Giveaway & Book Blast: Dark Side of Sunset Pointe – a Lance Underphal Mystery by Michael Allan Scott
Book Blast: Dark Side of Sunset Pointe – a Lance Underphal Mystery
by Michael Allan Scott
Born and raised at the edge of the high
desert in Kingman, Arizona, Michael Allan Scott resides in Scottsdale
with his wife, Cynthia and their hundred-pound Doberman, Otto. In
addition to writing mysteries and speculative fiction, his interests
include music, photography, art, scuba diving and auto racing. For
the latest, please visit http://michaelallanscott.com
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Dark Side of Sunset Pointe – book
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Book Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Publisher: Telemachus Press
Release Date: 11/19/12
A contemporary mystery/thriller—a paranormal mystery, to be more precise. For mystery fans, it twists and turns like a dragon kite in a high wind. Mystery connoisseurs, beware. The Lance Underphal Mystery series will keep you guessing . . .
Lance Underphal was devastated by his wife’s death, and now, the down-and-out crime-scene photographer can’t let her go. He wakes up plagued by premonitions. The double shooting of an Arizona real estate developer and his mistress/bookkeeper immerse Underphal in a world of incomprehensible phenomena.
Frank Salmon, the homicide detective on the case, does his best to blow off Underphal’s “visions.” But the murders keep piling up and the visions are all too real.
Salmon pursues Underphal’s clues from a popular strip club to a failing community bank, adding a blackmailing stripper to the body count.
Underphal struggles mightily with his psychic curse, teetering on the brink of insanity. His only hope for redemption is the voice in his head, the voice of his dead wife. Stumbling through dark vortexes of murderous intrigue, he comes to realize his visions will either kill him or lead to the capture of a killer—maybe more than one.
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Newbie vampire Alyssa never asked for this life, but now it’s all she has. Rescued from death by Lysander, the aloof and sexy leader of the Peregrinus vampire clan, she’s barely cut her teeth before she becomes a target.
Kallisto, an ancient and vindictive vampire queen – and Lysander’s old mate – wants nothing less than final death for her former lover and his new toy. She’s not above letting the Acta Sanctorum, and its greatest vampire hunter, Santino, know exactly where the clan can be found.
With no time to mourn her old life, Alyssa’s survival depends on her new family. She will have to stand alongside Lysander and fight against two enemies who will stop at nothing to destroy them.
Other Novels in the Immortalis series:
Immortalis Carpe Noctem (Book 1)
Hunters & Prey (Book 2)
Pandora’s Box (Book 3)
Soulstone (Book 4)
Immortalis (Omnibus Edition: Books 1-3)
Immortalis: Carpe Noctem by Katie Salidas was a fantastic read! If you have ever wondered what going through the change to become an immortal was like, you will be enthralled with this title.
Alyssa was awaiting the arrival of her best friend Fallon, where they meet every night at the Cafe’ Copioh. When Fallon calls to say she won’t be able to make it to the Cafe’, Alyssa leaves for home.
Not comfortable with the fact that she must walk home alone, she places her pepper spray in her hand. After being approached by what she thought to be a fellow college student, she is brutally attacked.
Sure she is going to die, Lysander comes to her rescue, only a little too late. With no other option than to let her die, he bites her to save her life.
Alyssa must now accept the immortality that has been handed to her, while she also struggles through feelings she has for Lysander. She must learn how to hunt to survive, and keep from being hunted from those that wish to destroy her.
Salidas did a great job portraying what one might feel, and experience while going through the change. Follow Alyssa’s journey, as she learns how to live with the condition of being a vampire. From first bite to survival, and finally love.
What Soul Read Did You Find This Week?
Title: Lakeside University Cover Up
Author Name: Charles A. Taylor
University Cover Up,;
Book Description:A cross is burned in the yard of two black Lakeside University students. When campus officials call the incident a harmless prank, both black and white student organizations, launch a series of protests to force the administration into conducting a full investigation.
Instead, the administration devises a divide and conquer scheme to create a rift between black and white students. Feel the tension mounting as the students react to the Administration’s response to the incident. As black students turn up the pressure, the campus stands on the verge of a racial explosion. Campus leaders must find a way out of the crisis so they seek the help of Dr. Wendell Oliver, the country’s leading expert in diffusing racial tension.
Watch Dr. Oliver as he masterfully guides the feuding students into looking beyond themselves on a weekend retreat that is filled with action, danger, sexual attraction, and racial conflict. Discover the hidden lessons that students learn about friendship, betrayal and forgiveness. Follow the love story as the plot unfolds. Experience this roller coaster ride of emotions for yourself! Learn the secret behind the cross burning as the leading character Gloria finds her voice.
Students come to realize that the cross burning is more than just about racism. Its wicked flames shed light on corrupt cops, complicit college administrators and misguided attitudes that point to a major cover up. When students finally piece the puzzle together, justice is served but it comes with a steep price. Lakeside University will never be the same again.
I didn’t know what I was getting into when I started reading this book, and as a parent with a child in college, this was a very big eye opener. We learn about this type of thing, racism, KKK, in history, but when you think of it still happening, well, let me just say…
Okay, to the book. Lakeside University Cover Up was excellent. Very well written and so real-to-life that you have to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. I experienced so many emotions while reading this that at times I had to take a break to take it all in. It’s something that I think every parent, teacher and school/university should be discussing to ensure that kids are prepared for what the future may hold for them – especially if they will be dorming on campus.
Dr. Taylor did a fantastic job of drawing you in and keeping you glued to the story. You were wanting to smash people, protect others and in the end…just go give your kids a hug, hoping you raised them right and they will never have to experience something like this in real life, ever.
I recommend this to any parent or teacher, and maybe, just maybe, with Dr. Taylor’s help, we can prepare our children for diversity and bring them up to share that knowledge with those that fear the unknown.
The nightmare started almost immediately. In the dream, Gloria looked out a window into a deep fog, as a bright light drew closer. In the mist she saw a silhouette of a woman nailed to a cross. She saw figures dressed in white robes. Their taunting was shrill and harsh. She got close enough to see the woman’s face. It was Ashante. Gloria looked again, and her own face looked back. She felt like she was burning inside and looked down to see flames surrounding her.
The ringing of the telephone startled Gloria awake.
She grabbed for it with one hand, wiping sweat from her forehead with the other. “Hello?” she said, her heart pounding in her throat.
A male voice answered. “Is this the house where the cross was burned tonight?”
In her sleepy confusion, Gloria thought the caller might be the campus police, finally following up on the crime. “Yes!” she said, relieved. “Who is this?”
“I—I’m not sure why I’m calling. But what they did was terrible,” the caller said. “You have to understand that’s just how they are. It was nothing personal.”
Gloria sat up, instantly alert. But she kept her voice calm; afraid the caller would hang up if she sounded too excited. “You know who did it?” she said.
“I know what I know,” the caller replied. “But, that’s not why I’m calling. I just wanted you to know it’s not like everyone on campus is racist or against black people. Some of us just get caught up in shit and before we know it, it’s too late.”
“Can you tell me who did it?” Gloria asked.
“It won’t do you any good.”
“Why not? They committed a crime. They should be expelled. They should be arrested.” Gloria heard the urgency in her voice and struggled to control it.
“The university won’t do anything,” the caller told her. “As far as the police are concerned, this is just a big waste of time.”
“Could you at least tell me your name?”
“No way. I’ve told you more than I should have already. Mea culpa, mea culpa.
I gotta go.”
And the phone went silent.
Gloria ran to wake up Ashante. She called her name and even shook her, but received no response other than light snoring. Then she noticed the bottle of sleeping pills on the bedside table. She went into the kitchen for some water and drank it slowly as she worked up the courage to look out the front window. A car cruised by, its headlights dimmed, and she recognized the campus patrol car. She felt reassured for a moment, but then her eyes were drawn to the circle of scorched grass where the cross had blazed just hours before. The glow from the streetlights revealed just enough to bring her anger rushing back.
“Why?” she asked aloud. “Why would they do this? Why us?” Her questions reminded her of Sgt. Thomas and his callous attitude.
“I guess we did do something to provoke them,” she whispered to the night. “We were in the wrong place at the wrong time, with the wrong skin color.”
Gloria shivered, even though it was warm inside the house. She couldn’t shake the feeling that someone was watching her. Despite her brave words to her parents, she really wished she could go home. She couldn’t remember a time when she had been so frightened. She wrapped her robe tighter and retreated to Ashante’s room. She climbed into bed next to Ashante, shivered again, and huddled close to her friend, trying to push her fear away long enough to fall asleep. As the impact of the night’s event hit home, she was once again reminded what racism was really like and how much it deeply hurt.
Police must follow a labyrinth, leading into the darkest tunnel of a twisted mind. A mind that carries no value for human life… Minneapolis police officer Louise Miller has attitude. Not only does she have to deal with the good old boy mentality of the department, but she’s also a gay police officer who has to deal with harassment on a higher level. When one of her few friends on the force goes missing Miller investigates, despite her captain’s order to leave it to the detectives. As Miller scours the precinct for any sign of the missing officer, Elias Boughton is on a psychopathic rampage. Kidnapping and murder are games he plays, blindly obeying a voice from his past. As the body count rises, Miller is convinced the detectives are heading in the wrong direction. Trying to fit the puzzle together, each clue revolves around a particular Rottweiler. As the mystery unravels so does her life, and the case becomes more personal than she ever dared imagine.
Silent Kill by David Fingerman was an excellent mix of mystery and suspense. From the first page Fingerman holds nothing back.
Louise Miller is a female cop that gets a lot of hassle from her fellow officers. Her brother Andrew is a new cop in a different precinct.
When Mark Lone Bear, her friend and fellow officer turns up missing, Louise puts in all effort to find out what happened to him.
Throughout the investigation, her brother who is getting broken in as a rookie, stumbles upon a development in Louise’s case, Mark Lone Bear and his car.
When two more people end up missing, Andrew and Louise work to find answers to Mark Lone Bear’s murder and the kidnappings. The closer they get to finding the murderer, the more danger that befalls upon those they love and care for.
Was Mark Lone Bear mixed up in something he shouldn’t have been that led to his death? When one more kidnapping hits Louise a little too close to home, will she save all three before they end up dead too? Find out in Silent Kill.
Fingerman did an excellent job in his first full length murder/mystery. Full of suspense and with an imagination that will leave you wanting more, this is one title you will want to get your hands on.
The perfect mix of crime, mystery and suspense, I couldn’t put it down until I knew what happened in the end.
What Sunday Soul Read Did You Find This Week?
Title: King of Rags
Author Name: Eric Bronson
Author Bio: Eric Bronson teaches philosophy in the Humanities Department at York University in Toronto. He is the editor of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), Poker and Philosophy (Open Court, 2006), Baseball and Philosophy (Open Court, 2004), and co-editor of The Hobbit and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), and The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy (Open Court, 2003). In 2007 he served as the “Soul Trainer” for the CBC radio morning show, “Sounds Like Canada.” His current project is a book called The Dice Shooters, based loosely on his experiences dealing craps in Las Vegas.
1. Best Writing Wardrobe
I wear a bright orange construction vest over my jammies. It makes me feel like I’m working hard, and reminds me I’m doing this for others.
2. Best Writing Inspiration
Real people at dive bars. Like the boxing bar in New York City where an old man in a straw hat told me, “The things in this world don’t mean a damned thing once you’ve heard Tchaikovsky’s Fifth.” Nor did he particularly care for my jukebox selections.
3. Best Place to write.
Tim Horton’s – Canada’s finest with cup of black coffee and sugar donut. Lots of distractions though. Like the time a guy kept speaking to me about how he wrote the lyrics to half the Rolling Stones and Neil Young songbooks. All he wanted was a 30-minute interview. I said no, so he ended up with two hours.
4. Best Pick-Me-Up Book
Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway. If someone can write a great story about losing his fish, that means anyone can write about anything at any time.
5. Best Hidden Talent You Possess
Once a year I play an absolutely perfect Moonlight Sonata on the piano. But I have to be alone, late at night, with some bourbon and strange noises on the wind. And then I have to get lucky. It only works if I try and fail every other night of the year. (And yes, that’s a lot of wasted bourbon.)
6. Best Life Experience that you’ve written or plan to write into a book
I’m working on a book about my time dealing craps in Las Vegas. I knew I would write the book when my teacher in Dealer’s School said, “Craps is a game designed to break your heart. One thousand ways to win and only one way to lose.”
Book Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Neverland Publishing
Release Date: May, 2013
Buy Link(s): Amazon
King of Rags follows the life of Scott Joplin and his fellow ragtime musicians as they frantically transform the seedy and segregated underbelly of comedians, conmen and prostitutes who called America’s most vibrant cities home. Inspired by Booker T. Washington and the Dahomeyan defeat in West Africa, Joplin was ignored by the masses for writing the music of Civil Rights fifty years before America was ready to listen.
Excerpt Two (500-800 or so Words):
At ten-thirty, Mama Lou took the stage. Scott took his fingers off the piano as Memphis had instructed. One by one, the tables grew quiet. Mama Lou silenced a room just by blinking, it was said, and it wasn’t far from the truth. She was short, fat, old looking—how old was impossible to know—and a little bit angry. Wearing her patented calico dress and gingham apron, Mama Lou preferred to be the only important attraction in the room and never uttered a note until she was.
In more esteemed circles of the colored world, Black Patti was the diva extraordinaire, but around the bordellos up and down the muddy streets near St. Louis’ Union Station, nobody could touch the woman they called Mama Lou.
Scott sat nervously at the bench. Finally, after what seemed to be an interminable pause, she rolled her tongue, clapped her hands and squinted her evil eyes. The result was spellbinding.
“Ta…Ra…Ra…” and then a pause and a snarl and a tight jerk of her immense chin.
And just like that, not one person’s thoughts were turned anywhere else. The cares of the world that may have weighed on someone at some time or another throughout the week didn’t any longer mean a thing.
“Ta-ra-ra boom-de-ay!” she repeated, faster, swaying gently
and flashing her yellow and gold teeth in a wide-open smile.
I can take your love between my hands
And make you feel so sweet and grand
But don’t you think I’ll give a damn
About doin’ the same to another man
Cause ain’t nobody gonna rule me
And ain’t nobody gonna fool me
And ain’t nobody gonna school me
‘bout what I do with my body
Not him, not you, not anybody
When she finished, Scott played and played and played. It was just like that day at the Rodgers home when he discovered the piano for the first time. It started with his fingers, just skin on bone and note to note. Then it shot up his wrists, skittering over the hair on his arms like thousands of
Texarkana red ants stepping out for air. He played the Masters. That is, he started with them. As the beer went through him, and the smoke from his dangling cigarette seeped out from his lungs and lifted him lighter, Scott began to play with speed. Faster and faster. The music kept on coming. He heard coronets and fiddles and rattling drums over the hilltops wrestling their way out from some distant country or faraway dream. The faster Scott played, the more his old life merged into the present. A jolt shot through his shoulders and Scott heard the sure strumming of his father’s banjo. Inside his legs, Scott felt a quiver and a smash as a broom crashed against the floor to the steady time of an old-fashioned church shout-out. Scott heard it all, but he never took his hands away from the piano except to stop now and again for a sip of beer while his left hand kept the time and his feet pushed heavy on the pedals. He heard everything. For the first time in his life, Scott was a real entertainer. Whole worlds collided and when they did, Scott stopped. A pause, here and there off the beat. A stutter and start. It was a kind of love but something deeper. Something older. Older even than love.
Moorestorms: A Guide For The Bipolar Parent is authored by a Bipolar Mom of seven children. Moorestorms tells of her own trials, tribulations and she offers advice, tips and encouragement to the Bipolar parent. She wants her readers to know they are not alone in their struggles. Rebecca uses both her manic and depressive times to show how she is able to cope. She wants her readers to know that despite the fact they have bipolar disorder, they can be effective, awesome parents!
I LOVED this title! I thought Rebecca Moore did such a fantastic job with this book. Not only is it informative, I felt more emotions during the reading of this book that I was actually brought to tears at times. Ms. Moore is a fantastic writer and I’m so glad she decided to share her story. I think it’s a much needed book and if you suffer ANY mental health problems, I think you should read this book. It’s very important that you understand that you don’t have to feel ashamed and you don’t have to suffer alone. It’s okay to talk about it, and it’s okay to seek professional help. You may not even realize what’s happening or that you have a problem, but you’ll be able to recognize the smaller signs after reading this book.
Moorestorms: A Guide for the Bipolar Parent is going to go far and I hope more and more readers take this chance to get to know Rebecca and her story. You’ll fall in love instantly!
Kudos Mrs. Moore!