The Hostile by Joy Mutter

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The Hostile is a paranormal crime thriller by Joy Mutter

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The Hostile is an unusual contemporary paranormal thriller with a sprinkling of horror. In a rundown area of Manchester inside a decrepit bathroom in a small, terraced house overflowing with children and dysfunctional parents, an unfathomable, powerful entity infiltrates loner Serena’s life, with disastrous results. The enigmatic force not only dramatically affects Serena’s life but threatens the wellbeing of everyone she knows, especially those people who earn the strange girl’s displeasure. It soon becomes clear that people should never upset Serena if they know what’s good for them. After reading The Hostile, you’ll never look at D.I.Y. the same way again.

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Author Joy Mutter pictureIn a rundown area of Manchester, inside the bathroom of a terraced house overflowing with children and dysfunctional parents, a powerful entity befriends young Serena with disastrous results. This unlikely enigmatic force not only dramatically affects introverted Serena’s life but also threatens the well-being of everyone she knows, especially those people who’ve earned the strange girl’s displeasure. It soon becomes clear that nobody should ever upset Serena … if they know what’s good for them. After reading The Hostile, you’ll never look at D.I.Y. in the same way again.

It’s hard to believe I’m writing my 11th book, which is also the 4th book in The Hostile series, considering the initial inspiration for writing book 1, The Hostile, came from noticing how weird a domestic item looked in my own bathroom in Oldham. It started me thinking, and The Hostile was born. The Hostile was a delight to write, and readers also seem to be enjoying each of the “refreshingly original” books in the series. I self-published The Hostile on Amazon, just as I’ve done with all my 10 books, putting my skills as a former graphic designer with 20 years experience to good use by designing all my own covers, interiors, and marketing material.

The Hostile is said to be “bizarrely captivating” and can be read as a standalone book. The same is true of book two, Holiday for The Hostile, and also the third book, The Hostile Game. Book four will also be a standalone, but it would be even more enjoyable to start with The Hostile and work your way through. I promise it will be worth your while.
(Joy Mutter, May 2017)

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Loving Her Scars by B.M. Griffin

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Loving Her Scars is a paranormal romance by B.M. Griffin

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Shayla’s scars run deeper than those on her body. Being beaten by a man you loved can do that to you. Shayla barely survived her first love, Eric. He left her broken and scarred in more ways than one.
Her best friend Adam is the only man she has been able to trust since. Friends since childhood, Adam has been in love with Shayla for as long as he can remember. He couldn’t save her from Eric, but he is determined never to fail her again. There’s just one little thing she doesn’t know—Adam is a werewolf.
Shayla gets sucked into a world of werewolves and finds herself opening up to Adam’s love, but there is one alpha wolf who threatens to take it all away. If they are going to survive they’ll need to come together to fight for each other and their pack. Can Shayla find the strength to leave her past behind and fight for the future she wants, or will she hide and lose herself to the pain all over again?




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Author B.M. Griffin PictureI have a great love for paranormal romance, particularly when I am surprised with a new take on an old notion, like the werewolf. This love inspired “Loving Her Scars” where Shayla and Adam break down the barriers on stereotypical werewolves. Shayla’s past adds another layer to the story. I was able to incorporate a little of my own experiences overcoming the mental repercussions of abuse to her character. The scar on her face is only a small reflection of the scars that weigh down her mind and her heart. It is a big hurdle for anyone to overcome, and one that Shayla must see her way through while fighting to survive in a new world full of werewolves and magic. Adam’s love for her helps her see the way, but he too must overcome his own hurdles—his need to protect her at all costs—if Shayla is to become the strong person she was meant to be.

(B.M. Griffins, May 2017)

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Hard Time by T.Q. Chant

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Hard Time is the third novella of the Science Fiction Sam Cane series by T.Q. Chant.

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On the bright side, Sam’s got clear of One-Eight-Seven and the Saved. The downside is that’s she’s in a legal jam with the Corp (turns out that the documents she used to get the job were forged – who knew?). It doesn’t help that she’s still not got her mind right after being taken to the Bright Place. She’s got a hard choice – take her chances with the justice system, or ‘volunteer’ for the Pioneer Division, the hard-luck teams who have the hard job of opening up a new world for colonisation. It’s not just a matter of professional pride – a record and a stint in the slam is the last thing she needs – so she takes the deal. Chances are there won’t even be a deployment during her stint.

Luck’s not on her side, though, and she’s sent to a barren planet in a strategic location to help prepare it for settlement. Caught between a colony director with a hidden agenda and dark secrets hidden beneath the frozen surface, Sam’s starting to suspect that she’s been dogged by more than just bad luck. Breaking one of her rules, she’s starting to take this personally. At least this time she has old friends and new allies lining up alongside her as she struggles to survive and get some answers.




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Author T. Q. Chant pictureIn many ways, this series is exactly as it appears – tense, fast-paced, hard-hitting science fiction stories that follow Sam Cane, a woman with a shady past trying to go straight, but getting caught up with dangerous events on the fringes of human settlement.

Through these novellas, though, I wanted to look at how much better we could be if we could do away with so many dangerous, negative things that still plague us. Things like everyday sexism, racism, homophobia, general intolerance and religious fundamentalism. Rather than the easy option of exploring these themes through dystopia, I chose to write about a world in which they have become a thing of the past. Not a perfect world, but I think a better one. One that’s being challenged by throwbacks to humanity’s darker past. The series started life as something a bit more military-SF, with a fairly typical square jawed hero. I found the setting really popped and the character came to life when I re-wrote it as a woman on the run from her own past. Not a hero, but not a villain either – someone in between who just wants to be left alone to get on with her life.

The planet on which she was marooned didn’t kill Sam, but she’s not safe yet. Caught up in a dangerous web of deceit and corporate-double cross, she’s condemned to serve out Hard Time on an icy world being opened for colonisation. One that has more than natural dangers hidden under its frozen surface.

(T.Q. Chant, May 2017)

Other Books in the Same Series

Sam Cane Series

Book 1 – Hard Setdown

Book 2 – Hard Lessons

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