TREASURE + GREED = Bodies droppingThe irrepressible Jake Johnson from the bestselling THE FIRECRACKER KING is back with a new mystery and a new challenge. After meeting a strange old hermit deep in the woods, Jake’s imagination starts firing on all cylinders and he embarks on a treasure hunt. The prize? A million dollars in US Gold Certificates lost by bootleggers in 1925.Picking up right where THE FIRECRACKER KING left off, BODY DROP once again takes now-seventeen-year-old Jake to the edge of destruction as he delves into a mystery that re-awakens the interest of mobsters in New York, from whom the million dollars had been stolen.As he gets closer to the money, Jake’s survival skills are taxed to the limit. Friends and foes alike beginning circling with deadly intent, forcing Jake to a crisis of will as he stands alone with only his wits to protect him.Everyone involved in the million-dollar theft was murdered. Now, decades later, will the treasure exact another price in blood?Though BODY DROP stands on its own, reading THE FIRECRACKER KING first will provide a richer insight into Jake’s character and background.Matthew Bayan is the bestselling author of non-fiction such as, EAT FAT, BE HEALTHY, as well as novels such as, THE FIRECRACKER KING and TIME JUMPER.Praise for THE FIRECRACKER KING, the 1st book in this series:“I loved it.” – Caroline Leavitt, New York Times #1 bestselling author“A wicked, marvelous book.” – David Corbett, award-winning, bestselling author“Holds up favorably to Stephen King’s, THE BODY.” – A.C. Crispin, New York Times bestselling author “The best coming-of-age book I’ve ever read and that includes THE CATCHER IN THE RYE.” – William C. Gordon, international bestseller of such mystery classics as THE CHINESE JARS.
When Sian Tierney wins a major songwriting competition, she senses an exciting beginning on the horizon – but nothing prepares her for the arrival of Donal Redmond. Mona Allard is the kind of girl most girls hate, a natural beauty and a promising artist. Her parents are madly in love, her sister is her best friend and her boyfriend is, well, perfect. She should be happy. But Mona has never been one to follow convention.Two very talented women, leading two very different lives. One finding her way through music, another losing herself in art. The kind of women that would be friends in different circumstances. Instead, the choices each make brings fateful consequences to the other. Loves are lost, lives torn apart, and both women are left fighting for the right to be happy.From Dublin’s cobbled streets to the San Franciscan hills, Never Not Broken reveals the power of promise found, and the danger of talent lost.
Thrust into the middle of Civil War battle, with both Union and Rebel protagonists and antagonists, Asunder, the first in the Trilogy, is a story of love and loss and of families torn apart. Thoroughly researched, the novel presents numerous complex, memorable characters struggling against incredible odds in an epic spanning from Texas to New York. he story begins in frigid February, long after the battle. Cyntha Favor, an abolitionist and ardent believer in Spiritualism, searches the battlefield in hopes of finding her husband’s grave. Having received erroneous reports of his death, she hopes to free his tormented soul. During the Civil War, it is estimated that at least one-fifth of the population wholeheartedly believed in Spiritualism. Mary Lincoln held séances in the White House with President Lincoln in attendance. Sara Reeder, initially naïve and an ardent supporter of the Southern cause, is thrust into the battle maelstrom. An excellent horse-woman, she rides to warn the army of a surprise attack, but is too late. With battle all around, she aids wounded Union soldiers, and her zeal for the war changes forever. In early 1861, both armies wore an assortment of uniforms. The Union had not adopted the standard blue uniform. Cyntha’s husband, a Union soldier, Iowa Grays volunteer, Joseph Favor, is found unconscious by Sara. Nursed to health by Sara and her father, Lucas, he awakens with no memory, unable to recall even the battle. The Reeders perceive him, since he is dressed in gray, to be a Confederate. Dred Workman, a conniving Iowan comrade and deserter to the Rebels, falsely identifies Joseph as a Cavalryman in the Third Texas. The Reeder home is turned into a hospital. Soon, they are left to care for numerous wounded with no help from the army. Lucas blames Lincoln for the war. Based on an actual event, he holds a grudge against the president for something that happened before the war when Lincoln was a lawyer. Lucas and his slave have become friends, no longer slave and master.Sara and Joseph are romantically drawn to each other, but Joseph is haunted by fleeting images of his past. Joseph is called to join the cavalry. Will this parting keep them from being together? Joined by her freeman employee and confidant, Josiah Reynolds, Cyntha’s headstrong manner lands her in confinement by the Union army. She meets a dubious Spiritualist who convinces her that Joseph’s soul is indeed tormented. Learning her brother is accused of robbery, and aided by a quirky Rebel supporter, Constance Carver, she plans escape. Her brother has problems of his own when the steamboat he is a passenger on sinks in a storm. The survivors are attacked by River Pirates. With Missouri marauder gangs closing in on the Reeder farm, the Spiritualist Fox sisters holding séances, and devastating battles, Asunder drives towards a devastating climax. Like curtlocklearauthor.com on Facebook, visit the website curtlocklearauthor.com and follow @CurtLock on Twitter
Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition to find the Spice islands comes alive in this historical novel. You’ll love Jonas Martin, a twenty one year old stow-away, who portrays the principal character. He suffers monotony, disease and hunger until he finds his, Ilang-ilang, a beautiful princess in Sugbo. She was his fortune.
The true account of a progressive actor, who travels to Hollywood to chase his career. He stays all over Los Angeles during a three month period and encounters sexual molestation, mistaking Cocaine for something stronger, a feature film shoot in a casino and living on a three bedroom boat for six weeks for free! Along with breaking a girls heart, wooing another, while repeatedly feeling alone and frustrated. Some nights were dangerous, some just downright fun and others strangely obscure. My tale is all about the delights and oddities of Los Angeles, California from the perspective of an adventurous Actor looking for his Hollywood break.
Late December is a magical time of year. Magical enough for the forces of the Fomoire to truly begin their conquest.Many people travel and consider new things during a gap year before college. Megan of the Unseelie, all of 18 now, is spending hers hurrying between realms and trying to figure how to stop the Fomoire from running rampant over all worlds when the Winter Solstice arrives.Now Megan must rally her friends and allies one more time in a last, desperate mission. Especially because some on both sides say all those worlds are doomed.
Harold has a crush on Lettie, her classmate, but Lettie’s dating Joe, also Harold’s classmate. He has a brilliant mind and a rare condition that prevents him from walking, and as he tries to build a flying machine, he realizes his condition advances rapidly. Can Harold fulfill his longtime wish of flying and win Lettie’s heart before it is too late?
A planet out of balance. The rise of an unlikely savior. Secrets that could derail it all.An Amazon #1 Bestselling SeriesThe Complete Pendomus Chronicles Trilogy includes:Pendomus: Book 1Polarities: Book 2Revolutions: Book 3PENDOMUSA secret hidden in plain sight. A devastating attack. And a world hanging in the balance.There are a lot of things I wish I’d known earlier—but three top my “wow, she was naïve” list.First—there are others on Pendomus.Second—a prophecy is in motion & I hold the key to the survival of literally everything.Third—I’m being hunted by a madman who is desperately trying to wipe me from existence.So yeah, no pressure.POLARITIESRuna, the prophesied Daughter of Five needs to learn how to master herself, or all of Pendomus will perish.In a world where mythical creatures are either controlled, or on the brink of extinction—a prophecy reveals there’s one who can restore balance. The only problem is, she has no idea how to do it.Separated from the only people who’ve had her back—as well as the love of her life, Traeton—Runa must go on a quest alone to uncover what it means to be human, as well as the Daughter of Five. Dropped in an unknown location, presumably still on the planet, she only has a monolithic book—the Caudex—as her guide, but it’s not giving up its answers easily. Will she be able to uncover the mysteries? The fate of the entire word rests on her shoulders and her ability to push through all of the challenges set her way.Will she learn what she needs to step into her role as savior? Or will everything be derailed by her desire to get back to her friends?REVOLUTIONSOne girl, chosen by blood. A prophecy only partially fulfilled. And a madman desperate enough to destroy everything.There’s more than meets the eye to Videus’ obsession with Runa and her bloodlines. The only problem is, unraveling the mystery could unleash catastrophe on everything she holds dear.As the prophecy starts to unfold, Runa’s left with a severe handicap. Not only has she not completed the trials like she was meant to-she’s rocked by a betrayal she didn’t see coming.Can Runa stop Videus once and for all-or will the fate of Pendomus be locked forever by one man’s madness?An unforgettable, action-packed ending brimming with mystery, magic, and suspense – The Pendomus Chronicles is sure to captivate fans of The Maze Runner, The Gender Game, Divergent, and The Hunger Games…You’re one click away from having all the answers to the Pendomus Chronicles secrets.Buy The Complete Pendomus Trilogy Boxed Set now to binge read the entire fast-paced dystopian series and find out why readers are calling it “nothing short of genius!”