Saturday, December 14, 2019

Sleepless Nights 168 Horror, Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense Short Stories by Tobias Wade

4 Things That Every Horror Story Needs
I’ve written over 100 stories,  and it’s impossible to do that without noticing trends about what works and what doesn’t. Whether you’re new to writing horror or just burnt out and need a framework to help construct your next idea, I recommend writing down these four steps before you start every story.
1)  Mystery.The internet is a big place and ain’t nobody got time for that.
You want to grip your reader within the first paragraph, and I think the best (easiest) way to do that is by putting a burning question in their mind that begs an answer.
“Is this real?”
“What happened next?”
“Why would someone write a story about that?”
“How could someone  survive  to write about it?”
These are the kind of questions that force people to read all the way to the end. I love whimsical language and character exploration as much as the next, but if you read the beginning of your story in isolation without  needingto know something that will come next, then it’s time to edit.
2)  Suspense.What happens when you put the suspense before the mystery? A lot of boring, out of context exposition.
Once you’ve given your reader a taste of what they want, experiment with how long you can  avoid giving it to them. Now that you have their attention, you can slow down to develop your characters and give background information on the scenario. Suspense is the anticipation of what will happen next, and the excitement of that anticipation can be just as good or better than the reveal itself.
(For example:  one of my stories  spends the entire time making the reader wonder what the scariest imaginable drawing could be without ever revealing it, as nothing explicit could be as scary as the infinite potential of the unknown).
Slow down too much however, and suddenly you’re Naruto’s 4th cousin having an elaborate love affair (filler much?) and readers will get bored. You want to continue to develop your main plot and reference the mystery as you explore the other elements of your story.
Your suspense will increase in effect the closer you draw to your climax as the reader’s need for resolution grows. Dedicating a paragraph to a guy walking home can get tedious, but when the reader knows a monster is waiting for him the second he walks in the door, every step of  the exact same paragraph  will be an adventure. His hand on the doorknob. His baited breath. The creak of the wood. These are all boring without the anticipation (suspense) of what’s inside.
3)  Climax.Urgency. Action. The big reveal.
Here’s where you find out what the monster is or see the serial killer take another life. You’ve used up all your pondering and fancy getting here, and now you want the reader on the edge of their seat. Short, fast, action-packed sentences are ideal for this. Add more action to your descriptions and dialogue as well. If you want to tell readers there’s an apple on the table, have someone pick it up or toss it from hand to hand instead of just noticing it. Add action to dialogue, making characters advance or retreat or exchange blows between words.
Present tense adds the most immediacy to the situation. Cut down all filer words, unnecessary descriptions, and even excess grammar that slows you down.
Instead of “I noticed the cat stand up“, say “The cat is standing”. Instead of “I immediately decided to turn around and sprint back through the hallways until I got back outside,” say “I turn, sprinting. The hallway, the door, and finally the clear night air.”
4)  Twist.And I would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for you meddling kids.
Readers are smarter than you give them credit for. Remember they want their question answered so bad that they’re trying to cheat by guessing what will happen the whole way through. A clue as small as a shifty-eyed glance can turn the big reveal into a “huh, I figured.” See if you can’t throw a little twist in at the end that gives context to the rest of the piece.
Maybe the narrator is actually the killer all along, or maybe the killer has a secret benevolent motivation. A twist doesn’t even need to change the main plot. It can be something as simple as a coward dying with dignity. The goal is to simply give the reader a feeling of satisfaction, making him glad that he read all the way to the end to see something he hasn’t already anticipated.
I use these four phases of the story as bullet points when I’m outlining, then I begin writing once I have a little blurb for each. Some stories will put the mystery in the title, build suspense the whole time, and then have the climax and the twist together in one sentence. Some will be all climax, action-action-action, with the twist another amazing actiony-action. There are infinite variations to allow the same structure to produce endless unique stories, but however you decide to break the rules, keeping these in mind will always help putting your ideas on paper
As you continue to practice, you’ll notice this structure can apply to smaller increments like paragraphs or even sentences. Hook the character on the first sentence (or word!) and repeat the rise and fall of suspense/resolution, each little cycle adding another puzzle piece to the main situation at stake.
An Example in Action:
I want to write a horror story.
1) Pick a topic. How about a good old-fashioned zombie story?
2) Write down the steps: Mystery, Suspense, Climax, Twist.
3) Ask yourself questions until you can fill in each step.
What could be mysterious about a zombie story? How about their origin? I’m going to start writing about these zombies showing up, but there haven’t been any undisturbed graves or missing bodies to produce them. Who are these guys anyway?
What suspense can I have? How about a little boy trying to get people to believe him? He keeps seeing these things, but he’s an unreliable witness so no-one takes him seriously. Suspense builds as the zombies keep getting closer/do worse things, and anticipation builds as the reader can’t wait for people to find out the truth.
Climax? Well someone has to find out eventually. Maybe the boy catches a zombie and lures it into his basement. His mom sees it and finally believes him. Then the zombie breaks out and they follow it back to a secret government lab. No wonder the police never reported any missing bodies!
Twist? What if the zombies were helpless victims just trying to get away from the experiment? And the little boy made friends with one and helps it escape to live in the woods?

4) Write that story!


Publisher: Haunted House Publishing LLC
Publication Date: February 1, 2019


The news said 33 miners were trapped when the mine collapsed. 

And why wouldn’t they? 33 people were pulled out of the ground. 
The men were buried 700 meters below the surface. There was no way in or out. 
But the miners who were rescued all said the same thing: 
They said there were only 32 miners during the cave in. That they counted and they counted—every day—every few hours to make sure everyone was taken care of. 
Then one day they count again, and there were 33. A stranger was in their midst. 
Something escaped from the earth during that rescue that never should have seen the light of day. 

Demons, monsters, psychopaths, undead, mad-experiments, and terrifying paranormal encounters. 

The last confession from a serial killer will take your breath away. 
Why should you be afraid to leave an audio-recorder on overnight?
What could go wrong if you meet the Devil on Tinder?
Why does your reflection smile more than you do?
The Grim Reaper's scythe isn't to harvest you. He's there to protect you from what's waiting on the other side. 

Early readers are saying: 
"As a huge horror nut I love being freaked out of my mind, being taken for a dark spin, and then being left with goosebumps dotted on my skin."
★★★★★ Review 
"From the first story to the last, this book was enjoyable in that spine-tingling kind of way. It’s been a very long time since I’ve read anything that has wormed its way into my brain and had me thinking about it hours or days later." 
★★★★★ Review 
"I swear there isn't a clunker on here. You'd think even a solid compilation would have one or two lame ducks, but every last story in here is thrilling and terrifying and fantastic." 
★★★★★ Review 

Fast, exciting, satisfying stories, filled with compelling mysteries and shocking twists. 

Mega-collection with 168 chilling stories, over 700 pages include Amazon-Bestselling Collections 51, 52, and 53 Sleepless Nights, as well as 12 bonus tales from Brutal Bedtime Stories. 

Easy to fit in a story during the day, or to keep you awake all night long. 
Grab a copy now. 



Former neuroscience researcher, born again horror writer. During my studies, it struck me as odd that I could learn so much about why humans behave without understanding the intricacies of human nature. It occurred to me that I learned more about the depths of human experience from reading Dostoyevsky than I ever had from my text books, and I was inspired to write. 

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Canadian Dreadful Genre: Horror Anthology with stories by David Tocher, Nancy Kilpatrick, Caitlin Marceau, Tyner Gillies, Jen Frankel, Pat Flewwelling, Repo Kempt, Colleen Anderson, Karen Dales Judith Baron, Vanessa C Hawkins, Joe Powers, Robin Rowland, Sarah C Walker


Canadian Dreadful
Genre: Horror Anthology
with stories by
David Tocher, Nancy Kilpatrick, Caitlin Marceau, Tyner Gillies,
Jen Frankel, Pat Flewwelling, Repo Kempt, Colleen Anderson, Karen Dales
Judith Baron, Vanessa C Hawkins, Joe Powers, Robin Rowland, Sarah C Walker 

"CANADIAN DREADFUL showcases some of Canada’s best voices in horror fiction. This anthology is a harrowing tour of the northern landscape that will leave you both dazzled and terrified." ~David Morrell, New York Times best-selling author of Murder as a Fine Art



In the pages of this anthology, you will not find the Canada you are accustomed to, nor a Canada that the world has grown to know and love. Between the covers, you will discover a dark landscape that will challenge your perspective. From sea to shining sea, stories of a darker Canada will arise, and within them all a kernel of truth. Stories of sacrifice, cannibalism, ghosts, and mystical forests, the authors will plunge you into the country that is Canadian Dreadful.



AUTHORS:Colleen Anderson, Judith Baron, Karen Dales, Pat Flewwelling, Jen Frankel, Tyner Gillies, Vanessa C Hawkins, Repo Kempt, Nancy Kilpatrick, Caitlin Marceau, Joe Powers, Robin Rowland, David Tocher, and Sara C Walker.





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Thursday, December 12, 2019

GUEST POST by SUE DENT author of THIRSTING FOR BLOOD SERIES


In 2005, I enrolled my now 20-year-old son in kindergarten and sent my now 26-year-old daughter on her way to the seventh grade. It seemed the perfect time to pursue publishing my stories so that others could enjoy them as much as I did. Perhaps they would enjoy them enough for me to make a living off of writing. I had several stories to choose from, but I wanted to start with something fresh. I decided on vampires. I grew up with Dark Shadows and never lost my love for Barnabus and Quentin Collins. Therefore, with my new free time, I scribed my first vampire/werewolf novel but struggled with a title for it. I ventured out to a nearby mall at one point to think about this. Upon entering, I spied a banner stretched from one side of the ceiling to the other, that read; “Never Cease” . . . something, something, something. Ceese was one of the main characters in my story, and so the title was born. I did so enjoy the comments by some potential readers, “Why should I read this book? The author can’t even spell.” And this was after receiving reviews from the likes of Eric Wilson of “Fireproof” fame.


Though I had a relatively complete MS for Never Ceese, I felt something about it was missing when I read through it. I decided to find someone who might help me figure out what that “something” might be. I searched for and found “professional” editor Arlene W. Robertson. Together she and I whipped Never Ceese into shape. At the end of it all, I had an MS with a guaranteed less than 2 percent error rate and a chunk of change now invested in my debut novel. It paid off, though. I got picked up by a “traditional” publisher because they knew they didn’t have to invest in an edit. They paid me an advance against royalties, (that never came) and printed 5000 hard copies with dust covers of Never Ceese and took me to Book Expo America in 2006 to sign 500 copies to give away to libraries and visitors. I even had someone offer to make my never-read-by-anyone book into a movie. I left the BEA wondering what the heck just happened.

I spent the bulk of my time at the BEA hanging out with Captain Jack Sparrow. Who wouldn’t? Yes, I spent the day with Johnny! Johnny O’Kelly, that is, an impeccable Capt. Jack Sparrow and my obsession.




During the time I was with this publisher, I (not my publisher) submitted Never Ceese to be considered for a Bram Stoker award. It ended up making the Preliminary Ballot for Superior Achievement in a First Novel the year Jonothan Mayberry won in that category with Ghost Road Blues.

An honor.

When I shared this information with my publisher, they responded with, “let us know when you win.” Because of making the preliminary ballot (I’m guessing) The British Fantasy Society contacted me and wanted to know if they could review “Never Ceese.” They have asked to review every book I’ve written since then. Forever Richard even made the 2009 BFS Long List.

Never Ceese 
Thirsting For Blood Book 1 
by Sue Dent 
Genre: Horror Fantasy 
Publisher: S D Enterprises 
Publication Date: July 25, 2018


What happens when a determined werewolf and a skeptical vampire join forces at the request of an aging friend?

Will they succeed in finding a way to rid themselves of their respective curses in spite of their natural hatred for each other or will they suffer at the hands of a radical and evil stem cell researcher who wants the fame and immortality he believes their blood will give him?


Forever Richard 
Thirsting For Blood Book 2 
Publication Date: July 28, 2018


A new vampire inhabiting Richard's castle, a stranger with the alleged knife of the Akedah, a malevolent werewolf stalking Ceese, and the impossible-to-kill Dr. Henderson.

Now mortal once again, Richard and Ceese thought their troubles were behind them. What will they do when they learn that isn't true? And how will they survive the new evil that threatens to destroy them all?



Cyn No More 
Thirsting For Blood Book 3 
Publication Date: September 4, 2019


A vampire dead set on reclaiming what it lost. A father determined to save his son from the evil that stalks him and an ancient good. Can Richard be saved from Cyn? Vampires, Werewolves and the Daoine Maithe. 



**Coming Soon!!** 
Penny For Your Thoughts 
Thirsting For Blood Book 4


The saga continues. Cassie's boyfriend Darrell arrives with proof that her mother is still alive in spite of what Grandmother Penny told her. 

Rodney struggles with emotions he can't believe he's having for Ceese and an old flame pushes the boundaries of Penny and Richard's new-found relationship. Will Professor Henderson finally succeed in changing Ceese back into a werewolf for his own diabolical purposes? 




Sue Dent hails from Mississippi and is the author of Never Ceese and Forever Richard the first two installments in her Thirsting for Blood Series. Her debut novel Never Ceese appeared on the 2007 preliminary ballot for a Bram Stoker Award. Her second book in her Thirsting for Blood Series, Forever Richard, made the 2010 long-list at the British Fantasy Society. 

Both Never Ceese and Forever Richard made the 2009 Pluto Award long-list with Never Ceese moving onto the top three books short-listed. Never Ceese was also Book Club Choice of the month at the American Christian Fiction Writers Association in May of 2007 when Sue was a member. Sue no longer pays to be a member due to the fact that the ACFW is a writer's group designed to help author's find homes with CBA niche market publishers. Sue is currently a member of HWA, Horror Writer's of America. 

Dent’s stories continue to appeal to general market readers with surprise appeal to the denominationally discriminative (niche market CBA member publisher's serve. Ms. Dent likes to point out that though her work appeals to readers of this niche market, she does not write specifically for that market which is why you won't find her work in CBA member bookstores or rather on any shelf at any Christian Retailer or even listed on-line at member on-line bookstores such as Christianbook.com. 



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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Author Kelli A. Wilkins Shares 15 Fun Writing Tips!





Hi everyone!
One of the most common questions I’m asked is: “Do you have any writing tips?” Well, yes, I sure do! Whether you’re a beginning writer just starting out, or someone who is more advanced, here are 15 fun tips any writer can use.
TIP 1: Use more dialogue and less exposition (narrative) in the beginning of a story, it’ll speed up the action and pull readers in.
TIP 2: Don’t use “She thought to herself.” in your story. (Who else does she think to?) Instead, put your character’s internal dialogue (thoughts) in italics. Be careful not to overdo it, though. Your characters shouldn’t be “thinking” the whole story.
TIP 3: Make a list of important details, so they don’t accidentally change during the story. If your hero has a blue striped sofa in Chapter One, it shouldn’t be red in Chapter Three.
TIP 4: Don’t let your characters relax or become too comfortable in a scene. Keep raising the stakes and ask yourself, “What could go wrong at the worst possible time?”
TIP 5: If you’re stuck on a character’s name, try freewriting for a while. If you can’t think of a name now and are busy writing, call the character “George” or “Helen” and change it later.
TIP 6: Ask yourself what the character wants (this is his or her goal) then throw in a curve and see how you can make things go wrong.
TIP 7: The type of story you write can determine how you use point-of-view. Short stories are almost always told in one character’s viewpoint, whether in first or third person. Novels and novellas can be told by many characters using different points-of-view.
TIP 8: When you’re in the writing zone, don’t think about what to write, write whatever pops into your head. And don’t worry about spelling or grammar—this is just for fun!
TIP 9: Set aside an hour a day to write. Not sure you have an hour? Consider writing on your lunch break or during a commute. Get up an hour earlier or schedule time after dinner. Make an appointment with yourself and keep it.
TIP 10: Avoid starting sentences with “suddenly.” It warns readers that something is about to happen before it does.
TIP 11: Don’t rush through a scene to get to the end. Stay in the scene as long as you have to and let the drama build. When a scene is fleshed out completely, your readers can envision everything that’s happening.
TIP 12: Each character must have a weakness he or she works to overcome. It could be anything: chronic lateness, unreliability, or fear of spiders. Use this weakness against your character in the story and show readers how he or she overcomes it.
TIP 13: Give your characters something from the past that can come back to haunt them. A secret is revealed (or is threatened to be), an ex-lover returns, a secret love child appears, or a scandal threatens to destroy someone… It adds depth and believability to the characters. It can also move the plot forward. What are the consequences of hiding the secret? What happens when it’s revealed?
TIP 14: Show your readers your character’s personality, likes, and dislikes. Describe keepsakes and favorite possessions (a coffee mug from vacation, a lucky keychain, or a cherished family photo). What does each item mean or represent to the character? Why do they have it?
TIP 15: Keep a folder for “someday” story ideas, characters, and settings. File notes, scraps of plots, bits of dialogue, and photos of scenic views that you’ve accumulated in one place. If you’re ever stuck on what to write next, open the folder and see what inspires you.
Want more writing tips and advice? Check out my non-fiction writing guide, You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction.
This fun and practical book walks you through the story-creating process step-by-step: from getting a great idea to meeting your characters, developing a plot, and on to writing, revising, and submitting your work. It covers the basics of storytelling – regardless of what genre you write.
Each easy-to-read chapter is based on my years of hands-on experience as a writer, advice I’ve received, and the technical “know-how” I’ve gained in writing classes and professional writing workshops. It’s practical advice on how to get started, almost like a Writing 101 workshop. Any writer can use the tips and writing exercises for an extra boost of motivation or just for fun.
Ready to write? Order your copy here:


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Happy Writing!
Kelli A. Wilkins
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 19 romance novels, 6 non-fiction books, and 2 online writing courses. Her romances span many genres and heat levels, and she’s also been known to scare readers with her horror stories.
In November 2019, she released Romance Every Weekend: 104 Fun Ways to Express Your Love, a non-fiction guide to romance. The book features 104 fun and easy ways you can express your love to that special someone in your life. Perfect for men or women, it focuses on tender, everyday gestures that let your partner know how much you love him or her.
Kelli published Extraterrestrial Encounters, a collection of 18 sci-fi stories, in August 2019. If you like horror fiction, don’t miss her disturbing novella, Nightmare in the North.
Her historical romance, The Viking’s Witch, was released in June 2019. This full-length novel takes place in Celtic Scotland and blends a sensual romance with paranormal elements.

In March 2019, Kelli published Dangerous Indenture, a historical mystery romance set in Colonial Pennsylvania. She released the second half of her flash fiction series, Cupid’s Schemes, in early 2019. These two volumes of lighthearted mini-romances are perfect reads for a quick lunchtime escape or an after-work indulgence.

Kelli released a Teachable mini-course, Fiction Basics: Finding Ideas in February 2019. 
She authored Fiction Writing for Beginners through Teachable in 2018. 
These courses are perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to write. Visit: https://kelliwilkins.teachable.com/ for more details.
Not just an author, Kelli is also an amateur photographer. Visit her pages on Shutterstock  and iStock  to view her photos.
Kelli posts on her Facebook author page and Twitter.
Visit her website/blog: 
to learn about all of her writings.


A Very Vegan Christmas: Mrs. Claus' Kitchen by Rebecca Henry Genre: Holiday Cookbook

The 46 recipes in Rebecca Henry’s A Very VeganChristmas: Mrs. Claus' Kitchen are varied. This makes the holiday cookbook a great resource for all ages. The more decorative ways to serve fruit are a great activity with small children, they can feel creative and capable of following simple directions.

The presentation of all the dishes will inspire and give us ideas, this is real food that is fun and engaging, every member of a family and friends who want, or need, vegan options.
The recipes come with holiday decorating ideas, party suggestions and holiday recipe names, which are such a treat for those of us limited to Vegan dishes due to food allergies.My favorites are the Crepes, well, my favorite so far, because as I use more during the holidays, I may well have more favorites.


Publication Date: November 8, 2019


Christmas has always been an important holiday in my home. It is a time for gathering in the kitchen to bake with family and friends. This book contains traditional, holiday recipes prepared from nondairy and cruelty free ingredients. 

With 46 recipes to choose from, you will have a classic selection of recipes to inspire your little Christmas elves or sugar plum fairies to gobble up their plates! Being a mom of two, and so no stranger to hosting Christmas parties for little ones, I understand the importance of presentation. If the food is fun and engaging, children and adults alike, will want to try vegan options. The recipes come with creative decorating ideas, party suggestions and enchanting holiday recipe names, to get your cute little Mrs. Claus helpers, eager to bake with you in the kitchen. 


Best Selling Amazon Author of Hybrid: Adapt or Die. Her debut novel was The Lady Raven: A Dark Cinderella Tale, which was published in 2017. The Lady Raven, is for those who have an infinity for fairy tales retold with a link to witches, magic and the macabre. Rebecca's second novel, Louisiana Latte, a chick lit comedy was released February 28th 2019. Louisiana Latte, is a feel good comedy that focuses on the bonds of sisters, and how audacious life can be when you have a diva for one! Rebecca's third novel Hybrid: Adapt or Die, is a sci-fi, horror, romance novel. It takes the reader on a wild ride of government conspiracy theories, ancient aliens but also touches your heart with a tender love story. Hybrid was released August 1st 2019. Her fourth novel Conjure Lake, a ya, dark fantasy, horror novel will be released in 2020. The entire first chapter is included at the end of Hybrid first edition copies. You can find all of Rebecca's books on Amazon. 

Rebecca Henry is a world traveler living abroad in England. Besides being an author, Rebecca is also a podcast talk host on the show The Latte Talk. The podcast was inspired by her latest novel, Louisiana Latte and her diva sister Deb. She is a serious vegan, gardener, crafter, wife and mom who practices yoga. She loves to laugh, her drug of choice and loves all things witchy with a hint of the macabre. Her favorite holiday is Halloween and her favorite movie of all time is Practical Magic. 


$15 Amazon 
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Zapata Border Series Book 1 by Harper McDavid Genre: Romantic Suspense





When engineer Avery McAndrews is offered a last-minute assignment to the rough and tumble border town of Zapata, Texas, she doesn’t think twice. Used to pushing past stereotypes, she’s sure this project will earn the long-awaited promotion.

Instead, she’s thrown in the crossfire between warring drug cartels and soon discovers that her captor, Javier Ramos, is more than just a power hungry drug lord. He’s crazy.

As lead attorney for the cartel, it’s Alejandro DeLeon’s job to manage Javier. But this time, Javier’s cruelty reaches epic proportions, and Alejandro finds himself wanting to risk everything to save Avery.

Running for their lives with Mexico’s underworld at their heels, Avery and Alejandro discover unintended and intensifying emotions, feelings neither sought and neither seem prepared to control... 




As a child, Harper McDavid watched her mother ride the rollercoaster of writing books, swearing she'd never do it herself. But some things are just hardwired, and luckily for Harper the world has moved on beyond typewriters and ten-pound manuscripts. 

Harper's gritty romantic suspense incorporates her own background in science and engineering and work experience along the border. The result is a collection of brainy hard hat-wearing heroines that occasionally swap out their coveralls for the little black dress. 

Harper is the mother of three daughters and lives in the foothills of Colorado with her husband, two dogs, and a fat cat. Her free time is spent traveling the world in search of that next story and perusing her local library for funny book covers. 




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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The Dan Roy Series by Mick Bose Genre: Action Thriller


Hidden Agenda 
The Dan Roy Series Book 1 
by Mick Bose 
Genre: Action Thriller


A terrifying global conspiracy is unfolding against America. 

In Afghanistan and London, Dan Roy, a black ops soldier stumbles across the plot. 

People around him begin to die mysteriously, and soon Dan and those close to him are chased by a force far greater than himself. 

In a race against time to save the world from destruction, Dan Roy finds himself up against the most vicious terrorist imaginable. 

But failure is not an option… 

BONUS MATERIAL - NOVELLA INCLUDED! 


Dark Water 
The Dan Roy Series Book 2


Dan Roy is back. So is a bullet with his name on it. 

Dan intends to settle his affairs, then roam the world. But when an innocent woman is abducted in broad daylight, Dan responds to her call for help. His actions lead him into the dangerous vortex of a global plot to cripple America, maybe for good. 

Deep under the blue waters of the Eastern Seaboard hides a deadly secret, and the enemy plan to use it to unleash mayhem. Only Dan Roy, ex Black Ops warrior, stands in their way. 

Each book in the series can be read as a standalone 


The Tonkin Protocol 
The Dan Roy Series Book 3


In the steamy tropical jungles of Myanmar, Dan Roy will meet his match... 

Dan has joined the backpacker trail in far South East Asia. He wants nothing but peace, and to relax. 

But trouble finds him soon enough. Kimberly Smith is a CIA agent. She is flown into Myanmar, to help locate another CIA agent, missing in action. 

When Dan saves Kim from an ambush, their fates become entwined. Ignoring the instant spark between them, Dan leaves her alone. But when Kim is attacked and abducted before his eyes, he defends her with all his might. They escape, but they are now pawns in a CIA operation that could bring the world's two superpowers to a global conflict. 

The stakes rise, and Kim and Dan run from one exotic location to another, chased by powerful forces bent on their destruction. Finally, they are forcibly separated, and Dan is left to die in the dense, remote jungles... 

A terrifying secret is revealed inside the beautiful, but rarely visited country of Myanmar. Its long border with China has always been under America's watchful eyes. A covert operation, reaching up to the highest levels of power inside the CIA and Washington, is now in danger of being exposed. Dan Roy must lift himself up from his green grave, and fight back in the only way he can. To save the world, and to get Kim back. 

She means more to him than his battle hardened heart can understand. 

Once again, failure is not an option. 

From Singapore to Langley, and Washington to Yangon, come ride with Dan Roy on an adrenaline drenched, high octane, exotic adventure that will you leave you breathless and wanting more. 



Shanghai Tang 
The Dan Roy Series Book 4


Shanghai Tang - a fast paced and heart pounding action thriller from the wildly popular Dan Roy Series. 
A betrayed assassin is thrust into the secret life of Shanghai's underworld.

Dan Roy, ex Black Ops legend, is becoming a new legend in the infamous blood fight tournament called Kumite, in Hong Kong. He is carving himself a new life, when disaster strikes his loved ones back home. He gets a phone call, and he cannot deny Kimberly Smith's plea for help. Not only is Kim’s life endangered, the rumbles of discontent have reached the White House… 

A devastating secret lurks inside the glamorous night life of Shanghai. Political interests are involved, and soon Dan finds himself in a ruthless and twisted struggle for survival. He gets help from Xiao Wei-Ling, A Chinese woman who is on the run herself. An ambitious Triad boss is making a bid to over rule the whole of Shanghai, and Dan Roy has become a thorn in his side. The Triads have help from the police, and all eyes are on Dan – alone in a foreign land. 

Get prepared for a white knuckle ride from Hong Kong and Shanghai to the corridors of power in Washington, as we follow Dan on a terrifying adventure that could be his last.

Will Dan meet his nemesis in the murky underworld of Shanghai? Or will he fight to live another day? 

Scorpion Rising 
The Dan Roy Series Book 5


Hell hath no fury like an assassin scorned. 

Her name is spoken in whispers. She kills in silence, with the sting of a needle. Her name? Scorpion. 

But she was betrayed, and left for dead. 

Now she wants revenge. And no one is going to stand in her way. Apart from one man. Dan Roy, a betrayed assassin himself. The only man who once caught a glimpse of her face. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, and Dan is about to find out why. 

Two ruthless killers hunt for each other, and sparks fly when they meet, but the truth evades their grasp. A political nightmare revolves around an influential US Congressman, and the stakes are higher than ever before. 

You will keep turning the pages of this spellbinding thriller, a heart pounding journey that takes you from secret jails in Russia, to the blue waters of the Bosporus, and deep inside the power corridors of Capitol Hill. 

Get it now. 

Just don't start it late at night. 


Deep Deception 
The Dan Roy Series Book 6


A SPINE CHILLING AND ACTION PACKED THRILLER FROM THE WILDLY POPULAR DAN ROY SERIES. 
BOUND BY BLOOD, DIVIDED BY FATE... 

When a face from the past rises up like a ghost, will Dan Roy be able to confront it? 

The face belongs to a vicious assassin, who is on the warpath. Mexico has its national elections, but a US friendly politician is butchered in broad daylight. The result is chaos, and soon the spiral of violence worsens. The CIA is involved, but its Director, Sidney Dvorak, is pursued by demons of his own, demons which could destroy national security if he is not careful. 

A devastating plot is hatched in the golden rooms of the Kremlin, and the conspiracy stretches across the world, from Moscow, to Washington DC, and the swampy tropical jungles of Veracruz. Dan Roy is imprisoned in a jail from hell in Mexico, and somehow, he has to break free to bring justice. Secrets are teeming in this thriller, bullets fly fast, and hearts are broken. A tragedy, a family, and one man’s desperate choice between love and nation is pitted in this breathtaking tale. 

This has everything you love in a Dan Roy thriller, and more. 

Once you start, you won’t stop. 

Guaranteed. 

Scorpion Down 
The Dan Roy Series Book 7


They tortured her. Left her for her dead. That was their first mistake. 
But they didn't know what she was fighting for. That was their second mistake. 
The Scorpion doesn't give a third chance. 

Revenge runs in her blood like fire. There will be no reprieve. 

A brutal conspiracy looms, stretching from the Middle East, Russia, to the heart of the American intelligence. The enemy is well prepared to strike a blow from which the world will not recover. Dan Roy stands in their way, and he has to fight against the one woman whose kills are legendary. A woman he once loved. Can he kill her? It is the only way Dan Roy will survive the greatest battle of his life. 

Three lives collide in this gripping white knuckle ride, and the future of the Vatican hangs in the balance. 

Nothing will ever be the same again. 


Code Zero 
The Dan Roy Series Book 8


This code will reduce the world to ground zero... 
Only four people know the code. 
Two are terrorists. One is a dead spy.

The fourth one is Dan Roy. 

When a brazen murder takes place in broad daylight in Washington DC, a national manhunt begins to find the killer. 

But this is no ordinary killer. He hides in plain view. His tentacles are everywhere, reaching deep inside the White House, the CIA and the FBI. He is a traitor who plans to start a new cold war. A secret hatched by the KGB will bring America to its knees. They have teamed up with terrorists in the Middle East and all of them are inside the USA, in a position to strike at the heart of power.

Only one man can stop them. Dan Roy discovers their secret, and together with FBI Special Agent Trisha Dunne, he must drag the world back from the brink of extinction.

Will he succeed? 

From Moscow to Saudi Arabia, and London to Washington, a thrilling showdown looms between Dan Roy and his enemies.

Scorpion Sting 
The Dan Roy Series Book 9


THE FIRST LADY IS MISSING, BUT NO ONE HAS NOTICED. 
THE WHITE HOUSE HAS A SECRET THAT ONLY DAN ROY KNOWS. 
SO DOES A FOREIGN POWER, AND THEY WILL USE IT TO BRING AMERICA TO ITS KNEES. 

A fearsome terrorist has his eyes set on the ultimate prize - The President and his Family. The occupants of the White House are in grave and mortal danger, but they don't know. Those who know are not sharing it. They are the highest power brokers in USA, but they hold secrets that can reduce the country to ruin... 

Dan Roy finds out, but not before his life is threatened. He flies to London to catch a killer, but his old flame, the Russian assassin Scorpion, calls for help. She is imprisoned in France. 

The Scorpion is also in the jaws of this conspiracy. Together with Dan, she must escape, to save herself and her family. 

They must beat an invisible enemy, intent on destroying the western world as we know it. 

As the President and his wife arrive in Paris, the plot against them kicks into gear. The Secret Service have no idea what they are up against. 

Can Dan and the Scorpion save the day? 

From the secret halls of power in Moscow, to the deserts of Arabia, to deep inside the White House, come join Dan Roy and the Scorpion for an unforgettable high octane adventure. 


Editorial Reviews"Gritty and lightning paced. The Dan Roy Series kept me reading late into the night!"- Blair Howard, Amazon Bestselling Author of the Harry Starke Series.
"There are very few authors for whom I will pause my current reading and take up their latest release. Mick Bose is one of them. Read him. You won't regret it." - Ty Patterson, USA Today Bestselling Author.
"Mick Bose is the standard bearer of a new generation of thriller writers. Complex plot lines, detailed descriptions of foreign locations and an emotional core to an action driven story." - Hera B, Editor.
“Relentless action, great characters and suspense that cuts like a knife. Just a few pages shows why Mick Bose is an Amazon bestseller!" - Andrew Warren, Bestselling Author of the Thomas Caine Series.


Mick Bose is the author of the Dan Roy action thriller series. If you like Reacher, Rapp and Baldacci you will love Mick's books. 

Mick has hiked in the Himalayas, farmed in a Kibbutz, floated in the Dead Sea, lived in Russia when Communism fell and was refused entry to a posh restaurant in Washington DC because he wasn't wearing the right shoes. 

Well, the food was overpriced. Mick's books are not, and he writes them because he wants to entertain you.




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