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IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER by M. R. Sellars

Published December 24, 2016 by Shadow Girl

THE SMALL TOWN OF HULIS, MISSOURI
HAS A KILLER CHRISTMAS SPIRIT…

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… AND IT’S HIDING A KILLER SECRET.

In 1975 the small town of Hulis was ground zero in a frantic search for 10 year-old Merrie Frances Callahan, as well as an intense manhunt for her abductor.

35 years later, it seems the FBI would like to pretend it never happened.

Special Agent Constance Mandalay didn’t get that memo…

IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER is based on the short teaser novella MERRIE AXEMAS: A Killer Holiday Tale, (see below) but it tells the whole story of ten-year-old Merrie Frances Callahan’s 1975 abduction, and the present day murders that are somehow intricately linked to that event.


5/5 Holiday Stars

I’ve been a Rowan Gant fan since I picked up my first copy of HARM NONE (I got it autographed, too – teehee), and I am so happy that SA Constance Mandalay got her own story! (soon-to-be-series 🙂 I can’t wait for Book 2: INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE!!).   ITBM is going to impact the rest of the RGI Series for me. Constance was already growing on me, but I like her character much more now.  Getting to go along with her on this investigation, and see how she handles the (I’m quoting Ben here…) “Twilight Zone” stuff without Rowan being there is eye-opening.  I definitely see her a little differently, and have more respect for her. She has earned her place in The Ghoul Squad, haha!  I would LOVE to see both Constance and Ben shake off their traditional beliefs and… well… a girl can dream.   ♥ Blessed Be!

SA Constance Mandalay is assigned what appears to be a 7-year-old cold case that echos the events of the 35-year-old child abduction. Unfortunately for all involved, the case heats up for a short time each year with a brutal murder that appears eerily staged, and occurs under impossible circumstances.

Undaunted, she faces the task with no backup, a mysteriously redacted case file, and the inevitable murder fast approaching.

Mandalay’s experience as the ‘handler’ for an FBI occult/paranormal expert (Rowan Gant) makes her the perfect choice for this investigation. However, even her brushes with the unexplained still cannot prepare her for the answer she was not supposed to discover…

You can find In The Bleak Midwinter: A Special Agent Constance Mandalay Novel @

Amazon, Goodreads, and Smashwords

You can find Merrie Axemas: A Killer Holiday Tale (#FREE) @

Amazon, Goodreads, and Smashwords

Where to find M. R. Sellars online:

M. R. Land, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Google+Smashwords, YouTube, StoryFind, and if he ever decides to get back to pinning – Pintrest. I’m still trying to recruit all you horror lovers to switch to SlashBoard instead – it’s Pintrest for Horror Lovers! Maybe we can follow him there soon  series 😉

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Merrie Axemas – Book 0.5 of the Constance Mandalay Series

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LITTLE MERRIE CALLAHAN MAY BE ALL GROWN UP, BUT SHE STILL HAS AN AXE TO GRIND WITH THE MAN IN THE RED SUIT…

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INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE: Book 2 of the Constance Mandalay series

THE END IS NEAR, IT JUST NEEDS A LITTLE PUSH…

COMING SOON…

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Check out the entire Rowan Gant Investigation [RGI] series – I highly recommend the books I’ve read so far, and I’ll bet I say the same as I finish the rest of them.   

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My autographed copy of HARM NONE can’t be replaced, so I was especially giddy when I saw that M. R. Sellars uses AuthorGraph! Now my ebooks are virtually signed  🙂   Stop by and get your new M. R. Sellars ebooks personalized, too!

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Be sure to check out all of the M. R. Sellars and other WillowTree Press Author logo-ed swag available @ On The Edge Graphics: Purveyors Of Official Author Swag & Other Graphical Oddities  http://www.cafepress.com/otegraphics

 

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Heaven Calling by Matt Shaw

Published March 19, 2014 by Shadow Girl

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Sometimes it’s nice to step away from the horrors of my mind and explore the side of me that isn’t talked about quite so much; the side which shows, despite the darkness dwelling within, I actually have a heart too.” ~ Matt Shaw


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Synopsis-
Josh and Holly could face anything thrown at them all the time they had each other. Their love would conquer anything and the world was their oyster. But when a tragic accident tears Josh away from Holly she realises that, without her husband, she cannot cope and her world begins to crumble; her loss being more than she can handle. Until, that is, she receives a phone call.
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Her late husband.
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The same time every day; he doesn’t appear to know what has happened to him and Holly can’t bring herself to tell him. She isn’t even sure if it really is him calling or whether it’s all in her tormented mind. Especially seeing as the calls only happen when she is alone. Is it all in her head, has she gone mad, or is heaven really calling?
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From the author of “The Missing Years of Thomas Pritchard”. This is the softer side to horror author Matt Shaw.

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I’m really excited that I can recommend one of Matt’s stories to my friends/family who don’t enjoy reading horror. They’ll get a taste of why BeckisBookBlog sometimes reads like a Tiger Beat Fan Club page!
::smh:: Non-Horror People, they don’t know what they’re missing!

Their lives changed in an instant.
Holly wasn’t upset when her husband failed to call her this morning. He was probably still sleeping. He’ll be home from his business trip tonight.
When Josh did call, 24 hours later than expected, he didn’t seem to realize that anything was wrong.
He didn’t understand why his wife was crying.
He didn’t remember the accident.
He didn’t know that Holly had just identified his body at the morgue.
Josh didn’t know he was dead.

If this wasn’t one of Matt’s, I might not have picked it up. That would have been a tragedy, because HEAVEN CALLING is such an amazing story! Categorized as ROMANCE on Amazon, it’s not the type of book I normally read. It’s sad to think that some of you might not give it a chance for the same reason. Heaven Calling isn’t what I would consider romance. It’s not a frilly, foo foo, huggy & kissy story, it’s not a bodice ripper, it’s not easily classified. I don’t think you can neatly fit it into any one category. It bleeds over the lines – blurring the genre borders, and making a category of it’s own. It’s more of a paranormal story, one that happens to be about a husband & wife.
I like what it says in the synopsis… “This is the softer side to horror author Matt Shaw.” These words shouldn’t surprise any of the Fan Club! Books like THE MISSING YEARS OF THOMAS PRITCHARD (Science Fiction/Fantasy), THE LOST SON (Horror/Occult), and THE 8TH (Psychological Thriller), have proved that Matt is a multifaceted author who doesn’t rely on the extreme to sell books. I would shelf Heaven Calling with these, probably right next to THE LOST SON. They all touched me in some way, having shed a tear or two while reading them. HC about had me wrecked! (Although… I do admit that I’m dealing with some personal issues right now, too. I may be a tad more emotional than normal.) I had to stop reading and compose myself while I was reading the last part. I did not predict the ending, and was all but curled into the fetal position while sucking my thumb! I really love the direction he went with this, and where he (we) ended up. I wouldn’t change a single thing.
If your already a fan of Matt Shaw, you’ll enjoy Heaven Calling. Yes, it’s a softer, squishy side of Matt – but it still has the ‘Ness’. You can feel his writing style from the start, and it’s not lacking twists and surprises. Besides – how can you call yourself a proper fan if you don’t read everything?
If you haven’t read anything by Matt Shaw yet, this story will hook you, and ensure further exploration into his work. (e.g. The Missing Years of Thomas Pritchard, and The Lost Son)
Heaven Calling – The Gateway Book

** I normally don’t mention style because I don’t know the rules, I only know what I like or dislike. I like how this was written. The flash-back to present day moments flowed together, (weaved?/meshed?), and never got confusing. Almost like you’re reading a Josh and Holly moment, and in a blink – you’re in the same moment, but Josh is gone. (Me, trying to explain it – THAT’S confusing!)

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