HIS BLOOD LIKE TEARS
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HIS BLOOD LIKE TEARS
Author: Gwen Hunter

This unique novel spins a tale centered on Mary, the Magdalene—a story of life, death, violence, and forgiveness.


When Mary of Magdala is healed, she remembers nothing about her years possessed by seven demons. What she recalls is the death of her family—supposedly at the hands of Romans. Homeless, a widow, she joins the traveling disciples of Jesus of Nazareth and develops friendships with all of the followers, but especially with Thaddeus and Simon the Zealot.

Thaddeus was looking for a teacher with knowledge greater than his own, a man with wisdom and purpose, but he never expects his life or lifestyle to change. When he finds Jesus, the new Rebbe is a man like none other, with a mission and a ministry that open vistas, relationships and a future Thaddeus had never imagined.

Simon the Zealot is a man of violence, vengeance, and hatred. When he meets Jesus, he is transformed, finds a new purpose, and becomes a new man. When he meets Magdalene, he finds friendship and a final healing.

But the disciples and Magdalene are all too human. Though they travel and learn from the great Teacher, they are not completely free of the shadows in their pasts, until they face the greatest betrayal and horror of all—the death of their friend on the cross.


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Retail: $14.95US; 276pp
ISBN 978-1-62268-041-2 print
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LCCN 2013952046

 

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ST. JOHN'S FOLLY A Bay Tanner Mystery
(12th in the series)

Author: Kathryn R. Wall

Reliving the past can be a blessing-and a curse.

In this twelfth installment of the award-winning series set in the South Carolina Lowcountry, Bay Tanner finds herself at the center of her own mystery when she becomes the object of a stalker. The strange, almost childish messages appear at random and quickly escalate from mildly annoying to frightening. While her apparent admirer ramps up the pressure, the inquiry agency accepts a new client. Hub Danforth wants his aging uncle, owner of a dilapidated bungalow on a beachfront property worth millions, placed under surveillance. Malcolm St. John has been acting strangely, and Hub hopes Bay and her associates can help him prove the old man incompetent, paving the way for Danforth to assume control of his assets. Although he claims he has the old man's interests at heart, Bay begins to have her doubts, especially when she discovers a large real estate conglomerate, headed by Danforth's ex-wife, also has designs on the valuable property.

Then Malcolm St. John is attacked and one of the principal players is found dead in a hotel room. Are the two incidents related? As Bay tries to probe the erratic memory of the old man, she becomes increasingly aware that he is living in a world long past, one in which life was far simpler, but which keeps him from a full realization of his own vulnerability. Can Bay keep him safe? And who exactly does he need to fear?

As her life seems to slide inexorably toward disaster, Bay Tanner must find the courage to face all her demons—both personal and professional—and to realize that reliving the past can be both a blessing-and a curse.


"Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky, and Marcia Muller come to mind as the quintessential writers of the modern female private eye novel. Wall, in a quiet and unassuming way, has produced a body of work of equal quality. Highly recommended." —Library Journal


 

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ISBN 978-1-62268-028-3 print
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LCCN 2013942415

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THE HOUSE THAT WENT DOWN WITH THE SHIP
A Delmarva Renovators Mystery
Author: David Healey
Trade Paperback Original

"A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life: he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


Bats in the attic and a body in the wall ...

Delmarva Renovators has come to Chesapeake City on Maryland's Eastern Shore to return the faded Captain Cosden house to its former glory for the latest installment of its online home improvement show.

At first, the colorful houses and unique history of the old waterfront town on the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal seem like the perfect setting. But in addition to leaky pipes, bats and crumbling plaster, the cast and crew soon encounter more than what's on their punch list when a mummified body tumbles out of a wall. The discovery unleashes a new series of killings as someone sets out to settle old grudges.

With the renovation project at a halt and the future of Delmarva Renovators in jeopardy, it's up to the show's producer and renovator extraordinaire Tom Martell to solve the long-ago murder and stop whoever is killing to avenge old wrongs.

"This book jazzes up old house lore with a fresh coat of small-town history and mystery."
—Award-winning author TAMAR MYERS

"David Healey peoples his novel with fully fleshed characters—putting them in a setting on Maryland's Eastern Shore you just know has to be real—with an easy writing style and sly touches of wry humor."
—JOE TERRELL, author of Not Our Kind Of Killing, a Harrison Weaver mystery


ISBN 978-1-62268-017-7 print
ISBN 978-1-62268-018-4 e-book
LCCN 2012954785
6"x 9" Trade Paperback
372pp; Retail $17.95US

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NEWS!
The Spectrum Conspiracy wins second place in MARSocial’s book trailer competition.

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THE SPECTRUM CONSPIRACY
Author: Craig Faris
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"Wow, what a book! It's a wild, white-knuckle ride, pedal to the metal right from page one, never letting up. A very impressive novel in ambition and scope, with intricate plotting, relentless pacing, action-filled, with technical and procedural details that bring authenticity to the story. Bravo for writing this outstanding thriller!"
—Ted Tally, Academy Award Winning screenwriter of
The Silence of the Lambs


The Spectrum Conspiracy is a complex political thriller that has the ticking clock intrigue of Angels and Demons and the fast-paced thrills of A Clear and Present Danger.

Devrin Crosby, is a suspended, but brilliant FBI agent, and a former alcoholic. He has a partner he can't stand, who is dating the only woman he's interested in, and a boss who is giving him one more chance. Crosby starts looking into irregularities in the "official" investigation of the President's assassination. Everyone is convinced that the culprit is dead, but Crosby begins to uncover clues of a far more sinister plot.

A powerful government entity is using a covert operation called, Project Spectrum, to build a highly unstable thermonuclear weapon to sell on the black market as a Trojan Horse. Unaware of the weapon's instability, their terrorist clients would store it at their most secure facility; possibility the same location where other weapons of mass destruction are kept. But the scheme backfires when the weapon is stolen and hidden in Washington, DC.

Crosby and his partners are thrown into a race to save our nation's capitol from not only the thieves, but also government thugs, who are bent on protecting their ultimate anti-terrorist weapon, and the fact that they assassinated the President to keep him from exposing their ultimate anti-terrorist scheme.

The clock is ticking, no one is listening, and in order to save thousands of lives, Crosby will have to lose his best friend.


HOW TO WRITE MAGICAL WORDS: A Writer's Companion


Editor:
Edmund R. Schubert
Contributors:
David B. Coe, A.J. Hartley, Faith Hunter, Stuart Jaffe, Misty Massey, C.E. Murphy

"This is the best idea for a writing book that I've ever seen. It's like sitting in a room full of professional writers, and after each one delivers a riff on one aspect of writing, the others weigh in to buttress, amplify, refine, or add to what was said. It's an extended conversation with writers who know what they're talking about—and what matters in writing fiction that really communicates with readers."
—Orson Scott Card

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The book that has the Ozarks buzzing!

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ISBN 978-1-933523-95-8
LCCN 2010935827

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LARRY PHILLIPS: NASCAR's Only Five-Time Winston Racing Series Champion —Master Of The Short Track
Authors: Kendall Bell and David Zeszutek

NASCAR fans take pride in knowing all about its drivers both past and present. However, unless Larry Phillips is a part of that history, it's not complete.
    Throughout the Midwest, Larry was known as the "master of the short track." He seemed unbeatable and won an unprecedented five NASCAR Winston Racing Series Titles!

"He taught me how important it was to know your car.
He taught me a lot about racing."
Rusty Wallace, NASCAR driver

"I was only six or seven years old ... I thought Larry was a god.
He was so good they'd put a bounty on him."
—Kenny Wallace, NASCAR driver and Speed TV commentator

"Larry Phillips is the only driver I'd pay to watch race."
—Mark Martin, NASCAR driver


Don't Sabotage Your Submission
Chris Roerden
312 pp TP, annotated, indexed
ISBN 978-933523-31-6
$17.95

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Workshops for Writers

Winner of the Florida Writers Association's Royal Palm Literary Award.

"Chock full of practical advice for the novice writer.
Even seasoned writers could use a copy as a refresher course."

Charlaine Harris, New York Times best-selling author of 29 books in multiple genres; Sookie Stackhouse series is HBO hit True Blood

"Best book of its kind by far. Required for my college level students. Recommended for all aspiring writers."
Reed Farrel Coleman, two-time Edgar nominee;
Shamus, Barry, and Anthony winner

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DON'T SABOTAGE YOUR SUBMISSION
by Chris Roerden
wins Benjamin Franklin Award


Bella Rosa Books (Rock Hill, SC) won the 2009 Benjamin Franklin Award in the category of Literary Criticism for its trade paperback DON'T SABOTAGE YOUR SUBMISSION: Insider Information from a Career Editor to Save Your Manuscript from Turning Up D.O.A.

The national Benjamin Franklin Awards[TM] are sponsored by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) to celebrate excellence in editorial and design. Judges come from all areas of the industry: major newspaper and trade media reviewers, bookstore and library buyers and reviewers, non-competing publishers, and artists and writers who serve the industry.

DON'T SABOTAGE YOUR SUBMISSION is the expanded edition, for writers in all genres, of the Agatha Award winner DON'T MURDER YOUR MYSTERY: 24 Fiction-Writing Techniques to Save Your Manuscript from Turning Up D.O.A., also published (2006) by Bella Rosa Books. Each award-winning book reveals why 90 percent of the manuscripts submitted to literary agencies and publishing houses are rejected by page one, and what authors can do to boost their odds of having their writing actually read.

Author Chris Roerden is a full-time book editor working in publishing more than 40 years. She's edited writers published by St. Martin's Press, Berkley Prime Crime, Harlequin, Intrigue, Midnight Ink, Rodale, Viking, Oceanview Publishing, Walker & Co., and many others. Roerden is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a Master's degree in English, past president of a trade association of Midwest university presses and independent publishers, and a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Mensa. She also teaches writing and has led over 300 workshops in 3 countries.


Agatha Award Winner - Macavity Award Finalist - Anthony Award Finalist

DON'T MURDER YOUR MYSTERY
24 Fiction-Writing Techniques To Save Your Manuscript From Turning Up D.O.A.

"Invaluable to fiction writers of all genres"
Midwest Book Review

A career editor demonstrates why most fiction manuscripts are rapidly rejected. Loaded with positive examples from 140 mystery authors, this well-researched volume shows numerous ways that ALL writers can dramatically improve their craft and put forth the fresh new voice publishers demand.
     Even multi-published pros Margaret Maron, P.J. Parrish, Phil Hardwick, and Kathryn Wall admit to learning new techniques from Don't Murder Your Mystery.

"Offers a wealth of good advice, supported by excellent examples."
Mystery Scene

Author: Chris Roerden
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DEATH ON A SOUTHERN BREEZE
Author: Mark de Castrique
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ISBN 978-1-933523-34-7
LCCN 2009924295

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2010 Reviewers Choice Award Finalist for Best Young Adult Mystery:

DEATH ON A SOUTHERN BREEZE
by Mark de Castrique

A LOCKED-ROOM WHODUNIT
IN THE CLASSIC TRADITION OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

JUNE 1860 — A new locomotive christened A Southern Breeze steams across the Carolina countryside carrying seventeen-year-old Jeb Bennett and his twin sister Rachel Leigh to the exhilarating promise of a summer in Charleston.

While storm clouds gather over the landscape, fiercer storms rage inside the passenger cars. The tensions between North and South rapidly escalate until one traveler's journey abruptly and brutally ends. Who was the murderer? Was the victim the real target? Amid swirling suspicions and deceptive intrigue, Jeb and Rachel Leigh join Pinkerton Detective Jonathan Ward in a race to unmask a killer.

But murder isn't the only evil Jeb must confront. As motives and suspects abound, Jeb learns what it means to place a price on a human life, not only as a victim of murder, but also as property to be traded and sold.

The final showdown means hard choices, a test of loyalties, and a face-to-face encounter with Death On A Southern Breeze.


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