Crime Mystery/Black Comedy – An Initial Countdown

An Initial CountdownAn Initial Countdown
The Haszard Narratives, Book 9
By Kevin E. Hatt
Published: January 2018
ISBN: 978-1543144963
ASIN: B0781171BQ
Pages: 270
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Black Comedy

After witnessing what transpired to be the murder of a seemingly innocent man, Haszard be-comes yet more intrigued when he hears of a vicar spontaneously combusting in his own church, locked from within. To add fuel to his intrigue, both men were from the same remote country village.

As Haszard begins looking into the matter, he is bombarded with peculiar tales of people connected to the church, and of strange goings-on. Piecing the facts together, Haszard be-comes convinced that he knows what’s been going on, but there is only one choice of action, which is fraught with danger…

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Praise for Author Kevin E. Hatt and his Haszard Narratives:

“The recurring detective and his delightful band of cronies lead a sharp, absorbing mystery.” – Kirkus Reviews

“. . . a fun and exciting mystery with just the right amount of dry British humor and ludicrous sensationalism.” – New Apple Literary

“This is truly a spellbinding, entertaining mystery that will have you reading non-stop until you have reached the end!” – Rabia Tanveer, Readers’ Favorite

“Needless to say, there is never a dull moment in a Haszard Narrative.” – Cheryl E. Rodriguez, Readers’ Favorite

“Suspense and twists will keep the reader on the edge of their seat, unable to tear their eyes from the page.” – K.J. Simmill, Readers’ Favorite

Other Books in A Haszard Narrative Series

A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

 A Light in the Darkness
Unfortunate in life and unlucky in love, the mysterious Haszard is intrigued by the death of an acquaintance at the local hospital, in which he works. Suspicious about the circumstances, he begins to look into the matter, meeting the woman of his dreams along the way.

After joining forces a local businessman, he speaks to a number of people, discovering irregularities in the life of the murdered woman. As he makes progress, he realises that the key to the matter lies in the dark and murky world of drug dealers, and has to face the possibility that the killer may well be someone he knows . . .

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MAPS, LEGENDS AND MISDEMEANOURS


When asked to frame an old map, Haszard discovers that it’s linked to lost valuables from the past. Intrigued, he begins looking into the legend, discovering there to be cryptic clues on the map that must be deciphered. Unfortunately, though, Haszard isn’t the only person interested in the whereabouts of the missing items, and the other contingent resorts to violent tactics, which leads to a chilling climax . . .

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PHOENIX FROM THE FLAME


When told by a former colleague that she saw her dead husband walking around a quaint market town, Haszard’s curiosity is engaged. As he begins to look into the matter, he unearths a number of facts that lead him to believe that there’s more to the sighting than merely a dead man walking. Also, there are people who are prepared to kill for something that’s worth a lot of money . . .

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THE HEIRLOOM REPOSITORY


Haszard is asked to look for a family’s missing inheritance. Guided by words provided by a medium, he goes about the case with his typical fervour. Side-tracked by other matters, and spooked by a mysterious man in the woods, Haszard soon comes to realise that he isn’t alone in his quest, and persons unknown are not afraid to kill . . .

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RACE FOR THE PRIZE


When on holiday with his friends, Haszard sees a girl who went missing a number of weeks previous. Fuelled with his usual determination, he sets about looking into the matter, although all is not as it appears, and it isn’t long before matters become eventful.
Having befriended a local artist, Haszard moves closer to an answer, yet the odds are stacked heavily against him. In order to win through, he must endure his most arduous and perilous challenge yet . . .

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NO REASON FOR INSANITY

No Reason for Insanity

Intrigued by the bizarre events surrounding the murder of a friend, Haszard is asked by the family to look into the matter. Against the advice of his friends, he begins making enquiries, and is disturbed when he realizes that it may well be someone he knows. As progress is made, further events occur, endangering the life of Haszard and his friends, and he is forced to delve into the deepest recesses of his resourcefulness . . .

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Full CircleFull Circle
A Haszard Narrative
By Kevin E. Hatt
Publisher: Koehler Books
Release Date: September 1, 2016
ISBN: 978-1633933385
ASIN: B01JK5Z0XC
Pages: 248
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Black Comedy

When asked to look into the death of a man in a town known for pagan connections, Haszard quickly makes progress, and it isn’t long before matters become dangerous. With little to work with, Haszard makes progress, yet the task is a daunting one, and not everyone he encounters is friendly.

Collating interesting and significant information from various sources along the way, Haszard has to link factors linked with the past, and as he does so, he realizes that in order to save someone from certain death, he is in a race against time.

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The Ambiguity of Guilt Book 8The Ambiguity of Guilt
The Haszard Narratives, Book 8
By Kevin E. Hatt
Published: February 2017
ISBN: 978-1539633327
ASIN: B01MUXUD1F
Pages: 260
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Black Comedy

Items discovered in the attic of a new house belonging to a friend of Haszard are intriguing to him, and he sets about looking into the family who lived there previously. His efforts, however, are thwarted by the fact that nobody knew them very well, and he soon discovers that they are nowhere to be found. As he progresses, more discoveries point to the possibility that the family members were master criminals who were diverse in their activities, yet Haszard sees things differently. After speaking to a number of people and encountering persons unknown, who are not afraid to use firearms, he feels convinced that he knows where they are, but is uncertain of the reception he will receive . . .

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Full Circle Author - Kevin E. HattAbout the Author:

Kevin E. Hatt is a registered anaesthetic and recovery practitioner. He commenced his training in 1984, and rose to the dizzy heights of deputy head. In 2000 he left the medical profession to follow his artistic ideals, but made a complete hash of it and returned to the medical world in 2010.In 2014 he released his first Haszard novel, A Light in the Darkness, which received critical acclaim, and then seven more stand-alone books in the series. He likes cricket, running, fine ales and curry. He has never been to Scunthorpe. Or Ipswich.

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Inspirational/Body, Mind, Spirit – Find The Seeker!

Find The SeekerFind The Seeker!
The pathless path to fulfillment and happiness
By Xuan Lou Genro and Clifford Stevens
Publisher: Gatekeeper Press
Published: January 2018
ISBN: 978-1619848566
ASIN: B078SKPJTP
Pages: 240
Genre: Inspirational, Religion, Mind Body Spirit

Find the Seeker! by Zen Master Genro Xuan Lou, Laoshi and his pupil, Zen teacher Clifford Stevens, takes us on an inner pilgrimage, compassionately picking us up where we are, whether beginners or longstanding seekers. Based on the wisdom and profound, first-hand experience of a modern-day Master as well as the teachings of enlightened ones throughout the ages, the book reboots our spiritual search in order to renew our limiting, thought-driven and ego-dominated lives. Focusing on the spiritual dimension underlying Existence which all of us share, the book addresses people of all faiths who suffer, are unhappy and seek to lead more fulfilling lives.

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Praise for Find the Seeker!

“Find the Seeker! is fresh as spring grass and refreshing as a clear stream. The teachings in this book refuse to be confined to a spiritual checklist or manual of meditative techniques. Instead, the authors again and again challenge readers to return to the vibrant truth of original nature. Going beyond optimistic self-help and nihilistic despair, Genro Xuan Lou, Laoshi and Clifford Stevens remind us of how wonderful it is to let go of grasping and taste the vividness of direct experience.” —Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum,neuropsychologist and psychotherapist, Zen and Qi Gong teacher, author of Walking the Way: 81 Zen Encounters with the Tao Te Ching, and Zen and the Heart of Psychotherapy.

“Here is an enthusiastic account of the Zen way that is full of the excitement of discovery after discovery. Genro has an imaginative feel for how Zen can rhyme with Western tradition. The book is designed for you to take the ride and change your heart, rather than add to your learning in the normal way.It should be issued with seat belts. Genro’s insight is disarming and fun and worth experiencing.” —John Tarrant, Zen teacher, founder and director of the Pacific Zen Institute, author of The Light Inside the Dark and Bring Me the Rhinoceros.

“Let go of your ideas and read this wonderful book without expectations of what the path is really about. Genro will accompany you as a true friend.” –Taiwa Kakunen,Zen monk at the Kakunen-Ji Temple at Wachendorf Castle, Germany and Member of the Zen Group in Villingen-Schwennigen, Germany (the entire text is in the foreword to the book).

“Like the work I have done over many decades, this book helps people to find the true Self, be One with their Divine Nature, and be free to Be. It compassionately shows people how to turn within to uncover their own Shangri-La. It is a unique, extraordinary and extremely valuable work which I highly recommend to all spiritual seekers and those who want to find what is Eternal.” –Ihaleakala Hew Len, author of Zero Limits, teacher of Ho’oponopono and former Chairman Emeritus of the Foundation of I.

“There are Buddhas and patriarchs ready to accompany serious seekers.They are independent of ideologies, do not play with a spiritual baby rattle, are free of intellectual trends and stay away from fundamentalist complaining. . . . [T]hey are guides and guardians of the’Gateless Gate’. . . . Such a person is Genro Laoshi. With his book, Find the Seeker!, he touches your heart.” –Xue Feng, Abbot of the DingShan Monastery and Chan Master, alias Konrad von Moresbach of the Oblates of the Order of St. Benedict (the entire text is in the afterword).

“This exceptional and unique book … is a valuable guide to jump start your journey away from ego-based and thought-dominated suffering to Being and pure Consciousness without the usual detours. Discard your preconceptions, and let it accompany you to unfold your true, non-dual nature.” –Reza Ketabi Pour, spiritual teacher, healer and founder of the Ketabi Center

“This book is grounded, realistic and authentic. It entices us to follow the authors on the Middle Way–not in a painful, strained and complaining manner, but lighthearted and with joy. The book turns seekers into finders, and should be read again and again.” –Fritz Maywald, management consultant, trainer and author

Find the Seeker Author Clifford StevensAbout the Authors:
Clifford Stevens was born in the United States. His careers as a teacher, journalist, PR manager and translator led him to study  Qi Gong, Zen and meditation with Genro Xuan Lou, Laoshi for many years. Meditation-imparted experiences and the Dharma transmission from Genro qualified him to be named a teacher of Zen.

Find the Seeker Author Xuan Lou GenroGert Beirer, who was born in Austria in 1945, studied Zen, meditation, Kung-Fu, Qi Gong and acupuncture in Asia. He was given the name Genro (“Origin of Joy”) Xuan Lou, Laoshi (Laoshi = “Spiritual Master”) by Zen Master Tetsuo Kiichi Nagaya Roshi. Genro Xuan Lou, Laoshi was named Zen (Chan) Master by the Abbot and Grand Master Kun Kong at the Lingyin Temple (Shakyamuni Buddhism) in Hangzhou, with whom he studied 11 years, by Abbot and Zen Master Shi Chan Ming in Wuhan, Province Hubei, China, and was also named Shifu or “Spiritual Teacher” in 2009 by Shi Xue Feng, Abbot of the Ding Shan Temple in Germany.

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Mystery/Thriller – Dead Air

Dead AirDead Air
A Glenn Beckert Mystery
By Cliff Protzman
Publisher: Mill City Press
Published: October 2017
ISBN: 978-1545607145
ASIN: B0765VNM1K
Pages: 310
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Dead Air signals trouble at the radio station. Glenn Beckert discovers his high school best friend is shot in the head while on the air. Beck, the owner of Blue Water Security, is employed to provide security for the station.

He becomes willingly embroiled in the investigation by the not-so-innocent widow. The list of potential suspects is long, gleaned from the numerous extramarital affairs of the victim and widow. The pending sale of the radio station has created friction between his now dead friend, Richie Zito and the major stockholders. Motives for murder becomes increasingly murky after the search reveals an encrypted file on Zito’s laptop.

Beck enlists the help of an old flame, Irene Schade, to break the code, revealing a money laundering network leading to the financial and political powers of his beloved city of Pittsburgh. Their collaboration ignites the flames of passion each had considered extinguished.

A former college teammate, police Lieutenant Paglironi delivers a message to back off. Arrogantly, he ignores his friend’s advice. The threats from less friendly sources are more ominous, forcing Beck to move in an unfamiliar world. A startling revelation from his client forces Beck to deal with his inner conviction of right and wrong, challenging the gray areas of his ethical principles. Betraying his client’s confidence could expose the killer. The alternative is to confront the suspect and take matters into his own hands. Either way his life is in jeopardy.

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Dead Air Author Cliff ProtzmanAbout the Author:
Cliff was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA.  Cliff’s family relocated to Northeast Ohio when he was in high school.  Immediately after graduation he returned to his hometown to attend the University of Pittsburgh.  Cliff planned to major in journalism and write the great American novel. Instead, he switched to Business Administration and began a 30-year career in accounting and finance.

Cliff rekindled his passion for writing acquired as a reporter for his school newspaper. He published his first novel, DEAD AIR: a Glenn Beckert Mystery in September 2017. Cliff also writes short stories. He was a winner in the Unfinished Chapters anthology in 2015.

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Women’s Fiction – Saving Madeline

SAVING MADELINESaving Madeline
By Cricket Rohman
Published: May 2017
ISBN: 978-0997527087
ASIN: B06XCDJ57B
Pages: 308
Genre: Women’s Fiction

SAVING MADELINE is unusual, heart-wrenching and humorous. In the beginning, Roxy, a spunky, young actor arrives in Hollywood to follow her dream and escape from her mean-spirited family. When she finds herself coexisting in a cramped Los Angeles apartment with a wounded warrior and her German shepherd, tensions run high. And then her mother moves in—so much for escaping.

Along comes the well-connected acting coach, James Jonathan Jarvis, and Roxy’s big break in showbiz: a part in a reality TV show with a wilderness survival theme. But a week before rehearsals begin, her mother disappears. Roxy’s search leads her close to Montana where she and Madeline become trapped in a real life-and-death situation.

Though bombarded with daily challenges, the women laugh at their frequent calamities, and Roxy’s Hollywood misadventures buffer the troubling glimpses into the world of a woman whose memory is fading.

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SAVING MADELINE Author Cricket RohmanAbout the Author:
Cricket Rohman grew up in Estes Park, Colorado and spent her formative years among deer, coyotes and beautiful blue columbine. Today she is a full-time author writing women’s fiction and mysteries about the cowboys, lovers, teachers, dogs, the great outdoors—even Alzheimer’s. And, so far, there is a dog in every one of her novels.

Book 1 FOREVER ISLAND and Book 2 WINTER’S BLUSH of The Fantasy Maker series, romance novellas, were released November 2017.

The romantic western, COLORADO TAKEDOWN, is scheduled for release early summer of 2018.

Prior to writing, Cricket’s career path included the following adventures: actor, singer, audio/video producer, classroom teacher, school principal, and U of A assistant professor.

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Political Thriller – The Wingman

The Wingman Jack Sharpe Book 2The Wingman
Jack Sharpe, Book 2
By David Pepper
Publisher: St. Helena Press
Release Date: February 2018
ISBN: 978-1619848719
ASIN: B078XK84DH
Pages: 227
Genre: Political Thriller

In The Wingman, veteran Midwestern reporter Jack Sharpe has made it big thanks to the deep-rooted voter-fraud conspiracy he uncovered in The People’s House (the first of the series). At his new perch at Republic, one of America’s flashiest and fastest growing news networks, life is good—until it’s not. Following his beat reporter’s gut, he catches a whiff something rotten is taking place in the Democratic Presidential primary, and ultimately discovers an elaborate scheme to put a corrupt and dangerous politician in the nation’s highest office by any means necessary. Dark money, drone technology, paramilitary government contractors, neglected veterans, kompromat—we see these issues in the news every day. But in The Wingman David Pepper shows that if shadowy entities with enough incentive and resources were to connect and exploit these issues, the American people would be largely powerless to stop them. Jack must risk his life and reputation to get to the bottom of the story before the disturbing plot he and his team have uncovered becomes reality.

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Early Praise for The Wingman:
“A labyrinthine political thriller that details a plot to steal the American presidency. …Energetically paced…A cinematic and dramatic story full of delightful twists.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Another tour de force…Like The People’s House, I loved this book.  Pepper is a phenomenal writer, with great dialogue, intricate plot, subplots, and characters.  And with his unique perch, Pepper deftly wraps the real issues and frustrations of modern-day politics into captivating story lines.  I can hardly wait for the next one.” —Jennifer Granholm, former Governor, Michigan

“Pepper does it again! Believable and entertaining—just like the real news these days. What’s fake and what’s real?” —Jack Markell, former Governor, Delaware

“The Wingman by David Pepper takes readers on a rollicking ride…There are the kinds of surprises readers long for and characters they will remember long after the last page is turned.

Well-researched and beautifully crafted, The Wingman is a thrilling read, a story that brilliantly depicts the political atmosphere leading up to the primaries….The characters are superbly conceived and developed to appear like people in real life….David Pepper is a master storyteller.…”

The Wingman by David Pepper is an exceptional political thriller…The book is well-written, interesting and, above all, suspenseful, and is therefore recommended to any reader, not just fans of political thrillers.”   —Readers’ Favorites, Reviews

Other Books in the Jack Sharpe Series:

The People's House Jack Sharpe Book 1The People’s House
Jack Sharpe, Book 1
Publisher: St. Helena Press
Release Date: October 2017
ISBN: 978-1619845121
ASIN: B076DH8HR1
Pages: 400
Genre: Political Thriller

It doesn’t take long to discover why the Wall Street Journal crowned “The People’s House” the “sleeper for political thriller of the year,” or why a former Governor said she almost missed her connecting flight because she couldn’t put it down.

Youngstown political reporter Jack Sharpe is logging time at the tail end of a disappointing career — jaded about politics and stung by personal hard knocks in a struggling part of Ohio. But after an odd election result in the Ohio Congressional district he covers, Sharpe stumbles across voting irregularities that spur him to dig deeper. The story takes him far beyond his corner of Ohio as he discovers an international plot that strikes at the heart of American democracy. His reporting leads to a showdown with a philandering Congressman and Presidential contender, and an eccentric but deadly Russian mogul. In order to save himself and the country, Sharpe must rekindle his old fire to navigate a treacherous journey through danger, betrayal, and atonement.

And yes, it was all written before eerily similar events occurred in the 2016 election.

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The Wingman Author David PepperAbout the Author:
David Pepper has served as Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party since January 2015. He was first elected to public office in 2001 when he served on the Cincinnati City Council, and was reelected for a second term in 2003. In 2006 he was elected to the three-member Hamilton County Commission, serving there from 2007-2010. David earned his B.A. from Yale, and later his J.D. from Yale Law School. In 1999, he clerked for the Honorable Nathaniel Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He also has taught election and voting rights law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Born and raised in Cincinnati, David is a fifth-generation Cincinnatian. He and his wife Alana have two sons, Jack, 3, and Charlie, 1.

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