FOR YOUNGER READERS…
By Brett Riley
Four high-school friends suffer daily humiliation at the hands of three bullies. When the friends accidentally open a portal to another dimension, they unintentionally allow terrifying, other-worldly creatures to invade their small Arkansas town. Discovering that they are now endowed with strange superpowers, the four teens dub themselves “Freaks,” the very name their tormentors used to ridicule them. The Freaks must fight to save the lives of family and friends now in mortal peril and thwart a secret government task force that appears to be hunting them. Purchase on Amazon.com
Travelers: A Freaks Novel
By Brett Riley
In this second installment, the self-styled “Freaks” are now high school sophomores and back in class in quiet Quapaw City, Arkansas. They grapple with the ordinary challenges of everyday teen life: cliques, cars, and crushes. While everything appears normal on the surface, looks have rarely been more deceiving. A secret government task force—fully aware of the unusual powers the Freaks have acquired—is determined to capture them. Even as the mysterious Baltar Sterne shares ancient wisdom and offers hope, a new menace silently emerges in the woods outside of town. Clever, inexorable, and far more lethal than the Freaks’ first superhuman foe, this traveler from another world possesses powers that can only be described as godlike. The Freaks and their town will be tested in horrific ways they are powerless to predict or even imagine. Purchase on Amazon.com
The Last Saxon King: A Jump in Time Novel
by Andrew Varga
NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER FOR RELEASE ON MARCH 7, 2023
Life is progressing normally for sixteen-year-old Dan Renfrew when he accidentally transports himself to England in the year 1066. He soon realizes that he’s trapped there, and that’s not his only astonishing discovery. Dan learns that he’s descended from a long line of time jumpers—secret heroes who travel to the past and resolve glitches in the time stream that threaten to alter subsequent history. The only way Dan can return home is to set history back on its proper course in the Anglo-Saxon age. This is no easy task. A Viking horde is ravaging England in the north while a Norman army threatens to invade from the south. In between and desperately struggling to hold on to his throne is Harold Godwinson, the newly-crowned English king. Dan is fighting to ensure that events play out correctly when he finds himself plunged into an even more lethal conflict. To save history, Dan must battle a band of malevolent time jumpers whose lust for wealth and power threatens the entire future of the world. Pre-order on Amazon.com
FOR FANS OF SCI-FI SUSPENSE…
Scarecrow Has a Gun
by Michael Paul Kozlowsky
Although we’ve all seen The Wizard of Oz, few of us recall that the Scarecrow is holding a gun in the haunted forest. Strange it may seem, but this sort of thing happens all the time. Something jarring—something right in front of our faces—escapes our memory altogether, no matter how many times we witnessed it.
This new novel is the story of a man’s ongoing struggle with tormenting lacunae in his own memory. Tortured by his inability to remember details of his wife’s murder—even though he was an eye witness—Sean Whittlesea pins hopes on a high-tech device purportedly able to provide him with accurate access to every detail of his past.
A haunting question emerges through Sean’s quest for answers. Are we the masters of our memories, or are we their helpless pawns? Purchase on Amazon.com
FOR FANS OF TIME TRAVEL…
A Coin for the Ferryman
By Megan Edwards
When 20-something Cassandra Fleury is invited to join an elite team of classicists and scientists to test new technology for dating ancient artifacts, she jumps at what appears to be the opportunity of a lifetime. But after signing a heavy-duty nondisclosure agreement, she learns the truth: the project’s real mission is to transport Julius Caesar from a moment right before his death on the Ides of March, 44 B.C.E. to a lab in California, where he’ll stay for four days. Now everything makes sense. Cassandra’s good looks and experience as a cocktail waitress combined with her fluency in Latin make her an ideal interface between Caesar and the other members of the team.
A thrilling time travel adventure begins with Caesar’s arrival. Nothing goes as planned, resulting in excruciating ethical dilemmas, hilarious misinterpretations, a crazy road trip to Las Vegas, and an unlikely romance. Caesar returns to the Ides of March, but the world will never be the same. Purchase on Amazon.com