My Wife Recommends this Re-Imagined Classic

My wife just finished this book and loved it.  That’s pretty much our highest recommendation.  For fans of updated classic tales, like Marion Zimmer Bradley’s "Mists of Avalon.”

NOTE: This is the “Enhanced Version” with extra audio/video goodies for Kindle.  

NOTE #2: 125 5-Star customer reviews and the good word of my wife. What are you waiting for?   

From Amazon’s page…

Enter the world of Homer's ancient Greece with the enhanced e-book edition of The Song of Achilles. This edition lets you further engage with this compelling story through video interviews with Madeline Miller and Gregory Maguire, bestselling author of the Wicked series, clips from the audio book at the start of each chapter, an illustrated map, and a pop-up gallery featuring over 40 images and descriptions of the characters, armor, and ships found in the book.
The legend begins...
Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. "The best of all the Greeks"—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles' mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.
When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece, bound by blood and oath, must lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.
Built on the groundwork of the Iliad, Madeline Miller's page-turning, profoundly moving, and blisteringly paced retelling of the epic Trojan War marks the launch of a dazzling career.


A Box Set of Thrills! for $5.99

These books have been red hot sellers individually for a while now.  Here’s all three in Christopher Smith’s NYC cycle of Thrillers for one low price (Box Set for E-book only).

From the Amazon page on the first novel in the set,  Fifth Avenue
Look beneath all the power and all the wealth that represents New York City's Fifth Avenue, and you'll find greed, blood, revenge. In the international best-selling thriller "Fifth Avenue," each intermingles within a revered society that is unprepared for what's in store for it when one man finally strikes in an effort to destroy another man for murdering his wife thirty-one years ago.

Louis Ryan is that man. George Redman, his wife, two daughters and their close friends are his targets. Both men are self-made billionaires who came from nothing to stake their claim to Fifth Avenue. But when Louis Ryan hires an international assassin to literally rip the Redman family apart, a series of events that can't be stopped catapults them all through a fast-paced, hard-edged thriller in which nobody is safe.

Secrets are revealed. Sex lives are exposed. The Mafia get involved. And George's two daughters, Celina and Leana Redman, come to the forefront. More than anyone, it's they who are caught in the throes of their father's past as Louis Ryan's blind desire to kill them all takes surprising turns in his all-out effort to see them dead.

"Fifth Avenue" is 145,000 words, or about 450 printed pages.






Excerpts from RUNNING OF THE BULLS and FROM MANHATTAN WITH LOVE are included with this edition of FIFTH AVENUE.


"Fifth Avenue," the first novel by penned Christopher Smith, is a fantastic first effort and was the reason I was simply unable to put my Kindle down over this Christmas period. And I would go as far to say that it ranks as one of the best first novels I've ever read."--PLANET KINDLE


"Fifth Avenue". A big, big novel. A blockbuster? Yes. A bestseller. It should be.

About the Author

Christopher Smith is the #1 international best-selling author of "Fifth Avenue," its sequels "Running of the Bulls, "From Manhattan with Love" and "From Manhattan with Revenge," as well as "Bullied," "Revenge," "Witch" and "War," all four of which deal with the subject of bullying. 

His thriller "A Rush to Violence" is the first in a three-book series that will also include "A Rush to Murder" and "A Rush to Vengeance."

Prior to writing novels, for fourteen years, Smith was the film critic for a major newspaper in the Northeast. For eight years, he appeared weekly on NBC affiliates, and two years nationally on the E! network. He has written over 4,000 reviews and he has been named Best Critic for 2010 by the MPA. He has published two previous books in his Netflix "Queued" series, which are compilations of hundreds of his film reviews. He lives in Maine.


Once Upon a Time is Now...only 4.99!

Okay, let's see... which hit TV show is this book based on?  Not ABC's "Once Upon A Time."  This one is "Once Upon a Time is Now!  You may know this story better as "Grimm"on NBC.  It's written by the creator of the show and it's only $4.99!


Book Description

From the creator of NBC's hit series, GRIMM, Stephen Carpenter presents his original novel, THE GRIMM CURSE (Once Upon A Time is Now).

Fifteen year-old Jake Grimm is the last living descendent of the Brothers Grimm, who wrote the famous fairy tales in the 1800's. But Jake grew up never knowing his true destiny until he ran away from his unhappy foster home, to the place of his birth--Woodland--a small town nestled deep in a Northwestern forest.

In Woodland, Jake discovers that the fairy tales are real, and they are happening today. And Jake, as the last living Grimm, is the only one who can stop the witches, big bad wolves, and evil stepmothers who are all alive and well, and about to wreak havoc in the small town of Woodland.

Because once upon a time is now.


Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Perhaps you've heard of these books?  
If you've been waiting for a good time to read "Hunger Games," you should consider...Now.
The entire series is on sale right now...

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. 


WISHBONE - by Brooklyn Hudson

A Manhattan power couple survive a tragedy and attempt a fresh start only to be plagued by unexplained and disastrous careful what you wish for.

(Special Edition with additional scenes from screen adaption)

NFE Note: How about this? 52 customers reviews, 4 of which are 4 stars. The rest?  All 5 stars!

At the age of nine, growing up in the French countryside, Julien Grenier witnessed the brutal murder of his grandfather. Now, at forty-five, he continues to be plagued by horrific nightmares and reenactments of that tragic event.

Living a successful though austere lifestyle on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Julien has recreated himself, building emotional walls that even his young wife cannot penetrate.
Though somewhat moody, Julien is a good man with a heart of gold, and a great sense of loyalty and responsibility; enabling his wife, Rachael, to turn a blind eye to his tightly-kept secrets.
Rachael is thirty-two years old; an art dealer and playful free spirit, but after a home invasion assault leaves her emotionally unstable and destroys their care-free and content world, they relocate to a safer environment with the hope of a fresh start.
Kings Hollow is a quaint town, nestled in the serene Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. At first, their new home appears to be the miracle they prayed for, until a traditional children's game begins to destroy their bliss; Rachael is no longer herself and Julien is experiencing a string of bad luck and unfortunate accidents.
At the center of it all is seventeen-year-old Sarah, a part-time caretaker on the property. 
Can Julien and Rachael escape the nightmare of Kings Hollow...or is this just Wishful thinking?

WISHBONE is a multi-layered thriller incorporating several sub-plots; in the vein of Pet Sematary, What Lies Beneath, Misery and Stir of Echoes. Dramatic horror at its best, Brooklyn Hudson takes you on a suspenseful roller coaster ride of emotional turmoil and shocking events.

About the Author

Brooklyn Hudson was born and raised in New York City. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she produces replica-rock tribute shows. She has penned thirteen horror thrillers and credits Stephen King for her devout adoration of adult dramatic horror. She is currently fast at work on the WISHBONE screen adaption and WISHBONE Part II.


SUNDERED (A Zombie-ish Apocalypse, Book 1) Plus 3 Good Questions with Shannon Mayer

"Full of juicy zombie action meshed with romance to make your heart break. The pace is thrilling and the action doesn't stop!"  -- Author of "The Guardian", CJ Gosling

NFE Notes - "Sundered" is top 500 Amazon Bestseller averaging 4.4 stars out of 102 customers reviews!  

Compared to "I am Legend",  Sundered will take you into the dark realms of an apocalypse, with a new breed of zombie that will have your heart pounding, your palms sweaty and the pages flying.  A Novella with true bite.

Praise for Sundered

"I was completely blindsided by events in this story. Even now, I can't stop thinking about it."
Author of "Until Dawn: Last Light", Jennifer Simas

". . . an interesting twist on the zombie apocalypse story; it manages to feel familiar 
and yet fresh at the same time, which is not an easy feat."
Author of "The Corridors of the Dead", Jonathan D. Allen

5 Star Reviews 

". . .an apocalyptic world that immediately feels plausible in these days of pharmaceutical "miracles" and quick cures gone wrong. . . .a fearless and unflinching launch into darker issues and terrible choices.There is great depth in this authors work."                                                   
Author of Brilliant Prey, Brenda Wallace

"The author has deftly woven all of these strands together into an intriguing and sometimes poignant tale of love, loss, and survival."        
Merry Simmons (Reviewer)

If you couldn't get enough of "The Walking Dead",  or Amanda Hocking's "Hollowland" Sundered is the perfect fix for your Zombie-ish cravings!

3 Good Questions with Shannon Mayer:

NFE: What book(s) kept you up all night reading?

SHANNON MAYERr: This is a toughie! If a book catches my interest, I'm a bit of a glutton and don't tend to put them down until they're done. But there are a few that stand out. :0) "Kushiel's Dart" by Jacqueline Carey, "The Gunslinger" by Stephen King, "The Last Unicorn" by Peter S. Beagle.

NFE:  Would this book (yours) keep you up all night reading if you hadn’t written it?  Why?

SM: I try to write books that I would want to read, books that leave you breathless with anticipation for the next chapter. So, yes, I think it would have kept me up for sure. :0)

NFE: Give us a link to your website or blog so we can find out more about you!

SM: Blog, or my website is but the BEST place to stalk, I mean follow, me is my Facebook Fan page



New Romantic Suspense from New Author, Reyna Hawk!

Did the love of her life kill her beloved brother?

Janie and Daniel were not only brother and sister, they were the best of friends. Coming from a troubled past to a new location; they thought their lives would finally be worth living. However, Daniel’s new work took them into the dark world of organized crime and essentially cost Daniel his life. Filled with grief over the loss of her brother and new love for Rico, the “boss’s” assistant. Janie realizes there’s more to Daniel’s death than him simply disappearing and being found dead. Soon Janie finds herself knocking at death’s door with the man she loves more than life itself the doorman.

"Looking Through Blind Eyes" is book one in a series of three. 
Book Two titled "The Reflection of Secrets" coming soon!!

3 Good Questions w/ Reyna Hawk

NFE: What book(s) kept you up reading all night?

REYNA HAWK: Patricia Cornwall's "The Body Farm."

NFE: Would "Looking Through Blind Eyes" Keep you up all night?  Why?

REYNA HAWK: Yes it would. I would want to know what is happening next with Janie and Rico. This book captures you from the beginning; following Janie as she discovers more untruths being told to her as she becomes deeper and deeper into the Petrilo Crime Family’s life of secrets and lies. The characters are so real that one can feel their emotions; it plays out in your head like a movie. I like books that keep me guessing to figure out the characters next move and that is full of action; this book has it!

NFE: "Give us some links and info where we can find you."


The WINNER of the first Open Book Challenge is...


Congratulations Reyna!  You've won the raffle for a $25 gift card from!

Reyna's novel, "Looking Through Blind Eyes" will also be the subject of the next post on the New Fiction Engine main page, so keep an eye out for that!

Thanks to all the wonderful writers who played the first edition of the Open Book Challenge!  

There will be more OBCs and more prizes to come in the near future!  So stay tuned.  --NFE

A WORLD OF TROUBLE - Plus 3 Good Questions w/Jake Needham

Take a journey of smart, page-turning intrigue...

 "Jake Needham is Michael Connelly with steamed rice.”

Jack Shepherd was sick of Washington politics, sick of corporate law, and even a little sick of himself. So he hit the road looking for a new start, made a couple of wrong turns, and somehow wound up in Hong Kong. Now he needs a job, and being General Chalerm Kitnarock's lawyer is a job, so he takes it.

Shepherd could certainly have done a lot worse for himself. Charlie Kitnarok is the world's ninety-eighth richest man. But he's also a former prime minister of Thailand now living in exile in Dubai. When he's not making money, he's plotting his return to political power.

For Shepherd, that could be a real problem. Thailand already has a prime minister, and she's a woman with whom Shepherd once had a brief relationship. It will get particularly messy if, as Shepherd suspects, Charlie is smuggling arms to his supporters and intends to use the Thai army to seize control of the country. Can Shepherd keep his two friends from destroying each other and prevent Thailand from sliding into chaos?

Thailand is hurtling closer and closer to a bloody civil war. And as unlikely as it may sound, Jack Shepherd is probably the only person on earth who can stop it.


NFE:  What books kept you up all night reading?

JAKE NEEDHAM: As a rule, I don't stay up all night reading, but I just finished an advance copy of Lee Child's new Jack Reacher novel, A WANTED MAN, and it came about as close to keeping up as any book has in a long time. I don't know of any other author who has the feel for keeping a series character fresh and engaging that Lee Child has. And he's done it essentially by violating the rule that most people will tell you is fundamental to developing a strong series: allow your character to grow and change. Jack Reacher doesn't grow. He doesn't change. He's always the same guy and he ends up in a series of adventures that are remarkably similar book after book. And yet he never gets old and you never get bored with him. Damn that Lee Child. How come he's so good?

NFE:  Would this book keep you up all night reading if you hadn't written it? Why?

JAKE NEEDHAM: I know a lot of my reviews call my books 'page turners,' or something along those lines, but I've never really looked at them that way. I write the same kind of books I generally chose as a reader: novels which take you away to a place you would never otherwise be, and then lead you on a journey through that place that expands the sum total of your own experiences and understandings. So I don't stay up all night reading anybody's books, certainly not my own. Here's my advice. Get some sleep. Come back to see me tomorrow. We'll have more fun on our trip if we're both rested.

NFE: Give us a link to your website or blog so we can find out more about you.

My occasional 'Letters from Asia' about the people, places, and things that appear in my novels -

NFE NOTE:  Do check out "Letters form Asia" - fascinating stuff! 


OCCULTATION - by Laird Barron

Laird Barron’s literary horror collection is burning up the charts!

but hurry... the price may not last.

(UPDATE - oops, times up!  Price is back to $7.19.  U Snooze u lose, I guess.) 

Laird Barron has emerged as one of the strongest voices in modern horror and dark fantasy fiction, building on the eldritch tradition pioneered by writers such as H. P. Lovecraft, Peter Straub, and Thomas Ligotti. His stories have garnered critical acclaim and been reprinted in numerous year's best anthologies and nominated for multiple awards, including the Crawford, International Horror Guild, Shirley Jackson, Theodore Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Awards. His debut collection, The Imago Sequence and Other Stories, was the inaugural winner of the Shirley Jackson Award.

He returns with his second collection, Occultation. Pitting ordinary men and women against a carnivorous, chaotic cosmos, Occultation's eight tales of terror (two never before published) include the Theodore Sturgeon and Shirley Jackson Award-nominated story "The Forest" and Shirley Jackson Award nominee "The Lagerstatte." Featuring an introduction by Michael Shea, Occultation brings more of the spine-chillingly sublime cosmic horror Laird Barron's fans have come to expect.

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Writing with a poet's eye for detail and a folklorist's understanding of mythos, Barron lives up to his reputation for elegant, subtle, and nightmare-inducing tales with a Lovecraftian edge in his second short story collection (after 2007's The Imago Sequence and Other Stories), which includes six reprints and three original stories. In The Lagerst├Ątte, a woman who cannot come to terms with her husband's loss clings to an occult artifact said to reunite lovers whom death has separated. A guerrilla art exhibit turns murderous in the taut and bloody Strappado. A mysterious guidebook leads four men on a terrifying camping trip in Mysterium Tremendum. Heartbreaking, hilarious, sophisticated, and gory, these stories will thrill, trouble, and haunt Barron's fans and have newcomers scrambling to search for his other work. (June)
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The Turtle Boy - by Kealan Patrick Burke

Kealan Patrick Burke's Bram Stoker Award-winning coming of age story The Turtle Boy...

School is out and summer has begun. For eleven year old Timmy Quinn and his best friend Pete Marshall, the dreary town of Delaware Ohio becomes a place of magic, hidden treasure and discovery.

But on the day they encounter a strange young boy sitting on the bank of Myers Pond, a pond playground rumor says may hide turtles the size of Buicks, everything changes.

For it soon becomes apparent that dark secrets abound in the little community, secrets which come cupped in the hands of the dead, and in a heartbeat, Timmy and Pete's summer of wonder becomes a season of terror, betrayal and murder.

Reviews for "The Turtle Boy"

"..takes the small town setting of Delaware, Ohio, and imbues it with just enough wonder to evoke Bradbury and early King and even a dash of Mark Twain circa Tom Sawyer." -

"If you have a young child, or remember when you were one yourself, The Turtle Boy is a book you don't want to miss." - The Midwest Book Review



Think you can handle a trip to the dark side? 

Only 4.99 for Kindle

Just your average Pittsburgh soccer mom, baking brownies and carrying a loaded forty-caliber Glock...

Until recently Supervisory Special Agent Lucy Guardino was a shining star in the FBI's roster. But after killing a man and disobeying orders, Lucy's been sidelined, chained to her desk. When a mysterious letter arrives hinting that, thanks to Lucy, the wrong man was blamed for a string of serial rapes, kidnappings, and killings four years ago, Lucy jumps at the chance to re-open the case--despite orders to leave well enough alone.

Her unofficial investigation takes her back to the small town that thrust her into the spotlight four years ago when she saved the killer's last victims--before the killer took his own life and the life of one final victim, a mother who left a ten year old son and loving husband behind.

What Lucy doesn't know is that what happened four years ago was all a lie, fueled by sacrifice and betrayal, designed to shield the real killer.

With the lives of her family, a group of innocent children, and the future of one desperate boy at risk, Lucy races to stop an innocent from killing and a killer from butchering more innocents.

When it comes to "breathtakingly fast-paced thrillers" (Publishers Weekly)New York Times and USA Today Bestseller CJ Lyons is a "master of the genre." (Pittsburgh Magazine).

#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child has called CJ's work "Everything a great thriller should be--action packed, authentic, and intense."



This one just sounds really cool...

(Works for us!)

What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway?
Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact.
The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job—but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging in a city that sees a dozen suicides every week—except this one feels suspicious, and Palace is the only cop who cares. 
The first in a trilogy, The Last Policeman offers a mystery set on the brink of an apocalypse. As Palace’s investigation plays out under the shadow of 2011GV1, we’re confronted by hard questions way beyond “whodunit.” What basis does civilization rest upon? What is life worth? What would any of us do, what would we really do, if our days were numbered?

Amazon Best Books of the Month, July 2012: It’s not often you hear a book described as a pre-apocalyptic police procedural. But in the hands of Ben Winters (Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters), the mash-up of murder mystery and gloomy end-of-world melodrama works perfectly. Detective Hank Palace knows the world will likely be destroyed in six months by the meteor headed toward earth like a bullet. But unlike those who are giving up, quitting jobs, doing drugs, running away, or killing themselves, Palace has a job to do. He’s got a murder to solve. So he keeps plugging away, unwilling to let the looming apocalypse distract him from finding the killer. Palace is an appealingly off-kilter character, more goofball than hard-boiled. So it’s a very good thing that this is the first in a planned trilogy. --Neal Thompson


BLOOD LUST RISING - Plus 3 Good Questions w/ Fayth Devlin

Brand New for Paranormal Romance Fans!  

Praise for Blood Lust Rising...

"...HOT, gritty, suspenseful, well rounded, action packed and anything except predictable." - Jeanne, Book Addiction Review

"It's like there is this current of sensuality that picks you up in the first chapter and doesn't put you down until the last." - Jen, Red Hot Books 

Vampire Queen and Demon son – Together they will wreak havoc and total destruction. Or at least, that’s what the prophecy says. When a sex-seething succubus focuses in on Ella Grey, a half-breed vampire and her Shadow Hunting partner, Micah McGregor, a power is released neither can control or comprehend.

A chain of events is triggered, forcing Ella and Micah down a shadowed path riddled with unrestrained passion, violence and betrayal. The truth of Micah’s demonic origins will reveal a heart-breaking conspiracy within the Shadow Agency that once swore to protect humanity from vampires and demons. Ella and Micah are proof that nothing is as it appears


NFE:  What book(s) kept you up all night reading? 

FAYTH DEVLIN: I'm relatively young, 30 to be exact. About 7 years ago I discovered Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series (which was well underway with several books already published). This was my reading awakening. I'd never read anything before that blended paranormal, horror and romance. The first 9 books in the AB series are hands down my favorite novels and I think had a huge impact on the fiction I wanted to write. I lived, ate, didn't sleep, and functioned solely on those books. 

NFE: Would BLOOD LUST RISING keep you up all night reading if you hadn’t written it?  Why? 

FAYTH: I think it would keep me up all night. Reason? The book is action driven, so each scene feeds the next. I've heard from several readers that they devoured it in one sitting because they simply put it down. 

NFE: Give us a link to your website or blog so we can find out more about you! 

FAYTH:  Readers can find out more about me and my Vampire Queen Trilogy on my website, For those who'd like a bit more personal contact, I welcome followers on twitter, @faythdevlin, and on FB,


OUT OF TIME by Monique Martin

Time Travel?  Vampires?  What are you waiting for?

"A stunning achievement of narrative, storytelling, character, and chemistry.... Monique Martin has a master's touch with an adventure yarn... a great read that will sweep away men and women alike." --Steve Windwalker of Kindle Nation Daily

"'Out of Time' is a delightful, sexy romp back in time to the 1920s...This book won't let you put it down... carve out enough time to read it through to its exciting conclusion." --Debra L. Martin of Two Ends of the Pen

Professor Simon Cross has spent his life searching for evidence of vampires and avoiding emotional entanglements. When a mysterious accident transports Simon and his assistant, Elizabeth West, back in time, Simon finally finds both the proof that he's been looking for, and the romance that he hasn't.

Simon and Elizabeth's developing relationship is tested by demons real and imagined. In 1920s Manhattan, there are more than mobsters vying for power in the city's speakeasies. When the local kingpin with a dark secret sets his sights on Elizabeth, day to day struggles become a fight for their very lives.

NFE Note:  “Out of Time" is Book 1 of a series with 3 titles now available - The latest, “FRAGMENTS" is out NOW!


3 New YA Series and 3 Good Questions w/ Tamara Rose Blodgett

Get hooked on a new YA! 
 Tamara Rose Blodgett is a favorite here at New Fiction Engine.  With 3 ongoing series and counting, she has something Dark and Fantastic for everybody!


A sub-species of human beings...

Twenty-year old Julia Wade, a young woman tragically widowed, is in the middle of a bizarre bid between two mythical species who are vying for the unique properties she offers; her blood. The vampires need her to balance the food load of the human species and give them their coveted “Lightwalkers.” The Were wish to be moonless changers; a Rare One can make that a reality. 

Julia wants to belong to herself. 

Can she free herself and begin a new life?

The DEATH Series: Starts with Death Whispers

Teens are acquiring paranormal gifts through government sanctioned inoculation. When Caleb manifests the rare, Affinity for the Dead, he struggles to harness it both keep his AFTD secret from a government that would exploit his talent and not raise everything dead within a five mile radius. There are currently four books published in Death with a fifth expected to release in December. Death chronicles the coming-of-age of teens with extraordinary gifts in dire circumstances, espionage, intrigue, horror, paranormal, light romance and criminal mystery. Interspersed throughout Death is real-life teen dialogue and all the humor that goes with the age.

The SAVAGE Series: The Savage Series is about a group of 1890s Americans saved from the brink of extinction by the Guardians. In this three-book work, a princess of one of the spheres, Clara Williamson, suffers terribly in an abusive relationship with her mother, the Queen. Without any hope of a future that includes freedom, Clara decides to take her chances Outside, where savages roam. This is a dark fantasy, epic quest, flavors of steam punk and paranormal romance set in a post-apocalyptic setting. There is plenty of action when the warriors of The Band are discovered and Clara finds that her presumptions may have been unfounded.

3 Good Questions with Tamara Rose Blodgett

NFE: What book(s) kept you up all night reading?

TRB: Hands down, the tremendous dark fantasy series by Dannika Dark: Sterling & Twist.

NFE:  Would Blood Singers keep you up all night reading if you hadn’t written it?  Why?

I definitely think (of course! lol) all my series would make me lose winks! Firstly, they're the exact blend of genres I enjoy reading with a fast pace and lots of action. That's a sure-fire way to keep me engaged in a work of fiction.

NFE:  Give us a link to your website or blog so we can find out more about you!

TRB:  Here you go.  And thanks! 

Tamara’s Bio:

Tamara Rose Blodgett is a "thinking-out-of-the box" paranormal enthusiast who lives in Alaska and has worked as a journalist. She is a passionate reader and aside from her writing, considers it her #1 hobby.

In her spare time Tamara's a reluctant serial-re-modeler, project slave and big time, in-her-pants reader (surprise!). She does a great deal of daydreaming about impossible scenarios and events; writing books to capture them in stories for you~ Side note: Gnomes should be exterminated.


I, JUDAS the 5th Gospel - Plus 3 Good Questions with BOB MAYER


Techno-Thriller power house Bob Mayer returns with his most provocative dose of adrenaline to date!

Available Now!

What if Judas is still alive, hidden away in the jungles of the Amazon, waiting for the Second Coming?

As a massive object appears in space heading directly toward Earth, the Brotherhood heralds it as Wormwood, one of the signs of the Rapture and it’s just three days away. They have been preparing to implement the Great Commission as designated by Jesus—where everyone on the planet must hear the word of God before the end in order to be saved. They will use advanced technology to send that message directly into the minds of every human on the planet. The question is: will the message kill everyone who gets it or save them?
Believing him to be the anti-Christ, they also send a team of assassins up the Amazon to find the Great Betrayer and kill him before Armageddon.

Opposing the Brotherhood is the Triumvirate of the Illuminati. They believe they must stop the Great Commission and the assassination team. At the same time they rush to gather nuclear weapons and launch missiles into space to divert the Intruder, as they call the object, believing it to be a natural phenomenon over which technology will prevail.

Three survivors do finally make it to Judas, and he tells them a story, the true story of what happened over two millennia ago. And what is approaching.

As the object nears Earth, both sides become locked in a world-wide battle for the future of the human race, as Judas prepares in the jungle for the Second Coming, the fulfillment of his Fifth Gospel.

Which is not at all what anyone expects.
Praise for Bob Mayer’s science thrillers: “A crackling science thriller in the vein of Crichton that mixes action with science fiction.” Kirkus. 
“The best combination of science fiction and technothriller this year.” Publishers Weekly. 
“Spellbinding! Call it technothriller, call it science fiction, call it just terrific storytelling.” #1 NY Times Bestseller Terry Brooks

3 Good Questions with Author Bob Mayer
NFE:  What book(s) kept you up all night reading? 
BOB MAYER:  The Stand by Stephen King.  It was such a big story.  The same with Lonesome Dove.  An epic.  Read the opening chapter and you feel like you know this whole cast of characters intimately.  It's amazing how when they cast the mini-series it was dead on.
I do remember reading this weird little book from the library as a kid called The Hobbit.  I was so thrilled when I returned it and saw there were three more books by the same author, some guy named Tolkein.  To me, that's the key to a great book-- one where you keep checking to make sure there's more to it, because you don't want it to end. 
NFE: Would I, Judas keep you up all night reading if you hadn’t written it?  Why? 
BOB MAYER:  I'd want to know what the Fifth Gospel written by Judas contained.  I'd want to know which side prevails, if either, between those with faith and those who believe in the power of science to conquer all.  
NFE: How about some links to find you on the Web? 
BOB MAYER:  Absolutely.  Love to hear from you. 
NFE Note:  For those of you readers who are also writers, absolutely check out Bob's  excellent Write it Forward blog!  


Throttle by Joe Hill and Stephen King

Inspired by Richard Matheson's classic "Duel," "Throttle," by Joe Hill and Stephen King, is a duel of a different kind, pitting a faceless trucker against a tribe of motorcycle outlaws in the simmering Nevada desert. Their battle is fought out on twenty miles of the most lonely road in the country, a place where the only thing worse than not knowing what you're up against, is slowing down . . .
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