SPY GAMES available for pre-order now, due to be released July 6, 2021

Spy Games iPad

What would you do if you were forced to choose who lived or died; the man who mentored you your entire life, or the father you just met who gave you life?

On the day Sydney was born, her father, Jake Logan, was on a covert mission tasked with taking down the leader of a vicious cartel on the FBI’s most-wanted list. When a raid on the compound went wrong, a member issued an ‘Order of Death’ on their heads. To keep his family safe, Jake disappeared from their lives, and years passed without any trouble.

Until now…

After her mother died Sydney searched for her father and now they were back together, trying to bond after years of absence. Invited to take part in a week of spy games, with Sydney and Cody learning the ropes of covert ops, they’re unexpectedly thrust into a live mission when Jake and his team were ambushed and Detective Carter abducted. Join them as they cross the Pacific to an unknown island,

Join them as they cross the Pacific to an unknown island, dodge lunatics chasing them through the jungle, and ultimately attempt to infiltrate a dangerous compound, whose occupants are more deadly than any predator they’ve ever seen, all in hopes of carrying out a rescue.

But now that the predator knows her identity; is it Sydney they’re really after?

CREATUS The reason you believe in fairy tales–and monsters.

CREATUS - Final Front Cover

In every myth there is a modicum of truth…


The reason we believe in Fairy Tales—and Monsters.

 As the sun’s rays peeked above the horizon, lighting the abyss below her, she inhaled a deep breath, closed her eyes, and jumped. She didn’t scream; she didn’t look down. As much as she hated her life, she hoped it wouldn’t end this way. She’d really like to see him one more time.

Her life didn’t flash before her eyes as she’d always heard. Just an image of her mother covered in blood and her Dark Angel telling her he was sorry.

Creatus by best-selling author Carmen DeSousa is a new romantic-suspense novel with a supernatural edge that answers the myths and fairy tales you’ve heard about preternatural sentient beings.

Prepare yourself to believe.

Download Creatus:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

 In order to spread the news, we are also giving away a $50 gift card! In order to qualify, just share this post’s URL in the Raffle Copter. Any social website you choose. The more places you share, the more entries you earn.

Contest ends midnight, Monday September 2, 2013. The drawing, which includes all participating websites, will be held Tuesday, September 3, 2013. The winner will be posted the same day.

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Featured book today is Double Bind by Seb Kirby

Seb Double Bind



And it is FREE today and tomorrow on KINDLE

Currently #1 in Science Fiction & Fantasy

Currently #1 in Science Fiction

Currently #1 overall in the Kindle Store

Over there. Someone like you. Not just like you. Someone who is you. 

In the sci fi thriller Double Bind, successful writer Raymond Bridges must unravel a mystery that goes to the heart of his being and face apparently irresolvable doubts about his identity, set off by encountering a perfect double of himself.

It’s a thrilling journey that leads him to question so much of what he finds in the world around him – even the loyalty of those he knows, including his love, Victoria.

What he uncovers is a conspiracy that shakes the world he knows to its foundations and asks key questions about how we live now.

From the reviews of Double Bind

‘One of the most thought-provoking thrillers I’ve read in a long time.’

‘I liked Bridges. I also liked his gorgeous girlfriend Victoria. I wanted them to win. I wanted Bridges to succeed in his mission, once he discovers what it is.’

‘The storyline and the characters are so compelling that you’re drawn in from the start. The whole doppelganger idea was so unique and unusual.’

‘What a fantastical si-fi told as a cautionary tale – I loved it! This story is fast-paced, extremely well-written and extraordinarily different – one that gripped me from the beginning to the very end.’

‘This easy-to-understand-and-follow Sci-Fi / Action / Thriller / Adventure / Romance wondrously expands your imagination. This is what a truly great author can achieve and Seb Kirby fits the bill.’

‘Hooks you early on…. it’s hard to stop reading. An excellent story and really well told.’

‘An engaging narrator with a nice line in challenging humour and moments of real emotion.’

‘Thought provoking and exciting ….. chillingly believable.’

‘I like a thriller like this one where the plot takes you for a wild ride but leaves no loose ends in the grand finale.’

More about Seb Kirby:
Seb Kirby
Seb Kirby’s debut novel, Take No More, has been widely acclaimed as a first-rate mystery thriller. Drawing from his love of classic books from H G Wells to Charles Dickens, he has mastered the art of storytelling. His second novel, Double Bind, is a psychological sci-fi thriller filled with twists and turns, a hallmark of Mr Kirby’s gripping imagination.

New Cover: Lethal Hostages (Mcswain & Beck #3)






Patriotism. Heroism. Sacrifice.

Jake Logan, Sydney McSwain’s father, was 18-years-old (the same age that she is now) when he chose to enlist in the military to serve his country. Before he turned twenty-five, he had been the recipient of medals for his heroic deeds and saving countless lives, and then recruited into covert ops.

On the day of Sydney’s birth, he was on a mission abroad, charged with the task of taking down a terrorist on the FBI and CIA’s most wanted list. When a raid on the compound went horribly wrong, members of the terrorist’s family deemed it their life mission to track down the covert ops unit, and issued an ‘Order of Death’ on their heads.

To keep his family safe, Sydney’s father disappeared from their lives, and years passed without any trouble.

Until now…

After her mother died, Sydney found her father. Now, they were back together, trying to bond from the years of absence. Invited to attend a week of spy games, with Sydney and Cody (McSwain & Beck) learning the ropes of covert ops, the make-believe mission quickly turned into the real thing when Jake was lured into a trap, leaving the covert op trainees responsible for saving their lives.

But now that the terrorists knew of her identity, was Sydney the one they were after?




Time for another FUEL YOUR FIRE!

Don’t have one? Well, no worries. Starting May 1, 2013 and continuing until May 31, 2013, TCK is offering you the chance to get one — we are giving away a gorgeous Kindle Fire to one lucky winner! Just click on the link and follow the simple steps. What could be easier?

Think about it; your own Kindle Fire with your own selection of books…

Kindle Fire Books

Look how awesome these book covers look on the screen of the Fire.  How cool! Bet you can’t wait to get yours.

So what are you waiting for?

Go for it!


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There’s an old saying … what goes around, comes around.

Well, TCK is BACK!

The best-selling authors at Thrills, Chills, & Kills are ready to rock your reads with great deals on thrillers, chillers, and killers! From March 20 to March 22, you won’t want to miss the great deals on these amazing books. Get ‘em while they’re hot.


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Short story: IN HIS BOOTS


When I was growing up, there was always a white index card taped to the refrigerator door with the following quote: “To truly understand a man, first you must walk in his shoes.” Like all kids, I didn’t give the words a second thought – at least not until I became a man…

Fog hovered over the cemetery like a thick blanket of doom to the already dismal day. Hundreds of Firefighters wearing Class-A uniforms; were lined up on the grounds with their hands in a steady salute toward the wooden casket holding the man they called a hero.

My name is John Travis Ryan … that man was my father.

I sat next to my Mom with an arm draped around her for support. Her eyes were bloodshot red with more tears threatening to spill at the sound of Taps playing in the background. We watched, stoically, as Pallbearers folded the American Flag into a triangular shape with only the blue field showing. The Honor Guard handed the flag to the Chief who then presented it to my mom, as he offered his condolences. He then gave me a firm handshake. “Your father was a good man, J.T.,” the chief said to me, using the term that everyone at the firehouse called me. “You’re the man in the house now.”

I nodded, solemnly. “Yes sir, Chief,” I responded out of respect. The chief had no idea what was going on in my mind. How could he? To the Chief, and all the firefighters who flew in to pay tribute, my father was a fellow brother. One who stood on the front line; went in when others were running out, no matter what the call. He was a man who put the uniform first, and the lives of others in front of his own.

To me, he was the man who put the job ahead of his family.  Selfish of me, I know, but I was angry. From as far back as I could remember; he was never around. Between the two 24-hour shifts at the firehouse, training with the teams (Dive Team, Water Rescue, Ice Rescue, Search & Rescue – there was always a team); then being on call when the alarm sounded – birthdays, holidays, scouts, and every sporting event that mattered to me. If there was a storm, crises or catastrophe, mom and I were on our own, while he was off helping others. On the rare occasions he was home; all we did was bump heads. Mom tried to make me understand.  For years, she tried explaining that some people just have a calling, like soldiers who choose to go off to war. “Being a fireman was your father’s calling” she said, “helping those in distress.”

That only angered me more.  “Just face it, mom,” I snapped at her during one of our final arguments on the subject. “He chose the fire service over us. He sacrificed us; period, end of story.” Then I stormed off, and headed into the garage. That was when I noticed a box with my father’s name on it. I had never seen it before.  Curious, I looked inside. My Mom had cleared out his locker at the firehouse. His bunker gear, helmet, and fire boots were inside, along with a newspaper article:


A loud crashing noise interrupted my concentration, and shook the house. I peered out through the garage door window, and saw the front end of a car ripped like an accordion into a tree. Electrical wires dangled, sparks shot out from underneath, and the female driver was unconscious – her head planted on the steering wheel. I was immediately worried about a fire, and knew I had to help.

At the same time I was punching 911 on my cell phone, I threw on the bunker gear, and stepped into the boots. As I charged outside, hoping to get the woman to safety, the words on the index card hit me like a ton of bricks.

“To truly understand a man, first you must walk in his shoes…”


P.S. This is a shortened version of the Kindle short story entitled IN HIS BOOTS, which will be available on Amazon, soon. I originally posted this on the blog site for #BestSellingReads. After receiving a number of DM’s on Twitter, I decided to add it to my own site.

McSwain & Beck get a makeover!


In this new world of publishing, we writers are in the driver’s seat and in charge of navigating the roads necessary to achieve our success. Sometimes, we may take a wrong turn and need to turn around, and sometimes, we may need to chart a difference course.  In that vein, McSwain & Beck are getting a makeover!

When I first contacted an artist to design the original covers for Gone at Zero Hundred 00:00 and Fireworks on the 4th, I wanted to show that the stories were filled with action and adventure, and give the reader an idea about the cool fictional location that the series was created in. The current covers definitely do that, in spades. They’re beautiful.

The reality is; I should have focused on showing the mystery and danger involved in the story. So I have taken the plunge. I hired David C. Cassidy to revamp the covers. In Gone at Zero Hundred 00:00 the crimes depicted are straight from the headlines-type stories, and developed from interviews with big-city detectives – the subject matter becoming more prominent every day.

The new cover for Gone at Zero Hundred 00:00 shows that the story is gritty, edgy, and reveals the danger inside the pages.

Updated cover for Fireworks on the 4th revealed in the next few days…


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