Good morning, everyone, and I hope this finds you well. I announced in yesterday’s post, Gone Fishing, I’m going to be taking a couple or three weeks of R&R; read it for the details. But then I realized that I had today’s post about 80% complete, so why not post it, right? So enjoy the books and the blogs, and take some time off to hibernate. I highly recommend it!
~ Books ~
Zombie Road: 388-page novel by David A. Simpson. After decades of planning, the contagion was unleashed and overnight hundreds of millions died and came back as rampaging, undead monsters. The living that had been lucky enough to survive the outbreak soon discovered there was much more to worry about than just zombies. In the high desert on the outskirts of Reno, there is an old truck stop frequented by a mix of hard caliber truckers, day tourists, musicians and travelers. They have survived the chaotic first hours of contact with the undead and now must make their way across the country to a location they believe is safe. Zombies are only the beginning of their troubles as they try to cover the thousands of miles of open road with their hastily armored 18-wheelers. $2.99 on Kindle.
Murder in the Air: 152-page novel by David Pearson. A local businessman’s plane crashes into bogland killing all three occupants. Galway’s detectives investigate. It’s not long before experts establish that the small aircraft’s engine had been tampered with. From dealing with a tragic accident, senior DI Maureen Lyons is suddenly launching a murder inquiry. The initial police investigation centers on the pilot, the local property development tycoon, Gerald Fortune. The other occupants, Fortune’s daughter, Emma, and his architect, are seen as unfortunate bystanders. It turns out that Fortune did not always play fair, and many individuals were left out of pocket by his business dealings. But was that enough to kill? Could there be a different motive at work? The police inquiries set off a chain of events that lead to an assault, a kidnapping and a whole load of intrigue. Who would go to such lengths to see off the plane’s occupants? Who was the real target? And why? This could be the hardest investigation yet for Maureen Lyons and her team. And she’ll have to light a fire under the sleepy west coast Garda to catch the killer. 99¢ on Kindle.
A Body on Fitzgerald’s Bluff: 185-page novel by Anna Celeste Burke. Miriam Webster’s a woman with a few secrets — can she keep them after she and her spirited Dalmatian, Domino, find a body on Fitzgerald’s Bluff? When Miriam Webster moves into the Seaview Cottages active adult community, the last thing she expects is to find a body on the bluffs nearby. The mystery takes a quick detour when Miriam and her friends return to Fitzgerald’s Bluff with the Deputy Sheriff. The dead woman’s gone, but not for long. Where the body turns up is only one of the surprising twists the mystery takes for Miriam and her friends. Convinced that the local deputy isn’t up to the task of finding a killer on the loose, Miriam and her gang of Grand Old Lady Detectives [G.O.L.D.] set out to discover the truth about a body on Fitzgerald’s Bluff. Can they solve the mystery without becoming the killer’s next victim? $2.99 on Kindle.
Titus Fogg. 452-page novel by Aaron Piper. Titus Fogg hates magic, and with good reason. Born into a murderous family of cruel and powerful casters in modern Massachusetts, magic has contributed to every bad thing that has happened to him since birth. After finally managing to banish the most likely evil (but definitely dirty-minded) entity called Shade from his body to the sidelines as his shadow, Titus has the chance to have a normal, magic free, high school life. But, when Tess Roe, his classmate, neighbor and model of justice at their school realizes she can see the creatures Titus calls the Wyrd too, Titus must return to the world of the strange to help her. Soon Titus’s dark past comes to light as he must prove that he isn’t responsible for the death of one of Tess’s friends, and the theft of a magical book that could lead to the destruction of Arkham. 99¢ on Kindle. [That price is listed in our writers’ group as “This Week Only.” I found no reference to the full price, but if this looks interesting, get it soon!]
Down Jersey Driveshaft: 425-page novel by William J. Jackson. World War on the American homefront. But this is not the war against the Axis Powers. Something sinister and beyond imagining has penetrated the salt marshes and idyllic surroundings of Salem County, New Jersey. It will take the bravery of strangers and locals, along with some startling new technology, to beat back the tide of this unstoppable nightmare. For those who have never experienced it before, this is Dieselpunk, a reimagining of the early 20th Century, more advanced, more deadly, more classy than what we have today. It is yesterday’s look with tomorrow’s tech, retrofuturism. This is Down Jersey Driveshaft. This and all of Mr. Jackson’s novels are $1.99 on Kindle for the rest of this week.
CODE: Revelation. 206-page novel by Boris Sanders. Introverted computer scientist Maximilian Gutenberg had no intention of acquiring a crystal with a being trapped inside, especially not one with the power to save — or destroy — humanity. Her name is Lucy, and she cannot escape her prison until her mission is complete. A mission she keeps secret from everyone, even Max. But she needs his help. To gain his trust, she offers to get rid of his abusive boss in one week, and get him that promotion he always wanted. She’ll make him the hero of his own life, a man worthy of recognition, in exchange for helping her complete her mission. This could be the opportunity of Max’s life, but he can’t help but wonder if Lucy is as good as she seems . . . And exactly what mission she must complete to regain her freedom. Set in a dystopian, futuristic city built miles into the sky, CODE: Revelation is a powerful, psychological thrill ride that calls into question the nature of good and evil, and the importance of taking control of your own destiny. $3.99 on Kindle.
~ Blogs ~
Cool San Diego Sights: Kids entrepreneur fair coming to Keary Mesa.
Inmate Blogger: Change by Rodney M. Siler.
Karen J. Carlisle: All I want for Christmas is Jólabókaflóð.
Metapunk: Review of Mortal Engines, the movie (Podcast)
A Rambling Collective: Christmas Presence.
Therapy with Books: Best books of 2018.
And that’s 30 for a while. Have a safe and happy new year, and I’ll see you probably around the end of January. Ciao!