He’s reckless, impulsive, and barely eighteen, but Flynn Arcturus is the best damn pilot on the ocean floor. In his short lifetime, he’s dealt with angry sea dragons and seductive mermaids, but nothing could have prepared him for the death of his parents.
Flynn’s parents aren’t the first to die under mysterious circumstances. Many residents of Seahaven, the domed underwater city where he lives, are getting killed by seemingly random acts of misfortune. When he investigates, he discovers an ancient threat, imprisoned for centuries, that once again endangers Seahaven.
Equipped with superb piloting skills and an extraordinary ship built by his genius brother, Flynn may be the only one who can save Seahaven. But when he discovers what he’s up against, he realizes he’s out of his depth.
Forever and a Night
Nathan Davenport is being stalked by Isabella Ravini, the feral vampire who stole his
human life over a hundred and sixty years ago. She made him her fledging, a slave for
her dark, evil purposes—hunting humans. After a few years she released him, and
Nathan reluctantly learned to accept the cursed life she’d foisted upon him.
Over time he amassed a great fortune, which today has made him famous
worldwide. Isabella decides she wants to be a part of this world of fame and fortune
Nathan created for himself. She’s determined to marry him, and love has nothing to do
with it. His money is her primary target, and the fame and prestige attached to being
the wife of one of the richest men in the world wouldn’t be so bad either.
In an effort to evade her until he can figure out how to stop her, he hides at a safe
house he owns in New Orleans. One Saturday evening in NOLA, he decides to have
dinner in the city. He chooses a quiet little Italian bistro, never imagining this night
will change his life forever. The human woman who delivers his order isn’t a server,
but the restaurant’s sous chef, a beautiful ethnic woman possessing the most delicious
blood scent he’s ever encountered.
The moment Mia Peebles arrives at his table with his plate, tasting her becomes
an obsession. Mia wants nothing to do with him because of Nathan’s reputation as a
playboy. So Nathan enchants her, feeds from her, but his lusts for her blood and body
play havoc with his thinking.
Nathan finds a way to bring her into his life as his personal chef and quickly falls
in love with her. The trouble is Mia has no idea he’s a vampire because during the
enchanting episodes, Nathan blocked her memories of those sensual encounters.
How will Nathan tell her the truth without losing her and keep Isabella from
finding him? Or worst yet, will Isabella discover how much Mia has come to mean
The Colonel and the Bee is an exciting coming of age/adventure story in which a peculiar explorer and downtrodden acrobat travel the globe on a building-sized hot air balloon, racing against a menagerie of deadly treasure hunters to solve a riddle and locate the precious artifact it promises. Around the World in Eighty Days meets Wizard of Oz, or as one reviewer put it, “Lara Croft, steampunk style.”
Kimelene Carr is an author and poet born and living in Trinidad. Before becoming a published author, she was employed as a teacher for ten years as well as tutored both primary and secondary students privately and over the years, she has also done freelance media coverage. Kimelene always had a deep love and strong passion for writing. Sans Espoir is her debut novel. Also published by Kimelene Carr are three poetry collections. At present, she lives with her husband, their three daughters and a mini zoo of pets in her hometown, Arouca.
The Dark Proposal
Claire McCormick has graduated from college and is eager for her childhood dreams to come true. She thought it would happen when she began dating Daniel Bertrand, who was everything she wanted in a boyfriend. But just as her dreams are about to happen, Claire’s life is turned upside down when Daniel reveals to be a bloodthirsty vampire, with the intent on making her his eternal companion. Frightened, Claire desperately tries to rid herself of him, but Daniel is too evil to defeat. She has to come to terms with reality, as she faces a vampire world fighting to survive in modern times, with many of them unaware of how devious Daniel can be.
The Dark Proposal is the first book in a trilogy that follows what becomes of Claire and the vampires.
Astin Fell lives the life of a struggling barista until he inexplicably sprouts wings and horns. Now, he’s the last servant of an unknown power, conscripted into a war with the Taint–a horrific evil devouring the world one tiny piece at a time.
He’ll have help: Nemesis, the shotgun-toting Goddess of Vengeance; Claudia Fischer, a woman with three different souls bonded inside her; his nightmarish vampyre ex-girlfriend; and his telepathic housecat. But if Astin and his new allies can’t unravel the vast conspiracy lurking in the city’s shadows, there will be no one left to stop the Taint’s spread… and it will consume everyone and everything in its path.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Little is known of H.C. Cavall except that he is a fantasy writer and author of the “Astin Fell” series. Some say he is a dark occultist that weaves the very fabric of reality into his books. Others say he enjoys mythology, coffee, and spending time with his cats. The world may never know for sure.
CeDany is a former Document Specialist who became a full-time mother, then turned to full-time writing. Became Indie Writer/Author from the beginning, as her writings did not copy anyone’s styles. It’s never been done in this fashion, so, unique!
She lives in a wee village by the Clyde in beautiful leafy Scotland with her husband and four children (2 Humans and 2 Kittens – smile!). On 21 January 2017, her beloved son and youngest passed away, aged 26, after spending 3 months and 20 days in hospital. Gone too young, too soon, sadly missed Sonshine called Georges. An aggressive cancer that couldn’t be beaten…
When not writing, she can be found enjoying reading copiously and correcting/editing grammar and perfecting the Epub format, playing virtual farming games, Archery in the back garden, and wondering when she’ll get noticed according to her lucky stars.
Her signature lets you know her favourite subjects – Witches and Vampires as follows: BB, V-V!
CeDany is her pen name as she is a very private person. She would love to hear from readers. Drop her a note on her contact page.
Angel M.B. Chadwick
Angel M.B. Chadwick is currently writing the sequel to the “Weeping Well” series, titled “Weeping Well: Shards to the Grave.” She’s also writing a twelve book cozy mysteries series, numerous plays, novels, short stories, among her other literary works, business ideas and inventions all while raising her ten year old son. She’s a multi-genre author who likes mixing genres in her works. She is also an inventor of business ideas. She has traveled all over the world starting in her teens and hopes to do it again soon. She currently lives in Mississippi, in a quaint little house on the corner, in a quiet neighborhood in the city, where she is constantly and relentlessly plagued by inspiration.
Rita Lee Chapman
Missing at Sea
Book 2 in the Anna Davies Mystery Series
Three years on from Egypt, Anna Davies embarks on her first cruise with best friend Sandra. A few days into the holiday they are woken by three blasts from the ship’s foghorn, indicating that someone has fallen overboard. A woman is lost at sea; the ship turns around to search for her, but she has disappeared into the night.
Was it suicide? Did she lose her balance and fall – or was there foul play involved? Did her husband push her? Would anyone be able to prove whether this was murder or an unfortunate accident?
What a perfect place to stage a murder!
Large Print: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1544735111/
Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (餃子) is a story is about a little boy named Brandon who gets a surprise visit from his grandma from China, Pó Po (婆婆). While Brandon and Pó Po are making jiǎo zi (餃子), Brandon makes a mess and he and Pó Po have a good laugh! They chat and bond over the experience. Then Brandon eats and eats and eats and makes a surprise at the end that delights the whole family! This story includes some conversational Mandarin Chinese (including Pinyin – pronunciation). When my son (the real Brandon) was very little, I couldn’t find children’s storybooks to read to him which touched upon Chinese culture and which included some Chinese (Mandarin) words to teach and/or reinforce his Chinese vocabulary, so I started writing my own.
Crying, the Nightingale:
Love and the dark side of L.A collide in this noir inspired romance.
It’s 1950 and Warren Harlan’s father has died. Returning to his hometown in order to attend the funeral and comfort his grieving mother Warren is plagued by the recurring dream of a faceless woman. Lonely and seeking distraction from his loss Warren enters the Gilded Rose, a popular Los Angeles Nightclub hoping to find the phantom girl who inhabits his every thought. Just when it seems she will remain nothing but an illusion Warren lay’s eyes on the club’s star singer, a glamorous blonde called Moira Lily. And learns there is more to her than her stunning looks or angelic voice because Moira is a songbird trapped in a cage and only Warren… can set her free.
Shakira had never felt at home growing up in Surrey, but as soon as she entered the quaint Welsh village she knew she belonged. Maybe it was because of the welcoming villagers. Or perhaps it was the presence of the others whom she sensed nearby; the ones she saw in her dreams, with their strange glowing eyes.
Fate is not always kind. It gives with one hand and takes with the other. There is a reason she didn’t grow up with her own kind.
A rich tale of witchcraft, fae, sorcery, elinefae and dragons; this is a story for all who dare to believe.
YouTube of me reading a bit from this book (marvel at my native British accent!?): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHZmwg7pgUc
Ghosts, vampires, demons, serial killers, and other deadly denizens of the dark haunt this collection of chilling short stories by horror master Harvey Click.
•An unhappy and unloved boy summons a substitute mother—with sharp teeth.
•Two teenage boys learn it’s better to leave a spooky abandoned house alone.
•Can ghosts kill? Denise is about to find out the hard way.
•When her creative writing teacher offers to teach Kathy how to write a horror story, she finds herself trapped inside one.
•A man discovers he may be a killer, though he can’t remember the murders.
•A man with a terrible past, a wizard from the dark side of the moon, and a pitchfork perform a dark drama of murder and madness.
•A time traveler attempts to bring his dead fiancée back to life.
•Many people wish to be ageless, but what happens when an immortal woman begins to lose her mind?
•An artist literally draws a dead woman out of her grave.
•An elderly woman seeks to recover her forgotten past, but some things are better left forgotten.
•A petty swindler tries to buy good luck but ends up with the sort of luck nobody would want.
Two Pairs of Shorts. From a contentious church board meeting to a neighborhood watch gone wrong, from a young man mailing Christmas cards on a cold December night to a middle-aged woman’s contemplation of her life as she performs a summer chore, “two pairs of shorts” provides glimpses into the everyday lives of four protagonists. Divided between “Light” and “Dark,” this quartet of short stories moves in gradations from comic to tragic.
WC Clinton has been making things up on paper since he was a boy of seven. Born the first of three children, he has managed to maintain that position despite fierce competition from his siblings. Besides writing, Clinton spent several years in the theater, until the janitor discovered his hiding place and threw him out. He has been the companion of many dogs, is the father of two sons and is the husband of one woman.
Stjepan Varesevac Cobets
I was born 12.09.1965 in Split, Croatia. I’ve written poetry for fifteen years and later started writing science fiction. On Amazon I have published the poetry collections “The Child of Happiness” in 2015, science fiction novel “Godeena” in 2015, the science fiction short story “Butterfly” in 2016, the poetry collection “When the moon takes over the dream: Love Poetry” in 2016, the poetry collection “The flaming horses: Collection of poetry” 2017 and Sci-Fi novel “The Dream of the Forest” 2018.
Be careful as you approach the garden of spinal thorns: some of the flowers and bones are too fragile and too helpless, others are spiky and unbent. They can sting or heal you. The same applies to words. Some of them will soothe you, make you feel loose, and some may hurt you, like an unavoidable truth you never wanted to hear. But in the end, you will know that it was all needed, so you could grow into the beautifully-ornamented skeleton you support, flourished and blossomed. With spikes and all. This is an autopsy of the heart and soul of the young.
I am a science fiction, urban fantasy, and horror author who likes to write action packed stories. My favorite authors are Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, and Isaac Asimov. My two primary horror series are: World of Shadows and World on Fire. The World on Fire series is out and available now, and the World of Shadows series comes out starting October 24th, 2017 through early 2018.
C. Craig Coleman
C. Craig Coleman grew up in the small Eastern North Carolina town of Kinston in the golden age of youth. Back then, kids dashed out the door on Saturday morning, took to bicycles, and explored the world around them unrestrained, only returning home for dinner in the late afternoon. He scampered over fields and swampy low grounds, investigating and collecting anything that moved and half the flora he came across. That gave him the knowledge of the natural world that backgrounds histories. He attended college at the University of North Carolina atChapel Hill and graduated with a BA degree in Ancient and European history. He served his country in the Vietnam War, repairing the display computers on the Air Force’s F111D aircraft, though not in the Vietnam theater. Then he audited agriculture courses at North Carolina StateUniversity for a year before returning to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating with a Masters of BusinessAdministration. A long career in the textile industry ended with a company buyout in the imploding industry. Finding himself looking’outside the box’ for future options, a seed suggestion to write down some stories, planted by a professor of literature in his youth, germinated. He decided to write a fantasy story, with no inkling it would lead on to the greatest adventure of his life. With the success of his six-book Neuyokkasinian Arc of Empire epic fantasy series, Coleman decided to expand his writing repertoire and begins here with TheRattling Crate.
Christopher K. Coleman
Author of six books; some deal with true accounts of the Paranormal, some with the Civil War and some about both. My latest, Ambrose Bierce and the Period of Honorable Strife, chronicles the pivotal period of one of America’s greatest satirists and short story writers. I have eclectic tastes in fiction and non-fiction ranging from History & Folklore to Fantasy, Sci-Fi.
Jesse Minkin is a study-mad Harvard hopeful. Anything that could possibly distract him from this goal is just petty teenage drama to him, including romance. His two best friends since childhood—the popular jock and the intimidating bad boy—have created the perfect shield for him, behind which he can safely practice his nerdy ways without harassment from bullies. However, when he meets the openly gay target of a violent hate crime, Jesse begins to see beyond his textbooks; perhaps there’s educational merit in petty teenage drama after all, and not all learning leads to Harvard.
Patsy Collins will write anywhere she can reach in her campervan. She’s the author of five novels; four contemporary romances and one coming of age story with a difference. Hundreds of her short stories have been published in magazines in the UK, Australia, Sweden, Ireland and South Africa. She’s also co-author of From Story Idea to Reader – an accessible guide to writing fiction.
Patsy blogs about free entry writing competitions – http://patsy-collins.blogspot.co.uk and runs the womagwriter blog http://womagwriter.blogspot.co.uk which is handy for magazine guidelines.
I have a small collection of short stories which is (nearly) always free, as a kind of taster. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Not-Drop-Drink-Patsy-Collins-ebook/dp/B009RX5MGS/ref=la_B004O08LRQ_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1503916533&sr=1-4
Justin Coogle is a medical student by day but author by night. Saving lives and curing boredom were two callings he could never ignore. A dedicated Christian and passionate storyteller, he hopes to instill wonder and excitement in all his readers by wringing out the deep love of stories everyone has deep inside them.
My novel, Kingdom Come, also has a complementary short story collection available for free on my website if you type in your email. The story is complete without them, but they add some extra spice if you find the world engaging.
The simple alternative approach for how to hit home runs consistently from the perspective of a former prolific home run hitter. Gain valuable insight into the intricacies of effectively going deep on the regular. Consider the psychology and the inner workings of a home run hitter’s mind, spirit and lifestyle. Take into account the vibration and consciousness of a high level home run hitting athlete over the frequently more accepted traditional lifestyles with the effect of achieving beautiful higher conditions of awareness.
One evening a rift in the cosmos upsets the flow of spacetime, and a beautiful young scientist is changed into a Siamese cat. A kindly old man rescues her from an alley, takes her to his apartment above the book shop he owns, and introduces her to the mutt who lives with him. Max is upset to have an interloper share his living space and affection with Mr. Cavaliere. The cat soon realizes that she doesn’t belong in this feline body and will need dog’s help to solve the problem. Max decides that the cat is the problem and the sooner he gets rid of her, the better. Using ancient books and powerful magic, Sophie and Max travel across space and time into another dimension where they are transformed into humans. Through their magical adventures and mishaps, they meet a helpful wizard and learn the true meaning of friendship.
Everyday Is Like Sunday: A Memoir
After graduating high school in the early 1990s, Lonna finds herself trapped at her parents’ home in a tiny, muskrat-ridden, New Jersey town, enduring community college, cutting her split ends, and hoping for near death. All the while, an ominous black cloud and an obsessive best friend stalk her. Unlike her ex-boyfriend, she opts against a restraining order (although every second, she questions this decision).
Having recently sworn off all men, Andy enters Lonna’s chemistry class and lures her in with rubber gloves, lyrics from The Smiths, and the particles of life that radiate from his being. What happens next makes it hard for her to believe that her existence is not cursed. Destiny, coincidence, or a lesson in statistics—life has a sick sense of humor.
‘To Kill A Mocking Dog’ is the first novel in a series of mysteries aimed at adults/young adults with a daft and slightly dark sense of humour. Marty Hollis, recently deceased, is faced with the chance to live again – only now he must travel back in time and save lives.
As if the saving lives thing wasn’t bad enough, he is given a partner; a talking dog from Glasgow, Scotland, named Weedgie.
And they don’t exactly get along…
I am a retired teacher/administrator who is now able to pursue her dream of writing a work of fiction worthy of being read for enjoyment. I have currently completed my first novel, DEATH BY STUPIDITY, available at Smashwords.com and Amazon.com in both eBook and paperback. In short it’s about three guys, three deaths, and the cop that is in pursuit. I am so excited and proud to have actually accomplished this feat. My hope is that it will sell and the people who bought it will feel they entertained. I am now writing a second book called TEACHER ONCE REMOVED that I hope will be complete by the end of March. It is succinctly about a first year teacher a student has targeted to abuse.
When Kristi isn’t riding her Harley or working her day job, you can find her in front of her computer, hammering out exciting stories with a bit of romance and a lot of action and suspense. Although she has honed her writing craft for 30+ years, she only published her first book in 2012. Her strange and varied work history – from hotel housekeeper, car wash attendant, insurance underwriter, electronics assembly line worker, data entry tech, blueberry nursery shipping coordinator, local delivery driver, and truck driver/owner of her own trucking company – gives her a broad base from which to build characters and storylines. Now a billing specialist for The Arc of Lane County, she supports those who care for people with disabilities while she pursues her writing career in earnest. She got married for the first time at 38, wisely skipped being a mommy and went straight to Grandma.
Hetty Crane & P.J. Merchant
P.J. and I have self published two books in our fantasy series, Tales from Taihandria. Information about us and our books is available on our website. We are finding it difficult to connect with readers and your Diabolic Shrimp community seems like a great idea. We are willing to do reviews of books by independent authors featured in your community. We look forward to participating! cheers! Hetty Crane
R.D. Crist is a psychotherapist who generates creativity via long walks and majestic views of nature. True inspiration to write, however, derives from personal hardships that have sparked a desire to help others manage life’s various struggles. Although R.D. Crist has only released one book, three have been written and several more begun, which span a variety of genres. The focus of these stories are intended to center on Crist’s favorite dynamics of a story – personal conflict, relationship development, inner growth, and social revelation. Each story is created with a greater purpose to stimulate a person to reflect on common challenges, be they personal, interactive, or in principle. Childhood influences include Ray Bradbury stories and character conflict movies like Twelve Angry Men. Socializing, listening to people’s stories, spending time with family, and relentlessly exercising (as if those last ten pounds cared) are some of Crist’s favorite ways to pass the day.
I have been writing books for five years. First release A Smile in a Beautiful Sky. Recent release You Always Have Me.
Eugene W. Cundiff
Born into the foggy foothills of the Appalachian mountains, Eugene W. Cundiff was immersed in a culture of storytelling from an early age. He draws inspiration from the folklore of the Appalachian region, world mythology, and the pulp science-fiction and fantasy works of his youth. His debut novel, “Songs of Earth: A Teller’s Tale” is a space-western yarn drawing from the cultural history and struggles of his native Appalachia, both past and present.
Malik Soules has never seen such an amazing sight. There lay the city of Imperia: gutted, destroyed, cracked with broken windows, every skyscraper went slanted within this deep underground cavern. What happened to this place so long ago? He accidentally stumbles upon a machine called REQUIEM. By mistake, it sends him into a strange new world: where futuristic technology rules and sheer terror fills the hearts of ordinary citizens. He can’t seem to escape this nightmarish dream! (Revised Second Edition 03/31/2018: includes Part I and Part II) ***Side note: Original First Edition included only Part I prior to 03/31/2018***