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Welcome to your one stop source for all things Crossroad Press.  As you’ll have noticed by now, we’ve broken our catalog into a series of imprints.  This will make it easier for you to find the books you want, and simpler to purchase, download, and enjoy our print and digital content.  General non fiction, mainstream fiction, and books not easily classifiable will remain under the Crossroad Press main imprint.  In addition, we have added: Macabre Ink for horror and dark fantasy, Gordian Knot Books for Mysteries and Thrillers, Rendezvous Press for Romance, Mystique Press for Science Fiction and Fantasy, Dimension W for Westerns and Weird Westerns, Panta Rei Press for New age and Metaphysical titles, and for younger readers Otherside Press for Teen and YA titles, Wonderstruck Books for Middle Grade Readers and K-Bug Books for first readers and children’s picture books.  Welcome to Crossroad Press!

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INFLICTIONS – New Collection from John McIlveen

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An Introduction

By Christopher Golden

Compared to John McIlveen, I’m a lightweight.  Over the years I’ve written my share of gruesome scenes, not to mention my share of scenes in which I set out to inflict emotional pain on both characters and readers.  The darkness awaits us all, and I never flinch from pointing out the doorway that leads into it.  Sometimes I’ll open the door and show you what lies beyond.  Occasionally I’ll step over the threshold and take a few tentative steps beyond, shine a light into the worst of it just to let you know how bad it can get.  After that, I retreat as quickly as I came, but I don’t do that just for me.  It’s not purely out of cowardice.  I retreat because I know that’s what most of you want me to do.  It’s the best thing for us all.

John McIlveen never retreats.  I won’t say he lives in the darkness.  Anyone who has met him will realize that’s impossible, that a man as kind and aw-shucks genial as John McIlveen can’t possibly live in the darkness.

But he does rent a little apartment there.

Just a cute little two bedroom place, a fourth floor walkup with hot and cold running sorrow and a lovely view of the fiery rivers of Hell.  He likes it there.  It’s his getaway from the world, a quiet place where he can forget about his troubles and ruminate on the ugliness so many of us encounter—or carry beneath our skins—every day.  John’s not afraid, you see.  He pulls no punches.  He doesn’t turn his back on the horrors that spring from humanity, he forges mirrors and holds them up, forcing us to look.

The bastard.

You need go no further than my favorite story in this collection, the vengeance tale “Paint it Black,” or the apocalyptic “Desolation” to understand what I mean.  The author is never afraid to gaze into the abyss.  It may gaze back, but John is unflinching.  In all of those horrific news stories, reporters interview neighbors who say “He seemed like such a nice man.”  If any of John’s neighbors dare to read this collection, they will most certainly be saying the same thing.  He seems like such a nice man.

He is, my darlings.  That’s why it’s called fiction.

He’s also got a wicked sense of humor, but we’ll get to that in a moment.

Back to the pain.  “Infliction” is an brutal tale about dark secrets, a theme which recurs throughout this collection.  “Roundabout” is a haunting story that puts the telescope onto the worst sins of the father, and “Portraits” is a close cousin.  The darkness in these stories bleeds over into the twisted sexuality of “Succumb” and “Make a Choice,” the latter of which also blurs the lines between horror and humor.

“Jerks” is full of humor and horror, tragedy and comedy.  “Playing the Huddys” and “Saddled Vengeance” are just all kinds of wrong.  They say that comedy is seeing someone slip on a banana peel and tragedy is when it happens to you.  “The Bore” walks on the razor edge between them quite artfully, making you laugh even as it fills you with a sense of real sadness.  It’s one of the most sorrowful stories I’ve ever read.

I’d not intended this introduction to tick off the stories one by one, but the urge to do so is almost overwhelming, because what makes John McIlveen a terrific writer is not just his skill as a storyteller but his range.  “A Mother’s Love” and “Smokey” and “Nina” all have themes of abuse, of broken people and a culpability that echoes through their lives.  There is love and humanity underlying the horror of these stories.  But in these pages you’ll also find masterfully clever short shorts like “Simon Says,” the beautiful sweetness of “Hope,” the perfectly executed be-careful-what-you-wish-for warning of “Finding Forever.”

Some of these stories will make you laugh and some will hurt you, possibly at the same time.  Little parts of you, tender bits deep inside, may be broken.  But they’ll heal.  If you need any help healing them, save the heartfelt and lovely “Devotion” for last.  I won’t say it isn’t a sad story—it’s about love and family and a plane crash—but somehow McIlveen makes it all okay.

Which makes me wonder if that isn’t what he’s been doing all along as he’s written these stories for magazines and anthologies over the years.  He may hold up the mirror to show us the darkest, ugliest parts of humanity and ourselves—and sometimes it can be so hard to look into that mirror—but maybe it’s that he knows someone has to do it.  Someone has to have the courage not to look away so we never forget how vicious the darkness can be…but also so that we know that even when things are at their darkest, we’re not alone.

It’s all going to be okay.  Trust me.

Trust John McIlveen.

He won’t protect you.  Not really.  But he’ll pick you up when you fall and he’ll put you back together again if you break.

The best writers always do.

Christopher Golden
Bradford, Massachusetts
October 11th, 2014

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Available in digital from AMAZON.COM / BARNES & NOBLE.COM

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New Titles for October – Halloween, Thrillers & More

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There’s a lot going on at Crossroad Press.  There will be more news following, holiday sales, a contest, and more – for now, here are four new releases for yoru Halloween pleasure… OCTOBER 10th NEVERMORE will be featured at Bookbub. From now until then you can buy it for only .99

NEVERMORE – A NOVEL OF LOVE, LOSS & EDGAR ALLAN POE – by DAVID NIALL WILSON – .99 through October 17 – On the banks of Lake Drummond, on the edge of The Great Dismal Swamp, there is a tree in the shape of a woman. One dark, moonlit night, two artists met at The Lake Drummond Hotel, built directly on the borderline of North Carolina and Virginia. One was a young woman with the ability to see spirits trapped in trees and stone, anchored to the earth beyond their years. Her gift was to draw them, and then to set them free. The other was a dark man, haunted by dreams and visions that brought him stories of sadness and pain, and trapped in a life between the powers he sensed all around him, and a mundane existence attended by failure. They were Eleanore MacReady, Lenore, to her friends, and a young poet named Edgar Allan Poe, who traveled with a crow that was his secret, and almost constant companion, a bird named Grimm for the talented brothers of fairy-tale fame. Their meeting drew them together in vision, and legend, and pitted their strange powers and quick minds against the depths of the Dismal Swamp itself, ancient legends, and time. Once, upon a shoreline dreary, there was a tree. This is her story.

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BUMP IN THE NIGHT – by ROB MacGREGOR – If you’re captivated by the spookiness of Halloween, when the veils between worlds are the thinnest, then BUMP IN THE NIGHT offers you the chance to explore the realm of ghosts and spirits and even alien encounters any day of the year.

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CASE WHITE – by THOMAS SULLIVAN – No work of fiction or nonfiction has done what CASE WHITE does in this monumental new novel by USA Today Best-selling author Thomas Sullivan. Set in the era of two world wars, this comprehensive work weaves together the bizarre mythology and eccentric beliefs that explain how a nation went insane for 12 years. Told through the compelling lives and loves of a pair of very unique characters, this tour de force will take you into a radical blend of religion and myth frighteningly similar to what is going on in parts of the world today. Certain to be a benchmark work of elegantly written fiction and historical perspective, CASE WHITE delivers a poignant people story played out on a grand stage.

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THE SKELETON INSIDE ME – by DAVID NIALL WILSON – A young girl receives a fright when her father brings home a new Halloween decoration. As the story progresses, she learns more about the “monster” in the box and her own body, and comes to grips with her fears. An amusing story for Halloween, rendered in clever rhyme and beautifully illustrated by Dan Monroe.

Available in Hardcover, paperback, eBook and Unabridged Audio – narrated by Gigi Shane (The Audiobook comes with a PDF copy of the book so you can show the pictures to your kids and follow along)

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AMERI-SCARES: ILLINOIS – THE CEMETERY CLUB – by ELIZABETH MASSIE – When twelve-year-old Hilary Wilson’s family moves from Pennsylvania to Justice, Illinois, she finds herself feeling angry, frustrated, and lonely. To make matters worse, bully Frank Simmons, whose favorite pastime is scaring people, decides Hilary should be his next victim. Along with his friends Audrey and Todd, Frank challenges Hilary to join his “Cemetery Club,” which meets inside the huge, imposing Resurrection Cemetery and consists of a series of creepy pranks. Hilary is determined to prove her courage and not let Frank’s spooky tricks scare her. Then Marjorie, a very strange girl Hilary befriends in the cemetery, comes to Hilary’s defense with even creepier tricks to play on Frank. But when Marjorie’s pranks become terrifying and seemingly impossible, Hilary has to convince Marjorie to stop. And she must find out once and for all who Marjorie really is.

THE ENTIRE AMERI-SCARES SERIES IS PERFECT FOR YOUNGER READERS AT HALLOWEEN!

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MISTER GLOW-BONES and OTHER HALLOWEEN TALES – by RONALD  - KELLY - Halloween is more than a holiday; more than a fun time of candy and costumes for the young. It is inoculated into our very being at an early age and there it remains. As we grow old, it grows dormant… but it is still there. For the lucky ones, such as us, it emerges every year, like a reanimated corpse digging its way out of graveyard earth to shamble across our souls. And we rejoice… oh, if we are the fortunate ones, we most certainly rejoice.

Stories included in this collection:
Mister Glow-Bones
The Outhouse
Billy’s Mask
Pins & Needles
Black Harvest
Pelingrad’s Pit
Mister Mack & the Monster Mobile
The Halloween Train
The Candy in the Ditch Gang
Halloweens: Past & Present
Monsters in a Box

AMAZONSMASHWORDS – Also available (but not yet live at this posting) at Barnes & Noble

THREE SMALL COINKYDINKS – A DuckBob Spinowitz Adventure – By AARON ROSENBERG – (If you don’t think this is scary enough for Halloween, try having a duck’s hyead…) Bob Spinowitz was an average guy—until aliens abducted him and gave him the head of a duck. Then they asked “DuckBob” to save the universe, since their modifications meant he could. Talk about a backhanded compliment!

Amazingly, though, DuckBob did it. And thus became Guardian of the Matrix, which protects the cosmos from further invasion—as long as he’s plugged in. Literally.

But alien techie pal Ned just made the Matrix User Interface wireless. Suddenly, DuckBob is free again—the whole universe is at his alien-altered, webbed feet! Only problem is, could being unplugged mean he’s out of a job?

As a pick-me-up, Ned takes DuckBob to his homeworld—which looks just like Brooklyn. Odd changes are afoot, there, however—ones with potentially cosmic repercussions. Soon DuckBob finds himself struggling to stay alive. And to find lunch, which is equally important.

Can DuckBob conquer his doubt, rein in his freedom, and help save Ned’s world? Or will our avian-esque hero’s first unrestricted flight be the last—not just for him but for us all?

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Supernatural Suspense Storybundle – Clive Barker & 9 More!

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THE SUPERNATURAL SUSPENSE BUNDLE

Curated by David Naill Wilson

Suspense comes in all flavors and stripes. Though they are often sloughed off onto the horror genre, Supernatural Suspense novels have become a staple of the genre-bending best-sellers. Authors like Stephen King and Dean Koontz have entrenched themselves in this sub-genre, and over the years an impressive group of talented authors have added their words, and their visions to the mix.

This Supernatural Suspense bundle is curated by Award-winning author, poet, and now publisher David Niall Wilson, who has been writing since the late 1980s and has well over thirty books of his own.

Of this bundle, Wilson says:

“I was very pleased to be afforded the opportunity to choose some of my favorite novels and authors and present their work in such an affordable and unique manner. In a suspense novel, the reader basically knows what’s going on – most of the mystery is pushed aside in lieu of eventful moments, fast action, harrowing escapes, and the imminent threat of something very bad happening. What I love best is that sort of a plot with either full-blown dark fantasy, or at least the hint – the question – of something supernatural behind the threat. It heightens the suspense, and though – like most thrillers – the reader is mostly aware of the threat from an early point in the story, there is always the chance that something evil and beyond the control of the protagonist, hero, or whatever character experiences it that will change the outcome completely.

Rather than choose books with a common theme, or style, what I strove for in this grouping is variety. These novels range from those where the supernatural is more in the minds of the characters, as in Elizabeth Massie’s Bram Stoker Award-Winning Sineater to – in the case of Clive Barker’s Weaveworld – a complete divergence into another realm.

My own novel, On the Third Day, concerns religion and miracles, and I’ll admit, that’s not too far from Thomas Monteleone’s Night of Broken Souls, but the take on the subject matter – the style of the suspense – is entirely unique in each. Pulitzer nominated author Thomas Sullivan’s novel Second Soul is a dark tale of spirits and guilt, while Aaron Rosenberg’s Incursion is the beginning of a series, the novels of the O.C.L.T. – and deals with ecological issues and Native American magic.

Brian Hodge takes readers from the dark visions of the rain forests to the darker streets of the big city in Nightlife, literary master Chet Williamson brings the darkness and his own deep knowledge of theater and stage to play in Reign , and Mike Baron draws on the seemingly endless secrets of the ancient world in his novel Skorpio. A wonderfully literate grouping of truly fascinating works…” – David Niall Wilson

The initial titles in the bundle (minimum $3 to purchase) are:

  • Reign by Chet Williamson
  • Second Soul by Thomas Sullivan
  • On the Third Day by David Niall Wilson
  • Incursion by Aaron Rosenberg
  • Moonbane by Al Sarrantonio

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $12, you’ll get another five books:

  • Weaveworld by Clive Barker
  • Nightlife by Brian Hodge
  • Sineater by Elizabeth Massie
  • Skorpio by Mike Baron
  • Night of Broken Souls by Thomas F. Monteleone

The bundle is available for a very limited time only, via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books, but after the three weeks are over, the bundle is gone forever!

It’s also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

  • Get quality reads: We’ve chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
  • Pay what you want (minimum $3): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth to you. If you can only spare a little, that’s fine! You’ll still get access to a batch of thrilling titles.
  • Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there’s nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
  • Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to charity. We’re currently featuring Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now.
  • Receive extra books: If you beat our bonus price, you’re not just getting seven books, you’re getting thirteen!

StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for Gizmodo.com and Lifehacker.com.

For more information, visit our website at storybundle.com, Tweet us at @storybundle, Like us on Facebook, and Plus us on Google Plus. For press inquiries, please email press@storybundle.com.

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Crossroad Press Author Curates Cyberpunk Storybundle

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THE CYBERPUNK BUNDLE

Curated by Steven Savile

A quick visit to Wikipedia will confirm that “cyberpunk is a subgenre of science fiction in a near-future setting. Noted for its focus on “high tech and low life,” it features advanced science, such as information technology and cybernetics, coupled with a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order.” But for me it’s always been about the radical change in social order over the high tech. It’s been about hackers, artificial intelligences, and megacorporations, and tend to be set in a near-future Earth that’s absolutely dystopic, not some far-future setting in a galaxy far far away. What’s important is the extraordinary cultural impact of the technology being twisted in ways its creators could never have imagined. And, thanks to Blade Runner, it will always have the echo of film noir inside my head.

It’s dark. It’s gritty. It’s exciting and the books included in this bundle are designed to showcase that very trend, available September 10th through October 1st. You’ll find a vast and dizzying array of ideas here—important ideas, because that’s what this kind of science fiction is all about. There’s social commentary. There’s angst. Heartbreak. Heroes. It’s a grim near future we’re facing. We see it in the news every day. So it’s hardly surprising that some of our best writers have taken this bleak future and laid it bare.

StoryBundle’s Cyberpunk bundle is curated by bestselling author Steven Savile, a man who certainly understands the genre. His brand new novel, as yet unreleased (it’s debuting here in StoryBundle first, a month before it will be available anywhere else for sale!) is a heartbreaking example of a future you wouldn’t want to live in, brought about by choices no man should have to make. He’s just written a cyberpunk computer game for a major studio, too. Joining him are New York Times and USA Today bestsellers, Kevin J Anderson, David Farland, Kindle sensation Michael Bunker (whose Pennsylvania will challenge the way you think about SF), Rob MacGregor and his writing partner, Billie Dee Williams – none other than Lando Calrissian himself!), Melissa Scott & Jo Graham (with a collaborative novel and a solo novel from Melissa), brilliant British novelist Keith Brooke and one of the founding fathers of science fiction, Frank Herbert. There’s a complete trilogy of incredible novels from David Bischoff and something really special, a debut novel from an exciting new writer who David Farland describes thus: “If Wordsworth had written cyberpunk he might have done something like this.” That’s Beowulf: A Bloody Calculus, by Milo Behr.

Says Savile, “Some of these writers are among my favourites in any genre. I can honestly say I adore each and every one of the books in this bundle. I’m incredibly excited to share them with you, especially the opportunity to help launch what I think will be a dazzling career for Milo, one of David Farland’s students. Why do I think you should pay attention? David’s other students include Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, oh, and Stephanie Meyer. He knows a thing or two. More than anything, I think the books here do a fantastic job of showcasing the dark cities and darker edges of where this world is going and can’t help but capture your imagination in the same way that Philip K Dick and other great writers captured mine. I really hope you enjoy them.”

The initial titles in the bundle (minimum $3 to purchase) are:

  • Resurrection, Inc. by Kevin J. Anderson
  • Lost Things by Melissa Scott and Jo Graham
  • The Infinite Battle (Star Hounds: Book 1) by David Bischoff
  • PSI/NET by Billy Dee Williams and Rob MacGregor
  • The Accord by Keith Brooke
  • On My Way to Paradise by David Farland

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $15, you’ll get another six books, including the next two books in the Star Hounds series!

  • Immortal by Steven Savile
  • High-Opp by Frank Herbert
  • Pennsylvania by Michael Bunker
  • Dreamships by Melissa Scott
  • Galactic Warriors (Star Hounds: Book 2) by David Bischoff
  • The Macrocosmic Conflict (Star Hounds: Book 3) by David Bischoff
  • Beowulf: A Bloody Calculus by Milo Behr

The bundle is available for a very limited time only, via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books, but after the three weeks are over, the bundle is gone forever!

It’s also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

  • Get quality reads: We’ve chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
  • Pay what you want (minimum $3): You decide how much five fantastic books are worth to you. If you can only spare a little, that’s fine! You’ll still get access to a batch of thrilling titles.
  • Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there’s nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
  • Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to charity. We’re currently featuring the ALS Association, Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now.
  • Receive extra books: If you beat our bonus price, you’re not just getting seven books, you’re getting thirteen!

StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for Gizmodo.com and Lifehacker.com.

For more information, visit our website at storybundle.com, Tweet us at @storybundle, Like us on Facebook, and Plus us on Google Plus. For press inquiries, please email press@storybundle.com.

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Fourth of July SALE – .99 Selected eBooks! 20% off Print

In honor of the Fourth of July, Crossroad Press is happy to offer a number of titles for only .99 – this is a limited time offer.  These books will be available in digital from Kobo.com / Amazon.com / Barnes & Noble … links to each are below.  In addition, we are offering 20% off the cover price of any print book through the Crossroad Press Online Store.  Just use the code : 4THOFJULY at checkout.  This offer is good from 3-July through 12-July 2014. You can browse the Print Editions we offer by visiting our Online Store and browsing the Print Editions category on the left side of the main page.

PieGuyCoverwebAmerican Pies – Baking With Dave the Pie Guy – by David Niall Wilson (Featuring the 4th of July Friendly AMERICAN PIE recipe) – There was a time when pie was more important. Fat, fruit-stuffed confections lined the booths at state and county fairs, cooled in the windows of kitchens across the world, sprouted blackbirds in nursery rhymes and rose to iconic glory as a symbol of goodness and patriotism. That was then. Pies, as so many other things, have been in a slump for quite a while. This book – American Pies – is one man’s attempt to restore them to their former glory, at least for his family. amazonbutton kobobutton bandnbutton

love lost coverwebLove Lost – by Patricia Lee Macomber – Amanda Stevens hasn’t had an easy life. Her parents are both dead. The only man she ever loved died before their wedding. She works a mundane job, lives in her childhood home, and hasn’t gone to a party since shoulder pads were in style. But all that is about to change. A single act of selflessness drives her out in her father’s old boat, late at night and in the middle of a storm. She’s on her way to rescue someone but when she lands in the past, she finds a new life, a new love, a new Amanda. The only problem is that she can’t stay, he can’t go, and if the war has anything to say about it, the island they’re marooned on will be wiped off the map. bandnbutton kobobutton amazonbutton

JBCompanionCoverwebThe James Bond Companion – By Raymond Benson – New digital edition of the classic 1980s Reference! The James Bond Bedside Companion was originally published in America in 1984. A second edition came out in 1986, and then an updated version was issued in both the U.S. and U.K. in 1988. The book went out of print in the early 1990s. Since then, the various editions have sold for big bucks on eBay and other resale outlets. In 2001, a firm produced an e-book and print-on-demand version of the book. The problem with that one was that none of the original plates existed. A facsimile had to be created from a scan of a copy of the book. At the time, scanner software wasn’t what it is today, so there were numerous, and sometimes laughable, errors in the text. For example, a word like “burns” was misread by the scanner as “bums!” (“Bond suffered multiple bums…”) Now, not quite thirty years after its original publication, comes a new and improved e-book, audiobook, and print edition of what many 007 fans have called, the author is humbled to say, a “Bond Bible.” Since its first appearance, numerous authors have published books on the James Bond phenomenon, mostly dealing with the films. In 1984, however, there wasn’t much out there that also dealt with the life of Ian Fleming and his novels. My book filled that gap for a time. bandnbutton  kobobutton

AliensCoverwebAliens in the Backyard – by Trish & Rob MacGregor – UFO Encounters, Abductions, & Synchronicity – In the early morning hours of March 28, 2011, Charles and Helene Fontaine experienced something that shattered their beliefs about the nature of reality. One evening in 1981, Connie J Cannon was on I-75 with her young son, en route to their new home in Florida, when they suddenly found themselves on a military base, with a man in uniform holding a gun to her head as three Grays stood nearby. In 1979, Diane Fine was on her way from upstate New York to Vermont to see an obstetrics specialist for her high risk pregnancy, and experienced two hours of missing time. When she was finally examined at the clinic, she was told wasn’t pregnant. In 1970, pilot Bruce Gernon was chased by something through the Bermuda Triangle and he has been talking about it ever since – to UFO Hunters, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, the History Channel, the Sci-Fi channel, and all their foreign counterparts. These individuals have never met. But they share something significant. In 2003, a Roper Organization survey revealed that 33 million Americans may be abductees. Aliens in the Backyard is their story. bandnbutton kobobutton amazonbutton

Miraculous Journey webMiraculous Journey – by Anne & Whitley Strieber – Is death really the end? Why do we fear death? As Anne Strieber faces this inevitable transition, she and her husband Whitley explore the deep meaning of this journey, and find in it a richness of meaning that is largely ignored by a society obsessed with avoiding death at all costs. In 2004, Anne Strieber had a brain hemorrhage that led, most recently, to a brain tumor that is of a type that is generally fatal. So now, after a long struggle, she faces death. Instead of turning away from it, Anne explores the miracle of life and the mystery that death represents. Is it an annihilating end, or a journey into a new kind of freedom? Whitley and Anne Strieber explore this question from the perspective of the love that illuminates their long marriage, and find that, in facing death, it is possible to find the true miracle of why we live our lives in the first place. Life is the miraculous journey, death at once an end and a joyous new beginning. bandnbutton kobobutton amazonbutton

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Mafia Secret – by Angie Derek – Lessa Noelle grew up never knowing she was the illegitimate daughter of a mafia king pin. After his murder, she finds herself a surprise heiress immersed in the dangerous world of organized crime with only the guidance of Marco Santo her father’s second in command to help her. Marco searches for her father’s killer and tries to keep the realities of his life from touching her. An uneasy attraction blossoms between the two. An already dangerous situation turns volatile when a killer turns his attention to Lessa. bandnbutton kobobutton amazonbutton

Dead on the IslandwebDead on the Island – by Bill Crider – A Truman Smith Mystery – PI Truman Smith has become a loner after failing to find his sister Jan during a recent search of Galveston Island. He jogs on the Seawall, plays with his cat, and reads lots of Faulkner books. He is pulled from his self-imposed retirement when his old high school football buddy Dino asks him to find a young girl named Sharon. As Tru begins his investigation, dead bodies begin to appear and Tru himself is attacked. His search for Sharon takes him to all sorts of interesting places on and near the Island. Bill Crider spins a good mystery tale in a wonderful setting with interesting characters and enough plot twists to keep readers guessing until the last few chapters. bandnbutton kobobutton amazonbutton

The OnewebGrant Me Timely Grace – By Timothy J. Woods – Washington, D.C., June 1863. It is the week before Gettysburg, and the nation’s fate hangs in the balance. A Union officer was not court-martialed after disobeying a direct order during battle. Why? Major Russell Johns is being played by puppet-master, Gerard Chantier. Transplanted New Orleans businessman and toast of the town. Chantier hosts the city’s most lavish entertainments attended by members of Lincoln’s cabinet and Washington’s elite. Little do they know Gerard is coordinating an attack with Confederate general JEB Stuart’s cavalry to take over the city, kidnap Lincoln and bring victory to the South.  When Russell’s probing brings him in contact with Chantier’s daughter, Thérèse, he has to face his most difficult moral choice: manipulating her to get to her father or honoring the one thing that has sustained him through years of battle and loss—his own integrity. bandnbutton kobobutton amazonbutton

APBCoverwebA. P. B. by Dave Pedneau – A Whit Pynchon Mystery – Special investigator Whit Pynchon and crime reporter Annie Tyson-Tyree race against time to find the psychotic killer who is murdering the wives and girlfriends of all the cops in the small West Virginia town of Millbrook. bandnbutton kobobutton amazonbutton

 

HawkMoonwebHawk Moon – By Rob MacGregor – Young Adult – Now that he’s back in Aspen, Colorado, Will Lansa feels like an outsider after spending the summer with his father on the Hopi reservation in Arizona. He breaks up with his girlfriend Myra, and then becomes the last person known to have seen her alive. When a missing knife is discovered with blood on the blade and traces of a drug on the handle, Will is suspected of committing the murder. His only allies are a computer hacker and a Hopi spirit who visits Will in his dreams. Haunted by visions of Myra’s death, Will won’t rest until he proves his innocence and finds Myra’s murderer. bandnbutton kobobutton amazonbutton

MidnightEyeswebMidnight Eyes – by Sidney Williams – Men are being lured to agonizing deaths in the small Louisiana city of Aimsley. Brutalized bodies are displayed on the riverbank and in little-travelled bayou country, and a mysterious dark-eyed beauty may be connected. It’s a case with tremendous human suffering and a challenging political labyrinth for Sheriff Ty Hood. It means calling on the last person he wants to for help—his son. Former FBI agent Wayland Hood is a brilliant criminologist and writer. He’s immersed in a project to unravel the mysteries inside the minds of four of America’s most heinous serial killers. Only unresolved issues with his father can draw him into the dark quest for buried secrets that fuel modern bloodshed. As father and son clash with each other and with television reporter Jemy Reardon who has her own goals and theories, the body count increases. Only a terrifying excursion into the darkest heart of midnight can bring the nightmare to an end. amazonbutton bandnbutton kobobutton

PcGeewebPerilous Pink PcGee – by Katie Mary Wilson & David Niall Wilson – The REAL Pink PcGee lives on Katie’s desk.  He’s a stuffed pig that came to live with her one Valentine’s day.  She also has the Arrrrbor seal, but she’s still looking for Flounder.  This is a tale of pirates and gold, dreams and magic.  She wrote it with help from her Daddy, who loves Pink PcGee almost as much as he does her… bandnbutton kobobutton amazonbutton

 

bornagainwebBorn Again – by Hans Holzer – From the Hans Holzer Digital Collection – his famed work on Reincarnation. -Authenticated case histories of “ordinary” Americans who have lived before: -Pamela Wollenberg, a twenty-year-old girl from Harvey, Illinois, in a previous incarnation the daughter of a Scottish nobleman, killed herself in a leap from the tower of her castle. -Ruth MacGuire, who now lives a peaceful life in an abandoned Inn in Connecticut, found memories under hypnosis of earlier lives as a Puritan girl dying of consumption before reaching America, and as a British officer’s wife, raped in a bloody Hindu uprising in India. -June Volpe was a belle of Atlanta before the Civil War and, as Elizabeth Simms, was killed by her son on a new plantation in Florida. She now lives the quiet life of a Pennsylvania housewife. These are just a few of those who have been… Born Again. bandnbutton kobobutton amazonbutton

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TOP 14 Bestselling audiobooks from Crossroad Press 4-20-2014

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Nothing is Constant, Except Change

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After more than a decade of using GoDaddy.com for hosting, I finally decided it was time to move on.  I run several WordPress sites, including this one.  Recently, there was a vulnerability in WordPress that allowed a java-injected malware to screw up the feeds on a great number of WordPress sites.  GoDaddy was one of the hosts hit hard.  They were absolutely no help.  I know what I’m doing, and the guy I got for support was clearly first level – and held me on the phone for hours – then when I sent in the screen shots the actual network engineer asked for, I never heard from them at all.  They won’t admit they allowed the problem, and they won’t take any responsibility for it.  That’s fine.  They make most of their money on domain registration, selling services, etc… their site has become a web of things you have to say no to before you get what you need… I’ve moved all my sites to a secure, dedicated home that doesn’t put every new domain in a folder on the same hosting – that actually provides support when we need it, and that is co-located with our store.

The sites for all of the imprints have not yet gone live, but they will come back eventually – I think.  Keeping them all up separately, while providing more visibility, has proven a bit more burdensome than I expected, and I may draw it all back into this blog, where our newsletter is located.

So… for now… direct your sites here for all updates involving Crossroad Pres.  If you would spread the word – anyone who wants to be on our newsletter list (no more than a couple a month – never intrusive) can send an e-mail to publisher@crossroadpress.com with ADD ME TO THE LIST  – please spread that around.  The more the merrier.

You can, as always, find our newest titles at the following links.  The titles in our online store are lagging behind as we have fought to catch up some previously Amazon exclusive titles across other sites, and to get a lot of new material available in a very short amount of time.  Bear with us – everything is getting better.

New Crossroad Press titles at    AMAZON    BARNES & NOBLE    SMASHWORDS

-David Niall WIlson

 

 

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Crossroad Press New Titles for March

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Now in Trade Paperback!

March Madness has set in, and we have a LOT of new titles rushing through the gates.  Check out the new books!. Descriptions can be found in this post for many of our recent titles, and you can purchase them at your favorite retailers using the links below, sorted newest first for convenience.

Crossroad Press Store / Amazon.com / Barnes & Noble / Smashwords / Audible.com

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Closing Time & Other Stories
By Jack Ketchum

From Award-winning author and storyteller Jack Ketchum, a collection of bleak stories of loss, and pain. This is the author’s newest collection, and includes his Bram Stoker Award-Winning novella – Closing Time.

Also included: Returns / Damned If You Do / Station Two / Elusive / Papa / The Fountain / Do You Love Your Wife? / At Home With the VCR
Those Rockports Won’t Get You Into Heaven / Olivia: A Monologue /
Brave Girl / Honor System / Lighten Up / Hotline / Monster / Consensual / Seascape / Snarl, Hiss, Spit, Stalk

SCIENCE FICTION

Star Hounds – The Infinite Battle – Book 1
By David Bischoff

Laura Shemzak. Irreverent, rebellious, beautiful. A woman with an impossible mission: to rescue her beloved brother, the most brilliant physicist of the Galactic Federation, from the clutches of alien invaders, the Jaxdron. To succeed, Laura must gain control of a top-secret Mak XT “blip-ship”. And to do that, she is forced into an uneasy alliance with an unlikely band of rogues.

Star Hounds – Galactic Warriors – Book Two
By David Bischoff

After the events of Volume One, The Infinite Battle, ace-pilot Laura Shemzak struggles to save her brother from the alien Jaxdron — while dealing with her own problems with brooding Starship Captain Tars Northern. And what of the moody and dangerous alien Shon’till’s search for his lost race, the Frin’Ral? CHECK IN ON THIS BATTLE-FILLED FLIGHT THROUGH THE STARS — AND ABOVE

Star Hounds – The Macrocosmic Conflict – Book Three
By David Bischoff

A dystopian future. A beautiful, wild female pilot on the run from an odious Federation. A handsome, troubled pirate with a secret. Aliens who enjoy bizarre apocalyptic games… Mix them together — space adventure with thrusters on full!

NON FICTION

Born Again
By Hans Holzer

From the Hans Holzer Digital Collection – his famed work on Reincarnation. -Authenticated case histories of “ordinary” Americans who have lived before: -Pamela Wollenberg, a twenty-year-old girl from Harvey, Illinois, in a previous incarnation the daughter of a Scottish nobleman, killed herself in a leap from the tower of her castle. -AND MANY OTHERS!

Psycho-Ecstasy
By Hans Holzer

Psycho-Ecstasy presents a revolutionary new method for becoming a new you – without psycho-therapy, without drugs. Hans Holzer explains, in easy-to-read language, how to use “PSE” to understand the essential duality of life, and then provides the exact phrases which, when repeated, can help you reach a state of true personal fulfillment. INCLUDES a ten-point program for sexual ecstasy!

The Black Hole Book
By Alex Miller

“The Black Hole Book” is your guide to the mysteries of Deep Space in astrological interpretation. These celestial powerhouses are revealed as important formative agents, both in our character and in the events unfolding in the world around us. With extensive interpretive material on Black Hole interaction with each planet that can be applied to the birth chart.

The Stargate Chronicles: Memoirs of a Psychic Spy
By Joseph McMoneagle

Joseph McMoneagle is now known as the best Operational Remote Viewer in the history of the U.S. Army’s Special Project—Stargate. His intelligence collection results have never been surpassed and rarely equaled. This remarkable memoir chronicles his military career, his early life, and gives a wonderful birds-eye view into US Military politics.

Finder: The True Story of a Private Investigator
By Gary Provost

In the last two decades, Private Investigator Marilyn Greene has found more than two hundred people — sometimes discovering in hours or minutes a person missing for years. In FINDER, Greene shares her news-making triumphs, the joyous family reunions she’s made possible, and the chilling cases of dead ends.

HORROR

Borderlands 2
Edited by By Elizabeth Monteleone & Thomas F. Monteleone

Borderlands 2 is the second volume of the most exciting anthology series of the Nineties. Visionary, provocative, disturbing, intelligent, and innovative describe the fiction found in Borderlands. You won’t find any of the familiar bug-bears and boogeymen here. No ghosts or vampires need apply. None of the tired old symbols which have defined darkly imaginative fiction will be found here.

Deadly Resurrection
By John McCarty

When Julie Hauser came to Massachusetts, she wanted to start life anew after the death of her son. Now, in a desperate bid to be reunited with him, Julie must ally herself to a dreaded force long absent from the world, while confronting the savage thirst of a vicious killer stalking the countryside. Recommended by the Horror Writers of America for a Bram Stoker Award as Best First Novel of 1990.

WESTERN & MILITARY ADVENTURE

Staghorn – A Matt Tierney Western (#3)
By Tim Champlin

Matt Tierney finds plenty of adventure when he rides the riverboats from New Orleans to the Dakotas. And he finds plenty of danger between the high-and-mighty prince, the gambler with a gleam in his eye, and the beautiful lady of the waterways.

M.I.A. Hunter: Invasion U.S.S.R
Book 9 of the M.I.A. Hunter Series
By Stephen Mertz

MISSING: Lee Daniels, American journalist statined in Moscow. The Soviets deny any involvement — but the U.S. government knows better. There’s only one way to get Daniels out of Russia: brute force. An ex-Green Beret Mark Stone is just the man for the job. It’s the mission of a lifetime. The ultimate enemy. From Moscow to Leningrad, the K.G.B.’s deadliest agents lay in waiting.

MYSTERY

Hidden Lake
By T. J. MacGregor

Detective Deirdre O’Malley thinks she’s got the best of both worlds in Hidden Lake. An old-fashioned, no-crime small town set right in the middle of busy Fort Lauderdale. But then there’s a murder. Who’s the killer? Deirdre is a rational woman. But in this gripping novel of non-stop suspense, no one, not even a straight-thinking cop, can afford to doubt the validity of certain psychic phenomena.

Blood Moon – Book One in the Robert Payne Mystery Series
By Ed Gorman

Former FBI agent and psychological profiler Robert Payne is on the trail of a serial killer..A 12 year old girl has been murdered and mutilated, and the detective assigned to the case wound up dead. Now Nora Conners, the girl’s wealthy murder, has hired Payne to solve the murder and bring closure.

Voodoo Moon – Book Four of the Robert Payne Mystery Series
By Ed Gorman

Psychological profiler Robert Payne is drawn into a circle of intrigue and murder and he investigates the murder of man’s girlfriend, whom he claims was killed by an arsonist who burned down an asylum long ago, and disappeared. With TV Psychics and the local police, Payne must unravel the past to solve the case in the present.

Hawk Moon – Book Two of the Robert Payne Mystery Series
By Ed Gorman

Two beautiful Indian women are found dead with their noses cut off – an old Indian practice to punish infidelity – in this suspenseful second mystery by best-selling author Ed Gorman. The mutilation murders stun the quiet Iowa town of Cedar Rapids and call for the special skills of criminal psychologist Robert Payne, who uses clues from the crime scene to piece together a psychological portrait of the killer.

Harlot’s Moon – Book Three of the Robert Payne Mystery Series
By Ed Gorman

Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A Catholic priest has been found half-naked and dead in a seedy motel room, with his tongue cut out. Ex-FBI profiler Robert Payne has been called in to investigate by his childhood friend Steve Gray, now a monsignor. With a fund-raising drive coming up, Steve wants to squelch a scandal. But all the signs point to unholy doings in the tightly knit parish.

YOUNG ADULT / MYSTERY

Seventh Born
By Rob MacGregor

When a suspicious barn fire claims the life of her aging pony, Merlina Lund inadvertently triggers her inherited psychic talents to track the arsonist. The deeper she digs, the more dangerous the quest turns as she closes in on the truth about the Cosa Caballo, a mysterious horse mafia centered in her pristine equestrian village.

PERFORMING ARTS / PLAYS

A Glass of Water
By Eugene Scribe

Don’t look now, but…what dramatic form would you expect the French to impose on English history? Bedroom farce, of course. Good Queen Anne and the Churchills, Winston’s ancestors, are here in Eugene Scribe’s nineteenth-century classic, riding high as the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough.

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Crossroad Press – New Titles for February!

February has been a busy month for us so far.  Check out the new books below.  You can find all new titles at Crossroad Press / Amazon.com / Barnes & Noble.com – I’ve listed these links here, rather than linking every title separately.

Miraculous Journey – by Anne & Whitley Strieber

Since she had a brain hemorrhage in 2004, Anne Strieber, the wife of famed writer Whitley Strieber, has lived a life of miracles, and in this book Anne and Whitley share their stories of her near death experience, her miraculous recovery and the life of miracles that has followed. Now, Anne faces an even greater challenge, a brain tumor. Excellent care and a holistic, joyous approach to the challenge has given her a real chance against what is usually a devastating disease. The Striebers, who have been happily married for 42 years, bring the wisdom and the love of their long marriage to their new challenge, and find that, in adversity like this, it is possible to find the true miracle of why we live our lives in the first place. Life is the miraculous journey, death at once an end and a joyous new beginning. For anyone facing serious illness, or just wondering how to cope when they enter this inevitable stage of life, the Miraculous Journey offers wisdom and support, and for those dealing with strokes and brain tumors, it is full of treatment insights, valuable knowledge and comfort.

Transformation – By Whitley Strieber

The author of Communion has seen a new vision of this magnificent, mysterious, and fiercely alive universe through the shattering effects of an assault from the unknown. The visitors are sweeping up from where they are buried under layers of denial and false assurance to say: There is something more to us and our universe.

Breakthrough by Whitley Strieber

In his worldwide bestseller Communion, Whitley Strieber told of his remarkable encounters with alien beings, and convinced millions of us that we are not alone. But that was just the beginning of his incredible true-life odyssey.

Since then Strieber has been led by the visitors on an astounding journey of revelation, and with their inspiration, has discovered a passageway to profound personal insight. He has seen them enter the lives of others and witnessed the extraordinary effects of their presence. And he has received their vast wisdom about the wonder of life and the rich, almost totally unexplored experience we call death.

Powerfully moving and stunning in its implications, Breakthrough gives us a truly illuminating look at these mysterious, yet prescient, agents of change and reveals their inspiring message of hope for our chaotic and troubled world.

The Secret of Orenda – By Whitley Strieber

Orenda: Feel the Magic

Deep in the forest there lives the world’s greatest and most beautiful secret. Known only to a few initiates, the people of Orenda continue the ancient ways of magic from mankind’s lost past. But even the wildest places are under threat, and this ancient tribe, who know nothing of the modern world, are discovered—and become a sensation.

Must their magic die, absorbed in the hectic modern world? Lawyer Mary Russell says no. Chief Charles Hay says no. Worldwalker Jim Hyam says no.

But the world says yes. And the world comes, in planes, in SUVs, in off-road vehicles, with cameras, forms to fill out, laws to follow and guns to make sure.

Who will win? Feel the magic.

N.D.E. (Near Death Experience) The Lazarus Initiative – By Steven Savile and David Sakmyster

From Steven Savile, International best-selling author of SILVER and the JACK STONE THRILLERS, and David Sakmystery, award-winning screenwriter and author of THE PHAROS OBJECTIVE and CRESCENT LAKE, a new, page-turning, supernatural thriller.

After a Near Death Experience (an ‘NDE’) radically transforms the life of
eccentric billionaire Nicholas Sheridan, he becomes obsessed with understanding the experience, recreating the conditions that opened the gate to the unknown.

After recruiting others with similar experiences, they discover amazing connections, common visions and dramatic abilities among people who have come back from the dead. But what they haven’t bargained for is that the gate opens both ways. Something has escaped from death and is hunting them. Something hungry…

“With NDE, Sakmyster and Savile trek across a dark line into very strange country. Equal parts smart and chilling, this is a powerful and important novel.” –Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of EXTINCTION MACHINE and FIRE & ASH

“A wild and gripping ride through the afterlife, virtual realities, real world horrors and everything in between, NDE reminded me of Neil Gaimain’s American Gods wrung through The Matrix.” –Stel Pavlou, author of DECIPHER and GENE

 The Dawning by Hugh B. Cave

In the all-too-immediate future, the day has finally come when crime, drugs, and pollution have made the cities of the world virtually uninhabitable. Gangs roam the streets at will, the police have nearly surrendered, and the air and water are slowly killing the residents who remain. But one small group of survivors has decided to escape the madness. Packing what they can carry, they head off to what they hope will be the unspoiled wilderness of northern Canada, intent on making a new start, a new life. But nature isn’t that forgiving. For far too long mankind has destroyed the planet, ravaging the landscape and slaughtering the animals. At long last, nature has had enough. Now the Earth is ready to fight back, to rid itself of its abusers. A new day has come. But will anyone survive…

Disciples of Dread by Hugh B. Cave

The lush island of Jamaica is a wonderful vacation spot — but Mark Donner’s not on vacation. He’s running for his life from the Disciples of Dread, an international terrorist organization whose leader wants to use Mark to trap his psychically gifted twin brother, Vincent, an American espionage agent.

Concealed on Jamaica, Mark should be safe but the island holds dangers he cannot imagine. Somehow Mark has attracted an enemy far more deadly than the terrorists. Obeah magic — dark, evil magic — is used against him in supernatural attacks that grow ever stronger.

Running out of time, stalked by human killers and things unknown, Mark Donner must tap his hidden psychic talents to save himself — and the woman he loves.

Curtains of Blood by Robert Randisi

London, 1888. A knife flashes in the fog. A madman has begun the most notorious and shocking series of murders in history. With each new discovery of a woman’s mutilated body, the citywide panic grows. The police seem unable to stop the killer, even when he taunts them with letters. Letters signed…Jack the Ripper.

In another part of London, the reign of terror has touched a young writer and theater manager named Bram Stoker. The police have closed his theater’s production of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and suspect its star of being Jack the Ripper. His livelihood endangered, Stoker sets out on his own to find the real killer. But Jack wants just as badly to find Stoker. When the madman and the author meet face to face, a new chapter will be written in the annals of horror.

The Black Mariah by Jay Bonansinga

Tearing through the Tennessee night with their gasoline tank near empty, two hardened truck drivers are pursued by an immortal curse that announces itself on their CB radio and threatens to strike furiously if they stop their wheels.

Murder Most Fowl – A Dan Rhodes Mystery by Bill Crider

Following Booked for a Hanging, Anthony Award-winner Bill Crider brings back his amiable, computer-phobic sheriff Dan Rhodes to investigate a murder that may or may not be related to a recent wave of emu-rustling. For an officer of the law, Blacklin County, Texas, used to be pretty peaceful, but now, what with the emu-rustling, cockfights, and protests at the new Wal-Mart store — not to mention murder — Sheriff Dan Rhodes has his hands full. Hit hard by the collapse of his little hardware store, Elijah (“Lige”) Ward has taken to chaining himself to the Wal-Mart doors and generally making a nuisance of himself. And when Lige’s dead body turns up, floating down a river in a portable toilet, Rhodes finds he has quite a case to investigate. What was the connection between Lige and chickens? Lige and the Palm Club? And was he involved in the area’s emu thefts? It seems that raising emus (“taste like steak, not chicken”) is a booming business, so much so that emu (“calmer than ostriches and more resistant to disease”) are being stolen left, right, and center by would-be emu ranchers with little respect for the law. From theft to murder, the local crime spree seems unstoppable. But with a little help from the computer foisted on him by aging deputies Hack and Lawton, plus some good old-fashioned detective work, Rhodes just may be able to straighten out his county.

Winning Can be Murder – A Dan Rhodes Mystery by Bill Crider

It’s been a while since Sheriff Dan Rhodes’s football days, but things haven’t really changed, at least not with state playoffs coming up and excitement for the local high school team heating up to a fever pitch. But then coach Brady Meredith is found shot to death in his car, and his murder leads to troublesome rumors concerning illegal betting, black market steroids and the sheriff’s old nemesis, a biker named Rapper, who has reappeared in Blacklin County. Too many coincidences for Rhodes’s comfort. Especially when another corpse makes it a second down for a killer determined to lead Sheriff Rhodes into a game of sudden death.

A Stabbing for Sadie by Wednesday Lee Friday

A sometimes terrifying, often intriguing, and always thought-provoking glimpse into the mind of Sadie, a victim of child abuse, drugs, and the vagaries of fate as she sinks into mental illness and battles her own special kind of demons. A Stabbing for Sadie is a wonderful journey through the twisted mind of a casualty of abuse, who lives with her own monsters, and fights to survive every day. It delves into notions and nightmares that haunt this strong and sometimes funny woman as she copes with false accusations and true horrors. This is a riveting, edge-of-your-seat thriller as told from the other side. A Stabbing for Sadie will leave you breathless, wondering what you would do, and wondering what’s on the mind of the person standing next to you…

Skull County, U.S.A. by Charles Colley

SKULL COUNTY, USA tells the story of a U.S. President, about fifteen years from today, chased by killers, running for his life in a blizzard, across Grand Mesa in western Colorado, the biggest flat-topped volcanic mountain in the world.

In only two days, at 5 PM on Monday, Congress will vote, per his demand, to kill all trade with China, ending, he hopes, the ten year Depression that is an outgrowth of the political and economic woes that we face today.

As bullets fly, as the snow begins to rage, a former Army nurse, still healing from the Afghanistan War, leads her band of lady elk hunters on their version of “girls night out” Colorado style, into a complex plot involving Chinese and American gunmen, $10 million in cash and the fate of America’s and the world’s economic survival, as they save the President, rushing toward safety and that monumental Monday vote.

The Crusade Against Darkness by John Defilippis

This third volume of the epic fantasy series, “The Medallion of Mavinor,” picks up where “The Birth of Malgyron” left off. Now that Cidivus has come to rule and the Age of Darkness has officially begun, everything is going perfectly according to plan for the Evil One. For even as a rival kingdom falls to the evil that has arisen, conditions in Mavinor quickly deteriorate under the new regime. The few heroes who managed to survive the onset of darkness are forced to come together and somehow figure out how they can restore light to the world. But the more they learn, the more they realize it may already be too late. All seems lost when one of their best men abandons the cause, but as other unlikely heroes begin to emerge and dissension grows among the ranks of evil, a ray of hope begins to shine in the darkness. When the forces of good finally mobilize in an attempt to reclaim Mavinor, they realize that they cannot afford to fail in their crusade or the world as they once knew it will be gone forever.

Hostile Takeovers By Michael A. Black

Something’s happening in the underworld of Cook County. Tensions are rising between two rival drug lords, and the streets are their battleground. Sergeant Frank Leal and his former partner, Olivia “Ollie” Hart, get involved when one of their informants turns up dead with his ear cut off. When one drug lord decides its time to eliminate the competition completely, the takeover becomes very hostile indeed. As blood flows in the gutter and retaliation rules the day, Leal and Hart have to stop two criminal armies before they meet in an all-out war with the innocents caught in between.

Mama Fish by Rio Youers

Technology is a 21st Century god. It’s a monster.

And the old ghosts stir…

Business brings Patrick Beauchamp to Harlequin, MA. The town he grew up in. It is his first time back for twenty years. Harlequin has changed, but even so … the old ghosts stir.

The secret—such a terrible secret—still lives in his heart. It is here, in Harlequin. She is here.

Patrick will never forget Mama Fish.

Harlequin High, 1986. Kelvin Fish was the oddball, the weird kid that no one would talk to. Except for Patrick, who was determined to learn more about this strange child, and to befriend him. But Patrick would get more than he bargained for…

Mama Fish is a story about the paths we choose … about the changes in society, and in ourselves. It is told through the eyes of Patrick Beauchamp, a loving family man who, at his heart, is troubled by much darkness … a man quite literally caught between the ghost and the machine.

Uncle Adolph by Jeffrey Sackett

It is December of 1927, the dead of winter in Linz, Austria. Geli Raubal is almost nineteen years old, and she feels that life is passing her by. She lives an unpleasant existence with her stuffy, provincial mother and her insufferable, oh-so-proper younger sister in a backwater town in what she regards as the middle of nowhere. Thus she is overjoyed when her mother receives an invitation to come to Munich, Germany, to act as housekeeper for her bachelor brother. Geli’s uncle is a man some twenty years older than she is, a man who is becoming increasingly important in the politics of Weimar Germany, a man who inspires both devotion in his followers as well as hatred in his enemies, a charismatic man whose piercing blue eyes and towering oratory can both mesmerize and horrify. Her uncle is Adolf Hitler.

In Munich, and at her uncle’s alpine villa on the Obersalzberg above Berchtesgaden, Geli becomes acquainted with his strange circle of friends: Joseph Goebbels, an idolater who found God in Adolf Hitler; Hermann Goering, a World War One air hero who led the Richthofen squadron after the Red Baron’s death, and is now Hitler’s ruthless right-hand man; Heinrich Himmler, a quiet, subdued, reptilian man whose calm exterior masks as an inner demon; Ernst Röhm, leader of the S.A., the Brown Shirts, the private army of the Nazi Party; Rudolf Hess, a slavish devotee of the Führer to whom Hitler dictated Mein Kampf while in prison: and many others.

In the bloody politics of Weimer Germany, with Nazis and Communists murdering each other on the streets as the democratic parties stand by and watch in impotent dread, all political groups prepare as best they can for whatever contingencies may arise. But the one thing that no one could anticipate, neither red nor rightist nor republican, is that Adolf Hitler and his niece Geli Raubal would fall hopelessly in love.

This novel tells the true story of the strange love affair between Geli and her Uncle Adolf, an affair that began in 1927 and ended in heart-rending tragedy in 1931.

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The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics UPDATE!

2014 OlympicswebThe eBook editions of the Complete Book of the Winter Olympics by David Wallechinsky and Jaime Loucky are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and at the Crossroad Press webstore.  If you buy from Crossroad Press please remember to select from the available formats using the check boxes at the bottom of the product page.  The print edition is in final proofing and will be submitted for processing to the printer tonight.  I expect that the print edition will be available for order by sometime next week.  If you need the book more quickly than normal creation and shipping would allow for (this is a Print on Demand title, until there is an order it’s not created) – let us know.  For an additional charge we will be able to expedite both printing and shipping.  This book will be available through Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble shortly after approval, and through Crossroad Press immediately after the final proofs are approved.  I will announce that the moment it happens, and will put up the order page at the Crossroad Press Store.  Thanks for your patience.  This is a big, important project, and it’s been quite a ride getting it ready…

 

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