Gothic Suspense – Trompe l’Oeil

Trompe l’OeilTromp I'Oeil
By Caroline Miller
Publisher: Koho Pono, LLC
ISBN: 978-1938282003
Published: November 2012
Pages: 244
Genre: Gothic, Suspense

How do we know what we know? “What is appearance only—and what is reality?” It is a tried and true philosophy question, but it is rare that a novel would ask the same question.

A new “philosophical novel” by Caroline Miller, does precisely that.

Miller’s third novel is set in France in the 1960s during the French/Algerian war. The suspense grows as a young American woman, Rachel Farraday takes a job with a French socialite who possess a sizeable inheritance and crumbling chateau. But her patron is killed mysteriously, and Rachel discovers she has co-inherited the estate with the woman’s handsome young cousin, a patient at a nearby mental asylum. As the American adjusts to her new life and new partner, an encroaching world of delirium, hallucination and intoxication poses a threat to her. The lines between reality and time become blurred as Rachel struggles to discover if she is the center of a conspiracy or involved with a man whose insanity may endanger her life.

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True Crime – The Last Victim

The Last VictimThe Last victim
By Christopher Rudy & George Davis
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1468017601
Published: January 2012
Pages: 154
Genre: True Crime

After nearly three decades of voyeurism and serial rape, the ski-mask rapist met his match when persistent police detective Christopher Rudy turned a local investigation into a regional and then nationwide search. The manhunt ended in Arizona in August of 1988 when Phoenix police captured him.+

‘The Last Victim’ is the case that ended 30 years of sexual deviance, is a gripping true crime story which will leave the reader inspired to become an advocate for victims of sexual violence. The book chronicles the life of convicted serial rapist William Edward Griffith, Jr by the detective who tracked him across the country. Griffith practiced his trade as a voyeur and serial rapist in 6 states: Ohio, Michigan, Oklahoma, Arizona, Georgia, and Texas over thirty years. In December of 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a groundbreaking study conducted with the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, about violence against women. The startling result of 1 in 5 women is a victim of rape! Violence against women is pervasive throughout the country having long-lasting, far-ranging health consequences. We are encouraging all the readers of our book to write their area legislators to put civil commitment into law in their state. Our mothers, wives, sisters and children deserve nothing less.

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Contemporary Paranormal Suspense Thriller – the CULL

the CULL
By Eric J. Gates
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1481148429
ASIN: B00AGZ27FA
Published: December 2012
430 Pages
Genre: Contemporary Paranormal Suspense Thriller

Amy Bree’s reckless actions result in death and her dismissal from the FBI. A visit from a mysterious priest propels her back into the fray, as she is partnered with an ex-spy, with fearsome computer skills, and tasked to hunt down and kill the serial killer known as the Blood Sucker.

Their quarry is not what they expect:
old, very old, and needs blood to survive.
The body count rises…
and the hunters become the hunted!

The CULL is a new twist on a classic genre: the vampires are the result of human DNA mutation, do not have fangs, and are as real as science can make them.

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Contemporary Fiction – Born Under the Dark Sun: Chasing Freedom

Born Under the Dark Sun: Chasing FreedomBorn Under The Dark Sun
By Vladimir A Shvartsman
Publisher: Xlibris
ISBN: 978-1436316613
Pages: 364
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Chasing Freedom” is a powerful story illustrated by a collection of treasured works in oil by an ordinary human being living an extraordinary life. The artist used a brush to paint for the first time in 1975, though he never attended an art school. Unsurprisingly, he published his first book “Colors of Truth” in 2000 written in English, though no English classes were ever attended. He can truly be called self-taught. “The Colors of Truth” consists of color reproductions of his forty-six paintings and some stories from his life. So far, seven books were published. He has being an extremely occupied with running a small high-tech company, writing, and painting. Much of his time spent on writing technical and scientific papers, technical manuals and promoting his innovative products.

“Chasing Freedom,” the first book of a trilogy “Born Under the Dark Sun” is a collection of stories reflecting his life till the time of emigration, published in 2008. Born in Russia but not Slovak, he inherited hundredths years old, countrywide anti-Semitism with a tragic outcome of his father dying in his hands, mortally wounded by a policeman. His scientific investigation of an origin of living cell communications turned into a conflict with Communistic Dogmas and consequently with the KGB. That and others were sources of his pains and struggles. He wrote, “I had only two choices to roar like a wounded creature or start painting. I selected painting. A canvas was my best friend. It had never complained if my story was too long and if I had to start it over and over again.” Newly gained habits in no way could help improving his standing with the authorities.

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Body, Mind, Spirit – Of Animals And Angels

Of Animals And AngelsOf Animals and Angels
By Marguerite Antonio
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 978-1469709567
Published: January 2013
Pages: 60
Genre: Body, Mind, Spirit

We humans have recorded the benevolent assistance of angelic presence in our lives since the beginning of recorded history. These wonderful interactions can be through another human being, and animal or another animate species or they may come from an inanimate source. Whichever, they are always a blessing and an inspiration. This book consists of six short stories about such interludes. Although the plot and characters of the stories are fictitious, the writer has been deeply inspired by angelic presence in her own life and in the lives of others who shared the angel stories with her. Read and enjoy!

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Memoir – (1413 of) Those Words

(1413 of) Those Words1413
By Anna Ligtenberg
Publisher: AnnaLovesBooks Inc.
ISBN: 978-0988510203
Published: November 2012
Pages: 274
Genre: Memoir

Childhood abuse and decades of unsuccessful grappling for an elusive recovery.

Anna has given up. She’s looked back, taken tally, and decided that she can’t win. There is only so much that a person can pack up and carry along before the weight begins to wear them down. Anna begins her story on that threshold.

Putting her life story onto paper is just one step in her plan to opt out of a life that has finally become more burden than she thinks she can bear. She’d be the first to tell you that she has only a nodding acquaintance with sanity, so when her suicidal plans take a wide and sudden detour, this just seems par for the course. There is no straight line that cannot be avoided.

A short stroll down Memory Lane, holding hands with her high school sweetheart, seems like a nice way to wrap things up before checking out. Is it? Or is the first sentence of her intended suicide note more accurate than she could have known when she wrote it:

“the answers to everything in the present are hidden away in (the) past.”

In 1982, they would have sworn it would last forever.
In 1984, they would have sworn it was over for good.

Reconnecting online, Mike and Anna
discovered that they’d been right, all those years ago.Even before they saw each other again, they knew. Nothing had changed. The only real love either had ever had was the love they’d shared.

Could they reclaim it?
What were the odds, in 2012, that, this time, it actually could last forever?

1 Long Conversation
158,775 Words
just 12 of those words were REGRET
152 of those words were HEART
169 of those words were HAPPY
297 of those words were HOPE and PEACE
375 of those words were ALWAYS and FOREVER
467 of those words were KISS and MARRY

1413 of Those Words… were LOVE

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