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Jul

15

DEAD(ish)

DEAD(ish)

Linda’s had a bad day. First, her boyfriend killed her. Then she woke up, still on this boring plane of existence, and with an odd obsession about her missing body. Mike won’t tell her what he did with her body, and she can’t find the stupid thing herself. There’s only one thing she can do – torment the bastard until he coughs up the information.

My name’s Linda. I’m dead. It sucks, OK? Especially because I’m dead for no good reason. I’m dead because my dumbarse boyfriend smacked me one and then something else smacked me one and it hurt like hell and that’s all I remember, to be honest. Until I woke up without a body. Now I know from books and movies that that’s not the way it’s supposed to happen. Well, in a way it is, right. But the ghost is always anchored by their bod, and they can’t move too far away from it. Which implies that they know WHERE THE HELL IT IS. Whereas, me? I don’t know where my body is, and I’m not limited to any location. And for some reason, this is really important to me. I need to find my body. Maybe I need closure, or some shit. I don’t know. I just need to. So I hired Trent. He’ll find my body for me. I hope. If he doesn’t, I’ll fire his arse and haunt him in between haunting my ex-beloved and hiring someone with a clue.

DEAD(ish) is a fast-paced, hilarious tale of death, lies and vengeance. It’s available for free download on Smashwords.

Free
43 pages

Jul

9

Brushback

Brushback

EVAN AUSTIN, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR

It couldn’t be simpler. All Evan Austin needed to do was find R.J. Gibson before his eighteenth birthday and the kid would inherit a huge trust fund. Everybody would go home happy: R.J. would be set for life, the mom would appease her guilt, and maybe Evan would finally be able to put a tragic case from his past behind him.

But nothing in life is ever that easy. Adding to the confusion are a young woman whose boyfriend liked to slap her around and the murder of an Assistant U.S. District Attorney, for which one of Evan’s former clients is now a suspect. Throw in his growing attraction to R.J.’s guardian, artist Roman Cavanaugh, plus the Mariners having another really bad season, and Evan’s got a bit more on his plate than he can handle.

Not that it’s ever stopped him before.

Dancing Fools Press is proud to announce the release of its inaugural title, Brushback, a romantic suspense novel by debut author Jamie Scofield. This delightful first book in the Evan Austin Mystery series was released simultaneously in multiple non-DRM ebook formats and trade paperback on July 10, 2009. For more information about the novel, and to read the first chapter, please visit dancingfoolspress.com.

Brushback by Jamie Scofield will be available July 10, 2009. Interested retailers who wish to carry the print edition should either contact the publisher directly or obtain it from Ingram Book Company. To carry the ebook editions, please contact the publisher at the address below.

Book Details

  • Title: Brushback
  • Author: Jamie Scofield
  • Series: An Evan Austin Mystery
  • Release date: July 10, 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-9823651-1-3 (ebook)
  • ISBN: 978-0-9823651-0-6 (trade paperback)
  • 327 pages; 114,500 words
  • Publisher: Dancing Fools Press
  • Ebook price: $4.99

About Dancing Fools Press

Dancing Fools Press is dedicated to bringing well-written, character-focused stories to readers with a hunger for the good stuff. For more information, review copies, or to arrange a book signing or interview, contact the publisher at the email address below. To order your copy of Brushback, visit dancingfoolspress.com.

$4.99
327 pages

May

25

Deadly Sting

Deadly Sting

It sounds like an easy job. Private detective Deacon Bishop only has to follow a beautiful woman from the airport to wherever she goes, then report her location to a lawyer. What could go wrong with that? But Bishop is known for asking too many questions. And the deeper he looks into this case, the stranger things get. Before he really knows what hit him, he’s up against his old buddies in the police homocide department, his old enemies in organized crime, and terrorists from Russia. Well, redheads always were Bishop’s weakness.

Author Michael Paulson writes a charming hard-boiled mystery

$3.99 (Introductory price of $1.00 until June 18)
200 pages

May

23

A Hemorrhaging of Souls

A Hemorrhaging of Souls

A series of unexplained deaths shatters the serenity of a Vancouver Island girls’ school, and Tempest Ivory, child psychologist and soprano, races to solve the mystery before it claims more lives. Tempest lands a coveted lead role in Rigoletto, but as she prepares for her operatic debut, the explosive secrets lurking behind the academy walls set her on a collision course with her past.

“…draws you in compellingly from the opening page…a gripping story of death and family secrets…The characters are quirky and sympathetic.” — The Paper Chase

“…a harrowing tale of blasphemy, insanity, suicide and murder.” — Snoop Sisters Mystery Bookshoppe

“…if you enjoy psychological, twist a minute books, A Hemorrhaging of Souls is definitely for you.” — I Love A Mystery

A Hemorrhaging of Souls – trailer

For more info: please visit Nicola Furlong’s website

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May

6

Teed Off!

Teed Off!

When Riley Quinn tees off an investigation into a suspicious death, her inquiries pitch her behind the scenes of professional women’s golf and jeopardize her new career as part-time coroner. As the tournament progresses, she finds herself sand-wedged by a villainous environmental group, a mysterious Japanese consortium and her estranged sister.

Rubbing too little sleep from my eyes, I flipped the fax’s cover sheet and stared.

Stop the killing!

You have until July 28 or you will regret it.

Golf can be dangerous!

The terse message was a shock but I have to admit, after seven years as a member of the Ladies Professional Golf Tour and almost 18 months as a teaching pro, I had no quarrel with the last line. Some of these rich yahoos may sport the latest boron graphite shafts with high kick points and modified hosels, but look out for the ubiquitous banana slice!

The cover sheet read:

Riley,
Look into this, will you? It’s the third I’ve received in the past few months. Probably some nut, but with the Classic in ten days…? See you at the ferry.

Pitts.

– Excerpt

“An outstanding effort”, The Richmond Times-Dispatch.

$2.99
399 pages

Apr

13

Broken Wings

Broken Wings

Christchurch NZ is small and word travels quickly. Allison knows it’s too late to warn her detective. His fatal accident prompts her husband, Jack, to leave for America. Jack consults for the underworld… his process for methamphetamine is at high stakes. But someone knows. Ex-CIA agent Terry murders his way thru Antarctica and arrives at Allison’s doorstep. Will Jack or Allison be next?

Allison Brownley leaned over the warm timber railings of the old bridge and tears cascaded… flushed by the River Avon, from the misery in Fendalton Park… ebbing downstream, rippling away and disappearing around the bend, like her marriage of fourteen years.

‘Jack’s a bastard. I’m thirty five and trapped. He’s up to his neck in something.’

The brisk, southerly wind rudely tossed golden oak leaves into the sky, allowing their sad tumble into recent rain pools. Across the park she caught a glimpse of Jack’s car racing around the corner to their house. The children were at school. Why is he home now? She gripped the folds of her jacket, and ran towards the road. It was hard dodging the traffic, but once across, she’d be hidden behind the bushes that surrounded their property. She made it to the corner and up to the gate, fumbling with the rusty clasp.

She crept up the path, past the hapless roses that hung their heads in shame, up the porch stairs, and pushed back the old wooden door to the hallway. Sunlight burst in, highlighting doors on both sides of the hallway. She breathed a sigh of relief. Jack hadn’t seen her, his voice was booming out…

– excerpt

$2.99
322 pages

Apr

11

Threads, a Blaine Horney Mystery

Threads, a Blaine Horney Mystery

A personal favor for an unidentified friend of his captain sends Blaine Horney, Texas Ranger with a paranormal gift, north to Morrison, Montana, to the scene of a grisly double homicide with no apparent motive.

“Well, there was a…a lady.” He trembled almost uncontrollably, his beady eyes grown big as silver dollars. Ok, quarters maybe.

“And?” Blaine shoved the man ahead of him toward the rear of the house, the back porch light leading them from the trees.

“She…she surprised me.” He gasped for breath at each reluctant step forward into dry grass. “She…she was dead, I think.”

“Oh, that’s a new one.” Blaine squinched his eyes to clear his mind of the glaring orange thread he’d trailed at a dead run over the short distance, the dotted line the color of a plastic Halloween pumpkin—a wet pumpkin. Take at least a beer or four, a few whiskey chasers to erase that color from his thoughts.

“You a cop or something?” the perp asked.

He pushed the suspect along in front of him a little faster. “Why’d you take out the window?”

“Well, she…she came after me.”

“The dead lady.”

– excerpt

Apr

1

PARALLAX

PARALLAX by Jon F. Merz

What happens when two professional assassins – one a Mafia hitman and the other a former German terrorist – kill at exactly the same moment in time? For Ernst Stahl and Frank Jolino the result is a psychic bond that slowly blossoms in each man’s mind, enabling them to see into the other’s world. Frank Jolino doesn’t like what he sees, especially when he realizes that Stahl is headed to his home turf of Boston to kill a scientist who may hold the key to solving the world’s deadliest diseases. But for Stahl, there’s no other option. Virtually bankrupt and with his son in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant, he’s got little choice but to take the assignment. Jolino has other ideas. On the run from his crime syndicate for refusing to kill his ex-girlfriend-turned-government-informant, Jolino sets a plan in motion that will bring the two men face-to-face and gun-to-gun…with no guarantees either will survive.

Jon F. Merz is the author of over a dozen books including the Lawson Vampire series published by Pinnacle Books in 2002-2003 and (one of the writers on) the internationally bestselling Rogue Angel adventure series as well as several standalone thrillers and two non-fiction books.

Mar

23

Cibola

Cibola

1539- In a remote Spanish outpost, one man holds the secret to the greatest treasure and deadliest secret in human history.

Utah, Present Day Cave paintings in a newly-discovered Indian site provide evidence that Christ visited the New World. Or do they?

Dane Maddock returns in another unforgettable adventure! When Dane rescues beautiful archaeologist Jade Ihara , he joins her on asearch for the legendary Seven Cities of Cibola. Cibola takes the reader on a journey across the American southwest, where the ruins of the mysterious Anasazi hide deadly secrets, creatures long-forgotten lie in wait, and foes lurk around every corner. Dane and his partner “Bones” Bonebrake must decipher clues from the fabled Copper Scroll, outwit their enemies, and be the first to unlock the secret of Cibola.

Jeremy Robinson, author of Kronos and Antarktos Rising, says “Cibola by David Wood is a page-turning yarn blending high action, Biblical speculation, ancient secrets, and nasty creatures. Indiana Jones better watch his back!” .

Robert Masello, author of Blood and Ice and Ritual, says “Ancient cave paintings? Cities of gold? Secret scrolls? Sign me up! Cibola is a twisty tale of adventure and intrigue that never lets up and never lets go!”-

$2.99
262 pages

Mar

20

Aisle of the Dead

Aisle of the Dead

An elderly clergyman tells Pat and Phillis of the strange happenings in the middle of the night in the old rectory. “I was at my wit’s end,” he told them. “I wasn’t sure if I was having a nervous breakdown or becoming senile. Then, the noises. I can still hear those dreadful noises in the dead of night.” Intrigued, they rush off to Philadelphia. They’re too late. Murder gets there before them.

“When you and I talked this afternoon, Father,” Pat began after their waiter placed drinks in front of them, “you were… well, it’s no exaggeration to say, frantic. You told me about some very strange things taking place at Saint Alban’s.”

They were seated at a table in Oscar’s Restaurant. Pat Montgomary was in his mid-thirties, deeply tanned from the past two weeks at the seashore, and visibly concerned as he stared at the priest across the table from him. Phillis Toner, Pat’s half sister, was her radiant self this evening with her equally deep tan. She was ten years younger than her brother. She too was studying the third member of their party. This latter was easily in his sixties (she guessed)‎, his face pale and drawn. He was dressed in black with a Roman collar.

“I guess you’ll think I am foolish,” the priest began hesitantly. “You might think I’m not responsible for my actions when I tell you why I asked to meet you. And, the more I think about it, the more I begin to believe that perhaps… perhaps it was wrong of me to impose upon you. It really is nothing. If I could beg your forgiveness and let it go at that….”

“Father, something is bothering you,” Pat continued, a sternness creeping into his voice. “If ever I saw someone with a problem, it’s you. I hope you’ll pardon me for being so blunt, but frankly, Father, you look to me as though you need professional help. You look as though you have not been sleeping well. Your hands are shaking. Are you an alcoholic or been drinking heavily lately?”

– Excerpt

$4.99
258 pages

Feb

21

Murder in Maris Cove

Murder in Maris Cove

Maris Cove, a delightful haven of beach and ocean. A group of (sometimes) friendly neighbors. The ideal place for you to buy a home or spend your next vacation. If, that is, you don’t mind a threat of murder.

Pat and Phillis solved a murder in THE BODIES OUT BACK. This time, they race to prevent a murder.

“That damned sound again,” Phillis said to herself as she got to her feet and brushed off the beach sand. Aloud, she shouted, “O.K., whoever you are, get out here. Let me see you.” She waited. No movement, no sound from the dunes. Then…something seemed to be taking shape in the fog,. “Who? Oh, it’s you,” she said and heaved a sigh of relief. “You frightened me for a moment. Thought it was someone who shouldn’t have been there. Heading back to the Cove?”

Next time you head for the beach to do a bit of sunning, you better not take this book with you. It might change your whole idea about such a beautiful place.

Once again, Joe Wright has written a top-notch mystery novel. He is a terrifically talented writer who can write a multi-character mystery novel and juggle them all like a master. He expertly creates full-bodied, extremely interesting characters and then weaves them in and out of the storyline like a master chess player.
Mr. Wright also has a knack for writing humorous dialogue. Just when the tension gets to be too much, Mr. Wright has one of the characters utter a line or a word that makes the reader laugh and breaks the tension…but only for a moment. The story is so good that no reader will want to put it down for very long.

– Annie Rivers Writers Unlimited Reviewer

$4.99
270 pages

Feb

1

The Bodies Out Back

The Bodies Out Back

A posh home in Philadelphia’s Society Hill. A sunny day. An inviting balcony for sunbathing. What’s wrong with this picture? Don’t look over the railing toward the patio below. Your neighbor is looking up at you, only she doesn’t see you. She’s dead. A bullet from the house in back found its target.

The next few days you’ll have to cope with a voyeur in that house in back, a jealous boyfriend, another neighbor who’s an expert marksman, one who listens over garden walls, and just when you think it’s safe to sit on your patio again, another body is found. If the cozy whodunit, with a touch of romance, family intrigue, a snooping and unethical blackmailer, are your cup of tea, then join Pat Montgomary and Phillis Toner as they solve the mystery of The Bodies Out Back.

…Filled with fast-paced action, seemingly non-stop secrets, layered plots and a completely unexpected ending, Bodies Out Back will be one of those books you recommend to everyone you meet. This first in a trilogy starring Phil and Pat is a very welcome addition to the cozy world. – Kathy Thomason, Murder and Mayhem Book Club

…Mr. Wright’s greatest strength is his ability to write refreshing dialogue. The banter between Phillis and Pat is crisp and amusing and will have you chuckling – when you aren’t biting your nails from apprehension.

This is a first-rate book for anyone who enjoys a satisfying murder mystery. I highly recommend The Bodies Out Back. – Annie Rivers, Writers Unlimited

$4.99
239 pages

Dec

31

Snow Ball

Snow Ball

Cinder Torley is an intelligent young woman who yearns to escape the stifling yoke imposed by her small town upbringing and unhappy marriage, but that doesn’t mean she killed her husband. When he goes missing one night, Cinder quickly learns who—and how few—her friends really are in this darkly comic tale of dueling schemers and incompetents.

The sheriff thinks this might be his only ticket out of back-country law enforcement. Coffee house barista Clark Norris knows a sordid, true-crime story could jumpstart his stalled writing career. Glamorous correspondent Bailey Weems sees a ratings bonanza that can make her a cable news star. And as for Velma and Naomi, who may or may not be part of the notorious Manitoba Six Canadian crime ring, they’re only in it for the black market Phen-Fen. The surprising truth about what happened to Cinder’s husband will lay waste to all these agendas, but will it prove Cinder’s innocence.

What a fun read – dark comedy that will remind you of Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiassen and Jennifer Crusie at their best…Read this book and brag to your friends that you’ve discovered the “Next Big Thing” in fiction.

– J. Schisler, on Amazon.com

$3.99
346 pages

Dec

20

Agatha Raisin and Kissing Christmas Goodbye

Agatha Raisin and Kissing Christmas Goodbye

Mulled wine, roasting chestnuts… and murder. This is the eighteenth murder mystery featuring M C Beaton’s imperfect heroine Agatha Raisin.

Agatha is dreaming of a white Christmas, but who will be joining her under the mistletoe? During the dark, grey days of early December Agatha is obsessed by only two things: Christmas, and her ex, James Lacey.

Although she says she feels nothing for James now, she feels sure that planning the perfect Dickensian Christmas for all her friends will somehow reanimate her love. Even the murder of a Mrs Tamworthy, poisoned with hemlock at the local manor house, does little to distract Agatha from organising her perfect yuletide celebrations.

And yet it should do, as Mrs Tamworthy had written to Agatha, telling her that one of her family wanted to see her dead before the year was out. Slightly guiltily (and belatedly), Agatha sets out to solve the case with the help of her new recruit, young Toni Gilmour.

Nov

21

Bicycle Shop Murder

Bicycle Shop Murder

Greg Tenorly lives a quiet and lonely life in a small East Texas town, until he is selected as a juror for a murder trial. A beautiful, mysterious redhead befriends him, and seems to have a romantic interest. But is she merely using him to influence the outcome of the trial?

By the end of the first week, three people connected with the case are dead, and Greg is beginning to fear for his own life. He is now convinced that a powerful Dallas attorney is directing the murder spree in his little town.

But why? He is determined to find out. But his investigation just might earn him a spot at the top of the hit list.

Free
198 pages

Nov

12

Spaceman Blues

Spaceman Blues

When Manuel Rodrigo de Guzmán González disappears, Wendell Apogee decides to find out where he has gone and why. But in order to figure out what happened to Manuel, Wendell must contend with parties, cockfights, and chases; an underground city whose people live in houses suspended from cavern ceilings; urban weirdos and alien assassins; immigrants, the black market, flights, riots, and religious cults.

Painted in browns and grays and sparked by sudden fires, Spaceman Blues is a literary retro-pulp science-fiction-mystery-superhero novel, the debut of a true voice of the future, and a cult classic in the making.

“Spaceman Blues is a welcome Band-Aid for those still mourning the loss of Kurt Vonnegut and his uniquely wacky, satirical brand of sci-fi. There’s also a touch of Paul Auster’s flair for genre blending and New York mythologizing…. A strange and whimsical mash note to the city, Slattery’s apocalyptome proves that this newcomer is as thoughtful and irreverent as doomsayers come.”

Drew Toal, Time Out New York

“What’s most notable about Spaceman Blues is its intensity of feeling–of the characters towards one another, of the characters towards their city, and of the author towards both. Spaceman Blues is indeed a love song–an exuberant, exhilarating, captivating one, and one that as many people as possible should read and enjoy.”

Abigail Nussbaum