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Thursday, 14 December 2017

13 Resurrected Sample

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000447_00006]
DEATH

“Noun: the action or fact of dying or being killed; the end of the life of a person or organism.”

It’s the only certain thing in life. A journey every living creature is forced to take. It cannot be eluded, and there’s no escaping its fatal claws. It’s the one constant in every religion that cannot be proved wrong…death will find everyone.

But what if death is not the end? What if it’s only the beginning?

Stories of the living dead have been told through the centuries. Some of us want to believe, and some of us are too afraid to face the truth that sometimes—just sometimes—the dead never leave.

This is a collection of stories bound to make you question every belief, filling in the blanks of the unknown. Whether it’s the woman scorned finally given a chance for revenge after death, or an evil force trapping generations of a single family in a home for eternity—these are the deadly tales told from the grave.

Do not think it’s over when the Grim Reaper comes to call.

Death is not the final masquerade.

13 is Resurrected…

Are you afraid?

Featuring 'The Game' by Samie Sands

Today’s the day. 
I spent all last night gearing myself up for what I’m pretty sure I have to do. I haven’t totally worked out how I’m going to go about it, I only know I need to put an end to this group before they can remove the skin of another person. I can’t sit back and allow that, it just wouldn’t be right. I grip so tightly onto the knife in my boots the blade cuts into my fingers. I ignore the blood trickling down my hand, keeping my eyes fixed forward while I try my best to prepare myself. I can feel myself blooming, blossoming, becoming a new person, and this is someone I actually like. 
Finally, I'm someone worthwhile. I’m a person with my own game.  
For the longest time I’ve tried to convince myself I’m more than simply a pawn in everyone else’s games. Now that I’m rewriting my own rules I can see I’ve never been special. I’ve never been above anyone else, I’ve just been lucky. What comes next has nothing to do with luck. I’m grabbing the bull by the horns and taking full control.  
“Hey,” my asshole best friend Alex calls out to me, jolting me from my thoughts. “I suggest you get yourself ready.” 
“Why?” There’s no lilt of sarcasm to my voice now. I’m cold and monotone, and it feels good.  
“Because today’s the day. Boss has decided we’re going to your camp. It’s time to get the shit we need from your people.” 
My people.  
Even though I’ve left them, they still feel like that. I actually feel like I have a group to call my own, and they’re relying on me. I guess leaving wasn’t enough. I’ve never let them go.  
“Why’s it taken so long?” 
“None of your business.” He grabs my arm and tugs me out of the room. I allow myself to be pulled easily. I don’t want to act differently at all. I need him to be as unassuming as possible so no one gets suspicious. “Come on, let’s go.” 
It’s starting.  
My heart thunders so painfully in my chest I can almost feel it bouncing off my ribcage. Anticipation runs thickly through my bloodstream. If I’m going to do this I need to start now. I have this guy alone right now. If I let him get me out there things could easily spin out of my control. And it's not only that, my judgment could easily be off. There could be hundreds of guys in this group just waiting to take me down if I dare step out of line. 
It’s time, it’s now. It has to be now.  

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

13 Resurrected by @limitlessbooks

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000447_00006]
DEATH

“Noun: the action or fact of dying or being killed; the end of the life of a person or organism.”

It’s the only certain thing in life. A journey every living creature is forced to take. It cannot be eluded, and there’s no escaping its fatal claws. It’s the one constant in every religion that cannot be proved wrong…death will find everyone.

But what if death is not the end? What if it’s only the beginning?

Stories of the living dead have been told through the centuries. Some of us want to believe, and some of us are too afraid to face the truth that sometimes—just sometimes—the dead never leave.

This is a collection of stories bound to make you question every belief, filling in the blanks of the unknown. Whether it’s the woman scorned finally given a chance for revenge after death, or an evil force trapping generations of a single family in a home for eternity—these are the deadly tales told from the grave.

Do not think it’s over when the Grim Reaper comes to call.

Death is not the final masquerade.

13 is Resurrected…

Are you afraid?

Featuring 'The Game' by Samie Sands

My heart pounds violently against my ribcage as I lie frozen in my sleeping bag, waiting for the right moment to arrive. There’s an argument playing out in the back of my mind, a small voice wishing I could reconsider my decision, but I won’t. This is how I’ve survived the last three and a bit years by myself, and that’s how I intend to go on.  
Developing deep connections and feelings doesn’t lead to anything good. It leads to people dying, and I cannot lose anyone else. I won’t. I’m not even attached to these people, not really, it’s just because I’ve been here for a long time, a mistake I won’t make again. I don’t know why I’m even doubting myself, it makes no sense.  
Once the moon’s high enough in the sky, I sit up and glance around at everyone, trying not to think about the fact I won’t ever see these people again. Leaving in the middle of the night isn’t ideal, it leaves me tired and vulnerable, but if I wait until it’s daylight and everyone else is awake, they’ll try and persuade me to stay and for the first time I might actually be tempted. 
It looks like everyone’s sleeping, time to get my stuff together. Time to go. 
I have my backpack already organized, which is the only thing I’ll take with me because I like to travel light, I’m already dressed, and all I need to do is slip on my boots. 
So why am I hesitating? 

Saturday, 9 December 2017

My Soul To Keep (yresruN semyhR) by @sonnenbooks

My Soul To Keep (yresruN semyhR) by [Sonnenberg, Jackie]
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep,
If I shall die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take…

When thirteen-year-old Sky Monroe arrives at her new boarding school, all she can think about is death and connecting with the afterlife. Soon she discovers her school’s spirituality group called Guardians of Light—and they have a secret.
The Guardians of Light can speak with the dead…

When Mitchell Brooks, the teacher and leader of the group, reveals this unnerving secret to Sky—though this is exactly what she believed she wanted—she learns the organization is rapidly becoming a cult. Now she’s concerned she and her friend Damien will not be permitted to walk away.
Danger and death lurk around every corner…

The campus house, where Sky resides, is haunted, and the spirits have their own agenda. December 21, 2012 threatens the end of the world, and Mitchell and the spirits have special plans in store. They just might bring Sky closer to the afterlife—and possibly beyond—than she ever imagined.

Sky is looking for a connection to the afterlife, but what she finds may be more than she bargained for…because what lies after life is death.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

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“Will you marry me?”

Four words I’ve waited my whole life to hear. Four words I was sure would change my life forever…and they did. Just not in the way I expected.

Finding out my extremely gorgeous rock star boyfriend was about to propose had the complete opposite effect I thought it would. Rather than catapult me into a future I’ve always wanted, it plunged me back to a past I tried to forget.

Now I can’t get him out of my head. I can’t help but wonder what could have been, how our lives would have ended up if he didn’t leave me behind, a shattered mess.

All these memories are dangerous. They’re bringing my past back to ruin my future. And worst of all, they’re taking me right back to him, my childhood sweetheart, my first love…my biggest regret.

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Want to #win Lockdown? All it takes is a comment...

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Leah Watton’s practical joke has spiralled way out of control—all to impress a crush…

With a prank online video, Leah hopes to catch the attention of Jake Colton, a cute, blond-haired, blue-eyed co-worker she’s had a crush on for months. But instead of sending it to Jake, she manages to forward the clip to her boss—who buys every gory second.

When mass panic ensues, Leah learns the video is more than a staged act…

The government is calling the virus AM13. As the outbreak spreads, citizens are forced to stay indoors while they assess the gravity of the illness. Most people are quarantined in their homes, but Leah, Jake, and Leah’s best friend Michelle are some of the unlucky few who are stuck at work when the Lockdown occurs.

That’s where she first encounters one of the infected…

Aside from a contaminated woman devouring one of her co-workers, Leah has another problem. Does she do as she’s ordered and stay at work? Or should she disobey government orders and break free to reunite with her family?

She can’t go it alone—after all, Leah has none of the skills needed to survive—but with Michelle and Jake by her side, not even a contagious virus and a sea of the dead can keep her from…

Breaking out of the Lockdown…

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Sunday, 3 December 2017

One Wrong Move by Angela Smith

One Wrong Move by [Smith, Angela]
Romance doesn’t fit into Camden Alexander’s hazardous line of work…

A DEA agent, Camden is deep undercover, posing as a chef on a dangerous drug operation. He wants to take down Darrell Weberley, the owner of the Vin Doux restaurant, who is suspected of manufacturing his own brand of designer drugs. The investigation leaves no time for romance, plus he can’t risk exposing his cover. His love ’em and leave ’em philosophy is the only thing that keeps his one night stands out of harm’s way.

Rayma O’Riley isn’t looking for a quick hook-up. She has her own agenda…

Rayma is bored with her position as anchorwoman for News 12. She misses the thrill of investigative reporting. When she receives an anonymous email about a lucrative restaurant manufacturing drugs, she decides to investigate the story in her free time. She quickly finds a source for information in the form of the handsome and flirty chef. She agrees to a date, thinking she can pry insider information out of Camden.

If Camden can’t convince Rayma to drop this investigation, Darrell will have both their heads…

Camden can’t blow his cover, but if Rayma doesn’t stop snooping around, he knows it will lead to trouble. He doesn’t want her getting hurt before he can take Darrell down. He tries to scare some sense into her, but Rayma releases an article about the restaurant’s below-the-law side business anyway.

Darrell Weberley isn’t the kind of man to let something like that go without punishment, and all it’s going to take is…

one wrong move.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

40 Tips on Creative Writing: A Guide for Writers to Turn Your Passion Into a Successful Book by Dan Buri

40 Tips on Creative Writing: A Guide for Writers to Turn Your Passion Into a Successful Book by [Buri, Dan]

Whether you’re just starting your writing journey or you've been writing for years, 40 Tips on Creative Writing is a must have guide for writers. Filled with inspiration, motivation, and helpful everyday writing tips, this book provides a fresh look at how to become published and find readers. For those writers just starting out, you'll find advice on how to find your voice as an author, how to foster successful writing habits, and how to avoid the dreaded writer's block. For those that have been writing for years and seen their works published before, you'll find fantastic motivation to re-energize and inspire your writing and excellent advice on how to grow your readership. 

The first half of 40 Tips on Creative Writing focuses on the writing process and how to hone the craft of being a writer. The tips help on how to become a more diligent writer, how to avoid common pitfalls of unsuccessful writers, and how to allow your passion for writing to come through in the words you put down on the page. The second half of the 40 Tips focuses on getting involved in the writer community, publishing, and marketing.

If you're writing a book, an essay, a poem, an article, or a journal, this book will help you refocus and invigorate your writing. 40 Tips on Creative Writing is an excellent guide for writers new and old. It is a great addition to any authors bookshelf and a fantastic gift for any writer!