Category : Suspense

The Dance of the Jester by Koos Verkaik

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The Dance of the Jester by Koos Verkaik

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Suddenly, at the end of the twenty-first century, the world changes. The tycoons rule and name themselves kings. The times are rife with extravagance and decadence, extreme power and richness. The world is one big party. And there is chaos!
No one seems to wonder how this all came to be. No one seems to wonder what is actually happening. No one seems to care about anything anymore. Except for some odd outsiders. One of them is Oscar Man, the illegitimate son of tycoon Otto Man. Once he was a prince; then he became a pariah, a jester, with nothing to lose for himself and so much to win for the world…
In these turbulent times, the Second Renaissance, strange creatures come into power and try to subject every single human being to their will. They make the poor jester Oscar Man dance. But ultimately Oscar will manage to solve the biggest problems the world has ever faced!




A Word from the Author

author-koos-verkaik-pictureThe Dance of the Jester brought me from The Netherlands to the USA: Mr. Bill Thompson (the editor of Stephen King and John Grisham) invited me to discuss the book. On a scorching hot day, we found ourselves in his office in the Empire State Building in New York and together we revised and polished the manuscript and made changes in the plot.
The book is published in The Netherlands (De Dans van de Nar) and now in the USA.
I call it my most intellectual book.

(Koos Verkaik, November2016)

 

 

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Siege at Hawthorn Lake by Paul G Buckner

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Siege at Hawthorn Lake: Murder on the The Mountain is horror/thriller/suspense novel by Paul G. Buckner

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Troy Turner lives alone in his lake-side cabin nestled in a pine strewn Rocky Mountain valley an hour’s drive from the ski resort town of Hawthorn. Troy invites two of his old college friends to stay with him for a few weeks to take advantage of the great hunting and fishing only to become caught up in a dangerous game of hide and seek as the tables are turned and they become the hunted.

For all of their majestic beauty, The Rocky Mountains are also dangerous as the friends quickly learn. After a series of perilous encounters and narrow escapes, Troy is able to slip away to go for help only to end up in a hospital bed. During his recovery, Troy tells an unbelievable and horrifying story as he seeks help for his friends still trapped on the mountain.

Believing it to be simply another sensational story geared at publicity, the local sheriff dismisses his claims altogether. Troy remains adamant that his friends need help, but as the sheriff’s investigation digs deeper, Troy suddenly finds himself jailed for murder!

Troy’s only hope is that the sheriff can discover the truth before the trial, but the only way to get to the truth is to get back to the mountain. With reluctance, the sheriff begins to think that Troy may be telling the truth as unbelievable as it is. When he and his deputies begin to unravel the threads of the shocking and terrifying mystery a massive snow storm blasts the mountain and stalls the investigation.

Troy sees a glimmer of hope when he is released on bail only to plunge straight back into the most dangerous game he’s ever played. He finds himself, along with an unlikely group of allies, under siege in his isolated cabin on Hawthorn Lake. The beautiful and serene location becomes one of horror and terror as he and the motley ensemble struggle desperately to survive the onslaught and discover the truth behind the murder on the mountain.




A Word from the Author

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Growing up in rural Oklahoma, I spent most of my childhood outdoors where I learned to love nature. Horseback riding, Hiking, camping, hunting and fishing was simply a way of life. One of my favorite activities during those long, hot summer days however, was to find a nice shaded spot by the creek, sit down and read a book. I could get literally get lost in the stories for hours on end. I loved to read, and I read anything I could get my hands on. I also loved to hear stories from my parents and other elders. I’m not sure how true some of them were, but they were still thrilling to hear.

Since those days, I have always wanted to write a book with my own stories, my own characters, and set in my own world. Siege at Hawthorn Lake is a work of fiction that took two years to complete, but an incredible learning experience. I have many more that I have planned, but I think the first one is something that will always be special.

(Paul G. Buckner, October 2016)

 

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The Murder of Manny Grimes by Angela Kay

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The Murder of Manny Grimes is a Suspenseful Thriller by Angela Kay

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When three young boys stumble into Lieutenant Jim DeLong’s life one night during a winter storm, they claim they’ve seen a dead body by the swing sets of the Columbia County Elementary School. After he investigates, DeLong sees no evidence, not even a body. But were the boys telling the truth?

With the help of his oldest friend and mentor, former Naval investigator Russ Calhoun, DeLong sets out to find whether Manny Grimes is alive or dead. The further away he gets to the bottom of the mystery, the closer he comes to realize that his own life is falling apart.

Delving deeper into the murder of Manny Grimes, Lieutenant DeLong begins to unravel, losing his sense of control, falling into old temptations he spent years to overcome. Will he be able to move past his own demons and untangle the web of lies before it’s too late?




A Word from the Author

author-pic-full-photo-angela-kayThe Murder of Manny Grimes” tells the story of Lieutenant Jim DeLong who is a determined and well-respected police officer. One night during a rare winter storm in Augusta, Georgia, three young boys stumble into his life claiming to have seen a dead body. However, when DeLong goes to investigate, he sees no evidence. On the outside, it looks like the boys were playing a prank. But were they? The farther away DeLong gets to solving the mystery of Manny Grimes, the closer he realizes that nothing, including his own life, is what it seems.

About writing the book:

For all of her life, Angela Kay has dreamed of creating new worlds and new characters. While she enjoys reading and writing other genres, suspense stories are her favorite to write. “The Murder of Manny Grimes” was born as part of her Creative Writing assignment in the last semester of college. But she didn’t stop at the two chapters required for the course. Over the next seven years, she has written and rewritten until the story was finally polished and ready. During those seven years, her mother kept saying that she was “beating a dead horse” because she couldn’t stop the rewriting. There were many times that she wanted to give up on writing as a whole, but the Lord wouldn’t allow her. For that, she will always be thankful because her dream of being published has now come true. Through a friend of a friend, she managed to find help in editing “Manny Grimes,” then through another friend, she found how to go about publishing. On top of publishing her debut, she has the first draft of her second novel completed and the first draft of a sequel to “Manny Grimes” is in progress. All Angela knows is to write…the rest is a learning process. It’s both fun and exhilarating for her.

(Angela Kay, September 2016)

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