Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sandstorm, An Adventure Thriller by Michael Asher, New This Week from Endeavour Press

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent digital publisher, promoting and selling ebook editions of works by new authors as well as bringing out ebook editions of out of print books.

We've selected one of their recently published mystery, suspense, thriller or crime titles to feature here today …

Sandstorm by Michael Asher

Sandstorm by Michael Asher

An Adventure Thriller

Publisher: Endeavour Press

Price: $3.99 (as of 05/28/2015 at 5:30 PM ET).

Sandstorm by Michael Asher, Amazon Kindle format

1946. A plane crashes in the deserts of North Africa. Fourteen-year-old Billy Sterling regains consciousness to find himself alone among the wreckage. He soon finds the body of the pilot, a celebrated war hero, and on it a cryptic map, more like a pirate's treasure map than a serious navigational tool. But there is no sign of the plane's co-pilot. Billy is confident someone will come for him. Someone does, but not anyone he expects …

Seven years later, a mysterious stranger contacts Billy's grieving father, George Bridger Sterling, claiming to be the lost co-pilot. Only a few hours later, this sinister informant is found brutally murdered. Armed with the information that Billy's plane did not go down where he was told it had, Sterling sets out to discover the truth. Why did the plane take a different route? And why was Billy on board at all?

Along with an eccentric private investigator, Eric Churchill, Sterling travels into the vast and dangerous desert, forced to rely on strangers for his own survival. But he is not the only one still looking for Billy after all these years …

Sandstorm by Michael Asher

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Hellbent, The Bad Games Series by Jeff Menapace, Now Available at a Special Price

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Omnimystery News is pleased to present you with one of today's titles … but take advantage of this deal now as the price will go up to its digital list price soon! (See the countdown clock on the book product page to see how much time remains on this deal.)

Hellbent by Jeff Menapace

Hellbent by Jeff Menapace

The Bad Games Series (3rd in series)

Publisher: Mind Mess Press

Price: 99¢ (as of 05/28/2015 at 5:00 PM ET).

Hellbent by Jeff Menapace, Amazon Kindle format

A year has passed. Marine and security specialist Domino Taylor does not work anymore. His days and nights are spent shadowing the Lambert family, the guilt he feels for the tragic events that unfolded in western Pennsylvania haunting him without mercy.

When someone from Domino's past contacts him, she begs him to take on one last job. Find and return her kidnapped son.

Domino agrees to help, not knowing that the truth behind the kidnapping is far more sinister than anything he can possibly fathom.

It appears there is one final game to play. The host is someone who has been planning a masterpiece of epic proportions for some time now, grooming an unwitting Domino as the star, hellbent on watching him suffer before he dies …

Hellbent by Jeff Menapace

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New This Week: Hashtag, A Crime Novel by Eryk Pruitt

Omnimystery News is pleased to present a mystery, suspense, or thriller ebook that we recently found by sleuthing (as it were) through new or recently reissued titles from independent publishers during May 2015 and priced $4.99 or less …

Hashtag by Eryk Pruitt

Hashtag by Eryk Pruitt

A Crime Novel

Publisher: 280 Steps

Price: $3.99 (as of 05/28/2015 at 4:30 PM ET).

Hashtag by Eryk Pruitt, Amazon Kindle format

The repercussions are felt across the American South when a pizza joint in sleepy Lake Castor, Virginia is robbed and the manager, Odie Shanks, is kidnapped. The kidnapping is the talk of the town, but it's what people don't know that threatens to rip asunder societal norms. Odie chases dreams of Hollywood stardom and an explosive social media presence while his partner in crime, Jake Armstrong, pursues his own vengeful agenda.

In the meantime, corrupt and lazy Deputy Roy Rains has a hard-luck time of covering up the crime in order to preserve his way of life.

And college student Melinda Kendall has hit the highway in a stolen ride with nothing but a .22 and limited options, on the run from her drug dealer boyfriend, the Mississippi State Police and the media, trying to escape some bad choices by making even more bad choices.

Hashtag by Eryk Pruitt

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The Tesla Legacy, A Joe Tesla Mystery by Rebecca Cantrell, Now Available at a Special Price

Omnimystery News is always searching for newly discounted mystery, suspense, thriller and crime novels for our readers to enjoy.

Today, we're pleased to present the following title, now available at a special price courtesy of the author …

The Tesla Legacy by Rebecca Cantrell

The Tesla Legacy by Rebecca Cantrell

A Joe Tesla Mystery (2nd in series)

Publisher: Rebecca Cantrell

Price: 99¢ (as of 05/28/2015 at 4:00 PM ET).

The Tesla Legacy by Rebecca Cantrell, Amazon Kindle format

Still crippled by agoraphobia and confined to the tunnels under New York City, Joe is haunted by the fact that he cannot even attend his father's funeral. His father's death brings threats to the safety of Joe's underground home: guilt over the broken relationship that can never be healed, a mysterious box of papers inherited from eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla, and a ruthless enemy determined to steal those papers no matter the cost.

Mystified by why his inheritance is so valuable, Joe and his service dog, Edison, follow clues left a century ago by Joe's famous ancestor to reveal the power of his family legacy. While Joe must rely on his considerable talents as a hacker, he must also reach out to friends.

But whom can he trust as he battles to save his beloved city?

The Tesla Legacy by Rebecca Cantrell

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Clawed by L. A. Kornetsky, New on the Mystery Bookshelf during May 2015

New on the Mystery Bookshelf during May 2015 …

Clawed by L. A. Kornetsky

Clawed by L. A. Kornetsky, A Gin & Tonic Mystery (4th in series)

Publisher: Pocket Books

Clawed by L. A. Kornetsky, Amazon Kindle format

Private investigators Ginny and Teddy — with the help of their faithful pets — must unravel their most intriguing case yet …

Even though she's unlicensed as an investigator, the infamously nosy Ginny Mallard and her cohort Teddy Tonica have begun to make a name for themselves in solving cases. But Ginny still has her day job as an event planner, and the promise of a lucrative job draws her to Portland, with her shar-pei puppy, Georgie, in tow. Much to her shock and horror, however, she's been led there under false pretenses — and discovers a body in the parlor of her client's house!

Though the cops warn her to keep her nose out of it, Ginny just can't resist the itch to solve this case, and soon gets drawn into Portland's seedy underbelly of identity theft, forgery, and of course, murder … with Teddy and his cat Penny's devoted sleuthing helping her at every turn.

Clawed by L. A. Kornetsky

To see more new paperback titles scheduled to be published this month, visit The Mystery Bookshelf for May 2015. For new hardcover mysteries, visit New Mysteries where for a list of May 2015 mysteries, novels of suspense, and thrillers is provided.

The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, A Short Story Collection by John Joseph Adams, editor, Now Available at a Special Price

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Today, we're pleased to present the following title, now available at a special price courtesy of the publisher, Night Shade Books …

The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by John Joseph Adams, editor

The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by John Joseph Adams, editor

A Short Story Collection

Publisher: Night Shade Books

Price: $1.99 (as of 05/28/2015 at 3:00 PM ET).

The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by John Joseph Adams, editor, Amazon Kindle format

The game is afoot!

The fantastic adventures of the world's greatest detective — mystery, fantasy, science fiction, horror, no genre can escape the esteemed detective's needle-sharp intellect and intuition.

This anthology showcases the best Holmes short fiction from the last 25 years, featuring stories by such visionaries as Stephen King, Neil Gaimen, Laura R. King, and many others.

The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by John Joseph Adams, editor

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Tail Gait by Rita Mae Brown, New in Bookstores during May 2015

Today's featured new hardcover mystery, suspense, or thriller title scheduled to be published during May 2015 is …

Tail Gait by Rita Mae Brown

Tail Gait by Rita Mae Brown, a Mrs. Murphy Mystery (24th in series)

Publisher: Bantam

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Spring has sprung in Crozet, Virginia — a time for old friends to gather and bid farewell to the doldrums of winter. Harry and her husband, Fair, are enjoying a cozy dinner with some of the town's leading citizens, including beloved University of Virginia history professor Greg "Ginger" McConnell and several members of UVA's celebrated 1959 football team. But beneath the cloak of conviviality lurks a sinister specter from the distant past that threatens to put all their lives in jeopardy.

When Professor McConnell is found murdered on the golf course the next day — gunned down in broad daylight by an unseen killer — no one can fathom a motive, let alone find a suspect. Just as Harry and her furry cohorts begin nosing into the case, however, a homeless UVA alum confesses to the crime. Trouble is, no one believes that the besotted former All-American could have done the foul deed — especially after Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tucker make another gruesome discovery.

As the questions surrounding Ginger's death pile up, Harry's search for answers takes her down the fascinating byways of Virginia's Revolutionary past. The professor was something of a sleuth himself, it seems, and the centuries-old mystery he was unraveling may well have put a target on his back. As Harry edges closer to identifying an elusive killer, her animal companions sense danger — and rally to find a way to keep Harry from disappearing into history.

Tail Gait by Rita Mae Brown

For a list of more new hardcover titles to be published this month, visit our New Mysteries page for May 2015. For new paperback mysteries, visit The Mystery Bookshelf where a selection of May 2015 mysteries, novels of suspense, and thrillers are shelved.

What Lurks Beneath by Ryan Lockwood, New on the Mystery Bookshelf during May 2015

New on the Mystery Bookshelf during May 2015 …

What Lurks Beneath by Ryan Lockwood

What Lurks Beneath by Ryan Lockwood, A Novel of Suspense

Publisher: Pinnacle

What Lurks Beneath by Ryan Lockwood, Amazon Kindle format

The first attack occurs in the underwater caverns of the Bahamas. Two professional divers exploring the unknown. A monstrous flesh-ripping predator they never see coming.

Now the attacks are coming closer and closer to shore. A sun-soaked playground for sea-loving tourists. A human feasting ground for whatever lurks beneath.

Now, in a desperate race against time, Eric Watson, an expert on remote control underwater vehicles, and marine biologist Valerie Martell, must identify a savage new species of killer — and piece together one of nature's most horrific mysteries. But the most terrifying discovery of all waits for Val and her team at the bottom of the sea. A discovery too shocking, to comprehend.

Because up till now, this creature existed only in mankind's darkest nightmares. Not anymore.

What Lurks Beneath by Ryan Lockwood

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Out of the Black Land, A Mystery of Ancient Egypt by Kerry Greenwood, Now Available at a Special Price

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Today, we're pleased to present the following title, now available at a special price courtesy of the publisher, Poisoned Pen Press …

Out of the Black Land by Kerry Greenwood

Out of the Black Land by Kerry Greenwood

A Mystery of Ancient Egypt

Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press

Price: 99¢ (as of 05/28/2015 at 1:00 PM ET).

Out of the Black Land by Kerry Greenwood, Amazon Kindle format

Eighteenth Dynasty Egypt is peaceful and prosperous under the dual rule of the Pharaohs Amenhotep III and IV, until the younger Pharaoh begins to dream new and terrifying dreams.

Ptah-hotep, a young peasant boy studying to be a scribe, wants to live a simple life in a Nile hut with his lover Kheperren and their dog Wolf. But Amenhotep IV appoints him as Great Royal Scribe. Surrounded by bitterly envious rivals and enemies, how long will Ptah-hotep survive?

The child-princess Mutnodjme sees her beautiful sister Nefertiti married off to the impotent young Amenhotep. But Nefertiti must bear royal children, so the ladies of the court devise a shocking plan.

Kheperren, meanwhile, serves as scribe to the daring teenage General Horemheb. But while the Pharaoh's shrinking army guards the Land of the Nile from enemies on every border, a far greater menace impends. For, not content with his own devotion to one god alone, the newly-renamed Akhnaten plans to suppress the worship of all other gods in the Black Land.

His horrified court soon realize that the Pharaoh is not merely deformed, but irretrievably mad; and that the biggest danger to the Empire is in the royal palace itself.

Out of the Black Land by Kerry Greenwood

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New This Week: Measureless Night, An Ash Rashid Mystery by Chris Culver

Omnimystery News is pleased to present a mystery, suspense, or thriller ebook that we recently found by sleuthing (as it were) through new or recently reissued titles from independent publishers during May 2015 and priced $4.99 or less …

Measureless Night by Chris Culver

Measureless Night by Chris Culver

An Ash Rashid Mystery (4th in series)

Publisher: Chris Culver

Price: $4.99 (as of 05/28/2015 at 12:30 PM ET).

Measureless Night by Chris Culver, Amazon Kindle format

Detective Sergeant Ash Rashid wants little out of life: a steady job, a quiet place to call home, and a healthy family. Now three hundred days sober, for the first time he can see his happy ending forming on the horizon.

Then patrol officers find the body.

The victim has chemical burns on her arms, two broken legs, and a gash on her throat so deep it exposes the vertebrae of her neck. Then they find a second body and then two more. The killings aren't random, far from it. Each victim testified in a murder trial ten years ago, one that launched Ash's career. Each of them helped put a very dangerous man in prison, and now each of them has paid the price.

Ready or not, Ash will soon learn the true cost of his happy ending. Because very dangerous men have a knack for reaching through walls. Ten years ago, Ash helped send a predator to death row. Now someone plans to make him pay. And she's willing to kill everyone who stands in her way.

Measureless Night by Chris Culver

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A Conversation with Crime Novelist G.R. Case

Omnimystery News: Author Interview with G.R. Case

We are delighted to welcome back author G.R. Case to Omnimystery News today.

We visited with G.R. last year when his debut thriller 30 Days was published, and now he has a new mystery out, Pernicious Intent (Cool Blue Books; March 2015 trade paperback and ebook formats), the first in his Miami series of crime novels.

We recently had the opportunity to catch up with G.R. to talk more about his work.

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Omnimystery News: Introduce us to the characters of your new series. What is it about them that appeals to you as a writer?

G.R. Case
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G.R. Case: The series came to me while I was running on a high school track some time ago. Images of the characters and setting were so visceral until I had to cut my five mile run short. I immediately went home and begin working on the outline that would become, Pernicious Intent. The story begins with Agent Carlos Perez speeding down a desolate street in an abandoned industrial park. He pulls up to the Inn which looks like a boarded-up building with graffiti on five steel doors facing the street. Perez sits patiently in the car waiting for the scanner mounted above the building to turn green before entering.

As a writer, I was drawn to the story because of its edginess within the Miami drug culture. Agents Carlos Perez and Reese Tyler comprise two of the five members of the Drug Reactionary Task Force (DRTF). A forensic technician, IT analyst and a Special Agent oversees the unit. Other units work within the Inn. I wanted to take the journey with the characters as they pursued a new type of ruthless, high-profile, college educated drug dealer.

OMN: How do you expect them to evolve over the course of the series?

GRC: As a sociologist and novelist, I fundamentally believe that everyone changes over time. However, the core of whom we are as social beings remain unchanged. Pernicious Intent is the first book of several more to come. I wanted the story to start off fast paced and didn't originally know it would become a series. After the first couple of chapters, I begin to realize that many more adventures awaited the secretive unit of the Inn. The great thing about writing a series is that I can pull readers further into the series by gradually introducing more backstory in subsequent novels.

OMN: Your first book was a stand-alone. Why did you decide to make Pernicious Intent the first of a series?

GRC: The stories normally find me when I'm doing mundane activities such as walking, cooking, by the way cooking is another passion of mine. I never know when or where characters will reach out to me to tell their story. I often tell people that the stories belong to the characters.

OMN: Into which fiction genre would you place this book?

GRC: Pernicious Intent is an action crime novel with intense car, motorcycle, and boat chases down the streets of Miami and out into the waters of Biscayne Bay. The book has elaborate fight sequences that rival those of any Hollywood blockbuster film.

OMN: Do you find genre categories limiting in any way?

GRC: It is okay because any novelist will know if his/her novel might be represented in multiple genres. If needed, as long as I can list my novel in multiple genres where applicable I'm fine.

OMN: Tell us something about the book that isn't mentioned in the publisher's synopsis.

GRC: I'm shopping around the adapted screenplay of Pernicious Intent, which I also wrote. I enjoy and appreciate writing in both mediums. Writing an adapted screenplay is extremely technical because one has to be concerned with slug lines and writing in the present tense. Compared and contrasted with writing in the past tense for chapters within a novel. It keeps you on your toes truncating a 364 page book like Pernicious Intent down to a 117 page screenplay. Novels are about embellishing. Screenplays are about what can be shown.

OMN: How does your professional experience play out in your books?

GRC: Make no mistake about it, my background with a B. S. in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Sociology allows me to delve into the criminal aspect of this series and my other psychological thriller, 30 Days, which in its second edition.

OMN: Describe your writing process for us.

GRC: Once the story finds me, meaning when I'm doing mundane activities such as grocery shopping, walking down a hallway, is when vivid, quick images of a story appears. I normally write what I see on paper as soon as I can. I may not re-visit the story for a few weeks or a few months. It depends on when more images appear to continue filling in what will become an outline. I am always working on other stories, so I'm not sitting around waiting on the full outline of one story to completely materialize. In regards to actively writing a chapter in a novel, additional characters naturally appear as needed to further the story.

OMN: Complete this sentence for us: "I am a crime novelist and thus I am also …".

GRC: … very astute when it comes to analyzing a character's socialization. Also, I understand that scary, crazy, and funny exist around the world.

OMN: How did Pernicious Intent come to be titled?

GRC: Originally, it was called Nefarious Nights when I was writing the manuscript early on. I don't know, for one reason or another the title never warmed up to me. It just didn't feel right. I wanted a title that really spoke to the will of both protagonist (s) and antagonist (s). Roughly about two-thirds through the first draft, the title Pernicious Intent came to me and it fit the character's message. I said, "That's it! Baby that's it!"

OMN: Tell us more about the book's cover.

GRC: The finished cover with the two jackets on the hood of the car was not the original cover. It was the third version of the cover. The first version centered around four members of the DRTF unit on a roof at dusk peering out towards a yacht in Biscayne Bay. The second version was set around two open lockers with jackets hanging on each door. Perez and Tyler were written on the back of each jacket. Just like the title of the book, you just feel it as a novelist when something's not right. The final version with the downtown Miami backdrop at night across the water, along with the sports car, and two jackets with the agent's name conveyed the perfect pictorial synopsis.

OMN: What's next for you?

GRC: I have been slated to host a monthly show on ArtistFirst radio on the fourth Wednesday of every month. Listeners around the world can check it out on ArtistFirst.com by clicking on G. R. Case Show on the home page. I believe it is the next evolution in my career as a novelist, sociologist, and screenwriter.

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G. R. Case is a novelist and screenwriter residing just outside of the Chicago area with his family. His passion is crafting every story by taking the reader on a journey into the minds of vast characters. In addition to storytelling, he enjoys following his favorite Chicago sports teams. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters of Arts in Sociology.

For more information about the author, please visit his website at GRCase.com or find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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Pernicious Intent by G.R. Case

Pernicious Intent by G.R. Case

A Miami Crime Novel

Publisher: Cool Blue Books

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Special Agent Diehl sits at his desk wondering whether or not he made the right decision. He taps his fingers on the desk while rubbing the wrinkles on his forehead with the other hand. The last time he oversaw Agent Carlos Perez and Agent Reese Tyler was a couple of years ago. Now, he has made the tough decision to let them work together again in the DEA's elite, Drug Reactionary Task Force (DRTF).

Tyrus Miller has made a power play to eliminate rival competitors and sell, Smile G, his new illegal designer drug in Miami. Smile G is consumed voraciously on college campuses and nightclubs throughout Florida by using a simple patch. Field Agents Carlos Perez and Reese Tyler of DRTF are charged with taking down Tyrus. DRTF functions as a five-person unit, including Special Agent Diehl. DRTF works within what appears as a dilapidated warehouse on the outside called the Inn on the outskirts of Miami. It is a state of the art clandestine facility inside filled with military weapons, forensic laboratory and exotic cars.

Pernicious Intent by G.R. Case

Today's Selection of Free MystereBooks for Thursday, May 28, 2015

Omnimystery News is pleased to feature a selection of Free MystereBooks found on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 6:30 AM ET …

Slasher by W. D. Jackson

Slasher by W. D. Jackson

A Joshua Matthews Thriller

Publisher: Bad Day Books

Price: FREE!

Slasher by W. D. Jackson, Amazon Kindle format

Tapas, Carrot Cake and a Corpse by Sherri Bryan

Tapas, Carrot Cake and a Corpse by Sherri Bryan

A Charlotte Denver Cozy Mystery

Publisher: Sherri Bryan

Price: FREE!

Tapas, Carrot Cake and a Corpse by Sherri Bryan, Amazon Kindle format

Cupcakes and Murder by Carol Durand and Summer Prescott

Cupcakes and Murder by Carol Durand and Summer Prescott

A Frosted Love Cozy Mystery

Publisher: Maven Publishing

Price: FREE!

Cupcakes and Murder by Carol Durand and Summer Prescott, Amazon Kindle format

For a summary of all of today's titles, plus any that may have been added since this post was created, visit our Free MystereBooks page. This page is updated daily, typically by 8 AM ET.

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