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SHOWCASE 17: Nine Indie Books Take Centre Stage

Showcase sponsored by CHARLIE’S BUMPER BUNDLE

Welcome to the seventeenth Showcase.

First up our most familiar face, P.C. Zick:


[click here for her feature on my blog]
A Family Saga Filled with Love Triangles, Sea Turtles, and an Oil Spill
When environmental writer Caroline Carlisle sets off to report on endangered sea turtles during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the last thing she expects is to uncover secrets – secrets that threaten to destroy her family, unless she can heal the hurts from a lifetime of lies. To make matters worse, Caroline’s love for her late sister’s husband, Simon, creates an uproar in a southern family already set on a collision course with its past.
Using real-life events as the backdrop, Trails in the Sand explores the fight to restore balance and peace, in nature and in a family, as both spiral toward disaster. Through it all, the ancient sea turtle serves a reminder that life moves forward despite the best efforts to destroy it.
Currently, P.C. Zick writes two blogs. Trails in the Sand is her fifth novel and the second one self-published.
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SOUTHERN GREED by Peggy Holloway

A naive young woman. A worldly man. A wealthy widow on her death- bed, wanting to see her-long lost granddaughter before she dies. A plan to use the naive Belinda to gain the inheritance.
Why will the quiet, well-behaved Belinda do this out-of-character thing? Is it only for the wealth, the love of a man, or simply a rebellion against her hell-fire and brimstone upbringing? And why will the good-looking, suave Adam choose this young woman to portray the granddaughter? And what are Adam’s real plans for Belinda?
Besides writing mysteries, Peggy likes to read (anything she can get her hands on), paint landscapes in oil and in enamel on glass. She enjoys swimming and walking on the beach.
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SAFE AND SOUND by Danielle Singleton

When Amy Millhouse and her sorority sisters travelled to Mexico for vacation, they never expected what would be waiting for them: sun, sand, and a drug cartel holding the girls ransom for everything they were worth – and more.
Set against the backdrop of the ongoing drug wars in Mexico, Safe and Sound centers on the story of Amy Millhouse, a twenty-two year old recent college graduate who is struggling to adjust to normalcy after being kidnapped and held for ransom by a violent drug gang.
Safe and Sound is ultimately the story of one woman’s journey to Hell and back, and what she learns about herself and the rest of the world along the way.
Halfway through her time at Harvard Law School, Danielle Singleton realized that her true calling in life was writing books. She finished her first novel, Safe & Sound, while still in law school. Danielle’s second book, Do No Harm, was released in March 2013.
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Classic whodunit, allowing the reader to try to fit together the clues and solve the murder before the characters do. Although it starts with a murder, the tone is light. The main characters are Edge, a semi-retired scriptwriter with a niece in the police force and a lucky knack for coming across useful information – Vivian, one-time opera singer with a keen interest in people – new resident Donald, a bitchy retired choreographer – and the flamboyant William, semi-retired Scifi writer and popular public speaker. The four become close friends during the solving of two murders at their eccentric retirement village in Scotland.
Elizabeth Lamprey lives on the Firth of Forth, some twenty miles north of Edinburgh, and juggles day job, writing, and walking the dog. The three are beginning to overlap.
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A novelette of lycanthropy and insanity. In Victorian England, there is a special institution where two men intend to help lycanthropes suppress their nocturnal transformations, while searching for a more permanent cure. One evening, they discover a rare type of werewolf – one trapped eternally in a half-human, half-wolf form – that they believe could be beneficial to their research. ‘Martha’, however, believing her shape is due to her being a Messiah to her brethren, wishes to see the other werewolves embrace their curse. Can she be treated and cured? Or will her ‘Lord’ have his way?
Gareth Barsby is a graduate of the University of Chester who enjoys writing stories and reading them at open mic nights. He also frequently writes film and television reviews.
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DUCK BLOOD SOUP by James and Frank Hofer

Duck Blood Soup blends science, engineering, and magic to create an alternative to sword and sorcery fantasies. Duck Blood Soup has political, military, and emotional story lines that appeal to a wide audience. Duck Blood Soup humanizes the antagonists, has characters that are neither invincible nor untiring, and introduces new races of creatures. Incorporating firearms, airships, and railroads further differentiates Duck Blood Soup from other fantasy novels.
Duck Blood Soup is the first attempt by the Hofer Brothers to write something that relatively normal people may enjoy consuming.
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HYM AND HUR by Phillip Frey

In this fantasy-comedy Hym and Hur are a young couple who never age and have been in love for more than a century. They also possess an array of magical abilities, two of which are either to play pranks on humankind or to perform good deeds. Enacting both at the same time is now what gets them into trouble, especially since it’s the character of Death they must deal with to bring their plans to fruition.
Phillip Frey worked in Los Angeles as a produced screenwriter. More recently, he has turned to narrative fiction with the books “Dangerous Times” and “Hym and Hur,” and a collection of short stories.
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CHASING HEART by Mark Lingane

It’s the mid-1990s and ELLEN MARTIN has a soaring corporate legal career in Chicago’s powerhouse firm Cowley&Tate. She is handpicked to perform a pro bono case in the sweltering Colombian town of Barrancabermeja. However, it is a place where she is not welcome, and soon events conspire against her to push her into a downward spiral of trouble and desperation.
She is kidnapped, arrested shot at, chased by the police, the military, a corrupt government, revolutionary groups, librarians and common criminals while civilisation crumbles around her.
Revolution comes to the small city and threatens the stability of the whole country. Her only help is Alex Heart, the musician housemate of the gay architect nephew of her personal trainer. Alex turns into her knight in shining armour while she tries to find out who is behind her predicament. Not is all as it seems. As Ellen’s life falls apart the events spiralling around her become more fantasy-like.
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TERROR ON THE BEACH by Peggy Holloway

Someone is terrorizing the beach. They’re calling him the Beach Front Stabber.
Sarah lives on the beach and but isn’t worried since her boyfriend is the sheriff. But then she discovers someone is trying to frame her for the murders and trying to make her think she is going crazy. No one believes her. What can she do?
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I hope you’ve enjoyed this Showcase, and I look forward to publishing another one soon, with books from Danielle Singleton, Heather Lawson, Carole Marshall, Blair Evans, Anne Allen, Rachel Francis, Sunita Mistra and Susan Waterwyk

Click here for Sunitra’s first feature on my blog and here for the second