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As with any murder, there is more than one victim. Secrets rarely stay buried for long.
Samantha’s life is good, mostly. She loves her father deeply, but even daddy’s little girl finds the life of a military brat trying. Despite being the “new girl” too often, she soldiers on. Her mom could not. She lived for his life, but now wants one of her own. Helpless but to stand witness to their marriage crumble, Samantha’s life is once again packed up and shipped off, this time without her dad.
She now resides in the remote and seemingly desolate town of Columbus Cove. Saving her from the debilitating isolation was the cove’s latest resident, Channing Ashford. It is as if he had stepped off the cover of a romance novel and into the sleepy little town. He is charming and handsome and soon enough becomes Samantha’s sole focus. The now reformed drifter re-energizes her and they find sanctuary with each other.
When a shocking murder claims more than one victim, the couple is blindsided. They find themselves embroiled in an investigation that threatens their newly found happiness. All their reserves of sanctuary are spent as the secrets that lay buried beneath the unpaved roads of Columbus Cove come to light.
Quiet and normal was what he was seeking. It certainly was not what he found. When the past comes calling…
Sheriff Martin Shuller was good at his job. He had a reputation of being a very thorough and very honest investigator. It had not surprised anyone when he was tapped to help with an investigation in a small neighboring town with a shocking high profile murder. Shuller, willing to help the quaint cove, readily accepted the challenge. Leaving his town in the safe hands of his deputy, Shuller traveled to Columbus Cove and worked the Steven Harrigan murder investigation. With the dramatic end to that case now behind him, Shuller returned to his seemingly normal and quiet town of Huntersville. He was glad to be back, despite only being gone for the brief time. A weight had lifted once he returned to his town, his routines, his life. He felt all the previous stress leave him as soon as he crossed back into his town’s outer limits.
Not long after returning home to his life and routine, Shuller is unexpectedly drawn into the case and discovers that things he thought he knew may not have been what they seemed to be. Shuller tries to come to grips with the revelations as they are discovered and those close to him worry for the embattled sheriff. As with most murders, there is more than just a single victim. Shuller had never thought that what had occurred in that house on Cedar Mill Lane would have uprooted what he thought he knew.
When it comes to family, it’s the ties that bind…
It surprised no one when Sarah and Jack married right out of high school; not because Sarah was pregnant at 19, but because they had been inseparable since sophomore year. Sarah gave birth to twins, Mark and Julie, and a year later, Jacob. They settled in upstate New York, Jack a business manager and Sarah a Real Estate agent. They had the ‘mom and apple pie’ life.
Their picturesque dream life turned into a nightmare when on a warm summer’s day at the local park, the penny dropped. What would forever be referred to as The Incident changed their family forever.
Four years later, they welcomed Christian into their home. The foster child turned adopted son never understood why Sarah was overprotective, but dutifully obeyed all her restrictive rules. When he started acting out, the couple were desperate to find out the cause of their son’s bizarre behavior. However, when Christian tells them about his friend they realize just why they are suffering at the hands of their son.
Jeff thought little of the change of management at work. To him it was just a new set of people coming in to run things. It was not as if his job changed at all, no one’s did. It was business as usual. It was not until another co-worker pointed out a strange occurrence since the new management took over – people had started to go missing. Jeff chalked it up to people unhappy with the change and quitting, but when his friend is the next to ‘up and quit’, never heard from again, Jeff starts to believe there is more going on than mere disgruntled employees.
Demanding to know what happened to his friend, Jeff tries to meet with the new leadership, only to get a chilly reception. He is denied repeatedly for a request to meet with his HR rep. Why can’t he talk to management? Why are they so distant? Just what is happening behind the door of Room 423?
A brief dark humor tale about what happens when the DVR has had enough (originally posted in Demonic Household anthology).
You are traveling into a dark and humorous place.
We start you off with light, soft stories, but be warned. You will find yourself falling into the ever darker, gorier, and more demonic stories with each passing page.
You may look at your couch, your washer, and even television and wonder if you should be laughing anymore.
Will your household turn on you?
Keep your Owner’s Manuals close by!
First rule of Fiction Crime writing – Never become a part of your story…
A virtually unknown author attempting to impress a large publishing house gets swept up into a massive murder investigation when his work seemingly leaps from the page making him the prime suspect.
Michael McAllister was a small-time independent writer. With little to no true success, he strives to create the next breakout hit on his way to becoming a well-known fiction crime writer. He just needed someone to take notice of his latest unique story idea. A sudden opportunity thrusts him into the world he had only dreamed of, but he quickly learns that there is a difference between being famous and being infamous.
While a string of seemingly random open murder cases is not unusual for a large city’s homicide division, receiving an anonymously delivered draft manuscript detailing the murders, outlining more to come, is certainly not the norm. Each written crime described maps to an open case, containing details not previously released to the press. As it turns out, the unpublished work-in-progress is written by one Michael McAllister.
Detective Crawford, armed with what seems to be a killer’s perverse playbook, takes an interest of the previously unknown writer. Has he discovered the writer’s morbid muse?