New release: ‘Scars in Time: A Novel’ by Ryan Gutierrez

‘Scars in Time: A Novel’ is the new novel by Ryan Gutierrez. Photo: Google

Ryan Gutierrez is an American author born and raised in Texas who currently resides in the small South Texas town of Los Fresnos. He graduated from The University of Texas – Brownsville with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and worked as a Child Abuse Investigator with the state of Texas for five years. His debut novel, “Scars in Time: A Novel” is about Brennan Ramirez, a man determined to change his wife’s traumatic past by going back in time. The true question is no longer “What if you could go back to the past?” but rather “What are you willing to sacrifice to change the past?”

According to Amazon, “Scars in Time: A Novel” revolves around family man Brennan Ramirez. What if you could go back and change your life, remove the pain from the past? For Brennan, that question is no longer rhetorical. Brennan wants a break. After quitting his job as a Child Abuse Investigator because of his anxiety and panic disorder, he is feeling useless. What he wants more than anything is to give his loving wife Deidre and his little girl a good life. Brennan is determined that the best and most definitive way to fix their life for the best is to go back and prevent the traumatic abuse his wife suffered as a child at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend. As Brennan test drives The Machine, he begins to experience true power, true control, or so he thinks. With every trip, every choice, Brennan realizes that his newfound control may be an illusion.


New release: ‘The Night Window’ by Dean Koontz

‘The Night Window,’ the final novel in the Jane Hawk series by Dean Koontz was released this week. 

Dean Koontz is an American author whose works are billed as suspense thrillers but can also include horror, fantasy, science fiction, mystery and satire. His first novel, “Star Quest” was published in 1968 and since then he has sold over 450 million copies of his books with many of them appearing on The New York Times’ Best Seller list. “The Night Window,” the final chapter in the Jane Hawk series, was released this week and finds the rogue FBI agent gambling everything against a terrifying conspiracy, for vengeance, for justice and for humanity’s freedom.

In “The Night Window,” Jane crosses paths with a visionary young filmmaker hunted for sport across a Colorado ranch by a billionaire who is the head of a cabal, a brilliant computer hacker who gathers facts to fight powerful perpetrators of mass murder, and, among others, a Vegas mob boss out to kidnap a boy to use as leverage against his fugitive mother. Filled with ingenious twists, spellbinding action and resonant themes, it follows the heroine to her long-sought objective, in stunning, unforgettable finale.

The other books in the series include:
“The Silent Corner”– It all begins when Jane’s husband, and others with seemingly happy lives, kills himself. In her search to find the truth, she becomes the most wanted fugitive in America.

“The Whispering Room” – Jane picks up the trail of a secret cabal of powerful players who think themselves above the law and beyond punishment. That trail intersects with Cora Gundersun, who kills herself and others in a shocking act of carnage and appears to have been insane, but Jane knows better.

“The Crooked Staircase” – Knowing she may be living on borrowed time, Jane refuses to stop her one-woman crusade against those who threaten everyone’s freedom and free will. This time she goes after a cunning man with connections in high places, including an army of professional killers on call.

“The Forbidden Door” – Jane may be all that stands between a free nation and its enslavement by a powerful secret society’s terrifying mind control technology. Now that the number of brain-altered victims is growing and spreading, the war between her and her enemies will become a fight for all their lives against the lethal terror unleashed from behind the forbidden door.

New release: ‘Walking Shadows’ by Faye Kellerman

‘Walking Shadows’ is the new Decker/Lazarus novel by Faye Kellerman

Faye Kellerman is an American author of mystery novels, including The New York Times’ bestselling mysteries that feature the husband-and-wife team of Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. She has also written the free-standing novels ‘The Quality of Mercy,’ ‘Moon Music’ and ‘Straight Into Darkness.’ As co-author, she has partnered with her best-selling author husband Jonathan Kellerman and recently, with her daughter Aliza Kellerman to write the teen novel ‘PRISM.’ Her latest novel, ‘Walking Shadows: A Decker/Lazarus Novel’ was released last week and has the title characters risking life and limb to solve a pair of brutal murders that may or may not be tied to a crime from more than twenty years ago.

According to Amazon, ‘Walking Shadows’ takes place on a quiet suburban street in upstate Greenbury, New York where the brutally beaten body of a young man is discovered in the woods adjacent to an empty vacation home. Twenty-six-year-old Brady Neil lived in the neighboring town of Hamilton and had no criminal record, few friends, worked full-time and attended community college. His only fault is being Brandon Gratz’ son, who was convicted of robbing and killing the owners of a local jewelry store. Gratz and his partner Kyle Masterson admitted to the robbery, but swear when they left, the owners were still alive. Decker begins to suspect that the son’s murder may be connected to the father’s sins, but when one of Brady’s friends is also found dead, Decker must use all his skills and knowledge to see justice done and find out who would kill two innocent men.

New release: ‘The Outsider’ by Stephen King

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‘The Outsider’ is the new best-selling novel by Stephen King.

Stephen King is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies and many of them have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television shows and comic books. He is best known for “Carrie,” “It,” “The Green Mile” and the Dark Tower series. His latest best-seller, ‘The Outsider,’ about an unspeakable crime and a confounding investigation, is now available everywhere.

According to Amazon, ‘The Outsider’ centers around an eleven-year old boy’s murder. When his violated corpse is found in a town park, eyewitnesses and fingerprint evidence points to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. His name is Terry Maitland, and he is a Little League coach, an English teacher, husband and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a very quick and public arrest even though he has an alibi. Anderson and the district attorney add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and eyewitnesses and assume they have an ironclad case. Typical of King, this is not the ending, for as the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, the story kicks into high gear and brings along strong tension and unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he really?

New release: ‘Megge of Bury Down’ by Rebecca Kightlinger

‘Megge of Bury Down’ is the new release by Rebecca Kightlinger.  Courtesy photo, used with permission.

Rebecca Kightlinger is a novelist,  book critic for Historical Novels Review, fiction- submissions reader for New England Review and Stonecoast Review and a copy editor for Stonecoast Review. Earning an MFA from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program and a copyediting certificate from UCSD, she turned her Masters thesis into her debut novel. Kightlinger and her husband reside in northwestern Pennsylvania. (Smith Publicity, 2018)

Confused, unsure, and trying to avoid a twist of fate, a vow that she fears will lead to murder, a young woman makes a decision that places her family in unimaginable danger. A story intertwining destiny with reckoning, and tradition with dreams, the debut coming-of-age novel ‘Megge of Bury Down: Book One of the Bury Down Chronicles’, by Rebecca Kightlinger, radiates feelings of togetherness and protectiveness as seen through the eyes of a young girl embroiled in a mystical struggle that threatens to tear her family apart.

Set in thirteenth-century Cornwall, on a sheep farm in the shadow of Bury Down, known for a thousand years as the land of the second sight, a healer has vowed to face flames rather than fail in her one task in this life: to bring her young daughter to vow to protect The Book of Seasons, an ancient grimoire whose power sustains the spirits of all their ancestors.

On the night of her vow-taking, wanting only to become a woman of Bury Down like her mother and aunts and drawn by an inexplicable yearning to possess her mother’s book, Megge reaches for it. But when she touches its cover, it burns her fingers and she hears it whisper, “Murderer.” Fearing that the book will make her harm those she loves, she rejects it and renounces her birthright.

To what lengths will Megge’s mother go to help the child find the courage to take that vow? And how far will Megge go to elude a terrifying destiny?

This newly released title, ‘Megge of Bury Down’, addresses family issues prevalent in today’s world in a tender yet cryptic setting, creating a story readers of all ages will want to visit again and again.

In this magical and suspenseful chronicle, ‘Megge of Bury Down’ depicts:

  • An unimaginable bond of family. Through generations, even after family members have passed, togetherness and protectiveness are ever-present in Megge’s family.
  • Powerful female characters and how their strength, wisdom, and compassion allow them to defy all odds.
  • The intense conflict between the yearning to belong and the need to find your own path.
  • Tolerance—understanding that the life you must lead to hone your skills may make you an outsider, even to those you serve.
  • A real-life setting—Bury Down is an ancient hill fort whose ruins can still be seen on a hilltop just outside of Lanreath, Cornwall.

‘Megge of Bury Down: Book One of the Bury Down Chronicles’ is available for purchase in paperback and e-book via Amazon and all major booksellers.

“Creating powerful female characters, combining magic and medicine, Rebecca Kightlinger tells a compelling tale of what it takes to walk the ‘path of the protector.’ In a timeless yet also timely story, Kightlinger’s heroine rallies supernatural strength and all matter of healing arts to find her path toward protecting books, the land, and most of all her fellow women. Readers will not forget the women of Bury Down.” —Elizabeth Searle, author We Got Him and librettist for Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera

New release: ‘Sleeping Beauties’ by Stephen King and Owen King

‘Sleeping Beauties: A Novel’ is the new release from the father and son collaboration team of Stephen King and Owen King.

Now on sale is the new Stephen King book co-written with his son author Owen King. Owen King is the author of the novel “Double Feature” and “We’re All in This Together: A Novella and Stories.” He is the coauthor of “Intro to Alien Invasion” and the coeditor of “Who Can Save Us Now? Brand-New Superheroes and Their Amazing (Short) Stories.” In “Sleeping Beauties: A Novel,” they tell the highest of high stakes stories of what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men.

According to Wikipedia, “Sleeping Beauties” revolves around Clint and Lila Norcross, a husband and wife who live in Dooling, West Virginia. It is a small Appalachian town where Clint works as a psychiatrist at the local women’s prison and Lila is the town sheriff. There is a strange epidemic going around town that causes women to fall into a deep sleep and become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. While asleep, they go to another place, a better place, where harmony prevails and conflict is rare. If anyone tries to awaken them or open the cocoon, the women become violent and homicidal. One woman called “Eve Black” is immune to this sleeping disease. Some call her a medical anomaly to be studied while others consider her a demon to be slain. With the men suddenly on their own, they divide into warring factors and turn to violence in an all-male society.

Stephen King is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies and many of them have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television shows and comic books. He is best known for “Carrie,” “It,” “The Green Mile” and the Dark Tower series.

New book release: ‘Camino Island’ by John Grisham

‘Camino Island’ is the new release by best-selling author John Grisham. Photo: Barnes & Noble

John Grisham is an American author, attorney, politician and activist best known for his best-selling legal thrillers. He has written short stories, non-fiction books and stand-alone novels that have been published worldwide in more than 42 languages. His past works include “The Firm,” “A Time to Kill” and “The Client” which have been adapted into popular feature films. “Camino Island,” his most recent novel, was released this month and tells the story of a young woman who goes undercover in the literary world.

According to Amazon, in “Camino Island,” a gang of thieves break into a secure vault below Princeton University’s Firestone Library. They manage to escape with an extensive loot that has been insured for twenty-five million dollars. Bruce Cable lives in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. He owns the local bookstore but makes most of his money in the black market dealing in stolen books and manuscripts. Mercer Mann, a young novelist, is hired by an elegant, mysterious woman to go undercover and infiltrate Bruce Cable’s circle of literary friends to get close to him and learn his secrets. Everything goes according to plan until Mercer gets too close and learns too much.

New release: ‘Bone Box’ by Faye Kellerman

‘Bone Box’ is the new mystery novel by Faye Kellerman. Photo: amazon

Faye Kellerman is an author of mystery novels with the most popular being the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series. Her stand-alone novels include “The Quality of Mercy,” “Moon Music” and “Straight Into Darkness” and overall her books have sold millions of copies worldwide. “Bone Box,” her newest Decker/Lazarus novel was released today and has Rina Lazarus making a shocking discovery in the woods of her upstate New York community.

According to Amazon, in “Bone Box,” Rina Decker is out for a walk when she stumbles upon human remains that were once buried deep beneath the forest. Her husband Peter, a former detective lieutenant with the LAPD who is now working for the local police is brought in to investigate the case. It turns out that the body had been buried for years and the evidence includes the skeleton of a young woman, a skull wound and long dark strands of hair surrounding the frame. The victim is identified as a missing student from the nearby college.  This leads Decker, his partner and Rina to investigate what turns out to be a series of gruesome, unsolved murders that point to a diabolical serial killer who has been hiding in plain sight for years. They are in a race to protect the community from a killer who is still in the area and in search of a new victim.