Harry Squires will read from his novel What Rough Beast.
Harry Houdini, the famous escape artist, asks Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes, to help him expose Maximillian Cairo—a spiritualist medium. But the two men underestimate Cairo. He’s a master of the occult and the most debauched man in London. When they interrupt a magic ritual, a force for ecstasy and chaos explodes on an unsuspecting 1903 London.
One by one, each of the people who attended the ritual are tainted by the touch of the monster. Each feels an ecstatic burst of creativity, only to succumb later to an act of uncontrollable madness. When the temporary insanity passes, each is left drained and
Soon Conan Doyle and Houdini face a locked room murder mystery that baffles even Houdini. And clues they find convince them that the thing they set loose has completely taken possession of one the people who attended the ritual with them.
Even worse, the unearthly beast is determined to hunt them down, before they can figure out how to stop it.
The proper Victorian gentleman and the exuberant New Yorker must team up to solve the murder and stop the thing they unleashed before it completely unravels their ordered world. In the end, Conan Doyle must face the monster alone and find the courage to literally embrace that which he fears most in order to defeat it.
H. R. Knight is the pen name of Harry Squires, a critically acclaimed author who writes mysteries—some paranormal, some not—as well as thrillers, and the occasional magazine article. Harry has worked as an insurance underwriter, a software marketer, and a corporate trainer. He attended Journalism School at the University of Missouri and film school at UCLA.
He has studied Okinawan karate and Chinese boxing. Current hobbies include dog training, classical guitar, cooking, and collecting obscure, cheesy horror films from the 1930s & ‘40s.
Having traveled all over the world, he’s developed a preference for countries that produce good wines.
He shares a home and a life with his wife Susan, who publishes unconventional paranormal romances. They own, train, and show Belgian Sheepdogs. Occasionally the dogs are kind enough to give Harry and Susan hope that they may some day be in charge of the pack. They all live at the beach in Southern California. www.harrysquires.com
Susan Squires will read from her novel Night Magic.
Kemble Tremaine is thirty-seven. He’s never going to get magic like the rest of his family. The Merlin gene has passed him by. No true love, no magic power to help the family in their fight against the descendants of Morgan Le Fay. Even his father agrees it’s time to just get on with his life. Since it doesn’t matter who he marries, he asks his sister Drew’s best friend, Jane. At least he’ll be rescuing her from a horrible home life.
Jane Butler has loved Kemble since she was twelve years old. He’s not marrying her for love. She may not be beautiful or talented like the Tremaine family, but she hopes she can make him comfortable.
But comfort is not on the menu for the Tremaines. Drew has been having visions of tragedy. And before Jane and Kemble can really discover each other, the family finds one of Merlin’s precious artifacts, meant to increase the power of those with magic. Morgan and her Clan are not far behind. Can Kemble and Jane carve out a life in the face of danger and even death?
NYT Bestselling author Susan Squires published twenty-one novels and novellas with Dorchester Publishing and St. Martin’s Press, as well as self-publishing her new Children of Merlin Series. She’s been a finalist in the Rita contest and garnered several Reviewer’s Choice awards from Romantic Times BookReviews. Publisher’s Weekly named Body Electric one of the most influential mass-market books and One with the Shadows a Best Book of Year. She lives at the beach in Southern California with her husband, who is also a writer, and three Belgian Sheepdogs who help her by laying their chins on the keyboardddddddd. www.susansquires.com
Tina Gayle will read from her novel Fallen Leaves.
As autumn comes to the Winston estate in Ohio, Amber Harrison learns further lessons in her new position as keeper for the spirits and ghosts who haunt the estate–and further lessons in love, too. She and her love, Carter Miller, grapple with the fears and passions of new love, while caught up in the storm of ancient family drama.
This is the second book in the unfolding saga of the psychics and talents associated with the Winston estate, a sheltered place where past, present, and future are woven into a single dramatic tapestry of love and desire. The tale spans multiple generations, multiple eras, and offers something special for all ages of reader. A sexy winner, with an assortment of couples to appeal to most tastes.
After years of working in the business world doing a variety of jobs, she decided to try her hand at writing and hope to incorporate the joy of being a mother into her books.
Currently working on a series about four executive wives, she is excited about combining elements of women fiction with the passion of romance. The first three books have been released and the last one is coming out in 2014.
She’s also started a paranormal romantic mystery series called the Family Tree series. With a family of spirits guiding the lives of their keeper, Amber has a number of tasks to accomplished like solving a two hundred year old mystery.
Married twenty-five years, she and her husband love to travel and play golf. She can’t wait for Mike to retire so they can do more of both.
Read the first chapter of any of her books by visiting her website- www.tinagayle.net
Kathleen Rowland will read from her novel A Brand New Address.
THE DARKEST SINS
Octogenarian CEO Gwendolyn Mantis of Botany General didn’t create the ice age cold but keeps dwindling resources out of reach for the poor. Two hundred years before, a meteor bombardment threw Earth into a second Ice Age. Mars and Venus are habitable, but her company, BotGen, started a nuclear war on Mars nuclear war. Venus is the next big hope. Cunning and meticulous, Ms. Mantis is always in control. Her right hand man, Vito Savage, knows mercy will not an option when he announces the space race to Venus.
Dedicated to her work as a subsistence gardener, teenager Yardley Van Dyke promised her dying mother she’d care for the family by growing food, but family dynamics have changed. Her father’s fiance wants to sell the greenhouse in order to move into the swanky Bioshere. After winning a prize for her intergalactic garden, Yardley learns of the installment on her prototype in all the shuttles. She yearns for recognition.
Tough, outspoken protector Marchand LaFont sails his ice boat across the frozen tundra to deliver fuel and food to the needy. Robin-hooding puts him on BotGen’s watch list. Groomed for the space race, Marchand calls the shots when he plans enters the space race and invites his best friend, Skeeter, Yardley’s twin brother,to join him as his crew.
COME TO LIGHT
When Skeeter decides not to go, Yardley, goes up against her father to go in his place. Hoping to start a garden on Venus, she signs on as Marchand’s crew. In spite of his brazen exterior, she falls for him. He cares for her too, but can’t let his emotions get in the way of his mission. He must keep evil Vito Savage from annihilating those who gets in his way while staying alive. Will Venus be their new address where they can fulfill their dreams?
Kathleen Rowland writes under her real name. She grew up in Iowa where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and raced her sailboat on Lake Okoboji. Now she wears shoes and sails a Harbor20 with her husband, Gerry, but wishes there were more lightning bugs in California.
With an M.S. in Computer Science, her writing style is “Planner”. After musing up a story, Kathleen outlines and cork-boards in Scrivener. With a hard focus to write with clarity, she rewrites to make goal, motivation, and conflict even more clear. In her fluid “Pantser” phase, she infuses humor and sensuality. Her final edit involves scissors.
Kathleen’s genre is Romantic Suspense, running the gamete from sweet to ultra sensuous. All books, including the new adult Intervenus series, are set near water. On futuristic, habitable Venus, a creek bubbles from underground in A Brand New Address. Deeds of Deceit ignites Big Bear Lake. A Key to all that Glitters and Falling Evermore scrapes along the dark shore of San Clemente Bay. www.kathleenrowland.com/