Blog Tour: Shattered Circle by John Stamp

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Jackson Cole is a newly minted homicide detective thrown head first into the grinder when he is ordered to investigate the grisly murder of three women, each adorned with occult symbols.

The press is stirring up a frenzy about a killer cult. The mayor, the chief of police, and Cole’s captain want results to calm an increasingly fearful public, and Cole’s  partner is nowhere to be found. It’s just another day at the office until a stranger shows up spouting a wild theory: blood magic.

Cole won’t even consider it. There is no such thing as magic, no such thing as voodoo. And there are definitely no demons roaming the Charleston Peninsula. There’s always a rational explanation for the evil humans commit upon one another. Until a demon tries to take Cole’s head off.

How do you stop a supernatural evil, something ancient and unencumbered by the laws of physics or man? Especially when all you bring to the fight is a pistol and a pair of handcuffs. If Jackson Cole wants to close this case, he’ll need to open his mind to a world of the impossible. A world he never knew existed, until now. And he’ll have to survive it. Read more

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Literary Ashland with Bill Gholson

For our May interview, Ed and I caught up with Bill Gholson. Bill teaches rhetoric and the nonfiction essay. He has a PhD in English with concentrations in rhetoric and contemporary American literature. A former high school English teacher, he has directed writing programs and has published on Kurt Vonnegut and rhetoric. More recently, he’s been writing poetry, which is the topic of our conversation.

 

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Blog Tour: A Front Page Affair by Radha Vatsal

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Capability “Kitty” Weeks is nineteen, well traveled, well-off, and fresh out of Swiss boarding school. She’s just returned to New York and started writing for the New York Sentinel Ladies’ Page. New York in 1915 is an exciting place. Everything—from cars and movies to culture and women’s roles in the workplace—is undergoing a sea change.

When Kitty is sent to the Sleepy Hollow Country Club to cover the Japanese Fireworks at a Fourth of July picnic, all anyone can talk about is the man who shot J.P. Morgan at his mansion and was pinned beneath the robber baron’s enormous bulk. That is, all anyone can talk about until a man is discovered murdered in the stables.

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Blog Tour: Terror in Taffeta by Marla Cooper

terror in taffetaWhat’s It About?

Wedding planner Kelsey McKenna is just a few hours away from wrapping up her latest job: a destination wedding in the charming, colonial Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende. The reception is all set up, the tequila donkey is waiting outside, and the bride and groom are standing on the altar, pledging their eternal love. But just as the priest is about to pronounce them husband and wife, one of the bridesmaids upstages the couple by collapsing into a floral arrangement (a definite wedding “don’t”).

The girl hasn’t just fainted—she’s dead.

Losing a bridesmaid is bad enough, but when the bride’s sister is arrested for murder, the demanding mother of the bride insists that Kelsey fix the matter at once. Although Kelsey is pretty sure investigating a murder isn’t in her contract, crossing the well connected Mrs. Abernathy could be a career-killer. Before she can leave Mexico and get back to planning weddings, Kelsey must deal with stubborn detectives, a rekindled romance, and guests who didn’t even RSVP.

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