The clean-up after Hurricane Sandy continues. Marlene, one of CMP's co-founders is back with new cover releases scheduled for tomorrow. Steph is still hard at work taking care of her town. We hope to hear more from her soon.
Today we welcome husband and wife writing team, Raven and Lain Bower. I've often wondered what it would be like to write with my husband---not. He'd have everyone dressed in cowboy boots, hats, jeans and checkerboard shirts. The man simply reeks of cowboy. *grin*
Weeping Dark: Bleeding Edge is on the to be announced list, however I've included the blurb of the book. Check the CMP website here to keep track of the date of release. Continue reading and you will discover that Weeping Dark: Bleeding Edge is not the first book written by Raven Bower!
Weeping Dark: Bleeding Edge
by Raven and Lain Bower
Publication Date: TBA
Cover art by TBD
When a rash of brutal murders target the most defenseless of her people, spunky captain Shayla Dormyr is determined to bring the culprits to justice. Defying the command of the Prima Canticle, who claim jurisdiction over the ritually slain children, Shayla embarks on a rebellious mission that could cost her rank and freedom.
When she unwittingly exposes a Blood Rune to her prime suspect, the troublesome sell-sword Daibryn, it unleashes arcane consequences that renders them vulnerable to an ambitious and cruel Blood Mage.
Shayla and Daibryn embark on an adventure that will take them to worlds far larger than they ever imagined where love, hate and mystery put their souls to the test.
Apparitions looks mighty interesting and has received some great reviews!
- Publisher: Under the Moon (2010)
- ISBN-10: 1934153982
- ISBN-13: 978-1934153987
Hunted by a killer who knows no mercy. Stalked by the vengeful dead. Caught between reality and visions...Bailey fights to piece the puzzle together before it crashes down on her. Is the man staying in her boathouse friend... or foe? And what part does he have to play in the macabre game unfolding around her? Under the shadow of the murder's blade Bailey strives to discover the truth using faith and arcane knowledge. While at the same time the fury of the scorned dead creeps ever closer...
Amazon 5 Star Review for Apparitions
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!, January 2, 2011 By Matt Cowan "Horrorfan" (Indianapolis, In USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Apparations (Paperback) Raven Bower's debut novel APPARITIONS originally came out in 2007 to high praise (averaging a 5 star review here). Now a revised version is being republished, this time by Under the Moon, LLC. The story centers on Bailey Kane, a successful writer of murder novels who lives in a secluded lakeside cabin in Michigan. Unknown to most is the fact she is visited by the ghosts of women murdered by a depraved serial killer and "shown" their final moments. She only gains respite from these specters by writing about their traumatic end. She changes the names and places, but that doesn't stop a private investigator named Andy from recognizing details from his sister's murder in Bailey's work. He isn't the only one taking an interest in her; however, as the murderer himself sets his sites on Bailey Kane. If that weren't enough, the increasingly aggressive spectral victims expect the one woman able to see them to act on their behalf to halt the killings. Bailey soon finds herself facing an ever tightening web of danger from all sides.
This is a riveting tale of supernatural horror that blends romance, mystery and action with well developed characters throughout. Raven Bower hits on all cylinders here. The horror elements are chilling; in particular is a scene on the lake that may cause you to second guess that next trip on the water. Her ability to make secondary characters interesting is a tremendous strength. I often found these fringe characters so interesting I wanted them to take on a bigger role. This in no way implies a weakness in the main characters, just the opposite. Bailey Kane is a great protagonist who finds her supernatural abilities to be a burden despite the financial benefits she's gained from them. The story moves fast and keeps the intensity up as the threats zero in on Bailey. Her adversaries are varied enough she can't defend against them all with her usual defenses, be it sea salt around her doors, silver doorknobs or even her guard dog Thor. A sequel to this book is scheduled to be released in early 2011 titled WENDIGO. Based on the strength of APPARITIONS, I'm looking forward to it with great anticipation.
- Publisher: Under the Moon (2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934153338
- ISBN-13: 978-1934153338
Shunned by the man she loves Bailey Khane seeks solitude in the wilds to mend her heart. But her vacation is disrupted when an evil entity is mistakenly released by an ancient spell. As it gorges itself on the citizens of Whisper, Bailey struggles to find the knowledge and courage to defeat it before she too ends up on the menu.
Amazon 5 Star Review
Beware The Wendigo Cometh, October 15, 2011 By Matt Cowan "Horrorfan" (Indianapolis, In USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Wendigo (Paperback) Wendigo is a sequel to Raven Bower's first novel Apparitions. Both feature Bailey Khane, a woman who can see the spirits of people who have suffered a violent death. They come seeking her aid to end the menace of whomever, or in this case, whatever killed them. Despite it being a sequel, it isn't absolutely necessary to have read the first one. There are characters who were introduced in the first book, and events referred to from it, but there's nothing that couldn't be ascertained without having read it.
At the beginning of the novel, Bailey has retreated to a secluded forest cabin with her dog Thor without telling her boyfriend Andy. He'd been becoming increasingly distant from her since their ordeal with Mace, the mass murderer from Apparitions. Soon after arriving at the cabin, Bailey is visited by the spirits of some horribly ravaged locals. Something dreadful has been unleashed on the forest. The town of Whisper, where this all takes place, has been searching for a group of missing teenagers. When their remains are found in a nearby abandoned mine, they have been ripped apart and largely devoured by something with inhuman strength. The supernatural entity that stalks the forest terrorizes the area and seems to number Bailey among its desired victims. She meets new allies along the way, all of whom are intriguing. She's joined by stalwart Police Chief Trace and reluctant Native American spiritualist Daniel. Old friends from Apparitions get involved as well. Together they form a party of diverse talents to oppose the powerful force that threatens them.
I love stories that involve the Wendigo legend. Algernon Blackwood's great novella by the same name is a favorite of mine, so I was glad to see the diabolical wilderness spirit in action again. This is a fun adventure filled with interesting characters, romance, and lots of spine chilling horror all rolled into one. It's well worth picking up.
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