Three-Fingered Jack Davis by D.J. Swykert

Three-Fingered Jack Davis


Three-fingered Jack Davis and Jesse James Hofstetler operate a dope house in Detroit. They sell some black tar heroin laced with carfentanyl, a drug used to tranquilize elephants, to a house full of addicts. Several of the addicts overdose and now Jack and Jesse are stuck with a number of dead bodies to deal with. The two men aren’t evil, not in the sense of a serial killer, but under the law they have committed murder. But they also have a very human side, Jack takes in a young addict named Posie and offers her protection, and Jesse saves the life of an overdosed girl called Imogene, who goes by the name of Im.

Looking for refuge they hook up with Marielle, nicknamed Hell, a prostitute who owns a house of ill repute in the neighborhood. The lives of the five become intertwined as they are investigated by tough, but fair, Detroit homicide detective Bonnie Benham. The story proceeds through the perilous habitat of drug users, dealers and detectives to an unusual, but just, conclusion.

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Release date September 5, 2017.

The Beauty in Darkness by Leah Reise

The Beauty in Darkness: A Vampire Story


On the night of her twenty-ninth birthday, Edrea is brutally murdered. She awakens in her San Francisco studio as a bloodthirsty vampire with no memory of her death. Now undead and with newfound immortal powers, she fights to hold onto her humanity in the face of great darkness. In a seemingly interconnected reality, her guilt-stricken mortal sister, Rena, embarks on a dangerous quest in search of Edrea, whom is believed is merely “missing.”

As they follow their individual roads through life and the un-death, Edrea and Rena learn not only that their sisterly bond is stronger than they thought, but also that their family shares a dark secret that connects both of them to a mysterious quantum world.

This not so ordinary vampire tale will draw you into a journey of love, loss and self-discovery, and intrigue you with a scientific and philosophical theme that will keep you wondering until the end … and maybe even after that.

Review

“Reise delivers a horror filled with satisfying moments of drama and suspense, as well as a sisterly bond that elevates the story to another level … the truth found in the relationship between the two sisters, a sanctuary from the darkness that surrounds them and a glimpse of the beauty that we find in trust, in acceptance, in each other.”
–IndieReader

“Poetic and melancholic, the novel is a cross between True Blood and Interview with the Vampire. This is a coming-of-age vampire tale complete with mystery, romance and suspense that will surely entertain fans of the genre.”
–The US Review Of Books

“From the dank and rugged northern California coastline to the vibrant San Francisco club scene, Leah Reise has created a vibrant and surrealistic world and populated it with relatable characters. Her rookie novel features a sisterly love story, darkly passionate vampires, and rivalries between ancient blood thirsty factions. Freshly undead, Edrea is smart, sexy, and fiercely protective of her baby sister, a girl who looks for and finds trouble behind every iron gate.”
–City To Country Magazine

“What I love about this story, first, is the author’s ability with description. Reise has a gift for painting the scene without over-telling, and still offering enough detail to allow for vivid imagery. … second … that much of it takes place in Sonoma County locations. Reise doesn’t disappoint, taking her characters to Bodega Bay and Santa Rosa, though much of the story is set in San Francisco. … third … how large a role family plays in The Beauty in Darkness. There are definite themes that take place from both Edrea’s old and new life, which I’ll let you find out on your own to avoid any spoilers. All in all, I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys supernatural and vampire fantasy.”
–The Press Democrat

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Dreadmarrow Thief by Marjory Kaptanoglu

Dreadmarrow Thief (The Conjurer Fellstone Book 1)


Seeking love, revenge, and a cure for death.

Sixteen-year-old Tessa Skye, a locksmith’s apprentice, loves to shapeshift into a sparrow using a windrider–a forbidden magical amulet. During one of her outings, she accidentally reveals herself to the Conjurer Lord Fellstone, who reigns over Sorrenwood with an army of boar-headed men, and corpses he calls up from the dead. The tyrant sends his knights after Tessa, resulting in the death of her Papa. To save him, she sets out for the castle to steal Fellstone’s Dreadmarrow, his most prized magical artifact, which has the power to restore life. She’s joined by the fortune-teller Calder, searching for his lost love, and Ash, the gravedigger’s son, whose growing attraction to Tessa distracts from his plan to avenge his murdered twin. Dreadmarrow Thief is a universal coming-of-age story about a girl who seeks to wield great power, only to learn it comes at a terrible price.

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Release date October 9, 2017.

Tips for Book Lovers on a Budget

1.  Join a mailing list or two. Sites like Bookbub, The Fussy Librarian, Many Books, Book Raid, and our site, The eBook Bandit, get discount information directly from authors. Books ranging from top publisher new releases and best sellers to stories from great indie authors are marked down during the year. By joining a few of these lists, you know about these deals and get to take advantage of them before the price goes back up! 

2.  Use your local library. Those shelves are stocked full of books from the literary greats, why not read them for free? If your library charges a membership fee, it’ll be well worth having a physical copy of the book in your hands. Sure, you can read eBooks anywhere, but there’s something about flipping those pages that just feels good.

3.  Trade books with friends who read. That’s a literal way to get two for the price of one!

4.  Keep a lookout for freebies. eBooks are regularly discounted to free. Authors do this in hopes of getting their names out there. It’s tough competition! Many times the first book in a series is given in hopes you’ll get hooked and read more. Wouldn’t that be great though?

5.  Follow your favorite authors on Twitter/ join their newsletters. Authors often give information on new releases and discounts. Some even give kindle freebies and have contests for things such as signed copies of their books!

6.  Check coupon sites for savings. Sites like Retail Me Not often have coupons for physical and online goods from the top vendors such as Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million.

7.  Get or borrow the eBook. Are you a have it in your hands die-hard book lover? Why not give eBooks a try? They are almost always cheaper than the physical copies, and you don’t have to worry about taking the book with you. You can have your whole library on your phone or tablet. You can also use apps like Libby to borrow eBooks from the library for free!

Do’s and Don’ts for Submitting to Literary Agents

They call it a slush pile for a reason, but don’t get discouraged. These tips will help your query letter shine and stand out from the rest.

Do:

*  Follow the guidelines. Be sure to format your manuscript to the specific guidelines, including but not limited to: font, margins, spacing, and file type. If the agent takes the time to request it, they are probably doing so for a reason. Your file may not be easy to read or even open properly if it’s not done as requested. Most agents won’t take the time to troubleshoot this when they have tons of other manuscripts to read. Plus, it shows that you are able to follow instructions.

*  Research the agent. Publishers Marketplace is a great place to start if you don’t know anything about the agent. Take a look at some of the past work they’ve represented, and make sure that your book fits. Some agents will even provide tips for how to format your query. You may have to rewrite it several times, but landing your dream agent will be worth it!

*  Treat you query letter like a job application. Everything should be error free and professional.

*  Look at examples of successful query letters. Query Shark is a wonderful resource! Make sure that the content in your letter is laid out properly.

*  Include the word count and genre. This could be the deciding factor.

*  Mention previous writing credits and publications. If you’re mutli-published, say so! If this is your debut story, don’t be ashamed to admit it. You can always include relevant certifications, degrees, and memberships.

*  Let them know about any established fan base. Do you have thousands of followers on your website or social media? Be sure to mention that!  

*  Handle rejection. There’s no need to respond to a rejection letter. If the agent isn’t excited about your manuscript, then it won’t be a good match anyway. Move forward and don’t quit! Everyone is rejected at some point.

 

Don’t:

*  Write impersonalized letters. Unless you are submitting to someone who specifically requests it, never address your letters to “Dear Agent” or “Dear Editor.”

*  Send a mass-email. If you include more than one agent/agency in your email, it shows a lack of research.

*  Point out your lack of experience. It’s okay to say this is your debut novel, but beyond that, let your work stand or fall on its own.

*  Send attachments unless it’s requested. Agents can open thousands of emails per week. That’s a lot of files! The standard is to copy and paste your query letter, synopsis, and sample into the email. Only include attachments if they’re requested.

*  Call you book a “fiction novel.” It makes you look like an amateur. All novels are fiction.

*  Show up to the agent’s office. It’s scary and unprofessional.

*  Call the agent. This is only acceptable if they have established a relationship with you.

*  Send nasty replies to rejections. Literary agents speak to each other more than you may realize.