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Review: Dearest Death: A Collection

Humans are, so far as we know, the only creatures on this planet who mark the passage of time. As such, we are keenly aware from an early age that time is tick, tick, ticking away.

In the end, for all of us, is Death. We fear it. We are intoxicated by it. We run from it and somehow find ourselves wrapped in its dark-robed arms.

A small village suffering through a terrifying plague seek a solution from a prophet. A “pig” crawls on his hands and knees through the dark labyrinth of a BDSM dungeon in search of the only thing that can satiate his hunger. Two young men find themselves chased through the woods by a real-life urban legend. A lonely young man finds a boon companion in Death.

These stories and more fill Darkest Death, a collection of short horror fiction by W. Dale Jordan, author of The Stop.

Review: Spells Trouble

Hunter and Mercy Goode are twin witches, direct descendants of the founder of their town of Goodeville. As their ancestors have done before them, it is now time for the twins to learn what it means to be Gatekeepers–the protectors of the Gates to different underworlds, ancient portals between their world and realms where mythology rules and nightmares come to life.

When their mother becomes the first victim in a string of murders, the devastated sisters vow to avenge her death. But it will take more than magic to rein in the ancient mythological monsters who’ve infected their peaceful town.

Now Hunter and Mercy must come together and accept their destiny or risk being separated for good.

Review: The Secret of Heaven

When investment banker Lazzaro de Medici is found dead, Professor of Biblical Studies at University of Illinois at Chicago Aiden Leonardo is the prime suspect. In possession of an encrypted letter given to him by Lazzaro, Aiden utilizes his extensive knowledge of Scripture to piece together clues that lead to a Lost Bible dating back to the time of Christ.

Hidden within the text is an ancient truth about the most controversial message Jesus left to his disciples. But as Aiden embarks on his quest to unravel the mystery of redemption and faith, a secret organization known only as The Group hunts him down to destroy the Lost Bible and tie up loose ends.

With the help of his fiancé, Dr. Miriam Levin – a cultural anthropologist and a professor of historical archaeology in her own right, their friend, Nagi, a philologist, religious historian, and an eccentric cryptographer, Aiden soon realizes the Lost Bible was written by the only disciple who walked with Jesus and had his gospel omitted from Scripture.

Things are further complicated when a mysterious stranger warns Aiden that possessing the secret of heaven could cost him his life. Pursued by the FBI for the ancient black-market relic, and the Chicago PD in connection to the murder of Lazzaro de Medici, Aiden races against the clock to prove his innocence and fulfill his mentor’s dying wish.

Expose the secret of heaven….

Review: Two Souls United

Book number 5.5 in the Etherya’s Earth Series

Two of the most beloved characters in the series find their happy-ever-after in this sweet, steamy novella….

Sam, uncle to Jack, whose strength and bravery are only matched by his kindness and compassion.

Glarys, the feisty, caring estate manager who puts everyone else first.

Two souls who aren’t searching for love but might still find it, nevertheless.

Enjoy your time in Etherya’s Earth!

The Etherya’s Earth series is best listened to in order so the listener can enjoy the evolution of the characters. After all, the author loves a good twist and wants the listener to uncover them organically. However, listeners of romance, rest assured that each book has its own featured hero/heroine and HEA.

Review: The Wicked West

It started as a simple freelance photography assignment.

Nick O’Flannigan has a keen eye for detail and a knack for solving mysteries. Murder seems to show up everywhere he goes. From a series of overdoses in Olympia, Washington, to a missing woman in Boise, Idaho, ever state capital offers a new challenge.

This series compilation contains the first five of a total of the 50 novellas that will make up the Capital City Murders series:

Overdoses in Olympia
Slaying in Salem
Strangled in Sacramento
Decapitated in Carson City
Buried in Boise
Will a new budding friendship turn romantic? Can he focus on his assignment and still solve the mysteries, or will he put himself in danger? Enjoy the first five books in the Capital City Murders series and get caught up with Nick as he travels the country. Once you start listening, you won’t be able to stop!

Review: Interview with the Sphinx

In this provocative and immensely irritating comic play, the Sphinx from ancient Greece is interviewed in modern times as though she were a celebrity pop star. The problem is she never answers any questions—never directly, anyway. Instead, she prefers just dishing the dirt on everybody.

On Homer: “I never was exactly sure which one Homer was. I’m positive he wasn’t the blind one, though; that was just a silly story they started telling a few centuries later.”

On Oedipus: “Eddie was terribly conceited, you know…of course he was smart and handsome and oh, just had a way of carrying himself that impressed everybody. In spite of his foot.”

Bit by bit, the interviewer learns that what happens in Greek legend didn’t happen exactly the way Sophocles described it. Fortunately, the Sphinx offers the interviewer another riddle; if only he could figure out what exactly it is!

This witty 67-minute audio play stars Jill Brumer as the Sphinx and Neal Gage as the interviewer. Part Tom Stoppard, part Monty Python, part Oscar Wilde, this play by Jack Matthews combines philosophical paradoxes with fast-paced verbal pyrotechnics. It offers the perfect antidote to people who remembered ancient literature as nothing but stuffy and melodramatic characters with hard-to-pronounce names.

About the Cast

Neal Gage is a Houston actor and teacher who has appeared in several features and comic sketch videos on Funny or Die. Jill Brumer has an MFA in Media and Performing Arts and teaches theater at Houston colleges. Jack Matthews (1925-2013) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, and former professor in Ohio.

The play was first published and performed in 1992; later, it was revised and expanded for the 2013 audio production.

Review: Buried in Boise

Motive, means, and opportunity?

An old classmate from his days at Boston College lived in Boise, and now she’s been missing for over a year. Her husband seems like the perfect suspect, but Nick O’Flannigan, a photographer turned amateur sleuth, wants to know one thing: Why?

“A green thumbs up from me.” (Laurie Buchanan, best-selling author)

Able to visit their home during a yearly event, Nick takes some photos and spots a clue, something no one has mentioned anywhere in the media. Will the clue lead to a guilty widower like he thinks? Or will the answer come from an unexpected direction?

Nick’s skills and his time dedicated to his assignment will be stretched in his latest adventure. Start listening today and get caught up with this compelling travel adventure series.

Review: Dracula’s Guest: And the Squaw

Beware Walpurgis Nacht! – when lightning rips across black skies, wolves lurk in snow-covered cemeteries and the dead rise up from their tombs. On this treacherous night, a daring, but naive, English Tourist stumbles across a deserted village and is drawn into a macabre circumstances beyond his wildest imaginings. Is the timely rescue by a great wolf mere luck or the supernatural act of the mysterious count who dwells nearby?

From the creator of Dracula comes this fantastic tale of terror as well as The Squaq – the tale of a man who after cruelly mistreating a cat’s litter gets his just deserts when the mother cat extracts her revenge. These two tales of terror, highlighted with 15 black-and-white illustrations by Eric Shanower, make this CLASSIC FRIGHT™ sure to have even the most intrepid readers blood run cold.

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