Looking up

I know that anyone in the publishing business right now is a bit crazy, but that is a mental state I am comfortable with.  After this weekend, I am looking forward to a lot of the new projects we are developing.  Perhaps rampant optimism, perhaps a lot of very hard work by a lot of people whose time has come.  In the coming soon department, how about a monthly class / media show?

Upcoming Appearances:

Sept 23rd at Two Rivers Bookstore (Memphis, TN)
From 4 pm to 6 pm
Featuring: Robert Krog, Wes Yahola, and Kristi Bradley

September 29th at Germantown Public Library (Germantown, TN)
From 11 am to 1 pm
Featuring: Numerous writers at event

Creiton’s Sword by Steven Glen Baird

Creiton’s Swords were legends in their own lifetimes. The tales of Duke Creiton’s personal guard were known in every tavern and alehouse, but for Bryant they were just stories. He had no time for stories. It was all he could do to carve a place for himself among the guard of Bren while coming to terms with guilt for the family he’d left behind. But then the bells of Bren pealed out the warning of war, and there was only time for survival.

Bryant’s first taste of battle was nothing like the ballads. He saw no glory or honor in the butchery, and instead of riches there was only terror and ignoble death. But as he buried his closest friend, Bryant made a simple promise that would change his life. Never again would he stand idly by when he had the power to act. Never again would he hide behind the lie of helplessness. And when his first act on that promise led to saving a powerful nobleman’s life, Bryant found he’d started down a road with no way back. For Bryant had gained the attention of Creiton’s Swords, and no one who did that was ever the same again…

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It Is Time!

It is now officially September and that means all that happy summer stuff is over.  It is the start of the Halloween season my dear friends and fiends.  It is now time to get serious. If we all love books and we do, it is time to make the commitment.  Start supporting your writers.  I know this is not my normal tone, but these are not normal times.  Books are the original escapist media and this Fall needs to be time we get back to the basics.  Memphis is blessed with a small number of wonderful indie bookstores and double blessed that we just got a premium indie store literally from the ashes of a lost landmark.  Time to darken their doors and show them just a little love.

Ladies and gentleman, we have serious books ready to take you to the places you want to go.  Let’s start with a book just right for the season.  Chapter One is available for a free taste on the website.

Chalice Moon by Pat Sawtelle

Better the Vampire You Know

A seemingly random attack exposes Kimie and her best friend to a part of the world the girls never knew existed. A world where vampires and shape shifters not only exist, but are people they know. However, when another attack nearly kills Kimie, her friends must find out why some of the magical beings are after her.

Could this simple human girl be the legendary Chalice mentioned in that old tale they found? The story said the Chalice is bound to the delicate balance between the forces of good and evil. While the part of taking from evil and giving to good didn’t sound too bad to Kimie, it never said so many people would want to see her dead.

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Award Winners!!!

ghostxlgCONGRATULATIONS!!!
For the 2017 Darrell Award for Best Short Story, the winner is The Nature of Ghosts by Carolyn McSparren.
First Runner-Up is Drive-In Miss Daisy by Phyllis Appleby. (Both of these short stories appeared in Malice in Memphis: Ghost Stories).

http://www.darkoakpress.com/ghoststories.html

History and Hauntings

The ghost stories and the characters in this book are pure fiction, even if the locations in which they were set are not. The tales, written by members of Malice in Memphis, showcase some of the Mid-South’s more interesting historical locations.

The geographical locations include the Mississippi River and the areas across from Memphis, as well as several of the villages and farms that survived the onslaught of Union soldiers. They’ve included graveyards and battlefields, some Memphis landmarks that survive and some that don’t. Memphis has been touched by wars, the Yellow Fever epidemics, the flu epidemic, floods, tornadoes, murders, and other hateful occurrences. Plenty of misery for the ghosts to feed upon. Many interesting locations to attach themselves to.

Whether you believe in the supernatural or not, we hope that you’ll enjoy these eerie stories of southern supernatural doings.

The Tales:
A Grave Situation by Elaine Meece
After Hours by Richard Warren Powell
Noblesse Oblige by Carolyn McSparren
Cadence by Seth Wood
A Dance with the Devil by Juanita Houston
Drive-In Miss Daisy by Phyllis Appleby
Fallen Soldier by Susan Wooten
Going Back Home by Barbara Christopher
An Indisputable Event by Steve Bradshaw
A Haunting in Midtown by Kristi Bradley
The Misadventures of Mama Lou: Victorian Mayhem by Angelyn Sherrod
The Adventures of Sonny Etherly: Special Powers by James C. Paavola
War is Hell by Geoffrey Meece
Kolopin by Seth Wood
The Nature of Ghosts by Carolyn McSparren

New Release – The Cabin

cabinfcoverxlgThe bodies are adding up , but the clues aren’t

“The place was perfect. It was far enough from town to be in the middle of nowhere and close enough he could return to his home so that no one would miss him. Walking back outside, he surveyed his surroundings. Not far from the back of the house was a murky swamp. He smiled. In case of emergency, it would serve as the perfect place to dispose of an unwanted body.”

Young healthy men and women are dying mysteriously after being found non-responsive at different places around town. No matter what the ER team tries to save them, they fail. The only clues left on the bodies are minor scratches and small puncture wounds. Detective Mason knows that he is on the trail of a careful yet bizarre serial killer. He has followed the deaths and clues from city to city. Now, with the help of a nurse, he may finally be closing in on the killer if he can control his own dark secret before more bodies come in drained of blood.

Only a vampire needs that much blood.

http://www.darkoakpress.com/cabin.html

New Release!!!

sonataxlgThese are the dark, ethereal stories of Moonlight Sonata. Tales bound to disturb your sleep and chill your heart; a new collection from the award-winning author of Setting Suns and Nocturne Infernum, Elizabeth Donald.

All that can kill you is what you carry with you:
Imagine a haunted church, where the ground has turned sour and something walks in the shadows at night to the mournful hymns.
A silent covered bridge that no one dares to cross.
Angry spirits that cry out from beneath the ground of a cemetery that will not lie still.
An ageless man bound in love to a mortal woman, forever moving, forever haunted.
A police officer chasing a suspect into the woods – and suspects they are no longer alone.
A woman preparing to leave her husband, watched by unseen eyes in the corner of the room.
A voice that can speak only through a radio, a voice from beyond death itself.
A man haunted by an ageless face that brings tragedy to his life whenever it appears.
A girl whose imagination carries her beyond the point of no return in a future where dreams become reality – and so do nightmares.

http://www.darkoakpress.com/sonata.html

Vampires For Valentines!

crimsonshadowsxlgMikal Baldevar – The legendary living Philosopher’s Stone and a murderous sociopath!

http://www.darkoakpress.com/crimsonshadows.html

Simon Baldevar and Meghann O’Neill have twins, Elizabeth and Mikal. Elizabeth is a mortal, loving, and normal child while Mikal is his father’s son. Simon and Meghann separated in order to keep their children safe; he to an isolated Highland island with their vampiric son and Meghann to New York to raise their human daughter.

Eighteen years later, despite Simon’s best efforts to raise his son, there are serious issues. In fact, Mikal has absolutely no sense of right or wrong, nor any sense of pleasure or pain. He’s a true sociopath in every sense of the word. To Simon’s dismay, Mikal leaves home on a murderous rampage.

Simon originally got Meghann pregnant to produce the legendary living philosopher’s stone, knowing that his vampire child would possess powers that other vampires could only dream of, including the most fearful of all, Mikal is able to walk in daylight. Now, Simon Baldevar is faced with the most horrifying of choices; be a loving father or a ruthless killer. Either way, he must face what he has unleashed upon the world.

Vampires for Valentines!

Crimson NightMeghann O’Neill – A psychologist, vampire, and mother of the legendary living Philosopher’s Stone!

http://www.darkoakpress.com/crimsonnight.html

Meghann O’Neill once dreamed of having a child, but that was a long time ago. It was before she had been seduced into a relationship of pleasure and pain, excitement and torture. It was before she had been transformed into a vampire by Lord Simon Baldevar, the cruel sadistic creature that made her cater to his every dark whim and desire. It was before she managed to escape Simon’s clutches leaving him staked out for dead. It was before he returned forty years later to exact his revenge by killing Meghann’s mentor and kidnapping her human lover. It was before Simon held Meghann captive for one fateful night and forced her to conceive his child.

Now, Meghann is on the run not only from Simon, but any vampire that finds out she’s conceived the living Philosopher’s Stone. For centuries, vampires have believed the bred offspring of two vampires will not only enjoy eternal life, but have the ability to walk in daylight.

Meghann, determined to fight to the death, will let no one take her baby from her-especially its treacherous, dangerous father.