Free Friday Fiction: The Hand You’re Dealt

hand“Excuse me, sirs, would you care to take your seats?” The calm voice interrupted the pair of men as they chatted and, as they turned to face the speaker, a waiter indicated with a nod of his head that they should follow him. Hands held they arrived at a table covered with green baize and the waiter indicated two vacant chairs – the other six being already filled. As the two men took their places one leaned towards the other and kissed him lightly.

“For luck,” Rick stared into the profile of his friend, noticing the intensity in his expression and lay a reassuring hand on his shoulder. “Hey, are you ok?”

“Not really, Rick,” Jon whispered, watching as the woman across the table from him started to shuffle a pack of cards, ignoring the glances towards them of some of the other players. “Maybe I should have told you before agreeing to this pro-am charity event, but I don’t really know how to play poker”

– – – – –

The pile of chips in the middle of the table was bigger than it had reached at any point previously that evening. Jon looked down at his cards for the fourth time in as many seconds and then glanced up at his one remaining opponent. The obese and sweating man, dressed in an ill-fighting blue suit, with thinning hair swept over his shining cranium, may or may not have stared back at him. The mirrored sunglasses simply showed Jon’s own face so it was hard to tell.

“Your bet, sir.”

Nodding his understanding at the female croupier Jon stared at the pile of chips again. Eight people had started the game, about ninety minutes earlier, and now there was just the two of them left. Rick had folded only the hand before, and Jon knew that only luck had got him to this point, or maybe that bad luck had got rid of the more experienced players ; luck, he was sure, which was about to run out. You could only win so many hands by other people having worse ones. The fact that the fat man – Charlie or Carl, Jon couldn’t remember which – had bet most of his remaining chips worried Jon. The fact that hadn’t even looked at his cards in the last five minutes, just sat there smiling, worried him more. What worried Jon the most, however, was the fact that all he had himself in his hand amounted to nothing more than a hope for a miracle tied together by a common suit.

The river – as Jon had learned the open cards on the table were called not that long ago through quick whispered hints from Rick – showed the Queen of Hearts, the Jack of Hearts, the Queen of Spades and the eight of Diamonds. The one time his opponents mask had slipped, when the smile had appeared, was when the second Queen landed on the table and Jon was sure that the fat man was holding something special in his hand. Glancing at his own cards, again, he stared at them as if they’d tell him what he should do next.

Ten of Hearts, six of Clubs, seven of Diamonds and the King of Hearts.

Even his rudimentary knowledge of poker led him to believe that he held what amounted to only a slim chance, especially with close to a million dollars at stake. Nearly two hundred and fifty thousand dollars of that money was his; while he knew that it would be donated to charity he also knew that Carl’s – or was it Charlie’s? – charity of choice was simply a front for a much more ‘organised’ business than it was for anything worthwhile.

So he knew that, if he lost, the money would be wasted.

As if reading his thoughts the fat man smiled for the first time and stared at him through the mirrored lenses.

“Two Queens in my hand, kid,” The fat man said, shrugging as if daring Jon to call his bluff, then snorted with laughter. “Seems pretty ironic, you know …considering.”

Staring at the fat man, Jon laid his cards face down in front of him again then suddenly pushed all of his chips into the center of the table. The croupier looked at Jon, then the chips, then the other player who, with another small smile, nodded his head and pushed all of his own chips into the middle. A buzz of anticipation played out in the faces and voices of the people who were still watching the game. With a small movement Rick stepped closer to Jon and rested his hand on his shoulder as the dealer dealt the final card.

The fat man – Charlie, Jon suddenly remembered – laughed as threw his cards across the table revealing the two of Spades, the three of Clubs, the Queen of Diamonds and the Queen of Clubs were revealed. He reached out and started to sweep the chips towards him, chubby fingers grasping.

“Four of a kind,” Rick whispered, “Four frikkin’ Queens!”

“I know,” Jon breathed softly, and then started to laugh. “Thank the Gods for that!”

Throwing his own cards face up, across the table they landed beside the last card that the croupier had dealt : the Ace of Hearts.

The fat man paused, glasses slipping down his nose, and stared – bug eyed – at the cards.

At the winning hand.

The chips slipped through his fingers as he rocked back in his seat; reaching out, Jon grabbed Rick by the hands and pulled him close, kissing him deeply.

“People are looking,” Rick said when he managed to get some air.

“Yeah,” Jon replied. “I know. Do you think they’ve never seen a Royal Flush before?”

– – – – –

As they walked, hand in hand, towards the car – knowing that close to one million dollars was being sent to UNICEF – Rick suddenly stopped, turning to face Jon with a quizzical look on his face.

“There is something I don’t get.”

“What?”

“You said that you didn’t know how to play poker.”

“That’s right, I don’t.”

“But you out-played Charlie Parker. You beat the unbeatable.”

“Yup.”

“… Jon?”

“Yes?”

“Did you think that he was bluffing?”

“…erm, no, not really. I thought he might be telling the truth.”

“You didn’t know then, did you?!”

“About what?”

“About the cards – about his hand – about the odds of you getting that last card?”

“Nope. Not a clue.”

“All that money, though, what were you thinking?”

“Simple. After everything that we have been through, after every choice we have had to make and every piece of bigoted crap we’ve had to face I knew there were only two choices, two paths – victory or defeat – I did the only sensible thing.”

“What – you guessed; you gambled?”

“No. I won.”

– – – – –

If you must play, decide upon three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time. ~Chinese Proverb

Ragnarok Publications Reaches for the Stars with New Science Fiction Imprint

perasperaSpeculative Fiction Publisher Adds Per Aspera Press to Its Growing Family

April 8, 2015—Crestview Hills, Kentucky—Ragnarok Publications, known for their ground-breaking speculative fiction books on the slightly grim side, will soon be exploring a different type of dark matter with its new acquisition of Per Aspera Press, a small science fiction publishing company.

Per Aspera was founded by Jak Koke and Karawynn Long in 2003. Koke will remain editor of all Per Aspera titles, as well as any future titles he acquires for that imprint. Along with him is author/editor Shannon Page, who will continue to work with him editorially, as well as publish her fantasy series, the Nightcraft Quartet, with Ragnarok in 2016.

This will be Ragnarok’s second acquisition, after they welcomed the folks of Angelic Knight Press as their supernatural horror imprint in 2014. Ragnarok is committed to a smooth transition between companies, and looks forward to reprinting some of Per Aspera’s titles under the new imprint with new covers, as well as publishing new works a little later in the year.

Some of the titles acquired via the Per Aspera merge, such as Andrew C. Murphy’s STEEL SKY, will remain under that imprint, while others, such as OUR LADY OF THE ISLANDS by Shannon Page and Jay Lake and WAKING UP NAKED IN STRANGE PLACES by Julie McGalliard, will be welcomed under the Ragnarok banner, depending on genre.

Creative Director and Co-Publisher of Ragnarok Publications, Joe Martin, can’t wait to work with the people from Per Aspera, and is excited about the possibilities this acquisition holds for both sides. “Their mission aligns with ours,” he says. “Tim Marquitz and I are both impressed with the story quality of their titles. Jak has assembled a crazy-strong book list, and the acquisition makes all of us even stronger.”

Per Aspera co-founder, Jak Koke, is enthusiastic about joining forces with Ragnarok. “I am extremely happy that our books found a new home with Joe, Tim, and the whole Ragnarok team. They publish gorgeous, beautifully crafted books. I cannot think of more perfect stewards to take our small press to the next level!”

To see a full list of Ragnarok Publications’ authors and books, as well as to learn more about the company, please visit www.ragnarokpub.com or follow them on Twitter @RagnarokPub

Contact Melanie R. Meadors, Publicity Coordinator at Ragnarok Publications, for any interview or media opportunities at melaniermeadors@gmail.com.

$100 February Blogger Appreciation Giveaway 2015

Welcome to the $100 February Blogger Appreciation Giveaway 2015 hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews.

This is my “Shoutout” to my wonderful “Book Blasters” who posted book blasts with us over the month of December, 2014. Big, big thank you to each and every one of you! You are much appreciated.

 

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Competition: Always and Forever – leave a review and get killed off!

always_cover_smAlways and Forever (short story) – Kindle Edition – ASIN: B00QTYI2OM

From the 2010 Penguin Ireland Short Story short listed author comes a heartrending vignette involving a couple irrevocably changed by the zombie plague.

Always and Forever is a short story.
Praise for Always and Forever:

“Jay Faulkner’s ‘Always and Forever’ was a heartrending vignette involving a couple irrevocably changed by the zombie plague” ~ Paul Goat Allen (Barnes and Noble)

“This is a beautiful and sorrowful tale of a married couple whose life is destroyed by a virus, and the lengths they will go to to honor their love. In just over two pages the author allows us to feel the longing, fear and the depth of love this couple share.” ~ bittenbybooks.com

 

Excerpt:
When the outbreak began, news reports said it was just a variation of seasonal flu. Two days later hospitals were over capacity, the rail network had all but collapsed, and military troops had been deployed to quell riots in major cities. The flu outbreak became an epidemic so fast that it overwhelmed the country. The epidemic turned into an apocalypse; at least according to the last radio transmissions we’d heard five days back. The radio announcer was somewhere in London, he never said where, and when he wasn’t quoting from the Bible, or quietly sobbing to himself, he was repeating the same information over and over.

The dead walked.

Competition

Every review* of Always and Forever (Amazon, Goodreads, or on blogs) will be entered into a draw.

Everyone who enters, by leaving a review, will be eligible to name a character that gets killed – in horrible and inventive ways – in the upcoming apocalypse thriller, ‘Tower’.

The grand prize winner (chosen randomly) will be eligible to name a survivor in the story as well as receive an Amazon gift voucher for $15.

Always and Forever will be FREE from Friday 12th December 2014 to Tuesday 16th December 2014.

The competition itself is open now and will end on Wednesday 31st December – the winner will be announced by Monday 5th January 2015.

*links to reviews will need to be emailed to info@jayfaulkner.com by the closing date.
Where to find it:

Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00QTYI2OM

Amazon US – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QTYI2OM

If required outside of these locations please search by title, author, and/or ASIN.

 

 

Sounding by Jennifer A. McGowan

soundingSounding, Jennifer A. McGowan’s chapbbook, is a collection of poetry published by Finishing Line Press.

Jennifer, one of Oxford’s Back Room Poets, graduated from Princeton with honours, and from the University of Wales for her M.A. and Ph.D. Despite being certified as disabled at age 16 with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, she went on to become a semi-professional mime and performed in five countries. She has published poetry and prose in various magazines and anthologies, and has both written and recorded songs on several (small, but perfectly formed) labels. She loves teaching and has taught both under- and postgraduates at several universities. She is a British citizen.

In addition to the Back Room Poets, she is also one of the Jericho Poets, the Oxford Stanza poets, and the White Horse Poets. She is also a member of the Poetry Society and the Second Light Network.

Jennifer’s poetry ranges from the personal to the mythological, but always remains accessible.

http://www.jenniferamcgowan.com/

TINKERMAGE by Kenny Soward

tinkermageTHE ENEMY EXPOSED. Nikselpik Nur has become the city of Hightower’s staunchest—albeit unwilling—ally. He’s hardly learned to cope with his debilitating bugging addiction, much less take on the duties of being the city’s First Wizard. Can he embrace this new path? And will he?

Meanwhile, Stena Wavebreaker is pulled from her seafaring duties by the Precisor General and given command of a raggedy airship to scout the ultraworldly enemy from the perilous skies above the Southern Reaches. Her mission: gain the support of the unpredictable ‘swamp elves,’ the Giyipcias.

Lastly, Niksabella Nur has set off from Hightower at the behest of the grim stonekin leader, Jontuk. The gnomestress must unlock the full potential of her invention, the recursive mirror, and her own powers, to bear what might be the heaviest burden of all. What will she discover along the way? And will Jontuk be able to keep her alive long enough to save them all?

This is GnomeSaga Book Two.

About the Author:

Kenny Soward grew up in Crescent Park, Kentucky, a small suburb just south of Cincinnati, Ohio, listening to hard rock and playing outdoors. In those quiet 1970’s streets, he jumped bikes, played Nerf football, and acquired many a childhood scar.

Kenny’s love for books flourished early, a habit passed down to him by his uncles. He burned through his grade school library, and in high school spent many days in detention for reading fantasy fiction during class.

The transition to author was a natural one for Kenny. His sixth grade teacher encouraged him to start a journal, and he later began jotting down pieces of kennystories, mostly the outcomes of D&D gaming sessions. At the University of Kentucky, Kenny took creative writing classes under Gurny Norman, former Kentucky Poet Laureate and author of Divine Rights Trip (1971).

Kenny’s latest releases are ROUGH MAGIC (GnomeSaga #1) and THOSE POOR, POOR BASTARDS (Dead West #1) with Tim Marquitz and J.M. Martin.

By day, Kenny works as a Unix professional, and at night he writes and sips bourbon. Kenny lives in Independence, Kentucky, with three cats and a gal who thinks she’s a cat.

TINKERMAGE is available on Amazon at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

http://www.kennysoward.com/

Powerful arts installation brings Nazi atrocities to life

resistanceIn September 1939 Adolf Hitler authorised Aktion-T4 a forced euthanasia programme that led the mass murder of tens of thousands of disabled adults and children and formed the blueprint for his ‘Final Solution’ against the Jews.

This relatively little known Nazi outrage forms the backdrop for ‘Resistance’, a challenging and poignant multi-media installation, which is now open to the public at the Titanic Drawing Offices from October 21st  to November 2nd, as part of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s. This is a Northern Ireland premiere and will be the only time the work is seen here.

The piece, which combines moving images, drama, documentary and whispering voices into an immersive audio-visual experience, is by controversial, award-winning writer-director Liz Crow, whose work has been shown at Tate Modern and the British Film Institute. Resistance was showcased to 4500 visitors at Washington DC’s Kennedy Centre and won a Best Exhibition Award from the Liverpool Daily Post.

Chris Ledger, Director of the Arts and Disability Forum (ADF) has worked behind the scenes for the past two years to bring this important show to Belfast. She said the artist chose Belfast for the final booking of the tour because of a belief in the city’s vibrancy and atmosphere of hope.

Chris said: “We are excited to bring this wonderful project to Northern Ireland. Resistance’s starting point is the horrors of Nazism but it resonates with contemporary attitudes towards disabled people and with wider issues around marginalisation, exclusion and oppression.

“The work emerged from Liz Crow’s alarm at the direction in which she saw society heading. Rising hate crime, increased pre-natal screening and abortion and a race to assisted suicide are challenging the worth of disabled people’s lives and even their right to exist. Alongside this, Belfast has also seen an increase in racially motivated hate crime. Resistance invites the audience to reflect on how they can help to shape a society that delights in diversity. ”

At the centre of the installation is a haunting 12 minute film about Aktion-T4 that Liz made using a cast of mainly disabled actors. The cast and the writer visited two of the killing centres in Germany as research.

The film has as its lead character Elise a woman who swept the floors and the grounds of a holding centre, housing disabled people before they go to their deaths. She silently watches people disappear and plots what she can do.

Liz Crow is well known as an activist as well as an artist. In August 2009 she was hoisted by a cherry picker to sit in her wheelchair on Anthony Gormley’s Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar, wearing an SS Uniform and brandishing the Nazi flag.This was to highlight the hidden history of Germany’s forgotten disabled victims and the resurgence of negative attitudes towards disabled people in today’s society. On September 2nd in Berlin, a new memorial was unveiled to commemorate the deaths of disabled people killed by Nazis who deemed them “useless eaters”.

The 30 minute installation has been brought to Belfast with project funds from the Community Relations Council and Belfast City Council and Children in Need is supporting the inclusive involvement of young people. The Arts Council is the Arts & Disability Forum’s principal funder and the ADF receives additional core funds from Belfast City Council and LLoyds TSB Foundation.

Liz Crow said: “This is an episode of history that is virtually hidden, yet the values that underpinned it still echo through disabled people’s lives today. It is a timely piece of work and I hope that people will be both moved and empowered by it. I want people to come away feeling inspired to get involved, be effective and find the courage to be a part of change. Resistance is about a sense of possibility.”

Available with audio description, captions, BSL interpretation and an induction loop.

Group Bookings through the Arts & Disability Forum at www.adf.ieinfo@adf.ie, tel 028 9023 9450.

The installation is open to the public until 2nd November. Opening hours are 10am-midday and from 2pm-4pm every day including weekends during the exhibition period. Thursdays there will be a late night opening from 6-8pm. Additional opening hours will be added if required.

The mornings can be booked by groups, and afternoons will be on a drop-in basis. A small donation on the door is required (recommended £20 for groups of up to 25 people or £3 per individual).

There is a series of free workshops and events using the arts to explore the issues that Resistance brings up. These will mix individuals from the various groups and will only be available to people who have seen the installation. Information from the ADF (further mailing follows).

Review: Pretty Little Dead Girls by Mercedes M. Yardley

pldgBRYONY ADAMS IS DESTINED TO BE MURDERED, but fortunately Fate has terrible marksmanship. In order to survive, she must run as far and as fast as she can. After arriving in Seattle, Bryony befriends a tortured musician, a market fish-thrower, and a starry-eyed hero who is secretly a serial killer bent on fulfilling Bryony’s dark destiny.

Mercedes M. Yardley’s Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy is a dark, lovely fairy tale with lyrical language and a high body count. It features a cover by Hugo Award Winner GALEN DARA.

Let’s start with the obvious: “Pretty Little Dead Girls” is a novel that you have to hit the ground running with.  The main character, Bryony Adams, is born knowing that she is going to die, a fact that everyone around her knows too.  You just have to accept that this is so and, like the characters themselves, live with it.  It isn’t explained how, or why, this is going to happen, or how she knows, and the people around her – even strangers – know.  They just do.  It isn’t explained why people automatically see her as fragile, ethereal and ephemeral either; they just do.  If you can accept that then you will be drawn into a mesmerizing world of whimsical and fantastical characters.  A world that is filled with emotions but hopeful and horrific.  A world that is typical of the creative mind of Mercedes M. Yardley.

I have to be honest and say that, for a moment, I struggled with this book.  I wanted to know why Bryony was slated for death.  I wanted to know how people knew that the Fates were out to get her.  Then something happened: the narration, the prose, and even the characters themselves drew me in and snared me deep.  Mercedes’ narrator – one of the best characters in the book in my opinion – weaved a web of wondrous words and told me that everything would be ok, that I didn’t need to know the why or how as long as I just sat back and read the what.  That what was a tale of loneliness, love, despair, hope, and yes death.

This is a beautifully written story, a wonderfully eccentric story, and it is one that is handled exceptionally well by Yardely.  What could be twee or trite elsewhere is believable and quirky. The characters are filled with life and speak with individual voices. They live in real life but never become mundane as though it is a story set in ‘reality’ this is as much a fairy tale as anything that you’d have read as a child – as long as what you were read was Grimm.  This is the best parts of The Princess Bride or Labyrinth without ever being a copy; softly inspired, perhaps, but never trying to be anything other than itself.

Ultimately this book may be marmite – some will love it and others will hate it but no-one will read it and simply forget it.  It is too clever in how it balances whimsy with death.  On how it is a book that starts with despair in knowing that you will die but showing how hope lasts throughout that – despite that.

I hate marmite but I love this book.

I hope that you will too.

Pretty Little Dead Girls by Mercedes M. Yardley is available now.

Mr. Wicker by Maria Alexander

wickerAlicia Baum is missing a deadly childhood memory. Located beyond life, The Library of Lost Childhood Memories holds the answer. The Librarian is Mr. Wicker — a seductive yet sinister creature with an unthinkable past and an agenda just as lethal. After committing suicide, Alicia finds herself before the Librarian, who informs her that her lost memory is not only the reason she took her life, but the cause of every bad thing that has happened to her.

Alicia spurns Mr. Wicker and attempts to enter the hereafter without the Book that would make her spirit whole. But instead of the oblivion she craves, she finds herself in a psychiatric hold at Bayford Hospital, where the staff is more pernicious than its patients.

Child psychiatrist Dr. James Farron is researching an unusual phenomenon: traumatized children whisper to a mysterious figure in their sleep. When they awaken, they forget both the traumatic event and the character that kept them company in their dreams — someone they call “Mr. Wicker.”

During an emergency room shift, Dr. Farron hears an unconscious Alicia talking to Mr. Wicker—the first time he’s heard of an adult speaking to the presence. Drawn to the mystery, and then to each other, they team up to find the memory before it annihilates Alicia for good. To do so they must struggle not only against Mr. Wicker’s passions, but also a powerful attraction that threatens to derail her search, ruin Dr. Farron’s career, and inflame the Librarian’s fury.

After all, Mr. Wicker wants Alicia to himself, and will destroy anyone to get what he wants. Even Alicia herself.

Praise for Maria Alexander

“Convincing in its haunting whimsy, Alexander’s emotionally complex faerie tale comments on grim reality with chilling metaphors….Illness, loss, and heartache color this splendid, bittersweet ode to the ghosts of childhood.”—Publishers Weekly

“Suicide, love, lust, lost dreams and twisted purgatories…Maria Alexander’s Mr. Wicker is an original, crafted of startling images and darkly poetic language. Eerily effective.” —Steven Barnes, author of Lion’s Blood

Mr. Wicker is as deeply disturbing a debut novel as I’ve ever read.”— Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Code Zero and Fall of Night

“Elegant chills, genuine awe, and true tragedy are all ingredients in the spell cast by Maria Alexander’s Mr. Wicker. Anyone who has encountered Maria’s short stories surely expects her first novel to be extraordinary, and she doesn’t disappoint. Mr. Wicker is rich, lovely, and deeply unnerving.” —Lisa Morton, author of Malediction and Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween 

“Exquisite pleasure and pain coexist in her nightmare world of sinful decadence. The reader is thrust into the abstruse plain of suffering where there is no bliss without grief and longing remains unsated.”Dreadful Tales

“…elegantly stunning…” Fatally Yours

“…handles the subtleties of the mystery genre well…”Rue Morgue

“Maria Alexander’s stories are darkly funny and deliciously addictive.”—Jon Evans, Arthur Ellis Award-winning author of Dark Places

“A darker, angrier Neil Gaiman.” ­—Gothic.net

About the author:

mariaMaria Alexander writes pretty much every damned thing and gets paid to do it. She’s a produced screenwriter and playwright, published games writer, virtual world designer, award-winning copywriter, interactive theatre designer, prolific fiction writer, snarkiologist and poet. Her stories have appeared in publications such as Chiaroscuro Magazine, Gothic.net and Paradox, as well as numerous acclaimed anthologies alongside living legends such as David Morrell and Heather Graham.

Her second poetry collection—At Louche Ends: Poetry for the Decadent, the Damned and the Absinthe-Minded—was nominated for the 2011 Bram Stoker Award. And she was a winner of the 2004 AOL Time-Warner “Time to Rhyme” poetry contest.

When not wielding a katana at her local shinkendo dojo, she’s being outrageously spooky and writing Doctor Who filk. She lives in Los Angeles with two ungrateful cats and a purse called Trog.

Explore her website: www.mariaalexander.net. You won’t regret it.

 

Predator by Janice Gable Bashman

predatorPredator is a fast-paced, creepy page-turner! Bashman had me at the opening sentence and she’s still got me. I want more!”  —Nancy Holder, New York Times Bestselling Author,The Rules

“Every twist and fascinating revelation fell into place smoothly, with an ending that will leave readers wanting more. With this kind of originality on the page, it is exciting to speculate at the surprises Bashman will unveil next.”  —Suspense Magazine

The hunt is on! Sixteen-year-old Bree Sunderland must inject herself with an untested version of her father’s gene therapy to become a werewolf in order to stop a corrupt group of mercenaries from creating a team of unstoppable lycanthrope soldiers.

When Bree went with her scientist father to Ireland, she thought it would be a vacation to study bog bodies. She never expected to fall in love with a mysterious young Irishman and certainly never expected to become the kind of monster her father said only existed in nightmares.

Dr. Sunderland discovers that lycanthropy was not a supernatural curse but rather a genetic mutation. When they return home, her dad continues his research, but the military wants to turn that research into a bio weapons program and rogue soldiers want to steal the research to turn themselves into unstoppable killing machines. Bree’s boyfriend Liam surprises her with a visit to the United States, but there are darker surprises in store for both of them.

As evil forces hunt those she loves, Bree must become an even more dangerous hunter to save them all. Predator gives the werewolf legend a couple of new spins by introducing the Benandanti (an actual folkloric belief that certain families of Italy and Livonia were werewolves who fought against evil), as well as a modern scientific approach to mutation and the science of transgenics.

She will become the thing she hates, to protect those she loves!

Purchase the book:

Amazon

Amazon UK

About the author:

janiceJanice Gable Bashman is the Bram Stoker nominated author of PREDATOR, a young adult novel (Month9Books 2014), and WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE (w/NEW YORK TIMES bestseller Jonathan Maberry) (Citadel Press 2010). She is editor of THE BIG THRILL (International Thriller Writers’ magazine).  Her short fiction has been published in various anthologies and magazines. Janice has written for NOVEL & SHORT STORY WRITER’S MARKETTHE WRITER, WRITER’S DIGESTWILD RIVER REVIEW, and many other publications.  She is a speaker and workshop leader at writers conferences, including ThrillerFest, Backspace, Pennwriters, The Write Stuff, Stoker weekend, and others. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Mystery Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, and the International Thriller Writers, where she serves on the board of directors as Vice President, Technology.

http://www.janicegablebashman.com/