third section explains three key archaic concepts that are typically difficult to understand for 29th-century readers: politics, economics and religion.
The History of the 21st Century tells a tale of drama and resolve, of trial and error, from the nearly disastrous experiments in populism typified by the presidency of Donald Trump to the heroism and nobility of people like Destiny Holt and Mukantagara Mporera. It was the vision and courage of leaders such as these that allowed us to weather the catastrophes that threatened us and achieve the “second enlightenment” by the end of the era.
The book has been brought to 2019 so as to provide an example to contemporary people of what might be the most favorable outcome imaginable, the one in which Alaric Thain had the opportunity to look back and write his history. Painfully aware of the extremely fortuitous events in his own timeline, he collaborated with Artie, the web-based artificial intelligence of his time, to bring about the publishing of his book over eight hundred years earlier, in August of 2019, with the intention of inspiring as many favorable futures as he could across the branching timelines of existence.