William A. Hutchison
Steven Paul Leiva
T. E. Grau
Sarah M. Chen
Katharine Blossom Lowrie
They may write about other worlds and far off places, but our Local Author Meet and Greet features authors from right here in Southern California. Join us for this casual mixer, and you’ll have the chance to discover dozens of authors who live in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. And who knows, maybe you will find that one of your own neighbors is among the dozens of participating authors.
Stricken with amnesia after a six-year coma, Jake Bronson is haunted by fleeting ghosts of his former life. When his hidden past finally rushes back, it's accompanied by assassins, psychopathic world leaders, and an ancient order determined to unlock his dormant talents and use them to trigger the extinction of humankind. Jake reclaims his life, but the reunion is bittersweet, placing long-lost friends and loved ones in harm's way ? as those hunting Jake will stop at nothing to force his participation in their atrocious scheme. As a madman's vision for the future nears its apocalyptic fruition, Jake and his allies must find a way to overcome impossible odds and unstoppable foes ? or watch as the world burns into oblivion.
In a world shrouded by soot and smoke, young Makarria has literally been forbidden to dream…
Legend has foretold the demise of Emperor Thedric Guderian at the hands of a sorceress with royal blood, and the Emperor has made it his legacy to stamp out all magic from the Sargothian Empire in favor of primitive coal fired smelters and steam powered machines. When Guderian’s minions discover a Dreamwielder on a seaside farmstead, a chain of events forces Guderian’s new threat—the young Makarria—to flee from her home and embark upon an epic journey where her path intertwines with that of Princess Taera, her headstrong brother, Prince Caile, and the northman Siegbjorn, who captains a night-flying airship.
Dogging their every step is the part-wolf, part-raven sorcerer, Wulfram, and Emperor Guderian, himself, a man who has the ability to stint magic and a vision to create a world where the laws of nature are beholden to men and machines. Only by learning to control the power she wields can Makarria save her newfound companions and stop the Emperor from irreversibly exterminating both the magic in humans and their bond with nature."
Three generations in an all-female Taiwanese family living near Los Angeles in 1980 are each guarding personal secrets. Grandmother Silk finds out that she has breast cancer, as daughter Lisa loses her job, while pre-teen granddaughter Abbey struggles with a school bully. When Silk's mysterious past comes out-revealing a shocking historical event that left her widowed-the truth forces the family to reconnect emotionally and battle their problems together. A novel of cultural identity and long-standing secrets, The 228 Legacy weaves together multigenerational viewpoints, showing how heritage and history can influence individual behavior and family bonds.
From Anne Cleeland comes the first in a captivating new mystery series, following the perilous exploits of two Scotland Yard detectives as they track down London's most elusive killer. . .
First-year detective Kathleen Doyle and Chief Inspector Michael Sinclair, Lord Acton, are a most unlikely pair. An Irish redhead of humble beginnings and modest means, Doyle is the antithesis of Acton, the British lord who has established himself as a brilliant but enigmatic figure with a knack for solving London's most high profile homicides. But Acton senses something exceptional beneath Doyle's awkward naivet and taps her to help him with his investigations. And her spot-on intuition is just what he needs to solve a chilling string of murders. . .
Alex and Stella make an eternal blood oath. The power of it opens portals to other dimensions that sweep them up and threaten their very love and existences. Take your mind on a tale of psychedelic science-fiction that will send you all over the universe and across space-time -- all from the comfort of your own chair/sofa/whatever it is you sit on.
Brett Tanager is the writer/producer of a hit TV detective show until the mistakes and bad decisions of one dreadful drug-addled night send her life skidding out of control into a downward spiral that takes her job, family, savings and self-respect.
At her lowest ebb she is approached by Julia, her sixteen-year-old former stepdaughter whose best friend Caleigh has disappeared. Seems Julia's classmates, young daughters of Hollywood's elite, were "partying" with high rollers for a thousand bucks a night, and now Caleigh is missing, her parents are lying, and Julia is terrified. But not as terrified as Brett when Caleigh's naked corpse turns up and Julia goes missing.
Brett's attempt to find Julia plunges her into a dark, disturbing journey through moneyed Hollywood and its seamy undersides. Now she must find resources other than drink to overcome her fears, as she is pitted against cunning of a ruthless killer, and a web of deceit in which the darkest secrets may be her own.
"Coldwater" is "femme noir," a fast-paced Hollywood crime novel with a spiritual undertow, a story of destruction and redemption nestled within a first-rate murder mystery.
Post Civil War. Families move west to begin rich new lives, only some never make it. There is a creature that lurks in the vast open deserts of the west. It can only survive on blood and, although it prefers to prey on the weak and young, it will slaughter anyone or anything, once provoked. It is unnatural, deceptive, and difficult to kill. Word about the existence of this elusive beast has not spread since anyone who has crossed paths with it did not live long enough to tell of their account. Night of the Chupacabra is one man's journey to reunite with his missing family, while the lethal creature that separated them, the mysterious and ravenous chupacabra, is never far behind. Night of the Chupacabra is not only a gruesome regale of carnage, but a unique combination of science fiction bloodshed with a more poignant tale of lost love set against a Western backdrop. Night of the Chupacabra is an unflinching look at the impossible choices made for family, while knowing the consequences will ultimately lead to a fate worse than death.
It's the year 2037 and the world has been thrust into Global Cooling which results in less plant growth, less algae growth and oxygen levels are depleting. Scientists predict that by 2080 habitability of earth is questionable. The UN backs funding for 2 projects: Xavier and Helios. Xavier will be sent to Mars to seismically map out a 25 mile diameter circle near the Martian Polar Ice Caps. It will return soil samples and the seismic mapping data to earth. Project Helios will use Xavier's data to build a "contact lens" type enclosure on Mars as the first earth Outpost, Terra 2. The soil samples contain something which will alter mankind's history. This alternate dystopian history has interesting plots, characters and moves quickly. Patterned after James Patterson's short chapters and Stephen King's story telling, the reader will be taken on a ride with twists and turns.
Meet the Fixxer-with wit and aplomb he works the fruitful fields of Hollywood fixing the sins and correcting the stupidities of the denizens therein. In Blood is Pretty he comes to the rescue of "the most beautiful woman I have ever seen" to extricate her from the grip of the soul-sucking sexual desires of a producer born in slime, and takes on the task of buying off with money and muscle a film geek who won't cooperate with a director of minuscule talent who simply wants to claim "V"-the geek's "Holy Grail" of a film treatment-as his own. When the film geek is discovered dismembered, the Fixxer is compelled to know why and finds worlds of evil, both real and virtual, centering around a computer program called Veritas, which has the potential of making its owner the richest and most powerful human on Earth. With the aid of Roee, his friend, companion and cook who can kill quickly and silently in several different ways; the Captain, officially with the Los Angeles Police Department, unofficially with the Fixxer; Petey, extraordinarily brilliant and comically strange; and "the most beautiful woman I have ever seen," the Fixxer goes forth to do battle.
A forest fire burning in the mountains surrounding a remote California village interrupts the Oktoberfest celebration, followed by the discovery of the mayor who has been beheaded. Sheriff's Detective Dex Stafford concludes everybody hated the mayor for different and very good reasons, but nobody will talk. His nerves fraying, Stafford finds himself involved with his partner's hysterical daughter, at a time when he fears his partner is on the take. His mother moves in with him, bringing a Jack Russell who hates him, and stories about his father he doesn't want to hear. Patrol Officer Holly Seabright of the village's security force becomes a prickly ally in uncovering the hints and whispers of something much worse than the murder of the mayor. Stafford pools resources with the attractive and smart patrol officer on a twisted trail of discovery as winter and the big snows shut down the town. A killer beyond his imagining haunts the town. Sometime soon, unless he can stop it, there will be another death, and then still another.
"If I stay, he will kill me. If I leave, he'll destroy Addie and Drew."
Jillian Kane appears to have it all - a successful career, a gorgeous home, a loving husband, and two wonderful children. The reality behind closed doors is something else entirely. For nine years, she has hid the bruises and the truth of her abusive marriage in order to protect Addie and Drew, knowing, if she left, Gordon would destroy her-destroy them.
When, in an act of desperation, she flees, her worst nightmare is realized, and she finds herself on the run with her two young children, no money, and no plan. With Gordon in hot pursuit, there is only one inescapable certainty: No matter where she goes, he will find her. Kill her. And take her children.
A riveting page-turner, HUSH LITTLE BABY exposes the shame and terror of domestic violence as well as the disturbing role manipulation and sabotage can play in the high-stakes game of child custody. Suspenseful and unforgettably moving, it's a novel about the unbreakable bonds of family and the astounding, terrifying devotion of a mother's love.
Fifth grade pals David and Sharon find solace in each other's company, as their worlds are turned inside-out by a mother's illness and a father's alcoholic rages. Together they escape the harsh realities of their family lives by sailing away to made-up adventures on their imaginary boat, the Silver Dream.
Interacting with the paranormal used to involve mediums, seances, the
Ouija board, tarot cards, and other familiar metaphysical devices.
Today, we live in a world saturated with technology, yet simultaneously
fixated on the paranormal. Ghost hunting is the new fad that seems to be
ever-expanding, and so we now see the explosion of technological
interaction with the dead.
Alas, times change, but the desire to make contact with the beyond, to
span the gulf between our loved ones on the other side and us, has not.
This book is a meditation of sorts on our myriad ways of contacting the
dead, meeting them on their own terms as well as on ours. It is inspired
by many individuals, both those on this side of the veil and those on
the other. It is about a special kind of love that we have for those who
are no longer with us in our plane of existence…unless you believe, of
course, that they are with us still in non-corporeal form.
Crescendo is an mystery story with lots of action and humor. It begins as an innocent mystery then slowly advances or 'cresendo's' into an adventure story.
Cont. T.E. Grau
1888: A killer stalks the streets of London's Whitechapel district, brutally--some would say ritualistically--murdering women. With each slaying, the killer grows bolder, his crimes more extreme. So far, there have been five victims (that we know of): Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly. The story of Jack the Ripper captured lurid headlines and the public's imagination, and the first fictionalization of the Ripper killings, John Francis Brewer's The Curse Upon Mitre Square appeared in October of 1888, mere weeks after the discovery of Jack's first victim. Since then, hundreds of stories have been written about Bloody Jack, his victims, and his legacy. Authors ranging from Marie Belloc Lowndes to Robert Bloch; from Harlan Ellison to Maureen Johnson; from Roger Zelazny to Alan Moore have added their own tales to the Ripper myth. Now, as we arrive at the quasquicentennial of the murders, we bring you a few tales more. From the editor who brought you The Book of Cthulhu comes Tales of Jack the Ripper, featuring new fiction by many of today's darkest dreamers, including Laird Barron, Walter Greatshell, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Ed Kurtz, Joseph S. Pulver Sr., Stanley C. Sargent, E. Catherine Tobler, and many more.
They're the children of the Norse gods, with incredible strength,
magical weapons and monsters for pets. They've got problems with school,
bullies, family issues and attacks by giants. And when Asgard, the home
of the gods, is threatened with utter destruction, it's up to the
children of Thor, Sif, Loki, Freya, Balder...along with some very
extraordinary friends...to save it. THE AESIR KIDS tells the story of...
THRUD, the teenage daughter of Thor, who has to balance fighting trolls
and giants with her after-school job waiting tables at Valhalla...
FIRE, young master of flame, the son of the three mysterious Norns and
perhaps the key to saving the Nine Worlds... MAGNI AND MODI, Thrud's
younger brothers, whose strength is matched only by their knack for
getting into trouble... ULL, the greatest skier of the gods...except
for, maybe, SKADE, the four-year-old goddess of skiing... TJALFI, the
human boy who can run like the wind... ROSKVA, Tjalfi's sister, who can
hear something happening many miles away... FORSETI, the level-headed
son of Balder, who's as good with a bow as he is with a written test...
NOSS, the beloved daughter of the Goddess of Love... HELA, the sensitive
little girl who hates her destiny of growing up to be the Goddess of
Death... Along with other gods, godlings, light-elves, trolls, dwarfs
and creatures, these young heroes must find a way to save the
universe...and find the core of courage within themselves.
A darkly comic
erotic take on Peter Pan, the story
revolves around a pitifully blocked, unhappily married writer, Zack
Bartholomew, who is plucked out of Glendale and whisked to Netherland by the
beauteous Penelope Pan and a mischievous gay fairy named Ralph. The situation
becomes dire when Captain Simon Hook, a murderous pirate, kidnaps Zack and
forces him to take part in the Blood Sun Extravaganza, the Olympics of Erotica.
When Penelope attempts to rescue Zack, she is taken hostage as well, leaving her
tiny fairy friend to engineer the pair’s escape.
Recently discharged unofficial Army Ranger Amber Reyes, now residing in
Los Angeles, meets ex-FBI agent Jack Fields. They merge their
formidable skill sets to form 3-D Security. A London broker hires them
to do a simple security review of a firm that stores gold for the
wealthy. Now all they have to do to grow their new plum client is live
long enough to thwart an elaborate theft/fraud scheme.
Elm Books is proud to present our second mystery collection. All these stories feature an investigator and a death of some kind. But the fertile imaginations of our authors will take you on a wild ride from San Francisco to Massachusetts and back. We have a dead pig, dead lovers (straight and gay), a dead shoe salesman, suicide, lots of arson, fortuitous accidents, setups, and even a touch of romance. Our diverse detectives include a few PIs, some cops, some ex-cops, an insurance adjuster, ATF, a security guard, and a pair of Shadow Wolves-formidable Native American trackers who work with Homeland Security. We bring you double-crosses, revenge, things to prove, people just asking for it, and a couple of chances at redemption. All in crisp exciting prose. We do hope you enjoy! "Great book!" Jean Utley, Book 'Em Mysteries