Section Roads

 

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Coming
of Age / Mystery / Humor
Date
Published:
June 8, 2019
Publisher:
Acorn Publishing
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When attorney Cullen Molloy attends his fortieth high school reunion, he doesn’t expect to be defending childhood friends against charges of murder… 
In a small town on the high plains of Eastern New Mexico, life and culture are shaped by the farm roads defining the 640-acre sections of land homesteaders
claimed at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Cullen and Shelby Blaine explore first love along these section roads during the 1960’s, forging a life-long emotional bond.
  
      As junior high school band nerds, Cullen and Shelby fall under the protection of football player and loner, Buddy Boyd. During their sophomore year of high school, Buddy is charged with killing a classmate and is confined to a youth correctional facility. When he returns to
town facing the prospect of imprisonment as an adult, Cullen becomes Buddy’s protector.
       The case haunts the three friends into adulthood, and it isn’t until their fortieth reunion, that they’re forced to revisit that horrible night. When a new killing takes place, Cullen, Shelby and Buddy find themselves reliving the nightmare.
  
         Murder is an easy thing to hide along old country section roads.
Advance
Praise
“An
ambitious, evocative small-town tale located somewhere between Peyton Place and
The Last Picture Show.” –Kirkus Review
 
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This was such a wonderful piece of writing. There are so many more elements to this that really take it a step above, the writing itself is just flawless.
It’s more than a Mystery, it’s more than a Fiction and Coming of Age story, really it just encompasses so many things when you read it. It will stick with you after you read it.
Beautifully done.
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Mike Murphey is a native of eastern New Mexico and spent almost thirty years as an award-winning newspaper journalist in the Southwest and Pacific Northwest. Following his retirement from the newspaper business, he and his wife Nancy entered in a seventeen-year partnership with the late Dave Henderson, all-star centerfielder for the Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners. Their company produces the A’s and Mariners adult baseball Fantasy Camps. They also have a partnership with the Roy Hobbs adult baseball organization in Fort Myers, Florida. They love baseball, fiction, cats and sailing. They split their time between Spokane, Washington, and Phoenix, Arizona. Mike enjoys life as a writer and old-man baseball player.
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Dominion Cove

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Fantasy
Date
Published:
June 20, 2019
Publisher:
Elite Online Publishing
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Bennet lives a charmed life. He’s attending Princeton, has a loving girlfriend, and a supportive mother. He has the world at his fingertips, but something is
missing. On a quest to discover his true self, and where he really fits in, he finds himself in the idyllic town of Haven Brooke visiting his cousin James.
Yes, Haven Brooke is the perfect place for Bennet to relax and plan his future, but not all is as it seems. The town is concealing a dark secret, and when Bennet stumbles upon it he is transported to Dominion Cove, a land where darkness is waiting to strike. Bennet learns that he may be the only one who can stop the darkness and return balance to Dominion. But will he venture into Dominion to find the darkness? Will he rise up as the chosen one, or will he leave it all behind to return to the comforts of his former life?
About the Author

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L.
R. Hubbard gained her love for reading and writing at an early age. She craved creative writing while in school, and appreciated all the teachers that encouraged her to explore the art of constructing short stories, including her parents, who were educators. In her early college years the idea for her first
book fluttered into her mind, but she pursued a career in Elementary Education first.
  
She graduated from Weber State University at the age of 22 with a degree in Elementary Education and jumped into the classroom. Years later she earned a Master’s Degree of Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University. While she is no longer actively teaching, the years she spent molding the minds of young children and instilling a love for reading within them helped her to know that it was time to focus on being a mother and an author.
She currently lives with her husband and three amazing children in Ogden, Utah. She
enjoys playing pickleball, eating cheesecake, and playing the piano when she isn’t in the car running children around to their various activities.
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Tabloid

 

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Romance
with a splash of humor
Dirty
Laundry #1
Date
Published:
5/25/19
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1 gossip writer + 1 A-list movie star = 1 fake relationship…or does it?
After breaking a story that rocks Hollywood, Talia is the top gossip writer around. One night will put all of that into question. The writer becomes the story when she gets caught doing the walk of shame from A-lister Zee Jaxon’s home.
To save both of their reputations he suggests a fake relationship. Pretending should be easy. It shouldn’t mean the fake feelings become real. Accepting the real feelings means the lies they’ve told are even harder to hide.
When the truth comes out can their love survive or will everything just fade to
black?
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Vivi’s Leading Man

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Durango
Street Theatre, Book 1
Contemporary
Romance
Publisher:
Boroughs Publishing Group
Published:
April 2019
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EXES AND OHS
The marriage was one of convenience. She had status and he had money. But… there was something there, and both of them felt it. After three years of him working long hours and her spending too much time at the Durango Street Theatre, Miguel
Abonce and Vivienne Heiser called it quits. One year later, they are forced to work together to save or sell the theater. In the process they discover things they never knew about each other and they learn there’s more between them than burning up the sheets. They might really love each other after all.
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The author of over thirty romance novels, Emily Mims combined her writing career with a career in public education until leaving the classroom to write full time. The mother of two sons, she and her husband split their time between central Texas, eastern Tennessee, and Georgia visiting their kids and grandchildren. For relaxation, Emily plays the piano, organ, dulcimer, and ukulele for two different performing groups, and even sings a little. She says, “I love to write romances because I believe in them. Romance happened to me and it can happen to any woman—if she’ll just let it.”
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Knightmare Arcanist

 

YA Fantasy
Date Published: June 18th 2019
Publisher: Capital Station Books
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Magic. Sailing. A murderer among heroes.
Gravedigger Volke Savan wants nothing more than to be like his hero, the legendary magical swashbuckler, Gregory Ruma. First he needs to become an arcanist, someone capable of wielding magic, which requires bonding with a mythical creature. And he’ll take anything—a pegasus, a griffin, a ravenous hydra—maybe even a leviathan, like Ruma.
So when Volke stumbles across a knightmare, a creature made of shadow and terror, he has no reservations. But the knightmare knows a terrible secret: Ruma is a murderer out to spread corrupted magic throughout their island nation. He’s already killed a population of phoenixes and he intends to kill even more.
In order to protect his home, his adopted sister, and the girl he admires from afar, Volke will need to confront his hero, the Master Arcanist Gregory Ruma.
A fast-paced flintlock fantasy for those who enjoy How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, Unsouled (Cradle Series) by Will Wight, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan.

Review

I’m an avid fantasy reader and this is just what I’ve been looking for. This focal point of this story is the characters and their growth and lessons. It was so real. The characters were so real and they were forced to rely on their own wits, intelligence and bravery to get them through. Huge kudos to this author! This book was one hell of an undertaking!!!
About the Author

Shami Stovall relies on her BA in History and Juris Doctorate to make her living as an author and history professor in the central valley of California. She writes in a wide range of fiction, from crime thrillers to fantasy to science-fiction. Stovall loves reading, playing video games, entertaining others with stories, and writing about herself in the third person.
 
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Rose of the Alchemist

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YA
Fantasy
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Orphaned as a child and raised by a brooding grandfather who can’t stand the sight of him, Xavier feels like a freak. Gifted, or cursed, with the visions and powers of his Jardi mother, and isolated on his grandfather’s estate, he thinks he’ll go mad.
On his sixteenth birthday, when he finally escapes the dreary prison of his grandfather’s to attend university, he’s bullied because he’s Jardi. While he struggles to fit in, a master alchemist takes him on as apprentice and helps him develop his gift.
But just when things are looking up for Xavier, a mysterious seer appears to deliver a dark prophesy. A sorcerer wants to kill him because of his gift. Gifted with the Jardi sight to see inside things and transform them, Xavier must accept his roots if he hopes to survive.
His only allies against the sorcerer are a magical falcon, who is both guardian and
mother hen, and an irritatingly smug knight who keeps a perilous secret.               
When the trio arrives at the sorcerer’s castle, Xavier is enchanted by statues that
spring to life, fairies and winged horses that fly out of draperies and demon
cuckoo clocks that deliver sardonic messages. Seduced by the sorcerer’s
illusion, Will Xavier choose the cold, starlight voices that beckon him to
darkness or the love of his friends.
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L.E. Frost is a devoted storyteller of YA fantasy who lives in Lake County California in a hundred year old house that is most definitely haunted. She believes the best stories engage the heart with their lovable and interesting characters as they take the reader on a wild ride to new and thrilling adventures.
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Aldo

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Crime
Fiction
Publisher:
Black Opal Books
Published:
March 2018
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Aldo is a mystery/thriller/love story in which a brilliant and dangerous ideologue attempts to eliminate a university’s genetics institute by holding the
university’s president hostage.
On the same day that Isabel Canto, associate director of Pembrook Atlantic University’s Institute for Genome Modification, discovers she is pregnant with
IGM post-doc Frank Marks’s baby, Pembrook Atlantic University’s president Mary Ellen Mackin receives a letter from “Aldo” threatening harm if she does not dissolve the institute and fire its director. Isabel recommends that Mackin refuse and not allow a terrorist to dictate what her faculty and students can research and discover, but this advice unwittingly sets off a chain of events
that will change many lives forever—including hers.
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Since graduating from Pomona College in 1968, Betty Jean Craige has been a teacher, scholar, translator, columnist, and mystery writer. She retired from the University of Georgia in 2011 as University Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts. After retiring she published a Sunday column in the local paper about animal behavior titled “Cosmo Talks” and a book titled Conversations with Cosmo: At Home with an African Gray Parrot. Then she began writing fiction. Her Witherston Murder Mystery series, set in north Georgia, includes Downstream, Fairfield’s Auction (First Place in Chanticleer Book Awards’ category of Mystery and Mayhem), Dam Witherston (Honorable Mention in the 2017 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards for
Mystery, and Distinguished Favorite in 2018 Independent Press Awards), and
Chieftains in Witherston (scheduled to be published in 2019). A suspense novel,
Aldo, came out in 2018.
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