One little boy. Six of Us. If only it had been that simple.
The Tarrin Town outpost on Eremus is rough, dusty, and dangerous. When Jag Lorandys' son Eddie is dragged out of his yard as prey by a solitary hunter known as an androc, Reece Harper steps up to help track the boy down. But the further they pursue Eddie's path, the more androcs they encounter, and the less likely it seems they'll survive their mission themselves...much less find the little boy alive.
Currently seeking publication opportunities for Relentless, a 40,000 word action/suspense novel. Contact the author for further details.
Love. Magic. Terror.
Sara Sawyer is swept from her feet by the Indian traditionalist known only as "Hawk." Mysterious and mystical, he enshrouds her in a world of magic...until one day, with little explanation, he returns to the forests that had formerly been his life.
Two years pass. Sara, a reporter, is sent to cover an unusual killing-a man has been found dead with a look of screaming terror on his face. Sara senses there's more to the killing than meets the eye but rejects the notion that repeatedly suggests itself: that the actual cause of death was something supernatural.
That night, at the height of a fierce storm, Hawk returns, bringing with him the disturbing tale of a skinwalker: a dreadful spirit creature he claims is responsible for the killing. But in rejecting a supernatural premise, Sara is forced to face the possibility that Hawk himself may be the killer.
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It's the ultimate identity theft. Proving it is impossible. Surviving it is unlikely. It may even be irreversible...and there's only one way to find out.
Colin Springfield has disappeared. Richard Delaney, a man with a strange tale of a frightening new technology, has surfaced in his place.
According to Delaney, Springfield is being held in "mental stasis" in a place known as Purgatory. Only Delaney knows where Purgatory is, and he must return there himself in order to force a reversal of a secret government experiment...or they'll both die when it fails.
Currently seeking publication opportunities for Purgatory, a 90,000 word suspense novel. Contact the author for further details.
The Osecca Option
Theirs was a match made in a dungeon.
Osecca del Mar has a problem. The only child of Corbett del Mar, Osecca is trying to make her way in the world by carrying on the family name and profession. A simple enough ambition for a young maiden whose father is a fletcher or a potter.
Unfortunately, Osecca's father, and his father before him, were torturers-a difficult and challenging position for even the strongest of men. But in spite of having learned her craft from her father, the head of the Torturers Guild refuses Osecca admittance, saying that torturing is strictly a male profession.
What's a poor medieval lass to do? Can Osecca find a way to convince the head of the guild that she's capable of doing the job? Only one thing is certain. Her only friend and confidant, Ace Blackthorn, doesn't believe she is.
Currently seeking publication opportunities for The Osecca Option, a 10,000 word satire. Or dark humor, if you prefer. Contact the author for further details.
The Zodiac Bar and Grill
Somewhere a daydream waits to become reality.
Meet Bob Clayborn, a man whose dreams have long been trampled beneath the feet of his elephant-sized wife. Now the long-suffering husband of Clarisse Clayborn has learned the worst: his mother-in-law will soon be moving in with them. But wait! What’s that glow up ahead? Why, it’s the old Zodiac. Abandoned years ago, it’s lit up like a neon lollipop, and Clarisse is eager to join the fun.
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Sissy the Vampire Hummingbird Slayer
You'll never again feel quite the same about hummingbirds.
Hummingbirds. You know what they are. Tiny emerald speed demons. People used to hang out jars of red sugar-water for them... until environmental disasters rewired their tiny brains and aggressive appetites to prefer the taste of human blood. But they’d better watch out who they mess with, because Sissy has an aerosol can, and she knows how to turn it into a flamethrower.
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From the Beginning
People sometimes ask me, "How do you write something as vast, complex, and totally imaginary as a novel?"
I usually shrug and say, "I dunno. It's something that just sorta happens."
How easy it would be if there were nothing more to it than simply putting words on a page!
But there's a music to writing, and a rhythm. It's the writer's job to sweep the reader away in the symphony of the story, never once letting their partner stumble over a rough analogy or awkward description. If the writer can do that, from beginning to end, then the story has been a success.
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Believe ItRevise, review, rewrite, and remember: hard writing makes easy reading.
HL MONTGOMERY, BLOOMINGTON BOOK FESTIVAL, FEBRUARY, 2010