The Ghost of Calico Acres

by Bonnie Turner
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A psychological ghost story: Haunting memories lurk in the shadows of this mysterious walk from the past. When Dr. Marc St. Clair inherits his eccentric aunt Miriam’s old Victorian house at Calico Acres, in southwestern Wisconsin, her Last Will and Testament states that he and his invalid wife, Summer, must live there for one year before they can own it. Despite the fact that the house is rumored to be haunted, Marc falls in love with it and accepts Miriam’s generous offer ... against Summer's wishes. But after a disastrous honeymoon, and a riding accident that left his beautiful wife confined to a wheelchair—bitter and full of self-pity—he believes that for their marriage to work, they must move away from her meddling parents. Summer hates the spooky house on sight when they arrive at Calico Acres with their housekeeper, Josephina, on a cold, snowy January day. As unexplained events occur throughout the year, Summer, Josephina, and even their gossipy neighbors try to make Marc give up his insane idea of owning the house. But Marc is determined to stay. He desperately wants the house and feels a strong connection with his late aunt, although he had never met the woman and his family never discussed her except to say she was crazy. Dr. Marc searches the house for details of Miriam’s life, while his wife is forced to confront secrets from her own past. He must discover who or what is haunting Calico Acres before the year is up, or risk losing his inheritance, the woman he loves, and perhaps even his mind. Little does he realize how close he is to losing all three.

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A Dream Unfolding

by Karen Baney
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The promise of a new life and a chance to start over... Hannah Anderson had the life she always wanted, married to the man of her dreams. When her husband's brother gets in trouble with the law, the town turns against them, shattering her perfect life. Now they are left with only one choice--to head west to the Arizona Territory in the hopes of creating a new life. Will the journey be worth the cost? Will Colter, after burying his father, is forced to leave the ranch he has called home for nearly thirty years. The journey is dangerous, challenging him and his men. Will he find the new life he was hoping for? Or, is there a new dream quietly unfolding before their eyes?

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They Only Come Out at Night

by F.M. Kearney
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Terror reigns deep beneath the streets of New York City. The subway system is plagued by a series of unsolved, bizarre and particularly gruesome murders. A young man is found in a Brooklyn station with his heart crudely ripped out of his chest. The headless body of a conductor is discovered inside the locked cab of a Number 6 train in lower Manhattan. Authorities blame these, as well as several other equally macabre crimes, on the city’s growing, and increasingly aggressive homeless population. Melissa Manning, however, isn’t buying that explanation. Having experienced a personal tragedy in the subway years ago, Melissa is definitely no stranger to the violence that can occur underground… but this is different. Weeks before the first murder was even committed, she’s had an unsettling feeling that something horrifying was lurking within the sprawling transportation system. Many nights when traveling alone, and walking along a quiet stretch of the platform, she hears an eerie scraping sound in the distance, and has an overwhelming fear that someone – or something – is watching her. When the murders begin, and when a dark, faceless figure follows her home from the subway one night, she’s convinced that this is something far more insidious and frightening than mere random acts of violence. Not only can she feel the presence of an evil entity…she knows it’s just a matter of time before it comes after her.

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The Merzetti Effect

by Norah Wilson
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Delano Bowen has been a medical doctor for a very long time. More than 170 years, in fact. For much of that time, he’s been searching for a way to reverse the curse foisted on him by a vampress who sought to own him. With the emergence of medical technology, he now also aims to develop a vaccine to protect the vulnerable from predation by rogue vampires. After a century of searching, he thinks he's found the key to his vaccine – a surviving descendent of the Merzetti family. The Merzettis were virtually hunted to extinction over the years by rogue vampires who feared the anti-vampirism properties in their blood. A foundling, nurse Ainsley Crawford has no idea that she carries a genetic gift, and Delano aims to keep it that way. He must keep her close, and ignorant, for he can leave nothing to chance. He manipulates events to ensure her unwitting cooperation. But when Delano's arch enemy Radak Janecek mounts an all-out assault to destroy Delano and the fruits of his research, Delano is forced to draw Ainsley even closer to protect her. Inevitably, the attraction that has sparked between them from the first flares hot and urgent. Ainsley sees no reason why that attraction shouldn't be consummated, but Delano knows succumbing to it is not just ill-advised; it could literally be the death of him.

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A Dubious Curse

by Gerald J. Kubicki
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In book number eight of the Colton Banyon series, Banyon faces a threat from outside the normal world. An old Nazi has discovered a curse which puts him in the same place as Wolf, Banyon’s spirit partner. The Nazi wants to use his son and the Effort, the modern American Nazi movement, to find a lost book. But it is no ordinary book. The book contains the formula for the energy source Hitler wanted to use for his flying saucers. The formula is so powerful it could be used for time travel and that is exactly what the old Nazi wants to do. He wants to change history. Banyon must find and protect a woman who is the direct descendent of the leader of the Vril Society, a secret German organization that believed in a utopia. She holds the key to locating the book of the Vril, but she doesn’t know she holds it. Banyon, his partner Loni Chen and his team set out to protect the woman and find the book. They also call in several bodyguards from the law firm where Banyon occasionally works. The problem is the old Nazi can see everything they are doing and sends Effort men to kill them and collect the book. Banyon must use speed, deception and distance to protect his group while he develops a plan to stop the Nazi. Along the way Loni discovers a woman with blue skin, who she believes is an alien. Banyon also discovers an ancient transmitter which is sending telepathic messages, along with a plot to corner the silver market, and finds out several NSA agents are also after him. They could ruin all his plans. He must act quickly or all will be lost.

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Know When to Run

by Connie Flynn
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Ky Taylor woke up one morning on a Mississippi riverboat casino with a huge headache and no idea who she was. With the help of new friends she rebuilt her life. Now, nearly two years later, a tall dark man with killer good looks comes after her. A bounty hunter, who claims she killed her father then ran out on her bail. She says he's got the wrong woman. He says she's guilty as sin. One of them is right . . . Suddenly so many people are after her she can't tell the good guys from the bad guys. But one thing she can do is KNOW WHEN TO RUN. Did she kill her father? She doesn't remember and you won't know yourself until the very end.

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Ijime (The Bullies)

by Dan Abe
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*There is a moment in each life when you have a singular chance to make the right decision. When she first heard about the deaths, that three students at her school had taken their own lives, Akemi Sato was elated. Her plan had worked. This, more than anything else that could have ever happened was proof that she was the true Queen of the Bullies. Until she started to see the ghosts of the dead kids, and realized that they'd trapped her forever. No matter what she did from that point on, she'd always be a murderer. Caught in her own clever web. Now Akemi must seek to make the world a better place. Not for the dead, but for the living. No matter what it costs her to get that done.

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The Foreigner

by P.G Glynn
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Marie Howard dreams, in 1919, of being elevated from understudy to leading lady at the Tavistock Theatre. She does more than just dream! Marie schemes to replace temperamental actress Dolly Martin, oblivious to possible consequences. Before long, loved by London audiences and adored by two very different men, Marie is forced by events into a course of action that changes her life more dramatically than any role she has played on-stage. As Hitler rises to power in Germany, Marie deals with personal loss and also with the increasingly deadly enmity between her husband and his vengeful brother. Who will win the life-long battle being waged between them? And what surprises await Marie in war-torn London?

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