With notes of Kurt Vonnegut and Alice in Wonderland, Hillbilly Epicurean sizzles with wit and subversive humor.
Denver Crawley has just started working for the Chimerical Research Division, a basement level government agency, in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was either that or get cut off from his wealthy father’s money train. His days are now mired in monotony as he sits in a tiny concrete block office, thumbing through various forms of media attempting to find reference to any strange and unexplainable anomalous occurrences from around the world that could signify bits of an alternate realm, universe, or reality.
When Denver finds a project that his predecessor had been working on—the same predecessor who had died on duty—his interest is piqued. It seems that in 1953 a group of archeologists dug up a strange artifact, a keystone with unexplainable writing on it. Now, years later, a construction crew in Kansas City has found another artifact connected to the first. What does it mean? It’s time for a road trip for Denver.
With the help of an eccentric consultant, he begins to unravel the complexities of the many realities that parallel our own, and discovers the threat residing just beyond their borders. Now the fate of our world rests on the shoulders of a defunct government employee, a political scientist, and his demon.
Oswald Means has had a tough life. Being a low level hit-man for the Chicago mob was not his first choice of career, and yes, the occasional phantoms of his victims do bother him. But being married to Matilda, the love of his life, has kept him going. Now her cancer has caught up to her and their time together is up.
Oswald had always kept his job a secret from his wife: she’s a free spirit with a spiritual side, and would be horrified if she knew. But to his shock, as she lies dying she tells him that she knows what he does. And that her dying vision is that they can only be together in the afterlife if Oswald saves as many lives as he has taken. Oswald is devastated at the thought of losing her for eternity. And he doesn’t even know how many targets he’s hit.
So, Oswald makes a plan to save people. He has a few false starts: - dealing with people who may or may not want to be saved - that lead to darkly comic confrontations on bridges and rooftops. But then he gets a great idea, an idea that might solve all his hit-man problems . . . .
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Dr. John Watson has long wanted to join Sherlock Holmes in the Logres Society, an ancient group devoted to Arthurian ideals of service and protection of the common people. Founded in the Middle Ages by Geoffrey of Monmouth, with the help of the Knights Templar, The Logres Society’s mission is to help those most likely to be harmed by power exchanges between estates and nations. To Dr. John Watson, membership in the Society represents the highest ideals of British manhood. And, perhaps, a chance to reconcile with Mary.
As the date of Watson’s investiture into the Society, January 6, the Epiphany, approaches, a series of murders within the Highland Travellers clans strikes. Several clan leaders across the Highlands have been murdered at the same time, and certain valuable artifacts were stolen from them. As Holmes and Watson seek to assist them, the entire Logres Society is plunged into danger. They find themselves under attack by the most dangerous of forces: the forces of magic and the occult.
Holmes and Watson have faced grave danger before, but for Watson, this case is darker than any other. For this time, he suspects treachery from those who have been his closest allies: his fellow members of Department Zed, his beloved wife Mary, and even the great detective himself.
What horror will loom out of the fog-shrouded night to face Watson in a dark battle for the soul of England… and whose face will it wear?
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Valentine’s Day could be the most dangerous time of the year if an angry Cupid is the hit man hunting you down.
Bram Farrell, paranormal PI, has been yanked from the pages of the novel. His author and creator brought him into real-world Detroit to do a job for her, but the job went south, and the real-world Detroit is as loaded with monsters and magical beings as the pages of her books were. And they are all out to get Bram and exact some otherworldly revenge on him.
Most guys wouldn’t mind that it’s raining females, some expected, some surprises, one he could do without. And then there is his new secretary, Naomi, who he’s falling in love with. Keeping her alive—and himself—is going to be tricky.
Outrunning an alchemist, a vampire, and a witch is going to take more than cutting wit.
Luckily, this paranormal Sam Spade has some resources besides his dry sense of humor. His dachshund Hellhound is with him and his magic is coming back. Which should be helpful considering someone has put a hit out on him.
There’s a lot on Bram’s plate this February. The question is, will he live through it this time?
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After an ugly divorce, Annie Peacock needs a fresh start. She’s delighted to be hired by Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming as its first female judge. Annie has a mission when she comes to Yellowstone: to recover from her painful divorce and to fulfill a long-held desire: to work as a judge in Yellowstone, to have the chance to protect the wild country from poachers, trophy hunters, and rampant corporate greed.But Annie’s classic beauty and cool façade, together with her play-it-by-the-rules approach to Yellowstone justice, immediately turn the park’s renegade backcountry ranger, Will McCarroll, off. As a front-line defender of Yellowstone’s wildlife and wilderness, Will is obsessed with protecting them—at any cost. He has a way of taking justice into his own hands that leaves Annie cold. It’s inevitable Annie and Will butt heads, but they share a passion for protecting the wildlife of the park, especially the wolves. Now, the alpha male of the Druid pack has been shot and killed by a trophy hunter. Annie and Will, furious, are determined to find out who killed him and see that the poacher is prosecuted. Their relationship is rocky: working with Will is not easy for Annie. But they have to try to get along if they want to find the killer. The lives of the rest of the wolves are at stake. As they continue to hunt down the killer of the alpha male together, though, Annie and Will find that their feelings about each other may be changing.
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Twenty-Nine, or Jane, is within reach of her heart’s desire: a home outside of Soothing Hills Asylum, where she has been raised.
Her sister Jules wants to take her in, and a man, Mason, is deeply in love with her and wants to care for her. But before Jane can leave, she must be examined by the Board of Lunacy. Jane is still hearing voices and songs from the cornfield outside the asylum, voices and songs that tell her what she must do, and that no one else can hear. So, the Board may not allow her to leave.
But the asylum is becoming more and more dangerous. Its lead alienist, Dr. Frost, has disappeared, there have been frightening sightings of a woman in white, running through the corn at night, and perhaps worst of all: lobotomized women from the asylum are turning up pregnant.
Jane is desperate to get away and go to her new home. Mason and Jules only want to rescue Jane from the asylum.
But there is a complication: for Jane, the voice in the corn calls. And she must obey.