Twisted Tales – Short Stories Anthology 2: My Husband’s Amnesia — My Parallel World — My Daughters, My Clones — The Mermaids Hunger — My Sister’s Spirit (Twisted Tale – Short Story Book 12) by C. A. Hewitson

*Strange Stories Boxed Set 1 also available*Coma Hal is, and always will be, the love of my life, even though he no longer remembers me. We met at University and it was love at first sight – he was studying philosophy and was an exciting world away from the stuffy types I was studying biology with. The life we’ve built together, with our two children Janine and Scott, is worth fighting for. But Doctor Nichols, Hal’s psychiatrist, doesn’t want to get my hopes up. ‘It’s been ten years since he came out of the coma,’ he reminds me. ‘It might be healthy for you to move on.’ But I will never give up on him, even if Hal has moved on. Or moved backwards, more accurately, straight back into the arms of Teneille Van Outen, his high school sweetheart. *****Parallel You For Clara, the grass could be so much greener. Sure, she has Dean, but the love died long ago, along with their sex-life. One night, after a lonely mug of champagne, Clara glimpses another version of herself in the mirror. A better version, from a strikingly similar parallel world, Reath, and she is mesmerised. When her parallel self offers to swap places, Clara readily agrees. A portal materialises in the mirror and Clara is transported into her new, exciting world. *****My twin triplets In the year 2063, the chemical fires that had raged from 2042 to 43 had left the air too polluted to procreate naturally. For Ma, the decision had been an easy one, when the scientists came up with a new way to further the human race: she ordered triplets, each the identical genetic twin of her, grown in an artificial womb. The girls – Mary, Patrice and Beth – are breathtaking at thirteen, just as Ma had been. Then, tragedy strikes and Mary suddenly dies. Mary was Ma’s favourite, and Ma feels hard done-by with her remaining two daughters: Patrice – just as pathetic and timid as Ma had been at that age, and Beth: as cold-hearted as Coal, the man Ma had been forced into marrying by her parents when she was only a teenager. *****The BloopWhen a third swimmer disappears in the early hours from Mullaloon Beach, marine biologist Mel Fink is put on beach watch to find the carnivorous sea creature responsible. Mel becomes obsessed with discovering the perpetrator – even more so when the clues seem to point to sea creatures with human-like qualities. Could they be mermaids? Will Mel discover their identity? And at what cost to his own life? *****Waterfall Secrets of the DeadI was too late to save Lucy from the fire. My twin, my best friend, gone, with the mottled red scar on the side of my face from the fire’s flames to remind me of my failure. Which is why I decided to end my own life, by jumping over the precipice of Grace Falls. Down, down, down I went. And the regret hit me, as soon as I’d jumped. I don’t want to die! But I didn’t: A knobbly protrusion in the cliff broke my fall. It was there I discovered the glowing, moss-covered cave, hidden behind the waterfall. I sensed immediately the place was magical – but I did not expect my sister to condensate from the waterfall mist right before my eyes.*****Please check out my website www.CAHewitson.com , and sign up to my newsletter for the free strange story, ‘Out of Body.’*****Cover photo courtesy of rohit gowaikar, entitled ‘I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod, my shadow does that much better – Plutarch. Place – Fort Chavand, Maharashtra, India. This was Rahul standing at the edge of a water cistern and I could see his shadow on the algae filled water. No special effects. No texture. Just a raw converted to jpeg.’https://www.flickr.com/photos/flickrohit/3106971317/in/faves-125476168@N05/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcodeFiltered/edited on www.Canva.com

Author: C. A. Hewitson

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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A Time to Tell Lies by Alan Kennedy

In the morning of Tuesday November 10, 1942, near a small village in SW France, the scheduled pickup for a Special Operations Executive agent goes terribly wrong. Alex and Justine, agents – with a life expectancy measured in weeks – find themselves entangled in a desperate project they never fully understand. They are also lovers. A Time to Tell Lies shifts between a fearful wartime London, nervously awaiting its inevitable invasion, and a fatally compromised France. Uncertain who to trust and trained to lie to their wartime masters and to the enemy, Alex and Justine must contemplate lying to each other. A Time to Tell Lies continues the story begun in Lucy, now reissued in a new edition. Praise for Lucy“A haunting and captivating love story set largely in occupied France in WWII, Lucy has both a deceptively simple narrative style and a skilfully articulated plot which holds the reader from start to finish. At its heart is the exploration of the young artist’s creative imagination as she struggles to come to terms with the banal horrors of war and her own engulfing emotions.”Deborah Swallow, Märit Rausing Director, Courtauld Institute of Art.

Author: Alan Kennedy

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Conclusive Evidence: A Novel by Al Macy

Garrett Goodlove used to be an arrogant criminal defense attorney with a drive to win at all costs. But a pair of tragic events threw him into a bottomless depression, and he retreated into the practice of family law. Now, he tries to settle cases in ways that make everyone happy. He’s a nicer person, but has he lost his edge?His kinder, gentler life is disrupted when the police arrest his estranged twin sister, Carly. She’s accused of shoving her husband off a cliff into the storm-tossed Pacific Ocean. Worse, the vicious detective on the case has a grudge against her and has vowed to send her to prison even if he has to cheat to do it.Carly, deaf since birth, refuses to be defended by anyone other than her twin brother. But the intense connection that binds the siblings tells Garrett that she may not be revealing everything she knows. If Garrett can’t keep this new stress from pushing him back into depression, the defense will fail, condemning his sister to an isolated life in prison, cut off from the deaf community she needs.

Author: Al Macy

Rating: Rating: 4.90 / 5
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Remote Access: An International Political Thriller (Marcie Kane Book 3) by Barry Finlay

What Would You Do If A Foreign Country Took Over Your Computer?A quiet Florida day is shattered for Marcie Kane and her fiancé, Nathan Harris, when they are faced with this question. The call came from Annie Logan, a new friend of Marcie’s who happened to be the wife of the chief of staff to the president of the United States. While Annie’s personal problems bring into question her credibility, Nathan, a consultant with the FBI, soon confirms the threat is real and helps Annie convince her skeptical husband in Washington.˃˃˃ The Threat Escalates, And The President’s Life Is At RiskAs the online threats grow, the impulsive president is determined not to listen to anyone, and especially not a hacker. The hacker is equally determined not to fail and risk damaging his reputation. Marcie and Nathan find themselves directly in the middle of a winner-take-all cat and mouse game where the stakes include the life of the president of the United States.˃˃˃ Praise For Barry Finlay”Barry Finlay will keep you turning the pages.” – Rick Mofina, Bestselling author˃˃˃ Remote Access will appeal to anyone who even casually follows today’s news and enjoys page-turning suspense!Scroll Up And Grab Your Copy Today!

Author: Barry Finlay

Rating: Rating: 4.80 / 5
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Otherwise: A Novel by Geoff Camphire

Larkin Mullaney has written plenty of obituaries for the small-town newspaper where he works. But never before has he been assigned an obit like this one — about the beloved local nun who died in a mysterious car wreck earlier this week.There are just a few nagging questions.Was it Larkin who was driving on the same stretch of dark highway when the church van swerved and careened off a precipice? Who were Larkin and his drinking companion David Diaz following on that night anyway? And why does Larkin feel like he’s stumbled onto a secret message, intended for him, hidden in the weirdly unorthodox teachings of the late Sister Helen Kennedy?Larkin needs to figure out exactly what happened before the police do. Maybe he can find some answers in the visitations that he has begun receiving from an otherworldly figure that calls itself The Moon Over Winston, Pennsylvania.From award-winning author Geoff Camphire comes this poignant, thought-provoking tale of fear, guilt, betrayal and forgiveness.

Author: Geoff Camphire

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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The Seraphinian Friend (The Universal Battle Book 1) by Hemang Dave

I was reading a book about alien mystery but it was not so interesting to me. Some people say it is a legendary story. Little did I know that this story is true?I had an encounter with an alien and the alien told me his story. It seems that this monster alien called Vedro/7 (also known as Vedro) has defeated planet Gelio (the good alien planet) and, according to him; he is going to attack Earth next. Will we be able to stop him?I can’t wait to tell you about my alien adventures.

Author: Hemang Dave

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Rattlesnakes, Ghosts and Murderers: Volume 2: The Curse Continues by Len Monahan

This volume of Rattlesnakes, Ghosts and Murderers moves the reader ahead more than 100 years out of America’s Old West. The setting is the contemporary American West, and this novel deals with very real problems created by the international drug trade and our nation’s ineffective “War on Drugs.”In this story, you’ll meet Buck Ford, ranch manager, and Loco Chairez, the insane drug dealer who has taken over the ranch for the purpose of growing marijuana for a Mexican cartel. You will also meet a cast of highly interesting characters: Crash Ordie, Lengren Franklyn Moncliff, Delmore Ray Delmore, Detective Piper and Ling Ling the dry-cleaner lady.Volume Two: The Curse Continues retains the covert paranormal theme found in Volume One: McKenna and Barnett but this book is actually an insightful and satirical, very clever Action Adventure novel. The language used mirrors present-day reality. Murder, suspense, madness and humor fill the pages.Some readers may view this book as politically incorrect but author Len Francis Monahan claims to have stayed true to the language and attitudes of our time, stating that, “I represent the dematerializing stage of an epoch of human writers before all thought and literature are taken over by our Machine Masters. The importance of independent thought is still paramount, and writers should not be cowed by idea-police who dare try directing their characters’ actions and speech. The essence of this book, therefore, is realism presented with great humor.”“Monahan creates much intrigue—and fun—and will have readers looking forward to spending more time with the characters in the next installment, Volume 2: The Curse Continues.” – Maria Siano, Foreword Review

Author: Len Monahan

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Four Seats: Martial Law (Four Seats, Part Two of Six) by Aaron Cooley

“Has the makings of a classic, will surely be on the small screen at some point, and I can’t wait to watch it when it gets there.”
– Jeremy Garelick, Writer-Director of THE WEDDING RINGER

Part Two of the serial conspiracy thriller that will shake America to its core.

One month has passed since the bombing of the Supreme Court that claimed the lives of 124 people, including four of the Justices.

On the hunt for the whereabouts of the fiancée he had thought killed in the blasts, Supreme Court Police officer Jason Lancaster has arrived in Detroit, a lawless wasteland policed by the grunts of a military contractor called Allied Armament Security Consultants. The answers Jason seeks may only be obtainable by somehow getting inside a closed-down hospital guarded by the mercenaries day and night.

Meanwhile, back in Washington, the confirmation hearing of conservative Notre Dame law professor Cecilia Koh has gotten underway. How will former First Lady Rosemarie Irving handle the revelation that Professor Koh is being extorted by one of her students, threatening to reveal to the media that the Professor recently paid for her daughter’s abortion?

Part legal potboiler, part HOUSE OF CARDS dealmaking drama, part 24-esque espionage cliffhanger, FOUR SEATS is an enthralling new entry to the conspiracy thriller tradition.

OTHER REVIEWS:
“Cooley delivers again. A riveting political thriller that is somehow educational and page-turning at the same time. I didn’t know I could care this much about the appointment of judges, but Cooley took me there.”
– Dave Callaham, Screenwriter of GODZILLA and THE EXPENDABLES

“With FOUR SEATS, Aaron Cooley has softly, slyly and deservedly taken his seat beside Parker, Child, DeMille and Grisham and in the process has introduced us to a protagonist with just enough flaw to be honorably relatable and just enough hero to be vastly readable.”
– Patrick MacManus, Writer & Co-Executive Producer,
Netflix’s MARCO POLO

“Cooley writes with knowledge and skill about a shadowy world few truly understand… at times richly emotional, hilarious, and challenging… bears the hard weight of both a political and personal mystery that demands we all ultimately consider where we are, and what comes next.”
– Eric Lodal, Creator/Executive Producer, TNT’s MURDER IN THE FIRST

“Mr. Cooley has crafted a smart, tension-filled thriller reminiscent of John Grisham and Tom Clancy that exudes authenticity and kept me glued to the page. I was thoroughly riveted and found FOUR SEATS nearly impossible to put down.”
– Lee Clay, Producer, NO GOOD DEED and DEMONIC

Author: Aaron Cooley

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews