The Unhappy Medium: A Supernatural Comedy. Book 1 by T. J. Brown

About The Unhappy Medium

When even the laws of physics let you down, the absurd, the ludicrous and the frankly impossible may be all you have left.

Dr Newton Barlow has everything a theoretical physicist could ask for – a glittering career both in the lab and on television, a beautiful wife, and best of all, the opportunity to promote his rock-solid certainty that supernatural and religious beliefs are nothing but complete and utter hokum.

But Barlow is about to take a tumble. Mired in accusations of fraud, incompetence and malpractice, Newton is cast out from the scientific establishment and ejected from the family home. With his life in tatters, he descends into a wine-sodden wilderness.

Then, after three lost years, Barlow is suddenly approached by his old mentor and fellow sceptic Dr Sixsmith with an extraordinary proposition, an offer that Newton simply cannot refuse. There’s just one small problem:

Dr Sixsmith is dead.

Thrown headlong into a new reality that simply shouldn’t exist, Dr Newton Barlow is about to come up against the best and the worst of human nature: tooled-up vicars, paper-pushing ancient Greeks, sinister property developers, a saucy rubber nun and possibly the most mean-spirited man ever to have walked the earth (twice).

From the dusty plains of Spain to the leafy vicarages of Hampshire, Dr Barlow will have to contradict everything he ever believed in if he wants to save this world – and the next.

Author: T. J. Brown

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
357 reviews

Life in Twenty-Something: A Story of Self-Discovery by Evan Tarver

A modern fiction novel with very nonfiction principles and values. It’s a parable, a guiding story about the struggle we all face when looking for our passion and happiness in life.

If you’ve ever believed that you’re destined for something great, and if you’re constantly searching for your purpose, then this novel is for you. Also, if you enjoy observational stories that are chock full of drugs, sex, high-stakes business, money lost, and love found, then this novel is especially for you.

David is misunderstood. By everyone, so it seems. The millennial business enthusiast has failed at almost every career he’s tried. Searching for his life’s meaning and enamored by the startup culture in Silicon Valley, David jumps headlong into a job at a small, albeit growing, business.

He soon realizes, however, that while the company is considered a “startup,” it’s as unfulfilling as any corporate job he’s had, and he chooses to pursue his own entrepreneurial venture, believing that if he can become a famous business owner, he’ll find happiness. But not if his previous employer has anything to say about it. In true Silicon Valley fashion, David’s former boss finds out about his new company and threatens legal action on the grounds that his former employee is in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a federal crime.

Dave is faced with a dilemma – stay and fight or turn and run? And ultimately, if entrepreneurship isn’t making him happy, what will?

What people are saying:

“Evan approaches his content with careful planning so his publications, whether they be fiction or nonfiction, are fun to read and provide real-world insight and advice. As the Content & Community leader for EOFire I’ve really enjoyed reading his engaging and valuable stories.”

– Kate Erickson, Entrepreneur on Fire’s Content & Community Leader

“What’s it like to be young and smart in San Francisco with a beautiful girlfriend and a promising startup? For millennial Dave LeBlanc, it’s hell, and you won’t want to stop reading until you find out if Dave self-destructs or saves himself. Author Evan Tarver writes with humor and authority about the generation that seems poised at the forefront of a revolution one minute and teetering at the brink of disaster the next. ‘There are a ton of lessons to be learned through my failures,’ Dave says at one point. Read Life in Twenty-Something and you’ll see what he means.”

– Susan Bono, author of What Have We Here: Essays about Keeping House and Finding Home and founding editor of Tiny Lights: A Journal of Personal Narrative.

“Evan is a past guest of our California Connection radio show and he’s spoken eloquently regarding passion and purpose in life and the workforce. I always look forward to reading his stories and parables on careers and the pursuit of happiness because they provide real value.”

– Maureen Ennor, co-host of California Connection, finance and business talk radio with Bob Lang of CNBC

“Evan’s written an adventure story that keeps your eyes glued to the page and keeps you wondering what’s going to happen next!”

– Leisa Peterson, Mindful Money Coach, WealthClinic.com

Author: Evan Tarver

Rating: Rating: 4.80 / 5
64 reviews

Beyond Dead: An Afterlife Adventures Novel (A Paranormal Ghost Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by Jordaina Sydney Robinson

You thought living was hard? You should try being dead … Dead less than twenty-four hours, with a job that doesn’t pay, a fashion disaster for a uniform and more afterlife rules than she can shake a stick at, Bridget Sway thinks it’s as bad as it can get. And then she finds a dead ghost stuffed in her locker.Since the police are desperate to arrest her for murder, Bridget’s new best friend convinces her the only way to save herself from an eternity in prison is to solve the murder themselves. With a handsome parole officer watching her every move, an outlaw ghost befriending her and two persistent mediums demanding her attention, solving the murder is not quite as easy as it sounds. And when “murder” turns into “murders” Bridget needs to solve the case … before she becomes the next dead body stuffed in her locker. Interview with the author What makes the Bridget Sway series so special?I think it’s a couple of things, to be honest. I read across genres, from cozy mysteries to paranormal mysteries to a wide range of chick lit. So when I was writing the Bridget Sway series, I wanted to incorporate all of my favourite elements of those genres into the series and the characters as well. That might sound like a bit of a strange mash up, but it blends together really well. From cozy mysteries, I stole the dead bodies and the amateur sleuthing because I love whodunnits! One of the things that can become frustrating in cozy mysteries, though, is the ditsy heroine that continually runs into dangerous situations. I wanted to make Bridget smarter than the average cozy amateur sleuth, so I gave her the sassy or snarky attitude of the strong female characters that are so prevalent in the paranormal mystery genre. I also borrowed a little of the sarcastic wit and humor as well. Because everyone needs a little humor when finding dead bodies!And, despite her being a ghost, I wanted to make sure Bridget Sway was relatable, so I made sure she struggles with friendships and personal growth just like everyone in real life. Both of these themes are dominant in the chick lit genre. All of this means that the Bridget Sway series has roots in all three genres; cozy mystery, paranormal mystery, and chick lit. I think this is what makes the series so popular because it appeals to a much wider audience.Who would enjoy the series? Really, anyone who loves a good whodunnit!With it being part cozy mystery it means there’s no swearing or sex, and no real blood—people aren’t getting limbs lobbed off—so it’s fine for younger readers. And, apart from the fact it’s set in the afterlife and the characters are ghosts, the paranormal element is fairly limited to that. It’s not a horror story by any stretch of the imagination. In terms of similar reads, I think if you enjoy Angie Fox’s Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, Angela Roquet’s Lana Harvey series or Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse/Harper ConnellyGrave Sight series then you’re in the right place! Do you have to read them in order? Nope, you don’t. They’re all standalone mysteries so you can read them in any order. That said, it is a series, so to get the most out of it I’d suggest the following order:Just a Touch Dead (prequel)Beyond DeadDeader StillA Little More DeadDead and Buried Bridget Sway: A Paranormal Ghost Cozy Mystery Series categories: Mystery SeriesCozy Mystery ParanormalGhost Amateur Sleuths

Author: Jordaina Sydney Robinson

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
248 reviews

A Scone To Die For (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 1) by H.Y. Hanna

“Scones, a tea shop in England, a kitty & a murder – yes, please!”When an American tourist is murdered with a scone in her quaint English tearoom, Gemma must solve the mystery with the help of the nosy Old Biddies and a mischievous little feline named Muesli. But between her bossy, matchmaking mother and the return of her old college love as a handsome CID detective, Gemma soon has her hands full and her head spinning!Murder is bad for business, especially when customers think your scones are more deadly than delicious. With the body count rising and her tearoom going bust, can Gemma find the killer before things turn to custard?(*Traditional English scone recipe included)This book follows British English spelling and usage.Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.Genre: humorous culinary cozy mysteries, cat cozy mystery series / women amateur sleuth / British detective mysteryOXFORD TEAROOM MYSTERIESA Scone To Die For (Book 1)Tea with Milk and Murder (Book 2)Two Down, Bun To Go (Book 3)Till Death Do Us Tart (Book 4)Muffins and Mourning Tea (Book 5)Four Puddings and a Funeral (Book 6)

Author: H.Y. Hanna

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
643 reviews

Beyond Dead: An Afterlife Adventures Novel (A Paranormal Ghost Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by Jordaina Sydney Robinson

You thought living was hard? You should try being dead … Dead less than twenty-four hours, with a job that doesn’t pay, a fashion disaster for a uniform and more afterlife rules than she can shake a stick at, Bridget Sway thinks it’s as bad as it can get. And then she finds a dead ghost stuffed in her locker.Since the police are desperate to arrest her for murder, Bridget’s new best friend convinces her the only way to save herself from an eternity in prison is to solve the murder themselves. With a handsome parole officer watching her every move, an outlaw ghost befriending her and two persistent mediums demanding her attention, solving the murder is not quite as easy as it sounds. And when “murder” turns into “murders” Bridget needs to solve the case … before she becomes the next dead body stuffed in her locker. Interview with the author What makes the Bridget Sway series so special?I think it’s a couple of things, to be honest. I read across genres, from cozy mysteries to paranormal mysteries to a wide range of chick lit. So when I was writing the Bridget Sway series, I wanted to incorporate all of my favourite elements of those genres into the series and the characters as well. That might sound like a bit of a strange mash up, but it blends together really well. From cozy mysteries, I stole the dead bodies and the amateur sleuthing because I love whodunnits! One of the things that can become frustrating in cozy mysteries, though, is the ditsy heroine that continually runs into dangerous situations. I wanted to make Bridget smarter than the average cozy amateur sleuth, so I gave her the sassy or snarky attitude of the strong female characters that are so prevalent in the paranormal mystery genre. I also borrowed a little of the sarcastic wit and humor as well. Because everyone needs a little humor when finding dead bodies!And, despite her being a ghost, I wanted to make sure Bridget Sway was relatable, so I made sure she struggles with friendships and personal growth just like everyone in real life. Both of these themes are dominant in the chick lit genre. All of this means that the Bridget Sway series has roots in all three genres; cozy mystery, paranormal mystery, and chick lit. I think this is what makes the series so popular because it appeals to a much wider audience.Who would enjoy the series? Really, anyone who loves a good whodunnit!With it being part cozy mystery it means there’s no swearing or sex, and no real blood—people aren’t getting limbs lobbed off—so it’s fine for younger readers. And, apart from the fact it’s set in the afterlife and the characters are ghosts, the paranormal element is fairly limited to that. It’s not a horror story by any stretch of the imagination. In terms of similar reads, I think if you enjoy Angie Fox’s Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, Angela Roquet’s Lana Harvey series or Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse/Harper ConnellyGrave Sight series then you’re in the right place! Do you have to read them in order? Nope, you don’t. They’re all standalone mysteries so you can read them in any order. That said, it is a series, so to get the most out of it I’d suggest the following order:Just a Touch Dead (prequel)Beyond DeadDeader StillA Little More DeadDead and Buried Bridget Sway: A Paranormal Ghost Cozy Mystery Series categories: Mystery SeriesCozy Mystery ParanormalGhost Amateur Sleuths

Author: Jordaina Sydney Robinson

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
247 reviews

Apocalypticon by Clayton Smith

Clayton Smith’s astounding debut novel that redefined the post-apocalyptic genre.

“Equal parts Mad Max and Monty Python…one hilarious, harrowing and heart-wrenching tale.”

Three years have passed since the Jamaicans caused the apocalypse, and things in post-Armageddon Chicago have settled into a new kind of normal. Unfortunately, that “normal” includes collapsing skyscrapers, bands of bloodthirsty maniacs, and a dwindling cache of survival supplies. After watching his family, friends, and most of the non-sadistic elements of society crumble around him, Patrick decides it’s time to cross one last item off his bucket list.

He’s going to Disney World.

This hilarious, heartfelt, gut-wrenching odyssey through post-apocalyptic America is a pilgrimage peppered with peril, as fellow survivors Patrick and Ben encounter a slew of odd characters, from zombie politicians and deranged survivalists to a milky-eyed oracle who doesn’t have a lot of good news. Plus, it looks like Patrick may be hiding the real reason for their mission to the Magic Kingdom…

Author: Clayton Smith

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
413 reviews

Contact Us: A Jake Corby Sci-Fi Thriller (Jake Corby Series Book 1) by Al Macy

On May 22, 2018, every person on Earth sneezes. Simultaneously.
Hours later, an alien spacecraft appears over New York City and broadcasts a dire message of impending doom. The future of the human race will depend on the whims of a solitary extraterrestrial who appears in the form of Walter Cronkite. Yes, that’s right, Walter Cronkite, the deceased news anchor.
The alien has some nasty surprises for the residents of Earth, and the race is on to figure out his true motives and the meaning of the sneeze event–before it’s too late.
I truly enjoyed the story from every perspective. As the challenges mount and the danger increases, the characters react in different and believable ways. Even the alien has a distinct personality, adding additional flavor to the already engaging tale. Macy has masterfully weaved together the characters and plot into a satisfying adventure you won’t want to put down. — Allison Maruska, Author of The Fourth DescendentI enjoyed this story and the characters. It had some great humor in it, but managed to maintain its thriller status also. I would definitely recommend this book to sci fi fans everywhere. — S.K. Gregory, Author of Trickster

Author: Al Macy

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
228 reviews

Apocalypticon by Clayton Smith

Clayton Smith’s astounding debut novel that redefined the post-apocalyptic genre.

“Equal parts Mad Max and Monty Python…one hilarious, harrowing and heart-wrenching tale.”

Three years have passed since the Jamaicans caused the apocalypse, and things in post-Armageddon Chicago have settled into a new kind of normal. Unfortunately, that “normal” includes collapsing skyscrapers, bands of bloodthirsty maniacs, and a dwindling cache of survival supplies. After watching his family, friends, and most of the non-sadistic elements of society crumble around him, Patrick decides it’s time to cross one last item off his bucket list.

He’s going to Disney World.

This hilarious, heartfelt, gut-wrenching odyssey through post-apocalyptic America is a pilgrimage peppered with peril, as fellow survivors Patrick and Ben encounter a slew of odd characters, from zombie politicians and deranged survivalists to a milky-eyed oracle who doesn’t have a lot of good news. Plus, it looks like Patrick may be hiding the real reason for their mission to the Magic Kingdom…

Author: Clayton Smith

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
412 reviews

Gone God World – Episode One: Paradise Lot (Urban Fantasy Series #1) by R.E. Vance

The gods are gone. All of them.

Their last message to humanity was: “Thank you for believing in us, but it is not enough. We’re leaving. Good luck.” At first no one took them seriously. Until, that is, all the denizens of all the heavens and hells started showing up on people’s doorsteps.

Creatures that were once thought of as myth are now refugees striving to adapt to life on earth. Trouble is, after eons of living forever, they’re not very good at being mortal.

Caught in the middle is Jean-Luc, a struggling hotelier who (reluctantly) promised to help these ‘Others’ live in this new GoneGod world. But taking care of his guests, keeping his hotel afloat and dealing with the constant drama of the Others’ lives is figuratively killing him. And now that an unusually strange Other is in town, his figurative demise might soon become more literal.

Author: R.E. Vance

Rating: Rating: 4.70 / 5
128 reviews