Melsa M. Manton

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Melsa M. Manton grew up roaming the mountains of Western North Carolina. An early education of Aliens, Predator, Terminator, and Stephen King led to a love of science fiction and she began writing as soon as her fine motor skills allowed.

She studied International Affairs in Washington D.C. with the intention of diving into the political realm, but ended up diving into the ocean instead. An avid scuba diver, she spent seven summers sailing and teaching diving worldwide. For the next ten years, the wanderlust took her all over the world, from Russia to Tasmania, with many places in between, and eventually set her on a path of holistic medicine. She runs Blue Desert Hale, a wellness center and Cranio Sacral Therapy school, in the mountains of New Mexico.

Her life path has morphed considerably over the years, but there is one thing she has done consistently through it all. To write is to live.

Melsa’s personal motto: DREAM BIG OR DIE.

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The “Gemination” series combines the amnesiac espionage of The Bourne Identity with the psychological unraveling of The Three Faces of Eve, set on the genetically manipulated stage of Brave New World. Frontier nanotech and a hint of the supernatural interlace for some truly twisted tradecraft.

Watch for the first book of the “Gemination” sci-fi/psychological thriller series, Hear No More, to release 10 October 2022.

Big Brother is watching, but he’s quite the elusive doppelgänger, and he’s not the only one watching.

Leyla Stone serves the world as International 911, stopping injustices before the public is aware of them. The Sedition Underground is her home, but when she unwittingly takes part in an unauthorized assignment, her home becomes hostile territory.

The enigma of all enigmas, Devlin Vail, rescues her from what he calls Geminates, the product of a radical genome endeavor initiated by an international conglomerate, the Faction.

Stone is smack in the middle of a secret and relentless war between her former employer and new enemy. However, the enemy isn’t new—she simply has no memory of them. She remembers every waking moment of her life… but not of what happens in the moments between dreaming and waking.

Watch for the second book of the “Gemination” sci-fi/psychological thriller series, See No More, to also release 10 October 2022.

What do you do when you come face to face with your own psyche, and it’s not one you recognize?

The Sedition is crumbling and the Faction is growing stronger, but there’s a chance that Stone can stop it and restore equilibrium and order. Good, old-fashioned demolition-as-distraction becomes the strategy in hopes of goading the Faction into making a mistake, into revealing their éminence grise.

As defectives from both sides join Stone and nanotechnology renders privacy obsolete, the uncertain future sparks the volatile component of her psyche and threatens what remains of her sanity. And the Faction is hunting her for more than just retaliation—they want her mind.

Watch for the third book of the “Gemination” sci-fi/psychological thriller series, Speak No More, to release late 2022 or early 2023.

What happens when you come face to face with yourself, only… it’s not you?

Leyla Stone has been going it alone, but a night of déjà vu throws her back into the Underground. Her solo hunt has ended with a common object, just another piece of the puzzle.

The Faction’s complexes have moved, and Vail and Stone end up in the wolf den of DARPA in an effort to pinpoint the new locations. What awaits them, neither could be prepared for—familiar faces, though some are not so familiar at all.

Eva Fox is stirring, growing impatient. Though her maker is dead, another is rising to take his place. Leyla Stone may have left the Sedition, but the experiments are far from over.

Carmen Kemp

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Carmen has always had a love of words, spending many summers of her childhood reading as many books as she could get her hands on. Her love of reading led to a love of writing, which started out with keeping diaries and journals since age ten, and ultimately led to her desire to write a novel. She was born and raised in Southern California, and still lives there with her husband.

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Please stay tuned, as we’ll have some details on Carmen’s second novel, planned for release in late 2019, coming soon.

Chris Krupa

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I’m a freelance writer and filmmaker, born in 1975 in The Gong, who now lives in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia with my wife and two sons.

I used to make my own mystery books in the fourth grade by typing them out on an old Olivetti, and I drew my first five-fingered human being when I was four years old.

In 2004, I pitched a comic series to Image Comics, and I contributed cartoons and designed a cover for the Litmus Journal of Melbourne in 2007.

I worked with the Victims of Crime department in Sydney, rubbing shoulders with ex-cons and stand over men, and sought restitution for their victims.

In 2014, I founded a production company, Glitchfilms, alongside my producing partner. In 2015, I wrote and directed an independent horror film, The Lights, which was released in selected cinemas. I self-published the tie-in, behind-the-scenes eBook, Dark Light: How to Get Your Horror Film into Cinemas.

I write every day and try to put some of myself into my writing. My passion is crime fiction, and my favourite authors include Karin Slaughter and Michael Robotham. I also love graphic novels by Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison.

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Watch for The Jaydus File, Book 3 of the “PI Kowalski” series of crime mysteries from Down Under, featuring Aussie private detective Matt Kowalski, to release in late 2021 or early 2022.

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Jason LaVelle

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Jason LaVelle is an author and photographer from West Michigan. When he’s not spending time with his beautiful wife and four children, LaVelle works at a veterinary clinic, helping animals of all kinds. With his two pugs, Dragon and Mr. Sparkles, his Chihuahua, Mari, and his annoying dachshund, Lady, he pretty much lives in a zoo.

After he’s done playing with the pugs and tucking the kids into bed, he ventures down into the basement, where his umbrella cockatoo, Bella, whispers in his ear like a demonic muse, forcing him to explore the paranormal world inside his mind.

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Watch for this Dark Paranormal Suspense/Thriller, the third book in the “A Dark Night Thriller” series, to release on 5 November 2018.

Emma Gilbert never imagined she’d have to battle an ancient evil, one whose powers and rage have been building for centuries.

Rabid Reader says, “Once again Jason LaVelle has written an intricate, creepy and yet thought provoking story that keeps you on the edge of your seat… The storyline captures your imagination and sends shivers down your spine….”

More than twenty years have passed since Karen Gilbert was stalked by a demon child intent on her death. Still, she can’t escape from dark forces in this world. As her life draws near its end, her body ravaged by the same cancer that took her mother and grandmother before her, she’s restricted to a hospital bed. With time running out, she must warn her daughter of the dark forces in the world, those she could never talk about before.

Emma Gilbert is as beautiful and headstrong as her mother, and she’s just learned that she’s about to be called into battle against an unimaginable evil that has stalked the earth for a millennium. She flounders under the weight of her newfound knowledge, and what it might mean for her life, but she cannot ignore her destiny. Forced into a supernatural confrontation, she discovers the daunting stakes should she fail—much more than her own life.

Jane Straugh says, “The minute I started reading this I was hooked and could not stop reading it. There was excitement from start to finish, lots of twists and turns….”

Patrick Canning

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Patrick spends as much time as possible turning coffee into collections of words that look like books, shorts, and screenplays. Most of his stories attempt to look for the meaning of life in an adventurous way, and often employ humor, important since the search usually doesn’t turn up much. He is scared to use semi colons and rarely puts his seat back on airplanes.

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