Peril in the Old Country by Sam Hooker

Happy Release Day to Sam Hooker & Black Spot Books!

Peril in old Country

You’ve got to have rules. According to the good folk of the Old Country, they’re all that’s holding the dismal tide at bay. Start playing fast and loose with the rules, and it all comes tumbling down.

First comes the goblins. Nothing entices them quite like minor breaches of etiquette. Cut in a line, say a swear word, or speak the proper name of the Old Country aloud, and your house will be infested with them before you know it.

No one in the Old Country follows the rules half as well as Sloot Peril, who has never so much as given alms to a beggar without getting a certified receipt. He had his entire life planned out to the end and was so looking forward to making as faint a mark on the world as possible. Then he was asked to correct the worst financial report ever written.

Had they called upon a lesser accountant, that report might have gone on to topple financial markets, drive honest people to utter ruin, or quite possibly acquire a taste for human blood and start terrorizing the countryside in bestial form.

Sloot’s corrections prevented that annihilation from coming to pass; however, if he’d known what he was setting in motion instead, he might have heard annihilation out.

Sloot will have to set aside his affinity for the rules and go up against underworld kingpins, secret societies, the undead, bloodthirsty cannibals from Carpathia, and even the ruthless Vlad the Invader! If that weren’t enough, the steely gaze of Mrs. Knife follows him wherever he goes. Does she really want to murder him, or does she just have one of those faces?

At least Sloot’s misadventures bring the lovely Myrtle into his life. She has the sort of smile that makes him want to stand up straighter and invest in some cologne. He’s not even bothered by the fact that she’s possessed by the laziest philosopher ever to have died.

Will the events put in motion by the ghastly financial report end in Sloot’s grisly death? Almost definitely. Is that the worst thing that could happen? Almost definitely not.



Meet The Author

Sam Hooker

Sam Hooker writes darkly humorous fantasy. He is an entirely serious person, regardless of what you may have heard. Originally from Texas, he now resides in southern California with his wife, son, and dog.

Read more about Sam at http://shooker.co





Murder in Cazenovia by Angel Rose

Title: Murder in Cazenovia
Author: Angel Rose
Genre: Mystery, Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2018
Two childhood sweethearts.
One murder.
Ten years ago, Sophia Quinn left her hometown and the love of her life, Marco, in the wake of a brutal murder in Cazenovia, New York. Shaken by the events that ended the life of a beloved wife and mother, she promises never to return.
Now, a homicide detective, a chance meeting with Marco at a wedding causes new sparks to kindle while old wounds and new evidence in the Cazenovia Murder stir a whirlwind of events that take Sophia and Marco into a deep dark world of deception and murder.
Will she continue to find the truth or is the past meant to be forgotten?
Dark. Realistic. Emotional.
Not your ordinary love stories.
Angel Rose loved to write poems and plays as a child. She loves to write poetry and realistic fiction; The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. She writes Dark Romance and Suspense Thrillers. She knows how to push the envelope and keep her readers on the edge of their seat. She’s married to her supportive husband of twenty-one years and is a mother of two handsome boys!
Having a full-time career, Angel Rose dedicates her life to helping others every day. She’s seen the struggles day in and day out in the low socio-economic environment she’s worked in for over twenty-two years.
Her novels are realistic, dark and emotional. She reaches into the characters soul and touch upon subjects that may trigger certain emotions and that no one wants to talk about, but as she says, “Life isn’t always rainbows and unicorns. Sometimes, our lives are chosen for us and we have to be strong to rise above it to make it better.”
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Cover Reveal with Sarah Nego

Title: Goal Keeper
Author: Sarah Nego
Genre: NA Sports Romance
Publication Date: May 21st, 2018
Plan the work. Work the plan.
Luci Ryder is determined to make the most of her college education. Armed with a partial scholarship to play soccer at Pearson University she knows the next four years are going to be a lot of hard work. Long hours in the gym will be paired with even longer hours in the library. So when the team captain lays down a new rule: No dating the men’s soccer team, Luci couldn’t care less.
Freedom. Sweet Freedom.
Over the summer Ryan VanKamp finally realized that his long-time girlfriend was going to drive him to an early grave. So he cut her loose, along with all the connections her family could offer him after graduation. His future is up in the air, but the guys on his soccer team are ready to help him forget all about his ex.
One little rule.
Neither Luci nor Ryan are interested in settling down with a happy ever after. But as their attaction for each other moves out of bounds, they’ll have to decide if they’re willing to risk a red card for a potential big score.
Goal Keeper is a laugh-out-loud stand-alone college romance. If you like quirky heroines, alpha males, and skinny dipping, then you’ll love Sarah Nego’s New Adult sport romance debut.
Buy Goal Keeper and kick off a swoon worthy romance today!
Sarah Negovetich knows you don’t know how to pronounce her name and she’s okay with that.
Her first love is Young Adult novels, because at seventeen the world is your oyster. Only oysters are slimy and more than a little salty; it’s accurate if not exactly motivational. We should come up with a better cliché.
Sarah divides her time between writing books that her husband won’t read and performing on stage at BE Theatre. Her goal in life is to never grow up.
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Truth We Bare by Danielle Rose

Title: Truth We Bare
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: May 1st, 2018
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
How far would you go to ensure your secrets remain buried?
When James Blakely agreed to work as Jezebel Tate’s bodyguard, he offered everything he had to keep her safe, but he hadn’t expected her to claim his heart. A year later, James’s hidden past has emerged from the shadows, threatening everything James has fought to protect.
Jezebel believes the demons that haunt James extend far beyond Living Light, the birth place of the massacre that claimed his family. In an effort to mend his fractured soul, Jezebel insists he confronts those demons, but James fears what she doesn’t know can kill her.
In this thrilling conclusion to the Pieces of Me duet, James must confront his past–before it claims his soul.
This incredibly STEAMY STANDALONE contemporary romance has it all: humor, danger, and an erotic romance. It’s perfect for fans of Sylvia Day, E.L. James, and Meredith Wild. For readers ages 18+.
Danielle Rose holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. Currently residing in the Midwest, where she spends her days dreaming of warmer temperatures, when she’s not writing, she enjoys pretending she lives in California, spending an embarrassing amount of time at Hobby Lobby, and binge-watching Netflix. Visit Danielle on the Web: www.Danielle-Rose.com.
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It’s the end of all life on earth unless a compromise can be found.

Time is running short and it is left to an aging military commander to bring together the remaining nations of the world to construct an ambitious space platform that can serve as the portal to the stars.

Can people set aside their differences to save themselves, or will the last breath be drawn by those still alive? Will the flame of humanity flicker out as other species have before them?

The United Earth Council is founded in the hope that a common threat will make world leaders work together for a solution, but the lust for power may override the fight for survival. Will the attempts of this newly formed organization achieve their goal?

Or are these efforts a futile act of Desperation?

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 An Omen of Things to Come

September 9, 2371 – The outer limits of the known galaxy, near Pluto

The ship shook so violently that the crew was thrown about the cabin like rag dolls. Several men and women lay scattered across the flight deck, some unconscious, others woozy and bleeding. The captain, a middle-aged Englishman by the name of Steven Richards, lifted his aching head and touched his scalp gingerly. When he pulled his fingers away there was blood on them.

“Is everyone all right? Report, please.” In the background, numerous alarms were blaring. The lighting on the bridge flickered on and off, as if there were a short in the circuits. The pungent scent of burnt wiring was thick in the air.

A barely discernible groan rose from somewhere nearby, the tone of which appeared feminine. “I think my arm is broken, sir.”

“Ms. Ainsworth, is that you?”

“Aye, sir,” the woman replied, grimacing in agony.

“What the hell just happened? Did we hit something?” Captain Richards’ inquiry slurred slightly as he struggled to remain conscious, his vision fading in and out of focus. He attempted to rise, but couldn’t even manage to sit up. Instead, he settled for scooting across the floor, using his hands to pull himself closer to his navigations officer and leaving bloody smears on the carpeting in his wake.

“I don’t—” Something sizzled and popped nearby, causing Ms. Ainsworth to flinch and interrupting her train of thought for a moment.

The captain grunted as he pulled himself closer to her position. “You don’t what?”

“I don’t think so,” she managed, through clenched teeth. “My readouts didn’t show any obstructions in our flight path.”

A groan rose from somewhere near the woman, but the captain’s view was obstructed by the thick smoke in the cabin. In the sections of the cockpit that were visible, the crew appeared to be either dead or unmoving. A brief flash of intensely bright light permeated the haze for a split second, causing him to shield his eyes. He had no idea what had caused the anomaly, but hoped it wasn’t a sign that one of the ship’s systems had gone critical and was about to explode. Captain Richards was on the verge of calling out to his ship mates again when he heard a heavy clomp, which resonated on the floor like a footfall. Fear permeated his very soul as the owner of the weighted step moved into view.

The creature stopped a few feet away from the captain, and gazed down at the broken man from a pair of golden eyes set in its reptilian head. The being opened its mouth as if to speak, its long, forked tongue flicking the air between them. “Why has your kind come here?” the creature hissed.

Captain Richards remained quiet for a moment, partly in shock that he could understand the alien’s language. Surely it wasn’t speaking the native tongue of Earth. “Um,” he began, fumbling for a response. “We mean you no harm,” he finally managed. “We are merely exploring the galaxy.”

“If what you say holds any truth, turn your vessel around and leave this place,” the alien commanded. “Ignoring this warning will be considered an act of aggression, and will result in dire consequences for your species.”

The captain opened his mouth to reply, but was distracted by movement coming from behind the visitor. It took his eyes a few seconds to register what he was seeing. He squinted harder in an attempt to discover who or what was moving toward the alien. In the same instant the captain figured out it was his helmsman, Mr. Boothe, holding what appeared to be a section of pipe in his hand menacingly, the creature sensed something was amiss and spun around to face the threat.

“Mr. Boothe, stand down!” The captain’s order came a moment too late. By the time the final word left his lips, the towering reptilian figure had disarmed the man and disemboweled him. His intestines spilled from his abdomen and hit the floor with a wet splat, seconds before the rest of his body collapsed. From behind the captain, Ms. Ainsworth screamed in horror.

“It seems your crew has given me the answer you could not bring yourself to voice,” the reptilian creature remarked with a malicious sneer. “Let this serve as a lesson to your species. This hostile intent will not be tolerated. Your race will suffer our wrath for as long as it continues to exist!”

“You intend to condemn the entire human race because one man misjudged a single situation?” The captain’s shock and fear was quickly being replaced by an almost unquenchable thirst for vengeance. Before he could act on his rage, however, one bright flash of light after another seared his retinas. Although he was still extremely angry, he started to get the feeling that more of the reptilian creatures had just boarded his ship. If there’d been one for every pulse, it seemed likely that an additional dozen of the aliens were now in the cabin. Even if every member of his crew was conscious and able to fight the intruders, they would still be outnumbered! When the flashes ceased and his eyes readjusted to the smoky gloom of the cockpit, however, the captain discovered he was alone. Even the formidable alien that had gutted Mr. Boothe had left.

Captain Richards struggled to hold back tears of grief. This was far from what he’d expected when he had agreed to travel to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. There hadn’t been any warnings from the British government about the possibility of encountering hostile races, only the lofty ideals of saving the citizens of Earth from their shortsightedness and giving them a chance to start anew on another planet, or at the very least find an energy source that would allow humans to continue living on the fractured sphere they called home. None of these things seemed possible anymore. His mission had failed, and Earth would pay the price for his miscalculations.

The hissing of an alien voice startled Captain Richards out of his misery. “I would never have expected such puny beings to taste so sweet, but my comrades found the flesh of your kind pleasing to their palates. Your crew should serve well to sate our appetites on the journey to your homeworld, which we retrieved from your ship’s instruments before we returned to our vessel.” The mere thought of the aliens using his ship mates for food caused the captain to vomit. The communication channel had gone silent, but the sound which replaced it was almost blissful.

Alarms renewed their incessant blats and beeps. The vessel began to shake and shudder as it had a short while ago, when he’d thought they had run into something. Captain Richards gasped for breath when the first fissure in the hull appeared, but it was pointless. In a matter of moments, there would no longer be a ship, or air to fill his screaming lungs. Tense seconds dragged by, making it seem like an eternity before the spaceship exploded. Then, there was nothing … his consciousness faded into oblivion and gory bits of the captain floated off to be amongst the stars.

Lucian Barnes


Lucian began his writing career late in 2010, but has spent most of his life writing stories. He is a fantasy/horror novelist whose first published works were released in 2012. Because this cause hits close to home for Lucian, the fifth book in the Desolace Series, Cemetery Hill, will have a portion of its sales donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. His next book, Desperation, will be the first in a new series … Altar of the Ancients. It should be available in early 2018. Lucian lives in Pueblo, Colorado.

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New Release from Jennifer Siddoway

Title: The Highlander’s Secret
Author: Jennifer Siddoway
Genre: Historical Romance/Highland Romance
Publisher: Duncurra LLC
Publication Date: April 9, 2018
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb: Viking hordes have long plagued the northern coast of Scotland. After her village was massacred, Jain was adopted by the neighboring clan but is haunted by the ghosts of her past. She conceals a dark secret beneath her cool exterior, but inside burns a wild heart.
Alan Gordon has the calloused hands of a blacksmith, but unlike the metal he hammers and molds, he would never aim to bend Jain to his will. He spent half a lifetime captivated by the red-haired beauty and vows to protect her and love her for the woman she is, but his resolve is tested when the truth of her past is revealed.
Jennifer is an author from Tallahassee, Florida.
After receiving a degree in theatre from BYU and working as a scenic artist for twelve years, she changed careers to do what she really loves—writing. Jennifer believes that part of her job as an artist and story teller is to create a narrative that explores a fresh perspective and leaves the audience thinking.
When she’s not busy writing or burying her nose in a book, Jennifer enjoys doing medieval reenactment with her husband and two children.
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“What have ye got there, lass?”
As he held out his hand to her, the girl looked back at him with green, calculating eyes. It took a moment for the recognition to sink in, but eventually she handed him the metal trinket she was hiding.
When he took it from her, the girl cried and buried her face into the crook of her arm. Eamon glanced down to the pinnacular brooch and admired the intricately woven pattern. It was a maze of knotwork woven around two dragon heads, with one on either side. Eamon had never seen anything like it; the craftsmanship was beyond anything Scottish made. As he examined it more closely, Eamon brushed his finger across the carefully worked ridges before staring up at her in awe. “Where did ye get this, child?”



FREEBIE ~ The Choice by Kate Benson

Title: The Choice    
Author: Kate Benson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Model: Brittnee Harris
Editor: Chasing Sophie Publications
Cover Designer: Sean Benson at NativeSon Designs
“What fate would you choose?”
Just when it seems she’s finally moved on from one of the most difficult times in her life, devastation rocks Sophie Ryan’s world again.
When long buried demons from her troubled past resurface, Sophie is forced to face her darkest fears, questioning everything she once thought was real.
Will she be able to return to the path she once traveled? Will she turn back on the promises she’s made in the past? Or will she be confronted with the harsh truth that every decision, every choice, has a consequence?
When life thrusts a path in your direction, what fate will you choose?

Kate Benson was raised in Texas and currently resides in central Florida with her husband and their growing army of fur minions.

She learned to read at the age of four and has been hooked ever since. She credits her passion for literature to her mother, her love of story-telling to her father and her unwavering faith in happily-ever-after’s to her husband, Sean.

Some of her favorite things include rainy days, loud music, superhero movies, hot tea and of course, lazy afternoons with a great book.

To find out more about Kate, her work or to just say hello, she loves hearing from her readers and can be found on social media.

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The light from the bathroom splays across the bed, illuminating her features just enough for me to see the way the blush heats the soft planes of her face. Her long, thick eyelashes rest there just above her cheeks, brushing her newly sun-kissed skin. I can just barely see the light dust of freckles that dance across the bridge of her nose.
As she gives me the small smile that always causes my breathing to hitch, those rogue dimples of hers pop up and are just begging to be kissed. She opens her eyes and I feel my heart stop for what feels like the millionth time today.
Every time she looks at me, everything else simply ceases to exist. My girl is beautiful. She’s simply breathtaking and she really has no idea. I’m under her spell, completely enraptured by her, but she doesn’t seem to have a clue.
I tighten my grip on her bare waist as I trace the outline of her perfect lips, continuing to marvel at her before I’m able to speak again.
“You are absolutely everything to me, sweetheart. I didn’t even know my heart was capable of feeling so much. Before I met you, I was just floating and I didn’t even know it.” She opens her eyes again and they meet with mine. “But now? I’m alive. I wouldn’t be able to exist without you, Sophie. Don’t ever doubt what you mean to me. Ever.”